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What is the secret to an obedient life? A faith that trusts in God. The life of Abraham offers a powerful look at how obedience through faith can change us and impact the world. This study examines Abraham's journey from an everyday person to the patriarch of faith, and shares foundational principles for obedient living. Wiersbe Bible Studies deliver practical, in-depth guides to selected books of the Bible. Featuring insights from Wiersbe's Be Obedient commentary, this eight-week study features engaging questions and practical applications that will help you connect God's word with your life.
In a cluttered and confusing world, there's value in getting back to basics. The first eleven chapters of Genesis offer foundational truths on faith, sin, and relationships--both with God and others. This study guide provides a panoramic view of the beginning of life, while exploring God's basic values for His people. Wiersbe Bible Studies deliver practical, in-depth guides to selected books of the Bible. Featuring insights from Wiersbe's Be Basic commentary, this eight-week study features engaging questions and practical applications that will help you connect God's word with your life.
Dr. R.C. Sproul is one of the most vital and renowned theologians of our time. For over 40 years Dr. Sproul has encouraged, educated, and enlightened millions through his books, teaching, and ministry. How can imperfect people hope to please a perfect God? The answer is both simple and challenging: sanctification. Pleasing God takes an in-depth look at sanctification and its essential role in the life of every believer. Filled with Biblical insights, this release guides both new and seasoned Christians through God's path for transforming His people.
An in-depth look at a God who not only loves, but is love. Love has come to mean many things. It's used to describe emotions. It's the glue for relationships. It frames countless stories. And the greatest of these stories opens before time began and echoes throughout eternity. It's the story of God's unrelenting, overwhelming love for His people. Yet the truth of love is even more majestic, more staggering, and more extraordinary than we can understand: God doesn't just love us. He is love. Renowned theologian and teacher Dr. R.C. Sproul takes a remarkable look at this most profound truth. God's Love delves deep into Scripture to explore this dynamic attribute of God, which finds its ultimate expression in His Son. Dr. Sproul also examines seeming paradoxes of God, such as a loving God and divine hate, and how love coexists with His sovereignty. Practical, insightful, and revolutionary, God's Love compels and calls us to reflect His nature of unconditional love.
Allison Chamberlain has done everything God required of her--but as He continues to nudge her in the third and final book of The Reluctant Prophet series, she is ready to say, "Enough!"Even with two Sacrament Houses open, the Sisters' second hand clothing boutique making its debut, and the orphaned Desmond legally adopted, Allison Chamberlain receives the divine Nudge to Go another mile. Eventually responding with her usual reluctant obedience, she finds herself caring for a very young prostitute and facing the deepest roots of evil. Despite the adversaries who threaten those closest to her, Allison finds that she has not gone far enough until she conquers hate and learns to love as God does. No matter what the consequences.
For anyone who ever feels invisible, unnoticed, or unappreciated, here's an invitation to rediscover the biblical God who sees you.Tammy Maltby wants women to know their lives matter. So she invites you to explore the real-life implications of knowing God sees you, He loves you passionately, and He's intimately involved with every aspect of your life. God wants you to see Him too and to partner with you in bringing about His kingdom.When you take this reality to heart, you will live more honestly, confidently, and fearlessly--because everything looks different once you really see the God who sees you.
The slightest spark will ignite an explosion. The tinderbox of broken political and racial relations in France and Algeria provides plenty of kindling. And the growing friction, especially in Algeria, will soon combust. A tentative ceasefire offers little to cool the heat. And in the midst of the turmoil, Gabriella Madison guards the orphans in her care, while battling jealousy when Anne-Marie Duchemin, David's former flame, arrives in Castelnau, France. As they protect the little ones in their care amid rising discomfort in the community with the multi-cultural orphanage, each wonders who David will choose. Meanwhile, David is trapped in Algeria, caught in the turmoil of a country gone mad. He seeks a way to guard his life and, at the same time, protect the refugees he came to help. And escape seems impossible. Unable to predict what lies ahead, Gabriella and David learn that in life, waiting is the hardest part. The answers lie in two testaments.
