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    • The medieval Christian philosophers : an introduction
      The medieval Christian philosophers : an introduction
      Richard Cross.
      The High Middle Ages were remarkable for their coherent sense of 'Christendom': of people who belonged to a homogeneous Christian society marked by uniform rituals of birth and death and worship. That uniformity, which came under increasing strain as national European characteristics became more pronounced, achieved perhaps its most perfect intellectual expression in the thought of the western Christian thinkers who are sometimes called 'scholastic theologians'. This book offers the first focused introduction to these thinkers based on the individuals themselves and their central preoccupations.
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    • The discipline of philosophy and the invention of modern Jewish thought
    • On philosophy : notes from a crisis
      On philosophy : notes from a crisis
      John McCumber.
      Deepening divisions separate today's philosophers, first, from the culture at large; then, from each other; and finally, from philosophy itself. Though these divisions tend to coalesce publicly as debates over the Enlightenment, their roots lie much deeper. Overcoming them thus requires a confrontation with the whole of Western philosophy. Only when we uncover the strange heritage of Aristotle's metaphysics, as reworked, for example, by Descartes and Kant, can we understand contemporary philosophy's inability to dialogue with women, people of color, LGBTs, and other minority groups. Only when we have understood that inability can we see how the thought of Hegel and Heidegger contains the seeds of a remedy. And only when armed with such a remedy can philosophy rise to the challenges posed by thinkers such as David Foster Wallace and Abraham Lincoln. The book's interpretations of these figures and others past and present are as scrupulous as its conclusions will be controversial. The result contributes to the most important question confronting us today: does reason itself have a future?
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    • Thoreau's importance for philosophy
      Thoreau's importance for philosophy
      edited by Rick Anthony Furtak, Jonathan Ellsworth, and James D. Reid.

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    • William James in focus : willing to believe
    • Loyalty to loyalty : Josiah Royce and the genuine moral life
    • The adventure of French philosophy
    • Controversies : a dialogue on the politics and philosophy of our times
    • Albert Camus and the political philosophy of the absurd : ambivalence, resistance, and creativity
    • On the government of the living : On the government of the living
    • Levinas and Asian thought
      Levinas and Asian thought
      edited by Leah Kalmanson, Frank Garrett & Sarah A. Mattice.
      "These 13 essays seek to discover common ground between Levinas's ethical project and various religious and philosophical traditions of Asia such as Mahayana Buddhism, Theravadic Buddhism, Vedism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Islam"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Late German idealism : Trendelenburg and Lotze
      Late German idealism : Trendelenburg and Lotze
      Frederick C. Beiser.
      Frederick C. Beiser presents a study of the two most important idealist philosophers in Germany after Hegel: Adolf Trendelenburg and Rudolf Lotze. Trendelenburg and Lotze dominated philosophy in Germany in the second half of the nineteenth century. They were important influences on the generation after them, on Frege, Brentano, Dilthey, Kierkegaard, Cohen, Windelband and Rickert. 'Late German Idealism' is the first book on this significant but neglected chapter in European philosophical history. It provides a general introduction to every aspect of the philosophy of Trendelenburg and Lotze - their logic, metaphysics, ethics and aesthetics; but it is also a study of their intellectual development, from their youth until their death. Their philosophy is placed in the context of their lives and culture.
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    • After the beautiful : Hegel and the philosophy of pictorial modernism
    • How we hope : a moral psychology
      How we hope : a moral psychology
      Adrienne M. Martin.
      What exactly is hope and how does it influence our decisions? In How We Hope, Adrienne Martin presents a novel account of hope, the motivational resources it presupposes, and its function in our practical lives. She contends that hoping for an outcome means treating certain feelings, plans, and imaginings as justified, and that hope thereby involves sophisticated reflective and conceptual capacities. Martin develops this original perspective on hope - what she calls the incorporation analysis - in contrast to the two dominant philosophical conceptions of hope: the orthodox definition, where hoping for an outcome is simply desiring it while thinking it possible, and agent-centered views, where hoping for an outcome is setting oneself to pursue it. In exploring how hope influences our decisions, she establishes that it is not always a positive motivational force and can render us complacent. She also examines the relationship between hope and faith, both religious and secular, and identifies a previously unnoted form of hope: normative or interpersonal hope. When we place normative hope in people, we relate to them as responsible agents and aspire for them to overcome challenges arising from situation or character. Demonstrating that hope merits rigorous philosophical investigation, both in its own right and in virtue of what it reveals about the nature of human emotion and motivation, How We Hope offers an original, sustained look at a largely neglected topic in philosophy.
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    • Coming to mind : the soul and its body
      Coming to mind : the soul and its body
      Lenn E. Goodman and D. Gregory Caramenico.

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    • Mindfulness for compassionate living : mindful ways to less stress and more kindness
    • The art of stillness : adventures in going nowhere
      The art of stillness : adventures in going nowhere
      Pico Iyer
      "A follow up to Pico Iyer's essay 'The Joy of Quiet,' The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug. Why would a man who seems able to go everywhere and do anything--like the international heartthrob and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen--choose to spend years sitting still and going nowhere? What can Nowhere offer that no Anywhere can match? And why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room and getting to know the seasons and landscapes of Nowhere might be the ultimate adventure? In The Art of Stillness, Iyer draws on the lives of well-known wanderer-monks like Cohen--as well as from his own experiences as a travel writer who chooses to spend most of his time in rural Japan--to explore why advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat. Iyer reflects that this is perhaps the reason why many people--even those with no religious commitment--seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or tai chi. These aren't New Age fads so much as ways to rediscover the wisdom of an earlier age. There is even a growing trend toward observing an 'Internet sabbath' every week, turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning and reviving those ancient customs known as family meals and conversation. In this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many have found richness in stillness and what--from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck--they've gained there."--from publisher's description.
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    • The young professional's survival guide : from cab fares to moral snares
      The young professional's survival guide : from cab fares to moral snares
      C.K. Gunsalus.
      A guide for young professionals starting new jobs, giving tips to ethic challenging situations.
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    • The evolving God : Charles Darwin on the naturalness of religion
      The evolving God : Charles Darwin on the naturalness of religion
      J. David Pleins.
      "In focusing on the story of Darwin's religious doubts, scholars too often overlook Darwin's positive contribution to the study of religion. J. David Pleins traces Darwin's journey in five steps. He begins with Darwin's global voyage, where his encounter with religious and cultural diversity transformed his understanding of religion. Surprisingly, Darwin wrestles with serious theological questions even as he uncovers the evolutionary layers of religion from savage roots. Next, we follow Darwin as his doubts about traditional biblical religion take root, affecting his career choice and marriage to Emma Wedgwood. Pleins then examines Darwin's secret notebooks as he searches for a materialist theory of religion. Again, other surprises loom as Darwin's reading of Comte's three stages of religion's development actually predate his reading of Malthus. Pleins explores how Darwin applied his discovery to the realm of ethics by formulating an evolutionary view of the "Golden Rule" in his Descent of Man. Finally, he considers Darwin's later reflections on the religion question, as he wrestled with whether his views led to atheism, agnosticism, or a new kind of theism. The Evolving God concludes by looking at some of the current religious debates surrounding Darwin and suggests the need for a deeper appreciation for Darwin as a religious thinker. Though he grew skeptical of traditional Christian dogma, Darwin made key discoveries concerning the role and function of religion as a natural evolutionary phenomenon."--Publisher's website.
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    • Walking home : a pilgrimage from humbled to healed
    • The future of God : a practical approach to spirituality for our times
      The future of God : a practical approach to spirituality for our times
      Deepak Chopra.
      "Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book. He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life. God is in trouble. The rise of the militant atheist movement spearheaded by Richard Dawkins signifies, to many, that the deity is an outmoded myth in the modern world. Deepak Chopra passionately disagrees, seeing the present moment as the perfect time for making spirituality what it really should be: reliable knowledge about higher reality. Outlining a path to God that turns unbelief into the first step of awakening, Deepak shows us that a crisis of faith is like the fire we must pass through on the way to power, truth, and love. "Faith must be saved for everyone's sake," he writes. "From faith springs a passion for the eternal, which is even stronger than love. Many of us have lost that passion or have never known it." In any age, faith is a cry from the heart. God is the higher consciousness that responds to the cry. "By itself, faith can't deliver God, but it does something more timely: It makes God possible." For three decades, Deepak Chopra has inspired millions with his profound writing and teaching. With The Future of God, he invites us on a journey of the spirit, providing a practical path to understanding God and our own place in the universe. Now, is a moment of reinvigoration, he argues. Now is moment of renewal. Now is the future" -- from publisher's web site.
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    • Chicken soup for the soul : touched by an angel : 101 miraculous stories of faith, divine intervention, and answered prayers
    • Heirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East
      Heirs to forgotten kingdoms : journeys into the disappearing religions of the Middle East
      Gerard Russell.
      Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths: one regards the Greek prophets as incarnations of God, another reveres Lucifer in the form of a peacock, and yet another believes that their followers are reincarnated beings who have existed in various forms for thousands of years. These religions represent the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations in ancient history: Persia, Babylon, Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs. Their followers have learned how to survive foreign attacks and the perils of assimilation. But today, with the Middle East in turmoil, they face greater challenges than ever before.
