This four-volume, deluxe paperback boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in Hobbiton by the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves. He finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. The Lord
Gathered Guests: A Guide to Worship...
Gathered Guests: A Guide to Worship in the Lutheran Church
What is worship? This practical guide gives the biblical and theological answer.In this survey of worship in the Lutheran tradition, Maschke take his cue from Luther's maxim that God gathers people into the church, and as gathered guests, we come to His house to receive His blessing, to pray, praise, and give thanks.In worship, the author argues that life, liturgy, and theology intersect in remarkable and rich ways, and this gathering around Word and Sacrament both creates and defines a genuine
A fierce war rages for your soul. Are you ready for battle? Like it or not, you are at war. You face a powerful enemy out to destroy you. You live on the battlefield, so you can’t escape the conflict. It’s a spiritual war with crucial consequences in your everyday life and its outcome will determine your eternal destiny. You must engage the Enemy. And as you fight, you need a Manual for Spiritual Warfare. This guide for spiritual warriors will help you recognize, resist, and overcome the Devil’s
How (Not) to Be Secular is what Jamie Smith calls "your hitchhiker's guide to the present" -- it is both a reading guide to Charles Taylor's monumental work A Secular Age and philosophical guidance on how we might learn to live in our times.Taylor's landmark book A Secular Age (2007) provides a monumental, incisive analysis of what it means to live in the post-Christian present -- a pluralist world of competing beliefs and growing unbelief. Jamie Smith's book is a compact field guide to Taylor's
Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the landfrom the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, as Berry notes in his Afterword to this third edition,
The Mystery of Marriage 20th...
The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition: Meditations on the Miracle
Meditate on the Spiritual Significance of Marriage In the 20th Anniversary Edition of this Gold Medallion Award winner, Mike Mason goes on a poetic search to understand the wondrous dynamics of committed love. In highly readable, first-person style, Mason’s writing stimulates readers’ thoughts and prayers and propels couples to deeper intimacy. “A marriage is not a joining of two worlds,” says the author, “but an abandoning of two worlds in order that one new one might be formed.” Rich chapters
Learning Leadership: The Five...
Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
From the bestselling authors of The Leadership Challenge and over a dozen award winning leadership books, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner have written a new book that examines a fundamental question: How do people learn leadership? How do they learn to become leaders? Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader (ISBN: 978-1-119-14428-1; Wiley; May 2016) is a comprehensive guide to unleashing the inner-leader in us all and to building a solid foundation for a
The 4 Disciplines of Execution:...
The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
An insightful new book from the multimillion-copy bestselling author Sean Covey and the FranklinCovey organization based on their work with hundreds of thousands of employees and large companies to unveil the essential disciplines proven to help businesses and individuals realize their most important goals.Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities? By the
Worship as Repentance: Lutheran...
Worship as Repentance: Lutheran Liturgical Tradition and Catholic Consensus
Against contemporary trends that conceive of Christian worship primarily as entertainment or sheer celebration, Walter Sundberg argues that repentance is the heart of authentic worship. In Worship as Repentance Sundberg outlines the history of repentance and confession within liturgical practice from the early church to mid-twentieth-century Protestantism, advocating movement away from the "eucharistic piety" common in mainline worship today and toward the "penitential piety" of older traditions
"Lewis struck me as the most thoroughly converted man I ever met," observes Walter Hooper in the preface to this collection of essays by C. S. Lewis. "His whole vision of life was such that the natural and the supernatural seemed inseparably combined."It is precisely this pervasive Christianity which is demonstrated in the forty-eight essays comprising God in the Dock. Here Lewis addresses himself both to theological questions and to those which Hooper terms "semi-theological," or ethical. But w
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual...
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
You are what you love. But you might not love what you think.In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian pr
Spiritus Creator, Luther's Concept of...
Spiritus Creator, Luther's Concept of the Holy Spirit
Pair of 6.5" animal instinct rustic polystone lion bookends, flecked bronze-finish polystone, detailed lion on haunches atop rectangular pedestal with scrollwork top, raised pillowed base border and tiered base. Bookends - Best Buy Quality bookends at Always low prices from us. Hand-cast in a durable blend of museum-quality resin 6.5 inches.
Nike Winged Victory of Samothrace Figurine. This beautifully detailed, handcrafted figurine measures approximately 10.5" tall and is made of a high quality marble resin, which mimics carved stone. Designed after the historic Nike sculpture displayed at the Louvre this stunning figurine makes a great gift!
Augustine on the Christian Life:...
Augustine on the Christian Life: Transformed by the Power of God
Augustine is widely considered to be the most influential theologian in church history after the apostle Paul. Dramatically converted from a life of licentiousness to one of wholehearted devotion to Christ, the humble North African pastor quickly established himself as a leading figure within the ancient church. In Augustine on the Christian Life, historian Gerald Bray explores the rich spirituality of this extraordinary man, examining his historical context, approach to the Christian life, and
Bronze Finish Lady Justice 12.5 Inch...
Bronze Finish Lady Justice 12.5 Inch Statue Sculpture
12.5 Inch Blind Lady Justice Statue. It is made of a cold cast bronze and resin mixture and then hand-painted to accentuate the beautiful effect. The most popular choice for an attorney gift, an absolutely stunning statue for any law office.
"The worship of the Christian community, properly understood and done, leads worshipers to act out in their lives the love of God, which is at the heart of our worship. Worship also provides the power and the sustenance which makes this style of living possible. This Christian style of living, moreover, drives those who are committed to it back to the worship of God, to find forgiveness and strength...When this interdependent relationship is understood, the power of worship is illuminated and th
This Extremely Detailed and Well-Made statue is made with cold cast bronze, The special production process of this piece, originated from Great Britain, uses actual bronze powder mixed in the cold cast resin in order to ensures a richer and more authentic presentation.
Robert E. Lee Civil War Bust - Great...
Robert E. Lee Civil War Bust - Great Americans Collection
Perfect for Home or office - Made of Polystone - Finish- Bronze - Mounted on a black base- 4 rubber felts on bottom of base to- protect your fine furniture - 6 inches High - MINT - Brand New - Gift Boxed - The picture does not do this piece justice. - Label on bottom of bust (see picture) Robert E. Lee 1807-1870 "First Gentleman of Virginia" Robert E. Lee graduated from West Point. Though he freed his slaves befor the Civil War began and was opposed to succession, Lees devotion and loyalty to Vi
In his Preface, Bradshaw notes that "It may come as something of a surprise to some readers to hear that there are at least two ways of praying - with different concepts of what prayer itself is. So dominant has one particular spirituality become in nearly all Christian traditions today that many people are completely unaware that there might be such a thing as a liturgical spirituality or another way of understanding or organizing their worship and prayer life. This book has been written, there
It can be difficult to find fresh, new resources for the traditional church's worship-planning needs. Every new book and resource seems to have a contemporary spin on it. So what is a traditional church to do? The Worship Sourcebook is the newest and most substantial resource available for the traditional or liturgical church's worship service needs. Filled with beautiful prepared prayers, stirring liturgies, and useful service plans, The Worship Sourcebook is an essential tool for any church lo
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for...
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, NYT bestselling author and conservative columnist Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. The light of the Christian faith is flickering out all over the West, and only the willfully blind refuse to see it. From the outside, American churches are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. From the inside, they are being holl
Gripping. . . . Lombardo's achievement is all the more striking when you consider the difficulties of his task. . . . [He] manages to be respectful of Homer's dire spirit while providing on nearly every page some wonderfully fresh refashioning of his Greek. The result is a vivid and disarmingly hardbitten reworking of a great classic. --Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Times Book Review
Enter a world of bomnubbles and quarreling cousins, sea dragons and book publishers, thieves and Fangs and secret maps, with brand new tales written by: - Andrew Peterson (The Wingfeather Saga) - Jonathan Rogers (The Charlatan's Boy)- N. D. Wilson (100 Cupboards)- Jennifer Trafton (The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic)- Douglas McKelvey (The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog)- A. S. Peterson (The Fiddler's Gun)Featuring illustrations by Justin Gerard, Joe Sutphin, Doug TenNapel, John Hendrix, Cory Godb
Written by church consultant Will Mancini expert on a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darknes...
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga)
Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the los
George MacDonald occupied a major position in the intellectual life of his Victorian contemporaries. This volume brings together all eleven of his shorter fairy stories as well as his essay "The Fantastic Imagination". The subjects are those of traditional fantasy: good and wicked fairies, children embarking on elaborate quests, and journeys into unsettling dreamworlds. Within this familiar imaginative landscape, his children's stories were profoundly experimental, questioning the associatio
Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby thought they were normal children with normal lives and a normal past. But now they know they’re really the Lost Jewels of Anniera, heirs to a legendary kingdom across the sea, and suddenly everyone wants to kill them.In order to survive, the Igibys must flee to the safety of the Ice Prairies, where the lizardlike Fangs of Dang cannot follow. First, however, they have to escape the monsters of Glipwood Forest,1 the thieving Stranders of the East Bend,2 and the dread