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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)

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 Forest Through the Trees

The Forest Through the Trees

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So I was thinking, - as I turned 70 and all (Wow! 70?), if I was to die tomorrow, what would I be leaving behind? Let's see, there's my Camaro SS, my Harley Dyna Wide, a few bills, my Garden Tractor, my tools, etc. So maybe, I thought, I should leave behind something a little more substantial, - something that might give an inkling to the nature of all those years that I poured myself into my Parishes (and into my Truck Driving), - all the joys, sacrifices, frustrations, triumphs, failures, laughs, heartaches, tears, commitment, betrayals and love (did I miss anything?). And well, here it is. A written collection of those experiences, thoughts and observations, in print, and available on the internet no less! I guess that takes care of eternity. Now, I sure didn't write all this to bore anyone, so I hope that you will find, tucked within these pages, a few bits and a few episodes that may serve to get a rise out of you, and possibly illuminate some of the gray areas you might have as to what it means to be a human being, and, maybe in particular, a Christian. Hey, swimming as we do through the often swift currents of our culture and its traditions, it's easy to get lost. I know I do! So, here's hoping that these humble efforts of mine might help us both to find our way home.
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The Forest Through the Trees

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One of the disciplines I embraced during my 30+ years as a Christian Pastor was the challenge to write a monthly Pastoral Letter to the members of my Parish. I don't know how many my "folks" ever read them, but I know that I truly enjoyed the effort it took to write them. It's good for the soul and the mind to write out how you feel about things. Maybe you should try it! So I was thinking, - as I just turned 70 and all (Wow! 70?), if I were to die tomorrow, what would I be leaving behind? Let's see, there's my Camaro SS, my Harley Dyna-Wide, a few bills, my Garden Tractor, my tools, etc. So maybe, I thought, I should leave something a little more substantial, - something that might give a "whiff" of the "scent" of all those years that I poured myself into my Parishes, - all the joys, the sacrifices, the frustrations, the laughs, the heartaches, the tears, the commitment, the love. And well, here it is. A collection of those monthly letters, in print, and on Amazon and no less! I guess that takes care of eternity. In truth, my hope is that this book of letters can help illuminate some of the gray areas of Christian ways, culture and tradition. I guess it's like when I got my first set of glasses. Right away I said, "Wow! I can see again!" Its a really cool feeling, and I just hope that these musings of mine can some how help all of us see the wholeness of Christian life (and just plain old life itself) a little more clearly. Now, beyond the letters, I have included some other little gifts as well. So hey, if you are maybe feeling a little daring, give it try. Maybe you'll find something in here that you like. If not, hey whatever, - at least you gave it a shot, - and I appreciate it. May you find many unexpected joys and mysteries in your travels. JJ
The Gods of War (USED)

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)

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.
The Greatest Prayer; Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer (USED)

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 Jesus Family Tomb: The Evidence Behind the Discovery No One Wanted to Find (USED)

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

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 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.

The Prayer of Jabez (USED)

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.
The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon (USED)

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 R�cits de Captivit� (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.

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

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The Red Thread of Passion (USED)

The Red Thread of Passion (USED)

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Is sex an enemy that must be subdued before spiritual practice can happen, or is it a powerful creative force and a vehicle of enlightenment? There may be no completely satisfying answer--though the question has engendered discussion for centuries. David Guy's contribution takes the form of a personal exploration of the place of sex in his own life and meditation practice, as well as in the lives and work of figures he has come to regard as pioneers on the boundaries of sex and spirituality: Walt Whitman, D. H. Lawrence, Alan Watts, and the erotic writer Marco Vassi among them. It also includes accounts of his pilgrimages to contemporary theorists, activists, and sex workers.

From poets to prostitutes, everyone has something to say, even though the reconciliation of sex and spirituality may always remain something of a paradox--as expressed in the Zen koan from which the title is taken: "Why is it that the most clear-eyed monk cannot sever the red thread of passion between his legs?" David Guy's answer is this honest and compelling exploration of the nature of desire.

The Reinvention of Work; A New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time (USED)

The Reinvention of Work; A New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time (USED)

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"A compassionate and powerful call for the reformation of daily work." --Paul Hawken, author of "The Ecology of Commerce".
The Right to Life: The Eastern Orthodox Christian Perspective on Abortion (USED)

The Right to Life: The Eastern Orthodox Christian Perspective on Abortion (USED)

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- All biblical texts on the sanctity of human life
- The teachings of the Fathers on abortion
- The science on the life of the unborn
- The teachings of other religions on abortion including Islam and Buddhism
- A review of the Roman Catholic and Protestant teachings on abortion
- The contemporary position of the Orthodox Church on abortion
- Social and political realities in modern abortion politics
- How each Orthodox Christian can relate to the issue of abortion today...

