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In his classic book, T.E. Lawrence--forever known as Lawrence of Arabia--recounts his role in the origin of the modern Arab world. At first a shy Oxford scholar and archaeologist with a facility for languages, he joined and went on to lead the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks while the rest of the world was enmeshed in World War I. With its richly detailed evocation of the land and the people Lawrence passionately believed in, its incisive portraits of key players, from Faisal ibn Hussein, the future Hashemite king of Syria and Iraq, to General Sir Edmund Allenby and other members of the British imperial forces, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an indispensible primary historical source. It helps us to understand today's Middle East, while giving us thrilling accounts of military exploits (including the liberation of Aqaba and Damascus), clandestine activities, and human foibles.
There's no scoreboard in the sanctuary, and the only plate is probably for the offering. But every church leader needs to know how to win, and every congregation needs to know when to cheer. This insightful book speaks to every church leader who yearns for a simpler, more effective approach to ministry. An engaging parable about one overwhelmed pastor is followed by an overview of seven successful team practices, each one developed and applied in a ministry setting. Reinforced by relevant discussion questions, these clear, easy, and strategic practices can turn any ministry into a winning team. Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing. If you are satisfied with those results, you don't need this book. If not, it's time for a change. Like your own personal trainer,7 Practices of Effective Ministryis an insightful guide for any leader who yearns for a simpler, more effective approach to ministry. Here are seven strategic principles that when put into play will bring focus and clarity to everything you do and turn your ministry into a winning team. "For many years, I practiced and taught church growth. What I have witnessed as a member at North Point takes church growth to a whole new level. Andy and his team communicate principles that will add value to you and the church you love. " John C. Maxwell, founder, The INJOY Group "Every professional athlete recognizes the value of solid coaching. The best are always working to get better. From what I've seen at North Point, these seven practices can improve the game of any church in America. " John Smoltz, Cy Young Award-winning pitcher "The practices covered in this book are down-to-earth, practical, and come from real difference-makers who know what church leadership is all about. Andy, Reggie, and Lane have definitely hit the ball out of the park withthe7 Practices of Effective Ministry. " Ed Young, Jr. , senior pastor, Fellowship Church Story Behind the Book Looking for ways to help pastors faced with hectic lives and depleted resources, Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, and Lane Jones decided to write a parable about the complicated life of a local pastor. Rather than come straight at those in ministry with formulas and lists, they engage readers in an effort to have them identify with the character.
Combining history, politics, and religion, Mike Aquilina and Jim Papandrea provide practical lessons to be learned from the struggles of the Early Church, lessons that can be applied to the day-to-day lives of Christian readers. Prolonged, multiple wars in the Middle East. Waves of immigrants crossing the borders. Ongoing economic recession. Increasing political polarization, often with religious overtones. Conflicts over ideologies that pit the progressive against the traditional. Sound familiar? These conditions not only describe the United States, but the situation of the Roman Empire in the third century. That situation led to religious persecution and the eventual collapse of the empire. In the middle of the third century, the Roman Empire was roughly the same age as the United States is now. In this book, authors Mike Aquilina and Jim Papandrea examine the practices of the Early Church--a body of Christians living in Rome--and show how the lessons learned from these ancient Christians can apply to Christians living in the United States today. The book moves from the Christian individual, to the family, the church and the world, explaining how the situation of the Early Church is not only familiar to modern Christian readers, but that its values are still relevant
A fantastic Western romp by one of America's finest writers.
Author and retreat leader Macrina Wiederkehr opens the monastery door and invites readers to come in and learn how the practice of consciously pausing for prayer at the seven sacred moments of each day can make their daily passage through time a more sacred pilgrimage. Using scripture, poetry, reflections. personal stories, and quotes from a rich array of spiritual teachers, Wiederkehr helps readers become more attuned to living in the present moment and develop a kindred spirit with the rich tradition of the sacred hours. Seven Sacred Pauses is a wonderful gift to those who seek to find balance in their busy days and to bring the practice of the Divine Hours home to their own hearts.
The words spoken from the cross, says Dr. Arthur W. Pink, "reveal the excellencies of the One who suffered there; and inform us of the purpose, the meaning, the sufferings, and the sufficiency of the Death Divine."
Scandalous and provocative, The Seven Secrets of Seduction is an intoxicating insight into the mind of men and the desires of women-and the book has all the ton talking. Secret #1: Every good seduction begins with a baited hook . . . Well-educated, but not part of society, Miranda Chase is just as captivated by the erotic pages as everyone else in London. Intrigued by the layers she sees beneath the book's surface, she writes an editorial about it, never realizing that her passionate words will draw an actual viscount to her uncle's bookshop. Maximilian, Viscount Downing, has very particular ideas about passion and sees truth only in desire. He freely flaunts his sensual power and seeks nothing more than another conquest-the one that could justify his entire debauched existence. But Miranda's blend of innocence, trust, and love cause a strange thing to happen on the way to this seduction. Something that just might threaten the very fabric of his jaded heart . . .
Although this book is intended for Roman Catholics, what Flynn has to say cannot help but draw all Christian closer to Christ as they participate in the Lord's Supper. From the introduction: This book is helpful because it takes the reader through the author's own personal questions about Christ's hidden presence. We are drawn into his growing awareness and insight into the amazing secrets of the Eucharist. His step-by-step deepening of faith helps the reader to follow the same path in discovering Christ's hidden presence. ... Another tremendous service of 7 Secrets of the Eucharist is the way St. Faustina's Diary is integrated into the theme of the Eucharist. Vinny Flynn has been instrumental in introducing millions of people to the Divine Mercy message, through his writings and talks, and through the video of his family praying the Chaplet. ... We all need books like this one to help us grow spiritually, to remind us of what we are doing in the Mass, and to summon us to receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist with fuller awareness and participation in the infinite mystery that remains always beyond the total grasp of our minds and hearts.
Seven short stories from Anton Chekhov, including The Duel, Ward No. 6106, A Woman's Kingdom, Three Years, My Life (The Story of a Provincial), Peasants, and In the Ravine.
A groundbreaking work by one of the world's foremost memory experts, THE SEVEN SINS OF MEMORY offers the first framework that explains common memory vices -- and their surprising virtues. In this intriguing study, Daniel L. Schacter explores the memory miscues that occur in everyday life: absent-mindedness, transience, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. Schacter illustrates these concepts with vivid examples -- case studies, literary excerpts, experimental evidence, and accounts of highly visible news events such as the O. J. Simpson verdict, Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony, and the search for the Oklahoma City bomber. He also delves into striking new scientific research, giving us a glimpse of the fascinating neurology of memory. Together, the stories and the scientific results provide a new look at our brains and at what we more generally think of as our minds. Winner of the William James Book Award
Known for its fine wines and fast horses, the Brown family is one of the wealthiest and most influential clans in San Celina. When Benni's stepson announces his plans to marry into the Brown dynasty, Benni and her husband are invited to the Browns' sprawling ranch, Seven Sisters, to celebrate the engagement. But the party takes a tragic turn when a member of the esteemed family is murdered. Reluctantly drawn into the ensuing investigation, Benni finds that the dead man had ambitious plans for Seven Sisters that made him very unpopular with many of his relatives. And when a mysterious missive points to blackmail, Benni tries to unravel the feuding family's tangled past--but she faces domestic troubles of her own when her husband's gorgeous ex-wife comes to town. Her life and her marriage in jeopardy, Benni uncovers a shocking pattern of tragedy--and stitches a hodgepodge of clues into a very disturbing design . . .
When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.
"A vital, seminal breakthrough work... Kinder penetrates money's enigmas and mythologies with the artist's delicate touch, the critic's discriminating eye . . . and the insightful sensitivity of a good human being. This book is a gift."--Richard Wagner, former chairman, Institute of Certified Financial Planners Replace anxiety, self-sabotage, and self-doubt around money with the sense of ease and freedom you deserve in The Seven Stages of Money Maturity, a one-of-a-kind guide in the life-changing tradition of The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and Your Money or Your Life. A renowned Buddhist teacher as well as a Harvard-trained, nationally prominent certified financial planner, George Kinder draws on both disciplines to guide us toward a full understanding of the spiritual and psychological issues that surround money. Although many of us may assume that issues of money and spirit are separate, incompatible questions, George Kinder shows us that we must explore them together to attain true peace, freedom, and security in our money lives. Tracing the same path to transformation on which he has led his clients and lectured audiences for years, Kinder leads us through the Seven Steps of a journey to the profound liberation of awakening to a world of abundance and possibility. Revealing practical, market-tested wealth-building skills as well as the wisdom that contributes to understanding and enriching the role money plays across our lives from the surface to the soul, Kinder teaches us how to: Understand feelings that impact taking financial action Develop understanding and knowledge about money Eliminate stress and anxiety around money Let go of old patterns and painful habits Approach money tasks with energy and optimism Design a money life that is fulfilling both financially and spirituallyA powerful new way to look at your money and at your life, The Seven Stages of Money Maturity will help us experience each encounter with money as a step toward awakening and a powerful lesson in understanding the relationships we share with others and with ourselves.From the Hardcover edition.
