Why did they stay? Despite the challenges of loneliness, drought, and political turmoil Kansas pioneers faced, many found and wrote about joy and beauty in their adopted communities. Letters and diaries describe the times that gave them reason to sing, dance, and celebrate – moments when their burdens were lighter. This volume brings together reflections of 50 individuals of different ages, backgrounds, and outlooks who helped shape the identity of the Sunflower State.
Gustavo Gutierrez, the doyen of the Latin American liberation theologians, published his landmark 'A Theology of Liberation' in English in 1973. In 'The Power of the Poor in History' he presents in eight major essays his developing theological insights.
Pizza With Jesus (No Black Olives) chronicles one couple's faith journey through the cumulative effects of compound losses, suffering and grief. One found his reward. The other found her way back to God. Their journey is a lesson in obedience, patience and trust in the Lord. It spans all types of loss and grief, not only grief in response to death. It is a testimony to the gentle promise that only faith in a loving God offers. It is a story of hope, renewed faith and redemption. Loss and grief are universal. Our responses to them are as unique as a fingerprint. Pizza With Jesus is a faith journey - a story of renewed hope, redemption and finding the way back to God who waits patiently for us to come to Him and to trust in Him. Sometimes it is only through profound suffering that we finally rest and place our complete trust in Him. When we come through on the other side of our suffering and grief and realize that God was beside us through it all, our hope and our faith in Him are hardened beyond all fracture - even when we feel lost and doubtful along the way. Pizza With Jesus is a very deep and personal experience with grief and its cumulative effects. It delivers a message of hope that there is life on the other side of grief, no matter how dark and lonesome it feels along the way. It offers a lantern and a lifeline through pain and grief back to our loving Father's side - where we belong and where we ultimately hope to be.
How American respectability has been built by maligning those who don't make the grade How did Americans come to think of themselves as respectable members of the middle class? Was it just by earning a decent living? Or did it require something more? And if it did, what can we learn that may still apply? The quest for middle-class respectability in nineteenth-century America is usually described as a process of inculcating positive values such as honesty, hard work, independence, and cultural refinement. But clergy, educators, and community leaders also defined respectability negatively, by maligning individuals and groups—“misfits”—who deviated from accepted norms. Robert Wuthnow argues that respectability is constructed by “othering” people who do not fit into easily recognizable, socially approved categories. He demonstrates this through an in-depth examination of a wide variety of individuals and groups that became objects of derision. We meet a disabled Civil War veteran who worked as a huckster on the edges of the frontier, the wife of a lunatic who raised her family while her husband was institutionalized, an immigrant religious community accused of sedition, and a wealthy scion charged with profiteering. Unlike respected Americans who marched confidently toward worldly and heavenly success, such misfits were usually ignored in paeans about the nation. But they played an important part in the cultural work that made America, and their story is essential for understanding the “othering” that remains so much a part of American culture and politics today.
Dominican American author and Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Díaz has gained international fame for his blended, cross-cultural fiction. Reading Junot Díaz is the first study to focus on his complete body of published works. It explores the totality of his work and provides a concise view of the interconnected and multilayered narrative that weaves throughout Díaz’s writings. Christopher González analyzes both the formal and thematic features and discusses the work in the context of speculative and global fiction as well as Caribbean and Latino/a culture and language. Topics such as race, masculinity, migration, and Afro-Latinidad are examined in depth. González provides a synthesis of the prevailing critical studies of Díaz and offers many new insights into his work.
First published posthumously in 1902, this collection of the lectures of American historian JOHN LORD (1810-1894) is a charming rummage through 6,000 years of European and American history, exploring the past from "the old pagan civilizations" to modern leaders and cultures on both sides of the Atlantic. This replica edition features all the original illustrations, hard to come by in other recent versions. It will delight both readers of history and lovers of beautiful, classic books. While Volumes 1 through 12 were Lord's work, this one was completed after his death from the author's notes. Volume XIII: "Great Writers" covers: [ Rousseau: socialism and education [ Sir Walter Scott: the modern novel [ Lord Byron: poetic genius [ Shakespeare (by Ralph Waldo Emerson) [ John Milton: poet and patriot [ Alfred (Lord) Tennyson: the spirit of modern poetry [ and more
This book explores the rise of consumerism and the expanding variety of goods available in Japan. Japan is placed within the comparative context of the 'consumer revolution' in Europe and North America, contributing to the analysis of the ways in which consumption and everyday life change in the course of economic development.
Drawing on a variety of film semiotic theories, this book sheds light on works by mainland Chinese directors, Hong Kong New Wave directors, Taiwan New Cinema directors, and overseas Chinese directors. Zeng examines the cultural/historical implications of exile through the detailed analysis of film language and theoretical exploration.
