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review 2017-09-04 01:05
Christianity
Christianity (American Heritage Library) - Roland H. Bainton

The history of Christianity spans over 2000 years, across three then five continents, and numerous individuals doing their best to follow the example of Jesus.  Roland H. Bainton’s Christianity is a survey of the history, theology developments, and impact of the faith has had on society over the length of its existence since the ministry of Christ on earth.

 

Beginning with the various cultural backgrounds that influenced the life of Jesus and the society he lived and teach in, Bainton writes an easily read survey of Christianity.  Everything from the Apostolic Age through the persecution by the Roman Empire then its long progression of conversation through the Western Empire’s fall is covered very well.  However with Rome’s fall, the book’s focus begins to be firmly placed in Western Europe—later to expand to the Americas—with all the culture, historical, political, and theological developments that are well-known to anyone with a general knowledge of the history of Western civilization.  Given the book is less than 400 pages in length, Bainton’s having to choose the best way to get through the history of Christianity meant having to neglect the developments of East Orthodox, Oriental, and Coptic Christianity in favor to everything connected to Western Christianity.

 

Though not all facets are covered, Roland H. Bainton’s Christianity is a well-written survey that covers the basics of everything related to Western Christianity.  For anyone looking for general information of Christianity, I recommend this book to you.

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text 2017-08-19 04:48
Book 46/100: A Spiritual Guide Through Pregnancy by Margaret Hammer
Spiritual Guide Through Pregna - Margaret L. Hammer

This book definitely fills a gap in addressing the spiritual side of pregnancy rather than just addressing the physical/medical/emotional aspects of it. However, it falls short in that it makes a lot of assumptions about the type of woman who is reading it -- it always refers to a woman's partner as her "husband," for example, as if only those who are traditionally married would have an interest in the spirituality of pregnancy. There is no acknowledgment of single motherhood or of other sorts of partnerships -- same-sex partnership, committed relationships that are not marriages, etc. The spirituality is distinctly Christian, which is OK, although it seems then that the title should be a little more explicit since "spiritual" is such a broad term. But some of the meditations are moving and insightful, and the questions could provide some really good journaling prompts. I wish I had found the book earlier in my pregnancy so that I wasn't rushing through all the meditations during the final trimester -- the reflections are definitely more meaningful when read at the proper time in the pregnancy journey.

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url 2017-07-12 14:29
Vegetarianism (Article) and Christianity
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Vegetarianism (Article) and Christianity

The Orthodox Christians obey fasts that sometimes last as long as 1/3 of the whole year. Fasting one does not consume meat or meat products. So, tell me again, what was/is the problem with the vegetarianism within all these Christian countries when their Monks and Saints supported vegetarianism as a physically, mentally and spiritually beneficial diet? 

Source: community.omtimes.com/profiles/blogs/christian-saints-and-vegetarianism
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review 2017-07-02 00:00
God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life
God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life - Paul Kengor

Great book about a great man! This traces Reagan from his birth and the great impact his faith in God had on his entire life. It covers his early life and the profound influence his mother and other mentors, both real and fictional, had in shaping him into the man destiny called him to be. It follows his acting and political careers and his use of the 'bully pulpit' of the Presidency. He deeply felt America had a unique role to play in the DP (Divine Plan) in bringing freedom to the Soviet Union. His survival of the assassination attempt made on him made him even more aware he wanted to be an instrument God could work through. No wonder the liberals hated him.

 

I also highly recommend Kregor's book God and George W. Bush, another great book about another great man. We need more men like them! God bless them both.

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review 2017-04-09 00:00
The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth
The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth - Gerald G. May

Very readable introduction to the spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross and the dark night of the soul. Painful as it may be, May shows it is also a blessed place  for the fruits it brings.

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