The Faithful Scribe

A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War

Author: Shahan Mufti

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 1590515064

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 8551

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.

A Very Minor Prophet

Author: James Bernard Frost

Publisher: Hawthorne Books

ISBN: 098330498X

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 474

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.

Brigid of Kildare

A Novel

Author: Heather Terrell

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345515292

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4101

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.

Sons of Encouragement

Author: Francine Rivers

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414360409

Category: Fiction

Page: 720

View: 6543

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.

The Faithful

Author: S. M. Freedman

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781503948044


Page: 465

View: 8674

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?


My Life in Sports

Author: Bob Ryan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620405083

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 9340

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.

The Scribe and the Lotus

Author: Bakr Fahmy

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781477242896

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

View: 4043

At the height of its glory, Men-nefer (Memphis) was one of the largest cities of the ancient world. Its splendors included massive temples, palaces, and houses, all enclosed by the city’s legendary White Walls. But in Egypt during the reign of Qakare Ibi, in the years ?2169–2167 BC, the country had been divided into at least three parts. The Old Kingdom had finally come to an end, and a new era of uncertainty had been born. A series of low floods by the great river causes a near famine, leaving the general population to fend for themselves, especially against the greedy nomarchs and their brutal taxation policy. Corruption is rife, and its negative impact is felt throughout all walks of life. This is the story of a young scribe in his search for his Maat. With the spiritual help of the blue lotus, he learns how to deal with the events unfolding all around him.

A Very Minor Prophet

A Novel

Author: James Bernard Frost

Publisher: Hawthorne Books

ISBN: 0983477558

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 9397

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.

The Faithful Five

Author: H. MURPHY

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781426996993

Category: Religion

Page: 56

View: 7633

This book is ideal to be read in nursing homes, prayer rooms, even on street corners where one needs the light of Gods love to shine on them. The author thought of sharing her story for people to see the grace of God. After 27 years of being in the backing industry she retired to a greater mission when she was called into the Ministry of God. She was evangelized for 15 years before she was called into leadership as a pastor in August, 1999.

Reading Law

The Rhetorical Shaping of the Pentateuch

Author: James W. Watts

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781850759973

Category: Religion

Page: 189

View: 654

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.

The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon

Author: Richard Zimler

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1590208064

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

View: 4740

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.

The Cold Song

Author: Linn Ullmann

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 1590516680

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7746

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.

Muslim Zion

Pakistan as a Political Idea

Author: Faisal Devji

Publisher: Hurst Publishers

ISBN: 1849042764

Category: India

Page: 278

View: 2451

"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.

One Hundred Philistine Foreskins

A Novel

Author: Tova Reich

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 1619022044

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 3491

One Hundred Philistine Foreskins centers on the life of Temima Ba'alatOv, known also as Ima Temima, or Mother Temima, a charismatic woman rabbi of extraordinary spiritual power and learning, and an utterly original interpreter of the Hebrew Bible. Temima is revered as a guru with prophetic, even messianic powers—one who dares to raise her woman’s “naked” voice even in the face of extreme hostility by the traditional establishment. Moving between two worlds—Temima as a child in Brooklyn and Temima as an adult in Jerusalem—the story reveals the forces that shaped her, including the early loss of her mother; her spiritual and intellectual awakening; her complex relationship with her father, a ritual slaughterer; her forced marriage; her “ascent” to Israel; and her intense romantic involvements with charismatic men who launch her toward her destiny as a renowned woman leader in Israel. True to Reich’s voice as a satirist of humanity's darker inclinations, the story is rooted in contemporary times, revealing the extreme and ecstatic expressions of religion, as well as the power of religion and religious authorities to use and abuse the faithful, both spiritually and physically, with life-altering and crushing consequences. Cynthia Ozick said of Tova Reich that her “verbal blade is amazingly, ingeniously, startlingly, all-consumingly, all-encompassingly, deservedly, and brilliantly savage.” This has never been more true than in One Hundred Philistine Foreskins, a work of literature sure to be hailed as an immensely authoritative and fearlessly bold tour-de-force.


Author: David Ives

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060598417

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 188

View: 4285

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.

The Green Book

Author: Muammar Al-Qadhafi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781902932705

Category: Philosophy

Page: 86

View: 3721

This new edition of Muammar al-Qadhafi's The Green Book, introduced by Professor Diederik J. Vandewalle, is key to understanding the thoughts of the late Libyan dictator, and the history of modern Libya.

Blood Enemy


Author: Greg Cox,Danny McBride,Kevin Grevioux,Len Wiseman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743480724

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 5012

Once the servants of the vampires, the werewolves use their power to transform themselves into beasts of unearthly ferocity against their former masters, aristocrats with a sensual appetite for blood, in a clandestine conflict, in a prequel to the blockbuster film. Original. (Prequel to the Sony Pictures film, written by Danny McBride, starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Robby Gee, Erwin Leder, Wentworth Miller, Sophia Myles, Bill Nighy, & Michael Sheen) (Horror)

The Spellman Files

Document #1

Author: Lisa Lutz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416532404

Category: Fiction

Page: 358

View: 1646

Izzy Spellman launches her career as a private investigator while working for the firm of her outlandishly dysfunctional family.

God Drops and Loses Things

Author: Kilian McDonnell

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780974099248

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 70

View: 5326

Out of a lifetime of familiarity with the great biblical narratives, Kilian McDonnell draws a portrait of the biblical God charged with vitality, at once prodigal in mercy and ruthless, thunderous, and painfully silent.In God Drops and Loses Things, his third collection, the poems are by turns edgy, affectionate, gentle, deeply moving, and always compassionate.

Male Femaling

A Grounded Theory Approach to Cross-dressing and Sex-changing

Author: Richard Ekins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134844735

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 5851

The glamour of transvestite fashion is the epitome of 90s style, but the significance of cross-dressing and sex-changing goes much deeper than the annals of fashion. Ekins vividly details the innermost desires and the varied practices of males who wear the clothes of women for the pleasure it gives them (cross-dressers), or who wish to change sex and are actively going about it (sex-changers). This unique and fascinating book transforms an area of study previously dominated by clinical models to look instead at cross-dressing and sex-changing as a highly variable social process. Giving precedence to the processual and ermergent nature of much cross-dressing and sex-changing phenomena, the book traces the phased femaling career path of the 'male femaler' from 'beginning femaling' through to 'consolidating femaling'. Based upon seventeen years of fieldwork, life history work, qualitative analysis, archival work and contact with several thousand cross-dressers and sex-changers, the book meticulously and systematically develops a theory of 'male femaling' which has major ramifications for both the field of 'transvestism' and 'transsexualism', and for the analysis of sex and gender more generally. Male-Femaling provides social and cultural theorists with a lively case study for the generation of new theory. Social psychologists and sociologists interested in seeing grounded theory applied to a particular case study will be well rewarded. It will be essential reading for students of gender studies who seek to explore the interrelations between sex, sexuality and gender from the informants' point of view.