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What is sin? Is it simply wrongdoing? Why do its effects linger over time? In this sensitive, imaginative, and original work, Gary Anderson shows how changing conceptions of sin and forgiveness lay at the very heart of the biblical tradition. Spanning nearly two thousand years, the book brilliantly demonstrates how sin, once conceived of as a physical burden, becomes, over time, eclipsed by economic metaphors. Transformed from a weight that an individual carried, sin becomes a debt that must be repaid in order to be redeemed in God's eyes. Anderson shows how this ancient Jewish revolution in thought shaped the way the Christian church understood the death and resurrection of Jesus and eventually led to the development of various penitential disciplines, deeds of charity, and even papal indulgences. In so doing it reveals how these changing notions of sin provided a spur for the Protestant Reformation. Broad in scope while still exceptionally attentive to detail, this ambitious and profound book unveils one of the most seismic shifts that occurred in religious belief and practice, deepening our understanding of one of the most fundamental aspects of human experience.
Venetia Hamilton is no stranger to erotic art - her father's lush paintings are one of society's secret pleasures - but she had never experienced true desire.
USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Enoch delights fans once again with this enchanting tale of a young lady determined to have an adventure and the white knight who charges to her rescue. After yet another beau was chased away by her three over-protective brothers, Lady Eleanor Griffin decides she's had enough. If she is to become a boring society wife, then she's going to have some fun first. But when her adventure turns into more than what she bargained for, she is grateful for her knight in shining armour who rescued her from what was sure to become a scandalous situation.
Night after night, his voice goes out over the radio waves, helping the lovelorn and the heartbroken. But Dr. "Love" takes his advice one step further, urging his listeners to take their lives into their own hands--and pursue what they desire. . . One Sin At A Time. . . Bored with a dull lover, determined to settle for casual sex, too focused on the sex lives of celebrities to worry about her own--Jessie, Sharice, and Alyssa are ripe for Dr. Loves advice. But Jessies erotic striptease is observed by the wrong man--until she realizes that hunky new neighbor Nick is exactly the lover she needs. Making a spur-of-the-moment booty call, Sharice unknowingly dials a wrong number--but the mouthwatering man who answers touches all her hot buttons in just the right ways. And Alyssa finds that being the "perfect date" to the powerful, and powerfully sensual, Tony is easy when he reveals the raw desire simmering just beneath her little black dress. . . If sinning is wrong, they dont want to be right. "Rachelle Chase is the Goddess of Erotic Romance. " --Mary B. Morrison "An amazing erotic imagination. . . takes you on a ride that is exciting and enlightening. " --Dr. Michael Bader, author of Arousal: The Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies
While living on his grandparents' farm in New Hampshire, Cole hears stories about a mysterious Sin Eater; these stories enable Cole to learn forgiveness and to connect with his ancestors.
Bored with his perfect suburban life, a bitter '60s ad man reconnects with his college sweetheart, a prostitute who enlists him in a spectacular act of international smuggling [Summary]Harvey Christopher is a successful man. After twelve years on Madison Avenue, he owns a suburban palace complete with electric oven, electric icebox, and an electric wife--all of them highly functional but completely unresponsive to his needs. A brush with a college-flame-turned-successful-streetwalker sends him down memory lane--a road that leads straight to her bedroom. She gives him a tumble on the house, and then offers a proposition: a bit of criminal mischief that will take him far from suburbia, and far from his wife--because every ad-man deserves a vacation. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.
A man who once thrived on wickedness and counted on forgiveness, Curtis Black has changed his ways. Back in the heart of his congregation and his family, he will no longer stray from the beaten path. Or so he's promised his long-suffering wife, Charlotte. But the sins of the past have strange ways of coming to light. First, Curtis's former mistress shows up with their newborn baby daughter-named Curtina-and insists that Curtis be a part of their lives. Charlotte has forbidden her husband to have anything to do with them, but the trouble is, Curtis's newfound conscience is leading him to have uncomfortable thoughts of responsibility. Also, the interim pastor who took over while Curtis was on a book tour is threatening blackmail. He's gotten too used to life at the pulpit and will do everything in his power to stay there. Meanwhile, Charlotte has her own previous transgressions to deal with. The man who claims to be her son's biological father has turned up and wants to make amends for the past thirteen years. If Charlotte gives in to his increasing requests, she may lose the only child she has left. However, Curtis and Charlotte have been through too much together to give up now. They must work harder than ever-as a mother and a father, as husband and wife-to save their family, their marriage, and their souls.
Sinai Victory: Command Decisions in History's Shortest War, Israel's Hundred Hour Conquest of Egypt East of Suez, Autumn 1956by Samuel L. Marshall
A class study of the Israeli-Egyptian war of 1956.
"Long ago in old Baghdad, there lived a boy called Sinbad. He worked hard as a porter in the market, but he earned very little money. Poor Sinbad had no home of his own and never enough to eat." And so begins the tale of how Sinbad became a sailor!
Since Strangling Isn't an Option: Dealing With Difficult People: Common Problems and Uncommon Solutionsby Sandra A. Crowe
Do certain people have you gritting your teeth, biting your tongue, and (metaphorically, at least) banging your head against the wall? Do you feel like you're expending too much energy either engaging in conflict or desperately trying to avoid it? There really are better, easier ways to deal with difficult people. This refreshing, realistic guide, with revealing selfquizzes and engaging exercises included, will provide you with real solutions to the oftentimes "unreal" problems. YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT ... · why dealing with a difficult person doesn't have to ruin your day · the habits that cause continued conflict-and the techniques that can turn things around · how developing an "attitude of gratitude" helps smooth the way · your own power in shaping relationships (it can make a bigger difference than you think!) · snakes and lizards, donkeys and hyenas: specific advice for specific personality types With mindfulness, compassion, and common sense, it is possible to deal successfully with difficult people. And with enough practice of the principles in this book-and a healthy dose of patience-you might even get to like them. "Dealing with difficult people is an unavoidable fact of life in our fast-moving, competitive society. This book shows you how to defuse the negative aspects of another's behavior and be more effective in every situation." -Brian Tracy, author of Maximum Achievement
The unforgettable journey of an American businessman--from his humble origins to his extraordinary successes--and the compromises he made along the way When Willis Wayde first lays eyes on the Harcourt mansion near Clyde, Massachusetts, he is fifteen years old. His father is an engineer at Harcourt Mill, and Willis is awestruck by the family's wealth and power. Seeking guidance from Henry Harcourt, Willis meets Bess, the old man's granddaughter. Their friendship eventually blossoms into love as the elder Harcourt takes the young man under his wing, recognizing in Willis a kindred spirit whose instinct for making money matches his own. Pleased with his good fortune, Willis is nevertheless acutely aware of the great social gulf that separates the Waydes from the Harcourts. Determined to make his own way, he sets out on a path that will take him far beyond New England and the insular, old-money world of Henry and Bess. Then the Depression hits, wiping out the Harcourt family fortune. When he comes back into their life, Willis has the power to rescue the last vestige of the family's prestige: the mill. Torn between his nostalgia for a simpler, more sentimental time and his sharply honed business acumen, Willis must make a fateful decision.
In Victorian England vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.While these dalliances fulfill Matthew's every physical need, they secretly leave him numb and emotionally void. Until one night when he finds himself beaten, eyes bandaged and in the care of a nurse with the voice of an angel-and a gentle touch that soothes the darkness in him and makes him yearn for more.Yet Jane Rankin is a lowly nurse, considered shy and plain by most. There is no place for her amongst the lords and ladies of the aristocracy-despite Matthew's growing craving for the fire that burns behind her earnest facade. And then there is Matthew's secret. A secret so humiliating and scandalous it could destroy everyone he loves. A sin, he fears, not even the love of a good woman can take away...
