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Russell Rathbun

- About the Book

POST-RAPTURE RADIO:
Lost Writings from a Failed Revolution

by Russell Rathbun
Published by Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
(ISBN: 0-7879-7393-9, 208 pages, hardcover, $21.95)
Available from this site or directly from the publisher:
http://www.josseybass.com/

"Hilarious, passionate, infuriating, revealing, alarming, perplexing, illuminating. In short, apocalyptic. And definitely required reading for anyone seeking a faithful Christianity in the heart of the American Empire."
-- Andy Crouch, columnist, Christianity Today

"Once in a while a book reaches out from the page, grabs me by the scruff of the neck, and says something so pithy, so smart, and irreverently funny that I almost bust a gut laughing. That's what Post-Rapture Radio did to me on several occasions. The fact is, sometimes satire is the best way for us to see our own foibles, and this book is a wonderful antidote to much that ails the church. It's A Confederacy of Dunces for Christians."
-- Tony Jones, author, The Sacred Way

"Soren Kierkegaard said that people held in the grip of an illusion cannot be directly reasoned with. One must assault them with appealing but apparently absurd stories and even contradictions in the desperate hope that indirect communication can accomplish what direct communication cannot. Russell Rathbun may be Kierkegaard's great-grandson or something. If you have no illusions, you don't need to read this. Otherwise..."
-- Brian McLaren, pastor, author, A New Kind of Christian.

"Funny and thought-provoking. It challenges the way one thinks about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church in his name."
-- Gordon Cano, singer and songwriter, Violent Femmes

"There are times when the tongue-in-cheek can become a light in the mind -- when 'off the wall' becomes the plank of reality. Richard Lamblove was a driven crusader in his last-ditch stand against the shallowly fervent. I feel the fury of his fugitively scribbling his final battle plan on the remnants of cereal boxes and scraps of cardboard. Alas, were it not for Russell Rathbun, we would not know of these lost writings nor feel the loss of great truth to the forces of evangelical glitz."
-- Calvin Miller, author, Hunger for the Holy and Loving God Closeup; professor, Beeson Divinity School

In Post-Rapture Radio, our faithful narrator finds a mysterious box containing the sermons and journal entries of a genuine, unvarnished American character the Reverend Richard Lamblove. The little-known Lamblove tried and failed to revolutionize contemporary Christian culture. As his journal entries, cereal box scribblings, and random notes written on paper scraps reveal, Lamblove sees contemporary culture as shallow, overly individualistic, and consumed with the kind of status measured by money, power, and celebrity. And American Evangelicalism -- which has been integrated into the culture as a whole -- has similar failings. Reverend Lamblove vanished without a trace, but Russell Rathbun has "compiled" his papers into a compelling critique of contemporary faith; an antidote to faith-as-usual and a wakeup call for Christians to genuinely respond to the gospel.


Copyright ©2005 by Russell Rathbun. All Rights Reserved. Excerpted from Post-Rapture Radio (2005, $21.95, Cloth) by Russell Rathbun by permission of Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint.

 

 

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Sheldon Richman

- About the Book

YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE:
Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax
by Sheldon Richman
Published by The Future of Freedom Foundation

The IRS is the most feared government agency in America.

Why does it exist and why is it integral to the operation of the government as we have come to know it? "As we have come to know it" - there's the rub. The income tax wasn't integral to anything the Founders of this country had in mind and it wasn't integral to anything they designed.

Sheldon Richman shows where the income tax and the IRS camefrom, and recounts not only how they came to be but why. He traces the constitutional difficulties relating to direct and indirect taxes. He deals with the moral difficulties of justice in taxation. And he investigates just where the idea for "progressivity" came from: who would promote such an idea, and what's the ethical justification for forcing you to pay a larger portion of your income in taxes when you get a raise or find a better job?

All taxation is objectionable, Richman says, but special evils and abuses accompany the income tax. What makes Richman's analysis different from others is that he shows that those special evils are not accidental, something that can be eliminated just by putting the right people in charge or by offering a few reforms here and there. They are intrinsic to the purpose for which the IRS and the income tax exist.

And that's why he proposes that the whole thing just be repealed.

How much will that cost and what would it mean to Americans and their liberty? Richman argues that there are no real costs - only bene-fits - to returning to the American people the billions the income tax takes from them every year. Getting rid of the income tax is a critical step toward expanding and restoring our liberties.

An afterword discusses the latest batch of reforms: they turn out to be more window dressing. They couldn't have been otherwise, says Richman, and he tells you why.

Sheldon Richman says the income tax makes you poorer; reading his discussion of it will make you richer.


Copyright ©1999 by Sheldon Richman and The Future of Freedom Foundation. Please do not duplicate or distribute this file without permission from the publisher. Please send requests to mailto: Thank you.

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Robert E. Roberts, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.W.

- About the Book

MY SOUL SAID TO ME:
An Unlikely Journey
Behind the Walls of Justice

by Robert E. Roberts, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.W.
Published by Health Communications, Inc.

