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Each Gospel, in its own way, leads us on the Advent journey of preparation for Christ's coming. This book takes a tour through the four Gospel narratives that announce Christ's birth or make way for his ministry. Readers will discover what parts of the Christmas story come from which Gospel, recognizing an invitation from each Gospel writer to prepare for a fresh experience of Christ in the past and the future. This thematic Bible study is designed to be used by individuals and small groups during Advent. In addition to the main content, each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week. The weekly focus emerges from the chapter content and encourages the readers to engage a spiritual practice or do something specific that will help them grow in faith. The thematic seasonal Bible study series is designed for transformation and for applying the study of the Bible to everyday, practical life experience. It is intended to nurture and encourage faith development and spiritual growth during the season of Advent.
Theo and her young, irresponsible mother seem trapped in their miserable, poverty-stricken life. Theo dreams of belonging to a "real" family, and her dream seems to come true when she is mysteriously adopted by the large, warm Kaldor family. But as time passes, the magic of Theo's new life begins to fade, and soon she finds herself back with her mother. Were the Kaldors real or just a dream? And who is the shadowy figure who haunts Theo's thoughts?
Theo has always dreamed of belonging to a real family. Her dream seems to come true when she is mysteriously "adopted" by the warm Kaldor clan. For the first time, Theo has brand new clothes, things of her own, security, and good friends. But, as time passes, the magic of Theo's new life begins to fade--really fade. In fact, Theo herself is vanishing. . . .
This book isn't about dying. It's about life and what life has to teach us. It's about caring and what giving care really means. In Awake at the Bedside, pioneers of palliative and end-of-life care as well as doctors, chaplains, caregivers and even poets offer wisdom that will challenge, uplift, comfort--and change the way we think about death. Equal parts instruction manual and spiritual testimony, it includes specific instructions and personal accounts to inspire, counsel, and teach. An indispensable resource for anyone involved in hospice work or caregiving of any kind. Contributors include Anyen Rinpoche, Coleman Barks, Craig D. Blinderman, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Joshua Bright, Ira Byock, Robert Chodo Campbell, Rafael Campo, Ajahn Chah, Ram Dass, Kristen DeLeo, Issan Dorsey, Mark Doty, Norman Fischer, Nick Flynn, Gil Fronsdal, Joseph Goldstein, Shodo Harada Roshi, Tony Hoagland, Marie Howe, Fernando Kawai, Michael Kearney, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Stanley Kunitz, Stephen and Ondrea Levine, Judy Lief, Betsy MacGregor, Diane E. Meier, W. S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Frank Ostaseski, Rachel Naomi Remen, Larry Rosenberg, Rumi, Cicely Saunders, Senryu, Jason Shinder, Derek Walcott, Radhule B. Weininger.
No critic alive has reviewed more movies than Roger Ebert, and yet his essential writings have never been collected in a single volume--until now. With "Awake in the Dark," both fans and film buffs can finally bask in the best of Ebert's work.
Twenty-five years ago renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche introduced teachings of the Shambhala warrior tradition-teachings that show how we could live as enlightened citizens and help create an advanced society based on fearlessness and non-aggression. Now Awake Mind, Open Heart makes these teachings accessible to the widest possible audience. Author Cynthia Kneen, who has conducted Shambhala Training workshops for more than twenty years, shows us how to develop personal power through direct, genuine experience and how to cultivate natural bravery, authenticity, and gentleness. Directed especially to readers new to Shambhala Buddhism, she also teaches how to develop genuine dignity by connecting to the strength and wisdom of the world as it is, and how to transform fear into fearlessness. This is an invaluable introduction to these ancient Tibetan teachings.
Twenty-five years ago renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche introduced teachings of the Shambhala warrior tradition--teachings that show how we could live as enlightened citizens and help create an advanced society based on fearlessness and non-aggression. Now Awake Mind, Open Heart makes these teachings accessible to the widest possible audience. Author Cynthia Kneen, who has conducted Shambhala Training workshops for more than twenty years, shows us how to develop personal power through direct, genuine experience and how to cultivate natural bravery, authenticity, and gentleness. Directed especially to readers new to Shambhala Buddhism, she also teaches how to develop genuine dignity by connecting to the strength and wisdom of the world as it is, and how to transform fear into fearlessness. This is an invaluable introduction to these ancient Tibetan teachings.
