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En mand og hans kajak. 3500 km ned ad de russiske floder. Et fysisk, religionshistorisk og åndeligt eventyr.Det hedder sig, at kristendommen kom til Danmark sydfra i form af missionærer, men teolog ThomasFrank har en anden teori. Han vil efterprøve sin overbevisning om, at vikingerne tog både religion og nye udtryksformer med sig hjem fra deres togter til Rusland og Byzans, det nuværende Istanbul. Motivet fra Jellingestenen ligner fx fuldstændig kalkmalerier i Novgorod.Inspireret af Thor Heyerdahl og Kon-Tiki-ekspeditionen besluttede han sig for at gøre vikingerne rejsen efter fra Sankt Petersborg og de 3500 km til Istanbul. I efteråret 2017 begav han sig af sted – helt alene. Kajakken blev valgt, fordi den minder mest om den bådtype,vikingerne efter alt at dømme benyttede på deres rejse fra Østersøen ned ad de russiske floder."Min vej mod vikingernes Byzans" beskriver en mand, der er midt i livet, og som i to måneder dagligt kæmper for at overleve i den russiske vildmark. Rejsen har et religionshistorisk formål, men undervejs får den en både fysisk, mental og åndelig dimension. Thomas Frank følger de tydelige spor efter vikingerne og når Istanbul med enerkendelse: Man skal turde sætte sig op imod den officielle historieskrivning.Thomas Frank (født 1969) er teolog, ph.d., og ansat som domprovst ved Viborg Domkirke. Dyrker ekstremsport.
Das "Tao te king" ist ein unerschöpfliches und tiefgründiges Weisheitsbuch, das auch die Menschen außerhalb Asiens unmittelbar anzusprechen vermag. Als Verfasser dieses Werkes wird Laotse vermutet, die Textkritik geht von einer Entstehung des Textes etwa 400 vor Christus aus. Die Grundidee von Laotse besteht in der Vorstellung vom Kreislauf des Kosmos, die in der Beobachtung des Einzelnen liegt und erfahrbar wird. Basis ist die unauflösbare Einheit, deren Pole Yin (das Passive, das Dunkle, das Weibliche) und Yang (das Helle, das Aktive, das Männliche) sind. Zur Folge hat diese unauflösbare Einheit einen ständigen Wechsel von Spannung und Ausgleich, wobei die Rückkehr zum jeweiligen Gegensatz die einzige Bewegung des Tao ist. Im europäischen Sprach- und Kulturraum ist das "Tao te king" das bekannteste der Werke des chinesischen Altertums. Es ist das wohl wichtigste Werk für alle, die an der chinesischen Philosophie interessiert sind und tiefer in diese eintauchen möchten.Laotse bzw. Laozi oder Lao-tzu soll 560 v. Chr. geboren worden sein und gilt als der Begründer des philosophischen Daoismus. Teilweise ranken sich Mythen um sein Alter, er soll 160-200 Jahre alt geworden sein. Des Weiteren gibt es kaum gesicherte Kenntnisse über seine Person.
The New York Times best-selling sports star and media icon motivates readers to stop postponing dreams and start making them happen now because--this is the day.Beyond Tim Tebow's exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel "e;stuck"e;--unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: "e;now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day."e; In this inspiring, motivational book, readers will receive the advice and encouragement to daily move from "e;pause"e; to "e;play"e; in finding deeper meaning and success. Tim illustrates the book's themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including his an update on his dream pursuit of a baseball career.
The president of Catalyst Leader believes that the most impactful and most influential leaders are the ones who lead from who they truly are, not who they pretend or wish to be.With clear biblical teaching and personal accounts, Tyler Reagin not only demonstrates the necessity of life-giving leadership, but also provides the steps you'll need to begin knowing and leading from your truest self. From his experiences in high-impact leadership roles at some of our nation's largest churches and ministries, Reagin has learned firsthand the importance of identity-based leadership. His desire is to help each reader become an empowered, confident leader that brings life and vibrancy to every room they enter. Whether you've got the corner office or you're just getting started, Reagin gives you the tools you need to become an impactful and unique influencer right where you are!
An influential pastor, podcaster, and thought leader believes it's not only possible to predict life's hardest moments, but also to alter outcomes, overcome challenges, and defeat your fiercest adversaries.Founding Pastor of one of North America's most influential churches, Carey Nieuwhof wants to help you avoid and overcome life's seven hardest and most crippling challenges: cynicism, compromise, disconnectedness, irrelevance, pride, burnout, and emptiness. These are challenges that few of us expect but that we all experience at some point. If you have yet to confront these obstacles, Carey provides clear tools and guidelines for anticipation and avoidance. On the other hand, if you already feel stuck in a painful experience or are wrestling with one of these challenges, he provides the steps you need to find a way out and a way forward into a more powerful and vibrant future.
';[A] beautiful book of hope and inspiration . . . Pope Francis speaks frankly about problems facing the young and the elderly, Catholic and non-Catholic.'Publishers Weekly(starred review)Pope Francis examines the role of millennials in the future of the Catholic Church in this urgent call to believers of all generations to work together to build a better world.Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has reinvigorated the Catholic Church and become one of the most popular global leaders. Now, in this extraordinary interview with journalist Thomas Leoncini, His Holiness reminds Catholics of all ages that ';God is young; He is always new.' God has energy, spontaneity, and the desire for changeyouthful qualities that can be rallied to fight the many problems facing the Catholic Church and the world at large. In this inspiring volume, published in English for the first time, Pope Francis's solution to these challenges is simple: a ';revolution of tenderness' that unites believers of all ages in a mission to remake the world. ';God is young! God is the Eternal One who has no time, but is able to renew and rejuvenate Himself and all things continually. The most distinctive attributes of the young are also His. He is young because He makes all things new and loves innovation; because He astonishes and loves astonishment; because He dreams and wants us to dream.'Pope FrancisPraise for God Is Young';Enlightening . . . The interview is extremely wide-ranging. [Pope Francis's] answers contemplate not only philosophy but such quotidian things as plastic surgery, pets, cell phones, consumerism, and more. The pope's answers are generous in their length, some being even mini homilies. But all are thoughtful and thought-provoking, of interest and benefit to readers of all ages.'Booklist (starred review)
Jesus said we should focus our minds and hearts on God above all else. No small task! Is there someone we can turn to for help? "e;Wisdom tells us to sit at the feet of our elders rather than the latest ministry fad,"e; notes author Kyle Strobel. And is there a better elder to guide us than Jonathan Edwards? In Edwards, the eighteenth-century Puritan pastor and theologian, we find deep thought balanced with deep passion. Through his writings and practices, Edwards provides us with the tools-the "e;means of grace"e;-that make us receptive to God's work in our lives as we learn to abide in Christ. Here we find a well-rounded account of being formed for the glory of God.
';Brant Pitre is one of the most compelling theological writers on the scene today.' Bishop Robert Barron Bestselling author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist casts new light on the Virgin Mary, illuminating her role in the Old and New Testaments. Are Catholic teachings on Mary really biblical? Or are they the "e;traditions of men"e;? Should she be called the "e;Mother of God,"e; or just the mother of Jesus? Did she actually remain a virgin her whole life or do the "e;brothers of Jesus"e; refer to her other children? By praying to Mary, are Catholics worshipping her? And what does Mary have to do with the quest to understand Jesus? InJesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, Dr. Pitre takes readers step-by-step from the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation to reveal how deeply biblical Catholic beliefs about Mary really are. Dr. Pitre uses the Old Testament and Ancient Judaism to unlock how the Bible itself teaches that Mary is in fact the new Eve, the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, and the new Ark of the Covenant.
Take ninety days and walk through the pages of the Bible with a definitive voice in Christian spirituality. Eugene Peterson provided brief commentary and challenging thoughts designed to stir the biblical imagination and encourage even the weary believer.
A new must-have collection for fans of the New York Times bestselling Mitford series, featuring the prayers, sermons, and inspiration from beloved Father Tim, as well as new essays and reflections on faith from author Jan Karon.Over the course of fourteen novels, millions of readers have fallen in love with the faith, encouragement, and wisdom that are at the very heart of Jan Karon's Mitford series. Now, for the first time, readers will have the chance to walk with Father Tim through a collection of prayers, sermons, and inspirational passages that incorporates material from each of the novels. In addition, fans will get to hear directly from author Jan Karon, in a brand-new essay about her own personal journey in faith and the ways that the Mitford novels have impacted her. Full of advice and inspiration from the characters that fans have followed for years, this beautifully designed compilation will soon become a staple for any Mitford reader.
"e;Love is the way. Love is the only way. Those who follow in my way follow in the way of unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial love. And that kind of love can change the world."e;--Bishop Michael Curry Two billion people watched Bishop Michael Curry deliver his sermon on the redemptive power of love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) at Windsor Castle. Here, he shares the full text of the sermon, plus an introduction and four of his favorite sermons on the themes of love and social justice. The world has met Bishop Curry and has been moved by his riveting, hopeful, and deceptively simple message: love and acceptance are what we need in these strange times.
The revelatory memoir by former "e;poster girl for Scientology"e; Michelle LeClair about her defection from the Church, her newly accepted sexual identity, and the lengths to which Scientology went to silence it.For years, Michelle LeClair, former President of Scientology's international humanitarian organization, tried to reconcile her sexual orientation with the anti-gay ideology of the church. Michelle finally ends her horrific marriage, finds the love of her life, a woman, and ultimately leaves the Church. But the split comes at a terrible price. Her once pristine reputation is publicly dragged through the mud, the police raid her home, her ex-husband tries to gain full custody of their children, and the multi-million dollar business she built from scratch is utterly destroyed. In this tell-all memoir, Michelle offers an insider's perspective on Scientology's pervasive influence, secret rituals, and ruthless practices for keeping members in line. It's a story of self-acceptance, of finding the strength and courage to stand up for your emotional freedom, and of love prevailing.
An angry prophet. A feared and loathsome enemy. A devastating storm. And the surprising message of a merciful God to his people.The story of Jonah is one of the most well-known parables in the Bible. It is also the most misunderstood. Many people, even those who are nonreligious, are familiar with Jonah: A rebellious prophet who defies God and is swallowed by a whale. But there's much more to Jonah's story than most of us realize.In The Prodigal Prophet, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller reveals the hidden depths within the book of Jonah. Keller makes the case that Jonah was one of the worst prophets in the entire Bible. And yet there are unmistakably clear connections between Jonah, the prodigal son, and Jesus. Jesus in fact saw himself in Jonah. How could one of the most defiant and disobedient prophets in the Bible be compared to Jesus?Jonah's journey also doesn't end when he is freed from the belly of the fish. There is an entire second half to his story--but it is left unresolved within the text of the Bible. Why does the book of Jonah end on what is essentially a cliffhanger? In these pages, Timothy Keller provides an answer to the extraordinary conclusion of this biblical parable--and shares the powerful Christian message at the heart of Jonah's story.
James Van Praagh is a spiritual medium--someone who is able to bridge the physical and spiritual worlds. Unaware of his spiritual gifts until he was in his twenties, he slowly came to terms with his unique abilities. In addition, many of his sessions with grieving people who came to him looking to contact the spirits of deceased loved ones are explored. From a devastated mother recieving a message of hope from her deceased little girl to communicating with a young man, killed in Vietnam, who doesn't realize he's dead, the theme of hope and peace in the afterlife is affirmed. Van Praagh also helps the reader recognize and positively deal with the pain of grief in a healthy, honest manner. Part spiritual memoir, part case study, part instrumental guide, Talking to Heaven will change the way you perceive death...and life.
Can love survive when secrets collide?She'd kept her secrets safely hidden-those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn't share, even in the 1880s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn't have a right to pry into Beth's affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt ... Beth's future and her heart.As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what-and who-her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?