Lost? Explore the way to life! We've lost the way that leads to life. With competing priorities and rival demands, we're more confused than ever in how to live the life Jesus offers. Is it the church way, the American way, or the busy way? With so many ways facing us, we're more paralyzed than alive; more perplexed than sure; more bewildered than confident. The Jesus Life offers eight compelling ways to help us rediscover what it really means to follow Jesus in the 21st ccentury.
The latest edition of the single most authoritative guide on dimensional modeling for data warehousing! Dimensional modeling has become the most widely accepted approach for data warehouse design. Here is a complete library of dimensional modeling techniques-- the most comprehensive collection ever written. Greatly expanded to cover both basic and advanced techniques for optimizing data warehouse design, this second edition to Ralph Kimball's classic guide is more than sixty percent updated. The authors begin with fundamental design recommendations and gradually progress step-by-step through increasingly complex scenarios. Clear-cut guidelines for designing dimensional models are illustrated using real-world data warehouse case studies drawn from a variety of business application areas and industries, including: * Retail sales and e-commerce * Inventory management * Procurement * Order management * Customer relationship management (CRM) * Human resources management * Accounting * Financial services * Telecommunications and utilities * Education * Transportation * Health care and insurance By the end of the book, you will have mastered the full range of powerful techniques for designing dimensional databases that are easy to understand and provide fast query response. You will also learn how to create an architected framework that integrates the distributed data warehouse using standardized dimensions and facts. This book is also available as part of the Kimball's Data Warehouse Toolkit Classics Box Set (ISBN: 9780470479575) with the following 3 books: The Data Warehouse Toolkit, 2nd Edition (9780471200246) The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit, 2nd Edition (9780470149775) The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit (9780764567575)
Tap the power of Big Data with Microsoft technologiesBig Data is here, and Microsoft's new Big Data platform is avaluable tool to help your company get the very most out of it.This timely book shows you how to use HDInsight along withHortonWorks Data Platform for Windows to store, manage, analyze,and share Big Data throughout the enterprise. Focusing primarily onMicrosoft and HortonWorks technologies but also covering opensource tools, Microsoft Big Data Solutions explains bestpractices, covers on-premises and cloud-based solutions, andfeatures valuable case studies.Best of all, it helps you integrate these new solutions withtechnologies you already know, such as SQL Server and Hadoop.Walks you through how to integrate Big Data solutions in yourcompany using Microsoft's HDInsight Server, HortonWorks DataPlatform for Windows, and open source toolsExplores both on-premises and cloud-based solutionsShows how to store, manage, analyze, and share Big Data throughthe enterpriseCovers topics such as Microsoft's approach to Big Data,installing and configuring HortonWorks Data Platform for Windows,integrating Big Data with SQL Server, visualizing data withMicrosoft and HortonWorks BI tools, and moreHelps you build and execute a Big Data planIncludes contributions from the Microsoft and HortonWorks BigData product teamsIf you need a detailed roadmap for designing and implementing afully deployed Big Data solution, you'll want Microsoft Big DataSolutions.
Everything you need to know about your Android smartphone?in full color! Eager to learn the ins and outs of your exciting, new Android phone? Then this is the book you need! Written in the typical fun and friendly For Dummies style, this full-color guide covers the basics of all the features of Android phones without weighing you down with heavy technical terms or jargon. Veteran world-renowned author Dan Gookin walks you through everything from getting started with setup and configuration to making the most of your phone's potential with texting, e-mailing, accessing the Internet and social networking sites, using the camera, synching with a PC, downloading apps, and more. Covers all the details of the operating system that applies to every Android phone, including Motorola Droids, HTC devices, Samsung Galaxy S phones, to name a few Walks you through basic phone operations while also encouraging you to explore your phone's full potential Serves as an ideal guide to an inexperienced Android newbie who is enthusiastic about getting a handle on everything an Android phone can do Android Phones For Dummies helps you get smarter with your Android smartphone.
