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Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
Ravi Zacharias
0849943272
February 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When Pope John Paul II called for a massive "new evangelization" of Asia during a November 1999 visit to India, his comments sparked protest from Hindus for whom proselytizing is a form of oppression. The debate underscored the sharp difference between Western creeds such as Christianity and Islam, which tend to be exclusive, and Eastern religions that stress pluralism. This collision forms a fascinating story line, and on that basis Zacharias's new work is superficially intriguing. Zacharias, a Christian apologist who grew up in India, does offer the occasional insight into Eastern religions. He claims that despite the current Hollywood romance with Buddhism as a simple faith of compassion, in most forms Buddhism is actually a complex system, featuring 227 disciplinary rules for men and 311 for women. Yet for...


Engraved by Grace
Esther Burroughs
156309987X
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Women of all ages look at generations to follow and desire to leave a legacy of lasting inspiration. This book, rich with stories, applicable Scripture, and practical ideas, challenge the reader to leave an heirloom gift of love that will last a lifetime. What a privilege to work alongside the Master Designer, engraving God’sWord on the hearts of families, mot hers , fathers, and grandchildren, including, as the psalmist says, "e ven children yet to be born" (Psalm 78:6).


Discussing the Da Vinci Code Curriculum Kit : Examining the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie
Garry Poole, Lee Strobel
0310272637
ROM - April 1, 2006
CD-ROM
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Book Description
First as a runaway bestselling novel and then as a blockbuster movie, The Da Vinci Code has fascinated millions. Its allegations against historic Christianity are colorfully portrayed—but are they true, or merely inaccurate accounts of centuries-old myths and heresies? Enjoy riveting DVD interviews with noted
experts—and prepare for some lively discussions as your group explores provocative issues raised by The Da Vinci Code. Four sessions address the following questions:

1. What Can History Really Tell Us?
2. Can We Trust the Four Gospels?
3. What’s the Role of Women in Christianity?
4. Is Jesus the Son of God?

This DVD-guided small group forum is designed for use with an accompanying discussion guide that includes questions, sidebar information, background material,...


What's so Amazing about Grace
Philip Yancey
0310213274
September 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Mention the word "grace" and what immediately comes to mind for most of us is a bagpipe wailing the solemn notes of "Amazing Grace."

The grace of which Philip Yancey writes is the freely given and unmerited favor and love of God. This grace seems a remote, almost sentimental concept, without a place in our lives or our society. It is a vague, slippery thing to us, probably because we seem to experience grace so rarely and have managed to leech the word of meaning. But Philip Yancey has set about to rescue grace in his book What's So Amazing About Grace?

This grace is the true message of Jesus. All faiths have virtues and creeds and justice and truth, but Jesus speaks merely of receiving the love that God has for us. Accepting it, not earning it or making ourselves worthy of it. And frankly,...



Symbols of Faith
Marcia Stoner
0687094755
Sept 2001
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Information on the meaning of over sixty symbols, and reproducible patterns for many of the symbols that aid in the crafts and activities outlined in the book.


Exploring the Da Vinci Code : Investigating the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie
Garry Poole, Lee Strobel
0310273722
April 1, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Exploring the Da Vinci Code takes you on a fascinating journey to London, Paris, and California with Lee Strobel and Garry Poole as they investigate the claims made by Dan Brown in his novel, The Da Vinci Code. It provides quick, straightforward answers to the most troubling aspects of the popular novel and major motion picture, which is scheduled to release in theatres May 19, 2006. This outreach book is designed so readers can give multiple copies to friends, family, coworkers—anyone who may be struggling with the misconceptions fostered by The Da Vinci Code. Exploring the Da Vinci Code is not to be confused with Zondervan’s DVD Group discussion resource, Discussing the Da Vinci Code. The latter links a DVD to a group discussion guide and equips group members to personally combat the misunderstandings...


Christian Education in the African American Church
Lora-Ellen McKinney
0817014500
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Lora-Ellen McKinney provides an extraordinary resource that brings an African American perspective to Christian education. Providing both a theological and a practical guide, the author's inclusive approach offers recommendations, tips, guide questions, and references for educators working with a wide-range of learners, including those with special needs. The result is an accessible book that offers educators a guide to providing Christians of African origin a framework for teaching truth, faith, discipleship, training, and all of the Christian principles necessary for leading Christ-like lives in and outside of their communities.


Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Parker J. Palmer
0787947350
January 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
The old Quaker adage, "Let your life speak," spoke to author Parker J. Palmer when he was in his early 30s. It summoned him to a higher purpose, so he decided that henceforth he would live a nobler life. "I lined up the most elevated ideals I could find and set out to achieve them," he writes. "The results were rarely admirable, often laughable, and sometimes grotesque.... I had simply found a 'noble' way of living a life that was not my own, a life spent imitating heroes instead of listening to my heart."

Thirty years later, Palmer now understands that learning to let his life speak means "living the life that wants to live in me." It involves creating the kind of quiet, trusting conditions that allow a soul to speak its truth. It also means tuning out the noisy preconceived ideas about what a vocation should and...



John Baptist de La Salle
Jean Baptiste De La Salle
0809141620
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This volume in the Classics of Western Spirituality makes available to a broad readership a selection of the core writings of John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719), a French priest and educator who changed the face of education in his time and whose reforms continue to influence the ways we educate our children today. Born to a wealthy family, de La Salle turned his attention early on to the education of the poor and the marginalized and, at the same time, unwittingly founded a new type of religious community: Brothers who were teachers and active religious. Through his dedication to the vocation of teaching, de La Salle instituted several procedures that are still in practice in public and parochial institutions. --student cooperative learning --tuition-free attendance --involvement of parents --student service and...


Jesus I Never Knew
Philip Yancey
031021923X
February 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
An old adage says, "God created man in His own image and man has been returning the favor ever since." Philip Yancey realized that despite a lifetime attending Sunday school topped off by a Bible college education, he really had no idea who Jesus was. In fact, he found himself further and further removed from the person of Jesus, distracted instead by flannel-graph figures and intellectual inspection. He determined to use his journalistic talents to approach Jesus, in the context of time, within the framework of history.

In The Jesus I Never Knew, Yancey explores the life of Jesus, as he explains, "'from below,' to grasp as best I can what it must have been like to observe in person the extraordinary events unfolding in Galilee and Judea" as Jesus traveled and taught. Yancey examines three fundamental...



The Courage to Teach : Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
Parker J. Palmer
0787910589
November 21, 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
As a spiritually inspirational book for teachers, The Courage to Teach is one of the best. The premise is concise and unarguable: good teaching comes from the identity and the integrity of the teacher. Teachers are encouraged to turn their inquiring minds inward--developing a deeper understanding of what it means to fulfill the spiritual calling of teaching. Good teachers share one trait, says author Parker Palmer, they are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students, so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts--the place where intellect and emotion and spirit and will converge in the human self. --Gail Hudson

From Library Journal
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Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May)
Barbara Park
0375828087
September 2005
Hardcover
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Review
“Junie B. is sassy, hilarious, and insightful. . . . Park understands the passions and fears of first-graders.”–Booklist


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Book Description
It’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate.
Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It’s enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves.

See all...


Can You Find Saints
Philip D. Gallery
0867164875
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum And Approach For Your Child's Learning Style
Cathy Duffy
0805431381
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The key to successful home education, homeschool veterans will tell you, is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child’s learning style. Then you can make an informed decision in choosing the right educational curriculum for the child. This is the formula for success. In 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, homeschool guru Cathy Duffy can help you accomplish these critical tasks. Cathy will give you her top choices from every subject area, approaching everything through a Christian worldview perspective. This book is a critical volume for the homeschooling community.


She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall
Misty Bernall
0743400526
September 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
In the aftermath of the Columbine High School tragedy, a story came out about Cassie Bernall, a young woman who allegedly professed her belief in God in the moments before she was shot dead. Hailed a modern-day martyr by Christian groups and the media, detectives revealed months later that she may never have had such an exchange with her killer. Bernall's parents responded to the news with a statement:

"Our intent was to share Cassie's story in an effort to encourage parents and teenagers. If any of our actions have hurt or offended anyone, we sincerely apologize."

In She Said Yes, a moving memoir written by Cassie's mother, Misty Bernall, we meet the real Cassie, a typical adolescent who struggles with peer pressure and her relationship with her parents. Once headed down the common teenage path of self-loathing and...



Talking to Your Children about God
Rick Osborne
0060667516
July 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Osborne, president of Lightwave Publishing and bestselling author of 101 Questions Children Ask About God, provides advice for parents seeking to tell their children about spiritual matters. Arranged in a Q&A format, the book explores six religious topics: the nature of God; the reliability and religious role of the Bible; the role of the church in modern society; the function and importance of prayer; the biblical idea of angels and heaven; and the nature of religion. Osborne writes concise prose so that parents who follow his lead can answer their children in the same clear manner. For example, to the question "How can I teach my kids about God when I don't know much about the Bible and my own spiritual life is shaky at best?" Osborne responds by noting that history reveals that kids learn by seeing parents...


Teaching to Change Lives : Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive
Dr. Howard Hendricks
1590521382
May 7, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the most effective and influential Christian teachers of this century reveals how all teachers -- from parents to Sunday school leaders, from pastors to professors -- can make the most of their priceless opportunity to inspire, to instruct, and to permanently impact lives for the kingdom of God. Based on seven proven, easy-to-grasp laws any teacher can apply, Howard Hendricks's classic teaching manual is a must-read for anyone who wants to teach with power and passion, excitement and excellence.

Download Description
This insightful book conveys the author's passion for communication and gets to the heart of how to do it. Discover the thrill of applying the seven proven concepts and seeing the results! Also contains sample lesson plans.


The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship
George M. Marsden
0195122909
June 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, by George Marsden, is a short, forceful argument by a leading religious historian that the secular academy can and should be more open to faith-based scholarship. Marsden brings his considerable knowledge of fundamentalist and evangelical history to bear on the questions that face Christian students and teachers in mainstream universities: Is it better to stay quiet about faith? What will colleagues think of professors who talk about their religious beliefs in class? What kinds of knowledge are best illuminated by religious reflection? Marsden's main goal is practical, and the best parts of this book give advice about how Christian academics can connect with and encourage one another. He also points readers toward the work of a few academics who, Marsden argues, do topnotch...


What's so Amazing about Grace
Philip Yancey
0310245656
February 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Mention the word "grace" and what immediately comes to mind for most of us is a bagpipe wailing the solemn notes of "Amazing Grace."

The grace of which Philip Yancey writes is the freely given and unmerited favor and love of God. This grace seems a remote, almost sentimental concept, without a place in our lives or our society. It is a vague, slippery thing to us, probably because we seem to experience grace so rarely and have managed to leech the word of meaning. But Philip Yancey has set about to rescue grace in his book What's So Amazing About Grace?

This grace is the true message of Jesus. All faiths have virtues and creeds and justice and truth, but Jesus speaks merely of receiving the love that God has for us. Accepting it, not earning it or making ourselves worthy of it. And frankly,...



The Lutheran Handbook
Augsburg Fortress Publishers
0806651792
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The essential field guide for all things Lutheran. Confirmands — or anyone hiking the trails of life's adventures and challenges — will want to pack this handy illustrated field guide to Lutheran theology and culture. This enjoyable, easy-to-read, reliable, all-in-one collection helps you understand the essential information about our theology, culture and Lutheran way of life. Organized by Church Stuff, Everyday Stuff and Bible Stuff with how-to's like "How to Forgive Someone" and lists like "The Top-10 Bible Villains." Encapsulates essential principles of the Christian life, making many of the complexities of our religious tradition accessible for contemporary seekers.

From the Publisher
"This is a fun book that affirms that Lutherans can (and must!) continue to...


Inferno
Dante Alighieri
0451527984
June 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From Library Journal
If a recent spate of new translations is any evidence, Dante remains as popular as ever with the general reading public. Durling's new verse translation of the Inferno joins recent versions by Robert Pinsky (LJ 1/93) and Mark Musa (LJ 3/1/95). While Durling's translation (with Italian on the facing page) does not use Dante's rhyme or line divisions, it captures the metrical rhythm of the original. Similarly, his rendering of Dante's diction is literal and accurate, conveying the tone and feel while remaining accessible. Supplemented with an introduction, useful notes, and appendixes, this version, soon to be joined by Purgatorio and Paradiso, can be recommended to the general reader. In a new reader's guide to the Divine Comedy, Gallagher, a Catholic priest as well as a poet and scholar, presents the Comedy canto...


Network Participant's Guide : The Right People, in the Right Places, for the Right Reasons, at the Right Time
Bruce L. Bugbee, et al
0310257956
June 1, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Discover your spiritual gifts, personal style, and God-given passion for serving in the body of Christ

Network, the leading course for discovering spiritual gifts and empowering people for ministry has been revised and updated. This material, developed in partnership with the Willow Creek Association, helps churches appropriately guide people to the place of ministry that best reflects who they are. Churches will see increased participation, greater effectiveness, more enthusiasm, and less burn-out in their congregation. Believers in their church will discover the spiritual gifts God has given them. They will have a better understanding of God’s will for their lives because of gaining a better understanding of who God created them to be.

This complete seminar in a box includes a leader’s...


The Education of a Christian Woman
Juan Luis Vives
0226858146
Mar 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
"From meetings and conversation with men, love affairs arise. In the midst of pleasures, banquets, dances, laughter, and self-indulgence, Venus and her son Cupid reign supreme. . . . Poor young girl, if you emerge from these encounters a captive prey! How much better it would have been to remain at home or to have broken a leg of the body rather than of the mind!" So wrote the sixteenth-century Spanish humanist Juan Luis Vives in a famous work dedicated to Henry VIII's daughter, Princess Mary, but intended for a wider audience interested in the education of women.

Praised by Erasmus and Thomas More, Vives advocated education for all women, regardless of social class and ability. From childhood through adolescence to marriage and widowhood, this manual offers practical advice as well as philosophical meditation...


Becoming a Contagious Christian Participant's Guide
Mark Mittelberg, et al
0310501016
October 1, 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
The participant's guide is designed to help you get the most out of the Becoming a Contagious Christian course. It provides an easy-to-use, hands-on means of identifying and developing an evangelism style that's effective at leading unbelievers toward Christ. Becoming a Contagious Christian is a proven course designed to equip believers for effective evangelism in today's world. It avoids stereotyped approaches that feel intimidating to many Christians. Instead, it shows ordinary believers how they can share the Gospel in a natural and powerful way while being the person God made them to be. Each session's exercises, discussions, self-assessments, and video vignettes give step-by-step guidance to help participants become effective communicators for Christ to those around them. There's even a section on everyday answers...


The Education of a Christian Woman
Juan Luis Vives
0226858154
Mar 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
"From meetings and conversation with men, love affairs arise. In the midst of pleasures, banquets, dances, laughter, and self-indulgence, Venus and her son Cupid reign supreme. . . . Poor young girl, if you emerge from these encounters a captive prey! How much better it would have been to remain at home or to have broken a leg of the body rather than of the mind!" So wrote the sixteenth-century Spanish humanist Juan Luis Vives in a famous work dedicated to Henry VIII's daughter, Princess Mary, but intended for a wider audience interested in the education of women.

Praised by Erasmus and Thomas More, Vives advocated education for all women, regardless of social class and ability. From childhood through adolescence to marriage and widowhood, this manual offers practical advice as well as philosophical meditation...


Dateable: Are You Are They
Justin Lookadoo
0800759117
August 2003
Paperback
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From the Back Cover
Dateable: having an internal sense of confidence, control, and sexuality that inadvertently attracts members of the opposite sex, resulting in positive effects before, during, and after the relationship. Justin Lookadoo is a juvenile probation officer, author, and speaker whose hard-hitting humor and in-your-face message connects with teens. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Hayley Morgan developed and created Extreme for Jesus, a multi-million unit selling brand for teens. Her new company, Hungry Planet, is a teen think tank based in Nashville whose expertise is understanding and connecting with teenagers.

About the Author
Hayley DiMarco is chief creative officer and founder of Hungry Planet, where she writes and creates cutting-edge books that connect with the...


With All Your Mind
Michael L. Peterson
0268019673
Nov 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Peterson, a devout believer in Christian theism, is a philosophy professor at a Christ-centered liberal arts college. His 1998 God and Evil examined evil in the context of the philosophy of religion. Here he deals with educational issues from a fundamentalist perspective, which holds that universal truths and values are knowable because they are based on the Scriptures. Before making his case for a Christian philosophy of education, Peterson surveys other philosophies, including existentialism, experimentalism, and postmodernism, and expounds on each of their inadequacies as a basis for teaching today's youth. Contemporary education is beset by many problems, he argues, that can best be solved by instilling a reverent sense of humanity in children of all ages. Curricula based on a Christian worldview...


Too Small to Ignore: Why Children Are the Next Big Thing
Wess Stafford
1400070430
October 2005
Hardcover
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Review
Praise for
Too Small to Ignore

"The heart of Compassion became so real and clear after reading this gripping saga of what a small child dramatically had to endure, which God has used to help the lives of countless children. Wess Stafford’s story is heartbreaking, yet full of the grace and love that God has for His little ones."
--Ned Lott, senior manager, Character Voices, Disney

“The first time I met Wess, I perceived this undeniable compassion in his eyes. I listened to him talk about growing up in Africa and heard his compassion. But not until I read this book did I fully understand why communicating compassion is as natural to Wess as breathing is to the rest of us. His journey through pain and hurt reinforces the fact that God does indeed bring beauty from...


Battle Cry for a Generation: The Fight To Save America's Youth
Ron Luce
0781442672
June 2005
Hardcover
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