On the North Pole of Pluto there stands an enigma: a huge circle of standing blocks of ice, built on the pattern of Earth's Stonehenge--but ten times the size, standing alone at the farthest reaches of the Solar System. What is it? Who came there to build it? In Kim Stanley Robinson's Icehenge, the secret lies, perhaps, in the chaotic decades of the Martian Revolution, in the lost memories of those who have lived for centuries. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Most people are unaware of just how many children there are with special needs. Perhaps the worst part about this is that most of these children do not seem any different from any other kid outwardly. In this book, the author explores her first hand experience with children whose friends, family, and neighbors have no idea just what is going on in the minds of a child with special needs. By having the children write about their own first-hand experiences in their own voice, the author is shedding light on what is for most people, still a taboo and unknown subject. So, come. Meet the boy next door. He’s just like you and me, only a little different.
Release on 2012-12-01 | by Lori Wilde,Kathleen O'Reilly,Candace Havens
Christmas Kisses\Baring It All\A Hot December Night
Author: Lori Wilde,Kathleen O'Reilly,Candace Havens
It's cold outside, but these guys are roaring hot… Christmas Kisses by Lori Wilde Santa's been arrested for arson? Defense attorney Alana O'Hara won't let holiday-hating sergeant Noah Briscoe ruin Christmas. She'll save Santa and find Noah's Christmas spirit…even if it means more than just kisses under the mistletoe! Baring It All by Kathleen O'Reilly After being rescued from a fire by paramedic Eric Marshall, Chloe Skidmore has amnesia. She's forgotten her past, her hurt—and Eric. But as the spark between them reignites, there's still a teeny problem…Chloe's wedding ring! A Hot December Night by Candace Havens Assistant Fire Chief Jason Turner wasn't expecting to have his head turned by party planner Kristen Lovejoy. Especially at Christmas. But when chemistry takes over, things get out of control…and this is one blaze Jason won't be able to put out!
To chase, to embrace, and to savor the deepest passions of her heart, a quirky carpenters daughter builds her social work career - and fills the emptiness she has long known - by captivating the love of her life - Carolyn. But Jordan Mathews success is short-lived, as her career evolves into an outrageous battle of office politics, where no good deed seems to go unpunished - and where only the power of love survives. A vibrant and playful celebration of gay pride, Building It All From Scraps is a campy fiction that blends love, relationships, friendships and family, with an understanding of gay culture and history. Set at the Jersey Shore in the 1970s and 1980s, the story shares the transformation of a shy and ambiguous girl to a professional gay woman, and pits wants vs. expectations, needs vs. loyalties, in this comical construction of lifes loves, and the quest to find true meaning. The author includes a variety of articles about prominent social issues and especially, those affecting gay people - at the end of the book. These condensed, professional, yet easy-to-understand articles form a reference section that serves as a political history and social commentary for gay people everywhere. But you dont need to use the reference section to enjoy this amusing story about life, and love, fulfilled. A tale that revels in the clash of the sexual revolution, balancing disco community and true love with family life and working class values, Building It All from Scraps is a humorous and solidifying testimonial to all gay people, an educational and informative book for all human service workers, and a great piece of philosophical entertainment for those who are neither. And it lets us know, at the end of the day, that we are all the same.
Release on 2004 | by Robert Joseph Taylor,Linda M. Chatters,Jeff Levin
Social, Psychological, and Health Perspectives
Author: Robert Joseph Taylor,Linda M. Chatters,Jeff Levin
Deriving conclusions from the National Survey of Black Americans and several additional wide-ranging surveys, Religion in the Lives of African Americans examines broad issues: patterns of religious involvement; the functions of religion in coping, social support, etc.; and the relationships between religion and physical and mental health and well-being. Since the early 1900s, there has been ongoing academic interest in the nature, patterns, and functions of religion in the lives of African Americans because of the pervasiveness and persistence of the religious context in the lives of individuals, families and communities for this population group. This book enhances and furthers such academic interest by presenting a comprehensive, integrated analysis based upon rigorous, systematic survey research. The authors provide readers with an authoritative profile of the importance of religious involvement in relation to diverse forms of behaviours, attitudes and perceptions.
