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Faith In The Valley

Author : Iyanla Vanzant
ISBN : 9780743226455
Genre : Religion
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In this companion volume to her bestselling book Acts of Faith, bestselling author and star of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” discusses the “valleys” that cause stress and imbalance for women and explains how women can cleanse their minds and promote a healthy foundation for living in the modern world. A Note from Iyanla Vanzant Beloved friend, When this little book was first published many years ago, it became a beacon of light for many people who found themselves time and time again in one valley or another. Valleys are nothing new for any of us. Some of you may be in a valley right now, or, since you never know what’s around the corner, you may be on the brink of tottering into yet another valley. Or maybe you’ve just survived a valley that you swear you’ll never revisit—but guess what? That’s precisely the valley you’ll probably see again. And again. Being in a valley can be a lonely and bewildering experience. This book was written to help you feel less lonely by reminding you that you really aren’t ever alone since God is always by your side, but more important, you are always by your own side. No matter how dire the situation may seem, no matter how dark and bleak the valley may be, you have all you need within you to survive the valley—any valley. Even though you may not know how you got into the valley in the first place, you do know, deep inside yourself, how to get through and out and free. You just need a little faith in yourself and a little guidance to find that faith within yourself. When you are at your wit’s end, take this little book and let it guide you toward the ever-present but often elusive light at the end of the tunnel. Faith in the Valley is designed to help you find the light when you need it most—when you’re in that damn tunnel. When you’re most confused and in the dark and clueless as to how you got there (again!) and when you’re trying to figure out not just how to get out, but stay out. For good. Faith in the Valley has helped so many through so much that we felt it only fitting to issue this lovely gift edition to acknowledge the special place it holds in many hearts. Please share it with a friend who has served as your beacon in the past, or offer it to yourself as a reminder of the strength and wisdom you possess and can offer to others. Iyanla
Category: Religion

The United Church Of Christ In The Shenandoah Valley

Author : H. B. Cavalcanti
ISBN : 0739147706
Genre : Social Science
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While congregational studies have expanded our understanding of American religion, little is known about the local practices of a single denomination at its smallest jurisdiction. This book explores how national denominational commitments are affecting the practices of local United Church of Christ congregations inside a single association in the Shenandoah Valley. Nationally, the UCC defines itself as a united and uniting church in its ecumenical work; as multiracial and multicultural in its diversity; as accessible to all in welcoming those with disabilities; as open and affirming for its LGBT members; and as a just peace church in its support of social justice. So, how fully have local congregations embraced these commitments? Might congregations be more attached to their older identities, particularly in areas where the church's predecessors were strongly rooted? Or are the national church's commitments being lived out at the grassroots level? The book measures congregational life in one of the UCC's oldest and smallest associations. Books on congregational studies either focus on a case study of a particular congregation, or large-scale surveys of U.S. congregations that explore aggregate data to explain their work. This book looks instead at a group of local congregations inside a small judicatory (the Shenandoah Association) of the United Church of Christ to explain religious life at the grassroots level.
Category: Social Science

Faith And Choice In The Works Of Joss Whedon

Author : K. Dale Koontz
ISBN : 9780786434763
Genre : Performing Arts
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Joss Whedon once identified himself as an "angry, hard-line atheist" who is nevertheless "fascinated by the concept of devotion." While organized religion seems to hold no satisfactory answers for Whedon, his dedication to exploring the meanings of faith and belief can be seen in many of the characters he has created for such works as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, and Fray. This work examines a variety of Whedon's characters and discusses what can be learned from their struggles and discoveries regarding religion and belief. Part One focuses on the characters' search for purpose, revealing how Dawn, Spike, and Angel attempt to define the meaning of their lives in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel. Part Two focuses on family, examining the unconventional family dynamic in Whedon's comic book miniseries Fray and television series Firefly. Part Three centers around the concept of redemption, using Angel's Doyle, Firefly's Malcolm Reynolds and Shepherd Book, and Buffy's Faith Lehane to examine the characters' search for salvation and their own acceptance of their past actions. Finally, Part Four focuses on the harmful potential of religious zealotry, revealing the negative aspects of absolute belief through Firefly's River and Buffy's Caleb. A primary source guide follows the main text, providing the writer, director, and air date of each television episode, along with publication data for Whedon's print works, including the in-publication "Season 8" comic books for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Category: Performing Arts

