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Kenda Tyson has lived a pretty wonderful life. Her parents are lawyers who own their own firm, and they provide their 17-year-old daughter with only the finest. Kenda has come to expect that the men in her life will continue to offer her that same level of luxury, and when she meets the good-looking, smooth-talking Jerome Smith, she's sure she's hit the jackpot. Her perspective quickly changes, however, when she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of love, lies, and abuse. The first time she has to examine a bruise on her face, Kenda allows herself to believe that it was a mistake Jerome will never make again. Her friends try to convince Kenda that being with Jerome is not what's best for her, but when she refuses to listen to them, they walk away, hoping that God will hear their prayers and protect Kenda's life. When Kenda decides that her relationship with Jerome is more important than her friendships and her family, will she realize how much she is giving up before it's too late?
Kenda Tyson has lived a pretty wonderful life. Her parents are lawyers who own their own firm, and they provide their 17-year-old daughter with only the finest. Kenda has come to expect that the men in her life will continue to offer her that same level of luxury, and when she meets the good-looking, smooth-talking Jerome Smith, she's sure she's hit the jackpot. Her perspective quickly changes, however, when she finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of love, lies, and abuse.The first time she has to examine a bruise on her face, Kenda allows herself to believe that it was a mistake Jerome will never make again. Her friends try to convince Kenda that being with Jerome is not what's best for her, but when she refuses to listen to them, they walk away, hoping that God will hear their prayers and protect Kenda's life. When Kenda decides that her relationship with Jerome is more important than her friendships and her family, will she realize how much she is giving up before it's too late?
New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight. Having interviewed scores of Kennedy intimates, including many who have never spoken before, and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, Smith paints a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and political drama of the twentieth century's most storied presidency. At the dawn of the 1960s, a forty-three-year-old president and his thirty-one-year-old first lady - the youngest couple ever to occupy the White House - captivated the world with their easy elegance and their cool conviction that anything was possible. Jack and Jackie Kennedy gathered around them an intensely loyal and brilliant coterie of intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, international jet-setters and artists. Perhaps as never before, Washington was sharply divided between the "ins" and the "outs." In his public life, JFK created a New Frontier, stared down the Soviets, and devoted himself to his wife and children. As first lady, Jackie mesmerized foreign leaders and the American people with her style and sophistication, creating a White House renowned for its beauty and culture. Smith brilliantly recreates the glamorous pageant of the Kennedy years, as well as the daily texture of the Kennedys' marriage, friendships, political associations, and, in Jack's case, multiple love affairs. Smith's striking revelations include new information about what drew Jack to his numerous mistresses - and what effects the relationships ultimately had on the women; about the rivalries and resentments among Kennedy's advisers; and about the poignant days before and after Kennedy's assassination.Smith has fashioned a vivid and nuanced portrait not only of two extraordinary individuals but of a new age that sprang to life around them. Shimmering with intelligence and detail, GRACE AND POWER is history at its finest.
Grace and Tranquility maps a shared journey down natural paths of ease and calm found in stillness and the world's persistent beauty. Through exquisite nature photography and meditative wisdom, Grace and Tranquility guides readers into a daily practice of peace, even in the midst of conflict and uncertainty.Chapter topics range from "Inside the Living Storm" to "Walking Softly Beyond," and author Eric Alan's explorations include "The Beauty of Doubt,""Aligning with Purpose," and "Intimate with Integrity." Alan approaches relationships with the Earth, people in our lives, and even politics and money with equal candor and clarity.The photography uniquely enriches the words, expanding the readers' understanding of the text.Additionally, Grace and Tranquility is available with the CD of the same title by Gypsy Soul. "Cilette Swann's voice is haunting, and Roman Morykit's musicianship is superb. Their music stirs the soul and moves the spirit."- Monica Rizzo, People MagazineGypsy Soul has been listed as a "TOP PICK / CRITIC'S CHOICE" in 40 publications - LA Times, SF Chronicle, LA Almanac, OC Register, OC Weekly, Pacific Sun. Park Record, Desert Post Weekly, Performing Songwriter, Monterey County Herald, Coast Weekly, Jefferson Monthly, Where Magazine, Medford Tribune, San Francisco Herald, Standard Examiner, SLC Weekly, The Deseret, Bass Player, Ashland Daily Tidings & others.
