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A man looking for answersWidower Alan Ridge has to believe that Laurel Ashline, a weaver who's just arrived in Ridge City, Kentucky, can do what no doctor has: help his daughter, Louemma. He's skeptical about weaving as therapy, but he'll do anything for his little girl, especially after the accident that injured Louemma and took her mother's life.A woman looking for a homeLaurel Ashline's grandmother was from this small town, and Laurel has come here to claim her inheritance-a cabin, plus forty acres-and to start a new life. And maybe...to find a place to belong.A child looking for a motherLouemma Ridge wants three things: to get better, to unburden herself of a secret and, most of all, to have a new mother....
Raising daughters wasn't easy for a single dad, especially when one daughter was a troubled teen with questionable friends. So Grady Reynolds moved his family to small-town Pinecrest, Washington, hoping for a fresh start. Instead he found a reminder of the past: Maria Sanchez, his late wife's friend. Maria's life was busy, filled with mission trips and a job at her friend's charitable foundation. Helping Grady regain his lost faith should have been fairly easy for her. After all, they were neighbors and coworkers. Except Grady wasn't ready to give or receive forgiveness. . . or love.
Handsome Boss Otherwise how would chef Cassidy Preston ever quit her job? Cooking at The Haven, a new outreach mission in Chicago, was temporary--payback for a huge favor. But the shelter was Tyson St. John's life. And it provided him a place to raise his orphaned nephew, a boy sorely in need of a mother figure and Ty's love. But something was holding Ty back from opening that hardened heart of his. Something Cassidy found herself working overtime to uncover. And, once she did, she'd have to prove to Ty that she should have a very permanent position. . . as his wife!
Eight years ago, Jillian Rodgers left Sam Lawson at the altar with no explanations or goodbyes. Now Jillian is back in town to care for her sick mother. Can she and Sam start over? Original.
PASSION WITH A BITE Private Investigator Nikki James has a lot to contend with. Her lover, Michael Kelly, walked out without so much as a goodbye, and what seemed like a simple case of stopping a runaway teen brought her face-to-face with another clutch of deadly vampires. But if that seemed bad, it is about to get a lot worse, because when Michael returns, it is not for her, but for the case. Wealthy men are starting to vanish from a resort in Jackson Hole--which is exactly where Nikki's runaway teen seems to be as well. Something nefarious is going on at the luxury spa, but what? The last thing Michael needs is a confrontation with Nikki--especially when his control over his bloodlust is still so tenuous. But posing as a newlywed couple at the swanky resort may be the best way for both of them to solve their respective cases. This time, Nikki is determined to make Michael see that life apart is worse than death. Yet before she can make him see the light, a specter from Michael's past rises that could destroy any hope she has of a future with him. Because this time the threat isn't physical. It's a matter of the heart.Includes an excerpt of the next novel in Keri Arthur's Nikki and Michael series, Chasing the ShadowsFrom the Paperback edition.
Engineer Edie Michaels loves her life-she has a good job, close friends, even a chance at romance with former soldier Beau Daniels. But she could lose everything if her secret comes out...that she's the German daughter of a devoted Nazi.And when her father sends spies to force her loyalty, everything Edie values is at risk.Time in a Nazi POW camp changed army medic Beau Daniels. When he discovers a letter of Edie's written in German, he can't help his suspicions. Is she truly the woman he's started to love? Or has she been the enemy all along? With Nazis on Edie's trail, the pair must fight for truth, for survival-and for love.
She came for her inaugural address--and found herself dodging bullets, instead. Newly elected Maine governor Jillian Goff doesn't know why someone wants to kill her. But she knows they came close. Too close. Enter Dave Hutchins. A member of the state's Executive Protection Unit, Dave's mission is to protect the governor and find the would-be assassin. Without getting emotionally involved. Yet the more time Dave spends with Jillian, the less he can imagine ever leaving her side. Not with her life--and his heart--caught in the crosshairs.
Maddie Norton had long since resigned herself to her spinster's lot. Her life was devoted to her simple yet enduring faith, to good works and to the elderly lady whose companion she was. She believed herself content. But that was before her mistress's handsome nephew returned to London, after many years spent abroad as an archaeologist. The shadows in Reid Gallagher's memory-haunted eyes touched Maddie's heart. When he asked her to travel with his family, to help with his work, she could scarcely refuse. And as she came to know this man better, amid the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands, she began to wonder if two solitary souls might yet find new life--and love--as one.
Homosexuals and their friends, family, and supporters wishing to engage in meaningful and heartfelt discussions with conservative Christians will appreciate this resource of facts and inspirational essays, as will Christians striving to be compassionate and tolerant. By confronting one of this generation's most volatile social issues with civility and respect, the book shifts the emphasis away from political arguments toward gently changing religious attitudes, utilizing methods such as daily spiritual practices and figurative Bible study. Fully supported by biblical references and rounded out by recommendations for further reading and helpful websites, the extensively researched discussions on display make for the perfect tool to promote profound healing and reconciliation between two communities who often misunderstand one another.
A powerful and inspirational treatise, this study examines the heart as the seat of the soul and shows how, with a daily application of love, humanity can access its wisdom to find answers and create change. Drawn from research of indigenous tribes, ancient rituals, and Christian mystics, this resource teaches that heart consciousness-the idea of the heart as the ultimate truth of creation and the way in which people connect with each other-will enable harmony, peace, and satisfaction. Also illustrating that there is something crucially lacking in today's society because of the disconnect to the heart, this important investigation encourages readers to be open to love, the fundamental physiological aspect through which true inner peace, normally lost in childhood, can be rediscovered.
From Sandy Hook, Connecticut, to Aurora, Colorado, to Tucson, Arizona, this nation has been racked from coast to coast with mass shootings perpetrated by criminals with sick minds. Authors Dr. Liebert and Dr. Birnes believe the increase in violence is an epidemic and dig deep into the causes of mental illness to determine what exactly is going on with these individuals and society as a whole, and what action can be taken to slow this frightening trend toward mass violence.Dr. Liebert and Dr. Birnes believe that many mass suicides are predictable and preventable. Dr. Liebert uses his extensive experience in psychopathology and criminal psychology to describe how clinicians can identify the behaviors of potential suicidal mass killers and possibly prevent their crimes if they read the warning signs when legal opportunities present themselves, such as when recurrent domestic violence or psychotic communications are reported to authorities. The authors also discuss the influence of media-particularly violent video games-and how the evolution of American culture affects suicidal mental illness. With startling statistics, fascinating case studies, and practical, no-nonsense solutions, the authors present a groundbreaking and compelling treatise on violence in America.
Stories of persecuted Christian women compiled by the Voice of the Martyrs.
Eight women from eight very different backgrounds. Yet the struggles they each faced rang with eerie similarity. These courageous women from across the globe-Pakistan, India, Romania, Former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia-shared similar experiences of hardship, subjugation, and persecution, all because of their faith in Christ. Yet all of these women have emerged from adversity as leaders and heroines.The eight modern-day pilgrims featured in Hearts of Fire are the hidden jewels in the church universal. They are worthy role models of faith and passion, and women of every age will gain new strength and hope for their own times of crisis and trial as they read these inspiring stories. Each story concludes with thoughtful self-reflection questions for the reader.
In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses. She chances on a rancher, George Bliss, who is willing to hire her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, and he glimpses, beneath her showy rodeo garb, a shy but strong-willed girl with a serious knowledge of horses.So begins the irresistible tale of a young but determined woman trying to make a go of it in a man's world. Over the course of several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk witness Martha talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair -- and getting miraculous, almost immediate results. Ultimately, her gifts will earn her a place of respect in the community.With an elegant sweetness like that found in Plainsong, and a winning energy as in Water for Elephants, The Hearts of Horses delivers a heartwarming, greatly satisfying story about the unexpected and profound connections between people and animals.
Tall, dark, and handsome, Prodigy Banks was once a playboy. Now he's a man any mother would be proud to call her son, and when he meets Nina, the mother of the young boy he mentors, it seems that life is going to get even better. But when his past threatens his newfound respectability, Prodigy has to act fast to protect his new relationship. Bernard Charles is haunted by childhood memories of abandonment and poverty. His workaholic ways frustrate his wife, Diane, and leave her vulnerable to another man's advances. After her betrayal, will Bernard move on or move out? Winston "Poppa Doc" Fuller has a fix for what's ailing the younger generation. Married for more than forty years to his beloved Ethel, Winston brings healing to everyone he touches. Yet despite his best efforts, he hasn't been able to reach his own thirty-three-year-old son--a situation that soon requires urgent resolution, because as Poppa Doc tells his son: "I love you, but I'm not proud of you. Make me proud of you before I leave this earth." In his marvelous debut novel, Travis Hunter has crafted a tale that is funny, sexy, and touching--revealing what it truly means to have the heart of a man.
An explanation of recent sexual culture and the loosening of marriage bonds over the past 20 years.
A Man of His WordWhen Moriah Byler married Levi Miller, she thought they would share a long life together. She is astonished when one day he abruptly leaves the Order, and her along with it. She is hopeful that they'll reconcile, but Levi has a fatal accident. Unbeknownst to him, Moriah is pregnant and finds herself alone and unsure where to turn. She's hesitant about trusting her heart to anyone. WhatMoriah doesn't know is that Levi's twin, Gabriel, has loved her for years, but has kept this to himself. Gabriel is a man of his word--and a man of God's word.After another unexpected tragedy, Moriah must learn to open her heart and accept his love so she can be made whole again.An Honest LoveAnnaEsh was once betrayed by someone she loved deeply. In an attempt never to be hurt again, Anna withdrew from risk, placing all her attention on managing the new gift shop she and her mom bought. When Lukas introduces himself, Anna can't resist her attraction to him. Though she finds herself falling in love, she's hiding a piece of her past in fear that their future will be destroyed if she shares the truth. But love can't be built on lies and the past comes rushing back to Anna in an irreversible way. Now Lukas must decide how he will react toAnna's betrayal. A Hand to HoldA student at heart, Ruth Byler is finally a teacher at the Amish schoolhouse. But after her first day, she wonders if she's made a mistake. When Zach comes to fix a repair at the schoolhouse, he notices the young Amish teacher and the disorderly students. After seeing enough, he storms into the classroom and demands the students show Ruth respect. Satisfied he's done a good deed, he waits around so Ruth can thank him. Instead she's furious that he interfered. Zach leaves, thinking she's still the snobby bookworm he knew from school. He doesn't have much use for learning. And now he has little use for Ruth. There's more to Zach's story and when Ruth finds out the truth to why he hated school,the consequences leave them seeing each other in a different light.
In this brilliant new novel in the Deadglass series, a fierce young woman's quest entangles her in an apocalyptic endgame--and unexpected desire. . . Grace Mercer's unmatched wraith-killing ability made her the unofficial defender of a city shattered by supernatural catastrophe. So there's no way she'll allow the new regent of Seattle's most powerful dragon shifter clan to "protect" her from a vicious evil stalking the ruined streets--and keep her from the freedom she's risked everything to earn. Leif's science-honed instincts tell him Grace is the key to keeping shifters and humans safe. But helping this wary fighter channel her untapped power is burning away the dragon's sensual self-control and putting a crucial alliance at risk. Soon the only chance Leif and Grace will have to save their world will be a dangerously fragile link that could forever unite their souls. . . or consume all in a storm of destruction. Praise for Hearts of Darkness"Dazzling. . . thrilling. . . irresistible. " --Publishers Weekly
From the late Herbert Muschamp, the former architecture critic of The New York Times and one of the most outspoken and influential voices in architectural criticism, a collection of his best work.The pieces here--from The New Republic, Artforum, and The New York Times--reveal how Muschamp's views were both ahead of their time and timeless. He often wrote about how the right architecture could be inspiring and uplifting, and he uniquely drew on film, literature, and popular culture to write pieces that were passionate and often personal, changing the landscape of architectural criticism in the process. These columns made architecture a subject accessible to everyone at a moment when, because of the heated debate between modernists and postmodernists, architecture had become part of a larger public dialogue. One of the most courageous and engaged voices in his field, he devoted many columns at the Times to the lack of serious new architecture in this country, and particularly in New York, and spoke out against the agenda of developers. He departed from the usual dry, didactic style of much architectural writing to playfully, for example, compare Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao to the body of Marilyn Monroe or to wax poetic about a new design for Manhattan's manhole covers. One sees in this collection that Muschamp championed early on the work of Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Thom Payne, Frank Israel, Jean Nouvel, and Santiago Calatrava, among others, and was drawn to the theoretical writings of such architects as Peter Eisenman. Published here for the first time is the uncut version of his brilliant and poignant essay about gay culture and Edward Durrell Stone's museum at 2 Columbus Circle. Fragments from the book he left unfinished, whose title we took for this collection--"A Dozen Years," "Metroscope," and "Atomic Secrets"--are also included. Hearts of the City is dazzling writing from a humanistic thinker whose work changed forever the way we think about our cities--and the buildings in them.
