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Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery
by Catherine Musemeche
Release date: Sep 02, 2014As a pediatric surgeon, Catherine Musemeche operates on the smallest of human beings, manipulates organs the size of walnuts, and uses sutures as thin…more[close] As a pediatric surgeon, Catherine Musemeche operates on the smallest of human beings, manipulates organs the size of walnuts, and uses sutures as thin as hairs to resolve matters of life or death. Working in the small space of a premature infant’s chest or abdomen allows no margin for error. It is a world rife with emotion and risk. Small takes readers inside this rarefied world of pediatric medicine, where children and newborns undergo surgery to resolve congenital defects or correct the damages caused by accidents and disease. It is an incredibly high-stakes endeavor, nerve-wracking and fascinating.View Details »
Small: Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery is a gripping story about a still little-known frontier. In writing about patients and their families, Musemeche recounts the history of the developing field of pediatric surgery—so like adult medicine in many ways, but at the same time utterly different. This is a field guide to the state of the art and science of operating on the smallest human beings, the hurts and maladies that afflict them, and the changing nature of medicine in America today, told by an exceptionally gifted surgeon and writer. [close]Giveaway dates: Aug 21 - Oct 01, 201410 copies available, 294 people requestingCountries available: US
Ahead of the Game: The Pat Williams Story
by Pat Williams, Jim Denney
Release date: Sep 02, 2014“It comes at you loud and clear with heart-wrenching honesty from one of the most magical people in all of sports.”—Dick Ebersol
Pat Williams has known…more[close] “It comes at you loud and clear with heart-wrenching honesty from one of the most magical people in all of sports.”—Dick EbersolView Details »
Pat Williams has known the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat—both on the sidelines of the basketball court and in his personal life. In this engaging look at his life and career, he tells of big-name players, multimillion-dollar deals, and nail-biting playoffs during his rise from minor league wunderkind to general manager of an NBA championship team. He also tells of deep personal struggles, such as his heart-crushing divorce and his battle with cancer.
Through these engaging stories, he shares ten proven principles for success that will inspire you to live a winning life despite the challenges that come your way.
“Pat’s integrity, passion, and heart will inspire and encourage you.”—John C. Maxwell
“What a ride! Pat Williams is unbelievable!”—Jerry B. Jenkins [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 01 - Oct 01, 20145 copies available, 252 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Parenting Your Powerful Child: Bringing an End to the Everyday Battles
by Kevin Leman
Release date: Sep 09, 2014Every family has a powerful child . . . or two.
Some are easy to pick out—you can hear them from way down the block. Others you may not recognize as po…more[close] Every family has a powerful child . . . or two.View Details »
Some are easy to pick out—you can hear them from way down the block. Others you may not recognize as powerful, but they’re master manipulators. But you, smart parent that you are, can learn how to transform your child’s power surges into a powerful force for good that will benefit everyone in your family (and a whole lot of other grateful people in your child’s world too).
I guarantee it.
Don’t let those cherublike faces fool you.
Your smart kids have an agenda—and they’re workin’ ya.
Powerful kids don’t just happen. They’re created, and their power comes in different packages. Whether loud and temperamental, quiet and sensitive, or stubborn and manipulative, powerful children can make living with them a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
In Parenting Your Powerful Child, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers a practical action plan to redirect your child’s power surges into positive traits that will prepare your child for a successful, happy, and productive adult life. With these simple but effective techniques, you can transform your home from a daily battle zone to a safe and peaceful place. All it takes is a little determination—and some small changes on your part—to make a huge difference in your family life.
Ready for the power struggle to end? [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 01 - Oct 01, 20145 copies available, 470 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War
by John McCain, Mark Salter
John McCain’s evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of thirteen remarkable soldiers who fought in major military c…more[close] John McCain’s evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of thirteen remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.View Details »
As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a long-time student of history, John McCain brings a distinctive perspective to this subject. Thirteen Soldiers tells the stories of real soldiers who personify valor, obedience, enterprise, and love. You’ll meet Joseph Plumb Martin, who at the tender age of fifteen fought in the Revolutionary War; Charles Black, a freeborn African American sailor in the War of 1812; and Sam Chamberlain, of the Mexican American War, whose life inspired novelist Cormac McCarthy. Then there’s Oliver Wendell Holmes, an aristocratic idealist disillusioned by the Civil War, and Littleton “Tony” Waller, court-martialed for refusing to massacre Filipino civilians.
