Ladders to Heaven

Author: Mike Shanahan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783525805


Page: 224

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They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers ... rainforest royalty ... more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Ladders to Heaven tells their amazing story. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilisation. They feature in every major religion, starring alongside Adam and Eve, Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. This is no coincidence - fig trees are special. They evolved when giant dinosaurs still roamed and have been shaping our world ever since. These trees intrigued Aristotle and amazed Alexander the Great. They were instrumental in Kenya's struggle for independence and helped restore life after Krakatoa's catastrophic eruption. Egypt's Pharaohs hoped to meet fig trees in the afterlife and Queen Elizabeth II was asleep in one when she ascended the throne. And all because 80 million years ago these trees cut a curious deal with some tiny wasps. Thanks to this deal, figs sustain more species of birds and mammals than any other trees, making them vital to rainforests. In a time of falling trees and rising temperatures, their story offers hope. Ultimately, it's a story about humanity's relationship with nature. The story of the fig trees stretches back tens of millions of years, but it is as relevant to our future as it is to our past.
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Ladders to Heaven

Author: Rachel Reuben

Publisher: Bttw Press

ISBN: 9780988598942

Category: Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)

Page: 494

View: 8152

"Five compelling coming-of-age characters live out this edgy, push-pull story that juxtaposes ultra-orthodox Judaism with the modern, secular world--a story that explores the boundaries of love, sexual identity, gender, faith, racism and violence."--Publisher description.
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Gods, Wasps and Stranglers

The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees

Author: Mike Shanahan

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603587144


Page: N.A

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A Ladder to the Sky

A Novel

Author: John Boyne

Publisher: Hogarth

ISBN: 1984823035

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 1402

“Clever, chilling, and beautifully paced; a study of inner corrosion that Patricia Highsmith herself could not have done better.” -- The Times (London) Esquire: "Best Books of 2018 (So Far)" Town & Country: "5 Books You Need to Read in November" Vulture: "Best New Books of November" A seductive, unputdownable psychodrama following one cunning, ruthless man who will stop at nothing in his pursuit of success Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for fame. The one thing he doesn’t have is talent – but he’s not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don’t need to be his own. Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful – but desperately lonely – older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice’s first novel. Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall… Sweeping across the late twentieth century, A Ladder to the Sky is a fascinating portrait of a relentlessly immoral man, a tour de force of storytelling, and the next great novel from an acclaimed literary virtuoso.
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Ladders to heaven

art treasures from lands of the Bible : a catalogue of some of the objects in the collection presented by Elie Borowski to the Lands of the Bible Archaeology Foundation and displayed in the exhibition "Ladders to Heaven : Our Judeo-Christian Heritage 5000 BC-AD 500", held at the Royal Ontario Museum June 23-October 28, 1979

Author: Lands of the Bible Archaeology Foundation,Oscar White Muscarella,Royal Ontario Museum

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN: 9780771066627

Category: Art

Page: 332

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John Climacus (CWS)

Author: Saint John (Climacus)

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809123308

Category: Religion

Page: 301

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John Climacus (c. 579-649) was abbot of the monastery of Catherine on Mount Sinai. His Ladder was the most widely used handbook of the ascetical life in the ancient Greek Church.
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Down-to-Earth Spirituality

Encountering God in the Ordinary, Boring Stuff of Life

Author: R. Paul Stevens

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830823833

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 8519

Examining the Genesis account of Jacob, R. Paul Stevens reveals how we can encounter God in the ordinary, boring stuff of daily life.
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Ladder to the Moon

Author: Maya Soetoro-Ng

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 076366667X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 6137

Features an audio read-along performed by the author, Maya Soetoro-Ng. From Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Obama, comes a lyrical story relaying the loving wisdom of their late mother to a young granddaughter she never met. Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother’s love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service to imagine this remarkable meeting. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity. Yuyi Morales’s breathtaking artwork illuminates the dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.
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Calvin's Ladder

