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  • In Plain View

    $20.99

    A fresh view into a life that is anything but simple.

    What does the life of an Amish woman really look like? Over the course of a decade, author Judy Stavisky, a curious outsider, spent hundreds of hours getting to know the women of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County Amish community to find out the answer to this question. She joined mothers and grandmothers, unmarried women and teens, on their shopping excursions for household items, fabric, and groceries. They drove miles between undulating fields and shared hundreds of hours of conversation on everyday topics–laughing together about sneaking healthier entrees into their family’s evening meals, sharing concerns about their children, and trading family remedies for persistent coughs.?As relationships evolved into enduring friendships, she grew to understand firsthand how Amish women bind their families and communities together.

    In Plain View draws the reader inside a community governed by faith and separated by time, taking a closer look at the roles Amish women assume within their families and community, their fierce work ethic, and their camaraderie.?Hundreds of years of shared traditions comes to life through a personal connection with Amish women, their own soft voices gently opening?their world to an outsider.

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  • Nelsons New Illustrated Bible Manners And Customs

    $34.99

    Discover how the people of the Bible really lived.

    Imagine being able to walk the streets of Abraham’s hometown, adjust to life in Babylonian captivity, or travel the roads of Palestine amid the latest buzz about Jesus from Nazareth.

    Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Manners & Customs paints an accurate and descriptive picture of ancient civilization throughout the ages. In twenty historical segments, Howard F. Vos tells the story of God’s people from Abraham to the end of the New Testament in biblical order. Unlike other books about Bible lands and cultures, this volume distinguishes the ways life differed from period to period and place to place.

    The following topics are covered in each segment:

    *Geography and climate
    *Government, religion, and warfare
    *Housing, family, and dress
    *Diet and agriculture
    *Education and work
    *Travel and commerce

    Complete with over 400 photographs, extensive bibliographies, and easy-to-understand language, Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Manners & Customs is the go-to guide for studying the customs, manners, and lives of the people of the Bible.

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  • Rational Passover Haggadah

    $29.99

    Dennis Prager, author of The Rational Bible–which, upon its first publication, was the number one bestselling non-fiction book in America–turns his attention to the Haggadah, the book used for the most widely celebrated Jewish ritual, the Passover Seder. As with Prager’s multi-volume commentary on the Torah, the explanations included with this Haggadah are equally valuable for religious and non-religious Jews, as well as for non-Jews. It provides enough thought-provoking ideas and insights to last the reader a lifetime.

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  • Egyptian Book Of The Dead

    $12.99

    A deluxe gift edition of The Egyptian Book of the Dead, beautifully presented with delicate gold embossing and gilded page edges.

    This ancient funerary text contains a collection of spells, prayers and incantations designed to guide the departed through the perils of the underworld. Written to ensure eternal life, these scrolls were often left in the sarcophagus of the deceased and now offer fascinating insight into Egyptian culture.

    This beautifully illustrated edition contains images from the exquisite Papyrus of Ani, an ancient Egyptian scroll narrating the journey of Theban scribe Ani through the underworld. Its accompanying hieroglyphic text has been translated by acclaimed Egyptologist E.A Wallis Budge, and includes spells addressed to ferryman, gods and kings to aid Ani on his way to the afterlife.

    This compact gilded hardback edition makes a wonderful gift.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: Arcturus Ornate Classics are beautifully bound gifts editions of iconic literary works across history. These compact, foil-embossed hardbacks are richly illustrated and printed using deluxe ivory paper.

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  • Freedom Soup

    $7.99

    Join the celebration in the kitchen as a family makes their traditional New Year’s soup — and shares the story of how Haitian independence came to be.
    The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes.

    Ti Gran’s feet tap-tap to the rhythm.

    Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup — Freedom Soup — just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from. In this celebration of cultural traditions passed from one generation to the next, Jacqueline Alcantara’s lush illustrations bring to life both Belle’s story and the story of the Haitian Revolution. Tami Charles’s lyrical text, as accessible as it is sensory, makes for a tale that readers will enjoy to the last drop.

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  • Illustrated Reference To Manners And Customs Of The Bible

    $29.99

    Have you ever wondered how a camel can go through the eye of a needle? How the four men got their paralytic friend through the roof to Jesus? What it means to greet one another with a holy kiss? This book answers these questions and others. In it, you will learn who the magi were, how lots were used, and what it means to be engraved on the palm of God’s hand. This valuable resource goes book by book through the Bible, explaining many customs practiced in Bible times. Not only is it easy to understand, but it is also filled with many helpful illustrations. This useful tool will greatly aid anyone wanting to understand more about the Bible.

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  • All About The Amish

    $14.99

    A book of answers to frequently asked questions about the Amish.

    Everything you want to know about the Amish but are afraid to ask.

    Do the Amish pay taxes? Are they Christians? Why do they use horses and buggies but agree to ride in other people’s cars? And how can they even survive in the contemporary world?

    In All about the Amish, Amish expert Karen Johnson-Weiner answers top questions people have about the Old Order Amish. After more than thirty years of being friends with the Amish and studying their faith and culture, Johnson-Weiner offers authoritative answers to the most common questions about their unique lifestyle.

    Got questions about Amish beliefs? Families? Churches? Schools? What they think about the rest of us? Find answers here.

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  • Experiencing Israel : Walking With Jesus In The Holy Land

    $22.50

    Follow in the Footsteps of Your Savior

    If you’ve ever wanted to walk the streets Jesus trod, hike the hills He travelled, pass through the doorways He entered, you can now discover the Holy Land like never before.

    Journey with bestselling author Dr. Tony Evans from wherever you are and explore the Holy Land in Experiencing Israel. This guided tour of key locations in the Bible reveals the historical and spiritual significance of each place.

    As you see Israel up close through the pages of this book, you will…
    *gain a deeper understanding of the events of the Bible through the geography and history, and people of the land
    *gather insights that enrich your understanding of God’s Word and build on the spiritual *foundations of your faith
    *feel as if you were there through the stunning, full-color photography throughout
    *find practical applications that bring the world of the Bible into your life today

    Whether for the first time, or all over again, take your faith journey deeper with Experiencing Israel.

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  • Week In The Life Of A Greco Roman Woman

    $20.00

    In first-century Ephesus, life is not easy for women. In this gripping novel, Holly Beers introduces us to the first-century setting where Paul first proclaimed the gospel. Illuminated by historical images and explanatory sidebars, this lively story not only shows us the rich tapestry of life in a Greco-Roman city, it also foregrounds the interior life of one woman–and the radical new freedom the gospel promised her.

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  • Freedom Soup

    $16.99

    Join the celebration in the kitchen as a family makes their traditional New Year’s soup — and shares the story of how Haitian independence came to be.
    The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes.

    Ti Gran’s feet tap-tap to the rhythm.

    Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup — Freedom Soup — just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from. In this celebration of cultural traditions passed from one generation to the next, Jacqueline Alcantara’s lush illustrations bring to life both Belle’s story and the story of the Haitian Revolution. Tami Charles’s lyrical text, as accessible as it is sensory, makes for a tale that readers will enjoy to the last drop.

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  • Life Of The Red Sea Dhow

    $115.00

    An I. B. Tauris And Company Title

    Few images are as evocative as the silhouette of the Arab dhow as, under full sail, it tacks to windward on glittering waters of Red Sea before moving across the face of the rising or setting sun. In this authoritative new book, Dionisius A. Agius, one of the foremost scholars of Islamic material culture, offers a lucid and wide-ranging history of the iconic dhow from medieval to modern times. Traversing the Arabian and African coasts, he shows that the dhow was central not just to commerce but to the vital transmission and exchange of ideas.
    Discussing trade and salt routes, shoals and wind patterns, spice harvest seasons and the deep and resonant connection between language, memory and oral tradition, this is the first book to place the dhow in its full and remarkable cultural contexts.

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  • Introduction To Education In Bible Times

    $17.99

    A Burkhart Books Title

    A thought-provoking study of education in Bible times and its pivotal role in the spiritual formation of God’s people.An Introduction to Education in Bible Times takes the reader on a fascinating journey through biblical history. Using a meticulous analysis of biblical texts, Chris Reeves demonstrates the central role of education for the Jewish people, as he traces the theme of teaching and learning from the creation of man through the creation of Israel, to the teaching ministry of Jesus and the apostolic church.Historically, education was not isolated to a classroom; it was holistic and transformational and lived out in real-life experiences. Understanding the Jewish background of religious education both before and during Jesus’s time helps us to more clearly understand the relational concept of teaching and learning, the centrality of God’s Word, and of “making disciples.”An Introduction to Education in Bible Times challenges the reader to follow God’s purpose and intent for education as seen in Scripture. This book can serve as an effective resource for students, educators, counselors, and pastors who desire to examine the multifaceted topic of education in the biblical era in a way that is relevant to modern times.

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  • Short Stories By Jesus Leader Guide

    $14.99

    Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this Bible study based on her book Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these “problems with parables” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us-and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later. The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

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  • Short Stories By Jesus Participant Guide

    $12.99

    Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this Bible study based on her Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these “problems with parables” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us-and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later. This participant guide provides an introduction to the main text as well as further Scripture commentary and reflection questions.

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  • Latin American Foods

    $12.95

    Latin American Foods takes us on the journey of the Garcia family when they must leave their homeland of Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Relocating to Orlando to live with family, they take comfort in the culinary experiences of their native Latin culture. Latin American Foods reveals the richness of their bilingual, bicultural experiences as they adjust to their new life in America.

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  • Created And Creating

    $28.00

    William Edgar considers the undeniable role that culture plays in understanding the Christian’s vocational calling in the world. Exploring texts in the Old Testament and the New Testament-both those that appear to restrict cultural engagement as well as those that encourage cultural activity. Edgar offers a biblical defense of the cultural mandate.

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  • Food Anatomy : The Curious Parts And Pieces Of Our Edible World

    $16.95

    Get your recommended daily allowance of facts and fun with Food Anatomy, the third book in Julia Rothman’s best-selling Anatomy series. She starts with an illustrated history of food and ends with a global tour of street eats. Along the way, Rothman serves up a hilarious primer on short-order egg lingo and a mouthwatering menu of how people around the planet serve fried potatoes — and what we dip them in. Award-winning food journalist Rachel Wharton lends her expertise to this light-hearted exploration of everything food that bursts with little-known facts and delightful drawings. Everyday diners and seasoned foodies alike are sure to eat it up.

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  • More With Less Cookbook

    $24.99

    How we cook can change the world.

    With one small idea, a movement was born. More-with-Less has given generations of cooks easy, healthy recipes that are gentle on the budget and mindful of those who are hungry. This 40th anniversary edition preserves hundreds of timeless recipes and tips from Doris Janzen Longacre’s bestselling cookbook, with updates by award-winning food writer Rachel Marie Stone.

    Simple. Wholesome. Generous. Faithful.

    The World Community Cookbook series is commissioned by and benefits the work of Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of relief, development, and peacebuilding.

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  • Annie

    $12.99

    30 Chapters

    Additional Info
    An Amish family opens their hearts and home to a deserted child, Pearlie Mae. They change her name to Annie and raise her in the Amish way.

    Annie keeps wondering if her birth mother will ever come back. She finds love and security with the Troyers, but not all is well. Lucy is jealous of the attention Annie receives. Annie runs to her mother’s Leaning Tree and looks to God’s Hills for help.

    Later Annie works for families as a baby-sitter and maid. She joins the Amish church and goes to youth singings. Boys keep asking to give her rides-till a beau declares himself. With compassion from the Amish community, Annie at last finds her own home.

    This book completes the Ellie’s People series of ten popular volumes by Mary Christner Borntrager.

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  • Mandy

    $12.99

    29 Chapters

    Additional Info
    Mandy Schrock, with five older sisters, is pleased when she finally has a baby brother. Yet she and her close-knit Amish family are saddened to learn that Lloydie was born with a serious health problem.

    At first Mandy is eager to help care for Lloydie, but after a while, she resents the extra burden. Years later she struggles with guilt. But in time, she talks it out with a friend and with her mother.

    When sixteen, Mandy eagerly goes to youth singings. Her girlfriend invites her along to work at a home for handicapped children, where she can use her experience with Lloydie. Back home on weekends, things start to sparkle between Mandy and Levi Slabach.

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  • Cultural Life Setting Of The Proverbs

    $29.00

    Often, readers and commentators read the Proverbs as “timeless” observations and recommendations regarding human nature, valid for all cultures and places. This blunts their cultural relevance, argues John J. Pilch.

    For example, proverbs regarding the “good wife” and the “quarrelsome wife” take on different meaning in a context where a married couple were rarely in close daily contact, and the predominantly masculine language used in the Proverbs points to the different cultural spheres of men and women and the different child-rearing practices employed with boys and girls.

    Similar in approach and format to the Social-Science Commentary on the New Testament volumes that Pilch authored with Richard L. Rohrbaugh and Bruce J. Malina, this volume explores and describes the cultural matrix of the Mediterranean world from which the Proverbs come and that they describe. The biblical text is paired with commentary addressing those proverbs and proverb collections with particular bearing on patterns of social roles and expectations.

    A list of social-science “scenarios” provides ready reference to particular aspects of the large cultural area of the ancient Mediterranean region and North Africa.

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  • Samaritans : A Profile

    $34.50

    Most people associate the term “Samaritan” exclusively with the New Testament stories about the Good Samaritan and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Very few are aware that a small community of about 750 Samaritans still lives today in Palestine and Israel; they view themselves as the true Israelites, having resided in their birthplace for thousands of years and preserving unchanged the revelation given to Moses in the Torah.

    Reinhard Pummer, one of the world’s foremost experts on Samaritanism, offers in this book a comprehensive introduction to the people identified as Samaritans in both biblical and nonbiblical sources. Besides analyzing the literary, epigraphic, and archaeological sources, he examines the Samaritans’ history, their geographical distribution, their version of the Pentateuch, their rituals and customs, and their situation today. There is no better book available on the subject.

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  • Sarah

    $12.99

    24 Chapters

    Additional Info
    Sarah Troyer faces changes in her Amish family because of her mother’s illness and death. She is sure that Sadie Zook, the hired girl, mistreats her and scolds her unfairly. At school, Sarah finds Regina Byler to be an understanding friend.

    A near tragic house fire helps bring healing to Sarah. Former hurts are forgotten. Sarah learns to accept a new mother and to work as a hired girl herself.

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  • Andy

    $9.99

    Andy Maust likes to write poems, and he’s not good at running or wrestling or any of the other activities that Amish boys enjoy. The other boys tease him mercilessly, and then Andy’s dog disappears in a mysterious way. Drifters are roaming the country on trains, looking for work and a hot meal, and Andy begins to imagine running away from his troubles. He decides to catch a train to somewhere-anywhere-where he can be himself. Will Andy find contentment and peace in his new life, or will God call the prodigal home? Ages 10 and up.

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  • Polly : The World Of The Amish People

    $12.99

    Polly Miller doesn’t want to move to Texas. No other Amish families live in Lone Prairie, and Polly loves her family and friends in Ohio. But her father’s mind is made up. As Polly settles into her new life, she gains a non-Amish friend, Rose Ann, who shares her dresses and makeup with Polly. She also earns the attention of a young hired hand named Tom, who takes her to a rodeo and tells her how pretty she is. Will Polly commit herself to God by following her family’s Amish ways, or will a budding Texas romance set her feet on a different path altogether? Ages 10 and up.

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  • Changing Lenses : Restorative Justice For Our Times

    $21.99

    25th Anniversary Edition
    Does the criminal justice system actually help victims and offenders? What does justice look like for those who have been harmed? For those who have done harm? Twenty-five years after it was first published, Changing Lenses by Howard Zehr remains the classic text of the restorative justice field.

    Now with valuable author updates on the changing landscape of restorative justice and a new section of resources for practitioners and teachers, Changing Lenses offers a framework for understanding crime, injury, accountability, and healing from a restorative perspective.

    Uncovering widespread assumptions about crime, the courts, retributive justice, and the legal process, Changing Lenses offers provocative new paradigms and proven alternatives for public policy and judicial reform.

