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  • All 240 Family Christian Stores Are Closing

    04/19/2017 2:16:37 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/23/17 | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
    More than 3,000 employees in 36 states will be laid off in the liquidation of one of the world’s largest Christian retailers. More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—which bills itself as “the world’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise”—announced it is closing all of its stores after 85 years in business. Family Christian, which employed more than 3,000 people in more than 240 stores across 36 states, blamed “changing consumer behavior and declining sales.” “We had two very difficult years post-bankruptcy,” stated president Chuck...
  • 'Communism for Kids' Fails to Make Amazon.com Top 100 Rankings

    04/13/2017 9:23:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 13, 2017 | 10:16 AM EDT | Craig Bannister
    A new book that sells the concept of Communism “in the simple terms of a children’s story” has failed to sell on Amazon.com — except in the category for true believers. “Communism for Kids” by MIT Press “unfolds like a story, with jealous princesses, fancy swords, displaced peasants, mean bosses, and tired workers,” its Amazon.com page explains. […] Scathing customer reviews give the book a rating of only 1.7 out of 5 stars, with comments noting communism has killed “over 60 million people” and asking, “If Communism is so great why are they selling the book. Isn’t that capitalism?” …
  • The True Jesus

    04/14/2017 6:37:35 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 7 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 04/14/17 | Davis Limbaugh
    I have a new book out — “The True Jesus,” which is my third Christian-themed book — and I want to tell you a little bit about it. In my previous books, I related that I didn’t always embrace the Bible and that I came to accept Jesus Christ later than some people do — after studying the evidence for Christianity’s truth claims. Contrary to a common misconception, there is an abundance of evidence that undergirds the Christian faith, and I examined much of that in my previous books. This book is different in that it allows the Gospels to...
  • Timothy Zahn finally unveils the origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains in Thrawn

    04/12/2017 2:21:04 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 9 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 12, 2017 | Andrew Liptak
    Last summer, Dave Filoni announced that he would be bringing a long-standing fan-favorite character to Star Wars Rebels: Grand Admiral Thrawn. In a classic, “wait, there’s more!” moment, he followed up by saying that the character would also get a novel, written by none other than Timothy Zahn, who created the character in 1991’s Heir to the Empire. It’s hard to overstate how exciting this is to long-time Star Wars fans. In the previous Star Wars expanded universe, Thrawn was a different sort of villain for the franchise. Where Emperor Palpatine was evil incarnate, and Darth Vader embodied raw power,...
  • The New Age Of Ayn Rand: How She Won Over Trump And Silicon Valley

    04/11/2017 9:40:15 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-11-2017 | Jonathan Freedland
    Her novel The Fountainhead is one of the few works of fiction that Donald Trump likes and she has long been the darling of the US right. But only now do her devotees hold sway around the world As they plough through their GCSE revision, UK students planning to take politics A-level in the autumn can comfort themselves with this thought: come September, they will be studying one thinker who does not belong in the dusty archives of ancient political theory but is achingly on trend. For the curriculum includes a new addition: the work of Ayn Rand. It is...
  • MIT Press Publishes ‘Communism for Kids’ Book

    04/10/2017 2:30:49 PM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 10, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    MIT Press is out with a new book that teaches children the tenets of Karl Marx with fairy tales. Communism for Kids, written by a German author who specializes in political theory and "queer politics," was released last month. The thesis of the children's book is that communism is "not that hard," but has not been implemented in the right way.
  • Hillary Clinton’s astonishing post-State access to top secret docs (March 31, 2017 story)

    04/04/2017 7:56:02 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 56 replies
    Hillary Clinton may have resigned her secretary role at the State Department in 2013 — but her access to top secret and classified information didn’t end then. Under Barack Obama, she was allowed to continue to view highly sensitive intel documents for years — well past her announced run for the presidency in April 2015, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Why? Toward what possible end? So she could better write her memoir. File this in the “You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me” folder. And it wasn’t just Clinton who kept the power of top secret access. It was six...
  • The World Just Got a SECOND Doomsday Vault, Because of Course We Did

    04/04/2017 12:26:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Science Alert ^ | April 3, 2017 | Bec Crew
    n the side of a mountain atop the frigid wastelands of the Norway's Svalbard archipelago sits the Arctic 'doomsday vault' - an ominous facility that's locked away close to a million seed samples from almost every country on Earth. Designed to keep the seeds safe from nuclear war or some other global catastrophe, the Svalbard Global Seed Bank just got a new neighbour, with a second doomsday vault opening up nearby. But instead of storing seeds, this vast library has been built to ensure the survival of the world's most important books, documents, and data.
  • Raymond Arroyo's books are having an astounding impact on at-risk kids

    04/01/2017 5:42:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | March 19, 2017 | Michelle Bauman
    Washington D.C., Mar 19, 2017 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Raymond Arroyo has an impressive resume.He’s a New York Times bestselling author several times over. He’s an award-winning journalist and producer. And his weekly EWTN show, The World Over Live, reaches more than 350 million global households and 500 U.S. radio affiliates.So when Arroyo says his Will Wilder series of books for young readers just might be “the most important work I’ve ever done,” it’s quite a statement.What makes these books so important, in his view? The lifelong impact that they can have on kids.“When an adult reads your...
  • Solomon Bull: When the Friction Has Its Machine, a Book Review

