According to the way that we normally measure “success” and “progress,” things seem to be going in the wrong direction, writes author Pete Briscoe. Western Christianity, as a whole, is losing ground. The data indicates that the North American church is following the footsteps of our European spiritual ancestors into post-Christian society. Briscoe calls this time in history “Dry Lands.” And its symptoms include Christians feeling spiritually thirsty and tired, like they’ve been wandering through brush and thistles. They may even start to wonder, “Does it really matter? Is it really worth it?” Pete and his wife felt that way. After a particularly difficult year, they were just about ready to call it quits. With refreshing candor, Briscoe asks, “Don’t we all draw back and question the very premise of our faith”? How about you? Are you experiencing your own trial in the “dry land” of life? If so, you’re not alone. But take heart. Help is on the way. According to Briscoe, there’s a flood coming. A flood of God’s Spirit to rain down on this world. A tsunami of praise that’s rising up across the globe. “For the sake of your soul and the strength of your church, it’s time to be submerged in the life-giving waters of God’s global passions,” he writes. The Surge provides encouragement and hope to Christians who feel too weary to continue. It’s a book for people who live in a “dry land” – and desperately need God to refresh them.
Churches Catching the Wave of Christ's Love for the Nations
Author: Pete Briscoe
Publisher: Harper Collins
Understanding the role of combat in the Iraq war is essential for both the American people and the U.S. military. Recognizing the objectives of both sides and the plans developed to attain those objectives provides the context for understanding the war. The Surge is an effort to provide such a framework to help understand not only where we have been, but also what happens as we move forward.
A Military History
Author: Kimberly Kagan
Publisher: Encounter Books
Category: Political Science
Even though Chase, Nicole and Rashawn survived Hurricane Emily and made it to the safety of the Rossi Brothers Circus winter home, their troubles are not yet over as flood waters rise and dangerous circus animals escape their cages.
Author: Roland Smith
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Category: Juvenile Fiction
CAINA AMALAS is a nightfighter of the Ghosts, one of the elite agents of the Emperor of Nighmar. She has defeated powerful sorcerers and corrupt lords, freed slaves and overthrown great evils. But now someone has begun slaughtering the Ghosts of the Imperial capital, and the killer is wearing her face. And this time, saving the Empire might cost her everything… ARK is a man of many roles – father and husband, Ghost and veteran, blacksmith and Champion of Marsis. But when the circlemasters of the Ghosts order him to hunt down the renegade Caina Amalas, Ark must make a choice between his family and the woman who saved his life and children… THE MOROAICA is the ancient sorceress of legend and terror, and after two thousand years of toil, she is ready. She shall destroy the world and remake it in a better image, ending suffering and pain forever. She will rip open a gate to the heavens, cast down the gods from their thrones, and make them pay for all the suffering of mankind. Or so she thinks…
Author: Jonathan Moeller
Publisher: Azure Flame Media, LLC
Prominent elections scholar and political commentator Larry J. Sabato brings together respected journalists and experts from across the political spectrum to examine every facet of the midterm election results and the implication for the 2016 election cycle.
2014's Big GOP Win and What It Means for the Next Presidential Election
Author: Larry J. Sabato
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Political Science
What is the greatest missions investment in the world today? Larry Stockstill believes it is planting a national missionary to raise up a local church! Come into the world of Surge, a global church-planting movement touching all of the zones of the world. Surge is a bridge between Western supporters and national church planters worldwide and has planted over 20,000 village churches in the last ten years. Now its vision is to plant 30,000 new churches in the next ten years! Your life, your small group, and your local church can be totally transformed by the simple process of planting a church anywhere in the world through the network of relationships forged through Surge. How much time do we have left to get missions right?
A Global Church-Planting Initiative
Author: Larry Stockstill
Prospects and Policy Response
Author: Eduardo Fernandez-Arias,Peter J. Montiel
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Category: Capital movements
Gerald Hodge uses the latest statistics to map the current and future spatial distribution of Canada's seniors and their diversity. Drawing on tested aging-environmental research and years of planning experience, he delineates the everyday geography of seniors and proposes a comprehensive framework for all communities - large and small, urban, suburban, and rural - that will allow them to respond to the needs of a rapidly aging population while recognizing the importance of maintaining the independence of their seniors.
