This is a story of a true Christian who believed for nearly three decades, having grown up the son of evangelical missionary parents, later becoming a missionary himself. Yet he slowly lost his faith and now no longer holds it. In this part-autobiography, part-expose, Ken traces his journey from evangelical missionary to secular humanist while remaining part of a committed Christian family. He looks back at a number of reasons he remained a believer for over a decade after his initial doubts began at university, critically evaluating each one in a separate chapter. Whether or not you agree with Ken's conclusions, you will find his journey and his reasons for taking it fascinating and informative. You will end up better understanding, if not appreciating, the mind of apostates whose desire is to follow the evidence wherever it leads.
The book is a blueprint of a story of a young man who desires a young lady by asking God for permission. It takes a turn when the young man becomes a pastor and the young woman becomes his wife. They have children that they raised to be godly. Tragedy strikes their children at different stages of their life. The wife makes a statement that changes the course of the husband life forever. He impacts the community and the church as miracles takes place in the hearts of the church and the minds of the community. We will learn keys as he describes in the book when Jesus makes the statement in Matthew 19:28 Come on to Me. He learns that it is an invitation as well as a relocation to discover rest. He goes on to generate wealth in the church body and his family to impact generation to come.
Suddenly, in the twenty-first century, religion has become a political power. It affects us all, whether we’re religious or not. If we’re not in danger of being blown up by a suicide bomber we’ve got leaders to whom God speaks, ordering them to start a war. We’re beset by people who demand that we give ourselves to Jesus while they smugly assure us of their own superiority and inherent goodness. We’re surrounded by those who noisily reject science while making full use of the benefits science brings; by the ‘spiritual’ ones; the ones who believe in magic; and there’s the militant atheists berating us all for our stupidity. We wouldn’t object to what people believed if only they’d keep it to themselves. We want to make up our own minds about what we believe, but it’s difficult to do this. Everyone has to face the dilemma that we all die but no one knows for certain what death actually is. Is it the end of our identity or a doorway to another life? Whichever we choose, our choice is a fantasy that determines the purpose of our life. If death is the end of our identity, we have to make this life satisfactory, whatever ‘satisfactory’ might mean to us. If it is a doorway to another life, what are the standards we have to reach to go to that better life? All religions promise to overcome death, but there’s no set of religious or philosophical beliefs that ensures that our life is always happy and secure. Moreover, for many of us, what we were taught about a religion severely diminished our self-confidence and left us with a constant debilitating feeling of guilt and shame. Through all this turmoil comes the calm, clear voice of eminent psychologist Dorothy Rowe. She separates the political from the personal, the power-seeking from the compassionate. She shows how, if we use our beliefs as a defence against our feelings of worthlessness, we feel compelled to force our beliefs on to other people by coercion or aggression. However, it is possible to create a set of beliefs, expressed in the religious or philosophical metaphors most meaningful to us, which allow us to live at peace with ourselves and other people, to feel strong in ourselves without having to remain a child forever dependent on some supernatural power, and to face life with courage and optimism.
|Author||: Waalee Fajri|
|Publisher||: Dorrance Publishing|
|Release Date||: 2013-08-22|
|ISBN 10||: 1480900079|
|Pages||: 208 pages|
Thief is recently released from federal prison, after the decision of a long-awaited appeal of bank robbery charges. He stumbles upon a DVD of the media-criminal mafia planning to have the superstar falsely indicted on child molestation charges to benefit their declining investment in the magazine, television, and newspaper industry or arrange his death. FBI Agent Spoon wants him imprisoned forever, having investigated and arrested him on numerous acts of mayhem, including robbery, jewelry heists, murder-for-hire plots, and other commissions of crime. The Mob wants him dead or a one million dollar offer to return the tape. Michael Jackson, with the assistance of The Nation of Islam¿s Minister, wants the tape to exonerate the superstar. But all Adrian ever wanted was fame and fortune and to return home to resume a failed relationship with Reagan and her son Ke¿in, and to live happily ever after. With the help of his Memphis friend (Pimp) and his illustrious call girl, will he dodge death, prison, or accept the money and sacrifice the world¿s most worshipped idol, Michael Jackson? About the Author Waalee D. Fajri is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and changed his name from Adrian Williams, having declared his faith to Islam. He has survived troubling times, both domestic and social, ending in prison several times. This book was written in 2005, months before Michael Jackson¿s trial of the child molestation allegations. The author hopes to assist all men on the complicated journey of finding peace and closure to the world prohibiting us from success.
