Personal and communal tragedies provoke intense emotions. In Scripture such emotions were given expression in complaints or laments. Such laments are the most frequent genre of psalm and are also found in the prophets and elsewhere in the Bible. The book of Lamentations is even named for this human response to tragedy. Yet neither lament nor complaint seems to be widely practiced in churches today, except at times of extreme communal catastrophe. Bringing together biblical scholars, liturgists, and practical theologians, this book begins to provide bridges between these worlds in order to enrich our ability to respond appropriately to personal and communal tragedy and to understand those responses.
London 1968: The Unstable Boys are the name on every music insider's lips and tipped to follow in the footsteps of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. This is their chance to hit the bigtime. They don't know they're about to be obliterated by a series of tragedies and a chaotic breakup that puts paid to the band's starry-eyed dreams of stratospheric success. One day you're the dog's bollocks; the next day you're a nobody - fame is a fickle friend. London 2016: Bestselling crime writer Michael Martindale has reached breaking point. Estranged from his wife and children following the very public fallout of his disastrous affair, he is alone, with only his self-pity to keep him warm at night. Until he makes the mistake of publicly declaring his admiration for his teenage musical obsession, the Unstable Boys. When the band's twisted and feral frontman, the Boy, turns up on his doorstep, Martindale quickly learns that sometimes you should be careful what you wish for. Razor-sharp and laced with a caustic wit, The Unstable Boys is a dark comic caper with an unmistakeable musicality from legendary music journalist Nick Kent.
How do we begin to carry out such a vast task-the examination of three millennia of diverse uses and influences of the biblical texts? Where can the interested scholar find information on methods and techniques applicable to the many and varied ways in which these have happened? Through a series of examples of reception history practitioners at work and of their reflections this volume sets the agenda for biblical reception, as it begins to chart the near-infinite series of complex interpretive 'events' that have been generated by the journey of the biblical texts down through the centuries. The chapters consider aspects as diverse as political and economic factors, cultural location, the discipline of Biblical Studies, and the impact of scholarly preconceptions, upon reception history. Topics covered include biblical figures and concepts, contemporary music, paintings, children's Bibles, and interpreters as diverse as Calvin, Lenin, and Nick Cave.
Australia's best music writer examines the life of the Australian music legend - honest, revealing and a must-have for any Paul Kelly fan. Until now, no one has written the definitive biography of Australia's best-loved singer, song writer and poet. Taking us from Paul Kelly's family life as the sixth of eight children in Adelaide, Stuart Coupe, with Paul's blessing and access to friends, family and band mates, shows us the evolution from a young man who only really picked up a guitar in his late teens, to an Australian music icon. As Paul's music career took off he had to juggle the demands of rock'n'roll with real life and it wasn't always pretty. As Paul's manager for a time, Stuart Coupe has seen or heard it all - the good and the bad (like Paul being told by an audience member that his was the worst band ever!). The book will look at Paul Kelly's personal relationships and the impact they have had on Paul's career and his storytelling. It will also highlight his generosity to other artists, like Archie Roach. In 2017 Paul Kelly received an Order of Australia acknowledging his distinguished service to the performing arts and the promotion of the national identity through his contributions as singer, songwriter and musician. At the foundation of it all is his storytelling. PAUL KELLY: The man, the music and the life in between will give us an unfiltered examination of it all.
