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The story begins with the exciting story of the discovery of theGospel in Egypt in 1978, and its subsequent movements fromone antiquities dealer to another. We discover how thisprecious document eventually finds a home in a New Yorksafety deposit box, where is languishes for years with a $3million price tag, before it is finally published to huge publicattention and fanfare. More than just the story of The Gospel of Judas since it had been found, Churton also discusses how it relates to the historical place of the Judas: how he has been maligned and misrepresented across the centuries. This fascinating book sheds new light on the real nature of Jesus, and presents a daring speculation on the endeavours he planned with his disciples in Jerusalem, Judea and Galilee. The Kiss of Death is an explosive book that explains the text of The Gospel of Judas, its context in modern Christianity, as well as the importance of its discovery and subsequent publication.
In the Shadow of Sacrifice shows by example how to minimize the significance of life's challenges by presenting them as necessary ingredients in a strong and healthy development. The book reveals the impoverished youth of Howard Calhoun, the one quirky life-changing intervention that started his path to college, and many thoughtful, humorous, and truthful narratives that will convince the most skeptical to welcome the most difficult problems that life presents. The book challenges anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed, helpless, and threatened by life to use that energy to recognize their own excellence.
Tim Wallace-Murphy explains the heretical spiritual beliefs ofthe Knights Templar and the Rex Deus families and examinestheir role in the loss of the Holy Land. He charts theirachievements in a remarkable range of endeavours, frombuilding castles and cathedrals to laying the foundations ofthe modern marketplace. He also uncovers the links betweenthe Rex Deus families and the creation and propagation of the Grail sagas and, later, the foundation of the secret society of Freemasonry.
Ever since he led the Peace Meditations at the UN, the power of Sri Chinmoy's initiatives have been praised by world leaders and influenced thousands of individuals. Here, his insightful words, elegant prose, and shrewd aphorisms form a wonderful tapestry of inspiration for people from all walks of life. Addressing such themes as joy, patience, humility, and love, Sri Chinmoy writes with a beautiful simplicity that soothes the heart and moves the spirit. His easy-to-follow exercises are perfectly suited to our fast-paced lifestyles and provide a reassuring sense of the essential oneness that unites us all.
In today's economic climate, self-sufficiency is increasingly seen as a viable means of taking control of our lives and safeguarding for the future - this is the book that will help every householder do just that. Each of the twelve chapters focuses on key topics for living a more self-sustainable life, with practical information and expert guidance that will make the subject come alive for everyone, whatever their needs, circumstances and resources. This means that the gardening chapter, for example, is appropriate both for people with an urban back yard or a more substantial plot of land. Written in a down-to-earth, engaging and often amusing style, the book will appeal to single people as much as to those with large families, to women who want to be more creative, resourceful and independent, to men who want to rediscover their inner 'hunter-gatherer', and to parents looking to equip their children with basic life skills.
Spiritual seekers have come to believe that the enlightened or self-realized sage is an almost perfect being, totally disciplined and entirely in control of his mind and body. Balsekar explains that nothing could be further from the truth.
Nostradamus: The Good News breaks stunning new ground in isolating those prophecies in which Nostradamus suggested the possibility of positive change - that could - and indeed did - alter the world for the better. It was Nostradamus' fundamental belief that if the world could only see into the future, it would wish to alter it benevolently. His prophecies were an attempt to communicate across the intervening ages with the world to come. Now, for the first time, a Nostradamus commentator has adhered rigorously to Nostradamus' own index dates and by so doing, he has revolutionized traditional Nostradamus scholarship. His innovative new versions of the verses combine literal translation of the medieval French with his own technique of 'euphonic translation', which takes into account the codes, hidden meanings and jeux de mots concealed within the medieval texts.
Why are we afraid of death? What is acceptable in the face of cancer? How do I decide whose advice to take? How to relax in the certainty of death? Ought we to tell someone whether they are dying or not? Osho responds to these questions and many others from those who find themselves inexplicably attracted to the subject, as well as from those who are facing imminent death and from their carers. He does not simply show how our fear of death is based on a misunderstanding of its nature; he also shows how dying is a tremendous opportunity for inner growth and how death is the most sacred of mysteries.
Don't ask yourself: What do I want from life? Ask yourself: What does life want from me? Millions of people have read The Secret and have put its Law of Attraction into practice, hoping to draw the things they desire into their lives. But what happens if the life of your dreams doesn't materialize? What if you need more help to fulfil your destiny? In The Deeper Secret, Annemarie Postma provides a fresh and empowering new perspective. She explains that the original blockbuster book, The Secret, is an important first step on a path that leads much further - towards the realization of our deepest dreams. We learn to discern why we want what we want, to know what it means when our desires meet resistance, to decide actively to seek our destiny, to overcome the beliefs that limit us, and to take responsibility for ourselves - rather than blaming outside forces for the things we feel we lack. This is a book that will turn our most cherished dreams into possibilities we can recognize, seize and fulfil.
It was a universal belief in ancient civilizations that life came originally from the cosmos and ultimately would return there after death. The shamanic journey was always to this sky-world - and it appears that it was always located in the direction of the stars of Cygnus - also known as the Northern Cross - and was accessed either via the Milky Way or an imagined cosmic axis. Andrew Collins has found that this ancient belief is based on an early astronomy which is about 17,000 years old. All over the world, standing stones, temples and monuments are orientated towards the rising and setting of the stars of the Cygnus constellation or the "entry point" of the Milky Way. Collins has discovered that the use of deep caves by Palaeolithic man was essential to the rise of religious thought and the belief in life's stellar origins. Science has now confirmed the existence of high-energy particles in the caves - particles that come from a binary star known as Cygnus X3. Therefore it would seem that these ancient people were aware of what science is now telling us - that the DNA of life came originally from deep space.
A collection of 62 Motets and Anthems and 46 Hymns old and new for Catholic Church and School Choirs from easy to advanced levels that is supported by available training lessons and choir building materials on the www. thecatholicchoirbook. com web site.
This powerful sequel to The Secret Founding of America presents compelling evidence of a 'secret American Dream' - nothing less than the establishment of a benign World State which would establish a universal peace under which all the peoples of the Earth would flourish. Until the present time there have been seven stages of United States expansionism - from the Federal unification of the original states to the 'New World Order' planned by US-led commercial élites before and after 1989. Extrapolating both from the author's distinctive reading of history and the evidence of President Obama's own speeches and actions, THE SECRET AMERICAN DREAM proposes that the US now faces a new, eighth, phase of expansion. In this, the traditional 'American Dream' of peace, social order and prosperity would be extended to all humankind. This ambitious plan - little known and understood outside President Obama's inner circle - would involve the creation of a benevolent World State initiated, but not dominated, by the United States.
The stories in Peter Carey's collection are bizarre, funny and chilling. Their landscape is exotic and surreal, an ominous near-future that has the distinct feel of contemporary life. Carey's narratives are an exhilarating blend of fable, fantasy and allegory in which, as in dreams, something odd and menacing takes control. Here are societies in which people gamble for new bodies in a genetic lottery or watch apprehensively as first buildings, then parts of the landscape, and eventually their neighbours, begin to dematerialise and vanish. Here is what happens when a miniature replica of a small town and its inhabitants assumes a more compelling reality than its original or when a group of fat men, ostracised by a revolutionary government, plot its overthrow.
Peter Carey is justly renowned for his novels, which have included the Booker Prize-winning titles Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang. He is also a dazzling writer of short stories and this volume collects together all the stories from The Fat Man in History and War Crimes as well as three other stories not previously published in book form. The stories, persuasive and precisely crafted, reveal Carey to be a moralist with a sense of humour, a surrealist interested in naturalism and an urban poet delighting in paradox.
This collection, available as an ebook, brings together all three novels in bestselling author, L. Marie Adeline's sexy and sophisticated erotica trilogy, where women control their fantasies and men will do anything to satisfy themNo judgment. No limits. No shame. In S.E.C.R.E.T., Cassie Robichaud's days are dull and gray: she waits tables at a rundown café in New Orleans and every night she heads home to a one-bedroom apartment alone. But the discovery of a mysterious notebook leads her to S.E.C.R.E.T., an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, darkest, and most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon embarks on a tantalizing and unpredictable erotic journey, completing ten fantasy-steps toward sexual fulfillment--discovering acceptance, courage, surrender, and more--with gorgeous men in rapturous scenarios beyond her imagination. As she is set free from her inhibitions, the satisfaction and bliss she experiences bring her a new confidence that transforms her forever. S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared follows Cassie after she has completed her ten fantasy-steps toward sexual fulfillment. She has realized her wildest and darkest sexual fantasies and now dedicates herself to helping new recruits liberate their sexual selves. But Cassie may still have unfinished business with some of the men in her life. Filled with the hot sex scenes and tantalization, Cassie will learn even more about herself, and make new discoveries about the potential for love in her life.S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed--the final book in the hot erotic trilogy--bares all. All Cassie has ever wanted is Will Foret, the love of her life. But when Will discovers that Cassie is part of S.E.C.R.E.T., he breaks it off. Heartbroken, Cassie devotes herself to helping the latest recruit, Solange Faraday--a beautiful, brilliant local news anchor and divorced mom. Cassie also reignites her relationship with sexy bad-boy Jesse, even if he can never love her as deeply as Will did. When Will realizes he's made a tragic mistake, Cassie must decide if she can forgive him and leave S.E.C.R.E.T. behind.Equal parts scintillating, liberating, and emotionally powerful, S.E.C.R.E.T. is a world where fantasy becomes reality.
