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Robin Brande - Fat Cat
Cat smart, sassy, and funny—but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment—on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living—and eating—like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits. As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. . . . This funny and thoughtful novel explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can best take care of their most precious resource: themselves.
Scott Oden - A Gathering of Ravens
To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days. Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that s changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir s vengeance cannot be denied. Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits. But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning the Old Ways versus the New and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?
Scott Oden - The Lion of Cairo
On the banks of the ageless Nile, from a palace of gold and lapis lazuli, the young Caliph Rashid al-Hasan rules as a figurehead over a crumbling empire. Cairo is awash in deception. In the shadow of the Gray Mosque, generals and emirs jockey for position under the scheming eyes of the powerful grand vizier. In the crowded souks and narrow alleys, warring factions employ murder and terror to silence their opponents. Egypt bleeds. And the scent draws her enemies in like sharks: the swaggering Kurd, Shirkuh, who serves the pious Sultan of Damascus and Amalric, the Christian king of Jerusalem whose greed is insatiable and whose knights are hungry for battle. And yet, all is not lost. There is an old man who lives on a remote mountainside in a distant land. He holds the power of life and death over the warring factions of the Muslim world – and decides to come to the Caliph’s aid. He sends his greatest weapon into Egypt. He sends a single man. An Assassin. The one they call the Emir of the Knife.... In this lighting-paced epic, bestselling author Scott Oden masterfully blends history and adventure in the style of Robert E. Howard. Bringing medieval Cario, the true jewel of the Arabian Nights, to exhilarating life, full of intrigue and thunderous battle, Oden resurrects one of the Ancient World’s most beautiful and beguiling countries.
Shauna Niequist - Present Over Perfect
LIVE A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTION Instead of pushing for perfection A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth. Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us. In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.
Sheila Kohler - Cracks
A group of South African women who were all members of a boarding-school swimming team revisit a shared and haunted past in Kohler's polished, compact and chilling third novel. Summoned by their old headmistress after developers threaten the school's grounds, 12 middle-aged women return to the rural South African terrain of their childhoods. They were the last to see the team's star, Fiamma, just before she disappeared forever into the barren Transvaal veldt around the school. Kohler's short chapters alternate scenes from the reunion with flashbacks to their youthful companionship and rivalry. The group includes Di Radfield, the team captain; the bookish Ann Lindt; Sheila Kohler, an American (who shares the author's name and her vocation); pretty Meg Donovan; and others only briefly seen. Their swimming coach, Miss G, guides the students closely and manipulatively, showing an interest that borders on the sexual. When Fiamma Coronna, an Italian girl who claims royal lineage, joins the team, Miss G exalts her over the rest of the swimmers, creating at first competition, then resentment, along with sexual jealousy. Kohler (The House on R Street) narrates the story in the first-person plural: "We always had cramps in our toes. Our hair was always wet. Our hands were always damp and cold and our fingers crinkled." The curt "we" and Kohler's clipped, effective descriptions generate an abiding sense of myth, collective experience and collective guilt. At the same time, these tactics prevent readers from growing attached to any one individual, asking us to focus instead on the novel's rich mood. The result is a narrative at once powerful and hollow, an extremely well-made technical experiment. Finding at last how and why Fiamma vanished, some readers will feel the experiment justified; others may feel she was never really there.
Sheila Kohler - Becoming Jane Eyre
The year is 1846. In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, a family seems cursed with disaster. A mother and two children dead. A father sick, without fortune, and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members. A son destroyed by alcohol and opiates. And three strong, intelligent young women, reduced to poverty and spinsterhood, with nothing to save them from their fate. Nothing, that is, except their remarkable literary talent. So unfolds the story of the Bronte sisters. At its centre are Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre. Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction's most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her, Sheila Kohler's Becoming Jane Eyre will appeal to fans of historical fiction and, of course, the millions of readers who adore Jane Eyre.
