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     Miss America’s beauty woes
In 2008, Kirsten Haglund put on the sash and bore the crown that made her that year’s Miss America. She had won the United States’ national competition for beauty
Miss America’s beauty woes
     What is love?
"What is love?", according to Google, has been among the top three most-searched phrases for the past four consecutive years. Love, the most profound emotion known to human beings, is most often equated with romantic relationships.
What is love?
     Cannibal warlord turns preacher
Joshua Blahyi was deemed the “most evil man in the world” by the UK’s Daily Mail but today he shares his incredible redemption story
Cannibal warlord turns preacher
     Seasons of the soul
I'm not a very good gardener. I have a limited ability to identify anything in the garden and I don't really know how to cater to a specific plant's needs beyond watering, pruning and occasional feeding.
Seasons of the soul
     Experiencing the real deal
‘My faith is strengthened by a wealth of evidence’ Caitlin Chodakowsky shares
Experiencing the real deal
     Wholeness at last
Drug abuse, depression, attempted suicide – some of the hallmarks of a life that had hit rock bottom. Lauren Mobsby explains how her life completely turned around
Wholeness at last
     It is all for a reason
He may be serving a 25-year prison sentence but Duncan Thompson says he would not change a thing in his life
It is all for a reason
          Read the manual!
I have recently started a new job (this one!) and two weeks after I started the person I'm replacing left. Fortunately for me, she left me a giant yellow folder full of all the information I need to do her job – the people to contact, the websites to look at and the writing styles and tips that will be useful.
Read the manual!
     War is like time-lapse photography
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor who lived in Germany through the Second World War and was executed by the Nazis for his involvement in a plot to kill Hitler.
War is like time-lapse photography
     Beauty beyond Barbie
Former international Ford fashion model Tonya Ruiz shares how an inner makeover revealed her true beauty
Beauty beyond Barbie
     Gay-rights activist rediscovers love
I awoke to the fact that I was attracted exclusively to men as a young teenager.
Gay-rights activist rediscovers love
     Alfred Nobel’s legacy
Recently I read the story of Alfred Nobel. He was a famous Swedish industrialist, who had made millions from dynamite. One morning, as Nobel read the morning papers, he discovered his obituary. (The editor of the newspaper had mistakenly thought he had died.)
Alfred Nobel’s legacy
     “If God is real, how are you still in jail?”
Kenneth Bae shares his experience in a North Korean labor camp, and the joy and strength that kept him alive
“If God is real, how are you still in jail?”
     What type of father is God?
Have you heard people say 'I like the Jesus of the New Testament (NT) but I don't like the angry God of the Old Testament (OT)?'
What type of father is God?
     Golden Globe winner: ‘Don’t serve fame and money’
Between Secret Service director Lynne Jacobs in action thrillers Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, Doctor Waller in superhero film The Green Lantern, and Michelle Obama on The Simpsons, actress Angella Bassett has had her fair share of strong female roles.
Golden Globe winner: ‘Don’t serve fame and money’
     Another kind of Arab Spring
Nejib Boumenjel is from Tunisia, the country that ousted its President in January 2011 and inspired the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings across the Middle East. But Nejib has experienced a different kind of revolution
Another kind of Arab Spring
     Bad tattoos and other mistakes
A Chinese firm has developed a new type of tattoo ink that fades away after a year, or can be taken off sooner with a removal solution, according to a recent article on news.com.au. What a great idea!
Bad tattoos and other mistakes
     Ex-bikie’s inspiring story
In and out of 42 state institutions including boys’ homes, mental institutions and prisons, Kevin Mudford knew life could be different after his brother became a changed man
Ex-bikie’s inspiring story
          You’re a bit of a fixer upper
I spent the morning filling bags with clothing other people could wear. It felt great to hand bags to Goodwill and drive home knowing my closet would be a little easier to navigate in the days ahead.
You’re a bit of a fixer upper
     Having a cage mentality
A zoologist by the name of Gordon R. Stephenson presented a research paper to the University of Wisconsin titled, "Cultural acquisition of a specific learned response among rhesus monkeys", describing an experiment where he put a group of monkeys in a large cage. What he found was quite interesting.
Having a cage mentality
     Robber turns lawyer
When Shon Hopwood’s high-school basketball career faded and his college and military prospects fell through, his lack of purpose left him susceptible to addiction and depression
Robber turns lawyer
          Surprised by joy
It is not every day that someone like me is invited to a black-tie dinner where the ticket price is bigger than some people's weekly salary.
Surprised by joy
     Vacuuming the pain away
Hannah Denham’s eyes are bright and she smiles bravely as she tells her story
Vacuuming the pain away
     Born and died in God’s garden
Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise, said revolutionary botanist George Washington Carver
Born and died in God’s garden
     God has heard your cry
I am here to let you know That God has heard your cry Your tears, your pain, your broken heart Has reached beyond the sky
     My sister is happy now
On the last day of her life, Sally was celebrating. She had just finished her Senior year and was in the car with her best friend and their boyfriends when the four died in a head-on collision.
My sister is happy now
     New mission after misplaced anger
Former gardener, newsagent manager and milk delivery man John Goodway was shocked when he realized he had spent seven years being angry with the very Being he claimed not to believe in.
New mission after misplaced anger
     Gamer hits reset button
Overstressed and overworked, Beau Gilmore tried to “hide from the world” through video games but found they left him empty
Gamer hits reset button
     Refined as gold
Robberies and crippling debt plunged Susan into a personal crisis
Refined as gold
     Idolizing the Internet
The world at my fingertips! How did anyone ever do without the internet?
Idolizing the Internet
     Enough for me ... enough for you!
For a few years now my wife Karen has selected a word to meditate upon and use as a theme for her life throughout the year to come. It is an enriching experience because it serves to focus her thoughts, prayers and actions at a personal level and in her relationships with others, including me!
Enough for me ... enough for you!
     Pluggedin app
Have you ever been to a movie and had to walk out (or wished you had not brought your kids) because it was much more violent, crass, sexually explicit or full of swearing than you had anticipated?
Pluggedin app
     Check mate - Queen of Katwe
Chess is not just a game ...
Check mate - Queen of Katwe
     Keeping faith in the afterlife
Author Wayne Dye, in his book Your Sacred Self, shared a thought-provoking parable about two babies talking about an afterlife beyond their mother's womb.
Keeping faith in the afterlife
     Road
Wandering down the road of life, wondering where I went so wrong. I can’t help but reflect on the past, question if You were there all along.
     From the Gospel of Mark
Mark 15:25-41
From the Gospel of Mark
     Rebirth of a golfing pro
Golfing icon Bernhard Langer’s love of the sport developed from age eight when he worked as a caddy to earn some money
Rebirth of a golfing pro
     Pro Wrestler 'My faith is no act'
Professional wrestler Shawn Michaels has always been an entertainer.
Pro Wrestler 'My faith is no act'

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