After the death of a child, there is no closure. It is like learning how to live with an amputation---you are forever changed and need to learn how to live a new “normal.” There can be a feeling of desperation to find someone farther ahead on the path who can understand the crushing pain that makes you feel like you can’t even breathe at times.
Laura Diehl was plunged into that place with the death of her daughter, and meets the deep need to connect with others who have experienced what cannot be put into words. "When Tragedy Strikes" is the raw account of her journey from deep darkness back into light and life, extending a hand of hope to those traveling on the path behind her, who need to rebuild their lives after the death of a child.
A Walk Along The Path is the true story of a young mother widowed at the age of 25. Thrown into being a single, working parent of two children, with God's grace, is able to pick up the pieces of loss and push forward. Just as life begins to return to normal her youngest child is diagnosed with a congenital heart disorder needing a transplant to survive. How will this young mother cope with the daunting challanges ahead?
Diana Sims takes you on a journey of losing her unborn son by stillbirth. She shows you that you can continue to live, press through the pain into your destiny. Using the hurt to heal others through your tragedy and know there is a promise that will wipe every tear cried from your eyes. Live!
Tressa Mitchener goes into the depths of her experience to give a gritty account of her life as a child from a broken home, a teenage mother and later indicted by the federal government as a drug dealer. Her words of transparency will allow you to see her walk into a dark place and God’s love for her to bring her into the light. Tressa’s story is inspiring, uplifting and will cause you to step into purpose through accepting Jesus as your Lord & Savior!
This heartwarming story conveys an enlightening vision of hope for all who seek a better world and search for true purpose and meaning in life. Rose, our eighty-three year old Alaska Native received a lifelong mission from the vision of a village elder when she was just a child. As foretold by the village elder, she was later gifted with a profound spiritual truth. She has endeavored her entire lifetime to convey this truth to others, but feels unsuccessful. Meeting Grayson finally gives Rose the opportunity to fulfill her mission. Consequently, Grayson is transformed and finds a true home for his longing heart, as this road trip takes us from Alaska to Oregon, from search to fulfillment, and from remoteness--home. Travel with Rose and Grayson, and treat yourself to a new and refreshing perspective of spirituality and religion as it has never been told before.
Steven E. Ellis comes to this writing as a life-long student of spirituality and comparative religion. He was born in Oregon where he resides with his wife and practices his profession as a Chiropractic Physician. He is the author of forty-five study-guides and two booklets on the Baha'i Faith.
"Brilliant photographs ... a talented writer ... her descriptions are lyrical and evocative." -- Kirkus Reviews
"As multi-faceted and luminous as the photos it contains, this book is an important historical and spiritual journey told seamlessly." -- The BookLife Prize
In 1971, at age 20, Visakha had just published her first book and was beginning her ascent to fame and fortune through a career in photojournalism. She dreamed of bringing the people of the world closer by sharing their common kinship and values through her photographic essays. Then, at the invitation of her college boyfriend, John Griesser, who was working on his MFA thesis in India, Visakha traveled east, where she first learned about bhakti yoga - the yoga of devotion - from a simple Indian sage. The bhakti tradition seemed irrelevant to Visakha, and she rejected it.
Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love is Visakha's deeply personal account of the emotional upheaval caused by her doubting her own cherished convictions, by her discovery that the alarmingly unreasonable - bhakti - could gradually become alarmingly reasonable. Visakha portrays her own and others' experiences in India, Europe, and the United States as they grapple with knowledge and a culture that is at once utterly foreign yet also resonant with their hearts. And she reflects on the profound, life-altering questions that we all sometimes ask.
Written by a fellow seeker who maintains a healthy dose of skepticism, this is the heartwarming, funny, colorful, bizarre, surprising, informative, and upending true story that will help questioner-skeptics see life from another perspective, one likely different from their own. In Five Years, Eleven Months, Visakha beautifully weaves together her personal losses and gains with an age-old tradition that enfolds her, creating a moving narrative for anyone who has ever asked, "Why?"
