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A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a ...
by Timothy Egan

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Tracing an ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, the bestselling and "virtuosic" (<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>) writer explores the past and future of Christianity<br /><br />"What a wondrous work! This beautifully written and totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan's case, both." --Cokie Roberts</b><br /><br />Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, exploring one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.<br /><br />Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.<br /><br />A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, <i>A Pilgrimage to Eternity</i> looks for our future in its search for God.
"Our Crowd": The Great Jewish Families of New York (Modern Jewish...
by Stephen Birmingham

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

December 01, 2015

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<b>The #1聽<i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller</b><b> that traces the rise of the Guggenheims, the Goldmans, and other families from immigrant poverty to social prominence.</b><br /><br /> They immigrated to America from Germany in the nineteenth century with names like Loeb, Sachs, Seligman, Lehman, Guggenheim, and Goldman. From tenements on the Lower East Side to Park Avenue mansions, this handful of Jewish families turned small businesses into imposing enterprises and amassed spectacular fortunes. But despite possessing breathtaking wealth that rivaled the Astors and Rockefellers, they were barred by the gentile establishment from the lofty realm of 鈥渢he 400,鈥?a register of New York鈥檚 most elite, because of their religion and humble backgrounds. In response, they created their own elite 鈥?00,鈥?a privileged society as opulent and exclusive as the one that had refused them entry.<br /> 聽<br /><i>鈥淥ur Crowd鈥?</i>is the fascinating story of this rarefied society. Based on letters, documents, diary entries, and intimate personal remembrances of family lore by members of these most illustrious clans, it is an engrossing portrait of upper-class Jewish life over two centuries; a riveting story of the bankers, brokers, financiers, philanthropists, and business tycoons who started with nothing and turned their family names into American institutions.
The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republ...
by Michael Medved

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

November 29, 2016

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<b>Bestselling author and radio host Michael Medved recounts some of the most significant events in America鈥檚 rise to prosperity and power, from the writing of the Constitution to the Civil War. He reveals a record of improbabilities and amazements that demonstrate what the Founders always believed: that events unfolded according to a master plan, with destiny playing an unmistakable role in lifting the nation to greatness. </b><br /><br />Among the stirring, illogical episodes described here:<br /><br />鈥?A band of desperate religious refugees find themselves blown hopelessly off course, only to be deposited at the one spot on a wild continent best suited for their survival<br /><br />鈥?George Washington鈥檚 beaten army, surrounded by a ruthless foe and on the verge of annihilation, manages an impossible escape due to a freakish change in the weather<br /><br />鈥?A famous conqueror known for seizing territory, frustrated by a slave rebellion and a frozen harbor, impulsively hands Thomas Jefferson a tract of land that doubles the size of the United States<br /><br />鈥?A weary soldier picks up three cigars left behind in an open field and notices the stogies have聽been wrapped in a handwritten description of the enemy鈥檚 secret battle plans鈥攁 revelation that gives Lincoln the supernatural sign he鈥檚 awaited in order to free the slaves<br /><br />When millions worry over the nation losing its way, Medved鈥檚 sweeping narrative, bursting with dramatic events and lively portraits of unforgettable, occasionally little-known characters, affirms America as 鈥渇ortune鈥檚 favorite,鈥?shaped by a distinctive destiny from our beginnings to the present day.
That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation
by David Bentley Hart

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English

Pages

232

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>A stunning reexamination of one of the essential tenets of Christian belief from one of the most provocative and admired writers on religion today</b><br /><br /> The great fourth鈥犫€榗entury church father Basil of Caesarea once observed that, in his time, most Christians believed that hell was not everlasting, and that all would eventually attain salvation. But today, this view is no longer prevalent within Christian communities.<br /> 聽<br /> In this momentous book, David Bentley Hart makes the case that nearly two millennia of dogmatic tradition have misled readers on the crucial matter of universal salvation. On the basis of the earliest Christian writings, theological tradition, scripture, and logic, Hart argues that if God is the good creator of all, he is the savior of all, without fail. And if he is not the savior of all, the Kingdom is only a dream, and creation something considerably worse than a nightmare. But it is not so. There is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will be saved. With great rhetorical power, wit, and emotional range, Hart offers a new perspective on one of Christianity鈥檚 most important themes.
Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
by Dan Jones

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>A major new history of the Crusades with an unprecedented wide scope, told in a tableau of portraits of people on all sides of the wars, from the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Templars</i>.</b><br /><br />For more than one thousand years, Christians and Muslims lived side by side, sometimes at peace and sometimes at war. When Christian armies seized Jerusalem in 1099, they began the most notorious period of conflict between the two religions. Depending on who you ask, the fall of the holy city was either an inspiring legend or the greatest of horrors. In <i>Crusaders</i>, Dan Jones interrogates the many sides of the larger story, charting a deeply human and avowedly pluralist path through the crusading era.<br /><br />Expanding the usual timeframe, Jones looks to the roots of Christian-Muslim relations in the eighth century and tracks the influence of crusading to present day. He widens the geographical focus to far-flung regions home to so-called enemies of the Church, including Spain, North Africa, southern France, and the Baltic states. By telling intimate stories of individual journeys, Jones illuminates these centuries of war not only from the perspective of popes and kings, but from Arab-Sicilian poets, Byzantine princesses, Sunni scholars, Shi'ite viziers, Mamluk slave soldiers, Mongol chieftains, and barefoot friars. <br /><br />Crusading remains a rallying call to this day, but its role in the popular imagination ignores the cooperation and complicated coexistence that were just as much a feature of the period as warfare. The age-old relationships between faith, conquest, wealth, power, and trade meant that crusading was not only about fighting for the glory of God, but also, among other earthly reasons, about gold. In this richly dramatic narrative that gives voice to sources usually pushed to the margins, Dan Jones has written an authoritative survey of the holy wars with global scope and human focus.
The Maccabee Rebellion: A Historical Novel (Lions of Judea Book 2...
by Amit Arad

