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Blessed Life

By Kim Fields
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Kim Fields
Kim Fields has lived most of her life with people thinking they know her, which is understandable. From her first job on a Mrs. Butterworth syrup commercial at age 7, she has spent 40 years in the public eye. There were 9 years as Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the classic sitcom The Facts of Life, 5 more in her 20s starring as Regine Hunter on the seminal coming-of-age show Living Single, and most recently appearing as herself on Real Housewives of Atlanta and Dancing with the Stars. Behind the camera, she has directed episodes of Kenan & Kel, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns and House of Payne, and BET's Let's Stay Together. Between gigs, the pop culture icon's life has included theater, spoken word, music, speaking engagements, and simply being present to the point that she cannot go a day without someone stopping her to say, "When I was a kid, I wanted to be Tootie" or "You were my role model." Flattered and blessed, after four decades in the business, Kim finally understands the role she has played onscreen and off as a successful, outspoken African-American woman. However, for as much as she's been in the public eye, people have really never known her the way they think they have, and that's because she, herself, spent most of her life figuring herself out. Now, at age 48, she is ready to set the record straight. She says, "It's not that I've been misunderstood. It's that I finally feel like I understand me enough to tell the life story that I've been asked to write for years." It will be a chronicle of living, learning, and keen moments of self-discovery as she's journeyed through the many facets and chapters of life. Fields found faith at age 14 and has found God to be right there every step of the way since then.
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Bethlehem

By Nicholas Blincoe
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Nicholas Blincoe
The town of Bethlehem carries so many layers of meaning--some ancient, some mythical, some religious--that it feels like an unreal city, even to the people who call it home. Today, the city is hemmed in by a wall and surrounded by forty-one Israeli settlements and hostile settlers and soldiers. The population is undergoing such enormous strains it is close to falling apart. Any town with an eleven-thousand-year history has to be robust, but Bethlehem may soon go the way of Salonica or Constantinople: the physical site might survive, but the long thread winding back to the ancient past will have snapped, and the city risks losing everything that makes it unique.Still, for many, Bethlehem remains the "little town" of the Christmas song. Nicholas Blincoe will tell the history of the famous little town, through the visceral experience of living there, taking readers through its stone streets and desert wadis, its monasteries, aqueducts and orchards, showing the city from every angle and era. Inevitably, a portrait of Bethlehem will shed light on one of the world's most intractable political problems. Bethlehem is a much-loved Palestinian city, a source of pride and wealth but also a beacon of co-existence in a region where hopelessness, poverty and violence has become the norm. Bethlehem could light the way to a better future, but if the city is lost then the chances of an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict will be lost with it.
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  • Be Anxious For Nothing (Spiritual Growth Series)

    By Joyce Meyer
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    Joyce Meyer
    Two-books-in-one by #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer, BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING and its companion study guide will teach readers how to rid themselves of their fears and anxieties by drawing peace from God.Fear is an unfortunate part of living in this world--something that each and every one of us faces. However, God has provided a way for everyone to enjoy His peace as part of our daily lives. It is up to each of us to decide whether we allow ourselves to be burdened with worry and anxiety or if we choose to live in the peace and joy that God lovingly provides. Joyce Meyer helps readers rely on God's strength during difficult circumstances by revealing the nature of God's peace as found in Scripture. By embracing God's peace and strength, we can trade anxiety for joy, develop a childlike attitude of faith, and give our worries to the Lord so that we can live the happy lives that He intended for all of us.
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    Battlefield of the Mind Bible

    By Joyce Meyer
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    Joyce Meyer
    The BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE will help readers connect the truths of Joyce Meyer's all-time bestselling book, Battlefield of the Mind, to the Bible, and change their lives by changing their thinking.Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation. . .all these are attacks on the mind. If you struggle with negative thoughts, take heart! The BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE will help you win these all-important battles through clear, practical application of God's Word to your life. With notes, commentary, and previously unpublished insights by Joyce Meyer, this Bible is packed with features specifically designed for helping you deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day and focus your mind to think the way God thinks.Special Features Include:* BOOK INTRODUCTIONS--thoughts on the importance of each book and how it relates to the battlefield of the mind* WINNING THE BATTLES OF THE MIND--core teaching to help you apply specific biblical truths to winning the battle* PRAYERS FOR VICTORY--Scripture-based prayer to help you claim God's guarantee of winning* PRAYERS TO RENEW YOUR MIND--help for you to learn to think the way God thinks* KEYS TO A VICTORIOUS LIFE--practical truths for overcoming mental or emotional challenges* POWER POINTS--insight into how to think, speak, and live victoriously * SPEAK GOD'S WORD-first-person Scripture confessions to train your mind for ultimate victory* SCRIPTURES ON THOUGHTS AND WORDS--more than 200 Bible passages that teach you how to think and speak in agreement with God's Word.
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    Beyond Mindfulness

