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Rev Donald E. Banks Jr

"The Awakening: The Last Great Paradigm Shift" is a refreshing and enlightening look into the seemingly unexplainable malaise that has taken hold in the modern day Christian church. As we take a peek into the twenty-first Century American Church, we see what appears to be a new phenomenon that is unfolding. This development has both Pastor and parishioner grappling for answers. There is a group within the Church, which, in large part, has provided the inspiration for the writing of this book. This group is experiencing a "falling away" within the end time Church of today. This group of believers still loves God and has a strong affinity for the things of God and, yet, they are experiencing an emptiness that is overwhelming and, furthermore, are no longer getting the satisfaction they once received from the Church. The Church and its status quo attitude and behavior is no longer fulfilling, satisfying or gratifying and the resultant emptiness is overbearing. And two questions that beg to be answered are why is this state of apostasy now so prominent in the Church and how did we get here? This book, among other things, tackles these issues from both a Biblical and historical perspective. This book is truly a must read for the end time believer in search of spiritual truth, insight and awakening. This book will challenge the modern day believer to look at where they are, to choose who they are going to serve and if they are willing to do it God's way. After having read this book, I feel challenged all the more. Rev. P Spears The Awakening is truly enlightening for the seeking, searching, 21st century believer. A refreshing revelation of Biblical truth. E Beech

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Heather Graham

"An incredible storyteller." --Los Angeles Daily News There Is No Escaping Despite a floundering marriage, Megan O'Casey and her husband Finn still make good music together. Which is why they head to Salem, Massachusetts, Megan's hometown--booked to perform a weeklong series of concerts culminating on Halloween. But as soon as they arrive, Finn seems different--sensual beyond belief one moment; cold and ruthless the next. The locals--even Megan's relatives--regard him strangely, with a distrust bordering on hatred. The Nightmare Within Something powerful is arising, a malevolence that may have already claimed Finn for its own. As the full moon approaches, Megan senses that she, too, is in mortal danger. But there are forces watching from beyond the pale of life and death. Whose side they're on is the least of Megan's worries. What they could reveal about her is what she's running from. . . "Heartily entertaining. . .sensational finish." --Publishers Weekly on Realm of Shadows

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Allen Johnson

How do you find love where love does not exist? From out of a barefoot boyhood among endless rows of olive trees, and a forbidden passion for a courageous Moroccan beauty, to a horrific struggle against tyranny in the war-torn streets of 1936 Granada, comes a story where love cannot exist without mercy . . . mercy one carries for one’s whole life as a badge of honor . . . mercy and compassion passed down from generation to generation. Diego Garcia is now the gentle patriarch in a sun-scorched village perched among the rolling hills and olive groves of Andalusia, Spain. Diego survived the bloody Spanish Civil War only at great cost, and his enduring wish is that he could have saved others. His granddaughter, the lovely Lupita, is the town’s physician, whose competence is surpassed only by her compassion. Together they breathe new life into a mysterious American stranger, brutally beaten and robbed, suffering from amnesia, whose suppressed past is so scarred by his own malice and deceit that he dare not awaken—save through the guiding grace of love. Together, the three forge a new beginning and find redemption in trust, love, and acceptance of the past . . . a past they would do anything to leave behind.

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Kate Chopin

"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul." --- Kate Chopin, The Awakening The Awakening Kate CHOPIN (1850 - 1904) The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics. The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernist literature; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams.

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Kate Chopin

She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before. Condemned as "sordid" and "immoral" on its publication in 1899, this story of a woman trapped in her marriage effectively ended Chopin's career but was revived as a proto-feminist classic in the 1970s. What Newsweek calls Chopin's "prophetic psychology" insures its timeliness today. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

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Amanda Stevens

Shush…lest she awaken… My name is Amelia Gray, and I'm a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that she was murdered. Only I can bring her killer to justice. But the clues that I follow—a haunting melody and an unnamed baby's grave—lead me to a series of disturbing suspects. For generations, The Devlins have been members of Charleston's elite. John Devlin once turned his back on the traditions and expectations that came with his birthright, but now he has seemingly accepted his rightful place. His family's secrets make him a questionable ally. When my investigation brings me to the gates of his family's palatial home, I have to wonder if he is about to become my mortal enemy.

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Kate Chopin

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories By Kate Chopin CLASSIC SHORT STORIES The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics. The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernist literature; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams.

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Kate Chopin

The Awakening by Kate Chopin First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief novel so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. Now widely read and admired, The Awakening has been hailed as an early vision of woman’s emancipation. This sensuous book tells of a woman’s abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to desires and passions that threaten to consume her. Originally entitled A Solitary Soul, this portrait of twenty-eight-year-old Edna Pontellier is a landmark in American fiction, rooted firmly in the Romantic tradition of Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson. Here a woman engaged in self-discovery turns away from convention and society and toward the primal, irresistibly attracted to nature and the senses. The Awakening, Kate Chopin’s last novel, has been praised by Edmund Wilson as “beautifully written.” And Willa Cather described its style as “exquisite,” “sensitive,” and “iridescent.” This edition of The Awakening also includes a selection of short stories by Kate Chopin.

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Zach Ragan

When Twenty-year-old Cole moves to San Francisco with his older brother, David, and his younger brother, Chris, to their old grandfather's house, they then began to realize that their Grandfather was someone special. Their Grandfather was someone that was possibly not wholly human-possibly secret powers...powers that Cole, David, and Chris might have. With these powers, they have to save the world, and finish the job that their Grandfather left behind. And not only is David in love with a girl named Jenella, but Jenella is being ordered by her mother to kill David. How can Jenella kill the man that she loves? How is David going to feel when he realizes that he may never see his special sweet heart ever again? And not only is Chris in danger, but there is a good chance that he was going to die. There was a good chance that all three brothers were going to die! Now they have to face evil that comes in their way, and stop it before they realize there is no way out-but Cole, David, and Chris feel that there might be one way out-and the only way out. And that way out is to surrender and die. Zach Ragan lives in Vacaville, California with his older sister and two loving parents. He is a sophomore at Will. C. Wood High School and he enjoys writing, reading, English, singing playing music, and helping others. He also enjoys playing video games and watching movies when he is not writing novels. Zach also loves thinking of fantasy ideas and putting down into a concrete form. When Zach grows up, he wants have a major in English Literature and become a writer and a professional job in visual arts. Zach began writing "The Awakening: Triad's Birth" after his freshman year, and now, he's writing a series off it. The sequel to "The Awakening: Triad's Birth" is "The Awakening: Chris Crossed."

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Leo Tolstoy

This masterful novel is a religious fable of sorts, written by the gifted Russian author Leo Tolstoy as a means of shedding light on the hypocrisy inherent in many aspects of organized religion in the nineteenth century. The book follows the plight of Russian aristocrat Dmitri Ivanovich Nekhlyudov as he seeks absolution -- both in the church and in his own psyche -- for a sin he committed years earlier.

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Neville

If one is looking for answers to the meaning of life and how to make a happier, richer existence—e.g., relationships, finances, health—then Neville's teaching from personal experience, testimonies from students, and his amazing visions paralleling and explaining the mysteries of the Old and New Testament will answer those questions. Learn his techniques, unleash your power to create, believe in your imaginal acts, and no power in this world can stop the desired results from appearing in your world. It's the only creative power, one that everyone is operating moment to moment. Learning how to direct it deliberately is essential to producing loving, positive changes in one's life. These 1963 lectures also begin a nine-year odyssey of discovering the deepest meanings of six visions of the End that had unfolded in Neville (1959–1963). The visions are the signs that this long journey as limited man, the terrible opacity and contraction, is over, that the purpose of human life has been completed—man has endured and overcome six thousand years of amnesia plus the fires of experience and has emerged victorious. He's been transformed by his inner being (I AM, God) back into the divinity he truly is . . . and always was.

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NEVILLE

If one is looking for answers to the meaning of life and how to make a happier, richer existence—e.g., relationships, finances, health—then Neville’s teaching from personal experience, testimonies from students, and his amazing visions paralleling and explaining the mysteries of the Old and New Testament will answer those questions. Learn his techniques, unleash your power to create, believe in your imaginal acts, and no power in this world can stop the desired results from appearing in your world. It’s the only creative power, one that everyone is operating moment to moment. Learning how to direct it deliberately is essential to producing loving, positive changes in one’s life. These 1963 lectures also begin a nine-year odyssey of discovering the deepest meanings of six visions of the End that had unfolded in Neville (1959–1963). The visions are the signs that this long journey as limited man, the terrible opacity and contraction, is over, that the purpose of human life has been completed—man has endured and overcome six thousand years of amnesia plus the fires of experience and has emerged victorious. He’s been transformed by his inner being (I AM, God) back into the divinity he truly is . . . and always was.

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Kelley Armstrong

Chloe Saunders used to be a normal teenage girl - or so she thought. Then she learned the shocking truth - she is a walking science experiment. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister group of scientists known as the Edison Group, Chloe is an aberration - a powerful necromancer who can see ghosts and even raise the dead, often with terrifying consequences. Even worse, her growing powers have made her a threat to the surviving members of the Edison Group, who have decided it's time to end their experiment - permanently . . . Now Chloe is running for her life with three other supernatural teenagers - a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom - but can Chloe trust her new friends?

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Cather Dunus

From School Library Journal Grade 9 Up—When Chloe Saunders escapes from a group home for troubled teens, she has no idea that she'll be dealing with a treacherous aunt; a nascent werewolf; a prissy witch; guns, guards, and ghosts; and the harsh everyday realities of being a teen on the run. She'd come to terms with the fact that the home was obviously not your run-of-the-mill state facility, or she wouldn't have discovered her powers as a necromancer or found the witch, Tori; the warlock, Simon; and the werewolf, Derek, also in residence. Now the four of them and the ghost of the recently deceased telekinetic Liz, are trying to find the one adult who can help them. Things are complicated by Simon's diabetes, Derek's imminent transformation, and Tori, who, despite her magical powers, is best described by a different word, which rhymes with witch. Armstrong does an admirable job of walking the fine line between making things too easy for the group and putting unnecessary obstacles in their path. Separating them from the adults, she delves into character and relationships among the teens, giving this title a depth that some supernatural fare lacks. It is easy to read out of sequence, and even surpasses its predecessor, The Summoning (HarperCollins, 2008). If you buy it, teens will read it.—Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, formerly at New York Public Library END From Booklist Chloe’s a teenager who likes Simon, but maybe likes Derek, and definitely hates Tori, who crushes on Simon, who kind of cares for Chloe. Sounds pretty typical. Except that Chloe’s a necromancer, Derek’s a werewolf, and Simon and Tori are sorcerers. Following The Summoning (2008), this book in the Darkest Powers series has the teens on the run from a shady organization whose murky involvement with their manifesting powers is unclear, but definitely not for their betterment. There’s nothing terribly original here, but Armstrong has some fun toying with supernatural teen thriller conventions, and the taut pacing should please fans of the exploding genre. Grades 7-10. --Ian Chipman

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L.A. Banks

A battle is brewing in the Underworld and at the centre of it all is Damali Richards. Damali is a vampire huntress, but not just any huntress - she is the Millenium: a vampire huntress so powerful the vampire world is prepared to go to war over who should possess her. Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, in league with demons, is determined to claim her but then an ex-lover turned vampire enters the fray. But Damali is not about to let anyone, or anything, fight over her without having her own say.

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Nicole R. Taylor

The Coven has finally managed to awaken an ancient horror after thousands of years searching for the key. The Romans thought they were the first of their kind. But, they might just learn that there are older and more evil things in the world. Things that should have remained buried and forgotten. Things that should have been left alone. Aya, Zac and the few left they can call friends are scattered. Zac has left with Nye to find the Three and taken Aya's heart with him. But, Aya has her own path to follow. One that will take her back to the dark past of her own kind, where wars were fought and secrets and betrayals walked hand in hand. To get answers she will need the help of one of the most powerful witches to ever walk the earth, the founding witch Katrin. But, Katrin is dead by her hand. They will need all the allies they can get. Even if they come in the form of their greatest enemies. There is only one way to get through this… together. What comes next will change the game and ignite a fear greater than anything they've ever known. The epic battle that could see the end of all things is just beginning. Something is coming… The Original has awoken. Keywords: vampire, romance, paranormal, urban fantasy, witch, witches, curse, myth, diaries

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K.E. Ganshert

I can't go home. It's not safe. Nowhere is. Tess Eckhart isn’t crazy. She’s not suffering from psychosis. She and Luka Williams are part of The Gifting. Before they can find out what that means, the man with all the answers turns up dead. The only thing he left behind? A few patient files that lead to the nation’s most lawless city. With authorities chasing them, Luka and Tess escape into the very heart of peril and against all odds, find an underground community of people just like them. They aren’t gathered together for the sole purpose of survival, either. They have a plan and a purpose–to awaken as many people with The Gifting as possible. It’s dangerous and deadly work. Tess wants to help. Luka is desperate to keep her safe–a task that proves increasingly difficult as Tess’s gifting comes to light. Is Tess Eckhart the One they’ve been waiting for? The One with the power to save them all?