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St. Maria Goretti in Garments All Red (USED)

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MARIA GORETTI was not yet 12 years old when she was faced with that momentous decision in July of 1902: sin or death. Maria's answer to her assailant was clear: "No! No! It is a sin! God does not want this!" Alessandro stabbed Maria 14 times, and little Maria became another virgin martyr in the line of St. Agnes and St. Cecilia. Here is the beautiful true story of Maria's virtuous life that led to her heroic choice, of the Goretti family's terrible poverty, Maria's First Holy Communion, her great maturity in shouldering adult responsibilities, her forgiveness of her murderer, her lingering death, then finally her public elevation to sainthood in 1950-in the presence of her mother, her family and the largest crowd ever before seen at a canonization-over half a million people. St. Maria Goretti-In Garments All Red has already gone through several editions and is becoming a contemporary classic. Young people, especially, are deeply affected by it. But this is truly a book for all-because people of any age will be in-spired by St. Maria Goretti's purity and love of God-which triumphed over her love for life and even over the anonymity of death.
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Stewardship: A Life-Giving Spirituality

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"Fr. Joe gives us this quick read; reminding us we are all gifted. This means we are all stewards, and expected to be grateful and care for, as well as share, all we are given, including our very lives. His real, lived examples and reflection questions at the end of each chapter help the teaching points gently settle into the soul." Julie Kenny, Director of Member Services, International Catholic Stewardship Council "Enjoyable, educational and reflective read for pastors, parish councils, finance committees, and parish staffs. Grounded in the spirituality of gratitude, hopefulness, and stewardship this book includes real life experiences that can improve our efforts in promoting a call to be a 'disciple of our Lord'."
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Storm Warning (USED)

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As the black clouds of persecution grow ever closer, a small remnant sees it coming and are preparing for it. However the vast majority of Americans, Christian, and Traditional remain in a deep sleep...as if a blindfold of deception, confusion, and delusion were placed over their eyes.
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Straight & Narrow? Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexual Debate (USED)

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  • Voted one of Christianity Today's 1996 Books of the Year
  • Too often, Thomas Schmidt writes, the charged battle over homosexuality generates slogans and accusations--obscuring the struggling persons at the center of the argument.
    In this book Schmidt brings the discussion back into empathetic contact with the circumstances and the choices of individuals. At the same time he offers thoroughly researched and up-to-date information and assessment from an evangelical Christian perspective on all the main points of the debate. He includes chapters on what the Bible really says (and means) about homosexuality, the health effects of homosexual behavior, whether or not people are born with homosexual orientations, and the cogency of recent progay reconstructions of history such as John Boswell's.

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    Summa Theologica Volume IV (USED)

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    The English edition of Summa Theologica in five volumes. Contains the complete text, the supplements, a chart showing the structure of the work, and an analytical index.
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    Surprised By Joy (USED)

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    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere . . . God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous."This book is not an autobiography. It is not a confession. It is, however, certainly one of the most beautiful and insightful accounts of a person coming to faith. Here, C.S. Lewis takes us from his childhood in Belfast through the loss of his mother, to boarding school and a youthful atheism in England, to the trenches of World War I, and then to Oxford, where he studied, read, and, ultimately, reasoned his way back to God. It is perhaps this aspect of Surprised by Joy that we--believers and nonbelievers--find most compelling and meaningful; Lewis was searching for joy, for an elusive and momentary sensation of glorious yearning, but he found it, and spiritual life, through the use of reason. In this highly personal, thoughtful, intelligent memoir, Lewis guides us toward joy and toward the surprise that awaits anyone who seeks a life beyond the expected."Lewis tempered his logic with a love for beauty, wonder, and magic . . . He speaks to us with all the power and life-changing force of a Plato, a Dante, and a Bunyan."--Christianity Today"The tension of these final chapters holds the interest like the close of a thriller."--Times Literary SupplementC. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity, and Till We Have Faces.

