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The Art of the Saint John's Bible: A Reader's Guide to Wisdom Books and Prophets
The Art of the Saint John's Bible
A Reader's Guide to Wisdom Books and Prophets
Paperback      ISBN: 0814690637

The Saint John's Bible provides an opportunity for people to experience the Scriptures in a new 'but at the same time ancient 'way. Here are illuminations that bring the words of the Bible alive for a contemporary audience. Some of the world's top calligraphers, working in a tradition all but replaced by the printing press centuries ago, invite us into a rich and varied creation. This second volume of The Art of The Saint John's Bible: A Reader's Guide takes up two great collections of biblical literature 'Wisdom Books and Prophets.

The illuminations in Wisdom Books and Prophets draw on motifs from earlier illuminations and expand the visual vocabulary to strike at what is unique and important to these books. In Wisdom Books we find a number of well-known and beloved aphorisms, or words of wisdom." Here calligraphic text treatments take center stage. However, these books also portray the divine in the female figure of Wisdom, presented visually in several large-scale illuminations. The prophets ' messages are often dark and strange, reflecting the grief of exile but also hope. The illuminations throughout these pages reflect Visions of man's inhumanity, but they also burst with the rainbows of God's promise and glory. Lavishing equal attention on the biblical passages and the artistic Vision of The Saint John's Bible, this guide is offered to enhance your experience and reflection.

Susan Sink is a poet and writer, and is communications director at Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She is also an oblate of Saint John's Abbey, the author of a book of poems, The Way of All the Earth, and the first book in this series.

Wise Teacher Wise Student: Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship
Wise Teacher Wise Student
Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship
Paperback      ISBN: 1559393475

The relationship between a teacher and student can be a most rewarding and life-enhancing experience, yet it can also be fraught with problems and misunderstandings. For Westerners working with Eastern teachers, the difficulties can be compounded by cultural differences, language barriers, and divergent expectations. Wise Teacher, Wise Student examines the teacher-student relationship as it is understood in the Tibetan Buddhist context. The author surveys a wide spectrum of situations, exploring the causes of potential pitfalls. In illuminating the sources of misunderstandings, he offers methods to heal wounds and encourage healthy relationships.

Martin Luther's Easter Book
Martin Luther's Easter Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0806635789

This powerful book of passages from Martin Luther's Easter sermons portrays the reformer's lasting thoughts on faith, human imperfection, salvation through grace, and the wonder of God. The sermons explore events from Holy Week through the Resurrection. They combine marvelous insights with inspiring calls to action that are so characteristic of the great reformer: "The resurrection consists not in words, but in life and power."

From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace
From Enemy to Friend
Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace
Paperback      ISBN: 1626980616

Eilberg, a Conservative rabbi who has worked in hospice care, pastoral care, spiritual teaching, and interfaith programs, explores the work of peace-building and the transformation of an enemy into a friend as a spiritual practice. She uses her experiences with interpersonal, intercommunal, and intergroup conflict, as well as wisdom from ancient Jewish sacred texts and perspectives from the academic study of peace and conflict and communications theory, to understand and teach what happens to humans under threat and in the middle of conflict and what it takes to meet the other and see him or her as oneself. She addresses the experience of conflict in interpersonal relations, then conflict engagement between faith communities, across ideological lines within the North American Jewish community on the subject of Israel, and in the context of grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peace-building, ending with discussion of the qualities of soul needed in peace. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

This Is the Faith: A Complete Explanation of the Catholic Faith
This Is the Faith
A Complete Explanation of the Catholic Faith
Paperback      ISBN: 0895556421

Originally published in 1951 (with minor updates in 2002), the book covers the nature of God, the nature of man, the meaning of life, the nature of religion, the sources of Faith, the necessity of prayer, the duty of belief, the consequences of sin, the Commandments of God, the Holy Trinity, belief in Christ, the Redemption, the supremacy of the Pope, the Mystical Body of Christ, the Sacraments, the Mass, the priesthood, devotion to Mary and the Saints, what happens after death, the devotional life of a Catholic. Very interesting and very popular

Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories
Then Sings My Soul
150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories
Paperback      ISBN: 0785249397

Rob Morgan's inimitable style will help people reacquaint themselves with the hymns of the faithful. His goal is to keep these traditional hymns vital and meaningful to all generations.

Don't look for a dry recounting of boring stories. These devotional-style stories show the emotion and drama behind the hymns of faith that have changed many lives throughout history -- the people whose faith led them to write these wonderful hymns and the people whose faith was affected by reading, hearing, and singing the songs. Designed to be personally reflective, these stories speak to your soul and add depth and meaning as you worship God through song.

FEATURES:

  • Includes words and music to each hymn
  • Special softcover, french flap cover design
  • Ivory paper with brown ink
  • Jagged-edge paper, giving it a classic feel
  • Complete with hymn index
  • Use for devotionals, teaching illustrations, introductory remarks for song leaders and music ministers
Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny
Soulprint
Discovering Your Divine Destiny
Paperback      ISBN: 1601420390

There never has been and never will be anyone like you. But that isn't a testament to you. It's a testament to the God who created you. The problem? Few people discover the God-given identity that makes them unlike anyone else. Mark Batterson calls this divine distinction our soulprint.

God would like to introduce you to yourself.

In Soulprint, Mark pours the contagious energy he's known for into helping you experience the joy of discovering who you are...and the freedom of discovering who you're not. The wonderful fact is that your uniqueness is God's gift to you, and it's also your gift to God.

A self-discovery book that puts God at the center rather than self, Soulprint encourages you to recognize and explore the five defining moments in your life that will determine your destiny. Along the way, you'll find that you're not just turning the pages of a book. You're turning the pages of your remarkable, God-shaped, world-changing life.
Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God's Word Today
Expositional Preaching
How We Speak God's Word Today
Hardcover      ISBN: 1433543133

What makes for good preaching?

In this accessible volume--written for preachers and preachers in training--pastor David Helm outlines what must be believed and accomplished to become a faithful expositor of God's Word.

In addition to offering practical, step-by-step guidance for preachers, this short book will equip all of us to recognize good preaching when we hear it.

The Ten Commandments of Character: Essential Advice for Living an Honorable, Ethical, Honest Life
The Ten Commandments of Character
Essential Advice for Living an Honorable, Ethical, Honest Life
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1400045096

Outlines ten important commandments of character, ranging from being kind and showing gratitude to exercising self-control, that can be used to make ethical choices in such areas as friendship, family, work, and finances.

Community Is Messy: The Perils and Promise of Small Group Ministry
Community Is Messy
The Perils and Promise of Small Group Ministry
Paperback      ISBN: 0830837884

Heather Zempel oversees the community life at a multisite church in Washington, D.C., a challenging population with one of the highest relocation rates in the United States. And yet under her leadership, National Community Church has become a model for creative, dynamic, deep small group ministry. Drawing from her background as an environmental engineer (including such bizarre experiences as monitoring a pig lagoon and the unintended slaughter of a hundred innocent fish), Heather Zempel assesses the perils and possibilities inherent in small groups and other environments for Christian community. The book helps leaders begin to see the inherent mess of such gatherings as raw material for arriving at something beautiful. Read this book and discover fresh insights into how we can support one another's unique paths to maturity in Christ while maintaining cohesion as a community and blessing the world around us.