127 Hours

127 Hours Author Aron Ralston
ISBN-10 9781849835091
Year 2011-02-03
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster

On Sunday April 27, 2003, 27-year old Aron Ralston set off for a day's hiking in the Utah canyons. Dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, Ralston, a seasoned climber, figured he'd hike for a few hours and then head off to work. 40 miles from the nearest paved road, he found himself on top of an 800-pound boulder. As he slid down and off of the boulder it shifted, trapping his right hand against the canyon wall. No one knew where he was; he had little water; he wasn't dressed correctly; and the boulder wasn't going anywhere. He remained trapped for five days in the canyon: hypothermic at night, de-hydrated and hallucinating by day. Finally, he faced the most terrible decision of his life: braking the bones in his wrist by snapping them against the boulder, he hacked through the skin, and finally succeeded in amputating his right hand and wrist. The ordeal, however, was only beginning. He still faced a 60-foot rappell to freedom, and a walk of several hours back to his car - along the way, he miraculously met a family of hikers, and with his arms tourniqued, and blood-loss almost critical, they heard above them the whir of helicopter blades; just in time, Aron was rescued and rushed to hospital. Since that day, Aron has had a remarkable recovery. He is back out on the mountains, with an artificial limb; he speaks to select groups on his ordeal and rescue; and amazingly, he is upbeat, positive, and an inspiration to all who meet him. This is the account of those five days, of the years that led up to them, and where he goes from here. It is narrative non-fiction at its most compelling.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Author Elaine Graham
ISBN-10 9780334045984
Year 2013-07-31
Pages 296
Language en
Publisher Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

Public theology is an increasingly important area of theological discourse with strong global networks of institutions and academics involved in it. Elaine Graham is one of the UK's leading theologians and an established SCM author. In this book, Elaine Graham argues that Western society is entering an unprecedented political and cultural era, in which many of the assumptions of classic sociological theory and of mainstream public theology are being overturned. Whilst many of the features of the trajectory of religious decline, typical of Western modernity, are still apparent, there are compelling and vibrant signs of religious revival, not least in public life and politics - local, national and global. This requires a revision of the classic secularization thesis, as well as much Western liberal political theory, which set out separate or at least demarcated terms of engagement between religion and the public domain. Elaine Graham examines claims that Western societies are moving from 'secular' to 'post-secular' conditions and traces the contours of the 'post-secular': the revival of faith-based engagement in public sphere alongside the continuing - perhaps intensifying - questioning of the legi¬timacy of religion in public life. She argues that public theology must rethink its theological and strategic priorities in order to be convincing in this new 'post-secular' world and makes the case for the renewed prospects for public theology as a form of Christian apologetics, drawing from Biblical, classical and contemporary sources.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Author Oiva W. Saarinen
ISBN-10 9780889206229
Year 2006-01-01
Pages 343
Language en
Publisher Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

Where else can that well-known phrase be better applied than to a study of the Finns in Sudbury? “Rock” defines the physical reality of the Sudbury setting: rugged hills, mines, farms and forests set in the Precambrian Shield. “Hard” defines the human setting: Finnish immigrants having to contend with the problems and stresses of relocating to a new culture, with livelihoods that required great endurance as well as a tolerance for hazardous conditions. Since 1883 Finnish immigrants in Sudbury, men and women alike, have striven to improve their lot through the options available to them. Despite great obstacles, the Finns never flagged in their unwavering fight for workers’ rights and the union movement. And as agricultural settlers, labour reformers, builders of churches, halls, saunas and athletic fields, Finns left an indelible imprint on the physical and human landscape. In the process they have played an integral part in the transformation of Sudbury from a small struggling rail town to its present role as regional capital of northwestern Ontario. This penetrating study of the cultural geography of the Finns in the Sudbury region provides an international, national and local framework for analysis — a model for future studies of other cultural groups.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Author Tony Evans
ISBN-10 1575675633
Year 2010-10-01
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Moody Publishers

You know the story: God told Abraham he would become a great nation. Then he told him to sacrifice his own (and only) son, Isaac. Abraham obeyed God and was about to kill Isaac—when God intervened. This is a classic 'between a rock and a hard place' situation. So how was Abraham able to obey in the face of losing it all? Or to bring it closer to home—what would you have done? In this powerful book, Tony Evans reveals what to do when your love for God is tested. According to Evans, “When you don’t know God, or when you either forget or dismiss what is true about Him, then you don’t know how to respond…” Moving through passages in both the Old and New Testaments, Evans makes a powerful case for obedient living as the key to an abundant life.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place Author John E. Roueche
ISBN-10 UOM:39015032297452
Year 1993-01-01
Pages 294
Language en
Publisher Community College Pr/Amer Assoc

Showcasing 12 community college programs recognized as successful in serving the needs of at-risk students, this book reviews the impact of limited resources and a growing high-risk student population on community colleges, examines successful programs and strategies, discusses faculty selection, and reviews program evaluation criteria and methods. Chapter 1, "Focusing on the Problems: America between a Rock and a Hard Place," describes the economic, technological, and demographic imperatives providing the impetus for American community colleges to remain viable, open-access institutions. Chapter 2, "Back to the Future: Getting Here from There," provides a brief history of two-year colleges, describing the events leading to the growing population of at-risk students, the proliferation of programs and strategies for dealing with these students, and the criticisms surrounding such efforts. This chapter also describes a 1992 survey of program directors from 12 award-winning two-year college programs for dealing with at-risk students. Chapter 3, "Designing Programs To Work: Shifting Paradigms for Changing Times," reviews the goals, objectives, and achievements of successful at-risk student programs. Chapter 4, "Selecting and Developing Faculty: Getting to the Heart of the Matter," reviews findings from studies of excellence in teaching, and describes strategies for identifying and selecting faculty. After discussing problems facing at-risk students, chapter 5, "The Door Opens with Identification, Orientation, and Involvement: Who Am I? and What Am I Doing Here?" describes the importance of student orientation and involvement and considers issues of assessment and placement. Chapter 6, "Instructional Strategies: Identifying Some Realities of 'How' To Get There," reviews theories of student learning and examines specific institutional strategies that support instruction. Chapter 7, "Program Evaluation: The Proof of the Pudding," describes current legislative initiatives and other strategies for program evaluation. Finally, chapter 8, "Through the Looking Glass: Toward a Vision of Student Success," provides a series of recommendations for responding to the needs of at-risk students. Contains 355 references. (PAA)

Globalization Poverty and Inequality

Globalization  Poverty and Inequality Author Raphael Kaplinsky
ISBN-10 9780745635842
Year 2013-05-13
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons

Globalization is characterised by persistent poverty and growing inequality. Conventional wisdom has it that this global poverty is residual – as globalization deepens, the poor will be lifted out of destitution. The policies of the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO echo this belief and push developing countries ever deeper into the global economy. Globalization, Poverty and Inequality provides an alternative viewpoint. It argues that for many – particularly for those living in Latin America, Asia and Central Europe – poverty and globalization are relational. It is the very workings of the global system which condemn many to poverty. In particular the mobility of investment, and the large pool of increasingly skilled workers in China and other parts of Asia, are driving down global wages. This poses challenges for policy makers in firms and countries throughout the world. It also challenges the very sustainability of globalisation itself. Are we about to witness the implosion of globalisation, as occurred between 1913 and 1950? Using a variety of theoretical frameworks and drawing on a vast amount of original research, this book will be an invaluable resource for all students of globalization and its effects.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place The United States Mexico and the Agony of National Security

Between a Rock and a Hard Place  The United States  Mexico  and the Agony of National Security Author
ISBN-10 9781428913165
Year 1997
Pages 44
Language en
Publisher DIANE Publishing

This study analyses the changing nature of U.S.-Mexican national security issues, with a focus on narcotrafficking, the growing militarization of Mexico's counterdrug and police institutions, the danger of spreading guerrilla war, and the prospects of political and economic instability. The conclusion is that Mexico is in the midst of an extended period of transition in which it is extremely vulnerable to disruption on several different fronts-simultaneously. While the economy has largely recovered from the 1994-95 peso crisis, it remains both fragile and volatile. Although much progress has been achieved in democratization, there is still a long way to go. Both political and criminal violence are growing. A new guerrilla group has appeared which may prove to be more troublesome than the Zapatistas. At the same time, the drug cartels are increasingly targeting law enforcement officers for assassination.


EPRP Author Salomon Gabra Śelāsé
ISBN-10 1569023832
Year 2013
Pages 268
Language en
Publisher Red Sea Press Incorporated

This book is about the 30 year journey of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP) in the political landscape of Ethiopia. In 1975, the party emerged by spectacularly dashing onto the revolutionary stage in almost all parts of Ethiopia, only to see it unglamorously disappear from the urban stage four short years later. In The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party Gebreselassie tries to answer why that was so. Summing up the 30 year experience of EPRP and other political forces, the book emphasises the call for national dialogue and reconciliation.

Forgotten Origin

Forgotten Origin Author Steven Strong
ISBN-10 9780761853350
Year 2011-03-29
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher University Press of America

Forgotten Origin is the third in a series of books dedicated to the first Homo sapiens: the Australian Aboriginal people. Steven Strong and Evan Strong continue in their investigation into the global impact of Aboriginal people sailing from, never to, Australia no less than 50,000 years ago, paying particular attention to the shared principles found within many Gnostic scriptures and the Dreaming. As radical as this theory may appear, the rigor applied, whether through mtDNA, Y Chromosomes, skull morphology or historical accounts, and the religious ancestry upon which this hidden history is founded, demands serious consideration. This is not their story. Steven Strong and Evan Strong make no claim to speak on behalf of anyone. They do, however, have the right to relay that which Aboriginal culture-custodians insist is true. The First Australians are unique, and in no way descended from Africans or any other race. Forgotten Origin is merely another reminder of this hidden truth.

Between a Rock and a Grace Place

Between a Rock and a Grace Place Author Carol Kent
ISBN-10 9780310421665
Year 2010-10-05
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins

Carol Kent and her husband, Gene, are now living what some would call a heartbreaking life—their son, Jason, a young man who initially had so much promise, is now living out a life sentence for murder in a maximum security prison. All their appeals have been exhausted at both the state and federal levels—humanly speaking, they have run out of options. But despite their hopeless situation, Carol and her husband live a life full of grace. Kent reveals how life’s problems become fruitful affliction where we discover the very best divine surprises, including peace, compassion, freedom, and adventure. Through the Kent’s remarkable ongoing journey, Jason’s riveting letters from behind bars, and true “grace place” stories from the lives of others, Between a Rock and a Grace Place reveals that when seemingly insurmountable challenges crash into our lives, we can be transformed as we discover God at work in ways we never imagined. With vulnerable openness, irrepressible hope, restored joy, and a sense of humor, Carol Kent helps readers to find God’s “grace places” in the middle of their worst moments.