Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son DJ says his two dads aren’t “allowed” to get married, but that he’d like to come to the reception and eat cake. Throw into the mix Dan’s straight siblings, whose varied choices form a microcosm of how Americans are approaching marriage these days, and you get a rollicking family memoir that will have everyone—gay or straight, right or left, single or married—howling with laughter and rethinking their notions of marriage and all it entails.
Explore the opportunity to have a brand new life with The Commitment. This commitment will be the most important one you ever make. Imagine living day to day knowing that you cannot fail, be disapointed, or ruin the ultimate divine plan that God has for your life. You will receive a healing from the past, understanding of your present, and blessings for your future all by working on one relationship. You and God. Don't wait to take this important step to your new future and eternal life. Inside, Johanna Andrews shares personal testimony, experience, and relevant scripture all to help you understand what kind of commitment you can have. The Commitment is for anyone who doesn't know God, or knows that he exists but wants to solidify that relationship permanently.
Why are some companies able to generate committed, long-term customers while others struggle to stay afloat? Why do the employees of some organizations fully dedicate themselves while others punch the clock without enthusiasm? By studying the ins and outs of companies that enjoy extraordinary loyalty from customers and employees, John Jantsch reveals the systematic path to discovering and generating genuine commitment. Jantsch's approach is built on three foundational planks, which he calls the clarity path, the culture patron, and the customer promise. He draws on his own experiences and shares true stories from businesses like Threadless, Evernote, and Warby Parker. His strategies include these: Build your company around a purpose. People commit to companies and stories that have a simple, straightforward purpose. Understand that culture equals brand. Build your business as a brand that employees and customers will support. Lead by telling great stories. You can't attract the right people or get them to commit without telling a story about why you do what you do. Treat your staff as your customer. A healthy customer community is the natural result of a healthy internal culture. Serve customers you respect. It's hard to have an authentic relationship with people you don't know, like, or trust. As Jantsch says, "Have you ever encountered a business where everything felt effortless? The experience was perfect, and the products, people, and brand worked together gracefully. You made an odd request; it was greeted with a smile. You went to try a new feature; it was right where it should be. You walked in, sat down, and felt right at home. . . . Businesses that run so smoothly as to seem self-managed aren't normal. In fact, they are terribly counterintuitive, but terribly simple as it turns out." As a follow-up to The Referral Engine, this is about more than just establishing leads- it's about building a fully alive business that attracts customers for life.
In heaven, a glorious marriage awaits! Expectations mount. Excitement is everywhere. God has not spared even the tiniest of details. Everything is complete. As the church eagerly anticipates the return of her Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, thoughts of how to prepare for the royal celebration confront believers. What does one do to be ready for the eminent arrival of the King of kings? Love Is the Commitment: Protocol Guidelines for God’s Royal Wedding contains specific keys for the bride-elect to get ready and to enrich her walk with the Holy Spirit. It includes time-tested testimonies to help Christians grow in faith and love in their personal relationships with God, family members, the church and others. The love the church has for Jesus Christ is the bond of unity that edifies His body on earth. If believers truly love Him, they will submit to His commandments and lay down their life for one another. Relationships can be the fulfillment of joy or, quite the contrary, a source of grave disappointment. By His example and wisdom, God teaches us how to build lasting relationships based on genuine love. This takes the willingness and actions of each person. As believers apply God’s kingdom principles in their daily interactions, they will witness their heavenly Father’s intervention. Love Is the Commitment encourages others to live by faith in the Son of God as they prepare for their future role alongside the King of kings. For nearly thirty years, Kathe Rumsey and Roberta Wong have continued to meet for Bible study and intercessory prayer. They wish to share the fruit of this time with the body of Christ. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready . --Revelation 19:7
A 4-Step Plan that Guides You Toward Your Goals and Holds You Accountable for Achieving Them Have you ever gotten really excited about a goal that you wanted to achieve and then had a hard time following through with it? Do you frequently say that you're going to do something and then either forget about it or get too busy and end up not doing it? If so, The Commitment Book can help! In it, we introduce you to our Commitment Training Program, which is a simple system that helps you come up with a realistic commitment and then holds you accountable for keeping it. We focus on keeping the commitment rather than the goal itself. When you can keep your word, your self esteem will immediately rise! Our system gives you the tools for a lifetime of following through on what you say you will do! It is broken into the following four steps: 1. Find your commitment 2. Commit to your commitment 3. Keep your commitment 4. Celebrate, re-evaluate, and recommit to your commitment It is written to be a workbook and gives you the opportunity to really explore what you want to commit to in life. It is great for individuals to use to follow their goals. It's also a great tool for families, teachers, counselors, and corporations. An excerpt from the introduction: Do you want to change anything about your life? Maybe you've already tried but ran out of steam (or got distracted, lost interest, or decided you didn't have time) before you accomplished your goal. If so, you're not alone! Most people already know what they want and how to get it. So why isn't everyone accomplishing their goals and living their dreams? Commitment. If you can commit to change, this book can help.
