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The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable hist...
by Malka Adler

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English

Pages

374

Publication Date

November 07, 2019

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<h2><em>My brother’s tears left a delicate, clean line on his face. I stroked his cheek, whispered, it’s really you…</em></h2><p>Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war.</p><p>But one day in 1944, everything changes. The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour before the train will take them to Auschwitz.</p><p>Six decades later, from the safety of their living rooms at home in Israel, the brothers finally break their silence to a friend who will never let their stories be forgotten.</p><p><strong>Malka Adler’s extraordinary biographical novel of a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each other is based on interviews with the brothers she grew up with by the Sea of Galilee.</strong></p><p><strong>When they decided to tell their story, she was the only one they would talk to.</strong></p><p><strong>Told in a poetic style reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, this is a visceral yet essential read for those who have found strength, solace and above all, hope, in books like <em>The Choice</em>, <em>The Librarian of Auschwitz</em>, and <em>The Tattooist of Auschwitz</em>.</strong></p><h2>Praise for <em>The Brothers of Auschwitz</em></h2><p>‘<strong>I sat down and read this within a few hours</strong>, my wife is now reading it and it is bringing tears to her eyes’ Amazon reviewer</p><p>‘The story is so incredible and <strong>the author writes so beautifully</strong> that it is impossible to stay indifferent. I gave the book to my mom and she called me after she finished crying and telling me how much she loved it’ Amazon reviewer</p><p>‘It is <strong>a book we all must read</strong>, read in order to know … It is harsh, enthralling, earth-shattering, rattling – but we must. And nothing less’ Aliza Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief at Proza Books, Yedioth Ahronoth Publishing House</p><p>‘<strong>Great courage</strong> is needed to write as Adler does – without softening, without beautifying, without leaving any room to imagination’ Yehudith Rotem, <em>Haaretz</em> newspaper</p><p>‘This is <strong>a book we are not allowed not to read</strong>’ Leah Roditi, <em>At Magazine</em></p>
Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ
by Timothy Keller

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English

Pages

153

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<b>From pastor and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Timothy Keller comes the perfect gift for the Christmas holiday—a profoundly moving and intellectually provocative examination of the nativity story</b><br /><br /> Even people who are not practicing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the nativity. Every Christmas displays of Baby Jesus resting in a manger decorate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story?<br /><br /> In his new book Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible’s account of Jesus’ birth, readers will experience the redeeming power of God’s grace in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered,...
by Bart D. Ehrman

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<p>The bestselling author of <em>Misquoting Jesus</em>, one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today examines oral tradition and its role in shaping the stories about Jesus we encounter in the New Testament—and ultimately in our understanding of Christianity.</p><p>Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally—including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels. In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament—how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus’ message but helped shape it.</p><p>A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology and anthropology, to examine the role of memory in the creation of the Gospels. Explaining how oral tradition evolves based on the latest scientific research, he demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling impacts the story, the storyteller, and the listener—crucial insights that challenge our typical historical understanding of the silent period between when Jesus lived and died and when his stories began to be written down.</p><p>As he did in his previous books on religious scholarship, debates on New Testament authorship, and the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman combines his deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship in a compelling and eye-opening narrative that will change the way we read and think about these sacred texts.</p>
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a ...
by Timothy Egan

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>"What a wondrous work! This beautifully written and totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan's case, both." --Cokie Roberts<br /><br />"If this book doesn't quite settle the question of belief for you, it will at least fortify your faith in scrupulous reporting and captivating storytelling...Egan is so well informed, he starts to seem like the world's greatest tour guide. You follow along as much to hear him talk as to see the sights. Reading it, you feel yourself in the presence of goodness -- the kind you might simply have to decide to believe in." <i>--The New York Times</i><br /><br />One of <i>Oprah</i>'s Must-Read Books of Fall 2019</b><br /><br />Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, exploring one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.<br /><br />Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.<br /><br />A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, <i>A Pilgrimage to Eternity</i> looks for our future in its search for God.
In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis
by Karen Armstrong

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English

Pages

207

Publication Date

August 10, 2011

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<b>“Karen Armstrong is a genius.”—A. N. Wilson</b><br /><br />As the foundation stone of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature—the Creation; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; the sacrifice of Isaac. Yet the meaning of Genesis remains enigmatic. In this fascinating volume, Karen Armstrong, author of the highly acclaimed bestseller <i>A History of God,</i> brilliantly illuminates the mysteries and profundities of this mystifying work.<br /><br />BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's <i>Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.</i><br /><br /><b>“A lyrical chronicle of one woman's wrestling with Genesis that can serve as a guide to others . . . As notable for its scholarship as it is for its honesty and vulnerability.”—<i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /><br />“Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.”—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD
by Simon Schama

