Author: Mary Doria Russell
A fascinating examination of a religious counterculture group showing how it differs from mainstream society, yet is similar in other ways.
Children of God
Author: William Sims Bainbridge
Publisher: SUNY Press
Grounded in direct, systematic observation by neutral observers, Talking with the Children of God is a unique study of the radical religious movement now known as The Family International. The book draws on extraordinarily candid interviews with the group's leaders and administrative staff. In revealing new information about the organization's history, beliefs, and use of prophecy, Gordon Shepherd and Gary Shepherd offer a highly detailed case study that is both an antidote to sensationalized coverage of the group and a means for understanding the transformational practices of new religious movements in general. One of the most controversial groups emerging from the Jesus People movement of the 1960s, the Family originally was known as The Children of God. Under leader David Berg, members proclaimed an apocalyptic "Endtime," shunned secular occupations, lived communally, and adopted unusual sexual practices that led to abuse scandals in the 1970s and 1980s. Following Berg's death in 1994, the organization began to dramatically alter its evangelization efforts and decision-making processes. Talking with the Children of God builds a picture of a complex organization with ten thousand core members worldwide, including details on the lives, careers, and responsibilities of the second generation and their efforts to defend their faith. The authors summarize the Family's history and beliefs as well as its controversial past. In particular, they analyze the organization's use of prophecy--or channeled revelations from Jesus and other spiritual beings--for making decisions and setting policy, revealing how this essentially democratic process works and how it shapes Family life and culture. These remarkable insights are the result of sixteen years of surveys and field observations conducted in Family member homes in sixteen countries, plus four days of face-to-face interviews with Family leaders and organizational staff. The volume also includes condensed transcripts of the interviews with analysis by Shepherd and Shepherd.
Prophecy and Transformation in a Radical Religious Group
Author: Gordon Shepherd,Gary Shepherd
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Presents stories about the life of Jesus, along with activities relating to the story, including puppet plays, meditations, and map making.
Stories of Jesus and Stewardship Activities for Children
Author: Michael J. Caduto,Adelaide Tyrol
Publisher: Paulist Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Everybody knows everybody else's business in Downtown, Tennessee. Neighbors while away afternoons at the local bar, swapping rumors about voodoo, incest, and illegitimate children. Usually they're gossiping about the Boten clan. In this epic family saga, Lolita Files unveils the hidden lives of three generations of the Boten family. She introduces us to Grandma Amalie, a mother so fiercely protective, she will quietly sacrifice everything for her son. There's Grace, who conceals the identity of her child's father for more than twenty years. There's Aunt Sukie, whose strange power over her husband, Walter, is matched only by the strength of her dark magic. And then there's Lay, the bad seed, whose secret betrayals will cost his family dearly. The family's past begins rising to the surface when a mysterious fire takes the life of young Ophelia Boten's infant son. The tragedy sets the family in motion, its members on a quest for self-discovery that will lead them to the drug world of inner-city Detroit, a midwestern college campus, the jungles of Vietnam, and back again. Ophelia sets her own course, one that will ultimately bring her into the arms of a caring and benevolent lover. But before she can embrace her new life and begin a family of her own, she must fully understand and accept the Boten clan's tormented legacy. Inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet, Child of God is a story of family bonds, of forbidden love, of sacrifice and redemption. Moving deftly forward and backward in time, the narrative weaves the past with the present, and the family's mistakes echo unforgettably through each successive generation. As rich as it is rewarding, this is Lolita Files's most ambitious novel to date.
Author: Lolita Files
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A CHILD OF GOD: The enlightenment is a short story about God’s love for all his children. Lillie’s story will help you to live a less stressful and clutter lifestyle, which will help you to have a more healthy harmonious life with others. This journey will lead you away from Satan’s grip on your life through his deceitful ploys to corrupt humankind. God loves his children and will help them to find peace in their daily living in his word. Lillie will take you on a journey through each chapter that will transcend you through a brightly lit pathway of feeling loved by the one who created you in his image. Knowing that God is always at your side, and loves you always as a child of his will enlighten the steps you take each day,one day at a time. Lillie’s hope is that for each person that reads her story they will be left with an inspired feeling to travel the path that God has for his beloved children, and as always Lillie’s sense of humor will show you the lighter side to life so that you may enjoy your journey in life alongside others. May God bless your journey.
Author: Lillie Sandridge-Hill
Consisting of a Meditation for Each Morning in the Year, Upon Select Texts of Scripture ...
Author: William Mason
The Denied Children of God is indeed a one of a kind, absolutley groundbreaking literary offering revealing the true meaning of what it means to be Gay. It is an absolute read for anyone wishing to wake up from a fifteen hundred year old spiritual coma. Whether "straight" or "gay" you cannot read The Denied Children of God and come away unchanged. It is indeed a divinely inspired offering representing the author's life work.Sorry about the cost. On a POD this is merely the cost of production.
Author: James P. L. Wilson
From the acclaimed author of The Sparrow comes a new, extraordinarily imaginative SF novel which continues the powerful, moving story of Emilio Sandoz, the charismatic Jesuit priest who led the well-intentioned but catastrophic mission to the distant planet of Rakhat, and journeyed to the furthest reaches of the human soul. Now, in Children of God, Father Emilio Sanchoz returns and - against his will - is forced to continue his quest for the meaning, if any, of God's plan. Dazzlingly imaginative, philosophically provocative and immeasurably entertaining, Children of God is a must-read for fans of The Sparrow, and a startlingly fresh adventure for newcomers to Mary Doria Russell's special literary magic.
