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Writing Gods Obituary

Writing Gods Obituary

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A former African American minister revealshis unusual journey from faith to atheism. Anthony Pinn preached his first sermon at age twelve. At eighteen he became one of the youngest ordained ministers in his denomination. He then quickly moved up the ministerial ranks. Eventually he graduated from Columbia University and then received a Master of Divinity in theology and a PhD in religion from Harvard University. All the while, Pinn was wrestling with a growing skepticism. As his intellectual horizons expanded, he became less and less confident in the theism of his upbringing. At the same time, he became aware that his church could offer only anemic responses to the acute social needs of the community. In his mid-twenties, he finally decided to leave the ministry and committed the rest of his life to academia. He went on to become a distinguished scholar of African American humanism and religious history. The once fully committed believer evolved into an equally committed nonbeliever convinced that a secular approach to life offers the best hope of solving humanity's problems.
Year of Biblical Womanhood

Year of Biblical Womanhood

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Have you ever wondered what God truly expects of women? Is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Does the Bible's idea of womanhood have a place in modern Christianity? New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a year-long study of what it means to live by the standards of biblical womanhood.

Strong-willed and independent, Evans couldn't sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment--a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decided to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible's instructions for women as literally as possible for a full year.

Along the way, Evans explores the rich heritage of scriptural heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor that we come to know in the Bible. She consults with women who practice these ancient biblical mandates in their own lives--from an Orthodox Jewish woman who changed the way Evans reads the Bible to an Amish community that taught her the true meaning of modesty.

In A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Evans shares her courageous and often humorous journey of:

  • exploring what a woman's place is according to the Scriptures
  • applying the Bible's teachings to day-to-day life, sometimes to literal extremes
  • focusing on virtues like domesticity, obedience, beauty, submission, and grace
  • developing a Biblical Woman's Ten Commandments to serve as a guide for daily living
  • Join Evans as she dives deep into the lives of the women we meet in Scripture and redefines what it means to live biblically.

    Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis

    Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis

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    By early 1943, it had become increasingly clear that the Allies would win the Second World War. Around the same time, it also became increasingly clear to many Christian intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic that the soon-to-be-victorious nations were not culturally or morally prepared
    for their success. A war won by technological superiority merely laid the groundwork for a post-war society governed by technocrats. These Christian intellectuals-Jacques Maritain, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, W. H. Auden, and Simone Weil, among others-sought both to articulate a sober and reflective
    critique of their own culture and to outline a plan for the moral and spiritual regeneration of their countries in the post-war world.

    In this book, Alan Jacobs explores the poems, novels, essays, reviews, and lectures of these five central figures, in which they presented, with great imaginative energy and force, pictures of the very different paths now set before the Western democracies. Working mostly separately and in ignorance
    of one another's ideas, the five developed a strikingly consistent argument that the only means by which democratic societies could be prepared for their world-wide economic and political dominance was through a renewal of education that was grounded in a Christian understanding of the power and
    limitations of human beings. The Year of Our Lord 1943 is the first book to weave together the ideas of these five intellectuals and shows why, in a time of unprecedented total war, they all thought it vital to restore Christianity to a leading role in the renewal of the Western democracies.

    Yes, And...: Daily Meditations

    Yes, And...: Daily Meditations

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    This perennial book features daily meditations, each written by Rohr and adapted or excerpted from his many written and recorded works. The meditations are arranged around seven themes:
    1. Methodology: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by tradition, are good scales for one's spiritual worldview
    2. Foundation: If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and on our side.
    3. Frame: There is only one Reality. Any distinction between natural and supernatural, sacred and profane is a bogus one.
    4. Ecumenical: Everything belongs and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light.
    5. Transformation: The separate self is the problem, whereas most religion and most people make the "shadow self" the problem. This leads to denial, pretending, and projecting instead of real transformation into the Divine.
    6. Process: The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines.
    7. Goal: Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all religion.
    Yes, and...is an excellent daily prayer resource for fans of Richard Rohr's work, and those who are looking for an alternate way to live out their faith--a way centered in the open-minded search for spiritual relevance of a transforming nature.
    You Are Not Alone: Erv Shabbat to Havdalah

    You Are Not Alone: Erv Shabbat to Havdalah

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    A Shabbat Siddur for Singles that combines traditional and non traditional prayers for Shabbat that support the single Jewish person in their effort to keep the Shabbat a Holy Day
    You Are Stronger than You Think

    You Are Stronger than You Think

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    Unleash the untapped power inside you!

    You were designed with the ability and inner strength to stretch to the next level, to stand strong and overcome the opposition, to learn new skills, to believe bigger, dream bigger, and to take on new challenges.

    In You Are Stronger than You Think, #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen encourages you to stand firm when the difficulty is not turning around. When the pressure mounts, when you feel overwhelmed, when the struggle looks too big, or the goal is out of reach, you have to remember that is not your destiny. You are more powerful than you think. You need to see yourself the right way and realize what's already inside you. You were made to outlast the competition, to go further than you thought you could, and live a life beyond what limits you.

    As you read You Are Stronger than You Think, you will find the power to break the cycle of defeat, the courage to set a new standard for your family, the hope to conquer your fear, and the confidence to accomplish every dream. You will discover that you have more strength, more talent, more determination, and more endurance than you ever imagined. Nothing can hold you back...because You Are Stronger than You Think!

    You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

    You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

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    Now a New York Times Bestseller! "A riveting and absolutely fascinating adventure that will blow your mind wide open!" --Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi

    Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most important and baffling questions about our place in the world.

    What happens when modern science reaches a crucial turning point that challenges everything we know about reality? In this brilliant, timely, and practical work, Chopra and Kafatos tell us that we've reached just such a point. In the coming era, the universe will be completely redefined as a "human universe" radically unlike the cold, empty void where human life is barely a speck in the cosmos.

    You Are the Universe literally means what it says--each of us is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. This seemingly impossible proposition follows from the current state of science, where outside the public eye, some key mysteries cannot be solved, even though they are the very issues that define reality itself:

    What Came Before the Big Bang?
    Why Does the Universe Fit Together So Perfectly?
    Where Did Time Come From?
    What Is the Universe Made Of?
    Is the Quantum World Linked to Everyday Life?
    Do We Live in a Conscious Universe?
    How Did Life First Begin?

    "The shift into a new paradigm is happening," the authors write. "The answers offered in this book are not our invention or eccentric flights of fancy. All of us live in a participatory universe. Once you decide that you want to participate fully with mind, body, and soul, the paradigm shift becomes personal. The reality you inhabit will be yours either to embrace or to change." What these two great minds offer is a bold, new understanding of who we are and how we can transform the world for the better while reaching our greatest potential.

    You Can Begin Again : No Matter What , It's Never Too Late

    You Can Begin Again : No Matter What , It's Never Too Late

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    It's never too late for a new beginning. Look closely and you'll see that theme all through the Bible. Page after page, God delights in turning tragic endings into new beginnings. A childless woman conceives in her old age; a fearful, self-conscious shepherd becomes a leader of millions; and a prostitute becomes a wife and mother in the lineage of Christ. Every biblical fresh start reveals the amazing, awe-inspiring hope we have for our own new beginnings in God's plan for our lives.

    In You Can Begin Again, bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores the beauty and infinite supply of God's love and grace. Through inspiring stories, Scriptural principles, and her classic practical, life-application approach, Joyce powerfully demonstrates that God isn't done with you yet.

    If you're stuck in a rut, disappointed by an outcome, hurting from a wound, failing in an endeavor, struggling in a relationship, or unsure about the future. . .don't give up. Don't give up on yourself, and don't give up on the God Who loves you and offers you a new beginning today.

    You Can You Will

    You Can You Will

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    Commit to excellence and celebrate your natural gifts by embracing eight principles for professional and spiritual success from #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen.

    In You Can, You Will, these eight undeniable qualities of winners can help you reach your potential and achieve new levels of success in your life:

  • Keep Your Vision in Front of You
  • Run Your Race
  • Expect Good Things
  • Have a Positive Mindset
  • Commit to Excellence
  • Keep Growing
  • Serve Others
  • Stay Passionate
  • You are created to be a winner. Live by Joel Osteen's eight principles and boldly go in the direction of your destiny.

    You Can You Will

    You Can You Will

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    Commit to excellence and celebrate your natural gifts by embracing eight principles for professional and spiritual success from #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen.

    In You Can, You Will, these eight undeniable qualities of winners can help you reach your potential and achieve new levels of success in your life:

  • Keep Your Vision in Front of You
  • Run Your Race
  • Expect Good Things
  • Have a Positive Mindset
  • Commit to Excellence
  • Keep Growing
  • Serve Others
  • Stay Passionate
  • You are created to be a winner. Live by Joel Osteen's eight principles and boldly go in the direction of your destiny.

