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CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE (Crucial Questions)

There is a common assumption that the Bible is full of errors and contradictions, and that its oft....

Fear and Loathing in the North: Jews and Muslims in Medieval Scandinavia and the Baltic Region

Due to the scarcity of sources regarding actual Jewish and Muslim communities and settlements, there has until now been little work on either the perception of or encounters with Muslims and Jews in medieval Scandinavia and the Baltic Region. The volume provides the reader with the possibility to appreciate and understand the complexity of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in the North.

Dissecting the Criminal Corpse: Staging Post-Execution Punishment in Early Modern England (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

Those convicted of homicide were hanged on the public gallows before being dissected under the Murde....

Quran Made Easy: Complete English Translation with Inline Commentary

No.1 Bestselling English Quran Translation in the Kindle Store ****

*** Now also includes the full Arabic text of the Quran ***

Quran Made Easy is a modern, easy to understand english translation of the Holy Quran with inline commentary. This is the only english language translation that includes translation and inline commentary and the Arabic verses. The language is simple and easy to understand and unlike other translations leaves no room for ambiguity and misunderstanding. The work is a recent project and does not use "old" english or difficult to understand words.

This is the complete english version which includes all 30 sections of the Quran as well as the inline commentary and introduction to the Quran.

Translators foreword:

In preparing this translation of The Quraan, the dilemma was whether to use very ornate and elegant language which could compromise clear understanding for most people or to use a simple and clear style of language. Because the intention was to make The Quraan clear to every person, the second style was chosen, even though it may at times lack the dignity and lofty tone. It was also chosen because thousands of English-speaking people who are not very proficient in the language found the lofty language of other translations difficult to understand. This translation caters for their needs by providing where necessary synonyms between brackets. It is the language of only the Divine that can combine exceptional eloquence and ease of understanding.

Unlike in previous translations, footnotes are not used in this translation. Rather the explanations which have been given between brackets, serve multiple purposes. Firstly, they save the reader the need to look for the corresponding footnote which often hampers one's train of thought and understanding. Secondly, the explanations enhance the meaning of a verse by adding text which is often hidden. This is especially necessary in a translation of the Quraan because the Arabic text is extremely compact and rich in meaning, and to render the same meaning in another language requires the use of many more words. By using words between brackets, the essential text of The Quraan is not confused with the additional words that are required to promote understanding.

A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945-1980 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

This book is open access under a CC BY license. Statistically, women appear to suffer more frequently from depressive and anxiety disorders, featuring more regularly in primary care figures for consultations, diagnoses and prescriptions for psychotropic medication. This has been consistently so throughout the post-war period with current figures suggesting that women are approximately twice more likely to suffer from affective disorders than men. However, this book suggests that the statistical landscape reveals only part of the story. Currently, 75 per cent of suicides are among men, and this trend can also be traced back historically to data that suggests this has been the case since the beginning of the twentieth-century. This book suggests that male psychological illness was in fact no less common, but that it emerged in complex ways and was understood differently in response to prevailing cultural and medical forces. The book explores a host of medical, cultural and social factors that raise important questions about historical and current perceptions of gender and mental illness.

A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

This book is open access under a CC BY license and is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization and the wider rise of neoliberal politics. Appreciation of history and politics is vital to understanding the psychological concerns over these self-harming behaviours.

The World Jewish Congress During the Holocaust: Between Activism and Restraint (New Perspectives on Modern Jewish History)

Drawing onhitherto neglected materials, Zohar Segev sheds new light on the policy of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) during the Holocaust. Contrary to popular belief, he can show that there was an impressive system of previously unknown rescue efforts. Furthermore, in stark contrast to the Zionist movement, WJC leaders strove to establish a Jewish state and to rehabilitate Diaspora Jewish life, two goals they saw as mutually complementary

Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000: Mycoses and Modernity (Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History)

This book is open access under a CC BY license. The grand narrative of twentieth-century medicine is....

ALMOST-FREE Books on World War 2: Over 150 Books on World War 2 for About One Dollar or Less for You to Enjoy

While compiling the extensive series, "Free Books for a Quick Download" it became evident that very few free books were available on Amazon on the Second World War. Yet the war was one of the most important and pivotal period in human history; a period which needs to be studied so as to appreciate the sacrifices of the countless many who gave their lives, or that suffered greatly as a result of that calamitous time.

Given the gigantic need to never forget, I decided to explore Amazon for books about WWII that were relevant--and affordable. The result is this low-cost collection of over 150 books about various aspects of the war. The cost of each of each the books listed in this work is about $1.00 or less.

