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A Secret Gift

By Ted Gup
  • ISBN Code: : 1101444630
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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An inspiring account of America at its worst-and Americans at their best-woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author's generous and secretive grandfather. Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author's grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness. Moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of hope contained in the letters, which he discovered in a suitcase 75 years later, Ted Gup initially set out to unveil the lives behind them, searching for records and relatives all over the country who could help him flesh out the family sagas hinted at in those letters. From these sources, Gup has re-created the impact that Mr B. Virdot's gift had on each family. Many people yearned for bread, coal, or other necessities, but many others received money from B. Virdot for more fanciful items-a toy horse, say, or a set of encyclopedias. As Gup's investigations revealed, all these things had the power to turn people's lives around- even to save them. But as he uncovered the suffering and triumphs of dozens of strangers, Gup also learned that Sam Stone was far more complex than the lovable- retiree persona he'd always shown his grandson. Gup unearths deeply buried details about Sam's life-from his impoverished, abusive upbringing to felonious efforts to hide his immigrant origins from U.S. officials-that help explain why he felt such a strong affinity to strangers in need. Drawing on his unique find and his award-winning reportorial gifts, Ted Gup solves a singular family mystery even while he pulls away the veil of eight decades that separate us from the hardships that united America during the Depression. In A Secret Gift, he weaves these revelations seamlessly into a tapestry of Depression-era America, which will fascinate and inspire in equal measure. Watch a Video

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Includes infomration on self-management, decision-making, communication, goal-setting, self-reflection, cooperation.

Rethinking God as Gift

By Robyn Horner
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  • Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
  • Book Code : 0823221237
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 822
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Rethinking God as Gift is situated at the intersection of philosophy, critical theory and theology. The first sustained study of the work of Jean-Luc Marion in English, it offers a unique perspective on contemporary questions and their theological relevance. Taking its point of departure from the problem of the gift as articulated by Jacques Derrida, who argues that the conditions of possibility of the gift are also its conditions of impossibility, Horner pursues a series of questions concerning the nature of thought, the viability of phenomenology, and, most urgently, the possibility of grace. For Marion, phenomenology, as the thought of the given, offers a path for philosophy to proceed without being implicated in metaphysics. His retrieval of several important insights of Edmund Husserl, along with his reading of Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Lévinas, enables him to work out a phenomenology where even “impossible” phenomena such as revelation and the gift might be examined. In this important confrontation between Marion and Derrida issues vital to the negotiation of postmodern concerns in philosophy and theology emerge with vigour. The careful elucidation of those issues in an interdisciplinary context, and the snapshot it provides of the state of contemporary debate, make Rethinking God as Gift an important contribution to theological and philosophical discussion.

The Secrets of the Witch World

By Andre Norton
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  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Book Code : 9780759521971
  • Total of Pages : 1070
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 775
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THE KEY OF THE KEPLIAN For time beyond memory, the fire-eyed Keplian horses have lured riders to their death, sating the blood lust of the Dark Tower. All Witch World knows that the hunted, hated beasts serve Evil--all except one young woman. Fleeing her home after her beloved grandfather dies, the orphaned Navajo-Comanche girl Eleeri follows an ancient and magical trail to Witch World. When she discovers the Kepliana mare Tharna and her newborn colt in the hands of men eager to destroy them, Eleeri fights for their freedom. Running for their lives, psychic Eleeri and telepathic Tharna bond. And in a hidden canyon, they discover the awesome truth: The Keplians were created to serve Light, and to ride with humans. THE MAGESTONE They are two strangers whose people have been at war for a millennium. Mereth, a Dales trader, crosses the sea to Estcarp and the archival citadel at Lormt, seeking clues to the fate of a missing heirloom, an ancient jewel of Power. At the same time, an Alizonder hound lord, Kasarian, finds that an ancestor's key opens a magic gate to distant Lormt. Alizonders are wolfish tyrants who fight with sadistic poisons

Leaving a Trace

By Alexandra Johnson
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  • Publisher : Hachette+ORM
  • Book Code : 0316082414
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 417
  • Pdf File: leaving-a-trace.pdf

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The PEN Award-winning author “proffers advice for journal keepers who want to develop material for later books or who simply enjoy logging life’s events” (Publishers Weekly) Leaving A Trace is a practical guide to keeping a journal successfully and transforming it into future projects. Each chapter features both narrative and tailored exercises for beginning and committed diarists. Beginners will turn first to quick ways to overcome inhibitions, get started and stay on course. Seasoned chroniclers will start diaries with a new slant: they will learn how to trigger inspiration with creative brainstorming exercises; how to note patterns in diaries they already have and how to shape their material. “Warning: if you buy this book, you might as well buy a journal at the same time. Alexandra Johnson’s lovely and practical prose will assist you in overcoming virtually every inhibition you’ve had about committing words to paper, and will inspire you to tell, in whatever form you choose, the important story of yourself.”—Elizabeth Berg, New York Times bestselling author “A gifted storyteller, Johnson provides examples on how the discipline of daily, reflective writing is crucial to nurturing creativity and skillfully weaves together the relationship between the creative process and the craft of writing . . . beautifully written.”—Library Journal “Help[s] writers find practical inspiration, discover pattern and meaning, and move the material of a journal into memoir or fiction . . . Valuable in all sorts of ways for anyone looking for the right words.”—Booklist “An elegantly written study of an increasingly popular genre.”—Kirkus Reviews

