A feast of a medieval adventure with a thoroughly modern heroine. As the murmur of prayers fills the icy room, mother and baby seem doomed. When the newborn finally struggles into the world, the Count of Flanders flees in a rage. The child is not the expected male heir -- but a girl. Growing up under the disapproving eye of her heart father, the strong-willed Marguerite instinctively learns to survive in the fierce and violent male world of the Middle Ages, with its pagan rituals and bloody fights to the death. When her father demands that she wed a man she detests, the young countess uses all her cunning to stop the marriage. The only thing she cannot conquer is the plague, which marches across the land killing thousands, including the man she loves.
Based on a real character, this colorful story is told with sharp humor and is filled with dramatic intensity. The final scene in the book, in which Marguerite and her father engage in a savage sword fight, will remain engrained in readers' memories.
Have you ever set out to read your Bible only to get stuck in Leviticus, the prophecies of Ezekiel, the seemingly end lists of First and Second Chronicles, or the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew or Luke? It’s common to start out determined to read through the Bible only to get bored, confused, or discouraged as you struggle through genealogies, prophecy, or sanctuary rituals. Prophecy, genealogy, and sanctuary rituals all have their proper place within the bounds of Bible study. But for the new believer, these things can be difficult and confusing. To resolve this difficulty, I created The Story Bible. The idea was to remove from the text those things that are complicated and/or confusing for the new believer, or for anyone who is new to Bible reading. For example, the books of First and Second Chronicles contain some great stories. But they include so many numbers and lists that the narratives get lost in the shuffle.
So in The Story Bible I simply removed the lists, while leaving the stories to be read and enjoyed. Another example is the book of Numbers, which also contains some fascinating stories. But the stories are interspersed with descriptions of sanctuary rituals and census data that can become boring or confusing to the new believer. So again, I simply removed the sanctuary ritual descriptions and the census data while leaving the stories in place to be enjoyed without frustration. What I have produced is a Bible that can be read by a new believer from cover to cover without getting stuck. After serving as a Christian pastor for many years, I not only recognize the problem of new believers getting stuck in genealogies, sanctuary rituals, etc., but I also recognize that what new believers need most is familiarity with Bible stories. The Bible narratives form the backbone for everything else in scripture. Prophecy, sanctuary rituals, pastoral letters, genealogies, and even census data find their place once the new believer becomes familiar with the stories.
Keep in mind that I have not edited the narratives themselves. Every word of The Story Bible is from the text itself. I have only removed that which is not narrative, so that the narratives are no longer obscured and can more easily be enjoyed. Another way to put it is to say that The Story Bible is a compilation of all the stories of Scripture. Every portion of the Bible that is narrative was included. I did not edit, condense, or rewrite the narratives.
I only compiled them. The translation I used for this project is the Bible in Basic English. It was translated by Professor Samuel Henry Hooke (1874-1968), an English scholar and Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies in the University of London. The BBE was printed in 1965 by Cambridge Press in England.
Published without any copyright notice and distributed in America, this work fell immediately and irretrievably into the public domain in the United States. The BBE is easy to read, since it utilizes a 1000 word vocabulary. My hope is that new believers will be drawn in by the Bible stories and discover how relevant and practical the Bible is for us today.
"Katie Ford's is a finely-wrought lyrical beauty, a poetry of detail and care, but she has set it within an epic arc." — Poetry I lie still, play dead, am delivered decree: our daughter weighs seven hundred dimes, paperclips, teaspoons of sugar, this child of grams for which the good nurse laid out her studies as a coin purse into which our tiny wealth clinked, our daughter spilling almost to the floor. —from "Of a Child Early Born" In Katie Ford's third collection, she sets her music into lyrics wrung from the world's dangers. Blood Lyrics is a mother's song, one seared with the knowledge that her country wages long, aching wars in which not all lives are equal.
There is beauty imparted, too, but it arrives at a cost: "Don't say it's the beautiful / I praise," Ford writes. "I praise the human, / gutted and rising."
Le app per incontri? Tutti ne parlano, in pochi le usano. Questo, almeno, è ciò che pensa la protagonista della storia, una giornalista trentenne che non ha mai voluto affidarsi al suo smartphone per conoscere persone nuove. Ma quando il suo capo le chiederà di scrivere un articolo su Matchy - una popolare applicazione per "cuori solitari" (ma non solo...) -, dovrà ricredersi e scontrarsi con una realtà a lei ignota. In fondo sarebbe disposta a tutto, pur di uscire dalle sabbie mobili in cui si è impantanata con quello che considerava l'uomo della sua vita. Basterà buttarsi a capofitto nel lavoro e organizzare qualche appuntamento al buio, per dimenticarsi del Bastardo coi boccoli che da tempo la condanna a un tira e molla estenuante? Forse no, considerando i "tipi da Matchy" con i quali dovrà fare i conti durante la sua ricerca: tatuatori che alla prima occasione non risparmiano i commenti sulle doti culinarie della mamma; food blogger che invitano a cena le ragazze per poi improvvisare un set fotografico e immortalare prelibatezze degne di un ristorante stellato; pervertiti a corto di idee, tatto e romanticismo, ma sempre pronti a mettere in atto tecniche di corteggiamento assai discutibili (per usare un eufemismo...). Nel turbinio degli eventi, fra rendez-vous tragicomici, litigi e fantasmi del passato che si materializzano nei momenti più sbagliati, tutto sembra precipitare. Finché il viaggio nel magico mondo di Matchy non approderà a una meta inaspettata.
Lydia Fields leaves her Arkansas hometown for Sherburne, Louisiana to care for her sickly grandmother whom she has never met. She is than excited to leave everything she knows and struggles with bitterness while traveling to Sherburne. Will Lydia be able to find hope and a future in this new life?