Is God a Vegetarian? is one of the most complete explorations of vegetarianism in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Young, a linguistics and New Testament scholar, attempts to answer the question being asked with greater and greater frequency: "Are Christians morally obligated to be vegetarians?"Many people are confused about the apparent mixed messages within the Bible. On the one hand, God prescribes a vegetarian diet in the Garden of Eden and the apocalyptic visions of Isaiah and John imply the restoration of a vegetarian diet. However, it is also clear that God permits, Jesus partakes in, and Paul sanctions the eating of flesh. Does the Bible give any clear guidance?Close readings of key biblical texts pertaining to dietary customs, vegetarianism, and animal rights make up the substance of the book. Rather than ignoring or offering a literal, twentieth-century interpretation of the passages, the author analyzes the voices of these conflicting dietary motifs within their own social contexts. Interwoven throughout these readings are discussions of contemporary issues, such as animal testing and experimentation, the fur industry, raising animals in factories, and the effects of meat-eating on human health.Thirteen chapters cover such topics as-- the vegetarian diet in the Garden of Eden-- the clothing of the first humans in animal skins-- God's permitting humans to eat meat-- animal sacrifice-- the dietary habits of Jesus and the early apostles-- Paul's condemnation of vegetarianism as heresy-- the dietary views of the early church fathers-- the peaceable kingdom.The author provides two vegetarian recipes at the end of each chapter. An epilogue includes guidelines for becoming a vegetarian and a recommended reading list.Insightful and challenging, Is God a Vegetarian? poses provocative questions for vegetarians, Christians, and anyone reflecting upon her personal choices and ethical role in our world today.
New York Times-bestselling author Jacqueline Briskin's steamy romantic saga about two generations of a privileged California family that chases the American dream, from the post-World War II boom years to the turbulent, psychedelic 1960s The year 1946 in America is a time for seizing opportunities--and the best way for a woman to get ahead is to marry well. Descended from the wealthy Van Vliets, owners of a successful supermarket chain, Em Wynan is the first of her sorority sisters to walk down the aisle with a handsome war veteran. Nine months later, she delivers fraternal twin sons. Em's younger sister, the fun-loving Caroline, is her polar opposite, championing liberal causes at UCLA and falling in love with a radical writer. For Caroline's best friend, Beverly Linde, finding the right husband is more complicated because as a Holocaust survivor, she will carry the stigma and horrors of World War II forever. Set against the backdrop of a radically changing American landscape, the lives of these three women intersect through decades of friendship, rivalry, love, and inconsolable loss. As Em, Caroline, and Beverly's children come of age during the 1960s--a time of danger and drugs, the breakdown of society's sexual taboos, and inner peace found among bizarre cults--they discover that parents cannot always save their children from tragedy, even if they have powerful, rich friends. Steeped in atmosphere and authentic historical detail, Jacqueline Briskin's novel of ambition, hope, and family still resonates today.
A compact yet comprehensive little book that reveals the 'miraculous' properties of cider vinegar - showing that far from being a sort of 'snake oil', it is a valuable natural remedy and household resource.
The deadliest ride-or-die chicks in Memphis have a new rival. But when all's said and done, only one gang can reign supreme... The streets of the Dirty South have never been meaner as the ruthless women of warring hoods are just a few body bags away from total domination. Determined to rain bullets on Shotgun Row, lieutenant Lucifer teams up with Profit, head gangsta of the Vice Lords and a man bent on revenge. Good girl gone bad Ta'shara sets her sights on knocking her evil sister off the throne--but she's unprepared for what's ahead. Qiana's deal with the devil to take ambitious Yolanda out of the picture plants her at the center of a manhunt that will jeopardize her own position. And as Queen G LeShelle's list of enemies multiplies, the final knockout may come from the last person she expects. While the war zone expands, these gangsta divas take no prisoners for the chance to rule it all...
