Biography of a Town

Author: Nicholas Blincoe

Publisher: Nation Books

ISBN: 1568585845

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 5571

"[Bethlehem] brings within reach 11,000 years of history, centering on the beloved town's unique place in the world. Blincoe's love of Bethlehem is compelling, even as he does not shy away from the complexities of its chronicle." --President Jimmy Carter Bethlehem is so suffused with history and myth that it feels like an unreal city even to those who call it home. For many, Bethlehem remains the little town at the edge of the desert described in Biblical accounts. Today, the city is hemmed in by a wall and surrounded by forty-one Israeli settlements and hostile settlers and soldiers. Nicholas Blincoe tells the town's history through the visceral experience of living there, taking readers through its stone streets and desert wadis, its monasteries, aqueducts, and orchards to show the city from every angle and era. His portrait of Bethlehem sheds light on one of the world's most intractable political problems, and he maintains that if the long thread winding back to the city's ancient past is severed, the chances of an end to the Palestine-Israel conflict will be lost with it.
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A History of Walking

Author: Rebecca Solnit

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101199558

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 4926

A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of Men Explain Things to Me Drawing together many histories--of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores--Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction--from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja--finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.
Posted in Social Science

A Life Worth Living

The Story of a Palestinian Catholic

Author: Bernard Sabella

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532615310

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

View: 1189

Amidst a sometimes confusing barrage of news about the Middle East, Dr. Bernard Sabella, a Palestinian Christian, offers an enlightening, often humorous, personal narrative accompanied by reflections on lessons learned from his life in a conflict zone. Displaced from his home in infancy with his refugee family and educated in Jerusalem’s Old City before pursuing university studies in the US, he blossomed into a committed educator, scholar, member of the Palestinian Parliament, and director of a church aid agency. Throughout his life Dr. Sabella has never lost his focus on the goal of promoting peace through understanding, and he has never been diverted from his path of absolute nonviolence. A Life Worth Living speaks with a voice worth listening to, alternately anecdotal and analytical, touching our hearts while pondering the past, present, and future of the Holy Land.
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Sundown Towns

A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Author: James W. Loewen

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1620974541

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 7780

“Powerful and important . . . an instant classic.” —The Washington Post Book World The award-winning look at an ugly aspect of American racism by the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, reissued with a new preface by the author In this groundbreaking work, sociologist James W. Loewen, author of the classic bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America. In a provocative, sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, Loewen uncovers the thousands of “sundown towns”—almost exclusively white towns where it was an unspoken rule that blacks weren’t welcome—that cropped up throughout the twentieth century, most of them located outside of the South. Written with Loewen’s trademark honesty and thoroughness, Sundown Towns won the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and launched a nationwide online effort to track down and catalog sundown towns across America. In a new preface, Loewen puts this history in the context of current controversies around white supremacy and the Black Lives Matter movement. He revisits sundown towns and finds the number way down, but with notable exceptions in exclusive all-white suburbs such as Kenilworth, Illinois, which as of 2010 had not a single black household. And, although many former sundown towns are now integrated, they often face “second-generation sundown town issues,” such as in Ferguson, Missouri, a former sundown town that is now majority black, but with a majority-white police force.
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Jesusonian Bible

The Life and Teachings of Jesus

Author: The Jesus Books

Publisher: The Jesus Books

ISBN: 154267204X


Page: 760

View: 8365

Almost the whole of the New Testament is devoted, not to the portrayal of the significant and inspiring religious life of Jesus, but to a discussion of Paul’s religious experience and to a portrayal of his personal religious convictions. The only notable exceptions to this statement, aside from certain parts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, are the Book of Hebrews and the Epistle of James. Even Peter, in his writing, only once reverted to the personal religious life of his Master. The New Testament is a superb Christian document, but it is only meagerly Jesusonian.
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Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor

The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson

Author: D. A. Carson

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433522101

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 9940

D. A. Carson's father was a pioneering church-planter and pastor in Quebec. But still, an ordinary pastor-except that he ministered during the decades that brought French Canada from the brutal challenges of persecution and imprisonment for Baptist ministers to spectacular growth and revival in the 1970s. It is a story, and an era, that few in the English-speaking world know anything about. But through Tom Carson's journals and written prayers, and the narrative and historical background supplied by his son, readers will be given a firsthand account of not only this trying time in North American church history, but of one pastor's life and times, dreams and disappointments. With words that will ring true for every person who has devoted themselves to the Lord's work, this unique book serves to remind readers that though the sacrifices of serving God are great, the sweetness of living a faithful, obedient life is greater still.
Posted in Religion

Vote of Confidence

Author: Robin Lee Hatcher

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310564980

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 5256

In A Vote of Confidence, the stage is set for some intriguing insight into what it was like during 1915 to be a woman in a “man’s world.” Guinevere Arlington is a beautiful young woman determined to remain in charge of her own life. For seven years, Gwen has carved out a full life in the bustling town of Bethlehem Springs, Idaho, where she teaches piano and writes for the local newspaper. Her passion for the town, its people, and the surrounding land prompt Gwen to run for mayor. After all, who says a woman can’t do a man’s job? But stepping outside the boundaries of convention can get messy. A shady lawyer backs Gwen, believing he can control her once she’s in office. A wealthy newcomer throws his hat into the ring in an effort to overcome opposition to the health resort he’s building north of town. When the opponents fall in love, everything changes, forcing Gwen to face what she may have to lose in order to win.
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The Town Grew Up Dancing

The Life and Art of Wenten Rubuntja

Author: Wenten Rubuntja,Jennifer Anne Green

Publisher: Iad Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 196

View: 5082

A book on the life and art of Wenten Rubuntja, an Arrente man who has made a major contribution to the politics of his time. It features his own commentary on his paintings and brings his story to that of the colourful past of Alice Springs.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Firefighting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1741-1917

