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|Author||: Bill Walton,John Papanek|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
In February 2008, Bill Walton, after climbing to the top of every mountain he ever tried, suffered a catastrophic spinal collapse--the culmination of a lifetime of injuries--that left him in excruciating, debilitating, and unrelenting pain. Unable to walk, he underwent pioneering surgery and slowly recovered. The ordeal tested Walton to the fullest, but with extraordinary determination and sacrifice, he recovered. Now Bill Walton shares his life story in this remarkable memoir. Walton, the son of parents with no interest in athletics, played basketball in every spare moment. An outstanding player on a great high school team, he only wanted to play for John Wooden at UCLA--and Wooden wanted him. Walton was deeply influenced by the culture of the 1960s, but he respected the thoughtful, rigorous Wooden, who seemed immune to the turmoil of the times. Other than his parents, Wooden would be the greatest influence in Walton's life--the two would speak nearly every day for 43 years until Wooden's death. Throughout a brilliant championship career, accumulating injuries would afflict Walton. He would lose almost two-thirds of his playing time to injury. After his playing days ended, Walton chose a career in broadcasting, despite being a lifelong stutterer--once again he overcame a physical limitation and eventually won multiple broadcasting accolades. Wooden once said that no greatness ever came without sacrifice--nothing better illustrates this notion than Walton's life.--Adapted from dust jacket.
|Author||: Chris Petit|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
When a decadent, ageing rock star, MacMahon, starts receiving threatening letters from ‘Leah’, whose death he witnessed fifteen years ago, he hires Youselli, a moonlighting tough city cop, to uncover the sender’s identity. The letters contain information only the original Leah could have known. As Youselli starts to investigate the case, he enters a world of drugs, parties, a shady characters and starts to wonder, is Leah really dead after all. . . ? ‘Youselli quickly realizes that finding the answer is not just a race to save MacMahon's life but also to save his own soul’ New York Times Praise for Chris Petit: ‘Ambitious, darkly atmospheric’ The Times ‘Ferocious invention marks this novel out as special’ The Edge ‘Puts Petit in the first rank’ Metro
|Author||: Peter Leonard|
|Editor||: Faber & Faber|
Bahamas, 1971, and Ernst Hess, missing presumed dead, regains consciousness to find himself stuck in a hospital bed on a strange ward in a foreign country... Back from the Dead pitches us and the gang - Harry, Cordell, Colette and Joyce - back into a desperate fight to the death, which moves from the Bahamas to Florida, and from Germany to the South of France, as their worst fear comes back to haunt them. Whip-smart, action packed and darkly funny, the second part of Peter Leonard's glorious two-hander packs some serious punch.
|Author||: Gerald W. Keucher|
|Editor||: Church Publishing, Inc.|
- Practical advice for congregations in decline, drawn from author's years of hands-on experience throughout the diocese of New York - Not denominationally specific; holds exceptional ecumenical appeal Almost everywhere throughout the greater church are unsustainable trends- endowments are being depleted, building maintenance deferred, congregations are aging and dwindling, and budgets are too far out-of-whack. And although there is much literature on what to do to grow congregations, little has been said about how to get those things done. In highly accessible, anecdotal prose, church management expert Gerald Keucher focuses in very practical terms on how to bring the right spirit, approach, and tactics to the work of bringing a congregation back from the edge of the abyss.
|Author||: Stuart Land|
What if...this morning, when you opened your newspaper, went online, turned on the TV, the headline startled your memories back to childhood fears: MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN CREATURE FOUND... ALIVE! What if Mary Shelley's, FRANKENSTEIN, was really a true story? BACK FROM THE DEAD: the true sequel to Frankenstein is an assemblage of psychological drama, horror, romance, and science-fiction. The story follows the account by Sergio Carerra, the scientist who revives the thought-to-be mythical creature from a two-hundred year arctic freeze and, with help from his psychologist wife, Sophia, brings him into the family of man. The fantastical story the creature tells is at odds with his gothic sojourns to the 1790's through dreams and reveries; they reveal a unique perspective on Shelley' original story, why he survived, and what happened to his mate. Present-day society takes to this formidable beast, so different than his movie counterpart, in a wholly modern way. And his feelings and reactions to his unwanted resurrection give him hope where none existed before. But now that he's back, there are others interested in him for reasons not so apparent, and they will do anything to get what they want. Finally, after 200 years, we are about to learn the truth.
