Description : Most church members don't see their churches clearly. In almost all of Thom S. Rainer's consultations, church members perceive their church to be friendly. But as he surveyed guests, he found that the guests typically saw church members as unfriendly. The perception chasm existed because the members were indeed friendly . . . to one another. The guests felt like they crashed a private party. Bestselling author Thom Rainer (I Am a Church Member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church) has a game plan for churches to become more hospitable. In a format that is suitable for church members to read individually or study together, Rainer guides readers toward a practical framework for making a difference for those who visit their church. Churches may use Becoming a Welcoming Church to assess and audit where they are on a spectrum between welcoming and wanting. Additionally, churches can use the companion book We Want You Here to send guests home with a compelling vision for what pastors want every guest to know when they visit.
Description : The message is basic but profound. We want guests to know they are welcome to the church. This book is a gift to guests to communicate that very message. Bestselling author Thom S. Rainer (I Am a Church Member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church) has created a tool for churches to become more hospitable through a brief, welcoming book that introduces the ministry of the local church to guests. We Want You Here is a clear and instructive message to be given to church guests. Rainer facilitates the follow up conversation that every pastor would have, if they had the opportunity. By giving away the book to guests, they are encouraged, in a non-intrusive manner, to continue to reflect on the decision to visit their church. Those churches who share We Want You Here will be able to tell their guests: • We Really Want You Here • This is Not a Place for Perfect People • We Would Like to Get to Know You • This is Where Families Grow Strong • Getting to Know the One Who Made Us • Come Make a Difference with Us • Thank You for Being Here
Description : Every day researchers face an onslaught of irrelevant, inaccurate, and sometimes insidious information. While new technologies provide powerful tools for accessing knowledge, not all information is created equal. Valuable information may be tucked away on a shelf, buried on the hundredth page of search results, or hidden behind digital barriers. With so many obstacles to effective research, it is vital that higher education students master the art of inquiry. Information Now is an innovative approach to information literacy that will reinvent the way college students think about research. Instead of the typical textbook format, it uses illustrations, humor, and reflective exercises to teach students how to become savvy researchers. Students will learn how to evaluate information, to incorporate it into their existing knowledge base, to wield it effectively, and to understand the ethical issues surrounding its use. Written by two library professionals, it incorporates concepts and skills drawn from the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and their Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Thoroughly researched and highly engaging, Information Now offers the tools that students need to become powerful consumers and creators of information. Whether used by a high school student tackling a big paper, an undergrad facing the newness of a university library, or a writer wanting to go beyond Google, Information Now is a powerful tool for any researcher’s arsenal.
Description : In The Mysterious Chinese Book of Everything, eleven stories deliver a unique, sometimes tender, often laugh-out-loud glimpse into one man's evolution from a strict Catholic upbringing in Midwestern America to an experimental and unorthodox adulthood oceans away. Whether it's a nostalgic story of the first-time, drop-your-drawers physical of a terrified teenage boy, or the fanciful tale of his efforts to stump Dr. Ng's mysterious Chinese volume, the adventures of author Tim Casart are familiar enough to kindle our own coming-of-age memories and offbeat enough to capture our imagination. Casart's entertaining collection reflects one man's, and maybe every man's, valiant attempt to make an extraordinary life out of the ordinary.
Description : Seven books! Each an introduction to a bestselling urban fantasy or paranormal romance series. All from USA Today bestselling and international bestselling authors who are consistently on the bestseller charts. ____________ BLOODFIRE by Helen Harper Mackenzie Smith has always known she was different. Growing up as the only human in a pack of rural shapeshifters will do that to you, but then couple it with some mean fighting skills and a fiery temper and you end up with a woman that few will dare to cross. However, when the only father figure in her life is brutally murdered, and the dangerous Brethren with their predatory Lord Alpha come to investigate, Mack has to not only ensure the physical safety of her adopted family by hiding her apparent humanity, she also has to seek the blood-soaked vengeance that she craves. _____________ DARKANGEL by Christine Pope Finding the man of your dreams can be a real nightmare.... As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match. But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin. (Book 1 of the Witches of Cleopatra Hill) _____________ FEYLAND: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie? WHEN A GAME… Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and fifteen-year-old Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries. TURNS REAL… Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her. WINNING IS EVERYTHING… Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late. _____________ HAUNTED ON BOURBON STREET by Deanna Chase A Jade Calhoun Novel Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower. When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord. Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it's up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she'll need Kane's help—and he's betrayed her with a secret of his own—to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost? _____________ JUSTICE CALLING by Annie Bellet Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe. As long as she doesn’t use her magic. When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers. Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits. _____________ MAGGIE FOR HIRE by Kate Danley "If urban fantasy could be bottled, then this story is a shot-glass full of awesomesauce." - Dark Side of the Covers Reviews When monsters appear in Los Angeles, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except her dad, who disappeared in the middle of an assignment. Now an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie’s uncle teamed up with the forces of darkness to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, serving bottomless refills on humans. The only hope for survival lies in tracking down two magical objects and a secret that vanished with Maggie’s dad. _____________ THE REST FALLS AWAY by Colleen Gleason “Sophisticated, sexy, surprising!” — J.R. Ward “Colleen Gleason’s irresistible…series is deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining.” —Chicago Tribune “Gleason’s publishing debut turns vampire stories—and romances—on their ear.” —Detroit Free Press Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil… Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world. In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty. And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love.