The Salesian Trilogy (USED)

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The Shack (USED)

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The Walls of Childhood; Recommitting to Your Faith

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The Way and Its Power (USED)

The Way and Its Power (USED)

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Arthur Waley s brilliant and definitive translation of one of the foremost of all mystical books, Lao Tzu s Tao Te Ching, has become a modern classic in its own right. Unlike previous translations, it is founded not on the medieval commentaries but on a close study of all the early Chinese literature, and it provides a singular example of authoritative scholarship skillfully blended with brilliant, precise writing. In his introduction, Dr. Waley gives an extensive scholarly account of Chinese thought down to the end of the third century B.C. Here, the author presents a full picture of Chinese prehistory, early philosophy, and literature, showing the original, lofty conception of Taoism before the gradual corruption through the course of centuries, tracing this conflict of philosophies and its background of politics."

Theological Foundations (USED)

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Here, a team of award-winning teaching scholars has come together to create an introductory text that offers a truly unique and innovative contribution to the discipline of theological studies. This "first book" provides students of any religious tradition with the foundational skills, vocabulary, conceptual understanding, and research abilities that they need to succeed in theology and religious studies.
Theological Foundations provides the following: Ten chapters that introduce the major sub-disciplines of theology creating a well-rounded source for understanding the discipline as a whole Contributions that are clear, accessible, and steeped in content A strong basis for vigorous intellectual and personal exploration of life and our relation to God Flexibility that allows the instructor to assign readings in any order that fits his or her syllabus A one-of-a-kind, integrated library research component, "From the Reference Librarian," which teaches students the foundational skills needed for successful study in theology and in any academic discipline
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Theology for Skeptics (USED)

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There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem (USED)

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This is Getting Old; Zen Thoughts on Aging With Humor and Dignity (USED)

This is Getting Old; Zen Thoughts on Aging With Humor and Dignity (USED)

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Lessons on the joys and challenges of growing older with grace and laughter, from a Zen teacher and writer who is like a Buddhist Anne Lamott (New York Journal of Books)

Being a woman over sixty can sometimes be confusing, sometimes poignant, and sometimes hilarious. In this intimate and funny collection of essays, Zen Buddhist and writer Susan Moon maintains her sense of humor as she provides thoughtful insights on getting older.

In This Is Getting Old, Moon touches on both the ups and downs of aging: Her bones are weakening, but she still feels her inner tomboy. She finds herself both an orphan and a matriarch following the death of her mother. She admits to sometimes regretting pieces of her past and to being afraid of loneliness. These musings, written with Moon's signature wit and grace, are a touching exploration and celebration of life, age, and our "senior moments"--plus a powerful reminder to be in the here and now.

This is Your Day for a Miracle (USED)

This is Your Day for a Miracle (USED)

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In this book, TV evangelist Benny Hinn gives accounts of people whom he testifies were miraculously restored to health through the healing power of God.

Three Founders of Citeaux (USED)

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Through the Year with Pope John Paul II (USED)

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Torches of Joy (USED)

Torches of Joy (USED)

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In 1960 the twenty-five thousand Dani tribes people hidden away in the remote Toli Valley of Irian Jaya used only stone tools and had no written language. Then, in one generation, they took the always dangerous, sometimes fatal, leap from the Stone Age into the twentieth century.

At this critical time John and Helen Dekker gave themselves to the Dani, helping them discover the gospel of Jesus Christ and their destiny as helpers of other tribes. Today the seventy-nine churches of the Toli Valley, with thirteen thousand baptized believers, have sent out sixty-five couples to other tribes needing the gospel.

A chapter from a present-day Book of Acts, Torches of Joy is a model for cross-cultural mission strategy and one of the twentieth century's most striking chronicles of God's grace and power.

Treasures from Heaven (USED)

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Truck of Potatoes

Truck of Potatoes

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There are so many stories that I have to share that are a result of my upbringing, my home, schools I attended and my Catholic faith that the only way to do them justice is to continue the remainder of the book in vignettes. These stories are a compilation of moments, days, weeks and years of feelings. These feelings exude a range of happy, sad, bittersweet, tender, determined and loving - all parts of me that show a person who refused to give in to the negative side of life. My positive attitude has always prevailed.

I will attempt to categorize my stories into ones that refer to my family, my love of travel, my passion for dance and teaching dance, my naïve nature, my business sense and all the people I met as a result. ENJOY!!!

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Turning Home; God, Ghosts, and Human Destiny (USED)

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From one of the world's most experienced paranormal researchers (as seen on the Discovery, History and Travel Channels) a new vision of our world, ourselves, and our cosmic future. This unique author, a journalist with a background in theology who has studied paranormal phenomena for 35 years, suggests a new, but ancient, view of the world and our place in it, bringing together religion and modern science with compassion and a stunning but simple new message of unity.

