I couldn't teach another lesson. Nor could I tolerate another day with a boss, a punch card, and the indigestion I suffered from bolting my muesli. This was why I'd spent the past five months camping in a remote Turkish field. Then the first winter storm crashed through the valley, turning my tent into a canvas pole dancer. It dawned on me I might need a house. There were only two problems: I had just $6000 left in my account, and 6 weeks before winter. "Despite having very little money, almost no building experience, and endless naysayers who told her she would fail, Atulya K. Bingham completed her lovely earthbag home. Her personal, inspirational story shows how anyone can build their own sustainable home with earthbags." Dr. Owen Geiger, Director of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building, author of the Natural Building Blog and Earthbag Building website. "A joy from beginning to end - a brave, funny, moving account of building a new life and a new home out of mud in Turkey's mountain wilderness." Sara Crowe, author of Bone Jack (Nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2015).
How do you begin your day? All of us have our daily rituals, which have a way of influencing the rest of our day. In her book, The Daily Grind: GOD With Your Coffee, author Susan Ward Diamond shares stories and reflections gleaned from years of praying and meditating early each morning over a cup of coffee. Begun as a personal spiritual discipline, Diamond began sharing her “Thoughts for the Day” with her congregation by email. Before long, her meditations had made their way around the globe, encouraging others on their life journey to experience God’s joyful, unconditional love each day. Sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, always honest, you will find yourself in the stories this pastor has to share. Story is the common thread that binds us to one another. As the great novelist Willa Cather said, “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” Life is difficult—in fact, at times it can feel like a grind. But when God is invited into the daily-ness of our lives, we begin to find a “blend” that is filled with a marvelous aroma! The Daily Grind: GOD with Your Coffee will be a great addition to your day—whatever time of the day you choose to read it.
A Saga of the Epic Struggle Between a Celtic People and the Ruthless Ambitions of Rome
Author: Samuel Drury Owens
I, SENIAS is a historical novel of exceptional quality, readability and high interest. After reading, you will never again think of the Celtic people in the same way. Senias is the son of a prominent family living in first century B.C.E. Gaul. It is he who relates to the reader the often tragic story of a mighty army of warriors called the Romans, who roamed the Gallic countryside murdering folks, plundering villages, snatching women and children to sell as slaves. The deep spirituality of Senias leads to his selection as an apprentice Philosopher and thrusts him into the cryptic world of Celtic mythology. On an eventful journey to the capital city of Gergovia, Senias meets the feisty Savrina. Though opposites in temperament, a deep bond develops between the two lovers. Once the conflict between the marauding Romans and the people of Gaul reaches the point of all-out-war, Senias observes the intense personal struggles between Vercingetorix and Caesar for dominance and power. The last significant battle between the two ancient civilizations is fought at the hill fortress of Alesia. The struggle for Alesia stands as an eternal testament to the determination, courage and sacrifices of the Gallic people in the defense of their independence, an independence so fierce that it lies, ironically, at the very heart of their eventual defeat.
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