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After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey through Darkness to a New Beginning by Helaina Hovitz, with an afterword by Patricia Harte Bratt, with a foreword by Jasmin Lee Cori (Carrel Books, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc)
Business & Economics / Tools
The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business by Julia Shanks (New Society Publishers)
Farmers may decide to become farmers because they love being outside, working the land and making a difference in the way people eat and farm. When they decide to become farmers, they also become entrepreneurs and business people. In order to be ecologically and financially sustainable, they need to understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping, and learn how to manage a growing business.
Whether readers have been farming for many years or just getting started, The Farmer's Office can give them the tools they need to think like entrepreneurs and manage their businesses for success.
Author Julia Shanks in The Farmer's Office distills years of teaching and business consulting with farmers into this comprehensive, accessible guide. She covers all aspects of launching, running and growing a successful farm business through bookkeeping and business management, providing tools to make managerial decisions, apply for a loan or other financing, and offering general business and strategy advice for growing a business.
Shanks works with food and agricultural entrepreneurs to achieve financial and operational sustainability. She has worked with a range of beginning and established farmers, providing technical assistance and business coaching that has allowed them to launch, stabilize and grow their ventures. A frequent lecturer on sustainable food systems and accounting, she sits on the advisory board of Future Chefs and is the regional leader of Slow Money Boston.
Why keep records at all? Because conventional wisdom says to? Because one has to file taxes? Ultimately, the reason to track numbers is to better manage the farm business; to shine a light on the inner workings of farms so farmers can make better decisions to work more efficiently and make more money.
The Farmer's Office is the light that illuminates these concepts of business for farmers. Shanks has firsthand knowledge of the subject from her years in her own business and she writes in an easy-to-read style. Real stories from real farmers, from her many years of helping farm businesses, illustrate various issues and applications when managing a farm.
Shanks says The Farmer's Office evolved from the desire to help as many farmers as possible to be financially viable, and to share the lessons learned from other farmers. On a personal level, more successful small farms mean more delicious food to eat, a cleaner environment and a more robust economy. It benefits us all to ensure our local farmers succeed.
This book will become the go-to business guide for many, many farmers! – Jonathan W. Jaffe, VP/Farm Business Consultant, Farm Credit East
I keep telling people, starting your own
small farm is not easy; to make it work, you need – perhaps more
than anything else – to learn strong business skills. This is the
key element that
The Farmer's Office brings to the table; in it Julia
Shanks shares solid advice about how to make your farm work
financially. A definite must-read for any serious small-scale
grower. – Jean-Martin Fortier, author, The Market Gardener
Managing books and accounts is one of the weakest links I see with farmers today, and The Farmer's Office comes at a perfect time to help. There's so much talk about production and even marketing, but not enough on how to stay organized and manage the books. The Farmer's Office will be a great asset to farmers of all shapes and sizes. – Curtis Stone, author, The Urban Farmer
The Farmer's Office hits the mark in addressing the business needs of farmers everywhere. Julia Shanks shares her business experience and real world financial training in a meaningful and farmer friendly style. The Farmer's Office is a key asset to the farm's bottom line. – Richard Wiswall, farmer and author, The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook
This is the real story of starting and managing a farm, albeit the unsexy one that can lead to long term thrive-ability. Julia Shanks demystifies managing the business of farming one chapter at a time. This book is just what so many of today's new farmers need to face the challenges of agriculture and thrive! – Sara Dent, co-founder & coordinator, Young Agrarians
I don't know anyone who got into farming because they liked business; but anyone who wants to keep farming needs basic business skills, including record keeping. The Farmer's Office will help everyone from beginners to experienced growers who need to understand the business of farming. A must-have for anyone running, or thinking of running a farm business. – Andrew Mefferd, Editor, Growing for Market magazine
In exploring a topic, The Farmer's Office poses all the right questions and provides clear answers to them. Shanks covers all the bases in a step-by-step manner that will help beginning and seasoned farmers alike. Comprehensive and accessible, this guide is for every farmer.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right, reissue edition by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. (Harvard Business Review Press)
According to Joseph L. Badaracco Jr., in
Defining Moments, ’defining moments’ occur when managers
face business decisions that trigger conflicts with their personal
values. These moments test a person’s commitment to those values and
ultimately shape their character. But these are also the decisions
that can make or break a career. Is there a thoughtful, yet
pragmatic, way to make the right choice?
Badaracco is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School, where he has taught courses on leadership, strategy, corporate responsibility, and management in the school's MBA and executive programs.
In Defining Moments Badaracco shows how to approach these dilemmas using three case examples that, when taken together, represent the escalating responsibilities and personal tests managers face as they advance in their careers. The first story presents a young manager whose choice will affect him only as an individual; the second, a department head whose decision will influence his organization; the third, a corporate executive whose actions will have much larger, societal ramifications. To guide the decision-making process, Defining Moments draws on the insights of four philosophers – Aristotle, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and James – who offer distinctly practical, rather than theoretical, advice.
Offers wisdom not only for managers, as the
title implies, but for anyone facing ... tough choices in life. –
Wall Street Journal
Well-crafted and interactive ... provides questions, reflections, and even a basic philosophy course. – USA TODAY
A surprisingly practical framework for confronting ethical problems. – BusinessWeek
Defining Moments offers valuable insight for practitioners on how to manage real-world situations and react appropriately on a day-to-day basis. – Choice
So much of making sound decisions comes from asking smart questions. Defining Moments asks all the right questions in a way that will help any manager who wants to reach judgments that are morally sensitive and professionally sensible. – George Stephanopoulos, Visiting Professor at Columbia University, political analyst for ABC, and former adviser to the Clinton Administration
Defining Moments outlines a refreshingly realistic approach to ethics in management. Badaracco shows how managers can choose, without sacrificing their values, between multiple acceptable solutions – not the one right answer that most ethicists claim exists. It is a book to be put into practice, not just read and set aside. – Andrall Pearson, Chairman & CEO, Pepsico Food Division
Critical decisions between shades of right are inescapable in our professional and personal lives and do create defining moments for each of us. Badaracco brings a clarity to the decision process that I did not think possible. – Gail Long, Senior Vice President, Group Executive, Large Corporate, BankBoston
Finally, here's a book that helps us prioritize our personal and institutional loyalties and responsibilities in decision making, wend our way through real-life moral mazes, and develop our character in the process. A crystal-clear, practical writer, Badaracco provides a new and unorthodox approach to issues of great complexity. He offers pragmatic assistance to real people weighing conflicting duties, ends, and virtues of business life. –William McLennan, University Chaplain, Tufts University
Defining Moments is the ultimate manager’s guide for resolving issues of conflicting responsibility in practical ways.
Children’s Books / Ages 8-11 / Grade Level 3-6 / History
The Transcontinental Railroad – Library Binding by Christine Zuchora-Walske, with content consultant Dr. Gregory Schneider (Wild West Series: Core Library, Abdo Publishing)
In a time when the United States could not expand fast enough, railroads became essential for the country to grow. The Transcontinental Railroad narrates the race to build rail lines into the West for money, land, and fame.
The Transcontinental Railroad is a part of the Wild West Series. This series separates myth from reality, bringing to life the triumphs, tragedies, and colorful characters that shaped the West. Young readers learn how this eventful period in US history helped make the nation what it is today.
Author Christine Zuchora-Walske studied literature, communications, and publishing at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Denver. She has been writing and editing children's books and articles for more than 20 years.
Contents of The Transcontinental Railroad include:
Chapter One. The Road to the Railroad
Chapter Two. The Central Pacific Railroad
Chapter Three. The Union Pacific Railroad
Chapter Four. Promontory Summit and Beyond
The Transcontinental Railroad is available in two formats: Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, and Anywhere eBooks. It features full-color photographs, a table of contents, glossary of key words and detailed maps. Also included are Key Locations, Stop and Think, and Learn More. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter in The Transcontinental Railroad give young readers a clear look at this subject.
The Wild West Series is aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Books in the Wild West Series include:
Children’s Books / Ages 4-7 / Grades Preschool-2 / Biographies
Jane Goodall – Library Binding by Jennifer Strand (Zoom in on Great Women Series: Abdo Zoom)
Contents of Jane Goodall include:
Jane Goodall is available in 3 formats: Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks, Read-to-Me eBooks. It features full-color photographs, an online learning supplement, index, sources for further research, table of contents, and glossary of key words. Engaging photos and easy-to-read text in Jane Goodall take young readers into her story. Key dates, quick stats, and bolded glossary terms make it easy to zoom in even deeper.
Jane Goodall is part of the Zoom in on Great Women Series. By standing up and speaking out, these inspiring women changed the world. Young readers will love reading about their extraordinary lives. Each book is broken down into easy-to-read chapters, with engaging photos for visual learners. Plus, quick stats and key dates sections make these books perfect for reports. The books in the series are aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Other books in the Zoom in on Great Women Series include:
Current Events / Radical Islam / Terrorism
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad by William Kilpatrick (The Politically Incorrect Guides Series: Regnery Publishing)
As the country gets ready to choose its next commander-in-chief, former professor and author William ‘Kirk’ Kilpatrick explains the inner workings and motivations of our enemy in his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad.
The book is part of the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guides Series, which provides an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of controversial topics every American should understand.
According to Kilpatrick, who previously taught at Boston College, few people understand jihad because a politically correct fog has shrouded the topic. After every brutal attack, we hear the same clichés: "Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Most Muslims are moderate." At least that's what authorities are telling us whenever Americans die at the hands of a guy shouting, "Allahu akbar." That campaign of violence is known as ‘jihad.’ Far from an aberration, Kilpatrick says, it has been an integral part of the religion of Muhammad from the beginning.
Kilpatrick uses this opportunity to skewer the nonsense surrounding jihad and shows its true causes, the jihadists’ ultimate aims, and their terrifying successes to date. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad reveals how and why:
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Jihad pulls apart the world of radical Islam, exposing its inner-workings and motivations. Kilpatrick exposes those who are enabling the jihadists through appeasement, providing practical recommendations for how to defeat jihad.
Education / K-12
Corporal Punishment in Rural Schools: Student Problem Behaviours, Academic Outcomes and School Safety Efforts, 1st edition by Seunghee Han (Springer Briefs in Education Series: Springer)
Corporal Punishment in Rural Schools presents an analysis of corporal punishment practices in rural schools in the U.S.. It examines trends in corporal punishment for school years from 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008, multiple stakeholders’ perspectives on corporal punishment (e.g., school staff, student and parents), and various school-specific factors including alternative discipline practices, school safety efforts, problematic student behaviors, and academic outcomes.
The author is Dr. Seunghee Han, an independent educational researcher. Han sets the stage by describing the facts: creating a safe school is a national agenda, and maintaining an orderly school has been a high priority for school administrators. A recent national report showed that in 2013, there were 37 victimizations per 1000 students at school, and the victimization rate was as high as 67 per 1000 students for students aged 12-14. Furthermore, violent incidents and crime at school cause students to perceive that school is not safe and fear school violence.
According to Han in Corporal Punishment in Rural Schools, schools make every effort to promote school safety and to this end, schools implement various crime prevention programs, classroom management programs, and discipline practices. Among those efforts, discipline policies have gained much attention because of its prevalence, severity, unproven effectiveness, and gender and racial disparities among students. During the 2009-2010 school year, public schools implemented approximately 433,800 disciplinary actions (e.g., out-of-school suspension, transfer to specialized schools or expulsion) mostly for physical attacks or fights, use or possession of a firearm or explosive devices. About 83 % of high schools and 67 % of middle schools have at least one of such discipline practices, while 18 % of elementary schools have such discipline practices.
Prevalent discipline practices in public schools have become harsh and accelerated since the Gun-Free School Act (GFSA) in 1994.
However according to Han in Corporal Punishment in Rural Schools, despite the number of disciplinary actions, there is little evidence that zero tolerance policies are effective in decreasing problem behaviors, promoting school safety or even being a fair discipline practice. Many educators and researchers have criticized harsh discipline practices including out-of-school suspension, transfer to a specialized school or expulsion. A major criticism is that those discipline practices do not reduce student's problem behaviors and negatively impact students' educational outcomes by excluding them from the learning environment.
While school safety and discipline policies have gained much attention from educators, researchers and policymakers for the past years, one particular form of discipline, corporal punishment, has been paid little attention. Corporal punishment goes against the equal protection as a human right under the law and is prohibited in most juvenile correction facilities in the U.S. Nevertheless, corporal punishment is legally allowed in public schools as a discipline in 19 states. According to the most recent data, more than 166,800 students were physically punished at school during the 2011–2012 school year. In addition, disproportionate corporal punishment practice toward ethnic minority students, special education students and male students is another critical issue in the U.S. public schools. That is, the percentage of those students who received corporal punishment is higher than the total percentage that made up their student population. For example, in 2006, Black students who were physically punished consisted of 26 % out of the total corporal punishment incidents when Black students made up 8.7 % of the total student enrollment. In the same year, special education students were made up of 18.8 % out of total corporal punishment incidents when special education students consisted of 13.7 % in public school enrollment. Additionally, male students tend to receive corporal punishment three times more than female students.
With little evidence of effectiveness, corporal punishment is more frequently implemented in rural schools. Considering the very limited research on school corporal punishment in rural areas, this book provides information about the frequency and trends of corporal punishment policies in rural schools. In addition, Corporal Punishment in Rural Schools presents various views on corporal punishment from multiple stakeholders, current legal perspectives on corporal punishment, comparison of school safety efforts, and school outcomes between rural schools with/without corporal punishment policies.
Corporal Punishment in Rural Schools will help readers gain a better understanding of corporal punishment practices in rural schools. In addition, drawing attention to the corporal punishment issue in rural schools is an equally important purpose of this book.
There are many students who attend rural schools and/or schools in rural school districts in the 19 states where corporal punishment policies are permitted, and corporal punishment and rural school areas are closely associated with one another. Yet there are a very limited number of empirical studies on corporal punishment in rural schools. Most importantly, none of the studies have examined corporal punishment and school safety initiatives including alternative discipline methods, school security practices, crime prevention programs, and community involvement to promote school safety in rural schools.
The main data used in Corporal Punishment in Rural Schools are from the SSOCS, a nationally representative data set collected by the U.S. Department of Education and NCES. The SSOCS was first collected in 1999 when school safety issue became a national agenda regarding school shootings. As a cross-sectional school-level survey, the SSOCS contains comprehensive information about school security, crime prevention practices, discipline practices, student problem behaviors and school background information for public schools. Each SSOCS data set was administered in about 3500 public schools in elementary, middle, and high schools. To date, SSOCS 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 have been released to the public. To examine corporal punishment in rural schools, Han selected rural schools from SSOCS data sets.
After analyzing national data from the SSOCS, state policy documents and other relevant research papers and reports, Han answers five research questions. Answering these key research questions with the results of the SSOCS data analyses, each chapter presents relevant previous studies, state policies, articles from magazines and the news, and national reports published by U.S. Department of Education.
Chapter 1 presents the definition and history of corporal punishment, importance of corporal punishment in rural area and research methods. Chapter 2 answers the first research question (frequency of corporal punishment) and presents current state laws on corporal punishment, debates on corporal punishment among multiple stakeholders and findings of empirical studies on corporal punishment.
In Chapter 3, the second research question (characteristics of rural schools where corporal punishment is available) is answered focusing on ethnic minority students, LEP students, special education students, and underachievers.
In Chapter 4, the third research question (school discipline practices and crime prevention practices in rural schools with/without corporal punishment policies) is addressed. Multiple types of discipline methods and crime prevention programs were compared between rural schools with corporal punishment and rural schools without corporal punishment. A total of 14 types of discipline methods (e.g., expulsion, suspension and detention), 22 types of crime prevention practices (e.g., access control, metal detector, drug test, dress code and crisis system), eight types of community involvement for promoting school safety, six types of crime prevention programs for teachers, and eight types of crime prevention programs for students were examined.
In Chapter 5, the fourth and fifth research questions are answered. Principals' perception of students' problem behaviors and school outcomes (e.g., academic achievement, attendance, school value, and aspiration) are compared between rural schools with/without corporal punishment policies.
Finally, Chapter 6 includes summaries of the findings from each chapter, policy implications based on the findings, and limitations and recommendations for future studies.
In addition to drawing attention to the issue of corporal punishment in rural schools, Corporal Punishment in Rural Schools equips readers with an in-depth understanding of these practices. The book provides useful information and insight for school leaders, teachers, policymakers, legislators and researchers in regard to corporal punishment policies in rural schools, insights to reform discipline practices along with overall school safety policies in rural areas. In addition, this book contributes to making active progress in empirical research on school corporal punishment policies.
Health & Fitness / Self-Help / Biographies & Memoirs
After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey through Darkness to a New Beginning by Helaina Hovitz, with an afterword by Patricia Harte Bratt, with a foreword by Jasmin Lee Cori (Carrel Books, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc)
Helaina Hovitz was twelve years old and in
middle school three blocks away when the World Trade Center was
attacked. Her memoir,
After 9/11, encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up
with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after living through the
events firsthand, chronicling its effects on a young girl at the
outset of adolescence and following her as she spirals into
addiction and rebellion, through loss, chaos, and confusion.
Hovitz is a journalist and editor, specializing in positive and inspiring stories. She has written for the New York Times, Salon, The New York Observer, Forbes, Marie Claire, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and Newsday. She is hard at work on her latest venture, a news service called Headlines for the Hopeful. She lives with her fiancé and their rescue dog, Wiley.
As told in
After 9/11, the events and experiences that are now common
knowledge to everyone were a very real part of Hovitz’s life and are
still as vivid in her memory today: the sickening thud of falling
bodies hitting cars, the crumbling towers, running for her life as
she tried to get home, her universe literally engulfed in a cloud.
Hundreds, including Hovitz, were stranded in the neighborhood, also
just blocks from the towers, without phones or electricity or anyone
to help. For fear of subsequent attacks, not to mention the toxic
substances in the air, everyone was urged to stay inside their
Anyone who has survived a horrific event knows that just because a body remains in motion does not mean everything will simply ‘go back to normal.’ The chemistry of the brain and the body changes, impacting our relationships, our choices, and how we experience the world around us. Yet, we rarely find out what actually happens to people as they try to move on from a life-threatening experience – especially children, who are just beginning to develop an understanding of the world around them.
It would take Helaina more than a decade to overcome the PTSD – and subsequent alcohol addiction – that went misdiagnosed and mistreated for so many years. In many ways, After 9/11 is the story of a generation growing up in the aftermath of America’s darkest day. And for one young woman, it is the story of a survivor who, after witnessing the end, got to make a new beginning.
According to Jasmin Cori, psychotherapist, in the foreword, for Hovitz, the physical aftermath of 9/11 went on for months, between the toxic particles lingering outside her front door, the presence of the army and police, and the lack of transportation and access to food, medicine, and phones in her neighborhood. Ground Zero was just blocks away – there was no escaping it.
The most common misconception people have about trauma is that it is simply a one-time event to ‘get over.’ Yet for those with PTSD, it's not over. It's not over in the nervous system, not over in the body, not absent from dreams or daily interactions. In PTSD, the trauma is stuck inside, staining every part of our lives.
With PTSD, over both short and extended periods of time – years later, even – we experience panic attacks, a pervasive feeling of impending doom, a fear that we are going to die or that we will do something crazy or uncontrolled. Our dreams are stalked by ghosts of the horrifying event, which intrude into waking memories as well, sometimes taking us over completely, as in flashbacks. Our nervous systems continue to respond to cues similar to those that occurred in the trauma in ways similar to how we originally responded. These reminders are called ‘triggers,’ and our out-of-proportion response is often called ‘reactivity.’
We can all be reactive at times, but people who suffer from trauma-related disorders become reactive a lot of the time. Disturbing thoughts and images may intrude into consciousness from out of nowhere, startling us with their negative content. We could have trouble focusing or concentrating, become highly distractible, lack good judgment, become disorganized, and have poor impulse control. Many trauma survivors feel confusion, self-doubt, and shame about the inability to pick up and carry on.
The lingering effects of trauma also wreak havoc on our relationships. There's emotional volatility, a desperate need for safety (paired often with an inability to register safety), the fear of being hurt again, the rupture of the trust that allows us to go through our lives in a normal sort of way. Symptoms escalate, continuing a life of chaos and desperate attempts to find something – or someone – to hold onto, and ways to escape what is too intense and terrifying to live with.
With PTSD, we struggle with simple things others take for granted – a good night's sleep, seeing common images in the media, attending a sports event in a large crowd. Our hyper-arousal keeps us on the defensive, ever alert for danger.
To Hovitz's tremendous credit, as soon as she learned about trauma, she began reading everything she could find, interviewing experts in the field, and reaching out to her former classmates to find out if any of them had experienced the same horrible things.
For Hovitz and her friends that world was deeply shattered by the terrorist attacks, a sudden calamity that was more than they could take in and integrate, especially with the fight-or-flight response being activated frequently in the aftermath. Many of these traumatized young ones may not seek help at all, or even talk about their troubles with another person. Or, like Hovitz, they may try and try to get better, only to find that nothing ‘works.’ Their brain will not give them any relief. For these reasons, and many more, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages fifteen to twenty-four in the United States.
As Hovitz explains in After 9/11, these normal adolescent challenges were filtered by a brain that had been chemically reconfigured to respond to the world in a way that made almost everything in her life seem dangerous and sad. She experienced her most formative years 'through a lens of fear and panic, from her first love to her final midterm exam, and the slow, painful loss of the one person who meant everything to her.
Fortunately, After 9/11 ends on a hopeful note. Hovitz's relentless dedication to healing paid off. After years of stumbling through the wreckage of her own psyche and a string of therapists and medications that, for the most part, fell far short and failed to identify the role of trauma in her suffering, she found the help she needed. Through tremendous effort, she was able to pull herself out of that rubble and become the young woman she always hoped she could be.
Hovitz has become an outspoken advocate for herself and her fellow survivors. Her willingness to reach out regardless of the risk of rejection is just one example of how we can grow resilient within adversity.
Hovitz shows us, for the first time, what it
was like for families in New York City who suddenly had to live like
other war refugees, with no idea where their loved ones were or when
the next attack might come.
After 9/11 is a moving and remarkable testament to a time
that changed our country, told beautifully by a young woman who
never gave up hope that she could reclaim her life, no matter how
grim things looked. – Sean Elder, Newsweek
Helaina Hovitz has written that rare kind of book that combines a poetic sensitivity to detail, the stark emotion of memory, and a searing glimpse of the human spirit as it suffers, struggles and learns to heal. In her story are the seeds of hope for anyone who has survived trauma and seeks to truly live again. – Michele Rosenthal, author of Heal Your PTSD: Dynamic Strategies That Work
Helaina Hovitz's first book is a brave, honest, and fast-paced personal account of the ways in which one day can change the course of our lives forever. Her story is an example of how trauma and addiction become part of a life, not someone's entire life, and how we can take the wheel and change that course if we are willing to work for it. By combining her own personal experience with interviews and journalistic research, Hovitz shows us, every step of the way, what it is like to finally move towards the light after so many years of darkness. – Maia Szalavitz, bestselling author and journalist for Time
Hovitz’s journey throws an optimistic light on the rocky road from trauma response to resilient growth. As her story, told in After 9/11 shows, there is always hope when one asks for help.
Home & Garden / Antiques & Collectibles / Cars
Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History by DK (Dorling Kindersley)
Featuring more than 250 iconic models from the 1940s to the 1980s, Classic Car is a celebration of the most beautiful and innovative cars produced since the birth of mass car-ownership. Readers meet the designers behind these amazing machines and discover the history of the manufacturers that have brought them to life.
From the Aston Martin DB5 to the Chevrolet Corvette, Classic Car is packed with the marques and models of every decade from the ‘40s to the ‘80s. Virtual tours offer close-up views of iconic models, and comprehensive catalogs showcase key features with detailed profiles and specifications.
Double-page-spread images add flavor by showing the classics in action, and the two prints star a 1949 Chieftain Convertible and a 1962 Shelby Cobra. Readers can reference the classic car glossary and the international directory of museums and collections to learn more about antique automobiles.
To tell the complete story of classic cars, Classic Car also profiles famous designers and manufacturers, like Ferdinand Porsche, and places the cars into a wider cultural context by charting their enduring legacy as symbols of luxury and objects of desire. More than 250 iconic models are illustrated in themed catalogs, alongside double-page images that show their social, cultural, and historical importance. Highly detailed new photography displays these beautiful and influential cars in rich detail, bringing their design and mechanical excellence to life.
Readers discover the world of driving's most cutting-edge car designers, and see their work in progress, with fascinating behind-the-scenes images. They follow the history of 22 leading manufacturers, and see their milestone models and classics of the future.
Editor-in-chief of the volume is Giles Chapman, a leading international authority on the automobile, its industry, and its culture, a former editor of the bestselling Classic & Sports Car magazine. Contributors include Martin Gurdon, an automotive journalist and author; David Long, a writer and historian; Andrew Noakes, an automotive journalist and author; and Chris Rees, who has been writing about cars for more than 30 years. The book was created in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
Exploring the luxury, glamour, and sheer inventiveness of car design, Classic Car is a complete celebration of classic cars and a must-have for all classic-car collectors and enthusiasts. Featuring the stately Roll-Royce Silver Wraith, the fire-breathing Dodge Charger, and the sublime Ferrari Testarossa, the book is a showcase of the world's most desirable and fascinating cars. A visual guide, it features more than 1,300 photographs and two prints suitable for framing.
Literature & Fiction / Historical
The Honeyfield Bequest by Anna Jacobs (The Honeyfield Series: Allison & Busby)
1901, Wiltshire, England.
In The Honeyfield Bequest, young Kathleen Keller is being forced into marriage with a man she despises by her cruel father. In an act of desperation, she runs away in a bid for a safer life, although one she might not have otherwise chosen. But when tragedy strikes, Kathleen is left vulnerable and one man threatens the fragile peace she has made for herself.
Meanwhile in The Honeyfield Bequest, Nathan Perry works for his father's accountancy firm but yearns for something more satisfying. He is brought in to help with the purchase of Honeyfield House, intended as a safe house for women in trouble by a charitable benefactor, and there encounters Kathleen. Their lives are set to intertwine and neither will be the same again.
Author Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire but now splits her year between Australia and the UK and very much enjoys missing winter on both sides of the world.
A heartwarming story with memorable characters.
Literature & Fiction / Historical / Saga
The Second Winter by Craig Larsen (Other Press)
Craig Larsen, whose debut Mania garnered the praise of thriller giants Lee Child, Harlan Coben and Gregg Olsen, weaves his knack for suspense into a new literary pursuit in The Second Winter.
Set in Denmark in the darkest days of World War II, The Second Winter is a cinematic novel that, in its portrayal of a family struggling to survive the German occupation, captures a savage moment in history and exposes the violence and want inherent in a father's love. Spanning over three decades, from the precarious beginnings of the Nazi occupation in Poland, tracing the Danish resistance fighters bloody, covert battle against the Nazis, to the fall of the Berlin wall, this rich historical novel paints a harrowing tale of one family's struggle to find solace in a nation besieged by evil.
In The Second Winter, war is a fixture in Danish farmhand Fredrik Gergersen's life. It's 1941, and with the German occupation in Denmark, his every move is accounted for under the formidable eye of the police. But when the opportunity arises to help an affluent family of Jewish refugees escape to Sweden for a large payout in return, Fredrik seizes it, not knowing he has set off a chain of events that will forever undermine his family's fate. After stealing a jeweled necklace from a refugee, Fredrik orders his son, Oskar, to sell the jewels in Copenhagen, in hopes that the money will resolve him of his torturous debts. When word spreads about the stolen cargo, lethal assassin Franz Jakobsen follows Oskar and lies in wait to seek vengeance. In Copenhagen, Oskar falls for the young and alluring Polina, a half-Jewish Polish prostitute – property of the German Lieutenant he's sold the jewels to – and impetuously decides to rescue her in the middle of the night. Upon return to the farm, Polina becomes the focus, not only of Oskar's young love, but also of Fredrik's savagery and desire. Tensions escalate as the police and Jakobsen close in on the Gregersen household.
[A] richly narrated story that brings the
horrors of the Holocaust and the merciless depravities that
accompany war into vivid focus. There is a remarkable cinematic
quality to the novel, from the barrenness of Jutland to what remains
of the glitter of Copenhagen. An absolute page-turner and a
discussion-group leader’s dream. – Booklist
Larsen creates a darkly sensual world in which evil impulses often triumph, but not always. – Kirkus Reviews
The Second Winter captures not the lives of soldiers on the battlefield, but those of simple people living on the edges. – Foreword Reviews
The Second Winter by Craig Larsen is a book impossible to put down even when you wish you could. – New York Journal of Books
A cinematic noir narrative, born out of Larsen's curiosity for his own family's Danish heritage, The Second Winter offers a chilling look at the grim underbellies of Poland and Denmark during a ruthless stretch in human history. With their humanity continually under siege, Larsen's characters embody the indomitable spirit that fueled the Danish resistance movement and raise questions about the depths we regress to amid the horrors of war.
Literature & Fiction / Mysteries
Closed Casket: A New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah (Hercule Poirot Mysteries Series: William Morrow)
In 2014 Sophie Hannah received widespread acclaim for penning a new mystery featuring Agatha Christie's legendary hero Hercule Poirot, The Monogram Murders, an instant bestseller. Reviews were outstanding, praising Hannah for her command of the character and voice. So when the time came to write a new story, Hannah says she knew there was only one way she would write another book – even though she enjoyed writing the first so much – she knew she would need to have an idea that was clever and compelling enough to think, "This feels very Agatha-ish. Poirot MUST solve this case. "
And then it came to her, she says "... as if by magic an idea landed in my head. A motive for murder. It was incredibly simple – so simple, it almost seemed too obvious – and yet I didn't think it had been done before."
So now Hannah returns with an all new Poirot story, Closed Casket.
Christie (1890-1976) is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Hannah is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 27 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by Christie’s estate.
"What I intend to say to you will come as a shock..."
With these words, in
Closed Casket, Lady Athelinda Playford – one of the world's
most beloved children's authors – springs a surprise on the lawyer
entrusted with her will. As guests arrive for a party at her Irish
mansion, Lady Playford has decided to cut off her two children
without a penny ... and leave her vast fortune to someone else: an
invalid who has only weeks to live.
Among Lady Playford's visitors are two strangers: the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited – until Poirot begins to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murder. But why does she seem so determined to provoke a killer? And why – when the crime is committed despite Poirot's best efforts to stop it – does the identity of the victim make no sense at all?
... Hannah's spot-on take on Agatha Christie's milieu and writing moves toward an unpredictable and satisfying finale. – Booklist, starred
... the climactic revelation that establishes the killer's motive is every bit as brilliant and improbable as any of Christie's own decorous thunderclaps. – Kirkus
... this endeavor confirms that the Queen of Crime's legacy is in capable hands. – Publishers Weekly
Sophie Hannah does an egoless, silky jib of reviving Agatha Christie's beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot... enough so to hope that Hannah turns to Miss Marple next. – USA Today
Sharply written and rigorously plotted, this
Poirot mystery rivals many of Christie's own. – NPR
Addictive, ferociously clever, and packed with clues, wit, and murder, Closed Casket is a triumph from the author whose work is as tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie – Alexander McCall Smith, The New York Times Book Review
Classic Christie ... Captures the essence of
the originals without being a slavish imitation ... Clues emerge,
but the case remains perplexing. Christie aficionados will delight
in the familiar repartee and the intricate deduction of the
solution. – Washington Post
Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging… I was thrilled to see Poirot in such very, very good hands.
Perfect... a pure treat for Agatha Christie fans. – Tana French, New York Times betselling author of The Secret Place
Sophie Hannah is a prodigious talent. I can’t wait to see what she does next. – Laura Lippman
Sophie Hannah’s idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother’s work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written. – Mathew Prichard, grandson of Agatha Christie
The world's most famous detective returns in
Closed Casket. Hannah does a pretty good job, but she’s no
As a reviewer, this writer, who has read just about every book Christie wrote, wishes she had been able to read this mystery in ignorance, not knowing it was written by someone other than Christie and some 60 years later. It’s too easy to be hypersensitive: “Agatha wouldn’t have written that;” “Poirot wouldn’t have said that;” “That description doesn’t sound like Christie, it’s too wordy;” “She wouldn’t have said, ‘he looks tense’; she would have described his tense behavior,” etc. And there are just not enough ‘British-isms’ and Poirot-ish behaviours. Still, it is fun being drawn back into the days when Poirot was still ‘alive.’ And one does slide right in.
Political Science / International Policy
Global Political Theory, 1st edition, edited by David Held & Pietro Maffettone (Polity)
Global Political Theory offers a comprehensive and cutting-edge introduction to the moral aspects of global politics today. It addresses foundational aspects of global political theory such as the nature of human rights, the types of distributive obligations that we have toward distant others, the relationship between just war theory and global distributive justice, and the legitimacy of international law and global governance institutions. In addition, it features analyses of key applied moral debates in global politics, including the ethical aspects of climate change, the moral issues raised by the mobility of financial capital, the justness of different international trade regimes, and the implications of natural resource ownership for human welfare and democratic political rule. Editors are David Held, Master of University College and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Durham University and Pietro Maffettone, Lecturer in Global Politics and Ethics in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. The book has 19 contributors.
Global Political Theory explores the main topics in, and approaches to, global political theory. The acceleration of globalization since the 1980s has fundamentally challenged the thought that normative political ideas can be confined to the internal life of states. Partly as a result of this transformation of the political landscape, global political theory in the last three decades has attracted an increasing amount of attention within the broader fields of moral and political philosophy.
Global Political Theory aims to provide a conceptual map of contemporary global political theory. Its authors include many of the most prominent scholars who have worked in the field as well as important emerging voices. The collection offers theoretical contributions to the most significant research topics in global political theory and international ethics more broadly. The themes covered include: global distributive and political justice, human rights, just war theory, trade, capital mobility, territorial rights, natural resources, climate change and intergenerational justice.
In the first chapter of Global Political Theory, Reiner Forst lays out his conception of human rights. In this account, human rights are at the heart of a conception of social order where individuals are seen as free and equal citizens, as `both addressees and authors' of the rules that structure their coexistence, rather than as subjects dominated and coerced by various forms of political power.
In chapters 2 and 3, Michael Blake and Darrel Moellendorf, respectively, explore the two sides of the debate on global distributive justice. Michael Blake starts by partly challenging the very terms that are used to characterize the debate about global distributive justice. His overall conclusion is that the statist position on global distributive justice is convincing. These two chapters can be seen as an integrated whole providing researchers, and readers more generally, with an accessible (and yet relatively comprehensive) exposition of the classical debate on the scope and nature of distributive obligations beyond borders.
Chapters 4, 5 and 6 in Global Political Theory tackle questions relating to institutional structures and the proper normative and evaluative standards that are used as benchmarks to assess them. Taken together, chapters 4, 5 and 6 are an attempt to remind readers of the centrality of these issues. In chapter 4, Terry Macdonald provides a conceptual and historical overview of the idea of global political justice. In chapter 5, David Lefkowitz takes a closer look at the idea of the legitimacy of international law. In chapter 6, David Held and Pietro Maffettone address the legitimacy of global governance institutions.
Chapters 7 and 8 address just war theory. Just war theory is one of the most important loci of what is defined as cross-fertilization between more traditional topics in international ethics and recent work in global political theory. In chapter 7, Laura Valentini discusses the relationship between jus ad bellum and global distributive justice. In chapter 8, Seth Lazar offers an account of killing in war based on associative obligations. His contribution is important in explaining the relevance of what are often called special relationships and the duties and obligations they generate.
Chapters 9 to 14 in Global Political Theory can be divided into three conceptually distinct clusters. The first cluster, chapters 9 and 10, discusses the issue of territoriality and the related concern for the ownership and sale of the natural resources found in a given territory. In chapter 9, David Miller and Margaret Moore provide an overview and assessment of different accounts of the nature and justification of territorial rights. They conclude by asking whether theories of territorial rights may help in answering difficult questions about contested territories. In chapter 10, Leif Wenar tackles the issue of natural resources. Who should control natural resources matters from a fairness perspective, yet, at the same time, who natural resources are controlled by has clear implications for how power is exercised by one group of human beings over another.
The second cluster, chapters 11 and 12, explicitly deals with two of the most important domains in the global economy, namely, international trade and international capital mobility. In chapter 11, Aaron James starts by discussing the very meaning of `fair trade'. The morality of practices approach presented by James is closely related to our present historical circumstances and to the state system as we see it, yet it also provides elements to assess critically the current system of trade from a normative perspective. In chapter 12, Peter Dietsch gives readers both an overview and an original assessment of one of the most important aspects of the global economy by addressing the controversial topic of international financial integration. His overall argument is that international financial integration, given prevailing institutional conditions, can pose threats to economic stability and self-determination and thus that substantial reforms are required in order for international financial integration to be morally desirable.
The third and final cluster in Global Political Theory, chapters 13 and 14, offers readers a way of understanding the moral aspects of global politics from a different angle by stressing the importance of human interactions with our shared environment and the relevance of our obligations to those who will come after us (but also before us). In chapter 13, Dale Jamieson and Marcello Di Paola set out what it means to do political theory in a different kind of world – one where human beings have dramatically altered the planet's life. Finally, in chapter 14, Axel Gosseries and Danielle Zwarthoed develop the links between global justice and intergenerational fairness. They conclude by looking at the potential use of migrations as a way of replacing generations. Their contribution links our current moral and evaluative benchmarks to what we owe to those who will come after us and thus effectively gives us a way to think about the future (and past) subjects of global political theory.
If you want to join the debates about global justice, inequality, just war, territorial rights, and world trade, this is a book you have to read. Held and Maffettone have brought together a stellar group of academics, whose arguments are provocative, engaging, accessible, and important. – Michael Waizer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Political theory needs to catch up with the fact that many of the problems we face today can only be solved at a global level. Global Political Theory brings together leading thinkers working on the most important issues that the world must face over the coming decades. I hope it will help to set a new agenda for political theory. – Peter Singer, Princeton University and author of One World Now
The global dimension of political theory is so important these days that, without it, one often cannot understand the application of theoretical ideas, not even within the context of a national state. The essays in this volume make clear why this is the case and highlight the continuity between global and state-level theory. – Jeremy Waldron, New York University School of Law
This collection includes essays by some of the most prominent contributors to the current debate on global justice. The diversity of viewpoints represented and the real world problems and challenges to which they relate will provide the reader with a critical overview of the state of global justice as a philosophical inquiry, and why it actually matters. – Kok-Chor Tan, University of Pennsylvania
Many edited volumes have appeared in recent years on specific aspects of global political theory. However, none of these fully capture the fact that global political theory is increasingly becoming part of the core curriculum for advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in moral and political philosophy. This original and comprehensive volume can be used for both research and teaching purposes. The number of original essays (15, including the editors' introduction) and the conceptual progression of the chapters make this collection an ideal basic text for a course on global political theory. At the same time, the fact that the contributions are all originally developed for Global Political Theory means that scholars and research students alike will find the book relevant to their work. With contributions from leading scholars in the field, Global Political Theory is an accessible and lively book likely to become be essential reading for students and teachers of political theory, philosophy and international relations.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating Apostolic Movements, 2nd edition by Alan Hirsch, with a foreword by Ed Stetzer, with an afterword by Jeff Vanderstelt (Brazos Press)
Alan Hirsch's paradigm-shifting classic remains the definitive statement of the church as dynamic missional movement. The bestselling first edition of The Forgotten Ways ignited a conversation about how to harness the power of movements for the future growth of the church. In this major update, Hirsch shares significant insights gained along the way, provides new examples of growing churches, and reflects on the last ten years of the missional movement. The 2nd edition of The Forgotten Ways has been thoroughly updated and revised throughout and includes charts, diagrams, an expanded glossary of terms, new appendices, an index, a new foreword by Ed Stetzer, and a new afterword by Jeff Vanderstelt.
Hirsch, founder of Forge Mission Training Network, Future Travelers, and 100 Movements, is an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, George Fox Seminary, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Wheaton College among others, and he lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States.
Known for his innovative approach to mission, Hirsch is widely acknowledged as a thought leader and mission strategist for churches across the Western world. He considers The Forgotten Ways the guiding work to all of his other writings. The book explores the factors that come together to generate high-impact, exponentially explosive, spiritually vibrant Jesus movements in any time and context. This extensive update to Hirsch's influential work offers a system of six keys to movements that will continue to shape the future of the missional movement for years to come.
Hirsch says in the preface to the 2nd edition of The Forgotten Ways that he can still remember the day when, after years of trying to grasp the dynamics of apostolic movements, he felt that it all came together in a singular ‘Eureka!’ moment that he could only subsequently understand as a flash of revelatory insight. After that flash of insight, of synthesis, he says he scrambled to get the ideas down on paper. When he was finished he realized that what he had been given was in some way world changing.
The basic ideas presented in The Forgotten Ways, mainly concerning the individual elements of the mDNA (Jesus focused culture, discipleship, incarnational mission, innovation and risk, multiplication organizing, APEST, etc.), have seen significant adoption across the wide spectrum of Protestant denominations, agencies, and institutions.
The Forgotten Ways is not a how-to book, although readers might well discern practical things within it. It is written to appeal to the imagination and to direct the church to embrace the more dynamic movement-based paradigm evidenced in the New Testament and in the various transformational movements in history.
It is clear throughout The Forgotten Ways that Hirsch is committed to the idea of translating best practices in cross-cultural global missions into the church in the West. Although this book is primarily about the mission of the whole people of God, mission is not limited to the corporate mission of the local church or denomination. Mission must take place in and through every aspect of life. And this is done by all Christians everywhere. Both forms of mission – the collective mission of the community and the individual expression of mission by God's people – must be activated if we are to become a truly missional church.
Another feature of The Forgotten Ways is the consistent critique of religious institutionalism. The material itself is structured in two sections.
Section 1 sets the scene by referring to Hirsch’s own narrative to assist readers in tracking some of the seminal ideas and experiences that have guided his thinking and fired his imagination. This is spread out over the first two chapters: Chapter 1 looks at the issue from the perspective of a local practitioner trying to guide a complex, inner-city, church-planting movement through the massive changes that are going on. Chapter 2 explores the missional situation in which we find ourselves from the perspective of a strategic and translocal level.
Section 2 is the heart of The Forgotten Ways in that it is a description of and the constituent elements of mDNA, which together activate the Apostolic Genius latent in the system. Hirsch discerns quintessential elements that combine to create Apostolic Genius and to simplify them to the absolutely irreducible components that are common to every Jesus movement that experienced exponential growth and had a transformative impact on society.
Assuming the pervasive prior presence and work of the Holy Spirit, we can observe six simple but interrelating elements of mDNA, forming a complex and living structure. These present a paradigm grid with which readers can assess their current understandings and experiences of church and mission. They are:
The Forgotten Ways is written not from the perspective of an academic but rather from the perspective of a missionary and a strategist trying to help the church formulate a missional paradigm equal to the significant challenges of the twenty-first-century world in which we are called to be faithful.
The Forgotten Ways was a catalytic force of God in my own
life, and it remains on my must-read list for anyone interested in
the church and mission. Prophet, priest, teacher, and leader, Hirsch
is an essential voice to our generation. – Danielle Strickland,
speaker, author, and Salvation Army officer
I referred to the first edition of this book as a 'full-blooded and comprehensive call for the complete orientation of the church around mission,' and that is no less true for this updated version. With the benefit of ten years of experience in teaching these concepts around the world, Hirsch has freshened his groundbreaking work for a new generation of readers. – Michael Frost, author of Road to Missional and Surprise the World
A navigational chart for pastors and churches willing to brave a journey of faith, courage, and sacrifice beyond the safety of comfortable shores for the sake of the gospel. – Mark DeYmaz, directional leader, Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas; author of Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church
Reading The Forgotten Ways when it was first published revolutionized the way I understood God's mission, the essence of the church, and my participation in both. I didn't think it was possible, but with this second edition, Hirsch provides even greater clarity and challenge. – Brad Brisco, coauthor of Missional Essentials and Next Door as It Is in Heaven
No book has influenced my thinking about
leading a church and a church planting movement more than
The Forgotten Ways. Alan Hirsch is the leading
missiologist of our day and his genius is on display in this work,
which helps us rediscover what the church of Jesus Christ was always
meant to be. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every church
leader! – Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian
Church; lead visionary, NewThing
For a decade, Hirsch has simmered on the revolutionary ideas he presented in the first edition of The Forgotten Ways. In this new edition, he develops his thoughts further and recommends ways to apply them and move confidently into a hopeful, vibrant, movemental future. Stunning. – Linda Bergquist, church planting catalyst and coach; coauthor of Church Turned Inside Out
An amazing work of analysis, synthesis, and application. Hirsch provides a timely, well-informed overview of the range of current thinking and writing on movemental Christianity and draws rich insights that, if ignited by the Holy Spirit, can revolutionize many churches today. – Howard A. Snyder, author of The Problem of Wineskins; visiting director, Manchester Wesley Research Centre
This new edition of The Forgotten Ways speaks to the power and vision of Hirsch, offering the six keys that will continue to shape the missional movement for years to come. It is worth revisiting again and again. It is foundational for understanding mission and irreplaceable as a guide for the church's new situation in the West – a landmark book for the missional movement. The Forgotten Ways appeals to those who are church planting and/or initiating new forms of sustainable Christian community for the twenty-first century and to those who are involved on the strategic level of ministry – namely, that of leading movements, parachurches, and denominations.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Devotionals
52 Weeks through the Bible: Fall in Love with the Book That Changed Everything, reprint edition by James Merritt (Harvest House Publishers)
James Merritt, author of the bestselling 52 Weeks with Jesus, in 52 Weeks through the Bible invites readers to view Scripture afresh and fall in love with the book that changes everything. Merritt is a pastor, author, and host of the Touching Lives television program, seen nationwide and in 122 countries. Previously, he served as a two-term president of America’s largest Christian denomination.
