American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to travel to Africa and open a school for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. David Nixon, a carpenter from North Carolina who had lived through his share of trouble, knew nothing about the small, land-locked African country of Malawi. But after having a religious awakening and hearing about a preacher's efforts to aid its impoverished and beleaguered citizens, he raises money from his church and sets off to do what so many well-intentioned Americans of faith do in Africa: build an orphanage. But as his plans are beset with difficulties, Nixon slowly comes to realize that helping others requires listening to and learning from them. And that means changing his preconceived ideas of what the Malawians need and how he can best serve them. A Twist of Faith is the story of one man who, despite personal struggles, a profound cultural gap, the corruption of local officials, and the heartbreak of losing an orphan he comes to love, saves himself by saving others in a place nothing like home. Nixon's story is representative of a growing trend: the thousands of American Christians who are impassioned donors of time, money, and personal energy, devoted to helping African children.
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Orphaned at a young age, Sophia Shaw is placed in a Brisbane girl's home run by the sadistic, Matron Rooney. To cope she must rely on her own resources and a treasured family heirloom. Later, after meeting the Ipswich larrikin, Chad Wrightson, she hopes her trials and tribulations of the past are behind her. Little did she know they were just beginning. With the outbreak of WW2, Chad enlists and is sent overseas with the Australian Imperial Force. Sophia is left alone and facing the most difficult decision of her young life. Obsessed with a plan, known only to a few, she embarks on a path that has unexpected repercussions.What transpires is a journey of self-discovery where survival hinges on deception, luck, faith and hope. Set during Australia's darkest days of World War 2, the story portrays the Australian ethos of the period. It also reflects the savage impact of war on the plethora of interesting and diverse characters who touch and influence Chad and Sophia as they strive to combat almost insurmountable odds. Entrenched views on life are confronted. Values are challenged. The question is:- will luck, faith and hope be enough?
Berit Kjos is convinced that millions of women are traveling down cultural freeways to self-made spirituality. Why, she asks, have feminist myths and goddesses replaced biblical faith for many Christians who have embarked on journeys of self-discovery.
A daring new direction begins with the arrival of a brand new villain inthese stories from WONDER WOMAN #41-47! But while he may be new to us, he's notnew to the world he seeks to tame. And speaking of villains, Donna Troy's questto destroy Wonder Woman ratchets up another gear (if that's even possible!),while Wonder Woman is learning how to replace Ares as God of War. Plus, DonnaTroy's fate becomes clear as she embarks on a journey that will either end herlife or begin a new one, while Wonder Woman draws closer to the Amazon who triedto depose Diana as queen!
Will a wager against her future steal her chance at true love? "Basham weaves a unique tale sure to please the romantic at heart."Denise Hunter, bestselling author of "Married 'til Monday" Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position. For one, Adelina didn't plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she'd tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past. But when Reese discovers that he's a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina's deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives? Give a gift copy to a friend and recommend "A Twist of Faith" to your bookclub.
The secret ingredient is love. It was a short distance from Anne Beiler's little town in the heart of Mennonite country to her humble farmer's stand that would become the first Auntie Anne's Pretzel store. But it was a long life journey for Anne to get there. Twist of Faith is more than the inspiring story of building a successful business; it's a personal journey of faith and forgiveness. From the death of her young daughter to surviving the rigors of building a successful business to struggles with depression, Anne offers a deeply personal view of her life. She says, "If you knew my life and understood where I came from, you would agree that Auntie Anne's, Inc. is a modern day business miracle." Twist of Faith is an inspiring look at the life of a woman who went from an 8th-grade Amish education to founding Auntie Anne's, Inc., the world's largest mall-based pretzel franchise.
A survivor of the May 3, 1999, F5 tornado in Oklahoma describes she and her family coped with the ensuing damage and injuries.
Following the death of her adoptive mother, a woman discovers a photograph that leads her into a dangerous investigation of her past.
Before being betrayed and imprisoned, Parlee must find her way through sleepy villages, a guarded bridge, a mysterious cove and an enchanted forest on her way to Braunfield Castle. In her pocket she carries one of the three Dragon Keys which legend says holds the freedom of her world, and a scheming Generals power in check. No truly noble quest would be complete without an entourage of diverse companions, and Parlee and the Dragon Keys provides them. Miles: a humble donkey cart driver who offers Parlee a ride and has a familiar face that she can’t quite place. Through Parlee’s youthful eyes he seems old and worn, but in his case looks are deceiving. Kig: a dashing swordsman, with questionable credentials, is Parlee’s soul-mate, but true love never follows a straight course which puts their devotion to one another to the test. Smolder: a Moon Dragon who is eager to learn more about humans and quickly forms a bond with Parlee; but even this sweet-natured friend has an agenda of his own. One of these three friends will betray her, one will deliver her to the enemy and the third will desert her for a pretty face. Knowing all this in advance will not help you to untangle the web of intrigue and plot deceptions that will lead you on an adventure with a twist of faith.
Uneasy Peace. Worlds In Flux. Tests Of Faith. The Final Episode Was Only The Beginning. The Dominion War is over...or is it? Three months after the Allied victory against the invaders from the Gamma Quadrant, a surprise attack awakens the fear of renewed hostilities. At the same time, a senseless murder sets a space station commander on a path that will test the limits of her faith...while a strange discovery within the plasma storms of the Badlands propels an old soldier toward a rendezvous with destiny. Elsewhere, amidst the ruins of an ancient civilization, a young man is about to embark on a dangerous quest to fill the hole in his life -- one left by the loss of his father. So begins the unprecedented, authorized continuation of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine®, springing from the seven-year television odyssey of Captain Benjamin Sisko and his crew aboard a Federation starbase at the edge of the final frontier. Following the serial format and evolving character arcs that were the hallmarks of the TV series, the new Deep Space Nine novels pick up where the show left off, daring to imagine what happened after the final episode. Now the first five tales of that critically acclaimed storyline are collected in one massive volume. Originally published as the two-part Avatar, Abyss, Demons of Air and Darkness, and the novella "Horn and Ivory," Twist of Faith revisits the aftermath of the Dominion War, the pivotal planet Bajor, its mysterious connection to the timeless Prophets of the wormhole, as well as the familiar faces, new friends, and uncertain allies whose fates intertwine at the crossroads of the galaxy. With an introduction by New York Times bestselling author David R. George III (Mission: Gamma -- Twilight; The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins; the Crucible trilogy), Twist of Faith takes the Deep Space Nine saga to a new level...exploring what was left behind, and what awaits beyond.