Praying Dangerously

Author: Regina Sara Ryan
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 1935387340
Format: PDF, ePub
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Praying Dangerously instructs us that we can grow up spiritually, leaving behind a childish relationship to prayer as a superstitious ritual or mere plea for favors. It encourages readers to recognize the difference between prayer that asks only for reassurance, and prayer that asks for the Ultimate, and stands for transformation. "We can cease being a victims' of God's Will, while at the same time embracing genuine surrender and reliance on the irrefutable power of love, a says author and retreat leader Regina Sara Ryan. Readers of the first edition (published in 2001) were enthusiastic in their praise, calling it a brave and useful book. Prayer groups and church congregations around the U.S. have used it for study, and it has been translated into Dutch, German and French. And the message of the book is more relevant now than it was 10 years ago. The insecurities of our times draw us inward or back to our churches. In prayer groups and retreats of all kinds we are looking for comfort and consolation, for spiritual direction, or for answers to the eternal questions that have always challenged humanity. This book is a valued contribution in that search. This 10th anniversary edition is fully revised, with several completely new chapters including: "The High Cost of Forgivenessa -a subject that challenges everyone-and "Praying on the Subway, a about how our generally busy and often chaotic lives can provide us with a constant impetus for blessing others.

32 Easy Lessons in Metaphysics and the Science of our Mind

Author: Mary E. Mitchell
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN: 1452519099
Format: PDF, Docs
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What you will discover in 32 Easy Lessons: - How really simple everything is. - We are all one within a universal field of energy. - Intention: The power behind affirmative prayer. - How our thoughts and beliefs attract like energy and experiences. - The healing power of scientific prayer. - The power of being an observer without expectations. - The deep mystical love underlying all aspects of the universe. - Scientific discoveries rich in spiritual awakening. 32 Easy Lessons reveals the essence of who we are at our most powerful level. When we understand how our mind affects the metaphysical, beyond the physical, it all begins to make sense. There are gold nuggets in this treasure trove to enrich your life's adventure! Mary Mitchell has been an avid student of the science of our mind and metaphysics for over twenty years. Her deep study has resulted in popular classes and lessons that explore the hidden power of what lies beyond the physical, and forces of energy that we can control through the power of our mind. It's true: there is a power for good in the universe, and you can use it.

Women Challenge the Lie

Author: REGINA SARA. RYAN
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 1942493312
Format: PDF
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This book invites women of all ages into a conversation that challenges the pervasive lie of "never good enough." This common subtext of modern life undermines a woman's appreciation of her own inherent beauty and goodness. The authors recommend 8 Radical Moves that women can make, alone or ideally in the good company of other women, to take on this challenge, to deepen this conversation. The Moves are radical because they aim directly at the center of a woman's being, the inner space of her true nature, her basic goodness, rather than because they require any extreme actions. Nonetheless, the conviction that "never good enough" is a lie requires more than lip service. The authors guide readers in identifying the courage, strength and love they already possess, but habitually deny, to embrace and live by this conviction of self respect, day to day in mind, body and heart. They further encourage women to make this stand with and in the presence of other women to increase everybody's likelihood for success. Regina Sara Ryan, author of numerous books in wellness, women's studies and spirituality (Wellness Workbook; Woman Awake; Igniting the Inner Life) is an elder in her seventies. Shinay Tredeau, a yoga teacher, lifestyle coach, dancer and emerging writer is a "millennial" in her twenties. Together, they bring to this warm and personal treatment a synergy of years of experience in contemplative spiritual practice and dynamic body discipline. Their message is addressed to their sisters, mothers, friends and students, of all ages; to any who suffer from the dis-ease of self-hatred in some form. Each of the 8 Radical Moves provides a slightly different access to clearer self-understanding, leading to self-compassion. For some, the Move to "Inhabit Your Body" will be key to claiming (or reclaiming) a more loving relationship with themselves. For others, the Move called "Learn to Fly" will be just the encouragement needed to refine a spiritual search. Other topics include: - the danger of comparisons with other women - the need to face dark emotions, with compassion - the power of friendship in the quest for self-acceptance - the use of journal writing to articulate developing truth - gratitude as a way of life. This straightforward and challenging narrative is filled with dozens of personal stories, making it ideal for women's groups and book clubs to study and practice.

Everyday Gratitude

Author: A Network for Grateful Living
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1635860636
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A Network for Grateful Living curates this collection of quotes and reflections aiming to help you discover that the roots of happiness lie in gratefulness. Inspiration from well-known minds such as Maya Angelou, Confucius, and Anne Frank is combined with original reflections and practices that will help you recognize the abundance of everyday opportunities for gratitude and joy. Hand-lettered art makes this beautifully designed collection a gift to treasure, regardless of whether you keep it for yourself or give it to a loved one.

Radical

Author: David Platt
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 1601422210
Format: PDF, ePub
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Examines the ways in which the gospel is contradicted by the American dream and challenges Christians to join in a one-year experiment in authentic discipleship that promises spiritual transformation through the word of God.

