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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert
0670034711
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Gilbert (The Last American Man) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy's buffet of delights—the world's best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners—Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. "I came to Italy pinched and thin," she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis...


The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
Henri J. M. Nouwen
0385473079
March 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming is a spiritual adventure story. A chance encounter with a poster depicting a detail of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son set in motion a chain of events that enabled Nouwen to redefine and claim his vocation late in his life. In this book, which interweaves elements of art history, memoir, Midrash, and self-help, Nouwen brings the parable to life with empathic analyses of each character. Nouwen's absorption in the story (and the painting) is so complete that the father's challenge to love the son, and the son's challenge to receive that love, become Nouwen's own. And Nouwen's writing is so clear and his tone is so appealingly frank and humble that readers--no matter how far from home--will find hope for themselves in the prodigal peace Nouwen ultimately...


The Image of God
Ric Ergenbright
0842339841
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Blending powerful photographic imagery with eternal biblical truth, The Image of God considers man as he is portrayed in the Bible. Combining 160 full-color photographs with 70 Bible display verses, a rich story-driven text, and complete photographic and cultural notes, this exquisite coffee-table book presents a powerful witness to the abundant life that God intends for all mankind.


The Seven Levels of Intimacy : The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved
Matthew Kelly
0743265114
November 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A throwaway buzzword in pop psychology, intimacy remains a litmus test for the health of relationships and is something everyone should strive for, says Kelly, the bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life. "Intimacy is the one thing a person cannot live happily without," he writes. Since many people cling to the "pubescent notion" that intimacy and sex are synonymous, Kelly begins by talking about what intimacy is not-sex, common interests-and proffering up inspirational tidbits and oft heard motivational questions ("Who energizes you?" "Why do they energize you?" "How do you want to be remembered?") before hammering home the thesis of this book: intimacy is a "legitimate need." His seven levels of intimacy-clichés; facts; opinions; hopes and dreams; feelings; faults, fears and failures; and legitimate...


Rick & Bubba's Expert Guide to God, Country, Family & Anything Else We Can Think Of
Rick Burgess, Bill "Bubba" Bussey
0849909929
March 7, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description

Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey have built a listening audience of more than 1 million people with their unique brand of southern humor and bold Christian witness. Among their fans you'll find housewives, college professors, junior high students, truck drivers, and surgeons.

Now, Rick and Bubba unleash their zaniness and homespun wisdom on the book world. Rick and Bubba's Expert Guide to God, Country, Family, and Anything Else We Can Think Of is a sometimes touching, rarely genious, always hilarious, look at the world as seen only through Rick and Bubba's eyes.

BONUS! Includes a Best of Rick and Bubba CD in the back of the book!

About the Author



The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set
C. S. Lewis
0064471195
August 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, and profoundly allegorical, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope. This boxed set edition includes all seven volumes.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From AudioFile
This collection includes programs of seven titles in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia: THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW; THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE; THE HORSE AND HIS BOY;...


Holy Cards
Barbara Calamari
0810943387
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Holy cards offer comfort, consolation, and encouragement to Catholics, who often carry these portable images of their favorite saints with them and use them in daily religious ritual. Given as remembrances at wakes and funerals, communions and confirmations, holy cards are also a widely popular-and highly collectible-form of folk art. This handsome volume, the only book available on the subject, is both a rich illustrated survey of this devotional art and a gallery of saints organized thematically along with brief biographies, attributes, and powers. Prophets and angels, disciples and evangelists, martyrs and hermits, visionaries and mystics are among the religious figures in Catholicism represented here-in exquisite turn-of-the-century depictions that are at times dramatic or disturbing, at times moving or...


The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book
Miguel Ruiz
1878424424
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
In a refreshingly honest investigation of the true nature of love, don Miguel Ruiz brings to light the commonly held fallacies and misplaced expectations about love that permeate most relationships. In the tradition of Carlos Castaneda, he uses inspirational stories to impart the wisdom of three fundamental Toltec masteries (Awareness, Transformation, and Love). The themes explored include the Toltec wisdom of the heart, the track of love, and the war of control.


The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
Dalai Lama
1573221112
November 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with the Dalai Lama and really press him about life's persistent questions? Why are so many people unhappy? How can I abjure loneliness? How can we reduce conflict? Is romantic love true love? Why do we suffer? How should we deal with unfairness and anger? How do you handle the death of a loved one? These are the conundrums that psychiatrist Howard Cutler poses to the Dalai Lama during an extended period of interviews in The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living.

At first, the Dalai Lama's answers seem simplistic, like a surface reading of Robert Fulghum: Ask yourself if you really need something; our enemies can be our teachers; compassion brings peace of mind. Cutler pushes: But some people do seem happy with lots of possessions; but "suffering is life" is...



Against All Odds: My Story
Chuck Norris, Ken Abraham
0805431616
September 30, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this autobiography, Norris and Abraham catalogue in a mostly chronological fashion the major events of Norris's Horatio Alger–like life. After a tumultuous and impoverished childhood marred by an alcoholic father, Norris turned his life around by joining the military and learning a martial art, tang soo do, while stationed in Korea. Having achieved a black belt, he returned to the United States and built a career as a karate instructor, winning six world championships. Norris counted many celebrities among his students, including Steve McQueen, who, along with Bruce Lee, encouraged Norris to pursue a film and television career. Even though Norris and Abraham employ a bland style of reportage, often bereft of smooth transitions and replete with empty phrases such as "I've always had a special place in my...


Noah's Ark
Rien Poortvliet
0810943433
Feb 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Creator of Gnomes, Dogs and Dutch Treat, Dutch artist Poortvliet tackles the Biblical story of Noah and the flood in this oversize, lavishly produced album. We watch as Noah and his family build the ark with a big wooden crane, then see how the animals adjust to cramped conditions on the boat, until they finally go forth onto dry land. While this imaginative, pictorial retelling shows empathy for the animal kingdom and gently preaches reverence for life, the pictures (223 pages in color) are sentimental to the point of anthropomorphizing the animals, and the handwritten commentaries are frequently coy or trite. Besides continually proclaiming his awe at the infinite variety of creation, Poortvliet devotes pages to comparative studies of beaks, eyes, ears, snouts. He annoyingly mixes in boyhood reminiscences and...


Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor
Joseph Campbell
1577312023
October 1901
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This collection of essays, lectures and discussions will delight both avid Campbell disciples eager for more of his thoughts and newcomers to his work on comparative mythology and religion. It is also a quick refresher course on some of Campbell's ideas about the Judeo-Christian tradition for those who have encountered him in his well-known Hero with a Thousand Faces or in his popular television series on the power of myth with Bill Moyers. This is not the polished writing of a scholar systematically presenting an argument. Rather, editor Kennedy urges the reader to approach this collection "as one would the classroom, or the study" in order to better enjoy the more energetic and spontaneous "master teacher" side of Campbell. The effect is to take the reader on a romp through the Judeo-Christian tradition a...


The Man Called CASH : The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend [BARGAIN PRICE]
Steve Turner
B0009A2OJ6
September 23, 2004
Hardcover
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Lightposts for Living
Thomas Kinkade
0446676179
Nov 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Like the beloved artist Norman Rockwell, painter Thomas Kinkade emphasizes what is good and kind in America. His paintings of old-fashioned homes and ideal landscapes may not ever be considered high art--but they can certainly capture the heart and soothe the eye, and for many of his devout fans, that's plenty.

Now Kinkade sets his sights on writing about the core values that his paintings have illuminated for years--home, tradition, family, nature, and above all else, living in the light. By sharing personal stories and numerous analogies to his painter's process, Kinkade has developed a comfortable, fireside-chat manner. He offers advice and inspirational suggestions on chapter topics such as, "The Abundance of Enough, Living in the Light of Simplicity;" "Saying Grace, Living in the Light of Thankfulness;" and "A...



Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road
Donald Miller
0785209824
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

Fueled by the belief that something better exists than the mundane life they've been living, free spirits Don and Paul set off on an adventure-filled road trip in search of deeper meaning, beauty, and an explanation for life. Many young men dream of such a trip, but few are brave enough to actually attempt it. Fewer still have the writing skills of Donald Miller, who records the trip with wide-eyed honesty in achingly beautiful prose. In this completely revised edition, he discusses everything from the nature of friendship, the reason for pain, and the origins of beauty.

As they travel from Texas to Oregon in Paul's cantankerous Volkswagen van, the two friends encounter a variety of fascinating people, witness the fullness of nature's splendor, and learn unexpected lessons about themselves, each other, and even...



The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi
Roger Jahnke
0809295288
March 1, 2002
Hardcover
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IJHC/WHR Newsletter, January 2003
"... an outstanding discussion of subtle energies as Qi. His explanations are interesting and his style easy reading."

Book Description
Unlocks the secrets of one of the most powerful of Chinese healing arts Developed over millennia in China, qigong (literally, life force + mastery , or refinement ) is a set of techniques used to increase your vitality, longevity, and sexual potency as well as achieve and maintain optimal health and inner peace. In the groundbreaking The Healing Promise of Qi , Dr. Roger Jahnke, internationally respected doctor of Chinese medicine and author of the bestselling The Healer Within , clearly and simply explains the concepts of qigong in practical terms. With the help of 125 superbly rendered illustrations, he describes a...


With Burning Hearts
Henri J. M. Nouwen
1570755086
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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The Art of Happiness at Work
Dalai Lama
0641646054

Hardcover
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Miracles of Jesus
Susan Easton Black
0867130873
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
The second in a series , Son of Man: Mircales of Jesus us a fresh approach to some of the most well-loved and familiar events in the ministry of Christ. In prose and paintings, this book included the stories about Jesus as he turned water into wine, healed the sick and the blind, clamed the raging storm in the Sea oc Galilee, and fed the five thousand hungry followers. Whether read as gospel or metaphor, the miracles present compelling answers to our enduring questions about the value of life an the power of love and faith

Susand Easton Black and artist Liz Lemon Swindle once again combine talents and a shared vision of Christ as a man who , in his mortal life, reached down and lifted up those who struggled. This inspirational gift book is sure to be cherished for the beauty of the art and the simple...


