The Faithful Scribe

A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War

Author: Shahan Mufti

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 1590515064

Category: History

Page: 352

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A journalist explores his family’s history to reveal the hybrid cultural and political landscape of Pakistan, the world’s first Islamic democracy Shahan Mufti’s family history, which he can trace back fourteen hundred years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammad, offers an enlightened perspective on the mystifying history of Pakistan. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries, to reveal the deepest roots—real and imagined—of Islamic civilization in Pakistan. More than a personal history, The Faithful Scribe captures the larger story of the world’s first Islamic democracy, and explains how the state that once promised to bridge Islam and the West is now threatening to crumble under historical and political pressure, and why Pakistan’s destiny matters to us all.
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The Faithful Scribe

A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family and War

Author: Shahan Mufti

Publisher: Other PressLlc

ISBN: 1590515056

Category: History

Page: 358

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A journalist explores years of family history to reveal the hybrid cultural and political landscape of Pakistan as a reflection of history's first Islamic democracy.
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A Very Minor Prophet

Author: James Bernard Frost

Publisher: Hawthorne Books

ISBN: 098330498X

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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An aimless young barista in 2004 Portland, Oregon, finds inspiration from a fiery dwarf preacher's positivity, and soon has feelings for the bike messenger who helps distribute the preacher's literature. By the author of World Leader Pretend. Original.
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Brigid of Kildare

A Novel

Author: Heather Terrell

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345515292

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Rich in historical detail, Heather Terrell’s mesmerizing novel Brigid of Kildare is the story of the revolutionary Saint Brigid and the discovery of the oldest illuminated manuscript in the annals of the Church, a manuscript that contains an astonishing secret history. Fifth-century Ireland: Brigid is Ireland’s first and only female priest and bishop. Followers flock to her Kildare abbey and scriptorium. Hearing accounts of Brigid’s power, the Church deems her a threat and sends Decius, a Roman priest and scribe, on a secret mission to collect proof of Brigid’s heresy. As Decius records the unorthodox practices of Brigid and her abbey, he becomes intrigued by her. When Brigid assigns Decius a holy task—to create the most important and sacred manuscript ever made—he finds himself at odds with his original mission and faces the most difficult decision of his life. Modern day: Alexandra Patterson, an appraiser of medieval relics, has been summoned to Kildare to examine a reliquary box believed to belong to Saint Brigid. Hidden within the sacred box is the most beautiful illuminated manuscript Alex has ever seen. But even more extraordinary is the contents of the manuscript’s vellum pages, which may have dire repercussions for the Catholic Church and could very well rewrite the origins of Christianity. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Faithful

Author: S. M. Freedman

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781503948044

Category:

Page: 465

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FBI agent Josh Metcalf believes he has uncovered a decades-long conspiracy involving missing children. His obsession has led him to compile hundreds of cases. All involve children rumored to have psychic abilities--and all have no witnesses, no leads, and no resolution. Meanwhile, Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA's Spaceguard Program, is losing her grip on the past. Memories of the childhood she thought she'd had are vanishing, and dark recollections of kidnappings, mind control, and an isolated mountain ranch are taking their place. When Rowan's shadowed past converges with Josh's research, they uncover a deadly plot to reshape humanity. With the world's survival dependent on stopping a vast network of conspirators, can they decipher--and expose--the truth in time?
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A Very Minor Prophet

A Novel

Author: James Bernard Frost

Publisher: Hawthorne Books

ISBN: 0983477558

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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A Very Minor Prophet is the story of how Barth Flynn a barista swimming upstream against purposelessness in Portland Oregon becomes the faithful scribe of Joseph Patrick Booker. Booker is a dwarf preacher who serves Voodoo donuts Stumptown coffee and while his congregation throws PBR cans at him rants about George W. Bush during the height of the 2004 presidential election. Barth's Portland is a world of bikes zines and cheap beer but it's also a confined world full of the desperate search to find meaning. In this lonely setting Barth passes time learning trivial details like the dozens of Gaelic words for rain. During Barth's quest for human connection he meets the passionate Booker who sees light in the gray world and strives to help people think and believe in something and to find connections with each other. Barth's fascination with Booker becomes a friendship that comes to define his life as he discovers himself his city and his budding feelings for an enigmatic bike messenger who helps distribute Booker's gospel in the form of zines. A Very Minor Prophet is a comic novel a gospel an ode to great coffee a story of great friendship great love and of a man waking up in Portland Oregon to realize his life and his story is just beginning.
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Sons of Encouragement

