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The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero

Joel Baden, a number one specialist at the previous testomony, deals a debatable examine the heritage of King David, the founding father of the kingdom of Israel whose bloodline ends up in Jesus, not easy winning renowned ideals approximately his legend in The historic David.

Baden makes transparent that the biblical account of David is an try and form the occasions of his existence politically and theologically. Going past the biblical bias, he explores the occasions that lie in the back of the David tale, occasions which are grounded within the context of the traditional close to East and proceed to notify sleek Israel.

The ancient David exposes an bold, ruthless, flesh-and-blood guy who completed strength whatsoever valuable, together with homicide, robbery, bribery, intercourse, deceit, and treason. As Baden makes transparent, the old David stands in competition not just to the virtuous and heroic legends, yet to our personal self-definition as David’s nationwide and non secular descendants.

Provocative and enlightening, The historic David offers the misplaced fact approximately David and poses a problem to us: how will we come to phrases with the truth of a celebrated hero who used to be, actually, just like the bold power-players of his day?

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Fear: Understanding and Accepting the Insecurities of Life

By Osho

A trip via what makes humans afraid, right into a new dating with our fears

In worry: knowing and Accepting the Insecurities of lifestyles, Osho takes the reader step-by-step over the variety of what makes humans afraid―from the reflexive "fight or flight" reaction to actual risk to the rational and irrational fears of the brain and its psychology. purely via bringing the sunshine of realizing into fear's darkish corners, he says, airing out closets and establishing home windows, and looking out less than the mattress to determine if a monster is basically dwelling there, do we start to enterprise outdoor the limits of our convenience region and learn how to stay with, or even take pleasure in, the basic lack of confidence of being alive.

Fear ends with a sequence of meditation experiments designed to aid readers event a brand new dating with worry and to start to determine fears no longer as hindrances, yet as stepping stones to bigger self-awareness and trust.

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Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent

By Devdutt Pattanaik

An exploration of ninety nine vintage myths of India from a wholly non-Western paradigm that gives a clean realizing of the Hindu non secular landscape

• Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the tales of the Bible, historical Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia

• seems on the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia

• Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and artwork of historic India are nonetheless shiny at the present time and tell the modern generation

From the blood-letting Kali to the mysterious Ganesha, the Hindu religious panorama is populated via characters that locate no parallel within the Western religious international. Indian Mythology explores the wealthy tapestry of those characters inside of ninety nine vintage myths, exhibiting that the mythological international of India could be top understood once we circulation clear of a Western, monotheistic attitude and into the polytheistic global of Hindu traditions.

Featuring forty eight creative renderings of significant mythological figures from throughout India, the writer unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and paintings of historical India to bare the strain among world-affirming and world-rejecting principles, among conformism and contradiction, among Shiva and Vishnu, Krishna and Rama, Gauri and Kali. This groundbreaking ebook opens the door to the unknown and unique, supplying a glimpse into the wealthy mythic culture that has empowered thousands of humans for hundreds of years.

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The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

By Mandy Hale

Smart, robust, independent—single girls can stay a wonderful lifestyles. Husband no longer required.

Mandy Hale, additionally recognized through her many weblog readers and Twitter enthusiasts because the unmarried WomanTM, stocks her tales, recommendation, and exuberance for dwelling lifestyles as an empowered, convinced, God-centered girl who doesn’t simply surrender herself to being single—she enjoys it! Being unmarried has had its stigmas, yet Mandy proves it has its benefits too, and she or he makes use of knowledge and wit to motivate her fellow unmarried women to have fun and dwell totally within the existence God has given them.

Mandy encourages her readers on topics similar to taking probabilities, development friendships, letting pass, and discovering a better function. along with her support, readers can cease being concerned approximately fortunately ever after and find a chuffed lifestyles instead.

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A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever

By Marianne Williamson

"If your 'weighty considering' doesn't switch, then no matter if you shed extra pounds you will continue an overpowering unconscious urge to realize it again. it truly is less significant how speedy you shed some pounds, and extra very important how holistically you shed weight; you will want your brain, your feelings, and your physique to all 'lose weight.' Weight that disappears out of your physique yet now not out of your soul is just recycling outward for a while

but is nearly absolute to go back. it really is self-defeating, as a result, to fight to drop extra weight unless

you also are keen to drop the thought-forms that in the first place produced it and now carry it in place."

- Marianne Williamson

What is the relationship among spirituality and weight-loss? Best-selling writer Marianne Williamson is set to respond to that question for you in her groundbreaking new booklet, bringing you 21 non secular classes that will help you quit your weight eternally. those classes shape a holistic paradigm for weight-loss, addressing the religious, emotional, and mental components taken with what Williamson refers to as "conscious weight loss." while you are a nutrients addict, a compulsive eater, or a person who for any cause sees foodstuff because the enemy, this e-book is for you.

A direction in Weight Loss addresses the real causal root of your weightloss concerns: a spot inside you the place you will have forgotten your divine perfection. This forgetfulness has stressed not just your brain but additionally your physique, making you succeed in for that which can't maintain you . . . and reject that which does. As your brain reclaims its non secular intelligence, your physique will reclaim its usual intelligence as well.

The 21 classes during this ebook will take you on a deep, sacred trip. One step at a time, you'll discover ways to shift your courting with yourself-and your body-from one in every of worry to 1 of affection. and you'll start to combine a few of the elements of yourself-mind, physique, and spirit-to turn into, once more, and in all methods, the attractive and peaceable individual you have been created to be.

As Williamson writes: "When it involves your delight in consuming, your top days usually are not at the back of you yet prior to you!" So prepare to start a brand new dating with foodstuff . . . and with yourself.

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The Science of Religion

By Paramahansa Yogananda

2015 Reprint of the 1926 version. complete facsimile of the unique variation, no longer reproduced with Optical attractiveness software program. This brief e-book is an elaboration by means of Paramahansa Yogananda of his first speech introducing his philosophy to the USA - the old speak that brought his teachings to the Western global. He issues out the universality of the world's religions and explains why the solutions to the final word questions of lifestyles lie within the direct own adventure of a better fact. encompasses a specified dialogue of the clinical foundation of yoga meditation.

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It's a Meaningful Life: It Just Takes Practice

By Bo Lozoff

Here's a common, time-tested direction for locating real which means and pleasure in each point of our lives. Drawing on his 30 years of training and repair, Bo Lozoff exhibits why compassion--not good fortune, self-improvement, or self-esteem--is on the root of happiness. In 26 intimate, inspiring chapters--each observed by way of a selected practice--Lozoff covers subject matters similar to constructing honesty, studying humility, facing anger, and honoring relationships. He indicates how practices similar to a regular vow of kindness or an easy dedication of time with others could have a profound impact on ourselves and our international. Lozoff's tales and classes can wake up each person to a happier and extra fulfilled existence.

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Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

Both a heart-racing experience and an uplifting quest, Walking the Bible describes one man's epic odyssey—by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel—through the best tales ever instructed. From crossing the pink Sea to hiking Mount Sinai to touching the burning bush, Bruce Feiler's inspiring trip will without end switch your view of a few of history's such a lot storied events.

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La Spiritualité du Moyen Âge occidental (VIIIe-XIIIe siècle)

By André Vauchez

On a longtemps considéré le Moyen Age comme l'âge d'or du christianisme. Aujourd'hui, en revanche, on assiste à une remise en query du legs religieux de cette époque et en particulier de sa spiritualité, à laquelle on reproche d'avoir trop prôné l. a. fuite et le mépris du monde.Pour éclairer ce débat, l'auteur s'est attaché à définir le contenu de l'expérience religieuse des hommes et des femmes de ce temps. Soucieux de mettre en lumière l'impact des modifications sociales et culturelles sur les représentations du divin et les formes de vie religieuse, il a cherché à dégager les principales étapes du processus qui a fait passer l. a. Chrétienté occidentale de l. a. piété ritualiste et conformiste de l'époque carolingienne à une spiritualité évangélique, axée sur l'humanité de Dieu.Le présent ouvrage, paru une première fois en 1975, a été pour los angeles présente édition entièrement revu, mis à jour et augmenté d'un chapitre sur le XIIIe siècle.André Vauchez est professeur émérite, ancien directeur de l'Ecole française de Rome, membre de l'Institut.

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Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century

Dawkins and Hitchens have confident many western intellectuals that secularism is the best way ahead. yet most folk do not learn their books ahead of determining even if to be spiritual. as a substitute, they inherit their religion from their mom and dad, who usually innoculate them opposed to the dependent arguments of secularists. And what not anyone has spotted is that faraway from declining, the non secular are increasing their proportion of the inhabitants: in reality, the extra non secular individuals are, the extra childrens they've got. The cumulative influence of immigration from non secular nations, and spiritual fertility might be to opposite the secularisation technique within the West. not just will the spiritual ultimately overcome the non-religious, however it is people who find themselves the main severe of their ideals who've the most important families.

Within Judaism, the Ultra-Orthodox may possibly in attaining majority prestige over their liberal opposite numbers via mid-century. Islamist Muslims have gained the tradition conflict in a lot of the Muslim global, and their luck presents a glimpse of what awaits the Christian West and Israel. in line with a wealth of demographic examine, contemplating questions of multiculturalism and terrorism, Kaufmann examines the results of the decline in liberal secularism as spiritual conservatism rises - and what this suggests for the way forward for western modernity.

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