As the world reels from the Charlie Hebdo-related murders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali the brilliant, charismatic and controversial bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for a Muslim Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities.
Today, she argues, the world's 1.6 billion Muslims can be divided into a minority of extremists, a majority of observant but peaceable Muslims and a few dissidents who risk their lives by questioning their own religion. But there is only one Islam and, as Hirsi Ali shows, there is no denying that some of its key teachings - not least the duty to wage holy war - are incompatible with the values of a free society. For centuries it has seemed as if Islam is immune to change. But Hirsi Ali has come to believe that a Muslim Reformation - a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling the religion with modernity - is now at hand, and may even have begun. The Arab Spring may now seem like a political failure. But its challenge to traditional authority revealed a new readiness - not least by Muslim women - to think freely and to speak out.
Courageously challenging the jihadists, she identifies five key amendments to Islamic doctrine that Muslims have to make to bring their religion out of the 7th century and into the 21st. And she calls on the Western world to end its appeasement of the Islamists. Islam is not a religion of peace, she writes. It is the Muslim reformers who need our backing, not the opponents of free speech.
Interweaving her own experiences, historical analogies and powerful examples from contemporary Muslim societies and cultures, Heretic is not a call to arms, but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of global toleration. With jihadists killing thousands from Nigeria to Syria to Pakistan, this book offers an answer to what is fast becoming the world's number one problem.
The classical gods of Rome uncoiled from the fertile imaginations of the ancient Greeks whose gods were passionate and violent, jealous of their powers and subject to both mighty outbursts of love and all-consuming bouts of vengeful war. The dark forces of the ancient world were held at bay by the resourceful and emerging civilisation that formed the basis of Western culture, providing a tradition of fabulous tales that are retold in this new book.
Originally composed approximately two thousand years ago, the Mahabharata tells the story of a royal dynasty, descended from gods, whose feud over their kingdom results in a devastating war. But it contains much more than conflict. An epic masterpiece of huge sweep and magisterial power, a hundred times more interesting than the Iliad and the Odyssey, writes Wendy Doniger in the introduction, the Mahabharata is a timeless work that evokes a world of myth, passion, and warfare while exploring eternal questions of duty, love, and spiritual freedom. A seminal Hindu text, which includes the Bhagavad Gita, it is also one of the most important and influential works in the history of world civilization. Innovatively composed in blank verse rather than prose, Carole Satyamurti's English retelling covers all eighteen books of the Mahabharata. This new version masterfully captures the beauty, excitement, and profundity of the original Sanskrit poem as well as its magnificent architecture and extraordinary scope.
By a renowned science writer, a much-needed, clear-eyed presentation of the fact that faith in God and empirical science are by no means mutually exclusive. A must-read for educated believers, now in paperback.
Based on interviews with eleven Nobel Prize winners and many other prominent physicists, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists, as well as leading theologians and spiritual leaders, Why Science Does Not Disprove God is a well-informed and readable analysis of the religious implications of our ever-increasing understanding of life and the universe. The renowned science writer Amir Aczel masterfully refutes the overreaching claims of the New Atheists, providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there's still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive.
The book teaches five different meditation techniques, with nearly a dozen practices in each, making it a very comprehensive, yet easy to follow, resource. This is the book for the complete beginner and the long-time meditator who may be stuck or out of practice. This is a book for the stressed-out mum, the father recovering from a heart attack, the sister with the high-stress job, the couple who can't seem to spend any time together and virtually anyone else.
Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) is the classic manual on the art of living. In 81 short, poetic chapters, the book looks at the basic predicament of being alive and teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao, or the basic principle of the universe. Stephen Mitchell's acclaimed translation is accompanied by ancient Chinese paintings that beautifully reflect Lao Tzu's timeless words.
Saying grace is an ancient and vital tradition the world over. It provides a moment of stillness before enjoying the meal, and a spiritual connection with your loved ones. You may choose to start your meals with a traditional Islamic blessing, an Aztec prayer, or a saint's grace. Before your gathering, simply open the Book of Blessings to choose a grace to celebrate life, love, family, laughter, or the food you are about to enjoy. Whether you're a master at giving the dinner table blessing, or fairly new at this sacred tradition, Book of Blessings will provide a grace to complement every occasion.
Joseph was thrown into a hole and despised. The pit. Life is reduced to one quest: to get out and never get hurt again. Not simply done. Pits have no easy exit.Joseph's story got worse before it got better. Abandonment led to enslavement and imprisonment. His life offers this lesson: in God's hands, intended evil becomes ultimate good. Someone from up there must come down here and give you a hand. God did for Joseph.And at the right time, in the right way, he will do the same for you.This Miniature Edition(TM) is based on the New York Times bestselling book by Max Lucado.
The Handy Islam Answer Book is clearly and eloquently written by John Renard, Ph.D., a scholar of Islam with more than 40 years of research and teaching experience. He provides detailed descriptions of the history, beliefs, symbols, rituals, observations, customs, leaders and organisation of the world's second largest religion. Renard explains the significance of the Five Pillars, Muhammad, various sects, the Qur'an, Islamic law and much more.
The bestselling Catholicism has now been revised and updated for an eagerly-anticipated second edition. This lucid and accessible account explains how Roman Catholicism and its beliefs and practices came to be what they are. Renowned scholars Gerald O'Collins and Mario Farrugia move through history to sum up the present characteristics of Catholic Christianity and the major challenges it faces in the third millennium. Clear and engaging, the authors present matters in a fresh and original way. They skilfully depict the Catholic heritage and show that Catholicism is a dynamic and living faith. O'Collins and Farrugia engage with contemporary moral issues and explore the challenges which Catholics and other Christians must face. This is an authoritative, lively, and up-to-date introduction to Catholicism for the twenty-first century.
Full of human wisdom, this is a psychologically acute and absorbing approach to a very important subject . (Philip Pullman). In this inspiring work, Richard Holloway tackles the great theme of forgiveness. One of the most important books on this essential topic, On Forgiveness draws on the great philosophers and writers such as Frederick Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida and Nelson Mandela. Both timely and a timeless modern classic, On Forgiveness is a pertinent and fascinating discourse on how forgiveness works, where it came from and how the need to embrace it is greater than ever if we are to free ourselves from the binds of the past.
Achieve psychic mastery in one year with this daily guide. Learn meditation, trance techniques, and divination in an easy-to-use, page-a-day format. Beginning with simple observation skills and advancing to more demanding techniques such as reading for others, 365 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Abilities lets you absorb information and stretch your psychic muscles at your own pace. Let Alexandra Chauran show you how to tap into the limitless potential of the subconscious. Experience the link between psychic perception and the five senses. Explore techniques, both ancient and modern, for amplifying and making sense of psychic abilities. Discover the history of intuition and clairvoyance as you build a solid base of understanding one day at a time.
Hidden within the mysterious Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, also known as Lucumi, there is a deep body of secrets and rituals called Ifa, practised by priests whose title, babalawo, means Father of the Secrets. This book pulls away the veil of secrecy to reveal exactly what Ifa is and how it works, exploring its history, cosmology, Orichas, initiations, mythology, ways of power, offerings, and sacrifices. Join Frank Baba Eyiogbe in this fascinating introduction that discusses the functions of the babalawo, the role of women, and the future of Ifa.
The discovery and translation of the Gnostic Gospels have revealed Mary Magdalene to be a gifted visionary teacher and the best qualified disciple to lead the Jesus movement following his death. Yet, according to most scholars, only a few fragments of her actual teachings have survived.
Sharing more than 20 years of research, inspired by a profound experience at the cave in southern France where Mary Magdalene is reputed to have spent her final years, Jack Angelo reveals that the Fourth Gospel of the New Testament, traditionally attributed to John, is actually a direct transcription of Mary Magdalene's oral teachings. He explains how the Fourth Gospel was recast by more conservative members of the Jesus movement, such as Peter and Andrew, to hide Mary's authorship and suppress her role as head disciple. Delving deeply into the many layers of meaning within the Gospel of Signs - the first 11 chapters of the Fourth Gospel which describe seven of Jesus' miracles - he shows how Mary's teachings outline seven key steps for personal transformation and profound healing.
For example, the sixth sign describes the shamanic healing of a blind man when Jesus spits on clay and smears the paste over the man's eyes. Angelo explains how the deeper meaning of this sign is about perceiving with the eyes of the heart.
Beyond the beauty and simplicity of Mary's wisdom for personal transformation and healing, Angelo also shows how Mary's heart-centered teachings embody the resurgence of feminine energy that is vitally needed to restore balance to the psyche and health of humanity as well as to Earth.