Souls in Transition

The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults

Author: Christian Smith,Patricia Snell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199707492

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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How important is religion for young people in America today? What are the major influences on their developing spiritual lives? How do their religious beliefs and practices change as young people enter into adulthood? Christian Smith's Souls in Transition explores these questions and many others as it tells the definitive story of the religious and spiritual lives of emerging adults, ages 18 to 24, in the U.S. today. This is the much-anticipated follow-up study to the landmark book, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. Based on candid interviews with thousands of young people tracked over a five-year period, Souls in Transition reveals how the religious practices of the teenagers portrayed in Soul Searching have been strengthened, challenged, and often changed as they have moved into adulthood. The book vividly describes as well the broader cultural world of today's emerging adults, how that culture shapes their religious outlooks, and what the consequences are for religious faith and practice in America more generally. Some of Smith's findings are surprising. Parents turn out to be the single most important influence on the religious outcomes in the lives of young adults. On the other hand, teenage participation in evangelization missions and youth groups does not predict a high level of religiosity just a few years later. Moreover, the common wisdom that religiosity declines sharply during the young adult years is shown to be greatly exaggerated. Painstakingly researched and filled with remarkable findings, Souls in Transition will be essential reading for youth ministers, pastors, parents, teachers and students at church-related schools, and anyone who wishes to know how religious practice is affected by the transition into adulthood in America today.
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Heaven and Beyond

Conversations with Souls in Transition

Author: Barbara Mark,Trudy Griswold

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781580624787

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 183

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The authors of the bestselling "Angelspeake" describe the nature of life and death as it has been revealed to them by angelic communicators. This guide offers lessons in caregiving, transition, and how to recognize and communicate with loved ones who have made the transition to a new form of life.
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Religion and Hip Hop

Author: Monica R. Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415628571

Category: Music

Page: 209

View: 710

Religion and Hip Hop brings together the category of religion, Hip Hop cultural modalities and the demographic of youth. Bringing postmodern theory and critical approaches in the study of religion to bear on Hip Hop cultural practices, this book examines how scholars in religious and theological studies have deployed and approached religion when analyzing Hip Hop data. Using existing empirical studies on youth and religion to the cultural criticism of the Humanities, Religion and Hip Hop argues that common among existing scholarship is a thin interrogation of the category of religion. As such, Miller calls for a redescription of religion in popular cultural analysis - a challenge she further explores and advances through various materialist engagements. Going beyond the traditional and more common approach of analyzing rap lyrics, from film, dance, to virtual reality, Religion and Hip Hop takes a fresh approach to exploring the paranoid posture of the religious in popular cultural forms, by going beyond what "is" religious about Hip Hop culture. Rather, Miller explores what rhetorical uses of religion in Hip Hop culture accomplish for various and often competing social and cultural interests.
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Lost in Transition

The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood

Author: Christian Smith,Kari Christoffersen,Hilary Davidson,Patricia Snell Herzog

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199911525

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Life for emerging adults is vastly different today than it was for their counterparts even a generation ago. Young people are waiting longer to marry, to have children, and to choose a career direction. As a result, they enjoy more freedom, opportunities, and personal growth than ever before. But the transition to adulthood is also more complex, disjointed, and confusing. In Lost in Transition, Christian Smith and his collaborators draw on 230 in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of emerging adults (ages 18-23) to investigate the difficulties young people face today, the underlying causes of those difficulties, and the consequences both for individuals and for American society as a whole. Rampant consumer capitalism, ongoing failures in education, hyper-individualism, postmodernist moral relativism, and other aspects of American culture are all contributing to the chaotic terrain that emerging adults must cross. Smith identifies five major problems facing very many young people today: confused moral reasoning, routine intoxication, materialistic life goals, regrettable sexual experiences, and disengagement from civic and political life. The trouble does not lie only with the emerging adults or their poor individual decisions but has much deeper roots in mainstream American culture--a culture which emerging adults have largely inherited rather than created. Older adults, Smith argues, must recognize that much of the responsibility for the pain and confusion young people face lies with them. Rejecting both sky-is-falling alarmism on the one hand and complacent disregard on the other, Smith suggests the need for what he calls "realistic concern"--and a reconsideration of our cultural priorities and practices--that will help emerging adults more skillfully engage unique challenges they face. Even-handed, engagingly written, and based on comprehensive research, Lost in Transition brings much needed attention to the darker side of the transition to adulthood.
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The Art of Winning Souls

