Arts & Photography / Architecture / Travel
Plantations & Historic Homes of New Orleans by Jan Arrigo, with photography by Laura McElroy (Voyageur Press)
Hurricane Katrina was an unprecedented reckoning – for
Since the 1700s, a blend of peoples – Native American,
French, Creole, Spanish,
Plantations & Historic Homes of New Orleans celebrates the grand homes and plantations of the Big Easy that largely escaped the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina, most of which survive as testament to the city’s rich and colorful history.
This photographic tour takes readers to the city’s most storied
mansions. From the French Quarter and Garden District to Uptown,
Marigny, and Bayou St. John, many of New Orleans’ grandest old homes
and nearby plantations are featured in
Plantations & Historic Homes of New Orleans,
showcasing the massive brick columns, intricate cast-iron balconies,
wide verandas, sumptuous parlors, and humble servants quarters that
give this area its charm. Inside these pages, many of
The text was written by Jan Arrigo, a New Orleans-area-based writer, and photographed by Laura McElroy, an Atlanta-based freelance travel photographer.
With lavish photographs of exteriors and rooms of special
interest, gardens and curiosities, and detailed information about
Arts & Photography / Travel / Nature & Wildlife
Lake Tahoe: A Fragile Beauty by Thomas Bachand, with an introduction by Charles R. Goldman (Chronicle Books)
Known across the country for its dramatic natural splendor, in
While the landscape photography in
Lake Tahoe explores Tahoe's timeless beauty, rich
history, and universal appeal, it also conveys the challenges of
protecting the area's extraordinary character and our collective
responsibility to understand and care for this unique jewel.
Photographer Thomas Bachand has explored the shores and mountains of
An introduction by Charles R. Goldman, founding director of the
Tahoe Research Group at the
In addition, US Poet Laureate, Robert Haas (who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry earlier this year) contributes ‘Tahoe in August’ – which offers Tahoe as a backdrop to our modern, personal, and, often, distracted lives. And in excerpts from the seminal volume ‘Roughing It’ Mark Twain writes across the centuries, as if speaking directly to our time, describing the American pioneering character, one torn between awe and exploitation.
Bachand's exploration of Tahoe's singular loveliness, rich history, and universal challenges conveys the area's character. Bachand's stunning photographs capture the sublime allure and fragility of this beloved leisure destination. Lake Tahoe is for anyone enchanted by Tahoe's beauty, engaged by its history, and concerned for its welfare.
Business & Investing / Biographies & Memoirs / Environment / Hazardous Waste
Night Fire: Big Oil, Poison Air, and Margie Richard's Fight to Save Her Town by Ronnie Greene (Amistad)
In their quest to become leader of the free world,
As told in
Night Fire, the Diamond neighborhood was an
all-black enclave in the mostly white town of
Determined to see Shell take responsibility for its actions,
Richard and her neighbors – largely poor and with few obvious
resources – educated themselves not only on the consequences of
environmental poison but also on how to fight back. The battle took
them from Diamond's four streets all the way to
In the book, prize-winning investigative reporter Ronnie Greene,
journalism teacher at the
Drawing on extensive interviews, court documents and other public records, Greene explains that Richard's Diamond, LA community was seemingly powerless in the face of giant Shell. It was a working-class neighborhood where only a few children went off to college and most residents were poor. Yet, from this four-street community sprouted an environmental grassroots fight that has become a revered model for activism internationally.
At its forefront, Richard was a single mother and public school student – in 1958 a pregnant 16-year-old, not someone most people might envision as an environmental activist – who lived just across the street from a chemical plant. Richard, who went on to earn a degree in Theology, became an inspired and passionate leader in her town and successfully battled the multi-billion dollar corporation using simple, grassroots techniques.
Richard and her neighbors kept at the fight, after losses in the
courts and death in the streets. Attracting support from activists
in and out of
The Diamond neighborhood persevered in its quest, but across the
As told in Night Fire, the battle in Diamond resonates on many levels, raising issues of race, wealth, Civil Rights and environmental justice. The lessons Richards learned as a child from her father helped shape her fight decades later. "People of industry have children too," she told neighbors, insisting that even corporate giants would want to know if their plant was spoiling the air. "If we don't tell them, how will they know?"
Ronnie Greene is one of the finest investigative reporters in the
country. He's also a first-rate writer. I can't think of a better
person to tell the outrageous story of how a Shell chemical plant
poisoned a small
This passionate book . . . demonstrates that humble grassroots activism can eventually unsettle a corporate Goliath. . . . Greene's mix of vivid oral history and hard evidence is a rousing reminder that with stubborn determination, ordinary citizens can prevail against the most powerful of opponents. – Publishers Weekly
A passionate, exquisitely written book about one woman's decades-long fight for justice. For those who believe there's no winning against corporate monoliths, Ronnie Greene presents Margie Richard.... A poignant story about the triumph of justice over callous indifference and a lasting testament to the idea that a few good people can change the world. – Ana Menendez, bestselling author of Loving Che
A personality-rich narrative of one community's successful fight against a polluter, as well as a wade mecum for other towns facing similar problems... – Kirkus Reviews
Night Fire is a poignant and riveting story of one community's success. This passionate book from a Miami Herald journalist demonstrates that humble grassroots activism can eventually unsettle a corporate Goliath. Greene's mix of vivid oral history and hard evidence is a rousing reminder that with stubborn determination, ordinary citizens can prevail against the most powerful of opponents. But it also is a reminder that other such battles continue.
Business & Investing / Careers / Retirement / Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help
Smart Women Don't Retire – They Break Free: From Working Full-Time to Living Full-Time by The Transition Network & Gail Rentsch, with a foreword by Lynn Sherr (Springboard Press)
You spent your career seeking out new challenges.
You enjoyed countless successes.
You broke new ground in your field.
To those readers who are approaching what is traditionally thought of as retirement age, the last thing they want to do is spend the next twenty, thirty, or more years taking trips to the mall or perfecting their recipes for peach cobbler.
Boomer women have been trailblazers throughout their professional lives. Now that their careers are losing their edge and children leave the nest, these women are ready to do for retirement what they did for the working world – redefine it.
They are not alone. Several years ago, a group of highly successful, professional women found themselves facing retirement with trepidation. They didn't want to let go of the fast pace and intellectual stimulation they had enjoyed throughout their careers, so they formed The Transition Network, now a national organization that has reinvented this stage of life.
Smart Women Don't Retire – They Break Free is the first book from The Transition Network; in it Gail Rentsch, a founding member of the network and a veteran book-publishing professional, focuses on the unique needs of women as they explore new possibilities and redesign the old model of retirement, which no longer offers the challenges that these women experienced throughout their careers. The book is a response to what is fast becoming the outdated model of retirement showing how to create new and exciting work and volunteer opportunities, and how to discover new outlets for creativity and passion.
From determining what professional experience readers would like to pursue next, to building a new community like the one they enjoyed with their colleagues, to rethinking how they would like to spend their evenings and weekends now that the kids have left the nest, Smart Women Don't Retire – They Break Free is a blueprint for women seeking a new set of life choices and reinventing retirement. Drawing on research and interviews, Rentsch explores a range of topics, from preparing for and deciding when to retire to overcoming self-defeating stereotypes about aging women and uplifting ideas about a meaningful retirement.
Whereas parents before aspired to the ideal of completely
escaping the work world for a warmer climate, baby boomers are
developing new models for their ‘golden years.’ … Each chapter
presents frank discussions, inventories and checklists, and case
studies of real women's lives. Interpersonal topics like
coordinating retirement with a spouse and cultivating friendships as
one ages are also covered... This insightful book reinforces the
idea that retirement can be transformative and even ‘cool.’ –
All women 50+ should read this book ... regardless of where they are on their retirement journey! – Jeri Sedlar, co-author, Don't Retire, REWIRE! and Senior Advisor to the Conference Board on the Mature Workforce
Women are investing in their health by being part of the Transition Network, making the connections to explore retirement, finding new friends, and engaging in social and volunteer activities. This book will spread that message to women across the country. – Eileen Hoffman, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine
The Transition Network (TTN) ... is the only organization I know that zeroes in on the needs of successful women as they enter a new and productive transition in their lives.... Now they have developed an invaluable handbook that spells out the challenges along the way, along with solid advice about how to meet them. – Suzanne Braun Levine, first editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine and author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women is Second Adulthood
… This book from The Transition Network provides a valuable orientation to this process; it is rich in practical advice and inspiring stemming from the stories of women who have just recently journeyed through and navigated this complex stage of their lives... – Jennie Chin Hansen, President-Elect, AARP
At last, an inspiring alternative to the R-word.
For the female pioneers who shattered the glass ceiling, Smart Women Don't Retire – They Break Free is a practical and inspiring guide to reinventing what's next. The voices in this book will inspire readers to find their way and further prove that life after fifty can be a special and valuable time. Filled with practical advice and stories from women who have successfully navigated this stage, the book is a blueprint for women seeking a whole new set of life choices.
Business & Investing / Economics
High Wire: The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families by Peter Gosselin (Basic Books)
For a generation, our nation's leaders told us that they'd freed
the American economy from the dead hand of
Drawing on interviews with hundreds of Americans and new statistics he developed, prize-winning journalist Peter Gosselin in High Wire traces a quarter-century shift of economic risk onto backs of working people. It is a shift that has shaken the pillars of most families’ lives – stable jobs, solid benefits, government protections. This threat to working Americans’ security – and what to do about it – is a pressing concern to economists, policy-makers, and everyone who works for a living.
Gosselin, visiting fellow at the Urban Institute in
Gosselin shows that the full dimensions of this shift have gone largely unnoticed because economists and journalists have mostly looked at pieces of the puzzle such as the employer-employee relationship, government programs such as welfare, or pensions, and 401(k)s. While Gosselin looks at the big picture and supports his argument with new statistics developed for High Wire, he also puts a human face to this new reality.
High Wire explains the distressing reality that the old struts underpinning the American Dream – a good education, savings, sensible insurance, strong work ethic, company loyalty, prudent living – are no longer the guarantees of financial security they once were. Families are not, after all, the mini-financial firms the leaders of the last generation told us they were; households are not hedge funds. Our near-exclusive reliance on free market principles to solve every financial and social problem has led the nation down a political and ethical dead-end. Even with two earners in many households, families are more apt than they were a generation ago to take steep financial falls, ones from which they have a tougher time recovering. And as the sub-prime mortgage crisis has spread to other parts of the economy, many people are seeing their worst fears realized. More and more of us are operating on a high wire, just one misstep away from a financial free fall.
[Peter Gosselin] has done the most convincing job I’ve seen in
capturing the failures of America to deal with a changing, complex
and far less generous economy than it has known in the past… The
main theme of Gosselin, a veteran reporter for the
Gosselin, the Los Angeles Times economic correspondent in
In this alarming and vividly reported book, Gosselin puts to rest
the notion that anyone can make it on their own with only a winning
plan. This book must be a central part of the discussion on how to
Incomes and living standards have become more volatile, and many families today are left bearing risks that they simply cannot handle. Peter Gosselin sets out to be the voice of the ordinary family, and he does an eloquent and convincing job of it in this important book. – Bob Solow, Nobel Prize-winning MIT economist
Gosselin’s spirit of humanity penetrates beyond dry statistics to reveal some of the deepest and most important economic issues facing the country today. – Robert Shiller, Yale finance theorist and author of Irrational Exuberance
Meticulously researched and written with verve, High Wire is a rare masterpiece of chilling logic about mounting economic risks in our families, our homes, and our jobs. All Americans should read this book. – Peter Bernstein, economic consultant and author of Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
Gosselin's book is a provocative, controversial re-examination of
every cherished economic assumption of the last three decades, and a
vital contribution to learning what must be done to a secure a
brighter financial future for
Business & Investing / Organizational Behavior
Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities – businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government – do not work together. Likewise, many individual citizens, who long for connection end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it hard to envision a common future and work towards it together.
We know what healthy communities look like, and they've been described in detail. What Peter Block provides in Community is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? There are many success stories out there. The challenge is how to create one in our own place.
Block, author of numerous books, partner in Designed Learning, is the recipient of the American Society for Training and Development Award for Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance and the Association for Quality and Participation President's Award and a member of Training magazine's HRD Hall of Fame. In Community he explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist. He helps readers see how they can change the existing context of community from one of deficiencies, interests, and entitlement to one of possibility, generosity, and gifts. Questions are more important than answers in this effort, which means leadership is not a matter of style or vision but is about getting the right people together in the right way: convening is a more critical skill than commanding. As he explores the nature of community and the dynamics of transformation, Block outlines six kinds of conversation that will create communal accountability and commitment and describes how we can design physical spaces and structures that will foster a sense of belonging.
He also includes numerous examples of how individuals, on a small scale, are doing innovative work to rebuild community.
Building community and bringing people of diverse cultures and abilities together to the benefit of all is work that can seem like breaking trail in a pathless forest at night without a flashlight. Peter Block provides the flashlight. – Judith Snow, Social Inclusion Advocate, ABCD Faculty
Community is a gift; in this remarkable work, the
arrhythmic heartbeat of today's fragmented communities beats again
with new hope and possibility. It is an irresistible call to true
citizenship and a desperately needed revival of community. –
Sadanand Ward Mailliard, Founding Member of The
From the person who gave us the best book written on business
stewardship comes the best book on how to transform the places where
we live, work, and play into authentic, effective communities. Some
of Peter Block's conclusions may surprise you, but this compelling
book is a must for all who love the places we call home enough to
rethink our approach to building and maintaining community. – Dennis
Every earnest public servant, every volunteer, every
disillusioned citizen, every civic leader, and every community
activist or businessperson who truly want to make their communities
better should read this book. It can serve as a guide or manual, but
Community at its heart is a book of questions, and
Peter gently and persistently reminds us that we are the answers. –
James Keene, President,
In this wonderfully practical book, Peter Block defines the nature of a community with manageable dimensions, creative directions, and hopeful possibilities. His methods lead us to a restoration of the joy of a genuine common life. – John McKnight, Professor of Education and Social Policy, and Codirector, Asset-Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University
Peter Block clearly identifies the essential ingredients, qualities, questions, atmosphere. and actions needed to create and build vital communities filled with possibility, generosity, accountability, and deep engagement. Outstanding in its relevance, practicality, and clarity. – Angeles Arrien, PhD, cultural anthropologist and author of The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
This book is more than practical advice on execution of theory; it is a spiritual primer for the building up of community and transforming hope that we so desperately need in today's world. Peter has touched us once again in that place we call ‘soul’ – Clint Kemp, Founding Pastor, New Providence Community Church
Peter's work has become the cornerstone of how our police
department has developed over the years. What we have pleasantly
discovered is that the more our capacity grows to work in
partnership with each other, the more our capacity to serve our
community is enhanced. – Michael Butler, Chief of Police,
In the inspiring Community, bestselling Block explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and, with moving examples, details what each of us can do to make that happen. He combines penetrating and often contrarian insights into the nature of community with specific, pragmatic advice on how to restore and nurture it.
