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The Artisan Soul

Author : Erwin Raphael McManus
ISBN : 9780062270283
Genre : Religion
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In The Artisan Soul, Erwin Raphael McManus, author, thought leader, and founder of MOSAIC in Los Angeles, pens a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renaissance. McManus not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art. There are no shortcuts to quality, and McManus celebrates the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves. McManus demonstrates that we all carry within us the essence of an artist. We all need to create, to be a part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true, in order to allow our souls to come to life. It's not only the quality of the ingredients we use to build our lives that matter, but the care we bring to the process itself. Just like baking artisan bread, it's a process that's crafted over time. And God has something to say about how we craft our lives. With poignant, inspirational stories and insights from art, life, history, and scripture interspersed throughout, McManus walks readers through the process of crafting a life of beauty and wonder.
Category: Religion

Descartes And Augustine

Author : Stephen Menn
ISBN : 0521012848
Genre : Philosophy
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This book is the first systematic study of Descartes' relation to Augustine. It offers a complete re-evaluation of Descartes' philosophy, and of the philosophical ideas in Augustine that were Descartes' starting point. Descartes and Augustine will engage the attention of historians of medieval, neo-Platonic, and early modern philosophy. That Descartes was indebted to Augustine is not in itself a fresh discovery. What distinguishes Stephen Menn's book is his detailed demonstration that the key to the Meditations is Descartes' use of Augustine's method for establishing a knowledge of God and the soul independent of any theory of the physical world. This method gives Descartes an independent starting point for reconstructing the system of the sciences. Where the scholastics had tried to show that Augustine's metaphysics of God and the soul is compatible with an Aristotelian physics of matter and form, Descartes argues that they are not compatible, and that Augustinian metaphysics provides the foundation for an anti-Aristotelian mechanistic physics. Menn gives a detailed analysis of the Meditations, showing how the novel form of Descartes' argument arises from the challenge of presenting Augustine's metaphysics in a way that makes it suitable for its new foundational task. Descartes and Augustine includes a complete reading of the Meditations, a historical and philosophical introduction to Augustine's thought and to Plotinian neo-Platonism, and a discussion of the contemporary context of Descartes' earlier and later philosophical projects.
Category: Philosophy

A Boy From Wollochet

Author : N. Todd Riggs
ISBN : 9781512779080
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is a story about a boy who was raised in the Pacific Northwest who had a childhood that was filled with experiences that could best be characterized as extraordinary. It tells of the childhood memories of a boy who was raised on the waters of Puget Sound, on Wollochet Bay, and whose parents were professional ice skaters. He spent many winters on the summit of Snoqualmie Pass at an incredible place known as Alpental. It tells of his childhood, and of coming of age. Todd tells of his early encounters with God and his coming to faith. A Boy From Wollochet is a powerful memoir of what can happen when a boy encounters the Living God. Through each and every encounter that is penned in these pages, the reader will follow the author, as God pursued him, through the great triumphs and the deep tragedies of his early life. This book is about a love affair between a boy and his God, and what happened when he experienced the miraculous. It is a testimony of a boy who fell in love with the man named Jesus of Nazareth, after his experiences of being saved from certain death. In these pages, be prepared to read about a relationship between father and son, the tragedy of terminal illness, and the power of faith, hope and reconciliation.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Deed Is Everything

Author : Aaron Ridley
ISBN : 9780192559388
Genre : Philosophy
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Nietzsche is often held to be an extreme sceptic about human agency, keen to debunk it along every dimension. He dismisses the ideas of freedom, autonomy and morality, we are told, and even the very existence of agents or selves. This book sets out the opposite view. Ridley argues that Nietzsche is committed to an 'expressivist' conception of agency, a conception that allows him to develop highly distinctive accounts not only of freedom, autonomy and morality, but also of selfhood. In the course of the argument, the text revisits a variety of central Nietzschean themes including self-creation, the sovereign individual, will to power, Kantian and Christian morality, and amor fati often to unexpected effect. The Nietzsche who emerges from this book has a clear, if demanding, conception of human agency and a robust commitment to the value of human excellence in all of its forms. This comprehensive study of Nietzsche and the expressivist conception of agency is important reading for all Nietzsche scholars and philosophers of action, but is also of more general interest to academics and students in philosophy.
Category: Philosophy


