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There Really Is a SAINT NICHOLAS

By Bruce Kubski
  • ISBN Code: : 1638445621
  • Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
  • Pages : 22
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
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This story helps with that difficult conversation when a child asks, "Is Santa real?" By sharing the story of the real Saint Nicholas, it is my hope that the magic of Christmas is renewed for all of us, reminding us to live every day with the spirit of Christmas in our hearts.

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Master storyteller Ace Collins offers deeply personal narratives of sixteen men whose living faith has made a vital difference in the world. Stories Behind Heroes of Faith uncovers the influences, the turning points, and the surprising twists that have created icons of faith, past and present, who continue to inspire us to live better Christian lives and to witness to others. Contemporary men such as Bono, Branch Rickey, Jim Valvano, and Fred Rogers and historical figures such as William Carey, John Newton, Albert Schweitzer, George Washington Carver, and Nicholas of Myra have inspired millions. They have led countless souls to follow in their steps and created legacies that have helped bring so much light into a dark world simply by courageously living their faith. Stories Behind Heroes of Faith will remind readers that with faith in God, anything is possible.

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  • Total of Pages : 704
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Readers of 1 and 2 Kings commonly approach these books as a straightforward chronology of post-Davidic Israel: the inauguration of Solomon’s reign, the division of the kingdom following his death, and Israel’s and Judah’s ensuing kings, conflicts, captivities, and overarching spiritual decline. In reality, however, the books of the Kings fall into the collection known as the Former Prophets, and their true story and underlying theme center on such striking personalities as Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, and other divinely appointed spokesmen. It is God’s interaction with his people by way of his prophets and their kings—his pleadings, his warnings, and the fulfillment of his words—that comes across again and again with forcefulness and clarity. God speaks; now will his people hear, believe, and respond? The question is as relevant for us today as it was for the ancient Israelites. Bridging the centuries, August Konkel connects past context to contemporary circumstances, helping us grasp the meaning and signifance of 1 and 2 Kings and take to heart their message for us today. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.

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The NIV Application Commentary helps you communicate and apply biblical text effectively in today's context. To bring the ancient messages of the Bible into today's world, each passage is treated in three sections: Original Meaning. Concise exegesis to help readers understand the original meaning of the biblical text in its historical, literary, and cultural context. Bridging Contexts. A bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of today, built by discerning what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible. Contemporary Significance. This section identifies comparable situations to those faced in the Bible and explores relevant application of the biblical messages. The author alerts the readers of problems they may encounter when seeking to apply the passage and helps them think through the issues involved. This unique, award-winning commentary is the ideal resource for today's preachers, teachers, and serious students of the Bible, giving them the tools, ideas, and insights they need to communicate God's Word with the same powerful impact it had when it was first written.

Theologizing Place in Displacement

By Curtis W. Elliott
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532634757
  • Total of Pages : 164
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 309
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Displacement of peoples around the world continues to impact governmental policies and contest national identities. At the micro level, displacement's impact on the religious lives of those affected by displacement is a growing field of study and worthy of consideration as a form of self-theologizing and religious renewal. Theologizing Place in Displacement looks at the process of theologizing about place among displaced Orthodox Christian believers in the Republic of Georgia and outlines three key areas where a local theology takes shape around key Orthodox theological themes.

Mystery of the Human Soul

By Metr. Nikolay Mogilevsky
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  • Publisher : Vladimir Djambov
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 233
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The Bible is a sacred book written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by prophets, apostles and holy men. The book is, without a doubt, historical. In it is the Mystery of the Divine - the Trinity of Persons. Divine actions: creation of the world, man in the image of God, providence for our world. How the Lord prepares for the acceptance of Christ the Savior: prophets ... types ... The visible, accomplished salvation of man ... Birth, preaching , suffering and death ... Indicates the ways to improve a person. The Bible speaks of love for God and neighbor. Widely reveals love for neighbors and enemies. Teaches patience, humility through the suffering of Christ. Reveals the future fate of the person behind the grave. Moral Impact: Judgment and Justification. This book is the alpha and omega of human existence. It deifies a person ... It weeps in grief, rejoices with us in joy. Amen.

