The Mormon Quest for Glory

The Religious World of the Latter-day Saints
Author: Melvyn Hammarberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199911134
Category: Religion
Page: 392
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 6 million members in the United States today (and 13 million worldwide). Yet, while there has been extensive study of Mormon history, comparatively little scholarly attention has been paid to contemporary Mormons. The best sociological study of Mormon life, Thomas O'Dea's The Mormons, is now over fifty years old. What is it like to be a Mormon in America today? Melvyn Hammarberg attempts to answer this question by offering an ethnography of contemporary Mormons. In The Mormon Quest for Glory, Hammarberg examines Mormon history, rituals, social organization, family connections, gender roles, artistic traditions, use of media, and missionary work. He writes as a sympathetic outsider who has studied Mormon life for decades, and strives to explain the religious world of the Latter-day Saints through the lens of their own spiritual understanding. Drawing on a survey, participant observation, interviews, focus groups, attendance at religious gatherings, diaries, church periodicals, lesson manuals, and other church literature, Hammarberg aims to present a comprehensive picture of the religious world of the Latter-day Saints.

Simon Bolivar's Quest for Glory


Author: Richard W. Slatta,Jane Lucas De Grummond
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 1603447296
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 365
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Simon Bolivar, who fought to free South America from Spanish rule from 1810 to 1826, was one of the most influential figures in Latin American history. His life contained all the makings of an epic war hero: repeated comebacks from defeat, flashes of military genius, a near-manic quest for glory, and fall from political grace. Here, the authors bring forth his story and show how it set the political pattern for the next century.

Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone

Better Than a Lump of Coal
Author: Scott C. Lowe
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444341454
Category: Philosophy
Page: 256
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From Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the culture wars and virgin birth, Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone explores a host of philosophical issues raised by the practices and beliefs surrounding Christmas. Offers thoughtful and humorous philosophical insights into the most widely celebrated holiday in the Western world Contributions come from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, religious studies, English literature, cognitive science and moral psychology The essays cover a wide range of Christmas themes, from a defence of the miracle of the virgin birth to the relevance of Christmas to atheists and pagans

The Seekers

The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World
Author: Daniel J. Boorstin
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679462708
Category: History
Page: 298
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Throughout history, from the time of Socrates to our own modern age, the human race has sought the answers to fundamental questions of life: Who are we? Why are we here? In his previous national bestsellers, The Discoverers and The Creators , Daniel J. Boorstin first told brilliantly how e discovered the reality of our world, and then he celebrated man's achievements in the arts. He now turns to the great figures in history who sought meaning and purpose in our existence. Boorstin says our Western culture has seen three grand epics of Seeking. First there was the heroic way of prophets and philosophers--men like Moses or Job or Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, as well as those in the communities of the early church universities and the Protestant Reformation--seeking salvation or truth from the god above or the reason within each of us. Then came an age of communal seeking, with people like Thucydides and Thomas More and Machiavelli and Voltaire pursuing civilization and the liberal spirit. Finally, there was an age of the social sciences, when man seemed ruled by the forces of history. Here are the absorbing stories of exceptional men such as Marx, Spengler, and Toynbee, Carlyle and Emerson, and Malraux, Bergson, and Einstein. These great thinkers still have the power to speak to us, not always so much for their answers as for their way of asking the questions that never cease either to intrigue or to obsess us. In this impressive climax to a monumental trilogy, Daniel J. Boorstin once again shows that his ability to present challenging ideas, coupled with sharp portraits of great writers and thinkers, remains unparalleled. From the Hardcover edition.

Sherman Exposed

Slightly Censored Climbing Stories
Author: John Sherman
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9780898868524
Category: Humor
Page: 238
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Outrageous, talented, and a force to be reckoned with, John Sherman is always willing to spout an opinion that's sure to raise eyebrows. This rowdy collection of biting satire, parody profiles, barely restrained rants, and genuine reflections on climbing's unsung heroes is no different. Blending his juiciest Verm's World columns from Climbing magazine with previously unpublished (or, perhaps, unpublishable?) stories.

