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Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life
by Amber Scorah

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b><b>"A fascinating glimpse into the consciousness of being an outsider in every possible way, and what it takes to find your path into the life you'd like to lead."</b><b><i>--Nylon</i></b><br /><br /><b>"À la Tara Westover's </b><b><i>Educated,</i></b><b> Scorah's pensive, ultimately liberating memoir chronicles her formative years as a Jehovah's Witness...and captures the bewilderment of belief and the bliss of self-discovery...[</b><b><i>Leaving the Witness</i></b><b>] is a suture for anyone searching to reconcile their past and present selves."</b><b><i>--O, The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /><br />A riveting memoir of losing faith and finding freedom while a covert missionary in one of the world's most restrictive countries.</b><br /><br />A third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Amber Scorah had devoted her life to sounding God's warning of impending Armageddon. She volunteered to take the message to China, where the preaching she did was illegal and could result in her expulsion or worse. Here, she had some distance from her community for the first time. Immersion in a foreign language and culture--and a whole new way of thinking--turned her world upside down, and eventually led her to lose all that she had been sure was true.<br /><br />As a proselytizer in Shanghai, using fake names and secret codes to evade the authorities' notice, Scorah discreetly looked for targets in public parks and stores. To support herself, she found work at a Chinese language learning podcast, hiding her real purpose from her coworkers. Now with a creative outlet, getting to know worldly people for the first time, she began to understand that there were other ways of seeing the world and living a fulfilling life. When one of these relationships became an "escape hatch," Scorah's loss of faith culminated in her own personal apocalypse, the only kind of ending possible for a Jehovah's Witness.<br /><br />Shunned by family and friends as an apostate, Scorah was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery--with no education or support system. A coming of age story of a woman already in her thirties, this unforgettable memoir examines what it's like to start one's life over again with an entirely new identity. It follows Scorah to New York City, where a personal tragedy forces her to look for new ways to find meaning in the absence of religion. With compelling, spare prose, <i>Leaving the Witness</i> traces the bittersweet process of starting over, when everything one's life was built around is gone.
Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within
by Taylor Marshall

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English

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Publication Date

May 23, 2019

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It took nearly two millennia for the enemies of the Catholic Church to realize they could not successfully attack the Church from the outside. Indeed, countless nemeses from Nero to Napoleon succeeded only in creating sympathy and martyrs for our Catholic Faith. <br /><br />That all changed in the mid-19th century, when clandestine societies populated by Modernists and Marxists hatched a plan to subvert the Catholic Church from within. Their goal: to change Her doctrine, Her liturgy, and Her mission.<br /><br />In this captivating and carefully documented book, Dr. Taylor Marshall pulls back the curtain on their nefarious plan, showing how these enemies of Christ strategically infiltrated the seminaries, then the priesthood, then the episcopacy, and eventually the cardinal-electors – all with the eventual goal of electing one of their own as pope.<br /><br />You’ll come to see that the seemingly endless scandals plaguing the Church are not the result, as so many think, of cultural changes, or of Vatican II, but rather the natural consequences of an orchestrated demonic plot to destroy the Church.<br /><br />In these gripping pages, you’ll discover:<br /><br />• How popes of the 1800s discovered a plot to infiltrate the Church<br />• How theologians suspected of being Modernists became Vatican powerbrokers.<br />• How modifications in Catholic canon law enabled predator priests like Theodore McCarrick to stay in positions of power.<br />• How Our Lady of La Salette gave a prophetic warning of the plot to infiltrate the Church.<br />• How the chief architect of liturgical reforms was discovered to be a Freemason.<br />• Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s role in exposing the Communist infiltration of the priesthood.<br />• How the confusing history of the Third Secret of Fatima relates to the infiltration of the Catholic Church.<br />• That Pope Paul VI explained that Vatican II was not infallible.<br />• How Pope Paul VI revoked the voting rights of cardinals over 80, thus guaranteeing that all voting cardinals were appointed by him.<br />• How the criteria for sainthood shifted from a person’s historical acts to his personal beliefs.<br />• The complex roots of the St. Gallen Mafia and how they plotted to modify Catholic doctrine and elect Pope Francis.<br />
Mary Magdalene Revealed: The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel &...
by Meggan Watterson

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English

Pages

247

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<b>The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveals a very different love story from the one we've come to refer to as Christianity. Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson leads us verse by verse through Mary's gospel to illuminate the powerful teachings it contains.</b><br /><br />A gospel, as ancient and authentic as any of the gospels that the Christian bible contains, was buried deep in the Egyptian desert after an edict was sent out in the 4th century to have all copies of it destroyed. Fortunately, some rebel monks were wise enough to refuse-and thanks to their disobedience and spiritual bravery, we have several manuscripts of the only gospel that was written in the name of a woman: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.<br /><br />Mary's gospel reveals a radical love that sits at the heart of the Christian story. Her gospel says that we are not sinful; we are not to feel ashamed or unworthy for being human. In fact, our purpose is to be fully human, to be a "true human being"- that is, a person who has remembered that, yes, we are a messy, limited ego, and we are also a limitless soul. <br /><br />And all we need to do is to turn inward (again and again); to meditate, like Mary Magdalene, in the way her gospel directs us, so that we can see past the ego of our own little lives to what's more real, and lasting, and infinite, and already here, within. <br /><br />With searing clarity, Watterson explains how and why Mary Magdalene came to be portrayed as the penitent prostitute and relates a more historically and theologically accurate depiction of who Mary was within the early Christ movement. And she shares how this discovery of Mary's gospel has allowed her to practice, and to experience, a love that never ends, a love that transforms everything.
Miracles
by C. S. Lewis

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English

Pages

309

Publication Date

June 03, 2009

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<p>In the classic <em>Miracles</em>, C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, argues that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in his creation. </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>
The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary ...
by Rosaria Champagne Butterf...

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

April 16, 2018

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<p>What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.</p> <p>With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.</p>
The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the ...
by Ben Shapiro

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<p><strong>Now a #1 New York Times Bestseller.</strong></p><p><strong>Human beings have never had it better than we have it now in the West. So why are we on the verge of throwing it all away?</strong></p><p>In 2016, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Ben Shapiro spoke at the University of California–Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required to protect his speech. What was so frightening about Shapiro? He came to argue that Western civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas; that we have let grievances replace our sense of community and political expediency limit our individual rights; that we are teaching our kids that their emotions matter more than rational debate; and that the only meaning in life is arbitrary and subjective.</p><p>As a society, we are forgetting that almost everything great that has ever happened in history happened because of people who believed in both Judeo-Christian values and in the Greek-born power of reason. In <em>The Right Side of History</em>, Shapiro sprints through more than 3,500 years, dozens of philosophers, and the thicket of modern politics to show how our freedoms are built upon the twin notions that every human being is made in God’s image and that human beings were created with reason capable of exploring God’s world.</p><p>We can thank these values for the birth of science, the dream of progress, human rights, prosperity, peace, and artistic beauty. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty, and gave billions more spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty, and gave billions more spiritual purpose. </p><p>Yet we are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, scientific materialism, progressive politics, authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity.</p><p>We can’t.</p><p>The West is special, and in <em>The Right Side of History</em>, Ben Shapiro bravely explains how we have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives each of us to be better, the sacred duty to work together for the greater good,.</p>
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovati...
by Jennifer Hecht

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 28, 2010

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<p>In the tradition of grand sweeping histories such as <em>From Dawn To Decadence</em>, <em>The Structure of Scientific Revolutions</em>, and <em>A History of God</em>, Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind especially-from Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking. This is an account of the world's greatest ‘intellectual virtuosos,' who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers, from the ancient Greek philosophers, Jesus, and the Eastern religions, to modern secular equivalents Marx, Freud and Darwin—and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning,</p><p>This remarkable book ranges from the early Greeks, Hebrew figures such as Job and Ecclesiastes, Eastern critical wisdom, Roman stoicism, Jesus as a man of doubt, Gnosticism and Christian mystics, medieval Islamic, Jewish and Christian skeptics, secularism, the rise of science, modern and contemporary critical thinkers such as Schopenhauer, Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, the existentialists.</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>
Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban...
by Rodney Stark

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p>How did the preaching of a peasant carpenter from Galilee spark a movement that would grow to include over two billion followers? Who listened to this "good news," and who ignored it? Where did Christianity spread, and how? Based on <em>quantitative</em> data and the latest scholarship, preeminent scholar and journalist Rodney Stark presents new and startling information about the rise of the early church, overturning many prevailing views of how Christianity grew through time to become the largest religion in the world.</p><p>Drawing on both archaeological and historical evidence, Stark is able to provide hard statistical evidence on the religious life of the Roman Empire to discover the following facts that set conventional history on its head:</p><ul><p><li>Contrary to fictions such as <em>The Da Vinci Code</em> and the claims of some prominent scholars, Gnosticism was not a more sophisticated, more authentic form of Christianity, but really an unsuccessful effort to paganize Christianity.</li></p><p><li>Paul was called the apostle to the Gentiles, but mostly he converted Jews.</li></p><p><li>Paganism was not rapidly stamped out by state repression following the vision and conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine in 312 AD, but gradually disappeared as people abandoned the temples in response to the superior appeal of Christianity.</li></p><p><li>The "oriental" faiths—such as those devoted to Isis, the Egyptian goddess of love and magic, and to Cybele, the fertility goddess of Asia Minor—actually prepared the way for the rapid spread of Christianity across the Roman Empire.</li></p><p><li>Contrary to generations of historians, the Roman mystery cult of Mithraism posed no challenge to Christianity to become the new faith of the empire— it allowed no female members and attracted only soldiers.</li></p></ul><p>By analyzing concrete data, Stark is able to challenge the conventional wisdom about early Christianity offering the clearest picture ever of how this religion grew from its humble beginnings into the faith of more than one-third of the earth's population.</p>

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