An evocative love story set along the Italian Riviera about a group of charismatic stars who all have secrets and pasts they try desperately--and dangerously--to hide. Rome, 1953: Hal, an itinerant journalist flailing in the post-war darkness, has come to the Eternal City to lose himself and to seek absolution for the thing that haunts him. One evening he finds himself on the steps of a palazzo, walking into a world of privilege and light. Here, on a rooftop above the city, he meets the mysterious Stella. Hal and Stella are from different worlds, but their connection is magnetic. Together, they escape the crowded party and imagine a different life, even if it's just for a night. Yet Stella vanishes all too quickly, and Hal is certain their paths won't cross again. But a year later they are unexpectedly thrown together, after Hal receives an invitation he cannot resist. An Italian Contessa asks him to assist on a trip of a lifetime--acting as a reporter on a tremendous yacht, skimming its way along the Italian coast toward Cannes film festival, the most famous artists and movie stars of the day gathered to promote a new film. Of all the luminaries aboard--an Italian ingenue, an American star, a reclusive director--only one holds Hal in thrall: Stella. And while each has a past that belies the gilded surface, Stella has the most to hide. As Hal's obsession with Stella grows, he becomes determined to bring back the girl she once was, the girl who's been confined to history. An irresistibly entertaining and atmospheric novel set in some of the world's most glamorous locales, THE INVITATION is a sultry love story about the ways in which the secrets of the past stay with us--no matter how much we try to escape them.
In the midst of his success as a writer and international lecturer, Clifton Taulbert receives an unexpected invitation to supper in Allendale, South Carolina, one that will challenge every lesson of his childhood. Although the invitation is for the adult twenty-first century African American author, tagging along will be Little Cliff, the colored boy from the Mississippi Delta who is also Clifton Taulbert, bringing with him all he was taught as a child about staying in his "place" and surviving in the Jim Crow South. Transported back into a setting that looks and feels like the cotton fields and shotgun shacks of his childhood, Taulbert finds himself expected to cross racial barriers that no "colored" man could have crossed without dire consequences. The legacies of slavery and segregation lie just beneath the surface of all that Taulbert encounters in Allendale, demanding to be acknowledged. The Invitation is the story of the man and the little boy inside him wrestling with a past they both know so well, while stepping into a future that is still being determined.
She stood on a bridge and looked across the small mountain lake to see the bluest of skies and the purple Rocky Mountains. Gratitude welled up within her, for after suffering seventeen bedridden years with an unknown illness, she found herself in the center of a miracle. Frannie Rose nearly had committed suicide but had instead chosen to surrender to a God she believed had abandoned her. Finally, in wellness, she heard a voice—small and simple at first—guiding her on a spiritual journey of which only mystics speak. The voice, God’s voice, would change her life forever. Through Frannie’s journey, a teacher was born, with a message from God for the world: “They speak of Me, but they do not know Me. They speak at Me but without the space within their hearts to listen.” God’s words, teachings, and gentle coaxing, shared simply and lovingly, brought Frannie back to living—not living the life she imagined and planned, but a life more wondrous than she ever could have dreamed. The Invitation is true to its title; it is an invitation for every reader to discover that faith is the secret to living an extraordinary life. It offers hope that amid the worst, most unimaginable struggles lies a gift. For no matter how hard life is and how desperate you become, with God, all good things are possible. He is longing for you to hear Him.
