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With Hook in Hand, Enrich Your Spiritual Practice and Renew Your
What can you learn about yourself through your crocheting? What deeper symbolism lies behind the loops and patterns that you create? How can this simple activity help you make your way down a spiritual path? Delve into these questions and more in this imaginative book that will become your spiritual friend, your teacher and your sanctuary. Follow the crochet journeys of the author and other crocheters to discover how they have used their crocheting to explore and strengthen their spiritual selves, and how you can do the same. In this joyful and engaging look at a time-honored craft, you will discover ways to: Find a Sense of Fullness and Gratitude Have More within a Structure of Less Combine the Spiritual Practices of Meditation and Prayer Create Tools for Intensifying Spiritual Practice Find Your Spiritual Path with Crochet Connect with Community through Crochet Make Crochet Uniquely Yours and much more
Following on from the hugely popular `Angel Saved My Life' series comes a moving new collection of real-life stories from the Afterlife. Following the bestsellers An Angel by My Side and An Angel Held My Hand comes a brand new collection of heartwarming and inspiring real-life dramas about people who have had 'a little help' from the other side when they most needed it. Stories include: * The shouting angel whose playful antics saved a young girl from falling down the stairs. * The angel who prevented a woman's bad judgement becoming a tragedy. * The whispering angel who helped a serial dieter lose weight for good. * The angel voice that quietly guided a woman to her soul mate. * The group of friends whose guardian angels revealed their purpose in life. * The laughing angel who helped a lost boy find his way home. These are just some of the miraculous accounts in this inspiring new collection of true stories.
In a life full of stress and anxiety, comes "30 Rays of Hope", a book that is rich in meditative thoughts and words that compel you to take a deeper look at the simpler pleasures of life along with which is a compilation of prayers from across the world.
A new edition of the classic that helped launch the Centering Prayer movement.
Centering Prayer is a precious part of the ancient spiritual traditions of the West. When "Finding Grace at the Center" was first published in 1978, people all over the world welcomed this practical guide to a simple and beautiful form of meditative prayer. Reflections and advice on Centering Prayer s possibilities and its pitfalls are presented with clarity and simplicity, with a vision of the deeper life of the soul that contemplative prayer can bring about. Now, with a new foreword by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, another generation will discover the amazing difference Centering Prayer can make in their lives.
A hundred years after William James delivered the celebrated lectures that became "The Varieties of Religious Experience," one of the foremost thinkers in the English-speaking world returns to the questions posed in James's masterpiece to clarify the circumstances and conditions of religion in our day. An elegant mix of the philosophy and sociology of religion, Charles Taylor's powerful book maintains a clear perspective on James's work in its historical and cultural contexts, while casting a new and revealing light upon the present.
Lucid, readable, and dense with ideas that promise to transform current debates about religion and secularism, "Varieties of Religion Today" is much more than a revisiting of James's classic. Rather, it places James's analysis of religious experience and the dilemmas of doubt and belief in an unfamiliar but illuminating context, namely the social horizon in which questions of religion come to be presented to individuals in the first place.
Taylor begins with questions about the way in which James conceives his subject, and shows how these questions arise out of different ways of understanding religion that confronted one another in James's time and continue to do so today. Evaluating James's treatment of the ethics of belief, he goes on to develop an innovative and provocative reading of the public and cultural conditions in which questions of belief or unbelief are perceived to be individual questions. What emerges is a remarkable and penetrating view of the relation between religion and social order and, ultimately, of what "religion" means.
In our culture of distraction it can be hard to focus on spiritual
matters. Work, finances, and uncertain futures are just a few
things that overwhelm us daily. Discover how to overcome and
develop an everyday spirituality that will guide your actions and
bring meaning to your hectic life.
Does life have meaning? Is it possible for life to be meaningful when the world is filled with suffering and when so much depends merely upon chance? Even if there is meaning, is there enough to justify living? These questions are difficult to resolve. There are times in which we face the mundane, the illogically cruel, and the tragic, which leave us to question the value of our lives. However, Iddo Landau argues, our lives often are, or could be made, meaningful-we've just been setting the bar too high for evaluating what meaning there is. When it comes to meaning in life, Landau explains, we have let perfect become the enemy of the good. We have failed to find life perfectly meaningful, and therefore have failed to see any meaning in our lives. We must attune ourselves to enhancing and appreciating the meaning in our lives, and Landau shows us how to do that. In this warmly written book, rich with examples from the author's life, film, literature, and history, Landau offers new theories and practical advice that awaken us to the meaning already present in our lives and demonstrates how we can enhance it. He confronts prevailing nihilist ideas that undermine our existence, and the questions that dog us no matter what we believe. While exposing the weaknesses of ideas that lead many to despair, he builds a strong case for maintaining more hope. Along the way, he faces provocative questions: Would we choose to live forever if we could? Does death render life meaningless? If we examine it in the context of the immensity of the whole universe, can we consider life meaningful? If we feel empty once we achieve our goals, and the pursuit of these goals is what gives us a sense of meaning, then what can we do? Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World is likely to alter the way you understand your life.
