From simple beginnings at Gramps’ Dailey’s Farm Market and composing shampoo advertisements in the shower to full-time music and preaching ministry in a local church, Linda Lee’s oft en humorous recollections of God’s faithfulness and intervention in trying and triumphant times seeks to bring a smile to your face, joy to your heart and a leap in your spirit. See how God can work in a common life to bring about uncommon faith and testimony. Believe God for Something Big can inspire the reader to do just that.
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
This inspirational and motivational book propels readers to reach the peak of their potential. It also gives practical steps for living a productive life and having an extensive vision realized through good relational practices with God, others, and oneself. B.E.T. Big in God is an eye opener in the areas of self-development that extend to self-fulfillment, due to positive influence or to the impact of the great legacy that can be left during one’s lifetime. The principles derived from the exposition of Isaiah 54:1-4 will excite us to live a contented life of confidence in God. Reading this book will bring evident and positive change in life, resulting in the contentment of living for God and for others.
Are you or someone you love in a world of hurt right now? You may be facing challenging circumstances, intense pain, crushing disappointment, or silent regrets. But you don't have to fold. You don't have to resign yourself to defeat. You can find help and encouragement to get through the tough parts—to clarify the truth about your life, to replace self-sabotaging behaviors, to discover areas where you need a change of heart or perspective. And here's the promise: As you keep moving forward through adversity, you'll discover the greatness and the grace of God. Because you'll realize how truly great and gracious he is only when you endure hard times and emerge on the other side. Big Problems, Bigger God is your no-holds-barred guide to difficult challenges and the hope they can produce as you walk with God through them.
How did human societies scale up from tight-knit groups of hunter-gatherers to the large, anonymous, cooperative societies of today—even though anonymity is the enemy of cooperation? How did organized religions with "Big Gods"—the great monotheistic and polytheistic faiths—spread to colonize most minds in the world? In Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan makes the surprising argument that these fundamental puzzles about the origins of civilization answer each other. Sincere faith in watchful Big Gods unleashed unprecedented cooperation within ever-expanding groups, yet at the same time it introduced a new source of potential conflict between competing groups. And in some parts of the world, societies with atheist majorities—some of the most cooperative and prosperous in the world—have climbed religion's ladder, and then kicked it away. Big Gods answers fundamental questions about the origins and spread of world religions and helps us understand the rise of cooperative societies without belief in gods.
Stephen Hawkings Vermächtnis In seinem letzten Buch gibt Stephen Hawking Antworten auf die drängendsten Fragen unserer Zeit und nimmt uns mit auf eine persönliche Reise durch das Universum seiner Weltanschauung. Seine Gedanken zu Ursprung und Zukunft der Menschheit sind zugleich eine Mahnung, unseren Heimatplaneten besser vor den Gefahren unserer Gegenwart zu schützen. Zugänglich und klar finden Sie in diesem Buch Hawkings Antworten auf die drängendsten Fragen unserer Zeit. - Warum gibt es uns Menschen überhaupt? - Und woher kommen wir? - Gibt es im Weltall andere intelligente Lebewesen? - Existiert Gott? - In welchem Zustand befindet sich unser Heimatplanet? - Werden wir auf der Erde überleben? - Retten oder zerstören uns Naturwissenschaften und Technik? - Hilft uns die künstliche Intelligenz, die Erde zu bewahren? - Können wir den Weltraum bevölkern? - Wie werden wir die Schwächsten – Kinder, Kranke, alte Menschen – schützen? - Wie werden wir unsere Kinder erziehen? Brillanter Physiker, revolutionärer Kosmologe, unerschütterlicher Optimist. Für Stephen Hawking bergen die Weiten des Universums nicht nur naturwissenschaftliche Geheimnisse. In seinem persönlichsten Buch beantwortet der Autor die großen Fragen des menschlichen Lebens und spricht die wichtigsten Themen unserer Zeit an. Zugänglich und klar erläutert er die Folgen des menschlichen Fortschritts – vom Klimawandel bis hin zu künstlicher Intelligenz – und diskutiert seine Gefahren. Hier finden Sie Hawkings Antworten auf die Urfragen der Menschheit. Ein großer Appell an politische Machthaber und jeden Einzelnen von uns, unseren bedrohten Heimatplaneten besser zu schützen.