Variation in Folklore and Language

By Saša Babič,Piret Voolaid
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1527540480
  • Total of Pages : 213
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Variation is a universal phenomenon permeating language, culture, and entire worldviews. This book analyses issues related to both specific and common variations in folklore and language as signifiers of culture and worldview. The articles here are dedicated to different genres and forms, including spoken and written language, dancing and singing, and festivities, and involve different aspects of variation. Variation is conceptualised here as the main basis of folklore dynamics and a major issue of typology. A significant part of the volume is dedicated to variations of myths and motifs, creativity, intertextuality, and transmediality.

Ordinary Wonders

By Olesia Nikolaeva
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  • Publisher : Holy Trinity Publications
  • Book Code : 0884654664
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 610
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The Deceitful Onion Bulb. A Blessing to Smuggle. The Conjuror of Rain. In this collection of stories as whimsical as their titles, award-winning author Olesia Nikolaeva poignantly recounts life for Christian believers in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. In a manner reminiscent of the bestselling Everyday Saints these tales reveal a common theme - the subtle, sometimes imperceptible movement of Divine Providence at work in the lives of saints and sinners alike. Her writings bring us to what the ancient Celts called "thin places" where the boundaries of heaven and earth meet and the sacred and the secular can no longer be distinguished.

Folk Heroes and Heroines around the World, 2nd Edition

By Graham Seal,Kim Kennedy White
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440838615
  • Total of Pages : 411
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 631
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This comprehensive collection of folk hero tales builds on the success of the first edition by providing readers with expanded contextual information on story characters from the Americas to Zanzibar. • Supplies entries on folk tale characters worldwide that identify related heroes and heroines and provide additional contextual information • Features a geographical organization that enables readers to research a specific region's folk characters • Provides an alphabetical index as well as an index of heroic character types to facilitate cross-cultural and historical comparisons • Includes sidebars with passages from the folk tales, popular culture, and other items of interest

Studies in Byzantine Sigillography

By Jean-Claude Cheynet,Claudia Sode
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Book Code : 3110938219
  • Total of Pages : 275
  • Category : History
  • Members : 523
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Volume 9 mainly contains lectures from the 8th International Symposium on Byzantine Sigillography in October 2003, in Berlin. Besides the iconography of seals, much emphasis was placed on questions of Byzantine administration. Further, selected collections are presented, as well as a large number of new finds and new acquisitions.

One World Trade Center

By Judith Dupré
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Book Code : 0316353590
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Architecture
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The behind-the-scenes story of the most extraordinary building in the world, from the bestselling author of Skyscrapers In this groundbreaking history, bestselling author Judith Dupré chronicles the most astonishing architectural project in memory: One World Trade Center. The new World Trade Center represents one of the most complex collaborations in human history. Nearly every state in the nation, a dozen countries around the world, and more than 25,000 workers helped raise the tower, which consumed ninety million pounds of steel, one million square feet of glass, and enough concrete to pave a sidewalk from New York to Chicago. With more than seventy interviews with the people most intimately involved, and unprecedented access to the building site, suppliers, and archives, Dupré unfurls the definitive story of fourteen years of conflict and controversy-and its triumphant resolution. This fascinating, oversize book delivers new insight into the 1,776-foot-tall engineering marvel, from design and excavation through the final placement of its spire. It offers: Access to the minds of world-class architects, engineers, ironworkers, and other tradespeople Panoramas of New York from One World Observatory-1,268 feet above the earth Dramatic cutaways that show the building's advanced structural technologies A time-lapse montage showing the evolution of the sixteen-acre site Chronologies tracking design, construction, and financial milestones, with rare historic photographs It also features extensive tour of the entire Trade Center, including in-depth chapters on Two, Three, Four, and Seven World Trade Center; the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Liberty Park; St. Nicholas National Shrine; and the soaring Transportation Hub. One World Trade Center is the only book authorized by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and the one book necessary to understand the new World Trade Center in its totality. This is a must-have celebration of American resilience and ingenuity for all who are invested in the rebuilding of Ground Zero. You may be surprised by what you find inside-and you will undoubtedly be inspired.

The Law of God

By Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
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  • Publisher : Vladimir Djambov
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 528
  • Category : Religion
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Basic Concepts / 1. The World / 2. About God / 3. The Attributes of God / 4. Prayer / 5. Sin / 6. The Sign of the Cross / 7. Standing and Bows During Prayer / 8. Different Types of Prayer / 9. When God Hears Our Prayer / 10. Where and How We Can Pray to God / 11. The Church Building / 12. The Priest? Blessing / 13. Icons / 14. Why we call ourselves Orthodox Christians. / The Sacred History of the Old Testament / Introduction to the Sacred History of the Old and New Testaments / 1. Creation of Heaven, the Invisible World / 2. Creation of the Earth, the Visible World / 3. How God Created the First People / 4. The Life of the First People in Paradise / 5. The Fall into Sin / 6. The Results of the Fall into Sin and the Promise of a Saviour / 7. Discussion of the Fall into Sin / 8. Cain and Abel / 9. The Flood / 10. The Life of Noah and His Children After the Flood / 11. The Building of the Tower of Babel and the Scattering of Peoples / 12. The Appearance of Idolatry / 13. Abraham / 14. The Appearance of God to Abraham in the Form of Three Strangers / 15. The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah / 16. The Offering of Isaac as a Sacrifice / 17. The Marriage of Isaac / 18. Esau and Jacob / 19. Jacob? Vision of the Mystical Ladder / 20. Joseph / 21. Joseph in Egypt / 22. Joseph? Meeting with His Brothers and the Moving of Jacob into Egypt / 23. The Story of Job the Long-suffering / 24. Moses / 25. Pascha (Passover) and the Exodus from Egypt. / 26. The Hebrews Pass Through the Red Sea / 27. God Gives the Law on Mt. Sinai / 28. The Tabernacle / 29. The Forty-year Wandering of the Hebrew People, the Bronze Serpent / 30. The Entry of the Israelites into the Promised Land / 31. Judges / 32. The Story of Ruth / 33. Saul, First King of the Israelites / 34. King David / 35. King Solomon / 36. The Division of the Kingdom into Two: Judah and Israel / 37. The Prophets / 38. The Downfall of the Israelite Kingdom / 39. The Fall of the Babylonian Kingdom / 40. The Median-Persian Empire. Prophet Daniel in the Lion? Den / 41. The Return of the Jews from Captivity in Babylon and the Construction of the Second Temple / 42. The Greek Empire. The Translation of the Books of the Old Testament into the Greek Language / 43. The Roman Empire. The Universal Expectation of the Messiah The New Testament / 1. The Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary. / Troparion of the Feast / 2. The Entry into the Temple of the Most-holy Virgin Mary. / Troparion of the Feast. / The Holy Virgin Mary with Joseph. / 3. The Announcement of the Angel about the Birth of the Forerunner. / 4. The Annunciation to the Holy Virgin Mary. / Troparion of the Feast. / 5. The Visit of the Most-holy Virgin Mary to the Righteous Elizabeth. / 6. The Nativity of John the Baptist. / 7. The Nativity of Christ the Saviour. / Adoration of the Magi. / Troparion of the Feast. / Kontakion of the Feast. / 8. The Meeting of the Lord. / Troparion of the Feast. / 9. The Flight into Egypt and Return to Nazareth. / 10. The Saviour in the Temple as a Youth. / 11. The Preaching of St John the Baptist. / 12. The Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ. / Troparion of the Feast. / 13. The Lord Jesus Christ in the Wilderness. / 14. The Lord Jesus Christ Appears to the People. / 15. The First Miracle of Jesus Christ. / 16. The Merchants are Banished from the Temple. / 17. The Conversation with Nicodemus. / 18. The Conversation with the Woman of Samaria. / Jesus Heals a Nobleman’s Son. / 19. The Healing at the Pool of Bethesda. / Healing of the Man with a Withered Hand. / 20. The Lord Chooses Twelve Apostles. / 21. The Sermon on the Mount. / The Beatitudes – Commandments of Blessedness. / The Providence of God. / On Not Judging One’s Neighbours. / On Forgiving One’s Neighbour. / On Love for One’s Neighbour. / How to Treat One’s Neighbours. / The Power of Prayer. / About Alms. / The Necessity of Good Works. / 22. The Power of Faith and Prayer for Others – The Healing of the Paralytic in Capernaum. / Raising the Widow’s Son at Nain. / 23. Parables: the Parable of the Sower. / The Parable of the Mustard Seed. / The Parable of the Leaven. / The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. / About the Coming of the Kingdom of God on Earth. / 24. The Stilling of the Storm. / 25. Raising of the Daughter of Jairus. / 26. The Beheading of St. John the Baptist. / 27. The Miraculous Feeding of the People with Five Loaves. / 28. Jesus Christ Walking on the Water. / 29. The Healing of the Daughter of the Canaanite Woman. / 30. The Confession of Peter. The Prediction of the Lord about His Forthcoming Death and Resurrection. / 31. The Transfiguration of the Lord. / Troparion of the Feast. / Kontakion of the Feast. / The Most Important Teaching: Love for God and Neighbour. / 32. The Parable of the Good Samaritan. / 33. Jesus Christ with Martha and Mary. / 34. The Saviour Accuses the Pharisees of Sin. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. / Who is Meant in the Gospels by «Brothers» of the Lord? / 35. Healing of the Man Born Blind. / 36. The Parable of the Rich Fool. / The Gift of Prayer. / On Forgiving Offences: The Parable of the Unmerciful Creditor. / The Healing of Ten Lepers. / The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. / The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican. / Blessing the Children. / 37. The Parable of the Prodigal Son. / Predictions of Jesus Christ about the End of the World and His Second Coming. / The Parable of the Ten Virgins. / The Parable of the Talents. / 38. The Raising of Lazarus. / 39. The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. / Troparion of the Feast. / 40. The Parable of the Wicked Tenants. / The Question Concerning Tribute to Caesar. / The Question Concerning the Resurrection. / About the Divinity of Christ the Messiah. / The Widow’s Coin. / 41. The Betrayal by Judas. / 42. The Mystical (Last) Supper. / 43. The Prayer of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. / 44. The Sanhedrin’s Judgement of Jesus Christ. / 45. The Apostle Peter’s Denial. / The Death of Judas. / 46. The Trial of Jesus Christ before Pilate. / Jesus Christ Before King Herod. / 47. Pilate’s Last Judgment over Jesus Christ. / The Road to Golgotha. / 48. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ. / 49. The Taking Down from the Cross and Burial of the Saviour. / 50. The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. / Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee; dance now and be glad, O Sion, and do Thou exalt, O pure Theotokos, in the arising of Him Whom Thou didst bear. / 51. The Appearance of the Risen Jesus Christ to Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus. / 52. The Appearance of the Lord to the Apostles. / 53. The Appearance of the Lord to the Apostle Thomas and the Other Apostles. / The Appearance of Jesus Christ to the Apostles beside the Sea of Tiberias. / The Appearance of Jesus Christ to More than Five Hundred Disciples. / Christ is Risen! / Troparion for the Feast of Pascha. / Kontakion for the Feast of Pascha. / 54. The Ascension of the Lord. / Troparion of the Feast. / 55. The Descent of the Holy Spirit. / Troparion of Pentecost. / 56. The Life of the First Christians. / 57. Persecution of the Christians by the Jews. The First Martyr St. Stephen. / The Conversion of Saul. / 58. The Dormition of the Mother of God. / Troparion of the Feast. / 59. The Apostolic Council in Jerusalem. / The Preaching Labours of the Apostles. / 60. The Lives of the Apostles. / 61. The Worldwide Persecution of Christians. The Destruction of Jerusalem. / 62. The End of Persecutions and the Finding of the Cross. / 63. New Enemies of Christianity. / 64. The Ecumenical Councils. / 65. The Schism of the Roman Church. The Enlightenment of the Slavs. / The Baptism of Russia. / Sources Used in the Translation of Part III. Christian Faith and Life / 1. The Purpose of Man / Natural Revelation. / 2. Supernatural Divine Revelation. Holy Tradition and Holy Scripture / 3. Short Summaries of the Ecumenical Councils / The first Ecumenical Council. / The Second Ecumenical Council. / The Third Ecumenical Council. / The Fourth Ecumenical Council. / The Fifth Ecumenical Council. / The Sixth Ecumenical Council. / The Seventh Ecumenical Council. / 4. The Christian Faith / The Symbol of Faith or Creed. / I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. / The First Article of the Creed. / The Second Article of the Creed. / Discussion of the Pre-eternal Birth of the Son of God. / The Third Article of the Creed. / Discussion of the Incarnation of the Son of God. / Discussion of the Miracles of God. / The Fourth Article of the Creed. / Discussion of the Cross of Christ. / Discussion of Two Providential Acts of God. / On the Holy Fire at the Tomb of the Lord. / «The Holy Fire of Great Saturday,» from a letter by Schema-monk Nicodemus. / The Lifebearing Tomb of the Lord. / The Fifth Article of the Creed. / Discussion of the Resurrection of Christ. / The Sixth Article of the Creed. / The Seventh Article of the