When Doing the Right Thing Is Impossible

When Doing the Right Thing Is Impossible

Lisa Tessman boldly argues that sometimes we feel this way because we have encountered an 'impossible moral requirement.

Author: Lisa Tessman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190657604

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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Suppose that in an emergency evacuation of a hospital after a flood, not all of the patients can make it out alive. You are the doctor faced with the choice between abandoning these patients to die alone and in pain, or injecting them with a lethal dose of drugs, without consent, so that they die peacefully. Perhaps no one will be able to blame you whatever you decide, but, whichever action you choose, you will remain burdened by guilt. What happens, in cases like this, when, no matter what you do, you are destined for moral failure? What happens when there is no available means of doing the right thing? Human life is filled with such impossible moral decisions. These choices and case studies that demonstrate them form the focus of Lisa Tessman's arresting and provocative work. Many philosophers believe that there are simply no situations in which what you morally ought to do is something that you can't do, because they think that you can't be required to do something unless it's actually in your power to do it. Despite this, real life presents us daily with situations in which we feel that we have failed morally even when no right action would have been possible. Lisa Tessman boldly argues that sometimes we feel this way because we have encountered an 'impossible moral requirement.' Drawing on philosophy, empirical psychology, and evolutionary theory, When Doing the Right Thing Is Impossible explores how and why human beings have constructed moral requirements to be binding even when they are impossible to fulfill.
Categories: Philosophy

Doing The Right Thing

Doing The Right Thing

Isaw seniors of all abilitylevels achieve things impossible to achieve in a regular
classroom. WhileI taught atWoodlands twoofmy students dida study of
theGreenburgh School District and presented ittothe Board of Education. Another
studied ...

Author: David Greene

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781460225493

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 867

Who controls today’s conversation about what education should be in the classroom? Bill Gates? Arne Duncan? Michelle Rhee? Media? Politiicans? Who has gained more and more control of what actually goes on in the classroom? Bill Gates? Arne Duncan? Michelle Rhee? Media? Polticians? Why? Where are the voices of the thousands of talented and loved teachers whose classrooms should be models of what works regardless of the socioeconomic environment they are located. I am but one of many. Each of us has gotten to be who we are as teachers through our own set of circumstances. We, like all other professionals learn our craft through our experiences as well as our academic preparation. Some of us get to pass on what we have learned about our craft by becoming supervisors, mentors, or university lecturers. I have mentored new teachers. I have taught a graduate education class. But those endeavors have reached relatively few. I have even spawned new teachers, inspired by me, but those are even fewer. Initially it is why started writing this book. Much of it started as advice to give to my mentees. Then some suggested to me to write a book. So I did!
Categories: Education

The Paradox of Hope

The Paradox of Hope

Hence in the structure of thrownness, as in that of projection, there lies essentially
a nullity, and it is impossible to cancel guilt by doing the right thing, impossible to
make an adequate response to the sublime in “ethical” terms, as Kant ...

Author: Justin D. Klassen

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781608997701

Category: Religion

Page: 262

View: 409

In contemporary public discourse, the supposedly comprehensive explanatory power of reason is used to justify a thoroughgoing suspicion of religion. In recent decades, the critiques of postmodernism have generated a different kind of suspicion by construing history as a process that is too arbitrary to be narrated--either by modern reason or by religion. In light of these developments, a question arises regarding the appropriate theological response to such forms of suspicion, both of which threaten not just religion but our sense of human agency as such. Does the retrieval of a meaningful religious subjectivity in a climate of suspicion demand a renewed emphasis upon theology's rhetorical persuasiveness, as Radical Orthodoxy has recently proposed? Or does identifying the believing subject with theology's "grammar" fail to attend to some of the challenges posed by such suspicion? The Paradox of Hope answers these questions in an original and provocative way by clarifying the complex relationship between post-secular theology and the work of Soren Kierkegaard. Ultimately, Klassen argues that Kierkegaard's influence is crucial, albeit obscured, in current post-secular theological imperatives, and that the Dane's eschewal of persuasion in favor of hope's inexplicable resolve provides a more adequate response to the nihilism of contemporary suspicion than do the rhetorical proposals currently on offer. In light of this argument, The Paradox of Hope also rehabilitates some of the voices typically excluded by contemporary theology's rhetoric, including those of Heidegger, Derrida, and Levinas.
Categories: Religion

Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

Spend 8 to 10 hours a day without the stepping stone in place, and it's virtually
impossible to garner the confidence to make the leap across the gulf to
happiness when you return home. Combining wellbeing and happiness together,
we are ...

