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Comprehensive and accessible, Past to Present encapsulates for readers essential readings from the fields of humanities, social science, and science in a single book- putting a "human face" on the great ideas that have changed our world. The book is divided into seven thematic parts that trace the history of important ideas from their roots to their current incarnations. Each of the 73 readings includes discussions that focus on the history of the idea, the writer's rhetorical strategies, and the context in which the piece was written. For anyone who is interested in exploring the evolutions of the great ideas of our world.
Renowned Sfoglia restaurant reveals its pasta secrets-easily recreated in your own kitchen.Tables at Sfoglia in Manhattan and Nantucket are much sought-after by the fans of the restaurant's authentic and delicious cuisine. Now you won't have to wait for a table at Sfoglia. With Pasta Sfoglia, you can prepare its master recipes right in your own kitchen. Here, for the first time, chef-owners Ron and Colleen share recipes from their kitchen, enabling home cooks to make sophisticated pasta dishes with efficiency and ease. They found the perfect collaborator in cookbook author, Susan Simon, who shares their passion for all things Italian.Beautifully illustrated in full color, Pasta Sfoglia lets youUse the step-by-step instructions to create perfect pasta-the Sfoglia wayExperience dishes ranging from the traditional (Nonna's Sunday Ragu) to the new and distinctive (Goat's Milk Cheese, Spinach, Cappellacci, Golden Raisins, Saffron Butter)Dive into the 111 rich and flavorful recipes for every kind of pasta dish-including fresh, dry, and filled pasta, dumplings, and grainsImprove your preparation with tips on choosing the best ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal products, picking alternate ingredients, and information about the origin of each dishEnhance your enjoyment of the recipes through the authors' entertaining stories of how their food and travel experiences in Italy, Nantucket, and New York inspired their recipesIf you love pasta and cuisine grounded in loving traditions and uncompromised flavor, Pasta Sfoglia is the perfect collection to inspire you to bring your own traditions to the table.
Ordained ministry, says Willimon, is a gift of God to the church--but that doesn't mean that it is easy. Always a difficult vocation, changes in society and the church in recent years have made the ordained life all the more complex and challenging. Is the pastor primarily a preacher, a professional caregiver, an administrator? Given the call of all Christians to be ministers to the world, what is the distinctive ministry of the ordained? When does one's ministry take on the character of prophet, and when does it become that of priest? What are the special ethical obligations and disciplines of the ordained? In this book, Willimon explores these and other central questions about the vocation of ordained ministry. He begins with a discussion of who pastors are, asking about the theological underpinnings of ordained ministry, and then moves on to what pastors do, looking at the distinctive roles the pastor must fulfill. The book also draws on great teachers of the Christian tradition to demonstrate that, while much about Christian ministry has changed, its core concerns--preaching the word, the care of souls, the sacramental life of congregations--remains the same. Ordained ministry is a vocation to which we are called, not a profession that we choose. To answer that call is to open oneself to heartache and sometimes hardship; yet, given the one who calls, it is to make oneself available to deep and profound joy as well.
So often, pastors are defined by external forces, rather than by the essential nature of the pastoral leader as modeled in scripture. Taking positive steps to put "pastors on track," author Emmanuel Cleaver III draws on his own experiences, and from dynamic and effective pastors and churches across the country. He presents biblical models to distill his message and to recalibrate the definition of what makes the best church leaders. Pastor on Track helps clergy re-frame their congregation's expectations and to empower them to do the work of the people, so the pastor can do the work of the pastor.
This book brings the theology of the cross into practice as a source of comfort for the sick and dying, the elderly, the depressed and mentally ill, persons with AIDS as well as the families of those afflicted. It takes a Gospel-centered approach to counseling and addresses the ethical and moral dilemmas which physicians, patients and families must face.
Describes the role pastors play in the lives of people with disabilities.
Practical guide to provide caring and healing before, during, and after the funeral. Death happens, often at the most inopportune times--for the deceased, the family, and to be honest--for the pastor. The gathered and grieving friends and family have high expectations of the pastor. They expect the pastor to bring comfort in the midst of crisis, peace in the midst of pain. They want a sign of God's presence when God seems absent or powerless. Confused, they want clarity regarding next steps. All eyes are on the pastor. No pressure.... This straight-forward book underscores the premise that ministering through the funeral process, though challenging, is one of the great privileges of ministry. The book integrates the pragmatic "how-to" of the funeral process, especially in dealing with "difficult" funerals. It equips the pastor to provide a caring and healing ministry of presence before, during, and after the funeral. The book moves through the "story" of the funeral process from Preparing for Death (ch 1), The Death Event (ch 2), Meeting with Family and Friends (ch 3), Planning the Service (ch 4), The Service (ch 5), and Following Up (ch 6). Using examples, it provides templates and checklists (for download) for the specific ministry functions appropriate at each stage.
