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150 Facts About Grieving Children
150 Facts About Grieving Children
Author: Erin Linn
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 6/19/2007
Helpful Score: 2


For those of us working with the grieving child and for those of us wanting to come to a better understanding of this child, Erin Linn's book sheds additional light.

Caring for children who grieve requires great sensitivity, warmth, and love. What do you say? How do you respond? This book addresses many of the important issues in a way that everyone can understand.


Alone Through China and Tibet (Large Print)
Review Date: 7/1/2007


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In 1985 the author arrived in Canton and spent the next five months working her way from the lush hills of Hainan Island, across the wastelends of the north west to Tibet, and thence to Nepal. Her experiences along the way range from the hilarious to the macabre; taking part in a spectacular Lantern Festival and witnessing the dawn Sky Burial in Tibet. The result is a vivid and authentic picture of life in China today, as it emerges from the rigorous doctrines of Chairman Mao.


As our years increase: Answers to questions about retirement, finances, health care, changing relationships, death
Review Date: 6/18/2007


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The years between 65 and 90 bring almost as many changes as childhood, according to Stafford. As Our Years Increase is a carefully reasoned, thorough guide for families trying to cope with aging parents or other family members. It includes practical discussions on:

Retirement finances, wills, Social Cecurity, Medicare
Child/parent relationships
How adult children can deal with depression in aging parents
How to talk to mentally confused people (like Alzheimer's victims)
How seniors can use their later years to glorify God.

"Aging is not a problem to be solved," says Stafford. "It is a gift from God, full of life and growth and joy for those who have eyes to see."


Be Not Afraid: Words of Hope and Promise
Review Date: 7/1/2007


Back Cover: Words of Hope and Promise

Much has been written to help those who mourn deal with grief and loss. Little has been written to help those of us--in fact all of us--who face death in the near or distant future. Hence this "road map" for you and me as we face the inevitable certainty and one of the great mysteries of our existance--Death....

A freind of mine who died from complications of multiple sclerosis in his mid-forties said to his wife a week before he died, "I want to go home." He wasn't in the hospital. He was in his own bed. He was packed and ready. I'd like to be packed and ready when it comes my time to "go home"--into that place where I shall spend the rest of my life, my eternity.


The Beach House
The Beach House
Author: Sally John
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/9/2007


I really loved the way these four women connected. Makes me think about friends that I have lost track of. A wonderful story.


Beyond Violence: In the Spirit of the Non-Violent Christ
Review Date: 7/1/2007


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At the turn of the Millennium, apocalyptic voices grow louder, promising dire consequences for the fate of humanity, our planet, and our civilization. But theirs are not the only voices around. There are voices that are equally strong and full of hope, courage, and conviction. Gerard Vanderhaar's is one such voice, not apocalyptic but prophetic and full of passion. In Beyond Violence, he proposes a new direction, one that will lead to a more workable world--that of the Nonviolent Christ.

Vanderhaar shows how figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and others have taken the example of the Nonviolent Christ as their guide for living and working justly and courageously in the world. He then offers suggestions for incorporating gestures of peace and words of compassion and justice into our daily dealings at home, at work, with difficult people,and as part of the political process. He also shows how our attitudes toward money, time, and people can deeply influence our effectiveness in working for a better future.


Blind Trust: A Story of Adventurous Dreams and Triumphs over Adversity (Success Books)
Review Date: 6/19/2007


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Author & educator Barbara N. Ekey writes with incredible insight about conquering economic, family and physical barrers by letting you walk in the boots of a woman who is first in the world for her sightless climb of Mt. McKinley. To enhance the motivational aspects of her writing, Ekey presnts "Creative Learning Adventures" at universities, schools and conventions. She inspires parents, students, and teachers to believe in themselves through "I can!" thinking!


Calling God's Tower...Come In, Please!
Review Date: 7/1/2007


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Coach Eby will help you as he has thousands of others help themselves through a Chrisian approach to life. He practices his beliefs daily. Flying his Skyhawk to practically every city and village in the country -- at his own expense -- telling how his life was changed through his faith in God and through four basic steps that make living "sweeter every day."

