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We cannot make the mountaintop experiences, those extraordinary encounters with God, the norm. We must not think that if we aren't having them all the time that something is wrong with our faith. Those mountaintop encounters are special gifts God gives us. We should cherish them. Revisit them. Draw strength from them. But we can't live there. God is as much, if not more so, in the valleys as on the mountaintops, if we will look and listen. From the Introduction Through thirty-one brief stories and reflections Bass M. Mitchell offers readers examples of how they might look and listen for "signs" of God each day of their life. Each selection begins with a verse of Scripture and ends with a prayer. Bass M. Mitchell is a freelance writer and pastor in Bath County, Virginia. He has served as a music director, a college instructor in religion, and a program director. Bass is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School.
"Essential reading for the devout, the agnostic, and the atheist. In tackling the question of the religious brain, Graziano is respectful, sincere, and scientifically plausible. This might even be an Important Book."-Sam Wang, author of Welcome to Your Brain"A beautifully crafted, tightly scripted account of how the far-flung legions of the brain's neurons give rise to social awareness and our notions of soul, religion and God."-Christof Koch, author of The Quest for Consciousness"Lucid and engaging. . . . Moves with pace and humor."-Philip Johnson-Laird, author of Mental Models"Do we know the origins of Gods and ghosts? This well-written book makes the bold case that new discoveries in social neuroscience can illuminate human spiritual experience."-Terry Sejnowski, PhD, Salk Institute/UC San DiegoWriting for the general public, Michael S. A. Graziano explores the controversial relationship between science and religion, first dismissing the "science versus religion" debate as outdated. The cutting-edge field of social neuroscience explains how our perceptions of our own consciousness, of other minds, and of spirits and gods depend on machinery in the brain that evolved to make us socially intelligent animals. In clear prose without technical jargon, Graziano discusses his and others' findings in this twenty-year-old science and the implications for human spirituality and religion.Michael S. A. Graziano, professor of neuroscience, Princeton University, is the author of numerous articles on the functioning of the brain. He is internationally known for fundamental discoveries about sensory-motor coordination. His previous book on the brain, The Intelligent Movement Machine, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.
A modern and comprehensive introduction to this newest of the world's religions
New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe's heart-stopping tale about a woman who's suffered too much to give up on herself, even if everyone else has... Growing up, Annette Goode thought all men were as low-down as the father who abandoned her, including the boarder who abused her for years and the men she slept with to earn the money she needed to run away from her life. Now, after decades of heartache and severing ties with her dangerously unstable friend Rhoda, Annette's real life has started to take shape. . . But her dark past won't let her go. When an old secret scares away her fiancé, Annette settles with Pee Wee Davis, her on-again, off-again sweetheart since childhood. Then her ex-friend Rhoda suddenly walks back into her life, forcing Annette to decide what she should believe--and what she can forgive--as she tries to salvage the one relationship she just can't seem to let go. . .Praise for Mary Monroe "Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston." --Publishers Weekly "Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town." --Rapport
In Deepak Chopra's powerful, groundbreaking, and imaginative new work, a unique blend of storytelling and teaching, the" New York Times" bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of ten historical prophets, saints, mystics, and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God. Our belief--and therefore God itself--transforms with each passing century. In this new novel, Chopra brings to life the defining moments of our most influential sages, ultimately revealing universal lessons about the true nature of God. Job in the Old Testament experienced something completely different from Paul in the New Testament, Socrates chased a mercurial spirit almost unrecognizable to the strange voice that called to Rumi, and Shankara moved from town to town sharing the truth about a God that stood in marked contrast to the one that guided Anne Hutchinson--yet one sees an undeniable pattern. These visionaries took the human race down unknown roads, and Chopra invites us to revisit their destinations. Tearing at our hearts and uplifting our souls, "God" leads us to a profound and life-altering understanding about the nature of belief, the power of faith, and the spirit that resides within us all.
The author, an astrophysicist, rejects dogmatic materialism and argues for the theory that an infinite consciousness is the underlying reality.
A delightfully different approach to religion and spirituality, this collection of engaging personal tales transcends specific doctrines to reveal the presence of God in everyday life. Father Edward L. Beck spins tales like a master, presenting with candor and a touch of irreverence incidents and events that will resonate with readers. Exploring such universal themes and concerns as friendship, sexuality, illness, alcoholism, loss, and death, the vignettes and stories in this collection are animated...
In God Wants You Happy, Father Jonathan Morris replaces the unsatisfying, fleeting solutions we receive from the New Age self-help industry with the simplicity and depth of authentic Christian spirituality. In his work traveling the world for FOX News and in his parish work in New York City, Father Jonathan could not understand why people were choosing the vague and sometimes harmful advice of the self-help gurus and ignoring the tested and true help the Christian faith offers. He discovered that part of the problem was packaging: people thought the church dealt only in sin and guilt and not help and healing. But what if we reframed God's good news in the same terms as the self-help world? Morris argues that self-help can only take you so far; what we need is God-help. God Wants You Happy offers a life-long spiritual program that teaches you how to open yourself up to God's loving presence in order to become everything he created you to be-joyful, flourishing men and women. In other words, God wants you to be happy. Illuminated with biblical passages and filled with case studies and exercises, God Wants You Happy helps you to: Open your mind and heart to the all-loving God who wants to help and empower you Work through the Faith-Hope-Love Cure to rid yourself of self-destructive and self-limiting habits while forming new habits for receiving grace, forgiveness, acceptance, and love Tap into the natural mechanisms of self-improvement God has already put within you Discover your divine mission A lifetime of happiness is at your fingertips and the Creator of the universe wants to help you achieve it.
Contemporary Jews seeking a path toward spirituality and a renewal of faith will find it in this fresh look at the traditional rituals, prayers, celebrations, and ethical teachings of Judaism. "This book makes its case for returning to one's Jewish roots, for exploring the various paths to God, and living a fuller, richer life".--Sandra Rosenthal Berliner, "The Philadelphia Inquirer".
The majority of Americans pray, but how many recognize when God has answered? In the bustle of daily life, it's easy to overlook the quiet nudges, the subtle answers and the little ways in which the Creator responds. God Whispers isn't as much about how to pray as it is about how to listen. Author Margaret Feinberg challenges readers to live with a tender heart as well as open eyes and ears to the countless ways in which God speaks to us today.
Rarely does a book come along with a story that God can and does answer-and is believable. Rarer still a story that is convincing. In June Volk's The God Who Answers By Fire, it is God who answers not by a fire that consumes but by fire that refines! Raised in New York City, living in affluent Connecticut, she and her family suddenly uprooted and moved to rural northern Minnesota, where the refining fire was required sometimes daily, sometimes hourly -- sometimes minute-by-minute. Her story is simple, funny, serious, heart-breaking, profound, and uplifting. The refining was steady, nurturing a flame that burned from within. It's one of a kind. By her life story and teaching, she exemplifies the ideal Messianic-Jew that other people can use as their model as they struggle with their lives and faiths. Finally, the author, by writing her story, reinforces the idea that it is completely acceptable for Jewish people to accept Yeshua (Jesus) as their Jewish Messiah and still maintain their Jewish identity. June Volk longs for the day when all of the Jewish people come to faith in Yeshua and practice a life full of faith and love.
In this deeply personal look at the struggle between commitment to Jewish religious tradition and personal morality, Dr. David Hartman, the world's leading Modern Orthodox Jewish theologian, probes the deepest questions at the heart of what it means to be a human being and a Jew.
The cry of the human soul has always been to be loved faithfully, deeply, and completely. In The God Who Loves, John MacArthur gives a passionate, well-argued defense for what the love of God is-and what it is not. He explores the persistent themes of God's love and goodness throughout the Old and New Testaments and tackles the difficult questions head-on with frank, thoroughly biblical answers.
Terry Rush writes not as a casual observer but as an active participant with those who have been struck by the hauntings of heartache. In God Will Make a Way, Rush tells his own story and the true stories of others, who were dealt devastating blows but trusted an unseen God to lead them on an unknown road to the comfort and assurance that they so desperately sought. We all eventually face an event or circumstance that leaves us anxiously looking for a way through. Every human plan falls short, every mental search leads nowhere, until finally, all hope is gone. Even when there seems to be no way, the pages of this book reveal that God will make a way. In this book you will discover: How to gain a sense of control in the midst of chaos God's prescription for pain How to view hurt as your energy rather than your enemy How to control the event that has victimized you How God supports you in your pain How to go beyond surviving your pain
God has always made a way for mankind. It's His nature. But many times we think we have to make the way ourselves. It's not until we realize that we don't know what to do that we are able to hear God's voice. God Will Make a Way is an approach to specific problems in the Christian's life, but more than that, it's a new approach to solving life itself. Drs. Cloud and Townsend introduce ten "life principles" and then demonstrate how eighteen real-world dilemmas are solved by their application. The book concludes with a plan to encourage each reader to develop a personal strategy for using these principles to bring about life-changing healing.
Mac Brunson says that finding your way to God does not have to be left to chance. God has revealed Himself to the world in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the pages of His Word. The Bible reveals his thoughts, emotions, personality, and character so that we can know Him-not just know about Him. If you're tired of searching for meaning in your life, or if you're weary of the humdrum routine of doing spiritual exercises with no apparent result, dive into Brunson's book-as he leads you on a journey to the God you've been searching for. Foreword by David Jeremiah. There are also questions at the end of each chapter, for personal or group study.
In the 2nd book of the multi-author Sundering series launched by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, the shadow legacy of Erevis Cale lives on even as his old foe Mephistopheles seeks to stamp it out at any cost. Cale's son Vasen--unmoored in time by the god Mask--has thus far been shielded from the archdevil's dark schemes, alone among the servants of the Lord of Light who have raised him since birth. Living in a remote abbey nestled among the Thunder Peaks of Sembia, Vasen is haunted by dreams of his father, trapped in the frozen hell of Cania. He knows the day will come when he must assume his role in the divine drama unfolding across Faerûn. But Vasen knows not what that role should be . . . or whether he is ready to take it on. He only knows what his father tells him in dreams--that he must not fail. Enter Drasek Riven, a former compatriot of Erevis Cale, now near divine and haunted by dreams of his own--he too knows the time to act is near. Shar, the great goddess of darkness, looks to cast her shadow on the world forever. Riven has glimpsed the cycle of night she hopes to complete, and he knows she must be stopped. At the crossroads of divine intrigue and mortal destiny, unlikely heroes unite to thwart the powers of shadow and hell, and the sundering of worlds is set on its course.
Thousands of years before the pyramids were built in Egypt and the Trojan War was fought, a great civilization arose on the Anatolian plains. The Goddess and the Bull details the dramatic quest by archaeologists to unearth the buried secrets of human cultural evolution at this huge, spectacularly well-preserved 9,500-year-old village in Turkey. Here lie the origins of modern society -- the dawn of art, architecture, religion, family -- even the first tangible evidence of human self-awareness, the world's oldest mirrors. Some archaeologists have claimed that the Mother Goddess was first worshipped at Çatalhöyük, which is now a site of pilgrimage for Goddess worshippers from all over the world. The excavations here have yielded the seeds of the Neolithic Revolution, when prehistoric humans first abandoned the hunter-gatherer life they had known for millions of years, invented farming, and began living in houses and communities. Michael Balter, the excavation's official biographer, brings readers behind the scenes, providing the first inside look at the remarkable site and its history of scandal and thrilling scientific discovery. He tells the very human story of two colorful men: British archaeologist James Mellaart, who discovered Çatalhöyük in 1958 only to be banned from working at the site forever after a fabulous ancient treasure disappeared without a trace; and Ian Hodder, a pathbreaking archaeological rebel who reinvented the way archaeology is practiced and reopened the excavation after it had lain dormant for three decades. Today Hodder leads an international team of more than one hundred archaeologists who continue to probe the site's secrets. Balter reveals the true story behind modern archaeology -- the thrill of history-making scientific discovery as well as the crushing disappointments, the community and friendship, the love affairs, and the often bitter rivalries between warring camps of archaeologists. Along the way, Balter describes the cutting-edge advances in archaeological science that have allowed the team at Çatalhöyük to illuminate the central questions of human existence.
With a little help from a goddess, battling evil is a piece of cake for Jocelyn Gibson. A descendant of the goddess Isis, Jocelyn Gibson may have forgotten about the realm of magic, but it hasn't forgotten her. When Eric Hendricks is targeted by a demon, Joss must step in to battle the evil and save the town's awkward, but endearing, vet...who also happens to be the man she loves. Joss's new inn, a culinary career specializing in cooking with lavender and a new love all make for a fine recipe of disaster. She needs to embrace her inner goddess and harness the powers she never knew she had before it's too late."I can't wait to see where else Cate Masters takes us." --The Romance Reviews "A ton of adventure." --Bitten by Romance 89,795 Words
Phoebe, who recently discovered she's a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe), is finding that supernatural powers come with a crazy learning curve. Her stepfather, headmaster of the Academy for descendants of the Greek gods, has enrolled her at Dynamotheos Development Camp-aka Goddess Boot Camp-with a bunch of ten-year-olds for the summer. Embarrassing as that is, hopefully it'll help her gain control over her powers in time to pass the test of the gods, continue training hard enough to qualify for the Pythian Games, and enjoy her godly boyfriend, Griffin, all while avoiding the ultimate mistake of accidentally misusing powers. It's another fast-paced myth-inspired heroine's quest that's sure to bring out the goddess in anyone.
Pennsylvania, 1730Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it's Selah's sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there's no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope-that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch.But when news of Samuel's death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice-forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?111,000 words
A hip chick from Newport Beach, California, who's just turned thirty, discovered she's the incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, and happens to be unemployed and still living with her parents. Saving the world, though, may prove to be a curry-scented breeze compared to dealing with her extended Indian family. In their eyes she isn't just the black sheep -- she's low-grade mutton. To make matters worse, despite frequent and therapeutic bouts of shopping and Starbucks, and the mentoring of a Taco Bell-loving, Coca Cola-guzzling swami, Maya has trouble just surviving, thanks to the attentions of a Kali-hating fanatic and a matchmaking aunt hell-bent on finding her a nice Indian boy. Maya has no interest in boys. She wants a man and she may have found one. He's tall, dark, and gorgeous ... and completely uninterested in her. In the name of all that's holy and fashionable ... what on Earth is a goddess to do?
This spirited, emboldening guidebook includes more than fifty ways to get in touch with your inner divinity.Written to empower and inspire, this positive book teaches you how to connect with your inner Goddess, uncover your true goals, and create a healthy plan for achievement. With fun games and exercises, along with a list of additional resources, The Goddess in Every Girl will start you on a path of self-discovery and expression--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Be confident. Be creative. Be beautiful. Be the person you want to be! Complete astrological tables let you look up your own personal Goddess ally in the areas of life purpose, emotions, body awareness, love, nature, energy, and passion. With more than fifty activities--such as a guided journey to the Goddess center, directions for keeping a Goddess journal, breathing exercises, meditations, and instructions on creating a sacred ritual space for self-transformation--you will find the answers within yourself. It doesn't matter who you are, where you live, what you look like, how much you weigh, what your parents do, whether you are rich or poor, popular or not--you have the power of the Goddess within you. You only have to set it free!
Stir your morning coffee counterclockwise to reduce negativity or clockwise to jump start your day with positive, empowering energy. Dust your shoes with charismatic cinnamon before you leave the house. Grow a pot of lavender at your desk to promote peace. Place a bay leaf under each leg of the office copier to keep it copying smoothly. These are but a few of Patricia Telesco's enchanted tips to keep your pocket brimming with magical ideas. A charming guide to taking control of your own luck, love, joy, and prosperity, Goddess in My Pocket shows you how to recognize and activate the goddess power already within you. Whether you seek a promotion potion, dream of igniting a romance, need an amulet for your asthma, or just want to keep the car mechanic away. Practricia Telesco gives you the tools to make it happen. At home, in the office, or on the road, Goddess in my Pocket is magic at your fingertips.
A fun, action-packed novella, perfect for teenage Percy Jackson fans, starring favorite characters from Greek mythology and beloved author Tera Lynn Childs's Oh. My. Gods. series. Told from the perspective of Nicole, a popular character in the series, Goddess in Time delves into her past--and how she might be able to change it. The 150-page digital novella has been eagerly anticipated by fans who want to know more about this fun-filled world, and new readers will also find a captivating introduction to Tera Lynn Childs' Oh. My. Gods. series, as well as her other Greek mythology-based series, Sweet Venom and Forgive My Fins. As a descendant of Greek gods, Nicole has attended the Academy alongside other students with magical powers on a Greek island. Life is pretty perfect--except for the fact that she was sentenced to stay there because of a childhood prank that also resulted in her parents' banishment. When Nicole discovers a book that teaches the forbidden magic of time travel, she knows she must take a chance to right her wrong. With the help of her friends Troy and Phoebe, Nicole sets off on a quest that will take her from the heights of Mt. Olympus to the ocean depths of Poseidon's home and to the bowels of Hades. Can she mend her mistakes? And is changing the past, what she really wants? The past and future combine in thrilling, unpredictable ways--especially when Greek gods are involved! HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.