Longing for Spring:A New Vision for Wesleyan Community Elaine A. Heath, Scott T. Kisker
Counterfeit Community:The Exploitation of Our Longings for Connectedness Freie
From New York Times best-selling legend and author of the Survivors´ Club series comes a cherished novel about the risks and the compromises that come with falling in love.... Governess and mistress - he wanted her as both.... The illegitimate daughter of an English lord, Sian Jones abandoned her heritage to live in a stalwart coal-mining community in South Wales. Empowered by their cause, she´s engaged to be married to the leader of a revolutionary movement that is bracing itself against the tyranny of English mine owners. But Sian´s principles are unexpectedly shaken when she accepts a job as governess under Alexander Hyatt, the mysterious marquess of Craille, the oppressive symbol of everything she has come to resist. She never expected Alexander to upend all her expectations. He is sympathetic to her cause. He is a loving father. A man of wealth and position, he is fatally attractive. And he is offering his heart to the independent woman who has illuminated his life. Now, caught between two worlds and between the promises and desires of two men, Sian must make a choice that will define her future - one that can only be made in the name of love.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosalyn Landor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008479/bk_reco_008479_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born in a Dublin tenement in the middle of the 20th century, this dead-poor, curious Irish girl escaped to Paris when she was 17 with the help of a nun, a Hollywood actor, and a kind stranger. There she was accepted into the emigre community blacklisted in the McCarthy era. She met James Baldwin and Ring Lardner, Jr.; Ruth Gordon gave her a fur coat. Still restless and full of dreams she spent years working her way around the world. On a ship bound for Egypt with her year-old daughter Aisling she fell in love with a radical longshoreman from San Francisco. The memoir Longing for Elsewhere explores the themes entangled in her journey: identity, adventure, creativity, the burdens of history, and the passion for justice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Renee Gibbons. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017939/bk_acx0_017939_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Did you enter adulthood thinking marriage would find you, only to end up at a second-cousin´s wedding, dodging yet another bouquet the night before you turned 30? Maybe you´ve started wondering if this the best the single life has to offer. Joy Beth Smith says it´s not - that single life doesn´t have to leave you constantly waiting for real life to begin. If you let go of the tired lies weighing you down, you can turn toward truth: You don´t have to be married to be wise. You don´t have to be a mother to love. You don´t have to own a home to be hospitable. Singleness is not meant to be pitied, shamed, fixed, or even ignored. It is to be celebrated. God doesn´t promise you a husband, but he does promise comfort, intimacy, and satisfaction. With humor, self-awareness, and been-there perspective, Party of One delves into the insecurities and struggles of singleness and encourages you to find the good, the true, and the beautiful, diving headfirst into community and no longer pressing pause on your life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Madeleine Rose. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/drms/003102/bk_drms_003102_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jesus lived with his disciples for three years and taught them life lessons in a relational atmosphere. After three years, he commanded them to ´´go and do likewise´´ (Matthew 28:18-20). Our God, the Trinity, is a relational God. He lives in perfect harmony with the other members of the Godhead. His word is full of exhortations to love and serve one another. This book will tell you how. The isolationism present in the western world is creating a hunger for community, and the world is longing to see relational disciples in action. This book will encourage Christ followers to allow God to use family, friends, cells, and mission communities to mold and shape them into relational disciples. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Grothe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083805/bk_acx0_083805_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anthony Padovano brings his considerable cultural, philosophical, and religious insights to examining five major issues affecting spirituality today: Authenticity, community, commitment, behavior, and hope. He draws upon the cultural heritage of the West reminding the listener of the wisdom to be found in the philosophers and poets of the ancient world and how timeless their insights are. He helps the listener to integrate these insights into Christian spirituality and the life and dynamism of the faith community. He gives people hope and affirms their capacity to make the right choices on their pilgrimage here on Earth. He stresses the need for freedom in seeking happiness and responsibility in making the correct decisions that helps a person fulfill his or her own call to live life fully which is the Creator´s will for all. The struggles and pain of life are dealt with in a concrete manner and the complexity of the motivations that rule our behavior is explored. His longing for a better, less violent world and his hope for a more and more humble approach to life from organized religion are clearly outlined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dr. Anthony Padovano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pssp/000111/bk_pssp_000111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Addressing the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of crisis, Nature and the Human Soul introduces a visionary ecopsychology of human development that reveals how fully and creatively we can mature when soul and wild nature guide us. Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the cycles and qualities of the natural world, a blueprint for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation. With evocative language and personal stories, including those of elders Thomas Berry and Joanna Macy, this book defines eight stages of human life - Innocent, Explorer, Thespian, Wanderer, Soul Apprentice, Artisan, Master, and Sage - and describes the challenges and benefits of each. Plotkin offers a way of progressing from our current egocentric, aggressively competitive, consumer society to an ecocentric, soul-based one that is sustainable, cooperative, and compassionate. At once a primer on human development and a manifesto for change, Nature and the Human Soul fashions a template for a more mature, fulfilling, and purposeful life - and a better world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Josdal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/009007/bk_tant_009007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nazneen´s inauspicious entry to the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a Bangladeshi village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu. Her life in London´s Tower Hamlets is, on the surface, calm. For years, keeping house and rearing children, she does what is expected of her. Yet Nazneen walks a tightrope stretched between her daughters´ embarrassment and her husband´s resentments. Chanu calls his elder daughter the little memsahib. ´´I didn´t ask to be born here,´´ says Shahana, with regular finality. Into that fragile peace walks Karim. He sets questions before her, of longing and belonging; he sparks in her a turmoil that reflects the community´s own; he opens her eyes and directs her gaze, but what she sees, in the end, comes as a suprise to them both. While Nazneen journeys along her path of self-realization, a way haunted by her mother´s ghost, her sister Hasina, back in Bangladesh, rushes headlong at her life, first making a ´´love marriage´´, then fleeing her violent husband. Woven through the novel, Hasina´s letters from Dhaka recount a world of overwhelming adversity. Shaped, yet ultimately not bound, by their landscapes and memories, both sisters struggle to dream themselves out of the rules prescribed for them. Beautifully rendered and, by turns, both comic and deeply moving, Brick Lane establishes Monica Ali as one of the most exciting new voices in fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ayesha Dharker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/000058/bk_hcuk_000058_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen illuminates today´s social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today´s online networking revolution, and critiques of ´´social´´ companies like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, Keen argues that this social media transformation is weakening, disorienting, and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age. Using Alfred Hitchcock´s iconic film Vertigo as a metaphor for the fabric of lies we are being sold, Keen demonstrates the chilling triumph of the digital inspection house in our daily lives. The tragic paradox of life in the social media age, Keen says, is the incompatibility between our internet longings for community and friendship and our equally powerful desire for online individual freedom. By exposing the shallow core of social networks and our increasing captivity to Big Data, Andrew Keen shows us that the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we become too. Digital Vertigo offers a compelling answer to the pervasive digital utilitarianism of our age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Keen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001220/bk_acx0_001220_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.