Say Good-bye One More Time Have you ever experienced a breeze in a closed room? A brush on the cheek when no one is there? A whisper that sounds like the voice of someone who has passed away? Perhaps it is coincidence or perhaps it is the beginning of spirit communication. In Seven Steps to Heaven noted psychic Joyce Keller clears up misconceptions about the afterlife and reveals the various ways in which those who have crossed over make contact with us. With clarity and compassion she shares for the first time her successful Connection Technique that makes it possible for anyone to bridge the divide between the living and the dead. Developed over a period of twenty years, Keller's Connection Technique involves seven simple and safe tools: angels and spirit teachers prayer and affirmations meditation dreams a spirit space sound a labyrinth Seven Steps to Heaven offers comfort and hope to everyone who has experienced the profound loneliness and sadness that comes with the death of a family member, a dear friend, or a pet.
A definitive guide to the latest tactics for avoiding heart disease and a heart attack -- from a trusted physician and bestselling author Dr. Bob Arnot offers cutting-edge advice on a subject at the forefront of the nation's health consciousness: heart health. When Dr. Arnot's father -- himself a distinguished doctor -- died of a massive heart attack a year ago, it came as a horrible shock. A heart attack can happen to anyone, but upon further investigation, Dr. Arnot came to the realization that his father's death might have been preventable. The tragedy inspired Dr. Arnot to write this book, exploring all the very latest advances in medical science, many of which have occurred in the last year, and developing steps that can help people avoid his father's fate. Dr. Bob discusses how to: ·Know the warning signs. ·Determine your risk. ·Get the right diagnosis. ·Get the right medications. ·Get the right procedures. Based on extensive discussions with renowned experts in the field of cardiology (who are quoted extensively), Seven Steps to Stop a Heart Attack covers all the risks, symptoms, procedures, and medications in prose that is clear, concise, and easy to follow. For a country in which half a million people die each year from heart attacks, this is a work of profound importancefor the general public and physicians alike.
The green-bronze door of the tomb loomed cold and forbidding in the moonlight. Wind sighed mournfully through the rhododendron bushes and clouds blew across the night sky like the shrouds torn from long ago corpses. Seating himself on the vault steps he pulled out the crumpled paper bag, mentally counting to six hundred as he applied the makeup. Dampening his face slightly, Jamie dabbed white flour heavily across his features, even right up to his hairline. Rolling yellow clay into two small stubby cones he affixed them to the side of his neck. Carefully he ringed the cones with purple felt- tip pen and dripped some of his mother's red food coloring beneath the two imitation vampire fang bites. Golly! Would they run when he came staggering and moaning at them. The bronze door at his back began creaking and groaning as it started to open. Hairs on the back of Jamie's neck stood up rigid. The blood in his veins turned to ice water; his heart pounded madly like a trip hammer, trying to fight its way up into his mouth. A pale bluish light radiated from the tomb, illuminating his quaking form. The hand that grasped Jamie's shoulder was neither big nor hairy, but it was as cold as iron in a blizzard, white and slim with a strength not of this earth. Get ready for the ghostly side of Brian Jacques! Filled with humor, adventure, and imagination, these seven short stories go from the lighthearted to the bizarre. Read about the cocky teenage liar whose sneakiness saves his soul from the devil, the graffiti artist who tries to escape being mummified, and the boy who's midnight visit to the tomb of a vampire includes a run-in with a vampire mother who nags just like his own. The eerie characters and settings created by this masterful storyteller will tickle funny bones and send chills up spines. "Well crafted and smoothly written ... While suitable for reading aloud, the tales are even better under the covers with a flashlight." -Booklist (starred review)
Kay Vincent dances around singing the school song as Girls' Farringdon High burns to the ground. Kay's behavior is appalling to the other girls who are devastated about the loss of their school. Many girls, including Judy, have lost their posters which had already been submitted for an upcoming contest. The fire leads to several unsolved mysteries. Several people suspect Honey of starting the fire out of maliciousness, and while Judy cannot believe the accusations, she admits that she doesn't know Honey that well. Judy vows to exonerate Honey of all blame. The mystery deepens when Judy learns that she is the winner of the poster contest! Judy is mystified, since her poster burned in the school. When Judy sees the winning poster, it is not her poster, but someone else's, with Judy's name on it! Judy must discover who the real artist is, who submitted the poster in her name, and repair a strained friendship.
