100 Mindful Practices for Compassion, Generosity & Forgiveness
Author: Mary Brantley,Tesilya Hanauer
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Loving-kindness, the English translation of the Pali word metta, is defined as unconditional well-wishing and openhearted nurturing of ourselves and others, just as we are. By practicing loving-kindness, you can learn to treat yourself and others-even strangers-like dear friends, putting aside criticism and judgment and choosing instead to open your heart to greater generosity, forgiveness, and compassion. While Buddha taught loving-kindness meditation as an antidote to fear, it can also quiet feelings of anger, judgment, and worry by helping you see the innate goodness within yourself and others. Whether used as part of a formal meditation practice or as daily mindfulness exercises, the 100 meditations in The Gift of Loving-Kindnessmake it easy to open your heart and share the seeds of loving-kindness with others. The Gift of Loving-Kindnessskillfully guides us to train our minds and hearts in the practice of loving-kindness meditation. The meditative exercises in this book can spark one's journey into greater love and compassion or enrich it anywhere along the path. Combining internal reflection and mindful exploration of our heart's capacity, these pragmatic exercises open us to genuine transformation. -Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness Keep The Gift of Loving-Kindnesson your bed table and let its wisdom guide you. This book offers a rich assortment of contemplations that will open and free your heart. -Tara Branch, Buddhist teacher and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of a Buddha Simply reading these words will awaken you. Actually doing even one of these practices could profoundly transform your life. I offer warm and deep thanks to the authors for blessing us with these hundred doorways to the deepest and best parts of ourselves as human beings. -Jeffrey Brantley, MD, author of Calming Your Anxious Mind Use this practical and heartfelt book to discover how to open your heart in any circumstance. New scientific evidence confirms that filling your heart with loving-kindness can broaden your mind and build your best possible future. -Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., recipient of the Templeton Positive Psychology Prize Perhaps the greatest power of loving-kindness meditation lies in its elegant simplicity. It is a gentle, easy-to-learn practice, yet its effects are profound, like a deep massage for the mind and soul. The authors present this ancient wisdom in a way that can soothe, deepen, and enrich our busy, modern lives. -Rebecca Elliott, Ph.D., psychologist
Author: Sharon Salzberg
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Explains how the Buddhist path can help individuals discover the inner joy within themselves, and shares simple Buddhist teachings and suggestions for meditation.
Author: Mercy; Alex Tabi
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Day in day out, people wonder who the Son of God is. The teachings in “ The Gift of God” encompass what is in Jesus, who is the Gift given to mankind from above. “The Gift of God” illuminates Jesus, our GREAT GIFT of God. “He came to His own but was not recognized till He laid down His life.” It is a must read book full of amazing revelations. It is loaded, inter alia, with teachings on: > The ins and outs and benefits of bestowing gifts. • Some Redemptive names of God • The unchanging character of God • God’s Laws of Exchange • Who Jesus is: what He says and what others say or sing about Him. “The Gift of God is highly illuminating”: Anonymous reviewer.
Author: Vladimir Berzonsky
Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press
"Love is a gift from God, a sacred grace that invites us, indeed challenges us to respond with whatever capability we have within us to love God one another and his creation." With these words, Fr. Vladimir Berzonsky penetrates the sublime yet mysterious passages from the Song of Songs, I Corinthians and other books of the Bible which speaks of love. Much has been written in recent years about the differnce between erotic love called agape, which i both Christ-like and Christian; but it is the former type of love, according to Berzonsky, that conditions us for the latter. The Gift of Love suggests that we learn to love in stages, developing an ever greater power to become godlike in our affections, increasing our capacity to care less fo self and becoming filled with concern for God and all he made. The fifty-seven reflections in this book are written and intended to read separately, yet all deal with the underlying theme of love as expressed in the Bible.
