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THE BEAST THAT FEEDS ON CONFUSION AND FEAR. Two boys with extraordinary powers... to use for good or evil. Restless spirits roaming the dark Alabama woods, infesting a Chicago hotel, haunting an amusement park ride. lustful girl who drowns, then reappears. A ghastly family massacre... Wherever human fears hide, there in the shadows lurks the Shape Changer. They were known as the healer and the demon-boy. They faced each other for the first time at a tent revival meeting. The inexplicable energy that passed between them frightened the two boys. Each began dreaming the same dream: an eagle made of smoke locked in combat with a snake made of fire. And seeing things: a bestial shape with glowing red eyes. Billy Creekmore and Wayne Falconer would feel that same eerie charge every time their paths crossed over the next decade, as each undertook his Mystery Walk through life. Billy used his powers to set the dead to rest in the traditional way his Choctaw grandmother had tutored him. ayne used his healing gifts to raise money for his minister father's evangelical crusade. One of them wanted the other dead. The Shape Changer wanted both dead. Not since Stephen King began terrorizing readers has a novel of such masterly horror as Mystery Walk appeared. Set in a deceptively sleepy Southern town, and reaching to the bleak deserts of Mexico, it is the story of two unforgettable characters on a collision course, thrust into a nightmare world in which good and evil -and reality itself-become toys in the hands of an ancient, unstoppable force. Its graphic description, driving narrative, and indelible images prove Mystery Walk the best new horror fiction in many a year.
On vacation in LA, the Hardy boys have landed a hot new gig -- running interference for Brian Beat, the main man in the Funky Four, the hardest driving dance band in America.
The truly wealthy live in another world. From their multi-national businesses to their palatial mansions to their exotic vacations at glamorous places all around the world, they do everything in a big way. And sometimes, that even includes crime. In this anthology, you'll read about a wealthy writer who plots murder his hopeless agent, an aging actress who clings to her past of wealth and fame, and a spoiled rich boy who steps into dangerous territory with his mean antics, among others. THE RICH AND THE DEAD features mystery and crime stories set among the upper crust of society, going behind the scenes of the lifestyles of the two percent of the world that controls sixty percent of its riches--and just how far they'll go to stay on top.
When a different kind of justice is needed---swift, effective, and personal---a new type of avenger must take action. VENGEANCE features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today's brightest rising talents. The heroes in these stories include a cop who's seen too much, a woman who has been pushed too far, or just an ordinary person doing what the law will not. Some call them vigilantes, others claim they are just another brand of criminal.Edited and with an introduction by Lee Child, these stories reveal the shocking consequences when men and women take the law into their own hands. Full list of contributors:Alafair BurkeLee ChildMichael ConnellyMike CooperBrendan DuBoisJim FusilliMichelle GagnonDarrell JamesC.E. LawrenceDennis LehaneSteve LiskowRick McMahanAdam MeyerDreda Say MitchellMichael NiemannTwist PhelanZoë SharpKarin SlaughterOrest StelmachAnne SwardsonJanice Law Trecker
Gillengaria seethes with unrest. In the south, hostility toward magic and its users has risen to a dangerous level, though King Baryn has ordered that such mystics are to be tolerated. It is whispered that he issued the decree because his new wife used her magic powers to ensnare him... <P> The King knows there are those in the noble Twelve Houses who could use this growing dissent to overthrow him. So he dispatches the mystic Senneth to assess the threat throughout the realm. Accompanying her is a motley band of magic-users and warriors including Tayse, first among the King's Riders--who holds a hard view of mystics in general, and Senneth in particular. <P> But as the unlikely allies venture farther into the south, they will face death in a land under the sway of a fanatical cult that would purge Gillengaria of all magic users. And they will come to realize that their only hope of survival lies in standing together...
Judy Bolton, Irene Lang, and the rest of their friends attend the presentation of a fortune teller at the Farringdon theater. Irene is called to the stage, and the fortune teller warns Irene not to go to New York to marry Dale Meredith. Irene becomes nervous and worried after her consultation with the fortune teller, and Judy fears that Irene will ruin her life based on the dire prediction. Judy knows that the fortune teller is tricking the audience in some fashion, but how can she prove that the fortune teller has some unscrupulous means of acquiring information? And how does the fortune teller determine which people to ask on stage for a consultation? Judy's wits are put to the test as she struggles to find a solution to this complex mystery in time to prevent superstitious Irene from making a drastic mistake.
