The willingness to believe in some kind of payback or karma remains nearly universal. Retribution awaits those who commit bad deeds; rewards await those who do good. Johnson explores how this belief has developed over time, and how it has shaped the course of human evolution.
God Is Watching You is a fictional book based on true story. A Christian school in a small town is proud of his valuable teachings; it is a pretty enjoyable religious environment for study. But there is no room for insubordination, and the disciplinary rules have no tolerance. Four middle school students, three boys and one girl, all classmates are willing to show their love and kindness to the homeless people in the town. They decided to give them few oranges and mangoes every week picked from their school garden, but this is prohibited. So they have to defeat the rules of the school and face few challenging situations that require skills, determination, and many games plays. Their choice put them in an impasse, a kind of a bottleneck that remains a dilemma after a posted notices "fight" with their school authorities. What to do? The assistance of the reader is needed at the end of the book to help the young four classmates make their final and definitive decision. The book comes to its end but not to the end of the story. A dead end? Not at all. An innovation in writing? No doubt. This is an original book that every reader has to take to its real end. How can the reader give an advice? The book invites the reader to write and share his opinion and become also a writer. Why not? The author wants to trigger discussions among children, young adults, and adults as well about sharing, love, kindness, giving, discipline, friendship, leadership, action, defeat, courage, fear, respect, audacity, safety, care, judgments, and much more. The uniqueness of this book is to be the missing piece of the puzzle that will bring the diversity needed to enhance the success of the children's books production. He will no doubt add that unknown flavor of a foreign culture that will enhance the taste of our literary production of the country. This book is intended to be for children and young adults, but it turns surprisingly to be very suitable for all ages. Moreover it is an interesting useful and helpful language book for English or French readers and learners.
An Inspirational Reminder of God's Constant Presence in Our Lives
Author: Gary Morris
Publisher: Blue Mountain Arts, Inc.
Category: Family & Relationships
This collection is an inspiring and uplifting reminder of one powerful, eternal truth: God is always watching over you. No matter where you go in life or what obstacles you face, you can always turn to the ultimate source of unconditional love and caring. This book celebrates the power of prayer and faith in daily life; it expresses the heart's gratitude for all the blessings God bestows. It encourages us to have hope and optimism in tomorrow, knowing that God and His infinite love will always be there -- watching over us all the days we live.
Rev. Dada J P Vaswani has always been a raconteur par excellence. His informal discourses as well as his books have always been liberally interspersed with thought-provoking stories, interesting anecdotes and tales from our myths and scriptures, chosen judiciously to bring home the point that he wishes us to absorb. These stories are so memorable, that they linger long in our hearts, allowing us to internalize the message or the value that he has so creatively put across to us! In this book, we bring together 100 stories chosen from his recent talks and books, neatly packaged with Rev. Dada’s thoughts offered for your reflection, and his trademark practical exercises in the form of tips for you to follow! Happy reading – and happy reflections! J P Vaswani needs no introduction to readers of inspirational literature. He is regarded as one of the leading spiritual luminaries of India, a practical philosopher and a man of God whose grace has influenced thousands all over the world. A gifted writer and brilliant orator, Dada, as he is lovingly called, has addressed distinguished audiences worldwide, communicating only as he can, the positive messages of love, faith, joy and peace. J P Vaswani is the recipient of several honors, including the prestigious U Thant Peace Award. He has written over 80 books, many of which have been translated into various foreign languages.
Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers, and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships
Author: Andrew Root
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
For more than 50 years, relational or incarnational ministry has been a major focus in youth ministry. But for too long, those relationships have been used as tools—as a means to an end—where adults try to influence students to accept, know, trust, believe, or participate in something. While our motives may be good, it’s possible that by focusing on these goals, we’re not ministering the whole person. When we choose not to engage in the full life of a student, we run the risk of failing them and our ministry. In this thoughtful and insightful book, Andrew Root challenges us to reconsider our motives and begin to consider simply being with and doing life alongside teenagers with no agenda other than to love them right where they are, by place-sharing. As he shares stories of his (and others’) successes and failures in relational youth ministry, you’ll find practical ideas to help you recreate the role of relationships in your youth ministry. If you’re involved in the lives of teenagers, whether as a youth pastor, volunteer youth worker, church leader, or parent, you’ll want to read this book and work together to discover the value of place-sharing in the lives of teens. You’ll see that it’s time to tear down the old structure of relational youth ministry and start again.