    03/28/2017 10:56:13 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 2 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 03/28/2017 | Tamara Wilhite
    Solomon Bull: When the Friction Has Its Machine is a modern mystery/adventure book by conservative author Clayton Lindemuth. The adventure and personal challenges of the main character take center stage, while conveying important messages on self-reliance and survival.
  • Ebook sales continue to fall as younger generations drive appetite for print

    03/15/2017 2:26:32 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 80 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 14 March 2017 | Sian Cain
    Readers committed to physical books can give a sigh of relief, as new figures reveal that ebook sales are falling while sales of paper books are growing – and the shift is being driven by younger generations.
  • "SURPRISE REVEAL! MARK LEVIN ANNOUNCES THE TITLE OF HIS NEXT BOOK"

    "Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin made a surprise announcement on his radio program Thursday evening. Levin has finished writing his newest book and said it's his “best book.” He gave his listeners the title during the broadcast."
  • Bridges of Madison County author Robert James Waller dies, 77

    03/10/2017 12:28:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 10, 2017
    Robert James Waller, the author of best-selling book The Bridges of Madison County, has died in Texas at the age of 77, his agency said. Waller published seven books, but Bridges was his most famous, selling 12 million copies in 35 languages. The romantic novel was adapted into a 1995 film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in the role.
  • Ohio Bookstore Flips Male-Authored Books, Displaying Them Backwards

    03/05/2017 7:28:44 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 81 replies
    To draw attention to female authors, a Cleveland bookstore celebrated Women’s History Month by turning every male-written book in the fiction room backward on its shelf. Eight of the all-female employees of Loganberry Books went through about 10,000 books, a process that took about two hours. They’ll leave the books turned around for the next two weeks
  • ‘The Profile in Courage Award’ Is the Perfect Prize for Barack Obama

    03/03/2017 5:24:22 AM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | Mar. 3, 2017 | Jack Cashill
    On Thursday, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation named Barack Obama the 2017 “Profile in Courage” award honoree, and no one in the major media caught the irony of it. According to the foundation, the award is given to those “whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of ‘Profiles in Courage,’ President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book.” The reader should forget for a minute about Obama’s alleged courage and focus instead on the phrase, “President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book.” This phrase would carry a little more weight, and the award would make a little...
  • Why Thomas Hardy, Not Jane Austen, Is a Better Guide to Love

    02/16/2017 6:09:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Accultured ^ | February 14, 2017 | Sarah Gustafson
    Valentine’s Day is here, and with it, the usual slew of literary and pop culture reminders of what love does to us. Pick your poison—Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks, the Brontes, Old Hollywood, 90s rom coms, BBC bodice rippers—we are saturated by reminders that a rewarding life includes a worthy, rewarding and, above all, romantic relationship. I don’t hate the romantic canon. But I want to convince you that we should broaden it by reviving an underrated masterpiece: Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. (The novel has also been made into a beautiful movie, although, full disclosure, I’ve not seen...
  • 'Words can't describe how excited I am about the new Philip Pullman books': [tr]

    02/15/2017 6:26:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Keiligh Baker
    His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has announced he will release the long-awaited follow-up to the popular trilogy - sparking an online frenzy from his delighted fans. The next trilogy of books, which the Cambridge-based writer describes as an 'equel' rather than a prequel or sequel, begins with The Book Of Dust which will be published on October 19 by Penguin Random House Children's and David Fickling Books.
  • Is My Novel Offensive? How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing [tr]

    02/14/2017 6:44:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Slate ^ | February 8, 2017 | Katy Waldman
    When Becky Albertalli published her first young adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with the HarperCollins imprint Balzer and Bray in 2015, she never expected it to be controversial. She’d worked for years as a clinical psychologist specializing in gender nonconforming children and LGBTQ teens and adults.* Yet her book—about a closeted gay kid whose love notes to a classmate fall into the wrong hands—contained a moment that rubbed readers the wrong way: Simon, the sweet but clueless protagonist, muses that girls have an easier time coming out than boys, because their lesbianism strikes others as alluring. At...
  • Forbidden Thoughts, a Book Review

    02/11/2017 1:22:11 PM PST · by tbw2 · 5 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 02/10/2017 | Tamara Wilhite
    "Forbidden Thoughts" is a science fiction anthology that starts with a foreword by Milo Yiannapolis before moving on to stories by more than a dozen conservative science fiction authors. What are the pros and cons of this conservative scifi book?
  • 'Snowflakes' pose real threat, author warns

    02/08/2017 8:17:35 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/8/2017 | unknown
    The left-wing students who riot on campus, declaring they are offended on behalf of their racial, religious or gender identity, have become a cliché already. Americans around the country note that they seemingly spend more time destroying property than studying, and many, especially conservatives, smirk at the delicate, overly emotional students, derisively called “snowflakes.” But what is an avalanche but a lot of “snowflakes” moving in the same direction, and Scott Greer, author of the new book “No Campus For White Men,” argues it is a dangerous mistake for conservatives to dismiss them. After all, they’re winning. “Identity politics really...