The Crown of Thorns


Publisher:Simon and Schuster


Total Pages:272



Books Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate. Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night. Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap. Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

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The Faithful

Author:Maya James



Total Pages:82



Books Description:

“I am Samael. True Leader of the Faithful, Enforcer of the Laws of Dark and Light, Fifth Archangel and Ruler of the Fifth Heaven,” he said, “And the High Angel of Death.” After a devastating secret is revealed, Abby is determined to find an archangel who can erase her memory. Living with all she has lost is too painful – especially when Sam is no longer in her life. Sam has reveled in his job as the Angel of Death since the beginning of time and never once had cause to renounce his status among the Faithful. Yet being banished from Abby’s life is more painful than the fiery pits of the Underworld, and he realizes that he will do anything to win her forgiveness – even if it means defying God himself and giving up any chance at eternal redemption. **The Faithful 3 is the third episode in The Faithful series, intended to be read in order.**

Be Faithful (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon)

Author:Warren W. Wiersbe

Publisher:David C Cook


Total Pages:208



Books Description:

In a fast-paced, technology-based era when drive-thrus, cell phones, laptops, and Internet banking are the norm, it's sometimes hard to fathom that God doesn't appreciate our frail attempts at spiritual shortcuts. Through the pastoral epistles, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, with insight from Paul's letter to Philemon as well, Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe illustrates that working for God's Kingdom requires tenacity, never-ceasing prayer, and protective battle gear that only God can provide. In this commentary, you'll grasp the imminent danger of false teachers and, thus, the overwhelming need for godly ministers—people who preach,practice, and progress in the Word. By explaining how a healthy body of believers should operate, Wiersbe uses Paul's words to encourage today's church to stay the course and be faithful!

He's Been Faithful

Author:Carol Cymbala



Total Pages:176



Books Description:

Carol Cymbala’s ministry in a tough inner-city neighborhood in New York can be summed up in one word: unlikely. She is the director and songwriter for a Grammy Award-winning choir—yet she doesn’t read music. She is the pastor’s wife in a 6,000-member congregation filled with people of color—and she is white. A shy girl who struggled to get through school, she is the last person you’d expect to stand before a packed house at Radio City Music Hall, confidently directing The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. But Carol’s God is the God of the unlikely. He’s Been Faithful tells the story of the way God works despite—or maybe because of—our many inadequacies. Because of how God has worked in her own life and in The Brooklyn Tabernacle and its world-famous choir, she knows how crucial it is to remember our desperate need for God.But Carol’s faith hasn’t always come easily. There have been times of wavering and challenge, like the time a man walked down the aisle of the church pointing a gun at her husband, Jim. Or like the time she was assaulted outside the church. Or like the time she wanted to pack up her children and run away from the city for good because of what was happening to her family.He’s Been Faithful is an honest story about the struggles we all face and the power of God to help us. It is told through Carol’s eyes as well as through the eyes of various members of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir who have experienced the grace of Christ in remarkable ways. Through them, we learn that our longings for God will never be satisfied by worship that is showy or performance-based. Instead, God we will meet us when we come to him simply, seeking his glory rather than ours, telling him and the world around us about the great things he has done. Whether you are a pastor, a choir director, or someone who is seeking a deeper experience of God, He’s Been Faithful will renew your faith and increase your understanding that only Jesus can fill that deep, deep longing we all have for something more in life.

Faithful Theology

Author:Graham A. Cole



Total Pages:128



Books Description:

Everyone has thoughts about God. But how do we know if our thoughts are true? If we want to know the truth about God, we need a sound approach to incorporating what the whole Bible teaches. In this concise introduction to systematic theology, theologian Graham A. Cole explores how we move from Scripture to doctrine in order to shape what we believe, what we value, and how we live. He shows us the importance of having the right method: rooted in the word of God, consistent with church history, in the context of a broken world, dependent on divine wisdom, and ultimately aiming at pure worship.

Faithful Celebrations

Author:Sharon Ely Pearson

Publisher:Church Publishing, Inc.