Of course Amazon reserves the right to modify the price of its books at any time, and the books listed may vary slightly in price, up or down, at the discretion of the company.

As all the other collections which preceded this one, may you find this one most useful and enlightening.

Mike Caputo (Educator and Editor)

Mushroom Season

'Mushroom Season' is a ramble through magic mushrooms, mountains and metaphysics. After heavy sanctions relegated their use to a spell in the stoner wilderness, are psilocybin mushrooms about to help reframe important social and philosophical debates about our minds, and ourselves?

Where do they grow? What do they do to our brains? And why are they eschewed by the bourgois? Nina Lyon introduces us to Liberty Caps and Fly Agarics, the characters she encountered as a student tripper and the differences between home-grown hallucinogens and Mexican export.

Among the anecdotes and observations are chemical facts, etymological revelations and philosophical speculation. Why are mushrooms subject to social stigma? What are the good effects they might have on us? And how does illegalisation damage a culture of free-thinking and experiment? Taking apart the teenage cliches and middle-class prejudice associated with the drug, Nina Lyon provides a wonderfully entertaining history of the magic mushroom.

The Essenes: Digest (Rosicrucian Order AMORC Kindle Editions)

This issue of the Rosicrucian Digest presents a compendium of materials that provide a solid introduction to the most important aspects of The Essenes.

Cosmology in Vedanta: The Physics Correlation

This is the free e-book of the famous work 'The Secret Behind the Universe' by the same author.

Exploring the secrets of the Universe as far as physics can go, and even beyond.. Along with its Vedantic integration.

This book is divided into two sections. The first section is a work in physics which presents an in-depth exploration of Avyakta - the hidden metaphysical reality behind the apparent universe - through scientific study. A condensed version of this part has been published in the Prespacetime Journal Vol 7 Issue 16 on 08/01/2017, titled "Avyakta - The Fabric of Space" in which this concept is explored to complement the Standard Model and explain gravitation. This section of the book attempts to explore the role of avyakta behind various phenomena like matter waves, energy in the vacuum state, spiral arms of galaxies, dark matter, Higgs boson and virtual particles which pop out of nowhere, big bang and cosmic inflation and the anti-particle.

(Prespacetime Journal (ISSN: 2153-8301), QuantumDream, Inc., P.O. Box 267, Stony Brook, NY 11790-0267, USA; is a physics journal which focuses on the origin, nature and mechanism of space-time and its possible connection to a prespacetime; and models and experimental results on elemental particles, fundamental forces including gravity and related topics.)

The second section of the book presents in-depth study of cosmology as outlined in ancient Indian Philosophy, researching from the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. The discussions shed light on many previously unknown levels and aspects. Since God cannot be considered in physics due to lack of experimental evidence, this section is provided as a separate part!

The first book of its kind, it brings the diverse fields of Science and Philosophy into face-to-face contact. It is a thrilling journey for all types of readers interested in science or Vedanta.

Astonishing Facts about The Quran

The Quran is an amazing divine book filled with striking mathematical peculiarities and correspondences that boggle the mind. This is a compilation of these astonishing facts about the Quran which really prove its divine existence.

Unveiling The Bride: The New Covenant Church (Christian Discipleship Series Book 7)

The divine union between Christ and the church is the eternal purpose of God the Father. For it was always in God's heart from before time to obtain a holy bride and companion for His Son. Just as a husband loves his wife, Christ loved the church and gave His life for her. Just as Eve was created from Adam's body to be his bride and glory, God created the church from Christ's body to be His bride and glory. And as Eve was created as Adam's companion and helpmate to reign over the earth, God created the church as Christ's companion and co-regent to reign with Him in the age to come. This eBook will help you recognize the difference between the true New Covenant church and the false counterfeit church. The author explains how God has designed the New Covenant church to fellowship and function under the headship of Jesus Christ. He also gives practical Biblical instruction to help believers fulfill God's divine purpose for His church - that they might be the overcoming bride of Christ during the dark and turbulent days that lie ahead.

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Study Guide for Home-Study Seminary Students

This manual was written as the course curriculum for home-study seminary students. It contains writing assignments for each of the 32 units. It also contains insights, images, and doctrines and principles to help students with their individual study.

Buddha: A Short Biography (+ Famous Buddha Quotes)

The AMAZON #1 Bestseller

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > Religion > Buddhism

A short biography of the Buddha.