Coach Eby has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree, plus several hours toward a Doctorate from Michigan State University. He is basically a scientist -- turned teacher and athletic coach, then businessman and Gideon. He taught and coached four years in Willamston, Michigan, and 26 years in Coldwater, Michigan high schools. He and his wife, Betty, have two daughters and four grandchildren, and live in Coldwater.

He contributes virtually every cent he earns to his work in helping others find the Christian way of live. And he has touched the hearts of thousands from all walks of life with his honesty complete sincerity, and direct approach to faith.


Can Homophobia Be Cured?: Wrestling With Questions That Challenge the Church
Review Date: 7/2/2007


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In Can Homophobia Be Cured? Bruce Hilton focuses on the difficult question Christians raise about the deeply divisive issue of homosexuality:

*What if the real sin is not homesexuality but homophobia--fear and hatred of lesbians and gay men?
*What will the church do with the growing scientific evidence that same-sex orientation is neither an illness nor a matter of choice?
*What will the church do with the increasing realization that gays and lesbians are not a "they" but a "we," including devout and dedicated laypeople and clergy; our children, sisters, and brothers; and people worshiping beside us in the pew?


Caught in the Crossfire: Helping Christians Debate Homosexuality
Review Date: 7/1/2007


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Few contemporary subjects divide persons within the Christian community more sharply than issues related to homosexuality.

In this volume, writers with divergent points of view deal with questions at the center of concern as persons of faith attempt to reconcile issues of human life and church teachings.
*What Does the Bible say about homosexuality?
*What does science teach about homosexuality?
*Are Christianity and homosexuality compatible?
*Should gays and lesbians be ordained?
*Are gay unions legitimate Christian convenants?
*How should the church minister to homosexual persona nd their families?


Choteau Creek: A Sioux Reminiscence
Choteau Creek: A Sioux Reminiscence
Author: Joseph Iron Eye Dudley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/20/2007
Helpful Score: 2


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During the 1940s and 1950s a small Native American boy lived with his grandparents in a little brown house on the rolling prairie of the Yankton Sioux Reservation. Choteau Creek, the eastern boundary of the reservation, ran no more than fifty yards from the house, but for Joseph Iron Eye Dudley it was a river running between two different worlds. Now, his inspiring, deeply felt story of childhood on the South Dakota prairie evokes that time and place where material goods were few, but where life was rich in wonder and miracles that celebrated the joys of Earth and Spirit alike.

Here, vividly told, are his grandmother's memories of the Ghost Dance of the Sioux people; the coming of the dead to take the spirit of a dying young man; and a boy's growing awareness of the divine in the seasons of Nature and the passages of human life. A beartiful book, detined to become an American classic, Choteau Creek captures the power of Native American traditions and a family's unconditional love.


Claudia of Pompeii
Claudia of Pompeii
Author: Grace C. Lindquist
Book Type: Hardcover
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Review Date: 7/1/2007


In Claudia of Pompeii: Wife of Pontius Pilate, Grace C. Lindquist brings new life to one of the world's most cherished stories.

When Claudia looks into the eyes of the Jew from Galilee, the whole world comes to a standstill. The stranger gazes past her brillliant violet eyes and looks into the very depths of her yearning, searching soul.

Filled with the first pangs of spiritual awakening, Claudia contrives a way to see the gentle holy man again. Disguising herself as a peasant, she wanders the streets of Jerusalem. Suddenly she finds herself face to face with the man His followers call the Christ.

When He speaks to her, her whole being is suffused with an unfathomable light. In an instant Claudia's life is transformed with new meaning. She longs to follow her new Master.

But there are barriers in her path. For Claudia is not a peasant; she is a Roman matron...and her husband is Pontius Pilate, the stern procurator who rules Judea for Rome and feels the reins of control slipping from his hands.

Pilate cannot understand his wife's fascination with the lowly Jew. In his ignorance, he makes a decision that changes the face of history.


Cleaning Closets-A Mother's Story
Cleaning Closets-A Mother's Story
Author: Beverly Cole
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 6/20/2007


Back Cover: "You're the only gay person I know who doesn't smoke."

It was Christmastime, and she was calmly sorting laundry when Beverly Cole overheard her seventeen-year-old son's friend say the words that turned her life upside down.

