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Leavitt's extraordinary novel is the story of orphan Nick Austen's lifelong search for love and family with the three women in his life: his first love, his wife, and his teenaged daughter.
Covering every issue that affects family life--marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and family life in modern society--The Family is a proven comprehensive resource for studying this most established of human institutions. The authors encourage readers to dig deep into Scripture, ever mindful of context, in order to develop a theological basis for family relationships. In considering the meaning of human relationships and family life, the Balswicks integrate a Christian perspective with insights from psychological and sociological studies to provide a standard textbook for use in college and seminary classes.
We live in a world that needs radical transformation if our children and grandchildren are to live healthy, peace-filled lives. But where to start? In this inspiring new book, activist Roberto Vargas says the answer lies surprisingly close: at home, with our closest relationships. In our daily lives we experience countless opportunities to empower, inspire, and support positive change in those around us. In Family Activism Vargas explains how fostering what he calls familia--close, loving connections with our relatives and with those we choose to call family--can help us develop the skills and attitudes we need to tackle broader problems in our community, our nation, and the world. Vargas explains the ideas underlying the familia approach and the techniques that support it using examples from his own life, some of them very emotionally charged. He does more than just describe practices like the family council, unity circles, and family ceremonies--he shares how they transformed him as a husband, father, son, brother, friend, and as a committed community activist. Each chapter ends with a series of questions that will help readers understand these practices more deeply and apply them inside and outside of the family.
We tend to focus on trying to solve big societal problems, the big barriers that separate us, but, as Roberto Vargas argues, the most promising path to change is actually the most accessible and the most universal: the family.
ROOM FOR ONE MORE A fiercely protective single dad, cowboy Colt Wyatt was shaken to his spurs. His pint-size daughter suddenly had another hero to worship! It was Casey the carpenter this, Casey the carpenter that. Just what was with this carpenter who was adding on to their house? Once Colt clapped eyes on the creature, he knew. From the perky hard hat to the hips holding a tool belt, Cassandra Sullivan was every inch a woman. And little Jenny had bonded to her life a hungry duckling, basking in Casey's maternal warmth. But confirmed bachelor Colt suspected Casey not only wanted to add a room to his home, she wanted to add herself--as his wife!
Lacey Lancaster always longed to be a wife and mother. However, after a painful divorce, she just wants to lay low in her charming San Francisco apartment with her beautiful Abyssinian cat, Cleo. Everything would be wonderful if it wasn't for her impossible neighbor, Jack Walker, who argues day and night with his girlfriend . . . and whose cat, Dog, is determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances. And when Lacey discovers that Cleo's in the family way, she's furious that neither Jack nor his amorous animal seems terribly upset about it. But things aren't always what they appear. Jack's "girlfriend" is really his sister-and his intentions toward Lacey are quite honorable (though she's not sure about Dog). And out of the blue, Lacey is discovering the tender joy of falling in love all over again.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels comes a captivating and heartfelt new novel, as a young dancer finds an unexpected partner--and gains the courage to live according to her heart. . .In a city built on dreams, Trisha Holiday makes her living moving like one. But out of her dancer's costume, she's as down-to-earth as they come. That's why she ignores the admiring note--and the accompanying $1000 bill--that arrives backstage after one of her ethereal performances. Yet the sender, a wealthy foreign prince, isn't easily dissuaded. Seven years living and studying in the United States have made Malik long for the freedom to choose his own bride--and the woman he wants is Trisha. After a breathtaking visit to Malik's kingdom culminates in a marriage proposal, Trish attempts to adjust to an opulent new lifestyle complete with servants, sumptuous surroundings, and vast wealth. None of that matters to Trish as much as Malik's love. With Malik's sister Soraya proving a trusted new friend, they plan a lavish wedding surpassing anything she could have imagined. Yet Trish's new life will have challenges too--adjusting to a new and complex culture, to the myriad demands of Malik's royal position, and to the expectations she faces as his wife. In the midst of her own major changes, Trish vows to help her sister, Emma, whose marriage has ended in a bitter breakup. And through it all, Trish will strive to stay true to what matters most--love, true friendship, and the ties that hold family together across the miles and the years.
When a bomb kills his favorite waiter from his favorite restaurant, sedentary sleuth and gourmand Nero Wolfe is determined to go to any length to find the killer.
After being forced together with her ex-husband for what's sure to be a nightmare weekend, Cindy begins to realize there may still be sparks between them after all . . .Cindy Todd, divorcée and mother of two pre-teens, must balance her career as a general practitioner with the needs of her children and her elderly father, as well as her community. But when a fundraising reunion is planned in her small hometown, the last person she expects to attend is her ex-husband. And when he's billeted in her house, she's forced to acknowledge that it's also her children's home, and they have a right to spend a week with him.What Cindy hasn't bargained for is that Quin, as a mature man, is far more appealing to her than he was as the teenager who "had to marry her." And while she can try to fight it, the old attraction is clearly mutual--and Quin is not a man to take no for an answer.
