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Book Under the Banner of Heaven Description/Summary:
Traces the events that surrounded the 1984 murder of a woman and her child by fundamentalist Mormons Ron and Dan Lafferty, exploring the belief systems and traditions, including polygamy, that mark the faith's most extreme factions and what their practices reflect about the nature of religion in America. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.
Book Under the Banner of Heaven Description/Summary:
This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God. At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.
Book Under the Banner of Heaven Description/Summary:
Traces the 1984 murder of a woman and her child by fundamentalist Mormons, exploring the belief systems and traditions that mark the faith's most extreme factions and what their practices reflect about the nature of religion in America.
Book Under the Banner of Heaven Description/Summary:
From the bestselling author of "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air", a riveting account of Taliban-like theocracies in the American heartland controlled by renegade Mormon prophets. Brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty insist they were commanded to kill by God. Krakauer's investigation is a meticulously researched, bone-chilling narrative of polygamy, savage violence and unyielding faith: an incisive, gripping work of non-fiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behaviour. 'Excellent... A lucid, judicious, even sympathetic account not just of Mormon Fundamentalism but of the seductive power of fanaticism in general' - DAILY TELEGRAPH
Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea, is a man who has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, as Jon Krakauer demonstrates in this extensively researched and penetrating book, he is not all that he appears to be. Based on wide-ranging interviews with former employees, board members, and others who have intimate knowledge of Mortenson and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, Three Cups of Deceit uncovers multiple layers of deception behind Mortenson’s public image. Was his crusade really inspired by a desire to repay the kindness of villagers who nursed him back to health when he became lost on his descent down K2? Was he abducted and held for eight days by the Taliban? Has his charity built all of the schools that he has claimed? This book is a passionately argued plea for the truth, and a tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong. 100% of Jon Krakauer’s proceeds from the sale of Three Cups of Deceit will be donated to the “Stop Girl Trafficking” project at the American Himalayan Foundation.
No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than critically acclaimed author Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, he explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger. Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring portraits of the mountaineering experience. Yet Eiger Dreams is more about people than about rock and ice—people with that odd, sometimes maniacal obsession with mountain summits that sets them apart from other men and women. Here we meet Adrian the Romanian, determined to be the first of his countrymen to solo Denali; John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so difficult to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy; and many more compelling and colorful characters. In the most intimate piece, “The Devils Thumb,” Krakauer recounts his own near-fatal, ultimately triumphant struggle with solo-madness as he scales Alaska's Devils Thumb. Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.
This work is an invitation and guide for young people to bring the realm of Heaven to earth. As children discover their identity through the revelation of the Father's love, they are released to fulfill their Royal Mission: to demonstrate the Kingdom of God by living a life of miracles. Each chapter explains and identifies the inheritance that God's sons and daughters possess, such as the Father's love, the anointing and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, faith, prayer, and the keys of power and authority. This book is not only a companion for the "journey", but also provides a meeting place for children to encounter God's presence that will transform their hearts and lives.
Pat Tillman was well-known to American sports fans: a chisel-jawed and talented young professional football star, he was on the brink of signing a million dollar contract when, in 2001, al-Qaeda launched terrorist attacks against his country. Driven by deeply felt moral patriotism, he walked away from fame and money to enlist in the United States Special Operations Forces. A year later he was killed - apparently in the line of fire - on a desolate hillside near the Pakistan border in Afghanistan. News of Tillman's death shocked America. But even as the public mourned his loss, the US Army aggressively maneuvered to conceal the truth: that it was a ranger in Tillman's own platoon who had fired the fatal shots. In Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer reveals how an entire country was deliberately deceived by those at the very highest levels of the US army and government. Infused with the power and authenticity readers have come to expect from Krakauer's storytelling, Where Men Win Glory exposes shattering truths about men and war.
Jay, your average stoner from Portland Oregon, finds out when he's twenty-one that he is Jesus, the son of God. This may have been a good thing if it weren't for the fact that he had been molested early in life by a Catholic Priest. It is a comic and tragic tale of reincarnated Disciples, and a difficult choice on whether the world is worth saving. Jay grows up thinking he's a normal kid. Through a series of hilarious and heartbreaking adventures, he finally learns of his true identity, long after he was supposed to. His reincarnated disciples are a mixture of loveable and misunderstood characters that join Jay on a journey across the Country that leads them to Elvis, Oprah, jail, and near death experiences. And when Jay becomes too big for the Church to control, they confront a situation that could very well destroy the world.
