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Biography: religious & spiritual

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Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Author: Rita D. Sherma, T. S. Rukmani, Ayon Maharaj Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

With historical-critical analysis and dialogical even-handedness, the essays of this book re-assess the life and legacy of Swami Vivekananda, forged at a time of colonial suppression, from the vantage point of socially-engaged religion at a time of global dislocations and international inequities. Due to the complexity of Vivekananda as a historical figure on the cusp of late modernity with its vast transformations, few works offer a contemporary, multi-vocal, nuanced, academic examination of his liberative vision and legacy in the way that this volume does. It brings together North American, European, British, and Indian scholars associated with a broad array of humanistic disciplines towards critical-constructive, contextually-sensitive reflections on one of the most important thinkers and theologians of the modern era.

Antoine Frederic Ozanam

Antoine Frederic Ozanam

Author: Raymond L. Sickinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2020

Raymond Sickinger's biography of Antoine Frederic Ozanam is more than a chronological account of Ozanam's relatively brief but extraordinary life. It is also a comprehensive study of a man who touched many lives as a teacher, writer, and principal founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Ozanam's life encompassed a particularly turbulent time in French history, and he was a witness to two major political upheavals-the overthrow of the Bourbon dynasty that brought Louis Philippe to power in 1830, and the end of Louis Philippe's Bourgeois Monarchy as a result of the 1848 Revolutions. This book examines Ozanam's life in a variety of ways. First, it explores the various roles he played throughout his life-son, sibling, student, member of and an inspiration for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, spouse and father, scholar, and spokesperson for the common people. Second, it examines the lessons he learned in his life, including the importance of friendship, the meaning of solidarity, and the role and purpose of suffering, among many others that he shares with those who study his thought and work. It concludes with an account of Ozanam's enduring legacy. Antoine Frederic Ozanam feared that he would not have a fruitful career, but his legacy remains a powerful testimony to his greatness. This book will interest scholars wishing to know more about Ozanam and the period in which he lived, as well as a wider audience including those who are aware or are members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Stott on the Christian Life

Stott on the Christian Life

Author: Tim Chester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2020

Heart Lost in Wonder

Heart Lost in Wonder

Author: Catharine Randall, Lauren Winner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

Finding Karen

Finding Karen

Author: Dorothy Allred Solomon Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Since her groundbreaking memoir In My Father's House, which recounts an agonizing break from fundamentalist polygamy, Dorothy Allred Solomon has continued to publish on the lives of Mormon women and the dissonance many experience in connection to fundamentalist pasts. The more Solomon delved into issues of agency, the more she felt her own dissonance and began to look for answers in her ancestral past-those early women she knew only through family stories. Finding Karen: An Ancestral Mystery springs from a decade of research into Solomon's paternal great-great grandmother Karen Sorensen Rasmussen, who converted to Mormonism in Denmark and emigrated to the United States in 1859. Held up to Solomon throughout childhood as an icon of feminine heroism, a stoic handcart immigrant who helped establish Zion in Utah, Karen became equally emblematic of Solomon's own strong-willed determination and of everything Solomon found lacking in herself. Finding Karen is a revelatory journey, twinned with Solomon's own in surprising ways. As valuable a study in recovering history as it is in the need to re-examine family stories, Solomon's retelling takes readers through the twists and turns of discovery/recovery as she encounters them. In doing so, she illuminates not only the risk inherent in trusting even what persists as historic record but also the insights to be gained from assiduous persistence.

Finding Karen

Finding Karen

Author: Dorothy Allred Solomon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Since her groundbreaking memoir In My Father's House, which recounts an agonizing break from fundamentalist polygamy, Dorothy Allred Solomon has continued to publish on the lives of Mormon women and the dissonance many experience in connection to fundamentalist pasts. The more Solomon delved into issues of agency, the more she felt her own dissonance and began to look for answers in her ancestral past-those early women she knew only through family stories. Finding Karen: An Ancestral Mystery springs from a decade of research into Solomon's paternal great-great grandmother Karen Sorensen Rasmussen, who converted to Mormonism in Denmark and emigrated to the United States in 1859. Held up to Solomon throughout childhood as an icon of feminine heroism, a stoic handcart immigrant who helped establish Zion in Utah, Karen became equally emblematic of Solomon's own strong-willed determination and of everything Solomon found lacking in herself. Finding Karen is a revelatory journey, twinned with Solomon's own in surprising ways. As valuable a study in recovering history as it is in the need to re-examine family stories, Solomon's retelling takes readers through the twists and turns of discovery/recovery as she encounters them. In doing so, she illuminates not only the risk inherent in trusting even what persists as historic record but also the insights to be gained from assiduous persistence.

Cardinal Newman

Cardinal Newman

Author: Michael Ffinch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

The fascinating and insightful biography of one of the most intriguing, thoughtful and controversial figures of the 19th century. 'Growth is the only evidence of life' - so said poet, academic and theologian John Henry, Cardinal Newman. Canonised in 2019 (despite having said 'I have nothing of the saint about me'), Newman was an important and controversial figure in the religious history of the 19th century. This highly lyrical and accomplished biography not only covers his religious life (he played a vital role in the Oxford Movement, and subsequently converted to Catholicism), but also places him in the context of 19th-century religious revival and changing attitudes. In addition to his sometimes controversial teachings, Cardinal Newman was also a poet who wrote the text of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius and was responsible for the foundation of the Oratorian Order in England. Michael Ffinch shows an unusual insight into Newman's character, finding an unexpected warmth and humour in a man often thought of as cold and austere. This fascinating biography also shows a deep understanding of a church emerging from dark centuries of persecution and misunderstanding into the light of what Newman himself chose to call 'The Second Spring'.

