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  • Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism

    Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee PhD
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   The Golden Sufi Center (2012, May 1st).
    Pages:   128

    Guiding the reader through the stages of mystical prayer—a way to create a living relationship with the Divine within the heart—this book draws upon Christian and Sufi sources such as St. Teresa of Avila, ‘Attâr, St. John of the Cross, and Rûmî. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee describes the stages of prayer: how prayer is first born of need, but then takes one deep within the heart, into the stages of union and ecstasy. Through mystical prayer, one is drawn into the silence of real communion with God. Here, in the silence within the heart, a meeting and merging takes place that carries one beyond the self into the mystery of divine presence. This exploration delves into the secret of how to pray without ceasing, in which prayer becomes alive within the heart, and includes a chapter on the need to pray for the well-being of the Earth. more

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  • The "I Ching": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

    The "I Ching": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Richard J. Smith
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Princeton University Press (2012, Mar 25th).
    Pages:   288

    The I Ching originated in China as a divination manual more than three thousand years ago. In 136 BCE the emperor declared it a Confucian classic, and in the centuries that followed, this work had a profound influence on the philosophy, religion, art, literature, politics, science, technology, and medicine of various cultures throughout East Asia. Jesuit missionaries brought knowledge of the I Ching to Europe in the seventeenth century, and the American counterculture embraced it in the 1960s. Here Richard Smith tells the extraordinary story of how this cryptic and once obscure book became one of the most widely read and extensively analyzed texts in all of world literature. In this concise history, Smith traces the evolution of the I Ching in China and throughout the world, explaining its complex structure, its manifold uses in different cultures, and its enduring appeal. more

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  • God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

    God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mirabai Starr
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Monkfish Book Publishing (2012, Apr 24th).
    Pages:   240

    God of Love is Mirabai Starr’s passionate and personal exploration of the interconnected wisdom of the three Abrahamic faiths. She shares an overview of essential teachings, stories of saints and spiritual masters, prophetic calls for peace and justice, and for the first time in print, deeply engaging narratives from her own spiritual experiences. She guides readers to recognize the teachings and practices that unify rather then divide the three religions, and sheds light on the interspiritual perspective, which celebrates the Divine in all paths. It is Mirabai’s hope that this book will serve as a reminder that a dedication to lovingkindness is the highest expression of faith for all three religions.EARLY REVIEWS FOR God of Love“Mirabai Starr takes us out dancing with the One. more

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  • The "Book of Mormon": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

    The "Book of Mormon": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Paul C. Gutjahr
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Princeton University Press (2012, Mar 25th).
    Pages:   280

    Late one night in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr., was reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate New York by an angel named Moroni. According to Smith, Moroni told him of a buried stack of gold plates that were inscribed with a history of the Americas' ancient peoples, and which would restore the pure Gospel message as Jesus had delivered it to them. Thus began the unlikely career of the Book of Mormon, the founding text of the Mormon religion, and perhaps the most important sacred text ever to originate in the United States. Here Paul Gutjahr traces the life of this book as it has formed and fractured different strains of Mormonism and transformed religious expression around the world. Gutjahr looks at how the Book of Mormon emerged from the burned-over district of upstate New York, where revivalist preachers, missionaries, and spiritual entrepreneurs of every stripe vied for the loyalty of settlers desperate to scratch a living from the land. more

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  • The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know

    The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   James L. Gelvin
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Oxford University Press, USA (2012, Mar 6th).
    Pages:   208

    Beginning in December 2010 popular revolt swept through the Middle East, shocking the world and ushering in a period of unprecedented unrest. Protestors took to the streets to demand greater freedom, democracy, human rights, social justice, and regime change. What caused these uprisings? What is their significance? And what are their likely consequences? In an engaging question-and-answer format, The Arab Uprisings explores all aspects of the revolutionary protests that have rocked the Middle East. Historian James Gelvin begins with an overview--What sparked the Arab uprisings? Where did the demands for democracy and human rights come from? How appropriate is the phrase "Arab Spring"?--before turning to specific countries around the region. more

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  • Real Simplicity

    Real Simplicity

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rozanne Frazee
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Zondervan (2011, Apr 26th).
    Pages:   224

    What If You Could . . . *get all your work done by 6:00 p.m.? *eat dinner with your family every night? *form deep, satisfying relationships? *naturally blend the world of church with your everyday life? *spend hours a week on your hobbies? You can! Real Simplicity reveals how to make all of these things a reality. Not by working faster or having more gadgets, but by simply choosing a lifestyle of conversation and community over a lifestyle of accumulation. The Frazees' practical, motivating insights call you back to the kind of relationships and life rhythms you were created to enjoy. In Real Simplicity, Rozanne and Randy show you how---and why it's so important---to balance work and play, establish healthy boundaries, deal with children's activities and homework, bring Jesus to your neighbors, and build authentic bonds with a circle of close friends. more

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  • Dreaming of the Dead: Personal Stories of Comfort and Hope

    Dreaming of the Dead: Personal Stories of Comfort and Hope

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Marilou Trask-Curtin
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Llewellyn Publications (2012, May 8th).
    Pages:   240

    From the age of three, when a near-death experience brought an angel’s healing touch, Marilou Trask-Curtin has been able to communicate with spirits, primarily in unusually vivid and realistic dreams. Over the years she has interacted with the ghostly forms of several spirits and experienced dream visitations from many others such as her first true love, her beloved grandfather, and even British actor Jeremy Brett, with whom she’d grown close through years of correspondence. Marilou touchingly recounts her visitations with spirits who have come to offer advice, reassurance, or to let her know they have died or are about to pass on. This includes her companion animals who return to show they’re as full of health and joy as their human counterparts in spirit. more

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  • Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde: 1942 - 1962

    Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde: 1942 - 1962

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ellen Pearlman
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   EVOLVER EDITIONS (2012, Apr 24th).
    Pages:   256

    In America in the late 1950s and early 60s, the world—and life itself—became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries.   Nothing and Everything brings these heady times into focus. Author Ellen Pearlman meticulously traces the spread of Buddhist ideas into the art world through the classes of legendary scholar D. T. Suzuki as well as those of his most famous student, composer and teacher John Cage, from whose teachings sprouted the art movement Fluxus and the “happenings” of the 1960s. more

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