Katie can't believe it! The family's moving into a real mansion. Katie's mom and stepfather return from their honeymoon, and Jean-Paul Beauvais and his son, Michel, move in with the Campbells. Just when Katie is beginning to feel that the house is a bit crowded, her mother and stepfather announce that they've just bought a bigger house--well, it's actually the biggest mansion in Acorn Falls!
A woman who seems to have everything comes face to face with a troublesome man from her past in this blockbuster novel by bestselling author Sandra Kitt To the world, New York gallery owner Gayla Patton has it all: a fabulous career, a beautiful adolescent daughter, a devoted lover. But beneath the surface is a past she'd rather forget. Things start unraveling when David Kinney suddenly reappears in her life.Witness to a terrible crime, David was ten when he was brought into Gayla's childhood home. Now, after serving time in prison for a crime he insists he didn't commit, the controversial artist is stirring up dark memories . . . and awakening reluctant desires. As he coaxes out Gayla's deepest fantasies and her own explosive secrets, she begins to question whether people--including herself--can truly change. A tender and moving exploration of the ties that bind, Family Affairs is a novel about forgiving the sins of the past and finding the courage to move on.
The filming for sure-to-be-blockbuster movie Pretty Young Assassins has wrapped, and teen movie star Kaitlin Burke returns to life on the set of primetime drama Family Affair. After ten seasons of filming the hit favorite TV show, Kaitlin would have thought that she could see any curveballs coming, but with a plotting new actress on set, all bets are off. The new diva, Alexis, makes even Kaitlin's long-time nemesis Skye seem like a puppy in comparison. Can Kaitlin keep her sane boyfriend, her insane job, and her composure in the face of this new star power?
Family Album is the sixteenth novel from Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively. Allersmead is a big shabby Victorian suburban house. The perfect place to grow up for elegant Sandra, difficult Gina, destructive Paul, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare. But was it?As adults, the children return to Allersmead one by one. To their home-making mother and aloof writer father, and a house that for years has played silent witness to a family's secrets. And one devastating secret of which no one speaks . . . 'One of those ridiculously simple, ridiculously readable novels whose artistry only becomes apparent when you put it down with a sign of regret, having devoured it in one sitting . . . Lively still displays an economy and an elegance that put younger writers to shame' Sunday Telegraph'A pleasure to read, hugely enjoyable, consistently absorbing, hilarious' IndependentPenelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. Her other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Next to Nature, Art; Perfect Happiness; Passing On; City of the Mind; Cleopatra's Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories; Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked; The Photograph; Making It Up; Consequences; Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours List, and DBE in 2012. Penelope Lively lives in London.
Hannah Ferris thinks she must be the luckiest woman in Los Angeles-until a young man unexpectedly walks into her life and threatens to expose the secret she has kept hidden from her family for decades.
Through forty years--from Hollywood's golden days in World War II to the present--Faye Price would create first a career as a legendary actress, then a family, and finally she would realize her dream of becoming one of Hollywood's first woman directors. But nothing was more precious to Faye than her five children. In a changing world, a milieu where family values are constantly challenged from without and within, the Thayers would face the greatest challenges and harshest test a family can endure, to emerge stronger, bound forever by loyalty and love. It is only when Faye is gone that they can each assess how far they have come, and how important their family album is.From the Paperback edition.
In an era that demands ever-increasing levels of accountability and documentation, Family Assessment is a vital tool for clinicians. It covers more than one hundred assessment methods - both the most widely used strategies as well as those that are more specialized and issue-specific. Techniques and instruments for assessments are summarized concisely in tables and discussed in depth in the chapters, often by the experts who developed the approaches they describe. Each chapter is also supplemented by recommended strategies for utilizing the assessment tools, as well as by case studies and observational method matrices. Readers will find that the second edition of Family Assessment provides the same comprehensive evaluation and thorough analysis as the first edition but with a fully updated focus that will invigorate the work of researchers, educators, and clinicians.
Coming to America...Sixteen years ago Nina Lockhart left Moscow to escape her past. Now she's helping a small Russian boy fit into his new life with his adoptive father, Jarrod Morrison, here in the States. But part of helping seven-year-old Sasha means returning to her former country.Every instinct tells Nina to refuse.But she can't. For the sake of the man who wants to be a good father-and the little boy who needs her so desperately-Nina Lockhart is about to step back in time to when she was Nina Kamarov. And that will force her to face her family and uncover the truth.
The Wait Might Just Be OverYears after a teenage prank ended badly and a young boy's testimony put his best friend in jail, Downhome, Tennessee, is still trying to heal the scars of the old scandal. Now the two are back in town-one trying to clear himself of murder, the other of betrayal-and long-buried feelings have been stirred.Karen Lowell is once again caught between the two men, with even more now at stake. Her brother's ongoing crusade to shift blame away from himself has already poisoned her past, and now it's tainting her dreams for the future.Because Karen yearns for a life that will include pediatrician Chris McRay, the man who is now-as he was so many years ago-her lover. A life where she and Chris will be a family at last.The choice is hers. Can she make it?
