10 Temptations of Church: Why Churches Decline and What to Do about It

10 Temptations of Church: Why Churches Decline and What to Do about It
$15.99
Church after church faces eventual death while helplessly lamenting its fate. What perversity is at work that causes those who sincerely love the church to become obstacles to growth? Like the apostle Paul, churches don't always do the things they want, but instead they do the very thing they hate. Why? While the theological answer is sin at work in us, the organizational answer may just be that members of dying churches unconsciously find a payoff in the church's decline. They are tempted by church.
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9781426745393
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2012-04-01
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17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team

17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team
$16.99

Building and maintaining a successful team is no simple task. Even people who have taken their teams to the highest level in their field have difficulty recreating what accounted for their successes. Is it a strong work ethic? Is it "chemistry"? What tools can you wrap your hands around to build?or rebuild?your team?

In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, leadership expert and New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell shares the vital principles of team building that are necessary for success in your business, family, church, or organization.

In his practical, down-to-earth style, Dr. Maxwell shows how:

  • The Law of High Morale inspired a 50-year-old man who couldn't even swim to train for the toughest triathlon in the world.
  • The Law of the Big Picture prompted a former U.S. president to travel across the country by bus, sleep in a basement, and do manual labor.
  • Playing by The Law of the Scoreboard enabled one web-based company to keep growing and make money while thousands of other Internet businesses failed.
  • Ignoring The Law of the Price Tag caused one of the world's largest retailers to close its doors after 128 years in business.
  • The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork will empower you?whether coach or player, teacher or student, CEO or non-profit vollunteer?with the "how-tos" and attitudes for building a successful team.

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    9781400204731
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    2013-04-01
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    Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice paperback

    Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice paperback
    $16.00
    Many of us assume that our creative process is beyond our ability to influence, and pay attention to it only when it isn't working properly. For the most part, we go about our daily tasks and everything just "works." Until it doesn't. Adding to this lack of understanding is the rapidly accelerating pace of work. Each day we are face escalating expectations and a continual squeeze to do more with less. We are asked to produce an ever-increasing amount of brilliance in an ever-shrinking amount of time. There is an unspoken (or spoken!) expectation that we'll be accessible 24/7, and as a result we frequently feel like we're "always on." Now business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to unleash your creative potential. Whether you're a creative by trade or an "accidental creative," this book will help you quickly and effectively integrate new ideas into your daily life.
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    9781591846246
    Publication Date: 
    2013-08-27
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    Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

    Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
    $27.95
    There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.

    Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. Lencioni's first non-fiction book provides leaders with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health--complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation's leading organizations. In this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way--one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780470941522
    Publication Date: 
    2012-03-13
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    Attract Families to Your Church and Keep Them Coming Back

    Attract Families to Your Church and Keep Them Coming Back
    $18.99
    Be the kind of church that families want to attend, where the church’s dynamic faith invites families who will then bring their friends. Vital churches need all kinds of families: two-parent families, blended families, boomerang families, adult children of divorce and their families or lack of families, single adults whose family is the church, grandparents parenting again, childless families, and children with three legal parents. With practical helps and suggestions for ministries, worship, small groups, and even facilities, author and family expert Linda Ranson Jacobs will help you create a welcoming place for everyone.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426774300
    Publication Date: 
    2014-05-20

    Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results

    Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results
    $14.99
    Thousands of congregations are in serious trouble. Children are not being taught the faith. Disciples are not being made. Lives are not being transformed. The poor are not being blessed. Communities are not being redeemed. These congregations know something is terribly wrong. And in most cases, the problems have little to do with the pastor's prayer life or whether the pastor takes weekly Sabbath time. In fact, in many of these churches members deeply respect their pastors as sincerely spiritual people of utmost personal faith and integrity. But they need more from their pastoral leaders.  

    They need leaders who define ministry in terms of fruitfulness as well as faithfulness. They need pastors and lay leaders who ask about the outcomes of any given ministry or program, not just its process. Mostly, they need a vision of ministry that focuses on changing people’s lives. Absent that vision, ministry will fail.  

