Abstract: Conflict arises from rigidity of perspective; religious conflicts fester when narrowness claims there is only one way to see or believe, imposing the limitations of human understanding on the nature of God. The novels and short stories of Graham Greene and Flannery O?Connor are replete with characters who seem wholly undeserving of a relationship with God and highly unlikely to merit salvation. Ironically, the most ?unreligious? characters repeated reveal the inscrutability of God, mirroring again and again that no human can know the mind of God nor is God limited to human perceptions of who is good or deserving of mercy. Sarah Miles, central figure of the love tryst in Graham Greene?s The End of the Affair, a particularly potent example of the ?loved sinner? is a character ?God hunts.? She reveals in many ways the God who loves profligately?a God who comes not for the righteous. In Flannery O?Connor?s ?Revelation? Mary Grace literally fulfills her name as she serves as the conduit of God for the pompous, self-righteous Ruby Turpin. In examining the characters of Greene and O?Connor, this paper demonstrates their potential to stretch perceptions of the limitless God.
Abstract: As is painfully evident from reports of school shootings, gang violence, and dsyfunctional family life, as well as statistics on adolescent suicide, many teens live troubled lives. They often face the same challenges adults face but are also involved in establishing independence and finding their identity. Building from the idea that stories are a powerful source meaning, particularly those that resonate with our own lives, this book suggests that the stories of other young adults offer a resource not yet fully tapped. The book shares the results of a survey of over 1400 teens and includes the insights of well-known YA authors, as well as books recommended by YA authors and experts in the field. This book is an ideal resource for any teacher, librarian, parent, or counselor wanting to reach young adults.
Abstract: This writing text is written for teachers by teachers, with each chapter offering practical ideas, strategies, and activities to help teachers coach successful writing.