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Life in the Fairway

by Chad Bonham

Football has Tim Tebow and Drew Brees, basketball has Jeremy Lin, and the PGA Tour Leaderboard has Ben Crane, Webb Simpson, Jonathan Byrd, and Stewart Cink. Chad Bonham, author of Life in the Fairway presents in-depth biographies including the testimonies of these highly ranked golf pros and more. Draw courage from their relentless desire to achieve excellence on and off the course. "The pursuit of integrity as a father and a husband always boils down to trust." - Jonathan Byrd Golf is a game of integrity. Players are their own referees. They make dozens of moral choices in each round. Draw inspiration from these leaders to live a life of unashamed integrity. Step into their family lives and close the book encouraged by their chiseled commitment to living for an audience of One, our Lord Jesus Christ. Reading Life in the Fairway can be a life-changing event for all who participate in the game. The full-color book is an excellent gift for any golfer, sports enthusiast, leader, or men's Bible study group.

Defending the American Family

by Martin Mawyer

This volume will prove to be one of the most important documents of our time. Within these pages, author Martin Mawyer develops a plan of action to preserve and protect the most vital cell of American society - the family. He calls for an armed truce in the culture war and sketches the definitive blueprint on the rights of parents and their children in modern America. Mawyer skillfully reveals government's intrusive entry into the sacred relationship between parents and their children, making Defending The American Family a must read for every parent. His thesis is supported by evidence that will enlighten and shock readers unfamiliar with government's "standard operating procedure. " If this agenda is adopted, it will not only prevent Congress from contributing further to the moral decay of the nation, but more importantly, it will result in a new birth of freedom and a renewal of virtue in American society. Martin Mawyer is the president and founder of the Christian Action Network, a non-profit lobbying organization dedicated to the protection of the American family.

Coaching Champions

by Jess Gibson

Although mentoring is a popular buzz word today, throughout history dominant cultures have passed down the importance of teaching the next generation not only a trade, but ethics, spirituality, and the rewards of a job well-done. Jess Gibson knows that success is far more than merely developing skills. Just as vital is developing character. Future leaders invariably learn how to achieve their most grandiose dreams when they are fortunate enough to be taken under the tutelage of a proven leader - a mentor with the experience of years who cares about a young lion yearning to conquer the world. How can we be mentors? Thought-provoking answers fill this conversational, anecdote-packed, how-to book written to appeal any reader.

Quit Playing With Fire

by Ron Luce

The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us to remember our Creator in the days of our youth, "before the days of trouble come." Our Heavenly Father desires to have a relationship with all of us as individuals, and it should start when we are young. In Quite Playing with Fire, Ron Luce explains how obstacles in the life of a teenager can be overcome through meditating on the Word. Get rid of the negative relationships you've coveted. Find happiness with the right kind of boyfriend or girlfriend. Shield your life from the shadow of AIDS. Learn that your parents really do have your best interests at heart. Serving as an eye-opening guide for teens of all backgrounds, Quit Playing with Fire is a source of great encouragement for the youth of today.

Secrets of the Heart

by Richard W. Dortch

A life that is free, that is what most of us seek. It isn't that we don't want some's just our quest to know freedom...victorious living of heart, mind, and soul. Richard Dortch wants you to be a person who will let the sunlight in and let life be the beautiful experience it can be. Dortch, in his high-profile position as president of one of America's largest ministries, saw firsthand what secrets, compromise, and hidden things can do to a person. Now, after coming to terms with the secrets of his own heart, Richard Dortch is in a unique position to help others see what blessed freedom there is in living a life courageously and being totally transparent. You will not be the same after walking with him through the experiences of... Secrets of the Heart. On these pages we'll discuss: The warning signs of deception. How to avoid the penalty of secrets. The keys to self-examination. How to build trust and confidence. How to escape from denial. The keys to confession. How to find principles worth keeping. The 10 secrets for truthful living. How to find freedom from guilt. Life-changing declarations of truth.