    In Bearing Fruit, Lovett Weems and Tom Berlin provide readers with the tools they need to assess the fruit their ministry bears in the lives of their congregations, their communities, and the world.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426715907
    Publication Date: 
    2011-02-01

    Best Practices for Effective Boards

    Best Practices for Effective Boards
    $16.99
    A local pastor.A long-standing member of not-for-profit board.A former president of a university.These three authors share their wisdom and experiences from decades of board leadership. With specific areas of expertise, they bring 3 distinctive voices and perspectives to the 12 essential principles every leader needs to develop and maintain a healthy governing board.Best Practices for Effective Boards challenges your board to become the most effective, God-honoring body to ever serve your organization. Regardless of the size of your board or the organizations that you serve, you can benefit from the principles outlined in this book. The starting point is clear and the path is systematically laid before you, helping to transform your vision, strategy, and future. No matter where you start, you can develop your board into a strong and effective body working toward a future of growth and development.Reviews'Board development is one of the most important, if not difficult tasks for any organization or leader. Without an effective board an organization is unstable and its leader is unaccountable. These three gifted and respected leaders offer some of the best advice available for grounding and advancing a mission through the development of effective boards.'-Tom Nees, President of Lead to Serve'There is no question that any leader will benefit from the thoughtful Best Practice compilation. Looking back on my own career there are many places where I could have applied the principles and ended up more effective and productive. We all should be thankful for the diligence of the authoring team.'-Richard Schubert, Executive VP, Executive Coaching Network, Inc.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780834128347
    Publication Date: 
    2012-06-01
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    Best Practices of Growing Churches: Profiles and Conversations with Ministry Leaders

    Best Practices of Growing Churches: Profiles and Conversations with Ministry Leaders
    $14.99
    Learning from the best practices of successful companies is a necessary part of the corporate world. Businesses remain competitive by examining the methods that others have used to successfully improve their products or services.This type of learning is also important in ministry. The primary way that pastors and church leaders learn is from one another. They build and refine their own ministry styles and programs by applying the advice and experiences of others who've gone before them.Best Practices of Growing Churches is an interactive tool that allows pastors to learn from observation. It doesn't offer a list of guidelines or dos and don'ts. Instead, it tells the stories of several growing churches and shares what each did to encourage its growth. Author Tom Nees provides readers with transcribed accounts of his interviews with the pastors of these churches, preserving their voice and passion as they share their stories. This unique format allows pastors to read these successful practices and then choose how best to apply them to their own situations. By doing so, they not only discover what needs to be done, but also the best way to go about doing it.Regardless of your church's size or location, Best Practices of Growing Churches is a practical resource that will enrich your ministry. The stories it offers will encourage and inspire you to believe in your own calling as you develop the discipline of listening and learning from the experiences of others.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780834123045
    Publication Date: 
    2006-09-19
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    Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism

    Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism
    $18.99

    In this timely and provocative work, Walter Brueggemann applies his experience and skills in the area of biblical interpretation to the theme of evangelism. He argues for the importance of considering afresh how the Bible itself thinks and speaks about evangelism, how it enacts the dramatic claims of the "good news."

    Brueggemann here describes evangelism as a drama in three scenes, concerning (1) God's victory over the forces of chaos and death, (2) the announcement of that victory, and (3) its appropriation by those who hear the announcement. This same dramatic sequence, as he shows, is many time re-enacted in the Bible; the times and circumstances of the re-enactment may differ, but the essential message, as well as the structure of its presentation, remains the same.

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    9780687412334
    Publication Date: 
    1993-07-01
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    Bishop

    Bishop
    $18.00

    As a church leader, it’s easy to make the wrong move and find yourself in a bad position.

    “What to teach; How to teach; What to do,” were the three questions Wesley employed at his first conferences. In sixty previous books Will Willimon has worked the first two. This book is of the “What to do?” genre.

