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Dana Wilson is a single mom and the new school nurse. Lissa's dad, Patrick Connor, is chair of the board of education. They're a perfect match, right? Well, there may be a few wrinkles to iron out first. Wrinkles such as Dana's desire for a calm and predictable life, and Patrick's reluctance to start over. But the way Lissa--and pretty much everyone else in town--sees it, Dana and Patrick are going to have to get over their hang-ups. Because anyone can tell from the sparks between them that these two are meant to be together. Now, how to make it happen. . . '
Most people dream of winning the lottery...Rebecca Warwick dreams of health care. A clinic for her small community in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is fully funded and fully staffed. Though she never thought "staff" would include Hollywood's Dr. Wonderful, Matt Tyler.Matt is everything Rebecca isn't-stylish, smooth-talking and wealthy. He belongs in Warwick Mountain about as much as the schoolteacher belongs on Rodeo Drive. Yet the residents of Rebecca's village desperately need his expertise, and for the sake of Warwick Mountain, she opens her home to the handsome doctor. But as she welcomes him into her home, she wonders if she can keep him from entering her heart...and taking it with him when he leaves.
Frederick Brown, cultural historian, author of acclaimed biographies of Émile Zola ("Magnificent"--TheNew Yorker) and Flaubert ("Splendid . . . Intellectually nuanced, exquisitely written"--The New Republic) now gives us an ambitious, far-reaching book--a perfect joining of subject and writer: a portrait of fin-de-siècle France. He writes about the forces that led up to the twilight years of the nineteenth century when France, defeated by Prussia in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, was forced to cede the border states of Alsace and Lorraine, and of the resulting civil war, waged without restraint, that toppled Napoléon III, crushed the Paris Commune, and provoked a dangerous nationalism that gripped the Republic. The author describes how postwar France, a nation splintered in the face of humiliation by the foreigner--Prussia--dissolved into two cultural factions: moderates, proponents of a secular state ("Clericalism, there is the enemy!"), and reactionaries, who saw their ideal nation--militant, Catholic, royalist--embodied by Joan of Arc, with their message, that France had suffered its defeat in 1871 for having betrayed its true faith. A bitter debate took hold of the heart and soul of the country, framed by the vision of "science" and "technological advancement" versus "supernatural intervention. " Brown shows us how Paris's most iconic monuments that rose up during those years bear witness to the passionate decades-long quarrel. At one end of Paris was Gustave Eiffel's tower, built in iron and more than a thousand feet tall, the beacon of a forward-looking nation; at Paris' other end, at the highest point in the city, the basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, atonement for the country's sins and moral laxity whose punishment was France's defeat in the war . . . Brown makes clear that the Dreyfus Affair--the cannonade of the 1890s--can only be understood in light of these converging forces. "The Affair" shaped the character of public debate and informed private life. At stake was the fate of a Republic born during the Franco-Prussian War and reared against bitter opposition. The losses that abounded during this time--the financial loss suffered by thousands in the crash of the Union Génerale, a bank founded in 1875 to promote Catholic interests with Catholic capital outside the Rothschilds' sphere of influence, along with the failure of the Panama Canal Company--spurred the partisan press, which blamed both disasters on Jewry. The author writes how the roiling conflicts that began thirty years before Dreyfus did not end with his exoneration in 1900. Instead they became the festering point that led to France's surrender to Hitler's armies in 1940, when the Third Republic fell and the Vichy government replaced it, with Marshal Pétain heralded as the latest incarnation of Joan of Arc, France's savior . . .
National Bestseller "Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy as it is sublime,For the Time Beingis, in the truest sense, an eye- opener. "--Daily News From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofPilgrim at Tinker Creekand one of the most compelling writers of our time, comesFor the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners. Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting,For the Time Beingevokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding. "Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it. "--Rocky Mountain News
Take your business to the next level-for the winMillions flock to their computers, consoles, mobile phones, tablets, and social networks each day to play World of Warcraft, Farmville, Scrabble, and countless other games, generating billions in sales each year. The careful and skillful construction of these games is built on decades of research into human motivation and psychology: A well-designed game goes right to the motivational heart of the human psyche.In For the Win, authors Kevin Werbach and Dan Hunter argue persuasively that gamemakers need not be the only ones benefiting from game design. Werbach and Hunter are lawyers and World of Warcraft players who created the world's first course on gamification at the Wharton School. In their book, they reveal how game thinking-addressing problems like a game designer-can motivate employees and customers and create engaging experiences that can transform your business.For the Win reveals how a wide range of companies are successfully using game thinking. It also offers an explanation of when gamifying makes the most sense and a 6-step framework for using games for marketing, productivity enhancement, innovation, employee motivation, customer engagement, and more.In this illuminating guide, Werbach and Hunter reveal how game thinking can yield winning solutions to real-world business problems. Let the games begin!
