♥ Book Title : Our Bodies Are Selves
☯ Full Synopsis : "Our Bodies Are Selves is a look at what it means to be human in a world where medical technology and emerging ethical insight force us to rethink the boundaries of humanity/spirit and man/machine. This book gives us a fresh look at how our expanding biological views of ourselves and our shared evolutionary history shows us a picture that may not always illumine who and where we are as Christians. Offering up Christian theological views of embodiment, the authors give everyday examples of lives of love, faith, and bodily realities that offer the potential to create new definitions of what it means to be a faith community in an increasingly technological age of medicine."Article| Philip Hefner, Ann Milliken Pedersen, Susan Baretto| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Food and Foodways in African Narratives
☯ Full Synopsis : "Food is a defining feature in every culture. Despite its very basic purpose of sustaining life, it directly impacts the community, culture and heritage in every region around the globe in countless seen and unseen ways, including the literature and narratives of each region. Across the African continent, food and foodways, which refer to the ways that humans consume, produce and experience food, were influened by slavery and forced labor, colonization, foreign aid, and the anxieties prompted by these encounters, all of which can be traced through the ways food is seen in narratives by African and colonial storytellers. The African continent is home to thousands of cultures, but nearly every one has experienced alteration of its foodways because of slavery, transcontinental trade, and colonization. Food and Foodways in African Narratives: Community, Culture, and Heritage takes a careful look at these alterations as seen through African narratives throughout various cultures and spanning centuries."Article| Jonathan Bishop Highfield| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Choosing Our Religion
☯ Full Synopsis : "To the dismay of religious leaders, study after study has shown a steady decline in affiliation and identification with traditional religions in America. By 2014, more than twenty percent of adults identified as unaffiliated--up more than seven percent just since 2007. Even more startling, more than thirty percent of those under the age of thirty now identify as "Nones"--answering "none" when queried about their religious affiliation. Is America losing its religion? Or, as more and more Americans choose different spiritual paths, are they changing what it means to be religious in the United States today? In Choosing Our Religion, Elizabeth Drescher explores the diverse, complex spiritual lives of Nones across generations and across categories of self-identification such as "Spiritual-But-Not-Religious," "Atheist," "Agnostic," "Humanist," "just Spiritual," and more. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews conducted across the United States, Drescher opens a window into the lives of a broad cross-section of Nones, diverse with respect to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and prior religious background. She allows Nones to speak eloquently for themselves, illuminating the processes by which they became None, the sources of information and inspiration that enrich their spiritual lives, the practices they find spiritually meaningful, how prayer functions in spiritual lives not centered on doctrinal belief, how morals and values are shaped outside of institutional religions, and how Nones approach the spiritual development of their own children. These compelling stories are deeply revealing about how religion is changing in America--both for Nones and for the religiously affiliated family, friends, and neighbors with whom their lives remain intertwined."Article| Elizabeth Drescher| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : From Twilight to Breaking Dawn
☯ Full Synopsis : "Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight saga took the young adult fiction world by storm. Although by no means dominant or even particularly overt, Meyer's use of religion nonetheless provides for some intriguing interpretive possibilities. Topics from young love, to abstinence, to the value of family and friends are infused in the stories. Love as an agent of change and a motivational impulse for self-sacrifice also receives significant emphasis. Could Eve and Mary be a pattern for Bella? What about Edward--could he be seen as a Christ-figure? From Twilight to Breaking Dawn assists readers in thinking about the religious themes and images found throughout the Twilight saga. A single Twilight character or issue is discussed in each chapter and concludes with discussion questions for individual or group study. This book includes ideas from Judaism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and Mormonism. From Twilight to Breaking Dawn is perfect for parents wanting to discuss these books with their children or for Twilight lovers interested in pursuing the deeper meaning that lies at the heart of these books."Article| Sandra L Gravett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : God in the Movies
☯ Full Synopsis : "This informative guide helps readers combine their love of movies with their desire to grow closer to God. Foremost experts on faith and film, all connected with the Reel Spirituality Institute at Fuller Seminary, explore forty leading movies from the last four decades to encourage movie lovers and small groups to reflect critically and theologically on their film choices. God in the Movies introduces and analyzes the spiritual content of top films from the 1980s through the 2010s, opening viewers up to a conversation about life, faith, and God. Following a format similar to Barsotti and Johnston's successful Finding God in the Movies, this completely new book covers different films spanning four decades. This engaging resource contains production notes and film synopses, relevant Scripture texts, theological reflection, discussion questions, film stills, recommended film clips, and more, serving as a treasure chest for hours of film viewing, discussion, and ministry. Clips from the movies referenced in each chapter are available online."Article| Catherine M. Barsotti, Robert K. Johnston| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity
☯ Full Synopsis : "This work examines the Gilmore Girls from a post-feminist perspective, evaluating how the show’s main female characters and supporting cast fit into the classic portrayal of feminine identity on popular television. The book begins by placing Gilmore Girls in the context of the history of feminism and feminist television shows such as Mary Tyler Moore and One Day at a Time. The remainder of the essays look at series’ portrayal of traditional and non-traditional gender identities and familial relationships. Topics include the hyper-real utopia represented by Gilmore Girls’ fictional Stars Hollow; the faux-feminist perspective offered by Rory Gilmore’s unfulfilling (and often masochistic) romantic relationships; the ways in which “mean girl” Paris Geller both adheres to and departs from the traditional archetype of female power and aggression; and the role of Lorelai Gilmore’s oft-criticized marriage in destroying the show’s central theme of single motherhood during its seventh season. The work also studies the role of food and its consumption as a narrative device throughout the show’s development, evaluating the ways in which food negotiates, defines, and upholds the characters’ gendered and class performances. The work also includes a complete episode guide listing the air date, title, writer, and director of every episode in the series."Article| Ritch Calvin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Keeping House
☯ Full Synopsis : "Keeping House is a wide-ranging and witty exploration of the spiritual gifts that are gained when we take the time to care for hearth and home. With a fresh perspective, mother, wife, and teacher Margaret Kim Peterson examines the activities and attitudes of keeping house and making a home. Debunking the commonly held notion that keeping house is a waste of time or at best a hobby, Peterson uncovers the broader cultural and theological factors that make housekeeping an interesting and worthwhile discipline. She reveals how the seemingly ordinary tasks of folding laundry, buying groceries, cooking, making beds, and offering hospitality can be seen as spiritual practices that embody and express concrete and positive ways of living out Christian faith in relationship to others at home, in the church and in the world."Article| Margaret Kim Peterson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies
☯ Full Synopsis : "Over the past decade there has been a remarkable flowering of interest in food and nutrition, both within the popular media and in academia. Scholars are increasingly using foodways, food systems and eating habits as a new unit of analysis within their own disciplines, and students are rushing into classes and formal degree programs focused on food. Introduced by the editor and including original articles by over thirty leading food scholars from around the world, the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies offers students, scholars and all those interested in food-related research a one-stop, easy-to-use reference guide. Each article includes a brief history of food research within a discipline or on a particular topic, a discussion of research methodologies and ideological or theoretical positions, resources for research, including archives, grants and fellowship opportunities, as well as suggestions for further study. Each entry also explains the logistics of succeeding as a student and professional in food studies. This clear, direct Handbook will appeal to those hoping to start a career in academic food studies as well as those hoping to shift their research to a food-related project. Strongly interdisciplinary, this work will be of interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities."Article| Ken Albala| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Light Shining in a Dark Place
☯ Full Synopsis : "In Light Shining in a Dark Place, Jeff Sellars has drawn together more than a dozen scholars around the theme of discovering theology through the moving medium of film. The varied contributors in this collection explore, through their particular lenses, how theological ideas might be seen in and considered through one of the most popular of modern art forms. From subjects of sin, grace, and forgiveness to violence, science fiction/fantasy, and zombies, Light Shining in a Dark Place assists the theologically interested film viewer in tracing the light that might be found in the filmic arts back to the source of all lights. Contributors include: Bruce L. Edwards, J. Sage Elwell, Michael Leary, Peter Malone, Kevin C. Neece, Simon Oliver, Kim Paffenroth, J. Ryan Parker, Travis Prinzi, Megan J. Robinson, Scott Shiffer, James H. Thrall, and Alissa Wilkinson"Article| Jeff Sellars| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Saxophone Technique
☯ Full Synopsis : "Imagine a large watermelon. Inside sit the secrets to saxophone virtuosity. Saxophone Technique whacks open the melon, cuts it into slices, and presents each topic as a digestible and tasty treat. Philosophical and phun, Saxophone Technique delves into the petits détails—the essential minutiae—that allow good saxophonists to become great. Bursting with exercises and pulsating with strategies, Saxophone Technique will help any player derive the most satisfaction and the most enjoyment from the practice process."Article| Sarah Anne Wolkowski| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Faith and Film
☯ Full Synopsis : "Bryan Stone engages the cinema to open a discussion of theology and the culture of our time by pairing specific Christian doctrines found in the Apostles' Creed with popular movies and videos."Article| Bryan P. Stone| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Feast for the Journey
☯ Full Synopsis : "Feast for the Journey is an enriching guide for individuals and small groups who want creative ways to cultivate a meaningful life in the midst of hectic and uncertain times. If you long for a renewed spark, clearer direction, more confidence in your choices, fresh ways to make a difference, and self-care that isn't self-ish, Feast for the Journey offers four soul-satisfying, hands-on courses that will lead you through: An eye-opening self-assessment that reveals what's most important in your life's story. Four new practices to help you cultivate a life that matters-starting wherever you are. Practical tips for finding and freeing your voice in love, work, and everyday life. Creative ways to celebrate and honor the changes and seasons you're going through. On whatever path you find yourself, Feast for the Journey invites you to try a new vision and direction for moving forward-all in a nourishing, peaceful, and creative setting. KAREN LEE TURNER has designed, taught, and refined the courses offered in Feast for the Journey for more than twenty years. An artist, musician, college professor, and retreat leader, she has a doctorate in education from Peabody of Vanderbilt University and writes in her backyard studio "shed" in Nashville, Tennessee. She is joined by NEVIN COMPTON TRAMMELL, career expert, poet, activist, and author of Cream Soda Blues. He is a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. "Whether you're starting out, starting over, or somewhere in-between, Feast for the Journey is a rare book for anyone wondering, 'What's next in my life?'" -Joe Calloway, author of Becoming A Category of One, Never By Chance, and Indispensable "This is good stuff-a journal, a workbook, a confessional memoir, a scholarly text, a resource manual, and a story. Woven together, it is indeed a new sort of book." -Dale Brown, Director of the Buechner Institute and author of The Book of Buechner "Anyone who senses the soul's deep longing for celebration, restoration, delight, and movement toward something 'more' will find their place at the beautifully hospitable table set for Feast for the Jour ney." -Pamela C. Hawkins, author of The Awkward Season and Simply Wait""Article| Karen Lee Turner, Nevin Compton Trammell| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Reading the Postmodern Polity
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Michael J. Shapiro| Statement ..."