The Sacredness of the Human Body
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Author: Philip Newell
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
Few issues have caused the church more difficulty through the ages than those surrounding the human body. Throughout much of Christian history, spiritual seekers have considered the body to be, at best, a hindrance to spiritual enlightenment, and, at worst, an enemy to be suppressed. Many of our contemporary negative preoccupations with physical appearance, image, and sexuality derive from this ancient and habitual denial of the notion that we were created in God’s image. In Echo of the Soul bestselling author J. Philip Newell finds that the human body, like creation, is actually the dwelling place of God. Using the Old Testament Wisdom literature, which informed Celtic spirituality’s positive understanding of what it means to be human, Newell looks at each part of the body as a sacred text that reveals something of the Divine. Looking back to a time before Christians began to distrust their physicality, Newell shows that our most ancient texts challenge modern assumptions about love, beauty, sexuality, learning, wisdom, power, and responsibility, and bridges the body/spirit divide.
A Book About Facts And High Thoughts
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Author: Utthor Purush
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
History indicates that Islam spread in its early times throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe very rapidly. Probably no other religion spread throughout the world as fast as Islam did. It is an undeniable fact that the Quran is a living book that has influenced millions of people through its beauty and style. The superiority of the Quranic discourse was, and still is, challenging. But Islam lovers do not give importance to the value of science and modern education. But still, people of third-world countries do not try to understand what actually Islam is. It is not even translated in Quran! The Quran deals with both positive and negative issues. Many Muslims hold a different view about Islam, some positive and some negative. That’s why they easily get puzzled and can’t take a proper decision. My intent is not to harm Islam in any way but to encourage more critical thinking using reason and logic. It’s the accepting of ideas hammered into your head from childhood without critically examining those ideas with an adult mind. It’s the idea of being so committed to something being true; one loses all ability to reason and think logically. My goal for this book is to make you think about certain ideas harder than you ever did before. I want to make you question your own beliefs and think about how you came to hold those beliefs in the first place. I want you to challenge any of my ideas that do not make sense to you or ideas with which you disagree. I am simply going back to the very beginning (literally) and critically examine some of the more universally accepted beliefs that we hold today. As you follow me on this journey, it’s my hope that you will see that the idea of divine revelation may just be a lot more human than divine.
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Author: Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Malik Ibn Turail
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
It is to two English scholars, father and son, Edward Pococke, senior and junior, that the world is indebted for the knowledge of one of the most charming productions Arabian philosophy can boast of. Generally looked upon as a subject of repulsive aridity, in its strange combination of the most heterogeneous philosophical systems, devoid of the grace and charm of attractive style, unbrightened by brilliancy of wit or spirit, Arabian philosophy has, for centuries past, been subject to sad and undeserved neglect. Yet I cannot imagine a better and more eloquent refutation of this erroneous view than a rendering, in fresh garb, of this romance of Hayy Ibn Yokdhan, simple and ingenuous, yet fragrant with poetry and withal fraught with deep philosophical problems the interest in which I wish to revive. It was in the year 1671 that there was published by the Oxford University Press, as one of its first issues of Arabic texts, a book called, "Philosophus autodidactus," edited by Edward Pococke the son, together with a Latin translation. It had a preface that bore the signature of Edward Pococke, the father, and this fact alone was sufficient to stamp it at once as a work in which vast erudition and thoroughness of investigation had joined hands—for both these savants were men of wide reputation and brilliant attainments.
Exploring Metaphorical Landscapes of Spirituality
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Author: Mark Mah
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
The stories of Jesus, placed in the context of the familiar and factual, are filled with metaphors that audiences can understand and appreciate. Metaphors not only inform and persuade, but also fire up readers' imaginations and get them involved as participants. Humans are primed to think and feel metaphorically, and so Garden of the Soul aims to metaphorically explore five landscapes that feature prominently in the Bible. Each metaphorical landscape throws light on an aspect of spiritual life. The bountiful garden speaks of growth, the flowing river calls for unceasing prayer, the raging sea mirrors the turbulence of a journey of faith, the barren desert transforms by emptying life's clutter, and the high mountain challenges readers to scale its peak to glimpse a transcendent vision of God. This book will inform, enrich, and challenge readers' spiritual lives throughout their journey from garden to mountain.