You can win over your temptations! If you want to walk in fullness and step into your purpose, you must stop pandering to your own lusts and cravings. Jerry Potter explains how to subdue them and renew your mind with the mind of Christ. "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." -Matthew 16:24, NIV These words were an invitation, from Christ to His disciples, to surrender to God’s will for their lives, and enter a new dynamic relationship with Him. Each section of this book deals with Christ’s words, and how we should give up our self-will and receive the keys to the kingdom of God. The first section of the book uses the story of Elijah and Elisha to reveal the seven steps of self-denial. Their journey shows how God deals with our self-life. God’s purpose is to anoint us with His spirit to finish the ministry of Jesus on earth, just as Elisha finished the ministry of Elijah. The other section of the book uses the beatitudes as an example of what the Christian life is like when God enters our lives. He has given us a picture of a life blessed by the Holy Spirit in the beatitudes. About the Author: Rev. Jerry Potter has spoken and taught in seminaries and major churches around the world. He held a conference in Sweden for Lutheran pastors, and published a book in Sweden titled Upon This Rock. After becoming an ordained pastor, Jerry became the assistant pastor of Evangel Temple in Pensacola, Florida. He became pastor of Elberta Assembly of God in Elberta, Alabama, where Jerry felt his call into evangelism. He is now the pastor of New Life Fellowship in Columbus, Mississippi. Format: 5.5” x 8.5”, Soft Cover Trade Paper; 240 pages
Ruth Tamari's interview project invites adults over 21 to share their thoughts about aging, dying and death. Speaking about these taboo topics with a rare openness and honesty, participants share their beliefs, fears, and wisdom. When her own dad became ill Ruth felt overwhelmed and unprepared, and was surprised to realize how the interviewees had given her the courage and strength she needed for what she was about to experience. The Invitation weaves Ruth's experiences and the interviewees' personal stories in a compelling way that will engage and absorb you. A special chapter includes the interview questions and creative ways to explore them yourself.
Jackie O'Neill was a daredevil pilot and a true American heroine...a woman so beautiful men stopped in their tracks to watch her walk down the street, her long confident strides eating up the earth. After years of nonstop excitement -- of traveling around the globe in a chaotic rags-to-riches-to-rags whirl with her late husband, Charley -- Jackie had returned to Eternity, Colorado, near her hometown of Chandler. She wanted to put down roots, start a business, maybe someday fall in love again. But she never dreamed that the man who might make all her wishes come true was William Montgomery...little Billy, the lovesick boy who dogged her every step when she was a teenager...little Billy, who was now definitely a man, handsome, sexy, rich, and still madly in love with Jackie O'Neill....
The Invitation is the final novel in beloved bestselling author Barbara Delinsky's Matchmaker trilogy about a treasure hunt that turns up the heat—and the most unlikely prize of all... Shaye Burke has become used to her Aunt Victoria's wild schemes. But a Caribbean treasure hunt? With an honest-to-goodness pirate at the helm? Ahoy! Rugged, sexy Noah VanBaar did not know what he was in for when he boarded the beat-up old sloop with no engine. Surely, there would be no opportunity for romance on this so-called vacation. But when he meets the gloriously seductive Shaye, all bets are off. Could it be that, after years of failed matchmaking attempts, Victoria's finally got it right? Originally published as A Single Rose.
Shared by word of mouth, e-mailed from reader to reader, recited over the radio, and read aloud at thousands of retreats and conferences, "The Invitation" has changed the lives of people everywhere. In this bestselling book, Oriah expands on the wisdom found within her beloved prose poem, which presents a powerful challenge to all who long to live an authentic life. In a world of endless small talk, constant traffic jams, and overburdened schedules, "The Invitation" opens the door to a new way of life -- a way of intimacy, honesty, and peace with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Oriah invites us to embrace the varieties of human experience, from desire and commitment to sorrow and betrayal, and to open ourselves to all that is possible. The Invitation is an invaluable guide to overcoming the obstacles that stand in our way and to discovering the true beauty that life has to offer. Accept the invitation and open yourself to a more meaningful life.
In The Invitation, Oriah expands on the poem that started it all, exhorting us to fully examine our lives, learn to live with intimacy and joy, and, above all, be true to ourselves. The Dance is the celebrated follow-up that reveals how to let go and enjoy the dance of life. To dance, alone or with others, is to slow down and realize that who we are is enough. Finally, in The Call, Oriah shows that each of us has our own call, our own specific place in the universe, and a contribution that only we can make.
The Story of a Young Girl's Struggle With Addiction
Author: Lewisteen Andrews
Pubpsher: Badgley Publishing Company
The story of a young girl’s struggle with addiction, how it came about and how it nearly destroyed her relationship with her friends and family. How, through the support and encouragement of her friends and family, she finally came to the realization that she was in need of help, a fact she had denied for so long. This book is for girls in 9th through 12th grade