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Assumptions that Affect Our Lives

by Christian Overman

Where do our basic assumptions about life come from? According to Overman, they come from two sources: pagan Greek philosophy and God-centered Hebrew thought. He argues that the former, which originated in acnient Greece, has penetrated every layer of our society, transforming our once-Christian nation into a human-centered, secular land. To stem this tide, we must understand the difference between Greek and Hebrew thought and realize that just because we’re Christians doesn’t necessarily mean we have a Christian worldview.

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Fire Within

by Thomas Dubay, S.M.

How to  compose a succinct introduction to a book that can radically change one’s view of life, prayer, suffering and trials? It is an ode to the hard, slow road of prayer that leads to life. It is an exposition on the goal of prayer: the transforming summit. It is a megaphone for the universal call to holiness, solidly refuting the myth that there are two paths to God. It paints a picture of detachment and denial of self that infuses real enthusiasm (en-theos) as opposed to dread. This is a book to come back to again and again.

“Let us impose silence upon our cares, our desires and our imaginings…”

“It is the pure in heart that see God, they and no others…”

“What we have to do is give up everything that does not lead to God (Titus 2:12). Everything does mean everything.”

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Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard

by Søren Kierkegaard

Aptly described as an “accessible introduction” to Kierkegaard’s works, this collection presents the reader with condensed insights and reflections of a brilliant mind intimately acquainted with the Truth. God cannot be figured out or even approached by natural intellect alone, but He delights in allowing humans to go deeper into His mind with the aid of His omniscient light. Kierkegaard not only went deeper than most, but returned with a trove of paradoxically basic yet dense deliberations, readily understood yet engrossing.

He is insistently individualistic, as every person must face God alone, both in this life and the Day to come. Distrust and condemnation abound for ‘the crowd,’ any  place of anonymity where lip service can be paid to causes and convictions. He rails against Religion and Christendom, insofar as they are man-made and man-perpetuated; whether viewed as broad and easy paths or shortcuts, he exposes them as at best a dead-end, at worst  a trail to Hell. Above all, he confronts anyone willing to become serious, with a ceaseless ‘either/or’ – life or death must be chosen and pursued daily.

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Secrets of the Secret Place

by Bob Sorge

Bob Sorge was a worship leader before being struck down by throat cancer. Now, unable to speak at length let alone sing, he has turned to writing. “Secrets of the Secret Place ” contains 52 meditations, divided into four sections” Accepting God’s Invitation, Making it Work, Setting a Marathon Pace, and Seeking a Deeper Relationship. These meditations provide keys to igniting our time with God, which, Sorge stresses, is vital to the fruitfulness of every Christian.

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The Shattered Lantern

by Ronald Rolheiser

This book gets its title from Friedrich Nietzsche’s character who, after smashing a lit lantern, makes the infamous declaration: “God is dead!” But that’s not all. He goes on to say: “And we are his murderers!” Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest, looks at how Western civilization has “murdered” God by becoming increasingly narcissistic, pragmatic and restless. He decries the loss of what he calls the “ancient instinct for astonishment” and suggests how it might be recovered – through contemplation. Or through, as he writes, “learning to breathe correctly.”

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