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Daily Inspiration: 365 Quotes from Saints

by Wyatt North

If you need inspiration let the words of God’s most obedient servants light your path.

The word “saint” comes from the Latin word “sanctus,” a translation of the Greek word, “hagios,” which means “holy.” While all of us are capable of holiness, canonization is the Church’s official recognition that a particular person displayed an extraordinary degree of holiness, or devotion to God, during his or her time on Earth. There is much to be learned from the words, acts, and lives of the saints of the Roman Catholic Church. They provide undeniable examples of the best that humankind is capable ofâ??virtues like kindness, charity, love for each other, especially for the lowest and the least among us, courage in the face of adversity, humility, and selflessness. They embody the deepest love a person can have for God through their willingness to sacrifice all, even their lives, for their faith. They remind us that in our darkest moments we are not alone, and in our joys and triumphs they are reminders of God’s grace.

You can take a few minutes every day to read one of the 365 quotes in this book and the accompanying text. Some start each day with prayer and devotional reading, and they carry that bit of serenity with them throughout their day. Others prefer to save these readings until the day is done, drifting to sleep wrapped in the warm blanket of God’s love. We hope that the wisdom of the ages, as articulated through the words of the saints, find their way into your heart.

Party Time: Raving Arizona (English Shaun Trilogy Book 1)

by Shaun Attwood

“The UK rave scene meets The Wolf of Wall Street and ends in The Shawshank Redemption” – Jon Ronson author of The Psychopath Test

Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire. But he was leading a double life.

After taking his first Ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester as a shy student, Shaun became intoxicated by the party lifestyle that would change his fortune. Years later, in the Arizona desert, Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano.

As greed and excess tore through his life, Shaun had eye-watering encounters with Mafia hit men and crystal-meth addicts, enjoyed extravagant debauchery with superstar DJs and glitter girls, and ingested enough drugs to kill a herd of elephants. This is his story.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is a record of the life of one of the most impressive people in the American history. Franklin’s autobiography, although unfinished, represents one of the most famous and influential examples of an autobiography ever written. His book is the record of an unusual life told in his own unexcelled conversational style. The Autobiography is Franklin’s longest work, and yet it is only a fragment of it. The account of Franklin’s life is divided in a manner that reflects the different periods in which he wrote them. The first part, written as a letter to his son, William Franklin, was not intended for publication; the composition is more informal and the narrative more personal than in the second part, from 1730 onward, which was written with a view to publication.
Ancestry and Early Life in Boston
Beginning Life as a Printer
Arrival in Philadelphia
First Visit to Boston
Early Friends in Philadelphia
First Visit to London
Beginning Business in Philadelphia
Business Success and First Public Service
Plan for Attaining Moral Perfection
Poor Richard’s Almanac and Other Activities
Interest in Public Affairs
Defense of the Province
Public Services and Duties
Albany Plan of Union
Quarrels with the Proprietary Governors
Braddock’s Expedition
Franklin’s Defense of the Frontier
Scientific Experiments
Agent of Pennsylvania in London
Electrical Kite
The Way to Wealth
The Whistle
A Letter to Samuel Mather

Dolly Dishes It Out: She’s Sixty, Sassy, Single & Waiting to be Found

by Dolores Winston

We all know that this wonderful thing called life is a journey and, oh, what a ride it has been for me. “Dolly Dishes It Out” is for you to feel and read along as we connect the pieces of my life. I love to cook and bake pies, and I’m hoping that as you take pieces of me, you are intrigued by every bite. My prayer is that the sharing of my life might be a sense of hope for you and will help you understand the necessary parts of the ship you will need to build your life. Parts like mentorships, friendships and relationships, as we need each other to survive. My life outlines just that, a life with lots of twists and turns. But, at every turn, someone was there to be a compass leading me to the next piece. So take a bite of my pie and enjoy each piece as I share the connecting pieces of my life. There are eight slices to my life that I will share with you.

Brushed Away (Benny James Mystery Book 3)

by Jason Deas

When a bloody painting is found hanging on a café wall, Benny James is summoned by the local police department. As a retired FBI detective now working as a private investigator, he remains a major player when it comes to peculiar murder scenes and cracking clues.

