The Paths We Take is about three friends, Samantha, Jay, and Carli, who are planning a summer trip to Florida. They are also in the middle of school examinations and preparing for the school dance. The three friends plan to attend the dance together when Steve, a member of the schools football team, asks Carli to the dance. Samantha becomes anxious and uneasy with the thought of going with Jay alone until Jay admits he has loved her for a long time. Everything changes when its discovered that Samanthas parents are found buried at their abandoned house. Samantha is taken by the police and brought to a mental hospital. When she remembers the accident, she escapes the hospital only to get in an accident herself. Samantha is met by a guardian angel who tells her to choose a path. After making a selfless choice, all the nightmares she endured fades away.
You are Olivia. And your boyfriend broke up with you. While the end feels overwhelming, you’re really not the kind to let it faze you. So what do you do? You start a new love story, one where the ending is up to YOU. Will you fall in love with the bad boy, navigating through his many moods and sidestepping his dark past? Or will it be the gentle nerd, that mind- boggling puzzle you try your best to solve but just can’t? Can’t get that sexy CEO out of your mind— or that empty space in his bed waiting for you? Or are you looking for the magician to whisk you away from the drudgery to a life of danger and adventure? Whether it’s happily-ever-after or heartbreak or something else entirely, how Olivia’s love story ends is up to YOU.
Set in Fairhope, Alabama, and the beach resort area of Scenic Highway 30A in Floridas panhandle, four thirty-something ladies support each other through the triumphs and hard decisions of life. When their own ladies retreat is canceled by the sudden illness of its veteran coordinator, Deli, Jess, Anne, and Lindsay travel to Seaside, Florida, for a local churchs meeting on biblical reflection and meditation. The verses they study bring unexpected insights into their relationships with God, their families, and even themselves. Single ladies, Deli and Jess, gain greater insight into what it means to be a part of a godly relationship. Deli battles her abuse history and takes a step of faith toward a future she never imagined could be hers. Jess, on the other hand, struggles to come to terms with her failing three-year relationship with a man who has little interest in God and faith. Meanwhile, Anne and Lindsay confront issues of motherhood. Annes pre-teen daughter has begun a slow descent into silence and moodiness leading Anne to question her long-held beliefs about parenting. Lindsay has her own questions, but with two young daughters now both school-aged, hers is a battle of mothers guilt against a possible return to her first love: a career in law. Their questions are our questions. Their journeys are our journeys. Come join them as they discover their own answers and Gods plan for their lives on The Paths We Walk.
Grandchildren are a wonderful blessing, and they need the best advice possible for their lives to turn out well. As a proud granddad, Dr. Chris Thurman passes along advice he has gleaned from his many years as a person of faith and psychologist. While written for his grandkids, this book can be helpful to all young people and the parents and grandparents helping them live a fuller and healthier life. Some of the biblically-solid advice offered in this book includes • Hang around good people • Think the right thoughts • Be angry, but don’t act the fool • Be content with little • Guard your heart • Let others toot your horn • Be grateful, even for your problems • Do the hard things first In Pop’s Advice, Dr. Chris Thurman guides our children and those of us raising them in a time-tested direction so their lives can be all God intended. The advice in this book can help not only our young people but those of us who are older trying to make our way through life. Regardless of age or situation, Pop’s Advice can guide all of us to live life in a way that goes beyond all we could have ever hoped for or imagined.
Since its initial publication, Dharma Paths has quietly gained a reputation as one of the most useful introductory texts on Tibetan Buddhism. Assuming no prior background or knowledge of Buddhist terminology, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche presents Buddhist ways of working with anxiety and frustration, the nature and development of love and compassion, and the profound methods of the vajrayana. The Four Noble Truths, taking refuge, and the Stages of the Path are concisely explained, and clear instructions for shamatha ("calm abiding") meditation are provided. Question-and-answer sections follow each chapter, anticipating common problems and addressing them in a direct, accessible style.
In these much-valued lectures, Rudolf Steiner begins by positing the question, ‘Why investigate the spiritual worlds at all?’ He goes on to explore the contemporary need for spiritual knowledge and the authentic paths that can lead to it. Speaking in Torquay, England, at the International Summer School organized by his friend and colleague D.N. Dunlop, Steiner surveys the differences in various types of consciousness – from ancient to modern times, in waking and dreaming, from space into time – and the changes that have taken place in relation to knowledge and science in the course of history. He goes on to discuss the Mystery nature of crystallized minerals and metals such as copper and silver, and their relationship to the planets. He also describes how the ages of life can become organs of perception. In a dramatic conclusion Steiner explains the role of moon beings, ahrimanic elemental beings, and the true nature of mediumship, ectoplasm and spiritual possession. Presented here in a fresh translation that corrects many errors in previous editions, the text is complemented with notes, an introduction by Paul King and an index. Lectures include: ‘Nature is the Great Illusion. “Know Thyself”’; ‘The Three Worlds and their Reflected Images’; ‘Form and Substantiality of the Mineral Kingdom in relation to Human Levels of Consciousness’; ‘The Secret of Research into other Realms through the Metamorphosis of Consciousness’; ‘The Inner Enlivening of the Soul through the Qualities of Metals’; ‘Initiation Science’; ‘Star Knowledge’; ‘Possible Aberrations in Spiritual Research’.
Summary of the Book This book is not just simple words on paper. It combines both theoretical and practical information challenging the reader to seek the ancient paths in order to find true and lasting rest. If you know what it is like to be lost, or know someone who has been lost in the world of decisions, this book is for you. It carefully examines principles that will help you in making difficult decisions. The goal of the author is that the readers can get a better perspective on lifes decisions and use time-proven principles to realize the purpose in their life.
Wendi wanted to live the good life. Like many young girls, she grew up amused by the lifestyle of the rich & famous. Infatuated with designer clothes, handbags, shoes, luxury houses and cars, and the men she saw in rap music videos, Wendi decided this was how she wanted to live. Wendi's natural talent of dance and the attention she received when she danced, Wendi decided being a background dancer would be the avenue that she would use to mix and mingle her way into the luxurious lifestyle she longed for. Little did she know that her Blind Ambition to live amongst the rich & famous would lead her on a journey in life that she least expected. Wendi wandered into a decoy to her life's purpose as she got mixed up in a lifestyle partying and promiscuity in order to get to where she wanted to be. Eventually, she made her way into rap music videos but she never got the luxurious life she dreamt she would be living. Later on in life, Wendi was left feeling empty insignificant, lost, while dealing with low self-esteem and rejection. She no longer had a will to live as she felt her life was without purpose. However, God's grace and love wouldn't allow Wendi to give up on life just yet, she knew there had to be more. Blind Ambition offers hope and inspiration knowing that your life has purpose, regardless of failures or mistakes. Perhaps like Wendi you had ambition for the wrong thing. Regardless of how blind you may have been in your past, you too can have an ambition for your purpose and destiny.
This book explains why some missionaries are being led to reject the missional models and many of the methodologies which are the most widely accepted by North American evangelical missionaries working in France. The author demonstrates that the evangelical Protestant missionaries' witness for Christ in Western Europe is often ineffective because their governing missional paradigm and their ministry methods, working in conjunction, tend to project a separatist image and isolate them from those they wish to influence for Christ. The author argues for the development of a missionary spirituality based upon the kenosis and an understanding of Christian unity based upon the perichoresis
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence, PReMI 2013, held in Kolkata, India in December 2013. The 101 revised papers presented together with 9 invited talks were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on pattern recognition; machine learning; image processing; speech and video processing; medical imaging; document image processing; soft computing; bioinformatics and computational biology; and social media mining.