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With insightful reflections, scripture scholar Elena Bosetti brings a prayerful, uniquely feminine, and deeply human perspective to God's word. This exploration of the Gospel launches us on a journey of encounter, discovery, conversion, and announcement of news so good that it must be shared.
'There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food and the mere suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionally. When the affection is the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. ' Miss Manners In Not Tonight, Mr Right, Kate Taylor teaches modern women how, why and when not to have sex. OK, it doesn't sound very liberated, but it is very empowering . . . well, it's mainly just hilarious, but does make a lot of sense too. Quiz: How Much Do You Need This Book? 1. Have you ever had sex when, looking back, a simple 'Thanks for dinner' or 'I'm sorry I forgot your birthday' would have sufficed? 2. Have you ever tried to win back a bored boyfriend with a complicated technique called something like 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hard-On'? 3. Have you ever had sex with someone you weren't that keen on, but still felt irrationally annoyed when they didn't call you again afterwards? 4. Have you ever wished you knew the perfect moment to shag?
Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe in 1980 after a long civil war in Rhodesia. The white minority government had become an international outcast in refusing to give in to the inevitability of black majority rule. Finally the defiant white prime minister Ian Smith was forced to step down and Mugabe was elected president. Initially he promised reconciliation between white and blacks, encouraged Zimbabwe's economic and social development, and was admired throughout the world as one of the leaders of the emerging nations and as a model for a transition from colonial leadership. But as Martin Meredith shows in this history of Mugabe's rule, Mugabe from the beginning was sacrificing his purported ideals-and Zimbabwe's potential-to the goal of extending and cementing his autocratic leadership. Over time, Mugabe has become ever more dictatorial, and seemingly less and less interested in the welfare of his people, treating Zimbabwe's wealth and resources as spoils of war for his inner circle. In recent years he has unleashed a reign of terror and corruption in his country. Like the Congo, Angola, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia, Zimbabwe has been on a steady slide to disaster. Now for the first time the whole story is told in detail by an expert. It is a riveting and tragic political story, a morality tale, and an essential text for understanding today's Africa.
Nicolas Bourbaki, whose mathematical publications began to appear in the late 1930s, was a direct product of and major force behind an important revolution that took place in the early part of the 20th Century. The area of his work - pure maths - is a seemingly abstract field of human study with no direct connection to the real world, but in reality closely linked to the culture that surrounds it. This is the story of Bourbaki and the world that created him - the story of an elaborate intellectual joke, because this extremely influential mathematician never existed.
The Boys of Everest, which received enormous praise when published in hardback, tells the story of a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. It is a story of tremendous courage, astonishing acheivement and heartbreaking loss. Their leader was the boyish, fanatically driven Chris Bonington. His inner circle - they came to be known as Bonington's Boys - included a dozen who became climbing's greatest generation. Bonington's Boys gave birth to a new brand of climbing. They took increasingly terrible risks on now-legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks. And they paid an enormous price for their acheivements. Most of Bonington's boys died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: was it worth it? The Boys of Everest, based on interviews with surviving climbers and other individuals as well as five decades of journals, expedition accounts, and letters, provides the closest thing to an answer that we'll ever have. It offers riveting descriptions of what The Boys of Everest found in the mountains - as well as an understanding of what they lost there.
In this introductory textbook, Rochester (political science, U. of Missouri at St. Louis) examines the dilemmas of US foreign policy, which he finds analogous to the situation of Swift's Gulliver tied down by the Lilliputians. After providing a broad bush portrait of the international system, an introduction to the typical intellectual problems associated with the study of foreign policy, and a brief history of the conduct of US foreign policy from George Washington to George W. Bush, he turns to contemporary debates over neoconservatism, liberal internationalism, and realism and current issues concerning the "War on Terror," the Bush Doctrine of pre-emption, controlling weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian interventionism, and the International Criminal Court. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Moran (anthropology, Indiana U. ) provides a wealth of examples as he explains how people work in ecosystems. He begins by explaining theories of human-habitat interaction and introduces cultural ecological methods and notions about the human factor in environmental change and spatial analysis. He examines evidence of human adaptation from the arctic to high altitudes, arid lands, grasslands and the humid tropics, then thoroughly explores life in an urban ecology. The maps, photos and graphics are well-chosen and informative, and Moran has provided new chapters in urban sustainability and methods of spatial analysis, new sections giving websites, and increased attention to global environmental changes and the role of gender in human adaptability research for this edition. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Despite the plethora of textbooks available on the European Union and the wide range of interdisciplinary and non-specialist courses on which it is studied, there has, surprisingly, until now been no single text providing concise coverage of all its major dimensions and implications. Rather than focusing just on the history or the politics or the economics of the EU or on detailed coverage of its institutions and/or policies, John McCormick's new book introduces all aspects of European integration combining a very clear and accessible thematic narrative with boxed summaries of a wide range of essential facts and figures.
