You are not an accident. You were made to last forever!
You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.
This book will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you - both here and now, and for eternity.
Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.
The Purpose Driven Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century - a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values.
This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come.
SADDLEBACK CHURCH website
In It Starts at Home, Kurt Bruner and Steve Stroope offer an intentional approach to building families of faith. These two pastors and authors gather the larger-than-life realities of our relationships — such as forgiveness and intimacy — and guide readers into an accessible and applicable way of living God-intentioned lives.
Foundational strategies that stabilize the relationship between a husband and wife find expression as couples become parents and grandparents of children who live a lifelong faith.
God’s biggest assignments have always been entrusted to those leading a small tribe. From the twelve families of Israel to early Christians who met in one another’s homes, great leaders begin by serving a core group of people who ripple outward for ever-extending social and spiritual impact. They go big by leading small.
Tribal Church helps pastors recognize the potential and power of various tribes within their congregations - one family, a network of small groups, maybe an entire age group - and then recalibrate ministry efforts to maximize the impact of each. Steve Stroope has spent three decades mastering the art of leading small in a church that has multiplied from dozens to over fifteen thousand. He explains why big impact does not come from any sort of mega-church ambition. It rather comes by attending to the little details and the smallest tribes.
“The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel.” (Joshua 10:13b-14)
Steven Furtick claims that these verses (and 12b-13a) form the core of what he calls a ‘theology of audacity’.
“You probably don’t have one of those yet, but it’s essential. In fact, if you ever encounter a theology that doesn’t directly connect the greatness of God with your potential to do great things on his behalf, it’s not biblical theology.
File it under heresy. I’ll take it further: if you’re not daring to believe God for the impossible, you’re sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian life. And further still: if the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God. Audacious faith is the raw material that authentic Christianity is made of.”
THE JOURNEY CHURCH in NYC website
Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission is a classic synopsis regarding a Christian’s duty to civil government. This trenchant treatise answers many of today’s burning questions, including,
In this scholarly volume, Pastor Chuck Baldwin and Attorney Tim Baldwin draw from years of research to delve deeply into the true Biblical and historical answers to these and other pressing issues. Never has a book been so necessary!
LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP church website
The indispensable, state-of-the-art, ‘how-to’ book on starting a community from scratch.
The newest, most comprehensive bible for builders of intentional communities. Covers every aspect with vital information and dozens of examples of how successful communities faced the challenges and created their shared lives out of their visions. The cautionary tales of sadder experiences and how communities fail, will help in avoiding the pitfalls.
Creating a new culture of living peacefully with each other and the planet is our number one need—and this is the right book at the right time.
If there is a silver lining to the clouds on the horizon, it will be found in the redesign of human communities. No one knows this subject better than Diana Leafe Christian. To a troubled world, here is the core of the solution.
Through long experience and sheer social honesty, Diana Leafe Christian offers essential resources for and catalogs the oh-so-many pitfalls as well as delights of visiting and joining a community. Finding Community is like having an explorer’s compass and a roll of charts under your arm as you embark upon unknown waters.
Authored by Manitonquat (Medicine Story)
Paradise on earth - your own idea of the very best life for you and your family. Is it possible or only a dream? This book shows it is not only possible but actually happening now all over the world in communities where thousands are now actively engaged in creating the life of their dreams.
Manitonquat, a Wampanoag elder, storyteller, philosopher, poet and communitarian, shares his perspective as a tribal person that we are all tribal people. Human beings became human when they came together for mutual support and protection.
The Original Instructions: Reflections of an Elder on the Teachings of the Elders, Adapting Ancient Wisdom to the Twenty-First Century.
Those instructions for successful and happy relationships with families and communities and with all life, the Earth and the Cosmos, were passed down through the generations by elders of the indigenous peoples, who lived successfully and happily by them until they were invaded by newer cultures of domination, oppression and greed.
A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somé is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Somé was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for more than ten thousand years.
In The Spirit of Intimacy, Sobonfu Somé distills the ancient teachings and wisdom of her native village to give insight into the nature of intimate relationships.
Somé generously applies the subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one. Simply and beautifully, she reveals the role of spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community.
A wife has one driving need - to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy.
A husband has one driving need - to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.
When either of these needs isn't met, things get crazy.
Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically.
Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Love and Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other.
Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect.
In today's challenging and complex world, being highly effective is the price of entry to the playing field.
To thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in this new reality, we must reach beyond effectiveness toward fulfillment, contribution, and greatness.
Research is showing, however, that the majority of people are not thriving. They are neither fulfilled nor excited.
Tapping into the higher reaches of human motivation requires a new mindset, a new skill-set --a new habit.
Dr. Covey's new book, The 8th Habit®: From Effectiveness to Greatness, is a roadmap to help you find daily fulfillment and excitement.
