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Claire Hansen was a keeper... gifted--or cursed--with the job of being one of Earth's Guardians, "Summoned" to areas where anomalies existed, where rifts had opened--or had been opened. Such places were the world's danger spots where, if they weren't sealed in time, all the minions of Hell might break through. After she'd closed the portal into Hell at the Elysian Fields Guest House, Claire and her talking cat, Austin, found they'd acquired a new companion--Dean. Though Dean was a Bystander and shouldn't have been allowed to even remember Keepers existed, somehow in the course of their mutual ordeal at the Elysian Fields, he'd become an indispensable part of Claire's life. She knew she should change his memories and force him to leave her. Any other course was bound to lead to disaster. But as it turned out, it was already too late, for without Dean around Claire could easily become a danger to herself and the very fabric of space and time. Yet with Dean around--and a little of her sister Diana's meddling thrown in--the world was headed straight for Chaos. And Claire was about to face a challenge beyond her wildest imagining--a catastrophe created by the power of love--when an angel and a devil each manifested in the mortal world as fully endowed teenagers, who didn't have a clue how to handle their all-too-human bodies, raging hormones, and opposing needs to do good and evil. . . . .
From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors--one from the United States, the other from Nepal--united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness. In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, gifted ophthalmologists who have dedicated their lives to restoring sight to some of the world's most isolated, impoverished people through the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization they founded in 1995. Tabin was the high-achieving bad boy of Harvard Medical School, an accomplished mountain climber and adrenaline junkie as brilliant as he was unconventional. Ruit grew up in a remote Nepalese village, where he became intimately acquainted with the human costs of inadequate access to health care. Together they found their life's calling: tending to the afflicted people of the Himalayas, a vast mountainous region with an alarmingly high incidence of cataract blindness. Second Suns takes us from improvised plywood operating tables in villages without electricity or plumbing to state-of-the-art surgical centers at major American universities where these two driven men are restoring sight--and hope--to patients from around the world. With their revolutionary, inexpensive style of surgery, Tabin and Ruit have been able to cure tens of thousands--all for about twenty dollars per operation. David Oliver Relin brings the doctors' work to vivid life through poignant portraits of patients helped by the surgery, from old men who cannot walk treacherous mountain trails unaided to cataract-stricken children who have not seen their mothers' faces for years. With the dexterity of a master storyteller, Relin shows the profound emotional and practical impact that these operations have had on patients' lives. Second Suns is the moving, unforgettable story of how two men with a shared dream are changing the world, one pair of eyes at a time.
How long could their love last? She had been an impetuous teenager when she had defied her love for Slater MacBride to marry a Texas millionaire, and she regretted her mistake. After eleven years of marriage without love, Dawn Lord was returning to her home in the Florida Keys, seeking peace in the turquoise waters of the sea. But she found only storms of desire when confronted by Slater. Once a penniless speculator, now a local tycoon, he vowed to make up for lost time--in every way. Were they merely fooled by an intoxicating passion--or would they reach the heights and depths of love this time?
"I never got a chance to tell Sam I Love him!" These are young Jennie Carmichael's dying thoughts. A tragic accident is ending her life--and she's never told her boss, private eye Sam Magee, how much she loves him. She was too timid--why would attractive Sam care for his shy, wheelchair-bound assistant? As Jennie's lifelight fades, an incredible sadness fills her. Then a miracle happens. Jennie awakens to find she has been given a second chance. She's elated --until she discovers she has returned to life in the body of Maxine Lizbon -- Sam's detested ex-wife. As Jennie struggles to adjust to a body that can walk, dance and make love -- things she only dreamed of from the confines of her wheelchair -- she realizes she is in deadly danger. For Maxine Lizbon was murdered, and now her killer is stalking Jennie. And worse, the man -who can help the most -- private eye Sam Magee -- is the one who least wants to...
Brenna Gathers returned to her hometown to help her ailing aunt, hoping to get out of small-town Sheraton Beach as soon as she could! Unfortunately, once there she ran into Jabarie Beaumont, the wealthy jerk who'd jilted her at the altar. And the truth was that even though he'd broken her heart years before, she still wanted him. Jabarie had intended to sleep with Brenna and finally get her out of his system. After all, according to his father, she was nothing but a gold digger. Then Jabarie learned the truth. His father lied to keep him and Brenna apart. Now Jabarie was on a mission to show Brenna the ultimate truth. Love could be even sweeter the second time around.
When Willa spots her ex-husband, James, eying her seductively at their high school reunion, she doesn't know what to think--or how to control her body's reaction to him. James has changed from the mild, non-confrontational man she married. Now he's darker, sexier and eager to be in command. For the first time in their relationship, Willa is helpless before him--and she likes it. It's time for her to make things right, starting by surrendering to pleasure. . . and to James's will.
