As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be.
In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field--a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion--a place of joy.
I've Been Thinking . . . is ideal for anyone at any point in her life. Whether you feel like you've got it all together or like it's all falling apart--whether you're taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again. Like talking with a close friend, it's the perfect companion--an exceptional gift for someone looking to move forward in life with hope and grace.
Women everywhere face battles that threaten to overwhelm them.
A friend's depression. A child's destructive choices. A neighbor's broken marriage. A husband's failed business. A bad medical report. But you don't have to watch hopelessly from the sidelines. This is a crucial time for praying women to take their stand.
In this newly revised and updated edition, you'll discover sound biblical guidelines, inspiring stories, and practical steps to help you see victory on the battlefront. As you understand your authority in the risen Christ, you will learn how to overcome forces of evil, help loved ones break cycles of bondage, and make your home a place of refuge from spiritual attack--all through the power of prayer.
Here is the field guide for every wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend ready to fight for all she holds dear.
As you commit to a daily regimen of meditating on the 26 declarations based on the American alphabet and scriptures in this devotional, along with journaling, give mindfulness to every word written, meditate on the impact and possibilities available to you. As you do, you will increase your spiritual and mental capacity to live a life set apart and open up UNcommon possibilities.
With an easy to read question and answer format, the Catechism combines solid Catholic doctrinal teaching with meaningful exposure to Scripture and practical application.
The revival of interest in the Baltimore Catechism reflects Catholics growing realization that a clear, concise presentation of the truths of the Faith is just what people young and old need to appreciate, practice and defend Church teaching. Catechists and parents will find this Catechism an invaluable teaching tool as they prepare children and catechumens to receive the Sacraments and lead authentic Catholic lives. Students will find this an uncomplicated and friendly guide to authentic Catholicism.
The 33 lessons contained in Baltimore Catechism No. 1 present the basics of the Catholic Faith in a manner suitable for First Communicants through fifth graders.
This is the original TAN edition of the Baltimore Catechism, with updated typesetting, fresh new cover, larger format, quality binding and the same trusted content.
America is at a tipping point, and never has this been more apparent than right now. We are in danger of losing our spiritual and moral heritage, making many believe that we have fallen beyond the point of recovery. This book is here to say, that, yes, we have fallen. In fact, fallen much further than we realize, but that our country’s best days are ahead—with the help of a radical, moral, and cultural revolution, beginning with the church. This book is a manual for the revolution.
On all fronts, Americans are talking about the need for revolution, arguing from the left and the right that “the status quo must go!” This book comes at just the right time, as people are wondering what in the world has happened to our country—from the homes to the college campuses, from the inner cities to the White House, from our national debt to the material found on our computers and TV screens. In clear, compelling prose, Brown covers topics ranging from the sexualization of pop culture to the dumbing down of our schools to the undermining of family structures to a pervasive culture of entitlement, while pointing consistently to the Bible’s solution to these issues. A radical call for reformation written with sobriety and hope, Saving a Sick America provides the inspiration and guidance necessary for a moral and cultural revolution.
Only to Find the Greatest Treasure of Them All. So Can You.
When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king.
Her quest for wisdom will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all.
Shedding new light on this ancient biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the king of Kings.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.--Galatians 5: 22, 23 The Fruit of the Spirit study is an excellent study for believers at any level of spiritual growth or maturity. Believers will spend a lifetime seeking the manifestation of the fruits in their lives. The Fruit of the Spirit pamphlet provides insight to how the fruits of the Spirit were evident in the life of Jesus as well as what the fruit truly looks like in the lives of believers. Here is an example from the pamphlet. One of thefruit of the Spirit is love. The pamphlet defines love this way: Love is not based on emotions or feelings. It is a decision to be committed to the well being of others without any conditions or circumstances. The pamphlet reveals: A definition for each fruit of the Spirit How each fruit was exemplified in Jesus' life Scripture references that show the fruit manifested in someone's life The Greek Word for each of the fruits of the Spirit, including these two-- The Greek word for love is agape The Greek word for joy is chara The Fruit of the Spirit pamphlet offers four powerful verses that define Good Fruit as well as a list of Bad Fruit that includes: greed, anger, drunkenness, and evil desires, among others.
—The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite, chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge University
“This world of ours has some purpose; and if there is a purpose, there is a Person. I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story, there is a Storyteller.”
—G. K. Chesterton
A Year with G. K. Chesterton daily brings this truth to life. And we are heir to the winsome, arresting, utterly original outpouring of Chesterton’s reasons for hope. During his lifetime, a host of perspectives clamored for his attention, but he saw nothing as vital and alive as Christianity. Readers of this book will find their faith strengthened and enriched, even as they see the many reasons why George Bernard Shaw called Chesterton “a colossal genius.”
A true anthology, the best of Chesterton’s many works are presented in concise, memorable selections. From New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve, each page contains a passage of Scripture and myriad moments for reflection, appreciation, and laughter.
“Chesterton once a day? Well, that’s a start. It is good to see that someone is finally recognizing the need for a daily minimum requirement of mirth and meditation from GKC.”
—Dale Ahlquist, President, American Chesterton Society
“Kevin Belmonte writes in the preface to this excellent book that his editing of it has been a gift. As an author who has written regularly on Chesterton I can understand his sense of gratitude at having been able to spend so much time with a genius as genial as the great GKC. Thanks to Belmonte's labor of love we can all spend a few moments of every day of the year in Chesterton's inimitable company. All admirers of Chesterton and the Christian truth he explicates so sublimely will be grateful to Kevin Belmonte for this gem of a gift.”
—Joseph Pearce, author of Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton
"Who could not be grateful for a year spent with GKC? The great subverter of everything taken for granted, he stretches and deepens us with his insights, shakes us with his startling paradoxes and delights us with his wit. Thank God there is no getting to the end of Chesterton."
—Os Guinness, author of A Free People's Suicide
Through the highs and the lows of his many experiences in Kirtland, Zion’s Camp, Far West, Liberty jail and Nauvoo, Joseph was forged into a humble servant of God who led the people by example and whom the Saints admired and deeply loved.
The Saints knew that their cherished Brother Joseph was a man who was full of light, who imparted profound doctrines that enriched their lives—teachings that caused them to ponder in sincere reflection. They treasured the opportunity to associate with Joseph and to learn from him.
Written in a very readable style by using Joseph’s own recorded history and the observations of those knew him, this volume offers a clear and vivid portrait of the Prophet Joseph Smith. It illustrates the breadth and depth of the dynamic life of this exceptional servant of God. In this book is an inspiring and impressive biography of a singular man and prophet of God.
We hear Jesus’s words and want to respond, but so often we feel we’re too busy, too anxious, or too heavily burdened to take hold of his invitation. Mornings with Jesus 2018, an annual, 365-day devotional, is your entrée into his world. Jesus will comfort you, and you’ll experience the delight and challenge of knowing him and living for him.
In Mornings with Jesus 2018, you can read and reflect on one all-new devotion each day that will encourage you to embrace Jesus’s love, to lay down your worries and walk with Him, and to focus on Him as Redeemer, Friend, and Faithful One. Lifting up their voices in heartfelt gratitude, ten writers consider the character and teachings of Jesus and share how He enriches and empowers them daily and how He wants to do the same for you.
Every day you will enjoy a scripture verse, reflection on Jesus’s words, and a faith step that inspires and challenges you in your daily walk of living a Christ-like life.
If you are a mom or dad reading The Power of Praying® for Your Adult Children (more than 250,000 copies sold), this prayer and study guide presents insightful, interactive questions that further explore God's Word and His promises. This more in-depth journey offers special prayers and encouragement to lead you to lift up your adult children and areas of their lives, includingfaith and prayer lifefamily and relationshipsdirection and purpose wisdom and integritywholeness and healing
Mothers, fathers, couples, and parenting groups will find comfort, answers, and incredible blessing as they continue to cover their kids in prayer...even if their kids have children of their own.
“Anne Lamott is my Oprah.” —Chicago Tribune
From the author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Bird by Bird, a powerful exploration of mercy and how we can embrace it.
"Mercy is radical kindness," Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It's the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult.
In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by "facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves." It's up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere—"within us and outside us, all around us"—and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it's crucial, as "kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all."
Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is profound and caring, funny and wise—a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality.
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Read The Bible With Commentary In A Year By Spending Only a Few Minutes Every Day-- The book aims at readers of any denomination who want the full Bible experience, with daily reflections—Genesis through Malachi in the Old Testament and Matthew through Revelation in the New Testament—in one year. (The Apocrypha is also included.) The theme is a layman’s journey through scripture, so the comments are those of a visitor, not an experienced traveler, but expert Bible commentators are always nearby. Each day’s reading requires 10-20 minutes, more or less, including scripture and ommentary..
All the Great Stories, Prayers, Incidents and Memorable Characters Are Included -- A reader will find the famous and not-so-famous narratives from the Old and New Testament: Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Joseph and his coat of many colors, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath (there were really two Goliath stories, one not involving David at all), David and Bathsheba, Jezebel and Ahab, Daniel in the lion’s den, the forty rulers (including one queen) of Israel/Judah, Elijah and Elisha, plus hundreds more from the Hebrew Bible—and Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Peter and Paul, James and John, Herod, Pilate, Mary Magdalene, centurions, priests and all the heroes, villains and common people of the New Testament. Many Christians who haven’t met the major and minor prophets before will discover that prophecy was a terribly difficult job. Many of these men were reluctant when God’s call came—but they performed their duties admirably, contributing some of the world’s great literature and poetry in the process. We’ll encounter all the famous prophetic quotations, too, from swords into plowshares in Isaiah (Isaiah 2:4) and Micah (Micah 4:3) to plowshares into swords in Joel (Joel 3:10), Amos’s great vision of justice flowing like water, immortalized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Amos 5:24), and hundreds more.
The major character is Jesus, and since he knew the Hebrew Bible very well, there are countless times when he quotes the Psalms, prophets and Torah. For example, in Luke Chapter 4 where Jesus opens up the heaviest scroll of all, Isaiah, and goes almost to the end of it to find the words that he chose to announce his mission in the world: “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:1-2, NRSV). And as that same Luke 4 story continues, Jesus uses examples from the lives of Elijah and Elisha, Hebrew Bible heroes, to shame his detractors. It’s that continuing link between the Old and the New Testaments that is at the center of the book’s perspective.
Many Special Features But Never a Compromise with the Basic Text -- The approach in these daily readings is a combination of reverence and frankness. . Nearly every reading offers parallels in the author’s experience and linkages to literature other than religious. For example, Samuel, David and Solomon were great men but they had some bad sons who complicated their lives—something that happens to great leaders even today. King Saul reminds a reader of King Lear—it didn’t have to turn out that way—but that’s why his story is considered tragic. Israel and Judah each had forty different kings before the Captivity but most of them were average or worse. Aren’t many of today’s leaders average or worse? Pilate was an appointed governor who probably allowed Jesus to be crucified because he didn’t want Rome to think that he was being unreasonable to the influential leaders in Jerusalem. Do today’s leaders ever temporize in tough situations? The author’s spin on all the stories, hymns, miracles, wars and great personalities is like that of Abraham and Moses early in their journeys--that of a stranger or alien (Genesis 15:13, Genesis 23:4, Exodus 2:22)—not yet familiar with the territory, but learning all the time.
Here are some other features:
Easy to use -- The book is designed to be simple to use and easy to read. It’s possible to find various scripture passages, specific days’ readings and even key words, with a click or two. Reflections on this journey are usually brief, informal and light, only an appetizer. The main meal each day is the appropriate scripture passage, direct from the New Revised Standard Version or occasionally from other translations. There are hundreds of endnotes but you don’t need to click on them unless you want to.
Extensive study of the commentators and other experts – The author, a lay person, has studied hundreds of outside resources, scripture experts from Christian, Jewish and other denominations. His role is mostly as a person being whisked along on a year-long tour by expert guides, although sometimes he disagrees with the tour leaders.
Layman’s perspective -- As a layperson who is still marveling at the immense complexity of the Bible, the author’s spin on each day’s readings is different from that of an expert. It must be. Yet the Bible messages shine through every day.
Frequent geographical updates -- There are many comments on the “where” of the scripture. When the Israelites go to the wilderness of Paran, its current location (on the Sinai Peninsula) is described. Abraham lived near Hebron in today’s Israel. Jonah’s Nineveh is probably today’s Mosul, Iraq. The journeys of Paul, which covered about ten thousand miles, and the movements of Jesus are described in contemporary geographical detail and so are the travels of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David and other great personalities in Bible. The reader can find most of the important places on a modern atlas because people and events are situated in their current locations—modern cities and towns--as much as possible.
Famous quotes are singled out -- The best-known stories, sayings, prayers, curses and hymns of the Bible are emphasized. In most cases there are special graphics to call attention to the memorable lines from the Old and New Testaments.
Enumeration of commandments, feasts, blessings, curses, etc. -- Whenever there are important enumerations, bold numbers or brackets set them off. You’ll find this in the tribes of Israel, the Ten Commandments, the ten plagues, the three dreams that guided Joseph early in Matthew, the selection of the twelve apostles, the major feasts of the Israelites in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and many other places. In 1st Peter almost two dozen instructions--a to-do list of sorts—is set off for the reader’s examination.
Selection of the most relevant text.-- The Bible has a million words, over a thousand chapters and more than thirty thousand verses and some parts, like the first nine chapters of 1st Chronicles, are omitted, or excerpted. Aside from Psalms, Sirach, and Proverbs, which are complete, the other seventy books are sometimes in excerpted form.
Charts, maps and tables – Instead of charts, maps and tables in the text, the reader is directed to books and web sites that feature them. So you can be quickly transported to wonderful sites like Bible-history.com to additional details.
Inclusion of appropriate dramatic and musical examples -- Songs and stories from the worlds of drama and entertainment are included or given as links when they seem to fit, like Ezekiel’s dry bones, Henry V’s “band of brothers”, the Medical Mission Sisters’ “God Loves a Cheerful Giver”, Grammy winner Tom Paxton’s “How Beautiful Upon the Mountain”( from Isaiah 52:7), and many others.
Some examples from the Latin Mass -- Just skip these parts if you want. Pilate probably said in Latin “Quod scripsi scripsi” (“what I have written, I have written”—meaning leave the words labeling Jesus “King of the Jews” as they are) in the Passion story. For Catholics of a certain age, many will be quite familiar. Psalm 43, for example, includes “I will go to the altar of God”, “Introibo ad altare dei” . That’s what the priest said during the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar. The altar boy’s reply was “Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam” or “to God who is the joy of my youth”.
Reference to useful web sites – Internet links are provided for further study of Solomon’s temple, of Michelangelo’s Moses statue and dozens of others.
Other translations included -- While the basic Bible source is New Revised Standard Version, several other translations occasionally used.