Using his thirty-five years in clinical practice, theological expertise, and professional self-analysis, Frank invites you on a totally unique ride. Structured as a father’s open letter to his daughter Kristen, Frank’s memoir explores his magnetic draw to faith...and the spiritual maelstrom that drew him to a profound yet deeply conflicted journey with Jesus Christ.
The highly readable story of Frank’s emerging faith in Jesus is a spellbinding dance among various forces in his life. In this most personal, page-turning exposé, he courageously discloses how trauma shaped his life, nearly from the moment of his birth. Beginning in infancy, he was traumatized by an extraordinarily cold, emotionless alcoholic mother. From early childhood on, he was emotionally abused by an angry disabled father. Later, in midlife, he was twice traumatized by disabilities, disabilities that emerged as a result of his childhood. He reveals utterly intimate details of how his mind was forged through those traumas, driving his unchosen but painstaking quest for spiritual truth. It’s the story of how one man found and embraced faith, not only the circumstances that engendered it, but the forces deep inside him that shaped his hypnotic draw to it. In poignant detail, he describes how that faith really looks, from the inside out, from deep within his own psyche. And it all culminates in a story Frank never fully shared with his daughter...until now...in Faith of a Father.
Cancer, You and God is focused on helping cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the spiritual, mental, and emotional challenges of cancer. The twenty-one brief but powerful, real-life cancer stories in Part One offer multiple takeaways to help the reader. The fifty-one brief topics covered in Part Two help people to think about and deal with their personal cancer situations. In point form, Part Three lists much of the experience and advice found in the Part One stories for quick, easy reference later on as a person’s cancer journey evolves.
How can you obtain greater peace, contentment, confidence and faith? By growing deeper in your relationship with God.
This book will give you the in-depth knowledge you need to understand "What God Is." When we experience Him at this level of detail, we will grow closer to Him and enjoy the benefits that come from an intimate union with our amazing God.
You already know about God. In this workbook, you will gain comprehensive insight into four of God's most important attributes:
God is Holy
God is Immutable
God is Omniscient
God is Omnipotent
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. - John 17:3
Why God Is So Amazing! 30 Days to a Better Understanding of God is a 4-week / 30-day course designed as a combined group and individual study. Eternal life is just around the corner. Don't waste precious moments thinking about it when you can experience it. Begin today!
This book explains what happens when a child dies. The child is immediately surrounded by Angels and resides in the first stage of Heaven called Transition. The child is only there briefly, but must be comforted and accustomed to this newness. The Love and Light are radiant, and the child is filled with awe and wonderment. Heaven Held is a dialogue between the author and her departed son who is a Light Being Guide. The author asks him questions and her son describes the place where he loves to work.
Suzanne Gene Courtney writes from the heart. For the past twenty years, she has grown in her life experiences from tragedy to understanding, from hope to joy, and now offers in this, her sixth book, a view of Heaven through her departed son's eyes. Through extensive training and practice in automatic writing, discernment, and validation, Suzanne connects to her Angels, Guides, and Ascended Masters.
For those who have lost a child, Heaven Held provides great comfort and peace in knowing what the first stage of Heaven offers their little ones. This book gives readers a glimpse of Heavenly beauties and possibilities as it reassures bereaved parents about the vastness and depth of God's love for their child.
In her pursuit of spiritual growth and soul awareness, Suzanne continues to learn from her dear friend and mentor, Alyssa Malehorn, who is a Spiritual Healer, Psychic Medium, and Reiki Master Teacher in Austin, Texas.
Retired from teaching in Michigan, Suzanne now resides in Austin, where she practices Reiki and Crystal Healing on clients. She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and continues to draw, paint, write, and attend workshops and seminars.
