Since its first publication in 1941, A Testament of Devotion, by the renowned Quaker teacher Thomas Kelly, has been universally embraced as a truly enduring spiritual classic. Plainspoken and deeply inspirational, it gathers together five compelling essays that urge us to center our lives on God's presence, to find quiet and stillness within modern life, and to discover the deeply satisfying and lasting peace of the inner spiritual journey. As relevant today as it was a half-century ago, A Testament of Devotion is the ideal companion to that highest of all human arts-the lifelong conversation between God and his creatures. I have in mind something deeper than the simplification of our external programs, our absurdly crowded calendars of appointments through which so many pantingly and frantically gasp. These do become simplified in holy obedience, and the poise and peace we have been missing can really be found. But there is a deeper, an internal simplification of the whole of one's personality, stilled, tranquil, in childlike trust listening ever to Eternity's whisper, walking with a smile into the dark."
The writings of Thomas Kelly, Douglas V. Steere, and D. Elton Trueblood have become classics. A new edition of Thomas Kelly's The Eternal Promise leads off the Contemporary Quaker Classics. Added to this collection of essays by Kelly is "Have You Ever Seen A Miracle?" and "Children of the Light." In addition, an introduction by Howard Macy and an index make this edition of The Eternal Promise especially valuable. Rounding out the set are Prayer and Worship (Steere) and The Trustworthiness of Religious Experience (Trueblood). A sequel to a Testament of Devotion.
The "Testament of Rastafari" is a controversial, yet compelling and timely approach to reading and interpreting the contents of the King James' Version. It is an amazingingly plausible and inspirational discourse on the requirements for righteous "livity," and establishing knowledge of our Creator, HIS NAME & NATURE, HIS great plan for humankind, for renewal of the Earth & Universe, the destruction of DEATH, and the elevation of LIFE! All backed up by the "prophecies of the ancients" and the revealing facts of history. It identifies all the major players in this "silly season of prophecies," the "time of the end.."..and the "lost sheep" of the Most High, YAWH RASTAFARI!
Set in the village of Mandragora in an unnamed country, The Testament of Yves Gundron opens with a description of a harsh, rural existence of and daily toil in a pre-industrial medieval community. Then Yves Gundron, yeoman farmer, invents the harness and life in Mandragora begins irreversibly to change. All is not as it seems, however, and when anthropologist Ruth Blum appears in the village - native of Boston and the late twentieth century - what had seemed to be a simple historical document proves to be something else entirely. In this ambitious, witty debut, Emily Barton has created a superb piece of wildly imaginative fiction. The Testament of Yves Gundron is a deftly handled examination of the double-edged sword of technology and explores what we may have lost and gained in our fervent pursuit of modernity.
Release on 2008-06-15 | by Alan Nelson,John Malkin
Christian Nonviolent Peacemakers in America
Author: Alan Nelson,John Malkin
Pubpsher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
The radical message of Jesus is that there is only one alternative to the common method of confronting violence with more violence. The Only Alternative: Christian Nonviolent Peacemakers in America explores the spiritually active practice of compassionate nonviolence. Here is a journey through the lives of seven courageous American peacemakers who have embodied Christian nonviolence and dedicated their lives to addressing the suffering caused by racial discrimination, slavery, poverty, militarism, nuclear weapons, prisons, environmental degradation, and the psychology of fear and hatred. Here are highlights from the inspirational ideas and actions of Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Rufus Jones, Thomas Kelly, Jim Douglass, and Kathy Kelly. They remind us that to be Christian is to use the power of love to transform spiritual, economic, and social violence. The great turning from violence to nonviolence is the story of Christianity in America. There has never been a more urgent time for this revolutionary teaching to be heard, understood, and lived. It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence . . . --Martin Luther King Jr. Human beings are now facing the stark choice between survival and destruction amid myriad forms of violence. The nonviolent peacemakers within this book can inspire the peacemaker within each of us to cultivate a direct relationship with God and love through contemplation, meditation, writing, and compassionate action based in the life and teachings of Jesus.
This is a presentation of a research project on the effect of classical spiritual disciplines on the spiritual and psychological well-being of participants. Eighteen persons studied and practiced thirteen different spiritual disciplines over a period of sixth months. Pretests and posttests measured the resultant change. Foundational chapters survey the literature of the disciplines and discuss the potential benefits and dangers of the spiritual practices considered. Substantial appendices contain the lessons presented on the disciplines themselves, as well as the test instruments used to measure results. A narrative relating the progress of the project from inception to completion is included.
Shadow of the Almightyis a modern classic story of faithfulness, obedience, and martyrdom. It is the best-selling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the Huaorani Indians in Ecuador. Shadow of the Almightyhas inspired Christians since its first publication in 1958. Elisabeth Elliot makes full use of Jim's revealing diaries to fill in the details of a life completely committed to God's service. This story was reintroduced to today's audiences in 2006 thanks to the release of the film, End of the Spear, which tells for the first time the killings from the perspective of the Huaorani.
The stories of Jesus, placed in the context of the familiar and factual, are filled with metaphors that audiences can understand and appreciate. Metaphors not only inform and persuade, but also fire up readers' imaginations and get them involved as participants. Humans are primed to think and feel metaphorically, and so Garden of the Soul aims to metaphorically explore five landscapes that feature prominently in the Bible. Each metaphorical landscape throws light on an aspect of spiritual life. The bountiful garden speaks of growth, the flowing river calls for unceasing prayer, the raging sea mirrors the turbulence of a journey of faith, the barren desert transforms by emptying life's clutter, and the high mountain challenges readers to scale its peak to glimpse a transcendent vision of God. This book will inform, enrich, and challenge readers' spiritual lives throughout their journey from garden to mountain.