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  • From the author of Conclave and All the Popeyes'>#8217;s Men comes the story of Pope John Paul IIyes'>#8217;s last days, the behindthescenes dynamics within the College of Cardinals that led to the choice of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, and where the new pope is likely to lead the Catholic Church. On April 18, 2005, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church gathered to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II. Faced with several potential candidates, the cardinals made a bold choice, entrusting the Keys of the Kingdom to 78yearold Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a man whose views on the challenges facing the Church and the broader culture could not be more unambiguous, or controversial. Questions arose as the world watched while Ratzinger was installed as Pope Benedict XVI, the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Why Ratzinger? Why someone so clearly identified with the previous pope? Why not a yes'>#8220;compromiseyes'>#8221; choice? Why a Cardinal from Western Europe and not from Africa or Latin America? What would this mean for the future of the Catholic Church? No one can tell the story of exactly what took place during the closed doors meeting, known as the conclave, when Cardinals from around the world cast their votes for the next pope, better than John L. Allen, Jr. As a correspondent for National Catholic Reporter and a Vatican analyst for CNN and National Public Radio, Allen has spent years overing Vatican politics and personalities, and his unique access to Roman halls of power has enabled him to write the ultimate behindthescenes account of the election of Pope Benedict XVI. The Rise of Benedict XVI is based on extensive research and exclusive interviews with eight cardinals representing five nationalities, guaranteeing readers an intimate glimpse into this monumental decision.But Allenyes'>#8217;s insight also means that he is in a unique position to evaluate the accomplishments and legacy of the man now known as Pope Benedict XVI, and to provide some analysis of the direction he will take the Catholic Church in the coming years. Ratzingeryes'>#8217;s long career as a major Vatican insider, force of influence, and occasionally polarizing figure, has ensured that his pontificate will be one of the most fascinating in the history of the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI will certainly have a major impact on the lives of the faithful around the world, and John Allenyes'>#8217;s riveting new book is the definitive work on this turning point in history.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Built around a wealth of interviews with the heads of Opus Dei in the Vatican and in centres around the world, comparing the attitudes of current members with those of highly critical members and outsiders, Opus Dei is a portrait of a remarkably powerful organization, both inside and outside the Church.

  • Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul II. Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing wordly vanities and locating eternal truths. No book has more explicitly and movingly described the Christian ideal: "My son, to the degree that you can leave yourself behind, to that degree will you be able to enter into Me." With a new Foreword by Carl Anderson, the Supreme Knight and chief executive officer of the Knights of Columbus.
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  • A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman to heaven -- where she experienced Gods peace, joy, and angels -- and back to life again.
    In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died.
    To Heaven and Back is Marys remarkable story of her lifes spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again. Detailing her feelings and surroundings in heaven, her communication with angels, and her deep sense of sadness when she realized it wasnt her time, Mary shares the captivating experience of her modern-day miracle.
    Marys life has been forever changed by her newfound understanding of her purpose on earth, her awareness of God, her closer relationship with Jesus, and her personal spiritual journey suddenly enhanced by a first-hand experience in heaven. To Heaven and Back will reacquaint you with the hope, wonder, and promise of heaven, while enriching you own faith and walk with God.

  • This cuttingedge new work, by the author of the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Messages in Water, presents a revolutionary understanding of life and consciousness and provides answers to the most profound questions of existence.
    Introduced in the bestselling The Hidden Messages in Water and the hit cult film What the Bleep Do We Know?, the groundbreaking work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto captured the popular imagination and launched a worldwide movement. Using highspeed photography, Dr. Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings. Since humans and the earth are composed mostly of water, his findings have farreaching ramifications for individuals, for human society, and for the global environment.
    In The Shape of Love, Dr. Emoto shares new images from his research and for the first time draws out the significant lessons of his work. In a clear, conversational style, he interprets the messages hidden in his extraordinary photographs and explains how his discoveries can help us find answers to these eternal questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where will we go after we die? Providing a new way of looking at such important issues as how we treat others and the earth itself, Dr. Emotos findings encourage the positive actions that spell a better future for all.
    A magnificent followup to The Hidden Messages in Water, The Shpe of Love is a fascinating investigation into the intersection of science and spirituality and its impact on our lives and our world.

  • Find a Soul-Deep Relationship Online.
    In today's fast-paced world, singles are turning to the Internet in the hopes of finding a relationship that goes deeper than superficial conversation. As many as 3,000 Christian matchmaker web sites boast more than 2 million members. But with so much happening online, how can a person know the best place to start and how to proceed?
    Online dating has the potential to put a meaningful soul connection literally at your fingertips. The search for a special relationship via the Internet holds great promise, but also significant risk. Fortunately, the support and guidance in this book can point you in the right direction, make you aware of the dangers, and prepare you to enjoy the unique blessings of dating online.
    World Wide Search will increase your effectiveness by helping you:
    ·Tap into crucial, Bible-based insights and support.
    ·Determine if the timing is right for online dating.
    ·Evaluate your goals and expectations before the first date.
    ·Master the skill of safe online communication.
    ·Reduce your chances for hurt and disappointment.
    ·Find an authentic, soul-deep connection online.
    Whether you are new to online dating or simply looking for ways to improve your approach, this is the supportive, trustworthy guide you need to help you succeed as you seek "the one" online.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The veil has been lifted.
    Discover the Gospel truth about the most myth-understood woman of the New Testament. Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? An adulteress? The wife of Jesus? An ancient goddess? Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible, combines heartfelt contemporary fiction with extensive biblical research to bring to life the real Mary Magdalene of the Bible.
    With her own eyes, she saw him.
    With her own ears, she heard him.
    With her own hands, she touched him.
    Unveiling Mary Magdalene opens with the fictional journey of Mary Margaret Delaney, a madwoman adrift in modern Chicago. Her moving story, closely paralleling the biblical account, is followed by a verse-by-verse study of the first-century Mary Magdalene and her life-changing encounters with the Christ.
    Liz has done it again! What hope and promise this will bring.
    --Kay Arthur The unforgettable portrait of a courageous woman.
    --Rebecca St. James From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Have you ever thought...
    My daughter will take care of the dog...
    I can keep house like my mother-in-law...
    I'll never do that again...
    Not only has author Marsha Marks believed the lies many of us hear and tell on a daily basis-she's willing to talk about them!
    Tickling the funny bone to get to the heart, Marks shares the real truths she's discovered behind everyday lies. Here you'll enjoy heavenly advice woven into hilarious stories as Marks offers a good dose of reality in a way you've never heard it before.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Are you ready to face life's tests?
    God tests a man. Into the flow of everyday life He sends "pop quizzes"-those unexpected trials that show us what we're made of; that reveal the true quality of our faith and character; that show our willingness to obey Him.
    Every Man's Challenge, part of the best-selling Every Man series, will prepare you to obey. It does take guts to stand firm in facing what life throws our way. We need courage to acknowledge our own weaknesses and to change. We need understanding in handling moral dilemmas and family crises. Thankfully, God has given us the strength we need. By His power we can "participate in the divine nature" and triumph over our sins and the temptations and corruption of the world.
    The forty "exams" in this book, comprised of Scripture, stories, and reflective questions, will give you the necessary tools to draw closer to God and win life's battles. Used in your devotional times or for personal reflection or group study, you'll find strength to overcome sexual temptation, learn how to love your wife better, and gain increasing confidence to live as Christ did.
    In the defining moments of your life, you can obey God and pass the tests that challenge every man.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Falling in love is one of life's greatest joys.
    So imagine the endless joy of falling head over heels for God.
    Falling in love is one of the most magnificent experiences of human life. Remember what it feels like? How it happens? You spend time with that special someone, get to know each other, and then one day find yourselves so intimately connected it is as though your souls have become intertwined.
    Compare that experience with your current relationship with God. Why doesn't it feel just as passionate, just as wonderful? Gary Moon believes it can.
    If you're not head over heels in love with God, you're missing out on an incredible experience-but you're not without hope. Falling for God will inspire you to pursue a passionate, intimate relationship with a God who-even though he doesn't need anything from you-wants more than anything to be united with you.
    Through Bible study, personal meditation, and classic spiritual exercises, you'll discover how to experience this loving connection with the lover of your soul. The journey will take you through honest conversation and active communion to a deeper experience of intimate union with God. Falling for God will move you to embrace an all-out passion for joyful and abundant living.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The Scottish Lowlands, October 1789.
    A year has come and gone since Jamie McKie fled for his life, arriving at Auchengray in search of sanctuary and a bonny wife. Young Rose McBride, as fair a lass as any in Scotland, dearly loves her handsome cousin--but so does her older sister, Leana.
    Determined to have Jamie all to herself, Rose puts in motion one desperate plan after another, enlisting the aid of Lillias Brown, a wise woman--a wutch, some say--still keen on the old ways. Impetuous Rose ignores the cruel whispers that travel up and down the parish hills, never dreaming of the tragic consequences that await her.
    Her sister, Leana, clings to her hard-won sense of peace and assurance by a slender thread of faith. Day and night, Leana';s hours are apent caring for wee Ian and praying that her future will hold more promise than her past.
