Religion & Spirituality
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Joshua DuBois
Publisher: HarperOne (2013, Oct 22nd).
The President's Devotional lets you start each day with the words that have inspired President Barack Obama, collected by Joshua DuBois, President Obama's "Pastor-in-Chief" (Time magazine)—his spiritual advisor who also served as the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.Every day, DuBois provided President Obama with a morning devotional weaving together scripture, song, prayer, and reflections, motivated by the spirit of God and infused with joyful flair. The President’s Devotional contains the best of these devotionals, daily spiritual guidance that offer peace, comfort, and inspiration throughout the entire year. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jenifer Ringer
Publisher: Viking Adult (2014, Feb 20th).
A behind-the-curtains look at the rarefied world of classical ballet from a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet In her charming and self-effacing voice, Jenifer Ringer covers the highs and lows of what it’s like to make it to the top in the exclusive, competitive ballet world. From the heart-pounding moments waiting in the wings before a performance to appearing on Oprah to discuss weight and body image among dancers, Dancing Through It is moving and revelatory. Raised in South Carolina, Ringer led a typical kid’s life until she sat in on a friend’s ballet class, an experience that would change her life forever. By the age of twelve she was enrolled at the elite Washington School of Ballet and soon moved to the School of American Ballet. moreMore Info | Check Availability
The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around ThemAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: The Freedom Writers
Publisher: Broadway (1999, Oct 12th).
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER & NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREStraight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.As an idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted a room of “unteachable, at-risk” students. One day she intercepted a note with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Holocaust—only to be met by uncomprehending looks. So she and her students, using the treasured books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: ~ Casting Crowns
Format: Audio CD
Publisher: Provident (2014, Jan 28th).
All Music Guide - Steve Leggett Casting Crowns' driving pop ock style and lead singer Mark Hall's vocal delivery of the group's hard-hitting but devout praise & worship songs has won them scores of fans and a good deal of critical acclaim. For the Mark A. Miller-produced Thrive, Casting Crowns' sixth studio album, the band has tempered its sound somewhat, giving it a more roots-oriented, Mumford & Sons kind of direction and feel. Read More Show Less ... See more details below Eligible for moreMore Info | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Tony Dungy
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (2014, Feb 4th).
What does it take to build a marriage that will last? Tony and Lauren Dungy have together known the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. They fell in love, built a family, and made sports history when Tony became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Yet they’ve also gone through difficult, relationship-testing setbacks, including job loss and devastating personal tragedy. In a culture where it seems harder and harder to make marriage last, what has kept the Dungys strong through it all? In Uncommon Marriage, Tony and Lauren share the secrets that hold them together, revealing what they’ve learned so far about being a good husband or wife; getting through times of loss, grief, or change; staying connected despite busy schedules; supporting each other’s dreams and goals; and helping each other grow spiritually. moreMore Info | Check Availability
St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found AgainAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Thomas J. Craughwell
Publisher: Image (2014, Jan 14th).
In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world's first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas J. Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. In 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news: the 1,100-year-old Basilica of St. Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. The only solution was to pull down the old church--one of the most venerable churches in all of Christiandom--and erect a new basilica on the site. Incredibly, one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St. Peter. Then in 1939, while reconstructing the grottoes below St. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kasey Knight Trenum
Publisher: Revell (2013, May 1st).
Not everyone is an extreme couponer. Most of us just want to save some money--not let clipping coupons and scouring the internet for deals take over our lives. For all the savvy shoppers out there, Kasey Knight Trenum has written Couponing for the Rest of Us.She knows that money is tight, food prices are going up, gas prices are closing in on unbearable, and people have better things to do than spend every spare minute (if they have any) obsessing over costs and coupons. She also knows coupons just happen to be a tool that can save a family hundreds of dollars every month and ultimately improve a family's finances and its future.Couponing for the Rest of Us shows readers•where to find coupons for what your family eats•how to make the internet do the work for you•how to find sale cycles and store match-ups (and what those terms mean!)•how to reinvent your shopping strategy and toss your lists•how to make grocery shopping less stressful--even fun!•how to turn money saved into money shared•and much moreIf readers want to save money and time, this book is a gold mine. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability