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Composed more than two thousand years ago, the Dao de jing (Tao Te Ching) set forth an alternative vision of reality in a world torn apart by violence and betrayal. Second only to the Bible, this timeless classic is one of the world's most revered inspirational books. Daoism offers a comprehensive view of experience grounded in a full understanding of the wonders hidden in the ordinary. Now in this luminous new translation, Chinese scholars Ames and Hall bring the timeless wisdom of the Dao de jing into our contemporary world.
Jesus is a fresh and inspirational reimagining of a young man's transformational journey from carpenter's son to revolutionary leader to the man whom many believe to be the savior of the world. Very little is known or recorded about Jesus in his formative years. In the Gospel stories, we witness the birth of Jesus and then see him as a young boy of twelve intensely questioning the rabbis in the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus does not reappear until age thirty, when he emerges as the potent and stirring rebel baptized by John at the River Jordan. What happens to Jesus in those lost years? How did Jesus the young boy become Christ the Savior? With his characteristic ability for imparting profound spiritual insights through the power of storytelling, Chopra's Jesus will capture the life of Jesus as never before.
Rather than accepting God's invitation to enter into his throne room, many Christians hesitate, uncertain and ashamed, just outside the door. There they stand alone, foolishly ignoring the glory Christ offers as he beckons them to his table, to his house. They accept Jesus as their redeemer but can't seem to pass beyond the threshold of their faith, thereby missing out on the joy that awaits them in the presence of God.In Abide in Christ, Pastor Andrew Murray encourages listeners to live closer to God, in communion and fellowship with him. These thirty-one heart-searching readings will help listeners accept God's invitation to come closer to him and live in his blessings and glory.
When Eve's biological sister goes missing, the nun heads to Las Vegas to track her down before it's too late.Years ago Eve heard God's call to become a nun, but her recent stint moonlighting at her father's detective agency has her wrestling with her vocation. She's working with him on a case involving a miner in New Mexico when alarming news develops: her sister Dorisanne is missing. The authorities won't act without evidence of a crime, but Eve knows something suspicious-and possibly deadly-is afoot. Challenged to put her newly found gift as a private investigator to the test, Sister Eve heads to Las Vegas to uncover clues about her sister's whereabouts.What nefarious scheme has Dorisanne become involved in? Is her life in danger? And what is Dorisanne's estranged husband hiding? Sister Eve will discover that there's always more going on in Sin City than meets the eye.
31 Stories of Special Moments, Miracles, and Celebrating Life Special Moments Miracles Celebrating Life
39 Stories about Answered Prayers, the Power of Love, Family, and Making a Difference Answered Prayers The Power of Love Family Making a Difference
31 Stories about God's Healing Power, Divine Intervention, and Comfort from Heaven God's Healing Power Divine Intervention Comfort from Heaven
A direct, pithy, and accessible guide to the entire path of Tibetan Buddhism by one of the most beloved and respected contemporary lamasAccessible, playful, and genuine, this concise guide shows how we can incorporate our own daily experiences into our spiritual path and awaken to how things truly are. By embracing sadness, love, and openness in our lives, we develop an altruistic attitude to help all beings who suffer and to reduce our own greed and aggression. This easy-to-read manual by one of the most widely loved and respected Tibetan Buddhist teachers of our time teaches us how to honestly explore and deal with our own hang-ups and neuroses. Through knowing our own true nature as aware and compassionate, we can progress, step-by-step, on the Buddhist path and use Rinpoche's pithy wisdom along the way as a touchstone.Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's fresh and engaged approach to timeless Buddhist wisdom enables us to deeply connect with authentic teachings in a modern context. This work is a delight and inspiration to read, outlining the major teachings and practices of Buddhism in a succinct way.
Best-selling author, pastor, futurist, and cultural thought leader believes that to experience and establish peace, we must first confront the battles that rage within.McManus shows that encountering peace does not occur by accident, but rather by artful intention. Warrior is a call to decisiveness, self-examination, and the pursuit of spiritual wholeness. Through the ancient biblical practices of humility, focus, ownership, clarity, strength, and vulnerability, he guides readers to a deeper understanding of their inner workings and provides the guidance they need to establish peace and tranquility in their homes, neighborhoods, communities, and even the world! In the style of a battle-wizened teacher, McManus delivers wisdom, instills passion, and provides the sacred movements needed to become the warrior you were meant to be.
The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for readers of Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series.Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Now, as Daniel's wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she's safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear--until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar's palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili's tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?Ultimately, Yahweh's sovereign hand guides Jerusalem's captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.
