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In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God's existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God's existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.
The Bug Man Suspense Bundle is a 3-in-1 set of eBooks from author Tim Downs: First the Dead, Less than Dead, and Ends of the Earth. This series follows Nick Polchak, a quirky forensic entomologist known as "The Bug Man," as he works to uncover murders using his expert knowledge of bugs. In First the Dead Nick tries to find a killer in the aftermath of Hurricane KatrinaÆs attack on New Orleans. But the more he digs the strongerùand deadlierùthe resistance becomes. Nick is there to collect bodies, and he's going to do just thatùespecially when he starts finding bodies that were clearly dead before the hurricane. He understands that all forensic evidence will soon disintegrate in the hot, contaminated water . . . and he knows that's exactly what the killer wants to happen. Nick has finally met his match in Less than Dead. When a grave is discovered on property owned by the front-running candidate for the next presidential election, the FBI immediately becomes involved. The graves then vanish and Nick follows local legend to the bizarre Alena who keeps to herself in the mountains of Northern Virginia, training cadaver dogs. Together they discover that this small townùand the presidential-hopefulùhave closets full of skeletons.As Ends of the Earth unfolds, Nick struggles to protect a victimÆs family from agro-terrorists in North Carolina. After dissecting the remains of a bale of marijuana scattered in the tomato fields, Nick learns that the South American marijuana is strangely infested with a common North Carolina insect: the tobacco hornworm. To further confound the mystery, the bugs are infected with a fungus from Asia, and Nick begins to suspect his victim wasn't killed because of the marijuana, but because of the insects it contained. He then discovers that a vicious agricultural scheme is underway to cripple US corn and ethanol production.
The many instances in this book have been drawn from the experiences of many missionaries. Some of the heartaches, clashes of ideas concerning methods of mission boards, love affairs, raw jungle life in reaching savage tribes, the defeats and victories, have been the realities of many new and experienced servants of God. Some of the methods and practices of a number of mission boards and their personnel are clearly seen in this novel. However, it is not the author's intention to single out any one organization while writing about some of the things that commonly occur. The inward struggles and outward circumstances that Brian Allmand faces are the very things that many new missionaries have come up against. These or similar experiences have crushed and defeated many well intentioned missionaries because methods and principles became insurmountable barriers to them. Brian is one of the few missionaries with firm convictions who is willing to challenge what appears to be man-guided rules. He gets into all kinds of difficulties for speaking out on his convictions. Was it worth it? The results in principle of his convictions have also been those of a few in true life.
Donna Leon's Death at La Fenice, the first novel in her beloved Commissario Guido Brunetti series, introduced readers to the glamorous and cutthroat world of opera and one of Italy's finest living sopranos, Flavia Petrelli--then a suspect in the poisoning of a renowned German conductor. Years after Brunetti cleared her name, Flavia has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in Tosca. Brunetti and his wife, Paola, attend an early performance, and Flavia receives a standing ovation. Back in her dressing room, she finds bouquets of yellow roses--too many roses. Every surface of the room is covered with them. An anonymous fan has been showering Flavia with these beautiful gifts in London, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and now, Venice, but she no longer feels flattered. A few nights later, invited by Brunetti to dine at his in-laws; palazzo, Flavia confesses her alarm at these excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined. He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia, or anyone else, comes to harm.
Happiness is within everyone's grasp and is only a matter of making the right choices. Taking destiny into one's own hands and having the creative audacity to strive, seek, and meet challenges is the essence of life's drama and exaltation. Life per se has no meaning; it only presents opportunity to be seized and acted upon, thus paving the way for personal achievement and the full life. Paul Kurtz, in Exuberance, shows his readers how to banish drudgery from life and how to find happiness in the active life. Drawing upon his personal experience, knowledge, and success, Paul Kurtz explains his philosophy of life, discussing learning and work, pleasure, eroticism and sexuality, morality, the need for love and friendship, and participation in contemporary issues. He suggests that self-power, resourcefulness, daring, creativity, and intelligence help guide and control one's life in spite of the many obstacles along the way. Only the individual can initiate his own success and therefore can take pride in accomplishing what he sets out to do. Exuberance also shows the reader how to cope with an ambiguous world. Life is charged with unexpected events and bizarre happenings. It is filled with richly diverse and idiosyncratic characters. Constant effort and exertion is needed in making a living, meeting new friends, falling in love, raising children, seeing projects through, and coming to terms with old age and death. Dealing with these problems directly rather than fleeing from life's risks reinforces a person and leads him towards an exuberant, rich, zestful life. According to Dr. Kurtz, the fulfillment of one's own purpose is in creating one's own ends and expending the power and energy to attain them. Thus, life's great sin, he suggests, is being lazy and non-creative. It is the kind of book that many people will wish they had written and almost everybody will be glad to read. -ReasonPaul Kurtz (Amherst, NY), professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, is president of the International Academy of Humanism and is one of the leading spokespersons for Secular Humanism today. He is the author or editor of over thirty-five books, including Embracing the Power of Humanism (Rowman & Littlefield) and The Courage to Become (Praeger/Greenwood).