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  • Power And Politics In The Book Of Judges

    $44.00

    1. Introduction And Overview
    2. Power And Knowledge
    3. Power And Trust
    4. Power And Honor
    5. Power And Wealth
    6. Conclusions And Reflections

    Additional Info
    Power and Politics in the Book of Judges studies political culture and behavior in premonarchic Israel, focusing on the protagonists in the book of Judges. Although the sixth-century BCE Deuteronomistic editor portrayed them as moral champions and called them “judges,” the original bardic storytellers and the men and women of valor themselves were preoccupied with the problem of gaining and maintaining political power. These “mighty ones” were ambitious, at times ruthless; they might be labeled chiefs, strongmen, or even warlords in today’s world.

    John C. Yoder considers the variety of strategies the men and women of valor used to gain and consolidate their power, including the use of violence, the redistribution of patronage, and the control of the labor and reproductive capacity of subordinates. They relied heavily, however, on other strategies that did not deplete their wealth or require the constant exercise of force: mobilizing and dispensing indigenous knowledge, cultivating a reputation for reliability and honor, and positioning themselves as skillful mediators between the realms of earth and heaven, using their association with YHWH to advance their political, economic, or military agenda.

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  • Reuben : The World Of The Amish People

    $7.99

    Growing up in an Amish home is no protection from peer pressure. Reuben struggles to balance wanting to prove himself to his friends and living up to the expectations of his parents. On a dare, Reuben tries to show how fast his horse can run and trouble erupts. Book #5 in the Ellie’s People series.

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  • A To Z Guide To Bible Signs And Symbols

    $16.99

    How might our understanding of God’s Word be deepened if we recognized the significance of the signs and symbols found within its pages–signs that would have been obvious to the original readers? From the tree of life to Noah’s ark, from circumcision to animal sacrifice. From the feasts, the Passover lamb, and the manna in the wilderness to the furniture in the tabernacle and the visions of prophets. From the Lord’s Supper to baptism and from the cross to the empty tomb.

    Throughout the Scriptures, signs and symbols weave a consistent message of God’s presence, grace, and faithfulness. This illustrated resource will help readers understand key biblical images that reveal God’s purposes and truth. Each entry includes multiple illustrations, explanations, and key Bible passages. Sidebars, quotes, and photos make this guide approachable and engaging.

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  • Retrieving Origins And The Claim Of Multiculturalism

    $30.50

    This book explores the philosophical, legal, and theological roots of Western multiculturalism, that is, the encounter and coexistence of different cultures within a liberal society. Rather than concerning themselves with the particulars of cultural dialogue, the authors of this volume go deeper and question the very reality of “multiculturalism” itself.

    As a whole the volume devotes attention to the origins of human nature, arguing that regardless of how different another person or culture seems to be, universal human experience discloses what it means to be human and to relate to others and to God. The contributors represent different cultures and faith traditions but are united in friendship and in the conviction that the Christian faith enables an authentic approach to long-standing debates on multiculturalism.

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  • Sabbath Rest : Is There Something Missing In Your Busy Life

    $14.95

    From the creation of the world and the introduction of the first human beings to their Edenic home, God’s deepest passion has always been that each of His children-not just those with Jewish blood take regular, periodic and intensive time with Him, remembering who He is and what we mean to Him.

    For those who come from a Christian background, the idea of “Sabbath rest” may be unfamiliar territory (although it has become better known recently through a string of self-help books on the subject), but, in our hectic, stress-filled world, it is needed now more than ever and offers tremendous physical and spiritual benefits for all who are willing to put it into practice.

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  • Rebecca : The World Of The Amish People

    $7.99

    Read the Amish novels that Amish people read! The ten books of the Ellie’s People series are beloved by young and old readers alike in Amish and Mennonite communities. Now re-releasing from Herald Press, publisher of real-life stories of Amish and Mennonites.

    Rebecca Eash is just as spirited as her mother, whom readers grew to love in book 1 of Ellie’s People. Becky works as a hired girl for another Amish family and spends time with Mennonite friend Susan Miller. Her gentle days in the 1950’s are filled with laundry and canning, barn raisings, a taffy pull, and quilting bees. But as Susan’s brother, James, shows an interest in Becky and their relationship deepens, she becomes entangles in conflict with her parents and th4e deacon, who don’t want her to marry a Mennonite boy. Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series will love learning to know spunky Rebecca and her friends and family. Book 2 of the Ellie’s People: An Amish Family Saga series. Ages 10 and up.

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  • All The World

    $24.99

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Part 1: Universalism And Particularism: Speaking Generally
    Part 2: Views From Philosophy And Literature
    Part 3: “All The World” Remembered: Its Impact On Generations
    Part 4: The Liturgy
    Part 5: Interpretations From The Field
    Notes
    Glossary

    Additional Info
    This examination of universalism and particularism in Judaism seeks answers to the complex question, “Why be Jewish?” It explores the universalistic definition of the Jews’ historic destiny, the role Jews must play simply by virtue of being human, and Judaism s part in helping Jews play that human role with uniquely Jewish passion and commitment.”

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  • Ellie

    $7.99

    Read the Amish novels that Amish people read! The ten books of the Ellie’s People series are beloved by young and old readers alike in Amish and Mennonite communities.Now re-releasing from Herald Press, publisher of real-life stories of Amish and Mennonites.

    Ellie Maust, an Old Order Amish girl growing up in the early 1900s, wishes she could wear bright dresses like her English friend, Missy, and face cream and perfume like their fancy Amish hired girl, Susie Glick. As Ellie helps to care for the new babies in her family, milks cows, and learns to can and garden, she strains against her father’s strict ideas and wonders what her future will hold. When tragedy strikes her family, Ellie must find a way to go on finding comfort in her Amish faith and her community, Ellie blossoms into a young woman who dedicates her future plans to god. Book 1 of the Ellie’s People: An Amish Family Saga series. Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series will love learning to know spunky Ellie and her friends and family. Ages 10 and up

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  • Social And Economic Life In Second Temple Judea

    $40.00

    This book looks at the socioeconomic landscape of Second Temple Judea (532 BCE – 70 CE) with close attention to the daily life of ordinary people. Adams uses the Hebrew Bible and other historical resources to examine work and economic exchange, marriage and the complexities of family life–including the roles of women and children–and the burdensome taxation policies under imperial Rome. He culminates with a rich analysis of the ethics of wealth and poverty found in various texts, including the Hebrew Bible, pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Q, and the New Testament. This study of socioeconomic and theological issues provides students with a helpful context for understanding religious beliefs and practices in the time of early Judaism and emerging Christianity.

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  • Plain Answers About The Amish Life

    $11.99

    For Amish fiction readers, young and old alike, Plain Answers About the Amish Life provides a glimpse into an obscure, fascinating world–what the Amish believe and how they live. An engaging question-and-answer format showcases fun and fresh facts about the people who abide by this often-misunderstood faith and unique culture.

    This updated and revised guide by Mindy Starns Clark (more than 250,000 Amish-themed books sold), covers a wide variety of topics, such as:
    *beliefs and values
    *clothing and transportation
    *courtship and marriage
    *shunning and discipline
    *teens and rumpsringa
    *children and the elderly
    *education and work

    Presented in an easy-to-read style, these Plain answers to questions about the Amish are a great resource for anyone interested in Amish life.

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  • Smart Girls Guide Manners

    $12.99

    Help girls have the latest know-how when it comes to manners. Now with updated content and illustrations, this title is more relevant than ever! As a comprehensive manners guide, girls learn proper etiquette for everyday events and tricky social situations. This guide is also filled with great advice on everything from eating in fancy restaurants and handling troublemakers at parties to regaining composure after embarrassing accidents. Humorous illustrations, letters from other girls, and entertaining quizzes all make the lessons fun to learn.

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  • Jewish Mysticism And The Spiritual Life

    $18.99

    Leading scholars and teachers share their favorite texts many available in English for the first time and explore why these materials are meaningful today. A rich combination of classical texts and contemporary reflections on Jewish mystical tradition.”

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  • My Mothers Sons

    $19.99

    My Mother’s Sons provides a thoughtful model for how Western Christian workers can respectfully negotiate sexual boundaries and norms in Muslim contexts. Westerners are inclined to impose their own culturally shaped notions of gender equality and justice on non-egalitarian communities, alienating the very people they are seeking to serve. The author draws on his own research among Pakistani Pashtuns, intercultural theory, and exegesis of Christian and Islamic sacred texts to show that it is possible to work for transformational change without offending those who live within a patriarchal system.

