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An Unexpected Guest

Author: Anne Korkeakivi
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316196762
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Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.

An Unexpected Light

Author: Jason Elliot
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 1466837802
Size: 70.38 MB
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Part historical evocation, part travelogue, and part personal quest, An Unexpected Light is the account of Elliot's journey through Afghanistan, a country considered off-limits to travelers for twenty years. Aware of the risks involved, but determined to explore what he could of the Afghan people and culture, Elliot leaves the relative security of Kabul. He travels by foot and on horseback, and hitches rides on trucks that eventually lead him into the snowbound mountains of the North toward Uzbekistan, the former battlefields of the Soviet army's "hidden war." Here the Afghan landscape kindles a recollection of the author's life ten years earlier, when he fought with the anti-Soviet mujaheddin resistance during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Weaving different Afghan times and visits with revealing insights on matters ranging from antipersonnel mines to Sufism, Elliot has created a narrative mosaic of startling prose that captures perfectly the powerful allure of a seldom-glimpsed world. Jason Elliot's An Unexpected Light is a remarkable, poignant book about Afghanistan and a heartfelt reflection on the experience of travel itself.

An Unexpected Journey

Author: S. R. Nathan
Publisher: Editions Didier Millet
ISBN: 9814260738
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This is the story of Singapore's President S.R. Nathan in his own words. It takes readers on a journey from Nathan's modest beginnings and his life as a runaway in Singpore and Malaya, through his experiences of the Japanese occupation, to the Presidential elections in 1999 and his tenure as Singapore's longest-serving President.

An Unexpected Grace

Author: Kristin von Kreisler
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0758291957
Size: 76.67 MB
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From bestselling author Kristin von Kreisler comes a poignant, uplifting novel of one woman's journey to healing, and the surprising soul mate that helps guide her there. Lila Elliot knows she's lucky. A shooting rampage at her office left several colleagues dead and others seriously wounded. Lila's injuries will heal in time. Yet though she gratefully retreats to her best friend's house to recuperate, Lila can't quite move past her fear and anger. Being drafted into caring for Grace--a shaggy, formerly abused golden retriever--only adds to her stress. Lila has been terrified of dogs since childhood. But Grace, like Lila, needs time and space to recover. Grace keeps her distance, sensing Lila's wariness, and only perks up for Adam, the neighbor who rescued her. Though struggling to make sense of her recent tragedy, Lila, an accomplished artist, begins to see beauty in Grace's wisps of fur and haunted eyes. As Adam points out, Grace, too, has suffered through no fault of her own. And in helping Grace to trust, Lila is being gently nudged toward the courage she needs to do the same. Rich in warmth and humor, An Unexpected Grace is a story of compassion and connection, and of finding that what truly makes us whole again may be the love we give away. Includes Reading Group Guide

An Unexpected Match

Author: Dana Corbit
Publisher: Steeple Hill
ISBN: 1426838484
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What does hardworking single father Matthew Warren want in a wife? Responsibility, practicality and a good rapport with his child. So why isn't he interested in the responsible, practical daughter of his matchmaking mother's best friend? Could it be that another Scott sister has gotten through to his guarded heart? He can't possibly be falling for Haley Scott, his daughter's new nanny, the very woman he almost fired for her free-spirited ways! Granted, his little girl is a lot happier lately. And so is he. Sometimes the best matches are the most unexpected.

An Unexpected Journey

Author: J. Philip Wogaman
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664225858
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J. Philip Wogaman offers candid reflections on his service as Senior Minister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., an unexpected journey that he began at the age of sixty following a full career as an ethics professor. Wogaman chronicles the tasks he faced as a new pastor, tasks with which every pastor deals--effective and faithful preaching, balancing pastoral and prophetic roles, presenting the church to the pubic media, dealing with prominent church members, and addressing stewardship. He also discusses the challenges of succeeding a long-loved pastor who departed under a cloud, the responsibilities of pastoring to a president, and his efforts to balance the roles of a pastor against such a dramatic backdrop. Identifying his own successes and mistakes, Wogaman provides fresh insights on parish ministry that are sure to become guideposts for all pastors.

New Jew An Unexpected Conversion

Author: Sally Friedes
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1846946433
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The New Jew is a story of an unexpected road to conversion, from Sally's first culture shock in synagogue, through encounters with rabbis that left her feeling alienated, to the warmth of Jewish friends and family who drew her in. Woven into the story is Sally’s relationship with Bernice, her Manhattanite Jewish mother-in-law, whose unexpected death offers a particular poignancy to her journey.

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion

Author: Jude Fisher
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547899327
Size: 17.14 MB
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Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving the comfort of Bilbo’s home they must face many perils before they can claim their long-lost gold -- Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Wargs, and worse… Richly illustrated with more than 100 color photos from the film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion begins the Quest for the Lonely Mountain in spectacular style.

Faithful An Unexpected Journey To Motherhood

Author: Becky Graham
Publisher: Redemption Press
ISBN: 168314094X
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One woman’s journey to trust God for the fulfillment of her hopes and dreams after deep disappointment: A vulnerable memoir of deep disappointment, hope, trust and faith with an unexpected outcome.