In the aftermath of the Great Digital Meltdown, human culture has been politically and technologically reinvented. The world's population now stands divided between a fast growing Cognit implanted majority and a non-implanted minority - respectively, the privileged and the excluded. For the followers of The Name, this means struggling against the evil Allianz Federation and the great deception of its popular dream-based metaphysical teachings, the Path of Transcienz. In the American South, members of a worldwide, faith-based Resistance movement have attracted the wrath of the Allianz leadership. Meanwhile, another type of dreaming - among non-implanted children - threatens the future of the entire Federation. As repression against enemies of the Allianz Code increases, the worldwide Resistance is forced to strategically move underground. Great peril and amazing hope collide in this gripping novel about the global underground Church decades in the future, during a time when non-conformity with the world system means persecution and risking everything for the glory of The Name. Antonio Chiareli was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After moving to the United States in 1984, he received B.A.s in sociology and French from Macalester College, MN. He pursued graduate studies in sociology and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, IL. Focusing on cross-cultural studies, Dr. Chiareli has extensively traveled internationally for research and missions and has been teaching at the university level for almost 15 years. Dr. Chiareli is currently Professor of Sociology at Covenant College, GA, and lives on Lookout Mountain with his wife, Teresa, and their three daughters.
‘Riveting, profoundly moving’ Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven ‘Beautiful and devastating’ Red ‘Thought-provoking and profound’ Cosmopolitan Imagine a world where sleep could trap you, for days, for weeks, for months… She sleeps through sunrise. She sleeps through sunset. And yet, in those first few hours, the doctors can find nothing else wrong. She looks like an ordinary girl sleeping ordinary sleep. Karen Thompson Walker's second novel tells the mesmerising story of a town transformed by a mystery illness that locks people in perpetual sleep and triggers extraordinary, life-altering dreams. One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her room and falls asleep. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster. Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life if only we are awakened to them. Praise for The Age of Miracles: 'What a remarkable, beautifully wrought novel' Curtis Sittenfeld ‘A beautifully observed coming-of-age tale… nimble, delicate and emotionally sophisticated’ Observer ‘Hauntingly believable… an impressive and quietly terrifying book’ Sunday Times 'A stunner from the first page… I loved this novel and can't wait to see what this remarkable writer will do next' Justin Cronin
This multidisciplinary volume examines the cultural and social relevance of dream studies, looking at various ways that the field can contribute to the resolution of the modern West's most troubling social issues. The essays offer novel insights on education, sexual abuse, ecology, crime, race, gender, religion, politics, death, and cross-cultural conflict. The contributors argue that the study of dreams can provide valuable resources to regain a vibrant, trustworthy sense of moral and spiritual orientation in life.