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From the bestselling author of Reimagining Church comes an essential guide that provides practical, effective tools for finding vibrant Christian communities.Driven by a passion for the body of Christ, Frank Viola has written some of today's most authoritative and celebrated works on the growing home, organic, and missional church movements. Now Viola shares practical keys to a healthy and successful church plant.Viola contends that many congregations today are struggling to survive, not because of bad planning, but poor planting. He presents an essential guide for starting and nourishing organic churches in any culture. Drawing from both Scripture and a wealth of experience, Viola offers real-world tools, insights, and practical suggestions so churches won't just grow, but thrive.
The critically acclaimed author of Crossing Myself tells the next chapter of his personal story as he reflects on issues of discernment, discipleship, and vocation that should matter to everyone. How can you live faithfully when you're not quite sure where life is taking you? How do you find joy and purpose in the midst of the uncertain, the unfinished, the uneasy? Inspired and comforted by Thomas Merton's famous prayer that begins, "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going," award-winning writer and teacher Greg Garrett looks back at his own recent journey and tells stories from his life that will speak to anyone who has ever felt that sense of being lost along the way. Deeply honest and fully engaging, these reflections on discernment, discipleship, relationship, and vocation will inspire readers to reflect on their own journeys and discover surprising ways that God may be moving in their own lives.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and ... the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit--the Helper--so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today's church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church's power--the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we've ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan's invitation to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.
Battle Ready is for any man who longs to serve God. Inside you'll explore the lives of men who made an impact in their world, including Joshua, who led the Israelites in to the Promised Land, and Caleb, who trusted God for victory in battle. Uncover the traits of authentic manhood. Learn how to fully lean on Him and become a man God can use: a man who is battle ready!
Mia is a granola-eating, sensible shoe-wearing, carbon footprint-conscious twenty-something living in a multicultural neighborhood in Chicago. Her mother, Babs, is a stiletto-wearing Zsa Zsa Gabor type who works as an activities hostess on a Caribbean cruise line ... and if you guessed there's some tension there, you'd be right. Factor in an unexpected pregnancy and Mia's idealistic boyfriend--Lars is such a visionary he doesn't believe in the institution of marriage--and the mother-daughter relationship is, well, stretched very thin. As is Mia's sanity when Babs shows up to ... help. Actually, Mia has a whole neighborhood of quirky characters who want to help, including her BFF Frankie, a magenta-haired librarian; Silas, the courtly gentleman of indeterminate age who lives downstairs; and Adam, proprietor of the corner grocery store where Mia shops. But it's Adam--endearing, kind, possessed of a perfect smile and impeccable Persian manners--who ultimately charms Babs and rescues Mia from more than one mother-induced meltdown. Could it be that Mia and Babs might actually be able to get along? With Kimberly Stuart's trademark irreverent humor and a surprising and satisfying take on romance, Stretch Marks is an authentic but tender story about family, grace, and the importance of a good grocer.
In the final installment in the 86 Bloomberg Place series, Melody Carlson follows the girls in a crazed competition for bridesmaids, wedding locations, and showers. Newly engaged Lelani has returned from Maui to Bloomberg Place and is trying to book her wedding date. Unfortunately there are scheduling conflicts for that same weekend. For starters, Megan and Marcus have a family wedding commitment. Anna and Edmond have promised to attend his younger stepbrother's Bar Mitzvah and, to everyone's surprise, Kendall has just accepted her "Maui Man's" proposal of marriage and also wants to be wed on that first weekend in June. Wedding madness ensues at 86 Bloomberg Place, yet at the same time friendships are being forged that will last a lifetime.
Can a good, hard-working Christian man disregard his cultural and religious admonitions--as well as his mother's plans for his life--for the love of a woman and an historic church building?Oliver Barnett is a good contractor, a good Christian, and an obedient son, never in trouble, never one to rock the boat ... until real estate developer Samantha Cohen enters his life. Samantha, full of life, vitality, and wit, is unlike any woman he has ever known--in more ways than one. Not only is she planning to transform an historic church near downtown Pittsburgh into a restaurant/nightclub, but she is Jewish and has a less-than-innocent past. Oliver finds himself in a most unsettling dilemma. Does he do what's right by the nice girl his mother has chosen for him, or does he do what his heart is telling him to do?
The Black Death sweeps through a Sicilian village in Book Two of Ginger Garrett's unforgettable Chronicles of the Scribe series. It starts when a strange ship docks in the village harbor. That night an old man falls ill...then the baker's wife...then a street urchin. By morning half the townspeople are dead and more are dying--horribly. And no one in town has a clue how to stop it. Not the local priest. Not the rich baron or his powerful knight. And not the three women at the heart of this book: the baron's proud daughter, Panthea, the outcast healer Gio, and Mariskka, an unwilling visitor from another time. This fast-moving, richly imagined tale is a sure winner for lovers of historical fiction.
