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Eleven-year-old Sonny and his mother can't predict his father's sudden abusive rages. Jake's anger only gets worse after long days at the paper mill -- and when Uncle Louis appears. Louis seems to show up when Sonny and his mother need help most, but there is something about his quiet wisdom that only fuels Jake's rage. Through an unexpected friendship with a new school librarian, Sonny gains the strength to stand up to his father, and to finally confront his mother and uncle about a secret family heritage that may be the key to his father's self-hatred.
Tru Palmer's dowsing ability-she feels resources hidden in the earth-is a gift and a curse. Years ago, she trusted the wrong people with her secret and was locked away. Now, in the Nubian desert on an oil-drilling job, Tru is struck by a powerful energy-one that brings visions of the past and tantalizes Tru with the promise that there may be women out there just like her. When the source of the energy-a cache of ancient mosaic tiles-is stolen, Tru knows it is her destiny to get it back. But to do so, she must reveal her ability to the enigmatic man hired to report her every move to the very people who stole it-and who will kill to keep it.
If we live long enough, eventually our past will catch up to us. After escaping a life of running dope by moving to a new city to attend college, Travis Moore has succeeded in hiding the secrets of his life. Now, twelve years later, he believes that he can return to the city of his youth without facing his past. Travis is making peace with his past by putting in an honest day's work and mentoring young men that are at risk of traveling the negative past that he once traveled. Jarquis "Baby Jar" Love is teetering on that path and unknowingly becomes the bridge to the life Travis Moore was leaving behind. On the other side of the bridge is Kwame "Bone" Brown. All those years ago, he was running side by side with Travis until he took the fall to protect his boy. When Bone gets back in the game, he is alone and abandoned by Travis. Bone builds his own private world where he manipulates all the moving pieces and is motivated by revenge. Kwame is set to expose Travis' past, which is much deeper than the dope game and uses Baby Jar as a pawn to rob Travis of his life. Travis Moore is on a collision course with the hidden secrets of his past life and tries desperately to hold on.
Chris and Ken Arrow, who often accompany their anthropologist mother on her travels, find themselves pursuing a band of thieves through the back alleys and waterways of Hong Kong.
When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side. Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe--the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brenneman. The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing, and help around the inn. Katie's older brother Henry is the only one who doesn't take too kindly to the intrusion. He tries to ignore Anna, knowing no good would ever come from caring for an Englisher like her. But as he gets to know Anna, he discovers her good heart and is surprised with her readiness to accept their lifestyle. The more time Anna spends with the Amish, the more she feels she's found a true home. But how can she deny the life she left behind? And will her chance for happiness be stolen away by the man from her past?
The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper, and David Brainerdby John Piper
Encourages Christians to persevere by exploring the mysterious ways in which God performed His wonders in the wounded lives of William Cowper, John Bunyan, and David Brainerd.
Stories of women persecuted for their faith around the world. Includes resources for helping.
Soccer star Alex Cole is too cool for the theater. But when his school attends a show at the Old Civic, he is swept up in an adventure that will force him to choose between his old life and a new world he never imagined. Along the way, he will lose all his friends, fight for his life against a deadly spirit, nearly get expelled from school, and befriend a band of ghosts who will help him discover his amazing talent. That talent will turn out to be more powerful than anyone expected, but will it be enough to let Alex prevent the disaster that is coming?
She couldn't remember a thing, not even who she was. But it was clear Bailey James was in trouble. Big trouble! And she desperately needed Cade Parris to help her live long enough to find out just what kind.The moment the coolheaded private eye laid eyes on the fragile beauty, she almost had him forgetting who he was. If Bailey was a criminal, Cade would eat his P.I. license. But what was she doing with a satchel full of cash and a diamond as big as a baby's fist? And how could he unravel this mystery if he kept tripping over his heart?
