Author: Barbara Cartland
Publisher: Barbara Cartland Ebooks Ltd
Author: Barbara Cartland
Publisher: Barbara Cartland Ebooks Ltd
The Evolution of the Goddess and Her Planet
Author: Ronnie Gale Dreyer
Publisher: Aquarian Press
View: 7831The Goddess Venus has long been an inspiration to artists, writers and composers, while the word 'Venus' itself conjures up images of the perfect woman - an ideal of feminine beauty. This image works not only to dictate a certain aesthetic ideal, but also distorts the original goddesses of love and fertility from whom Venus and Aphrodite are descended.
Author: John Hick
Author: Tom Slattery
View: 1478The Goddess of Love and the Angel of Death revolves around a nude female nightclub stripper, Selina, and a nude male art model, Owen. Conceived of as a modernized "Adam and Eve," gender-reversing Owen tempts Selina with a piece of plastic sculpture. A generation later, their daughter, Lisa, who had been adopted as a baby, learns of them from a psychology professor who had met them while researching pornography in which they peripherally participated. As the story unfolds, Lisa learns that her biological parents were also talented artists. The story itself is a love story of a young black woman, Selina, and an older white man, Owen. If their art and love may be the "good" of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, neo-Nazi racism and drug gang-banging may be the "evil." The underlying theme is a triumph of art and life over pornography. The story's complex ending may bring sorrow and meaning while gladdening the heart.
Über den Gott der Liebe
Author: Tomás Halík
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
View: 7425Was können wir mit religiösen Aussagen über die Liebe heute noch anfangen? Manchen klingen sie wie Sätze aus einer schon längst vergessenen Sprache. Beispielsweise das Gebot Jesu, dass wir auch unsere Feinde lieben sollen. Diese und andere Fragen greift Tomáš Halík auf und erinnert an die Definition der Liebe, die dem heiligen Augustinus zugeschrieben wird: Lieben heißt: Ich will, dass du bist. Halíks Erkenntnis lautet, dass es für den Christen nicht so wichtig ist, ob er an Gott glaubt, sondern ob er Gott liebt, das heißt, ob er sich danach sehnt, dass Gott ist – nicht im Sinne eines Wunsches, sondern einer existenziellen Überzeugung. Und in übertragener Weise gilt das auch für die Liebe zum Menschen. Ein nachdenkliches Buch über das tiefe Wesen der Liebe.
Author: Monica S. Cyrino
View: 8363Aphrodite explores the many myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of love, sex and beauty. One of the most widely worshipped and popular deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the ancient Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, powerful and charismatic figure. This volume explores the importance of Aphrodite for the ancient Greeks, as well as her enduring influence as a symbol of beauty, adornment, love and sexuality in contemporary culture. In a wide-ranging investigation of the universality of Aphrodite’s power and significance, this volume illuminates the numerous intricate levels of divinity embodied by the alluring figure of Aphrodite. Aphrodite offers new insights into the ancient texts and artistic representations of the goddess, as well as a comprehensive survey of the current scholarship about the origins and interpretations of Aphrodite, whilst also highlighting her eternal popular appeal across cultures and generations. A goddess of love who is not afraid to enter the battlefield; a goddess of bodily adornment who is the first to appear totally nude; a goddess born of the sea who emerges into the open sky: Aphrodite is a polyvalent deity, plural in nature, function and significance.
Author: Elizabeth A. Johnson
Publisher: A&C Black
View: 7362An examination of the relationship between faith in God and the concept of ecological care within a crisis of biodiversity
The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus
Author: Alain Daniélou
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
View: 8162Dani鬯u examines the earliest traditions of the Hindu and Greek gods of magical power, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence.
Author: Justin Huntly McCarthy
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
The Origins and History of the Greek Goddess of Love
Author: Andrew Scott,Charles River Editors
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
View: 4175*Includes pictures *Includes ancient descriptions of the goddess and myths *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading "However impious the apotheosis of sexuality may seem in the light of the Christian tradition, modern sensibility can nevertheless also appreciate how in the experience of love the loved one and indeed the whole world appears transfigured and joyously intensified, making all else seem insignificant, a tremendous power is revealed, a great duty." Attempting to cover all the forms the "Goddess of Love" encapsulates is no small affair. The roles she played in romance, marriage, procreation, and all of the other desires of humanity were myriad, but the aim of this book is to paint a slightly different, perhaps more esoteric version of Aphrodite from the usual image of her in mythology books. The fact is that Aphrodite, as an ancient Greek goddess, was not the anthropomorphic personage modern aficionados see painted on canvas and hewn out of stone. In addition to that, she was also so much more, which can be a difficult concept for the modern reader to discern. In fact, it was difficult for certain ancient readers to discern too; the 5th century BCE philosopher Plato expressed disgust at the idea that his gods would debase themselves in the adulterous, murderous, and mischievous ways they were said to have in their myths. However, it is important to remember that Plato represented a very small proportion of ancient Athenian society, and the rest of the populace didn't seem to have much of a problem including the "personal" anthropomorphic aspect of the gods into their more "elemental" and "essential" beings. As the scholar Leopold Schmidt put it, "For anyone born a Greek and thinking like a Greek, the idea of a clean antithesis between unity and plurality is put aside where the supernatural beings are concerned. He has no difficult in conceiving unity of action divorced from any unity of person." This is a very important point to remember when considering any of the ancient Greek gods, which can help the modern reader realize the depth of "character" that Aphrodite embodied for the ancient Greeks. Hers was more than the wooing gifts, more than the marriage bed, and more than the "propriety of women." She was an elemental force and not one to be underestimated. Aphrodite: The Origins and History of the Greek Goddess of Love looks at the story of the legendary deity and the various roles she played in Greek mythology. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Aphrodite like never before.