Each account illustrates a particular aspect of war, such as Mary Rhoads, an Army reservist forever changed by an Iraqi scud missile attack during the Persian Gulf War, and Monica Lin Brown, a frontline medic in rural Afghanistan who saved several lives in an ambushed convoy. From their acts of self-sacrifice to their astonishing bravery, these thirteen soldiers embody the best America has to offer. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Thi... [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 11 - Oct 01, 20145 copies available, 361 people requestingCountries available: US
Drugs Unlimited: The Web Revolution That's Changing How the World Gets High
by Mike Power
The tale of drugs in the Internet Age, in which criminals have outmaneuvered law enforcement, breached international borders, and created a massive wo…more[close] The tale of drugs in the Internet Age, in which criminals have outmaneuvered law enforcement, breached international borders, and created a massive worldwide black market.View Details »
The very first thing ever bought or sold on the Internet was marijuana, when Stanford and MIT students used ARPANET to cut a deal in the early ’70s. Today, you can order any conceivable pill or powder with the click of a mouse. In Drugs Unlimited, Mike Power tells the tale of drugs in the Internet Age, in which users have outmaneuvered law enforcement, breached international borders, and created a massive worldwide black market.
But the online market in narcotics isn’t just changing the way drugs are bought and sold; it’s changing the nature of drugs themselves. Enterprising dealers are using the Web to engage highly skilled foreign chemists to tweak the chemical structures of banned drugs—just enough to create a similar effect and just enough to render them legal in most parts of the world. Drugs are marketed as "not for human consumption," but everyone knows exactly how they’re going to be used—what they can’t know is whether their use might prove fatal.
From dancefloors to the offices of apathetic government officials, via social networking sites and underground labs, Power explores this agile, international, virtual subculture that will always be one step ahead of the law.
[close]Giveaway dates: Sep 15 - Oct 01, 201410 copies available, 154 people requestingCountries available: US
More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook
by Jim Dwyer
Release date: Oct 16, 2014GALLEY GIVEAWAY (No PO Boxes, please)
Their idea was simple. Four NYU undergrads wanted to build a social network that would allow users to control the…more[close] GALLEY GIVEAWAY (No PO Boxes, please)View Details »
Their idea was simple. Four NYU undergrads wanted to build a social network that would allow users to control their personal data, instead of surrendering it to big businesses like Facebook. They called it Diaspora. In days, they raised $200,000, and reporters, venture capitalists, and the digital community’s most legendary figures were soon monitoring their progress. Max dreamed of being a CEO. Ilya was the idealist. Dan coded like a pro, and Rafi tried to keep them all on track. But as the months passed and the money ran out, the Diaspora Four fell victim to errors, bad decisions, and their own hubris. In November 2011, Ilya committed suicide.
Diaspora has been tech news since day one, but the story reaches far beyond Silicon Valley to the now urgent issues about the future of the Internet. With the cooperation of the surviving partners, New York Times bestselling author Jim Dwyer tells a riveting story of four ambitious and naÏve young men who tried to rebottle the genie of personal privacy—and paid the ultimate price.
[close]Giveaway dates: Sep 17 - Oct 01, 201425 copies available, 191 people requestingCountries available: US
Who Am I?: How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again
by Megan Cyrulewski (Goodreads Author)
Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the p…more[close] Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the power to survive anything. Who Am I? is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school, and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact—and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Sep 20 - Oct 01, 20145 copies available, 89 people requestingCountries available: US
Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Emotions and What You Can Do to Stop Them
by Connor Boyack (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Dec 08, 2014NOTE: This giveaway is for an advance reader copy edition of the book.
What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-w…more[close] NOTE: This giveaway is for an advance reader copy edition of the book.View Details »
What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear. Sometimes the fear derives from a pre-existing threat. At other times, crises are created or intensified to invoke a sense of panic and anxiety where none previously existed.
This pattern is as predictable as it is destructive. The end result is the same: a loss of liberty. Policies that are costly, oppressive, and harmful are supported by people who abandon any interest in freedom or personal responsibility in hopes of feeling safe.
Manufactured fear, with its negative impact on liberty, is a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 21 - Oct 01, 20141 copy available, 158 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
by Ann Patchett
Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, frie…more[close] Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.View Details »
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett’s life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.
As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 02 - Oct 02, 20145 copies available, 865 people requestingCountries available: US
Mrs. Wakeman vs. the Antichrist: And Other Strange-but-True Tales from American History
by Robert Schneck
Release date: Oct 02, 2014Win a copy of MRS WAKEMAN VS THE ANTICHRIST: AND OTHER STRANGE-BUT-TRUE TALES FROM AMERICAN HISTORY.
American history is more than just what you read…more[close] Win a copy of MRS WAKEMAN VS THE ANTICHRIST: AND OTHER STRANGE-BUT-TRUE TALES FROM AMERICAN HISTORY.View Details »
American history is more than just what you read in your high school textbooks.
There's a wild and weird side to America's past, filled with strange creatures, bizarre happenings, and fantastical figures. Researcher and writer Robert Damon Schneck has spent more than a decade devoted to sleuthing out these forgotten weird, grotesque, and mysterious gems of American history, like:
• The man who preached good health through blood-drinking.
• The California family driven insane by Ouija board séances, and the national panic that they ignited
• The West Virginia town named after its resident poltergeist, who was obsessed with cutting everything into crescent shapes.
• The Antichrist-obsessed cult leader whose disciples became brutal murderers, all in the name of saving her (and the world).
You’ll also learn about homemade guillotines, magical ape-men on Mt. St. Helens, the psychic who smuggled a crystal ball into the White House, and the origins of those baffling modern bogeys, evil clowns driving vans.
These historically researched, scrupulously verified, and always shockingly true tales in this collection come from an America that lies beyond the skyscrapers, cornfields, and suburban strip malls where we make our homes—a place where monsters guard buried treasures, schoolgirls develop stigmata, and we never run out of strange things. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 04 - Oct 02, 201416 copies available, 490 people requestingCountries available: US
Emotional Intelligence 2.0
by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves, Patrick Lencioni
Release date: May 19, 2014"Emotional Intelligence 2.0 succinctly explains how to deal with emotions creatively and employ our intelligence in a beneficial way."
--THE DALAI LAMA…more[close] "Emotional Intelligence 2.0 succinctly explains how to deal with emotions creatively and employ our intelligence in a beneficial way."View Details »
--THE DALAI LAMA
"Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a fast read with compelling anecdotes and good context in which to understand and improve your score."
In today's fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and turbulent economic conditions, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help us to manage, adapt, and strike out ahead of the pack.
By now, emotional intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction—it’s no secret that EQ is critical to your success. But knowing what EQ is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things.
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four, core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential:
3) Social Awareness
4) Relationship Management
For the first time ever in a book, TalentSmart's revolutionary program helps people identify their EQ skills, build these skills into strengths, and enjoy consistent performance in the pursuit of important life objectives. The book contains proven strategies from a decade-long effort to accurately measure and increase emotional intelligence. Trusted by upper-echelon leaders inside companies worldwide, these strategies will enable you to capitalize on the skills responsible for 58% of performance in all types of jobs.
Includes a passcode for online access to the world's bestselling emotional intelligence test, the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal®, which will show you where your EQ stands today and what you can do to begin maximizing it immediately.
Rooted in sound research involving more than 500,000 responses, this new edition of the test will:
-- Pinpoint which of the book's 66 emotional intelligence strategies will increase your EQ the most.
-- Reveal the specific behaviors responsible for your EQ scores.
-- Allow you to test yourself a second time to measure how much your EQ has increased from your efforts.
The book's smooth narrative style turns rigorous research into memorable stories and practical strategies that anyone can use to his or her advantage.
With 90% of top performers high in EQ, and EQ twice as important as IQ in getting where you want to go in life, who can afford to ignore it?
If you're interested in articles on emotional intelligence while you’re waiting to see if you won, visit TalentSmart.com
--Winner will receive a signed copy-- [close]
The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931
by Adam Tooze
Release date: Nov 13, 2014EARLY GALLEY GIVEAWAY (No PO Boxes, please)
In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and no imaginable end to the conflict, societies around…more[close] EARLY GALLEY GIVEAWAY (No PO Boxes, please)View Details »
In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and no imaginable end to the conflict, societies around the world began to buckle. The heart of the financial system shifted from London to New York. The infinite demands for men and matériel reached into countries far from the front. The strain of the war ravaged all economic and political assumptions, bringing unheard-of changes in the social and industrial order.
