Night of Miracles

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Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg Summary

The feel-good book of the year: a delightful novel of friendship, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change your life, by the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she’s hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn’t know how to bake but she needs to keep her mind off a big decision she sorely regrets. When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln’s parents aren’t the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community—just when they need it the most. “Elizabeth Berg’s characters jump right off the page and into your heart” said Fannie Flagg about The Story of Arthur Truluv. The same could be said about Night of Miracles, a heartwarming novel that reminds us that the people we come to love are often the ones we don’t expect. Praise for Night of Miracles “Happy, sad, sweet and slyly funny, [Night of Miracles] celebrates the nourishing comfort of community and provides a delightfully original take on the cycles of life.”—People (Book of the Week) “Find refuge in Mason, a place blessedly free of the political chaos we now know as ‘real life.’ In Berg’s charming but far from shallow alternative reality, the focus is on the things that make life worth living: the human connections that light the way through the dark of aging, bereavement, illness and our own mistakes. . . . As the endearing, odd-lot characters of Mason, Missouri, coalesce into new families, dessert is served: a plateful of chocolate-and-vanilla pinwheel cookies for the soul.”—USA Today “Full of empathy and charm, every chapter infuses the heart with a renewed sense of hope.” —Woman’s World

The Age of Miracles

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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker Summary

WHAT IF our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours until day becomes night and night becomes day? 'It is never what you worry over that comes to pass in the end. The real catastrophies are always different - unimagined, unprepared for, unknown…' What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becomes night and night becomes day? What effect would this slowing have on the world? On the birds in the sky, the whales in the sea, the astronauts in space, and on an eleven-year-old girl, grappling with emotional changes in her own life..? One morning, Julia and her parents wake up in their suburban home in California to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing. The enormity of this is almost beyond comprehension. And yet, even if the world is, in fact, coming to an end, as some assert, day-to-day life must go on. Julia, facing the loneliness and despair of an awkward adolescence, witnesses the impact of this phenomenon on the world, on the community, on her family and on herself. * '"Miracles' indeed. Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel is a stunner from the first page - an end-of-the-world, coming-of-age tale of quiet majesty. I loved this novel and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do next' Justin Cronin, author of The Passage

The Story of Arthur Truluv

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“I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them “Fans of Meg Wolitzer, Emma Straub, or [Elizabeth] Berg’s previous novels will appreciate the richly complex characters and clear prose. Redemptive without being maudlin, this story of two misfits lucky to have found one another will tug at readers’ heartstrings.”—Booklist For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life. Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur—a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv.” As Arthur’s neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew. Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age. Praise for The Story of Arthur Truluv “For several days after [finishing The Story of Arthur Truluv], I felt lifted by it, and I found myself telling friends, also feeling overwhelmed by 2017, about the book. Read this, I said, it will offer some balance to all that has happened, and it is a welcome reminder we’re all neighbors here.”—Chicago Tribune “Not since Paul Zindel’s classic The Pigman have we seen such a unique bond between people who might not look twice at each other in real life. This small, mighty novel offers proof that they should.”—People, Book of the Week

Voice in the Night

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Astonishing True Story of the Miracles That Are Changing Africa Born into a long line of witch doctors, Surprise ("Surpresa") Sithole was destined for a life of fear, oppression, and poverty in the jungles of Africa. But at the age of fifteen, he was awakened in the middle of the night by an unfamiliar voice. Urgent, but not harsh, it told him to get up and leave his family immediately. As Surprise stepped out into the night, away from everything dear to him, he had no idea who God was--or what he had in store for him. From miraculous signs and wonders to supernatural deliverance from certain death to divine revivals that overtook countries, Surprise has followed wherever God has led, becoming an agent of hope and change in a continent devastated by war, poverty, and spiritual oppression. Voice in the Night is the amazing true story of what began that night in a jungle hut more than twenty-five years ago: a journey--an adventure--of faith and miracles.

The End of Miracles

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The End of Miracles by Monica Starkman Summary

International Book Awards 2016 finalist for literary fiction The End of Miracles is a twisting, haunting story about the drastic consequences of a frustrated obsession. A woman with a complex past wants nothing more than to become a mother, but struggles with infertility and miscarriage. She is temporarily comforted by a wish-fulfilling false pregnancy, but when reality inevitably dashes that fantasy, she falls into a depression so deep she must be hospitalized. The sometimes-turbulent environment of the psychiatry unit rattles her and makes her fear for her sanity, and she flees. Outside, she impulsively commits a startling act with harrowing consequences for herself and others. This emotionally gripping novel is a suspenseful journey across the blurred boundaries between sanity and madness, depression and healing.