Total Pages:160



Books Description:

• Experiential activities for celebrating the saints • For use in churches, schools, camps, and home settings Many of our experiences in life happen when several generations are together – at church, at home, in our communities. Often we only celebrate the saints on All Saints Sunday or when a particular saint is commemorated in a secular way. This volume in the Faithful Celebration series focuses on some well-known and some not-so-well-known saints, many who are not all officially "sainted" but certainly having lived a life of faith under difficult circumstances. Each event recalling a particular saint includes key ideas, a cluster of activities to experience the key ideas, materials needed, full instructions for implementation, background history and information, music, art, recipes, and prayer resources to use in a small, intimate or large multi-generational group. For children, youth, adults, or any combination of ages any of these activities can take place in any setting. Faithful Celebrations: Making Time for God with the Saints - Patrick of Ireland - Nicholas of Myra - Joan of Arc - Sebastian of Gaul - Absalom Jones of Philadelphia - Julian of Norwich - Emmegahbowh of White Earth

Faithful Careers

Author:Peter M. Smudde



Total Pages:132



Books Description:

In Faithful Careers Peter M. Smudde contends that God calls us to live an "integrated life" that unifies both the spiritual and the secular aspects of life. As an introduction to integrating the Catholic faith with one’s work, this book answers, in the Catholic context, basic questions of what work is, why work is important, who we are as workers, how may we have fruitful careers, where may we find help about faith-work integration, and when we should take next steps toward better integrating our work and the Catholic faith. Smudde demonstrates how the Catholic faith truly does apply to our labor, and that our lives depend on that labor, by putting forth particular matters of the faith that pertain to faithful careers. He then puts into real-world context, pertinent teachings, concepts, principles, practices, and other means the Catholic Church provides for us, so that those lessons can be practically applied on a daily basis. Sources such as the Bible and writings of the saints, popes, contemporary Catholic spiritual writers, apologists, and scholars are applied to strengthen the support made about the book’s content. Catholic professionals at all stages of their careers will welcome this insightful book, which explores the call to put spirituality in the foreground—to obtain ever-deeper faith and, thereby, greater integration of faith in everyday life and career.

The Faithful Promiser

Author:John R. Macduff

Publisher:Good Press


Total Pages:213



Books Description:

"The Faithful Promiser" by John R. Macduff. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Faithful Education

Author:Ali Riaz

Publisher:Rutgers University Press


Total Pages:304



Books Description:

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011, discussions on ties between Islamic religious education institutions, namely madrassahs, and transnational terrorist groups have featured prominently in the Western media. In the frenzied coverage of events, however, vital questions have been overlooked: What do we know about the madrassahs? Should Western policymakers be alarmed by the recent increase in the number of these institutions in Muslim countries? Is there any connection between them and the "global jihad"? Ali Riaz responds to these questions through an in-depth examination of the madraassahs in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. In Faithful Education, he examines these institutions and their roles in relation to current international politics.

So Faithful.

Author:David T. Gilbert

Publisher:Trafford Publishing


Total Pages:128



Books Description:

As I reflect upon the past and the events that happened in leading me to salvation, and beyond, I have lived a very fortunate life. I have faced many dangers, dealt with many challenges, and escaped many life threatening situations, but I am able to look back and see where God had His protective hand in my life, even at times when I failed to recognise it. Jesus has been so gracious to me, displaying His love, patience, longsuffering, tolerance and faithfulness in many ways, often without my knowing it, His grace is truly amazing, beyond any doubt. Yet i have had the privilege of using my God given talents for His glory, by being able to be an examle of excellence to all I meet, I just love to encourage people and inspire them to rise up and be all that God would have them to be. This was the original idea for me writing as I have, to inspire people to put pen to paper and be an encouragement and inspiration to others, since we, as members of God's family, are to strengthen and support each other, especially in times of refreshing Everyone has a story to tell, some are simply explained, while others are more complex, but all have a common thread, your salvation was a miracle from God, and to undervalue that experience would be a tragic mistake. Ih ahve not had a single day go by where I have not given some thought to that sunny day back in January, 1980, when I had an encounter with the God of all creation, the impact of that encounter was so great that I still stand in awe of what happoened that day. I trust that, by writing and publishing my books, I have been able to inspire some people to salvation, and even encourage a few backsliders to return to God with a renewed enthusiasm for the God of a second chance, but only eternity will reveal the answer. I trust that in this world that is filled with confusion, hatred, instability and contradictions, I have been able to impart a little hope to those people who are in desperate need of stable ground to stand upon. May I be so bold as to quote the words of Dr. Robert Schuller, a man who is a fitting example of integrity, and has been an inspiration to me during my Christian walk, 'God loves you, and so do I.'