A century after the outbreak of fighting, Adam Tooze revisits this seismic moment in history, challenging the existing narrative of the war, its peace, and its aftereffects. From the day the United States enters the war in 1917 to the precipice of global financial ruin, Tooze delineates the world remade by American economic and military power.
Tracing the ways in which countries came to terms with America’s centrality—including the slide into fascism—The Deluge is a chilling work of great originality that will fundamentally change how we view the legacy of World War I. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 19 - Oct 03, 201410 copies available, 321 people requestingCountries available: US
Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured
by Kathryn Harrison
Release date: Oct 28, 2014This fall's biggest biography from bestselling author, Kathryn Harrison:
The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young p…more[close] This fall's biggest biography from bestselling author, Kathryn Harrison:View Details »
The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose "voices" moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated artistic figures as diverse as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Carl Dreyer, and Robert Bresson. Was she a divinely inspired saint? A schizophrenic? A demonically possessed heretic, as her persecutors and captors tried to prove? [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 26 - Oct 03, 20145 copies available, 378 people requestingCountries available: US
Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca
by Maria Goodavage
Release date: Oct 23, 2014Discover the incredible story of K-9 war hero Lucca and her handlers who fought beside her in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
In Top Dog, Maria Goodavag…more[close] Discover the incredible story of K-9 war hero Lucca and her handlers who fought beside her in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.View Details »
In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez, in what would become a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry, and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 04 - Oct 04, 20145 copies available, 358 people requestingCountries available: US
The President Did What?: Presidential Trivia Quiz
by Nancy Ragno (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Aug 19, 2014A fully illustrated, multiple-choice trivia quiz on quirky facts about the presidents --from George Washington through Barack Obama. Each answer inclu…more[close] A fully illustrated, multiple-choice trivia quiz on quirky facts about the presidents --from George Washington through Barack Obama. Each answer includes a page of information about the president in question.View Details »
Fun, easy reading and informative. Go behind the scenes at the White House to discover little-known details the First Families may not have wanted you to know.
Do you know, for example:
WHICH PRESIDENT . . . was a male model? . . . Had 15 children? . . . Invented Baked Alaska? . . . Painted his golf balls black ? . . . Was America’s first brown belt in judo? . . . Only wore suits he made himself? . . . Was caught skinny-dipping in the Potomac? . . . Had offers from the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions? . . . Did imitations of Teddy Roosevelt?
You’ll find the answers to these questions -- and much more -- in "The President Did What?"
[close]Giveaway dates: Sep 04 - Oct 04, 201415 copies available, 345 people requestingCountries available: US, CA, and GB
Backpacks and Bra Straps (Sihpromatum #2)
by Savannah Grace (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Sep 30, 2014COMING SOON!!! NEW RELEASE!!!
Savannah Grace’s best selling, award winning saga of her family’s four-year-long backpacking adventure continues. "Backpa…more[close] COMING SOON!!! NEW RELEASE!!!View Details »
Savannah Grace’s best selling, award winning saga of her family’s four-year-long backpacking adventure continues. "Backpacks and Bra Straps" picks up where "I Grew My Boobs in China" leaves off, offering insights into how family dynamics are affected by such intensive togetherness as well as a candid, intriguing look at world-wide travel and the camaraderie of the backpacking community, told from a perceptive young woman’s viewpoint.
This second instalment of her Sihpromatum series takes us to Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, through Western China and Tibet, and finally, to watch the sun rise over Mount Everest in Nepal. Savannah’s initial reluctance to travel and the personal growth she documents distinguishes this raw tale from most travel memoirs.
See website for photos and more info… www.sihpromatum.com [close]Giveaway dates: Aug 28 - Oct 05, 20142 copies available, 350 people requestingCountries available: US, CA, and GB
The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri
by Avi Steinberg (Goodreads Author)
Is the Book of Mormon the Great American Novel?
"Avi Steinberg cuts no corners as he ranges from a Mexican military checkpoint to a pageant in upstate…more[close] Is the Book of Mormon the Great American Novel?View Details »
"Avi Steinberg cuts no corners as he ranges from a Mexican military checkpoint to a pageant in upstate New York, to retrace the founding myths of Mormonism. The Lost Book of Mormon isn't just a good cheat sheet for curious non-Mormons (though it is that). It's a funny, humane, surprisingly moving account of a literary pilgrimage. All scripture should have it this good." —Kevin Roose, bestselling author of Young Money
Decades before Melville and Twain composed their great works, a farmhand and child seer named Joseph Smith unearthed a long-buried book from a haunted hill in western New York State that told of an epic history of ancient America, a story about a family that fled biblical Jerusalem and took a boat to the New World. Using his prophetic gift, Joseph translated the mysterious book into English and published it under the title The Book of Mormon. The book caused an immediate sensation, sparking anger and violence, boycotts and jealousy, curiosity and wonder, and launched Joseph on a wild, decades-long adventure across the American West.
Today The Book of Mormon, one of the most widely circulating works of American literature, continues to cause controversy—which is why most of us know very little about the story it tells.
Avi Steinberg wants to change that. A fascinated nonbeliever, Steinberg spent a year and a half on a personal quest, traveling the path laid out by Joseph’s epic. Starting in Jerusalem, where The Book of Mormon opens with a bloody murder, Steinberg continued to the ruined Maya cities of Central America—the setting for most of the The Book of Mormon’s ancient story—where he gallivanted with a boisterous bus tour of believers exploring Maya archaeological sites for evidence. From there the journey took him to upstate New York, where he participated in the true Book of Mormon musical, the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant. And finally Steinberg arrived at the center of the American continent, Jackson County, Missouri, the spot Smith identified as none other than the site of the Garden of Eden.
Threaded through this quirky travelogue is an argument for taking The Book of Mormon seriously as a work of American imagination. Literate and funny, personal and provocative, the genre-bending The Lost Book of Mormon boldly explores our deeply human impulse to write bibles and discovers the abiding power of story. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 09 - Oct 05, 201415 copies available, 216 people requestingCountries available: US
Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck
by Carey Lohrenz
Release date: Oct 07, 2014An F-14 fighter pilot’s top lessons for leading fearlessly—and bringing a team to peak performance
As an aviation pioneer, Carey D. Lohrenz learned wha…more[close] An F-14 fighter pilot’s top lessons for leading fearlessly—and bringing a team to peak performanceView Details »
As an aviation pioneer, Carey D. Lohrenz learned what fearless leadership means in some of the most demanding and extreme environments imaginable: the cockpit of an F-14 and the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Here, her teams had to perform at their peak—or lives were on the line. Faltering leadership was simply unacceptable. Through these experiences, Lohrenz identified a fundamental truth: high-performing teams require fearless leaders.
Since leaving the Navy, she’s translated that lesson into a new field, helping top business leaders, from Fortune 500 executives to middle managers, supercharge performance in today’s competitive business environments. In Fearless Leadership, Lohrenz walks you through the three fundamentals of real fearlessness—courage, tenacity, and integrity—and then reveals fearless leadership in action, offering advice on how to set a bold vision, bring the team together (as wingmen, not Top Gun mavericks), execute effectively, and stay resilient through hard times.
Whether you’re stepping into your first leadership role or looking to get out of a longstanding rut, Fearless Leadership will act like your afterburner—rocketing you to ever-higher levels of performance.
*ADVANCE READERS COPIES* [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 09 - Oct 06, 201415 copies available, 148 people requestingCountries available: US
Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 (Penguin History of Europe #5)
by Mark Greengrass
Release date: Nov 28, 2014EARLY GALLEY GIVEAWAY (No PO Boxes, please)
From peasants to princes, no one was untouched by the spiritual and intellectual upheaval of the sixteenth…more[close] EARLY GALLEY GIVEAWAY (No PO Boxes, please)View Details »
From peasants to princes, no one was untouched by the spiritual and intellectual upheaval of the sixteenth century. Martin Luther’s challenge to church authority forced Christians to examine their beliefs in ways that shook the foundations of their religion. The subsequent divisions, fed by dynastic rivalries and military changes, fundamentally altered the relations between ruler and ruled. Geographical and scientific discoveries challenged the unity of Christendom as a belief community.
