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How Do You Kill 11 Million People?Or, to be precise, 11,283,000 people.Andy Andrews believes that good answers come only from asking the right questions. Through the powerful, provocative question, "How do you kill eleven million people?"--the number of people killed by the Nazi German regime between 1933 and 1945--he explores a number of other questions relevant to our lives today:Does it matter that millions of ordinary citizens have checked out of participating in the decisions that shape the future of our country? Which is more dangerous: politicians with ill intent, or the too-trusting population that allows such people to lead them? How are we supposed to tell the difference between the "good guys" and the "bad guys"?How does the answer to this question affect not only our country but our families, our faith, and our values?What happens to a society in which truth is absent?Andrews issues a wake-up call: become informed, passionate citizens who demand honesty and integrity from our leaders, or suffer the consequences of our own ignorance and apathy. Furthermore, we can no longer measure a leader's worth by the yardsticks provided by the left or the right. Instead, we must use an unchanging standard: the pure, unvarnished truth.
ôA beautifully written glimpse into heaven that will encourage those who doubt and thrill those who believe.öùRon Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as MeôDo you remember the hospital, Colton?ö Sonja said. ôYes, mommy, I remember,ö he said. ôThatÆs where the angels sang to me.öWhen Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they werenÆt expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followedùa story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boyÆs trip to heaven and back.Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgeryûand authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how ôreally, really bigö God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using ColtonÆs uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, ôNobody is old and nobody wears glasses.öHeaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.
ôGrace. ItÆs what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. ItÆs the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of othersùespecially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable. Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. ItÆs this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. ItÆs the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning.ö ùAndy Stanley We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God. From the beginning, the church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders. Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little voice in your head whispering, ôIt canÆt be that easy!ö ôWhat about obedience?ö ôWhat about disobedience?ö ôWhat about repeated misbehavior?ö ôWhat about bad habits?ö ôWhat about justice?ö ôWhat about repentance?ö ItÆs this tension that makes grace so slippery. But thatÆs the beauty and the truth of grace. We donÆt deserve it. We canÆt earn it. It canÆt be qualified. But God gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally. The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.
Spent Matches explores the possibility that a few small paradigm shifts within the church might make the difference between extinction and effectiveness. In fact, taking a clue from the automobile industry, the church might be able to not only halt the rapid decay in attendance but also become an effective tool in achieving Jesus' final command. For instance, the Hybrid car has become the answer to Detroit's environmental and oil crisis issues. Finding the synergy between two technologies, gas and electric has created a new day for the auto industry. Likewise, Spent Matchesexplores how the church can find synergy between two seemingly competing thoughts: an invitation to come and a command to go. The Hybrid metaphor brings energy to the church's mission and an explanation to the age-old argument of Missional versus Attractional methods. Features include: Innovative ideas for growing the church Methods to reach those who may never have attended church Scripture passages that touch on the subject of church growth
The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil Warby Mark Tooley
A narrative history of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference, the bipartisan, last-ditch effort to prevent the Civil War, an effort that nearly averted the carnage that followed. In February 1861, most of AmericaÆs great statesmenùincluding a former president, dozens of current and former senators, Supreme Court justices, governors, and congressmenùcame together at the historic Willard Hotel in a desperate attempt to stave off Civil War. Seven southern states had already seceded, and the conferees battled against time to craft a compromise to protect slavery and thus preserve the union and prevent war. Participants included former President John Tyler, General William ShermanÆs Catholic step-father, General Winfield Scott, and LincolnÆs future Treasury Secretary, Salmon Chaseùand from a room upstairs at the hotel, Lincoln himself. Revelatory and definitive, The Peace That Almost Was demonstrates that slavery was the main issue of the conferenceùand thus of the war itselfùand that no matter the shared faith, family, and friendships of the participants, ultimately no compromise could be reached.
Find strength in the struggle, passion to persist, wisdom when you're weary, and joy for the journey. If you've ever been on a long trip with small children you've no doubt heard, "Are we there yet?" Maybe you've even said those exact words or felt that same way as you have journeyed with God. Midway is where these feelings of frustration and impatience are most commonly felt. It's also where our hidden doubts find their voice. Where most beginnings start with energy and expectation for all that is ahead, and endings bring the joy of completion as you arrive at your desired destination, the middle is very different. This midpoint can too quickly become a low point, as energy is lacking and enthusiasm wanes. Yet how well you handle the middle reveals what is in the middle of you. The disciples found--in the middle of a lake--a revelation of Jesus that they had never seen on the shore. In the middle is where new navigational skills are found. It's also where some of the most significant lessons are learned. Join Charlotte Gambill in this compelling, story-driven message that shows through biblical teaching and life application how those who persist through the middle will find that miracles await them on the other side.
