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Toxic Charity

by Robert D. Lupton

Public service is a way of life for Americans; giving is a part of our national character. But compassionate instincts and generous spirits aren't enough, says veteran urban activist Robert D. Lupton. In this groundbreaking guide, he reveals the disturbing truth about charity: all too much of it has become toxic, devastating to the very people it's meant to help. In his four decades of urban ministry, Lupton has experienced firsthand how our good intentions can have unintended, dire consequences. Our free food and clothing distribution encourages ever-growing handout lines, diminishing the dignity of the poor while increasing their dependency. We converge on inner-city neighborhoods to plant flowers and pick up trash, battering the pride of residents who have the capacity (and responsibility) to beautify their own environment. We fly off on mission trips to poverty-stricken villages, hearts full of pity and suitcases bulging with giveaways-trips that one Nicaraguan leader describes as effective only in "turning my people into beggars." In Toxic Charity, Lupton urges individuals, churches, and organizations to step away from these spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development. He delivers proven strategies for moving from toxic charity to transformative charity. Proposing a powerful "Oath for Compassionate Service" and spotlighting real-life examples of people serving not just with their hearts but with proven strategies and tested tactics, Lupton offers all the tools and inspiration we need to develop healthy, community-driven programs that produce deep, measurable, and lasting change. Everyone who volunteers or donates to charity needs to wrestle with this book.

The Perfectionists

by Sara Shepard

You don't have to be good to be perfect.From Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, comes another series full of juicy secrets, nail-biting suspense, and beautiful girls who will do anything to hide the ugly truth.Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker are all driven to be perfect--no matter the cost. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover that they all hate the same person: handsome womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss, who's done things to hurt each of them. They come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan--jokingly, of course. They'd never actually go through with it. But when Nolan turns up dead in the exact way they'd discussed, the girls suddenly become prime suspects in his murder. Only, they didn't do it. So who did? Unless they find the real killer, and soon, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

Pajama Party

by Amy Hest

Story told in 5 short chapters about Casey, Jenny, and Kate, who are eight years old, having a pajama party complete with sleeping bags, chocolate chip cookies, scary stories, a little trouble, homesickness and a happy ending. Pictures are described.

Night Betrayed

by Joss Ware Colleen Gleason

The world they knew is ashes...and five extraordinary survivors are humankind's last best hope, in New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason writing as Joss Ware's Envy ChroniclesThe Change that devastated the earth did not destroy Theo Waxnicki. It made him something more than human--eternally young, eternally beautiful...but not immortal. When he dies on a mission against the Strangers, he is lost to the darkness...until a miracle lady brings him back.Born during the apocalyptic storms and earthquakes that left the world in ruins, Selena's touch has the ability to ease pain. Now, as Theo starts to live again, to feel and desire again, the secrets they can never share make them targets. And love could be the ultimate betrayal.

Theirs Is the Kingdom

by Robert D. Lupton

Timely, informative reflections on the relationship between poverty and Christianity, the responsibilities of the haves and have-nots, and the lessons Christians can learn from the poor.

Life in a Medieval Village

by Frances Gies Joseph Gies

A lively, detailed picture of village life in the Middle Ages by the authors of Life in a Medieval City and Life in a Medieval Castle. "A good general introduction to the history of this period."--Los Angeles Times

Life in a Medieval City

by Frances Gies Joseph Gies

For students, researchers, and history lovers, a look at day-to-day life in a rarely explored era. "About life and death, midwives and funerals, business, books and authors, and town government."--Choice

Life in a Medieval Castle

by Frances Gies Joseph Gies

"The authors allow medieval man and woman to speak for themselves through selections from past journals, songs, even account books."--Time

