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By Brian Harvey. 2019
An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his fatherAfter a 25-year break from boating,… Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.
By Krista Tippett. 2016
I m a person who listens for a living I listen for wisdom and beauty and… for voices not shouting to be heard This book chronicles some of what I ve learned in what has become a conversation across time and generations across disciplines and denominations Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast On Being has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage Scientists in a variety of fields theologians from an array of faiths poets activists and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett s compassionate yet searching conversation In Becoming Wise Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey over time and from mind to mind The book is a master class in living curated by Tippett and accompanied by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of teaching faculty The open questions and challenges of our time are intimate and civilizational all at once Tippett says - definitions of when life begins and when death happens of the meaning of community and family and identity of our relationships to technology and through technology The wisdom we seek emerges through the raw materials of the everyday And the enduring question of what it means to be human has now become inextricable from the question of who we are to each other This book offers a grounded and fiercely hopeful vision of humanity for this century - of personal growth but also renewed public life and human spiritual evolution It insists on the possibility of a common life for this century marked by resilience and redemption with beauty as a core moral value and civility and love as muscular practice Krista Tippett s great gift in her work and inBecoming Wise is to avoid reductive simplifications but still find the golden threads that weave people and ideas together into a shimmering braid One powerful common denominator of the lessons imparted to Tippett is the gift of presence of the exhilaration of engagement with life for its own sake not as a means to an end But presence does not mean passivity or acceptance of the status quo Indeed Tippett and her teachers are people whose work meets and often drives powerful forces of change alive in the world today In the end perhaps the greatest blessing conveyed by the lessons of spiritual genius Tippett harvests in Becoming Wise is the strength to meet the world where it really is and then to make it better
By Anthony De Mello. 1978
One of the world s foremost spiritual guides responds to the modern hunger for self-awareness and holistic living with a… series of spiritual exercises blending psychology spiritual therapy and practices drawn from both Eastern and Western traditions of meditation
By Brother Francis Wagner, Father Donald Walpole. 1988
The way to Eternal Life is through the Cross and to be effective it requires our cooperation--the loving… gift of self in response to God s love for us God s desire to involve us in his merciful act of redemption This book is intended to be an extended meditation on that mystery It is not a devotional guide on the Stations of the Cross in the traditional sense--though it can certainly be used as such Rather each Station offers avenues of reflection connecting the Cross of Christ with our own
By John Eldredge. 2010
Every man was once a boy. And every little has dreams, big dreams, dreams of being the hero, of beating… the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man? Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are . . . bored.John Eldredge revises and updates his best-selling, renowned Christian classic, Wild at Heart, and in it invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man's soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer. John Eldredge is the director of Ransomed Heart
By Stephen Batchelor. 1997
A national bestseller and acclaimed guide to Buddhism for beginners and practitioners alike In this simple but important volume, Stephen… Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. The concepts and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do--and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless of our background or beliefs, as we live every day on the path to spiritual enlightenment.
By Ina May Gaskin. 2003
What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you.Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina… May Gaskin, the nation's leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention. Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:* Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play* What really happens during labor* Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable * Episiotomy--is it really necessary? * Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs* Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth* How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression * The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor doesn't necessarily tell you* The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers* How to create a safe, comfortable environment for birth in any setting, including a hospital* And much moreIna May's Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women's faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.
Impending motherhood serves up a confusing cocktail of heroic strength and terrifying vulnerability. Our culture has seized on the “vulnerability”… part of this experience and tends to reinforce a pregnant woman’s insecurities instead of encouraging her to embrace this most natural time and trust her body, her intuition, and her own mind. Feng Shui Mommy takes a different approach, helping the expecting mother build her own unique, epic journey to motherhood. It’s about supporting her while she shores up her mind-body-spirit alignment so she can best handle the cosmic kick in the uterus and juicy kiss on the soul that pregnancy is. Bailey Gaddis guides women through the experience, providing specific suggestions for mind, body, and spirit for each trimester (including the “fourth,” after birth), leading to birth preparation designed for each mother and baby, and culminating in strong mother-child bonding. She includes detailed and practical information about prenatal exercise and nutrition, birth preferences and birthing positions, breath work, breastfeeding, and much more. Her advice allows mothers to welcome delight and curiosity into the journey while taking each phase with purpose and calm — and even a sense of fun. This comprehensive guide makes challenge and change joyful, allowing new life to be as incomparably wonder-filled as it is meant to be.
Unseen presences. Apparitions. Hearing voices. Although some people would find such experiences to be distressing and seek clinical help, others… perceive them as transformative. Occasionally, these unusual phenomena give rise to new spiritual paths or religious movements. Revelatory Events provides fresh insights into what is perhaps the bedrock of all religious belief--the claim that otherworldly powers are active in human affairs.Ann Taves looks at Mormonism, Alcoholics Anonymous, and A Course in Miracles--three cases in which insiders claimed that a spiritual presence guided the emergence of a new spiritual path. In the 1820s, Joseph Smith, Jr., reportedly translated the Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates unearthed with the help of an angel. Bill Wilson cofounded AA after having an ecstatic experience while hospitalized for alcoholism in 1934. Helen Schucman scribed the words of an inner voice that she attributed to Jesus, which formed the basis of her 1976 best-selling self-study course. In each case, Taves argues, the sense of a guiding presence emerged through a complex, creative interaction between a founding figure with unusual mental abilities and an initial set of collaborators who were drawn into the process by diverse motives of their own.A major work of scholarship, this compelling and accessible book traces the very human processes behind such events.
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery, Nancy Mitchell. 1989
Every year millions of women wait with anticipation as they watch their test strip change from white to pink… thus beginning the awesome adventure of becoming a mother This Chicken Soup book will find a place in the loving hearts and anxious minds of expectant mothers and some fathers too Written by expectant mothers veteran moms and fathers-to-be these stories relate the physical emotional and spiritual joys and challenges of each stage of motherhood from barely showing to the awkward last months from labor and delivery to watching and caring for Baby Some stories offer hope when the pregnancy isn t medically perfect others offer light-hearted humor to cope with weight gain morning sickness and other pregnancy woes and still others offer words of wisdom for the seemingly daunting responsibilities of choosing a name going through labor and bringing a new life into the world By relaying the insecurities and triumphs of a variety of moms and moms-to-be--including multiple births premature births adoptions and single-parent families--this book will tug at the heartstrings and ease the fears of any expectant mother regardless of her situation Chapters include Special Moments Delivery Day Challenges On Adoption Advice from Others For Expectant Fathers and The First Few Years Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother s Soul will be a must-have on every baby-shower gift list and an essential requirement for every birthing bag
This gorgeous collection gathers Alice Walker s wide-ranging meditations-many of them previously unpublished-on our intertwined personal spiritual and… political destinies For the millions of her devoted fans and for readers of Walker s bestselling 2006 book We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For here is a brand new gift of words that invites readers on a journey of political awakening and spiritual insight The Cushion in the Road finds the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist poet essayist and activist at the height of her literary powers sharing fresh vantages and a deepening engagement with our world Walker writes that we are beyond a rigid category of color sex or spirituality if we are truly alive and the pieces in The Cushion in the Road illustrate this idea beautifully Visiting themes she has addressed throughout her career-including racism Africa Palestinian solidarity and Cuba-as well as addressing emergent issues such as the presidency of Barack Obama on health care Walker explores her conflicting impulses to retreat into inner contemplation and to remain deeply engaged with the world Rich with humor and wisdom and informed by Walker s unique eye for the details of human and natural experience The Cushion in the Road will please longtime Walker fans as well as those who are new to her work
By Ron Hall. 2009
New thoughts and reflections from the authors of the inspirational New York Times bestseller Same Kind of Different as Me.… The more than four hundred thousand readers stirred by the story of Ron Hall and Denver Moore will resonate with the all new, stand-alone true stories of hope and healing offered in this intimate, authentic follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Same Kind of Different as Me. With new "Denverisms" and reflections from Denver on his personal dealings with homelessness and disrespect from others, additional insights from Ron on what we can learn from people not like us and from those dealing with a terminal illness, and the stories of readers who have been impacted by the book's central themes, this inspirational reader will generate a host of new fans. Topics include: Faith and friendship Racial reconciliation Community outreach Compassion HealingBook also includes for the first time samples of Denver's paintings.
By John Eldredge. 2000
Sometimes it seems we just can't get what we want. Circumstances thwart our best-laid plans. We struggle to live a… heartfelt life. Worst of all, says Eldredge, the modern church mistakenly teaches its people to kill desire (calling it sin) and replace it with duty or obligation (calling it sanctification). As a result, at best Christians tend to live safe, boring lives of resignation. At worst, their desire eventually breaks out in destructive ways such as substance abuse, affairs, and pornography addictions. In The Journey of Desire, Eldredge invites readers to rediscover God-given desire and to search again for the life they once dreamed of.
By Donald Miller. 2009
After writing a successful memoir, Donald Miller's life stalled. During what should have been the height of his success, he… found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility, even questioning the meaning of life. But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, he found himself launched into a new story filled with risk, possibility, beauty, and meaning. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years chronicles Miller's rare opportunity to edit his life into a great story, to reinvent himself so nobody shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll. Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers through the life that emerges when it turns from boring reality into meaningful narrative. Miller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with love, from wasting his money to founding a nonprofit with a passionate cause. Guided by a host of outlandish but very real characters, Miller shows us how to get a second chance at life the first time around. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a rare celebration of the beauty of life.
By Keith Fournier. 1982
In this readable, succinct volume, Keith Fournier portrays the young virgin of Nazareth in a fresh light as an antidote… to the spiritual ills of the age. The Prayer of Mary presents humility, simplicity, and selfless love as fitting responses to the loving invitation of God, who visits people in their daily lives and invites them into a relationship with Him.
By Erwin Raphael Mcmanus. 2003
We are all, as Erwin Raphael McManus states, broken pieces of the image of God. And as Christians, too often… we talk about God's ability to change lives without fully understanding how to access that power. The reason is simple: we ourselves have never been radically transformed. McManus explains how many people unknowingly block God from changing us and teaches readers the "texture of the heart" required to unleash God's transforming power within us. He also demonstrates the passion and purpose that lie ahead when we undertake the journey that leads us to the true source, the very character of God. Fascinating stories from McManus's personal life and ministry, paired with fresh biblical teaching and profound insights, will astonish and challenge readers to break free from negative habits, destructive emotions, and other strongholds that hinder lasting transformation and to turn toward a life marked by enlightenment, nobility, and virtue.
By Ken Wilber. 2000
The goal of an "integral psychology" is to honor and embrace every legitimate aspect of human consciousness under one roof.… This book presents one of the first truly integrative models of consciousness, psychology, and therapy. Drawing on hundreds of sources--Eastern and Western, ancient and modern--Wilber creates a psychological model that includes waves of development, streams of development, states of consciousness, and the self, and follows the course of each from subconscious to self-conscious to superconscious. Included in the book are charts correlating over a hundred psychological and spiritual schools from around the world, including Kabbalah, Vedanta, Plotinus, Teresa of Ávila, Aurobindo, Theosophy, and modern theorists such as Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Jane Loevinger, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, Erich Neumann, and Jean Gebser. Integral Psychology is Wilber's most ambitious psychological system to date and is already being called a landmark study in human development.
By Henri J. Nouwen. 2006
Henri Nouwen beloved author priest and internationally recognized spiritual master counselor and guide … offers gentle wisdom for universal questions of the spiritual life Who am I Where have I been and where am I going Who is God for me Where do I belong How can I be of service As a priest pastor and professor of spirituality at Notre Dame Yale and Harvard Nouwen offered spiritual direction to many students but his famous course on spiritual direction was never recorded during his lifetime Now in Spiritual Direction the first of a series one of Nouwen s students Michael Christensen and one of his editors Rebecca Laird have developed his courses and practice of spiritual direction into a book of profound wisdom for living a deep spiritual life
By Henri J. M. Nouwen. 1988
Letters to Marc About Jesus is a beautiful collection of Henri Nouwen s very intimate and very enlightening writings to… Marc his nineteen-year-old nephew who struggles to find his true path in a world of confusion and apathy Written with Nouwen s characteristic grace and wisdom these letters bear witness to his conviction that anyone can find lasting spiritual fulfillment if they simply take the time to maintain a daily awareness of Jesus in every aspect of life Powerful and profound Letters to Marc About Jesus is Nouwen at his best--teacher guide and mentor--and will provide the direction and inspiration necessary for any believer to change his or her life
By Nate Larkin. 2006
With no-holds-barred honesty and poignant storytelling, Nate Larkin introduces a model of community and friendship that is reinvigorating men's ministry… across the country, a model he calls The Samson Society. Too many men see the biblical hero Samson as their model for manhood--a rugged individualist of the highest order. Yet, Samson's solitary successes were eventually overcome by moral weaknesses. Larkin, through the story of his own past and the stories of those in The Samson Society, offers a radical, refreshing alternative.