Ninety Nine Stories of God

Ninety Nine Stories of God
Author: Joy Williams
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2017-05-04
ISBN: 1782833706
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ninety Nine Stories of God Book Excerpt:

At a hot-dog-eating contest or at a demolition derby, in line at the pharmacy counter waiting for a shingles vaccination, living in a cave with a colony of bats: the Almighty appears in ever-more mysterious ways in Ninety-Nine Stories of God, Joy Williams' surreal, sublime new collection of very short short stories. Each less than a page long, each packing a punch belied by its size, every one of these ninety-nine stories tells of everyday human interaction with an increasingly elusive and arbitrary deity. Haunted by an array of extraordinary historical figures, from Kafka and Tolstoy to O. J. Simpson and Philip K. Dick, but populated by anonymous ordinary people just like you and me, the stories pool seemingly random moments into something deep, dazzling and disconcerting. Bleak and funny, ironic and lyrical, enigmatic and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God breaks down the barriers between the everyday and the divine and takes Williams' writing into territories strange and new.

Ninety Nine Stories of God

Ninety Nine Stories of God
Author: Joy Williams
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2018-09-04
ISBN: 1947793179
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ninety Nine Stories of God Book Excerpt:

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Joy Williams has a one-of-a-kind gift for capturing both the absurdity and the darkness of everyday life. In Ninety-Nine Stories of God, she takes on one of mankind’s most confounding preoccupations: the Supreme Being. This series of short, fictional vignettes explores our day-to-day interactions with an ever-elusive and arbitrary God. It’s the Book of Common Prayer as seen through a looking glass—a powerfully vivid collection of seemingly random life moments. The figures that haunt these stories range from Kafka (talking to a fish) to the Aztecs, Tolstoy to Abraham and Sarah, O. J. Simpson to a pack of wolves. Most of Williams’s characters, however, are like the rest of us: anonymous strivers and bumblers who brush up against God in the least expected places or go searching for Him when He’s standing right there. The Lord shows up at a hot-dog-eating contest, a demolition derby, a formal gala, and a drugstore, where he’s in line to get a shingles vaccination. At turns comic and yearning, lyric and aphoristic, Ninety-Nine Stories of God serves as a pure distillation of one of our great artists.

Stories with Intent

Stories with Intent
Author: Klyne R. Snodgrass
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 917
Release: 2018-02-16
ISBN: 1467449636
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stories with Intent Book Excerpt:

Winner of the 2009 Christianity Today Award for Biblical Studies, Stories with Intent offers pastors and students a comprehensive and accessible guide to Jesus' parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the historical context in which these stories were told, the part they played in Jesus' overall message, and the ways in which they have been interpreted in the church and the academy. Snodgrass begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation and providing an overview of other parables—often neglected in the discussion—from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. He then groups the more important parables of Jesus thematically and offers a comprehensive treatment of each, exploring both background and significance for today. This tenth anniversary edition includes a substantial new chapter that surveys developments in the interpretation of parables since the book's original 2008 publication.

The Secret Life of Literature

The Secret Life of Literature
Author: Lisa Zunshine
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2022-03-15
ISBN: 0262367645
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secret Life of Literature Book Excerpt:

An innovative account that brings together cognitive science, ethnography, and literary history to examine patterns of “mindreading” in a wide range of literary works. For over four thousand years, writers have been experimenting with what cognitive scientists call “mindreading”: constantly devising new social contexts for making their audiences imagine complex mental states of characters and narrators. In The Secret Life of Literature, Lisa Zunshine uncovers these mindreading patterns, which have, until now, remained invisible to both readers and critics, in works ranging from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Invisible Man. Bringing together cognitive science, ethnography, and literary studies, this engaging book transforms our understanding of literary history. Central to Zunshine’s argument is the exploration of mental states “embedded” within each other, as, for instance, when Ellison’s Invisible Man is aware of how his white Communist Party comrades pretend not to understand what he means, when they want to reassert their position of power. Paying special attention to how race, class, and gender inform literary embedments, Zunshine contrasts this dynamic with real-life patterns studied by cognitive and social psychologists. She also considers community-specific mindreading values and looks at the rise and migration of embedment patterns across genres and national literary traditions, noting particularly the use of deception, eavesdropping, and shame as plot devices. Finally, she investigates mindreading in children’s literature. Stories for children geared toward different stages of development, she shows, provide cultural scaffolding for initiating young readers into a long-term engagement with the secret life of literature.

The Bible in the American Short Story

The Bible in the American Short Story
Author: Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg,Peter S. Hawkins
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-11-02
ISBN: 1474237177
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bible in the American Short Story Book Excerpt:

The Bible in the American Short Story examines Biblical influences in the post-World War II American short story. In a series of accessible chapters, Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg and Peter S. Hawkins offer close-readings of short stories by leading contemporary writers such as Flannery O'Connor, Allegra Goodman, Tobias Wolff and Kirstin Valdez Quade that highlight the biblical passages that they reference. Exploring episodes from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament and both Jewish and Christian heritages, this book is an important contribution to understanding the influence of the Bible in contemporary literature.

Three Hours

Three Hours
Author: Fleming Rutledge
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 61
Release: 2019-01-15
ISBN: 1467452661
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Three Hours Book Excerpt:

On Good Friday, March 30, 2018, Fleming Rutledge preached on the Seven Last Words of Jesus at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City. Her seven meditations, delivered over the course of three hours, were met with rave reviews. Printed in full in this volume, these sermons display Rutledge’s usual combination of resolute orthodoxy and pastoral wisdom—at once traditional and fresh.

1 000 Books to Read Before You Die

1 000 Books to Read Before You Die
Author: James Mustich
Publsiher: Workman Publishing
Total Pages: 961
Release: 2018-10-02
ISBN: 1523504455
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

1 000 Books to Read Before You Die Book Excerpt:

“The ultimate literary bucket list.” —THE WASHINGTON POST Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends. Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage. Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and The Road next to Robert McCloskey and Make Way for Ducklings, Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. There are nuts and bolts, too—best editions to read, other books by the author, “if you like this, you’ll like that” recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned—a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading. “948 pages later, you still want more!” —THE WASHINGTON POST

To Dare the Our Father

To Dare the Our Father
Author: John Shea
Publsiher: Liturgical Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2018-01-12
ISBN: 0814645852
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

To Dare the Our Father Book Excerpt:

The Lord’s Prayer accompanies the lives of Christians. When we are happy or sad, when we eagerly wait for a child to be born or silently keep watch as an elder dies, alone in the woods or together in liturgy, filled with gratitude or emptied by grief, driven to praise or dragged to repent, the Our Father finds its way to our lips. To Dare the Our Father recognizes and respects these experiences but it envisions praying the prayer as a more sustained and challenging undertaking. How does praying the Our Father inform our thinking, feeling, willing, and acting? How does it become for us a transformative spiritual practice? John Shea explores these questions and more to discover what it looks like to become people of prayer.

More Time

More Time
Author: Lee Clark Mitchell
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2019
ISBN: 0198839227
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

More Time Book Excerpt:

More Time traces the careeres of four short story writers, Alice Munro, Andre Dubus, Joy Williams, and Lydia Davis. The focus is on the latter part of these writers careers and how each author has developed and crafted a late style.

New Micro Exceptionally Short Fiction

New Micro  Exceptionally Short Fiction
Author: James Thomas,Robert Scotellaro
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2018-08-28
ISBN: 0393354717
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Micro Exceptionally Short Fiction Book Excerpt:

A new collection of very short stories selected by Flash Fiction editor James Thomas and Robert Scotellaro. All of the stories in this book are exceptionally short, revealing themselves in no more than 300 words. With a foreword by Robert Shapard and an afterword by Christopher Merrill, this book brings you fresh approaches to an exacting form that demands precision, a species of brevity that is surprisingly expansive. Writers say the pieces are hard to compose, but readers say they are easy to appreciate, a pleasure to envision, a wonder to watch life spun out and painted in small places. Real and surreal, lyrical and prosaic, here are 135 stories by 89 authors, certain to make you think.