A tiny meditative book of poetry from a Benedictine nun, written from the perspective of a contemplative and devout mouse--a lover of beauty and a philosopher. His words are English poetry with the musical emphasis of Spanish-speaking communities. The poetry alternates with original artwork from a respected Hispanic artist. All the illustrations are described.
Four short original books for young readers combined into one omnibus book, all about Olga da Polga, a guinea pig who finds a family and a name. The stories are based on the adventures of the author's own guinea pig. By the author of the Paddington Bear stories.
Everyone Gussie knows wants riding lessons--except her. Gussie's mother, however, has other plans, because Gussie's riding can provide the ticket for the whole family into the activities of the posh upper class. Gussie hates the whole idea, until her unwanted summer riding lessons from Colonel Meslenko change her whole approach to living.
The practical, expert guide to reaching the new consumer Customer-Centric Marketing is a comprehensive game plan on succeeding in the new marketing landscape by focusing on the customer. Written by one of Canada's top communications pioneers, this book examines the complex forces influencing the rise of empowered and demanding customers and outlines a framework that helps marketers exploit these forces to engage them. You'll find actionable advice to help you pull together these seemingly independent elements to create a customer-centric business model that is ideally positioned to take on the dynamic requirements of today's marketing environment, and learn the strategic rules that CMOs can use to model their organizations to win. Valuable insights on customer experience, innovation, content, social media, and operating strategies will help you formulate a workable plan, and when combined with the practical guidance and expert advice, enable you to put your plan into action today. The new purchasing journey has created a whole new set of customer touch points with unique needs, and has identified key activity areas that drive success or failure in the marketplace. This guide helps you sort it all out, and make your organization rise to the top. Define the new customer-purchasing journey Identify and influence the new consumer Engage, nurture, and utilize brand advocates to spread your message Position your organization to win in the new marketplace As customers evolve, smart companies evolve with them, and, with a track record that speaks for itself, putting the customer at the center of strategic thinking is the key to a winning plan,. Consumer evolution is happening more rapidly than ever before, and keeping your organization out in front has never been more important. Customer-Centric Marketing provides the concrete framework, expert insight, and actionable advice that turns strategy into reality.
Cases for PACES provides a concise study aid to Part II of the MRCP examination; the Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills or PACES. The new edition of this very popular study guide has been completely updated, and now includes scenarios for Station 5, introduced in October 2009. Featuring a 'case study' format that matches the style of the exam, it includes all the essential information - perfect for on-the-ward revision and study. Written by authors who remember their own PACES examination, their experience in learning and teaching PACES is condensed to provide exactly what you need to know to pass. With its informal style, Cases for PACES is also ideal for self-directed learning in groups, and will help you hone your clinical skills and boost your confidence in the run-up to the examination. For more titles to help you prepare for MRCP examinations go to www. wileymedicaleducation. com
The 75th Glass Problem Conference is organized according to the following themes: Glass Melting, Forming, Energy and Environmental, Refractories, Sensors and Control, Modeling
Jump into photography and the Nikon D5500 with this easy-to-read guideArmed with the new Nikon D5500 digital camera, but don't know where to start? No problem! Nikon D5500 For Dummies is the definitive guide to helping newbies and aspiring photographers get up and running with this great DSLR camera. You'll dive right in to using your camera in automatic mode, then build on this basic knowledge by learning about manual settings, exposure, and more advanced techniques that will have you taking great photographs in a flash. This easy-to-use guide combines the tips and tricks of a basic photography course with camera-specific guidance that will help you with the Nikon D5500's basic settings, manual mode, WiFi connectivity, touchscreen interface, and so much more!The Nikon D5500 is the perfect camera for a connected generation it offers the features of a DSLR with the connectivity of a smart phone and, but its high-quality photos go well beyond what you can snap from your phone. With this fun guide, you'll take your photography to the next level! Get started with a roadmap of the Nikon D5500 controls and options for taking photos in automatic mode, with preset shooting modes, or in manual mode. Take a crash course on exposure and how to control it, along with lens and flash options of your camera Find out how to adjust color and focus, use manual settings, and take photos in scene mode and priority mode Pull all your newfound photography chops together to take better portraits, action shots, night photos, and outdoor shotsNikon D5500 For Dummies is the guide you need to get up and running quickly and easily with your great new DSLR camera.
A cookery book devoted to spelt, the grain-of-the-moment, written by an expert in this wholesome, delicious and versatile food.
This book describes Yogi Ashokananda's unique, down-to-earth approach to meditation - one with strong connections to ancient Indian traditions but that is also fully adapted to the demands of modern Western living. Using evidence from medical and scientific research, Yogi explains the importance of relaxation, and draws on the wisdom of tantra to guide the reader to understanding the energy we control within our body. Unlike other meditation techniques, Yogi's method starts with the body rather than the mind as the centre for meditation, since his emphasis is on embracing our human side as well as our higher self. Challenging the body physically and focusing attention on the lower chakras allows us to bridge the gap between our material and spiritual self, to heal any conflicts or splits arising from living in today's society and to explore all aspects of our personality. The link between the body and the emotions is scientifically well-established, and the exchange and union between the body and mind that takes place in Yogi's meditations is particularly effective for relaxation. By using breath control and simple arm movements to channel and direct energy flow, Yogi also demonstrates how to create perfect balance in the body and rid it of samskaras, the energetic residue of our emotional scars, which can make us lethargic, depressed, stressed and anxious. The benefits of distributing breath and energy evenly are felt at every level: the essence of the five elements within the body's organs is balanced; emotional and spiritual renewal and transformation occurs; self-awareness, vitality, clarity, and a sense of calm, balance and harmony are increased; and the digestive, cardiovascular and nervous systems are all positively affected.
Now available - the Carnegie Medal winner comes to the U. S. When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War -- and unraveling it is about to transform Tamar's life forever. From acclaimed British sensation Mal Peet comes a masterful story of adventure, love, secrets, and betrayal in time of war, both past and present.
Fractures of the Facial Skeleton, 2nd edition, incorporates developments and improvements in maxillofacial trauma management into a practical handbook ideal for postgraduate students and trainees. New, updated edition of a well-respected text Easy-to-read, practical clinical handbook Summary text boxes and colour illustrations enhance comprehension Expanded sections on diagnostic imaging and soft tissue injury
Master word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations ahead of the IC3 exam IC3: Internet and Computing Core Certification Key Applications Study Guide is your ideal study guide when you want to focus on the Key Applications exam module in preparation for the IC3. This book covers common features and functions, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, all presented in a clear, concise style. Hands-on examples and self-paced exercises show you how to perform critical tasks needed to pass the exam, and the companion website offers a diverse set of study tools including the Sybex test engine, a preassessment test, hundreds of practice questions, videos, and access to over one hundred electronic flashcards. Test your skills and solidify your understanding of Key Applications for the IC3. Master the functions common to all programs, and the most common features Review the basics of word processing, with formatting and automation Understand spreadsheets, and how to manipulate data with formulas Brush up on the creation and formatting of simple presentations When you are serious about certification, IC3 provides the practice that inspires self-confidence.
How do you sell a book like this? It's like offering someone gum that has been previously chewed. Almost all of the material in Before The Chop II has been published in the LA Weekly. You can probably go online and find it at the best possible price. How dare the "writer" go slouching towards the trough with the audacity to re-cycle mere "content" and slap a price on it? It's a damn outrage is what it is! The hubris is bristling, the nest feathering obvious and repellent, the self-delusion total. Self-absorbed much? Running for Congress, perhaps?So again, how in the hell does anyone with a scintilla of integrity foist this carbon based catastrophe on citizens without "Hey, you dumb consumer bastard, feel the full weight of my sneering contempt, reserved just for you!" so blatantly implied? Sometimes, I hate my job.Well, maybe we could say that these are the pieces the way they were intended to be read? That all put together, they make a handy and potentially enjoyable resource for those who don't have time to read them as they stagger and fall into existence every week? Yes! Let's go with that. These are the versions before they were sent to finishing school to be refined and taught to keep their eyes and ears open and their mouths shut. This is the raw and "real" stuff, which also describes the artwork of a three year old.It could be put across that it's all about keeping the "artist" from falling into the depths of starvation and insanity. "I met Henry Rollins a few years ago. I was walking back to my car in the Rite Aid parking lot off of Fairfax. I saw a man urinating on my driver's side door. It was Henry. He smiled, waved with his free hand and said, 'TV party tonight!' then limped away." This is what we're trying to avoid.Sad how things sometimes end up, huh? That some buds never fully bloom? Ah, nature, while often cruel, always the straightest line to the truth. Well, even the mightiest redwood will one day fall. Okay, that's not a good example but nonetheless, on with the show. Get out your handkerchiefs, here it is, Before The Chop II!Can I stop now? The stench is making my eyes burn . . .
The lavish photos of inns and hot springs collected in this book will provide homeowners with a wealth of inspiration.With more than 250 color photographs, this is essential for anyone interested in luxury Japan. Each chapter discusses an extravagant inn, its local history, and its cultural traditions. Each of the properties has been handpicked by the author for their strong design aesthetic. The lodgings pictured here will bring a flush of new ideas to home decorators across the world.The Japanese Spa shows the way to places of fragile beauty and luxurious peace.
