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Traumatic brain injury can interrupt without warning the life story that any one of us is in the midst of creating. When the author's fifteen-year-old son survives a terrible car crash in spite of massive trauma to his brain, she and her family know only that his story has not ended. Their efforts, Erik's own efforts, and those of everyone who helps bring him from deep coma to new life make up a moving and inspiring story for us all, one that invites us to reconsider the very nature of "self" and selfhood. Ruthann Knechel Johansen, who teaches literature and narrative theory, is a particularly eloquent witness to the silent space in which her son, confronted with life-shattering injury and surrounded by conflicting narratives about his viability, is somehow reborn. She describes the time of crisis and medical intervention as an hour-by-hour struggle to communicate with the medical world on the one hand and the everyday world of family and friends on the other. None of them knows how much, or even whether, they can communicate with the wounded child who is lost from himself and everything he knew. Through this experience of utter disintegration, Johansen comes to realize that self-identity is molded and sustained by stories. As Erik regains movement and consciousness, his parents, younger sister, doctors, therapists, educators, and friends all contribute to a web of language and narrative that gradually enables his body, mind, and feelings to make sense of their reacquired functions. Like those who know and love him, the young man feels intense grief and anger for the loss of the self he was before the accident, yet he is the first to see continuity where they see only change. The story is breathtaking, because we become involved in the pain and suspense and faith that accompany every birth. Medical and rehabilitation professionals, social workers, psychotherapists, students of narrative, and anyone who has faced life's trauma will find hope in this meditation on selfhood: out of the shambles of profound brain injury and coma can arise fruitful lives and deepened relationships. Keywords: narrative; selfhood; therapy; traumatic brain injury; healing; spirituality; family crisis; children

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Genre: Medical
Author: Prof. Ruthann Knechel Johansen
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2002-03-22
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 0520927761

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“To hear silence is to find stillness in the midst of the restlessness that makes creative life possible and the inescapability of death acceptable.” So writes Mark C. Taylor in his latest book, a philosophy of silence for our nervous, chattering age. How do we find silence—and more importantly, how do we understand it—amid the incessant buzz of the networks that enmesh us? Have we forgotten how to listen to each other, to recognize the virtues of modesty and reticence, and to appreciate the resonance of silence? Are we less prepared than ever for the ultimate silence that awaits us all? Taylor wants us to pause long enough to hear what is not said and to attend to what remains unsayable. In his account, our way to hearing silence is, paradoxically, to see it. He explores the many variations of silence by considering the work of leading modern and postmodern visual artists, including Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, James Turrell, and Anish Kapoor. Developing the insights of philosophers, theologians, writers, and composers, Taylor weaves a rich narrative modeled on the Stations of the Cross. His chapter titles suggest our positions toward silence: Without. Before. From. Beyond. Against. Within. Between. Toward. Around. With. In. Recasting Hegel’s phenomenology of spirit and Kierkegaard’s stages on life’s way, Taylor translates the traditional Via Dolorosa into a Nietzschean Via Jubilosa that affirms light in the midst of darkness. Seeing Silence is a thoughtful meditation that invites readers to linger long enough to see silence, and, in this way, perhaps to hear once again the wordless Word that once was named “God.”

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Mark C. Taylor
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release: 2020-08-13
File: 317 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780226693521

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Part of a three volume set which takes a cross-cultural approach to the subject of nonverbal communication.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Fernando Poyatos
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Release: 2002-01-01
File: 456 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789027221827

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Lyra Belacqua tries to prevent kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments, helps Will Parry search for his father, and finds that she and Will are caught in a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by her uncle, Lord Asriel.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Bluefire
Release: 2007
File: 933 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780375847226

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HIS DARK MATERIALS IS SOON TO BE AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, JAMES McAVOY, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA! The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass are available together in one volume perfect for any fan or newcomer to this modern fantasy classic series that has graced the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. These thrilling adventures tell the story of Lyra and Will—two ordinary children on a perilous journey through shimmering haunted otherworlds. They will meet witches and armored bears, fallen angels and soul-eating specters. And in the end, the fate of both the living—and the dead—will rely on them. Phillip Pullman’s spellbinding His Dark Materials trilogy has captivated readers for over twenty years and won acclaim at every turn. It will have you questioning everything you know about your world and wondering what really lies just out of reach. Honors and Praise for His Dark Materials: An Entertainment Weekly All-Time Greatest Novel A Newsweek Top 100 Book of All Time "Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years." —The Washington Post "Very grand indeed." —The New York Times “Pullman is quite possibly a genius.” —Newsweek Don't miss Philip Pullman's epic new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials! ** THE BOOK OF DUST ** La Belle Sauvage The Secret Commonwealth

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release: 2012-01-25
File: 944 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307808202

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A post-apocalyptic future of never-ending winters and permanent darkness. Nadia Comani has never seen the sunrise or a real blade of grass. A matter of fact, she’s never been outside Calcane City’s walls and domes where the world is dark and cold and covered with ice and snow. But despite that, Nadia has everything she could ever want: power, privilege, a loving family and most importantly warmth. But when her family refuses to compromise their values to serve the city’s corrupt elite, everything changes. Nadia is cast down from her pedestal of power onto the trash heap of the lower classes. No longer guaranteed a life of ease, Nadia faces a future of servitude. Branded as powerless and deviant, will Nadia muster the strength to save herself and what remains of her family? Get the entire first season (six episodes): "After The Darkness: Omnibus"

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Genre: Fiction
Author: SunHi Mistwalker
Publisher: Dark Tales Great Lives LLC
Release: 2014-05-02
File: 35 Pages
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From the Publisher: A new view of the innovative poetry by the late, great Trappist monk and religious philosopher.

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Genre: Poetry
Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Release: 2005
File: 253 Pages
ISBN-13: 0811216136

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Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held. The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes. The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: Bree Despain
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab ®
Release: 2009-12-01
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781606841174

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Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against each other. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Kevin J. Anderson
Publisher: Tor Books
Release: 2014-06-03
File: 672 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781466856561

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Loving the enemy takes on an entirely different meaning for an outlaw's daughter and the bounty hunter she believes killed her father. A dark rider lurks in the shadows of Angel Beaumont's world, waiting and watching. Angel is unaware of the danger stalking her when she sets out to kill the notorious, Hunter Night. What begins as a mission to bring her father's killer to justice; turns into a tangled web of dark family secrets, and murder. An outlaw's daughter and a half-breed bounty hunter traverse the canvas of the Old West, setting their trail ablaze with an unquenchable passion that takes these two adversaries by storm. They must come to terms with their passion and trust each other before they become the next victims of an evil older than mankind? Subject : Western romance, western historical romance, historical western romance, Native American romance, Native American historical romance, steamy romance novel

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Lorraine Kennedy
Publisher: Lorraine Kennedy
Release: 2015-03-17
File: 80 Pages
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