A little over one hundred years after the legendary shootout at the OK Corral, a radical South Chicago preacher named Frances Thomas moved to Miracle Valley, Arizona. She brought not only her congregation, but also a dangerous cocktail of fanaticism, faith healing, bigotry, and dynamite. Believing that God had called her to take over Miracle Valley, Pastor Thomas and her cult of followers set out to do just that -- with explosive results.
A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment
Author: Scott Carney
An investigative reporter explores an infamous case where an obsessive and unorthodox search for enlightenment went terribly wrong. When thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, The New York Times reported the story under the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat in the Desert Ends in a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for six years, was struck by how Thorson’s death echoed other incidents that reflected the little-talked-about connection between intensive meditation and mental instability. Using these tragedies as a springboard, Carney explores how those who go to extremes to achieve divine revelations—and undertake it in illusory ways—can tangle with madness. He also delves into the unorthodox interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism that attracted Thorson and the bizarre teachings of its chief evangelists: Thorson’s wife, Lama Christie McNally, and her previous husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the supreme spiritual leader of Diamond Mountain University, where Thorson died. Carney unravels how the cultlike practices of McNally and Roach and the questionable circumstances surrounding Thorson’s death illuminate a uniquely American tendency to mix and match eastern religious traditions like LEGO pieces in a quest to reach an enlightened, perfected state, no matter the cost. Aided by Thorson’s private papers, along with cutting-edge neurological research that reveals the profound impact of intensive meditation on the brain and stories of miracles and black magic, sexualized rituals, and tantric rites from former Diamond Mountain acolytes, A Death on Diamond Mountain is a gripping work of investigative journalism that reveals how the path to enlightenment can be riddled with danger.
What Every American Needs to Know about Our Border
Author: William R. Daniel
Pubpsher: Wheatmark, Inc.
Category: Political Science
For over twenty years, ranchers on our southern border have been overrun with smugglers, criminals, illegal immigrants, and terrorists. Law enforcement personnel have joined the ranchers to expose the government policies that have maintained an open, lawless, and deadly border.
Narrowly escaping Desert Storm with his life, Corporal Rob Jacobs returns to southern California to his pregnant wife, Jenny, with a severely injured leg and a growing addiction to pain killers. Unable to find adequate work or acceptable pain management, Rob becomes increasingly depressed and slides deeper into addiction. Though once a hard-working, faithful, Christian husband, Rob abandons his faith and his wife as his addictions spiral out of control, ultimately leading to his incarceration. While in prison, Rob rediscovers his faith in God and repents, hoping to find restoration in Christ, but his young faith is quickly put to the test by divorce, vengeance, and AIDS.
Release on 1997 | by Dell Publishing,Blockbuster Entertainment
Author: Dell Publishing,Blockbuster Entertainment
Pubpsher: Island Books
Category: Motion pictures
The leading expert on video sales and rentals presents the ultimate video sourcebook--the most complete and comprehensive one on the market, with over 22,500 entries of every film available on video in an easy-to-use A-Z format, cross-indexed by title, director, celebrity and film category, including a special section listing films suitable for children.