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"He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious. "--Sun TzuThe revered secrets of the Samurai code kishido are strictly for the strong of heart. The Way of the Warrior is a series of lessons that Jotaro's martial-arts master passed on to him, as well as teaching virtues embedded in all traditional martial ways. Demanding unquestionable ethics and unconditional chivalry, kishido embraces both Eastern and Western customs and practices, and is essential knowledge for strong-willed warriors on the battlefield--and in the boardroom. Renowned practitioner Jotaro takes you step by step through the Samurai code, illuminating topics such as: Fudoshin: courage without recklessness, Koji: the secrets of the master textsIchigo, Ichie: the Power of OneNatsukusa: skill combined with experience creates a master Kotan: the simplicity of every action when the mind and the body are in balance. . . and much more. A word of caution: This knowledge is to be used for academic study ONLY. "Jotaro's lessons can be applied with devastating effectiveness. " --Dr. Haha Lung, author of Mind Penetration
This is a book about how a boy?and a man?becomes a man. It's a guide to the process of masculine initiation, that ancient path every boy and man must take if they would become the man they long to be. The path whereby they come to know they are a man, and are able to live and love from a deep, centered strength. We live in a time where most men (and boys) are essentially fatherless. Whatever their circumstance, they have no man actually taking them through the many adventures, trials, battles and experiences they need to shape a masculine heart within them. They find themselves on their own to figure life out, and that is a lonely place to be. Their fears, anger, boredom, and their many addictions all come out of this fatherless place within them, a fundamental uncertainty in the core of their being. But there is a way. "We aren't meant to figure life out on our own," says John Eldredge. "God wants to father us." In The Way of the Wild Heart, Eldredge reveals how God comes to a man and takes him on the masculine journey, how nearly all the events of a man's life can come togther to provide the initiation he never received. And how parents can offer that initiation to their sons. Whatever your age may be, your Father is ready to take up your journey. For you are his son.
A map for the masculine journey. Becoming the man God designed you to be, the man you long to be, and even dream of being, does not happen overnight. You know that. The path to manhood is a journey of discovery and experience, trial and adventure. In The Way of the Wild Heart Manual, John Eldredge and Craig McConnell come alongside those men who long to have a guide to lead them through this rite of passage, this masculine initiation. Filled with personal stories, illustrations from popular movies and books, and probing questions, this manual will set you on a heart-searching expedition to authentic masculinity through reflection, meditation, and experience. This vital companion to The Way of the Wild Heart is designed to help you know God as Father in a way you've never known him before. Guiding you through the six stages that all men must go through?the Beloved Son, the Cowboy Ranger, the Warrior, the Lover, the King, and the Sage?its discerning questions, key points, and exercises will help you discover the life that God intended for you as a man. Ultimately, this is a walk with God. Let your Father Show you the way.
Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of human souls. They rule the planet. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come. But on this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of man still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine. And his mission is to win back Earth...
How did we get here?David Fromkin provides arresting and dramatic answers to the questions we ask ourselves as we approach the new millennium. He maps and illuminates the paths by which humanity came to its current state, giving coherence and meaning to the main turning points along the way by relating them to a vision of things to come. His unconventional approach to narrating universal history is to focus on the relevant past and to single out the eight critical evolutions that brought the world from the Big Bang to the eve of the twenty-first century.He describes how human beings survived by adapting to a world they had not yet begun to make their own, and how they created and developed organized society, religion, and warfare. He emphasizes the transformative forces of art and the written word, and the explosive effects of scientific discoveries. He traces the course of commerce, exploration, the growth of law, and the quest for freedom, and details how their convergence led to the world of today.History's great movements and moments are here: the rise of the first empires in Mesopotamia; the exodus from Pharaoh's Egypt; the coming of Moses, Confucius, the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad; the fall of the Roman Empire; the rise of China; Vasco da Gama finding the sea road to India that led to unification of the globe under European leadership. Connections are made: the invention of writing, of the alphabet, of the printing press, and of the computer lead to an information revolution that is shaping the world of tomorrow. The industrial, scientific, and technological revolutions are related to the credit revolution that lies behind today's world economy. The eighty-year world war of the twentieth century, which ended only on August 31, 1994, when the last Russian troops left German soil, points the way to a long but perhaps troubled peace in the twenty-first.Where are we now? The Way of the World asserts that the human race has been borne on the waters of a great river--a river of scientific and technological innovation that has been flowing in the Western world for a thousand years, and that now surges forward more strongly than ever. This river highway, it says, has become the way of the world; and because the constitutional and open society that the United States champions is uniquely suited to it, America will be the lucky country of the centuries to come. Fromkin concludes by examining some of the choices that lie ahead for a world still constrained by its past and by human nature but endowed by science with new powers and possibilities. He pictures exciting prospects ahead--if the United States takes the lead, and can develop wisdom on a scale to match its good fortune.
