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Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Chu...
by Megan Phelps-Roper

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English

Pages

293

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><b>The activist and TED speaker Megan Phelps-Roper reveals her life growing up in the most hated family in America</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Founded by her grandfather and consisting almost entirely of her extended family, the tiny group would gain worldwide notoriety for its pickets at military funerals and celebrations of death and tragedy. As Phelps-Roper grew up, she saw that church members were close companions and accomplished debaters, applying the logic of predestination and the language of the King James Bible to everyday life with aplomb鈥攚hich, as the church鈥檚 Twitter spokeswoman, she learned to do with great skill. Soon, however, dialogue on Twitter caused her to begin doubting the church鈥檚 leaders and message: If humans were sinful and fallible, how could the church itself be so confident about its beliefs? As she digitally jousted with critics, she started to wonder if sometimes they had a point鈥攁nd then she began exchanging messages with a man who would help change her life.</p><p>A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, <i>Unfollow</i> relates Phelps-Roper鈥檚 moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community. Rich with suspense and thoughtful reflection, Phelps-Roper鈥檚 life story exposes the dangers of black-and-white thinking and the need for true humility in a time of angry polarization.</p>
Mere Christianity (Lewis Signature Classics)
by C. S. Lewis

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English

Pages

171

Publication Date

October 07, 2019

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In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis鈥?legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a Wo...
by David Platt

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English

Pages

222

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><i>USA TODAY </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?The聽author聽of聽<i>Radical聽</i><b>takes readers on a聽<b>soul-searching journey through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains, daring them聽<b>to make a difference in a world of urgent need, starting right where they live.<br /></b><br /><b>鈥淕rippingly vulnerable and unforgettable. I could not put this book down.鈥濃€擜nn Voskamp,聽author of聽<i>One Thousand Gifts</i></b></b></b></b><br /><br />While leading a team on a week-long trek of the Himalayas, bestselling author and pastor David Platt was stunned by the human needs he encountered, an experience so dramatic that it "changed the trajectory of my life." Meeting a man who'd lost his eye from a simple infection and seeing the faces of girls stolen from their families and trafficked in the cities, along with other unforgettable encounters, opened his eyes to the people behind the statistics and compelled him to wrestle with his assumptions about faith. In <i>Something Needs to Change</i>, Platt invites readers to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, "Where is God in the middle of suffering?" "What makes my religion any better than someone else's religion?" and "What do I believe about eternal suffering?" Platt has crafted an irresistible message about what it means to give your life for the gospel--to finally stop talking about faith and truly start living it.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Something Needs to Change</i></b><br /><br />鈥淩ugged. Authentic. Gritty. Real. Worshipful. There are no other books like this one. I always pick up David鈥檚 books with a sense of excitement and, quite honestly, apprehension鈥攂ecause I know that areas of compromise and complacency in my life are going to be exposed. But this book exceeded even my high expectations, for which I am grateful. And so will you be. As David writes, it鈥檚 time to run, not walk. Let鈥檚 go.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩. D. Greear,聽president of the Southern Baptist Convention<br /></b><br />鈥淓xtraordinary and challenging. I鈥檝e just never read a book like this before. I am so moved. Bring your full heart to this story and watch how God opens your eyes, changes your mind, and broadens the dreams you have for your life.鈥?lt;b>鈥擜nnie F. Downs, best-selling author of聽<i>100 Days to Brave</i>聽and聽<i>Remember God<br /></i></b><br />鈥淚f you dare to read this book, you might just have an unexpected encounter with Jesus that leaves you weeping on the floor, as David鈥檚 experience did. Something changes within us when the seemingly overwhelming needs of the world present themselves simply in the life of a single person. Ultimately, I pray your compassion will be transformed to action.鈥?lt;b>鈥擲antiago 鈥淛immy鈥?Mellado, president and CEO of Compassion International</b>
The Day Is Now Far Spent
by , Nicolas Diat

Language

English

Pages

385

Publication Date

September 22, 2019

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<p>Robert Cardinal Sarah calls <em>The Day Is Now Far Spent</em> his most important book. He analyzes the spiritual, moral, and political collapse of the Western world and concludes that "the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril."</p><p>A cultural identity crisis, he writes, is at the root of the problems facing Western societies. "The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is. Many countries today ignore their own history. This self-suffocation naturally leads to a decadence that opens the path to new, barbaric civilizations."</p><p>While making clear the gravity of the present situation, the cardinal demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without hope. He calls for a renewal of devotion to Christ through prayer and the practice of virtue.</p>
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus
by Jim Wallis

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>Writing in response to our current 鈥渃onstitutional crisis,鈥?<em>New York Times</em> bestselling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis urges America to return to the tenets of Jesus once again as the means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation.</strong><br /><br />In聽<em>Christ in Crisis</em>聽Jim Wallis provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today. Building on 鈥淩eclaiming Jesus鈥濃€攖he declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America鈥檚 current crisis鈥擶allis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. By pointing to eight questions Jesus asked or is asked, Wallis provides a means to measure whether we are truly aligned with the moral and spiritual foundations of our Christian faith. </p><p>鈥淐hristians have often remembered, re-discovered, and returned to their obedient discipleship of Jesus Christ鈥攂oth personal and public鈥攊n times of trouble. It鈥檚 called coming home,鈥?Wallis reminds us. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and cultural commentator鈥檚 focus isn鈥檛 politics; it鈥檚 faith.</p><p>As he has done throughout his career, Wallis offers comfort, empathy, and a practical roadmap.聽<em>Christ in Crisis</em>聽is a constructive field guide for all those involved in resistance and renewal initiatives in faith communities in the post-2016 political context.</p>
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics)
by C. S. Lewis