Sinclair Lewis - Main Street
“This is America—a town of a few thousand, in a region of wheat and corn and dairies and little groves.” So Sinclair Lewis—recipient of the Nobel Prize and rejecter of the Pulitzer—prefaces his novel Main Street. Lewis is brutal in his depictions of the self-satisfied inhabitants of small-town America, a place which proves to be merely an assemblage of pretty surfaces, strung together and ultimately empty.
Sinclair Lewis - Arrowsmith (angol)
Originally published in 1925, after three years of anticipation, the book follows the life of Martin Arrowsmith, a rather ordinary fellow who gets his first taste of medicine at 14 as an assistant to the drunken physician in his home town. It is Leora Tozer who makes Martin's life extraordinary. With vitality and love, she urges him beyond the confines of the mundane to risk answering his true calling as a scientist and researcher. Not even her tragic death can extinguish her spirit or her impact on Martin's life. After years of work as a small town doctor and a research scientist, Arrowsmith heads for the West Indies with a serum to halt an epidemic. A tragic turn of events forces him to come to terms with his career and his personal life. As the son and grandson of physicians, Sinclair Lewis had a store of experiences and imparted knowledge to draw upon for Arrowsmith.
Alyson Richman - The Rhythm of Memory
In this sweeping epic, true love transcends the brutality of war. Octavio Ribeiro loves truth, beauty, literature, and above all else, his wife Salomé. As a student in Chile, he courted her with the words of great poets, and she fell in love with his fierce intelligence and uncompromising passion. Then a sudden coup brings a brutal military dictatorship into power, and puts anyone who resists in grave danger. Salomé begs Octavio to put his family’s safety first, rather than speak against the new regime. When he refuses, it’s Salomé who pays the price. Belatedly awake to the reality of their danger, Octavio finds political asylum for the family in Sweden. But for Salomé, the path back to love is fraught with painful secrets, and the knowledge that they can never go home again. Previously published as Swedish Tango
Erin Entrada Kelly - Lalani of the Distant Sea
There are stories of extraordinary children who are chosen from birth to complete great quests and conquer evil villains. This is no such story. Sometimes, you are an ordinary child. Sometimes, you have to choose yourself. This is the story of Lalani Sarita, a twelve-year-old girl who lives on the island of Sanlagita in the shadow of a vengeful mountain. When she makes a fateful wish that endangers her already-vulnerable village, she sets out across the distant sea in search of life's good fortunes. Grown men have died making the same journey. What hope does an ordinary girl have? Inspired by Filipino folklore, Lalani of the Distant Sea introduces readers to a landscape of magical creatures, such as Bai-Vinca, the enormous birdwoman; Ditasa Ulod, part woman, part eel; the mindoren, a race of creatures modeled after the water buffalo; and the whenbo -- trees that eat the souls of the dead.
Juliet Marillier - The Harp of Kings
Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart, and a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan's burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. She and her brother train there to compete for places, and find themselves joining a mission while still candidates. Their unusual blend of skills makes them ideal for this particular job, which requires going undercover as traveling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies. Their mission: to find and retrieve a precious harp, an ancient symbol of kingship, which has gone mysteriously missing. If the instrument is not played at the upcoming coronation, the candidate will not be accepted and the people could revolt. Faced with plotting courtiers and tight-lipped druids, an insightful storyteller, and a boorish Crown Prince, Liobhan soon realizes an Otherworld power may be meddling in the affairs of the kingdom. When ambition clashes with conscience, Liobhan must make a bold decision and is faced with a heartbreaking choice. . . .
