Behind the Stained-Glass Window

Author: Patzi Raven

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1410706788

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

View: 6618

At St Philomena Academy convent school, Aurora finds more that just religious mystery to explore. The arbitrary cruelty the nuns inflict upon the pupils and the shameful secrets that like dormant in the academy provoke Aurora and her close-knit group of friends to ingenious feats of cunning and guile. In Behind the Stained-Glass Window, Patzi Raven allows the reader to witness the workings of a world where the oppression of children is institutionalized and the rites of growing up are soiled by guilt. In prose that weaves the past and present into an almost Proustian translucence, Raven takes on the urgent themes of adolescent piety, sexual awakening and the intensity of female friendship. Against the austere backdrop of the convent, a charming and touching tale emerges of the persistence of the sense of justice and the value of friendship through time.

Behind the Stained-Glass Window

Author: Patricia Zielinski,Patzi Raven

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 141070677X

Category: Religion

Page: 324

View: 811

At St Philomena Academy convent school, Aurora finds more that just religious mystery to explore. The arbitrary cruelty the nuns inflict upon the pupils and the shameful secrets that like dormant in the academy provoke Aurora and her close-knit group of friends to ingenious feats of cunning and guile. In Behind the Stained-Glass Window, Patzi Raven allows the reader to witness the workings of a world where the oppression of children is institutionalized and the rites of growing up are soiled by guilt. In prose that weaves the past and present into an almost Proustian translucence, Raven takes on the urgent themes of adolescent piety, sexual awakening and the intensity of female friendship. Against the austere backdrop of the convent, a charming and touching tale emerges of the persistence of the sense of justice and the value of friendship through time.

The Great Crowd

A Love Story About a Large Urban Parish

Author: Michael J. Tan Creti

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499081006

Category: Religion

Page: 572

View: 1492

The Great Crowd is a social history of All Saints Episcopal Church of Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 1885, precisely at the moment when Omaha was experiencing a spurt of rapid grown, the parish has continued to succeed as a religious community deeply enmeshed in the life of the city. It was from the beginning a distinctly urban parish and, as change came for the city, underwent its changes, including a major relocation of its facility. It also found itself navigating the changes in national culture and in the character of the larger Episcopal Church. Curiously, very different rectors—eight in all, with different configurations of lay leadership drawn from across the city—responded to these successive waves of change, and yet, they held on the conviction that they had maintained the unique identity of the parish that they had inherited from those who had gone before them. They did so in no small part by telling their story. Drawing from the parish archives, including its vestry minutes, correspondence, and publications the author, himself one of the eight rectors, has taken up a critical retelling the story bring up to 9/11, 2001. These pages contain a strange tapestry of names and faces, from Omaha’s cowboy mayor to its storied lawyers and devout bus drivers who melded themselves in that strange unity called a parish. In the author’s telling, the story becomes a critical tool for understanding how a Christian community works and for providing a basis for a critical assessment of the purpose and meaning of religious community in American life.

Passing the Plate

Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money

Author: Christian Smith,Michael O Emerson,Patricia Snell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199714118

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 5965

Passing the Plate shows that few American Christians donate generously to religious and charitable causes. This eye-opening book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving, the potential world-changing benefits of greater financial giving, and what can be done to improve matters. By illuminating the social and psychological forces that shape charitable giving, Passing the Plate is sure to spark a much-needed debate on a critical issue.

The Nun's Tale (Re-Publication)

Author: Pae Robin

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477159894

Category: Fiction

Page: 233

View: 7335

Pae Robin is the nom de plume of Peter James Robinson. He was born in Manly, Sydney Australia on 19 November 1953. He lives in Canberra with his family. He's written plays and satire for stage and radio; hes also written theatre and book reviews, and arts and science articles for newspapers. Hes had many years experience as an actor. The Nuns Tale is his first novel.