From the book jacket: This is a glowing, intimate story of medieval England, absorbing for all who love adventure, beauty, authentic details of the period and, above all, books themselves. Young Hugh, a cripple with a love of ancient manuscripts inherited from his dead mother, is left by his mysterious father one stormy night in the sanctuary of the great Abbey of Glastonbury. Assisted by the good Brother John, librarian of the monastery, by his delightful friend, Dickon, and by the half-crazy songs and stories of a strange hermit, Hugh pieces together clues from partly destroyed documents which lead him on an exciting trail to a thrilling discovery, to recovered health, and to a glimpse of the Holy Grail itself. Fully illustrated in a manner that rounds out the perfect feeling for the period provided by the text, this is a book for quiet summer hours, or for reading by the fireside with the curtains snugly drawn against the storm of winter. A Newbery Honor book.
Leigh and Leslie Keno are familiar to millions through their appearances on "Antiques Roadshow" . They have devoted their lives to the field of antique American furniture and have had a passion for discovering unexpected rarities. Here, they describe more than a dozen of their most extraordinary discoveries, demonstrating that even today rare and precious antiques can be found anywhere. They take you behind the scenes of the world of antiques, revealing the secrets of their trade. They also share their love and appreciation of fine craftsmanship and beauty. This book will inspire you to take a second look at your own neglected family heirlooms and dust-covered relics. Bibliography. Glossary.
From the book jacket: Alissa never believed in magic. But then she went to the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers once learned magic from enigmatic Masters. Under the tutelage of the last surviving Master, Alissa discovered that she had inherited her father's abilities. But the Hold is ruled by Bailic, the renegade Keeper who seized the First Truth, a book of magic he will use to harness the might of the city of the dead and wreak a war of total devastation. The book has thwarted Bailie's every attempt to access it, while it continually calls to Alissa-who must summon all her will to resist it. For, if she gives in to the First Truth's ultimate power and knowledge, she will be utterly changed-and the man she loves could be lost to her forever...
Covers the history, practices and beliefs of religions. Includes gnosticism, witchcraft, magic in cultures both ancient and modern. Themes and religious though extracted from "The Encyclopedia of Religion".
While studying under Vivaldi, three girls in a Venice orphanage forge their own notions of love in a sensuous, engrossing novel told in three narrative voices. It is a longing search for love that motivates three girls living in the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage renowned for its extraordinary musical program. But for Rosalba, Anetta, and Luisa, the love they seek is not where they expect to find it. Set in the early 1700s in the heart of Venice, this remarkable novel deftly weaves the history of Antonio Vivaldi's early musical career into the lives of three young women who excel in voice and instrument. Under the composer's tutelage and care, the orphans find expression, sustenance, and passion. But can the sheltered life of the orphanage prepare them for the unthinkable dangers outside its walls?
Thanks to the wonder of the hide, no one starves or freezes or gets sick on the perfect worlds of the Solarian Alliance. Like a synthetic skin, the hide protects and heals, and can transform people into anything they want to be. Nothing threatens this utopian existence until an extraterrestrial message of unspeakable horror is received. An evil race terrorizes the galaxy, and it's coming toward Earth. . . .Into this world, the Solarian Alliance frees Krim, the last survivor of the Beat asteroid known as the Jack and a prisoner since he saw his world vanish into that strange other space known as Ur. Disgusted with this utopia, Krim enlists in a distant fight at the edge of the solar system, the battle no one on Earth may know about, lest it disrupt their perfect peace . . . the Hidden War.
A trick of magic, a twist of fate.As the orphaned nephew of the king, trusted companion to his cousin, and second heir to the throne of Skala, Prince Tobin's future is clear. But not as clear as the spring in which a hill witch shows him his true face--and his secret destiny....Now Tobin carries a burden he cannot share with even his closest friend, Ki, his squire. He is to rule--not as he is but as he was born: a woman. Given the shape of a boy by dark magic, Tobin is the last hope of the people of Illior--those who desperately seek a return to the old ways, when Skala was ruled by a line of warrior queens. They still believe that only a woman can lift the war, famine, and pestilence that have run rampant through the land since the king usurped his half sister's throne. It is these outlaw wizards and witches who protect Tobin--and it is for them that Tobin must accept his fate. With the unsuspecting yet fiercely loyal Ki at his side, Tobin must turn traitor against the only blood ties he has left. He must lift the masks of Skala's rulers to show their true colors--before he can reveal the power of the woman within himself. (From the Paperback edition.)