Business & Investing / Economics / Sociology
Not Keeping Up with Our Parents:
The Decline of the Professional Middle Class by
Educator, artist, social worker, not-for-profit administrator, journalist – these white-collar professions are typically populated with college-educated, middle-class professionals who pass up big-money careers in finance, medicine or law to pursue more personally meaningful work in creative and service-oriented sectors. Increasingly, though, these career choices are leaving middle-class professionals struggling to make ends meet, let alone fulfill social expectations and reach the economic stability of the ‘American dream.’
Not Keeping Up with Our Parents, award-winning
journalist Nan Mooney traces how and why today's educated
professional middle class is experiencing financial volatility more
profound and paralyzing than the struggles experienced by previous
generations. Drawing on her own experiences and those of the
hundreds of individuals she interviewed across
Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with diverse families
In Not Keeping Up with Our Parents, Mooney reveals the intimate financial lives of this strata of society – the social worker who makes $30,000 a year, the environmental scientist who makes $40,000, the college professor who makes $50,000 – to show how shifts in government policies and labor and business practices have meant plummeting financial and emotional security for this once comfortable center section. She illustrates how those in this class are increasingly choosing to delay or forgo having children, carrying significant debt well into middle age, and struggling so hard to keep their own finances secure that they have little resources to offer those less fortunate.
With up-to-date and accessible research, including a short history of the middle class, Mooney in Not Keeping Up with Our Parents explains what it has meant historically to be middle class and how these definitions have changed so dramatically over the decades. She shows that social programs once aided the growth of this class but shifts in policies and labor practices – and increases in fixed costs, such as health care, housing, education, childcare, and household debt – are making it increasingly difficult for families to retain their middle-class status.
Despite the difficult reality of middle-class struggles, Mooney offers proactive and concrete ideas on how individuals and society can stop this downward spiral. She advocates improving government-backed education, healthcare, and childcare programs as well as drawing on successful models from individual states and other countries.
Ultimately, Not Keeping Up with Our Parents encourages today's professional middle class to overcome their sense of fear and resignation and engage in the prospect of change. "Our expensive educations provided us with a sense of autonomy and activism. They gave us the cultural savvy and analytical tools to understand that social justice involves digging your heels in, risking something, sometimes everything, to accomplish core-level change," notes Mooney. "We are an educated, smart, organized, generous, frustrated, and frightened population. What better ingredients to start a revolution?"
[Mooney] gives an excellent analysis of the problems facing the large and important professional middle class. – Booklist
What happens when the center cannot hold? With great empathy and
If you're wondering why, in our age of plenty, the financial treadmill keeps moving faster and faster for America's increasingly educated – and increasingly insecure – middle class, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It's all here: the big trends, the compelling portraits, the ideas for personal and political change, and the call to arms we so desperately need. – Jacob S. Hacker, author of The Great Risk Shift: The Assault on American Jobs, Families, Health Care and Retirement and How You Can Fight Back
A book for the distressed and confused because their life plan has gone to pieces. Mooney illuminates what has happened to them – and why. – Nicholas Von Hoffman, columnist for NY Observer and regular contributor to The Nation
We hear a lot about the runaway wealth of American professionals. In this important book,
The first book to exclusively target the struggles of the
professional middle class –educated individuals who purposely
choose humanistic, intellectual, or creative pursuits –Mooney's
Not Keeping Up with Our Parents is a simultaneously
sobering and proactive work that captures a diversity of voices.
Intimate personal accounts combined with Mooney's incisive analysis
will make the book resonate deeply for
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership / Personal Growth
Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader,
Have a Richer Life by Stewart D. Friedman (
What if you could improve your performance in the areas that seem to be most at odds with each other – work and life beyond work – at the same time?
Most of us assume it can't be done. But contrary to the conventional wisdom, the different domains of our lives don't have to compete in a zero-sum game. However, managing them takes real leadership skill.
Leadership can – and indeed must – be learned. But first individuals have got to choose to lead. If they are going to make a difference, thinking of themselves as leaders will make it more likely that their legacy – not their fantasy, but the real impact of their lives, today and in the long run – is the one they really want.
Most leadership development books focus only on professional skills, while books about personal growth concentrate on needs beyond work. Total Leadership is different.
With examples and instruction, Stewart Friedman provides more
than thirty hands-on tools for using proven principles to produce
stronger business results, find clearer purpose in what readers do,
feel more connected to the people who matter most, and generate
sustainable change. Friedman is the founding director of the
Adapted from Friedman's popular
Friedman's approach has been pressure-tested by years of working with people at every level of experience, in companies large and small. He offers step-by-step instruction, to help readers create sustainable change and achieve higher levels of performance in all parts of their lives.
In Total Leadership, the culmination of over two decades of research and practice, Friedman shows that we don't have to make trade-offs between life's most important domains, and certainly not as often as we think. Nor should we, he adds. A trade-off mindset makes people feel all manner of painful emotions – including inauthentic, unfocused, rootless, resentful, and overwhelmed. It hurts those we care about most and it prevents us from leading and performing effectively in every part of life.
In the book, Friedman provides a blueprint for how to become a more successful and satisfied leader in all dimensions of life: work, home, community, and self (mind, body, and spirit). His proven, step-by-step ‘four-way wins’ approach shows how to produce sustainable, meaningful change that benefits all life domains by:
Total Leadership is not an abstract theory: Practicing this method results in demonstrable improvements in performance and satisfaction. Participants report increases in satisfaction across the board: an average of 20 percent in their work lives, 28 percent in their home lives, 31 percent in their community lives, and 39 percent with their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being. Similarly, participants report that their performance at work, at home, in their communities, and within themselves has improved by 9, 15, 12, and 25 percent, respectively. According to Friedman, these results occur even as they spend less time on work and more on the other parts of life – they're working smarter and enjoying the benefits of more intelligent choices for bringing the different elements into a coherent whole, creating mutual value among them.
In a world of work-life trade-offs, Stew Friedman offers what
most think impossible: a field-tested program that gives you not
only what you want in business, but also what you want in life.
Destined to be a classic, this is a remarkable book. I have studied leadership and led organizations for over twenty years. No other book has reshaped my thinking about leadership development as much as Total Leadership. – David A. Thomas, professor,
Stew Friedman absolutely gets it. He is both a visionary and a much-needed advocate for a new kind of total leadership in the twenty-first century. What an empowering book! – Janet Hanson, Founder, 85
The best leaders are those who stay connected to their communities, to the people they love, to themselves. In Stew Friedman s Total Leadership, you'll learn simple, powerful new ways to make these connections happen and enjoy the rich rewards that inevitably follow. – Keith Ferrazzi, CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight, and author, Never Eat Alone
As the pace of business continues to race forward at lightening speed, Stew Friedman offers us an innovative and sustainable model for successful leadership. Total Leadership provides a unique proposition for individuals who strive to be their very best both personally and professionally. – Dave Lissy, CEO, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Total Leadership is so aligned with my thinking as an HR executive and medical director of a global business. With practical tools and compelling stories, Friedman demonstrates how to achieve four-way wins – a distinctive, important new concept for today s leaders. – Dr. Robert W. Carr, Vice President and Corporate Medical Director, GlaxoSmithKline
In the future, being a leader will require new ways to integrate
work with the rest of one's life, resulting in more effective
leadership and a more fulfilling life.
Total Leadership points the away. – Robert Reich,
professor, University of
Total Leadership is a game-changing blueprint for how to perform well as a leader not by trading off one domain for another, but by finding mutual value among all four domains – work, home, community and the private self. Based on extensive research, the book is a unique and long-awaited resource. Readers gain greater clarity of purpose, accomplish more at work, and feel more connected to the people and causes that matter most to them. Many real-world examples pack this artfully crafted, fun-to-read guide for becoming a better leader and having a richer life. With clear instruction and hands-on exercises and tools, Total Leadership shows leaders at every level, and at any career stage (not just executives), how to enhance their performance and satisfaction.
Children / Ages 4-8 / Social Issues
A Girl Named Dan (Picture Books) by Dandi Daley Mackall, with illustrations by Renée Graef (Sleeping Bear Press)
A Girl Named Dan is the true story of author Dandi Daley Mackall's efforts to compete in sports as an equal, prior to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. It was this 37-word law that gave girls like Dan a chance and began to break down the discriminatory gender barriers.
Ten-year-old Dandi (affectionately called ‘Dan’ by family and friends) lives and breathes baseball. She may not be a fence buster but she can ‘hit 'em where they ain't’ in the neighborhood pick-up games and the boys know she's a contender.
…Quickly changing out of her school dress, Dandi headed for the after-school pickup game. Before she could take her usual spot in the outfield, she heard, "You can't play... because you're a girl. From now on, it's boys only."
It wasn't fair, though Dandi in A Girl Named Dan. Nobody ever caught her napping in the outfield or chasing junk at the plate like some of the boys did.
Rejected, Dandi turned to her other passion – writing. And then she heard about a writing contest put on by the Kansas City A's – there was no bigger fan of the 1961 Kansas City A's, and first prize was the honor of being batboy for the real team.
Winning the essay contest to become a batboy for the
Dandi’s essay wins, but her joy is short-lived….
In present time, Mackall has rebounded well from her early rejection by the A's; she is the award-winning author of over 400 books for kids and adults, with sales of 4 million in 22 countries. Mackall conducts writing workshops across the country and speaks frequently at conferences and young author events. She was an instructor at Highlights and taught novel writing for the Institute for Children's Literature. Artist Renee Graef is well known as the illustrator for the ‘Kirsten’ books in the American Girl collection.
Mackall's true-life story, A Girl Named Dan, gives voice to the spirit of all of the young women who fought for justice and equality on and off the field.
Children / Ages 9-12 / Humor
The Castaway Pirates: A Pop-Up Tale of Bad Luck, Sharp Teeth, and Stinky Toes by Ray Marshall, illustrated by Wilson Swain (Chronicle Books)
Their ship has sunk…
Their lifeboat is leaky…
And a hungry shark is circling!
In The Castaway Pirates the pirates of The Stinky Toes are in terrible trouble!
In this pop-up pirate adventure, five pirates try to avoid being eaten by a shark when their ship springs a leak. They try to plug the hole with the captain's coat and then with his rope. They will try almost anything to save themselves . . . but will they succeed? Young readers find out in this zany high-seas adventure, which features elaborate pop-ups that grow wilder as the disaster unfolds.
In the end it is their smelly feet that turn the shark away.
Each spread in
The Castaway Pirates enchants with a colorful,
intricate pop-up designed by master paper engineer Ray Marshall.
The Castaway Pirates is an innovative children’s book, which delights and enthralls from the first page to the last, growing more elaborate and laughable with each turn of the page.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
Comparative Psychology: Evolution and Development of Behavior, Second Edition by Mauricio R. Papini (Psychology Press)
Thus the sum of things is ever being renewed, and mortal creatures live dependent one upon another. Some species increase, other diminish, and in a short space the generations of living creatures are changed and, like runners, pass the torch of life. – Lucretius, De rerum natura (Book II, Lines 75-79).
Standing on top of a hill and overlooking the surrounding valleys and streams, a small group of Cro-Magnon humans are planning tomorrow's hunt. Their concern is to determine when and where to attack the herd, and the solution to this problem will require some behavioral knowledge. Where would these animals be tomorrow? Can they be better approached at night? Which ones are the most vulnerable? Although imaginary, scenarios such as this one must have been common throughout much of the evolutionary history of humans, unprotected and unequipped by means other than their intelligence and social organization to face environmental challenge. – from the Introduction
Comparative Psychology, Second Edition, is directed at upper level undergraduate courses or graduate seminars. The book is a core textbook for senior undergraduate and graduate courses in Comparative Psychology, Animal Behavior, and Evolutionary Psychology. Its main goal is to introduce students to evolutionary and developmental approaches to the study of animal behavior.
The structure of the book, written by Mauricio R. Papini,
Professor of Psychology at
Papini says his goals for the first edition of this book in 2002, were "to promote original research leading to new knowledge in its area of interest and to become a source of education for itself and for the larger science within which it is inserted." For this second edition, Papini says he gets closer to the original goals, and he addresses many of the comments made by colleagues and students about the original version. This second edition is clearly in line with the previous version, but also includes several differences that make Comparative Psychology more appealing. He also adds a chapter on development and evolution and a chapter on primate evolution.
Knowledge about the behavior of animals must have had important practical implications for early humans. But this is true even today, although the actual applications may be considerably different. In our time, research on animal behavior has widespread practical implications: From the testing of drugs with medical applications, to the development of animal models for a variety of pathological conditions, animal production, the treatment of maladaptive behavior in domestic animals, the implementation of conservation efforts to preserve endangered species, and many other applications. Most contemporary researchers would agree, however, that to meet many of these practical goals it is first necessary to answer many basic ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions about animal behavior. In scientific research, answers to these questions usually lead to improved understanding of natural phenomena and to new ideas of practical importance. It is this set of basic questions about the origin and causal control of behavior that constitutes the topic of Comparative Psychology.
Psychology is one of the disciplines concerned with the study of behavior in a broad sense, from social behavior and the properties of social groups, to the physiological basis of simple motor movements. Psychologists ask many different questions about behavior and are thus forced to use a variety of research procedures to find the answers. Psychology is so broad that it is sometimes difficult to visualize connections between its many areas of inquiry. The connecting theme is behavior: What can organisms do? Why do they do it? How can they do it? Comparative Psychology concentrates on what might be called the ‘biological end’ of psychology, an area that is traditionally known as comparative psychology.
Comparative psychology is almost an interdisciplinary area by definition. It originated from the intersection of experimental psychology and evolutionary biology, in the last portion of the nineteenth century, and is presently concerned with the study of the evolution and development of behavior, using experimental and field methods of observation, and a wide range of species. The main goal of comparative psychology is to uncover common and divergent behavioral processes among species, including humans. The ‘comparative’ part addresses the assumption that this discipline will ultimately provide a better understanding of the evolutionary origins of human behavior and a clear view of the unique and common behavioral properties of our own species, relative to the rest of the animal kingdom.