Holy Night of Miracles: A Cantata of Hope for Christmas

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Holy Night of Miracles: A Cantata of Hope for Christmas by N.A Summary

One miraculous night in Bethlehem changed the course of human history forever. Foretold by Old Testament prophets, the Messiah entered the world and, even more importantly, the hearts of people from all walks of life with a message of hope and love. This holy night is distinctively captured in this musical recounting of Jesus' birth. Blending familiar carols with new Christmas anthems, this work is a timely reminder that the hope born on that first Christmas night is still needed today and ultimately found in the miraculous Child born in Bethlehem. Heart-warming music, inspiring narration and congregational singing make this a moving worship experience for choirs and congregation alike.

City of Miracles

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City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett Summary

Revenge. It's something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing. So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do--and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara's killers deserve. Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara's death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And--perhaps most daunting of all--finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.

The Question of Miracles

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The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold Summary

Unhappy about moving from sunny California to rainy Corvallis, Oregon, and grieving over the death of her best friend, sixth-grader Iris looks for a miracle and may find one in new friend Boris.

Tent of Miracles

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Tent of Miracles by Jorge Amado,Barbara Shelby Merello,Ilan Stavans Summary

The Wisconsin edition is not for sale in the British Commonwealth (excluding Canada), the Republic of Ireland, or South Africa.

The Jefferson Bible

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The Jefferson Bible by Thomas Jefferson,Wyatt North Summary

The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting numerous sections from various Bibles as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson's composition excluded sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the Four Evangelists. In 1895, the Smithsonian Institution under the leadership of librarian Cyrus Adler purchased the original Jefferson Bible from Jefferson's great-granddaughter Carolina Randolph for $400. A conservation effort commencing in 2009, in partnership with the museum's Political History department, allowed for a public unveiling in an exhibit open from November 11, 2011, through May 28, 2012, at the National Museum of American History.

Latin American Melodrama

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Latin American Melodrama by Darlene J. Sadlier Summary

Like their Hollywood counterparts, Latin American film and TV melodramas have always been popular and highly profitable. The first of its kind, this anthology engages in a serious study of the aesthetics and cultural implications of Latin American melodramas. Written by some of the major figures in Latin American film scholarship, the studies range across seventy years of movies and television within a transnational context, focusing specifically on the period known as the "Golden Age" of melodrama, the impact of classic melodrama on later forms, and more contemporary forms of melodrama. An introductory essay examines current critical and theoretical debates on melodrama and places the essays within the context of Latin American film and media scholarship. Contributors are Luisela Alvaray, Mariana Baltar, Catherine L. Benamou, Marvin D’Lugo, Paula Félix-Didier, Andrés Levinson, Gilberto Perez, Darlene J. Sadlier, Cid Vasconcelos, and Ismail Xavier.

Project Pearl

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From the coauthor of The Heavenly Mancomes another incredible true story of God's power manifested in China. Project Pearl is the powerful account of the delivery, in June 1981, of 1 million Bibles into China by a tugboat and barge manned by twenty dedicated missionaries. The delivery was blanketed in prayer and took place right under the noses of the People's Liberation Army, naval patrol boats, and coastal radar of China's Guangdong Province. The bravery and vision of those involved in Project Pearl provoked Chinese printing presses to print Bibles as well, and gradually the availability of God's Word began to stoke the flames of the now evident Chinese revival.

A Course in Miracles

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A Course in Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace Summary

Offers ecumenical meditations on love, perception, forgiveness, eternal life, and theoretical concepts in theology

The Case for Miracles

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The Case for Miracles by Lee Strobel Summary

New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel trains his investigative sights on the hot-button issue of whether it's credible to believe God intervenes supernaturally in people's lives today. The book features the results of exclusive new scientific polling and first-hand reports that show miracle accounts are much more common than people think.

Memoirs of Miracles

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Memoirs of Miracles by Tim Mondy Summary

In early November 2006, 6-year-old Ryan had a headache that lasted for several days. His mother took him to the doctor and Ryan was treated for a sinus infection. After the antibiotics were all taken, Ryan's symptoms persisted. A return trip to the doctor's office revealed a mass in Ryan's head. The pressure was causing the headache. Within hours, Ryan was airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Following the intial discovery, Ryan underwent two major brain surgeries, thirty radiation treatments and nearly one hundred chemotherapy treatments. His contagious smile and "Bring it on" attitude inspired therapists, doctors, nurses and nearly everyone else he met during his treatments.Ryan's story has touched countless lives. This book was written in stages, during the ongoing battle. The intensity of the struggle is not glossed over. This account is the struggle for life. Join the journey and share in these "Memoirs of Miracles".

