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Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home
by Traci Smith

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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A new and expanded version of Seamless Faith, now with more than a dozen new spiritual practices, space to personalize it with your own favorite practices and scriptures, and additional resources for parents, kids, grandparents, and communities that care about families! <br /><br />Add family faith moments to your daily routine with little or no prep, and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children! Traci Smith, a pastor and mother of three, offers ways to discover and develop new spiritual practices as a family, whether you're a new seeker or a lifelong follower. Faithful Families is brimming with more than 50 easy, do-it-yourself ideas for transforming your family’s everyday moments into sacred moments! <br /><br />Faithful Families helps you:<br />— connect faith to your family’s everyday life<br />— add family faith moments into your daily routine<br />— learn new spiritual practices alongside your children<br />— teach your children to appreciate religious diversity with time-tested non-Christian and Christian spiritual practices<br />— respond to life’s everyday challenges and opportunities with meaningful practices<br /><br />Faithful Families is the perfect gift for:<br />— Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles!<br />— Baptisms<br />— Baby Showers<br />— New Families<br />— Christian educators and those they serve<br />— Preschool Classes<br />— Godparents
Escaping Scientology: An Insider's True Story: My Journey With th...
by Karen Schless Pressley

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English

Pages

426

Publication Date

September 17, 2017

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Artists Peter and Karen Schless were seduced by Scientology's celebrity spirituality, and detoured from Hollywood careers to join its extremist group, the Sea Org. In leader David Miscavige's inner sanctum, they built their mental prison as they melded into its radicalized lifestyle where danger, captivity and abuse were normalized. After three escapes, Karen chose between two unbearable options.<br /><br />Escaping Scientology Part I sweeps you into the lives of two young adults filled with hope and love as designer Karen and her award-winning musician-composer husband Peter overcome obstacles to succeed in the music and fashion industries together. Scientology re-focuses their goals toward the importance of clearing the planet and recruiting celebrities to build Scientology's social capital. Karen portrays the basic beliefs of Scientology that led to her radicalization into the Sea Org at the Celebrity Centre, a fortress where artists aspire to achieve greatness while attaining spiritual freedom through L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings. Karen shows how celebrities are lured into Scientology and develop a co-dependent relationship from which few break out.<br /><br />Part II reveals Karen as a flawed and complex woman when she and Peter move to the secretive International Management headquarters, where they join 800 fanatical Sea Org members that made billion-year commitments to make this a Scientology world without war, criminality, or insanity. Karen finds the dystopian outpost and its global operations to be proof that Time magazine’s 1991 article, “The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power” captures the essence of Scientology’s mindset, that she describes as “war is everything and everything is war.” She is no passive victim as she attempts to stay in the driver’s seat and keep their marriage intact while fighting the pressures of the Int base culture that attempt to break them apart. Scientology goes under “Cruise Control” as Miscavige becomes obsessed with his biggest trophy, Tom Cruise, and stiffens his control and abusive punishment methods on the Int base staff. Karen rebels against regulations and spends time in Scientology’s prison camp. After two attempts to escape the Int base, she is trailed by security guards and coerced into returning. Failing to escape, she questions the evidence of her own senses, and makes a mind-twisting re-commitment to become the best version of a Sea Org member she can be. Karen carves out a world she can live within as she is promoted into the highest echelons of management, appointed by the Chairman of the Board RTC to Int Management Public Relations Officer and later to take charge of the image of Sea Org staff internationally from the Int Finance Office. While working on special projects under David and Shelley Miscavige, she travels to Scientology bases around the world where she sees human rights violations set in place by Hubbard’s policies that cause her to conclude Scientology is a for-profit business that builds billions of dollars of assets on the backs of Sea Org slave labor, while hiding behind the banner of the First Amendment, claiming benefits and protection as a non-profit religion.<br /><br />The epilogue of Part III portrays the mind-wrenching process of physical escape, and psychological anguish as Karen plies herself out of Scientology’s grip and endures its cruel disconnection policy. She re-acclimates herself to life on the outside while, brick by brick, she disassembles the walls of the mental prison she had built, and survives with the help of her accomplice and the love and support of her family.<br /><br />Karen's narrative memoir shows that Scientology's plan, authored by L. Ron Hubbard and David Miscavige, is filled with flaws: While the leaders impose their will on members who follow blindly and spend exorbitant amounts of money or dedicate their lives to achieve spiritual freedom, they grossly underestimate the power of individual free will in those brave enough to escape and speak out.
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
by , Rebecca Paley