The story begins in 1881, where Dr. Watson runs into an old friend, Stamford. Due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Anglo-Afghan War, Watson was forced to retire and is now looking for a place to live. Stamford mentions that an acquaintance of his, one Sherlock Holmes, is looking for someone to split the rent at a flat at 221B, Baker Street. After seeing the rooms at 221B, they move in and grow accustomed to their new situation. Holmes also has multiple guests visiting him at different intervals during the day. After much speculation by Watson, Holmes reveals that he is a ""consulting detective"" and that the guests are clients. Watson is astounded by Holmes' ability to notice details and assemble them. Holmes reads a telegram requesting consultation in a fresh murder case. He's reluctant to help because credit would go entirely to the officials. Watson urges him to reconsider so Holmes invites him to accompany him as he investigates the crime scene, an abandoned rural manor... Get Your Copy Now.
Cape Cod is magical at any time of year. However, many permanent residents, including sisters Rachel and Beth Brewster, find it hard to make ends meet during the cold, lonely winter months, which is why they must work extra-long hours at multiple jobs all through the short summer season to save enough for the rest of the year. To complicate matters, Beth is only fifteen and is restricted as to how many hours she can work during the school year. It wouldn't be so bad if their mother weren't an alcoholic who absolutely refuses to help with the bills. Then the dead bodies begin cropping up in the neighborhoods and marshes surrounding scenic Lewis Bay. The Yarmouth and Barnstable Police begin to see a pattern linking both Rachel and Beth to the murders, but they can't seem to assemble enough proof to make an arrest. Meanwhile, a regular patron of a bar where Rachel frequently works in the evening provides some help in the young woman's search for a better-paying job, and life becomes hell for Beth as she is stalked by several teenage boys who have their own ideas about what constitutes a loving relationship.
Michael Chenault, award-winning investigative journalist with the New York Times, is rousted in the middle of the night by NYPD detectives and accused of the bizarre murder of a complete stranger. After clearing himself, Chenault finds that Martin Koplanski, the retired history professor he'd been accused of murdering, was likely killed for a mysterious Mormon relic long thought to be just a myth. Twenty-four hours later, Chenault receives an email with a photo of the recently murdered wife of Presidential candidate, Brockston Ratchford. She too appears to have been ritually killed in the exact manner as Koplanski, right down to having the same cryptic character scrawled in blood across her forehead. With way more than just a hunch to now go on, Chenault heads out to Salt Lake City, the site of the Ratchford murder investigation, to find out what, if any, connection there is between the murders. With the help of a beautiful young reporter he meets along the way, Chenault comes to learn the dark family secrets of a rising political star, along with the rather strange but true history of the Mormon church. As he pieces the story together of what appears to be an ever-growing conspiracy, Chenault is pursued by The Brothers, two murderous zealots who will stop at nothing to retrieve the Mormon relic Chenault is also trying to find. What Chenault eventually discovers is that what he's uncovered may not only affect the outcome of the next Presidential election, but decide the fate of an entire religion-if he can manage to stay alive. In the tradition of Raymond Khoury, Brad Meltzer, Dan Brown and Steve Berry, The Moroni Deception is a cleverly conceived, twisting tale of political and religious intrigue by a new master of the conspiracy thriller.
Raneous, is the young son of the great Palladon, the swiftest and strongest of the Heavenly Host winged horses. Full of youthful idealism, he is eager to begin his training against the Darkland demons. Finally, after many months of flight training, he accompanies an angelic scouting party on a short mission to the miserable realm of the Borderlands. Excitement turns to terror as the dark forces succeed in separating Raneous from the angelic troop. Utterly lost, seemingly abandoned, and unable to fly in the mortal world, Raneous begins his quest to return to the heavenly realm. Through his friendship with a troubled boy, Brian, Raneous learns to fight the demons lurking in the shadows, but also the darkness of the mind. Can he trust the goodness of what he has been taught? Has the High King abandoned him? Why has no one come for him? Join Raneous and Brian as they battle dark forces of evil, learn the true secrets for victory, and step into the power and freedom of becoming a true servant of the High King. Horse lovers, and warriors of all ages will love to take this coming-of-age journey with the beloved winged colt, Raneous.
For some time, it has lingered restive, waiting to waken as if from a dormant state, an irresistible and fundamental basis of inquiry from which certain questions had formed as to whether there were true spiritual blessings bestowed on the whole of the Reformation movement, and which extended to all its leaders and the revolting rabble, and also, whether it was the right or even the best action to take, and also, whether the virtuous means and the unwitting results, were all that pleasing to God? These questions seem to beg for reasonable and truthful answers. And along with these questions there is an unequivical assumption that the Reformation and the Protestant Revolt occurred primarily for the benefit of the Catholic Church. This book lays out the reasons in what-if perspectives and proves that Protestantism is truly a false religion, while stipulating that some of its members, like most Catholics are all truly Christian children of the God of Israel. The book also details the reasons why all non-Christian religions are doomed from the beginning as was the Reformation and the Protestant Revolt.
