Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior [Audiobook]

Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior [Audiobook]
Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior [Audiobook] by Bart D Ehrman, read by Joe Barrett
2016 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 4 mins | 208.2MB

The bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus, one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today examines oral tradition and its role in shaping the stories about Jesus we encounter in the New Testament—and ultimately in our understanding of Christianity.

Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally—including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels. In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Erhman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament—how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus’ message but helped shape it.

A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology and anthropology, to examine the role of memory in the creation of the Gospels. Explaining how oral tradition evolves based on the latest scientific research, he demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling impacts the story, the storyteller, and the listener—crucial insights that challenge our typical historical understanding of the silent period between when Jesus lived and died and when his stories began to be written down.

As he did in his previous books on religious scholarship, debates on New Testament authorship, and the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman combines his deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship in a compelling and eye-opening narrative that will change the way we read and think about these sacred texts.

Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, 3rd Edition [Audiobook]

Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, 3rd Edition [Audiobook]
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Third Edition [Audiobook] by Peter Block, read by Erik Synnestvedt
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 21 mins | 257.26MB

When the landmark best-seller Flawless Consulting was first published more than three decades ago, it was quickly adopted as the "consultant's bible." With his legendary warmth and passion, Peter Block explained how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. The book continues to speak to people in a support function inside organizations as well as to external consultants.

This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Peter Block's groundbreaking book explores the latest thinking on consultation. It includes new insights about how we can organize our consulting around discovering the strengths, positive examples, and gifts of the client organization or community. The book remains a practical and specific guide for anyone who needs to develop a capacity for deeper relatedness and partnership - which means it is for all who wish to make a real difference in the world.

This new edition covers the consulting challenges that have arisen from the way we routinely communicate electronically and live in the virtual world. Block suggests ways to overcome the distancing and isolating effects inherent in electronic connects. The book also includes practical guidance on how to ask better questions, gives suggestions for dealing with difficult clients, and contains expanded guidelines on more engaging forms of implementation.

Flawless Consulting includes two new examples, taken from health care and educational reform efforts, to show how consulting skills can be useful (and often transformative) in a broader context. These illustrative examples point the way for achieving changes for leadership in business, government, religion, human services, and more.Like the first two editions, Flawless Consulting affirms the notion that authentic behavior and personal relationships are the key to technical and business success. By demonstrating their ability to be truly authentic at each step in the process, consultants can aim toward creating workplaces that are more collaborative and ultimately more successful.

What Is Globalization? [EPUB]

What Is Globalization? [EPUB]
What Is Globalization by Ulrich Beck
2000 | EPUB | 0.4MB

This important book offers an engaging and challenging introduction to the thorny paths of the globalization debate. Beck aims to clarify the ambiguities of the debate, to distinguish between the various types of globalization and to warn the reader of conceptual traps. Most importantly, however, he opens up the horizon for political responses to globalization.

Beck focuses on two main questions: what does globalization mean? and how can it be moulded politically? He begins by examining the ambivalences and paradoxes of globality and globalization, with regard to society, economics, politics, ecology and culture. He sets out the rival perspectives in the globalization debate and assesses the prospects for a transnational state. Central to the book is Beck's argument that a decisive critique of globalism is necessary to make space for the primacy of politics. In the last section, he offers a series of constructive proposals to counter the current paralysis of politics, suggesting ten ways of addressing and answering the challenges of the global age. The book concludes by conjecturing that if our politicians do not respond creatively to the challenge, we will experience what Beck calls 'the Brazilianization of Europe'.

This book will be an important text for students and scholars in politics, sociology, geography and the social sciences generally. It will also appeal to a broader audience interested in key social and political issues in the world today.

Tactical Barbell II: Conditioning [EPUB]

Tactical Barbell II: Conditioning [EPUB]
Tactical Barbell II: Conditioning by K Black
2016 | EPUB | 0.9MB

You have something very valuable in your hands. A lifetime’s worth of training knowledge, drawn from the world’s most extreme arenas. Lessons learned and best practices from military operators, tactical law enforcement, combat athletes, and others that rely on their physical abilities to survive and thrive in very harsh and unforgiving environments. Where there’s more at stake than winning a medal, or getting a bruised ego. It’s great having a 600lb squat and 400lb bench press. However, as an operational athlete, if you can’t move, work, or thrive for long periods of time in a multitude of energy demanding environments, you are ineffective. Your big bench is useless; your big squat is useless. Tactical Barbell proposes you work towards being a different kind of athlete. The kind that’s not only extremely strong, but also highly conditioned. If you look carefully, you’ll see these people all around you. That guy on your Emergency Response Team with the 350lb bench press and a sub 9 minute 1.5 mile run.

The old Marine Sergeant that can run 6 miles in under 40 minutes followed by 30 dead-hang pull-ups. So how do you get there? It's not what you think. Popular 'bootcamp' style approaches that throw a lot of push-ups and running at you in a haphazard fashion don't work for long. Sure, you'll break a sweat and release some endorphins. You might even lose a pound or two. But take a good hard look at your progress. For all your effort, are you really that far ahead? To make real progress, you have to look to the approaches used by professionals. Train each attribute you're trying to improve in a progressive manner, using the most effective tools for that particular fitness domain.

In TB2, you'll find the structured, three-pronged approach to conditioning we take with tactical athletes. It consists of Base Building, followed by a transition to a more specific continuation protocol. Periodic maintenance of lower-priority domains complete the model. TB2 is the premier training manual for tactical law enforcement candidates, soldiers, and other operational athletes. You will be hard pressed to find a more thorough and effective conditioning program. If you’re a results-oriented individual looking for concrete, actionable programming based on cutting edge practices, this book is for you.

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus [Audiobook]

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus [Audiobook]
Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus [Audiobook] by Matt Taibbi, read by Rob Shapiro
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 19 mins | 249.2MB

Dispatches from the 2016 election that provide an eerily prescient take on our democracy's uncertain future, by the country's most perceptive and fearless political journalist.

The 2016 presidential contest as told by Matt Taibbi, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion, is in fact the story of Western civilization's very own train wreck. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story: the power of spectacle over substance or even truth; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society.

Taibbi captures, with dead-on, real-time analysis, the failures of the right and the left, from the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the flawed and aimless Hillary Clinton campaign; the rise of the "dangerously bright" alt-right with its wall-loving identity politics and its rapturous view of the racial "holy war" to come; and the giant fail of a flailing, reactive political media that fed a ravenous news cycle not with reporting on political ideology but with undigested propaganda served straight from the campaign bubble. At the center of it all stands Donald J. Trump, leading a historic revolt against his own party, "bloviating and farting his way" through the campaign, "saying outrageous things, acting like Hitler one minute and Andrew Dice Clay the next." For Taibbi, the stunning rise of Trump marks the apotheosis of the new postfactual movement.

Taibbi frames the reporting with original essays that explore the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country. Insane Clown President is not just a postmortem on the collapse and failure of American democracy. It offers the riveting, surreal, unique, and essential experience of seeing the future in hindsight.

David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire [EPUB]

David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire [EPUB]
David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire by Martha P Nochimson
2013 | EPUB | 7.02MB

Beginning with Lost Highway, director David Lynch “swerved” in a new direction, one in which very disorienting images of the physical world take center stage in his films. Seeking to understand this unusual emphasis in his work, noted Lynch scholar Martha Nochimson engaged Lynch in a long conversation of unprecedented openness, during which he shared his vision of the physical world as an uncertain place that masks important universal realities. He described how he derives this vision from the Holy Vedas of the Hindu religion, as well as from his layman’s fascination with modern physics.

With this deep insight, Nochimson forges a startlingly original template for analyzing Lynch’s later films—the seemingly unlikely combination of the spiritual landscape envisioned in the Holy Vedas and the material landscape evoked by quantum mechanics and relativity. In David Lynch Swerves, Nochimson navigates the complexities of Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive, and Inland Empire with uncanny skill, shedding light on the beauty of their organic compositions; their thematic critiques of the immense dangers of modern materialism; and their hopeful conceptions of human potential. She concludes with excerpts from the wide-ranging interview in which Lynch discussed his vision with her, as well as an interview with Columbia University physicist David Albert, who was one of Nochimson’s principal tutors in the discipline of quantum physics.

A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve [Audiobook]

A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve [Audiobook]
A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve [Audiobook] by Mother Teresa, read by Mark Bramhall, Kimberly Farr
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 46 mins | 296.23MB

Published to coincide with Pope Francis' Year of Mercy and the Vatican's canonization of Mother Teresa, this new book of unpublished material by a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive offers Mother Teresa's profound yet accessible wisdom on how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.

For millions of people from all walks of life, Mother Teresa's canonization is providentially taking place during Pope Francis' Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is entirely fitting, since she is seen both inside and outside of the church as an icon of God's mercy to those in need.

Compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejckuk, MC, the postulator of Mother Teresa's cause for sainthood, A Call to Mercy presents deep yet accessible wisdom on how we can show compassion in our everyday lives. In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics as:

  • The need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned
  • The importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant
  • The necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly
  • The purpose to feed the poor and pray for all
  • The greatness of creating a "civilization of love" through personal service to others

Featuring never before published testimonials by people close to Mother Teresa as well as prayers and suggestions for putting these ideas into practice, A Call to Mercy is not only a lovely keepsake but a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant, and very necessary in the 21st century.

The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki's Ancient Epic [Audiobook]

The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki's Ancient Epic [Audiobook]
The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki's Ancient Epic - Complete and Comprehensive [Audiobook] by Linda Egenes, Kumuda Reddy, read by Deepti Gupta
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 1 min | 438.45MB

A delightfully straightforward and lyrical retelling of the ancient Indian epic of loyalty, betrayal, redemption, and insight into the true nature of life - one of history's most sacred ethical works, rendered with completeness and sterling accuracy for the modern listener.

Here is one of the world's most hallowed works of sacred literature, the grand, sweeping epic of the divine bowman and warrior Rama and his struggles with evil, power, duplicity, and avarice. The Ramayana is one of the foundations of world literature and one of humanity's most ancient and treasured ethical and spiritual works. Includes an introduction by scholar Michael Sternfeld.

Raw-Vitalize: The Easy, 21-Day Raw Food Recharge [EPUB]

Raw-Vitalize: The Easy, 21-Day Raw Food Recharge [EPUB]
Raw-Vitalize: The Easy, 21-Day Raw Food Recharge by Mimi Kirk, Mia Kirk White
2017 | EPUB | 178.24MB

A day-by-day guide to clean, raw eating

Catch the wave of health and good living with this easy and delicious 21-dayraw food plan. Mimi Kirk and her daughter, Mia White Kirk, developed the plan when they decided to team up and remind themselves of the benefits of eating all raw, all the time.

They needed a plan that would work with their busy schedules, with meals that would fit into a set menu, but still allow them to mix and match foods. These recipes are so good, you’ll make them again and again. Raw-Vitalize includes shopping lists, make-ahead prep ideas, and tips for eating on the go.