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His Very Best by Jonathan Alter
From one of America’s most-respected journalists and modern historians comes the first full-length biography of Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States and Nobel Prize–winning humanitarian. Jonathan Alter tells the epic story of an enigmatic man of faith and his improbable journey from barefoot boy to global icon. Alter paints an intimate and surprising portrait of the only president since Thomas Jefferson who can fairly be called a Renaissance Man, a complex figure—ridiculed and later revered—with a piercing intelligence, prickly intensity, and biting wit beneath the patented smile. Here is a moral exemplar for our times, a flawed but underrated president of decency and vision who was committed to telling the truth to the American people. Growing up in one of the meanest counties in the Jim Crow South, Carter is the only American president who essentially lived in three centuries: his early life on the farm in the 1920s without electricity or running water might as well have been in the nineteenth; his presidency put him at the center of major events in the twentieth; and his efforts on conflict resolution and global health set him on the cutting edge of the challenges of the twenty-first. Drawing on fresh archival material and five years of extensive access to Carter and his entire family, Alter traces how he evolved from a timid, bookish child—raised mostly by a black woman farmhand—into an ambitious naval nuclear engineer writing passionate, never-before-published love letters from sea to his wife and full partner, Rosalynn; a peanut farmer and civic leader whose guilt over staying silent during the civil rights movement and not confronting the white terrorism around him helped power his quest for racial justice at home and abroad; an obscure, born-again governor whose brilliant 1976 campaign demolished the racist wing of the Democratic Party and took him from zero percent to the presidency; a stubborn outsider who failed politically amid the bad economy of the 1970s and the seizure of American hostages in Iran but succeeded in engineering peace between Israel and Egypt, amassing a historic environmental record, moving the government from tokenism to diversity, setting a new global standard for human rights, and normalizing relations with China among other unheralded and far-sighted achievements. After leaving office, Carter eradicated diseases, built houses for the poor, and taught Sunday school into his mid-nineties. This engrossing, monumental biography will change our understanding of perhaps the most misunderstood president in American history.
Alfie And His Very Best Friend by Shirley Hughes
Alfie and Bernard are very best friends and together they have lots of adventures. Join them as they go to the library, take part in scooter races and make a very special club with only two special members!A heart-warming tale of friendship by the award-winning Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.
In His Very Steps by Charles J. Williams, Jr.
Everyone thought someone was doing what needed to be done to help the poor and needy, but people were slipping through the cracks. A mother and her children are overlooked, and a child dies.Written for those who believe the Bible is the ultimate authority in all issues of life, this group of Christians feel they totally blew it by replacing God's written instructions with the status quo. Wanting to not make that mistake again, the Reverend Jim Harter leads a faithful few to embark on a one-year Bible study to ensure they apply Christ's model of faith and obedience in all matters of faith, life, business, and love. Sound impossible? It will be without the Holy Spirit's help and a simple question to guide them, “What does the Bible say?” -- but not everyone is happy with the changes.Ten years in the making and reflective of much of the author's 17 years as a Southern Baptist Pastor, In His Very Steps is a new Christian fiction series emphasizing seven disciplines around the disciples cross: obedience, witnessing, prayer, worship, fellowship, service, and discipleship. In "What Does the Bible Say?" Dr. Williams applies conservative theology and years of evangelical ministry to address ripped-out-of-the-headlines topics: evolution, professional ethics, pre-marital sex, contemporary theology, social responsibility, Christian division, Christianity and politics, and more.The stunning ending will leave you rejoicing while considering how wonderful the world could be if people lived by God's precepts instead of mankind's good-boy guidelines. In reality, living in the very steps of Jesus is not only possible but it is a promised, future reality (Rev 21).
Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.
His Very Own Baby by Rebecca Winters
He had a son! Alik Jarman has only just met his six-week-old son—and he isn't going to let him go now! Even though the baby's mother broke his heart less than one year ago… Blaire never told Alik the real reason she called off their wedding. And now, when Alik demands she and the baby move in with him for a month, Blaire should refuse. But seeing Alik's delight in their child, she can't say no—and she can't stop hoping that one day they will be a real family!
The Best Hunting Stories Ever Told by Jay Cassell
Top hunters and writers contribute to this exciting new adventure series!
The Center Holds by Jonathan Alter
From the bestselling author of The Promise, the thrilling story of one of the most momentous contests in American history, the Battle Royale between Obama and his enemies from the 2010 midterms through the 2013 inauguration. The election of 2012 will be remembered as a hinge of history. With huge victories in the 2010 midterm elections the Republican Party had blocked President Obama at every turn and made plans to wrench the country sharply to the right. 2012 offered the GOP a clear shot at controlling all three branches of government and repealing much of the social contract dating back to the New Deal. Facing free-spending billionaires, Fox News, and a concerted effort in 19 states to tilt the election by suppressing Democratic votes, Obama repelled the assault and navigated the nation back to the center. In The Center Holds, Jonathan Alter produces the first full account of America at the crossroads. With exclusive reporting and rare historical insight, he pierces the bubble of the White House and the presidential campaigns in a landmark election that marked the return of big money and the rise of big data. He tells the epic story of an embattled president fighting back with the first campaign of the Digital Age. Alter relates the untold story behind Obama’s highs and lows, from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound to the frustration of the debt ceiling fiasco to his unexpected run-ins with black and Latino activists. There are fresh details about the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, Roger Ailes, and the online haters who suffer from “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” Alter takes us inside Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s Boston campaign as well as Obama’s disastrous preparation for the first debate. We meet Obama’s analytics geeks working out of “The Cave” and the man who secretly videotaped Romney’s infamous comments on the “47 percent.” The Center Holds will deepen our understanding of the Obama presidency, the stakes of the 2012 election, and the future of the country.
Under His Very Windows by Susan Zuccotti
What did Pius XII do to aid Jews during World War II? This is an examination of efforts on behalf of Jews in Italy, the country where the pope was in a position to be most helpful. It finds that despite a persistent myth to the contrary, Pius and his assistants at the Vatican did very little.
The Tracks Of His Tears by Lucy Dennis
The news hit her in the face like an old frying pan. She did not know what to do when her cousin gave the particulars surrounding her brothers death. A brother she never set eyes on. A brother her father deliberately did not tell her about. After days and days of reading upon his trial, she grew angry about the truth, he was hanged for a crime he did not commit! Her great annoyance heightened when evidence of his innocence fell into her lap with one telephone call. An email she received was more proof that Herman Perry Dennis Jr. was framed for the murder of Ruth Farnsworth. She remembered her father and his struggle with alcoholism. She also remembered his intelligence and how people marveled at it, yet she never understood why it was impossible for him to go a day without drinking. After she listened to her cousin describe his ghastly nightmare, she finally understood. Herman P. Dennis Jr. was an upright young man, who appreciated his Blackness and was proud of it. He was very intelligent and joining the Air Force in the 1940s was proof of it. In his walk during his enlistment, he tackled with racism. He spoke and wrote about it. The beautiful young lady was killed, but not by the hands of Herman P. Dennis Jr.. Black men, by definition of Whites in those days, desired White women so much, until they would go to any length to have one, so with rape came a lynching. It did not matter if the person was guilty, someone had to pay. The town of Rosewood Florida came to mind when she began writing about her brother.
The One Year Devos For Teens 2 by Susie Shellenberger
Readings for each day of the year, accompanied by references to related Bible verses, are designed to help teenagers make good choices in their daily lives.