Complexity is one feature that characterizes behavioral phenomena. Even a simple monosynaptic reflex involving a sensory and a motor neuron in a feed-forward circuit in which information flows in only one direction poses serious empirical and theoretical obstacles. The question of the extent of the integration among similarly simple reflexes becomes almost intractable, and the addition of systems that can influence the reflex pathway without being strictly a part of it adds even more complexity to this picture. It is probably correct to conclude that all behavior is caused by a multitude of independent and interacting factors. Such multi-causality invites interdisciplinary interaction. Fruitful interaction is often accompanied by the emergence of new theories or even the crystallization of a new area. Many examples are discussed in Comparative Psychology, including the application of adaptive functional analysis to human social behavior, the correlations between brain areas and behavioral capacities, and the application of genetic techniques to understanding behavioral development.
The quality, scope, and originality of the book are outstanding, in fact, extensive – Comparative Psychology covers several specific topics included because they are rarely addressed in similar textbooks. According to Papini, students rated the first edition of the book anywhere from one of the wonders of the universe to a confusing account of animal behavior. It has been translated into Japanese and Spanish.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
Integrating the 12 Steps into Addiction Therapy: A Resource Collection and Guide for Promoting Recovery, with CD-ROM by James R. Finley (Wiley)
Millions of Americans have at some time in their lives participated in a 12-step program for treatment of a chemical or non-chemical addiction. For many people, 12-step programs have played a critical role in helping them to manage their addictive behaviors.
Clinicians recognize that these grassroots efforts have a very high cure rate. However, little has been written on how to integrate these programs into a traditional therapy setting.
Integrating the 12 Steps into Addiction Therapy serves as a resource for clinicians treating addiction patients who are simultaneously enrolled in 12-step programs. This text, written by James R. Finley, seasoned therapist, educator, and manager, specializing in addictions and group family therapy:
During the decades since the founding of AA, some clinicians have relied on 12-step programs as a cornerstone of treatment, while others have advocated other approaches and at times fiercely criticized the 12-step approach. The arguments of both sides of this debate are examined in Section I of Integrating the 12 Steps into Addiction Therapy. However, aside from the discussion of the pros and cons of AA and related programs, the context of the debate and the treatment field has shifted in the era of managed care. Treatment is expected to be briefer, less intensive, and less expensive, and aftercare is harder to find or fund. Behavior is now the primary focus of therapy, as evidenced by the common replacement of the term mental health with behavioral health.
In today's world, the 12-step model is more valuable and necessary than ever before. Consistent with the emphasis on behavioral change, one of the many slogans often used in AA and its descendant programs is "you don't think your way into right acting, you act your way into right thinking." The foundation principles of 12-step life are honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. These are non-addictive patterns of behavior and cognitive functioning that if learned and practiced will make the addict or alcoholic more open and receptive to other treatment interventions. They will also bring improvement in other behavioral problems that accompany addiction. They are often the treatment goals when dealing with marital and family relationship dysfunction and antisocial behavior.
The intent of Integrating the 12 Steps into Addiction Therapy is to provide clear explanations and practical tools for clinicians who are considering integrating 12-step participation into their work with their clients or patients and who want to learn more. It is also for those who are already using AA or other programs as resources and who are seeking tools and resources in a ready-to-use form easily adapted to meet the needs of a particular client or situation.
Integrating the 12 Steps into Addiction Therapy is organized into three sections and two appendices. The first section contains general information and guidelines on integrating treatment with 12-step work. The second section consists of 27 therapeutic homework assignments pertaining specifically to 12-step work, and the third section contains eight lesson plans for psycho-educational groups on topics related to 12-step work in early recovery. Appendix A is a partial list of recommended books and films for professional reference, self-education, and bibliotherapy or videotherapy, and Appendix B consists of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions with notes on adaptations made by various 12-step programs addressing different addictive problems.
Readers may use the enclosed CD-ROM to install the homework assignments and lesson plans in a directory on their computer, allowing them to customize them.
Integrating the 12 Steps into Addiction Therapy
serves as an indispensable resource for clinicians treating
addiction patients who are simultaneously enrolled in 12-Step
programs. It gives psychologists, therapists, counselors, social
workers, and clinicians the tools and resources they need to fully
utilize these peer therapy program techniques in treating a wide
variety of addictions. Combining an in-depth discussion of the
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Parenting & Families
Is Your Child Bipolar?: The Definitive Resource on How to Identify, Treat, and Thrive with a Bipolar Child by Mary Ann McDonnell & Janet Wozniak (Bantam Books)
Years – , on average – of misdiagnosis before accurate diagnosis. Treatments that made no difference or made things worse. Parents feeling helpless, hopeless, isolated, and exhausted. Kids feeling everything, but especially frustration and failure.
Some but not all of these children and teens have bipolar disorder. Many have other brain disorders in addition to or instead of bipolar. With an accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment options, and ongoing medical care and emotional support, these children and their families can grow, learn, and thrive. – from the book
More than three million American children suffer from some form
of bipolar disorder, a life-impairing illness that can cause wild
mood swings and even episodes of rage. But as parents, can readers
tell the difference between a temperamental, moody child and one
facing serious mental illness? Where do parents turn if their
child’s tantrums and meltdowns are wreaking havoc?
Health experts once thought bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, did not exist in children and teens. However, leading experts like Janet Wozniak and Mary Ann McDonnell, the authors of Is Your Child Bipolar?, have shown that the illness may appear even before age six, with many cases either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Now, in the most complete and authoritative guide yet; psychiatric nurse McDonnell, executive director of S.T.E.P. Up 4 Kids, clinical university instructor, and private practitioner in pediatric psycho-pharmacology; and Wozniak, director of Pediatric Bipolar Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and assistant professor of psychiatry there and at Harvard Medical School, offer their expertise along with the latest information on this difficult condition.
In a rapidly changing field, Is Your Child Bipolar? explains what researchers know, what they suspect, and where studies now point. Drawing from their professional experience and sharing stories of families in their practices, McDonnell and Wozniak guide readers in how to:
McDonnell and Wozniak understand that raising a child or teen who has bipolar is an incredibly tough job. It can be incredibly scary, too: Kids with bipolar have a greatly increased risk for substance abuse and suicide. Chaotic moods can cause severe behavior problems and disrupt every area of life. The also know that kids with bipolar are also some of the most remarkable kids one will ever meet: creative and smart, resilient and strong. To help children tap into those strengths, parents need more than an accurate diagnosis and effective medical treatment. They need solid information about pediatric bipolar disorder, including what makes bipolar in kids difficult but not impossible to identify; research-based treatment, including both medical and nondrug therapies; parenting and schooling strategies; and emergency planning. Support from other parents who share their experiences helps, too.
That's what Is Your Child Bipolar? is about. McDonnell and Wozniak have gone beyond the plain facts and figures of what researchers and mental health specialists know about pediatric bipolar disorder. Readers will find information about disorders that can mask or mimic bipolar as well as how the authors diagnose bipolar; how treatment works, with examples from real kids and their families; and ideas and strategies for school, home, and growing up. At every turn, readers will find stories from and about parents and their kids.
Highly informative and compassionate…reflects a deep understanding of the children and their families. This unique approach demystifies the disorder, eases the apprehension that parents feel, and equips them to better work with the professionals who treat and educate their children. [The] memorable concepts and metaphors [in this book]…will long remain with their readers. – Demitri F. Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child
The ‘voices’ of afflicted parents and children will speak
powerfully to readers who seek answers to the troubling questions
posed by pediatric bipolar disorder. – Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D.,
A.B.P.P., Professor, Psychiatry and Psychology, Division of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry, The
A practical, thoughtful book...should serve as a valuable and
accessible resource to readers who are trying to understand an
oftentimes very vulnerable group of children and teenagers. – Robert
L. Findling, M.D., Director of Child and
Provides essential information for the diagnosis, treatment, education, and advocacy of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. A must-have for all family members and health providers. – Melissa Delbello, M.D., M.S., Vice-Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Is Your Child Bipolar? is the definitive resource on how to identify, treat, and live with a bipolar child. For families as well as professionals, here is the only book on early-onset bipolar disorder written by pediatric specialists who combine clinical care and research. From medication to coping strategies, this accessible book offers clear explanations, inspiration, encouragement, and invaluable wisdom for all involved.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Birthplace of the American Ideal by Andrew Cockburn, with a foreword by Geraldine Brooks, with photography by Kenneth Garrett (National Geographic)
Along the 175-mile stretch from
The creative team on the book includes renowned author Andrew Cockburn, along with National Geographic photographer Kenneth Garrett and Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks. Cockburn details the development of the American character through explorations. Interwoven is the story of the nonprofit organization, The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, which is innovating sustainable economic development to support historic preservation of this corridor, as covered by the Washington Post, Smithsonian and the New York Times.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground is the official book for The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. The book celebrates the congressionally designated ‘birthplace of America’ and spotlights the places and personalities within this corridor, revealing the personal stories of each generation of Americans who worked to create, sustain and nurture our uniquely American ideals.
"The journey from
Abraham Lincoln first used the term ‘hallowed ground’ in his Gettysburg Address, and the description is as apt now as it was for generations prior. An enduring setting for our national chronicle, the meandering stretch of land – from Pennsylvania through western Maryland, along the eastern edge of West Virginia, to Charlottesville, Va. – contains nine U.S. presidential homes, two World Heritage sites, the largest collection of Civil War battlefields, the greatest concentration of rural historic districts in America, 15 national historic landmarks and 13 national parks.
Garrett's evocative images bring the region – its past and
present – to life as they explore the development of the American
character through Native American burial grounds; little-known
battlefields; legends of heroes, spies, and wartime romances;
breathtaking secrets of the Underground Railroad; and the sagas of
nine presidents who lived in the region. From
This extraordinary tract of land set the stage for our national
chronicle and served as backdrop to transformational American
events, such as Captain John Smith's adventures in Monacan territory
in the early 1600s and Gen. George Pickett's gallant, doomed charge
Citizens as well as foreign visitors to
Journey Through Hallowed Ground traverses some of
the most picturesque – and certainly some of the most historic –
acreage in this country. The land itself is steeped in the stories
of untold thousands of Americans. To take the Journey is to trace
the very soul of our nation, from its founding and framing to its
testing in the heat of battle.
The Civil War Preservation Trust is proud to be a member of this unique partnership. – James Lighthizer, President, Civil War Preservation Trust
On every page, this book evokes the beauty of
There is no place in our country more saturated with history than
the region celebrated in this fascinating book. With informative
text, superb photography, and an evocative selection of artifacts,
this book summons up each era of the American experience as it was
lived in the realm where it first took root. Illustrated with dozens
of stunning modern photographs as well as evocative artifacts that
summon earlier eras and aspirations,
Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a book to
George Washington's Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea by James L. Nelson (McGraw-Hill Professional)
From the author of the critically acclaimed Benedict Arnold's Navy, here is the story of how America's first commander-in-chief – whose previous military experience had been entirely on land – nursed the fledgling American Revolution through a season of stalemate by sending troops to sea. Mining previously overlooked sources, James L. Nelson's narrative in George Washington's Secret Navy shows that George Washington deliberately withheld knowledge of his tiny navy from the Continental Congress for more than two critical months, and that he did so precisely because he knew Congress would not approve. Nelson introduces us to another side of a general known for his unprecedented respect for civilian authority. Here we meet a man whose singular act of independence helped keep the Revolution alive in 1775.
In July 1775, in his first inspection of the American encampment
on the outskirts of Boston, the Continental Army's newly arrived
commander-in-chief noted its haphazard design and shabby
construction – clearly the work of men unprepared to face the
world's most powerful fighting force.
George Washington's Secret Navy, despite his
complete lack of naval experience,
Creating a navy was a tacit declaration of sovereignty at a time
when only the most radical in Congress, such as John and Sam Adams,
were willing to go that far. Knowing Congress would not approve a
navy, and knowing that one was absolutely necessary,
George Washington's Secret Navy looks not just at
the political and military drama surrounding
Considerable thought is given to the British perspective as well, the brutal, starving condition of the soldiers and civilians in Boston, the difficulty of determining how vigorously to prosecute the war with little input from London.
From the burning of the schooner Gaspe considered by England to be the most outrageous and unforgivable acts committed by the Colonies, to the naval bombardment and resulting total destruction of Falmouth, Massachusetts – to Washington's repeated pleas to Congress to launch an attack upon the enemy – from the halls of Congress in Philadelphia to the front lines in Boston and the deadly fighting on the high seas, George Washington's Secret Navy provides an invaluable historical look at a true hero and the men he led.
Mr. Nelson has taken an episode that occupies no more than a few
paragraphs in other histories of the Revolution and, with convincing
research and vivid narrative style, turned it into an important,
marvelously readable book. – Thomas Fleming, author of The Perils of
A gripping and fascinating book about the daring and heroic
mariners who helped George Washington change the course of history
and create a nation. Nelson wonderfully brings to life a largely
forgotten but critically important piece of
The political machinations are as exciting as the blood-stirring ship actions in this meticulously researched story of the shadowy beginnings of American might on the seas. – John Druett, author of Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
James Nelson is not the first historian to reveal this little-known albeit incredibly important aspect of our Revolution, but no one has done it more thoroughly or with greater literary grace. – William M. Fowler, author of Empires at War
Exhaustively researched from letters, diaries, military reports
and other primary sources, Nelson provides an immediate, often
gritty, almost play-by-play feel as the early skirmishing erupts
into full-on revolution, with Washington at the center of the
gathering storm. Nelson's gifts as a writer shine in
George Washington's Secret Navy, and he brings
immediacy to his descriptions of the ships, the sailors, the
soldiers, civilians, and the sea and land that form the basis of
this swiftly moving narrative. He also brings fresh insights to the
influential decisions of Washington, John Adams, British General
Thomas Gage, as well as King George and his cabinet, the many
people, famous or now forgotten, who played a part in the creation
One Step over the Line: Toward a History of Women in the North American Wests edited by Elizabeth Jameson & Sheila McManus (University of Alberta Press)
We are stepping into unfamiliar territory.
This unfamiliar territory is the borderlands of women's histories traversing the American and Canadian Wests. Under the editorship of Elizabeth Jameson and Sheila McManus specialists in women's history, settler societies, colonialism, storytelling, education, and native and borderlands studies pool their distinct contributions in One Step over the Line, and forge the first comparative, transnational collection of its kind.
We cannot build bridges across unmapped divides.
One Step over the Line is not only the map; it is the bridgework to span the transnational, gendered divide.
Jameson holds the Imperial Oil-Lincoln McKay Chair in American
Studies at the
One Step over the Line is one product of the
conference, "Unsettled Pasts: Reconceiving the West through Women's
History." Held at the
The sixteen articles in
One Step over the Line are arranged topically to
suggest connections and comparisons among the experiences of women
in the western
According to Jameson and McManus, borders and regions operate
differently in our histories.
