Author: Ralph G. DePalma,
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Family & Relationships
View: 6997This is a biographical account of the life and times of a physician and Episcopal Priest who was born in Spain in 1961 and who died suddenly in June 2006. The account of his life is an open hymn of praise from a father who loved him. The Spanish word Saeta, arrow of praise, describes the tone and tenor of this story. Saeta is connected to the time of the birth of Ralph Lawrence DePalma, which took place just as Holy Week, Semana Santa, began in Sevilla.
Author: Anne Tyler
Publisher: Kein & Aber AG
View: 828Wieder einmal sorgt Denny für Aufruhr: ein kurzer Anruf bei den Eltern, »ich bin schwul« in den Hörer murmeln, gleich wieder auflegen und nicht mehr erreichbar sein. Die Eltern sind ratlos – müssen sie seine drei Geschwister informieren? Doch schon bald darauf verkündet Denny, demnächst Vater zu werden und zu heiraten. Anne Tyler zeichnet ihre Figuren mit feinem Witz und sehr berührend – und so nahe am Leben, dass sich jeder im geschilderten Familienleben wiedererkennen kann.
Learing the Deep Meaning of Happiness
Author: Daivd K. Naugle
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
View: 1408"Reordered Love, Reordered Lives explores a distinctly Augustinian theme that is supremely relevant for the twenty-first century. Naugle explains that if we love properly - that is, if we love beginning with God and progressing to other humans, ourselves, and the world around us - we will also live properly and, in so doing, will find our own true happiness. Packed with select quotes and references to popular music, literature, and other media - and including provocative questions for discussion - the book presents classic theological ideas in a conversational and edgy fashion. Naugle's refreshing take is sure to appeal to anyone searching for happiness - which, in the end, is all of us."--BOOK JACKET.
The Logic of Eternal Joy
Author: Jerry L. Walls
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 2252The Christian doctrine of heaven has been a moral source of enormous power in western culture. It has provided a striking account of the ultimate good in life and has for two millennia animated the hope that our lives can be fully meaningful. Recently, however, the doctrine of heaven has lost much of its grip on the western imagination and has become a vague and largely ignored part of the Christian creed. Not only have our hopes been redefined as a result, but our very identity as human beings has been altered. In this book, Jerry L. Walls argues that the doctrine of heaven is ripe for serious reconsideration. He contends not only that the orthodox view of heaven can be defended from objections commonly raised against it, but also that heaven is a powerful resource for addressing persistent philosophical problems, not the least of which concern the ground of morality and the meaning of life. Walls shows how heaven is integrally related to central Christian doctrines, particularly those concerning salvation, and tackles the difficult problem of why faith in Christ is necessary to save us from our sins. In addition, heaven is shown to illumine thorny problems of personal identity and to be an essential component of a satisfactory theodicy. Walls goes on to examine data from near-death experiences from the standpoint of some important recent work in epistemology and argues that they offer positive evidence for heaven. He concludes that we profoundly need to recover the hope of heaven in order to recover our very humanity.
Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
View: 7779The tale of one woman's ambitious ascent to royalty during the Wars of the Roses and the unsolved mystery around her sons' imprisonment in the Tower The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen The White Queen tells the story of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the success of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown to this day. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores the most famous unsolved mystery, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills. *'Gregory brings to life the sights, smells and textures of 16th-century England' Kate Mosse, Financial Times * 'It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging' Sunday Express * 'Queen of the historical novel' Mail on Sunday
Meditations of Encouragement and Comfort
Author: Dave Dravecky,Jan Dravecky
View: 1562Do Not Lose Heart is a legacy of encouragement for men and women struggling with the adversities of life. Whether the circumstance is divorce, the death of a loved one, the loss of a career, or a terminal illness, these brief, hope-filled devotions by Dave and Jan Dravecky and visionary paintings by Thomas Kinkade will minister comfort, understanding, and encouragement. Based on 2 Corinthians 4:6-18. Do Not Lose Heart affirms the deep peace that comes from trusting in a wise and loving God.
From New York to Kabul and Beyond
Author: Daniel Berrigan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
View: 4810On September 11, 2001, Daniel Berrigan--in the midst of working with those ministering to rescue workers and families of the missing or dead, leading prayer vigils, and organizing protests against military retaliation--looked to Lamentations for wisdom and insight.
The Persian Book of Kings
Author: Abolqasem Ferdowsi
View: 9573Among the great works of world literature, perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the Shahnameh: ThePersian Book of Kings, the national epic of Persia. This prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 980 and 1010, tells the story of pre- Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century. As a window on the world, Shahnameh belongs in the company of such literary masterpieces as Dante’s Divine Comedy, the plays of Shakespeare, the epics of Homer— classics whose reach and range bring whole cultures into view. In its pages are unforgettable moments of national triumph and failure, human courage and cruelty, blissful love and bitter grief. In tracing the roots of Iran, Shahnameh initially draws on the depths of legend and then carries its story into historical times, when ancient Persia was swept into an expanding Islamic empire. Now Dick Davis, the greatest modern translator of Persian poetry, has revisited that poem, turning the finest stories of Ferdowsi’s original into an elegant combination of prose and verse. For the first time in English, in the most complete form possible, readers can experience Shahnameh in the same way that Iranian storytellers have lovingly conveyed it in Persian for the past thousand years.
