Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century England (Penguin History)
Witchcraft, astrology, divination and every kind of popular magic flourished in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from the belief that a blessed amulet could prevent the assaults of the Devil to the use of the same charms to recover stolen goods. At the same time the Protestant Reformation attempted to take the magic out of religion, and scientists were developing new explanations of the universe. Keith Thomas's classic analysis of beliefs held on every level of English society begins with the collapse of the medieval Church and ends with the changing intellectual atmosphere around 1700, when science and rationalism began to challenge the older systems of belief.
Published by: Penguin | Publication date: 01/30/2003Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 880 pages
For fans of Black Mirror and True Detective, a visceral high‑concept thriller about a psychologist who must protect the life of an eleven-year-old girl whose ability to remember past lives makes them both targets of a merciless killer.Are the Night Doctors coming for you? Dr. Matilda Deacon is a psychologist researching how memories are made and stored when she meets a strange eleven-year-old girl named Ashanique. Ashanique claims to harbor the memories of the last soldier killed in World War I and Matilda is at first very interested but skeptical. However, when Ashanique starts talking about being chased by the Night Doctors—a term also used by an unstable patient who was later found dead—Matilda can’t deny that the girl might be telling the truth. Matilda learns that Ashanique and her mother have been on the run their whole lives from a monstrous assassin named Rade. Rade is after a secret contained solely in memories and has left a bloody trail throughout the world in search of it. Matilda soon realizes Ashanique is in unimaginable danger and that her unique ability comes with a deadly price. Fast-paced and suspenseful, The Clarity is a chilling blend of science and danger—a compelling take on the possibilities of reincarnation and life after death.
Published by: Atria/Leopoldo & Co. | Publication date: 02/20/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
How should we live? That question was no less urgent for English men and women who lived between the early sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries than for this book's readers. Keith Thomas's masterly exploration of the ways in which people sought to lead fulfilling lives in those centuries between the beginning of the Reformation and the heyday of the Enlightenment illuminates the central values of the period, while casting incidental light on some of the perennial problems of human existence.Consideration of the origins of the modern ideal of human fulfilment and of obstacles to its realization in the early modern period frames an investigation that ranges from work, wealth, and possessions to the pleasures of friendship, family, and sociability. The cult of military prowess, the pursuit of honour and reputation, the nature of religious belief and scepticism, and the desire to be posthumously remembered are all drawn into the discussion, and the views and practices of ordinarypeople are measured against the opinions of the leading philosophers and theologians of the time.The Ends of Life offers a fresh approach to the history of early modern England, by one of the foremost historians of our time. It also provides modern readers with much food for thought on the problem of how we should live and what goals in life we should pursue.
Published by: OUP Oxford | Publication date: 02/25/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 411 pages
Nicole should’ve known better than to find love at the strip club. Charles “Dripping Chocolate” Hester is mouth-wateringly fine, but he came with plenty drama. Is this just a wild and sexy ride or something much more?●●●●● Excerpt ●●●●●Nicole’s heart thudded as well. She couldn’t believe he didn’t walk away when they recognized each other. Was he seriously hitting on her? Charles was a fine man (yes, Lawd!), but she already saw him naked, for Christ’s sake. He pushed his thing between her legs. Nicole was drunk that night, but she remembered touching and squeezing it before she pushed him away. You can’t go out with someone after touching their dick, can you?If it wasn’t for Charles Jr., she would’ve told him to get lost. Nicole had a strong opinion about strippers, but the fact that this one brought his son to Walmart with him meant something. He wasn’t a sex-craved drug addict, totally void of responsibilities. Or maybe he was, but today at least he cared enough about his son to want to spend time with him. That already put Dripping Chocolate leagues above other deadbeats she knew, like Clifford.“I’m Nicole,” she said. “Is this your son?” She looked down at the boy, and he eyed her curiously.“Yeah, this is Charles Jr.,” Charles said. “He’s five. Is that your boy?”“Yes,” Nicole said. “I’m almost six,” Charles Jr. said.Shawn kept quiet.“I, uh… I’ma let you get back to your shopping,” Charles said. “But I wanted to stop and say hi. You looked like somebody I know, but I can see you ain’t her.”Nicole nodded. “Okay.”Charles turned and his conscious kicked him in the ass. What the hell’s wrong with you? Charles turned back to her and smiled nervously. “You, uh… You think I could have your number? Maybe we can go out sometimes…”He felt like an idiot. This wasn’t him at all. Charles, aka Dripping Chocolate, was as smooth as a cup of warm cocoa. He was a ladies’ man. They came to him. They piled up at his stage every weekend. He didn’t like how Nicole stole all of his confidence, but thankfully she gave it back just as easily.“Okay. Do you got a cellphone?”●●●●●© Keith Thomas Walker
Published by: KeithWalkerBooks | Publication date: 10/29/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 270 pages
During the Vietnam era, many of the U.S. Navy SEALs (SEa, Air, Land commandos) never filed for a Purple Heart unless they were severely wounded. Thomas H. Keith, Master Chief, SEAL Team 2, is living proof. He carries a piece of shrapnel behind one lung, a reminder of the day he called in 40 mm mortar fire on the enemy that was trying to catch up to his crew as the crew hauled ass out of the bush. Not only did he never report it, it was never removed---it just wasn't serious enough.SEAL Warrior is the vivid, gritty, transporting memoir of a man destined for combat, a third-generation soldier for whom serving his country was not only an honor, it was tradition. While his grandfathers fought in France, and his father's position as a U.S. Navy Chief took him all around the world, Tom Keith fought his first war in the jungles of Vietnam.Fighting a guerilla war on foreign soil for the first time in American history, the SEALS found that there were no front lines; the enemy was an integral part of the entire society. This atypical form of warfare demanded that new tactics, new strategic applications of force, and a new understanding of a complex social and cultural enmity be found.SEAL Warrior goes beyond the horror and bravado of battle to offer a deeper insight into the ways in which the SEALs fought, learned, reacted, and expanded their understanding of guerilla warfare during the Vietnam War. It's also a personal, riveting account of how one young American survived, and, over time, grew to trust and revere many of those who once had been his enemy.With America again deeply involved in guerilla warfare, there is no better time to honor the unique abilities, understanding, and courage of these warriors who sacrificed it all to fight for nothing less than peace.
Published by: Thomas Dunne Books | Publication date: 07/07/2009Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 317 pages
What have you missed by keeping your prayer life on the back burner? How many benefits keep escaping you due to lack of prayer? More than that, what disasters might be headed your way because prayer has been cut adrift in a sea of apathy? Is it really true that God doesn't act until you ask... that He waits for you to pray? And if God waits for us to pray, will our disappointing failures be turned around by simply asking? This book will answer those questions. And it will do two things for your prayer life: First, it will motivate you to pray more and second it will teach you how to pray more effectively, using Jesus' prayer life as the template.DR. KEITH ROBERTS has conducted nearly one hundred Prayer Enrichment Seminars in nineteen states and the Caribbean, as well as speaking on prayer at many national Bible conferences. He often writes about prayer, and helped organize a 24-hour prayer counseling telephone ministry for the CrossView television program, which generated two thousand calls per week. For several years he has served as Dean of the CrossView College of Prayer, a distance learning school designed to teach students all that the Bible has to say about prayer. The College of Prayer makes its home at the Calhoun Church of Christ in north Louisiana, where Keith has been the Preaching Minister since 1981.