On the God of Love
Author: Tomáš Halík
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess
View: 3362In his two previous books translated into English, Patience with God and Night of the Confessor, best-selling Czech author and theologian Tomáš Halík focused on the relationship between faith and hope. Now, in I Want You to Be, Halík examines the connection between faith and love, meditating on a statement attributed to St. Augustine—amo, volo ut sis, “I love you: I want you to be”—and its importance for contemporary Christian practice. Halík suggests that because God is not an object, love for him must be expressed through love of human beings. He calls for Christians to avoid isolating themselves from secular modernity and recommends instead that they embrace an active and loving engagement with nonbelievers through acts of servitude. At the same time, Halík critiques the drive for mere material success and suggests that love must become more than a private virtue in contemporary society. I Want You to Be considers the future of Western society, with its strong division between Christian and secular traditions, and recommends that Christians think of themselves as partners with nonbelievers. Halik’s distinctive style is to present profound insights on religious themes in an accessible way to a lay audience. As in previous books, this volume links spiritual and theological/philosophical topics with a tentative diagnosis of our times. This is theology written on one’s knees; Halik is as much a spiritual writer as a theologian. I Want You to Be will interest both general and scholarly readers interested in questions of secularism and Christianity in modern life.
Author: Amy Bloom
Publisher: Granta Books
View: 1456A young woman struggles to come to terms with her friend's murder; a man and his daughter-in-law confess their sins in the most unlikely of places; a daughter returns to her hated father's house to care for him in his final days and discovers an unexpected bond; and, in a set of interlocking stories, two middle-aged friends, married to others, find themselves irresistibly sexually drawn to one another. In this sensuous, funny and heartbreaking new book, Amy Bloom explores the unexpected patterns that love, and its absence, weave into our lives. With her generous and clear-eyed understanding of human complexity and contrariness, the award-winning author introduces us to some of her most unforgettable characters yet.
Author: Shar-Shey Publishing Company LLC
Category: Cupid (Roman deity)
The Greatest Story Ever, and It’S All About You!
Author: David Scott Carrig
Publisher: WestBow Press
View: 8129God says, Love each other, even as I have loved you. So how do we fulfill this command? By learning to love from the Creator of all love. For only God equips and teaches us to love like He loves. And oh, how He longs for us all to be His children on earth, with a working knowledge of the power of true love. When the world senses the aroma of Gods love, they want to draw close to Him, which is His deepest desire. Come explore the very heart of God, and see why love is the greatest gift we must masteras if everything else depends on it!
Goddess of Love
Author: George O'Connor
Category: Juvenile Fiction
View: 6192Retells in graphic novel format stories from Greek mythology about the exploits of Aphrodite, including her birth from the sea foam and her role in the Trojan War.
An Encounter with Feminine Deity
Author: Robb McDaniel
View: 3780A man wearies of his search for God within the confines of traditions steeped in western culture. His path crosses that of a friend who speaks of a creative and omnipotent Goddess, the Nurturer, Creator and Destroyer. An inner arousal of recognition sets about an awakening within a timeless place inside him. The man pursues this ancient memory of a nurturing Mother Goddess and finds that She has been awaiting his return to Her. She wakes him each morning at dawn and opens his heart to the memory of their great original union. He is compelled to write his love and adoration for Her in remembered prayers that have been too long forgotten. Soon She directs him to begin recording their dialogues, wherein She challenges the tenets of the Old and Dark Dream of fear by directing his mind to the memories of an earth not defined by borders, governments and religious institutions. Gently, She leads him from the burdensome place of fear to the light and love found in Her heart, the center of Her Womb, the place of peace.
Author: Justina Robson
View: 1996Where do you run when a world is out to get you? AIs, Forged beings, superheroes, angels, and worlds that change in the blink of an eye–here is a richly imagined tale of ordinary redemption in an extraordinary world from one of the most provocative writers working today.… Francine is a young runaway looking to find a definition of love she can trust. In Sankhara, she finds a palace where rooms are made of bone, flowers, and the hearts of heroes. She finds a scientist mapping the territory of the human mind. She finds a boyfriend. And she finds Eros itself–incarnated in the androgynously irresistible form of Jalaeka. But not everyone is in love with the god of love. Unity, for one, wants to assimilate Jalaeka along with every other soul in the universe. And contrary to what everyone always believes, love alone can’t save the day. It will take something both more and less powerful than the human heart to save the worlds upon worlds at risk when gods collide. “For Robson, world-building is a literary device like any other, useful for exposing buried fears and desires to the light of day, no matter how strange the sun.” –New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.