From a psychiatrist who has spent the past thirty-five years listening to other people's most intimate problems and struggles, here is a generous and gentle alternative to the trial-and-error learning that makes wisdom such an expensive commodity.
A woman of intrepid faith, St. Thérèse inspired her contemporaries to embrace their littleness and cling to God with loving assurance and trust. She spoke freely and intimately with God, intuitively grasping Jesus' exhortation to pray to the Father with "bold confidence." And she invites each of us to this same intimacy, to learn her way of "holy daring."
Today's world is busy and non-stop--one filled with eighty-hour-work weeks and too little time left over. Author Marshall Cook offers a practical approach to deal with the worries and anxieties that creep into our chaotic lives. He explains how we can create and maintain harmony in our lives through faith and prayer. Begin your own journey toward serenity today!
In this book, Father R. Scott Hurd writes of the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social benefits of learning how to forgive and find peace. Drawing from his pastoral experience, Hurd examines how human weakness affects such things as our ability to forgive and reconcile, our capacity to trust, and how we cope when a plea for forgiveness is rejected by a person we have wronged.
Facing Illness, Finding Peace helps those living with chronic or serious illness to find peace through faith. Groves presents a realistic look at daily struggles and emotions, balanced by a sense of hope to be found through prayer and honest discussion. Facing Illness, Finding Peace helps the reader to find their own path toward peace, acting as a guide through the darkness of serious illness.
Comedian Richard Lewis considers his history with drug abuse, his path to recovery, his comedy, and the dysfunctions that created his career and threatened to destroy him personally. In this series of short essays, he discusses his family, his childhood, work, success, sex, love, drinking, therapy, eating disorders, creativity, the human condition, and of course, what it is that makes all these things so funny. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Kosher cuisine is a culinary niche that is rapidly becoming mainstream, as many home cooks outside the Jewish community, seeking more healthful and humane fare, are embracing kosher foods and Jewish dietary laws. Now,Hip Kosherprovides detailed, practical resources for finding kosher items in your local stores and more than 175 recipes for every meal and occasion, showcasing contemporary American dishes rather than traditional Eastern European or Sephardic fare. Accessible, easy-to-prepare, and versatile, the recipes are perfect for busy people who don't have hours to spend in the kitchen. Many recipes include menu suggestions, while sidebars note recipe variations, updates on classics, and helpful prep hints about ingredients and tools. Fein also describes Jewish dietary laws (andhalal, permitted Muslim foods) and provides comprehensive sources.
Today's young adults are up to ten times more likely to experience depression than their grandparents were. Could it be that in our increasingly automated world, the reduced physical effort needed to accomplish anything may somehow interfere with our level of happiness and subsequent responses to stress? Neuroscientist Kelly Lambert finds compelling evidence that having to work hard for rewards significantly improves mood and prevents depression. Beginning with her innovative research on rats-she compared "trust-fund rats" (whose rewards came with no effort on their part) to hard-working "trained-to-succeed" rodents-Lambert offers hope of treatment for people without debilitating (and often ineffective) drugs. Drawing on a wealth of information from the fields of anthropology, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology, Lambert develops a unique theory suggesting that physical effort directed toward tangible outcomes activates particular regions of the brain and builds resilience against the emotional emptiness and negative thinking associated with depression. Whereas most therapies emphasize the importance of mental activity, Lambert reminds us of the importance of physical activity in establishing control in a fast-paced culture that is focused more on the prospect of immediate gratification than savoring the fruits of our labor.
The presidential election of 1920 was one of the most dramatic ever. For the only time in the nation's history, six once-and-future presidents hoped to end up in the White House: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was an election that saw unprecedented levels of publicity - the Republicans outspent the Democrats by 4 to 1 - and it was the first to garner extensive newspaper and newsreel coverage. It was also the first election in which women could vote. Meanwhile, the 1920 census showed that America had become an urban nation - automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit were transforming the economy and America was limbering up for the most spectacular decade of its history, the roaring '20s. Award-winning historian David Pietrusza's riveting new work presents a dazzling panorama of presidential personalities, ambitions, plots, and counterplots - a picture of modern America at the crossroads.
