The Blessed Girl

The Blessed Girl

Blessed adj. [pronounced bles-id] The state of being blessed, often referring to a person, usually female, who lives a luxurious lifestyle funded by an older, often married partner, in return for sexual favours. Young, beautiful and ambitious, Bontle Tau has Johannesburg wrapped around her finger. Her generous admirers are falling over themselves to pay for her Mercedes, her penthouse, and her Instagrammable holidays. It's a long way from the neighbourhood she started out in, and it's been far from easy. Along with making sure she always looks fabulous - because people didn't sacrifice their lives in the freedom struggle for black women to wear the same cheap T-shirts they wore during apartheid - Bontle's also hustling to get her business off the ground. And if that wasn't enough, her ex is still refusing to sign their divorce papers. It's not that she stopped loving him, but he was just so stubborn about wasting his medical degree on treating the poor. Yes, Bontle gets the blues from time to time, who doesn't, the shrink keeps wanting to talk about a past she's put firmly behind her. And what she doesn't think about can't hurt her, can it?

The Blessed Woman

Learning About Grace from the Women of the Bible

The Blessed Woman

Discover the True Meaning of Being Blessed It’s not easy being a woman. The demands and expectations of us, and those we place on ourselves, can be overwhelming. While trying to navigate this thing called “life,” have you ever longed for a close friend, confidant, or mentor to walk alongside you and encourage you in Biblical womanhood? Debbie Morris did. And yet even as a young minister’s wife, she found herself without someone to fill this all-important role. So she turned to the Bible. Biblical women such as Eve, Sarah, and Miriam had always fascinated her. But now they also became her friends, sisters, and teachers. Through their stories, the Holy Spirit revealed how their lives—both joys and struggles—weren’t that much different from ours today and how they can teach women today to be a grace-filled, life-giving woman of God. In The Blessed Woman, Debbie invites you to learn from these women as well. As she shares her own stories and the stories of discerning women in the Bible, she addresses topics such as overcoming insecurity, finding purpose, establishing priorities, letting go, and waiting. The Blessed Woman reminds us how God longs for every woman to experience His tenderness—and to know the true meaning of being blessed.

Strategies for Preaching Paul

Strategies for Preaching Paul

Nothing is more central to the Church than preaching the gospel, and few have preached the gospel with the intensity and insight of St. Paul. Paul's letters play an important role in the New Testament and in the Roman Lectionary. Yet, despite their importance, Paul's teaching is seldom proclaimed from the pulpit. In Strategies for Preaching Paul, Frank Matera provides preachers with the comprehensive background needed to successfully preach the Pauline readings. More than a collection of homily hints, Strategies for Preaching Paul provides preachers with three strategies for preaching the Pauline readings in the Sunday Lectionary during Ordinary Time. It offers summaries first of the historical setting, then the literary context, and finally the theological themes of all the Pauline readings as well as the readings of the Letter to the Hebrews. Each letter is introduced by explaining the historical circumstances that caused it and its literary structure. Next, each Sunday reading is explained in light of its wider literary context and its historical background, suggesting ways in which preachers might employ the text in the Sunday homily. Finally, after considering the letter, Matera suggests the major Pauline themes of the letter that need to be preached, such as justification by faith, the return of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and the moral life of believers. An exceptional resource for preachers, Strategies for Preaching Paul also serves as an introduction to Paul's thought. It may be used in Lectio divina to reflect upon the Sunday Pauline texts. Chapters are "Paul in Ordinary Time, Year A," "Paul in Ordinary Time, Year B," "Paul in Ordinary Time, Year C," "Index of Pauline Readings," and "Index for the Sundays of Ordinary Time."?He notes how unfortunate it is ?that there is such silence from the pulpit when it comes to preaching from the Pauline texts.? In order to remedy that situation, he provides pastors with strategies for preaching from the Pauline readings of the Sunday Lectionary.? Theology Digest?It offers a concise and intelligent source for sermon preparation.? The Priest?. . . Matera can make a believer out of you. He gives preachers, catechists, RCIA ministers and others the courage and the method to use Paul?s words for the pastoral purposes and needs of our day. Keep this wonderful little book handy and it will teach you to take a fresh approach to the Sunday lectionary.? Liturgy Re/Sources". . . helpful both in collecting in one place brief exegesis on all these readings and in lifting up ways Paul speaks to congregations today." Currents"Frank Matera does it again! Once again, Fr. Matera gracefully performs the difficult feat of bringing the fruits of technical exegesis to a wider audience. Priests, deacons, and lay ministers will all profit immensely from Fr. Matera's ability to make the historical Paul of the first century (and other New Testament writers traditionally associated with Paul) speak?and preach?to congregations of the twenty-first century." John P. Meier University of Notre Dame"Matera is a master teacher, and he has provided a wonderful resource not only for preachers but also for all who use the Sunday lectionary as a basis for prayer and Bible study. His book helps to unlock one of the church's treasures?the Pauline epistles. The biblical scholarship is sound, the writing is clear, and the homiletical insights are fresh." Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. Weston Jesuit School of Theology