In this enchanting contemporary romance, sure to delight readers of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a close encounter of the sexy kind leads a plain Jane to discover her wild side. Chloe Sinclair has never been bad . . . until she stumbles--literally--into the arms of a gorgeous stranger. To make matters worse, the morning after, her world is rocked completely off its axis when the sensual dreamboat turns out to be the man brought in to save the TV station where she works. Sterling Prescott is hard-driven, gorgeous as hell, and determined to turn the struggling KTEX into a success. But all bets are off when the shameless wildcat that disappeared on him last night walks back into his life--acting like a squeaky-clean librarian. Life gets truly complicated, however, when Sterling decides to win more than the station--and to show Chloe that being sexy isn't a sin.
Choosing to be a vegan doesn't have to mean a life of deprivation-now readers can pamper their palates with healthy foods and still indulge in all their favorite treats. In Sinfully Vegan, author Lois Dieterly has "veganized" all the traditional favorites-including chocolate cake, fudge, cheesecake, apple pie, and strawberry shortcake-without sacrificing the great flavor, and offers many brand-new recipes for cooks to add to their dessert repertoire. Sinfully Vegan's 140 recipes cover the full spectrum of desserts-from cakes, candies, cookies, and brownies to pies, tarts, puddings, and breads-all of which are dairy- and eggfree, and even includes a section with wheat-free alternatives. Complete with helpful pantry-stocking tips and nutritional breakdowns for each recipe, Sinfully Vegan offers a sumptuous array of dessert choices and is perfect for all those vegans out there yearning for something sweet to satisfy their cravings.
As the long days of autumn linger, the Howard sisters are ready to try new things. Louise heads out west to a music camp, and though she is skeptical, she ends up learning a new style of piano playing. Jane decides to try cooking for a whole new audience kids- and Alice finds some old photo albums and embarks on a project that will shed new light on their family history. In the meantime, a scrapbooking retreat at the inn gathers friends from near and far. As the women create beautiful books to display their most treasured keepsakes, they create new memories that none of them will ever forget. The event is a great success, providing an opportunity for connections to be made and hearts to be healed.
Like every fifth grader, Esmé Raji Codell spent her days within the small world of school, neighborhood, and family. But this small world provides rich material for the often hilarious, always engrossing stories and vignettes in this book. Esmé tells us about: the night she and her mother became "egg vigilantes" against an illegally parked car; her freewheeling first school, where kids could choose disco dancing instead of math; her dangerous neighborhood, which her father made seem friendly and wondrous; the Passover dinner when she stole a matzoh right out from under a rabbi; the awe-inspiring, life-threatening Chicago snowstorms; and lessons about love from tea-reading gypsies and Popeye cartoons. " Dear Reader, This is not a book about songs. It's not even about tuna fish. It's a book of stuff that (really!) happened when I was in fifth grade, growing up in Chicago. So if you want to read about: * -the night I egged an illegally parked car with my own mother; -the wacky school where I could choose disco dancing over math; -the day I begged my best friend to beat me up so I could get out of piano lessons; -the Passover dinner when I stole a matzo from under the rabbi's chair in order to win Anything in the Whole Wide World; and more-- * you've come to the right place. Enjoy!"
She lost her job. She almost lost her life. Now Hannah Ives is taking her first brave steps back into the world, wearing a wig and her heart on her sleeve after a frightening bout with breast cancer. But in the small Chesapeake Bay town where she came for a vacation, she does not find the relaxation she deserves. Instead Hannah finds a body -- of a girl who disappeared eight years before.
