From a happy childhood to a member of the Black Dot gang. Later, the Air Force trained me in Electronic Espionage and awarded me a Top Secret clearance. In Trabzon, Turkey, I intercepted secret Russian Morse Code messages, regarding Antiballistic missiles. Left the Air Force and went into business. As Treasurer in a marketing firm, things were great; but the CEO perpetrated a scam, and stole thousands of dollars from investors. Our Hollywood attorney represented us, but, also the Mafia. The Feds hauled our company into Court for interstate fraud. Having to do nothing with the scam, the court let me off the hook. The CEO went to prison on another scam; our flamboyant attorney also went to prison for financing the mob in a "Roving Casino in L.A." I went to work for another "prosperous" company owned by two 24-year-old principals. Eight weeks after working for them, the young pair was caught committing a $1.8 million "Check Kiting"scheme. We did business in Diamonds, Investments, and produced a major motion picture, Stroker Ace, starring Burt Reynolds, as Stroker Ace. Four years later, the young entrepreneurs were tried; one of them went to prison. I became a full-fledged alcoholic, suffered two bankruptcies, and almost lost my life several times and my family. After 5 years of repentance and going through the cleansing fire of God, I came to my senses. The last 20 years have been wonderful with blessings, teaching the Word, and laying hands on the sick and seeing them recover. I have had numerous Miracles, Visions, and Prophecies that have come to pass. Today, in my golden years, what can I say...God is good, great, and awesome!! Never did accumulate any wealth. But I have Jesus--I have it all!
Draws on the mystical writings of St. Teresa of Avila to explore how to maintain a connection with the divine, in a guide that compares the human soul to a crystal castle with rooms representing various stages of spiritual development.
Is the gospel revealed in the Garden of Eden? What happened to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Why was it necessary for Christ to spend three days in the grave? These answers and much more are explained in Cursed Out: The Gospel Told from the Beginning. This book gives an in depth discussion and a fresh look at the gospel from the book of Genesis. It is designed as an evangelistic tool to win souls once they recognize and understand the significance of what happened in the beginning. The Gospel Told from the Beginning proves God was not taken off guard due to the fall of man. God had a plan. In the beginning, God promised and prophesied the birth of a Savior. Wanda Robinson is a very gifted and anointed teacher. Frequently she is asked to preach at various churches in the local area. Her background spans some thirty years, plus as a mathematics instructor in the public school system. She was ordained in 1998. She currently ministers Ihe word of God to female inmates in jails, prisons, and work release programs, as well as, teaches at Faith Christian University. She holds a Master's degree in Theology and is presently finishing up her Doctoral degree in Theology. She is a fine role model of a single woman that loves the Lord.
There is trouble in Xanth again—all kinds of trouble, in fact. The Gap Dragon had escaped from the Gap and was ravaging across the land. The forget-spell that had covered the Gap was breaking up into small forget-whorls that wandered about, giving amnesia to all they touched. Good Magician Humfrey might have had the Answer, but he had overdosed on water from the Fountain of Youth and was only a helpless baby. And Ivy, three-year-old daughter of King Dor and Queen Irene, as lost in the jungles south of the Gap. While Irene sought her without much hope, Ivy was wandering further into danger, her memories erased by a passing forget-whorl. Her path was leading her directly to where the Gap Dragon was seeking dinner.
When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.
A Personal Record of Transformation and a Discussion of Transcendental Consciousness: Containing His Philosophy of Consciousness Without an Object and His Pathways Through to Space
Author: Franklin Merrell-Wolff
Publisher: SUNY Press
Here is an account of the enlightenment experience and its consequences written by a trained philosopher and mathematician who is also a master of English prose. Merrell-Wolff experienced enlightenment, became established in the state, and wrote clearly about the value and nature of the knowledge he attained. This is a record of transformation in consciousness written during the actual process itself, supplying an unusually intimate view. The author faces the epistemological problem directly--the problem of demonstrating the reality and value of knowledge springing from mystical roots. He gives serious attention to the philosophical and psychological criticism, writing with an eye to the pitfalls indicated by such criticism. He did not write only for those who believe easily.
In her new collection, gifted poet and novelist Kim Addonizio uses her literary powers to bring to life a variety of settings, all connected through the suggestion that things in the known world are not what they seem. In “Beautiful Lady of the Snow,” young Annabelle turns to a host of family pets to combat the alienation she feels caught between her distracted mother and ailing grandfather; in “Night Owls,” a young college student’s crush on her acting partner is complicated by the bloodlust of being half-vampire; in “Cancer Poems,” a dying woman turns to a poetry workshop to make sense of her terminal diagnosis and final days; in “Intuition,” a young girl’s sexual forays bring her closer to her best friend’s father; and in the collection’s title story, a photographer looks back to his youth spent as a young illusionist under the big tent and his obsessive affair with the carnival owner’s wife. The stories in this collection have appeared in journals ranging from Narrative Magazine to The Fairy Tale Review, and include the much loved "Ever After," which was featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts." Distracted parents, first love, the twin forces of alienation and isolation: the characters in The Palace of Illusions all must contend with these challenges, trafficking in the fault lines between the real and the imaginary, often in a world not of their making.
"Trompe l'oeil, French for "fool or deceive the eye", is a genre dating back to antiquity that has fascinated both painters and viewers from the Renaissance to the present day. Both witty and serious, it describes paintings that imitate natural appearances so convincingly that viewers momentarily mistake the objects depicted for the real thing. The moment of deception, however, is brief. Uncertainty over what is real and what is illusion is soon replaced by amusement at having been tricked and admiration for the artist's ingenuity and skill." "Deceptions and Illusions explores the art of trompe l'oeil in more than 100 European and American paintings ranging in date from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries by such practitioners as Samuel van Hoogstraten, William M. Harnett, John Haberle, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein. Organised thematically, the volume begins with works of art inspired by ancient prototypes and with paintings by early Renaissance artists whose close observation of nature was a prerequisite for eye-deceiving illusionism. It then presents the principal subjects of trompe l'oeil artists, beginning with images of letters, prints, dollar bills, and other essentially flat objects that appear to rest on the picture surface, and then moves to three-dimensional illusions in which objects appear to project or recede from the picture plane, blurring the boundary between real and fictitious space. Finally, the volume illustrates the legacy of the art of trompe l'oeil for twentieth-century artists." "Five essays by experts in European and American art and in the science of seeing examine the phenomenon and persistence of trompe l'oeil over the centuries."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Transcendent Vision and Bodily Spectres, 1789-1852
Author: Gavin Budge
Category: Literary Criticism
This fascinating interdisciplinary study examines the relationship between literary interest in visionary kinds of experience and medical ideas about hallucination and the nerves in the first half of the nineteenth century, focusing on canonical Romantic authors, the work of women writers influenced by Romanticism, and visual culture.
Darcy, a thrilling Canadian illusionist, won the coveted People's Choice Award in Seattle and performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood before he was legally of age. Aged 26, he dazzled the nation as a finalist on ITV's Britain's Got Talent and on ITV special Edge of Reality. In Behind the Illusion, magician Darcy Oake takes you through the nine traditionally accepted forms of magic. He reveals the origins and science behind various illusions, and explains why there is a difference between what the eye sees and what is actually happening on stage; as well as giving famous examples from history, and his own personal twists on them.