The God's Chair
Author: E C Varga
Turning sixteen is tough to navigate for any teenager. For Mike, it will be tough and then some. His father is getting more forgetful. Hanna, the object of Mike's affection, disappears without a trace. And his dark and extremely odd uncle has shown up to give him some bizarre news. The gist is that Mike has one year left to live- freely, that is. When he turns seventeen, he will become a hot commodity on the Transylvanian Black Magic Market. In this year of "freedom," Mike will have to move to the mysterious land of Transylvania, cure his father, somehow find Hanna, and perfect a lifetime of skills he never knew he had. Most of all, Mike will discover that those monsters under his bed-the stuff of dreams-do exist!
Author: Hans Boersma
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Surveying the barriers that contemporary thinking has erected between the natural and the supernatural, between earth and heaven, Hans Boersma issues a wake-up call for Western Christianity. Both Catholics and evangelicals, he says, have moved too far away from a sacramental mindset, focusing more on the here-and-now than on the then-and-there. Yet, as Boersma points out, the teaching of Jesus, Paul, and St. Augustine indeed, of most of Scripture and the church fathers is profoundly otherworldly, much more concerned with heavenly participation than with earthly enjoyment. In Heavenly Participation Boersma draws on the wisdom of great Christian minds ancient and modern Irenaeus, Gregory of Nyssa, C. S. Lewis, Henri de Lubac, John Milbank, and many others. He urges Catholics and evangelicals alike to retrieve a sacramental worldview, to cultivate a greater awareness of eternal mysteries, to partake eagerly of the divine life that transcends and transforms all earthly realities. Hans Boersma makes a superb contribution to evangelical theological reflection in this well-designed book, and it goes a long way to drawing us back from the brink of a fashionable evangelical tendency to reductive historicism. His re-situation of the doctrine of the Incarnation in its historic sacramental language and thought opens up the way to a deeper understanding of the truths of faith that evangelicals and Catholics alike seek to comprehend and nurture. David Lyle Jeffrey Baylor University Theology at its best, says Hans Boersma, is less interested in comprehending the truth than in participating in it. Skillfully marshalling passages from the church fathers and medieval theologians and drawing judiciously on contemporary evangelical and Catholic thinkers, Boersma shows that theology is not primarily an intellectual enterprise but a spiritual discipline by which one enters into the truth and is mastered by it. Though this sacramental tapestry, as he calls it, is as old as the church, it is refreshing to have it presented anew in this engaging book. Robert Louis Wilken University of Virginia
The Mermaid Chair
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
The New York Times–bestselling second novel by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion. When Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother’s seemingly inexplicable behavior, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh, a life “molded to the smallest space possible.” Jessie loves Hugh, but once on the island, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk about to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right and the immutable force of home and marriage. Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie’s life? What happens will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, it will allow Jessie to comes discover selfhood and a place of belonging as she explores the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic.
The Weaver's Songs
Author: Kabir, Vinay Dharwadker
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Life and works of a Hindu saint poet.
Funny, sexy and totally unforgettable! Discover the reason top retailers and reviewers have named Kristan Higgins's Blue Heron series among their Best Books of the Year! From the deep blue lakes to the lush, rolling hills to the to-die-for nachos they serve at the only bar in town, the residents of Manningsport, New York, know there's something pretty darn special about their little community tucked away in wine country. It's a place where romance is always in the air, full of first loves and second chances…and there's always a good vintage handy to help get over a broken heart. Jilted-at-the-altar Faith Holland swallows her pride and returns home to her family's Blue Heron Vineyard for a chance to start over, while her sister, Honor, finds herself in a marriage of convenience that might be turning into the real thing. Meantime, Colleen O'Rourke thinks she's safer sticking to matchmaking for her customers, but only until the man who got away comes looking for a drink at her bar. Collected here for the first time are the first three books in the Blue Heron series: The Best Man, The Perfect Match and Waiting On You. Be part of the magic from the very beginning! Look for the next title in the Blue Herron series, Anything for You.
Bestselling author and theologian Scott Hahn offers a commentary on 1 and 2 Chronicles as a liturgical and theological interpretation of Israel's history.
Now in his late sixties, Hugh Bigod cannot resist aggravating the divisive relationship between King Henry and his Archbishop Thomas Becket. To keep Hugh in check the king builds Orford Castle, prompting him to rebel. Emboldened by the support of some unlikely allies, Hugh takes his revenge against Lord Sisland and rekindles his friendship with Count Philip of Flanders. He embarks on a bloody path, strewn with the bodies of friends and enemies alike. A path that leads inexorably towards his final conflict. In the east, Saladin consolidates his power as the ‘time of promises’ grows ever closer. With his mentor Muzawi, they enter the deadly catacombs of Kom-el-Shoqafa looking for answers that will release untold power. The Holy relic of Lydda finally gives up its timeless secret and as the eternal battle between good and evil reaches its climax, the End of Days threatens to lay waste the Holy Land. The Bigod Chronicles Books One to Four
At the Feet of Jesus
Author: Joanna Weaver
You were made for more than serving God; you were made to know Him. Intimacy with God—to know Him and be known by Him. It is what our hearts desperately need, but somehow life conspires to keep us busy and distracted. For anyone who struggles when it comes to daily devotions, At the Feet of Jesus extends an irresistible invitation to set aside your duties and find the amazing peace and incredible joy that come from time alone with Him. Drawn from Joanna Weaver’s beloved Bethany trilogy, each reading in this 365-day devotional includes a Bible reading passage and reflection question. All-new material and “Going Deeper” sidebars are also woven throughout. Discover for yourself the riches that come from spending a portion of each day alone with God. At the feet of Jesus—where true life begins! Includes a unique One-Year Bible Reading Guide.
"WHAT LIES BEHIND grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Ellison is a great talent—enjoy." —Catherine Coulter, # 1 New York Times bestselling author Books one to four in J.T. Ellison's riveting Taylor Jackson series are available together for the first time in one box set! All the Pretty Girls - The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene-the prior victim's severed hand. 14 - Ten victims, each with pale skin and long dark hair. All have been slashed across the throat, the same red lipstick smeared across their lips. Judas Kiss - It was a murder made for TV: a trail of tiny bloody footprints. An innocent toddler playing beside her mother's bludgeoned body. Pretty young Corinne Wolff, seven months pregnant, brutally murdered in her own home. The Cold Room - Taylor Jackson's never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction. Available for the first time in one volume, find the first four exhilarating Taylor Jackson novels by thriller-writing master and New York Times bestselling author, J.T. Ellison More Praise "Shocking suspense, compelling characters and fascinating forensic details." —Lisa Gardner, # 1 New York Times bestselling author "A terrific thriller…fans of forensic mysteries, such as those by Patricia Cornwell, should immediately add this series to their A-lists." —Booklist
"WHAT LIES BEHIND grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Ellison is a great talent—enjoy." —Catherine Coulter, # 1 New York Times bestselling author Together for the first time in one volume, the first two books in J.T. Ellison’s fan—favorite Sam Owens series A Deeper Darkness Since the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, medical examiner Samantha Owens has been pulled into a suffocating grief no amount of workaholic ardor can penetrate—until she receives a peculiar call requesting she perform a second autopsy on a recent murder victim. Eddie Donovan is officially the casualty of a vicious carjacking, but under Sam's sharp eye the forensics tell a darker story. It’s clear that nobody's hands are clean, and that making sense of this murder might put Sam in the crosshairs of death. Edge of Black Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man. But before she's even unpacked her office, she's called to consult on a case that's rocked the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died—just three. Sam soon realizes this is no textbook terrorist, but an assassin whose motive is deeply personal and far from understandable. But with the help of Xander Whitfield, a former army ranger and Sam's new boyfriend, Sam will learn truth…and land once more in the line of fire. More Praise "Shocking suspense, compelling characters and fascinating forensic details." —Lisa Gardner, # 1 New York Times bestselling author "A terrific thriller…fans of forensic mysteries, such as those by Patricia Cornwell, should immediately add this series to their A-lists." —Booklist
As a companion product to Joanna Weaver's 10-week DVD Bible study based on her best-selling book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, this study guide helps participants discover the "better part" Jesus offered Mary and Martha - the intimate friendship that is found when we take time to sit at His feet. Featuring an expanded and revised version of the book's original study, this beautiful guide provides space to capture what's been learned from reading the assigned book chapters and the study of God's Word. Practical sidebars, memory verses, video pages and "Make a Plan" prompts make this a resource women will turn to long after the study is done. Designed for individuals and groups. To get the most out of the study, each participant will need a copy of the book and the study guide.
The Last Testament
Author: David Javerbaum
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
As dictated to his mortal amanuensis, 11-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, David Javerbaum, God looks back with unprecedented candor on his time in the public sector. He takes us behind the scenes.
Author: Thomson Gale
Publisher: Gale Cengage
From classroom aids to corporate training programs, technical resources to self-help guides, children's features to documentaries, theatrical releases to straight-to-video movies, The Video Source Book continues its comprehensive coverage of the wide universe of video offerings with more than 130,000 complete program listings, encompassing more than 160,000 videos. All listings are arranged alphabetically by title. Each entry provides a description of the program and information on obtaining the title. Six indexes -- alternate title, subject, credits, awards, special formats and program distributors -- help speed research.
Author: Mark Chadbourn
Publisher: Prometheus Books
A dragon firebombs a freeway. Shape-shifters stalk the commercial district. The deadly Wild Hunt wreaks havoc on the highway. The Age of Misrule has dawned. When Jack Churchill and Ruth Gallagher encounter a terrifying, misshapen giant beneath a London bridge, they are plunged into a mystery that portends the end of the world as we know it. All over the country, the ancient gods of Celtic myth are returning to the land from which they were banished millennia ago. Following in their footsteps are creatures of folklore: fabulous beasts, wonders and dark terrors. As technology starts to fail, Jack and Ruth are forced to embark on a desperate quest for four magical items—the last chance for humanity in the face of powers barely comprehended. A pedal-to-the-floor, high-octane fantasy thriller that pitches magic and wonder into a pop culture mash-up of the modern world. Described as "One part Lord of the Rings, one part Illuminatus!, one part Arthurian romance, one part Harry Potter—100 % original!" From the Trade Paperback edition.
Church Meets World
Author: Winnie Varghese
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
• Next generation of classic Episcopal Teaching Series • Accessible for newcomers and adults; content for church leaders and seminarians • Interactive, accompanied by online materials • Topics and approach relevent to today’s issues The New Church’s Teaching series has been one of the most recognizable and useful sets of books in the Episcopal Church. With the launch of the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World series, visionary Episcopal thinkers and leaders have teamed up to revitalize the series with fresh voices and style, making it grounded and thoughtful enough for seminarians and leaders, yet concise and clear enough for newcomers. A leading thinker and vibrant presence at the intersection of church and world, Winnie Varghese explores the “what”, “how”, and “why” of Episcopal engagement with contemporary social issues. Like the master of the household in Jesus’ parable (Matthew 13:52) who “brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old,” Varghese leads readers to discover theological resources from generations past and how they help to guide our action around thorny issues like racial justice, gender and sexuality, economic disparity, definitions of “family,” the environment, and much more. Audience: Church leaders, lay and ordained, seminary students and faculty, newcomers and adult formation groups