As told in
One Step over the Line, the border between
In a messy stroke of timing, the question of who owned
American expansionists advocated establishing the border at
54º40′ north latitude. Chanting ‘Fifty-four Forty or Fight,’ they
elected James K. Polk president in 1844, and the new president
The lines that divide nations raise questions central to One Step over the Line. How do people's individual histories, or the histories of daily social life, connect with the histories of nation states? How do we link the histories of nations to the histories of cross-border migrations, to the people and economies and ecologies that traverse national borders? How do we respect the differences inscribed in national and social boundaries, yet challenge the inequalities of power and privilege they also erect? Crossing the boundaries of the national histories we know, like crossing social or class or racial boundaries, involves entering unfamiliar territory where all sorts of assumptions may be challenged, including unexamined assumptions about gender, history, and the nations to which we offer allegiance. Choosing to step across those lines means giving up the power of the familiar.
The "Unsettled Pasts" conference, and the articles that appear in One Step over the Line, build on a generation of scholarship that questioned the categories and assumptions that wrote women out of history. Those assumptions privileged elections and warfare over grassroots activism, public affairs over daily experience, powerful individuals over ‘ordinary’ people. History as a professional discipline developed with the rise of the nation state, and until quite recently historians assumed that nations were the primary and proper subjects of history.
Jameson and McManus emphasize that all of the categories of analysis used in this volume are historically constructed. Gender, race, class, and nations themselves have been understood and created in specific ways in different times and places. They all involve social relationships, among women and men, people who look different to one another, among citizens of the same country, among people with unequal access to resources and to power. As with all relationships, the behaviors of the participants change what happens, and what it means.
One Step over the Line reflects the state of a
field in its infancy, and its silences and omissions may be read as
calls for future research and scholarship. No articles follow the
histories of First Nations or Indian women much beyond the fur
trade. The racial and cultural diversity of neither West is fully
represented in these pages. There is no attention to
twentieth-century migrations, to the differences in immigration
policies and foreign policies that attracted immigrants from the
International migrations, differences in local economies, class
and race, gender and nationality – all this complexity makes the
history of the North American West much richer, much messier, and
much more interesting. We have only just begun to consider what
regions themselves might mean when constructed from women's
particular perspectives, and what national identity meant for all
the various women who settled the
These are huge questions and
One Step over the Line does not pretend to answer
them. Jameson and McManus do, however, map some of the lines that
have distinguished women's lives throughout western
The articles address a series of topics. They begin with two
essays by the editors of
One Step over the Line that frame some of the
challenges and promises of transborder histories. In Section Two,
two ‘founding mothers’ of western women's history, Susan Armitage
and Sylvia Van Kirk, imagine how the history of one transnational
region, encompassing the states of Oregon and Washington and the
province of British Columbia, might be written from the perspectives
of gender and race. In Section Three, Jean Barman, Molly Rozum, and
Joan Jensen address how the stories of individual western women are
embedded in particular western places, and how their stories in
turn might alter the stories of their Wests. In Section Four, Helen
Raptis and Margaret Jacobs explore how women educators worked to
push the boundaries of race, using one of the few accepted
professions for women as an arena for social activism. In Section
Five, Char Smith, Nora Faires, and Cheryl Foggo explore the very
different experiences of three very different groups of women who
immigrated across the 49th parallel: prostitutes, wealthy American
Next, in Section Six, Laurie Mercier and Cynthia Loch-Drake
explore class through the experiences of women who were involved, as
workers and as wives, with the International Union of Mine, Mill and
Smelter Workers, a union that played a significant role in both
This is a compelling book for any serious student of immigration because it tells the story of Mexican indigenous women, examines a woman's right to abortion from a transborder context, and presents information on border women's political participation and the formation of nongovernmental organizations serving women. – Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Sixteen essays from the "Unsettled Pasts" conference at the
One Step over the Line is a volume in The West Unbound: Social and Cultural Studies series, under the general editorship of Alvin Finkel and Sarah Carter.
Alexander the Great at War: His Army – His Battles – His Enemies Ruth Sheppard (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)
Possibly the most famous commander in history, Alexander the
Great never ceases to fascinate. As told in
Alexander the Great at War, he was only 20 when he
began his rule, but had already begun to show the military genius
that would win him victories against the mighty
Alexander was arguably the greatest military commander ever. Upon
the assassination of his father King Philip II of Macedon in the
summer of 336 BC, he took over the reins of power of a now united
In an epic campaign lasting 11 years he traveled thousands of miles through deserts, plains and forests, fought huge battles, and besieged many cities to become the master of a massive empire stretching from Greece to India. He died prematurely in
Alexander the Great at War examines all of
Alexander's incredible campaigns, describing in detail his armies
and the armies he defeated as he created his enormous empire, and
explains the extraordinary generalship and tactics that won him his
victories. Fully illustrated,
Alexander the Great at War covers the development
of his army, all his campaigns and battles, and the world in which
he lived. Numerous maps and photographs, and full-color artwork
reconstructions and 3-D ‘bird's-eye views’ of battles combine with
text to relive one of history's most epic military adventures.
Author Ruth Sheppard works on various titles out of her editorial office at Osprey, where she has edited many titles and written two, the first being Empires Collide: The French and Indian War 1754-63.
The richly illustrative and authoritative Alexander the Great at War examines Alexander's campaigns in detail. His victories and the tactics that ensured them are explained and described with the help of maps, illustrations and reconstructions to bring the epic career of one of the world's greatest generals to life.
Home & Garden / Animal Care & Pets / Sports / Disaster Relief
Horses of the Storm: The Incredible Rescue of Katrina's Horses by Ky Evan Mortensen (Eclipse Press)
On Saturday evening,
We took on the task willingly, trudging through the sludge, and enduring the chaos, the contamination, the devastation, and deluge to try to locate these missing animals and provide them with shelter and care until their owners could return for them.
This is the story of how our team from LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine and countless volunteers, through a collective effort, managed to save the lives of horses and other equids, as well as dogs, cats, goats, potbellied pigs, exotic birds, wildlife, and even a few pet iguanas after a hurricane that caused more devastation and despair than any other natural disaster in the modern history of the United States. – from the Introduction
"...The unknown is a dangerous thing and can be incredibly fearsome ... One thing was certain – humans were being evacuated and animals were not. So what would happen to the animals? ..."
In the midst of the uncertainty and chaos was born the largest
equine rescue ever.
Horses of the Storm, written by Ky Mortensen,
Director of Advancement for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine,
is the first-hand account of how the
In addition to the collection of essays, Horses of the Storm contains a disaster-preparedness guide for horse owners. Among the lessons learned, according to Mortensen, are dedication, coordination, flexibility, staying positive and being prepared. He outlines how to be prepared. For those organizing emergency response activities, volunteers can help through the most difficult times with extra hands, extra vehicles, and much needed supplies, but it is the responsibility of state and community planning agencies both to understand that volunteer training is needed and to deliver it.
Horses of the Storm gives a great accounting of events surrounding Hurricane Katrina. Our hats are off to the thousands of volunteers that came to the aid of the horse population in the affected areas. This book chronicles those events and tells a great story. – David Foley, executive director, American Association of Equine Practitioners
Horses of the Storm chronicles heroic equine efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The book is a collection of gripping – and ultimately inspiring – first-hand accounts of dramatic rescues, failed attempts, and joyful reunions. It is important that these stories be recorded, and it is also important to detail the lessons learned, so that readers will be better prepared to ensure the well-being of their animals both during and prior to the next hurricane, wildfire, flood, or other disaster.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
Sew Pretty Homestyle: Over 25 Irresistible Projects to Fall in Love With by Tone Finnanger (David & Charles)
‘Sweet’ is the word to describe this collection. Hearts abound.
Readers are encouraged to make their house a home with this selection of hand-sewn accessories. In Sew Pretty Homestyle, they learn to create accessories to enhance their home using simple but effective techniques. The book contains over 35 projects, each with step-by-step instructions and templates. A subtle color palette and romantic designs combine to create this collection. Easy-to-follow instructions, with color photos and illustrations accompany each project. The book contains
With Sew Pretty Homestyle author Tone Finnanger says she hopes to make sure that readers won't run out of ideas in the near future, and that they will enjoy the company of the book in their armchair on rainy days. Readers will find a wide range of ideas for figures like house angels, stumpy-legged dogs, cute cats, happy horses and good-natured teddy bears. The various projects often pop up in new guises in different rooms, especially the hearts.
The book also includes addresses to help readers obtain materials and full-size patterns.
The color palette and lovable designs combine to create a fresh and fun collection. Easy-to-follow instructions, gorgeous color photos and delightful illustrations accompany projects, and Sew Pretty Homestyle has a project to suit just about everyone's taste. Full size templates also go a long way toward ensuring good results.
Literature & Fiction / Historical
The Religion: A Novel by Tim Willocks (Tannhauser Trilogy: Tor Books)
Tim Willocks’ highly acclaimed epic tale, published in hardcover
last year, is now available – in mass market paperback. Readers are
warned to brace themselves for
The Religion, Willocks' swashbuckling tale of
romance, adventure, and religious conflict on the
It is May 1565.
Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a
jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest
armada of all time approaches the Knights’ Christian stronghold on
Tannhauser agrees to accompany the lady to
The Religion transports readers from the mountains
Author Willocks is a novelist and filmmaker. He is the author of
the novels Bad City Blues, Blood-Stained Kings, and
Willocks has created a dazzling hero whose debut will leave
readers eager for the next installment. – Publishers Weekly (starred
The first in a projected trilogy, The Religion stirred excitement in some critics and distaste in others. Tim Willocks writes with visual detail (he's a screenwriter), but he also appeals to the other senses, creating what the Chicago Sun-Times described as "a thick stew of smells, colors, and sounds…. Fans of swashbuckling adventures will enjoy this work and undoubtedly overlook the book's flaws. But the novel is not for the faint at heart: all reviewers mentioned the blood and gore in every battle scene. – Bookmarks Magazine
Some of history's most savage wars have been waged in the name of
religion, and Willocks sets his sprawling novel in the midst of a
nasty one: the sixteenth-century siege, by Turkish forces, of the
Maltese stronghold of the Knights of
This sprawling epic brims with religious passions, political intrigue and steamy romance. A thrilling plot. – Library Journal (starred review)
A robust tale that entertains and informs about the 16th century
clash between Islam and Christianity.
Stone walls crumble, war machines rumble, bodies fill the ditches, and once in a while there’s some terrific sex. A long, bloody, vastly entertaining story. – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A rollicking story. – Entertainment Weekly
This is what readers dream of – to be so swept away by a book that it leaves them breathless. The Religion is Book One of the Tannhauser Trilogy, and from the first page of this epic account of the last great medieval conflict between East and West, it is clear readers are in the hands of a master. There is something for everyone in The Religion. There is a thrilling plot, polished dialogue, and a satisfying denouement. There are historically accurate battle scenes and intriguing glimpses of romantic love. Not since James Clavell has a novelist so powerfully and assuredly plunged readers headlong into another time. Bloody; not for the faint of heart.
Medicine / Pharmacology
Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach, 6th Edition edited by Terry L. Schwinghammer (McGraw Hill Medical)
The purpose of the Pharmacotherapy Casebook is to help students in the health professions develop the skills required to identify and resolve drug therapy problems through the use of patient case studies. Case studies actively involve students in the learning process, engender self-confidence, and promote the development of skills in independent self-study, problem analysis, decision making, oral communication, and teamwork. Patient studies can also be used as the focal point of discussions about pathophysiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology; and pharmacotherapeutics individual diseases. By integrating the biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences with pharmacotherapeutics, case studies help students appreciate the relevance and importance of a sound scientific foundation in preparation for practice.
Cases, organized by organ system, correspond directly to the text
Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 6th Edition, and range
from simple (a single disease state) to complex (multiple disease
states and drug-related problems). Most cases have been
substantially altered in this edition and new disorders and an
appendix have been added.
The book is edited by Terry L. Schwinghammer, PharmD, FCCP, FASHP, BCPS, Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and clinical specialist in ambulatory care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Cases have been provided by 183 clinicians from 82 different schools of pharmacy, health-care systems, and other institutions in the
Pharmacotherapy Casebook fosters problem-solving skills. The book features 153 patient cases that help students identify and resolve drug therapy problems. Other features of the casebook include:
The patient cases in Pharmacotherapy Casebook are intended to complement the scientific information presented in the 6th Edition of the textbook. This edition of the casebook contains 33 more unique patient cases than the first edition. Students read the relevant textbook chapter to become familiar with the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy of each disease state before attempting to make ‘decisions’ about the care of patients described in this casebook. By using these realistic cases to practice creating, defending, and implementing pharmaceutical care plans, students begin to develop the skills and self-confidence that will be necessary to make the real decisions required in professional practice.
The cases vary in the knowledge and experience required to answer the questions associated with each patient presentation. Some cases deal with a single disease state, whereas others have multiple diseases and drug-related problems. As a guide for instructors, each case is identified as being one of three complexity levels.
The sixth edition of Pharmacotherapy Casebook has five introductory chapters:
Chapter 1 describes the format of case presentations and the means by which students and instructors can maximize the usefulness of the casebook. A systematic approach is consistently applied to each case.
In Chapter 2, the philosophy and implementation of active learning strategies is presented. This chapter sets the tone for the casebook by describing how these approaches can enhance student learning. The chapter offers a number of useful active learning strategies for instructors and provides advice to students on how to maximize their learning opportunities in active learning environments.
Chapter 3 presents an efficient method of patient counseling developed by the Indian Health Service. The information can be used as the basis for simulated counseling sessions related to the patient cases.
Chapter 4 describes the patient care process and delineates the steps necessary to create care plans that can help to ensure that the drug-related needs of patients are met. A blank care plan form is included at the end of the chapter.
Chapter 5 describes two methods for documenting clinical interventions and communicating recommendations to other health care providers. These include the traditional SOAP note and the more pharmacy-specific FARM note. Student preparation of SOAP or FARM notes for the patient cases in this book will be excellent practice for future documentation in actual patient records.
Pharmacotherapy Casebook is the most trusted source in the field. This casebook is an essential companion to DiPiro, Talbert, Matzke, Yee, Wells and Posey: Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 6th Edition, providing students in pharmacotherapy, through realistic case studies, with practice in analyzing problems and making decisions. Previous editions of the casebook have received broad acceptance, and it has been adopted by many schools of pharmacy and nurse practitioner programs, and used in institutional staff development efforts and by individual pharmacists wishing to upgrade their pharmaceutical care skills. This new edition will be even more valuable in assisting health care practitioners to meet society's need for safe and effective drug therapy.
Medicine / Reference
The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide, 2nd Edition by Janice K. Loudon, Marcie Swift & Stephania Bell (Human Kinetics)
The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide, Second Edition, is the reference for comprehensive patient assessment. Conveniently packaged, it provides techniques for accurate patient assessment and functional information about normal and abnormal static and dynamic motions. Like the previous edition, the second edition takes a regional approach but now also includes material on the upper cervical spine, pelvis, and sacroiliac joint and information on the assessment of peripheral nerve injury and treatment techniques, i.e., adverse neurodynamics.
This second edition has been reformatted to a smaller size, with streamlined content and lay-flat binding making it more practical. The overall design and layout have been overhauled. Almost all illustrations have been converted to photos, and the quantity of photos has increased significantly. For clarity, many of the photos are enhanced with arrows showing direction of movement or highlighting specific elements. For easy recognition, special symbols have been added to the top of test and measurement pages so information can be located with a quick flip through the pages.
The streamlined organization of The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide, Second Edition, makes it easier for users to find the information they need. The book flows through a presentation of clinical assessments and functional tests, including 40 new tests that were not included in the first edition, a section on gait and posture, and a new section on adverse neurodynamics. The regional sections are further broken down into specific joints, and each joint-specific chapter follows a common layout:
A suggested examination sequence for the history and test and
measures is provided for each peripheral and spinal joint. Many of
the tests are accompanied with sensitivity and specificity values to
help determine test utility.
The book is written by Janice Loudon, PhD, associate professor in the department of physical therapy and rehabilitation science; Stephania Bell, MS, PT, clinical assistant professor in physical therapy education; and Marcie Swift, PhD, clinical assistant professor in the department of physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences, all at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.
Essential information regarding regional assessments and whole-body mechanical functions is at readers’ fingertips with The Clinical Orthopedic Assessment Guide, Second Edition. The book is a thorough reference, conveniently packaged, for orthopedic clinicians who use manual therapy techniques in patient assessment. The changes to overall design and layout make this resource more user friendly and visually appealing. A more compact size makes it easier to transport or attach to a clipboard.
Mysteries & Thrillers
The Writing Class: A Novel by Jincy Willett (Thomas Dunne Books)
Willett’s prose has sparkling moments and the tension is so strong that readers can hardly resist the temptation to peek ahead and see which student is the killer. – Publishers Weekly
Following on the success of her highly praised, audaciously titled novel, Winner of the National Book Award, Jincy Willett once again delivers a darkly comic treat for readers with The Writing Class, her tale of a university extension writing class with a deadly twist.
The story is recounted from the wry perspective of Amy Gallup.
Amy is gifted, perhaps too gifted for her own good. Published at
only twenty-two, she peaked early and found critical but not
commercial success. Now her former life is gone, along with her
writing career and beloved husband. A reclusive and insomniac widow,
her sole companion a dour, flatulent basset hound who barely
tolerates her, her daily mantra Kill Me Now, she is a loner afraid
to be alone. Her only bright spot each week is the writing class
that she teaches at the university extension.
This semester’s class in The Writing Class is full of the usual suspects: the doctor who wants to be the next Robin Cook, the overly enthusiastic repeat student, the slacker, the unassuming student with the hidden talent, the prankster, the know-it-all…. Amy’s seen them all before. But something is different about this class – and the clues begin with a scary phone call in the middle of the night and obscene threats instead of peer evaluations on student writing assignments. Amy soon realizes that one of her students is a very sick puppy, and when a member of the class is murdered, everyone becomes a suspect. As she dissects each student’s writing for clues, Amy must enlist the help of everyone in her class, including the murderer, to find the killer among them.
Suspenseful, witty, brilliantly written, unexpectedly hilarious, and a joy from start to finish, The Writing Class is a one-of-a-kind novel that rivals Willett’s previous masterpieces.
Mysteries & Thrillers / Historical
The Spies of Warsaw: A Novel by Alan Furst (Random House)
The Spies of Warsaw: A Novel by Alan Furst, 9 CDs, unabridged: running time ~10 hours (Simon & Schuster Audio)
…the greatest living writer of espionage fiction. –
War is coming to
An autumn evening in 1937.
A German engineer arrives at the
In The Spies of Warsaw, French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of
Colonel Mercier must work in the shadows, amid a cast of venal and dangerous characters – Colonel Anton Vyborg of Polish military intelligence; the mysterious and sophisticated Dr. Lapp, senior German Abwehr officer in Warsaw; Malka and Viktor Rozen, at work for the Russian secret service; and Mercier’s brutal and vindictive opponent, Major August Voss of SS counterintelligence. And there are many more, some known to Mercier as spies, some never to be revealed.
The audio version, yet to be released, of The Spies of Warsaw is read by Daniel Gerroll whose Broadway credits include Plenty, High Society, and Enchanted April and many Off-Broadway television and film credits.
What gleams on the surface in Furst’s books is his vivid, precise
evocation of mood, time, place, a letter-perfect re-creation of the
quotidian details of World War II Europe that wraps around us like
the rich fug of a wartime railway station. – Time
Some books you read. Others you live. They seep into your dreams and haunt your waking hours until eventually they seem the stuff of memory and experience. Such are the novels of Alan Furst, who uses the shadowy world of espionage to illuminate history and politics with immediacy. – Nancy Pate,
The Spies of Warsaw is Furst’s finest novel to date – the history precise, the writing evocative and powerful, more a novel about spies than a spy novel, exciting, atmospheric, erotic, and impossible to put down. The book has an extraordinarily believable cast of characters.
Parenting & Families / Self-Help
A Mother Apart: How to Let Go of Guilt and Find Happiness Living Apart from Your Child by Sarah Hart (Crown House Publishing Limited)
This is a book for women with deep, hidden scars who may have been searching, intentionally or unconsciously, for help in healing them. This is also a book for therapists, counselors, general practitioners, health practitioners and others looking to help such women. … You'll find it within this compellingly written self-help book underpinned by a profound compassion for, and deep understanding of, all mothers apart from their children across a wide range of circumstances. – from the Foreword by Penny Cross, Chair of the charity Mothers Apart from their Children:
The number of mothers living apart from their children continues to rise. Women leave their children, lose custody, lose touch, choose part-time motherhood or find themselves with no contact at all, for a whole range of reasons.
A Mother Apart provides insight and support to women as they struggle to find ways to adjust to living apart from their children. A Mother Apart moves beyond the stigma linked to mothers who leave their children and offers understanding and practical support to help mothers come to terms with their emotions as they adjust to and come to terms with life apart from their children. This book provides insight and sympathetic approaches to help manage complex situations and strong emotions, including how to:
A Mother Apart is written by Sarah Hart, a qualified and experienced counselor, who has worked for over ten years with women dealing with gender-specific issues connected to finding personal and professional fulfillment, work/life balance and living apart from their children. She has a Masters Degree in Policy Studies, focusing on working women, motherhood and social policy. Drawing on personal experience of living apart from her child, she offers a pragmatic approach to supporting women who find themselves living apart from their children.
The primary audience for A Mother Apart is mothers who consciously choose to leave their children or who find themselves separated due to circumstances out of their control, i.e., sharing or losing custody, children taken into foster care, mental illness, or abduction. The secondary audience includes caring relatives and friends, new or inexperienced partners, counselors working with women, and services that support women going through divorce and separation.
In this touching, inspiring and deeply wise book, Sarah Hart has distilled the wisdom of her extensive personal and professional experience. It is a book to treasure to return to again and again as compassion, insight and useful practical suggestions leap off every page. Sarah covers all the struggles and heartaches mothers in this situation are likely to encounter and shows us how to reach a deeper healing and love than we might ever have imagined possible. – Anne Geraghty, author of In the Dark and Still Moving
An indispensable guide for mothers living without their children: profound, compassionate, realistic, hopeful and creative. A wonderful source for healing and reparation, it holds the wisdom of one who has come through this unique and rarely understood trauma. I wish it had existed years ago. – Rosie Jackson, author of Mothers Who Leave
If you are a woman living apart from your children, take this
book as your companion on the lumpy, bumpy journey toward a
healthier life. Much more than a self-help book,
A Mother Apart is rich with insight, compassion and
a practical focused plan for developing different patterns of self
care. This book is also a superb resource for the practitioner who
supports the growing and diverse range of non-resident mothers eager
to write their healing stories. – Diana L. Gustafson, Associate
Professor, Faculty of Medicine,
A Mother Apart is an accessible and supportive guide for women who, for whatever reason, no longer have full-time residence of their children. In a thought provoking first chapter, Sarah Hart examines the stereotypical role of mother as primary carer which, despite changes in the position of women in society, continues to cause feelings of guilt and shame in mothers living apart from their children. …From the perspective of a family lawyer, there are particularly useful chapters in the book on how mothers can deal with the challenges of co-parenting with ex-partners, the impact of a new wife and ‘mother’ figure in the child's life, how to help children cope with divorce and separation and how to make the most of contact when it takes place. – Miranda Fisher, Solicitor, Charles Russell LLP
A thoughtful and sensitive guide to a difficult issue. – Psychologies
Women who find themselves living separate from their children usually feel isolated, unheard, and stigmatized by friends, relatives, and society at large. Finally, here is a resource for this ever-growing population of women. A Mother Apart provides insight and practical support as they struggle to find ways to adjust to living apart. Hart's eminently practical, therapeutic advice reflects an astonishing depth of feeling for mothers apart. Her tender approach will help readers begin a journey back to happiness, one that people might not believe could ever take place.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Twentieth-Century Global Christianity: A People's History of Christianity edited by Mary Farrell Bednarowski, general editor, Denis R. Janz (A People’s History of Christianity, Volume 7: Fortress Press)
Whether in the sugar cane fields of
A specific focus and intent of this final volume of A People's
History of Christianity is to delve behind the global phenomenon of
Christianity to glimpse some of the rich and dynamic life ways
within it. The book goes from global to local, the many faces of
global Christianity. Ranging over the whole century and across
several continents, the scholars in
Twentieth-Century Global Christianity probe
Christians' creative encounters with popular culture, liturgy and
spirituality, social change and Marxism, intrareligious and
interreligious dialogue, and changes in gender expectations and
In this, the culminating volume of A People's History of Christianity, religious historian Editor Mary Farrell Bednarowski leads a distinguished group of scholars with origins and experiences in different countries and continents in exploring the nearly endless variety and endlessly evolving traditions and practices of Christians in the last century. Bednarowski is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Contributors include the editor; Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Ghana; Jim Forest, Netherlands; Jan Michael Joncas, University of St. Thomas; Patrick Henry, St. John’s University; Bruce Forbes, Morningside College; Valerie Demarinis, Upsaala University; Rosetta E. Ross, Spelman College; Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Drew University; Mark Noll, Wheaton College; Ann M. Pederson, Augustana College; Eleazar Fernãndez, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities; Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School; and Christina L.H. Traina, Northwestern University, among others.
Volume 7 has in common with the other volumes in the series the challenge of exploring how the history of Christianity and Christians changes its contours when we emphasize the people's history rather than the institution's history. Like the others, Twentieth-Century Global Christianity takes for granted that no single definition of ‘the people’ is adequate for the stories, particularly not those traditional polarities by which we have tried to decide who is ordinary and who is not and in spite of the fact that there is some truth in all of them: laity rather than clergy; more likely to be female than male; uneducated rather than educated; poor rather than affluent; nonprofessional rather than professional (meaning those who have devoted their lives to the church); and, more recently, southern rather than northern. These either-or configurations mask the complexities of interaction that make up the lives of Christians. There are just too many kinds of cross-pollination among categories for this on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand typology to work.
Volume 7, Twentieth-Century Global Christianity, focuses on a one-hundred-year period of time rather than on a discernible era in church history like the Reformation. It is striking and very much a part of the people's history that the twentieth century has seen so much scientific, medical, and technological progress and so little movement in the realm of ‘human’ progress. The most obvious challenge of this volume is to select compelling, representative, evocative, and multifaceted examples of the people's histories from endless possibilities. Readers will find their own favorite omissions – an exercise, it is hoped, that will be stimulating rather than frustrating. In contrast with most earlier eras of Christian history, the twentieth century offers too many sources from which to choose, rather than hardly any.
The question arises: Who should write the people's history? Insofar as possible, the authors of these chapters let the people tell their own stories. They work to let the people about whom they write speak through them rather than speaking for them. Because we are closer to the sources of people's history in the twentieth century than are historians concerned with previous centuries, there is a great deal in the chapters of Twentieth-Century Global Christianity not just about what people have done but about what they have had to say.
Then there is the matter of tone: how to tell the people's history without romanticizing it or being condescending toward it or being fearful of its influence. We witness in the telling of the stories in Twentieth-Century Global Christianity a transvaluation of values: that is, they turn upside down and all around the aspects of Christianity that historians have considered important enough to record. One of the major purposes of a people's history of Christianity is to stir things up rather than to settle them down.
In terms of major cultural themes in the people's history of Christianity in the twentieth century, there doesn't seem to be much new under the sun. Besides the stories of disillusionment, hope, and courage, the history of Christianity in the twentieth century is full of the unexpected. From the vantage point of people's history, we return to the ‘human-ness’ of Christianity as a major and paradoxical discovery of religious and church historians during the twentieth century. At one level and in the parlance of theology, this refers to its fallibility, its sinfulness, its brokenness. But at another level we have come to understand the churches' human-ness as a mark of its creativity.
We now have overwhelming evidence that the Christian church in all its varieties, and however it ultimately participates in the transcendent, is a human institution for good and for ill. In every era, its history calls for both rejoicing and repenting. However much the stories in the chapters in Twentieth-Century Global Christianity are all over the map, they have in common an emphasis on the voices, the agency, the emotions, and the daily dilemmas and joys of ordinary Christian people.
The four chapters of part 1 of Twentieth-Century Global Christianity, the Authority of New Voices, opens up the lives of those whose presence has been mostly absent from the history of Christianity, at least until very recently.
In his portrayal of Filipino people's religiosity, Eleazar
Fernandez writes about the eclectic piety, the daily lives, and the
economic struggles of ordinary Filipinos. Unlike the rest of
Rosetta Ross's chapter on rural, evangelical black women in the mid-twentieth-century South describes the details of daily life for women who were poor sharecroppers denigrated for reasons of race. Some of these women, like Victoria Way DeLee (b. 1925) and Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer (1917-1977), found in evangelical Christianity the courage and the community support to take on exploitative agricultural labor practices, white supremacy, and the violence of the civil rights era.
