Audrey Chapman struggles to hang on to her hopes and dreams after a violent attack threatens her future, her relationships, and her ability to trust in the Lord. Hanging out with friends in her hometown of Hastings, Minnesota, is the perfect way for Audrey Chapman to spend her last Friday night before leaving for college. She and her best friend, Trevor Hayes, were expecting a get-together of close friends from Hope Church. Not a raucous beer bash. They agree to drop in for a few minutes. Audrey doesn’t plan to stay into the wee hours of the morning. She definitely doesn’t anticipate this party changing the course of her life.
The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
Author: Frederick C. Bush
Category: Sports & Recreation
This book was inspired by the last Negro League World Series ever played and presents biographies of the players on the two contending teams in 1948 - the Birmingham Black Barons and the Homestead Grays - as well as the managers, the owners, and articles on the ballparks the teams called home. Also included are articles that recap the season's two East-West All-Star Games, the Negro National League and Negro American League playoff series, and the World Series itself. Additional context is provided in essays about the effects of Organized Baseball's integration on the Negro Leagues, the exodus of Negro League players to Canada, and the signing away of top Negro League players, specifically Willie Mays. The lack of detailed press coverage of the Negro Leagues, the fact that not every player was a star with a lengthy career, and gaps in public records of the era (especially in regard to African Americans) present a situation in which it is not possible to detail the life of every single player as fully as in other SABR publications. In the face of such challenges, the SABR researchers who have contributed player biographies and feature articles to this book have done utmost diligence to uncover every possible nugget of information that is currently available and, in many instances, new discoveries have been made. Many of the players' lives and careers have been presented to a much greater extent than previously. This book represents the collaborative efforts of 49 authors and editors from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Contents: Willie Mays Letter to Jim Zapp THE BIRMINGHAM BLACK BARONS Lloyd Pepper Bassett, Frederick C. Bush Herman Bell, Margaret M. Gripshover John Britton, Bill Nowlin Lorenzo "Piper" Davis (player/manager) Jeb Stewart Bill Greason, Frederick C. Bush Wiley Griggs, William Dahlberg Jay (Jehosie) Heard, J. W. Stewart Willie Mays, John Saccoman Jimmie Newberry, Jeb Stewart Alonzo Perry, Dennis D. Degenhardt Nat Pollard, Jay Hurd Bill Powell, Mark Panuthos & Frederick C. Bush Norman (Bobby) Robinson, Bob LeMoine Joe Scot, t Charles F. Faber Ed Steele, Will Osgood Bob Veale, Joseph Gerard Samuel Williams, Bob LeMoine Artie Wilson, Rob Neyer Jim Zapp, Bill Nowlin Tom Hayes (Owner) James Forr Abe Saperstein (Co-Owner, 1939-45) Norm King Rickwood Field, Clarence Watkins THE HOMESTEAD GRAYS Ted Alexander, Rob Neyer Sam Bankhead, Dave Wilkie Lefty Bell, Frederick C. Bush Garnett Blair, Bill Nowlin Bob Boston, Bill Johnson Clarence Bruce, Frederick C. Bush Luther Clifford, Richard Bogovich Luke Easter, Justin Murphy Clarence Evans, Dennis D. Degenhardt Wilmer Fields, Frederick C. Bush Ervin Fowlkes, Dave Forrester Charles Gary, Chris Rainey Robert Gaston, Chris Rainey Cecil Kaiser, Brian Baughan Larry Kimbrough, Chris Rainey Buck Leonard, Ralph Berger Luis Marquez, Amy Essington Eudie Napier, Tom Hawthorn Tom Parker, Bill Johnson Willie (Bill) Pope, Skip Nipper Willie D. Smith, Alan Cohen Frank Thompson, Michael Mattsey Bob Thurman, Rick Swaine Bob Trice, Jack Morris R. T. Walker, Irv Goldfarb John Wright, Niall Adler Vic Harris (manager) Charlie Fouche Cum Posey (Owner to 1946 d.) Brian McKenna Ethel Posey (Co-Owner) Leslie Heaphy Rufus "Sonny Man" Jackson (Co-Owner) Ralph Carhart Forbes Field, Curt Smith Griffith Stadium, John Schleppi FEATURES Players Omitted from the Rosters, Frederick C. Bush The 1948 East-West All-Star Games, Thomas E. Kern The 1948 Negro American League Playoff Series (Birmingham v. Kansas City Monarchs) Japheth Knopp The 1948 Negro National League Playoff Series (Homestead v. Baltimore Elite Giants) Steve West The 1948 Negro Leagues World Series, Richard J. Puerzer Baseball's Integration Spells the End of the Negro Leagues, Japheth Knopp The Signing of Willie Mays, John Klima From the Negro Leagues to the Quebec Provincial League, Jack Anderson Epilogue: Birmingham, Pittsburgh, and the Negro Leagues Since 1948, Frederick C. Bush Bibliography for Further Research
Helping her brother renovate his new house was not supposed to change Lena’s life. It was supposed to distract her from the fact that her husband was an adulterous slimeball. But finding a mysterious goodbye letter while banging around in the old fixer-upper changes everything. As does a wine-fueled night in which Lena ends her marriage by text. With the letter comes the friendship of Cassidy, the young mother who wrote it. When she suggests that her handsome father help finish the renovations on the house in exchange for room and board, Lena nervously accepts. She quickly comes to rely on Milo’s easy companionship and fights the impulse to let him be something more. The moment Lena might actually have things figured out, a family tragedy makes her question everything. How will Lena choose between her own happiness and the friends and family who count on her?
No one has been able to reach him since his brother revealed to the media that he has a twin. Benjamin and Diego haven't had any news from him either and his staff have confirmed he's not at his estate, although his personal effects and his cell phone are. He's disappeared off the face of the earth. I can't even bring myself to think about how he must be feeling right this moment. Even though I keep telling myself that Samuel is a responsible adult, that he wouldn't do anything stupid, no matter how hard I try to rationalize the situation it’s taking every ounce of energy in me to remain calm. Where is Samuel Wright, where is my sweet billionaire boyfriend right now? And what will be the repercussions of this revelation on him? And on us? *** My Billionaire, My Wedding and Me, volume 3 of 3. This is a complete, uncensored version: no scenes have been cut.
Alexi is an elderly woman, lying in a hospital bed on Christmas Eve, 2085, nearing the end of her life. As her pain medication causes her to drift, she thinks back to the true love she has never forgotten, even though those memories are more than seventy years old. In 2014, Alexi is eighteen, and although she doesn’t know it, this Christmas will bring magic. She discovers she is able to walk through her mirror into another world, where she travels to a placed called Azure City and meets a young man named Ethan. She learns that this is, in fact, a gateway to paradise--a place for people to encounter their soul mates before moving on to heaven. Alexi spends seven days with Ethan--visiting a water park, flying in a hot air balloon, riding a dog sled pulled by rabbits, and so much more. She also finds that living a good life on earth will bring her soul back to paradise after death--to spend eternity with her soul mate. In this fantasy novel, a young woman visits a spiritual realm at the age of eighteen and discovers that she has a soul mate waiting for her in heaven.
Whats driving the moral decline of America? What lies behind the radical changes in our societys values? This is the sweeping saga of one mans lifelong struggle against a sinful world. A New Englander and a descendentof the Puritans, his Christian battle leads him to some startling conclusions about modern teaching and howthough often presented as scienceit has changed the very foundations of human thought, casting mankind in a different and godless light. Sure to be controversial, this novel nonetheless provides food for thought to a world starving for answers.
The Troubled Partnership between a President and His General
Author: John C. Waugh
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
There was no more remarkable pair in the Civil War than Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan. At only 35 years old, McClellan commanded the Ohio troops early in the war, and won skirmishes for the Union in western Virginia. After the disastrous Union defeat at Bull Run in the summer of 1861, Lincoln sent word for McClellan to come to Washington, and soon elevated him to commander-in-chief of the Union army. But in the late summer and fall of 1861, things took a turn for the worst. Meticulous in his planning and preparations, McClellan began to delay attacking the enemy and developed a penchant for vastly overestimating the Confederate forces he faced. All of this hampered his ability to lead an aggressive force in a fast-moving battlefield environment. Finally losing his patience, Lincoln was famously quoted as saying, "If General McClellan does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it for a time." Lincoln and McClellan takes an in-depth look at this fascinating relationship, from the early days of the Civil War to the 1864 presidential election when McClellan ran against Lincoln on an anti-war platform and lost. Here, award-winning author John C. Waugh weaves a tale of hubris, paranoia, failure, and triumph, illuminating as never before this unique and complicated alliance.
In the summer of 1974, after losing his mom to cancer, Billy McMillon, an inquisitive eight-year-old boy with an innate need to be near nature, goes on a sailing expedition with his eccentric grandfather, a famous scientist who is on a mission to uncover the truth behind a mysterious illness plaguing pods of bottlenose dolphins. Suddenly, tragedy strikes, and young Billy’s life is turned upside down for a second time. He’s back in New York, living with his Nana and shedding the memories of his extraordinary adventure with his grandfather. Years later, Bill finds himself looking back on his accomplishments. A marine architect, he seems to have it all—a great career, a beautiful home in New York, a loving wife, and two healthy, well-adjusted daughters. By all accounts, he’s a success. Why should it matter that he hasn’t set foot on a boat in over twenty years, he prefers the countryside to the big city, or that he’s quite reclusive and distant toward his family? When his curious seven-year old daughter, Brooke, urges him to explain the contents of a mysterious box she finds, Bill comes face-to-face with his past, and suddenly, everything matters. A reflective tale of one man’s attempt to build a relationship with his daughter through sharing stories from his unconventional childhood, rich with a bounty of unusual characters set amidst the beautiful canvas of the British Virgin Islands, A Return to Innocence is a whirlwind full of emotion, imagination, and adventure.
Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Author: Ed Catmull
Publisher: Random House
Category: Business & Economics
As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the world’s first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream first as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged an early partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later and against all odds, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever. Since then, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, and WALL-E, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner twenty-seven Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is. Now, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques, honed over years, that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation Studios—into the story meetings, the postmortems, and the ‘Braintrust’ sessions where art is born. It is, at heart, a book about how to build and sustain a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, ‘an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.’
The Battle at the Top of the World for America's Future
Author: Bob Reiss
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
The Arctic century is upon us. A great jockeying for power and influence has erupted among nations in the high north. At stake are trillions of dollars in profit or loss, US security, geopolitical influence and the fate of a fragile environment as well as the region's traditional people. As the ice melts and oil companies venture north, the polar regions may become the next Panama Canal, the next Arabian Peninsula-places on earth that remain relatively unknown in one century and become pivotal in the next. Now Shell oil plans to sink exploratory wells in the pristine waters off the North Slope of Alaska-a site that the company believes contains three times as much oil as the Gulf of Mexico. THE ESKIMO AND THE OIL MAN tells this story through the eyes of two men, one an Iñupiat Eskimo leader on Alaska's North Slope, the other the head of Shell Oil's Alaska venture. Their saga is set against the background of an undersea land rush in the Arctic, with Russian bombers appearing off Alaska's coast, and rapid changes in ice that put millions of sea mammals at risk. The men's decisions will affect the daily lives of all Americans, in their cities and towns and also in their pocketbooks. The story begins as a fight and ends with a surprise. In the spirit of Thomas L. Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded, bestselling author Bob Reiss traveled in America's High North over three years and spent time with scientists, diplomats, military planners, Eskimo whale hunters and officials at the highest levels of the government. He traveled to remote villages and sailed on a US icebreaker. THE ESKIMO AND THE OIL MAN reflects the issues dividing every American community wrestling with the balance between energy use and environmental protection, our love of cheap gas and the romance of pristine wilderness.
Jews have been a religious and cultural presence in America since the colonial era, and the community of Jews in the United States today—some six million people—continues to make a significant contribution to the American religious landscape. Emphasizing developments in American Judaism in the last quarter century among active participants in Jewish worship, this book provides both a look back into the 350-year history of Judaic life and a well-crafted portrait of a multifaceted tradition today. Combining extensive research into synagogue archival records and secondary sources as well as interviews and observations of worship services at more than a hundred Jewish congregations across the country, Raphael's study distinguishes itself as both a history of the Judaic tradition and a witness to the vitality and variety of contemporary American Judaic life. Beginning with a chapter on beliefs, festivals, and life-cycle events, both traditional and non-traditional, and an explanation of the enormous variation in practice, Raphael then explores Jewish history in America, from the arrival of the first Jews to the present, highlighting the emergence and development of the four branches: Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform. After documenting the considerable variety among the branches, the book addresses issues of some controversy, notably spirituality, conversion, homosexuality, Jewish education, synagogue architecture, and the relationship to Israel. Raphael turns next to a discussion of eight American Jews whose thoughts and/or activities made a huge impact on American Judaism. The final chapter focuses on the return to tradition in every branch of Judaism and examines prospects for the future.
This book is a collection of stories written by individuals who possess the courage and willingness to expose their vulnerabilities and mistakes. In its pages you will find encouragement, inspiration, and faith grown from life's experiences, whether joyous or painful, and everything in between. Join the authors as they pour their pain, limitations, failures, and successes, and how God has worked in their lives. Heartfelt words march boldly across the pages sharing how faith is won step by step in the practical territory of everyday life. Anyone can make major changes for victory in every area of life by applying the Word of God.
JOURNEY AFAR... with 20-year-old surfer, explorer, and writer ALEX GOULD in the Adventure of a Lifetime--covering 66,000 kilometers in 8 months of non-stop adrenaline. Dance to furious drumbeats in isolated West African coastal villages, venture to beautiful and remote desert islands in the South Pacific, and explore Buddhist temples and some of the world's most stunning mountain scenery in East Asia. Step into a new pair of shoes and reexamine your own culture with the clairvoyance only an outsider can possess. Feel the rush of life on the edge in harrowing accounts of mountaineering, motorcycling, diving, and surfing; lose yourself amidst tales of beauty, romance, and adventure. Go on: wax your board, paddle out, and FEEL THE STOKE. From Senegal's picture-perfect reef breaks to Tahiti's terrifying Teahupo'o, the planet's most dangerous wave...from tube-riding in Southern Taiwan to nose-riding with those infamous longboarders in the North... Life just doesn't get any better than this.
Romantisches Jugendbuch über die erste große Liebe
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Ab morgen wird Clare an der Ostküste studieren und Aidan auf ein College in Kalifornien gehen. Clare ist skeptisch, ob ihre Beziehung trotz der Entfernung zwischen ihnen bestehen kann. Dennoch lässt sie sich darauf ein, gemeinsam mit Aidan all die Orte aufzusuchen, die für ihre Liebe eine Rolle gespielt haben. Können zwölf Stunden Clares Entschluss beeinflussen? Im Morgengrauen ist der Moment der Wahrheit gekommen: Ist es eine Trennung auf Zeit oder ein Abschied für immer? "Smith ist ein echter Gewinn!" VOYA "Ein neuer cleverer Geniestreich von Jennifer E. Smith" Kirkus Reviews
M.O.A.D. Epics of an Odyssey 2, Memoirs of a Dreamer is Jenneive M. Johnson’s' gift to everyone. Those who would like to share their thoughts and are held captive by fear. Conquer your fears. She conquered her fears and ventured out in the unknown with fragments of dreams and less than a mustard seed size faith. With a touch of Island flavor, she learned how to express her feelings using words. Through her experiences she gain courage by refusing to accept defeat. Without regrets her spiritual convictions has given her the inspiration to now tell you to Dream Big, Believe in what you can't see and you will have Success through hard work and determination. Her form of poetry IS HER DIARY to everyone !!!!
This is, first and foremost, a book about private animal rescue. The stories are true. As a result, these pages are filled with sadness and joy, loss and hope, heartbreak and compassion. Within the stories, personalities emerge, and the love affair between author and animal is apparent. During the course of one year, the author blogs the stories from her past alongside the rescues that occur in real time. Along the way, she discovers a growing support system in the blogosphere. Those connections offer not only emotional succor but also very tangible aid. The world of private animal rescue is candidly revealed in a series of short vignettes.