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A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
Qais Akbar Omar

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

One of the rare memoirs of Afghanistan to have been written by an Afghan, A Fort of Nine Towers reveals the richness and suffering of life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with our own. For the young Qais Akbar Omar, Kabul was a city of gardens where he flew kites from his grandfather’s roof with his cousin Wakeel while their parents, uncles, and aunts drank tea around a cloth spread in the grass. It ...
  
  











  



  
Redeeming Love
Francine Rivers

Multnomah Books, 1997

A Story of Love That Won't Let Go - No Matter What! California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.   Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.     Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who ...
  
  











  



  
Nothing to Envy (Playaway Adult Nonfiction)
Barbara Demick, Karen White

Tantor Audio Pa, 2010

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive ...
  
  











  



  
A Lineage of Grace: Five Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity
Francine Rivers

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2009

In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. 2009 Retailer's Choice Award winner!
  
  











  



  
The Boy On The Wooden Box (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Leon Leyson

Turtleback, 2015

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. ""Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief,"" this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler's list, ""brings to readers a story of bravery and the fight for a chance to live"" (VOYA). This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler's list child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the ...
  
  











  



  
Gifted Hands
Ben Carson

Review & Herald Pub Assn, 1990

FOR DISTRIBUTION OUTSIDE THE USA. This is the mass market edition of the popular book by Dr. Ben Carson whose inspiring story tells of a frustrated inner-city kid whose faith in God helped him become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
  
  











  



  
One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future

Sentinel, 2014

Dear Reader, In February 2013 I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great. Many Americans heard and responded, but our nation’s decline has continued. Today the danger is greater than ever before, and I have never shared a more urgent message than I do now. ...
  
  











  



  
One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season

Hyperion, 2012

The Inspirational Story of a Coach, a Baseball Team, and the Season They'll Never Forget In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to represent the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a ...
  
  











  



  
Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life
Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker

Tyndale, 2007

Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach--especially a football coach--to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without ...
  
  











  



  
To Selena, with Love

Celebra, 2012

One of the most compelling and adored superstars in Latin music history, Selena was nothing short of a phenomenon who shared all of herself with her millions of devoted fans. Her tragic murder, at the young age of twenty-three, stripped the world of her talent and boundless potential, her tightly knit family of their beloved angel, and her husband, Chris Perez, of the greatest love he had ever known. For over a decade, Chris held on to the ...
  
  











  



  
Out to Canaan (The Mitford Years, Book 4)
Jan Karon

Penguin, 1998

The fourth novel in the beloved Mitford series, by the bestselling author of  At Home in Mitford  and  Somebody Safe with Somebody Good   Millions of readers have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members. But now change is coming to the hamlet. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement; a brash new mayoral ...
  
  











  



  
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Andrew Bolton

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011

Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most ...
  
  











  



  
The Rules of Engagement
Cindy Trimm

Charisma House, 2008

Beat the devil at his own game and wage warfare with confidence! There is a spiritual battle going on, and prayer warrior and intercessor Cindy Trimm has given you a manual to wage effective warfare. The Rules of Engagement helps you recognize the spirits that operate in the kingdom of darkness and gives you declarations for engaging them armed with God’s power and authority.
  
  











  



  
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes - Cultural Studies in the Gospels
Kenneth E. Bailey

SPCK Publishing, 2008

Beginning with Jesus' birth, Ken Bailey leads us on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus in the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord's Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus' relationship to women and especially Jesus' parables. Throughout the author employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead us into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus, lifting away ...
  
  











  



  
The Picture Bible
Iva Hoth

David C. Cook, 1998

For years, The Picture Bible has delighted young and old. Now updated with interesting new features, including "Did you know?" fact pages, time line, story listing, maps, and more, kids will love the great stories and action pictures of the newly revised Picture Bible. God's Word will come alive for hours of family reading enjoyment. Newly designed with a fresh cover, text, and maps, this Scripture makes an ideal first ...
  
  











  



  
The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou (Modern Library)

Modern Library, 2012

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER This Modern Library edition contains I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven .   When I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to widespread acclaim in 1969, Maya Angelou garnered the attention of an international audience with ...
  
  











  



  
The Boy Who Said No

Oceanview Publishing, 2013

As a boy Frank Mederos' grandfather teaches him to fish, to navigate the seas, and to think for himself, much needed skills under the new Castro regime.
  
  











  



  
Sacred Pregnancy: A Loving Guide and Journal for Expectant Moms
Anni Daulter

North Atlantic Books, 2012

In today's western cultures, the typical pregnancy focuses on the baby to the exclusion of the woman herself, so that the entire experience has become more about preparing for the baby's arrival than looking closely at oneself to prepare emotionally for all of the changes that creating a new life brings. Sacred Pregnancy was written to help the pregnant woman journey within herself to prepare for the birth of her baby. Sacred Pregnancy is a ...
  
  











  



  
Slave: My True Story
Damien Lewis, Mende Nazer

PublicAffairs, 2004

A shocking true story of contemporary slavery: Mende Nazer, snatched from her tribal village in Africa as a young girl, survives slavery in Sudan and London before making a courageous escape to freedom.
  
  











  



  
The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper ...

Harper Perennial, 2013

Baseball was different in earlier days—tougher, rawer, more intimate—when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases. In the monumental classic The Glory of Their Times , the golden era of our national pastime comes alive through the vibrant words of those who played and lived the game.
  
  











  








   



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