Special SOS

By Emmanuel Oghene
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781462854981
  • Total of Pages : 291
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 883
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Some say survival, actually personal survival is the first law of life. It is natural to strive for survival under any circumstance and God have nothing against it. Jesus commended the acclaimed shrewd manager whose story He told in Luke 16:1-9. God expects that we use our earthly life to secure eternal bliss through living by unwavering faith in Him. The mention of Tamar, Judah’s daughter-in-law, Rahab the Jericho harlot turned member of the commonwealth of God’s chosen people, Israel and Ruth, a Moabitess among the matriarchs of mankind’s Messiah, teaches that adopting personal survival strategies is acceptable as long as they are done with faith in God.

Dante and Derrida

By Francis J. Ambrosio
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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Book Code : 0791480410
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 847
  • Pdf File: dante-and-derrida.pdf

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Discusses Derrida as a religious thinker, reading Dante’s Commedia and Derrida’s religious writings together.

All the Way to the Tigers

By Mary Morris
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  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Book Code : 0385546106
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 820
  • Pdf File: all-the-way-to-the-tigers.pdf

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One of NPR's Best Books of the Year From the author of Nothing to Declare, a moving travel narrative examining healing, redemption, and what it means to be a solo woman on the road. In February 2008, a casual afternoon of ice skating derailed the trip of a lifetime. Mary Morris was on the verge of a well-earned sabbatical, but instead she endured three months in a wheelchair, two surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. One morning, when she was supposed to be in Morocco, Morris was lying on the sofa reading Death in Venice, casting her eyes over these words again and again: “He would go on a journey. Not far. Not all the way to the tigers.” Disaster shifted to possibility and Morris made a decision. When she was well enough to walk again, she would go “all the way to the tigers.” So begins a three-year odyssey that takes Morris to India on a tiger safari in search of the world’s most elusive apex predator. Written in over a hundred short chapters accompanied by the author’s photographs, this travel memoir offers an elegiac, wry, and wise look at a woman on the road and the glorious, elusive creature she seeks.

Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift

By Elise Allen,Halle Stanford
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1619632551
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 479
  • Pdf File: jim-henson-s-enchanted-sisters.pdf

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Sisters Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer are nature's royalty. In Mother Nature's realm, they're responsible for each magical turn of the seasons. When they're not keeping all of nature in balance, the girls play, imagine, and explore their way around their enchanted world. And though they love harmony, the sisters often cross paths with the Weeds - wild boys who bring trouble with them wherever they go. This charming new series comes from The Jim Henson Company and is perfectly suited for newly independent readers who love the Rainbow Fairies and Candy Fairies series. The series launches with Autumn when she loses a special gift from Mother Nature. Can the sisters find the gift before Mother Nature's party?

Fruit of the Golden Vine

By Sophia French
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  • Publisher : Bella Books
  • Book Code : 1594937710
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 457
  • Pdf File: fruit-of-the-golden-vine.pdf

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Middle sister Adelina has remained aloof and amused by the string of suitors for her elder sister’s hand—and dowry. But when the swaggering Rafael arrives with an equally eye-catching, bold sister of his own, Adelina’s pulse stirs at last. Aware from the first that she has caught the lovely Adelina’s interest, Silvana yearns to court her openly, but she and her brother are not what they seem. Moonlit nights in the summer gardens may lead to kisses and whispers of love, but she knows that the lady’s heart will be lost forever if the truth is discovered. From the author of The Diplomat comes a sumptuous story of reckless desire, desperate honor and fearless love.

Gift

By Andrea J. Buchanan
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1453219617
  • Total of Pages : 155
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 443
  • Pdf File: gift.pdf

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Daisy has an electrifying secret that could save her life—or kill her High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn’t help that she’s the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn’t even own a cell phone. But there’s a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power—one only her best friend, Danielle, knows about. Despite her “gift” (or is it a curse?), Daisy’s doing a good job of fitting in, and a gorgeous senior named Kevin even seems interested in her! But when Daisy tries to help Vivi, a mysterious classmate in a crisis, she soon discovers that her new friend has a secret of her own. Now Daisy and her friends must deal with chilling dreams and messages from the beyond. Can Daisy channel the power she’s always tried to hide, before it’s too late? Extra features include:• A short graphic novel telling Vivi’s story• Danielle’s journal, revealing her deepest thoughts • Lyrics and video links for Kevin's music (songs composed by Fredrik Larsson, otherwise known as YouTube sensation FreddeGredde)