In the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Noonday Demon, a moving, eye-opening exploration of PTSD. Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ´90s, post-traumatic stress disorder haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States´ ´´global war on terror,´´ PTSD afllicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict´s veterans. But the disorder´s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame. Now, David J. Morris--a war correspondent, former Marine, and PTSD sufferer himself--has written the essential account of this illness. Through interviews with individuals living with PTSD, forays into the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the illness, and memoir, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with the condition and to their loved ones, but also to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.
Choosing the Lesser Evil:Understanding Decision Making in Humanitarian Aid NGOs Liesbet Heyse
What do a doctor in Bangladesh, the senior aid to one of the most powerful senators in the United States, and the driver of a tow truck in Chicago have in common? This un-human force of the cosmos was their predator. A being so powerful that it can turn its victims into a pile of smoking cinders. A true force of evil. What happens to these three will affect our expanding cosmos. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stan Hustad. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087430/bk_acx0_087430_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Call her a petite princess or a paranoid neurotic, either way, Ana Devlin has the instincts of a chameleon. She can disappear into the woodwork, share tea with a queen, or flatten a thug with one swift kick, but what she really wants is to provide her dysfunctional younger siblings with the security of the home she’s been denied. When her sister´s VIP father is accused of murdering his aide, she decides it´s time to go home. Instead of finding security, she discovers her grandfather has died without the family being notified, his mansion has been usurped by a stranger who never leaves the third floor, and her grandfather’s executor has absconded to the Caribbean with the proceeds of their inheritance. If murder hasn’t already been committed, she might perpetrate one herself - starting with the annoying spider in the attic. To avoid murder, she makes a pact with the devil who apparently now owns the home she is determined to win back. While she searches for the absconding lawyer and the real murderer of the senator’s aide, she will help their landlord locate a mysterious Cambodian - until oddly, the threads of all three mysteries begin to twine together, and someone is intent on cutting the cord before Ana comes too close to finding the answers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katina Kalin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014525/bk_adbl_014525_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kester is one of the last surviving defenders of the Church of True Light. With the Serpentine Empire closing in, Kester finds himself on a desperate mission to recruit the aid of one of the Church´s greatest enemies: a man who is often called a demon. When his ideologies are tested, Kester must choose between upholding the tenets of the Church and completing his mission. There is nothing Reis wants more than to be left alone to his research. But when the Empire comes knocking, Reis is left with no choice but to fight back. Knowing the imperials will not stop coming for him, Reis is left with one path. If his research is to continue, Marcus Serpentine must die. Together, the two may have a chance to cripple the greatest military force the world has ever known...if their conflicting ideals don´t make them kill each other first. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Coombs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067078/bk_acx0_067078_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With every earthquake and war, understanding the nature of evil and our response to it becomes more urgent. Evil is no longer the concern just of ministers and theologians but also of politicians and the media. We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. N. T. Wright says that we should not be surprised. For too long we have naively believed in the modern idea of human progress. In contrast, postmodern thinkers have rightly argued that evil is real, powerful and important, but they give no real clue as to what we should do about it. In fact, evil is more serious than either our culture or our theology has supposed. How then might Jesus´ death be the culmination of the Old Testament solution to evil but on a wider and deeper scale than most imagine? Can we possibly envision a world in which we are delivered from evil? How might we work toward such a future through prayer and justice in the present? These are the powerful and pressing themes that N. T. Wright addresses in this book that is at once timely and timeless. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000145/bk_hove_000145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Something evil has awakened beneath a forgotten ravine in the Great Smoky Mountains. After lying in peace for centuries, an ancient deity watches. David and Miriam Hobbs celebrate their fifteenth anniversary in Gatlinburg, unaware that a violent wraith, Allie Mae, will follow them home on a determined quest for vengeance. Having survived this harrowing experience, David´s new friend, John Running Deer, unwittingly aids the desecration of an ancient burial site while recovering Allie Mae´s remains from a sacred Cades Cove ravine. What John hoped would be the final gesture of peace in giving her a proper burial turns out to be a terrible mistake. Now something much worse than Allie Mae is on the loose. Teutates, the ancient Gallic entity unearthed, sets out on a murderous rampage. David is called upon once more to find a way to stop the angry demon before it leaves a trail of bloodshed from Denver to the sacred ancient hills of Tennessee filled with peril. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy McKean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cher/000115/bk_cher_000115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A look back at two serial killers who blamed their dabblings in the occult for their behavior. Suzan Carson was a self-described ´´vegetarian Moslem warrior´´ who wanted to kill individuals she claimed were ´´witches´´. Marlene Olive was a teenage drug addicted into glam rock and witchcraft. She then turned to prostitution and was called a ´´whore´´ by her mother. Seeking vengeance, she employed the aid of a boyfriend to kill her parents. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Ackley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086281/bk_acx0_086281_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Caleb Talbot escaped from prison during a riot. After fleeing the facility, Caleb lived peacefully hidden away on a farm in Nebraska. Until law enforcement discovers the escapee that had been presumed dead, was very much alive. Warden Hahn of the Kansas State Penitentiary enlisted the aid of Officer Michael Quincy and his canine partner to find the escapee and return him to prison where he belongs. Caleb Talbot discovered law enforcement was on his tail, and quickly devised a plan to retain his freedom. The kidnapping of a woman is the beginning of Caleb´s heartless murder spree. Michael soon realizes the man he had been hired to capture, has a disturbing past lined with brutality and bloodshed. He also knows Talbot has little regard for human life. Can Michael and his canine partner Sasha bring the madman to justice? Or will they be just another name on Caleb´s ever growing list of heinous murder victims? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Waites. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/006669/bk_acx0_006669_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.