What makes a quality burger chain? A quality sushi chef? A quality golfer? What makes a quality life for each of us? THE IMPROVEMENT AXIOM is a simple, practical and powerfully universal framework that cuts through the noise of modern life. With brevity and precision, it clarifies the deeply personal and yet widely misunderstood concepts of success, excellence and quality. By drawing upon real-world insights from the worlds of sports, business and fine cuisine, the four key principles within this book can help to answer the most elusive of questions, no matter what your chosen craft.
His story changed the world: Jesus -- born to Mary and Joseph, worshiped as Savior by the Magi and the shepherds who had found him through divine guidance. We do not dispute the significance of their part in Jesus' story. We marvel at their obedience. We sing songs recounting their trust and their faith. But if we dare allow ourselves to peer just a bit deeper into the pages of scripture, extending just beyond the edges of the nativity story, we find the embodiment of patience and faithfulness -- Simeon and Anna, a prophet and a prophetess, who waited for the arrival of the Messiah with an unwavering expectation. It is a story that reminds us that a hope placed in God does not disappoint. In seven scenes, "The Promise Fulfilled" presents a simple drama, intertwining the familiar details of the Christmas story with the steadfast hope of Simeon and Anna. Drawing upon the gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke and using extended scripture readings, "The Promise Fulfilled" invites cast and audience members to marvel at the events surrounding Christ's birth, taking us into the expected while challenging us to look beyond the well-told storyline found within the walls of the nativity. Simple to learn and powerful to present, this short drama will allow youth groups and adult drama teams to develop a rich understanding of the events leading up to Christ's birth. Easily adaptable for Bible studies and children's lessons, "The Promise Fulfilled" offers a fresh perspective to a story that has been changing hearts for over 2,000 years, ushering us into the Advent season with a subtle and powerful proclamation: a transformed world requires an enduring faithfulness anchored in Christian love. Twelve copies of this play are needed for production and copy privileges are included. This is David Allison's first book with CSS Publishing. Pastor Allison received his master of ministry degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Currently Allison is head pastor at Havens Corners Church. He has also been bi-vocational and youth pastor at Havens Corners Church. Allison is married to Karla and they have one grown son. Some of David's interests are golf, chess, and landscaping.
Marcus Atkinson is a golf pro (not!). But his dad is convinced that Marcus has magic in his swing.
How to know when you're getting too goofy on the green You know you're a golfing fanatic when there is a suspicious looking dent next to the cat flap from the last time you "put the cat out." If this sounds all too familiar, read on to find out whether you're one iron short of a set or if you can still escape the fairway unscathed!
This book is exclusively concerned with wood modification, although many of these processes are generic and can be applied to other lignocellulosic materials. There have been many rapid developments in wood modification over the past decade and, in particular, there has been considerable progress made in the commercialisation of technologies. Topics covered include: <ul> <li>The use of timber in the 21st century <li>Modifying the properties of wood <li>Chemical modification of wood: Acetic Anhydride Modification and reaction with other chemicals <li>Thermal modification of wood <li>Surface modification <li>Impregnation modification <li>Commercialisation of wood modification <li>Environmental consideration and future developments </ul> <p> This is the first time that a book has covered all wood modification technologies in one text. Although the book covers the main research developments in wood modification, it also puts wood modification into context and additionally deals with aspects of commercialisation and environmental impact. <p> This book is very timely, because wood modification is undergoing huge developments at the present time, driven in part by environmental concerns regarding the use of wood treated with certain preservatives. There has been considerable commercial interest shown in wood modification over the past decade, with products based upon thermal modification, and furfurylation now being actively being marketed. The next few years will see the commercialisation of acetylation and impregnation modification. This is a new industry, but one that has enormous potential. <p> This book will prove useful to all those with an interest in wood modification including researchers, technologists and professionals working in wood science and timber engineering, wood preservation, and well as professionals in the paper and pulp industries, and those with an interest in the development of renewable materials.