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Cherished by the Lord: 100 Meditations

by Kathryn J. Hermes

By best-selling author Sr. Kathryn J. Hermes, Cherished by the Lord brings us a devotional that is great for those who want to deepen their relationship with God. Short biblical readings and reflections make this book a beautiful way to stop and reflect with the Lord, even if you only have a few minutes a day!

Maximum Strength

by Matt Fitzgerald Eric Cressey Cscs

Most of the 23 million American men who lift weights do so to get bigger; unfortunately, many of them are going nowhere with watered-down bodybuilding routines that don't help them actually getstronger. Eric Cressey's cutting-edge four-phase program, featuring constant progression, variation, and inspiring goals, keeps you focused on increasing strength along with muscle mass, helping you achieve the fittest, most energetic, and best-looking body you've ever had-with fewer hours at the gym.

After the War Zone

by Matthew J. Friedman Laurie B. Slone

Two experts from the VA National Center for PTSD provide an essential resource for service members, their spouses, families, and communities, sharing what troops really experience during deployment and back home. Pinpointing the most common after-effects of war and offering strategies for troop reintegration to daily life, Drs. Friedman and Slone cover the myths and realities of homecoming; reconnecting with spouse and family; anger and adrenaline; guilt and moral dilemmas; and PTSD and other mental-health concerns. With a wealth of community and government resources, tips, and suggestions,After the War Zoneis a practical guide to helping troops and their families prevent war zone stresses from having a lasting negative impact.

If By Sea

by George C. Daughan

The American Revolution-and thus the history of the United States-began not on land but on the sea. Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride not by jumping on a horse, but by scrambling into a skiff with two other brave patriots to cross Boston Harbor to Charlestown. Revere and his companions rowed with muffled oars to avoid capture by the British warships closely guarding the harbor. As they paddled silently, Revere's neighbor was flashing two lanterns from the belfry of Old North Church, signaling patriots in Charlestown that the redcoats were crossing the Charles River in longboats. In every major Revolutionary battle thereafter the sea would play a vital, if historically neglected, role. When the American colonies took up arms against Great Britain, they were confronting the greatest sea-power of the age. And it was during the War of Independence that the American Navy was born. But following the British naval model proved crushingly expensive, and the Founding Fathers fought viciously for decades over whether or not the fledgling republic truly needed a deep-water fleet. The debate ended only when the Federal Navy proved indispensable during the War of 1812. Drawing on decades of prodigious research, historian George C. Daughan chronicles the embattled origins of the U. S. Navy. From the bloody and gunpowder-drenched battles fought by American sailors on lakes and high seas to the fierce rhetorical combat waged by the Founders in Congress,If By Seacharts the course by which the Navy became a vital and celebrated American institution.

Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage

by David Valdes Greenwood

What happens when you pair a romantic with a nonromantic? Where does the twain meet when you like to wow your lover with an original song and he thinks a bar of soap is a thoughtful gift? In his charming, often hilarious account of his decade-long relationship with his boyfriend (now husband), journalist David Valdes Greenwood sets the record straight on gay marriage, playfully disarming the arguments against it. Here are the highpoints (and some low points) that chart any good relationship: from the first blush of romance; to meeting the in-laws; to forgetting your pants at your own wedding; to figuring out in those first years that "life as a couple is all about discovering just how many things you can approach differently without actually killing each other"; and finally, of sharing that first great love, a child. Poignant and smart, these notes from a same-sex marriage will strike a chord with anyone who has ever known just how outrageous, challenging, and maddeningly wonderful the ties of love can be, no matter what configuration your family.

Radicals for Capitalism

by Brian Doherty

On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism-the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat- has become an extremely influential strain of thought. But while many books talk about libertarian ideas, none until now has explored the history of this uniquely American movement-where and who it came from, how it evolved, and what impact it has had on our country. In this revelatory book, based on original research and interviews with more than 100 key sources, Brian Doherty traces the evolution of the movement through the unconventional life stories of its most influential leaders- Ludwig von Mises, F. A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman-and through the personal battles, character flaws, love affairs, and historical events that altered its course. And by doing so, he provides a fascinating new perspective on American history-from the New Deal through the culture wars of the 1960s to today's most divisive political issues. Neither an exposé nor a political polemic, this entertaining historical narrative will enlighten anyone interested in American politics.

Violent Partners

by Linda Mills

A radical new take on the crisis of intimate abuse, Violent Partners argues that as a culture we misunderstand the root causes and basic effects of abuse, and until that changes there is no hope of fixing the problem. Dr. Linda Mills challenges assumptions, tears down myths, and offer solutions, all the while telling riveting stories of couples who have conquered violence in their relationships. In Violent Partners, she describes several programs that hold promise for addressing intimate abuse, including two nationally known and groundbreaking treatment programs-Peacemaking Circles and Healing Circles. Controversial, provocative, and accessible, Violent Partners is unlike any other book on abuse and relationships, and highlights in great detail the complexities of violence through the stories of men and women who have acknowledged their abuse and sought to do something about it. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand violence in their own relationship, friends and family members of victims and abusers, and legal and mental health practitioners looking for a new and valuable approach to treating couples in crisis.

Bobby and J. Edgar

by Burton Hersh

Historian and journalist Hersh (The Old Boys) might well have titled his excellent book "Collision Course," for that is exactly what J. Edgar Hoover and the Kennedys were on from as early as the 1930s. The many tensions between Bobby (as both attorney general and senator) and the power-hungry FBI director are well known. What Hersh brings to the party is important new research and intensive analysis revealing the complex background attendant to the confrontations of the 1960s. The third party to RFK's and Hoover's sparring was Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. , whose long history of professional affiliations with such gangsters as Johnny Rosselli, and amorous flirtations with the likes of Gloria Swanson, swelled one of Hoover's secret files and (like JFK's peccadilloes) did much to complicate dealings with "the Director. " Joe's past still overshadowed everything when in December 1961 the father was incapacitated by a stroke, leaving his boys to deal with an FBI head who secretly despised not only the father but his brood. On this stage, in a drama populated by such fascinating and contradictory characters as Roy Cohn, Martin Luther King Jr. , Jimmy Hoffa and mob boss Carlos Marcello, Hersh reveals the ways of power, deceit and survival-of-the-fittest in Kennedy-era D. C. (June 1)

The Baby Name Countdown

by Janet Schwegel

From traditional to trendy, popular to unusual, this best-selling reference lists more names than any other baby name book. Based on nearly two million birth records from every region of the U. S. and Canada, The Baby Name Countdown includes meanings and origins of the 3,000 most popular names, the rankings of the 100 most popular boys and girls names, plus thousands of unusual names to inspire the imagination of those searching for the rare and exotic, or alternative spellings. Expanded to include the most popular baby namesfrom each decade of the twentieth century, this very reader-friendly guide is divided into sections that list the top 100 names, girls and boys names, unusual names, and provides popularity ratings throughout.

The Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays

by Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk has amassed a massive and devoted global readership with his eloquent and far-ranging articles on international politics. Now, for the first time, his brave and incisive essays have been collected in a single volume that ranges in scope from the recent war in Lebanon to the rise of Hamas; from the invasion of Kuwait to the looting of Baghdad; from America's imperial ambitions to the inescapable influence of the Treaty of Versailles. Taken together, these articles form an unparalleled account of our war-torn recent history.

Ain't No Makin' It

by Macleod

With the original 1987 publication of Ain't No Makin' It Jay MacLeod brought us to the Clarendon Heights housing project where we met the "Brothers" and "Hallway Hangers. " Their story of poverty, race, and defeatism moved readers and challenged ethnic stereotypes. MacLeod's return eight years later, and the resulting 1995 revision, revealed little improvement in the lives of these men as they struggled in the labor market and crime-ridden underground economy. This classic ethnography addresses one of the most important issues in modern social theory and policy: how social inequality is reproduced from one generation to the next. Now republished with a preface by Joe Feagin, Ain't No Makin' It remains an admired and invaluable text.

Anna Mei, Blessing in Disguise

by Carol A. Grund

Now a seventh-grader, Anna Mei is trying to cope with the added pressure of junior high. Add to the mix an annoying "boy genius" Kai Hao Chen from Beijing, who seems to want to invade Anna Mei's happy world, and our heroine finds herself wishing the Chen family would just go back to China. Why is she the only one bugged by Kai; can she find any common ground with him? Perfect for ages 8-12.

Anna Mei, Escape Artist

by Carol A. Grund

In the third book of the series, Anna Mei has settled into her new town and she's found a great group of friends: Danny, Zandra, and Luis. The only hitch is that Danny's acting weird and she can't figure out what's bothering him. But while she pushes to find out what his problem is, Anna Mei does a pretty good job of trying to escape from her own. Anna Mei soon discovers what real life and friendship--are all about. Ages 8-12

Advent Grace

by Daughters of St. Paul

In this daily Advent companion, members of the Daughters of St. Paul share their reflections and lead readers in lectio divina on the Scripture readings for the season. Includes reflections for the Octave of Christmas.

Money In the House

by Currinder

Party leaders in the US House of Representatives are expected to raise tremendous amounts of money for congressional campaign committees and for other party candidates and the ability to do so has become a key factor in the gaining and maintaining leadership positions within the House. Currinder (Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown U. ) explores how this system came to be following reforms in the 1970s and considers its implications for Congressional politics. He presents a theory of the relationship between House members and the congressional party organizations that rests on the idea that when partisan margins are small and power is centralized in the leadership, party leaders are better able to distribute money to satisfy party goals, but that when the opposite holds, House members can redistribute money so as to satisfy their individual agendas. He then examines this theory against the evolution of Congress from the 1970s reforms through the election of Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

The Great Wall

by John Man

British historian and travel writer Man adds to his extensive popular writing on China and Mongolia by recounting the origin and legacy of what--erroneously, he explains--is famous as a single wall that--also wrong--is the only human artifact visible from space, or from the moon, or even from Mars in some versions. Among his topics are the Wall's everywomen, the Wall goes west, the concubine and the barbarian, losing the lost legion, the coming of the Mongols, to the Ordos and beyond, climbing around Beijing, and the end of the Wall and the Ming. He appends dates and dynasties. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power

by Brigham Robert K.

Vietnam and Iraq are now linked forever. But a straight comparison between the two wars does injustice to solid history. In this revised and updated edition ofIs Iraq Another Vietnam'historian Robert K. Brigham shows how the similarities between Iraq and Vietnam illuminate similar patterns of U. S. foreign policy behavior. A Vietnam expert, Brigham argues that the United States has turned to a foreign policy of expansion in times if external threat- or heightened threat perceptions- leading to limited Congressional debate and oversight. The results have been devastating. The massive financial hangover will be only one of the Iraq War's lasting legacies. The mechanisms are in place for change, but so far the U. S. has done little to alter the course of its foreign relations. It is crucial that we apply the lessons of Vietnam wisely and selectively- in this war and the future.

It's Not You, It's Biology.:

by Joe Quirk

At last, here's what you should've learned in high school biology! This paperback edition is an Everyman's humorous look at the real differences-biological, historical, psychological-between men and women...with fun and provocative insight into whatreallydrives behavior and interactions between men and women. Men talk about women to men. Women talk about men to women. Men and women talk to each other (or try to) about relationships. It's Not You, It's Biologyprovides insight, ammunition, snappy comebacks, and interesting cocktail party banter for everyone who ever wondered why we do what we do vis-a-vis the opposite sex. It'sFreakonomicsfor the Relationship-Challenged.

Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven

by Rory Freedman Kim Barnouin

Skinny Bitchcreated a movement when it exposed the horrors of the food industry, while inspiring people across the world to stop eating "crap. " Now the "Bitches" are back--this time with a book geared to pregnant women. And just because their audience is in a "delicate condition" doesn't mean they'll deliver a gentle message. As they did withSkinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin expose the truth about the food we eat--with its hormones, chemicals, and other funky stuff. But even though they are "Skinny," they want women to chow down on therightfoods and gain their fair share of weight through their pregnancies. They also won't mince words on these topics: * the best foods for a healthy baby and mommy * the dangers of common lotions, creams, and beauty products that women slather on their bodies (many contain carcinogens) * why every mother should "suck it up" and breastfeed * the lowdown on what really happens "post-push" (after birth) * how the companies we trust don't care about children (choosing baby food and other products carefully) With the same sassy tone that madeSkinny Bitchlaugh-out-loud funny,Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Ovenwill give expectant moms the information they need to "use their head" and have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Out of the Blue: Confessions of an Unlikely Porn Star

by Blue Blake

Out of the Blueis a hilarious autobiographical romp that details the life of porn star turned director/producer Blue Blake and his adventures in the skin trade. Blue has worked with every major star in the industry and won many major awards and honors, including induction into the Gay Porn Legend Hall of Fame.