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

November 03, 2015

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <b>An eye-opening, no-holds-barred memoir about life in the Church of Scientology, now with a new afterword by the author—the outspoken actress and star of the A&E docuseries <i>Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath</i></b></b><br />  <br /> Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.<br />  <br /> That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former <i>King of Queens</i> star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.<br />  <br /> Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.<br />  <br /> But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.<br />  <br /> Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, <i>Troublemaker</i> chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Troublemaker</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “An aggressively honest memoir . . . <i>Troublemaker</i> is the most raw and revealing Scientology memoir to date.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Leah’s story is a juicy, inside-Hollywood read, but it’s more than that. It’s a moving story about the value of questioning authority and how one woman survived a profound crisis of faith.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Remini [offers] up some juicy tidbits from her decades in the church.”<b>—<i>Newsweek</i></b>
The Naked Truth about Sex and Marriage
by , Ashley Willis

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

October 05, 2017

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In this groundbreaking book, Dave and Ashley Willis (founders of StrongerMarriages.com) unpack timeless Biblical principles, powerful true stories from married couples, cutting-edge research and findings from their own interactions with thousands of couples to reveal the keys to a marriage with true intimacy, passionate sex and lifelong love. "The Naked Truth about Sex and Marriage" reveals:<br />*How to develop more intimacy inside and outside the bedroom.<br />*Candid answers to the most common questions about sex.<br />*The Master Plan for passionate sex from the One who actually created sex.<br />*A guide to overcoming some of the most common forms of relationship hurdles and causes of sexual frustration. <br />*How to build and sustain a passionate partnership with your spouse through every season of your life together. <br />*Practical tools to bring more intimacy and fulfillment to your marriage. <br />This book will have an instant impact in your relationship!<br /><br />Here's what others are saying about "The Naked Truth about Sex and Marriage"<br /><br />“If you want a better sex life and a stronger marriage, then read this book! It will make an instant impact.”<br />-Brent Evans<br />President of MarriageToday<br /><br />“The Naked Truth about Sex and Marriage is a book every couple should read, but only if they want a BETTER sex life! Dave and Ashley take on the topic of sexual intimacy in a fresh way I haven’t seen before. Every chapter is filled with practical insights for the Christian married couple who wants more for their sexual relationship.”<br />-Michael Smalley, Ph.D.<br />CEO of The Smalley Institute<br /><br />"Dave and Ashley have done the hard work for our benefit—tackling murky, difficult questions with a clarity of thought and a conviction of spirit. Every couple can benefit from a richer, deeper, more biblical understanding of sex in their marriage, and this book heartily offers exactly that!" <br />-Ryan and Selena Frederick<br />Authors of Fierce Marriage and Founders of FierceMarriage.com<br /><br />"Dave and Ashley Willis are so honest and transparent in their writings. I absorb so much from their work and will apply their teachings to my marriage, always."<br />- Brandi Rhodes<br />Professional wrestler, actress and lifestyle blogger<br /><br />“I’ve called Dave and Ashley Willis the ‘Marriage Whisperers’ and for good reason — their practical, helpful tips make successful marriage less mysterious and more accessible to all, no matter where your marriage is on the happy scale.”<br />-Nancy French<br />New York Times Bestselling Author<br /><br />“Dave and Ashley Willis communicate in The Naked Truth about Sex and Marriage the powerful insights behind what the scripture say illuminate the path to marital intimacy. This book is truly a treasure!”<br />-Rashawn Copeland<br />Pastor and Author<br /><br />“In our marriage and sex confused culture, we’re missing the voice of leaders who speak with biblical and practical truth. In The Naked Truth about Sex and Marriage, Dave and Ashley Willis provide exactly what couples need to help them grow in their marriage and in sexual and emotional intimacy. They don’t shy away from the hard topics and will help many couples with the Q&A format of this new book.”<br /> -Scott Kedersha, <br />Director of Marriage Ministry, Watermark Community Church, ScottKedersha.com<br /><br />“Sex is natural. Sex is fun. Sex is best when its one on one. George Michael said that and in this new book Dave and Ashley say a lot more then just that. No clue why this topic is off limits in most churches and most churches. Dive into this book to experience you best sex life now.”<br />-Craig Gross<br />Founder of XXXchurch.com and BestSexLifeNow.com.<br />
The Spirit of the Galatians, Understanding PAUL'S writing to the...
by Eliyahu Ben Yah

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English

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October 11, 2017

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A brief exegesis of the Book of Galatians and Paul's writings through Hebraic perspective. A complete history lesson of Anti-Semitism and travesty on behalf of the institutional Historical Church upon those who oppose truth. This is an undeniable, undisputable and irrefutable book of information for those seeking TRUTH.
The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growt...
by Christopher L. Heuertz