A sweeping history of Judaism over more than three millenniaJudaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it has preserved its distinctive identity despite the extraordinarily diverse forms and beliefs it has embodied over the course of more than three millennia. A History of Judaism provides the first truly comprehensive look in one volume at how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how its various strains, sects, and traditions have related to each other.In this magisterial and elegantly written book, Martin Goodman takes readers from Judaism's origins in the polytheistic world of the second and first millennia BCE to the temple cult at the time of Jesus. He tells the stories of the rabbis, mystics, and messiahs of the medieval and early modern periods and guides us through the many varieties of Judaism today. Goodman's compelling narrative spans the globe, from the Middle East, Europe, and America to North Africa, China, and India. He explains the institutions and ideas on which all forms of Judaism are based, and masterfully weaves together the different threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate that run throughout its history.A History of Judaism is a spellbinding chronicle of a vibrant and multifaceted religious tradition that has shaped the spiritual heritage of humankind like no other.
Kahlil Gibran's aphorisms, stories, and poetry on a theme remain among some of those best known to Western readers. His views, however, extend beyond the most-quoted "e;greeting card"e; sayings to a wide realm of human emotions and relationships-passion, desire, idealized love, justice, friendship, and the challenges of dealing with strangers, neighbors, and enemies. This little book captures love and life in all of their complexities and nuances.This little volume includes over ninety selections from Gibran's writings and is divided into four sections: Love's InitiationThe Veils of LoveAll of Our RelationshipsA Love BeyondThis book, ideal for all gift-giving occasions, is informative, illuminating, and inspirational.Whom Do We Love?When I stood, a clear mirror before you, you gazed into me and saw your image. Then you said, "e;I love you."e;But in truth you loved yourself in me. Love is the veil between lover and lover
The Chosen Wars tells the dramatic story of how Judaism redefined itself in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries-the personalities that fought each other and shaped its evolution and, importantly, the force of the American dynamic that prevailed over an ancient religion.The struggles that led to a radical redefinition of Judaism illuminate the larger American experience. The transformation of the religion and culture of Judaism is a striking example. The story begins with the arrival of the first Jews in New Amsterdam and stretches the length of the nineteenth century as massive immigration take place and into the twentieth.First there was the practical matter of earning a living. Many immigrants traveled as peddlers from community to community where there were no kosher butchers. Doctrine was put aside. Then, determined to take their places as equals in the young nation, American Jews rejected identity as a separate nation and embraced a secular America. Judaism became an American religion.The changes did not come without argument, and Weisman tells the stories of the colorful rabbis and activists, including women, who would ultimately define American Judaism, and its divisions of Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox which remain today: Rabbi Isaac Wise; Mordecai Manuel Noah; Moses Mendelssohn; Rebecca Gratz; and Isaac Leeser are some of the major figures.The Chosen Wars is the important story of how Judaism enhanced America, and how America inspired Judaism.
Often called the "e;Father of Church History,"e; Eusebius was the first to trace the rise of Christianity during its crucial first three centuries from Christ to Constantine. Our principal resource for earliest Chrisitianity, The Church History presents a panorama of apostles, church fathers, emperors, bishops, heroes, heretics, confessors, and martyrs.This audiobook edition includes Paul L. Maier's clear and precise translation, historical commentary on each book in The Church History, and numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs. These features promise to liberate Eusebius from previous outdated and stilted works, creating a new standard primary resource for listeners interested in the early history of Christianity.
When you hear a riveting story, does it thrill your heart and stir your soul? Do you hunger for truth and goodness? Do you secretly relate to Belle's delight in the library in Beauty and the Beast?If so, you may be on your way to being a book girl.Books were always Sarah Clarkson's delight. Raised in the company of the lively Anne of Green Gables, the brave Pevensie children of Narnia, and the wise Austen heroines, she discovered reading early on as a daily gift, a way of encountering the world in all its wonder. But what she came to realize as an adult was just how powerfully books had shaped her as a woman to live a story within that world, to be a lifelong learner, to grasp hope in struggle, and to create and act with courage.She's convinced that books can do the same for you.Join Sarah in exploring the reading life as a gift and an adventure, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight you in each season of your life as a woman. In Book Girl, you'll discover how reading can strengthen your spiritual life and deepen your faith,why a journey through classic literature might be just what you need (and where to begin),how stories form your sense of identity,how Sarah's parents raised her to be a reader-and what you can do to cultivate a love of reading in the growing readers around you, and20+ annotated book lists, including some old favorites and many new discoveries.Whether you've long considered yourself a reader or have dreams of becoming one, Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.
The enduring influence of the Catholic Church has many sources-its spiritual and intellectual appeal, missionary achievements, wealth, diplomatic effectiveness, and stable hierarchy. But in the first half of the nineteenth century, the foundations upon which the church had rested for centuries were shaken. In the eyes of many thoughtful people, liberalism in the guise of liberty, equality, and fraternity was the quintessence of the evils that shook those foundations. At the Vatican Council of 1869-1870, the church made a dramatic effort to set things right by defining the doctrine of papal infallibility.In Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church, John W. O'Malley draws us into the bitter controversies over papal infallibility that at one point seemed destined to rend the church in two. Archbishop Henry Manning was the principal driving force for the definition, and Lord Acton was his brilliant counterpart on the other side. But they shrink in significance alongside Pope Pius IX, whose zeal for the definition was so notable that it raised questions about the very legitimacy of the council. Entering the fray were politicians such as Gladstone and Bismarck. The growing tension in the council played out within the larger drama of the seizure of the Papal States by Italian forces and its seemingly inevitable consequence, the conquest of Rome itself.Largely as a result of the council and its aftermath, the Catholic Church became more pope-centered than ever before. In the terminology of the period, it became ultramontane.
This is a book of guidance for life's journey rooted in the wisdom of ancient China. Bestselling author Deng Ming-Dao provides key poetic lines that distill the essence of Taoism, organizing them in the form of a journey. The material here is drawn from three sources: The Tao Te Ching, The Yijing, and 300 Tang Poems.Deng Ming-Dao writes: "e;We walk the Way each day. We don't know what's ahead and so it's helpful to have the wisdom of others to guide us. They have left us a message to encourage us. They have spoken of the joys, griefs, and purity that we should embrace. Like good pathfinders, they give us direction and prepare us for what we might encounter. They let us walk for ourselves. We have a wonderful companion for the journey."e;The following lines reflect the inspirational nature of this book:"e;A good traveler leaves no footprints."e;"e;Think three times, then move."e;"e;Words can be worth a thousand pieces of gold."e;"e;Ancestors plant trees. Descendants enjoy cool shade."e;"e;A journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step."e;This is a lovely audiobook that will function as a gift for all occasions and as an object for those looking for daily sustenance on life's journey.
The most important and influential source of information about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, this landmark account was written between 1630 and 1647. It vividly documents the Pilgrims' adventures: their first stop in Holland, the harrowing transatlantic crossing aboard the Mayflower, the first harsh winter in the new colony, and the help from friendly Native Americans that saved their lives.No one was better equipped to report on the affairs of the Plymouth community than William Bradford. Revered for his patience, wisdom, and courage, Bradford was elected to the office of governor in 1621, and he continued to serve in that position for more than three decades. His memoirs of the colony remained virtually unknown until the nineteenth century. Lost during the American Revolution, they were discovered years later in London and published after a protracted legal battle. The current edition rendered into modern English and with an introduction by Harold Paget, remains among the most readable books from seventeenth-century America.
Old Paths is a collection of nineteen of J. C. Ryle's most effective tracts on the leading truths of Christianity, which are, as he says, "e;necessary to salvation."e; In including in such a series Inspiration, Election, and Perseverance, he allows that good Christians have disagreed and will still disagree about them, but he inserts them nevertheless on account of the immense importance of the first and the extraordinary neglect into which the last two have fallen. Ryle's racy style, plainspokenness, and good taste are sure to secure your affection and hold your attention.
A lonely young heiress becomes the poorest wealthy woman in Victorian England when her father dies without telling anyone where he hid his fortune. Can Tressa and the no-nonsense estate manager find the fortune before the greedy relatives get to it first?Tressa Harlowe's father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune-before someone else finds it first.Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they'll not soon forget.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, often regarded as the greatest preacher of the nineteenth century, crafted The Treasury of David over the span of nearly half his ministry. Concise and provocative, Spurgeon's magnum opus on the Psalms has been prized by Christians ever since.Available for the first time in unabridged audio, this collection features Spurgeon's crucial commentary on Psalms 113-119.
C. H. Spurgeon was a British Baptist pastor whose work remains meaningful to Christians of all denominations. The father of the modern "e;mega-church,"e; Spurgeon is most famous for his pastorship at London's Metropolitan Tabernacle, where he regularly preached to huge crowds. In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to over ten million people and published over fifty-five books, sermons, and meditations, which have been translated into thirty-four languages. Until He Comes is a collection of addresses centered on the Lord's Supper. Some were preached to the congregation at Metropolitan, while others were spoken to small groups that Spurgeon hosted on Sundays to celebrate communion. The collection addresses a diverse range of scriptures, but all stick to the common theme of Jesus' symbolic last meal. It will prove helpful to anyone looking for further insight on this interdenominational practice and will encourage believers to "e;do this in remembrance of me."e;
Combines a serious examination of the state of today's church and a powerful solution: reclaiming the gospel of grace found in the confessional truths of the Reformation.Though the Christian church has achieved a worldly sort of success-big numbers, big budgets, big outreaches-these are not good days for evangelicalism. Attendance is down, and it is increasingly difficult to distinguish so-called "e;believers"e; from their non-Christian neighbors-all because the gospel of grace has been neglected.In this work, the late James Montgomery Boice identifies what's happened within evangelicalism and suggests how the confessional statements of the Reformation-scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and glory to God alone-can ignite full-scale revival. "e;A church without these convictions has ceased to be a true church, whatever else it may be,"e; he wrote, but "e;if we hold to these doctrines, our churches and those we influence will grow strong."e;
In one systematic volume, James Boice provides a comprehensive overview of Christian theology. Laypeople, students, and pastors will all benefit from this rich source that covers all of the major doctrines of the Christian faith.With scholarly rigor and a pastor's heart, Boice carefully opens the topics of the nature of God, the character of his natural and special revelation, the Fall, and the person and work of Christ. He then goes on to consider the work of the Holy Spirit in justification and sanctification. The book closes with careful discussions of the church and the last things.In this revised edition of a formerly four-volume work, Boice maintains a remarkable practicality and thoroughness that have made this a standard reference and textbook of evangelical faith.
Through Marisa's trance channeling and Joe's endless questions from the other side, they were able to interview the eight authors of the New Testament and assemble the Bible Speaks series. Marisa and Joe originally combined the authors' accounts into one book. When they reread the book in session with the other side-to make sure that the information was correct, while also seeking additional comments from the authors-Jesus, who frequently interceded throughout the interviews, suggested that they break it up into four books instead. He reminded them that he used to send his disciples out on missions "e;two by two"e; and felt that these books would be better received if there were two authors per book.The intent of these channeled sessions was never to open to Bible and ask the authors what they meant by various passages in their books; instead, it was to get to know the authors. From their numerous sessions, Marisa and Joe were able to discover the uniqueness of the men behind the titles. Because Jesus/Christ monitored all the sessions, they were able to learn not only twenty-first-century lessons from the authors but also new lessons and parables from Christ/Jesus/Yeshua/Emmanuel and the myriad guides, angels, and higher selves of each of the authors, as well as from the higher selves of Joe and Marisa.In Book V Marisa and Joe extrapolated and assembled as many quotes from Jesus/Yeshua and Christ as possible. Each lesson is then attributable to whichever book in the Bible Speaks series the quote came from. Just like the first four books in the series, this one brings great lessons to all people of faith and those who are curious-seekers. If the listener wishes, he or she may just say, "e;These may be true, or they may be fiction, but let me see what is in here anyway-I'm curious."e; Jesus told Marisa and Joe that those who wish to hear will be seekers, the curious. These will be listeners who just don't get religion, who may or may not ever have read the New Testament in its entirety but who want to understand God more. This book does not add to the Bible, nor does it take anything away from it. This book brings enlightenment.