By Shauna Letellier
Rediscover eight people in the Bible whose hopes and expectations went from disappointment to life-changing transformation through Jesus.Remarkable Hope reveals a pattern of hope where individuals were surprised by Jesus in drastic ways after they placed their hope in him and were--at first--disappointed. Their stories show his work was rarely what they anticipated. As we observe Christ's faithful commitment to these Biblical characters who hoped in him, we are wowed by his unseen plan. We are comforted by his orchestration of circumstances and revived by his enduring presence. Remarkable Hope helps us gladly declare, like the apostle Paul, that "our hope does not disappoint us."
By Kevin Allison
PostSecret meets The Moth in creator of the outrageous Risk! podcast Kevin Allison's RISK!: True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share, a collection of essays by actors, comedians, and everyday people about the experiences that define us. RISK! is a book of secrets, both bad and beautiful, devoted to the understanding that the truth will set you free--and keep you laughing and crying. Bringing together essays from writers and comedians including Jonah Ray, Lili Taylor, and Michael Ian Black, RISK! captures the formative moments in our lives that we are typically too afraid to share. Topics range from trauma to sexuality to love to loss to finally understanding what human connection means. Edited and with an introduction by Kevin Allison, the creator and host of the RISK! podcast, this collection is a must-read for anyone who loves vivid, brutally honest stories.
By Chris Paling
'Paling's deftly drawn vignettes are frequently funny, sometimes sad and occasionally troubling . . . Borrow a copy from your local library, if you still have one. Better yet, buy it' Neil Armstrong, Mail on Sunday'Not only was I captivated by Paling's lovingly wrought series of pen portraits, I was amused, moved and - perhaps most surprising of all - uplifted' John Preston, Daily Mail'There are many detractors who question whether libraries are still relevant in the digital age. Paling's keenly and kindly observed account of his encounters offers a gentle insight as to why they still are' Helen Davies, Sunday TimesChris works as a librarian in a small-town library in the south of England. This is the story of the library, its staff, and the fascinating group of people who use the library on a regular basis. We'll meet characters like the street-sleepers Brewer, Wolf and Spencer, who are always the first through the doors. The Mad Hatter, an elderly man who scurries around manically, searching for books. Sons of Anarchy Alan, a young Down's Syndrome man addicted to the American TV drama series. Startled Stewart, a gay man with a spray-on tan who pops in most days for a nice chat, sharking for good-looking foreign language students. And Trish, who is relentlessly cheerful and always dressed in pink - she has never married, but the marital status of everybody she meets is of huge interest to her.Some of the characters' stories are tragic, some are amusing, some are genuinely surreal, but together they will paint a bigger picture of the world we live in today, and of a library's hugely important place within it. Yes, of course, people come in to borrow books, but the library is also the equivalent of the village pump. It's one of the few places left where anyone, regardless of age or income or background, can wander in and find somebody to listen to their concerns, to share the time of day. Reading Allowed will provide us with a fascinating portrait of a place that we all value and cherish, but which few of us truly know very much about ...
By Kamal Ravikant, David Pittu
After the death of his estranged father, Amit takes his parent's ashes to the Ganges to fulfill a deathbed promise. Instead of returning home, he wanders, his pain and grief leaving him confused about his future. Almost broke, unsure about his direction in life, and running from memories, he is led by fate to the Camino de Santiago, an ancient 550-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain. Amit meets a variety of travelers on his journey. Some are lost and searching for answers. Others are doing their best to leave the past behind. And there are a few who walk to celebrate life. All have stories and lessons to share.Once a reluctant pilgrim, Amit realizes he cannot stop until he completes the journey. As a traveler tells him, "Once you start walking the Camino, the Camino becomes a part of you." With each step Amit is challenged to confront his fear of following in the footsteps of his father, the loss of a woman he may love after all, and the reality of an uncertain future. His month-long pilgrimage forces Amit to face life's big questions, and causes him to grow and embrace a new sense of purpose and being.Based on the author's experience of walking the legendary Camino de Santiago, and told in the tradition of Paulo Coelho and Mitch Albom, Rebirth is a beautiful fable about forgiveness, synchronicity, and the unexpected adventures that reveal who we are.
By Julie Montagu
A month-by-month self-care bible by world-renowned wellness guru Julie Montagu.'The ultimate self-care bible for women who want to find their balance in life' Mel Wells'Wonderful and insightful . . .proves that when you choose YOU every single day, not only will have you have more energy for yourself, but you'll have more energy to give back to everyone else.' Kris Carr'This book is bursting with positivity, happiness & a whole wealth of knowledge' Chessie KingRecently named one of the top ten holistic health icons in the world, Julie Montagu knows a thing or two about health and happiness. In Recharge, Montagu shares an abundance of guidance, tips and advice designed to help you keep self-care at the forefront of your mind and support you on your journey to a well-rounded sense of wellness.Recharge is your month-by-month self-care bible to help replenish your mind, body and soul. Each month of the year covers a specific area of self-care including mindful eating, managing stress, digital detox, rebuilding self-esteem, finding your passions and more.
