Description : Broken PromisesIf never made, then never broken. . . When a person has lost all hope due to circumstances beyond his/her control, the only place to turn is to God, for He is truly the one who gives all people the courage to persevere even when the world tells you, you should give up. The main character, Randi, is married to a man whom she loves very much. However, he turns to the use of alcohol and drugs while Randi is pregnant with their first child. Randi wonders why he has a changed from a devoted, loving, caring husband to a man she cannot trust. Sam's battle with his addiction continues until he ultimately overdoses and almost dies. Scared, afraid, and frustrated, Randi continues to be devoted to her husband even when her family suggests that she should leave him. Randi believes in the commitment of marriage, and remains by his side as he checks into his first treatment center at which she and their newborn daughter, Jenna, visit him. Unfortunately, Sam goes back to his destructive ways, and he ends up using drugs and alcohol, again. So distraught with the promise he had not only broken to her but to their young daughter, Jenna. Randi is uncertain if she can remain married to a man who seemingly cannot stay sober by commencing to living on spiritual principles. Sam ultimately convinces Randi that without her and their daughter, his life would not even be worth living; and because of this, he checks himself into a treatment center which specifically deals with people who are methamphetamine addicts. Finally, after his extensive treatment, the family is united, and life for them seems like it is finally going to be filled with all the love, peace, joy, and happiness which the young couple could imagine. They make plans to purchase a home, and soon after they are blessed with the pregnancy of their second child, Aden. However, everything begins to spiral downward as Sam, once again, cannot combat the insidious temptation of drugs. This pivotal point in the story propels Randi into making choices that will ultimately result in a different way of life not only for herself but also for her two young children. The author Jordan Austin writes with such heartfelt honesty that one cannot help to be drawn into her story as the lives of the characters unfold. Although her book is categorized as fiction, all the events in the story are based on real life characters and their experiences. Jordan Austin is also the author of Second Chances and the Rocky Road.
Description : Maggie moves to Eden in her sophomore year. She falls in love with Jamie, the richest boy in town, and they date throughout high school. This sweet and innocent girl believes in her heart that Jamie is going to propose to her after graduation. What she doesn't know is that Jamie's football teammates have lied to him, claiming that his girlfriend has been having sex with them behind his back, while holding out on him. He cools his relationship with Maggie right up until graduation. Then Jamie takes her on a picnic to the lake on a day that changes everything. Jamie turns violent and brutally rapes her. He beats Maggie until she doesn't recognize herself in the mirror the next morning. When Maggie discovers that she's pregnant, she disappears so she won't bring shame on her family. But Maggie vows to someday come back to Eden and make Jamie and his friends pay for destroying her life. Years later, Maggie returns as a high-powered attorney ready for her revenge. What form will it take? Broken Promises is a gripping novel that moves swiftly to a surprising conclusion.
Description : The book has more fire--more call to arms' gusto--than anything I've read on reading education. "Richard Abrahamson, University of Houston" "Broken Promises" is an important and powerful book precisely because it provides the opportunity for us all to experience the kinds of insights and construct the kinds of understandings that we need to grow professionally and to be a profession. "Reading Research & Instruction Journal" The volume provides a cogent critique of majority practice. This is one of the few volumes that relate critical pedagogy, ' as exemplified by the work of Giroux, Apple, and others, to specific examples of school practice. Because reading instruction is a central school activity, this connection is significant and the content is of value to anyone interested in public education. "Choice" Shannon argues that a combination of psychology, science, and capitalism has transformed reading from a means of personal and social empowerment into an ability to perform well on tests and has transformed learning from a human transaction between teacher and student into an exchange between things--commercially packaged reading materials--and students. To rationalize reading instruction according to these principles, he says, is to silence the voices of readers and teachers. These compelling new ideas, carefully grounded in research, show how popular solutions to problems in reading instruction--mastery learning, merit pay, and school effectiveness research--actually work against improving teachers' instructional behavior and children's learning ability. A rallying call for teachers of reading, a tool for change, and a most provocative text for students of reading at all levels.
Description : "Micheal Hawke, cardiologist, doesn't know where to turn . . . . People are turning up dead and no one knows who is next or what the motive is. He is working against the clock in an adventure that takes him, with his sidekick, Chen, through the world of the Russian mob and Neo-nazis to a modern-day grassroots political movement. There are vampires at every turn, and the current healthcare debate is injected into the mix. What follows is a heart-pounding thriller that will keep the reader on the edge of his seat, all the while introducing a running social commentary on the state of medicine today. Told from an insider's viewpoint, this novel allows readers to gain an insight into the secret world of high-tech medicine and how political changes can affect you. This is a page-turner from start to finish. With vampires, Nazis, health care, and present-day politics, there is nothing missing from this exciting thriller!