Primarily, How Long, O Lord? is a book of preventative medicine. One of the major causes of devastating grief and confusion among Christians is that our expectations are false. We do not give the subject of evil and suffering the thought it deserves until we ourselves are confronted with tragedy. If by that point our beliefs-not well thought out but deeply ingrained-are largely out of step with the God who has disclosed himself in the Bible and supremely in Jesus, then the pain from the personal tragedy may be multiplied many times over as we begin to question the very foundations of our faith.This clear and accessible treatment of key biblical themes related to human suffering and evil is written by one of the most respected evangelical biblical scholars alive today. Carson brings together a close, careful exposition of key biblical passages with helpful pastoral applications.
Experience the wonder of spirit communication firsthand-even if you don't think you were born a medium. Sharon Farber shares her amazing story of becoming a medium through study, not birthright, and she reveals how you can become one, too.This easy-to-use, empowering book provides everything needed to lay your foundation for connecting with loved ones in spirit. Build your skills through practical techniques and hands-on exercises. Explore the different types of mediumship, what it is and isn't, and its roots in Spiritualism. Learn how to gather information from those you connect with in spirit and how to overcome common fears and challenges. Featuring insights from Q&A sessions with various mediums, along with many ways to enhance your abilities-including setting intention, raising your vibration, trance work, meditation, and grounding-Choosing to Be a Medium demonstrates that anyone can connect with loved ones on the other side
When her father's debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson's family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah's family secrets-and the pain of her past-come to a head. They could destroy everything she's fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman's past.
For readers who love The Last Jihad by Joel C. RosenbergThe stage is set for war. Highly orchestrated plans are put into motion to inflict terror across the country-plans to use America's trucking and shipping infrastructure to destroy the fabric of our society while involving Russia to neutralize America's nuclear threat. Israel is being attacked even as moderate Arab leaders are assassinated to create a fundamentalist Middle East.If the plan succeeds, America would be left without refinery capacity, electricity, and water purification in a single day.Who will lead a bitterly divided country and just what role-if any-does the United States play in history's last days?Extrapolating from historical research and forecasting into the future, those questions are answered as the president discovers what his nation faces. It doesn't seem there are any good options and that deliverance is impossible. But we live in a world that is far beyond what we can see.In this conclusion to the Curtain Series, the spiritual battle lines are drawn between the forces of the light and the darkness. As the immediacy and dimensions of the threat become known in the physical world, there seem to be no good options and deliverance seems impossible, but President Strong calls America to stand before God before it faces its enemies.
Simple and accessible wisdom from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on how to use compassionate anger for social transformationIn the real world, exploitation exists. In the real world, there is a huge and unjust gap between rich and poor. The question, from a Buddhist perspective, is how should we deal with inequality and social injustice? His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaches that it is wrong for a spiritual person to remain indifferent; we must struggle to solve these problems. These problems are brought to our consciousness because they anger us, and this little book teaches us how to deal with that anger.There are two types of anger. One type arises out of compassion and is useful and must be encouraged. The other type arises out of jealousy and envy and results in hatred, ill will, and harm. Here you will learn the Buddhist path to compassionate anger-a motivating force that can transform the negative into the positive and change the world.
Building on years of research, writing, and cross-cultural ministry, renowned author and theologian David Wells calls our attention to that which defines God's greatness and gives shape to the Christian life: the holy-love of God.In God in the Whirlwind, Wells explores the depths of the paradox that God is both holy and loving, showing how his holy-love provides the foundation for our understanding of the cross, sanctification, the nature of worship, and our life of service in the world. What's more, a renewed vision of God's character is the cure for evangelicalism's shallow theology, with its weightless God and sentimental gospel.Written by one of evangelicalism's most insightful minds, this book will help you stand firm in your faith despite the changing winds and raging storms of the modern world.
King Solomon had all the fame and fortune that any man could want. He was the world's wisest and wealthiest king. And yet, tragically, he threw it all away for the love of money, the pleasures of sex, and the powers of an earthly kingdom.In studying the life of Solomon, we see both the true greatness and the tragic failure of our own humanity-from godly devotion to self-serving excess. Even in the midst of our best intentions, we are all prone to succumb to the same temptations of money, sex, and power. And if Solomon's incredible wisdom could not prevent him from such tragic mistakes, then how are we to triumph over the same temptations?Philip Graham Ryken shows us how, by the grace of God, to prevent those downfalls and to seek God's glory amid earthly temptations through this rich, Christ-centered study of the life of Solomon.
"e;All Jews must die."e; Robert Bowers screamed these words as he walked into a Temple and murdered eleven people.Where does this hate come from? Why is it rising again in America? What do we need to do to stop it?Prepare to be stunned, shocked, and illuminated as Rabbi Evan Moffic answers these questions. He reveals why the world's oldest hatred-once thought to be over after the Holocaust-keeps coming back to life. This book gives the clearest and most concise explanation of where antisemitism comes from, why it continues, and how to stop its resurgence today.Interwoven is Moffic's personal story as a rabbi who led his community in responding to antisemitic attacks and working with Christian leaders to stand up to them. He answers the age-old charge that Jews killed Jesus and that Jews still dominate the media and Hollywood. In the end, you will discover the path to moving beyond old ways of thinking. You will enter into the redemptive story of overcoming the extremism and hatred spreading across our world today.
Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, has remarked that "e;after nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."e; This new collection of Rumi stories fills that need.This fresh prose translation of 105 short teaching stories by Rumi, which form the core of the six-volume Masnavi, explores the hidden spiritual aspects of everyday experience. Rumi transforms the seemingly mundane events of daily life into profound Sufi teaching moments. These prose gems open the mystical portal to the world of the ancient mystic.These stories include well-known and popular tales such as "e;Angel of Death,"e; "e;The Sufi and His Cheating Wife,"e; "e;Moses and the Shepherd,"e; "e;The Chickpeas,"e; and "e;Chinese and Greek Painters"e; as well as the less commonly quoted parables: "e;The Basket Weaver,"e; "e;Mud Eaters,"e; and "e;A Sackful of Pebbles."e;Rumi's voice alternates between playful and authoritative, whether he is telling stories of ordinary lives or inviting the discerning reader to higher levels of introspection and attainment of transcendent values. Mafi's translations delicately reflect the nuances of Rumi's poetry while retaining the positive tone of all of Rumi's writings, as well as the sense of suspense and drama that mark the essence of the Masnavi.
"e;Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnel house. We could not, so help us God, do otherwise."e;Daniel Berrigan was a Jesuit priest, poet, and peacemaker whose words and actions over fifty years have offered a powerful witness to the God of Life. Father Berrigan, along with his brother Philip, was one of the Catonsville Nine, arrested and imprisoned in 1968 for destroying draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War. But this was only one step along a journey of faith.Through these selections from his many books, journals, poems, and homilies, a chronicle of Berrigan's life and work unfolds, from the early steps in his vocation to his decision to cross the line and go to prison, his ongoing witness for peace, and his extraordinary commentaries on scripture and the life of radical discipleship.
One of the most compelling and authoritative rebuttals of evolution today, Evolution Impossible shows listeners how fossils are evidence of extinction, not evolution;why mutations never produce new genetic information;how the lack of transitional fossils undermines secular timelines; andwhy living cells and new classes of organisms don't form by chance.Using recent discoveries in genetics, biochemistry, geology, radiometric dating, and other scientific disciplines, Dr. Ashton explains chapter by chapter in straightforward language twelve compelling reasons why Darwin's theory of evolution is just a myth.Taking the evidence refuting evolution to a new level with a wide-ranging analysis, this is a must-listen book for all students, Christian educators, scientists, and anyone eager to defend a biblical worldview.
The women from Sensible Shoes are taking their next steps in the spiritual formation journey. But each of them is finding roadblocks along the way. Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester, is off to see her daughter in London. But what does hope look like when nothing goes as planned? Charissa, a conscientious graduate student, is battling to let go of control and embrace her unexpected pregnancy. But what does hope look like when transformation is slow? Hannah, a pastor on sabbatical, is trying to find her equilibrium with rest and a new relationship. But what does hope look like when old grief keeps resurfacing? Mara, a wife and mother, longs for her difficult family life to improve. But what does hope look like when tension escalates and circumstances only get worse? Sometimes life feels like two steps forward and one step back. Find your own spiritual journey reflected in the lives of these women and discover the way forward.
Agnes Baker Pilgrim, known to most as Grandma Aggie, is in her nineties and is the oldest living member of the Takelma Tribe, one of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz.A descendant of both spiritual and political tribal leaders, Grandma Aggie travels tirelessly around the world to keep traditions alive, to help those in need, and to be a voice for the voiceless, helping everyone to remember to preserve our Earth for animals and each other in a spiritual environment.Considered an excellent speaker, she has mesmerized her audience wherever she appears, and now her wit, wisdom, memories, advice, stories and spirituality have been captured for all to hear.Honored as a "e;Living Cultural Legend"e; by the Oregon Council of the Arts, Grandma Aggie here speaks about her childhood memories, about her tribe and her life as a child growing up in an area that often didn't allow Indians and dogs into many public places, as well as about such contemporary issues as bullying, teen suicide, drugs and alcohol, Pope Francis, President Obama, water conservation, climate change, and much more. This is an amazing recording of one of the oldest and most important voices of the First Nation and of the world. Her stories and advice will mesmerize and captivate you, as well as provide a blueprint for how all the inhabitants of the earth can live together in harmony, spirituality, and peace.