His daughter's secrets Since becoming a single father, Mac Edwards has struggled to keep his small family together. But now his custody of his twelve-year-old daughter is threatened by the secrets she's keeping. His last hope In a bitter twist, their new social worker is the one person he can't trust--Rachel Filmore. Thirteen years ago she was his world...until she deserted him. How can he trust her not to destroy his family? And how can he trust himself to leave the past where it belongs?
"An endearing and humane story about a family and its sticky web of secrets and misunderstandings . . . one of those rare books you could recommend to anyone and know that they'll love it." -The Australian Women's Weekly Harriet Turner knows all about journeys. She's arranged hundreds of them for her family's travel agency. Now Harriet is joining her adopted sister, Lara, to lead a group through the Cornish countryside. But when Lara fails to appear at the airport as planned, Harriet finds herself in uncharted territory and suddenly alone with a busload of eccentric seniors. As the tour wends its way through the picturesque landscape, Harriet must uncover her sister's whereabouts and confront long-held family secrets involving Lara's arrival twenty-five years ago . . . not to mention keeping track of more baggage-real and emotional-than she ever expected. BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Monica McInerney's At Home with the Templetons, The Faraday Girls, The Alphabet Sisters, Greetings from Somewhere Else, and Upside Down Inside Out.
"Swimming and sex seemed a lot alike to me when I was growing up. You took off most of your clothes to do them and you only did them with people who were the same color as you. As your daddy got richer, you got to do them in fancier places." Starting with her father, who never met a whitetail buck he couldn't shoot, a whiskey bottle he couldn't empty, or a woman he couldn't charm, and her mother, who "invented road rage before 1960," Melissa Delbridge introduces us to the people in her own family bible. Readers will find elements of Southern Gothic and familiar vernacular characters, but Delbridge endows each with her startling and original interpretation. In this disarmingly unguarded and unapologetic memoir, she shows us what really happened in the "stew of religion and sex" that was 1960s Tuscaloosa. Whether telling of her father's circumspect "hunting trips," her mother's sudden, tempestuous moves across town in the middle of the night, or coming to terms with her own sexuality on the banks of the river, Delbridge is the real star of this entertaining memoir. Crackling with wit, frighteningly smart, both drop-dead funny and wrenchingly sad, Family Bible is a stunning personal history.
A NEW HOLIDAY CLASSIC! This heartwarming and hilarious New York Times bestseller from Fern Michaels, the acclaimed author of Pretty Woman and Crown Jewel, will delight and inspire readers this and every holiday season. Right before Thanksgiving, a freak tornado drops down into the town of Larkspur in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains and destroys the house where matriarch and candy magnate Loretta Cisco has lived for fifty years. Thanks for nothing, Mother Nature! As if that's not enough, Cisco sees that her beloved triplet grandchildren, Hannah, Sara, and Sam--all newlyweds--are having marital problems and yet they refuse to tell her what's going on. So as Cisco's neighbors help to rebuild her home in time for the holidays, she vows to work a miracle that will get her family back on track. Can she do it? Even without a roof over her head? Join the rambunctious Cisco clan, where passions, tempers, and humor run high--and the warm-hearted citizens of Larkspur--for a holiday celebration full of surprises, reunions, good old-fashioned family therapy, and maybe even a wedding!
Lee Reston has a fulfilling life imbued with the love of her three wonderful children. Then a shattering event-the loss of her oldest son, Greg-tears her world apart. In her anguish, she turns to police officer Christopher Lallek, Greg's best friend. Their shared mourning develops into friendship, and then something deeper. But life is never simple. The family that was once the core of her existence becomes a mixed blessing, as Lee explores where family ties end-and her needs as a woman begin.
The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way. Parr's message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families. Perfect for young children just beginning to read, The Family Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, promote character growth, and strengthen family relationships.
No case is too small--or too strange--for the Lunghi family detective agency For the Lunghis of Bath, England, detecting is best discussed around the family dinner table; everyone gets a say. The various members of the Lunghi family are old and cantankerous, young and bolshie, responsible, clever, and even artistic. But relentless curiosity is the one quality they all possess. The Lunghi Detective Agency's latest client, pretty, thirty-something Eileen Shayler, suspects that her husband, Jack Shayler, is in terrible trouble. Jack failed to return the bottle of dishwashing liquid to its proper place under the sink. Thus, he could be having an affair. Or he has a gambling problem and owes money to his bookie. When the case suddenly collides with several others, the Lunghis will find themselves knee-deep in an unsolved murder, a mysterious stakeout, and some damning personal secrets.