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Biography: religious & spiritual

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The Dalai Lama The Biography

The Dalai Lama The Biography

Author: Alexander Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2020

'Alexander Norman knows the Dalai Lama probably better than any Englishman alive' Spectator AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. The Dalai Lama's message of peace and compassion resonates with people of all faiths and none. Yet, for all his worldwide fame, he remains personally elusive. Now, Alexander Norman, acclaimed Oxford-trained scholar of the history of Tibet, delivers the definitive biography-unique, multi-layered, and at times even shocking. The Dalai Lama illuminates an astonishing odyssey from isolated Tibetan village to worldwide standing as spiritual and political leader of one of the world's most profound and complex cultural traditions. Norman reveals that, while the Dalai Lama has never been comfortable with his political position, he has been a canny player-at one time CIA-backed-who has maneuvered amidst pervasive violence, including placing himself at the center of a dangerous Buddhist schism. Yet even more surprising than the political, Norman convinces, is the Dalai Lama's astonishing spiritual practice, rooted in magic, vision, and prophecy-details of which are illuminated in this book for the first time. A revelatory life story of one of today's most radical, charismatic, and beloved world leaders.

The Dalai Lama The Biography

The Dalai Lama The Biography

Author: Alexander Norman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2020

'Alexander Norman knows the Dalai Lama probably better than any Englishman alive' Spectator AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. The Dalai Lama's message of peace and compassion resonates with people of all faiths and none. Yet, for all his worldwide fame, he remains personally elusive. Now, Alexander Norman, acclaimed Oxford-trained scholar of the history of Tibet, delivers the definitive biography-unique, multi-layered, and at times even shocking. The Dalai Lama illuminates an astonishing odyssey from isolated Tibetan village to worldwide standing as spiritual and political leader of one of the world's most profound and complex cultural traditions. Norman reveals that, while the Dalai Lama has never been comfortable with his political position, he has been a canny player-at one time CIA-backed-who has maneuvered amidst pervasive violence, including placing himself at the center of a dangerous Buddhist schism. Yet even more surprising than the political, Norman convinces, is the Dalai Lama's astonishing spiritual practice, rooted in magic, vision, and prophecy-details of which are illuminated in this book for the first time. A revelatory life story of one of today's most radical, charismatic, and beloved world leaders.

Paul: A Biography

Paul: A Biography

Author: Tom Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2020

This compelling reconstruction of the life and thought of St Paul paints a vivid picture of the Roman world in which he preached his revolutionary message and explains the significance of his lasting impact on both the Church and the world. Regarded by many as the founder of Christianity, Paul of Tarsus is one of the most controversial and powerful figures in history. His writings have had an incalculable influence on Western culture and beyond, and his words continue to guide the lives of over two billion Christians across the world today. In this superbly detailed biography Tom Wright traces Paul's career from zealous persecutor of the fledgling Church, through his journeys as the world's greatest missionary theologian, to his likely death as a Christian martyr at the hands of Nero in the mid 60s CE. Drawing judiciously on the latest research into the Jewish, Greek and Roman worlds, and enriched by a wealth of critical insight into Paul's own writings, this is the most rounded portrait of the apostle ever painted - his development, motivations, spiritual struggles and intellectual achievements, and his lasting impact over two millennia.

On Thomas Merton

On Thomas Merton

Author: Mary Gordon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2020

Rav Kook Mystic in a Time of Revolution

Rav Kook Mystic in a Time of Revolution

Author: Yehudah Mirsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2020

The life and thought of a forceful figure in Israel's religious and political life Rav Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) was one of the most influential-and controversial-rabbis of the twentieth century. A visionary writer and outstanding rabbinic leader, Kook was a philosopher, mystic, poet, jurist, communal leader, and veritable saint. The first chief rabbi of Jewish Palestine and the founding theologian of religious Zionism, he struggled to understand and shape his revolutionary times. His life and writings resonate with the defining tensions of Jewish life and thought. A powerfully original thinker, Rav Kook combined strict traditionalism and an embrace of modernity, Orthodoxy and tolerance, piety and audacity, scholasticism and ecstasy, and passionate nationalism with profound universalism. Though little known in the English-speaking world, his life and teachings are essential to understanding current Israeli politics, contemporary Jewish spirituality, and modern Jewish thought. This biography, the first in English in more than half a century, offers a rich and insightful portrait of the man and his complex legacy. Yehudah Mirsky clears away widespread misunderstandings of Kook's ideas and provides fresh insights into his personality and worldview. Mirsky demonstrates how Kook's richly erudite, dazzlingly poetic writings convey a breathtaking vision in which the old will become new, and the new will become holy.

World of Trouble A Philadelphia Quaker Family's Journey through the American Revolution

World of Trouble A Philadelphia Quaker Family's Journey through the American Revolution

Author: Richard Godbeer Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2020

An intimate account of the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of a Quaker pacifist couple living in Philadelphia Historian Richard Godbeer presents a richly layered and intimate account of the American Revolution as experienced by a Philadelphia Quaker couple, Elizabeth Drinker and the merchant Henry Drinker, who barely survived the unique perils that Quakers faced during that conflict. Spanning a half-century before, during, and after the war, this gripping narrative illuminates the Revolution's darker side as patriots vilified, threatened, and in some cases killed pacifist Quakers as alleged enemies of the revolutionary cause. Amid chaos and danger, the Drinkers tried as best they could to keep their family and faith intact. Through one couple's story, Godbeer opens a window on a uniquely turbulent period of American history, uncovers the domestic, social, and religious lives of Quakers in the late eighteenth century, and situates their experience in the context of transatlantic culture and trade. A master storyteller takes his readers on a moving journey they will never forget.

The Life of Yogananda The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru

The Life of Yogananda The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru

Author: Philip Goldberg, Philip Goldberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2020

Yogananda, considered by many to be the father of modern yoga, has had an unsurpassed global impact thanks to the durability of his teachings, the institutions he created or inspired, and especially his iconic memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi. But it doesn't tell the whole story. Much of Yogananda's seminal text is devoted to tales about other people and it largely overlooks the three vital decades he spent living, working and teaching in America. Huge chunks of his life - challenges, controversies and crises; triumphs, relationships and formative experiences - remain unknown to even his most ardent devotees. In this captivating biography, scholar and teacher Philip Goldberg fills the gaps, charting a journey that spanned six decades, two hemispheres, two world wars and unprecedented social changes. The result is an objective, thoroughly researched account of Yogananda's remarkable life in all its detail, nuance and complex humanity.

The Kingdom is Always But Coming A Life of Walter Rauschenbusch

The Kingdom is Always But Coming A Life of Walter Rauschenbusch

Author: Christopher H. Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

Given the 2005 Award of Merit by Christianity Today, Christopher Evans' The Kingdom is Always but Coming follows the life and career of American theologian Walter Rauschenbusch, the preeminent spokesperson at the center of the social gospel movement. Perceptive, well-informed, and ably written, Evans' biography is a superb introduction to both Rauschenbusch's life and his thought.

The Biblical Politics of John Locke

The Biblical Politics of John Locke

Author: Kim Ian Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

John Locke is often thought of as one of the founders of the Enlightenment, a movement that sought to do away with the Bible and religion and replace them with scientific realism. But Locke was extremely interested in the Bible, and he was engaged by biblical theology and religion throughout his life. In this new book, K.I. Parker considers Locke's interest in Scripture and how that interest is articulated in the development of his political philosophy. Parker shows that Locke's liberalism is inspired by his religious vision and, particularly, his distinctive understanding of the early chapters of the book of Genesis. Unlike Sir Robert Filmer, who understood the Bible to justify social hierarchies (i.e., the divine right of the king, the first-born son's rights over other siblings, and the natural subservience of women to men), Locke understood from the Bible that humans are in a natural state of freedom and equality to each other. The biblical debate between Filmer and Locke furnishes scholars with a better understanding of Lockes political views as presented in his Two Treatises . The Biblical Politics of John Locke demonstrates the impact of the Bible on one of the most influential thinkers of the seventeenth century, and provides an original context in which to situate the debate concerning the origins of early modern political thought.

The Other Hermit of Thoreau's Walden Pond The Sojourn of Edmond Stuart Hotham

The Other Hermit of Thoreau's Walden Pond The Sojourn of Edmond Stuart Hotham

Author: Terry Barkley Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

I didn't realize there was another `hermit' of Walden Pond! is the usual response author-historian Terry Barkley receives when he tells someone the subject of his new book. Henry David Thoreau's experiment there from 1845-1847 is widely known and immortalized in his classic Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854). However, stresses Barkley, Neither the world nor even most avid Thoreauvians know about Edmond Hotham's six-months at Walden Pond during the winter of 1868-1869, the fascinating story of which is detailed in The Other Hermit of Thoreau's Walden Pond: The Sojourn of Edmond Stuart Hotham. A generation later and nearly seven years after Henry Thoreau died in 1862 of tuberculosis in Concord, Massachusetts, a young theological student from New York City arrived in Concord in November 1868. Edmond Hotham had never been there, but he immediately began preparations to pursue the wild life. He met transcendentalist poet (William) Ellery Channing, a former close friend of Thoreau's who had suggested to Thoreau that he build his cabin at Walden Pond. It was Channing who likely introduced Hotham to transcendentalist leader Ralph Waldo Emerson (the Sage of Concord ), and Emerson who gave Hotham permission, like Thoreau before him, to build his Earth-cabin on the poet's property at Walden Pond. Edmond Hotham's sojourn at Walden Pond was the first and only time someone traveled to Walden Pond to emulate Thoreau's experiment in simplicity. Hotham made his way to Walden Pond to pursue some private business while he was preparing for Christian ministry and stateside missionary work. He built his shanty on the pond's shore about 100 yards in front of Thoreau's, where he attempted to out-economize and out-simplify Thoreau. Hotham's sojourn as the second hermit at Walden Pond exemplified the growing adulation of Henry David Thoreau and his literary work. Author Terry Barkley has gleaned archival sources, vital records, period newspaper accounts, and census rolls for everything that is known about Edmond Hotham.The Other Hermit of Thoreau's Walden Pond is the first book-length treatise on Hotham, half of which is wholly new material. It far supersedes the late Kenneth Walter Cameron's 1962 article on Hotham, which until now was the most complete study of the man. Barkley's groundbreaking study book is an important addition to the Concord-Walden Pond story and a fascinating read. To quote Thoreau, What is once well done is done forever.