Also includes several pages of famous quotes attributed to Buddha.

From the author of the cult-classic BIG SOUND TEMPLE

'Absolutely engaging... There is so much mystery here...' Joanna Daneman (USA), #1 HALL OF FAME AMAZON REVIEWER

'The ending is extraordinary... Read this novel!' Bob Buchanan

'This book is that fresh new approach we are always looking for. I really cannot recommend this book too highly... Five stars simply aren't enough...' Lloyd Tackitt (Bestselling author of the EDEN series)

'A cracking novel... Well worth checking out...' Scott Pack, Head Publisher, HARPERCOLLINS

'This book is surprisingly powerful... It builds to a gripping conclusion...' Tahlia Newland, Bestselling author / awesomeindies.net

'The characters who drive the plot - Hiro's uncle, the unscrupulous and unforgiving moneylender; Sakura, Hiro's ersatz girlfriend; Wendy, a motherly English tutor from New York; and Bad Boy, a schoolyard bully turned gangster... How skillfully this book has been written!... A pleasure to read and absolutely recommended...' readersfavorite.com

'Ben Stevens is a fascinating writer... It is a charming marriage of Japanese and English that makes this story sing...' Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) (#5 HALL OF FAME AMAZON REVIEWER) (VINE VOICE) (TOP 100 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME)

From the Bestselling author of THE ENNIN MYSTERIES.

AMAZON / Goodreads / Web reviews

'By the second chapter I was ensconced in a far-away land and culture in a way that I have rarely, if ever, been.... Five stars simply aren't enough... Well done, Mr Stevens, well done...' Lloyd Tackitt

'I loved loved loved this book...' Beth Zuschlag

'Lose yourself in Hiro's world... Heartily recommended...' Ghengiz Jones

'Just incredible... Finished reading as dawn was breaking, and couldn't stop thinking about this book for quite some time afterward... It truly has that effect...' Readers Best

'This is a touching story... I really enjoyed it...' Joanna Danemann

'A fast-paced and often witty read. Also very informative on Japanese culture...' Anna Loxton

'I can't say much about the end... Essentially, it shows what turns an ordinary man into a hero... The story builds to a gripping conclusion... Well done, Mr Stevens...' Awesome Indies

'A unique story about people with heart...' Gail Watkins

'This book had a way of popping back into consciousness long after I'd closed it....' Tahlia Newland, Bestselling author

'One of the most startingly original books I think I have ever read... An extremely talented writer - you need to read this now!...' TJK

'l really enjoyed this book... I would like to read a sequel...' Pam Metropolis

'The ending is extraordinary... Read this novel!' Bob Buchanan

'A writing style that will engage every sensitive reader and likely encourage reading the entire book at one sitting...' Grady Harp

'Why am I writing a review for Big Sound Temple? Simple: it seems a more practical way to get people to read the book than standing on a street corner screaming at people to GO BUY THIS BOOK. That's really what I want to do. It is that good...' Amazon Junky

'Clever and inventive... Original in the writing style... Well fleshed out with plenty of character description and interesting plot lines...' William

'An interesting biographical novel set in Japan... A good book...' Thomas Caper

'A good story wrapped around a look at Japanese culture...' Paul Mattera

An Angel Problem

In our day some bad things are going on all around the globe. God did not establish life on earth to be this way. From the unseen, spirit realm, war rages that reveals itself about us. We see evil in conflict with good in horrific ways. So read on to understand the history for these occurrences straight from the Bible. It is not the time to be naive but to understand there is An Angel Problem.

Merlin, Magic and the Medieval Church: An Examination of Correlations Between the Character of Merlin the Wizard from the Thirteenth Century Vulgate Cycle and Medieval Writings on Magic

A thesis submitted in 2012 to Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, this work attempts to trace a parallel development between the character of Merlin and the development of magic in Europe into the thirteenth century. In tracing this development, the author seeks to determine both the plausibility of Merlin to his audience and thus the value of studying the literary character to gain historical insight.

The Ramayan of Valmiki Book IV: 4

This collection of literature attempts to compile many classics that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

Defending Christian Faith: The Fifth Part of the Christian Apology of Gerasimus

The book presents Medieval Christian writer Gerasimus who in a debate with Islam presents reasoned proofs that refute charges of deception and duplicity made against Christians by means of logically constructed arguments about the being of God and His relationship to creation. He sets out the basic points of controversy and outlines a response in a form that would make an excellent introduction to Christian theology for the Muslim environment.

People in a Deadly Trap