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Becoming Friends Of Time

Author : John Swinton
ISBN : 1481304097
Genre : Religion
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Time is central to all that humans do. Time structures days, provides goals, shapes dreams--and limits lives. Time appears to be tangible, real, and progressive, but, in the end, time proves illusory. Though mercurial, time can be deadly for those with disabilities. To participate fully in human society has come to mean yielding to the criterion of the clock. The absence of thinking rapidly, living punctually, and biographical narration leaves persons with disabilities vulnerable. A worldview driven by the demands the clock makes on the lives of those with dementia or profound neurological and intellectual disabilities seems pointless. And yet, Jesus comes to the world to transform time. Jesus calls us to slow down, take time, and learn to recognize the strangeness of living within God's time. He calls us to be gentle, patient, kind; to walk slowly and timefully with those whom society desires to leave behind. In Becoming Friends of Time, John Swinton crafts a theology of time that draws us toward a perspective wherein time is a gift and a calling. Time is not a commodity nor is time to be mastered. Time is a gift of God to humans, but is also a gift given back to God by humans. Swinton wrestles with critical questions that emerge from theological reflection on time and disability: rethinking doctrine for those who can never grasp Jesus with their intellects; reimagining discipleship and vocation for those who have forgotten who Jesus is; reconsidering salvation for those who, due to neurological damage, can be one person at one time and then be someone else in an instant. In the end, Swinton invites the reader to spend time with the experiences of people with profound neurological disability, people who can change our perceptions of time, enable us to grasp the fruitful rhythms of God's time, and help us learn to live in ways that are unimaginable within the boundaries of the time of the clock.
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Becoming Friends

Author : Jeff Johnson
ISBN : 9780884894537
Genre : Religion
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Becoming Friends

Author : Paul J. Wadell
ISBN : 9781585585861
Genre : Religion
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How do Christians understand friendship and intimacy? How does worship form Christians into a community of the friends of God? What virtues does God call us to incorporate into our lives? In Becoming Friends, Paul Wadell explores the connections between worship, justice, friendship, and the life we are called to live. This engaging and accessible book offers a fresh viewpoint from which to explore the nature of Christian friendship. Such friendship, Wadell contends, is more than a bonding of people with similar interests, a "ritual of hopeless consolation." True Christian friendship summons us to love all of our neighbors. Wadell examines obstacles to and characteristics of true friendship and, drawing from the works of Augustine, Aelred of Rievaulx, and other Christian exemplars, contends that we are called to serve God through friendship and that this calling requires us to cultivate certain virtues--especially hope, justice, and forgiveness. Becoming Friends offers a provocative look into the nature and importance of true Christian friendship. Anyone looking to reflect on the indispensable role of good friendships in the Christian life will find this a hopeful and encouraging book.
Category: Religion

Becoming Friends With God

Author : Leith Anderson
ISBN : 9781441262226
Genre : Religion
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A Devotional Invitation to Intimacy With God A well-respected pastor and leader in Christian circles, Leith Anderson heads up an active congregation and is deeply involved both in the community and in ministry associations. Becoming Friends With God offers a realistic look at who God is and how everyday people can learn to draw closer to God by learning about Him. Featuring short chapters designed for devotional reading, Becoming Friends With God invites readers to look at the nature of a Christian's relationship with God, examine Scripture, and discover what it means to be a friend to the Almighty. Focusing on areas like communion with God, communication, believer's responsibilities, and what makes the perfect friend, the book challenges readers to forge a new relationship with God.
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One Moment In Time

Author : Lauren Barnholdt
ISBN : 9780062321428
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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The second book of Lauren Barnholdt's exiting Moment of Truth series: three books, three girls, one life-changing senior trip. When the email arrived in Quinn Reynolds's in box on the morning of her flight to Florida, she sent it straight to her trash folder. The last thing Quinn needed was to be reminded of the pact she made with her ex–best friends—the one where she promised she would do something crazy before graduation. But that was before everything on the trip went wrong. Now, after a lifetime of playing it safe, Quinn figures that she might as well get a little wild…after all, what does she have to lose? When Abram, a local boy she met on the beach, asks her to hang out, she says yes. But while a vacation romance could be the best way to fulfill the pact, it might be the worst thing for her heart.… Each book in this trilogy is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who, back in freshman year, wrote emails to their future selves about the one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. Over the course of the series, each girl will learn about life, love, and the truth about the fight that ended their perfect friendship.
Category: Young Adult Fiction

Becoming A New Englander

Author : Nancy P. Greenleaf
ISBN : 9781483600512
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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With a compelling childs voice, Greenleaf traces her familys move from a small town in Upstate New York to her grandfathers farm in rural New Hampshire in the 1940s, before mass media had homogenized regional accents and customs. The child experiences this transition with some sadness and rebellion. For the family, it meant going back to the times before electricity and central heating and becoming subsistence farmers. Later, after leaving the farm, like pioneers, they cleared land and built a house. Family adventures and conflicts shape both life and story for the child in this gem of a memoir.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Proud Prussian

Author : Elizabeth M. Forbes
ISBN : 9781467041034
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Historic fiction based on the true story of a love that influenced three generations of women in three countries and two world wars. Finally, in the third generation, Maria-Karolina's grand-daughter went in search of the key to unlock the door to what had been and to what could be. Even then, she had to find her courage to start over again and reclaim a promise of love which had haunted her own life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Secular Monasticism

Author : Jane Hall Fitz-Gibbon
ISBN : 9781479707218
Genre : Religion
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Like an underground river, the monastic tradition keeps on resurging in a host of unexpected times and places. Secular Monasticism, A Journey describes one of its most recent incarnations. The founders and members of the Lindisfarne Community share with us their bold attempt to be a secular monastic religious order open to the exigencies of the contemporary world. Age-old wisdom once again reveals its perennial relevance in helping us learn how to be followers of Christ in Gods today. Brother John, Taiz In the first five pages, I thought of ten people I know who should read this book: young people, old people, all people tired of taken-for-granted spirituality. Devour this book. Let it help you dream up a way of joining or creating a micro-community of prayer and action that frees you to experiment in following the ways of Christ. Thats what these folks have done. This story helps us imagine ourselves out of the boxes and buildings Christianity has become. The Rev. Dr. Dori Baker, Scholar-in-Residence, The Fund for Theological Education Lindisfarne Community has graciously accepted Gods call to dance with the radical (and sometimes wearying) changes of our time. Like the Celts, they find meaning in their ongoing spiritual evolution through poetry and story, through a willingness to navigate the waters of the soul while remaining fiercely loyal to the good earth that bore us and nurtures us. Like the Celts, this family of secular monastics hungers more for mystical union with the Divine Mystery than for any trappings of earthly renown or success. Carl McColman, author and blogger (from the foreword)
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Raging With Compassion

Author : John Swinton
ISBN : 9780334056386
Genre : Religion
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In "Raging with Compassion", Michael Ramsey prize-winning author John Swinton argues for a practical theodicy, one embodied in the life and practices of the Christian community. This practicality does not seek to provide an explanation for the existence of evil, but rather presents ways in which evil and suffering can be resisted and transformed. This, he insists, will enable Christians to live faithfully with unanswered questions as they await God's redemption of the whole creation. Swinton explores essential practices of redemption - lament, forgiveness, thoughtfulness, hospitality, and friendship - drawing out their implications for the faithful resistance of evil. Enhanced by case studies from current events and by Swinton's own experience as a pastor and mental health nurse, "Raging with Compassion" seeks to inspire fresh Christian responses and modes of practice in our broken, fallen world.
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