Even as a violin prodigy, Olivia Klein courted trouble. But when her marriage to high-stakes investor Rob Van Doren takes another wrong turn, Olivia acts out once too often. A night of bad behavior results in community service hours. Time is to be served with Theo McAdams, an inner-city teacher whose passion for music eclipses Olivia's. As she inches toward a better place, life surprises Olivia in the form of her first husband - baseball legend Sam Nash. Years ago, Olivia fell in love with Sam. Their impulsive marriage imploded with a fateful car crash and harsh parting words. Olivia never expected to see him again. But now Sam is back, and he wants her forgiveness. He also wants to recapture their volatile love affair. Olivia is torn between rekindling romance and saving her marriage. To her surprise, it's the presence of the young music teacher - and the lessons from a reckless past - that may bring harmony to Olivia's off-key life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Fulginiti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008722/bk_brll_008722_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author Terri DuLong welcomes you to the colorful community of Cedar Key, Florida - a place where hearts are warm and friendship is true.... Josie Sullivan adores her Cedar Key home. It's been the ideal place to raise her daughter, Orli, who's just turning 16. Now that Josie has realized her dream of becoming a registered nurse, she's been offered the perfect job too - helping Dr. Simon Mancini run his new practice. Until the clinic opens, Josie is filling in at Yarning Together, where she launches a series of knitting classes for men. Yet for all the vibrant changes, there are some tangled threads. Josie's romance-author mother, Shelby, receives a worrying diagnosis. And though Josie has always guarded her independence, her connection to Orli's father, Grant, seems to be rekindling. Most of all, as Shelby's college classmates rally around their dear friend, Josie begins to see that "home" is more than a place; it's the relationships woven into each life, strand by strand.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Udall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018206/bk_adbl_018206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Colerain County, Ohio, not long before the United States enters the Second World War, a smaller war is waiting to erupt. After years of an uneasy truce, the long-standing tensions between the Clemmer and Kilkinney clans have once more begun to escalate. The rekindling of that feud and its devastating resolution -- as seen through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Winnie Clemmer -- are the subject of Annabel Thomas's powerful new novel. 'All wars, little or big, have elements in common', Winnie observes. 'Over and above the shedding of blood, I mean. To my thinking, self-interest starts them, plain meanness keeps them going. And of course whoever wins, the results are the same: the shriveling of souls'. Embroiled in this conflict, which is rooted in the Civil War and the ancestral rivalries between Anglo-Saxon and Celt, are a host of indelibly etched characters. The adults include Charlotte Clemmer, a woman of iron will whose ambitions touch off the latest round of feuding; Uncle John Kilkinney, a full-bearded, big-hearted preacher and potter whose appeals for peace go unheeded; and Cap Clemmer, father of Winnie and twin brother of Charlotte, whose bitterness can only find expression in brutal deeds. Among the children are Davy and Bevin Kilkinney, a brother and sister who befriend Winnie and thus confound her loyalties. In a world suddenly turned violent, threatening, and strange, Winnie and Davy fall in love and dare to ponder the possibilities of a life together, far removed from the murderous impulses of their skin. With its rich characterizations, its strong sense of place, and its carefully sustained dialect, Blood Feud is an engrossing tale skillfully told. At the same time,it is a perceptive exploration of timeless themes: the causes and consequences of violence, the bonds of family and community, the nature of love, and the yearnings of the human spirit.
