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Hope Dancing: Finding purpose and a place to serve among the Maya by Leslie Baer Dinkel (GlimmerTwin Publishing) 5.0 Stars (48 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

The astounding true story of a young woman's courage and persistence despite threats, extortion and her own kidnapping, to save lives during Guatemala's brutal civil war and postwar, to establish a thriving help organization fueling the rural Maya's struggle for self-reliance. If you've ever despaired at the state of the world or doubted the power we each have to profoundly change lives for the better, you must read the story of how Leslie Baer Dinkel and a handful of like-minded friends changed the course of tens of thousands of lives in Guatemala. Still reeling from the untimely death of a beloved mentor, Dinkel, 33, immersed herself in service to the homeless -- many of whom spoke Spanish -- and ended up in Guatemala to improve her modest Spanish skills. Landing in a war zone, she visited a refugee village and the horror she encountered upended her life. She promised impoverished villagers she would return with help, and over the next decade, delivered more than $3 million in emergency medical aid. With the generous help of a remarkable group of volunteers she assembled, Dinkel established a thriving help project offering life-saving health services, educational scholarships and more to those barely surviving in one of Guatemala's worst poverty belts. This intimate memoir recalls with wit and whimsy encounters with extraordinary people who guided her, including Mother Teresa, and the curious coincidences that led her to Guatemala. From identifying her first recruits to the extortion, perilous kidnappings, and other misadventures, you will become a participant in the daunting challenge of saving lives during a brutal civil war and forging hope in its aftermath. Hope Dancing: Finding purpose and a place to serve among the Maya offers tremendous insight into poverty, prejudice, the nature of self-determination, and especially, the transformational power of full-hearted giving. 100% of author proceeds are designated to charity. Each book purchased provides ...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 417 Pages (1,980 KB)
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Added: Jan 28th, 2020

All for the Glory of God: The Eddie Bates Story by Sandra Bates Madden 5.0 Stars (7 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

This is the biography of a truly amazing man. Edward Bates was born into poverty in the hills of Kentucky and was afflicted with a learning disability, dyslexia, and struggled to get an education. He left school with only a seventh grade education. He served in the U.S Army throughout WWII having many close calls. After the war he returned to London, Kentucky, to pump gas at the station where he had been employed before the war. He met a young lady there, married, and started a family. At age thirty-three he came to faith in Christ and became a brand new man. A few years later he received an amazing and unmistakable call to preach. This is the story of how God could take a man with little education who in the beginning could scarcely read his own Bible and lead him to found a church that grew to approximately 1500. Doctors, businessmen, and community leaders would come each Sunday to hear what this humble man of God had to say. His life story will make you laugh and cry. You will not be unaffected by this book. The author is Pastor Edward Bates's daughter.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 177 Pages (15,164 KB)
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Added: Jan 28th, 2020

In Fire and Snow: Memoir By Jewish Warsaw Ghetto Fighter During WW2 (World War II Survivor) by Yaacov (yakubek) Putermilch 5.0 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

A unique Memoir of the Warsaw Ghetto fighter "The Germans marched, and their singing echoed between the walls. That same moment, we were ordered to attack the marchers, to throw bombs at them and then grenades and Molotov cocktails. When the air cleared, we saw German blood on the pavement. This was our finest day." In his book "In Fire and Snow," Yaacov Putermilch describes his life in the Warsaw Ghetto as a member of the Jewish Combat Organization (JCO). The Warsaw Ghetto uprising was set off by combatants and commanders of various Jewish youth movements in several foci throughout the Ghetto. Together with the stories of other witnesses, Yaccov's testimony completes the historic picture of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and throws light on the dramatic events that occurred in the specific sector where he fought. After the Ghetto was destroyed, Yaacov escaped to the forests and continued to fight as a partisan. The partisans wrote an important chapter in the history of anti-Nazi resistance. They struggled to survive but went on fighting the Nazi enemy, no matter the cost. Today, more than 75 years later, this historic document acquires double importance as the number of living witnesses is gradually decreasing, while more and more people deny the Holocaust and attempt to re-write its history.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 477 Pages (2,691 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jan 28th, 2020

Children of Dust and Heaven : A Diary from Nazi Occupation through the Holocaust by Stefania Heilbrunn (Remember Point, Inc.) 4.5 Stars (23 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

This is a riveting collective memoir is both incredibly personal and yet tremendous in scope, and all profits are donated to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. This book is written by a Holocaust survivor and is based on her own harrowing experiences, as well as the diary of a young girl. The author interviewed hundreds of the residents of her town after the war and put together this powerful, historic vivid account of how the Nazis occupied her hometown in Poland and systematically tormented and killed so many Jews. Starting with Hitler's orders and the Nazi Occupation, the author describes how day to day life changed for everyone around her. Simple routines and joys taken away day by day, but the struggle to survive was strong. From the overcrowding of the ghetto, to lack of food and water to the deportations to concentration camps, work camps and death camps of the Holocaust, the author details it all. This book is now available in German language as "Kinder aus Staub und Himmel: Ein Tagebuch aus der NS-Besatzungszeit während des Holocausts: German Edition."

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 404 Pages (2,835 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jan 28th, 2020

My Golden Mind: A Journey Through Epilepsy And Brain Surgery by Jimmy Golden 5.0 Stars (11 Reviews)    Price verified 4 minutes ago

My journey began on a day no different than any other day. I was at work when I experienced the first of what I originally called my "episodes". After they became progressively worse causing hallucinations, cognition lapses and involuntary muscle movements, I went to see a neurologist. The result was a misdiagnosis and even more episodes. Eventually, the very same day I asked permission to marry the most incredible woman I have ever known, I woke up in an ambulance to the sounds of sirens and to the flashing of lights. My whole life was turned upside down. I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Brain surgery was eventually offered as a possible solution. I started scouring the internet to find a book. One written by someone like me. I was looking for a first-person account of what was to come. No luck. I felt as if I was going on my journey blind. When reading my book, you will learn what it is like to experience different types of seizures. You will hear what it is like to go through the testing to see if you are eligible for, and to eventually have brain surgery. I will talk about the mental, family and social aspects involved with living with epilepsy. Not only that, but there are some incredible surprises along the way. Come with me on my journey. Enter My Golden Mind.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 273 Pages (1,668 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jan 28th, 2020

Don't let it show by randy Boucher 4.0 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

"Award Winning Finalist in the LGBTQ: Non-Fiction category of the 2018 International Book Awards" "Don't Let it Show" by Randy S. Boucher I am not a writer, nor do I pretend to be one. This is my life story, I strive to keep it as truthful as possible recalling incidents as they accrued. There may be some miss spelled words, improper use of grammar, and some obscene language in this book. I wanted this book to convey the way in which I talk and my feelings. This is my story. It's of a boy with a very troubled upbringing craving to find out who is in in this world. This journey begins with a baby fighting for his life to only to wish at times he had lost that fight. You will snicker and weep reading the many diverse types of circumstances I have faced. A boy struggling with the horror that he may be gay. At a youthful age converting to Jehovah Witness with the added burden this puts upon him. You will follow a bewildered boy as he becomes an even more confused adult. Why he gets married at an early age and then has a son. Far-removed from the perfect family as it all falls apart. You will sense my pain as I describe the heart wrenching anguish of coming out as a gay man, and how it's one of the hardest things a person can do. I'm honest about the sex obsession I've experienced for many years,' and the bad relationship decisions I have made. From being tossed out of a Religion and rejected by friends and family. The battle with the Courts to be able to visit with the one person who meant the most to me. Losing family, friends, and even pets to death. The challenges of a machinist in a blue-collar world as gay and HIV+. Finally, to find myself battling with the decision of suicide. This is a journey I had to take before I was able to find contentment. A voyage to let go of my past, and more valuable, to find the ability to forgive. Only then was I able to start to live.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [x]
Length: 400 Pages (14,651 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jan 28th, 2020
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