A provocative and exhilarating tale of teen rebellion against global corporations from the New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, a a call to arms for a new generation. Not far in the future, in the twenty-first century, it's not just capital that's globalized: labour is too. Workers in special economic zones are trapped in lives of poverty with no trade unions to represent their rights. But a group of teenagers from across the world are set to fight this injustice using the most surprising of tools - their online video games. In Industrial South China Matthew and his friends labour day and night as gold-farmers, amassing virtual wealth that's sold on to rich Western players, while in the slums of Mumbai 'General Robotwallah Mala Marshalls and her team of online thugs on behalf of the local gang-boss, who in turn works for the game-owners. They're all being exploited, as their friend Wei-Dong, all the way over in LA, knows, but can do little about. Until they begin to realize that their similarities outweigh their differences, and agree to work together to claim their rights to fair working conditions. Under the noses of the ruling elites in China and the rest of Asia, they fight their bosses, the owners of the games and rich speculators, outsmarting them all with their unbeatable gaming skills. But soon the battle will spill over from the virtual world to the real one, leaving Mala, Matthew and even Wei-Dong fighting not just for their rights, but for their lives.
At some point, everyone contemplates the "meaning of life." All over the world, people are on a quest to find answers as they search for someone or something to believe in.In Brian Houston's book, For This I Was Born, he says that to know the Cause of Christ is to understand why you were born, to know what you are living for, and to decide what you are prepared to die for.If you do not know the meaning of life, he says, you will never live a life of meaning. Houston desires that each of his readers come to know the cause of Christ. His Cause, he says, is the key that opens us to new places of vision, passion, strength, and reason for living.
Is all life a result of random processes? We plan our lives and daily routines, but is there a "plan"? Does someone manage individual lives and the order of the universe? The answer for people of faith, of course, is that God controls all things. The logical conclusion of that belief is that He also has a plan for each individual, and a plan for Earth itself. Man was created to have dominion over the planet, to care for it and its creatures. In For Time and Forever, Bible authority Henry Morris explores the breadth of what it means to have purpose in God's creation. Besides debunking evolutionary myths, Dr. Morris also answers the cry of man: where do I fit? Does God have a purpose for me? Morris recognizes that since our time is short in terms of life span, we must all work to fulfill the Great Commission: we must recognize the biblical truth that there is an overall plan of salvation and we must work to implement it. Answering age-old questions like "Why do bad things happen?" and "Is there a heaven and a hell?" Morris provides a framework for laymen and scholars alike to see their true purposes.
When we feel that life is out of control, He is in control.When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. Believers and unbelievers alike find themselves turning to God. Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado points to the only real answer to tragedy and crisis: Prayer. In For the Tough Times, Lucado helps us understand how to pray despite our doubt and fear.
From Grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein comes a long-lost first novel, written in 1939 and never before published, introducing ideas and themes that would shape his career and define the genre that is synonymous with his name. July 12, 1939 Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when suddenly another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore.... When he wakes, the girl in green is a woman dressed in furs and the sun-drenched shore has transformed into snowcapped mountains. The woman, Diana, rescues Perry from the bitter cold and takes him inside her home to rest and recuperate. Later they debate the cause of the accident, for Diana is unfamiliar with the concept of a tire blowout and Perry cannot comprehend snowfall in mid-July. Then Diana shares with him a vital piece of information: The date is now January 7. The year...2086. When his shock subsides, Perry begins an exhaustive study of global evolution over the past 150 years. He learns, among other things, that a United Europe was formed and led by Edward, Duke of Windsor; former New York City mayor LaGuardia served two terms as president of the United States; the military draft was completely reconceived; banks became publicly owned and operated; and in the year 2003, two helicopters destroyed the island of Manhattan in a galvanizing act of war. This education in the ways of the modern world emboldens Perry to assimilate to life in the twenty-first century. But education brings with it inescapable truths -- the economic and legal systems, the government, and even the dynamic between men and women remain alien to Perry, the customs of the new day continually testing his mental and emotional resolve. Yet it is precisely his knowledge of a bygone era that will serve Perry best, as the man from 1939 seems destined to lead his newfound peers even further into the future than they could have imagined. A classic example of the future history that Robert Heinlein popularized during his career, For Us, The Living marks both the beginning and the end of an extraordinary arc of political, social, and literary crusading that comprises his legacy. Heinlein could not have known in 1939 how the world would change over the course of one and a half centuries, but we have our own true world history to compare with his brilliant imaginings, rendering For Us, The Living not merely a novel, but a time capsule view into our past, our present, and perhaps our future. The novel is presented here with an introduction by acclaimed science fiction writer Spider Robinson and an afterword by Professor Robert James of the Heinlein Society.
Businesses these days talk a lot about figuring out what the customer wants. Well, here's your first lesson: the customer doesn't know what he wants. This book is going to show you how to convince him he wants the thing you're selling. Les Gold has been in business since age twelve, when he started selling used golf clubs from his dad's basement. Now he owns Detroit's biggest pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan, and is the star of the hit reality TV show Hardcore Pawn. As a third-generation pawnbroker, Gold grew up in the business, dealing with customers who could be unruly and violent as often as they were friendly. He became good at selling just about anything and at buying items for what they were worth. Although he started at his family's small pawnshop, he has now expanded into a fifty-thousand-square-foot former bowling alley, making a thousand deals a day. On any given day, he could be taking a vintage car in to pawn or chasing down a thief who's just stolen a gold chain from the store. No business school in the world can teach you as much about buying, selling, negotiating, managing employees, dealing with customers, advertising, tracking trends, and predicting the economy's ups and downs. In this entertaining, honest book, Gold takes you inside some of his weirdest, wackiest deals and steals. From the monkey his dad once took in to pawn to the deal Gold made for a stripper pole, he has no boundaries for what he considers to be part of his business--and neither should you. You will learn: How to tell an emotional story when you're selling--and take emotion out of the transaction when you're buying Why judging your customers before you know them can kill a potential deal How to deal with risk, both mental and physical How to communicate with employees (even if they're your own kids) Why investing in relationships with your community is time well spent Why your business should never be limited by what others tell you it should be No place in the world prepares you better for the working world than a pawnshop, and Les Gold takes you inside his shop to share what he's learned from fifty-five years in the most interesting job in the world.
Whodoesn'twant to think and talk about guys? You've got lots to think about when it comes to the guys in your life-or the guy you hope will one day be part of your life. This companion journal to the best-selling bookFor Young Women Onlyis the perfect place to jot down your hopes, affirm your commitments, and think through how to apply your newfound insights in your encounters with the opposite sex. In sections that parallel the chapters ofFor Young Women Only,you'll discover journal pages that include questions for thought, new and eye-opening comments straight from teenage guys, and places to record your prayers-along with God's answers. You'll also find places to share your questions and discoveries in a small group or with a few trusted friends. With lots of room to write what's on your heart, you'll be able to think more deeply on what you've learned about how teenage guys think, and you'll gain confidence in the truth that you have all you need to grow into the woman God created you to be.