The peak of the British Blues Boom - and Savage Cabbage the band who could have rivalled Cream. At their height they were billed with Rory Gallagher's Taste at 'Colonel Barefoot's Rock Garden' where psychedelic lyrics and electric blues ignited the night. The arts became rampant street-culture - roaring like wildfire from '68 to '70: Doc's exotic final school years. A tragic chaotic emotional hiatus thrusts him choicelessly on stage alone, as a weird solo-Bluesman with a maniacal talk-in. He meets John Martyn, Jo Ann Kelly, and Mike Cooper. Art School looms and Doc finds himself standing alone with his Blues harp and faux-resophonic guitar - waiting for Papa Legba at yet another crossroads ... "Deeply touched by what you wrote" — John Martyn Praise for Volume one: "One spectacular sentence after another - a delight to read" — Deborah Magone "The taste of some exotic food on the tip of the tongue - unsure of what it is you like - but you must try more and more ..." — Colin J. Tozer
Now, available for the first time together in a single volume: a digital-only, value-priced bundle edition of the first three books in the Gideon Crew series: Gideon's Sword, Gideon's Corpse, and The Lost Island, by #1 New York Times bestselling authors Preston & Child. GIDEON'S SWORD:At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful. But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade. For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning... GIDEON'S CORPSE:A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack. Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse--far worse--than mere Armageddon. THE LOST ISLAND:Brilliant scientist and master thief Gideon Crew is living on borrowed time when he is tasked by his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, to steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Gideon gets the parchment-only to learn that hidden beneath the illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life. Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair discover the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.
Inside of us is a relativity that runs as deep as the ocean can get and as hot as the sun can burn. There’s no wonder why nature and space can really be so fascinating and reassuring to our meaning. The contents in our being, the substance to our relativity is so vast and distant that it holds stars and galaxies, but also so small and close that it cannot even be seen or felt inside the palm of your hand. We are infinitely relative to the basis of all that exists whether it’s perceived or not. It doesn’t matter what religion you believe, what country you come from, or what color your skin is because you’re still relative to humanity, as humanity is relative to life, as life is relative to matter, as matter is relative to space, space to time, and so on a so forth. We’re dimensional incorporations to a fabric that’s woven from a collective relativity and stretched comparative to that of a dividing singularity. We’re interweaving expressions of each other that elaborate the function of our basis: that explains and proclaims the word in our own various and collective collaborations. All of our credit, belongings and possessions have to go back to the source in which they came, but should also be done with pride, in love, and in thanksgiving for it’s opportunity and our chance to experience. The experience, however, is a part of the legacy that will be contributed to the collective experience and added back to the source of the singular consciousness. The content in which we safeguard with our body and express through our representation, will pass on in the link of experience and chain of consciousness. We’re all relative to its basis and the passion to which it’s professed should also be made to that of relation. We shouldn’t hang our relative ground to simple devise and petty similarity like race, nationality or religion, but remain passionate to understanding and relative to purpose and meaning. The word is a vindication from a meaningless life and is an ultimatum to a higher purpose that is just passed a threshold of your own demise. The word is the content in which the house of your body safeguards as you transmit your experience to the universal plane of infinite oneness with the source of our existence.
"If I could, I surely would stand on the rock where Moses stood." --from the Spiritual "Elijah Rock" Taking its theme from the pastoral letter of the Black Catholic bishops of the United States, which spoke of the challenge of being "authentically Black and truly Catholic," To Stand on the Rock invites us "to linger awhile in the garden of our imagination and try to see with the eyes of faith and art how the old ones . . . took a twisted version of Christianity and re-twisted it into a culture of liberation, transcendence, creativity and wholeness." Father Brown begins by recalling the religion and identity of those Africans who were brought to these shores in bondage: the original source in the quest for what it means to be "authentically Black." He then explores the style of Christianity they forged through the sufferings of slavery, which found expression in the Spirituals. Brown then reflects on the struggle of Black Catholics to claim their own style of faith and spirituality and to assert their distinctive gifts to the church universal.
