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First Published in 2015. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.
Alan Comeaux is no stranger to hardship. His childhood was impacted by his father’s alcoholism. At almost 18 years of age, he moves from his parents’ home to pursue his life on his own. He lost his first real job in the oil field due to layoffs. He set sails for California. He ran out of money quickly and found himself homeless and living in his truck. He was robbed, stabbed, beaten and left to die on the streets. Through God, he found shelter and life again. Alan married his beautiful wife and built a mighty sales career. On the outside, he seemed like a successful young man; however, his relationship with his wife was unraveling and almost falling apart altogether. Pride, anger, and money tested his faith once more. Through it all, God was with Alan. The one-word God spoke to him, repent, changed and touched him forever. Now, Alan wants to help others find the same confidence he has in his faith. With poignant scripture references, Alan takes the many lessons he’s absorbed through his struggles and provides inspiration for others to learn from the crosses he’s borne in his life. From dealing with worry and pride, parenting to relating to others, to finding faith when you want proof, Alan wants to help you discover the peace God provides to those who trust in Him.
An excellent overview of Christianity, suitable for students (and teachers!) embarking on the new GCSE and ‘A’-Level Religious Studies specifications.
Life happens. Every event that takes place in your life, every person you have ever met, every circumstance you have lived through has a place in your puzzle of life. Before you were born, God had created a beautiful masterpiece. It is filled with color, happiness, laughter and tears. It is filled with struggles as well as sweet triumphs. It is filled with every experience in your life, both good and bad. As you move through your life, the pieces of your puzzle are set one at a time. Each one is essential and relevant. When completed, your puzzle will finally make sense. You will be able to recognize how each piece has brought you to where you are today. Each piece fits, in some way, to help bring you to a place where God wants you to be. When something happens that is unbearable and you cannot find a reason for it, sometimes it is Gods own steadying hand that helps set the piece into place. Build your puzzle with confidence, one piece at a time, and know your masterpiece was created by the Master Himself, piece by important piece.
This groundbreaking volume investigates the most fundamental question of all: Why is there something rather than nothing? The question is explored from diverse and radical perspectives: religious, naturalistic, platonistic and skeptical. Does science answer the question? Or does theology? Does everything need an explanation? Or can there be brute, inexplicable facts? Could there have been nothing whatsoever? Or is there any being that could not have failed to exist? Is the question meaningful after all? The volume advances cutting-edge debates in metaphysics, philosophy of cosmology and philosophy of religion, and will intrigue and challenge readers interested in any of these subjects.
What can all this mean? We have been told that, shortly before Christmas Eve, Jasper took to wearing a thick black-silk handkerchief for his throat. He hung it over his arm, "his face knitted and stern," as he entered his house for his Christmas Eve dinner. If he strangled Edwin with the scarf, as we are to suppose, he did not lead him, drugged, to the tower top, and pitch him off. Is part of Jasper's vision reminiscent--the brief, unresisting death--while another part is a separate vision, is PROSPECTIVE, "premonitory"? Does he see himself pitching Neville Landless off the tower top, or see him fallen from the Cathedral roof?
The first book by the reclusive inventor of the world’s most iconic puzzle THE RUBIK’S CUBE. Erno Rubik inspires us with what he’s learned in a lifetime of creating, curiosity, and discovery. Erno Rubik was a child when he first became obsessed with puzzles of all kinds. “Puzzles,” he writes, “bring out important qualities in each of us: concentration, curiosity, a sense of play, the eagerness to discover a solution.” To Rubik puzzles aren’t just games—they’re creativity machines. He encourages us to embrace our inner curiosity and find the puzzles that surround us in our everyday lives. “If you are determined, you will solve them,” he writes. Rubik’s own puzzle, the Cube, went on to be solved by millions worldwide for over forty years, become one of the bestselling toys of all time, and to be featured as a global symbol of intelligence and ingenuity. In Cubed, Rubik covers more than just his journey to inventing his eponymous cube. He makes a case for always being an amateur—something he has always considered himself to be. He discusses the inevitability of problems during any act of invention. He reveals what it was like to experience the astonishing worldwide success of an object he made purely for his own play. And he offers what he thinks it means to be a true creator (hint: anyone can do it). Steeped in the wisdom and also the humility of a born inventor, Cubed offers a unique look at the imperfect science of creation.
The Trinitarian Self argues that the insights of three key authors--S¿ren Kierkegaard, Eric Voegelin, and RenŽ Girard--can be synthesized to produce a Trinitarian theological anthropology. Their reflections on the deep roots of human behavior illuminate three structural dimensions of human existence: the temporal trajectory of selfhood, the vertical axis (God and nature), and the horizontal plane of cultural formation. An understanding of these dimensions and how they interrelate proves very fruitful in making sense of a wide variety of pathological forms of behavior that human beings have engaged in during the modern era. This work links together in thought-provoking ways various realms of thought, such as Trinitarian theology, a plea for a New Copernican Revolution that will result in a broadly held psychological understanding of violence, the ethics of war and peace, atonement theologies, and critical commentaries on terrorism and the war on terror. The interplay between these topics will likely prove very stimulating to a wide variety of readers.
We are all as unique as individual snowflakes, intricately designed so that no two are alike; yet when observed as a whole, we form the blended essence of lightworkers, merging into vaster and fuller aspects of God, the one great whole. Each of us holds a very specialized piece of the divine puzzle of God, or the whole. The more attuned we become to God, the more we are called to find and fulfill that specialized piece of the puzzle belonging to ourselves alone. When we find this puzzle piece and embrace it, we are then able to fulfill our divine mission on this Earth. In this book, Dr. Joshua David Stone shows how each person's puzzle piece is just as vital and necessary as any other.
Life isn’t a box of candy—it’s a puzzle! Rachel Summers is all about Rachel Summers...until the day she crashes headlong into a semi-truck. As her life hangs in the balance, she has a visitor who asks a very simple question.Does she want to be healed or to be a healer?She makes her choice, but the journey doesn’t go quite the way she expected. And so Rachel now runs The Puzzle House. Every guest is different and yet the same. They all come to the Puzzle House for one reason and one reason only—to be healed. Sometimes they receive their miracle, and sometimes they discover there’s more than one kind of healing.Nia is a fifteen-year-old African-American girl who is dying. The doctors have told her there is nothing else to be done. No more treatments. No more hope. No more life. And she’s angry about that. Very angry. Against her wishes, Nia’s aunt brings her to The Puzzle House.Together, Nia and Rachel will take a journey that will change both their lives.
First Published in 2015. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
In this book, Glenn Barenthin provides a new solution to a key question in the cognitive and evolutionary study of religion: why do humans cooperate? What led humans, uniquely among animals, to have large-scale civilizations with unprecedented cooperation? One explanation, propagated by the Big God Proponents (BGP), argues that a moralizing God is the crucial motivator for the pro-social behaviour necessary for large scale civilization. To explore this idea, Barenthin provides a critical assessment of the evidence provided by the BGP, and also discusses the place of God in our moral thinking. However, using evidence from anthropology, history, cognitive science, psychology and game theory, Barenthin presents a new theory: that the evolutionary pressures faced by our forebears paved the way for emerging humans to engage in what he terms 'thin cooperation'. This type of cooperation requires individuals to comprehend the reasons for their actions, and it is often done with others in mind. Finally, Barenthin argues that humans also have the capacity for 'thick cooperation', which is made possible by those fighting for the rights of strangers in an attempt to make the world a fairer place for a greater number of people.
Whom and how we love is an important decision in our lives. Choices we make in love will be choices that affect us for a lifetime. Our love should reflect the personal commitment we have for the other, knowing that this love is a reflection of God’s love for us. The puzzle of life is to find the path that can fill our hearts with love, not only for another person, but for God. Lily and Jared find that choosing to love each other is easy but searching for the path to God’s love is a challenge. They need to determine the right decisions to maneuver through their human frailties to embrace God’s love. Each will need to use what they experienced in the past to make the proper choice for a joyful and hope-filled future.
This volume explores the philosophical issues involved in the idea of petitionary prayer, where this is conceived as an activity designed to influence the action of the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly good God of traditional theism. Theists have always recognized various logical and moral limits to divine action in the world, but do these limits leave any space among God's reasons for petitionary prayer to make a difference? Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation develops a new account of the conditions required for a petitionary prayer to be answered by employing the notion of contrastive explanation. With careful attention to recent developments in metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory, Scott A. Davison surveys the contemporary literature on this question. He considers questions about human freedom and responsibility in relation to different views of divine providence, along with the puzzles inherent in Christian teachings concerning petitionary prayer. Davison develops new challenges to the coherence of the idea of answered petitionary prayer based upon the nature of divine freedom, the limits of human knowledge, and the nature of those good things that require a recipient's permission before they can be given. He proposes new defences, building upon careful analysis of the shortcomings of previous proposals and clarifying the issues for future debate.
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“Ok GOD!!! WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING IN MY LIFE? Why can’t I have my own life? Trying to do this your way is too much! You keep showing me all this stuff, you keep getting my hopes up, I shout and fall out but then I run into consecutive brick walls. Why must you insist on playing in my face fam? You keep telling me to do all of this stuff, that I didn’t sign up for and with little resources; do you not see my present state? Oh right, you don’t care about that huh? THIS IS FRUSTRATING!” In the height of my frustration concerning what God was showing me about my future, he instructs me to buy a complex puzzle, A whole puzzle. I HATE PUZZLES! But in spite of the randomness and the many doubts running through my mind, I obeyed. As I worked on the puzzle God, literally, began giving me practical answers to all of my questions birthed out of frustration and revealed to me the “Why”. I was trying to fulfill destiny, in full picture, which is why I was frustrated most of the time. I kept looking at my now but God was in the future, while still very present with me, showing me that Destiny is fulfilled in the working of the pieces that result in a full picture. If you are one of destiny and you are honest enough in your relationship with God to say “Hey, you know God, this actually sucks”. This is the book for you, seriously. DESTINY IN PIECES is a practical, real, and humorous commingling of personal stories and testimonies equally yoked with Biblical principles that will provide context and language for what you’re really feeling as a Destiny Walker. It is literally the GPS that rerouted the vehicle of my thoughts and feelings while sojourning the convoluted path to becoming who God called me to be. It won’t reduce God’s timing or alter his plan for you but you will learn to enjoy the ride!
Your loss and brokenness could turn into a doorway of discovering how much the sovereign God cares about you. That’s exactly what Mary experienced in grief when her youngest son died as a result of injuries from a car accident. The tragedy led her to review God’s actions in her life in prior experiences, which enabled her to trust in His demonstration of lovingkindness in the grief the family and community experienced. God is the divine Puzzle Maker, putting the pieces of our lives in place, one by one. He is a sovereign God who has the power to plan our lives for His glorious purpose. As we look for evidences of His care and tenderness in very difficult experiences of life as well in the good times, we are drawn in a close love relationship to this awesome God. Grief and loss can be an opportunity to draw us nearer to God. Glorious Puzzle is the account of Mary learning to trust and love God deeply through her experiences of infertility, miscarriage, adoption of a special needs child, career changes, the mental illness and incarceration of her oldest son and the death of her youngest son. Her account challenges us to open our eyes to see God’s hand at work in our hard times and then give Him the honor and praise. It is a story of putting Proverbs 3:5 & 6 into action in everyday life and in times of trial. As God is acknowledged, He frees us to experience joy, draw near to Him, and feel His awesome love for us, and we can respond in grateful service. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” (ESV)