Hope Amid Hardship

Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory

Author: Linda Johnston

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493005987

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 4307

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.

Pizza with Jesus (No Black Olives)

Finding Hope and Grace Amid Hardship and Grief

Author: Pj Frick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692941201

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 6800

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.

The Power of the Poor in History

Author: Gustavo Gutierrez

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1592449808

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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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.

American Misfits and the Making of Middle-Class Respectability

Author: Robert Wuthnow

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400888093

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 5919

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.

Promise Me, Dad

A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Author: Joe Biden

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250171687

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 9201

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller “Promise Me, Dad is a brisk, often uplifting read, a consequence of its author’s congenital jollity and irrepressible candor.” - Vanity Fair A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country. In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. "Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you’re going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word. Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden’s extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad—“Joe, I need your help”—he responded. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. The year brought real triumph and accomplishment, and wrenching pain. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith, and on his deepening friendship with the man in the Oval Office, Barack Obama. Writing with poignancy and immediacy, Joe Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop. This is a book written not just by the vice president, but by a father, grandfather, friend, and husband. Promise Me, Dad is a story of how family and friendships sustain us and how hope, purpose, and action can guide us through the pain of personal loss into the light of a new future.

Reading Junot Diaz

Author: Christopher Gonzalez

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822981246

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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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.

The One Year Recovery Prayer Devotional

365 Daily Meditations toward Discovering Your True Purpose

Author: Katie Brazelton

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1414388594

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 6473

We all struggle to escape bad habits that overrun our lives. The One Year Recovery Prayer Devotional is for those who are seeking freedom and recovery from destructive habits and addictions. This daily devotional, which features the Twelve Steps for believers, will help you experience a life-changing breakthrough, liberating you from harmful patterns of behavior. Each day, the devotional encourages you to bring your struggles to God in prayer, asking for strength and power. The recovery process is not one you should try alone. You need partners and companions. The One Year Recovery Prayer Devotional is one of your companions, giving you daily encouragement on your path toward liberation.

Love Still Stands

Author: Kelly Irvin

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 0736954937

Category: Fiction

Page: 346

View: 2597

After moving to a new community, Bethel Graber is injured in an accident and is forced to give up teaching, as she wonders, despite her attraction to a young farmer, if she also has to give up the idea of ever being able to marry.

Sounder

Author: William H. Armstrong

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062105566

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

View: 5621

Set in the Deep South, this Newbery Medal-winning novel tells the story of the great coon dog, Sounder, and the poor sharecroppers who own him. Celebrating 30 years! During the difficult years of the nineteenth century South, an African American boy and his poor family rarely have enough to eat. Each night, the boy's father takes their dog, Sounder, out to look for food and the man grows more desperate by the day. When food suddenly appears on the table one morning, it seems like a blessing. But the sheriff and his deputies are not far behind. The ever-loyal Sounder remains determined to help the family he loves as hard times bear down on them. This classic novel shows the courage, love, and faith that bind an African American family together despite the racism and inhumanity they face. Readers who enjoy timeless dog stories such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows will find much to love in Sounder.

Hope When It Hurts

Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God's Purpose in Your Suffering

Author: Kristen Wetherell,Sarah Walton

Publisher: Good Book Company

ISBN: 9781784980733

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 4346

Suffering is real. But so is hope. Kristen and Sarah have walked through, and are walking in, difficult times. So these thirty biblical reflections are full of realism about the hurts of lifeyet overwhelmingly full of hope about the God who gives life. This book will gently encourage and greatly help any woman who is struggling with sufferingwhether physical, emotional or psychological, and whether for a season or for longer. It is a book to buy for yourself, or to buy for a member of your church or friend. For anyone who is hurting, this book will give hope, not just for life beyond the suffering, but for life in the suffering. Each chapter contains a biblical reflection, with questions and prayers, and a space for journaling.

The Mighty Miss Malone

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Publisher: Wendy Lamb

ISBN: 0385734913

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 307

View: 7616

A Newbery Honor-winning author ("The Watsons Go to Birmingham") delivers a heart-wrenching, suspenseful novel of one unforgettable family caught up in the turbulent days of the Great Depression.

The One Year Book of Hope

Author: Nancy Guthrie

Publisher: Walker Large Print

ISBN: 9781594154089

Category: Religion

Page: 769

View: 7771

Originally published: Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, c2005.

The Boy on the Porch

Author: Sharon Creech

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062207776

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 176

View: 6922

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's Ruby Holler will love her latest tween novel about finding family when you least expect it. When a young couple finds a boy asleep on their porch, their lives take a surprising turn. Unable to speak, the boy Jacob can't explain his history. All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for him. And, as their connection and friendship with Jacob grow, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family and begin to see the world in brand-new ways. The Boy on the Porch is a singular story about opening your heart and discovering home in unexpected places.

A Beautiful Disaster

Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness

Author: Marlena Graves

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 1441246452

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 3285

Interweaving biblical insights and personal narratives, this eloquently written book shows how God often uses suffering and desert experiences to form us into Christ's image. Marlena Graves shares her experiences of growing up poor in a house plagued by mental illness as a means to explore the forces God uses to shape us into beautiful people in the midst of brokenness. This book offers a window into suffering through the motif of desert spirituality, revealing how God can use our painful experiences to show himself faithful. While no one welcomes suffering, God often uses desert experiences--those we initially despise and wouldn't wish on anyone--to transform us into beautiful souls who better resemble Jesus. Graves shows how God can bring life out of circumstances reeking of death and destruction, whether those circumstances are crises or daily doses of quiet desperation. Readers who have experienced suffering and question God's purpose for it will benefit from this book, as will counselors, pastors, professors, and mentors. It includes a foreword by John Ortberg and Laura Ortberg Turner.

Love and Consequences

A Memoir of Hope and Survival

Author: Margaret B. Jones

Publisher: Riverhead Books (Hardcover)

ISBN: 9781594489778

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 4380

A former child gang member who followed her foster brothers into the Bloods at the age of eight reveals her participation in drug activities and violence before finding the strength within herself to graduate college and break free.

Her Mother's Hope

Author: Francine Rivers

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414340845

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 1133

The first in an epic two-book saga, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters as each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world. "Ambitious, strong-willed Marta Schneider leaves her home in rural Switzerland at the beginning of the 20th century. She's determined to flee her abusive father, loving but weak mother, and the constraints placed on women. Meeting interesting characters all along her journey, she works her way to Canada. There she buys a boardinghouse and meets her match in Niclas Waltert, a German engineer with a farmer's heart. Through Marta's sharp elbows and the sweat of Niclas's brow, the family eventually arrives at an increasingly comfortable life in California's Central Valley. The second half of the story is told from the point of view of constitutionally timid daughter Hildemara Rose."--Publishers Weekly.

Wilderness Blessings

How Down Syndrome Reconstructed Our Life and Faith

Author: Jeffrey M. Gallagher

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 082724309X

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 5690

From the emotional and poignant blog entries posted during his son Jacob's uncertain birth, trying surgeries, and first year of living with Down syndrome, author and pastor Jeffrey M. Gallagher reflects honestly and candidly on disability theology, God's place in tragedy and hardship, how the church welcomes (or not) people with differing abilities, and the joys-the wilderness blessings-that Jacob's life has given him. Appealing to pastors, people of faith, readers interested in disability theology, parents and family members of those who are differently-abled, those who are interested in issues of inclusivity and acceptance, and those who struggle with understanding how God speaks and where God moves during difficult times, Wilderness Blessings: How Down Syndrome Reconstructed Our Life and Faith is a unique book that gives a pastoral and parental perspective into the reformation of a life and faith that have been blessed by the addition of a child with Down syndrome. After reading this book you may look at life and blessings from God in a new way.

Counsel from the Cross

Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ

Author: Elyse M. Fitzpatrick,Dennis E. Johnson

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433522594

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 2968

Demonstrates the "why" and the "how" of consistently biblical, gospel-centric counseling, whether in the pastor's study or over coffee with a friend. With the evermore apparent failure of modern psychotherapies and a discomfort with pharmacological strategies, many churches are reaffirming the sufficiency and power of the Scriptures to change lives. To aid churches in ministering to broken and hurting people, the authors of Counsel from the Cross present a counseling model based on Scripture, powered by the work of the Wonderful Counselor, Jesus Christ. Through careful exegesis and helpful case studies, they demonstrate the "why" and the "how" of consistently biblical, gospel-centered counseling. The authors' combined backgrounds-one, a woman trained in biblical counseling and the other, a male professor of practical theology-bring balance to this work, making it relevant for those who counsel as part of pastoral ministry and for those involved in friendship mentoring or discipleship.

Defining Moments

African American Commemoration & Political Culture in the South, 1863-1913

Author: Kathleen Ann Clark

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 9381

The authors present a new theory of decision-making that provides modes that can be used to describe such widely diverse political entities as the British cabinet, a Quaker meeting, or a village meeting in the Sudan. By studying the Free Democratic party in Switzerland, the authors produced four decision modes: decision by majority vote, decision by amicable agreement, non-decision, and the mode they develop and describe in the book--decision by interpretation. Originally published 1980. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.