Description : Everyone talks about style, but no one explains it. The authors of this book do; and in doing so, they provoke the reader to consider style, not as an elegant accessory of effective prose, but as its very heart. At a time when writing skills have virtually disappeared, what can be done? If only people learned the principles of verbal correctness, the essential rules, wouldn't good prose simply fall into place? Thomas and Turner say no. Attending to rules of grammar, sense, and sentence structure will no more lead to effective prose than knowing the mechanics of a golf swing will lead to a hole-in-one. Furthermore, ten-step programs to better writing exacerbate the problem by failing to recognize, as Thomas and Turner point out, that there are many styles with different standards. In the first half of Clear and Simple, the authors introduce a range of styles--reflexive, practical, plain, contemplative, romantic, prophetic, and others--contrasting them to classic style. Its principles are simple: The writer adopts the pose that the motive is truth, the purpose is presentation, the reader is an intellectual equal, and the occasion is informal. Classic style is at home in everything from business memos to personal letters, from magazine articles to university writing. The second half of the book is a tour of examples--the exquisite and the execrable--showing what has worked and what hasn't. Classic prose is found everywhere: from Thomas Jefferson to Junichirō Tanizaki, from Mark Twain to the observations of an undergraduate. Here are many fine performances in classic style, each clear and simple as the truth. Originally published in 1994. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Description : For more than a decade, Clear and Simple as the Truth has guided readers to consider style not as an elegant accessory of effective prose but as its very heart. Francis-Noël Thomas and Mark Turner present writing as an intellectual activity, not a passive application of verbal skills. In classic style, the motive is truth, the purpose is presentation, the reader and writer are intellectual equals, and the occasion is informal. This general style of presentation is at home everywhere, from business memos to personal letters and from magazine articles to student essays. Everyone talks about style, but no one explains it. The authors of this book do; and in doing so, they provoke the reader to consider style, not as an elegant accessory of effective prose, but as its very heart. At a time when writing skills have virtually disappeared, what can be done? If only people learned the principles of verbal correctness, the essential rules, wouldn't good prose simply fall into place? Thomas and Turner say no. Attending to rules of grammar, sense, and sentence structure will no more lead to effective prose than knowing the mechanics of a golf swing will lead to a hole-in-one. Furthermore, ten-step programs to better writing exacerbate the problem by failing to recognize, as Thomas and Turner point out, that there are many styles with different standards. The book is divided into four parts. The first, "Principles of Classic Style," defines the style and contrasts it with a number of others. "The Museum" is a guided tour through examples of writing, both exquisite and execrable. "The Studio," new to this edition, presents a series of structured exercises. Finally, "Further Readings in Classic Prose" offers a list of additional examples drawn from a range of times, places, and subjects. A companion website, classicprose.com, offers supplementary examples, exhibits, and commentary, and features a selection of pieces written by students in courses that used Clear and Simple as the Truth as a textbook.
Description : What is Christian about counseling? That far-reaching question is exactly what prompted Dr. Friesen to deepen his study of The Sermon on the Mount. "Is what I do consistent with what Jesus said? This must direct my counseling or it does not qualify as 'Christian.'" He has been seriously engaged in the study of Psychology and Theology since 1974, beginning as a student at the Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology. Having specialized in the teachings of Jesus since 1981, the present book presents a fitting summary of Dr. Friesen's work, bringing all of Jesus' teachings together with what he has learned as a Christian Psychologist. Jesus' teachings are all about him being with us in times of struggle. This book captures that truth in each chapter. Coming from more than twenty years in Bible study groups, Jesus, Clear and Simple: In Times of Struggle includes Life Group discussion guides for each chapter. That is where Jesus' teachings come to life--when two or three or more are gathered together to learn from the Master.
Description : Bad writing can't be blamed on the Internet, or on 'the kids today'. Good writing has always been hard: a performance requiring pretense, empathy, and a drive for coherence. In The Sense of Style, cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker uses the latest scientific insights to bring us a style and usage guide for the 21st century. What do skilful writers know about the link between syntax and ideas? How can we overcome the Curse of Knowledge, the difficulty in imagining what it's like not to know something we do? And can we distinguish the myths and superstitions from rules that enhance clarity and grace? As Pinker shows, everyone can improve their mastery of writing and their appreciation of the art (yes, 'their').
Description : Are you confused about how to discern attacks of the enemy from everyday circumstances? Do you understand how to use the weapons God has given you to combat the enemy? Do you want a down to earth, practical treatment of spiritual warfare? The Devil Goes to Church delivers that and more. Its eight chapters focus on the everyday attacks of Satan on the church and on believers. It provides simple truth to help the reader recognize the enemy’s work, and shows how to use the spiritual weapons God has given to believers. Each chapter includes study questions, making this book accessible to small groups and Bible studies.
Description : A brand new collection of state-of-the-art management skills and techniques Master today’s most valuable management skills! Get hundreds of bite-size, easy techniques for hiring, collaboration, motivation, negotiation, and much more! Moving into management? Moving up in management? To compete and succeed, you need today’s best skills for managing, motivating, and collaborating with others. That’s exactly what you’ll find in this extraordinary 4 book package. Build a great team with Cathy Fyock’s The Truth About Hiring the Best : discover how to identify the best, reach them, recruit them, and choose among them! Cathy Fyock presents 53 bite-size, easy-to-use hiring techniques for finding hidden sources of talent… making great people want to work for you… asking the right questions… listening for the right answers… hiring like your organization’s future depends on it, because it does! Next, get the best from the people you have, with the latest version of Martha Finney’s classic, The Truth About Getting the Best from People . Finney’s expanded and improved Second Edition offers 60+ proven principles for achieving employee engagement practically 100% of the time. She’s added more than 15 brand-new truths for managing virtual teams, becoming more persuasive, overcoming unconscious biases, identifying and cultivating individual high performers, and more. Then, optimize your management effectiveness with Stephen P. Robbins’s The Truth About Managing People, Third Edition: 61 real solutions for the make-or-break problems faced by every manager. Learn how to overcome the real obstacles to teamwork… why too much communication can be as dangerous as too little… how to improve hiring and employee evaluations… how to heal “layoff survivor sickness”… how to manage a diverse culture, and lead effectively in a digital world. This edition is packed with new truths, including: how to nurture friendlier employees, manage a diverse age group, and lead ethically in tough times. Finally, in The Truth About Negotiations, Leigh L. Thompson teaches 46 proven negotiation principles: quick, easy ways to become a world-class negotiator. You’ll learn how to prepare for a negotiation within one hour… negotiate with people you hate (or love)… clearly identify your “best alternative” if a deal isn’t possible… use reason, respect, and reciprocity to extract a deal’s maximum potential value… create win-win solutions… establish enduring relationships. From hiring to motivation, negotiation to collaboration, this collection gives you hundreds of new best practices and skills for world-class management and leadership! From world-renowned management and HR experts Cathy Fyock, Martha I. Finney, Stephen P. Robbins, and Leigh Thompson
Description : For generations the traditional focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution. Porter certainly acknowledges France's importance, but here makes an overwhelming case for consideringBritain the true home of modernity - a country driven by an exuberance, diversity and power of invention comparable only to twentieth-century America. Porter immerses the reader in a society which, recovering from the horrors of the Civil War and decisively reinvigorated by the revolution of 1688, had emerged as something new and extraordinary - a society unlike any other in the world.