The Artist In Me: An Incredible and Hilarious Journey with America’s Premier Christian Ballet Company
by: Ichthus Publications
Product rating: 5.0 with 4 reviews
Behind the leaping, spinning, lifting, hard work, and discipline of ballet dancers is an untold story of what happens between ballet performances. In this behind-the-scenes look at America’s first, professional Christian ballet company, Tim Dryden reveals some of his most memorable experiences while working as the first Tour Director for Ballet Magnificat. In this quasi-autobiographical account, he relates how God is actively working in his world, orchestrating the events in our lives for his glory. Tim reveres and honors God as the Author of life and the one who saves those who trust in him; he is also the God of humor and creativity. This shines through when you read about all the hilarious and extraordinary things that God does for his children. With his trademark insights, energy, and love for telling a funny story, Tim offers biblical truths about the all-powerful Artist of the universe through the retelling of stories that will be sure to amaze, inspire, and make you laugh. And, with this book, you will certainly enjoy God more as you see first-hand his amazing interaction with his creation and the way in which he works out all things for good.
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: America’s, Artist, Ballet, Christian, Company, Hilarious, Ichthus Publications, Incredible, journey, Premier, with
Believing Jesus: Are You Willing to Risk Everything? A Journey Through the Book of Acts
by: Thomas Nelson
Product rating: 5.0 with 5 reviews
Are you truly willing to risk everything?
In Believing Jesus, Bible teacher and author Lisa Harper retraces the steps of the apostles in the book of Acts, while throwing in a few of her own crazy adventures along the way. The disciples didn’t have much of a road map after Jesus ascended to heaven, but God’s grace and spirit filled in the gaps as they moved forward. It required their willingness to risk everything to establish a new community that would change the future world.
As a regular speaker on the Women of Faith® tour, Lisa has earned a reputation as a true theological scholar and hilarious storyteller—not necessarily in that order! Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado calls Lisa one of the “best Bible tour guides around.”
Believing Jesus will highlight both of Lisa’s strengths as she tackles every chapter of the Book of Acts with biblical wisdom and modern wit. Lisa keeps it real, telling stories on herself and pointing readers back to Jesus, the only one who can truly lead.
Posted in Women's Issues Tagged with: Acts, Believing, Book, Everything, Jesus, journey, Risk, Thomas Nelson, Through, Willing
Countdown to a Moon Launch: Preparing Apollo for Its Historic Journey (Springer Praxis Books)
Product rating: 5.0 with 4 reviews
Thousands of workers labored at Kennedy Space Center around the clock, seven days a week, for half a year to prepare for the liftoff of Apollo 11
. This is the story of what went on during those hectic six months.Countdown to a Moon Launch
provides an in-depth look at the carefully choreographed workflow for an Apollo mission at KSC. Using the Apollo 11
mission as an example, readers will learn what went on day by day to transform partially completed stages and crates of parts into a ready-to-fly Saturn V. Firsthand accounts of launch pad accidents, near misses, suspected sabotage, and last-minute changes to hardware are told by more than 70 NASA employees and its contractors. A companion to Rocket Ranch
, it includes many diagrams and photographs, some never before published, to illustrate all aspects of the process. NASA’s groundbreaking use of computers for testing and advanced management techniques are also covered in detail.
This book will demystify the question of how NASA could build and launch Apollo missions using 1960s technology. You’ll discover that there was no magic involved – just an abundance of discipline, willpower, and creativity.
Posted in Drafting & Presentation Tagged with: Apollo, Books, Countdown, Historic, journey, Launch, Moon, Praxis, Preparing, Springer
A Heart’s Promise (A Journey of the Heart)
by: Thomas Nelson
Product rating: 4.2 with 60 reviews
Emmie makes a promise to her friend that, if fulfilled, could mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac.
Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie’s heart and hand. Though Emmie resolves to keep her heart in check, it hurts when she sees that another woman has set her bonnet for Isaac.
Then Emmie’s dear friend extracts a costly promise: if anything happens to her in childbirth, Emmie will marry her widower and raise the baby herself. And it seems Emmie may have to fulfill that promise. But can she live happily without Isaac?
Posted in Historical Tagged with: Heart, Heart's, journey, Promise, Thomas Nelson
Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food
Product rating: 4.9 with 27 reviews
Born out of a global expedition fearlessly undertaken by a young woman, Project Animal Farm offers a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors.
Sonia Faruqi, an Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of a dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Instead of turning away from the animal cruelty she came to witness, Sonia made the most courageous decision of her life: a commitment to change things.
Driven by impulsive will and searing passion, Sonia left behind everything she knew and loved to search the planet for solutions to benefit animals, human health, and the environment. Over the course of living with farmers, hitchhiking with strangers, and risking her life, she developed surprising insights and solutions―both about the food industry and herself.
Lively and heartfelt, Sonia takes readers on an unforgettable adventure from top-secret egg warehouses in Canada to dairy feedlots in the United States, from farm offices in Mexico to lush pastures in Belize, from flocks of village chickens in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia.
Revelatory in scope, Project Animal Farm illuminates a hidden world that plays a part in all of our lives.
Posted in Environmental Economics Tagged with: About, Accidental, Animal, Farm, Farming, Food, into, journey, Pegasus, Project, Secret, Truth, World
The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey
by: Cameron + Company
Product rating: 5.0 with 11 reviews
One of the great wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon has long enticed visitors to gaze down upon its expansive beauty. For others, it is best observed from the river that flows through its majestic walls. In The Hidden Canyon, renowned photographer and river guide John Blaustein and environmental hero and bestselling author Edward Abbey document their epic journey through the canyon from the vantage point of the Colorado River. Abbey’s humorous and lyrical journal, accompanied by Blaustein’s stunning photography, recalls the excitement and wonder of navigating the alternating calm and churning waters of the Colorado with a group of fellow adventurers in small wooden rowboats known as dories. This revised and updated edition, including dozens of new photographs and an afterword by Kevin Fedarko, captures the grandeur of the canyon and depicts their life-altering journeys through hundreds of miles of breathtaking landscapes, secret gardens, stunning wildlife, and demanding white water.
Posted in Travel Tagged with: Cameron + Company, Canyon, Hidden, journey, River
Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant’s Journey with Asperger’s
by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Product rating: 4.4 with 26 reviews
From the best freestyle surfer in the world, an inspiring and moving memoir about his ascendance to the top of the surfing world while struggling for most of his young life with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome
Clay Marzo has an almost preternatural gift with a surfboard. From his first moments underwater (he learned to swim at two months old) to his first ventures atop his father’s surfboard as a toddler, it was obvious that Marzo’s single-minded focus on all things surfing was unique. But not until late in his teens, when this surfing phenom was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, did the deeper reasons for his obsession—and his astonishing gift for surfing—become clear.
Just Add Water is the remarkable story of Marzo’s rise to the top of the pro surfing world—and the personal trials he overcame in making it there. Marzo endured a difficult childhood. He was a colicky baby who his mother found could be soothed only with water. Later, as he entered school, his undiagnosed Asperger’s made it tough for him to relate to his peers and fit in, but his relationship with the wave was elemental. Marzo could always turn to surfing, the only place where he truly felt at peace.
Unflinching and inspiring, Just Add Water is a brave memoir from a one-of-a-kind surfing savant who has electrified fans around the world with his gift and whose story speaks boldly to the hope and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
Posted in Personal Transformation Tagged with: Asperger's, HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT, journey, Just, Savant's, Surfing, Water, with
Inevitable: A young girls journey to survive
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
A courageously written raw account of a true story of child abuse and poverty in Northern California. “Inevitable” chronicles the journey of a young girl called “Mouth” as she strives to understand the injustice of the world that she lives in; abuse, poverty, neglect, racism and the concept of parricide. A true testament to resillience that is sure to capture the essence of the human spirit.
Posted in Poverty Tagged with: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Girls, Inevitable, journey, survive, young
A Heart’s Home (A Journey of the Heart)
by: Thomas Nelson
Product rating: 4.8 with 4 reviews
Emmie’s hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.
Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn’t hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?
With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?
Posted in Historical Tagged with: Heart, Heart's, Home, journey, Thomas Nelson
Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins
Product rating: 4.6 with 9 reviews
From Susan Casey, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wave and The Devil’s Teeth, a breathtaking journey through the extraordinary world of dolphins
Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seem like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades, we have learned that dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, grieve, adorn themselves, feel despondent, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, seduce, form cliques, throw tantrums, and call themselves by name. Scientists still don’t completely understand their incredibly sophisticated navigation and communication abilities, or their immensely complicated brains.
While swimming off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey was surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. It was a profoundly transporting experience, and it inspired her to embark on a two-year global adventure to explore the nature of these remarkable beings and their complex relationship to humanity. Casey examines the career of the controversial John Lilly, the pioneer of modern dolphin studies whose work eventually led him down some very strange paths. She visits a community in Hawaii whose adherents believe dolphins are the key to spiritual enlightenment, travels to Ireland, where a dolphin named as “the world’s most loyal animal” has delighted tourists and locals for decades with his friendly antics, and consults with the world’s leading marine researchers, whose sense of wonder inspired by the dolphins they study increases the more they discover.
