Craig's book. Galley only
Craig's book. Galley only
FAMILY. TRADITION. RESPECT. LOYALTY. Everything we loved about The Godfather ...without the crime! Joe Mezilli is a very good man. A wonderful son, a loving father, a terrific husband, a successful businessman and a trusted friend, But he is definitely NOT in the Mob! Who he is, is the third generation owner of a trash hauling company. His grandfather, Giuseppe, was a hard working immigrant, who started the business with one beat-up old truck he bought with his life savings. Joe's father worked hard with "Zippie" to make the business survive and provide the platform that Joe -affectionately known as "Joey Trucks"- used to build the biggest and most successful trash hauling company in the Philadelphia area. He did it right, treated his men well, and avoided those mob ties that have long been a rumored part of "Waste Management'" One day Joe's life changes forever when a huge conglomerate makes him an offer he can't refuse. Joe takes the deal and eventually moves his young family to the small town of Forest, Virginia. Joe is wealthy, he has a gorgeous wife and four beautiful kids. Life is good. He's a guy who seemingly has it all. What he also has, along with his idyllic life, is a nosy neighbor with an obsession with the Mob. That's where Joe's problems begin. Phil Lowery is a retired foundry worker with an obsession with the Mob and an overly active imagination. He suspects Joe from the very beginning. When he sees him burying something suspicious in his garden, he thinks he is on to something. But when Phil overhears Joe talking about "Making seven people sleep with the fishes...on Christmas Eve" he is sure of it! In fact, he is so certain that his new Yankee neighbor is a mobster that he eventually gets the FBI involved...and Joe's dream life soon teeters on the brink of a nightmare. It's a hysterical case of mistaken identity, overactive imagination, and stereotypes run rampant. It's smart-mouthed, wise-cracking, family-loving Italian life, transplanted to the South. It's everything we miss about The Sopranos, without the crime!
Gerd Theissen describes the emergence of the New Testament canon out of the wide variety of early Christian literature, drawing on Max Weber's discussion of the evolution of religious organizations. Theissen describes a series of phases in the life of the early Christian movement: the charismatic, the "pseudepigraphic," the "functional," and the "canonical."
Stories from the Street is a theological exploration of interviews with men and women who had experienced homelessness at some stage in their lives. Framed within a theology of story and a theology of liberation, Nixon suggests that story is not only a vehicle for creating human transformation but it is one of God's chosen means of effecting change. Short biographies of twelve characters are examined under themes including: crises in health and relationships, self-harm and suicide, anger and pain, God and the Bible. Expanding the existing literature of contextual theology, this book provides an alternative focus to a church-shaped mission by advocating with, and for, a very marginal group; suggesting that their experiences have much to teach the church. Churches are perceived as being active in terms of pastoral work, but reluctant to ask more profound questions about why homelessness exists at all. A theology of homelessness suggests not just a God of the homeless, but a homeless God, who shares stories and provides hope. Engaging with contemporary political and cultural debates about poverty, housing and public spending, Nixon presents a unique theological exploration of homeless people, suffering, hope and the human condition.
This volume offers a collection of Lukan studies by Adelbert Denaux, whose preferred field of studies has been the Gospel of Luke for many years. The thirteen papers collected in this volume have been delivered in different languages and on different occasions. The papers deal with several aspects of Luke's Gospel: structure, Old Testament influence, theology and christology, Luke and Q, language and style, and individual passages. Adelbert Denaux (1938), Professor emeritus New Testament at the K.U. Leuven, is actually Dean of the Tilburg School of Theology, the Netherlands (2007- ).
Now a major motion picture starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson. This is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents. At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings follow later. After pursuing the education and civilisation her parents sought to escape, Jeanette eventually succeeds in her quest for the 'mundane, middle class existence' she had always craved. In her apartment, overlooked by 'a portrait of someone else's ancestor' she recounts poignant remembered images of star watching with her father, juxtaposed with recollections of irregular meals, accidents and police-car chases and reveals her complex feelings of shame, guilt, pity and pride toward her parents.
Lent calls each of us to be hobos, HOmeward BOund pilgrims who cannot rest until we rest in God, our final destination. With insight, art and a touch of humor, Edward Hays guides us along a Lenten way that takes no shortcuts or easy ways out while at the same time making the way a honeymoon, a joy-filled journey with God homeward to God. Filled with hobo marking art pieces, which point the reader along a path of a fruitful Lent, all the way to a joyous Easter.
Presents a collection of stories selected from magazines in the United States and Canada
Liz Murray never really had a chance in life. Born to a drug-addicted father who was in and out of prison, and an equally dependent mother who was in and out of mental institutions, she seemed destined to become just another tragic statistic. Another life wasted on the brutal streets of New York. By the age of 15, Liz found herself homeless with nowhere to turn but the tough streets, riding subways all night for a warm place to sleep and foraging through dumpsters for food. But when her mother died of AIDS a year later, Liz's life changed for ever. With no education, with no chance at a job or a home, she realised that only the most astonishing of turnarounds could stop her heading all the way down the same path her parents took. And so she set her mind to overcoming what seemed like impossible odds - and in the process, achieved something extraordinary. Told with astounding sincerity, Breaking Night is the breathtaking and inspirational story of how a young women, born into a world without hope, used every ounce of strength and determination to steer herself towards a brighter future. Beautifully written, it is a poignant, evocative and stirring portrait of struggle, desperation, forgiveness and survival.
This is a story of people sent out of their ancestral land as refugees. So the cover design will show women carrying their babies on the backs, typical of African women, with loads on their heads. Men carrying their loads on their heads. The background has to be a beach, a river bank as they arrive from Bakassi. At the bank of the river are mangrove trees. In the river more people are paddling their boats heading to the same river bank..
""This is the America we need again! The America of greatness and achievement and imagination! The America libs hate and patriots weep over! It's the place you'll always call home. The place you run to --if only in your memories-- when you've lost your way and your compass can't find True North" " Where do you go when the wheels come off? When no place feels safe and you can't find a smiling face? When you've lost everything and you wonder if you'll ever get it back. Sometimes, you just need to go home. Do you remember when neighbors cared about each other because they really knew each other? Holding your baseball cap over your heart and singing the National Anthem on opening day of Little League because being American meant loving your country and showing respect? Do you remember Drive-in Movies, Spider Bikes with sissy bars and baseball cards in the spokes? Do you remember Tiger Beat magazine, Bobby Sherman and Davey Jones? Did Sunday Evening mean "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" and "The Wonderful World of Disney"? Do you remember a time and place in America when a kid could go outside on Saturday morning and stay out all day and nobody worried and nothing bad happened? When we walked to school, ran through the open yards where our moms were hanging out the clothes on a clothesline? Do you remember "The Carol Burnett Show" "Laugh-in" and "Happy Days"? When scary movies had legendary characters like Dracula or the Mummy or the Wolfman? Do you remember when our country was innocent...and so were we? "Remembering America: Looking Back at the Last Innocent Age" is a wonderful, sentimental, humorous, and emotional journey that takes one last look at the childhood of the last of the Baby-Boomers and their little brothers and sisters. If you grew up in the 60's and 70's, you'll fall in love with every story. The images are sweet and reminiscent of a different time...and what most would say was a better time. Author Craig Daliessio chronicled these wonderful stories during his own time of turmoil and homelessness after losing his career in the collapse in 2008. The memories, and images and words became his refuge during the most difficult and desperate time in his life. In his own words, Craig tells the "story of the story" "The only stories that didn't make me laugh with their silliness, were the ones that made me cry with their poignant sweetness. It was such a great time and a great period in America. My neighbors were my family and my friends and I walked together into adulthood with a bond that my own daughter will never know. I set out to simply chronicle the past in an effort to get a new grip on the future. What I wound up doing was revisiting the best time of my life and an America I miss more each day." It's an engaging, wistful, wonderful voyage to a sweet place in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to have grown up in "The Last Innocent Age"
Feasting on the Gospels is a new seven-volume series that follows up on the success of the Feasting on the Word series to provide another unique preaching resource, this time on the most prominent and preached upon New Testament books, the four Gospels. With contributions from a diverse and respected group of scholars and pastors, Feasting on the Gospels will include completely new material that covers every single passage in the New Testament Gospels, making it suitable for both lectionary and non-lectionary use. Moreover, these volumes will incorporate the unique format of Feasting on the Word, with four perspectives for preachers to choose from for each Gospel passage: theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical. Feasting on the Gospels will provide a special resource for all who preach, either continuously or occasionally, on the Gospels.
A tense, exciting thriller combined with a perceptive and harrowing portrait of life on the streets as a serial killer preys on the young and vulnerable homeless. 17-year-old Link is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, homeless like him. But what Deb doesn't tell him is that she's an ambitious young journalist on a self-imposed assignment to track down the killer and that she's prepared to use herself as bait ... Winner of the Carnegie Medal
Will You Listen: A True Story of Living with PTSD by Kaitlyn Gant is a true story of despair, torment and shame. It is about finding faith, laughter and love through extreme fear, depression, terror and hopelessness. It's a story of life. It provides the reader an amazing experience of entering the mind of a truly suffering soul: A soul that is eventually rebuilt even though all prior coping defenses have been stripped away and awful truths are forever exposed.
Most of us would answer 'No' when asked if we were like Jesus. How do we become more like Jesus? John Koessler believes the answer is by understanding and developing the marks of a true disciple in our lives. In True Discipleship and the Companion Guide, he provides a straightforward presentation of the characteristics Jesus laid out for His disciples. As he offers teaching on the practice of discipleship and the responsibility of being a disciple, readers will be stretched in their thinking and encouraged in their journey.