Posts tagged ‘religion’
Weekly Book Special: September 14th-September 20th
September is National Chicken Month. To commemorate, this week’s book special is:
An Entertaining History of Chickens
by Pam Percy, Hardcover, 144 pages, 2002, ISBN: 0896585573
List Price: $30.00, Lowest Amazon.com Price: $29.99, OUR PRICE: $9.95
The book provides a colorful, egg-straordinarily entertaining account of chicken history; breeds; the world of chicken collectibles; and the chicken’s role in art, pop culture, myth, legend, religion, and folklore.
You’ll also find a wide selection of words and phrases inspired by chicks, technical poultry terms, instructions on how to say “cock-a-doodle-doo” in different languages, as well as other trivia.
The lighthearted yet informative text is complemented by photos of different breeds, images of chickens in ads, and photos of chicken collectibles (also known as “chickenalia”).
Our favorite section is on chickens in advertising (click to enlarge):
“The author, an avowed chicken afficionado, presents the lowly chicken in a brand new light in this entertaining book,” writes John Trapp, a retired wildlife biologist, on his Birds Etcetera blog. “I found this book to be highly readable, visually appealing, entertaining, and educational. What more could you want in a book?”
This book is discounted only through September 20th. Purchase it for $9.95 (list price $30.00):
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Chosen: Philadelphia’s Great Hebraica
Written by David Stern, Edited by Judith M. Guston
(Rosenbach Museum and Library, Library Company of Philadelphia)
(Paperback, 149 pages, 2005, ISBN: 0939084368, $25.00)
This catalog provides information of lasting value and interest about each of the objects and explains their place in the broader history of books and manuscripts in Hebraic language over the past millennium. Additional contributions by Evelyn Cohen and Emile Schrijver.
Objects for the exhibition have been loaned by Bryn Mawr College Library; Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library, and Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania; Congregation Mikveh Israel; Congregation Rodeph Shalom; Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department and Education, Philosophy, and Religion Dept.; Haverford College Library; Temple Judea Museum, and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.
A Guide to Christ Church, Philadelphia
by Julia B. Leisenring and Patricia A.S. Forbes
Old Christ Church Preservation Trust
(Paperback, 16 pages, 1984, ISBN: 1422365344, $10.00)
In 1695, these qualities led 39 pilgrims to start an Anglican parish in a Quaker city. In 1727, the small congregation transformed their small building into the most beautiful, majestic and grand sanctuary in the colonies, and that vision, courage and faith assures that the church still stands.
In 1754, master builder Robert Smith constructed the highest structure in the colonies in the church’s majestic steeple. Contents: The Building of Christ Church; The Steeple and The Tower Room; Historic and Symbolic Objects Belonging to the Church; Christ Church in the 18th Century; Christ Church in the 20th Century; Bishop White; Rectors of Christ Church; The Church Library; Early Church Archives; Graveyard and Signers of the Declaration of Independence; Christ Church Preservation Trust; and Dates in the History of Christ Church. Illustrations.
Lionel Gossman’s Making of a Romantic Icon: The Religious Context of Friedrich Overbeck’s “Italia und Germania” (American Philosophical Society Transaction 97-5; ISBN: 0871699753)
Making of a Romantic Icon: The Religious Context of Friedrich Overbeck’s “Italia und Germania”
(American Philosophical Society Transaction 97-5, ISBN: 0871699753)
by Lionel Gossman (Paperback, 101 pages, 2007, $29.00)
Winner of the American Philosophical Society’s 2007 John Frederick Lewis Award for Best Book or Monograph.
In this original and thought-provoking book, Princeton University Prof. Emeritus Lionel Gossman, focuses on Johann Friedrich Overbeck’s “Italia and Germania” to discuss the importance of religious conversion in Romantic thought.
It treats the evolution of the Nazarene artists’ preoccupation with religious issues in an engaging manner and offers a social-historical and theological context to Overbeck’s painting by looking interestingly at a wide range of issues and contacts in his early Nazarene period. Illustrations.