The Active Participation of the Faithful in the Eucharist on the Basis of Common Priesthood

Author:Stella Adamma Nneji

Publisher:Xlibris Corporation


Total Pages:124



Books Description:

One of the significant points of the Second Vatican Council is its emphasis on the status of the lay faithful in the church, which includes active participation in the life of faith. The council spoke of the active participation of all the faithful in liturgical celebrations on the basis of the common priesthood of the faithful, which is conferred during baptism and through which every believer shares in the priestly, kingly, and prophetic offices of Christ. In this book, Stella Nneji develops an ecclesiological, critical reflection on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council with regard to active participation. Focusing especially on the church as people of God, Nneji shows how the idea of participation is not merely a passive action but an active one. Based on the ecclesiological reflection on the church as people of God and its relevance for active participation, she maintains that Vatican IIs vision on active participation is relevant to the upbuilding of the body of Christ (church). This vision integrates a critical thinking especially regarding those places where the implementation of Vatican IIs teachings seems difficult.

Faithful to Save

Author:Kent Eilers

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing


Total Pages:256



Books Description:

Faithful to Save is an exposition and analysis of Pannenberg's doctrine of reconciliation as it appears in his three-volume Systematic Theology. It suggests that this doctrine is best approached by bearing in mind its three most salient characteristics, all of which are inter-dependent, and when kept in view make the essential tenets of Pannenberg's account transparent: God acts freely and immediately in and for creation; history is a function of the faithfulness of God to his creation; reconciliation is an expression of this faithfulness towards sinful creation - God's 'holding fast' to creation despite its self-destructive self-assertion. On the basis of a detailed examination of the central texts, it argues that Pannenberg's doctrine of reconciliation at once marks out God's action in the world as the true Infinite and issues an invitation to consider how such a God extends himself in reconciling love to his creatures so that their finite creatureliness is at every turn affirmed and found to be in the end 'good'.

Prayers of the Faithful

Author:Hugh McGinlay

Publisher:Paulist Press


Total Pages:160



Books Description:

Provides prayers of the faithful for every Sunday and principal feast day of the three-year liturgical cycle.

Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful

Author:Gary A. Parrett,S. Steve Kang

Publisher:InterVarsity Press


Total Pages:461



Books Description:

Why does the church teach? And what should it teach? In recent years, traditional Sunday school and education programs have declined in influence and effectiveness. Education in the church is often sidelined by other competing priorities, and our efforts become haphazard and random. As a result, many Christians have not learned the fundamental doctrinal content of the faith. As a response, a growing number of church ministries have moved toward an emphasis on Christian spiritual formation. But churches must hold together education and formation, the teaching of the faith and the forming of the faithful. In this comprehensive text, Gary Parrett and Steve Kang attend to both the content and process of educational and formational ministries. They set forth a thoroughly biblical vision for intentional teaching of the Christian faith, with a holistic concern for what and whom is taught as well as how and why. Fully apprised of developments in educational theory and pedagogy, Parrett and Kang propose a core curriculum for recovering the full scope of Christian proclamation and reinvigorating the teaching ministry of the church. Their vision has implications not merely for catechesis, but for preaching, worship, children's and youth ministry, and much more. The body of Christ can become all that God intends it to be, through intentional practices that foster personal and corporate formation. Here is guidance for individuals and congregations on that journey.

Faithful Warrior

Author:Katherine Hedlund

Publisher:Morgan James Publishing


Total Pages:155



Books Description:

Cancer. You hear the word and your heart stops. Unfair. Frightening. Life. Death. Fragmented thoughts ricochet around in your mind as you try to grasp this unthinkable diagnosis. How will she be able to fight it? How will I be able to help her? The diagnosis of cancer is devastating, leaving family and friends feeling helpless, wishing there was something they could do to alleviate their loved one's suffering. Thankfully, there is. Faithful Warrior offers an answer to those questions, equipping you with Scripture-based prayers for the person battling cancer. These simple yet heartfelt prayers are infused with the power of God's Word, inviting the faithful warrior to step out in belief and hope. Written to be perfectly blended with the reader's prayers and voice, the prayers focus on personal surrender and acceptance, continued hope and healing, and God's constant and abiding presence, equipping the reader with a means of tangible support while offering a deeper sense of involvement. The battle against cancer is intense, woven throughout with fear, anger, and doubt. Yet the compassionate voice of Faithful Warrior will comfort your heart and soul, arming you with strength and support during this fierce fight. Many people say, "I'll pray for you; it's the least I can do." No, Faithful Warrior, it is the most you can do. The sword is now in your hand. The question is…what will you do with it?

