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Fair, Clear, and Terrible: The Story of Shiloh, Maine
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The colony of Shiloh in southern Maine was a movement in miniature of 19th century American religious extremism. Led by Frank Sanford, self-proclaimed prophet of the Second Coming of Christ–a man who may well have had a personality disorder–this repressively anti-intellectual, patriarchal community set itself apart from the world until its “scattering” in 1920. Shirley Nelson (The Last Year of the War), a descendant of Shiloh residents, tells the grim story in numbing detail enlivened by an “insider’s” zeal. Over [...]

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Breaking Free: A Recovery Workbook for Facing Codependence
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In her pioneering Facing Codependence, Pia Mellody traced the origins of codependence back to childhood and a wide range of emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, and sexual abuses. Now in this innovative new workbook, she and Andrea Miller present a step-by-step journal-keeping method for moving toward recovery from codependence. Based on such concepts as the “precious child” and the five core symptoms of codependence, along with the Twelve-Step process of recovery used by Codependents Anonymous, Breaking Free provides strategies and insights for [...]

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Dill of the Nile: The Wise Man Who Arrived Early
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Literature about the wise men from the east is wide and varied. The first three, bearing gold, frankincense, and myrrh, arrived a few years late. A fourth, after a trek of thirty-three years, arrived just moments before Jesus died on the cross. The fifth, the subject of this novel, arrived early, just moments after Mary of Nazareth conceived. At that time the world was thought to be at peace, and well it may have been, but it was a total [...]

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Delicate Machinery Suspended: Poems
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From T.S. Poetry Press: You live a life, or perhaps you’ve lived half your life, according to the mortality statistics. To understand the second half, you must first understand the first. To do that, you turn to a variety of tools: memory, questioning, affection and gratitude, love and faith, consideration of jobs held and work done, playfulness and keen, honest, detailed observation. If you’re poet Anne Overstreet, you do these things and you create Delicate Machinery Suspended: Poems, poetry about a life [...]

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Things in Heaven and Earth: Exploring the Supernatural
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Harold Fickett expresses an attitude many of us share in today’s society — a society in which scientific thinking can sometimes be equated with the whole truth and faith identified with ignorance and fanaticism. Things in Heaven and Earth: Exploring the Supernatural investigates the mystery at the heart of spirituality: those divine interventions that indicate God’s love and care — the supernatural. The contributors to Things in Heaven and Earth detail their personal approaches to this fascinating and, at times, [...]

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Caring for Mother
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In Caring for Mother, Virginia Stem Owens gives a clear and realistic account of caring for an elderly loved one. Along the way, Owens notes the spiritual challenges she encountered, not the least of which included fear of her own suffering and death. This book will be a helpful companion to those who have recently assumed the role of caregiver, helping them anticipate some of the emotional turbulence they will encounter along the way. As Christianbook.com writes, “Caring for her mother [...]

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The Making and Unmaking of an Evangelical Mind: The Case of Edward Carnell
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Edward John Carnell (1919-1967), philosopher-theologian and president of the Fuller Theological Seminary, played a singularly influential role in the emergence of mid-twentieth century influential role in the emergence of mid-twentieth century Protestant evangelicalism from its fundamentalist phase. This book uses Carnell’s life and works as a lens through which to examine important developments in American religious history during his Carnell’s importance was acknowledged both in and outside the evangelical tradition, but he paid a severe price for public recognition–overtly as [...]

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Dark Water
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Birthplace of Michelangelo and home to untold masterpieces, Florence is a city for art lovers. But on November 4, 1966, the rising waters of the Arno threatened to erase over seven centuries of history and human achievement. Now Robert Clark explores the Italian city’s greatest flood and its aftermath through the voices of its witnesses. Two American artists wade through the devastated beauty; a photographer stows away on an army helicopter to witness the tragedy first-hand; a British “mud angel” spends [...]

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Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
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Following up her highly acclaimed Girl Meets God, author Lauren F. Winner has written an engrossing reflection of literary grace and spiritual wisdom with Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis. As she lives through a failed marriage and the loss of her mother, Winner finds her Christian faith slipping away. Through reading religious works and tomes and being counseled by leaders of the church, she learns she must find the courage to trust in God in order to to find His [...]

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Recluse Freedom
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In Recluse Freedom, a collection of new poems written from 1990 to 2010, John Leax offers a human history of family, community, and nation in conversation with a spiritual history—imagined, experienced and revealed. Readers who have already discovered Leax will welcome this new book. And, for others, Recluse Freedom provides a fresh and rewarding introduction to this poet of the “still, small voice.” “His best poems to date,” writes reviewer Thom Satterlee in Books & Culture. As reviewer D. S. Martin writes for Ruminate: Reading [...]

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