The Hunt is On! On Saturday, Jackson and his best pal, Goat, hide treasures for each other to find. It's the Hunt for the Secret Treasure -- and it's so much fun that the boys decide to do it all over again. This time, the hunts will be trickier, and the prizes will be outstanding. But everything goes wrong. The best treasure of all disappears from its hiding place. Only one person could be responsible: the ogre, also known as Goat's older sister, Rachel. Can the two friends find the treasure before she gets the last laugh?
Sharma's poetry makes heavy reading in Kannada.
A strange whistling can be heard throughout the town of Kingsbury. Accompanying this sound is the appearance of large black dogs. Rose's beloved grandfather has just died and terrible things are happening to people throughout the town. Desperately searching for answers, Rose soon learns a terrifying legend about the mysterious creatures. "Seven hounds were dispatched from Hell to seek the Devil's due, to collect the souls of men who were damned for dreadful cowardice in the face of death. It's said that should all seven hounds ever gather in one location, it will spell the end of the world as we know it... Will Rose be able to stop The Whistlers?
When the reclusive mathematician Jeremy Grady is murdered, it's up to his estranged brother Jack to find out why. Jack's search leads him on a far-flung journey#151;from Brazil, India, Peru, and beyond#151;as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, and discovers that Jeremy may have hit upon something that's been concealed for centuries. With the help of scientist Sloane Costa, they discover a conspiracy to hide a roadmap to the Garden of Eden#151;and the truth behind a mythological ancient culture. With a heart-pounding pace and panoramic backdrops, Seven Wonders is an electrifying read, and will be the first in a trilogy.
Follow the story of Jack McKinley in the mysterious, action-packed adventure series that takes place throughout the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Jack discovers a secret organization on a hidden island and becomes the leader of a mission to retrieve seven lost magical orbs. As Jack and his three friends realize their lives are at stake, they have no choice but to accept the quest and embark on the challenge of their lives. Four friends. Six months. Seven Wonders. One goal.This collection includes books 1 through 3 in this bestselling series (The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, and The Tomb of Shadows). It also includes the thrilling prequel novella to book 1, Seven Wonders Journals: The Select, plus Seven Wonders Journals: The Orphan, a short novella that chronicles a key character's valiant battle to rescue her best friend.
Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones in the New York Times bestselling adventure Seven Wonders! The Tomb of Shadows is the third in a seven-book series by master storyteller Peter Lerangis. This sequel to the bestselling Lost in Babylon and The Colossus Rises chronicles the adventures of Jack McKinley and his friends in a life-or-death race to the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. In the rubble of this Wonder of the Ancient World, they have to face down their own demons and engage in an epic battle with foes long gone. But when promises are broken, blood is spilled--and the Select are left with no choice but to destroy the one thing that might have saved them all.Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, praised Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises as "a high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. Young readers will love this story. I can't wait to see what's next in the Seven Wonders series!"
From the lost Journals of the Seven Wonders saga comes the story of Burt Wenders--one of the first of the chosen kids to be marked as "The Select." In this thrilling prequel to Book 1, delve into the mystery and the magic of Seven Wonders, the brand-new adventure series from Peter Lerangis, the bestselling author of several books in the 39 Clues series. It's the year 1894, and thirteen-year-old Burt and his father are on an archaeological expedition gone wrong. After a tumultuous boat ride, Burt and the archaeologists find themselves stranded on what seems to be a deserted island. That is, seems to be deserted until Burt starts hearing music that no one else can hear . . . and blacking out with no explanation. Maybe there is something to Burt's father's expedition after all? All but tortured by his surroundings, Burt ventures to find out. He can only hope to survive.
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