Faithful Neighbors

Author:Robert S. Heaney,Zeyneb Sayilgan,Claire Haymes

Publisher:Church Publishing, Inc.


Total Pages:184



Books Description:

• Virginia Theological Seminary-based program • Inspiring stories of interfaith conversation and partnership around the corner and around the world • Episcopalians and Muslims telling their stories, so you can tell yours Based on the strong, on-going work of the Center for Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, Faithful Neighbors outlines an introduction to the rationale for interfaith work through both theological and practical viewpoints, using stories from real experiences of interfaith cooperation to offer encouragement, inspiration, and practical steps to do the same. The book has eight chapters in three main sections. Section one provides a Christian and Muslim rationale for engaging with the Other. Section two outlines stories of those involved in interfaith work in a series of contexts: academic research, intercultural, pastoral care, youth work, and peace work. The concluding section details recommendations and resources for best practice. Faithful Neighbors exhorts both Muslims and Christians to be faithful neighbors drawing on their traditions and real life practice for the sake of life-giving community.

The Faithful

Author:Lester del Rey

Publisher:Wildside Press LLC


Total Pages:10



Books Description:

Humans have surgically, genetically, and chemically bio-engineered dogs and apes until they are sentient, then gone ahead and destroyed their society with another world war. The story is told from the point of view of Hungor Beowulf IV, a descendent of the first sentient dog-person. Hungor leads his people in a nomadic lifestyle at first, but finally finds one surviving human, Roger Stren, whose experiments have extended the lifespan of the dog-people to 50+ years -- and allowed him to survive the bioengineered plague which has wiped out humanity..

Faithful Economics

Author:Daniel K. Finn

Publisher:Fortress Press


Total Pages:203



Books Description:

Careful moral reflection and action are important across all of modern life, but they are especially critical when it comes to our place as individuals and communities in matters of economics. We know intuitively that our daily decisions about money and markets have a deep impact on others, but it is easy to become overwhelmed and confused or, worse, to feel as if our actions don't make a difference. Faithful Economics is the ideal guide for navigating this complex arena and coming to a deeper understanding of how our faith and our economic lives intersect. In twenty-five short lessons, each digestible in one brief sitting, the author explores a wide range of topics from lobbying and just wages to globalization and Catholic social teaching. Each section illuminates the issues, explains the questions, and leaves the reader with clarity and understanding. An ideal book for students, curious readers, and all who want to understand their place as a faithful participant in economic life.

The Faithful 2

Author:Maya James



Total Pages:150



Books Description:

Samael, once an exalted warrior among the Faithful, is only months away from completing his punishment and he is ready to return to his place up above. All he has to do is bring death to the human ward he has watched over for years, a terminally ill man named Lee. Yet from the moment Lee's daughter Abby stumbles back into his life, nothing goes as planned, and his plans to achieve salvation are put on the back burner. When Abby is drawn into his world, Sam is stunned to discover the young woman is harboring some serious secrets of her own. Between the revelations about Abby and Sam's flagrant disobedience of the rules of his kind, they must find a way to trust each other if they intend to survive the chaos to come.

The Faithful Preacher (Foreword by John Piper)

Author:Thabiti M. Anyabwile



Total Pages:192



Books Description:

The cliché is that those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. But Thabiti Anyabwile contends that it is not the mistakes we must study; it is the people who have overcome them. So he presents three of the most influential African-American pastors in American history who can teach us what faithful ministry entails. Lemuel Haynes (1753-1833) reminds pastors that eternity must shape our ministry. Daniel A. Payne (1811-1893) stresses the importance of character and preparation to faithful shepherding. And Francis J. Grimké (1850-1937) provides a vision for engaging the world with the gospel. While they are from the African-American tradition, they, like all true saints, belong to all Christians of every background and era. Distinctive for its use of rare and out-of-print messages, Anaybwile's work is valuable as a reference as well as a devotional resource.