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A lively chronicle of how the 2020 Crimson Tide became Nick Saban's "ultimate team." Was Alabama's Crimson Tide in 2020 the greatest team of all time? The squad went 13-0 in a pandemic year, scored a combined 107 points against SEC powerhouses LSU and Florida, crushed Ohio State in a National Championship Game 52-24 in a contest that wasn't even that close, and followed it up with another top-rated signing class. Nick Saban called his boys the "ultimate team," but it wasn't just because they kicked the ever-living hell out of everyone on the football field. It was because the team leveraged a power and influence born of Southern pride to push back against a hateful legacy of racism that a populist president was exploiting to divide the nation. At a time when Americans needed real leaders in the face of so much hate, the sports world answered the call and fought back for the soul of the country. In the summer of 2020, the Tide players left their training facility and, led by their celebrated coach, marched to a campus doorway made infamous sixty years earlier by another political demagogue and showed what people can accomplish when they fight together for a just cause in the name of unity. The most powerful force in a state crazy for college football had chosen to make a stand and replace George Wallace's "Segregation forever!" with a different message, written by one of the players: "All lives can't matter until Black lives matter." There have been some great football teams through the years, and they all deserve respect. But here's what we know for sure: They all would have been appreciative of what this Alabama team represented, and proud of what it accomplished. The Crimson Tide in 2020 captured something special that moved it beyond the conversation of best ever, and into the place reserved for most important of all time.Show more
In 2012, Steve Austin, then a pastor, nearly died by suicide. His experience launched him on a journey that opened his eyes to the widespread problem of mental illness and how those who live with it are often treated in congregations. He began to wonder: if church folks had talked openly about mental health, therapy, suicide prevention, recovery from abuse, and other difficult issues, would that have changed his story? In Hiding in the Pews, people with mental illness-some of whom might be pastors themselves-will find comfort as they learn they are not alone. Those who know someone with mental illness will gain wisdom about how to be a safe presence. Those who hold the most power in church communities-pastors, board members, and lay leaders-will be challenged and equipped to transform their congregations into places of healing, where it is safe for people to be vulnerable about their suffering. Austin draws on his own experience, as well as on interviews with eighty current and former church leaders and members. Each chapter covers a topic or theme about mental illness and the church and includes practical applications to guide leaders on a journey toward transforming church culture.Show more
Joseph Bailey (licensed clinical psychologist for over forty years) helped pioneer a new paradigm of resilience called 'Three Principles Psychology.' Those who have learned this new understanding of resilience develop an inner compass that enables them to live in the 'eye of the hurricane,' even in the most challenging situations. What is the Transformation Principle? This principle is a realization of the fundamental way our mind works that brings about a 'transformative resilience' that radically shifts the way we understand ourselves and our chaotic world. Burnout prevention and resilience in a changing world. As a leader in the field of addiction therapies and strategies for overcoming fear and burnout, Joseph Bailey has piloted a number of programs on transformative resilience at the Mayo Clinic, The University of Minnesota Medical School-Center for Spirituality and Healing, addiction treatment centers, and healthcare facilities. He has provided his program of practical tips and proven methods to first responders and a variety of professions. In this ground-breaking book: - Realize you are the author of your own reality - Rediscover your innate mental healthShow more
'You are your own, and you belong to yourself.' This is the fundamental assumption of modern life. And if we are our own, then it's up to us to forge our own identities and to make our lives significant. But while that may sound empowering, it turns out to be a crushing responsibility-one that never actually delivers on its promise of a free and fulfilled life, but instead leaves us burned out, depressed, anxious, and alone. This phenomenon is mapped out onto the very structures of our society, and helps explain our society's underlying disorder. But the Christian gospel offers a strikingly different vision. As the Heidelberg Catechism puts it, 'I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.' In You Are Not Your Own, Alan Noble explores how this simple truth reframes the way we understand ourselves, our families, our society, and God. Contrasting these two visions of life, he invites us past the sickness of contemporary life into a better understanding of who we are and to whom we belong.Show more
All fruitful doing must begin with being. For many Christians, it's easy to be swept up into the fast pace of modern life, desiring to do much for God. But we struggle to slow down and be with God. According to pastor, Enneagram teacher, and author AJ Sherrill, being with God is what empowers doing for God. Sherrill shares his own journey from 'busy' Christianity to the ancient paths of contemplative practices. He equips listeners to integrate rhythms of stillness, silence, and solitude, offering step-by-step guidance and examples of finding solitude both personally and on retreats. Sherrill warns that making these changes appears absurd in a society where time is money, productivity is central, and hurry is a way of life. He guides listeners gently through the beginning and often confusing stages of contemplative practice. Citing timely insights from the world of neurology and mental health, he shows that solitude is crucial not only for Christian growth but also for holistic flourishing. Listeners will emerge, centered in Christ, well on their way to this goal: slow down, pay attention, be still, and be loved.Show more
The fate of the Dragon Lands are at play. The knights of the Lightraider Order disappeared nearly two generations past. Now, the Keledan have withdrawn behind their barriers, and the Dragon Lands of bordering Tanelethar are overrun with dark oppression. The people are living in disobedience to the Rescuer who freed them long ago. A shepherd boy, Connor Enarian, and four young initiates rekindle the fires of the Lightraider Order in the hope of striking out across the mountains into Tanelethar to destroy a portal and stop an impending invasion. Once in the Dragon Lands, Connor learns that the key to success lies with a missing Lightraider spy and his lifelong companion, a talking silver wolf. Can Connor and his friends find the spy before the portal grows too large to destroy? Or will a local young woman-or Connor's own family history-betray them? The dangers and secrets of Tanelethar test both trust and loyalty, and to save his homeland, Connor may have to sacrifice his innermost dreams.Show more
We humans talk a lot, so you'd think we'd be good at communicating with one another. But . . . well, we're not. And the result is hurt, misunderstandings, frustration, division, and sometimes all-out war. Yet whether we're trying to repair a relationship, interact on social media, or understand someone whose beliefs differ from our own, there is hope! The people around us bear God's image. As we learn to treat them accordingly, our communication will become a powerful means of showing God's love to them. Laying out eleven key principles for loving conversation, pastor Tim Shorey guides us to a memorable, scriptural approach to communication that can transform our relationships.Show more
We never know when violence might be visited upon us-at home, in the workplace, at school-anywhere. Crime, sexual assaults, threats to our children, and terrorist attacks are all part of the global landscape. There are concrete measures anyone can take to mitigate danger and if necessary, to fight like a sociopath to defeat a sociopath. Robert Montgomery wrote Seconds to Live or Die to help you prevail in the face of unexpected violence. Drawing on his experiences as a career CIA officer, Robert offers up proven methods in self-protection for you and your family at home, on the street, and abroad. By practicing what you find in this book, you can learn to control fear, hone your situational awareness, and when the unimaginable happens, cycle through denial, deliberation, and into action to effectively fight for your life-irrespective of gender, experience, or physical ability. In violence, every fraction of a second can mean the difference between finding yourself above dirt-or six feet under.Show more
Nearly everyone knows someone on the autism spectrum, whether it's a niece or nephew, a student in their classroom, a coworker, or a sibling, spouse, or child. One in fifty-four children have autism, according to the CDC, and autism is reported across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Yet most of what people think they know about autism is wrong. On the Spectrum debunks myths with a realistic yet hope-filled deep dive into the heart, mind, and life of a Christian. Daniel Bowman, a novelist, poet, and professor, received an autism diagnosis at age thirty-five after experiencing crises in his personal and professional life. The diagnosis shed light on his experience in a new, life-giving way. In this captivating book, Bowman reveals new insights into autism, relationships, faith, and the gift of neurodiversity. Rather than viewing autism as a deficiency, Bowman teaches listeners-through stories of his heartbreaks and triumphs-authentic ways to love their neighbors as themselves, including their autistic neighbors who are fearfully and wonderfully, if differently, made.Show more
Technology can be a powerful tool for learning, for solving humanity's toughest problems, and for bringing us closer together. How can we raise healthy kids who know how to take advantage of the good technology can bring to their lives, while avoiding the bad? It's time to start a new conversation. Digital for Good offers a refreshingly positive framework for preparing kids to be successful in a digital world-one that shifts the focus away from what kids shouldn't do and instead encourages them to use technology proactively and productively. EdTech expert Richard Culatta outlines five qualities every young person should develop in order to become a thriving, contributing member of the digital world: - Be balanced: understand when and how much tech use is healthy - Stay informed: be an active and discerning consumer of information online - Be inclusive: consider multiple viewpoints with respect - Be engaged: use tech to improve your relationships and your community - Stay alert: be aware of your actions online and create safe spaces for others Parents and children alike will discover the path to becoming effective digital citizens, all while making our online world a better place.Show more
“Earl Swift lays out this great unsung saga with verve and magisterial sweep.' —Hampton Sides In this 'brilliantly observed' (Newsweek) rediscovery of the final Apollo moon landings, the acclaimed author of Chesapeake Requiem reveals that these extraordinary yet overshadowed missions—distinguished by the use of the revolutionary lunar roving vehicle—deserve to be celebrated as the pinnacle of human adventure and exploration. 8:36 P.M. EST, December 12, 1972: Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt braked to a stop alongside Nansen Crater, keenly aware that they were far, far from home. They had flown nearly a quarter-million miles to the man in the moon’s left eye, landed at its edge, and then driven five miles in to this desolate, boulder-strewn landscape. As they gathered samples, they strode at the outermost edge of mankind’s travels. This place, this moment, marked the extreme of exploration for a species born to wander. A few feet away sat the machine that made the achievement possible: an electric go-cart that folded like a business letter, weighed less than eighty pounds in the moon’s reduced gravity, and muscled its way up mountains, around craters, and over undulating plains on America’s last three ventures to the lunar surface. In the decades since, the exploits of the astronauts on those final expeditions have dimmed in the shadow cast by the first moon landing. But Apollo 11 was but a prelude to what came later: while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin trod a sliver of flat lunar desert smaller than a football field, Apollos 15, 16, and 17 each commanded a mountainous area the size of Manhattan. All told, their crews traveled fifty-six miles, and brought deep science and a far more swashbuckling style of exploration to the moon. And they triumphed for one very American reason: they drove. In this fast-moving history of the rover and the adventures it ignited, Earl Swift puts the reader alongside the men who dreamed of driving on the moon and designed and built the vehicle, troubleshot its flaws, and drove it on the moon’s surface. Finally shining a deserved spotlight on these overlooked characters and the missions they created, Across the Airless Wilds is a celebration of human genius, perseverance, and daring.Show more
The New Builders: Face to Face with the True Future of Business delivers a powerful argument for the empowerment and support of our female and BIPOC founders. Today's entrepreneurs don't look like those of the past. They are increasingly Black, brown, female, and older than you might expect them to be. But they're not getting the support they need to succeed in rebuilding America, because our business culture has become so consumed with celebrating size above all else. In this book, the distinguished authors explore the indelible value of small business in America and the future of sustainable business. In The New Builders, you'll learn: Who are the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurs? What are they working on, and what drives them?; the real engine that drove Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs; the depth and extent to which entrepreneurs and small businesses are woven through our country's history and the ways we have forgotten women and people of color who owned small businesses in the past; how we're increasingly afraid to fail; the role small businesses are playing saving the wilderness, small towns, and redlined communities; what we can do to turn the decline in entrepreneurship around, especially by supporting the people who are courageously starting small companies today; and more.Show more
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