Disfigured by an abusive father, teenager Andy Kemp hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger. As Andy’s mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.
Beth's husband won't be joining the family on vacation at the beach this year. Instead, Rick has holed up alone in the backyard shed, and nobody knows exactly what he's up to. While "St. Rick" waits for an epiphany, Beth will have to figure out what to do with herself and their teenage sons. What happens next is both uproarious and bittersweet: a peace march turns violent, her son is caught with drugs, and she embarks on an ambitious road trip that turns into something nearly surreal.
As one of the bestselling books of the last hundred years, and now a blockbuster movie, the magical charm of THE HOBBIT has delighted millions. But there is a spiritual dimension that will strike an even deeper chord. THE SPIRITUAL WORLD OF THE HOBBIT will take you behind the scenes, revealing Tolkien's beliefs and motivations. From there it will walk you step-by-step through the story itself, uncovering powerful themes of providence, mercy and courage.
After the FBI suspends her for bending its rules, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is looking for a chance to redeem her career and re-start her life. Being sent undercover to a thoroughbred horse track to see who's fixing the races might just be it. With mere days before the season ends, she races to find out the truth, but this might be more trouble than she bargained for.
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