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Good Sex - Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions (Paperback): Patricia Beattie Jung Good Sex - Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions (Paperback)
Patricia Beattie Jung
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"Good Sex is a pioneering effort to create an interreligious dialogue specifically on sexuality. . . . It] is the realization of efforts by concerned feminists to talk across national and religious borders in the name of social justice."-VOLUNTUS, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations "This collection of essays is a useful addition to contemporary post-colonial, post-Beijing women's studies courses that seek to integrate a plurality of cultural and religious perspectives into the discourse on women's sexuality. . . . The volume is very helpful in communicating a sense of the history or feminist discourse and the effects of globalization on that discourse. . . . And everyone smiles when they hear the title of the book."-Journal of Contemporary Religion "This groundbreaking collection of 11 articles by women from eight countries and seven religious traditions challenges male-defined ideas of sexuality that have constricted women by denying them pleasure and autonomous agency and threatening their well-being and, sometimes, lives. . . . While the contributors do not always agree, they do recognize the importance of global and interdisciplinary perspectives and affirm the tension women experience when they work for change from within a repressive tradition. Recommended." -Library Journal "The collection as a whole makes both an explicit and implicit case for culture, and not religion, being the primary source of undertandings of sex as solely for reproduction, and illustrates religions that have always recognized other purposes (Judaism, Islam) as well as religions which have come to recognize other purposes (Christianity). . . . A very useful collection in terms of both the data is provides and its methodological reflection."-Conscience "At this most timely moment in history, Good Sex] presents diverse and supremely intelligent perspectives on the systematic terrorizing of women through sexual slavery, marital rape, domestic violence, and rules of behavior designed to numb mind, body, and spirit. . . . At the same time, the major message of the book is one of optimism. It offers eloquent language for redefining sexual pleasure beyond immediate, goal-oriented gratification and for discussing ethical principles that locate sex at the center of public policy, not only in the bedroom or the family law courts. . . . Good Sex] contains insightful arguments for sexual justice, inviting us to rethink and expand our stock definitions of what constitutes good sex, or even sex itself, and to reevaluate the contexts in which such redefined sex can be enjoyed. This collection of essays deserves to be on the shelf of every library on the planet as well as standard issue in women's study courses and all courses dealing with sexuality, spirituality, and religion."-The Journal of Sex Research "Good Sex is a rare gem. It opens doors of inquiry into feminism, religion, and sexuality-exploring terrain that is vital to the human rights of women and men. It invites passionate debate and will no doubt become a classic."-Charlotte Bunch, executive director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University What is "good sex" in the globalized world of the twenty-first century? This volume brings together essays by feminist scholars from different religions and cultures to consider how women are redefining sexuality for the common good. The essays explore sexual and social restrictions on women; religiously and socially acceptable avenues of sexual expression; constructions of sexual identities; and attitudes toward women's sexual desires. How is sexual desire constructed within specific cultural and religious contexts? What sacrifices must women make (and how do they make them) simply to have sexual lives? What options and strategies are available to women to dissolve the many restrictions imposed on their sexuality? These are some of the questions being explored.

The Good News of the Body - Sexual Theology and Feminism (Paperback): Lisa Isherwood The Good News of the Body - Sexual Theology and Feminism (Paperback)
Lisa Isherwood
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God has assumed a significant role in the sex lives of believers. It is God who decrees which types of sexual expression are permitted, and which forbidden. Through the Church, a patriarchal sexual landscape has been enacted to control sexual bodies which exerts its influence even in our secular culture.

The Good News of the Body is a wide-ranging anthology on feminist sexual theology. Noting that Jesus, while being declared divine, took human form, the volume questions what happens when the flesh, rather than the Word, is placed at the center of theological reflection. What happens when women's bodies form the incarnational starting point for sexual politics and theology? Contributors, including Rosemary Ruether, Mary Hunt, and Melissa Raphael, examine such topics as the possibility of a Roman Catholic approach to sexuality bringing together the three aspects of Christian love of eros, philia, and agape; Jewish sexual and mystical teaching; the de-sexing of the disabled; erotic celibacy; human sexuality and the concept of the goddess; and the sometimes surprisingly similar conclusions about contraception reached by feminists and popes.

Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Paperback): Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Paperback)
Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl
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In India, God can be female. The goddesses of Hinduism and Buddhism represent the largest extant collection of living goddesses anywhere on the planet. Feminists in the West often draw upon South Asian goddesses as theological resources in the contemporary rediscovery of the Goddess. Yet, these goddesses are products of a male supremacist society.

What is the impact of powerful female deities--their images, projections, textuality, and history--on the social standing and psychological health of women? Do they empower women, or serve the interests of patriarchal culture? Is the Goddess a Feminist? looks at the goddesses of South Asia to address these questions directly.

Not a book about a single goddess or even about a variety of South Asian goddesses, the volume raises questions about images of deities as symbols and the ways in which they function. Contributors discuss contemporary Indian women who have embraced goddesses as spiritually and socially liberating, as well as the seeming contradictions between the power of Indian goddesses and the lives of Indian women. They also explore such topics as the element of male desire in the embodiment of female deities, the question of who speaks for the goddesses, and the politics and theology of Western feminist use of Hindu and Buddhist goddesses as models for their feminist reflections.

Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Hardcover): Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl Is the Goddess a Feminist? - The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (Hardcover)
Alf Hiltebeitel, Kathleen M. Erndl
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In India, God can be female. The goddesses of Hinduism and Buddhism represent the largest extant collection of living goddesses anywhere on the planet. Feminists in the West often draw upon South Asian goddesses as theological resources in the contemporary rediscovery of the Goddess. Yet, these goddesses are products of a male supremacist society.

What is the impact of powerful female deities--their images, projections, textuality, and history--on the social standing and psychological health of women? Do they empower women, or serve the interests of patriarchal culture? Is the Goddess a Feminist? looks at the goddesses of South Asia to address these questions directly.

Not a book about a single goddess or even about a variety of South Asian goddesses, the volume raises questions about images of deities as symbols and the ways in which they function. Contributors discuss contemporary Indian women who have embraced goddesses as spiritually and socially liberating, as well as the seeming contradictions between the power of Indian goddesses and the lives of Indian women. They also explore such topics as the element of male desire in the embodiment of female deities, the question of who speaks for the goddesses, and the politics and theology of Western feminist use of Hindu and Buddhist goddesses as models for their feminist reflections.

Forever (Marriage Devotional) (Paperback): Angel Forever (Marriage Devotional) (Paperback)
Angel
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An Angel Told Me So (Paperback): Wilma Jean Jones, Michael McAdams An Angel Told Me So (Paperback)
Wilma Jean Jones, Michael McAdams
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Life After Death in World Religions (Paperback): Harold G Coward Life After Death in World Religions (Paperback)
Harold G Coward; Coward
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Experts from six traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions discuss rituals, practices, and emotions as they relate to death and the hope of life that follows death.

El Himnario Presbiteriano - Accompanist's Edition (Paperback, Accompianist ed.): Presbyterian Publishing Corporation El Himnario Presbiteriano - Accompanist's Edition (Paperback, Accompianist ed.)
Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
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This exceptional hymnal features more than 600 hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs in contemporary language that is both familiar and inclusive. The selections are arranged according to the seasons and festivals of the Christian year, theological topics, and specific occasions for worship. First published in 1990 and now in its nineteenth printing, The Presbyterian Hymnal is available in a variety of editions.

Useful in settings where Spanish language worship is the norm, this comprehensive hymnal is filled with hymns, songs, choruses and service music from a Hispanic tradition.

Henri Nouwen (Paperback): Henri J.M. Nouwen, Robert Jonas Henri Nouwen (Paperback)
Henri J.M. Nouwen, Robert Jonas; Introduction by Robert A. Jonas
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This intimate selection of Nouwen's spiritual writings on themes of faith and solidarity with a wounded world includes a substantial introduction by the man himself.