The implications of traumatic events assault things once considered sacred and beyond reproach. Trauma brutally demonstrates that rational and logical consciousness cannot manage certain painful dimensions of life.
The Way of Zen begins as a succinct guide through the histories of Buddhism and Taoism leading up to the development of Zen Buddhism, which drew deeply from both traditions. It then goes on to paint a broad but insightful picture of Zen as it was and is practiced, both as a religion and as an element of diverse East Asian arts and disciplines. Watts's narrative clears away the mystery while enhancing the mystique of Zen.Since the first publication of this book in 1957, Zen Buddhism has become firmly established in the West. As Zen has taken root in Western soil, it has incorporated much of the attitude and approach set forth by Watts in The Way of Zen, which remains one of the most important introductory books in Western Zen.
Celebrated roving correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and bestselling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life. "In rural Kansas, I asked our motel desk clerk for the name of the best restaurant in the area. After mulling it over, he answered: 'I'd have to say the Texaco, 'cuz the Shell don't have no microwave.'" Throughout his career, Bill Geist's most popular stories have been about slightly odd but loveable individuals. Coming on the heels of his 5,600-mile RV trip across our fair land is Way Off the Road, a hilarious and compelling mix of stories about the folks featured in Geist's segments, along with observations on his twenty years of life on the road. Written in the deadpan style that has endeared him to millions, Geist shares tales of eccentric individuals, such as the ninety-three-year-old pilot-paperboy who delivers to his far-flung subscribers by plane; the Arizona mailman who delivers mail via horseback down the walls of the Grand Canyon; the Muleshoe, Texas, anchorwoman who delivers the news from her bedroom (occasionally wearing her bathrobe); and the struggling Colorado entrepreneur who finds success employing a sewer vacuum to rid Western ranchers of problematic prairie dogs. Geist also takes us to events such as the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (celebrating an inspiring bird that survived decapitation, hired an agent, and went on the road for eighteen months) and Sundown Days in Hanlontown, Iowa, where the town marks the one day a year when the sun sets directly between the railroad tracks Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, hysterical, and anything but boring. "To say it very simply, freezer burn may very well have set in." --neighbor on the frozen dead guy kept on ice in a backyard shed in Nederland, Colorado. "Everybody loves a parade; we were just geographically challenged." --David Harrenstein, organizer of a parade in tiny Whalan, Minnesota, where viewers are in motion and the "marchers" stand still. "We haven't lost anyone off these switchbacks in at least ten days" --Mailman Charlie Chamberlain, leading us on horseback 2,500 feet down the sheer walls of the Grand Canyon. "Ours are the finest cow chips in the world today," --Kirk Fisher, enthusiast, in Beaver, Oklahoma, world cow-chip capital and cow- chip exporter. "We live out in the middle of the corn and bean fields, and there's not a whole lot to get excited about, you know?" --Dan Moretz, on celebrating the day the sun sets in the middle of the railroad tracks in Hanlontown, Iowa. "It's like drilling for oil; sometimes you come up dry." --Gay Balfour, who sucks problematic prairie dogs out of the ground with a sewer vacuum in Cortez, Colorado. "All you have to do is beat the flies to it," --Michael "Roadkill" Coffman on the secrets of cooking with roadkill outside Lawrence, Kansas. "I ain't gonna brake ´til I see God!" --driver named "Red Dog," taking the track at a figure-eight school bus race in Bithlo, Florida. "It's a gift; you either got it or you don't." --Lee Wheelis, world watermelon-seed-spitting champion, Luling, Texas.
