Am Rand der Neuen Welt

Author: Annie Dillard
ISBN: 360895998X
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Bellingham Bay (Wash.)

Late in the 19th century, surveyors, miners, farmers and other new settlers struggle to make a new life among the Lummi and Nooksack Indians in the settlement at Whatcom on Bellingham Bay near Puget Sound.

For the Time Being

Author: Annie Dillard
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307477668
Release Date: 2010-05-19
Genre: Philosophy

National Bestseller "Beautifully written and delightfully earthy as it is the truest sense, an eye-opener." --Daily News From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners. Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting, For the Time Being evokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding. "Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it."--Rocky Mountain News

The Writing Life

Author: Annie Dillard
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061863823
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Literary Collections

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Word on the Wind

Author: Alison Morgan
Publisher: Monarch Books
ISBN: 9780857211491
Release Date: 2013-10-31
Genre: Religion

The average age of churchgoers in Britain is now 47. Almost every denomination is experiencing steady decline. How sure can we be that we are still offering something people want to hear? Alison Morgan identifies four clear reasons to be confident: 1. The gospel still speaks to confused teens and weary sceptics. By embracing doubts and welcoming questions it remains open to us to present something which answers people's real needs. 2. The word of truth and the Spirit of power still exercise authority and compel attention. Alison's own experience of ministry in the UK and abroad provides illustrations. 3. Spiritual gifts, given not to excite individuals but in order to renew the church for its core task of mission, are powerfully present and widely recognised and practised. 4. In a time of rapid cultural change, new expressions of church are constantly emerging: this is necessary to guard against vital spirituality sliding into drab religion.

Give It All Give It Now

Author: Annie Dillard
ISBN: 9781599620602
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Art

A beautifully illustrated, inspirational book for aspiring writers that encourages creativity, teaches fearlessness in approaching new ideas, and provides advice for overcoming milestones and breaking writer's block.

Teaching a Stone to Talk

Author: Annie Dillard
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061843172
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Literary Criticism

Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.

Where Honeybees Thrive

Author: Heather Swan
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 9780271080734
Release Date: 2017-11-21
Genre: Nature

Colony Collapse Disorder, ubiquitous pesticide use, industrial agriculture, habitat reduction—these are just a few of the issues causing unprecedented trauma in honeybee populations worldwide. In this artfully illustrated book, Heather Swan embarks on a narrative voyage to discover solutions to—and understand the sources of—the plight of honeybees. Through a lyrical combination of creative nonfiction and visual imagery, Where Honeybees Thrive tells the stories of the beekeepers, farmers, artists, entomologists, ecologists, and other advocates working to stem the damage and reverse course for this critical pollinator. Using her own quest for understanding as a starting point, Swan highlights the innovative projects and strategies these groups employ. Her mosaic approach to engaging with the environment not only reveals the incredibly complex political ecology in which bees live—which includes human and nonhuman actors alike—but also suggests ways of comprehending and tackling a host of other conflicts between postindustrial society and the natural world. Each chapter closes with an illustrative full-color gallery of bee-related artwork. A luminous journey from the worlds of honey producers, urban farmers, and mead makers of the United States to those of beekeepers of Sichuan, China, and researchers in southern Africa, Where Honeybees Thrive traces the global web of efforts to secure a sustainable future for honeybees—and ourselves.

Earth Honoring Faith

Author: Larry L. Rasmussen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190245740
Release Date: 2015-05-01
Genre: Christian ethics

Grand Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards Thoughtful observers agree that the planetary crisis we now face-climate change; species extinction; the destruction of entire ecosystems; the urgent need for a more just economic-political order-is pushing human civilization to a radical turning point: change or perish. But precisely how to change remains an open question. In Earth-honoring Faith, Larry Rasmussen answers that question with a dramatically new way of thinking about human society, ethics, and the ongoing health of our planet. Rejecting the modern assumption that morality applies to human society alone, Rasmussen insists that we must derive a spiritual and ecological ethic that accounts for the well-being of all creation, as well as the primal elements upon which it depends: earth, air, fire, water, and sunlight. He argues that good science, necessary as it is, will not be enough to inspire fundamental change. We must draw on religious resources as well to make the difficult transition from an industrial-technological age obsessed with consumption to an ecological age that restores wise stewardship of all life. Earth-honoring Faith advocates an alliance of spirituality and ecology, in which the material requirements for planetary life are reconciled with deep traditions of spirituality across religions, traditions that include mysticism, sacramentalism, prophetic practices, asceticism, and the cultivation of wisdom. It is these shared spiritual practices that can produce a chorus of world faiths to counter the consumerism, utilitarianism, alienation, oppression, and folly that have pushed us to the brink. Written with passionate commitment and deep insight, Earth-honoring Faith reminds us that we must live in the present with the knowledge that the eyes of future generations will look back at us.

Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics

Author: Jame Schaefer
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9781589016118
Release Date: 2009-05-07
Genre: Philosophy

Earth is imperiled. Human activities are adversely affecting the land, water, air, and myriad forms of biological life that comprise the ecosystems of our planet. Indicators of global warming and holes in the ozone layer inhibit functions vital to the biosphere. Environmental damage to the planet becomes damaging to human health and well-being now and into the future—and too often that damage affects those who are least able to protect themselves. Can religion make a positive contribution to preventing further destruction of biological diversity and ecosystems and threats to our earth? Jame Schaefer thinks that it can, and she examines the thought of Christian Church fathers and medieval theologians to reveal and retrieve insights that may speak to our current plight. By reconstructing the teachings of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and other classic thinkers to reflect our current scientific understanding of the world, Schaefer shows how to "green" the Catholic faith: to value the goodness of creation, to appreciate the beauty of creation, to respect creation's praise for God, to acknowledge the kinship of all creatures, to use creation with gratitude and restraint, and to live virtuously within the earth community.

A Spirituality of Listening

Author: Keith R. Anderson
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830846092
Release Date: 2016-03-09
Genre: Religion

God is speaking in our everyday world. How can we become more attuned to listening for God's voice? Keith Anderson walks us through key biblical themes that help us to see and experience how God is present with us if we would only listen.

Aus meinem Leben und Denken

Author: Albert Schweitzer
Publisher: Meiner, F
ISBN: 3787322221
Release Date: 2011-10
Genre: Philosophy

Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) gilt bis in die Gegenwart als großes Vorbild humanistischer Denkungsweise und gelebten Christentums. Im elsässischen Kaysersberg geboren, als mittelmäßiger Schüler mit starken musischen Interessen herangewachsen, hatte er zunächst Theologie und Philosophie studiert, in beiden Fächern (über das Abendmahlsproblem und die Religionsphilosophie Kants) promoviert, als Vikar gearbeitet, als Privatdozent an der Theologischen Fakultät zu Straßburg gewirkt und sich gleichzeitig zum Orgelvirtuosen herangebildet. 1905 erschien seine umfangreiche Biographie über Johann Sebastian Bach, 1906 die später so genannte »Geschichte der Leben-Jesu-Forschung«. Weitere Publikationen folgten in großer Zahl. Bereits mit 21 Jahren hatte Schweitzer beschlossen, sich nach seinem 30. Geburtstag dem »unmittelbaren Dienen« zu widmen und deswegen zusätzlich Medizin mit dem Schwerpunkt Tropenmedizin ebenfalls bis zur Promotion studiert (1905-1912). 1913 gründete er in der afrikanischen »Republique Gabonaise« das Krankenhaus von Lambarene. 1951 erhielt er den Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels, 1953 wurde ihm der Friedensnobelpreis zuerkannt. Auf Bitten des Leipziger Verlegers Felix Meiner verfasste Schweitzer 1929 einen Beitrag für dessen Reihe »Die Philosophie der Gegenwart in Selbstdarstellungen«, den er 1931 zu dem wesentlich umfangreicheren Buch »Aus meinem Leben und Denken« erweiterte, das im Laufe der Jahre zu seiner weltweit wohl auflagenstärksten Veröffentlichung mit Übersetzungen in bislang 21 Sprachen (chinesisch und koreanisch i.V.) avancierte und den Prozess seiner geistigen Entwicklung widerspiegelt. Auch noch 80 Jahre nach seiner Erstveröffentlichung ist dieses Buch weiterhin höchst lesenswert. Es zeichnet klar und unprätentiös die aus dem Nachdenken über bis heute virulente theologische und philosophische Probleme gewonnenen Lebensentscheidungen einer der großen Gestalten des 20. Jahrhunderts in seinen eigenen einfachen Worten nach. Der dieser Jubiläums-Ausgabe beigegebene Vorspann beleuchtet anhand von Ausschnitten aus der fast ausnahmslos unveröffentlichten Korrespondenz zwischen dem Autor und seinen Verlegern das Wechselspiel der Entstehungs- und Entwicklungsgeschichte dieses weltweit immer wieder rezipierten Textes.

Fuchs und Feuer

Author: Heather Fawcett
Publisher: Dressler Verlag
ISBN: 9783862720736
Release Date: 2018-03-15
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Schwindelerregend: Liebe und Verrat auf dem magischen Dach der Welt. Kamzin ist glücklich, als sie der charismatische Entdecker River Shara zur Führerin auf den Mount Raksha auswählt. Sie weiß um die Gefahren der Expedition, doch nichts hätte sie darauf vorbereiten können, dass sich der Berg mit allen Mächten wehrt, mit eiskalten Naturgewalten und teuflischen Feuerdämonen. Am Gipfel ihrer Träume angelangt, erkennt Kamzin, dass Verrat die tödlichste Gefahr von allen ist. Schwindelerregende Fantasy, ungewöhnlich, atmosphärisch und mit hohem Herzklopf-Faktor.