Johnny Bianda is a man with a dream. He wants to own a boat off the coast of Florida and he only needs $186,000 to buy it. He steals the money from his firm, knowing that one day they'll notice and one day they'll kill him for it - after all, it is the Mafia. But for Johnny Bianda, the risk is worth taking and he knows it will be at least a year before they catch up with him. Unfortunately for Bianda, the knock on his door comes sooner than he thinks ...
Release on 2010-08-03 | by Wayne Rice,Mike Yaconelli
Author: Wayne Rice,Mike Yaconelli
Pubpsher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Anyone up for FizzerTag? Pucks and Pigskins? How about Missile Mania? You'll find something for any group -- regardless of age, ability, or skill -- in this revised volume of Play It! Inside are more than 150 of the hottest games from the original bestsellers Play It! And Play It Again! Inside you'll find outdoor and indoor games, games for small and large groups . . . relays . . . summer and winter games. . .water games. . .active and non-active games. These community-building games are simply fun! In addition to complete rules and helpful diagrams, Play It! helps you: -Make the most of the games. -Pick the right game for your group. -Adapt the rules or equipment to fit your circumstances. -Choose teams creatively. Play It! contains activities for nearly every occasion and event for use with Sunday school classes, summer camps, children's groups, vacation Bible school, youth groups of all ages, and even groups of adults. It's the perfect resource for teachers, youth workers, group leaders, event coordinators, pastors, and parents!
The award-winning author of How to Be an American Housewife returns with a poignant story of estranged sisters, forced together by family tragedy, who soon learn that sisterhood knows no limits. Rachel and Drew Snow may be sisters, but their lives have followed completely different paths. Married to a wonderful man and a mother to two strong-minded teens, Rachel hasn’t returned to her childhood home since being kicked out by her strict father after an act of careless teenage rebellion. Drew, her younger sister, followed her passion for music but takes side jobs to make ends meet and longs for the stability that has always eluded her. Both sisters recall how close they were, but the distance between them seems more than they can bridge. When their deferential Japanese mother, Hikari, is diagnosed with dementia and gives Rachel power of attorney, Rachel’s domineering father, Killian becomes enraged. In a rare moment of lucidity, Hikari asks Rachel for a book in her sewing room, and Rachel enlists her sister’s help in the search. The book—which tells the tale of real-life female samurai Tomoe Gozen, an epic saga of love, loss, and conflict during twelfth-century Japan—reveals truths about Drew and Rachel’s relationship that resonate across the centuries, connecting them in ways that turn their differences into assets. From the Hardcover edition.
Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He expects to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father. But in his new home of celebrities, crooks, untrustworthy guardian, and excessively wealthy deviants, both lust and want thwart his search for love. In his quest to become a doctor, the profit motivation of health care and deficient morality in scientific discovery make him question his dedication to medicine. A finalist in the 2012William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the graves of celebrity suicides . . . and at their final destination, they will each end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living—or if there’s no turning back.
Joshua Greaves is no ordinary boy, he has supernatural powers. As Joshua grows, tragedy intervenes but this helps to unlock the secrets of his powers and their intended purpose. Joshua must find the 11 other people assigned to help with his task- to find the Eye of Ra, an immensely powerful ancient artefact. Joshua is not alone in wanting to find the Eye of Ra though, and he discovers he has enemies in high places, and Joshua must use his powers and shear nerve to evade capture. With storm clouds gathering over humanity it becomes a deadly race and Joshua must decide who he can really trust.