    You Were Made for This Moment Study Guide Plus Streaming Video: How the Story of Esther Inspires Us to Step Up and Stand Out for God

    You Were Made for This Moment Study Guide Plus Streaming Video: How the Story of Esther Inspires Us to Step Up and Stand Out for God

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    Join Max Lucado on a journey through the book of Esther as he reminds us that God need not be loud to be strong, he need not cast a shadow to be present...and he is active even when he appears distant.

    This study was born in a hard season--a pandemic that locked down the world. Church doors closed. Students were stuck at home. Masks hid smiles. And as if this weren't enough, the ancient sin of racism and hatred seems to be trying to undo us. Many of us are left wondering if this season will ever pass.

    To all these things, God has a six-letter word of encouragement: E-S-T-H-E-R. The book that bears her name was written to be read in hard seasons. It was crafted for those who feel outnumbered by foes, outmaneuvered by fate, and outdone by fear.

    In the You Were Made for This Moment five-session video Bible study (streaming included), pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado presents the story of Esther in all its drama, urgency, and hope.

    This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including:

  • The study guide itself--with discussion and personal reflection questions, video notes, and a leader's guide.
  • An individual access code to stream all five video sessions online (you don't need to buy a DVD!).
  • Esther's is a story that reaches out of the past to our present circumstances with a singular message: God is present, and he will act. It's a story that demands from us a singular response: what will we do when he does?

    Sessions and video run times:

    1. Cozy in the Culture - Esther 1:1-2:18 (17:30)
    2. A Moment of Decision - Esther 2:19-4:14 (17:00)
    3. Heaven Set in Motion - Esther 4:15-6:14 (16:30)
    4. The God of Great Turnarounds - Esther 7:1-8:17 (17:30)
    5. Remembering God's Faithfulness - Esther 9:1-10:3 (16:00)

    Watch on any device!

    Streaming video access code included. Access code subject to expiration after 12/31/2026. Code may be redeemed only by the recipient of this package. Code may not be transferred or sold separately from this package. Internet connection required. Eligible only on retail purchases inside the United States. Void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Additional offer details inside.

    You Were Made for This Moment: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow

    You Were Made for This Moment: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow

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    Are you weary? Worn out by the bills that keep stacking, a virus that keeps raging, or a heart that keeps aching? If so, the book of Esther brings welcome news: Relief will come!

    To be clear, you didn't ask for this struggle. You want to get past it. You don't know how much longer you can hold up. But what if God is with you in this difficult season? When life seems off the rails, remember this truth: the minute you bow your head to pray is the moment God lifts his hand to help.

    Queen Esther learned this truth firsthand. When confronted with a royal decree that would annihilate her people, she had to make some tough choices. Would she remain silent in the face of this challenge, or would she speak up? Would she blend in, or would she stand out? But after Esther spent three days in prayer and fasting, God gave her the courage to speak up. God used her to save the nation. And God can do the same with you.

    In You Were Made for This Moment, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado will help you:

  • put your hope in the God of grand reversals, trusting that God will right every wrong
  • cultivate courage for your challenging times by leaning on the God who redeems and restores
  • discover your role in God's story by exploring how God can use your experiences and circumstances to join him in his holy work
  • God never promised us a life without trials, but he does promise to be with us as we walk through them. Trust that he can redeem your struggles for a mighty purpose. You, friend, were made for this moment.

    Your Best Life Now Journal

    Your Best Life Now Journal

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    Reach your full potential with this seven-week companion journal to Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now, which features space for fresh ideas, thought-provoking questions, and uplifting quotes.

    You were made for more than an ordinary life. It's time to become the victorious, joyful, and resilient person who's been waiting for a chance to shine.

    Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen invites you to build a brighter future with these seven life-changing principles:

  • Enlarge Your Vision
  • Develop a Healthy Self-Image
  • Discover the Power of Your Thoughts and Words
  • Let Go of the Past
  • Find Strength Through Adversity
  • Live to Give
  • Choose to Be Happy
  • Your life has a divine destiny and purpose, and with this journal you can face any personal, professional, and spiritual obstacles with confidence. Start applying these principles and you'll see life-changing results.

    Your Blue Flame: Drop the Guilt and Do What Makes You Come Alive

    Your Blue Flame: Drop the Guilt and Do What Makes You Come Alive

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    As seen on The TODAY Show!

