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Alva Jane has never questioned her parents, never questioned her faith, never questioned her future. She is content with the strict rules that define her life in Pineridge, the walled community where she lives with her father, his seven wives, and her twenty-eight siblings. This is the only world Alva has ever known, and she has never thought to challenge it. But everything changes when Alva is caught giving her long-time crush an innocent first kiss. Beaten, scorned, and now facing a forced marriage to a violent, fifty-year old man, Alva suddenly realizes how much she has to lose--and how impossible it will be to escape.
Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. He is determined to stay free of the "money world" of lucrative jobs, family responsibilities, and the kind of security symbolized by the homely aspidistra plant that sits in every middle-class British window.
Kick back, put your feet up, and settle in for an intimate conversation with the four young women of Point of Grace. In this delightful book of two dozen insightful reflections, the four artists of this award-winning musical group offer a rare glimpse into their lives as performers, wives, mothers, and friends -- and, most of all, give you a fresh perspective on Scripture and the wonder-working God they serve through their music. In each of the book's twenty-four chapters -- one for each featured #1 song -- a member of the group takes a turn sharing a story about the hits that have been especially meaningful to her. Keep the Candle Burning will encourage and inspire you as you read about the triumphs, struggles, and hopes of Shelley, Terry, Heather, and Denise -- the women of Point of Grace. Book jacket.
"The kidney! The kidney!" Rosa cried excitedly. "They've got it! Oh, Miguel... hurry!" Leaving Leah Rosenthal crying in the middle of his front walkway, he ran back into his house. He didn't think about the fact that he'd been in the middle of breaking up with her. Under the circumstances, he barely thought of her at all. The only thing on his mind was getting to his mother. He burst through the front door and found her sitting at the dinette, tears of joy sliding down her cheeks. Her gray-streaked hair was pulled back into its usual neat bun, but the wadded tissue in her shaking hands betrayed her emotions. "Oh, Miguel!" she said. "Our prayers have been answered. I'm so happy."
Many leaders spend time getting people on their side--only to drop the ball by failing to keep them on their side. The key to long-term success in any organization is maintaining momentum for ideas and initiatives. Keep Them on Your Side addresses the critical issue of how to keep people on your side and how to sustain momentum so that you can achieve your goals. Developing an agenda, identifying allies and resistors, and assembling a coalition are only the first steps to instigating change--you need to figure out how to keep people on your side so that you can move your project across the finish line. While many books focus on initiating or managing change in the short term, Keep Them on Your Side is the first book to address maintaining organizational momentum for projects and agendas--and managing change for the long haul.
For those who need to learn how to really care for cats. An excellent resource and guide.
From the book Jacket: Everybody wants to help Davey. "Let me open that." "Do you want to hold my hand?" Davey has one answer for all, "Thanks, but no thanks." Davey is blind-and he is perfectly capable of doing everything on his own. His well-meaning classmates stop offering help when they see how able Davey is. They respect his selfreliance-until he tries to play kickball. After several missed kicks and a trampled first baseman, no one wants Davey on his or her team. But by working together, the children figure out a way to offer help that respects Davey's unique abilities and his desire for freedom. In this seamless tale, based on a true story, the children realize that interdependence can be just as important and rewarding as independence.
This story, told from Mr. Pudnam himself, tells of the early years of the Seeing eye and how he trained with his first guide dog. Blinded in a gun accident before his eighteenth birthday, this story is of Pudnam grew to accept his blindness, and go and train with his first dog.
When Paul Faustino of LA NACION flips on his tape recorder for an exclusive interview with El Gato -- the phenomenal goalkeeper who single-handedly brought his team the World Cup -- the seasoned reporter quickly learns that this will be no ordinary story. Instead, the legendary El Gato narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in the South American rainforest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach a poor, gawky boy the most thrilling secrets of the game. A seamless blend of magic realism and exhilarating soccer action, this evocative novel will haunt readers long after the story ends.
In the Russian wasteland, a man named Talus bears a secret so terrible that it will cost him no less than his life to share it... a secret so terrible that he must share it in order to find those who will help him protect the knowledge that will one day save humanity. He has chosen two brothers, both hermit monks, to join him in his quest. But time is short... and no man is ready to receive the news that Talus must now share with them both: That they are both already dead.THE KEEPER is the short story prequel to Forbidden, the first novel in The Books of Mortals series. First there was the Circle Trilogy. Now a new stunning epic begins.
I was hooked. Call it adrenaline surge, call it honeybee venom in my veins-whatever the explanation, henceforth I would need these funky little critters in my life. Givers of sweet, thick honey, bringers forth of the fruits from trees and bushes and who knew what else, they also gave more food for thought than a body could know what to do with. -fromA Keeper of Bees Allison Wallace's devotion to honeybees and their amazing, intensely lived lives started years ago, when she was living in a cabin in the North Carolina woods. Ever since then, wherever she has called home, Wallace has kept company with bees. Now she gives us the honeybee in all its glory, dancing "the great, never fully knowable ecological dance," striving like other creatures and plants to be all it can be in its short life. With a philosopher's perception and a scientist's knowledge, Wallace interweaves the facts of honeybee biology with reflections on desire, intimacy, work, evolution, memory, and home. She shares the thrill of intimately observing thousands of busy bees cozily ensconced in their brilliantly designed, perfectly weatherproofed hive. She muses on the female workers' unceasing activity, and on the male drones' idleness as each awaits his acrobatic midair mating with the queen, followed by his instant death. She marvels at the cosseted queen, upon whom the future of the hive depends. From the Hardcover edition.
On the treacherous border of Wales, Raine, the Black Dragon, rides his charger toward Castle Rhuddlan and the lady within. Illegitimate son of a Norman nobleman, his past was scarred by denial and mistrust, and now his future lies in the conquest of a kingdom--and a woman's love. "I was hooked from the first page and the magic continues throughout". --Johanna Lindsey.
Keithe and his wife of fifteen years, Michelle, have not had a good marriage by any stretch of the imagination. It's bad enough that she neglects him, but she's stepped out on him, bringing home STDs. At forty-one, the handsome Houston attorney needs some real love in his life, and he starts to seek it out. Except Michelle knows all too well what he's up to-and even knows things about his potential prospects he doesn't. And now all of a sudden she doesn't want to let go of him, and will smash anyone who tries to come between her and her man. But Michelle is soon left to realize that her own betrayals are much deeper than she would care to believe in this powerful story of righting wrongs and finding peace in the soul.
A priceless violin. A family torn apart. A decision that could change everything. Berlin, 1939. Fourteen-year-old Simon Horowitz is awash in a world of music. His family owns a superb collection of instruments and at its heart is his fathers 1742 Guarneri del Gesu violin. But all is lost when the Nazis march across Europe, the Horowitz familys possessions are confiscated, and Simon and his father and brother are sent to Dachau. Amid unimaginable cruelty and death, Simon finds kindness from an unexpected corner, and a chance to pick up a violin in exchange for a chance to live. In the present day, orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez has seen much in his time on the worlds stage, but he finds himself oddly inspired by the playing of an aspiring violin virtuoso, a fantastic talent who is just fourteen. When the boy, Daniel Horowitz, Simons grandson, suddenly rebels and refuses toplay another note, Rafael decides hell do anything he can to change that. After Rafael learns the boys family once owned a precious violin, believed to have been lost forever, he thinks he might know how to get Daniel playing again. In taking on the task he discovers a family story like no other, one that winds from World War II and Communist Russia all the way to Rafaels very own stage.
Jamie MacFarlane is a wounded World War I veteran who is faring badly in the hospital. When he overhears a discussion of his case and the decision that he be sent to a sanitarium, he flees and eventually stumbles upon a beautiful garden and a small house near the Pacific Ocean. the old man who lives there is even more ill than Jamie, who helps him. As he is leaving for the hospital, the old man asks Jamie to stay and look after his bees. Thus begins a story of love, healing, and adventure for Jamie. He meets the neighbors, especially a woman named Margaret Cameron who kept house for the old man--or the Bee Master as he is called. An even more intriguing character is a child known as the little Scout, whom the bee master has taught all about bees and who is a great help to Jamie. Part of the story is the mystery of whether this child, sensitive yet brash, athletic yet somehow delicate, is a boy or a girl. Then one night, while sitting on a rock near the ocean, Jamie meets a woman in distress. she needs a marriage certificate and a name for an unborn child. believing that he will soon die anyway, and drawn to the storm woman, Jamie offers himself as her temporary husband. He promises not to try to find her later. But after the hurried wedding he cannot stop thinking of her. This is an old-fashioned romance, filled with the love of God and nature, a love story and a mystery of sorts. It is interesting to contemplate the values the author discusses through this novel, written in the nineteen twenties, and to wonder how those values are viewed today. there is also a lot of fun and some excitement, but for the most part this is a gentle and spiritual tale.
In their new Keeper roles, these extraordinary women must balance the fate of the world with their desires....Alessande Salisbrooke has been warned about the legend of the old Hildegard Tomb-how human sacrifices are being carried out by the followers of a shape-shifting magician. As a Keeper, Alessande understands the risks of investigating, but she can't shake the nagging feeling that the killings are tied to a friend's recent murder, and she can't turn her back.With the help of Mark Valiente, a dangerously sexy vampire cop, Alessande narrowly escapes becoming a sacrifice herself. But as the bodies continue piling up, completely drained of blood, one truth becomes all too clear: life is an illusion, and no one-not even those you care about the most-is who they seem.