Introduce your business to the world with this essential guideto social media marketing Marketing with Social Media: 10 Easy Steps to success forBusiness is your step-by-step guide to using Facebook,LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube to promote yourbusiness. In 10 quick and easy steps, you'll learn how to usesocial media effectively, establish a simple marketing plan andmeasure the results of your efforts. You'll learn the basics ofbuilding profile pages, and how to create appropriate content thatcan be accessed by thousands of potential customers. This newedition is packed full of tips, traps to avoid and social mediasuccess stories, plus information on the newer platforms includingVine and Instagram.Social media is a low-cost marketing strategy that can be a hugebonus to small businesses. With the right technique, you can get toknow your customers better, and expand your networks withoutbreaking the bank, all while retaining full control over yourmessage. Marketing with Social Media shows you how best toshape your social media strategy to suit your particular business,with practical advice and expert insight into the components of asuccessful campaign. You'll learn to:Create a profitable social media strategy for yourbusinessExploit each platform to reap the highest returnsMaster the basics of each platform, and optimise yourcontentShape your reputation and promote your social mediaeffortsEarly success is important to the longevity of a resource-poorcompany's campaign. When done correctly, social media can propel asmall business into unprecedented profitability, whereas misguidedor half-hearted attempts result in wasted time. For small businessowners seeking increased exposure without increased expenses,Marketing with Social Media is a roadmap to online socialmedia campaigns.
Appealing to humans' basic instincts to increase influence,buy-in and results Survival of the species comes down to three basic instincts, saybehavioural research strategists Dan Gregory and KieranFlanagan--fear, self-interest and simplicity. These basichuman behaviours come into play in all types of relationships,including those between businesses and customers. Selfish,Scared and Stupid: Stop fighting human nature and increase yourperformance, engagement and influence, demystifies thesebehaviours and examines the psychology behind why even the bestideas sometimes fail.This book helps businesses design their organisations forreality rather than perfection, and also offers strategies to headoff unprecedented levels of disengagement within, and outside, thebusiness. It answers baffling questions around why the publicsometimes fails to engage despite overwhelming data suggestingotherwise, why so many new products end up on clearance shelves andwhy so many great salespeople often fall short of their monthlytargets.Learn how the survival of the species plays into business,including delusionary realities and the reasons ideas can failDiscover how to offer customers strategic rewards, therebymaking the buying process more attractive to selfish naturesExamine the link between fear and the unknown, includingstrategies for quelling fears and turning them into actionLearn to use a simple mindset to create low-involvementproducts, helping appeal to instinct and making products hard toresistThis provocative book is built on the idea that businesses mustreturn to a more human engagement methodology in order to succeed.It is an informative read for anyone interested in improvinginfluence, growing business reach, improving sales figures orunderstanding the complexities of human behaviour.
Doing business in the digital ageThe Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small is a business survival manifesto for the technology revolution. As the world moves from the industrial era to the digital age, power is shifting and fragmenting. Power is no longer about might and ownership; power in a digital world is about access. Existing businesses need to understand this shift and position themselves to survive and thrive in an environment where entrepreneurs and start-ups enabled by access to technology are genuine threats.Author Steve Sammartino is widely regarded as a thought leader on the subject of technology and business, and helps companies transition from industrial-era thinking to the mindset and processes required to compete in today's digital marketplace. The Great Fragmentation shows how technological changes such as Big Data, gamification, crowdfunding, Bitcoin, 3D printing, social media, mashup culture and artisanal production will forever change business and the way we live our lives.Examine how the digital era has altered where we work, how we work, where we live and what we doDiscover how the digital era has impacted social and economic structures, including educational systems, financial systems and government policyUnderstand that the social media and collecting 'friends' is just the tip of the iceberg in a digital business environmentWeaving together insights from business, technology and anthropology, The Great Fragmentation provides both corporations and entrepreneurs with a playbook for the future of work, life and business in the digital era.
Go beyond technical analysis tools with this comprehensive lookat trading analysis Strategies for successful trading analysis for all markets areout there, but they're not often found in books for the generalpublic. So what are the secrets that professional traders know, butaren't willing to share? An End to the Bull: Cut Through thenoise to Develop A Sustainable Trading Career is a robust,honest resource that presents an alternative approach to themarkets, combining traditional technical tools with fundamentalanalysis, behavioral finance, and other key concepts to enrichreaders' trading knowledge. The author's comprehensive, educatedlook at the topic fills a huge need in the trading community, andis ideal both for novices and experienced traders.In An End to the Bull, Norden suggests that totalreliance on traditional technical analysis can lead to failure, andhas ended in disappointment for many. The book offers up a uniqueapproach for anyone looking to establish a sustainable tradingcareer based on a combination of the most tried-and-true methods.While it focuses especially on trading in Australia, the book is auseful resource for international traders at all levels.Explains why change is needed in trading analysis and presentsa revolutionary approach used by successful professionaltradersShares the core techniques and strategies to build knowledgeand establish a business-minded attitudeDiscusses more advanced ideas crucial for all traders,including understanding volatility and the typical flaws ofbehavioral financeGives solid advice for traders anywhere in the worldAn End to the Bull takes the mystery out of tradinganalysis and puts the power to navigating markets into the hands ofreaders.