In this moving, personal story Cole describes her spiritual pilgrimage from dismay to denial to understanding to acceptance. Sharing the fruits of much research--and even more prayer--she offers socialogical and sciptural bases for rejecting hate and accepting homosexuals as worthy humans whom God loves.


Conversations of the Heart
Review Date: 7/2/2007


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When persons share themselves and their ideas in conversation, joy abounds, dreams and hopes are revealed, and problems are uncovered. Conversation in its own way has a healing quality. It refreshes and stimulates. What a simple, treasured gifts.

Gifts that make for meaning and joy include the world's sounds, those of nature, and those born out of human creativity. For instance, there is the symphony of silence and the music of the city. Perhaps too many listen to both and hear only silence or noise. We miss the gifts. Perhaps because so many ordinary riches are bestowed upon the whole human family, they are frequently overlooked. Even those poor in material goods are rich in the countless gifts of God.

Each day I discover more of God's graciousness and generosity.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Spoke in the Wheel
Review Date: 7/1/2007


Written for the general public, this biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is so absorbing that, once started, it is hard to put down. Renate Wind, who knows the history of the Nazi period in Germany so well, captures the sheer drama of Bonhoeffer's life as well as the intriguing complexity of his character. Thanks to the felicitous translation of John Bowden, this book is easy to read and affords an exciting introduction to this Christian theologian, pastor, and martyr whose influence continues to grow around the world."


Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
Author: John Benton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/20/2007


Back Cover: Do you feel you have lost your teenager?

Has your son or daughter become a stranger around the house? Do you wonder where he or she is or where he or she is going? Do You Know Where Your Children Are? offers scriptural counsel and specific ideas to show you how to prevent the tragedy of alienation. John Benton, long time director of the Walter Hoving Home for runaway teens, presents practical strategies for promoting closeness with your teen that include:

Correcting mistakes in parenting
Coping with rebellious teens
Enjoying your children
Keeping your children out of trouble
Getting your children interested and involved in the church
Being a Christian example to your kids

This updated version addresses such timely topics as drug/alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide. Do You Kow Where Your Children Are? can help you achieve a bond with your teen that you've ever had before.


Don't Put a Period Where God Put a Comma: Self-Esteem for Christians
Review Date: 6/18/2007


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You can overcome low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority or unworthiness by accepting God's love and seeing yourself as a "new creation," says accomplished speaker and writer Nell W. Mohney.

In Don't Put a Period Where God Put a Comma, Mohney shows how positve self-esteem is part of God's plan for you and offers biblical guidance for developing a healthy self-image. You will find questions for personal reflection throughout, and exercises for putting into practice the nurturing principles in each chapter.


Eyeballs for Breakfast
Eyeballs for Breakfast
Author: M. M. Ragz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/18/2007


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Yuck! Dad's in the kitchen...And Murphy's in a jam!

Murphy Darinzo can do no wrong--until he gets into trouble for dunking Ashley Douglas' pigtail in a pot of gray gooey glue. He just wanted to teach her a lesson! But now everyone thinks he has a crush on the snooty new girl at school. As if that's not bad enough, Murphy's health-nut Dad has been cooking breakfast--eggs without yolks...EECH!--so he can't even count on a good meal! How can he hope to complete with Ashley and win the "Cooperation Contest" at school? What's a guy to do when he faces eyeballs for breakfast and troublemaking girls at lunch?


Families in Pain: Working Through the Hurts
Review Date: 7/2/2007


In Families in Pain, the Balswicks offer an honest look at the various points where pain enters our families. Some pain comes at stress points of daily life--marriage, dealing with children, caring for parents--some with terrible trauma. Faced with the choice of walking away or covering pain with a smile, the Balswicks show a third way--the path of godly courage that leaves you and your family strengthened.


Far from paradise: An introduction to Caribbean development
Review Date: 7/2/2007


This large-format, highly illustrated book traces Caribbean history from Columbus to the present day, looking at slavery, the colonial period, the struggle for independence and the rise of US regional influence. Questioning the official concept of development, it examines the recent experiences of four Caribbean nations -- Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti -- and evaluates their differing approaches towards development. Other sections focus on the role of trasnational corporations in the Caribbean, the problems of regional intergration and examples of alternative, grassroots development.


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