Get a sneak peek into a world ruled by nuns, 50 important Roman or Greek myths, or novelist Debbie Macomber’s depiction of life as a grand narrative written by God.
God, faith & identity from the ashes : reflections of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, edited by Menachem Z. Rosensaft ; prologue by Elie Wiesel.
Eighty-eight contributors from a broad range of occupations and professions, including theologians and spiritual leaders offer reflections on how the memories of the Holocaust shared with them have affected their lives. Contributors include: Stephanie Butnick, associate editor, Tablet Magazine, London Rabbi Abie Ingber, Germany Rabbi Lody van de Kamp, author, Holland Rabbi Lilly Kaufman, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Vilnius Rabbi Benny Lau, Ramban Synagogue, Israel Rabbi Michael Marmur, provost, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg, Congregation Beth-El, Edison, Philadelphia Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, Temple Beth Zion. Intended for a popular audience of people of all faiths.
30-second mythology : the 50 most important Greek and Roman myths, monsters, heroes and gods, each explained in half a minute, editor, Robert A. Segal ; contributors Viv Croot [and six others].
The sub-title says it all. Why did Odysseus’ journey take 10 years? Who was Oedipus, and what did Hercules do to deserve his 12 labours? A snappy quick reference guide to Roman and Greek gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters, and the classic tales of heroism and exploits.
My way : a Muslim woman’s journey, by Mona Siddiqui.
“The vast majority of Muslims do not wish to see Islam used as a divisive force within the largely secular societies in which they live. How then can Muslim stereotyping be challenged? Mona Siddiqui is one of the foremost Western authorities on the reconciliation of 21st-century life and Islamic custom. In this new and searching book, she applies a uniquely probing intelligence, as well as a female sensibility, to crucial issues of faith and identity (such as wearing the veil) within society at large.” (excerpt from Syndetics summary)
Once upon a time : discovering our forever after story, Debbie Macomber.
“Debbie Macomber has inspired readers with her stories for decades. Now for the first time, she helps each of us to understand that life is a story, part of a grand narrative that God is writing day by day. With chapters that cover the importance of literary elements such as characters, setting, backstory, and conflict, Macomber uses the structure of a story to illustrate God’s hand in our lives. Each chapter has a storytelling prompt-a searching question that will help frame our story….” (Syndetics summary)
Kernel & husk : the waning of Jesus in Godzone, by Bill Cooke.
New Zealanders are relatively indifferent to questions about Jesus. The author explores through a historical lens why this could be. Read about religious controversies and developments and their impacts over the decades – from Ron Glover, the only New Zealander to be tried for blasphemy, to Richard Stacey, who changed his name to Jesus Christ, to CK Stead’s novel My name was Judas.
If nuns ruled the world : ten sisters on a mission, by Jo Piazza.
Ten nuns and the causes they have dedicated their lives to are explored. These are catalysts of change – from a brave sister rescuing victims of human trafficking, to serving poverty-stricken communities, eliminating nuclear weapons, or seeking acceptance of gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church. “These sisters offer inspiring, provocative counterstories that are sure to spark debate.” (Syndetics)
Against the odds : true stories of forgiveness and healing, by Carmel Thomason.
” No relationship can survive without the ability to forgive, but sometimes we are hurt so deeply or so often that forgiveness appears impossible. This collection of inspirational true stories demonstrate the healing power of forgiveness through ordinary people’s experiences of war, crime, terrorism, betrayal, relationship breakdown and the uncertainty of life’s path. … this uplifting and practical book will encourage you to think about your own experience of forgiveness – how you might make this gift an everyday part of your life, let go of pain, restore relationships and live your life to the full.” (Syndetics summary)
Your true nature : wisdom of living masters, by Natalie Deane and Damien Lafont.
French scientist Damien Lafont and Australian publisher Natalie Deane journey the world to meet spiritual masters and speak with indigenous elders, quantum physicists, gurus and philosophers. Each person shared their wisdom on love, lessons and the keys to living a truly awakened life. One important message was the vital need to awaken to the wisdom of who we really are.
The afterlife bible : the complete guide to otherworldly experience, by Sarah Bartlett.
“This is both a definitive companion to the beliefs of the afterlife, and a practical guide to the spiritual realm – seeking it for comfort and healing in this life. Beliefs are drawn from ancient myth and religion as well as contemporary spiritual faiths, and include tales of supernatural contact between worlds. It examines the role of mediums and healers, and scientific evidences. Exercises include meditation, channelling, dream work, astral travel, and scrying.
Language for God in patristic tradition : wrestling with biblical anthropomorphism, by Mark Sheridan.
“God is not a human being” (Num 23:19). Yet many passages attribute human characteristics to God and Mark Sheridan provides a theological and historical analysis of this anthropomorphic language. Some Jewish and Christian theologians read these texts allegorically or theologically in order to discover the truth contained within them. “Sheds new yet ancient light on both the early Church Fathers and the cruxes and crises of modern biblical interpretation.” (Library Journal December 2014).