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Spirituality Without Religion: I Know God

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YESHUA: A Personal Memoir of the Missing Years of Jesus

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The Old North Trail: Life, Legends and Religion of the Blackfeet Indians

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Spirituality: Experience Consciousness And Discover The True You by John Hughes (Author)

Spirituality: Experience Consciousness And Discover The True You 

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp (Author)

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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Healing With The Angels by Doreen Virtue (Author)

Healing With The Angels

Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How to Say No by Henry Cloud (Author), John Townsend (Author)

Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How to Say No

May a Christian Believe in Reincarnation? by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri) (Author), Annie Besant (Author)

May a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?

The Spiritual Book: A Metaphysical Spiritual Romance by Kathy Tully (Author)

The Spiritual Book: A Metaphysical Spiritual Romance

The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth by Marcus J. Borg (Author), John Dominic Crossan (Author)

The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth

An Amish Buggy Ride by Sarah Price (Author)

An Amish Buggy Ride

128 Greatest Stories from the Bible by Dan Harmon (Author), Colleen L. Reece (Author), Julie Reece - Demarco (Author)

128 Greatest Stories from the Bible 

NIV, The Story, Hardcover: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People by Zondervan (Author), Max Lucado and Randy Frazee (Foreword)

NIV, The Story, Hardcover: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

The Art of Witty Banter: Be Clever, Be Quick, Be Interesting - Create Captivating Conversation by Patrick King (Author)

The Art of Witty Banter: Be Clever, Be Quick, Be Interesting – Create Captivating Conversation

History of Religion by Michael J. Stewart (Author)

History of Religion

The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell YOU by Mike Dooley (Author)

Super Accelerated Living: How to Manifest an Epic Life by Bentinho Massaro (Author)

Super Accelerated Living: How to Manifest an Epic Life

The Forbidden Religion by Jose M. Herrou Aragon (Author)

The Forbidden Religion

Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life by Rebecca Pacheco (Author)

Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N. T. Wright (Author)

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

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Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

 Pastor Kyle Idleman doesn’t just want to be a fan of Jesus, he wants to full heartedly commit to him and be a follower of Jesus. But how can you make the leap from fan to follower? In Not a Fan Idleman uses biblical examples to show how the people who met Jesus also had to decide if they were fans or followers, and what it meant for them to then become followers. Being a follower doesn’t mean that you go to church every week, that you slap a Jesus fish on the back of your car, and that you give to charity. That’s what a fan does. What a follower of Jesus does, Idleman observes, is die to themselves each and every moment of the day because “you can’t say yes to following Jesus unless you say no to living for yourself.” In this three part book Idleman helps you to discover whether you are a fan or a follower, how to recognize the invitation Jesus has given, and what following Jesus looks like in your daily life. With humor and real life examples to draw you closer to Jesus, Kyle Idleman compels each and every one of us to Not Be A Fan

Kyle Idleman knows where we live and where we could live with God’s help. His words are, at once, profound and practical. He is committed to helping us move in the right direction. If you need a helping hand in your journey, he will point you to the right Person. –Max Lucado – Pastor, Oak Hills Church and Author of Fearless. —

Jesus never asked us to sit on the sidelines and cheer for his cause . In Idleman’s book, Not a Fan, Kyle will challenge you to grow from a fair weather fan to a full-time follower of Christ –Craig Groeschel – Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and Author of The Christian Atheist. —

Not a Fan is truly a cutting edge study that will challenge even the most obedient Christians to re-look at their relationship with Christ. I highly recommend to individuals and churches everywhere. –Mike Huckabee – Former Governor of Arkansas and Author of Do the Right Thing. —

Kyle Idleman’s Not a Fan is a crucial message for our time. It’s a powerful call to commitment and to following Jesus with all our hearts that has challenged me in the best of ways! –Jud Wilhite – Sr. Pastor Central Christian Church, Las Vegas and Author of Throw it Down

This book disrupts the status quo and challenges readers to follow Christ with greater devotion. –Mark Batterson – Lead Pastor, National Community Church and Author of Soul Print

Not A Fan is a book that every Christian should read and regularly re-read. I started to read the manuscript and could not stop until I finished. This is a NOW message for the Church and my hope is that every believer who reads this will become an authentic follower of Christ. –Christine Caine – Founder, The A21 Campaign and Author of Run to Win

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The Decision

Discover along with Jonah Miller how life can begin anew in the prairie state of Illinois. Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving heartbreak behind is the best decision Jonah ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets Elaine Schrock? Will his scarred heart mend when she chooses family loyalty over love?