Even after his death in April 2007, Boris Yeltsin remains the most controversial figure in recent Russian history. Although Mikhail Gorbachev presided over the decline of the Communist party and the withdrawal of Soviet control over eastern Europe, it was Yeltsin-Russia's first elected president-who buried the Soviet Union itself. Upon taking office, Yeltsin quickly embarked on a sweeping makeover of newly democratic Russia, beginning with a program of excruciatingly painful market reforms that earned him wide acclaim in the West and deep recrimination from many Russian citizens. In this, the first biography of Yeltsin's entire life, Soviet scholar Timothy Colton traces Yeltsin's development from a peasant boy in the Urals to a Communist partyapparatchik, and then ultimately to a nemesis of the Soviet order. Based on unprecedented interviews with Yeltsin himself as well as scores of other Soviet officials, journalists, and businessmen, Colton explains how and why Yeltsin broke with single-party rule and launched his drive to replace it with democracy. Yeltsin's colossal attempt to bring democracy to Russia remains one of the great, unfinished stories of our time. As anti-Western policies and rhetoric resurface in Putin's increasingly bellicose Russia,Yeltsinoffers essential insights into the past, present, and future of this vast and troubled nation.
In Flying High, William F. Buckley Jr. offers his lyrical remembrance of a singular era in American politics, and a tribute to the modern Conservative movement's first presidential standard-bearer, Barry Goldwater. Goldwater was in many ways the perfect candidate: self-reliant, unpretentious, unshakably honest, and dashingly handsome. And although he lost the election, he electrified millions of voters with his integrity and a sense of decency-qualities that made him a natural spokesman for Conservative ideals and an inspiration for decades to come. In an era when Republicans are looking for a leader, Flying High is a reminder of how real political visionaries inspire devotion.
An invigorating book about the debates raging within China. We all know about the fast pace of change in this country. This book brings us the ideas being fought over in the country itself a? from democracy to the idea of a a'peaceful risea?'. It challenges all of our assumptions about China. We know everything and nothing about China. We know that China is changing so fast that the maps in Shanghai need to be rewritten every two weeks. We know that China has brought 300 million people from agricultural backwardness into modernity in just 30 years (something that took 200 years in Europe). Chinaa's voracious appetite for resources is gobbling up 40% of the worlda's cement. , 40% of its coal, 30% of its steel, and 12% of its energy. It has become so integrated into the global economy that its prospects have immediate effects on our everyday lives: simultaneously doubling the cost of the London Olympics while halving the cost of our computers; keeping the US economy afloat but sinking the Italian footwear industry. We have an image of China as a dictatorship; a nationalist empire that threatens its neighbours and global peace. But how many people know about the debates raging within China? What do we really know about the kind of society China wants to become? What ideas are motivating its citizens? We can name Americaa's Neo-Cons and the religious right, but cannot name Chinese writers, thinkers or journalists a? what is the future they dream of for their country, or the world it is shaping? Because Chinaa's rise a? like the fall of Rome or the British Raj a? will echo down generations to come, these are the questions we increasingly need to ask. Mark Leonard asks us to forget everything we thought we knew about China and start again. He introduces us to the thinkers that are shaping Chinaa's wide open future and opens up a hidden world of intellectual debate that is driving a new Chinese revolution and changing the face of the world.
Although five percent of the population loses a mother or father. . . few of us are psychologically prepared for the experience in later life. Death Benefits explores the uncharted territory each of us enters when a parent leaves us, and offers a blueprint for positive change in every aspect of our lives. Death Benefits demonstrates through powerful stories (including the author's own revelatory experience) how parent loss is the most potent catalyst for change in middle age and can actually offer us our last, best chance to become our truest, deepest selves. Safer challenges the conventional wisdom that fundamental change is only for the young; and that loss must simply be endured or overcome. Filled with moving and engaging stories of real men and women re-imagining themselves after a parent's death, it is a fresh, impassioned, and sophisticated look at self-transformation in later life.
Although frequently vilified, Iran is a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. Its political impact has been tremendous, not only on its neighbors in the Middle East but also throughout the world. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage crisis, and the current standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Michael Axworthy vividly narrates the nation's rich history. He explains clearly and carefully both the complex succession of dynasties that ruled ancient Iran and the surprising ethnic diversity of the modern country, held together by a common culture. With Iran again the focus of the world's attention,A History of Iranis an essential guide to understanding this volatile nation.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! Easter is the most important celebration in the life of the Church. With this book of daily reflections for the season, you will unearth a renewed and refreshed spirit in your walk with Christ. These reflections are based on a lectio divina ("holy reading") prayer method, in line with the Pauline tradition.
Discovering the Feminine Genius presents a framework in which women can discover and understand their human and spiritual journey as a daughter of God, a woman, a unique individual, and spouse of the Spirit. Katrina Zeno, renowned speaker on the theology of the body, explores the role of women in our complex world and explains the concept of the feminine genius.
Looking for a way to bring your family together in faith and fun, but not sure where to start? Discover how game night meets Catholicism in this guidebook of activities with strategies and suggestions for fun family engagement - with one another and with faith! Adaptable ideas for storytelling, arts & crafts, meals, outdoor adventures, places to go... these are just some of the ways families can bond and deepen their faith, building a "domestic church" of their very own!
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