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Suggested Reading List

This is the Faiths of the Heart suggested reading list. We think by reading the books in this list, you will have a much better understanding of the religions of the world. Faiths of the Heart is in cooperation with Amazon.Com. If you buy books from this list or anywhere else on our page, you will help sponser this webpage.

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To Ride a Silver Broomstick : New Generation Witchcraft By Silver Ravenwolf

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 Silver RavenWolf is one of the most widely recognized names in circles of witchcraft, and with good reason; she has written some of the best guides to contemporary Witchcraft available. To Ride a Silver Broomstick is a handbook aimed at the beginner, and doesn't get bogged down in history, dogma, or gender roles. It is a workbook for the individual, whether one is a solitary practitioner or part of a coven, that covers the basics of the craft--from useful vocabulary to setting up an altar--and briefly delves into more advanced concepts such as astral projection and telepathy. To Ride a Silver Broomstick may not be the most comprehensive single volume on the subject of witchcraft, but RavenWolf focuses on the aspects most important to a beginner, and keeps her introduction to the craft approachable and easy to follow.
--Brian Patterson

 

To Stir a Magick Cauldron : A Witch's Guide to Casting and Conjuring by Silver Ravenwolf

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 In her sequel to To Ride a Silver Broomstick, Silver RavenWolf leads us to the next step in craft practice, focusing on intermediate-level magical practices, such as the proper mechanics of circle casting and 10 ways to raise power. However, To Stir a Magick Cauldron is not just a rule book, it is also a candid companion on the road to discovery. Sure, RavenWolf delves into the nitty-gritty of conjuration, but she also encourages us to see the craft as more than a dusty curiosity and reveals how to incorporate our newfound power into our 20th-century lifestyles.
--Brian Patterson

Wicca : A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series) by Scott Cunningham

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 Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is the essential primer from one of the best known authors on Wicca. Focusing on the importance of individualism in your spiritual path, Cunningham explains the very basics of Sabbats (holy days), ceremonies, altars, and other nuts and bolts of Wicca that a solitary practitioner may have trouble finding elsewhere. While Wicca shouldn't be your sole point of reference when considering Wicca as your way of life, it is one of the best starting points.
--Brian Patterson

American Indian Myths and Legends by Richard Erdoes & Alfonso Ortiz

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 Gathering 160 tales from 80 tribal groups to offer a rich and lively panarama of the Native American mythic heritage. 100 illustrations.

The Mythology of Native North America by David Adams Leeming, Jake Page

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 David Leeming and Jake Page have provided an introduction and commentary on seventy-two myths drawn from a variety of cultures and language groups. Theyhonor the Native pantheons, cosmologies, heroes, and heroines first as cultural expressions, then as variations on other mythic narratives to which they may be related, and ultimately as expressions of the larger human experience of myth making. In the process Leeming and Page reveal much of the relationship between rituals, religious traditions (especially shamanism), and the myths they have chosen to retell.

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 The first translation to honor the authentic Chinese spirit of the Book of Changes For more than 3000 years the I Ching has been the most important book of divination in the world. Yet it has always been translated by Westerners who brought their own cultural biases to the work. Now, for the first time, an eminent Chinese scholar has translated the original ideograms of the I Ching into English. Imprisoned and sentenced to death during the Cultural Revolution in 1966, Master Alfred Huang studied the I Ching in secret with some of China's greatest minds. Released in 1979, he emigrated to the United States, where he discovered that no I Ching existed in English that truly understood the Chinese mind. This book is the product of his desire to right that situation.

 To the Chinese, the I Ching is nothing without the Confucian commentaries known as the Ten Wings. Previous editions have given them only a minor place in the book, or have left them out altogether. In this new translation, they are restored to their central importance by Master Huang.

 This book also emphasizes the intricate connections between the 64 possible hexagrams, and introduces several new methods for doing readings.

 

The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

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 An old adage says, "God created man in His own image and man has been returning the favor ever since." Philip Yancey realized that despite a lifetime attending Sunday school topped off by a Bible college education, he really had no idea who Jesus was. In fact, he found himself further and further removed from the person of Jesus, distracted instead by flannel-graph figures and intellectual inspection. He determined to use his journalistic talents to approach Jesus, in the context of time, within the framework of history.

 In The Jesus I Never Knew, Yancey explores the life of Jesus, as he explains, "'from below,' to grasp as best I can what it must have been like to observe in person the extraordinary events unfolding in Galilee and Judea" as Jesus traveled and taught. Yancey examines three fundamental questions: who Jesus was, why he came, and what he left behind. Step by step, scene by scene, Yancey probes the culture into which Jesus was born and grew to adulthood; his character and mission; his teachings and miracles; his legacy--not just as history has told it, but as he himself intended it to be.

 Yancey is not alone in his examination of the "real" Jesus. Publishing today is replete with writers committed to setting the story "straight,quot; joining countless others who, over the past 2,000 years, have determined to discover the truth about Jesus. But where others would deconstruct and discount, Yancey disarms and discloses. We become colleagues with him as he examines the accounts of the life of Jesus. And among the things that we discover is that Jesus himself leaves us few options: either he was who he said he was or he was nuts.

 Philip Yancey was awarded the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year award for this book in 1996 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. It's not the first, nor the last, award Yancey has won for his writing. But the writing is not necessarily the great gift of this book. Yancey allows the reader to discover, along with him, The Jesus I Never Knew.
--Patricia Klein

Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado

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 "What if for 24 hours Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, assumes your schedule?... What if for one day Jesus lives your life with his heart?

 Within these opening lines lies the premise of Max Lucado's book about the possibility of becoming "just like Jesus." In recounting the biblical stories of Jesus' life and deeds, Lucado then explains how Jesus' acts of compassion, forgiveness, honesty, and faith can be reflected in anyone's everyday life. Lucado's concrete analogy of "just like Jesus" helps many readers grasp the fundamentals of Christianity in a new and inspiring way. Furthermore, in taking on the values, heart and deeds of Jesus, Lucado believes, Christians can expect a richer, more accessible relationship with God. "Jesus had unbroken communion with his father," writes Lucado. "Do you suppose the Father desires the same for us? Absolutely ... God has the same abiding intimacy with you that he had with his son."

 One of the reasons that Lucado's popularity has soared is that he combines straightforward storytelling skills with simple, unfettered theology to explain how Christianity influences modern life, from marriage and career to golf games and traffic jams. Fans will also appreciate his companion study guide at the end of the book, which offers provocative questions relating to the themes of each chapter. 
--Gail Hudson

Hindu India : From Khajuraho to the Temple City of Madurai (Taschen's World Architecture) by Henri Stierlin, Chris Miller (Translator), Anne Stierlin (Photographer)

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Living Judaism : The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition, and Practice by Wayne D. Dosick
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 In Living Judaism, Rabbi Wayne Dosick offers an engaging and definitive overview of Jewish philosophy and theology, rituals and customs. Combining quality scholarship and sacred spiritual instruction, Living Judaism is a thought-provoking reference and guide for those already steeped in Jewish life, and a comprehensive introduction for those exploring the richness and grandeur of Judaism. Celebrating the pluralism of the contemporary Jewish community, Living Judaism acknowledges and honors the broad spectrum of Jewish thought and the wide variety of Jewish observance.

 "Living Judaism is the definitive volume, the all-encompassing text for the instruction of our people, as well as those who choose to join our faith community. It is the most informative and useful text currently available."
--Rabbi David M. Posner, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York

 "Rabbi Dosick has written a book that speaks to the totality of the Jewish experience."
--Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, chancellor, Hebrew Union College

 "Dosick's passionate yet clear thinking will open our religious traditions to those seeking ways into their Judaism."
--Dr. David A. Teutsch, president, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

 "Comprehensive, lucid, and incisive."
--Rabbi Jack Shechter, Ph.D., dean of continuing education, University of Judaism, Los Angeles

 "Living Judaism should be read by every Jew, Christian, and Muslim who wants to understand Judaism and celebrate faith."
--The Reverend Dr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus, University of Notre Dame