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  • May God Remember

    $24.99

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Part 1: Theology And Practice
    Part 2: Historical Insights
    Part 3: The Liturgy
    Part 4: Interpretations And Reflections
    Appendix A
    Appendix B
    Appendix C
    Notes
    Glossary

    Additional Info
    Engaging and sobering. Traces the development of Yizkor from the original memorializing of Jewish communities destroyed by the Crusaders to the touching service we have today, and reflects on how we remember both personal losses and the martyrs of history.

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  • Who By Fire Who By Water

    $19.99

    Acknowledgments
    Part 1: The Moral Challenge Of Un’Taneh Tokef
    Part 2: Reinterpreting Un’Taneh Tokef For Our Times
    Part 3: Un’Taneh Tokef And The Limitations Of The Human Condition
    Part 4: Un’Taneh Tokef And Its Call For Sanctity, Transformation, And Renewal
    Notes
    Glossary

    Additional Info
    The most controversial prayer of the Jewish New Year what it means, who wrote it, why we say it. Thought-provoking and inspiring discussions from a wide range of perspectives on all aspects of this prayer that defies easy understanding.”

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  • Who By Fire Who By Water

    $28.99

    Acknowledgments
    Part 1: The Moral Challenge Of Un’Taneh Tokef
    Part 2: Reinterpreting Un’Taneh Tokef For Our Times
    Part 3: Un’Taneh Tokef And The Limitations Of The Human Condition
    Part 4: Un’Taneh Tokef And Its Call For Sanctity, Transformation, And Renewal
    Notes
    Glossary

    Additional Info
    The most controversial prayer of the Jewish New Year what it means, who wrote it, why we say it. Thought-provoking and inspiring discussions from a wide range of perspectives on all aspects of this prayer that defies easy understanding.”

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  • Reading Romans In Pompeii

    $44.00

    Peter Oakes relies on demographic information and data from excavations in nearby Pompeii to paint a compelling portrait of daily life in a typical insula, or apartment complex, like the ones in which Paul’s audience in Rome likely lived. Imaginatively fleshing out profiles of the circumstances of actual residents of Pompeii, Oakes then uses these profiles to invite the reader into a new way to hear Paul’s letter to the Romans as the apostle’s contemporaries might have heard it. The result of this ground-breaking study is a fuller, richer appreciation of Paul’s most important letter.

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  • World Of Jesus

    $13.00

    Popular Author Provides the Market’s Most Accessible Introduction to the World of Jesus’ Time

    To understand Jesus’ life and ministry, we need to understand the history and culture of his world. Marty, author of the popular The Whole Bible Story, provides readers with a thoroughly readable, easy-to-understand history of Israel leading up to the time of Christ. Each chapter ties closely to the events of the New Testament as Marty carefully answers such questions as

    *Who were the Pharisees and why was Jesus upset with them?
    *Why didn’t anyone like the Samaritans?
    *When and why did the Jews start worshiping in “synagogues” rather than the Temple?

    The book will include call-out boxes, summaries, and other tools to make this the most accessible book available on the topic.

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  • Cultural Handbook To The Bible

    $28.50

    The task of interpreting the Bible — which was written by and to people living in very different cultural contexts from contemporary Western society — can seem monumental. The opposite is also true: people can easily forget that studying the Bible is a type of cross-cultural encounter, instead reading their own cultural assumptions into biblical texts. In A Cultural Handbook to the Bible John Pilch bridges this cultural divide by translating important social concepts and applying them to biblical texts. In short, accessible chapters Pilch discusses sixty-three topics related to the cosmos, the earth, persons, family, language, human consciousness, God and the spirit world, and entertainment. Pilch’s fresh interpretations of the Bible challenge traditional views and explore topics often overlooked in commentaries. Each chapter concludes with a list of useful references from cultural anthropology or biblical studies, making this book an excellent resource for students of the Bible.

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  • Covenant

    $17.00

    A New Look for The Covenant

    ABRAM’S DAUGHTERS is the powerful saga of four sisters, their family and community, whose way of life and faith in God are as enduring as their signature horse and buggy. Or so it seems… Book One, The Covenant, unveils the layers of deeply rooted Amish tradition as seen through the eyes of Leah and Sadie Ebersol, the two oldest, courting-age sisters. The Amish community of Gobbler’s Knob holds everything Leah Ebersol has ever desired until a pact with her sister Sadie, lured by the outside world, leaves Leah clinging to God’s promises

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  • We Have Sinned

    $24.99

    Acknowledgments
    Part 1: Sin And Confession In Judaism: From The Bible To Today
    Part 2: Ashamnu And Al Chet: The Yom Kippur Liturgy Of Confession
    Part 3: Ashamnu And Al Chet: As Prayer Book Editors See Them
    Part 4: Ashamnu And Al Chet: Interpretations For Today
    Appendix A
    Appendix B
    Notes
    Glossary

    Additional Info
    A comprehensive series of lively introductions and commentaries examines the history of confession in Judaism, its roots in the Bible, its evolution in rabbinic and modern thought, and the very nature of confession today.

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  • Im God Youre Not

    $18.99

    Introduction
    1. Rabbi
    2. Judaism
    3. Family
    4. World
    5. Mysticism
    6. Holiness
    Sources

    Additional Info
    To paraphrase the Talmud, God says, “There ain’t room enough in this here world for your ego and Me. You pick.” With his signature wit and compassion, Rabbi Kushner refreshes our view of how life shapes us and gently reminds us of the Source of it All.

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  • Im God Youre Not

    $21.99

    Introduction
    1. Rabbi
    2. Judaism
    3. Family
    4. World
    5. Mysticism
    6. Holiness
    Sources

    Additional Info
    To paraphrase the Talmud, God says, “There ain’t room enough in this here world for your ego and Me. You pick.” With his signature wit and compassion, Rabbi Kushner refreshes our view of how life shapes us and gently reminds us of the Source of it All.

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  • Religion And Culture

    $39.00

    This rich, broad-reaching anthology explores everyday religious practices across several of the world’s religious traditions. Organized thematically-politics, ethics, and aesthetics-the volume examines topics of: war, civil religion, science, women and children, capitalism, nature, education, death and dying, visual art, music, sport, humor, film, and more, with engaging and provocative photographs throughout. A useful resource for diverse courses in religious studies and the social sciences.

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  • Introducing Early Christianity

    $30.00

    Laurie Guy provides an illuminating, broad-brush survey of the early church in its first four centuries. Readers get to witness the emergence of Great Tradition Christianity as themes unfold over time regarding women, persecution and martyrdom, asceticism and monasticism, eucharist and baptism, doctrine and the ecumenical councils.

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  • Mitzvah Project Book Workshop Leaders Guide

    $10.99

    Ideas and activities for leading a pick & plan your mitzvah project workshop.

    A companion to The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah … and Your Life, this workshop leader’s guide is packed with fun activities to choose from or to use as inspiration for crafting your own activities. Clear instructions, materials lists and goals will help you lead a meaningful workshop that shows participants how to make the world a better place through good deeds-big or small. Participants will:

    * Become familiar with the meaning of “mitzvah”

    * Learn about different mitzvah types and topics

    * Explore mitzvah project ideas relating to their interests

    * Start planning a doable mitzvah project of their own

    About The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah …
    and Your Life

    This go-to source for Jewish young adults is packed with ideas to help boys and girls connect something they love to a mitzvah project or tikkun olam initiative they can be passionate about. It is filled with information, ideas and activities to spark young imaginations, as well as a planning guide to get organized and off to a good start.

    To further inspire their actions, kids will love reading stories from young people around the country who have completed rewarding projects in the following categories:

    Creativity and Compassion-Arts & Crafts * Clothes & Fashion * Computers & Technology * Food & Cooking * Movies & Drama * Reading & Writing

    Putting Mitzvot in Motion-Animals * Camp * Fitness * Health * Music & Dance * Sports

    Your World, Our World-Environment * Family * Friends, Neighbors & Your Community * Global Community * Israel * Your Jewish Heritage

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  • Mitzvah Project Book

    $16.99

    This inspiring book is packed with ideas to help you connect something you love to a mitzvah project you can be passionate about. Topics include technology, fashion, movies, health, animals, music, sports, the environment, the global community and more.

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  • All These Vows

    $24.99

    Acknowledgments
    Part 1: Kol Nidre And History
    Part 2: Kol Nidre And Jewish Law
    Part 3: Kol Nidre: Translation And Commentary
    Part 4: Kol Nidre And The Testimony Of Prayer-Book Editors
    Part 5: Kol Nidre And Interpretations For Today
    Notes
    Glossary

    Additional Info
    The most memorable prayer of the Jewish New Year what it means, why we sing it and the secret of its magical appeal. Lively commentaries explore why Kol Nidre remains a liturgical highlight, regularly attended even by those who disbelieve the content.”

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  • Rosh Hashanah Yom Teruah

    $14.95

    Olive Press Messianic (www.olivepresspublisher.com)

    The Scriptures command us to celebrate the holiday traditionally called Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets, with shouts of joy and the sounding of the Shofar. But why? What are we supposed to be so happy about and why the Shofar? In this book, Messianic Rabbi Jim Appel answers those questions with new revelation from Scripture. He reveals the profound significance of the Shofar and the deep, spiritual meaning of the shout for joy. Find out what has been hidden from followers of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) for more than 1700 years. Rejoice that it is being restored to us today. Don’t miss out anymore on this special connection to the Lord.

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  • Traditions Of The Rabbis From The Era Of The New Testament Volume 2A

    $63.50

    The second volume of early rabbinic traditions and their relevance to the New Testament

    In this second volume of his monumental study of early rabbinic traditions and their relevance to the New Testament, David Instone-Brewer provides significant insights into Jewish thought and practice prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 c.e.

    For each rabbinic tradition considered — here, the Feasts and Sabbaths — the supporting Hebrew source text is provided side by side with an English translation. Instone-Brewer also presents evidence that exists for accurately dating these sources, which is a critical task recently advanced by modern dating techniques. He goes on to thoroughly discuss the meaning and importance of each rabbinic tradition for Second Temple Judaism, also analyzing any echoes or direct appearances of the tradition in the New Testament writings.

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  • Creating Lively Passover Seders

    $24.99

    An innovative, interactive guide to help encourage fresh perspectives and lively dialogue at your Passover Seder. A complete resource for creating meaningful encounters with Jewish values, traditions and texts that lead well beyond the Seder itself.

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  • Passport To The World

    $16.99

    Encounter people from around the world without ever leaving home!

    Fill up your passport with stickers from around the world as you read about children and their unique cultures and customs.

    Children learn the amazing truth that we are all of one race, all God’s children.

    An out-of-the-ordinary geographic journey of 26 language groups from A to Z!

    Experience a wondrous global journey within the pages of a book, encountering places and people from around the world in a scrapbook like no other! Children will gain knowledge of intriguing facts about countries, including their capital cities, maps, flags, populations, and religions. Gathering stickers for their passport, readers learn greetings from 26 different languages, as well as interesting language tips as well. This is an attention-grabbing exploration of the world through the eyes of children.

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  • Celtic Way Of Evangelism

    $20.99

    10th Anniversary Edition Revised and Updated

    Celtic Christianity-the form of Christian faith that flourished among the people of Ireland during the Middle Ages- has gained a great deal of attention lately. George G. Hunter III points out that while the attention paid to the Celtic Christians is well deserved, much of it fails to recognize the true genius of this ancient form of Christianity. What many contemporary Christians do not realize is that Celtic Christianity was one of the most successfully evangelistic branches of the church in history. The Celtic church converted Ireland from paganism to Christianity in a remarkably short period, and then proceeded to send missionaries throughout Europe.

    North America is today in the same situation as the environment in which the early Celtic preachers found their mission fields: unfamiliar with the Christian message, yet spiritually seeking and open to a vibrant new faith. If we are to spread the gospel in this culture of secular seekers, we would do well to learn from the Celts. Their ability to work with the beliefs of those they evangelized, to adapt worship and church life to the indigenous patterns they encountered, remains unparalleled in Christian history. If we are to succeed in reaching the West . . . again, then we must begin by learning from these powerful witnesses to the saving love of Jesus Christ.

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  • Yom Kippur Readings

    $19.99

    As Rosh Hashanah ends and you look ahead to Yom Kippur, what do you think about? The familiar melody of Kol Nidre? The long hours of fasting? The days of self-examination? You know that the Day of Atonement is the holiest on the Jewish calendar, but sometimes it just feels long, tiresome and devoid of personal meaning. The readings in this book are for anyone seeking a deeper level of personal reflection and spiritual intimacy-and a clearer understanding of just what makes Yom Kippur so holy.
    Drawn from a variety of sources-ancient, medieval, modern, Jewish and non-Jewish-this selection of readings, prayers and insights explores the opportunities for inspiration and reflection inherent in the themes addressed on the Day of Atonement: sin, forgiveness, repentance, spiritual growth, and being at one with self, family, community and God. These readings enable you to enter into the spirit of Yom Kippur in a personal and powerful way while they uplift and inform. They will add to the benefits of your High Holy Day experience year after year.

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  • Rosh Hashanah Readings

    $19.99

    A compelling companion to Rosh Hashanah that connects the words of our ancestors and the central ideas of modern spiritual life. Through readings and prayers from ancient, medieval and modern sources, offers powerful, personal ways to begin the new year.

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  • Introduction To World Religions

    $43.99

    Introduction By William Scott Green
    Judaism
    A. Judaism: Beginnings: Religion Of Ancient Israel By Baruch A. Levine
    B. Judaism: The Formation By Jacob Neusner
    C. Judaism In Modern Times: Reform, Orthodox, And Conservative Judaism,
    Zionism By Jacob Neusner
    2. Christianity
    A. Christianity: Beginnings By Bruce Chilton
    B. Christianity: Roman Catholicism By Lawrence S. Cunningham
    C. Orthodox Christianity By J. A. McGuckin
    D. Christianity: Protestantism By Martin E. Marty
    3. Islam
    A. Islam: Beginnings By Th. Emil Homerin
    B. Islam: The Shiite Tradition By Liyakat Takim
    C. Islam: The Sunni Tradition By Th. Emil Homerin
    4. Hinduism By Douglas Brooks
    5. Buddhism
    A. Buddhism: Beginnings By Mario Poceski
    B. Buddhism: The Theravada Tradition By Kristen Scheible
    C. Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition By Mark L. Blum
    6. Daoism By Mark Meulenbled
    7. Confucianism By Mark A. Csikszentmihalyi
    8. Shinto By James L. Ford
    9. Indigenous Religions
    A. Indigenous Religious Tradition By Jualynne E. Dodson And Soyna Maria Johnson
    B. African Indigenous Religions By Jacob Olupona
    10. New 19th Century American Religions By Danny L. Jorgensen
    11. New 20th Century American Religions By Dell DeChant

    Additional Info
    With an emphaisis on communities of faith, this accessible book will introduce students to the classic texts, important events, key figures, defining rituals, essential creeds and symbols of world religions.

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  • Formula For Proper Living

    $19.99

    Combines lively anecdoctes, personal musings, insights and wisdom from sources ranging from Freud to the great Talmudic and Torah scholars throughout the ages to give practical lessons for dealing with ourselves and others.

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  • Everyday Law In Biblical Israel

    $30.00

    Authors Raymond Westbrook and Bruce Wells examine Old Testament legal materials that illustrate how ancient Israelites settled their grievances. This textbook is unique in exploring these legal materials as they relate to everyday life, addressing issues of family, property, contracts, and crimes. Westbrook and Wells explain these elements of Israelite life and law in the context of other laws from throughout the ancient Near East, providing readers with a broad understanding of their legal and social foundations.

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  • Book Of Jewish Sacred Practices

    $18.99

    Discover how to make virtually any moment in your day a
    significant part of a meaningful Jewish life.
    As we have discovered, and as our sages have long known, there is no experience in the life of a Jew that cannot be marked in Jewish ways…. The book you hold in your hands is the result of the kinds of rituals we have sculpted together over the years. It is not a prayer book or even a compendium of obligatory Jewish rituals. Rather, it is a source for all to use creatively.
    -from the Introduction
    Decades of experience by CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in connecting spirituality with daily life come together in this one comprehensive handbook. In these pages, you have access to teachings that can help to sanctify almost any moment in your day.
    Offering a meditation, a blessing, a profound Jewish teaching, and a ritual for more than one hundred diverse everyday events and holidays, this guide includes sacred practices for:
    * Lighting Shabbat candles
    * Blessing your parents
    * Running a marathon
    * Visiting the sick
    * Building a sukkah
    * Seeing natural wonders
    * Moving into a new home
    * Saying goodbye to a beloved pet
    * Making a shiva call
    * Traveling … and much more
    Drawing from both traditional and contemporary sources, The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices will show you how to make more holy any moment in your daily life.

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  • Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter

    $18.99

    An indispensable “how-to” guide for creating lasting memories and special
    ceremonies as you welcome your new Jewish daughter.
    When a son is born, every Jewish parent knows what ceremony will welcome him into the community and signal his part in the Jewish people-the brit milah. What to do when a girl is born? How can you welcome your new daughter in a truly Jewish way, and celebrate your joy with family and friends? In the past, parents who wanted a simchat bat (celebration of a daughter) ceremony for their new daughter often had to start from scratch. Finally, this first-of-its-kind book gives families everything they need to plan the celebration.
    * History & Tradition-The roots of simchat bat in Jewish tradition, how it has evolved, and how the past can be used to bring today’s dynamic ceremonies to life.
    * A How-to Guide-New and traditional ceremonies, complete with prayers, rituals, handouts to copy, and step-by-step instructions for creating your own unique ceremony.
    * Planning the Details-What to call your daughter’s welcoming ceremony, when and where to have it, setting it up, how long it should be, how to handle the unexpected, how to prepare a program guide, and more.
    * Ideas & Information-Practical guidelines for planning the event, and special suggestions and resources for families of all constellations.

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  • Holy Island Of Lindisfarne

    $17.95

    A book of stories about the island than a history. It aims to show the island’s human face, its trials and tribulations as well as its celebrations, revealing how Lindisfarne and its people have coped with and adapted to change. A pick-up-able book that will give those who are interested a feeling for the history of the island and the part it has played in shaping the history of our land.

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  • Creative Jewish Wedding Book

    $21.99

    Enrich your wedding with your own creative use of Jewish ritual and tradition.
    Wedding planning can be a stressful experience. Keeping track of all the details-deciding who to invite, choosing a caterer, arranging the reception-can sometimes lead to a couple forgetting about the bigger picture and the significance of this day in their lives: a joyous occasion that should reflect not only your personality, but your values, as well.
    Updated and expanded, The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition, brings your complete wedding planning into focus. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer helps you express your individuality and spirituality on your wedding day. Whether your plans are traditional or alternative, whether you are planning your first or second marriage, she provides the tools you need to look at and think about ritual and tradition in new and innovative ways including:
    * Insights and reflections from a broad range of couples who have created their own distinctive weddings
    * Practical hands-on techniques and ideas for creating many of the ritual objects connected to a Jewish wedding-from designing your own ketubah, to making paper for invitations, to fashioning the chuppah
    * How to express your spiritual life and values through your ceremony-now updated with more eco-friendly tips and suggestions
    * An up-to-date guide to wedding resources in the Jewish world
    Inspiring and useful, The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition, can help you reclaim your wedding day from the whirlwind of details and bring out the honesty and integrity you desire in your wedding experience.

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  • Living Jewish Life Cycle

    $19.99

    Introduction
    1. Tradition And Transition
    2. Helping Holiness Happen
    3. Loving And Leaving
    4. Babies
    5. Belonging And Becoming
    6. Creating A Meaningful And Memorable Adult Or Adolescent Bar Bat Mitzvah
    7. Expanding Jewish Ritual Support For The Many Stages Of Adulthood
    8. Leaving Life
    Appendix 1: The Legacy Of Your Footprint: Caring For The Environment On Your Special Day
    Glossary
    Suggestions For Further Reading And Learning
    Acknowlegments
    Index

    Additional Info
    Spiritual tools for you to create and wholeheartedly enter into Jewish life cycle ceremonies and celebrations. Includes practices from the full spectrum of Jewish life to guide you in making Jewish rites come alive with meaning, beauty and lasting impact.

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  • Laying On Of Hands In The New Testament

    $66.99

    INTRODUCTION
    PART I: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE LAYING ON OF HANDS
    THE LAYING ON OF HANDS IN THE JEWISH ENVIRONMENT
    THE LAYING ON OF HANDS IN THE GRAECO-ROMAN ENVIRONMENT
    PART II: THE LAYING ON OF HANDS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
    THE LAYING ON OF HANDS IN HEALING
    THE LAYING ON OF HANDS AS A MARK OF FAVOUR
    THE LAYING ON OF HANDS FOR THE RECEPTION OF THE SPIRIT
    THE LAYING ON OF HANDS FOR COMMISSIONING AND ORDINATION
    CONCLUSIONS

    Additional Info
    This study investigates the procedural techniques, significance, and the tangible effects of the laying on of hands in the New Testament. The author investigates the background of the New Testament practice by conducting investigation in the Old Testament and contemporary Judaism and the Graeco-Roman and Near-Eastern literature. The main chapters are exegetical, each discussing a particular use of the laying on of hands in the New Testament: for blessing, healing, reception of the Spirit and ordination. A special attention is given to the inner process of transfer of power through physical contact. It is the author’s conclusion that in the New Testament the gesture always signifies transfer of some positive materia: blessing, ‘life-force’, the Spirit and charismata. In the final section, an attempt is made to gauge the possibility of any uniformity in the significance of the various New Testament uses of the laying on of hands.

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  • Social World Of The New Testament

    $24.99

    1. Rhetorical Criticism And Social-Scientific Criticism: Why Romanticism Won’t Leave Us Alone-Bruce J. Malina
    2. All In The Family: Kinship In Agrarian Roman Palestine-K. C. Hanson
    3. God In The Letter Of James: Patron Or Benefactor?- Alicia Batten
    4. Jesus And Agrarian Palestine: The Factor Of Debt- Douglas E. Oakman
    5. Ancient Mediterranean Persons In Cultural Perspective: Portrait Of Paul-Jerome H. Neyrey, SJ, And Bruce J. Malina
    6. The Epistle Of James In Rhetorical And Social Scientific Perspective: Holiness-Wholeness And Patterns Of Replication-John H. Elliott
    7. Loss Of Wealth, Loss Of Family, Loss Of Honor: The Cultural Context Of The Original Makarisms In Q-Jerome H. Neyrey, SJ
    8. Was Jesus A Peasant: Implications For Reading The Jesus Tradition (Luke 10:30-35)-Douglas E. Oakman
    9. Who Should Be Called Father? Paul Of Tarsus Between The Jewish Tradition And Patria Potestas-S. Scott Bartchy

    Additional Info
    The Social World of the New Testament surveys essential contributions made by leading scholars of the social-scientific approach to New Testament studies. Including important essays by Bruce J. Malina and John J. Pilch, among others, The Social World of the New Testament acts as a comprehensive collection of the most important essays and articles in the field. Included are topics vital to the social scientific interpretation of the New Testament.

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  • Emma A Widow Among The Amish

    $16.99

    A true story woven by stands of faith, family, and community. Ervin R. Stutzman tells the story of his mother, Emma, who raised six children after the sudden death o her husband, Tobias. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Emma copes with her entrepreneurial husband’s significant business failures. A sequel to Tobias of the Amish.

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  • Thomas : The Other Gospel

    $33.00

    Since its discovery in the mid-1940s, the Gospel of Thomas has aroused the interest of scholars and general readers alike. Thomas, the Other Gospel provides a clear, comprehensive, nontechnical guide through the scholarly maze of issues surrounding the Coptic text. In it, Nicholas Perrin argues that the Gospel derives not from the era of Jesus or even the apostles but from the late second century AD. Further, contrary to what many scholars believe, he maintains that the Gospel was originally written in Syriac rather than in Greek, and he concludes that the real value of the Gospel of Thomas lies not in what it might be thought to say about the “real Jesus” but in what it tells us about early Christianity.

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  • Putting God On Your Guest List For Kids

    $16.99

    Explains the core spiritual values of Judaism in language children can understand. Questions at the end of each chapter engage kids and let them offer their own thoughts. A special section helps parents and kids find places to perform acts of tzedakah.

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  • Gods Appointed Times

    $17.99

    How can the biblical holy days such as Passover/Unleavened Bread and Tabernacles be observed? What do they mean for Christians today? Provides an easily understandable and hands-on approach. Discusses historical background, traditional Jewish observance, New Testament relevance, and prophetic significance.

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  • Wild Faith : Jewish Ways Into Wilderness Wilderness Ways Into Judaism

    $18.99

    This comprehensive how-to guide to the theory and practice of Jewish wilderness spirituality unravels the mystery of Judaism’s connection to the natural world and offers ways for you to enliven and deepen your spiritual life through wilderness experience.

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  • Temples Tithes And Taxes

    $28.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780801047770Marty StevensBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2006Publisher: Baker Academic

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  • Bar Bat Mitzvah Memory Book

    $19.99

    A spiritual keepsake that will become a family heirloom.
    New edition-updated and expanded!
    The companion book to the author’s Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah-100,000 copies in print!
    The perfect gift to help a bar or bat mitzvah preserve the spiritual memories of this sacred event. This hands-on album-updated and expanded for this second edition-is designed to help everyone involved better participate in creating the spiritual meaning of this joyful rite of passage.
    Created by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, author of the award-winning classic Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and his wife, author Nina Salkin, this guided album is a wonderfully interactive way to remember important moments and details. Included are special sections to record your family’s history; the hopes, wishes, and memories of influential people in the bar/bat mitzvah’s life; mitzvot performed; contributions to tzedakot and more.
    With ample space for writing, reflecting and pasting mementos, this spiritual keepsake gives young people a place to treasure their special experiences and encourages them to prepare for spiritual life as Jewish adults.

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  • Strange Scriptures : That Perplex The Western Mind

    $15.50

    10 Chapters In 118 Pages

    Additional Info
    Because the Bible describes a culture very different from that of Western countries today, what it says is sometimes puzzling to modern readers. In many cases, however, the ways in which Near Eastern merchants and farmers carry on their daily work have hardly changed over the intervening centuries since the inspired authors wrote. The aim of this interesting volume is to clarify familiar scriptural phrases and texts by explaining some unusual Eastern customs, thereby shedding new light on the unchanging truth of God’s Word.

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  • Old Testament World

    $40.00

    Written by two leading Old Testament scholars and widely used throughout the world, Davies and Rogerson’s The Old Testament World describes the historical, social, and cultural setting in which the Old Testament was written and examines the major genres of literature that it contains. Ideally suited for college-level introductory classes, it illuminates the literature of the Old Testament by showing how it was shaped by the events, social structures, and religious and intellectual ideas of the ancient civilizations and cultures in which it was produced.

    Unlike most introductions, it goes beyond traditional formats and reflects the vast and significant changes that our understanding of the Old Testament has undergone in recent decades. Rather than using a conventional canonical-theological approach, the book presents the Old Testament as a monumental cultural achievement. Now thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the many developments of recent years, it is arranged according to major topics for study, followed by sections that introduce the major divisions of the text. It is illustrated with pictures, maps, and charts.

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  • Hospital Handbook On Multiculturalism And Religion

    $15.95

    In our religiously pluralistic society, clergy, medical, and nursing staffs in modern hospitals are confronted with caring for people with varied beliefs and customs. Since the overall care of a patient, and not just the surgeries performed or medicines given, affect an individual’s recovery, it is vitally important to be familiar with cultural and religious understandings and expectations around hygiene, pastoral care, autopsies, transfusions, and even the practices associated with death itself.
    A Hospital Handbook for Multiculturalism and Religion is a succinct guide to the care of patients from a variety of faiths. The original version included Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Baha’i. In the revised edition Neville Kirkwood has added chapters on Taoism, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Chinese Buddhism, and Jainism. Each chapter examines not only the customs of adherents to various faith perspectives but also the significance of certain rites and attitudes, supplying health-care workers and chaplains with the information they need to provide the best care possible.

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  • New Manners And Customs Of Bible Times

    $34.99

    A classic resource on biblical cultures—now even better! This updated edition features a reader-friendly format with colorful photography and artwork; detailed maps, diagrams, and charts; Bible review sections at the end of each chapter; Scripture and topic indexes; and even helpful tips for visits to the Holy Land. 400 pages, hardcover from Moody.

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  • From Nature To Experience

    $39.95

    Introduction

    The Preferences Of Eden

    Delivered To The Dream: Emerson And The Pathways Of Pragmatism

    Reading The Blooming Confusion: William James And The Theology Of Experience

    Diminished Things: Literature And The Disenchantment Of The World

    Divining Lives

    Intentional Ironies

    The Truth Beyond Method: Fiction At The Limits Of Experience

    Conclusion

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    In his first major work, Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson hymned the praises of nature as an enduring source of spiritual tonic and moral power. Yet as he later expressed in his essay, “Experience”, Emerson came to doubt that evil would disappear or that nature could provide solid ground for the spirit’s dwelling. Emerson and other nineteenth-century thinkers turned to experience to provide anchors for values and paths to God. In the decades after the Civil War, divining value from utility became the premise and the promise of pragmatism, the one genuinely indigenous philosophical movement America has ever produced.

    Roger Lundin explores this shift from nature to experience as the source of American moral and cultural authority. Drawing on contemporary Protestant theology for guidance, he examines one of America’s central intellectual traditions and shows the crucial possibilities it puts forth as well as the vexing problems it confronts. In the end, where the pragmatic tradition concludes that experience must generate the very light that will lead us out of its own darkness, From Nature to Experience returns to religion for illumination and truth.

    A story of nineteenth-century sources and twenty-first century consequences, this magisterial work brings together literature, history, philosophy, and theology to form a truly original critique of American culture

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  • Yom Kippur Readings

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    As Rosh Hashanah ends and you look ahead to Yom Kippur, what do you think about? The familiar melody of Kol Nidre? The long hours of fasting? The days of self-examination? You know that the Day of Atonement is the holiest on the Jewish calendar, but sometimes it just feels long, tiresome and devoid of personal meaning. The readings in this book are for anyone seeking a deeper level of personal reflection and spiritual intimacy-and a clearer understanding of just what makes Yom Kippur so holy.
    Drawn from a variety of sources-ancient, medieval, modern, Jewish and non-Jewish-this selection of readings, prayers and insights explores the opportunities for inspiration and reflection inherent in the themes addressed on the Day of Atonement: sin, forgiveness, repentance, spiritual growth, and being at one with self, family, community and God. These readings enable you to enter into the spirit of Yom Kippur in a personal and powerful way while they uplift and inform. They will add to the benefits of your High Holy Day experience year after year.

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  • 3 Eyes For The Journey

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    Studies of African-derived religious traditions have generally focused on their retention of easily traceable African elements. This emphasis, says Dianne Stewart, slights the ways in which communities in the African diaspora have created and formed religious meaning. In this fieldwork-based study Stewart shows that African people have been agents of their own religious, ritual, and theological formation. Looking at the African-derived and African-centered traditions in historical and contemporary Jamaica (Myal, Obeah, Native Baptist, Revival/Zion, Kumina, and Rastafari), Stewart develops three central themes. First, she contends that anti-African and Afrophobic sentiments adversely affected African-derived religious cultures in early Jamaica. Second, she argues that African-derived religions in Jamaica are systematic traditions worthy of theological exploration and interrogation in their own right. Third, she shows that these religions have in common an African-derived emphasis on healing, well-being, and the integration and affirmation of purposeful life experience. In conclusion, Stewart draws on these rich but often despised traditions in order to forge a new womanist liberation theology for the Caribbean.

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  • Revelation

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    The powerful conclusion to the blockbuster Abram’s Daughters series! Bittersweet and inspiring, The Revelation is a suspenseful story of long-awaited forgiveness, undying love, and elusive second chances in Pennsylvania’s Amish country.

    Jonas Mast’s return from Apple Creek, Ohio, has given Leah Ebersol reason to hope again. Yet she endures an unexplained silence that makes her fear Peter Mast and stern Bishop Bontrager are conspiring to once again keep Jonas and her apart.

    Impulsive Jake Mast pines for his first love. But if he follows his brother Jonas back home to Gobbler’s Knob, Leah and Sadie will be forced to reveal their closely guarded secret-a secret with the power to split the Mast and Ebersol families even further apart, maybe forever-.

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  • Putting God On The Guest List

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    SKU (ISBN): 9781580232609Jefferey SalkinBinding: Cloth TextPublished: 2005Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing Print On Demand Product

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  • Putting God On The Guest List

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    PMA Best Religion Book of the Year!
    The inspiring guide to spiritual celebration used in hundreds of congregations-Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist-revised and expanded!
    “Parents and their children acutely feel the social pressures that surround bar and bat mitzvah. But they want to feel the spiritual promise of the event, the pull of the divine, and the knowledge that they are participating in an event that has meaning both in the ancient past and in the very immediate present. They want to know that the steep incline before them is their family’s own version of Sinai, the summit where, in every generation, Jews meet God, individually and as a people. They want to know that bar and bat mitzvah can be a path to that summit. And they want to know how to get there. . . . This book can be their guide.”
    -from “Why This Book Was Born”
    Helps people find core spiritual values in American Jewry’s most misunderstood ceremony-bar and bat mitzvah. In a joining of explanation, instruction and inspiration, Rabbi Salkin helps both parent and child truly be there when the moment of Sinai is recreated in their lives.
    Rabbi Salkin asks and answers questions that make parents and children more comfortable with the event and able to experience it more joyfully. How did bar and bat mitzvah originate? What is the lasting significance of the event? What are the ethics of celebration? What specific things can you do to reclaim the spiritual meaning of the event? How to further develop spirituality? What spiritual values can parents and young people build together?
    To help guide friends and family who are not Jewish through this important Jewish life cycle event, Rabbi Salkin provides a brief, welcoming overview: “What Non-Jews Should Know About the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Service.”

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  • Leading The Passover Journey

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    Enrich Your Passover Seder with Renewed Meaning and Significance
    Whether you are planning to participate in, contribute to, or lead a Passover Seder, Leading the Passover Journey will help you relive the Jewish People’s legacy of survival, hope, and redemption, and reconnect with the rich heritage celebrated in this special event.
    Reclaim the hidden meaning of the Passover Seder. Connect the pieces of the Haggadah narrative into one meaningful, cohesive story. From preparing for Passover to understanding the order of the Seder, from eating the meal of freedom in the house of slavery to reenacting the saga at the sea, this fascinating exploration of the texts and traditions surrounding the most celebrated event in the Jewish calendar will awaken latent knowledge and provide new understanding. It will empower you to fully understand and identify with the complete story of the Jewish People’s journey of liberation.

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  • Let Us Break Bread Together

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    In this special book, co-authored by a rabbi and a pastor, Christians have the unique opportunity to experience an authentic Jewish Passover seder, from a distinctively Christian perspective.

    Always respectful of the differences between Judaism and Chirstianity, this Passover guide provides a plan and script for a Christian seder, and highlights the great themes of the Exodus story.

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  • Rest In Peace

    $25.00

    SKU (ISBN): 9780195183559Gary LadermanBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2005Publisher: Oxford University Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Life And Society In The Hittite World

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    SKU (ISBN): 9780199275885Trevor BryceBinding: Trade PaperPublished: 2004Publisher: Oxford University Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Prodigal

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    Beverly Lewis’s bestselling series ever returns to the sorrows, joys, and faith of the Ebersol family.

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  • Paul In Roman Custody

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    In this book, Rapske uses ancient literary sources and archaeological evidence to uncover important background on the custodial system of the Graeco-Roman world in order to better view Paul’s persona and Christian mission. This study shows Luke to be keenly aware of the practical and theological threat that imprisonment posed for Paul and argues that this understanding motivated one of Luke’s primary objectives in his writing of Luke-Acts to defend or justify the prisoner missionary Paul to the reader.

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  • United By Faith

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    In the last four decades, desegregation has revolutionized almost every aspect of life in the United States: schools, businesses, government offices, even entertainment. But there is one area that remains largely untouched, and that is the church. Now comes a major new call for multiracial congregations in every possible setting–a call that is surprisingly controversial, even in the twenty-first century.
    In United By Faith , a multiracial team of sociologists and a minister of the Church of God argue that multiracial Christian congregations offer a key to opening the still-locked door between the races in the United States. They note, however, that a belief persists–even in African-American and Latino churches–that racial segregation is an acceptable, even useful practice. The authors examine this question from biblical, historical, and theological perspectives to make their case. They explore the long history of interracialism in the church, with specific examples of multiracial congregations in the United States. They cite examples ranging from the abolitionist movement to an astonishing 1897 camp meeting in Alabama that brought together hundreds of whites and blacks literally into the same tent. Here, too, is a critical account of the theological arguments in favor of racial separation, as voiced in the African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, and white contexts. The authors respond in detail, closing with a foundation for a theology suited to sustaining multiracial congregations over time.
    Faith can be the basis for healing, but too often Christian faith has been a field for injury and division. In this important new book, readers will glimpse a way forward, a path toward once again making the church the basis for racial reconciliation in our still-splintered nation.

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  • Reclaiming Judaism As A Spiritual Practice

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    Wake up your Jewish spiritual life and restore your soul.
    “Has your heart ever been broken-by loss, divorce, disappointment, awe, fear, hope? Have you multitasked, worked past the level of your endurance, accumulated possessions, jumped the hurdles, and gotten the grades only to wonder, “Is that all there is?” Do you wish for a life that is physically grounded, emotionally satisfying, intellectually expansive, and profoundly connected? These are the qualities Judaism can provide when you understand how to practice it.”
    -from the Introduction
    This inspiring guidebook is your wake-up call for understanding the powerful intellectual and emotional tools that are essential for a lively, relevant, and fulfilling Jewish spiritual practice.
    Designed to become a lifelong resource for holy days and Shabbat, it presents Judaism as an evolving tradition in which you are the entrusted heir. The exercises and practices draw from the foundations of Judaism and empower you to create meaningful, satisfying, contemporary Jewish experiences for how you live today.

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  • Sacrifice

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    This powerful family saga features four Amish courting-age sisters growing up in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, beginning in the 1940s. Life in Gobbler’s Knob was all Leah Ebersol ever wanted until her older sister Sadie abandoned faith and family, leaving Leah no choice but to believe the worst, that Sadie–and her own beloved Jonas–had betrayed her. Now, two years later, Leah still misses both Sadie and Jonas keenly. Because of her sister’s shunning, she cannot contact either of them but hears through the grapevine that they are married. Loyal neighbor Gid is still biding his time, but on the verge of accepting his courting invitation, tragedy befalls the Ebersols and Leah must again choose between her own happiness and her family. Mary Ruth dreams of becoming a teacher, but it has gotten pushed to the back of her thinking when a nice young Amish boy comes courting. Twin Hannah yearns for her sister to attend baptismal classes with her, but Mary Ruth is not ready to take her final vows. How will this family in turmoil find peace? Readers won’t want to miss this moving novel about the importance of family, the miracle of God’s love, and the power of forgiveness.

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  • Way Into The Jewish Mystical Tradition

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    The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition allows us to experience and understand mysticism’s inexpressible reverence before the awe and mystery of creation, and celebrate this rich tradition’s quest to transform our ordinary reality into holiness.

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  • Creating Lively Passover Seders

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    A guide to help you invigorate your Seder, create lively discussions, and make personal connections with the Exodus story today.

    For many people, the act of simply reading the Haggadah no longer fulfills the Passover Seder’s purpose: to help you feel as if you personally had gone out of Egypt. Too often, the ritual meal has become predictable, boring, and uninspiring.

    Creating Lively Passover Seders, Second Edition, is an innovative, interactive guide to help encourage fresh perspectives and lively dialogue. With three new chapters, this intriguing Haggadah companion has been revised, updated, and expanded, and offers thematic discussion topics, text study ideas, activities, and readings that come alive in the traditional group setting of the Passover Seder. Each activity and discussion idea aims to:

    Deepen your understanding of the Haggadah
    Provide new opportunities for engaging the themes of the Passover festival
    Develop familiarity with the Exodus story, as well as the life and times of the people who shaped the development of the Haggadah

    Reliving the Exodus is not about remembering an event long ago, but about participating in a conversation that provides hope and strength for the struggle to make tomorrow a brighter day. With this complete resource, you can create more meaningful encounters with Jewish values, traditions, and texts that lead well beyond the Seder itself.

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  • Celebrating Biblical Feasts

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    Tells how families can celebrate seven Hebrew festivals together to enhance their understanding of the message of the Bible.

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