Batting for the Poor: The Authorized Biography of David Sheppard

Batting for the Poor: The Authorized Biography of David Sheppard

Author: Andrew Bradstock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2019

Sheppard first came to prominence as a cricketer in the 1950s. An opening batsman and competent close fielder, he was selected for the England side while still an undergraduate at Cambridge, and later captained his country. His total of 1,581 runs in the 1952 season, and 14 centuries in a university career (1950-52), remain records for varsity cricket today. Appointed captain of his county side, Sussex, for the 1953 season, he led them to second place in the County Championship, their highest position to that date. In the 1960s Sheppard was a leading figure in the campaign to sever sporting links with South Africa, a crucial factor in the ending of apartheid. He was a leading critic of the MCC over its handling of the `D'Oliveira affair' in 1968/9. Converted to evangelical Christianity at a university mission in his first year at Cambridge, Sheppard was ordained into the Church of England in 1955. His curacy in Islington gave him a passion to serve the church in the inner-city, a calling which he fulfilled as warden of the Mayflower Centre in Canning Town, east London, for the following twelve years. His work at the Mayflower is still regarded as ground-breaking in terms of reaching inner-city communities with the Christian message. Among the many initiatives it spawned were the Frontier Youth Trust and the Evangelical Urban Training Project (now Unlock). Following his appointment as Bishop of Woolwich in 1969, Sheppard further developed his commitment to inner-city ministry, focusing in particular on improving race relations within the diocese, particularly south London. In 1974 he published a major text about his work in urban areas, Built as a City (Hodder & Stoughton). It was as Bishop of Liverpool from 1975-97 that Sheppard made his biggest mark. In a city where the historical divisions between Catholics and Protestants had led to it being described as a `mini-Belfast', Sheppard forged a pioneering ecumenical partnership with Archbishop Derek Worlock, his Roman Catholic counterpart. Both worked tirelessly to revive the fortunes of the city, then beset by high unemployment and economic decline, and to bring reconciliation and hope to its people. During a 20-year partnership Sheppard and Worlock, with the free church leaders, helped break down not only religious divisions in the city but those between the unions and industry, the police and the black community, and the Militant-led council and Thatcher administration. During the Toxteth riots in 1981 the bishops worked with politicians, police and community leaders to broker a just peace. Following the tragic death of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough football stadium in 1989, they played a significant role in healing tensions and bringing comfort to those bereaved. The bishops' advocacy of Liverpool to Government ministers, and ongoing discussions with local business leaders, played a major role in attracting investment and business to the city. By the time of Sheppard's retirement in 1997 the turnaround in Liverpool's fortunes was such that it could seriously consider bidding to become a European City of Culture, a status it achieved in 2008. Sheppard's consistent calls for measures to address poverty, unemployment, poor housing and racial injustice attracted constant media attention and kept him on the national stage. He was courted assiduously by the press, radio and TV for his views on topics of national concern as well as `religious' questions. His appearances on current affairs programmes brought his thoughtful and judicious opinions to a mass audience, earning him respect even from those who did not share his faith. Sheppard also achieved national profile through his writing, his public lectures, his chairmanship of the Church of England's board for social responsibility, and his involvement with reports such as Faith in the City (1985), Something to Celebrate (on family life, 1993) and Unemployment and the Future of Work (1997). The first of these, an investigation into conditions in Britain's inner cities which some in the Thatcher administration saw as a direct attack on its policies and allegedly dismissed as `Marxist theology', exacerbated an already difficult relationship between Church and government. It did, however, result in a number of long-term initiatives, including the Church Urban Fund, aimed at improving conditions in Britain's inner cities. In 1991 Sheppard was seriously considered for Archbishop of Canterbury following the retirement of Robert Runcie. Following his retirement in 1997 Sheppard was, unusually for a diocesan bishop, awarded a life peerage, and he played an active role in the Lords, and as a writer, speaker and preacher, until his death in 2005. His memorial service in Liverpool's Anglican cathedral was attended by more than 3,000 people, and in 2008 a specially-commissioned sculpture depicting him and Archbishop Worlock was unveiled in the city. The biography draws not only on the closed collection of papers left by Sheppard in Liverpool Central Library, but archival material stored by various institutions connected with his life. These include Sherborne School; his Cambridge colleges, Trinity Hall and Ridley Hall; St Mary's Church, Islington; Sussex County Cricket Club; the MCC; and the Mayflower Family Centre. The author is also conducting interviews with more than 150 individuals who knew and worked with Sheppard at different stages of his life, and draws on material already in the public domain.

Impossible Love The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against All Odds

Impossible Love The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against All Odds

Author: Craig Keener, Medine Moussounga Keener Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2019

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.