Spunk & Bite

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Random House Reference #ad - Updated with all-new writing exercises, Spunk & Bite will help writers take books, articles, memos, business reports, and even e-mail messages to the next level. Bestselling author arthur Plotnik reveals the secrets to attention-grabbing, unforgettable writing, in this trade paperback edition. Today's writer needs more than just a solid knowledge of usage and composition to write successfully.

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Holy the Firm

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - In 1975 annie dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooded room furnished with "one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person. For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, sacrifice death, reality, and the will of God. In holy the firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an airplane accident, about a baptism on a cold beach.

But behind the moving curtain of what she calls "the hard things -- rock mountain and salt sea, " she sees, sometimes far off and sometimes as close by as a veil or air, the power play of holy fire. This is a profound book about the natural world -- both its beauty and its cruelty -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dillard knows so well.

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Gray Matters: Navigating the Space between Legalism and Liberty

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Baker Books #ad - Engaging it, embracing it, consuming it, and creating it. Things like alcohol, plays, Hollywood's edgier content, art openings, and concerts have moved from being forbidden to being celebrated by believers. Readers will learn how to both enrich their own lives and honor God--refining their ability to discern truth, goodness, beauty, and enjoy his creation.

Culture is in right now for Christians. But are evangelicals opening their arms too wide in uncritical embrace of culture? how do they engage with culture in ways that are mature, Brett McCracken examines some of the hot-button gray areas of Christian cultural consumption, discerning, and harmful? Can there be a healthy, excessive, and edifying rather than reckless, balanced approach--or is that simply wishful thinking?With the same insight and acuity found in his popular Hipster Christianity, helping to lead Christians to adopt a more thoughtful approach to consuming culture in the complicated middle ground between legalism and license.

Gray Matters: Navigating the Space between Legalism and Liberty #ad - Many younger evangelicals today are actively cultivating an appreciation for aspects of culture previously stigmatized within the church.

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Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems

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Random House #ad - Possessed of a unique voice that is at once plain and melodic, Billy Collins has managed to enrich American poetry while greatly widening the circle of its audience. Sailing alone around the room, billy collins, by america’s poet laureate, The Art of Drowning, Questions About Angels, contains both new poems and a generous gathering from his earlier collections The Apple That Astonished Paris, and Picnic, Lightning.

These poems show collins at his best, performing the kinds of distinctive poetic maneuvers that have delighted and fascinated so many readers. They may begin in curiosity and end in grief; they may start with irony and end with lyric transformation; they may, and often do, begin with the everyday and end in the infinite.

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Resounding Truth Engaging Culture: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music

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Baker Academic #ad - Resounding truth shows Christians how to uncover the Gospel message found in the many melodies that surround us. Begbie helps readers see the Master of Song and experience the harmony of heavenly hope. With practical examples, and an accessible bibliography, lucid explanations, this book will help music lovers discover how God's diversity shines through sound.

Theologian and musician Jeremy Begbie believes our divinely-inspired imagination reveals opportunity for sincere, heartfelt praise. Even fallen humans compose beautiful symphonies, music that touches emotions as nothing else can.

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Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose

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Three Rivers Press #ad - A fully revised and updated edition with writing prompts and challenges in every chapterToday’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Discover how to: *distinguish between words that are “pearls” and words that are “potatoes” * Avoid “couch potato thinking” and “commitment phobia” when choosing verbs * Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, professionals, and metaphor and understand what you're doing Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prose—students, and seasoned writers alike.

Whether you’re writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax—now celebrating 20 years in print—is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language. Copy veteran constance hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone.

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose #ad - With its crisp, witty tone, sin and syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets such as how to use—Gasp!—interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang that make for sinfully good writing.

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Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric

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David R. Godine, Publisher #ad - It is about rhetorical figures: practical ways of applying old and powerful principles – repetition and variety, suspense and relief, concealment and surprise, the creation of expectations and then the satisfaction or frustration of them– to the composition of a simple sentence or a complete paragraph.

