Examine the Christian Faith

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

By Donald Miller

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"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. . . . I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened."

In Donald Miller's early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.

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Crossing the Threshold of Hope

By John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005

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"Fifteen years into his Papacy, and on the eve of the third millennium, Pope John Paul II goes to the heart of his personal beliefs and speaks with passion about the existence of God; about pain, suffering, and evil; about 'salvation;' and about the relationship of Catholicism to other branches of the Christian faith. With the humility and generosity of spirit for which he is well known, John Paul speaks forthrightly to all people."

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Holy Bible: Catholic Edition, Anglicized Text, NRSV, New Revised Standard Version

By Kathleen Edwards, illustrator

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"The New Revised Standard Version is the 'standard' translation used by mainline Protestant churches, Orthodox churches, and by many Catholics. The NRSV debuted in 1989 and is owned by the National Council of Churches, which is the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States representing thirty–five denominations with forty–five million members in more than 100,000 churches across the country.

"This edition also includes the Apocrypha, the Jewish books recognized by the Catholic, Orthodox, and some Protestant denominations."

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Knowing God

By J. I. Packer

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"In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals! During the past 20 years, J. I. Packer's classic has revealed to over one million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God."

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Mere Christianity

By C. S. Lewis

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A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis's books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

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Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

By Richard Foster

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Best-selling author Richard J. Foster offers a warm, compelling, and sensitive primer on prayer, helping us to understand, experience, and practice it in its many forms--from the simple prayer of beginning again to unceasing prayer. He clarifies the prayer process, answers common misconceptions, and shows the way into prayers of contemplation, healing, blessing, forgiveness, and rest.

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Simply Christian - Why Christianity Makes Sense

By N. T. Wright

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"Why do people long for justice? Why do we thirst for spirituality? Why do we long for relationships? Why does beauty not satisfy us fully? It is because we are humans that are made for and by God. We are children that groan for our Father. These are few of the questions the Bishop begins to address. These are the questions that strike a chord within all humanity. Questions that we can't explain or escape outside of God. N. T. Wright takes the reader on a journey through the story of the bible. Along the journey the reader will encounter God, Jesus, the Spirit, and Israel."

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The Book of Common Prayer

By Church of England and Charles Mortimer Guilbert

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This comprehensive prayer book explains the calendar of the church year and has numerous prayers for all occasions.

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The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments

By C. I. Scofield, editor

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Authorized King James Version with a new system of connected topical references to all the greater themes of Scripture, with annotations, revised marginal renderings, summaries, definitions, chronology, and index, to which are added, helps at hard places, explanations of seeming discrepancies, and a new system of paragraphs

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The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life

By A. W. Tozer

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"Among his most widely discussed writings, this book explores the attributes of God in words that fly straight to the heart. Each chapter begins with a prayer, then reverently and lucidly explains a divine aspect -- from God's infinity to God's love -- and relates the attribute to everyday life."

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