Tracy Gardner - Out of the Picture
_There’s an art to solving a mystery…_ Savanna Shepherd is a former art authenticator―someone who can tell a forgery from the real thing. She’s got a talent for spotting secrets hiding in plain sight. In the wake of a painful breakup, she moves back to her idyllic hometown on the banks of Lake Michigan. At least she’s close to her sisters again, and she’s enjoying her new job as a grade school art teacher. Savanna even rediscovers her creative soul when an old family friend hires her to paint a mural. But sad and strange incidents occur at the woman’s mansion, compelling Savanna to investigate. With a little help from her sisters―and from Aidan, the intriguing town doctor―will she be able to figure out what’s wrong with this picture? _This intriguing cozy mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Holy Yum Baked Chicken._
Colleen Nelson - Spin
An aspiring teenage DJ must learn how to navigate life when people find out that she's the daughter of a famous singer. Fifteen-year-old Delilah “Dizzy” Doucette lives with her dad and brother above their vintage record store, The Vinyl Trap. She’s learning how to spin records from her brother’s best friend, and she’s getting pretty good. But behind her bohemian life, Dizzy and her family have a secret: her mom is the mega-famous singer Georgia Waters. When this secret is revealed to the world, Dizzy’s life spins out of control. She must decide what is most important to her — the family she has or the family she wants.
Maika Moulite - Maritza Moulite - Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything? Actually, a lot. Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I'm spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a "spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret. All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse. You know, typical drama. But it's nothing I can't handle.
Melissa Grey - Rated
Societies thrive on order, and the Rating System is the ultimate symbol of organized social mobility. The higher it soars, the more valued you are. The lower it plummets, the harder you must work to improve yourself. For the students at the prestigious Maplethorpe Academy, every single thing they do is reflected in their ratings, updated daily and available for all to see. But when an act of vandalism sullies the front doors of the school, it sets off a chain reaction that will shake the lives of six special students -- and the world beyond.
T. L. Smith - Playette
Vengeance has a name, and her name is mine. My role is to take action against the darkest men I’ve ever come across. To kill them one at a time. Until my list is complete. And in doing so, I’m going to use my most powerful weapon—my body. They ruined my life, and now it’s my turn to destroy theirs. Even if it means a death sentence for me, each drop of blood will be deserving. Each kill will be worthy of the price I may need to pay. My name is Isadora, and my target is the Moretti Mafia.
Melanie Gillman - Stage Dreams
In this rollicking queer western adventure, acclaimed cartoonist Melanie Gillman (Stonewall Award Honor Book As the Crow Flies) puts readers in the saddle alongside Flor and Grace, a Latinx outlaw and a trans runaway, as they team up to thwart a Confederate plot in the New Mexico Territory. When Flor--also known as the notorious Ghost Hawk--robs the stagecoach that Grace has used to escape her Georgia home, the first thing on her mind is ransom. But when the two get to talking about Flor's plan to crash a Confederate gala and steal some crucial documents, Grace convinces Flor to let her join the heist.
NoNieqa Ramos - The Truth Is
Fifteen-year-old Verdad doesn't think she has time for love. She's still struggling to process the recent death of her best friend, Blanca; dealing with the high expectations of her hardworking Puerto Rican mother and the absence of her remarried father; and keeping everyone at a distance. But when she meets Danny, a new guy at school--who happens to be trans--all bets are off. Verdad suddenly has to deal with her mother's disapproval of her relationship with Danny as well as her own prejudices and questions about her identity, and Danny himself, who is comfortable in his skin but keeping plenty of other secrets.
Evie Dunmore - Bringing Down the Duke
A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford Rebels in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a powerful duke in a love story that threatens to upend the British social order. England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women's suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain's politics at the Queen's command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for. Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn't be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn't claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring...or could he? Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke....
Jen DeLuca - Well Met
All's faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca. Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him? The faire is Simon's family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn't have time for Emily's lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she's in her revealing wench's costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they're portraying? This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can't seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.
