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No Place For Magic

By E.D. Baker
  • ISBN Code: : 1599904012
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
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The fourth book in the thrilling and magical Frog Princess series. E. D. Baker's The Frog Princess was the inspiration for Disney's hit movie The Princess and the Frog! When Emma and her beloved frog-turned-prince Eadric travel to Upper Montevista to ask for Eadric's parents' blessing on their marriage, they find his homeland in chaos: Eadric's annoying little brother Bradston has been kidnapped by trolls! Worse, his mother won't let Emma use magic, even to rescue Bradston, and Eadric seems suddenly a bit too fond of the girls from his past. But as they travel through unfriendly lands, battle sea-monsters and vampires, and find allies in unlikely places, Emma just might come to see her Eadric for the strong and loyal young man that he is. Don't miss the rest of the Frog Princess series by E. D. Baker: The Frog Princess Dragon's Breath Once Upon a Curse No Place for Magic The Salamander Spell The Dragon Princess Dragon Kiss A Prince among Frogs The Frog Princess Returns And these other magical series: Tales of the Wide-Awake Princess The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker More Than a Princess Magic Animal Rescue and more!

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By Sam van Schaik
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  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Book Code : 0834842815
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 838
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A fascinating exploration of the role that magic has played in the history of Buddhism As far back as we can see in the historical record, Buddhist monks and nuns have offered services including healing, divination, rain making, aggressive magic, and love magic to local clients. Studying this history, scholar Sam van Schaik concludes that magic and healing have played a key role in Buddhism's flourishing, yet they have rarely been studied in academic circles or by Western practitioners. The exclusion of magical practices and powers from most discussions of Buddhism in the modern era can be seen as part of the appropriation of Buddhism by Westerners, as well as an effect of modernization movements within Asian Buddhism. However, if we are to understand the way Buddhism has worked in the past, the way it still works now in many societies, and the way it can work in the future, we need to examine these overlooked aspects of Buddhist practice. In Buddhist Magic, van Schaik takes a book of spells and rituals--one of the earliest that has survived--from the Silk Road site of Dunhuang as the key reference point for discussing Buddhist magic in Tibet and beyond. After situating Buddhist magic within a cross-cultural history of world magic, he discusses sources of magic in Buddhist scripture, early Buddhist rituals of protection, medicine and the spread of Buddhism, and magic users. Including material from across the vast array of Buddhist traditions, van Schaik offers readers a fascinating, nuanced view of a topic that has too long been ignored.

Do You Believe in Magic?

By Jeff Binstein
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1479701793
  • Total of Pages : 115
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 466
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Do You Believe in Magic? Sometimes you just have to. Follow the Harrisons as they ride an emotional roller-coaster to find the elusive answer to the age old question. . . Do You Believe in Magic? Th is fi rst book is dedicated to my daughter Anna who would not let my failure as a guitarist deter my dream to become an author. Special thanks to my wife Laurie for her just go for it encouragement. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to charity. Visit the Binstein Family Foundation on Facebook.

No Place for Saints

By Adam Jortner
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  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Book Code : 1421441772
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : History
  • Members : 998
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Ultimately, the book is a story of Jacksonian America, of how democracy can fail religious freedom, and a case study in popular politics as America entered a great age of religion and violence.

