The First Love Story

Author: Bruce Feiler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698409957
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham comes a revelatory journey across four continents and 4,000 years exploring how Adam and Eve introduced the idea of love into the world, and how they continue to shape our deepest feelings about relationships, family, and togetherness. Since antiquity, one story has stood at the center of every conversation about men and women. One couple has been the battleground for human relationships and sexual identity. That couple is Adam and Eve. Yet instead of celebrating them, history has blamed them for bringing sin, deceit, and death into the world. In this fresh retelling of their story, New York Times columnist and PBS host Bruce Feiler travels from the Garden of Eden in Iraq to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, from John Milton’s London to Mae West’s Hollywood, discovering how Adam and Eve should be hailed as exemplars of a long-term, healthy, resilient relationship. At a time of discord and fear over the strength of our social fabric, Feiler shows how history’s first couple can again be role models for unity, forgiveness, and love. Containing all the humor, insight, and wisdom that have endeared Bruce Feiler to readers around the world, The First Love Story is an unforgettable journey that restores Adam and Eve to their rightful place as central figures in our culture's imagination and reminds us that even our most familiar stories still have the ability to surprise, inspire, and guide us today.

Meeting Jesus The Christ Again

Author: Robert A. Chesnut
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498243444
Size: 14.19 MB
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The religion of Jesus or the religion about Jesus? The cross as Christ's atoning sacrifice or as a courageous, prophetic martyrdom? With a pastoral/prophetic voice and insights derived from a lifetime in parish ministry and theological education, Meeting Jesus the Christ Again encourages the reader to rethink these and other hotly disputed issues of Christian faith. Taking a big-picture perspective and seeking common ground, Chesnut points us toward a "neo-classical" faith. This engaging book calls us back to the vital center of historic Christian faith.

Searching For Eden

Author: James Still
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
ISBN: 9781583423363
Size: 66.66 MB
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"As one critic wrote about Searching for Eden: "In the beginning--and throughout the play--here was laughter. And the audience found it good." More than a hundred years after Mark Twain wrote his own short stories about Adam and Eve, James Still combines those stories for Act One of Searching for Eden, and then imagines Adam and Eve in the present day for Act Two to create this completely original and contemporary play about the world's first love story. Act One takes place at the dawn of time in the Garden of Eden. In the imaginations of Still and Twain, the Garden of Eden is a place where the battle of the sexes begins, where language is deliciously invented, and where loneliness and heartbreak are poignantly discovered. After intermission, we jump forward to the present day--but Adam and Eve have only aged into their 40s and are dealing with middle age and the distractions of high-power careers. Adam has surprised Eve with this trip back to Eden (a last-minute vacation package Adam found on the Internet) as an anniversary gift. The "first couple" returns to present-day Eden (now an upscale resort simply called "E") in an attempt to recapture the primal passions of their youth. While Act One is about childhood, discovery, and new love--Act Two is about middle age, rediscovery and trying to make old love new again. At its heart, Searching for Eden is about the pleasures and terrors of knowing one person--and being known by that person--for a long, long time."--Publisher's website.

Bible Stories That Speak To Our Heart

Author: Charles M. Wible
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809142149
Size: 60.93 MB
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This book of stories examines the broad map of human love and friendship from the perspective of the Bible to conclude that love's often difficult path can be smoothed with God's help, if we muster the courage and the faith to ask. In support, the author offers classical stories from Hebrew and Christian scriptures, among many--Boaz and Ruth, Tobias and Sarah, Jonathan and David, Peter and Jesus, Joseph and his brothers, Jacob and Rachel and Leah--stories of emotional relationships both constant and supportive, faithful and content, envious and vengeful, sensuous and pure, those of families, friends, siblings, husbands and wives, and disciples. Students of the Bible, and the general public, will find this an instructive and compelling work, which comes complete with reflection questions, suitable for individual and group study, at the end of each chapter.