With the same exacting scholarship, brilliant cultural analysis, and stylish prose that won him a Pulitzer Prize for A Machine That Would Go of Itself, Kammen examines the paradox of American tradition. How, he asks, did the" land of the future" acquire a past? And how has our collective memory of that past been distorted--and, at times, manufactured?
According to the author, most of us receive only the "outer" teachings of Christianity. These are not substantially complete. The more fully developed understanding was made available only to an Inner Circle of believers, originally consisting mainly of The Twelve (apostles). The inner circle experienced greater teaching, both in a theoretical sense and in an experiential or transformational sense. From ancient times to the present, these inner teachings have been brought forward continuously, but only to a restricted audience of Occultists of the tradition.
Should the title of this book appear startling, the life of the sixteenth-century saint described will appear no less so. To play the fool for the love of God was the delight of St. Philip Neri. Jesting was almost native to him, and a welcome joke book, the product of an age-long Christian culture. But it was his motive that supernaturalized his jocularity. Philip Neri lived in the sixteenth century, the era of the Reformation, the Counter-reformation, the corruption of Popes and clergy, and the making of great saints.
Twins Jen and Zeke have always known the old lighthouse is haunted. Now they have proof. Something very strange is going on at the Mystic Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast.
Book One of the Bronze Canticles. New York Times best-selling master of fantasy Tracy Hickman and his wife, author Laura Hickman, offer the first book in a major, new, dragon-laden epic fantasy. The Bronze Canticles is an expansive new saga chronicling the world-altering changes that take place as three connected universes--the Human world, the Goblin world, and the Faery world--are slowly drawn together.
Mystical City of God: A Popular Abridgement of the Divine History and Life of the Virgin Mother of Godby Mary Of Agreda Fiscar Marison George J. Blatter
History of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as revealed by Our Lady to this 17th-century Spanish nun. Venerable Mary of Agreda saw in ecstasy all the events recorded here. Later, Our Lady told her to write them down in a book. More than just the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this book also contains information about the creation of the world, the meaning of the Apocalypse, Lucifer's rebellion, the location of Hell, the hidden life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, intimate details about Our Lord's life, and many other enthralling topics.
"For many years, I have been a student of spirituality and states of consciousness. For many more years than that, I've been a student of dogs," says bestselling author Jean Houston, whose study of this subject is the basis of Mystical Dogs. Houston has spent a lifetime bridging the worlds of animals and humans, exploring a realm that pet owners have glimpsed and indigenous peoples have known for millennia. The author identifies dogs, with their deceptively uncomplicated, joyous, loving nature, as custodes animi, guardians of our souls. She shows how animals, particularly dogs, are often the best spiritual teachers. For example, in Houston's hands, a seemingly simple story, such as a man saying goodbye to his beloved dog, becomes a striking metaphor about personal and planetary transformation.
Startling new archaeological discoveries and such groundbreaking cultural phenomena as The Da Vinci Code and The Passion of the Christ have sparked a renaissance in impassioned controversies about religion and the life of Christ. Now, Sylvia Browne, with the help of her spiritual guide, delivers the truth about Him, His teachings, and His works for God as she answers such provocative questions as: - Was there a virgin birth? - Was there a Star of Bethlehem? - What did Jesus do for the first 30 years of his life? - What really happened at the crucifixion? - Was he married? Was he divine? - Is a Jesus lineage a possibility? In Browne's own words, the answers may "rattle the cages" of her millions of readers-answers that could only have come from someone who has visited the afterlife.
[Well-known psychic] Sylvia Browne addresses all of the major controversies surrounding Jesus such as: Was their a virgin birth? What did Jesus do during the first thirty years of his life? and Is there a Jesus lineage? Using her unique relationship with her spirit guide and her years of studying the Gnostic texts, she confidently answers these mysteries. Her book raises questions about the traditional Christian faith and gives insights into some of the contemporary, religious theology.
Through a combination of careful scholarship and the warmth of the deep personal devotion of the author, this book provides the authoritative English study of Eastern orthodox theology. Lossky's account makes clear the profound theological differences between East and West, as well as offering an important contribution to ecumenism and to the life of Christian devotion. The tradition of the Eastern Church is presented as a mystical theology with doctrine and experience mutually supporting each other. The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church was first published in Paris in 1944 as Essai sur la Theologie Mystique de l'Eglise d'Orient. It has been translated by a small group of members of the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, which exists to promote understanding between Eastern and Western Christians.
With clear revelatory truths on the New Creation and the scandalous joys of the cross, Mystical Union promises to be one of John Crowder's most revolutionary, lifechanging works.
An eleventh-century lass with a stubborn streak unleashes the red-hot hero inside her modern lover in bestselling author Janet Chapman's irresistible new Midnight Bay adventure. Trace Huntsman's peaceful life has headed to hell in a hand-basket ever since stunningly beautiful Fiona Gregor moved into the vacant apartment above his house. Kidnapped centuries earlier and transformed into a red-tail hawk, Fiona is human once more and must learn how to be a modern woman. But damned if Trace is going to be the one to teach her. Not when her mere presence ignites a fiery passion deep within his cautious heart. Fiona longs to overcome the painful memories of her tragic past--to let down her guard and become a mother again. But so far her handsome landlord is not exactly thrilled with the stray animals--and suitors--that keep following her home. When the wizard Maximilian Oceanus shows up, Trace reaches the end of his rope. Weird things happen when Mac is around--raging storms, snarling demons--but this time, Midnight Bay is at the center of a fierce battle, and Fiona is the primary target. Only Trace can save her, but first, the lovers must set aside their fears . . . and open up their hearts.
We are designed to make connections to God through prayer in more ways than we can imagine. Prayer can be so much more than a simple conversation. It can be a wordless connection with God, a step beyond the boundary of the separated self. It can be a way to listen to the silence. And it can be learned. We can learn how to pray in ways we never thought possible. It doesn't take more effort; it takes more understanding. Wilson's book shows how the brain is designed by God: To calm itself To relax into love To become increasingly aware of how connected everything is in God To experience a deeper intimacy with our Creator Prayer is something that our brains want to do with a little help. Ken Wilson tells us how. Praise for Mystically Wired: "Smart, savvy, candid, credible, unafraid, self-effacing, and shot through with passionate love of Jesus . . . yes, hands down, this is the best book on prayer that I have ever read. -- Phyllis Tickle, Compiler, The Words of Jesus: A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord "I confess, I don't normally like books on prayer, but Mystically Wired is a big exception. While this book is incredibly practical, I was routinely blown away by the intuitive genius of Ken's view and application of prayer. Page after page, thinking I knew what was next, I was surprised with fresh insight and unique perspectives on connecting with God. Being an evangelist, I was excited to realize I could also send this to spiritual friends who don't follow Jesus as a way to introduce him." -- R. York Moore, National Evangelist InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA "It began the day Jesus' disciples came to him and asked, 'Lord, teach us to pray.' Ever since, Christ-followers have been wanting to learn the ways of prayer. Ken Wilson's Mystically Wired is an extraordinary contribution to that learning tradition. It's a wonderful read that leaves you feeling, 'Yes, this is for me. Yes, I can do this. Yes, it's within reach.'" -- Brian McLaren, Author/Speaker/Activist "I wandered away from religion because religion thought it had all the answers. Pastor Ken Wilson, though, understands that life and faith are really about having the right questions. If you want to pray for favors, put this book down now. If you want the answers, the help here is only partial. But if you're looking for a wide-ranging inquiry, and a path that can bring you closer to the mystery--without the mumbo-jumbo--delve within." -- Carl Safina, Author, Song for the Blue Ocean and The View From Lazy Point "Mystically Wired was a breath of fresh apologetic air for me. I pray and I experience God, and I find fixed hour prayer deeply meaningful, but this book shows that God made us to do such things and our brain is wired to communicate with God." -- Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University "In my library there are scores of books on prayer--by legends and modern guides as well. It is not easy to make a genuine contribution to this body of literature. But Ken Wilson has done so. Mystically Wired manages to bring together the best of the sciences and philosophies of mind, brain, and consciousness with deep spirituality and candid personal reflection. While it will happily fit my on my shelf, it fits best in a heart yearning to pray." -- Todd Hunter, Anglican Bishop
