December 12, 1995 is the day that changed my life forever. That is the day my husband, Jim, and I received the news that he had terminal cancer. We were totally unprepared for this and unprepared for the months that lay ahead—months of waiting, of hope and hopelessness, of surrender, and of seemingly endless decisions. How to Float When You’re About to Sink takes you on a journey through vignettes from specific days and events. Moreover, it shows how anguish and despair can turn into unruffled faith. It is a heart-wrenching and soul-searching story of life and death, written to offer inspiration for others to surrender their strength to God to resolve the mysteries of life. It’s now 2013; many miracles continue, and writing this book is my miracle! This is knowledge that is necessary and more relevant today, eighteen years later, with the healthcare crisis we are experiencing to help and support the patient, caregiver, family, or anyone who is facing a life – threatening health challenge. I pray our story allows others to find hope and celebrate each day as the precious gift that it is with those they love.
He leaped from his chair, ripped off his microphone, and lunged at his ex-wife. Security guards rushed to intercept him. The audience screamed, then cheered. Were producers concerned? Not at all. They were getting what they wanted: the money shot. From "classy" shows like Oprah to "trashy" shows like Jerry Springer, the key to a talk show's success is what Laura Grindstaff calls the money shot—moments when guests lose control and express joy, sorrow, rage, or remorse on camera. In this new work, Grindstaff takes us behind the scenes of daytime television talk shows, a genre focused on "real" stories told by "ordinary" people. Drawing on extensive interviews with producers and guests, her own attendance of dozens of live tapings around the country, and more than a year's experience working on two nationally televised shows, Grindstaff shows us how producers elicit dramatic performances from guests, why guests agree to participate, and the supporting roles played by studio audiences and experts. Grindstaff traces the career of the money shot, examining how producers make stars and experts out of ordinary people, in the process reproducing old forms of cultural hierarchy and class inequality even while seeming to challenge them. She argues that the daytime talk show does give voice to people normally excluded from the media spotlight, but it lets them speak only in certain ways and under certain rules and conditions. Working to understand the genre from the inside rather than pass judgment on it from the outside, Grindstaff asks not just what talk shows can tell us about mass media, but also what they reveal about American culture more generally.
“John Updike is the great genial sorcerer of American letters [and] The Witches of Eastwick [is one of his] most ambitious works. . . . [A] comedy of the blackest sort.”—The New York Times Book Review Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick—and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyche. “A great deal of fun to read . . . fresh, constantly entertaining . . . John Updike [is] a wizard of language and observation.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Vintage Updike, which is to say among the best fiction we have.”—Newsday
The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments
Author: Gina Perry
Publisher: New Press, The
When social psychologist Stanley Milgram invited volunteers to take part in an experiment at Yale in the summer of 1961, none of the participants could have foreseen the worldwide sensation that the published results would cause. Milgram reported that fully 65 percent of the volunteers had repeatedly administered electric shocks of increasing strength to a man they believed to be in severe pain, even suffering a life-threatening heart condition, simply because an authority figure had told them to do so. Such behavior was linked to atrocities committed by ordinary people under the Nazi regime and immediately gripped the public imagination. The experiments remain a source of controversy and fascination more than fifty years later. In Behind the Shock Machine, psychologist and author Gina Perry unearths for the first time the full story of this controversial experiment and its startling repercussions. Interviewing the original participants—many of whom remain haunted to this day about what they did—and delving deep into Milgram’s personal archive, she pieces together a more complex picture and much more troubling picture of these experiments than was originally presented by Milgram. Uncovering the details of the experiments leads her to question the validity of that 65 percent statistic and the claims that it revealed something essential about human nature. Fleshed out with dramatic transcripts of the tests themselves, the book puts a human face on the unwitting people who faced the moral test of the shock machine and offers a gripping, unforgettable tale of one man’s ambition and an experiment that defined a generation.
In a gray fieldstone house in Nashville, Tennessee, the Reverend Joshua Smith Sr.--the staunch and gentle man known to thousands in black churches throughout the South as the Singing Evangelist and to one white reporter as "the Colored Billy Graham"--is trying to compose his own obituary on what will be the last day of his life. In doing so, he looks back over that life--from his childhood in rural northern Mississippi to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, from tears of humiliation to songs of celebration and triumph. When Do Lord Remember Me was first published in 1984, the Chicago Sun-Times compared it to Alex Haley's Roots, Newsday described it as "exquisitely crafted," People as "distinguished," the Philadelphia Inquirer as "riveting," and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer declared "every page has something worth remembering." Thirty years later and now a classic, Julius Lester's Do Lord Remember Me is an eloquent and deeply moving story about a black family's dignified struggle for survival.
Everyone has a memory or two that stands outmemories that make life worth livingand it is those memories that are the ultimate test by which we judge our lives: Was our life beautiful enough to come back and do again, or was it sad enough to make us move on and never return? These are some of the many questions that have been on Tobys mind. Follow aspiring songwriter Toby and a beautiful painter, named Aurora, across the countryupon the request of a 10-year-old dying boy named Charlieon an autumn journey to experience the true essence of life. All of Tobys questions about his current life and the one to come will be answered by the end of this spiritually reminiscent novel.
For the past two years, Craig Groeschel (www.lifechurch.tv) and his church have hosted an international multi-church campaign called ONE PRAYER, a month-long concerted focus on unifying the many different, diverse churches participating by praying together and serving their local communities. In 2009, ONE PRAYER campaign attracted over 2,000 churches and over 1,000,000 church members. Many of these churches are high-profile evangelical churches with pastors who are also successful authors and speakers. The campaign continues to attract interest from more and more churches and ministries. The 2010 campaign, scheduled for June, is expected to grow by 50 percent. This compilation book features chapters by seventeen passionate church leaders, including Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Jentezen Franklin, Perry Noble, Steven Furtick, and others.
The sweet whispers from God are penned from divine appointments with the Holy Spirit. These precious whispers are to encourage the people of God that the most important thing in life is to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Just like God to whisper will let you know that God wants to speak sweet whispers to you and understand your whispers will be sweet but may be different. This book is not the Bible but is intended to point you to the Bible where getting to know Him is the beginning of a true relationship. Yes the Holy Spirit is still speaking in this perverse generation. These richly posed poems and poetries will hopefully enable you to seek Him the more.
Are the bills stacking up while your bank account dwindles? Is your marriage or your singleness a source of heartbreak? Are you filled with anxiety because of health issues? Do you sometimes feel like you're drowning and God is nowhere to be found? Do you wonder, What in the world am I going to do? How am I going to make it? Trials roll in like waves, one after another, and threaten to knock you off your feet. But instead of trying to stand strong against your problems, maybe the answer is to be swept away--not by your troubles, but by God. Overwhelmed by God and Not Your Troubles is an invitation to rest and to fall into God's love, goodness, grace, and forgiveness. Lift your tired eyes from the crushing trials that lead you to despair, and fix your eyes on the awesome power and mercy of the God who is greater. You will experience the peace, contentment, and joy that can only be found in Christ as you face your setbacks and heartaches with renewed hope and strength from the Spirit.
When arriving in Atlanta after a hurricane, Lisa notices a Help Wanted sign in a boutique. She applies for the job to help take care of Ida Stanford. Ida encourages Lisa to finish her degree in phycology. While on a doctor’s visit, Lisa meets Carolyn Young and Carla Coleman, and they become best friends. Lisa bumps into a man at her fashion show, and later, she sees the same man being wheeled into the hospital—a victim of a hit-and-run. He is identified as Chris Weber, a man Lisa is interested in. The same day Lisa meets Chris Weber, her life changes, and Chris notices the same thing and now has an interest in Lisa. Eddie Jones is a rich man with two sons, Devin and Jason. Eddie is a man with many secrets, and after he buries his son Devin, he finds that his home security somehow keeps showing him the home of Lisa Washington. He watches daily as a dark entity kills his wife years ago and tries to kill his sons. Not long after, Eddie realizes why the entity is stalking Lisa—it is because of Chris Weber, the man his son Devin crashed into on a dark road after seeing a dark presence. Chris tries to protect Lisa from the dark entity. Only Eddie has different plans for Chris, but when Chris gets his memory back, he forgets about Lisa. Lisa finds out that Ida and Ellen and Judy all harbor dark secrets, which have Lisa and her friends fighting for their lives.
