Grace at the Garbage Dump: Jesse A. Zink
Grace at the Garbage Dump:Making Sense of Mission in the Twenty-First Century Jesse A. Zink
A homeless man on a street corner. A compassionate woman with a difficult past. An incredible story of our amazing capacity to love.Stopped at a familiar intersection on her way to work, Ginger Sprouse watched the homeless man pacing the garbage-strewn ground in his bare feet. Compelled to pull over and say hello, she was drawn to his exuberant joy and infectious smile. And his ready acceptance of her was a welcome counterpoint to her internal struggle with guilt and shame at her past. Over the next few months, Ginger would learn that Victor had been returning to that spot because it was the last place he had seen his mother - three years earlier. Motivated by her faith and their deepening friendship, Ginger set out to help Victor. When it became clear that he could not live safely on his own, she and her family offered him a permanent place in their home. What she then learned about forgiveness, humility, and love changed her forever. Kinda Like Grace is a powerful reminder that seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome, that we all deserve second chances, and that each of us has an amazing capacity to love. Follow Ginger and Victor’s story with photos available in the audiobook companion PDF download. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charity Spencer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/001499/bk_tnwd_001499_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For 11 players on the Auburn University football team, the road to the 2011 BCS National Football Championship began among the poorest of the poor outside Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic. Team chaplain Chette Williams led those young men on a mission trip that opened their eyes to the desperate needs of others. The players spent time among children who were living on the streets and finding their next meal at the garbage dump on the outskirts of town. In their few days together, the children the athletes had hoped to help transformed the players by touching their hearts and sharing their smiles. That trip was the beginning of a journey that would change the entire Auburn football team. Week by week, Brother Chette (as the players know him) and the Auburn coaches led the team to a deeper understanding of who they were and what really matters in the world. And along the way, they won 14 straight football games and the BCS Football Championship. The Broken Road chronicles the team´s story from the Dominican Republic mission trip to the championship game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neal Ghant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022723/bk_acx0_022723_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One day on the porch of her ´´new home´´ in the hills of Los Angeles, Xena, a rescued seven-year-old brindle Great Dane, opens a conversation with her two best friends, Oso (an 18-month-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow mix) and Oscar (a 10-year-old rescued Boxer) with the question, ´´Like, how did we all get here to Los Angeles?´´ Xena had originally started out as a potential show dog-or at least that´s what she had been told by her first owner. Born and raised in ´´the Valley´´ of Chatsworth, California, she speaks with a ´´valley girl´´ accent and carries herself as a princess. Due to mysterious circumstances, at the age of 19 months she was taken from her pampered life and left at a rescue shelter. Enter Jeanie, her wacky, eccentric new human, who sees the beauty in this poor, skinny creature and rescues her. Oso, at the age of four months old, narrowly escaped the clutches of evil dog catchers in Cabo San Lucas. Born on the streets, he and his siblings enjoyed the freedom of living off of the good graces of humans and their garbage cans until dog catchers came and took all but Oso away. Rescued by a young couple (Saul and Rebecca, their two daughters Hannah and Marie, and their cat Sushi) - he is brought to Los Angeles where he now lives directly across the street from Xena and Oscar. The three pals now describe their sorrowful pasts with one another and then decide to form their own pack as ´´Los Diggities´´. Joyful in their new homes and friendships, Xena the ´´princess from the valley´´, Oscar, the ´´wise old sage´´, and Oso, the young, reckless ´´puppy´´, vow to always stick together as friends forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeanie Cunningham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039757/bk_acx0_039757_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three years ago, columnist and author Grace Dent joined new social networking site Twitter, mainly as a place to dump her surplus jokes, rant about garbage TV, and post exclusive JPEGs of her hot new toenail varnish. But as every ´´Re-tweet´´ and ´´Follow Friday´´ saw her audience figures soar by tens of thousands, Dent found herself centre stage in an all-consuming highly addictive social network revolution. One where the gags, gossip, scandal, and backstabbing literally never stop. Here Dent takes a hilarious, acerbic look at what’s really going on in Twitterworld: Who´s actually tweeting, who’s really reading your tweets, and what’s behind the 140 character lies they tell. She looks at the highs and grotty lows of twitter addiction; the shameless social climbers; the friends you´ll make and the ones you can´t get bloody rid of; the barefaced bragging; the shameful celeb-stalking; and the truth about ´´twanking´´, twitter cliques, angry ´´twitchfork mobs´´, and dealing with trolls. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grace Dent. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004177/bk_adbl_004177_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Book three of White Chocolate Series. Trinity Clarkson is poor and white, but she’s definitely not trash. The 17-year-old blonde surfer has been fighting against the hateful, malicious stereotype since birth. She knows it’s not a crime being born without money, yet everyone in town treats her like garbage. She knows it’s not illegal being broke, but try telling that to the good folks of White Gold County.They’d just laugh in her face. The predominately upper class small community cannot resist gossiping about a bunch of illiterate, highly-sexed felons whose sole purpose in life is to drink cheap alcohol, make beautiful babies, and get arrested. Trinity is tired of defending her reputation. The Clarkson clans aren’t perfect, but they are family. They are the people that she loves and wants to protect, yet how can she do so when their actions are far worse than the local rumors? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Keira Grace. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/157684/bk_acx0_157684_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He slips through the hedgerow and in no time is seen sitting on the bench surprised by it all.In the shadow of Old Sarum he sits. Salisbury is in sight. It slopes slowly from the old to the new. Now hungry and not too sure what to do about the rue he concludes....´´I can live with the hunger for a bit...but the thirst I can´t.´´He finds a thrown water bottle and heads into town down a road sloping into Salisbury. Just short of the town, he passes by a park and spots a fountain. He doesn´t think he just drinks, with thirsty urgency. He rinses then fills up his bottle.Rote returns to his hideaway without even venturing into the town proper. He´s pickled by the predicament. He´s embarrassed. His pride is really riding him. He´s unable to make eye contact with people passing by.Back at the bench he crawls back into the bushes when no one´s looking. He pulls out his orange plastic bag and his basically brand new sleeping bag that after last night looks old.It´s not even midday yet.He doesn´t want anyone to see him. He has no money. He has no food. He has water. He has a briar bush for a home. It´s wet and always leaking. It´s infested with all sorts of crawling things. And there´s garbage strewn here and there. Some of it is blown in and then torn by dogs.He´s fraught with the facts - he´s f--ked.That afternoon and night he stays burrowed in his bane going insane, wrestling with his dilemma. He´s haunted and daunted by his hunger. He tries to ignore his starving stomach.He tries to hide his pride.The following morning he awakes slobbered with saliva, washed with froth from another friendly face, truly a restoring grace. Those dogs delight him in their exuberance upon discovering a bushwhacked bum. Aye, a found friend, wagging him well with a non-judgmental manner. It means a whole lot. They in their way, help to raise Rote´s spirits by letting him know its okay and to keep his chin up. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Zeigdel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101180/bk_acx0_101180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(1995/Rhino-Collectors´ Choice) 76 Tracks - Doo-Wop collector´s dream set from the Atlantic master tapes 1951-1958! - Compiler´s Notes: Let me catch my breath. ´´The Great Atlantic Vocal Groups´´...oh boy. Finally. Well, I´d better check myself, ´´finally´´ isn´t really the best choice of words. It´s not like there´s been a dearth of digi-tal reissues of many of the best Atlantic group records, the wonderful ´´Atlantic Rhythm & Blues´´ box set, and some fine compilations on the Clovers, Drifters and Coasters on both Atlantic and Rhino cover the primary stuff pretty well. So what´s the big deal here? The big deal is that thanks to the good graces of Rhino/Atlantic, we were able to program 50 tracks on one collection devoted exclusively to showcasing the breadth of Atlantic´s magnificent doo-wop catalog. We didn´t want to attempt a ´´Best of Atlantic Vocal Groups´´—there was-n´t a real need to. Nor did we want to compile ´´Atlantic Doo-Wop Rarities´´ and appeal to perhaps 38 people. Basically, we merged the two ideas—some familiar hits, some sought-after rarities and a few previously unreleased sides, um, to boot—and tried to program the CDs to be both interesting and enjoyable. Of course, the ´´enjoyable´´ part is redundant, I suppose, no matter how we would have sequenced or selected the tracks. As Peter Grendysa, the premier Atlantic collector on Earth (and New York) writes in his overview of Atlantic´s vocal group history, the label´s standards were so high that the quality of even their minor vocal group releases were a notch or two above the rest of the field. I´m prejudiced, of course, but I can´t figure out why every single cut on the package wasn´t a hit. The big ones—´´Money Honey,´´ ´´Sh-Boom,´´ ´´One Mint Julep´´ and more—are here because they´re so good they can stand repeated playing 40 years after they were recorded, and were so much a part of Atlantic´s success story in the ´50s. So too the most sought-after cuts by Atlantic´s incredible ´´second tier´´ groups like the Cardinals, Diamonds, Royal Jokers and Sensations. And last but certainly not least, the real reason I used the word ´´finally´´ at the top: we finally found a place to issue some unreleased gems we´ve been sitting on for a couple of years now—and that´s a story unto itself. It was a dark and stormy night...no, it was a warm, sunny afternoon, if I recall correctly, and Messrs. Bill Inglot (of Rhino), ´´Little Walter´´ DeVenne (my usual partner in crime) and myself were going through the Atlantic tape vaults in Manhattan, looking for Coasters tapes for Rhino´s then-impending anthology. Conscious of the stories that had been endlessly told and re-told concerning how many of the original Atlantic tapes had been lost in a fire, we were somewhat surprised to find, among other things, the original multitracks to many of the Coasters sessions—hence the inclusion here of ´´Zing! Went the Strings,´´ one of their more doo-wopish efforts, in newly remixed first-time stereo. But the real surprise came towards the end of the afternoon. Walter was walking by a long line of piled up garbage of all shapes and sizes, and spotted—wonder of wonders—some disc-like objects at the bottom of one of the sections of the pile. Some rare old Atlantic 78s or LPs, perhaps? Naaaaah... they were just some old acetates of long-lost recording sessions by some guys called the Drifters, Chords and Playboys (I think we both had trouble breathing at that particular moment). Rescued instantaneously from the clutches of the New York City Department of Sanitation, said discs were cleaned up and digitally copied post-haste, the results of which (well, partially at least...heh, heh) can be found herein. I could go on and on, but most of it would be mindless blithering—and besides, Peter can more than hold his own. All of us involved with the project have been wear-ing grins in anticipation of this collection for a couple of months now, and we hope you get as much enjoyment out of it as we have. —Bob Hyde