A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension

Author: Julie Canlis

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 080286449X

Category: Religion

Page: 286

View: 9328

This groundbreaking study offers a sweeping overview and reconsideration of John Calvin's theology. In Calvin's Ladder Julie Canlis recovers some of the common (and neglected) themes that Calvin shared with the patristic fathers. She shows that his works are shot through with a vibrant theology of "participation," thus placing Calvin within the Christian mystical tradition. A work of both theology and spiritual formation, Calvin's Ladder suggests an entirely distinctive way of conceiving the relation between God and humanity, challenging not only old caricatures of Calvin but also our own self-portraits. "It is rare to find a book that is historically rigorous, theologically rich, lucidly written, and at the same time pastorally engaging: this book by Julie Canlis is all of these. A superb exposition of a theme at the very heart of the Christian life:'ù Jeremy Begbie University of Cambridge "In this groundbreaking work Julie Canlis offers a bold, new interpretation of Calvin. Alongside his favorite and well-known metaphors of the Labyrinth and the Abyss we must now unexpectedly place the Ladder. Calvin affirms this metaphor only to undermine and reinvent it at the same time. Canlis gives us a striking interpretation of how Calvin and the Reformation understood the doctrine of salvation ù an interpretation of wide ecumenical significance:'ù George Hunsinger Princeton Theological Seminary "Calvin comes into clear and compelling focus in Julie Canlis's Calvin's Ladder as a theologian and pastor who insists that the Christian life at the core is a matter of Christ drawing us into a full participation in all the operations of the Trinity and the community of the church. The academic precision on offer here is in the service of lived, not just argued, theology."ù Eugene H. Peterson Regent College
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Everyday Missions

How Ordinary People Can Change the World

Author: Leroy Barber

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830869689

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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It's not every day that you get a visit from God. Burning bushes, ladders to heaven, chariots of fire and all that--we look for those stories in the Bible, and we look for them in our lives. When it comes to something as important as what we do with our lives, we think, maybe God owes us a big event. But, as Leroy Barber has learned through his work in inner cities and with young people, that's not usually how it works. More often God calls out to us from everyday misfortunes and all-too-common injustices, and he invites our response--not just a response in the moment, but a recognition that we have a role to play in seeing God's kingdom come, God's will done, on earth as it is in heaven. Through the surprisingly normal stories of the heroes of faith in the Bible, and through Barber's experiences with Mission Year and other ministries, in this book you'll learn what it means to change the world from your own little space in it.
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The Ladder

Author: Halfdan Rasmussen,Marilyn Nelson,Pierre Pratt

Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)

ISBN: 9780763622824

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 62

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A jolly ladder, left behind by a strange carpenter, takes on a life of its own and embarks on a grand journey through the countryside where it encounters people and animals, who, after climbing it to the top and disappearing into the sky, return in a special way!
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Ascending the Heights

A Layman's Guide to The Ladder of Divine Ascent

Author: John Mack

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781888212174

Category: Religion

Page: 175

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In the sixth century, a monk named John wrote a book outlining the stages of the spiritual life. He based his entire work on the image of the ladder of thirty rungs, stretching from earth to heaven. Each rung described a step in the pursuit of virtue and the spiritual life. Since it was first written, The Ladder of Divine Ascent has been an essential formation of Orthodox monasticism, and a mainstay of Orthodox ascetic spirituality. But it is not just for monks and nuns.This book is written to help those in a non-monastic setting, with "ordinary lives" to understand how to apply the Ladder. Each chapter contains many direct quotes from St. John's writings, in addition to commentary on St. John's words. This book, therefore, should be used as a primer to the Ladder as a helpful tool for ascending the spiritual heights.
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Heaven Is For Real Conversation Guide

Author: Todd Burpo

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418550698

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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The best-selling book about heaven that has changed the world is now a DVD-based conversation kit for churches and small groups. In addition to learning more about what the Bible teaches about heaven, groups will hear first-hand from the Burpo family about Colton's experience in heaven and the way it has changed their lives. Each video session features Todd, Sonja, and Colton, and is filmed interview-style with Natalie Tysdal, the Denver FOX/CW News reporter whose initial interview with the family has gone viral on the internet. The Conversation Guide will take group members through key Bible passages about heaven, helping them understand more about who goes to heaven, when they go there, and what heaven is like. Features include: 5 sessions of study for group members For use with DVD sessions (ISBN 9781418550660) Conversation Guide written for both believers and non-believers in accessible language to help group members discover what the Bible teaches about heaven
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Between Heaven and Earth

The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them

Author: Robert A. Orsi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400849659

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Between Heaven and Earth explores the relationships men, women, and children have formed with the Virgin Mary and the saints in twentieth-century American Catholic history, and reflects, more broadly, on how people live in the company of sacred figures and how these relationships shape the ties between people on earth. In this boldly argued and beautifully written book, Robert Orsi also considers how scholars of religion occupy the ground in between belief and analysis, faith and scholarship. Orsi infuses his analysis with an autobiographical voice steeped in his own Italian-American Catholic background--from the devotion of his uncle Sal, who had cerebral palsy, to a "crippled saint," Margaret of Castello; to the bond of his Tuscan grandmother with Saint Gemma Galgani. Religion exists not as a medium of making meanings, Orsi maintains, but as a network of relationships between heaven and earth involving people of all ages as well as the many sacred figures they hold dear. Orsi argues that modern academic theorizing about religion has long sanctioned dubious distinctions between "good" or "real" religious expression on the one hand and "bad" or "bogus" religion on the other, which marginalize these everyday relationships with sacred figures. This book is a brilliant critical inquiry into the lives that people make, for better or worse, between heaven and earth, and into the ways scholars of religion could better study of these worlds.
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Dog Heaven

Author: Cynthia Rylant

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545337534

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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In Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant's classic bestseller, the author comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog. Recommended highly by pet lovers around the world, Dog Heaven not only comforts but also brings a tear to anyone who is devoted to a pet. From expansive fields where dogs can run and run to delicious biscuits no dog can resist, Rylant paints a warm and affectionate picture of the ideal place God would, of course, create for man's best friend. The first picture book illustrated by the author, Dog Heaven is enhanced by Rylant's bright, bold paintings that perfectly capture an afterlife sure to bring solace to anyone who is grieving.
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To Heaven and Back

A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

Author: Mary C Neal

Publisher: Authentic Media Inc

ISBN: 1780780540

Category: Religion

Page: 116

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A doctor's account of her own experience of death, heaven and return to life with a new realization of her purpose on earth. Dr Mary Neal, an orthopaedic surgeon, was on a kayaking holiday in Chile. Sceptical of near death experiences, she was to have her life transformed when her kayak became wedged in rocks at the bottom of a waterfall and was underwater for so long that her heart stopped.To Heaven And Back is Mary's faith-enriching story of her spiritual journey, her first-hand experience of heaven and its continuing life-enhancing effects.
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7 Lessons from Heaven

How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life

Author: Mary C. Neal

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 045149542X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 8416

"Dr. Mary Neal's unforgettable account of a 1999 kayaking accident that took her life, and what happened next, has riveted more than a million readers. But something happened as she shared her story in the years since. Not only did Neal realize she had more to tell, she discovered she had yet to answer the biggest question of all: How does knowing heaven is real change our lives on Earth?" --
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The Green Ladder

Paradigm Shifts Toward a Kingdom Lifestyle

Author: Steve Shaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984581528

Category: Religion

Page: 188

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"The Green Ladder by Steve Shaw provides a fresh look into how the body of Christ can begin to walk in their God-given identity. When we learn to embrace all that Jesus provided for us, we learn to co-labor with God. Cultivating this Kingdom mindset helps to bring an ease and grace for us to step into a Kingdom lifestyle that changes the world around us." - Bill Johnson, Author When Heaven Invades Earth. The Green Ladder is a must read for any pastor or believer who is experiencing a Spirit birthed appetite for a simpler and more authentic Christianity. While the gospels are overflowing with accounts of miracles, healings, and profound encounters with God, Steve Shaw's story provides three simple steps that bring these realities of the Kingdom within reach for every believer. In the Green Ladder you will learn... The difference between "the gospel of salvation" and "the gospel of the Kingdom." The importance of having "a saint-based identity" instead of "a shame-based identity." The excitement of co-laboring with a sovereign God to bring heaven to earth. Steve Shaw has served as a pastor in Grants Pass, Oregon for thirty-four years. He and his wife, Midge, have lived out their passion for the presence of God, authentic community, and the advancement of His Kingdom, bringing hope and a practical demonstration of God's power to leaders, congregations, and believers at home and abroad."
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Landscape, Nature, and the Sacred in Byzantium

Author: Veronica della Dora

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107139090

Category: History

Page: 306

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Explores Byzantine perceptions of creation and different types of natural environments, and the principles underpinning such perceptions.
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