Drawing upon a wealth of diaries, letters, and case records from hospitals and social service agencies, the author examines the shifting roles of caregivers between 1850 and 1940. In addition to the diaries and letters of literate white woman, she turns to slave narratives from the antebellum south and records from health-care agencies serving American Indians during the first part of the 20th century. Abel shows that women in the 19th century gained self-esteem and status through their knowledge of home remedies and nursing techniques. The medical profession gained strength with the discovery of microbes and the development of medications to treat specific diseases. During the 20th century professionals discredited women who provided health care at home. One chapter discusses mothers of children with epilepsy or mental retardation, who were pressured to place their children in institutions and to sever emotional ties with them. Another chapter explores the shift from American sign language to oralism in the education of deaf children, and the impact this had upon mothers. Abel concludes by looking briefly at the current trend to return more and more caregiving to the home.
Bestselling author Kris Radish delves deeply into the emotions of five very different women who are thrown together by chance--only to discover that they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. Holly Blandeen has always cherished the story her grandmother told her about the thread that connects all women, tying them forever in sisterhood. It's a beautiful idea, but with all the curveballs life has thrown her way, Holly has often felt isolated, different from other women. That starts to change when she meets four strangers in an airport and they agree to share a luxury hotel suite because a powerful spring storm is barreling across the country, stranding travelers from California to Florida. What begins as a spur-of-the-moment decision becomes an unlikely, unexpected, and sometimes reluctant exercise in female bonding, as these five exceptional women--each at a crossroads--swap stories, share secrets, and seek answers to the questions they've been asking about life, love, and the path to true happiness. A storm may have grounded them for the moment, but after this wild adventure in which anything can and does happen, they'll never have to fly solo again. From the Trade Paperback edition.
INSPIRING STORIES OF FOURTEEN VISIONARIES WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD--AND A BOLD CALL TO ACTION TO MOTIVATE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS There's Amy Lehman, a gutsy single mother who is building a floating health clinic on Lake Tanganyika; Jimmie Briggs, a journalist campaigning to stop violence against girls and women; and Jacob Lief, a young American who founded a school for street children in South Africa. You will discover how Josh Nesbit, Isaac Holeman, and Nadim Mahmud are connecting rural patients to hospitals using cellphone technology, how Susana De Anda is bringing fresh water to the migrant workers in California's San Joaquin Valley, and how Andeisha Farid is establishing, in the face of war, orphanages for Afghanistan's child victims of war and poverty. These are just some of the stories that will inspire you. Visionaries don't wait for others to take action. They step out. They are brave. They walk the walk. And they connect with others in deep and real ways. Jill Iscol's message is that everyone has the talent and compassion to make the world a better place. Hearts on Fire is a call to action for all of us.Praise for Hearts on Fire "Attention must be paid to these lives and these stories. In Jill Iscol's capable hands, their stories offer us hope--just when we need it."--Brian Williams, NBC News "What inspiring stories of people who have made meaningful lives through service and sacrifice--one person at a time. These are our world leaders!"--Richard Gere "Hearts on Fire is one of the most inspiring books I've read."--Tina Brown, editor-in-chief, The Daily Beast and Newsweek "Clear and compelling . . . I know you will be inspired by the visionaries in Hearts on Fire."--President Bill Clinton "A powerful call to action for each of us to marry passion with purpose and act boldly in the quest for a more just and sustainable world."--Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green "Powerful and eloquent, Hearts on Fire is a passionate and infectious invitation to get involved and help make the world a better place."--Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University "A beautifully appointed treasure box filled with inspiration and possibility. You cannot read this book without wanting to do more."--Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund "A desperately needed antidote for those discouraged by the dysfunctional politics that have left so many on our planet vulnerable and voiceless."--Billy Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength "Hearts on Fire reminds us that we need to dream again, inspire again, and act again."--Wes Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore "Vivid, down-to-earth, and well-told, Hearts on Fire will comfort and inspire anybody trying to do a little bit to make this world a more connected and compassionate place."--Ethan Nichtern, founder of The InterDependence Project, and author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence
TO: AL_CRANE@CSSENTINEL. ORGFROM: COLLEEN_MONTGOMERY@CSSENTINEL. ORGBoss,I'm finishing up all my articles before Alessandro and I get married later this month. He's thrilled his uncle Max is out of the hospital and can attend the wedding. If only Baltasar Escalante weren't still out there--Alessandro believes he's plotting against the Vance and Montgomery families. My cousin Quinn has been busy restoring detective Becca Hilliard's house, but he's also on alert following the explosion at the hospital. I'd be thrilled if Quinn and Becca became a couple but I wonder how safe it is to fall in love when there's a madman on the loose. . . .