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Light in Darkness

Light in Darkness

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This book is a concise and deliberate effort to communicate the Christian faith from the point of view of the Catholic Church by elaborating in detail such areas of the faith that many people have not been able to come to terms with in the living experience of their faith. The book seeks to answer such salient questions that pertain to theology, moral ethics, spirituality, doctrine and scripture. It also touches on the metaphysical nature of life after death. It is a good material for scholars, students of theology, catechetical instructions on the sacraments, the church and other doctrinal issues. There could be no other good companion during dull and relaxed moments than a copy of this book.

 
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Living in Righteousness

Living in Righteousness

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After one has received Christ as one’s personal Lord and Saviour, the next step is: Doing right in all places (Righteousness) without which, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Indeed Hebrews 12:14 SAYS: “Make every efforts to live at peace with all men and for holiness without which no one can see God”. Although, no matter how much one tries to live the life of righteousness, his righteousness is useless without Christ, for Christ is our righteousness. The Greek word dikaiosune is always translated as righteousness and is found 92 times in scripture whereas the English version of it is found 305 times in scripture and it means: Doing right in all places. Infact, it is only in Christ alone and by faith in His atonement can we live righteous lives (Rom 3:22-25; 4:1-22).

 
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Federalism in Historical Perspective

Federalism in Historical Perspective

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It is in recognition of the above challenge and as an attempt towards its resolution that the publication of Federalism in Historical Perspective by the Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN) represents a timely and appropriate intervention. The book examines the emergence, growth and development of federalism in Nigeria through time, and discusses its many dimensions, problems as well as implications on the development of the country and its peoples. While establishing the pre-colonial antecedence of federalism as a political arrangement in Nigeria, contributors to this important volume attempted to analyze changes, continuities and adjustments during the colonial period and since independence. Some of the challenges underpinning federalism in Nigeria, their roots, basis and manifestations, were also thoroughly examined. The thirteen essays in this volume were selected from papers presented at the 52nd Congress of the HSN hosted by the Department of History, University of Calabar.

 
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Laughter From the River

Laughter From the River

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Laughter from the River captures the circle of life - the joys of birth through the travails of living to the mystery and sense of loss each death evokes. Egbe brings in this collection, a kaleidoscopic vision, a felicitous and challenging style, a breath of freshness making Laughter from the River a welcome first; a delight to feast!

 
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Justice Punishment Training Correcton

Justice Punishment Training Correcton

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Correctional Practice in Nigerian prisons today displays evidence of lack of clarity in objective. This problem partly derives from the historical controversy regarding the purpose of prison. The public is unsure of what the Prisons are supposed to be doing and how they are to do it. The result of this misunderstanding is conflicting expectations and assessment of the Prisons. Some members of the public accuse the system of brutalising offenders while others alleged that it coddles them. Any meaningful effort at evolving a policy for reshaping the prisons for greater effectiveness must begin by clearly articulating their mission. As Drucker (1973) has rightly observed, the institutions of the public sector must first address questions of mission to assess what is their business and what should it be. Therefore the crucial question we must ask here, and of society in general is why do we lock up people and what do we expect the imprisonment process to achieve?

 
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Joshua a Adagba the Memoir of a Medical Genius

Joshua a Adagba the Memoir of a Medical Genius

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This groundbreaking biography ushers readers into the life of Senator, Chief (Dr) Joshua Atume Adagba (Atakpa U Tiv). Relying heavily upon Adagba’s notes, letters, and publications, this captivating book chronicles the life of a man who brought showmanship to medicine and politics, and touched the grey matter of obstetrics and gynaecology. No history of modern obstetrics and gynaecology in this part of the country is complete without the mentioning of Dr Adagba.

 
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Introduction to Special Education

Introduction to Special Education

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This book, Introduction to Special Education for Schools and Colleges, is designed to upgrade teachers and teachers in training by providing basic information on characteristics of various categories of exceptional children, provides also information on the causes of various impairments, helping teachers identify exceptional children within and outside their classroom, helping teachers to get use to various methods of teaching exceptional children in-inclusive settings, and also helping teachers develop positive attitudes towards exceptional persons. This book consists of eight chapters covering various aspects of special Education; Namely; Definition of special education, terms used in special Education, Philosophy of Education for exceptional persons, Provision of Education for exceptional children. Other areas covered by the book include Historical Developments of Special Education in Nigeria, Mental Retardation, the Gifted and Talented, Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Disorders, Hearing Impairments, Visual Impairments and Blindness, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, Physical and Health impairments, Inclusive Education and Attitudes and Beliefs about Disabilities.

 
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Inter-Group Relations in the Lower Benue Valley Since 1900: What Went Wrong?

Inter-Group Relations in the Lower Benue Valley Since 1900: What Went Wrong?