“I was led to the once-influential Nazarene artists while preparing the Burckhardt section of my book on Basel,” author Lionel Gossman tells the American Philosophical Society. Burckhardt condemned them as retrograde, but I found their rejection of realism refreshing. The rigorous composition, pronounced linearity, and flat colors of their paintings and frescoes, and the strength, yet delicacy of their drawings appealed to me.
“They also struck me as quite close to the the neo-classical artists, with whom they are sometimes contrasted, but with whom several of them had in fact studied and who, like them, denounced the subservience of baroque and rococo art to the desires and pleasures of the rich and powerful.
“The painting now known as ‘Italia und Germania’ by Friedrich Overbeck, was the culmination of a series of drawings and paintings executed by Overbeck and his close friend Franz Pforr. But the preliminary works were entitled “Sulamith und Maria.”
“In view of the keen attention the Nazarenes paid to the literary and symbolic aspects of their work, and the important role religion played in their art and lives, I was intrigued — and moved — by this title and I wondered what it might have meant to the artists. The Making of a Romantic Icon resulted from my attempt to find out.”
Book News writes in a review: “In this well-illustrated essay, Gossman discusses Overbeck’s well-known painting to show layers of religious and philosophical context. Details concerning the artist’s life and the artistic and intellectual circle around him in Rome are described in the account.”
Weekly Book Special: March 29th-April 4th
Sunday is Easter, an important religious holiday and a fun family time to hunt for painted eggs. This week’s special is:
Easter Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family
Written by Jill O’Connor, Illustrated by Mikyla Bruder, Photographs by Jonelle Weaver
(Paperback, 96 pages, 2000, $15.00)
Catch a healthy case of Spring Fever with nearly 50 festive recipes and craft ideas in this book!
These tantalizing confections and easy craft projects revel in the Easter spirit — from Chicken Little Cookie Pops to fuzzy Peter Cottontail Finger Puppets.
Simple, whimsical craft ideas will keep kids busy dyeing and decorating eggs, adorning baskets, and creating springtime decorations. Full-color photos.
Our favorite recipe is for the Easter Bunny Cake (click to enlarge):
“Anyone who enjoys the Easter holiday will love this,” writes Calissa Leigh at the Curled Up with a Good Kid’s Book Web site. “[T]he lovely decorations you could use for a number of different occasions; the recipes themselves could be used at any time of the year. Easter Treats is a nice addition to your recipe collection and would make a nice gift around holiday time.”
“Author Jill O’Connor emphasizes fun over artistic perfection,” writes reviewer Jill Lightner. “She makes it easy to enjoy yourself, with thorough instructions, fresh ideas, and an easygoing presentation.”
All orders include a special spring-themed gift!
Weekly Book Special: January 18th-24th
Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by Clayborne Carson and Peter Holloran
(Hardcover, 234 pages, 1998, $20.00)
This week we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with “A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.” — a book of 11 of the civil rights leader’s most powerful and spiritual sermons.
This book contains the texts of his sermons — ranging from his earliest to his last one, delivered just days before his assassination. Includes his famous “The American Dream” speech, and seven sermons never before seen in print.
Especially featured are the titular sermon, among Dr. King’s most challenging, and seven sermons never before seen in print. Click on the YouTube clip below (opens in a new window) to listen to “A Knock at Midnight” — in which he talks about the personal hardships he has faced as a result of fighting for justice:
Eleven renowned ministers and theologians of our time, including Rev. Billy Graham, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Bishop T.D. Jakes, provide compelling introductions. Here they share their personal reflections on the sermons and firsthand accounts of the events surrounding their delivery.
“These are masterpieces of theological literature from one of the world’s great orators,” writes Uma Kukathas, an author of civil rights books.“Each sermon is a jewel of literary artistry, as it presents a simple problem, examines its complications, and offers a startling and often challenging resolution.”
Blogger Jesse Caron calls it “an amazing read,” saying: “Mr. King is an amazing communicator clearly and his messages are very biblically based in my estimation.” Brandon George, another blogger, adds: “It’s very much inspiring!”
“This set of Dr. King’s sermons/speeches is a dream come true,” writes Dr. Arthur Dunklin. Dunklin is a college professor who has written several books on African-American history. “I’m really glad I purchased these.”