I have read all of author Wanda Brunstetter’s Amish fiction books. I just finished, The Decision and I want to say this book really hit home for me. My Mom had Dementia for 1 ½ years before she passed away. To see a loved one battle with this horrible disease is awful. I want to applaud this author for writing a book that will touch many lives.

So much heartache for both Elaine Schrock and Jonah Miller, the two main characters. It is important to allow others into your life to help when burdens weigh you down, even if it is just a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes pride keeps us from doing that. It is also essential to have faith and trust in God. Decisions had to be made. What decisions did Elaine and Jonah make? Were they the right ones?

I enjoy when I get caught up in a storyline and feel I am part of the characters lives. I experienced some happy moments but I also experienced many sad moments.

While I won’t spoil anything about this book with those reading this review, I will say I never saw the ending coming. I sat for a few minutes thinking about how I felt when I finished the book. Needless to say, my husband got an earful. I had to get those emotions out!

I can’t wait to read what author Wanda Brunstetter has in store for us to read next.

Don’t let this book pass you by. I can’t wait to read the reviews of others. This one was a 5 star one for me.

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Dancing With Jesus

How can Abia ever become a useful and loved person when an accident causes her to walk with a limp and unable to have children? On that one horrible day, her fate is sealed, and those who don’t make fun of her shun her.

Although her parents and siblings are supportive, there is always something missing. Until one glorious day when she is baptized in the Jordan River and her life—body, soul, and spirit—is changed forever.

Then she meets the Person who can make all her dreams come true—if she can get out of Herod’s banquet hall without losing her head!

“Dancing with Jesus” is a captivating story of encountering Jesus, finding purpose, and fulfilling destiny. Abia Ben-Judah, early in her childhood, experiences a series of dreams, dreams of a special relationship with God – dreams of prophetic dancing and worship. A debilitating accident left Abia questioning the realization of her dreams as she endured twelve years of suffering and pain. Abia’s destiny begins in a humble Jewish home filled with love, steeped in tradition, and religion.

Careful attention to detail in her character and plot development brings the story to life, providing; historical adventure, discovery, and spiritual growth. Fitzpatrick’s Biblical backgrounds and illustrative narratives are consistent with scripture.

Fitzpatrick uses the medium of fiction to deliver a message of hope and salvation as she weaves a parallel story of her own life of encountering Jesus. She tells her story through Abia’s redemption, restoration, and the experience finding spiritual fulfillment through prophetic dancing as a form of worship, taking her right into the presence of God.

The dramatic conclusion of “Dancing with Jesus” left me with a lingering feeling of gratefulness for God’s unmerited mercy and intimate love for His children as I too experienced Abia’s sense of God’s presence.

“Dancing with Jesus” is a power packed, compelling novel. Linda Fitzpatrick creates Biblical drama, incorporates Christian fantasy, and brilliantly blends historical fiction and prophetic fulfillment into the adventure.

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When Crickets Cry

A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts.

It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest.

Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car, his mind on a boat he’s restoring at a nearby lake. The stranger understands more about the scar than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

Before it’s over, they’ll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry . . . and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.

What happens when you have a broken hearted man and a small child who is clinging to a thread of life and somehow, through an act of God, their lives touch and connect? This is the essence of this outstanding work by Charles Martin, “When Crickets Cry.”

Annie has very little time to live, she has a heart problem, but she is a strong little girl, one determined to either win or go down fighting. Reese is a medical doctor who could not save his wife and keep her heart beating; his sorrow runs deep over the agony of losing her. He meets Annie while in town one day as he buys a glass of her lemonade; a drink she is selling to help pay for her medical bills. Suddenly a truck goes out of control and hits Annie right before Reese’s eyes. Neither of their lives will ever be the same.

We watch this story and this relationship develop; two souls grabbing onto each other, almost like two drowning victims who fight to reach the surface and suck air into their deflating lungs. They become each other’s air and God merges the two souls together

as a healing balm, one for another, in a way that neither knew existed.

The emotions in this read run deep, the storyline is captivating and the ending will surely bring a smile and a tear. Very well done Mr. Martin. Recommended.