Mercy Amba Oduyoye incorporates references to a history of colonialism and Western Christianity in a chapter that recounts the history of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, of which she is the primary founder. She offers the opportunity to listen to voices heretofore unheard in public, those of African women. For Oduyoye, the Circle's work also requires the constructing of an African theology that is new: two-winged (that is, both female and male) and dependent upon neither the static worldview of traditional African religion nor the traditional forms of Western Christianity.
Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz writes about Latinas in Spanish Harlem, women who are the heart of their parish church and who embody the life of its community. They are aware of themselves as church, in opposition to the dictates and the indifference of the clergy and the hierarchy. They convene retreats and conduct services and exhibit their own ritual expertise, educated and empowered by the liturgies they have attended all their lives.
The chapters in part 2 of Twentieth-Century Global Christianity, Traditions and Transformations, focus on some of the variety of contexts all over the globe that not only foster change but compel it in response to political and economic realities and calamities, as well as issues of cultural influence.
In "Orthodoxy under Communism," Paul Mojzes turns readers in the direction of a different kind of Christian people's experience, that of Eastern Europeans during the years of communist rule. Mojzes describes an intriguing inversion of power that is often a part of the people's history – that the tradition was preserved by those with the least to lose, the least powerful, and, therefore, ironically empowered in their powerlessness to safeguard the faith and its practices for their children and grandchildren when the time came – as it did – that they could once again be public about their faith. The rapidity with which Orthodox Christianity was resurrected in the countries of the former Soviet Union offers evidence as to how close to the surface it had remained, however invisible to onlookers both outside and inside.
Mark Noll and Ethan Sanders outline a people's history of North American evangelicalism with a focus on prayer, worship (particularly music), and material culture. They demonstrate how pervasive evangelical piety is within North American society, how attuned it is to popular culture, and where it fits within the broader framework of American Protestantism. Most pivotal, they predict, is how evangelicals negotiate their ‘twin but sometimes competing strengths’ – connection to the historic tradition and the impulse to adjust the faith to new realities.
Luis Rivera-Pagan grounds his study of the growing attraction of
Pentecostalism for Latin Americans in a classic anthropological text
by Stanley W. Mintz, Worker in the Cane: A Puerto Rican Life History
(1960), whose astonishment at Taso Zaya's conversion to
Pentecostalism has been ignored by most scholars. Rivera-Pagan
places Taso within the context of the brutal life of cane workers to
interpret why his conversion is a story of "extraordinary healing,
both physical and spiritual" and a transformation of identity,
family life, and purpose in the world. Rivera-Pagan speaks to
controversies about whether Pentecostal religion offers a worldly or
unworldly religious worldview in
Bruce Forbes analyzes how a biblical theme – the Apocalypse and the struggle between good and evil (and, more broadly, American Christianity's apocalyptic expectations) – crosses the boundaries of institutional Christianity and shapes the imagination of popular culture. He focuses on apocalyptic fiction as it is manifested in the immensely popular Left Behind series, cowboy narratives (the traditional ‘western’), and tales of superheroes in comic books.
Jean-Paul Wiest's chapter on Catholicism at the end of the
twentieth century in
In her chapter on existential ritualizing in contemporary Sweden, Valerie DeMarinis speculates that although Christianity appears to be declining in the West, particularly in Western Europe, looking at people's history makes us more inclined to ask not, "Why is religion going away?" but "What new forms is religion taking?" She demonstrates that those who have departed from traditional observance in the state Lutheran church nonetheless have a need for spiritual depth in their lives and for ritual celebration, or at least marking, of significant aspects of their lives.
The chapters in part 3 of Twentieth-Century Global Christianity, Innovation and Authenticity, offer examples of how people's history can illuminate the efforts of twentieth-century Christians to respond to dilemmas and opportunities in their daily lives that require new ways of thinking and acting as Christians: family realities, work, personal identity crises, relationships with other Christians, inevitable and ‘ordinary’ crises of life and death.
Victoria Barnett's chapter about ordinary Christians in Nazi Germany before and during the Holocaust depicts the distorted use of theological innovation for the sake of upholding the power of cultural ideology and state power. She points to widespread active and passive complicity in the Nazi regime and the reality that help for persecuted Jews often came from Christians on the margins in various ways, many of them women, rather than from church leaders.
Patrick Henry relates how ordinary people, theologians and laypeople alike, have moved ecumenism into the everyday lives of Christians much faster than the official ecumenical agreements and bilateral dialogues of denominations and faith and order commissions. Grassroots ecumenism often gets its start at the kitchen table rather than in official meeting places. Its insights and accomplishments offer previews of a Christianity that will be post-denominational: more unified but not necessarily lacking the distinctive characteristics of its various branches. Margaret O'Gara speaks of this phenomenon as ‘the ecumenical gift exchange;’ a reality that has by no means come totally to fruition but whose spirit can be discerned in the stories Henry tells.
Margaret Bendroth's chapter on gender in twentieth-century Christianity relates issues of gender to the recent scholarly ‘discovery’ of gender as an essential category of analysis for understanding religion and to how assumptions about gender identity affect the daily lives of Christians. Bendroth looks at how gender issues have played out in different parts of the world and how the lives of both women and men have been circumscribed by inflexible expectations about what they must do or what they cannot do based on gender.
Oscar Cole-Arnal takes on labor and social justice movements in
Cristina Traina analyzes popular Catholic manuals on sexuality and marriage over three different periods in the twentieth century. She looks into the bases on which Catholic writers, many of them celibate, negotiated popular, cultural understandings of ‘good’ sexuality and its place in marriage, and tried to find ways to make them conform to Catholic teachings. Ordinary people came to be defiant of official prescriptions as they came into conflict with the realities they experienced in the privacy of those lives.
Ann Pederson catalogues the dilemmas faced by ordinary people when they encounter the complexities of life's beginnings and endings at the close of the twentieth century when it became clear, because of advances in science and medicine, that these experiences are no longer discernible moments but processes. Their unfoldings are fraught with uncertainly and dissent, both individual and cultural. In many cases the advice of experts, religious or medical, does not suffice.
In this seventh and final volume of the People's History, readers
can begin to gauge how far Christian believers have come since the
earliest ‘Jesus movements’ of first-century
Other volumes in A People’s History of Christianity series, under
the general editorship of Denis R. Janz, Provost Distinguished
Professor of the History of Christianity at
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Philosophy
C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty edited by David J. Baggett, Gary R. Habermas, & Jerry L. Walls, with a foreword by Tom Morris (IVP Academic)
[C.S. Lewis] – The stunning clarity of his thought and the scintillating crispness of what he wrote in expression of that thought have together stimulated generations of readers to aspire to some measure of that intellectual power and to at least a small fraction of the positive impact that Lewis has had in people's lives. … Lewis is most broadly known and remembered generally as a Christian writer. Technically he was throughout most of his adult life a professor of literature. But really, he was a philosopher. Philosophy is the love of wisdom, along with an unending desire to find it, understand it, put it into action and pass it on to others. Lewis brought a philosophical cast of mind to everything he did. And his philosophical instincts were astute. His way of being a philosopher was certainly distinctive, in engagement with great literature, through writing memorable fiction himself, and in grappling with topics of real life through his immensely popular books and essays on matters of faith. He didn't hold a regular position within a university department of philosophy, or publish in the technical academic journals run by philosophy professors, or even allow his own intellectual agenda to be dictated by the fads and styles of thought favored by those who paradigmatically think of themselves and each other under the honorific label of ‘philosopher,’ but he was a genuine philosopher nonetheless, and as such, has had a tremendous impact on the world. This book is a welcome exploration of what is behind some of that impact. – Tom Morris, from the Foreword
What did C. S. Lewis think about Truth, Goodness and Beauty?
The fifteen essays in
C. S. Lewis as Philosopher explore these three
major philosophical themes from the writings of Lewis. David J.
Baggett, Gary R. Habermas and Jerry L.Walls edit this overview of
Lewis's philosophical thinking on arguments for Christianity, the
character of God, theodicy, moral goodness, heaven and hell, a
theory of literature, and the place of the imagination. Baggett is
associate professor of philosophy, Habermas is Distinguished
Research Professor and chair of the department of philosophy and
theology, both at
According to Walls in the Introduction, the first reaction some
persons might have to the title of
C. S. Lewis as Philosopher is to think
"Interesting, but C. S. Lewis was not really a philosopher." And
depending on what they mean, they could well be right.
Professionally speaking, Lewis (1898-1963) was a teacher of English
literature whose most distinguished academic position was the Chair
of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at
But, Walls says, there is more to the story if we want an
accurate answer to the question of whether Lewis was really a
philosopher. If we ask what he is best known for and which of his
many books have been most influential, a number of titles that are
distinctly philosophical come quickly to mind. It is safe to guess
that if asked to list books by C. S. Lewis, many persons who could
not come up with a single title of his scholarly works in English
literature could easily rattle off philosophical titles like
Miracles, The Problem of Pain and The Abolition of
Contents of C. S. Lewis as Philosopher include:
C. S. Lewis as Philosopher provides impressive evidence that Lewis's philosophical legacy is a substantial one, with lasting significance. These essays show that Lewis had interesting things to say on a wide range of philosophical topics and that his writings provide distinctive and penetrating insights on fundamental issues of perennial concern.
The great classic triumvirate of Truth, Beauty and Goodness is a particularly apt framework for engaging C. S. Lewis and philosophy. These magnificent ideals are not only at the heart of the classic philosophical enterprise, the tradition into which Lewis was initiated in his Oxford philosophical training, but they are also of crucial significance in the Christian vision of reality he came to embrace. Before his conversion, Lewis sought truth, was enchanted by beauty, and aspired to goodness, but he struggled to find a way to hold these goals together. In an oft-quoted passage describing his preconversion mindset, he wrote: "The two hemispheres of my mind were in the sharpest conflict. On the one side a many-islanded sea of poetry and myth; on the other a glib and shallow ‘rationalism.’ Nearly all that I loved I believed to be imaginary; nearly all that I believed to be real I thought grim and meaningless."' What this passage represents is the despairing view that the truth is not beautiful, that the beautiful is not true.
According to Walls in C. S. Lewis as Philosopher, during this period of his life, Lewis seemed committed to following the Truth, even if that meant abandoning the reality of Goodness and Beauty. Indeed, the period during which he was most focused on the goal of becoming a philosopher was one in which he thought the honest pursuit of Truth would cost him what he cared about most deeply. As is well known, it was his conversion to Christianity that allowed him to bring the two hemispheres of his mind together. It was in Christianity that he discovered a true myth, a beautiful story that not only spoke to our imaginations and longing for goodness and meaning, but was also rooted in real history. In short, Christianity provided a way to hold together Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
His conversion also opened the door to a far larger and more exciting world to be explored philosophically as well as experientially. Now his reason led him past the shallow limits of rationalism to a world of reality that reason alone could never capture. His reason led him to see that Ultimate Reason is the best explanation of why we can reason at all. It led him to see that ultimate goodness in the form of objective morality is at least as real as the world of nature that is beautiful, but marred by cruelty and waste. And if objective good is real, then there must be a solution to the problem of pain.
The essays in C. S. Lewis as Philosopher celebrate Lewis the philosopher by engaging him seriously as a thinker who has much to teach about these three great ideals. They not only honor his philosophical contributions but also enable readers today to show the power and glory of Truth, Beauty and Goodness and the splendor of the One in whom they are perfectly joined. The book will be of particular interest to philosophers, philosophy students, and C. S. Lewis readers.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Religious Studies
Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society edited by Susan R. Holman (Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History Series: Baker Academic)
Wealth and poverty are issues of perennial importance in the life
and thought of the church.
Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society
brings patristic thought to bear on these issues. The contributors
offer explanations of poverty in the New Testament period, explore
developments among Christians in
Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society is a collection of essays representing a cross-section of recent research on the dynamics of poverty and wealth in Christianity in late antiquity. The essays range from close textual readings to broad topical overviews, to creative application and contemporary issues, and were originally presented as papers at the conference on ‘Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity’ in October 2005. This was the Institute's second annual conference inviting international scholars, graduate students, and interested clergy together to discuss leading topics relevant to patristic studies.
Poverty and wealth are never purely academic. Human need and affluence have been treated as moral issues across most cultures throughout history. The Christian responses may have characteristics particular to Christian views on such things as the material world, the divine body, and the incarnation of God in Christ, but, as the essays in the book show, there was a great variety in the how and why of early Christian choices to speak and act on the economic discrepancies that existed – and bothered – writers in antiquity as much as they bother many today.
Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society is
divided into five parts that proceed more or less chronologically.
Part 1 explores several texts and issues that are particularly
relevant to New Testament studies. Steven Friesen begins with a look
at how four early Christian texts explained the cause of poverty
with different calls to action, and suggests that patristic studies
be more attentive to the reconstruction of submerged perspectives
in considering models for the future. Denise Buell’s study examines
textual hints for Christian charity within a social setting where
both donors and recipients were poor, and challenges the binary
rhetoric of donor/recipient by interpreting these texts in light of
the fact that most early Christians lived on the economic margins.
Gorge Hasselhoff hones in on a single passage – James 2:2–7 – and
looks ‘back’ at the scarce patristic exegesis of this passage. His
conclusions suggest a curious marginalization of this passage that
may hint at a long-standing discomfort concerning its comments on
rich and poor. Concluding the first section, Edward Moore looks at
the gnostic Hymn of the
Part 2 of
Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society
brings readers to four different case studies from
Part 3 of
Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society
offers five studies on themes from the fourth-century Cappadocians
Part 4 of Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society looks at several issues that characterized the tension between wealth and poverty in late antiquity and the early Byzantine period: church finery, monastic gift exchange, and the question of trade, profit, and salvation. Edward Siecienski begins with a turn of the coin, to discuss the dazzling liturgical splendor that characterized that space within which late antique ascetic preachers denounced ostentation and wealth. Their failure to denounce church finery universally and consistently may suggest in part the aesthetic pressures they faced from theological competitors, but it more likely relates also to patristic views of spiritual beauty. Daniel Caner asks how early Byzantine monks conceptualized their surplus resources, when they had any. Focusing on eulogist, or ‘blessings,’ this essay suggests a monastic economy of charitable leftovers that might be compared with Jewish gleanings and that existed within an ascetic environment that was often characterized by extreme scarcity, where leftovers were a blessing indeed. Angeliki Laiou concludes part 4 with an examination of how hagiographical texts from the late patristic and Byzantine periods discuss trade and profit. Her examples suggest that merchants were not vilified, and that neither profit nor trade was considered illegitimate for Christians.