Book I Grew Up in Polish Heaven Description/Summary:
I Grew Up In Polish Heaven is an eyewitness account, through the vivid eye of a little boy's memory, of the courage, ingenuity, and industry of the displaced/often-despised Polish Refugees of Wallington. The book spotlights the struggles, survival strategies, and superhuman perseverance of the little boy's seventy-year old father, slowly dying of a lung disease. Central to the story are the sacrificial disciplines of this old Refugee Pole who sired two sons in his old age…and later, the misdeeds and misfortunes of his two fatherless boys. In a broader context, the book is a freeze-frame in time (1950), capturing the spirit and identity of the Refugee community: their attitudes, habits, ingenuities, vices, and contributions into the American Melting Pot. “Polish Heaven” chronicles the paranormal strength and perseverance forged into the human spirit as it passes through the Fiery Furnace of Affliction. The book is an instructive, inspiring history of Polish war-victims who triumphed over their “Everest of Impossibilities,” reconstructing their shattered lives inside that One Square Mile known as Wallington. I Grew Up In Polish Heaven ignites and incinerates the straw Goliath of Hopelessness in the face of impossible odds. It places the single smooth stone of Visionary Courage into the inerrant sling of Hope, in the fullest confidence that every Goliath has a chink in his armor. This book offers genuine hope and encouragement to persevere with what you have, in facing your desperate circumstances – how to “Never Say Die!” It gives case histories of deeply distraught human beings who survived in and triumphed over their darkest hour. The book showcases the Pioneer/Reconstructionist spirit, “starting from scratch”; doing what you can with what you have, despite your staggering losses. [The old Polish father made honest money, three times, on one piece of wood!] This book promotes the Pursuit of Life, even when most of it has been sucked out of you by the Leech of Evil Circumstance. The Author spotlights the universal Law of Sowing And Reaping: if the soil has yielded nothing but thorns and thistles, plow up your ground again and plant new seed! “Polish Heaven” also promotes the eternal ideal of genuine brotherhood, providing some practical cures for racial bigotry. It zooms in on warm interpersonal relationships and camaraderie, highlighting their restorative and healing effects upon people in crisis: both recipient and giver! The author, one of the two sons born in their father's old age, draws upon his vast experience in sales and human relationships; he is also a Christian minister and Bible Teacher. (You won't want to miss his stunning conversion Experience). Conversely, his younger brother, at the time of his death, was the dreaded Vice-President of the “ @#!*% 's Angels,” New York City. The book also paints rich cameos of his volcanic journey from Polish Heaven into the power structure of the notorious Angels. This Little Brother was given the burial of a Big Man, in the private cemetery grounds of the @#!*% 's Angels. “Little Brot” was feared and respected by some of the deadliest men ever spawned by Satan since the Fall of Adam. I Grew Up In Polish Heaven will impart to all readers a different, broader perspective of their own roots – a deeper appreciation of their ancestors' sufferings on their behalf. It will awaken a keener sense of identity and wholesome ethnic pride. The book should enrich all readers with a reverent, joyful gratitude that they themselves, like the author, can now celebrate Life in a New And Better Day, as the beneficiaries of those who have gone before.…One Humorous Highlight…“As soon as the old Polish priest heard my last name, he began to lose his composure, struggling not to laugh. Unhappily, my name, in Polish is one of the most un-flattering words in the language!”