New preacher Wade Kendrick might as well have taken out an ad for a wife -- all the church mamas paraded their daughters in front of him every Sunday. But after a tainted past, Wade wanted a reserved, traditional woman. Everything his star gospel singer was not. But he only had eyes for her -- Pearl Lockhart, aka Ms. Wrong. Pearl had her eye on gospel stardom. She didn't fit into the preacher man's world any more than he fit into hers. But he was one fine black man -- and their sexual chemistry downright sizzled. What was a sister to do?
Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith. Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor. Using life stories-from living in a hopeful-but-haggard commune of slackers to surviving the wobbly chairs and war stories of a group for recovering alcoholics, from her unusual but undeniable spiritual calling to pastoring a notorious con artist-Nadia uses stunning narrative and poignant honesty to portray a woman who is both deeply faithful and deeply flawed, giving hope to the rest of us along the way. Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, this is the book for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn't come from vapid consumerism or navel-gazing; for women who talk too loud, and guys who love chick flicks; for the gay man who loves Jesus, and won't allow himself to be shunned by the church. In short, this book is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.
In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the self-deceptions, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters' reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of the community. This edition includes an introduction and notes by James Nagel. .
In 2050, while visiting Pastworld, a Victorian London theme park, teenaged Caleb meets seventeen-year-old Eve, a Pastworld inhabitant who has no knowledge of the modern world, and both become pawns in a murderer's diabolical plan.
Patricia Gardiner loved Silver Bush more than anything else in the world. She was born and raised in the beautiful old-fashioned house on Prince Edward Island, "where things always seemed the same and good things never changed". But things do change at Silver Bush -- from her first day at school to the arrival of her new own first romance. Through it all, Pat shares her experiences with her beloved friends and discovers the one thing that truly never changes: the beauty and peace she will always find at Silver Bush -- the house that remembers her whole life.
When Jimmy is attacked by a Japanese soldier in the Pacific during World War II, his devoted signal dog Pat, dies defending him. After Jimmy returns to the states, totally blind, he falls into despair until his fiancé encourages him to apply for a guide dog. Jimmy goes to The Seeing Eye and trains with Pat, a beautiful German Shepherd. Life goes on for the two until one night, when Pat helps save the day during a horrible hurricane. Themes about losing vision, dealing with overprotective family members, and the freedom you can receive by working with a guide dog are all interwoven into the plot.
Lauren is friendly with Sarah even after the new girl brags that her horse is much better than Lauren's, but when Sarah gets in trouble while riding in the woods, Lauren and her horse come to the rescue.
Selina is blind and strings beads to make money to contribute to her household. She is eighteen years old and lives with her mother and grandfather in a single room apartment. One day she goes to the park to work and meets a man with whom she falls in love. What she doesn't know is that he is a black man. The man wants to help Selina escape the sheltered and crippling life that she is living. In the end, Selina's ignorance and unthinking acceptance of her family's poor values cause Selina to do harm to a person who has done nothing but kindness to her.
(back of book) Her mother was a prostitute, her father a murderer, her grandfather a drunkard. She was eighteen years old and beautiful. And blind. And her life was bleak, and narrow, and confined, and she hated the only colour she could see -- which was black. Then one day she meets Gordon. Set in New York, A Patch of Blue has been a bestseller for many years. Out of violence and despair Elizabeth Kata has created a tender and moving love story that touches one of the central issues of our day. Originally published under the title Be Ready With Bells and Drums
A wet, dirty calico kitten is left on Louise's doorstep. Louise knows that Patch is special, but will she be able to keep her?
In this swashbuckling adventure, the Time Soldiers travel to an era when pirates ruled the seas, attempt to rescue a pirate's daughter, and get caught in a heartstopping shipboard cannon battle, all the while trying to safely return home.
Lizzie and Charles Peterson love helping puppies in need. When they meet Patches, a lovable beagle living with people who seem to neglect him, the Petersons know they have to help. Can they find a family that will give Patches the care and attention he deserves?
In this, her fourteenth novel--and one of her most endearing--Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order. Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he was after, like his teenage cohorts. It was just that he liked to read other people's mail, pore over their family photo albums, and appropriate a few of their precious mementos.But for eleven years now, he's been working steadily for Rent-a-Back, renting his back to old folks and shut-ins who can't move their own porch furniture or bring the Christmas tree down from the attic. At last, his life seems to be on an even keel.Still, the Gaitlins (of "old" Baltimore) cannot forget the price they paid for buying off Barnaby's former victims. And his ex-wife would just as soon he didn't show up ever to visit their little girl, Opal. Even the nice, steady woman (his guardian angel?) who seems to have designs on him doesn't fully trust him, it develops, when the chips are down, and it looks as though his world may fall apart again.There is no one like Anne Tyler, with her sharp, funny, tender perceptions about how human beings navigate on a puzzling planet, and she keeps us enthralled from start to finish in this delicious new novel.From the Paperback edition.
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