The World As It Is

Author: Ben Rhodes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473554519

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 9334

‘One of the most compelling stories I’ve seen about what it’s actually like to serve the American people’ BARACK OBAMA A revelatory, behind-the-scenes account of the Obama presidency and a political memoir about the power of words to change our world This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is Ben Rhodes. A young writer and Washington outsider, Rhodes was plucked from obscurity aged 29. For nearly ten years, he was at the centre of the Obama Administration – first as a speech-writer, then a policy maker, and finally a close collaborator. Here, Rhodes tells the full story of his partnership – and, ultimately, friendship – with a historic president. From the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours in the Oval Office, he puts us in the room at the most tense and poignant moments in recent history. ‘Vivid, lucid, enjoyable... A compelling account of life in the Obama White House’ Justin Webb, The Times ‘A stylish, beautifully written political memoir’ Colum McCann

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

Author: David Vincent Meconi

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 1467445355

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 628

With the 2015 publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, many people of faith have found themselves challenged to seek new ways of addressing serious ecological questions — issues essential to the flourishing of all creatures and not just human beings. This volume brings together fifteen select scholars to consider pressing contemporary environmental concerns through the lens of Catholic theology. Drawing from the early church fathers and other authoritative voices in the Christian tradition, the contributors to On Earth as It Is in Heaven show how ancient, creedal Christianity offers significant insights into our current ecological dilemmas and speaks powerfully about what it means for us today to care well for God’s good creation. CONTRIBUTORS and TOPICS Robert Louis Wilken on honoring centipedes and toads — and all of God’s created works Christopher J. Thompson on not reducing creatures to “resources” solely to be “used” Steven A. Long on understanding the created order as a participation in the divine, eternal law Marie George on human stewardship of creation as both kingship and kinship Matthew Levering on “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” — a good idea? Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, on sustainability from a Franciscan perspective John A. Cuddeback on land use and household stewardship Faith Pawl on animal flourishing and suffering Paul M. Blowers on evolutionary theory and the promise of restoration for all creation Christopher A. Franks on Job, poverty, gratitude, and “a gentle life” Jonathan J. Sanford on how Aristotle and Maritain illuminate our obligation to care for creation Paige E. Hochschild on contemplating rather than dominating nature, building on Augustine and George Grant Chris Killheffer on how monastic sources help us rethink gluttony and its remedies David Vincent Meconi, SJ, on the wonderful, awe-filled interrelationship between creatures and their Creator Esther Mary Nickel, RSM, on the liturgy as the space in which all creation is consecrated before the cross of Christ

Wonder and Education

Author: Anders Schinkel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350071919

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 1178

Many people, whether educators or not, will agree that an education that does not inspire wonder is barren. Wonder is commonly perceived as akin to curiosity, as stimulating inquiry, and as something that enhances pleasure in learning, but there are many experiences of wonder that do not have an obvious place in education. In Wonder and Education, Anders Schinkel theorises a kind of wonder with less obvious yet fundamental educational importance which he calls 'contemplative wonder'. Contemplative wonder disrupts frameworks of understanding that are taken for granted and perceived as natural and draws our attention to the world behind our constructions, sparking our interest in the world as something worth attending to for its own sake rather than for our purposes. It opens up space for the consideration of (radical) alternatives wherever it occurs, and in many cases is linked with deep experiences of value; therefore, it is not just important for education in general, but also, more specifically, for moral and political education.

Thee Truth

Author: Bonga Makholwa

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1504944313

Category: Self-Help

Page: 120

View: 8224

The truth is that there is something within you that is not in harmony with what you believe. Your will is not in harmony with what should be. There is something within you that sees the world and knows that these “answers” are not leading to what actually should be. All through life you have chosen to look at the world as you are and what your circumstances told you. You never took time to look at it as it is and at its true nature, for I tell you the painful truth: life is really simple, but you insist on complicating it. For a long time you have listened to outside noises and ignored the voice inside you. You have forgotten the person you were before the world told you who you are, for I say to you, take a look at the world closely. Now see what I see, feel what I feel, understand what I understand, and perceive what I perceive. According to religion, 99 percent are going to heaven. According to the Son of Man, a mere 1 percent is going to hell. For I tell you the truth, not all you have been told is what truly is, for some people have been fooled most of this time, but I tell you the truth, not all of the people can be fooled all of the time. For a long time you have searched for the door to the truth only to realize that you had the key all along, for I tell you the truth—you are what you think, not what you think you are. Think about it. Now think about it.


Author: Tom Blackstone

Publisher: Tom Blackstone

ISBN: 9781301800988


Page: N.A

View: 8405

Finding Your Power to Be Happy: Seven Practices to Bring Unconditional Happiness into Your Life

Author: D.E. Hardesty

Publisher: D.E. Hardesty

ISBN: 1311878149

Category: Self-Help

Page: 324

View: 7788

Learn to find the happiness that is natural to you, and enjoy better relationships, better health, more success and a longer life. The peculiar thing about us humans is, we spend a lot of time working to find people and things that will make us happy. In fact, we seem to spend the majority of our time doing this. However, there is no guarantee that any of this effort will work. There are lots of people who have hordes of people around them, and who have lots of things, but have been unable to make themselves happy. The truth is, happiness can be had with little effort. Have you ever been happy for no reason at all? Of course you have. Without anything changing in life, happiness just appears. We see it in young children all the time. In fact, we expect to see it in children. If you happen to ask a smiling child why he or she is so happy, at best the answer may be, “Because.” For an adult this may be an unsatisfying answer, but for the child it is the truth -- happiness exists “just because.” As we age we seem to lose touch with happiness-for-no-reason-at-all. We see a world where everyone is striving for stuff, striving for popularity, striving, striving, striving. The natural fount of happiness we once enjoyed disappears as we join them. However, that happiness is not gone. All that happened is we lost our connection to it. This book is about recovering that connection. We all grow up believing that if we work hard, and if we are good people, we will enjoy good relationships with others, good health, success and a long life. Obviously this is not true. There are a lot of rich old people who are not happy. What we have, what we do, and the other circumstances of our lives do not provide authentic happiness. Instead, happiness comes from inside of us, and all by itself enables us to have secure relationships, good health, more success and longer lives. So, what is the secret of being happy? Being happy is a little like flipping a switch. When it’s on you are happy and when it’s off you are not. It’s so easy. How else can you explain being happy for no reason. What you need to do is learn to turn it on, and keep it turned on. This book discusses seven practices that help you do that. There is a lot of wisdom available about how to be happy. Most of it is thousands of years old, but some is quite new. The seven practices we will look at incorporate this wisdom to help you learn how to turn on happiness in your life. This kind of happiness does not require changing anything in your life. All you have to do is learn to turn it on.

Private Fleming at Chancellorsville

Author: Perry Lentz

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826265308

Category: History

Page: 359

View: 5128

"Focusing on the exploits of Private Henry Fleming and his fellow soldiers, Lentz's study of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage debunks earlier criticism of the novel as impressionistic by proving, through a close examination of war history, combat, and, specifically, the Chancellorsville battle, its realistic founding"--Provided by publisher.

Church in a World of Religions

Author: Tom Greggs

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567701492

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 2871

In this collection of essays, Tom Greggs explores the nature of the church in a world of many religions. Greggs' writings on the Church and on other religions emphasize the importance of attentiveness to Christ and the Holy Spirit, and both are simultaneously generous and particularist. The first part of the book addresses the Church as it is brought into being by the Spirit in glorifying God, celebrates the sacraments, respects the authority of the creeds, is generously Catholic, and critiques its own religion. The second part looks at the church in a pluralist context as it engages in inter-faith dialogue, expresses both particularism and universalism, speaks of Christ with many names, and reads scripture and understands the many covenants found there. Greggs offers a programmatic conclusion, setting an agenda for theologies of the church and of other religions and their simultaneous relationality.