Tracking down the killer with Officer Vernon Kearns, the partners find bizarre art pieces that lead them to discarded bodies. As the list of suspects grows, a couple of artists living in a broken down plantation house piques their interest. One of the artists has the odd habit of taking on the personalities of others. The other has a secret she is desperately trying to hide.

Vernon’s detective skills mature as he and Benny rendezvous with another eccentric cast of characters, new and old. For the small town in Georgia this may be the most important case of Benny’s life as the town teeters on fear’s edge.

Auguste Comte (Key Sociologists)

by Mike Gane

Auguste Comte is widely acknowledged as the founder of the science of sociology and the ‘Religion of Humanity’. In this fascinating study, the first major reassessment of Comte’s sociology for many years, Mike Gane draws on recent scholarship and presents a new reading of this remarkable figure.

Comte’s contributions to the history and philosophy of science have decisively influenced positive methodologies. He coined the term â??sociology’ and gave it its first content, and he is renowned for having introduced the sociology of gender and emotion into sociology. What is less well known however, is that Comte contributed to ethics, and indeed coined the word â??altruism’. 

In this important work Gane examines Comte’s sociological vision and shows that, because he thought sociology could and should be reflexive, encyclopaedic and utopian, he considered topics such as fetishism, polytheism, fate, love, and the relations between sociology, science, theology and culture.

This fascinating account of the birth of sociology is an unprecedented introductory text on Comte. Gane’s work is an essential read for all sociologists and students of the discipline.

The Girl Who Wanted to Belong Free Sampler: The True Story of a Devastated Little Girl and the Foster Carer who Healed her Broken Heart

by Angela Hart

The Girl Who Wanted to Belong can either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialized eBook-only parts.
This is part 1 of 3.

Author Angela Hart is an experienced foster carer; The Girl Who Wanted to Belong is the moving story of her experience fostering one little girl with a heavy burden to carry.

Lucy is eight years old and ends up in foster care after being abandoned by her mum and kicked out by her new stepmother. Two aunties and then her elderly grandmother take her in but it seems nobody can cope with Lucy’s disruptive behaviour. Social Services hope a stay with experienced foster carer Angela will help Lucy settle down. She misses her dad and three siblings and is desperate for a fresh start back home, but will Lucy ever be able to live in harmony with her stepmother and her stepsister – a girl who was once her best friend at school?

The Girl Who Wanted to Belong is the fifth book from well loved foster carer and Sunday Times bestselling author Angela Hart. Another true story from the experienced and bestselling foster carer – sharing the tale of one of the many children she has fostered over the years. A story of the difference that quiet care, a watchful eye and sympathetic ear can make to those children whose upbringing has been less fortunate than others.

Black Widow Betty Broderick

by Amy Clauson

A True Crime anthology focused on the black widows of society. At first, the marriage seemed to be fitting of a storybook fairy tale, but relationship troubles pushed both man and woman to the edge of sanity. Unfortunately for Elisabeth Anne “Betty” Broderick’s former husband and new wife, it ended in murder.
In the early morning hours of November 5, 1989, the calm of a seemingly typical Sunday morning was shattered by the ringing of gunfire. The shooting occurred in the home of one of Marston Hill’s most prominent medical malpractice attorneys, Daniel Broderick III. By the time police respondents arrived at the scene of the crime, there appeared to be no evidence of forced entry. However, what waited for them in the bedroom would be something that would be etched in their minds forever.
The 44-year-old lawyer was lying in a pool of blood on the floor with a bullet hole in his back. His new wife, 28-year-old Linda Kolkena-Broderick, was found spread on top of the couple’s bed with wounds in her head and chest, the bedsheets and pillows drenched in her blood.
There was only one suspect, Daniel’s ex-wife Betty Broderick.

The Husband

by Aaron Daniel Behr

Loser. Thug. Abuser. Stupid. Worthless.

Insults play on repeat in The Husband’s brain. He has been bullied and abused. An affair by The Wife, the one person The Husband loved the most, leaves him standing in a dark basement with a homemade noose around his neck.

As The Husband struggles silently through the anguish of betrayal and divorce, he turns inward to face a host of past tormentors and confront The Creator. One way or another, The Boy inside him will stop the pain.

This honest, vulnerable memoir will reshape our discussion of the victims of divorce and mental illness.

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