Latino Muslims: Our Journeys to Islam by Juan Galvan

The importance of the book Latino Muslims: Our Journeys to Islam is rooted in the fact that the Latino/a Muslim community deserves the opportunity to share our stories with the world. Too often our stories are left unheard and this is sad to me because I know how much can be learned through the personal narrative. One can theorize for years about the reasons a group of people may be embracing a new religion, but if that same group of people is given the platform to speak and present their stories, it is so much stronger and impactful. – Aaron Siebert-Llera, “A Book About Our Journeys to Islam.”One story takes you on a trip to see the world; another tells you what happens at your backyard. Men and women open up about their failures and their achievements, and before you know it, you are walking to the minarets, listening to the muezzin and tasting a day of Ramadan. This book will make you cry, laugh, contemplate, feel empowered and peaceful. It’s an excellent introduction of role models to a younger generation of Muslims, and it’s a wonderful message of tolerance, respect and dialogue in a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional American and global society. – By Camilla Stein, “A Book Review.”Latino Muslims: Our Journeys to Islam is a collection of stories about people’s personal journeys to the truth. It is about their struggles, discoveries and revelations during this journey, and about finally finding their peace within Islam. You can learn more at LatinoMuslims.net.

Author: Juan Galvan

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Mentoring and Educational Outcomes of Black Graduate Students by Nicole Sullivan

The purpose of this research is to examine the ways in which mentoring affects black graduate students’ completion of programs of study. Performance is measured by completion of their graduate program, length of time taken to complete the program, grade point average (GPA), and overall attitude about their graduate school experience. On average, over half of all black graduate students leave their programs of study before completion compared to 25% attrition (non-completion of program of study) of white students.
A review of the literature suggests that any form of mentoring improves completion rates among black graduate students. Existing research further suggests that when paired with like mentors, such as same race or gender, black graduate students complete their programs at even higher rates. The existing research is, however, limited due to the age of the research and factors such as attrition by discipline. Updated research is needed to determine why, despite being admitted to graduate programs of study at the highest rates in U.S. history, black students are leaving without graduate degrees more than any other race.
Vincent Tinto’s theory of social adjustment states that students who are not socially adjusted are less likely to persist (complete their program of study). Because black students are attending Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) at the highest rates since Reconstruction, this research will examine ways in which black graduate students become socially adjusted and how it affects their persistence.
The anticipated results of the study are that black graduate students who had mentors completed their programs more often than those who did not have mentors. Additionally, those who had mentors of the same race, gender, or socio-economic backgrounds may report even higher percentages of completion. In contrast, those who did not have mentors may report lower percentages of completion.

Author: Nicole Sullivan

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The Buddha was not a Buddhist (1-5: Intro to Practice): A Rational Path to Meditation, Mindfulness, and the Art of Fighting without Fighting by Zhi-qiang Chen

YOU HEAR ABOUT meditation and something called mindfulness more and more these days, but why and how should you practice these things, and what happens when you do?

In “The Buddha was not a Buddhist,” author Chen Zhi-qiang describes meditation techniques and clarifies what it means to meditate so that one understands what happens in the meditation experience. What a person will discover is that there is nothing esoteric or mystical or spiritual about meditation and what “happens” during meditation is basically this: nothing. But in this nothingness, one can begin to see more clearly the true nature of who we are and the true nature of our existent reality.

“The Buddha was not a Buddhist” pointedly analyzes various ideas of Buddhism, Taoism, Jiddu Krishnamurti, science, and the martial arts as the author seeks truths about the nature of such things as: meditation, mindfulness, the ego-self, free will, non-duality, fear, anger, love, conflict, contentment, compassion, death, enlightenment, and so on.

THIS INTRODUCTORY EDITION includes the FIRST FIVE CHAPTERS of “The Buddha was not a Buddhist,” where the author invites you to learn the whys and wherefores of meditation and mindfulness techniques and what it is like to practice them.

For the full edition, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/The-Buddha-was-not-Buddhist/dp/0990923320/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=thebudwasnota-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=TLUKW2P7W2G4H7U5&creativeASIN=0990923320

Author: Zhi-qiang Chen

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Under a Lion Sun: Days of Joy and Sorrow in Old Calabria by Michael Caputo

Join the author on a journey back through time to his beloved town in Calabria, in Southern Italy. Accompany him through a painful mental journey to the fifties and sixties, as he was growing up in a location which could be simultaneously a blissful heaven and a brutal hell.
In this book you will meet very loving people whose whole existence was self-sacrifice, and others who had no conscience and did the unthinkable without a hint of guilt. The author will also dissect and expose beliefs, customs and traits which both ennoble and limit a very energetic and intelligent people.
This book is especially of interest to people whose roots are in that special Region of Italy. Anyone whose interest is anthropology will find this work very enlightening as well.
“…this book is not just an autobiography by someone who wants to share a joyful past; this is the autobiography of someone who witnessed the most wonderful acts of kindness from people who justly deserved the title of saints, juxtaposed with incomprehensible acts of violence by people who acted like devils and left behind incomprehensible pain.“ (M. Caputo)

Author: Michael Caputo

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God, Conceivability, and Evil: The Logical Problem of Evil Revisited by Kevin Moore

Perhaps you’ve heard that Alvin Plantinga resolved the logical problem of evil decades ago and that even most atheists agree. But, what if you aren’t most folks? What if you find yourself in that minority of folks who still worry about the compatibility of God and evil? What if you question Plantinga’s dubious suggestion that God’s desire for moral good is a good enough reason for Him to allow evil (if, as it turned out, He couldn’t get any moral good without allowing at least some evil)? What is the resolve for worries such as these? God, Conceivability, and Evil is about resolving the logical problem of evil for the rest of us. And, importantly, it is about doing so in a way that allows us to avoid BS-ing ourselves and others in the process. The solution that Moore defends to the logical problem of evil, in view of his worries about Plantinga’s Free Will Defense, is philosophically interesting, methodologically intuitive, theologically consistent and apologetically pertinent.

Author: Kevin Moore

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Crazy Ass Women by Alisa Mason

Two of the most psychotic and bizarre female serial killers in modern history are profiled here. On the surface, Irene Maslin appeared to be nothing more than a typical housewife. After immigrating to Australia from Holland as a small child in 1954, she attended high school locally, worked on a farm, and eventually took on a position as a nursing aide in a nearby hospital…Little did they know that she was a stone cold killer. Aileen Wuornos, touted as “America’s first female serial killer”, shot at least seven middle-aged men to death in Florida between December 1989 and September 1990. Their bodies were discovered along Florida’s northern and central highways. A self-professed hater of humans, her troubled upbringing and difficult lifestyle contributed to her demise. She confessed to six murders, claiming that she killed her victims in self-defense after they attempted to sexually assault her while she worked as a highway prostitute; however, she later recanted five of her self-defense claims, instead pleading guilty to first-degree murder in order to “get right with God.” Wuornos subsequently petitioned the Florida Supreme Court to stop all of her appeals so she could die. She asserted that she would definitely kill again and felt it better that her life was ended.

Author: Alisa Mason

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Any angel has the right to live twice: The evolution of Marilyn Monroe soul. 2 serial book. by Dr. Marilyn Monroe

54 years passed since Marilyn Monroe died. A secretive contract was drawn around her murder You will never attain what is within. For Marilyn 90 birthday on 1 June 2016. The renowned Research Dr. Bruce Goldberg. Specialize in past life regression hypnotherapy. Appeared on Oprah, Regis, Jerry Springer, Montel, CNN, CBS News, NBC, ABC, FOX, CNBC, The Washington Post, Time. Los Angeles Times. He discovered Marilyn is alive once more. Her secretive sensational Paranormal mind blowing Knowledge, reveal everything you need to know, what is hiding inside of her Pandora- box mysterious murder. She will strip your mind as the ultimate – Goddess sex symbol can. From all Your internal fears and protections. Help you discover your Inner child – self – identity. Take care you will not get lost in the wilderness, as she did at the 5 August 1962 the day Marilyn was murdered. Her miracle comeback, will shake you and help you reborn again. Fly high above all your hidden sub conscience fears from the angel of death. This second serial book bring more deeper look around the proofs Marilyn Monroe is fully back into the present. If you believed life after life and reborn are just a story tell and not existing. You will found out the true about the lord powerd to bring dead back into life toward Norma Jean life death and reborn story side by side to endless prooves she had start bring out toward this serial of books.

Author: Dr. Marilyn Monroe

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