"e;Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"e; (Matt. 11:28).Women are overcommitted, overconnected, overburdened, and overwhelmed. Their lives are full, but oddly, their souls are empty. They are aching for a bold challenge-one that will bring rest to their longing souls. Rest Assured is for the daring women who truly want to disrupt their current patterns and see lasting change. Divided into two parts, Rest Assured offers not just an intervention but also a recovery plan.If the soul is weary, it's time for an intervention. Rest Assured is not a quick fix but rather a bold challenge that aids women in identifying the negative patterns that prevent them from experiencing rest in their souls. Most importantly, it will give them the tools needed to break the cycle.A "e;Rest Stop"e; challenge is included at the end of each chapter for use in Bible studies and book clubs. Bonus material includes a 30-Day Restoration Plan and 100 Ways to Give It a Rest.
Break from the norm. Recover your identity. Express your creativity.Contemporary Christianity seems to be suffering from an epidemic of sameness, uniformity, and monotony. Those trapped inside are often afraid to step beyond established norms and express their creativity, and those on the outside often see little that attracts them. Yet God, out of the abundance of his own creative force, made each one of us unique, peculiar, and irreplaceable. So why so much pressure to conform?Bandersnatch* explores this intersection of disillusionment by inviting listeners on a journey of liberation. It's organized around four creative terms viewed through the life of Jesus: avant-garde, alchemy, anthropology, and art. Each expression reveals a diverse facet of God's unorthodox creativity planted within us.Providing a fresh look at God's avant-garde nature and a new set of definitions by which to live, Erika Morrison gives us permission to break free from the expectations and labels that cramp our souls. Only in embracing our uniqueness can we create artful, holistic lives that matter to both heaven and earth.*A bandersnatch, while more commonly known as the wild, ferocious, and mythical creature of Lewis Carroll's creation, is also a person with unconventional habits and attitudes.
The James Code helps believers go from knowing about God to living for God.Bestselling author of The Joshua Code and The Jesus Code, O. S. Hawkins is back with a new book that is all about putting your faith into action. The James Code is practical, personal, action-packed-and straight from one of the most popular books of the Bible.Once listeners have devoted themselves to scripture memory in The Joshua Code, and have equipped themselves to give answers in The Jesus Code, The James Code challenges them to give feet to their faith. Hawkins gives applicable truth from the book of James, emphasizing that an effective Christian life is not about faith and works but about faith that works.As with his previous books, all royalties will go to Mission: Dignity, whose mission supports retired pastors and their wives or widows who have faithfully served God's people and now find themselves struggling to meet even basic needs.
Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts?Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent, ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha's inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose perpetual survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters.This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today's globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha's vision of human flourishing.
In the 2014 New York Times bestseller Jesus on Trial, David Limbaugh made a case for the Gospels as hard evidence of the existence of God, drawing on his own spiritual journey from skeptic to believer. Now Limbaugh looks deeper into the scriptures and discovers that Jesus Christ's very being reveals itself in a close reading of the sacred texts.The Emmaus Code is a powerful, intimate journey toward an understanding of Christ as man, savior, and son of God.
John Wesley was an eighteenth-century preacher, theologian, and cleric who helped found the Methodist movement with his brother Charles. Arguably one of the most important Christian voices of his day, Wesley wrote in his journal on a daily basis, capturing his views, thoughts, feelings, and prayers on paper to share with the world. The journal contains fifty years' worth of this great man's reflections and experiences and is widely considered one of the great spiritual classics.
"e;The Bible is alive,"e; declared Martin Luther, "e;it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me."e; The Protestant Reformation's seminal leader possessed a gift for evocative speech, and he was as articulate and outspoken in private as he was in public. Fortunately for posterity, some of Luther's loyal followers took note of his informal speeches.The Table Talk of Martin Luther consists of excerpts from the great reformer's conversations with his students and colleagues, in which he comments on life, the church, and the Bible. Collected by Johannes Aurifaber, Anton Lauterbach, and other close associates of Luther, these absorbing anecdotes reveal the speaker's personality and wisdom. This text is based on the English translation by lawyer and author William Hazlitt, son of the celebrated essayist.