The experiences of Soveida Dosamantes, a waitress at the El Farol Mexican Restaurant, parallel the book she is writing, "The Book of Service," a reflection upon women's roles in a male-dominated culture and the connection between work and family life
A college student...a fatal drunk-driving accident...a charge of vehicular homicide. Benjamin Bradley must try to find peace after killing a woman in an accident while being treated for a disease he didn’t know he even had. As he wades through anger, denial, grief and humiliation he is haunted by the image of the woman he killed.
A waitress writes a handbook on waiting at tables. It is called The Book of Service and is based on her 30-year career in a Mexican restaurant in the southwest of the country. In it she meditates on the meaning of service--at work as well as in her own life--and on the role of women in a male-dominated culture. By the author of The Last of the Menu Girls.
DARE TO WALK reveals God's desire to take you from "what you are" to what God "wants you to be" . where HE is enthroned as the LORD of your life. In today's liberal freethinking society who boast of no moral standards . it is imperative the "we walk even as HE walked." "These devotions communicate Biblical truth and personal faith . [and] are insightful and thought provoking. They challenge the reader to examine their walk with Christ and stimulate each one to journal personal reflections on scriptures read." -Dr. William B. Coker, Pastor World Gospel Church, Terre Haute, IN. "Edward Powell draws on a lifetime of knowing God and experiencing His faithfulness. I like that. It makes DARE TO WALK relatable and refreshing. In a day when "total surrender" is rarely mentioned, these devotions challenge us to serve God without reservation, daring us to believe that He does reward those who diligently seek Him." -Doug Salser, President Literature Ministries International, Greenville, TX. "I have used Edward Powell's devotional books in my own devotions and found them insightful, Biblically sound, and uplifting . a reflection of the life and pilgrimage of Edward Powell. I recommend them highly to my friends everywhere." -G. L. Johnson, Senior Pastor People's Church, Fresno, CA. EDWARD POWELL, A "miracle" of God's grace, was critically wounded in WW II when both forearms and leg were almost blown off by shrapnel from German artillery. He spent two and a half years in Army hospitals recovering as doctors rebuilt his arms and leg. For 60 years he has taught God's Word, spoken in churches, civic groups, and retreats of God's grace, sufficiency, and faithfulness. He has written two companion books of devotions entitled DARE TO BELIEVE and DARE TO TRUST.
A Daily Devotional Guide For Doing God's Word This one year devotional will take you on an adventure through hundreds of Scripture passages in the Old and New Testaments. Each day you will be assigned four passages throughout the Bible that pertain to topics such as seeking and obeying the Lord's will, living what you say, and finding your place in the body of Christ. By dedicating just minutes a day to this unique book, you will find yourself growing in God's Word, planting seeds of wisdom that will last a lifetime. About the author Linda Sommer is the author of Around the Word in 365 Days and Sunrise, Sunset. In addition to being an author, she is a teacher and intercessor who speaks at retreats, seminars, and churches, sharing God's Word in a practical, understandable manner. Linda and her husband, Tom, have three sons, all of whom are serving the Lord. They also have eight grandchildren. The Sommers make their home in Atlanta, Georgia, where they are part of Landmark Church. View all the titles in Linda Sommer's devotional trilogy: Around the Word in 365 Days Sunrise, Sunset
Angels are a basic tenet of belief in Islam, appearing in various types and genres of text, from eschatology to law and theology to devotional material. This book presents the first comprehensive study of angels in Islam, through an analysis of a collection of traditions (hadīth) compiled by the 15th century polymath Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūtī (d. 911/1505). With a focus on the principal angels in Islam, the author provides an analysis and critical translation of hadith included in al-Suyuti’s al-Haba’ik fi akhbar al-mala’ik (‘The Arrangement of the Traditions about Angels’) – many of which are translated into English for the first time. The book discusses the issues that the hadīth raise, exploring why angels are named in particular ways; how angels are described and portrayed in the hadīth; the ways in which angels interact with humans; and the theological controversies which feature angels. From this it is possible to place al-Suyūtī’s collection in its religious and historical milieu, building on the study of angels in Judaism and Christianity to explore aspects of comparative religious beliefs about angels as well as relating Muslim beliefs about angels to wider debates in Islamic Studies. Broadening the study of Islamic angelology and providing a significant amount of newly translated primary source material, this book will be of great interest to scholars of Islam, divinity, and comparative religion.
This book examines many of the strange events and actions in Acts in the context of the Hellenistic world and from that perspective. These events and actions include the ascension of Jesus, direction by the Spirit, visions, angelophanies, prison escapes and resuscitations of the dead. Many of these events are either avoided in scholarship or are investigated with an agenda other than to understand them for themselves. The book constructs an ancient audience to be one that has a close familiarity with the Septuagint and with other Greek and Latin writings. The culturally-strange events are then interpreted through the lens of these texts.
This essential teaching guide focuses on an emerging body of literature by U.S. Latina and Latin American Women writers. It will assist non-specialist educators in syllabus revision, new course design and classroom presentation. The inclusive focus of the book - that is, combining both US Latina and Latin American women writers - is significant because it introduces a more global and transnational way of approaching the literature. The introduction outlines the major historical experiences that inform the literature, the important genres, periods, movements and authors in its evolution; the traditions and influences that shape the works; and key critical issues of which teachers should be aware. The collection seeks to provide readers with a variety of Latina texts that will guarantee its long-term usefulness to teachers and students of pan-American literature. Because it is no longer possible to understand U.S. Latina literature without taking into consideration the histories and cultures of Latin America, the volume will, through its organization, argue for a more globalized type of analysis which considers the similarities as well as the differences in U.S. and Latin American women's cultural productions. In this context, the term Latina evokes a diasporic, transnational condition in order to address some of the pedagogical issues posed by the bicultural nature which is inherent in pan-American women's literature.
The Byronic Hero in Film, Fiction, and Television bridges nineteenth- and twentieth-century studies in pursuit of an ambitious, antisocial, arrogant, and aggressively individualistic mode of hero from his inception in Byron’s Manfred, Childe Harold, and Cain, through his incarnations as the protagonists of Westerns, action films, space odysseys, vampire novels, neo-Gothic comics, and sci-fi television. Such a hero exhibits supernatural abilities, adherence to a personal moral code, ineptitude at human interaction (muddled even further by self-absorbed egotism), and an ingrained defiance of oppressive authority. He is typically an outlaw, most certainly an outcast or outsider, and more often than not, he is a he. Given his superhuman status, this hero offers no potential for sympathetic identification from his audience. At best, he provides an outlet for vicarious expressions of power and independence. While audiences may not seek to emulate the Byronic hero, Stein notes that he desires to emulate them; recent texts plot to “rehumanize” the hero or to voice through him approbation and admiration of ordinary human values and experiences. Tracing the influence of Lord Byron’s Manfred as outcast hero on a pantheon of his contemporary progenies—including characters from Pale Rider, Unforgiven, The Terminator, Alien, The Crow, Sandman, Star Trek: The Next Generation,and Angel—Atara Stein tempers her academic acumen with the insights of a devoted aficionado in this first comprehensive study of the Romantic hero type and his modern kindred. Atara Stein was a professor of English at California State University, Fullerton. Her articles on the development of the Byronic hero have appeared in Popular Culture Review, Romantic Circles Praxis Series, Genders, and Philological Quarterly.