The Birth of a Revolution
Paperback ISBN: 0385471017
Who were the first men and women who abandoned the Church of Rome and became the world's first Protestants? Harvard historian Steven Ozment does not present us with the remote, dusty figures of history, but rather with the shoemakers and housewives, students and politicians who were among the first followers of Martin Luther. Using pamphlets, diaries, letters, and other primary soruces, Ozment examines the origins of the Reformation and the nature of Protestantism. Rather than seeing the Reformation as the progenitor of German absolutism, as do many scholars of the period, Ozment sees in Protestantism the historic assertion of key Western values--social reform, individual religious conviction, hard work, and the rejection of corruption, hypocrisy, and empty ritual.
The Rule of Benedict
Insights for the Ages
Paperback ISBN: 0824525035
Benedictine Sister and prominent author and speaker Joan Chittister contends that Benedictine spirituality is the most effective way to address the core issues of the 21st century: stewardship, relationships, authority, community, balance, work, simplicity, prayer, and spiritual and psychological development.
In Search of the Contemplative Life
Paperback ISBN: 0345384245
In a meditative memoir named a Notable Book by The New York Times, the author recounts her quest for spiritual fulfillment and reconciliation with her Catholic upbringing, which takes her from Europe to a California monastery. Reprint. NYT.
Architecture of the Shakers
Hardcover ISBN: 088150310x
During the nineteenth century, the Shakers conducted America's first successful experiment in utopian living. From Maine to Kentucky, they built communal villages whose unique buildings were designed to accommodate hundreds of inhabitants unified in the common purpose of work and worship. Julie Nicoletta's perceptive text and Bret Morgan's striking photographs illuminate the austere beauty, regional variations, and functional and stylistic evolution of Shaker buildings over the course of two centuries, evoking a visual and literary survey of Shaker design and its impact on our culture at large. Despite the fact that Shaker communities are almost extinct, an appreciation for their legacy continues to grow. Architects, designers, curators, collectors, and an ever-widening public have sought inspiration in Shaker art and architecture. The Architecture of the Shakers is a book for all those who wish to learn more about these remarkable buildings and how the rich cultural legacy of the Shakers continues to resonate within them.