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

March 18, 2014

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<p>In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the pbs and bbc series <em>The Story of the Jews</em>—simon schama details the story of the jewish people, tracing their experience across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the new world in 1492</p><p>It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance in the face of destruction, of creativity in the face of oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life despite the steepest of odds.</p><p>It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.</p><p>In <em>The Story of the Jews</em>, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with gems and spices founder at sea.</p><p>And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.</p><p>Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.</p>
Enduring Trials God's Way: A Biblical Recipe for Finding Joy in S...
by Scott LaPierre

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English

Pages

182

Publication Date

November 15, 2017

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<b>Trials are part of life on this side of heaven, and God wants to use them for your good!</b><br /><br />Pastor Scott LaPierre presents scriptural principles that give believers the encouragement they need when suffering. Every chapter concludes with questions that help you apply what you are reading. With <em>Enduring Trials God’s Way</em> you will:<br /><ul><li>Develop the spiritual perspective to embrace trials<br /></li><li>Appreciate the maturity trials produce<br /></li><li>Understand the rewards­—in this life and the next—for enduring trials<br /></li><li>Recognize God is still compassionate and gracious even during trials<br /></li><li>Learn to persevere through trials that threaten your faith</li></ul>Your suffering is not meaningless or accidental. God loves you, and He always works in your best interests. Learn the <em>Biblical Recipe for Finding Joy in Suffering</em>!<br /><br /><b>Endorsed by prominent ministry leaders:</b><br /><ul><li>"Richly biblical and encouraging, Scott LaPierre's latest book reveals a gracious pastor's heart. Every believer needs this book!"--<b>Douglas Bond:</b> Speaker, tour leader, and author of twenty-five books<br /></li><li>"One of the best biblical treatments of suffering I have seen. You want this book in your library!"--<b>Dr. Carlton McLeod:</b> Speaker, author, and senior pastor of Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake</li></ul><br /><br /><br />
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus
by Jim Wallis

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>Writing in response to our current “constitutional crisis,” <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis urges America to return to the tenets of Jesus once again as the means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation.</strong><br /><br />In <em>Christ in Crisis</em> Jim Wallis provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today. Building on “Reclaiming Jesus”—the declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America’s current crisis—Wallis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. By pointing to eight questions Jesus asked or is asked, Wallis provides a means to measure whether we are truly aligned with the moral and spiritual foundations of our Christian faith. </p><p>“Christians have often remembered, re-discovered, and returned to their obedient discipleship of Jesus Christ—both personal and public—in times of trouble. It’s called coming home,” Wallis reminds us. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and cultural commentator’s focus isn’t politics; it’s faith.</p><p>As he has done throughout his career, Wallis offers comfort, empathy, and a practical roadmap. <em>Christ in Crisis</em> is a constructive field guide for all those involved in resistance and renewal initiatives in faith communities in the post-2016 political context.</p>
The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, L...
by , Michael F. Bird

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English

Pages

987

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p><strong>Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today's readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today. </strong></p><p><em>The New Testament in Its World</em> is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.</p><p>An ideal guide for students, <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:</p><ul><li>What is the purpose of the New Testament?</li><li>What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom?</li><li>What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?</li><li>What really were the Gospels?</li><li>Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial?</li><li>As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries?</li></ul><p>In short, <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers' eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as historical, literary, and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism, amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture, and within early Christianity. '</p><p>Written for both classroom and personal use, the benefits of <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> include:</p><ul><li>A distillation of the life work of N. T. Wright on the New Testament with input from Michael Bird</li><li>Historical context that situates Jesus and the early church within the history, culture, and religion of Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world</li><li>Major sections on the historical Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and Paul's chronology and theology</li><li>Surveys of each New Testament book that discuss their significance, critical topics like authorship and date, and that provide commentary on contents along with implications for the Christian life</li><li>Up-to-date discussions of textual criticism and the canonization of the New Testament</li><li>A concluding chapter dedicated to living the story of the New Testament</li><li>Available Video and Workbook companion resources to enhance learning and experience the world of the New Testament</li><li>Illustrated with visually rich pictures, maps, charts, diagrams, and artwork; plentiful sidebars provide additional explanations and insights</li></ul>
Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
by Tom Holland

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English

Pages

564

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>From the crucifixion of Jesus to the birth of modern morals, this "marvelous" account from an award-winning historian shows how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination (<i>The Economist</i>).</b><br />Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable. It was this that rendered it so suitable a punishment for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus-had been a god. <i>Dominion</i> explores the implications of this shocking conviction as they have reverberated throughout history.<br />Today, the West remains utterly saturated by Christian assumptions. Our morals and ethics are not universal. Instead, they are the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed. From Babylon to the Beatles, Saint Michael to #MeToo, <i>Dominion</i> tells the story of how Christianity transformed the world.

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