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Restless Souls

By Leigh Eric Schmidt
  • ISBN Code: : 0520954114
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Pages : 360
  • Category : Religion
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Yoga classes and Zen meditation, New-Age retreats and nature mysticism—all are part of an ongoing religious experimentation that has surprisingly deep roots in American history. Tracing out the country’s Transcendentalist and cosmopolitan religious impulses over the last two centuries, Restless Souls explores America’s abiding romance with spirituality as religion’s better half. Now in its second edition, including a new preface, Leigh Eric Schmidt's fascinating book provides a rich account of how this open-road spirituality developed in American culture in the first place as well as a sweeping survey of the liberal religious movements that touted it and ensured its continued vitality.

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In its most general sense, the term "Spiritual but Not Religious" denotes those who, on the one hand, are disillusioned with traditional institutional religion and, on the other hand, feel that those same traditions contain deep wisdom about the human condition. This edited collection speaks to what national surveys agree is a growing social phenomenon referred to as the "Spiritual but Not Religious Movement" (SBNRM). Each essay of the volume engages the past, present and future(s) of the SBNRM. Their collective contribution is analytic, descriptive, and prescriptive, taking stock of not only the various analyses of the SBNRM to date but also the establishment of a new ground upon which the continued academic discussion can take place. This volume is a watershed in the growing academic and public interest in the SBNRM. As such, it will vital reading for any academic involved in Religious Studies, Spirituality and Sociology.

On the Other Side of Tomorrow

By Lynn Shepherd Titmas
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1401071961
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 831
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ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOMORROWWhen we take the time to meditate and reflect on our journey, we find the joy ofliving in the present moment and learn to celebrate. If we live long enough, we all pass the half-century mark, and for many, it can be a significant blow; others may arrive at a similar critical intersection at an earlier age, or even later. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOMORROW is a series of reflections tracing the author's own struggle to achieve balance, harmony, and wholeness amid the nagging sense of loss that she experienced at mid-life. This spiritual journey through those challenging years, relates the author's progress from fear to peace, from uncertainty to trust. Written in poetic style, it is filled with hope and inspiration—convincing you that it is possible to live a life of abundant joy at any age. No matter how old you are, if you are earnestly seeking to enrich your life, this book will open your eyes, expand your horizons, and give you reason to celebrate.

Kazin's Quest

By Carey Scheppner
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  • Publisher : Author House
  • Book Code : 1481740997
  • Total of Pages : 790
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 547
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“The dragon lives, the dragon dies. The hoards of darkness then shall rise!” In a world where magic is common, a young mage, Kazin, finds himself at the center of a prophesy about to be fulfilled. The prophesy speaks of hoards of darkness emerging from the north. With parts of the prophesy becoming evident, the arch mages seek the aid of their allies, the elves and dwarves, only to discover that they are struggling to neutralize threats of their own. As Kazin embarks on increasingly difficult tasks for the arch mages, he comes to discover that things are more dire than even the arch mages realize. On the way, the young mage accumulates an unusual entourage of unique companions who are inexplicably drawn into the prophesy with him. As events unfold, they must risk their lives to overcome numerous obstacles, each contributing their individual developing abilities and cunning. Can Kazin and his companions regain the aid of their allies and thwart an unknown enemy poised to strike at a vulnerable moment? Find out now in Kazin’s Quest, Book I of The Dragon Mage Trilogy!

Philosopher of the Heart

By Clare Carlisle
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0241283590
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 185
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Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement 'This lucid and riveting new biography at once rescuses Kierkegaard from the scholars and shows why he is such an intriguing and useful figure' Observer Søren Kierkegaard, one of the most passionate and challenging of modern philosophers, is now celebrated as the father of existentialism - yet his contemporaries described him as a philosopher of the heart. Over about a decade in the 1840s and 1850s, writings poured from his pen analysing love and suffering, courage and anxiety, religious longing and defiance, and forging a new philosophical style rooted in the inward drama of being human. As Christianity seemed to sleepwalk through a changing world, Kierkegaard dazzlingly revealed its spiritual power while exposing the poverty of official religion. His restless creativity was spurred on by his own failures: his relationship with the young woman whom he promised to marry, then left to devote himself to writing, haunted him throughout his life. Though tormented by the pressures of celebrity, he deliberately lived amidst the crowds in Copenhagen, known by everyone but, he felt, understood by no one. When he collapsed exhausted at the age of 42, he was still pursuing the question of existence: how to be a human being in this world? Clare Carlisle's innovative and moving biography writes Kierkegaard's remarkable life as far as possible from his own perspective, conveying what it was like to be this Socrates of Christendom - as he put it, living life forwards yet only understanding it backwards.

The Everything Ghost Hunting Book

By Melissa Martin Ellis
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1605507059
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 851
  • Pdf File: the-everything-ghost-hunting-book.pdf

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Shadowpeople ... cold spots ... orbs. Ghosthunter Melissa Martin Ellis takes readers on an exciting high-tech journey into the supernatural world of haunted sites, restless souls, and messages from beyond the grave. Readers explore motion sensors, highly sensitive digital cameras, and so-called Ghost Telephones, as well as the supernatural phenomena themselves, including: Poltergeists Electronic-voice phenomena (EVP) Possession Photo anomalies Séances and voodoo rituals Appealing to the same audience as such popular TV shows as Lost, Medium, Invasion, Charmed, Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth, and Most Haunted, this book shows readers how today's investigators use the tools of modern science to study a wide range of paranormal activity.

Black Souls

By Gioacchino Criaco
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  • Publisher : Soho Press
  • Book Code : 1616959983
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 749
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The modern Italian classic about Calabrian organized crime—now an award-winning motion picture—makes its English-language debut. In the remote Aspromonte Mountains in southern Calabria, Italy, three best friends embark on a life of crime in order to raise themselves up out of the poverty of their childhoods. Brainy Luciano, the behind-the-scenes schemer, was orphaned as a little boy when the local mob boss had his postman father executed. Lazy, jovial Luigi has learned that there’s no point in following the rules. And completing the triumvirate is the nameless narrator, from whose black soul comes the inspiration and energy for each new criminal project, from kidnapping to armed robbery to heroin dealing to contract killing. Set in the birthplace of the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabria’s ruthless and ubiquitous mafia, Black Souls draws on centuries of brigand lore, peasant rebellion history, mountain mythology, and colonial suffering to offer a gripping morality tale about how violence begets violence.

On The Anvil Of War

By Jason M. Green
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1469106833
  • Total of Pages : 327
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 299
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In this action-packed sequel to The Hammer And The Sword, the army raised by the nephew of King Malifesh arrives in Avnadele with the intention of ending the war started by the king?s advisor. Each part of the army lands in a different part of the country and they all head towards Malifestron for what they hope will be the final battle of the conflict, but things might not work out as they hope because the chief architect of the war has already fled the country. As they march across Avnadele, all those who originally came from that country find that the land of their birth has changed for the worse in their absence, and a few learn that some of the people they have come to save view them in the same manner as those who have enslaved them. In addition to these things, not only do they have to deal with enemies on the battlefield, but also with betrayals on both sides of the conflict. Those fighting on both sides know that casualties will be many and sacrifices will have to be made to win the battle, but the outcome of the conflict will mean the difference between freedom and a life of oppression for the people of Avnadele and the Northern Lands.

Flesh and blood

By Riette Rust
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  • Publisher : LAPA Uitgewers
  • Book Code : 0799376779
  • Total of Pages : 164
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 698
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Eileen and Roelien are not only known as the Blood sisters because they are biological sisters, but also due to the fact that cleaning bloody crime scenes is their day job. Sometimes the sisters clean up hoarders' homes, at other times they help to restore damage caused by fire or floods.

Pursuing Contentment

By Zondervan
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  • Publisher : HarperChristian Resources
  • Book Code : 0310682681
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 875
  • Pdf File: pursuing-contentment.pdf

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All too often life falls short of our expectations and happiness seems just out of reach. We run face disappointments, disarray, delays, and drawbacks. We want to be the kind of women who exude serene calmness, cheerfulness, and acceptance even in the midst of trials and difficult situations, but that is hard to do! In Pursuing Contentment, you will explore what the Bible says about truecontentment how it is a skill to be learned. You can break old habits and patterns of thinking and choose to be grateful in all circumstances. You can say, like the apostle Paul, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11). You can cultivate contentment in your heart. The Women of Faith® Bible Studies provide intriguing insights into topics that are relevant to women’s lives today. Each guide includes twelve weeks of study, down-to-earth illustrations, and reflections to help you move the truth from your head to your heart. A leader’s guide for use with small groups is also included.

Lost in the Valley of Death

By Harley Rustad
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  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Book Code : 0735279470
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 163
  • Pdf File: lost-in-the-valley-of-death.pdf

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER In the vein of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, a riveting work of narrative nonfiction centering on the unsolved disappearance of an American backpacker in India—one of at least two dozen tourists who have met a similar fate in the remote and storied Parvati Valley. For centuries, India has enthralled Westerners looking for an exotic getaway, a brief immersion in yoga and meditation, or, in rare cases, a true pilgrimage to find spiritual revelation. Justin Alexander Shetler, an inveterate traveler trained in wilderness survival, was one such seeker. In his early thirties, Justin quit his job at a tech startup and set out on a global journey—across the United States by motorcycle, then down to South America, and on to the Philippines, Thailand, and Nepal—in search of authentic experiences and meaningful encounters while documenting his travels on Instagram. His enigmatic character and magnetic personality gained him a devoted following who lived vicariously through his adventures. But the ever-restless explorer was driven to seek out ever-greater extremes, and greater risks, in what had become a personal quest—his own hero’s journey. In 2016, he made his way to the Parvati Valley, a remote and rugged corner of the Indian Himalayas steeped in mystical tradition and shrouded in darkness and danger. There he spent weeks studying under the guidance of a sadhu, an Indian holy man, living and meditating in a cave. At the end of August, accompanied by the sadhu, he set off on a spiritual journey to a holy lake—one from which he would never return. Lost in the Valley of Death is about one man’s search to find himself, in a country where, for many Westerners, the path to spiritual enlightenment can prove fraught, even treacherous. But it is also a story about all of us and the ways, sometimes extreme, we seek fulfillment in life.