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.

Heaven and Beyond

Conversations with Souls in Transition

Author: Barbara Mark,Trudy Griswold

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781580624787

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 183

View: 2832

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.

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

View: 464

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.

Religion and Hip Hop

Author: Monica R. Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415628571

Category: Music

Page: 209

View: 349

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.

The Art of Winning Souls

Pastoral Care of Novices

Author: Michael Casey

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0879074752

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 6770

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.

Eschatology, Liturgy and Christology

Toward Recovering an Eschatological Imagination

Author: Thomas Rausch

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814680518

Category: Religion

Page: 184

View: 8193

"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.

Life Between Lives

Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Regression

Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738704654

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 222

View: 2088

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

The New Evangelical Social Engagement

Author: Brian Steensland,Philip Goff

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199329567

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 3653

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.

Souls in the Hands of a Tender God

Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets

Author: Craig Rennebohm,David W. Paul

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807000427

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 1704

Offers a minister's stories about his work with homeless people on the streets of Seattle who are suffering from mental illness and who are in desparate need of psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual support.

Wisdom in Transition

Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions

Author: Samuel L. Adams

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9047433149

Category: Religion

Page: 328

View: 5718

This volume considers a major shift among Jewish sages during the Second Temple period, from an earthly to an otherworldly focus. It compares the perspectives of figures like Qoheleth and Ben Sira with the eschatological vision of 4QInstruction.

The Process

Author: Joel Blake

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499017936

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 122

View: 4157

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.

Miracles... and Other Ordinary Things

Author: Lana Ford

Publisher: Light Technology Publishing

ISBN: 1622336690

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: N.A

View: 8859

What do you feel when a physician tells you that you have a brain tumor and that you are going to die in a few months? How do you cope with two children under the age of three when the tumor leads to blindness? How do you make sense of yor life when the physician, angry that you didn't die, mumbles that he will now have to treat you as if you have multiple sclerosis? Lana Ford was faced with these questions and began to answer them one by one over a two-year period. She was forced to examine the meaning of life, to sort through her beliefs about health and illness, living and dying, and to discard all the cultural programming she had accepted since childhood. Then she began to play with inventing other realities, visualizing the internal workings of her own body, and refusing to believe in anything outside her own experience. She trusted only the inner wisdom found in meditation, including exploration of past lives and conversations with angels. Her body began healing, and within months, she was symptom free and has remained so for more than twenty years. Yet at the time, she knew in her heart that no one would believe her story. In the twenty years following her illness, she has been a seeker of wisdom, finding information from ancient texts; asking for translations of the Hebrew she found herself chanting; studying with eminent astrologers, theologians, shamans, quantum physicists, and those on the leading edge exploring realms of consciousness. With both humor and scientific evidence she shares the wisdom she found -- that miracles lie in the mysterious interpretations we make of the events in our own lives and the connections we make with each other.

This Time I Dance!

Creating the Work You Love

Author: Tama Kieves

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440649905

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 2517

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.

Caring for Body and Soul

Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World

Author: Bonnie Effros

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271045320

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 7511


Emerging Adulthood

The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties

Author: Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190209585

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

View: 1876

In recent decades, the lives of people in their late teens and twenties have changed so dramatically that a new stage of life has developed. In his provocative work, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett has identified the period of emerging adulthood as distinct from both the adolescence that precedes it and the young adulthood that comes in its wake. Arnett's new paradigm has received a surge of scholarly attention due to his book that launched the field, Emerging Adulthood. On the 10th Anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking work, the second edition of Emerging Adulthood fully updates and expands Arnett's findings and includes brand new chapters on media use, social class issues, and the distinctive problems of this life stage. In spite of the challenges they face, Arnett explains that emerging adults are particularly skilled at maintaining contradictory emotions--they are confident while being wary, and optimistic in the face of large degrees of uncertainty. Merging stories from the lives of emerging adults themselves with decades of research, Arnett covers a wide range of topics, including love and sex, relationships with parents, experiences at college and work, and views of what it means to be an adult. He also refutes many of the negative stereotypes about emerging adults today, finding that they are not "lazy" but remarkably hard-working in most cases, and not "selfish" but rather concerned with making a contribution to improving the world. As the nature of American youth and the meaning of adulthood further evolve, Emerging Adulthood will continue to be essential reading for understanding the face of modern America.

Lee Roy's Heaven

Alpha to Omega the Metaphysical Story of a Young Dopeman's After Life Journey

Author: Big Brother Earl Roberts

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1426970641

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

View: 4585

The author Big Bro. Earl Roberts like many others has been on a spiritual quest for understanding for many years. His new book (first novel) of spiritual fiction had been in the process of becoming for many years. Lee Roys Heaven is an attempt to convey to the masses the possibility of and necessity of people having more love and compassion in their lives. Perhaps, looking at some traditional religious doctrines in a whole new way and concluding that what we dont know about Gods truth is just as important as that which we believe we do know. This story of the adventures of a young (deceased) dope-seller tripping through his after death existence forces the readers to contemplate their lives, true love, forgiveness, patience and tolerance for other human beings that we judge as evil, sick with sinful natures, or strangely different then ourselves.

Souls in the Great Machine

Author: Sean Mcmullen

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1466821582

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 8394

The great Calculor of Libris was forced to watch as Overmayor Zarvora had four of its components lined up against a wall and shot for negligence. Thereafter, its calculations were free from errors, and that was just as well-for only this strangest of calculating machines and its two thousand enslaved components could save the world from a new ice age. And all the while a faint mirrorsun hangs in the night sky, warning of the cold to come. In Sean McMullen's glittering, dynamic, and exotic world two millennia from now, there is no more electricity, wind engines are leading-edge technology, librarians fight duels to settle disputes, steam power is banned by every major religion, and a mysterious siren "Call" lures people to their death. Nevertheless, the brilliant and ruthless Zarvora intends to start a war in space against inconceivably ancient nuclear battle stations. Unbeknownst to Zarvora, however, the greatest threat to humanity is neither a machine nor a force but her demented and implacable enemy Lemorel, who has resurrected an obscene and evil concept from the distant past: Total War. Souls in the Great Machine is the first volume of Sean McMullen's brilliant future history of the world of Greatwinter. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Soul and Secrets of Its Structure

Author: Larisa Seklitova; Ludmila Strelniko

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1456898353

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 392

View: 8824

Since ancient times people have known about existence of the soul. Every present religion on the Earth acknowledges that the man has it and all religions confirm that the soul is immortal and its loss is equal to death. People offer prayers about salvation of their souls as the greatest value. Many religions accept the reincarnation theory i.e. incarnating of the soul when the soul leaves human body after death and moves to newly born human body to proceed its development. Thus, what is the soul and what’s the structure? Our Heavenly Teachers have decided that it is time to give the humanity of third millennium new knowledge about the soul as people of sixth race who will live on the Earth in this period of time will be able to accept and understand these revealed truths. This book is devoted to this topic. New knowledge about the soul is shown up with care not to shock by the avalanche of new concepts. For the first time they revealed that the soul is not only the eddy of invisible “spirit” but it has like the human body its own structure. The first chapter of the book is about the structure of the soul. Creation of Soul Jesus Christ says in the Bible: “In my Father’s house there are many rooms”. This means there are many inhabited worlds in the Cosmos. Souls for these worlds are created by God himself and his aides – special Hierarchical Systems. It takes 9 cosmic years to create one soul. One cosmic year is approximately equal to 1 billion earthly years because time of God and time on the Earth flies differently. God creates the soul and makes it spiritual. The only God governs the Great Secret of vivification. Without vivification there cannot be life as well. When we asked God “What is the soul?” He answered: “The soul is the integral part of the Absolute. Many souls are sort of its interior filling. They are its main Units like cells in your body.” All souls piece out the huge nature of the Absolute and God. Structure of Soul The Soul is the complex energetical construction. It is a volumetric favose structure – matrix, where one volume enters another and all are merged. Cells of the matrix are completely digits which carry out energy. Total volume of the soul is called configuration. Types of soul configurations vary greatly. The self-construction principle is laid in the matrix. Every soul while developing builds its configuration basing on energetical volumes which fill up cells of the matrix. Qualitative and quantitative composition is different within all matrices. That is the reason why there are no two absolutely similar souls. The matrix is of great importance for every individual because a personality is not personality without it. Individual ceases existing without the matrix as an inspired creation. The soul is triune. It consists of 3 principles: plus, minus and managerial. When a soul has just been created all these three principles are equal and every part occupies 1/3 of total matrix volume. In the course of development the balance between its parts constantly changes, although if the managerial part reaches half the volume it maintains this balance. This is a program of soul construction. Soul Development Development and improvement of soul in everyday life consist in acquisition of life experience, new knowledge, evolving feelings and intellect, but on energetical plane it is enlargement of own energetical potential. The sense of life and any existence in any world is development of soul. There are only two ways of soul development for the man: plus direction to God and minus one to Devil. Ways of virtue, creativity, development through medicine and additionally way of computation and programming connected with creativity lead to God. Ways of evil, degradation, automatism and programming without creativity principle lead to Devil. Development of soul in any world is based on a program. Program of development is drawn up per one incarnation in the material body. It is saved on one of hum