A Navy SEAL who first overcame a crippling childhood condition and then a devastating training accident offers his own experiences as lessons in defeating adversity.
Patrick Bisher’s career as a Navy SEAL should have ended after a parachuting accident nearly crippled him. But overcoming adversity, even an injury as serious as a broken hip, was nothing new for him. He’d spent a portion of his childhood in leg braces. Doctors told him he’d never walk again thanks to a degenerative hip condition. He wasn’t about to give up then, any more than he was in the wake of that parachute training accident. Instead, he went on to serve in combat as a member of SEAL Team Seven, seeing action in Iraq and ultimately winning the Army Commendations Medal, among other awards.
Now Patrick wants to take the lessons he learned on and off the battlefield and apply them to everyday life. He offers inspiration to all who’ve faced the kind of adversity he has. In chapters drawn directly from his own experience, he sketches a heart-wrenching tale of salvaging lifelong victories out of crushing defeats, and hope out of heartache.
From being branded a “cripple” to successfully negotiating BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALS) training, from agonizing pain to heroic achievement, from devastating loss to finding his faith, Patrick’s story is one of discovering ways to do everything he possibly can, instead of making excuses for what he can’t. An American hero who never surrendered is now sharing his lessons with those fighting their own battles to emerge from their dark places into the light and lead a better, more productive life.
How do the dark moments of suffering which we all encounter at some point in our lives connect with the divine? The words of Paul the Apostle offer an answer to this universal question in the vibrant figure and pattern of Jesus Christ, so eloquently expressed in the Philippians Christ Hymn. It is in moments of loss, moments of experience of creation and community, and moments of transformative unity with God that we discover our deep connectedness to God and one another. Laura Hogan weaves the truth of these three facets of divine-human relationship together with Paul's undivided trust in divine effectiveness; that is, that the paradox of the cross reveals that God, no matter how dire the circumstance, is supremely effective to accomplish his will. Paul's words encourage us to express the pattern of Jesus Christ in our words, actions, and very lives, a singular articulation of Christ in our time, place, identity, and circumstances. This daily living of the Christ pattern, which this book explores in lives past and present, gives rise to a true joy in God as we become increasingly aware of our relationship with the divine in all moments, from the darkest to the brightest.
How do we remain optimistic when the world seems to be falling apart around us? In these intimate essays, the author leads the reader on an inspirational journey to find answers and hope in troubled times. The book includes incisive commentaries on terrorism, good and evil, and aging and death that provide a new perspective on approaching the world with hope. The lyrical reflections on poetry and friendship highlight how such spiritual pursuits are the wellsprings of hope in dark times. Each essay suggests ways in which anyone can connect their personal search for strength, wisdom, and hope to the collective desire to bring about a just, humane, and caring society.
There have been numerous publications in the last decades on the Bible in literature, film, and art. But until now, no reference work has yet appeared on the Bible as it appears in Western music. In The Bible in Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works, and More, scholars Siobhán Dowling Long and John F. A. Sawyer correct this gap in Biblical reference literature, providing for the first time a convenient guide to musical interpretations of the Bible. Alongside examples of classical music from the Middle Ages through modern times, Dowling Long and Sawyer also bring attention to the Bible’s impact on popular culture with numerous entries on hymns, spirituals, musicals, film music, and contemporary popular music.
Each entry contains essential information about the original context of the work (date, composer, etc.) and, where relevant, its afterlife in literature, film, politics, and liturgy. It includes an index of biblical references and an index of biblical names, as well as a detailed timeline that brings to the fore key events, works, and publications, placing them in their historical context. There is also a bibliography, a glossary of technical terms, and an index of artists, authors, and composers.
MOTIVATED BY THE IMPOSSIBLE: RECOGNIZING YOUR INVISIBLE MENTORS offers a fresh perspective on how to overcome each difficult circumstance that life presents.
LEARN HOW TO...
IDENTIFY the faces of your invisible mentors
EMBRACE the process of their mentorship
RISE above every impossibility you encounter
Created as an interactive guide, the book intertwines biblical and psychological principles with the author's personal stories offering relevant, practical, and life-changing tools.The poetical writing and analogies used in the book, turn complex themes into easily understood principles, drawing you on a journey to discover how to live a life of wholeness, authenticity, resilience, and joy.
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.
Through the ages, mankind has longed to understand and explain our origin. The Bible tells us we were created in the image and likeness of God and that God formed our body from the dust of the ground. But exactly how were we made? What was our form like? How did this body differ from Jesus when he took on human flesh? How do we rightly address the relationship between Creation and incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and re-creation?
In Made for Glory, award-winning author Joshua A. McClure combines testimony and biblical inquiry to unlock mysteries that have great implications for our lives today. His flair for graphic, powerful biblical study removes blinders and opens the way for deep reflection on past assumptions and misinformation about the purposes of God for his created beings. A must-read for anyone pursuing the truth of who you are and what it means to be made in God's glorious image.
Seventh Dimension -The City pits occultism against Christianity in an epic battle between good and evil. Where time is an illusion and world travel only a stargate away, the conflict takes on an even more sinister reality in the seventh dimension against the backdrop of 33 A.D.
Shale and Daniel, young adults in search of Daniel's father, discover the apocalypse has begun. As the battle rages fromJerusalem to Shambhala, glimpses of the netherworld take center stage. Powerful people want Shale's ancient scrolls and will stop at nothing to find them. Shale and Daniel will do everything to protect them, but at what cost to themselves and their families?
Christianity Made Simple is a unique nonfiction book that facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the biblical and chronological aspects of Christianity, in addition to historical and cultural background not found in the Bible for topics such as archaeology, geography, Bible versions, theology concepts, church history, relevant world history, and controversial issues. Numerous scriptures are quoted and referenced.
This work simplifies learning about Christianity by synthesizing a wide variety of subjects and organizing them into logical collections. A variety of lists, charts, and timelines summarize complex information and provide for quick reference. Points to ponder encourage the reader to contemplate. Word/phrase matching exercises are included to aid in retention.
A professional review by Kirkus Reviews describes the book with phrases such as "Christians should find a gold mine of useful information and synthesis," "A detailed guidebook examines modern Christian faith and practice," "The entire gamut of Christian subjects is covered in satisfying detail," and "A spirited and comprehensive overview of the scriptural foundations of Christianity."
In a culture that bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection, women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?
Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives—and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.
Based on a true story, Tethered tells of the first American woman missionary to China who is bound to her husband, to the mission board, and to God. The young couple's relationship is marked by humor and unflinching determination in the volatile years of conflict in the First Opium War.
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.
Is Heaven real, accessible and ready to help us discover our life path?
WHAT IF YOU COULD:
Feel like you are driving your life, not the other way around?
Tap into the power of heaven?
Get on the path to living the purpose and passion for the rest of your life?
That's exactly what happened to Clifford Michaels, a Wall Street investment advisor, who never believed the "afterlife" existed. Everything changed after a brush with kidney cancer that set him on a reluctant path of spiritual discovery. He first denied, then acknowledged, and finally embraced and interacted with "heavenly" forces he realized want to help all of us find our ideal path in life.
The result? Harnessing Heaven, the book that shows you how to actually tap into the power of Heaven, as part of a dynamic process of self-discovery.
"In Molyneux's skillful hands, the story comes alive in a new way that humanizes Judas and provides insight into the life of Jesus...Emotionally intense and intricately plotted, this provocative novel profiles Judas in unexpected ways."- Library Journal
Rome is waging a "culture war" against all things Jewish, seeking to wipe away Israelite identity, culture, and faith. Revolt simmers in Judea and Galilee, as common Israelites chafe under Roman rule. Conflict rages between the various Jewish parties. Plots swirl in the palaces of Pilate, Antipas, and Caiaphas, as they struggle to maintain their tenuous grip on power, worried that Jesus will lead the people to revolt against Roman rule.
