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Mary Eberstadt, “one of the most acute and creative social observers of our time,” (Francis Fukuyama) shines a much-needed spotlight on a disturbing trend in American society: discrimination against traditional religious belief and believers, who are being aggressively pushed out of public life by the concerted efforts of militant secularists. In It’s Dangerous to Believe, Mary Eberstadt documents how people of faith—especially Christians who adhere to traditional religious beliefs—face widespread discrimination in today’s increasingly secular society. Eberstadt details how recent laws, court decisions, and intimidation on campuses and elsewhere threaten believers who fear losing their jobs, their communities, and their basic freedoms solely because of their convictions. They fear that their religious universities and colleges will capitulate to aggressive secularist demands. They fear that they and their families will be ostracized or will have to lose their religion because of mounting social and financial penalties for believing. They fear they won’t be able to maintain charitable operations that help the sick and feed the hungry. Is this what we want for our country? Religious freedom is a fundamental right, enshrined in the First Amendment. With It’s Dangerous to Believe Eberstadt calls attention to this growing bigotry and seeks to open the minds of secular liberals whose otherwise good intentions are transforming them into modern inquisitors. Not until these progressives live up to their own standards of tolerance and diversity, she reminds us, can we build the inclusive society America was meant to be.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Mary Eberstadt
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: 2016-06-21
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780062454034

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Trust within Parker Memorial Hospital suffers three months after an earthquake and deadly viral outbreak. Dr. Curtis Webb, on probation, struggles with depression and his relationship with Anne Winters, a charge nurse. The NIH selects PMH for a new Federal Biosafety Lab. David Milliken, the new PMH general counsel, hides his covert role in biolab projects. The Department of Homeland Security wants the biosafety lab to unfold fast, bypassing the usual competitive process. Curtis is appointed project director but refuses to take part in the dangerous plan. Values are tested through self-serving actions and a dangerous reordering of old and new relationships. The truth forces hard choices on them all.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Cynthia Monet
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2009-03-09
File: 670 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781469106250

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Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these teachings during a Medicine Buddha retreat held at Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California, from October 26 to November 17, 2001. Edited by Ailsa Cameron, this book covers an amazing range of topics. From a review in BuddhaDharma magazine: Teachings From the Medicine Buddha Retreat is a nearly complete record of the teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche during a twenty-five day Medicine Buddha retreat in the fall of 2001. The sections are short, on topics such as making offerings to the buddhas and the nature of mind. The retreat was held less than two months after the 9/11 attacks, and Lama Zopa's teachings are full of references to terrorism, war, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The book is not meant as a coherent presentation on any particular topic; however, one is rewarded by just opening it and reading anywhere. Lama Zopa is a clear and effective teacher, and his stories are endlessly entertaining and inspiring. This book is made possible by kind supporters of the Archive who, like you, appreciate how we make these teachings freely available in so many ways, including in our website for instant reading, listening or downloading, and as printed and electronic books. Our website offers immediate access to thousands of pages of teachings and hundreds of audio recordings by some of the greatest lamas of our time. Our photo gallery and our ever-popular books are also freely accessible there. Please help us increase our efforts to spread the Dharma for the happiness and benefit of all beings. You can find out more about becoming a supporter of the Archive and see all we have to offer by visiting our website. Thank you so much, and please enjoy this ebook.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Publisher: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Release: 2009-01-01
File: 414 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781891868382

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Dr. Joy Browne has spent nearly twenty years advising thousands of women and men about their frustrations and disappointments. She has diagnosed the ways we get in trouble and stay there. In turn, Dr. Joy has developed a proven prescription to free us from our self-defeating thoughts and habits that allows for real progress toward our goals. She calls her plan for emotional health The Nine Fantasies That Will Ruin Your Life and the Eight Realities That Will Save You. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Joy Browne shows you how to apply these simple, powerful ideas to your marriage, personal relationships, career, finances, health, and every other area of your life. No matter how difficult or long-standing your problems, Dr. Joy will show you how to become a fearless, focused, and, most important, happy adventurer in your own life. That may sound like a fantasy, but you can make it your new reality. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Self-Help
Author: Joy Browne, M.D.
Publisher: Harmony
Release: 2010-02-17
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 0307558630

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Ideas have consequences, sometimes far-reaching and world-changing. The Christian faith contains many volatile truths that challenged--and continue to challenge--the cultural and religious status quo of the world. This biblical, historical, and philosophical exploration of some of Christianity's most transformational ideas offers a unique look at how the world changed when Christ and his followers came on the scene. These ideas include the resurrection Jesus as God incarnate creation out of nothing the compatibility of faith and reason justification by grace through faith humankind in God's image the greater good of suffering Pastors, students, and thoughtful Christians will be strengthened to face contemporary challenges to these truths and will find the confidence to impact their world for Christ.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Kenneth R. Samples
Publisher: Baker Books
Release: 2012-05-01
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781441238504