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Book of Enoch: All About the Three Books of Enoch

This is an introduction to, a summary of, all three books of Enoch and is NOT a translation of the books of Enoch. Nyland’s translation is called, “Complete Books of Enoch: All Three: New Translation with Extensive Commentary.”
The mysterious figure of Enoch was the great grandfather of Noah, and an extract from the First Book of Enoch appears in the book of Jude in the New Testament. The First Book of Enoch has been a most controversial book for centuries.
The Book of Enoch is of importance to those interested in theology, and controversial knowledge as well as angelology and demonology.
Book of Enoch: All About the Three Books of Enoch is by Number 1 Best-selling author and translator Dr. A. Nyland, translator of the Complete Books of Enoch: All Three: New Translation with Extensive Commentary.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Dr. A. Nyland spent her time on Faculty at the University of New England, Australia, teaching ancient grammar, conducting a lengthy replication of a Bronze Age horse training text, and drinking espresso.

She is the best selling translator of such books as The Complete Books of Enoch and author of What Were the Watchers? as well as Nephilim and Giants.

The information based on her books is not based on her own opinions, but is presented with a view to getting actual facts out there. This is harder and harder in this day and age with misinformation spreading like wildfire on the net, driven by all the books by authors who know no ancient languages, and get their information from English translations rather than the original texts. It is futile to research ancient texts in English translation.

A useful introduction to the Book of Enoch for names, general concepts and Biblical setting. Translator and author describes the importance of newly discovered manuscripts in producing accurate translations. An example of a specific, misleading translation error is carefully described by the same author in the book: The Book of Jubilees. This eror occurred in translating an original translation to a third language.

Most people will not make the effort to read all of Enoch but it is crucial that every Christian be exposed to the content of these books. Dr. Nyland does a wonderful job of dicing it up into digestible parts and a quick read for that person.

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In the Field of Grace

Destitute,
grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with
nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide
enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. But
God has other plans for her life.

While
everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a
widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign
woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his
Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from
harm, but his heart knows better.

Based on
the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that
ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole
world.

“In the Field of Grace” drew me in with the very first sentence. This is a beautiful retelling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. I truly love reading historical fiction because it gives the reader a refreshing perspective of a story heard many times. This was no exception.

This book was fantastic from cover to cover! I was already pretty excited about it after reading the summary and boy, it did not disappoint! I love that it was told from both Ruth’s and Boaz’s perspectives. Afshar did a great job in lining up with scripture throughout the entire story; as much as one can when writing Biblical Historical Fiction. I felt love, anger, desperation, and so much more as I went through this story with each character. I could not put this book down and would have finished it much quicker than the three days it took me if I had had the time. Ruth is such an amazing example to us in how to release everything in our lives to God, and this novel does excellently in making you truly understand this point. I also loved that each chapter started with a Bible verse that framed your mind perfectly for what you were about to read.

I definitely give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who would like to read a refreshing take on the story of Ruth. I re-read the book of Ruth after I finished reading and it was so wonderful because I had a renewed excitement for reading a story that I had read at least a dozen times! I have a renewed fascination and love of the Book of Ruth. It is a story of love and trusting God with absolutely everything in our lives.

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Choose Yourself!

The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.

New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).

This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.

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FROM THE FOREWORD:

What I like about James and his book is you can tell he came from a roller coaster. He chose his own path to success without knowing the outcome. And what happens to him later – well… – (Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter)

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Altucher has turned his misfortune into a source of wisdom and comfort for the despondent. – (Business Week)
James Altucher is scary smart – (Stephen Dubner, author of Freakonomics)
James Altucher is the best blogger of our generation. –  (Timothy Sykes, The Rebel Millionaire)
We are beginning to build a massive amount of respect for James Altucher due to his willingness to say things that will get him absolutely pilloried by the masses. – (Business Insider)
James is one of the most successful and content people I know. – (Machael Lazerow, founder of Buddy Media and Golf.com)
If you need to see an example of vulnerability done well, just read the work of James Altucher. – (Search Engine Journal)

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The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump: A Novel

Welcome to The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump. It’s a fish out of water story about how God turns 32-year-old Julie’s manicured, pedicured, self-absorbed designer life upside down.  

 

Julie, a nominal Christian, heads to New York for a weekend shopping binge. On a deserted train, she sits next to a stranger who turns out to be Jesus. After a wonderful, healing conversation she agrees to His request to, “feed My lambs.” When she gets off the train she’s in India.

 

Her charmed life is shattered–she must care for 12 “filthy orphans” living on a dump before she can return to her comfortable life. She lives on the street and overwhelming new challenges arise daily. While squatting in an alley, going to the bathroom, an orphan, named Ravi, steals her designer purse. Unbeknownst to Julie, Ravi, who speaks English, holds the key to her communicating with the other orphans.

 

Will Julie learn 1) to trust the Lord when nothing is in her control? 2) that she doesn’t have to perform to be loved? and 3) that her life is built on a shaky foundation? Can she protect the orphans from a predator who steals and maims children and sends them out to beg? How will God provide food when her wallet is stolen? Can she find safe homes for the children?


The answers to these questions will also be the answers to many of your questions about God, life and
yourself. Pick up a copy of The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump and jump into a great adventure!

Jesus loves us too much to allow us to remain selfish and focused on our problems. If you are consumed with your own worth, your appearance, your place in the world, your ministry, your health, your lack; READ THIS BOOK. It is God’s perspective. “You can dwell on and magnify Me, or you can dwell on and magnify your problems.” (Designer Bag) What the heroine, Julie, experiences by God’s hand should be happening to all of us on some level–our chastening and shaping are demonstrations of our Father’s love and care, shaping for this life, preparing for eternity. I read Julie’s complaints to God as if they came directly from my own lips. And I read God’s gentle responses as His answers to me. “Designer Bag…” is truly a handbook for a hard time written with such good humor and clarity as to allow us to lighten up, see with new eyes, and get our focus back where it belongs; on our wise good Lord whose plans are perfect, whose leadership is true, and whose faithfulness never fails.

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The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness–being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

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Miracle of Mindfulness is a sly commentary on the Anapanasati Sutra, the Sutra on Breath to Maintain Mindfulness. “Sly” because it doesn’t read like a dry commentary at all. One of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most popular books, Miracle of Mindfulness is about how to take hold of your consciousness and keep it alive to the present reality, whether eating a tangerine, playing with your children, or washing the dishes. A world-renowned Zen master, Nhat Hanh weaves practical instruction with anecdotes and other stories to show how the meditative mind can be achieved at all times and how it can help us all “reveal and heal.” Nhat Hanh is a master at helping us find a calm refuge within ourselves and teaching us how to reach out from there to the rest of the world. –Brian Bruya

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“[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth” His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Man’s Search for Meaning

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, Man’s Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a “book that made a difference in your life” found Man’s Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.

Beacon Press, the original English-language publisher of Man’s Search for Meaning, is issuing this new paperback edition with a new Foreword, biographical Afterword, jacket, price, and classroom materials to reach new generations of readers.

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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is among the most influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. The book begins with a lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essay about Frankl’s imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time to find reasons to live. The second part of the book, called “Logotherapy in a Nutshell,” describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl pioneered as a result of his experiences in the concentration camps. Freud believed that sexual instincts and urges were the driving force of humanity’s life; Frankl, by contrast, believes that man’s deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. Frankl’s logotherapy, therefore, is much more compatible with Western religions than Freudian psychotherapy. This is a fascinating, sophisticated, and very human book. At times, Frankl’s personal and professional discourses merge into a style of tremendous power. “Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is,” Frankl writes. “After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.”

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One of the great books of our time. —Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“One of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years.”—Carl R. Rogers (1959)

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Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!

“Rachel Macy Stafford’s post “The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up” was a true phenomenon on The Huffington Post, igniting countless conversations online and off about freeing ourselves from the vicious cycle of keeping up with our overstuffed agendas. Hands Free Mama has the power to keep that conversation going and remind us that we must not let our lives pass us by.”

–Arianna Huffington, Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books
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DISCOVER THE POWER, JOY, AND LOVE of Living “Hands Free”

If technology is the new addiction, then multi-tasking is the new marching order. We check our email while cooking dinner, send a text while bathing the kids, and spend more time looking into electronic screens than into the eyes of our loved ones. With our never-ending to-do lists and jam-packed schedules, it’s no wonder we’re distracted.

But this isn’t the way it has to be.

In July 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most.

Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.

So join Rachel and go hands-free. Discover what happens when you choose to open your heart—and your hands—to the possibilities of each God-given moment.

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Reiki For Beginners 

 

Discover the Divine Energy that is Inside of YOU

Learn How To Heal Yourself with Reiki

Today Only, Click the “Buy” button and Discover now the power of Chakras. If You Don’t Have Kindle You Can Still Read This Book On Your Web Browser using Amazon Free Cloud Reader

Would you love to learn more about Reiki and its benefits and practice?