Twenty-five years ago renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche introduced teachings of the Shambhala warrior tradition?teachings that show how we could live as enlightened citizens and help create an advanced society based on fearlessness and non-aggression. Now Awake Mind, Open Heart makes these teachings accessible to the widest possible audience. Author Cynthia Kneen, who has conducted Shambhala Training workshops for more than twenty years, shows us how to develop personal power through direct, genuine experience and how to cultivate natural bravery, authenticity, and gentleness. Directed especially to readers new to Shambhala Buddhism, she also teaches how to develop genuine dignity by connecting to the strength and wisdom of the world as it is, and how to transform fear into fearlessness. This is an invaluable introduction to these ancient Tibetan teachings.
What happens when a young man and a young woman, each bitterly distrustful of the opposite sex, not only meet but find themselves sharing the same country house? At first Luisa, returning home from abroad, finds herself hating Martyn Saunders, a young vet injured in the war. Martyn becomes engaged to Luisa's best friend, and too late he and Luisa discover their love for one another. First loyalty, then an accident, contrive to keep them apart, and when reconciliation seems likely, another woman from Martyn's past interferes, until love at last finds a solution to all their problems.
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it's to go to school or on a date, people don't venture out of their home. There's really no need. For the most part, Maddie's okay with the solitary, digital life--until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren't meant to be alone, he tells her. Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her--a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
The thrills continue in Lori Adams's addictive series of paranormal romance--the Soulkeepers--featuring the hottest love triangle in this life . . . or the next. Sophia St. James has every reason to be happy: she survived the kiss of death from the seductive Demon Knight Dante and is free to be with Michael, her sexy Guardian Angel. She eagerly begins her Awakening to become a Spirit Walker and help lost souls cross over. But her training is fraught with setbacks, and Michael begs her to stop. The life of a Spirit Walker is far too dangerous, and he won't be able to protect her. Then Dante returns, threatening to drag Sophia to Hell so they can finally be together. Terrified of losing everything she has worked for, Sophia turns the tables on Dante, luring him into a deception that may get them both killed. The stakes climb even higher when Dante's ally, Wolfgang, emerges from Hell with one order: kill Sophia. Will Michael once again be Sophia's saving grace or will the Awakening give her the power she needs to save herself?Praise for Awaken "In a clash between heaven and hell, no one raises the heat like Spirit Walker Sophia and her Guardian Angel, Michael."--Cecy Robson, award-winning author of the Weird Girls series"Awaken is as page-turning and sigh-inducing as Forbidden. I can't wait to see what Lori Adams pulls off next!"--Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing"If you are looking for an amazing and unique paranormal romance that never has a dull moment, has an intense love triangle, fabulous characters and a captivating, action-filled plot, then look no further than this highly addictive series. . . . Five stars."--The Avid Book Collector "Wow, Lori Adams's imagination blew me away! The world building in the entire Soulkeepers series has been extraordinary. . . . Did you ever read a book and think to yourself, how the heck did the author come up with such an original and creative idea? . . . Awaken is just such a work."--Tome Tender"A stunningly impossible love, set in a beautiful winter wonderland backdrop. . . . I eagerly await the final installment of this series."--TJ Loves to Read"Adams continues . . . luring the reader into her world of paranormal wonder and excitement. [She's] so talented that the reader almost forgets they can't grab the character's hand."--Charlotte's Book Review"I cannot wait to see what the conclusion of the series brings . . . if it's anything like the first two, be prepared for twists, turns, and lots and lots of steaminess!"--Books by Night, Mommy by Day
RIDDING THE WORLD OF EVIL, ONE ALIEN AT A TIME: THAT'S MIA SNOW'S MISSION. Snow is in the forecast. In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia's unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she's the perfect girl for the job. She's seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She's earned each of her scars. And she'll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects -- but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life. They are ice and fire. The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin's forbidden seduction...and embracing their electric attraction. She's walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs -- and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed.
1803, the colony of Texas Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy rancher, has never agreed with her father's harsh treatment of the poor mestizos who first inhabited the colony of Texas. When rebels kidnap Marianne, in hopes her father will trade back their land for her freedom, she realizes her loyalty lies with her abductors, not her father, who plans to marry her off to the don of a nearby estate. Armando Garcia is the locals' reluctant leader, but his people revere and depend on him. Knowing that without his leadership they'd be forced from their land, Armando accepts his role, but does not approve of the latest attempt to manipulate their enemy. When he learns that Marianne actually speaks his language, of her loyalty to his people, and of the faith that keeps her strong, Armando is faced with a difficult decision. Will his newfound love keep him from letting her go? Or will he set her free and risk losing their land forever?
Now available only as an eBook, the dark and sexy prequel to the Imnada Brotherhood series about a clan of shape-shifters and telepaths living secretly as humans for centuries. One very passionate and very scandalous kiss separated university student James Farraday and professor's daughter Katherine Lacey. Now five years later, James, the new Lord Duncallan, receives an unexpected summons from Kate's father begging him to come to Wales. When James arrives, he finds Professor Lacey has vanished while studying a mysterious ancient obelisk and everyone blames the nightwalkers; sinister creatures said to haunt the surrounding remote Welsh mountains. Do these legends point to the existence of the Imnada; a race of shape-shifters said to have died off a thousand years ago? Or is the professor's disappearance the result of a very human villain? James and Kate are determined to find out the truth, knowing it may be the only way to find her father. Even as they work to unravel the mystery, they find that they're not the only ones interested in the obelisk and the lost race of Imnada. Treasure hunter Gilles d'Espe believes the ancient dolmen is the focal point of the shape-shifters' power and would do anything to lay his hands on the last of four silver disks he needs to unlock the dolmen. A disk that hangs around the neck of James Farraday. While Cade, a local villager, is determined to refute both the claims of nightwalker sightings and the power of the dolmen as superstitious nonsense.James and Kate soon find themselves fighting for their lives. Yet every hour they spend together makes it harder to lay aside the bitterness of the past and a very new and very real temptation...
Julia Griggs Havey, who lost 130 pounds and went on to become a beauty queen, shares the secrets to losing weight and keeping it off forever. Topping the scale at 290 pounds, Julia Griggs Havey resigned herself to a matronly figure and plus-size clothes. But when she read the anonymous note informing her that her husband was having an affair, Julia realized it was time to take control of her life. Her mantra became self-improvement through self-motivation -and she began by taking off the weight-more than 130 pounds-and divorcing her wandering husband. Now,Julia shares the weight-loss secrets that have already helped thousands. From her nine-level Road Map to Weight Loss to more than 130 delicious recipes, nutritional advice, and fitness tips, readers will discover how easy it is to achieve success. Julia's inspirational outlook will motivate and encourage millions of women to awaken the diet within-and begin their transformation today!
Wake Up and Take Control of Your Life! Anthony Robbins, the nation's leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
Deception never felt this good. A Reader Favorite Story from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nalini Singh. Charlotte Ashton has always been on the outside looking in--until she meets worldly Alexandre Dupree. Consulting at her family's Napa Valley vineyard, the winemaker soon has shy, innocent Charlotte completely under his spell. It's as though he knows all her secret desires, all her dreams--just what it takes to seduce her. That's because he's read her secret journal. He's discovered the real Charlotte--the sensual, generous woman she longs to be--and has acted accordingly. Is his crime so unforgivable when all he wants is to awaken her passion? Yet, to maintain her trust, he must to continue to lie...
Charlotte Ashton had never belonged anywhere--until she met worldly Alexandre Dupree. The winemaker was consulting at her family's vineyard, and soon shy Charlotte was completely under his spell. He seemed to know all her secret desires, all her dreams--as if he'd been put on earth just for her pleasure. Alexandre seduced Charlotte in all the ways she had fantasized about. He'd read her secret journal and discovered the real Charlotte--the sensual lover, the generous woman, the vulnerable virgin. Was his crime so unforgivable when all he'd wanted was her love? Yet now to maintain her trust, he would have to continue to lie. . . .
With a unique and refreshing blend of self-help, wisdom, and spiritual insight, Rebecca Rosen helps us "wake up" and start living our lives with divine intention and purpose.We all want to be happy and fulfilled. We want to understand the very point of our lives--why we're here and what we're meant to do. Yet, when we think about how to get from here to there and answer life's "Big" questions, so many of us don't know where to begin. The advice from so many different people and sources can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. In Awaken the Spirit Within, acclaimed author and spiritual medium Rebecca Rosen offers us an inspired and invigorating prescriptive program to give our lives clarity and deeper meaning. With Rebecca's down-to-earth and conversational style, this book will help you learn how to: * Create more peace and fulfillment in your personal relationships * Gain confidence in your natural talents and abilities * Succeed in greater degrees at your job * Develop financial abundance and prosperity * Conquer addictions and negative thinking * Find freedom from weight struggles and poor body image * Gain the clarity to make the "right" choices and decisions for your lifeBold claims? Yes. But when it comes to Rebecca Rosen, you'll understand just after a few pages, why Time.com has told its readers to "Take her advice seriously."
SLEEPING WITH DANGER She awoke with a dead body beside her and no memory of the night before. Suddenly Nikki Price was the prime suspect in a murder. Even worse, working the case was air force major Carson "Scorch" Hunt--the wingmen warrior she'd been pining for...forever. They'd spent one night together months ago and Carson hadn't said a word to her since. But now with the real murderer out to silence Nikki, he was the only one who could keep her safe. She agreed to his protecting her, but she wouldn't let their mutual attraction take over. Nikki had awoken to danger once before and barely survived.... Sleeping with Carson could prove more lethal.
Written for both lay readers and practitioners, Awaken to Healing Fragrance is divided into three parts structured around the past, present, and future of aromatherapy. The book begins with profiles of prominent female historical figures--from Cleopatra to Elizabeth I--known to have used essential oils for mind, body, and spiritual health. Part two explains the value of aromatherapy today: modern methods for using essential oils--from relaxation practices like massage and facials to treating common conditions like PMS, stress, and a sore throat--and describes how and why they work. Also featured are case studies, research on anti-infectious qualities of the oils, and a section on psychoneuroimmunology that shows how essential oils can help restore the mind-body-spirit connection and create balance. Awaken to Healing Fragrance concludes by exploring the future of essential oil therapy and how it can be integrated into traditional medical systems. Jones discusses energetic medicine, creating aromatic gardens, and establishing integrative medicine clinics where doctors trained in Western medicine would collaborate with alternative therapists such as acupuncturists, nutritionists, and aromatherapists to bring a new consciousness and sense of well-being to healthcare.
"WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO MARRYING ME?"The proposal was as unexpected as her feelings for the man whose dark good looks rivaled an even darker past. Painful experience screamed that Taylor Reid should run far and fast from Jackson Santorini. But keeping custody of her brother meant becoming her former boss's bride. And giving Jackson a baby. Despite his powerful size and presence, Jackson had been wounded. . . deeply. . . by a woman. Yet he'd protected her at a personal cost, if his restrained ardor in deference to her virginal apprehension was one indication. Suddenly, for Jackson's sake, Taylor wanted to replace pain with pleasure. Only, she'd never imagined what sensations--and secrets--she would awaken. . . .
He'll grant her one wish.... What if she wishes for him?When Moira Connor stumbles across a jewel-encrusted silver trinket in the desert, she plans to trade it for food. Then the brush of her fingers unleashes a surprise....Freed from the lamp, Boone is bound to the woman who called him with her touch. She has one day to make a wish before he disappears forever. But Moira lives in the ruins of a world destroyed by witches. She hates magic-even when it comes in the shape of a dazzlingly gorgeous djinn. Will the exquisite pleasure of Boone's caresses be enough to earn Moira's trust? And will Moira be able to save Boone from the malevolent creature who would possess him?
In an attempt to protect their families, Livia and Adam set out in a search for answers that would change their lives forever. While on the run, Livia and Adam crossed paths with Daniel, who had been searching for genetically enhanced teens. But getting out from under The Agency's radar has not been easy. After being ambushed by the leader of The Agency that created them--a desperate attempt to claim what they lost just over a decade earlier--Livia was forced to leave Adam behind, barely escaping to safety with Daniel. Now under the control of The Agency, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of the agency. Now Adam battles with vivid "dreams" of a life he does not remember and the strong connection he feels to the girl with familiar blue eyes. The desire for vengeance propels Livia and Daniel into a dangerous race to disrupt the destructive string of events that The Agency initiated seventeen years earlier. As they travel across parts of North America in search of other teens who are just like them, Livia will face an ethical battle over genetics, loyalty, and love. The race is on, and it is up to Livia to destroy The Agency and rescue Adam, but even if she succeeds at saving him, there are no guarantees she'll able to save the deep connection they once shared.
Tonight, unlike every other night I have walked on the shore, a man stands on the beach near my hiding place. I hadn't expected anyone to be on the beach at this hour, and I'm not sure what to do about the man who stands watching me with such intensity that I want to flee. Eden has often left her home in the sea to walk on the shore in human form, free to enjoy both worlds. But everything changes one evening when a young stranger steals her hidden selchie skin, taking her soul into possession with it. He has selected her to be his future wife, certain that the magic that now binds Eden to him will grow into true devotion. But the longer Eden is forced to obey him, the stronger her desperation grows, and soon she must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be free.Inspired by Kate Chopin's groundbreaking novel, The Awakening, bestselling author Melissa Marr recasts the classic story in a magical twenty-first-century setting, bringing the book's inspired commentary on the roles of women in the modern age to a new, young adult audience.
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