    Break out of that rut and fall in love with your life again by joining stand-up comic, SiriusXM host, and mom of six Jennifer Fulwiler in finding your blue flame.

    Every one of us has a blue flame--a special skill, a personal passion, a gift or talent. But when caught up in life's busyness, it's too easy to make a habit of suppressing our most joyful contributions to the world.

    As Jennifer learned, the secret to a life you love isn't necessarily jumping the track, quitting your job, or hustling to make your dream your full-time reality. Rather, it's about doing more of what makes you come alive in your actual life. Your Blue Flame is your upbeat playbook to rekindling your energy, sparking those meaningful first loves back to life again, and discovering the unique way each one of us can make the world a better, brighter place.

    With Jennifer's wit and straight-forward, practical insights, this helpful guide will show you:

  • How to channel your blue flame's contagious energy
  • Why your blue flame is both personally fulfilling and a sacred duty to others
  • Tips and tricks to boldly make time for your passions
  • How to rethink dreaming big for your actual life
  • No matter where you are in life, you'll be inspired with stories of others who found their flames, like the couple who packed up their three kids and moved to a farm, the woman who discovered a passion for letter-writing at age ninety-five, and of course Jennifer's own story of self-producing her own stand-up comedy tour after being turned down by the entertainment industry establishment.

    It's been said that the glory of God is the soul fully alive. It's time to start chasing our spark, and Your Blue Flame will show you how.

    Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 Days of Practical, Powerful Teachings from the Beloved Zen Teacher

    Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 Days of Practical, Powerful Teachings from the Beloved Zen Teacher

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    Bringing the energy of true presence into our lives really does change things for the better--and all it takes is a little training. This treasury of 365 gems of daily wisdom from one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers of our age is a help and support for anyone who wants to train to meet every moment of life with 100 percent attention. Thich Nhat Hanh shows how practicing mindfulness can transform every area of our lives--and how its benefits radiate beyond us to affect others and the whole, larger world.
    Zealot

    Zealot

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    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A lucid, intelligent page-turner" (Los Angeles Times) that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, from the host of Believer

    Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the "Kingdom of God." The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God.

    Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

    Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus' life and mission.

    Praise for Zealot

    "Riveting . . . Aslan synthesizes Scripture and scholarship to create an original account."--The New Yorker

    "Fascinatingly and convincingly drawn . . . Aslan may come as close as one can to respecting those who revere Jesus as the peace-loving, turn-the-other-cheek, true son of God depicted in modern Christianity, even as he knocks down that image."--The Seattle Times

    "[Aslan's] literary talent is as essential to the effect of Zealot as are his scholarly and journalistic chops. . . . A vivid, persuasive portrait."--Salon

    "This tough-minded, deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process."--San Francisco Chronicle

    "A special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original."--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    "Compulsively readable . . . This superb work is highly recommended."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Zealot

    Zealot

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    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A lucid, intelligent page-turner" (Los Angeles Times) that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, from the host of Believer

    Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the "Kingdom of God." The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God.

    Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

    Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus' life and mission.

    Praise for Zealot

    "Riveting . . . Aslan synthesizes Scripture and scholarship to create an original account."--The New Yorker

    "Fascinatingly and convincingly drawn . . . Aslan may come as close as one can to respecting those who revere Jesus as the peace-loving, turn-the-other-cheek, true son of God depicted in modern Christianity, even as he knocks down that image."--The Seattle Times

    "[Aslan's] literary talent is as essential to the effect of Zealot as are his scholarly and journalistic chops. . . . A vivid, persuasive portrait."--Salon

    "This tough-minded, deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process."--San Francisco Chronicle

    "A special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original."--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    "Compulsively readable . . . This superb work is highly recommended."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Zen

    Zen

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    According to Alan Watts, "Zen taste deplores the cluttering of a picture or of a room with many objects." In that sense, this minimalist book embodies the aesthetic of Zen itself. As with brushstrokes in a Japanese ink painting, the words have been used sparingly and arranged precisely, with no unnecessary detail. In seven brief chapters, Watts captures the essence of Zen Buddhism as a religion and a way of life. He explains fundamental Zen concepts, introduces revered Zen thinkers, places Zen within the broader context of Eastern religion, and traces the influence of Zen in the arts. Illustrated with calligraphy and drawings by the author, this reprint of an old classic will delight fans of Alan Watts, while introducing new readers to a legendary author who infused groundbreaking scholarship with literary brilliance.