Live happier and healthier with powerful insights into the Twenty-third Psalm, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Beatitudes.
"Deeply respecting, and bowing down before the character of Our Saviour, you cannot go very wrong, and will always preserve at heart a true spirit of veneration and humility." Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was a great storyteller; he possessed the unique ability of documenting the realities of life for both his contemporaries and future generations. A journalist, commentator, historian, and the social conscience of a nation, his influence and reach extended far beyond that normally associated with a novelist. Although the subject of numerous books, none have sought to detail how the writer tried through his work to change the hearts of his readers. In this authoritative and highly readable new biography, Keith Hooper explores the nature and development of Dickens's faith, and the means by which it was expressed. This excellent study of Dickens's beliefs and struggles with the contemporary church gives new and valuable insight into his literary work.
Saint John's Gospel ends with the words, "But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written" (John 21: 25). This very popular book by master storyteller John Shea picks up where the Gospel of John leaves off. Inside its pages are stories that Christians tell, a few of the worlds they inhabit, invitations that lure them, and decisions that face them.
A sequel to "The Artist's Way" that presents the next step in Julia Cameron's course of discovering and recovering the creative self. Full of valuable strategies and techniques for breaking through new creative ground, this is the "intermediate-level" of the programme.
Affirmation is the core of prayer practice as taught by Jesus. In this undertanding of prayer, Jesus raised us from being mere beggars, asking for things of the physical world from a God "out there." Instead, he united us with our Source--our Father--reminding us that we are sons and daughters to the very essence of all that is, that we have direct and constant access to all we will ever need.
Covering such timely issues as witness in a multifaith society and
political engagement in a pluralistic world, this compelling book
highlights things Christians can do to serve the common good. Now
Long after Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore wrote about the twelve powers, people today continue to study these faculties and body centers. Author Charles Roth provides an easy-to-understand introduction to Fillmore's philosophies. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific power and its relative physical location in the body.
Prayer Ministry of the Church is a collection of five messages on prayer by the great Chinese pastor and teacher, Watchman Nee.
Feel the greatest love. Experience the greatest love. Embody the greatest love.
The greatest love is love that truly lasts and has no conditions. It is the love of a mother for her child. It is the love we read about in poems. It is the love we long to have.
We all have challenges that keep us from experiencing this greatest love. These challenges may present themselves in your health, relationships, or finances. With this book, learn how to unblock your life in 30 minutes a day with the power of unconditional love, the greatest love, which surpasses the human and enters the love of all creation.
Practice the simple, joyful exercises within this book, and receive powerful blessings from Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, a world-renowned healer, humanitarian, spiritual master, and 11 time New York Times bestselling author, Master Maya Mackie, who also embodies the purest love and compassion, as well as Master Francisco Quintero.
The power of greatest love can melt all blockages and harmonize all separation and all that is not love. Carry this treasure with you to apply its wisdom anywhere, anytime, to enrich and bless your health, relationships, finances, intelligence, and every aspect of life.
This book is about bread - why we make it, how to make it, what it has to teach us, the memories it gives us. Bread offers connection - as Jesus connected with his friends; as we connect with our children; as Demeter, the goddess of grain, bound herself to her daughter. People of every culture are tied together by the breads they bake. Bread helps us remember who we are and whom we love. Bread gives us calm. It is the opposite of fast food. You cannot make bread in ten minutes and the slow work of kneading and shaping and meditating heals our over-scheduled lives. Bread demands peace; you cannot grow grain in a battlefield. And justice: cheap bread that depends on the loss of the family farm is too bitter to eat. Bread, in fact, rises up out of the past into our fractured postmodern age. When we question all our assumptions and struggle to find a reason for existence, the making of bread gives meaning. There is no rational explanation for this - the healing power of making bread has nothing to do with the mind and everything to do with the wisdom of the hands. In this beautifully and lavishly illustrated book - you can almost smell the aroma of fresh baked bread - Donna Sinclair shares recipes and memories, stories and ideas about precious loaves that stir memory and bring pleasure. You can make your own bread (and memories) with this book; or simply contemplate the wisdom of stories found within as you visit your local bakery or make your morning toast.
The newest offering from the immensely popular
The structure of this book allows you to learn in a simple and understandable way, at least that is the intention of the author, the central content and the fundamentals of the original message of the Templar Knighthood, beyond the fictional, folk, bizarre, false, and misleading aspects. The analysis of the profound and original motivations that underlie the movement of the Knights of the Temple, as well as the historical and social context, are essential elements not only for understanding the spirit of knighthood but also for recognising the reasons for the rapid spread of this organisation and its role in the military, economic, and spiritual history of medieval Europe. This book represents an exercise, and effort that the author hopes will be understood by the reader and eventually appreciated, since the person who writes this pursues, in everyday life, a profession that is not that of a professional historian.
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