Books

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Wisdom of the Carpenter: 365 Prayers & Meditations of Jesus Jesus preached a radical message of individual spiritual awakening. Wisdom of the Carpenter presents those teachings with 365 prayers designed for the contemporary seeker. Incorporating his own new translations of the earliest available texts, comparative religion scholar Ron Miller brings Jesus’ voice and advice to life, while added commentary relates Jesus’ teachings to those of the world’s other great religious traditions. Little-known teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Q, and other lost sources are included. “An extremely valuable resource not only for Christians but for all thoughtful seekers.” Introduction by Marcus Borg.
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Unpacking the Parables: The Wisdom Teachings of Jesus
What is a parable and why is it such an effective teaching method? What do we learn about Jesus as a teacher and about his message from these parables? When the Gospel of Thomas was discovered in the sands of Egypt some sixty years ago, an earthquake hit New Testament scholarship. Evidence that Thomas might be earlier than the four gospels opened up some new doors. The author entered one of those doors in writing this book. He used Thomas’ version of a parable whenever that existed. And the Jesus discovered through this method might surprise you.
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William James’ Revolution: A New Perspective on “The Varieties of Religious Experience” When it was first published in 1902, The Varieties of Religious Experience caused a revolution, a quantum leap, a paradigm shift. James opened the door to the scientific study of religious experience, probing the relationship between religion and psychology. This classic text by William James should be required reading for anyone wanting to study religion. But years of college teaching convinced the author that this is a daunting read for most undergraduate students, and even for some older adults. Ron parsed sections of James’ text and provides commentary and insight on each one throughout this must-read book, thus opening the world of James like never before.
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The Gospel of Thomas: A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice
A book of sayings and wisdom of Jesus compiled as early or earlier than the New Testament gospels—can transform your spiritual life. In the decades since its discovery, the Gospel of Thomas has intrigued people of all faiths around the world. Shedding new light on the origins of Christianity, the Gospel of Thomas raises questions about whether the New Testament’s version of Jesus’s teachings is entirely accurate and complete. In the Gospel of Thomas we see Jesus as a wisdom-loving sage, sharing aphorisms about the value of the present and each person’s role in the creation of the Kingdom of God on earth. But these inspiring sayings can leave you wondering, “What next?”
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The Sacred Writings of Paul: Annotated & Explained
The Apostle Paul, who wrote many of the books in the New Testament, was a fearless and revolutionary religious innovator. Yet Paul diverged from many of Jesus’s own teachings about the world and God’s kingdom, and his writings have been used to justify slavery, defend violence toward women, and vilify followers of other religious paths. With fresh translations from the original Greek and insightful yet unobtrusive commentary, Ron Miller guides you through the complexities of Paul’s writings. He explores Paul’s limitations and sometimes harmful legacy, but also highlights Paul’s deep connection with God’s Spirit. This connection led to Paul’s penetrating insights on how to live a life filled with spiritual vigor and understand the power of love to overcome any obstacle.
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The Hidden Gospel of Matthew: Annotated and Explained
This book takes you deep into the text to discover the words and events that have the strongest connection to the historical Jesus. What did Jesus really say about the future of the world? What really took place after his crucifixion? Ron Miller reveals the underlying story of Matthew, a story that transcends the traditional theme of an atoning death and focuses instead on Jesus’s radical call for personal transformation and social change. This hidden portrait of Jesus at times resembles the sage teacher of the Gospel of Thomas more than it does the redeemer of traditional Christianity, and presents truths consonant with our deepest human experience.
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Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift: Growing Beyond Our Wounded History This collaborative effort brings together the voices of Christian scholar Ron Miller and Jewish scholar Laura Bernstein to further explore the roots of anti-Semitism in Christian faith and scripture. In a probing interfaith dialogue, the authors trace the Jewish-Christian schism to its very source in the first book of the New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew. Illuminating the often misunderstood context of Matthew’s gospel, this examination of a foundational Christian text discerns the ways in which the Jewishness of Jesus was forgotten and Jews and Judaism became Christianity’s foil. More important, it takes a renewed look at Matthew with contemporary retellings that present a new future of conciliation and compassion between the two faith traditions.
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