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Spirituality and religion new titles

Ngā Taitara wairuatanga me te whakapono hōu

​Exploring inner and outer spirituality and organised religion, we’ve got new devotional books designed to inform, enlighten and engage. This list updates automatically with new titles.

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Cultivating virtue

Cultivating virtue

Book

"How to Master 12 Essential Virtues in 12 Months. On every page Cultivating Virtue imparts the true spirit of the Catholic Faith. This book takes 12 Christian virtues one for each month, with a reading for each day of the year and shows you how to master...

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Gods & thrones  by Carl Gallups

Gods & thrones

Carl Gallups

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"Have you ever wondered what in the world is wrong with of us? Don't worry, you really are seeing what you think you see! And billions around the planet share the same concerns. Is it that the world is truly falling apart, or is it that everything is...

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The dawn of Christianity  by Robert C. Knapp

The dawn of Christianity

Robert C. Knapp

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Ordinary people of antiquity interacted with the supernatural through a mosaic of beliefs and rituals. Exploring everyday life from 200 BCE to the end of the first century CE, Robert Knapp shows that Jews and polytheists lived with the gods in very similar...

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Martin Luther's theology of beauty  by Mark C. Mattes

Martin Luther's theology of beauty

Mark C. Mattes

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Many contemporary theologians seek to retrieve the concept of beauty as a way for people to encounter God. In this volume, one of today's leading Lutheran theologians argues that while Martin Luther's view of beauty has often been ignored or underappreciated,...

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The occult Renaissance Church of Rome  by Michael A. Hoffman

The occult Renaissance Church of Rome

Michael A. Hoffman

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Revisionist historian Michael Hoffman penetrates the sub-strata of the Roman Church after it had departed from fourteen hundred years of Catholic orthodoxy and embraced institutionalized equivocation and deceit, usurious money power and diabolic occultism....

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The gift of silence  by Kankyo Tannier

The gift of silence

Kankyo Tannier

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"Do you struggle to find peace and quiet? Do you yearn to disconnect, find an escape, slow down and just breathe? Are you overwhelmed by modern life?The simple solution lies in this book. Rooted in the ancient Zen philosophies that ground her work, French...

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Beyond the self  by Matthieu Ricard

Beyond the self

Matthieu Ricard

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"Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating introspection. Neuroscience, on the other hand, relies on third-person knowledge in the form...

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Brave is the new beautiful  by Lee Wolfe Blum

Brave is the new beautiful

Lee Wolfe Blum

Book

"In a culture that bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection, women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who...

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Learning contentment  by Nancy Wilson

Learning contentment

Nancy Wilson

Book

"We tend to think being stressed out is a normal state of affairs, and that contentment means sitting back and just bottling things up. For the Christian, however, contentment is something we must apply, work at, and make our own in every circumstance,...

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The art of living  by Thích Nĥát Hạnh

The art of living

Thích Nĥát Hạnh

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"In troubled times, there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously. In this important volume Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh --- one of the most revered...

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Finding God in my loneliness  by Lydia Brownback

Finding God in my loneliness

Lydia Brownback

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"Young or old, single or married, male or female - at some point in time we're all confronted with loneliness. We try to fill the void or change our circumstances so we no longer feel the pain. But what if our pangs of loneliness are meant to point us...

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Think again  by Jared Mellinger

Think again

Jared Mellinger

Book

"Stuck inside your own head? Pastor Jared Mellinger demonstrates how the hope of the gospel rescues us from too much introspection. With short, story-filled chapters and practical instructions for fighting false guilt and unhelpful self-examination, this...

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Love thy body  by Nancy Pearcey

Love thy body

Nancy Pearcey

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Why the call to Love Thy Body? To counter a pervasive hostility toward the body and biology that drives today's headline stories: Transgenderism: Activists detach gender from biology. Kids down to kindergarten are being taught their body is irrelevant...

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A more Christlike God  by Brad Jersak

A more Christlike God

Brad Jersak

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"What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior? 'Believers' and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly...

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Growing young  by Kara Eckmann Powell

Growing young

Kara Eckmann Powell

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"Unleashing the Passion of Young People in Your Church Is Possible! Churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing...

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Virtuous  by Nancy Wilson

Virtuous

Nancy Wilson

Book

Virtuous walks through fourteen biblical virtues to help women of all ages be actively pursuing fruitfulness in the knowledge of Christ.

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31 prayers for my future husband  by Jennifer Smith

31 prayers for my future husband

Jennifer Smith

Book

"Marriage is one of the greatest gifts God ever created for mankind, besides His son Jesus. In the Garden of Eden, God said that it was not good that man was alone, so He created Eve out of Adam's side (Genesis 2). Desiring a counterpart and oneness with...

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Popes and feminsts  by Elise Crapuchettes

Popes and feminsts

Elise Crapuchettes

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"Before the Reformation, in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, being a wife or mother was not a holy vocation. The only “spiritual” calling for women was to be found in a convent. The Reformers confronted the bad theology which led to this (and other...

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Heroes wanted  by Rodney D. Bullard

Heroes wanted

Rodney D. Bullard

Book

"With all the hardships and unmet needs in the world, it's difficult to believe one person can make a difference. Where can you even begin? What do you have to offer? Rodney D. Bullard, Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, wants to share...

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The shamanic odyssey  by Robert Tindall

The shamanic odyssey

Robert Tindall

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"Reveals the striking parallels between indigenous cultures of the Americas and the ancient Homeric world as well as Tolkien's Middle Earth"--Provided by publisher.

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The Tibetan book of living and dying  by Rinpoche Sogyal

The Tibetan book of living and dying

Rinpoche Sogyal

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Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Soygal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes not only a lucid, inspiring...

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Moral combat  by R. Marie (Ruth Marie) Griffith

Moral combat

R. Marie (Ruth Marie) Griffith

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"From an esteemed scholar of American religion and sexuality, a sweeping account of the century of religious conflict that produced our culture wars Gay marriage, transgender rights, birth control--sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political...

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Light from the east  by John Freely

Light from the east

John Freely

Book

The story of how the science of medieval Islam preserved and enhanced the knowledge acquired from Greece, Mesopotamia, India, and China during Europe's Dark Ages, and how that knowledge later influenced Western thinkers and contributed to the Renaiss...

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Hidden Christmas  by Timothy Keller

Hidden Christmas

Timothy Keller

Book

"From pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller comes the perfect gift for the Christmas holiday-a profoundly moving and intellectually provocative examination of the nativity story. Even people who are not practicing Christians think...

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Wife after God  by Jennifer Smith

Wife after God

Jennifer Smith

Book

"This devotional study was prayerfully composed with 30 days of biblical concepts and practical challenges to help you nourish your relationship with God and your relationship with your husband in marriage into ones that are captivating, intimate and...

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Boundless heart  by Christina Feldman

Boundless heart

Christina Feldman

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"A course in the Buddhist practice of the brahma viharas, or 'heavenly abodes.' Detailed instructions from the Buddhist tradition in cultivating mindfulness presented by a prominent Insight Meditation teacher. Compassion, kindness, equanimity, and joy...

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Confessions of an Islamophobe  by Robert Spencer

Confessions of an Islamophobe

Robert Spencer

Book

"While the United States, and indeed most of the Western world, fights an active war against Islamic terrorism, we remain in deep denial about who truly is the enemy. Elites across North America and Europe fight to silence those who argue, compellingly,...

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Learn the Bible in 24 hours  by Chuck Missler

Learn the Bible in 24 hours

Chuck Missler

Book

"For those who have tried and failed to follow through on a plan to study the entire Bible, Chuck Missler has the answer. Learn the Bible in 24 Hours is an ideal study aid to help you grasp the big picture of Scripture. Each chapter is designed for study...

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Man, myth, messiah  by Rice Broocks

Man, myth, messiah

Rice Broocks

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"In this follow-up to the book 'God's Not Dead' (that inspired the movie), 'Man, Myth, Messiah' looks at the evidence for the historical Jesus and exposes the notions of skeptics that Jesus was a contrived figure of ancient mythology. It also looks at...

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Stranger God  by Richard Allan Beck

Stranger God

Richard Allan Beck

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The dark night of the shed  by Nick Page

The dark night of the shed

Nick Page

Book

In his usual characterful style, Nick Page explores the phenomenon of the male midlife crisis, reviewing the options for how to deal with it and concluding, unconventionally, that by meeting it head on it can be a freeing and positive experience, rather...

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The storm inside  by Sheila Walsh

The storm inside

Sheila Walsh

Book

Your inner storms show you what's really going on inside, reveal what you really believe, and actually make you stronger. In this powerful book Walsh will help you see that by standing on God's words and promises, we can fight the chaos, redefine our...

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The miracle ship  by Brian O'Hare

The miracle ship

Brian O'Hare

Book

"A modern-day disciple. At first sight John Gillespie is an ordinary man from Northern Ireland, but he is one who has been gifted with extraordinary powers of healing. A little girl with irreparable brain damage was pronounced dead by two hospital specialists....

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In step with the spirit  by Sarah Bowling

In step with the spirit

Sarah Bowling

Book

"Pastor and popular TV host Sarah Bowling helps you recognize the unique, supernatural expressions of the Holy Spirit in your daily living--and how He offers supernatural help amid everyday struggles. Your heart and faith will be encouraged as you discover...

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Blessed in the darkness  by Joel Osteen

Blessed in the darkness

Joel Osteen

Book

All of us will go through dark times that we don't understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Those types of experiences are part of the human...

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God and money  by John Cortines

God and money

John Cortines

Book

"Two young Harvard MBAs on the fast track to wealth and success tell their story of God's transforming power and how Scripture brought them to the startling conclusion that they should give the majority of their money away to those in need. Packed with...

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Pope Francis' little book of wisdom  by Pope Francis

Pope Francis' little book of wisdom

Pope Francis

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Pope Francis' Little Book of Wisdom offers more than 250 bite-size nuggets of inspiration and wisdom from one of the most popular popes of all time. A pope of the people, Pope Francis' teachings have been praised and shared by the faithful and nonreligious...

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The Saints' little book of wisdom

The Saints' little book of wisdom

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"From Saint Teresa of Calcutta to Saint Francis of Assisi, the words of the saints provide comfort, strength, and peace in times of need and in times of joy. In this beautiful, handy collection, the wisdom of the saints has been distilled into themes...

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Meditation on emptiness  by Jeffrey Hopkins

Meditation on emptiness

Jeffrey Hopkins

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In bringing this remarkable and complex philosophy to life, Jeffrey Hopkins describes the meditational practices by which the Buddhist ideal of emptiness can be realized and shows that, far from being merely abstract, these teachings can be vivid and...

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Passion and purity  by Elisabeth Elliot

Passion and purity

Elisabeth Elliot

Book

In her classic book, Elisabeth Elliot candidly shares her love story with Jim Elliot through letters, diary entries, and memories. She is honest about the temptations, difficulties, victories, and sacrifices of two young people whose commitment to Christ...

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A monk's guide to a clean house and mind  by Shoukei Matsumoto

A monk's guide to a clean house and mind

Shoukei Matsumoto

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Cleanliness is next to enlightenment. In this Japanese bestseller a Buddhist monk explains the traditional cleaning techniques that will help cleanse not only your house - but your soul.'We remove dust to sweep away our worldly desires. We scrub dirt...

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Jesus' little book of wisdom by Andrea Kirk Assaf

Jesus' little book of wisdom

Andrea Kirk Assaf

Book

"In times of need, many of us turn to the words of the Lord. Jesus’s teachings have been a source of comfort and wisdom for millennia; for all those who believe, he brings the love of God and the message of redemption. We can reflect on his great mercy...

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Prayer  by Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Ilarion

Prayer

Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Ilarion

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Your own beautiful  by Chelsea Crockett

Your own beautiful

Chelsea Crockett

Book

Provides advice to Christian teenage girls about God's bigger plan and purpose, offering tips on self-confidence, friendship, and following one's dreams.

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The grace in living  by Kathleen Dowling Singh

The grace in living

Kathleen Dowling Singh

Book

"Kathleen Dowling Singh invites us to enter into an awakened relationship with our lives by exploring our own spiritual biography. Her thoughtful reflections and exercises guide us through the process, step-by-step, of recognizing the ever-presence of...

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Stumbling dancing through life  by Elana Mira Mizrahi

Stumbling dancing through life

Elana Mira Mizrahi

Book

"Elana Mizrahi's book combines virtuoso writing with profound yet practical ideas. Her canvass is the life of a Jewish woman; her palette is the varied colors of her own daily trials and lessons, mixed with the teachings of our sages. Every reader will...

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Stepping up  by Dennis Rainey

Stepping up

Dennis Rainey

Book

What's the most courageous thing you've ever done? As men, all of us face decisions in life that demand courage. Big or little, complex or straightforward, these choices -- let's call them battles -- matter a great deal. One courageous choice leads to...

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Science & Islam  by Ehsan Masood

Science & Islam

Ehsan Masood

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Killing kryptonite  by John Bevere

Killing kryptonite

John Bevere

Book

"You can destroy what steals your strength just like Superman, who can leap over any hurdle and defeat every foe, followers of Christ have the supernatural ability to conquer the challenges we face. But the problem for both Superman and us is there's...

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The seven steps to awakening  by Maharshi Ramana

The seven steps to awakening

Maharshi Ramana

Book

"The Seven Steps to Awakening is the most powerful collection of quotes ever assembled on the subject of how to directly experience the true Self whose nature is Infinite-Eternal-Awareness-Love-Bliss and how to bring the impostor self, its tricks and...

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Faith forward future  by Chad Veach

Faith forward future

Chad Veach

Book

"Are you disappointed with your life? Do you feel like you'll never accomplish anything remarkable? Fear not: you are in the perfect place for God to enter with his plan! In fact, your disappointments and failures are merely minor setbacks preceding a...

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90 minutes in heaven  by Don Piper

90 minutes in heaven

Don Piper

Book

Recounts the experience of Baptist minister Don Piper, who was pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident and experienced the glories of heaven for ninety minutes, but who miraculously came back to life, where he endured a long and painful recove...

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The lifegiving table  by Sally Clarkson

The lifegiving table

Sally Clarkson

Book

"Make your table a place where your family and friends long to be--where they will find rest, renewal, and a welcome full of love. Beloved author Sally Clarkson (The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, Desperate) believes that meals lovingly served at home--and...

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Christian dating in a Godless world  by T. G. Morrow

Christian dating in a Godless world

T. G. Morrow

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Fr. Thomas Morrow offers a practical guide to dating in a secular world. He explores a range of dating issues including choosing Mr. or Miss Right, the four meanings of love, how to have a warm but chaste relationship, the goodness of affection, modesty,...

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Barking to the choir  by Greg Boyle

Barking to the choir

Greg Boyle

Book

A Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries traces his experiences of working with gangs in Los Angeles for three decades, sharing what his efforts have taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of radical kinship.

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Little sins mean a lot  by Elizabeth Scalia

Little sins mean a lot

Elizabeth Scalia

Book

Thirteen little sins that, if left unconfessed, can have a serious impact on our spiritual lives. Through the author's honest (and sometimes funny) examination of these sins in her own life, as well as Church teaching, she gives us the tools to kick these...

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The bushman's bible  by Dave Baldwin

The bushman's bible

Dave Baldwin

Book

"The bushman's bible looks at 'beyond the material world' issues for an average free spirited Mr and Mrs Bushman who generally attend the 'big blue' temple in the mountains rather than conventional churches and temples in the big city." --Back cover.

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Stones of remembrance  by Daniel G. Amen

Stones of remembrance

Daniel G. Amen

Book

This is a spiritual follow-up to Dr. Daniel Amen's book Memory Rescue, and is intended to help cultivate the healing power of faith and focused remembering.

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In the middle of the mess  by Sheila Walsh

In the middle of the mess

Sheila Walsh

Book

"How do you turn your struggles into strengths? Beloved Bible teacher Sheila Walsh teaches readers how the daily spiritual practices of confession, meditation on God's Word, and prayer result in fresh freedom in Christ. In her long-awaited new book, Sheila...

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40 days through Revelation  by Ron Rhodes

40 days through Revelation

Ron Rhodes

Book

The book of Revelation begins and ends with guarantees that its inspiring message leads to blessing. Popular Bible teacher and author Ron Rhodes guides readers on an encouraging journey through this prophetic book, interpreting its picturesque language...

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Lavender hair  by Victoria Jackson

Lavender hair

Victoria Jackson

Book

"On October 8, 2015, Victoria Jackson was getting ready for a 45-minute stand-up routine. But instead of enjoying the pre-show excitement, she was laying on the couch in the green room coughing nonstop. Victoria had many scary moments growing up: doing...

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Soar!  by T. D. Jakes

Soar!

T. D. Jakes

Book

Too often we remain in jobs that stifle our souls and leave us on the runway of opportunity with the engine of our deepest passion stalled, watching others make their personal vision a reality and build a legacy for their children -- the opposite of what...

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God, faith, and reason  by Michael Savage

God, faith, and reason

Michael Savage

Book

"[This] is an intimate look at Savage's lifelong quest in search of spitritual truth. In his trademark, no-holds-barred style, [he] shares the many "glimpses of God" he's experienced over his ... life and career, including boyhood stories, introspective...

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Prayer  by Bert M. Farias

Prayer

Bert M. Farias

Book

"Prayer: The Language Of The Spirit is a short and poignant book that helps lay a foundation from the Word for knowing and walking with God. Each chapter directs the earnest believer into possessing a life of communion with God and praying without ceasing....

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Inside the soul of Islam  by Mamoon Yusaf

Inside the soul of Islam

Mamoon Yusaf

Book

"Practiced by over 1.8 billion people, Islam is the world's second largest faith, yet most of us don't know what the beliefs of Islam actually are. Written by [a] ... young voice in the UK Muslim community, [this book] gives a much-needed understanding...

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Indian wisdom  by Danielle Föllmi

Indian wisdom

Danielle Föllmi

Book

"Each book in the ‘Moments of Mindfulness’ series pairs the wise words of a great writer, master, philosopher or poet with Olivier Föllmi’s beautiful and moving photographs. Föllmi travelled far and wide to witness the celebrations, landscapes, rituals...

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Buddhist offerings  by Danielle Föllmi

Buddhist offerings

Danielle Föllmi

Book

"Each book in the ‘Moments of Mindfulness’ series pairs the wise words of a great writer, master, philosopher or poet with Olivier Föllmi’s beautiful and moving photographs. Föllmi travelled far and wide to witness the celebrations, landscapes, rituals...

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Single dating engaged married  by Ben Stuart

Single dating engaged married

Ben Stuart

Book

The vast majority of young people will pass through the key stages of singleness, dating, engagement, and marriage at some point in life. Yet, they are delaying marriage longer than any other generation in human history. Studies show a dramatic rise in...

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Own the moment  by Carl Lentz

Own the moment

Carl Lentz

Book

Shares the story of how the author went from an average adolescent to being the stylish leader of a thriving congregation and ministering to celebrities, along with advice for Christians to maintain their faith in an often ungodly world.

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How to fix a broken record  by Amena Brown

How to fix a broken record

Amena Brown

Book

"Your soul holds a massive record collection: melodies, rhythms, and bass lines. Memories that ask you to dance and memories that haunt you in a minor key. Lies that become soundtracks to your days while truths play too softly to be heard. Spoken word...

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How well do you know your Bible?  by James S. Bell

How well do you know your Bible?

James S. Bell

Book

"Do you know: What significant event in Jesus's life happened by the brook Kidron?; Though he doesn't identify himself in the book, who is generally considered the author of Mark?; What was Paul's side story?; What does the name Habakkuk mean?; Why did...

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50 spiritual classics  by Tom Butler-Bowdon

50 spiritual classics

Tom Butler-Bowdon

Book

"50 Spiritual Classics captures the diversity of life journeys that span centuries, continents, spiritual traditions and secular beliefs: from the historical The Book of Chuang Tzu to modern insight from the Kabbalah, from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet...

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I am number 8  by John W. (Pastor) Gray

I am number 8

John W. (Pastor) Gray

Book

Explores the example of the biblical David, the overlooked, undervalued eighth son who became a renowned king, to expose how God helps even his most humble followers cultivate leadership, wisdom, and sacred gifts for future greatness.

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A gathering of brilliant moons

A gathering of brilliant moons

Book

"For generations, Buddhist masters in Tibet have composed sheldam, poignant instructions tailored to the needs of their disciples in the form of short works of advice. Often difficult to find in publication, these works cover topics ranging from practicing...

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Cry the wounded land  by Mark Holloway

Cry the wounded land

Mark Holloway

Book

"Mark Holloway doesn't want to talk about the bloody history of New Zealand - But he discovers that God does. When he least expects it, God startles Mark, with a back and forth conversation about Maori (Indigenous), Pakeha (European) and the Land (New...

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The red letter words of Jesus  by Jack Countryman

The red letter words of Jesus

Jack Countryman

Book

"In this book ... , I have chosen more than one hundred passages that reveal Jesus' divine nature, His servanthood, and His love for all humankind."--Introduction, page vii.

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Simple prayer  by Charlie Dawes

Simple prayer

Charlie Dawes

Book

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The face of water  by Sarah Ruden

The face of water

Sarah Ruden

Book

In The Face of Water, Sarah Ruden brilliantly and elegantly explains and celebrates the Bible's writings. Singling out the most famous passages, such as the Genesis creation story, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Beatitudes, Ruden reexamines...

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Holy living  by Rowan Williams

Holy living

Rowan Williams

Book

"In 'Holy Living' Rowan Williams offers perhaps his most accessible account of Christian life yet, appealing to all ages, faiths and cultures. He uses theologians, poets, saints and writers to examine the concept of holiness and to explore what he calls...

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The darkening age  by Catherine Nixey

The darkening age

Catherine Nixey

Book

"In [this book], Catherine Nixey tells the still largely unknown and deeply shocking - story of how a militant religion deliberately extinguished the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in centuries of unquestioning adherence to 'one true faith.'...

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