These simple weekly readings in 52 Weeks through the Bible help readers...
To say that out of the billions of books that have ever been published that the Bible is ‘the greatest’ smacks of Muhammad Ali-like braggadocio. But scholars agree that the Bible is the world's bestselling and most widely distributed book. Conservative estimates put the total number of Bibles sold at more than five billion. It is also by far the most read book in history. The whole Bible has been translated into 349 languages, and an astounding 2,123 languages have at least one book of the Bible in that language.
The Bible is not only the bestselling book of all time, but also the bestselling book of the year. Which year? Pick one. It is the bestselling book of every year by at least double whatever the second bestselling book may be. And the world keeps buying them; in any given year, about twenty-five million copies are purchased.
The impact of the Bible is unprecedented. As former Yale professor William Lyon Phelps stated, "Our civilization is founded upon the Bible. More of our ideas, our wisdom, our philosophy, our art, our ideals, come from the Bible than from all other books combined."
The makeup of the book is without peer. The Bible contains sixty-six books in one volume written by about forty different authors living on several continents. They hailed from such diverse places as Palestine, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, and perhaps Arabia. These authors wrote in three different languages – Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic – and the first author was separated in time from the second author by some sixteen centuries. Despite this disparity, there is a unity of theme, an invisible seamless thread, connecting these books together that seems, well, divine.
The belief that this book is the word of God is the major explanation of its immense popularity and exposure.
In 52 Weeks through the Bible Merritt asks: Why don't more people who own a Bible and believe its divine origin read it? Owning the Bible is not the same as believing or even reading the Bible.
A recent survey showed 88 percent of Americans own a Bible, and 80 percent think the Bible is sacred. Yet of the ones who do read it, the majority read their Bibles only four times a year or less. Only 26 percent of Americans said they read their Bible regularly.
So if people are still buying the Bible, keeping the Bible, and looking at the Bible, why don't people make a habit of reading the Bible? And why do people find the Bible hard to understand?
First, chronological and cultural differences exist. Depending on what part of the Bible readers are reading, a 3,400-year and a 1,900-year gap exists between when the Bible was written and today. The culture of Bible days was different from all twenty-first century cultures.
Beyond that, the Bible contains many different types of literature. The Bible has history, law, poetry, songs, prophecy, wisdom, and letters. Different genres must be interpreted and understood in different ways. No wonder that when more than five million students from around the United States were asked why they weren't reading the Bible, they said:
But does this mean we should wave the white flag and make the Bible a dust catcher on a bookshelf or coffee table? Not at all, says Merritt.
If the average American life spans 4,097 weeks, why not devote a meager 52 of them to exploring the Bible using 52 Weeks through the Bible? Readers don't have to know where to begin; that has already been selected. They don't have to distill the relevance on their own; the signs have been marked. And by the end, they will know better where to find what they are looking for.
The book has fifty-two chapters, one for every week of the year – and each chapter is divided into five short segments. At the beginning of each chapter readers will find Scripture passages to be read and explored every day. At the end they will discover a prayer and a question for consideration.
Pastor James Merritt is witty, insightful, and always biblical. Now you can have a fresh word from James every week from his new devotional 52 Weeks through the Bible. I highly recommend it. – Greg Laurie
52 Weeks through the Bible is designed not to add one more obligation to readers’ already packed lives, but rather to provide them with a resource that has the power to transform it. As readers explore the lives of Israel's wisest kings, they will see how every subject and story in Scripture paints a picture of God's plan for humanity.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Old Testament
For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship by Daniel I. Block (Baker Academic)
Current discussions about worship
driven by pragmatics and personal preferences rather than by the
teaching of Scripture. True worship, however, is our response to
God's revelation; in order to be acceptable to God, worship must be
experienced on God's terms.
Respected Old Testament scholar Daniel Block in For the Glory of God examines worship in the Bible, offering a thorough biblical foundation and illuminating Old Testament worship practices and principles. He develops a theology of worship that is consistent with the teachings of Scripture and is applicable for the church today. He also introduces readers to a wide range of issues related to worship.
Block is Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Block asks, What kinds of worship are appropriate? More specifically, what kinds of worship represent true worship of the one true and living God? And how do we determine this?
Block has arranged the material in For the Glory of God topically rather than serially. Each chapter is a study of its own. He begins by asking three fundamental questions: What do the Scriptures have in mind when they speak of worship (chapter 1)? Who is the object of true worship (chapter 2)? Whose worship is acceptable to God (chapter 3)? Building on chapter 3, chapters 4 and 5 explore worship as expressed outside of corporate gatherings, in one's personal ethics, vocation, and home life. Chapters 6-10 turn to corporate worship, focusing on elements that have become vital to Christian worship: the ordinances (chapter 6), the ministry of the Word (chapter 7), prayer (chapter 8), music (chapter 9), and offerings and sacrifice (chapter 10). The final three chapters return to more general topics: the place of corporate worship within the drama of life (chapter 11), the importance of space set aside for worship (chapter 12), and the role of leaders in promoting genuine worship (chapter 13). The bulk of the discussion involves exploration of specific biblical texts to establish patterns of worship and the underlying theological convictions that are rooted in Scripture. Many chapters end with practical suggestions for implementing biblical-theological principles in worship today.
For the Glory of God is intended for the church – not only for pastors and church leaders but also for laypeople. Block has selected, arranged, and presented the topics to orient readers to biblical perspectives and to encourage conversation among the people of God. Although each chapter is an independent unit, by organizing For the Glory of God into thirteen chapters this volume can serve as a resource for quarterly Bible studies or adult classes as well as semester courses in colleges and seminaries. Since the analyses presented are grounded in the Scriptures and essential orthodox theological commitments, this volume should have broad if not universal appeal. Because a biblical theology of worship should underlie all worship, most of the principles espoused in the book apply across denominational, cultural, and geographic boundaries.
For the Glory of God presents a biblical theology of worship. Block says he offers this work to the church as a resource, not so much to give answers to issues that congregations face, as to provoke and inspire discussion.
This is the kind of work we have come to
expect from Daniel Block. It is comprehensive in virtually every
avenue: biblically, theologically, historically, and practically.
Whether discussing ancient temple worship or the
twenty-first-century church, Block provides insightful critique as
well as sound counsel for the way forward into authentically
faithful worship of the Triune God.
