An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community (Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies)

By Charles E. Hurst

Holmes County, Ohio, is domestic to the biggest and so much diversified Amish neighborhood on the earth. but, strangely, it continues to be really unknown in comparison to its well-known cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell carried out seven years of fieldwork, together with interviews with over 2 hundred citizens, to appreciate the dynamism that drives social switch and schism in the payment, the place Amish agencies and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an remarkable and intricate technique of swap as their expanding entanglement with the non-Amish marketplace explanations them to reconsider their non secular convictions, relations practices, academic offerings, occupational shifts, and well-being care thoughts.

The authors problem the preferred picture of the Amish as a homogeneous, static, insulated society, exhibiting how the Amish stability tensions among person wishes and neighborhood values. They locate that self-made millionaires paintings along suffering dairy farmers; profitable girl marketers reside round the corner to stay-at-home moms; and teens either embody and reject the coming-of-age ritual, rumspringa.

An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling a dead ringer for the Amish as a vestige of a bygone period and displaying how they reinterpret culture as modernity encroaches on their designated method of life.

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The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

By Stephen Cope

From the Senior Scholar-in-residence and Ambassador for the famed Kripalu heart for Yoga and wellbeing and fitness comes an incisive and encouraging meditation on residing the lifestyles you have been born to live.
 
during this fast paced age, the usually overwhelming realities of way of life might go away you feeling doubtful approximately the way to become aware of your life’s actual purpose—what non secular academics name dharma. yet yoga grasp Stephen Cope says that during order to have a satisfying lifestyles you need to, in truth, notice the deep objective hidden on the very middle of yourself. In The nice paintings of Your Life, Cope describes the method of unlocking the original threat harbored inside each human soul. the key, he asserts, are available within the pages of a two-thousand-year-old religious vintage referred to as the Bhagavad Gita—an historic allegory in regards to the route to dharma, instructed via a undying discussion among the fabled archer, Arjuna, and his divine mentor, Krishna.
 
Cope takes readers on a step by step travel of this respected story, and with a purpose to make it proper to modern readers, he highlights famous Western lives that embrace its relevant principles—including such luminaries as Jane Goodall, whose existence trajectory indicates us the facility of honoring The present; Walt Whitman, who listened for the decision of the days; Susan B. Anthony, whose instance demonstrates the facility of targeted strength; John Keats, who was once in a position to enable his wish provide start to aspiration; and Harriet Tubman, whose lifestyles used to be not anything if no longer a lesson in studying to stroll via religion. This crucial consultant additionally contains daily tales approximately following the trail to dharma, which illustrate the astonishingly modern relevance and practicality of this vintage yogic story.
 
If you’re feeling misplaced on your personal life’s trip, The nice paintings of Your Life may supply you with solutions to the questions you so much urgently want addressed—and can help you in finding and to include your actual calling.

Praise for The nice paintings of Your lifestyles
 
“Keep a pen and paper convenient as you learn this amazing publication: It’s like an owner’s handbook for the soul.”—Dani Shapiro, writer of Devotion
 
“A masterwork . . . You’ll locate notion in those pages. You’ll achieve a greater appreciation of divine information and maybe even know the way you may larger listen it on your personal life.”Yoga Journal
 
“I am moved and encouraged via this ebook, the readability and wonder of the lives lived in it, and the undying dharma it teaches.”—Jack Kornfield, writer of A course with Heart
 
“A wealthy resource of contemplation and concept [that] encourages readers . . . to find and entirely pursue their internal self’s calling.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Fabulous . . . when you have ever questioned what your function is, this e-book is a brilliant consultant that can assist you in your path.”—YogaHara

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self

By Alex Lickerman MD

Legions of self-help authors rightly urge own improvement because the key to happiness, yet they often fail to target its most vital aim: hardiness. although that which does not kill us could make us more suitable, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors this day provide any perception into simply how to springboard from adversity to strength. 