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    • Ecologies of faith in New York City : the evolution of religious institutions
    • The formation of the Babylonian Talmud
    • A book of life : embracing Judaism as a spiritual practice
    • Misquoting Muhammad : the challenge and choices of interpreting the Prophet's legacy
    • Death to the infidels : radical Islam's war against the Jews
      Death to the infidels : radical Islam's war against the Jews
      Mitchell Bard.
      "For more than a century, much of the attention given to the Middle East has focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict. The rise of a Palestinian offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, transformed the nature of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. According to Bard, the dispute, in the view of Hamas, is not over a division of Palestine, but rather about Jews ruling over Muslims and the presence of Jews on Islamic land. However, this Islamic-Jewish conflict is not simply confined to the Middle East. Muslim terrorist attacks have been directed at Jews all around the world, from Europe to Asia to Latin America. Radical Muslims in European countries are becoming more brazen, particularly in France, where the Muslims constitute nearly ten percent of the population. In just the last year, there have been several Muslim attacks on Jews throughout France. Death to the Infidels documents the growth of radical Islam in the Middle East and how, from the author's interpretation, it has transformed what had primarily been a political conflict into a one-sided religious war limiting the prospect for peace, particularly in Israel"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Shiism and politics in the Middle East
      Shiism and politics in the Middle East
      Laurence Louer
      Laurence Louer's timely study immediately precedes the outbreak of unrest in Bahrain that triggered the escalation of the so-called Arab Spring of 2011. In addition to issues relating to the role of Shiite Islamist movements in regional politics, she provides context for the Bahraini conflict and Shiism's wider implications as a political force in the Arab Middle East. Louer's study depicts Bahrain's troubles as a phenomenon rooted in local perceptions of injustice rather than in the fallout from Shiite Iran's foreign policies. She more generally argues that, although Iran's Islamic Revolution had an electrifying effect on Shiite movements in Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf, local political imperatives ultimately have been the crucial driver of developments within Shiite movements -- though Lebanon's Hezbollah remains an exception. In addition, the rise of lay activists within Shiite movements across the Middle East and the emergence of Shiite anticlericalism have diminished the overwhelming influence of the Shiite clerical institution. Louer ultimately dispels the myth that Iran has determined the politics of Iraq, Bahrain, and other Arab states with significant Shiite populations. As revolution continues to spread across the Middle East, her analysis couldn't be more clarifying or necessary.
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    • Thoughts are not the enemy : an innovative approach to meditation practice
      Thoughts are not the enemy : an innovative approach to meditation practice
      Jason Siff.
      "A revolutionary new approach to meditation: a mindfulness of thinking that accepts and investigates the thoughts that arise as you meditate--from the author of Unlearning Meditation. In most forms of meditation, the meditator is instructed to let go of thoughts as they arise. As a result, thinking is often taken, unnecessarily, to be something misguided or evil. This approach is misguided, says Jason Siff. In fact, if we allow thoughts to arise and become mindful of the thoughts themselves, we gain tranquillity and insight just as in other methods without having to reject our natural mental processes. And by observing the thoughts themselves with mindfulness and curiosity, we can learn a good deal about ourselves in the process"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The search : finding your inner power, your potential : on The ten bulls of zen
    • Our great big American God : a short history of our ever-growing deity
      Our great big American God : a short history of our ever-growing deity
      Matthew Paul Turner.
      Americans love God. We stamp God on our money, our bumper stickers, and our bodies. With a church on nearly every street, it's hard to deny our country's deep connection with the divine. Whip-smart and provocative, Turner explores the United States' vast influence on God, told through an amazing true history of faith, politics, and evangelical pyrotechnics. From Puritans to Pentecostals, from progressives to mega-pastors, Turner examines how American history and ideals transformed our perception of God. Fearless and funny, this is the definitive guide to the American experience of the Almighty -- a story so bizarre, incredible, and entertaining that it could only be made in the U.S.A. Ultimately, Turner dares to ask: Does God control the future of America -- or is it the other way around?
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    • The ebony exodus project : why some Black women are walking out on religion--and others should too
      The ebony exodus project : why some Black women are walking out on religion--and others should too
      Candace R.M. Gorham, LPC.
      Drawing on the author's own past experience as an evangelical minister and her present work as a secular counselor and reseacher, The Ebony Exodus Project makes a direct connection between the church and the plight of black women.
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    • Early Christian martyr stories : an evangelical introduction with new translations
    • The girl's still got it : [text (large print)]
      The girl's still got it : [text (large print)]
      take a walk with Ruth and the God who rocked her world / by Liz Curtis Higgs.

