This book deals with the apse as a showcase for images in the early Christian and early Byzantine periods. Two opposed traditions, harking back to early imperial times, nourished the invention of the Christian apse image: on the one hand there were statues in apses of pagan temples and imperial cult rooms which were venerated during cult ceremonies, on the other hand, there were apse mosaics in nymphaea where aquatic myths and figures celebrated the amenities of water. Christian apse mosaics originated within this context and in spite of the Old Testament prohibition of the image. Mosaics and frescoes in apses of cult rooms generated very particular effects, evoking in the viewer respect, admiration, awe and maybe even veneration. The capacity of the image to have an impact on the viewer could not be decreed by the Church, but this was an affair manifested more or less casually according to the inventive power of the artist. This book explores the interactions between the various image-media during the early Christian and early Byzantine periods; it particularly investigates the participation of the viewer and of the patron.
Living with a chronic illness is tough enough on its own, but it can become an overwhelming burden when we believe widespread myths about chronic illness. Without a strategy to overcome these lies, we can descend into a listless existence, even as people of faith. In Perfectly Abnormal, Chris Morris tears down the erroneous and misinformed beliefs surrounding chronic illness. From the unique standpoint of being both a parent of a special needs daughter and having a seizure disorder himself, Chris guides listeners through difficult terrain as he shreds the eight most common myths the chronic illness community faces. Then he begins the conversation of developing a better theology of illness, with the intent of bringing his listeners to a place of intentional excellence in spite of their conditions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dana Black. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103022/bk_acx0_103022_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
While filmic representations of ´enemies´ are legion, film studies have so far neglected the way in which filmic mediations of enemy images have contributed to shaping cultural memories. The present volume investigates the (de)(re)constructions of enemy images in international film since the 1970s. The three parts deal with (re)configurations of the enemy in contemporary global cinemas, analysing films on the two world wars, on regional military conflicts, ethnic, racial and gender conflicts, socio-political conflicts and forms of terrorism. The essays concentrate on film aesthetics and contemporary (geo)politics, on filmic renderings of identity crises caused by troubled national pasts, and on the way films explore the collective psychological mechanisms at play in the construction, perpetuation or problematizing of enemy images. The volume aims to show how in spite of the diversity of national cinemas, moving images are constitutive of national collectivities by rendering conflicts involving an external or internal enemy as the defining points in national or communal histories. It also points out how the dynamics of internalism and exteriority (of ´we´ and ´they´) has proved vital in this process.
Dr. Harold Jones, a Professor of Christian Science has had a childhood dream of walking where God walked - to find the original location of the Garden of Eden from the Bible. Later in life, when he comes into the funds to make this historical trip possible, he hires a ship and brings along four of his top students in his quest for the Garden and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Along the way, the hired ship, including its Captain and crew, encounter blocks and barriers that make them wonder if the trip is too dangerous and what higher powers may be working against them. They continue forward in spite of their troubles to discover a jungle where satellite images have shown only rocks and dirt. Could this be the Garden that the Professor seeks? This is the question they ask themselves in their pursuit of The Tree. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rico Lanzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008690/bk_acx0_008690_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´You can witness Klaus Kinski have a mood swing within a minute, within a sentence, as his mind conveys him from an infuriating image to a soothing one to a humorous one. If you watch his face while he speaks, you will see it become a mask of ire, his glance menacing as he spits out words of contempt and outrage. Then suddenly, there´ll be a smile of such gentleness that something will constrict in your chest.´´ Klaus Kinski is Marcelle Clements´ enigmatic profile of the enigmatic German actor, who - possessed by an unnamable ´´thing´´, which Kinski himself describes as an ability to ´´incarnate´´ - starred in more than 130 films, even as the very ´´thing´´ that allowed him to create continually devoured him. Klaus Kinski was originally published in Playboy, January 1985. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marcelle Clements. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029453/bk_adbl_029453_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He cannot watch her make a mistake of such magnitude. Darcy: A woman as brilliant, beautiful, and witty as Elizabeth Bennet deserves a good match. One better than her silly cousin, or that irredeemable rake, Wickham, who I know to be much different from the image he presents to the world. Can I save her from committing herself to a disastrous marriage? Elizabeth: Considering he finds me merely tolerable, the unpleasant Mr. Darcy is unduly obsessed with the gentlemen who wish to court me. Though I have no intention of marrying Mr. Collins, I find myself inexplicably drawn to the witty Mr. Wickham, in spite of Darcy’s objections. I cannot imagine why Darcy thinks his opinions would sway me, nor can I understand why I cannot stop thinking about the infuriating man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stevie Zimmerman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106211/bk_acx0_106211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Craig Beck was a successful and functioning professional man in spite of a ´´two bottles of wine a night´´ drinking habit. For 20 years, he struggled with a problem drinking, all the time refusing to label himself an alcoholic because he did not think he met the stereotypical image that the word portrayed. All these ´´willpower´´ based attempts to stop drinking failed. Slowly, he discovered the truth about alcohol addiction and one by one, all the lies he had previously believed started to fall apart. For the first time, he noticed that he genuinely didn´t want to drink anymore. In this audiobook, he will lead you through the same amazing process. You can stop drinking today.... No need to declare yourself an alcoholic. No group meetings or expensive rehab. No humiliation, no pain, and no ´´willpower´´ required. Alcohol Lied to Me has already helped thousands of people to escape from alcohol addiction. Newly updated, this third edition of the audiobook includes two new chapters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Craig Beck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021251/bk_acx0_021251_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the 7th millennium, humans have spread throughout the galaxy and govern most of the inhabited planets. Leonardo, Our Humble Hero and purple-blooded Bjornn of the planet Benitarus II, is sent as an expert appraiser to the Claiborne Art Gallery on the mostly-human planet of Far London. Leonardo´s enhanced ultraviolet and infrared vision are ideal traits for assessment and authentication of artwork, and he immediately catches the attention of an aging Far London collector who, in spite of his contempt for non-humans, is intent on retaining Leonardo´s services. His instructions: Search the galaxy for any piece of art bearing the image of his obsession: the mysterious Dark Lady, a beautiful and somber human female whose exact likeness, he has secretly discovered, appears in paintings and sculptures throughout history - dating all the way back to Earth´s ancient Rome. Leonardo´s research reveals the link between the artists of the Dark Lady: human men who voluntarily risk their lives. If she appears to men who court death, she may be their Angel of Death ... or, as Leonardo hopes, the female of an ancient Bjornn legend - The Mother of All Things. To find her and learn the truth, he must first chase down the craziest human daredevil in the galaxy. Prix Tour Eiffel Winner (100,000 franc prize, Best SF Novel) 1. Language: English. Narrator: John McLain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007090/bk_adbl_007090_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
SHAMANS, AVATARS, AND PAINTED CAVES Little Bear, a beautiful and gifted cave artist, descends into the depths of the Great Cave, guided by the most powerful shaman of her tribe, the People of the Bear Mother. There, she is to paint a new image portraying her people´s most significant myth. But before she may enter the deepest chambers of the awesome cave, she must be initiated as a shaman herself. In spite of her fear of the old shaman, her reluctance to take the shaman´s path, and her mother´s strong opposition, Little Bear agrees to accept this life-altering invitation to embark on her soul´s great hero adventure. How will this journey into the depths of her own psyche transform her life among the People? How will this adventure change all the subsequent lifetimes this soul´s avatars will experience? And what is the meaning of Little Bear´s mysterious ´´lion eye´´? To enrich these stories of past lives, which are coming through as a result of a recent creative opening, Austin draws on a lifetime of study of actual archaeological finds, specifically those of the oldest artwork in the world, the paintings of the 35,000-year-old Chauvet Cave in southern France. The meaning of this cave art is revealed through the story of Little Bear, as are universal human truths that have resonance and meaning for all of us today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracy Carreon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/huds/000122/bk_huds_000122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.