After decades of hand-wringing and well-intentioned efforts to improve inner cities, ghettos remain places of degrading poverty with few jobs, much crime, failing schools, and dilapidated housing. Stepping around fruitless arguments over whether or not ghettos are dysfunctional communities that exacerbate poverty, and beyond modest proposals to ameliorate their problems, one of America's leading experts on civil rights gives us a stunning but commonsensical solution: give residents the means to leave. Inner cities, writes Owen Fiss, are structures of subordination. The only way to end the poverty they transmit across generations is to help people move out of them--and into neighborhoods with higher employment rates and decent schools. Based on programs tried successfully in Chicago and elsewhere, Fiss's proposal is for a provocative national policy initiative that would give inner-city residents rent vouchers so they can move to better neighborhoods. This would end at last the informal segregation, by race and income, of our metropolitan regions. Given the government's role in creating and maintaining segregation, Fiss argues, justice demands no less than such sweeping federal action. To sample the heated controversy that Fiss's ideas will ignite, the book includes ten responses from scholars, journalists, and practicing lawyers. Some endorse Fiss's proposal in general terms but take issue with particulars. Others concur with his diagnosis of the problem but argue that his policy response is wrongheaded. Still others accuse Fiss of underestimating the internal strength of inner-city communities as well as the hostility of white suburbs. Fiss's bold views should set off a debate that will help shape urban social policy into the foreseeable future. It is indispensable reading for anyone interested in social justice, domestic policy, or the fate of our cities.
Set in the brutal gangland of Oakland, California, a rag-tag band of boys struggle to survive.
With his cash flow down to a slow drip, times are tight for Nashville gumshoe Harry James Denton. Things are tough all over Music City, U.S.A. And in some instances, they're murder, as Harry finds out the hard way when he lands a case he'd rather not touch.When rising country singer Rebecca Gibson is found viciously beaten to death in her home, a heap of damning evidence points straight to her ex-husband, Slim Gibson -- half of the struggling songwriting team with whom Harry shares office space and an occasional beer. Slim and Rebecca were last seen making beautiful music at a local club just hours before the killing. Yet while probing beneath the sweet harmony, Harry discovers the dark history of a marriage made somewhere south of heaven -- and delves into the cutthroat world of the C&W music business, where deceit, betrayal, passion, and vengeance are sung about . . . and ruthlessly performed."A rising star among the current crop of American novelists." -- Nashville BannerFrom the Paperback edition.
In a rundown house in Santa Monica, Mrs. Samuel Lawrence presses fifty crumpled bills into Lew Archer's hand and asks him to find her wandering daughter, Galatea. Described as 'crazy for men' and without discrimination, she was last seen driving off with small-time gangster Joe Tarantine, a hophead hood with a rep for violence. Archer traces the hidden trail from San Francisco slum alleys to the luxury of Palm Springs, traveling through an urban wilderness of drugs and viciousness. As the bodies begin to pile up, he finds that even angel faces can mask the blackest of hearts. Filled with dope, delinquents and murder, this is classic Macdonald and one of his very best in the Lew Archer series.(From the Trade Paperback edition.)
HE WAS THE KEEPER OF INTERGALACTIC WAY STATION 18327 ... and he had one goal: To prepare Earth to join the other races of the universe. The alien planets had many things that Earth lacked: eternal peace and prosperity, advanced knowledge of the sciences and arts. And they were willing to share their benefits--provided that Earth showed signs of being civilized. As the only Earthman in touch with the universe, the keeper of Way Station 18327 was beginning to hope that his fellow men might prove worthy. Then his plans started to go wrong--beginning with a grave robbery and a kidnapping, and ending on the night when an ignorant, howling mob tried to penetrate the innermost secrets of the way station.