Impossible Love

Impossible Love

Author: Craig Keener, Medine Moussounga Keener Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2020

Gripping True Story of War and Romance, Hope and Miracles When the odds are impossible, love goes to work. In this thrilling true-life story, readers follow the path of friendship that grows into a romance that spans continents and survives devastating hardship. Craig Keener, a respected white scholar, was cautious after a broken relationship. Medine, a well-educated African woman, met Craig through a campus ministry and the two became friends. Long after they parted for their respective worlds, Craig realized his love for her and began the arduous--and often supernatural--journey to be reunited. Medine faced terror and disease as a refugee in the war-torn Congo; Craig did not know most days if she was alive or dead. Their tender story of love beating the odds inspires readers to believe that God's own great love for each of us will always overcome.

Swimming for Freedom

Swimming for Freedom

Author: Tera Bradham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2020

Tera Bradham was born to prove people wrong. The fastest swimmer in the United States by age ten, 'Tera the Terror' was destined for the Olympics. Her fiercely competitive spirit and unmatched intensity knew no limits until Tera suffered a devastating injury to her shoulder, threatening her very identity. Although she trusted in God for her salvation, she trusted her own ability for her success and endured years of misdiagnoses, chronic pain, failed treatments, near-death experiences, profound loneliness, and crippling disappointment. Tera's injury forced her to fully surrender to God, and she begged him to heal her or bring her home. Then her miracle came, or so she thought. Her shoulder was successfully reconstructed, and after two more years of gruelling recovery and training, Tera once again defied all expectations. 'Swimming for Freedom' details Tera's comeback and shows that through God, all things are possible. What started as an Olympic dream ended in her true miracle: the freedom of a life in Christ. Tera's story will inspire you to rise up, dream again, and fight for his calling on your life.

Touched by Heaven

Touched by Heaven

Author: Nancy Ravenhill, Mike Bickle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2020

Let Heaven Touch Your Everyday Life Nancy Ravenhill was just five years old, hiding in her bedroom after being beaten by her father, when she first saw Jesus. He was wearing white; His eyes were filled with love. In Nancy's earliest traumatic moment, Jesus showed up. Literally. It was the first of a lifetime of encounters that have shaped Nancy's life and faith. Here, Nancy shares the remarkable stories of her experiences with the living Christ. Her stories will leave you astounded--and inspired--by the God who still reaches out to comfort His children today. If you've ever wondered if Jesus is really there--or if He cares about you and knows what you're going through--this book is for you. The living Lord who has appeared and spoken to Nancy again and again is alive and well. He wants to speak to you, too. What a delight to hold in your hands a book from a woman of God who loves and lives the Word of God. Want to be touched by heaven? Then read this book! --James W. Goll, president, Encounters Network; international director, Prayer Storm; bestselling author This is a truly remarkable book. God will become more alive and real to you as you follow Nancy on her fascinating, enlightening journey. --Joy Dawson, international Bible teacher and bestselling author I highly recommend Touched by Heaven because, no matter where you are in life, there is always hope that God and all He has created are there to help you. --John Paul Jackson, Streams Ministries International Touched by Heaven was captivating and kept my attention from the moment I began to read it. This book will bring life and raise a renewed expectation in the Lord and His providential plans for each of us. --Doug Stringer, founder and president, Turning Point Ministries International, Somebody Cares International

Maria of Agreda

Maria of Agreda

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2020

Maria of Agreda's exceptional attributes spread from her cloistered convent in seventeenth-century Agreda (Spain) to the court in Madrid and beyond. Without leaving her village, the abbess impacted the kingdom, her church, and the New World. Based upon her transcendent visionary experiences, Sor Maria chronicled the life of Mary, mother of Jesus of Nazareth, in Mystical City of God, a work the Spanish Inquisition temporarily condemned. In America, reports emerged that she had miraculously appeared to Jumano Native Americans - a feat corroborated by witnesses in Spain, Texas, and New Mexico, where she is known as the legendary Lady in Blue. Today Sor Maria is lauded in Spain as one of the most influential women in its history and in the United States as an inspiring pioneer. Fedewa's biography of this spirited abbess integrates voluminous autobiographical, historical, and literary sources published by and about Maria of Agreda.

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

Author: Frederick L. Downing Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2020

This work focuses on the faith pilgrimage of a holocaust survivor. Elie Wiesel: A Religious Biography argues that Wiesel's religious faith is the driving force behind Wiesel's status as a moral authority - that he is essentially a generative religious personality, a poet-prophet - who deepened his own particular Jewish vision to eventually become a 'link' with humanity. In time, he begins to identify with the oppressed the world over in a stance of universalizing faith. As a religious genius and spiritual innovator of the post-modern era, Wiesel is a conflicted individual who joins his own personal and existential struggle for meaning and identity with the quest of the oppressed after the Holocaust. Through a social-scientific methodology similar to that of Erikson and Fowler, one sees Wiesel as a genuine 'homo religiosus' in quest of a universalizing perspective. Likewise through the work of Walter Brueggemann on the 'poet-prophet', Wiesel's literary code is described as that of Jeremiah: 'shattering', 'evoking', and 'enacting'. Indeed, Wiesel has followed the code of Jeremiah ben Hilkiah. Wiesel's early writing 'shattered' the Western conception of normalcy. His work 'evoked' a world that a later generation could not imagine, yet he eventually began to 'evoke' a new way of being religious in the post-modern world. The final aspect of his 'poetics' is his praxis orientation of 'enacting' - the living out of his faith - that has pushed him to travel to the jungles and ghettoes of the world to identify with the oppressed the world over. An encounter with Wiesel presents the possibility that the world has now become Jewish, in Wiesel's terms, now solidarity must be extended to oppressed persons everywhere.