Author's Note About four years ago, I walked out of my life. Leaving professional middle class behind me, I set out in search of something more than acquiring and performing. I was so tired of being disappointed every time I arrived at a goal and found nothing there. I couldn't name it, but I suspected there was more to understand about this life. Receiving that understanding became my priority. Whether I was hiking or writing, dancing or crying, all I wanted was to know the more. My way of being changed immediately and gradually as I learned to let go of old stories and step into new freedom. I know now that Love, as a principle, is what I and you have been looking for. It is the beauty, freedom, and wellbeing that we imagine "heaven" to be. And the truth is we don't need to wait. We can live in Love and all its Joy right now. We don't have to die to live in heaven. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander has been on the New York Times bestseller list for fifty-nine weeks. Browsing in Barnes and Noble days after I finished this manuscript, I picked up Alexander's book. I was interested solely because he is a neurosurgeon, not the kind of guy typically writing about heaven. Skimming, I noticed that his near death experience was strikingly similar to my own nonphysical experiences. So I read the whole the whole book in an afternoon. My first impression was true. Alexander and I have indeed received nearly identical revelations: Love is all there is. Fear isn't real. We can't fuck it up. Separation isn't possible. Every question is the answer. We both feel that we must share these universal principles as best we can to everyone who can hear them. We both learned to move into "heaven" by focusing on the feeling of it. We both know that everyone has the ability to do the same, and we can do it now. What if you are not who you think you are? I also share Alexander's challenge of putting nonphysical experiences into words after they have come through the filter of my physical body. It's like describing Einstein this way: He was a man. Can you imagine how much you would miss if that's all you knew of him? That's how it feels to offer you words about the experience of god. I offer them only because they might interest you enough to have your own experience. Well, that and because I really cannot imagine being able to keep this Joy all to myself. What if you have suffered enough? That is what I have been asking myself for the last few years, and now, I am asking you. Even if we are the worst people on the planet (whatever that means), we have more than paid our debt. We have spent enough days in fear and shame to punish our worst mistakes. If you don't believe that, at least ask yourself how continuing to punish yourself benefits anyone. Withholding joy and peace from your own life perpetuates misery in every life. What if you are so much more? I am writing to you to say that I have spent the last ten years in deliberate pursuit of the answer to this question. What I learned changed everything for me. What Alexander learned changed everything for him. It can change everything for you too. My message is not meant to challenge or replace a life that is working for you. What I am suggesting is a way of living that fulfills and delights moment by moment. If you aren't enjoying your life as much as surviving it, I suggest a change. What do you have to lose? You don't have to spend seven days in a coma to have the experience of Alexander. That is his message, and it is mine. He died. I sat. We learned the same good news: There are no prerequisites. You don't have to be a certain kind of person. No history or flaw can disqualify you. There are no rules, no competition, and nothing to achieve. As I illustrate with my own life experience, there is only Love, and we can choose to enjoy it at anytime.
On May 25th, 2006 an IED exploded in Bagdad instantly killing Army Captain Doug DiCenzo. His wife Nicole didn't ask “why?” after the notifying officers knocked on her door, she immediately started asking God about Heaven.The next five years of her life became a quest to discover the truth about Heaven and Christ's Millennial Kingdom. Her gracious God sent Her messages in miraculous ways – both from the battlefield and from Heaven – in order to keep her focus on His Word and His return. Slowly, Nicole began to understand the vision she had created of Heaven was far from the truth.Revelations: A Survivor's Story of Faith, Hope, and the Coming Kingdom is a true life account of a survivor's search for answers with a heavenly twist: Doug is in Heaven and he is completely aware of Nicole's experiences on Earth. While Nicole asks God if she should wait for Heaven or move on with her life, Doug is anticipating their reunion by witnessing the preparations for the return of the King.Even though this world took her husband, it cannot have her faith. Now she knows when Jesus returns, He will bat a thousand – it is called the millennial reign of Christ.
Spending time with God is a top priority for Spiritual growth. This book will give you a creative way of looking at God's Word each day. No Scripture or teaching is included intentionally to help you focus on reading the Bible for yourself. There are 4 different study pages alternated throughout this 103 page book. Each one has different questions to encourage students to think about Scripture and apply it in their lives. You'll also find a place to record prayer requests, praises, and favorite verses. It's the perfect tool to help you go deeper into the Word and have a more meaningful quiet time with God.
Neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander, was brain dead for seven days. During that period he believes that he went through death's door and experienced the incredible beauty of Heaven. While he was there, he was given a message to bring back to the world. For him, the vision was life-changing. From being a scientist and a secular materialist, his worldview was transformed. Because of what happened to him, he now believes in the miraculous and in a life beyond death. But did he experience reality? Was the message that he was given true? Coleman Luck has spent decades studying illusions and the paranormal, both as a professional writer in Hollywood where illusion is the stock-in-trade, and as a mentalist and member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Also, he is a student of the Bible, educated at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. From this unique perspective Coleman examines the profound visions and truth-claims presented in Proof of Heaven. Coleman's other books include Angel Fall and The Mentalist Prophecies - Book One: Dagon's Illusion.
Quantum physics studies the boundary zone between the physical part of the universe and the nonphysical realm. The Bible frequently refers to the non-physical realm as the unseen or spiritual realm. So, quantum physics has a lot to say about how the spiritual realm works, but there are many confusing and inaccurate interpretations out there in popular media these days. This book will provide simple and easy ways to demystify quantum physics and to understand the Bible. We will lift the veil of the confusion surrounding the unseen realm as we explore many intriguing scientific discoveries that show us about Heaven's reality. We will also see how well the latest discoveries about the unseen realm point back to realities revealed in Scripture.