Nemat Kelimbetov - Nem akarom elveszíteni a reményt
Nemat Kelimbetov kazah tudós és író kötete tartalmazza az író első elbeszélés-monolóját, a "Nem akarom elveszíteni a reményt", amely azonnal meghozta számára az ismertséget hazájában és küldölfön egyaránt. A második rész tartalmazza fiához címzett, levélformában írt filozófiai esszéit. Ezekben a megindító művekben a szerző, aki hosszú éveket át maga is ágyhoz kötötten élt, ragyogóan, erőteljesen és művészileg is hitelesen ábrázolja az embert, akinek végül sikerül felülkerekednie a tragédián és nemcsak megleli erkölcsi támaszát, de maga is támasszá válik mások számára.
Volker Gebhardt - Festészet
Az Art-Téka sorozat Festészet című kötete mindenekelőtt bevezetést és ösztönzést kíván adni a műalkotások szemléléséhez. A látásmód az egyes művekkel szembesülve bontakozik ki, a festészet remekeit csodálva örömet és egyfajta lelki gazdagság érzését élhetjük át. A rövid képleírások segítséget nyújtanak a látottak megértéséhez. Minden kor kifejlesztette a saját lehetőségeit a világ szemlélésére - azt is mondhatnánk, hogy a festészet története visszatükrözi a látás történetét. A történelmi helyzet, a környezet az adott korra jellemző észlelése, a természet és az ember viszonya jelentős mértékben meghatározza a festő művészi teljesítményét. Ezért minden fejezet elején olvasható egy rövid kultúrtörténeti összefoglalás arról a világról, amelyben a művész aIkotott. Az itáliai reneszánsz teoretikusai a művészek képalkotó leleményét mindig fejtegetéseik középpontjába állították. Az elméleti foglalkozás a kép témájával és a művészi megvalósítással, az "idea" mindig megelőzi a kézművesi "kivitelezést". Ez a tény szabadítja ki a festőt a puszta kézművesi státusból, és veszi körül a művészet aurájával. A festészet története során, mely a képtémák és kompozíciók, a szín, a felület, a vonal, a fény jelentésének hallatlan változatosságát hozza létre, a művész a kép varázslójává válik, legkésőbb a 20. század elejére. Ha egy ilyen sűrített összefoglalás keretében sikerül az olvasót rávezetni az egyes műalkotások minőségének megsejtésére, és ugyanakkor felhívni a figyelmét az alkotómunka művészi és kulturális feltételeire is - akkor a szerző elérte célját.
Csinta Samu - A lélekmentő
Kallós Zoltán élete csoda. Célkitűzéseit minden megpróbáltatások ellenére véghez viszi. A sok ezer dal, ballada, népi tárgy és viselet, amit élete és tevékenysége során összegyűjtött, minden emlékműnél többet jelent. Aki teheti, nézze meg Válaszúton a fantasztikus Kallós múzeumot, és látogassa meg a csodálatos szórványkollégiumot, ahová a Mezőségről járnak tanulni a gyerekek. Isten éltessen, Zoli! Én araszolok utánad az ötéves hátrányommal. Novák Ferenc Tata Lévén, hogy mindig karácsonykor voltunk Mérában, a Nádas-mentén, Zoli megkérdezte, mit vegyen az én kamasz fiamnak. Te, mondom, olyan gyönyörűek azok a bujkák, vegyél egyet. No, vett egy bujkát, s mit ad Isten, Mátyás István „Mundruc" mejjest ajándékozott karácsonyra Péterkének. Alul egy jó meleg pulóver, rajta a cifrabujka, úgy mentünk a karácsonyi istentiszteletre. Ünnep másnapján már a mérai fiúk cifrabujkában ültek a templomban. Így jött be újból divatba a divatját múlt cifrabujka. Borbély Jolán
Tal M. Klein - The Punch Escrow
It's the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We've genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure... Arrival... Delight! Joel Byram, our smartass protagonist, is an everyday twenty-second century guy. He spends his days training artificial intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980's new wave—an extremely obscure genre, and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems—until he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.