It does not simply ensue instantly, and it takes perform. New clinical research suggests that resilience isn't really whatever with which just a lucky few folks were born, yet relatively anything we will be able to all take particular motion to improve. to construct energy out of adversity, we'd like a catalyst. What we want, in accordance to Dr. Alex Lickerman, is wisdom―wisdom that adversity has the aptitude to educate us.

Lickerman's underlying premise is that our skill to manage what occurs to us in lifestyles will be restricted, yet we now have the facility to set up a life-state to surmount the affliction existence brings us. The Undefeated brain distills the knowledge we have to create real resilience into 9 middle rules, together with:

--A  new definition of victory and its relevance to happiness

--The notion of the altering of poison into medication

--A option to view prayer as a vow we make to ourselves. 

--A approach to environment expectancies that boosts our skill to suffer unhappiness and minimizes the chance of quitting

--An method of taking own accountability and ethical motion that boosts resilience

--A process to coping with pain―both actual and emotional―that permits us to push via hindrances that would in a different way hinder us from achieving out pursuits

--A approach to leveraging our relations with others that is helping us show up our most powerful selves 

Through tales of sufferers who've used those rules to beat pain because of unemployment, undesirable weight achieve, habit, rejection, continual soreness, retirement, disease, loss, or even loss of life, Dr. Lickerman indicates how we can also make those ideas functionality inside our personal lives, allowing us to enhance for ourselves the resilience we have to in attaining indestructible happiness. At its middle, The Undefeated Mind urges us to forestall hoping for simple lives and concentration as a substitute on cultivating the interior power we have to benefit from the tough lives all of us have.

 

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Tantric Quest: An Encounter with Absolute Love

By Daniel Odier

The writer finds his passionate reviews with a feminine Tantric grasp who taught him the suppressed practices of her old order.
In 1968 Daniel Odier left Europe for the Himalayas, looking for a grasp who might aid him cross the place texts and highbrow looking out may well not take him. He sought after every thing: the knowledge and spirituality won from the lifetime of an ascetic and the wonder, love, and sensuality of a lifetime of ardour. He came upon either in Shivaic Tantrism, the key religious course that seeks to go beyond ego and rediscover the divine by way of embracing the passions. In an remoted Himalayan wooded area Odier met Devi, an outstanding yogini who may take him on a paranormal trip like none he had ever imagined. now and then taking him past the bounds of sexual adventure, from time to time threatening him with destruction, she taught him what it's to really be alive and to understand the divine nature of absolute love.
This is the private memoir of 1 of France's so much venerated writers. 
Tantrism is the single old philosophy to outlive all ancient upheavals, invasions, and impacts to arrive us intact by way of uninterrupted transmission from grasp to disciple, and the single one to keep a twin of the nice Goddess because the final resource of power. 

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Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching

Heralded as a landmark success upon book, Ida: A Sword between Lions is a sweeping narrative a few state and a crusader embroiled within the fight opposed to lynching—a perform that imperiled not just the lives of black women and men, but additionally a state in response to legislations and riven by way of race.

At the guts of the nationwide drama is Ida B. Wells (1862-1931). Born to slaves in Mississippi, Wells all started her activist occupation via refusing to go away a firstclass girls' automobile on a Memphis railway and rose to guide the nation's first crusade opposed to lynching. For Wells, the major to the increase in violence used to be embedded in attitudes not just approximately black males, but additionally approximately ladies and sexuality. Her self reliant point of view and percussive character received her encomiums as a hero—as good as aspersions on her personality and threats of dying. Exiled from the South through 1892, Wells therefore took her crusade around the state and in the course of the British Isles prior to she married and settled in Chicago. There she persevered her activism as a journalist, suffragist, and self sufficient candidate within the rough-and-tumble international of the Windy City's politics.

With meticulous study and brilliant rendering of her topic, Giddings additionally presents compelling pictures of twentieth-century innovative luminaries, blacks and whites who labored with Wells in the course of one of the most tumultuous sessions in American background. during this groundbreaking paintings, Paula J. Giddings brings to lifestyles the irrepressible character of Ida B. Wells and provides the visionary reformer her due.

