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Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul II. Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing worldly vanities and locating eternal truths. No book has more explicitly and movingly described the Christian ideal: "My son, to the degree that you can leave yourself behind, to that degree will you be able to enter into Me." With a new Foreword by Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight and chief executive officer of the Knights of Columbus.
From internationally bestselling author Iain Pears comes the seventh in his Jonathan Argyll series -- an intriguing mystery of love, loss, and artistic license. For newlywed and Italian art theft squad head Flavia di Stefano, the honeymoon is over when a painting, borrowed from the Louvre and en route to a celebratory exhibition, is stolen. Desperate to avoid public embarrassment -- and to avoid paying a ransom -- the Italian prime minister leans hard on Flavia to get it back quickly and quietly. Across town, her husband, art historian Jonathan Argyll, begins an investigation of his own, tracing the past of a small Renaissance painting -- an Immaculate Conception -- owned by Flavia's mentor, retired general Taddeo Bottando. Soon both husband and wife uncover astonishing and chilling secrets, and Flavia's investigation takes a sudden turn from the search for an art thief to the hunt for a murderer.
The Pope is coming to breakfast, and Madeline Bean's got frittatas on the skillet. What a coup for gourmet caterer Mad Bean and her company, the event-planning wizards, chosen to mastermind L.A.'s official welcoming extravaganza. Pulling off the early morning meal for His Holiness, and two thousand high profile bigwigs, sounds like great fun for the unflappable Ms. Bean.But things quickly go from serene to sinister when a young priest turns up dead in the bed of an uninhibited Hollywood star, and a yellowed page of Latin scrawl, found tucked in an old book of mouthwatering Church recipes, reveals a mysterious Jesuit Brother's shocking past. Even the course of Madeline's ragged love life gets a jolt as charming Xavier Jones, the man who left her at the alter ten years ago, reappears and still won't explain why he bugged out. With the Pope arriving any day, it's up to Madeline to sort out this unholy mess of burnt brioche, tantalizing treasure, pesky naked starlets, and homicidal caterers-or a party that should go down in history could be history before it even begins.
Immediate Action is a no-holds-barred account of an extraordinary life, from the day Andy McNab was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy's Hospital to the day he went to fight in the Gulf War. As a delinquent youth he kicked against society. As a young soldier he waged war against the IRA in the streets and fields of South Armagh. As a member of 22 SAS Regiment he was at the centre of covert operations for nine years - on five continents. Recounting with grim humour and in riveting, often horrifying, detail his activities in the world's most highly trained and efficient Special Forces unit, McNab sweeps us into a world of surveillance and intelligence-gathering, counter-terrorism and hostage rescue. There are casualties: the best men are so often the first to be killed, because they are in front. By turns chilling, astonishing, violent, funny and moving, this blistering first-hand account of life at the forward edge of battle confirms Andy McNab's standing in the front rank of writers on modern war.
Readable history of Rome and the Empire.
This book is a sampling of Clifford D. Simak's short stories. They range from the satirical to the sad. The main concern is what it means to be a human being in the universe and what it means to become an adult.
During the 1880s, immigrants, people from all over the world, began to come to the United States.
Text and period photographs chronicle the life of immigrant children at home, school, work, and play during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
In this sweeping journey of love and fortune, master storyteller Howard Fast recounts the rise and fall of a family of roughneck immigrants determined to make their way in America at the turn of the century. Quick to ascend from the tragic depths of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Dan Lavette becomes the head of a powerful shipping empire and establishes himself among the city's cultural elite. But when he finds himself caught in a loveless marriage to the daughter of San Francisco's richest family, a scandalous love affair threatens to destroy the empire Dan has built for himself. The first of a compelling family saga, The Immigrants is a fast-paced, emotional novel that captures the wide range of relationships among immigrant families during the tumultuous events that defined the early twentieth century in America.
This high-impact picture essay series conveys a vivid sense of historical perspective through the panoramic use of photos and lively, engaging text. From the tearful goodbye, to the dangerous journey, to the arrival in the new world, the reader shares the experience of the immigrant.
Contemporary debates give the impression that the presence of immigrants necessarily spells strife. Yet as Immigration and Conflict in Europe shows, the incidence of conflict involving immigrants and their descendants has varied widely across groups, cities, and countries. The book presents a theory to account for this uneven pattern, explaining why we observe clashes between immigrants and natives in some locations but not in others and why some cities experience confrontations between immigrants and state actors while others are spared from such conflicts. The book addresses how economic conditions interact with electoral incentives to account for immigrant-native and immigrant-state conflict across groups and cities within Great Britain as well as across Germany and France. The author highlights the importance of national immigration regimes and local political economies in shaping immigrants' economic position and political behavior, demonstrating how economic and electoral forces, rather than cultural differences, determine patterns of conflict and calm.
In this reference for readers high school level and above, Bailey, a writer and editor, examines the underlying motivations that influence people to leave their countries and the cultural, financial, and social contributions immigrants and migrants offer their adopted countries. He details the difficulties they face dealing with racial bias, assimilation, and illegal immigration, and offers a historical overview. The book also provides an outline of current immigration policy in the United States, Mexico, the Philippines, France, and South Africa; a how-to chapter on researching immigration and migration; a glossary: and a chronology of immigration and migration from pre-history to the present. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States: Selected Statutes, Regulations and Forms 2012by David A. Martin Thomas Alexander Aleinikoff
This book serves as a one-stop source for the most important federal legislation affecting immigration and naturalization, supplementing any teaching materials on the subject. With its consistent timeliness and reasonable pricing, this publication is a staple in classrooms nationwide.