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    • Colliding with destiny : finding hope in the legacy of Ruth
      Colliding with destiny : finding hope in the legacy of Ruth
      Sarah Jakes.
      "Uses the biblical book of Ruth to show women how the most painful times in life can be the most pivotal, propelling them into a destiny they'd never imagined"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Book of Job
      Book of Job
      God, [commentary by G. K. Chesterton]

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    • Beyond an angry God
    • Christ actually : the Son of God for the secular age
      Christ actually : the Son of God for the secular age
      James Carroll.
      What can we believe about--and how can we believe in--Jesus Christ in light of the atrocities of the twentieth century and the drift from religion that followed? Here, James Carroll traces centuries of religious history and theology to face this core challenge to modern faith. Carroll's search is a highly personal one, beginning with a crucial received memory of Jesus that separates him from his essential identity as a Jew, and therefore as a human. The divinity of Jesus trumped his humanity, including his Jewishness. Yet if Jesus was not taken as divine, he would be of no interest to believers. Thus Carroll takes the God-man question head-on, restoring its perennial answer, but in a new way. Drawing on a wide range of scholarship as well as his own acute searching, Carroll shows how faith in Jesus evolved in the first place. His fresh reading of the Gospels reinstates the context of the Romans' effectively genocidal war against the Jews, a first Holocaust that profoundly distorted the Christian memory of Jesus. In this retrieval, the great characters in Jesus' story, from John the Baptist and Peter to Paul and the various Marys, come to life in a new context. Far from another book about the "historical Jesus," Christ Actually takes the challenges of secularism seriously. The new fact of the human condition, that we are capable now of bringing about the extinction of our species, must change the meaning of faith. Humans of all stripes continue to long for the transcendent, and it is as a figure of transcendence that Jesus Christ most compellingly stands. Finally, Carroll retrieves the power of Jesus' profound ordinariness, his simple life and his call to imitate him, all suggesting an answer to Carroll's own last question--what is the future of Jesus Christ? This book points the way. --From publisher description.
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    • The lost Gospel : decoding the ancient text that reveals Jesus' marriage to Mary the Magdalene
    • Let us adore Him : daily reflections for Advent and Christmas
    • Unwrapping the greatest gift : a family celebration of Christmas
      Unwrapping the greatest gift : a family celebration of Christmas
      Ann Voskamp.
      Based on the overwhelming success of The Greatest Gift, Ann Voskamp has expanded her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree so families can celebrate together. Each day, families can read the provided Scripture passage (in connection with the original book), engage with a specially written devotion to help children of all ages understand the Advent theme for the day, and participate in suggested activities to apply the theme. This special edition is beautifully illustrated. It can serve as a precious guide to help recapture the sacredness of the Advent season and to help the entire family understand and celebrate the epic pageantry of humankind from Adam to the Messiah.-- Publisher.
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    • Life on mission : joining theeveryday mission of God
      Life on mission : joining theeveryday mission of God
      Dustin Willis, Aaron Coe, with the Send Network Team
      God's inviting you to join in His mission: to take all that's broken and make it new. This isn't just for a select few. It's for the entirety of the church. what does it actually look like? What's your part in it? Find out by joining the everyday mission of God. -- Book Cover
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    • Kingdom agenda : life under God
    • Becoming myself : embracing God's dream of you
    • Billy Graham : leading with love : 5 timeless principles for effective leaders
    • You can, you will : 8 undeniable qualities of a winner
      You can, you will : 8 undeniable qualities of a winner
      Joel Osteen.
      Joel Osteen shares eight undeniable qualities of winners that can help you to reach your potential and achieve new levels of success in your life. You are created to be a winner. Get these eight principles deep down on the inside and boldly go in the direction of your destiny. Keep Your Vision in Front of You: Dare to dream big dreams. Run Your Race: Focus on your unique course and goals. Expect Good Things: Anticipate great opportunities. Have a Positive Mind-set: Take control of your thoughts and attitudes. Commit to Excellence: Do your best and maintain high standards. Keep Growing: Be proactive, be intentional, build on your gifts, and continually improve. Serve Others: Invest yourself in others. Stay Passionate: Light the fire within and approach life with enthusiasm.
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    • 180 prayers for a woman of God
      180 prayers for a woman of God
      prayers written by Emily Biggers, Valorie Quesenberry, and Rachel Quillin.

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    • Pope Francis : life and revolution, a biography of Jorge Bergoglio
    • Wanda E. Brunstetter's the simple life devotional : devotional thoughts from Amish country