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

May 28, 2009

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<p>In the classic <em>Mere Christianity</em>, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis鈥?legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books <em>The Case for Christianity</em>, <em>Christian Behavior</em>, and <em>Beyond Personality</em>, <em>Mere Christianity</em> provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.</p>
That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation
by David Bentley Hart

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English

Pages

232

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>A stunning reexamination of one of the essential tenets of Christian belief from one of the most provocative and admired writers on religion today</b><br /><br /> The great fourth鈥犫€榗entury church father Basil of Caesarea once observed that, in his time, most Christians believed that hell was not everlasting, and that all would eventually attain salvation. But today, this view is no longer prevalent within Christian communities.<br /> 聽<br /> In this momentous book, David Bentley Hart makes the case that nearly two millennia of dogmatic tradition have misled readers on the crucial matter of universal salvation. On the basis of the earliest Christian writings, theological tradition, scripture, and logic, Hart argues that if God is the good creator of all, he is the savior of all, without fail. And if he is not the savior of all, the Kingdom is only a dream, and creation something considerably worse than a nightmare. But it is not so. There is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will be saved. With great rhetorical power, wit, and emotional range, Hart offers a new perspective on one of Christianity鈥檚 most important themes.
Mary Magdalene Revealed: The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel &...
by Meggan Watterson

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English

Pages

247

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b>The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveals a very different love story from the one we've come to refer to as Christianity. Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson leads us verse by verse through Mary's gospel to illuminate the powerful teachings it contains.</b><br /><br />A gospel, as ancient and authentic as any of the gospels that the Christian bible contains, was buried deep in the Egyptian desert after an edict was sent out in the 4th century to have all copies of it destroyed. Fortunately, some rebel monks were wise enough to refuse-and thanks to their disobedience and spiritual bravery, we have several manuscripts of the only gospel that was written in the name of a woman: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.<br /><br />Mary's gospel reveals a radical love that sits at the heart of the Christian story. Her gospel says that we are not sinful; we are not to feel ashamed or unworthy for being human. In fact, our purpose is to be fully human, to be a "true human being"- that is, a person who has remembered that, yes, we are a messy, limited ego, and we are also a limitless soul. <br /><br />And all we need to do is to turn inward (again and again); to meditate, like Mary Magdalene, in the way her gospel directs us, so that we can see past the ego of our own little lives to what's more real, and lasting, and infinite, and already here, within. <br /><br />With searing clarity, Watterson explains how and why Mary Magdalene came to be portrayed as the penitent prostitute and relates a more historically and theologically accurate depiction of who Mary was within the early Christ movement. And she shares how this discovery of Mary's gospel has allowed her to practice, and to experience, a love that never ends, a love that transforms everything.
The Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis

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English

Pages

221

Publication Date

May 28, 2009

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<p><em>The Screwtape Letters</em> by C.S.聽 Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's <em>The Screwtape Letters</em> is the most engaging account of temptation鈥攁nd triumph over it鈥攅ver written.聽</p>
Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
by Dan Jones

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>A major new history of the Crusades with an unprecedented wide scope, told in a tableau of portraits of people on all sides of the wars, from the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Templars</i>.</b><br /><br />For more than one thousand years, Christians and Muslims lived side by side, sometimes at peace and sometimes at war. When Christian armies seized Jerusalem in 1099, they began the most notorious period of conflict between the two religions. Depending on who you ask, the fall of the holy city was either an inspiring legend or the greatest of horrors. In <i>Crusaders</i>, Dan Jones interrogates the many sides of the larger story, charting a deeply human and avowedly pluralist path through the crusading era.<br /><br />Expanding the usual timeframe, Jones looks to the roots of Christian-Muslim relations in the eighth century and tracks the influence of crusading to present day. He widens the geographical focus to far-flung regions home to so-called enemies of the Church, including Spain, North Africa, southern France, and the Baltic states. By telling intimate stories of individual journeys, Jones illuminates these centuries of war not only from the perspective of popes and kings, but from Arab-Sicilian poets, Byzantine princesses, Sunni scholars, Shi'ite viziers, Mamluk slave soldiers, Mongol chieftains, and barefoot friars. <br /><br />Crusading remains a rallying call to this day, but its role in the popular imagination ignores the cooperation and complicated coexistence that were just as much a feature of the period as warfare. The age-old relationships between faith, conquest, wealth, power, and trade meant that crusading was not only about fighting for the glory of God, but also, among other earthly reasons, about gold. In this richly dramatic narrative that gives voice to sources usually pushed to the margins, Dan Jones has written an authoritative survey of the holy wars with global scope and human focus.

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