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English

Pages

390

Publication Date

October 06, 2019

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<h3><b>No one believed they could survive, but they refused to forsake their faith</b></h3><p>Judah Maccabee is no longer a youth, but a great warrior and the unchallenged leader of the Jewish People.</p><p>He leads his people to victory after victory on the fields of battle and diplomacy, shocking the leaders of the mighty Seleucid Empire.</p><p>Relentlessly, the armies of the empire are sent to crush the rebellion in Judea. They will do anything to eliminate the Maccabee army and suppress the Jewish faith.</p><p>But although the Maccabees are massively outnumbered, they have no choice but to overcome their foes. They know that their defeat would be the end of the Jewish People.</p><p>This is the incredible story of the Maccabees, who transformed a nation of rustic farmers and priests into a steel hard army which won eternal renown.</p>
Fire and Steel, Volume 6: Into the Flames
by Gerald N. Lund

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English

Pages

640

Publication Date

October 02, 2019

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<p>Adolf Hitler has completed his transformation of the German Republic into a total dictatorship. The Great Depression and relentless drought continue to ravage the United States. In all corners of the world, fear and uncertainty seem to rule the day. Can there be any hope on the horizon?</p><p><i>Into the Flames,</i> the sixth and final installment of Gerald N. Lund's Fire and Steel series, brings new experiences, new challenges, new opportunities, and not a few tragedies into the lives of the Eckhardt and Westland families.</p><p>In America, Mitch and Edie continue their struggle to hang on to the ranch that has been their family's hone for nearly fifty years, while Benji's quest to find work turns catastrophic and sets him on a new path that will take him to exotic climes and an unexpected reunion.</p><p>in Germany, Hans makes a dangerous, life-changing decision to leave Nazi Party leadership and seek a new career. But when the ugly specter of anti-Semitism wields a direct and devastating impact on the Eckhardt family, they too are drawn into a maelstrom of events that threatens to destroy the very fabric of their lives.</p><p>As 1938 draws to a close and the dark clouds of war move in, the families must draw on their faith and courage to endure whatever life has in store for them.</p>
After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles
by Bryan Litfin

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English

Pages

200

Publication Date

January 16, 2015

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<i></i><p><i><b>What really happened after Acts?</b></i></p><p>If you鈥檝e ever wondered what happened to the biblical characters after Acts鈥攆rom the well-known Matthew to the lesser-known Bartholomew鈥攖hen this book is for you. Join Dr. Bryan Litfin as he guides you through Scripture and other ancient literature to sift fact from fiction, real-life from legend.聽</p><p>Skillfully researched and clearly written,聽<i>After Acts聽</i>is as accurate as it is engaging. Gain a window into the religious milieu of the ancient and medieval church. Unearth artifacts and burial sites. Learn what really happened to your favorite characters and what you should truly remember them for.</p><ul><li>Did Paul ever make it to Spain? Was he beheaded in Rome?</li><li>Is it true that Peter was crucified upside down?</li><li>Was the Virgin Mary really bodily assumed into heaven?</li></ul><p>The book of Acts ends at chapter 28. But its characters lived on.聽</p>
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective
by , Andreas Ebert

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

September 06, 2018

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<br />Richard Rohr聽and Andrea Ebert's聽runaway best-seller shows both the basic logic of the Enneagram and its harmony with the core truths of Christian thought from the time of the early Church forward.<br />
The Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over...
by Ben Howe

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<p><strong>Evangelicals are losing the culture war. What if it鈥檚 their fault?</strong></p><p>In 2016, writer and filmmaker Ben Howe found himself disillusioned with the religious movement he鈥檇 always called home. In the pursuit of electoral victory, many American evangelicals embraced moral relativism and toxic partisanship. </p><p>Whatever happened to the Moral Majority, who headed to Washington in the 鈥?0s to plant the flag of Christian values? Where were the Christian leaders that emerged from that movement and led the charge against Bill Clinton for his deception and unfaithfulness? Was all that a sham? Or have they just lost sight of why they wanted to win in the first place? From the 1980s scandals till today, evangelicals have often been caricatured as a congregation of judgmental and prudish rubes taken in by thundering pastors consumed with greed and lust for power. Did the critics have a point?</p><p>In <em>The Immoral Majority</em>, Howe鈥攕till a believer and still deeply conservative鈥攁nalyzes and debunks the intellectual dishonesty and manipulative rhetoric which evangelical leaders use to convince Christians to toe the Republican Party line. He walks us through the history of the Christian Right, as well as the events of the last three decades which led to the current state of the conservative movement at large. </p><p>As long as evangelicals prioritize power over persuasion, Howe argues, their pews will be empty and their national influence will dwindle. If evangelicals hope to avoid cultural irrelevance going forward, it will mean valuing the eternal over the ephemeral, humility over ego, and resisting the seduction of political power, no matter the cost. <em>The Immoral Majority</em> demonstrates how the Religious Right is choosing the profits of this world at the cost of its soul鈥攁nd why it鈥檚 not too late to change course.</p>

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