The two chapters in Part 5 turn to the modern problems of poverty
to suggest ways that patristic texts might contribute to modern
religious and policy dialogue. Timothy Patitsas offers an unusual,
provocative study of modern international responses to need that
have (or have not) worked, and what the Christian tradition might
offer in building the future. Finally, Brian Matz concludes
Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society with
his description of a very different project, one emerging from the
international academy, that seeks to develop and apply a systematic
approach to patristic socioethical texts that directly relate to
modern Catholic Social Thought, particularly in modern
This is a splendid book, a substantial contribution on a topic of
perennial import for scholars of religion and theology. The essays
collected here offer important reassessments of scholarship to date.
They present fresh, vivid material and provide revised models
through which to study, reflect upon, and respond to deprivation and
surplus as realities in antiquity and in our own time. Practical,
pragmatic considerations are interwoven with cultural, historical,
and theological analyses. Excellent work throughout! – Susan
Ashbrook Harvey, professor of religious studies,
In this collection of essays, the reader will find insightful
questions raised and conclusions made concerning the early Christian
perspectives of need and surplus. It is refreshing to find careful
attention paid to the kind of complexities that existed in the minds
of those who wrote, directly or (mostly) indirectly, on these
matters. – D. H. Williams, professor of religion in patristics and
This volume is a rarity: a collection of conference papers that
is both coherent and consistently excellent. Ably edited by Susan R.
Holman, these essays … never lose sight of the primary theme of the
book: the problem of poverty and the appropriate Christian response
to it. The outstanding contributors deftly balance theological and
rhetorical analysis with attention to social and economic contexts.
The result is an essential contribution to the historical
reconstruction of early Christian moral traditions and their
theological retrieval today. – David G. Hunter, Cottrill-Rolfes
Chair of Catholic Studies, University of
The collection of conference papers entitled Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society contains insightful questions and informed and thoughtful discussion of them throughout. The book is aimed at Protestant and Catholic seminarians, pastors and theologians and relevant to patristic studies, but it has immediate relevance to a broad range of readers, both those working in an academic setting as well as those engaged in social justice and social action that serves the world through the ecclesia. The studies reveal a great deal of variety in antiquity in how the church community treated moral issues. The thorough theological analysis pays careful attention to complexity and should lead to a reassessment of the scholarship in this field.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology / Reference
The Resurrection Effect: Transforming Christian Life and Thought by Anthony J. Kelly (Orbis Books)
Anthony Kelly in The Resurrection Effect argues that theology depends on the resurrection of Christ for its methods and themes, for "Unless that happened, hope would be a repressive optimism, or an accommodation to routine despair." The resurrection, like a work of art, Kelly shows, eludes any single point of view. As the key to God's relationship to Jesus and ourselves, it provides the most critical horizon from which to grasp life, its pattern, and what we can hope for from God who raised Jesus from the dead.
The Resurrection Effect deals with the resurrection
of the crucified Jesus as the focal event affecting all Christian
faith and theology. With such a concentration, however, Kelly
intends neither to add another specialization to an already
over-specialized theological curriculum, nor is Kelly, a
Redemptorist priest, Professor of Theology at the
Why an exploration of the ‘resurrection effect’ is timely is explained in different ways as the book unfolds, but the resurrectional focus of Christian life and thought is always in need of being refreshed and sharpened. Our present hope in the face of all the challenges of life, suffering and death, is an effect of the resurrection. The effect of the resurrection is to see the world and to live in it otherwise. That is hardly an original insight; in fact, it is so taken for granted that the originality of the resurrection's effect on the life of faith can be forgotten. The Resurrection Effect aims to sharpen the focus and to assist readers to register the resurrection effect in all aspects of their lives. To this end, the chapters converge in one aim – to refresh faith and theology in receptivity to the focal phenomenon of the resurrection.
One way of elaborating a phenomenology of the resurrection is to appeal to a class of phenomena designated as ‘saturated phenomenona’ (Jean-Luc Marion). The term suggests that the appearance or self-disclosive impact of some phenomena, is so multi-dimensional, so inexhaustible in significance, so over-brimming and prodigal in its effect, that its special status must be recognized. In a word, these phenomena are recognized as ‘saturated’. Saturated phenomena affect us, not merely with the superabundance of their significance, but with the strange power to call us, individually or communally, to see the world within a different horizon. To a super-saturated degree, the resurrection of the Crucified is a singular instance of a phenomenon of this kind expresses some aspect of the manner in which the resurrection reveals itself to reflective faith.
It is as though the silvering which backs the mirrors of our perception is stripped away and lets the light of a larger world shine through – so that we see more than our own reflection. In ways discussed in The Resurrection Effect, the resurrection encompasses the life of faith with an inexhaustible significance. In recent years, theology has been criticized for not clearly focusing on the specifics of Christian revelation, and thereby being too influenced by dominant ideologies of the day. If the Christianity of this new millennium is to be increasingly in spiritual dialogue with the great religions of the East, if it is to be a bearer of hope in the face of the horrendous evils of our time, it will be necessary to reclaim what is distinctive to Christian experience if the Christian contribution is to be authentic. The Resurrection Effect aims to refine the sensibility of faith to "the fullness, the superabundance, the inexhaustible flowing forth ... and encompassing flood of the divine attributes" (Newman) as they are embodied in Christ risen from the dead. To this end, Kelly structures the reflections into nine chapters followed by a brief conclusion.
Chapter One, " ‘Placing’ the Resurrection: A Theological Problem" is deliberately provocative. The Resurrection Effect points out the awkwardness of the place of the resurrection in theology, and attempt to suggest some of the reasons for this strange unevenness and even neglect. The resurrection is obvious, but what can be overlooked is the need to take the resurrection as granted, as the great presupposition in all theological systematic and moral discourse. Kelly suggests that the postmodern critique of philosophical and theological systems provides a fresh opportunity for Christian rationality to give a fuller and more vital recognition to the unique phenomenon of the resurrection as the focus of Christian life and thought.
Chapter Two, "A Phenomenological Approach to the Resurrection", moves into more technical areas. It considers a special class of phenomena that can be designated as ‘saturated’, because of the prodigality of their significance. By reflecting on such instances of these as ‘revelation’, ‘the event’, ‘the work of art’, ‘the body’ and ‘the face’, Kelly suggests a number of perspectives in which the unique phenomenon of the resurrection can be freshly appreciated as the mystery at the heart of Christian experience.
Chapter Three, "The Resurrection and the Phenomenon of the New Testament" is broad in scope. The basic point is that the New Testament is a literary phenomenon arising out of the experience and proclamation of the resurrection. The rhetoric of these documents of faith is marked with a special creativity straining to express what has occurred, but can never be fully expressed in its excess and world-transforming effect.
Chapter Four, "The Resurrection Event", attempts a synthetic expression of the culminating event that gave rise to the New Testament – and to the life and mission of the Church. After a consideration of the multi-dimensionality of the resurrection event, Kelly presents some six aspects integral to it (paschal, paternal, filial, effusive, sacramental and eschatological).
Chapter Five, "Paul and the Resurrection Effect", focuses on Paul as a primary witness to the resurrection effect in his life and thinking. After considering the character of the Pauline experience of the risen Christ, Kelly locates his conversion within the larger setting of his life and mission. The Resurrection Effect then examines how Paul's experience of the risen One determined the character of his hope and sense of God.
Chapter Six, "Resurrection: The Visual Phenomenon", addresses a basic question. From one point of view, the self-disclosures of the risen Christ to the vision of the early witnesses finish with Paul. This does not mean that the resurrection makes faith blind and renders it sightless. Are there other forms of ‘seeing’ and sensing that are part of the resurrection effect in the ongoing life of the Church?
Chapter Seven, "Subjectivity, Objectivity and the Resurrection", answers some of the questions inherent in the previous chapters, and leads into the account of ‘salvific realism’ to follow. It recognizes that a play of polarities between the subjective and the objective aspects of the resurrection is inevitable, but suggests such polarities are most fruitfully resolved in the field of communication introduced by the phenomenon of the resurrection event itself.
Chapter Eight, "The Salvific Realism of the Resurrection", is more systematic in style. It treats first the ‘salvific objectivity’ encountered in the divine initiative, the ‘otherness’ and humanity of Christ's presence, the offer of forgiveness, the witness of the empty tomb, and engagement with the wider world. Yet there is a correlative ‘salvific subjectivity’ manifested in the experience of the disciples, in their sense of a new beginning and understanding, in their vocation to witness, in the universality of their mission, and in the sober acceptance of a reactive world.
Chapter Nine, "Extensions of the Resurrection Effect", restricts itself to just three theological considerations in which the resurrection does not usually figure in any significant manner. First is the resurrection in relation to the revelation of the Trinity. Secondly, Kelly remarks on the strange absence of the resurrection in moral theology and Christian ethics. Thirdly, in the context of interfaith dialogue, he reflects on the transcultural and universal significance of the resurrection for the mission of the Church.
Anthony Kelly weaves a backdrop of contemporary philosophical and
theological thinking together to place the phenomenon of Christ's
resurrection in bold relief. Those who read this book will come away
with a wealth of new insights into how the resurrection saturates
the entirety of Christian faith. – Robert Schreiter, Catholic
This accessible study of the Resurrection is fresh and alive.
Anthony Kelly speaks not only to the theologian, but to those in
pastoral ministry and religious education. Like all good theology,
it transforms the reader as well as informs ... a remarkable
achievement. – Donald Cozzens,
Not only is
The Resurrection Effect a remarkably clear and
probing analysis of the very basis of Christian faith and hope but
also it commences the enormously important project of a
phenomenology of the Christ. Anthony J. Kelly has subtly but surely
changed the course of studies in the resurrection. – Kevin Hart, The
In this clear and accessible study, Kelly makes a contribution to the resurrection of theology as an assured, distinctive mode of Christian rationality. The Resurrection Effect sharpens the focus and assists readers to register the resurrection effect in all aspects of their lives.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Self-Help / Personal Transformation
Roadmap to Reality: Consciousness, Worldviews, and the Blossoming of Human Spirit by Thomas J. Elpel (HOPS Press)
Two people can share the experience of walking a dog, riding in a car, or watching a movie together, yet perceptions of those experiences may differ greatly. Children's movies, for example, often include humor intended for the parents. Kids are oblivious to the puns and cultural references that are not part of their world.
In the journey ahead we find that the reality experienced by children is defined by predictable patterns of behavior and perception. We explore the world as children see it and discover how perceptions of reality change as we mature. Each of these generalized perceptions of reality can be thought of as a worldview. – from the Introduction
What if our entire experience of reality were based on an
assumption that could be proven false? In
Roadmap to Reality, Thomas J. Elpel tests the
assumption that we are a sentient (self-aware) species, and finds
evidence suggesting otherwise. Like automatons, we copy beliefs and
behaviors from generation to generation without consciously
evaluating why we do what we do. We absorb a definition of reality
and act on it without ever questioning the source of that
definition. We don't act; we react.
Roadmap to Reality is the quest to unravel the illusions to discover what reality really is. The journey follows the link between technology and thought, showing how hunter-gatherer, agricultural, industrial, and informational societies define reality in predictable ways. In essence, production technology dictates how we perceive cause and effect, how we solve problems, and how we approach parenting and governing. Roadmap to Reality sequentially follows simple ideas and commonsense logic to reveal how consciousness and worldviews evolve in layers over time.
Author Elpel's interest in wilderness survival skills and nature evolved into a quest for planetary survival and sustainability. Initial research in ecology and architecture led to questions about economics and decision-making. Elpel discovered that it is easy to achieve sustainable prosperity, but we are incapable of seeing the answers. This realization led to questions about psychology, worldviews, and the insight that our actions are driven by perceptions of reality.
According to Roadmap to Reality, technological advances restructure language and thought, changing individual and cultural perceptions of reality. Worldviews follow established patterns:
Given that the definition of reality changes with each worldview, one wonders if there is some universal reality that encompasses all others. The pages of Roadmap to Reality explore these realities in depth, building a roadmap to navigate through them in search of the real reality.
In the quest to determine what reality is, we must acknowledge that reality itself probably doesn't change from one worldview to another. It is our perceptions of reality that constantly evolve. Therefore, the quest to define reality is the quest to understand ourselves and why we perceive reality the way we do. Along the way we discover unexpected insights about humanity, including: 1) we may not qualify as self-aware or sentient beings, 2) free will is an illusion, 3) the mind and our self-identity are illusions, 4) the illusions are generated by the structure of language, and 5) the structure of language is linked to technological innovation.
According to Roadmap to Reality, the ultimate goal of the quest is freedom. We cannot be free as long as we are deluded by illusions of sentience, free will, and self-identity. We must shatter those illusions to discover our true nature. As a bonus to the journey, we discover answers to the challenge of achieving environmental sustainability, global peace, and prosperity for all. The answers are staring us in the face already. We only need to open our eyes to see what reality really is.
Roadmap to Reality enables readers to step outside of ordinary reality to obtain a fresh perspective on culture, government, prosperity, sustainability, and meaning. The quest takes readers to the ends of the universe with a casual writing style, peeling back the layers of consciousness to discover the reality beyond. Roadmap to Reality will change readers’ perspective of history and world events, and it will change readers themselves, enabling them to let go of preconceived notions about the nature of reality to discover a more holistic, more satisfying life experience.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Popular Culture
Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms by Robert M. Price, with a foreword by Julia Sweeney (Prometheus Books)
Have you read The Secret? Millions of people have. It is the
latest spiritual fad to capture
If readers are trying to make sense of the offerings in this spiritual wonderland, Top Secret is just the book for them. Noted religion scholar Robert M. Price, Professor of Scriptural Studies at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, examines the historical roots and the current appeal of today's pop mysticisms.
Applying his impressive background in theology and biblical criticism, Price in Top Secret examines the wisdom offered by recent popular books and movements that have promised Americans spiritual enlightenment. Delving into these New Age spiritualities with a critical but objective eye, Price seeks to determine what these new doctrines have to teach us and if the teachings are healthy and wise. Are these gurus offering only watered-down versions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and the Kabbalah? Would we be better off sticking with the old traditions? Are these popular spiritualities the equivalent of junk food, momentarily tasty but lacking in real substance? If so, how do we explain the alleged benefits derived by their many readers?
Among the many spiritual guides Price puts to the test are Rhonda Byrne (The Secret) and Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), who offer us ‘the law of attraction’: if we concentrate on what we really want in life, think really hard about it, we can will it to come true. He then moves on to discuss Deepak Chopra (How to Know God) as well as Chogyam Trungpa (Cutting through Spiritual Materialism) and Pema Chodron (Awakening Loving Kindness), who seek to bring their own brands of Hinduism and Buddhism to a willing Western audience; psychiatrist Helen Schucman, who claims that for her A Course in Miracles she actually channeled Jesus Christ; Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love), who offers that a lack of love is our biggest problem; the Reverend Joel Osteen (Your Best Life Now), whose evangelical theology really boils down to mind power and positive thinking.