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The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights

By Hans Joas

What are the origins of the belief of human rights and common human dignity? How will we such a lot totally understand―and realize―these rights going into the long run? In The Sacredness of the Person, the world over popular sociologist and social theorist Hans Joas tells a narrative that differs from traditional narratives through tracing the idea that of human rights again to the Judeo-Christian culture or, alternately, to the secular French Enlightenment. whereas drawing on sociologists comparable to Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Ernst Troeltsch, Joas units out a brand new direction, featuring an affirmative family tree during which human rights are the results of a strategy of "sacralization" of each individual.

According to Joas, each person has more and more been seen as sacred. He discusses the abolition of torture and slavery, as soon as universal perform within the pre-18th century west, as milestones in sleek human heritage. the writer concludes by means of portraying the emergence of the UN statement of Human Rights of 1948 as a winning technique of price generalization. Joas demonstrates that the historical past of human rights can't appropriately be defined as a background of rules or as felony heritage, yet as a advanced transformation during which various cultural traditions needed to be articulated, legally codified, and assimilated into practices of way of life. The sacralization of the individual and common human rights will simply be safe sooner or later, warns Joas, via endured aid via associations and society, full of life discourse of their security, and their incarnation in lifestyle and perform.

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Diasporas

Coined within the 3rd century B.C., the time period diaspora has advanced right into a buzzword used to explain the migrations of teams as varied as ethnic populations, non secular groups, or even engineers operating in a foreign country. This concise booklet offers a serious advent to the idea that of diaspora, bringing a clean, artificial standpoint to almost all points of this subject. Stéphane Dufoix includes a wealth of case studies—about the Jewish, Armenian, African, chinese language, Greek, and Indian reviews— to demonstrate key options, provide a transparent assessment on present pondering, and reconsider the price of the time period for us today.

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Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood

By Donald Bogle

In shiny Boulevards, daring desires, Donald Bogle tells–for the 1st time–the tale of a spot either mythic and genuine: Black Hollywood. Spanning sixty years, this deliciously exciting historical past uncovers the audacious demeanour during which many blacks made a spot for themselves in an that initially had no position for them.

Through interviews and the private memories of Hollywood luminaries, Bogle items jointly a amazing historical past that is still mostly imprecise to this present day. we find that Black Hollywood used to be a spot unique from the studio-system-dominated Tinseltown–a international unto itself, with specified ideas and social hierarchy. It had its personal expertise scouts and media, its personal watering holes, stylish lodges, and classy nightspots, and naturally its personal glamorous and marvelous personalities.

Along with recognized actors together with invoice “Bojangles” Robinson, Hattie McDaniel (whose domestic was once between Hollywood’s so much exquisite), and, later, the stunningly appealing Lena Horne and the fabulously proficient Sammy Davis, Jr., we meet the likes of heartthrob James Edwards, whose promising profession was once derailed by way of whispers of an affair with Lana Turner, and the mysterious Madame Sul-Te-Wan, who shared a detailed lifelong friendship with pioneering director D. W. Griffith. yet Bogle additionally seems at different contributors of the black community–from the white stars’ black servants, who had their very own cash and status, to gossip columnists, hairstylists, and architects–and on the global that grew up round them alongside important road, the Harlem of the West.

In the culture of Hortense Powdermaker’s vintage Hollywood: The Dream manufacturing unit and Neal Gabler’s An Empire in their personal, in shiny Boulevards, daring desires, Donald Bogle re-creates a vanished international that left an indelible mark on Hollywood–and on all of America.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Fictions of Loss in the Victorian Fin de Siècle: Identity and Empire

By Stephen Arata

British tradition within the Eighteen Eighties and Nineties was once marked by way of a robust experience of decline. Fictions of Loss within the Victorian Fin de Siècle examines the ways that perceptions of loss have been solid into archetypal tales that sought to account for the culture's problems and assuage its anxieties. through analyzing the paintings of quite a lot of writers--from Kipling to Wilde, from Stevenson to Stoker--Stephen Arata exhibits how the nation's dual obsessions with decadence and imperialism grew to become intertwined within the considered the interval.

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