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Book Summary: A deeply resonant memoir for anyone who has loved and lost, from acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander. In The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband. Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid price, Alexander tells a love story that is, itself, a story of loss. As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband's death, and the solace found in caring for her two teenage sons, Alexander universalizes a very personal quest for meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss. The Light of the World is at once an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, family, art, and community. It is also a lyrical celebration of a life well-lived and a paean to the priceless gift of human companionship. For those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares what matters most, The Light of the World is required reading.
Book Summary: In Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Join her as she traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt. The book provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike. As part of a larger four-week study that is perfect for Advent, it includes a DVD and a comprehensive leader guide.
Book Summary: With his earlier two series in Egyptology, Gerald Massey turned existing doctrine on its head to argue that not only had Egypt spawned human civilization, but that Egyptian mythology was the basis for Jewish and Christian beliefs. The culmination of his years at this particular intellectual pursuit, Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World is Massey's crown jewel. In this, the most philosophical (in both tone and concept) of his Egyptological works, Massey, ever the intrepid escort, leads a tour through thousands of years of sociological, cultural, and spiritual development, all the while pointing, with dazzling reason and persuasive prose, to a distant, common, Egyptian origin. British author GERALD MASSEY (1828-1907) published works of poetry, spiritualism, Shakespearean criticism, and theology, but his best-known works are in the realm of Egyptology, including A Book of the Beginnings and The Natural Genesis.
Book Summary: The publication of the King James version of the Bible, translated between 1603 and 1611, coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English-language literature in history. Now, world-class literary writers introduce the book of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed, small-format volumes. The introducers' passionate, provocative, and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance.
Never has a Pope, in a book-length interview, dealt so directly with such wide-ranging and controversial issues as Pope Benedict XVI does in Light of the World. Taken from a recent week-long series of interviews with veteran journalist Peter Seewald, this book tackles head-on some of the greatest issues facing the world of our time. Seewald poses such forthright questions to Pope Benedict as:
What caused the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church?
Was there a "cover up"?
Have you considered resigning?
Does affirming the goodness of the human body mean a plea for "better sex"?
Can there be a genuine dialogue with Islam?
Should the Church rethink Catholic teaching on priestly celibacy, women priests, contraception, and same-sex relationships?
Holy Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics?
Is there a schism in the Catholic Church?
Should there be a Third Vatican Council?
Is there any hope for Christian unity?
Is Christianity the only truth?
Can the Pope really speak for Jesus Christ?
How can the Pope claim to be "infallible"?
Is there a "dictatorship of relativism" today?
Twice before these two men held wide-ranging discussions, which became the best-selling books Salt of the Earth and God and the World. Then, Seewald's discussion partner was Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican's chief doctrinal office. Now, Joseph Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI, the spiritual leader of the world's over one billion Catholics. Though Seewald now interviews the Pope himself, the journalist "pulls no punches", posing some of the thorniest questions any Pope has had to address. Believers and unbelievers will be fascinated to hear Benedict's thoughtful, straightforward and thought-provoking replies. This is no stern preachment or ponderous theological tract, but a lively, fast-paced, challenging, even entertaining exchange.
Book Summary: A unique and fresh work that seeks to present Jesus of Nazareth by his own words as HE intended people to view him and hear him. There are many people who know some facts about "Jesus Christ", but there are very few people who have a good and solid understanding of his person and teachings. For example, did you know that Jesus did not teach that he was a sacrifice for people's sins? As bible religion spreads across the earth like a cancer, fewer and fewer people understand the one who calls himself the Light of the world and the Son of Man. What is Jesus' core message? What claims does he make about himself, and can those claims be trusted? Does Jesus give humanity answers to its problems? You will never be able to know the answer to that question unless you read his words yourself. This work contains his words in the four gospels alone with helpful notes to counter the many contemporary religious beliefs which seek to nullify his simple teachings. If you are a skeptic, be a good skeptic and read his words to make a good judgment - don't rely on others. If it is possible his words and story could have been recorded accurately and preserved - and it is possible - what have you got to lose by listening to him? If you are a physicalist - one who believes the human experience can be satisfactorily explained by molecules and proteins - are you 100% certain that belief best explains your personal human experience? To use a computer as an analogy, the hardware cannot account for, nor did it create, the software. In the same manner, the physical human body cannot account for our sentience, abstract reasoning, nor the moral compass that we posses. If call yourself a christian or believe you are somehow "his", this book might provide some critical information that will significantly change your perspective on his person and teachings. As the 'church' experience get's more and more like regular western entertainment, perhaps you can see the negative trend there and search for answers as to how to escape. Tired of the fast food culture of the western world? Can you see the shallowness and emptiness of the 'please myself as my top principle of life' philosophy? Tired of the un-reasoning culture of much of the eastern world? Hopefully, perhaps even tired of the world? Out of all the 'great works of literature', are not the words, teachings and story of the person who is arguably one of the most influential and controversial figures in history, worth reading and considering? There is a single great adventure that waits for those with eyes to see. Just know, it is not an easy adventure, but rather a very difficult one, but the journey and results are more meaningful and satisfying than the greatest adventures the earth can provide. It all starts with giving Jesus of Nazareth your sincere and undivided attention. May this work - which contains his words, story and teachings - be the beginning of that journey. Enjoy!