Masters of language can turn unassuming words into phrases that are convincing, effective, and memorably beautiful. Rhetoric in this sense is among the most ancient academic disciplines, and we all use it every day whether expertly or not. The result is a new addition to the list of indispensable books for the writer or speaker – a highly useful reference tool, and a rewarding source of instruction and pleasure for all lovers of the English language.

This book is a lively set of lessons on the subject. What are the secrets of this alchemy? the answer lies in rhetoric in the honorable sense of the word – not the dronings of bad politicians, but the art of using language to persuade, influence, or otherwise affect an audience. Lincoln and churchill had this power: having heard their words once, the reader or listener can scarcely imagine the world without them.

Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric #ad - It organizes, illustrates, and analyzes the most valuable rhetorical devices with impeccable clarity and in unprecedented detail. The book amounts to a tutorial on eloquence conducted by virtuoso faculty: not just Lincoln and Churchill, but Dickens and Melville, Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine, and more than a hundred others.

. Though first examined in classical greece and Rome, these techniques also were studied closely by earlier generations of the best English writers and orators and were often employed by them to exquisite effect.

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What to Listen For in Music Signet Classics

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Signet #ad - Now in trade paperback: “The definitive guide to musical enjoyment” Forum. In this fascinating analysis of how to listen to both contemporary and classical music analytically, eminent American composer Aaron Copland offers provocative suggestions that will bring readers a deeper appreciation of the most viscerally rewarding of all art forms.

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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes

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Wiley #ad - A revised and updated new edition of the bestselling workbook and grammar guide The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages.

Clear and concise, the blue book of grammar and punctuation offers comprehensive, offering "just the facts" Fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes Ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the US and abroad For anyone who wants to understand the major rules and subtle guidelines of English grammar and usage, easy-to-follow, straightforward instruction.

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: An Easy-to-Use Guide with Clear Rules, Real-World Examples, and Reproducible Quizzes #ad - Appropriate for virtually any age range, this authoritative guide makes learning English grammar and usage simple and fun. This updated eleventh edition reflects the latest updates to English usage and grammar and features a fully revised two-color design and lay-flat binding for easy photocopying.

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Garner's Modern English Usage

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Oxford University Press #ad - Garner illustrates with actual examples, all the linguistic blunders that modern writers and speakers are prone to, phrasing, whether in word choice, syntax, cited with chapter and verse, punctuation, or pronunciation. With more than a thousand new entries and more than 2, 300 word-frequency ratios, the magisterial fourth edition of this book-now renamed Garner's Modern English Usage GMEU-reflects usage lexicography at its finest.

Garner explains the nuances of grammar and vocabulary with thoroughness, finesse, and wit. It delights while providing instruction on skillful, persuasive, and vivid writing. In this fourth edition, garner has made extensive use of corpus linguistics to include ratios of standard terms as compared against variants in modern print sources.

He discourages whatever is slovenly, pretentious, or pedantic. Gmeu is the liveliest and most compulsively readable reference work for writers of our time. No matter how knowledgeable you may already be, you're sure to learn from every single page of this book. No other resource provides as comprehensive, reliable, and empirical a guide to current English usage.

Garner's Modern English Usage #ad - For all concerned with writing and editing, GMEU will prove invaluable as a desk reference. Garner liberates english from two extremes: both from the hidebound "purists" who mistakenly believe that split infinitives and sentence-ending prepositions are malfeasances and from the linguistic relativists who believe that whatever people say or write must necessarily be accepted.

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Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read Great Courses Book 1

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Plume #ad - Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of language—and will forever change the way you read and write. Award-winning professor brooks landon draws on examples from masters of long, providing the tools to write powerful, Virginia Woolf, elegant sentences—including Don DeLillo, and Samuel Johnson—to reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, Joan Didion, more effective sentences.

Yet, the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Building great sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language. Whether it’s two words “Jesus wept. Or william faulkner’s 1, 287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, and, sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, most importantly, educate, motivate, delight.

Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read Great Courses Book 1 #ad - Great writing begins with the sentence.

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