Every summer, four college friends hold a mini-reunion. They laugh, reminisce, and commiserate about their soul-sucking jobs. Maybe they should have listened to everyone who warned them to study something "practical."Then an unexpected windfall arrives--one million dollars, to be exact--with the stipulation that they use it to jump-start their new careers. Almost overnight, a professor, a bartender, a copywriter, and an administrative assistant reinvent themselves as a novelist, an event planner, a pastry chef, and a bed-and-breakfast owner. But the changes in their professional roles create unexpected turbulence in their personal lives, and soon the secrets and scandals from their past start to resurface. For anyone who has ever wondered "What if?," this engaging novel provides a sweet, funny look at friendship, romance, and second chances. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Sworn city girl Natalie Goode is actually back--voluntarily--at Lakepuke for more. More mess-food cooking, more bug-infested bunk beds, and even more nature shack (well, maybe not nature shack; a girl has to maintain some standards, after all). And even though the returning 3C-ers have been split up, she's still got Alyssa as her bunkmate and official summertime BFF. Unfortunately, there's a new camper on the scene! Tori is sophisticated, literate, and very cute. Good thing Natalie's not the jealous type . . . or is she?
Sworn city girl Natalie Goode is actually back - voluntarily - at Lake-puke for more. More mess-food cooking, more bug-infested bunk beds, and even more nature shack (well, maybe not nature shack; a girl has to maintain some standards, after all). And even though the returning 3C-ers have been split up, she's still got Alyssa as her bunkmate and official summertime BFF. Unfortunately, there's a new camper on the scene! Tori is sophisticated, literate, and very cute. Good thing Natalie's not the jealous type . . . or is she?
Works on joy and sorrow, life and love, by Kahlil Gibran, one of the most celebrated modern philosophersIn this magnificent volume, Gibran's writings have been translated from their native Arabic to English by Anthony Rizcallah Ferris. The collection includes The Broken Wings, an exquisitely tender, poetic love story; The Voice of the Master, a remarkable study of life; and Thoughts and Meditations, containing Gibran's spiritual message to the world. Each work, studded with gems of wisdom and truth, adds up to a warm, lively, and philosophical portrait of one of the twentieth century's greatest poetic masters.
In his work as a spiritual teacher interacting with seekers and activists from around the world, Chris Saade has witnessed a remarkable recent phenomenon: a new wave of spirituality that is socially and globally engaged in the pursuit of justice, earth care, and solidarity. Saade calls this movement "second wave spirituality," and in this book he maps out the cutting-edge ideas that are fueling this new wave of engaged spirituality. He challenges us to rise to our spiritual task and join the millions of all faiths who are awakening to the suffering and social struggles of all living beings. According to Saade, new wave spirituality holds a vision of the intrinsic values of love: justice, global peace, solidarity, inclusion, democratic freedom, compassion, and reconciliation. Saade explores current trends of thought that are shaking the foundations of our belief systems and propelling us toward an evolutionary leap. We are in the midst of a spiritual renaissance, Saade asserts, a universal reawakening that will steer us away from the abysmal global dangers we are facing.The book also includes a collection of quotations as a resource for those working for peace, justice, and inclusion. By dividing the selections into theme-specific chapters, Saade helps us easily access the wisdom and companionship of other souls committed to our diversity, our oneness, and our pursuit of justice.ContentsForeword by Andrew HarveyIntroduction1. The Emergence of Second Wave Spirituality2. A Brief Historical Overview of "First Wave" Spirituality3. Crossing the Threshold4. The Flowering of the Feminine in Theological and Spiritual Thinking5. The Great Convergence of Spiritual Development and Action for Peace and Justice6. The Six Crucial Ideas that Converged and Generated the Global Awakening of Second Wave Spirituality7. Fourteen Additional Characteristics Essential to Second Wave Spirituality8. A Response to the Escalating Global Crisis: Love in Action9. Implications of Second Wave Spirituality for the Individual10. Practical Suggestions for Spiritual Activism11. Summary and A Blessing for the Reader12. Engaged Spirituality and Sacred Activism: Writings and Quotes
Dick Francis takes us on his most electrifying, death-defying ride yet in Second Wind. The catastrophic power of a giant hurricane can raise coastal waves thirty feet high and blow through houses at devastating speeds. For TV meteorologist Perry Stuart, however, such predictions are generally hypothetical, as he chiefly predicts periods of English drizzle, with bursts of heavier rain and sunshine to follow. Stuart's profound weather knowledge and accuracy have given him high status among forecasters, but no physical baptism by storm. Not, that is, until a fellow forecaster offers him a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small airplane as a holiday diversion. But a frightening accident teaches Stuart more secrets than wind speeds . . . and back home in England he faces threats and danger as deadly as anything nature can evolve.
