Raffi is a shy boy who doesn’t like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dad’s birthday, he is full of enthusiasm even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem: no costume for the prince. And that’s when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all — to make a prince’s cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffi’s cape is the star of the show.
Hip-hop is creating an expanding ministerial and spiritual movement that is changing the socio-historical landscape on a national and global level. From the streets of its birthplace in the South Bronx to the barrios of Colombia in South America; Hip-hop is helping to create sacred spaces that are providing purpose to our marginalized youth and young adult street populations. Beyond the Four Walls: The Rising Ministry and Spirituality of Hip-hop serves as both an autobiographical and ethnographical journey of my love and experiences with Hip-hop as a professor, youth minister and artist. I invite the reader to explore my outlook on Hip-hop, which reaches far beyond the scope of its music, commercialization, and "hood life." Instead, it takes another look at the unprecedented impact that Hip-hop continues to have in both our secular and spiritual communities. Because of its ongoing commitment to community organizing, activism, social justice and education, Hip-hop is worthy to be called a 21st Century socio-political, theological and spiritual movement, akin to that of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Mohammed, Abraham, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and most notably in this book, Jesus Christ and Paul the Apostle.
Everything You Need to Know About Wicca, from Best-Selling Wicca Author Lisa Chamberlain It is estimated that there are over 1 million practicing Wiccans around the world today. But what is it that has made these people turn their back on the formal, structured religions that encompass the majority of the Western world? In our modern, high-pressured world, many of us fail to take notice the sheer beauty of the natural world surrounding us. In many ways, this is a travesty: the world we live in today seems so completely distant from the one our ancestors lived in, a world where humans and nature were at one, their existence intertwined in the natural cycles of life. Wicca is a new way of life, a religion that takes you back to a more simple time, before the invention of the high-tech gadgetry we see all around us. You will learn to live and appreciate the natural world that surrounds you, celebrating the intricate changes in the seasons and everything they bring — from the bounties of the Summer harvest, to the cold and darkness of the Winter months, as Mother Nature rests in preparation for the next explosive cycle of life that Spring brings. Wicca is a re-incarnation of the very earliest religions, long pre-dating Christianity.
Wiccans celebrate and share many of the same beliefs that these early people held, and try to embrace their way of life, all while remaining fully-functional in today's modern world. Getting Started as a Wiccan If you’re sold on this new, exciting, peaceful way of life, that’s great! Good to have you on-board. Unfortunately, and despite this commitment, this is where many people get stumped. One of the biggest questions I hear would-be Wiccans ask: “how do I start practicing Wicca?” The truth is, there is no right answer. If you endeavour to learn as much as possible about this religion, follow the core principles (for example, the Threefold Law), and revere the natural world surrounding you, as far as I’m concerned, you’re a Wiccan. If you’re just starting out, I’m sure this vague answer is of little help to you! That’s why I set out to write this mini-series of books, titled Practicing the Craft. In this particular book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Wicca Book of Shadows – what they are, their history, and what to include in your own Book of Shadows. Wicca Book of Shadows Practicing magic isn’t compulsory for Wiccans, however many people are inevitably attracted to the religion by the potential to positively change their lives for the better. As such, spellwork is one of the most discussed parts of being Wiccan. For those wanting to start practicing magic, keeping a Book of Shadows is a good starting point. A Book of Shadows is the ideal place to document your Wiccan journey, write down detailed spell outlines, and write any other information that may help you going forward. Because it contains all of your spells, many Wiccans will take their Book of Shadows into the circle during spellwork, too. Having a beautiful, leather-bound book will make the spell crafting process far more authentic – though you can use any book you like for constructing your own book. Due to the contents, many Wiccans are very private about their Book of Shadows. As such, you will probably want to take proactive steps towards protecting your book. This guide includes several privacy tips, as well as a dedicated spell for protecting your book.
Award-winning Korean writer Bae Suah tells the story of a young woman in search of meaning as she considers her fate in modern Seoul. For this aspiring artist, there seems to be no escape from life’s monotony. After leaving her family under the pretense of having fallen in love, she resigns herself to a solitary life rather than succumb to the relent cultural pressure she feels to exchange her freedom for marriage. Numb to sex and unmoved by love, she begins to lose her grip on reality as those around her fall short of their own aspirations. Confused about the interplay between past and present and unsure of her own desire to live into the future, Highway with Green Apples is a surreal and mesmerizing tale of a young life slowly unraveling.
Charles Carter—a.k.a. Carter the Great—is a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeds even that of the great Houdini. But nothing in his career has prepared Carter for the greatest stunt of all, which stars none other than President Warren G. Harding and which could end up costing Carter the reputation he has worked so hard to create. Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and exuberance of Roaring Twenties, pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is a complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical—and sometimes dangerous—world, where illusion is everything.
Noro Laend is an addict in the sewers of the Holy City of S'lausu when a fast-talking feline mage crosses his path and changes his life forever - but will it be for the better?
‘तुम्हांला नेलँड स्मिथकडून अगदी शेवटचे असे पत्र कधी आले होते?’ माझ्या पाहुण्याने विचारले. मी क्षणभर विचार करून म्हणालो, ‘दोन महिन्यांपूर्वी. मला वाटते त्याला पत्रव्यवहाराचा कंटाळा असावा. शिवाय तो चांगल्या मनःस्थितीत नसावा असे दिसते.’ ‘काही आईची भानगड आहे की काय?’ पाहुण्याने विचारले. ‘तसेच असावे. पण तो मला दाद लागू देणार नाही.’ मी उत्तर दिले. माझे पाहुणे रेव्हरंड एल्थाम हे चीन देशामध्ये “बंडखोर मिशनरी” या नावाने प्रसिद्ध होते. हाच एरव्ही शांत दिसणारा माणूसच बॉक्सरच्या बंडाचा जनक होता. ते म्हणाले, ‘पेट्री, माझ्या मनात त्या भयंकर चिनी माणसाबद्दलचे विचार वारंवार येत असतात. जर डॉक्टर फू-मांच्यू जिवंत असला तर जागतिक शांततेला अद्यापही धोका आहे.