Teal Swan - Shadows Before Dawn
Growing up in a tranquil wilderness, Teal Swan had a childhood that was anything but serene. Horrors lurked behind the façade of the perfect houses and pious community of the surrounding towns, and Teal attracted undue attention because of her unusually powerful extrasensory abilities. At the hands of a local cult member, she barely survived 13 years of horrendous abuse—and even after her escape, she was left powerless, lost, hurting, and with no way to cope. Gradually, and incredibly, Teal forged her way from shadowy moments of despair to a sliver of light . . . and eventually emerged from the darkness into the full dawn of self-love. Here, she shows how you, too, can achieve the feelings of worthiness that may be long missing from your life. Now a recognized spiritual luminary, Teal documents how she dug herself out of self-hate into self-love, and details the remarkable trail for others to get to the same place. Shadows Before Dawn encompasses both Teal’s compelling story, told with raw intensity, and her resolute, no-nonsense how-to guide to healing from even the deepest levels of suffering. Offering a comprehensive self-love tool kit, this book includes powerful exercises, insights, and perspective from a captivating new teacher in spirituality, and lets you pick and choose which techniques are right for you. Teal’s resonating words will sit with your soul long after you put this book down and will serve as guideposts on the way to complete self-love, no matter who you are or where you are in life.
Teal Swan - The Completion Process
Teal Swan’s previous book, Shadows Before Dawn, told the incredible story of how she survived 13 years of horrific physical, mental, and sexual abuse at the hands of a cult member in her community. After her escape at age 19, she forged a path back from the edge of despair and began the long process of making herself whole. Now, The Completion Process takes readers along on her restorative journey of healing and liberation. For anyone who has been fractured by trauma—and according to Teal, in one way or another, we all have—here is a way to put ourselves back together again, no longer inhibited by the past or terrified of the future. Drawing on her wide range of extrasensory abilities—including clairvoyance, clairsentience, and clairaudience—and incorporating key aspects of inner child and shadow work, Teal offers a revolutionary 20-step process for healing any past hurt or present problem. The steps include: Creation of a Safe Haven—setting up a mental place where it’s safe to re-enter a painful memory. Validation—giving the painful emotion the message that we see it as valid. Seeking Origin—asking, “When was the first time I felt this feeling?” to connect to the root of it. Awaiting Relief—inside the memory, letting the feeling naturally shift in the direction of relief. Purification and Healing—a ritual for closing the memory of trauma and beginning a “new life.” “The Completion Process is not only a healing process,” Teal writes. “It’s also an enlightenment process.” It will leave readers with a sense of their value in the world and the assurance that life can be good again.
Villányi Attila - Ötösöm lesz kémiából
PÉLDATÁR A példatár rész tartalmazza a legelemibb összefüggésekre épülő gyakorlatoktól kezdve, a közép- és emeltszintű érettségi követelményeinek megfelelő példákon keresztül a versenyelőkészítő, illetve az egyetemi tanulmányok első évében a felkészülést segítő feladatokat. Az egyes témakörök elején rövid összefoglalót találunk, ezután következnek a fokozatosan nehezedő feladatok, majd az ellenőrző feladatsorok. MEGOLDÁS A megoldásokat tartalmazó rész lépésről lépésre vezeti el az olvasót a kötet első felében található feladatok megoldásához. A helyes válaszok megértéséhez a korábbi anyagrészekre visszautal, és ezzel a folyamatos ismétléssel segíti a tanultak elmélyítését. A könyv tartalma és felépítése lehetővé teszi az egyéni tanulást, az önálló gyakorlást és a tudás ellenőrzését.
Thom S. Rainer - Jess Rainer - The Millennials
At more than 78 million strong, the Millennials - those born between 1980 and 2000 - have surpassed the Boomers as the larger and more influential generation in America. Now, as its members begin to reach adulthood, where the traits of a generation really take shape, best-selling research author Thom Rainer (Simple Church) and his son Jess (a Millennial born in 1985) present the first major investigative work on Millennials from a Christian worldview perspective. Sure to interest even the secularists who study this group, The Millennials is based on 1200 interviews with its namesakes that aim to better understand them personally, professionally, and spiritually. Chapters report intriguing how-and-why findings on family matters (they are closer-knit than previous generations), their desire for diversity (consider the wave of mixed race and ethnic adoptions), Millennials and the new workplace, their attitude toward money, the media, the environment, and perhaps most tellingly, religion. The authors close with a thoughtful response to how the church can engage and minister to what is now in fact the largest generation in America's history.