Creed. / The Eighth Article of the Creed. / The Ninth Article of the Creed. / The Tenth Article of the Creed. / The Mystery of Baptism. / The Mystery of Chrismation. / The Mystery of Confession. / The Mystery of Holy Communion. / The Mystery of Marriage. / The Mystery of Ordination. / The Mystery of Holy Unction. / The Eleventh Article of the Creed. / Discussion of the General Resurrection of the Dead. / The Twelfth Article of the Creed. / 5. Christian Life / 6. The Ten Commandments of God’s Law / The First Commandment of the Law of God. / The Second Commandment of the Law of God. / The Third Commandment of the Law of God. / The Fourth Commandment of the Law of God. / Fasts established by the Church are: / The Fifth Commandment of the Law of God. / The Sixth Commandment of the Law of God. / The Seventh Commandment of the Law of God. / The Eighth Commandment of the Law of God. / The Ninth Commandment of the Law of God. / The Tenth Commandment of the Law of God. / 7. The Nine Beatitudes / The First Beatitude. / The Second Beatitude. / The Third Beatitude. / The Fourth Beatitude. / The Fifth Beatitude. / The Sixth Beatitude. / The Seventh Beatitude. / The Eighth Beatitude. / The Ninth Beatitude. / Discussion on the Meaning of Evil. / Conclusion. / 8. Contemporary Teaching and Faith in God / The Divine Services / 1. The Concept of Serving God / 2. The Church Building and Its Arrangement / 3. The Clergy and Their Vestments / 4. The Order of Divine Services / The Daily Cycle of Divine Services. / A Schematic Outline of the Daily Cycle of Services. / The Weekly Cycle of Divine Services. / The Annual Cycle of Divine Services. / 5. Divine Service Books / The Ectenias (Litanies). / 6. Major Services and Their Rubrics / The All-night Vigil. / Vespers. / Matins. / 7. The Divine Liturgy / The Proskomedia. / The Celebration of Proskomedia. / The Liturgy of the Catechumens. / The Liturgy of the Faithful. / The Transferal of the Honored Gifts. / The Preparation of the Faithful. / The Consecration of the Gifts. / Communion. / Thanksgiving for Communion and the Dismissal. / The Liturgy of St. Basil The Great. / The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. / 8. Important Actions During the Services and Reflections on their Significance / Baptism and Chrismation. / Confession and Communion. / Ordination. / Matrimony. / Anointing of the Sick. / Moleben. / The Burial of the Dead. / A Brief Survey of the Particulars of the Divine Services. / 9. Great Lent / 10. The Sundays of Lent / Passion Week. / Great Thursday. / Great Friday. / Great Saturday. / 11. The Feast of Pascha / The Feast of Pentecost: The Day of the Holy Trinity. / Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord. / Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. / Feast of the Nativity of Christ. / Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. / 12. Concerning Monasticism and Monasteries / On Pilgrimage. / Foolishness For The Sake of Christ. / 13. Bells and Russian Orthodox Peals / The Forms of Bell Ringing and Their Names. / Ringing to Announce Church Services. / The Use of the Bells and its Meaning. / Bells For All-night Vigil. / The Bells for the Liturgy. / Use of the Perezvon and its Meaning. / The Use of the Perebor and its Meaning. / Epilogue. - - - - - - - - - Soon after the raising of Lazarus, six days before the Jewish Passover, Jesus Christ made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem to show that He was the true Christ the King and was going to death voluntarily. When they drew near to Jerusalem, coming to the village of Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus Christ sent two of His disciples saying to them, «Go into the village opposite you; and immediately, you will find a donkey tied and a colt with her on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs it’.» The disciples went away and found it as He had told them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put their garments on the colt, and Jesus sat on it. In the meantime in Jerusalem, they learned that Jesus, the One Who raised Lazarus from the dead after four days, was coming to Jerusalem. Crowds of people, gathered from everywhere for the feast of the Passover, went to meet Him. Many took off their outer garments and spread them on the road before Him. Others cut palm branches, carried them in their hands and spread them on the road. And all the people, who went before and who followed, cried out with joy, «Hosanna (Salvation) to the Son of David! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord;» – that is, worthy of praise is the One Who comes in the name of the Lord, sent from God. «King of Israel! Hosanna in the highest!"

Make Way for the Christmas Hush

By Tim Huff
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  • Publisher : Castle Quay Books
  • Book Code : 1927355907
  • Total of Pages : 40
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Make Way for the Christmas Hush is a timeless book for children of all ages. This vibrant and artfully crafted storybook knits together contemporary Christmas themes with traditional old-school charm. Readers quickly discover that the Christmas Hush is more than just a “what” but is likewise a “who.” While the lively story-telling and vibrant illustrations make this unique children’s book great fun, the true magic is in the tender reminder about the importance of quiet moments spent thinking of and caring for others and about the truest meaning of Christmas. Follow adorable little Hush on his wild journey through a panorama of festive scenarios, meeting a host of characters along the way, like Hoopla, Frenzy, and Hustle and Bustle. It’s a fun and important adventure that guides children and grown-ups alike to create a special time and place set apart just for the Christmas Hush. -- Tim Huff

Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke

By Caroline Smailes
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  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Book Code : 1839781084
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Electronic books
  • Members : 589
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A Christmas Carol meets a very Northern Stranger Things in this funny, sweary and moving festive story'Funny and touching and utterly brilliant - Rachael Lucas'A remarkable, funny, truly redemptive read' - Miranda DickinsonWhen 19-year old Theodora Quirke heads to work on Christmas Eve the last person she expects to find outside of her flat is St Nicholas of Myra - the Saint people think is Santa Claus (much to Saint Nick's disgust).Given he is in full Santa suit and professing to be nearly 2000 years old Theo is wary, but St Nick insists he is here to save her - although he isn't sure how or why. St Nick does know that Theo is grieving however, so he shows her four scenes from her life that give her hope, but he's also had cryptic messages from the Christmas Higher Powers that lead him to begin Theo's training as the first ever female Christmas Angel - a role Theo is not sure she is cut out for.Theo's training is soon derailed by St Nick's evil brother, filled with jealousy and spite over his brother's popularity and, with confidence dented, and saddened by society's spiralling levels of expectation and greed, St Nick begins to falter. Theo does everything she can to defeat Nick's brother and to lift St Nick's spirits, but as the deadline for Christmas miracles draws close, she realises she must complete them herself - but is she up to the job?

Finding the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

By R. C. Nidever
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  • Publisher : Stansbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1935807285
  • Total of Pages : 185
  • Category : Social Science
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R.C. Nidever's novel is based on the true story of Juana Maria, a California native American left alone on the remote San Nicolas Island of California's Channel Islands and the man who finally found her in 1835: Captain George Nidever. R.C. Nidever's story is about the encounter first described in Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphin in 1960, but told much more completely and from a different perspective.

Pistol

By Mark Kriegel
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1416538615
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 842
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Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream -- and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete -- a basketball icon for baby boomers -- all the Maraviches paid a price. Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption. Almost four decades have passed since Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball's boy wizard. No one had ever played the game like the kid with the floppy socks and shaggy hair. And all these years later, no one else ever has. The idea of Pistol Pete continues to resonate with young people today just as powerfully as it did with their fathers. In averaging 44.2 points a game at Louisiana State University, he established records that will never be broken. But even more enduring than the numbers was the sense of ecstasy and artistry with which he played. With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarrassment, or even tell a joke. But he wasn't merely a mesmerizing showman. He was basketball's answer to Elvis, a white Southerner who sold Middle America on a black man's game. Like Elvis, he paid a terrible price, becoming a prisoner of his own fame. Set largely in the South, Kriegel's Pistol, a tale of obsession and basketball, fathers and sons, merges several archetypal characters. Maravich was a child prodigy, a prodigal son, his father's ransom in a Faustian bargain, and a Great White Hope. But he was also a creature of contradictions: always the outsider but a virtuoso in a team sport, an exuberant showman who wouldn't look you in the eye, a vegetarian boozer, an athlete who lived like a rock star, a suicidal genius saved by Jesus Christ. A renowned biographer -- People magazine called him "a master" -- Kriegel renders his subject with a style that is, by turns, heartbreaking, lyrical, and electric. The narrative begins in 1929, the year a missionary gave Pete's father a basketball. Press Maravich had been a neglected child trapped in a hellish industrial town, but the game enabled him to blossom. It also caused him to confuse basketball with salvation. The intensity of Press's obsession initiates a journey across three generations of Maraviches. Pistol Pete, a ballplayer unlike any other, was a product of his father's vanity and vision. But that dream continues to exact a price on Pete's own sons. Now in their twenties -- and fatherless for most of their lives -- they have waged their own struggles with the game and its ghosts. Pistol is an unforgettable biography. By telling one family's history, Kriegel has traced the history of the game and a large slice of the American narrative.

Santa Claus

By Letlhokwa George Mpedi
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  • Publisher : African Sun Media
  • Book Code : 192831483X
  • Total of Pages : 201
  • Category : Law
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The origins of Santa Claus, or so I am told, is that the young Bishop Nicholas secretly delivered three bags of gold as dowries for three young girls to their indebted father to save them from a life of prostitution. Armed with immortality, a factory of elves and a fleet of reindeer, his has been a lasting legacy, inextricably linked to Christmas. Of course, this Christmas looks a little different. Amidst a global pandemic, shimmying down the chimneys of strangers certainly does not adhere to social distancing guidelines. Some borders remain closed, and in some instances, the quarantine period is far too long. After all, he only has 24 hours to spread cheer across the world. As with the rest of us, Santa Claus is likely to get the remote working treatment. The reindeers this year are likely to be self-driving, reminiscent of an Amazon swarm of technology, and the naughty and nice lists are likely to be based on algorithms derived from social media accounts. In the age of the fourth industrial revolution, it is difficult to imagine that letters suffice anymore. How many posts were verified as real before shared? Enough to get you a drone. Fake news? Here is a lump of coal. Will we see elves in personal protective equipment (PPE) and will Santa Claus, high risk because of age and his likely comorbidities from the copious amount of cookies, have to self-isolate in the North Pole? In fact, will there be any toys at all this year? Surely production has been stalled with the restrictions on imports and exports into the North Pole. Perhaps, there is a view to outsourcing, or perhaps, there is a shift towards local production and supply chains. More importantly, as we have done in many instances in this period, maybe we should pause to reflect on the current structures in place. The sanctification of a figure so clearly dismissive of the Global South and to be critical, quite classist must be called into question. From some of the keenest minds, the contributions in this book make a strong case against this holly jolly man. We traverse important topics such as, is the constitution too lenient with a clear intruder who has conveniently branded himself a Good Samaritan? Allegations of child labour under the guise of elves, blatant animal cruelty, constant surveillance in stark contrast to many democratic ideals and his possible threat to national security come to the fore. Nevertheless, as the song goes, he is aware when you are asleep, and he knows when you are awake. Is feminism a farce to this beloved man – what role does Mrs Claus play and why are there inherent gender norms in his toys? Then is the worry of closed borders and just how accurate his COVID-19 tests are. Of course, this brings his ethics into question. While there is an agreement that transparency, justice and fairness, nonmaleficence, responsibility, and privacy are the core ethical principles, the meaning of these principles differs, particularly across countries and cultures. Why are we subject to Santa Claus’ notions of good and evil when he is so far removed from our context? As Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein would tell you, this is fundamentally a nudge from Santa Claus for children to fit into his ideals. A nudge, coined by Thaler, is a choice that predictably changes people’s behaviour without forbidding any options or substantially changing their economic incentives. Even with pinched cheeks and an air of holiday cheer, Santa Claus has to come under scrutiny. In the process of decolonising knowledge and looking at various epistemologies, does Santa still make the cut?