Author : Roman A. Foxbrunner
ISBN : 0817305580
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Hasidism evokes heated controversy among scholars trying to analyze the movement and its significance. The Hasidic thought of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Lyady (1745-1813), known as Habad, has had a major influence of Jewish life throughout the world. Habad is an acronym of the initials for the Hebrew word Hokhmah, Binah, Da'at or wisdom, understanding, knowledge. This book, based on all the extant teachings of Shneur Zalman, systematically presents that thought and analyzes its underlying theological, philosophical, religious, and ethical concepts. The focus is on axiology and on three broad questions: What were Shneur Zalman's criteria for religioethical perfection? What did he want his followers to believe, know, feel, and do in order to aspire toward that perfection? What were the attitudes and value he sought to inculcate with this end in mind? Because Shneur Zalman's Hasidism grew out of the Hasidism of Israel Baal Shem Tov and Dov Baer of Mezhirech, their teachings are also examined and analyzed. Foxbrunner concludes that although the outstanding features of Shneur Zalman's Hasidism are syncretism, tension, and paradox, some valid generalizations do emerge. Foremost among these is his belief that man was created to serve his Maker and that true, selfless, and joyous service is impossible without a love and fear of God grounded in comprehension and generated by intense contemplation. Shneur Zalman insisted that such service is within every man's grasp-provided he is willing to reach for it and taught how to do so. Inspiring that will and providing that training were the functions of all true leaders of Israil. Shneur Zalman assimilated the teachings of Baal Shem Tov and Dov Baer and saw himself as the third of a single line of Hasidic masters. Combining great intellect, profound compassion, and mental discipline, Shneur Zalman devoted himself to inspiring self less service to God. He was very much, and perhaps uniquely, a this- worldly mystic, devoted to raising funds to ease the plight of the poor and above all to educating men in a mysticism that was warm, concerned, vital, and sensitive.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Author : Judah Ben Joseph Moscato
ISBN : 9789004179004
Genre : Religion
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Judah ben Joseph Moscato (c.1533–1590) was one of the most distinguished rabbis, authors, and preachers of the Italian-Jewish Renaissance. The book Sefer Nefus;.ot Yehudah belongs to the very centre of his homiletic and philosophical oeuvre.
Category: Religion

Sawdust And Soul

Author : William J. Everett
ISBN : 9781630877378
Genre : Religion
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An American ethicist and a South African theologian reflect on their work with wood and how it has helped them find creativity and meaning in experiences of both loss and transformation. Through their friendship, correspondence, and work together they have developed a rich narrative about the way this craftwork has shaped their relationships with family, friends, and their natural environment. Their conversation invites both craftspeople and religious seekers to join them on a spiritual journey toward fresh insight and inspiration.
Category: Religion

The Structure Of Plato S Philosophy

Author : Jerry S. Clegg
ISBN : STANFORD:36105036981194
Genre : Philosophy
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Undertakes to identify Plato's position on a number of central topics, then to show the central unity of his thought. Concentrating on the outstanding, unresolved issues in Platonic scholarship, the author moves to consider what most of Plato's interpreters have viewed as key questions in his metaphysics, his theory of knowledge, his psychology, his theory of art, and his politics.
Category: Philosophy

The Artisan

Author : Ndabaethethwa Alfred Matshebelele
ISBN : 9781482805130
Genre : Family & Relationships
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The woman said she was woken by the bullet earlier and her husband said he heard three more shots and a while later another was fired . . . including the one we heard when the woman shouted and cried for mercy and then the silence . . . which means six rounds have been fired so far sir . . . The Artisan is a book about the township boy from the big city Gauteng who had been fortunate to be in engineering field, the life he led in the mines, and led a happy and successful life until he met a woman who brought all the trouble to his life. It focuses among other things the politics of South Africa as a country that Jacob was born in and had to overcome and be noticed as a middle class, the challenges that Jacob has to face to show commitment on his job. To balance work and relationship, which he doesnt do well as he spends most of his time at work. The wife he brought with him brought with her the skeletons from the past and led to murder and prison for him. The reader is taken through a roller-coaster ride of the relationship that was built in lies and let animal in Jacob to surface which led to tragedy.
Category: Family & Relationships

Soul Cravings

Author : Erwin Raphael McManus
ISBN : 9781418570477
Genre : Religion
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The search of your life is the search for your life. What you are holding right now is an exploration of the human spirit; a journey into our deepest longings, our desires, our needs, our cravings, our souls. Our need for intimacy, meaning, and destiny point to the existence of God and our need to connect with Him. This book will deeply stir you to consider and chase after the spiritual implications of your souls' deepest longings.
Category: Religion