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This 1987 novel by Nobel Prize-winner Claude Simon is a sardonic look at glasnost Russia, where recent reforms and improvements carry all the conviction of rouge on a corpse. The narrator is one of fifteen international guests who have been invited on a goodwill tour of the new Soviet Union. Whisked from one staged event to another, from Moscow to Central Asia, enduring hours of rigid Soviet hospitality, the guests react with varying degrees of stupefaction and disgust to a society whose recent renovations ill-disguise a bloody and repressive past.The Invitation is a reminder that although the Cold War may be over, the past cannot and should not be forgotten; the Soviets have a new game to play--diplomacy rather than military force--but Simon voices skepticism in our current era of pro-Soviet sentiment.The chief attraction of The Invitation is Simon's celebrated style: long, convoluted sentences register the narrator's impressions, sometimes dragging with fatigue, but always sharpened with sensuous details and spiked with mordant satire. No one is named, but the reader will see through their identities as easily as the narrator sees through the sham of perestroika. This compact masterpiece of political satire concludes with an afterword by Lois Oppenheim, a noted authority on Simon's work.
When international lecturer Clifton Taulbert receives an unexpected invitation to supper in Allendale, South Carolina, he brings with him Little Cliff, the colored boy from the Mississippi Delta who is also Clifton Taulbert, carrying all he was taught as a child about staying "in his place" and surviving in the Jim Crow South.Transported back into a setting that looks and feels like the cotton fields and shotgun shacks of his childhood, Taulbert finds himself expected to cross racial barriers he would have been forbidden to cross before. The Invitation is the story of the man and the little boy inside him wrestling with a past they both know so well, while stepping into a future that is still being determined
Five thirty-somethings are horrified to receive an invitation to the funeral of the man who sexually abused them all at some point in their youth; the man they thought had died in front of them sixteen years ago. The story chronicles their attempts to discover the reason behind the invitation, the truth about his death and the consequences of their discoveries. This story spans from 1967 through to 1987, beginning in the coastal city of Portsmouth and culminating in the hauntingly beautiful cointryside around Corbridge and Hexham in Northumberland.
Camilla Warrick wrote two books, with breast cancer a key player in each of them, before she died of the disease June 24, 2002. The Invitation is a work of fiction about a woman who looks back into some of her difficult college years to try to piece together and make sense of her life situation. It was a quest Camilla also was on for the last six years of her own life. Her personal account filled many, many journals. She rigorously examined life, health, personal motivations and relationships. Those journals were the roots of the book, Home Is Where I Live, published in 2000. (www.homeiswhereilive.com) The Invitation takes the personal questioning and detective work to a more spiritual level, and indicates how hard one must try in order to live a meaningful and rewarding life.
For the last twenty plus years it has been my privilege to offer classes that enable people to see life in a new way. A way that really helps folk become more fulfilled and more able to enjoy and contribute to this world in which we live for a few years. I have called these classes Resurrected life, or RLM. The success we have had has amazed me, so to reach more people I thought I would write this book, so here goes. Molly Sutherland
(Revised and expanded; 2nd edition) A step-by-step guide for pastors to prepare and present invitations to accept Christ. "There is no preacher on the earth but will be blessed by these pages." --W. A. Criswell
In this classic work, the author joins the dots between three of the most powerful words in language: life, judgment, and inheritance. The edition is packed with new thoughts that move the reader both spiritually and metaphorically from life through judgment to the wedding feast of the Lamb. (Christian)
When Jesus called his disciples, his invitation was simple: "Follow me." But what Greg Sidders soon found after deciding to follow Jesus is that this simple invitation is harder and scarier than it sounds. In The Invitation he invites readers to venture beyond risk-free Christianity and live as true disciples. He takes readers on a spiritual journey through seven passages in which Jesus describes what his disciples will do, challenging readers to live the adventure of following Jesus.
Despite having a loving fiancE, Kate Edwards is haunted by a feeling that something is missing in her life. After losing her job as a reporter, a sense of inspiration is ignited by an invitation to spend the weekend with Emma Daines, a retired professor of social anthropology and the former US ambassador to Germany. Kate has long admired Emma's accomplishments and for years has attempted to obtain an interview. Yet Emma Daines is known to be deeply suspicious of journalists, as she holds a secret that reporters have wanted to get their hands on for decades. A thoroughly mesmerizing novel, The Invitation takes us to a beach community in Northern California, where through a series of outdoor adventures Kate struggles with her internal conflicts over love, ambition, and her need to gain Emma's trust. Little does she know how her life will change when she stumbles upon Emma's hidden memoir which exposes the underbelly of her determination, her relationships, and brings to light the walls that keep us separated from one another. This riveting, insightful, and unpredictable story brings us into the heart of two women who ultimately learn from each other what's important in life and the real and powerful meaning behind receiving The Invitation.