    Surrounded by Mystery (USED)

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    Symbolism of the Celtic Cross (USED)

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    Traces the pagan-Christian link of the symbolism of the axis-mundi from standing stones and market crosses to the inscribed slabs and free-standing crosses of the Celtic-Christian era. Examines the ornamented Celtic crosses from such places as Brittany, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Cumbria, Ireland, and Cornwall.

    Tao Its History and Teachings (USED)

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    The Acts of Jesus' Apostles (USED)

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    The Age of Doubt; Tracing Our Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty (USED)

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    The Victorian era was the first great "Age of Doubt" and a critical moment in the history of Western ideas. Leading nineteenth-century intellectuals battled the Church and struggled to absorb radical scientific discoveries that upended everything the Bible had taught them about the world. In The Age of Doubt, distinguished scholar Christopher Lane tells the fascinating story of a society under strain as virtually all aspects of life changed abruptly.

    In deft portraits of scientific, literary, and intellectual icons who challenged the prevailing religious orthodoxy, from Robert Chambers and Anne Brontë to Charles Darwin and Thomas H. Huxley, Lane demonstrates how they and other Victorians succeeded in turning doubt from a religious sin into an ethical necessity.

    The dramatic adjustment of Victorian society has echoes today as technology, science, and religion grapple with moral issues that seemed unimaginable even a decade ago. Yet the Victorians' crisis of faith generated a far more searching engagement with religious belief than the "new atheism" that has evolved today. More profoundly than any generation before them, the Victorians came to view doubt as inseparable from belief, thought, and debate, as well as a much-needed antidote to fanaticism and unbridled certainty. By contrast, a look at today's extremes--from the biblical literalists behind the Creation Museum to the dogmatic rigidity of Richard Dawkins's atheism--highlights our modern-day inability to embrace doubt.

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    The Angels and Their Mission (USED)

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    Fr. Jean Danielou discusses the mission of the angels by following a historical order, looking at guardian angels, the angels and the sacraments, the spiritual life, death, and the Second Coming.
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    The Art of Happiness at Work (USED)

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    From the authors who brought you the million-copy bestseller "The Art of Happiness" comes an exploration of job, career, and finding the ultimate happiness at work.
    It spent nearly two years on the "New York Times" bestseller list and has sold well over a million copies in hardcover. It remains, five years later, in its original hardcover edition. It was the book by the Dalai Lama that broke new ground, that made him accessible to a larger audience, spreading his words of daily wisdom and message of inner peace that captured the imagination of America. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for the first time since that revolutionary book, has once again teamed up with psychiatrist Howard Cutler to resume the discussion about what makes life meaningful begun in "The Art of Happiness."
    Over the past several years, Howard Cutler has continued his conversations with the Dalai Lama, asking him the questions we all want answered about how to find happiness in the place we spend most of our time. Work-whether it's in the home or at an office-is what mostly runs our lives. We depend on it to eat, to clothe and shelter ourselves, and to take care of our families. Once again, Dr. Cutler brings forward seminal studies and asks the Dalai Lama to respond. Beginning with a direct correlation between productivity and happiness, Dr. Cutler questions His Holiness about the nature of work. In psychiatry and according to the Dalai Lama, our motivation for working determines our level of satisfaction. The book explores these three levels of focus:
    Survival focus on salary, stability, food and clothing
    Career focus on advancement
    Calling focus on work as a higher purpose
    Cutler probes the Dalai Lama's wisdom by posing these questions: How does the relationship between our personal values and those of our employers affect happiness? What is the relationship between self-awareness and work? What are the main sources of dissatisfaction and how can we cope with them? How do we deal with conflicts with coworkers and bosses? How do we deal with jealousy, anger, or hostility at work? How does the lack of freedom affect our levels of happiness? How do we deal with boredom or lack of challenge? Unfair criticism? Overly demanding or taxing situations? Job change and unemployment?
    Once again, Cutler walks us through the Dalai Lama's reasoning so that we know how to apply the wisdom to daily life. This practical application of Buddhist ideasis an invaluable source of strength and peace for anyone who earns a living.
    The Dalai Lama's most recent book, "The Wisdom of Compassion," is now available from Riverhead Books."
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    The Art of Just Sitting; Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantanza (USED)

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    Presents twenty-two selections spanning 1,500 years from scholars, Zen masters, and contemporary authors writing on the practice of shikantaza or objectless meditation.

    The Bliss of Freedom (USED)

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    The autobiography of a contemporary American mystic and master of meditation

    The bestseller list is dominated by books focusing on personal growth and self-realization. Authors such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and Wayne Dyer articulate approaches to life that depart from Western ways. Now, in the tradition of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi, Master Charles escorts the reader along the road of his personal journey of self-discovery and enlightenment, from child music prodigy to phenomenally successful leader of the meditation industry. As the originator of the Synchronicity High-Tech Meditation Experience, the author has introduced thousands of people throughout the world to his contemporary accelerated form of meditation.

    Born Charles Cannon in Syracuse, NY, Master Charles spent 12 years as an ordained Vedic monk, studying under Parmahansa Muktananda, Indian guru to Hollywood celebrities as well as the prime minister of India. In 1982 he developed a very scientific and powerful system of music designed to alter the frequency of brain waves, with little or no effort from the listener. Thus he created a more accessible Western context in which to impart the lessons of ancient Eastern philosophy and meditation.

    This is a fascinating story of an unusual American whose life has been a bridge between two cultures.

    "The Bliss of Freedom is a celebration of life... a glimpse of the potential and possibilities for us all, here, now". -- John Bradshaw, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You

    The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Christ (USED)

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    The Bullet in Mary's Crown

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    One hundred years ago a series of events occurred in a small village in Portugal, the impact of which was felt around the world. Over a six-month period a vision appeared to three small children bringing a warning message to all humanity.
    On the hundredth anniversary of the vision of Our Lady of Fatima learn why Her message is as important today as it was in 1917 and of the special children selected to be her messengers.

    The Challenge of Faith (USED)

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    The Christ Book (USED)

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    The Christmas Miracle (USED)

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    The author of The Christmas Box shares the miracle story behind the original book as he describes his own spiritual journey and the experiences of people whose lives were changed by his book.
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    The Church as Moral Community (USED)

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    "A major contribution providing new impetus for ecumenical inquiry. A rich and multifaceted argument for the comprehensive and global implications of particular formational processes within Christian faith communities."
    --Anna Marie Aargaard

    ..".this is a thoughtful and provocative book. It has been a long time since I read anything that seemed so hopeful about a movement that looks so difficult to resurrect in today's world. As one commentator put it, and I agree, 'If anyone can breathe new life into the ecumenical movement it is Lewis Mudge.'"
    --The Clergy Journal

    "Mudge provides a valuable contribution to the discussion of ecclesiology and ethics through his insistence that local congregations in all their diversity are the basis for building moral community....The book will be a useful resource for those who are seeking new ways to be church in a broken world."
    --Toronto Journal of Theology

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    The Common Things: Essays on Thomism and Education (USED)

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    This volume presents a critique of the privacies of contemporary education, with its emphasis upon the conventional and useful. The essays seek to uphold an account of man's intellectual and affective capacities which understands these capacities as naturally ordered to truth.
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    The Covering; God's Plan to Protect You from Evil (USED)

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    In a world where evil seems to lurk around every corner and our thoughts turn to worry about our safety and security, the armor of God is our Father's protection in the fight against evils of our temporary home. Best-selling author Hank Hanegraaff describes God's protective covering over his children by dissecting Paul's words in Ephesians 6: 10-18 commanding us to put on the armor of God and "take our stand against the devil's schemes." Hanegraaff moves through the passage, phrase by phrase, defining God's armor, explaining what it means to embrace God's covering, and the practical ways God delivers us from evil.

    The Cross; Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (USED)

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    The Diocese of Providence Rhode Island; A Short History 1780-2000 (USED)

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    The Divine Milieu (USED)

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    The Facts on Islam (USED)

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    This 48-page booklet contrasts the beliefs of biblical Christianity with those of Islam and provides a solid basis for understanding present conflicts and future world events.

    The Flight of the Wild Gander; Explorations in the Mythological Dimensions of Fairy Tales, Legends and Symbols (USED)

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    One of the most respected minds of our time, Joseph Campbell explores the range of mythologies from Grimm's fairy tales to Native American legends, offers the reader unique insights into the legends, offers the reader unique insights into the origins and function of mythology, and ponders the forms mythology may take in the future.
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    The Formation of the New Testament (USED)

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    The Future of God (USED)

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    From the New York Times Bestselling Author.
    Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life.

    God is in trouble. The rise of the militant atheist movement spearheaded by Richard Dawkins signifies, to many, that the deity is an outmoded myth in the modern world. Deepak Chopra passionately disagrees, seeing the present moment as the perfect time for making spirituality what it really should be: reliable knowledge about higher reality. Outlining a path to God that turns unbelief into the first step of awakening, Deepak shows us that a crisis of faith is like the fire we must pass through on the way to power, truth, and love.

    "Faith must be saved for everyone's sake," he writes. "From faith springs a passion for the eternal, which is even stronger than love. Many of us have lost that passion or have never known it." In any age, faith is a cry from the heart. God is the higher consciousness that responds to the cry. "By itself, faith can't deliver God, but it does something more timely: It makes God possible."

    For three decades, Deepak Chopra has inspired millions with his profound writing and teaching. With The Future of God, he invites us on a journey of the spirit, providing a practical path to understanding God and our own place in the universe. Now, is a moment of reinvigoration, he argues. Now is moment of renewal. Now is the future.

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    The Gods of War (USED)

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    Does religion cause war? It is often claimed that religion is responsible for more wars, more global conflicts and more deaths than any other factor. After all, the world has seen its share of crusades, inquisitions and jihads. Enlightened, modern people assume that if we could only discard primitive religious belief, the world would be a better place. Alas, the picture is not quite so simple. "Indeed," writes Meic Pearse, "there is only one thing that bears a heavier responsibility than religion as a principal cause of war. And that is, of course, irreligion." In this provocative book, historian Meic Pearse debunks the common misconception that religion causes war. He argues that while religion is often a significant generator of armed conflict both in the past and in the present, the two principal causes of human warfare are in fact culture and greed for territory, resources or power. Since culture and greed often clothe themselves in religion, wars fought for culture often appear to be fought for religion. With keen analysis of global history and current events, Pearse shows how irreligion has produced far bloodier wars than religion, and how global secularism itself does violence to religion and traditional cultures. Ultimately, throughout history warfare has been waged over the shape of society itself. A crisis in meaning leads people to fight for what they fear may be lost. For a world weary of war, Pearse points beyond both cultural and secular metanarratives to an alternative hope.

    The Great House of God (USED)

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    The Great Medieval Heretics (USED)

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    Replete with terror, passion, and hope, this gripping narrative history explores the intricate mysteries of medieval Europe through the lives of the great heretics whose beliefs and practices challenged the teachings of an all-powerful church. Five centuries of social and spiritual turmoil are covered through a vivid and telling mix of events, personalities, and ideas.
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    The Great Poems of the Bible (USED)

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    In The Great Poems of the Bible, James Kugel, acclaimed Harvard scholar and former poetry editor of Harpers Magazine, selects eighteen essential poems from the Hebrew Bible and offers his own original and articulate translations of these core pieces of religious literature. His eloquent renditions are paired with deeply informed discussions about the conditions surrounding each poem, including its history and whatÊthe best religious scholarship and literary criticism tell us about how the poem should be understood. Kugel explains traditions, clarifies often-misunderstood language, and offers readers wonderfully insightful explanations that are indispensable to understanding the poems and, ultimately, the fundamental teachings of the Old Testament.
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    The Greatest Prayer; Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer (USED)

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    In The Greatest Prayer, foremost historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan, bestselling author of Historical Jesus and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, intimately explores the revolutionary meaning of the cornerstone of Christian faith: The Lord's Prayer.

    The Hiding Places of God (USED)

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    The bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Thief in the Night undertakes an exhaustive, around-the-world investigation of spiritual phenomena, miracles, and apparitions. First-hand experience forces him to confront his own skepticism and adjust his beliefs. A fascinating study and inspiring reading for those seeking meaning in everyday life.

