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Deceptive Beauties

Author : Christian Ziegler
ISBN : 9780226098630
Genre : Nature
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Confucius called them the “king of fragrant plants,” and John Ruskin condemned them as “prurient apparitions.” Across the centuries, orchids have captivated us with their elaborate exoticism, their powerful perfumes, and their sublime seductiveness. But the disquieting beauty of orchids is an unplanned marvel of evolution, and the story of orchids is as captivating as any novel. As acclaimed writer Michael Pollan and National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler spin tales of orchid conquest in Deceptive Beauties: The World of Wild Orchids, we learn how these flowers can survive and thrive in the harshest of environments, from tropical cloud forests to the Arctic, from semi-deserts to rocky mountainsides; how their shapes, colors, and scents are, as Darwin put it, “beautiful contrivances” meant to dupe pollinating male insects in the strangest ways. What other flowers, after all, can mimic the pheromones and even appearance of female insects, so much so that some male bees prefer sex with the orchids over sex with their own kind? And insects aren’t the only ones to fall for the orchids’ charms. Since the “orchidelirium” of the Victorian era, humans have braved the wilds to search them out and devoted copious amounts of time and money propagating and hybridizing, nurturing and simply gazing at them. This astonishing book features over 150 unprecedented color photographs taken by Christian Ziegler himself as he trekked through wilderness on five continents to capture the diversity and magnificence of orchids in their natural habitats. His intimate and astonishing images allow us to appreciate up close nature’s most intoxicating and deceptive beauties.
Category: Nature

The Philosopher S Gaze

Author : David Michael Levin
ISBN : 0520922565
Genre : Philosophy
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David Michael Levin's ongoing exploration of the moral character and enlightenment-potential of vision takes a new direction in The Philosopher's Gaze. Levin examines texts by Descartes, Husserl, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, and Lévinas, using our culturally dominant mode of perception and the philosophical discourse it has generated as the site for his critical reflections on the moral culture in which we are living. In Levin's view, all these philosophers attempted to understand, one way or another, the distinctive pathologies of the modern age. But every one also attempted to envision—if only through the faintest of traces, traces of mutual recognition, traces of another way of looking and seeing—the prospects for a radically different lifeworld. The world, after all, inevitably reflects back to us the character, the reach and range, of our vision. In these provocative essays, the author draws on the language of hermeneutical phenomenology and at the same time refines phenomenology itself as a method of working with our experience and thinking critically about the culture in which we live.
Category: Philosophy

Marriage From The Heart

Author : Donald R. Downing
ISBN : 9781615790821
Genre : Religion
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Marriage is God's idea. He has no bad ideas. He brought Eve to Adam, married them and they lived as husband and wife for over 900 years (Genesis 2:21-25 and 5:5). By this, we can conclude that divorce was not God's idea but Satan's idea, to destroy God's ideas, plans and purpose of marriage between a man and a woman. We seek to find the right person when the greater picture is to be the right person. Man sets the time for the wedding, but God sets the time for the marriage. There is a great difference between a wedding and a marriage. Many walk down the aisle to be wedded for all the wrong reasons. Saying "I do" and placing wedding rings upon fingers does not always mean they are married within their hearts. This book reveals that a man and a woman may marry, and yet not be a true husband and wife. It stresses the importance of friendship, courtship, engagement and being married from the heart. Introducing a revolutionary approach to the covenant of marriage, this book addresses commitment, romance, love, keeping a right heart, a sound mind and a pure relationship. Dr. Donald R. Downing is a heart physician and specialist from God to the body of Christ. He has written over 12 books, and considers Marriage from the Heart to be one of his most important writings. He believes the only way to defeat the high rate of divorce and separation is to restore romance to the relationship and to be truly married from the heart. FEATURING DRS. MELVIN AND ROBIN THORNHILL Melvin and Robin Thornhill are the founders and presidents of Destiny New Image Ministries. They have a combined 50 years of experience in family and marriage counseling.
Category: Religion

Divine Bodies

Author : Candida R. Moss
ISBN : 9780300187632
Genre : Religion
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A path†‘breaking scholar’s insightful reexamination of the resurrection of the body and the construction of the self When people talk about the resurrection they often assume that the bodies in the afterlife will be perfect. But which version of our bodies gets resurrected—young or old, healthy or sick, real-to-life or idealized? What bodily qualities must be recast in heaven for a body to qualify as both ours and heavenly? The resurrection is one of the foundational statements of Christian theology, but when it comes to the New Testament only a handful of passages helps us answer the question “What will those bodies be like?” More problematically, the selection and interpretation of these texts are grounded in assumptions about the kinds of earthly bodies that are most desirable. Drawing upon previously unexplored evidence in ancient medicine, philosophy, and culture, this illuminating book both revisits central texts—such as the resurrection of Jesus—and mines virtually ignored passages in the Gospels to show how the resurrection of the body addresses larger questions about identity and the self.
Category: Religion

The Ghost Of Perfection

Author : Joseph Haward
ISBN : 9781532614897
Genre : Religion
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Who am I? Who are we? Simple yet profound questions. What does it mean to be human? Why does society sometimes make us feel inadequate and diminished as humans? Where does the church and religion slot into this sense of dehumanization? What are we doing to ourselves and to others to impede our journey as humans living to the fullest? Why does it feel as if violence and fear is the dominant narrative in this modern world? Who is Jesus? Again, a simple yet profound question. A question that can open the door to knowing what it truly means to be human, living a life of love and not fear and violence. With the help of ancient and modern thinkers, pioneer, church planter, and chaplain Joe Haward explores these questions in this provocative book and seeks to help us reconnect with our beautiful humanity.
Category: Religion

The Essential Pope Benedict Xvi

Author : John F. Thornton
ISBN : 9780061741753
Genre : Religion
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On April 24, 2005, Cardinal Joseph Alois Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, the twenty-first-century successor of the Apostle Peter and the spiritual leader of more than one billion Roman Catholics. Who is this complex man whose office grants him sole charge of the world's largest religion? How will his tenure influence the future? The Essential Pope Benedict XVI answers these questions through carefully chosen selections from his homilies, interviews, theological essays, and articles on the crises facing the church today. This collection lays out Benedict's thinking and relates it to a variety of contemporary issues, including modern culture's abandonment of traditional religious values, social mores regarding conception and the sanctity of life, current challenges to the priesthood, and the Catholic Church's tenuous relations with other world religions. First a brilliant peritus, or "expert advisor," to the Second Vatican Council and then archbishop of Munich, Joseph Ratzinger was appointed head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Pope John Paul II in 1981. As Cardinal Ratzinger, the ex officio defender of church doctrine, he gained a reputation as a heroic guardian of the faith for conservatives and was held in suspicion by church liberals. We cannot yet know what issues and events will define the reign of Pope Benedict XVI, but by any measure he will be seen as one of the most important theological voices of our time. This one volume is the best source for understanding the heart, soul, and agenda of this twenty-first-century successor to St. Peter.
Category: Religion

Surviving Singleness

Author : Haley Hausman
ISBN : 1456806556
Genre : Religion
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Is it possible to survive life as a single Christian woman in todays society? Is there more to life than waiting for the "right" guy to show up at my doorstep? The answer to these questions is YES! It is possible to survive in todays culture as a single Christian woman. There is more to life than just waiting for the right guy to come along! This weekend devotional is designed to help you with the answers to these questions and more! Whether you find yourself just trying to make it through another weekend alone at home or look forward to alone time on the weekends after a busy week, this book is for you! Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can have the opportunity to read a devotional that aims at helping you grow in your walk with Christ while living the single life. You can cry and laugh with us as we share our experiences as single Christian women in these devotions each weekend for a year. This devotional book also contains a bonus 40 Dates with Jesus section. These 40 extra devotionals are designed to help you grow even deeper in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Category: Religion

More For Helen Of Troy

Author : Simon Mundy
ISBN : 9781854116000
Genre : Poetry
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More for Helen of Troy, Simon Mundy's new collection of poems from Seren, is suffused with the atmosphere of the landscapes that inspire him, the lush countryside of Powys, and a number of islands all over the world:Genada, Jamaica, Shetland, Italy. It is also deeply involved with many questions of desire: for the ideal of a beautiful woman, as 'Mermaid'; for the hope of a good state, as in 'The New Senedd, Cardiff' for the vision of a pristine country and seaside, as in 'Radnor Songs' and 'Aspects of Sea'. The tension between all these ideals, between lofty aims and inevitable disappointments, come together in the main title sequence, where an entire society must scheme and suffer for the allure of Helen. Helen is also emblematic: both a legendary figure and a imago for women from all times: pursued, desired, lonely, restless, she haunts the imagination of the poet. Sometimes keenly satirical, as in 'Society Haiku', and often poignantly lyrical as in 'Translated Daughter', these poems are both pointed and enjoyable.
Category: Poetry

The Cantatas Of J S Bach

Author : Alfred Dürr
ISBN : 9780191058134
Genre : Music
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This is the only English translation of this important book by the world's most distinguished Bach scholar. This work is widely regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive treatment of the Bach cantatas. It begins with a historical survey of the seventeenth-century background to the cantatas, and performance practice issues. The core of the book is a work-by-work study in which each cantata in turn is represented by its libretto, a synopsis of its movements, and a detailed analytical commentary. This format makes it extremely useful as a reference work for anyone listening to, performing in, or studying any of the Bach cantatas. All the cantata librettos are given in German-English parallel text. For the English edition the text has been carefully revised to bring it up to date, taking account of recent Bach scholarship.
Category: Music

Dialogues With My God Self

Author : Alvaro Bizziccari
ISBN : 9781616407407
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Dialogues with My God Self is a unique look into the heart and mind of a seeker of truth and his God Self. Written as a series of conversations addressing life's most important questions, this groundbreaking work is the result of years of philosophical study, travel, meditation, and the search for enlightenment, provoked by the desire to understand our existence and its Source. Dialogues with My God Self will resonate with anyone seeking spiritual insight and striving for a higher consciousness. It offers clear and insightful answers to timeless questions such as: What is the nature of God? What is God's relation to the individual? Who am I? What is the purpose of my being here? What is the origin of evil and the cause of suffering? What is love? ALVARO BIZZICCARI received his Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Rome in Italy before moving to the United States. He is a professor emeritus of humanistic studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of several publications (in Italian), including a book on St. Theresa of Avila, and essays on Christian Mysticism from St. Augustine to St. Francis of Assisi, Dante, St. Catherine of Siena, and Michelangelo's poetry. He can be found online at
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit