For decades, Steven Curtis Chapman's music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions around the world. Now, for the first time, Steven openly shares the experiences that have shaped him, his faith, and his music in a life that has included incredible highs and faith-shaking lows. Readers will be captivated by this exclusive look into Steven's childhood and challenging family dynamic growing up, how that led to music and early days on the road, his wild ride to the top of the charts, his relationship with wife Mary Beth, and the growth of their family through births and adoptions. In addition to inside stories from his days of youth to his notable career, including the background to some of his best-loved songs, readers will walk with Steven down the devastating road of loss after the tragic death of five-year-old daughter Maria. And they'll experience his return to the stage after doubting he could ever sing again. Poignant, gut-wrenchingly honest, yet always hopeful, Steven offers no sugary solutions to life's toughest questions. Yet out of the brokenness, he continues to trust God to one day fix what is unfixable in this life. This backstage look at the down-to-earth superstar they've come to love will touch fans' lives and fill their hearts with hope. Includes black-and-white photos throughout.
Christian Perspectives on Environmental Protection
Author: Fred Van Dyke
The first comprehensive survey of Christian environmental ethics and activism offers a Christian understanding of environmental conservation, protection, and stewardship that speaks directly to ongoing environmental issues. * Case histories of specific faith-based organizations doing conservation work * An extensive bibliography of theological, ethical, historical, biographical, scientific, and popular sources that address the role of Christians and the Christian church in the care of creation
In this award-winning, lighthearted drama, Archangel Michael, the celestial defender of humanity, finds his job on the line. The High Council in Heaven is about to strip him of his wings because things on Earth are going to hell. Michael is about to lose his position to Semyaza, the evil Lord of Darkness and leader of the fallen angels. Nicole, an innocent, yet bumbling untrained angel volunteers to be a flight attendant to help Michael in his final campaign. She quickly learns what makes Michael's airline unique is a seat assignment system specifically designed to allow passengers the opportunity to balance their heavy karmic and emotional baggage with their assigned seatmate--not only from this lifetime, but from past and future lives as well. With the right person sitting on the right flight in the right seat, the traveling public is unaware that they are being served by angels and being given the opportunity to learn their soul's most important lessons before they reach their destination. Caught in the vicious clash of the Dark against the Light, Nicole loses her own battle when she succumbs to the worldly temptations offered by Semyaza. In this harrowing race against time, Michael is now forced to choose between saving humanity or saving Nicole, the young, vulnerable angel who he secretly desires. With Semyaza's plans running on time and on course, who does Michael chose? And who saves him from his own pending demise? Find out in Flying Between Heaven and Earth! Congratulations to Gina E. Jones, Finalist in the National "Best Books" 2007 Awards for Fiction & Literature in the New Age Fiction category! -- USA Book News “Totally enlightening and inspirational page turner! I highly recommend this book for all spiritual people. This book is a great fictional story, with a wonderful sense of truth, enlightenment, and an abundance of inspiration!” –- Reader Views “An apocalypse story with a celestial twist, and a riveting read from cover to cover!” –- Midwest Book Review “Archangel Michael starts an airline to save humanity! A recommended read!” –- Allbooks Reviews “A fun, entertainingly glorious romp through the trials and tribulations of being alive on planet Earth. It has everything from ETs to Ascended Masters, sex to shopping, angels to demons, romance to mystery, and is multi-leveled to boot! It takes us from the pits of addiction and despair to the heights of heaven, and it does this all with a j
The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them
Author: Robert A. Orsi
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Between Heaven and Earth explores the relationships men, women, and children have formed with the Virgin Mary and the saints in twentieth-century American Catholic history, and reflects, more broadly, on how people live in the company of sacred figures and how these relationships shape the ties between people on earth. In this boldly argued and beautifully written book, Robert Orsi also considers how scholars of religion occupy the ground in between belief and analysis, faith and scholarship. Orsi infuses his analysis with an autobiographical voice steeped in his own Italian-American Catholic background--from the devotion of his uncle Sal, who had cerebral palsy, to a "crippled saint," Margaret of Castello; to the bond of his Tuscan grandmother with Saint Gemma Galgani. Religion exists not as a medium of making meanings, Orsi maintains, but as a network of relationships between heaven and earth involving people of all ages as well as the many sacred figures they hold dear. Orsi argues that modern academic theorizing about religion has long sanctioned dubious distinctions between "good" or "real" religious expression on the one hand and "bad" or "bogus" religion on the other, which marginalize these everyday relationships with sacred figures. This book is a brilliant critical inquiry into the lives that people make, for better or worse, between heaven and earth, and into the ways scholars of religion could better study of these worlds.
This engaging book by one of today's best-known Christian writers explores the history of heaven, from its origins in biblical writings to its most recent representations. A short, accessible book on the history of heaven. Draws together representations of heaven by a wide range of writers, theologians, politicians and artists. Covers literary works such as Dante's Divine Comedy, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and the poems of George Herbert. Considers discussions by Marx and Freud of heaven's role in society. Based on serious scholarship but is ideal for the non-specialist who wants to learn more about the idea of heaven. Alister E. McGrath is one of today's best-known Christian writers.
Aspiration is derived upon the breath of hope. This is the message that Lamont Z. Brown conveys in this new collection of stories and poetry. We all face challenges in life; Between the Gates of Heaven and Hell is meant to inspire and motivate its readers to face those challenges. There are days when life is hard, and things don't always go our way; there are times when we have great days and forget about the bad times in a second. Aimed at a diverse audience, Between the Gates of Heaven and Hell speaks about love, life, and even death all experiences humans face at one time or another. Brown's work represents a realistic reflection of the distorted reality that we call existence. He presents stories and poetry that relate the challenges and mysteries of life. From a damaged relationship between a husband and wife that ends in a car crash to the lyrical poetry that explores life, he captures the true essence of our emotions. He takes you along on a journey with each of his characters, discovering who they are and what makes their worlds complete.
György Lukacs was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher, writer, and literary critic who shaped mainstream European Communist thought. Soul and Form was his first book, published in 1910, and it established his reputation, treating questions of linguistic expressivity and literary style in the works of Plato, Kierkegaard, Novalis, Sterne, and others. By isolating the formal techniques these thinkers developed, Lukács laid the groundwork for his later work in Marxist aesthetics, a field that introduced the historical and political implications of text. For this centennial edition, John T. Sanders and Katie Terezakis add a dialogue entitled "On Poverty of Spirit," which Lukács wrote at the time of Soul and Form, and an introduction by Judith Butler, which compares Lukács's key claims to his later work and subsequent movements in literary theory and criticism. In an afterword, Terezakis continues to trace the Lukácsian system within his writing and other fields. These essays explore problems of alienation and isolation and the curative quality of aesthetic form, which communicates both individuality and a shared human condition. They investigate the elements that give rise to form, the history that form implies, and the historicity that form embodies. Taken together, they showcase the breakdown, in modern times, of an objective aesthetics, and the rise of a new art born from lived experience.
Communication with the Divine in the Ancient Near East
Author: C.L. Crouch
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
This volume brings together experts in the study of ancient prayers and divination methods to analyse the variety of means by which human beings sought to communicate with their gods and by which the gods were seen to communicate with their worshippers. In a departure from previous scholarship, the volume brings together the study of prophecy, as an intuitive form of divination, with the study of technical methods of communication and other forms of institutionalised communication such as prayer. Such a format allows divine-human communication to be studied in both directions simultaneously: the means by which the divine communicates to human beings through divination, and the means by which human beings communicate with the divine through prayer. This new perspective on the study of divine-human-divine communication allows scholars to better appreciate the way in which communication and the relationship between heaven and earth was conceived in the ancient near East.
The departmentalism of American universities has doubtless much to recommend it. It indicates that exuberance is not a sufficient sub stitute for scholarship, that, for better or for worse, every scholar today must be something of a specialist. But when any great writer and great thinker reaches out and grasps the whole of human life, the study of his work transcends specialization. And while exuberance may not replace scholarship, it may accompany it. Most of my work has been done in the history of political philosophy. I have dared to overstep departmental boundaries, because I believe that Shakespeare has something to say to political philosophy. I am not the first to express this view. Whether I express it well or badly, I shall not be the last. I want to thank Leo Strauss, my teacher. He has read the manus cript and given me the benefit of his insight and judgment. I want to thank Richard Kennington, who has taken so much time from his own work to comment meticulously and constructively on this work as on other things I have written. His help has been generous, and my appreciation is deep. I must, in particular, thank my colleague, Adolph Lowe. He has perused this study, much of it in several versions. Through long walks in Manchester, Vermont, we have discussed my work and his comments. Usually his comments have been compelling. I can regret only that I am completely unqualified to reciprocate.
Spirit of the Environment brings spiritual and religious concerns to environmental issues. Providing a much needed alternative to exploring human beings' relationship to the natural world through the restrictive lenses of 'science', 'ecology', or even 'morality', this book offers a fresh perspective to the field. Spirit of the Enironment addresses: * the environmental attitudes of the major religions; * the relationship between art and nature; * the Gaia hypothesis; * the non-instrumental values which have inspired environmental concern. Contributors range from a variety of disciplines including philosophy, comparative religion, education and social anthropology, providing students with an intriguing survey on the role that spirituality and religion play in nature. This is a vital collection for those eager to examine the relationship between the spiritual and the environment.