|Author||: Shimon Eliezer The S.E.G.|
|Editor||: Partridge Publishing Singapore|
It is March 2009 as a Jewish father opens his car door in a toy store parking lot and feels cold, hard metal against the back of his head. After David Hirsh turns, he looks his assassin in the eyes and begs for his life. But before he can finish, he feels a burning sensation in his chest and everything turns dark. Now, he helplessly watches from the after-life as his family receives the horrifying news of his murder. After his assassin is killed by police and buried in an unmarked grave, his soul does not depart his body, but instead becomes embedded in his corpse. As his body liquefies into a dark puddle, it flows slowly toward an inferno where all damned souls are tortured and kept for an eternity. Meanwhile as David drifts between Earth and paradise, he meets other transitioning souls and finds the ability to comfort his daughter. When he finally begins his journey into the world of light, he has no idea of the rebirth that is in store for him. In this unique tale about the human experience, two men’s lives intertwine during a violent encounter, leading each to take different journeys through the after-life where separate destinies await.
|Author||: Joe Domenici|
With a style reminiscent of early David Morell and Stephen Hunter, in Bringing Back the Dead, Joe Domenici presents a classic tale of military honor pushed to its outer extreme, and the clash that inevitably occurs when those who use violence to corrupt, meet those who use it to protect. Newly retired from the U.S. Army Special Forces, and settling into a quiet retirement in the American Southwest, Ted Hickman thought he'd seen his last battle. Then he picked up the phone... After the horrors of Vietnam, for Larry Yoder, the study of theology made the world make sense again. Until his work as a Pastor took him to Belle Glade, Florida. A town built on dark secrets, and run by an old boy network bent on keeping them buried. Two qualities that made Yoder's devotion to faith and honesty dangerous. And although you won't hear it from the local cops, maybe had something to do with his sudden disappearence. Except, Yoder knows a few people whose loyalty lies outside Belle Glade's channels of power. Like Ted Hickman. Long ago, as a special forces commander in Vietnam, Hickman made a pledge to defend Yoder's life at any cost. So when Hickman gets the call that Yoder is missing, it doesn't take much convincing to get him and some of the old Vietnam "A" team on the first plane to Belle Glade. A place, located dead in the center of the Florida Everglades, where men with skills honed in the jungles of Southeast Asia might prove useful in getting some answers...
|Author||: Carol Gorman|
After witnessing the murder of a classmate by local bullies, Julia is threatened to keep the act secret and fears telling the truth to the police, but things become more complicated when she receives a ominous note from the dead boy. Original.
|Author||: Joan M. Cheever|
What would happen if the United States abolished the death penalty and emptied its Death Rows? If killers were released from prison? What would they do with their second chance to live? Would they kill again? Back From The Dead is the story of 589 former death row inmates who, through a lottery of fate, were given a second chance at life in 1972 when the death penalty was abolished; it returned to the United States four years later. During the years she represented Walter Williams on Texas’ Death Row, Cheever always wondered what would happen if his death sentence was reversed and he was eventually released from prison. Would he have killed again? Two years after Williams’ execution, Cheever was determined to find the answer. Leaving her young family and comfortable life in suburbia, she traveled across the U.S. and into the lives and homes of former Death Row inmates, armed only with a tape recorder, notepad, a cell phone that didn’t always work, and a lot of faith. In Back from the Dead , Cheever describes her own journey and reveals these tales of second chances: of tragedy and failure, racism and injustice, and redemption and rehabilitation. Visit www.backfromthedeadusa.com to find out more. Back From the Dead is an excellent choice for your Book Reading Group or School Group. On the website www.backfromthedeadusa.com there are questions for group discussion, as well as an 'interview with the Author'. Joan Cheever will chat by speakerphone with any group that chooses Back From the Dead. Now you have the chance to ask your questions directly to the author. Why did Joan Cheever write this book? What was she looking for? Did she find it? How did she research Back From the Dead? What difficulties did she encounter? What was it like, interviewing and meeting former Death Row inmates? How did she leave her little children to do this? What was she feeling while on the road with The Class of '72? What was the most surprising thing she learned in writing about the men whose return address had once been: Death Row USA. A chat with the author is FREE – just get a group of readers together and make sure you have a speakerphone and Joan Cheever will do the rest! How to Make a Request for a Telephone Conversation with the Author Your request for a speakerphone chat with Joan Cheever can be made through the form on this page: http://www.backfromthedeadusa.com/book_groups_form.html Here are the guidelines: • Chats are scheduled between 9 AM Central and 8 PM Central time. (All time requests must be converted to Central Time.) • You'll be asked to provide a choice of dates and times. The more dates you can provide, the easier it will be to schedule a chat. The time you request should be 30 minutes to an hour after your group begins meeting so your group has some time to settle in first. • Leave a comment to let Joan know how you found out about the book and why you chose it for your group. Also, tell Joan a little bit about your book group – what other books you’ve been reading, the range of ages in the group, where you are from etc. • Chats are not limited only to readers of Back From the Dead in the United States. As long as it can be scheduled within the hours listed above, Joan welcomes a conversation with readers across the globe. • And if a chat is not possible, Joan is working on setting up an online 'Instant Message' discussion so that readers can ask the questions they have AND get an immediate response online during your meeting! The Chat Details Once you’ve made your request, we will be back in touch with you, usually within a few days. Together we will determine the date and time for the chat. You will need access to a speaker telephone. Joan recommends giving it a trial run beforehand by having someone in your group dial in to that phone from outside. Make sure that you can hear her clearly—and that she can hear you from a good distance away. Plan for Joan to call you 30 minutes to an hour after your group gets together. At that point you will have begun your discussion about Back From the Dead and Joan will be able to answer the questions from the author’s perspective! At the appointed time, Joan will call in and for the next 30 - 45 minutes, you can put your feet up, relax and find out more about Back From the Dead, the author, her research and any news updates.