Thom S. Rainer - Autopsy of a Deceased Church
No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it's not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged. Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ's Kingdom!
Thom S. Rainer - Breakout Churches
Breakout Churches Can Your Church Become One? This is the story of thirteen churches and the leaders who moved them from stagnancy to growth and from mediocrity to greatness. Drawing on one of the most comprehensive studies ever on the church, this book reveals the process of becoming a “breakout” church and the factors that lead to this spiritual metamorphosis. Eighty percent of the approximately 400,000 churches in the United States are either declining or at a plateau. Is there hope for the American church? Breakout Churches offers a resounding “yes!” and offers specific examples and principles to help you and your church become more effective.
Barbara Wood - Der Fluch der Schriftrollen
In das geordnete Dasein von Benjamin Messer platzt eine Briefsendung aus Israel. Sein alter Professor, Dr. Weatherby, ist dort bei Ausgrabungen auf einen sensationellen Fund gestoßen: Nahezu unversehrte Handschriften, seit fast 2000 Jahren in Tonkrügen verborgen. Bens Aufgabe ist es, den Text der Handschriften zu übersetzen. Benjamin Messer, ein Mittdreißiger und selbst jüdischer Herkunft, ist Dozent für Orientalistik an der Universität von Los Angeles. Die Entzifferung alter Handschriften ist sein Spezialgebiet, und er macht sich mit Feuereifer an die herausfordernde Übersetzungsarbeit. Zu seiner Überraschung handelt es sich bei den Texten nicht um religiöse Aufzeichnungen, wie etwa bei den berühmten Qumran-Rollen, sondern um die Niederschrift einer Art Lebensbeichte. David Ben Jona, ein jüdischer Bewohner Palästinas, hat sie im ersten Jahrhundert, wenige Jahrzehnte nach Christi Tod, für seinen Sohn verfasst. Binnen kurzem ist Benjamin Messer von deren Inhalt wie verhext. Erinnerungen an seine eigene verdrängte Vergangenheit werden wach, an seine streng orthodoxe Erziehung, an den Vater, der in Majdanek ermordet wurde ... Die Texte beginnen mit einem „Fluch des Mose“ gegen alle, die sich die Schriften unrechtmäßig aneignen.
Barbara Wood - Die sieben Dämonen
Rätselhaftes Ägypten, voller Exotik, Magie und seit Jahrtausenden im Wüstensand verborgener Geheimnisse. Nicht nur die uralte Kultur und Geschichte dieses Landes übt eine ungeheure Faszination aus, sondern fast noch mehr das Bemühen der Archäologen, der Wüste ihre Geheimnisse zu entreißen. Mark Davison, ein junger Ägyptologe, kann es nicht fassen. Die zugesicherte Professorenstelle wird ihm in letzter Sekunde doch entzogen. Seine Zukunft ist ungewiß. In dieser Situation wird ihm das verlockende Angebot gemacht, eine Ausgrabung in Ägypten zu leiten: Mark Davison erhält das Tagebuch eines Archäologen namens Ramsgate, der genau hundert Jahre zuvor eine Ausgrabung in Tell el-Amarna durchgeführt hatte. Das Tagebuch berichtet von unheimlichen, unblaublich erscheinenden Begebenheiten und bricht an der Stelle ab, als Ramgate gerade fündig geworden war. Mark ist durch den Inhalt des Tagebuchs wie elektrisiert. Aber was ihn dann in Ägypten erwartet, hätte er sich nicht im Traum vorgestellt.
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