Author: Paul Glynn
Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing Company
The story of Takashi Nagai, M.D., professor of radiology at the University of Nagasaki, and of his spiritual pilgrimge from his native Shintoism to atheistic rationalism, and finally to a Christian faith.
Author: Paul Glynn
Estimulante relato de un viaje memorable desde el sintoísmo y el ateísmo hasta la fe católica. Nagai pasó su vida sanando física y espiritualmente a una población destrozada por la Segunda Guerra Mundial. El 9 de agosto de 1945 un B-29 norteamericano lanzó una bomba atómica sobre la ciudad japonesa de Nagasaki, acabando en un abrir y cerrar de ojos con la vida de decenas de miles de personas e hiriendo y envenenando mortalmente a miles más. Entre los supervivientes se hallaba Takashi Nagai, un converso católico pionero en la investigación radiológica.Viviendo entre los escombros de una ciudad en ruinas y víctima de una leucemia causada por la sobreexposición a la radiación, Nagai pasó el resto de su extraordinaria vida sanando física y espiritualmente a una población destrozada por la guerra. Réquiem por Nagasaki narra la emocionante historia de este hombre excepcional, empezando por su infancia y por los heroicos relatos y las virtudes estoicas de la religión sintoísta que profesaba su familia. El libro publicado por Ediciones Palabra Editorial ofrece el estimulante relato de un viaje memorable desde el sintoísmo y el ateísmo hasta la fe católica. La biografía de Nagai, salpicada de curiosos detalles sobre la historia y la cultura japonesas, traza su búsqueda espiritual desde sus tiempos de estudiante de medicina en la Uni-versidad de Nagasaki, sus años de servicio como médico militar durante la ocupación japonesa de Manchuria y su regreso a Naga-saki para dedicarse al campo de la radiología. El histórico barrio católico de la ciudad, donde Nagai vivió y fundó una familia, se convirtió en la zona cero de la bomba atómica.
Author: Javier Suarez-Guanes
Publisher: Scepter Publishers
“When you love someone, you want to know all about his life and character, so as to become like him.” – St. Josemaria St. Josemaria spoke these words about the Lord Jesus, but they also apply to his Blessed Mother, Mary. The more we love Mary, the more we will want to know everything about her so as to become like her. The Maiden of Nazareth is a delightfully imaginative story that will help you get to know the Blessed Virgin Mary -- not as a statue in a church -- but as a living, breathing, human being. It follows her life from her immaculate conception and birth, up through her assumption into heaven, and it introduces you to the various characters that accompanied her along the way: Her parents Joachim and Anne, various cousins and relatives, her husband Joseph, Jesus, his apostles and various disciples and friends. You will feel like you know all of them much better after having read this book! This story is the fruit of many years of contemplating the life of the Blessed Virgin. Its primary source is the author’s imagination – an imagination fired by the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Author: Andrew Roberts
Publisher: Penguin UK
Masters and Commanders describes how four titanic figures shaped the grand strategy of the West during the Second World War. Each was exceptionally tough-willed and strong minded, and each was certain that he knew best how to win the war. Yet each knew that he had to win at least two of the others over in order to get his strategy adopted. The book traces the mutual suspicion and admiration, the rebuffs and the charm, the often explosive disagreements and wary reconciliations which resulted.
Author: Simone Troisi, Christian Paccini
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Chiara Petrillo was seated in a wheel chair looking lovingly toward Jesus in the tabernacle. Her husband, Enrico, found the courage to ask her a question that he had been holding back. Thinking of Jesus’s phrase, “my yoke is sweet and my burden is light,” he asked: “Is this yoke, this cross, really sweet, as Jesus said?” A smile came across Chiara’s face. She turned to her husband and said in a weak voice: “Yes, Enrico, it is very sweet.” At 28 years old, Chiara passed away, her body ravaged by cancer. The emotional, physical, and spiritual trials of this young Italian mother are not uncommon. It was her joyful and loving response to each that led one cardinal to call her “a saint for our times.” Chiara entrusted her first baby to the blessed Virgin, but felt as though this child was not hers to keep. Soon, it was revealed her daughter had life-threatening abnormalities. Despite universal pressure to abort, Chiara gave birth to a beautiful girl who died within the hour. A year later, the death of her second child came even more quickly. Yet God was preparing their hearts for more—more sorrow and more grace. While pregnant a third time, Chiara developed a malignant tumor. She refused to jeopardize the life of her unborn son by undergoing treatments during the pregnancy. Chiara waited until after Francesco was safely born, and then began the most intense treatments of radiation and chemotherapy, but it was soon clear that the cancer was terminal. Almost immediately after giving birth to Francesco, Chiara’s tumor became terminal and caused her to lose the use of her right eye. Her body was tested, and so was her soul as she suffered through terrible dark nights. She said “yes” to everything God sent her way, becoming a true child of God. And as her days on earth came to an end, Enrico looked down on his wife and said, “If she is going to be with Someone who loves her more than I, why should I be upset?” Each saint has a special charisma, a particular facet of God that is reflected through her. Chiara’s was to be a witness to joy in the face of great adversity, the kind which makes love overflow despite the sorrow from loss and death.
