The Gifts of Reading

Author: Robert Macfarlane,William Boyd,Candice Carty-Williams,Chigozie Obioma,Philip Pullman,Imtiaz Dharker,Roddy Doyle,Pico Iyer,Andy Miller,Jackie Morris,Jan Morris,Sisonke Msimang,Dina Nayeri,Michael Ondaatje,David Pilling,Max Porter,Alice Pung,Jancis Robinson,S.F. Said,Madeleine Thien,Salley Vickers,John Wood,Markus Zusak

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1474615694

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

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With contributions by: William Boyd, Candice Carty-Williams, Imtiaz Dharker, Roddy Doyle, Pico Iyer, Robert Macfarlane, Andy Miller, Jackie Morris, Jan Morris, Sisonke Msimang, Dina Nayeri, Chigozie Obioma, Michael Ondaatje, David Pilling, Max Porter, Philip Pullman, Alice Pung, Jancis Robinson, S.F.Said, Madeleine Thien, Salley Vickers, John Wood and Markus Zusak 'This story, like so many stories, begins with a gift. The gift, like so many gifts, was a book...' So begins the essay by Robert Macfarlane that inspired this collection. In this cornucopia of an anthology, you will find essays by some of the world's most beloved novelists, nonfiction writers, essayists and poets. 'You will see books taking flight in flocks, migrating around the world, landing in people's hearts and changing them for a day or a year or a lifetime. 'You will see books sparking wonder or anger; throwing open windows into other languages, other cultures, other minds; causing people to fall in love or to fight for what is right. 'And more than anything, over and over again, you will see books and words being given, received and read - and in turn prompting further generosity.' Published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of global literacy non-profit, Room to Read, The Gifts of Reading forms inspiring, unforgettable, irresistible proof of the power and necessity of books and reading. Inspired by Robert Macfarlane Curated by Jennie Orchard

The Gift of Tongues

Author: Christine F. Cooper-Rompato

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271036168

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 217

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The Gift of Tongues examines a wide range of sources to show that claims of miraculous language are much more important to medieval religious culture than previously recognized.

The Gifts of Athena

Author: Joel Mokyr

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400829437

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

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The growth of technological and scientific knowledge in the past two centuries has been the overriding dynamic element in the economic and social history of the world. Its result is now often called the knowledge economy. But what are the historical origins of this revolution and what have been its mechanisms? In The Gifts of Athena, Joel Mokyr constructs an original framework to analyze the concept of "useful" knowledge. He argues that the growth explosion in the modern West in the past two centuries was driven not just by the appearance of new technological ideas but also by the improved access to these ideas in society at large--as made possible by social networks comprising universities, publishers, professional sciences, and kindred institutions. Through a wealth of historical evidence set in clear and lively prose, he shows that changes in the intellectual and social environment and the institutional background in which knowledge was generated and disseminated brought about the Industrial Revolution, followed by sustained economic growth and continuing technological change. Mokyr draws a link between intellectual forces such as the European enlightenment and subsequent economic changes of the nineteenth century, and follows their development into the twentieth century. He further explores some of the key implications of the knowledge revolution. Among these is the rise and fall of the "factory system" as an organizing principle of modern economic organization. He analyzes the impact of this revolution on information technology and communications as well as on the public's state of health and the structure of households. By examining the social and political roots of resistance to new knowledge, Mokyr also links growth in knowledge to political economy and connects the economic history of technology to the New Institutional Economics. The Gifts of Athena provides crucial insights into a matter of fundamental concern to a range of disciplines including economics, economic history, political economy, the history of technology, and the history of science.

Memoirs of a Vampire Countess

Author: DC Johnson

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781466901858

Category: Fiction

Page: 392

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This is the first book in a new vampire series called 'Memoirs of a Vampire Countess' by DC Johnson. This first book, written from the perspective of Countess Isabella, has been signed to a movie deal and will be in theaters in 2013. My name is Isabella. I am Countess of the Moon Coven. I fled from my former Master and nest one night, desperate to seek solace and safety. My former Master, Dimitri, wont let me leave by choice. In his eyes, I belong to him because he chose me, he made me. In my eyes, I belong only to the night. Since leaving, I have placed my entire created coven in danger, am partially responsible for creating a new strain of vampires, and now the vampire world threatens you humans as much as myself. I am writing this journal to you, in hopes that you do not hold my crimes against me. What I am about to reveal to you is indescribable...but it is truth that will save your life...and maybe mine. DC Johnson is a Minnesota author and music lyricist who uses her training as a Mental Health Therapist to reach readers of all ages. She has written playful children's stories to stories about the dark world of vampires. Her vampire series brings you to a time past and lays in your lap a world you will not want to leave but would never choose to enter. It brings together new dark gifts, tempered blood lust, forbidden desires, and chilling realities. Each book in this series continues the journey of the Moon Coven, but each is through the eyes of a different vampire countess, bringing you twists that will surprise even the most accomplished vampire readers. Her second book in this series will be released in December 2011 and subsequent books throughout 2012 and 2013, leading up to the movie based on her first vampire book in 2013. DC is also publishing a children's fantasy novel entitled "The Secret of MeadowBrook Orphanage" in early 2012 and is co-writing a childrens Christmas story with Rowan Creations to be released in 2012. For the latest on DC Johnson's books and movies, go to www.DCJohnsonBooks.com.

The Love of God Poured Out: Grace and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in St. Thomas Aquinas

Author: John Meinert

Publisher: Emmaus Academic

ISBN: 1947792407

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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What is the relationship between the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the action of grace? John Meinert’s The Love of God Poured Out enters into the major positions and debates within Thomism to forge a new synthesis on this topic within the greater body of scholarship existing today. Meinert reads Aquinas’s thought on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and grace in an integral and analogous way. Not only does The Love of God Poured Out aid scholars in understanding Aquinas’s thought on these two issues, it also once more clarifies the truth that the Holy Spirit and his gifts are neither a devout appendix to moral theology nor a pious nod to tradition. They are the heart and height of the moral life, a life lived subditus Deo.

Memoires of a Vampire Countess

Author: DC Johnson

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490780149

Category: Fiction

Page: 462

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My name is Isabella. I am Countess of the Moon Coven. I fled from my former Master and nest one night, desperate to seek solace and safety. My former Master, Dimitri, wont let me leave by choice. In his eyes, I belong to him because he chose me, he made me. In my eyes, I belong only to the night. Since leaving, I have placed my entire created coven in danger, am partially responsible for creating a new strain of vampires, and now the vampire world threatens you humans as much as myself. I am writing this journal to you, in hopes that you do not hold my crimes against me. What I am about to reveal to you is indescribablebut it is truth that will save your lifeand maybe mine.

The Gifts of the Jews

Author: Thomas Cahill

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307755118

Category: History

Page: 304

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The author of the runaway bestseller How the Irish Saved Civilization has done it again. In The Gifts of the Jews Thomas Cahill takes us on another enchanting journey into history, once again recreating a time when the actions of a small band of people had repercussions that are still felt today. The Gifts of the Jews reveals the critical change that made western civilization possible. Within the matrix of ancient religions and philosophies, life was seen as part of an endless cycle of birth and death; time was like a wheel, spinning ceaselessly. Yet somehow, the ancient Jews began to see time differently. For them, time had a beginning and an end; it was a narrative, whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future. From this insight came a new conception of men and women as individuals with unique destinies--a conception that would inform the Declaration of Independence--and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today. As Thomas Cahill narrates this momentous shift, he also explains the real significance of such Biblical figures as Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the Pharaoh, Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. Full of compelling stories, insights and humor, The Gifts of the Jews is an irresistible exploration of history as fascinating and fun as How the Irish Saved Civilization. BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Thomas Cahill's Heretics and Heroes.

The Gifts of Africa

Author: Jeff Pearce

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1633887715

Category: History

Page: 552

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“The West will begin to understand Africa when it realizes it’s not talking to a child—it’s talking to its mother.” So writes Jeff Pearce in the introduction to his fascinating, groundbreaking work, The Gifts of Africa: How a Continent and Its People Changed the World. We learn early on in school how Europe and Asia gave us important literature, science, and art, and how their nations changed the course of history. But what about Africa? There are plenty of books that detail its colonialism, corruption, famine, and war, but few that discuss the debt owed to African thinkers and innovators. In The Gifts of Africa, we meet Zera Yacob, an Ethiopian philosopher who developed the same critical approach and several of the same ideas as René Descartes. We consider how Somalis traded with China, and we meet the African warrior queens who still inspire national pride. We explore how Liberia’s Edward Wilmot Blyden deeply influenced Marcus Garvey, and we sneak into the galleries and theaters of 1920s Paris, where African art and dance first began to make huge impacts on the world. Relying on meticulous research, Pearce brings to life a rich intellectual legacy and profiles modern innovators like acclaimed griot Papa Susso and renowned economist George Ayittey from Ghana. From the ancient Nubians to a Nigerian superstar in modern painting and sculpture, from the father of sociology in the Maghreb to how the Mau Mau in Kenya influenced Malcom X, The Gifts of Africa is bold, engaging, and takes the reader on a journey of thousands of years up to the present day. Past works have reinforced misconceptions about Africa, from its oral traditions and languages to its resistance to colonial powers. Other books have treated African achievements as a parade of honorable mentions and novelties. This book is different—refreshingly different. It tells the stories behind the milestones and provides insights into how great Africans thought, and how they passed along what they learned. Provocative and entertaining, The Gifts of Africa at last gives the continent its due, and it should change the way we learn about the interactions of cultures and how we teach the history of the world.

All the Gifts of Life

Author: Patricia Frevert

Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

ISBN: 9781558964372

Category: Religion

Page: 115

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At times we get caught up in the minutiae of life, confused about what is important. The meditations collected here remind us of the magic taking place all around us. -- Third in the popular series of collected meditations that began with Day of Promise and continued with What We Share. -- Over seventy meditations suitable for public and private use. From lightly humorous commentary on daily events to reflections on family life, childhood memories, holiday celebrations and solitary contemplations with nature, these meditations offer readers insight, perspective and a rich appreciation of the human experience.