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The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi: My Journey into the Heart of S...
by Kathie Lee Gifford

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

March 06, 2018

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<p>As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God’s Word and a deeper knowledge of God Himself. But it wasn’t until she began studying the biblical texts in their original Hebrew and Greek—along with actually hiking the ancient paths of Israel—that she found the fulfillment of those desires.</p><p>Now you can walk with Kathie on a journey through the spiritual foundations of her faith:</p><ul><li><strong>The Rock (Jesus Christ):</strong> Hear directly from Kathie about her life-changing and ever-deepening connection with Jesus, the Lover of her soul.</li><li><strong>The Road (Israel):</strong> Explore dozens of ancient landmarks and historical sites from Israel, the promised land of God’s covenant.</li><li><strong>The Rabbi (God’s Word):</strong> Go beyond a “Sunday school” approach to the Bible by digging into the original languages and deeper meanings of the Holy Scriptures.</li></ul><p>As you journey through <em>The Rock, The Road, and The Rabbi</em>, you’ll also find additional content from Messianic Rabbi Jason Sobel throughout the book. Jason’s insight into the Hebrew language, culture, and heritage will open your eyes to the Bible like never before.</p><p>Come! Begin your journey toward a deeper faith through <em>The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi</em>.</p>
The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teach...
by Gary Wasserman

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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Gary Wasserman’s decision to head to Qatar to teach at Georgetown sounds questionable, at best. “In the beginning,” he writes, “this sounds like a politically incorrect joke. A Jewish guy walks into a fundamentalist Arab country to teach American politics at a Catholic college.” But he quickly discovers that he has entered a world that gives him a unique perspective on the Middle East and on Muslim youth; that teaches him about the treatment of Arab women and what an education will do for them, both good and bad; shows him the occasionally amusing and often deadly serious consequences his students face simply by living in the Middle East; and finds surprising similarities between his culture and the culture of his students.<BR> <BR>Most importantly, after eight years of teaching in Qatar he realizes he has become part of a significant, little understood movement to introduce liberal, Western values into traditional societies. Written with a sharp sense of humor, <I>The Doha Experiment</I> offers a unique perspective on where the region is going and clearly illustrates why Americans need to understand this clash of civilizations.<BR> Click here to learn more about upccoming events, promotions, and more.
Instant Pot Cookbook: 550 Easy and Healthy Instant Pot Recipes Th...
by Liam Sandler

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English

Pages

573

Publication Date

March 17, 2019

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<ul><li><i><strong>What is this Instant Pot that you keep hearing about?</strong></i></li><li><i><strong>Do you want to make great recipes for yourself and family using the Instant Pot?</strong></i><br /><i><strong>Do you already have one in the kitchen, but have no idea what to cook?</strong></i></li></ul><h3><br /><strong>This Instant Pot Cookbook 550 Easy and Healthy Recipes - Can Help You</strong><br /> </h3><h3><i><strong>Learn how to become a great chef i</strong>n the kitchen and <strong>impress your guests, friends, and family</strong> with your newly acquired Instant Pot Cooking Skills!</i></h3><h3><i> This ultimate cookbook is here to give you useful information about the Instant Pot pressure cooker as well as the <strong>step-by-step easy and quick way to cook perfect 550 delicious recipes.</strong></i><br /><br /><strong>***Please note: Book is available in 2 Paperback formats- Black and White and Full color. Choose the best for you***</strong><br /><br />Here you can find <strong>fast, healthy and super easy recipes like</strong>:<br /> </h3><ul><li>Lamb and Green Beans Stew</li><li>Turkey and Brussels Sprouts Stew</li><li>Dill Okra Mix</li><li>Chicken and Black Eyed Pease</li><li>Lime Turkey Winges etc.</li><li>Mango cake and other yummy dessert recipes</li></ul>
The Monk of Mokha
by Dave Eggers

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<b><i>The Monk of Mokha </i>is the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.</b><br /><br /> Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleagured but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.
A Year Under Sharia Law: Memoir of an American Couple Living and ...
by , Elizabeth Fletcher

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English

Pages

190

Publication Date

January 21, 2019

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Three years into a financial crisis that shows no sign of loosening its grip, a young couple make the unpopular decision to teach English in Saudi Arabia. The choice of Saudi Arabia is based primarily on the best salary offer, an all expenses paid round trip flight and secondarily to satiate a desire to explore a country steeped in mystery and taboo. Little do they know that the experience will come with a price and change their lives in a profound way, witnessing human rights violations that go unchecked even up to today and an ultra-conservative culture wrestling with tradition and modernity.<br /><br />A Year Under Sharia Law is written as a travel memoir with vignettes of daily life and interactions with the community at large. It was also written to shine a spotlight on the plight of impoverished ladies who come to Saudi Arabia in the hopes of earning a salary to send money back to their family. They find work as nannies and house maids primarily. These ladies are often stripped of their rights in a patriarchy that makes them prime targets for unspeakable abuses. Their passports are held by their Saudi employees and they essentially become prisoners. This memoir is not only dedicated to them and their plight but also the tireless and dangerous work done by journalists who are critical of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. Some have paid the ultimate price.
Bitter Lemons of Cyprus: Life on a Mediterranean Island
by Lawrence Durrell

Language

English

Pages

380

Publication Date

June 12, 2012

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<DIV><DIV><B>From the <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling author of the Alexandria Quartet: “A superlative piece of . . . writing . . . rooted in the Mediterranean scene” (<I>Time</I>).</B></DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>In 1953, as the British Empire relaxes its grip upon the world, the island of Cyprus bucks for independence. Some cry for union with Athens, others for an arrangement that would split the island down the middle, giving half to the Greeks and the rest to the Turks. For centuries, the battle for the Mediterranean has been fought on this tiny spit of land, and now Cyprus threatens to rip itself in half.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Into this escalating conflict steps Lawrence Durrell—poet, novelist, and a former British government official. After years serving the Crown in the Balkans, he yearns for a return to the island lifestyle of his youth. With humor, grace, and passable Greek, Durrell buys a house, secures a job, and settles in for quiet living, happy to put up his feet until the natives begin to consider wringing his neck. More than a travel memoir, this is an elegant picture of island life in a changing world.</DIV></DIV>
All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World
by Zora O'Neill

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

June 14, 2016

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<DIV><B>An American woman determined to learn the Arabic language travels to the Middle East to pursue her dream in this “witty memoir” (<I>Us Weekly</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /><I>The </I>shadda <I>is the key difference between a pigeon (</I>hamam<I>) and a bathroom (</I>hammam<I>). Be careful, our professor advised, that you don’t ask a waiter, ‘Excuse me, where is the pigeon?’—or, conversely, order a roasted toilet . . . </I><BR />  <BR /> If you’ve ever studied a foreign language, you know what happens when you first truly and clearly communicate with another person. As Zora O’Neill recalls, you feel like a<I> magician</I>. If that foreign language is Arabic, you just might feel like a wizard.<BR />  <BR /> They say that Arabic takes seven years to learn and a lifetime to master. O’Neill had put in her time. Steeped in grammar tomes and outdated textbooks, she faced an increasing certainty that she was not only failing to master Arabic, but also driving herself crazy. She took a decade-long hiatus, but couldn’t shake her fascination with the language or the cultures it had opened up to her. So she decided to jump back in—this time with a new approach.<BR />  <BR /> In this book, she takes us along on her grand tour through the Middle East, from Egypt to the United Arab Emirates to Lebanon and Morocco. She’s packed her dictionaries, her unsinkable sense of humor, and her talent for making fast friends of strangers. From quiet, bougainvillea-lined streets to the lively buzz of crowded medinas, from families’ homes to local hotspots, she brings a part of the world thousands of miles away right to your door—and reminds us that learning another tongue leaves you rich with so much more than words.<BR />  <BR /> “You will travel through countries and across centuries, meeting professors and poets, revolutionaries, nomads, and nerds . . . [A] warm and hilarious book.” —Annia Ciezadlo, author of <I>Day of Honey</I><BR />  <BR /> “Her tale of her ‘Year of Speaking Arabic Badly’ is a genial and revealing pleasure.” —<I>The Seattle Times</I></DIV>
Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Cha...
by Paul Shore

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English

Pages

179

Publication Date

March 20, 2017

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<b>Will having smoke repeatedly blown in his face deter a foreigner from breaking in to French culture?</b><br /><br />Paul Shore's evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart will inspire and entertain you, as his persistence earns him acceptance inside a charming French village!<br /><br />Shore humorously uses the mysterious game of Pétanque as a unique point of entry to explore areas of personal alienation faced as a newcomer in an adopted land full of heavily fortified culture.<br /><br />This quirky story is not about wine, rather the "uncorking" of many of France's most cherished traditions and Shore's personal awakenings about the value of slowing down to smell-the-roses.<br /><br />LAUGH WHILE BEING TOUCHED as you fondly reminisce about personal adventures!<br /><br /><br />Praise for Uncorked:<br /><br />WINNER of the 2017 Whistler Independent Book Award for Non-Fiction, and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist.<br /><br />"Cross-cultural endeavors never go out of style. Shore will make readers smile and reminisce over their own youthful sojourns in faraway lands. Uncorked is a well written and diverting book that many readers will treasure."<br />--- Judge's Commentary, 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards<br /><br />"Shore's use of the game of Pétanque as a point of entry to address areas of personal alienation is a great literary and narrative choice.  This memoir made me laugh; especially Paul's foil Hubert, who is a star. And its funny and illuminating stories contain a soul that is touching too!"<br />--- J.J. Lee, CBC radio host, author, and Governor General's Literary Award finalist<br /><br />"Exactly the type of book I crave...only better! Shore's writing immediately feels like you're on a tour with a friend who tells it like it is. His self-deprecating humor and humility make it no wonder that he found a way to ingratiate himself into a tight-knit community in the south of France and enjoy life as a local."<br />--- "Sandy Abrams, entrepreneur, author of Your Idea, Inc, and Huffington Post blogger<br /><br />"Like a wry cross between Bill Bryson and Dave Bidini, Paul Shore's funny, self-deprecating and wholesome recounting of a year spent in Provence is one part travelogue, one part self-help guide, and one part memoir. Uncorked is just like a good French wine: light, delicious, and full of flavour."<br />--- Grant Lawrence, CBC broadcaster and author of Adventures in Solitude<br /><br />"A computer geek in the South of France? What could go wrong? With remarkable storytelling skill, Shore brings to life a time and place where community, simplicity and a slower pace were revered -- a younger generation's A Year in Provence."<br />--- Sarah Bancroft, writer of the blog A Year in Paris<br /><br />"Shore's light-hearted story takes you to a place where the simple joys in life are what matters. During my Man in Motion World Tour 30 years ago, I wish I could have slowed down as Paul did."<br />--- Rick Hansen, founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation<br /><br />"Many dream of relocating to France at some time in their lives. Like Peter Mayle (A Year in Provence) before him, Paul Shore made the leap and found a cornucopia of delights in his new home."<br />--- Stephen Hui, hiking writer and former Georgia Straight editor
The Places in Between
by Rory Stewart

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

February 01, 2007

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<div>In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way Stewart met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion-a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following.<br /><br />Through these encounters-by turns touching, con-founding, surprising, and funny-Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.<br /></div>
Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World
by Thomas F. Madden

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

November 22, 2016

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For more than two millennia Istanbul has stood at the crossroads of the world, perched at the very tip of Europe, gazing across at the shores of Asia. The history of this city—known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, now Istanbul—is at once glorious, outsized, and astounding. Founded by the Greeks, its location blessed it as a center for trade but also made it a target of every empire in history, from Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Empire, to the Romans and later the Ottomans.<br /><br /> At its most spectacular, Istanbul was re-founded by Emperor Constantine I as New Rome, the capital of the eastern Roman Empire. He dramatically expanded the city, filling it with artistic treasures, and adorning the streets with opulent palaces. Constantine built new walls around it all—walls that were truly impregnable and preserved power, wealth, and withstood any aggressor—walls that still stand for tourists to visit.<br /><br /> From its ancient past to the present, we meet the city through its ordinary citizens—the Jews, Muslims, Italians, Greeks, and Russians who used the famous baths and walked the bazaars, and the rulers who built it up and then destroyed it, including Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the man who christened the city "Istanbul" in 1930. Thomas Madden's entertaining narrative brings to life the city we see today, including the rich splendor of the churches and monasteries that spread throughout the city.<br /><br /> <i>Istanbul </i>draws on a lifetime of study and the latest scholarship, transporting readers to a city of unparalleled importance and majesty that holds the key to understanding modern civilization. In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, "If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital."

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