Court of Miracles

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Court of Miracles by Brigitte Goldstein,Miriam Goldstein Summary

The year is 1661. The boy King Louis XIV has reached his majority and has taken the reins of his Kingdom into his own hands. The French nobility, only recently in rebellion against the Crown, scampers to pay homage to the ruler and vies for the honor of being received at the Royal Court. Among those eager to gain favor with the King are the Marquis and Marquise de Valinquette. The Marquis's father had been among the chief plotters against the Crown and the gray eminences behind the throne. But all that is in the past now. The Hôtel de Valinquette in the fashionable Marais district of Paris is the most sought-after salon and its hostess, the Marquise, the most brilliant new star on the social firmament. Everybody who is anybody is eager to mingle at Madame's Thursday soirées. Poets and musicians write paeans to her beauty and charm; young noblemen languish at her feet and swear undying love. It's all part of the game being played in this world of profligacy and make-believe. Yet, underneath the mask of frivolity, social connections are made and ambitions are advanced. It is only a matter of time, her husband assures her, before His Majesty will take note and will receive them at the Royal Court, restoring the honor of the Valinquette name to its right full place. But the Marquise's enigmatic smile veils only thinly the profound melancholy and secret that tears at her heart. The visitor, an old friend given up for lost, who suddenly appears out of the Marquis's past, immediately senses that not all is well in the marriage. To even an old score, Guibert, Count de Mallac, presses his advantage and woos his friend's love-starved wife who willingly succumbs to his advances. Antoine is at first too preoccupied with furthering his ambitious scheme of social advancement, in which his wife is a mere tool, to notice what is going in his house. When he is finally confronted with the truth and the love relationship is exposed, it is no longer revenge Guibert is seeking. Against his will, he has fallen in love with his friend's wife and is willing to put his life on the line in a duel with Antoine. What neither of the two rivals seems to be aware of is that the object of their feud is by no means a puppet to be passed around nor is she a statue on a pedestal; she is a woman of flesh and blood with the will and determination to go her own way. As the story unfolds, she pulls off the social mask of deceit and pretense her husband had forced on her and embarks on a long journey into her past, a journey that takes her from the glamorous world of the aristocracy into the bowels of Paris, into the kingdom of beggars and thieves called the Court of Miracles. Confronted with mortal danger, and a series of misfortunes for herself and those she loves, she battles hunger and disease, the treachery of a dangerous criminal and the snares laid by a police chief to entrap her, she reveals time and again dauntless courage and strength, ingenuity and feistiness that help her to stand up against extreme adversity, hardship, and injustice. At the center of the action stands a remarkable woman variously known as the Marquise de Valinquette as Galatée or simply as La Fauvette after the little birds in the gutters of Paris, who is torn between her passionate love for Guibert and tender feelings for Antoine. The male protagonists, Guibert and Antoine, who have been friends and rivals since childhood, are studies in contrasting personalities. Antoine, tall and dark, has a melancholy disposition and an artistic sensibility with an Iberian soul. Guibert, muscular and fair, the descendant of a lusty, Celtic stock of Breton nobles, is outwardly brash and rowdy. The passionate bond of love and hate between the three characters spurs them on to overcome deeply entrenched social conventions and no less formidable emotional barriers that threaten to divide them. Court of Miracles is a ripping romantic yarn of love and deceptio

The Night the Angels Came

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The Night the Angels Came by Chrissie Chapman Summary

Trained as a midwife, Chrissie Chapman went to Burundi in the nineties to open a maternity clinic and dispensary in a rural area of the country. She had been there just three years when a coup was declared, and the country descended into a state of civil war. It lasted for thirteen long years. During that time, God directed her to work with the orphans and widows. She started a centre for abandoned babies and traumatised children and saw the Lord performing remarkable miracles in the lives of people who had lost everything. Chrissie adopted three children herself, and has raised more than fifty others to young adulthood. Again and again she has witnessed miracles of protection and provision. When the war started, Chrissie, her adopted children, and the health staff were living in a rural location on top of a mountain, in a healing centre, with maternity clinic and dispensary. Every night there was gunfire, and every day people would come seeking refuge. One night, she and David Ndarahutse, the mission director, were sitting praying amid the fighting, when David said, 'Chrissie, look up.' There were dozens of angels standing on top of the walls of the healing centre. That was the night the angels came. 'From that moment on,' Chrissie records, 'I have never experienced or felt fear for my life.' Today Chrissie divides her time between Burundi, where she continues to care for the teenagers in her charge, and England, Canada and America, where she speaks widely about the faithfulness and power of God.