Speaking of Faith

Why Religion Matters--and How to Talk about It

Author: Krista Tippett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143113188

Category: Religion

Page: 252

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The author explores the role of faith in contemporary society, drawing on her life experiences and her in-depth conversations with such figures as Elie Wiesel, Karen Armstrong, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Einstein's God

Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit

Author: Krista Tippett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143116770

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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Collects interviews and discussions on the interplay between scientific and religious inquiry, contributed by some of today's greatest thinkers, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, and Esther Sternberg.

A Pelican of the Wilderness

Depression, Psalms, Ministry, and Movies

Author: Robert W. Griggs

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620325594

Category: Religion

Page: 178

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After serving for more than thirty years as a parish minister, the author was hospitalized with major depression. This is the story of his depression and recovery--a recovery of health, vocation, and faith. First, Griggs regained the experience of small pleasures. Eventually, he recovered the ability to choose, to set limits, and to accept reality. He then turned to the biblical Psalms--indeed his own writing echoes their candor. But he also found hope in films, including Breakfast at Tiffany's and Blazing Saddles. To the mental health issues facing clergy and others in the helping professions Griggs brings to bear insights from research and from his own experience as a pastor and a person recovering from depression. He tells his story with spirit and humor.

In Search of Soul

Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion

Author: Alejandro Nava

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520293541

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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In Search of Soul explores the meaning of “soul” in sacred and profane incarnations, from its biblical origins to its central place in the rich traditions of black and Latin history. Surveying the work of writers, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers and theologians, Alejandro Nava shows how their understandings of the “soul” revolve around narratives of justice, liberation, and spiritual redemption. He contends that biblical traditions and hip-hop emerged out of experiences of dispossession and oppression. Whether born in the ghettos of America or of the Roman Empire, hip-hop and Christianity have endured by giving voice to the persecuted. This book offers a view of soul in living color, as a breathing, suffering, dreaming thing.

Einstein's God

Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit

Author: Krista Tippett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101195833

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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A New York Times bestseller "An exhilirating exploration of the meaning of it all." --Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God Drawn from Krista Tippett's Peabody Award-winning public radio program, the conversations in this profoundly illuminating book reach for a place too rarely explored in our ongoing exchange of ideas--the nexus of science and spirituality. In fascinating interviews with such luminaries as Freeman Dyson, Janna Levin, Parker Palmer, and John Polkinghorne, Krista Tippett draws out the connections between the two realms, showing how even those most wedded to hard truths find spiritual enlightenment in the life of experiment and, in turn, raise questions that are richly, theologically evocative. Whether she is speaking with celebrated surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland about the biology of the human spirit or questioning Drawin biographer James Moore about his subject's religious beliefs, Tippett offers a rare look at the way our best minds grapple with the questions for which we all seek answers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Seven Sacraments for Everyone

Protestants and Catholics, Jews and Muslims, Hindus, Heathens, Humanists and Those Who Have Lost Their Faith or Are Looking For One

Author: Dale F. Coye

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460231562

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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Millions of Christians are abandoning their churches to become spiritual seekers, but now find themselves adrift. Without the church what do we believe in? Where do we look for the Sacred in our lives? The seed of an answer can be found in the Roman Catholic sacraments, but with a shift in focus from rites and rituals to human experience. It’s not baptism, it’s the birth of a child that is holy. It’s not the wedding ceremony, it’s the sublime oneness we feel in the arms of our best-beloved that lifts us into the realm of the Divine. Seven Sacraments for Everyone maps the roads that lead to these out-of-this-world experiences and into the heartland of the Sacred. By acknowledging these moments of Mystery and teaching our children to respect them, we will find the clues to a universal moral code on which to build a healthier, more meaningful world.

Good News for a Change

How to Talk to Anyone about Jesus

Author: Matt Mikalatos

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 1631468588

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Imagine an atheist sending you regular prayer requests. Or your coworker grabbing you by the arm and asking you to stay late at work to talk about God just a bit longer. When Jesus talked about the Good News, people ran to him. We should expect the same response. Good News for a Change is about working together with Jesus to share the gospel in ways unique to each person’s situation. You will enjoy evangelism because it is a fun, deeply personal, community and person-oriented way to connect with people. You’ll be energized and focused on helping people discover why Jesus is good news for them.

Connecting Christ

How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths

Author: Paul Louis Metzger

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0849949971

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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We live in a multifaith society: an ever-growing, diverse cultural climate, where no religion is viewed as having a monopoly on truth. It is important when that Christ-followers not only share the Word of God but also listen and learn how to interact meaningfully with those of diverse perspectives as we engage in life’s most important conversations. Connecting Christ encourages believers to be not only better communicators and witnesses but also listeners to people of other worldviews and traditions—skills that are crucial in defending against today’s negative connotations and ineffective approaches associated with Christian evangelism. With extensive commentary from leaders of various walks of faith and life — from Judaism to Islam and Buddhism to atheism —theologian and author Dr. Paul Louis Metzger offers a spiritual compass to help navigate the intimidating yet critical dialogue of conveying our faith in Christ. Filled with practical guidance and insight into controversial topics, such as hell, fascism, and homosexuality, Connecting Christ reveals that there is a way of evangelizing that is neither disengaging monologue nor silent, lifestyle ministry but is, instead, an approach for evangelism and dialogue to go hand-in-hand. We must remove ourselves as the stumbling block to salvation for others and embrace a way to proclaim the uncommon, compassionate God revealed in Jesus Christ—the Savior this world is dying to know.

Relax, It's Just God

How and Why to Talk to Your Kids about Religion When You're Not Religious

Author: Wendy Thomas Russell

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1941932010

Category: Family & Relationships

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American Grace

How Religion Divides and Unites Us

Author: Robert D. Putnam,David E. Campbell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416566732

Category: Political Science

Page: 707

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Draws on three national surveys on religion, as well as research conducted by congregations across the United States, to examine the profound impact it has had on American life and how religious attitudes have changed in recent decades.

Divided by Faith

Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

Author: Michael O. Emerson,Christian Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195147070

Category: Religion

Page: 212

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Based on a telephone survey of 2,000 people and 200 interviews, the authors study the grassroots of white evangelical America and learn that evangelicals themselves seem to hang on to the nation's racial divide and at this point in time real racial reconciliation remains unsolved by conservative Christians.

The Triumph of Christianity

How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World

Author: Bart D. Ehrman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501136720

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the bestselling authority on early Christianity, the story of how Christianity grew from a religion of twenty or so peasants in rural Galilee to the dominant religion in the West in less than four hundred years. Christianity didn’t have to become the dominant religion in the West. It easily could have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. In The Triumph of Christianity, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries. The Triumph of Christianity combines deep knowledge and meticulous research in an eye-opening, immensely readable narrative that upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

Choosing Your Faith

In a World of Spiritual Options

Author: Mark Mittelberg

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 1496415108

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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In a world of spiritual options, people constantly tell us what to believe. Yet, while we hear these pleas, we're already functioning with existing beliefs—even if they are beliefs by default. So how do we choose what to believe—especially in the area of faith? Do we need to choose? In Choosing Your Faith, Mark Mittelberg encourages us, as Socrates does, not to lead an unexamined life. He invites us to examine why we believe what we believe. This examination will resonate with Christians and seekers alike.

