A groundbreaking choice of sacred Christian writings of yank foundation from Mormons, Shakers, Christian Scientists, and others.

"Scripture" is any paintings during which the authors, translators, editors, or discoverers all declare to have bought knowledge from a resource open air themselves, be it revelation, enlightened philosophy, or old archive. For the 1st time in one quantity, American Scriptures gathers fifteen of those texts from spiritual pursuits with origins within the usa. Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp's concise unmarried quantity will enlighten not just readers drawn to the historic and spiritual features of the scriptural texts, but in addition these whose curiosity has been piqued by means of such bestsellers as Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code.

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It requires a good memory to live in a small town. You have to remember who isn’t talking to whom and why, and who’s on whose side. If you publish the newspaper and make a favorable comment about Opal Majors’s cucumbers, you need to balance it by mentioning Bea’s work in the church. Otherwise there’ll be letters to the editor condemning your blatant bias and ending with the declaration, “Your newspaper no longer speaks for the majority of right-minded citizens. ” The fact that the paper is free seems to escape these people.

S dream. It’s not the kind of thing you talk about in this town, lest people think you’re uppity for wanting more than Harmony has to offer. If you have aspirations of greatness, you keep them to yourself. The only reason I know Bob’s dream is that when I was asked to be the pastor of Harmony Friends, he was the only one to discourage me. He told me there was a whole world out there, and advised me not to make the mistake he’d made. “There’s so much more than this little town,” he said. “Don’t get stuck here, Sam.

It was the first time Vinny had ever told anyone. Ever since he and Penny had moved here, people had been speculating about their past. Dale Hinshaw, in particular, was all the time hinting that if Vinny had anything to get off his chest, now would be the time to do it. Dale told him how confession was good for the 36 Philip Gulley soul, that the Lord loved him and would forgive him. For once, Dale had his theology right. Vinny looked down at the picture. His father wasn’t all bad, Vinny reminisced aloud.

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