The Marquis de Sade is known variously to history as "the Divine Marquis" (the Surrealists) and "that monster author" (Napoleon)because of the daring originality and scandalous nature of much of his writing. What is less known, or virtually forgotten, is that he also possessed a dark but undeniable sense of humor. Visible in even his most outrageous and somber publications, it burst into full bloom in his shorter works of fiction. The great virtue of this volume is that it reveals that lighter, comic side of Sade. He was a man obsessed, like many great writers, and his obsessions are still present here: his hatred of all things pretentious, his loathing of a corrupt judicial system, his damning of hypocrisy and false piety. One of the great anarchists of all time, he was nevertheless far from mad (as many pretended) and these works of fiction shed another light on this most feverish of minds. But however heavy the subject, The Mystified Magistrate is infused with a light touch; it is revealing but never offensive.
David, Christopher, April, Jalil, and Senna managed to escape Neptune's deadly clutches and have washed ashore in Eire. It's ancient Ireland, complete with giants, leprechauns, a band of gods and goddesses, and druids.
Yielding to his father's wishes, Oliver Bascombe abandoned his dream of being an actor and joined the family law firm. Now he will marry a lovely young woman bearing the Bascombe stamp of approval. But on the eve of his wedding, a blizzard sweeps in-bringing with it an icy legend who calls into question everything Oliver believes about the world and his place in it.... Pursued by a murderous creature who heeds no boundaries, Jack Frost needs Oliver's help to save both himself and his world-an alternate reality slowly being displaced by our own. To help him, Oliver Bascombe, attorney-at-law, will have to become Oliver Bascombe, adventurer, hero-and hunted. So begins a magnificent journey where he straddles two realities...and where, even amid danger, Oliver finds freedom for the very first time.
It's common knowledge that Eve gave Adam an apple. Everyone knows that George Washington was the first president of the United States. And when your mother told you not to go swimming right after you ate, you took it as a matter of life and death. But you've been myth-informed by legend, by history . . . even by your mother! The truth is:* Milk chocolate may actually help prevent tooth decay!* If you "eat like a bird," you may eat up to one-half your body weight every single day!* The largest city in America is not New York or Los Angeles, it's Jacksonville, Florida!Now you can face the facts -- on everything from aphrodisiacs to zip codes -- in this alphabetically arranged collection of more than 590 fabulous fallacies and memorable misconceptions. You won't know what you're missing until you've mastered MYTH INFORMATION.
Arguing from Scripture and history, Dr. Boyd makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Dr. Boyd contends that the American Evangelical Church has allowed itself to be co-opted by the political right (and some by the political left) and exposes how this is harming the church's unique calling to build the kingdom of God. In the course of his argument, Dr. Boyd challenges some of the most deeply held convictions of evangelical Christians in America - for example, that America is, or ever was, "a Christian nation" or that Christians ought to be trying to "take America back for God."
The kingdom of God is a beautiful revolution. Marked by the radical life, love, servanthood, and humility of Jesus, it stands in stark contrast to the values and ways of the world.Regrettably, many who profess to follow Christ have bought into the world's methods, seeking to impose a sort of Christianized ethical kingdom through politics and control. In this illuminating sequel to his bestselling book The Myth of a Christian Nation, Dr. Gregory Boyd points us to a better way---a way of seeing and living that is consistent with the gospel of Jesus and his kingdom. Between the extremes of passivity on the one hand and political holy war on the other lies the radical, revolutionary path of imitating Jesus.In twelve areas ranging from racial and social issues to stewardship of the planet, this book will convince and inspire you to live a Christlike life of revolt and beauty---and it will help you attain a practical lifestyle of kingdom impact.
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