Europe, with all its divisions, emerged instead as a geographical projection. Chronicling these dramatic changes, Thomas More, Shakespeare, Montaigne, and Cervantes created works that continue to resonate with us.
Spanning the years 1517 to 1648, Christendom Destroyed is Mark Greengrass’s magnum opus: a rich tapestry that fosters a deeper understanding of Europe’s identity today. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 22 - Oct 06, 201410 copies available, 382 people requestingCountries available: US
Colossians (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)
by Christopher R. Seitz
Release date: Oct 07, 2014The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible advances the assumption that the Nicene creedal tradition, in all its diversity, provides the proper ba…more[close] The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible advances the assumption that the Nicene creedal tradition, in all its diversity, provides the proper basis for the interpretation of the Bible as Christian scripture. The series encourages readers to extend the vital roots of the ancient Christian tradition to our day.View Details »
In this addition to the acclaimed series, renowned scholar Christopher Seitz offers a theological exegesis of Colossians, bringing his expertise in canonical reading to bear on his interpretation of this Pauline letter. As with other volumes in the series, the book is ideal for those called to ministry.[close]Giveaway dates: Sep 09 - Oct 07, 20142 copies available, 196 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations
by Bryan M. Litfin
Release date: Oct 07, 2014Personal narratives are powerful instruments for teaching, both for conveying information and for forming character. The martyrdom accounts preserved…more[close] Personal narratives are powerful instruments for teaching, both for conveying information and for forming character. The martyrdom accounts preserved in the literature of early Christianity are especially intense and dramatic. However, these narratives are not readily available and are often written in intimidating prose, making them largely inaccessible for the average reader. This introductory text brings together key early Christian martyrdom stories in a single volume, offering new, easy-to-read translations and expert commentary. An introduction and explanatory notes accompany each translation. The book not only provides a vivid window into the world of early Christianity but also offers spiritual encouragement and inspiration for Christian life today. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Sep 09 - Oct 07, 20145 copies available, 286 people requestingCountries available: US
The Bremer Detail: Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World
by Frank Gallagher, John M. Del Vecchio
Release date: Sep 30, 2014Baghdad, 2003: An elite group of private security contractors is charged with protecting the American who rules IraqIn May 2003 President George W. Bu…more[close] Baghdad, 2003: An elite group of private security contractors is charged with protecting the American who rules IraqIn May 2003 President George W. Bush appointed Paul Bremer as presidential envoy to Iraq. Bremer banned the Ba'ath party and dismantled the Iraqi army, which made him the prime target for dozens of insurgent and terrorist groups. Assigned to protect him during his grueling sixteen-hour days were Blackwater security expert Frank Gallagher and a team of former Marines, SEALs, and other defense professionals. When they arrived, Baghdad was set to explode. As the insurgency gathered strength Bremer and the men who guarded him faced death daily. They were not in the military, but Gallagher and his team were on the front lines of the Iraq War. This fascinating memoir takes the reader deep behind the scenes of a highly dangerous profession. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Sep 25 - Oct 07, 201430 copies available, 104 people requestingCountries available: US
The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible
by Mark Batterson
Release date: Sep 02, 2014“Miracles are happening all around us all the time, but you won’t see them if you don’t know how to look for them.”
Our impossible situations are God’s…more[close] “Miracles are happening all around us all the time, but you won’t see them if you don’t know how to look for them.”View Details »
Our impossible situations are God’s greatest opportunity to reveal His glory
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that God still does miracles. We don’t expect Him to move in miraculous ways in our day-in and day-out lives. Maybe we’d like to see miracles, but it’s hard to see past our problems.
All that is about to change, like water into wine.
Mark Batterson, bestselling author of The Circle Maker, reveals the incredible power of the seven miraculous signs of Jesus found in the Gospel of John, showing how they are not simply something Jesus did in the past but also something He wants to do now, in the present. Mark shares true stories of people today who are experiencing miracles in their lives. And he brings to light the countless miracles, big and small, we take for granted every day—miracles that point us toward the One who healed the sick, calmed the storm, and yes, even raised the dead.