Abandon Every Hope

Abandon Every Hope
Author: Hayley Singer
Publsiher: Upswell
Total Pages: 169
Release: 2023-01-10
ISBN: 1743822871
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Abandon Every Hope Book Excerpt:

Abandon Every Hope mournfully investigates the literatures of the slaughterhouse and a world motivated by profitable death, to ultimately ask: where does this horror begin and how can it end? Can anyone smell the suffering of souls? Of sadness, of hell on earth? Hell, I imagine, has a smell that bloats into infinity. Has a nasty sting of corpses. What was it Dante wrote? Abandon Every Hope is a lament, an elegy, a deranged encyclopedia, and a diary of anxiety. How can anyone document the vastness of violence against animals in a bloated industrial age? Across a series of essays, Hayley Singer investigates the literatures of the slaughterhouse to map the contours of a world cut to pieces by organised and profitable death. A compelling debut in poetic prose, Singer asks how we may write the life of the dead; the smell of an egg factory; of multispecies PTSD; of planetary harm and self-harm: of the horror we make on earth. Where does the slaughterhouse begin and how can it end?

The Changeling

The Changeling
Author: Joy Williams
Publsiher: Serpent's Tail
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2018-09-06
ISBN: 1782834834
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Changeling Book Excerpt:

When we first meet Pearl - young in years but advanced in her drinking - she's sitting at a hotel bar in Florida, throwing back gin and tonics. Cradled in the crook of her arm is her infant son. But the relief she feels at having fled her abusive husband, and the Northeastern island his family calls home, doesn't last for long. Soon she's being shepherded back. The island, for Pearl, is a place of madness and pain, and her drinking might dull the latter but it spurs on the former. Through the lens of Pearl's fragile consciousness, readers encounter the horror and triumph of both childhood and motherhood. With language that flits between exuberance and elegy, the plainspoken and the poetic, Joy Williams has created a modern fairy-tale, entirely original and entirely consuming.

Tales of Two Americas

Tales of Two Americas
Author: John Freeman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN: 1524704822
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tales of Two Americas Book Excerpt:

Thirty-six major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided America—including Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Russo, Eula Bliss, Karen Russell, and many more America is broken. You don’t need a fistful of statistics to know this. Visit any city, and evidence of our shattered social compact will present itself. From Appalachia to the Rust Belt and down to rural Texas, the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest stretches to unimaginable chasms. Whether the cause of this inequality is systemic injustice, the entrenchment of racism in our culture, the long war on drugs, or immigration policies, it endangers not only the American Dream but our very lives. In Tales of Two Americas, some of the literary world’s most exciting writers look beyond numbers and wages to convey what it feels like to live in this divided nation. Their extraordinarily powerful stories, essays, and poems demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people.

Lives of the Great Languages

Lives of the Great Languages
Author: Karla Mallette
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 249
Release: 2021-09-17
ISBN: 022679623X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lives of the Great Languages Book Excerpt:

The story of how Latin and Arabic spread across the Mediterranean to create a cosmopolitan world of letters. In this ambitious book, Karla Mallette studies the nature and behaviors of the medieval cosmopolitan languages of learning—classical Arabic and medieval Latin—as they crossed the Mediterranean. Through anecdotes of relationships among writers, compilers, translators, commentators, and copyists, Mallette tells a complex story about the transmission of knowledge in the period before the emergence of a national language system in the late Middle Ages and early modernity. Mallette shows how the elite languages of learning and culture were only tenuously related to the languages of everyday life. These languages took years of study to master, marking the passage from intellectual childhood to maturity. In a coda to the book, Mallette speculates on the afterlife of cosmopolitan languages in the twenty-first century, the perils of monolingualism, and the ethics of language choice. The book offers insight for anyone interested in rethinking linguistic and literary tradition, the transmission of ideas, and cultural expression in an increasingly multilingual world.

