To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson

By Heidi Swinton

Publish 12 months note: First released 2010

"The sweetest event in mortality is to understand that our Heavenly Father has labored via us," says President Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. yet he does greater than say it—he lives it. all through his lifestyles, he has been an tool within the Lord's arms, one via whom the paintings of the dominion of God is lovingly carried out.

President Monson cares approximately humans through the thousands; he has traveled the earth to bless numerous lives in unnumbered lands. He will be recognized most sensible, notwithstanding, for being concerned approximately humans one after the other. he's taking time if you could have been normally forgotten via others. He acknowledges the individual within the crowd who may need the additional little bit of awareness he supplies. He is going the place the Spirit leads him—even if it capacity traversing continents to provide a priesthood blessing to a pain friend.

To the Rescue chronicles the existence and ministry of this remarkable chief. it really is jam-packed with the heartwarming own debts so regular of President Monson—some that experience develop into favorites through the years and so on that experience now not been instructed ahead of. Readers should be transported to his adolescence, the place he realized his first classes approximately achieving out to others. they are going to glimpse his institution stories, his leisure pursuits (especially his prize Birmingham curler pigeons), his army carrier within the military, and his courtship with Frances Johnson, who could turn into his everlasting significant other and maximum support.

Most vital, readers will become aware of Thomas S. Monson going "to the rescue" in his greater than six many years of dedicated Church provider. referred to as as a bishop at age twenty-two, as a counselor in a stake presidency at age twenty-seven, as a undertaking president at age thirty-one, and as a member of a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at age thirty-six, he turned early on a talented administrator and a tireless servant of the Lord. He oversaw the paintings of the Church in East Germany for greater than two decades, starting with hushed conferences held in vehicles to prevent listening units and culminating within the commitment of a temple at the back of the Iron Curtain. He performed key roles in landmark courses within the Church, from correlation to welfare to the ebook of the LDS variants of the scriptures. and during all of it, he well-known humans as members and ministered to their desire in own ways.

"I testify that every one folks can think the Lord's suggestion as we are living worthily and attempt to serve Him," President Monson has taught. To the Rescue demonstrates the reality of that instructing, illustrating its energy within the lifetime of one striking man.

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L'Église de l'Antiquité tardive, 303-604

By Henri-Irénée Marrou

"H.-I. Marrou décrit remarquablement ces formes populaires de piété qui se développent, ces nouvelles liturgies qui s'élaborent, ces nouvelles relatives, au plan politique, qui se nouent entre les chrétiens et le pouvoir, bref l'éclosion de ces Christiana tempora, de certaines buildings de chrétienté dont le Moyen Age gardera le keepsake nostalgique et souvent erroné."Michel Meslin, Esprit"Le soin qu'il met à décrire le cadre politico-social où se développera los angeles vie de l'Eglise pendant le Bas-Empire, puis sous les Byzantins, l. a. multiplication de cartes très opportunes, l'insistance mise sur los angeles description des cérémonies du culte ou des formes de dévotion apportent autant de touches concrètes [...] Ce maître des études religieuses ne sacrifie aspect l'étude du mouvement des idées ni l'oeuvre de maîtres de l. a. pensée chrétienne. Les péripéties de los angeles crise arienne, les querelles christologiques des Ve et VIe siècles, les efforts des grands conciles, si souvent traversés par l'esprit de secte ou de domination, font l'objet de chapitres très solides et précis."André Latreille, Le MondeHenri-Irénée Marrou (1904-1977)Normalien, il soutient sa thèse en 1937 sur Saint Augustin et los angeles Fin de l. a. tradition vintage. Titulaire de l. a. chaire d'histoire de l. a. Sorbonne, archéologue, épigraphiste, musicologue et historien, il s'est imposé comme l'un de nos grands spécialistes de l'Antiquité.

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The Experience of No-Self: A Contemplative Journey, Revised Edition

By Bernadette Roberts

"One of the main major religious books of our day. the best books in this topic on the grounds that St. John of the Cross. an grand ebook, it clarifies the better areas of the non secular path." -- Father Thomas Keating

Within the normal framework, the Christian inspiration of loss-of-self is mostly considered as the transformation or lack of the ego (lower self) because it attains to the better or real self in its union with God. hence, simply because self at its private middle is a run-on with the divine, I had by no means chanced on any precise self except God, for to discover the only is to discover the other.

Because this used to be the restrict of my expectancies, i used to be all of the extra stunned and bewildered while decades later I stumbled on an enduring country within which there has been no self, no better self, actual self, or whatever that may be known as a self. truly, I had fallen open air my very own, in addition to the normal body of reference, whilst I came across a course that looked as if it would start the place the writers at the contemplative existence had left off. yet with the transparent certitude of the self's disappearance, there instantly arose the query of what had fallen away--what used to be the self? What, precisely, had it been? Then too, there has been the all-important query: what remained in its absence? This trip used to be the slow revelation of the solutions to those questions, solutions that needed to be derived exclusively from own event because no open air rationalization was once forthcoming.

"I needs to re-emphasize that the next studies don't belong to the 1st contemplative flow or the soul's institution in a country of union with God. i've got written somewhere else of this primary trip and believe that sufficient has been acknowledged of it already, because this circulate is necessarily the specific main issue of contemplative writers. hence it is just the place those writers depart off that I suggest to start. the following now, starts off the adventure past union, past self and God, a trip into the silent and nonetheless areas of the Unknown." -- Bernadette Roberts, from the advent

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The Evolution of God (Back Bay Readers' Pick)

By Robert Wright

During this sweeping, astonishing trip via background, Robert Wright unveils a discovery of an important significance to the current second: there's a development within the evolution Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and a "hidden code" of their scriptures. in the course of the prisms of archeology, theology, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright time and again overturns traditional knowledge to teach how and why faith can increase the social order-even in an age of globalization-and explains why glossy technological know-how is not just appropriate with faith, yet actively affirms the validity of the spiritual quest.

mammoth in scope and exciting in ambition, The Evolution of God brilliantly alters our figuring out of God and the place He got here from-and the place He and we're going subsequent.

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Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

By Lars Brownworth

In advert 476 the Roman Empire fell–or fairly, its western part did. Its japanese part, which might emerge as often called the Byzantine Empire, may undergo and infrequently flourish for an additional 11 centuries. even though its capital could circulation to Constantinople, its electorate mentioned themselves as Roman for the complete length of the empire’s life. certainly, so did its buddies, allies, and enemies: whilst the Turkish Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople in 1453, he took the identify Caesar of Rome, putting himself in an instantaneous line that led again to Augustus.

For a ways too many another way traditionally savvy buyers, the tale of the Byzantine civilization is anything of a void. but for greater than a millennium, Byzantium reigned because the glittering seat of Christian civilization. whilst Europe fell into the darkish a long time, Byzantium held speedy opposed to Muslim enlargement, holding Christianity alive. whilst literacy all yet vanished within the West, Byzantium made basic schooling on hand to either sexes. scholars debated the advantages of Plato and Aristotle and as a rule dedicated the whole thing of Homer’s Iliad to reminiscence. Streams of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making attainable exceptional wonders of paintings and structure, from extraordinary jeweled mosaics and different iconography to the nice church referred to as the Hagia Sophia that used to be a imaginative and prescient of heaven on the earth. The dome of the nice Palace stood approximately 2 hundred ft excessive and stretched over 4 acres, and the city’s inhabitants was once greater than twenty instances that of London’s.

From Constantine, who based his eponymous urban within the 12 months 330, to Constantine XI, who valiantly fought the empire’s ultimate conflict greater than 1000 years later, the emperors who governed Byzantium enacted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as superb as something in recorded heritage. Lost to the West is replete with tales of assassination, mass mutilation and execution, sexual scheming, ruthless greedy for strength, and clashing armies that soaked battlefields with the blood of slain warriors numbering within the tens of thousands.

Still, it was once Byzantium that preserved for us this day the nice presents of the classical international. Of the 55,000 old Greek texts in life this present day, a few 40,000 have been transmitted to us by means of Byzantine scribes. And it was once the Byzantine Empire that shielded Western Europe from invasion until eventually it was once able to take its personal position on the heart of the realm degree. full of unforgettable tales of emperors, generals, and non secular patriarchs, in addition to interesting glimpses into the lifetime of the standard citizen, Lost to the West finds how a lot we owe to this empire that used to be the equivalent of any in its achievements, appetites, and enduring legacy.

From the Hardcover edition.

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King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power

By Philip Graham Ryken

King Solomon had the entire status and fortune that any guy may wish. He was once the world’s wisest and wealthiest king. And but, tragically, he threw all of it away for the affection of cash, the pleasures of intercourse, and the powers of a mundane kingdom.