Christians trying to model their lives after Jesus may find that He gets buried under lists, rules, and formulas. Now bestselling author Randy Alcorn offers a simple two-point checklist for Christlikeness based on John 1:14. The test consists of balancing grace and truth, equally and unapologetically. Grace without truth deceives people, and ceases to be grace. Truth without grace crushes people, and ceases to be truth. Alcorn shows the reader how to show the world Jesus -- offering grace instead of the world's apathy and tolerance, offering truth instead of the world's relativism and deception.Grace or Truth...or Both? Truth without grace breeds self-righteousness and crushing legalism. Grace without truth breeds deception and moral compromise. Is it possible to embrace both in balance? Jesus did. Randy Alcorn offers a simple yet profound two-point checklist of Christlikeness. "In the end," says Alcorn, "we don't need grace or truth. We need grace and truth. And for people to see Jesus in us, they must see both."From the Hardcover edition.
Now, there's a companion to the life-revolutionizing, bestseller The Grace Awakening from Charles Swindoll. The Grace Awakening Devotional is a 30-day spiritual journey exploring the amazing truths of God's grace. Every day for a month, you will study grace by reading excerpts from Swindoll's book, The Grace Awakening, along with selected passages of Scripture. You then make personal application of what you've read, including space to record thoughts. The personal application sections include: Thinking-What is God saying to me? Hearing-An additional Scripture passage for further thought Reflecting-How do I apply this to my life? Speaking -Talking with God about the truths of the day The Grace Awakening Journal...the perfect way to begin enjoying the freedom God has planned for you!
The Grace Awakening called all Christians to wake up and reject living in such legalistic, performance-oriented bondage. The God of the universe has given us an amazing, revolutionary gift of grace and freedom. This freedom and grace set us apart from every other "religion" on the face of the earth. Now, in this ground-breaking Workbook, filled with questions, exercises, journaling ideas, and scriptures to explore, Charles Swindoll teaches you how to start living a grace-filled life. Freedom and joy-not lists and demands and duties-await all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Of the First Ladies to preside in the White House, Grace Coolidge was one of the most beloved for her diplomacy, her quiet sense of humor, her warm response to people everywhere. Calvin Coolidge adored her and appeared with her always at his side. The author traces Mrs. Coolidge's history from her childhood days in Vermont, through her years as teacher of the deaf, then as wife of the rising young politician whom she married in 1905, and eventually as First Lady. Her popularity was at its height when she went back with her husband to live in Northampton, Massachusetts. There is an absorbing picture of life and events in the White House during the 1920's, of the personalities and political figures surrounding the Coolidges, of the parties and manners, the clothes and menus, and of the family tragedy the nation shared when the Coolidges' young son died. Focused against the austere presidential regime is the panorama of one of the most flamboyant periods in American history--the years of prosperity preceding the crash in 1929. Miss Ross, who was a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, writes of the 1920's with authority. She knew Mrs. Coolidge and had a chance to observe her at the inaugurations of President Harding and President Coolidge as well as on other occasions. She covered many of the notable news stories that figure in this narrative--the Lindbergh kidnaping, the Hall-Mills murders, the clash of Modernist and Fundamentalist forces in the churches, and numerous spectacles, crimes and follies of the prohibition era. The period background is sustained through the depressed 1930's, the war-clouded 1910's and down to the time of Mrs. Coolidge's death in 1957. In preparing this closely documented biography, Miss Ross had the benefit of family letters and reminiscences, and the recollections of Mrs. Coolidge's intimate friends. She shows her as wife, mother, hostess, community worker, baseball enthusiast and humanitarian who did notable work for the education of the deaf. The book has fresh and illuminating touches on Calvin Coolidge, husband and father as well as President.
In an instant, an accident took the author's mother, wife and young daughter. How can we begin with a new life, one with joy, depth and compassion?
The world, the community, the family, the heart: these are the beautiful and complicated arenas in which our lives unfold. Wherever you look, there's trouble and wonder, pain and beauty, restoration and darkness. Yet if you look carefully, in nature or in the kitchen, in ordinariness or in mystery, beyond the emotional muck we all slog through, you'll find it eventually: a path, some light to see by, in other words, grace. Here, Anne Lamott describes how she copes with the missteps, detours, and roadblocks in her walk of faith. Book jacket.
In her wry and riveting new collection, Marianne Boruch discovers things often taken for granted and holds them up to deceptively casual light, questioning them both mercilessly and mercifully. Employing a masterly range of tone and form, Boruch makes a sometimes strange but always revealing investigation of world and self, history and memory, resistance and release. Here a woman levitates behind a door as her daughter badly bangs out Mozart. Here God is caught before the moment of creation, before knowledge, before "the invention/ of the question too, the way all/ at heart are rhetorical, each leaf/ suddenly wedded to its shade." It's here raucous boys on their bikes are told--through telepathy--don't go to this war. Here, that a Dutch still life is returned to the small chaos of its making. And Eve, in "stained fascination," stares down the snake of the lost garden. The lyric impulse in these deeply interior poems stops time, even as the world, indifferent to its mystery, keeps happening.Praise for Marianne Boruch:"Her poems are complex rather than simple rooms ... they bring the world's strangeness, and their own, home to whatever reader is open to old mysteries, both in dreams and in the waking life they illuminate."--Philip Booth, The Georgia Review"Marianne Boruch's (work) has the wonderful, commanding power of true attention: She sees and considers with intensity. Her poems often give fresh examples of how rare and thrilling it can be to notice."--Robert Pinsky, Book World, The Washington Post"Every detail of image and syntax shines with multiplicity."--Donald Revell, The Ohio Review
The Wesley Study Bible gives you a fresh way to hear God's voice, share in God's grace, and become more like Jesus Christ through study of the scriptures. Journey with popular author, Maxie Dunnam, as he guides you with steps to read through the Bible in one year. These fifty-two devotions refer to the Life Application Topics in the Wesley Study Bible, so that you will grow as a more faithful disciple. These heart warming stories and prayers will form you as a follower of Jesus--whose daily life is marked by holy love and faithful living. Each devotion includes scripture references, thoughtful stories, a prayer, and reflection questions that are suitable for private meditation or group settings. This book will be your trusted companion to the Wesley Study Bible as you grow to love God with a warmed heart and serve God with active hands.
Spend a year reading the Bible with Max Lucado! In this Bible, Max Lucado will guide you through the Scripture day-by-day, with daily readings from the Old and New Testaments, Psalms, and Proverbs, plus a devotional insight.
Though maintaining a consistent devotional life is not always easy, Max Lucado's best-selling Grace for the Moment, Volume 1 proved to 2,500,000 readers that they could have a daily quiet time! Now comes Grace for the Moment, Volume 2. This yearlong book features captivating daily devotionals that offer enough inspiration, power, and hope to carry you through the busiest of days. America's leading inspirational author again fills each day's reading with touching word pictures that offer guidelines for grace-filled living. Plus, striking full-color photos add to the beauty of this latest collection. Grace for the Moment, Volume 2 is yet another great way to encourage anyone to celebrate daily time with God. All it takes is a moment.
Heartwarming and powerful true stories of people who have reached out to their world with incredible acts of self-sacrificing service, with a deep and profound spirit of forgiveness, with both ordinary and extraordinary gifts of grace.
Beware of "the grace escape.""Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!" we sing..."For by grace you have been saved by faith!" we recite..."We live under grace!" we preach...But do we really understand grace?Grace has become a part of the basic vocabulary of every Christian. Unfortunately, many believers are abusing God's amazing gift of grace. They have perverted God's undeserved gift of forgiveness, making it a license for immorality, self-indulgence, and minimal involvement in God's kingdom. In the process they are robbing themselves of the joy that comes from obedience to God.In his provocative new book, pastor and author Dr. Robert Jeffress challenges you to gain a biblical understanding of grace, and reveals how "good grace" can protect your marriage, church, and relationships from confusion and even abuse.Start experiencing the true freedom of living obediently in God's good grace. Discover Grace Gone Wild!
Bible excerpts on the topic of grace, explained and interpreted
Traces the life of the scientist who, as well as having a distinguished career in the Navy, was a pioneer contributor to computer science and is known as the grandmother of the computer age.
This bundle contains The Call of Zulina, The Voyage of Promise, and The Triumph of Grace. The Call of Zulina Set in 1787 in West Africa, The Call of Zulina opens as the scorching harmattan winds blow. Desperate to avoid marriage to an odious suitor, Grace escapes the family compound only to be caught up in a slave revolt at the fortress of Zulina. Soon, she begins to grasp the brutality and ferocity of the family business. Held for ransom, viciously maimed by a runaway slave, and threatened with death, Grace is finally jerked into reality and comes to sympathize with the plight of the captives. She admires their strength and courage and is genuinely moved by the African Cabeto's passion, determination, and willingness to sacrifice anything, including his own life, for his people's freedom. The Voyage of Promise Slavers burst into Grace Winslow's life with guns blazing and tear her family apart forever. She watches in anguish as her husband is led in chains aboard a tightly packed slave ship bound for America. An old enemy has a more sinister plan for Grace and prepares her for a different kind of servitude in London. But Grace will not be enslaved. And she will not give up on the man she loves. In her determination to be reunited with her husband, she finds God reaching out to her. The Triumph of Grace After learning that her husband, Cabeto, is on a South Carolina plantation, Grace dons a sailor's disguise and boards the only ship headed for America--a detestable slave ship. When her secret is discovered, Grace is locked up in the hold. In South Carolina, Grace is bought immediately, but soon sold to a man who is not a slave keeper. Moved by her story of perseverance and faith, John Hull makes Grace's mission his own. Grace now has a dear brother in Christ to help her, but a restored sense of hope does not mean the path to finding Cabeto will be clear... or free of trouble.
