The Heart Of Perfection
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📒The Heart Of Perfection ✍ Colleen Carroll Campbell
✏The Heart of Perfection Book Summary : An award-winning author, former presidential speechwriter, and mother of four weaves stories of her own struggles against comparison and impossible expectations with those of seven ex-perfectionist saints (and one heretic) who show us how to pursue a new kind of perfection: freedom in Christ. Spiritual perfectionism—an obsession with flawlessness rooted in the belief that we can earn God’s love—is the most dangerous form of perfectionism because so many of us mistake it for virtue, or deny that it afflicts us at all. Its toxic cycle of pride, sin, shame, blame, and despair distorts our vision, dulls our faith, and leads us to view others through the same hypercritical lens we think God is using to view us. As a lifelong overachiever who drafted her first résumé in sixth grade and spell-checked her high-school boyfriend’s love letters, Colleen Carroll Campbell knows something about the perfectionist trap. But it was only after she became a mother that she started to see how insidiously perfectionism had infected her spiritual life, how lethal it could be to her happiness and her family, and how disproportionately it afflicts the people working hardest to serve God. In the ruins of her own perfectionist mistakes, Colleen dug into Scripture and the lives of the canonized saints for answers. She discovered to her surprise that many holy men and women she once saw as encouraging her perfectionism were, in fact, recovering perfectionists. And their grace-fueled victory over this malady—not perfectionist striving—was the key to their heroic virtue and contagious joy. In The Heart of Perfection, Colleen weaves the stories and wisdom of these saints with Scripture and beautifully crafted tales of her own trial-and-error experiments in applying that wisdom to her life. She introduces us to such saints as Jane de Chantal, a single mother who conquered her impatience only after her ex-perfectionist friend Saint Francis de Sales convinced her to trade punishing prayer regimens for the tougher discipline of showing gentleness to rude in-laws, rowdy kids, and herself. Colleen describes the battle against obsessive guilt that turned timid people-pleaser Alphonsus Liguori into a fearless defender of God’s mercy; the discernment rules that helped Ignatius of Loyola overcome crippling discouragement and distraction; the concern for reputation that almost cost the world the radical witness of Francis of Assisi; and the biblical work-life balance that Benedict of Nursia pioneered after years of driving himself and others too hard—and without surrendering his holy zeal. Gorgeously written and deeply insightful, Colleen Carroll Campbell’s The Heart of Perfection shows that the solution to perfectionism is not to squelch our hard-wired desires for excellence but to allow God to purify and redirect them, by swapping the chains of control and comparison for pursuit of a new kind of perfection: the freedom of the children of God.
✏The Heart Sutra The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra eBook Book Summary : The Heart Sutra is a popular sutra in Mahayana Buddhism. Its Sanskrit title, Prajñaparamitahdaya, can be translated as "The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom". The Heart Sutra is often cited as the best-known and most popular Buddhist scripture. This sutra has been translated from the Tibetan, consulting the Indian and Tibetan commentaries and previous good translations, by Gelong Thubten Tsultrim (George Churinoff), the first day of Saka Dawa, 1999, at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India. Amended March 8, 2001, in the New Mexico desert. Also contained in Essential Buddhist Prayers Vol 1 and Mahayana Prayers for teaching occasions. 8 pages, 2008 edition.
📒In Search Of God S Perfection ✍ Andrew Murray
✏In Search of God s Perfection Book Summary : Follow legendary teacher and author Andrew Murray as he takes you through the many appearances of the word perfect in Scripture. From these passages, Murray concludes that… Perfection is possible and attainable. To know perfection, we must accept God’s commands and obey them. Perfection is not an arbitrary command; the nature of God can ask for nothing less. Perfection is the highest aim of what God, in His great power, can do for us. Perfection is not some intangible level of existence that sounds good in theory but is impossible to achieve in real life. Perfection is not only obtainable, but it should be our goal as believers. God has made divine provision for each of us to become perfect.
📒Heart Of The Great Perfection ✍ Dudjom Lingpa
✏Heart of the Great Perfection Book Summary : The revelations of Düdjom Lingpa, a highly influential mystic of 19th century Tibet, translated by B. Alan Wallace, widely respected for his lucid and readable translations of Tibetan Buddhism. Düdjom Lingpa (1835–1904) was one of the foremost tantric masters of his time. This new series includes his visionary teachings on the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), the pinnacle of practice in Tibet's oldest Buddhist school. Volume 1 contains four works explaining the view and practice of the Great Perfection, the signature style of meditation of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism: The Sharp Vajra of Conscious Awareness Tantra: This work is considered the root distillation of Düdjom Lingpa's wisdom. Essence of Clear Meaning: This definitive commentary, which unpacks the quintessential verses of The Sharp Vajra, is based on Düdjom Lingpa's oral teachings recorded by his disciple Pema Tashi. The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers: Düdjom Lingpa narrates the essential Dharma teachings from the perspective of an old man rejecting superficial appearances. The Enlightened View of Samantabhadra: A masterful exposition of the Great Perfection is revealed as a dialogue between wisdom beings who bestow a treasury of pith instructions and specific advice for practitioners. While the teachings in this series have inspired generations of Tibetans, few have been published in translation—until now.
