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At The Root Of This Longing

Author : Carol L. Flinders
ISBN : 9780061738210
Genre : Religion
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In At the Root of This Longing, Flinders identifies the four key points at which the paths of spirituality and feminism seem to collide—vowing silence vs. finding voice, relinquishing ego vs. establishing 'self', resisting desire vs. reclaiming the body, and enclosure vs. freedom—and sets out to discover not only the sources of these conflicts, but how they can be reconciled. With a sense of urgency brought on by events in her own life, Flinders deals with the alienation that women have experienced not only from themselves and each other, but from the sacred. She finds inspiration in the story of fourteenth-century mystic Julian of Norwich and her direct experience of God, in India's legendary Draupadi, who would not allow a brutal physical assault to damage her sense of personal power, as well as in Flinders's own experiences as a meditation teacher and practitioner. Flinders reveals that spirituality and feminism are not mutually exclusive at all but very much require one another.

Enduring Lives

Author : Carol Lee Flinders
ISBN : 9781608333080
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this companion volume to her best-selling Enduring Grace, Flinders profiles the lives of four contemporary women of faith. Contending that her modern subjects are spiritual heirs to saints and mystics she draws parallels between her modern subjects and their historical predecessors.

Lucia And The Light

Author : Phyllis Root
ISBN : 0763622966
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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One winter in the Far North the sun disappears and Lucia, accompanied by her milk-white cat, braves the freezing cold and trolls who want to eat her, trying to find the sun and bring it back.

Barnheart

Author : Jenna Woginrich
ISBN : 9781603427753
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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With humor and poise, Jenna Woginrich describes her adventurous self-education in homesteading. Poignant offbeat observations on learning to farm by trial and error punctuate the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock: chickens, geese, sheep, ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey. Alone and on a shoestring budget, Woginrich takes on cranky neighbors and small-town politics without ever losing her trademark humility or comedic style.

Requiem For The Author Of Frankenstein

Author : Molly Dwyer
ISBN : 1882897935
Genre : Fiction
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Anna Trevor, a young American scholar, has the kind of mind Mary Shelley must have foreseen. During waking hours Anna is preparing a controversial paper on Frankenstein. When asleep, she falls into alarmingly realistic dreams, meeting Mary and learning the truths that only the author herself could know.In England, where Anna has come to present her paper, synchronicity and seeming coincidence abound. While staying with her cousin, Rose, Anna learns of a fragile ancestral tie to the Shelleys. She travels to Manesbrook Manor with Rose's son, Taylor, to meet ninety-four-year-old Auntie Francis, who claims to have been intimate with remnants of the Shelley family and speaks of writings never made available to scholars—hidden, perhaps, in the manor's cellar, which has been sealed for seventy-five years. When Taylor's brother-in-law, Peter, arrives, Anna's dreams spill over into her waking state, suggesting that they're more than archeological expeditions into a distant past. Anna begins to believe that Mary and her legendary lovers, the poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, actually exist as conscious beings sharing time and space—and mind—with her.Are Anna's dreams “real” experiences capable of influencing both the present and the past and of healing the wounded imaginations of all concerned? Is this a ghost story? A tale of mystical encounters in a state of consciousness where all time is present time? Requiem is an impeccably researched portrait of the brilliance and daring of the author of Frankenstein. It is a tribute, a philosophical novel that embraces the Romanticism of Mary Shelley's day. It is a symbolic unfolding of the recovery of the creative genius of the feminine, and a literary fiction that, like its namesake, rides the thin edge between the rational and the irrational.

Roots And Sky

Author : Christie Purifoy
ISBN : 9781493401796
Genre : Religion
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When Christie Purifoy arrived at Maplehurst that September, she was heavily pregnant with both her fourth child and her dreams of creating a sanctuary that would be a fixed point in her busily spinning world. The sprawling Victorian farmhouse sitting atop a Pennsylvania hill held within its walls the possibility of a place where her family could grow, where friends could gather, and where Christie could finally grasp and hold the thing we all long for--home. In lyrical, contemplative prose, Christie slowly unveils the small trials and triumphs of that first year at Maplehurst--from summer's intense heat and autumn's glorious canopy through winter's still whispers and spring's gentle mercies. Through stories of planting and preserving, of opening the gates wide to neighbors, and of learning to speak the language of a place, Christie invites readers into the joy of small beginnings and the knowledge that the kingdom of God is with us here and now. Anyone who has felt the longing for home, who yearns to reconnect with the beauty of nature, and who values the special blessing of deep relationships with family and friends will love finding themselves in this story of earthly beauty and soaring hope.