Wee Sing Bible Songs (Wee Sing) CD and Book Edition (Wee Sing)
Pamela Conn Beall, Susan Hagen Nipp
0843113006
September 8, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The bestselling Wee Sing line is now tailored for the most modern Wee Sing fans! These eight classic Wee Sing titles are now in a great new package—a book and CD in a reusable blister!


Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Ross King
0142003697
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Almost 500 years after Michelangelo Buonarroti frescoed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the site still attracts throngs of visitors and is considered one of the artistic masterpieces of the world. Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling unveils the story behind the art's making, a story rife with all the drama of a modern-day soap opera.

The temperament of the day was dictated by the politics of the papal court, a corrupt and powerful office steeped in controversy; Pope Julius II even had a nickname, "Il Papa Terrible," to prove it. Along with his violent outbursts and warmongering, Pope Julius II took upon himself to restore the Sistine Chapel and pretty much intimidated Michelangelo into painting the ceiling even though the artist considered himself primarily a sculptor and was particularly unfamiliar with...



The Temperament God Gave You: The Classic Key to Knowing Yourself, Getting Along with Others, and Growing Closer to the Lord
Art Bennett, Laraine Bennett
1933184027
June 15, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Unlock the secret of your personality and learn how to be a better spouse, parent, friend, & Christian! All of us are born with distinct personality traits. Some of us live for crowds and parties; others seek solitude and time for quiet reflection. Some of us are naturally pushy, while others are content just to get along. We don.t pick and choose these traits; they.re just part of the way we.re made. For in the womb God doesn.t merely mold our body; He also gives us the temperament that, all our days, colors our understanding, guides our choices, and serves as the foundation of our moral and spiritual life. Ancient philosophers identified four basic temperaments, and over the centuries, countless wise souls have used these four to understand human nature. Now comes The Temperament God Gave You, the first Catholic...


1000 Faces of God
Rebecca Hind
0760761868
August 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
'A gallery of over 1000 works of art, drawn from all over the world and spanning thousands of years of culture and faiths including: Bahai, Buddism, Christianity, Confucianism, Greek mythology, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Native American beliefs, Norse legends, Paganism, Rastafarianism, Roman mythology, Shintoism, Sikhism, Spiritualism, Taoism, Voodoo and Zoroastrianism.'


The Mirror of the Gods
Malcolm Bull
0195219236
Feb 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In writing about the process by which Renaissance artists came to terms with what had become a completely alien system of thought and representation, Bull (Seeing Things Hidden) brilliantly shows classical antiquity's material nearness (its remnants were scattered about an explosively growing set of Italian city-states) and its psychological distance—a distance that artists set out to close, transforming their own culture in the process. The result is a terrific god-by-god account of the Renaissance's reimagining of mythology, undertaken in successive chapters; Hercules, Jupiter, Venus, Bacchus, Diana and Apollo are bookended by chapters on "Sources," "Objects" and "The Mirror." Bull's anecdotes are compelling and his prose light and clear, but his text is primarily a scholarly one, copiously footnoted and...


Michelangelo
Marcia B. Hall
0810935309
Nov 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Anyone who's experienced neck pain while gazing at the stunning frescoes of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel will see the value in Hall's book. The author, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art, presents revealing commentary to accompany Okamura's 157 dazzling, full-color photographs, which were taken after the frescoes' decade-long restoration in the 1980s. The book displays each fresco from the Creation scenes to the Last Judgment; some even have zoomed-in versions that show detail as fine as specks of dust on Saint John the Baptist's beard. Hall's presentation of Michelangelo's masterwork is comprehensive; in addition to explicating each component (e.g., how the fresco of Saint Catherine and Saint Blaise, which originally "invited bawdy jokes," was altered after the artist's death), she also describes the...


Art of Forgiving
Lewis B. Smedes
034541344X
August 12, 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
When a heinous act is committed, sometimes one wonders if forgiveness is even possible. Lewis B. Smedes would certainly advise it. "When we forgive," he says, "we set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner we set free is us." In an easy-to-read yet astute analysis of the meaning and value of forgiveness, Smedes teaches the reader that more than anything, forgiveness is a way of healing. He takes as his model the Judeo-Christian God and outlines the many subtleties involved in forgiveness, such as distinguishing anger from hate, and noting that we only forgive those we blame (including ourselves). Forgetting may be more difficult, but at least The Art of Forgiving can help us along the path toward release and healing.

Book Description
"Lewis...


Mary: Images of the Virgin in Art

0971007047
September 2002
Hardcover
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