This one isn’t free, it’s 2.99, but…:
The Resolution for Men by Stephen Kendrick, Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick
The Resolution for Men is the inspiring book born out of Courageous, a new film by the makers of Fireproof coming to theaters nationwide in fall 2011. The movie, which presents a powerful story of strong male leadership, is an emotionally charged wake-up call to fathers whose influence upon their children and society is immeasurable. The Resolution for Men follows to challenge men of all ages to become as bold and intentional about embracing their responsibilities as leaders of their homes, marriages, and children.
Written by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, screenwriters of Courageous and authors of New York Times No. 1 best seller The Love Dare (five million copies sold), The Resolution for Men strategically inspires men to reconcile with their past, re-engage in the present by taking full responsibility for their wives and children, and then move forward with a bold and clear resolution for the future. Written in partnership with the movie and Priscilla Shirer’s new book, The Resolution for Women, it is designed to inspire a revolution.
Also 2.99: The Love Dare Day by Day: Wedding Edition
These books were all free at the time I published this, but that can change without notice:
Review from Amazon; Bees In The Butterfly Garden by Maureen Lang is the story of Meg Davenport, a young woman who is sent to the most exclusive boarding school in Connecticut at the age of nine by her father who does not want her to ever find out that his true career is stealing, especially from the rich. She has everything that money can provide but her only desire is for a family and the love of her father and to not have to deal with all the rules of etiquette required at the school.
At the death of her father, Meg learns of his true profession and defies all the rules determined to become a thief and continue her father’s legacy. Ian Maguire who had been like a son to John Davenport finds himself in the position of trying to keep Meg from becoming a thief and wanting her help to pull off the largest heist of his career. The Pemberton family of New York City is known to have a collection of gold bricks and Ian’s one desire is to steal them. Ian cannot resist the lure of the gold so he asks Meg to spend the summer with her friend Claire Pemberton so that she can learn where the bricks are kept.
At first I could not really get into the book but by the time I was about a third of the way through, I became quite interested in the story. The beginning of each chapter had either a rule of etiquette or a quote by a thief and both made for good laughs. After reading the rules of etiquette I could understand why Meg wanted nothing more than to be out of the boarding school and on her own. All the characters were very interesting but sometimes I became annoyed with the actions of Meg but she did add excitement to the story. The story also contained some suspense and humor which always adds to my enjoyment of a book. At the end of the book good triumphs over evil as was to be expected since it is a book based on Christian values and those values were evident through the entire book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a good clean story with a happy ending.
From the Inside Flap
February 24, 1944. The young Hitler Youth stood before the charred remains of his once proud home. Fighting back the tears, he cried, “I hate everyone who caused this to happen!”
He blamed the Americans, the British, the French, the Russians, and the Jews — and he vowed to seek vengeance.
The bombed-out house in Augsburg was the beginning of the end. The horrors of war had come to Traugott Vogel’s doorstep. Within fifteen months, the war was over — but those months were like an eternity of excitement, disappointment, tragedy, and revenge.
With Germany’s defeat, young Vogel’s dreams died. He wondered what lay ahead.
Under the SS Shadow is the odyssey of this Hitler Youth, an SS major’s son, as he struggled to put the pieces of his life back together. It was a hopeless struggle until . . .
From the Back Cover
My honor is faithfulness. The motto of the dreaded SS, Hitler’s elite guard. And young Traugott Vogel heard that phrase until it was burned into his soul.
Traugott’s father was an SS major. Traugott was a devoted member of the Hitler Youth. Position and privilege in the Third Reich belonged to the Vogel family.
But what happened when the Allies besieged Nazi Germany? What would young Traugott and his family do?
From the ruins of war-torn Germany, Traugott Vogel found the meaning of existence.
This is the true inspirational story of James “Stocky” Edwards, Canada’s top living fighter pilot. The story begins in Battleford, Saskatchewan where Stocky grew up. During his childhood, shooting partridge, and working hard, Stocky learned the lessons that would serve him well during the Desert War. The story progresses through Stocky’s training and then his posting over seas to the Desert War where he flew the P-40 Kittyhawk. This is the incredible story of a young Canadian who goes to war and becomes a superior pilot and leader of men.
This book was written by Michel Lavigne and Stocky Edwards and first published in print in 1983.
Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the U.S. Civil War. After escaping from captivity, she made thirteen missions to rescue over seventy slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women’s suffrage.
Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten and whipped by her various owners as a child. Early in her life, she suffered a traumatic head wound when an irate slave owner threw a heavy metal weight at her, intending to hit another slave. The injury caused disabling seizures, headaches, and powerful visionary and dream activity, and spells of hypersomnia which occurred throughout her entire life. A devout Christian, she ascribed her visions and vivid dreams to premonitions from God.
In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman (or “Moses”, as she was called) “never lost a passenger”. Heavy rewards were offered for many of the people she helped bring away, but no one ever knew it was Harriet Tubman who was helping them. When a far-reaching United States Fugitive Slave Law was passed in 1850, she helped guide fugitives further north into Canada, and helped newly-freed slaves find work.
From the Author
This is the very first novel I ever wrote, beginning a month after I was discharged from the military. I was growing up, it seemed, and wanted to preserve the story of my years on the road while memory and original sources such as journals, letters, passports,sugar cube wrappers and other miscellaneous sources still existed. This novel was the result, but the complete manuscript sat for three decades in a box while Crossroads: 1969, Odyssey: 1970 and An Aquarian Tragedy, each to some degree owing their provenance to this original, were all published and released. Now for the first time, thirty years after work on it was completed, the entire story has been published under its original title: SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS. John W. Cassell
Amazon review: Soldiers of Aquarius 1969-1970 was a return to a wonderful, yet painful era in American history. Cassell takes you back to the days of “Make Love Not War”,”Peace” and “Hell No We Won’t Go!” You get to travel with him from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Albuerque, New Mexico, then on to California and back. Many times with little or no money, through hot desert country and freezing cold. He lets you taste starvation,arrest, torture,loneliness and the confusion of youths living in those wonderful, stormy and often frightening days.
Few of us today understand the lives of anchorites, individuals who for religious reasons chose to live in a sealed room, with only a hatch providing contact with the world at large. In Illuminations, Mary Sharratt presents a fictionalized biography of one of the most famous anchorites of all time, Hildegard von Bingen. As a child growing up in early medieval Germany, Hildegard experienced frequent visions, a dangerous trait in the eyes of church and society. As a result, her mother “tithed” her to the church as companion to Jutta von Sponheim, a girl from a noble family who chose to become not merely a nun, but an anchorite.
Sharratt chronicles the stages of Hildegard’s life, from those miserable early years of forced confinement, to her fight for the opportunity to live as a normal nun, to her founding of her own religious community. In the process, her visions continued and grew in intensity, to the point that they dictated her choices and created her reputation as a genuine and revered mystic. Sharratt’s prose, at times luminous and at times decidedly down to earth. She has managed to convey a sharp sense of Hildegard’s personality and spirit, relying upon primary sources, especially the brilliantly illuminated manuscript in which she recorded her visions. Her Hildegard is humble, yet not afraid to employ flamboyance to achieve her goals. She did not hestitate to criticize hypocrisy and abuses of the church to which her life was bound, which caused her enormous difficulty. But she remained unbowed, and in her more peaceful, contemplative periods, she composed exquisite music to accompany the divine office.
Today, Hildegard is often regarded as a proto-feminist, but as portrayed in this book, she is more a proponent of self-actualization and justice. She is also called St. Hildegard, but her canonization has not yet taken place; that will occur October 7, 2012. I’m not certain exactly what she did to earn that title (it has been speculated that her visions were manifestations of migraine aura), but her life was extraordinary and her story deserves to be told as eloquently as Sharratt has done.
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