    Many believe the long decline of The United Methodist Church is a crisis of effective leadership. Willimon takes this problem on. As an improbable bishop, for the last eight years he has laid hands on heads, made ordinands promise to go where he sends them, overseen their ministries, and acted as if this were normal. Here is his account of what he has learned and – more important – what The United Methodist Church must do to have a future as a viable movement of the Holy Spirit.

    As a church leader, it's easy to make the wrong move and find yourself in a bad position.

    "What to teach; How to teach; What to do," were the three questions Wesley employed at his first conferences. In sixty previous books Will Willimon has worked the first two. This book is of the "What to do?" genre.

    Many believe the long decline of The United Methodist Church is a crisis of effective leadership. Willimon takes this problem on. As an improbable bishop, for the last eight years he has laid hands on heads, made ordinands promise to go where he sends them, overseen their ministries, and acted as if this were normal. Here is his account of what he has learned and - more important - what The United Methodist Church must do to have a future as a viable movement of the Holy Spirit.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426742293
    Publication Date: 
    2012-04-01
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    Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church

    Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church
    $16.99
    Church leaders struggle with issues related to financial giving every year, in every economic climate. Most do not want to preach about the topic, and some don’t even like to think about it. The topic of financial giving is, for many, a perennial headache and an energy drain. Many church leaders have not considered the single most important aspect of giving, however. Bounty explores the critical spiritual component of stewardship development, and in ten immediately do-able and transformative steps, clearly instructs pastors and laity how to lead congregations to grow in generosity. Laid out with sound rationale and the wisdom of real-church experience, Bounty equips leaders to shift their congregants’ hearts as well as their pocketbooks.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426765971
    Publication Date: 
    2013-08-20

    Change the World

    Change the World
    $18.00
    A challenge to take the church into the world instead of coaxing the world into the church.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426702976
    Publication Date: 
    2010-02-01

    Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge

    Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge
    $16.95
    Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge is a faith-based companion to the best-selling leadership book of all time--The Leadership Challenge.  Grounded in Jim and Barry’s time-tested research, Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge describes their Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership ® --Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart—and offers practical guidance and inspiring examples about how Christian leaders can have a powerful impact in their workplaces, communities, and congregations by bringing their faith into their leadership.

    In addition to Jim and Barry’s foundational wisdom, the book brings together five leaders who reflect on the Five Practices from a Christian perspective.  John C. Maxwell, David McAllister-Wilson, Patrick Lencioni, Nancy Ortberg, and Ken Blanchard share insights and stories culled from personal experience and the lives of other Christian leaders who have accomplished extraordinary things in churches, communities, classrooms, and corporations.  Their thoughtful reflections on the role of faith in leadership will propel leaders and aspiring leaders

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780787983376
    Publication Date: 
    2006-03-01

    Church Worth Getting Up for

    Church Worth Getting Up for
    $16.99

    They are playing soccer, paying bills, shopping, visiting museums, meeting friends for breakfast. People in your community have a lot of reasons to get up on Sunday morning. But they're not getting up for church.

    If you have the courage to join him, Chuck Gutenson will take you on a journey through contemporary America and into the heart of your congregation. You'll see your own assumptions about church and people in new light, and wrestle with issues lurking just beneath the surface in your church and in your life as a leader: What does humility look like? What is the meaning of 'radical' hospitality, (and why does it exist almost nowhere in the Church)? And what does it mean to be authentic, really?

    Along the way, this thoughtful and convicting book introduces ten church leaders who offer helpful insight from their own experience in churches from California to Georgia. This is not a book on church marketing. There are no tips here on how to dress up what you've already got, to make it more appealing. This is a book that will challenge, embolden, and equip you to make church worth getting up for, this Sunday and every Sunday.