Using personal anecdotes, Limbaugh reveals the major influences on his life and views, and blasts off on all the leading issues of our day.
On a black night in Denmark, evil prowled the streets . . . For eleven-year-old Peter Andersen and Elise, living in the city of Helsingor, Denmark during World War II means German soldiers in the streets, German patrol boats in the harbor, and German fighter planes in the sky. Everyone is nervous, especially their Jewish friend Henrik and his parents. Before the invasion, no one in Denmark cared whether a person was Jewish. Now the Nazis are secretly rounding up all of the Jews who live in Denmark and sending them to prison camps in Germany. Suddenly, Henrik and his family must escape! Sweden offers the only place of refuge, but with soldiers lurking the streets and Nazi boats patrolling the sea, only a miracle can get the Jews to safety!
In this classic story from Debbie Macomber--available for the first time as an eBook--a feisty waitress and a handsome professor receive an education in love over Chaucer and chicken-pot pie. Meghan O'Day isn't sure what captures her fancy more: the sexy stranger in her Wichita diner or his reading material. Before long, Grey Carlyle becomes a regular, ordering the nightly specials and chatting with the spirited redhead about the classics. Certain that her favorite customer has an appetite for more than home cooking, Meghan decides it's time to teach the good professor a thing or two about romance. Grey notices the sparkle in Meghan's eyes the moment she opens up about her passion for literature. She's the breath of fresh air and joy this reserved and lonely teacher needs in his life. They say opposites attract, and Grey becomes a true believer each time he holds Meghan in his arms--even as they hit a few speed bumps on the road to togetherness. But if Grey knows anything about great books, it's that the best tales always have a happy ending. Praise for Debbie Macomber "No one tugs at readers' heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber."--Chicago Tribune "The reigning queen of women's fiction."--The Sacramento Bee "It's impossible not to cheer for Macomber's characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber."--BookPagePublished by Debbie Macomber Books
Johnny Harlow, winner on the Grand Prix circuit, is involved in a series of disasters, but they aren't caused by mechanical failures.
This is the fourth book in the RCN series and follows, "The Far Side of the Stars". Science fiction.
Danny thinks he must be the only seventeen-year-old guy in Cape Breton - in Nova Scotia, maybe - who doesn't have his life figured out. His buddy Kierce has a rule for every occasion, and his best friend Jay has bad grades, no plans and no worries. Danny's dad nags him about his post-high-school plans, his friends bug him about girls and a run-in with the cops means he has to get a summer job. Worst of all, he's keeping a secret that could ruin everything.
From the back cover: "This may be the first nonreligious moral code based wholly on common sense. It was written by L. Ron Hubbard as an individual work and is not part of any religious doctrine." And from the website of The Way to Happiness Foundation (www.twth.org): "With over 60 million copies in print in 38 languages, The Way to Happiness book is the most widely read book on the subject of happiness in the world. The Way to Happiness book is a guide to successful and happy living, and is great for parents to use with their children, to give to a friend or family member who might be having personal difficulties, or for anyone who wants to improve himself or herself and help those around them. "Used by parents, businesses, schools and community groups, this book has formed the basis for a worldwide campaign to create a better future for youth and society through restoring respect, honesty and trust. "Written in a clear, easy-to-read manner the book addresses issues of concern to all of us today." The Chapters of The Way to Happiness Book 1. Take Care of Yourself 2. Be Temperate 3. Don't Be Promiscuous 4. Love and Help Children 5. Honor and Help Your Parents 6. Set a Good Example 7. Seek to Live with the Truth 8. Do Not Murder 9. Don't Do Anything Illegal 10. Support a Government Designed and Run For All the People 11. Do Not Harm A Person of Goodwill 12. Safeguard and Improve Your Environment 13. Do Not Steal 14. Be Worthy of Trust 15. Fulfill Your Obligations 16. Be Industrious 17. Be Competent 18. Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others 19. Try Not to Do Things to Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do to You 20. Try To Treat Others as You Would Want Them to Treat You 21. Flourish and Prosper
Around 2,500 years ago, a man appeared at Han-ku Pass in northwest China, traveling toward the wilderness beyond the border. The Keeper of the Pass recognized the man known as Lao-tze, Old Master, and realized from his words that he did not intend to return. He begged Lao-tze to leave some of his guiding principles. After many refusals, Lao-tze gave in and wrote what he considered to be useful on some bamboo tablets. He presented these and resumed his journey, vanishing from sight. The statements he left behind have come to be known as the Tao Te Ching (Tao Virtue Classic), the book of Tao and its characteristics. Tao can roughly be described as the ways or laws of the life force found within all things at all times as well as the inner power itself, inseparable from its external actions. Literally, Tao means road, path, or way; following Tao can mean working with universal energy and its natural laws.
