How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-hunts, and the End of Slavery
Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Rodney Stark's provocative new book argues that, whether we like it or not, people acting for the glory of God have formed our modern culture. Continuing his project of identifying the widespread consequences of monotheism, Stark shows that the Christian conception of God resulted--almost inevitably and for the same reasons--in the Protestant Reformation, the rise of modern science, the European witch-hunts, and the Western abolition of slavery. In the process, he explains why Christian and Islamic images of God yielded such different cultural results, leading Christians but not Muslims to foster science, burn "witches," and denounce slavery. With his usual clarity and skepticism toward the received wisdom, Stark finds the origins of these disparate phenomena within monotheistic religious organizations. Endemic in such organizations are pressures to maintain religious intensity, which lead to intense conflicts and schisms that have far-reaching social results. Along the way, Stark debunks many commonly accepted ideas. He interprets the sixteenth-century flowering of science not as a sudden revolution that burst religious barriers, but as the normal, gradual, and direct outgrowth of medieval theology. He also shows that the very ideas about God that sustained the rise of science led also to intense witch-hunting by otherwise clear-headed Europeans, including some celebrated scientists. This conception of God likewise yielded the Christian denunciation of slavery as an abomination--and some of the fiercest witch-hunters were devoted participants in successful abolitionist movements on both sides of the Atlantic. For the Glory of God is an engrossing narrative that accounts for the very different histories of the Christian and Muslim worlds. It fundamentally changes our understanding of religion's role in history and the forces behind much of what we point to as secular progress.
College Football Dreams and Realities Inside Paterno's Program
Author: Ken Denlinger
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Category: Sports & Recreation
Here is the college football experience as seen through the eyes of the young men who play the game. Sportswriter Ken Denlinger takes the reader on a five-year odyssey into the lives of one scholarship class and reveals their experiences at Penn State and in Coach Joe Paterno's program. Ken was given extraordinary access to the Penn State programs--starting with the recruiting process and then onto the field and in the locker room. He became friend and confidant to the players and found every player had the same dream: to bring glory to himself and his school and then ascend to the NFL. In this gritty account, Ken sets moving stories of triumph against the stark realities of injury, disillusionment, and failure. Here are the dreams, fears, and pressures facing young men who are exposed weekly to thousands of screaming fans. Here is a true picture of life in Division I college football. Anyone interested in Penn State, college football, or the larger issues or sports and society will find For the Glory an unforgettable experience.
Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards
Author: Kyle C. Strobel
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Jesus said we should focus our minds and hearts on God above all else. No small task! Is there someone we can turn to for help? "Wisdom tells us to sit at the feet of our elders rather than the latest ministry fad," notes author Kyle Strobel. And is there a better elder to guide us than Jonathan Edwards? In Edwards, the eighteenth-century Puritan pastor and theologian, we find deep thought balanced with deep passion. Through his writings and practices, Edwards provides us with the tools—the "means of grace"—that make us receptive to God's work in our lives as we learn to abide in Christ. Here we find a well-rounded account of being formed for the glory of God.
Author: LINDA LANE GILBERT
Life is filled with uncertainty. Only Jesus Christ can meet our needs in this insecure world. Here we offer the opportunity to see that our loving God really does visit His people. He reveals His love, gives His wisdom and offers His comfort. These pages relate time spent with God and the blessings that have followed. The truth is that Jesus is Lord - even now, of all world events. And we offer evidence of that very fact - as He demonstrates His Lordship in some otherwise ordinary lives.
Author: Naida Wilson
Publisher: Tate Publishing
As King David has helped many of us, at times, express our joy, sadness, or worship by reading his Psalms, Naida Wilson has been gifted to express experiences which we can identify with and may long to put into words. For the Glory of God, Worship: Key to the Glory embodies picturesque verses to encourage hope as the reader is inspired to give the Lord glory and honor.
Author: Shirley Johnston
This book is a story of Shirley Johnston’s life. There is a lot of messages and lessons to be learn from it. One message is that the Master, requested that I write it. So I could still tell everybody about Him. That even 2000 years, He is still a Miracle working God. Just in this half of my life, God has delivered me from 4 fires, 2 floods, and 1 hurricane. That is to name a few disasters that Sweet Jesus has brought me through. Some of the other events, most people could only imagine surviving. Another message is that others can learn from all I have went through. That God truly is the answer, to any and all problems no matter how big or little the problem is. The lessons is that we don’t have to live in nightmares and messes that we get ourselves into. That if we hold onto God’s Unchanging Hand. He truly is a “Rewarder of those who dilgently seek Him.” So you see God did have other plans for my life.
Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship
Author: Daniel I. Block
Publisher: Baker Academic
Current discussions about worship are often driven by pragmatics and personal preferences rather than by the teaching of Scripture. True worship, however, is our response to God's gracious revelation; in order to be acceptable to God, worship must be experienced on God's terms. Respected Old Testament scholar Daniel Block examines worship in the Bible, offering a comprehensive biblical foundation and illuminating Old Testament worship practices and principles. He develops a theology of worship that is consistent with the teachings of Scripture and is applicable for the church today. He also introduces readers to a wide range of issues related to worship. The book, illustrated with diagrams, charts, and pictures, will benefit professors and students in worship and Bible courses, pastors, and church leaders.
An Account of Faith, Courage, and Perseverance
Author: Kimberly Wilson
Publisher: Author House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Kimberly decided to go to one of the bars to earn a little money and she began 'to drink heavily. When she arrived at her room, she slipped in and fell across the bed in a drunken stupor. A noise awakened her. She vividly details in her book how she envisioned God and the Devil fighting for her soul. As she watched this tug of war, she marveled at the fact that God was winning his fight with the devil. She drifted off into a deep sleep. The next morning when she awakened, she opened her window to let fresh air into her room. She remembers that she felt no pain, her hostility had vanished, replaced by a feeling of love. Her tired body no longer ached and her spirit was renewed. She felt at peace with the world and the desire for liquor had completed left her. Kimberly's many horrific experiences, her brushes with death, and her hopelessness, and her final commitment to God are graphically written in her book entitled: "For the Glory of God." Her story is an inspiration for all of us. .
Is There a Tomorrow?
Author: Connie Summers
Publisher: WestBow Press
Author Connie Summers embarks on a true personal journey taken from her journals. The death of her husband throws her into turmoil. Each day, uncontrollable emotions and despair send her spiraling downward deeper into despondency. She fears she may give in to insanity. Unwilling to deal with problems or people, she works all day and falls with exhaustion into bed each night. Ultimately she sits at rock bottom, nowhere to go except up. She looks up, realizing she has separated herself from God. Deep down, she desires God's spiritual renewal. It is then she begins leaving the difficult, lonely, sorrowful grieving journey and steps on a firm, solid path. Her spiritual journey has begun. This journey reunites her with the promises and power of God, as he heals her broken heart and soul; safe in his everlasting arms once more. The author offers the grieving person specific ways in which each can overcome the pain and sufferings of grief: to look to the Divine Healer, Almighty God. Also offered are ways to help a grieving person. "What an outstanding book of hope and comfort. It will definitely be recommended to other counselors and hurting hearts." -Katherine Pell, certifi ed NANC counselor