Restoring and maintaining peace within war-torn societies is a relatively new task for the United Nations. This book examines the options for the UN in the use of force to secure peace, and the extent to which peacekeeping can be effectively extended to coerce warring factions. A combination of internationally distinguished academics and new scholars at the forefront of research are represented, making an important contribution to the debate about the role of international military operations in the maintenance of international peace and security.
This is a study of Austen Chamberlain's term of office as Stanley Baldwin's Foreign Secretary from 1924-29. It is argued that Chamberlain's priority was a two-stage policy in Western Europe, which aimed at pacifying both France and Germany, as well as encouraging the League of Nations.
Journalism graduate student Kate McDermott is a good girl who has done everything she can to please her very powerful and domineering father -- a Justice on New York's Supreme Court with hopes for political office. When she decides to write an article about BDSM in popular culture, she tells herself it's just research and nothing personal for she can't afford to become the target of gossip or scandal. She hopes that the carefully worded agreement she writes up will keep her relationship with the Dominant she will interview strictly professional. Then 'Master D' - Drake Morgan - walks into the interview and Kate is mortified for not only is he gorgeous, he's the son of her father's best and oldest friend... Drake Morgan, MD, bass player, philanthropist - Dominant. Known as Master 'D' in Manhattan's BDSM Community, Drake must keep the kinky side of his life secret to protect his very successful career as a neurosurgeon. After a heartbreaking divorce, Drake doesn't do girlfriends, he doesn't do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn't do breakfast in bed the morning after. He keeps everything in his well-ordered life separate and under his firm control. Then Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up. Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, and no longer under control for Drake is smitten and things are going to get messy... Now, in the weeks before they leave for Africa, Drake takes Kate more deeply into the D/s lifestyle. In the process, the walls between them continue to crumble as they explore each other physically and emotionally and they fall even more deeply in love. But before they can even leave Manhattan, the past returns unexpectedly to challenge their blossoming relationship. Is Kate and Drake's commitment to each other strong enough to stand the test? By the USA Today Bestselling Romance author S. E. Lund, The Commitment is the much-anticipated sequel to The Agreement, Book 1 of the Unrestrained Series. 18+ only for mature content.
The Commitment Phobe uncovers the truth behind men who can't commit and the women who attract them. With humor and candor, this in-depth book finally explains how to spot a Commitment Phobe, what drives him to run away or cheat and how to finally break the cycle of a push/pull relationship and create lasting love. You will recognize yourself throughout the pages, changing the relationship game once and for all.
An independent central bank can manage its balance sheet and its capital so as to commit itself to a depreciation of its currency and an exchange rate peg. This way, the central bank can implement the optimal escape from a liquidity trap, which involves a commitment to higher future inflation. This commitment mechanism works even though, realistically, the central bank cannot commit itself to a particular future money supply. It supports the feasibility of Svensson''s Foolproof Way to escape from a liquidity trap.
This technical note elaborates the objectives of commitment controls. The focus on commitment controls is justified on the grounds of their important role in developing an overall expenditure control framework, as well as controlling the accumulation of payment arrears. The note describes the preconditions for successful implementation of commitment controls. It elaborates the main institutional forms and operational arrangements of commitment controls. Implications for the IMF’s operational work and technical assistance are also discussed.
"This book provide a comprehensive view of current developments in agent organizations as a paradigm for both the modeling of human organizations, and for designing effective artificial organizations"--Provided by publisher.
Many voices are calling for the church to offer words of support and counsel to individuals and families who are working to maintain a stable home life and marriage. The 16 chapters of this book are intended to help pastors and lay leaders address these issues and to lead people toward a more mature understanding of the Christian faith with respect to love, marriage and family.This book will be useful to pastors who wish to present a sermon series on home and family. It will also be a helpful resource for couples and adult classes and study groups. Each chapter includes a prayer and questions for discussion and contemplation.