Description : A group of nine women met in the darkness, ignoring the snow. A lone wulf watched them, but did not approach them. Wulves had never bothered Muses. They were sentient, intelligent and could communicate telepathically. They roamed in packs, of up to a few dozen, but widely spread. Another woman approached, walking close to the wulf, who remained docile to the point that she could pat him. ***** “Then it’s agreed. The last five have been disappointments, so I’m happy to vote with the majority and give this one another go. He got close last time.” “I agree, too. I think we put too much weight on his appearance. He’s not as ugly as all that when you get to know him. You should handle this one Rika. Welcome to the sisterhood, by the way, we love getting new recruits. Because it’s such a big one, I think we should all help you.” The leader stood, and looked to the sky. She pointed far off. “Look, the others are coming now. It’s time to move, Rika. Good luck darling. Try to make a good impression with him.” The women embraced and dispersed their separate ways.
Description : Four students discover a manuscript, The Book of Skulls, which reveals the existence of a sect, now living in the Arizona desert, whose members can offer immortality to those who can complete its initiation rite. To their surprise, they discover that the sect exists, and is willing to accept them as acolytes. But for each group of four who enter the rite, two must die in order for the others to succeed.
Description : Your hard work is paying off. You are doing well in your field. But there is something standing between you and the next level of achievement. That something may just be one of your own annoying habits.Perhaps one small flaw - a behaviour you barely even recognise - is the only thing that's keeping you from where you want to be. It may be that the very characteristic that you believe got you where you are - like the drive to win at all costs - is what's holding you back. As this book explains, people often do well in spite of certain habits rather than because of them-and need a "to stop" list rather than one listing what "to do".Marshall Goldsmith's expertise is in helping global leaders overcome their unconscious annoying habits and become more successful. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag - but in this book you get his great advice for much less. Recently named as one of the world's five most-respected executive coaches by Forbes, he has worked with over 100 major CEOs and their management teams at the world's top businesses. His clients include corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Glaxo SmithKline, Johnson and Johnson and GE.
Description : Ferus, Book 6 in the Heku Series, continues to follow the Ferus Organization, a heku alignment that is struggling to become the 4th heku faction. With the newly renewed tension between the factions growing even more violent, Emily struggles with the loss of past friendships. Chevalier and the Equites find themselves, once again, fighting to keep Emily with them, and their power brings the Valle and Encala to their knees, again wishing to renew the once strong alliance. Emily finds friendship and purpose out on the island and only another attack brings her back to the palace, but not for long. Again the V.E.S. interferes, and when the island is no longer safe, she is forced to return to the palace. Exavior crosses the line and breaks ancient rules set to keep the mortals safe from the ancients. Emily and Dustin begin a war of their own and the Equites become irritated with their constant fighting. When Dustin takes the arguing to new levels, the Equites Elders begin to lose their faith in the former Powan. Another war in Council City pits the Equites against the other factions, and Emily’s method of revenge even shocks the Equites.
Description : Everyone is drawn to Cooper Rand, the drummer for Ivory Tower. He loves the rock-star lifestyle, and when it comes to the hook-up, he is unwilling to let emotions interfere. When he meets Jayson, he begins to question whether he's been missing something truly special all this time. Jayson Keller has spent his adult life on Martha's Vineyard as a builder, struggling to keep his sexual orientation secret. He has mastered hiding his sexual preference, but he doesn't want to do it forever, vowing that if the right man came along he'd happily live openly as a gay man. However, living where he does limits his partner options. Finding someone worth coming out of that closet for seems unlikely. A party brings Cooper and Jayson face-to-face, and their lives suddenly take a whole new path. Has Jayson finally met a man worth leaving his self-imposed closet? But, a bigoted family and the rock star lifestyle could keep both men searching for what was standing right in front of them: a soul mate.