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    9781426757754
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    2013-04-01
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    Developing a Giving Church

    Developing a Giving Church
    $19.99
    Today pastors and church leaders have an unparalleled opportunity to shape a biblical vision for Kingdom giving. Based on the foundational premise that stewardship is the management of time, talents, and treasure, authors Stan Toler and Elmer Towns set forth a vision for pastors and church leaders to shape the thinking in the pews. Developing a Giving Church provides guidance for shaping a giving environment, suggestions for developing committed steward leaders, and counsel on biblical strategies. This vital stewardship resource merges insightful principles with proven methods for creating a climate for giving through stewardship education.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780834130128
    Publication Date: 
    2013-07-01

    Elephant in the Church: What You Don't See Can Kill Your Ministry

    Elephant in the Church: What You Don't See Can Kill Your Ministry
    $16.99
    A church can be a dangerous place. The perils may be so obvious, they become “elephants” standing in the fellowship hall, lurking in the sanctuary, ready to spring into the pastor’s study, and tromp out of the choir room. The word “elephant” stands for an obvious truth or issue that is ignored or unnamed—a blind spot. Yet we allow elephants to occupy a large amount of space in the minds and hearts of those that tiptoe around them. Discussing common blind-spots of congregations and church leaders, the authors provide examples and illustrations for how to stop these "elephants" from ruining a ministry.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426753213
    Publication Date: 
    2013-06-01

    Faith-Sharing: Dynamic Christi

    Faith-Sharing: Dynamic Christi
    $15.00
    Use this proven strategy for outreach in conjunction with The Faith-Sharing Congregation by Swanson and Clement and Faith-Sharing New Testament with Psalms (Cokesbury).
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780881771589
    Publication Date: 
    2003-05-01
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    Five Dysfunctions of a Team

    Five Dysfunctions of a Team
    $24.95
    In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780787960759
    Publication Date: 
    2002-03-01

    Five Practices Cultivating Fruitfulness Five Weeks of Prayer & Practice

    Five Practices Cultivating Fruitfulness Five Weeks of Prayer & Practice
    $7.00
    Focus on the Five Practices: A Congregation-Wide Initiative
    Based on the book, Five Practices of a Fruitful Congregation, by Bishop Robert Schnase
    Imagine a congregation-wide focus on these practices that includes a five week sermon series, five weeks with every household reading daily devotions and sharing prayers on these practices, five weeks of leadership teams and small groups stimulated to take new initiatives, five weeks of conversation and commitment focused on the mission of the church. These are the practices that lead to excellence and fruitfulness, and they can change your church. Imagine!
    Cultivating Fruitfulness is a congregational resource that inspires participants through 5 weeks of prayer and devotion. Each day includes a Scripture, a short story or concept from book, a personal question and a prayer.
    Other resources for the "Focus on the Five Practices: Congregation-Wide Initiative":
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780687654338
    Publication Date: 
    2008-08-01
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    Five Practices of Fruitful Living

    Five Practices of Fruitful Living
    $16.99
    How do I cultivate a life that is purposeful, deep, and fruitful? What are the commitments, critical risks, and personal practices that open me to God's grace? How can I discover the spiritual life and the difference God intends for me to make in the world?

    Radical Hospitality. Passionate Worship. Intentional Faith Development. Risk-Taking Mission and Service. Extravagant Generosity.

    Five Practices of Fruitful Living provides an honest, practical, and winsome guide to the spiritual journey. By repeating and deepening certain fundamental practices, we cooperate with God in our spiritual growth. These five practices - to receive God's love, to love God in return, to grow in Christ, to serve others, and to give ourselves fully - as we attend to them and develop them, help us settle ourselves in God and become instruments of God's grace. Following Christ will change your heart; and through you, God will change the world.

    FROM THE INTRODUCTION - "Five Practices of Fruitful Living moves the discussion of Christian practice from the congregational level to the personal practices of discipleship. The fruitful, God-related life develops with intentional and repeated attention to five essential practices that are critical for our growth in Christ.  Radical Hospitality. Passionate Worship. Intentional Faith Development. Risk-Taking Mission and Service. Extravagant Generosity. These practices open our heart—to God, to others, to a life that matters, a life rich with meaning, relationship, and contribution. They help us flourish."