Author: Cheri Fuller,Jennifer Kennedy Dean
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Spend this year meditating on the promises of God. In this devotional, Cheri Fuller and Jennifer Kennedy Dean invite readers to explore God’s promises each and every day and encourage them to reflect on how God’s hand is evident if only we look for it. Each reading includes a Bible verse from that day’s reading in The One Year Bible, a devotional, a prayer, and a quotation that relates to the promise of the day. Each day is an invitation to pursue a closer relationship to God and a reminder that God always keeps his promises.
Profound Disability, Theological Anthropology, and Ethics
Author: Hans S. Reinders
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Does what we are capable of doing define us as human beings? If this basic anthropological assumption is true, where can that leave those with intellectual disabilities, unable to accomplish the things that we propose give us our very humanity? Hans Reinders here makes an unusual claim about unusual people: those who are profoundly disabled are people just like the rest of us. He acknowledges that, at first glance, this is not an unusual claim given the steps taken within the last few decades to bring the rights of those with disabilities into line with the rights of the mainstream. But, he argues, that cannot be the end of the matter, because the disabled are human beings before they are citizens. "To live a human life properly," he says, "they must not only be included in our institutions and have access to our public spaces; they must also be included in other people's lives, not just by natural necessity but by choice." Receiving the Gift of Friendship consists of three parts: (1) Profound Disability, (2) Theology, and (3) Ethics. Overturning the "commonsense" view of human beings, Reinders's argument for a paradigm shift in our relation to people with disabilities is founded on a groundbreaking philosophical-theological consideration of humanity and of our basic human commonality. Moreover, Reinders gives his study human vividness and warmth with stories of the profoundly disabled from his own life and from the work of Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen in L'Arche communities.
The Future of Lutheran Theology
Author: Niels Henrik Gregersen
Publisher: Fortress Press
This landmark volume, the first of two, assesses the prospects and promise of Lutheran theology at the opening of a new millennium. From four continents, the thirty noted and respected contributors not only gauge how such classic themes as grace, the cross, and justification wear today but also look to key issues of ecumenism, social justice, global religious life, and the impact of contemporary science on Christian belief.
An open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients
Author: Irvin D. Yalom
Publisher: Hachette UK
THE GIFT OF THERAPY is the culmination of master psychiatrist Dr Irvin Yalom's thirty-five years' work as a therapist, illustrating through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. Presented as eighty-five 'tips' for 'beginner therapists', Yalom shares his own fresh approach and the insights he has gained while treating his patients. Personal, and sometimes provocative, Yalom makes some unorthodox suggestions, including: Let the patient matter to you; Acknowledge your errors; Create a new therapy for each patient; Make home visits; (Almost) never make decisions for a patient; and Freud was not always wrong. This is an entertaining, informative and insightful read for both beginners and more experienced therapists, patients, students and everyone with an interest in the subject.
Scripture Summarizing the Holy Bible
Author: Dr. Dustin Joel Massingale
Publisher: Xulon Press
Why read a paraphrased Summary of the Bible when you can read actual Scripture? In only seven days, reading ten to twenty minutes each day, gather a greater understanding of the Holy Bible. From the editor: "One Week Bible" is the only work I've seen of it's kind. Dr. Massingale concisely sheds light and clarity on Biblical principles in a personal manner that is easily attainable and relevant. The beauty of this survey is its simplicity. Dr. Massingale does not presume to deliver acamedic commentary which one can find from a number of other sources. Instead, he offers a summation of the word of God to laymen and points to the scriptures themselves as his sole inspiration rather than repackaging other perspectives. Readers can anticipate the book to be a companion to accompany and encourage them on their intimate walk with Christ. -Daniel Kennedy From the Xulon Press editorial staff: The author compiles an innovative summary of the Bible in an easy to access and organized format. The book includes useful prayers that encourage readers to utilize a variety of themes and reflect on verses as they meditate on scriptural content. The combination of the author's passion for Scripture, his education and conviction in the introduction will immediately inspire readers to explore this reference tool. Additional Features Include: Author Inspiration A Brief History of English Bible Translations Plan of Salvation Why Can We Believe the Bible (new) CEB Footnotes (new) Bible Answers to Commonly Asked Questions Suggestions for Further Study
Author: William KEENE (of Melksham.)