More for Women Only! What's going on in a man's mind? You don't have to scratch your head any longer. After Shaunti Feldhahn'sFor Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Menbroached the subject, women everywhere responded with an overwhelming desire to dig deeper. Now this all-new discussion guide will help you and your friends explore the complex terrain beneath a man's confident exterior. Personal stories, fascinating case studies, and pointed questions will launch the conversations you need to open your eyes to what the man in your life-a boyfriend, brother, husband, or son-is really thinking and feeling. Men want to be understood, but they're afraid to "freak out" the women they love by confessing what is happening inside their heads. For women who really do want to understand, this group or one-on-one discussion guide is a must for helping you apply all those "ah ha" revelations to your relationships with the men in your life! More for Women Only Readers of the bestsellingFor Women Onlyexperienced many eye-opening, "I didn't know that!" moments as they discovered the fascinating truth about the inner lives of men. But after turning the last page, many have wondered, "Sohellip;what do Idowith this information?" This newly expanded study guide will help you answer that question. Discussion questions, personal stories, and situational case studies will equip you to apply truths from the book to the relationships in your life. Additional content includes: Feedback fromFor Women Onlyreaders Space to pen your thoughts after each chapter Quotes to remember Tips for starting your own discussion group Ideal for book clubs, small groups, or one-on-one dialogue with the man in your life, this is an invaluable resource and companion to the acclaimed book. Story Behind the Book About five minutes after For Women Only hit the shelves, women started talking about it in small groups, book clubs, and coffee houses-and with their men. And about five days after that, Shaunti started getting e-mails saying, "We could really use something to help us work through these subjects. " For Women Only has opened the eyes of women to things they never understood about men before. Now, the For Women Only Discussion Guide will help them talk through and apply those truths to their lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.
So that's what she means! So that's what he's thinking! · Discover surprising little things that have big impact in any relationship. · See what the latest research reveals about differences between men and women.· Master what is most important to the most important person in your life. Whether married or single, with a group or on your own, this all-in-one participant's guide offers you eye-opening insights and practical tips for understanding the opposite sex. Use this participant's guide as a companion with any, or all of, the following: · For Women Only (book and/or DVD study), · For Men Only (book and/or DVD study), and · For Couples Only (using both For Men Only and For Women Only books and/or the For Couples Only DVD) For years, men and women have seen great life change as they used these groundbreaking books in small groups, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and premarital or marriage counseling. Now this participant's guide makes the content even more illuminating. Get ready to know "the other half" in a whole new way!
Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life-and gives voice to the unarticulated truths of a generation of exceptional women A former New York Times restaurant critic, editor in chief of Gourmet, and the author of three bestselling memoirs, Ruth Reichl is a beloved cultural figure in the food world and beyond. For You, Mom. Finally. is her openhearted investigation of the life of a woman she realizes she never really knew-her mother. Through letters and diaries-and a new afterword relating the wisdom she's gained after sharing her story-Reichl confronts the transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and recognizes the huge sacrifices made to ensure that her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own. .
In 1776, 56 men signed their names on a document that they knew might well mean their certain deaths as traitors to England. Standing on principles of faith and liberty, these men forged a powerful call for freedom and human dignity still resonating today in America. Yet, historical revisionists have distorted or attempted to wipe away every trace of this nation's Christian heritage, including the heartfelt faith of these founding fathers. More than simply facts and figures, For You They Signed provides an abundance of resources within one volume, including: * A full year of life-changing, challenging family or group devotional character studies * Over 90 illustrations, biographical summaries, and insightful quotes* Character quality definitions, Patrick Henry's speech delivered to the signers, the Christian nature of state constitutions, and the Christian nature of America's universities. The Declaration of Independence remains one of history's most enduring achievements, and this text will help you value those freedoms these men fought for in an insightfully fresh way. It will also assist you in catching the God-given vision of these faithful new Americans, igniting a fire for your family, community, and the generations to come. Here is a volume that should be found in every private and public library in America... a meticulously documented look back to the true birth of our nation. They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor so that we could be free! "This is certainly a work for 'such a time a this'... It is my prayer that this resource will find a way into every home so that this generation can know the sacrifice required to establish the God-inspired design of our nation." -Stanley John, Senior Vice President, Focus on the Family
Unlock the Male Mystery Guys will be guys. And now girls can know what that means! For Young Women Only dives into the mysterious inner-workings of the teenage male mind so that you can begin to understand why guys say and do what they do. Exploring critical topics including respect, insecurity, appearance, physical affection, and the "tough and tender"-ness of guys, this book is also packed with "ask the expert" sections, quotes, and fun personal stories from guys in all walks of life. Why is he so visually stimulated? You may wish it weren't so, but that won't make it so. I don't want to put on a front for him to like me. Actually, he wants your genuineness, too! This book will help you grasp how God wired the opposite sex so you can enjoy your relationships with them. Why Are Guys So Weird? Unravel the mystery. A national scientific survey and in-depth personal interviews give you an unprecedented look inside the teenage male mind. Discover how: He'd be perfectly fine if he was loved by few and hated by many...as long as he was respected by all His ego is the size of Africa (but so are his insecurities) He hides his real feelings under a tough exterior He's magnetized by pretty girls-but also wants to find a diamond in the rough He actually does want to marry a virgin He just wants you to be yourself It's the inside scoop you've been waiting for! You'll come to not only understand him, but also know what he might really be thinking about you. "This is a phenomenal book that I wish I'd had as a teenager!" -Shannon Ethridge, Bestselling author, Every Young Woman's Battle "Girls, this book is a MUST-read!" -Candace Cameron Bure, Actress, speaker Story Behind the Book"My teenage daughter really needs to hear this!" Such was the typical reaction from countless men and women who read Shaunti Feldhahn 's bestselling For Women Only. "If forty-year-old women are surprised by the truth about how men think, we realized the value in helping teenagers discover these realities as well," says Shaunti. Teaming with her best friend Lisa Rice , a mother of teen girls and the coauthor of For Women Only Discussion Guide, they launched a major national survey of guys fifteen to twenty. Their surprising findings are revealed here to help girls improve their relationships with the opposite sex, now and into the future.From the Hardcover edition.
His eyes saw all... Jenny Larkin. Ever since the accident that blinded her, she existed only in Ben Brisco's midnight memories. But now she was his best lead to find a killer. Ben only hoped she wouldn't remember him--or discover that he, too, knew the truth about her guilty secrets.... Her eyes saw nothing... No one could stop Jenny from searching for her friend's murderer. But all too soon she could feel someone watching her...hear footsteps stalking her...taste fear enveloping her.... There was only one man who could help her--but Jenny would never let Ben Brisco back into her life, no matter what the cost...
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THE SPY MICE ARE BACK! Just when Glory Mouse, private eye, and Oz Levinson, fifth-grade sleuth, think the evil rats have lost, it's time to get back to the race.... On a trip to New York City, Oz, Glory, and the spy gang discover that the Big Apple is swarming with rats... rats who can READ! And if they don't think fast, Glory will be mousemeat pie just in time for the rat's feast. Join the battle of good vs. evil -- where it's time for good to pump up the volume once and for all!
For two weeks Callie has been watching--and lusting after--the sexy neighbor she can spy changing in his bedroom. Even though she knows nothing else about it him, all of Callie's fantasies have revolved around him since the first time she saw him. It's too bad he never looked her way. Or so she thought....On a steamy summer night, her neighbor catches her enjoying his private strip session--and comes over for a visit. And Callie soon learns that the only thing better than watching is being part of the show....
A sweeping, epic saga of romance and hardship, set against the dramatic backdrop of Ancient Mesopotamia--for fans of Cleopatra's Moon or the adult bestseller The Red Tent.In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden's tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden's turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe's leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family's position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden's heart.Then a shadowy boy from the southern lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden's heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb's increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden's every move, she knows she must find a way to escape--or die trying. With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart, and her family's survival on the line, Jayden must finish the deadly journey to save the ones she loves--and find true love for herself.
They call her "Amber the Untouched" throughout the Disputed Lands -- a chaste, golden-haired beauty who fears the remarkable love that was prophesied at her birth . . . and the death that must inevitably follow. Now Duncan has come to her in darkness, as was foretold -- a wounded warrior with no memory, seared by passion's fire and irresistibly drawn to the innocent enchantress who divines truth with a touch. Their romance is legend in a time of war. But when Duncan's memory returns, he sees Amber as his enemy. Still, he cannot forsake the lover who healed his body and heart. And he will defy to the death the dread forces that have proclaimed their love . . .
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives--and the way they understand each other so completely--has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.
BLAZERed-hot reads from Temptation!SHE WAS HIS ONLY WEAKNESS...For years, Detective Josh Marchiano had fostered a forbidden love for Paige Montgomery-his partner's wife. So when he discovered Paige was a widow and the target of a very dangerous man, the urge to protect her overwhelmed him. And so did deep, dark desire....Paige had never experienced so many intense emotions-shock, grief, fear. And even stronger was her incredible need to be with Josh, her friend, her confidant...and now her lover. She knew she could trust Josh with her life. But could she give her heart to another cop?