Religion and Spirituality

Book reviews on the subject of religion and spirituality.

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    "Destined To Live, Despite Me," by author Yolanda Shanks, speaks on the topic of suicide directly to the actual attempter in terms of spiritual direction, after they have sought counseling. It's coffee table tone also invites anyone, including individuals who may not have ever contemplated suicide, but who simply need direction in living a meaningful and purposeful life built on biblical truth. While "Destined to Live, Despite Me" steers clear of giving medical or psychological guidance, it doesn't apologize for its direct approach in providing spiritual guidance for the rebuilding of one's life on the fundamentals of our faith in God, and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    In "Women, War & Hypocrites," Dr. Campbell expands the journey through his analysis of the thematic structure of the fourth surah (The Women), a large and complex surah containing some of the most controversial verses and ideas in the Qur’an. The key issues addressed are women (on marriage, lewdness, wife beating and hijab), war (on killing, battle, jihad and terrorism) and hypocrites (on believers, the People of the Book, idolatry, intoxication and the crucifixion of Jesus). Given that Islam traces its prophetic heritage from Noah through to Abraham, Moses, Jesus and finally Muhammad, much of the content of the Qur’an will be familiar to those with even a passing exposure to the scriptures of the Jews and Christians.

    Barack Obama may well be the most predicted leader in world history after Jesus Christ. Fabio R. de Araujo, Brazilian historian, has been interpreting prophecies for more than twenty years and believes Obama is the fulfillment of many of those prophecies. In "2012: The Year of the Changes," de Araujo analyzes legitimate prophecies and dismisses fabricated ones to show which predictions about Obama are likely to come true, including that both Obama and Putin will be reelected in the 2012 elections.

    If you could ask a Shaman Elder any question, what would you want to know? Forty-five questions are answered through the words of Shaman Elder Maggie who has practiced for over 50 years her centuries-old family lineage of Traditional Shamanism, trained by her own Shaman Grandmother. See your life from a Traditional Shamanic perspective and eliminate the fears and problems that interfere with your own happiness. The questions in "The Shaman Speaks"come from the thousands of emails that Shaman Elder Maggie receives through her Internet course and her free counseling service online.

    "The True Nature of Tarot" dispels the myths and negative connotations that surround the tarot by sharing the personal experiences of the author, Diane Wing, a tarot reader with 25 years of experience. Tarot is discussed as a tool of enlightenment and understanding. Diane Wing shares intuitive techniques for reading that take you beyond the conventional card meanings and deep into tarot as a tool to channel energy and increase psychic sensitivity.

    In his bestselling book, "The Language of God," Francis Collins the scientist who led the National Institutes of Health's Human Genome Project attempted to harmonize the findings of scientific research with Christian belief. In this response to Collins's work, fellow geneticist George C. Cunningham presents a point-by-point rebuttal of "The Language of God," arguing that there is no scientifically acceptable evidence to support belief in a personal God and much that discredits it. Written with admirable clarity for the nonscientist, "Decoding the Language of God" covers much of the same ground addressed by Collins in his book. Cunningham also devotes chapters to the unreliability of the Bible as a basis for belief; the conflict between naturalistic explanations of reality, which are anchored in scientific research, and supernatural interpretations, which are not; and the many difficulties in conceptualizing the origins of the universe in terms of a personal God. Unlike recent hostile attacks on religious belief, Cunningham's respectful, well-reasoned discussion will appeal to open-minded people across the whole spectrum of belief and unbelief.

    Daughters of the Light

    Nua and her Grandfather search for the Light while all around them gathers foes and enemies disguised as friends and leaders. Divine intervention is possible and comes when needed most.

    C B Fisher relates the dreams, visions and warnings of a deceased Creek Chief. Oktaharsars Harjo predicts coming disaster and collapse of the current system and tells of the Utopian world that arises from this destruction.

    In "Explore the Book of Revelation" by author Julius M. Scott we see the Birth of Jesus Christ and the great conflict between God and Satan. Satan is defeated and thrown down to earth. The birth and life of our Jesus Christ, His death and Resurrection, are the most important single event in mankind’s existence. Without Christ’s sacrifice for our sins there is no one, except Jesus Christ, that has lived a sinless life. Without Jesus there could be no Book of Life and no way that we could gain access into the New Jerusalem. As Adam and Eve were disobedient all of their descendants have also been disobedient.

    Author Ernest Dempsey's second collection of short stories "The Blue Fairy" takes a subject that has been dreaded for centuries - 'Death'. It is one of the few works of fiction, which neither treats the subject as the 'D word' by bringing in fantasies of afterlife nor compromises the solemnity by trying to evaporate the reality of death in humor. Instead, Dempsey explores the many sides to the subject that make the final departure a meaningful reality of existence. Inspired mostly by real life experiences, Dempsey's "The Blue Fairy" ingeniously integrates dying with living. It is a book for the soul.

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