Moving stories of one woman's life that renewed her faith in friendship and in God.

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DEAR DEB

A WOMAN WITH CANCER, A FRIEND WITH SECRETS, AND THE LETTERS THAT BECAME THEIR MIRACLE

An emotionally charged friendship shared epistolary-style.

Faith in God and the belief in miracles are the underlying themes in the letters debut author Terry wrote to her dying friend, Deb. Although terminally ill, Deb believed she would experience a miracle and lived her life as if she had all the time in the world. Unable to fully comprehend this perspective, Terry did the next best thing and faced her own fears. A bond that normally could have taken years to create was quickly built between the two women through the dozens of letters Terry sent as she delved deeply into her own world. As her condition grew worse, Terry’s words became the one thing Deb looked forward to on a daily basis. Terry wrote about her estranged father, her unexpected divorce and her mother's mental illness. However, in thinking about her own past, she also rediscovered the many joys in her life, including her favorite moments with her sons. Through her writing and Deb's continued conviction that a miracle would take place, Terry reconnected with her own faith in God. She joined a church and realized her life was full of small miracles. Although occasional leaps in time can be a bit confusing and some of the more grim aspects of her story are only partially addressed, the overall effect of these letters is that of faith, hope and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Moving stories of one woman's life that renewed her faith in friendship and in God.

Pub Date: Oct. 9, 2012

ISBN: 978-1400204373

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2012

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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