Author: Chris Eline,Nancy Rutman,Karen L. Samuels

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998584003

Category: Fire extinction

Page: 136

View: 8622

Through contemporary news accounts, archival records, and rare artifacts and photographs, Firefighting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741¿1917tells the story of how a town battled the elements¿and won. The story begins with the bucket brigades of the Moravian community during the Colonialperiod, soon supplemented with two of the country¿s earliest fire engines. It tracks the parallel path of the town¿s expansion to the south and west and of the infrastructure improvements that made it possible. Each of the four boroughs that would eventually merge to form the modern City of Bethlehem¿Bethlehem, South Bethlehem, West Bethlehem, and Northampton Heights¿had its own fire department, made up mostly of volunteers, and its own logistical and financial challenges. Water supplies andwater pressure were unreliable, equipment frequently failed, funding was scarce, and unpaved streets were often impassable. This book illustrates how Bethlehem¿s early firefighters overcame each of these challenges and more with courage, humor, and camaraderie.
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New Testament History

A Narrative Account

Author: Ben III Witherington

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9780801027697

Category: Religion

Page: 430

View: 4883

An engaging and accessible look into the world that gave birth to the Christian faith.
Posted in Religion

Bethlehem 2000

Past and Present

Author: Mitri Raheb,Frederick M. Strickert

Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group Incorporated

ISBN: 9783930378210

Category: Travel

Page: 157

View: 3791

This lavishly illustrated book describes in detail the history and culture, religion and traditions, as well as the political situation of Bethlehem today and the everyday lives of Palestinians at the end of the twentieth century.
Posted in Travel

A Day on Skates

The Story of a Dutch Picnic

Author: Hilda Van Stockum

Publisher: Bethlehem Books

ISBN: 9781932350180

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 44

View: 8039

When winter finally brings snow and ice to their Friesland village, nine-year-old twins Evert and Afke and their classmates are delighted when their teacher announces that the class is going on an all-day ice skating picnic.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel

Author: Robert Alter

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393070255

Category: Religion

Page: 448

View: 2726

"A masterpiece of contemporary Bible translation and commentary."—Los Angeles Times Book Review, Best Books of 1999 Acclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful commentary, The David Story is a fresh, vivid rendition of one of the great works in Western literature. Robert Alter's brilliant translation gives us David, the beautiful, musical hero who slays Goliath and, through his struggles with Saul, advances to the kingship of Israel. But this David is also fully human: an ambitious, calculating man who navigates his life's course with a flawed moral vision. The consequences for him, his family, and his nation are tragic and bloody. Historical personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the creation of a literary artist comparable to the Shakespeare of the history plays.
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A Matter of Character

Author: Robin Lee Hatcher

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310258073

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

View: 575

Daphne McKinely has a secret about a nefarious villain featured in a series of dime novels loosely based on local lore.
Posted in Fiction

Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century

Author: Martin Gilbert

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781620456002

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 6067

A modern history of Jerusalem, from its 1917 liberation from the Turks by the British to present-day uneasy peace accords with the Palestinians covers every political, cultural, religious, intellectual, architectural, and social facet of the city. 30,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Posted in History

The Many Faces of Herod the Great

Author: Adam Kolman Marshak

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802866050

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 5230

An old, bloodthirsty tyrant hears from a group of Magi about the birth of the Messiah, king of the Jews. He vengefully sends his soldiers to Bethlehem with orders to kill all of the baby boys in the town in order to preserve his own throne. For most of the Western world, this is Herod the Great -- an icon of cruelty and evil, the epitome of a tyrant. Adam Kolman Marshak portrays Herod the Great quite differently, however, carefully drawing on historical, archaeological, and literary sources. Marshak shows how Herod successfully ruled over his turbulent kingdom by skillfully interacting with his various audiences -- Roman, Hellenistic, and Judaean -- in myriad ways. Herod was indeed a master in political self-presentation. Marshak's fascinating account chronicles how Herod moved from the bankrupt usurper he was at the beginning of his reign to a wealthy and powerful king who founded a dynasty and brought ancient Judaea to its greatest prominence and prosperity.
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Stronger Than Steel

Forging a Rust Belt Renaissance

Author: Jeffrey Parks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781732063600


Page: 396

View: 6163

A fascinating account of how Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, while losing its steel industry, leveraged its history, culture, institutions and people to successfully transform into a thriving information age city. The city created a music festival, the Banana Factory Arts Center and SteelStacks, a 10-acre arts campus in the former steel plant.
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In the Dark Streets Shineth

A 1941 Christmas Eve Story

Author: David McCullough

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781606418314

Category: History

Page: 33

View: 850

Days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime
Posted in History

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: N.A


Category: Christmas stories

Page: 82

View: 5180

Everyone is familiar with this classic Christmas story. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly, unpleasant man who despises Christmas and overworks his clerk Bob Cratchit. As he prepares for another Christmas Eve without celebration, Scrooge is greeted by his dead business partner, Jacob Marley who warns him that his greed will not go unpunished. At first, Scrooge doesn't heed Marley's warning, but soon he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. He is made to face his cruel nature, and to consider whether he should change his ways. This is a free digital copy of a book that has been carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. To make this print edition available as an ebook, we have extracted the text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and submitted it to a review process to ensure its accuracy and legibility across different screen sizes and devices. Google is proud to partner with libraries to make this book available to readers everywhere.
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Change of Heart

A Novel

Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416565604

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1568

The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother's tragic loss and one man's last chance at gaining salvation. Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth? One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish? Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.
Posted in Fiction