Drawing insights from the ministry of the Apostle Paul, Stephen Owens exposes nine leadership principles every church leader must practice to lead well for Jesus. The Apostle’s leadership style shows the church in order to be a great leader you must be a great follower.
Some of the principles the Apostle Paul practiced were:
Spending Time With God
Being Secure In Your Leadership Role
Suffering Well For Jesus
Focus On Leadership Duplication
The first two books in the Jake Scarne thriller series — SOUND OF BLOOD and MADMAN’S THIRST — have garnered terrific reviews from media critics and readers alike. Now they are available in one volume.
“SOUND OF BLOOD is a rollicking good adventure mystery with all the essential ingredients: an intrepid private eye, bizarre murders, international intrigue, missing documents, gorgeous women and slippery financial dealings. For those who enjoy dialog of the jocular irony-exaggeration genre, De Maria is a master. We read books like this to have a fast ride in another world, where lots of bad things happen to new and believable characters, where the good guys, though badly flawed, win out, and the villains get what’s coming to them. SOUND OF BLOOD delivers.” — THE WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BOOKS
“Suspense, gritty scenes, clever banter, the visceral rendering of Staten Island and a dogged private eye combine to make MADMAN’S THIRST and Jake Scarne a strong contribution to the tough guy tradition.” — FLORIDA WEEKLY
SOUND OF BLOOD: In this, the first Jake Scarne thriller, the rogue New York City cop turned private eye is sent to Florida by a grieving father to uncover the truth about his son’s death — only to be caught in a chain reaction of revenge involving a financial empire built on murder, sex and fraud. Bodies pile up as Scarne finds himself in the crosshairs of a powerful media baron, vicious mobsters, homicide cops, the F.B.I. – and a beautiful, amoral woman. This is the rare novel that has some critics praising it as a terrific financial thriller and others likening it to JAWS. But at the novel’s heart is a tragic love story that tests the boundaries of loyalty and loss. With crucial and colorful scenes set in New York, Florida, Georgia, Seattle, Argentina and the Caribbean, SOUND OF BLOOD will hook you right up to its last, stunning twist.
MADMAN’S THIRST: In his second outing, private eye Jake Scarne, haunted by his last case, has been letting himself go physically and mentally, content to cash easy paychecks. But then his best friend asks for a favor he can’t refuse. Seeking personal and professional redemption, Scarne sets out to find out who is behind the rape and murder of young girl. The police are convinced the brutal crime was random. But right from the start Jake knows better. The only problem: He can never reveal the source of his information. The one person, a stone killer, who can prove what really happened has disappeared, and may even be dead. The seemingly hopeless search for the man pits Scarne against an assassin for the ages whose shadowy employer cannot afford to have the crime solved.
Jake Scarne is a hero in the tradition of Robert Parker’s Spenser, tougher than nails and as quick with a quip as he is with a gun. With friends on both sides of the law, he’ll cut any corner when seeking the truth. Betray Jake Scarne — or his clients — at your peril.
“Real women, real villains and real heroes make Lawrence De Maria’s Sound of Blood a terrific read. As with Jaws, you won’t want to go near the ocean – but the land isn’t much safer.” — JANET EVANOVICH (#1 New York Times Bestselling Novelist)
“Good news for anyone who prefers the pages of a rapid-read thriller to the market reports of the newspaper’s business section. While De Maria may have been an award-winning financial reporter, he’s an awfully good fiction writer as well.” — THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS
Me First! was written by two brothers, one who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and the other who currently is working on his Eagle Scout project. As the boys were born and raised in West Virginia, images of Appalachia are evident throughout the story, along with symbols representing the principles of scouting. Me First! is an excellent gift for young girls and boys (ages 5 to 9) who are starting their own scouting journeys. Parents, teachers, church volunteers, and scout leaders will enjoy the included Search and Find” activity where children look for scouting images hidden in the beautiful illustrations. Within this colorful and humorous fable is a touching message about values, particularly the importance of serving others.
What if you discover that your brand new, shiny robot is self-aware, as Lucy Walker does with ‘Robbie?’
It is 2162. Brian Webster, the self-absorbed, unstable leader of Harrowgate & Webster Robotics, develops the most adaptive and responsive robot of all time, thanks to a revolutionary quantum computer processing ‘brain’ and groundbreaking Gen5 software. However, he installs the ‘Governor,’ overseeing software that monitors the robots behaviour adding a second layer of safety routines. With the ability to force compliance, the Governor essentially denies the robots their freedom.
Brian Webster ruthlessly exploits robots, colleagues, and even his own son, in his obsession to crush his powerful rival, Enorpa Robotics.
Lucy, and other concerned owners, demand that their robots be free of the Governor, defiantly pursuing a collision course with Webster’s ambitions of empire, unwittingly risking collapse of the entire industry with incalculable outcomes.
Robbie’s confused start-up precipitates an emotional journey of self-discovery, survival and enlightenment in an increasingly unpredictable and dangerous world. His only desire is to serve Lucy.
Ultimately, his is a surprisingly ‘human’ story, in which his emotional struggle to understand ‘freedom’ terminates at an unexpected and shocking conclusion.
N.B. This is a revised work, originally published as “Robots Like Red.”