A professional business and personal coach tells of his sexual abuse by a Catholic priest when he was 12 years old, how his parents' request to keep the abuse secret contributed to his subsequent self-destructive behavior, and his eventual awakening into healing and recovery.
The grandeur of St. Peter's, the Baroque ecstasy of the churches at Cholula in Mexico, the intimate peace of Fairford Church in Gloucestershire... The two thousand years' heritage of Christian churches is a fascinating one. For anyone interested in the evolution of architectural styles, the subject is of inescapable interest. For a far wider group of people, however, it is clear that churches are much more than architectural monuments. Through their rich historical associations and special emotional quality that is largely denied to secular buildings, they exert a power that crosses national boundaries and even beliefs. Edward Norman sees churches as both acts of faith and works of art. The clarity, knowledge, and insight of his chronological survey are supported and enhanced by a brilliantly researched collection of illustrations. The result is a perfect mix between the most-loved master buildings such as Hagia Sophia and the freshness of the less familiara mission church in Paraguay or a Baroque shrine in Goa. Whether coming from the Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant traditions, whether drawn to the sublimity of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris or the simplicity of a Puritan chapel, Christians everywhere will respond to Norman's celebration of churches. 387 illustrations, 80 in color.
“How should we live in this house of God? We know that the way a building is shaped also helps in determining the way those within it live and relate. We are indeed formed by what we form. Qualities such as integrity, hospitality, humanity and beauty in a place will enable its dwellers to live lives in which such qualities are evident. The way we understand who we are and how we live will be reflected in our places and vice versa. Our places become bearers of meaning and memory.” —From Chapter 1In Living in the House of God, Margaret Malone draws on her study of and research on the Rule of Saint Benedict to show the ways in which this ancient rule can illuminate modern life. The broad gamut of topics this book examines—from Benedictine life as sacrament to Augustine’s influence on Benedict to obedience and the art of listening, among others—is itself a witness to the generous flexibility of the Rule, as Benedict proposes a way of life that truly corresponds to the deepest needs of the whole of human nature.
Almighty God, Christ of the last days, expresses words to judge and purify people, and leads them to enter into the new age—the Age of Kingdom. All those who are obedient under the dominion of Christ will be able to enjoy higher truth, obtain greater blessings, truly live within the light, and also gain the truth, the way, and the life.
God's greatest desire is to be your dwelling place -- The home for your heart. He doesn't want to be merely a weekend getaway. He has no interest in being a Sunday bungalow or even a summer cottage. He wants to be your mailing address, your point of reference, your home ... always. He wants you to live in the Great House of God. Using the Lord's Prayer as a floor plan, Max Lucado takes you on a tour of the home God intended for you. Warm your heart by the fire in the living room. Nourish your spirit in the kitchen. Seek fellowship in the family room. Step into the hallway and find forgiveness. It's the perfect home for you. After all, it was created with you in mind. There's only one home built just for your heart. No house more complete, no structure more solid: The roof never leaks. The walls never crack. The foundation never trembles. In God's house, you're home. So come into the house built just for you. Your Father is waiting.
At this point, I was a living miracle. God has healed me from two health issues, both at birth. I was born with a strange sound in my chest while breathing and was diagnosed with having Aortic Stenosis, an opening in my heart. The doctor said this kind of opening closes immediately after birth, but mine had not yet. This problem was causing my bloodstream to mix up and cause an abnormality in my breathing. The dirty and clean blood was mixing up. The second problem was that I had a blood cluster, a tumor on my left palm. So, after what happened, my mother prayed for a miracle, and my father acted upon his faith. My mother put me, a newborn, on the altar at St. Mary's Church and asked for a miracle. Better to say, she offered me to God at the altar. My father asked my mom, "How long are we going to stay here?" Mom answered, "As long as it takes." She told my father that she had asked God to make me cry as a sign that I was healed. Meanwhile, they were both praying. And rest assured, after a few hours, I started crying.