Why is theology often divorced from ministry? Why is ministry left bereft of a robust theology? Ray S. Anderson, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary for over thirty years, has left a legacy of provocative reflections on these questions. In this book Christian Kettler provides a sure guide to major themes in the work of one of the most creative theological minds to have sought to integrate theology and ministry. Early experience on a South Dakota farm and in a California parish helped form the theologian whose radical incarnational theology of the ''kenotic community'' provided a new basis for a broader, risk-taking ecclesiology. Anderson also brought theological anthropology to the front of the agenda, and therefore into ministry to actual hurting human persons. His challenging theological reflections can provoke the mind, stir the heart, and guide compassionate and wise incarnational ministry. Each chapter ends with a case study from an actual life situation, to ''test out'' and work through the implications of Anderson's theology. ''This book provides a great service to anyone wishing to understand and facilitate the integration of Christian ministry and theology. I know of no greater resource for this task than Ray Anderson, and Chris Kettler has now given us the most accessible and comprehensive introduction to his thought and practice. Strongly recommended!'' --F. LeRon Shults author of Reforming the Doctrine of God ''Ray Anderson's work is a gold mine, but the treasure does not always lend itself to easy extraction for the ad hoc reader. Chris Kettler masterfully displays the coherent theological vision that propelled Anderson, helping us grasp the revitalizing implications of his Christocentric approach to theology. With this sympathetic yet honest appraisal, Chris ignited my desire to re-read Anderson while rekindling and clarifying my vision for theological education.'' --Don J. Payne author of The Theology of the Christian Life in J. I. Packer's Thought Christian D. Kettler is Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and Theologian in Residence at the Church of the Savior in Wichita. He is the author of The God Who Believes: Faith, Doubt, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ (Cascade, 2005), The Vicarious Humanity of Christ and the Reality of Salvation (1991), and coeditor (with Todd H. Speidell) of Incarnational Ministry: The Presence of Christ in Church, Society, and Family: Essays in Honor of Ray S. Anderson (Wipf and Stock, 2009). Kettler earned his PhD under the supervision of Ray S. Anderson.
One thing every southern girl knows-if you are lost, your inner compass will point you home. For Lizzie Long, home is the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry, where a close-knit community welcomes her with open arms and nurtures her spirit after her world implodes. As Lizzie tries to hit the reset button and put the pieces of her shattered life back together, the magic of the South Carolina coast and the rekindling of childhood friendships help her open her eyes to both the hard truths and the amazing possibilities ahead. Having gone through much of her life with blinders on, Lizzie slowly begins to rebuild her spirit and her confidence. But will she open her eyes in time to recognize the one man who has always seen her as the strong, intelligent and loving southern girl that she is?
Bursting with vibrancy, pulsing with culture, and beaming with diversity Seattle's southern region is unlike any other in the world. With its wide array of ethnicities, the 'south end' of Seattle is home to an extraordinary assortment of art, poetry, and literature influenced by its array of residents who spring from radically diverse walks of life. From tales of bus rides down city corridors chronicling an area in the midst of transformation, to the rekindling of love thought lost, to the struggles of life in a world that has seemingly left you behind, to the triumphs experienced by a community reliant primarily upon itself the stories told from the area are as rich as the people doing the telling. This collection of works from the area provides a taste of the creativity found in the living 'American Mosaic' known as South Seattle, or as we like to call it, the most eclectic place on earth.
Climate change, species extinction, war and alienation. These are just some of the threats that imperil a world that gives us life. There is no single solution, but one thing is certain. Unless humanity learns how to rekindle community, all other efforts will wither on the vine. This timely new Schumacher Briefing explores three integrated pillars of community with one another, with the natural environment and with the spiritual ground of all being. McIntosh draws not just on his own extensive experience, but also on the work of a dozen associates at the Centre for Human Ecology, mostly his former students. They have carried out research into the spirituality of community regeneration, assisted by WWF International. Each of them provides a summary of their findings, weaving a rich tapestry that illustrates community. With its emphasis on spirituality, the Briefing examines the implications of living as if all life is interconnected. It addresses both the theory of community and its practical regeneration. The contexts range from remote islands to inner city deprivation and even the world of corporations and government. The results fortify our capacity to face the future and point to ever-deeper meanings of love.
He's dead, and it's her fault. Now she's alone and pregnant. When her husband had gotten shot, he'd been running an errand for her. Rachel does her best to bury the guilt by concentrating on the upcoming birth of her baby. The outpouring of sympathy from the broader community over her husband's senseless death caused the press to become obsessed over the expectant Amish widow and her life. The more she ignores the attention, the more they want to learn about her. Amid the turmoil that has become her daily routine, her wayward sister arrives to stay. With so much going on, will Rachel miss a fleeting opportunity of rekindling love when an old flame comes to town? You will love this sweet Amish romance about love lost, love found, allowing others to help, and being thankful.