Marina del Rey attorney Tom McGuire must defend his client against a charge of carjacking and murder, rescue a proctologist-turned-plastic-surgeon, and battle with a government administrator of the Federal Witness Protection Program. Tom also runs into a modern-day Indian tribe that inhabits a high-rise office building, and some militant environmentalists who have unique methods of combating a Malibu real estate development. The action is set in and around Marina del Rey, California, with excursions to Topanga Canyon and Catalina Island's tiny settlement, Isthmus Cove. Also included are confrontations at sea between Tom's aging Chris-Craft and a Mafia offshore racer. Throughout, attorney McGuire's description of the action that takes place in this novel is a sense of humor that could only come from a person who has performed standup comedy, as author Jonathan Schwartz has.
Author: Jonathan W. Koontz
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Release Date: 2008-01
This is a book of essays. They are about the journey we all take through life. All of us are heading toward a real goal - home. We will each know our own home when we get there. When these essays started coming out of my computer, I did not know they were going to be essays. I was totally astonished when "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" showed up, fully formed, needing only slight tweaking to assume its final shape. I looked it over. This was an essay. It could not be anything else. Carrying on with my writing, I saw essay after essay appear on the screen of my computer. Some came out of my brain and heart almost as fully formed as the first. Some required much work. I believe the work was worthwhile. I believe the book is worthwhile. I stand proudly behind every idea in this book. I do not stand behind every word. Every major idea here is transformational and liberating. I do not know how many major liberating transformational ideas there are in the world, but as I write this, I can think of maybe 20 or 30 - no more. On the other hand, there are more than a half a million words in the three books. You may find words with which you disagree. I hope you do. But it would be a step in the wrong direction for you to disagree with the ideas. If you are completely satisfied with your current ideas about life - if you know all you want to know about leading a joy-filled life full of spirituality but devoid of empty religiosity - if you are happy with your relationships with all the people who mean something to you - if you have not thought about these things in many years, and really don't care to think about them now. If all this is true for you, please close this book and stop reading immediately. The Way Home is really three books in one cover. Each of the three is a complete unit, but each book gains strength from the other two. There are forty one essays in The Way Home, and each essay is complete in itself, but is also part of a unified whole. Book One provides an overview for the special person who will want to read a serious book of essays about how to lead life. Book Two is for those who might want to know more about the author and how he became the person he is. Book Three is for those who understand the first two. These fortunate few will already be conscious citizens of the new world already emerging from the ashes of the complete failure of western civilization. They know where they are going and how to get there. They will have gained a sense of direction for everything they do, and they will know how to regain balanced movement if they are ever threatened. Most of them will be able to do this because of a new religion they have adopted. It may be called by the same name as the religion they have always had, but it will be a new and intensely personal view of that religion. This personal religion will use some of the language of the religion into which the person was born - that is, Christians may use mostly the words of Jesus, Jews will not use Jesus' words at all, the different sects of the Moslem world will find different sections of the Koran to emphasize, and Indians will quote the Upanishads. Remarkably, there will be no disagreement, although each religion will be unique to one person alone.
Author: Coleman H. Peterson
Publisher: Author House
Release Date: 2012-01
THEN AND NOW In 1971, as an undergraduate student at Loyola University of Chicago, I often sat on the steps of the Chicago Water Tower during class breaks. I watched the traffic flowing north and south along Michigan Avenue's bustling Magnificent Mile. As a kid who hailed from the housing projects on the west side of Chicago, I marveled at the late model cars, beautifully tailored pedestrians and the expensive boutiques that lined the street. I often wondered, "How do you get there from here?" In 1994, I arrived in Bentonville, Arkansas to assume my new post as the Senior Vice-President of the People Division for Wal-Mart Stores (Sam Walton's term for human resources). Soon to become the world's largest retailer and private employer, a Fortune #1 company and among the Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For. I had experienced an exciting and satisfying journey. Today, residing on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina I enjoy my role as consultant and corporate board member for several public companies. Over the years, I have shared my thoughts on "getting there from here" in many places around the world. Why not finally put them in a book? Good question. This book is my answer. Enjoy.
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There is no greater challenge in any of our lives than the opportunity to become as great as we might yet be. The Journey to Greatness introduces the components that one encounters along the journey to greatness and the realization that this is a journey for all of us, each on our own way. benShea explores what constitutes greatness, highlights all the way stations that we may all encounter on our own unique journeys, and aligns the journey to leadership and learning. Organized topically around "way stations" or stops along the way, benShea first challenges readers to identify the areas in which they have strengths and weakness, encouraging the reader to work through the book accordingly. "Way stations" include the following: Knowing little/fear, Observation and self-witnessing, learning, responsibility, communication, culture and climate, change and resiliency, personal growth, empowerment, handling adversity, and embracing opportunity, among others. benShea concludes by encouraging the reader to celebrate achieving the journey to greatness, but not to presume that learning ever stops or the journey ever ends. "Greatness is like the horizon - it retreats as you approach it." Greatness, too, is more how we travel than where we travel, a process, not an arrival.
This world that so many think is heaven is the home of sin, a hospital of sorrow, a place with nothing in it to satisfy the soul.-from "Heaven: Its Hope"Perhaps the greatest American evangelist of the 19th century, Dwight Moody inspired millions with his sermons. And though more than a century separates us from his impassioned explications of the Bible, Moody's ardor rings with overtones of today's fundamentalist Christianity...and can offer critical clues to understanding the orthodox religious outlook still dramatically influencing our culture in the 21st century.Moody explains why Christians believe: . that the Bible is invariably correct ("None of the other religious volumes, like the Koran, that claim a divine origin, agree with common sense"). who resides in heaven ("The inhabitants of Heaven will be select"). that they are set apart from the larger culture ("We must go against the current of this world"). and more.Also available from Cosimo Classics: Moody's The Way to God and Sowing and Reaping.American evangelist DWIGHT LYMAN MOODY (1837-1899) was born in New England, the child of a large working-class family. A religious conversion as an adult led him to found a ministry in Chicago, to work as a battlefield missionary during the Civil War, and eventually to lead massive evangelical crusades during the 1870s and 80s in both England and the United States. He found Christian schools and a Christian publishing house, which published his many nondenominational evangelical tracts.
Do you fear dying and going to hell? Do you think you're going to heaven, but you're still not sure that's where you'll spend eternity? If you said yes to either question, Emily Head's Heaven: How to Get There is a must read to put your worried mind at rest. In this little book, you hold the answer to the most important question known to man: "How do I get to heaven?" It also holds answers to such questions as: "Why do we have to die in the first place?" and "What does heaven look like?" All of the answers are given through Bible verses carefully explained by the author. With an English teaching background, Head writes in an easy to understand language concerning Christ's teaching about salvation. Young or old, you will find the answers you are searching for in Heaven: How to Get There.