📒The Image Of God And The Perfect Man ✍ Charles L. Hill Jr
✏The Image of God and the Perfect Man Book Summary : In her moving bilingual art memoir "Spiritual Healing with Art" Fernandez showed how she was able to heal her spirit with art. With over 80 artworks and bilingual text (English/Spanish) the artist's life story, including early emotional traumas and healing, unfolds in a sequence of magnificent paintings, revealing the process by which the artist emerged as an independent, open and free person. This book is rich with archetypal material--both in images and in words. The author/artist has taken a deep inner journey to find that simply expressing her emotions through art has helped her to heal. The art is filled with shadow and light; the words are profound. It is a fascinating testimony about the power of art as a healing resource. Readers said about this book: "Very moving, powerful work" "I see myself in every page" "It makes my hair stand up" "It will empower many people to honor their inner truth" "It is beautiful and magical" "Every page is symbolic of going from darkness into light" "You have cheated time, you know at 36 what takes 50 year to learn." "A book of great depth and few words" "A tool for meditation" "It is very inspirational and empowering but certainly not a how-to book, the learning that results goes much deeper than a to-do list." See video with part of the artworks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxwr30
📒Essence Of The Heart Sutra ✍ Thupten Jinpa
✏Essence of the Heart Sutra Book Summary : For more than two thousand years, the Heart Sutra has been part of the daily life of millions of Buddhists. This concise text, so rich and laden with meaning, concentrates the very heart of Buddhism into a powerful and evocative teaching on the interdependence of all reality. In Essence of the Heart Sutra, the Dalai Lama masterfully unpacks the Heart Sutra so that any reader can benefit from its teachings - teachings meant to help us release ourselves from suffering and live with true compassion. Comprised of his ""Heart of Wisdom"" talks, originally delivered to thousands of listeners in 2001, the book offers the Dalai Lama's commentary as well as his easy-to-follow overview of Buddhist philosophy that places the sutra within its historical and philosophical context. With additional contributions by scholar and translator Thupten Jinpa, Essence of the Heart Sutra is the authoritative presentation of a text seminal to the world's religious heritage.
📒Out Of The Abundance Of The Heart ✍ Judith Ulrich
✏Out of the Abundance of the Heart Book Summary : Poetry and short stories written from a spiritual and humorous point of view.
📒Marriage From The Heart ✍ Donald R. Downing
✏Marriage from the Heart Book Summary : Marriage is God's idea. He has no bad ideas. He brought Eve to Adam, married them and they lived as husband and wife for over 900 years (Genesis 2:21-25 and 5:5). By this, we can conclude that divorce was not God's idea but Satan's idea, to destroy God's ideas, plans and purpose of marriage between a man and a woman. We seek to find the right person when the greater picture is to be the right person. Man sets the time for the wedding, but God sets the time for the marriage. There is a great difference between a wedding and a marriage. Many walk down the aisle to be wedded for all the wrong reasons. Saying "I do" and placing wedding rings upon fingers does not always mean they are married within their hearts. This book reveals that a man and a woman may marry, and yet not be a true husband and wife. It stresses the importance of friendship, courtship, engagement and being married from the heart. Introducing a revolutionary approach to the covenant of marriage, this book addresses commitment, romance, love, keeping a right heart, a sound mind and a pure relationship. Dr. Donald R. Downing is a heart physician and specialist from God to the body of Christ. He has written over 12 books, and considers Marriage from the Heart to be one of his most important writings. He believes the only way to defeat the high rate of divorce and separation is to restore romance to the relationship and to be truly married from the heart. FEATURING DRS. MELVIN AND ROBIN THORNHILL Melvin and Robin Thornhill are the founders and presidents of Destiny New Image Ministries. They have a combined 50 years of experience in family and marriage counseling.
📒Notes From The Road Vol 1 ✍ Rebekah Garvin
✏Notes from the Road Vol 1 Book Summary : Life is a journey. The path can be rather difficult to find and follow. These "Notes From the Road" have been dropped along the way to mark the trail. You are invited to come alongside for a mile or two. Venture down into the valleys, brave the dark forests, break out of the trees, and stand on the mountain top to feel the wind in your face. And, when the time comes, bid a fond farewell and venture down your own path. This book contains a small collection of journal entries from fellow travelers who struggle with their brokenness, encounter God and find out that He is still speaking. Authors: Rebekah Garvin, Chris Garvin, Tiffany Reynolds, David James, Cherise James
📒Persian Metaphysics And Mysticism ✍ Lloyd Ridgeon
✏Persian Metaphysics and Mysticism Book Summary : One of the foremost 13th-century Persian mystics, 'Aziz Nasaffi with his simple manner of explaining God, His Essence, Attributes and Acts provides the western reader with an overview of all the major interpretations of medieval Islamic thought. Providing the first comprehensive selection in English of Nasaffi's treatises, Dr Ridgeon's work offers the western student of Islam a much-needed guide to the speculative and practical dimensions of Sufism.