Bridging the worlds of the traditional Native American and modern culture, the authors offer an inspiring and moving autobiography of a native American medicine man, one of the last to be trained in the ancient ways, and one of the few to teach nontribal people.
Written from an American Indian perspective with input from religious scholars and community leaders, this pioneering reference work explores indigenous North American religions and religious practices and rituals.
Biography & Autobiography by Benedetto Daniele Fiorista
‘In January 2009, something very special happened to me that completely changed the course of my life and myself as a person. After a series of strange events, a Being of Light appeared and rescued me from the midst of some very dark, grotesque, threatening, red-eyed beings. At that time, I didnt know what was going on or who these spirits were. After a few incredible visions and spiritual experiences, I started to develop an inner eye and acquired some abilities that enabled me to free my soul and go soul travelling. I was still scratching the surface of this new existence; I didn’t know the meaning or why all of this was happening to me. Soon, I started to feel very hungry for knowledge; I wanted and needed to know more.’This is the story of Benedetto Daniele Fiorista, who was inspired by a spiritual existence one day to change the way he lived. He started to read books on the subject and realised he was being put under initiation – which lead him to take a journey, which many refer to as the ‘journey of the spiritual warrior’. ‘After many tests and events, my soul started to call out for deliverance. By this time, I found myself absorbed in hours of meditation every day. I was trying to empower myself by using what I had learnt during my searches and studies.’In Bring to the Light, Benedetto tells his story, the stages of this spiritual process and their difficulties and rewards. It will appeal to fans of spiritual books and those both searching for answers and questioning the reasons for their existence.‘In the past two and half years, I have searched and I have found. I feel that to share this with the outer world is part of my growth.’
Now in its second edition, Canadian Society in the 21st Century: A Historical Sociological Approach opens up an engaging and much-needed overview of our society, at a level appropriate for a wide range of courses in Canadian Studies, Sociology, and History. This original work examines the growth and development of Canadian society within a socio-historical framework. The authors investigate historical, economic, political, cultural, and ideological perspectives through three key relationships: Quebec and Canada, Canada and the United States, and Canada and the Aboriginal Nations. Examines society as a set of relationships that emerge gradually over time as fostered, encouraged, and mediated by a set of institutions, in particular, the state and markets. Explores society as the product of an historical narrative - a movie, rather than a snapshot - which enlists many literary devices, including myths, metaphors, symbols, heroes, villains, and tragic figures. Identifies the complex relationship between individuals and society. Students are asked to consider to what extent individuals create society, and conversely, to what extent society creates individuals.
"Counseling Boys and Young Men provides a plethora of information and counseling techniques essential to the continued development of young men....The text serves as a noteworthy manual addressing the myriad of issues affecting young males in todayís society."--The Professional Counselor Journal This comprehensive guide to the unique challenges faced by boys and young men encompasses todayís most critical issues and presents effective, evidence-based strategies for treating them. Recognizing the specific needs of diverse young males, this text covers such contemporary issues as bullying and harassment, anger management, online gaming, addiction, pornography, and gang membership. The differences between the developmental issues of males and females are addressed, along with the emotional, intellectual, and physical changes boys experience as they move into adolescence. The difficulties counselors face in their efforts to access emotional expression in boys are discussed along with strategies to overcome these barriers. Each chapter includes a comprehensive case scenario that highlights the presenting issue, how the issue affects functioning, and how effective treatment is best implemented. Additional resources for more in-depth study are also included throughout the book. Key Features: Provides guidance to the unique psychological issues of boys and young men along with innovative, evidence-based treatment strategies Addresses such current topics as bullying/harassment, risk-taking behaviors, pornography addiction, gambling, single-parent families, and more Includes vivid case studies Explores such social issues as gang membership with a focus on helping young males revise their self-image and social networks
Expand your repertoire and make better use of your library's collection by incorporating nonfiction into your readers' advisory work. Twelve ground-breaking essays by noted readers's advisory authorities.
"This book provides an in-depth look at the beliefs and practices centered on the shaman, a person believed to have powers to heal and communicate with the spirit world. The work features more than 90 of the author's drawings of masks, fetishes, carvingsand ongon, and 40 rare photographs of shamans, medicine men and women and healers"--Provided by publisher.
Integrates the matriarchal teachings from Canadian Indian, Mongolian, and Maya roots to create a written manifestation of these early cultures. She invites you to grasp the true universality of these symbols and traditions, to combinetheir ancient knowledge, to live the council way today. She provides practical information about shamanism, power animals, and includes charts that offer guidance for Spiritual Warriors so you can handle both worlds. Illustrated. Color insert. Index.