The ring shout is the oldest known African American performance tradition surviving on the North American continent. Performed for the purpose of religious worship, this fusion of dance, song, and percussion survives today in the Bolton Community of McIntosh County, Georgia. Incorporating oral history, first-person accounts, musical transcriptions, photographs, and drawings, Shout Because You're Free documents a group of performers known as the McIntosh County Shouters. Derived from African practices, the ring shout combines call-and-response singing, the percussion of a stick or broom on a wood floor, and hand-clapping and foot-tapping. First described in depth by outside observers on the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia during the Civil War, the ring shout was presumed to have died out in active practice until 1980, when the shouters in the Bolton community first came to the public's attention. Shout Because You're Free is the result of sixteen years of research and fieldwork by Art and Margo Rosenbaum, authors of Folk Visions and Voices. The book includes descriptions of present-day community shouts, a chapter on the history of the shout's African origins, the recollections of early outside observers, and later folklorists' comments. In addition, the tunes and texts of twenty-five shout songs performed by the McIntosh County Shouters are transcribed by ethnomusicologist Johann S. Buis.Shout Because You're Free is a fascinating look at a unique living tradition that demonstrates ties to Africa, slavery, and Emancipation while interweaving these influences with worship and oneness with the spirit.
In his third collection, the award-winning author crafts poems that “reckon with the sins of history and the human-made scars on the natural world” (Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi). Winner of the 2016 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining explores the South and its history through the eyes of the living, the dead, and the inbetween. “The songs of Charles Wright, Rilke, and Blind Willie Johnson have tuned Wagenaar’s ear, but the music is his own, irresistibly so. Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining is a brave and difficult grappling, ending with the difficult joy of a child’s birth and the world’s subsequent remaking. This is, simply put, poetry that adds to the glory of the human endeavor.” —Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling “In Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining, there is a rapturous beauty that encompasses the American South, the United States, and the world, a poetic rooted in the space around the poet and extending outward to the world with questioning, compassion, grief, and hope.” —Afaa M. Weaver, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award “The speaker searches constantly for evidence of God’s presence in the world. It is a book of doubt just as much as it is a book of faith. Indeed, doubt threatens, at every line break, to wrest faith from the speaker’s hands. But books of doubt are books of faith, and Southern Tongues understands this.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
Dark Miracles. Black Comedies. In an astonishing debut collection of short stories, Eric Schaller invites you to unlock the gates of horn, to ascend the bridge of sighs, and to meet him in the middle of the air. There you'll encounter Edgar Allan Poe cavorting with Marilyn Monroe; intimate insects and blood red roses; apes and automata; and urban witches, parasites, and zombies. Explore the secret nightlife of the Oscar Wildes. Join the Sparrow Mumbler onstage. March in the menagerie of madness and mayhem. Just don't look down because all that's holding you aloft is...air.
In a remarkably effective debut collection, illustrator Schaller insinuates that perceptions can't be trusted, and a second look at familiar, comfortable surroundings may reveal them to be bizarre and threatening. The 19 stories here include an urban horror tale of a creature that crawls into the open mouth of a snorer and occupies his body ("The Parasite"), a heavy conversation between a man and his lamp ("Talking at Sixty Watts"), and a cruel carnival sideshow act that becomes terribly brutal ("The Sparrow Mumbler"). Perhaps the most effective piece is "To Assume the Writer's Crown: Notes on the Craft," a story in the form of an instructive essay that tells its readers to create an increasingly horrifying scenario, leaving them to wonder whether it's the author or the reader who has the skewed and distorted imagination. Schaller is both unflinching and delicate in his dissection of human vulnerability. This most impressive collection will immediately earn him a devoted following among literary horror fans.
Meet Gideon Crew in the first novel in a high-octane new thriller series from the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors. Revenge is sweet and Gideon Crew is about to get a taste. As a child, Gideon Crew witnessed the brutal murder of his father; a scientist wrongly framed by the US government, during a dramatic hostage crisis. Twenty years later, Gideon finally gets his revenge and fulfils the promise that he made to his mother on her death bed; to bring down the powerful and corrupt man who destroyed his father. The Crew family name is finally cleared, but Gideon's story is only just beginning. His daredevil act of revenge has not gone unnoticed and he is soon approached by a shadowy figure who offers him the chance of a lifetime. The only catch? He might not have that much lifetime left and the clock is now ticking.