Author: Francine Rivers

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414360409

Category: Fiction

Page: 720

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In this five-book compilation of the Sons of Encouragement series, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers illuminates the lives of five Biblical men who stood behind the heroes of the faith and quietly changed eternity. Aaron, Caleb, Jonathan, Amos, and Silas each faithfully sought after God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God’s call to serve without recognition or fame. And they gave everything, knowing their reward might not come until the next life.
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The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

Author: Richard Zimler

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1590208064

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

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The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, an international bestseller, is an extraordinary novel that transports listeners into the universe of Jewish Kabbalah during the Lisbon massacre of April 1506. Just a few years earlier, Jews living in Portugal were dragged to the baptismal font and forced to convert to Christianity. Many of these New Christians persevered in their Jewish prayers and rituals in secret and at great risk; the hidden, arcane practices of the kabbalists, a mystical sect of Jews, continued as well. One such secret Jew was Berekiah Zarco, an intelligent young manuscript illuminator. Inflamed by love and revenge, he searches, in the crucible of the raging pogrom, for the killer of his beloved uncle Abraham, a renowned kabbalist and manuscript illuminator, discovered murdered in a hidden synagogue along with a young girl in dishabille. Risking his life in streets seething with mayhem, Berekiah tracks down answers among Christians, New Christians, Jews, and the fellow kabbalists of his uncle, whose secret language and codes by turns light and obscure the way to the truth he seeks. A marvelous story, a challenging mystery, and a telling tale of the evils of intolerance, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon both compels and entertains.
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Scribe

My Life in Sports

Author: Bob Ryan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620405083

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Ever since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with the writing and reporting of Bob Ryan. Tony Kornheiser calls him the "quintessential American sportswriter.Â?? For the past twenty-five years, he has also been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially The Sports Reporters, spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds. Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper-and at age twenty-three, a year into his Boston Globe experience, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people-players, management, the reading public-probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover-golf-and much more It is sure to be one of the most talked-about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world's most admired journalists.
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Muslim Zion

Pakistan as a Political Idea

Author: Faisal Devji

Publisher: Hurst Publishers

ISBN: 1849042764

Category: India

Page: 278

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"Muslim Zion" argues that Pakistan has never been a nation-state, grounded in the historic connections of lands and peoples. Just as Israel is the only Jewish state, Pakistan is the only Muslim state to make religion the sole basis of its nationality. Faisal Devji offers a penetrating critique of founding a state on nothing but the idea of belonging.
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One Hundred Philistine Foreskins

A Novel

Author: Tova Reich

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619021072

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Relates the life of Ima Temima, a fictional woman rabbi who is revered as a guru with prophetic powers, detailing such experiences as her early loss of her mother and her complex relationship with her father, a ritual slaughterer.
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The Book of Abraham

Author: Marek Halter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781592640393

Category: Fiction

Page: 797

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The story begins in Jerusalem in 70 AD as Abraham the Temple scribe flees the destruction of his home. Two thousand years and a hundred generations later, another Abraham perishes, immolated in the fires of the Warsaw Ghetto.
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The Cold Song

Author: Linn Ullmann

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 1590516680

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Named in the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2014! Ullmann’s characters are complex and paradoxical: neither fully guilty nor fully innocent Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer’s block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s stylish and unforgiving mother. Siri and Jon’s marriage is loving but difficult, and troubled by painful secrets. They have a strained relationship with their elder daughter, Alma, who struggles to find her place in the family constellation. When Milla is hired as a nanny to allow Siri to work her long hours at the restaurant and Jon to supposedly meet the deadline on his book, life in the idyllic summer community takes a dire turn. One rainy July night, Milla disappears without a trace. After her remains are discovered and a suspect is identified, everyone who had any connection with her feels implicated in her tragedy and haunted by what they could have done to prevent it. The Cold Song is a story about telling stories and about how life is continually invented and reinvented.
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Uncommon Type

Some Stories

Author: Tom Hanks

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101946164

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
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Scrib

Author: David Ives

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060598417

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 188

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Known for his skills as a writer, sixteen-year-old Billy Christmas, a.k.a. Scrib, builds an impressive reputation that soon has him writing letters for friends, foes, and outlaws alike, putting him in the midst of dangerous happenings, including narrowly escaping a public hanging and surviving a near-death river ride through the canyon rapids.
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Reading Law

The Rhetorical Shaping of the Pentateuch

Author: James W. Watts

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567193330

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Watts here argues that conventions of oral rhetoric were adapted to shape the literary form and contents of the Pentateuch. The large-scale structure-stories introducing lists of laws that conclude with divine sanctions-reproduces a common ancient strategy for persuasion. The laws' use of direct address, historical motivations and frequent repetitions serve rhetorical ends, and even the legal contradictions seem designed to appeal to competing constituencies. The instructional speeches of God and Moses reinforce the persuasive appeal by characterizing God as a just ruler and Moses as a faithful scribe. The Pentateuch was designed to persuade Persian-period Judaeans that this Torah should define their identity as Israel.
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Untrue

Author: Wednesday Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911617310

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Dispensable Nation

American Foreign Policy in Retreat

Author: Vali Nasr

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385536488

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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In a brilliant and revealing book destined to drive debate about the future of American power, Vali Nasr questions America’s dangerous choice to engage less and matter less in the world. Vali Nasr, author of the groundbreaking The Shia Revival, worked closely with Hillary Clinton at the State Department on Afghan and Pakistani affairs. In The Dispensable Nation, he takes us behind the scenes to show how Secretary Clinton and her ally, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, were thwarted in their efforts to guide an ambitious policy in South Asia and the Middle East. Instead, four years of presidential leadership and billions of dollars of U.S. spending failed to advance democracy and development, producing mainly rage at the United States for its perceived indifference to the fate of the region. After taking office in 2009, the Obama administration had an opportunity to fundamentally reshape American foreign policy, Nasr argues, but its fear of political backlash and the specter of terrorism drove it to pursue the same questionable strategies as its predecessor. Meanwhile, the true economic threats to U.S. power, China and Russia, were quietly expanding their influence in places where America has long held sway. Nasr makes a compelling case that behind specific flawed decisions lurked a desire by the White House to pivot away from the complex problems of the Muslim world. Drawing on his unrivaled expertise in Middle East affairs and firsthand experience in diplomacy, Nasr demonstrates why turning our backs is dangerous and, what’s more, sells short American power. The United States has secured stability, promoted prosperity, and built democracy in region after region since the end of the Second World War, he reminds us, and The Dispensable Nation offers a striking vision of what it can achieve when it reclaims its bold leadership in the world.
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Underneath the Shadow: Discovering the Secret Place In God's Heart Reserved Just for You

Author: Angela M. Hawkins

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1312603720

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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If the secret cry of your heart is, “There must be more to this Christian life!" know that God hears you, and He's not bothered by your questions. He‘s not angry, and He‘s not forgotten you. In fact, He is moved at the hunger in your heart and longs to fill it with more of Himself. The answer to all of your questions are found Underneath the Shadow of God Almighty. He's reserved a place there just for you! This coveted resting place is open to all born-again believers, but it is a road less traveled. The pathway is narrow and there are obstacles along the way, but if we press in, we will discover the MORE our hearts have been longing for. In Underneath the Shadow, we will: •Learn how to avoid the 3 Deadly Ds that attempt to kill our faith. •Find healing for our image of God, Self, and Others. •Discover the reality and joy of dwelling in God's Shadow. •Learn how to become the friend of God. •Acquire 22 keys to cultivating intimacy with God. •Learn to live within the realm of His Glory.
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