National Book Award winner Charles Johnson muses about a wide range of topics, from Buddhism to race relations in America to his writing habits and everything in between. This collection gives readers a candid look into the mind of one of the most celebrated voices in American literature.
WOLFFANDescended from ancient shapeshifters, Hardane could take on wolf form to stalk the darkness. But as a man he had long, sinfully black hair and a body to entice any woman.He appeared to Kylene in her dreams, then rescued her from certain death at the executioner's hand. He was promised to another, his marriage destined to end the brutal warfare between their two peoples. But no matter what the danger, no matter who tried to stop them, he would spirit her into the night and tempt her with a love like no other..."Master storyteller." --Christine Feehan94,000 Words.
Gwendolyn Brooks was one of the most accomplished and acclaimed poets of the last century, the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize and the first black woman to serve as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress--the forerunner of the U.S. Poet Laureate. Here, in an exclusive Library of America e-book edition, is her groundbreaking first book of poems, a searing portrait of Chicago's South Side. "I wrote about what I saw and heard in the street," she later said. "There was my material."
This is the third volume of the ground-breaking eyewitness narrative that has been called a "masterpiece."Spanning the crucial months from January 1863 to March 1864, this third volume of The Library of America's highly acclaimed four volume series presents an incomparable portrait of a nation at war with itself while illuminating the military and political events that brought the Union closer to victory and slavery closer to destruction. It brings together more than 140 contemporary letters, diary entries, speeches, articles, messages, and poems by more than eighty participants and observers, among them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Mary Chesnut, Clement Vallandigham, Henry Adams, Charlotte Forten, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and George Templeton Strong, as well as Union officers Robert Gould Shaw, Charles B. Haydon, and Henry Livermore Abbott; Confederate diarists Catherine Edmondston, Kate Stone, and Judith McGuire; and Alabama soldier Samuel Pickens, Iowa housewife Catharine Peirce, Kentucky preacher George Richard Browder, and Kansas clergyman Richard Cordley. The selections include vivid and haunting eyewitness narratives of some of the war's most famous battles--Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Fort Wagner, Chickamauga, Chattanooga--as well as firsthand accounts of the merciless guerrilla war in Missouri and Kansas; the Richmond bread riot and the New York draft riots; the controversies surrounding the use of black soldiers and the Lincoln administration's curtailment of civil liberties; and the struggles of civilians both black and white to survive increasingly harsh wartime conditions.Each volume features a detailed chronology of events, biographical notes about the writers, textual and explanatory notes, and original hand-drawn endpaper maps by expert Civil War cartographer Earl McElfresh.The Civil War: The Final Year Told by Those Who Lived It will be published in 2014.
On March 19, 2013, a distinguished group of writers and critics gathered at the Newark Museum's Billy Johnson Auditorium in Newark, New Jersey, to celebrate the extraordinary career and lasting literary legacy of Philip Roth on the occasion of his 80th birthday. This keepsake volume gathers remarks from the evening's speakers, a fitting tribute to the only living novelist whose work is collected in the Library of America series. Here you'll find Jonathan Lethem, hilariously recounting his first consciousness-raising encounter with Roth's work through the Kafkaesque novel The Breast; Hermione Lee, tracing the Shakespearian themes in Roth's books, from Portnoy's Complaint to The Humbling; Alain Finkielkraut, offering a deep reading of Roth's final novel, Nemesis; Claudia Roth Pierpont, assessing Roth's portrayal of women in such books as Sabbath's Theater and The Human Stain; Edna O'Brien, recalling her long friendship with Roth; and the author himself, offering a quintessentially Rothian valediction.
Welcome to Moose Street Lena Rosen is eleven years old, and her life is pretty typical. From babysitting her little sister to spending time with friends to sticking up for the class outcast to sneaking off to buy candy from the corner store, she is just like all of the other kids on her block. Except for one thing--she's Jewish. Lena's family is the only one on all of Moose Street that isn't Catholic or Protestant. "You're the ones who killed Christ," her classmates tell her. Lena knows that they're wrong, but she can't help feeling different. Anne Mazer's captivating novel of youth, difference, and acceptance is a must-read.
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