Description : Ricky Gilbert’s world is about to be turned upside down. After moving with his adopted American parents and Chinese sister from the only home he’s known in Singapore to a new one in New Jersey, the Filipino teenager finds himself feeling lost in unfamiliar surroundings and alone as the new kid in school. With the help of Max Parada, an American-born Filipino, and Amy Cho, his Korean American classmate, Ricky begins to find his place and identity through Taekwondo training. The training, however, is more than simply kicks and punches. It becomes his guide to life as he progresses from one belt to another. Just as he begins to adjust to his new environment, however, Ricky’s world takes another hit when he discovers a secret that forces him to question who he is and what family means to him. As he tries to come to terms with what he’s learnt, he inherits a large sum of money and is faced with a major decision - stay with the family he’s known all his life or leave and become a family of one. To help with his decision, Ricky travels to The Philippines and back to Singapore but he’s not just on a trip down memory lane. While on his quest, Ricky learns things about his father that make the two of them more alike than he’d ever thought - or even hoped - possible.
Description : There’s a saying that goes: “where there’s smoke, there was fire”. Well I believe that in my case it is where there was love, pain and deceit, only hate can be left. Yes, because I hated him with all my being and that would never change. My nightmare, it had come back to my life, and how. One direct order from the President of the United States himself forced me to coexist twenty four seven with him, and very closely. My name is Isabella Farrel, I am a federal agent. My mission is to “protect the man I hate the most”. Hard, isn’t it?
Description : These poems are about my life experience. They are a glimpse into my journey of reclaiming my life. I began writing poetry as a way of releasing stress, loneliness, and sadness. When I moved to Calgary I had no one to talked to. I felt very alone and out of place, and I had no idea what I was going to do with myself. All of my friends were in Montreal, along with everything I had ever owned. I only had five hundred dollars in my wallet, and two suitcases full of toys, clothes, and important documents."
Description : Food and the global agricultural system has become one of the defining public concerns of the twenty-first century. Ecological disorder and inequity is at the heart of our food system. This thoughtful and confronting book tells the story of how the development of modern agriculture promised ecological and social stability but instead descended into dysfunction. Contributing to knowledge in environmental, cultural and agricultural histories, it explores how people have tried to live in the aftermath of ‘ecological imperialism’. The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress: An environmental history journeys to the dry inland plains of Australia where European ideas and agricultural technologies clashed with a volatile and taunting country that resisted attempts to subdue and transform it for the supply of global markets. Its wide-ranging narrative puts gritty local detail in its global context to tell the story of how cultural anxieties about civilisation, population, and race, shaped agriculture in the twentieth century. It ranges from isolated experiment farms to nutrition science at the League of Nations, from local landholders to high profile moral crusaders, including an Australian apricot grower who met Franklin D. Roosevelt and almost fed the world. This book will be useful to undergraduates and postgraduates on courses examining international comparisons of nineteenth and twentieth century agriculture, and courses studying colonial development and settler societies. It will also appeal to food concerned general readers.
Description : Broken Promises follows the main character, Beebe, who falls in love with the man of her dreams. He literally sweeps her off her feet with promises of happy ever after. We have heard the saying ´things are not as they seem´, ´sometimes, people are too good to be true.´ That is exactly what we find in Desmond Carlisle. He takes Beebe on an emotional roller coaster ride to the point that she almost loses herself in the process. Were it not for the love of a close family, her belief in God, and her own common sense, she finally allows the blinders to come off in order to see what she has been hiding from herself. The person that she married never really existed. She fell in love with his representative. Now she had to figure out a way to dig her way out of the mess she has allowed herself to be in. However, she had to tread carefully because she had no idea who she was dealing with...Who was this man who had stolen her heart and ripped it apart like pieces of common paper...
Description : Considering that getting along in civil society is based on the expectation that (most) people will do what they say they will do, i.e., essentially live up to their explicit or implicit promises, it is amazing that so little scientific attention has been given to the act of promising. A great deal of research has been done on the moral development of children, for example, but not on the child’s ability to make and keep a promise, one of the highest moral achievements. What makes it possible developmentally, cognitively, and emotionally to make a promise in the first place? And on the other hand, what compels one to keep a promise (or vow or threat) when there seems to be no personal advantage in doing so, and even when harm can be predicted? How do we know when a promise is offered seriously to be taken at face value, and how do we understand that another is only a polite gesture, not to be taken seriously? In Promises, Oaths, and Vows: On the Psychology of Promising, Herbert Schlesinger addresses these questions, drawing on the literature of moral development in children; the psychotherapy of a patient who regularly broke promises that were unnecessary in the first place; those who were regarded as "promising youngsters" who did not fulfill their "promise"; and those who feared making a promise, a commitment, or a threat out of fear that, once made, the utterance would take on a life of its own and could never be taken back. Furthermore, he illustrates his conclusions by examining the widespread use of promising in classical literature, such as Greek drama and the plays of Shakespeare, as well as the motivating and reifying power of the promise in Western religious traditions. With a style honed over the penning of two previous books, Schlesinger once again produces a work grounded in a firm analytic sensibility, but which also retains the wit and candor of the seasoned analyst. His seminal investigation of this all but neglected topic in the clinical literature is as timely as it is scholarly, and – with the title firmly in mind – Promises, Oaths, and Vows is assured to be a worthy addition to any clinician’s library and a provoking investigation into Nietzsche’s notion of man as "the animal who makes promises."