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Toward God: The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer
Toward God
The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer
Paperback      ISBN: 0892438908
Reflections on the Psalms
Reflections on the Psalms
Paperback      ISBN: 015676248x
"We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation."

The Psalms were written as songs; we should read them as poetry, in the spirit of lyric, not as sermons or instructions. But they are also shrouded in mystery, and in this careful reading from one of our most trusted fellow travelers, C.S. Lewis helps us begin to reveal their meaning in our daily lives and in the world. Reflecting again and anew on these beloved passages, we can find both joy and difficulty, but also, always, real enlightenment and moments of transcendent grace.

"This book may not tell the reader all he would like to know about the Psalms, but it will tell him a good deal he will not like to know about himself." --Times Literary Supplement

" Lewis] . . . displays in this volume the same keen insight and gifted tongue that have made him one of the most highly respected essayists using the English language." --Chicago Sunday Tribune

"Full of illuminating observations." --New York Times
Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings
Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings
Paperback      ISBN: 0385417373

From the revered meditation teacher Stephen Levine, here is a volume of guided meditations for the deeper healing of spirit, mind, and body. The culmination of decades of personal and professional explorations into the process of human consciousness, Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings is an indispensable source book, filled with resources for healing and the deepening of awareness. Essential reading for anyone facing pain, severe illness, addiction, or other forms of suffering, in these pages Levine presents practical processes for the deep exploration of the mind and body, which are used widely in meditation centers, hospices, and hospitals around the world. Now, in this remarkable work, they are offered for the benefit of all who are drawn to looking inward--and all who seek the healing power of a merciful awareness.

The Art of Theological Reflection
The Art of Theological Reflection
Paperback      ISBN: 0824514017

Here is a book for the millions of Christians who want to make a vital connection between their faith and their lives. The authors describe theological reflection as the artful discipline of putting our experience into conversation with the heritage of the Christian tradition. Their practical book provides a way for all of us to experience greater meaning in life and a more tangible sense of God's creative presence.

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
A History of God
The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Paperback      ISBN: 0345384563

Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present.

The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism--a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.

Praise for History of God

"An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers."--The Washington Post Book World

"A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book. Karen] Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying."--The Sunday Times (London)

"Absorbing . . . A lode of learning."--Time

"The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history--the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius."--A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Paperback      ISBN: 038067033x

Offers an inspirational and compassionate approach to understanding the problems of life and restoring faith in God.

Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures
Lectio Divina
Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures
Paperback      ISBN: 0824517369

Lectio divina is letting our Divine Friend speak to us through his inspired and inspiring Word, according to M. Basil Pennington, the late priest, retreat master, and prominent lecturer in the Centering Prayer movement. This ancient Christian practice requires faith, humility, openness, and fidelity. Father Pennington sets the process of praying the Scriptures in the context of meditation, contemplation, compassion, and action. He calls it a way of friendship wherein we pay attention to the love letters from the Lord. Lectio, as a satisfying mental and emotional experience, can be enhanced by reading different translations of the Bible, using commentaries, participating in Bible study groups, and using the resources of Scripture-oriented websites.

Meditations from Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1
Meditations from Conversations with God
An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1
Paperback      ISBN: 0425161692

Suppose you could make God a part of your everyday life.

Suppose you could ask questions about love, faith, life and death, good and evil--and God answered in a way that you could truly understand.

Neale Donald Walsch asked, and God responded.

With these meditations from the pages of Conversations with God the conversation continues, every day. Read. Respond. Watch. Listen. God is always there. Always, and all ways...

Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts and Reflections
Glimpses of Grace
Daily Thoughts and Reflections
Paperback      ISBN: 0060652810

For half a century, Madeleine L'Engle has spun magic with words, touching millions of lives and earning a devoted readership with her award-winning fiction, candid reflections on her personal and family life and graceful meditations on faith. Now, Glimpses of Grace captures the essence of L'Engle's literary gift in one unprecedented volume.

Ranging freely throughout L'Engle's remarkable lifework of more than 40 volumes of fiction and nonfiction, adventure stories, family dramas, autobiography and religious commentary, editor Carole P. Chase has collected evocative passages and arranged them as daily readings that offer illuminating bits of wisdom, provocative insight, and, above all, engaging and intelligent daily inspiration. With enduring power and resonance, each of these 366 rich selections speaks to the simple joys and sorrows of daily life and the deepest questions of the human heart and spirit, while reflecting the exhilarating artistry of one of the most spiritually alive and articulate storytellers of this century.

A House Blessing
A House Blessing
Hardcover      ISBN: 1883211042

This book blesses the physical house and the protection it offers, wishing for its inhabitants ""a full portion of life's beauty."" It then grows more specific, hoping for kindness, companionship, peace, orderliness and the happiness that overflows into celebration. Poltarnees, drawing upon his library of antique images, has added pictures which best give each thought its most vivid reality. This book makes an excellent gift for any house.