A Flexible Faith
By Bonnie Kristian
BONNIE KRISTIAN shows that a vibrant diversity within Christian orthodoxy-which is simply to say a range of different ways to faithfully follow Jesus-is a strength of our faith, not a weakness.It is all too easy to fail to grasp the diversity of the Christian faith-especially for those who have grown up in one branch of the church and never explored another. We fail to realize how many ways there are to follow Jesus, convinced that our own tradition is the one Christian alternative to nonbelief.A FLEXIBLE FAITH is written for the convinced and confused believer alike. It is a readable exploration of the lively theological diversity that stretches back through church history and across the spectrum of Christianity today. It is an easy introduction to how Christians have historically answered key questions about what it means to follow Jesus. Chapters will include 17 big theological questions and answers; profiles of relevant figures in church history; discussion questions; single-page Q&As-profiles of more unusual types of Christians (e.g., a Catholic nun or a member of an Amish community); and a guide to major Christian denominations today.As Bonnie shares her wrestlings with core issues-such as who Jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it actually is-she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.Following Jesus is big and it is something that individual believers, movements, and denominations have expressed in uncountably different ways over the centuries. In the process of helping us sort things out, Bonnie shows us how to be comfortable with diversity in the Body. And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we will discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life.
By Hilary Yancey
A young mother's life is forever changed and her faith in God is broken when her son in diagnosed with several birth defects. Restore and grow your faith as you read about Hilary Yancey's personal journey back to God.Hilary Yancey thought she had unshakable faith until it was truly tested. Married to her college sweetheart and jubilantly expecting their first child, when a routine ultrasound revealed her baby's significant facial cleft, a missing eye, and one especially tiny ear, Hilary asked God for a miracle and believed her son would be healed.But he wasn't. And the weeks the couple spent beside their baby's hospital bed became a spiritual exile for the young mother, where she contemplated faith, nearly lost all of it she had, wrestled with anger with God, and was reintroduced to Him by her beautiful baby boy, Jackson.For readers of spiritual narrative, new parents in the midst of the challenge, anyone who has experienced faith-shattering circumstances, or those who find themselves lost in the wilderness of shaken belief, this book will provoke honest self-reflection and encouragement through a mother's vulnerable, raw account of her journey back to God.
Fearless in 21 Days
By Sarah E. Ball
In summer of 2013, family and friends watched helplessly as author Sarah E. Ball spiraled into the darkest season of her life. A passionate woman of God, wife, mom of five, and popular blogger, Sarah nevertheless found herself abruptly taken captive by a severe anxiety and panic disorder. She began sharing the intimate details of her breakdown and recovery with her readers, creating an online series Fearless in 21 Days as a 21-day guide to overcoming anxiety. Much to Sarah's surprise, her blog reached #2 on Google search for deliverance from anxiety, and she soon found herself sharing her keys to fearlessness on several national television programs, including two 1-hour interviews on Insight with Paul Arthur, two appearances on Lifeline with Dick & Joan, on several episodes of the Miracle Channel show Devoted, and even an invitation to 100 Huntley Street for 2017. Her blog series won First Place in the 2016 Word Alive Press Women's Journey of Faith Contest.In FEARLESS IN 21 DAYS, Sarah takes the readers through 21 revelations that focus on healing the whole self-body, mind, and soul-and bridging the gap between effective mental health therapies and Scripture. This book first offers practical tips that can dramatically reduce the immediate symptoms of anxiety and then dives deeper into spiritual and mental truths to create a hope-filled guide to freedom from anxiety so that readers may boldly and bravely fulfill their purpose in Christ-fearlessly.
By Nikki Van De Car
Our homes are meant to be a refuge -- a place of calm, serene contemplation where we can recharge after a long day. Feng Crochet, the latest book from author and crafter Nikki Van De Car, teaches readers how to create a nurturing environment with 30 simple, beautiful projects to crochet. Grouped by the five elements of feng shui (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), the patterns in this book range from home decor (plant hangers, large baskets, lampshades, and scatter rugs) to small, precious items that add a touch of warmth and peace to any room (napkin rings, dreamcatchers, doilies, and curtain ties). Mindful prompts and meditations begin each project, while helpful tips on incorporating the principles of feng shui into both crafts and life are peppered throughout the book. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photography and charming line arts, Feng Crochet asks crafters of all skill levels to look inward as they create objects to bring peace and tranquility to their most treasured spaces.
A Fearless Heart
By Thupten Jinpa
'[A] timely book on compassion and its cultivation' The Dalai Lama'The bravest, cleverest and most engaging book I know on why we need to cultivate compassion' Jon Kabat-Zinn'A practical toolkit for becoming a better human being' Daniel Goleman Self-compassion is the overlooked key to achieving our goals. It can lead to increased happiness, stress reduction, a stronger sense of purpose, better health and a longer life. Yet many of us resist compassion, worrying that if we are too compassionate with others we will be taken advantage of and if we are too compassionate with ourselves we won't achieve our goals in life. Using the latest science, psychology (from contemporary Western and classical Buddhist sources) as well as stories from others and his own extraordinary life, Jinpa shows us how to train our compassion muscle. His powerful programme, derived from his remarkable course in Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), is the perfect guide to achieving a greater sense of wellbeing.
By Joel Osteen
In this one-of-a-kind guide, Joel Osteen provides practical insight and encouragement to help you stay connected to God so you can receive His strength and be empowered to accomplish all that He has for you. Here are eight keys to living your life in the fullness of God's blessings and favor, help in not allowing your past to be a barrier between you and the pathway of new beginnings with God, and a treasure of insight into living by the power of God's word and His promises for your every need. In FRESH START, readers learn how to experience God's goodness and make Him a part of their everyday life.
The Flavor Of My Faith
By Karen Valentin
Raised by her Puerto Rican family in America and in a Spanish-speaking evangelical church, issues of identity, faith, and family traditions were at the forefront of the author's upbringing. With humor and touching tributes, she recounts the clashing and blending of cultures, traditions embraced and rejected, and the unbreakable faith passed from generation to generation.Her narratives celebrate the Latino-American Protestant experience-distinct from Catholics. Her insights on faith, family bonds, struggles, love and joy strike a chord with readers from all cultures.
The Full Tank Life
By Ben Tankard
As a pastor, pilot, motivational speaker, bestselling Gospel/Jazz musician, and reality TV star, Tankard has a lot of experience with both success and failure. He has learned that our greatest opportunities often come from our greatest disappointments. Today, he is doing what he was born to do, and he knows it didn't happen by accident. Tankard encourages readers to examine seven key elements-Dreams, Environment, Subconscious, Time, Inspiration, Network, and You, sharing his life-tested secrets to help readers find their own way. Including fresh insights on familiar Bible passages, wisdom from Tankard's own setbacks, and laugh-out-loud stories, Tankard shows readers that they too can have a "full tank" life.
From Self to Self
By Leo Hartong
Leo writes with characteristic insight and uses metaphor to illuminate the paradoxical and apparently confusing nature of non-dual reality.His original writing is reinforced by a vast knowledge of non-duality in other spiritual traditions and he weaves these together with his own direct path to present clear pointers to contemporary seekers.An appropriately chosen quotation taken from various sources appears at the end of each short chapter. Also included at the end of the book is the full text of the Hsin-hsin Ming by the third Chan patriarch Seng-ts'an."The words in this book repeatedly point to the essence which knows the reading as it takes place. Rather than an encouragement to follow a lengthy path, it is an invitation to step off the path. It does not point to 'your' awareness, but to Awareness itself in which the idea of 'you' appears. It does not point to 'your' beingness, but to the undeniable Beingness that appears as you."
By Cheryl Abrams
Cheryl Abram was at the end of her rope: her life was falling apart on every level and she had "succeeded" in making herself unworthy, incomplete and separate. Then, one day this practicing Christian took a "leap of doubt" and fired God, or at least the God she had created.Cheryl's outward circumstances did not miraculously improve-this is not a fairy-tale story of allowing abundance into her life. Rather, as she puts it: I'm no longer afraid, anxious or expectant. It's still about me, but the "me" is not the "me" that I thought it was. It's not a little limited human being that was born and will die. I am not that. As a human being, I can see that I am connected to everything around me. I am a whole part of the tapestry of this world. We are all here for and as each other. To read how that came about and what it means in an everyday life for Cheryl and the implications for you and me, dive into the pages of this book.A last word from Cheryl: "I've just added a little sexy, brown-sugary southern Louisiana sweetness to the enlightenment pool."
Francis: Pope of Good Promise
By Jimmy Burns
From the moment Pope Francis stepped on to the balcony of St Peter's Basilica for the first time, a global audience sensed that not only the Catholic Church but the world at large could be entering a new spiritual, political and social age. In the days following Pope Francis' election, there would be further early signs of the simplicity worthy of the first apostles and the leader that inspired them. Not since John XIII appeared on the scene half a century earlier had a new Pope opened the windows of the Church in such a way as to let in some much needed fresh air. Nevertheless, for the excitement generated by the first Latin American Pope and a man who claimed to want to put the poor back at the centre of the Church's social teaching, people could still only guess where it might be all be leading.Francis: Pope of Good Promise is neither an instant media job, nor a hagiography based on authorised interviews, but the product of diligent investigation across a wide range of official and independent sources - a measured, objective portrait of a man who, in circumstances that he neither sought nor foresaw, found himself handed the highest office at a time of crisis not just for the Church but for long established institutions worldwide from banks to political parties.
A Flower in the Desert
By David Lang
At seventeen, following the directions of the philosopher and mystic Douglas Harding, David Lang pointed his finger at his own face and discovered he didn't have one. Instead, he found himself staring at nothing. But it was a very special nothing-a nothing filled with everything. Taking this revelation as his starting point, Lang shows how the vision of nothingness-the Desert-turned his life upside down. In image-rich language, he draws the reader into the Alice-in-Wonderland world of "the given." You will see buildings and trees that move, a man who expands and shrinks like a balloon, and a room built around a black hole. You will witness scenes of joy, wonder, confusion, and despair. And you will find the Flower, that mysterious and profound destination which adds everything - and nothing - to the vision of the Desert. In the appendix, Lang gives explicit directions so that you can experience the book's key insights yourself.
A Faith of Our Own
By Jonathan Merritt
From deep inside the Religious Right and places of privilege--including a meeting with Billy Graham in the evangelist's home--emerges a young theologian who is surprisingly willing to confront today's difficult intersections of faith and society with fresh perspective.In the tradition of classic writers on lived faith like C.S. Lewis and contemporary ones like Timothy Keller, Merritt shares glimpses of his own defining faith experiences and then drills down to essential truths, always buffeted by Scripture and the example of Jesus.His winsome reflections show how the next generations of Christians are mapping a better way forward on such previously divisive issues as abortion, gay marriage, environmental use and care, race, war, poverty and imbalance of world wealth.With a mature respect for the traditions in which he was nurtured, he neither repudiates nor justifies the mistakes of his forebears, but offers them as warnings for his own generation. He urges today's Christians to throw off partisanship and the pursuit of power to embrace practical, hands-dirty followership Jesus and the biblical call to difficult love. Statistics show that young Christians are disenchanted with a faith that has become culturally antagonistic and too closely aligned with partisan politics. Merritt takes a close self-revelatory look at the changing religious and political environment of a new generation of Christian. The result is a book that articulates the Christian faith that is now just coming of age.
The Future Is Yours
By Anne Jirsch, Monica Cafferky
Future Life Progression (FLP) is the amazing technique from top psychic Anne Jirsch. Already popular with Anne's celebrity clients, FLP is a skill that everyone can learn. FLP enables you to see where you will be five and ten years in the future, and how to use this information to resolve your present day problems and dilemmas.In her friendly, positive style, Anne Jirsch reveals her own experiences with FLP and opens her case files to share the extraordinary stories of the people she has helped with this easy-to-use technique. THE FUTURE IS YOURS shows you how to tap into your own wisdom, and create your own destiny.
The Fortune Telling Kit
By Running Press
The Flip Side
By Flip Flippen
Flip Flippen is a Texan whose philosophy has changed the lives of business leaders, sports figures and the 150,000 people who trained with his company in 2005. His premise is deceptively simple: What if, instead of focusing on the things you already do well, you knew how to identify your weaknesses... those things that get in your way and prevent you from ever really succeeding in the way you know you could. It's these 'personal constraints,' that are really holding you back from success. If you could correct these behaviours, you'd see a surge in productivity and a real improvement in all aspects of your life. That's the key to his programme: he teaches hundreds of thousands of people each year how to identify their personal obstacles and take the necessary steps to overcome them. The vast majority of Flip's trainees are in midlife, people who find themselves asking, 'How can I accomplish more in my life, personally and professionally?' and 'How can I get better/go further/be happier in the time I have left?
By William Bloom
Feeling safe is vital to leading a successful and healthy life. This much needed book provides effective strategies for managing the challenges and stimulation of modern living. Bestselling author Dr William Bloom shows you how to deal with life's unpleasant realities and, at the same time, be secure, strong and confident. He explains how to: *Increase your inner strength and confidence. *Maintain a calm body, open heart and generous mind. *Manage crises with courage and grace. *Protect yourself from negativity. *Make others feel safe and secure. *Be a positive influence for a better world.
Finding Your Own North Star
By Martha Beck
Do you feel that your life has taken a wrong turn and you don't know how to get back on track? This book provides a step-by-step programme to put you on course again. Aimed at everyone, it shows you how to recognise your deepest desires, examines why they have been forgotten and then gives practical advice on how to fulfil them. Helps you identify your dreams and goals. Lets you repair unconscious beliefs and emotional wounds that may be blocking your progress. Provides a map to guide you through your life changes. Takes you through every stage from recognising your dream to planning its implementation. Motivates you throughout with thoroughly tested case studies, questionnaires, and exercise. Written with inspiration, wit and wisdom, Finding Your Own North Star is a trusted companion for your new life journey.
Fire From Heaven
By Harvey Cox
It was born a scant ninety-five years ago in a rundown warehouse on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. For days the religious-revival service there went on and on-and within a week the Los Angeles Times was reporting on a "weird babble" coming from the building. Believers were "speaking in tongues," the way they did at the first Pentecost recorded in the Bible?and a pentecostal movement was created that would, by the start of the twenty-first century, attract over 400 million followers worldwide. Harvey Cox has traveled the globe to visit and worship with pentecostal congregations on four continents, and he has written a dynamic, provocative history of this explosion of spirituality?a movement that represents no less than a tidal change in what religion is and what it means to people.