Description : This book is about love in the classical world - not erotic passion but the kind of love that binds together intimate members of a family and very close friends, but which may also be extended to include a wider range of individuals for whom we care deeply. The book begins with a discussion of friendship, focusing particularly on the Greek notion that in friendship the identities of two friends all but merge into one. The book then turns to the question of loyalty, and why loyalty seems not to have achieved the status of a virtue in classical thought. The next chapter considers love in relation to generosity, favors, and gratitude. There follows a discussion of grief, which is a symptom of the loss of a loved one. The final chapter treats love as the basis of civic solidarity. In each case, love is at the basis of the relations under examination. In this, the book departs from the more usual analysis of these affective ties in terms of reciprocity, which in one way or another involves an expectation of return. Seen this way, such relationships seem to have a selfish or at least self-centered dimension, as distinct from truly other-regarding attitudes. While it is true that the ancient sources sometimes describe these relations, including friendship, as forms of mutual obligation, there is also a counter strand that emphasizes genuine altruism, and it is this aspect that the book seeks to bring out. A close look at how love drew into its orbit the various relations examined in this book may shed light on some central features not only of ancient habits of thought but also, it is to be hoped, our own.
Description : A tale of flawed individuals who find love together, in a destined marriage, unravels the deepest desires and the downtrodden fears of inane human instinct, which, when set afloat, broaches apocalyptic circumstances. Set amidst the heart-wrenching, emotional saga of misplaced endearment, Wretched Affections! pulls at your heartstrings with the palpably solemn and melancholic narration that traces the love story of Arnav Raizada and his undesirable wife, Khushi Arnav Raizada, who, by stroke of fate, find themselves bound to each other in holy matrimony.
Description : To some, the Song of Songs is a simple love story of a man and a maiden. But for those with enlightened hearts, it becomes the key that unlocks the treasure chest of God’s divine love. No other portion of Scripture has such power to reveal the journey of those longing to know Jesus like the Song of Songs, Solomon’s great prophetic epic that Jesus himself sings over you. The Holy Spirit has hidden within the Song of Songs an amazing journey. Unlock this mystery as you read The Sacred Journey, a verse-by-verse commentary on the Song of Songs that will lead every hungry soul to discover God’s fiery heart of love.
Description : The powerful, dramatic story of how a successful Hollywood set designer whose identity was deeply rooted in his homosexuality came to be suddenly and utterly transformed by the power of the gospel.
Description : On staff at the New Yorker for more than twenty years, an author who immigrated from Ireland at age seventeeen shares some of the classic short stories published during her tenure at the magazine
Description : Showcases over 480 examples of rings dating from the Middle Ages through modern times while exploring the history and symbolism of the finger ring
Description : This provocative expose puts our most revered interactions with animals under the microscope. Meticulously documented, it raises poignant questions about the nature of our relationships with animals, and reveals little-known aspects of the industry behind it all. Pet food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, veterinarians, shelters, humane societies, animal activists, factory farms, and many more are at the core of a subtle exploitation that operates under the guise of love and compassion."
Description : Define Me, Divine Me: A Poetic Display of Affection is an exploration of raw truth that provokes our deepest emotions so that we may honor both the light and the dark within us all. Together, we allow the words of enlightened wisdom and painful beginnings to wash through us, as we stand back up and claim what is rightfully ours. As you devour these words with precision, you too will reflect on your own life's journey, and realize that we are more connected than once thought. The idealism of loneliness will expire, and a new celebration of unity will take its place. Our journey inwards is never-ending, and the wisdom we are learning, we already know. It's just a matter of removing the layers of our perceived reality and embedded beliefs to get to the core of our Eternal Self. So that we may reveal who it is that we really are: A Divine Creation of Angelic Energy. And as you choose to show the world your authentic self, you will find the peace, happiness, and love that you are seeking. Here is your new vocabulary to raise your vibration higher, or to sit with the shadows if that is what you seek. It is a creative space to nurture and inspire your restless Soul. An eclectic mix of vibrations molded into words from me to you.