Author: Mary Doria Russell
Publisher: Random House
Author: Carl Heinrich von Bogatzky
Desmond Tutu retells more than fifty of his most beloved Bible stories, artfully highlighting God’s desire for all people to love one another and to find peace and forgiveness in their hearts. Many of the finest artists from around the world—such as Jago, E.B. Lewis, Javaka Steptoe, and Xiao Xin—have been selected to illustrate the stories, portraying the stories with the style and richness of their own culture. Creating the first truly global Bible for children, their stunning full color illustrations allow readers to experience the Bible stories as if they were there—with Adam and Eve in the garden, with Noah on the ark, with Abraham in the desert, and with Jesus on the mountaintop. Every story shows how God works through history and ends with a short prayer, which personalizes the message for each reader’s own life. Archbishop Tutu’s wisdom, compassion, and sense of humor shine throughout as he reminds us that, “We are all God’s children.” Author, civil rights activist, and APARTHEID opponent Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. As Desmond Tutu quotes: “In the spirit of celebrating children all over the world, each illustrator in this book has been invited to draw on their own unique and rich cultural heritage in their portrayal of these Biblical stories. Their art is truly a marvelous reflection of how we are all made in God's image.”
Author: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Consisting of Devotional and Practical Observations for Every Day in the Year ...
CHILDREN OF DIVORCE CARRY WOUNDS INTO ADULTHOOD; Divorce affects our relationships to other people, our fears and longings, our faith and spirituality. We may have difficulties with anger, guilt, commitment or forgiveness. But our identity need not be marked only by our parents' divorce. God can enter into our woundedness and bring transformation and hope. Kristine Steakley chronicles the emotional and spiritual challenges facing adult children of divorce. She tells her own story of abandonment and estrangement, and wrestles through questions of trust, self-worth and identity. But she has found that God can repair and reparent us in ways that heal and restore our relationships with ourselves, our parents and God.
A Journey of Hope and Healing: Easyread Large Edition
Author: Kristine Steakley
Category: Family & Relationships
Children of a Compassionate Godis a detailed theological examination of Luke's "Sermon on the Plain," the counterpart in Luke's Gospel to Matthew's "Sermon on the Mount." Utilizing composition criticism, L. John Topel, S.J., explains what Luke meant Jesus' words to say to Luke's late first-century community and what such a message might mean to contemporary Christians. By inquiring into the theological intent of the evangelist, Topel helps us see how it is possible to undertake the Sermon's extraordinary commands. In Part I Topel establishes Jesus' authority as the Son of God to teach by looking at the preface, Luke 1:1-4, which explains who Jesus is, what he is doing, why, and for whom. He first explains how the preface gains the implied reader's trust in Luke's authority necessary for successful narrative communication. He then considers the prologue (1:5-2:52), which establishes Jesus' authority to command obedience to the radical demands of the Sermon. In Part II Topel looks at how Jesus reveals his ethical teaching, primarily to disciples but also to outsiders eager to hear him. In examining the beatitudes, he discusses how the reward offered in the first beatitude supplies not only the final, but also the efficient, cause for all of the beatitudes. Topel expounds on how Jesus transforms the Old Testament wisdom form into paradoxical proclamations of the reversed conditions of the final Reign of God which he is ushering in. Topel also considers the woes; the Love Command (6:27-36); and the Critique of Judgment (6:37-42). Part III explores the good news of the Sermon. Topel demonstrates how two essential characteristics of the Sermon make it difficult to practice. It asks for the peak of human authenticity and for total conversion to the neighbor. The qualities and the actions which embody them are strikingly countercultural, not only for first-century Jews and Hellenistic Greeks and Romans but also to contemporary Christians. Still, the central image of the Sermon itself, the Children of God (6:35), provides the final clue: that empowerment by the Holy Spirit which made Jesus the Son of God in conception and career also makes his disciples children of God, able to address God in prayers as Abba, and to be compassionate as God is compassionate. Chapters in Part I The Literary Context of the Sermonare "Chapter I: The Prologue," and "Chapter II: The Beginning of the Ministry." Chapters in Part II: Exegesis of the Sermon on the Plainare "Chapter III: Blessed are the Poor," "Chapter IV: Beatitudes and Woes," "Chapter V: The Love Command," "Chapter VI: The Critique of Judgment," and "Chapter VII: Parenesis on True Discipleship." The final chapter in Part III: The Interpretation of the Sermonis "Chapter VIII: The Theology of the Lukan Sermon."
A Theological Exegesis of Luke 6:20-49
Author: L. John Topel
Publisher: Liturgical Press
John's Gospel and Radical Discipleship
Author: Wes Howard-Brook
Children of God uncovers the significant, but largely unnoticed, place of the child as a prototype of human flourishing in the work of four authors spanning the modern period. Shedding new light on the role of the child figure in modernity, and in theological responses to it, the book makes an important contribution to the disciplines of historical theology, theology and literature and ecumenical theology. Through a careful exploration of the continuities and differences in the work of Thomas Traherne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Schleiermacher and Charles Péguy, it traces the ways in which their distinctive responses to human childhood structured the broader pattern of their theology, showing how they reached beyond the confines of academic theology and exercised a lasting influence on their literary and cultural context.
The Child as Source of Theological Anthropology
Author: Revd Dr Edmund Newey
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.