Tennyson’s Camelot

The Idylls of the King and its Medieval Sources
Author: David Staines
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 1554587948
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 238
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As the principal narrative poem of nineteenth-century England, Tennyson's Idylls of the King is an ambitious and widely influential reworking of the Arthurian legends of the Middle Ages, which have provided a great body of myth and symbol to writers, painters, and composers for the past hundred years. Tennyson's treatment of these legends is now valued as a deeply significant oblique commentary on cultural decadence and the precarious balance of civilization. Drawing upon published and unpublished materials, Tennyson's Camelot studies the Idylls of the King from the perspective of all its medieval sources. In noting the Arthurian literature Tennyson knew and paying special attention to the works that became central to his Arthurian creation, the volume reveals the poet's immense knowledge of the medieval legends and his varied approaches to his sources. The author follows the chronology of composition of the Idylls, allowing the reader to see Tennyson's evolving conception of his poem and his changing attitudes to the medieval accounts. The Idylls of the King stands, ultimately, as the poet's own Camelot, his legacy to his generation, an indictment of his society through a vindication of his idealism.

Rhythms of Learning


Author: Rudolf Steiner,Roberto Trostli
Publisher: SteinerBooks
ISBN: 0880109742
Category: EDUCATION
Page: 228
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Waldorf education, an established and growing independent school movement, continues to be shaped and inspired by Rudolf Steiner's numerous lectures on education. In Rhythms of Learning, key lectures on children and education have been thoughtfully chosen from the vast amount of material by Steiner and presented in a context that makes them approachable and accessible. In his many discussions and lectures, Steiner shared his vision of an education that considers the spirit, soul, and physiology in children as they grow. Roberto Trostli, an experienced Waldorf teacher, has selected the works that best illustrate the fundamentals of this unique approach. In each chapter, Trostli explains Steiner's concepts and describes how they work in the contemporary Waldorf classroom. We learn how the teacher-child relationship and the Waldorf school curriculum changes as the students progress from kindergarten through high-school. This book will serve as an excellent resource for parents who want to understand how their child is learning. Parents will be better prepared to discuss their child's education with teachers, and teachers will find it a valuable reference source and communication tool.

Beyond Books and Borders

Garcilaso de la Vega and La Florida Del Inca
Author: Raquel Chang-Rodríguez
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9780838756515
Category: History
Page: 197
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La Florida del Inca is a central text in the history and culture of the Americas. Its author, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, the son of an Inca princess and a Spanish conquistador, was born in Cuzco, Peru. In his chronicle Garcilaso offers a unique rendition of Hernando de Soto's expedition (1539-43) to the vast territory known then as La Florida. The studies collected in Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega and La Florida del Inca were presented by leading scholars at an interdisciplinary symposium in November 2003, sponsored by the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), inaugurating the celebration of the fourth centennial of the 1605 publication of this important work.

The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal


Author: Arthur Edward Waite
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465547061
Category: Grail
Page: 713
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The author was among the first to study western occultism as a spiritual tradition rather than as pseudoscience or religion. This 1909 survey of the Holy Grail legend weaves together the history of how a pagan folk-tale became a vital Christian allegory. Waite makes it a point to extensively describe all source texts of the Grail legend--employing readable yet interesting prose.

Indian English Fiction

Readings and Reflections
Author: Gajendra Kumar
Publisher: Sarup & Sons
ISBN: 9788176253581
Category: Indic fiction
Page: 185
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Less Than Conquerors

The Evangelical Quest for Power in the Early Twentieth Century
Author: Doug Frank
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 160899001X
Category: Religion
Page: 322
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Although evangelicals enjoyed repect and leadership in American society in the decades before the Civil War, their fortunes declined precipitately in the wake of the industrialism, modernism, and secularism of the next half-century. But the 1920s evangelicals felt like an embattled minority within a largely unbelieving culture, and perceived that history was very much out of their control. Frank examines the spiritual significance of these events by placing them against a biblical understanding of the gospel. He sees in the confidence and self congratulation of the turn-of-the-century evangelicals a protrait of the spiritually rich of the Bible who must lose their riches before they can come to know God truly. Harmful uses of the gospel are explored through dispensational premillenialism, the 'victorious life' theology, and the revivalism of Billy Sunday. Altogether, Less Than Conquerors is a call to replace the blurred and self-serving gospel of a besieged subculture with the genuine gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ninety Degrees North