By Leigh Powers
RENEWED is a devotional providing healing for those in ministry who have been hurt in the church.LEIGH POWERS knows the blessing and burdens of life in the church. Church should be a place of healing, but there are times when the place where you should feel safest no longer feels secure. Forced resignations, church conflict, and unrealistic expectations take an emotional and spiritual toll... So, what do you do when loving God's people hurts?RENEWED is a 40-day devotional that guides readers on a journey back into the loving and healing arms of Jesus. It includes stories from the author and other women who have experienced Church hurt, devotional reflections, the process of forgiveness, and prayer and worship exercises. This devotional for women in ministry will help the Church's wounded leaders find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the Church again.
Rhinestones On My Flip-Flops
By Jane Jenkins Herlong
RHINESTONES ON MY FLIP FLOPS offers the message Jane lives by: prove people wrong and laugh while living your dreams.As a nationally recognized Southern humorist, wife, and mother, Jane provides scriptural take-home wisdom and common-sense timeless truths. The purpose of RHINESTONES ON MY FLIP FLOPS is two-fold: to remind readers about biblical women who faced change and to provide life lessons about handling change that will benefit every woman. This book is designed to hit the heart with teachable stories that will encourage, inspire, and create laughable, honest moments. The book's common-sense, biblical answers will help women confidently face another day with empowerment and to pass their wisdom to the next generation.
By Shauna Letellier
REMARKABLE FAITH tells the stories of people whose faith was of such quality that Jesus himself marveled at it-people who were broken, needy, and dependent. These ten inspiring vignettes weave history, theology, and fictional detail into their biblical accounts to bring relief and a new perspective to those whose faith feels unremarkable. Written to encourage and relieve discouraged Christians who wonder if their faith is a disappointment to God, this book will demonstrate that remarkable faith-the kind Jesus marveled about-isn't about achieving or performing. Readers will discover they can exchange their performance-based evaluation of their faith with a fresh, life-giving intimacy with the Jesus who delights in transforming inadequacies into irrepressible affection.
Romeo and/or Juliet
By Ryan North
'Ridiculously fun . . . It is as hilarious and funny and strange as you would imagine . . . fantastic' BookRiot'Witty, relevant and endlessly entertaining' CultureflyWhat if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits? In this New York Times bestselling version of Romeo and Juliet, you get to choose where the story goes. Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns and more than a billion possible storylines, Romeo and/or Juliet offers a new experience every time you read it. And, as an added bonus, all the different endings feature beautiful and quirky illustrations by some of the best artists working today, including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Randall Munroe, and Jon Klassen.Whatever your adventure, you're guaranteed to find lots of romance, epic fight scenes and plenty of questionable decision-making by highly emotional teens.'Shakespeare with even more sex, cryptography, time travel and alternate endings than the original! Ryan North is the only writer I know who's smart enough and funny enough to pull this off' Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy
By Evan Cuttic, Ryan Nalls
Fierce. Flawless. Frenchie. With opinions on brunch (always boozy), work (something for lesser life forms), and everything (really, everything ) in between, René-Charles is the ultimate New York City tastemaker. Whether he's dining at the finest restaurants or luxuriating in his king-size bed, this discerning French bulldogaccepts nothing less than the best.And if you don't meet his standards?Well, he'll let you know.
Reflections of the One Life
By Scott Kiloby
Reflections on the One Life is a book of daily expressions or pointers to spiritual awakening-one pointer for each day of the year. The clarity is astounding. This demystifies spiritual awakening, strips it of all fundamentalism, and presents it in a clear and easy-to-read way. This is about the timeless presence that you already are. Each pointer peels away beliefs, positions, and ideas about spirituality, including the idea that you exist as a separate self, only to reveal-in the end-that nothing is excluded. Its central message is that there is only One Life appearing in a myriad of forms. You are that One Life. This is when the distinctions between absolute and relative, form and formlessness, timelessness and time, no self and self, One and many, and all other boundaries collapse into a great and loving mystery that Scott calls 'This'.
By John Waters
Role Models is a wild and witty self-portrait of John Waters, America's 'Pope of Trash', told through intimate profiles of his favourite personalities - some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle of the road. From Esther Martin, owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to the playwright Tennessee Williams; from the atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair to the insane martyr Saint Catherine of Siena; from the English novelist Denton Welch to the timelessly appealing singer Johnny Mathis - these are the extreme figures who helped John Waters form his own brand of neurotic happiness.A paean to the power of subversive inspiration that delights, amuses and happily horrifies in equal measure...
By Creflo A. Dollar
Being a man of God is not easy in today's world. There are many distorted ideas and images being presented by contemporary culture, and even by men's families, that don't line up with the Word of God. Consequently many men are confused about their true identity and at a loss in knowing how to actually fulfill their intended role. REAL MANHOOD is a trumpet-call to men to rise up to the challenge to be the man God intends them to be. Here is practical advice on how to: Conquer fearOvercome areas of personal struggleCultivate an intimate relationship with God Relate properly to othersREAL MANHOOD gives men a more compelling vision of masculinity, equips them to be true to their responsibilities, and enables them to be a tremendous asset to their family, their church, and the Kingdom of God.
By Elizabeth Lev, George Weigel, Stephen Weigel, Elizabeth Lev, George Weigel, Stephen Weigel
The annual Lenten pilgrimage to dozens of Rome's most striking churches is a sacred tradition dating back almost two millennia, to the earliest days of Christianity. Along this historic spiritual pathway, today's pilgrims confront the mysteries of the Christian faith through a program of biblical and early Christian readings amplified by some of the greatest art and architecture of western civilization.In Roman Pilgrimage , bestselling theologian and papal biographer George Weigel, art historian Elizabeth Lev, and photographer Stephen Weigel lead readers through this unique religious and aesthetic journey with magnificent photographs and revealing commentaries on the pilgrimage's liturgies, art, and architecture. Through reflections on each day's readings about faith and doubt, heroism and weakness, self-examination and conversion, sin and grace, Rome's familiar sites take on a new resonance. And along that same historical path, typically unexplored treasures,artifacts of ancient history and hidden artistic wonders,appear in their original luster, revealing new dimensions of one of the world's most intriguing and multi-layered cities.A compelling guide to the Eternal City, the Lenten Season, and the itinerary of conversion that is Christian life throughout the year, Roman Pilgrimage reminds readers that the imitation of Christ through faith, hope, and love is the template of all true discipleship, as the exquisite beauty of the Roman station churches invites reflection on the deepest truths of Christianity.
The Return of Hyman Kaplan
By Leo Rosten
Twenty years after his first collection of tales about that Don Quixote of adult education, Leo Rosten brought Hyman Kaplan back for a second term on the bottom rung in the beginner's grade at the American Night Preparatory School for Adults.
Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater
By Anne Marie Blackman, Brian Clark Howard
This fun and portable gift book includes 200+ full-colour photos of people in hilariously awful Christmas sweaters accompanied by funny captions. Some of the amazing categories include festive fun, vintage ugly, homemade hits and misses, pets rocking ugly Christmas sweaters, and much more.
By Melissa Kite
Does an exciting weekend for you mean scrubbing all the grouting in your bathroom with a toothbrush? Have you ever felt the urge to kidnap the cable guy and tie him to the bed like Kathy Bates in Misery because you are terrified the TV will stop working once he's gone? Do you ponder marrying the Albanian builder who has just fitted alcove shelving because he's brought you more happiness in three days than your useless ex-boyfriend brought you in three years? Are you engaged in endless rows with call centre staff called Keeley who hang up on you because you are 'shouting and hysterical'? Are you convinced the entire world is engaged in a conspiracy to drive you insane, especially the automated phone system that generates ten text messages whenever you try to book a minicab?Do you write to-do lists that need paginating, and include items such as 're-mortgage house, get pregnant, climb Kilimanjaro'?Welcome to Melissa Kite's life. If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, clearly you too are a desperate single woman trying to survive in the modern world. If not, congratulations: you will have a good laugh reading this book.
Reiki For Life
By Penelope Quest
Reiki for Life is the definitive guide to the practice of Reiki techniques for both the beginner and the more experienced Reiki practitioner. Penelope Quest, a leading expert with a wealth of experience as a Reiki Master and former Vice-Chairman and Education Co-ordinator for the UK Reiki Federation, tells you everything you need to know. Whether you want to recap on the basic Reiki routines, follow detailed instruction on First and Second Degree techniques, discover how to use Reiki for spiritual growth or find out how to become a Reiki Master, this is the book for you.This classic text, used by teacher and student alike, has now been fully updated and expanded to include even more illustrations to help guide you through each level of Reiki plus the very latest on developments in Reiki training in the West, how the mind-body connection works, the Japanese tradition of Reiki and the legal requirements for Reiki practitioners.
The Ripple Effect
By Anne Jones
The Ripple Effect is based on simple principles for a fulfilling and empowering life. As we take responsibility for ourselves, improve our self-esteem, heal our emotions and release our anxieties, we become happier with ourselves and our world. And as we achieve this happiness and peace of mind for oursevles, we find it positively affects those around us. Using easy-to-follow teachniques, popular healer Anne Jones teaches you how to awaken your sense of your own value and worth and how to find inner harmony.You will learn how to:* Turn your dreams into reality * Rediscover the spiritual truths that still hold good and translate them to meet your own needs * Find a balance between the demands of family and work * Get back to basics and rediscover the beauty of 'truth' - and how to use it in your everyday life
Reiki For Common Ailments
By Mari Hall
Reiki for Common Ailments is a comprehensive guide to treating over eighty common health problems from eczema, fatigue and anxiety, to back ache, arthritis and high blood pressure.Dedicated Reiki Master teacher Mari Hall explains the principles of Reiki Healing and illustrates the key healing hand positions. For each ailment she provides an overview of symptoms, advice on emotional aspects of the complaint, describes the chakras and glands which should be focused on and recommends other therapies which can assist the healing process.