Help from Trusted Preachers for Tragic Times
View: 9454Cancer. Suicide. The death of a child. As much as we wish we could avoid tragedies like these, eventually they will strike your church community. When they do, pastors must be ready to offer help by communicating the life-changing message of the gospel in a way that offers hope, truth, and encouragement during these difficult circumstances. Those asked to preach in the midst of tragedy know the anxiety of trying to say appropriate things from God’s Word that will comfort and strengthen God’s people when emotions and faith are stretched thin. This indispensable resource helps pastors prepare sermons in the face of tragedies by providing suggestions for how to approach different kinds of tragedy, as well as insight into how to handle the theological challenges of human suffering. Each topic provides a specific description of the context of the tragedy, the key concerns that need to be addressed in the message, and an outline of the approach taken in the sample sermon that follows. Topics addressed include: abortion; abuse; responding to national and community tragedies; the death of a child; death due to cancer and prolonged sickness; death due to drunk driving; drug abuse; and suicide. Bryan Chapell, author of Christ-Centered Preaching, has gathered together messages from some of today’s most trusted Christian leaders including: John Piper, Tim Keller, Michael Horton, Jack Collins, Dan Doriani, Jerram Barrs, Mike Khandjian, Robert Rayburn, Wilson Benton, Bob Flayhart, and George Robertson. Each chapter provides you with the resources you need to communicate the life-giving hope of the gospel in the midst of tragedy. In addition, the appendices provide further suggestions of biblical texts for addressing various subjects as well as guidance for conducting funerals.
Author: David W. Baker
View: 6223These three short prophetic books of the Old Testament each contain a dual message. On one hand are messages of impending judgment—for all peoples on the Day of the Lord, for an enemy of Israel, and for Israel herself. On the other hand are messages of great hope—of the pouring out of God’s Spirit, of restoration and renewal, and of a coming Messiah. Placing judgment and hope together in such a manner may seem paradoxical to a contemporary mindset. But the complete message of these prophets gives a fuller picture of God—who despises and rightly judges sin and rebellion, but who also lovingly invites people to return to him so that he might bestow his wonderful grace and blessings. It is a message no less timely today than when these books were first written, and David W. Baker skillfully bridges the centuries in helping believers today understand and apply it. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
Volume 1: The Lady in the Temple
Author: Margaret Barker
Publisher: A&C Black
View: 4842Are there Old Testament roots of the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary? Margaret Barker traces the roots of the devotion to Mary as Mother of the Lord back to the Old Testament and the first temple in Jerusalem. The evidence is consistent over more than a millennium: there had been a female deity in Israel, the Mother figure in the Royal cult, who had been abandoned about 600BCE. She was almost written out of the Hebrew text, almost excluded from the canon. This first of two volumes traces the history of the Lady in the Temple, and looks forward to the second volume in which Barker will show how the Lady of the Temple is reclaimed in the advent of Christianity, and becomes the Lady in the Church. The result is breathtaking, and like all Barker's work, is impossible to put down.
Author: Franz Kafka
View: 4954Der "Brief an den Vater" ist ein 1919 verfasster, niemals abgeschickter Brief Franz Kafkas an seinen Vater. Nachdem Franz Kafka im Januar 1919 bei einem Kuraufenthalt in Schelesen (Böhmen) Julie Wohryzeck kennengelernt hatte und sich einige Monate später mit ihr verlobte, reagierte sein Vater ungehalten auf seine neuen und unstandesgemäßen Heiratspläne. Es wird angenommen, dass dies Kafka veranlasste, zwischen dem 10. und 13. November 1919 den Brief zu verfassen. Die Hochzeit war ursprünglich für November geplant, fand jedoch nicht statt. Der ausladende Brief besteht im Original aus 103 handschriftlichen Seiten, auf denen Kafka versucht, sei-nen Vaterkonflikt schreibend zu bewältigen. Viele seiner Lebensschwierigkeiten schreibt er der totalen Wesensverschiedenheit zwischen sich und dem Vater zu. Der Brief endet mit der Hoffnung, dass sich durch ihn beide ein wenig beruhigen würden und Leben und Sterben leichter gemacht werden könnten.
Author: C. G. Jung
Publisher: Courier Corporation
View: 2345Most influential work of Swiss psychiatrist breaks with Freudian tradition to focus on role of dreams, mythology, and literature in defining patterns of psyche. Landmark case study; influential in Jung's redefinition of libido.
Eine spirituelle Reise
Author: Richard Rohr
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
View: 3079Richard Rohrs Buch über die spirituelle Dimension des Älter- und Reiferwerdens: Was ist von Bedeutung auf der Lebensreise? Während Menschen in der ersten Hälfte in Beruf und Partnerschaft an der »Form" ihres Lebens arbeiten, rückt in der zweiten Lebenshälfte dessen »Inhalt" in den Mittelpunkt. Darüber entscheiden nicht zuerst Altersstufen, sondern vor allem Erfahrungen des Loslassens und wie wir damit umgehen - auf dem Weg zu unserem »wahren Selbst".
Auf der Suche nach meinem verlorenen Vater
Author: Hisham Matar
Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag
View: 8525Ausgezeichnet mit dem Pulitzer-Preis und dem Geschwister-Scholl-Preis 2017 Hisham Matar wuchs als Kind in Libyen auf, doch die Diktatur unter Gaddafi hat seine Familie früh zerstört. Er selbst lebt seit langem in England, sein Vater wurde in das berüchtigtste Gefängnis von Libyen verschleppt. In dem kurzen Zeitfenster nach Gaddafis Sturz und vor dem neuen Bürgerkrieg kehrt Hisham Matar in seine Heimat zurück, um endlich vor Ort nach seinem Vater zu suchen. Sein Buch ist ein bewegendes Dokument.