An updated edition of the down-to-earth resource that offers twelve practices to make Christian faith a way of life Many Christians are looking for ways to deepen their relationship with God by practicing their faith in everyday life. This best-selling guide helps take belief out of the realm of theory and shows how to live it out in a series of twelve central practices such as hospitality, forgiveness, healing, testimony, and keeping Sabbath. Designed to work across a wide range of Christian laypeople, leaders, denominations, and study groups, this is the second edition of the book that Theology called ´´... a stimulating contribution to the work of making explicit the connection between what Christians do and what they believe.´´ Contains information on the practices discussed in the book and shows how they relate to and intersect with prayer, worship, and Bible study. Offers a guide for conversation, learning, and growth at the back of the book. This updated and expanded new edition includes a new introduction and two additional chapters that describes new insights into and experiences with the ´´practicing our faith´´ approach. The book includes a variety of prominent contributors, who draw on their rich shared experience as believers, theologians, ethicists, and educators. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suehyla El-Attar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002086/bk_acx0_002086_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vatican II´s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate) transformed the Catholic view of the Jewish people and the Jewish religious tradition. Asserting that the Church discovers her link to the ´´´´stock of Abraham´´´´ when ´´´´searching her own mystery,´´´´ Nostra Aetate intimated that the mystery of Israel is inseparable from the mystery of the Church. As interlocking mysteries, each community requires the other in order to understand itself. In Searching Her Own Mystery, noted Messianic Jewish theologian Mark S. Kinzer argues that the Church has yet to explore adequately the implications of Nostra Aetate for Christian self-understanding. The new Catholic teaching concerning Israel should produce fresh perspectives on the entire range of Christian theology, including Christology, ecclesiology, and the theology of the sacraments. To this end, Kinzer proposes an Israel-ecclesiology rooted in Israel-Christology in which a restored ecclesia ex circumcisione--the ´´´´church from the circumcision´´´´--assumes a crucial role as a sacramental sign of the Church´s bond with the Jewish people and genealogical-Israel´s irrevocable election. ´´´´The implications of Nostra Aetate lay dormant for a decade or so until the Pontificate of John Paul II. Since then, Catholic thinkers have begun to probe more deeply how the mystery of Israel is related to that of the Church. Mark Kinzer has thought long and hard about these issues and the reader will be the beneficiary of his learning on this important issue.´´´´ --Gary A. Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana ´´´´This is another beautifully written and powerful theological work from leading Messianic Jewish theologian Mark Kinzer. Kinzer, who is not a Catholic but whose life has been marked by rich dialogue with Catholics, urges the Catholic Church to open up explicitly Jewish ecclesial environments for Torah-observant Messianic Jews within the Catholic Church. While I differ from him in significant ways, I agree with him that Catholics must attend ever more deeply to the implications of God´s covenantal election of the Jewish people and to the enduring spiritual value, in God´s plan, of the Jewish people´s observance of the Torah.´´´´ --Matthew Levering, Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois ´´´´Mark Kinzer has written a deeply thought-provoking and significant book on furthering the communion between Messianic Jews and the Catholic Church. He presents clearly and creatively his scriptural and theological arguments, and the interweaving of his personal pilgrimage to faith in Jesus. His subsequent journey in that faith adds poignancy and eloquence to his theological project. The theological academy, and especially the Catholic scholars within it, ought seriously to engage this book, and Catholic bishops ought to read it with a sympathetic eye and a discerning spirit.´´´´ --Thomas G. Weinandy, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC Mark S. Kinzer is Rabbi of Congregation Zera Avraham in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and President Emeritus of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute. He is the author of Postmissionary Messianic Judaism (2005) and Israel´s Messiah and the People of God (2011).
Searching Her Own Mystery:Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People, and the Identity of the Church Mark S. Kinzer
Eleven-year-old Tibby Brawlien has had a crazy summer. With the help of Elock, a strange-looking creature Tibby saw in his dreams, he and his new friend Fogel Jarker rescued a brother, his sister, and their parents from cave people. Tibby - with Elock´s help - made Fogel, who was the meanest bully in school, Tibby´s friend. But was Elock actually a dream? Another adventure begins when Tibby decides Elock exists in the real world. To find him, he and his friends must enter a dangerous cave, contend with the cave people who live there, and get out before a nearby volcano erupts. Tibby believes they can deal with any challenges that come their way - but what will happen when they finally meet Elock face to face? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chuck Raagas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117713/bk_acx0_117713_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This story follows the life of a man from the age of three to the age of 70. It is a story of love and tragedy. It is the quest of a man searching for love. The death of his mother, when he was three years old, and the absence of his father for the first seven years of his life, sets the stage for the choices he makes throughout his life. The story begins in the late 40s, early 50s, and progresses to present day. Early in this book, scenes depict his living in a very poor environment. Fourteen people lived in a shack on the poor side of town. Good food and clothing were scarce. Oversight, discipline, and love were not part of his early life. Be patient as an old man reflects on his past, and he wonders why he chose the paths he took searching for someone to love him. The early part of this book depicts the environment that molded his character. His undisciplined youth and the puppy loves he encounters in his early years give a slightly comical, yet tender, insight into why he makes the choices he makes later in life. Just as you think you know where this story is going, it takes many twists and turns you do not expect. Tragic things happen to him along the way. He emerges from an abusive childhood to face challenges he is unprepared for. The book is based on a true story. It is unlike any story you have ever heard. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Taverna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/053161/bk_acx0_053161_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you getting the spiritual nourishment you need? We have all experienced times when we have not eaten a balanced diet or have eaten too many sweets. We feel sick, light-headed, and occasionally depressed, or we become irritable and edgy. It´s the body´s way of letting us know that it´s lacking sufficient nourishment. Optimal health requires optimal nutrition. The same is true spiritually speaking. Without sufficient and regular biblical nutrition, our inner life begins to suffer the consequences. We become shallow and selfish, more demanding and less gentle, and quick to react impatiently, rashly, and angrily. These are telltale signs of inner malnutrition. In Searching the Scriptures, respected Bible teacher Charles Swindoll shows us how to dig deep into Scripture and uncover its profound truths for our lives. He outlines the principles of Bible study that will help you understand God´s word, apply it, and communicate it clearly to those around you. Too many people try to go it alone, without a guide for this life and the next. Swindoll explains how we can fix our own spiritual meals and then invites us to feast on nourishing truths we can discover in God´s word. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Denison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009118/bk_blak_009118_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Still Searching for Pipe Dreams is the second in a series following Rick Newcombe´s first book, the best-selling In Search of Pipe Dreams. Why would anyone still smoke a pipe in the 21st century when all forms of smoking are being banned around the world? Why are so many young people drawn to pipe collecting and artistic pipemaking with such intensity and passion? And why are pipe shows suddenly sold out, with waiting lists for tables? These young pipe enthusiasts are from America, Germany, Russia, Japan, China, Italy, Denmark and all over the world. Unlike mass-marketed cigarettes, pipe smoking has a rich tradition that goes back many centuries, and the author predicts it is the only form of smoking that will last many centuries into the future. He contends that moderate pipe smoking, without inhaling, promotes relaxation and clear thinking, and it serves as an ideal antidote to stress that is much safer than the tranquilizers that are so freely dispensed today. Unlike cigar and cigarette smokers, pipe collectors actually save their pipes. They clean and polish them and put them in racks or display cabinets. If they are broken, they have them repaired. Most pipe smokers remember when they bought each pipe in their collection, and every time they take a pipe out, it is a reminder of the past, to be enjoyed in the present, for many years into the future. This book also is inspiring because of Rick Newcombe´s enthusiasm and optimism, which shine through in every chapter and make it a fast-paced and enjoyable listen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Newcombe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005129/bk_acx0_005129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jill stepped into the nightclub ready to relieve the stress she’d collected after a busy day. A couple of handsome men caught her eye and activated her sexual imagination. It had, after all, been more than a year since she’d had a relationship with a man. She wondered what some of those good-looking guys could do to her and for a split second her imagination drifted to someplace dangerous. But in the end those naughty thoughts were interrupted by her friend, Mina, waving her over to a booth in the rear. With her olive-skin and long black hair, she would have been hard to miss. Jill stepped over and plopped herself into a seat. ´´Glad I finally found you,” Jill said. ´´I forgot how crowded this place gets on a Friday night.” ´´Yeah, this is the night the horny frat boys come out to play. As a matter of fact, I’ve been hit on three times just in the 10 minutes I’ve been waiting for you.” ´´Glad I got here when I did.” ´´Me too,” Mina said. ´´Oh, I’ve taken the liberty of ordering for you. I know rum and coke is what settles you down after a stressful day.” ´´Yeah, and I could definitely use some settling down today.” ´´Rough day at the paper?” ´´It was insane. Remember that story I’ve been working on about the strike at the auto plant? I had to deal with people evading my questions all day long. It’s enough to make want to put my fist through somebody’s –´´ ´´Excuse me, ma’am,” a man interrupted, stepping up to Jill. His boyish face seemed stretched with worry. ´´Yes? Can I help you?” Jill asked. The man said, ´´I seemed to have misplaced something around here. I’m wondering if you can help me find it?” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Theresa Stephens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114066/bk_acx0_114066_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do the Kardashians really believe in God? An E! News star mixes memoir and investigative journalism in his own rollicking, poignant, and masterful version of A. J. Jacobs´ A Year of Living Biblically, chronicling his own spiritual journey as he investigates the religious lives of the rich and famous in Hollywood. Ken Baker, the popular LA-based senior correspondent for E! News and E! Online, has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years - hobnobbing with multimillionaires and interviewing movie, music, and TV stars such as George Clooney, Britney Spears, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Kim Kardashian day in and day out. In that time, and in the land of fairy tales and double-dealing, Baker had become one of the materialistic, carnal people he never wanted to be, abandoning his Christian heritage and losing his spiritual center in the process. Finding himself alone and confused one day in Vegas, he has an awakening that puts him on a journey to find God not only in himself but in the celebrities whose lives intersect with his both professionally and personally. In The Ken Commandments, Ken sets off on an experiment that will bring him closer to the spiritual lives of such diverse luminaries as Deepak Chopra, Tom Cruise, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Joel Osteen, and Gwen Stefani and, in the process, help to reveal the light and dark of Hollywood in new ways. From New Age spirituality, to Bible-based Christianity, to Scientology, to Buddhist retreats, to meditation classes, to Atheism studies, to the megachurch of the nation´s top TV preacher, Baker immerses himself in a range of spiritual practices side by side with the celebrity set, revealing a world that is deeper, more questioning, and more God-centered than you´d ever imagine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005276/bk_rand_005276_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.