The Searchers

Author : Joseph Loconte
ISBN : 9781595554475
Genre : Religion
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Never before had they known such hope. In a world drenched in violence and oppression, here was a man armed with a message of peace and freedom. Into lives nearly overwhelmed by grief and sorrow, he brought compassion and healing and the deepest joy. To people who felt like outcasts and aliens, he showed the way home. And then, in one devastating night, all their hopes collapsed. This is where our story begins—in the valley of despair. It is a tale of two friends, a stranger, and a search for truth in a world gone mad with doubt. Historian Joseph Loconte unlocks the meaning of their exchange, set in the chaotic days following the execution of Jesus of Nazareth. Drawing from literature, film, philosophy, history, and politics, Loconte shows how this biblical drama is an integral part of our own story. Sooner or later, we will find ourselves among the searchers.
Category: Religion

Faith In The Great Physician

Author : Heather D. Curtis
ISBN : 9781421402017
Genre : Religion
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Faith in the Great Physician tells the story of how participants in the evangelical divine healing movement of the late nineteenth century transformed the ways Americans coped with physical affliction and pursued bodily health. Examining the politics of sickness, health, and healing during this period, Heather D. Curtis encourages critical reflection on the theological, cultural, and social forces that come into play when one questions the purpose of suffering and the possibility of healing. Curtis finds that advocates of divine healing worked to revise a deep-seated Christian ethic that linked physical suffering with spiritual holiness. By engaging in devotional disciplines and participating in social reform efforts, proponents of faith cure embraced a model of spiritual experience that endorsed active service, rather than passive endurance, as the proper Christian response to illness and pain. Emphasizing the centrality of religious practices to the enterprise of divine healing, Curtis sheds light on the relationship among Christian faith, medical science, and the changing meanings of suffering and healing in American culture. -- James Benedict
Category: Religion

Springs In The Valley

Author : L. B. E. Cowman
ISBN : 9780310873853
Genre : Religion
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Mrs. Charles Cowman knew well about life’s dark valleys. She knew, too, about God’s living waters that bubble up in their midst, bringing refreshment and joy to the thirsty traveler. In Springs in the Valley, she shares cool draughts of wisdom and insight into God’s character, drawn from the Scriptures and purified through a lifetime of experience. In print for more than sixty years, this classic daily devotional offers a years' worth of daily meditations, now in a new, definitive edition. Take a moment, tune out the clamor and concerns of today, and let Springs in the Valley wash the busy-ness from your soul in its limpid flow of wise, faith-filled words.
Category: Religion

Shadow In The Valley

Author : Carol Jean Cooper
ISBN : 9781499011531
Genre : Fiction
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If you had to choose between obeying your parents or someone else who had authority over you and obeying God, what would you do? If you were a slave and had to choose between obeying your master and obeying God, What would you do? When the Roman Army comes to Agen, a village in the Aquitaine Valley of southern Gaul (France), Faith must make that decision, and face the consequences. She shares the story of Christianity with Timon, a young slave of the army’s commander. Timon also faces consequences. The army’s commander is given the same choice and faces consequences, too.
Category: Fiction

In The Valley Of Lost Souls

Author : Diana van Eyk
ISBN : 9781504327503
Genre : Drama
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Follow the stories of Dagmar and Ross: middle aged, newly homeless, and with no apparent options. Invited into a house that appears from the outside to be abandoned, they learn the survival skills needed to live in a society that treats people as disposable. They discover how some have adapted to living in the margins. As they tune in to the voice of Anima Mundi, the soul of our planet, they weave a path through the fabric of their community, exploring themes of pipelines, despair, loss, and recovery. Join them as they discover the healing power of caring, restoring our planet, forming healthy relationships, listening deeply, and building community.
Category: Drama

Faith In The Midst Of The Storms

Author : Victoria Shirey
ISBN : 9781468933802
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Are you going through a hard time and need your faith increased? Do you need proof that God still works miracles? If so, this book is for you. Victoria Shirey is a faith-inspired singer, songwriter, and speaker. The stories in this book are real life situations and miracles that she has experienced. They are told to encourage, uplift, and give you hope for your future. All of these stories are very personal and are written to give you strength to help you face another day. No matter the circumstance, there IS faith in the midst of the storms.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Building Dynamic Faith

Author : Jerry Falwell
ISBN : 9781418552596
Genre : Religion
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Though perhaps better known for political activism through his creation of the Moral Majority, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell's personal activities confirmed his passion for being a pastor and a Christian educator. Out of this desire to teach and lead, he wrote Building Dynamic Faith so that readers would know God better and see their lives radically changed for Him. Divided into 31 chapters, Building Dynamic Faith is perfect for a month of daily readings, but it is more than simply a devotional. Readers will progress from a simple understanding of faith, to practicing the skills needed to exercise their faith, and finally to experiencing the blessing of God through answered prayer.
Category: Religion