Since its first publication in 1941, A Testament of Devotion, by the renowned Quaker teacher Thomas Kelly, has been universally embraced as a truly enduring spiritual classic. Plainspoken and deeply inspirational, it gathers together five compelling essays that urge us to center our lives on God's presence, to find quiet and stillness within modern life, and to discover the deeply satisfying and lasting peace of the inner spiritual journey. As relevant today as it was a half-century ago, A Testament of Devotion is the ideal companion to that highest of all human arts-the lifelong conversation between God and his creatures. I have in mind something deeper than the simplification of our external programs, our absurdly crowded calendars of appointments through which so many pantingly and frantically gasp. These do become simplified in holy obedience, and the poise and peace we have been missing can really be found. But there is a deeper, an internal simplification of the whole of one's personality, stilled, tranquil, in childlike trust listening ever to Eternity's whisper, walking with a smile into the dark."
Harper's Leader's Guides are a great way to build community, deepen faith, and enrich the spiritual lives of adults. A new addition to these popular leader's guides is A Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly. Features include spiritual and journaling exercises, suggestions for prayer, meditation, worship, and more.
The writings of Thomas Kelly, Douglas V. Steere, and D. Elton Trueblood have become classics. A new edition of Thomas Kelly's The Eternal Promise leads off the Contemporary Quaker Classics. Added to this collection of essays by Kelly is "Have You Ever Seen A Miracle?" and "Children of the Light." In addition, an introduction by Howard Macy and an index make this edition of The Eternal Promise especially valuable. Rounding out the set are Prayer and Worship (Steere) and The Trustworthiness of Religious Experience (Trueblood). A sequel to a Testament of Devotion.
A Guide for Meditation, Prayer and Ministry of the Word
Author: Peter Briggs
The Testament of Devotion is part of the library of Walking in the Way of Christ the Apostles study materials. It offers a guide for meditation, Scripture memorization, Scripture reading & listening, and prayer.
The "Testament of Rastafari" is a controversial, yet compelling and timely approach to reading and interpreting the contents of the King James' Version. It is an amazingingly plausible and inspirational discourse on the requirements for righteous "livity," and establishing knowledge of our Creator, HIS NAME & NATURE, HIS great plan for humankind, for renewal of the Earth & Universe, the destruction of DEATH, and the elevation of LIFE! All backed up by the "prophecies of the ancients" and the revealing facts of history. It identifies all the major players in this "silly season of prophecies," the "time of the end.."..and the "lost sheep" of the Most High, YAWH RASTAFARI!
A wonderfully imaginative and surprising debut novel about the inexorable approach of modernity. "Imagine the time of my grandfather's grandfather, when the darkness was newly separated from the light. Society was only a shadowy image of what it would soon become. This was Mandragora before my invention and all that it set in motion."-from The Testament of Yves Gundron So begins Yves Gundron's account of the strange events to befall Mandragora. It is a desperate, primitive place-plowing was only recently introduced, candles do not exist, and the inhabitants know no number larger than twenty. Nevertheless, there was little conflict before Yves's invention-the harness-irrevocably transformed the Mandragorans' lives. Yves's manuscript, which bears witness to these changes, appears to have been prepared for publication by an academic named Ruth Blum. But what at first seems a historical document proves to be something else entirely. Yves's brother, Mandrik le Chouchou, the town mystic, regales his fellow villagers with exotic tales of his travels to "Indochina." And when Yves recalls the words of a song that is recognizably a blues lyric, we know that either Ruth Blum is up to something or Mandragora is not what it seems. In this playful and adventurous debut, Emily Barton explores the two-edged sword of technology, asking what is lost in our fervent pursuit of modernity.
The radical message of Jesus is that there is only one alternative to the common method of confronting violence with more violence. The Only Alternative: Christian Nonviolent Peacemakers in America explores the spiritually active practice of compassionate nonviolence. Here is a journey through the lives of seven courageous American peacemakers who have embodied Christian nonviolence and dedicated their lives to addressing the suffering caused by racial discrimination, slavery, poverty, militarism, nuclear weapons, prisons, environmental degradation, and the psychology of fear and hatred. Here are highlights from the inspirational ideas and actions of Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Rufus Jones, Thomas Kelly, Jim Douglass, and Kathy Kelly. They remind us that to be Christian is to use the power of love to transform spiritual, economic, and social violence. The great turning from violence to nonviolence is the story of Christianity in America. There has never been a more urgent time for this revolutionary teaching to be heard, understood, and lived. It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence . . . --Martin Luther King Jr. Human beings are now facing the stark choice between survival and destruction amid myriad forms of violence. The nonviolent peacemakers within this book can inspire the peacemaker within each of us to cultivate a direct relationship with God and love through contemplation, meditation, writing, and compassionate action based in the life and teachings of Jesus.