Women of Bible Lands

A Pilgrimage to Compassion and Wisdom

Women of Bible Lands

Women of Bible Lands is an anthology of biblical and early stories about Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women from the nineteenth century B.C.E. to the ninth century C.E. Ancient words and journeys strengthen modern readers for a challenging pilgrimage from the head to the heart as they travel in spirit through the Holy Land to Greece, Turkey, and North Africa. Kirk's book, which is the first guide book to biblical sites associated with women, not only fills a void, but does so in an inspirational and imaginative way. Part One: Reclaiming Women's Stories and Journeys discusses the types of women that have been remembered in the Christian tradition and examines the scarcity of women's writings and the possibilities of women's oral tradition within the Bible and other early sources. Chapters in Part One are: Shards and Stories," *'As a Mother Hen Gathers Her Brood Under Her Wings, '- *The Pilgrimage to the Womb of Compassion, - *Seeking the True Cross, Seeking the True Helena, - *Ascetic Life, an Inner Journey; Paula and Egeria, Their Outer and Inner Journeys, - and *Guides for Reading. - Part Two: Stories, Sites, and Maps includes introductions to the sites, maps, information about or by women or female images of God, and selections from the Bible or an early Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Coptic, Syriac, or Arabic text. Chapters in Part Two are: *The Old City of Jerusalem, - *Other Sites in Jerusalem, - *Sites in Israel and Palestine, - *Sinai, Egypt, and Tunisia, - *Iran, Iraq, Jordan, - *Lebanon and Syria, - *Greece and the Mediterranean Islands, - and *Turkey.

Holy Women of the Syrian Orient

Holy Women of the Syrian Orient

The fifteen hagiographies about holy women of the Syrian Orient collected here include stories of martyrs' passions and saints' lives, pious romances and personal reminiscences. Dating from the fourth to seventh centuries A.D., they are translated from Syriac into accessible and vivid prose. Annotations and source notes by the translators help clarify elements that may be unfamiliar to some readers. This collection bears witness to the profound contributions women made to early Chistianity: their various roles, their leadership inside and outside the church structure, and their power to influence others. A new preface discusses recent developments in the field and updates the bibliography.

The Blessed

The Blessed

"Three girls who have lost their way are brought together by a mysterious young man"--

Women's Religions in the Greco-Roman World

A Sourcebook

Women's Religions in the Greco-Roman World

This is a substantially expanded and completely revised edition of a book originally published in 1988 as Maenads, Martyrs, Matrons, Monastics. The book is a collection of translations of primary texts relevant to women's religion in Western antiquity, from the fourth century BCE to the fifth century CE. The selections are taken from the plethora of ancient religions, including Judaism and Christianity, and are translated from the six major languages of the Greco-Roman world: Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, and Coptic. The texts are grouped thematically in six sections: Observances, Rituals, and Festivals; Researching Real Women: Documents to, from and by Women; Religious Office; New Religious Affiliation and Conversion; Holy, Pious, and Exemplary Women; and The Feminine Divine. Women's Religions in the Greco-Roman World provides a unique and invaluable resource for scholars of classical antiquity, early Christianity and Judaism, and women's religion more generally.

The Islands of the Blessed

The Islands of the Blessed

In this much-anticipated conclusion to the Sea of Trolls trilogy, Notland is no place to seek one's true calling. Or is it?

The Blessed

The Blessed

In a world much like are own, we find a young man lives out a life in a land devoid of life. With a friend and and a very small family his small life is up rooted by a group of soldiers in chrome armor. He fights with his desires for revenge as he meets new and unusual people. However if his life isn't skewed enough a time travelers appears. With a new finds an a manipulative new ally he soon finds himself swept into something much bigger than himself