|Author||: Randi D. Ward|
|Release Date||: 2012-11-29|
|ISBN 10||: 1477289178|
|Pages||: 186 pages|
BECAUSE I BELIEVED IN ME (MY EGYPTIAN FANTASY CAME TRUE) is a love story of Egypt and Egyptians. An ordinary American woman traveled to Cairo alone to teach and had the greatest adventure of her life. She went there to enable young Egyptians to become more fluent in English, but she became a student again herself. She learned to become an Egyptian woman and to survive successfully in a culture so different from hers. What she learned, experienced, and enjoyed in the Land of the Pharoahs is captured in her own words and emotions. She shares her many exciting adventures, her interesting but sometimes difficult daily life, her incredible teaching experience, and her students and her many friendships formed there plus her new and profound insights and understanding of Islam-once an extremely unfamiliar faith to her-and its true meaning. The reader will hopefully share her passion for a country that has now become like her second home and for its people who have become like her family.
DIVIt is no wonder that Shelly Winkle believes in Jesus. Her life is a testimony to the fact that God exists and still performs miracles today. /div
This book will show an understanding of the Bible, some "doom and gloom" but not entirely, a must read. Feed on His Word, to be victorious in the battle. All soldiers go to Boot camp. The word "revelation" in Greek means "unveiling" of hidden things only revealed by God. Revelation is our armour, power for the time of judgment. We must put on the whole armour of God to defeat Satan. Without armour we will be destroyed. The Word is our sword. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." (Ho. 4: 6) In the beginning of Revelation, His Word states, "Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." (Rev. 1: 3) Revelation is the book in the Bible that contains a special promise to obedient readers and at the same time pronounces a curse upon those who tamper with its contents. Obedience will bring us reward, and disobedience the wrath of God in the last days. Jesus said, "If you love me, pick up your cross and follow me daily." To learn the truth of his will we must come with a humble and teachable heart. In doing so, we will obtain the wisdom and knowledge of his Word. The mystery of Jesus Christ and his coming, is to all those who read it. The final Victory of the Son of God is in his Love. Then we will rejoice forever in the glory of his presence and in the abundance of his reward. A-men. A-men.
When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. When Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.
I Believe will challenge your faith to become stronger by putting your trust in God, and by placing your faith in action. Whether you are preaching a message, going where the Lord Jesus may lead you, or simply taking care of someone else's needs, you will discover how Christ's redeeming love can change your life. His wonderful love and care will identify God's presence working in your life and in those around you. Today, the world appears to be running further and further away from God. People seem to have outgrown their belief in God. I Believe is Juan D. Bautista's personal testimony and an account of the life lessons he's learned over the years. He shares his dreamed revelations, answered prayers, blessings granted by strangers, and even his encounters with God Himself. By sharing his spiritual journey, he will help others to strengthen their faith in Christ and remind them of the imminent, chaotic end of this world as we know it. These stories are a constant reminder that Jesus will return very soon to take His followers to live with Him in the heavenly courts. In I Believe, the author explains that he wants to show the world that his God is not only all-powerful but that He is a living God who is willing to use His power on behalf of His children.
In How to Believe in God, Clark Strand, an accomplished master of both Eastern and Western mystical practices, takes on the most troublesome and provocative passages from Judeo-Christian scripture, transforming the Bible into a manual of spiritual liberation for the twenty-first-century seeker. Offering a revolutionary new model of approaching the Bible, he frees those sacred scriptures from superstition, dogma, and tribalism, and in the process recovers their universal teaching on salvation and belief. Drawing on his personal experiences, including his Bible Belt upbringing, his years as a Buddhist monk, and his life as a father and husband in a small rural community, Strand makes even the most subtle spiritual teaching heartfelt and accessible. How to Believe in God illuminates a clear path to reclaiming a God that leaves nothing out and leaves no one behind. His open, gentle, pioneering approach to faith allows everyone—from churchgoing Christians to those with no religious affiliation at all—to experience the Bible in new and exciting ways.