We Need to Talk

How to Have Conversations That Matter

Author: Celeste Headlee

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062669028

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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“WE NEED TO TALK.” In this urgent and insightful book, public radio journalist Celeste Headlee shows us how to bridge what divides us--by having real conversations BASED ON THE TED TALK WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWS NPR's Best Books of 2017 Winner of the 2017 Silver Nautilus Award in Relationships & Communication “We Need to Talk is an important read for a conversationally-challenged, disconnected age. Headlee is a talented, honest storyteller, and her advice has helped me become a better spouse, friend, and mother.” (Jessica Lahey, author of New York Times bestseller The Gift of Failure) Today most of us communicate from behind electronic screens, and studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. The blame for some of this disconnect can be attributed to our political landscape, but the erosion of our conversational skills as a society lies with us as individuals. And the only way forward, says Headlee, is to start talking to each other. In We Need to Talk, she outlines the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist—and offers simple tools that can improve anyone’s communication. For example: BE THERE OR GO ELSEWHERE. Human beings are incapable of multitasking, and this is especially true of tasks that involve language. Think you can type up a few emails while on a business call, or hold a conversation with your child while texting your spouse? Think again. CHECK YOUR BIAS. The belief that your intelligence protects you from erroneous assumptions can end up making you more vulnerable to them. We all have blind spots that affect the way we view others. Check your bias before you judge someone else. HIDE YOUR PHONE. Don’t just put down your phone, put it away. New research suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone can negatively impact the quality of a conversation. Whether you’re struggling to communicate with your kid’s teacher at school, an employee at work, or the people you love the most—Headlee offers smart strategies that can help us all have conversations that matter.

Talking Across the Divide

How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World

Author: Justin Lee

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 052550463X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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A guide to learning how to communicate with people who have diametrically opposed opinions from you, how to empathize with them, and how to (possibly) change their minds America is more polarized than ever. Whether the issue is Donald Trump, healthcare, abortion, gun control, breastfeeding, or even DC vs Marvel, it feels like you can't voice an opinion without ruffling someone's feathers. In today's digital age, it's easier than ever to build walls around yourself. You fill up your Twitter feed with voices that are angry about the same issues and believe as you believe. Before long, you're isolated in your own personalized echo chamber. And if you ever encounter someone outside of your bubble, you don't understand how the arguments that resonate so well with your peers can't get through to anyone else. In a time when every conversation quickly becomes a battlefield, it's up to us to learn how to talk to each other again. In Talking Across the Divide, social justice activist Justin Lee explains how to break through the five key barriers that make people resist differing opinions. With a combination of psychological research, pop-culture references, and anecdotes from Justin's many years of experience mediating contentious conversations, this book will help you understand people on the other side of the argument and give you the tools you need to change their minds--even if they've fallen for "fake news."

Deliver Me from Negative Self-Talk Expanded Edition

A Guide to Speaking Faith-Filled Words

Author: Lynn Davis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780768407679

Category:

Page: 224

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Change Your Words, Change Your World! Admit it, you talk to yourself. Whether you speak the words out loud or think them in your mind, you are always talking to yourself... about yourself. The important question: what are you saying? Much of what we say is negative, hurtful and damaging, setting us up for failure. If you want to live the victorious, abundant life God has for you, start by changing what you say to yourself. This has the power to radically transform everything! In her relatable, down-to-earth style, Lynn Davis offers scriptural self care for the soul in need of encouragement. Learn how changing your self talk will help you: * Experience victory over fear, bad habits and addictions * Overcome negative emotions * Think God's thoughts about yourself by changing your meditation * Receive healing from sickness * Increase your self-esteem * Make declarations that strengthen your faith Get delivered from negative self talk today and begin speaking powerful, faith-filled words that unleash God's purpose, joy, and healing in your life!

Learning to Speak God from Scratch

Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them

Author: Jonathan Merritt

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 1601429312

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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In a rapidly changing culture, many of us struggle to talk about faith. We can no longer assume our friends understand words such as grace or gospel. Others, like lost and sin, have become so negative they are nearly conversation-enders. Jonathan Merritt knows this frustration well. After moving from the Bible Belt to New York City, he discovered that the sacred terms he used to describe his spiritual life didn’t connect as they had in the past. This launched him into an exploration of an increasing American reluctance to talk about faith—and the data he uncovered revealed a quiet crisis of affecting millions. In this groundbreaking book, Jonathan revives ancient expressions through incisive cultural commentary, vulnerable personal narratives, and surprising biblical insights. Both provocative and liberating, Learning to Speak God from Scratch will breathe new life into your spiritual conversations and invite you into the embrace of the God who inhabits them.

When God Talks Back

Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God

Author: Tanya M. Luhrmann

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307277275

Category: Religion

Page: 434

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Analyzes the American evangelical experience, drawing on intimate interviews with members of the Vineyard church while explaining the scientific aspects of intensely practiced prayer and collective supernatural experiences.