For the Glory of God is certain to have wide use in the
academy, the church, and the lives of individuals – all for the
glory of God and the good of the church. – Daniel L. Akin,
president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Daniel Block's book is truly a tour de force on the theology and practice of worship. Featuring rich exegetical and theological insight, Block's analysis of key biblical texts challenges the contemporary church to think more biblically about the nature of true worship and to establish practices of worship that are rooted in Scripture. – Carol M. Kaminski, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
This is an amazing volume. The author is a seasoned and celebrated Old Testament scholar who has managed to write an encyclopedic and in-depth biblical theology of worship that covers virtually every conceivable element of the topic. At the same time, he has written this book in a way that speaks understandably to contemporary issues in the church. This will be a key resource for scholars, pastors, and lay people for decades to come. – Richard E. Averbeck, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Daniel Block is one of the most
knowledgeable, thoughtful, and prolific teachers of the Old
Testament writing today. In this important book, he turns his
attention to the crucial question of worship. He rightly insists
that the question is not whether we enjoy worship but rather whether
God is pleased with our worship. He brings his impressive
understanding of the Bible to bear on the question of proper
worship. The result is an insightful study of worship that has
practical implications for all. – Tremper Longman III, Westmont
This book is a scholar's gift to the church. Block's ability to analyze and synthesize the biblical texts is surpassed only by his passion in challenging us to fresh insights. Biblical scholars and theologians will appreciate his thorough study. Pastors and other worship leaders will wonder how they ever got along without it. We are all in his debt. – John H. Walton, Wheaton College
For the Glory of God returns consideration of Christian worship to its theological source: the Scriptures. There is no firmer starting point. We would do well to heed Block's advice to start at the source and to let Scripture guide us in worshiping God both within and without the walls of our church buildings. – Clay Schmit, provost, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Lenoir-Rhyne University
In this accessible, comprehensive resource, world-class Old Testament scholar Daniel Block presents a complete biblical theology for the worship of God. With its careful exegesis of the Bible, clear understanding of ancient Near Eastern culture, and practical suggestions for the local church, For the Glory of God is destined to become an essential text for putting God at the center of worship. – Philip G. Ryken, president, Wheaton College
For the Glory of God, illustrated with diagrams, charts, and pictures, will benefit professors and students in worship and Bible courses, pastors, and church leaders. The book offers a balanced and comprehensive biblical foundation and Old Testament worship practices and principles, consistent with teachings of scripture and applicable for the church today.
Science / Sociology / Ecology
Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues, 2nd edition by Michael Carolan (Westview Press)
Society and the Environment examines today’s environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context.
After outlining the contours of ‘pragmatic
environmentalism,’ Michael Carolan considers the pressures that
exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth
and its associated increased demands for food and energy. He also
investigates how various ecological issues, such as climate change,
are affecting personal health. Finally, he drills into the
social/structural dynamics – including political economy and the
international legal system – that create ongoing momentum for
Carolan is a faculty affiliate of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, member of the executive board of the One Health Institute, professor of sociology, chair of the Sociology Department, and associate dean for research at Colorado State University.
This interdisciplinary text features a three-part structure in each chapter that covers ‘fast facts’ about the issue at hand, examines its wide-ranging implications, and offers balanced consideration of possible real-world solutions. New to this 2nd edition are “Movement Matters” boxes, which showcase grassroots movements that have affected legislation.
The 2nd edition of Society and the Environment is updated with expanded discussions of fracking, inequality, problem-specific health consequences, and the sociological dimensions to environmental problems – the institutions of society, their interrelationships, and how they socially and culturally define the meaning of nature, resources, and environment. After the release of the 1st edition, Carolan says he realized there were areas of literature that deserved greater attention. Some of those substantive additions include:
An engaging, well-organized, and
comprehensive treatment of the core issues in environmental
sociology. Carolan’s conversational style and pragmatic focus will
help students connect with the subject rather than become depressed.
– Richard York, University of Oregon
Carolan masterfully presents complex environmental problems (and their solutions) in a concise and lucid manner that will hold students’ attention and spur many good class discussions without becoming overwhelming. This excellent text could form the backbone for any course in environmental sociology, and should be considered for environmental / sustainability courses outside of sociology as well. – Stephanie McSpirit, Eastern Kentucky University
Unique for its matter-of-fact approach, Society and the Environment covers all the important topics in a well-organized way. Students will be drawn to its interdisciplinarity, its accessibility, and its lack of social science jargon. – Shaunna Scott, University of Kentucky
In this very well-organized and thought-provoking book, Carolan weaves together the macro and the micro, reflecting the truly complex nature of human/environment interaction. He manages to articulate to the reader that environmental issues are never black and white but rather shades of gray. – Jesse T. Weiss, University of the Ozarks
With more features to help solidify core concepts, discussion questions, and key terms to enhance the text’s usefulness, Society and the Environment is the perfect learning tool for courses on environmental sociology.
Travel / Mediterranean
Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports, 4th edition by Rick Steves (Avalon Travel)
Imagine yourself lazing gon the deck of a floating city as you glide past the rooftops of Monaco, Venice, Mykonos, or Istanbul. Stepping off the gangway, you're immersed in the vivid life of a different European city each day. Tour some of the world's top museums, explore the ruins of an ancient metropolis, nurse a cap latte while you people-watch from a prime sidewalk cafe, or take a dip in the Aegean at a pebbly beach. After a busy day in port, you can head back to the same cozy bedroom each night, without ever having to pack a suitcase or catch a train. As the sun sets and the ship pulls out of port, you have your choice of dining options – from a tuxedos-and-evening-gowns affair to a poolside burger after a swim – followed by a world of nightlife. Plying the calm Mediterranean waters through the night, you wake up refreshed in a whole new city – ready to do it all again. – from the book
In this guide, Rick Steves focuses on some of
the grandest sights in Europe. As always, he has a plan to help
travelers have a meaningful cultural experience while they are there
– even with just a few hours in port. His mission: to empower
Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and
culturally broadening. Steves produces a public television series, a
public radio show, and an app and podcast; writes a bestselling
series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column;
and organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to
In Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports, 4th edition, readers will find one-day itineraries for sightseeing at or near the major Mediterranean ports of call, including:
Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports explains how to get into town from the cruise terminal, shares sightseeing tips, and includes self-guided walks and tours. Travelers learn which destinations are best for an excursion – and which they can confidently visit on their own. They also get tips on booking a cruise, plus hints for saving time and money on the ship and in port.
Unlike most cruising guide-books, which dote on details about this ship's restaurants or that ship's staterooms, Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports focuses on the main attraction: some of the grandest cities in Europe. Even if they have just eight hours in port, readers can still ramble the colorful Ramblas of Barcelona, kick the pebbles that stuck in Julius Caesar's sandals at the Roman Forum, hike to the top of Athens' Acropolis, and hear the Muslim call to prayer warble across the rooftops from an Istanbul minaret.
Each of this book's destination chapters is designed as a mini-vacation of its own, with advice about what to do and detailed sightseeing information for each port.
Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports is divided into three parts: First, Steves suggests strategies for choosing which cruise to take, including a rundown of the major cruise lines, and explain the procedure for booking a cruise. Next, he gives a ‘Cruising 101’-type travel-skills briefing, with advice about what travelers should know before they go, and strategies for making the most of their time both on and off the ship. And finally, the vast majority of this book is dedicated to the European ports they will visit, with complete plans for packing each day full of unforgettable experiences.
Readers can count on Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports, 4th edition, to tell them what they really need to know when cruising the Mediterranean. The book offers a balanced, comfortable mix of the predictable biggies and a healthy dose of ‘Back Door’ intimacy. Steves hasn't skimped on coverage of the sights, which is why it's a bricklike tome. In each port, readers get all the specifics and opinions necessary to wring the maximum value out of their limited time and money.
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