Dancing With Fire

Author : John Amodeo
ISBN : 9780835630825
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Winner of the 2014 Silver Independent Publisher Book Award in the relationship category and winner of the Spirituality and Practice Award as one of the best spiritual books of 2013! The search for inner peace is often met with what seems like a conflicting path– the irresistible pull of love and connection with others to which we are drawn. Reconciling these opposites, John Amodeo shows how spirituality and vibrant relationships are identical. He says that Buddha’s concept of the root of suffering is misunderstood. It is not desire that causes suffering; desire is the fire that springs from the basic life force. Drawing upon the science of attachment theory, Amodeo illuminates how the root of our suffering is disconnection from ourselves and others, which is fueled by clinging to what doesn't serve us In a conversational tone, Amodeo presents relationship as sacred experience. He teaches how to welcome desire mindfully rather than suppress it and how to overcome fear of failure in relating. He also discusses meditation as self-intimacy and holding ourselves with loving-kindness. Lastly, he explores the role of community in spiritual awakening and the issue of whom to trust—our guru or ourselves?

Teach Us To Want

Author : Jen Pollock Michel
ISBN : 9780830896332
Genre : Religion
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Logos Bookstores' 2015 Best Book in Spirituality/Devotional 2015 Christianity Today Book of the Year! Granted the Digital Book World QED Seal for quality in ebook design Honorable Mention, 2014 Best Book of the Year from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore As Christians, we re squeamish about desire. Isn t wanting sinful and selfish? Aren t we supposed to find and follow God s will rather than insisting upon our own? The story of each person is a story of want—desires unmet, hopes dashed, passions pursued and ambitions fulfilled. Our wants cannot be ignored. But when desire is informed by Scripture and re-formed by our spiritual practices, it can root us more deeply in the fundamental belief that God is good and generous and invite us into active kingdom participation. Jen Pollock Michel guides us on a journey of understanding who we are when we want, and reintroduces us to a God who gives us the desires of our hearts. That same good God calls us into a new reality in which we seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and we discover our disordered desires burned away while our truest longings are happily fulfilled and purified. The disciples asked Jesus to "Teach us to pray." This book asks, "Teach us to want."

Are The Lips A Grave

Author : Lynne Huffer
ISBN : 9780231535779
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Lynne Huffer's ambitious inquiry redresses the rift between feminist and queer theory, traversing the space of a new, post-moral sexual ethics that includes pleasure, desire, connection, and betrayal. She begins by balancing queer theorists' politics of sexual freedoms with a moralizing feminist politics that views sexuality as harm. Drawing on the best insights from both traditions, she builds an ethics centered on eros, following Michel Foucault's ethics as a practice of freedom and Luce Irigaray's lyrical articulation of an ethics of sexual difference. Through this theoretical lens, Huffer examines everyday experiences of ethical connection and failure connected to sex, including queer sexual practices, sodomy laws, interracial love, pornography, and work-life balance. Her approach complicates sexual identities while challenging the epistemological foundations of subjectivity. She rethinks ethics "beyond good and evil" without underestimating, as some queer theorists have done, the persistence of what Foucault calls the "catastrophe" of morality. Elaborating a thinking-feeling ethics of the other, Huffer encourages contemporary intellectuals to reshape sexual morality from within, defining an ethical space that is both poetically suggestive and politically relevant, both conceptually daring and grounded in common sexual experience.

Kissed By A Fox

Author : Priscilla Stuckey
ISBN : 9781619021266
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“Dissatisfaction with nature flows throughout Western civilization, as deep as its blood, as abiding as its bones. Convinced to the marrow that something is deeply wrong with nature, . . . the Western world tries to remake it into something better.” For Priscilla Stuckey, this is a fundamental and heartbreaking misconception: that nature can be fixed, exploited, or simply ignored. Modern societies try to bend nature to human will instead of engaging in give-and-take with a living, breathing land community. Using her personal experiences as the cornerstone, Stuckey explores the depth of relationship possible with the birch tree in our backyard, the nearby urban creek, the dog who settles on our bed each night. Drawing inspiration from sources as varied as ancient philosophers and contemporary biologists, Stuckey challenges readers to enact a different story of nature, one in which people and place are not separate, where other creatures respond to human need, and where humans and all others together create the world. With the eloquence of the great nature writers before her, Stuckey encourages us to open ourselves to the unlimited possibilities of a truly connected life.

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