At the party of the year, a rich girl’s practical joke turns deadly For the high schoolers of Greenhaven, Cass Rockham’s fall party is the social event of the year. Each October, students wait by their mailboxes, praying for the gilt-edged invitation that grants entry into the inner circle of the most popular crowd. And now Cass has planned her finest party yet, with a new sauna, a hot band, and no parents for miles. But to make this party really killer, Cass tops it all off with a sinister twist. Nerdy Sarah Drew is shocked when she and her friends receive invitations to Cass’s affair. For years she’s steered clear of the popular kids, and now they want her to come to their party? Sarah is wary, but her friends talk her into coming with them. But she regrets it quickly, for at Cass Rockham’s mansion, the only party favor is death. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Diane Hoh including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
In the year 2175, a few years after a devastating world war, Earth is running low on resources because of the war. To prevent humanity from falling into another stone age the Earth’s Space Program is working to locate the necessary resources by building spacecrafts with the capability of traveling at great speeds to go out into the void. But before the human race is able to leave their own solar system they receive a transmission from a distant galaxy forewarning them of a threat from a sadistic race of beings identify as the Herzot. The Herzot have the intention of invading the sector of space designated as the Kartan system to gain access to the location of a Galactic Wormhole, which would allow anyone with a spacecraft to travel great distances in a fraction of the time. Captain Gregory L. Victory, a first lieutenant test pilot for the Earth Space Program is promoted to captain after a devastating disaster during one of his test flights. Upon which time he was chosen to lead a mission to the Kartan system, in an untested craft, to meet with First Councilman Shal-Bar of the Council of Interstellar Affairs to assist in peace talks with the Herzot. Unfortunately the people of the Kartan system, having relied on their technology for three hundred years had become technologically stagnate, not knowing how to protect themselves or those worlds under their protection. The humans must do whatever they can to prevent the vicious race of beings from carrying out their diabolical plans and save billions of innocent lives.
Have you ever stopped to think about what your life would be like if you didn't know Jesus? How would you cope with trials and difficult life circumstances? What would life be like if you had never experienced love, from Jesus or others? Would you look at the world differently? Andy Bowden tells the story of three different individuals living lives without hope and how they are transformed by the love of God. The Invitation: Wilt Thou? examines God's free gift of life and love, as shown in the story of the crippled man by the pool of Bethesda. Jesus asked the man "Wilt thou be made whole?" and He asks us the same question. How will you respond to God's invitation? And more importantly, will you share God's invitation to others once you've accepted it? If so, it can change their lives. Jesus is offering His hand, will you reach out and take it?
Gerilyn misses her husband Joey, a victim to the cruelty of cancer. She seeks friendship and solace in a chat room and meets 'Shooting Star' one evening, the 'perfect man'. . . or so she believes at first. He invites her to be his friend, and she accepts his cordial invitation. That is her first mistake, an innocent but unfortunate one. All hell soon breaks loose in her life, and on the quaint, quiet town in which she resides. A faithful mother, a faithless priest, and an eccentric, bizarre stranger who arrives in town under the cloak of night's shadows, come together to battle the unleashed demonic powers in this fast-paced religious thriller. You will believe in supernatural warfare after reading this epic tale of good versus evil, and the influence of sacrificial love in our lives.
Jackie O'Neill was a daredevil pilot and a true American heroine...a woman so beautiful men stopped in their tracks to watch her walk down the street, her long confident strides eating up the earth. After years of nonstop excitement -- of traveling around the globe in a chaotic rags-to-riches-to-rags whirl with her late husband, Charley -- Jackie had returned to Eternity, Colorado, near her hometown of Chandler. She wanted to put down roots, start a business, maybe someday fall in love again. But she never dreamed that the man who might make all her wishes come true was William Montgomery...little Billy, the lovesick boy who dogged her every step when she was a teenager...little Billy, who was now definitely a man, handsome, sexy, rich, and still madly in love with Jackie O'Neill....
The Invitation is the final novel in beloved bestselling author Barbara Delinsky's Matchmaker trilogy about a treasure hunt that turns up the heat—and the most unlikely prize of all... Shaye Burke has become used to her Aunt Victoria's wild schemes. But a Caribbean treasure hunt? With an honest-to-goodness pirate at the helm? Ahoy! Rugged, sexy Noah VanBaar did not know what he was in for when he boarded the beat-up old sloop with no engine. Surely, there would be no opportunity for romance on this so-called vacation. But when he meets the gloriously seductive Shaye, all bets are off. Could it be that, after years of failed matchmaking attempts, Victoria's finally got it right? Originally published as A Single Rose.
There is a change on the way. Change so profound one can only stand in awe and wonder. Change so important that without exaggerating, our future depends on it. Change that unfolds in ourselves all around the world, whoever we are and wherever we live. Like a big wave gently but firmly reaching the very core of ourselves and taking us forward. The implications are unknown for now, yet are becoming clearer every day. As a result, a movement of new leaders is being born all around the world as we speak. A crucial choice then awaits for every and each one of us right now. Are you ready?
Tavistock Press was established as a co-operative venture between the Tavistock Institute and Routledge & Kegan Paul (RKP) in the 1950s to produce a series of major contributions across the social sciences. This volume is part of a 2001 reissue of a selection of those important works which have since gone out of print, or are difficult to locate. Published by Routledge, 112 volumes in total are being brought together under the name The International Behavioural and Social Sciences Library: Classics from the Tavistock Press. Reproduced here in facsimile, this volume was originally published in 1965 and is available individually. The collection is also available in a number of themed mini-sets of between 5 and 13 volumes, or as a complete collection.