When you hear the word Zen, you might imagine a group of Buddhist monks sitting cross-legged in robes, with their thumb tips touching their fingertips. The practice of Zen actually goes far beyond any spiritual group or cultural stereotypes. It´s an effective and popular method of meditating, connecting your mind, spirit, and body, and living a life that is balanced and happy. The purpose of Zen is to directly capture and understand the meaning of life. You don´t have to have any religious or philosophical proclivities in order to enjoy the benefits of Zen meditation. It´s for everyone. In Zen for Beginners, you´ll discover: The principles of Zen. The benefits of Zen meditation. A step-by-step guide to practicing Zen meditation. Tips for beginners. How to incorporate Zen into your daily life. Turning to Zen meditation doesn´t mean giving up your way of life or your worldly possessions. It simply serves as a mean to improve who you are and what you do on this planet. You´ll walk towards enlightenment and enjoy the journey. Everything is in place, and you simply need to follow the path. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Curless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062715/bk_acx0_062715_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sir Thomas More´s Utopia has spurred debate, reflection, and critical thinking since its original publication in the 16th century. More´s fictional island of Utopia provides an exploration of issues that shook him and his contemporaries and that continue to be problematic in the modern day. The details of More´s utopian society, such as the permissibility of euthanasia and comments on chastity in the priesthood combine with proposals for the coexistence of varied religions to put forth a work that incorporates the totality of More´s religious, sociological, and philosophical talents. This version of Utopia is the translation by Bishop Gilbert Burnet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Prebble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001867/bk_tant_001867_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Missionaries is a story of the collision of three cultures. A brilliant tale of ineptitude, self-righteousness, and human folly, it combines the mordant wit of W. Somerset Maugham with a sense of humor reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse. When Dr. Sydney Prout is named the head of the UN mission to Elephant Island, he believes he is more than ready to meet the challenge of guiding its primitive inhabitants into the post-Colonial era and eventually full independence. But neither his many academic credentials nor the Journal of Race Relations have prepared Dr. Prout to reckon with the unrepentant bloody-mindedness of the natives or anticipate the inventive ways their tribal philosophers will incorporate the most unlikely aspects of modern civilization into their religious lore and traditional way of life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabrielle Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117839/bk_acx0_117839_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mankind has been fasting for centuries and throughout history. Sometimes, the fasting wasn´t exactly a voluntary activity. In the hunter gatherer communities, mankind could go for long hours or probably days without food. Fast forward to the time when man started having organized religion. Fasting is a religious activity that has been in practice for thousands of years; many religious organizations or groups such as the Christians, Muslims and even the Jewish incorporate fasting as part of their religious activities. For instance, it is not surprising to see a Muslim going on 40 days fast in preparation for the Ramadan. While fasting has, for a long time, been associated with the lack of food and religion, the practice of fasting is now taking a different direction. People are now fasting for a different reason. For instance, in recent times, fasting now supersedes a religious activity. It has come to be known as a health boosting activity. So what´s the difference between that and starving for days without food as we see happening in some poverty stricken parts of the world? Well, the difference is that there is a way of fasting that makes you attain these benefits; you just don´t go without food for days then expect to be healthy! So how do you go about fasting in a good way to obtain the different benefits? The most popular type of fasting that serves as a boost to health is known as the intermittent fasting. This book will serve as a master guide on how to achieve optimal health with intermittent fasting. It will cover various aspects of intermittent fasting such as the clear definition of the term intermittent fasting, health benefits and challenges associate 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061768/bk_acx0_061768_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this comprehensive survey, Williams offers concise descriptions of the background, beliefs, practices, and leaders of America´s most influential and distinctive religious movements and denominations. Thoroughly revised and updated, this third edition of America´s Religions incorporates the latest scholarship on religion, and considers timely issues such as status of Muslims in the United States after September 11, 2001; the impact of religion on American politics, especially concerning the emergence of the religious right; and the intense battles fought between the Catholic Church and other denominations over the status of gay marriage and accusations of clergy members´ sexual abuse. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary L. Willprecht. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033128/bk_acx0_033128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Canadian Evangelical A.B. Simpson has delivered many iconic sermons on deepening our religious life and the healing character of faith. In Days of Heaven Upon Earth, Simpson applies these two concepts in one book. He offers us some thought-provoking meditations on every day of the year, so we can better incorporate religion in every moment of our lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Coles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/yurt/000178/bk_yurt_000178_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates - a riveting, thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival. In January 2012, having covered a Somali pirate trial in Hamburg for Spiegel Online International - and funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting - Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits - physical injury, starvation, isolation, terror - Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind. In September 2014, after 977 days, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, friends, colleagues, and his strong-willed mother. Yet Moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history. Caught between Muslim pirates, the looming threat of Al-Shabaab, and the rise of ISIS, Moore observes the worlds that surrounded him - the economics and history of piracy; the effects of post-colonialism; the politics of hostage negotiation and ransom; while also conjuring the various faces of Islam - and places his ordeal in the context of the larger political and historical issues. A sort of Catch-22 meets Black Hawk Down, The Desert and the Sea is written with dark humor, candor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail. Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage 1. Language: English. Narrator: Corey Snow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007623/bk_harp_007623_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The second edition of this best-selling textbook is thoroughly updated to include expanded coverage of the late eighteenth century and the Enlightenment, and incorporates recent advances in gender history, global connections and cultural analysis. It features summaries, timelines, maps, illustrations and discussion questions to support the student. Enhanced online content and sections on sources and methodology give students the tools they need to study early modern European history. Leading historian Merry Wiesner-Hanks skilfully balances breadth and depth of coverage to create a strong narrative, paying particular attention to the global context of European developments. She integrates discussion of gender, class, regional and ethnic differences across the entirety of Europe and its overseas colonies as well as the economic, political, religious and cultural history of the period.
This volume invites scholars of the Catholic and Protestant Reformations to incorporate recent advances in transnational and transregional history into their own field of research, as it seeks to unravel how cross-border movements shaped reformations in early modern Europe. Covering a geographical space that ranges from Scandinavia to Spain and from England to Hungary, the chapters in this volume apply a transregional perspective to a vast array of topics, such as the history of theological discussion, knowledge transfer, pastoral care, visual allegory, ecclesiastical organization, confessional relations, religious exile, and university politics. The volume starts by showing in a first part how transfer and exchange beyond territorial circumscriptions or proto-national identifications shaped many sixteenth-century reformations. The second part of this volume is devoted to the acceleration of cultural transfer that resulted from the newly-invented printing press, by translation as well as transmission of texts and images. The third and final part of this volume examines the importance of mobility and migration in causing transregional reformations. Focusing on the process of ´crossing borders´ in peripheries and borderlands, all chapters contribute to the de-centering of religious reform in early modern Europe. Rather than princes and urban governments steering religion, the early modern reformations emerge as events shaped by authors and translators, publishers and booksellers, students and professors, exiles and refugees, and clergy and (female) members of religious orders crossing borders in Europe, a continent composed of fractured states and regions.