Published by: Xulon Press | Publication date: 02/23/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 152 pages
An Urban Romance. Dana hasn't spoken to her mysterious neighbor in over a year. That was around the time Kole stepped away from "the Organization," vowing to never take another life. A tragic accident changes everything. In order to protect Dana, Kole must revive his old lifestyle. And despite her attempts to resist, she finds herself falling for him all over again.●●●●● (Excerpt provided by author) ●●●●●Kole's jaw tightened. Danathought he'd take that as his cue to run away - which was something she knew hewas good at - but he didn't leave. Heshifted his stance, causing some of the broken glass from her screen door tocrackle beneath his shoes. "Who shot up your house?" he asked. Kole's voice was deep and domineering. Once again Dana's body reacted to him. This time a spattering of goose bumpsblossomed on her forearms. She hatedthat he still had the power to do that to her. "I don't know," she said, maintaining as much frustration asshe could muster. "What's it to you?" Kole brought a large hand up and rubbed his mouth, as if hewas blocking the response he wanted to give her. Instead he asked, "You really wanna do thisnow?" "Do what, Kole?" "Keep up this old-ass argument. Do this seem like the best time for that?" Honestly Dana thought everytime was the best time to keep up her grievances with this man. But he had a point. The police were gone, and the biggest gang inthe city had her and Tariq on their hit list.This wasn't a good time to argue with her asshole neighbor. "Yeah, I got some trouble," she conceded. "You still haven't said what's it to you.""I'm trying to help you," Kole replied, "if you give me achance." "Oh yeah? How you gon'help me?" "Well, for starters, maybe you could tell me who shot up yourhouse - and why.""The police already know who did it," Dana told him. "They working on it. What makes you think you can do anything theycan't do?""I don't know for sure if I can," Kole admitted. "But the police can only do so much. Like, where they at right now? You out here totally unprotected, and theysomewhere eating donuts and shit. I'mstanding right here offering to protect you.So it looks like I'm already doing more than them."●●●●● © Keith Thomas Walker ●●●●●
Published by: KeithWalkerBooks | Publication date: 06/27/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising: How to Access 1 Billion Potential Customers in 10 Minutes (Ultimate Series)
NEW CUSTOMERS ARE WAITING...FIND THEM ON FACEBOOKFacebook makes it easy for businesses like yours to share photos, videos, and posts to reach, engage, and sell to more than 1 billion active users. Advertising expert Perry Marshall is joined by co-authors Keith Krance and Thomas Meloche as he walks you through Facebook Advertising and its nuances to help you pinpoint your ideal audience and gain a ten-fold return on your investment.Now in its third edition, Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising takes you further than Facebook itself by exploring what happens before customers click on your ads and what needs to happen after—10 seconds later, 10 minutes later, and in the following days and weeks.You'll discover how to:
- Maximize your ad ROI with newsfeeds, videos, and branded content
- Create custom audiences from your contact lists, video views, and page engagement
- Use the Facebook Campaign Blueprint proven to generate your first 100 conversions
- Boost your Facebook ads using the Audience Network and Instagram
- Follow the three-step formula for successful video ads
- Maximize campaigns and increase conversions on all traffic to your website
- Track and retarget engaged users by leveraging the Power of the Pixel
- Make every page on your website 5-10 percent more effective overnight
Published by: Entrepreneur Press | Publication date: 11/14/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Bestselling Authors, Brian W. Smith and Keith Thomas Walker have teamed up to write a novel that has so much intrigue and plot twists that readers won't be able to put the book down. Synopsis...Corey Grand is a self-made millionaire. He owns a successful security company, has a beautiful wife (Rene), an adorable son (CJ), and all of the trappings of success. But there is one thing that Corey Grand doesn't possess - the ability to be faithful to his wife. For years, Rene has tolerated Corey's cheating ways, but after catching him having another affair she threatens to divorce him, claim half of his financial empire, and take their child back to her hometown in California. Corey begs Rene to give him another chance and offers to give her anything she wants if she stays. After much deliberation, Rene decides to take him up on his offer. She agrees to stay with Corey, but only if he grants her one wish - she wants to have a threesome...and that's when the REAL drama begins.Will Corey grant Rene the wish that will keep his family together and his empire in tact? If he does, will it be enough to make Rene happy...or will it be the precursor to a level of drama that will prove to be too much even for him?
Publication date: 09/12/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 156 pages
** This is not a new version of The Finley Sisters. There are minor changes in this edition, but if you read the original, you are not likely to notice them **Ten years ago, Mona, Rene and Dawn were the most popular friends at Finley High School. Everyone knew they would remain kindred spirits forever, but after graduation the real world lured them in three different directions. The trio has little contact until their high school reunion. The girls, now women, are instantly inseparable again, but broken promises linger like ghosts from the past. An attempt to recapture the hope and innocence of their youth leads the ladies down a road of discovery that is sometimes hilarious, sometimes sensual, other times dark and painful. What they thought was their simplest vow; to live love to the fullest, is no easy task for the Finley sisters.
Published by: KeithWalkerBooks | Publication date: 02/19/2019Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 295 pages