If you found out you were dying, would you suddenly confess all your past sins?When former chart topper Tiffany Knightly learns that she's dying from cancer, she leaves behind her plush California lifestyle to return to Hempstead, New York, with Karlie, her reluctant teenage daughter. She hasn't simply gone home to die, though. Tiffany has another mission. She desperately wishes she could leave her past in the past, but in order to secure her daughter's future, she must tear open past wounds. Life wasn't always easy for Tiffany. With a stepfather who abused her and a mother who didn't believe her, she acted out by becoming promiscuous. Fifteen years later, she's back to reveal to her ex-husband that he might not be Karlie's biological father. In fact, there are four men who could have fathered Karlie--four that she's willing to acknowledge, anyway. As Tiffany reveals her truth and searches for Karlie's father, she reconnects with old friends and old lovers. Some reunions are happy, but some innocent lives are torn apart, leaving Tiffany to wonder if she's doing the right thing. Through it all, she will have to learn to rely on the healing power of God's unfathomable love. "There is no way Sing a New Song by Michelle Lindo-Rice could be adebut novel. The author's writing is crisp and her characters'emotions are authentic. Get ready, readers of Christian fiction. Thereis a new kid on the block that will minister to your soul!"--Pat Simmons, award-winning author of the Guilty series.
In the grand tradition of The Far Pavilions, The Thorn Birds, and Kathryn Lynn Davis's own magnificent New York Times bestseller, Too Deep for Tears, Sing to Me of Dreams is a rich, sensuous, deeply imagined novel filled with the intimate yearnings and passions of a turbulent family, their lovers and friends, and the extraordinary woman who entered their lives. There is a future I do not seek, but which will come to be, just the same....With these words echoing in her heart, Saylah, born of a white father and Indian mother, set off on a journey that would take her through all the mysteries of the human heart. As a child, she came to know the bounty of the earth and sea, the clear streams, and she guarded the secret wisdom of her close-knit Indian people. But when tragedy devastated her loved ones, Saylah was forced to leave her home and enter the world of the Ivys, an English-born family whose European traditions were as strange to her as her spirit world was to them. The Ivys had come to the lush, fertile Pacific Northwest in pursuit of a dream -- to build a paradise of prosperity and freedom. Until Saylah came to them, their dream had been denied. Julian Ivy had a dream of his own. An impatient young man in whom refinement and rage were intertwined, he was drawn to Saylah's healing power and disturbing beauty. Through heartbreak and joy, Julian and Saylah would discover the richness of love...but no one could resolve for her the conflicts of her heritage. Heeding the call of her destiny, she would finally make the most wrenching choice of all....
Then Sings My SoulFrancis Ray Tempers flare and sparks fly when Summerset Junior College's hip band leader and Peaceful Rest Church's prim choir director are teamed up to organize a musical for a college celebration. It seems opposites do attract. Soon Grace Thompson and Caleb Jackson are meshing more than just their music.Make a Joyful NoiseJacquelin Thomas Bradley Rhodes knows that the Peaceful Rest Church choir is his ticket back to the big time, but he arrives at the church to find that the current standout voice in the choir stands out for all the wrong reasons. Yet as he helps Desiree Coleman, her music starts to work on his soul...and his heart.Heart SongsFelicia Mason Reverend TC Holloway, Peaceful Rest Church's most famous alum and a renowned television evangelist, finds a second chance at love at his reunion with Carys Shaw. Can TC's and Carys's musical talents combine to create a love song that will last forever?
A stuntman searches for a colleague whom he thought he killed long agoTwo pirates do battle on an old junk ship in Singapore Harbor. They leap nimbly from deck to rigging, crossing swords like fencing masters. And then one surprises the other, slicing a rope and sending the unfortunate pirate tumbling into the bay. This is how stuntman Angelo Sacchetti dies. Edward Cauthorne was his opponent, a fellow stuntman whose career died along with Sacchetti. He's selling used cars when two thugs approach him. They're emissaries from Sacchetti's godfather, a Mafia don. Sacchetti is alive after all--alive enough to be blackmailing the don--and they firmly request that Cauthorne find him. The search takes Cauthorne back to Singapore, to risk his own life for the sake of the man he thought he'd killed.
Gille Kilmarsson is a mastersmith and musician in a quiet northern town. But he yearns for something more. When he saves a Southern merchant ship from the savagery of the corsairs, he takes as his only reward an old musical instrument. And his life changes for ever...
Set in an utterly original world where enchantment is worked by singing, "The Singer of All Songs" is the first title in a new fantasy trilogy.
Another classic sci-fi tale from the two masters of the genre.
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