Pastoral Care of Novices

Author: Michael Casey

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0879074752

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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In his chapter on the procedure for the reception of new brothers, Saint Benedict makes provision for entrusting them to the care of “a senior who is skilled in winning souls who will diligently pay attention to them in everything” (58.6). In The Art of Winning Souls: Pastoral Care of Novices, Michael Casey, OCSO, reflects on what this means today, based on his own experience and observation of the fruitful ministry of others. Here Casey focuses on the pastoral care given in the name of a monastic community to those who enter it, from initial contact up to the point where their vocation has recognizably stabilized. His reflections are not intended to be prescriptive. They are, rather, descriptive of what he considers to be best practice, as he has encountered this in his experience of many different expressions of the monastic and Benedictine charism. This book promises to serve as an indispensible resource for vocation directors, novice directors, and junior directors for years to come.
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Transitions of the Soul

True Stories from Ordinary People

Author: Nick Bunick

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 9781612831749

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Death is not an ending, but a transition of the soul. Here are true-life stories of ordinary men, women, and children who no longer fear death or grieve for deceased loved ones. Why? Because they know the human spirit survives death--and lives on. But how do they know this with such certainty? The proof lies in what they have seen with their own eyes and felt with their own hearts. Each was present when a grandmother, best friend, spouse, or child appeared to them in a luminous visitation to ease their grief and to show them that no one had really died. They were graced to witness angels, or Jesus, or other spiritual beings who came to announce the well-being of their recently passed dear ones. Here, told in simple but emotionally rich words, are seventy-eight unforgettable tales of grief allayed and solace attained. Housewives, mechanics and mothers, sons and daughters, truck drivers and nurses, young and old--all attest to the survival of the spirit after death. What is remarkable is that many of them had no previous mystical experiences or even beliefs that such occurrences were possible. Read their miraculous stories and you'll begin to understand why Nick Bunick, subject of The Messengers, assures us that with every transition of the soul, grief dissolves and it is only death that dies.
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Life Between Lives

Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Regression

Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738704654

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 222

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The founder of the Society of Spiritual Regression provides a guide for hypnotherapists and the general public to access the spiritual world.
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Eschatology, Liturgy and Christology

Toward Recovering an Eschatological Imagination

Author: Thomas Rausch

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814680518

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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"If Christian hope is reduced to the salvation of the soul in a heaven beyond death," wrote Jürgen Moltmann, "it loses its power to renew life and change the world, and its flame is quenched." Thomas Rausch, SJ, agrees, arguing that too often the hoped-for eschaton has been replaced by an almost exclusive emphasis on the "four last things"-death and judgment, heaven and hell. But eschatology cannot be reduced to the individual salvation. In his new book, Rausch explores eschatology's intersections with Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and, perhaps most intriguingly, liturgy. With the early Christians, he sees God's future as a radically social reality, already present initially in Christian worship, especially in the celebration of the Eucharist. This fresh and insightful work of theology engages voices both ancient and contemporary.
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The New Evangelical Social Engagement

Author: Brian Steensland,Philip Goff

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199329567

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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In recent years evangelical Christians have been increasingly turning their attention toward issues such as the environment, international human rights, economic development, racial reconciliation, and urban renewal. Such engagement marks both a return to historic evangelical social action and a pronounced expansion of the social agenda advanced by the Religious Right in the past few decades. For outsiders to evangelical culture, this trend complicates simplistic stereotypes. For insiders, it brings contention over what "true" evangelicalism means today. Beginning with an introduction that broadly outlines this "new evangelicalism," the editors identify its key elements, trace its historical lineage, account for the recent changes taking place within evangelicalism, and highlight the implications of these changes for politics, civic engagement, and American religion. The essays that follow bring together an impressive interdisciplinary team of scholars to map this new religious terrain and spell out its significance in what is sure to become an essential text for understanding trends in contemporary evangelicalism.
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The Process

Author: Joel Blake

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499017936

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 122

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If you are a woman who will be caring for a newborn any time in the future, you should read this book. Neurological disorders in children are disrupting the lives of millions of families around the world. Sadly, the only remedy that medical technology has come up involves drugs...which only work some of the time...and cure absolutely nothing. This book introduces a technology invented over a decade ago for teens and young adults suffering with ADD and ADHD. Two years ago a panicked Mom of a seven month old boy got creative and treated her child showing the first symptoms of Tourette's Syndrome. It worked! In very real terms, she, "prevented," the disorder from taking over his brain. to thoroughly understand what is happening to our children we have to go back thousands of years to where the concept of reincarnation was first openly considered. At times, you will think you are reading science fiction. It's not. the Process is something every human ever born has gone through. Now however, our newest guests to the planet, our children, are facing difficulties in numbers unprecedented in human history. When you read this book you'll know why. Be a witness to the beginning of the end of neurological disorders in children. the path to the solution is here to follow. Finally, for the faithful of any religion, this book is a must. for those without belief, the concepts shared here will be the most provocative you've ever read.
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This Time I Dance!

Creating the Work You Love

Author: Tama Kieves

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440649905

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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These are all things that we have to deal with when going through a career change. What is most difficult is deciding to make the change, especially when you are good at what you do, and wonder whether you should just stick it out in an unhappy-albeit well-paid-environment instead of taking a risk and starting over doing something you love. In This Time I Dance!, Tama Kieves shares the inspiring wisdom that led her from being a successful Harvard lawyer to an even more successful writer and life coach. The best part? She's happy with her career! We all look for what will make us happy in life, but we don't always make the choices that we should when it comes to sustaining that happiness. Tama Kieves shows how to do just that: how to stay happy and employed doing something you love, and what it takes to stop being a stressed-out worker and make peace with your career-and, most important, with yourself. Filled with solutions to the anxieties and roadblocks you may confront on your path, This Time I Dance! is for all those who are unfulfilled at work and uncertain of the practical steps that they should follow to achieve their dreams.
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History of Political Philosophy

Author: Leo Strauss,Joseph Cropsey

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226924718

Category: Philosophy

Page: 980

View: 1938

This volume provides an unequaled introduction to the thought of chief contributors to the Western tradition of political philosophy from classical Greek antiquity to the twentieth century. Written by specialists on the various philosophers, this third edition has been expanded significantly to include both new and revised essays.
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The Cult

Author: Sarah Ettritch

Publisher: Norn Publishing

ISBN: 1927369142

Category: Fiction

Page: 219

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Urban fantasy / mystery: When ex-members of a cult die under suspicious circumstances, the Fellowship sends in Jillian to investigate. Still adjusting to her new life, Jillian becomes a dedicated member of the Association of the Sacred Souls, commonly known as the soul healers. As her contact with the outside world dwindles and she grows closer to the cult’s leadership, Jillian plays a dangerous game. If the cult discovers her true purpose, she could become its next victim. Keywords: mystery, supernatural, paranormal, urban fantasy, cults, atheist, atheism, christianity, god, religion, telepathy, astral projection, women sleuth, female character
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A First Step into a Much Larger World

The Christian University and Beyond

Author: John W. Hawthorne

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630873128

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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How do Christian students approach their years at a Christian college or university? What are the connections between all those hours of study and the Christian life? A First Step into a Much Larger World invites students, parents, and educators into a broad conversation about faith and learning in a postmodern age. Students will explore how to respond to diversity while maintaining community, how to make learning sensible as an expression of faith, and how to move from passive recipients of education to active and engaged co-learners with others. In so doing, they can transform their undergraduate years into a springboard for engaging the culture beyond the university.
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Climate Change

Messages of Hope

Author: Laura Wiens

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460247272

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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“Love all, serve all, help ever, hurt never” are the well-known words imparted by the spiritual leader and guru Satya Sai Baba. Though his physical body passed away in 2011, his spirit lives on; through the text contained within Climate Change, Messages of Hope, the author furthers Baba’s message—one that humankind dearly needs to hear in such uncertain times: We are connected to all, and all is connected to us. In these days of upheaval, one only has to lift their eyes for a moment to see the signs of turmoil and change: waters are rising, fault-lines are shifting, and species are disappearing. What is occurring without is occurring within; we as individuals are also changing—and we can evolve for the better in the areas of compassion, mindfulness, and healing. Indeed, if we take care to attune ourselves, we can connect with the vibrations of the very earth on which we stand, and promote healing for ourselves and others as we work through our own karmic balance together. Through 108 selections of text that were spiritually imparted to the author by the guru Satya Sai Baba during daily meditation sessions, the reader will be compelled to deeply explore the benefits of compassion for self and others and the need for the spiritual evolution of Earth’s inhabitants. Within these pages, one has the precious and honourable opportunity to consider the future of life on this planet and beyond.
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Young Catholic America

Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church

Author: Christian Smith,Kyle Longest,Jonathan Hill,Kari Christoffersen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199341095

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Best Review at the Catholic Press Association Convention Studies of young American Catholics over the last three decades suggest a growing crisis in the Catholic Church: compared to their elders, young Catholics are looking to the Church less as they form their identities, and fewer of them can even explain what it means to be Catholic and why that matters. Young Catholic America, the latest book based on the groundbreaking National Study of Youth and Religion, explores a crucial stage in the life of Catholics. Drawing on in-depth surveys and interviews of Catholics and ex-Catholics ages 18 to 23--a demographic commonly known as early "emerging adulthood"--leading sociologist Christian Smith and his colleagues offer a wealth of insight into the wide variety of religious practices and beliefs among young Catholics today, the early influences and life-altering events that lead them to embrace the Church or abandon it, and how being Catholic affects them as they become full-fledged adults. Beyond its rich collection of statistical data, the book includes vivid case studies of individuals spanning a full decade, as well as insight into the twentieth-century events that helped to shape the Church and its members in America. An innovative contribution to what we know about religion in the United States and the evolving Catholic Church, Young Catholic America is the definitive source for anyone seeking to understand what it means to be young and Catholic in America today.
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