Guidelines for Reporting Health Research is a practical guide to choosing and correctly applying the appropriate guidelines when reporting health research to ensure clear, transparent, and useful reports.This new title begins with an introduction to reporting guidelines and an overview of the importance of transparent reporting, the characteristics of good guidelines, and how to use reporting guidelines effectively in reporting health research. This hands-on manual also describes over a dozen internationally recognised published guidelines such as CONSORT, STROBE, PRISMA and STARD in a clear and easy to understand format. It aims to help researchers choose and use the correct guidelines for reporting their research, and to produce more completely and transparently reported papers which will help to ensure reports are more useful and are not misleading.Written by the authors of health research reporting guidelines, in association with the EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network, Guidelines for Reporting Health Research is a helpful guide to producing publishable research. It will be a valuable resource for researchers in their role as authors and also an important reference for editors and peer reviewers.
Why has Warby Parker been able to make such dramatic inroadsagainst the behemoths in the long established eyeglass market? Howhas Method revolutionized the soap aisle? Amid the cacophony ofonline retailers, why has Etsy seen such explosive growth, with2013 annual sales north of $1 billion? These companies all have been disruptive because they areoperating from a strong social/environmental purpose. They areproving a counterintuitive truth - purpose can drive profits.But it's not just innovative startups that are getting in onthe action. Blue chip companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola and IBM areinnovating within their organization to create a positive socialand environmental impact globally.This is not a trend. It's the future of business.Based on in-depth interviews with founders, Profit & Purposeprofiles a number of the most successful pioneers of this new wayforward, telling the stories of thirteen social enterprises rangingfrom non-profits like Charity:Water and DonorsChoose.org, tofor-profits, like Method and Burts Bees; from startups like Etsyand Warby Parker, to multinational corporations with marketcapitalizations in the hundreds of billions, like Coca-Cola, IBMand Nike. Kyle Westaway digs beneath the public stories of theseorganizations' success to reveal how they have harness thepower of purpose. Taking readers behind the scenes, he shows how these leadingsocial enterprises progressed from concept to scale, how theyovercame common pitfalls, and how they managed to find an optimalbalance between their mission and their business mandates. Westawayreveals that though there is no magic bullet formula thatguarantees success, there are seven core practices that distinguishthese market leaders from the pack of contenders. They are: DISCOVER THROUGH CURIOSITY // Finding the rightopportunity catalyzes impact.DESIGN WITH HUMILTY // Prioritizing users creates killerproducts.BUILD THROUGH HUSTLE // Rallying people creates criticalmomentum for launch.FUND BY COMMITMENT // Aligning funders around a vision createstrue partnerships.CONNECT WITH AUTHENTICITY // Authentic connection builds amovement.SCALE THROUGH COMMUNITY // Focusing on culture ensures smartgrowth.EVALUATE WITH HONESTY // Honest measurement ensures continualimprovement.Profit & Purpose takes the literature on socialentrepreneurship an important step forward, providing the practicaltools for turning good intentions into breakaway success.
