Release on 2009-10-28 | by Karen Casey,Martha Vanceburg
A Book of Daily Meditations
Author: Karen Casey,Martha Vanceburg
Pubpsher: Simon and Schuster
With more than 300,000 copies sold, this acclaimed book of meditations is the perfect companion for anyone looking to add a moment of peace and self-reflection to their days. Some of us are recovering from addiction, trauma, codependency, or a mental health disorder. Others of us are simply looking to slow down our hectic lives and focus on personal growth and self-care. No matter what our reason for seeking wisdom and inspiration, a daily meditation practice can be an invaluable tool for our journey. This collection of engaging, healing, and practical meditations by trusted recovery authors Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg reminds us that each day is an opportunity to be fully present and live our best lives. Complete with inspiring quotations from diverse voices and daily lessons on replacing shame and fear with hope and self-love, The Promise of a New Day is the perfect meaningful gift for a loved one or ourselves.
A Year of Mornings collects 236 images--always taken before noon-- without discussion between the two women, who live 3191 miles apart. The intimacy of these photographs combined with their striking similarities in color and compostion defies the reality of their long-distance collaboration.
There are thousands of great women of God who were pioneers of the faith and the gospel. Though many of their names are lost to us forever, the record of their exploits for the sake of the Kingdom are engraved in the eternal and living chronicles of heaven. They represent the hues and colors of Gods rainbow and are present in the history of every denomination, faith and religion. Women have dug out churches, cleaned them, closed them and built them. They were visionaries, ground-breakers, pathfinders, the bridges that brought us over, trend-setters, armor-bearers, leaders, agents for change and disciples. They cooked, cried, sang, marched, testified, organized, did the holy dance, counseled, and prayed while everybody else slept. They carried the "work" on their bare knuckles, tear drops, hips, lips and hearts. In the pages of this delightful book filled with powerful scriptural revelation, candor, insight and instruction, Elaine Rose Penn delivers a challenge to women called to the gospel ministry to be true to their femininity, and adhere to a high standard of excellence and accountability in the conduct of their service to Christ.
In the Clock of Dreams, Cthulhu, one of the Elder Gods, sleeps and dreams - dreams so potent, so powerful, that they can warp reality itself. The mysterious Clock that is capable of hurling men through space and time, even into the monster's dreams, is de Marigny's only hope of finding Titus Crow and saving him from a soul destroying fate.
Grow in intimacy with God through in-depth Bible study. Women of Faith®, renowned for its unique combination of personality and truth, offers fresh new messages in four new topical study guides in the popular Women of Faith® Study Guide Series. Each study guide, teeming with insights and quotes from the conference speakers, provides 12 weeks of Bible study and a leader's guide for small groups. A Grand New Day ties in to the 2009 conference theme: A Grand New Day.
In this revised edition of his poetry collection, A Pale Shade of Blue, Tommy Melis explores topics ranging from feminism and equality to religious oppression and existential freedom. For this revision, he has added new poems written between 2011 and 2012 and included previously unreleased poetry written between 1999 and 2008, representing his earliest work. Like most Cuban Americans, he grew up in a family that celebrated their rich cultural history as both Cuban exiles and first-generation Americans. The characters represented in his poems have overcome mental illness and found healing in identifying common societal themes between the blurred lines of justice and freedom. Having to find their way to the light, they speak out of the darkness they have seen, and their relentless emotional trappings they each seek to be free from. The stories are of perseverance and often speak of things normally swept under rugs. The poems in this collection are divided into five distinct books: Book One: The Tree Growing represents rebirth and belief; Book Two: Stems considers embracing and releasing the darkness; Book Three: Branches speaks to oppression and cultural moldings; Book Four: Fire covers lessons learned; and Book Five: Roots looks at the connection between the poet and his reader. A Pale Shade of Blue opens up the world of a vibrant culture and the emotions associated with overcoming personal challenges for all to consider.
In 2004, George Goens lost his daughter during the birth of his second grandchild. How does one respond to the simultaneous crash of life and death? In The Promise of Living: Loss, Life and Living, Goens wrestles with his conflicting emotions over the convergence of two very disparate events – one celebrating the beginning of life, one grieving the loss of another. Goens begins his story at the expected date of his daughter Betsy’s birthing of her second child, Luke – his grandson. Goens’ joy slowly twists into panic, then horror when phone calls from his son reveal that the process has gone awry. Stricken by a rare complication, Betsy delivers a healthy baby but dies soon after the birth. Thus begins Goens’ journey of grief, anger and despair as he struggles to reconcile the paradox of his daughter’s premature passing juxtaposed to the developing life of his grandchildren, their family and his own life. “Inexplicable events happen in life, many contrary to our belief in the natural order,” he writes in the book’s introduction. “Our rational plans and sense of equilibrium are upset. Chaos seems to reign in both our internal and external worlds.” Goens re-examines his beliefs, his relationships, his perceptions, his values, his fears and his dreams of the future. He relives his close relationship with his daughter, his mid-life crisis that included a scandalizing affair costing him his marriage and job, and another shocking loss involving the shooting murder of a school principal in a district for which he served as superintendent. He wrestles with a grief many of his friends label as “excessive” and is humbled by his inability to take their advice and “move on.” He comes to realize that, even while living in a community with family and friends, everyone must ultimately face loss alone in the quiet of their own hearts and souls. “Life’s only script consists of birth and death,” Goens writes. “We fill in what comes between. . . .Whimsy and mystery, serendipity and surprise fill our lives. The clichéd story of a main character succumbing to tragedy, falling into a funk, having an epiphany, and seeing the light and then proceeding back into normalcy doesn’t really happen. . . . Finding peace takes time and is a creative process of small steps, plateaus, and setbacks,” he adds. Woven throughout the book is Goens’ poetry, in equal measures stirring, contemplative, and inspiring, as exemplified in “Love and Sorrow”: Love and sorrow are two sides of the same coinOne’s sorrow is in direct proportion to one’slove for another when they are gone. I am thinking of you in this time of unrelenting sorrowin celebration of your beautiful and endearing life. In spite of heart-wrenching circumstances, Goens and his family find a way to heal through acceptance and forgiveness, and he honors the life of his daughter by living his own to its full potential. Readers who have experienced their own devastating loss – or who are close to someone else who has – will find comfort, inspiration and wisdom in his story.
The Injustice of Justice is a purposeful book designed to introduce the public as well as the profession to an alternate method of policing with a whole-community and responsibility-based approach. Don has written the book from the perspective of a businessman whose interest and subsequent involvement stems first from his employee, then a compassionate and compelling group of individuals in law enforcement and our justice system. "Equal protection under the law is one of the basic premises of the American justice system. Yet many Americans feel this concept is not only elusive, but virtually impossible to attain. It's something we hope for and work to make real. Chief Grady has given us a practical approach to seeking justice while at the same time practicing reality. His book should be a must read for courses in community-police relations and for individuals and groups who want to better understand how our criminal justice system works, what good policing is, what changes are needed, and how we can all engage in making it happen. One of the great divides in our country is how different racial, ethnic, gender and age groups view law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Donald Grady, Ph.D. has written an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and easy-to-decipher book that becomes more intriguing with each page. I love it!" --Danny K. Davis, Ph.D.; U.S. Representative; 7th Congressional District, Illinois