In a time of so much uncertainty and chaos, it is increasingly difficult to feel that anything in the world is stable and reliable. However, there is one thing that can always be depended on and that is your relationship with God in Christ. In Walking With the Twelve, author Brad Fulton offers a brilliant and insightful look into the lives of the twelve men who had the closest relationship with Jesus Christ imaginable -- His twelve disciples. Like you, they were ordinary men who were chosen by Jesus to walk by His side to witness firsthand the power and the healing gifts of His ministry every day. As they journeyed with Christ and observed His interaction with believers and non-believers alike, their relationship with Him was strengthened and empowered. Though our society has changed, our strength and power also result from our journey with Jesus today. Using the teachings that the disciples learned during their time with Christ, Walking With the Twelve shows us that we too can grow and prosper from the love that God offers if we are ready to follow Him with open arms and hearts. So wait no longer, walk with the twelve, and let your faith in God be the key that opens the door to His constant and committed presence in your life -- starting today.
Dear Reader: Inside the covers of Language of the Heart you will read letters written from Jonathan to his Sweetheart, Princess Mahsa Elaine Tabori. But why, what caused Mohamad to assemble a book of nothing but letters? Why would a book of letters, all written from one person to another, be listed and sold as a romance novel? Because "Romance" is a story, an adventure between two hearts that become one through friendship and Love. Language of the Heart could be labeled as a diary or a journal, but each letter is a token of love; a gift from Jonathan's heart, unveiling himself and his love, romancing the one that his heart loves. By reading the letters, you will come to know of the bonding of friendship and love that Jonathan felt for Princess Mahsa. You will come to know Jonathan as Princess Mahsa came to know him, and see the heart of Princess Mahsa as Jonathan knew her heart. See the romance unfold that caused their hearts to become as one. Two hearts in communication, speaking as one.
Connected at the chest by a band of flesh, Chang and Eng Bunker toured the United States and the world from the 1820s to the 1870s, placing themselves and their extraordinary bodies on exhibit as "freaks of nature" and "Oriental curiosities." More famously known as the Siamese twins, they eventually settled in rural North Carolina, married two white sisters, became slave owners, and fathered twenty-one children between them. Though the brothers constantly professed their normality, they occupied a strange space in nineteenth-century America. They spoke English, attended church, became American citizens, and backed the Confederacy during the Civil War. Yet in life and death, the brothers were seen by most Americans as "monstrosities," an affront they were unable to escape. Joseph Andrew Orser chronicles the twins' history, their sometimes raucous journey through antebellum America, their domestic lives in North Carolina, and what their fame revealed about the changing racial and cultural landscape of the United States. More than a biography of the twins, the result is a study of nineteenth-century American culture and society through the prism of Chang and Eng that reveals how Americans projected onto the twins their own hopes and fears.
This was originally intended as a legacy for the author's family, but when she found it was encouraging to a much larger audience, she decided to publish. You will laugh, cry, rejoice and find healing as you identify with her honesty, and resiliency through devastating challenges of heartbreak and loss. She encourages us, that even when we can't hold on any longer, God will not let go of us.
A bestselling, groundbreaking author investigates successful long term marriages, interviewing wives and their uncensored strategies for staying married. America's high divorce rate is well known. But little attention has been paid to the flip side: couples who creatively (sometimes clandestinely) manage to build marriages that are lasting longer than we ever thought possible. What's the secret? To find out, bestselling journalist Iris Krasnow interviewed more than 200 wives whose marriages have survived for 15 to 70 years. They are a diverse cast, yet they share one common and significant trait: They have made bold, sometimes secretive and shocking choices on how to keep their marital vows, "till death do us part," as Krasnow says, "without killing someone first." In raw, candid, titillating stories, Krasnow's cast of wise women give voice to the truth about marriage and the importance of maintaining a strong sense of self apart from the relationship. Some spend summers separately from their partners. Some make time for wine with the girls. One septuagenarian has a recurring date with an old flame from high school. In every case, the marriage operates on many tracks, giving both spouses license to pursue the question "Who am I apart from my marriage?" Krasnow's goal is to give women permission to create their own marriages at any age. Marital bliss is possible, she says, if each partner is blissful apart from the other. A fascinating window on the many faces of modern relationships, The Secret Lives of Wives brims with inspiring and daring examples of women who have it both ways: a committed marriage and personal adventures in uncharted territory. For anyone who wants to stay married and stay sane, this is the book to read!