Huddle Leader Guide, 2nd Edition (Paperback): Mike Breen Huddle Leader Guide, 2nd Edition (Paperback)
Mike Breen
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The Rosary Handbook - A Guide for Newcomers, Oldtimers and Those in Between (Paperback, 2nd Revised ed.): Mitch Finley The Rosary Handbook - A Guide for Newcomers, Oldtimers and Those in Between (Paperback, 2nd Revised ed.)
Mitch Finley
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God Explained in a Taxi Ride (Paperback): Paul Arden God Explained in a Taxi Ride (Paperback)
Paul Arden 2
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A punchy, humorous, and probing look at the nature of religious belief, by the author of the massively successful Whatever You Think Think the Opposite. In a series of brilliant visual episodes, Paul Arden investigates the questions that have persisted since our earliest days. As ever, he is a master of compression, getting us to scratch our heads as he examines our relationship to the divine.

The Education of the Heart - Readings and Sources from Care of the Soul, Soul Mates (Paperback, 1st HarperPerennial ed): Thomas... The Education of the Heart - Readings and Sources from Care of the Soul, Soul Mates (Paperback, 1st HarperPerennial ed)
Thomas Moore
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Don't you ever,
You up in the sky,
Don't you ever get tired
Of having the clouds between you and us?
-- Nootka Prayer

There are Sweets of Pathos, when Sweets of Mirth have passed away --
-- Emily Dickinson

With their themes of restoring the soul, cultivating humanity and living a more harmonious and spiritual existence, Thomas Moore's classic books have touched and comforted millions of people across the country, created a burgeoning interest in soul work and made Thomas Moore a household name. To date, these books have sold two and a half million copies, and continue to hit bestseller lists every week.

The Education of the Heart   gives readers access to the wellspring of wisdom that Moore drew on when creating these seminal works. Ideal for reading groups, the book includes a study guide that offers suggestions for discussion. Selected not only for their brilliance in describing the soul, but for the beauty and power of their language, the essays, poems, songs and passages included here make the book a truly rewarding reading experience. Arranged into chapters devoted to topics such as marriage and intimacy, common life, dwelling and home and life passages, these selections are taken from a rich variety of sources: from Greek tragedies and ancient magical texts; from the Renaissance philosophers such as Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola; and from modern archetypal psychologists such as C. G. Jung and James Hillman.

As Thomas Moore says in his introduction, "Meditate on the book, read the passages aloud, write them down for future reference, tell them to friends, commit them to memory; These are all ways of educating the heart."

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology (Paperback): Swami Paramtattvadas An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology (Paperback)
Swami Paramtattvadas
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Since its inception over two hundred years ago, Swaminarayan Hinduism has flourished into a transnational movement described as one of the fastest growing Hindu groups in the world. Despite being one of the largest and most visible Hindu traditions both in India and the West, surprisingly little is known about what the Swaminarayan fellowship believes. An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology provides a comprehensive doctrinal account of the Swaminarayan tradition's belief system, drawing on its rich corpus of theological literature, including the teachings of Swaminarayan himself and classical commentaries on canonical Vedantic texts. Part I delineates the sources and tools of Swaminarayan Hindu theology, while Part II systematically expounds upon its distinctive five eternal entities - Parabrahman, Aksarabrahman, maya, isvara and jiva - and mukti (spiritual liberation). In presenting these key themes theologically and lucidly, Swami Paramtattvadas makes the Swaminarayan Hindu belief system intelligible to scholars, students and serious readers.

Inward - Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self (Paperback): Michal Pagis Inward - Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self (Paperback)
Michal Pagis
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Western society has never been more interested in interiority. Indeed, it seems more and more people are deliberately looking inward--toward the mind, the body, or both. Michal Pagis's Inward focuses on one increasingly popular channel for the introverted gaze: vipassana meditation, which has spread from Burma to over forty countries and counting. Lacing her account with vivid anecdotes and personal stories, Pagis turns our attention not only to the practice of vipassana but to the communities that have sprung up around it. Inward is also a social history of the westward diffusion of Eastern religious practices spurred on by the lingering effects of the British colonial presence in India. At the same time Pagis asks knotty questions about what happens when we continually turn inward, as she investigates the complex relations between physical selves, emotional selves, and our larger social worlds. Her book sheds new light on evergreen topics such as globalization, social psychology, and the place of the human body in the enduring process of self-awareness.

