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An Imperfect God

Author: Henry Wiencek
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466856599
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An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his "only unavoidable subject of regret." In this groundbreaking work, Henry Wiencek explores the founding father's engagement with slavery at every stage of his life--as a Virginia planter, soldier, politician, president and statesman. Washington was born and raised among blacks and mixed-race people; he and his wife had blood ties to the slave community. Yet as a young man he bought and sold slaves without scruple, even raffled off children to collect debts (an incident ignored by earlier biographers). Then, on the Revolutionary battlefields where he commanded both black and white troops, Washington's attitudes began to change. He and the other framers enshrined slavery in the Constitution, but, Wiencek shows, even before he became president Washington had begun to see the system's evil. Wiencek's revelatory narrative, based on a meticulous examination of private papers, court records, and the voluminous Washington archives, documents for the first time the moral transformation culminating in Washington's determination to emancipate his slaves. He acted too late to keep the new republic from perpetuating slavery, but his repentance was genuine. And it was perhaps related to the possibility--as the oral history of Mount Vernon's slave descendants has long asserted--that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this could indeed have been true. George Washington's heroic stature as Father of Our Country is not diminished in this superb, nuanced portrait: now we see Washington in full as a man of his time and ahead of his time.

An Imperfect God

Author: Henry Wiencek
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780374529512
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An analysis of how George Washington's life was impacted by slavery--discusses his ties to the slave community, activities as a slave owner, realization of the evils of slavery, and political efforts on behalf of slaves.

An Imperfect God

Author: Henry Wiencek
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374175269
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A major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his "only unavoidable subject of regret." In this groundbreaking work, Henry Wiencek explores the founding father's engagement with slavery at every stage of his life--as a Virginia planter, soldier, politician, president and statesman. Washington was born and raised among blacks and mixed-race people; he and his wife had blood ties to the slave community. Yet as a young man he bought and sold slaves without scruple, even raffled off children to collect debts (an incident ignored by earlier biographers). Then, on the Revolutionary battlefields where he commanded both black and white troops, Washington's attitudes began to change. He and the other framers enshrined slavery in the Constitution, but, Wiencek shows, even before he became president Washington had begun to see the system's evil. Wiencek's revelatory narrative, based on a meticulous examination of private papers, court records, and the voluminous Washington archives, documents for the first time the moral transformation culminating in Washington's determination to emancipate his slaves. He acted too late to keep the new republic from perpetuating slavery, but his repentance was genuine. And it was perhaps related to the possibility--as the oral history of Mount Vernon's slave descendants has long asserted--that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this could indeed have been true. George Washington's heroic stature as Father of Our Country is not diminished in this superb, nuanced portrait: now we see Washington in full as a man of his time and ahead of his time.

Soul Revolution

Author: John Burke
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310276462
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This 60-day experiment in loving God and loving people demonstrates how moment-by-moment connections to God with wide-open willingness fulfills Christians' deepest longings and transforms them into life-giving people.

Glorious Mess

Author: Mike Howerton
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 0801013917
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Dynamic communicator and pastor explores God's relentless love for imperfect people and how he works through them in spite of their mistakes and failures.

Flawed Families Of The Bible

Author: David E. Garland
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 9781441201133
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Most Christians believe that the Bible holds the answers to their questions about daily living, and that reading the Scriptures will show them good examples to follow for their own lives. Think for a moment and try to list a few examples of healthy families in the Bible who are ideals worth emulating. Having trouble? The families of the Bible were far from perfect, and not so different in that regard from our imperfect families today. In Flawed Families of the Bible, a New Testament scholar (David) and a professor of social work (Diana) take a real and close look at the actual families of the Bible. This honest book will inspire and encourage readers with its focus on the overarching theme of hope and grace for families, showing that it is in the "imperfect places" that we can catch a glimpse of grace. Perfect for pastors, counselors, and anyone in a flawed family.

A Perfect God Created An Imperfect World Perfectly

Author: Rabbi G
Publisher: Heroes Circle
ISBN: 9780986358326
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Stress kills. The destructive chemical cocktails of anxiety, pain and anger rip apart our bodies. They also drown our relationships and wreck our lives. But don't worry about it because that's bad for you. The little teachers of Kids Kicking Cancer are as young as two years old. They have faced more stress in their lives than most of us can imagine. However, they are teaching the world how to "breathe in the light and blow out the darkness" using the same martial arts techniques that they have learned from the black belt therapists of an amazing program that is in four countries. In thirty lessons you will be inspired, motivated and educated by these children how to make significant changes in your response to the stressors in your life. These lessons have been presented to major corporations across the globe. 97% of the adults describe these seminars as having had "a profound influence" on their lives. Each chapter of this book contains a link that will connect you to simple audio and written meditations that you can practice as well. Every time you open that link, numbers go up in front of the children allowing them to know that they are teaching you. It's a win-win situation. You will live longer and they will have purpose, and with that, less pain. There is no book like this in the world! The author lovingly referred to, as "Rabbi G.," by the children, is a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a black belt father who lost his first child to leukemia. Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg has received numerous awards across the globe including being featured as a "Hero Among Us" in People magazine as well as a Top Ten CNN Hero. However, to the Rabbi it is the children who are the real heroes. It is clearly his privilege to be their voice.

Confessions Of An Imperfect Mom

Author: Julie Ann Barnhill
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736941576
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Bestselling author of She's Gonna Blow (more than 125,000 copies sold) Julie Ann Barnhill reveals her flawed parenting moments--from the hilarious to the serious--and shares secrets that will help all moms uncover joy, sanity, and peace in their imperfections. With her trademark honesty and humor, she eases women down from the top of "Mount Guiltmore" and into the freedom to be their own unique brand of mom by acknowledging the things they don't have guilt over and embracing understanding how their own mothers influenced them discovering personal qualities that will make them great moms Practical insights and a sassy, realistic look at all mothers do, take on, accomplish, and carry with them provide women with a fresh perspective that can open up their lives to everything that God has for them and their children. Rerelease of Motherhood: The Guilt That Keeps On Giving

Good Enough Is Good Enough

Author: Colleen Duggan
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 159471732X
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The truth about parenting is that you don't have to get everything right and your family doesn't need to be perfect. Colleen Duggan learned those lessons through years of struggling with unrealistic expectations. In this frank and intimate story, Duggan explores the emotional and spiritual healing that needed to take place in her life in order to be the parent, spouse, and follower of Christ God created her to be. Sharing both funny parenting moments and difficult times of self-scrutiny, Duggan invites us to join her in experiencing God's healing mercy and shows how to allow that healing to rejuvenate our lives and revitalize our families. As a child, Duggan smoothed over the jagged edges of her difficult home life with good grades and perfect behavior. By the time Duggan was an adult, her drive to constantly be in control was her way of life. It was only when she began raising her family that she realized how damaging this compulsion was for both her and the people around her. That's when she began her faltering journey toward letting God be in control. In Good Enough Is Good Enough, Duggan shares her heartaches—learning her child has a genetic disorder that might lead to cancer; realizing that her drive to do and be everything for everyone strained her marriage; and struggling with feelings of worthlessness after leaving her job to become "just" a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. She also shares parenting difficulties we've all faced—trying to keep her kids quiet during Mass; wondering whether she's giving them enough opportunities for growth; and balancing time spent on herself, her kids, and others. With each story, we feel the brokenness she tried to cover by being a "perfect" parent and the eventual realization that she needed to find healing. Through the saints, the Sacraments, and Catholic traditions and literature, Duggan found the Church a place where God's love and healing grace embraced her. She invites us to the same conclusion: whether we are dealing with everyday frustrations or life-changing tragedies, it is in the heart of the Catholic Church that we are finally free to let go of our facades in order to embrace our brokenness and find healing.