Stairway to Heaven

Author: Peter Levenda

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441117040

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Stairway to Heaven is an incredibly broad ranging new study that stretches from ancient Egypt and Babylon to Jewish and Christian Kabbalists, Chinese Daoists, Hindu Tantra and Haitian Vodun and finally to 19th and 20th century European occult societies, uncovering a hitherto unrecognized common myth that has been employed the world over in roughly the same form since the earliest recorded texts. Beginning with the oldest form of Jewish mysticism and extending this search through the dead sea scrolls, Levenda reveals a consistent emphasis on the number seven and its association with heavenly themes, including those of a chariot, a Throne, a Temple and a divine Being. The author then examines the myths and rituals of egypt, sumer and Babylon to locate the origin of this myth and comes up with some surprising results in the ascent rituals of the middle east. Shifting to the far east, Levenda demonstrates how the mystical practices of China and India display important similarities to these rituals, most notably in the practices of the Chinese alchemists who used a map of seven stars as their ladder to heaven. Reinforced by visits to the Buddhist shrine of Borobudur in indonesia, Levenda concludes that there was a myth common to peoples across the ancient world that an ascent to the heavens was possible using a ladder of seven stars, a process running parallel to the alchemical idea of the perfection of metals and the perfectibility of the soul. This concept was enshrined in the rituals of the Western secret societies of the 19th and 20th centuries such as the golden dawn and the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, and influenced the development of new age occultism. exhaustive in scope and revealing in its scholarship, Stairway to Heaven casts a fascinating new multidisciplinary perspective on the mystical practices of heavenly ascent.

Stairways to Heaven

Author: Lorna Byrne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444709917

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

View: 3433


Lorna Byrne sees and talks with angels every day of her life and has done since she was a baby. As a child Lorna was told by the angels that her job on this earth was to share the wisdom and knowledge that God and the angels were giving her. When Lorna’s husband died, her world fell apart. In Stairways to Heaven she tells the story of how she pulled her life back together and how she, an uneducated mother of four, broke her silence and started to spread the angels’ message to the world. Lorna tells us of the future that God envisages for us – and some possible other futures, depending on the decisions we make. ‘Everyone must play their part’, she says. She reveals some of the most extraordinarily detailed information about angels and the way they work in the world, that has ever been written down. She also introduces us to the Guardian Angel of the Earth and explains why it is so important that we listen to him. She tells the tragic love story of two spirits who she met first as a young child. These spirits stayed close to her for twenty years using Lorna’s spiritual gifts to heal those who had done them wrong – and also to heal the descendants of those wrongdoers, whose lives were still being overshadowed. The overwhelming reaction of readers to Lorna’s writing – regardless of religious belief – is that it gives them hope, helping them to realise that no matter how alone they might feel they have a guardian angel by their side.

Metaphor

Author: Simon Unwin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351696262

Category: Architecture

Page: 184

View: 9136


Each of these Analysing Architecture Notebooks is devoted to a particular theme in understanding the rich and varied workings of architecture. They can be thought of as addenda to the foundation volume Analysing Architecture, which first appeared in 1997 and has subsequently been enlarged in three further editions. Examining these extra themes as a series of Notebooks, rather than as additional chapters in future editions, allows greater space for more detailed exploration of a wider variety of examples, whilst avoiding the risk of the original book becoming unwieldy. Metaphor is the most powerful component of the poetry of architecture. It has been a significant factor in architecture since the earliest periods of human history, when people were finding ways to give order and meaning to the world in which we live. It is arguable that architecture began with the realisation of metaphor in physical form, and that subsequent movements – from Greek to Gothic, Renaissance to Modern, Victorian to Vernacular... – have all been driven by the emergence or rediscovery of different metaphors by which architecture might be generated.

Babylonian Mythology

Author: Don Nardo

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1420508326

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

View: 3089


This volume looks at Babylonian Mythology, drawing connections between ancient Babylonian culture and its myths, explaining how the beliefs, values, and experiences of that culture are represented in its treasured stories. Readers are treated to a map of ancient Mesopotamia, a family tree of the major gods, a table of major characters with name pronunciations with brief descriptions, sidebars, and fact boxes.