    Jamie McKie is busy making his own plans to return home to Glentrool and claim his inheritance. To do so means facing Evan, the brother whose blessing he stole, and Alec, the father whom he ruthlessly deceived. It is a perilous journey that will test the depth of his courage, the strength of his sword, and the tenacity of his vow to honor Almighty God, no matter the cost.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • In these days of economic uncertainty, and in a society that values financial security, money is an emotional topic. Appearances and lifestyle matter to us. And money-or the lack of it-often determines whether or not were content. The truth is, our attitudes toward money and possessions reflect the quality of our relationship with God. And, according to the Scriptures, our view of money reveals where our true affections lie.
    Prosperity is not a sin, but it does bring responsibilities. And scarcity is not a virtue, particularly when it distracts us from the things that truly matter.
    In this six-week study you will discover God's view of material wealth. As you dig into the Scriptures, you'll learn where money comes from, you'll see how we're supposed to handle it, and you'll understand how to live an abundant life, regardless of your financial circumstances.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • When painful or frustrating circumstances invade your life, it's easy to wonder why. Why does life so often seem unfair? Why doesn't our all-powerful God stop the pain and suffering-not just for you-but for all His children The truth is, we live in a fallen world filled with fallen people, and we cannot escape hardship and pain. Somehow difficult times are a part of God's plan and they serve His purposes.
    In this six week study you'll examine what the Bible says about suffering and why God allows it. Through the stories of many who persevered through times of testing, you'll discover how to find joy even when life seems unfair. You'll learn how to handle loss while glorifying God in the midst of your pain. And you'll find the peace that comes from trusting in the One whose strength is made perfect in your weakness.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • A Blueprint for Building a Love that Lasts Marriage begins with visions of eternal love, hope, and happiness. Yet, even among Christians, hope too quickly fades. The happiness dims. And love seems too hard to sustain.
    It doesnyes'>#8217;t have to be that way. God designed marriage to be a satisfying, fulfilling relationship, and He created men and women so that theyyes'>#8211;together, and as one fleshyes'>#8211;could reflect His love for the world. Marriage, when lived out as God intended, makes us complete, it brings us joy, and gives our lives fresh meaning.
    In this study, youyes'>#8217;ll examine Godyes'>#8217;s design for marriage, and youyes'>#8217;ll learn, from the Designeryes'>#8217;s perspective, what it means to be a godly husband or wife. Youyes'>#8217;ll discover biblical wisdom for pursuing harmony in difficult areas such as finances, communication, and respect for each otheryes'>#8217;s roles. Most important, youyes'>#8217;ll learn the principles you need to build a love that lasts.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • What You Don't Know about Yourself Will Hinder You.
    What You Don't Know about Men Will Hurt You.
    What You Don't Know about Relationships Will Cost You.
    Why does the modern-day search for romance so often end in disappointment, especially for women? Is it something we do? Something we don't do? Are we missing important information about the opposite sex--or about ourselves? Is there something wrong with us that we long so desperately for "til death do us part"?
    Sadly, many women today see their ongoing singleness as a weakness or lack of worth. In truth, our dreams go unfulfilled not because we do not deserve for them to come true, but often because of wrong assumptions--assumptions that can easily be corrected.
    Drawing on both male and female perspectives, this book deals with the hard issues and questions you and other women ponder as you consider how to obtain lasting love. What Women Don't Know (and Men Don't Tell You) will help you adjust your desires, redefine what you are attracted to, set your values in order, and determine your goals--freeing you at last to pursue the loving relationship you desire.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The gripping and inspiring story of two extraordinary women--from their imprisonment by the Taliban to their rescue by U.S. Special Forces.
    When Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer arrived in Afghanistan, they had come to help bring a better life and a little hope to some of the poorest and most oppressed people in the world. Within a few months, their lives were thrown into chaos as they became pawns in historic international events. They were arrested by the ruling Taliban government for teaching about Christianity to the people with whom they worked. In the middle of their trial, the events of September 11, 2001, led to the international war on terrorism, with the Taliban a primary target. While many feared Curry and Mercer could not survive in the midst of war, Americans nonetheless prayed for their safe return, and in November their prayers were answered.
    In Prisoners of Hope, Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer tell the story of their work in Afghanistan, their love for the people they served, their arrest, trial, and imprisonment by the Taliban, and their rescue by U.S. Special Forces. The heart of the book will discuss how two middle-class American women decided to leave the comforts of home in exchange for the opportunity to serve the disadvantaged, and how their faith motivated them and sustained them through the events that followed. Their story is a magnificent narrative of ordinary women caught in extraordinary circumstances as a result o their commitment to serve the poorest and most oppressed women and children in the world. This book will be inspiring to those who seek a purpose greater than themselves.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • In the study of biblical stories, readers will find comfort in seeing how they, like those before them, can walk by faith and not by sight through the uncertainties of life.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Our souls long for an elusive freedom-the freedom of truth. And our world desperately needs it, now more than ever.
