In this best-selling, award-winning book, Drs. Cloud and Townsend introduce eight persuasive principles that demonstrate how God enters both the heart-breaking situation and the life looking for more.
Life is difficult. Life for every person on earth is a challenging journey – with or without God. Those who invite God to join them on this adventure believe that when bad things happen they can trust God to be present and work on their behalf. But just exactly how does He go about the business of helping us when we don’t know what to do? Henry Cloud and John Townsend believe God has given us instructions on how He makes a way for us when we call on Him. If you follow God’s eight principles in this book, you can thrive relationally, emotionally, and spiritually.
As clinical psychologists, the authors deal daily with real people facing real problems, so this book is not just psychological or biblical theory. It is a life system that captures God’s wisdom for coping with our most difficult problems.
Danah Zohar - Ian Marshall - SQ Spirituális Intelligencia
Ahol az értelem (IQ) és az érzelem (EQ) már tehetetlen, ott kezdődik a spirituális intelligencia, melynek segítségével cselekedeteinket és életünket eg nagyobb és gazdagabb összefüggésbe tudjuk helyezni. Ez a képesség mindenkinek a rendelkezésére áll; a kérdés csupán az, mennyire tudjuk, és mennyire merjük használni ezt az adottságot. Az SQ a szükséges alap ahhoz, hogy mind az IQ, mind az EQ hatékonyan működjön. A legmagasabb fokú intelligenciánkról van szó. Az Oxfordban tanító szerzőházaspár a modern pszichológia, a nagy világvallások és a keleti filozófiák tanításai alapján fejti ki ezt az eddig még nem tárgyalt, viszont mindenki számára rendkívüli jelentőséggel bíró kérdést.
Mircea Eliade - The Forge and the Crucible
Primitive man's discovery of the ability to change matter from one state to another brought about a profound change in spiritual behavior. In The Forge and the Crucible, Mircea Eliade follows the ritualistic adventures of these ancient societies, adventures rooted in the people's awareness of an awesome new power. The new edition of "The Forge and the Crucible" contains an updated appendix, in which Eliade lists works on Chinese alchemy published in the past few years. He also discusses the importance of alchemy in Newton's scientific evolution.
Peter Boghossian - A Manual for Creating Atheists
For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith--and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith--but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than twenty years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.
Lex Hixon - Coming Home
“Coming Home is a simple, brilliant book. It explains and epitomizes the best of the world’s great mystical traditions. By centering on the heart of enlightenment, it blazes the path of no-path. In the traditional Tibetan gesture of welcome, gratitude, and deep appreciation, I touch my forehead to that of my friend Lex Hixon—he who is “rooted in the Divine,” as this book so eloquently testifies.” —Ken Wilber, from the foreword What is Enlightenment, the ultimate goal of all sacred traditions? How does it affect the lives of those who experience it? Is there a common ground to how various traditions approach it? What does it mean for us today? Coming Home is an unusually clear and readable exploration of these questions. Its experimental bent and spirit of universality have brought it wide recognition as a classic. Lex Hixon warmly guides the reader through an intriguing array of traditional teachings to the essential truth of all the world’s great religions, which is simply to come home. Invoking the essence and texture of different sacred paths, he presents Enlightenment as the full flowering of human nature, accessible to everyone. “Outstanding as an introduction to the world’s great mystical traditions, I have used Coming Home in my philosophy of religion course for over fifteen years. The book’s purpose is to point to similar patterns of thought and experience across those traditions, but it never does so my abstracting them out. Instead it thoroughly embeds them in the lives and voices of individual mystics. It is this that makes it accessible as well as personally and intellectually inspiring to students.” —Nancy Baker, Professor of Philosophy, Sarah Lawrence College
Rudolph Ballentine - Kali Rising
This update of tantra for the 21st century manages to be snappy and cutting-edge at the same time it remains faithful to the profound truths of an infamously renegade spiritual tradition. For over a thousand years, Tantra has shocked, scandalized, and yet continually infiltrated and revitalized the most ancient philosophies and religions of the world. In this little volume, you will learn why - and discover how it is even more relevant than ever in this period of drastic transformation and change. The principles of tantra lie at the heart of yoga, alchemy, Buddhism, holistic medicine, sexuality, and clarify the central dynamic that faces humanity as we attempt to attain a new planetary consciousness - one that promises move us beyond linear time, three-dimensional space and the con- fines of causality! Step into a new and elec- tric way of living..... Rudolph Ballentine, MD is the author of Diet and Nutrition and Radical Healing and former President of the Himalayan Institute. He worked closely with and studied under the guidance of Swami Rama for 20 years.
