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Story of St Francis of Assisi

Story of St Francis of Assisi
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"The grace of God, our savior, in these last days appeared in his servant Francis to all who are truly humble and truly friends of holy poverty." Bonaventure's Life of St. Francis

Art historian Timothy Verdon tells the story of the life of St. Francis of Assisi in story and art. The 28 stunning thirteenth-century frescoes by Giotto that cover the walls of the famous Basilica in Assisi named for the saint are reproduced in full color, together with a schematic drawing showing their placement in the church. Through detailed descriptions and illuminating commentary on each of the famous frescoes, Verdon tells the story of Francis's extraordinary life, allowing today's reader the opportunity to "read" the art on those walls in the same way that a medieval Christian might have done.

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November 17, 2015

SUMMONED FROM THE MARGIN HOMECOMING OF A

SUMMONED FROM THE MARGIN HOMECOMING OF A
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Summoned from the Margin tells the story of Lamin Sanneh's fascinating journey from his upbringing in an impoverished village in West Africa to education in the United States and Europe to a distinguished career teaching at the Universities of Yale, Harvard, Aberdeen, and Ghana.

He grew up in a polygamous household in The Gambia and attended a government-run Muslim boarding school. A chance encounter with Helen Keller's autobiography taught him that education and faith are the key to overcoming physical and personal hardship and inspired his journey. Burning theological questions about God's nature and human suffering eventually led Sanneh to convert from Islam to Christianity and to pursue a career in academia. Here he recounts the unusually varied life experiences that have made him who he is today.

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September 24, 2012

Theodore Beza The Man & the Myth

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Theodore Beza? Who is he? Why should I care about him?

Well, I'm glad you asked!
Theodore Beza was a man who in his day was one of the luminaries of the Protestant world, who took the reins of the beleaguered Calvinistic movement after its namesake's death, and who influenced English-speaking Protestantism more than you might imagine. Shawn D. Wright casts light on a figure often neglected and helps illustrate the significant impact of his faith and influence.


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November 20, 2015

THOMAS MERTON & MONASTIC VISION

THOMAS MERTON & MONASTIC VISION
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Taking up where Merton's own Seven Storey Mountain ends, this penetrating biography by Lawrence Cunningham explores Merton's monastic life and his subsequent growth into a modern-day spiritual master. Though the basic story of Thomas Merton's life may be well known, the details of his spiritual development are less familiar. Cunningham shows that Merton's prolific writings and his continuing influence can only be understood against the background of his contemplative experience as a Trappist monk. "If one does not understand Merton as a monk," writes Cunningham, "one does not understand Merton at all." Merton emerges from this balanced and reliable account as an extraordinary Christian seeker and pioneer whose faith in the power of the contemplative life remains highly relevant today.
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October 1, 1999

Thoughts on Preaching & Pastoral Ministry Lessons from the Life & Writings of James W Alexander

Thoughts on Preaching & Pastoral Ministry Lessons from the Life & Writings of James W Alexander
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In Thoughts on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry, James M. Garretson provides a detailed narrative of James W. Alexander's life in order to better understand his approach to gospel labors. Garretson draws deeply from Alexander's correspondence, tracking the spiritual development of his life as it shaped his practice of pastoral ministry. In addition, assessments of Alexander's sermons, books, and especially reviews provide valuable personal statements that shed light on his character and convictions. Throughout, Alexander is allowed to speak for himself so that the reader may enter into the spiritual pulse that animated his life and actions. Bracing, heartening, and at times frustrating, Alexander's growth as a Christian and development as a minister is the story of a man subdued by God's grace and a life marked by a growing conformity to the likeness of Christ.
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October 20, 2015

THROUGH GATES OF SPLENDOR OP!

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"I would say, without hesitation, God used this book to change my life."
--Chuck Swindoll

In 1956, five young men, including Elliot's husband, Jim, traveled into the jungles of Ecuador to establish communication with the fierce Huaorani Tribe, a people whose only previous response to the outside world had been to attack all strangers. The men's mission combined modern technology with innate ingenuity, sparked by a passionate determination to get the gospel to those without Christ. In a nearby village, their wives waited to hear from them. The news they received--all five missionaries had been murdered--changed lives around the world forever.

Written while she was still a missionary in South America and at the request of the men's families, Through Gates of Splendor was Elisabeth Elliot's personal account of the final mission of these five courageous men. Filled with quotations from letters, material from personal journals, a wealth of photographs, and an epilogue update, this reprint of the original hardcover edition tells a lasting story of God's grace, unconditional love, and great courage. This story inspired the 2006 box office hit End of the Spear and is sure to inspire the next generation of servant believers.

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February 1, 2010

TRAVEL WITH WILLIAM COWPER OP!

TRAVEL WITH WILLIAM COWPER OP!
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Although the name of William Cowper remains unknown to many, he was widely acclaimed as the greatest poet of his eraa literary genius. His verse was read by royalty, and towards the end of his life, he was granted a pension by King George III. Many scholars regard Cowper as having paved the way for the romantics Wordsworth, Tennyson, Byron, Shelley and Keats. He made poetry more accessible to the ordinary person. Above all, Cowper saw himself called to point people to God through the medium of poetry, and in spite of his own tragic mental depression, he was immensely successful in this. William Cowper was undoubtedly the evangelical poet.
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February 1, 2007

TRAVELING MERCIES

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Anne Lamott claims the two best prayers she knows are: "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She has a friend whose morning prayer each day is "Whatever," and whose evening prayer is "Oh, well." Anne thinks of Jesus as "Casper the friendly savior" and describes God as "one crafty mother."

Despite--or because of--her irreverence, faith is a natural subject for Anne Lamott. Since Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, her fans have been waiting for her to write the book that explained how she came to the big-hearted, grateful, generous faith that she so often alluded to in her two earlier nonfiction books. The people in Anne Lamott's real life are like beloved characters in a favorite series for her readers--her friend Pammy, her son, Sam, and the many funny and wise folks who attend her church are all familiar. And Traveling Mercies is a welcome return to those lives, as well as an introduction to new companions Lamott treats with the same candor, insight, and tenderness.

Lamott's faith isn't about easy answers, which is part of what endears her to believers as well as nonbelievers. Against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself. As she puts it, "My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers." At once tough, personal, affectionate, wise, and very funny, Traveling Mercies tells in exuberant detail how Anne Lamott learned to shine the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life, exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope.

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February 15, 2000

TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMED ME

TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMED ME
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D. James Kennedy is the author of Evangelism Explosion and the host of 'Truths that Transform' and 'The Coral Ridge Hour'

Jimmy Kennedy was a lonely Chicago kid from a difficult family background who rose, nevertheless, to be his High School Quarterback.

Moving to Florida, due to his father's health, he swapped the quarterback jersey for a tall hat to lead the High School band. Why? It meant he could get to college the only way he could afford - on a full music scholarship.

Then, to help pay his way through college, he ran a water-ski boat, played in a band and trained as a dance instructor.

I guess you could say that Jim was an overachiever!

Dancing, however, became his passion and he left College to pursue his dream of managing his own dance instruction business. Jim became a national dance champion at 22 years old and was earning a small fortune - about $300,000 a year in today's money.

But Jim's future was not in music and dance - but in the arms of a young lady called Anne, who suggested he really ought to go to church...

D. James Kennedy (1930-2007) is known throughout the world as the author of "Evangelism Explosion", & was the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale (1960-2007) and as the presenter of "Truth's that Transform" and "The Coral Ridge Hour". His ministry has touched lives around the world - now let his story touch your heart and see Jim Kennedy as you have never seen him before.

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November 20, 2006

Unreformed Martin Luther a Serious & Not So Serious Look at the Man Behind the Myths

Unreformed Martin Luther a Serious & Not So Serious Look at the Man Behind the Myths
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Will the real Martin Luther please stand up?

After five hundred years of examining the life of the "father of the Reformation," we must surely know all there is to know about Martin Luther. But is that true?

Did he really nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door?

Did he throw an inkpot at the devil?

Did he plant an apple tree?

Did his wife escape her convent in a herring barrel?

German radio and television journalist Andreas Malessa looks at the actual history of Luther and concludes that many of the tales we know best are nothing but nonsense.

Diving gleefully into the research, Malessa investigates many of the falsehoods and fallacies surrounding the reformer, rejecting them in favor of equally incredible facts. Full of humor and irony, this book educates and entertains while demonstrating a profound respect for Luther's life and mission.

If you're looking for the truth of the man behind the theses, come discover his faith and influence--with the myths stripped away.

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July 25, 2017

WAITING FOR HOME

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Richard Prangley was unjustly institutionalized for fifteen years. Yet he managed to become not only a productive citizen but also an effective advocate for the developmentally disabled. In Waiting for Home, journalist John Schneider chronicles the compelling true story of Richard Prangley. Born prematurely, Richard exhibited delayed development and hyperactivity as a small child. His parents struggled to raise him along with their other 10 children, and they turned to the medical authorities for help. Based on the diagnoses of two psychiatrists, Richard at age 6 was committed to the Coldwater State Home and Training School, an institution for physically and mentally disabled children. He was labeled retarded and his schooling and work experience were limited to manual labor. When he was finally released at age 21, Prangley struggled with socialization as he learned to live on his own. His life today, however, stands in sharp contrast to his early years. Through faith, hope, determination, and a constant yearning for independence, Prangley is self-supporting and works in the Office Services Division of the Michigan Department of Community Health. He is an effective advocate for the developmentally disabled and has been instrumental in creating a successful stand for the rights of the handicapped as a lobbyist in such places as the Michigan State Capitol and the White House. Richard Prangley, whose story has been the focus of a documentary and wide national media coverage, including CBS's Sunday Morning, is an inspirational figure whose life reflects the human spirit at its resilient, triumphant best.
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April 18, 1998

War of Loves the Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus

War of Loves the Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus
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At 14, David Bennett came out to his parents.
At 19, he encountered Jesus Christ.
At that moment, his life changed forever.

As a young gay man, David Bennett saw Christianity as an enemy to freedom for LGBTQI people, and his early experiences with prejudice and homophobia led him to become a gay activist. But when Jesus came into his life in a highly unexpected way, he was led down a path he never would have predicted or imagined. In A War of Loves, David recounts his dramatic story, from his early years exploring new age religions and French existentialism to his university experiences as an activist. Following supernatural encounters with God, he embarked on a journey not only of seeking to reconcile his faith and sexuality but also of discovering the higher call of Jesus Christ.
A War of Loves investigates what the Bible teaches about sexuality and demonstrates the profligate, unqualified grace of God for all people. David describes the joy and intimacy he found in following Jesus Christ and how love has taken on a radically new and far richer meaning for him.
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November 13, 2018