Behind the Stained-Glass Window

Author: Patzi Raven

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1410706788

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

View: 449

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.

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: 1746

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.

Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church

Author: Jedediah Mannis

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 163087809X

Category: Religion

Page: 242

View: 6327

Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church is about the Rev. Joseph Tuckerman, a Unitarian minister who created and led a street ministry in Boston, Massachusetts, between 1826 and 1839 at the behest of his friend and college roommate, William Ellery Channing. Because of Tuckerman's innovative approach to encountering and helping the poor people he met near the Boston wharves, he is considered the father of American social work as well as a prescient, dedicated, and socially active minister whose work led directly to the Social Gospel Movement. The book examines and interprets Tuckerman's theology and ministry of outreach in light of the author's experience as pastor of the Outdoor Church of Cambridge, Inc., an outdoor ministry to homeless men and women in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Outdoor Church offers prayer services and pastoral assistance outdoors in all seasons and all weather in order to be accessible to chronically homeless men and women who, because of shame or embarrassment, hostility or illness, cannot or will not enter conventional churches. Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church is a unique and gripping look at a radically innovative nineteenth-century minister through the prism of the actual application of his thinking and his example to an ongoing ministry to the chronically homeless men and women of Cambridge.

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: 6739

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.

The Opulent Interiors of the Gilded Age

All 203 Photographs from "Artistic Houses," with New Text

Author: Arnold Lewis,James Turner,Steven McQuillin

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486319474

Category: Architecture

Page: 192

View: 556

Best source of information and illustrations for private houses in Eastern cities during the early 1880s. Rare photographs of mansions belonging to Vanderbilt, Morgan, Grant, and many others. Extensive, informative new text.

The Nun's Tale (Re-Publication)

Author: Pae Robin

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477159894

Category: Fiction

Page: 233

View: 622

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.

Light Through the Windows

The Stained-Glass Windows of Salem Congregational Church

Author: Dale Brown

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781722118563


Page: 120

View: 349

LIGHT THROUGH THE WINDOWS... offers a glimpse into the meaning behind the windows gracing the sanctuary of Salem Congregational Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. It is a devotional providing inspiration and encouragement to all who read it.

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: 8522

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: 6881

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: 9868

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.

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: 4854

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.


Author: Dedham Historical Society

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738509440

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 6987

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.

Eben Kruge

How ''A Christmas Carol'' Came to be Written

Author: Richard Barlow Adams

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479742317

Category: Fiction

Page: 107

View: 4220

How fitting it is on the 200th anniversary of the United Kingdom s most prolific, adored, and influential author, Charles Dickens, that there would be a story such as "Eben Kruge" to take us into the life of Dickens, when he is but thirty years old, and to experience with him what triggered his imagination to write the most beloved Christmas story of all time, "A Christmas Carol." In "Eben Kruge," recipient of a Five-Star Clarion Foreword book review, the author, Richard Barlow Adams, weaves together well-known and little known facts about Dickens, including the secret he took to his grave, all of which led to his frenzied writing of the most famous of all Christmas fables.

Foxblood: A Brush with the Moon

Author: Raquel Lyon

Publisher: Raquel Lyon


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 353

View: 541

All Sophie ever wanted was a way out. Only a few weeks ago, she was a quiet art student with an overbearing mother and no higher dream than starting university and reuniting with her BFF, but destiny intervenes in the form of a fox bite. If being attacked by a rabid animal isn’t freaky enough, her new town has secrets. People are dying, and Sophie feels she is being watched. Then there’s the arrogant and annoyingly sexy Sebastian with his plummy accent and come-to-bed eyes creeping her out. She should stay well away, but then he does live in the spooky manor house, and curiosity is her middle name. This book uses British spellings and contains language and sexual situations not recommended to be read by those under sixteen. Keywords: FREE, Teen, Young adult, new adult, fantasy, werewolf, series, demon, goddess, magic, paranormal romance, shapeshifter, urban

The 6th Seal

Author: J. M. Emanuel

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1618971336

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

View: 8594

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


Author: Tonya Snow-Cook

Publisher: Amethyst Publishing

ISBN: 0615188036


Page: 236

View: 6977

Marti Lumbard Johnson is a 35-year-old schoolteacher from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who—after his father committed suicide twenty years ago—changed his name from Martin to Marti because he did not want to bear the name of a man who he believed was a coward. Yet Marti has spent much of his life subscribing to lessons and views instilled in him by his father, one of which is his questioning the existence of God. When his co-worker of nearly four years, Leslie Mitchell, turned best friend, and consequently, the woman with whom he has fallen in love, yet who has never expressed any romantic notions toward him, comes back from summer vacation a Christian, Marti is forced to confront his own spirituality. However, he first finds distraction in the lovely Sasha, a beautiful woman who is ten years his junior. Marti is the story of divorce and estrangement and forgiveness and most especially, love, the need and desire for love—the love of a good woman, love of family, and the love of God.

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

Author: Dean Koontz

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0804180938

Category: Fiction

Page: 30

View: 8835

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

From Shame to Glory

Mothers in the Heritage of Jesus

Author: Valerie Fons and Nancy Regensburger

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 149174197X

Category: Religion

Page: 146

View: 7578

Each woman named in Matthew’s record of the genealogy of Jesus made a journey from shame to glory. Grandmothers of Jesus included a prostitute, an adulterer, a nomad, and a trickster. His mother became pregnant before marriage. Certainly, Jesus heard the stories of his ancestors and utilized their life lessons as he made his way to the cross. For in spite of the laws and mores of their culture, these women displayed qualities of vision, risk, courage, truthfulness, and openness to God’s gifts—all qualities Jesus would rely on in his own journey from shame to glory. Reverend Valerie Fons and Christian Educator Nancy Regensburger share a unique, compelling, and positive presentation of the five women in the first book of Matthew while highlighting how God acts through the weak and powerless to bring forth glory. Through bible study, history lessons, introspective questions, poignant anecdotes, and opportunities for personal reflection, Fons and Regensburger provide a pathway to glory and inspiration for modern women seeking insight on their own spiritual journeys. From Shame to Glory offers an interpretation of the genealogy of the significant women in the heritage of Jesus Christ that provides bible study group guidance and inspiration for anyone passionate about embracing God’s grace and wisdom.

Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Author: Scott Kelby

Publisher: Peachpit Press

ISBN: 0133988139

Category: Photography

Page: 1296

View: 6091

This attractive boxed set includes: The Digital Photography Book, Part 1, 2nd Edition (ISBN 0321934946), The Digital Photography Book, Part 2, 2nd Edition (ISBN 0321948548), The Digital Photography Book, Part 3 (ISBN 0321617657), The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 (ISBN 0321773020), and The Digital Photography Book, Part 5 (0133856887). Scott Kelby, the man who changed the "digital darkroom" forever, shows which buttons to push, which settings to use, when to use them, and hundreds of the most closely guarded photographic "tricks of the trade" to get budding photographers shooting dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos with their digital camera every time they press the shutter button. Scott tackles the most important side of digital photography–how to take pro-quality shots using the same tricks today's top digital pros use (and it's easier than you'd think). Each chapter is packed with plain English tips on using flash, shooting close-up photography, travel photography, shooting people, and even how to build a studio from scratch, where he demystifies the process so anyone can start taking pro-quality portraits today! Plus, he's got full chapters on his most requested topics, including loads of tips for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and sports photographers. Chapter after chapter, page after page, Scott shares all the pros' secrets for making your photos look more professional, no matter what you're shooting. This bundle has a value of US $125.