Almost everyone faces some physical or mental or emotional challenges. Spiritual people pray about it, hope, try to stay positive, sometimes argue with God, and remind God of the many promises there are in Scripture about healing. But sometimes, healing doesn't come, or doesn't come as desired. Although many turn their back on God when God doesn't heal, others stay in the struggle with God, expand their theology, and learn more about the nature of God and the nature of suffering.
Dr. Linda Seger, one of the world authorities on screenwriting, has struggled with dystonia (a movement disorder) for some years. Then, as she was improving, she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in fall, 2015. Both disorders have caused physical, emotional, and spiritual frustrations and the rehabilitation for each has been counter to the other, causing her to make difficult choices, and to be challenged to persevere. In this book, she reflects on the many theological issues and spiritual issues that we encounter when we're ill - and how we re-form our relationship with God when healing doesn't come as desired.
A cat with a divine mission, Sula has an uncanny ability to sense which parishioners at Old Mission San Juan Bautista (California) need her attention at any given Mass. But...is it really uncanny, or does St. Francis give Sula tasks during her daily conversations with him? Or is she led by God? Sula has developed a special bond with cancer survivors like herself. The bond between her and the Old Mission parishioners saw her through two bouts of cancer, flooding her with gifts: money for surgery, a home for recovery, prayers, and love. In these pages, you will find charming, endearing, and inspiring stories, shared by parishioners and told from the point of view of a lovable and amazingly insightful cat. Once you open this book, you will not close it!
Unraveled, Time to Tell is about a life of secrets turned into heart-opening revelations from God and how a questionable death can change life and leave a young girl vulnerable and unwanted. This change leads to many consequences and puts in front of her choices she was unaware of and ashamed of. This girl lived her married life concealing these secrets, even from her own children.
This memoir tells how her life of unhappy, undesired, and unexpected actions after a death could be replaced with joy, peace, and contentment from God through His Word and His revelations.
This true story is about the author’s involvement with a Bible study group that turned out to be a cult remarkably similar to the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas, led by David Koresh. As of 28 February 1993, Read had been with them for some three years, and had grown to love and trust the leaders completely; but after she found out the truth about them she could no longer remain. That did not stop them from wanting her back under their control and influence; and her testimony shows how they tried so hard to convince her that they were right, and she was wrong.
Cults are on the rise, and no one is exempt from their evil influences! And even though Koresh was violently removed from this earth over twenty years ago, his “spirit” still lives on in the hearts of some very wicked men.
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, has captured our attention by stepping away from the papal throne, unafraid to give impromptu interviews, decentralize church governance, or explore new horizons for the greater good of the people of God. His actions and words suggest that he is here not to dominate but to serve, less inclined to preach than to listen, and to bring us back to Jesus “that we may have life and have it more abundantly.” Award-winning journalist Robert Blair Kaiser argues that the pope’s Jesuit DNA is central to understanding how Pope Francis is shaping the church and the world.
Inside the Jesuits takes readers inside the Jesuits’ head-and-heart take on faith. The author tells the story of his own Jesuit training before leaving to become a journalist and highlights how the key elements of the Jesuit formation have made Pope Francis the pope he is -- like Jesus in his simplicity, launching bold administrative moves to update the Church, and daring to say and do things no other pope has said or done. He washes the feet of those in prison, including a Muslim woman. He says of homosexuals, "Who am I to judge?" To further illustrate the Jesuit DNA in action, Kaiser produces some fascinating profiles of other Jesuits and former Jesuits working the Jesuit motto, "for the greater glory of God" -- which Kaiser gives a more worldly spin: "for the greater good of the people of God."
Inside the Jesuits is a powerful exploration of how the Jesuit training, to be more like Jesus -- hasshaped Pope Francis, a self-confessed sinner who encourages us to love our supposedly-less-worthy selves and help make a better world.
From critically acclaimed author Brian McLaren comes a brilliant retelling of the biblical story and a thrilling reintroduction to Christian faith.