UBUNTU Contributionism presents a solid foundation for a new social structure to take us into a new era of true freedom from financial tyranny and real prosperity on every level of human endeavor.
These things DO NOT belong to the politicians, the government, or any corporation who has unlawfully claimed exclusive rights over it.
Explaining Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Thought on Morality, Family and Society:
"When sex, the power that most readily permits humans to take on divine creativity, is no longer worthy of special respect, then few things remain sacred. The cheapening of sexuality tends to lead to a tainted view of its extensions — love, life and lineage.
Indeed, these are seen to be optional components, disregarded when inconvenient. The degradation of love can be seen in the contemporary dating and mating culture where love is rarely even mentioned when discussing sex.
Even among those who believe that only love is what legitimates physical union, this represents an anemic definition of love, where fickle feelings are the focus, not will and ideals. The cheapening of life and lineage is evident in the fact that outside of marriage, the conception of a child is more likely to be viewed as a curse rather than a blessing. Perhaps worse, it is reduced to an inconvenience to be dispatched by an afternoon abortion appointment as if it were a dental cavity. Such trivializing of love, life and lineage is intertwined with the disrespect for the gravity of sexual relations. This both reflects and reinforces a person’s spiritual disorientation, and taken together could not possibly be further removed from the Heart of God."
"God is looking for His champions among the Christians of the world today. And the work of God needs a sacrificial spirit. How many Christians are now saying, "Use me as a lamb on Your altar, and out of my sacrifice save this world"? God is seeking a self-denying spirit. God is searching for the bearers of the cross for the 20th century. And today's Christians are deaf to that call.
Instead, Christians today are crying out for "my heaven," "my salvation."
What about God? What about the rest of the world? Will you be able to keep your small piece of heaven when the rest of the world is crumbling? No. If, on the other hand, the whole world were saved, would your own salvation not already be included?"
A collection of significant sermons given by Reverend Sun Myung Moon between 1969 and 1984.
"The ideology of Heavenly Father is restoring the kingship by centering on families and by linking them together. It is restoring the universal kingship; so, it cannot be accomplished without the family. Surely, the family is the center for this.
It is through the unified foundation of the family, the Adam-type unified family on the level of tribe. Shouldn't Adam have a clan? This must all be connected centering on Adam's family on the level of the people. Through the unified foundation of family, the kingship will be restored." (1989.10.17. Hannam-dong House)
A compilation of Rev. Moon's words on tribal messiahship taken from Korean and American speeches from the '50s to the '90s. (179 pages, softcover)
"The spiritual path is not about just feeling good about oneself, in an egoistic manner. It is the facing of our chronic illness, and problems — of insecurity and hatred to others, our lack of relation to God, and our internal weakness, with a deep honesty and shimjung .
We have to be like a doctor who sees illness (diagnosis). We have to be professional. We have to see what the causes of that problem are (etiology) and then proceed with identifying the illness (prognosis) and then continue with treatment (remedy).
It will be shocking at first and we will definitely be in denial, just like someone who finds out they have a deadly sickness. We will not want to believe it at first.
But slowly we must come to grips with the reality of our sickness. In admitting our sickness we can paradoxically obtain greater freedom — freedom to see weakness and change it. When we develop this inner freedom then and only then can we truly begin to deeply and gratefully live life authentically."
Translated into English as "The House of Heaven's Harmony". Spiritual guidance for mind body unity and a happy family life.
Written by Hyung Jin Moon (121 pages, hardcover)
The Ideal of Love, Challenges of Love, Strategies for Overcoming the Obstacles Within, Strategies for Overcoming the Obstacles Without and Images for the Future.
Written by Dr. Mose Durst. (180 pages, softcover)
True Families: Gateway to HEAVEN
Human beings are not born based on their own choice. Then, are they born due to their parents' wishes? No. They are born due to God's desire. They are born through the love of their parents, which represents God's love.
The person, who is born as a new life through parental love, representing God's love, is I. Love has the power to create everything.
The highest purpose of life is to be born through love, be raised in love, live by love, and to leave love behind.
The Divine Principle is the main theological textbook of the Unification Church written by the founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon. It includes God's purpose in creating human beings, the fall of man, and redemption - the process through history by which God is working to remove the ill effects of the fall and restore humanity back to the relationship and position that God originally intended.
The main ideas are shaded red, topics of second rank are shaded blue, and topics of third rank are shaded yellow. The reader can grasp the main thread of the teaching of the Divine Principle in a short time by reading only the red text. Reading the red and blue text together provides a richer framework; reading all three colors together gives a rather full exposition including many examples. To get the fullest meaning, the text must be studied in its entirety. Yet even when reading the full text, attention to the passages in red can help to clarify the thread of the argument.