A very handy handbook that provides amazingly essential information and practical tips every pastor needs to know, delivered with brevity and a good sense of humor. Be prepared to laugh as you try to keep hold of the reins--like the circuit rider of yesteryear. The Unofficial United Methodist Handbook for Pastors gives serious information and practical tips to uplift your spirit and warm your heart. Like The Unofficial United Methodist Handbook for the well-informed churchgoer, this handbook for pastors illustrates timeless biblical truths in everyday living, making life easier--and much more entertaining. This book captures all the essential information every pastor needs close at hand to prevail in any circumstance, and have a good and well-needed chuckle along the way: - How to Support and Empower the Church Council without Becoming a Dictator or a Wallflower - How to Know if You re Called to Be a Pastor - Ten Things You Should Never Say to a Church Member - How to Recover from Christmas and Easter Overload - How to Preach a Stewardship Sermon without Sounding Like You Are Begging for a Raise - How to Keep Both Your Job and Your Family - How to Use Your Family Members as Sermon Illustrations without Alienating Them or Boring the Congregation - How to Retire from Ministry Gracefully - What is unique about United Methodist Ministry plus dozens of other illustrations, maps, diagrams, and essential tips This unique and incredibly handy resource is perfect for United Methodist ministers and all who help lead congregations.View the Table of Contents
By embarking on a quest to dunk a basketball at the age of 34, journalist Asher Price investigates the limits of human potential--starting with his own. We all like to think that with a little practice we could run faster, learn another language, or whip up a perfect soufflé. But few of us have ever put those hopes to the test. Asher Price seizes on the dunk, richly freighted with distinctly American ideas of culture, race, and upward mobility, as a gauge to determine his own hidden potential. In this highly readable, humorous, and often poignant journey into the pleasures and perils of exertion, Asher introduces the reader to a memorable cast of characters who help him understand the complexity of the human body and the individual drama at the heart of sports. The dunk mesmerized Asher Price as a child, but even with his height (six-foot-plus) and impressive wingspan, he never really pushed himself to try it. Asher spends a year remaking his body and testing his mind as he wonders, like most adults, what untapped talent he still possesses. Throughout, Asher recalls an earlier test of his physical limits. Drawing on his experience of being diagnosed with cancer as a young man, Asher asks: How much of our story do we control? In the tradition of the best books that pit men and women against their own abilities--such as Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein and George Plimpton's Paper Lion -- Year of the Dunk takes the reader from hot Texas training sessions with an Olympic gold medal high jumper to a Cambridge, England, lab devoted to the study of leaping insects as Asher meets with athletes, scientists, and physiotherapists in this exploration of potential. Along the way he dives into the history and science of one of sport's most exuberant acts, examining everything from our genetic predisposition towards jumping to the cultural role of the slam dunk. The yearlong effort forces him to ask some fundamental questions about human ability and the degree to which, even with great determination, we can actually improve ourselves.
From the high profile and popular journalist Angela Mollard, this is a wholly delightful, funny and charming book - part memoir, part how-to manual - about giving your kids a real childhood. Childhood, Mum had once said to me, is not preparation for life, it is life. But in the tussle between home and work I'd forgotten what a privilege it is to be a parent - to have in my hands and heart two small souls I have for only a short time to guide and teach and enjoy. If I pressed on, driven by deadlines and bosses and a stultifying work ethic, then I would miss everything that really mattered. As a journalist, Angela Mollard never left home without her passport, contact lenses and a spare pair of knickers - not because she was incontinent but in case she had to drop everything and fly overseas for a story. But then she had a baby, and this new hand luggage was as compatible with her job as a ham and jam sandwich. By the time one child became two, work was seeping into every corner of her life and turning her into the sort of person she loathed. She was suffering an integrity crisis. Yet what she wanted was quite simple - time to enjoy her children, sufficient cash to keep everyone in food, nappies and wine, and the energy to be a half-decent wife. So why was it all so hard? From popular columnist and commentator, Angela Mollard, comes the story of how she learned to aim wide, not high, and to enjoy her children again. Part memoir, part manual, the Smallest things is for all parents trying to reconcile their various roles and create a childhood for their kids that incorporates both Minecraft and the Famous Five. Offering parents ideas and hope (plus plenty of parenting pitfalls to make them feel better about their own), the Smallest things is a funny, charming and movingly candid story of putting family first, and why the smallest things in life matter the most.
When it comes to gripping novels of unrelenting suspense, Julie Garwood is in a class by herself. In the course of her career, she has mastered the art of creating characters who live and breathe in compelling, page-burning stories that never fail to surprise. As her legion of fans can attest, she strikes the perfect balance between excitement and insight, action and heart. Now, in this breathless new novel, Garwood has written her most electrifying thriller to date. KILLJOY Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was eleven, she witnessed her grandmother's violent death, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order. Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home. Avery's workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her (hopefully soon-to-be ex) husband sent her the gold embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, not to mention a networking extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for the two weeks of luxury and decadence. But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false pretenses, she is taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor, and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolynand outmaneuver a brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance. From the Hardcover edition.