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Recounts the experiences of Mexicans who have risked their lives to cross the Mexico-America border, explaining how the thrill of taking that risk has become a motivator for border crossers.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Lynnaire Maria Sheridan
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Release: 2009
File: 206 Pages
ISBN-13: 0816528578

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In the fourth mystery in Philip Kerr's New York Times bestselling series, Bernie Gunther—a former policeman and reluctant SS offier—attempts to start over in the aftermath of World War 2 and quickly learns that the past is never far behind you... Berlin, 1949. Amid the chaos of defeat, Germany is a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, and fleeing Nazis. For Bernie Gunther, Berlin has become far too dangerous. After being forced to serve in the SS in the killing fields of Ukraine, Bernie has moved to Munich to reestablish himself as a private investigator. Business is slow and his funds are dwindling when a woman hires him to investigate her husband's disappearance. No, she doesn't want him back—he's a war criminal. She merely wants confirmation that he is dead. It's a simple job, but in postwar Germany, nothing is simple—nothing is what it appears to be. Accepting the case, Bernie takes on far more than he'd bargained for, and before long, he is on the run, facing enemies from every side.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Philip Kerr
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2009-02-03
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 144065767X

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In this masterly, deeply personal, and provocative book, the internationally renowned Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, whose work has been called “a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen” (Newsweek), steps back to survey the wellsprings of art and ideology, the events that have shaped our time, and his extraordinary life and fiercest passions. Arranged alphabetically from “Amore” to “Zurich,” This I Believe takes us on a marvelous inner journey with a great writer. Fuentes ranges wide, from contradictions inherent in Latin American culture and politics to his long friendship with director Luis Buñuel. Along the way, we find reflection on the mixed curse and blessing of globalization; memories of a sexual initiation in Zurich; a fond tracing of a family tree heavy with poets, dreamers, and diplomats; evocations of the streets, cafés, and bedrooms of Washington, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Cambridge, Oaxaca, and New York; and a celebration of literary heroes including Balzac, Cervantes, Faulkner, Kafka, and Shakespeare. Throughout, Fuentes captivates with the power of his intellect and his prose. Here, too, are vivid, often heartbreaking glimpses into his personal life. “Silvia” is a powerful love letter to his beloved wife. In “Children,” Fuentes recalls the births of his daughters and the tragic death of his son; in “Cinema” he relives the magic of films such as Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz. Further extending his reach, he examines the collision between history and contemporary life in “Civil Society,” “Left,” and “Revolution.” And he poignantly addresses the experiences we all hold in common as he grapples with beauty, death, freedom, God, and sex. By turns provocative and intimate, partisan and universal, this book is a brilliant summation of an international literary career. Revisiting the influences, commitments, readings, and insights of a lifetime, Fuentes has fashioned a magnificently coherent statement of his view of the world, reminding us once again why reading Fuentes is “like standing beneath the dome of the Sistine Chapel. . . . The breadth and enormity of this accomplishment is breathtaking” (The Denver Post).

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Carlos Fuentes
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2007-12-18
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307432797

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Ever since a cult took his daughter, police investigator Ross Malcolm's mission has been to protect children. So when a secretive sect is suspected of child endangerment, he's on the job, seeking evidence from the latest victim's aunt, Julia McNeill. Though taught to fear outsiders, Julia risks everything to help Ross. But her actions unleash a dangerous chain of events. Now Ross must save not one but three lives from the evil that threatens them.…

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Shelley Bates
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Release: 2010-01-01
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781426853449

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From the New York Times Bestselling author of The Biggest Loser cookbooks: amazingly simple, super-speedy, and decadent recipes that taste sinful but are 100 percent guilt-free Devin Alexander lives by the motto that "twenty minutes in the kitchen can save you 3 hours on the treadmill!" The chef and author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook has maintained a weight loss of fifty-five pounds for almost twenty years by transforming the decadent dishes that we all crave into fantastic lo-cal indulgences. Now, she shows us how to make those mouthwatering favorites in mere minutes. Because—let's face it, we want what we want and we want it NOW! With simple, super easy-to-follow recipes for delectable dishes such as Unbelievable Easy Chicken Parmesan, Carmelized Apple Buuter-Topped Pork Chops, Bacon Cheeseburger, and even a Peppermint Brown "Pizza," you can now whip up fantastic, slimming meals in the time it would take to go through the drive-thru. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Cooking
Author: Devin Alexander
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Release: 2010-10-27
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307768728

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