In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance. Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and his father as a young boy). Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mother as a young girl). From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: 2002-09-07
Genre: Literary Collections
One of America's foremost writers collects the best stories submitted to NPR's popular monthly show--and illuminates the powerful role storytelling plays in all our lives When Paul Auster and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered introduced The National Story Project, the response was overwhelming. Not only was the monthly show a critical success, but the volume of submissions was astounding. Letters, emails, faxes poured in on a daily basis- more than 4,000 of them by the time the project celebrated its first birthday. Everyone, it seemed, had a story to tell. I Thought My Father Was God gathers 180 of these personal, true-life accounts in a single, powerful volume. They come from people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Half of the contributors are men; half are women. They live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas, and they come from 42 different states. Most of the stories are short, vivid bits of narrative, combining the ordinary and the extraordinary, and most describe a single incident in the writer's life. Some are funny, like the story of how a Ku Klux Klan member's beloved dog rushed out into the street during the annual KKK parade and unmasked his owner as the whole town looked on. Some are mysterious, like the story of a woman who watched a white chicken walk purposefully down a street in Portland, Oregon, hop up some porch steps, knock on the door-and calmly enter the house. Many involve the closing of a loop, like the one about the woman who lost her mother's ashes in a burglary and recovered them five years later from the mortuary of a local church. Hilarious blunders, wrenching coincidences, brushes with death, miraculous encounters, improbable ironies, premonitions, sorrows, pains, dreams-this singular collection encompasses an extraordinary range of settings, time periods, and subjects. A testament to the important role storytelling plays in all our lives, I Thought My Father Was God offers a rare glimpse into the American soul.
These words are from my heart to your hearts. This book is an invitation into my world and life as a separated father. It's filled with heart filled poems written from the depths within my soul, unto you as a single mother, a mother, a woman at heart and all children that is of a broken home. Please let this book be your guide to a better stronger future as a family and an eye-opener to these three facts... - Not all separated father are in fact "dead beat dads" - Men do in fact "love hard" - Family is worth fighting for
Amy Carmichael voices the inner thoughts we all have that bring discouragement, doubt and fear, and gives a godly response that dispels these false ideas. Read a short portion in a free moment or pore over its pages prayerfully for hours as it provides bite-sized, biblical answers to your unspoken questions.
S E E K + T H E + L O R D... ..while you can find Him. 'CALL' upon Him NOW while He is near ...Let Them turn to The Lord that He may have 'MERCY' upon Them ...for He WILL 'Abundantly' Pardon! (Isaiah 55:6 7) The Lord knew what lay ahead of me ~ for BOTH my Dad & Step-Dad died in early 1999. He began to have me write Love Poems from His Heart. Also showing me that His Timing is perfect in our Lives if we are, on purpose, seeking to Follow Him. I felt I had been exiled into the desert & only GOD could lead me out if I searched for Him with my whole heart! I was on the Throne, trying to lead my life & had to make the decision to turn ALL over to Jesuss Control if I wanted VICTORY!
Barbara Ann Murray has worked as a Replacement teacher for the Trenton Public School District servicing grades k-l2, in the capacity of assisting teachers in the classrooms, with Professional Development acquisitions, and working with the District mandated DRA Testing Program. She has taught 2nd . through 6th grades and 9th grade English for twenty-nine years. She has attended a consortium of NCTM, Math Conferences (National Conference of Teachers of Mathematics) that engage teachers in active workshops and hands-on seminars to improve student's proficiency in mathematics Barbara's love for math and writing is strongly reflected in the classroom. Seven of her students' writings were selected to appear in the Anthology Poetry Encyclopedia for Young Authors, 2001-2002. She has written and incorporated numerous grants proposal for the benefit of students at Grant Elementary School, Carol Robbins Elementary School, and Girls in Transition (GIT), a neighborhood community-based- program for minority girls from eight to fourteen years old. For the past twenty-five years she has been actively involved in student's activities, committees, staff-oriented activities, and community involvement. She has completed (MOL) Masters On-line, an accelerated MBA program affiliated with Houston Baptist University. Barbara is currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University in the Educational Administration and Principal ship Masters on Line Program in Arizona. She was slated for completion of this program in May 2009, but was sidelined due to a car accident. Barbara's undertaking of activities and training in the district are far too numerous to list.
Author: The Broken Hearted Poet - Unrecay Dema
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2010-05-20
On December 31, 1989, I began a journey of Salvation of Reflective Thoughts. A journey of emotions in my life through poetry. Emotions of nature, death, life, magic, imagination, spirituality, love, deceit, anger, hatred, lust, desire, mystery, romance, and sadness. Along the journey of Salvation of Reflective Thoughts, the emotions of utter sadness were the only emotions I felt. From all the pain, loneliness, and sadness in my life at that time, I then became, The Broken Hearted Poet. All illustrations and photography was done by The Broken Hearted Poet - Unrecay Demarko.
Author: Jeff A. Jenkins
Publisher: Start2Finish Books
Release Date: 2014-01-14
Few people love the Lord and the church as much as Jeff Jenkins. Compiled from over four years of seasoned reflection, Thoughts from the Mound is a collection of 52 thought-provoking reflections on Christian living and ministry. It will challenge you in your walk with the Lord. This book is a fantastic way to introduce new readers to one of the church’s most gifted thinkers and communicators. Frequent readers of Jeff’s blog will rediscover their favorite articles, enjoy new content, and be reminded of the glory and joy of the Christian life.
On a holy mountain in the depths of Persia there is a cave with a mysterious cuneiform carving deep inside it. Aga Akbar, a deaf-mute boy from the mountain, develops his own private script from these symbols and writes passionately of his life, his family and his efforts to make sense of the changes the twentieth century brings to his country. Exiled in Holland a generation later, Akbar's son Ishmael struggles to decipher the notebook, reflecting how his own political activities have forced him to flee his country and abandon his family. As he gets closer to the heart of his father's story, he unravels the intricate tale of how the silent world of a village carpet-mender was forced to give way to one where the increasingly hostile environment of modern Iran has brought the family both love and sacrifice.
Author: Mikel W. Dawson
Release Date: 2014-01-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
When you’re on the downhill side of life, what things do you think about? This is one of the questions crossing the mind of Mikel W. Dawson. The author has experienced many facets of life, and now wants to raise questions and give a little advice on how to approach the turns in life’s road. Thoughts of a Crazy Old Man also answers a lot of question that readers have asked since his previous book Guide’s Life. This book doesn’t just cover one subject, but many things common to us all. Life, weather, work, women, politics, religion, and kids are just a few of the topics Mikel expounds on and gives some advice, telling what he’s learned over the years and the things he’s done. Thoughts of a Crazy Old Man isn’t meant to provide all the answers, but rather give insight on how one man has dealt with the things common folk experience every day. If you want to find out how a guy growing up in Southwest Idaho in the late ‘50s and who graduated high school in the 70’s figured out his own answers, grab a drink, pull up a comfortable chair, and put on your reading glasses. Get ready for Thoughts of a Crazy Old Man.