Introducing "return on relationship" with your most valued customersThe traditional model of growing your business-by relying on employees in sales, marketing, and product development-is dying. Today's most successful companies are taking a different approach: getting customers to market, sell, and create products for them.In assessing client value, most companies look at the money paid for their goods and services. But in this book, Customer Strategy Group CEO Bill Lee offers a compelling new vision for growth by maximizing your "return on relationship" with select customers-those that offer rich sources of hidden wealth. A different type of ROI, this strategy of making the most of your firm's existing relationships is a modern approach to customer relations-one that yields a distinct business advantage.Illustrated by numerous case studies-Salesforce.com, SAS Institute, 3M, Microsoft, and others-The Hidden Wealth of Customers shows the value some customers can have by helping to market your offerings, penetrate foreign markets, leverage the demand-generating power of social media, build customer communities, improve innovation, and more. Lee explains how to effectively engage this crucial audience, which has the power to keep your strategy focused on important customer issues and increase profitability.When done right, your best customers will prospect for you while also speeding product adoption and improving customer satisfaction and long-term loyalty.Consider this book a blueprint for finally making the most out of your most valuable customer relationships.
Palmer describes living an undivided life as both an individual and a communal journey. He talks about the process of a "circle of trust" as a way to help us reach our own wholeness.
A magazine article offering a large reward to anyone who can find a missing medieval stained-glass window intrigues Nancy Drew. She asks Bess and George to join her on a search in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before the three friends leave River Heights, their adversary tries to get them to postpone the trip. But no luck. Nancy is determined to carry through her plans.
"Whom do I tell when I tell a blank page?" Virginia Woolf's question is one that generations of readers and writers searching to map a creative life have asked of their own diaries. No other document quite compares with the intimacies and yearnings, the confessions and desires, revealed in the pages of a diary. Presenting seven portraits of literary and creative lives, Alexandra Johnson illuminates the secret world of writers and their diaries, and shows how over generations these writers have used the diary to solve a common set of creative and life questions. In Sonya Tolstoy's diary, we witness the conflict between love and vocation; in Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf's friendship, the nettle of rivalry among writing equals is revealed; and in Alice James's diary, begun at age forty, the feelings of competition within a creative family are explored. The Hidden Writer shows how the diaries of Marjory Fleming, Sonya Tolstoy, Alice James, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Anaïs Nin, and May Sarton negotiated the obstacle course of silence, ambition, envy, and fame. Destined to become a classic on writing and the diary as literary form, this is an essential book for anyone interested in the evolution of creative life.
Three siblings in mortal danger--can they find the secrets of their past in time to save their lives? HE'D OPENED HIS HEART TO HER. Jake Cochran was eighteen when Cassidy Atkins walked out of his life. Now he had no intention of letting the beautiful attorney get close to him. When Cassidy discovered her father had withheld documents Jake needed to uncover the secrets of his past, she wanted to help him in his search. Except her well-meant efforts put them both in mortal danger. Forced to work together to elude their deadly pursuers, they couldn't ignore the attraction that shimmered between them. But when passion turned to love, Cassidy risked everything to convince Jake that this time he could trust her with his heart.
Using ancient Eastern philosophy and military tactics, this work reveals the strategies that keep competitors guessing--and profits soaring.
Brenda Edel's champion stallion has disappeared. Was he stolen, or is it all an accident? Shelby resolves to find out. Meanwhile, a touring trick riding troupe have set up on the other side of the Gully. Shelby's trusty pony, Blue, with his festive coloring and solid laid-back style, makes a perfect trick riding mount, and Shelby improves quickly. Should she join the troupe and leave her old friends from the stables and Pony Club behind?
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