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The Soul Of My Soldier

Author : Abigail B. Calkin
ISBN : 1942672942
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Author and poet Abigail B. Calkin shares her journey living with a husband who struggles with PTSD after serving three tours of duty in three different wars.
Category: Family & Relationships

A One Year Trip Through The Bible Daily Readings And Reflections

Author : Stephen Ruth
ISBN : 9781623094560
Genre : Religion
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Helpful Features of This Daily Bible Guide Read The Bible With Commentary In A Year By Spending Only a Few Minutes Every Day-- The book aims at readers of any denomination who want the full Bible experience, with daily reflections—Genesis through Malachi in the Old Testament and Matthew through Revelation in the New Testament—in one year. (The Apocrypha is also included.) The theme is a layman’s journey through scripture, so the comments are those of a visitor, not an experienced traveler, but expert Bible commentators are always nearby. Each day’s reading requires 10-20 minutes, more or less, including scripture and ommentary.. All the Great Stories, Prayers, Incidents and Memorable Characters Are Included -- A reader will find the famous and not-so-famous narratives from the Old and New Testament: Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Joseph and his coat of many colors, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath (there were really two Goliath stories, one not involving David at all), David and Bathsheba, Jezebel and Ahab, Daniel in the lion’s den, the forty rulers (including one queen) of Israel/Judah, Elijah and Elisha, plus hundreds more from the Hebrew Bible—and Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Peter and Paul, James and John, Herod, Pilate, Mary Magdalene, centurions, priests and all the heroes, villains and common people of the New Testament. Many Christians who haven’t met the major and minor prophets before will discover that prophecy was a terribly difficult job. Many of these men were reluctant when God’s call came—but they performed their duties admirably, contributing some of the world’s great literature and poetry in the process. We’ll encounter all the famous prophetic quotations, too, from swords into plowshares in Isaiah (Isaiah 2:4) and Micah (Micah 4:3) to plowshares into swords in Joel (Joel 3:10), Amos’s great vision of justice flowing like water, immortalized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Amos 5:24), and hundreds more. The major character is Jesus, and since he knew the Hebrew Bible very well, there are countless times when he quotes the Psalms, prophets and Torah. For example, in Luke Chapter 4 where Jesus opens up the heaviest scroll of all, Isaiah, and goes almost to the end of it to find the words that he chose to announce his mission in the world: “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:1-2, NRSV). And as that same Luke 4 story continues, Jesus uses examples from the lives of Elijah and Elisha, Hebrew Bible heroes, to shame his detractors. It’s that continuing link between the Old and the New Testaments that is at the center of the book’s perspective. Many Special Features But Never a Compromise with the Basic Text -- The approach in these daily readings is a combination of reverence and frankness. . Nearly every reading offers parallels in the author’s experience and linkages to literature other than religious. For example, Samuel, David and Solomon were great men but they had some bad sons who complicated their lives—something that happens to great leaders even today. King Saul reminds a reader of King Lear—it didn’t have to turn out that way—but that’s why his story is considered tragic. Israel and Judah each had forty different kings before the Captivity but most of them were average or worse. Aren’t many of today’s leaders average or worse? Pilate was an appointed governor who probably allowed Jesus to be crucified because he didn’t want Rome to think that he was being unreasonable to the influential leaders in Jerusalem. Do today’s leaders ever temporize in tough situations? The author’s spin on all the stories, hymns, miracles, wars and great personalities is like that of Abraham and Moses early in their journeys--that of a stranger or alien (Genesis 15:13, Genesis 23:4, Exodus 2:22)—not yet familiar with the territory, but learning all the time. Here are some other features: Easy to use -- The book is designed to be simple to use and easy to read. It’s possible to find various scripture passages, specific days’ readings and even key words, with a click or two. Reflections on this journey are usually brief, informal and light, only an appetizer. The main meal each day is the appropriate scripture passage, direct from the New Revised Standard Version or occasionally from other translations. There are hundreds of endnotes but you don’t need to click on them unless you want to. Extensive study of the commentators and other experts – The author, a lay person, has studied hundreds of outside resources, scripture experts from Christian, Jewish and other denominations. His role is mostly as a person being whisked along on a year-long tour by expert guides, although sometimes he disagrees with the tour leaders. Layman’s perspective -- As a layperson who is still marveling at the immense complexity of the Bible, the author’s spin on each day’s readings is different from that of an expert. It must be. Yet the Bible messages shine through every day. Frequent geographical updates -- There are many comments on the “where” of the scripture. When the Israelites go to the wilderness of Paran, its current location (on the Sinai Peninsula) is described. Abraham lived near Hebron in today’s Israel. Jonah’s Nineveh is probably today’s Mosul, Iraq. The journeys of Paul, which covered about ten thousand miles, and the movements of Jesus are described in contemporary geographical detail and so are the travels of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David and other great personalities in Bible. The reader can find most of the important places on a modern atlas because people and events are situated in their current locations—modern cities and towns--as much as possible. Famous quotes are singled out -- The best-known stories, sayings, prayers, curses and hymns of the Bible are emphasized. In most cases there are special graphics to call attention to the memorable lines from the Old and New Testaments. Enumeration of commandments, feasts, blessings, curses, etc. -- Whenever there are important enumerations, bold numbers or brackets set them off. You’ll find this in the tribes of Israel, the Ten Commandments, the ten plagues, the three dreams that guided Joseph early in Matthew, the selection of the twelve apostles, the major feasts of the Israelites in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and many other places. In 1st Peter almost two dozen instructions--a to-do list of sorts—is set off for the reader’s examination. Selection of the most relevant text.-- The Bible has a million words, over a thousand chapters and more than thirty thousand verses and some parts, like the first nine chapters of 1st Chronicles, are omitted, or excerpted. Aside from Psalms, Sirach, and Proverbs, which are complete, the other seventy books are sometimes in excerpted form. Charts, maps and tables – Instead of charts, maps and tables in the text, the reader is directed to books and web sites that feature them. So you can be quickly transported to wonderful sites like to additional details. Inclusion of appropriate dramatic and musical examples -- Songs and stories from the worlds of drama and entertainment are included or given as links when they seem to fit, like Ezekiel’s dry bones, Henry V’s “band of brothers”, the Medical Mission Sisters’ “God Loves a Cheerful Giver”, Grammy winner Tom Paxton’s “How Beautiful Upon the Mountain”( from Isaiah 52:7), and many others. Some examples from the Latin Mass -- Just skip these parts if you want. Pilate probably said in Latin “Quod scripsi scripsi” (“what I have written, I have written”—meaning leave the words labeling Jesus “King of the Jews” as they are) in the Passion story. For Catholics of a certain age, many will be quite familiar. Psalm 43, for example, includes “I will go to the altar of God”, “Introibo ad altare dei” . That’s what the priest said during the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar. The altar boy’s reply was “Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam” or “to God who is the joy of my youth”. Reference to useful web sites – Internet links are provided for further study of Solomon’s temple, of Michelangelo’s Moses statue and dozens of others. Other translations included -- While the basic Bible source is New Revised Standard Version, several other translations occasionally used.
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Reflections Of A Khmer Soul

Author : Navy Phim
ISBN : 9781587368615
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In a lyrical journey of self-acceptance, the author questions and comes to term with the Killing Fields and other genocides. She explores what it means to be a child of the Killing Fields raised in the United States.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Reflections On The Russian Soul

Author : Dmitri? Sergeevich Likhachev
ISBN : 9639116467
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"He reflects on the years after his release from prison and the events leading up to the Second World War. His powerful recollection of the blockade of Leningrad provides the reader with a horrific insight into the harsh effects of war, hunger and survival. Likhachev goes on to describe post-war Russia and how his own livelihood developed from literary editor to a return to Leningrad University as Professor of History. This compelling autobiography finishes with Likhachev's return to Solovki as a free man."--BOOK JACKET.
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EBONY is the flagship magazine of Johnson Publishing. Founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, it still maintains the highest global circulation of any African American-focused magazine.

Only A Soldier Understands Every Gi S Reflections And Reminiscences Of Military Life

Author : Clay Lifto
ISBN : 1478710349
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book is personal. And it's about you. Nobody understands what it feels like to be a soldier except another soldier. It's about your family back home. It's about trying to gain respect. It's about achieving something important after feeling like a failure. It's about living far from home and feeling lonely. It's about discovering women. It's about good and bad bosses. It's about successes and failures, excitement and frustration. Sound like you yet? And the book will bring back memories. I'll share my story while you reflect upon your own. In fact, it will draw you back to your childhood, and spur visions of your future. No soldier's story is dull if you have a sense of humor. And you'll laugh at my story as well as your own as we quickly turn the pages together. It's an easy read, too. Stories of my life in the military are a quick, two-page read for the most part. I follow up with a few questions directed to you about your own story. That's why sometimes a bunch of guys might get together over lunch and read some of these together. It gets you laughing and sharing about your own journey down the road. This book is a chronological collection beginning with the decision to join the military, and continues the trip in 37 short pieces. There's a pretty good table of contents if you want to target a special spot in your career. Volumes 2-4 continue the journey if you'd like to travel on! This book is for the new recruit. This book is for the naive soldier. This book is for the career guys. It's for the lonely guy who needs a quick read. It's for hooch-mates to laugh about. It's food for the soul, like having a chaplain in your pocket. I'd like to be like your secret big brother, who comes from the same thread, who has been on the same road trip with you, and won't leave your side. One more thing. If you've had a hard time of it, if your life hasn't gone the way you had hoped, if you screwed it all up - then you need t
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Reflections Of A Man S Soul

Author : K. Martai Richardson
ISBN : 9781469102658
Genre : Poetry
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This book is truly a reflection of all thats inside me. It is a summation of a lifes experience and gives a very diverse perspective of how one man views the surroundings around him. It is my hope that anyone who reads this book will be able to connect with the author and see things from his point of view and feel what he felt at the time that he wrote it. I wanted to provide something that will invoke every emotion inside and leave a lasting impression on the reader that will last a long time. Being able to share something this personal and fulfilling to the world is truly a blessing. I can only hope that whoever reads this work will like what they read. So go ahead and crack it open and enjoy . . .
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All You Can Be

Author : James David Kay
ISBN : 0970362501
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A U.S. Army medic who became a field medical officer offers a collection of humorous and thoughtful reflections about his service. The book covers infantry and cavalry to artillery and aviation, presenting a fresh portrayal of army life.
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