Top Ebooks in Religion & Spirituality
The second volume, The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion, presents the bodhisattva teachings of the mahayana. At this point, having trained and seen the benefits of looking within, the student begins to shift their focus outward to the broader world. Formal entry into the mahayana occurs with taking the bodhisattva vow. Mahayana practitioners dedicate themselves to the service of all sentient beings, aspiring to save them from sorrow and confusion, and vowing to bring them to perfect liberation. This stage of the path emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom through the view and experience of emptiness, or shunyata, in which all phenomena are seen to be unbounded, completely open, ungraspable, and profound. From the ground of shunyata, compassionate activity is said to arise naturally and spontaneously. In addition to mindfulness and awareness, the mahayanist practices lojong, or "mind training," based on the cultivation of the paramitas, or "transcendent virtues": generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna, or "knowledge." As a component of lojong, tonglen, or "sending and taking," is practiced in order to increase maitri, or loving-kindness. Other topics covered in detail in this volume include bodhichitta, skillful means, Buddha nature and basic goodness, Madhyamaka, the ten bhumis, the three kayas, and more.
constantly seeking after my cure,
but the sweet and delicious water of life
had to break through the granite of my heart."
When the words of Rumi enter your heart, something softens, breaks, and is subtly reborn. That he wrote the words seven hundred years ago in a medieval Persian world that bears little resemblance to ours makes their uncanny resonance to us today just that much more remarkable. Here is a treasury of daily wisdom from this most beloved of all the Sufi masters—both his prose and his ecstatic poetry—that you can use to start every day for a year, or that you can dip into for inspiration any time you need to break through the granite of your heart.
Using the mediums of Scripture and story, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere takes readers on a journey into the Mountain of God, to the one place they can learn not only to abide in God's unshakeable truth and love, but become adamant--people who are unmovable, determined, and steadfast. With conviction and passion, Lisa unpacks the concept of the adamant for readers, linking together the grand story of Scripture and God's purpose in their lives. Readers will see that God's plan is revealed as we dwell in him, it is there that we are forged and shaped. As we abide in Christ our Cornerstone we are shaped into the image of the adamant.
For all who ask, "Where has my struggle led me?" or for those "on the road" who have had the courage to embark on the journey but seek the illumination, this work will inspire.
A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.
In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion. In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable in a rich, capativating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.
"The Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us." --New Oxford Review
On Being a Leader for God covers numerous topics that are relevant to Christian leadership in this and every era, including obedience, faithfulness, character, maturity, ability, God's authority, seizing opportunities, biblical images of successful leadership, listening, the difference between a boss and a leader, change management, organizational leadership, and vision. Pastors, deacons, church leaders, and laypeople will find this book both engaging and transformative.
A 90-day devotional adapted from New York Times bestselling author Joseph Prince's book The Prayer of Protection. With Psalm 91 as their guide, DAILY READINGS FROM THE PRAYER OF PROTECTION will give readers an understanding about how God guards His children and provide them with tools to ward off the evil that tries to come near. Each daily experience includes a scripture reading, a key truth about God's love and protection, a powerful thought to use during the day, a place to journal, and a powerful, specific Prayer of Protection readers can pray.
Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words examines modern and premodern Buddhist monastic education traditions in Laos and Thailand. Through five centuries of adaptation and reinterpretation of sacred texts and commentaries, Justin McDaniel traces curricular variations in Buddhist oral and written education that reflect a wide array of community goals and values. He depicts Buddhism as a series of overlapping processes, bringing fresh attention to the continuities of Theravada monastic communities that have endured despite regional and linguistic variations. Incorporating both primary and secondary sources from Thailand and Laos, he examines premodern inscriptional, codicological, anthropological, art historical, ecclesiastical, royal, and French colonial records. By looking at modern sermons, and even television programs and websites, he traces how pedagogical techniques found in premodern palm-leaf manuscripts are pervasive in modern education.
As the first comprehensive study of monastic education in Thailand and Laos, Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words will appeal to a wide audience of scholars and students interested in religious studies, anthropology, social and intellectual history, and pedagogy.
Bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduced readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity with the release of the original The Treasure Principle in 2001. Now the revision to the compact, perennial bestseller includes a provocative new concluding chapter depicting God asking a believer questions about his stewardship over material resources.
Jesus spent more time talking about money and possessions than about heaven and hell combined. But too often we’ve overlooked or misunderstood his most profound teaching on this topic, from his words in Matthew 6. Jesus offers us life-changing investment advice. He actually wants us to store up treasures for ourselves—just not here on earth. Instead, he urges us to store our treasure in heaven, where they will await us, and last forever. We can’t take it with us—but we can send it on ahead!
Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Because when Jesus told His followers to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” He intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure. In The Treasure Principle, you’ll unearth a radical teaching of Jesus—a secret wrapped up in giving.
Once you discover this secret, life will never look the same. And you won’t want it to be.
“Supercharged with stunning, divine truth! Lightning struck over and over as I read it.”
- John Piper, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis
King David: Trusting God for a Lifetime, a twelve-week Bible character study, takes an in-depth look at the person referred to in Scripture as “a man after God’s own heart,” giving insight into how to cope with conflict and depression, how to maintain personal integrity, and how to trust God for a lifetime.
With more than 35 years of experience counseling couples, Gary has found that most marriages suffer due to a lack of preparation and a failure to learn to work together as intimate teammates.
So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive, and mutually beneficial marriage they envision, such as:
Ideal for newly married couples and those considering marriage, the material lends itself to heart-felt, revealing, and critical conversations for relational success.
Read this bookand you’ll be prepared for—not surprised by—the challenges of marriage.
Bonus features include:Book suggestions and an interactive websites to enhance the couples’ experience“Talking it Over” questions and suggestions to jumpstart conversations over each chapterAppendix on healthy dating relationships and an accompanying learning exercise
Behind our world's problems, which baffle our finest politicians and philosophers, lies a fundamental, racial and fatal error of having chosen the wrong king. Born into his kingdom, he has deceived us into thinking we can each of us be our own kingdom, inevitably clashing with each other, as individuals or nations.
The only solution is to find the right king and become his loyal citizens. One day all other kingdoms will be shaken to pieces but this will remain, for ever. Only then will the conflict, in which every one of us is involved, be resolved.
Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan clarifies this subject by answering 64 questions, some dealing with contemporary issues that affect the Muslims today and others emphasising the distinguishing traits of Salafiyyah. Although many of the questions deal with contemporary matters, the Shaykh answers them by referring back to the Book, the Sunnah and the way of the Salaf, reminding the reader of the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “Upon you is to keep to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Caliphs, hold tightly to that, and clamp down on that tightly with your back molar teeth.”
People are paying millions of dollars for information and understanding on matters like business, economics, and politics. God has the answers, and he has made his secrets discoverable to every seeking believer in a close relationship with him. In GOD SECRETS, you’ll learn how to:
• Gain access to God’s deep knowledge and wisdom.
• Share God’s mindset.
• Inspire and empower others with God’s thoughts and dreams.
• Use words of knowledge in everyday life scenarios.
• Connect with his love for all of his creation, which includes you.
Did you know you can grow in Words of Knowledge? Paul encourages believers in 1 Corinthians to follow after love and to eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit. He would never tell us to pursue something or give us hope for certain gifts if we couldn't engage them! Words of Knowledge is one of the revelatory gifts that we can grow and strengthen just like any other spiritual gift. God loves to tell us specific information about people that we wouldn't naturally know on our own! God has been known to reveal birthdates, anniversaries, family nicknames, pet names, and even bank account numbers at times! The sharing of these personal details help us to develop trust and strong connection to the Lord. It produces faith to believe that God deeply loves us and that He truly does have plans to prosper us and give us hope for the future!
Journey with Shawn as he lays out his understanding of this gift in a relatable way, and gain a fresh perspective on God’s direction for your business, your household, your worldview, and your spiritual life.
GOD WANTS YOU TO DISCOVER HIS SECRETS. IT WILL CHANGE YOU AND THE WORLD AROUND YOU.
"Penguasaan dalam bahasa Arab yang baik, pidato yang mengesankan jiwa, hujah yang mantap, wajah istidlal daripada dalil dan juga kekuatan Usul Al-Fiqh menjadikan beliau cukup terkenal di bumi Syam. Beliau mampu mengajar ilmu tasawuf melalui Syarah Hikam yang cukup terkenal. Kajian sirah nabawiyah melalui kitabnya Fiqh As-Sirah melonjokkan namanya ke persada tokoh ulama dunia mutahkhir ini."
S.S Datuk Dr. Zulkifli Mohamed Al-Bakri Mufti Wilayah Perseketuan Kuala Lumpur.
Harvey's precise, passionately told story will touch sceptics as well as seekers.
Messages about sex are everywhere. Books, magazines, films, television, and billboards bombard us daily with the cultures standards and beliefs about sexuality. And while the world tells us how we should live in regards to our relationships and sexual identity, the church has too often been silent.
But sexuality is not an issue that can be ignored.Pure Love deals openly, honestly, and biblically with these core issues of sexuality facing young people today: dating singleness modesty emotional purity pornography masturbation homosexuality
Confident in the power of the gospel, Timon and Sarah draw on their own experiences and the truth of the Scriptures to show you how you can be freed from the slavery of sexual temptation and walk in a manner worthy of your calling as a Christian.
Rabiatul Adawiyah anak bongsu daripada empat orang adik-beradik.
Beliau dinamakan Rabiah yang bermaksud nombor empat. Walaupun mendapat pelbagai reaksi daripada pelbagai pihak, ayahnya tetap dengan keputusannya.
Kisahnya bermula sebelum kelahirannya lagi. Ayahnya Rabiatul adalah seorang yang baik akhlak dan elok ilmu agamanya.
Semasa dia masih kecil kedua-dua ibu bapanya meninggal dan tinggallah dia dengan kakak-kakaknya. Kemudiannya ujian Tuhan datang lagi, dia diculik dan menjadi hamba pada satu keluarga kaya. Daripada situlah perjalanan spiritual Rabiatul berkembang sehinggalah beliau diiktiraf sebagai wali.
But it only told half the story - how to forgive others. The teaching is completed with R. T.'s brilliant account of how it is equally important that we forgive ourselves.
TOTALLY FORGIVING OURSELVES is classic R. T. Kendall - honest, sympathetic, biblical teaching on an aspect of the Christian life common to us all. Everyone has something in their past for which they need to forgive themselves as well as other people. Unless we do so, we are not only damaging ourselves but restricting our usefulness in God's service.
This book, possibly R. T. Kendall's most important work to date, explains what God calls for as 'total forgiveness'. No sin or action is unforgivable, says R. T., and we are called to keep no record of wrongs, to refuse to punish those who have hurt us, to show mercy and to avoid any form of bitterness.
Total Forgiveness contains a radical message for a divided world.
'If I could have only one of R. T.'s books, this would be my choice. There is no more important message for the church today' Rob Parsons
It may seem easier to pray for your spouse, your children, your friends, and your extended family, but God wants to hear your requests for your life too. He loves it when you come to Him for the things you need and ask Him to help you become the woman you have always longed to be.
The Power of a Praying® Woman is just for you. You'll find personal illustrations, carefully selected Scriptures, and heartfelt prayers to help youtrust God with deep longings, not just pressing needscover every area of life with prayermaintain a right heart before God
Each chapter concludes with a prayer you can follow or use as a model for your own prayers. Women of all ages will find hope and purpose for their lives with The Power of a Praying® Woman.
These English translations are easy to read, and Buddhist terms are explained in the glossary. One can read this book for pleasure, or study it for spiritual development. One can also recite the sutras, prayers, and mantras as a spiritual practice. Students in Buddhist Studies certainly can use this book to support and enhance their learning.
In the midst of our busy world we need islands of calm. Each of these daily readings is paired with a quotation from one of the world’s great philosophers, poets, saints, and sages. Easwaran taught spiritual living for forty years, and his commentaries show how the wisdom of the ages can guide us in our own lives.
Augustine and Einstein, Emily Dickinson and Jalaladdin Rumi, Biblical verses, Buddhist sutras, Hasidic proverbs, and Hindu Upanishads can all be found here. As we go through the year with Easwaran some days will be joyful, some will be hard, but each one can further our journey. One day at a time is enough.
Awakening to the reality of our true spiritual condition, we see ourselves and our need for a Savior with renewed honesty. This realization leads to action, obeying God's commands and following the example set by Christ. As we see in the transformation of the prodigal son, the result is a life-changing, destiny-altering collision—an AHA moment that leads us home to our loving Father.