This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to practice, harness, and share this energy effectively and proficiently to oneself and to others.

This book also provides detailed information on the history, the people, attunement procedures and levels, and guidance on the financial aspects of being a professional Reiki practitioner. Some of the most basic information every aspiring Reiki student needs to know can be found here.

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It’s Not About Me: Rescue From the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy

There really is more to this life than you’ve been told.

We’ve been demanding our way since day one …

“I want a spouse that makes me happy and coworkers that always ask my opinion.”

“I want weather that suits me and traffic that helps me and government that serves me.”

Self-promotion. Self-preservation. Self-centeredness …

“It’s all about me.”

They all told us it was, didn’t they? And we took them up on it. We thought self-celebration would make us happy …

But believing that has created chaos — noisy homes, stress-filled businesses, cutthroat relationships. We’ve chased so many skinny rabbits, says Max Lucado, that we’ve missed the fat one: the God-centered life.

If you want to shift into high gear with purpose, this is it: life makes sense when we accept our place! Our pleasures, our problems, our gifts and talents … when they’re all for the One who created us, we suddenly gain what we’ve been missing and find what we’ve been seeking.

Let Max Lucado show you how to make the shift of a lifetime. How to bump your life off self-center. How to be changed and experience the meaning-charged life you were meant to have. Your discovery starts here.

From Publishers Weekly

For nearly two decades, evangelical preacher Lucado has been writing about God’s inexhaustible grace, and his books have been snapped up by readers hungry to know they are loved, accepted, forgiven and saved. In his latest book this message, though still present, has moved to the background. A Copernican revolution is in order, Lucado says: it is time to understand that life revolves around God, not ourselves. The God he describes is neither Santa Claus nor a kindly, reassuring grandpa. He is a God of glory and holiness, eternal and unchanging. “To seek God’s glory is to pray, ‘Thicken the air with your presence; make it misty with your majesty. Part heaven’s drapes, and let your nature spill forth. God, show us God.’ ” Our role, once we have seen God’s glory, is simply to reflect it. We do this by proclaiming his message, using our bodies the way he intended, trusting him in the midst of suffering and acknowledging him as the author of our success. Even our salvation “showcases God’s mercy. It makes nothing of [our] effort but everything of his.” Sterner generations of Christians memorized the answer to the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” Lucado brings this concept to life with his trademark breezy style, good humor, homey anecdotes and passion. His fans may be surprised by this new emphasis, but they will not be disappointed.

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Spirituality Without Religion: I Know God

 For everyone seeking something greater than organized religion, “Spirituality Without Religion” is a guide towards spiritual enlightenment and away from religious dogma.

It’s time to realize that true spirituality is a personal journey that begins deep within oneself. In the words of Osho, “Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself. ”

Learn from the examples of spiritual teachers that came before you, but know that you must discover and live by your internal truths.

Spirituality Without Religion: I know God is a refreshing book that is beneficial for people of all beliefs, no beliefs, for those not sure what to believe, and for those who choose to follow their own inner truths.

The book does not refer to God as a man sitting in the sky looking down on us in judgement, but instead says that we are all extensions of God, which is a force of energy found everywhere, in everyone and in nature. It’s like a universal intelligence that runs through us. We can look inside ourselves and listen to our inner voices for the guidance. We don’t need to be caught up in the madness of religious indoctrination.

The book is very short, but is a great place to start for those of us looking for more meaning in life, looking to fill the void without dealing with the oppression found in ‘dis’ organized man-made religion. If you are looking for freedom and inner peace or know someone who is struggling with religion spirituality issues, I believe you will find this book very helpful…. quick and easy to read.

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An Apple A Day: Health in Every Realm

Enjoy bite-sized teachings and testimonies from the Bethel Church leadership team that show believers how to pursue and enjoy wholeness in every area of their lives.