Immigration Law for Paralegals is an indispensable and practical guide on U.S. immigration, citizenship and visa procedures for instructing and training students or anyone interested in a career as an immigration paralegal or legal assistant. The new edition has a new chapter on court litigation which also includes writs of mandamus and habeas corpus with federal courts.
Allie Whirlwind is well versed in the arts of the unexplained and has been known to see ghosts. But when she comes home to find a warning in red paint: This Is For Daniel, she knows she's dealing with a flesh-and-blood predator.Daniel Deer Runner was a military man and Allie's best friend--until the injury he incurred saving her life left him with amnesia--and no memory of their attraction. As they search for clues to her stalker, forgotten memories surface...and unstoppable passion sparks. Yet someone out there will kill to keep Daniel from falling for Allie again....
This collection of today's most significant immobilization methods reproduces those procedures currently and widely used in both industrial and research laboratories. These unfailingly reproducible techniques are so crafted that users can easily incorporate them into their existing methods and processes. Extensive notes provide additional information that helps extend the flexibility of the method.
William Tenn was a writer whose works were a huge part of the fifties and sixties. He was witty, good at plotting, fond of irony and satire, and a pleasure to read.
"Knowing how to free oneself is nothing; the difficult thing is knowing how to live with that freedom" is a central lesson in this short novel, which explores themes of life versus death, mind versus body, and the process of self-discovery.<P> This is the story of the rebellion of a mind against the morality of self-sacrifice and the ordinary civilized standards of personal conduct.<P> Translated from the French: "L'Immoraliste".
In an age of wonderous beauty and terrible secrets, one man searches for his destiny. . . In the majestic heart of Florence, a beautiful golden-haired boy is abandoned and subjected to cruelty beyond words. But Luca Bastardo is anything but an ordinary boy. Across two centuries of passion and intrigue, Luca will discover an astonishing gift--one that will lead him to embrace the ancient mysteries of alchemy and healing and to become a trusted confidant to the powerful Medicis...even as he faces persecution from a sadistic cabal determined to wrest his secrets for themselves. But as the Black Death and the Inquisition wreak havoc on his beloved city, Luca's survival lies in the quest to solve two riddles. One is the enigma of his parents and his ageless beauty. The other is a choice between immortality and the only chance to find his one true love. As Luca journeys through the heights of the Renaissance, befriends Giotto and Leonardo Da Vinci--140 years apart--and pursues the most closely guarded secrets of religious faith and science for the answers to his own burning questions, his remarkable search will not only change him...but will change the course of history. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The last-and most lethal-of his kind . . . Wild, uncontrollable, and powerful, the lion-shifting Rakshasa were hunted down by vicious rival vampires who feared their dark, magical abilities. Somehow one survived, and now, after centuries of hiding, Tasmin Singh reemerges as fierce and fearless as ever at the door of the Lilim queen, seeking answers . . . and sanctuary.The human best friend to a vampire queen, Bay Harper traded her quiet, comfortable life for a world filled with immortal assassins, warring werewolves . . . and this hauntingly sexy shifter. Only Bay's gentle touch can subdue Tasmin's inner demons, even as he brings out a passion and sensuality she never imagined she could feel. But when a bloody struggle threatens to tear them apart, can Bay risk everything on her faith in him-or will his dark side be stronger than even their all-consuming desire?(85000 words)t Tasim is possessed by a demon and that eventually his soul will be devoured whole. Bay sets out to find Tasim only to be trapped by Chaos. Summoning his remaining strength, Tasim attacks Chaos to free Bay. He succeeds, but is badly injured. Realizing she can't live without him, Bay saves Tasim by allowing him to drink her blood, turning her into a Rakshasa in the process.
Being Bullet Proof Sucks--Literally Once, Maya Black was a kick-ass cop patrolling the streets of L. A. She still keeps the city safe, but nowadays her bad guys of choice include demons, werewolves, and assorted nocturnal scum. Something Maya knows a thing or two about. Shes a vampire--and not thrilled about it. Payback meet bitch. Adam Brody hopes Maya is as dangerous as they say she is. He needs her to help rescue his niece Cammie from a ruthless band of vamps, and hes willing to pay--in blood. Trusting her is another matter. Adam has never met a vampire who doesnt lie. Then again, hes never met anyone like Maya, who fills him with a desperate need that ignites into explosive, no-holds-barred encounters. . . "Highly sensual and definitely dangerous. " --Shannon McKenna on Hotter After Midnight
Bartending at Atlanta's hottest nightclub-side by side with what may be the world's hottest man-fuels Bailey's already overactive sex drive. So she's beyond frustrated at her inability to reach orgasm by any means....Bar owner and incubus Griff knows all about Bailey's intense lust-because he feels it, too. So he's taken it upon himself to ease her through the cataclysmic Change from mortal to immortal succubus. He tells himself it's about saving her life, nothing more.But somewhere along the line, the purely physical passion they feel for one another has become something much more complicated....
New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands delivers a wickedly fun Argeneau novel featuring a vampire ready to claim his mate and the beauty who resists her fate! A kiss doesn't mean eternity . . . Valerie Moyer doesn't believe in vampires--until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she's through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate! . . . Or does it? Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn't fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for!
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