The Mystery of Death

by Lester Sumrall

Death is both a collective and individual experience. All humans die, and yet the mystery lies in the solitary experience. It is a trip we all make alone. In The Mystery of Death, Lester Sumrall draws on 66 years of ministry experience in helping us sort out this transition of life. From the jungles of Africa to the modern hospitals of the United States, Dr. Sumrall has observed death - the pain, peace, resistance, and acceptance. His unique storytelling paints a picture of death that is not hopeless. Calling death "a monster," Dr. Sumrall explains in vivid detail its origins, and why he has come to a place where he has no dread of it. Dr. Sumrall also addresses these points: Life after Death Worshiping the Dead Searching for Immortality In Those Final Moments Death by Suicide Coping with Death and Grief

Losing It All & Finding Yourself

by Richard W. Dortch

No matter what you do, you cannot stop God from loving you! Richard Dortch knows what it means to lose it all. Fired from his job, forced out of his home, dismissed from his denomination, and facing an eight-year prison sentence for his involvement at PTL, he hit rock bottom. He lost his integrity, his reputation, his freedom, and his sense of self-respect. Standing among the ruins of his life, Richard Dortch dusted himself off and began the journey back. Only someone who has been there and back can take you up on the mountains and into the valleys and point out the way. With remarkable insight, Richard Dortch shares the secrets of his heart and gives you a glimpse into his soul. You'll come away marveling at the grace of a loving Heavenly Father and strengthened in your own spirit to face whatever life may bring. And, hopefully, you, too, will look deep within and find something you may have lost along the way - yourself.

Murder on the Rails: The True Story of the Detective Who Unlocked the Shocking Secrets of the Boxcar Serial Killer

by Tanya Chalupa William Palmini

When a down-on-his-luck Vietnam veteran is bludgeoned and stabbed to death in his campsite close to a railroad crossing, Detective Sergeant Bill Palmini has a gut feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg. <P><P>Taking command, he swiftly embeds a trusted informant into the shadowy subculture of rail hoppers. What the veteran cop doesn't know, however, is that the murderer is already thousands of miles away and the brutal killing is just one of scores, possibly hundreds, he has committed. Following the killer's bloody trail of death and terror over an eightmonth period, Palmini learns of a violent, predatory pack of criminals: the FTRA. Freight Train Riders of America. This drug-fueled, counter-culture gang from hell lives by a vicious code of robbery, rape and murder on the rails--and Palmini's prey is one of its most feared members. The killer, Robert Silveria, is captured and Palmini begins to interrogate him. A strange, inexplicable bond forms between them. As the relationship deepens, Silveria confesses to a fourteen-year killing spree and murders in twenty eight states. At his trial, the serial killer is sentenced to life in prison and Palmini continues working with the FBI and other law enforcement groups to crack down on the vicious FTRA gang and make the nation's rails safer for all of us.

Murder in Dealey Plaza: What We Know that We Didn't Know Then about the Death of JFK

by Ph.D. James H. Fetzer

We now know vastly more about the killing of John F. Kennedy than was known 20 or 30 years ago, and new evidence is accumulating almost every day. <P><P>This new evidence is being uncovered by the bold application of scientific and technological expertise to the assassination records, including the film, photographic, and autopsy records.Murder in Dealey Plaza presents the latest and best of the new assassination research. As a result of these freshly uncovered findings, it is possible to say with moral certainty and considerable scientific authority that the murder of President Kennedy was committed by a meticulously executed conspiracy which was then observed by an extensive cover-up.

Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood

by Kimberly A. Blessing Paul Tudico

"Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find myself and my true identity? (Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento); How do I find meaning from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy); What is the chief purpose in life? (American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption); and How ought I live my life? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority Report, Groundhog Day).

(Mostly) Wordless

by Jed Alexander

As its title suggests, (Mostly) Wordless is a mostly wordless all-ages book filled with stories, short vignettes and character sketches told with either no, or few words. <P><P>The book begins with the wordless mini-epic, "Ella and The Pirates," an enchanting tale about a little girl and her imaginary adventures as a pirate as she sails through perilous waters, has sword fights and discovers buried treasure. This continually surprising and engaging book rewards repeat readings, with something new to discover on every page. For young readers and non-readers alike!

Class Unknown

by Mark Pittenger

Since the Gilded Age, social scientists, middle-class reformers, and writers have left the comforts of their offices to "pass" as steel workers, coal miners, assembly-line laborers, waitresses, hoboes, and other working and poor people in an attempt to gain a fuller and more authentic understanding of the lives of the working class and the poor. In this first, sweeping study of undercover investigations of work and poverty in America, award-winning historian Mark Pittenger examines how intellectuals were shaped by their experiences with the poor, and how despite their sympathy toward working-class people, they unintentionally helped to develop the contemporary concept of a degraded and "other" American underclass. While contributing to our understanding of the history of American social thought, Class Unknown offers a new perspective on contemporary debates over how we understand and represent our own society and its class divisions.

Living Out Islam

by Scott Siraj Kugle

2015 Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award presented by the Stonewall Books Awards of the American Library Association Muhsin is one of the organizers of Al-Fitra Foundation, a South African support group for lesbian, transgender, and gay Muslims. Islam and homosexuality are seen by many as deeply incompatible. This, according to Muhsin, is why he had to act. "I realized that I'm not alone--these people are going through the very same things that I'm going through. But I've managed, because of my in-depth relationship with God, to reconcile the two. I was completely comfortable saying to the world that I'm gay and I'm Muslim. I wanted to help other people to get there. So that's how I became an activist." Living Out Islam documents the rarely-heard voices of Muslims who live in secular democratic countries and who are gay, lesbian, and transgender. It weaves original interviews with Muslim activists into a compelling composite picture which showcases the importance of the solidarity of support groups in the effort to change social relationships and achieve justice. This nascent movement is not about being "out" as opposed to being "in the closet." Rather, as the voices of these activists demonstrate, it is about finding ways to live out Islam with dignity and integrity, reconciling their sexuality and gender with their faith and reclaiming Islam as their own.

We Will Shoot Back

by Akinyele Omowale Umoja

Winner of the 2014 Anna Julia Cooper-CLR James Book Award presented by the National Council of Black Studies Winner of the 2014 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature In We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, Akinyele Omowale Umoja argues that armed resistance was critical to the Southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Intimidation and fear were central to the system of oppression in most of the Deep South. To overcome the system of segregation, Black people had to overcome fear to present a significant challenge to White domination. As the civil rights movement developed, armed self-defense and resistance became a significant means by which the descendants of enslaved Africans overturned fear and intimidation and developed different political and social relationships between Black and White Mississippians. This riveting historical narrative reconstructs the armed resistance of Black activists, their challenge of racist terrorism, and their fight for human rights. Instructor's Guide

Experiencing World History

by Peter N. Stearns Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks Paul Vauthier Adams Lily Hwa Erick Detlef Langer

Covering early societies, the classical, postclassical, and modern periods, and the 20th century, and blending the great advances in historical research over the past quarter century, Experiencing World History represents an important addition to the teaching of world history. Focusing on major issues in social history in the context of world history and divided into five chronological sections that highlight the mixture of change and continuity, the volume traces key aspects of society over time, among them gender; work and leisure; state and society; culture contact and population patterns. Truly global in scope, Experiencing World History includes deep coverage of all the major areas including Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. A brief introduction ties the social history themes to more conventional world history coverage, and an epilogue after each of the five sections suggests overarching themes and connections.

License to Wed

by Kimberly D. Richman

A critical reader of the history of marriage understands that it is an institution that has always been in flux. It is also a decidedly complicated one, existing simultaneously in the realms of religion, law, and emotion. And yet recent years have seen dramatic and heavily waged battles over the proposition of including same sex couples in marriage. Just what is at stake in these battles? License to Wed examines the meanings of marriage for couples in the two first states to extend that right to same sex couples: California and Massachusetts. The two states provide a compelling contrast: while in California the rights that go with marriage--inheritance, custody, and so forth--were already granted to couples under the state's domestic partnership law, those in Massachusetts did not have this same set of rights. At the same time, Massachusetts has offered civil marriage consistently since 2004; Californians, on the other hand, have experienced a much more turbulent legal path. And yet, same-sex couples in both states seek to marry for a variety of interacting, overlapping, and evolving reasons that do not vary significantly by location. The evidence shows us that for many of these individuals, access to civil marriage in particular--not domestic partnership alone, no matter how broad--and not a commitment ceremony alone, no matter how emotional--is a home of such personal, civic, political, and instrumental resonance that it is ultimately difficult to disentangle the many meanings of marriage. This book attempts to do so, and in the process reveals just what is at stake for these couples, how access to a legal institution fundamentally alters their consciousness, and what the impact of legal inclusion is for those traditionally excluded.

Community Criminology

by Ralph B. Taylor

For close to a century, the field of community criminology has examined the causes and consequences of community crime and delinquency rates. Nevertheless, there is still a lot we do not know about the dynamics behind these connections. In this book, Ralph Taylor argues that obstacles to deepening our understanding of community/crime links arise in part because most scholars have overlooked four fundamental concerns: how conceptual frames depend on the geographic units and/or temporal units used; how to establish the meaning of theoretically central ecological empirical indicators; and how to think about the causes and consequences of non-random selection dynamics. The volume organizes these four conceptual challenges using a common meta-analytic framework. The framework pinpoints critical features of and gaps in current theories about communities and crime, connects these concerns to current debates in both criminology and the philosophy of social science, and sketches the types of theory testing needed in the future if we are to grow our understanding of the causes and consequences of community crime rates. Taylor explains that a common meta-theoretical frame provides a grammar for thinking critically about current theories and simultaneously allows presenting these four topics and their connections in a unified manner. The volume provides an orientation to current and past scholarship in this area by describing three distinct but related community crime sequences involving delinquents, adult offenders, and victims. These sequences highlight community justice dynamics thereby raising questions about frequently used crime indicators in this area of research. A groundbreaking work melding past scholarly practices in criminology with the field's current needs, Community Criminology is an essential work for criminologists.

Citizenship Excess

by Hector Amaya

Drawing on contemporary conflicts between Latino/as and anti-immigrant forces, Citizenship Excess illustrates the limitations of liberalism as expressed through U.S. media channels. Inspired by Latin American critical scholarship on the "coloniality of power," Amaya demonstrates that nativists use the privileges associated with citizenship to accumulate power. That power is deployed to aggressively shape politics, culture, and the law, effectively undermining Latino/as who are marked by the ethno-racial and linguistic difference that nativists love to hate. Yet these social characteristics present crucial challenges to the political, legal, and cultural practices that define citizenship. Amaya examines the role of ethnicity and language in shaping the mediated public sphere through cases ranging from the participation of Latino/as in the Iraqi war and pro-immigration reform marches to labor laws restricting Latino/a participation in English-language media and news coverage of undocumented immigrant detention centers. Citizenship Excess demonstrates that the evolution of the idea of citizenship in the United States and the political and cultural practices that define it are intricately intertwined with nativism.

Getting Wasted

by Thomas Vander Ven

Most American college campuses are home to a vibrant drinking scene where students frequently get wasted, train-wrecked, obliterated, hammered, destroyed, and decimated. The terms that university students most commonly use to describe severe alcohol intoxication share a common theme: destruction, and even after repeated embarrassing, physically unpleasant, and even violent drinking episodes, students continue to go out drinking together. In Getting Wasted, Thomas Vander Ven provides a unique answer to the perennial question of why college students drink. Vander Ven argues that college students rely on "drunk support:" contrary to most accounts of alcohol abuse as being a solitary problem of one person drinking to excess, the college drinking scene is very much a social one where students support one another through nights of drinking games, rituals and rites of passage. Drawing on over 400 student accounts, 25 intensive interviews, and one hundred hours of field research, Vander Ven sheds light on the extremely social nature of college drinking. Giving voice to college drinkers as they speak in graphic and revealing terms about the complexity of the drinking scene, Vander Ven argues that college students continue to drink heavily, even after experiencing repeated bad experiences, because of the social support that they give to one another and due to the creative ways in which they reframe and recast violent, embarrassing, and regretful drunken behaviors. Provocatively, Getting Wasted shows that college itself, closed and seemingly secure, encourages these drinking patterns and is one more example of the dark side of campus life.

Forging Napoleon's Grande Armée

by Michael J. Hughes

The men who fought in Napoleon's Grande Armée built a new empire that changed the world. Remarkably, the same men raised arms during the French Revolution for liberté, égalité, and fraternité. In just over a decade, these freedom fighters, who had once struggled to overthrow tyrants, rallied to the side of a man who wanted to dominate Europe. What was behind this drastic change of heart? In this ground-breaking study, Michael J. Hughes shows how Napoleonic military culture shaped the motivation of Napoleon's soldiers. Relying on extensive archival research and blending cultural and military history, Hughes demonstrates that the Napoleonic regime incorporated elements from both the Old Regime and French Revolutionary military culture to craft a new military culture, characterized by loyalty to both Napoleon and the preservation of French hegemony in Europe. Underscoring this new, hybrid military culture were five sources of motivation: honor, patriotism, a martial and virile masculinity, devotion to Napoleon, and coercion. Forging Napoleon's Grande Armée vividly illustrates how this many-pronged culture gave Napoleon's soldiers reasons to fight.

