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Love begins, or should begin, at home. For me that means Sam and Grace, Dad and Mom, who have loved me for more than sixty years. Without them I would still be seeking love instead of writing about it. Home also means Karolyn, to whom I have been married for more than forty years. If all wives loved as she does, fewer men would be looking over the fence. Shelley and Derek are now out of the nest, exploring new worlds, but I feel secure in the warmth of their love. I am blessed and grateful. I am indebted to a host of professionals who have influenced my concepts of love. Among them are psychiatrists Ross Campbell and Judson Swihart. For editorial assistance, I am indebted to Debbie Barr and Cathy Peterson. The technical expertise of Tricia Kube and Don Schmidt made it possible to meet publication deadlines. Last, and most important, I want to express my gratitude to the hundreds of couples who, over the past thirty years, have shared the intimate side of their lives with me. This book is a tribute to their honesty.

Chapman, Gary D (2009-12-30). The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts (p. 9). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Rare also is the congregation that has not felt some stress, some measure of conflict, over all this ferment in worship. No real change comes easily, but changes are especially explosive when they have to do with congregational worship. Worship lies close to the heart, and even a seemingly minor tweak in the order of worship, not to mention a radical shift in style, can set off major congregational fibrillations. Indeed, the pressure to engage in newer forms of worship has generated tension, at least to some degree, in virtually every congregation in America. Often this tension simply hangs in the atmosphere, an uneasy jostling of rival desires. Some people in the congregation wish that worship were more immediately relevant, more exciting, more dramatic, more casual, louder, more spontaneous, and more fun, while others wish it were quieter, more reverent, more traditional, more ordered, and more dignified—and no one is completely satisfied. In other churches, what is now being called “worship warfare” (one of the theaters of the broader culture wars) has broken out, with the usual round of casualties that serious church conflict generates. In still other congregations there is an uneasy balkanized truce—“You contemporary folk can have the 9 A.M. service, and you traditional people can have the 11 A.M.”

Long, Thomas G. (2001-04-23). Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship (p. 2). The Alban Institute. Kindle Edition.

Within these pages, I will attempt to describe some of my personal experiences as a volunteer firefighter and Chaplain, who served for several weeks at the ruins of the World Trade Center beginning one week after 9/ 11. My time in New York City changed my life forever. It was hard to write this book because it dredged up some memories I’d much rather forget. However, during the extensive research required to write it, another much larger story began to emerge, and it took on a life of its own. After over fourteen years of reflection and prayer, I think I’m finally starting to grasp the enormous issues that emerged in our country and world following that attack.

Porter, Bruce R. (2015-11-15). 9/11 Target: A Ground Zero Responder Speaks on Tyranny, Deception, and Christian Liberty (Kindle Locations 192-197). Liberty Trades, LLC. Kindle Edition.

The Wind and the Rudder is an inspirational and instructive work on “how to live joyfully in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Dan Smith is not an armchair theoretician; he has experienced and practiced the life in the Spirit he writes about. I encourage all who are thirsty to experience more of God to make The Wind and the Rudder a priority read. BERTEN WAGGONER National Director Vineyard USA

Smith, Dan (2012-09-18). The Wind and the Rudder: How to Live in the Power of the Spirit Without Becoming Weird (Kindle Locations 71-75). Destiny Image. Kindle Edition.

Marked for Death: My War with Jim Jones the Devil of Jonestown

Tim Stoen is author of "Marked for Death," his experience with the cult leader Jim Jones who was responsible for almost a thousand deaths.

Stoen is Sr. Deputy District Attorney in Mendocino County D.A. David Eyster's Coast office prosecuting cases in the Ten Mile Division of the M.C. Superior Court.