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
Category: Social Science
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
Consisting of Devotional and Practical Observations for Every Day in the Year ...
Consisting of a Meditation for Each Morning in the Year, Upon Select Texts of Scripture ...
Author: William Mason
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
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
CHRIST AS THE REVEALER OF THE FATHER THE CHILDREN OF GOD THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION THE THREEFOLD DIVISION OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. (1) THE THREEFOLD DIVISION OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. (2) MARKS OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD THE FATHER'S DESIRES FOR HIS CHILDREN THE FATHER'S GOVERNMENT OF HIS CHILDREN THE PRIVILEGES OF GOD'S CHILDREN THE FUTURE CONDITION AND HOME OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD
Being an exposition of the Fatherhood of God and the relationships of his children
Author: Edward Dennett
Publisher: Irving Risch
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.
At the height of the religious ferment of the 1970s, David Van Zandt studied firsthand the most vilified of the new radical religious movements--the Children of God, or the Family of Love. First feigning membership and later gaining the permission of the Family, the author lived full-time in COG colonies in England and the Netherlands. From that experience, he has produced an informed, insightful, and humane report on how COG members function in what seems at first to be a completely bizarre setting. The COG, an offshoot of the Jesus People movement of the late 1960s, was one of the first radical religious groups to be accused of "brainwashing." Led by the charismatic David Berg, known as Moses David, the group demands total commitment from its full-time members and proselytizes continuously. Until recently the COG used sex as a proselytizing tool, and it continues to encourage full sexual sharing among group members. Instead of examining the COG's ideology in the abstract, Van Zandt analyzes how its ideas are understood and used by ordinary members in their daily lives. For them the Family is its practical, day-to-day, and all-consuming activities, such as "litnessing" (the street sale of COG literature). This is a vivid eyewitness account that will fascinate anyone interested in life in modern radical communal religions, such as the Unification Church and the Hare Krishnas, as well as in other radical, Christian-based, total-commitment groups. Van Zandt's frank reflections on his near-conversion experience and on the ethics of his covert observation enrich our knowledge of doing research with such groups. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Author: David E. Van Zandt
Publisher: Princeton University Press
When the world starts to experience shared visions and dreams from God signaling a change looming in the future, Angel is called in to assist. Once again, the hero of the previous book, Angel, is there to ready the followers of the Light to stand strong in their faith against the Unbelievers. With Evil on the prowl again searching for new recruits in his evil plan to control the world, Angel must be there to offer guidance and comfort to those in need. Sent to Beachside, California, he is there at a local coffee shop comforting and consoling the newly returned soldiers and their families from the nearby military base. In Children Of God, we follow characters from the previous book, Angel, as they are led to new situations that bring many of them closer to God. Adam Munson has spent the past few years in the Middle-East fighting against Al Qaeda. Mandy, his ex-girlfriend has chosen a career as a nurse. Pam, still searches for meaning in her life since giving up her baby for adoption. Russ, the bullying quarterback is finally having his dream of playing football come true. These familiar characters are joined by new ones as the battle of Good versus Evil starts to approach. Author Bio: Anne E. Sonnack-Garcia has been an elementary school teacher for 18 years. She attended California Baptist University in Riverside and has a Master's Degree in Education. Anne has an art background in painting and also spent a year learning how to create violins. Being a daughter of a Lutheran minister, Anne has felt the call of God on her life to create a book for young adults in crisis to let them know that we are all children of God and we are all acceptable to Him. keywords: God, Satan, Evil, Angel, Faith, Religion, Churches, War, Prayer, Immorality
Author: Anne E. Sonnack-Garcia
Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.
Cult members approach their victims by highlighting the supposed attributes of their organization, such as communal living, shared financial responsibilities, and the freedom to dedicate your life 100 percent to God by dropping out of school or society. They separate their victims from their friends, family, and money. This compelling book is a must read for parents and young people. There Is Life After the Cult!
There Is Life After the Cult
Author: M. Div. Thomas
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
A first-hand account of the mystical utopian socialist cult founded in 1968 known as the "Children of God."
A Make-believe Revolution?
Author: Ruth Wangerin
Author: William Mason,William ROMAINE
What separate The Children of God from all the other books on the planet is that it was specifically designed as a graphic novel to simplify the greatest story ever told in human history. The content of this book will surprise everyone because mankind never dreamed the day would come when the true facts of his past, his greatness and future would be laid at his feet by his Creator. This life changing event was prophesied in the King James Bible [John 16:12-15] as well as the woman who would deliver Jesus’s final revelations to the world [Rev.12]. The “Children of God” is the extension of The King James Bible and contain the rest of Jesus’s story, which is based on proven facts that everyone can now prove for themselves. The other areas of support comes from Albert Einstein on the phenomenon of the universe and Nostradamus who predicted the all-truth would replace blind beliefs and would unite science and religion in the 21st century. The Children of God is a book of hope for it offers mankind a new beginning base on proven truths. The new treasures of the 21st century are divine knowledge and it is our intelligence that will determine mankind’s future.
Author: Stephen Fairweather
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
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
In Two Parts. Designed Chiefly for the Use of the Congregations in Union with the Brethren's Church ...
Author: United Brethren in Christ