In this eagerly awaited follow-up to his international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes, John O'Donohue turns his attention to the subject of beauty - the divine beauty that calls the imagination and awakens all that is noble in the human heart. In these uncertain times of global conflict and crisis, we are riven with anxiety; our trust in the future has lost its innocence, for we know now that anything can happen from one second to the next. In such an unsheltered world, it may sound naive to suggest that this might be the moment to invoke and awaken beauty, yet this is exactly the claim that this book seeks to explore. DIVINE BEAUTY is a gentle but urgent call to awaken. O'Donohue opens our eyes, hearts and minds to the wonder of our own relationship with beauty. Rather than 'covering' this theme, he uncovers it, exposing the infinity and mystery of its breadth. His words return us home to the dignity of silence, the profundity of stillness, the power of thought and perception, and the eternal grace and generosity of beauty's presence. In this masterful and revelatory work, O'Donohue encourages our greater intimacy with beauty, and celebrates it for what it really is: a homecoming of the human spirit. As he focuses on the classical, medieval and Celtic traditions, on art, music, literature, nature and language, O'Donohue reveals how beauty's invisible embrace invites us towards new heights of passion and creativity. DIVINE BEAUTY is an exquisite treasury of Forms of the Beautiful. Its surface employs narrative, image, anecdote and myth, while into the silence of its subtext are sown seeds of reflection that gradually blossom in the heart.
The author of Anam Cara draws on Celtic wisdom and his philosophical imagination to explore the role of beauty in human life, contending that people facing an unprecedented level of anxiety can turn to fine works of music and art in order to rediscover hope, creativity, and serenity. 25,000 first printing.
One of several purposes for this memoir "Falling in Love 101" is to address the issue of "intimacy we have with ourselves, with our own bodies (and its parts) and the prospect of intimacy with others. This little book is also an attempt to mount a kind of sexual curriculum- especially for young people, and others who must "wait" for the marriage part of life. Intimacy for many of us is still fraught with queasiness, awkwardness. To indulge in any kind of sexual activity for most people (!!??), many people (!!??) some people some of the time, brings great ecstatic pleasure! Of necessity, we take a hard look at intercourse, with all its sexual stimulation, erratic behavior,and other intracacies. Woven together are biblical, literary,historical commentary,on the theme, and of how in some instances the specifics of Christian revelation in both theNew Testament and the Church are not as helpfull as we would like them to be. This treatise is also the beginning of a fanciful folk tale,launched by the author's own "folk."
Ideal for graphic designers, illustrators, artists, and clergy alike, this thorough exploration of sacred art transcends the discussion of symbols and aesthetics in order to seek a truly spiritual way of seeing. By drawing a comparison between many different eras of religious iconography—from the illuminators of the Middle Ages to modern-day artwork and advertising pieces—this vital resource encourages creative thinkers from all religious backgrounds to rediscover their work as sacred. Beautiful and abundant illustrations, coupled with passionately written text, challenge the ways in which we view religious artwork and imagery.
ÒTHE FATHER IS SEEKING TRUE WORSHIPERS...THEY THAT WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.Ó -John 4:23-24 Are we true worshipers? What does it mean to worship in spirit and in truth? Is God pleased with our worship in this modern age? Becoming True Worshipers takes a deeper look at the priority, the process, and the power of true worship. ItÕs insights and principles will transform you and set you free.
What if we began our study of Christian ethics not with an examination of our moral duties but with an exploration of the call of beauty? For like justice, beauty generates a call to a larger, more generous self. God's Beauty offers a fresh, positive approach to moral arguments calling us to work for social justice. It focuses on the calling of divine beauty summoning us to work for justice, protect human rights, overcome alienation and hostility, and be tenders and creators of beauty.
إنه العام 1883. منظر طبيعي في شتاء آيسلندا القاسي يمثُل كخلفيّة للمشهد. نتبع الكاهن بلدور سكوغَّسون في مطاردته ثعلباً أزرق غامضاً. لكنّه ما إن يضغط على الزناد، حتى ننجرف بعيداً إلى عالم «فريدريك ب. فريدريكسون» ذي المذهب الواقعي، والفتاة «أبّا» عُهدتُه التي تعاني متلازمة داون. كان فريدريك قد وصل مصادفة خلال تخليصها، بعد أن عُثِرَ عليها العام 1868 مقيّدة إلى دعائم خشبية داخل سفينة جانحة.+++شخصيات الرواية مصائرها مترابطة بصورة جوهرية، وتدريجياً، وفي سياق مفاجئ، سيتكشَّف أن جزءاً من هذه الحكاية الأخّاذة مشتمل على الخرافة، وجزءها الآخر مشتمل على الغموض.
Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilzation's Collapse
Author: Ph. D. Carolyn Baker
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The collapse of industrial civilization is rapidly unfolding and offers us an opportunity far beyond mere survival, even as it renders absurd any attempts to "fix" or prevent the end of the world as we have known it. Sacred Demise is about the transformation of human consciousness and the emergence of a new paradigm as a result discovering our purpose in the collapse process, thereby coming home to our ultimate place in the universe. Our willingness to consciously embark on the journey with openness and uncertainty may be advantageous for engendering a quantum evolutionary leap for our species and for the earth community. "Carolyn Baker is tireless in her quest to understand and speak about the collapse of civilization. Her message is simple: our journey through collapse will be as much a spiritual one as a physical one, a journey back from profound disconnection to the sacred. And so our emotional, psychological and spiritual preparations will be as important as the gardens we plant, the healing skills we acquire, and the actions we take in defense of the community of life. A book of tools and exercises to help with that preparation, then, is a welcome and much-needed addition to the literature of collapse."--Tim Bennett and Sally Erickson, Writer and Producer of the documentary "What A Way To Go: Life At the End of Empire" "Carolyn speaks with a confidence that never flinches from entering into the hardest truths of our times, or from the most difficult truths about the culture we are immersed in, so that we might emerge from the chrysalis of global crisis with open hearts and a renewed way of living on Earth together."--Juan Santos, Fourth World Blogspot
Hip Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture
Author: Christopher Malone
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
The Organic Globalizer is a collection of critical essays which takes the position that hip-hop holds political significance through an understanding of its ability to at once raise cultural awareness, expand civil society's focus on social and economic justice through institution building, and engage in political activism and participation. Collectively, the essays assert hip hop's importance as an "organic globalizer:†? no matter its pervasiveness or reach around the world, hip-hop ultimately remains a grassroots phenomenon that is born of the community from which it permeates. Hip hop, then, holds promise through three separate but related avenues: (1) through cultural awareness and identification/recognition of voices of marginalized communities through music and art; (2) through social creation and the institutionalization of independent alternative institutions and non-profit organizations in civil society geared toward social and economic justice; and (3) through political activism and participation in which demands are articulated and made on the state. With editorial bridges between chapters and an emphasis on interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives, The Organic Globalizer is the natural scholarly evolution in the conversation about hip-hop and politics.