The Very Worst Missionary

The Very Worst Missionary

Author: Jamie Wright

Publisher: Convergent Books

Published: 2018-04-03

Total Pages: 242

ISBN-13: 0451496531

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“The reason you love Jamie (or are about to) is because she says exactly what the rest of us are thinking, but we’re too afraid to upset the apple cart. She is a voice for the outlier, and we’re famished for what she has to say.” --Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author of Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love Wildly popular blogger "Jamie the Very Worst Missionary" delivers a searing, offbeat, often hilarious memoir of spiritual disintegration and re-formation. As a quirky Jewish kid and promiscuous punkass teen, Jamie Wright never imagines becoming a Christian, let alone a Christian missionary. She is barely an adult when the trials of motherhood and marriage put her on an unexpected collision course with Jesus. After finding her faith at a suburban megachurch, Jamie trades in the easy life on the cul-de-sac for the green fields of Costa Rica. There, along with her family, she earnestly hopes to serve God and change lives. But faced with a yawning culture gap and persistent shortcomings in herself and her fellow workers, she soon loses confidence in the missionary enterprise and falls into a funk of cynicism and despair. Nearly paralyzed by depression, yet still wanting to make a difference, she decides to tell the whole, disenchanted truth: Missionaries suck and our work makes no sense at all! From her sofa in Central America, she launches a renegade blog, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary, and against all odds wins a large and passionate following. Which leads her to see that maybe a "bad" missionary--awkward, doubtful, and vocal—is exactly what the world and the throngs of American do-gooders need. The Very Worst Missionary is a disarming, ultimately inspiring spiritual memoir for well-intentioned contrarians everywhere. It will appeal to readers of Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jen Hatmaker, Ann Lamott, Jana Reiss, Mallory Ortberg, and Rachel Held Evans.


The Worst Thing She Ever Did

The Worst Thing She Ever Did

Author: Alice Kuipers

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: 2012-05-15

Total Pages: 109

ISBN-13: 1443402362

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All Sophie wants is to forget what happened last summer. But that’s not easy when people keep asking if she’s okay, and her mother locks herself behind closed doors for hours at a time. And now her best friend, Abigail, cares more about parties and boys than about hanging out with Sophie. Lost in memories of the life she had before that terrible day, Sophie retreats into herself. But it’s only so long before she must confront the tragedy of her past so she can face the future.


The Very Worst Thing

The Very Worst Thing

Author: Torey L. Hayden

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: 2003-05-27

Total Pages: 180

ISBN-13: 0060297921

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David has never had a permanent home or a real friend, but when he decides to try to hatch an owl egg with the help of a classmate, his life slowly begins to change for the better.


After the Worst Thing Happens

After the Worst Thing Happens

Author: Audrey Vernick

Publisher: Holiday House

Published: 2020-07-07

Total Pages: 227

ISBN-13: 0823448088

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Left reeling after her thoughtless mistake causes a terrible accident, 12-year-old Army Morand channels her grief to help someone in need. Army Morand feels like her life has been blown to bits when the worst thing imaginable happens--her beloved dog dies. It was an accident, but it was also Army's fault. She can't seem to stop hiding from everything and everybody including her best friend JennaLouise. But then Army sees Madison, the little girl who moved in across the way, climbing a tree and walking down the street unsupervised. Her family is not neglectful, just overwhelmed. Army finds herself overcome with the need to help Madison's family to make sure another worst thing doesn't happen--which becomes even more challenging when a big storm threatens her town. After the Worst Thing Happens is a bittersweet story about a girl surprised by the force of a growing need inside her to reach out and lend a hand while trying to escape the swirling sadness of her own sudden loss. In the end, it is about finding love and hope and friendship in very surprising places.


The Best Worst Thing

The Best Worst Thing

Author: Kathleen Lane

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Published: 2016-06-07

Total Pages: 208

ISBN-13: 0316257834

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Front door locked, kitchen door locked, living room windows closed.Nobody in the closet, nobody under the beds. Still, Maggie is worried. Ever since she started middle school, she sees injustice and danger everywhere--on the news, in her textbooks, in her own neighborhood. Even her best friend seems to be changing. Maggie believes it is up to her, and only her, to make everything all right. Can she come up with a plan to keep everyone safe? The Best Worst Thing is a perceptive novel about learning the limits of what you can control, and the good--sometimes even best--things that can come of finally letting go.


