What does it mean to be in the groove?
The Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament
Author: Anne Danielsen
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
A fascinating exploration of the profound loss of pleasure in our daily lives and the seven steps for restoring it. Pleasure. We know what it feels like and many of us spend our days trying to experience it. But can too much pleasure actually be bad for us? Yes, says Dr. Archibald Hart, clinical psychologist and expert in behavorial psychology. Backed by recent brain-imaging research, Dr. Hart shares that to some extent, our pursuit of extreme and overstimulating thrills hijacks our pleasure system and robs us of our ability to experience pleasure in simple things. We are literally being thrilled to death. In this insightful book, Dr. Hart explores the stark rise in a phenomenon known as anhedonia, an inability to experience pleasure or happiness. Previously linked only to serious emotional disorders, anhedonia is now seen as a contributing factor in depression (specifically nonsadness depression) and in the growing number of people who complain of profound boredom. This emotional numbness and loss of joy are results of the overuse of our brain's pleasure circuits. In Thrilled to Death, Dr. Hart explains the processes of the brain's pleasure center, the damaging trends of overindulgence and overstimulation, the signs and problems of anhedonia, and the seven important steps we must take to recover our wonderful joy in living.
How the Endless Pursuit of Pleasure Is Leaving Us Numb
Author: Archibald Hart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Ancient questions about the causes and nature of pleasure were revived in the eighteenth century with a new consideration of its ethical and political significance. Rowan Boyson reminds us that philosophers of the Enlightenment, unlike modern thinkers, often represented pleasure as shared rather than selfish, and she focuses particularly on this approach to the philosophy and theory of pleasure. Through close reading of Enlightenment and Romantic texts, in particular the poetry and prose of William Wordsworth, Boyson elaborates on this central theme. Covering a wide range of texts by philosophers, theorists and creative writers from over the centuries, she presents a strong defence of the Enlightenment ideal of pleasure, drawing out its rich political, as well as intellectual and aesthetic, implications.
Author: Rowan Boyson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
1. Of Christian Charity, 2. Of True Felicity, 3. Of the VVorlds Vanity, and Soules Excellency, 4. Of an Humble Conversion, and an Holy Conversation, 5.&6. Of S. Pauls Concrucifixion
Author: Edward Willan
Category: Sermons, English
Containing News, Letters, Debates, Poetry, Music, Biography, History, Geography and Other Arts and Sciences; which May Render it Instructive and Entertaining to Gentry, Merchants, Farmers, and Tradesmen. To which Occasionally Will be Added, an Impartial Account of Books in Several Languages, and of the State of Learning in Europe; Also of the Stage, New Oper's, Plays, and Oratorio's
Category: English literature
In His Image is the next step for those who have read The Purpose Driven Life. Following the Life Purpose of Mission, this book explores God's great love for humanity from every book of the Bible. From the creation of Genesis to the culmination in Revelation, God’s love shines through every page. Never is this ever clearer than in the times of Israel’s great betrayal of their God. His passionate pursuit of His children can be heard dripping from his voice as He calls them (and us by proxy) back to His shelter and protection. This book was written ... • To convince the reader of God’s intense and immense love for them; • To encourage the reader to reach out to the God who is passionately in love with them; • To strengthen the reader’s faith in God’s compassion; and • To motivate the reader to share the love of God with every person they meet. It is very clear God loves people of all races and ethnicities. Therefore, whenever appropriate to the passage of the day, emphasis is made on the issue of racial reconciliation around God’s love. His love becomes the motivation for evangelism and for community. In each daily devotional ... • There is a Biblical Scripture they are encouraged to read; • There is a passage of Scripture to read in the devotional itself; • There is the devotional to read which focuses the reader on a single thought, broken into two, three or four practical ideas they can utilize that day in their lives; and • There is a thought to take with the reader each day which summarizes the theme concerning God’s great love for them.
Author: Matthew Lee Smith
Celebrate the new graduate with the gift of this classy LeatherLike book of daily prayers meant to encourage, inspire, and uplift! Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to pray or even how to talk with God. Following in the footsteps of the popular 365 Pocket Prayers that has touched so many lives, here is an edition just for new graduates. This honest and encouraging collection of daily prayers will help the recent graduate grow closer to God through this honest and encouraging collection of daily prayers. There’s a topical index in the back of the book, so whether graduates need to pray about the future, finances, job-related issues, wisdom, success, or discouragement they’ve experienced, 365 Pocket Prayers for Graduates will help them open their hearts to the one who listens. Each reading in this convenient, easy-to-carry, quick-access guide begins with a daily prayer and ends with a promise from Scripture.
Guidance and Wisdom for Each New Day
Author: Ron Beers
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
God raises up Methodists for such a time as this. Here is a ditty Len Sweet’s Methodist grandfather used to sing: A Methodist, a Methodist will I be A Methodist will I die. I’ve been baptized in the Methodist way And I’ll live on the Methodist side. What “genius” of Methodism inspired this kind of love and loyalty in the earlier years of the faith? What did it mean to live in “the Methodist way” and to die on “the Methodist side?” Perhaps it is time to resurrect a neo-Wesleyan identity and to challenge the prevailing “one-calorie Methodism” that characterizes so much of our tribe today. What makes a Methodist? How can we re-ignite the spark of genius that motivated such commitment in our cloud of witnesses? The essence of Methodism’s genius resides in two famous Wesleyan mantras: “heart strangely warmed” (inward experiences with a fire in the heart) and “the world is our parish” (outward experiences with waterfalls of cutting-edge intelligence). For Wesley, internal combustion, the former, led to external combustion, the latter. In the 18th century, Methodists in general (and in their younger years, the Wesley brothers themselves) were accused of being too “sexy.” What else could all those “love feasts” and “strangely warmed hearts” be about? Why else were all those women in positions of leadership? With this book the author hopes to bring back to life some of Methodism’s sexiness so that our current reproduction crisis can be reversed.
Revive Us Again
Author: Leonard Sweet
Publisher: Abingdon Press
This book is a transmission from a gifted therapist. His generosity and comprehensive sharing in this book can be a rich guide to anyone fascinated with their own and other's development. Marlene Z. Roberts, MA, MFT, is the cofounder of the Anapamu Counseling Center and is a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and credentialed teacher. Psychotherapy is co-creative art. Therapists and clients create healing cultures. Dr. Witt takes us into the minds of therapists and into psychotherapy sessions where multiple perspectives and dozens of techniques come alive. We feel the pleasures of helping individuals and couples wake up to greater joy, health, and intimacy.
Psychotherapy as Art, Spirituality, And Science
Author: Keith Witt
Eros is the passionate energy that makes us one with the beautiful other, with a leper, with the world of nature waiting to be embraced and cared for, with our neighbor, the stranger, with God. The Whiteheads explore this vital energy of love as the gift of a Creator madly in love with his creation a God who would bring us to life in abundance if we only say "Yes." They discuss Eros in the movements of our sexuality, as well as in our arousals of compassion and care. They examine the Eros of pleasure and of generosity. They honor the Eros of hope, of anger, of suffering. They reveal that Eros has a Source far deeper than lust, and is a pathway to a passionate God. Holy Eros recovers this fundamental energy of love as a powerful resource in the revitalization of Christian spirituality. Unlike most books on the topic it eschews easy clichs. Its reader benefit is to understand and appreciate an energy that can heal as well as hinder and to tap into its positive force.
Recovering the Passion of God
Author: James D. Whitehead,Evelyn Eaton Whitehead
Publisher: Orbis Books
Explores current controversies and significant concerns in feminist theater and performance
Essays on Gender, Sexuality, Performance
Author: Jill Dolan
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Category: Performing Arts
Alaya has the unique creative capacity to teach using the hands and feet of our ordinary human experience to understand and come closer to secrets of the universe. Martha Harrell, M.S.N., Ph.D., Licensed Training Jungian Psychoanalyst, Biodynamic Cranio-sacral Therapist, and contributing author in Transforming Terror: Reclaiming the World Soul Alaya’s Fables takes us into the world of make-believe to discover how problems are solved from the heart. Meredith Young-Sowers, D.Div., Founder & Director, Stillpoint Foundation and School of Integrative Life Healing, Author: of The Angelic Messenger Cards These unique fables engage both right and left hemispheres, and truly invite us to reach our potential. Thank you from an inspired heart! Joyce Buckner, Ph.D. Author of Making Real Love Happen, Master Imago Therapist, and guest on the Oprah Show Alaya’s Fables offers a welcoming trail into one’s heart and soul. Enjoy and use these lovely fables as a way to explore, grow, and play with all that you are. Dee LaCrosse, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist ONE need not be the lonely number its name implies. Alaya Chadwick takes us to the “land where dreams live” to find intimacy with our inner selves. Mark W Shulkin MD, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Assistant Professor or of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine (retired) Sunny L Shulkin LCSW, BCD, Master Trainer of Imago Relationship Therapy
Tales that Transform & Awaken
Author: Alaya Chadwick
The theme of WORDS OF LIFE for 2012 is faith. This edition looks at our 'Faith Journey'. Beginning with a series on prayer, we then have the Israelites moving into the Promised Land. Observing the rise of a united kingdom under King David, we see how human weakness can break even those close to God. After Ezra's story of reconstruction and regeneration, we consider the question of suffering in the compelling book of Job. Guest writer Major Sasmoko Hertjahjo (Indonesia) provides a beautiful Pentecost series. In the New Testament we explore God's story recorded by Matthew, along with the opening of John's Gospel; then, in Acts, see the good news spreading and the Church being started. In various psalms and proverbs, as well as hymns, we find that our faith journey is both corporate and personal.
Author: The Salvation Army
Publisher: Hachette UK
In English-speaking countries Victor Kraft is known principally for his account of the Vienna Circle. ! That group of thinkers has exercised in recent decades a significant influence not only on the philosophy of the western world, but also, at least indirectly, on that of the East, where there is now taking place a slow but clearly irresistible erosion of dogmatic Marxism by ways of think ing derived from a modem scientific conception of the world. Kraft's work as historian of the Vienna Circle has led to his being classed, without further qua1ification, as a neo-positivist philosopher. It is, however, only partially correct to count him as such. To be sure, he belonged to the group named, he took part in its meetings, and he drew from it suggestions central to his own work; but he did not belong to the hard core of the Circle and was a con scious opponent of certain radical tendencies espoused, at least from time to time, by some of its members. Evidence of this is provided by the theory of value now presented in English translation, since no less a thinker than Rudolf Carnap had, originally at any rate, obeyed a very narrowly conceived criterion of sense and declared value judgements to be senseless.
Author: V. Kraft
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
'Fertility and Pleasure' reveals that although the values that idealised the role of wife and courtesan were highly disparate, the rituals, symbols, and popular practices both engaged in exhibited a degree of similitude and parallelism.
Ritual And Sexual Values in Tokugawa Japan
Author: William R. Lindsey
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Category: Social Science
Maybe the only thing new about sexual abuse is quality discussion from several professions (psychology, theology, and pastoral care). Here are the insights of over two dozen psychologists, theologians, and those in pastoral care, all targeting the issue of sexual abuse. Designed as a resource for Christian educators, therapists, pastors, social workers, group leaders, and survivors, The Long Journey Home combines current research in mental health with rich theological reflection, global concern with fervent pastoral wisdom for the local faith community. Whether you are a counselor, professor, pastor, or spouse of a survivor, you hold in your hand a fresh resource of information and advocacy for those suffering from the devastating effects of sexual abuse and rape. The breadth of material, biblical insight, discussion questions, and helpful resources gathered here just may be the tool of a generation.
Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused
Author: Andrew J. Schmutzer
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This book concerns a single topic, coherence in the several arts, which is vague to begin with, but becomes progressively more precise as we proceed. While the book is not a formalist theory of art it aims to take steps toward clearing up the concept of form, which is of central interest in art, either by its observance or by deliberate defiance. While our interest is thus in one concept, it is as a matter of fact complex and covers some seven subordinate topics. Each of these important subjects is covered in separate chapters: the number of principal parts of artworks, their extent, size or magnitude, the intervallic relation between them, and their dimensional, contextual, tendentive, and connotational relations, all of which will be explained as we proceed. There are ample analyses or critiques devoted to particular artworks which appear in Part Two. While the book keeps to a fairly narrow range of subjects, breadth is there too, and the implication for all the arts is manifest. The examples cover mainly music, but there is a broad selection of architecture, sculpture, painting, both abstract and figural, and a brief selection from the field of narrative poetic art. Many more types of the arts had to be excluded to make the book of manageable size.
Author: L. Aschenbrenner
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media