Religion & Spirituality
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Rena Rossner
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (2013, Nov 25th).
Feed your body, challenge your mind, and nourish your soul!One weekend, a decade ago, author Rena Rossner was served a bowl of lentil soup at dinner. The portion of the Bible that had been discussed that week was the chapter in which Esau sells his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of red lentil soup. Rossner was struck by the ability to bring the Bible alive in such a tactile way and decided on the spot to see whether she could incorporate the Bible into a meal each week. And so she has. The result, Eating the Bible, is an innovative cookbook with original, easy-to-prepare recipes that will ignite table conversation while pleasing the stomach. Every meal will become both a tactile and intellectual experience as the recipes enrich both the soul of the cook and the palates of those at the table. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Addison Hodges Hart
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2013, Oct 10th).
In the twelfth century, the Chinese Zen master Kakuan Shien produced the pictures, poems, and commentaries we know as the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures. They trace a universally recognizable path of contemplative spirituality, using the metaphor of a young ox-herder looking for his lost ox.According to Addison Hodges Hart, the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures and the teachings of Christ, the Good Shepherd who guides us to God, share a common vision. Both show us that authentic spiritual life must begin with an inner transformation of one's self, leading to an outward life that is natural and loving. In The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd Hart shares the story that these pictures tell, exploring how this ancient Buddhist parable can enrich and illumine the Christian way. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Asia Bibi
Publisher: Chicago Review Press; First Edition, First US edition (2013, Sep 1st).
In June 2009 a Pakistani mother of five, Asia Bibi, was out picking fruit in the fields. At midday she went to the nearest well, picked up a cup, and took a drink of cool water, and then offered it to another woman. Suddenly, one of her fellow workers cried out that the water belonged to Muslim women and that Bibi—who is Christian—had contaminated it. “Blasphemy!” someone shouted, a crime punishable by death in Pakistan. In that instant, with one word, Bibi’s fate was sealed. First attacked by a mob, Bibi was then thrown into prison and sentenced to be hanged.Since that day, Asia Bibi has been held in appalling conditions, her family members have had to flee their village under threat from vengeful extremists, and the two brave public figures who came to Bibi’s defense—the Muslim governor of the Punjab and Pakistan’s Christian Minister for Minorities—have been brutally murdered. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Philip Gulley
Publisher: Convergent Books (2013, Sep 17th).
A Publishers Weekly “Top 10 in Religion” selection.“This is nothing less than the gospel itself…a much-needed book.”—FR. RICHARD ROHR, OFM,Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico“Living the Quaker Way is a treasure trove of practical wisdom about what it means to bear witness to our hope for a better world.” —Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak Philip Gulley invites us into a bracing encounter with the rich truths of Quakerism—a centuries-old spiritual tradition that provides not only a foundation of faith but also vision for making the world more just, loving, and peaceable by our presence. In Living the Quaker Way, Gulley shows how Quaker values provide real solutions to many of our most pressing contemporary challenges. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
What If . . .: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for SureAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Shirley MacLaine
Publisher: Atria Books (2013, Nov 12th).
“Sometimes I think that speculation is more fun than knowledge. I just turn the answers into more questions anyway.” Beloved actress and bestselling author Shirley MacLaine contemplates a host of intriguing topics from the everyday to the esoteric in this all-new collection of ideas and observations, each of which begins with two simple, powerful words: What if? Taking this as her starting point, Shirley explores a wide range of matters—spiritual and secular, humorous and profound, earthbound and inter-galactic, personal and universal. From big questions about family, friendship, politics, war, and religion, her gaze lifts even higher. A famous trailblazer in making topics such as reincarnation and past-life therapy mainstream, Shirley now takes the lead in opening her mind to crucial questions about the existence of life on other planets, what that means for those of us on Earth, and about the true genetic ancestry of humankind. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jane Christmas
Publisher: Greystone Books (2013, Sep 10th).
With humor and opinions aplenty, a woman embarks on an unconventional quest to see if she is meant to be a nun.Just as Jane Christmas decides to enter a convent in mid-life to find out whether she is nun material”, her long-term partner Colin, suddenly springs a marriage proposal on her. Determined not to let her monastic dreams be sidelined, Christmas puts her engagement on hold and embarks on an extraordinary year long adventure to four conventsone in Canada and three in the UK. In these communities of cloistered nuns and monks, she sharesand at times chafes and rails againstthe silent, simple existence she has sought all of her life. Christmas takes this spiritual quest seriously, but her story is full of the candid insights, humorous social faux pas, profane outbursts, and epiphanies that make her books so relatable and popular. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability