A Portuguese Legacy (Photography Books by Julian Bound) by Julian Bound Requirements: .ePUB reader, 9.1 MB Overview: A photographic journey through the Portuguese churches, chapels and roadside shrines of Goa, India by National Geographic contributor and award winning documentary photographer Julian Bound.
Capturing the known and less known places of worship influenced by Portugal’s arrival to India when Vasco da Gama first stepped onto its shores in 1498.
Throughout the western Indian state of Goa, Catholic churches, chapels and roadside shrines stand beneath swaying palm trees, along hidden dusty lanes, and from cliff tops overlooking the Arabian Sea, each one portraying a legacy left behind by the Portuguese. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Fisi’inaua ‘i Vaha – a Tongan Migrant’s Way: A Methodist Minister Applies Tongan Social Concepts in a New Zealand Setting by Siosifa Pole Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.7 MB Overview: Rev Siosifa Pole highlights Tongan cultural and social concepts and explores how they relate to his experience as a minister in English language, New Zealand parish settings. He hopes the book will improve the understanding by other people of the Tongan way of thinking and of doing things.
The book’s title, Fisi’inaua ‘i vaha, refers to the spray of sea water from the big waves that crashed on the double-hulled canoes in which his ancestors navigated the ocean to find new lands of opportunities.
This book includes significant conference papers Siosifa presented on issues such as child abuse and youth suicide, land, and displacement. There is also a helpful glossary of Tongan social and cultural concepts.
"This book reflects my journey of ministry in the Methodist Church of New Zealand over the last seventeen years. This journey was like sailing on double-hulled canoes in the vast Pacific Ocean. During this period, I practised my ministry in various contexts, in which I encountered diverse social issues, that my family, members of parishes I served, and communities that I was part of, confronted. My experiences prompted me to write articles for our Parish bulletin when I was in the Dunedin Methodist Parish, and papers that I presented in Conferences as one of the voices taking part in talanoa (story telling) in the theological landscape, as well as in the church. Mine is not the only voice, but one of many voices from the vaha." Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Lunar Alchemy: Everyday Moon Magic to Transform Your Life by Shaheen Miro Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.6 MB Overview: Much loved intuitive and energy worker Shaheen Miro shares his profound and personal understanding of the Moon and the ways in which she can enrich our lives.
Wherever you are in life, you are experiencing a phase. Just like the moon, you are on a journey from dark to light and back again, treading the path from inward journey to outward expression. And for whatever phase you may be in, there is magic to be discovered—magic that can transform your life.
In Lunar Alchemy, Shaheen Miro—a much-loved intuitive and energy worker—offers a new way of moving through the world. As you read this book, Miro will teach you how to embrace the moon’s progression through the sky. Something in you will be awakened, a strange stirring of magic that has always been there. Each phase of the moon, writes Shaheen, is an invitation to fully participate in your life experience and to ultimately shine your light in full glory. The practices you will find here are available to anyone who is open to the prospect of awakening magic in their life for introspection, radical self-care, and personal empowerment. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magic: Banish Negative Energy and Ward Off Unpleasant People by Miss Aida Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.3 MB Overview: Magical tips and techniques for keeping negative people and harmful forces at bay so you can take control of your destiny and live your best life.
Does your house feel a little wonky? Is someone giving you the evil eye? Are you just having a run of bad luck or have you been cursed? Miss Aida answers all these questions and more.
In Hoodoo Cleansing and Protection Magick, Miss Aida offers sound, practical advice for all sorts of dicey situations, large and small. The book is filled with rituals, spells, and Miss Aida’s own personal magickal formulas for removing negative energies, breaking malevolent spells, and banishing harmful people so that you can take control and live your best life.
A seasoned magickal practitioner from an eclectic background, Miss Aida shares her own psychic and spiritual experiences in order to help you cleanse and protect your space, aura, and loved ones. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Guardians of God: Inside the Religious Mind of the Pakistani Taliban by Mona Kanwal Sheikh Requirements: .ePUB reader, 24 MB Overview: This book is an account of the emergence and key events related to the origin and expansion of Pakistani Taliban since 2001, with a focus on the role of religion in their actions, policies, and worldviews. The author brings to light rare insight into the ideological basis of Pakistani Taliban, drawing upon first-hand research comprising participant observation, interviews, content analysis of organizational literature, and Talibani communications, such as recruitment videos, recorded speeches, leaflets and pamphlets, jihadi anthems, and press releases to the local media. The book demonstrates how religion simultaneously appears as an object to be defended, as a threat, as the purpose of violence, as the source of rules and limitations on violent action, and as the source of motivational imagery and myths. Going into an analysis of just what role religion plays in violent activities of this group, and how does it do so, the author shows that Talibani narratives are both secular and religious at the same time, contradicting a clear-cut divide between religious and secular motivations for violence. The book advocates against extreme positions that accord religion either a primary or a negligent position in explaining the raison d’être of Pakistani Taliban. It makes a plea for more informed and empathetic approach instead of the purely militaristic stance towards extremism, which has only helped it grow in the past. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson by Jonathan Kramnick Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.7 MB Overview: How do minds cause events in the world? How does wanting to write a letter cause a person’s hands to move across the page, or believing something to be true cause a person to make a promise? In Actions and Objects, Jonathan Kramnick examines the literature and philosophy of action during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, when philosophers and novelists, poets and scientists were all concerned with the place of the mind in the world. These writers asked whether belief, desire, and emotion were part of nature―and thus subject to laws of cause and effect―or in a special place outside the natural order. Kramnick puts particular emphasis on those who tried to make actions compatible with external determination and to blur the boundary between mind and matter. He follows a long tradition of examining the close relation between literary and philosophical writing during the period, but fundamentally revises the terrain. Rather than emphasizing psychological depth and interiority or asking how literary works were understood as true or fictional, he situates literature alongside philosophy as jointly interested in discovering how minds work. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Addiction: A Philosophical Perspective by Candice L. Shelby Requirements: .PDF reader, 4.1mb Overview: Addiction argues that addiction should be understood not as a disease but as a phenomenon that must be understood on many levels at once. Employing a complex dynamic systems approach and philosophical methodology, Shelby explains addiction as an irreducible neurobiological, psychological, developmental, environmental, and sociological phenomenon. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Beyond Born Again: Toward Evangelical Maturity by Robert M. Price Requirements: .PDF reader, 971 kb Overview: In this critique of modern evangelicals, theologian and writer Robert M. Price outlines several of the difficulties to be found in traditional evangelical apologetics, such as the evangelical defense of the historical reliability of the gospels, the resurrection of Jesus, and the claims of Jesus to be divine. He concludes by outlining some possible directions for the future of evangelistic thought. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
The Transcendence of the World: Phenomenological Studies by Richard Holmes Requirements: .PDF reader, 6.6 Mb Overview: In The Transcendence of the World, Richard Holmes brings together some of the major figures in the phenomenological movement to help explain our experience of the world—the world meant as independent of any particular awareness of it. Focussing on the writings of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre, Holmes delivers an accessible and coherent account of both the method and results of phenomenological analysis. He offers a critical appraisal of the works of these great thinkers and presents his own radical analyses in order to make sense of our experience of the world, and also the theory of quantum mechanics that purports to describe this world.
This book will be an important resource for students and scholars of philosophy and for all those interested in twentieth-century continental ideas. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Now, That’s a Good Question! by R.C. Sproul Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF reader, 2.1 Mb Overview: In Now That’s a Good Question, R.C. Sproul answers more than 300 challenging questions about life and faith.
Addressing doctrinal points and contemporary issues such as euthanasia, evolution, and abortion, Sproul covers more than three hundred topics in a personable, easy-to-read style that’s perfect for the lay person. New believers as well as those mature in the faith will find this book a solid resource for those challenging questions of life and faith. Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy