The author has assembled a collection of 3,676 last words from a select group of individuals as they faced their approaching demise. This compilation illuminates a group of beings ranging from convicted criminals to the most holy. Some serenely committed their souls to a higher being while others railed against oncoming death. Many are famous, some are notorious, and others blur into a less well-defined subgroup. The majority of entries consist of final spoken words, but a few wills, epitaphs, diaries, and last letters are also included in this collection. A brief sketch of each person includes birth and death dates, country of origin, and a short biographical sketch. Farewells spoken after the turn of the twenty-first century ensure that this compilation has some of the most up-to-date material in this genre.
Go from knowing the story of the Bible to living it. God invites us to be shaped through His Word. And so we look to Scripture and spend devotional time searching for answers to these three crucial questions: What do I believe? What should I do? Who am I becoming? Let God guide you in thinking, acting, and becoming like Jesus through these 365 powerful devotions. Randy and Rozanne Frazee walk you through the key beliefs, practices, and virtues of the Christian faith, and help you along the journey to renew your mind, practice your faith, and be transformed—to live more like Jesus. This devotional is a great standalone devotional or a wonderful companion to the Believe campaign.
A gorgeous collector's edition of the critically acclaimed debut novel by John Green, #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars A perfect gift for every fan, this deluxe hardcover features a stunning special edition jacket and 50 pages of all-new exclusive content, including: - An introduction by John Green - Extensive Q&A: John Green answers readers’ most frequently asked questions - Deleted scenes from the original manuscript ★ Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award ★ A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist ★ A New York Times Bestseller • A USA Today Bestseller ★ NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels ★ TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time ★ A PBS Great American Read Selection SOON TO BE A HULU LIMITED SERIES! Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.
The last words of the dying often provide insight into their feelings about life. Some are peaceful (It is very beautiful over there--Thomas Alva Edison); many are spiritual (Don't ask the Lord to keep me here. Ask him to have mercy--Walker Percy); others are angry (God-damn the whole frigging world and everybody in it--except you Carlotta--W.C. Fields); still others reflect the weary fight against death (I'm bored of it all--Sir Winston Churchill). Nearly 2,000 deathbed quotations from saints, popes, statesmen, scientists, soldiers, musicians, athletes, artists, entertainers, writers, criminals and others are included in this reference work. Each entry includes a brief biographical sketch of the person and sets the quotation in context. The sources for the quotes include biographies, newspaper and magazine accounts, and, in a few instances, firsthand accounts.
“The deathwatch over American English has begun again,” writes Harvey A. Daniels who, basing his arguments on data from professional linguists and language historians, proves that there is no reason to panic over the fate of the mother tongue, noting that “reports of the death of the English language are greatly exaggerated.” Critics who zero in on the deteriorating state of the language ignore larger, more basic issues. Further, they “threaten to bring back old—or inspire new—teaching curricula and techniques which will hinder rather than enhance our children’s opportunity to develop their reading and writing and speaking skills.” Paradoxically, those critics who claim overreaching importance for the language tend to trivialize the study of language “through their steadfast preoccupation with the form of language.” These critics “encourage us to continue using minor differences in language as ways of identifying, classifying, avoiding, or punishing anyone whom we choose to consider our social or intellectual inferior.” Daniels refutes the idea that a literary crisis rages throughout the United States. He discredits the idea of the deterioration of language. In support of his conclusions, he marshalls the forces of history, showing that panics concerning the state of the language have occurred at regular intervals at least since 2400 B.C. Using the data and tools of the linguist, Daniels asserts that language cannot die, that it changes constantly, and that attitudes toward language are social attitudes. Having established this point, he discusses at length our diminished prejudices against certain nonstandard dialects, our befuddled and uncompromising attempts to teach writing, the complex difficulties facing English teachers as the “crisis” enters its second decade, and the prospects for developing some respect for linguistic pluralism in America.