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The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable hist...
by Malka Adler

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English

Pages

374

Publication Date

November 07, 2019

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<h2><em>My brother鈥檚 tears left a delicate, clean line on his face. I stroked his cheek, whispered, it鈥檚 really you鈥?lt;/em></h2><p>Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war.</p><p>But one day in 1944, everything changes. The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour before the train will take them to Auschwitz.</p><p>Six decades later, from the safety of their living rooms at home in Israel, the brothers finally break their silence to a friend who will never let their stories be forgotten.</p><p><strong>Malka Adler鈥檚 extraordinary biographical novel of a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each other is based on interviews with the brothers she grew up with by the Sea of Galilee.</strong></p><p><strong>When they decided to tell their story, she was the only one they would talk to.</strong></p><p><strong>Told in a poetic style reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, this is a visceral yet essential read for those who have found strength, solace and above all, hope, in books like <em>The Choice</em>, <em>The Librarian of Auschwitz</em>, and <em>The Tattooist of Auschwitz</em>.</strong></p><h2>Praise for <em>The Brothers of Auschwitz</em></h2><p>鈥?lt;strong>I sat down and read this within a few hours</strong>, my wife is now reading it and it is bringing tears to her eyes鈥?Amazon reviewer</p><p>鈥楾he story is so incredible and <strong>the author writes so beautifully</strong> that it is impossible to stay indifferent. I gave the book to my mom and she called me after she finished crying and telling me how much she loved it鈥?Amazon reviewer</p><p>鈥業t is <strong>a book we all must read</strong>, read in order to know 鈥?It is harsh, enthralling, earth-shattering, rattling 鈥?but we must. And nothing less鈥?Aliza Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief at Proza Books, Yedioth Ahronoth Publishing House</p><p>鈥?lt;strong>Great courage</strong> is needed to write as Adler does 鈥?without softening, without beautifying, without leaving any room to imagination鈥櫬燳ehudith Rotem, <em>Haaretz</em> newspaper</p><p>鈥楾his is <strong>a book we are not allowed not to read</strong>鈥?Leah Roditi, <em>At聽Magazine</em></p>
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD
by Simon Schama

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

March 18, 2014

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<p>In this magnificently illustrated cultural history鈥攖he tie-in to the pbs and bbc series <em>The Story of the Jews</em>鈥攕imon schama details the story of the jewish people, tracing their experience across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the new world in 1492</p><p>It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance in the face of destruction, of creativity in the face of oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life despite the steepest of odds.</p><p>It spans the millennia and the continents鈥攆rom India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.</p><p>In <em>The Story of the Jews</em>, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with gems and spices founder at sea.</p><p>And a great story unfolds. Not鈥攁s often imagined鈥攐f a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.</p><p>Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.</p>
Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ
by Timothy Keller

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English

Pages

153

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<b>From pastor and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Timothy Keller comes the perfect gift for the Christmas holiday鈥攁 profoundly moving and intellectually provocative examination of the nativity story</b><br /><br /> Even people who are not practicing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the nativity. Every Christmas displays of Baby Jesus resting in a manger decorate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story?<br /><br /> In his new book Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible鈥檚 account of Jesus鈥?birth, readers will experience the redeeming power of God鈥檚 grace in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus
by Jim Wallis

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>Writing in response to our current 鈥渃onstitutional crisis,鈥?<em>New York Times</em> bestselling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis urges America to return to the tenets of Jesus once again as the means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation.</strong><br /><br />In聽<em>Christ in Crisis</em>聽Jim Wallis provides a path of spiritual healing and solidarity to help us heal the divide separating Americans today. Building on 鈥淩eclaiming Jesus鈥濃€攖he declaration he and other church leaders wrote in May 2018 to address America鈥檚 current crisis鈥擶allis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. By pointing to eight questions Jesus asked or is asked, Wallis provides a means to measure whether we are truly aligned with the moral and spiritual foundations of our Christian faith. </p><p>鈥淐hristians have often remembered, re-discovered, and returned to their obedient discipleship of Jesus Christ鈥攂oth personal and public鈥攊n times of trouble. It鈥檚 called coming home,鈥?Wallis reminds us. While he addresses the dividing lines and dangers facing our nation, the religious and cultural commentator鈥檚 focus isn鈥檛 politics; it鈥檚 faith.</p><p>As he has done throughout his career, Wallis offers comfort, empathy, and a practical roadmap.聽<em>Christ in Crisis</em>聽is a constructive field guide for all those involved in resistance and renewal initiatives in faith communities in the post-2016 political context.</p>
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a ...
by Timothy Egan

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>"What a wondrous work! This beautifully written and totally clear-eyed account of his pilgrimage will have you wondering whether we should all embark on such a journey, either of the body, the soul or, as in Egan's case, both." --Cokie Roberts<br /><br />"If this book doesn't quite settle the question of belief for you, it will at least fortify your faith in scrupulous reporting and captivating storytelling...Egan is so well informed, he starts to seem like the world's greatest tour guide. You follow along as much to hear him talk as to see the sights. Reading it, you feel yourself in the presence of goodness -- the kind you might simply have to decide to believe in." <i>--The New York Times</i><br /><br />One of <i>Oprah</i>'s Must-Read Books of Fall 2019</b><br /><br />Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, exploring one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.<br /><br />Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.<br /><br />A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, <i>A Pilgrimage to Eternity</i> looks for our future in its search for God.
The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, L...
by , Michael F. Bird

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English

Pages

987

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p><strong>Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today's readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today. </strong></p><p><em>The New Testament in Its World</em> is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.</p><p>An ideal guide for students,聽<em>The New Testament in Its World</em>聽addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:</p><ul><li>What is the purpose of the New Testament?</li><li>What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom?</li><li>What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?</li><li>What really were the Gospels?</li><li>Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial?</li><li>As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the聽first or second聽centuries?</li></ul><p>In short, <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers' eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as聽historical, literary,聽and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism,聽amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture,聽and聽within聽early Christianity.聽'</p><p>Written for both classroom and personal use, the benefits of <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> include:</p><ul><li>A distillation of the life work of N. T. Wright on the New Testament with input from Michael Bird</li><li>Historical context that situates Jesus and the early church within the history, culture, and religion of Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world</li><li>Major sections on the historical Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and Paul's chronology and theology</li><li>Surveys of each New Testament book that discuss their significance, critical topics like authorship and date, and that provide commentary on contents along with implications for the Christian life</li><li>Up-to-date discussions of textual criticism and the聽canonization of the New Testament</li><li>A concluding chapter dedicated to living the story of the New Testament</li><li>Available Video and Workbook companion resources to enhance learning and experience the world of the New Testament</li><li>Illustrated with visually rich pictures, maps, charts, diagrams, and artwork; plentiful sidebars provide additional explanations and insights</li></ul>
55 Answers to Questions about Life After Death
by Mark Hitchcock

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

January 16, 2009

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Four thousand years ago, amid tragic suffering and death, Job asked the question of the ages: 鈥淚f a man dies, will he live again?鈥?Since the dawn of history, the subject of death and the afterlife has been the great question of human existence. It鈥檚 a subject that everyone wonders about. What lies behind the veil of death? Is there really life after death? Is there a place called hell? This small yet power-packed book answers, in a very straightforward, reader-friendly format, all the most-asked questions ordinary people have about death, near-death experiences, cremation, purgatory, hell, heaven, and our future bodies. You鈥檒l be amazed at what awaits us beyond the grave.<br /><br /><b>Is There Sex in Heaven? </b> <br /><br />It鈥檚 a fair question! And so are the rest. Go ahead鈥lip to the table of contents. Discover another one, two, or fifty-four others that are guaranteed to intrigue you. Questions like: <i>Do those in heaven know what鈥檚 happening on earth? </i>and <i>Will I see my pets in heaven?</i> <br /><br />Because even if you鈥檇 rather avoid the topic, death will not avoid you. So fire away! Ask the tough questions, and get the dead-on answers you need. Straightforward and easy to read, <i>55 Answers to Questions About Life After Death</i> satisfies that nagging, curious voice whispering from the corner of your mind. <br /><br /><b>Story Behind the Book</b><br /><br />鈥淭hree key experiences in my life have come together to make this book a reality. First, as the pastor of a local church for thirteen years, I have had the privilege of visiting people who are facing imminent death, conducting funerals, and ministering to grieving families. During these times people often have probing questions about life after death. Second, due to my interest and writing in the area of Bible prophecy, I am frequently asked questions about the afterlife at conferences and via e-mail. Third, all kinds of books, TV shows, and groups out there today are fostering unbiblical views of life after death. Knowing that this is a subject of universal interest and great confusion, I have a passionate desire to create a user-friendly, clear, straightforward resource to answer all the key questions that people everywhere are asking about life鈥檚 greatest mystery.鈥?/div>
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Co...
by Jemar Tisby

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

January 22, 2019

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<p><strong>An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically--up to the present day--worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response. </strong></p><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em> is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just don't know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.</p><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em>:</p><ul><li>Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America's early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War</li><li>Covers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today's Black Lives Matter movement</li><li>Reveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integration</li><li>Charts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate action</li><li>Is a perfect book for pastors and other faith leaders, students, non-students, book clubs, small group studies, history lovers, and all lifelong learners</li></ul><p><em>The Color of Compromise</em> is <em>not</em> a call to shame or a platform to blame white evangelical Christians. It <em>is</em> a call from a place of love and desire to fight for a more racially unified church that no longer compromises what the Bible teaches about human dignity and equality. A call that challenges black and white Christians alike to standup <em>now</em> and begin implementing the concrete ways Tisby outlines, all for a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people. Starting <em>today</em>.</p>
The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of...
by Philip Jenkins

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English

Pages

339

Publication Date

October 16, 2008

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<p>鈥淛enkins is one of America鈥檚 top religious scholars.鈥?lt;br />聽鈥?lt;i>Forbes</i> magazine<br /><br /></p><p><i>The Lost History of Christianity</i> by Philip Jenkins offers a revolutionary view of the history of the Christian church. Subtitled 鈥淭he Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia鈥攁nd How It Died,鈥?it explores the extinction of the earliest, most influential Christian churches of China, India, and the Middle East, which held the closest historical links to Jesus and were the dominant expression of Christianity throughout its first millennium. The remarkable true story of the demise of the institution that shaped both Asia and Christianity as we know them today,<i> The Lost History of Christianity</i> is a controversial and important work of religious scholarship that sounds a warning that must be heeded. </p>
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
by Lawrence Wright

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

January 17, 2013

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<b>National Book Award Finalist </b><br /><br /><br />A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>The Looming Tower,</i>聽the now-classic study of al-Qaeda鈥檚 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with聽current and former Scientologists鈥攂oth famous and less well known鈥攁nd years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.<br /><br />At the book鈥檚 center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige鈥攖ough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard.<br /><br />We learn about Scientology鈥檚 complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church鈥檚 goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church鈥檚 clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.<br /><br />In聽<i>Going Clear,</i>聽Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.

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