Yet there is a dark side to our relationship with dolphins. They are the stars of a global multibillion-dollar captivity industry, whose money has fueled a sinister and lucrative trade in which dolphins are captured violently, then shipped and kept in brutal conditions. Casey’s investigation into this cruel underground takes her to the harrowing epicenter of the trade in the Solomon Islands, and to the Japanese town of Taiji, made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, where she chronicles the annual slaughter and sale of dolphins in its narrow bay.
Casey ends her narrative on the island of Crete, where millennia-old frescoes and artwork document the great Minoan civilization, a culture which lived in harmony with dolphins, and whose example shows the way to a more enlightened coexistence with the natural world.
No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey, whose combination of personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose made The Wave and The Devil’s Teeth contemporary classics of writing about the sea. In Voices in the Ocean, she has written a thrilling book about the other intelligent life on the planet.
An Amazon Best Book of August 2015: Susan Casey’s Voices in the Ocean opens with a near perfect set piece about a swim she once took in Maui. Her father had died two years prior, and she was still struggling with her feelings over the loss. Casey wades out at dusk for a solo ocean swim. The weather is bad and sharks have recently been seen in the area—but, Casey writes, “a strange thing happens when your worst nightmare is realized: nothing much is left to scare you.” Rather than something bad happening to her, she suddenly finds herself, mid-swim, surrounded by spinner dolphins. It is one of those rare moments of real awe, and the experience launches her book and, more importantly, her fascination with dolphins, which leads Casey on a globe-trotting trek around the world to study dolphins, porpoises, and whales. She begins by contacting a woman named Ocean, a New Age believer in the power of the dolphin; in Casey’s words, Ocean entertains “Star Trekian views about dolphins acting as teachers and visionaries and emissaries from other dimensions.” From there Casey expands her research to cover pioneering dolphin studies, human-dolphin encounters, dolphin and whale hunting (which still happens), and the cultural significance of dolphins going back centuries. While Casey touches on a variety of subjects, including dolphin behavior and science (they work together, experience joy, show real purpose and a sense of self), readers will note that she doesn’t shrink from the woo-woo (occasionally bordering on Star Trekian New Age) views that Ocean and others in the book support about dolphins. But this can be read as a positive. Casey loves her subject, and we all know there is something special about dolphins, even if we non-experts aren’t quite sure what it is. – Chris Schluep
Posted in Mammals Tagged with: Dolphins, Doubleday, Haunting, into, journey, Ocean, Voices, Wild, World
Sketching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice alternative journey
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 4.4 with 32 reviews
The morning after the Netherfield Ball, Fitzwilliam Darcy is ready to leave Hertfordshire, taking his friend Bingley away from the lady of his choice and distancing himself from her sister, who has disturbed his tranquility for weeks. The path, meant to lead him away, unexpectedly brings him close to the person he most wants to avoid, and saving Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s life becomes not only his immediate goal but also a decision that affects his future. A strong and powerful yet forgotten bond from their past—combined with startling events in the present—brings Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy into a marriage not planned but accepted by both, forcing them to break the barriers between them in order to build their future happiness. The book includes mature content.
Posted in Regency Tagged with: alternative, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Darcy, journey, Prejudice, Pride, Sketching
Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania
by: St. Martin’s Press
Product rating: 4.8 with 17 reviews
One of WWE’s most unlikely champions of all time and also one of its most popular, Bryan has proved to the world and to all of WWE that looks can be deceiving. Just ask anyyone who’s ever underestimated him . . . right before he went out and whipped the WWE universe into a frenzy.
This is Bryan’s behind-the-scenes story told for the first time ever by the “YES!” Man himself—from his beginnings as a child wanting to wrestle to his ten years circling the globe on the independent circuit and his remarkable climb to the upper ranks of WWE.
As the biggest week of his life unfolds, Aberdeen, Washington’s bearded son reflects in full detail on his incredible path to the top and gives his take on the events that have shaped him. With his Bryan-ized blend of modesty and surprising candor, Daniel pulls no punches (or martial arts kicks) as he reveals his true thoughts on his evolution as a performer, his various roles in WWE versus the independent years, life on the road, at home, and much more.
And of course, get the untold story surrounding the “YES!” chant that evolved to full-fledged movement, skyrocketing his career. This book chronicles all the hard work, values, influences, unique life choices, and more, leading to his watershed week at WrestleMania 30. You won’t want to miss it. Yes! We’re sure about this.
Posted in Japanese Tagged with: Event, Improbable, journey, Main, St. Martin's Press, WrestleMania, Yes!