Description : This book considers how homes, households, and domestic life are related to the Church. Early theologies glorified the monastic lifestyle as a way to transcend earthly attachments in favor of supernatural goods. Contemporary thinkers have seen that functioning marriages and families themselves can lead us toward a more righteous society. Jana Bennett insists that both marriage and singleness must be placed in the context of the Christian story of redemption for the questions and problems at stake to be fully understood. She finds that Augustine of Hippo, maligned by modern theologians, is the source of very fruitful reflection on these topics. Most scholars today would agree that Augustine's works have exerted great influence on Western views of marriage, family, and sex. But many would argue that this influence has been detrimental to a healthy understanding of these topics. However, using Augustine's writing, Bennett shows that marriage and singleness cannot be considered separately, that gender issues are important to considering these states correctly and, most important, that the marriage between Christ and the Church is the first consideration in understanding and living these states of life. The water of baptism, Christians' first birth and initiation into the life of Christ, is the primary standard for relationships, rather than familial ties.
Description : "Water is thicker than blood", is a story solemnly written by me. It is a story that was inspired by true events with a little bit of fiction there and there. The story sees a young man on his journey to finding happiness, peace and success through the hands of a person who made him to realize that sometimes you can be worth more to a stranger than your own family. We are often told that "Blood is thicker than water" but in this case, water overpowers blood that left an innocent heart stained forever. Take this journey once more with me as I unravel different emotions that will leave you crying, happy, shocked and begging for more. A story that is going to open your eyes through a lot of things such as forgiving even when your heart is still bleeding, a story of second chances, hope, and faith. Water is thicker than water is 70% inspired by true events. -- page 4 of cover.
Description : In Water Thicker Than Blood, Terrell tells a story of love, family, sadness, and hurt, but mainly of the challenges we face when trying to forgive ourselves and others. Johnny Mae can never receive the love from the one person she craves, and then theres Pearl, whose midnight complexion and being overweight are a stark contrast to her honey-brown skinned and petite sister with the good hair. Terrells characters are believable; their flaws, missteps, and insecurities connect with us on an intimate level. We find ourselves rooting for Johnny Mae to fulfill her lifelong dream to become a clothes designer and for Pearl to gain acceptance for who she is, and we ultimately rejoice in the understanding that opportunity and unconditional love may never come by blood--but by water.
Description : There are millions of people who have experienced and are experiencing unwarranted psychological and physical abuse from members of their own family /relatives. However, some like me were fortunate to encounter strangers who made me aware of the contrast of human behavior, and confirmed my belief that all mankind does not possess sinister thoughts that go into action as highlighted in this book. Here’s hoping that the many people who have experienced or are experiencing implied or explicit abuse that they find some resolve, as no man or woman should endure a lifetime of psychological torture. While it is understood that humans are not perfect, we must be cognizant that life is short and we should all be able to live our lives in peace, with happiness and love.
Description : Years of putting in work and building their cash empire on the rugged streets of New York has been a journey long coming for Maurice and G. The game has been good to Maurice. His money is up, his street cred is soaring but at what cost?
Description : Blood is more than a fluid solution of cells, platelets and plasma. It is a symbol for the most basic of human concerns--life, death and family find expression in rituals surrounding everything from menstruation to human sacrifice. Comprehensive in its scope and provocative in its argument, this book examines beliefs and rituals concerning blood in a range of regional and religious contexts throughout human history. Meyer reveals the origins of a wide range of blood rituals, from the earliest surviving human symbolism of fertility and the hunt, to the Jewish bris, and the clitoridectomies given to young girls in parts of Africa. The book also explores how cultural practices influence gene selection and makes a connection with the natural sciences by exploring how color perception influences the human proclivity to create blood symbols and rituals.
Description : Blood's Thicker Than Water is a story of Sex, Money, Murder and family ties in the heart of the city of Wilmington, Delaware. Two crews collide and leave a blood-bath in the streets; News reporters and local on-lookers are left speechless as Police and Medical personnel scrape up the pieces that the M.O.B and Yayo Boyz violently left behind.
Description : "Allen draws you into the story from the very first page." --APOOO Book Club In New Jersey's infamous Brick City, four gorgeous young women are trying to make their way in life and love. But in a world of smooth-talking players, cunning drug dealers, and deadly rivalries, are brains, beauty--and even friendship--enough?... Stunning, sweet, and pampered as a princess, Sasha is a hood's treasure. So why did the love of her life suddenly cut her loose? And if she knew the answer, would she be strong enough to stay away?....Flawless, fashionable, smart and strong, Tatum swore she'd never let herself love the wrong man--until she falls for a calm, cool, connected, killer.... Originally from L.A., Neli's got a Valley Girl drawl and a deceptively innocent, natural beauty. She loves East Coast dudes--and there's one she's got more than her eye on. He belongs to someone else, but that's just a detail.... Thick in all the right places, Kim is ghetto fabulous, she knows it, and she doesn't give it away for free. A leader at nineteen, you don't want to get on her bad side. Over one hot summer, these girlfriends are relying on their bond to get them through--but when secrets and betrayals are exposed, can they survive the truth? "Thicker Than Water is an urban chick flick waiting to happen. Takerra paints a gritty, true-to-life portrayal of friendship and betrayal."-- Dutch (Kwame Teague, author of the Dutch Trilogy)