Red Hot and Holy

A Heretic’s Love Story

Red Hot and Holy

When one person dares to speak her truth, it challenges us all to live our own. With Red Hot and Holy, Sera Beak offers a provocative and intimate view of what it means to get up close and personal with the divine in modern times. With a rare combination of audacious wit, scholarly acumen, and tender vulnerability—vibrantly mixed with red wine, rock songs, tattoos, and erotic encounters—Sera candidly chronicles the highs and lows of her mystical journey. From the innocence of her childhood crush on God; through a whirlwind of torrid liaisons and bitter break-ups with Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, and the New Age; and finally into committed monogamy with her own Red Hot and Holy Goddess, Sera shares transformative insights, encouraging us all to trust our unique path and ignite our own spiritual love affair. Sera Beak's luscious writing and renegade spiritual wisdom that slices through religious and new age dogma made her debut book The Red Book a breakout success. With Red Hot and Holy she offers a far more personal book—an illuminating, hilarious, and above all utterly honest portrait of the heart-opening process of mystical realization. This hot and holy book invites you to embrace your soul, unleash your true Self, and burn, baby, burn with divine love. Excerpt As a child, I was madly in love with God. Gaga for God. In grade school, I used to write “I (heart) God” at the top of all my homework assignments and in the margins of the notes I passed to my girlfriends about which boys we thought were cute. Next to The Little Princess, a children’s bible was kept on my bedside table for nightly reading. Miracles? Prophetic dreams? Angels? Healing the sick? Sign me up for those gigs! And every Thursday I believed J.C. dropped by my bedroom so I could ask him personal questions and tell him which sister was annoying me the most. I was magnetized to rosaries, prayers, and pyramids the way other kids were to doughnuts, MTV and the Cabbage Patch Kids, and every time I saw a religious figure (priest, nun, Buddhist monk, Hare Krishna) out in public, it would take an enormous amount of willpower not to stalk them. When Career Days at school would come around, my questionnaire would look a little something like this: Favorite subject? God Favorite hobby? God What do you want to be when you grow up? God (Okay, there was a brief time when I was six years old when the answer to that last question was “an albino.” I thought albinism would make me glow in the dark.) When I was a child, God was not a belief of a magical Santa Claus type. He was as real as my heart. I felt Him (inside me). I recognized Him (everywhere). I knew Him (personally). We hung out together, and I never wanted our rendezvous to stop. I only wanted us to draw closer. I assumed I was experiencing what many Catholics refer to as “the call” to be a priest, so I matter-of-factly informed my parish priests and Sunday school teachers of my future vocation. They laughed, patted my head, and told me I couldn’t have heard the call to be a priest because I had a vagina. Okay, they didn’t say that last part, but believe me, it was implied. They did tell me that only men were allowed to be priests because Jesus only had male disciples (to which Mary Magdalene juts out her left hip and slaps her round cheek with The Gospel of Mary Magdalene). But, of course, I could always be a nun.

Our Vampires, Ourselves

Our Vampires, Ourselves

This “vigorous, witty look at the undead as cultural icons in 19th- and 20th-century England and America” examines the many meanings of the vampire myth (Kirkus Reviews). From Byron’s Lord Ruthven to Anne Rice’s Lestat to the black bisexual heroine of Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, vampires have taken many forms, capturing and recapturing our imaginations for centuries. In Our Vampires, Ourselves, Nina Auerbach explores the rich history of this literary and cultural phenomenon to illuminate how every age embraces the vampire it needs—and gets the vampire it deserves. Working with a wide range of texts, as well as movies and television, Auerbach follows the evolution of the vampire from 19th century England to 20th century America. Using the mercurial figure as a lens for viewing the last two hundred years of Anglo-American cultural history, “this seductive work offers profound insights into many of the urgent concerns of our time” (Wendy Doniger, The Nation).

Take Time to Be Holy

365 Daily Inspirations to Bring You Closer to God

Take Time to Be Holy

You may know “Take time to be holy” as the first line of a familiar hymn. What you may not realize is that pursuing holiness is also the key to a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with God. Seeking holiness means you desire a life without doubt or fear, a heart that wholly loves and trusts God. Take Time to Be Holy contains classic selections from Samuel Logan Brengle—a man whose writings on personal holiness have been touching hearts and inspiring believers for over a century. This daily devotional will inspire you to take time each day to deepen and enrich your understanding of holiness and how it is available to each of us. Not because we are perfect . . . but because God welcomes our obedient hearts and infuses them with His almighty power and boundless grace. Then we can consistently be and do just what God wants us to be and do. That’s holiness. This year, take time to be holy—and you’ll be forever changed.

Ludolph Von Suchem's Description of the Holy Land, and of the Way Thither

Written in the Year A.D. 1350

Ludolph Von Suchem's Description of the Holy Land, and of the Way Thither

Beyond the fact that he made a journey to the Holy Land between 1336 and 1341, very little is known about Ludolf von Suchem (whose first name may in fact have been Rudolf). However, his work has long been regarded as a major source of information about the eastern Mediterranean in the fourteenth century, owing to its high level of detail. Ludolf states his intention to describe the region, its buildings, towns, fortified places, people, customs, stories and legends, drawing on both his own observations, and on information from the 'kings, princes, nobles and lords' with whom he spent days and nights in conversation. Some stories are clearly travellers' tales, but others, like his account of the fall of Acre (1291), based on reports by eyewitnesses, are both full and convincing. This English translation, by Aubrey Stewart (1844–1918), of Ludolf's Latin text was published in 1895.

Holy Dracula...The Christian Knight

Holy Dracula...The Christian Knight

Biography turn novel of Vladislaus III... Dracula Find out how this discredited character was in real life a Jesus Christ worshiper and a truly Christian Knight who defended until his last brief and with passion his faith. Live his real history, his environment, family, passions, loves, prisons and his brave and fierce fight against oppressors of his beloved people. Attend comfortably and with no risks to cruel, savages, fierce, inhuman, violently and justice impalements; and same as Wallachians... enjoy them! Find out the motif by one of his best friends, the Hungary King Matthias Corvinus betray him with the help of the Catholic Church monks and his bitter enemy Emperor of the Roman Empire Frederick III, they imprison him 12 years; meanwhile, with the help of the newly imprint they publish the book HISTORY OF A BLOODTHIRSTY AND CRAZY MAN CALLED DRACULA OF WALLACHIA turning him into the meanest and cruel man in history, assuring he overcome in perversion to the most savages roman emperors. In 1897 a man of theater, based in this book, in THE POLIDORI VAMPIRE and some similar, he wrote the terror novel DRACULA, transforming him from a monster to a bloodthirsty vampire. What is the Christians Church debt to Dracula...? And how they can maybe sell of Does Jesus Christ owe his divinity to Dracula in Occident...? Said it in other way: Is Jesus Christ God in Occident thanking Dracula? The documented deeds are the history’s voice in the history acquis of humanity; after knowing them, you become in judge and offer the verdict, is Dracula the holiest Saint in Christendom; or is only a bloodthirsty vampire... your sentence will shock you!