Author: Theo Theobald

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230298446

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 185

View: 377

Are you fit for work? Is your team? Employee wellbeing is the most important issue for today's managers. Ignore it and you'll add cost to the bottom line and stress to your life. Get it right and you will discover the plain truth that happy workers are productive workers. By combining cutting edge research with the down-to-earth reality of business life, Doing the Right Thing provides answers to stressful situations and sound strategies for a more harmonious workplace. The advice is practical, optional, easy-to-follow and effective. The results may amaze you with the added bonus of knowing that what you're doing is right.
Categories: Business & Economics

Theology and Social Theory

Theology and Social Theory

Hence in the structure of thrownness, as in that of projection, there lies essentially
a nullity, and it is impossible to cancel guilt by doing the right thing, impossible to
make an adequate response to the sublime in 'ethical' terms, as Kant ...

Author: John Milbank

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470693315

Category: Religion

Page: 480

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This is a revised edition of John Milbank’s masterpiece, which sketches the outline of a specifically theological social theory. The Times Higher Education Supplement wrote of the first edition that it was “a tour de force of systematic theology. It would be churlish not to acknowledge its provocation and brilliance”. Featured in The Church Times “100 Best Christian Books" Brings this classic work up-to-date by reviewing the development of modern social thought. Features a substantial new introduction by Milbank, clarifying the theoretical basis for his work. Challenges the notion that sociological critiques of theology are ‘scientific’. Outlines a specifically theological social theory, and in doing so, engages with a wide range of thinkers from Plato to Deleuze. Written by one of the world’s most influential contemporary theologians and the author of numerous books.
Categories: Religion

Bioethical Decision Making in Nursing Fifth Edition

Bioethical Decision Making in Nursing  Fifth Edition

... doing the right thing difficult or impossible. She may not be able to take the
correct action because she is not able to communicate effectively with those who
hold the power. To cite two examples, the action is against her organization's
policy, ...

Author: James H. Husted

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826171443

Category: Medical

Page: 304

View: 215

FOURTH EDITION NAMED A 2013 DOODY’S CORE TITLE! “This book provides a systematic approach to bioethical decision making, a process that can help clarify situations where right and wrong are not clearly defined. This [is] a valuable book for ethics and theory courses.” Score: 100, ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ —Doody’s More relevant today than ever, Husted’s classic nursing ethics text provides a practical framework to help nurses engage with patients to make difficult ethical decisions. It delivers a systematic approach to bioethical decision making that can help clarify situations where “right” and “wrong” are not clearly defined. An abundance of case studies provides practice in bioethical decision making, with nearly 45 bioethical dilemmas analyzed in detail. The fifth edition has been reorganized and rewritten to facilitate increased readability and to engage readers more fully in learning. It includes two new chapters, Moral Distress and Nursing Practice Intersections: Legal Decision Making Within a Symphonological Ethical Perspective, additional case studies, and abundant tables, diagrams, and graphics that reinforce the text discussion. Instructor resources are also available for adopters of the text. The book is grounded in the concept of “symphonia,” which, within the health care arena, is the study of agreements between health care professionals and patients and the ethical implications of these agreements. It is intended to promote the welfare of both patient and health care provider. The new chapter on moral distress discusses futile care among other causes of moral distress and offers coping techniques for situations in which a nurse has an ethical issue with a standard of care but is powerless to change that care. The other new chapter, Nursing Practice Intersections: Legal Decision Making Within a Symphonological Ethical Perspective, focuses on situations that can be interpreted as either moral and illegal, or immoral and legal. The fifth edition also features a new section on ethical colleagueship, providing support to relieve common dilemmas among health care professionals. NEW TO THE FIFTH EDITION: Reorganized and rewritten for ease of comprehension and increased reader engagement Includes two new chapters, Moral Distress and Nursing Practice Intersections: Legal Decision Making Within a Symphonological Ethical Perspective Provides more tables, diagrams, and graphics to clarify text discussion Provides objectives at the beginning of each chapter Expanded study guide at the end of each chapter Delivers new case studies that are analyzed in depth Includes four humorous scenarios in which the humor easily reveals the obvious from the obscure Addresses ethical colleagueship
Categories: Medical

The Impossible Lisa Barnes

The Impossible Lisa Barnes

Lisa never said a thing. ... Right, Lisa?” and he poked her hard in the ribs.
Suddenly, I actually felt sorry for Lisa. As soon as the Barneses left, Sandy yelled,
“Daddeeee, why did you have ... I mean in doing the right things, you know,

Author: Karen Rispin

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497611061

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 108

View: 242

Being twelve isn't easy. But Anika Scott, who has joined her parents as a missionary in Kenya, uses her faith and trust in God and His words as guidance to help her through her adolescent problems. Join Anika in her exciting and often dangerous adventures where using God and her own ingenuity she makes discoveries about the truth in the world. When Lisa Barnes arrives at the missionary with her parents, Anika is amazed that she cannot love the exotic wilderness. Instead the girl is frightened of the local wildlife and generally hates everything about this beautiful land. Anika and her friends devise a plan to make the impossible girl leave once and for all. But is that God's plan?
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Kagin s Crossing

Kagin s Crossing

Our consciences were given to us in order to lead us and direct us in doing the
right thing; and if we are not doing the right thing when it comes to ... It is
impossible to simultaneously do the right thing and Kagin's Crossing | 79
Leading To Learn.

Author: Steve Kagin

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781449731090

Category: Religion

Page: 340

View: 592

Kagin's Crossing is a collection of eponymous weekly religious columns written for small town newspapers. It is designed to be picked up and read wherever God leads you to read it, depending on the topic you are interested in for the day. The columns encompass all areas of life, encouraging the reader to view topics from a biblical perspective. This book brings the Bible to life and will inspire and challenge the reader to truly live a Christian lifestyle.
Categories: Religion



Was he doing the right thing? It was impossible now to know. “Rux,”he said, “get
me Lekk.” “You've as good as got it,” the Sberrian said, in his matteroffact way. 10
When Prince Chuch arrived in Glorm, he found an.

Author: Robert Sheckley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473207561

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 735

Dramocles, an ordinary king on an ordinary planet, finds himself thrust into an adventure that combines soap opera, Greek tragedy, and Shakespearean drama as he unwillingly, and disastrously, seeks to fulfill a momentous destiny that is only revealed to him a piece at a time as he manages to foment an interplanetary war, precipitate the disintegration of his family, lose all his friends, and uncover betrayal among his closest advisers as barbarian invaders besiege his realm.
Categories: Fiction

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

The young man sitting before her resembled Dr. Price, and was the right age.
And ... “It wasn't long ago that adoption authorities believed they were doing the
right thing by making it impossible for children to reconnect with their birth

Author: Cynthia Riggs

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781466863088

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 105

On her first day as adjunct professor at Ivy Green College, Victoria Trumbull recognizes the stench emanating from her classroom as more than just dead mice. Brownie, the groundskeeper's mangy mutt, soon discovers a second body hiding beneath a cluster of poison ivy. The stakes have never been higher for Ivy Green, which is on the brink of losing already-lukewarm support from its accredited partner, Cape Cod University. Thackery Wilson, the founder of Ivy Green, worries that the bad publicity from the murders will obliterate the financial and academic support the tiny college and its dependent students desperately need. As the bodies continue to pile up, all tenure committee members, Victoria and Brownie find themselves hunting a serial killer and trying to save the college. This charming 11th entry in Cynthia Rigg's Martha's Vineyard mystery series brings the island to life with a cast of eccentric characters led by a unique and endearing sleuth.
Categories: Fiction



I reached back in memory, because it seemed impossible that a kid my age
would ask her mother for drapes for her room for her birthday. And then I ... Doing
“the right thing” where my mother was concerned seemed impossible to me then.