Rajiv Malhotra - Indra's Net
Defending Hinduisms Philosophical Unity, it is fashionable among intellectuals to assert that dharma traditions lacked any semblance of unity before the British period and that the contours of contemporary Hinduism were bequeathed to us by our colonial masters. Such arguments routinely target Swami Vivekananda, a key interlocutor who shattered many deeply rooted prejudices against Indian civilization. They accuse him of having camouflaged various alleged contradictions within traditional Hinduism and charge him with having appropriated the principles of Western religion to manufacture a coherent and unified worldview and set of practices known today as Hinduism. Indras Net: Defending Hinduisms Philosophical Unity provides a foundation for theories that slander contemporary Hinduism as illegitimate, ascribing sinister motives to its existence and characterizing its fabric as oppressive. Rajiv Malhotra offers a detailed, systematic rejoinder to such views and articulates the multidimensional, holographic understanding of reality that grounds Hindu dharma. He also argues that Vivekanandas creative interpretations of Hindu dharma informed and influenced many Western intellectual movements of the post-modern era. Indeed, as he cites with many insightful examples, appropriations from Hinduism have provided a foundation for cutting-edge discoveries in several fields, including cognitive science and neuroscience.
Dr. Henry Cloud - Dr. John Townsend - God Will Make a Way
There are times in life when you've felt lost or hurt and find yourself asking "Where is God in all of this?" The road gets rough, you don't know which way to run, and it can feel like God is distant. Yet, that's exactly when He can step in and move as you've never seen Him do before. In this best-selling, award-winning book, Drs. Cloud and Townsend introduce eight persuasive principles demonstrating how God enters both the heart-breaking situation and the life of someone looking for more. These principles are then applied to your life so that your relationships will be better, you'll have more control over your life, and your spiritual hunger will be satisfied. Yet God Will Make a Way is more than mere hope; it's a reality-tested system that captures God's wisdom for coping with your most difficult problems - from dating and marriage to sex, conflict, parenting, fear, addictions, anger, depression and weight loss.
Robert A. Johnson - The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden
It is very dangerous when a wound is so common in a culture that hardly anyone knows there is a problem. Such is the case right now with our wounded feeling function- our inability to find joy, worth, and meaning in life. Robert A. Johnson, the celebrated author of 'He, She', and 'We', revisits two medieval tales and illuminates how this feeling function has become a casualty of our modern times. Johnson tells the story of the Wounded Fisher King from the Grail Myth to illustrate the anxiety and loneliness that plague men. From the folktale of the Handless Maiden, he explains the very different frustrations of women and describes how these disparities in the way we suffer account for much of the tension and miscommunication between men and women. His insightful analysis shows that these two stories, created centuries ago, are even more relevant today. Robert A. Johnson, a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst, is also the author of 'He, She, We, Inner Work, Ecstasy, Transformation', and 'Owning Your Own Shadow'.
Daniel Pinchbeck - Breaking Open the Head
A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience. "While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe. "Breaking Open the Head" is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division. On one level, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night encounter with the master shamans of the South American rain forest; and a report from a psychedelic utopia in the Black Rock Desert that is the Burning Man Festival. "Breaking Open the Head" is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck's personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos.
John Douglas - Inside the Mind of BTK
A dramatic and compelling true-crime psychological thriller This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations. After disappearing for nine years, he suddenly reappeared, complaining that no one was paying enough attention to him and claiming that he had committed other crimes for which he had not been given credit. When he was ultimately captured, BTK was shockingly revealed to be Dennis Rader, a 61-year-old married man with two children.
Torey Hayden - Tiger's Child
When special-education teacher Torey Hayden wrote her first book One Child almost two decades ago, she created an international bestseller. Her intensely moving true story of Sheila, a silent, profoundly disturbed little six-year-old girl touched millions. From every corner of the world came letters from readers wanting to know more about the troubled child who had come into Torey Hayden's class as a "hopeless case," and emerged as the very symbol of eternal hope within the human spirit. Now, for all those who have never forgotten this endearing child and her remarkable relationship with her teacher, here is the surprising story of Sheila, the young woman.