Nothing has changed since Jesus called Lazarus out of his tomb four days after his funeral. No matter how big the problem is, God is bigger still. If you long to see God work in miraculous ways today, you will love this faith-building, life-giving message. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 08 - Oct 08, 20145 copies available, 264 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Draw Close: A Devotional for Couples
by Willard F. Harley Jr., Joyce S. Harley
Release date: Sep 16, 2014Achieve a deeper relationship with God and with each other
In our rushed and busy world, time is at a premium—and quality time spent with God and with…more[close] Achieve a deeper relationship with God and with each otherView Details »
In our rushed and busy world, time is at a premium—and quality time spent with God and with your spouse is often a casualty. Nothing can bring you closer to both God and each other quite like sharing a daily devotional time together. Now Willard F. Harley, Jr., bestselling author of His Needs, Her Needs, joins with his wife, Joyce, to provide a devotional guide to deeper intimacy with God and with your spouse.
Perfect for newlyweds as well as those who have been married for decades, this devotional promises to help you connect with your spouse, build a stronger marriage, and keep God at the center of your commitment to each other. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 08 - Oct 08, 20145 copies available, 222 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
The Stress Cure: Praying Your Way to Personal Peace
by Linda Evans Shepherd (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Sep 16, 2014“Linda brilliantly and biblically shines the light on exchanging the crippling and unwanted stresses of life for the promised gift of peace. Packed wi…more[close] “Linda brilliantly and biblically shines the light on exchanging the crippling and unwanted stresses of life for the promised gift of peace. Packed with prayer and promises, this book will free you to experience the power of God’s peace.”—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of Unglued and president of Proverbs 31 MinistriesView Details »
We live in a world filled to the brim with advice, and when it comes to dealing with stress, there’s plenty of advice to go around. Sleep more, eat better, avoid this, seek out that. But more ideas about how to cope are not necessarily what we need if we’re stressed and anxious.
What we need is a cure.
The true remedy to stress, Linda Evans Shepherd says, is prayer. In this inspiring book, she shows you how to recognize God’s continual presence in your life and yield your troubles to the Prince of Peace. Through captivating stories, explorations of fascinating biblical characters, and examples of deeper-than-ever prayers, she brings within your grasp the peace that passes understanding. If you are overwhelmed by all of the urgent demands on your time, this book offers you a lifeline to true peace. [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 08 - Oct 08, 20145 copies available, 327 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Today Is Yours: Daily Inspiration for Success
by Pat Williams, Jim Denney
Release date: Sep 16, 2014When you live as if every day counts . . . it does.
Over the years, Pat Williams’s engaging books have inspired millions. His sparkling personality and…more[close] When you live as if every day counts . . . it does.View Details »
Over the years, Pat Williams’s engaging books have inspired millions. His sparkling personality and ability to distill wisdom have made him a favorite of sports fans, business leaders, and many more.
Now you can start each day of the year with an inspiring quote, story, or anecdote from some of Pat’s best-loved books, including
· The Difference You Make
· A Lifetime of Success
· Coach Wooden
· Ahead of the Game
· Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secret
Today will never come again, so grab it and make it count! [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 08 - Oct 08, 20145 copies available, 244 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Right for a Reason: Life, Liberty, and a Crapload of Common Sense
by Amy Jo Clark, Miriam Weaver
Release date: Oct 30, 2014If you think all conservatives are old white dudes, think again.
Meet the Chicks on the Right (if you haven’t already).
Everyone loves to tell them they…more[close] If you think all conservatives are old white dudes, think again.View Details »
Meet the Chicks on the Right (if you haven’t already).
Everyone loves to tell them they’re wrong. Everyone. Liberals say they’re wrong because, well, they’re conservative. Conservatives tell them they’re wrong because they are not conservative enough. Or because they’re too conservative. Or because they’re the wrong kind of conservative. With all the blame flying around, it’s easy to lose sight of one important thing:
They think like you. And they are right.
It’s right to revere the Constitution. It’s right to value personal responsibility, economic liberty, and free enterprise. It’s right to think that political correctness is crap, and it’s right to call out the mainstream media for bias. And it’s right to laugh at the so-called War on Women and to stand up for the unborn.
As they do every day on their blog and radio show, Miriam Weaver and Amy Jo Clark offer a definitive response to critics on the right and the left, and a cheerfully snarky pep talk for likeminded conservatives. On the one hand, they are tired of the media’s portrayal of conservatives as repressed sticks-in-the-mud; on the other hand, they are sick of GOP leaders who play right into that stereotype.