Focusing on polarization matrix optics in many forms, this book includes coverage of a wide range of methods which have been applied to LCD modeling, ranging from the simple Jones matrix method to elaborate and high accuracy algorithms suitable for off-axis optics. Researchers and scientists are constantly striving for improved performance, faster response times, wide viewing angles, improved colour in liquid crystal display development, and with this comes the need to model LCD devices effectively. The authors have significant experience in dealing with the problems related to the practical application of liquid crystals, in particular their optical performance. Key features: Explores analytical solutions and approximations to important cases in the matrix treatment of different LC layer configurations, and the application of these results to improve the computational method Provides the analysis of accuracies of the different approaches discussed in the book Explains the development of the Eigenwave Jones matrix method which offers a path to improved accuracy compared to Jones matrix and extended Jones matrix formalisms, while achieving significant improvement in computational speed and versatility compared to full 4x4 matrix methods Includes a companion website hosting the authors' program library LMOPTICS (FORTRAN 90), a collection of routines for calculating the optical characteristics of stratified media, the use of which allows for the easy implementation of the methods described in this book. The website also contains a set of sample programs (source codes) using LMOPTICS, which exemplify the application of these methods in different situations
Unique reference source that can be used from the beginning to end of a design project to aid choosing an appropriate LCD addressing technique for a given application This book will be aimed at design engineers who are likely to embed LCD drivers and controllers in many systems including systems on chip. Such designers face the challenge of making the right choice of an addressing technique that will serve them with best performance at minimal cost and complexity. Readers will be able to learn about various methods available for driving matrix LCDs and the comparisons at the end of each chapter will aid readers to make an informed design choice. The book will address the various driving techniques related to LCDs. Due to the non-linear response of the liquid crystal to external voltages, different driving methods such as passive and active matrix driving can be utilized. The associated theoretical basis of these driving techniques is introduced, and this theoretical analysis is supplemented by information on the implementation of drivers and controllers to link the theory to practice. Written by an experienced research scientist with over 30 years in R&D in this field. Acts as an exhaustive review and comparison of techniques developed for passive-matrix addressing of twisted nematic and super-twisted nematic (STN) LCDs. Discusses the trend towards "High Definition" displays and that a hybrid approach to drive matrix LCDs (combination of active and passive matrix addressing) will be the future of LCD addressing. Contains the author's recent work on Bit-Slice Addressing that is useful for fast responding LCDs, as well as a chapter on driving ferroelectric LCDs Provides an objective comparison that will enable designers to make an informed choice of an addressing technique for a specific application. Includes examples of the practical applications of addressing techniques. Organised in a way that each chapter can be read independently; with the basic knowledge and historical background gained from the introductory chapters, adequate for understanding the techniques that are presented in the remaining chapters making it a self-contained reference.
This new edition overviews drug transporters and presents the principles of drug transport and associated techniques, featuring new chapters on multidrug and toxin extrusion proteins, placental transport, in silico approaches in drug discovery, and regulatory guidance for drug transport studies in drug development. * Describes drug transporter families, mechanisms, and clinical implications along with experimental methods for studying and characterizing drug transporters * Includes new chapters on multidrug and toxin extrusion proteins, placental transport and in silico approaches in drug discovery * Has a new chapter covering regulatory guidance for the evaluation of drug transport in drug development with global criteria used for drug transporters in clinical trials * Arranges material to go from fundamental mechanisms to clinical outcomes, making the book useful for novice and expert readers
All companies, no matter what industry they are in, or what product or service they create, do four basic things. Offer something for sale, sell it, collect money for it, and create content about what they do. Product development, Marketing, Sales, and Finance are all essential to the organization and are typically managed at the VP or CXO level, yet a company's content, which contains all of its intellectual property, is often overlooked. The Content Pool: Leveraging Your Company's Largest Hidden Asset makes the case for placing content creation, management, and distribution on a par with other core strategic business activities. Inside the Book Identifying Your Content Organizing Your Content Managing Your Content Leveraging Your Content The Case for a Chief Content Officer Bibliography and Index
WIKI: Grow Your Own for Fun and Profit introduces the concept of wikis, and shows why they are becoming the must-have communications and collaboration technology for businesses of any size. Using a garden as a metaphor, Alan J. Porter shows you step-by-step how to select wiki software, get started, overcome resistance to wikis, maintain your wiki, and use your wiki for internal collaboration, project planning, communication with your customers, and more. Includes five case studies that highlight the ways companies are using wikis to solve business and communication problems, increase efficiency, and improve customer satisfaction. Inside the Book A Brief History of Collaboration Defining the Wiki Planting the Seed First Growth Maintaining the Garden Landscaping Harvesting the Information A Wiki Checklist Notes on Popular Wiki Software Resources and Index