Scholar Parag Khanna, chosen as one of Esquire's 75 Most Influential People of the Twenty-First Century, reveals how America's future depends on its ability to compete with the European Union and China to forge relationships with the Second World, the pivotal regions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South America, the Middle East, and East Asia that are growing in influence and economic strength. Informed, witty, and armed with a traveler's intuition for blending into diverse cultures, Khanna depicts second-world societies from the inside out, observing how globalization divides them into winners and losers-and shows how China, Europe, and America use their unique imperial gravities to pull the second-world countries into their orbits. Along the way, Khanna explains how Arabism and Islamism compete for the Arab soul, reveals how Iran and Saudi Arabia play the superpowers against one another, unmasks Singapore's inspirational role in East Asia, and psychoanalyzes the second-world leaders whose decisions are reshaping the balance of power.
Epic naval encounters between titanic warships, monumental battles involving thousands of men, and duels between lone snipers facing almost certain death, these are some of the dramatic tales in this collection of true stories from the second world war.
In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing--and you know that can't be good--in this delightfully weird and funny sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Dirty JobSecondhand SoulsIt seems like only yesterday that Charlie Asher took on a very dirty job--collecting souls and keeping the Forces of Darkness at bay. The new gig came with the Big Book of the Dead and a host of other oddities: creatures under the streets, an evil trinity of ravenlike Celtic death goddesses, and one very bad Underworld dude attempting to conquer humanity. Along with a cohort of other oddballs, Charlie faced off against these denizens of darkness--and met his own end. But thanks to Audrey, his Buddhist-nun boo, his soul is still alive . . . inside a fourteen-inch-high body made from lunchmeat and spare animal parts. Waiting for Audrey to find him a suitable new body to play host, Charlie has squirreled himself away from everyone, including his adorable seven-year-old daughter, Sophie, who enjoys dressing up like a princess, playing with her glitter ponies, and--being the Luminatus--spouting off about her power over the Underworld and her dominion over Death.Just when Charlie and company thought the world was safe, some really freaky stuff hits San Francisco. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone--or something--is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Then there's the Taser-wielding banshee keening about doom who's suddenly appeared while Sophie's guardian hellhounds, Alvin and Mohammed, have mysteriously vanished.Charlie is just as flummoxed as everyone else. To get to the bottom of this abomination, he and a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall, two-hundred-and-seventy-five-pounds-of-lean-heartache Death Merchant Minty Fresh; the retired policeman-turned-bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the lunatic Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; Mike Sullivan, a bridge painter in love with a ghost; a gentle French-speaking janitor named Jean-Pierre Baptiste; and former Goth girl Lily Darquewillow Elventhing Severo, now a part-time suicide hotline counselor.With little Sophie babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind, time is definitely not on their side. . . .Irresistibly zany, rich in humor, heart, and spirit, Secondhand Souls is vintage Christopher Moore.
Love the vintage- not the ghosts Lily Ivory feels that she can finally fit in somewhere and conceal her "witchiness" in San Francisco. It's there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically. <P><P>Just when things seem normal, a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area. Lily has a good idea that some bad phantoms are behind it. Can she keep her identity secret, or will her witchy ways be forced out of the closet as she attempts to stop the phantom?
[From the back cover[ Tracing investigative leads back through three decades, SECRECY & PRIVILEGE explores the mystery of how the two George Bushes rose to the pinnacle of American political power-and what the rise of their dynasty has meant to the nation's democratic principles. Reporter Robert Parry starts the story at the Watergate scandal as embattled President Richard Nixon picks the well- connected George H.W. Bush to lead the Republican Party. The story follows the elder Bush's career through his year at the CIA and his role in a string of national- security scandals and electoral dirty tricks. Those lessons are passed down to his oldest son, George W. Bush, who achieves a tenuous hold on the White House in Election 2000, before consolidating his political power and launching a controversial war in Iraq.
Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!
Iris Surrey seems to have a perfectly normal childhood. She lives with her mother in a rambling wooden house, in a small college town not far from Chicago. But something isn't quite right in her perfect, bell-jar world. There may be something wrong with her mother. Or with her. Or with her mother and her. Small disturbances lead Iris to suspect a deeper peculiarity in the very fabric of her life. Something not quite... natural. Or authentic. But what does that mean? You are what you think you are, aren't you? Who is to judge the nature of your nature, your character, your reality, except you, the subject yourself? Unless you aren't real enough to know in the first place. In this gripping debut novel, writer Eva Hoffman uses the near future to reflect on the fast-moving present and to explore various kinds of secrets: intimate secrets and family secrets, the kinds of secrets that can be decoded from clues, and the kind that only lead to more tantalizing questions about the nature of consciousness and self-knowledge. This is a philosophical fable about an uncannily powerful mother-daughter bond and a young woman's quest for identity. The Secretexplores ancient conundrums of selfhood and the profound challenges posed by contemporary science to our most cherished notions of individuality.
The Secret Chad Grayson was back in town. And his brooding, unexplained presence was disrupting the troubled peace Clarice Somerset had made with their disquieting past. Two years ago, the single mother thought her love had tamed Chad's wanderlust. She'd expected his granite strength to help shoulder the the cares of parenthood. But under the cover of night he'd roared off on his Harley leaving her behind.What dark secret had driven Chad away? What mysterious purpose had brought him back? If not her heart, what did he want from Clarice? And what under heaven was he hiding?
Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered. In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!
10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED In this new edition of their classic business fable, Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller get at the heart of what makes a leader successful. Newly promoted but struggling young executive Debbie Brewster asks her mentor the one question she desperately needs answered: "What is the secret of great leaders?" His reply--"great leaders serve"--flummoxes her, but over time he reveals the five fundamental ways that leaders succeed through service. Along the way she learns: * Why great leaders seem preoccupied with the future * How people on the team ultimately determine your success or failure * What three arenas require continuous improvement * Why true success in leadership has two essential components * How to knowingly strengthen--or unwittingly destroy--leadership credibility The tenth anniversary edition includes a leadership self-assessment so readers can measure to what extent they lead by serving and where they can improve. The authors also have added answers to the most frequently asked questions about how to apply the SERVE model in the real world. As practical as it is uplifting, The Secret shares Blanchard's and Miller's wisdom about leadership in a form that anyone can easily understand and implement. This book will benefit not only those who read it but also the people who look to them for guidance and the organizations they serve.
The most important part of Kim Belding's world is KLAU, the Laurence High School radio station. As one of its top disc jockeys, she gets to play the latest hits and the newest music. When a secret admirer begins calling in his song requests, Kim loses her usual on-the-air cool. Who could the mystery caller be? Is it Ray, Laurence High's hot rock guitarist? Or Buddy, the president of the student council and Kim's sworn enemy? Or is her unknown fan someone she's never met? Kim's determined to discover her caller's identity, but she may be in for a big surprise!
Now in paperback, the March 2008 Book Sense Pick by beloved author Laura Joh Rowland Laura Joh Rowland's samurai detective novels have enthralled tens of thousands of readers. Now the author turns her gifts for historical fiction to Victorian England and the famous and fascinating Bront? family with this critically acclaimed new thriller. Upon learning that she has been falsely accused of plagiarism, the normally mild-mannered Charlotte Bront? sets off for London to clear her name. But when she unintentionally witnesses a murder, Charlotte finds herself embroiled in a dangerous chain of events that forces her to confront demons from her past. With the clandestine aid of the other Bront? sisters, Emily and Anne, and of the suspiciously well-informed but irresistibly attractive brother of the victim, Charlotte works to unravel a deadly web of intrigue that threatens not only her own safety but the very fabric of the British Empire. Will Charlotte be able to stop a devious, invisible villain whose schemes threaten her life, her family, and her country? .
In their very first adventure, Tommy and Tuppence uncover an audacious plot to destroy Great BritainIn postwar London, childhood friends Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley are having a grand old time--except for the fact that they can barely afford a pot of tea between them. With no jobs to be had and no rich relations to bankroll them, they decide to form a joint venture: Young Adventurers, Ltd. They're willing to go anywhere and do anything so long as the pay as right. Maybe, suggests Tuppence, a clergyman's daughter, they'll even get to steal a diamond necklace.Before Tommy can place their first advertisement, Tuppence gets a job offer. Mr. Whittington wants to send her to Paris for three months, all expenses paid. The catch is that she has to pretend to be someone else--an American--and she can't talk to anyone she knows while she's there. It sounds too good to be true, and when Tuppence tries to protect herself with a pseudonym--"Jane Finn," an odd name that Tommy recently overheard--Whittington's reaction is equal parts anger and admiration. Accusing Tuppence of blackmail, he gives her fifty pounds and disappears.Of course, the Young Adventurers refuse to leave it at that. Setting out to find the mysterious Jane Finn, they stumble into a deadly conspiracy that stretches all the way back to the sinking of the Lusitania and now threatens to undo everything England won in the Great War.By transforming two of London's bright young things into fearless detectives, Agatha Christie's second novel revolutionized the mystery genre.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
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