In a novel based on a real-life incident of World War II, Sergeant Tony Irving and five other courageous Allied POWs come up with an ingenious scheme to escape from Colditz, a medieval fortress on the German border with Czechoslovakia used by the Nazis as a prison. Original.
In The Narrow Door, Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. The contours of these relationships shift constantly. Denise and Paul, stretched by the demands of their writing lives, drift apart, and Paul's romance begins to falter. And the world around them is frail: environmental catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, and local disturbances make an unsettling backdrop to the pressing concerns of Denise's cancer diagnosis and Paul's impending breakup. Lisicky's compassionate heart and resilience seem all the stronger in the face of such searing losses. His survival--hard-won, unsentimental, authentic--proves that in turning toward loss, we embrace life.
Our ability to overcome disappointment is learned in childhood. Individuals need a value-based inspiration to help them conquer defeat and advance achievement. For me, it was my mother and her stories, providing me all the knowledge, morals, humility, and courage I needed to succeed. Her stories cascading, one followed by one more. When I think of her, I see a long list of stories, bringing her back to me. Yes, every so often, I am reminded of her. I have kept her anecdotes to retell, each one amazing. Each one of her stories is a short journey allowing me to focus my attention as she attempted to prove to me that my human existence is worth it.
Available in Canada for the first time since its initial publication in 1981, this is acclaimed author Karen Armstrong’s classic memoir of her life as a young woman in a convent — the precursor to the bestseller The Spiral Staircase. Through the Narrow Gate is Karen Armstrong’s intimate memoir of life inside a Catholic convent. With honesty and clarity, she explains what drove her at age seventeen to devote herself to God. Over the next seven years, she endures the difficulties of convent life — the enforced silence, the lack of friendship and family, her own guilt at not being able to stifle her voracious intelligence — and unveils the secrets of religious life during the post–Vatican II years. Through the Narrow Gate is a moving account of a young woman’s search for God and the experiences that put Karen Armstrong on her way to becoming one of the most admired and most respected interpreters of religious faith. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In this highly interdisciplinary work, linguist Anna Wierzbicka casts new light on the words of Jesus by taking her well-known semantic theory of "universal human concepts"- concepts which are intuitively understandable and self-explanatory across languages-and bringing it to bear on Jesus' parables and the Sermon on the Mount. Her approach results in strikingly novel interpretations of the Gospels. Written in dialogue with other biblical commentators, What Did Jesus Mean? is both scholarly rigorous yet accessible.
SALVATION - WHAT IS THAT? Have you ever thought about what salvation is? What does it mean to be saved? How do I get saved? Salvation is something that I can not do by myself. In no way can I do anything in my own power. Only by the Grace of God can I be saved! Assured about my salvation, I told the world that I was a Christian. Raised in a Christian home with the belief in Jesus from the beginning of my life. Throughout my childhood and teenage years, I always stood up for The Name. If someone in the church asked me if I was saved, I was embarrassingly surprised; I had been a saved Christian my whole life. Never had I been in the world, danced at the disco, ever tried cigarettes or tasted a beer. I had always been a pattern Christian and me had never been a sinner... except for one small little thing that I for some reason couldn't stop doing. I would be stuck there for many years while it just grew larger and larger. One day I had to realize it: I was hell-bound and a slave to sin, whether I liked it or not. ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED? When I grew up in the church, in a Christian family, I learned the way to talk and behave; I was zealous for God and my faith. With time I started to assume things, I took it for granted. Of course, I was saved, I behaved like a Christian, I talked like a Christian, and there was a distinct difference between the non-saved kids in school and me. I even had to suffer some persecution and bullying for my faith, so I was for sure saved. I confessed Jesus with my mouth; therefore my salvation was secured. I confessed with my mouth that I was saved, and believed in my heart that Jesus has risen from the dead. Every few years, when the family visited some Christian conference, a silent voice within me said: "you are not saved!" That scared me, so I shut it down and induced my self salvation-assurance: "I am saved!" And so I continued, if I am saved, then I am saved! EASY BELIEVISM - IS IT TRUE? I confessed with my mouth, I believed in my heart, and I stood up for Jesus under pressure. But why couldn't I defeat sin when I became a teenager, why did the sin defeat me. If I am a new being; am I not free then? How come I was a slave to sin? For some reason I couldn't understand why the sin lived its own life in my body, and why couldn't I follow my own will when I desired not to sin. But of course, I was saved, I had always thought that, and I had never heard anyone preach anything else, it couldn't be otherwise. I had learned this thought pattern in the church, and it had never been challenged before, I was saved; I was sure. But I continued to struggle with that little secret sin, until one day I did realize the truth. I was not through The Narrow Gate! Someone asked him,
Heralded as "an epoch-making book" when it first appeared, this new edition takes up criticisms that readers have lodged against its interpretations. This bold study retains the redaction-critical methodology of Gundry's original work and the host of provocative interpretations that result.
In Symbols of Sacred Science, Guénon, a master of precise, even 'mathematical' metaphysical exposition, reveals himself as a consummate exegete of myth and symbolism as well, superior in many ways to Mircea Eliade, and comparable perhaps only to his respected friend Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. This extraordinary text unveils the cosmological meanings of root symbols organized under such general headings as: The Center of the World, Cyclic Manifestation, Symboic Weapons, Axial Symbolism and the Symbolsim of Passage, The Symbolism of Building, and The Symbolism of the Heart. Far more than a simple catalogue of myths and symbols from many traditions, Symbols of the Sacred Science lays the foundation for a universal esoteric symbology. In this work, Guénon demonstrates the fundamental unity-across all cultures and ages-of the images with which the Absolute clothes itself in its cosmic self-revelation.
Jesus says in John 15:10-11, “If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” The Commands of Christ is an unpacking of that key promise, a simply powerful presentation of the loving imperatives we sometimes know more by rote than by heart: Love your enemies; Don’t store up treasures on earth; Seek first the kingdom of God; Let your light shine before men, etc. Tom Blackaby’s focused writing serves as a plumb line of sorts, guiding us toward a vibrant commitment to the Lordship of Christ that better shapes our lives, how we worship, and how we relate to others. You will begin to know more clearly and experience more fully the freedom that comes through obedient acts of love and service to God.