|Author||: M. R. O'Connor|
|Editor||: St. Martin's Press|
**A Library Journal Best Book of 2015 ** **A Christian Science Monitor Top Ten Book of September** In a world dominated by people and rapid climate change, species large and small are increasingly vulnerable to extinction. In Resurrection Science, journalist M. R. O'Connor explores the extreme measures scientists are taking to try and save them, from captive breeding and genetic management to de-extinction. Paradoxically, the more we intervene to save species, the less wild they often become. In stories of sixteenth-century galleon excavations, panther-tracking in Florida swamps, ancient African rainforests, Neanderthal tool-making, and cryogenic DNA banks, O'Connor investigates the philosophical questions of an age in which we "play god" with earth's biodiversity. Each chapter in this beautifully written book focuses on a unique species--from the charismatic northern white rhinoceros to the infamous passenger pigeon--and the people entwined in the animals' fates. Incorporating natural history and evolutionary biology with conversations with eminent ethicists, O'Connor's narrative goes to the heart of the human enterprise: What should we preserve of wilderness as we hurtle toward a future in which technology is present in nearly every aspect of our lives? How can we co-exist with species when our existence and their survival appear to be pitted against one another?
|Author||: Nathan Wright|
|Editor||: Dorrance Publishing|
Back from the Dead by Nathan Wright Winston Roy Martin sits alone in a jail cell, wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. As he awaits the hanging that is sure to come, he is plotting his escape and freedom. But these things come with a price, and it is up to Winston to pay his debts. As he struggles to take his next step, he encounters many new faces, but whom can he trust? One wrong move can mean the difference between seeing another day and the end of the road as Winston knows it.
|Author||: Drac Von Stoller|
|Editor||: Drac Von Stoller|
Growing up as a freak of nature is what Delbert Simpson was called by the town’s people. Delbert’s face was horribly disfigured and one shoulder was higher than the other and his brain never fully developed beyond that of an eight year old. Delbert had no girlfriend or any kind of friends, so he was a loner and the only time he felt safe to be out in public was after midnight when everyone in town was asleep. That way he knew he wouldn’t have to listen to their humiliating remarks. Then one windy night as Delbert was doing his nightly walk, a truck full of teenagers pulled up alongside of him and started taunting him and throwing trash at him. Delbert mumbled in a low tone of voice, “Leave me alone.” The teenagers just laughed and stopped the vehicle. They jumped out of the back of the bed of the truck and started pushing him and calling him names. Delbert started to cry just like a little boy would for his mommy. That just made the teenagers taunt him even more until poor Delbert fell to the ground in a fetal position trying his best to protect himself, and wondering why these teenagers would want to harm him.
|Author||: Knox Mahlaba|
|Editor||: Trafford Publishing|
"Back from the Dead: The Rising of an African Spirit" is a celebration of life, its different seasons, and the struggle to overcome. It is an anthology consisting of fifty poems; some poems are images of personal struggles, others visualize the celebration of love, and a few are odes to great leaders and historical reflections. The single message this book intends to transfer to the reader is that a sense of self-love and appreciation does a world of good. Throughout the book, references are made to Africa with the sole intention of encouraging people, Africans on the continent and across the Diaspora, to reflect on their rich identity, take responsibility for their self-concept, and to be proud of their heritage in order to inject a greater sense of self-worth and responsibility in their daily lives.
|Author||: R. C. Jette|
|Editor||: Wipf and Stock Publishers|
Christians are not above fear, guilt, and grief. Whenever we are faced with fear and grief, we can sometimes take matters into our own hands and use man’s knowledge and wisdom to control things. When this occurs, we can find ourselves leaning on our own understanding and not on faith. Tom Nottingham allows the fear of losing his business to become his priority, resulting in the neglect of his family. Following a dreadful accident where his family dies, he is weighed down by grief and guilt until it consumes his energy. He goes deep into his grief, slips into a self-made cocoon of depression, loses touch with his emotions, and is no longer stirred by anything. He becomes like a dead man walking. When Robert Montgomery, a Good Samaritan, comes into the situation, it is a challenge for him to breach Tom’s cocoon. Through some divinely appointed circumstances, Robert receives wisdom regarding how to break through to Tom. Along with a cast of characters all working to help Tom, God is enabled to do an incredible work of healing as he did with King Nebuchadnezzar!
|Author||: Cliff Kincaid,Konstantin Preobrzensky,J. R. Nyquist,Toby Westerman|
The fall of the Berlin Wall misled many into thinking the Soviet KGB was dead. But infiltration of the West continued through "cultural Marxism," and penetration by enemy agents, while the KGB, now called the FSB, looted Russia, consolidated its power, and rebuilt the Russian military, including its nuclear forces. America's survival hangs in the balance. Cliff Kincaid, founder and president of America's Survival, Inc. (ASI), has been a journalist and media analyst in the Washington, D.C. area for almost 40 years. Fighting media bias with more and better journalism, ASI:* Produces a television program on Roku and operates a YouTube channel with more than 300 exclusive videos.* Publishes the "World Revolution Report" newsletter.* Published All the Dupes Fit to Print: Journalists Who Have Served as Tools of Communist Propaganda, and The Crisis in American Journalism and the Conservative Response.America's Survival, Inc.P.O. Box 146, Owings, MD 20736www.usasurvival.org
|Author||: Phil Lesh|
|Editor||: Back Bay Books|
The legendary bass player tells the full, true story of his years with Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead in this "insightful and entertaining" (Austin Chronicle) memoir of life in the greatest improvisational band in American history. In a book "as graceful and sublime as a box of rain" (New York Times Book Review), the beloved bassist tells the stories behind the songs, tours, and jams in the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip from the 1960s to the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995 and beyond. From Ken Kesey's "acid tests" to the Summer of Love to bestselling albums and worldwide tours, the Dead's story has never been told as honestly or as memorably as in this remarkable memoir. "A fun ride...Even for the most well-read Deadhead, there's enough between the covers to make Searching for the Sound worth a look." --Associated Press
|Author||: Michael Northrop|
|Editor||: Scholastic Inc.|
From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals comes a brand new epic Egyptian adventure! Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients--the Death Walkers--are also brought back to life. An ancient evil has been unleashed. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world . . . even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years. Read the book, then continue the adventure online! Build an Egyptian tomb of your own, hide treasure and protect it with traps, then challenge your friends to play through! Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, an epic book and game adventure series featuring the magic of ancient Egypt. He is also the author of Trapped, an Indie Next List Selection, and Plunked, a New York Public Library best book of the year and an NPR Backseat Book Club selection. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at www.michaelnorthrop.net.
|Author||: Nancy Mandeville Caciola|
|Editor||: Cornell University Press|
Simultaneously real and unreal, the dead are people, yet they are not. The society of medieval Europe developed a rich set of imaginative traditions about death and the afterlife, using the dead as a point of entry for thinking about the self, regeneration, and loss. These macabre preoccupations are evident in the widespread popularity of stories about the returned dead, who interacted with the living both as disembodied spirits and as living corpses or revenants. In Afterlives, Nancy Mandeville Caciola explores this extraordinary phenomenon of the living's relationship with the dead in Europe during the five hundred years after the year 1000. Caciola considers both Christian and pagan beliefs, showing how certain traditions survived and evolved over time, and how attitudes both diverged and overlapped through different contexts and social strata. As she shows, the intersection of Christian eschatology with various pagan afterlife imaginings—from the classical paganisms of the Mediterranean to the Germanic, Celtic, Slavic, and Scandinavian paganisms indigenous to northern Europe—brought new cultural values about the dead into the Christian fold as Christianity spread across Europe. Indeed, the Church proved surprisingly open to these influences, absorbing new images of death and afterlife in unpredictable fashion. Over time, however, the persistence of regional cultures and beliefs would be counterbalanced by the effects of an increasingly centralized Church hierarchy. Through it all, one thing remained constant: the deep desire in medieval people to bring together the living and the dead into a single community enduring across the generations.