Oliver Sacks - Seeing Voices
With Seeing Voices, Dr. Sacks launches on a journey into the world of the deaf, which he explores with the same passion and insight that have illuminated other human conditions for his readers everywhere. Seeing Voices begins with the history of deaf people in the United States, the often outrageous ways in which they have been seen and treated in the past, and their continuing struggle for acceptance in a hearing world. And it examines the amazing and beautiful visual language of the deaf–Sign–which has only in the past decade been recognized fully as a language–linguistically complete, rich, and as expressive as any spoken language. The existence of this unique alternative mode of language, writes Dr. Sacks, has wide-ranging implications for those in the hearing world as well, for it “shows us that much of what is distinctly human in us–our capacities for language, for thought, for communication, and culture–do not develop automatically in us, are not just biological functions, but are, equally, social and historical in origin; that they are a gift–the most wonderful of gifts–from one generation to another….The existence of a visual language, Sign, and of the striking enhancements of perception and visual intelligence that go with its acquisition, shows us that the brain is rich in potentials we would scarcely have guessed of, shows us the almost unlimited resource of the human organism when it is faced with the new and must adapt.” Sign is not only a language but the very medium of deaf culture. It stands at the center of the extraordinary social and political movement for deaf rights, which gained international attention with the uprising of deaf students at Gallaudet University in March 1988. In Part III of Seeing Voices, Dr. Sacks gives an eyewitness account of the revolt, and the students who organized it, and considers its impact on a new generation of deaf children. Seeing Voices is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, and along the way Oliver Sacks ponders the nature of talking and teaching, child development, the development and functioning of the nervous system, the formation of communities, worlds, and cultures, and the interface of language, biology, and culture.
Barry Schwartz - The Paradox of Choice
Like Thoreau and the band Devo, psychology professor Schwartz provides ample evidence that we are faced with far too many choices on a daily basis, providing an illusion of a multitude of options when few honestly different ones actually exist. The conclusions Schwartz draws will be familiar to anyone who has flipped through 900 eerily similar channels of cable television only to find that nothing good is on. Whether choosing a health-care plan, choosing a college class or even buying a pair of jeans, Schwartz, drawing extensively on his own work in the social sciences, shows that a bewildering array of choices floods our exhausted brains, ultimately restricting instead of freeing us. We normally assume in America that more options ("easy fit" or "relaxed fit"?) will make us happier, but Schwartz shows the opposite is true, arguing that having all these choices actually goes so far as to erode our psychological well-being. Part research summary, part introductory social sciences tutorial, part self-help guide, this book offers concrete steps on how to reduce stress in decision making. Some will find Schwartz's conclusions too obvious, and others may disagree with his points or find them too repetitive, but to the average lay reader, Schwartz's accessible style and helpful tone is likely to aid the quietly desperate.
Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the first bestselling self-help books ever published. Written by Dale Carnegie and first published in 1936, it has sold 15 million copies world-wide.
Henepola Gunaratana - Mindfulness in Plain English
With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people read, love, and give to everyone they know - a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again. The subject of this book is Vipassana meditation practice. Repeat, practice. This is a meditation manual, a nuts-and-bolts, step-by-step guide to Insight meditation. It is meant to be practical. It is meant for use. There are already many comprehensive books on Buddhism as a philosophy, and on the theoretical aspects of Buddhist meditation. If you are interested in that material we urge you to read those books. Many of them are excellent. This book is a 'How to.' It is written for those who actually want to meditate and especially for those who want to start now.
John D. Cone - Sharon L. Foster - Dissertations and Theses From Start to Finish - Psychology and Related Fields
Dissertations and Theses From Start to Finish provides the nuts and bolts needed to put together a thesis and a dissertation. This publication helps graduate students in psychology and related fields plan the thesis and dissertation process from beginning to end. It is designed for students to apply what they have already learned in graduate school to the practical conduct of research. Dissertations and Theses explains what theses and dissertations are, how they came to be, what they look like, and some reasons for doing them; useful suggestions about finding out the local norms about the thesis/dissertation process and organizing to get them completed; how to find a topic, develop a research question, and formulate testable hypotheses; valuable tips on selecting a chairperson, committee members, and thesis/dissertation etiquette; questions of research ethics and informed consent; research design, data collection, data analysis, and results; and much more.