01: Gideon's Sword: At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. 02: Gideon’s Corpse: A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. 03: The Lot Island: Gideon Crew--brilliant scientist, master thief--is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse.. 04: Beyond the Ice Limit: That thing is growing again. We must destroy it. The time to act is now... 05: The Pharaoh Key: "I just want to be crystal clear about this: if it has value, we're gonna steal it. Are you with me?"
A fashion designer turned writer details her bohemian life in this illustrated memoir—“Think Eat, Pray, Love . . . only cooler” (Marie Claire). Bella Pollen wants to feel like she belongs, but she never learned how. The middle child of transatlantic parents, she constantly moved back and forth between England and America, home and away, family and freedom. Now an adult, she struggles to contain an adventurous spirit within the confines of conventional living. In Meet Me in the In-Between, the international bestselling author takes us on an illustrated journey through her life, from her privileged childhood in Upper Manhattan through her marriage to the son of a Mafioso, to Mexican border towns where she falls in with a crowd of Pink Floyd–loving smugglers. Throughout all, Bella grapples with relationships, motherhood, career ups and downs, and a pathological fear of being boring. With a mix of humor and pain, this is “a poignant, beautifully written memoir” of one woman’s quest for the extraordinary in her ordinary life (The Mail on Sunday).
'A warm and charming winter treat, sparkling with wit and the feel-good factor' Miranda Dickinson. The perfect rom-com for fans of THE HOLIDAY. Will a Christmas house swap save a struggling relationship? Childhood friends Laurie and Rachel used to be inseparable - but their lives have now taken very different paths. But when Rachel's mother-in-law needs urgent treatment in London, and Laurie is desperate to flee a series of work disasters they decide to house swap. Soon gentle Rachel is braving the city's mean streets and, out in the country, Laurie finds herself completely unable to work an Aga. But above all, the relocation tests both the girls' romantic relationships in weird and wondrous ways. Will they make it home for Christmas? And will they want to???!
In the late 1800s, the bright sun shining on upper Michigan's Copper Country reflects all the way to Finland. It welcomes impoverished Finlander Matt Aho to a flourishing life in the small town of Winona. He makes his way to America before the turn of the century, eager to create a new home for his wife and children. Years later, when Matt finally summons his family to join him, his daughter, Juliana, must leave behind the man she loves to take the long journey across the sea. For Juliana, her relationship with Frans Lammi defines and shapes her future, and she cannot imagine life without him. Being apart brings great pain to them both, but Frans resolves to join Juliana as soon as he possibly can. When that great day comes, Juliana and Frans embrace their future together in this amazing country, marry, and start a family. Frans works in the copper mines, a difficult and deadly occupation, while Juliana keeps their home and gives birth to eight children. Throughout all the hardships and struggles, their deep love sustains them, creating a treasured legacy for their children. A moving testament to the challenges faced by immigrants and filled with the history of upper Michigan, Meet Me in Winona is also a touching love story filled with hope and courage.
Tiana Brown is elated to be getting married. She has found the life that only exists in heaven. In three days she will be Mrs. Cameron Warren Davis! The clouds are her steps to the alter. The rain is her sunshine as she looks into her fiance’s eyes. Her mother prepared the dinner for her engagement celebration. This wedding will be talked about for decades to come. Her maid of honor, Krystal, who is her sister is hiding a life changing heart wrenching secret that she wants to tell Tiana. Krystal and Tiana are each other’s ride or die. They grew up together in the South Bronx. St. Mary’s projects in the South Bronx are filled with crimes that go without ever being solved. Tiana said her life will change once she says, “I do”. She will leave the South Bronx and the crime infested projects that she longed to be rid of. Her hopes and dreams are invested in Cameron. Cameron is hiding his other life. He is broken from the heart of his family that he trusted. When will it end for him he asks himself? I want this to end but don’t know how to end it without ending my life! Tiana Brown will find out that love will betray you when it is closest to you! The scandal of your inner circle of love betraying you. Lies of how is this possible! The truth of a hidden life comes to life! Tiana goes for her gun to end life.