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Free of Charge : Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace
Miroslav Volf
0310265746
February 1, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Arguing that Christians are called to imitate God's generosity, Volf, a theology professor at Yale Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, explores what that looks like in the area of giving and forgiving. Volf relies heavily on Martin Luther's writings in this accessible book that demonstrates how to build "a bridge from self-centeredness to generosity." The first half of the book, on giving, and the second half, on forgiveness, are divided by a short interlude that tries to connect the two parts. While there is a relationship between the two, this book might have been more successful as two separate volumes. Nonetheless, Volf's thinking and writing are lucid and instructive. He eschews pop psychology, relying instead on biblical, ethical and theological understandings of God's...


Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
John Grogan
0060817089
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable;and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold. Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newly married and living in West Palm Beach when they decided that owning a dog would give them a foretaste of the parenthood they anticipated. Marley was a sweet, affectionate puppy who grew into a lovably naughty, hyperactive dog. With a light touch, the author details how Marley was kicked out of obedience school after humiliating his instructor (whom Grogan calls Miss Dominatrix) and swallowed an 18-karat solid gold necklace (Grogan describes his gross but hilarious "recovery operation"). With the arrival of children in the family, Marley became so incorrigible that Jenny,...


The Tales of Three Trees : c
Angela Elwell Hunt
0745945937
March 25, 2004
Board book
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Christian Retailing, March 1991
"...hauntingly retold folk tale about three trees that grow up to be Jesus' manger, boat, and cross represents the best..."

Book Description
Once upon a mountaintop, three trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

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There is a Season
Dennis J. Billy
0764807854
Sept 2001
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The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought
John Gibson
1595230165
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Yes, Virginia, there is a war on Christmas. It’s the secularization of America’s favorite holiday and the ever-stronger push toward a neutered "holiday" season so that non-Christians won’t be even the slightest bit offended. Traditionalists get upset when they’re told—more and more these days—that celebrating Christmas in any public way is a violation of church and state separation. That is certainly not what the founders intended when they wrote, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." John Gibson, a popular anchor for the Fox News Channel, has been digging up evidence about the liberal activists, lawyers, politicians, educators, and media people who are leading the war on Christmas. And he reveals that the...


Carnival and Other Christian Festivals
Max Harris
0292701918
Dec 2003
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Book Description
With a riotous mix of saints and devils, street theater and dancing, and music and fireworks, Christian festivals are some of the most lively and colorful spectacles that occur in Spain and its former European and American possessions. That these folk celebrations, with roots reaching back to medieval times, remain vibrant in the high-tech culture of the twenty-first century strongly suggests that they also provide an indispensable vehicle for expressing hopes, fears, and desires that people can articulate in no other way. In this book, Max Harris explores and develops principles for understanding the folk theology underlying patronal saints' day festivals, feasts of Corpus Christi, and Carnivals through a series of vivid, first-hand accounts of these festivities throughout Spain and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru,...


Santa Mouse
Michael Brown
0760703558
August 1996
Library Binding
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Sabbath : Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives
Wayne Muller
0553380117
September 5, 2000
Paperback
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Review
"Muller's insights are applicable within a broad spectrum of faiths and will appeal to a wide range of readers."
-- Publishers Weekly

"One of the best spiritual books of the year."
-- Spirituality and Health

"Wayne Muller's call to remember the Sabbath is not only rich, wise and poetic, it may well be the only salvation for body and soul in a world gone crazy with busyness and stress."
-- Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and A Woman's Book of Life

"This is a book that may save your life. Sabbath offers a surprising direction for healing to anyone who has ever glimpsed emptiness at the heart of a busy and productive life."
-- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

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The Catholic Home
Meredith Gould
0385509928
Feb 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Who better than a nice Jewish girl to tell Catholics how to celebrate their faith at home? Jews have always been known for a sensibly domestic-centered observance of their religion, and Gould, a Jewish-born convert to Catholicism, speaks from a unique dual perspective. Having lived in a Jewish home, she knows about lighting Sabbath candles, but also remembers when Catholics kept holy water and statues in their houses. In her own home, which she affectionately describes as "the Hermitage" and "Julian of Norwich goes suburban," she has revived traditions that fell by the wayside after changes wrought by Vatican II, and also established a multitude of new ones. Readers seeking to reinforce Catholic identity on the home front will find plenty of ideas, among them a how-to for celebrating Christmas when it actually...


Gideon's Gift
Karen Kingsbury
0446531243
October 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Kingsbury, a beloved novelist in the CBA market, is known for weepy tales replete with hospital bedside scenes, emotional reunions and miracles. This eager if predictable novella will please her established fans, and may win a few new ones as well, provided they are armed with enough Kleenex. In the story, the Scrooge-like Earl Badgett-a grumpy and aggressive version of the typical widower of CBA fiction-has his Christian faith revived through the efforts of an eight-year-old girl. Pious, mature children who lead adults back to faith were a staple of 19th-century domestic fiction, and remain so in the CBA today; sweet little Gideon Mercer is no exception. And if the novel's emotional quotient weren't high enough, she's even suffering from leukemia. Despite the overwrought stereotypes, Kingsbury writes quite well;...


The Rest of God : Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath
Mark Buchanan
0849918480
January 31, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In his fourth book, Christian pastor Buchanan delves into the concept of the Sabbath, by which he means both a day and an attitude. He campaigns persuasively for readers to revive the Sabbath as a refuge from our pervasive and spiritually destructive culture of busyness. Buchanan's prose is fresh and immediate, earnest and self-effacing at the same time. Each chapter is peppered with vivid stories from his own childhood and ministries as well as insightful retellings of biblical narratives. Each chapter also ends with a practicum the author calls a "Sabbath liturgy"—something to try out like choreographic notes, "not to be followed slavishly." Indeed, these invitations to put his ideas on living the Sabbath into action are not PowerPoint-style bulleted lists, but brief narrative passages spiced with more...


Ancient-Future Time
Robert E. Webber
0801091756
Oct 2004
Paperback
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The Crippled Lamb
Max Lucado, Liz Bonham
0849910056
October 14, 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description

Because Joshua the Lamb was different, he often felt left out-like on the wintry night when he was left behind in a Bethlehem stable. This touching tale helps kids see that even if they're different, God has a unique plan for their lives.

Card catalog description
A lamb who has always felt different and sad because of his black spots and his limp, feels his true worth when he is called upon to help keep the baby Jesus warm.

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Frosty the Snow Man
Retold by Annie North Bedford
0760704589
August 1997
Library Binding
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Card catalog description
The children create Frosty the Snow Man and have great fun with him in the snow. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Little Pilgrim's Progress: From John Bunyan's Classic
Helen L. Taylor
0802449247
March 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Fifty-five years ago, Helen L. Taylor took John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and simplified the vocabulary and concepts for young readers, while keeping the storyline intact. The result was a classic in itself, which has now sold over 600,000 copies. It’s both a simple adventure story and a profound allegory of the Christian journey through life, a delightful read with a message kids ages 6 to 12 can understand and remember. A new look and fresh illustrations for today’s children enlivens the journey to the Celestial City.


About the Author
HELEN L. TAYLOR, has carefully rewritten a centuries-old tale in order that children might be able to grasp the truths set
out by John Bunyan in 1678.
JOHN BUNYAN, after years of dealing with...


Silent Night
Thomas Kinkade
0060787449
Oct 2006
Hardcover
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Christmas Organizer
Anne Rieschick
0760763216
September 2004
Hardcover
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Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House Series #29)
Mary Pope Osborne
037581373X
October 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
A cup, a compass, a key: the magic tree house has brought siblings Annie and Jack to Camelot, where they embark on a mysterious mission to find these enigmatic gifts. In this special hardcover addition to the bestselling Magic Tree House series, the young adventurers must travel to the Otherworld, an "ancient, enchanted land beyond the edge of the Earth, the place where all magic began" to save Camelot from dark wizard Mordred's evil spell. If they fail, Camelot will be forgotten forever. Fans of the beloved, highly readable series by Mary Pope Osborne will rise to the challenge of this longer, more complex companion to her other titles, which include Earthquake in the Early Morning and Twister on Tuesday. As in every story in the sequence, Jack and Annie bravely plunge into their quest, learning about a culture...


The Goddess Book of Days: A Perpetual 366 Day Engagement Calendar
Diane Stein
0875427588


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God and Enchantment of Place
David Brown
0199271984
Dec 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
David Brown argues for the importance of experience of God as mediated through place in all its variety. He explores the various ways in which such experiences once formed an essential element in making religion integral to human life, and argues for their reinstatement at the centre of
theological discussions about the existence of God. In effect, the discussion continues the theme of Brown's two much-praised earlier volumes, Tradition and Imagination and Discipleship and Imagination, in its advocacy of the need for Christian theology to take much more seriously its relationship
with the various wider cultures in which it has been set.


Let's Make A Memory
Gloria Gaither, Shirley Dobson
0849935172
November 23, 1994
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Book Description

Let's Make a Memory is packed with usable ideas for nurturing family traditions. Included are activities for holidays, vacations, and special occasions, relationship-builders to stimulate communication, and a treasury of other resources for creating lasting memories.

Card catalog description
Suggests ways to make a family close through special activities on holidays, on vacation, with particular people, and in particular places. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Pilgrimage to the End of the World
Conrad Rudolph
0226731251
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Traveling two and a half months and one thousand miles along the ancient route through southern France and northern Spain, Conrad Rudolph made the passage to the holy site of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important modern-day pilgrimage destinations for Westerners. In this chronicle of his travels to this captivating place, Rudolph melds the ancient and the contemporary, the spiritual and the physical, in a book that is at once travel guide, literary work, historical study, and memoir.



Christian Birmingham's The Night Before Christmas
Clement Clarke Moore
1561384763
September 1995
Hardcover
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Book Review
Clement C. Moore's classic poem The Night Before Christmas is undeniably the most widely recognized Christmas ditty of all time. Moore's words evoke images of warm, fuzzy Christmases, long before the invention of TV and microwave turkey. From the brush of artist Christian Birmingham comes this beautifully illustrated edition of the poem, bound in sturdy hardback. This book will delight for years to come. --Naomi Gesinger

From Publishers Weekly
Folk artist and preacher Finster infuses his interpretation of the traditional holiday poem with his characteristic evangelical verve. Patterned with what look to be brush doodlings, his surreal compositions create a psychedelic party mood that contrasts sharply with the rather staid verse. Each spread is framed by a running word-border of...


The Christmas Child: A Story about Finding Your Way Home for the Holidays
Max Lucado
1595540601
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description

A Chicago journalist finds himself in a small Texas town on Christmas Eve. Lonely and alone, he encounters old faces and new facts…a hand carved manger, a father's guilt, a young girl's faith. The trip into the past holds his key to the future, and a scarlet cross shows him the way home.

This Christmas treasure, formerly titled The Christmas Cross, is quickly becoming a Christmas classic. With more than 94,000 sold since its original release, this story was also a popular television movie for Christmas 2004.

The new jacketed hardcover novella format makes this the perfect companion to An Angel's Story, Max Lucado's other popular Christmas novella from WestBow Press.



Pilgrimage to the End of the World
Conrad Rudolph
0226731278
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Traveling two and a half months and one thousand miles along the ancient route through southern France and northern Spain, Conrad Rudolph made the passage to the holy site of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important modern-day pilgrimage destinations for Westerners. In this chronicle of his travels to this captivating place, Rudolph melds the ancient and the contemporary, the spiritual and the physical, in a book that is at once travel guide, literary work, historical study, and memoir.



Benjamin's Box
Melody Carlson, Jack Stockman (Illustrator)
0310700442
January 19, 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
What are the treasures in Benjamin's Box? Come along with Benjamin and see… Like all boys and girls, Benjamin is very, very curious. Unlike children of today, however, Benjamin lives during the days of Christ! When Jesus comes to Jerusalem, Benjamin decides to follow Him and find out who He really is. At first, he thinks Jesus is a teacher, then a king. At last, Benjamin learns the good news -- news that every child (and grown-up!) will want to share.

Card catalog description
A young boy follows Jesus through Jerusalem, collecting mementos to share with others and to remind him of Jesus's teachings. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture
Victor Witter Turner
0231042876
July 1995
Paperback
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Culture
This book constitutes an important foreshadowing of issues that have become prominent in more recent anthropology.

Book Description
-- Culture
First published in 1978 and hailed by Culture as constituting "an important foreshadowing of issues that have become prominent in more recent anthropology," this classic book, now updated and extensively revised, examines the theological doctrines and popular notions that promote and sustain Christian pilgrimage, including their corresponding symbols and images.

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Christmas Jars
Jason Wright
1590384814
October 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In a plot reminiscent of Penelope Stokes's The Blue Bottle Club and Angela Hunt's The Note, a journalist happens upon a human interest story that winds up teaching her lessons about love and forgiveness and renewing her own faith in human kindness. On Christmas Eve, twenty-something Hope Jensen is quietly grieving the recent loss of her adoptive mother when her apartment is robbed. The one bright spot in the midst of Hope's despair is a small jar full of money someone has anonymously left on her doorstep. Eager to learn the source of this unexpected generosity, Hope uses her newswoman instincts to find other recipients of "Christmas jars," digging until her search leads her to the family who first began the tradition of saving a year's worth of spare change to give to someone in need at the holiday. Wright...


The Seven Festivals of the Messiah
Edward Chumney
1560437677
July 1994
Paperback
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