In the latest chapter of his best-selling Joshua series, Joseph Girzone offers fresh inspiration in this collection of fifty never-before-published contemporary vignettes that underscore the most important lessons of the gospel. Joseph Girzone´s novels about Joshua, the carpenter who transforms ordinary lives with words of peace and loving actions, have sold more than three million copies and captured the hearts of listeners and readers around the world. In The Parables of Joshua, perhaps his most powerful since since the original Joshua, Girzone distills the essence of Christian teaching in entertaining and inspiring ´´bite-sized´´ tales set against the background of current society. For some today, the parables of the New Testament are quaint, old-fashioned stories, with little relevance to everyday life in the twenty-first century. As Girzone writes in his Introduction, ´´I have heard the most callous people comment with such great piety on the parables that I could not help but wonder if we haven´t made parables pleasant-sounding fables about human situations long past, but with no present-day meaning.´´ In order to recapture their original vitality, Girzone revives the timeless messages behind the original parables by ´´dressing them in modern clothes,´´ presenting them through Joshua in a conversational style that will resonate with a modern audience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ralph Morocco. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015218/bk_adbl_015218_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´On the Border´´ by Amy Davidson Sorkin: The Republican test at the border.DEPT. OF FIRST PRINCIPLES´´Choose Wisely´´ by Joshua Rothman: Do we make the big decisions—or do they make us?PROFILES´´Blurred Lines´´ by Dana Goodyear: The artist Gerhard Richter disavows a new film inspired by his life. Is it too far from the truth, or too close?ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS´´American Graphic´´ D. T. Max: Panel by panel, Nick Drnaso chronicles dark realities of modern life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamie Renell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/190003/pe_nyer_190003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The kinds of families we see today are different than they were even a decade ago, some fantastically so, as paths to parenthood have been rejiggered by technology, activism, and law. In Modern Families, Joshua Gamson brings us extraordinary family creation tales - his own included - that illuminate this changing world of contemporary kinship. We meet a child with two mothers, made with one mother´s egg and the sperm of a man none of them has ever met and carried by the other mother; another born to a man and a woman in Ethiopia, delivered by his natural grandmother to an orphanage after both his parents died in close succession, and then to the arms of his mother, who is raising him solo. We hear the story of a girl with two dads, conceived with one father´s sperm and eggs donated by a friend and carried to term in the womb of another close friend who becomes their surrogate; and of two girls, one born in Nepal and the other in India, legally adopted by a woman who is co-parenting them with her girlfriend and a gay male couple. These are not your grandparents´ creation stories. These tales are deeply personal but also unavoidably political. Combining personal memoir and ethnographic storytelling, Modern Families tells a variety of unconventional family-creation tales - adoption and assisted reproduction, gay and straight parents, coupled and single, and multi-parent families - set against the social, legal, and economic contexts in which they were made. In these stories, family creation was painstaking and sometimes difficult. Often, parts of biological reproduction took place in a different body than that of the parents raising the child; sometimes, the model of kinship was made up virtually from scratch, often in tension with legally and socially sanctioned versions of family. Becoming parents involved jumping tremendous hurdles - social conventions, legal and medical institutions - with heightened intention and inventiven 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Patrick Cronin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026081/bk_adbl_026081_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joshua lives with his mother and step-father in Amarias, an isolated town, where all the houses are brand new. Amarias is surrounded by a high wall, guarded by soldiers, which can only be crossed through a heavily fortified checkpoint. Joshua has been taught that the Wall is the only thing keeping his people safe from a brutal and unforgiving enemy. One day, Joshua stumbles across a tunnel that leads underneath the Wall. The chance to catch a glimpse of life on the other side of The Wall is too tempting to resist. He´s heard plenty of stories about the other side, but nothing has prepared him for what he finds…Set in a tense reality closely mirroring Israel´s West bank, this deeply affecting parable of a boy who undertakes a short journey to another world lingers long after completion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Camm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016963/bk_adbl_016963_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Quitting smoking can be much easier with the right strategy and tools. Whether you´ve only been smoking for a couple of months or for a few decades, you know that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to mankind, thanks to the millions spent by big tobacco companies to make it that way. The contents of this book will give you all the tools you need to help you quit smoking quickly, easily, cheaply, and forever, so that you can live the happy, healthy, smoke-free life you´ve been dreaming of and deserve! Here is a preview of what you´ll discover... Learn the top recommended methods to quit smoking successfully and naturally Learn about all the chemicals in cigarettes that are slowly destroying your body Learn about the one thing that most people forget to do when trying to quit smoking Modern medical methods to help you quit smoking All natural methods to help you quit smoking Healthy lifestyle choices to help you quit smoking for good Learn how to repair your body from the damages of cigarette smoking Learn exactly what you need to do to quit smoking Much, much more! What are you waiting for? Stop thinking and take action. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joshua Mackey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067711/bk_acx0_067711_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the 1920´s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture. Whisking us from the Alabama country club where Zelda Sayre first caught the eye of F. Scott Fitzgerald to Muncie, Indiana, where would-be flappers begged their mothers for silk stockings, to the Manhattan speakeasies where patrons partied till daybreak, historian Joshua Zeitz brings the era to exhilarating life. This is the story of America’s first sexual revolution, its first merchants of cool, its first celebrities, and its most sparkling advertisement for the right to pursue happiness. The men and women who made the flapper were a diverse lot. There was Coco Chanel, the French orphan who redefined the feminine form and silhouette, helping to free women from the torturous corsets and crinolines that had served as tools of social control. In California, where orange groves gave way to studio lots and fairytale mansions, three of America’s first celebrities - Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louise Brooks - Hollywood’s great flapper triumvirate - fired the imaginations of millions of filmgoers. Towering above all were Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, whose swift ascent and spectacular fall embodied the glamour and excess of the era that would come to an abrupt end on Black Tuesday, when the stock market collapsed and rendered the age of abundance and frivolity instantly obsolete. With its heady cocktail of storytelling and big ideas, Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who launched the first truly modern decade. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniella Rabbani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013192/bk_adbl_013192_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on society We live in a factory-made world: modern life is built on three centuries of advances in factory production, efficiency, and technology. But giant factories have also fueled our fears about the future since their beginnings, when William Blake called them ´´dark Satanic mills´´. Many factories that operated over the last two centuries - such as Homestead, River Rouge, and Foxconn - were known for the labor exploitation and class warfare they engendered, not to mention the environmental devastation caused by factory production from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution up to today. In a major work of scholarship that is also wonderfully accessible, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks listeners from the textile mills in England that powered the Industrial Revolution and the factory towns of New England to the colossal steel and car plants of 20th-century America, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union and on to today´s behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam. The giant factory, Freeman shows, led a revolution that transformed human life and the environment. He traces arguments about factories and social progress through such critics and champions as Marx and Engels, Charles Dickens, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Ford, and Joseph Stalin. He chronicles protests against standard industry practices from unions and workers´ rights groups that led to shortened workdays, child labor laws, protection for organized labor, and much more. In Behemoth, Freeman also explores how factories became objects of great wonder that both inspired and horrified artists and writers in their time. He examines representations of factories in the work of Charles Sheeler, Margaret Bourk 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Bowlby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010739/bk_blak_010739_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.