Writing to Save a Life

Writing to Save a Life
Author: John Edgar Wideman
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2016-11-15
ISBN: 1501147307
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing to Save a Life Book Excerpt:

A major literary figure tells “a searching tale of loss, recovery, and déja vu that is part memoir and what-if speculation, part polemic and exposé” (The Washington Post) about two generations of one family—civil rights martyr Emmett Till and his father, Louis—shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Emmett Till took a train from his home in Chicago to visit family in Money, Mississippi; a few weeks later he returned home dead. Murdered because he was a colored boy and had, allegedly, whistled at a white woman. His mother, Mamie Till, chose to display her son’s brutalized face in a glass-topped casket, “so the world can see what they did to my baby.” Emmett Till’s murder and his mother’s refusal to allow his story to be forgotten have become American legends. But one darkly significant twist in the Till legend is rarely mentioned: Louis Till, Emmett’s father, Mamie’s husband, a soldier during World War II, was executed in Italy for committing rape and murder. In 1955, when he and Emmett were each only fourteen years old, Wideman saw a horrific photograph of dead Emmett’s battered face. Decades later, upon discovering that Louis Till had been court-martialed and hanged, he was impelled to investigate the tragically intertwined fates of father and son. Writing to Save a Life is “part exploration and part meditation, a searching account of [Wideman’s] attempt to learn more about the short life of Louis Till” (The New York Times Book Review) and shine light on the truths that have remained in darkness. Wideman, the author of the award-winning Brothers and Keepers, “is a master of quiet meditation…and his book is remarkable for its insight and power” (SFGate). An amalgam of research, memoir, and imagination, Writing to Save a Life is essential and “impressive” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) reading—an engaging, enlightening conversation between generations, the living and the dead, fathers and sons.

Live Lent God s Story Our Story

Live Lent  God s Story Our Story
Author: Stephen Hance
Publsiher: Canterbury Press
Total Pages: 75
Release: 2021-01-15
ISBN: 1781402353
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Live Lent God s Story Our Story Book Excerpt:

#LiveLent: God’s Story, Our Story invites each of us to reflect on our own story of God and how we might share it through our everyday lives as part of our Christian witness. It encourages us to take a fresh look at evangelism, exploring how Jesus and his first followers communicated the good news of God’s love by inviting, listening and responding creatively to others. For each of the 40 days of Lent, this booklet includes a short Bible passage, a reflection and a prayer. The daily reflections follow weekly themes – each with an accompanying action – drawn from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2021, Living His Story: Sharing the extraordinary love of God in ordinary ways by Hannah Steele (SPCK). #LiveLent: God’s Story, Our Story is the Church of England’s Lent campaign for 2021. This booklet is part of a wide range of resources for individuals, groups and churches available via www.churchofengland.org/livelent

The Children s Bible in 365 Stories

The Children s Bible in 365 Stories
Author: Mary Batchelor
Publsiher: David C Cook
Total Pages: 420
Release: 1995
ISBN: 9780745930688
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Children s Bible in 365 Stories Book Excerpt:

An illustrated collection of 365 stories retold from the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

The New Testament Story

The New Testament Story
Author: Ben Witherington
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780802827654
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Testament Story Book Excerpt:

An introductory guide to the New Testament examines how and why the scriptures were written and collected and how they came to be known as the New Testament that we have today, while discussing the main stories and major figures, the ways that these stories were told and retold, and how this literary development has influenced Christian theology, ethics, and social thought.

Addiction and Recovery

Addiction and Recovery
Author: Martha Postlethwaite
Publsiher: Fortress Press
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2019-02-01
ISBN: 1506434304
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Addiction and Recovery Book Excerpt:

Companionship for the lifelong journey of recovery In Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual Pilgrimage, Martha Postlethwaite--pastor and a person in recovery--reflects on her pilgrimage of healing through valleys of despair and vistas of resurrection. Addiction and Recovery is not just Postlethwaite's story, though. She also draws on the wisdom of pilgrims who have walked other paths to explore themes such as surrender, truth telling, shame, powerlessness, grace, forgiveness, and resurrection. Together, these chronicles bring hope to people who struggle with the disease of addiction and to those who love them. Each chapter ends with questions to reflect on with conversation partners or in a journal, and a spiritual practice. The spiritual practices are related to the chapter themes and serve as samplers, but they can be woven into the reader's own pilgrimage. Readers will recognize themselves in these stories and reflections, learn that they are not alone, and find reasons to hope as they make their own pilgrimage.

Laugh for God s Sake

Laugh for God s Sake
Author: Stanley J. Schachter
Publsiher: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9781602800182
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Laugh for God s Sake Book Excerpt: