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It's the dawn of 1980 in Los Angeles and everything's changing. James Dual, inspired by the racially integrated punky ska revival in England, starts the ON Klub, a ska, soul, and reggae club at the rough and ready pre-gentrified Silver Lake end of Sunset Blvd. He and partner in crime, Drea Dresden, try their best to make the transition out of the '70s in one piece. A journalist friend brings a mob related music man connected to Bob Marley to visit the club, who becomes obsessed with the charismatic young Jamaican singer Loraine Sulley, who is performing that night. He lures James with promises to bring in iconic ska and reggae artists to perform at the club if James convinces Loraine to sign to Marshall's planned new record label. In the meantime, James and Drea are threatened by two corrupt Sheriff's homicide detectives who are still trying to nail an innocent James for the death of a band member that occurred soon after he first arrived in LA. Top Rankin' is populated with real-life characters from the music world in Los Angeles, New York, and London, and leads listeners on a tour of the dangers and importance of providing refuge on the precipice of major political upheaval.Show more
Throughout history there have been great and articulate defenders of the faith, from Augustine and Aquinas to Jonathan Edwards, G. K. Chesterton, Francis Schaeffer, and C. S. Lewis. But with new challenges comes the need for a fresh apologetic that specifically addresses the arguments levied against faith in our time of scientific atheism and skepticism. In the spirit of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, Alister McGrath's Mere Apologetics seeks to equip listeners to engage gracefully and intelligently with the challenges facing the faith today while drawing appropriately on the wisdom of the past. Rather than supplying the fine detail of every apologetic issue in order to win arguments, Mere Apologetics teaches a method that appeals not only to the mind but also to the heart and the imagination. This highly accessible book is perfect for pastors, teachers, students, and lay people who want to speak clearly and lovingly to the issues that confront people of faith today.Show more
A city ruled by Gods, a mortal champion, a misfit girl, and a disobedient dragon . . . Stolen from his home, Corthie Holdfast has arrived in the City of the Eternal Siege as a new Champion. He must fight alongside the Blades, whose lives are dedicated to the defense of the City against the hordes of monstrous Greenhides; or die at the hands of the Gods who rule. Maddie Jackdaw, a young Blade, faces her last chance. Thrown out of every unit defending the City, either she takes on a new role, or she will be sent to the Rats, a company of misfits given the perilous tasks beyond the Great Walls. Her new role, if she takes it, will bring her face to face with her deepest fears, for beneath the walls, in a secret and hidden lair, lies a dragon, imprisoned and waiting . . .Show more
Devereau Webb is in uncharted territory. He thought he knew what he was doing when he chose to enter London's supernatural society but he's quickly discovering that his new status isn't welcome to everyone. He's lived through hard times before and he's no stranger to the murky underworld of city life. But when he comes across a young werewolf girl who's not only been illegally turned but who has also committed two brutal murders, he will discover just how difficult life can be for supernaturals-and also how far his own predatory powers extend.Show more
For All Christians Who Yearn for Revival God's Way This no-compromise biblical clarion call to revival is timeless. Leonard Ravenhill clearly shows how the church can be brought from where it is to where it ought to be. The church still needs his message, first published in 1983, for as Ravenhill said, 'We live in a generation which has never known revival God's way.' The message is drastic, fearless, and often radical. His goal for the church is nothing less than full restoration to the glory, power, holiness, and dignity that Christ intended for it.Show more
Fi has always known there's something not quite right about herself. Not quite human. For as long as she can remember, Fi has been sensitive to other people's emotions. So sensitive, she works a night job as a cleaner to avoid being overwhelmed by all of their feelings. After a night on the town goes wrong, Fi comes to the attention of the Academy of Avalon. The obscenely beautiful jerk of a man who comes to collect her confirms her suspicions-Fi isn't human at all. But all is not as it seems in Avalon. Magic is dying, those who have it are hunted, and at least one person really doesn't want Fi there. Fi also has to figure out how to deal with the insane magnetic pull she feels to some of the most gorgeous and magically powerful males at the Academy. What's a little boy drama on top of an identity crisis? Contains mature themes.Show more
Football is often romanticised as 'The Beautiful Game'. If true then the game's centre-half might be considered as the unsightly pimple on the end of its otherwise perfectly formed nose. The stopper, the last line of defence, the big man with small ideas. The lump who lumps it. Thou Shall Not Pass (the title comes from a command England captain Terry Butcher would shout before every match) celebrates the football position where brutal characters are loved for their hard-hitting tackles and bruising mentality and yet laughed at for their apparent lack of skill. As well as covering the long and illustrious history of the centre-half, the book will take the listener into the muddy penalty area frequented by our protagonists, into their domain. The places they head the ball, the places they tackle, the places in which they will stop at nothing to stop a forward. What makes them approach the game the way they do? What makes them different from those whose sole purpose is flair? Packed with rich and highly entertaining anecdotes, the book will explore all aspects of the position and into the mentality of those who ply their trade there.Show more
All alone for 193 days in his purpose-built yacht Astral Express, New Zealand yachtsman Graeme Kendall crossed 28,000 miles of ocean, facing some of the Earth's most challenging seas. An enthralling adventure, To The Ice and Beyond will inspire you to live your dreams and to never give up. During his extraordinary solo circumnavigation, Kendall became the first person to sail the Northwest Passage solo non-stop. Sailing east to west, he knocked off the 'Everest of sailing' in just twelve days-the fastest recorded. This is a story of determination, meticulous planning, and rugged courage.Show more
Contemporary organizations proliferate with projects. Managing projects, working with project managers, and delivering project excellence have become fundamental skills in the world of business, resulting in an array of approaches, tools, and techniques that can bewilder. This book homes in on the absolute essential elements of the field. With practical insights throughout, the book provides listeners with a concise understanding of key concepts, techniques, and outcomes such as ownership, execution, success, quality, budgets, and risks. Authored by an experienced project and change management practitioner, consultant, and educator, this unique resource will be essential for students of project management looking to excel in employment.Show more
Harry Potter has provided a portal to the wizarding world for millions of readers, but an examination of Harry, his friends, and his enemies will take us on yet another journey: through the psyche of the muggle (and wizard!) mind. The twists and turns of the series, as well as the psychological depth and complexity of J. K. Rowling's characters, have kept fans enthralled with and puzzling over the many mysteries that permeate Hogwarts and beyond: Do the Harry Potter books encourage disobedience? Why is everyone so fascinated by Professor Lupin? What exactly will Harry and his friends do when they finally pass those NEWTs? Do even wizards live by the ticking of the clock? Is Harry destined to end up alone? And why did it take Ron and Hermione so long to get together? Now, in The Psychology of Harry Potter, leading psychologists delve into the ultimate Chamber of Secrets, analyzing human mind and motivation by examining the themes and characters that make the Harry Potter books the bestselling fantasy series of all time. Grab a spot on the nearest couch, and settle in for some fresh revelations about our favorite young wizard!Show more
Here are thirteen cases of fatal passions, unfortunate acquaintances, and gruesome endings. The thirteen killings-by-poison revisited in this book were committed by some of the most infamous murderers in British and American history. Presenting infamous cases from 1857-1972, Adrian Vincent recounts their sinister tales and reveals the lure of money, lust, and deviancy that drove them to pure evil. Some of the dark cases covered in this fascinating book include Dorothea Waddingham, better known as the Angel of Death, who ran a nursing home that did more than just care for the elderly, and Tillie Gburek, a so-called psychic who could accurately predict when people would die-because she'd already scheduled their murders. A Gallery of Poisoners is classic true crime at its best-thrilling and disturbing in equal measure. Perfect for any fan of historical true crime!Show more
Two broken hearts. One fake dating agreement. What could go wrong? Lucie thought she had it all-a loving fiance, a nice apartment, and a job she was great at. But that all changed the day she walked in on her perfect fiance screwing his personal trainer on her newly purchased dream sofa. Three months later, she's bunking with her best friend and scrambling to make sense of her life sans cheating ex. Theo is about to jet off for a long weekend in picturesque Scotland to be the best man at his brother's wedding. With stunning views and nothing but free food and drinking ahead, he should be more excited than he is. If only he didn't have feelings for the damn bride. When fate throws Lucie and Theo together under unlikely circumstances, they bond over doughnuts and their mutually disastrous love lives . . . and it seems like they might be able to help each other out. As long as they both stick to the rules, there's nothing that can go wrong. Contract in place? Check. Hot, fake dates? Check. Sexual chemistry steamy enough to scorch sheets? Double che-Wait, what? That wasn't in the agreement . . .Show more
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