This book offers everything you need to explore what a difference an honest, living, growing faith can make in our world today. It also puts tools in your hands to create a life-changing learning community in any home, restaurant, or other welcoming space.
The fifty-two (plus a few) weekly readings can each be read aloud in 10-12 minutes, and offer a simple curriculum of insightful reflections and transformative practices. Organized around the traditional church year, these readings give an overview of the whole Bible and guide an individual or a group of friends through a year of rich study, interactive learning, and personal growth.
Perfect for home churches, congregations, classes, or individual study, each reading invites you to:
Cultivate an honest, intelligent understanding of the Bible and of Christian faith in 21st century
Engage with discussion questions designed to challenge, stimulate, and encourage
Re-imagine what it means to live joyfully and responsibly in today's world as agents of God's justice, creativity, and peace
If you're seeking a fresh way to experience and practice your faith, if you're a long-term Christian seeking new vitality, or if you feel out of place in traditional church circles, this book will inspire and activate you in your spiritual journey.
Judaism assigns a uniquely important role to the human being, the role of partner with God in creating a world of oneness. This theme, the singular message of Judaism, runs throughout the Jewish tradition, but it has been largely lost to our modern day's leaning toward Jewish ethnic identity and culture.
In this clarion call for a new way to "do Judaism," award-winning spiritual leader Rabbi Edward Feinstein urges us to recover this message of Jewish self-empowerment or chutzpah to reshape the world. Feinstein begins with the early chapters of Genesis. He then describes how the idea was encoded into the Jewish national narrative through biblical law, and how the Rabbis of Talmud embraced that conviction as the center of Judaism, demonstrating the Rabbis sense of their own self-empowerment to reshape their religious tradition in response to the destruction of the Temple. Turning to the mystics of medieval Spain and the European Hasidic tradition, Feinstein shows how chutzpah found its expression in the traditions of Kabbalah. Finally, he explores the theme of empowerment in modernity, as the centerpiece of Zionism and post-Holocaust thought. Inspiring Jews of all denominations, Feinstein presents a bold reminder of the Jewish responsibility to repair the world and a new way to conceive of Jewish community life, Jewish education, prayer and religious activism.
The popular blogger and publisher of Envoy magazine offers 10 key reasons why he loves being Catholic (and you should too). Drawing heavily on poignant anecdotes from his own experience as a life-long Catholic born in 1960s, Madrid offers readers a way of looking at the Church--its members, teachings, customs, and history--from perspectives many may have never considered.
Growing up Catholic during a time of great social and theological upheaval and transition, a time in which countless Catholics abandoned their religion in search of something else, Patrick Madrid learned a great deal about why people leave Catholicism and why others stay. This experience helped him gain many insights into what it is about the Catholic Church that some people reject, as well as those things that others treasure. Drawing upon Madrid's personal experiences, Why Be Catholic? offers a deeply personal, fact-based, rationale for why everyone should be Catholic or at least consider the Catholic Church in a new light.
A former editor in chief of Parade magazine embarks on a spiritual quest that goes to the heart of what really matters in life
Lee Kravitz is adrift—shaken deeply after 9/11 and the loss of his job, he begins to feel the pull toward rediscovering his spirituality. He faces resistance from his wife, who doesn’t understand why their family life can’t provide what he needs, but when he suffers what he thinks is a heart attack and calls out for God, Lee realizes he must take action. His journey takes him to many places—Quaker meetings, Catholic mass, and even sessions with an astrologer—and blends memoir, religion, and science, culminating in a narrative that speaks to the universal need to feel connected to the world around us.
In documenting his quest to pursue a contemplative life in the chaos of everyday existence and fit his religion-shaped needs into a secular mold, Lee offers a blueprint for anyone who might find himself lost at one point or another. With forays into meditation, Quakerism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Protestantism, Judaism, and more, Pilgrim is an engrossing, thoughtful, and stirring guide for readers of Kathleen Norris and Anne Lamott.