GOD is so amazing! GOD has given the author the unique ability to share His words through creative writing in a fiction novel. The purpose of this book was based on the journey of a man of GOD and his everyday life struggles. Ms. Johnson-Matheson hopes this book serves as a teacher that life is about being resilient. This book was written to inspire every individual that no matter what life circumstances dictate to you, with GOD you can overcome any obstacles. May this book be an inspiration to someone who has lost hope, encouragement to someone to live out their dream, and reinforcement that GOD’s mercy is for everyone. The author hopes this book will be a blessing to all readers.
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.
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!
Psalm 119 takes us from A to Z, shedding light unto paths that have become darkened by hardships and delivering hope to those who feel they are at the end of their rope.We all need comfort for one reason or another. This book offers strength to those suffering from the issues of life.
"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.
Minerva’s Owls plumbs the depth of inner and outer consciousness as the new consciousness emerges. It seeks the balance we need to achieve through space and time, individually and as a society, if we are to move forward in any meaningful way. Amid the confusion of painful birth pangs, Minerva’s Owls holds hope for the future as it reinterprets history and the reverence of ancient deities to awaken the sacred feminine. Woven into the text is the smaller story of inspired and unplanned individual evolution from the vantage of the yoga mat, which echoes our species evolution and finally contributes to the whole, as we each reconnect to the source from which we spring. The themes touched on are very current, reflecting the broader trends of the new consciousness while placing them in a solid historic context.
"If you learn all the mysteries of the Cosmos, but fail to know yourself, you remain and educated fool." Elias the Teacher
A stranger appears in Antioch's Great House of Prayer, speaking words filled with power and might. Elias, an unassuming teacher, awes his every-growing audiences with eloquent wisdom. Among his teachings are proverbs to guide God's Children in their daily lives. Dealing with money and work, love and marriage, parenting and faith, Elias' sayings reveal deep insights into the Way of God. If you enjoy the Bible's "Book of Proverbs", or Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, then you will appreciate Elias' Proverbs.
This book uses the analogy of physical food and health to counsel on spiritual dietary remedies. It tells that the way to ensure quality spiritual health is to consume quality spiritual food. Just as eating junk food harms the physical body, exposing oneself to spiritual junk food will harm the spiritual life. It is our responsibility to privately sit with Him who holds the regimen of our diet, to execute what is learned and digested for a sober and temperate mind and character.
It is critical to spiritual health to feed upon the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us. Since we don't like to miss a meal, should we miss any spiritual meal from His table? We are counseled to sit and sup with Him daily. To consume the Word is to bring health into our spiritual bodies by regularly studying the written mind of God, by praying, and by fasting from self, choosing to focus on our best thoughts on executing His instruction. We must strive to become more godly in manner of worship and service.
My heart twice broken, and although I can hardly breath for sorrow, I have to believe that I found my daughter's journals for a purpose!
Running from the Heart is a collection of devotions from a very British girl, who absolutely loved Jesus. During her last eight years, when Rebecca's life had been turned upside down, she writes tenderly of her sorrow and joy in the unexplained ways of God.
Described by some as a modern-day saint, her legacy to us is a remarkable life well lived, that will inspire and encourage you on your spiritual journey.
"Rebecca is a role model of the type of woman I want to be. I became more inspired by her as I witnessed her unmatched faith. She helped me see what a young woman living for the Lord looks like and made me want to be like her."
"Rebecca's example lives on inspiring me and everyone who had the gift of knowing her..."
"Rebecca was one of the two most holy women I had ever met! When I heard the news of her being called home, in some ways, I wasn't surprised!"
Every time a child is born, they are blessed with certain gifts. Each birth is the creation of a new little angel, and each little angel is special. This heartwarming story of love and devotion shows just how special these births truly are.