The Adventures of Mademoiselle Mac 2-Book Bundle

Mac in the City of Light / Mac on the Road to Marseille

Author: Christopher Ward

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459731913

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2268

Mackenzie — just “Mac,” thanks — is a regular fourteen-year-old girl, until a school trip to Paris leaves her tangled up with a cast of shadowy characters, crazy cabbies, and ... are those real-life gargoyles? That’s just the beginning for Mac and her zany friends, whose adventures whisk them all around France. From a dizzying encounter on top of Notre Dame Cathedral to a cutthroat race to Marseille (try to steer around the sheep), Mac’s adventures have only begun! Includes Mac in the City of Light Mac on the Road to Marseille Mac in the City of Light Mac’s school trip to Paris turns into an adventure she never imagined. Mac on the Road to Marseille Mac takes an adventure on the roads of France.

The Golden Towers

Author: Fernando M. Caballero

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1434930424

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

View: 7284

Neill, a genetically engineered wolf from the now obliterated planet Earth, wakes to find himself crash-landed on the lush and beautiful planet Sarcyan, light years away from the dismal world of concrete and corruption he has always known. Enraptured at the prospect of building a new start for himself here, Neill soon discovers the splendor and tranquility of Sarcyan is threatened by a powerful simian order called the White Hand Army, led by the evil Zirack. Joined by the alluring and kind-hearted Amber, a runaway wolf princess from the nearby planet Tira, Neill sets out on an epic quest to unite the diverse civilizations of Sarcyan for battle against the White Hand Army and to save the Lantain planetary system from its impending demise.

Sacred Light

Holy Places in Louisiana

Author: A. J. Meek

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604737424

Category: Photography

Page: 112

View: 4875

Renowned photographer A. J. Meek takes the novitiate on an inspired visual journey with eighty-eight color photographs of the interiors of churches and synagogues located in south Louisiana, mostly along the lower Mississippi River valley. Tourists may crowd the famous European cathedrals such as Notre Dame in Paris and Westminster Abbey in London. Yet the splendors of local churches in America all too often remain cloistered and unheralded. Meek’s beautiful photographs correct this oversight for Louisiana, a state that features a great many beautiful and long-standing holy places. Often incorporating long exposures and select framing, the images in the first section of Sacred Light encompass altars, chancels, and sanctuaries. The second section contains photographs of statues representing deities, angels, madonnas, and saints, often seen with intense color derived from stained-glass windows or artificial light. Light itself is the subject of the third and last section. In several photographs, light is transformed by a window into a kaleidoscope of color on a wooden pew or pulpit chair. Other times the light seems to radiate a living presence of its own. Additionally, the book includes an essay by Louisiana State University art historian and liturgical space consultant, Marchita Mauck. Sacred Light also contains photographs of some of the church and synagogue restoration projects after Hurricane Katrina. Meek relates that the now-famous storm of August 2005 was the shadow he was looking for that defines blessed light. He places emphasis on restoration, not destruction, as a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.

Dedham

Author: Dedham Historical Society

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738509440

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 4809

Incorporated in 1636, Dedham is located about ten miles west of Boston. It originally included sixteen separate towns and extended as far as the Rhode Island border. In later years, Dedham became seat of the Norfolk County. The town has many interesting features, such as the Charles River, on which many beautiful homes and mansions are located and which acts as a center for recreational activity, and Mother Brook, in the early days used by many industries for its waterpower. Most of the images used in Dedham have never before been published. They show the homes, businesses, and portraits of some of the most illustrious citizens, as well as the more modest individuals who have made an impact on the town. They include rare photographs related to the military, unusual events, and the unique everyday life of Dedham and its citizens from the earliest days of photography. Also among them are photographs by Fred Holland Day, considered one of the fathers of modern photography.

Once In a Blue Moon

Author: Simon R. Green

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101637633

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 1472

Twice upon a time, Prince Rupert and Princess Julia saved the Forest Kingdom. They have earned the right to live happily ever after. But there’s a blue moon on the rise.... Hawk and Fisher, famous for their years of keeping the peace in Haven, are really quite happy being legends. They gave up the hero business when they decided they’d grown too old for it. Now they run the Hero Academy, training young hopefuls to be heroes. Legends never die, but it seems they cannot retire, either. Hawk and Fisher’s adult children, Jack and Gillian, have been kidnapped. They were taken by the Demon Prince, an old enemy from the Forest Kingdom who challenges the couple to one final battle for their lives. But Hawk and Fisher believe there’s another motive behind the abductions, one connected to a case they worked in Haven many years ago—a case they refuse to discuss. They have no choice but to return to the Forest Kingdom, to be Prince Rupert and Princess Julia one last time in one last story—of the kind of things that happen only once in a blue moon....

The Lost Lamb

Author: Kenny Ferguson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462043062

Category: Fiction

Page: 168

View: 3757

Thirty-eight-year-old Angus Branigan, an abusive husband and father, a compulsive gambler, and a lazy, self-centered brute of a man, reaches his darkest hour when he shoots a policeman during a botched robbery and escapes with three bullets in his back. Some blocks away from the crime scene, he hides in Epiphany Church, an old church in lower Manhattan. Bleeding, alone, and dying, he argues his right to live with the statue of a shepherd with a baby lamb. In the midst of a violent thunderstorm, Branigan swaps his soul with the statue and finds himself outside the church uninjured, wearing an expensive suit with money in its pocket. He is stunned by this happenstance; he has an opportunity to see the life he could have lived had he made different choices. The next morning, the parish priest finds the statue of the shepherd bleeding from three holes in its back. A novel of abuse and love,The Lost Lambexplores the reality of miracles, forgiveness, and the power of second chances.

The Bellman Wave

A Tale of Love Madness and Time Travel.

Author: Pearl Cozort

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468597574

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 2677

Professor Jenny Spencer is working for Knolls University. After the mysterious death of her mentor and boss, Big Ed. She asked to take his place at a poker group that meets once a month. This group has a secret agenda, keeping watch over what's left of a time machine. Jenny has something the rest of these men want, and they will do anything to get it. Only Yuri is there to help her. He knows that people can't travel through time. He and Jenny struggle with their grief over Big Ed's death. He is there to help her step back from her madness, and he finds himself falling in love. Sitting with her as they watch the fire, to help bring them peace. It is also the tale of Anna Evans who has to choose between the man she loves and saving her America from the ravages of war. Anna fights the growing sickness of her body, as her world begins to fall apart. Both have waited a long time for love to come to them. Both must leave it behind. One for the sake of her sanity, and the other for the sake of her country.

If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name

News from Small-Town Alaska

Author: Heather Lende

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781565126565

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 3350

Tiny Haines, Alaska, is ninety miles north of Juneau, accessible mainly by water or air—and only when the weather is good. There's no traffic light and no mail delivery; people can vanish without a trace and funerals are a community affair. Heather Lende posts both the obituaries and the social column for her local newspaper. If anyone knows the going-on in this close-knit town—from births to weddings to funerals—she does. Whether contemplating the mysterious death of eccentric Speedy Joe, who wore nothing but a red union suit and a hat he never took off, not even for a haircut; researching the details of a one-legged lady gold miner's adventurous life; worrying about her son's first goat-hunting expedition; observing the awe-inspiring Chilkat Bald Eagle Festival; or ice skating in the shadow of glacier-studded mountains, Lende's warmhearted style brings us inside her small-town life. We meet her husband, Chip, who owns the local lumber yard; their five children; and a colorful assortment of quirky friends and neighbors, including aging hippies, salty fishermen, native Tlingit Indians, and volunteer undertakers—as well as the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they share this wild and perilous land. Like Bailey White's tales of Southern life or Garrison Keillor's reports from the Midwest, NPR commentator Heather Lende's take on her offbeat Alaskan hometown celebrates life in a dangerous and breathtakingly beautiful place.

Billy

One Boy's War

Author: Bill Green

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469167360

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 490

View: 4936

Bill Green was born in England in 1936. He was evacuated at the outbreak of World War II in 1939. After the war he went to Boarding School and at age seventeen joined the Royal Navy; serving in submarines for 25 years. He now lives in Perth, Western Australia. People who read this book made the following comments:- alex 13 April 2011 I found ‘BILLY’ one of those rare books you read which you can’t stop reading but you don’t want to finish...I hope Bill Green writes a sequel. elpokid 2 May 2011 ‘BILLY’ What a great read. The book made me realise how hard and cruel life was during and after the war. My only disappointment was that the book had to come to an end. I found myself rationing my reading time just to stretch out the remaining pages. jobgre 9 May 2011 ‘BILLY’ This book gives a very descriptive account of how life was for evacuees during World War 2. What is also apparent is that life for the author and his brother were not just hard when evacuated, but did not change when they returned to the care of their father and stepmother. An extremely good read which I would recommend...

The 6th Seal

Author: J. M. Emanuel

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1618971336

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

View: 3146

Satan clones himself & tries to take over the world. Satan's plan is exposed and the final war breaks out between good & evil.

Odd Thomas: You Are Destined to Be Together Forever (Short Story)

Author: Dean Koontz

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0804180938

Category: Fiction

Page: 30

View: 6393

The singular journey of Odd Thomas is approaching its unforgettable conclusion in Saint Odd. But before Odd’s destiny is revealed, this exclusive eBook short story looks back—way back—to where it all began for Odd Thomas and Stormy Llewellyn, two souls who are destined to be together forever. Amid the dizzying rides, tantalizing games of chance, and fanciful attractions of a state fair, two teenage sweethearts on the cusp of life and love’s pleasures find their way to a shadowy carnival tent brimming with curiosities. There, from the bizarre and enthralling Gypsy Mummy, a mechanized merchant of dreams and prognosticator of tomorrows, the young couple learns what fate promises for them. But fate, for Odd Thomas and Stormy Llewellyn, is something altogether different: full of dark corners, sharp edges, and things no seer or soothsayer could ever anticipate. And for Odd Thomas, a gallant fry cook from a sleepy California desert town, the future beckons—to listen to unquiet spirits, pursue unsettling mysteries, and learn shocking truths . . . for a purpose far greater than himself. Acclaim for Dean Koontz and his Odd Thomas novels “This is Koontz working at his pinnacle, providing terrific entertainment that deals seriously with some of the deepest themes of human existence: the nature of evil, the grip of fate and the power of love.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “The nice young fry cook with the occult powers is Koontz’s most likable creation . . . candid, upright, amusing and sometimes withering.”—The New York Times “One would be hard-pressed to find a more satisfying read. . . . Not since Watchers has Dean Koontz created such an endearing and enduring character as Odd Thomas. . . . A superb story from one of our contemporary masters.”—San Antonio Express-News “An inventive . . . mix of suspense, whimsy and uplift.”—The Washington Post “Heartfelt and provocative . . . a wonderfully rich and entertaining story.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Suspense, tension, and surprising plot twists . . . Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of his work. . . . One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”—The Tampa Tribune

The Haunting

A Jim Kirkwood Novel

Author: B. Eugene Ellison

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462087884

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 9738

The Haunting, a Jim Kirkwood mystery: Jim is drawn to Scotland by the lure of the Highlands where he hopes to become the laird of a great estate. Kirkwood soon realizes that forces from this world and beyond are trying to manipulate events. Isolated on an island in the Inner Hebrides that is lost in time, a crumbling castle becomes the setting for Jim's encounter with vengeance from beyond the grave. A lethal game of deception, murder, and an ancient curse cast upon the manor quickly cause events to spin out of control. With the help of a mysterious peasant girl, Jim must unravel a centuries-old riddle in time to free the ghost of a beautiful bride who was murdered on her wedding night and avoid joining a long line of victims who have perished by a sword yielded by her long dead bridegroom.

The Hope Beach Collection

Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, Seagrass Pier

Author: Colleen Coble

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 0718042425

Category: Fiction

Page: 828

View: 4573

Enjoy Colleen Coble’s Hope Beach novels as an e-book collection! Tidwater Inn Welcome to Hope Beach. A place of intoxicating beauty . . . where trouble hits with the force of a hurricane. Rosemary Cottage Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . . Seagrass Pier Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .