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Spirituality and religion new titles

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Hope in times of fear  by Timothy Keller

Hope in times of fear

Timothy Keller

Book

"Hope in a Time of Fear explains the meaning of Jesus's resurrection. The followers of Jesus were unprepared for the event and failed to recognize him. All of them physically saw him and yet did not spiritually truly see him. It was only when Jesus reached...

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Altars for everyone  by Nancy C. Townley

Altars for everyone

Nancy C. Townley

Book

"The altar sits at the heart of the worship space, reminding everyone that here is where we lift our hearts up to God. Often the altar is decorated, but almost always in the same way: with flowers, candles, or a cross. But what if the altar could be made...

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What did Jesus look like?  by Joan E. Taylor

What did Jesus look like?

Joan E. Taylor

Book

"Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous man who ever lived. His image adorns countless churches, icons, and paintings. He is the subject of millions of statues, sculptures, devotional objects and works of art. Everyone can conjure an image of Jesus:...

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Legends of the fire spirits  by Robert W. Lebling

Legends of the fire spirits

Robert W. Lebling

Book

"According to Islamic tradition, Allah created three types of beings: angels, made of light; humans, made of earth; and jinn, made of smokeless fire. Supernatural, shape-shifting, intelligent and blessed with free will and remarkable powers, jinn have...

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What would you do if you weren't afraid?  by Michal Oshman

What would you do if you weren't afraid?

Michal Oshman

Book

"Discover the secrets to a fearless, meaningful life, found in the wisdom of Jewish scripture. Today, more than ever, we act out of fear. We fear change, rejection, failure, and suffering. But what if we could find a way to live that challenges conve...

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Time shifts  by Von Braschler

Time shifts

Von Braschler

Book

"Sharing detailed accounts from people who have experienced time slips and shifts between realities, including his own experiences, Von Braschler examines what their stories have in common to establish the pattern behind how these sudden slips in time...

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Woman evolve  by Sarah Jakes Roberts

Woman evolve

Sarah Jakes Roberts

Book

"Reimagining the story of Eve, Sarah Jakes Roberts draws lessons from Scripture and from her own life that show women how to use the mistakes of their past to overcome the challenges of today. Woman Evolve teaches women that they can use failures and...

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Learning to pray  by James Martin

Learning to pray

James Martin

Book

"Explains what prayer is, what to expect from praying, how to do it, and how it can transform lives when it becomes a regular practice, discussing different styles and traditions of prayer throughout Christian history and encouraging readers to experiment...

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The hidden book in the Bible  by Richard Elliott Friedman

The hidden book in the Bible

Richard Elliott Friedman

Book

"The author reveals the first work of prose literature in the world- a 3, 000 year old epic hidden within the books of the Hebrew Bible"--Publisher's description.

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Finding sanctuary  by Jennifer Hubbard

Finding sanctuary

Jennifer Hubbard

Book

"In this book, Jennifer Hubbard writes about how she rediscovered peace and hope in God following the tragic death of her daughter in the gun violence at Sandy Hook"--Publisher's description.

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Art and faith  by Makoto Fujimura

Art and faith

Makoto Fujimura

Book

"From a world-renowned painter, an exploration of creativity's quintessential and often overlooked-role in the spiritual life. Written over thirty years of painting and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura's broad and deep exploration...

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Bullies and saints  by John P. Dickson

Bullies and saints

John P. Dickson

Book

"Is religion a pernicious force in the world? Does it poison everything? Would we be better off without religion in general and Christianity in particular? Many sceptics certainly think so. John Dickson has spent much of the last ten years reflecting...

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Meditations on the trail  by Christopher Ives

Meditations on the trail

Christopher Ives

Book

"Going for a long hike or spending time in nature can be like a pilgrimage, a journey into the sacred. In Meditations on the Trail, Christopher Ives offers a rich array of do-anywhere meditations that will help you make the most of your time on the trail...

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Epsom, 1921-2021

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Epsom, 1921-2021

Book

This beautiful book recounts the fascinating history of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Epsom. It tells the story of the Sisters of Mercy who founded the parish and school, and features photos and memories of those involved in the first 100 years of Ep...

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After evangelicalism  by David P. Gushee

After evangelicalism

David P. Gushee

Book

"A building crescendo of developments, culminating in evangelical support for the Trump presidency, has led many evangelicals to question the faith they inherited. If being Christian means rejecting LGBTQ persons and supporting systemic racism, perhaps...

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Satisfied  by Alyssa Joy Bethke

Satisfied

Alyssa Joy Bethke

Book

"Touching on topics like fear, worry, dissatisfaction, anxiety, and body image, Alyssa Bethke walks you through issues that rob you of your joy and helps you recognize them for what they are: distractions. 'Satisfied' is a compelling collection of re...

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Creating God  by Robin M. Derricourt

Creating God

Robin M. Derricourt

Book

"What do we really know about how and where religions began, and how they spread? In this bold new book, award-winning author Robin Derricourt takes us on a journey through the birth and growth of several major religions, using history and archaeology...

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Fault lines  by Voddie Baucham

Fault lines

Voddie Baucham

Book

"The ground is moving. The death of George Floyd at the hands of police in the summer of 2020 shocked the nation. As riots rocked American cities, Christians affirmed from the pulpit and in social media that "Black lives matter" and that racial justice...

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Chosen  by Giles Fraser

Chosen

Giles Fraser

Book

"A unique and moving memoir from the maverick former Canon of St Paul's Cathedral. It was one of the most startling moments in the modern history of the City of London. In 2011, the Occupy movement set up camp around St Paul's Cathedral. Giles Fraser,...

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Church, interrupted  by John Cornwell

Church, interrupted

John Cornwell

Book

"Pope Francis is prepared to say "bring on the collapse", as perhaps the only way of purging a disgraced Church. "It is not impossible," Francis has said, "that I will go down in history as the one who split the Catholic Church?" However, for Catholics...

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Where wonder lives  by Fabiana Fondevila

Where wonder lives

Fabiana Fondevila

Book

"Take a journey by map through your inner landscape to discover a life of awe, enchantment, and radical aliveness"--Publisher's description.

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Broken open  by Elizabeth Lesser

Broken open

Elizabeth Lesser

Book

"In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute - now the world's largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth - Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition....

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The Bible  by Andrew Rev. Ollerton

The Bible

Andrew Rev. Ollerton

Book

"When we make sense of the Bible, the Bible makes sense of us. The political, social and cultural upheaval of our times can leave us feeling bewildered and wondering where to turn for trustworthy guidance. As unlikely as it may seem, could the Bible ...

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Greek mythology  by Liv Albert

Greek mythology

Liv Albert

Book

"In 'Greek Mythology,' you will discover the backstories of the heroes, villains, gods, and goddesses that enjoy popularity in today's shows and films. With comprehensive entries that outline each character's name, roles, related symbols, and foundat...

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Dear God  by Bunmi Laditan

Dear God

Bunmi Laditan

Book

"This broken world so often breaks our hearts and sends us searching for a word of divine love. In Dear God, award-winning and beloved author Bunmi Laditan bravely says what we're all thinking in this wittingly fresh and stunningly relatable collection...

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Julian of Norwich  by Matthew Fox

Julian of Norwich

Matthew Fox

Book

"Julian of Norwich lived through the dreadful bubonic plague that killed close to 50% of Europeans. Being an anchoress, she 'sheltered in place' and developed a deep wisdom that she shared in her book, Showings, which was the first book in English by...

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Sovereign self  by author Acharya Shunya

Sovereign self

author Acharya Shunya

Book

"Claim your spiritual birthright of freedom, wholeness, and joy through the perennial wisdom of yoga's ancient spiritual texts"--Publisher's description.

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Black & Buddhist

Black & Buddhist

Book

"Leading African American Buddhist teachers offer lessons on racism, resilience, spiritual freedom, and the possibility of a truly representative American Buddhism. What does it mean to be black and Buddhist? In this powerful collection of writings, ...

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The pregnant goddess  by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

The pregnant goddess

Arin Murphy-Hiscock

Book

"As you make the transition from maiden to mother, you fully embody the Mother Goddess. Embark on this sacred journey with this complete guide including special mediations, affirmations, and rituals designed to help you attune to the divine energies ...

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The shaman's book of living and dying  by Alberto Villoldo

The shaman's book of living and dying

Alberto Villoldo

Book

"One of the pioneers in energy healing and shamanism recounts twelve miraculous stories in which, through the use of shamanic energetic techniques, people experience extraordinary physical and emotional healings. Meet a dancer who could barely walk until...

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Karma  by Jaggi Vasudev

Karma

Jaggi Vasudev

Book

"A much-used word, Karma is loosely understood as a system of checks and balances in our lives, of good actions and bad deeds, of good thoughts and bad intentions. A system which seemingly ensures that at the end of the day one gets what one deserves....

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Gentle and lowly  by Dane Calvin Ortlund

Gentle and lowly

Dane Calvin Ortlund

Book

"Shows how the heart of Christ feels about God's people as they sin and stumble their way through life"--Publisher’s description.}

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The liberating path of the Hebrew prophets  by Nahum Ward-Lev

The liberating path of the Hebrew prophets

Nahum Ward-Lev

Book

"This book examines the liberation journey that is the heart of the Hebrew Scriptures. The work begins with a careful reading of narrative, prophetic and legal texts from the Hebrew Scriptures. All of these texts reveal exodus, the journey from const...

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Imagine heaven  by John Burke

Imagine heaven

John Burke

Book

"John Burke compares gripping stories of near-death experiences (NDEs) to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of Heaven. The author shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors--including doctors, college professors, ...

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Systematic theology  by Wayne A. Grudem

Systematic theology

Wayne A. Grudem

Book

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Greek mythology  by Robert Garland

Greek mythology

Robert Garland

Book

Greek mythology isn't the equivalent of the Bible or the Qur'an. There is no standardized version of any myth. Myths aren't sacred. Whether you happen to be Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides or any other Greek, or even you or me, every myth is yours...

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Are you really OK?  by Debra K. Fileta

Are you really OK?

Debra K. Fileta

Book

Pursuing the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health God desires for you is a lifelong commitment that requires honest self-examination and intentional living. In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta will help you t...

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Spiritual intelligence  by Kris Vallotton

Spiritual intelligence

Kris Vallotton

Book

Because believers have the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit, we have the capacity for brilliance. God invites us to embark on a journey of discovery as he reveals mysteries and helps us bring our perspective in line with his--transforming our.....

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Secrets of divine love  by A. Helwa

Secrets of divine love

A. Helwa

Book

Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam is an inspiring guide that will lead you towards the hidden meaning of the Qur'an through passion and joy. Written with care and precision, Helwa's metaphoric insights invite you on ...

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The surrender experiment  by Michael A. Singer

The surrender experiment

Michael A. Singer

Book

Shares stories from the author's pursuit of enlightenment, from his years as a hippie introvert and successes as a computer engineer through his work in humanitarian efforts, counseling readers on how to navigate confusing aspects in the spiritual jo...

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Relationship goals challenge  by Michael (Pastor) Todd

Relationship goals challenge

Michael (Pastor) Todd

Book

Based off of the instant bestseller Relationship Goals and the author's wildly popular sermon series, this 30-day challenge helps you take your relationship from good to great!

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Redeeming power  by Diane Langberg

Redeeming power

Diane Langberg

Book

An internationally recognized counselor offers Christian leaders a clinical and theological framework for understanding how power operates, the effects of the abuse of power, and how power can be redeemed and restored to its proper God-given place in...

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God's unstoppable breakthrough  by Matt Sorger

God's unstoppable breakthrough

Matt Sorger

Book

This book discusses what people can do when they pray and stand in faith for God to remove a hindrance in their lives, but the breakthrough doesn't seem to come; it explains how, even when it looks like nothing is happening, God is still at work to bring...

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Karma  by Jaggi Vasudev

Karma

Jaggi Vasudev

Book

A much-used word, Karma is loosely understood as a system of checks and balances in our lives, of good actions and bad deeds, of good thoughts and bad intentions. A system which seemingly ensures that at the end of the day one gets what one deserves....

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Don't drop the mic study guide  by T. D. Jakes

Don't drop the mic study guide

T. D. Jakes

Book

In this companion study guide to Don't Drop the Mic, #1 New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes helps readers communicate boldly and effectively like never before. In his book Don't Drop the Mic, Bishop T.D. Jakes speaks to readers about communication...

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Permission to be Black  by Adam David Thomason

Permission to be Black

Adam David Thomason

Book

While many saw a confident, six-foot-five Black man, A. D. "Lumkile" Thomason lived most of his life deeply wounded by encounters with violence, abandonment, and family tragedy. Tracing how the art of Jay-Z gave voice to his own longings and how the gospel...

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How to age without getting old  by Joyce Meyer

How to age without getting old

Joyce Meyer

Book

Life is a journey through beautiful and varied seasons, with a dynamic cadence and full of continued discovery. Embrace each season of your life and learn to live into it fully with grace and help. Meyer shows you how to truly cast even your lifelong...

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Win the day  by Mark Batterson

Win the day

Mark Batterson

Book

Too many people delay, downsize, or shrug off their dreams just because they don't know where to start, but playing it safe doesn't account for the massive cost of a life not fully lived. Win the Day is the jump-start you need to go after your goals,...

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The lost pillars of Enoch  by Tobias Churton

The lost pillars of Enoch

Tobias Churton

Book

Explores the unified science-religion of early humanity and the impact of Hermetic philosophy on religion and spirituality. Investigates the Jewish and Egyptian origins of Josephus’s famous story that Seth’s descendants inscribed knowledge on two pillars...

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The brick Bible by Brendan Powell. Smith

The brick Bible

Brendan Powell. Smith

Graphic novel

In graphic novel format, this book retells stories from the Old Testament with illustrations created with LEGO toys; often graphically portraying the darker aspects of the Old Testament.

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Reconciliation  by Thích Nh́ât Hạnh

Reconciliation

Thích Nh́ât Hạnh

Book

"Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Anger, offers insights on how mindfulness practice can encourage wellness and balanced mental health, and help heal childhood suffering and trauma. With personal stories, techniques for dealing with old and new....

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The feeler  by Jim W. Goll

The feeler

Jim W. Goll

Book

The Scriptures give us a full-color picture of a God who is moved by emotions such as yearning, love, and compassion. Our human emotions reflect the emotional qualities of our Creator, who made us in His own image. The Feeler by James W. Goll delivers...

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Mind beyond brain  by David E. Presti

Mind beyond brain

David E. Presti

Book

Among the most profound questions we confront are the nature of what and who we are as conscious beings, and how the human mind relates to the rest of what we consider reality. For millennia, philosophers, scientists, and religious thinkers have atte...

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Celestine vision  by James Redfield

Celestine vision

James Redfield

Book

In this .. book, Redfield focuses on our individual perceptions of synchronicity and cites examples from his own experience as he clarifies how mysterious coincidences lead us toward our special destiny. Here, too, he examines one hundred years of discovery...

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Consciousness rising  by Nicky Sutton

Consciousness rising

Nicky Sutton

Book

How do you know if you're experiencing a spiritual awakening? If your sense of self is dissolving, or your perceptions of reality and purpose are transforming uncontrollably, then it's possible. Sometimes a significant life event, such as a loss, sud...

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Of mystics and mistakes  by Jaggi Vasudev

Of mystics and mistakes

Jaggi Vasudev

Book

"There are only two types of people Mystics and Mistakes," says Sadhguru, leaving readers in no doubt of the category to which they belong! That sounds damning. But mistakes can thankfully be rectified. And that is the hope this book holds out to seekers....

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Eyewitness  by Jeff White

Eyewitness

Jeff White

Book

The bible is the best selling book in history. maybe you've heard the classic stories of Noah, Moses, or the virgin Mary countless times. Or maybe you're thinking "Noah who?" Either way, you've never encountered the Bible quite like this. With more than...

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Vibrant paradoxes  by Robert Barron

Vibrant paradoxes

Robert Barron

Book

G.K. Chesterton once said that Catholicism keeps its beliefs "side by side like two strong colors, red and white ... It has always had a healthy hatred of pink." Catholicism is both/and, not either/or. It celebrates the union of contraries--grace and...

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The Black church  by Henry Louis Gates

The Black church

Henry Louis Gates

Book

From the earliest days of slavery, when enslaved people were allowed to worship at all, their meetinghouses were subject to surveillance and destruction. Church burnings and bombings by anti-Black racists have continued to the present day, a hallmark...

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A divine revelation of angels & demons  by Mary K. Baxter

A divine revelation of angels & demons

Mary K. Baxter

Book

Angels of Light and Darkness. In A Divine Revelation of Angels, Mary Baxter describes dreams, visions, and revelations of angels that God has given her. Explore the fascinating dynamics of angelic beings, including their appearance, their assigned fu...

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Fighting forward  by Hannah Brencher

Fighting forward

Hannah Brencher

Book

Fighting Forward is the empowering anthem you need to take the next small step to a better life. At the darkest point of a life-altering depression, Hannah Brencher took a silver marker and labeled a composition book "Fight Song." In that little notebook,...

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Finding Jesus in the storm  by John Swinton

Finding Jesus in the storm

John Swinton

Book

People living with mental health challenges are not excluded from God's love or even the fullness of life promised by Jesus. Unfortunately, this hope is often lost amid the well-meaning labels and medical treatments that dominate the world of mental ...

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Richard Rohr and the enneagram secret  by Don Veinot

Richard Rohr and the enneagram secret

Don Veinot

Book

Many in America and indeed around the world attend church to learn about God, to learn about ourselves and to connect with God and others. Along with that is a general belief that the church will be spiritually safe. After all, the best source of kno...

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Hauntology  by Merlin Coverley

Hauntology

Merlin Coverley

Book

Ghosts and spectres, the eerie and the occult. Why is contemporary culture so preoccupied by the supernatural, so captivated by the revenants of an earlier age, so haunted? The concept of hauntology has evolved since first emerging in the 1990s, and has...

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Standing strong  by Alli Worthington

Standing strong

Alli Worthington

Book

You can't break a woman who draws her strength from God. God made you to stand strong in any adversity, and this book will show you how. We live in a culture that constantly tells you who you should be as a woman. You are told that you are not enough...

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A divine revelation of the spirit realm  by Mary K. Baxter

A divine revelation of the spirit realm

Mary K. Baxter

Book

Mary Baxter, the best-selling author of A Divine Revelation of Hell and A Divine Revelation of Heaven, gives a unique perspective into the angelic and demonic realms. In vivid detail, she describes her encounters with spiritual beings, both good and bad,...

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That sounds fun  by Annie F. Downs

That sounds fun

Annie F. Downs

Book

We know there are certain things we must have to survive--food, shelter, and safety to name a few. But there are also aspects of life that truly allow us to be joyful and fulfilled. For popular podcaster and bestselling author Annie F. Downs, fun is close...

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Mission to the ends of the earth  by Russell Smith

Mission to the ends of the earth

Russell Smith

Book

What happened in the ten years after Samuel Marsden preached the first sermon in the Bay of Islands, NZ, in 1814? How did the first missionary families fare? What about their relationships with Maori? And the spread of the Christian message?

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Modern-day missionary  by Matthew G. (Matthew Gregory) Needham

Modern-day missionary

Matthew G. (Matthew Gregory) Needha...

Book

"Time is short. Today's generation of Christians has the responsibility to proclaim the gospel to unbelievers. We can play a huge part in the work of God, whether through prayer, financial or moral support, or an open door to rise up and go."--Back c...

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Falling open in a world falling apart  by Amoda Maa Jeevan

Falling open in a world falling apart

Amoda Maa Jeevan

Book

This book is "an invitation to openness." It offers the jewel of Amoda Maa's teaching-how to be fully awake and fully human, open in a way that's the key to freedom and to what's most needed in our troubled times. Unlike having no boundaries, this op...

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Dangerous religious ideas  by Rachel S. Mikva

Dangerous religious ideas

Rachel S. Mikva

Book

About Dangerous Religious Ideas reveals how faith traditions have always passed down tools for self-examination and debate, because all religious ideas—not just extremist ones—can cause harm, even as they also embody important moral teachings. Script...

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The deeply formed life  by Rich Villodas

The deeply formed life

Rich Villodas

Book

The world is faster and busier than it's ever been, with more noise and distraction unsettling our already restless souls. We are a people out of rhythm. For Christians who are frustrated with churches that only add to the hustle and bustle, there must...

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Judaism's life-changing ideas  by Jonathan Sacks

Judaism's life-changing ideas

Jonathan Sacks

Book

What is Judaism? A religion? A faith? A way of life? A set of beliefs? A collection of commands? A culture? A civilisation? It is all these, but it is emphatically something more. It is a way of thinking about life, a constellation of ideas: a way of...

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Finding the heart sutra  by Alex Kerr

Finding the heart sutra

Alex Kerr

Book

The material world is itself emptiness. Emptiness is itself the material world. Powerful, mystical and concise, the Heart Sutra is believed to contain the condensed essence of all Buddhist wisdom. This brief poem on emptiness has exerted immense infl...

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Flirting with darkness  by Ben Courson

Flirting with darkness

Ben Courson

Book

In Flirting with Darkness, Ben shares his journey through personal tragedy and debilitating depression. Along the way, he discovered tools that helped him cling to God in the dark times. You will learn how: Ditching your masks can help you discover who...

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The God solution  by Neale Donald Walsch

The God solution

Neale Donald Walsch

Book

What is needed now is for humanity to agree on the most important topic in human history. We could produce spectacular results if we did so, changing life on Earth for the better - forever. And this is not out of our reach. We could bring an end to a...

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Taoism for beginners  by C. Alexander Simpkins

Taoism for beginners

C. Alexander Simpkins

Book

Taoism for Beginners is a practical guide to applying the key notions, concepts and beliefs underlying Taoism's various branches and schools. Authors C. Alexander and Annellen Simpkins tap into their years of training and study in meditation, martial...

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The powerful purpose of introverts  by Holley Gerth

The powerful purpose of introverts

Holley Gerth

Book

Bestselling author, counselor, and life coach uses brain science, powerful stories, research, and biblical principles to help introverts embrace who God created them to be-both for their own benefit and that of a noisy world in desperate need of their...

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A thousand seeds of joy  by Ananda Karunesh

A thousand seeds of joy

Ananda Karunesh

Book

This book is the first in a series that consists of extraordinary conversations with ascended Goddesses representing different spiritual pantheons of the world. The ascended Goddesses are holding the Earth in a grand circle of love during this very c...

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The shaman's body  by Arnold Mindell

The shaman's body

Arnold Mindell

Book

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Jesus and John Wayne  by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Jesus and John Wayne

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Book

A scholar of American Christianity answers perhaps the most bewildering question of our time: Why are evangelicals "the Donald's" most fervent supporters? Donald Trump is a libertine who lacks even basic knowledge of the Christian faith. Yet in 2016 he...

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Every thing is sacred  by Richard Rohr

Every thing is sacred

Richard Rohr

Book

In this companion to The Universal Christ, Richard Rohr and Patrick Boland offer forty reflections and practices exploring what it means to live "in Christ." In his landmark book The Universal Christ, Richard Rohr articulated a transformative view of...

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Reinventing religion  by Peter George Moore

Reinventing religion

Peter George Moore

Book

Many of us, proponents and critics alike, commonly make assumptions about religion. We may presume that religion is mainly about having beliefs or being good, or that it is concerned with spiritual rather than material issues, or that religious ideas...

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