An acclaimed biographer takes on one of the world's most elusive media moguls in Citizen Newhouse. The harvest of four years and over 400 interviews, Carol Felsenthal's book is an unauthorized investigative biography that paints a tough yet even-handed portrait. Here is the father, Sam Newhouse, who developed a formula for creating newspaper monopolies in small metropolitan markets and turned it into a huge family fortune. And the sons: Si in the magazine business, with his crown jewels, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, and Donald, who runs the family's newspaper and cable television companies. Focusing on Si's life and career, Citizen Newhouse takes the measure of one of America's most powerful yet unexamined figures. Felsenthal shows how Si's quirky behavior as a shy and awkward outsider has had a far-reaching impact on the properties he owns, affecting--and in the opinion of some, compromising--the quality of the Newhouse "product" across the country and the world. Felsenthal shines a light on the breathtaking changes that have taken place among Si's top editors, and the fabulous perks available to members of this elite. She also lays bare the role played by Roy Cohn in the affairs of both father and son. Citizen Newhouse provides a fascinating account of powerful and glamorous lives--and their impact on the newspapers and magazines we read every day.
Sins from the past have left a lingering stench in the Mitchell family. Enduring a tumultuous rollercoaster ride through financial ruin, professional humiliation, personal failure, and marital discord, Joel has finally come to terms with his shortcomings. In an attempt to set his life on the right track, he reaches out to the most unlikely person, his stepmother and long-time nemesis, Madeline, pleading with her to let him back into the family business. Don, the eldest living son, has other plans. He feels he has paid his dues, suffered years of rejection, and played second fiddle to his father's second family long enough. Don's sister Tamara gets wind of her mother's and brother's plans, which she considers a betrayal. She is outraged that they're considering someone other than her for the role of CEO. Writing off Madeline and Don as traitors, Tamara concocts her own way to get the upper hand. Harmony seems impossible for the Mitchell clan, with each step toward truce and reconciliation resulting in two backward steps shrouded in conflict. Will years of conflict and bitterness continue to get in the way, or can the Mitchells finally find a way to forgive, in order to save their family business and the life of a disturbed family member?
The Undiscovered Chekhov gives us, in rich abundance, a new Chekhov. Peter Constantine's historic collection presents 38 new stories and with them a fresh interpretation of the Russian master. In contrast to the brooding representative of a dying century we have seen over and over, here is Chekhov's work from the 1880s, when Chekhov was in his twenties and his writing was sharp, witty and innovative. Many of the stories in The Undiscovered Chekhov reveal Chekhov as a keen modernist. Emphasizing impressions and the juxtaposition of incongruent elements, instead of the straight narrative his readers were used to, these stories upturned many of the assumptions of storytelling of the period. Here is "Sarah Bernhardt Comes to Town," written as a series of telegrams, beginning with "Have been drinking to Sarah's health all week! Enchanting! She actually dies standing up!..." In "Confession...," a thirty-nine year old bachelor recounts some of the fifteen times chance foiled his marriage plans. In "How I Came to be Lawfully Wed," a couple reminisces about the day they vowed to resist their parents' plans that they should marry. And in the more familiarly Chekhovian "Autumn," an alcoholic landowner fallen low and a peasant from his village meet far from home in a sad and haunting reunion in which the action of the story is far less important than the powerful impression it leaves with the reader that each man must live his life and has his reasons.
Employers look for two things when hiring or promoting people: knowledge and skill. They rarely, if ever, consider character. Yet character is the key to extraordinary business success. The Good Ones presents ten crucial qualities of high-character employees, qualities that enhance employee satisfaction, client relationships, and the bottom line. You'll read stories from managers and employees across the U. S. and beyond who reveal how honesty, courage, loyalty, and patience have helped their organizations maintain an edge over the competition. Each chapter is devoted to a single quality of character and ends with questions employers can use to hire and promote the Good Ones -- people who are consistently honest, accountable, fair, and grateful. Whether you're looking to bring new people into your organization or seeking a job or promotion yourself, The Good Ones will help you appreciate in practical terms why character is the missing link to excellence.
In our "wireless" world it is easy to take the importance of the undersea cable systems for granted, but the stakes of their successful operation are huge, as they are responsible for carrying almost all transoceanic Internet traffic. In The Undersea Network Nicole Starosielski follows these cables from the ocean depths to their landing zones on the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, bringing them to the surface of media scholarship and making visible the materiality of the wired network. In doing so, she charts the cable network's cultural, historical, geographic and environmental dimensions. Starosielski argues that the environments the cables occupy are historical and political realms, where the network and the connections it enables are made possible by the deliberate negotiation and manipulation of technology, culture, politics and geography. Accompanying the book is an interactive digital mapping project, where readers can trace cable routes, view photographs and archival materials, and read stories about the island cable hubs.
In Rachel Zucker's re-imagining of the Greek myth, Persephone is a daughter struggling to become a woman. Unlike the classical portrait of a maiden kidnapped by a tyrant, Zucker's Persephone chooses to travel to the Underworld and assume her role as Hades' queen. Caught between worlds--light and dark, innocence and power, a mother's protection and a lover's appeal--Persephone describes the strangeness of the Underworld and the problems of transformation and transgression. The arrangement of Zucker's poems reflects Persephone's travels between the Underworld and the Surface. Both spare and lyrical, they are written as entries in Persephone's diary and as letters between Persephone, Demeter, and Hades. The language--strange, urgent, direct--is pulled and changed as Persephone journeys from one world to another revealing the struggle of unmaking and remaking the self.
This book guides you through the entirety of the research process in International Relations, from selecting a research question and reviewing the literature to field research and writing up. Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods in IR, it offers a balanced assessment of the key methodological debates and research methods within the discipline. The book: Is specifically focussed on research methods used in International Relations. Spans the entire research process from choosing a research question to writing up. Provides practical research methods guidance. Introduces you to broader methodological debates and brings together contemporary research from empirical and interpretive traditions. Is packed with examples and suggestions for further reading. Research Methods in International Relations is essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking Research Methods courses in International Relations, Politics, Security and Strategic Studies.
James Hicks has been a ghost for nearly a quarter century, except to those few Assets who know him as the director of one of the most clandestine intelligence agencies in the world: The University. Hicks has every weapon and intelligence capability known to man at his disposal. Living by the motto, "preparation is paramount", he has made a career of bending the strongest people in the world to his iron will. Yet he is blindsided when Jason, the smartest and deadliest agent under his command goes rogue. Surviving an attack on his life, Hicks realizes that Jason is connected to an Asset who has access to some of the deadliest biological weapons ever created, including the Ebola virus, and threatens to unleash them on the American population. Hicks must use his considerable resources to discover who turned the agent and why before a deadly biological plot is unleashed that could bring the world into a new era of chaos and anarchy. A fast-paced contemporary thriller calls to mind classics like The Day of the Jackal; Terrence McCauley has crafted a riveting novel of espionage that will immediately raise him to the forefront of our very best spy novelists
An indispensible primer and troubleshooting guide for beginning indoor growers.Written by a newbie for the newbies, this is a unique grow guide, tailored specifically to indoor cultivators using fluorescent lights. From setting up your grow room in a safe and energy-efficient way to drying your bud without alerting the neighbors, Henry Woodward walks you step-by-step through the entire process of pulling off your first successful crop-without the difficulty and confusion of most grow books.Many new growers find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of cultivation information out there, thanks to the comprehensive coverage of marijuana growing techniques that exists today. Most new growers don't need to know about tending to outdoor landrace sativas-they need to know how close to set their lights to their plants and when to water a soil mix. Marijuana Daily Gardening strips away all the unnecessary background noise and focuses, in an easy-to-follow and heavily illustrated way, on exactly how to take your grow room from empty to bursting with bud on your first-ever try.Granting access to the grow notes of a trusted friend, this guide details the trials and tribulations that Henry faces through the daily tending of his plants, and unlike other grow books, doesn't cover up the errors he makes or pretend that everything will go off without a hitch. Unlike other growers, Henry tells you when he's burned his plants by placing them too close to the lights, so that you can learn from his mistake. He tells you when he got a little too drunk and forgot to water in the morning. He lets you know how not to do things, because he's done it all!With a diary-style layout, sidebars on important topics and fantastic full-color photos to drive the information home, this book is everything the rookie grower will ever need to walk them down the road to success.Whether you know everything about sterilizing your pots and your space but can't quite decide what lights to choose, or you've no idea about how to set up a grow space but are an expert in keeping thrips at bay, Marijuana Daily Gardening will endow you with all the knowledge you need to be a successful, consistent gardener-and all with the hands-on advice of a fellow rookie.
The third volume in the best-selling series featuring the world's finest Cannabis sativa strains.Marijuana plants are classified into two species: indica and sativa. This book focuses on sativa, an especially tall and potent species of the Cannabis plant that true connoisseurs love not only for its psychedelic high, but also for the interesting challenges its size presents to growers. No other strain guide has looked at Cannabis sativa in such depth, with profiles of both emerging seed breeders and established cannabis seed companies. With details on 100 strains of amazing sativa-dominant genetics, features on breeders from around the globe, and more pictures of marijuana than all other strain guides put together, this is a must-have guide for connoisseurs and growers looking to expand their knowledge about the plant and the genetics in their gardens.
Part recovery narrative and part love story, interwoven with the latest research on the brain, Fallen describes the aftermath of a life-threatening brain and spinal cord injury.In 2008, Simon Paradis stepped backward on the scaffolding where he was doing construction work and fell two stories to the hard stone tile below. Landing on his back, head, and spine, he suffered a severe brain and spinal cord injury. Doctors warned his wife, Kara Stanley, that he probably would not survive, and that if he did, his mind and his body would never be the same. In Fallen, Kara Stanley chronicles the effect of this catastrophic accident on both Simon and her and on their marriage.Combining the heart-wrenching narrative of Simon's recovery with the latest research on the brain, the book elucidates the resilience of both the human heart and the human mind. It also describes the transformative role of music in Simon's life both before and during his continuing rehabilitation and his hard-fought battle to return to work as a professional musician. At the heart of the story is the relationship between the author and her husband, as she explores what is essential in a marriage to allow it to grow and thrive even amid life's inherent chaos and uncertainty.
Who knew that crows are second only to humans as toolmakers and tool users, that they have complex family lives not unlike our own, and that their vocalizations resemble human languages? This witty, charming book introduces readers to these endlessly fascinating creatures. Author Candace Savage explores their evolution and basic biology, diet and food-gathering practices, incredible tool-using capabilities, crow "languages," tricky social interactions, and their impact on the human imagination as reflected in mythology, literature, and popular aphorisms. Based on extensive research, the book is a lively, loving tribute to these special feathered friends.
Arthur Erickson, Canada's pre-eminent philosopher architect, was renowned internationally for his innovative approach to landscape, his genius for spatial composition, and his epic vision of architecture for people. Among his most celebrated large-scale works are three that helped to define Vancouver's urban landscape: Simon Fraser University, on Burnaby Mountain; the Robson Square complex at the heart of the city; and the exquisite Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Travel was key to Erickson's creative process; floating high above the clouds on extended airline flights, he made preliminary drawings on vellum with his fine-point black felt-tip pen, designing influential works not only for other parts of Canada-including Toronto's widely admired Roy Thomson Hall--but for sites in the U.S., Britain, and the Middle and Far East. Erickson worked chiefly in concrete, which he called "the marble of our times," and wherever they appear, his buildings move the spirit with their poetic freshness and their mission to inspire. But he was also a controversial figure, more than once attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and his professional achievements were tarnished by the excesses of a complicated personal life that resulted in a series of tawdry bankruptcies. In a fall from grace that recalls a Greek tragedy, Canada's great architect-a handsome, elegant man who lived like a millionaire and counted among his close friends Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor-eventually became homeless and penniless.This first full biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 at the age of eighty-four, traces the architect's life from its modest origins to his emergence on the world stage. Author David Stouck, acclaimed for his earlier biographies of Ethel Wilson and Sinclair Ross, demonstrates here once again why his work has been praised as imaginative, incisive and compelling. Grounded in interviews with Erickson and his family, friends and clients, as well as the resources of extensive public archives, TITLE is both an intimate portrait of the man and a stirring account of how Erickson made his buildings work. Beautifully written and superbly researched, it is also a provocative look at the phenomenon of cultural heroes and the nature of what we call "genius."
"David McGimpsey is unfuckwithable, poetry-wise, and I'll stand on John Ashberry's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."--Michael RobbinsImplored to be "classy" and "real" for once, David McGimpsey looks to all things "poetic," like birds and history, and instead finds true value and meaning in diet lime soda and the words to "Bootylicious." Asbestos Heights amps up McGimpsey's trademark sideswiping of formal rhetoric with pop-culture verve to find a bold Late Night Petrarchan spirit.David McGimpsey is the author of several books of poetry and short fiction. He is also a musician, a fiction editor for Joyland, and his travel writing is a regular feature of enRoute magazine. He teaches creative writing and literature at Concordia University.
Children of low socioeconomic status often enter school with poor skills, leading them to be misidentified as learning disabled. Educators in Grades K-12 can allocate resources for special education services more effectively and meet the needs of low SES students by preventing students from being placed in the wrong program and by providing readiness supports.Offering an in-depth look at schools that have realized effective results in remarkable time frames, the authors challenge educators and parents to consider how low expectations can affect student achievement--and emphasize optimism as a necessary tenet of schools' day-to-day teaching/learning programs and school-community relationships. This resource provides: Training resources for teaching low SES students Assessment tools for identifying learning needs Strategies for building relationships of trust and collaboration throughout the school community Data charts that illustrate the increase in student achievement from schoolwide initiatives A bibliography and glossary of pertinent research and terminologyWith these strategies and tools, schools can meet the developmental and environmental needs of their most vulnerable students and watch student achievement and confidence soar!
EXPERT ANALYSIS OF AN ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL PRACTICEThe Bush administration detained and tortured suspected terrorists; the Obama administration assassinates them. Assassination, or targeted killing, off the battlefield not only causes more resentment against the United States, it is also illegal. In this interdisciplinary collection, human rights and political activists, policy analysts, lawyers and legal scholars, a philosopher, a journalist and a sociologist examine different aspects of the U.S. policy of targeted killing with drones and other methods. It explores the legality, morality and geopolitical considerations of targeted killing and resulting civilian casualties, and evaluates the impact on relations between the United States and affected countries.The book includes the documentation of civilian casualties by the leading non-governmental organization in this area; stories of civilians victimized by drones; an analysis of the first U.S. targeted killing lawsuit by the lawyer who brought the case; a discussion of the targeted killing cases in Israel by the director of PCATI which filed one of the lawsuits; the domestic use of drones; and the immorality of drones using Just War principles.Contributors include: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Phyllis Bennis, Medea Benjamin, Marjorie Cohn, Richard Falk, Tom Hayden, Pardiss Kebriaei, Jane Mayer, Ishai Menuchin, Jeanne Mirer, John Quigley, Dr. Tom Reifer, Alice Ross, Jay Stanley, and Harry Van der Linden.
From 1954 to 1981, Maeve Brennan wrote for The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" department under the pen name "The Long-Winded Lady. " Her unforgettable sketches-prose snapshots of life in small restaurants, cheap hotels, and crowded streets of Times Square and the Village-together form a timeless, bittersweet tribute to what she called the "most reckless, most ambitious, most confused, most comical, the saddest and coldest and most human of cities. " First published in 1969, The Long-Winded Lady is a celebration of one of The New Yorker's finest writers.
The Visitor is the haunting tale of Anastasia King who, at the age of twenty-two, returns to her grandmother's house in Dublin - the place where she grew up - after six years away. She has been in Paris, comforting her disgraced and dying mother who ran away from a disastrous marriage to Anastasia's late father, her grandmother's only son. 'It's a pity she sent for you,' the grandmother says, smiling with anger. 'And a pity you went after her. It broke your father's heart. ' Anastasia pays a severe price for the choice she made, one that deprives her of her family and makes her an exile in the place she once called home.