My Father's Paradise

A Son's Search for His Family's Past

My Father's Paradise

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for Autobiography: “A powerful story of the meaning of family and tradition inside a little-known culture” (San Francisco Chronicle). In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics, gifted storytellers, and humble peddlers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born. Yona’s son, Ariel, grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor, dedicating his career to preserving his people’s traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father’s strange immigrant heritage—until he had a son of his own. Ariel Sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, discovering his family’s place in the sweeping saga of Middle Eastern history. This powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world’s attention. “Graceful and resonant . . . A personal undertaking for a son who admits he never understood his unassuming, penny-pinching immigrant father.” —The New York Times Book Review “Sabar’s family history turns out to be more than the chronicle of one man’s efforts to retain something of his homeland in new surroundings. It’s also a moving story about the near-death of an ancient language and the tiny flicker of life that remains in it.” —The Washington Post Book World “One of the best recent memoirs I’ve read.” —The Huffington Post

My Father's House

Or, the Heaven of the Bible, a Book of Consolation

My Father's House


Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

The Paradise of the Holy Fathers: Volumes 1 & 2

The Paradise of the Holy Fathers: Volumes 1 & 2

During the winter of 1888 the Vicar of the Chaldean Patriarch at Môsul (Nineveh) was so kind as to shew me some of the Syriac manuscripts in his possession, and among them was a thick oblong quarto volume containing the Lives of the Holy Men by Palladius and St. Jerome. I was familiar with the Syriac MSS. of the Paradise of Palladius in the British Museum, but I had never before seen so lengthy a copy of the work. The manuscript was old, that is to say, it was written probably in the thirteenth or fourteenth century, and as it was impossible to buy the volume, it being Church property, I asked permission to have a copy of it made. Aeterna Press

Sacred Writings II

Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Mohammedan

Sacred Writings II

Translator name not noted above: E.H. Palmer. Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XLV is the second of two volumes to feature sacred writings from around the globe, those not merely essential to believers but enjoyed by secular readers as great works of literature. Included here: [ from Christian tradition, the New Testament books Corinthians I and II, plus a selection of hymns ancient and modern [ Buddhist writings that elucidate the life and teachings of the beloved 5th century BC prophet Siddhartha Gautama, aka the Buddha [ the Bhagavad-Gita, the "Song Celestial," one of the gems of Hindu philosophy [ selections from the Koran, touching on the most important of Mohammed's revelations

S'more Parables from Paradise

S'more Parables from Paradise

Hawai'i is more than tourist facilities on the sandy beaches of the blue Pacific Ocean. Behind the scenes there are real people, of diverse cultures with great historical sequences. S'more Parables from Paradise explores the people, the cultures, the flora and the fauna of the tropical islands. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Behind these parables of paradise are bits of spiritual sustenance that enable a person to grow spiritually. Join the author that through his eyes and ears you may experience a new Hawai'i. Fall in love with an Aloha that binds many together and makes Hawai'i a very special place and event.

The Words Of Christ

As revealed by the Loyal Midwayer Commission

The Words Of Christ

I promise that I will sometime return to your world. But the times of the reappearing of the Son of Man are known only in the councils of paradise; not even the angels of heaven know when this will occur. However, you should understand, that when this gospel of the kingdom shall have been proclaimed to all the world for the salvation of all peoples, and when the fullness of the age has come to pass, the Father will send you another dispensational bestowal, or else the Son of Man will return to adjudge the age. You should be wise regarding the ripening of an age; you should be alert to discern the signs of the times. When the world has passed through the long winter of material-mindedness and you discern the coming of the spiritual springtime of a new dispensation, should you know that the summertime of a new visitation draws near. And this will be a new beginning out of which the gospel of the kingdom will go to all the world and this salvation will spread to all peoples. You must cease to think about yourself and your own personal problems while you prepare to carry the Good News of the gospel to those who sit in darkness. No longer should you be concerned with what you may obtain from the kingdom but rather be more concerned about what you can give to those who live in spiritual poverty. Liberate spiritual captives, strengthen those who are fainthearted and fear-ridden, proclaim joy to the socially downtrodden, comfort the oppressed, minister to the sick, and confirm believers in this new faith of spiritual liberty and eternal salvation. It is your faith that saves your souls. Salvation is the gift of God to all who believe they are his children.

My Journey to Paradise

My Journey to Paradise