Lillian Leyb ist Mitte zwanzig, als sie ihren russischen Heimatort verlässt, um in Amerika Fuß zu fassen. Sie ist einem schrecklichen Massaker an der jüdischen Bevölkerung entflohen. In New York wird die Lower East Side zu ihrem neuen Zuhause, und das Schicksal scheint es gut mit ihr zu meinen - bis sie erfährt, dass ihre totgeglaubte Tochter vielleicht noch am Leben ist. Als Lillian 1924 in New York ankommt will sie es schaffen in diesem neuen, verheißungsvollen Land. Schon bald hat sie nicht nur eine Arbeit als Näherin, sondern auch einen vermögenden Liebhaber. Da steht eines Tage eine Verwandte vor ihrer Tür und behauptet, Lillians Tochter habe das Massaker in Russland überlebt und sei möglicherweise nach Sibirien gebracht worden. Von da an gibt es für Lillian kein Halten mehr. Wider alle Vernunft verlässt sie New York und macht sich völlig mittellos auf eine abenteuerliche Reise. Quer durch Nordamerika, entlang dem legendären Yukon Telegraph Trail, reist sie unbeirrt ihrem Ziel, Sibirien, entgegen. "Mit seiner Mischung aus lebhaften Charakteren, detailreichen Beschreibungen und poetischer Sprache weckt dieser Roman eine Lesefreude, wie es nur guter Literatur gelingt." Los Angeles Times
His boyhood fantasy of riding the rails was transformed into a life or death game of survival. Hans unwavering hope to someday live the American Dream empowered him to endure the fallout of Hitlers war machine. Nothing...not the Nazi occupation of his homeland, the pangs of near starvation, his capture by the Russians, his missing father, nor the deep despair of camp imprisonment...managed to snuff out this glow of hope glimmering within his heart.
Ten Tender Tales is a garland of beautifully woven short stories about ordinary people with unique dreams, desires, and choices. While some stories like War in the Workplace highlight our struggle for success in a fiercely competitive workplace, others like The Precious Dancing Dolls delve deep into human emotions and our decision to deal with them in a way we never imagined! This collection is a mixed bag. All in Four Weeks is a fast-paced short story with shades of suspense, intrigue, and mystery, whereas The Life You Choose explores hope amid adversity. While The Mysterious Blue Dog will make you smile, the protagonist of Swept off Her Feet will get you moist-eyed. Each tale explores hope and love despite misery and failures. Isnt that what life is all about?
Readiness to Withstand Hardship as a Corroboration of Legitimacy in the New Testament
Author: James A. Kelhoffer
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
James A. Kelhoffer examines an often overlooked aspect of New Testament constructions of legitimacy, namely the value of Christians' withstanding persecution as a means of corroborating their religious identity as Christ's followers. The introductory chapter defines the problem in interaction with sociologist Pierre Bourdieu's concept of cultural capital. Chapters 2-10 examine the depictions of persecuted Christians in the Pauline letters, First Peter, Hebrews, Revelation, the NT Gospels, and Acts. These exegetical analyses support the conclusion that assertions of standing, authority, and power claimed on the basis of persecution play a significant and heretofore under-appreciated role in much of the NT. It is also argued that depictions of persecution can have both positive implications for the persecuted and negative implications for the depicted persecutors in constructions of legitimation.An epilogue considers later examples of early Christian martyrs and confessors, as well as John Foxe's Book of Martyrs . The epilogue also addresses the ethical and hermeneutical problem of asserting the withstanding of persecution as a basis of legitimacy in ancient and modern contexts. This problem stems from the observation that, although the NT authors present their construals of withstanding persecution as a basis of legitimation as if they were self-evident, such assertions are actually the culmination of numerous presuppositions and are therefore open to dissenting viewpoints. Yet the NT authors do not acknowledge the possibility of competing interpretations, or that oppressed Christians could someday become oppressors. Accordingly, this exegetical study calls attention to an ethical and hermeneutical problem that the NT bequeaths to the modern interpreter, a problem inviting input from ethicists and other theologians.
Simple Spiritual Verses, and More... Rhyme and Free Verse
Author: LINDA CHERYL GRAZULIS
Simple, down-to-earth rhyme and free verse poetry of praise to God, the seasons, love, family, friendship, and fulfilling your dreams. A book that inspires the heart of the reader and offers encouragement for daily living. A perfect gift, touching the heart of the giver and the recipient. When life becomes aflutter with busy schedules and abuzz with activities, this book is a refreshing rest from the world of hurry. So kick off your shoes, grab a mug of coffee or tea and enjoy!