Trusting God in the Storms of Life
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Author: John Mark Hicks
Publisher: College Press
Category: Church group work
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Author: Ellen Williamson
Fran Baker, a middle aged mother of two, and a busy attorney is devastated when she learns she is pregnant AND it’s not the only pregnancy she must face. With her husband’s U. S. Senate race looming, the public response is critical to everyone’s future. Hattie Freeman, the nannie for the Baker children has lived in uncertainty since her husband went missing sixteen years ago. Still searching for him, she wakes up every morning, looks into the eastern sky and asks: “Where is Mike Freeman?” Her son, Jason, will not accept the general consensus that his father is actually dead. He decides to make one last search and could never have imagined...is not prepared for...the truth. Jeff Allison, a national basketball hero, returns to his home town to coach the local high school basketball team. The adoration of his fans creates a powerful phenomenon that is not good for anyone.
How to Ignite Employee Engagement and Productivity
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Author: David B. Zenoff
Category: Business & Economics
Given the opportunity to describe Apple as a company in just a word or two, most would respond with adjectives like: Innovative. Design-conscious. Iconic. Some would probably even say: Secretive. But here's another: Soulful. Yes, Apple has soul, and it is not alone in that respect. A select few organizations can similarly be said to exhibit that same quality of soulfulness that inspires passion in their employees, supercharges growth, and sets them on the path to organizational success. But, given that most organizations are plagued by low levels of employee engagement and lackluster organizational performance, how do the leaders of high-performing organizations do it? How do they create organizational cultures that effectively ignite and sustain employee engagement and boost individual and overall organizational productivity? That is exactly the question that organizational expert David B. Zenoff sets out to answer in The Soul of the Organization. Based on the author's extensive experience consulting to some of the best-known companies in the world, The Soul of the Organization journeys into eleven soulful, high-performing organizations operating in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds to determine the underlying qualities and commitments that foster employee engagement at all levels. What Zenoff finds in his inquiry is that organizations as different as home goods retailer Williams-Sonoma and not-for-profit group Larkin Street Youth Services all share in common five key elements that, taken together, are considerably powerful forces for fostering employee engagement, satisfaction, and meaning. And he doesn't stop once he has identified the five core elements of an organization's soul. Instead, he proceeds by offering up both a conceptual framework and a practical primer on how to leverage these key ingredients to create, sustain, and nourish a soul in your organization. Organizations of all stripes and in all industries have difficulty motivating their best talent to work, compelling employees to express a strong pride in and identification with their workplaces, and encouraging their workers to demonstrate exceptional commitment to giving their all. As a result, these organizations' productivity and growth are compromised. If you find that your organization is one of the countless others struggling with sub par employee loyalty, commitment, and drive, you will find the guidance you need in The Soul of the Organization, a guide to infusing into your workplace that "special something" that engages employees, drives their productivity, and taps into their collective well of potential so that your organization can make its mark on the world. What you’ll learn The five essential ingredients that contribute so importantly to strong emotional and intellectual bonds between soulful organizations and their employees. How deep organizational connections between soulful organizations and their employees drive overall high performance. How organizations as different as Barclays Global Investors and the Sisters of Mercy manifest the five essential ingredients of soul in their workplaces. The best practices of organizations that have sustained and nourished their souls over many years despite leadership transitions and organizational adaptations to changing times. The many potential threats to the health of an organization's soul, as well as the various remedies that exemplary organizations have found to protect and preserve their souls. Who this book is for The Soul of the Organization is targeted to the thousands of leaders, managers, and human resources employees at both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations that want to know what they can do to turn their organizations into high-performing workplaces. The book will also appeal to the vast number of prospective employees who wish to link up with organizations that offer opportunities for career satisfaction and meaning.
Forming Leaders for God's People
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Author: Ray S. Anderson
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Ray Anderson offers an inspiring call for Christian leaders to view Jesus as a model for their own ministry today. The Soul of Ministry explores the idea of ministry across denominations and discovers its soul in God's love for the world. Designed for pastors of all denominations, this book combines social biblical theology with numerous real-life anecdotes from Anderson's teaching and ministry.
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First published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.