In learning the lifetime of Solomon, we see either the genuine greatness and the tragic failure of our personal humanity—from godly devotion to self-serving extra. Even in the middle of our greatest intentions, we're all at risk of succumb to a similar temptations of cash, intercourse, and gear. And if Solomon’s magnificent knowledge couldn't hinder him from such tragic blunders, then how are we to overcome a similar temptations?

Philip Graham Ryken exhibits us how, through the grace of God, to avoid these downfalls and to hunt God’s glory amid earthly temptations via this wealthy, Christ-centered research of the lifetime of Solomon.

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JACOB BOEHME (1575-1624) was once the son of peasant farmers, a shoemaker by way of exchange, and had just a rudimentary schooling. One morning, observing the daylight play on a pewter bowl, he skilled a unprecedented religious illumination, and commenced writing books. outstanding books. students on the nice German Universities have been astounded that an unlearned craftsman may perhaps produce works just like the 3 ideas of the Divine Essence and The Threefold lifetime of guy. yet Jacob Boehme explains: I by no means wanted to recognize whatever of the Divine secret, less understood I the way in which the way to search or locate it. I sought basically after the guts of Jesus Christ... during this my earnest Christian looking and wish, the gate used to be opened unto me, in order that in a single zone of an hour I observed and knew greater than if I were decades jointly at an University... For I observed and knew the Being of all Beings, the Byss and Abyss; additionally the everlasting iteration of the Holy Trinity; the descent, and foundation of this international, and of all creatures, in the course of the divine knowledge; I knew and observed in myself the entire 3 Worlds; particularly, the Divine, Angelical, and Paradisical international after which the darkish international, the unique of the character to the fireplace; after which thirdly, the exterior, seen international, being a Procreation, or exterior beginning, from the 2 inner and religious Worlds; and that i observed, and knew the full operating Essence within the evil, and within the sturdy; and the mutual starting place, and lifestyles of every of them; and also how the fruitful bearing Womb of Eternity introduced forth... And almost immediately it got here powerfully into my brain to set an analogous down in writing... hence now i've got written, no longer from the guide or wisdom acquired from males, no longer from the training or interpreting of books; yet i've got written out of my very own e-book which used to be opened in me, being the noble similitude of God, the publication of the noble and invaluable snapshot (understand God's personal similitude or likeness) was once bestowed upon me to learn; and therein i've got studied, as a toddler in the home of its mom, which beholdeth what the daddy doth, and in his child-like play doth imitate his father; i've got little need of the other booklet.

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Christian Dogmatics: Volume 2

Christian Dogmatics is a two-volume survey of the twelve significant loci of Christian doctrine, every one handled commonly when it comes to its biblical foundations, old culture, and modern importance. From the point of view of the Lutheran culture and in view of the original questions and problems with the yankee context, every one locus is built self reliant of the others through six theologians, themselves inspired via divergent theological events: Carl Braaten, Gerhard Forde, Philip Hefner, Robert Jenson, Paul Sponheim, and Hans Schwartz. quantity 1 discusses dogmatics, the Trinity, the identification of God, construction, sin, and Christology. quantity 2 treats atonement, the Holy Spirit, ecclesiology, the sacraments, justification via religion, and eschatology.

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Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church

By Jason Berry


The Sunday assortment in each Catholic church during the international is as established part of the Mass because the homily or even Communion. there's no doubt that traditionally the Catholic Church has been one of many nice engines of charity in background. yet as soon as a greenback is dropped in that basket, the place does it move? How are weekly funds contributions which could volume to tens of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks accounted for? the place does the cash cross while a diocese sells a church estate for thousands and thousands of greenbacks? And what occurs while hundreds of thousands of thousands of bucks are grew to become over to officers on the optimum ranks, no questions requested, for his or her discretionary use? The Roman Catholic Church is the most important association on the earth. The Vatican hasn't ever published its internet worthy, however the worth of its artistic endeavors, nice church buildings, estate in Rome, and shares held via its financial institution simply run into the tens of billions. but the Holy See as a sovereign nation covers an insignificant 108 acres and has a small annual finances of approximately $280 million.

No significant publication has tested the church’s monetary underpinnings and practices with such journalistic strength. at the present time the church bears scrutiny through advantage of the enormous quantities of cash (nearly $2 billion within the usa on my own) paid out to sufferers of clergy abuse. Amid mounting diocesan bankruptcies, bishops were promoting off entire items of the infrastructure—churches, colleges, advertisement properties—while the nephew of 1 of the Vatican’s strongest cardinals engaged in a profitable scheme to profiteer off the big downsizing of yankee church wealth.

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