Ben Franklin's writings have inspired millions throughout the years, and his advice on how to earn and save money is timeless. The Way to Wealth is a collection of Franklin's essays and personal letters on how to make money, start a business, and save for the future. Essays include "Advice to a Young Tradesman," which explains how to run a profitable business; "The Whistle," a charming parable on how to prevent greed from trumping profitability; and "On Smuggling, and its Various Species," which reveals the reasons cheaters never succeed. All will help and inspire you on your glorious way to wealth and prosperity. Also included is Franklin's "The Way to Make Money Plenty in Every Man's Pocket," tidbits from Poor Richard's Almanack, personal letters to his sister chock-full of advice for a prosperous household, and more! In tough economic times, this book is for anyone who longs for financial stability and growth.
The beloved and bestselling "anthropologist of everyday life" turns her witty and insightful gaze to the oddities of living in our modern world Over the course of her time as a contributor and editor for Saturday Night magazine--a span during which she published her award-winning book The Rituals of Dinner--Margaret Visser specialized in thought-provoking columns capable of turning the banal into the extraordinary. From high heels to showers to the metamorphosis of Santa Claus, these essays span an eclectic and engrossing range of topics perfect for Visser fans and newcomers alike. With academic rigor and a warm narrative style, she takes commonplace facets of everyday life--crossword puzzles, fireplaces, paid time off--and digs into their peculiar origins and surprising social legacies. In examining some of the most ordinary elements of life, Visser sorts through historical facts and cultural implications to reveal the hidden assumptions behind our modern behavior.
Pledging wasn't in Malloy Murray's plans, but it might be exactly what she needs... Malloy Murray has never had any close girlfriends, so she wasn't really feeling the whole "sorority" thing, but Malloy has to pledge?her mother, the National President of Beta Gamma Pi, is counting on it. After meeting some of the sisters at a party, the idea of becoming a Beta isn't actually so bad. And when Malloy runs into Kade, the guy she's been crushing on, things heat up fast, especially when Sharon--a Beta sister and Kade's girlfriend--vows to do everything to keep Malloy away from Kade and out of the sorority. Now to survive the school year, Malloy's got to look deep into her heart to find the real meaning of sisterhood.
Once readers visit the charming village of Acorn Hill they'll never want to leave. Three sisters-Louise, a widow from Philadelphia; Alice, an unmarried nurse who lived with her father; and Jane, a divorced chef from San Francisco-reunite in the sleepy town after their father's death and turn the family home into a charming bed-and-breakfast. Here the sisters rekindle old memories, rediscover their childhood bonds, revel in the blessings of friendship and meet fascinating guests along the way. Alice is caring for a patient suffering from amnesia, and the only clue to her identity is the dog that was watching over her after her car went off the road. As Alice tries to help this woman recover her life, Louise counsels a guest whose marriage is on the rocks. Can she help the young woman give it one more try? Meanwhile, three of Jane's art school friends come to Grace Chapel Inn for a reunion and a reminder of the blessing of old friends.