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I Have A Dream : The Story Of Martin Luther King (Scholastic Biography)
Margaret Davidson
0590442309
January 1, 1991
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4I Have a Dream follows the standard juvenile biography format, tracing King's life from his childhood days in Atlanta to his tragic death in Memphis. The text is sprinkled with familiar black-and-white photographs of varying quality garnered from the wire services and newspaper photographers. Although Davidson does not take any liberties with the facts, she uses quotation marks quite liberally, making dialogue that couldn't possibly have been recorded completely accurately come across as a literal rendering. I Have a Dream is similar to, but more expansive than, both Bains' Martin Luther King (Troll, 1985) and Hunter's Martin Luther King, Jr. (Bookwright Pr, 1985). Tom S. Hurlburt, Minneapolis Public LibraryCopyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or...


End of the Spear
Steve Saint
0842364390
December 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In this heartfelt memoir, Saint writes about growing up with the Ecuadoran tribe whose members killed his father in 1956, and about taking his wife and teenage children back to Ecuador in the 1990s to live among them again. Many of Saint's readers will be familiar with the spearing deaths of five American missionaries by Auca Indians a half-century ago, a story recounted by Elisabeth Elliot in Through Gates of Splendor (1996 revised edition). Saint, who was four years old at the time of the murders, adds to that familiarity with this account of his deep, familial bond with his father's assassin. Specifically, Saint debunks myths about the tribe. He explains that Auca, which means naked savage, is a derogatory name given to the tribe by outsiders, and that they are actually called the Waodani. While he does not...


Let's Roll!
Lisa Beamer
0842374183
July 2003
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Book Description
Lisa Beamer was thrust into the national spotlight after her husband, Todd, led a counterattack against terrorists on United Flight 93. He--and all the other passenger heroes--lost their lives in a Pennsylvania field. But that plane was the only one of the four hijacked planes on 9-11 that didn't hit its target--most likely the White House or the Capitol. Todd's last known words, "Let's roll!" have become a rallying cry for the entire American nation to move ahead in hope, courage, and faith, despite today's troubled times, and to live real life...right now. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Jesus
Leith Anderson
0764224794
Feb 2005
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Christian Retailing
"Readers will appreciate the simplicity and the depth of this rich perspective on Jesus' life."

Ted Haggard, President, National Association of Evangelicals
"A gift of creative insight into the life of Jesus Christ... I can't wait to share this with my church."

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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr., Clayborne Carson
0446676500
January 1, 2001
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Book Review
Celebrated Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson is the director and editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project; with thousands of King's essays, notes, letters, speeches, and sermons at his disposal, Carson has organized King's writings into a posthumous autobiography. In an early student essay, King prophetically penned: "We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance.... We cannot have a nation orderly and sound with one group so ground down and thwarted that it is almost forced into unsocial attitudes and crime." Such statements, made throughout King's career, are skillfully woven together into a coherent narrative of the quest for social justice. The autobiography delves, for example, into the philosophical training King received at Morehouse College, Crozer Theological...


Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia
Carmen Bin Ladin
0446694886
June 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Addicted to the "I-married-the-Mob" genre? Try this variation: smart women who marry Islamic fundamentalists. In 1973, Swiss-born Carmen fell in love with Yeslam bin Ladin, Osama's older brother; after a fairy-tale courtship, including a semester together at USC, the two married in Saudi Arabia. Alas, it wasn't long before the fantasy turned sinister. By Saudi Wahhabi custom, women are usually confined to the home. Activities like listening to music or reading books other than the Koran are either sinful or shameful. Only Carmen's young daughters, occasional international trips and her dear, understanding husband helped her cope. Then, things worsened. The 1979 Saudi mobilization to support Afghan Muslims against the Soviet invasion gave religious hard-liners like Osama more clout. Carmen's husband, now a...


Seductive Poison : A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple
Deborah Layton
0385489846
November 9, 1999
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Book Review
Deborah Layton was, by her own account, a typical rebellious youth, with nothing in her dossier to indicate that she would eventually find herself in Jim Jones's People's Temple in Guyana, looking for a way out of the green hell that had become the People's Temple Agricultural Project. She barely escaped in June 1978. Within months, more than 900 people drank Jones's cyanide punch and committed "revolutionary suicide" in the face of mounting stateside pressure on the cult, some of it prompted by Layton's own testimonials upon her safe return home. Her brother, Larry, also survived, and as one of the few left alive in Guyana became a scapegoat for Jones's crimes; he is now serving a life sentence in federal prison.

There is a simple naiveté at the root of Seductive Poison. Layton's own youthful innocence,...



The Unexpected Journey
Thom S. Rainer
0310257417
Sept 2005
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Book Description
Following Jesus is a journey none of the people in this book ever expected to take.
Why did they?
What difference did it make?

The book you’re holding is dangerous. If you read it, you’ll see that God is still active in saving even the most unexpected people: An atheist woman who viewed Christians as “idiots.” A married couple high in the leadership ranks of the Mormon church. An African-American man who became a Black Muslim out of hatred for white Christians.

You’ll be amazed, moved, and encouraged as you read their compelling stories and the stories of nine others who made The Unexpected Journey from non-Christian beliefs to faith in Jesus Christ. You’ll rediscover the power of the gospel. You might even be emboldened to tell others about Christ...


Princess Sultana's Daughters
Jean Sasson
0967673755
March 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Sasson's sequel to Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil is another page-turner related by "Princess Sultana." A member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, Sultana now is married to a progressive prince, but this privileged status does not protect her or her two daughters from the country's repressive laws against women. Though a devout Muslim, Sultana believes the entrenched male power structure has perverted religious doctrine to justify veiling women and depriving them of basic civil liberties. The lack of opportunity to forge equal relationships with men before and after marriage, Sultana argues, is why one of her daughters became fanatically religious and the other suffered a mental breakdown. This eye-opening account is limited to life among the royals rather than a critique of Saudi Arabian...


Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People
S. Truett Cathy
1929619081
June 2002
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Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia
Carmen Bin Ladin
0641702361

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John Paul II a Pope for the People
Russell Stockman
0810949849
Mar 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
This unusual book combines two unlikely genres-the topical scholarly anthology and the glossy photography book-into a successful and oddly erudite coffee table opus about the life and contributions of Pope John Paul II. Five authors present essays in their areas of specialization: Fischer offers an entertaining biographical study of the man born as Karol Wojtyla; Stehle examines the pope's legacy of anti-Communism and savvy understanding of international diplomacy; Hertzberg analyzes his relationships with Jews, especially during the crucial World War II years; Accattoli lauds his soul-searching humility in issuing more than 100 "mea culpa" statements throughout his papacy; and Politi explores his efforts to preserve the Church's exalted position in a rapidly changing Europe. The book is enhanced by 139...


Buddha
Karen Armstrong
0143034367
September 2004
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Books on Buddhism may overflow the shelves, but the life story of the Buddha himself has remained obscure despite over 2,500 years of influence on millions of people around the world. In an attempt to rectify this, and to make the Buddha and Buddhism accessible to Westerners, the beloved scholar and author of such sweeping religious studies as A History of God has written a readable, sophisticated, and somewhat unconventional biography of one of the most influential people of all time. Buddha himself fought against the cult of personality, and the Buddhist scriptures were faithful, giving few details of his life and personality. Karen Armstrong mines these early scriptures, as well as later biographies, then fleshes the story out with an explanation of the cultural landscape of the 6th century B.C., creating a...


Peace Child
Don Richardson
0830737847
August 2005
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Book Description
In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child tells their unforgettable story of living among these headhunters and cannibals who valued treachery through "fattening" victims with friendship before the slaughter. God gave Don and Carol the key to the Sawi hearts via a redemptive analogy from their own mythology. The "peace child" became the secret to unlocking a value system that existed through generations over centuries, possibly millenniums, of time. This analogy became a stepping-stone by which the gospel came into the Sawi culture and started both a spiritual and a social revolution from within. With an epilogue updating how the gospel has impacted the Sawi people, Peace Child will inspire a new generation of readers who need to hear this...


Portraits of Freedom
Bob Davies
083082331X
July 2001
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Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia (3 Volume Set)
Phyllis Jestice
1576073556
December 15, 2004
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From Booklist
The theme of this work "is that most effective intermediary between heaven and earth: the holy human being who has a foot in both realms." More than 1,000 of the 1,183 entries are biographical sketches of men and women from a variety of religious traditions, including African religions, Amerindian religions, Bahaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Sikhism. There are also survey articles that address aspects of holy people across religious traditions. For example, Attributes of holy people discusses special marks or signs various traditions have regarded as proof of an individual's holiness, while Intermediaries shows the place of the holy person as mediator between the divine and the rest of humankind. Other entries describe activities or lifestyles commonly associated with...


A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr.
Denise Lewis Patrick
0689853971
Dec 2003
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From Booklist
K-Gr. 2. Like Jacqueline Woodson's picture book The Other Side (2001), Patrick's quiet story, part of the Ready-to-Read Childhood of Famous Americans series, tells of childhood friendship threatened by adult prejudice at the time of segregation. This happens to be a true story--about a boy who grew up to be the great civil rights leader. The spare text tells how Martin's white friend says they can't play together anymore: "Papa says colored and white can't mix." True to the period, Pate's realistic pastel illustrations show Martin's loneliness when his friend turns away from him. In contrast is the warm support in Martin's family. They talk about segregation, his dad says that "friendship has no color," and Martin decides that he will change the rules and change people's minds. The spare text and moving pictures...


Martin Luther King, Jr.: Young Man with a Dream (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)
Dharathula H. Millender
0020420102
October 1986
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Book Description
One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily read by children of eight and up -- today's youngster is swept right into history.

Card catalog description
A biography, emphasizing the early years, of the civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights.


Martin Luther King, Jr., on Leadership : Inspiration and Wisdom for Challenging Times
Donald T. Phillips
0446675466
January 15, 2000
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Book Review
Leadership motivational speaker Donald T. Phillips, who has previously drawn organizational lessons for modern businesses from the careers of Abraham Lincoln and the Founding Fathers, turns to civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as a role model. A discussion of the Montgomery bus boycott, for example, draws out such principles as "Set goals and create a plan of action" and "Involve the people." More effective as a self-help book for business than as a biography, it does provide a useful introduction to King's life. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From AudioFile
Phillips reads with an enthusiastic and strong tenor voice this account of King's leadership of the Civil Rights movement in the late 1950's and the 1960's. The work is not primarily...


A Fire You Can't Put Out
Andrew M. Manis
0817311564
Jan 2002
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Book Review
Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. are the most well known figures of the civil rights movement that emerged in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1950s, but in Andrew M. Manis's well-documented book, the contributions of the fiery Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, founder of the Alabama Movement for Human Rights, finally come to light. Manis paints a portrait of a God-fearing (but otherwise fearless) preacher cut in the mold of rebel slave leader Nat Turner, whose lawsuits, sit-ins of train and bus stations, and defiant pulpit orations helped tear down segregation in the South. But the reverend always had a firm sense of community: "Shuttlesworth conducted his civil rights activities with his hands still tightly grasping the pastoral reins of his local church," Manis writes. "His concern for social justice was central to his 'care...


Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
Fatima Mernissi
0201489376
September 1995
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Book Review
In 1940, harems still abounded in Fez, Morocco. They weren't the opulent, bejeweled harems of Scherezade, but the domestic sprawl of extended families encamped around a walled courtyard that marked the edges of women's lives. Though born into this tightly sheltered world, Fatimi Mernissi is constantly urged by her rebellious mother to spring beyond it. Worried that Mernissi is too shy and quiet, her mother tells her, "You must learn to scream and protest, just the way you learned to walk and talk." In Dreams of Trespass, an enjoyable weave of memory and fantasy, it is clear that Mernissi's fertile imagination let her slip back and forth through the gates that trapped her restive mother. She spins amiable, often improbable tales of the rigidly proper city harem in Fez and the contrasting freedoms of...


True Vine
John W. Fountain
1586482858
Feb 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
After growing up poor in Chicago, Fountain found himself, at 22, a college dropout, married with three children and living on welfare. He is now a college graduate and a national correspondent for the New York Times. This is Fountain's story of life in the ghetto, his eventual escape from poverty and the discovery of an ardent faith that has fueled him through his most troubling times. Yet it's the tales of his large extended family that are the most touching, as well as the resilience and pride shown by his mother, about whom Fountain writes with tenderness and the clarity of hindsight: "I once heard it said that life is what happens when you make other plans. Life happened to Mama: marriage, motherhood, and divorce, all within the span of a few years." Less compelling are the passages that deal with Fountain's...


Bernadette Speaks to You: A Life of St. Bernadette Soubirous in Her Own Words (Saints and Holy People)
Rene Laurentin, et al
0819811548
February 2000
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French


Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography
Kathryn Spink
0062515535
September 1998
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Book Review
For years Mother Teresa has appeared at the top of every list of the world's most influential women, in company with Diana, Princess of Wales, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Different in almost every respect from those famous women, she did share one important quality: she was a star. In Mother Teresa, biographer Kathryn Spink goes beyond her subject's public persona to examine the life of a modern-day saint. In the course of tracing Mother Teresa's life--from her birth in Albania to her years in Ireland and then India with the Loreto Sisters to the founding of her own order, the Missionaries of Charity--Spink explores the ramifications of her subject's life and work on the lives of those she labored for and with. Mother Teresa's frail appearance belied the steely will and public-relations savvy she brought to the task of...


Escape from China: The Long Journey from Tiananmen to Freedom
Zhang Boli
0641661983

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Don't Know Much about Martin Luther King JR.
Kenneth C. Davis
0064421295
Jan 2006
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Book Description

When did King first encounter an integrated world? (see page 20)

How did he learn about nonviolent movements? (see page 53)

Why did King need so much paper in the Birmingham jail? (see page 88)

Best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis sheds light on the most prominent leader of the Civil Rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. had big dreams about ending segregation and fervently advocated nonviolent protests. Tragically, his life was cut short. Davis weaves a smooth, flowing narrative through his trademark question-and-answer format, peppering the text with informational sidebars and compelling quotes. Dramatic photographs and stirring black-and-white illustrations by Machiyo Kodaira reveal King's public courage and private fear, as well as the tumultuous times in which he lived.

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My Land and My People : The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet
The Dalai Lama
0446674214
December 1, 1997
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-The New York Times Book Review
"A narrative that gains in drama by the simplicity of its telling."

-Stanley Gosh, Saturday Review
"MY LAND AND MY PEOPLE is, without a doubt, one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read."

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Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage (The Crosswicks Journal, Book 4)
Madeleine L'Engle
0062505017
October 18, 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
Since her debut with The Small Rain in 1945, L'Engle has continued to write critically acclaimed books for adults and young readers, including a Newbery Medal-winner, A Wrinkle in Time. But this story of her marriage surpasses her best work so far. Starting with accounts of her childhood, she describes her life as a young woman in Manhattan, attracted to the theater and landing a job as an understudy touring with Eva Le Gallienne and Hugh Franklin. L'Engle and Franklin married in 1946, creating a bond that was broken ony by his death 40 years later. As Franklin's roles (with the Lunts, Ethel Barrymore, Maurice Evans, etc.) kept him absent frequently, there were problems, especially when they became parents. Yet most crises were viewed in perspective, especially when the couple gathered with children,...


Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Jean Marzollo
0439782244
Jan 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
This effective collaboration between Pinkney ( Sukey and the Mermaid ; The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural ) and the prolific Marzollo presents a gentle, pared-down version of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Geared to preschoolers, the author's brief narrative outlines those of the leader's civil rights accomplishments that this audience is most likely to understand and appreciate, among them those that enabled African Americans and whites in the South to sit together in buses, drink from the same water fountains and attend the same schools. Marzollo's language is equally accessible: "His dream was that people everywhere would learn to live together without being mean to one another." Meticulously employing scratchboard and oil pastels, Pinkney uses intricate series of fine, white lines to...


Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary
Walter Dean Myers
0590481096
February 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
In his preface, Newbery Honor book author Myers ( Scorpions ; Fallen Angels ) notes that Malcolm X's pivotal impact on the civil rights movement of the '60s was the result of his distinctive, dramatic approach: "It was Malcolm's anger, his biting wit, his dedication, that put the hard edge on the movement, that provided the other side of the sword, not the handle of acceptance and nonviolence, but the blade." Appropriately, it is with incisive, precise prose that the author chronicles the labyrinthine path of Malcolm's life, from his 1925 birth in Omaha to his assassination in Harlem 40 years later. Seamlessly fusing historical notes on the era with the activist's story, Myers tells of Malcolm's childhood, which was greatly influenced by his father, a disciple of Marcus Garvey; his life as a youth on the streets...

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