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The Power of Myth
by , Bill Moyers

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English

Pages

317

Publication Date

May 18, 2011

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<p><b>The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition</b><br /><b>  </b><br /><i>The Power of Myth </i>launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres.” With Bill Moyers, one of America’s most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, <i>The Power of Myth</i> touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit. <br /><br />This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell’s work, <i>The Power of Myth</i> continues to exert a profound influence on our culture. <i> </i></p><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coa...
by Michael Scott Moore

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English

Pages

469

Publication Date

July 24, 2018

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<p>Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of <em>Sweetness and Blood,</em> incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates—a riveting,thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival.</p><p>In January 2012, having covered a Somali pirate trial in Hamburg for Spiegel Online International—and funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting—Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits—physical injury, starvation, isolation, terror—Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind. In September 2014, after 977 days, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, friends, colleagues, and his strong-willed mother. </p><p>Yet Moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: <em>The Desert and the Sea</em> falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history. Caught between Muslim pirates, the looming threat of Al-Shabaab, and the rise of ISIS, Moore observes the worlds that surrounded him—the economics and history of piracy; the effects of post-colonialism; the politics of hostage negotiation and ransom; while also conjuring the various faces of Islam—and places his ordeal in the context of the larger political and historical issues.           </p><p>A sort of <em>Catch-22</em> meets <em>Black Hawk Down, The Desert and the Sea</em> is written with dark humor, candor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail. Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage with the social, economic, religious, and political factors creating it. <em>The Desert and the Sea</em> is wildly compelling and a book that will take its place next to titles like <em>Den of Lions</em> and <em>Even Silence Has an End.</em></p>
The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can't Get Their Act ...
by Jared C. Wilson

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English

Pages

242

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. <i>The Imperfect Disciple </i>is for the rest of us--people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it's safe to say what they're really thinking.<BR><BR>For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn't afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows readers how the gospel works in them and in their lives when<BR><BR>- they can't get their act together<BR>- they think God is giving them the silent treatment<BR>- they think church would be better without all the people<BR>- they're not happy with the person in the mirror<BR>- and much more<BR><BR>Wilson frees readers from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples.
The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of...
by Jonathan Kirsch

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English

Pages

308

Publication Date

October 06, 2009

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<p>The Surprising History and Legacy of the Inquisition</p><p>The renowned historian and critic Jonathan Kirsch presents a sweeping history of the Inquisition and the ways in which it has served as the chief model for torture in the West to this day. Ranging from the Knights Templar to the first Protestants; from Joan of Arc to Galileo; from the Inquisition's immense power in Spain after 1492, when the secret tribunals and torture chambers were directed for the first time against Jews and Muslims, to the torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent women during the Witch Craze; and to the modern war on terror—Kirsch shows us how the Inquisition stands as a universal and ineradicable reminder of how absolute power wreaks inevitable corruption.</p>
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics)
by C. S. Lewis

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

May 28, 2009

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<p>In the classic <em>Mere Christianity</em>, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books <em>The Case for Christianity</em>, <em>Christian Behavior</em>, and <em>Beyond Personality</em>, <em>Mere Christianity</em> provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.</p>
Why Religion?: A Personal Story
by Elaine Pagels

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<p><strong><em>New York Times </em>bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>One of PW’s Best Books of the Year</strong></p><p><strong>One of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month</strong></p><p><p><strong>Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In <em>Why Religion</em><em>?</em> Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions.</strong></p><p>These questions took on a new urgency for Pagels when dealing with unimaginable loss—the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband. Here she interweaves a personal story with the work that she loves, illuminating how, for better and worse, religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most importantly, how to get through the most difficult challenges we face. </p><p>Drawing upon the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians, as well as her own research, Pagels opens unexpected ways of understanding persistent religious aspects of our culture. </p><p>A provocative and deeply moving account from one of the most compelling religious thinkers at work today, <em>Why Religion?</em> explores the spiritual dimension of human experience.</p><p></p>
In Distant Lands: A Short History of the Crusades
by Lars Brownworth

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English

Pages

262

Publication Date

April 15, 2017

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In the late fall of 1095 Pope Urban II gave a speech in Clermont, France and set all of Europe into motion. As many as a hundred and fifty thousand people eventually responded to the call, leaving everything they knew behind to undertake what appeared to be a fool’s mission: marching several thousand miles into enemy territory to reconquer Jerusalem for Christendom. Against all odds they succeeded, creating a Christian outpost in the heart of the Islamic world that lasted for the better part of two centuries. <br /><br />Perhaps no other period in history is as misunderstood as the Crusades, and in this fast-paced account, bestselling author Lars Brownworth presents the entire story, from the first clash of Christendom and Islam in the dusty sands of Yarmouk, to the fall of the last crusader state. Along the way he introduces the reader to an exotic world peopled by mighty emperors, doomed Templars, grasping generals, and ambitious peasants. Some of the most famous names of the Middle Ages - Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the legendary Prester John - illuminate this era of splendor, adventure, and faith.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and R...
by Jonathan Haidt

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English

Pages

530

Publication Date

March 13, 2012

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<p><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>In this “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>) social psychologist Jonathan Haidt<i> </i>challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike. </b><br />  <br /> Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read <i>The Righteous Mind</i>.<br /><br /></p>
The Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis

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English

Pages

221

Publication Date

May 28, 2009

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<p><em>The Screwtape Letters</em> by C.S.  Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's <em>The Screwtape Letters</em> is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written. </p>
How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life
by Massimo Pigliucci

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

May 09, 2017

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<div><b>In the tradition of <i>How to Live</i> and <i>How Proust Can Change Your Life</i>, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish today</b></div><div> </div><div><br /></div><div>Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In <i>How to Be a Stoic</i>, philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that focuses our attention on what is possible and gives us perspective on what is unimportant. By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions: Should we get married or divorced? How should we handle our money in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis? How can we survive great personal tragedy? Whoever we are, Stoicism has something for us--and<i> How to Be a Stoic</i> is the essential guide.</div><div><br /></div>

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