David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.
The New Faery, born of the four-armed Old Faery and the wingless riders of the great moths, prepare to depart from the long home of the Color Faery. Gifted with the speaking mind of Mothkin and the six wings of the Old Faery, they go seeking a place of their own where they can be “a new people” who need never hear the life-giving Ring Chant of the Faery, which is, to them, a violent clamor of discordant sounds. In a deep place in the Secret Mountains they find a new home and intentionally deceive their offspring by leading them to believe that the New Faery have dwelt in the Vale of Summer for many generations. After their descendants have peopled the vales of the mountains and the Low Lands, they find that the young of these long-lived people are failing. Then the Elders bitterly concede that they need the wisdom of their long parted ancestors.
Saint Therese was a Carmelite nun who died in 1897, aged 24. She was beatified, and her writings and thoughts are known to all Catholics throughout the world; she is the patron saint of missions. This is the story of her parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, told in a series of letters.
Note from the author: As the following Meditations were more the expression of my feelings, than any attempt at exposition, when they were written, I have not thought it right to alter a single word in a second edition. As such, they remain as a memorial of my experience at that time. And I can truly thank the Lord for any measure of communion with Him that is traceable in these pages. That He may continue to bless the little book to many precious souls is my most earnest prayer. A.M. London.
The Song of the Sword, the first volume of an epic fantasy, tells the fateful tale of mighty realms in an agelong struggle against dreaded enemies, and humble heroes thrust into magnificent adventures and perilous quests that will determine the fate of many. The Song of the Sword is a powerful epic adventure, continued in "A Journey into Darkness".
Release on 2007-10-01 | by Darrell Fields,Lorrie Fields
Author: Darrell Fields,Lorrie Fields
Pubpsher: Morgan James Publishing
“Anyone who is losing hope for America must read The Seed of a Nation. The inspiration lives, the seed sprouts, the idea works” (Scott W. Boyd, Pennsylvania State Representative). “The Seed of a Nation is a thoroughly researched and fascinating account of William Penn’s efforts to establish a ‘Holy Experiment’ in Pennsylvania—a vision of governance grounded in faith and operating on the principles of tolerance and respect for all” (Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf). It was this “Holy Experiment,” set out in Penn’s Charter of Privileges, that provided the framework for the United States Government, including the essential underlying mandate to provide freedom for all people. So brilliant was William Penn’s legacy that Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence, called him, “the greatest lawgiver the world has produced.” This fascinating work looks at the life and impact of William Penn—an impact that still echoes today.
A Zen Buddhist masterpiece, winner of the 2018 Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation. The Platform Sutra occupies a central place in Zen (Ch’an) Buddhist instruction for students and spiritual seekers worldwide. It is often linked with The Heart Sutra and The Diamond Sutra to form a trio of texts that have been revered and studied for centuries. However, unlike the other sutras, which transcribe the teachings of the Buddha himself, The Platform Sutra presents the autobiography of Hui-neng, the controversial 6th Patriarch of Zen, and his understanding of the fundamentals of a spiritual and practical life. Hui-neng’s instruction still matters—the 7th-century school of Sudden Awakening that he founded survives today, continuing to influence the Rinzai and Soto schools of contemporary Zen. Red Pine, whose translations of The Heart Sutra and The Diamond Sutra have been celebrated and widely received, now provides a sensitive and assured treatment of the third and final sutra of the classic triumvirate. He adds remarkable commentary to a translation that, combined with the full Chinese text, a glossary, and notes, results in a Mahayana masterpiece sure to become the standard edition for students and seekers alike.