The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Augsburg Fortress

ISBN:9781451411133

Total Pages:224

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Noted author and teacher John Bowen takes a unique look at what it means to witness to one's faith. Evangelism is something that all Christians can do as a "normal" part of being a follower of Jesus. Witty, wise, and biblically grounded, the book challenges in a gentle way. Includes study questions for congregational use.

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The Beguiling

Author:Zsuzsi Gartner

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:0735239363

Total Pages:288

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FINALIST FOR THE WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK The perfect next read for fans of Ottessa Moshfegh and George Saunders, an electrifying debut about a woman who is transformed into a real life “flesh-and-blood Wailing Wall” as strangers unburden their sins to her at every turn. Lucy is a lapsed Catholic whose adolescent pretensions to sainthood are unexpectedly revived following the disturbing deathbed confession of her cousin Zoltán. Afterwards, Lucy becomes a magnet for the unshriven, and she’s transformed into a self-described “flesh-and-blood Wailing Wall” as strangers unburden themselves to her. Lucy finds herself addicted to these dark stories, craving hit after hit. As the confessions pile up, Lucy begins to wonder if Zoltán’s death was as random and unscripted as it appeared. She clutches at alarming synchronicities and seeks meaning from the strangers’ stories, wondering why they seem connected to each other and eerily echo elements of her own life. With ruthless wit and dizzying energy, The Beguiling explores blessings and curses, sainthood and sin, mortality and guilt in all its guises. Weaving together tales of errant mothers, vengeful plants, canine wisdom, and murder, this electrifying debut novel lays bare the sacrifices some are willing to make to get what they think they desire.

Normal People: The Scripts

Author:Sally Rooney

Publisher:Hogarth

ISBN:0593447808

Total Pages:368

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Delve deeper into the Emmy- and Golden Globe–nominated Hulu series based on Sally Rooney's bestselling novel with this must-have collection of the Normal People scripts, featuring behind-the-scenes photos and an introduction by director Lenny Abrahamson. “You know, I did used to think that I could read your mind at times.” “In bed you mean.” “Yeah. And afterwards but I dunno maybe that's normal.” “It’s not.” Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular. Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation, something life-changing begins. With an introduction by director Lenny Abrahamson and featuring iconic images from the show, Normal People: The Scripts contains the complete screenplays of the acclaimed Emmy- and Golden Globe–nominated television drama that The New York Times called “an unusually thoughtful and moving depiction of young people’s emotional lives.”

Finance for Normal People

Author:Meir Statman

Publisher:Oxford University Press

ISBN:0190626496

Total Pages:396

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Finance for Normal People teaches behavioral finance to people like you and me - normal people, neither rational nor irrational. We are consumers, savers, investors, and managers - corporate managers, money managers, financial advisers, and all other financial professionals. The book guides us to know our wants-including hope for riches, protection from poverty, caring for family, sincere social responsibility and high social status. It teaches financial facts and human behavior, including making cognitive and emotional shortcuts and avoiding cognitive and emotional errors such as overconfidence, hindsight, exaggerated fear, and unrealistic hope. And it guides us to banish ignorance, gain knowledge, and increase the ratio of smart to foolish behavior on our way to what we want. These lessons of behavioral finance draw on what we know about us-normal people-including our wants, cognition, and emotions. And they draw on the roles of these factors in saving and spending, portfolio construction, returns we can expect from our investments, and whether we can hope to beat the market. Meir Statman, a founder of behavioral finance, draws on his extensive research and the research of many others to build a unified structure of behavioral finance. Its foundation blocks include normal behavior, behavioral portfolio theory, behavioral life-cycle theory, behavioral asset pricing theory, and behavioral market efficiency.

Study Guide for Book Clubs: Normal People

Author:Kathryn Cope

Publisher:Kathryn Cope

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Total Pages:43

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An essential tool for all reading groups! No reading group should be without this book club companion to Sally Rooney's bestselling novel, Normal People. This comprehensive guide includes background to the novel, a full plot summary, discussion of themes, detailed character notes, thought-provoking discussion questions, and even a quick quiz. Study Guides for Book Clubs are designed to help you get the absolute best from your book club meetings. They enable reading group members to appreciate their chosen book in greater depth than ever before. Please be aware that this is a companion guide and does not contain the full text of the novel.

Like Normal People

Author:Karen E. Bender

Publisher:HMH

ISBN:054482606X

Total Pages:288

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This “luminous, meditative novel on the boundaries between childhood, adulthood, and old age” follows one day in the lives of three generations of women (Entertainment Weekly). Like Normal People charts a family constellation that revolves around an off-kilter center: Lena is forty-eight years old, but mentally locked in childhood. Moving deftly between present and past, the novel follows Lena’s day-long escape from her residential home with her troubled twelve-year-old niece. While this odd couple takes refuge on a honky-tonk southern California beach, Lena’s widowed mother, Ella, goes in search of them. In the process, Ella relives her own life’s dreams and disappointments: her marriage to a sweet, loving shoe salesman; her discovery of Lena’s disability; and her aching attempts to give her daughter a “normal” childhood. For so long, Lena has been the focus of Ella’s world—but now, she must contemplate the prospect of letting her daughter go. Covering three entire lifetimes in the course of one day, this powerful, emotional story from the author of Refund, a National Book Award finalist, is “an uplifting and bittersweet testament to uncompromising love” (The New York Post).

Exodus for Normal People

Author:Peter Enns

Publisher:The Bible for Normal People

ISBN:173646860X

Total Pages:212

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Behind the scenes of movies like The Ten Commandments, The Prince of Egypt, or Exodus: Gods and Kings is a complicated, and at times, messy biblical story. In this short guide to the book of Exodus, Biblical scholar Peter Enns doesn’t just break down the story for the average person to understand but takes us behind the story—to the history and traditions that led us to the story as we have it today. By asking the important questions like, “What kind of book are we reading?” and taking us along Moses’s and the Israelite journey, Enns brings the best in biblical scholarship to us everyday people. And, as we have come to expect from Pete Enns, he does it with his usual humor and wit.

Wine for Normal People

Author:Elizabeth Schneider

Publisher:Chronicle Books

ISBN:1452171416

Total Pages:352

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This is a fun but respectful (and very comprehensive) guide to everything you ever wanted to know about wine from the creator and host of the popular podcast Wine for Normal People, described by Imbibe magazine as "a wine podcast for the people." More than 60,000 listeners tune in every month to learn a not-snobby wine vocabulary, how and where to buy wine, how to read a wine label, how to smell, swirl, and taste wine, and so much more! Rich with charts, maps, and lists—and the author's deep knowledge and unpretentious delivery—this vividly illustrated, down-to-earth handbook is a must-have resource for millennials starting to buy, boomers who suddenly have the time and money to hone their appreciation, and anyone seeking a relatable introduction to the world of wine.

The War on Normal People

Author:Andrew Yang

Publisher:Hachette Books

ISBN:0316414255

Total Pages:304

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From 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a captivating account of how "a skinny Asian kid from upstate" became a successful entrepreneur, only to find a new mission: calling attention to the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years--jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable? In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future--one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism."

Psychoanalysis for Normal People

Author:Geraldine Coster

Publisher:Read Books Ltd

ISBN:1473382459

Total Pages:236

Viewed:1999

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“Psychoanalysis for Normal People” is a vintage book on personal psychology and psychoanalysis by Geraldine Coster. Within it, Coster explains the basic principles of psychoanalysis and offers the reader simple instructions on how psychology and psychoanalysis can help in their day-to-day life, from the little things to the seemingly big and insurmountable. This fantastic volume will appeal to those with an interest in self improvement and psychology, and it is is not to be missed by collectors of vintage literature of this ilk. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this classic volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition for the enjoyment of readers now and for years to come.

Normal People’s Problems

Author:Alton Fry Jr.

Publisher:LifeRich Publishing

ISBN:1489719482

Total Pages:240

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Drugs will make you do things a normal person would never think of doing. Add love to that cocktail, and you end up with a dangerous recipe for a life headed out of control. For Alton Fry Jr., methamphetamine and the most beautiful, crazy, ride-or-die woman to walk this planet would conspire together to turn his life into the true-life adventures of a meth’ed up Bonnie and Clyde. In Normal People’s Problems, author Alton Fry Jr. offers a firsthand look into the haunting world of meth in small-town America. It’s the story of a life gone wrong. A love gone wrong. You will laugh; you will cry. And you will be forced to face the darkness of meth addiction in a way you never thought possible, as two young lives are brought together by the curse of addiction—but held together by a love that knows no bounds. If you or someone you love are in the throes of addiction, Normal People’s Problems can help you break the chains that have you bound to your own personal hell on earth. Whether you follow Alton’s path or learn from it and find a new road on life’s journey and escape from the bonds of addiction, in the end you can discover what it means to live a life of peace.

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

Author:Rachel Bloom

Publisher:Grand Central Publishing

ISBN:1538745348

Total Pages:288

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From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more. Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal." In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).

The Psychology of Genocide, Massacres, and Extreme Violence: Why Normal People Come to Commit Atrocities

Author:Donald G. Dutton

Publisher:ABC-CLIO

ISBN:0313071497

Total Pages:216

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Chronicling horrific events that brought the 20th century to witness the largest number of systematic slaughters of human beings in any century across history, this work goes beyond historic details and examines contemporary psychological means that leaders use to convince individuals to commit horrific acts in the name of a politial or military cause. Massacres in Nanking, Rwanda, El Salvador, Vietnam, and other countries are reviewed in chilling detail. But the core issue is what psychological forces are behind large- scale killing; what psychology can be used to indoctrinate normal people with a Groupthink that moves individuals to mass murder brutally and without regret, even when the victims are innocent children. Dutton shows us how individuals are convinced to commit such sadistic acts, often preceded by torture, after being indoctrinated with beliefs that the target victims are unjust, inhuman or viral, like a virus that must be destroyed or it will destroy society.

Normal People

Author:Sally Rooney

Publisher:Bentang Pustaka

ISBN:6022916518

Total Pages:308

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Popularitas adalah belenggu. Setidaknya, itu yang dirasakan Connel, cowok populer di sekolah. Ia selalu mencemaskan pendapat orang lain. Dia bahkan tidak berani mengakui hubungannya dengan Marriane, cewek yang dianggap aneh oleh teman-temannya. Padahal hanya bersama Marriane, Connel bisa menjadi dirinya sendiri dan menikmati waktu. Saat di bangku kuliah, keadaan berbalik. Marriane mendadak menjelma menjadi gadis yang banyak diundang di pesta-pesta, sementara Connel justru terabaikan di lingkaran pergaulan dunia kampus. Hubungan mereka memasuki babak baru yang lebih rumit, karena di dalamnya trauma, kecemasan, dan penyangkalan diri selalu mengusik. Normal People meramu konflik psikologis secara apik bersama segala persoalan tentang kelas, cinta pertama, dan kompleksitas hubungan dalam keluarga dan pertemanan. Membaca novel yang dinobatkan sebagai karya klasik abad 21 ini, kita akan dibawa menikmati sensasi menjadi muda dan mabuk kepayang karena cinta. [Mizan, Mizan Publishing, Bentang Pustaka, Fiksi, Literaly, Indonesia]

Temples of Delight

Author:Barbara Trapido

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN:1620408775

Total Pages:368

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Jem McCrail is a fantastical godsend to the timid young Alice Pilling. "Like a dropped acorn,†? she appears halfway through the week, halfway through the term, and halfway through Miss Aldridge's Silent Reading Hour. Through the doorway she barely clears, wearing clothes like the urchin she encountered in her favorite P. G. Wodehouse story, Jem leads the stammering Alice into a world of culture, truancy, and bizarrerie-a world far beyond the dull lessons of school. The girls cultivate a steadfast bond based on a wicked and encircling sense of humor, an impish joy in indelicate literature, and Mozart's The Magic Flute. Then, as abruptly as she came, Jem disappears. The years and schools that follow, as well as the lovers, do not dim the image of the wondrous Jem. The disheartened Alice is almost ready to settle into an ordinary life when an accident and the intervention of a latter-day fallen angel impel her to go on one more wild and extravagant journey. Like the opera it echoes, the result is pure enchantment. "Why did it take me so long to discover the singular joys of Barbara Trapido's novels? Why, for so many years, had I missed these witty, soulful, heartbreaking, expansive, brilliant tales? I have become a literary evangelist on her behalf. On account of my badgering, all my friends now love her, too.I won't rest until everyone in America has read (and fallen in love with) this fabulous author.†? -Elizabeth Gilbert

Evelina

Author:David Gomadza

Publisher:David Gomadza

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Total Pages:428

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This is book 2 of the Evelina series. Things get even hot. Raised stakes and a matter of life or death. Mankind’s existence rest on the shoulders of one woman. The Omega. The first woman has become the last woman. The only true seal. What if it was all planned before this world was created? To save all humanity, mankind must find the only true key; the Omega. On the other hand, to restore the lost kingdom of darkness, the devil must find the most wanted catalyst; The Omega. When everyone’s fate is in your hands what are the risks to yourself? It is a dash against time as total obliteration of the losing team is imminent and inevitable. It is a story of courage, steadfast and honor in the face of death. When loyalty is tested to breaking points. When the person you are to protect is the same person you must kill to save humanity from extinction? Some choices are meant for gods as humans are too weak and unequipped to handle such traumatic experiences. One man’s quest to solve God’s Dilemma, but at what cost? One lady’s quest to clear her name and enjoy life like every woman out there, but with what is at stake will the evil regime turn a blind eye?And at what expense?On the edge of the seat from the word go. A MUST READ.

How to Pray

Author:Pete Greig

Publisher:NavPress

ISBN:1641581905

Total Pages:272

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Pete Greig is a worldwide authority and the face of a generation when it comes to prayer. One of the founders of the 24-7 prayer movement, he has seen, experienced, and chronicled amazing works of God in the world. While you might imagine him to be puffed up, Pete Greig is entirely the opposite. He is enchanting, down-to-earth, friendly, and most of all, very normal–and yet he tells preposterous tales about prayer (and they’re true). He is basically a regular dude who loves to talk with God. How to Pray is written to evoke a passion for prayer in everyone—the committed follower of Jesus as well as the skeptic and the scared. The enormous blessing of How to Pray is that it is accessible, full of surprising stories of answered prayer, and tremendously engaging. The basic idea is that prayer is a conversation between you and God. Pete Greig demystifies and reenchants prayer, helping you to find prayer achievable and enjoyable, and ultimately life-giving and life-changing. How to Pray is designed to be used together with The Prayer Course (a free video curriculum associated with the Alpha course), making it useful for personal and group or church-wide reading.

Delusions and the Madness of the Masses

Author:Lawrie Reznek

Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN:1442206071

Total Pages:254

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According to the author, there is an alarming inclination for people to succumb to delusional thinking. Contrary to popular opinion, such thought processes are not limited to the mentally ill. Instead, there is growing evidence to show that large segments of the public harbor a wide variety of delusions, none of which are innocent, and many of which are pushing our societies to the brink of war. This book aims to understand the nature of delusions and how they are generated. By providing a deeper understanding of delusions, the author challenges the assumption that a whole community cannot be deluded, concluding that even very large groups of people can be considered collectively mad. Reznek offers case studies of madness both in individuals and in society throughout the book, relieving the reader of requiring a first-hand experience of psychosis, and revealing the nature of delusions as they affect us all.

A Conflict of Self Interest

Author:Adrian A. Hankey

Publisher:FriesenPress

ISBN:1460249267

Total Pages:264

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Self or Soul is an essential energy centred in every living body and is about instinct, species survival and coexistence with all other Life. It is not a belief nor any part of Brain. Brain is the natural manager of the body in which Soul exists. The natural function of Brain is to facilitate Soul-purpose throughout Life. Brain copies or creates beliefs to make everything true or real, and with memory and logic it creates time, space, knowledge and world. Educated Brain tends to deny Self and so creates a greater need for entertainment, exploration, pets and more. Civilization is run entirely by Brains. But that complex process has yet to run for more than a few hundred years without final disaster. The only peoples who have survived for millenia, have done so by depending consistently upon Self, family, home, legend, lore, wisdom, and heritage, most of which are presently being civilly disrespected and ignored. No belief of science, psychology or religion can ever explain or replace any of these. On this finite planet, population increase has become too serious to ignore. Natural increase seems due mostly to cultural stress and ageing. But serious unnatural population increase is now due to religiously enforced non-birth-control amongst poor and ignorant people. Greedy corporations and developers also encourage population expansion which will ultimately cause the collapse of people-species. For survival of people-species, the current civil process must accept a more localized, traditional and cultural Wisdom, not based upon nor necessarily denying science or religion.