Buddhist Magic

By Sam van Schaik
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  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Book Code : 0834842815
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 160
  • Pdf File: buddhist-magic.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A fascinating exploration of the role that magic has played in the history of Buddhism As far back as we can see in the historical record, Buddhist monks and nuns have offered services including healing, divination, rain making, aggressive magic, and love magic to local clients. Studying this history, scholar Sam van Schaik concludes that magic and healing have played a key role in Buddhism's flourishing, yet they have rarely been studied in academic circles or by Western practitioners. The exclusion of magical practices and powers from most discussions of Buddhism in the modern era can be seen as part of the appropriation of Buddhism by Westerners, as well as an effect of modernization movements within Asian Buddhism. However, if we are to understand the way Buddhism has worked in the past, the way it still works now in many societies, and the way it can work in the future, we need to examine these overlooked aspects of Buddhist practice. In Buddhist Magic, van Schaik takes a book of spells and rituals--one of the earliest that has survived--from the Silk Road site of Dunhuang as the key reference point for discussing Buddhist magic in Tibet and beyond. After situating Buddhist magic within a cross-cultural history of world magic, he discusses sources of magic in Buddhist scripture, early Buddhist rituals of protection, medicine and the spread of Buddhism, and magic users. Including material from across the vast array of Buddhist traditions, van Schaik offers readers a fascinating, nuanced view of a topic that has too long been ignored.

Fearless Magic

By Megan Crewe
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  • Publisher : Another World Press
  • Book Code : 1989114083
  • Total of Pages : 282
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 440
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Can they be fearless enough to save the world's magic? Rocío Lopez and Finn Lockwood are finally reunited—but under desperate circumstances. Magic is raging, and the mage community is in chaos as the Confed struggles to hold onto its secrets. Rocío believes exposing those secrets is the key to saving the world's magic. She never wanted to become the leader of a revolution, but with her unique understanding of the crisis, taking charge may be the only way to see her mission through. Adrift from his old life after the deadly disaster that rocked his family, Finn scrambles to support the rebellion's efforts however he can. But his connections to the old-magic world may be his greatest asset—if he can find a way to bridge the divide. With tensions rising between the Dull authorities and magical society, a revolution might not be enough to turn the tide. Can Rocio and Finn find the strength in themselves and each other to prevent an even greater catastrophe? Fearless Magic is the final book in the Conspiracy of Magic series.

The Magic of Innovation

By Olga A. Kravtsova,Dmitry A. Kryachkov,Tamara O. Kuznetsova
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1443876798
  • Total of Pages : 350
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 717
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This volume focuses on innovative approaches to teaching foreign language courses offered to non-language degree students. It includes essays related to the innovative use of ICTs, new developments in methodology, approaches to course and materials design, and the contribution of language theory to foreign language teaching. As the book brings together researchers and practitioners working in a variety of contexts, it provides detailed insight into ways the same challenges are dealt with in different educational environments. The ideas and experiences analysed in this collection of essays will appeal to anyone interested in the current trends in foreign language teaching and learning, particularly educationalists. The best practices in FLT that the book offers will be a source of inspiration for in-service teachers and course designers, while the theoretical backgrounds provided in each chapter will be valuable to pre-service teachers and stimulating to researchers.

Magic: A Very Short Introduction

By Owen Davies
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 0191623881
  • Total of Pages : 152
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 808
  • Pdf File: magic.pdf

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Defining 'magic' is a maddening task. Over the last century numerous philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and theologians have attempted to pin down its essential meaning, sometimes analysing it in such complex and abstruse depth that it all but loses its sense altogether. For this reason, many people often shy away from providing a detailed definition, assuming it is generally understood as the human control of supernatural forces. 'Magic' continues to pervade the popular imagination and idiom. People feel comfortable with its contemporary multiple meanings, unaware of the controversy, conflict, and debate its definition has caused over two and a half millennia. In common usage today 'magic' is uttered in reference to the supernatural, superstition, illusion, trickery, religious miracles, fantasies, and as a simple superlative. The literary confection known as 'magical realism' has considerable appeal and many modern scientists have ironically incorporated the word into their vocabulary, with their 'magic acid', 'magic bullets' and 'magic angles'. Since the so-called European Enlightenment magic has often been seen as a marker of primitivism, of a benighted earlier stage of human development. Yet across the modern globalized world hundreds of millions continue to resort to magic - and also to fear it. Magic provides explanations and remedies for those living in extreme poverty and without access to alternatives. In the industrial West, with its state welfare systems, religious fundamentalists decry the continued moral threat posed by magic. Under the guise of neo-Paganism, its practice has become a religion in itself. Magic continues to be a truly global issue. This Very Short Introduction does not attempt to provide a concluding definition of magic: it is beyond simple definition. Instead it explores the many ways in which magic, as an idea and a practice, has been understood and employed over the millennia. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Secret Life of Siegfried and Roy

By Jimmy Lavery,Jim Mydlach,Louis Mydlach,Henrietta Tiefenthaler
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  • Publisher : Phoenix Books
  • Book Code : 1614670501
  • Total of Pages : 247
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 748
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The Secret Life of Siegfried and Roy reveals the touching, little-known story of how two youngsters founded a friendship, a franchise, and a tempestuous on-and-off love affair that would last a lifetime. From their humble beginnings in war-torn Germany, larger-than-life Tiger Kings Siegfried & Roy roared into Las Vegas and tamed Sin City like no act before them. Their mind-blowing illusions captivated the world and broke box-office records. In just one decade at The Mirage, their magical extravaganza, featuring rare white tigers, lions and elephants, grossed an astounding half a billion dollars. Then, in one tragic instant, their world came crashing down. On October 3, 2003, animal-lover Roy Horn was savagely attacked onstage by his 600-pound white tiger, Montecore. Beating back death’s icy grip after he literally “died” on the operating table, dark-haired Roy fought for survival as blond doppelganger Siegfried watched and prayed. Suddenly, the show was over…or was it? In the spotlight as never before, Roy’s mauling triggered the press’ relentless investigation into the secret world of these Las Vegas icons. For the first time ever, author Louis Mydlach––at Roy’s side throughout his traumatic recovery––describes in detail the agonies of rehabilitating the partially paralyzed performer. Siegfried & Roy dazzled audiences’ eyes for decades as they masterfully hid a lifetime of secrets. Key players in the duo’s inner circle––Louis Mydlach, his security chief father Jim Mydlach, and show consultant Jimmy Lavery––finally unravel the untold story: the life of Siegfried & Roy was their ultimate illusion.

Magic Animal Rescue 4: Maggie and the Flying Pigs

By E.D. Baker
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1681194902
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
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Maggie's adventures in the Enchanted Forest continue in the fourth book of a new chapter book series by E. D. Baker! Maggie's newest chore at her friend Bob's stable is taking care of flying pigs -- but they're not so easy to deal with! Maggie's used to putting up with a lot though, like her step-mother Zelia, who is trying to get Maggie's step-brother Peter a job at the stable. Peter working with Maggie? Yeah, right! Maybe when pigs fly . . . This black-and-white illustrated series is perfect for fans of Princess Ponies, Magic Horses, and Critter Club.

The Other Side of Life (Book #1, Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy)

By Jess C. Scott
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  • Publisher : Jess C Scott
  • Book Code : 1456529048
  • Total of Pages : 234
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 732
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ONE-LINE SUMMARY: A thieving duo's world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation (The Other Side of Life, Book 1).SYNOPSIS: Anya and Leticia are partners-in-crime who steal for a living. Their world turns upside down after a chance encounter with fellow rogue, Ithilnin--the enigmatic leader of an Elven band of thieves.A scuffle to prove who's "the better thief" transforms into more than Anya and Ithilnin ever bargained for. They retrieve the missing piece of an ancient poem, before getting caught in the secret dealings of a megacorporation. What they uncover threatens to alter the very essence of not just human life, but the other side as well.Elven intrigue, cyberpunk action, and a deadly dose of danger come together in The Other Side of Life [Book #1 in the (Cyberpunk) Elven Trilogy].GENRE: Urban Fantasy / Cyberpunk / YA with adult crossover appealREVIEW: "Dear Jess: You are a very good writer - I like your plotting, your concept, the characters...pretty much everything. You are very gifted." - Dr. Uwe Stender, 2010