    The Interpretation of the New Testament 1861-1961 (USED)

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    The Joy of Living; A Guide to Daily Living with Mother Teresa (USED)

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    The ideas and insights to be found in these pages spring from incidents in Mother Teresa's own life: She speaks of men and women who have lived and died uncomplainingly, even in the midst of great poverty and deprivation; of wealthy businessmen whose indifference has been transformed into compassion and charity, and of her encounters with people and governments around the globe. Through all of this, Mother emphasizes the need for a disciplined, loving family life, for "in the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world." Drawing on more than seventy years of selfless service to the poorest of the poor, she discusses the importance of work and prayer, charity and service, the right to life and, above all, the need to love - unconditionally and absolutely. For all those who seek to find meaning and fulfillment in life, The Joy in Loving will prove a constant source of guidance, comfort, and peace.

    The Limits of the Papacy (USED)

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    The Mind of the Fathers (USED)

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    A collection of articles covering the thought and teaching of the Church Fathers, on Tradition and Worship, with essays on Eusebios, Gregory of Nyssa, John Chrysostom, Dionysios the Areopagite, Photios, and St Nikodemos the Hagiorite.

    The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha (USED)

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    The Old Testament (USED)

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    The Parables; Understanding WHat Jesus Meant (USED)

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    Join Gary Inrig at the feet of Jesus and experience His parables as though for the first time.

    In The Parables, you'll feel as though you can smell the odors of Jewish villages, feel the dust of Galilean roads, and hear the voice of the Savior putting you into His stories.

    You'll be encouraged by what you learn about yourself and God.

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    The Portable World Bible (USED)

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    The Portable World Bible presents the fundamental tenets of the world's basic source religions. Contemporary readers are offered, in concise, authoritative translations, the religious thought of the ages, selected, interpreted, and arranged in view of modern man's quest for ultimate truths and values. Robert O. Ballou, the volume's editor, has omitted mere stories, history, and ceremonial detail; what remains in every case is the essence of religion, set down with a clarity and simplicity never before achieved. The Portable World Bible is an unparalleled work of poetic and ethical inspiration, a book that makes a deep appeal to the mind and spirit.
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    The Power of Hope (USED)

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    The Prayer of Jabez (USED)

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    The author discusses how a brief, little known prayer from the Old Testament can provide the inspiration to live a more blessed life.

    The Prayer of Jabez (USED)

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    Get the devotional and Journal together in this 2 pack.
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    The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon (USED)

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    This book presents the first-ever English translation of the Prison Narratives written by the seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717). Although she was marginalized and ignored by French historians for two centuries after her death, Guyon became a major figure in the development of transatlantic Protestant spirituality in the eighteenth century, and her writings have remained popular among English-speaking audiences.

    Guyon's narrative describes her confinement between 1695 and 1703 in various prisons, including the dreaded Bastille. It also maps, in moving and unforgettable detail, the political and religious hegemony that sought to destroy her reputation and erase her from history. Although she published an autobiography in 1720, Guyon kept the part that described her experience in prison private and the text remained undiscovered for almost three centuries - until an archival version was found and published in 1992 under the title Recits de Captivite (Prison Narratives).
    Mourad and Guenin-Lelle provide here not only a translation of the full Narratives but a thorough introduction, including a brief biography of Guyon, an analysis of the Quietist Affair (the religious and political conflict responsible for her persecution), and a summary of the key historical, literary, and theological aspects of Guyon's prison writings. The introduction represents the most detailed examination of the Prison Narratives presently available in either English or French.

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    The Provincials (USED)

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    "The Provincials," Eli Evans's classic portrait of Jews in the South, takes readers inside the nexus between Southern and Jewish histories, from the earliest immigrants to the present day. Fully updated by the author, "The Provincials" brilliantly evokes the rhythms and heartbeat of Southern Jewish life. Evans intertwines his autobiography of growing up Jewish in the Bible belt with stories of communities, individuals, and events in this unfamiliar American landscape.

    The Quest for Unity; Orthodox and Catholics in Dialogue (USED)

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