A Room Called Remember - Uncollected Pieces (Paperback, 1st HarperCollins paperback ed): Frederick Buechner A Room Called Remember - Uncollected Pieces (Paperback, 1st HarperCollins paperback ed)
Frederick Buechner
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A Room Called Remember brings together some of Buechner's finest writings on faith, love, and the power of words in the form of essays, addresses, and sermons. Here Buechner explores autobiography as theology, offers exhilarating reflections on biblical passages, and leads us into the "room called Remember," that "still room within us all where the past lives on as part of the present,...where with patience, with clarity, with quietness of heart, we remember consciously to remember the lives we have lived."

St. Joseph Daily Prayer Book - Prayers, Readings, and Devotions for the Year Including, Morning and Evening Prayers from... St. Joseph Daily Prayer Book - Prayers, Readings, and Devotions for the Year Including, Morning and Evening Prayers from Liturgy of the Hours (Paperback)
Catholic Book Publishing Corp
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Favorite Novenas to the Holy Spirit - Arranged for Private Prayer (Staple bound): Lawrence G. Lovasik Favorite Novenas to the Holy Spirit - Arranged for Private Prayer (Staple bound)
Lawrence G. Lovasik
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Together for Life - Revised with the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (Paperback): Joseph M Champlin, Peter A Jarret Together for Life - Revised with the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (Paperback)
Joseph M Champlin, Peter A Jarret
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Bible Puzzles & Fascinating Facts (Paperback): Product Concept Bible Puzzles & Fascinating Facts (Paperback)
Product Concept
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The God of Life (Paperback): Gustavo Gutierrez The God of Life (Paperback)
Gustavo Gutierrez; Translated by Matthew O'Connell
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"My desire is that this book may help readers to know more fully the God of biblical revelation and, as a result, to proclaim God as the God of life". Who is God? Where is God? How are we to speak of God? Gutierrez looks at these classic questions through a review of the Bible, and his answers challenge all Christians to a deepening of faith.

The Spiritual Life of Children (Hardcover): Robert Coles The Spiritual Life of Children (Hardcover)
Robert Coles
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The Lord's Supper - Answers to Common Questions (Paperback): Keith A Mathison The Lord's Supper - Answers to Common Questions (Paperback)
Keith A Mathison
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The Wisdom of No Escape - How to Love Yourself and Your World (Paperback, New edition): Pema Chodron The Wisdom of No Escape - How to Love Yourself and Your World (Paperback, New edition)
Pema Chodron
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Massmarket edition of this spiritual guide to making the most of life, through bad times as well as good, from bestselling author Pema Choedroen. This accessible book has been on the US bestseller lists consistently for four years now. In The Wisdom of No Escape, bestselling author Pema Choedroen shows us the profound value of our situation of `no exit' from the ups and downs of life. This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestations - about making friends with ourselves and our world and embracing the potent mixture of joy, suffering, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human experience. It urges us to wake up wholeheartedly to everything and to use the abundant, richly textured fabric of everyday life as our primary spiritual teacher and guide.

Reflections with God While Waiting to be Healed (Paperback): Linda Seger Reflections with God While Waiting to be Healed (Paperback)
Linda Seger
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Almost everyone faces some physical or mental or emotional challenges. Spiritual people pray about it, hope, try to stay positive, sometimes argue with God, and remind God of the many promises there are in Scripture about healing. But sometimes, healing doesn't come, or doesn't come as desired. Although many turn their back on God when God doesn't heal, others stay in the struggle with God, expand their theology, and learn more about the nature of God and the nature of suffering. Dr. Linda Seger, one of the world authorities on screenwriting, has struggled with dystonia (a movement disorder) for some years. Then, as she was improving, she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in fall, 2015. Both disorders have caused physical, emotional, and spiritual frustrations and the rehabilitation for each has been counter to the other, causing her to make difficult choices, and to be challenged to persevere. In this book, she reflects on the many theological issues and spiritual issues that we encounter when we're ill - and how we re-form our relationship with God when healing doesn't come as desired.

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