Hope Amid Hardship

Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory

Author: Linda Johnston

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: History

Page: 224

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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.

The Power of the Poor in History

Author: Gustavo Gutierrez

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers


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


Category: Religion

Page: 352

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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.

Reading Junot Diaz

Author: Christopher Gonzalez

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press


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.


Category: Religion

Page: 416

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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.

Pizza with Jesus (No Black Olives)

Finding Hope and Grace Amid Hardship and Grief

Author: Pj Frick



Category: Religion

Page: 160

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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.

Defining Moments

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

Author: Kathleen Ann Clark

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press


Category: History

Page: 302

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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.

Voice of Deliverance

The Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Its Sources

Author: Keith D. Miller



Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 282

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An exploration of King's speeches shows how he blended the language and imagery of the African-American church with the printed sermons of white ministers