Architects of Ruin

by Peter Schweizer

Was the financial collapse caused by free-market capitalism and deregulation run amok, as liberals claim?Not on your life, says Peter Schweizer. What we are really witnessing is a massive failure of social engineering by liberals.Architects of Ruin, bestselling author Peter Schweizer describes in riveting detail how a coalition of left-wing activists, liberal politicians, and "do-good capitalists" on Wall Street leveraged government power to achieve their goal of broadening homeownership among minorities and the poor. The results were not only devastating to the economy, but hurt the very people they were supposedly trying to help.The story begins in the 1960s with Saul Alinsky, the legendary Chicago rabble-rouser who trained his acolytes in highly aggressive techniques of community activism. Alinsky's disciples--along with race-baiting activists like Jesse Jackson--seized on the "redlining" controversy of those years to argue that banks were guilty of racial discrimination. In the 1970s, with the help of liberal senators like Ted Kennedy and William Proxmire, legislation was passed that put bankers under the thumb of local activists. In the Clinton years, a new generation of liberal technocrats came to power in Washington and on Wall Street. Schweizer describes how a powerful phalanx of elite liberals, including Bill Clinton, Robert Rubin, Andrew Cuomo, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Janet Reno, Deval Patrick, Henry Cisneros, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Charles Schumer, and many others, aggressively pushed banks to make trillions of dollars in loans to individuals who should never have received them. Meanwhile, Clinton forged a new form of state capitalism in which the big Wall Street financial companies were repeatedly bailed out--with their profits intact--from a series of costly errors, leading them to take ever larger risks. Both financial policies had profoundly distorting effects. The result was the bursting of twin bubbles in mortgages and mortgage-backed derivatives, in turn leading to a global economic collapse. This tale of liberal "Robin Hood capitalism run wild" has never been told. But more than just a story about the past, it is also an urgent warning about the future. For today, the very same people who planted the seeds of the collapse are back in Washington, tasked with cleaning up the mess and determined to use the crisis they caused as cover for a massive overhaul of the American economic system. These people have learned nothing from their past mistakes and are busy applying the same methods to other sectors of the economy--health care, the auto industry, real estate (again!), and above all the promotion of "green" technologies--inflating bubbles that are sure to bring about another crisis. Ordinary Americans who foot the bill for the last state-capitalist bubble have reason to be afraid--very afraid--of the inevitable result.

That Scandalous Evening

by Christina Dodd

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd spins the captivating tale of a nobleman whose path crosses again with the one woman he absolutely cannot resist . . . .A Disastrous Season A simple statue began the scandal.A Lady Concealed An innocent English miss conceived of it, her hands gliding across the clay, delineating each smoothly defined muscle and sinew, creating a sculpture of the man she worshipped. When the likeness was exposed, along with Miss Jane Higgenbothem's secret tendre for Lord Blackburn, the ton's gleeful contempt sent the lady back to the country in disgrace.A Gentleman Revealed Now, a decade later, she's back in London, as a chaperone to her beautiful niece. But to Blackburn, Jane's unwitting model, the cool, reticent spinster is still a challenge. She once made the arrogant rake a laughingstock; so why is he tempted to revive an affair that almost began so long ago, on that scandalous evening . . . ?

Shadow of Power

by Steve Martini

The Supreme Court is one of our most sacred--and secretive--public institutions. But sometimes secrets can lead to cover-ups with very deadly consequences.Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who craves headline-making celebrity, but with his latest book he may have gone too far. In it he resurrects forgotten language in the U.S. Constitution--and hints at a missing letter of Thomas Jefferson's--that threatens to divide the nation.Then, during a publicity tour, Scarborough is brutally murdered in a San Diego hotel room, and a young man with dark connections is charged. What looks like an open-and-shut case to most people doesn't to defense attorney Paul Madriani. He believes that there is much more to the case and that the defendant is a pawn caught in the middle, being scapegoated by circumstance.As the trial spirals toward its conclusion, Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, race to find the missing Jefferson letter--and the secrets it holds about slavery and scandal at the time of our nation's founding and the very reason Scarborough was killed. Madriani's chase takes him from the tension-filled courtroom in California to the trail of a high court justice now suddenly in hiding and lays bare the soaring political stakes for a seat on the highest court, in a country divided, and under the shadow of power.

The Ghost in the Gallery (Dana Girls Mystery #17)

by Carolyn Keene

A ghostly figure, a walking suit of armor, and a gargoyle in the prompter's box confront Jean and Louise Dana and their Starhurst classmates as they rehearse for a musical at Mozart Hall. The owner, a retired singer, and the watchman assure the performers there is nothing to worry about. The students wonder whether their imaginations are playing tricks on them. Or are spooky things actually happening each time they visit the opera house? A contest is held for an original song to be used in the play. The Danas' music is stolen but they make a copy and submit it. When their song is chosen as one of the winners, a listener says she has heard it before! Can the Danas' solve the mystery of Mozart Hall and their song? Picture descriptions and captions added.

She Can Scream

by Melinda Leigh

In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman's life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer. Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women's self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her. Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother's friend, Luke, has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke's unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer. Injured in a terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant's death in the explosion. But Luke can't refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke. Taking on responsibility for Brooke's safety threatens Luke's tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer's obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.