Lightness of Being

by Frank Wilczek

Our understanding of nature's deepest reality has changed radically, but almost without our noticing, over the past twenty-five years. Transcending the clash of older ideas about matter and space, acclaimed physicist Frank Wilczek explains a remarkable new discovery: matter is built from almost weightless units, and pure energy is the ultimate source of mass. He calls it "The Lightness of Being. " Space is no mere container, empty and passive. It is a dynamic Grid-a modern ether- and its spontaneous activity creates and destroys particles. This new understanding of mass explains the puzzling feebleness of gravity, and a gorgeous unification of all the forces comes sharply into focus. The Lightness of Beingis the first book to explore the implications of these revolutionary ideas about mass, energy, and the nature of "empty space. " In it, Wilczek masterfully presents new perspectives on our incredible universe and envisions a new golden age of fundamental physics.

Freedom's Power

by Paul Starr

Starr (sociology and public affairs, Princeton U. ) writes in defense of modern democratic liberalism, arguing that it is better able to allow society to "achieve both greater power and greater freedom" than its political rivals. Half of his work consists of a history of the evolution of liberalism from constitutionally limited monarchies through the Cold War that is designed to demonstrate liberalism's superiority as a political ideology. The second half of the text consists of his thoughts on what modern democratic liberalism and liberal internationalism should attempt to achieve in the domestic and international arenas should it regain the reins of power in the United States. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Introducing Windows Server® 2012 RTM Edition

by Mitch Tulloch

Get a head start evaluating Window Server 2012--with technical insights from a Microsoft MVP who's worked extensively with the beta release. This practical introduction illuminates new features and capabilities, with scenarios demonstrating how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Based on final, release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this book provides the high-level information you need to begin preparing now for deployment and management. Topics include:Virtualization and cloud solutions Availability Provisioning and storage management Security and scalability Infrastructure options Server configuration and administration

A Time to Every Purpose

by Jonathan D Sarna

At the turn of the twenty-first century, the central question confronting Jewish leaders in America is simple: Why be Jewish? Jonathan D. Sarna, acclaimed scholar of American Judaism, believes that "Why be Jewish?" is the wrong question. Judaism, he believes, is not so much a "why" as a way-a way of life, a way of marking time, a way of relating to the environment, to human beings, to family, and to God. Judaism is experienced through doing-doing things Jewish, doing things for fellow Jews in need, doing things as a Jew to improve the state of the world. The more Judaism one does, the more one comes to appreciate what Judaism is. Using the Jewish calendar as his starting point, Sarna reflects on the major themes of Jewish life as expressed in a full year of holidays-from Passover in the spring to Purim eleven months later. Passover, for instance, yields a discussion of freedom; Shavuot, a discussion of Torah; Yom Kippur, the role of the individual within the Jewish community; Chanukah, issues of assimilation and anti-assimilation. An essential brief introduction-or reintroduction-to the major practices of Jewish life as well as the many complexities of the American Jewish experience, this book will be essential reading for American Jews and the perfect gift for the holiday season.

Cleopatra

by Joyce Tyldesley

The Romans regarded her as "fatale monstrum"-a fatal omen. Pascal said the shape of her nose changed the history of the world. Shakespeare portrayed her as an icon of tragic love. But who was Cleopatra, really? We almost feel that we know Cleopatra, but our distorted image of a self-destructive beauty does no justice to Cleopatra's true genius. InCleopatra, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley offers an unexpectedly vivid portrait of a skillful Egyptian ruler. Stripping away our preconceptions, many of them as old as Egypt's Roman conquerors, Cleopatra is a magnificent biography of a most extraordinary queen.

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