Price in Top Secret does not deny the genuine insights conveyed by these writers and groups, most of whom seem never to have met face-to-face with rational scrutiny in print before, showing again and again how there are no ‘bad guys’ from whom one can learn nothing. Instead, he says that gullible fans of the books and authors tend to take too much from them, while skeptics tend to write them off completely because of the errors and wild claims they sometimes make. The middle ground Price establishes may entertain and edify even the most skeptical rationalist as well as pry open the mind of the most bubbly New Ager.
Writing with candor, directness, and humor, Price ... takes a
fair yet critical approach to the spiritual smorgasbord currently
Filled with interesting historical accounts of ancient and modern religious beliefs, presented in a thoroughly accessible and playful manner, Price's thought-provoking insights offer readers inspiration and wisdom. Critical and appreciative at the same time, Price applies his impressive background in theology and biblical criticism to put current New Age trends in perspective. Whether readers are skeptics looking for a rational approach to understanding current religion or seekers in search of a deeper, more informed understanding of popular spiritualities, they won't be disappointed by Top Secret.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Biographies & Memoirs
William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision by Marsha Keith Schuchard (Inner Traditions)
William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision uncovers the secret and mystical sexual practices at the heart of William Blake’s creative and spiritual life, revealing newly discovered documents connecting Blake’s mother and Blake himself to Moravian and Swedenborgian erotic and visionary experimentation.
William Blake (1757-1827) has long been treasured as an artist
and poet whose work was born out of authentic spiritual vision. The
acutely personal, almost otherworldly look of his artwork, combined
with its archetypal casting and depth of emotion, transcend societal
conventions and ordinary experience. But much of the overtly sexual
work has been destroyed or altered, deemed too heretical by
conservative elements among the mystic Moravians and Swedenborgians,
whose influence on Blake has been uncovered only recently.
Author Marsha Keith Schuchard’s investigation into the radical psychosexual spiritual practices surrounding Blake, which includes new archival discoveries of Blake family documents, reveals that Moravian and Swedenborgian erotic and visionary experimentation fueled much of Blake’s creativity. The book shows Blake had access to the kabbalistic and tantric techniques of psychoerotic meditation, which used sexual arousal to achieve spiritual vision. Drawing also upon modern art restoration techniques, Schuchard shows that Blake and his wife, Catherine, were influenced by these secret kabbalistic and tantric rituals.
The research in William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision includes the family documents and reveals how early Moravian and Swedenborgian erotic and visionary experimentation found expression in the explicit sexual imagery of his art. Much of this was lost to posterity, however, when religious conservatives pressured Blake's pious executor to suppress the more overtly sexual aspects of his work, which were subsequently altered or destroyed.
Schuchard's latest findings, combined with advances in photographic techniques used in modern-day art research, reveal this previously censored imagery. The recovery of these elements supports the belief that Blake explored extramarital sexual practices that were designed to transcend the bonds of social convention and that he pressured his wife to join him in these explorations. The author's exhaustive research provides a new context for understanding the mystical practices at the heart of Blake's most radical beliefs about sexualized spirituality and its relation to visionary art.
Schuchard places Blake at the heart of a secret
This remarkable book opens the reader's eyes to what fired Blake's writings and art. – David V. Bennett, The Independent
Exposes a forgotten visionary/sexual underworld. Scholarship with the momentum of a detective story. – Iain Sinclair, The Guardian
In William Blake's Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision, using new and fastidious research methods, Schuchard breaks new ground with her investigation of the psycho-sexual practices that surrounded this famous artist.
Social Sciences / Women’s Studies / Hispanic Studies / Emigration & Immigration
Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border:
Mobility, Labor, and Activism edited by Doreen
J. Mattingly & Ellen R. Hansen (
With the emergence of the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA), the curtailment of welfare programs, and more aggressive
efforts by the
Editors are Doreen J. Mattingly, associate professor of women’s
One enduring quality of feminist scholarship about the border region is the portrayal of women as active agents influencing the world around them, rather than as passive victims of forces beyond their control. The central concern of Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border is the agency of women in the border region, in the context of the structural constraints of the local and transnational locations. Women's relationships to change at the border take a variety of forms. The mobility, labor, and activism suggested by the three section divisions refer to different areas of women's lives in which they change, and are changed by, the border context. The chapters all put women's experiences and women's stories at the heart of the investigations. The chapters treat gender as a changing social construct and acknowledge the great variation within the category ‘woman.’ By definition, border regions are places of cultural diversity and, therefore, of multiple gender ideologies. For women in the border region, different cultural constructs of gender shape the ideological terrain they negotiate. The chapters in Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border illustrate the opportunities and obstacles presented by the region's multiple gender ideologies.
At a superficial level, the border creates differences between ‘Mexican’ and ‘American’ peoples and cultures. The chapters in the book do not assume the validity of the Mexican/American binary; instead, they illuminate the cultural mosaic that actually shapes women's lives at the border. One of the interesting things about studying the border is that it provides a window into the ways women's lives cross boundaries, in both a physical and a metaphorical sense. Women living near the U.S.-Mexico border cross for a variety of reasons, including work, shopping, socializing, and collaborative activities. Simultaneously, women's lives are also shaped by transnational social processes, ideologies, and discourses. In particular, cross-border immigrants maintain attachments to people and institutions in their places of origin. The contributors to Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border exemplify these cross-border patterns in their own lives. All of the authors have traveled and worked in both Spanish- and English-speaking countries, most have lived on both sides of the border, and many have published in both languages.
As the chapters in this volume show, the geographical extent of the border's influence varies widely, and it is not possible to map a cohesive border region that captures all the meanings of the border. Despite these conceptual complexities, the U.S.-Mexico border is important as the specific geographical context of people's lives – the space within which women's agency takes shape.
The physical border dividing the
The central theme of Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border is the interplay between the external forces at the border that shape women's lives and women's individual and collective actions. The chapters are grouped into three sections dealing with women's daily and longer-term mobility, women's employment, and women's political activism. They are tied together by the themes of empowerment, the tension between agency and socioeconomic structures, and the gendered nature of social processes, particularly mobility.
One theme in the growing literature on gender and migration is the potential for women to find emancipation and empowerment through labor migration and the associated loosening of traditional patriarchal relations. Yet many have found this emancipation relative to migrant men to be insignificant, as it occurs in the context of marginalization of the migrant group as a whole.
In chapter 2, "The Unsettling, Gendered Consequences of Migration for Mexican Indigenous Women," Elizabeth Maier draws on life narratives of Mexican indigenous women living in the border region to discuss the paradoxical effect of migration on women's lives. In the first half of the chapter, Maier carefully documents the myriad of added work pressures on women's lives that result from leaving traditional indigenous communities for resettlement as low-wage workers in heterogeneous border cities. In the second part of the chapter, Maier shifts her focus and examines the ways that the unsettling experiences of immigration and employment also provide a space for the empowerment of indigenous immigrant women.
A second way that mobility is gendered is through the division of
labor. In chapter 3, "Women's Daily Mobility at the U.S.-Mexico
Border," Ellen Hansen shows the gendering of everyday movement among
women on both sides of the border. Her interviews in
Although the border region presents challenges and constraints
for women, the proximity of different economic and political
landscapes also presents border women with exceptional
opportunities. Hansen's chapter includes examples of women regularly
crossing the border to take advantage of opportunities for work,
children's education, or shopping. Norma Ojeda, in chapter 4,
"Abortion in a Transborder Context, " takes up the issue of crossing
the border for opportunities on the other side, weaving together
women's daily mobility between
Women's labor provides a valuable vantage point for analyzing the interplay between economic structure and individual agency, as well as the tension between oppression and empowerment. Many studies have concluded that women's employment in export processing is best seen as a double-edged sword, offering women economic autonomy but insufficient wages to rise out of poverty.
In chapter 5 of Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border, "The Changing Gender Composition of the Maquiladora Workforce along the U.S.-Mexico Border;" Susan Tiano uses empirical data on manufacturing employment in Mexican border cities to examine three alternative theories/scenarios about industrialization's gendered impacts. They are (1) The integration thesis, which argues industrialization benefits women by absorbing them into the formal labor force; (2) The exploitation thesis, which argues capitalism takes advantage of patriarchal relations to create a low-wage labor force; (3) The marginalization thesis, which argues that industrialization prefers male workers and therefore relegates women to the margins of employment. Tiano uses the three theses to reflect on changes in employment in border maquiladoras since the late 1990s, an era when both overall employment and the proportion of women in the workforce have declined. Tiano's research suggests that while the pattern of feminization in export manufacturing may well be changing, women continued to be marginalized and exploited by the global economy.
A different approach to the relationship between employment and women's empowerment is found in chapter 6, "The Roots of Autonomy through Work Participation in the Northern Mexico Border Region," by Ana Bergareche. She explores the factors that influence whether employment contributes to women's autonomy, and therefore to their empowerment. Her interviews with women in Cuidad Juarez show that the factors most important in women's ability to transform social constraints into growth experiences are their positive spiritual beliefs and support networks with other women. By showing that age influenced how women found autonomy through work, the chapter contributes to our understanding of the diversity of women's experiences in the border region.
The question of differences among women in terms of empowerment
and employment is developed further by Doreen Mattingly in chapter
7, "Domestic Service and International Networks of Caring Labor? In
this chapter, she examines the strategies used by two groups of
working mothers in
At the same time that globalization has increased the burden of
poor women, however, the privatization of social services has
created space for binational cooperation and for women to take on
new roles as activists and community leaders. As in other
geographical contexts, women's organizing and activism in the border
region span the geographic scale from the local to the global. The
expansion of colonias and the development of non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) to manage them are both manifestations of the
neoliberal influence of the
The emergence of women community activists and leaders is tied to
their household gender roles. Activism is seen by some women as a
natural outgrowth of their roles as caretakers within the family. In
chapter 8 of
Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border,
"Mexican Women's Activism in
Dolhinow's chapter focuses on low-income households in the
The final two chapters, by Silvia Lopez Estrada and Patricia
Manning, deal with collaborative efforts by women. The formation of
autonomous NGOs by Mexican women activists is the particular focus
of Silvia Lopez Estrada in chapter 10, "Border Women's NGOs and
Political Participation in
In chapter 11, "'Making Believe' and `Willing Partners' in Academics' Activism in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands," Patricia Manning presents the most explicit investigation of binational cooperation. She does this through a discussion of her work in two transnational organizations: the Transborder Consortium for Research and Action on Gender and Reproductive Health at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Mujer Sana-Healthy Woman. This example shows the border as a dynamic place where the prevalent political trend against the authority of the Mexican government and in favor of global neoliberalism creates new spaces for women's organization and influence.
Common Threads: Gender, Empowerment, and Change
The chapters in Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border are linked by the portrayal of women as agents of change, whether they are physically moving across or along the border, working in paid and unpaid labor, or participating in movements to bring social change and justice. They are leaders as well as students, participants, and observers. Women on both sides of the border are taking advantage of opportunities to further efforts to gain autonomy, to create new paths and challenge traditions, and to empower themselves and their communities. In every sense of the word, they are movers.
This is a compelling book for any serious student of immigration because it tells the story of Mexican indigenous women, examines a woman's right to abortion from a transborder context, and presents information on border women's political participation and the formation of nongovernmental organizations serving women. – Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border gives readers a sense of the kind of engaging, fulfilling work undertaken through the Transborder Consortium and Mujer Sana-Healthy Woman and some of the factors that have made them sustainable and productive.
Transnational authorship is one of the distinguishing and valuable characteristics of this volume. The impact of these chapters makes clear the vital roles that women play in changing the U.S.-Mexico border region as they shape their own lives.
In addition to emphasizing women's agency, Women and Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border contributes in other ways to a dynamic tradition of feminist scholarship. And by illustrating the current state of social science research on gender and women's lives in the region, Mattingly and Hansen offer fresh perspectives on the material reality of women's daily lives in this culturally and historically rich region.
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Bulgaria by Richard Watkins & Christopher Deliso (Country Guide Series: Lonely Planet)
...for the adventurous traveler who wants to live like a native. – Real Simple Magazine
This revision of
Bulgaria, with two expert authors, is based on 80
days of in-country research and contains 35 detailed maps and a new
chapter on Bulgarian wine.
Whether travelers are looking forward to exploring ancient Roman ruins, hiking the Pirin mountains, relaxing along the
For most foreign holidaymakers,
There's nothing quite like a personal recommendation from someone who's been there to get started, so the authors asked travelers, Lonely Planet authors and staff for their highlights from Bulgaria. This is what they said:
Bulgaria, five centuries subjugated to Ottoman rule
and, more recently, four decades locked firmly behind the Iron
A fully paid-up member of NATO and the EU,
Bulgaria, getting around the country is easy, with
cheap and efficient public transport to ferry you between the cities
and into the remoter, rural corners, where the traditional, slow
pace of life continues much as it has done for centuries. Here
travelers will come across multicolored monasteries, filled with
fabulous icons and watched over by bushy-bearded priests, and
impossibly pretty timber-framed villages with smoke curling lazily
over the stone-tiled roofs and donkeys complaining in the distance,
where headscarfed old ladies and their curious grandchildren still
stare in wonderment at the arrival of outsiders. The cities, too,
are often overlooked highlights, from dynamic, cosmopolitan
Prices have certainly risen since
English is widely understood in the big cities and tourist centers, and German is the more common second language in the coastal resorts, but in the countryside, knowledge of foreign languages is rare. Learning a few basic phrases will certainly ease travelers’ passage and make their trip more enjoyable. The new tourist offices in the main cities are happy to help with any queries and staff at backpacker hostels and upscale hotels, which are more used to dealing with international guests, almost always speak English and have plenty of information to hand.
Bulgaria, most foreign tourists still come to
The Lonely Planet authors and editors see their job as inspiring and enabling travelers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large. They offer travelers rich travel advice, not just in Bulgaria, but in all their guidebooks, informed by the wisdom of over 350 Lonely Planet authors living in 37 countries and fluent in 70 languages. They find the special, the unique and the different for travelers wherever they are. They visit thousands of places in person to get the details right, offering the trusted filter for those who are curious, open minded and independent. They challenge their growing community of travelers; leading debate and discussion about travel and the world. And they tell it like it is without fear or favor in service of the travelers; not clouded by any other motive.