Til Death Or Distance Do Us Part

Author: Frances Smith Foster
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199886970
Size: 55.90 MB
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Conventional wisdom tells us that marriage was illegal for African Americans during the antebellum era, and that if people married at all, their vows were tenuous ones: "until death or distance do us part." It is an impression that imbues beliefs about black families to this day. But it's a perception primarily based on documents produced by abolitionists, the state, or other partisans. It doesn't tell the whole story. Drawing on a trove of less well-known sources including family histories, folk stories, memoirs, sermons, and especially the fascinating writings from the Afro-Protestant Press,'Til Death or Distance Do Us Part offers a radically different perspective on antebellum love and family life. Frances Smith Foster applies the knowledge she's developed over a lifetime of reading and thinking. Advocating both the potency of skepticism and the importance of story-telling, her book shows the way toward a more genuine, more affirmative understanding of African American romance, both then and now.

Eve In The Beginning

Author: H.B. Moore
Publisher: Mirror Press, LLC
ISBN: 1941145396
Size: 39.35 MB
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From USA Today bestselling author H. B. Moore, comes . . . EVE: IN THE BEGINNING The first love story on earth . . . Haunting . . . Lyrical . . . Unforgettable . . . In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.

Adam And Eve

Author: Louis J. Bartolomeo
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
ISBN: 0741432722
Size: 54.76 MB
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Adam and Eve - A Tragic Love Story is an expanded narra-tive of the biblical metaphors of Creation and the Temptation of Eve chronicling the birth of our planet to times of Eden.

Eve And Adam

Author: Kristen E. Kvam
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253212719
Size: 44.88 MB
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This anthology surveys more than 2,000 years of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim commentary and debate on the biblical story that continues to raise questions about what it means to be a man or to be a woman.

I Adam

Author: John M. Cimbala
ISBN: 9781521808429
Size: 76.76 MB
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This novel is based on the Bible's account of Adam, the first man who ever lived. It is written as an autobiography, as if written by Adam himself. Adam looks back at his life from his creation to old age, including his relationship with The Creator (God), naming the animals, the creation of Eve, his time with Eve in the Garden of Eden, their temptation and fall (sin) and expulsion from Eden, and then life after Eden (Cain and Abel, generations, the increase of wickedness) until shortly before his death. This book can be considered Biblical fiction, with some embellishment of course, but without straying from or changing the account recorded in Genesis. It is a love story between Adam and Eve, whom Adam says is "bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh." It is also an educational tool for understanding our first parents, their interaction with The Creator, marriage, and the promise of the "Special Seed" who is Jesus Christ, the Last Adam. Throughout the book are prayers of Adam as he reflects on his life, his sin, his guilt, and his longing for the Special Seed who will accomplish what Adam failed to accomplish on earth. The author writes from a young earth creationist viewpoint, which includes acknowledgment of a literal Adam and Eve who were the first man and woman, and from whom all human beings have descended.The author, Dr. John M. Cimbala, is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. He has co-authored several textbooks, including a popular Fluid Mechanics textbook that is used around the world and has been translated into several languages. This little book about Adam, however, is his first novel.

A Love That Lasts

Author: Leigh Ann Roberts
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595188737
Size: 43.68 MB
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FOREVER . . . The idea of a love that would last forever was something that Cary Reiner had all but given up on after she was so painfully betrayed by her husband. The life she'd always hoped to have as a wife and the mother of their son had been destroyed by selfish lust, and she felt that her world had literally been turned upside down, leaving her alone and hopeless. When God leads a friend and former class-mate named Bruce Dean back into her life, she begins to see things differently. Amid his friendship, Cary learns that Bruce, also a single parent, has been in love with her for years. His own life was filled with pain and regret, however, and he feels unworthy of Cary, despite his love for her. Only when they allow God to speak to them do they realize that all is not lost because of their past mistakes. They learn that God's love can mend any heart, repair any breech, forgive any failure, and win any battle. As Bruce eagerly opens his heart to Cary, she finds herself learning to live, and love, again, and together they hope to find a love that lasts.