So there Rusty and I were, behind locked doors, in a circle with fifty male prisoners. As soon as our requested three minutes of silence were over, Billy, a prisoner who was sitting next to my colleague, Rusty, turned to him, got right in his face and demanded, "What the f- you doin' here - you come here to f- with our minds?" Billy was not much bigger than Rusty, but he was solid muscle. The expression on his face was serious and focused. "They payin' you to be here? How much they payin' you? Wisely, Rusty carefully and calmly answered his questions with a brief "Yes," and, "Not much."

Such was the tone at Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, Louisiana, on day-one of Bob Robert's first workshop. Here, as part of his doctoral dissertation, he would apply the community building model of his mentor Dr. Scott Peck to a group of fifty prisoners, nearly all African American, and chosen at random by a lottery system. Meeting weekly, and intended to last three years, the workshops progressed. Men who had lived together for years, barely exchanging words, began to converse meaningfully with each other. Visitations increased from loved ones and friends, and a considerable decrease in violence within the group of prisoners occurred as well. When tested, the average reading scores of the community improved an entire grade level every seven weeks.

In My Soul Said To Me: An Unlikely Journey Behind the Walls of Justice, Bob Roberts documents every leg of this unlikely journey straight through to the eventual sabotage and demise of the program he implemented in Jackson. Fortunately, although the author has us despairing for the Dixon prisoners left behind whom we grow to understand and care about, Roberts is inspired to further his work by starting what would become the country's only privately operated prisoner re-entry program funded by the Department of Justice and the most successful one of its kind.

What began as an experiment that benefited a few hundred prisoners in Louisiana grew into Project Return in New Orleans, a program affiliated with Tulane Medical Center's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Since its inception, Project Return has helped break the cycles of addiction, crime and violence of over 2,500 former offenders reducing their probability of returning to prison from 3 in 4 to 1 in 4.

Two significant elements of the work Roberts practiced in his original program and carries on at Project Return involve grief work and African studies. For the first time in their lives, participants enter a safe environment for unloading emotional burdens they have carried for years, burdens that have weighed them down with guilt, shame, and grief because there has been no place to lay them, no one to acknowledge their suffering, no vessel strong enough to contain their rage. From this process, participants cultivate an environment of "extraordinary respect" for each other rekindling in them the flames of dignity, courage, determination, and destiny.

Exploring the darkest terrain of violence and human suffering, and the brightest regions of redemption, human dignity and hope, My Soul Said to Me will change forever your view of criminal justice, your appreciation of deep relationships and freedom, and your ability to determine your own future. It is a story of deceit and honesty, cowardice and courage, prejudice and acceptance. Most importantly, it is the story of the power of friendship and the ability that lies within each of us to create beauty in the world through commitment, determination, and the understanding that all of our souls came here for a reason.

"...this worthwhile, important book offers a bright, optimistic window onto the often horrific conditions that still exist in prisons today."
--Publishers Weekly, February 2003

"I was privileged to participate in the community circle of Project Return once, and I grasped immediately the source for its success -- community. This story is a refreshing testimony but it's also a roadmap to community and healing. And, most importantly, it's a bright and gleaming sign of possibility that will inspire others to create ways to reach out and include the 'least of these' which our society tends to throw away."
-- Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking

"This is a passionate, sobering story that paradoxically brings hope into dark places of the American psyche."
-- Robert Bly, author of Iron John

"This book tells of one man's courage [and] challenges the courage of us readers to face our passive complicity that perpetuates the system."
-- James Hillman, author, The Soul's Code

"My Soul Said to Me is a dramatic story of both personal and social transformation."
-- Robert Moore, author, The Archetype of Initiation

"It takes boldness, determination and an acute sense of service to the world in pain to do what Bob Roberts has done. His journey speaks to all souls who have heard the call to live at the edge courageously and sacrificially."
-- Malidoma Somé, author, Of Water and the Spirit

"Bob Roberts' story is both incredibly moving and inspiring. His healing model is both effective and replicable. It goes right to the heart of the matter. A must read for anyone interested in prison reform and human potential."
-- Richard Gere, actor and activist

"This book chronicles a unique journey which has been successful in its goal of giving guidance and hope to hundreds of ex-convicts, leading many to productive lives and reducing the rate of recidivism. It is a truly inspiring story."
-- David C. Treen, former Governor of Louisiana

Copyright ©2003 by Robert E. Roberts. All Rights Reserved. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact. Thank You.

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Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

- About the Book

RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be?
by Michael F. Roizen, M.D.
with Elizabeth Anne Stephenson
Published by Cliff Street Books
A Division of HarperCollins Publishers

An Age Reduction Program that Can Make You Live and Feel Up to 26 Years Younger

Until now, preventative medicine has not been very successful in motivating healthy choices. We all know that eating a diet low in saturated fats, taking vitamins and exercising are good for us, but most people don't adopt healthy habits until after a major health trauma has occurred. For example, fewer than 15% of Americans get adequate amounts of exercise, even though more than 90% of those surveyed say that exercise is important to health. That's why Michael Roizen, M.D. created RealAge -- a revolutionary, scientifically valid age reduction plan that not only explains WHY and HOW each behavior affects your health, but how many years of each activity can actually add or detract from your life!

People of the same calendar age are very often different ages biologically. That is, some of us age faster than others. RealAge is an estimation of age based on your biological condition, not chronological years. Thus if your chronological age is 50 but your RealAge is 45, it means that you are in the same shape physiologically as the average 45 year-old. While your chronological age is fixed, your biological age may be years older -- or younger -- depending on how you treat your body.

Notably, simple alternations in your daily activities can stave off the biological aging process that makes old age feel "old." RealAge lets you calculate your rate of aging by assigning a value to current health choices. By adopting the suggestions in Dr. Roizen's breakthrough book, you can slow the rate of aging and sometimes even reverse it -- by up to 26 years!

Dr. Roizen calculates RealAge by using the economic concept of Net Present Value. Using this theory, Dr. Roizen determines a "mortality risk" factor that places a years younger value on present day health choices like wearing seatbelts or taking vitamins. RealAge converts the associated risks of behaviors into a single currency -- the rate of aging. Some behaviors make us older, some make us younger. RealAge shows just how much of a difference each choice makes.

To find out your RealAge, Dr. Roizen has designed a RealAge survey of more than 125 health related questions that can be taken online through http://www.RealAge.com or through the book. The survey provides you with a starting point in assessing your RealAge and in developing an age reduction plan. Tailored to each individual, this plan can be as simple as incorporating some of the 44 "quick fixes" Dr. Roizen provides, like flossing your teeth or taking vitamins, to more challenging goals like quitting smoking or developing an exercise routine. Drawing from more than 25,000 medical studies, RealAge provides a multitude of health suggestions to lower your age, such as:

  • The two most important factors to reducing your RealAge: Taking charge of arterial aging and protecting your immune system. For example, keeping your total cholesterol level below 240 mg/dl and having your "healthy" cholesterol level at 40 above can reduce your RealAge by 3.7 years.
  • Environmental Hazards: The world is a dangerous place! By measuring risk factor in regards to smoking, air pollution, transportation safety, and the areas of sex and drugs, you can evaluate how these activities affect the aging process. As an example, heavy exposure to secondhand smoke can age you almost 7 years!
  • Vitamins: Dr. Roizen details how certain vitamins such an antioxidants, calcium, Vitamin D and folic acid retard the aging process. For instance, Dr. Roizen has determined that getting the RealAge optimum dose of Vitamin C can make a 55 year old woman 2.2 years younger or a woman of 70, 2.6 years younger!
  • Simple But Overlooked Health Habits to Staying Young: Daily routines affect your RealAge in dramatic ways. Dr. Roizen evaluates how such tasks as getting enough sleep, eating breakfast, and keeping your vaccinations up to date affect how you age. Seven hours of sleep a night for women and eight hours for men can make your RealAge three years younger.

Through RealAge, Dr. Roizen illustrates that behavioral choices make a huge difference in the rate of aging. Simple tasks such as keeping your blood pressure in check, taking aspirin each day, and eating a low-fat diet can lower your RealAge significantly. By conscientiously lowering your RealAge, you are buying time to do more and be more, to enjoy the life you've always wanted. Simply put, RealAge, by Michael Roizen, M.D., can make you live younger -- for many years to come!


Copyright © 1999 by RealAge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file as long as the information included is not altered in any way. Thank you.

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Ken Roth

- About the Book

THE SUCCESSFUL LANDLORD:
How to Make Money Without Making Yourself Nuts

By Ken Roth
Published by AMACOM

How to stay in control and "in the black" as a landlord.

Much more goes into the leasing of property than just placing an ad in the newspaper and collecting rent. The Successful Landlord presents readers with need-to-know information, from finding good tenants to managing the ongoing tenant-landlord relationship.

Combining a commonsense approach with must-have information, the book gives first-time and veteran landlords smart strategies for:

  • performing background and credit checks
  • setting rent levels
  • drawing up a lease
  • maintaining the property and avoiding damage
  • establishing policies for pets, furnishings, security, and utilities
  • advertising available space
  • working with property managers
  • dealing with problem tenants and disputes
  • and much more

The Successful Landlord offers a beautiful balance between theory (the law) and practice (the deadbeat tenant). Even though the author is an attorney, he's more focused on plain spoken, practical, common sense advice than trying to write every imaginable problem into a lease agreement. The book is loaded with vivid case histories from dozens of rental situations that will help you expect the unexpected and prepare accordingly.

Packed with forms for leases, letters, and other legal documents, The Successful Landlord gives readers the knowledge and tools to become successful, high-income landlords.

Copyright ©2004 by Kenneth M. Roth. All rights reserved. Reprinted here with permission of the publisher, Amacom Books, http://www.amacombooks.org. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact.

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