THE BESTSELLING TREATMENT PLANNING SYSTEM FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS The Couples Psychotherapy Treatment Planner, Second Edition provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal treatment plans that satisfy the demands of HMOs, managed care companies, third-party payors, and state and federal agencies. New edition features empirically supported, evidence-based treatment interventions New chapters on Internet sexual use, retirement, and parenthood strain Organized around 35 behaviorally based presenting problems including jealousy, midlife crisis, parenting conflicts, and sexual dysfunction Over 1,000 prewritten treatment goals, objectives, and interventions-plus space to record your own treatment plan options Easy-to-use reference format helps locate treatment plan components by behavioral problem Designed to correspond with The Couples Psychotherapy Progress Notes Planner, Second Edition and Couples Therapy Homework Planner, Second Edition Includes a sample treatment plan that conforms to the requirements of most third-party payors and accrediting agencies including CARF, The Joint Commission (TJC), COA, and the NCQA Additional resources in the PracticePlanners series: For more information on our PracticePlanners® products, including our full line of Treatment Planners, visit us on the Web at: www. wiley. com/practiceplanners
A former Group Product Manager for Illustrator takes you on a detailed tour of the new version of Illustrator Adobe Illustrator allows you to create sophisticated artwork for nearly any medium and the newest release boasts enhancements aimed at helping you save time and work more efficiently and intuitively. Written by veteran author Ted Alspach, this authoritative resource dissects Illustrator CS5 so you can harness the power it has to offer. You'll begin with a review of Illustrator basics and quickly ramp up to more advanced topics, such as working in 3D, using filters, distorting artwork, applying strokes, and more. Former Adobe insider Ted Alspach breaks down the powerful program of Illustrator and explores the new features and functions included in the latest version Begins with the basics of Illustrator, such as working with the interface and creating Illustrator documents Shows you how to manipulate type, distort artwork, and apply strokes and fills Explains transparency, working in 3D, using styles and effects, applying filters, and more Illustrator has amazing potential that can sometimes be daunting, but with Illustrator CS5 Bible by your side, you'll learn to put the capabilities of Illustrator to work for you.
A comprehensive reference on the latest version of the leading enterprise project management software: Microsoft Project 2010 Microsoft Project allows users to manage business activities effectively by sharing project information, performing modeling and scenario analyses, standardizizing reporting processes, and more. This soup-to-nuts reference covers both the professional and standard versions of the latest iteration of Microsoft Project, as well as Project Server, so that you can efficiently manage your business projects. Veteran author Elaine Marmel begins with an overview of project management basics and then gradually moves on to more advanced topics so that you can learn the scope of what successful project management entails. Popular author Elaine Marmel provides comprehensive coverage of Microsoft Project 2010 and shows you how to successfully manage your business activities Begins with project management basics, such as creating a new project, tracking a project's progress, and working in groups Covers more advanced topics, including customizing Project, using macros, and importing and exporting information Demonstrates how to build tasks, use views, modify the appearance of a project, and resolve scheduling and resource problems With Project 2010 Bible by your side, you'll learn to confidently and skillfully put Microsoft Project 2010 to work for you.
Optimize the latest version of InDesign for your most efficient project workflow yet InDesign is a powerful publishing tool that serves as the standard program for professional layout and design. The latest version boasts a variety of updates and enhancements. Packed with real-world examples and written by industry expert Galen Gruman, this in-depth resource clearly explains how InDesign CS5 allows for better typography and transparency features, speedier performance, and more user control than any other layout program. Shows you the vast updates to the newest version of InDesign, including speedier performance, sharper functionality, and new object styles Offers insight for taking advantage of using the dynamic spell check, creating anchored objects that follow text, creating object styles that can be applied for consistent formatting, and more Shares real-world tips and techniques as well as helpful examples from industry expert and popular author Galen Gruman Whether you are aiming to produce ad campaigns, magazines, interactive PDF files, or other forms of media, InDesign CS5 Bible offers everything you need to know to quickly get up to speed with the latest version of InDesign. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
This volume offers a companion guide to the best-selling book The Mentor's Guide. This practical book offers ideas and suggestions for making the most of a mentoring opportunity for the person being mentored. It shows how to prepare for, sustain, and bring to closure the important mentor/mentee relationship. The author guides mentees through the four phases of the mentoring process and outlines the SMART method (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timely). The book offers valuable advice for any mentee whether in the nonprofit, corporate, or government sector.