In His Image is the next step for those who have read The Purpose Driven Life. Following the Life Purpose of Mission, this book explores God's great love for humanity from every book of the Bible. From the creation of Genesis to the culmination in Revelation, God’s love shines through every page. Never is this ever clearer than in the times of Israel’s great betrayal of their God. His passionate pursuit of His children can be heard dripping from his voice as He calls them (and us by proxy) back to His shelter and protection. This book was written ... • To convince the reader of God’s intense and immense love for them; • To encourage the reader to reach out to the God who is passionately in love with them; • To strengthen the reader’s faith in God’s compassion; and • To motivate the reader to share the love of God with every person they meet. It is very clear God loves people of all races and ethnicities. Therefore, whenever appropriate to the passage of the day, emphasis is made on the issue of racial reconciliation around God’s love. His love becomes the motivation for evangelism and for community. In each daily devotional ... • There is a Biblical Scripture they are encouraged to read; • There is a passage of Scripture to read in the devotional itself; • There is the devotional to read which focuses the reader on a single thought, broken into two, three or four practical ideas they can utilize that day in their lives; and • There is a thought to take with the reader each day which summarizes the theme concerning God’s great love for them.
There is no time for the people of the world to waste to decide to change their ways and their ways of living. The world is in a crisis that it has not been in before. Actually the world has been in countless crises in the past, before disaster, calamity or catastrophe struck the people of the earth. We are not talking of crises of natural disasters, calamities or catastrophes that have hit the earth, we are talking about man made, man engineered and man designed disasters, calamities and catastrophes that have hit the world from time to time. History is full of them and apart from those natural disasters caused by God or the Devil themselves; the rest were caused by man themselves. Now this revelation is not about the natural but about the spiritual. Power mad dictators, rulers and potentates the world over are normally the cause of these disasters, calamities and catastrophes and nature has little to do with them although they did affect nature, in some way or another. Small and great Wars were started by whosoever caused them without any due regard of men’s lives, and the resultant horrors, hardships and horrendous pain, lived on in the hearts and lives of the people that survived. No one can add these things up nor can they count the cost in human suffering, misery and pain, nor the cost of men’s souls lost all for the sake of man’s vanity. "The current synopsis is catchy and intriguing. This synopsis is well written and it will entice readers into picking this book up and reading it." - Cynthia Sherman Writer’s Literary & Publishing Services, Critique Division
For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.
It is Catherine Braswel s opinion that as far as we ve fallen as a nation, we have fallen even further as a church community. We look for unrighteousness in the world, but what happens when we see it on a daily basis in the House of God? No wonder the questions is asked, is the Church Sick? Using medical analogies, and drawing from her years as a clinical nurse and community pastor, some of the most important points the author brings up in her book are: The things you had control over in your life are completely out of control. You have blocked arteries all over the place and you need God to come in and perform some major surgeries, before you die spiritually. Christ died and had given us a new identity in which we have been called the children of God, but somehow were just done remember that. How can such an act of love be forgotten? Where did I lose it and how can I find it? In the last chapter , the author explores exactly what medicines and treatments God requires for the healing of the church, what we as a church community can do to speed up the healing process, and how we can keep these diseases from re-infesting or infecting the church again.
Education, Challenge, Inspiration, and Encouragement
Author: Michael J. Akers
Publisher: WestBow Press
There are many devotional books available containing brief, daily inspirations that benefit all who read them. This book is different in two respects. The first is obvious: it contains two readings per day—732 in all. The second, more important difference is that the author wanted to do more than offer inspiration; this would make this book no different than so many others. The messages in the book are study sketches in that the content is not only inspirational, but also educational, challenging, and encouraging. Most of these writings were based on author Michael J. Akers’s teaching of adult Bible studies for more than thirty years and learning what really brought adults to want to deepen their knowledge and application of the Word of God.