Un Christo Negro (USED)

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Under His Wings (USED)

Under His Wings (USED)

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With poignant, personal insights gleaned from her own life, Patsy Clairmont uncovers the places women tend to hide.
United Methodism in America: A Compact History (USED)

United Methodism in America: A Compact History (USED)

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This convenient volume offers a panoramic view of the forces and personalities that shaped The United Methodist Church in the United States. Three noted United Methodist historians provide laypersons with a brief history of The United Methodist Church. They skillfully trace the church's origins, beginning with a look at the renewal movement that led to the early denominations within Wesleyanism. They continue through the Second Great Awakening, the periods of slavery and the Civil War, the mergers and unions of the twentieth century, the causes championed by United Methodism, and more.
Unseen Realm

Unseen Realm

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In The Unseen Realm, Dr. Michael Heiser examines the ancient context of Scripture, explaining how its supernatural worldview can help us grow in our understanding of God. He illuminates intriguing and amazing passages of the Bible that have been hiding in plain sight. You'll find yourself engaged in an enthusiastic pursuit of the truth, resulting in a new appreciation for God's Word.
  • Why wasn't Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her?
  • How did descendants of the Nephilim survive the flood?
  • Why did Jacob fuse Yahweh and his Angel together in his prayer?
  • Who are the assembly of divine beings that God presides over?
  • In what way do those beings participate in God's decisions?
  • Why do Peter and Jude promote belief in imprisoned spirits?
  • Why does Paul describe evil spirits in terms of geographical rulership?
  • Who are the "glorious ones" that even angels dare not rebuke?
  • After reading this book, you may never read your Bible the same way again.

    "There is a world referred to in the Scripture that is quite unseen, but also quite present and active. Michael Heiser's The Unseen Realm seeks to unmask this world. Heiser shows how important it is to understand this world and appreciate how its contribution helps to make sense of Scripture. The book is clear and well done, treating many ideas and themes that often go unseen themselves. With this book, such themes will no longer be neglected, so read it and discover a new realm for reflection about what Scripture teaches."
    --Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement

    "'How was it possible that I had never seen that before?' Dr. Heiser's survey of the complex reality of the supernatural world as the Scriptures portray it covers a subject that is strangely sidestepped. No one is going to agree with everything in his book, but the subject deserves careful study, and so does this book."
    --John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

    Upanishads

    Upanishads

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    This new translation of The Upanishads is at once delightfully simple and rigorously learned, providing today's readers with an accurate, accessible rendering of the core work of ancient Indian philosophy.

    The Upanishads are often considered the most important literature from ancient India. Yet many academic translators fail to capture the work's philosophical and spiritual subtlety, while others convey its poetry at the cost of literal meaning.

    This new translation by Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes fills the need for an Upanishads that is clear, simple, and insightful - yet remains faithful to the original Sanskrit.

    As Western Sanskrit scholars who have spent their lives immersed in meditative practice, Katz and Egenes offer a unique perspective in penetrating the depths of Eastern wisdom and expressing these insights in modern yet poetic language.

    Their historical introduction is suited to newcomers and experienced readers alike, providing the perfect entry to this unparalleled work.

    Urged on by Christ (USED)

    Urged on by Christ (USED)

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    Vision (USED)

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    Voice of the Church (USED)

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    These three papers offer liturgists, musicians, pastoral leaders, and scholars differing views on and identify significant issues for developing a process for liturgical translation.
    Voices of the Martyrs 33A.D. to Today (USED)

    Voices of the Martyrs 33A.D. to Today (USED)

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    Foxe's Book of Martyrs, often called the second most important book in history after the Bible, has just been updated and expanded for today's readers. The new, comprehensive volume, FOXE: Voices of the Martyrs, not only records the complete original work but includes updated accounts of martyrs worldwide through 2006. DON'T MISS OUT! This is the only volume of Martyrs available until Voice of the Martyrs and Bridge-Logos update the book again in 2010.
    Walking in God's Promises (USED)

    Walking in God's Promises (USED)

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    On many occasions, Sarah faced very difficult circumstances and made some mistakes along the way. But she willingly allowed God to stretch her and shape her. As a result, she became a woman of great faith and an example to help women1/4

  • rest in confidence no matter how uncertain life becomes
  • wait patiently on God's timing
  • replace their problems with God's promises
  • As women trust in God's promises, they will develop courage and confidence that will carry them through the tough times in life.

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    Walking Where God Walks

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    Your greatest goal may be the simplest thing, even a hidden thing, and often is.What you may need to realize is that you have indeed met goals and were not aware of it. Or, you may need to realize that you have talents and skills which you did not know about. That thing you always secretly wanted to do may be God wanting you to branch out; or dig in.