Receive dynamic insight on experiencing divine health in your:

  • Emotions: “Joy is the medicine from heaven provided to help us live full and well lives” (Kevin Dedmon)
  • Creativity: “If we are created in God’s image, we have the ability to bring life and beauty all around us” (Theresa Dedmon)
  • Inner Health: “The lies we believe about ourselves plague our bodies, souls, and spirits.” (Dawna DeSilva)
  • Finances: “God is looking for a people He can trust with power… money is power.” (Stephen DeSilva)
  • Family: “Treat everyone who comes into your life just like you would treat family.” (Matthew DiMarco)
  • Physical: “I long to see the day when people learn to walk in divine health and there is no one left to heal. Divine health is more important than divine healing.” (Chris Gore)
  • Intellectual: “God delights in your intellect. He created it, organized it, and gave it all the potential in the universe.” (Chelsea Moore)
  • Childlikeness: “There is another side to all of us: the kid inside, the silly, fun, innocent, whimsical little guy or gal we didn’t just use to be but, if we are honest, still are—just in a taller package.” (Pam Spinosi)
  • Receiving God’s Love: “I want to find a way to maintain the ‘Honeymoon Period’ in our lives with God and with each other.” (Deborah Stevens)
  • Relationships: “It is so important in relationships that we focus on the good in others and not the bad.” (Leslie Taylor)

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done.: What most religions don’t tell you about the Bible

You are more than a body; you will live forever somewhere; and God is on a divine rescue mission to make sure your “forever” is safe with Him! If you enjoy being loved; if you enjoy gifts; if you care about where you will spend forever; and if you want to know the true message of the Bible, then you must read this book! Where will you spend forever? You owe this question some investigation…

“… your conscience proves your soul’s existence.”

I’ve read a lot of books on the salvation message but few have been quite so clear and convincing. In a matter of minutes you will read about how you can know for sure that you will spend eternity in heaven. Cary Schmidt’s book presents logical arguments and explains how you can get over your fear of death. He explains how most religions are “do” religions where you have to work for your salvation. After explaining why you can’t work your way to heaven with good deeds he explains the free gift of God that ensures your everlasting security. I can recommend this book highly to anyone who has a fear of death or who wants to go to heaven when they die. I also think it would be good for Christians who doubt their salvation. I urge you to read this book before you die! Then it will be too late.

This book was recommended to me as I am a new Christian and was a bit lost in Gods word… This book answered so very many of my questions and gave me insight that I didnt expect. I would recommend this book to anyone who has questions about God and/or Jesus. Not only was is super helpful, it was written using examples that I understood and related to.

I finished reading this book yesterday and have shared my thoughts in multiple forums. I truly enjoyed reading this book, have recommended it to various people (even showed them how to set up the Kindle Reading App. so they could join me in reading this book), and ordered several copies of the physical book for distribution. This is a really wonderful evangelizing tool; one that I sincerely will use. The content is not new; however, it brings these concepts to the forefront of your memory. A truly good read for everyone. It stresses there is nothing to be done by us since Jesus did it all. When He said it is finished, He meant it. Wonderful job, Cary Schmidt!

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The Astonishing Power of Emotions: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide

 

This leading-edge book by Esther and Jerry Hicks, who present the teachings of the Non-Physical entity Abraham, will help you understand the emotions that you’ve been experiencing all of your life. Instead of the out-of-control, knee-jerk reactions that most people have to their ever-changing life experience, this work will put those responses into a broader context. You’ll come to understand what emotions are, what each of them means, and how to effectively utilize your new awareness of them.

As you read, you’ll come to appreciate, and make peace with, where you are right now, even though there is so much more that you may desire. Every thought you absorb will bring you to a greater understanding of your own personal value and will show you how to open your own doors to whatever you may wish to be, do, or have. And as you turn the last page of this book, you will very likely find yourself thinking, I have always known this, but now, I know this!

Included is a link to download an audio excerpt from a live Art of Allowing Workshop with Abraham!

I’m one of those “New Age” types who’s read countless self-help and spiritual books, attended many seminars, and absorbed dozens and dozens of CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and so on. In short, I’m a “seeker”. So I feel confident in saying that the informaiton that Abraham has been giving out over the last 20 years is among the very best available in English. Clear, practical, and worldly guidance is founded on the most remarkable esoteric wisdom. Abraham opens my eyes and refreshes my mind like almost no other source.

“The Astonishing Power of Emotions” is a fine entry in the series of Abraham’s teachings. A few short chapters up front lay out the “big ideas” that underlie most of their work, and the rest of the book devotes a short, specific section to each of twenty or so of life’s most distressing problems. Health issues, weight loss issues, trouble with kids, spouses, friends, business partners; money concerns; loss and grief; job and career difficulties.

The advice is consistent, postive, uplifting and practical. All of the suggestions would be easy and simple for most everyone to follow, and I think apply to a wide range of people. I found value in every section, even those devoted to problems that have never entered my life. I keep reading passages to friends and family–it’s one of those books that I’d like to share with everyone I love.

My favorite statement from the book, and one of its core concepts, is “Nothing that you want is upstream.” I’m making it my life’s motto.

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A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband ‘Master’

What is “biblical womanhood” . . . really? Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment–a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year.<div><br>Pursuing a different virtue each month,

Evans learns the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood requires more than a “gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4). It means growing out her hair, making her own clothes, covering her head, obeying her husband, rising before dawn, abstaining from gossip, remaining silent in church, and even camping out in the front yard during her period.</div><div> <br>See what happens when a thoroughly modern woman starts referring to her husband as “master” and “praises him at the city gate” with a homemade sign. Learn the insights she receives from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish woman, and find out what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist wife.  Join her as she wrestles with difficult passages of scripture that portray misogyny and violence against women.

With just the right mixture of humor and insight, compassion and incredulity, A Year of Biblical Womanhood is an exercise in scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation. What does God truly expect of women, and is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Come along with Evans as she looks for answers in the rich heritage of biblical heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor.

There are three things that stand out to me about this book:

1. There is nothing written in it that deviates from pre-existing evangelical Christian scholarship from an egalitarian perspective.

2. Rachel’s project and book provide a creative and engaging point of entry into this difficult and controversial subject matter.

3. The writing is superb and vulnerable. My wife is quite critical of nonfiction books, and she loved it. I can’t offer a better endorsement than hers!

In the days to come you’re going to hear a lot of folks who are critical about Rachel’s methods and conclusions, and I’d like to address both of them.

For starters, the method of the project struck me as a tool for both personally engaging with the relevant scriptures and for organizing the book as a whole. If you read the book, you’ll find that she’s simply trying to relate to all of the different ways that evangelicals have defined “biblical womanhood.” She interviewed people from a variety of perspectives and dug deep into quite a bit of research that she tactfully weaves throughout the book. One moment you’re laughing about the powdered sugar she burned on top of her apple pie and the next minute she’s explaining the different historical interpretations of Proverbs 31 and the Hebrew behind it.

She uses the project’s method as a way to help her both empathize with different perspectives and to deepen her reflections. In all fairness, the method of the project is also a clever way to market the book, but if that’s all you see, then you’re missing out.

As to Rachel’s conclusions, I don’t say this as a critique, but there’s really nothing all that new in this book. You can dig up plenty of evangelical scholars who say that exact same thing as her. The beauty of this book is that Rachel makes the work of these scholars extremely accessible and personal. She is never flip or irreverent with her use of scripture, and throughout the pages you can sense the tensions caused by the Bible throughout her life. She lives the tension of which verses we choose to apply literally and which we chalk up to cultural differences.

Overall, the genius of Rachel’s writing is that she can make complex theology both easy to understand and extremely personal. She opens up her life to readers in this book and shares her struggles with the theology behind biblical womanhood. That she’s made so many care about our presuppositions about the roles of women is a tribute to her vulnerability, skill as a writer, and creativity.

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The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word

 #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer teaches readers how to create change in their lives and truly receive God’s blessings. Includes powerful Scriptures covering over 50 topics, such as patience, loneliness, and wisdom.

When I first received this book, I was a little disappointed because it wasn’t what I expected. It has turned out to be even better than I expected. This book has become my pocket reference for POWERFUL scriptures. I carried it one day to a business seminar, during one of the breaks my co-worker learned some disappointing news. I could see her spirit was down and she needed some encouragement. I started to quote some of the powerful scriptures on faith from the book. She asked to see the book, she read over the scriptures and began meditating on them. Her spirit quickly became uplifted. The size of the book is perfect, you can discretly pull it out and look up a scripture for whatever you may be dealing with at the time. There are scriptures on, insecurity, patience, favor, wisdom, courage, and depression to name a few.

Do you take aspirin, Tylenol or Advil when you have a headache?

Well, this book is medicine for the spirit!

It is broken down into categories for easy reference. IE: Hope, anger, encouragement, faith and so on.

So many times we get “attacked” during the day… I pull out my book find the appropriate scriptures, say them out load (that’s the key) and immediately feel the peace of God.