Disguised as an illegal alien, the author explores the outlaw realm of illegal immigration at the Mexican-American border and describes the role of the coyotes--mercenaries who sneak Mexican laborers into America
You're beyond the basics with Word, so dive right in and really put your documents to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It's all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts tackle Word 2010 -- and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery. Master the tools to expertly organize, edit, and present your content Craft professional-looking documents with Themes, Quick Style Sets, and Building Blocks Add visual impact with SmartArt® diagrams, charts, pictures, and drawings Organize and clarify content with effective tables and charts Use cross-references, tables of contents, and indexes in your complex documents Produce Web sites and publish blogs directly from Word Coauthor and collaborate on documents in real time -- and help keep them secure Customize documents with macros, content controls, and other automation features Your book -- online! Get your fully searchable online edition -- with unlimited access on the Web.
Experience learning made easy-and quickly teach yourself how to manage your projects with Project 2010. With Step By Step, you set the pace-building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Topics include building a project plan and fine-tuning the details; scheduling tasks, assigning resources, and managing dependencies; monitoring progress and costs; keeping projects on track; communicating project data through Gantt charts and other views.
Agile development processes foster better collaboration, innovation, and results. So why limit their use to software projects--when you can transform your entire business? Written by agile-mentoring expert Jochen Krebs, this book illuminates the opportunities--and rewards--of applying agile processes to your overall IT portfolio. Whether project manager, business analyst, or executive--you'll understand the business drivers behind agile portfolio management. And learn best practices for optimizing results. Use agile processes to align IT and business strategy Adapt and extend core agile processes Orchestrate the collaboration between IT and business vision Eliminate wish-list driven requirements, and manage expectations instead Optimize the balance of projects, resources, and assets in your portfolio Use metrics to communicate project status, quality, even team morale Create a portfolio strategy consistent with the goals of the organization Achieve organizational and process transparency Manage your business with agility--and help maximize the returns!
It may surprise you to learn that Microsoft employs as many software testers as developers. Less surprising is the emphasis the company places on the testing discipline--and its role in managing quality across a diverse, 150+ product portfolio. This book--written by three of Microsoft's most prominent test professionals--shares the best practices, tools, and systems used by the company's 9,000-strong corps of testers. Learn how your colleagues at Microsoft design and manage testing, their approach to training and career development, and what challenges they see ahead. Most important, you'll get practical insights you can apply for better results in your organization. Discover how to: Design effective tests and run them throughout the product lifecycle Minimize cost and risk with functional tests, and know when to apply structural techniques Measure code complexity to identify bugs and potential maintenance issues Use models to generate test cases, surface unexpected application behavior, and manage risk Know when to employ automated tests, design them for long-term use, and plug into an automation infrastructure Review the hallmarks of great testers--and the tools they use to run tests, probe systems, and track progress efficiently Explore the challenges of testing services vs. shrink-wrapped software
<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><p>Delve into the threat modeling methodology used by Microsoft\u2019s security experts to identify security risks, verify an application\u2019s security architecture, and develop countermeasures in the design, coding, and testing phases.</p></div>
An extensive working vocabulary is a prerequisite for success on the Graduate Record Exam. This popular manual presents 800 college-graduate-level words with definitions that frequently appear on the exam. The book begins with a pre-test to help readers assess strenghts and weaknesses. Additional features include: An overview of the Verbal Reasoning question types found on the GRE Matching and sentence completion exercises for all word lists An analysis of essential word roots Suggested study plans, and much more. . . The book concludes with a post-test to assess progress. Answers are provided for all exercises and for all questions in the pre- and post-test.
Experience learning made easy?and quickly teach yourself the skills you need to create Web pages with HTML and XHTML. With STEP BY STEP, you can take just the lessons you need, or work from cover to cover. Either way, you drive the instruction?building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!Structure your page with tables, frames, or a division-based layout Create bulleted and numbered lists for easy-to-read text Include hyperlinks and menu bars for clear navigation Add graphics, sounds, and videos to your pages Apply colors, font sizes, and other formatting with tags or Cascading Style Sheets Build user-input forms with option buttons, check boxes, and drop-down menus Includes coverage of Microsoft Office Word 2003 and FrontPage 2003 Practice files, eBooks, and other resources on the CD! Your Microsoft Office System Reference Pack on CD includes: HTML color reference charts HTML and XHTML templates Bonus guides: "Designing for Accessibility" and "Designing for Usability" Microsoft Office System Quick Reference eBook Insider's Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 eBook Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition, eBook?10,000+ entries! Introducing the Tablet PC eBook Complete STEP BY STEP eBook Skill-building practice files