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The Televisionary Oracle is the mostly-true story of the kidnap of a marginally successful rockstar (curiously resembling Rob Brezsny in his other career as a musician) by the Menstrual Temple of the Funky Grail. This ancient mystery school is hell-bent on "killing the apocalypse" in the most enjoyable ways possible. The chief shamanatrix of the Menstrual Temple is Rapunzel Blavatsky, who might be the pranksterish reincarnation of Mary Magdalene and the time-traveling possessor of a sixty-six-million-year-old television--or else maybe just a foxy, jive-talking babe with delusions of grandeur. To accomplish their aims, Rapunzel and her crew employ countless tricks that reside on the borderline between wacky performance art and sacred, kick-ass ritual. All Rockstar knows is that they intend to begin initiating certain selected men--maybe even him--into the mysteries of menstruation. But how does a testosterone-possessed Dionysian idol prepare for the menarche? And is there really a possibility, as he suspects, that navigating his way through the intriguing ordeal will arouse the lusty interest of the enigmatic Rapunzel?
A work that will deepen one's understanding of Scripture and strengthen awareness that language is a gift of God, this volume focuses on Jesus' words in daily contexts, and examines how he addresses God in prayer.
After her mother dies in a rescue mission on a snowy mountain, twelve-year-old Roz wonders if talking to God, and to the boy for whom her mother died, can help her understand what happened.
The anticipation of a homecoming, a chance to set things right. . . Yet will "the telling" cause further pain? Accompanied by her new English friend, Grace Byler has left Bird-in-Hand to search for her mother in Ohio. But what if Lettie refuses to be found? Meanwhile, Lettie continues her private quest to find the missing piece of her life, though she is increasingly torn between the family she left behind and yearning for her long-lost child. Will mother and daughter find the answers they seek? The Powerful Series Conclusion from New York Times Best-Selling Author Beverly Lewis.
When an out-of-state developer wants to drain Fairy Pond--a beloved piece of Acorn Hill's past--and put in a gas station, a storm of protest rises up. But while most residents are opposed to destroying the idyllic spot, some businesspeople are in favour of the added commerce a gas station would bring. With the town divided, Mayor Lloyd Tynan is having a hard time keeping everyone happy, but when the stress starts to affect his health, the fight over Fairy Pond takes on a new urgency. With the mayor out of commission, who will champion the cause of saving this natural wonder? A recluse who lives by the pond has some answers, but his strange history with Louise complicates matters. As the Howard sisters take charge to fight the development, help arrives from an unexpected source and reminds the whole town of the wonder of God's creation.
From the acclaimed bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series who has been deemed "one of America's best mystery writers" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a tale about a murdered man who does not want to go to heaven or hell--he'd rather have his old life in Harlem. Tempest Landry is neither a good nor a bad man, but an average man trying to survive. Sure, he stole money from his mother's church, but he used it to pay for his aunt's groceries while she was recovering from pneumonia. And yes, Tiny Henderson went to jail because of Tempest's white lie, but the brutal rapist and murderer deserved it. After a cop "accidentally" kills Tempest, Tempest is denied access to heaven for his sins. But he brazenly refuses St. Peter's command to proceed to hell--he would just as soon settle for his old life in Harlem. Temporarily stymied, St. Peter grants Tempest his wish--but in a different body and with a guardian angel following him around who is determined to convert him to righteousness. But the devil is also in the running for Tempest's soul--and he wants it in a bad way. In this episodic and humorous homage to Langston Hughes' prescient narrator Jess B. Simple, readers are lured into the never-ending debate on the nature of good and evil. The Tempest Tales explores the provoking questions: Is sin the same for people of different races? Is sin judged the same for the poor as it is for the rich? And ultimately, who really gets to decide?
Founded in c. 1120, in the aftermath of the First Crusade in Jerusalem, the Order of the Temple was a Christian brotherhood dedicated to the military protection of pilgrims and the Holy Land, attracting followers and supporters throughout Christian Europe. This detailed study explores the close relationship between the Order of the Temple and the landowning families it relied upon for support. Focusing on the regions of Burgundy, Champagne and Languedoc, Jochen Schenk investigates the religious expectations that guided noble and knightly families to found and support Templar communities in the European provinces, and examines the social dynamics and mechanisms that tied these families to each other. The book illustrates the close connection between the presence of Cistercians and the incidence of crusading within Templar family networks, and offers new insights into how collective identities and memory were shaped through ritual and tradition among medieval French-speaking social elites.