Author: Louise DeSalvo

Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 9781558617773

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

View: 363

Born to immigrant parents during World War II and coming of age during the 1950s, DeSalvo finds herself rebelling against a script written by parental and societal expectations. In her revealing family memoir, DeSalvo sifts through painful memories to give voice to all that remained unspoken and unresolved in her life: a mother's psychotic depression, a father's rage and violent rigidity, a sister's early depression and eventual suicide, and emerging memories of childhood incest. At times humorous and often brutally candid, DeSalvo also delves through the more recent conflicts posed by marriage, motherhood, and the crisis that started her on the path of her life's work: becoming a writer in order to excavate the meaning of her life and community.In Vertigo, Louise DeSalvo paints a striking picture of the easy freedom of the husband and fatherless world of working-class Hoboken, New Jersey, the neighborhood of her early childhood, where mothers and children had an unaccustomed say in the running of their lives while men were off defending their country, but were jolted back into submission when World War II ended. Hoboken was not a place where girls were encouraged to develop their minds, or their independent spirits, yet it is that tenement-dotted city with its pulse and energy, wonderful Italian pastry, and sidewalk roller-skating contests, and not suburban Ridgefield, where the family moves when Louise is seven, that claims Louises heart.Written with an honesty that is as rare as it is unsettling, Vertigo also speaks to broader truths about the impact of ethnicity, class, and gender in American life. Offering inspiration and a healthy dose of subversion, this personal story of a writers life is also a study of the alchemy between lived experience and creativity, and the life-transforming possibilities of this process.
Categories: Social Science

The Spivak Reader

The Spivak Reader

In fact , it is impossible for all leaders ( subaltern or otherwise ) to engage every
subaltern in this way , especially ... ethical engagement - not in the rationalist
sense of doing the right thing , ” but in this more familiar sense of the impossibility
of ...

Author: Spivak

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415910013

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

View: 211

The Spivak Reader offers a selection of a major critic's work, making it accessible to as wide an audience as possible in post-colonial studies, literature, women's studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and sociology. As a theorist, a feminist and a cultural critic, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has rigorously expanded our understanding of some of the key issues of contemporary thought. The Spivak Reader both introduces many of her most important writings, while also making it possible for students of Spivak's work to view her project as a whole. Headnotes and introductory material (including a new essay, "Reading Spivak") by Donna Landry and Gerald MacLean provide a helpful guide to the selections. Many pieces in the Reader have not been published in Spivak's earlier books; the volume also includes a new interview on the question of the subaltern.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shock Awe in America

Shock   Awe in America

But alas, being on the right side is more important than doing the right thing. To
get a meeting of the minds is damn near impossible. What is most frustrating is
that we all know what the right thing is . . . even the politicians do. The right thing

Author: Thomas Bayuk

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781450098335

Category: Religion

Page: 161

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In this brief, readable time, Bayuk (Coping and Prevailing, 1986, etc.) recounts a lifetime of pulling away from and moving closer to God, before finally setting out to motivate others to do His will. In the prologue, the author tackles Americas current ambivalence about the churchs role in society. This section contains provocative statements and stories that take aim at the current trend toward political correctness, with its strict separation of God from government. In his points to ponder, Bayuk notes meaningfully that a statue of Moses holding the Ten Commandments stares down from the top of the Supreme Court building. On the whole, however, the author focuses on his vacillating relationship with God. Bayuk, who has written two books about coping with his multiple sclerosis, turns his struggles into warmhearted stories. He recalls in detail his long and happy relationship with his wife, his glory days of welling commercial real state, the ups and downs of owning a deli and a diner and of having learned to live with his disease. Throughout, the author recounts being torn between following his free will and following what he perceived as Gods instructions. However, his major defiance of Gods will seems to have been his reluctance to attend church. Bayuk recalls that he refused to go to mass for years, feeling frustrated when he spent hours at Pentecostal services and guilty when he did not. Readers may not view these moments as the powerful conflicts of God that Bayuk presents them as. The author later describes miracles that have occurred since he has become more spiritually involved. Here again, the reader may see his helpful daughter, a reconciliation between parents and children and the brother who raises some cash in a time of need, not as miracles but simply as blessings. Also, while the author is an engaging storyteller, hes also a bit repetitious. Nevertheless, Bayuk writes convincingly about the satisfactions of a faith-based life. A handy night stand book for those seeking spiritual affirmation.
Categories: Religion

Emplotting Virtue

Emplotting Virtue

If you are coerced into doing the right thing, or if you do it to avoid social
reprobation, or if you do the right thing ... Because virtue is a mean of both action
and emotion, it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine with certainty whether or
not ...

Author: Brian Treanor

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438451176

Category: Nature

Page: 264

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A rich hermeneutic account of the way virtue is understood and developed. Despite its ancient roots, virtue ethics has only recently been fully appreciated as a resource for environmental philosophy. Other approaches dominated by utilitarian and duty-based appeals for sacrifice and restraint have had little success in changing behavior, even to the extent that ecological concerns have been embraced. Our actions often do not align with our beliefs. Fundamental to virtue ethics is an acknowledgment that neither good ethical rules nor good intentions are effective absent the character required to bring them to fulfillment. Brian Treanor builds on recent work on virtue ethics in environmental philosophy, finding an important grounding in the narrative theory of philosophers like Paul Ricoeur and Richard Kearney. Character and ethical formation, Treanor argues, are intimately tied to our relationship with the narratives through which we view the human place in the natural world. By reframing environmental questions in terms of individual, social, and environmental narratives about flourishing, Emplotting Virtue offers a powerful vision of how we might remake our character so as to live more happily, more sustainably, and more virtuously in a diverse, beautiful, wondrous, and fragile world.
Categories: Nature

A Collection of Short Stories

A Collection of Short Stories

And I firmly believed that obeying my commanding officer's orders and doing the
right thing according to my conscience would soon become totally impossible. As
foreseen, the whole situation came to a head all in good time. At the time, I was ...

Author: Danny Guy Lurie

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781483668512

Category: Fiction

Page: 420

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My parents came from different parts of the Jewish world-my mothers parents came from Poland and Hungary and Austria during the time of Franz-Joseph and my father was born in Yemen. His father had come to Israel with three of his baby nephews but had encountered racism on some parts of the European elements of the population here and had immigrated to America hoping to find work there. My father, later me my mother there and they married-he died when I was eight years old and my mother remarried-I returned to Israel after having passed the age of consent-served in the army and obtained three university degrees-I worked in translation, married, have one hyperactive son and I write.
Categories: Fiction

Life s Tales

Life s Tales

“I don't know” he said with a smothered voice, his face being in his hands, “Is
what we're doing the right thing? I don't want to end ... “How can I expect to do
such an impossible thing as take on the A.L.C. and overthrow the corrupt

Author: Joy Burkey

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465320490

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 514

View: 153

Life. Thats what this book is about. This book is a compilation of several different stories about several different things, written over several years. They are about different peoples lives. From a Time Traveler saving his world, to a group of Freedom Fighters returning the US government to how its supposed to be; also the history several different civilizations. It includes the life of Anne, who searches for her brothers plans for a renewable energy machine; also the life and romance of a few couples as they grow in friendship, then love. Finally, it tells the lifes tales of two young ladies who can change peoples lives for the better. We hope you enjoy reading these tales.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Impossible Fate

Impossible Fate

“What are you doing in here,” Grace asked. “Just hear me out.” “Why? So you can
give me another line and then go find another girlfriend?” “Grace, shh.” Austin
kissed her. “What,” she asked. “I know I haven't done the right things. I should've ...

Author: Sue Langford

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 9781468930931

Category: Fiction


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Have you ever wondered what caused that feeling of someone walking past you when there was nobody there? Have you ever smelled perfume when you were alone in a room? Kelsey Baxter was just another single girl in the world. She'd go to bonfires with her friends and she'd work all day with the horses. It was her dream job. When she volunteered to help clear someone's name online, she got a lot more than she bargained for. Wyatt Cage was a military man. He'd had the training to get almost any task done. When he joined in on the task of clearing someone's name online, he saw her picture. The only thing he knew was her name - Kelsey. When Wyatt started seeing threats against her, he decided it was his duty to protect her. What he didn't count on was falling for her. In this story of mystery, romance and the supernatural, things aren't always what they seem. People aren't what you think they are. It's a story of finding an Impossible Fate. A story of true love that will pull you in and not let you go.
Categories: Fiction

Jacques Derrida s Aporetic Ethics

Jacques Derrida s Aporetic Ethics

Descartes might say that we should decide only when we know we are doing the
right thing . Derrida argues that this is impossible because of the aporias of not
enough knowledge , not enough time and not enough precedents and because
of ...

Author: Marko Zlomislic

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 073911218X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 357

View: 149

Derrida has been interpreted as a nihilist and relativist. This study demonstrates that he has an ethics and a concern for religion that goes beyond the structures of the philosophical tradition.
Categories: Philosophy



In the context of this chapter, that means recognizing that it is impossible to
predict, and impossible to avoid, black swan events. ... To which he remembers
answering, “Integrity means doing the right thing even when it's not convenient.

Author: John G. Taft

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118237267

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 641

A compelling argument for why stewardship of wealth and service to others should be our highest financial priority Stewardship is the journey of financial insider John Taft towards understanding and affirming the importance of stewardship—which he has come to define as "serving others"—as a core principle for the financial services industry, the global financial system, and society at large. By defining the attributes of authentic stewardship, this book presents a path forward by analyzing the success of Canadian banks in weathering the financial crisis; evaluates the effectiveness of global financial reform efforts in making the financial system safer, sounder, and more secure; offers wealth management prescriptions for individual investors; evaluates the potential of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investment processes as a way to instill stewardship behaviors among corporate CEOs (particularly at financial services firms); and, ultimately, calls for a return to stewardship's core principles as the key to not only minimizing the scope and consequences of future failures, but also to addressing other societal challenges. Argues for a return towards stewardship, with financial services companies doing right by their customers Analyzes the response of Canadian banks to the financial crisis to provide meaningful advice for investors and businesses alike Inspired by Taft's experience running one of the largest wealth management firms in the country during the financial crisis and his direct participation in subsequent legislative and regulatory efforts to rewrite the rules under which the U.S. securities industry operates From the man who made the decision to reimburse clients affected by the collapse of a money market mutual fund comes a compelling look at why financial service companies should start doing what's right for their customers.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Overcoming Life

The Overcoming Life

In the New Testament, nothing is said about tithing a tenth of what we have; the
only thing that is spoken of is putting ... If we plan for ourchildrenand allow them
to takeour money back to the world, wearenot doing the right thing. ... Itis
impossible forus to offer up all things, but we can do itbythe One who empowers

Author: Watchman Nee

Publisher: Living Stream Ministry

ISBN: 9780736357913

Category: Religion

Page: 186

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Watchman Nee's writings have become well known for their deep spiritual insight among Christians in many nations for many years. Through these volumes a full understanding of his balanced and proper view concerning the Bible and the spiritual life can be accurately appreciated. This new compilation and retranslation of Watchman Nee's writings present the reader a fresh and unedited version of his ministry and promises to shed new light on the reader's understanding of Watchman Nee's ministry.
Categories: Religion