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The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance For Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity

Publisher
HarperSan Francisco

Author
James VanderKam & Peter Flint

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A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality

Publisher
InterVarsity

Author
Joseph Nicolosi & Linda Ames Nicolosi

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Grow Your Church from the Outside In: Understanding the Unchurched and How to Reach Them

Publisher
Regal/Gospel Light

Author
George Barna

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Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel

Publisher
Harper Business

Author
Scott Adams

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Birds

Publisher
Pantheon

Author
Robert Bateman

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The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices

Publisher
Patheon

Author
Xinran Xue

Central Theme
Women in China are living lives of quiet desperation, unable to live up to societal expectations for a ¢â‚¬Ëœgood woman.”

Overview
Xinran was in the right place at the right time. As China loosened its restrictions on broadcaster’s she launched a radio show titled “Words on the Night Breeze” heard from 10PM to midnight M-F. The anonymity of radio allowed women to call and talk about their experiences. Then they began writing. Soon Xinran’s off-air conversations were longer and more disturbing than those on-air. Women told stories of sexual and physical abuse. They told stories of feeling inadequate. In a society where talk about sex, politics, religion or personal relationships was forbidden, they displayed a touching naivety about these most basic of life issues. In 1997 Xinran left China for England and wrote down some of the most stirring stories. Her 22-country tour is a stunning success as she offers rare insights into a culture presenting a gentle public faƒ§ade with great sorrow not far beneath the surface.

Beliefs num
–A good woman doesn’t need to go out.
–A good woman gives a husband a boy.
–A good woman never loses her temper.
–A good woman makes no mistakes in the kitchen.
–A good woman is good in bed and has a good figure.
–Given these standards, there are no ¢â‚¬Ëœgood women’ in China.
–Most men persist with the perpetuation of these standards.
–Many Chinese women valiantly persevere while feeling inadequate.
–With greater freedom has come a desire for ultimate answers and Chinese are turning to religion.
–Their religious exploration is messy in that they often want to believe in more than one God at a time, tend to think religion is for the poor, and seek the religion that is fashionable

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How are Chinese standards about women different from the expectations of men in the West?
–How would a Christian influence change the roles and relationships of men and women in China?
–How do these stories illustrate the importance of ones worldview?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Of course, life is more important than a book. But in so many ways my books was my life.
==Xinran on risking her life to save the manuscript from an attacker.
–There is an old crippled man of sixty here who recently bought a young wife. The girl looks very young I think she must have been kidnapped. This happens a lot around here, but many of the girls escape later. The olds man is afraid his wife will run off, so he has tied a thick iron chain around her. Her waist has been rubbed raw by the heavy chain the blood has seeped through her clothes, I think it will kill her. Please save her.
==A letter Xinran received from a boy on a village.
–I had believed that I understood Chinese women. Reading their letters, I realized how wrong my assumption had been. My fellow women were living lives and struggling with problems I had not dreamed of.
==Xinran after hearing so many sad stories.
–So many people in the world believe in Jesus and Christianity, I think there must be something in it.
==Chinese girl on why she is visiting a church.
–If I’m rich, I won’t believe. If I am still this poor, I’ll believe.
==Young woman on whether she’ll have religion at forty.
–Fashion in China has always been political¢â‚¬¦The Chinese have never followed a trend by choice they have always been driven into it by politics.
==Xinran.
–There is a book in every family that is best not read aloud.
==Chinese proverb.
–These are stories that must be read. The lives of these anonymous women
are so moving that when I finished reading their stories I felt my soul had been altered.
==Amy Tan

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The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

Publisher
John Wiley & Sons

Author
Kevin Mitnick

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Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders: A New Approach to Treating Anorexia, Bulimia, and Overeating

Publisher
Harold Shaw

Author
Gregory Jantz

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Gender: Men, Women, Sex and Feminism

Publisher
Conciliar

Author
Frederica Mathewes-Green

Central Theme
A funny thing happened on the way to a sexual revolution Frederica Mathewes-Green, participated, rethought it, experienced a spiritual renewal and wrote a series of witty and thoughtful essays over the past decade; the result is an amazing collection of insights and observations about gender,

Overview
Frederica was the first on her block to join the feminist movement. Burned out on the religion of her youth she found feminism an exciting substitute for religion. But alas, a movement fueled by self-pity, victimization and anger was not satisfying and she found herself surprised by joy, the joy of knowing Jesus is alive and loves her personally.

The more she clarified her thinking about the great errors of feminism (abortion, careerism and free sex) and the more she wrote and spoke about it, the more she was in demand. She found herself crossing paths with Susan Faludi, Gloria Steinem and more.

Her essays deal with everything from the three bad ideas, observations about the next generation of feminists, a look at the image of beauty in Disney heroines , to the values of church tradition in understanding homosexuality amd a modest proposal for younger marriages as a way to overcome the problem of unwanted pregnancies out of wedlock.

Beliefs num
–When feminists combined free love and careerism, abortion followed as a necessary partner of the first two bad ideas.
–The next generation of feminists seem almost identical to the ones of thirty years ago.
–Disney portrayals of beauty affect the self-perception of young women in successive generations.
–Homosexuality is misunderstood as a political issue and needs to be set in the moral framework of an authoritative revelation.
–Teens reach puberty at 13 and the average age of marriage is 27 we need younger marriages.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How did feminists shift from anti-abortion to pro-abortion?
–Why are some women able to see the folly of playing the perpetual angry victim, and others aren’t?
–How is the next generation of feminist different from their predecessors?
–Why shouldn’t each person make up their own mind on the homosexual issue?

Provocative Quotes byline
–A month after graduation, our hitchhiking honeymoon brought Gary and me to Dublin. The late afternoon light was glaring as we stepped inside a dusty church and stood there blinking. I walked over to examine a white marble statue in the back; Jesus pointing to his Sacred Heart, which was twined with thorns and springing with flames. I remembered the words from Sunday school: ¢â‚¬ËœBehold the heart that loved mankind.’ A few minutes later I realized I was on my knees. When I stood up I was a Christian.
==FMG.
–Teen pregnancy is not the problem. Unwed teen pregnancy is the problems.
==FMG.
–We no longer think of children as adults-in-progress.
==FMG

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Keeping Faith: A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps

Publisher
Carroll & Graf

Author
Frank Schaeffer
John Schaeffer

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