Burger Anikó - Isten szajhája / Lilith: az Örök Nő
Hogyan jelenik meg a nőiség a Teremtés kezdetétől, égi szimbólumokban és regékben? Hol a helye az Örök Nőnek a teremtett világban Istenhez, Emberhez, Luciferhez képest? Hogyan siklanak be életünkbe a női létezéssel kapcsolatos ferdítések, hazugságok? Hogyan vezet félre minket a "hagyományos" asszonykép? Hogyan bukkanhatunk rá a nőiség ősi, titkos kulcsaira? Hogyan gyógyítja a nő önmagát és környezetét? Miért a saját életünk az első? Kicsoda és mire való a kurtizán? Hogyan működhet a szexualitás önismereti útként? A fenti kérdések mentén olyan világ tárul fel a könyvben, ahol a női princípum tisztaságát nem árnyékolja az irigy félelem babonasága. Mert fontos, hogy nőként tisztában legyünk felelősségünkkel, lehetőségeinkkel és eszköztárunkkal.
Terry Pratchett - Small Gods
Terry Pratchett tackles a tough topic in the 13th satiric fantasy in the Discworld series: religious extremism. The land of Omnia is a repressive theocracy ruled by priests and inquisitors, who believe more in their own power than in the Great God Om. This is a somewhat difficult situation for Om, because his power is dependent on the faith of his worshippers. Only one person, the simple novice Brutha, truly believes in Om and is capable of hearing the voice of the god, who, incidentally, is currently trapped within the body of a small tortoise.
Viktor E. Frankl - Pinchas Lapide - Istenkeresés és értelemkérdés
Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997), orvos, filozófus, a harmadik bécsi pszichoterápiás irányzat, a logoterápia és egzisztenciaanalízis megalapítója. Pinchas Lapide (1922-1997), teológus és vallástudós. Izraelben, Németországban és Svájcban tanított. Munkásságának középpontjában a zsidó-keresztény párbeszéd áll. "Franki: nézze csak, talán ez az egyetlen mód, amellyel személyes tiszteletemet kifejezhetem Önnek, hogy olyan dolgokat mondok, amelyeket még sohasem mondtam, sőt nem is gondoltam, s ezeket Ön elé tárom. Mert Önnek is meg kell értenie a helyzetemet. A logoterápiát szívesen leértékelnék azáltal, s ez könnyen megy, hogy azt mondják, ez világnézet, ez személyes ideológia, ez Franki úr személyes vallásossága, ő nem is tudós; a hátsó kisajtón be akarja engedni a vallást, miután végre megszabadultunk a csuhásoktól, stb. Nos, bizonyos értelemben ebben is van valami igazság. Mert a logoterápia nyitotta transzantropológiai - akarattal nem mondok transzperszonális - dimenzióra. (...) Lapide: Isten láthatatlan és bebizonyíthatatlan. Egyetértek. De a szeretet, a remény, a bátorság és a lelki nemesség létezése is kibújik a fényképészet, az objektív tudomány és a logikus bizonyítás elől - azonban nem a hit elől, amely gyakran sokkal mélyebb belátásra juttat. Életünkben a legszebb és a legnagyobb dolgok, úgy tűnik, éppen nem a racionalitás diktátumának engedelmeskednek. (...)"
Jeffrey E. Young - Janet S. Klosko - Aaron T. Beck - Reinventing Your Life
Two of America's leading psychologists, Jeffrey E. Young, Ph.D., and Janet S. Klosko, Ph.D., show readers how to free themselves from negative life patterns. Written with compassion as well as clinical insight, this thought-provoking book guides readers through the process of identifying "life traps." For example, "Do you put the needs of others before your own? Are you drawn into relationships with people who are self-centered, cold to you, misunderstand you, or use you? Do you feel inadequate compared to people around you?" Followed by an engaging discussion that makes use of case studies, this book can help people change their lives by stopping the cycle of self-destruction.