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The Gospel in Dickens - Selections from His Works (Paperback): Charles Dickens The Gospel in Dickens - Selections from His Works (Paperback)
Charles Dickens; Edited by Gina Dalfonzo; Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior
R344 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R25 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wish you had time to re-read and enjoy that daunting stack of Charles Dickens novels? Take heart: Dickens enthusiast Gina Dalfonzo has done the heavy lifting for you. In short, readable excerpts she presents the essence of the great novelist's prodigious output, teasing out dozens of the most memorable scenes to reveal the Christian vision and values that suffuse all his work. Dickens can certainly entertain, but his legacy endures because of his power to stir consciences with the humanity of his characters and their predicaments. While he could be ruthless in his characterization of greed, injustice, and religious hypocrisy, again and again the hope of redemption shines through. In spite of - or perhaps because of - his own failings, Dickens never stopped exploring the themes of sin, guilt, repentance, redemption, and restoration found in the gospel. In some passages the Christian elements are explicit, in others implicit, but, as Dickens himself said, they all reflect his understanding of and reverence for the gospel. The Gospel in Dickens includes selections from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Sketches by Boz - with a cast of unforgettable characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Sydney Carton, Jenny Wren, Fagin, Pip, Joe Gargery, Mr. Bumble, Miss Havisham, Betsey Trotwood, and Madame Defarge.

On Reading Well - Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Hardcover): Karen Swallow Prior On Reading Well - Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Hardcover)
Karen Swallow Prior; Foreword by Leland Ryken
R310 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R55 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Publishers Weekly starred review A Best Book of 2018 in Religion, Publishers Weekly Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for the good life by showing readers what virtue looks like and where vice leads. It is not just what one reads but how one reads that cultivates virtue. Reading good literature well requires one to practice numerous virtues, such as patience, diligence, and prudence. And learning to judge wisely a character in a book, in turn, forms the reader's own character. Acclaimed author Karen Swallow Prior takes readers on a guided tour through works of great literature both ancient and modern, exploring twelve virtues that philosophers and theologians throughout history have identified as most essential for good character and the good life. In reintroducing ancient virtues that are as relevant and essential today as ever, Prior draws on the best classical and Christian thinkers, including Aristotle, Aquinas, and Augustine. Covering authors from Henry Fielding to Cormac McCarthy, Jane Austen to George Saunders, and Flannery O'Connor to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Prior explores some of the most compelling universal themes found in the pages of classic books, helping readers learn to love life, literature, and God through their encounters with great writing. In examining works by these authors and more, Prior shows why virtues such as prudence, temperance, humility, and patience are still necessary for human flourishing and civil society. The book includes end-of-chapter reflection questions geared toward book club discussions, features original artwork throughout, and includes a foreword from Leland Ryken.

Plough Quarterly No. 19 - School for Life (Paperback): Eugene Vodolazkin, Karen Swallow Prior, Christian Wiman, John Thornton,... Plough Quarterly No. 19 - School for Life (Paperback)
Eugene Vodolazkin, Karen Swallow Prior, Christian Wiman, John Thornton, D L Mayfield, …
R215 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R22 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What we want for schools reveals what we value as a society. "What's the point of school?" Parents have a stock set of responses, but the question remains unsettled, even two centuries after the Prussians invented compulsory education. The Prussian idea of what a school is for - to mold the populace to serve the state - seems unacceptable today. In vogue, instead, are slogans like "acquiring marketable skills" and "realizing your full potential." These ideas powerfully shape our culture. Ultimately, they boil down to pursuing one supreme value: individual success in a competitive world. Schools are a mirror of our society as a whole; what we want for schools makes plain what and whom we value in our common life. In the Christian tradition, the life of discipleship is also a school. In this educational community, under the instruction of our one Teacher, we learn not to seek empowerment, but to find strength in weakness; not to out-achieve others, but to serve them; not to pursue our passion, but to obey a call. Also in this issue: poetry by Christian Wiman; reviews of new books by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, Francisco Cantu, Leif Enger, Carol Anderson, Stephanie Land, and Susan Wise Bauer; and art by Margaret McWethy, Albrecht Durer, Raphael, Gerard David, Jackie Morris, Gustaf Tenggren, Sergey Dushkin, Anja Percival, Dmitry Samofalov, Christoph Wetzel, Sherrie York, Cathleen Rehfield, Pawel Kuczynski, and Jason Landsel. Plough Quarterly features stories, ideas, and culture for people eager to put their faith into action. Each issue brings you in-depth articles, interviews, poetry, book reviews, and art to help you put Jesus' message into practice and find common cause with others.

Walking Through Infertility - Biblical, Theological, and Moral Counsel for Those Who Are Struggling (Paperback): Matthew Arbo Walking Through Infertility - Biblical, Theological, and Moral Counsel for Those Who Are Struggling (Paperback)
Matthew Arbo; Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior
R300 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R53 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores what the Bible says about infertility, helping the church walk alongside couples struggling with infertility and assessing the ethical issues surrounding common fertility treatments and reproductive technologies.

“This book was written to help you see and understand that God is the Giver of life. You are his child. He cares deeply about you. When you hurt, he hurts with you.” —from the Introduction

Infertility is the profoundly wounding experience of many couples, often leading to feelings of despair and shame as they grapple with shattered dreams and unanswered questions. But God does not leave them alone in their pain. The Creator and Redeemer of life has not forsaken the infertile, but has called and equipped them to participate in his church, kingdom, and mission.

Overflowing with warmth and sensitivity, this book explores what the Bible says about infertility, helping the church walk alongside couples struggling with infertility and assessing the ethical issues surrounding common fertility treatments and reproductive technologies.

Plough Quarterly No. 25 - Solidarity (Paperback): James Gurney, Emmanuel Katongole, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Sally Thomas, Wesley... Plough Quarterly No. 25 - Solidarity (Paperback)
James Gurney, Emmanuel Katongole, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Sally Thomas, Wesley Hill, …
R245 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The summer of 2020 has shown us how much we all depend on one another. Whatever else they do, pandemics show us we are not alone. Covid-19 is proof that, yes, there is such a thing as society; the disease has spread precisely because we aren't autonomous individuals disconnected from each other, but rather all belong to one great body of humanity. The pain inflicted by the pandemic is far from equally distributed. Yet it reveals ever more clearly how much we all depend on one another, and how urgently necessary it is for us to bear one another's burdens. It's a good time, then, to talk about solidarity. The more so because it's a theme that's also raised by this year's other major development, the international protests for racial justice following George Floyd's death. The protests, too, raised the question of solidarity in guilt, even guilt across generations. By taking up our common guilt with all humanity, we come into solidarity with the one who bears it and redeems it all. In Christ, sins are forgiven, guilt abolished, and a new way of living together becomes possible. This solidarity in forgiveness gives rise to a life of love. This issue of Plough explores what solidarity means, and what it looks like to live it out today, whether in Uganda, Bolivia, or South Korea, in an urban church, a Bruderhof, or a convent.

Still Evangelical? - Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning (Paperback): Mark Labberton Still Evangelical? - Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning (Paperback)
Mark Labberton; Contributions by Shane Claiborne, Jim Daly, Mark Galli, Lisa Sharon Harper, …
R389 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R67 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Eight Women of Faith (Paperback): Michael A.G. Haykin Eight Women of Faith (Paperback)
Michael A.G. Haykin; Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior
R310 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R52 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Sense and Sensibility (Hardcover): Karen Swallow Prior Sense and Sensibility (Hardcover)
Karen Swallow Prior; Jane Austen
R500 R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Save R60 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Romeo & Juliet - the full play-includes essays and annotations by Callie Feyen of The Teacher Diaries (Paperback): Editor Sara... Romeo & Juliet - the full play-includes essays and annotations by Callie Feyen of The Teacher Diaries (Paperback)
Editor Sara Barkat, Callie Feyen, Karen Swallow Prior
R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Fierce Convictions - The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More ?Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Hardcover): Karen Swallow Prior Fierce Convictions - The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More ?Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Hardcover)
Karen Swallow Prior
R547 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R41 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With a foreword by Eric Metaxas, best-selling author of "Bonhoeffer" and "Amazing Grace."

The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain's upper classes, and taught a nation how to read.

The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th-Century British society through her keen intellect, literary achievements, collaborative spirit, strong Christian principles, and colorful personality. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a best-selling author and acclaimed playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. Yet she was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain's slave trade.

"Fierce Convictions" weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield's Great Awakening, the rise and influence of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it.

Booked - Literature in the Soul of Me (Paperback): Karen Swallow Prior Booked - Literature in the Soul of Me (Paperback)
Karen Swallow Prior
R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Out of stock

A life of books. A life of soul. Professor Karen Swallow Prior poignantly and humorously weaves the two, until you can't tell one life from the other. Booked draws on classics like Great Expectations, delights such as Charlotte's Web, the poetry of Hopkins and Donne, and more. This thoughtful, straight-up memoir will be pure pleasure for book-lovers, teachers, and anyone who has struggled to find a way to articulate the inexpressible through a love of story.

Fierce Convictions - The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More--Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (MP3 format, CD): Karen Swallow Prior Fierce Convictions - The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More--Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (MP3 format, CD)
Karen Swallow Prior; Foreword by Eric Metaxas; Read by Christine Stevens
R300 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R20 (7%) Out of stock

With a foreword by Eric Metaxas, bestselling author of "Bonhoeffer" and "Amazing Grace"

The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain's upper classes, and taught a nation how to read.

The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th-century British society. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a bestselling author and playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. She was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain's slave trade.

"Fierce Convictions" weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of a life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield's Great Awakening, the rise of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it.

Heart of Darkness (Hardcover): Karen Swallow Prior Heart of Darkness (Hardcover)
Karen Swallow Prior; Joseph Conrad
R683 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R60 (9%) Out of stock
Every Living Thing (Paperback): Christine Gutleben Every Living Thing (Paperback)
Christine Gutleben; Foreword by Karen Swallow Prior, Charles C. Camosy
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Out of stock
Fierce Convictions - The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More--Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Standard format, CD): Karen Swallow... Fierce Convictions - The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More--Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Standard format, CD)
Karen Swallow Prior; Foreword by Eric Metaxas; Read by Christine Stevens
R419 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R26 (6%) Out of stock

With a foreword by Eric Metaxas, bestselling author of "Bonhoeffer" and "Amazing Grace"

The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain's upper classes, and taught a nation how to read.

The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th-century British society. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a bestselling author and playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. She was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain's slave trade.

"Fierce Convictions" weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of a life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield's Great Awakening, the rise of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it.

Cultural Engagement - A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Hardcover): Josh Chatraw, Karen Swallow Prior Cultural Engagement - A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Hardcover)
Josh Chatraw, Karen Swallow Prior
R654 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R124 (19%) Out of stock

How should Christians approach important contemporary issues like war, race, creation care, gender, and politics? Christians in every culture are confronted with social trends and moral questions that can be difficult to navigate. But, the Bible often doesn't speak directly to such issues. Even when it does, it can be confusing to know how best to apply the biblical teaching. In Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues authors Joshua D. Chatraw and Karen Swallow Prior first offer a broadly accessible framework for cultural engagement and then explore specific hot topics in current Western culture including: Sexuality Gender Roles Human Life and Reproduction Technology Immigration and Race Creation and Creature Care Politics Work Arts War, Weapons, and Capital Punishment Featuring contributions from over forty top thinkers, proponents of various views on the specific topics present their approaches in their own words, providing readers an opportunity to fairly consider options. Unique in how it addresses both big-picture questions about cultural engagement and pressing current issues, Cultural Engagement provides a thorough and broad introduction useful for students, professors, pastors, college ministers, and any believer wanting to more effectively exercise their faith in the public square.

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