Known as the "Prince of Preachers," Charles Haddon Spurgeon was among the most prolific and influential pastors of the 19th century. Characterized by profound insights and a passionate call for personal relationships with Christ, Spurgeon's work has stood the tests of time. Beloved even today, Spurgeon's sermons offer you the opportunity to grow in your own faith in a conveniently digital format, designed for your busy life on the go! Updated into modern language, with helpful explanatory footnotes, the text has been carefully proofed to ensure the highest quality and accuracy. Brought to you by the editors who translated the landmark work, Annals of the World, this first series of digital releases from the Spurgeon sermon collection is for the years 1855 and 1856 in one convenient digital file at an unbeatable price! All sermons are unabridged and include references to make it convenient for you to extend your Spurgeon studies. Easy to read and hard to forget, these are sermons of substance that will impact your life today!
All SAmantha, Lila and Amanda want for the Summer is to do something together; on their way to one of their favorite place is town they spot a sign in the bookstore window advertising a Summer trip to the beautiful, Nanuck Valley. Excited, the girls enter for their chance to win but before they can find out if they won an incredible earthquake rips through their town and the surrounding areas causing mass devastation, the girls leave their city feeling as if all hope is lost until a call mysteriously comes through Amandas cellphone. Read to find out fi this is a Summer dashed or truly a Summer to Remember.
She'd forgotten her past and found her future When Adrienne Winston woke up in the hospital, she found she was missing the past three years of her life. Married and pregnant, Adrienne was forced to trust Sam Donnelly, the stranger who was her husband. While she didn't remember his face, her body recognized his touch and memories of their shared passion lingered. But Adrienne was a woman in trouble. She had the evidence to put a man in jail…and no idea where she had hidden it. She needed Sam's help to uncover her past before it caught up with her—and destroyed the family she wanted desperately to remember.
This volume contains not one year, but two years of morning and evening devotions. For 366 additional pages of devotions have been selected from Spurgeon's writings, most of them from his Treasury of David. We have entitled this extra year of devotions, Morning and Evening II. Also the devotions of many other noted authors appear. In Spurgeon's preface to Treasury of David we find the following: ''The delightful study of the Psalms has yielded me boundless profit and ever-growing pleasure. Common gratitude constrains me to communicate to others a portion of the benefit, with the prayer that it may induce them to search further for themselves.'' These comments bare the heart of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a preacher of righteousness, and a man after God's own heart. Anyone with only a brief acquaintance with the fruits of his pen must see that this famed but humble soul lived and breathed the Word of God. The reader of these daily devotions will quickly discover that Mr. Spurgeon did not ''keep back from declaring to you all the counsel of God'' (Acts. 20:27). In his heart he magnified the Lord; his heart panted after Him ''as the heart pants after the waterbrooks.'' Therefore, in his devotions he did not forget the teachings of Holy Scripture. These devotions which he has written for the saints of God reflect his own personal devotions. Any sincere lover of God and of His Word should cherish the many gleams of heavenly light which leap from every page of this volume. And if he biblically bears down on the doctrines of grace which have been hidden from view in this ungodly age, it will soon prove to be a blessing of the highest degree to those who ''seek to know the Lord, '' an to ''grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ'' (2 Peter 3:18) As you read these devotions day by day, may you find yourselves fervently saying, ''To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity'' (2 Peter 3:18).