If you've been asked to get funding for a content strategy initiative and need to build a compelling business case, if you've been approached by your staff to implement a content strategy and want to know the business benefits, or if you've been asked to sponsor a content strategy project and don't know what one is, this book is for you. Rahel Anne Bailie and Noz Urbina come from distinctly different backgrounds, but they share a deep understanding of how to help your organization build a content strategy. Content Strategy: Connecting the dots between business, brand, and benefits is the first content strategy book that focuses on project managers, department heads, and other decision makers who need to know about content strategy. It provides practical advice on how to sell, create, implement, and maintain a content strategy, including case studies that show both successful and not so successful efforts. Inside the Book Introduction to Content Strategy Why Content Strategy and Why Now The Value and ROI of Content Content Under the Hood Developing a Content Strategy Glossary, Bibliography, and Index
Anne Gentle's Conversation and Community has become the go-to reference for social media and technical communication. Her clear-eyed survey of the social media landscape has been adopted by many universities and is widely used by technical communicators. Now, in this second edition, she has updated and expanded her book, adding chapters on building a content strategy, analyzing web techniques, and developing an open source strategy. With more interviews and case studies, this is your guide to the new world of technical communication and social media. Inside the Book Towards the Future of Documentation Defining a Writer's Role with the Social Web Community and Documentation Commenting and Connecting with Users Wikis as Documentation Systems Finding Your Voice Content Strategy for Community Documentation NEW Chapter Analyzing and Measuring Web Techniques NEW Chapter Open Source Documentation NEW Chapter Concepts and Tools of the Social Web Glossary, Expanded Bibliography, and Index
Phil Gochenour combines real-world experience designing enterprise information systems with a veteran teacher's ability to explain the basic principles behind any system design, whether it's a cookbook or a software company's wiki. Information System Design Using TWiki takes the reader through a step-by-step project starting with the basic building block of all information systems, the topic, and continuing with sections on metadata, search systems, and usability. The companion website provides sample code that can be used to construct the complete project on the TWiki wiki platform, making it possible for readers to understand TWiki's functionality and potential while constructing a usable system. Whether you are looking for a way to learn the basics of information system design, or you work with TWiki and want to learn how to use it more effectively, this book is for you.
The Secret Life of Word looks at Microsoft Word from the perspective of technical and other professional writers. It gives writers an in-depth look at the hidden capabilities of Word, and shows how to take advantage of those capabilities without being a programmer. The Secret Life of Word will help you master the full gamut of Word mysteries, including AutoCorrect, QuickParts, BuildingBlocks, macros, Smart Tags, program-less VBA programming, and much more. There's something here for everyone who uses Microsoft Word, from new users to experts.Inside the BookPreface Introduction to Word Automation Creating Macros Find and Replace Fields, Form Fields, and Content Controls AutoCorrect and AutoText/Building Blocks Smart Tags Exchanging Data Code Samples Automation Related Topics Glossary, Bibliography, and Index
Managing Writers is a practical guide to managing documentation projects in the real world. It is informal, but concise, using examples from the author's experience working with and managing technical writers. It looks beyond big project, big team methodologies to the issues faced by smaller, less well-funded projects. Managing Writers is for technical writers, both freelancers and employees, documentation managers, and managers in other disciplines who are responsible for documentation; anyone who may need to manage, full or part-time, a documentation project. Inside the Book Leading People Leading Projects Leading Technology Glossary, Bibliography, and Index
Web and Tech Comm guru Sarah Maddox takes you inside the Confluence wiki for an in-depth guide to developing and publishing technical documentation on a wiki. She looks at life on a wiki from the points of view of both technical writers and readers. Confluence, Tech Comm, Chocolate shows you how to make your wiki fly.While it focuses on Confluence, the concepts and strategies can be used with any wiki. The basic message is that technical documentation becomes true communication when you add the social and collaborative tools that a wiki provides.Inside the Book Introduction Developing Technical Documentation on a Wiki Life on a Wiki Giving Your Wiki Wings Glossary and Index
MySQL Cookbook provides a unique problem-and-solution format that offers practical examples for everyday programming dilemmas. For every problem addressed in the book, there's a worked-out solution or "recipe" -- short, focused pieces of code that you can insert directly into your applications. More than a collection of cut-and-paste code, this book explanation how and why the code works, so you can learn to adapt the techniques to similar situations.