This is a wonderful little book my husband and I are using to help encourage us in our walk with God. As we battle spiritually the enemy, this book helps give us practical verses to cling to from the Bible to help in our feelings so we can claim and SPEAK the Word of God outloud.

I like in the beginning of her book where she says the Bible is a double edged sword: one edge cuts the enemy and the other cuts open the blessings of heaven. What a neat illustration.

I’m finding in my daily walk those verses very helpful for the often tough situations I am in. It helps me in my faith. God bless Mrs. Meyer.

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Spirituality and Religion: A Seeker’s Guide and a Skeptic’s Explanation

A reader-friendly discussion of the relationship between religion and spirituality. In casual language, this book offers answers to the question of why intelligent, educated people choose to be religious and why spiritual people should consider using religion to help them on their spiritual journey.

Good read and an insightful dialogue about religion and spirituality. Many religious people may not understand what someone means when they say they are spiritual but not religious. (SBNR). Many SBNR people have rejected religion based on a recreation of something they experienced. Larry Boocker’s “booklet” here gives us some working definitions of the two concepts so that we can have a meaningful discussion. Many religious people consider themselves spiritual. Boocker discusses how religious practices can lead to spirituality. He also discusses how they might be seen as hindering spirituality. Can we gain from combining the two? Many do. Whether you consider yourself one or the other, Boocker explores this well in a short contemplative and reader friendly way. Worth the time and thought.

The author approaches the subject of seeking a spiritual path as an honest one while encouraging the reader personal freedom to follow one that is to him most meaningful. It is a fast, clear, concise read.

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Contender for Christ: The Young Athlete’s Guide to the Ultimate Prize

THE ULTIMATE CHAMPIONSHIP IS ETERNITY…HOW DO YOU GET A ROSTER SPOT IN HEAVEN?

“This is a thought-provoking, life-changing read…”

PARENTS AND ATHLETES, this religious book and guide will bring your family closer than ever before. Find out how you can take your game – spiritually and athletically – to a level you didn’t even know existed.

FROM A READER:

“Truly Inspirational! A must read for Christian athletes or any young Christians interested in sports. Author Drew Coolidge has created a sophisticated E-book which is fun and stimulating to experience. More than just reading, it’s like an interactive experience. This is the kind of book you can go back to again and again, especially if you compete regularly in team games. Great for reading through and then referring back to the night before a big game or whenever a sports lover need a reminder that Christ is in all of us.”

FROM A PARENT:

“The basketball coaches were praising my son in front of the whole team today (02/15/14). Later, the coach asked what my son has been doing differently in preparation. My son said, “I am trusting in Christ.” Your book launched Christ and my son’s relationship. Thank you!”

FROM THE eBOOK:

“Being a CONTENDER FOR CHRIST is an honor that must be treasured at all times. You have God-given talent and when you tap into all He has in place for you then you will begin competing far beyond even your own expectations. He wants you to shine His light – in everything you do – so He can take you from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Take you from the extraordinary to the supernatural. He wants you to be your very best!”

SPECIAL DEAL!!! ACT NOW AND WHEN YOU BUY THE PAPERBACK THEN YOU WILL GET THE eBOOK FOR FREE! You can have one edition at home as a journal and Bible Study. Then, have the eBOOK on your phone, Kindle or iPad for quick reference whenever you need His strength!

At the end of each chapter is a CHALK TALK with reminders for all situations athletes encounter. There are also interactive SET PLAYS that bring scripture to life. These plays will tap into your Christianity, spirituality and faith. And, when you buy this guide, you will receiveFREE CONTENDER FOR CHRIST JOURNAL PAGES so you can take your game – and your christian living experience – to a level you’ve never experienced before.

Organized sports can be tough on the players and tough on the parents. However, they shouldn’t be! Sports should be fun. Sports should be competitive. And, sports should be a learning tool for building character. Christian Athletes of all ages – and their parents – will benefit from this powerful guide to the ultimate championship. Heaven. This spiritually important guide is designed to keep all young athletes’ attention throughout. In fact, today’s Christian Athletes are facing more temptations than ever before and this guide will keep their eye on the ultimate prize. Plus, the SET PLAYS and scriptures in the book can be used for individual and team Bible Studies to keep all Christian Athletes focused and prepared to shine His light.

CONTENDER FOR CHRIST will teach and remind Christian Athletes that failure is never an option when God is at their side. Throughout the entire read are powerful reminders of how and why athletes compete.

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