Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College CampusesOxford University Press #ad - Their stories will not only engage readers, in many cases, but, move them with the painful struggles these candid young women and men face. Based on dozens of face-to-face interviews, Sex and the Soul explores the sexual and spiritual lives of today's college students. Freitas's work chronicles a poignant spiritual loss that students themselves articulate and mourn.
Publishers Weekly"Candid, disturbing, yet ultimately hopeful. Throughout this beautifully written book, Freitas presents students' feelings and experiences in an unflinching yet compassionate way. Moreover, many students see little connection between sex and religion, even as they seek one between sex and spirituality.
Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses #ad - But freitas's research also reveals that, at least, and that they do want spirituality, students are not comfortable with a culture of casual sex, if not also religion, even at secular schools, to speak about what they should do and who they should try to be--not just what they should avoid doing. Sex and the soul will offer readers the chance to hear college students speaking honestly about extremely sensitive topics, in a book that will be of great interest to students, clergy, teachers, parents, and anyone who wants to know what's happening on today's college campuses.
Named one of the best religion Books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly"Fascinating, disturbing.
I Fired God: My Life Inside---and Escape from---the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist CultSt. Martin's Press #ad - With written documentation and sources so thorough that law enforcement has used her work as a foundation for criminal prosecutions, and national level, state, which issues degrees of questionable value while making vast sums of money for its founders- The way the IFB influences politics on the local, Zichterman exposes the IFB with revelations including: - The disturbing world of abuse within the IFB and doctors and teachers who cater exclusively to church members and fail to report physical and sexual abuse- The IFB-controlled Bob Jones University, and protects its abusive culture under the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion .
Founded by the fiery preacher bob jones, a subservience for women, with several hundred thousand members, IFB congregants are told they must not associate with members of other Baptist denominations and evangelicals, insular marriages within the church, with an emphasis on secrecy, and unusual child raising practices.
I Fired God: My Life Inside---and Escape from---the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult #ad - In i fired god, exposing a cult-like atmosphere of corruption, Jocelyn Zichterman systematically details the IFB's disturbing history, greed, and abuse. Having been initiated into its innermost circles, Zichterman knows that the gentle demeanor America sees in the form of the Duggar clan on 19 Kids and Counting disguises the truth about the darker side of the church.
A compelling memoir and account of the Independent Fundamental Baptist church and its shocking history of religious abuse. Jocelyn zichterman was born, married into, with her family, and finally, raised, fled the Independent Fundamental Baptist church.
The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of AdoptionPublicAffairs #ad - . The movement has shaped the way we think about adoption, the places we seek to adopt from, the language we use to discuss it, and the policies and laws that govern the process. When jessie hawkins’ adopted daughter told her she had another mom back in Ethiopia, Jessie didn’t, at first, know what to think.
Overseas, and where hefty adoption fees provide lots of incentive to increase the “supply” of adoptable children, conservative Christians preside over a spiraling boom-bust adoption market in countries where people are poor and regulations weak, recruiting “orphans” from intact but vulnerable families.
The child catchers is a shocking exposé of what the adoption industry has become and how it got there, now, told through deep investigative reporting and the heartbreaking stories of individuals who became collateral damage in a market driven by profit and, pulpit command. Anyone who seeks to adopt—of whatever faith or no faith, and however well-meaning—is affected by the evangelical adoption movement, whether they know it or not.
The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption #ad - Instead, she felt like she’d done something wrong. Adoption has long been enmeshed in the politics of reproductive rights, pitched as a “win-win” compromise in the never-ending abortion debate. In the child catchers, kathryn joyce reveals with great sensitivity and empathy why, if we truly care for children, we need to see more clearly.
But as kathryn joyce makes clear in The Child Catchers, adoption has lately become even more entangled in the conservative Christian agenda. To tens of millions of evangelicals, adoption is a new front in the culture wars: a test of “pro-life” bona fides, a way for born again Christians to reinvent compassionate conservatism on the global stage, and a means to fulfill the “Great Commission” mandate to evangelize the nations.
Confessions of a Pagan Nun: A NovelShambhala #ad - Cloistered in a stone cell at the monastery of Saint Brigit, a sixth-century Irish nun secretly records the memories of her Pagan youth, interrupting her assigned task of transcribing Augustine and Patrick. As the monastery is rent by vague and fantastic accusations, Gwynneve's words become the one force that can save her from annihilation.
Confessions of a Pagan Nun: A Novel #ad - But disturbing events at the cloister keep intervening. She writes of her druid teacher, the brusque but magnetic Giannon, who first introduced her to the mysteries of written language. She also writes of her fiercely independent mother, whose skill with healing plants and inner strength she inherited.
Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger Body, commodity, textDuke University Press Books #ad - In prayer has spoiled everything adeline masquelier offers an account of how this phenomenon intervenes—sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically—in human lives, providing a constantly renewed source of meaning for Mawri peasants confronted with cultural contradictions and socio-economic marginalization.
To explore the role of bori possession in local definitions of history, Masquelier spent a total of two years in Niger, and identity, and contest a rapidly changing reality, focusing on the diverse ways in which spirit mediums share, transform, power, threatened by Muslim hegemony and financial hardship.
Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger Body, commodity, text #ad - . She explains how the spread of islam has provoked irreversible change in the area and how prayer—a conspicuous element of daily life that has become virtually synonymous with Islamic practice in this region of west Africa—has thus become equated with the loss of tradition. Despite a widening gap between former ways of life and the contradictions of the present, it maintains its place as a feature of daily life in which villagers participate with varying degrees of enthusiasm and approval.
Specialists in african studies, in the anthropology of religion, and in the historical transformations of colonial and postcolonial societies will welcome this study. Bori, in the mawri society of Niger, are mischievous and invisible beings that populate the bush. By focusing on some of the creative and complex ways that bori at once competes with and borrows from Islam, patriarchy, representing more than simple resistance to Islam, Masquelier reveals how possession nonetheless remains deeply embedded in Mawri culture, or the state.
Bori is also the practice of taming these wild forces in the context of possession ceremonies.
Jesus in Our Wombs: Embodying Modernity in a Mexican Convent Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity Book 5University of California Press #ad - The outcome of this process has political as well as personal consequences. Lester, fears, provides a rich ethnography of these young women's journeys as they wrestle with doubts, who conducted eighteen months of fieldwork in the convent, ambitions, and setbacks in their struggle to follow what they believe to be the will of God.
In jesus in our Wombs, Rebecca J. Readers become intimately acquainted with the personalities, friendships, family backgrounds, and aspirations of the Postulants as Lester relates the practices and experiences of their daily lives. Lester explains that the postulants work toward what they see as an "authentic" femininity—one that has been eclipsed by the values of modern society.
Jesus in Our Wombs: Embodying Modernity in a Mexican Convent Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity Book 5 #ad - Combining compassionate, engaged ethnography with an incisive and provocative theoretical analysis of embodied selves, Jesus in Our Wombs delivers a profound analysis of what Lester calls the convent's "technology of embodiment" on multiple levels—from the phenomenological to the political. The sisters learn to understand their very intimate experiences of "the Call"—and their choices in answering it—as politically relevant declarations of self.
Gracefully written, and theoretically rigorous, this book considers how these aspiring nuns learn to experience God by cultivating an altered experience of their own female bodies, finely textured, a transformation they view as a political stance against modernity. Lester takes us behind the walls of a roman Catholic convent in central Mexico to explore the lives, training, and experiences of a group of postulants—young women in the first stage of religious training as nuns.
Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke FreeAtria Books #ad - This is the sex education Linda Kay Klein grew up with. She contacted young women she knew, asking if they were coping with the same shame-induced issues she was. In pure, linda kay klein uses a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir to take us “inside religious purity culture as only one who grew up in it can” Gloria Steinem and reveals the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s views on female sexuality has had on a generation of young women.
In the 1990s, a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. This message traumatized many girls—resulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—and trapped them in a cycle of shame. Offering a prevailing message of resounding hope and encouragement, “Pure emboldens us to escape toxic misogyny and experience a fresh breath of freedom” Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising.
Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free #ad - When the youth pastor of her church was convicted of sexual enticement of a twelve-year-old girl, Klein began to question purity-based sexual ethics. These intimate conversations developed into a twelve-year quest that took her across the country and into the lives of women raised in similar religious communities—a journey that facilitated her own healing and led her to churches that are seeking a new way to reconcile sexuality and spirituality.
Part memoir and part journalism, pure is a horrendous, granular, relentless, emotionally true account" The Cut of society’s larger subjugation of women and the role the purity industry played in maintaining it. Pure is “a revelation.
Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a FutureConvergent Books #ad - To leave. In her memoir, and when is it a trap? what happens when a pastor holds unchecked sway over his followers? and how can we leave behind the harm inflicted in the name of God without losing God in the process?By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, readers will recognize questions every believer faces: When is spiritual zeal a gift, Girl at the End of the World is a story of the lingering effects of spiritual abuse and the growing hope that God can still be good when His people fail.
A story of mind control, the Apocalypse, and modest attire. Elizabeth esther grew up in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings to “break her will”. Includes reading group discussion guide and interview with the author. Not until she was grown and married did she find the courage to attempt the unthinkable.
Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future #ad - I know hundreds of obscure nineteenth-century hymns by heart and have such razor sharp “modesty vision” that I can spot a miniskirt a mile away. Verily, verily i say unto thee, none of these highly specialized skills ever got me a job, but at least I’m all set for the end of the world. I was raised in a homegrown, fundamentalist christian group—which is just a shorthand way of saying I’m classically trained in apocalyptic stockpiling, street preaching, and the King James Version of the Bible.
Selah. Trained in her family-run church to confess sins real and imagined, she knew her parents loved her and God probably hated her.
Sexuality and the Sacred, Second Edition: Sources for Theological ReflectionWestminster John Knox Press #ad - Christian discourse on sexuality, spirituality, and ethics has continued to evolve since this book's first edition was published in 1994. This updated and expanded anthology featuring more than thirty contemporary essays includes more theologians and ethicists of color and addresses issues such as the intersection of race/racism and sexuality, transgender identity, same-sex marriage, and reproductive health and justice.
Growing Up DuggarHoward Books #ad - They share how their family walks through unexpected and difficult circumstances and how they manage to maintain their faith and love their family. This updated edition has new stories and insights that reflect the experiences of Jill and Jessa—the now-married Duggar daughters—on their exciting journey through courtship, engagement, and marriage.
In a delightful and personal look at life in a large family, their dreams for the future, the four eldest daughters talk about their faith, and what it’s like growing up a Duggar. With a backdrop of the key relationships in their lives, peer pressure, manners, boys, living in a large family, politics, the four Duggar girls also open up about their own personal faith and convictions, and much more.
Growing Up Duggar #ad - You’ll learn how the girls navigate the difficult years between twelve and sixteen, life in a big family, what they look for in a man, and much more—all in a frank and fun book that will inspire teens and adults alike.