The Blind Girl's War started more than thirteen years ago, but no one can say exactly why....Tazakul is a broken land of contradictions, all but its latest history and culture are long lost: science and magic vie for what little concern its citizens have beyond the struggle to live. The two main provinces, Dikallah and Draka, are pushed to the edge of destruction by reckless Presidents who believe themselves omnipotent. The remainder of the world is forgotten, so few books remain -- a selective form of censorship enforced by both the government and extremists alike. People die simply because they live in a place their enemy wants to put to better use, in a war fought as often with swords as with automatic weapons and bombs. Dissidents are imprisoned and women believed to be witches are banished to Meglic Mountain. 'The Blind Girl's War' is a series of a dozen books related by the blood witch, Nadarra Sen. She is held captive by Haqqi Ibais, Dikallah's most-wanted terrorist with a taste for chemical weapons. Haqqi has chained Nadarra, forcing her to save a mysterious young girl, Tilla, accidentally poisoned by his chemicals. Nadarra has no idea what the child means to him, only that the man she loves, Zaid Ubaid, will be butchered by Haqqi if she doesn't save Tilla's life. To gain the time she needs for her remedies to work, she tells Tilla stories of people she's known and the horrors they've lived through and how they managed to survive...interweaving the tales with the history of the near-immortal Tazakul witches, their horrific treatment by humans, and the beginning of their vengeful return.... Her thoughts always return to Zaid.... His elderly father was taken by a death squad only weeks before...would he assume the same has happened with her or that she simply left him for someone else? 'Before the Sun Goes Down' is the first volume in Tazakul's final struggle to survive.
A fascinating account of Thomas Merton's conflicted relationship with his abbot, Dom James Fox--by an esteemed modern Merton scholar. In the 1950s and '60s, Thomas Merton, a monk of the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani in Kentucky, published a string of books that are among the most influential spiritual books of the twentieth century--including the mega-best seller The Seven-Storey Mountain. He was something of a rock star for a cloistered monk, and from his monastic cell he enjoyed a wide and lively correspondence with people from the worlds of religion, literature, and politics. During that period he also explored and wrote extensively on Buddhism, Sufism, art, and social action. The man to whom he owed obedience in the cloistered life was a much more traditional Catholic, his abbot, Dom James Fox. To say that these two men had a conflicted relationship would be an understatement, but the tension their differences in orientation brought actually led to creative results on both sides and to a kind of hard-won respect and love. Roger Lipsey's portrait of this unusual relationship is compelling and moving; it shows Merton in the years his imagination was taking him far beyond the walls of the monastery, and eventually, literally to Asia.
The Inner Hebridean island of Breágha has long been considered one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles but now its natural beauty has become of secondary importance to the people who live there.Is it just coincidence that the most devastating storm in the region's history completely cuts the island off from the rest of the world whilst masking the changes that are taking place there?The opening of a new shop, managed by the good and kind Francine Duval, brings much more than just a mysterious sign above its windows.Each evening, with the setting of the sun, the island becomes a very strange and sinister place.
Author: William L. Coleman
Publisher: Baker Books
Release Date: 2009-06-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
The Big Book of Animal Devotions teaches children about the wonders of God's creation while also using each animal to illustrate a character-development lesson straight from the Bible. Each reading includes a Scripture verse, discussion questions, and a concise nugget of take-away wisdom.
Author: Alex Soto
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2012-03-16
Your daughter asks if she can wear a tuxedo to the prom. How should you answer her? A thief breaks into your home at night. Can you protect your family to the point of killing the thief? A politician campaigning for your vote has no regard for Christ's gospel. Can you vote for him? Crime is rampant and mounting. How exactly does a society confront it? Do you know God's particular will for these situations? The general guidance offered from many pulpits and the specific guidance offered from many talk shows should not satisfy those committed to taking every thought captive to Christ (see 2 Cor 10:5). In moral dilemmas, God's general guidance or the "wisdom" of men will not do. We need God's voice, and we need it particularly. The Will of God: Moral and Political Guidance from Calvin's Commentaries on the Mosaic Law overcomes these drawbacks of authorized generalities or unauthorized specifics. It comprehensively yet succinctly expresses God's entire moral will by: ogiving specific, not general, ethical direction oclosely tying direction to God's commandments, avoiding the "ingenuities" of men olooking to the interpretations of a trusted theologian, John Calvin osummarizing Calvin's interpretations in bullet points for rapid learning In a word, The Will of God offers an ethical gourmet meal at a fast food pace. The book especially aims for the biblical reformation of politics. No other sector calls for moral reform like the political sector, and if there is any weak area in contemporary Christian teaching it is in political ethics. Christian teachers have simply baptized current non-Christian theories. The Will of God presents a biblical political theory that does not annul one of the least of God's commandments (see Matt 5:19).
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Release Date: 1993-12-01
Genre: Literary Collections
Thoreau's journal of 1851 reveals profound ideas and observations in the making, including wonderful writing on the natural history of Concord. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Ed Stewart
Release Date: 2005-02
It is an inescapable fact; every situation has a "Time Zero" waiting to occur, be it the expectant mother anxiously looking forward to her new baby, a weary worker watching the clock slowly drag toward quitting time, or the end of San Francisco as we know it today. A clandestine meeting on the French Rivera between a terrorist and an international arms dealer to obtain Atomic Demolition Charges (mini A-bombs) begins the trail of action and intrigue that culminates in San Francisco. Cross and double cross occurs as the A-bombs change hands. Captain Tim Mitchell, (the President's prodigal stepson), sneaks Major Jaqui Carlyle, an unauthorized crew member, onboard the final flight, testing the 21st century's newest military weapon. Night Vision Goggles for pilots. When exposed, Major Carlyle is reassigned to a new hush-hush facility in west Texas. Captain Mitchell is assigned to flying a desk as assistant information officer at the home of Star Wars. The Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California. Armando Quionez; a self-educated scientist is contacted by the terrorist who Sky-Jacked the ADCs and manufactures the ADC detonators. To prove his firing pin works, one is exploded at White Sands New Mexico. Plexiglass coffins nicknamed "Gadgets" are constructed for two A-bombs which are placed under the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. The bombs are armed so if it is disturbed it will detonated. The news media is notified that the Gadgets are hot and the deadline for denotation is established. Mitchell has minimal qualifications as a scientist but is about to prove his talent as commander under fire.
Author: A. R. Faucheaux
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2013-06-06
Book description Sylph’s Demon is the story of boy who is given the powers of the universe and is sent on a quest to find a traitor inside the protectors of all life in the galaxy, but he is being overpowered by a demon with-in. He struggles to keep this evil at bay, as he tries to insure that his last action is an honorable one.
Author: Patricia Grace
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Large type books
This is a fine new collection of short stories by the much-loved Patricia Grace, probably never more popular since the great commercial success of the novel Tu. The feast of stories is varied: urban, rural, New Zealand, overseas, tribal, contemporary. The thread that runs through all the stories, though, is Grace's huge sympathy for the underdog and the perspective of the outsider. The world she depicts is often a stark and unsentimental place, in which people struggle against ageing, rejection, violence and betrayal.
Author: Lee Nelson
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Release Date: 1995-01-01
Genre: Indians of North America
A Mormon English professor writing about government attacks on the Indians and a Harvard student-turned-cattle rancher suffering from deep personal loss meet in this unforgettable, but tragic, tale of temptation, love and adultery set in the heart of Utah's west desert wilderness.