    Dare to Be True doesn't downplay the difficulty of living honestly in today's world, but it doesn't throw in the towel, either. In this challenging but encouraging book, Mark Roberts introduces a bold plan to practice complete honesty in every area of our lives-in what we say, in how we live, and in who we are. Combining biblical truth with real-life stories and plenty of practical applications, Roberts helps us experience the rewards of truthfulness-personal wholeness, healthy relationships, and deeper intimacy with God. Set out today on the adventure of truthful living, if you dare!
    From the Trade Paperback edition.
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  • Sliding into the Rabbit Hole... Would She Ever Return?
    On the surface, Alice Laxton seems no different from any other college girl: bright, inquisitive, excited about the life ahead of her. But for years, a genetic time bomb has been ticking away. Because of Alice's near-genius intelligence, teachers and counselors have always made excuses for her "little idiosyncrasies." But during a stress-filled senior year at college, a new world of voices, visions, and unexplainable "knowledge" causes Alice to begin to lose her grip on reality.
    As Alice's schizophrenia progresses, she experiences a disturbing religious "awakening," believing that God and angels and demons are speaking to her. When others attempt to intervene, Alice is subjected to a wide range of "treatments" even more frightening and painful than her illness.
    Powerfully raw and brutally honest, Finding Alice is a story of individual suffering and hope, a family's shared ordeal, and a search for true mental and spiritual healing.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • "I';ve worked hard to get where I am. I';ve overcome great obstacles. I';ve earned it." No one had a greater right to say those statements more than King David. He rose from the fields of Palestine to the palace of power and privilege. He';d made it. But now that he was on top, would he continue to grow spiritually in the midst of his success?
    Self-sufficiency is a temptation every man faces. But we can';t be both self-sufficient and on the move spiritually at the same time. Just as in David';s life, God often allows us to experience the consequences of self-sufficiency so that we can rediscover our need for his leadership and empowerment in our lives. In the end, the crushing blows we face serve to humble us...and forge the basis for the next wave of spiritual momentum in our lives.
    Being God';s Man...in the Search for Success will help you-whether in individual or group study-come to grips with the attitudes and actions you must own as you move forward to achieve God';s goals for you in life.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Megan McKenna has long been well known in the Catholic community as a writer, speaker, and teacher. In her lectures and writings, McKenna focuses on the central place of storytelling in the spiritual life and on the role of the storyteller as a teacher. She explores the illuminating power of stories, examining both traditional and contemporary tales that are integral parts of Christian, Zen, Jewish, Sufi, Native American, and many other spiritual traditions.

  • Frustrated by the often unrealistic standards of beauty presented by todays media, many women have become trapped in a never-ending pattern of chronic dieting. Daily they endure destructive self-talk such as I cant eat that or Ill get fat or If I could just lose a few more pounds everything would be better.
    Chronic dieters may be any shape or size but they have one thing in common: They are often left to suffer alone with an undiagnosed sub-clinical eating disorder. Such sub-clinical disorders include eating habits that are unusual, even unhealthy, but do not fit the technical classifications of anorexia or bulimia.
    Addressing the many dimension of chronic dieting, Life Inside the Thin Cage offers a wake-up call and practical steps to those who need healing. Readers will find personal stories, insights into their secret patterns and habits, reassurance that they are not alone, checklists, self-tests, and, best of all, a new road to emotional, physical, mental and spiritual freedom.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Across the centuries, how have Christians who follow the Prince of Peace responded to the recurring reality of war? And what guidance do they offer for believers today-in the midst of global conflict?
    In When God Says War Is Right, Dr. Darrell Cole offers thorough and highly readable answers. His expert examination focuses on these topics:
    ·Relating the character of God with the use of force ·Determining when and how Christians ought to fight ·Understanding why Christian virtues are vital when using force ·Using nuclear weapons for deterrence ·Learning lessons from World War II, Vietnam, and the 1991 Gulf War ·Responding to today';s war against terrorism Dr. Cole focuses on Romans 13, where Paul commands us to "do what is right" (or "good" or "noble") in regard to our governing authorities, who have legitimate war-making authority. In the case of war, what is "right" for the Christian? This book answers that essential question. In today';s war-stricken world, Dr. Cole provides timely, trustworthy, and vitally needed guidance for Christians.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

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