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Lucky Pregnant: CEO's Favorite Wife

By Bi AnHuaXi
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  • Publisher : Funstory
  • Isbn : 1637074867
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 862
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On Tang Kexin's birthday, her boyfriend and sister were accompanying her. After drinking a cup of wine, she threw herself into her boyfriend's embrace. But when she woke up, she found herself in a dark place with a stranger next to her.

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One of the most important foreign visitors to the United States during the last half of the nineteenth century was Baroness Alexandra Gripenberg. In 1888 she was a delegate to the international women's congress in Washington, D.C. This volume is about her travels and experiences in the new world.

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One of the world's most popular Tibetan lamas shares accessible advice for working with adversity and living a spiritual life. Enjoy a variety of meditations on topics from flattery and jealousy to karma and compassion. In each brief chapter Khenpo Sodargye weaves in stories from ancient classics and modern headlines. Drawing on adages from the Buddha, Confucius, and even Mark Twain, he delivers simple and timeless insights about facing adversity and developing a good heart. With this English-language edition, you can now join the tens of millions who have already benefitted from this ageless advice on money, relationships, mortality, and more.

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The "fascinating . . . lively" story of the Russian slave girl Roxelana, who rose from concubine to become the only queen of the Ottoman empire (New York Times). In Empress of the East, historian Leslie Peirce tells the remarkable story of a Christian slave girl, Roxelana, who was abducted by slave traders from her Ruthenian homeland and brought to the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in Istanbul. Suleyman became besotted with her and foreswore all other concubines. Then, in an unprecedented step, he freed her and married her. The bold and canny Roxelana soon became a shrewd diplomat and philanthropist, who helped Suleyman keep pace with a changing world in which women, from Isabella of Hungary to Catherine de Medici, increasingly held the reins of power. Until now Roxelana has been seen as a seductress who brought ruin to the empire, but in Empress of the East, Peirce reveals the true history of an elusive figure who transformed the Ottoman harem into an institution of imperial rule.

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  • Publisher : Beacon Press
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  • Pages : 200
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A noted biblical scholar explores how the claim of divine choice has been used from ancient times to the present to justify territorial expansion and prejudice. The Bible describes many individuals and groups as specially chosen by God. But does God choose at all? Michael Coogan explains the temporally layered and allusive storytelling of biblical texts and describes the world of the ancient Near East from which it emerged, laying bare the power struggles, the acts of vengeance, and persecutions made sacred by claims of chosenness. Jumping forward to more modern contexts, Coogan reminds us how the self-designation of the Puritan colonizers of New England as God’s new Israel eventually morphed, in the United States, into the self-justifying doctrines of manifest destiny and American exceptionalism. In contemporary Israel, both fundamentalist Zionists and their evangelical American partners cite the Jews’ status as God’s chosen people as justification for taking land—for very different ends. Appropriated uncritically, the Bible has thus been used to reinforce exclusivity and superiority, with new myths based on old myths. Finally, in place of the pernicious idea of chosenness, Coogan suggests we might instead focus on another key biblical concept: taking care of the immigrant and the refugee, reminding the reader of the unusual focus on the vulnerable in both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament.

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  • File Pdf: reliving-karbala.pdf

Book Summary:

In 680 C.E., a small band of the Prophet Muhammads family and their followers, led by his grandson, Husain, rose up in a rebellion against the ruling caliph, Yazid. The family and its supporters, hopelessly outnumbered, were massacred at Karbala, in modern-day Iraq. The story of Karbala is the cornerstone of institutionalized devotion and mourning for millions of Shii Muslims. Apart from its appeal to the Shii community, invocations of Karbala have also come to govern mystical and reformist discourses in the larger Muslim world. Indeed, Karbala even serves as the archetypal resistance and devotional symbol for many non-Muslims. Until now, though, little scholarly attention has been given to the widespread and varied employment of the Karbala event. In Reliving Karbala, Syed Akbar Hyder examines the myriad ways that the Karbala symbol has provided inspiration in South Asia, home to the worlds largest Muslim population. Rather than a unified reading of Islam, Hyder reveals multiple, sometimes conflicting, understandings of the meaning of Islamic religious symbols like Karbala. He ventures beyond traditional, scriptural interpretations to discuss the ways in which millions of very human adherents express and practice their beliefs. By using a panoramic array of sources, including musical performances, interviews, nationalist drama, and other literary forms, Hyder traces the evolution of this story from its earliest historical origins to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Today, Karbala serves as a celebration of martyrdom, a source of personal and communal identity, and even a tool for political protest and struggle. Hyder explores how issues related to gender, genre, popular culture, class, and migrancy bear on the cultivation of religious symbols. He assesses the manner in which religious language and identities are negotiated across contexts and continents. At a time when words like martyrdom, jihad, and Shiism are being used and misused for political reasons, this book provides much-needed scholarly redress. Through his multifaceted examination of this seminal event in Islamic history, Hyder offers an original, complex, and nuanced view of religious symbols.

Film, Environment, Comedy

By Robin L. Murray,Joseph K. Heumann
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1000588629
  • Pages : 216
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 285
  • File Pdf: film-environment-comedy.pdf

Book Summary:

This book explores the transformative power of comedy to help connect a wider audience to films that explore environmental concerns and issues. This book offers a space in which to explore the complex ways environmental comedies present their eco-arguments. With an organizational structure that reveals the evolution of both eco-comedy films and theoretical approaches, this book project aims to fill a gap in ecocinema scholarship. It does so by exploring three sections arranged to highlight the breadth of eco-comedy: I. Comic Genres and the Green World: Pastoral, Anti-Pastoral, and Post-Pastoral Visions; II. Laughter, Eco-Heroes, and Evolutionary Narratives of Consumption; and III. Environmental Nostalgia, Fuel, and the Carnivalesque. Examining everything from Hollywood classics, Oscar winners, and animation to independent and international films, Murray and Heumann exemplify how the use of comedy can expose and amplify environmental issues to a wider audience than more traditional ecocinema genres and can help provide a path towards positive action and change. Ideal for students and scholars of film studies, ecocriticism, and environmental studies, especially those with a particular interest in ecocinema and/or ecocritical readings of popular films.

When Things Go Wrong

By Pedus Chidi Eweama
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 9781465334039
  • Pages : 200
  • Category : Political Science
  • Reads : 288
  • File Pdf: when-things-go-wrong.pdf

Book Summary:

The focal point of When Things Go Wrong Is Change - the only concept that does not change. In a contemporary world where materialistic pursuits and economic exigencies have prompted a war between morality and calamity, this book in its simplicity remains a must read. From marriage and divorce to inter and intra-racial accomodation; from gender issues to child abuse, "When Things Go Wrong" would satisfy your thirst from a moral and bicultural perspective. When Things Go Wrong has a unique literary dimension. It is informative, educative, entertaining, thought-provoking and unique. It is a literary recipe for change. Virtually everything you desire for your reading pleasure would be seen in this book. Welcome Aboard!

Marvellous Mothers’ Mentality, Methods & Tactics

By Rev. Emmanuel Oghene
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1984594214
  • Pages : 128
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Reads : 495
  • File Pdf: marvellous-mothers-mentality-methods-tactics.pdf

Book Summary:

Marvellous Mothers’ Mentality, Methods and Tactics outlines respectable mothers’ determination to add value to the lives of their child when no one else would. Any woman who conceives and bears a child that grow up to be a VIP is favoured by God of Israel the maker of the universe. Samuel’s mother, Hannah and Lemuel’s mother got God’s support to become the queen-mothers of their generation. They partnered with God to provide members of their generation. They offered prayers that God considered good enough to answer as they requested. Lois packaged her daughter, Eunice who in turn packaged her son, Timothy who became suitable to serve alongside Paul as apostle to the Gentiles. After Mary played her God-assigned role to conceive, bear and nurture Jesus into adulthood, she went a step further to urge Jesus to perform His miracle ever. John 2:1-11 can be said to mean that she gave Jesus the confidence to perform His first miracle.

What Wondrous Love

By David H. Thiele
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : TEACH Services, Inc.
  • Isbn : 1479602698
  • Pages : 216
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 746
  • File Pdf: what-wondrous-love.pdf

Book Summary:

"What Wondrous Love delves into the controversial topic of unconditional love, examining the history of the concept, its infiltration into the theology of the church, and its dangerous effects. Although some may feel that author David Thiele downplays God's love, in reality he points readers to a truer understanding of God's love and His nature as revealed in Scripture and expounded upon in the Spirit of Prophecy, reminding all that Jesus came to this world to fulfill every condition of the righteous law of love. In so doing, we are granted the opportunity to overcome sin as Christ did and be reunited with our heavenly Father when Christ returns - What Wondrous Love, indeed!"--Page 4 of cover.

The Thunderproof Sky

By Loretta Lost
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ThunderWords Press
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 360
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 630
  • File Pdf: the-thunderproof-sky.pdf

Book Summary:

After being tortured to the brink of death, Sophie’s carefully built life crumbles to cinders... Cole is there to pick up the broken pieces, but her psyche might be fractured into too many pieces. Scarlett, Snow, Serena, Sibyl and more, are all swirling around inside one damaged mind, and Cole becomes uncertain whether the woman he loves will ever be whole again. The couple decides to leave the USA for the wedding of Helen and Liam Larson (Sophie’s biological brother) in Switzerland, and the romantic setting of a chalet in the Alps proves to be a perfect place for rest and recovery. When an old friend tries to seduce Cole back into the world of architecture with the challenge to design a tower unlike any other, he refuses to focus on helping Scarlett heal. But when she encourages him to take on the project, and wants to participate, Cole decides it could be wise to start a new life far away from their chaotic past, on the other side of the planet. Cole and Scarlett believe they have finally found a place they can call home. But with the truth about the death of Cole’s parents out in the open, it turns out that some dangers can follow a person to every corner of the planet, and even the ends of the earth…

Only a Joke Can Save Us

By Todd McGowan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Isbn : 0810135825
  • Pages : 232
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 832
  • File Pdf: only-a-joke-can-save-us.pdf

Book Summary:

Only a Joke Can Save Us presents an innovative and comprehensive theory of comedy. Using a wealth of examples from high and popular culture and with careful attention to the treatment of humor in philosophy, Todd McGowan locates the universal source of comedy in the interplay of the opposing concepts lack and excess. After reviewing the treatment of comedy in the work of philosophers as varied as Aristotle, G. W. F. Hegel, Sigmund Freud, Henri Bergson, and Alenka Zupancic, McGowan, working in a psychoanalytic framework, demonstrates that comedy results from the deployment of lack and excess, whether in contrast, juxtaposition, or interplay. Illustrating the power and flexibility of this framework with analyses of films ranging from Buster Keaton and Marx Brothers classics to Dr. Strangelove and Groundhog Day, McGowan shows how humor can reveal gaps in being and gaps in social order. Scholarly yet lively and readable, Only a Joke Can Save Us is a groundbreaking examination of the enigmatic yet endlessly fascinating experience of humor and comedy.

Why God Approved and Allowed

By Emmanuel Oghenebrorhie
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1456826670
  • Pages : 258
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 707
  • File Pdf: why-god-approved-and-allowed.pdf

Book Summary:

God has reasons for whatever He allows or approves about whatever happens on earth. Find some of them herein. You could find out why things are the way they are with you and what you could do about them.

I Do and I Don't

By Jeanine Basinger
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Isbn : 0307962229
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Reads : 563
  • File Pdf: i-do-and-i-don-t.pdf

Book Summary:

From one of our leading film historians and interpreters: a brilliantly researched, irresistibly witty, delightfully illustrated examination of “the marriage movie”; what it is (or isn’t) and what it has to tell us about the movies—and ourselves. As long as there have been feature movies there have been marriage movies, and yet Hollywood has always been cautious about how to label them—perhaps because, unlike any other genre of film, the marriage movie resonates directly with the experience of almost every adult coming to see it. Here is “happily ever after”—except when things aren't happy, and when “ever after” is abruptly terminated by divorce, tragedy . . . or even murder. With her large-hearted understanding of how movies—and audiences—work, Jeanine Basinger traces the many ways Hollywood has tussled with this tricky subject, explicating the relationships of countless marriages from Blondie and Dagwood to the heartrending couple in the Iranian A Separation, from Tracy and Hepburn to Laurel and Hardy (a marriage if ever there was one) to Coach and his wife in Friday Night Lights. A treasure trove of insight and sympathy, illustrated with scores of wonderfully telling movie stills, posters, and ads.

Barrenness: Journey to God's Divine Provision

By Blanche Clipper Hudson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Isbn : 1490889531
  • Pages : 154
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 479
  • File Pdf: barrenness.pdf

Book Summary:

Five Hebrew matriarchs journey away from barrenness, shame, and disgrace, finally coming to fruitfulness. Through God's grace, barren wives conceive and birth sons. In Abraham's family, three generation of matriarchs are barren, and the seed is seemingly in danger of not being multiplied. The author shares the story of her season of spiritual barrenness and shows the connection between physical and spiritual barrenness, as well as the principles of fruitfulness that she learned. A monograph of a biblical character precedes each chapter to further the journey theme, and reflection questions follow each chapter to present opportunities for individual insight. For small group study, a Journey study guide provides a format for weekly or monthly sessions.