A riveting first person account of a family's battle against demons, of God's miraculous intervention, and of their introduction to a Holy Spirit they never knew before.
A groundbreaking approach to personal communication. This book examines how to persuade by winning emotional trust. Contains practical exercises to improve voice, posture, expressiveness, gestures, eye contact, and more. Endorsed by top executives. Photos.
Life passes us by so quickly. Sometimes memories are forgotten and pictures fade away when the future is unknown and the past is all I could cling to. Life became an empty shell. Hopeless and barren, then a second chance at everything: life, love, and wealth. At the age of eighteen, I was a mother and married. After a year, a widow. I hated God for the separation from my husband but after two years found love again. Trials and tests bombarded my life. I took God’s Word and tested it. It worked. My life is no more spiraling out of control, and I have purpose.
During his 2009 inaugural speech, President Obama described the United States as a nation of "Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus--and nonbelievers." It was the first time an American president had acknowledged the existence of this rapidly growing segment of the population in such a public forum. And yet the reasons why more and more people are turning away from religion are still poorly understood. In Faith No More, Phil Zuckerman draws on in-depth interviews with people who have left religion to find out what's really behind the process of losing one's faith. According to a 2008 study, so many Americans claim no religion (15%, up from 8% in 1990) that this category now outranks every other religious group except Catholics and Baptists. Exploring the deeper stories within such survey data, Zuckerman shows that leaving one's faith is a highly personal, complex, and drawn-out process. And he finds that, rather than the clich? of the angry, nihilistic atheist, apostates are life-affirming, courageous, highly intelligent and inquisitive, and deeply moral. Zuckerman predicts that this trend toward nonbelief will likely continue and argues that the sooner we recognize that religion is frequently and freely rejected by all sorts of men and women, the sooner our understanding of the human condition will improve. The first book of its kind, Faith No More will appeal to anyone interested in the "New Atheism" and indeed to anyone wishing to more fully understand our changing relationship to religious faith.
Inspiring life wisdom from people of all ages—based on the This I Believe radio program The popular This I Believe series, which has aired on NPR and on Bob Edwards' shows on Sirius XM Satellite and public radio, explores the personal beliefs and guiding principles by which Americans live today. This book brings together treasured life lessons of people from all walks of life. Whether it's learning the power of saying hello or how courage comes with practice, their intimate reflections will inspire, move, and encourage you. Filled with the valuable insights distilled from a wide range of personal experiences, This I Believe: Life Lessons is a perfect gift—for others or for yourself. Includes extraordinary essays written by "ordinary" people who share the story of an important lesson they have learned about life Shares a wide range of beliefs and experiences from a diverse group of contributors, including a physician, a roller derby queen, a corporate executive, and a homeless person Based on the popular This I Believe radio series and thisibelieve.org website No matter what your age or circumstances, this book will give you valuable food for thought and important new insights on how others have learned from life's challenges.
From the creators of the blockbuster film God’s Not Dead comes a novel based on their follow-up film Do You Believe?—an inspiring, heart-stirring, and faith-affirming story about how God works in the lives of those who believe. When Pastor Matthew Wesley encounters a homeless man on a city street in the middle of the night, he can't imagine the series of life-changing events that will result from that brief moment. But as the stories and desperate circumstances of several people—including a couple struggling to make ends meet, a soldier trying to rejoin society, a pregnant and homeless teenager, and an elderly couple still grieving the loss of their only child—intertwine and come together during one climactic night, they all must work together to overcome their struggles before all is lost. Evocative and moving, this sweeping narrative challenges you to confront the question: Do you really believe in the power of the cross, and if so, what are you going to do about it?