Archbishop Benson’s Humming Top

Author: Adrian Leak

Publisher: Book Guild Publishing

ISBN: 1912881063

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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During Adrian Leak’s time as a parish priest, he wrote many monthly ‘letters’ for the local parish magazine. His inspiration was the wide and colourful experience of life as a country parson, and the wish to share his reflections with non-believers as well as believers. Following the success of Adrian’s first collection, Nebuchadnezzar’s Marmalade Pot, his new book, Archbishop Benson’s Humming Top comprises sixty brief essays adapted from sermons as well as articles previously published in the Church Times. “Archbishop Benson’s Humming Top propels us from Greek hats to gardens, via compassion fatigue and hunting parsons to the songbirds of Istanbul. Underpinning and uniting these wide-ranging reflections is the conviction that God is to be found in stillness and silence, and that we need to be able to listen if we are to hear the still, small voice. Adrian Leak has created a box of delights: quirky and thoughtful, with plenty of still centres, to be dipped into and savoured: nourishment for the soul, with no damage to the waistline.”– Caroline Chartres, Features Editor, Church Times

The Mythology of Supernatural

Author: Nathan Robert Brown

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101517522

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 9470


A look into the paranormal legends, lore, mythology, and monsters featured on the hit television show Supernatural. From angels to demons, The Mythology of Supernatural explores the religious roots and the ancient folklore of the otherworldly entities that brothers Sam and Dean Winchester face on the hit television show Supernatural—and that have inhabited the shadows of human imagination across countless cultures and centuries.

NKJV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Author: Zondervan,

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 031000361X

Category: Bibles

Page: 2496

View: 7932


Discover new dimensions of insight with a behind-the-scenes tour of the ancient world You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind even the most familiar stories of Scripture. That’s what the NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page of this NKJV Bible is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of biblical times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus. The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the texts read. For us to truly understand the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world and language. The NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, with notes from Dr. John H. Walton (Wheaton College) in the Old Testament and Dr. Craig S. Keener (Asbury Theological Seminary) in the New Testament, brings the ancient world of Scripture to life for modern readers. Features: Complete text of the New King James Version (NKJV) 2017 ECPA Bible of the Year Recipient Targeted book introductions explain the context in which each book of the Bible was written Insightful and informative verse-by-verse study notes reveal new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar passages Key Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament terms are explained and expanded upon in two helpful reference features Over 300 in-depth articles on key contextual topics 375 full-color photos, illustrations, and images from around the world Dozens of charts, maps, and diagrams in vivid color Words of Jesus in red Cross references, a concordance, indexes and other helps for Bible study

The Way Of The Dragon

Author: Martin Avery

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1312276959

Category: Religion

Page: 100

View: 8174


The Way Of The Dragon is an inspirational novel memoir, a spiritual autobiography, about a Westerner in the East who has a moment of profound epiphanic revelation after climbing Big Monk Mountain and meditating in front of a dragon at an ancient Taoist temple compound in Dalian, China.

A Christmas Message of Hope from the Angels

Author: Lorna Byrne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444767844

Category: Religion

Page: 37

View: 5886


From the Sunday Times number one bestselling author Lorna Byrne. In this short ebook Lorna, who sees angels with as much clarity as the rest of us see people, tells of the special angels she sees at Christmas. She movingly describes the Christmas angels she has seen since she was a child, dropping balls of light onto each and every home, helping us to reconnect with our memories of Heaven. Lorna tells of the blessing angels who she sees walking down from the sky at this time of the year, moving in a way that no other angel does, and reaching out to touch each one of us. This book will awaken the Christmas spirit within all of us with its message that Christmas is about much more than material things - that Christmas is above all at time for kindness and love. THIS CHRISTMAS THEMED BOOK CONTAINS: *The special Christmas Message of Hope chapter from Lorna Byrne's number one bestselling A Message of Hope from the Angels *A Christmas prayer *An interview with Lorna Byrne

The Magnificent Names of Jesus

Author: Jimmy Dodd,Sally Dodd

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 1087740541

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

View: 7581


Names can tell us a great deal about people, and the names of Jesus are no exception. The Gospels alone offer more than one hundred names for Christ, presenting a beautiful picture of Him as our Teacher, King, and Lord. Our Light, our Living Water, and so much more. The Magnificent Names of Jesus is a unique prayer guide that explores 37 of these memorable names, all to show children the breadth and depth of Christ. Each short chapter spotlights one name and offers a modern-day explanation, Scripture, and name-focused prayer. Written in a welcoming style as a “read to me” / “read with me” book, it can be used as a devotional for children and families, with charming illustrations to further convey the message and meaning behind each name. As kids learn to pray to Jesus their Shepherd, Jesus their Friend, and dozens more, the experience brings deep heart change both for the children and the loving adults who read with them. Allow this unique guide to shape your children's faith as they learn and love the magnificent names of Jesus.