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<p>For all the ways we live unawakened lives, the enneagram is here to help.</p><p><em>The Sacred Enneagram</em> is a trustworthy, richly insightful guide to finding yourself in the enneagram’s 9-type profiles, and applying this practical wisdom for a life transformed. Far more than a personality test, author Chris Heuertz writes, the enneagram is a sacred map to the soul. Lies about who we think we are keep us trapped in loops of self-defeat. But the enneagram offers a bright path to cutting through the internal clutter and finding our way back to God and to our true identity as God created us.</p><p>Chris Heuertz’ life was forever changed after he learned about the enneagram 15 years ago. Today, he leads enneagram workshops all over the world. Join Chris as he shows you how this ancient tool can help you awaken to the gifts God has given you, find freedom from your personal patterns of sin and fear, and grow in acceptance of your identity as you grow with God.</p><p>In conversational style with compelling stories, <em>The Sacred Enneagram</em> will show you</p><ul><li>How to understand the 'why' behind your type, beyond caricatures and stereotypes</li><li>How to align your type with prayer postures</li><li>How to identify and find freedom from self-destructive patterns</li><li>How to grow in spiritual discernment</li><li>How to face your past wounds and step toward healing</li><li>How to awaken your unique gifts to serve today’s broken world</li></ul><p>Chris’s own journey with the enneagram is an accessible introduction and exploration of how the enneagram can change your life, because to the extent that we are transformed, the world will be transformed.</p>
Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community...
by James Martin

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English

Pages

165

Publication Date

June 13, 2017

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<p>The <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything</em> and <em>Jesus: A Pilgrimage </em>turns his attention to the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the Church in this loving, inclusive, and revolutionary book.</p><p>On the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting, James Martin S.J. posted a video on Facebook in which he called for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. "The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected," he began. He then implored his fellow Catholics—and people everywhere—to "stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters." A powerful call for tolerance, acceptance, and support—and a reminder of Jesus' message for us to love one another—Father Martin's post went viral and was viewed more than 1.6 million times.</p><p>Now, Martin expands on his reflections in this moving and inspiring book, offering a powerful, loving, and much-needed voice in a time marked by anger, prejudice, and divisiveness. Adapted from an address he gave to New Ways Ministry, a group that ministers to and advocates for LGBT Catholics, <em>Building a Bridge</em> provides a roadmap for repairing and strengthening the bonds that unite all of us as God's children. Martin uses the image of a two-way bridge to enable LGBT Catholics and Church leaders to come together in a call to end the "us" versus "them" mentality. Turning to the Catechism, he draws on the three criteria at the heart of the Christian ministry—"respect, compassion, and sensitivity"—as a model for how the Catholic Church should relate to the LGBT community.</p>
Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering...
by Amber Cantorna

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English

Pages

268

Publication Date

October 01, 2017

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<span><span>In 2012, at the age of twenty-seven, Amber Cantorna came out to her family as gay. As the daughter of a Focus on the Family executive, telling this truth came at a high cost.</span></span><br /><span><span style="font-style:italic;">Refocusing My Family</span><span> is Amber‘s journey from the suffocating expectations of Focus on the Family to the liberating joy of choosing her own family.</span></span><br /><span><span>After struggling under the weight of perfectionism, reputation, and keeping up appearances, Amber boldly stepped into her true identity. In the process, she discovered the true love of God.</span></span>
Divine Love Letters: Soul 2 Soul, Twin Flame 2 Twin Flame
by Bella Tinks

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English

Pages

101

Publication Date

October 08, 2017

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In this book there are 201 letters which have been channelled from over 180 people all over the world who are all on a journey to re-unite with the other half of their soul, their energetic match, or their "Twin Flame." The question that was asked was "What is the message that you would like to give to your divine lover? The result is a beautifully, romantic, exquisite compilation of unconditional love letters between souls who are on a journey back to each other in this earthly life time. The letters were channelled by the author, who is an energy healer and "divine love" healer and considers herself to be the "scribe" for all of the beautiful souls who shared their love messages in this book. It gives hope and uplifts your hearts to the truth that unconditional love is REAL, it shows that love really doesn't have any boundaries, it's timeless, endless and comes with all the complexities of fighting our fears to REALLY follow our hearts to be fully vulnerable and open to what unconditional love can do. A beautiful book which will uplift your love vibration.
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religio...
by Janet Reitman

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English

Pages

469

Publication Date

July 05, 2011

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<DIV>“A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America’s newest homegrown religious movement.” —<I> Washington Post</I><BR><BR>Scientology is known for its celebrity believers and its team of “volunteer ministers” at disaster sites such as the World Trade Center; its notably aggressive response to criticism or its attacks on psychiatry; its requirement that believers pay as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach the highest levels of salvation. But for all its notoriety, Scientology has remained America’s least understood new religion, even as it has been one of its most successful.<BR><BR>Now Janet Reitman tells its riveting full story in the first objective modern history of Scientology, at last revealing the astonishing truth about life within the controversial religion for its members and ex-members. Based on five years of research, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is an utterly compelling work of nonfiction and the defining work on an elusive faith.<BR><BR>“A meticulously researched history and revealing exposé, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controversial, but dangerous.” — <I>Boston Globe </I><BR><BR>“This book is fearless.” — <I>Wall Street Journal </I><BR><BR>A <I>New York Times</I> Notable Book<BR>Amazon.com Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction<BR><I>San Francisco Chronicle </I>Top Ten of 2011</DIV>

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