A bold faith requires a big God. How big is your God? In other words, what limits have you placed upon God in your life? If your experience of the Divine has become static and predictable, or if you have a relationship with God that is small and confined, Paul Coutinho invites you to believe that God is bigger—much bigger! How Big Is Your God? is Coutinho's challenge to every person to grow deeper and stronger in his or her faith by embracing a God whose love truly knows no bounds. To help us rethink our limited ideas of God, Coutinho, a Jesuit and a native of India, introduces us to his Hindu friends who put him on the path to mysticism; to his Buddhist teachers who broke open his limited views of the Divine; to Viktor Frankl, Desmond Tutu, and other enlightened guides who led him to a far more meaningful spiritual life; and to St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose Spiritual Exercises continue to shape his reflection and prayer life. As Fr. Coutinho encourages us to open our hearts and minds so that we can personally experience the infinite breadth of God, we begin to see that an ever-deepening relationship with the Divine is the true purpose of religion. Deepen your experience of God by moving from religion to relationship Do you have a relationship with God, or do you just have a religion? Do you know God, or do you just know about God? Do you believe in a God without limits, or have you placed God in a box and sealed the lid? In How Big Is Your God? Indian Jesuit priest Paul Coutinho asks each of us to carefully consider questions such as these. With his warm sense of humor and a talent for telling just the right story to drive home a point, Coutinho guides us to reconsider who God is and how we can have fellowship with God beyond anything we have imagined. The immensely powerful yet eminently readable wisdom in How Big Is Your God? will move us past religion as we know it and toward a relationship with God that can change the way we think, love, and live! "Coutinho draws on Eastern religious traditions, blending them with his own Catholic practice to challenge and deepen readers' understandings of God." Publishers Weekly "If you have ever suspected that 'religion' is way too small a container for the mystery we call God, this book is for you!" Margaret Silf, author of Inner Compass "Paul Coutinho, SJ, challenges and delights the reader in his ever provocative ways of inviting us into our religious experience." David L. Fleming, SJ author of Draw Me into Your Friendship
“Nola’s first published book, which I highly recommend to readers, is a testimony to the importance of the preeminent values of trust and faith. As a writer she communicates in an engaging style, producing many powerful and deep insights dressed in the cloak of humor.” —H.E . The Hon Robert. L. Morris, Barbados Ambassador to CARICOM and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) This work represents a journey into a previously under-explored aspect of our spirituality. This book is a must-read, particularly for those of us who are engaged in our own struggles with a humanity that needs to be taught the lesson of faith.” —Pedro L.V.Welch (Professor) Dean (Faculty of Humanities), (UWI) “Personal, practical, pulsating and prayer-based, a life-story that will strengthen your faith in God, change your outlook on life and how to deal with the sometimes daunting but ‘God-allowed’ situations we often face.” —Vincent Yearwood, Church Elder and Retired Business Leader ”It gives me great pleasure to endorse this great feat of spiritual and emotional victory captured in almost 300 pages of beauty, style, and poise. Nola’s commitment to ‘share her journey’ is beyond admiration. I unreservedly endorse this book as a divinely appointed and written testimony of inspiration, guidance and love.” —Dr. Stephen Pilgrim, PhD, MCIM, MIMgt — Former Vice President (USC) “When God speaks, He desires obedience from the heart. This willing submission to God’s Word is the golden vein of truth in this inspiring work. For that reason, I recommend it without hesitation. Obedience is life.” —Pastor Randy Skeete, International Evangelist
Bill Easum and Bil Cornelius are two strikingly different, yet surprisingly similar pastors. One undertook to revitalize a moribund mainline church; the other, to plant a new nondenominational congregation. Coming from different generations, their ministries took place under dissimilar circumstances. Yet both have experienced substantial, even explosive, growth in congregational mission and membership. Along the way they learned some important lessons, such as the centrality of strong pastoral leadership, the need for an unhesitating pursuit of excellence in all areas of the church's ministry, and the requirement that you picture an audacious vision for your church and live into that vision. Regardless of the current size of your church, you will find here inspiring, ready-to-implement ideas to help your church go BIG.
Colleen is charmed when she meets Trevor at a singles dance in upstate New York. Although she feels a spark with the guy, Colleen has been through the ringer of relationships, so she’s hesitant to jump into dating again. Soon, though, as things progress, Trevor begins to rock her world in ways she only fantasized about. She comes to realize that being with Trevor means being with his family, the McAndrews. They’re a tight-knit group, akin to a pack—full of fun and frolic but also some serious competition. Colleen joins the action, whether it be playing video games or going on early morning fishing trips in the great outdoors. Trevor and his family seek her attention, loyalty, and love, and Colleen basks in familial camaraderie. She feels adored yet sometimes overwhelmed by Trevor’s feelings for her, but her feelings are rapidly approaching amazing heights of their own. Before she gets too involved, she must make a decision: will she run with the pack—or run free?
A Professor and a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism & Christianity
Author: Preston Jones
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Greg Graffin is frontman, singer and songwriter for the punk band Bad Religion. He also happens to have a Ph.D. in zoology and wrote his dissertation on evolution, atheism and naturalism. Preston Jones is a history professor at a Christian college and a fan of Bad Religion's music. One day, on a whim, Preston sent Greg an appreciative e-mail. That was the start of an extraordinary correspondence. For several months, Preston and Greg sent e-mails back and forth on big topics like God, religion, knowledge, evil, evolution, biology, destiny and the nature of reality. Preston believes in God; Greg sees insufficient evidence for God's existence. Over the course of their friendly debate, they tackle such cosmic questions as: Is religion rational or irrational? Does morality require belief in God? Do people only believe in God because they are genetically predisposed toward religion? How do you make sense of suffering in the world? Is this universe all there is? And what does it all matter? In this engaging book, Preston and Greg's actual e-mail correspondence is reproduced, along with bonus materials that provide additional background and context. Each makes his case for why he thinks his worldview is more compelling and explanatory. While they find some places to agree, neither one convinces the other. They can't both be right. So which worldview is more plausible? You decide.
In How to Believe in God, Clark Strand, an accomplished master of both Eastern and Western mystical practices, takes on the most troublesome and provocative passages from Judeo-Christian scripture, transforming the Bible into a manual of spiritual liberation for the twenty-first-century seeker. Offering a revolutionary new model of approaching the Bible, he frees those sacred scriptures from superstition, dogma, and tribalism, and in the process recovers their universal teaching on salvation and belief. Drawing on his personal experiences, including his Bible Belt upbringing, his years as a Buddhist monk, and his life as a father and husband in a small rural community, Strand makes even the most subtle spiritual teaching heartfelt and accessible. How to Believe in God illuminates a clear path to reclaiming a God that leaves nothing out and leaves no one behind. His open, gentle, pioneering approach to faith allows everyone—from churchgoing Christians to those with no religious affiliation at all—to experience the Bible in new and exciting ways.
Introduces children to God and what He wants for all of His followers, offering a big-picture overview of the Bible that emphasizes His will for Christians to accept Him into their hearts so they can live in friendship.
"Be Fruitful And Multiply" is a fresh and forward look at how we as believers, have not only been commanded to prosper by God (mind, body, and soul), but have equally been designed and equipped by Him to do so. During the course of this book we'll discuss God's incredible revelation of pregnancy, and how it relates to us given birth to our full potential. Yes! I said 'our', because God's perfect intent is not to bless everyone else and leave you out. However, there is a process to becoming spiritually pregnant, just as there is a process to becoming naturally pregnant. As you read this book I believe that the revelation will speak directly to you, the reader, to get up and participate with God's plan for your life. This is not to discourage you, or to make you feel ashamed, on the contrary, it speaks directly to you in order to inspire you to show greatness. Some of the questions that this book will address are: "What is my purpose?," "Can I make it through this pain?," "Am I waiting on God or is God waiting on me?," "When is the right time to get pregnant?," and "Is ministry just preaching?" If you have asked yourself any or all of these questions, then without a doubt you will want to read this book in its entirety. Now, let's go forward and participate with God, believing big and doing big, because truly, nothing just happens, especially birth. "Be Fruitful And Multiply"
Out of our tendency to believe in something bigger than ourselves, we created an all-powerful God, this God is supposed to be capable of supplying all of our needs. It is considered here that this God in the Bible is a myth handed down through fables, folklores and allegories. There is no supernatural God, only a Balance in the Universe, this balance keeps the Universe in perfect motion, and supplies all the necessary resources needed for this magnificient creation to continue. We will reach our ultimate development when we learn to believe and trust in each other.