Preparing Communities for the Surge in Seniors
Author: Gerald Hodge
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Saga After the Surge is a two part autobiographical account about the anticipated days in September 2008 and August 2017 leading to Hurricane Ike & Hurricane Harvey and the unforgettable events after each storm. This story is a personal outlook told by D. Baxter Smith, recounting his and his close family and friends experience from each storm, and the physical and emotional aftermath of Hurricane Ike & Hurricane Harvey. Saga After the Surge is documented with a perspective that anyone from the greater Houston/Galveston area can reflect on. It was a catastrophe that we will never forget.
Hurricane Ike 2008 & Hurricane Harvey 2017
Author: D. Baxter Smith
The Mexican cartels are desperate. Since the secession, their human trafficking business has dwindled while the presence of military units along the border makes smuggling a far less lucrative proposition. Like a pack of starving predators, the massive criminal organizations turn on each other, preparing to unleash a bloodbath unlike any the world has seen. Out of the chaos rises a new leader, a man whose reputation for strategic thinking and meticulous planning is known throughout the underworld. He has a plan to overthrow the government in Mexico City and bring the cartels into a new era of dominance and profitability. Best of all, he will make it look like Texas is at fault. Zach and Sam are thrust into the middle of the diabolical scheme, the two Rangers fighting for the very survival of the republic and all she has come to represent.
Author: Joe Nobody,P. A. Troit
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Based on a series of reports for AsiaTimes, this is a snapshot of George W. Bush's surge on the ground - focused on the people of Iraq, as waves are driven to exile in Damascus and Baghdad bleeds outside of the Green Zone.
A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge
Author: Pepe Escobar
Publisher: Nimble Books LLC
From October 2006 to December 2007, Daniel A. Sjursen-then a U.S. Army lieutenant-led a light scout platoon across Baghdad. The experiences of Ghost Rider platoon provide a soldier's-eye view of the incredible complexities of warfare, peacekeeping, and counterinsurgency in one of the world's most ancient cities. Sjursen reflects broadly and critically on the prevailing narrative of the surge as savior of America's longest war, on the overall military strategy in Iraq, and on U.S. relations with ordinary Iraqis. At a time when just a handful of U.S. senators and representatives have a family member in combat, Sjursen also writes movingly on questions of America's patterns of national service. Who now serves and why? What connection does America's professional army have to the broader society and culture? What is the price we pay for abandoning the model of the citizen soldier? With the bloody emergence of ISIS in 2014, Iraq and its beleaguered, battle-scarred people are again much in the news. Unlike other books on the U.S. war in Iraq, Ghost Riders of Baghdad is part battlefield chronicle, part critique of American military strategy and policy, and part appreciation of Iraq and its people. At once a military memoir, history, and cultural commentary, Ghost Riders of Bahdad delivers a compelling story and a deep appreciation of both those who serve and the civilians they strive to protect. Sjursen provides a riveting addition to our understanding of modern warfare and its human costs.
Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge
Author: Daniel A. Sjursen
Publisher: University Press of New England
IN 2004, AT THE AGE OF FORTY-EIGHT, DR. DAVE HNIDA, a family physician from Littleton, Colorado, volunteered to be deployed to Iraq and spent a tour of duty as a battalion surgeon with a combat unit. In 2007, he went back—this time as a trauma chief at one of the busiest Combat Support Hospitals (CSH) during the Surge. In an environment that was nothing less than a modern-day M*A*S*H, the doctors’ main objective was simple: Get ’em in, get ’em out. The only CSH staffed by reservists— who tended to be older, more-experienced doctors disdainful of authority—the 399th soon became a medevac destination of choice because of its high survival rate, an astounding 98 percent. This was fast-food medicine at its best: working in a series of tents connected to the occasional run-down building, Dr. Hnida and his fellow doctors raced to keep the wounded alive until they could be airlifted out of Iraq for more extensive repairs. Here the Hippocratic Oath superseded that of the pledge to Uncle Sam; if you got the red-carpet helicopter ride, his team took care of you, no questions asked. On one stretcher there might be a critically injured American soldier while three feet away lay the insurgent, shot in the head, who planted the IED that inflicted those wounds. But there was levity amid the chaos. On call round-the-clock with an unrelenting caseload, the doctors’ prescription for sanity included jokes, pranks, and misbehavior. Dr. Hnida’s deployment was filled with colorful characters and gifted surgeons, a diverse group who became trusted friends as together they dealt with the psychological toll of seeing the casualties of war firsthand. In a conflict with no easy answers and even less good news, Paradise General gives us something that we can all believe in—the story of an ordinary citizen turned volunteer soldier trying to make a difference. With honesty and candor, and an off-the-wall, self-deprecating humor that sustained him and his battle buddies through their darkest hours, Dr. Hnida delivers a devastating and inspiring account of his CSH tour and an unparalleled look at medical care during an unscripted war.
Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq
Author: Dave Hnida
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Strategies for the New Market Environment
Author: Martin L. Leibowitz,Lawrence N. Bader,Ardavan Nozari
Category: Investment analysis
"Surge" is an insider's view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War. After exploring the dynamics of the war during its first three years, the book takes the reader on a journey to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the controversial new U.S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine was developed; to Washington, D.C., and the halls of the Pentagon, where the Joint Chiefs of Staff struggled to understand the conflict; to the streets of Baghdad, where soldiers worked to implement the surge and reenergize the flagging war effort before the Iraqi state splintered; and to the halls of Congress, where Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus testified in some of the most contentious hearings in recent memory. Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, "Surge" explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker, General Petraeus, and other U.S. and Iraqi political and military leaders shaped the surge from the center of the maelstrom in Baghdad and Washington.
My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War
Author: Peter R. Mansoor
Publisher: Yale University Press
hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, April 2, 3, 8, and 10, 2008
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations
Publisher: Government Printing Office
Author: George W. Platzman,University of Chicago. Dept. of Meteorology,United States. Weather Bureau
Category: Storm surges
In the Wake of the Surge is a gripping first-person narrative that tells the story of the Kurds, the Arabs, and the Americans in Iraq during one of the most violent and wrenching periods in that country's history. Award-winning foreign correspondent Michael J. Totten visited Iraq seven times between 2005 and 2009, first as a "unilateral" freelance journalist without a gun in the Kurdish autonomous region, and then as an embedded reporter with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in Baghdad, Sadr City, Ramadi, and Fallujah. He was there at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of General David Petraeus' "surge" of combat troops to Iraq and saw first-hand how young men from places like Florida and Texas pacified a relentless insurgency-an insurgency that most people, during the darkest days of the war, assumed would be victorious. In the Wake of the Surge is a bracing story of war in a tormented country by a writer who has spent enough time in the Middle East to know there are few happy endings, but who nevertheless was a witness when Iraqis and Americans drove each other to the brink of the abyss before managing, against all odds and at the very last second, to pull back and save themselves from utter catastrophe. Praise for Michael J. Totten "I think of only a certain number of people as having risen to the intellectual and journalistic challenges of the last few years, and Michael J. Totten is one of them." - Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism "Michael J. Totten...practices journalism in the tradition of Orwell: morally imaginative, partisan in the best sense of the word, and delivered in crackling, rapid-fire prose befitting the violent realities it depicts. An unabashed classical liberal, Totten brings his political commitments and emotional intelligence to bear on the dramatic events he witnesses. As a result, he ends up far more clearsighted than the many analysts who claim 'objectivity' but share neither his love of the region and its inhabitants nor his concern for its future." - Sohrab Ahmari, Commentary "Michael J. Totten is a one of a rare breed. Moving from front to front, he brings experience and context and the willingness to go where few men dare." - Michael Yon, author of Moment of Truth in Iraq "Michael J. Totten, to my mind, is one of the world's most acute observers of Middle East politics. He is also an absolutely fearless reporter, both physically-he has explored the darkest corners of Middle East extremism-and morally." - Jeffrey Goldberg, author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror Praise for The Road to Fatima Gate "A terrific book about a terrifying and beautiful part of the world." - Benjamin Kerstein, Jewish Ideas Daily columnist "It is extremely rare to read such an accurate account of anything to which one was oneself a witness." - Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great "A thriller in which a daredevil reporter puts himself in harm's way in search of the inside story of some of the most dangerous outfits in the world." - Amir Taheri, Asharq al-Awsat "Outstanding...it grabbed me so quickly that I ended up lost in it." - Claire Berlinski, Ricochet
Author: Michael J. Totten