Kyla and Jefferson Blake count their 16 years together as a wonderful blessing from God. Their marriage is passionate, their daughter is a joy, Jefferson's medial career is prospering and they have loyal friends. Kyla knows her newly divorced and lifelong friend, Jasmine, is desperately unhappy and no amount of prayer or encouragement seems to help. But what Kyla doesn't know is that Jasmine has a plan to move her life forward with the type of man she feels she should have married in the first place. A man like Jefferson. Alexis Ward, Kyla's, best friend, is single and successful and willing to wait for the right man for all the right reasons. But, when "Mr. Right," Dr. Brian Lewis, finally appears she finds herself facing a new challenge. Does she really have to walk away from what she believes in order to have a man in her life? As people who love God, Kyla, Jefferson and Alexis discover, each in their own way, what happens when they truly allow God to be first in their relationships. Full of contemporary characters who struggle to keep their strength, friendships and daily lives framed by the Word of God, Temptation is a novel no reader will soon forget.
From the Book Jacket: Kuo spent nearly three years as second in command at the president's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Yet his experience was deeply troubling. It took both the Bush White House and a severe health crisis to show him how his Christian values, and those of millions of Americans, were being corrupted by politics. Instead of following the teachings of Jesus to serve the needy, Kuo found himself helping to manipulate religious faith for political gain. Public funds were used in battleground states, for Republican campaign events. The legislative process was used as a football, not to pass laws but to deepen purely symbolic fault lines. Grants were incestuously recycled to political cronies. Both before and after 9/11, despite lofty rhetoric from the president claiming that his faith-based program was one of his most important initiatives, there was no serious attempt to fund valuable charities. Worst of all was the prevailing attitude in the White House and throughout Washington toward Christian leaders. Key Bush aides and Republican operatives spoke of them with contempt and treated them as useful idiots. It became clear, during regular conference calls arranged from the White House with a key group of Christian leaders, that many of these religious leaders had themselves been utterly seduced by politics. It is time, Kuo argues, for Christians to take a temporary step back from politics, to turn away from its seductions. Tempting Faith is equal parts headline-making exposé, political and spiritual memoir, and heartfelt plea for a Christian reexamination of political involvement. David Kuo served as Special Assistant to the President under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. He has worked for numerous conservative leaders, including John Ashcroft, William Bennett, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, and Ralph Reed. He is the author of the Good Morning America Book Club selection Dot.Coming: My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath. He currently serves as the Washington editor of the Beliefnet Web site.
This book retells the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). The Arch Book series tells popular Bible stories through fun-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations. This well-loved series captures the attention of children, telling scripturally sound stories that are enjoyable and easy to remember. Other Arch books are available in this library.
Bible stories focusing on events from the old Testament. Aims to make learning about the Bible easy and fun for young readers.
God's laws for mankind analyzed from both a Jewish and Christian perspective showing how they are as relevant today as they were when God gave them to Moses thousands of years ago.
The Ten Commandments are the first direct communication between a people and God. Designed to elevate our lives above mere frantic, animal existence to the sublime levels humanity is capable or experiencing, they are the blueprint of God's expectations of us and His plan for a meaningful, just, loving, and holy life. Each commandment asserts a principle, and each principle is a moral focal point for real-life issues relating to God, family, sex, work, charity, property, speech, and thought. Written in collaboration with Rabbi Stewart Vogel, The Ten Commandments incorporates lively discussion of the Bible and the Judeo-Christian values derived from it. Filled with passion, emotion, and profound insights, it will move, enlighten, inspire, entertain, and educate you on the meaning each commandment has in our daily lives today: I am the Lord, your God, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence. You shall not take the Name of the Lord., your God, in vain. Remember the Sabbath day and sanctify it. Honor your Father and your Mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your fellow. You shall not covet.
The clearer we see God, the clearer we shall see ourselves. With this conviction firmly in mind, Dr. Erwin Lutzer examines ten lies about our Maker that have crept into spiritual thought in postmodern times. And he notes that these deceits are prominent not only in non-Christian minds but in the professing church as well. On the surface, each of these lies may appear at least partially true or even harmless. But, as Dr. Lutzer reveals, each harbors a distinct danger: It isn't biblical, so it puts our faith at risk. In Ten Lies About God he challenges the accuracy of these beliefs: Lie 1: God is whatever we want him to be. Lie 2: Many paths lead into God's presence. Lie 3: God is more tolerant than He used to be. Lie 4: God has personally never suffered. Lie 5: God is obligated to save followers of other religions. Lie 6: God takes no responsibility for natural disasters. Lie 7: God does not know our decisions before we make them. Lie 8: The Fall ruined God's plan. Lie 9: We must choose between God's pleasures and our own. Lie 10: God helps those who help themselves. The goal of Dr. Lutzer's study is not only purity of spiritual belief, but an enhanced worship of God.
Griffith and Easum draw from decades of personal experience in planting new churches and consulting with supervisors and planters in new church starts. Having reduced their vast experiences down to ten points that account for the great majority of failures among church planters, each point the authors provide give examples of failures caused by the particular mistake and ways to avoid the mistake. They speak in special sidebars to coaches and supervisors, showing them how to work with church planters to avoid the mistakes.
A easy-to-read presentation of the Bible story told in Exodus. Other book in this series are available in this library.
This book has special gifts for you--stories and poems to read under the Christmas tree. You'll enjoy hours of holiday cheer with such favorite authors as Laura Ingalls Wilder in The Christmas Horses; Michael Bond in Paddington's Christmas; The Christmas Spider by Marguerite de Angeli; A Christmas Tree for Lydia by Elizabeth Enright; Perfect Present by Dr. Seuss and more. Ten Tales of Christmas has a special gift for everyone. Some stories have happy endings, some are cautionary, some are funny and some will evoke memories of your own Christmases. All are well worth reading and will add to the pleasure and depth of your celebration of Christmas. This is a good read for children age ten and older. It's also great for reading aloud in groups or in families. Adults will also find much to think about and enjoy in this book.
Kingma speaks to thirsty-for-sustenance readers with her trademark depth and compassion, offering 10 deceptively simple yet profoundly effective strategies for addressing despair on practical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Tender Mercies is a beautiful collection of prayers and Scripture passages for anyone struggling through particularly difficult circumstances--grief and loss, post-partum depression, anxiety, depression, stress, job loss, trauma, physical and verbal abuse, sexual abuse, addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-injury--and for those who love them. An indispensable resource during times of turmoil and uncertainty, these peaceful meditations offer hope, support, comfort, and guidance.
A Story of Tender Truths About a Woman's Desperate Efforts to Shelter Her Family Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. With loss and disappointment as her fuel, she kindles a fire that soon threatens to consume her, making a series of poor choices that take her into dangerous relationships. As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.
Teenage Steven and his father, Corey, take to the road with a Bible, an old army tent, and less than the best of intentions. Tired of being poor, Steven's father is certain that preaching the Word of the Lord is the easy way to fame and fortune. But just when they've got their act down pat and the money is rolling in, Steven and Corey begin to realize that what they'd originally thought of as a harmless lie is all about avarice and power and, ultimately, guilt.
Award-winning investigative journalist and poet, Eliza Griswold has spent the past seven years traveling between the equator and the tenth parallel: in Nigeria, the Sudan, and Somalia, and in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The stories she tells in "The Tenth Parallel" show us that religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas. Above all, she makes clear that, for the people she writes about, one's sense of God is shaped by one's place on earth; along the tenth parallel, faith is geographic and demographic.
Dr. Jordan Keyes fights to save his patients, his career, and his own life as he becomes entangled in a web of deceit, genetic testing, and murder. Jordan must also fight the forces within himself to become the husband his wife deserves in order to save his marriage. this book is a contemporary medical thriller.
Analysis of beliefs and motives.
Judd and Lionel fly to Jerusalem with Mr. Stein for the Meeting of the Witnesses. Meanwhile at the schoolhouse, the kids discover a secret underground passage, and Vicki tries to persuade Melinda not to turn them in to the Global Community. Excitement builds as the witnesses converge on Jerusalem to begin their meetings. But will Nicolae keep his promise of safety for all who attend? Join the Young Trib Force as they continue to learn from Tsion Ben-Judah and try to evade their enemies.
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