Scars

by Juan José Saer Steve Dolph

Juan José Saer's Scars explores a crime committed by a laborer who shot his wife in the face; or, rather, it explores the circumstances of four characters who have some connection to the crime. Each of the stories in Scars explores a fragment in time when the lives of these characters are altered, more or less, by a singular event.

Immortal

by Christopher Golden Nancy Holder Joss Whedon

In the first hardcover installment of the bestselling "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series, Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, coauthors of "The Watcher's Guide" ("Fans will suck this tome dry" -- "Entertainment Weekly)," present a supernatural tale that pits Buffy against the deadliest vampire yet: one who is. . . "Immortal. " During a routine slaying, Buffy Summers runs into a small group of vampires who seem to be out for more than the usual bite-and-suck. As the vamps scatter, one of them stays behind, willing to sacrifice itself to help the others escape. Though surprised -- vampires aren't exactly known for their generosity -- the Slayer doesn't waste time pondering the demon's motivation and kills it. Or so she thinks. But the next night a new vampire confronts the Chosen One and her friends. One who knows Buffy's name and can anticipate her basic attack. One who doesn't have the proper respect for Mr. Pointy. One whose name is Veronique. "She cannot die. Strike her down, butlike the night she will always come again. And she will bring forth the end of Man. . . . " Every time Buffy kills her, Veronique rises again in

Amish White Christmas: Amish Winter Collection (Book Two)

by Samantha Bayarr

SNOWFLAKES ON GOOSE POND: Ruby Miller is the best ice skater in the community, and Jesse Fisher wants lessons from her. Will Priscilla, her overbearing cousin, get in the way? SNOW ANGELS: Priscilla Miller has closed off her heart since the buggy accident that took the lives of her father and brother. Will Tobias Fisher and his quest for making snow angels, break her heart or mend it? THE GINGERBREAD HAUS: Eden Fisher is devastated when she sees the home she has always called "the gingerbread haus" is scheduled for demolition. Can Gabriel Miller, who has loved her since grade school, keep the haus and her dreams intact?

No One Ever Told Us That

by John D. Spooner

now, but when the reality of it hits, many new adults are thrown into a sudden state of panic. This book is your guide through the storm, your handbook for adulthood, and your personal companion for the journey ahead.John D. Spooner has a dual life. He has been named by Barrons as one of the top 100 financial advisors in America. As an author, the great mystery writer Robert B. Parker has said, "John Spooner is, quite simply, one of the best writers in America."Gain a fresh perspective on the world as a grownupMeet financial challenges with smart money managementAssemble your personal, legal, medical, and financial support teamLearn essential lessons before you suffer their consequencesWritten by the only full-time writer and money manager in AmericaNothing in your experience has ever prepared you for the responsibility of responsibility. You've been thrown into the deep end, the undertow is strong, and the stakes are high--it's time to start swimming. No One Ever Told Us That gets you right on track to your brightest future.

Introduction to Computational Contact Mechanics

by Alexander Konyukhov Ridvan Izi

Introduction to Computational Contact Mechanics: A Geometrical Approach covers the fundamentals of computational contact mechanics and focuses on its practical implementation. Part one of this textbook focuses on the underlying theory and covers essential information about differential geometry and mathematical methods which are necessary to build the computational algorithm independently from other courses in mechanics. The geometrically exact theory for the computational contact mechanics is described in step-by-step manner, using examples of strict derivation from a mathematical point of view. The final goal of the theory is to construct in the independent approximation form /so-called covariant form, including application to high-order and isogeometric finite elements. The second part of a book is a practical guide for programming of contact elements and is written in such a way that makes it easy for a programmer to implement using any programming language. All programming examples are accompanied by a set of verification examples allowing the user to learn the research verification technique, essential for the computational contact analysis. Key features: Covers the fundamentals of computational contact mechanics Covers practical programming, verification and analysis of contact problems Presents the geometrically exact theory for computational contact mechanics Describes algorithms used in well-known finite element software packages Describes modeling of forces as an inverse contact algorithm Includes practical exercises Contains unique verification examples such as the generalized Euler formula for a rope on a surface, and the impact problem and verification of thå percussion center Accompanied by a website hosting software Introduction to Computational Contact Mechanics: A Geometrical Approach is an ideal textbook for graduates and senior undergraduates, and is also a useful reference for researchers and practitioners working in computational mechanics.

Biological Mechanisms of Tooth Movement

by Vinod Krishnan Ze'Ev Davidovitch

Biological Mechanisms of Tooth Movement, Second Edition is an authoritative reference to the scientific foundations underpinning clinical orthodontics. Led by an expert editor team and with contributions from an international group of contributors, the book covers key topics including bone biology, the effects of mechanical loading on tissues and cells, genetics, inflammation, tissue remodeling and the effects of diet, drugs, and systemic diseases. Highly-illustrated throughout, this second edition has been fully revised, updated and expanded to new developments in genomics, rapid orthodontics and current controversies in tooth movement research. Trainees, qualified specialists and researchers in orthodontics can rely on this comprehensive text to inform them about the clinical and scientific implications of the biological mechanisms involved in the movement of teeth.

Wellington Grove (Wellington Cross #2)

by Cheryl Lane

Ginny Hamilton is turning sixteen and has a fortnight before her cotillion ball at Magnolia Grove Plantation. In that time, she prepares for the return of William Brown, who has been studying to be a doctor. She is determined to enlighten him to the fact that she is all grown up now and hopes for a romance, as she has been smitten with him since she was ten. In the midst of picnics, plantation races, and foxhunting, Ginny and William encounter one adventure -- and injury -- after another. Two sisters come to visit who vie for William's attention, resorting to extreme measures in order to do so. Sam Bowen, a cousin of Ginny's step-father, also comes to visit, with his eyes on plantation life as well as Ginny. A scandal threatens to ruin all of Ginny's hopes and dreams, and she discovers that she must be bold and stand up for herself in order to redeem her virtue and achieve her dreams.

Where Would I Be Without You?

by B. J. Gallagher

Best-selling author and inspirational wordsmith, BJ Gallagher presents an exquisite gift book chock full of advice, inspiration, and just plain fun! BJ draws from the women in her life, from famous women from all walks of life and throughout time and collects their advice on love, play, work, growing older, and staying young at heart. This little book is something to put in a guest room, to keep by one's own bedside, to tuck into a get well package. Or a hostess gift or a birthday gift or for the holidays and more. Literally for women of every age and just to say "where would I be without you?" "Women learning from other women is the theme of this book. I hope the stories I have gathered might help you live your life a bit happier, a tad healthier, and maybe with a smidgen more fun, too! True wisdom is the ability to learn from other people's experiences -- may this book bring you a little bit of wisdom and lots of inspiration." --BJ Gallagher. 4-color photographs throughout

Stick-to-it-iveness

by Addie Johnson

"Stick-to-it-iveness is a funny word," Addie Johnson writes in the introduction of this small profound volume. "Some might say it's not even a real word, but it speaks for itself." In her winsome, quirky, inspirational style, Johnson shares ideas that inspire us to make light of the hard work of achieving our dreams. This is a book that attests to the power of a little bit at a time. There's a simple key to accomplishing our wildest dreams--a secret, hidden in plain view--sticking to it.

Live with Intention

by Mary Anne Radmacher

More than two decades ago, noted author, artist and teacher Mary Anne Radmacher, was beginning her chosen path--to live with purpose, to make a difference. She lost a dear friend and she wrote these words, which have appeared wrapped around mugs, on carry bags and journals, day planners, refrigerator magnets, and posters.In her new book she expands these words to invite readers to explore what it might mean to live each day with intention--to figure out what counts for them, what will make their lives richer, allow them to make a difference, and bring verve to each and every day. Radmacher shares the ten qualities she considers essential to intentional living and offers readers exercises, inspirations, and promises to help them find what's important in their lives.

Excellent As You Are

by Sue Patton Thoele

Confidence, courage, and strength. All of these things come from within, but the inspiration and encouragement to sustain these virtues comes from all around us -- from the tall redwoods to the perfect sand dollar, from the flame of a candle to the weave of a hand-knit sweater. In Excellent As You Are, Sue Patton Thoele offers us food for thought, insightful stories, and motivational quotes drawn from her popular meditation book The Woman's Book of Confidence. Her words are combined with lush photographs on which to reflect, proving all with the inspiration we need to find our own sources of lasting confidence, deep comfort, and true inner strength.

The Woman's Book of Spirit

by Sue Patton Thoele M. J. Ryan

When the Divine Feminine instructed Sue Patton Thoele to "pour water on my women," Thoele set about writing a book to provide women with spiritual sustenance for every area of their lives. The Woman's Book of Spirit is the result of that journey.A leader in the women's spirituality movement, Thoele offers her deepest wisdom in this collection, resulting in a powerful and profound book that can be used in a number of ways including using it as a sacred feminine oracle.

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