    By Stephan Bodian
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    Stephan Bodian
    Written by best-selling author, meditation expert, psychotherapist, and spiritual teacher Stephan Bodian, this book takes you beyond familiar mindfulness practices by offering guided meditations and direct pointers that invite you to realize your natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace. No regular practice is required, just the willingness to open yourself to a transformative new way of experiencing life.Mindfulness has permeated our modern lives, and with good reason-it's been proven to boost mood, reduce stress, improve health, and maximize performance. But in our achievement-oriented culture, the practice of mindfulness can feel laborious and mechanical, like one more task on your endless to-do list. What if you could let go of effort and struggle and relax back into the happiness and ease that is your birthright-and is always readily available to you?Beyond Mindfulness offers teachings and practices based on the direct approach to spiritual awakening that take you beyond the mechanics of being mindful and open you to the non-dual dimension of being, where the separation between self and other reveals itself to be a painful but seductive illusion. Once you realize this new way of seeing, you'll learn how to move beyond mindfulness into awakened awareness and discover that the love, compassion, wholeness, health, and happiness you've been seeking were there all along.

    The Big Deal of Taking Small Steps to Move Closer to God

    By Vashti McKenzie
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    Vashti McKenzie
    Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop elected to the AME denomination, implemented this basic, yet dynamic, program in the churches in her jurisdiction with astounding results. Individuals who have many years of Christian life, as well as those are new to the faith, will discover a renewed sense of purpose, reinvigoration in their faith-building process and fresh practical activities. Bishop McKenzie's strategic areas of growth--Connect, Discover, Celebrate, Explore, Give, Share, Participate, Grow, Live, and Be Church--each containing her motivational explanation, scripture readings, meditations and action steps. All prescribe very small changes-for example, adding only thirty seconds of prayer-that lead to radical growth.Bishop McKenzie shows that the commitment to moving closer to God doesn't mean striving for perfection, but to build an enjoyable, meaningful relationship with God in incremental ways and employ biblical principles to the myriad experiences of life. Such small, but meaningful, steps collectively evolve into a big deal-intimacy with God, ability to address life challenges with aplomb, availability to serve those around us as well as church and community. Mustard-seed-like increases in positive actions and corresponding decreases in negative ones - yield mountain-moving growth in manageable increments.
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    Broken For Good

    By Rebecca Rene Jones
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    Rebecca Rene Jones
    Rebecca's father dies three days into her freshman year of college. At the young age of eighteen, she found herself plunged into a loss that challenged the hope she had always carried in her Christian faith. Like so many women, Rebecca, her mother, and her two sisters had fiercely loved this man who for so long did not walk beside them in faith, who finally reached out to God in his last days. Penned more than a decade after her father's death, BROKEN FOR GOOD is a daughter's beautifully written narrative about life with and without her father, and her journey through deep grief into the beginnings of hope. In these pages, she tells her uplifting story of waking up to the world, to new hungers, and to a far braver faith.
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    The Babylon Code

    By Paul McGuire, Troy Anderson
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    Paul McGuire, Troy Anderson
    Discover the connection between the world's most infamous secret society, the Bible's greatest prophetic mystery, and the surprising hope of the end times. Time is running out on God's clock. Are we witnessing the creation of a global stage that will be overtaken in the end times? THE BABYLON CODE foretells an international takeover by the world's elite--a global political and financial coup that will set the stage for the last days--and reveals how secret forces are at work to create a global government, economic system, and religion. Investigative journalist Troy Anderson and prophecy expert Paul McGuire have pieced together the apocalyptic puzzle with award-winning journalism and credible end-times expertise.
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    Beat IBS

    By Hilda Glickman
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    Hilda Glickman
    Are you suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Do you have episodes of wind, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea? If so, this probably means that your digestive system is not functioning properly and you need to find out why. Based on proven methods applied in her own practice, Hilda Glickman discusses the symptoms of IBS, shows you how to test at home for the possible causes and looks at how you can improve your overall health through simple changes to your diet. Written in a clear, accessible style, this book offers a five-step plan that will enable you to ·Find out and eliminate what should not be in your digestive tract ·Add in what should be in the digestive tract·Facilitate the reintroduction of beneficial bacteria·Heal and strengthen your digestive tract ·Learn how you should eat in order to maintain a healthy digestionYour digestive system doesn't exist on its own. If it is not functioning correctly your overall health will be adversely affected. This book will show you how to heal your gut, improve your health, and prevent further problems.
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    Becoming Wise

    By Krista Tippett
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    Krista Tippett
    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 in Becoming 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.
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  • A Brief Guide to Spiritual Classics

    By James M. Russell
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    James M. Russell
    This very readable brief guide examines a wide range of spiritual writing that can be read for enjoyment or inspiration, including some books that come from beyond any religious tradition. While written from within the Christian tradition, and offering introductions to the writings of medieval mystics, Quakers and modern evangelists, both Protestant and Catholic, it also looks at classics of secular spirituality and writings from different religious traditions.Each book is explained to convey a brief idea of what each one has to offer the interested reader, while a 'Speed Read' for each book delivers a quick sense of what each writer is like to read and a highly compressed summary of the main points of the book in question.This is an excellent reference to dip into, but within sections such as Early Christian Classics, Secular Texts, Lives of Inspiration and Alternative Approaches, the books are arranged chronologically, revealing some interesting juxtapositions and connections between them.
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    Bigger Than the Sky

    By Vicki Woodyard
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    Vicki Woodyard
    Bigger Than The Sky is a wake-up call. Seemingly about sorrow, the sun keeps breaking through. As you turn the pages, you will meet Vicki and her friend Peter. Vicki facing her husband's death and Peter having awakened after a series of strokes. Peter lived in peace and presence, no matter what occurred. Peter loved Ramana Maharshi, who embodied that same peace-most of the time he sat in the sun with his cats, life itself having become his teacher. Bigger Than the Sky is Vicki's story, Peter's story and everyone's story. A light-filled book of wisdom that will leave you wanting more.

    Balance

    By Nik Wallenda, David Ritz
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    Nik Wallenda, David Ritz
    Nik Wallenda, 'King of the High Wire' ,doesn't know fear. As a seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance.When Nik was four years old, he watched a video from 1978 of his great grandfather, Karl Wallenda, walking between the towers of the Condado Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico, stumbling and falling to his death because of a faulty balance pole. When Nik heard his father quote his great-grandfather - 'Life is on the wire, everything else is just waiting' - the words resonated deep within his soul and he vowed to be a hero like Karl Wallenda.Balance is the theme of Nik's life: between his work and family, his faith in God and artistry, his body and soul. It resonates from him when performing and when no one is looking. When walking across Niagara Falls, he prayed aloud the entire time, and to keep his lust for glory and fame in check, Nik returned to the site of his performance and spent three hours cleaning up trash left by the crowd.Nik Wallenda is an entertainer who wants to not only thrill hearts, but to change hearts for Christ. Christ is the balance pole that keeps him from falling.
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    Bless the Dogs

    By The Monks of New Skete
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    The Monks of New Skete
    With beautiful 4-color photography and meditations from the Monks, the message is simple, subtle, and sublime - resonating on every page, in every contemplative passage, and every soul-filling image. Enjoy every moment, page by page, and appreciate anew the marvelous, mysterious, heeling and hope-filled partnership between dogs and humans as it shines in BLESS THE DOGS.The lessons are delivered with a gentle touch; 'Dogs make us believe we can actually be as they see us.' But they also do not hesitate to show just how important the possibility is: 'Listen carefully to your life and you'll find that good companionship with a dog touches the broader issues of our relationship with all creation and the Creator.'
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    Beyond Belief

    By Cami Ostman, Susan Tive
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    Cami Ostman, Susan Tive
    Beyond Belief addresses what happens when women of extreme religions decide to walk away. Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have compiled a collection of powerful personal stories written by women of varying ages, races, and religious backgrounds who share one commonality: they've all experienced and rejected extreme religions. Covering a wide range of religious communities- including Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Calvinist, Moonie, and Jehovah's Witness- and containing contributions from authors like Julia Scheeres ( Jesus Land ), the stories in Beyond Belief reveal how these women became involved, what their lives were like, and why they came to the decision to eventually abandon their faiths. The authors shed a bright light on the rigid expectations and misogyny so often built into religious orthodoxy, yet they also explain the lure- why so many women are attracted to these lifestyles, what they find that's beautiful about living a religious life, and why leaving can be not only very difficult but also bittersweet.
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    Be The Miracle

    By Regina Brett, Regina Brett
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    Regina Brett
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    Who doesn't want to live their dreams - or even surpass them? Who doesn't want the world to change for the better? Who doesn't want to see a miracle? What are we waiting for? Why not be the miracle? That's the challenge Regina Brett sets forth. To be a miracle doesn't mean tackling global problems. It means making a difference, believing change is possible, even in your own living room, neighbourhood, or family. Through inspirational essays, stories and columns Regina shares lessons that will help people make a difference in the world around them. They come from her own life experience and from the lives of others, especially those she has met in her 24 years as a journalist. Each chapter is a lesson that can stand alone, but together they form a handbook for seeing the miracle of change everywhere. Each lesson can be read as a morning meditation, lunchtime boost or evening reflection. They can also be used by preachers, teachers, churches, students and families. With upbeat lessons from 'Do Your Best and Forget the Rest' to 'Sometimes It's Enough to Make One Person Happy,' these lessons will help you accept and embrace yourself, challenge and change yourself, and better serve others.
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  • A Brief History of Angels and Demons

    By Sarah Bartlett
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    Sarah Bartlett
    Throughout history, the human quest for knowledge of the divine, has ruffled the wings of many an angel, but also tested the wrath of the demon. This book not traces the history of angels and demons from their earliest roots to their modern day renaissance, but also reveals their most intimate secrets. Whether through personal stories, literature, myth, religion or art, this book is the story of how belief in angels and demons has cast a powerful spell over the popular imagination.
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    Blessed Disillusionment

    By Morgan Caraway
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    Morgan Caraway
    Morgan Caraway's book is an excellent summary and presentation of the fundamentals of the non-dual perspective. It is one of the most direct and uncompromising contemporary books on non-duality I have seen. Morgan's insights are dead on target and he does not pull any punches. If you are looking for a "politically correct" expression of non-duality this is likely NOT the book for you. It is full of sharp, clear and witty expressions that will delight the discerning reader interested in cutting the through the fog of fuzzy spiritual concepts and half truths that often pass for clarity. Morgan expresses the universal and timeless themes of non-duality in an original, fresh way. This book is not a retread of worn-out spiritual concepts; rather, it is a bold and radical wake-up call that dares you to recognize your original nature as it is here and now." John Wheeler
  • A Brief Guide to Secret Religions

    By David V. Barrett
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    David V. Barrett
    This wide-ranging book explores the diversity of esoteric and occult beliefs.Neo-Paganism is one of the fastest-growing new religions in the western world where witchcraft or Wicca, Druidry, and Urban Shamanism are thriving. Alongside this there has been an upsurge in New Age ideas of an even wider variety, including astrology, Tarot, numerology, and many others. And then there are members of various schools of occult science, practising High Magic.Why this new interest in old beliefs? Why are millions of educated people today abandoning both the established religion of their parents and 21st century scientific rationalism and turning to magic and esoteric teachings? In their search for spirituality those who follow these paths claim to be applying ancient wisdom to the modern world. The Brief History of Secret Religions, a companion book to The Brief History of Secret Societies, looks at the history and variety of these esoteric movements, where they came from and what they tell us about the world today.Praise for The New Believers:'an excellent guide to fringe religions that juxtaposes "respectable" movements and those conventionally dismissed as cults.' The Telegraph.'no-nonsense, comprehensive survey packed with non-judgmental information about the beliefs, aims and activities of such movements. Daily Mail.
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  • A Brief History of the Holy Grail

    By Giles Morgan
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    Giles Morgan
    A Brief History of the Holy Grail charts the origins of the grail story from early Christian gospels through to eastern mysticism and the rise of medieval romances and Arthurian legends. The grail reappears once more in the story of the Crusades and in particular the rise and dramatic fall of the Knight Templars, who it is said were the guardians of the cup, newly discovered in Jerusalem. The myths have been more powerful that the facts and the allure of the Grail has attracted the attention of modern writers and artist in search of an ancient symbol of purity: psychologist Carl Jung, composer Richard Wagner, poets William Blake, and T S Eliot, the Pre-Raphelite painters have all been seduced by the legend. Today the grail quest can be found in films such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Excalibur, as well as Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code
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