Passage By Faith

Author: James Christensen
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ISBN: 9781609071639
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Recovery The Sacred Art

Author: Rami M. Shapiro
Editor: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594732590
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In this hope-filled approach to spiritual and personal growth, the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are uniquely interpreted to speak to everyone seeking a freer and more God-centered life. This special rendering makes them relevant to those suffering from a variety of addictions as well as the general addictions we wrestle with daily.

Giving The Sacred Art

Author: Lauren Tyler Wright
Editor: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594732248
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A practical guide outlines the ways in which cultivating a lifestyle of generosity can be a source of personal transformation, spiritual renewal, and deep joy, sharing inspiring thoughts for living a life of abundance and spirit-filled generosity. Original.

Haiku The Sacred Art

Author: Margaret D. McGee
Editor: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594732698
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In this encouraging guide for both beginning and experienced haiku writers, Margaret D. McGee shows how writing haiku can be a consciously spiritual practice for seekers of any faith tradition or no tradition.

Dance The Sacred Art

Author: Cynthia Winton-Henry
Editor: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 159473268X
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Seize the joy and healing power of dance! Drawing from her years of experience as a dance and movement teacher, and as cofounder of the international dance organization InterPlay, Cynthia Winton-Henry helps you overcome your embarrassment or anxiety and discover in dance a place of solace and restoration, as well as an energizing spiritual force. She taps into the spirit of dancing throughout history and in many world cultures to provide detailed exercises that will help you learn to trust your body and interpret its physical and spiritual intentions. For both newcomers and seasoned movers alike, she encourages you to embrace dance as a spiritual tool to:

Lectio Divina The Sacred Art

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Editor: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594733007
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Break open this ancient contemplative practice of listening deeply for God's voice in sacred texts. Drawing on her own experience as a monk in the world, Christine Valters Paintner introduces the foundations for a practice of lectio divina. She closely examines each of the four movements of lectio divina as well as the rhythm they create when practiced as a process.

The Faith Of A Writer

Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Editor: Zondervan
ISBN: 0061742708
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A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written in a number of genres -- prose, poetry, personal and critical essays, as well as plays -- she is an artist ideally suited to answer essential questions about what makes a story striking, a novel come alive, a writer an artist as well as a craftsman. In The Faith of a Writer, Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, self-criticism, and "the unique power of the unconscious." On a more personal note, she speaks of childhood inspirations, offers advice to young writers, and discusses the wildly varying states of mind of a writer at work. Oates also pays homage to those she calls her "significant predecessors" and discusses the importance of reading in the life of a writer. Oates claims, "Inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make 'art': for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design." In fourteen succinct chapters, The Faith of a Writer provides valuable lessons on how language, ideas, and experience are assembled to create art.

The Imitation Of Christ

Author: Thomas (à Kempis)
Editor: SkyLight Paths Publishing
ISBN: 1594734348
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This spiritual classic focuses the contemporary God-seeker on developing a vital connection with God by inviting the spirit of Jesus into our lives. Helpful commentary clarifies the work's biblical and medieval roots and its continuing significance today.

Truth About Art The

Author: Patrick Doorly
Editor: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1780998414
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‘Both knowledge and truth are beautiful things, but the Good is other and more beautiful than they.’ — Plato, Republic, 508e. This book traces the multiple meanings of art back to their historical roots, and equips the reader to choose between them. Art with a capital A turns out to be an invention of German Romantic philosophers, who endowed their creation with the attributes of genius, originality, rule breaking, and self-expression, directed by the spirit of the age. Recovering the problems that these attributes were devised to solve dispels many of the obscurities and contradictions that accompany them. What artists have always sought is excellence, and they become artists in so far as they achieve it. Quality was the supreme value in Renaissance Italy, and in early Greece it offered mortals glimpses of the divine. Today art historians avoid references to beauty or Quality, since neither is objective or definable, the boundaries beyond which scholars dare not roam. In reality subject and object are united and dissolved in the Quality event, which forms the bow wave of culture, leaving patterns of value and meaning in its wake.

The Seven Days Of Creation

Author: Jeff Jinnett
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530126712
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Fans of the medieval Rabbinic sages Rashi and Ramban will enjoy how the author has used poetry to update and embody some of their brilliant Torah insights. One example is the poem "Raven's Song" which explores Rashi's explanation as to the real reason why the raven was set loose from Noah's ark and never returned. For parents looking for a closing to their perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah speech, the poem "Blessing" expands on the traditional Shabbat blessing to enumerate the gifts of all of the tribes of Israel and wish them upon the child. For Rabbis and serious scholars of the Tanakh, "Brother Sun and Sister Moon" incorporates a wealth of Talmudic references in the course of a heated religious debate as to whether men or women are more blessed in God's eyes. All scriptural references in the poetry are annotated and explained in the second half of the book for those readers who are inspired by the poetry and related artwork to pursue deeper Torah study. As is evident from the above, the poetry and art in this book is inspired by the Torah and other Jewish Holy Scriptures and is intended for a Jewish audience. However, non-Jewish readers can enjoy the poetry and artwork, although they may not understand some of the Talmudic references. The initial inspiration for this book was Psalm 104, which recounts the entire creation, where God's glory is seen as a garment of light as He begins his creation, the Moon is appointed for the seasons, the young lions retreat to their dens with the rising of the sun, the high hills are a refuge for the goats, Leviathan is seen playing among the ships in the sea and God's spirit goes forth across the earth to renew it. Edward Burne-Jones' "Days of Creation" painting is the visual illustration of Psalm 104, with the seventh angel playing a harp at the bottom of panel 6 representing the seventh day of creation. Some of the poems in this book are didactic poems intended to explain cryptic scriptural passages or reveal the deeper meaning behind a Jewish prayer. For example, the poem "It is Enough" examines Proverbs 30:15-16, which speaks of four things that are never satisfied: the grave, the barren womb, the earth that is not filled with water and the fire. Drawing on Talmudic sources, the poem explores the underlying meaning of this cryptic passage. Also, the poem "And to the Stranger" was inspired by a passage from the Kol Nidre prayer, which asks that atonement be granted even to the "stranger who lives among them, for all have transgressed unwittingly". The poem uses imagery and art to illuminate the hidden significance of the rituals of Yom Kippur. Although didactic poetry today is a forgotten art, the author believes that it still can serve an invaluable purpose when used to reveal the Tanakh as a true "Tree of Life" for those who hold on to it. Other poems are simply inspired by Jewish Holy Scriptures and are not intended to serve any higher didactic purpose. For example, "A Higher Song" describes the passage of the seasons and was inspired by a passage from 1 Chronicles 16 describing the trees of the wood singing out at the presence of the Lord. The second section of this book annotates each poem to show the scriptural underpinnings and allusions in each poem. Sandra Bowden's artwork and illuminated Hebrew text which accompanies the annotated poetry are intended to provide visual counterparts to the poetry, as well as an independent artistic exploration of the themes contained in this book.