Children of the Day opens on a June morning in 1953, when Sara Vandal, convinced that her husband has been having a decades-long affair, decides that she is too sick to get out of bed. With ten children in the house (and a possible eleventh on the way), this decision sets off a day of chaos, reflection and near disaster for the Vandal family. Sara’s husband, Oliver, heads to the town hotel and bar in Union Plains, Manitoba, where he has been the manager for the past twenty years–a position he suspects he’ll no longer have by the end of the day. In an attempt to avoid the unavoidable, Oliver decides instead to pay a visit to Alice Bouchard, his childhood sweetheart across the river. Throughout the day, both Oliver and Sara reflect on how their lives collided – a car accident that brought them together and tore them from the futures their families expected of them. Sara (from Sandra Birdsell’s previous novel, The Russländer) recalls her life in the big city of Winnipeg in the 1930s – a young Russian Mennonite woman lucky enough to escape the shackles of her overbearing culture. Oliver remembers his wedding day photograph–his the only Métis face in a crowd of Mennonites–and the precise moment when he suddenly grasped the enormity of his decision to “do the right thing.” The Vandal children, too, must deal with this unusual disruption of their daily routine. Alvina, the oldest, secretly handles the stress of her family, her plan to escape them all, and her discovery of the world’s evil in the only way she knows how. Emilie worries about losing her happy-go-lucky father while facing the town’s heretofore hidden racism head-on. The boys live up to their family name by recklessly taking chances and literally playing with fire. And since her mother won’t come out of her bedroom, Ruby, just a little girl herself, must take charge of the babies with danger lurking in every corner. By nightfall the extended Vandal family will be thrown together to work out the problems of the past and exorcise the ghosts that haunt them, which have all, in their own way, set this June day’s events in motion. From the Hardcover edition.
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Join Beth Moore and walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. This Leader Guide will help you lead a study of Children of the Day for groups in your church or community. You'll find helps for planning and promoting the study and instructions for conducting nine group sessions. As you and Beth lead, your group will gain assurance their circumstances and conditions are not coincidental. God's timing is impeccable! Whether facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, participants will receive encouragement for living the Christian life now and hope for when Christ returns. "You are children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness." 1 Thessalonians 5:5 Features: Step-by-step instructions for facilitating the group sessions using the Bible Study Book and DVD video sessions Answers to the viewing guide for the DVD sessions Leader material to accompany the 9 sessions of small group time Benefits: Leaders can be assured of a trusted teacher in every group as participants view the video Biblical truth that's reliable Leader Guide contributes to leader's confidence and preparation, but also contributes to leader training Provocative questions; scriptural support; and text, application, and preparation In-depth study for women that will challenge them in the discipline of daily Bible study Challenges women to complete in-depth study of two books of the Bible, chapter by chapter Can be adapted to create a semester Bible study by breaking sessions into more than one week Author: Beth Moore is an author and Bible teacher of best-selling Bible studies and books for women. She is the founder of Living Proof Ministries and speaker at Living Proof Live women's events across the US. Beth's mission is to guide women everywhere into a richer, more fulfilling relationship with the Father.
From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author P. B. Kerr comes the fourth volume in this exceptional, imaginative adventure series about a brother and sister who discover they are djinns. Djinn twins John and Philippa are off on another whirlwind adventure that takes them around the globe and into unknown worlds. And it's a race against time as they attempt to rescue their mother from her fate as the Blue Djinn of Babylon. An aging curse has been placed on their father, and if the twins are gone too long, he'll rapidly become an old man. Meanwhile, museums all over the world are reporting robberies of valuable jade from their collections, as well as bizarre hauntings.
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Through a series of remarkable events, Sarah de Carvalho left her glittering career in film promotion and TV production to join a missionary organisation in Brazil. There she met children from the age of seven living on the streets, taking drugs, stealing to survive and vulnerable to prostitution and gang warfare. This is the remarkable true story of a life transformed. It tells of the incredible work that Sarah founded in the Happy Child Mission. It is a story of immense faith, suffering and love. The children whose stories are revealed in this exceptional book will change the heart of every reader. This new fully updated edition of THE STREET CHILDREN OF BRAZIL brings the story up to date. Fifteen years on, Sarah celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Happy Child, revisits some of the first children she worked with, and reflects on all that God has done.