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This work examines why the Lower Benue Valley communities that were erstwhile at peace with themselves have now earned a reputation as an area noted for orgy of violence along the Settler-Indigene divide. In fact, the continuous struggle between groups of the zone has intensified with attendant consequences of group distrust, suspicion, antagonism and tension culminating in violent expressions. Thus, the Lower Benue area has been stigmatised as an area known for violence.

 
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He Calms the Storm

He Calms the Storm

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A series of poetry which comprises of christian ideals and ideas.

 
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Five Hundred Nigerian Poets

Five Hundred Nigerian Poets

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I decided to collect poems for this anthology because of two reasons. The first was the fact that poetry is often the most written of the three genres. This is understandably so: the emotive efficacy of poetry argues its especial patronage by writers particularly in a very emotionally stressful nation like Nigeria. Unfortunately, publishing outlets are very hard to come by. This was my second reason for embarking on this project. I felt it would provide a publishing opportunity for the many poems written in Nigeria.

 
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Fetters

Fetters

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Where immorality and amorality feed on greed and nepotism, those in a position to create favour for others live only by their own rules as they fleece the innocent to build themselves. Arinze has written a most compelling novel.

 
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Essentials of English Grammar

Essentials of English Grammar

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Essentials of English Grammar is prepared to meet the needs of students of English Language at the secondary school level and beyond. It is also a handy guide to all individuals to help avoid the common grammatical errors that mar our everyday communication efforts. The book will prove useful for WASSCE, UME, and the post- UME examinations now being conducted by various tertiary institutions. It would also serve as a lesson guide to teachers of English Language. At the end of each chapter are questions carefully designed to test the understanding of the reader. I would recommend this book to all who desire to perfect their command of the English Language.

 
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Don't Worry

Don't Worry

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There are varying styles to poetry and varied reasons why we write. For some people, it is simply a way to flaunt skills to carry out some specific purpose that lies within them at that point. Others – and I think I fall here – simply express that which weighs on the mind. Still there is the need to follow that proclamation made by Horace many years ago: literature must be dulce et utile (sweet and useful). Let it entertain (in sweetness) and instruct (being functional; useful). For many people, each day brings more reasons to frown than smile. Worry becomes a shadow that trails most of our lives limiting us in ways we cannot grasp. It becomes a weight that pulls us down. To move forward then, we need to let go of this worry and embrace such other things as would make the heaviness of life light. What are those things that we ought to do to rid ourselves of this worry? What are the things that would make us move to greater heights? For some of us, the answer stares us in the face and we refuse to accept them. For others, they have no idea and would need some instruction to grasp these seeming simple things. In the two cases there is a need to reemphasise how to release this worry and pick up vi greater habits that would be more beneficial for growth. We need a rethink and re-evaluation of our values. This is where the heart of Chieshe’s collection, Don’t Worry comes in. We are made to note, that yes, there are many things that can make us worry from failed aspirations to general failures.

 
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Be the Best

Be the Best

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What’s your value? How much of your potential have you put to use? At the end of our lives – no matter how long or short we discover we could have done far more, if we had only tried. If we had only believed. So, what stops us? Fear? Failure? Mistakes of yesterday? Lack of belief? What stops you? You got it right. You. Only you can stop you. Each day presents us with the opportunity to start over and do better than we did yesterday. We have the chance to be the best at every given point, to wear smiles that would colour our lives and that of people around us, sparkling a radiance that would beat the glory of the sun. We can let go of the past, forgive the evils passed unto us in blood from our ancestors and be far stronger to challenge the struggles of today – for yesterday lays a chain on us in unforgiveness that we must let go of to move forward. We can trust Aôndo (God) – we must trust Aôndo – to love us always and find a sense of fulfillment in determination. His love remains for all of us who key into it. We can do so much more: plan, strategize, live better and quite simply:

 
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An Introspective Contemplation on the Priestly Ideals

An Introspective Contemplation on the Priestly Ideals

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In a world where the priesthood is facing dire challenges like sexual abuse of children, spiritual aridity, misappropriation of funds and gross materialism among others, there is a need for priests who are well experienced in ministry and have developed themselves not only spiritually but intellectually and psychologically to help their fellow priests live above the challenges of the 21st century. One of those refined priests in Northern Nigeria is Reverend Father Professor Moses Orhungur, a scholar and legend. Fr Moses Orhungur has lived up to this task of helping in guiding and instructing his fellow priests in line with the challenges of the time. This is what Father has done in 2008 at the annual retreat in the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo. In this eight chapter book, Father Orhungur has reflected on the essence of a retreat and the attitude of priests during retreats; the true ideals of the priesthood, the challenges of the Nigerian priests in the 21st century; the collective responsibility of all priests; Mary, our mother and model; a lesson on patience; and the importance of reconciliation. Each of these chapters has a unique message for a contemporary priest and the lay faithful. They offer an outstanding expose’ on the failure and strength of the priesthood. This revolutionary and scholarly message from Father do not only address the problems within the priesthood

 
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