In Silence

Author: Donald Spoto
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780142196380
Format: PDF, ePub
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A thought-provoking study of the most intimate form of spiritual communication explores the diverse forms and types of prayer--dialogue, petition, forgiveness, suffering, and others--as well as the role of prayer in the world's great religions. Reprint.

Dangerous Prayer

Author: Darren Cronshaw
Publisher: Authentic Media Inc
ISBN: 1780782772
Format: PDF, ePub
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Dangerous Prayer offers a strategy for fostering prayer and spirituality in mission that focuses on neighbourhood transformation and global needs using the Lord's Prayer as a radical blueprint. Sustainability in mission is not possible without prayer; vibrancy in prayer is not possible without mission. Christians on mission need a vibrant life of prayer in order to be effective yet to have a vibrant prayer life they need an outlet in mission. The Lord's Prayer offers a radical inspirational framework to help move Christians beyond praying just for themselves and to have their imaginations captured by the mission of God and concern for global needs. Jesus' words guide us to pray for God's Kingdom on earth, for restoration, for food for all who are hungry, for people to experience forgiveness and all that really is good news about Jesus. It is a dangerous prayer because of its counter-cultural and radical stance, and because it invites us to be, in part, the answer to our prayers. This book offers inspiring and practical approaches for unleashing the whole people of God for missional prayer and prayerful mission.

Dangerous Christian

Author: Shay Robbins
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781537510842
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Dangerous Christian is a war cry for intimacy with God. It's easy to equate following Jesus with being nice. Fighting, for all intents and purposes, has become what the bad guys do. That's the message Shay Robbins learned growing up. Be a good guy. Keep your cool. And don't get too passionate-that's a fast track to sin. But perhaps fighting itself isn't the problem-maybe it's what we're fighting for. We cut other people down to prove our point. We do whatever it takes to get ahead. We puff up our chest and strut around hoping to get others' approval. And many times, we fail to even recognize the spiritual battle raging just beyond the curtain of our senses. In a world obsessed with status and self-satisfaction and a Christian community caught up in culture wars, Dangerous Christian offers an invitation to a radically different way of life. Weaving together personal experience and biblical truth, Shay takes readers on the journey of developing brave hearts to engage our broken world through: -Discovering the radical, passionate love of Jesus Christ -Cultivating a posture of humility and dependence on God -Experiencing intimacy with God that changes us from the inside out -Unleashing the power of the Holy Spirit to fight spiritual battles -Breaking free from fear and turning our wounds into weapons This book is not about working harder or doing more. It's an invitation into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, which can transform us from passive believers into dangerous weapons for the Gospel. A Dangerous Christian sees the world, themselves, and other people differently. Appearances don't matter so much anymore. Physical prowess is no longer how strength is measured. Faith is. Humility, toughness, prayer, and passion to follow Jesus-that's what has the power to change our world, make the devil tremble and bring glory to God. You and I were created to fight against evil with our Heavenly Father by our side. Following Jesus isn't for wimps. It's the most dangerous thing we could ever do. It will take toughness and grit, passion and gutsiness. But it may not look like you'd expect.

God at War

Author: Gregory A. Boyd
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830898301
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In this bold and compelling work, Gregory Boyd undertakes to reframe the central issues of Christian theodicy. By Boyd's estimate, theologians still draw too heavily on Augustine's response to the problem of evil, attributing pain and suffering to the mysterious "good" purposes of God. Accordingly, modern Christians are inclined not to expect evil and so are baffled but resigned when it occurs. New Testament writers, on the other hand, were inclined to expect evil and fight against it. Modern Christians attempt to intellectually understand evil, whereas New Testament writers grappled with overcoming evil. Through a close and sophisticated reading of both Old and New Testaments, Boyd argues that Satan has been in an age-long (but not eternal) battle against God, and that this conflict "is a major dimension of the ultimate canvas against which everything within the biblical narrative, from creation to the eschaton, is to be painted and therefore understood." No less edifying than it is provocative, God at War will reward the careful attention of scholars, pastors, students and educated laypersons alike.

The Signature of Jesus

Author: Brennan Manning
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 9780307759344
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The Signature of Jesus challenges the gospel of "cheap grace" and calls the church to radical discipleship. With passion and boldness, author Brennan Manning invites readers to risk living life as Jesus lived—committed to simplicity, purity of heart, and obedience to the gospel. As a radical alternative this book is offered to Christians who want to live by faith and not by mere “religion,” for those who recognize that many of the burning theological issues in the church today are neither burning nor theological; who see Christianity neither as a moral code or a belief system but as a love affair; who have not forgotten that they are followers of a crucified Christ; who know that following him means living dangerously; who want to live the gospel without compromise; who have no greater desire than to have his signature written on the pages of their lives. “Behold,” Jesus proclaims, “I stand at the door and knock.” You may have already met him at the door…but do you truly know him? Have you been transformed by His furious, passionate, unexplainable love? Join Brennan Manning, the bestselling author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, on a personal journey to experience Christ’s love and live with His passion. From the Trade Paperback edition.