The Chicks offer suggestions for a conservative makeover that will realign the GOP with the regular folks who are frustrated with uptight and clueless politicians. But they also show why conservatism makes sense for everyone, especially those who love their country, their families, God, rock and roll, and a well-made cocktail (not necessarily in that order). [close]Giveaway dates: Sep 25 - Oct 09, 201425 copies available, 77 people requestingCountries available: US
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
by Gerard Russell
Release date: Oct 21, 2014Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths: one regards the Greek prophe…more[close] Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths: one regards the Greek prophets as incarnations of God, another reveres Lucifer in the form of a peacock, and yet another believes that their followers are reincarnated beings who have existed in various forms for thousands of years. These religions represent the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations in ancient history: Persia, Babylon, Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs. Their followers have learned how to survive foreign attacks and the perils of assimilation. But today, with the Middle East in turmoil, they face greater challenges than ever before.View Details »
In HEIRS TO FORGOTTEN KINGDOMS, former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to the distant, nearly impassable regions where these mysterious religions still cling to survival. He lives alongside the Mandaeans and Ezidis of Iraq, the Zoroastrians of Iran, the Copts of Egypt, and others. He learns their histories, participates in their rituals, and comes to understand the threats to their communities. Historically a tolerant faith, Islam has, since the early 20th century, witnessed the rise of militant, extremist sects. This development, along with the rippling effects of Western invasion, now pose existential threats to these minority faiths. And as more and more of their youth flee to the West in search of greater freedoms and job prospects, these religions face the dire possibility of extinction.
Drawing on his extensive travels and archival research, Russell provides an essential record of the past, present, and perilous future of these remarkable religions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gerard Russell is a Senior Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre in London. He was a diplomat for 15 years, serving in the British Foreign Office and the United Nations, and speaks fluent Arabic and Dari. Russell is a member of the Order of the British Empire and lives in London.
**This giveaway is for advance copies** [close]Giveaway dates: Aug 29 - Oct 10, 20142 copies available, 335 people requestingCountries available: US
Sixteenth Notes: The Breaking of the Rose-Colored Glasses
by Taylor Rhodes (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 02, 2014One copy of my day by day memoir. It's full of youthful heartache, decisions I shouldn't have made, emotions being peeled apart and dissected. It's my…more[close] One copy of my day by day memoir. It's full of youthful heartache, decisions I shouldn't have made, emotions being peeled apart and dissected. It's my cadaver held to light. It's my life in your delicate fingers and I'm so excited for you to explore it. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Sep 10 - Oct 10, 20141 copy available, 220 people requestingCountries available: US
Just Around The Bend: Más o Menos
by Renée Paule (Goodreads Author), G.R. Hewitt
‘Just Around The Bend: Más o Menos’, my second book, is soon to be released. Unusually, for its genres (self-help, philosophy etc.), it’s illustrated…more[close] ‘Just Around The Bend: Más o Menos’, my second book, is soon to be released. Unusually, for its genres (self-help, philosophy etc.), it’s illustrated with a little character I designed and call Dilly (which means something or someone remarkable). Dilly is a thought form that thinks and he depicts some of our most endearing (and not so endearing) human traits. Unfortunately, for the time being at least, these illustrations will not be available in my ebooks.View Details »
Available October 2014. Win one of 3 ‘first edition’ signed copies.
This is the blurb.
Apparently, just around the bend is where we’ll find everything we’ve been looking forward to including; world peace, winning the lottery and a blissful retirement. That’s great, but if they’re what you’re looking for you won’t find them in this book. What you’ll find is a series of essays that examine some diverse topics about human nature, looked at from an unusual perspective and written in a way you may not have read before - plain English. I know the daily grind keeps many of us way too busy to stop and consider - or care - about the mysteries of life let alone homilies like ‘Know Thyself’’; we have enough problems with ‘Where are my keys?’ But if you’re up to examining your ‘mind’ whilst I examine mine, then turn the book over and let’s get started.
Paying close attention to our thoughts, reactions and feelings can be scary at first but it reveals a great deal about us and is well worth the effort. You’re not alone and help is always available … far closer than you imagine.
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