    Listen to Podcast at ChurchLeadership.com
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426708800
    Publication Date: 
    2010-08-01

    Follow You Follow Me

    Follow You Follow Me
    $15.99
    Learn some words of wisdom for the space of social networking.

    We don’t often associate social networking with good things. The conventional wisdom, as it were, is that Twitter, Facebook and the like are engaging and fun, maybe dangerous, and definitely a big, shallow waste of time.

    When it comes to faith, is there any value? Some point to horror stories of illicit behavior simplified by the connections it creates. Others point to its effectiveness as a tool for networking Christians with prayer chains and referrals. But what is really going on here? By now we can acknowledge that social networking is not going away.

    Maybe you have resisted all social networking, you consider tweeting a frivolous fad and your Facebook account is dusty. Maybe you post several times a day. In either case, do you understand the power and depth of this new medium―in community building, spiritual formation, and yes, even evangelism?
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426741968

    Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual Wisdom, Peace, and Joy

    Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual Wisdom, Peace, and Joy
    $18.99
    Leadership can be mentally, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting. The pace is relentless. The expectations are weighty. The challenges are daunting. But it is possible to live and lead a new way, with that deep sense of contentment that all leaders yearn for. It is possible to be fulfilled, even today.

    Fulfilled articulates a new approach for the exhausted leader. This Christian theology of leadership is based on three inner capacities, which every leader already possesses but which most of us simply ignore or disregard: stillness, awareness, and playfulness. Kirk Byron Jones examines these capacities and shows the reader how to draw upon them in daily life.

    Vibrant leadership taps into this wellspring of inner capacities, continually available to every leader. It is not the exclusive possession of the gifted, faithful few, but is a grace provided for all. The fulfilled leader lives in wisdom, peace and joy, and is successful in all the most important ways.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781426757938
    Publication Date: 
    2013-09-17
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    Fully Alive Preacher

    Fully Alive Preacher
    $20.00

    Mike Graves begins this book with the question "If preaching is intended to enliven the church, why is it killing so many ministers?" His answer? Because preaching has become divorced from the vitality and diversity of the preacher's daily life. He invites preachers to discover how preaching can be renewing rather than draining.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780664230203
    Publication Date: 
    2006-07-19
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    Going Social: A Practical Guide on Social Media for Church Leaders

    Going Social: A Practical Guide on Social Media for Church Leaders
    $16.99
    People around the world are talking.They are connecting each day-online-through socialmedia. Corporations around the world recognize the power of social media and are leveraging it to reach customers though platforms such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Why can’t churches do the same thing?Christianity has the greatest message to deliver; yet churches struggle to share it.Terrace Crawford helps uncover reasons ministry leaders may resist the use of social media and dispels some of the myths surrounding it. With short, accessible chapters, #Going Social: A Practical Guide for Church Leaders provides a step-by-step guide to getting started, crucial insights to help you develop an effective social media strategy, and gives real-life examples of ministries and leaders who are using media in powerful ways.Reimagine your social media presence and successfully connect with your church and your world. With the help of #Going Social, you can create an online community in no time!Reviews’Terrace Crawford gives you an easy-to-understand overview of the social media landscape and how you can leverage social media in your ministry. There are great tips and ideas, even for the most experienced social media aficionado. If you’re intrigued by social media, you’ll enjoy reading this book!’-Todd RhoadesDirector of New Media & Technology Initiatives, Leadership Network and 100X
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780834129245
    Publication Date: 
    2012-09-01

    Good to Great & the Social Sectors

    Good to Great & the Social Sectors
    $13.95
    Jim Collins Answers the Social Sector with a Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. 30-50% of those who bought Good to Great work in the Social Sector.

    • This monograph is a response to questions raised by readers in the social sector. It is not a new book.
    • Jim Collins wants to avoid any confusion about the monograph being a book by limiting its distribution to online retailers.
    • Based on interviews and workshops with over 100 social sector leaders.
    • The difference between successful organizations is not between the business and the social sector, the difference is between good organizations and great ones.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780977326402
    Publication Date: 
    2001-10-01

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