Medwick, Cathleen. Teresa of Avila : the progress of a soul. B T271m
A refreshingly modern reconsideration of Saint Teresa (1515-1582), one of the greatest mystics and reformers to emerge within the sixteenth-century Catholic Church, whose writings are a keystone of modern mystical thought. From the very beginning of her life in a convent, following the death of her mother and the marriage of her older sister, it was clear that Teresa's expansive nature, intensity, and energy would not be easily confined. Cathleen Medwick shows us a powerful daughter of the Church and her times who was a very human mass of contradictions: a practical and no-nonsense manager, and yet a flamboyant and intrepid presence who bent the rules of monastic life to accomplish her work--while managing to stay one step ahead of the Inquisition. And she exhibited a very personal brand of spirituality, often experiencing raptures of an unorthodox, arguably erotic, nature that left her frozen in one position for hours, unable to speak. Out of a concern for her soul and her reputation, her superiors insisted that she account for every voice and vision, as well as the sins that might have engendered them, thus giving us the account of her life that is now considered a literary masterpiece.
Pelikan, Jaroslav. Jesus through the centuries : His place in the history of culture. 232.904 P36
Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for almost twenty centuries. This is an original and compelling study of the impact of Jesus on cultural, political, social, and economic history. Noted historian and theologian Jaroslav Pelikan reveals how the image of Jesus created by each successive epoch - from rabbi in the first century to liberator in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - is a key to understanding the temper and values of that age. Each age created Jesus in its own image, discovering in his life and teachings the answers to fundamental questions of human life and destiny.
Ortberg, John. If you want to walk on water you've got to get out of the boat. 248.4 Or8i
Peter may have been the first one out of the boat, but Jesus’ invitation to walk on water is for you as well. But walk on water? What does that mean? This 6-session Bible study guide helps you answer Christ’s call to greater faith, power-filled deeds, and a new way of knowing how to discern God’s call, transcend fear, risk faith, manage failure, and trust God. Expect a few waves to slap you in the face. Failure comes with the territory—but so does the strong hand of Jesus, pulling you up when the bottom drops out, and every once in a while, we will walk on water!
Lindsley, Art. Love, the Ultimate apologetic : the heart of Christian witness. 241.4 L496
Defending the Christian faith is a multidimensional task. But central to that task must be the presentation and example of the uniqueness of Christian love. Author and apologist Art Lindsley explores the persuasive and illuminating power of Christ-like love expressed in commitment, conscience, community and courage. Such love, Lindsley shows us, does indeed bear ultimate witness to the living truth of Jesus Christ. A simple, clear and effective argument for Christianity as the only worldview that justifies the thing we all, deep down, know is life's highest meaning and value: charity, unselfish love. Simple but irresistible.
Bailey, Kenneth E. The good shepherd : a thousand-year journey from Psalm 23 to the New Trestament. 220.6 B47
"The Lord is my shepherd." Thus begins the most beloved of all Psalms―and thus begins a thousand-year journey through the Bible. Prophets, apostles and Jesus himself took up this image from David, reshaping it, developing it and applying it to their own situations and needs. Kenneth Bailey uses his celebrated insights into Middle Eastern culture and especially his familiarity with Middle Eastern shepherding customs to bring new light and life to our understanding of this central image of the Christian faith. With each of nine major Old and New Testament passages, Bailey reveals the literary artistry of the Biblical writers and summarizes their key theological features. His work is also enriched by his unique access to very early Middle Eastern commentaries on these passages, bringing fresh understanding from within the mindset of these ancient worlds. The Good Shepherd invites us to experience a rich, biblical feast of ethical, theological and artistic delights.
Mary Massey and Bobbie May