The Quest For The North Pole
Author: Fergus Fleming
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 1847085431
Category: History
Page: 496
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In the mid-nineteenth century the North Pole was a mystery. Some believed that it was an island of basalt in a warm crystal sea. Explorers who tried to penetrate the icy wastes failed or died. But after Sir John Franklin disappeared with all his men in 1845, serious efforts began to be made to find the true northernmost point of the globe. Fergus Fleming's book is a vivid, witty history of the disasters that ensued. The new explorers included Elisha Kane, a sickly man and useless commander, who led his team close to death in 1854, and Charles Hall, a printer from Ohio. Hall made the mistake of taking an experienced crew, who refused to commit suicide for him. Their mutiny so enraged Hall that he died of a stroke, and some of his crew escaped south on an ice floe. They were followed by the Germans, newly united and eager for their place in the ice, the Austro-Hungarians and the British, who in 1876 managed to get further than any other expedition, travelling over terrain later explorers considered impassable. They left the field to the Norwegians, to expeditions organized by the American tabloid press, Swedish baloonists, aristocratic Italians and finally to the obsessive Robert Peary, who on one trip took his pregnant wife with him in order to set a record for the most northerly birth in history. He finally made it in 1909.

The School for Good and Evil, Band 3: Und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind


Author: Soman Chainani
Publisher: Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier GmbH
ISBN: 3473478091
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 608
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ENDE GUT, ALLES GUT? Agatha ist nach Gavaldon zurückgekehrt, Sophie ist in der Schule der Guten und Bösen geblieben. Doch ihre Trennung hat dramatische Folgen: Plötzlich werden nicht nur ihre eigenen Märchen neu geschrieben, sondern auch die der unzähligen Bösewichte, die nun ihre Chance wittern, sich zu rächen. Sie wollen das Gute für immer auslöschen und eine Herrschaft des Bösen errichten - mit Sophie als ihrer Königin. Das grandiose Finale der märchenhaften Fantasy-Trilogie.

Reader's Guide to Literature in English


Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135314179
Category: Reference
Page: 1010
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Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television


Author: Bob McCann
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786458046
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 461
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The first work of its kind, this encyclopedia provides 360 brief biographies of African American film and television actresses from the silent era to 2009. It includes entries on well-known and nearly forgotten actresses, running the gamut from Academy Award and NAACP Image Award winners to B–film and blaxpoitation era stars. Each entry has a complete filmography of the actress’s film, TV, music video or short film credits. The work also features more than 170 photographs, some of them rare images from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

St. Laurence & the Holy Grail

The Story of the Holy Chalice of Valencia
Author: Janice Bennett
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1586170759
Category: Religion
Page: 303
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Many scholars are convinced that The Holy Chalice of Valencia is the Holy Grail, celebrated in medieval legends as it was venerated by monks in the secluded Monastery of San Juan de la Pena, built into a rocky outcropping of the Pyrenees and surrounded by mystery. The tradition of Aragon has always insisted that the flaming agate cup of the Holy Chalice was sent to Spain by Laurence, the glorious saint martyred on a gridiron during the Valerian persecution of 258 AD, whose praises have been sung in European literature since the fourth century. Now there is new evidence: A sixth-century manuscript written in Latin by St. Donato, an Augustinian monk who founded a monastery in the area of Valencia, provides never-before-published details about Laurence, born in Valencia but destined for Italy, where he became treasurer and deacon under Pope Sixtus II. It explicitly mentions the details surrounding the transfer of the Holy Cup of the Last Supper to Spain.

Chivalric Stories as ChildrenÕs Literature

Edwardian Retellings in Words and Pictures
Author: Velma Bourgeois Richmond
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786496223
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 384
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"Strongly interdisciplinary and informed by deep scholarship, this well-written work has value for the history of education, European history, literature, folklore, and children's literature studies...highly recommended"--Choice “A rich bibliographic resource that will be valued by scholars of children’s literature and medievalism”—Speculum “Useful information...valuable”—Arthuriana “Richmond’s study is thorough and her descriptions are rich in detail...valuable”—Children's Literature Association Quarterly Knights and ladies, giants and dragons, tournaments, battles, quests and crusades are commonplace in stories for children. This book examines how late Victorians and Edwardians retold medieval narratives of chivalry--epics, romances, sagas, legends and ballads. Stories of Beowulf, Arthur, Gawain, St. George, Roland, Robin Hood and many more thrilled and instructed children, and encouraged adult reading. Lavish volumes and schoolbooks of the era featured illustrated texts, many by major artists. Children's books, an essential part of Edwardian publishing, were disseminated throughout the English-speaking world. Many are being reprinted today. This book examines related contexts of Medievalism expressed in painting, architecture, music and public celebrations, and the works of major authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Tennyson, Longfellow and William Morris. The book explores national identity expressed through literature, ideals of honor and valor in the years before World War I, and how childhood reading influenced 20th-century writers as diverse as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Siegfried Sassoon, David Jones, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and John Le Carre.