Memorize tricky Japanese kanji with ease!Since its publication in 1993, this beginner Japanese workbook and textbook has been a hit with teachers and students for learning basic Japanese kanji characters. Speak, read and write Japanese with this newly revised edition that has been updated and expanded by members of the Kanji Text Research Group at the prestigious Tokyo University.Essential Japanese Kanji Volume 1 presents the 250 kanji characters that are most frequently found in many places in Japan, including: Street signs Restaurant menus Subway ticket machines ATMsStroke order diagrams and writing practice squares present every kanji systematically alongside its various meanings, readings, vocabulary compounds and derivations. Extensive practice exercises and self-graded quizzes (with answer keys at the back) help you improve your skill at recognizing and using the kanji.In addition to the practical focus of learning the kanji in the context of actual situations, each chapter includes Advanced Placement (AP)-type exam questions mirroring the format of the College Board's Japanese Language and Culture examination. The captivating introduction explains the origins of the kanji and the Japanese kana phonetic alphabets. Appendices list the kanji in two ways-according to pronunciations and radicals-and a glossary of common vocabulary compounds.
Edited by the initiators of a priority research program funded by the German Science Foundation and written by an international team of key players, this is the first book to provide an overview of nanostructured thermoelectric materials -- putting the new developments into perspective alongside conventional thermoelectrics. As such, it reviews the current state of research on thermoelectric Bi2Te3 nanomaterials, covering advanced methods of materials synthesis, characterization of materials structures and thermoelectric properties, as well as advances in the theory and modeling of transport properties. Nanomaterials-based thermoelectric devices are also discussed with respect to their properties, their suitability for different energy generation applications, and in light of their commercialization potential. An outlook on the chances, challenges and future directions of research rounds off the book, giving a straightforward account of the fundamental and technical problems - plus ways to overcome them.
Bringing the concepts of dimensional analysis, self-similarity, and fractal dimensions together in a logical and self-contained manner, this book reveals the close links between modern theoretical physics and applied mathematics. The author focuses on the classic applications of self-similar solutions within astrophysical systems, with some general theory of self-similar solutions, so as to provide a framework for researchers to apply the principles across all scientific disciplines. He discusses recent advances in theoretical techniques of scaling while presenting a uniform technique that encompasses these developments, as well as applications to almost any branch of quantitative science. The result is an invaluable reference for active scientists, featuring examples of dimensions and scaling in condensed matter physics, astrophysics, fluid mechanics, and general relativity, as well as in mathematics and engineering.
Mathematics for Physicists is a relatively short volume covering all the essential mathematics needed for a typical first degree in physics, from a starting point that is compatible with modern school mathematics syllabuses. Early chapters deliberately overlap with senior school mathematics, to a degree that will depend on the background of the individual reader, who may quickly skip over those topics with which he or she is already familiar. The rest of the book covers the mathematics that is usually compulsory for all students in their first two years of a typical university physics degree, plus a little more. There are worked examples throughout the text, and chapter-end problem sets. Mathematics for Physicists features: Interfaces with modern school mathematics syllabuses All topics usually taught in the first two years of a physics degree Worked examples throughout Problems in every chapter, with answers to selected questions at the end of the book and full solutions on a website This text will be an excellent resource for undergraduate students in physics and a quick reference guide for more advanced students, as well as being appropriate for students in other physical sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry and earth sciences.
Avoid becoming a #PRFail with a solid social media strategy Social Media Rules of Engagement guides you in the development of a bullet-proof social media strategy. You can manage any crisis effectively by having a plan before you actually need one--and by understanding and influencing your audience with military precision. This original, engaging, and informative text with case studies from the coalface offers you the tools you need to avoid scandal and media crises, and to learn how to leverage social media, big data, and influence in your communications strategies. Social media has established itself as a critical part of any external communications strategy--but the very nature of social media leads to crises that organisations are not always prepared to face. To execute an effective social media strategy, you need to build influence, while leveraging the data that supports a targeted approach. This innovative guide focuses on how to create a holistic social media strategy, and how to defend your organization from social media crisis. Develop a risk management strategy that protects your social media interactions around the clock Avoid common mistakes by reading case studies of business faux pas--and learning exactly what not to do in a crisis Cultivate influence both in the boardroom and on the information battlefield by defining your story and knowing your audience segments Leverage digital interactivity features to enrich the content in the book Social Media Rules of Engagement is an integral resource to guide your social strategy toward success.