From the book: Amen McBee is exceptionally bright; she gobbles up words the way other children gobble up sweet She's also restless. It's the summer of 1899, and everything seems to be changing--everything except the tranquil world of The Willows, her family's home. Yet for Amen and her four older sisters--Abigail, Augusta, and the Bella twins, Arabella and Annabella---change is much nearer than they think. When their fiery grandmamma arrives, bringing with her the latest in Kodak cameras, she breathes fresh air into the McBee's quiet world. And there is also Mr. Tominski, the recluse with a mysterious past who lives in the woods nearby and tends to his doves. The Bellas insist that Mr. Tominski is dangerous; Papa vows he wouldn't hurt a soul. When tragedy strikes, Amen must decide who is right. Newberry Medal-winning author Betsy Byars beautifully evokes a bygone era and gives readers a wise and immensely likable young heroine poised on the brink of change and self-discovery. Other books by Betsy Byars are available from Bookshare.
For ambitious, troubled architect Ray Jackson, the nightmare begins one sultry California night when his wife disappears. No phone call, no ransom note, no body, reveals whether Leigh is dead or alive. Then, suddenly, a woman shows up on Ray's doorstep demanding answers: Kathleen, an old friend of Leigh's. Ray wants answers, too, but his questions seem strange and shady to Kat. Suspected by his wife's friend and by the police, Ray launches a desperate and alarming search of his own. Using a collection of keys he has held on to since he was a boy-keys to homes he and his mother once lived in-Ray quietly yet boldly enters each house, one by one, hoping to unlock the secrets of his own past. As past and present collide, as a chilling mystery begins to unravel, Ray is suddenly confronted with the most agonizing decision of his life-to face his own violence-laden past, acting to prevent another horrendous act of violence, or not. His choice will leave nothing and no one the same.From the Hardcover edition.
Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of North Carolina's Outer Banks Hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman's life, Olivia realizes who she is-Annie O'Neill. The woman Olivia's husband, Paul, is in love with.When Annie dies on the operating table, she leaves behind three other victims. Alec O'Neill, who thought he had the perfect marriage. Paul, whose fixation on Annie is unshakable. And Olivia, who is desperate to understand the woman who destroyed her marriage.Now they are left with unanswered questions about who Annie really was. And about the secrets she kept hidden so well.
In their new Keeper roles, these extraordinary women must balance the fate of the world with their desires...Lust. Elven Keeper Sailor Gryffald's body quivers with it, but is it a symptom of the deadly Scarlet Pathogen coursing through her bloodstream or the proximity of shifter Keeper Declan Wainwright?Sailor and Declan have had an uneasy relationship ever since they met, and now things are about to get a lot more complicated. A killer is stalking Los Angeles, intentionally infecting Elven with the deadly virus, and now Sailor and Declan must work to keep the supernatural peace while bringing the murderer to justice. But, in doing so, these powerful denizens of the Otherworld find themselves straddling a fine line between lust...and love.
This is the story of young girl who is struggling to take care of her families' responsibility after her mother's suicide as her father has withdrawn into himself. Includes questions for discussion at the end.
New Keeper Rhiannon Gryffald has her peacekeeping duties cut out for her because in Hollywood, it's hard to tell the actors from the werewolves, bloodsuckers and shape-shifters. Then Rhiannon hears about a string of murders that bear all the hallmarks of a vampire serial killer, and she must confront her greatest challenge yet. Together with Elven detective Brodie McKay, they head to Laurel Canyon, epicenter of the danger, where they uncover a plot that may forever alter the face of human-paranormal relations.
In their new Keeper roles, these extraordinary women must balance the fate of the world with their desires...New Keeper Rhiannon Gryffald has her peacekeeping duties cut out for her-because in Hollywood it's hard to tell the actors from the werewolves, bloodsuckers and shape-shifters. Then Rhiannon hears about a string of murders that bear all the hallmarks of a vampire serial killer, and she must confront her greatest challenge yet. Together with Elven detective Brodie McKay, she heads to Laurel Canyon, the epicenter of the danger, where they uncover a plot that may forever alter the face of human-paranormal relations....Don't miss the thrilling romance that started it all. The Keepers is included in this book!
When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes. Having reached his mid-teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail. While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long-forgotten native family.The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail. Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self. While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway--both ancient and modern--by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people's ways.By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper'n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy--as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one's community and traditions.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The ordinary life of Gil Stewart descends into a nightmare of weird events and images, including strange animals. When Gil sees a pattern emerge, he can only await the coming of the Keepers.
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