Perverse Spectators

by Janet Staiger

Film and television have never been more prevalent or watched than they are now, yet we still have little understanding of how people process and make use of what they see. And though we acknowledge the enormous role the media plays in our culture, we have only a vague sense of how it actually influences our attitudes and desires. In Perverse Spectators, Janet Staiger argues that studying the interpretive methods of spectators within their historical contexts is both possible and necessary to understand the role media plays in culture and in our personal lives. This analytical approach is applied to topics such as depictions of violence, the role of ratings codes, the horror and suspense genre, historical accuracy in film, and sexual identities, and then demonstrated through works like JFK, The Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Psycho, and A Clockwork Orange. Each chapter shows a different approach to reconstructing audience responses to films, consistently and ingeniously finding traces of what would otherwise appear to be unrecoverable information. Using vivid examples, charting key concepts, and offering useful syntheses of long-standing debates, Perverse Spectators constitutes a compelling case for a reconsideration of the assumptions about film reception which underlie contemporary scholarship in media studies. Taking on widely influential theories and scholars, Perverse Spectators is certain to spark controversy and help redefine the study of film as it enters the new millennium.

How To Forgive When It's Hard to Forget

by Joy Haney

Betrayed by a loved one, it's easy to allow the pain that stabs the heart to leave behind ugly scars of bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness. But it doesn't have to be that way. In this book, Joy Haney shows you how to experience grace under the pressure of hurtful experiences. Walking through the fire of bitterness and devastation, you can rise to a new level of refinement and forgiveness and learn to make choices that lead to spiritual growth instead of despair. You will be challenged to walk in a new dimension of strength as the wisdom of God brings healing to your mind and spirit.

God Is Not Fair

by Joel Freeman

Have you ever felt like nobody really understands the pain you have experienced? Are you in the midst of a crisis, feeling like you're one hair's breadth away from insanity? Are you angry with God for something you felt He did to you or a loved one? Do you have a problem with receiving and/or giving forgiveness? Have you ever had your very own personal pity party? For a day? For a week? For a month? For a decade? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not unique. The book you now hold in your hands will welcome you into the fellowship of those who have battled and overcome grief. Using a unique blend of humor, personal vulnerability, compassion and tough-minded insight, Joel Freeman tackles the basic questions that most people ask when life has handed them a raw deal. You will also understand how you have already passed the invisible, spiritual test being waged this very moment for the attention of your heart. You are about to embark upon a remarkable, life-changing journey...

Sky High Faith

by Ken Gaub

Living life with a positive outlook is a chore for some of us. We want success and happiness, but attaining it requires us to scramble over the sharp rocks of disillusionment and dodge boulders made of setbacks. Now, Ken Gaub has written a book that will catapult you above the mountaintop. Sky High Faith outlines 20 Success Secrets for achieving success in this life. They're "secrets" because so few apply them! Practical and inspirational tips for strengthening relationships, motivating yourself and others in business, and personal peace are offered in a unique style that can only be Ken Gaub. The author's exuberance, wit, and drive to succeed in life will drag you out of the valley to a place where your goals are waiting for a mountaintop experience. This book will refresh you in a truly special way, high above the resting place of failure.

God's Got Your Number

by Ken Gaub

Do you wonder if miracles from God truly occur in today's world? Are you afraid walking in Christian faith requires too much sacrifice? Then perhaps you've never received a phone call from heaven. Ken Gaub did, and for this world evangelist it was a wake-up call that the God who talked with Adam in the cool of the Garden has never abandoned mankind, and stays in close contact with us still today. Gaub's unique blend of humor and straightforward teaching make this book a delightful read for anyone wishing to renew the strength of faith. This humble servant relates how his young faith in God prevented him from "chickening-out" when preaching to his first "congregation," and continues with the state of things today as he travels worldwide on missions for Christ.

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