The Bay School Blogger: Nan Walker
As a writer, I think I have a pretty cool job. There cannot be many occupations where you are allowed to spend countless hours in private contemplation, just imagining. Clearing my head (which often involves going for a walk or taking a cycle ride along the beach) is a very important aspect of my creative process (or at least that is what I tell my family and the people I work for). When my mind drifts (and it doesn´t take much to start this process), it takes me down a whole new career path, one that I spent most of my teenage years (who am I kidding, most of the last four decades) dreaming of. In my mind, I´m a rock star. There are many similarities between the roles of writer and rock star (and not all of them are positive): They are both creative jobs. They can both lead to fame and fortune (although most of us will be lucky if our creative output pays the rent). Some writers might even lead a bit of a rock and roll lifestyle (I now limit my creative stimulants to several really (really) strong cups of coffee throughout the day). Success in both careers can equally be attributed to luck as much as it can be to talent (although there is no substitute for hard work). You can wear what you want to work (although I´m perhaps a little too old for a spandex jumpsuit). There are plenty of ´´industry-type´´ people who will try and take advantage you. Most people who aspire to become either writers or rock stars fail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Juan G. Molinari. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055060/bk_acx0_055060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´The Fear Factor´´, by Michael Specter: The swine flu vaccine.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Test Drive´´, by Paul Goldberger: A model World Trade Center Memorial in Brooklyn..THE FINANCIAL PAGE ´´Inconspicuous Consumption´´, by James Surowiecki: Will the lessons of the economic downturn endure?THE ANNALS OF COMMUNICATION´´Searching for Trouble´´, by Ken Auletta: Google´s growing pains.LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA´´Call Me´´, by Tad Friend: The most feared blogger in Hollywood.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Making Up´´, by Anthony Lane: A review of The Invention of Lying. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/091007/pe_nyer_091007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stop being a poser. Start being a Christian. Is your faith for real? How about your walk with God? If everyone who claimed to love Jesus actually did, this world would be a drastically different place. We currently live in a time when being a poser Christian is not only easy, it seems to be purposely overlooked - especially where the act of reflecting Jesus is concerned. Claiming to love Jesus without following Him is bogus, fraudulent, and frankly not Christian at all. God has called you to be set apart, to live authentically, to walk in a genuine Jesus swagger. He wants followers, not pretenders. From Christian blogger and pastor Jarrid Wilson, Jesus Swagger is about calling out the phony, showing the pretender the door, and welcoming the characteristics of Jesus with an open soul. If you are suspicious of your own motivations or even your life as a Christian, it´s time to be honest, come clean, and get real. It´s time to take the Jesus swagger evaluation test and start living a life that screams ´´Christ follower.´´ PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Graybill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001446/bk_oasi_001446_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Part memoir, part self-help book, Frankly My Dear, I´m Gay takes listeners on a lighthearted, poignant, humorous, and multifaceted journey out of the closet with nationally known author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, and coming out coach Rick Clemons. Embracing the trips, falls, and triumphs of learning to walk in a new set of heels, Clemons brings a fresh perspective on how to be uniquely you as a flag-waving - or quietly standing on the sidelines - member of the LGBT community. Calling upon his own and clients´ experiences, Clemons doles out amusing yet sincere insights and advice for navigating a mutually respectful divorce, raising children as a gay parent, and learning how to date, mate, and be in a healthy same-sex relationship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Clemons. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/motv/000045/bk_motv_000045_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In her dynamic new devotional, Godly Freedom, Bible teacher and best-selling author Rebecca Livermore taps into the truths penned long ago by the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth. To put it bluntly, the Corinthians were a big hot mess. Among other things, they dealt with issues such as: Sexual sin Chaotic worship Lawsuits between believers Many other types of division Paul caught wind of the troubles, and wrote them a very straightforward letter - which we now know as the book of 1 Corinthians - to deal with the issues. When you consider what a mess the church in Corinth was, it´s easy to stand in judgment of them - until you realize that they were people just like us. That´s the bad news. The good news is that the principles laid out in the 24 devotionals in this book provide modern day applications to the truths laid out in 1 Corinthians. Applying these lessons will keep you from making the mistakes the Corinthians made. Each devotional includes a passage of scripture from 1 Corinthians, a story or illustration related to the scripture, a prayer, and suggestions for applying the truths. This book will take you on a journey - a journey to Corinth, but even more importantly, a journey to becoming a more mature believer in Jesus. It is for any Christian that desires a closer walk with God. Rebecca Livermore is a best-selling author, blogger, and the cofounder of Ordinary Believer, a ministry focused on helping "everyday" Christians apply biblical truths in meaningful ways. She has been married to her husband, Chuck, for more than 30 years and is the mother of two young adults who affectionately nicknamed her "Hot Rod Mama". 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer L. Vorpahl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089506/bk_acx0_089506_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A tornado has destroyed a small Minnesota community and among the missing are not only a group of students but PEAK Rescue team leader Chet King. Ty Remington will stop at nothing to rescue his mentor, not even when the girl he loved - and lost - walks back into his life. But Brette needs his help more than he knows, despite her stubborn determination to push him away. And when he gets a second chance, loving her just might cost him more than he can imagine. A blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers, Brette Arnold didn´t expect her adventures to land her in the same place as Ty, the guy who she walked - no, ran - from over a year ago. She had her reasons - good ones. The kind that tell her that falling for him again would only lead to heartache. But Ty isn´t the kind of man to give up - not on the missing students, or on her. Life and love hang in the balance in Susan May Warren´s breathless story of holding on to hope during a deadly summer of storms. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Farrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/011944/bk_reco_011944_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Warning: do not launch your crowdfunding project before listening to this book. Fact: Over 65% of crowdfunding projects fail. Why? Top five reasons for failure: 1. Campaign missing key elements 2. Launched before gathering your tribe 3. Expected that if you build it, they will come 4. Poor advertising/social media strategy 5. Lack of partners Hacking Kickstarter, Indiegogo (or any other crowdfunding site) walks you step-by-step into the process of creating, launching, and wrapping your crowdfunding project. Learn: How curated communities can give you added exposure How to get featured in Kickstarter and Indiegogo´s newsletters (solid gold) How to grab funders´ attention the moment they land on your page How to generate traffic to your project How to easily find and target bloggers and journalist who want to publicize your project How to relaunch a failed campaign Websites to post your projects to for added exposure Comprehensive list of popular and niche crowdfunding sites And much more! Tried and true tactics, tips and secrets that work. Get a copy of this book now and you´ll be able to enhance your project´s success rate tenfold! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrice Williams Marks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087969/bk_acx0_087969_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Mario Vargas Llosa is one of the godfathers of Latin American fiction. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. He also once ran for president of his native country, Peru. Politics and literature are the driving forces in his life. And, they often come together. For instance, one of his most recent novels is The Feast of the Goat - the story of Rafael Trujillo, the infamous dictator of the Dominican Republic. Vargas Llosa tells Steve Paulson why he found the subject so compelling and what became of his own political ambitions. Then, the politician and the playwright Vaclav Havel was known first as the romantic poet in blue jeans, the dissident Czech playwright who was thrown in jail for his anti-communist plays, and who emerged to inspire the so-called Velvet Revolution that overthrew the Soviet Union. Havel was elected President of the Czech Republic and served from 1993 to 2003. Near the end of his time in office, Steve Paulson spoke with him about the role of writers and artists in a democracy. Next, some of the largest demonstrations in American history took place just a few blocks from our studios, in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Republican Governor Scott Walker had proposed cutting pensions and benefits for thousands of public employees. For days, hundreds of thousands of peaceful protestors occupied the State Capitol. They ate there. The slept there. And they wrote there. Among them was sleep-in activist and blogger, Christie Taylor. After that, V.S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. A Trinidadian-British citizen, he’s known for his novels focusing on the legacy of the British Empire’s colonialism. Among them, the modern classic called A Bend in the River. Steve Paulson talks with him.Following that, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist whose book Half of a Yellow Sun is set during the period of civil violence surrounding the creation of Biafra. She tel... 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120824/rt_tbon_120824_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Popular blogger Shannan Martin offers Christians who are longing for a more meaningful life a simple starting point: learn what it is to love and be loved right where God has placed you. For Christ-followers living in an increasingly complicated world, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to live a life of intention and meaning. Where do we even begin? Shannan Martin offers a surprisingly simple answer: uncover the hidden corners of our cities and neighborhoods and invest deeply in the lives of people around us. She walks us through her own discoveries about the vital importance of paying attention, as well as the hard but rewarding truth about showing up and committing for the long haul, despite the inevitable encounters with brokenness and uncertainty. With transparency, humor, heart-tugging storytelling, and more than a little personal confession, Martin shows us that no matter where we live or how much we have, as we learn what it is to be with people as Jesus was, we´ll find our very lives. The details will look quiet and ordinary, and the call will both exhaust and exhilarate us. But it will be the most worth-it adventure we will ever take. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ginny Welsh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/001378/bk_tnwd_001378_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.