Unafraid

Unafraid

Author: Adam Hamilton

Publisher: Convergent Books

Published: 2018-03-13

Total Pages: 258

ISBN-13: 1524760331

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Learn how to face and overcome the fears we feel about loneliness, illness, financial insecurity, disappointing others, failure, insignificance, and aging “A thoughtful, literate, faith-filled guide to reclaiming our minds and our lives.”—John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church and author of I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me You’d be hard-pressed to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today. Fear wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities. It leads us into making bad decisions. It holds us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. As the senior pastor of a large, diverse church in America’s heartland, Adam Hamilton has seen the cost of fear up close. When he surveyed his congregation on how fear affects them, 2,400 people responded—and what they said was eye-opening. Eighty percent admitted to living with moderate or significant levels of fear. Unafraid is Hamilton's insightful and impassioned response. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton uses a mixture of facts and faith to help readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as death and illness, as well as the everyday anxieties all of us encounter. He invites us to: Face our fears with a bias of hope Examine our fears in light of the facts Attack our anxieties with action Release our cares to God Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus’s recurring counsel: “Do not be afraid.” For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.


The Worst Thing About My Sister

The Worst Thing About My Sister

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Publisher: Random House

Published: 2013-09-26

Total Pages: 292

ISBN-13: 1448194016

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Marty and her sister Melissa couldn't be more different. "That's the worst thing about my sister. She NEVER misses a chance to wind me up." Football-mad Marty loves her Converse and helping her dad with his DIY. Melissa, however, loves all things pink and girly. So it comes as no surprise that when they have to share a bedroom, Marty and Melissa struggle to get along. But all that changes after a terrible accident, which helps the sisters realise they are closer than they thought... From bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, The Worst Thing About My Sister explores sibling rivalry and the importance of family. The Worst Thing About My Sister is full of fun, frolics and little pearls of wisdom. Here she focuses on that old family chestnut - sibling rivalry - and gives quarrelling sisters plenty of food for thought - Blackpool Gazette


Wrestlecrap

Wrestlecrap

Author: Randy Baer

Publisher: ECW Press

Published: 2010-12-16

Total Pages: 268

ISBN-13: 1554905443

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WrestleCrap: The Very Worst of Professional Wrestling examines some of the ridiculously horrible characters and storylines that pro wrestling promoters have subjected their fans to over the past twenty years. Why would any sane person think that having two grown men fight over a turkey was actually a reasonable idea' Was George Ringo, the Wrestling Beatle, really the best gimmick that a major promotional organization could come up with' And who would charge fans to watch a wrestler named the Gobbeldy Gooker emerge from an egg' In an attempt to answer such questions and figure out just what the promoters were thinking, authors Randy Baer and R.D. Reynolds go beyond what wrestling fans saw on the screen and delve into the mindset of those in the production booth. In some instances, the motivations driving the spectacle prove even more laughable than what was actually seen in the ring. Covering such entertainment catastrophes as an evil one-eyed midget and a wrestler from the mystical land of Oz, not to mention the utterly comprehensible Turkey-on-a-Pole match (a gimmick which AWA fans might recall), WrestleCrap is hysterically merciless in its evaluation of such organizations as the WCW and the WWF. This retrospective look at the wrestling world's misguided attempts to attract viewers will leave wrestling fans and critics alike in stitches.


The Very Worst Monster

The Very Worst Monster

Author: Pat Hutchins

Publisher:

Published: 2006-01-01

Total Pages: 27

ISBN-13: 9780307258786

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Since the baby monster arrived, no one notices big sister Hazel's talents anymore--like growling, bending bars in her teeth, and scaring the postman. And, when Billy wins the Worst Monster in the World contest, she must prove that she is truly the worst.


The Worst Thing I've Done

The Worst Thing I've Done

Author: Ursula Hegi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: 2009-04-06

Total Pages: 497

ISBN-13: 1847398715

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Friends since childhood, Annie, Jake and Mason had a special bond that transcended all other relationships. When Annie's parents die on her and Mason's wedding night, the three friends decide to raise Annie's infant sister, Opal, together. Entangled relationships ensue between them and Annie struggles to be both a sister and a mother to Opal. And then, on one fateful night, the friends step over a line that has shocking, unforeseen consequences. Beautifully written and brilliantly vivid, this truth-telling and engaging novel of friendship, love and death and -- ultimately -- of resilience and understanding, will resonate long after each character tells their story.