Learn to use your later years for awakening and spiritual growth.Encouraging, inspiring, and practical, The Grace in Aging invites all those who have ever experienced spiritual longing to awaken in their twilight years. Since aging, in and of itself, does not lead to spiritual maturity, The Grace in Aging suggests and explores causes and conditions that we can create in our lives, just as we are living them, to allow awakening to unfold -- transforming the predictable sufferings of aging into profound opportunities for growth in clarity, love, compassion, and peace. Kathleen Dowling Singh streamlines vast and complex teachings into skillful means and wise views. Straightforward language and piercing questions bring Singh's teachings into the sharp focus of our own lives; the contemplative nature of each chapter allows for an uncommon depth of inquiry. Examples from our lives and from the chatter in our own minds touch the reader personally, offering the chance to absorb the implications deeply and do the work of freeing his or her own mind. Ecumenical in spirit, tone, and language, Singh offers wisdom from teachers from a variety of spiritual backgrounds: Thich Nhat Hanh, the Apostles, Annie Dillard, and more. Lessening our attachments, decreasing our aversions, unbinding what binds us, we bear witness to the possibility of awakening for all beings. The Grace in Aging offers guidelines for older individuals of any wisdom tradition who wish to awaken before they die; no need for caves or seven-year retreats. This is spiritual practice for the lives we live.
Glen of Loch Trool. Spring 1808. Davina McKie is a bonny lass of seventeen, as clever as they come and a gifted musician. Unable to speak since childhood, she is doted on by her belligerent younger brothers, Will and Sandy, who vow to protect their silent sister.When the lads are forced to depart the glen, Jamie McKie intends to brighten his daughter's summer by escorting Davina to the Isle of Arran. Her cousins make her welcome at the manse, and the parish delights in hearing their talented fiddler.But when she catches the eye of a handsome young Highlander on Midsummer Eve, sheltered Davina is unprepared for the shocking events that follow.A timeless story of passion and revenge, of lost innocence and shattered dreams, Grace in Thine Eyes explores the sorrow of unspeakable shame and the gift of immeasurable grace."Just as Davina is a master of the fiddle, Liz Curtis Higgs is a master of the written word." -Teresa Medeiros, New York Times best-selling author "A phenomenal story that beautifully parallels its biblical counterpart." -Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of What She Left for Me"Absolutely wonderful. Higgs manages to turn history and imagery and language into an unforgettable work of art."-B. J. Hoff, author of A Distant MusicA Reader's Guide and Scottish Glossary Are IncludedFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
On the grounds of Marshfield Manor, Civil War re-enactors have set up camp. And what a dedicated troupe! One of them has really been killed...
Gracie Doe, a keen observer of human nature, prefers to blog-keep an online journal on her anonymous website--about her classmates at Big Lake High, not befriend them. But when a new girl moves to town and discovers Gracie's Internet blog identity, Gracie is forced to discover God's purpose in belonging, and she recruits three very different girls for her "Blog Team. "
With a page for each day, this book provides a short, but powerful devotional. It is designed to work well for individuals or couples but would need little modification to be a useful family devotional, too. "God's hand is in your heartache. Yes, it is! If you weren't important, do you think He would take this long, and work this hard on your life? Encourage Me, p. 36 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8 KJV" Scripture quotations are usually from the KJV or NIV.
In the wake of talk of a "postracial" America upon Barack Obama's ascension as president of the United States, Michele Norris, cohost of National Public Radio's flagship program All Things Considered, set out to write, through original reporting, a book about "the hidden conversation" on race that is unfolding nationwide. She would, she thought, base her book on the frank disclosures of others on the subject, but she was soon disabused of her presumption when forced to confront the fact that "the conversation" in her own family had not been forthright. Norris unearthed painful family secrets that compelled her to question her own self-understanding: from her father's shooting by a Birmingham police officer weeks after his discharge from the navy at the conclusion of World War II to her maternal grandmother's peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima to white farm women in the Midwest. In what became a profoundly personal and bracing journey into her family's past, Norris traveled from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the Deep South to explore the reasons for the "things left unsaid" by her father and mother when she was growing up, the better to come to terms with her own identity. Along the way she discovered how her character was forged by both revelation and silence. Extraordinary for Norris's candor in examining her own racial legacy and what it means to be an American, The Grace of Silence is also informed by rigorous research in its evocation of time and place, scores of interviews with ordinary folk, and wise observations about evolving attitudes, at once encouraging and disturbing, toward race in America today. For its particularity and universality, it is powerfully moving, a tour de force.From the Hardcover edition.
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