Author: Andrew Yoram Glikson
This book presents projections and blueprints of the future geologic period, climate and biosphere, based on our current understanding of the Earth’s history and recent developments in the atmosphere-ocean-cryosphere system. By the second decade of the 21st century it has become clear that, rather than channel its efforts into protecting its planetary biosphere and living species, Homo sapiens continues to sink its remaining resources into weapons, including nuclear missiles – thus increasing the risk of intentional or accidental spread of radioactive nuclides on land, oceans and atmosphere. With time, possibility becomes probability, and probability becomes certainty ‒ heralding a transition from the Anthropocene to a new geological period, named here as Plutocene after the element Plutonium. During the Plutocene the biosphere is dominated by elevated temperatures, analogous to the Pliocene (2.6 – 5.3 Ma ago) or the Miocene (5.3 - 23 Ma ago) when mean global temperatures were 2 to 4 degrees Celsius warmer and sea levels 20 to 40 meters higher than pre-industrial levels. High levels of radioactivity will persist for at least 20,000 years and acid oceans will severely limit biological activity to the hardiest species. Atmospheric CO2 higher than 500 ppm with residence time on the order of thousands of years will delay the subsequent glacial cycle. These factors restrict comparisons of the Plutocene with biosphere conditions during the Miocene and Pliocene periods, partly because the flora and fauna evolved more gradually during these periods, unlike the abrupt climate shift of state during the second half of the 20th century and first part of the 21st century. Following a long lull in biological activity dominated by radiation-resistant organisms, especially Arthropods, a resumption of glacial cycles and decline in radioactivity will lead to the re-emergence of descendants of burrowing mammals and other genera. Depending on the intensity of radioactive pollution, hunter-gatherer humans may survive in northern latitudes, relatively cold high-altitude mountain valleys and elevated volcanic islands. In some areas subsistence farming may be possible. A new cycle will commence.
Author: Bill Gammage, Gavan Daws, Brij V. Lal
Publisher: ANU E Press
Hank Nelson was an academic, film-maker, teacher, graduate supervisor and university administrator. His career at The Australian National University (ANU) spanned almost 40 years of notable accomplishment in expanding and deepening our understanding of the history and politics of Papua New Guinea, the experience of Australian soldiers at war, bush schools and much else. This book is a highly readable tribute to him, written by those who knew him well, including his students, and also contains wide-ranging works by Hank himself. –Professor Stewart Firth, ANU.
Author: Philip R. Stone, Rudi Hartmann, Tony Seaton, Richard Sharpley, Leanne White
This handbook is the definitive reference text for the study of ‘dark tourism’, the contemporary commodification of death within international visitor economies. Shining a light on dark tourism and visitor sites of death or disaster allows us to better understand issues of global tourism mobilities, tourist experiences, the co-creation of touristic meaning, and ‘difficult heritage’ processes and practices. Adopting multidisciplinary perspectives from authors representing every continent, the book combines ‘real-world’ viewpoints from both industry and the media with conceptual underpinning, and offers comprehensive and grounded perspectives of ‘heritage that hurts’. The handbook adopts a progressive and thematic approach, including critical accounts of dark tourism history, dark tourism philosophy and theory, dark tourism in society and culture, dark tourism and heritage landscapes, the ‘dark tourist’ experience, and the business of dark tourism. The Palgrave Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in aspects of memorialisation and morality in sociology, death studies, history, geography, cultural studies, philosophy, psychology, business management, museology and heritage tourism studies, politics, religious studies, and anthropology.
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Sent to live in England after the disappearance of his parents, Christopher Banks returns to Shanghai, the city of his birth, more than twenty years later to uncover the truth about the tragedy that transformed his childhood.
Author: Prof. Garrett Mattingly
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
First published in 1941, eminent European historian Garrett Mattingly’s Catherine of Aragon was the first real biography of the youngest daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella who married Henry VIII. She loved England and England loved her from the day she landed—an outwardly brave, inwardly scared fifteen-year-old—to the day of her death. Henry loved her longer and more loyally than he ever loved anyone else, lived in wedded peace with her for eighteen years, and in uneasy friendship for four more after he had started proceedings for divorce. She loved Henry better than anyone else ever did, and found in her love the courage to oppose him more unflinchingly than anyone else ever dared to do. The clash of their formidable wills changed the course of history. This vivid, dramatic biography, with its smallest detail resting solidly on painstaking research, discloses a new English heroine and presents the whole epoch of Henry VIII in a new light, startlingly revealing and utterly convincing.
Author: William Langland, George Economou
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Presents a translation of the poet's third version of the text