Download and read online See Me Naked in PDF and EPUB “A fascinating, troubling, and finally heartening book that subtly shows ways that Christians might reconcile their bodies with their devotion to God. Highly recommended for individual Christians but also for pastors and church groups.”—Library Journal, starred review Stories of sexual scandals in churches throughout the nation have been downright routine in recent years, suggesting to many Americans that a deeply rooted problem plagues American Christianity—and prompting some to abandon their congregations altogether. In See Me Naked, Amy Frykholm takes us beyond simple indictments of, or blind allegiance to, Christian cultures to explore the complex, intimate intersection of sexuality and spirituality as it affects the lives of ordinary Christians. Recounting with care and nuance the life histories of nine American Protestants, Frykholm shows us the harm done by the rules-based sexual ethic now dominant, which alternately denies and romanticizes sexuality. But she also points to how American Christians might otherwise access their spiritual tradition to heal the divide between religion and sexuality. One story examines the intricate relationship between a man’s religious faith and his sexual addiction. In another, a man defines religion as a wall that kept him from the discovery that he was gay. One young woman uses sex to defy her devout parents, while another seeks to transcend her body by going without food. Nearly everyone interviewed in See Me Naked remains a Christian, with some further on their journey than others. Yet each of them is working to understand the connection between their desires and their faith. Ultimately, their stories—stories of pain and violence, perseverance and courage—attest to the healing power of struggling through the wild and uncertain experiences of life. See Me Naked explores the many ways that people work to recover from harmful beliefs and restores the notion that one of the key insights of Christianity is that the body, with all its struggles, pains, and difficulties, is a vehicle of the holy and can lead us into a more full relationship with God. From the Hardcover edition.
Download and read online Does This Mean You ll See Me Naked in PDF and EPUB A funeral director reflects on 30 years of serving the living and the deceased while providing us with a behind-the-scenes story told with both empathy and humor. He attempts to assuage our curiosity and answer those questions that are uppermost in our minds when faced with death, including: - How do you handle the loss of a loved one? - What really happens during a death call? - Why do people send flowers? - What occurs during the restoration process? - What do people leave in loved ones' caskets? - How has the undertaker's role evolved? - and much more...
Download and read online Can You See Me Naked Grow in a Conscious Relationship in PDF and EPUB If you change but your partner does not, something happens inside you that drive you until you understand it - this can be described as the feminine journey. Written FOR MEN ABOUT WOMEN this book guides the female reader to understand and express her emotions and unconscious needs. The book addresses men, and invites them to support what might seem like irrational and unreasonable women. The experience the book creates will guide the reader to change their existing perceptions about their own relationships and its true purpose. From deep within a women's private thoughts real life examples will create compassion for women's issues. Based on real life drama in relationships, the book addresses values and integrity in relationships for both men and women. Other similar books with a spiritual approach to relationship behaviour, described as conscious relationships, were written by Gary Zukav, David Deida and John Gray. Unlike previous books on the subject written by men, this book stands alone because it was written from a women's perspective to invite men into the previously forbidden creative world of women.
Download and read online Does This Mean You ll See Me Naked in PDF and EPUB A funeral director's behind-the-scenes story told with pathos and humor. You will laugh and you will cry, yet you will be informed and become a more prepared consumer. How people handle grief, why we send flowers, what really happens during a death call, the restoration process, what people include in their loved one's caskets, dealing with the clergy, how the undertaker's role has evolved, who pays on time and who doesn't, why we may see caskets on display at Wal-Mart, and much much more.
Download and read online You Said You Wanted to See Me Naked in PDF and EPUB Sometimes, at night, when I'm all alone, and my still house is curtained midnight blue, and the only sounds that battle the ceaseless silence are old floorboards yawning, cracked plaster peeling, the foundation setting free spectral stories long suppressed, I crane my neck, and lean into the darkness so I can listen to my home sing me a lullaby. I open my shuttered eyes, flatten out my palms, and wrap myself around myself so I can caress the encircling silence, watch the world waltz in the moon's shadow, and wait for the world to reveal answers to questions I don't know how to ask.
Download and read online Letting God See Me Naked in PDF and EPUB This book is about my life. It is a way of sharing my personal testimonies of deliverance, growth, and maturity in Christ. Nakedness is a state without layers. Letting God See Me Naked! is about my desire and choice to have nothing hidden from God. My delivered state of being is a state where all the layers of my past have been peeled off in order to allow God to build a new wardrobe for me. I have a new style that has been defined by God. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had no issues with nakedness until disobedience to God occurred. The lack of trust in God's direction led them to sin and I found that sin had the same separating effect on me. Through Letting God see me Naked! I have a renewed intimacy with God and I no longer try to shield or hide who I am or what has happened in my life. I pray that my testimonies touch your life and release a desire in you to be exposed to God for the same work to be done in your life. Karen Watson is married to Elder Demetrius Watson and has two children, Devin and Kelsie. She is employed as an Executive of a Midwest corporation. She serves her local church, Joy of Life Ministries, in several capacities and is a licensed Evangelist Missionary in the Church of God in Christ. Of her many accomplishments she is most proud of her acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. To contact Karen for speaking engagements to share her personal testimonies of deliverance and life with Christ write to The Amplified Life LLC, P.O. Box 24231, Omaha, NE 68124 or visit www.theamplifiedlife.com.
Download and read online I Can See You Naked in PDF and EPUB This may be the best piece of advice in this book: When something strikes you as funny, don't let it get away. Hold on to it for dear life. It could be gold. My theory is this: Everything that strikes you as funny is going to turn up on television some day. I'll just give you this one example—because it relates directly to the book you're reading. For as long as I can remember, I've always thought that the old idea of visualizing an audience naked, as a way to control nervousness, was a funny sort of notion. It just struck me funny. I mean, it's not one of those ideas that flits in and out of your mind. It sticks. And it asks for some kind of response. So, I made it the title of a book on presentations. I Can See You Naked. Need I tell you what happened next? The idea spread across the networks like a giggle through a classroom. Millions upon millions of people are howling their heads off about this quirky notion of speakers talking to naked audiences. It's hilarious. Dynamite. A TV writer's dream come true. Then, amidst the laughter, a question hit me: Had my book unleashed all of this hilarity? Surely not. But how many speakers would now visualize their next audience in a state of dishabille? I shuddered to think of it. If you're a presenter, a naked audience is not going to improve your concentration. Eye contact is going to be a real problem for you. And you're going to be very self-conscious about that $600 designer suit you're wearing. This was all dutifully explained in I Can See You Naked—the first edition. But something told me it was time for new emphasis. Even with the relaxed morality that pervades our TV sets and movie screens, there remains a statement that must be resaid: Never speak to a naked audience. It can be distracting. There are all kinds of other psychological exercises that can be tapped to rid yourself of nervousness in the face of an awaiting audience. One woman even wrote to tell me that Chapter 13, which starts, "It's the night before your big presentation" enabled her to keep her sanity. Can you imagine? I considered changing the title of the book to reflect that thought, then decided that a promise of sanity was probably more that I could deliver—times being what they are. As with the first edition, this expanded edition is dedicated to helping you be a better presenter. But it is also dedicated to candor, to saying things that—for one reason or another—never show up in other books on presentation. Who else would tell you "to keep an eye out for the barracuda?" (Chapter 51). Who else would tell you that "you may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time?" (Chapter 17). Who else would employ the Mafia to give you a pointer or two on presentations? (Chapter 31). In short, this is a very different book on presentations. It's even different from the first edition of I Can See You Naked, which still strikes me as a funny notion, great for sitcoms—but now there are other things to laugh about, look at, learn from, and try as you get ready to make your next presentation.
Download and read online Strip Me Naked See Into My Soul in PDF and EPUB Strip Me Naked See into My Soul is a collection of poems that peal back the layers of the heart to reveal the depths of the soul.
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Download and read online Almost love Stories A Collection in PDF and EPUB "Kalopsia," a word meaning "the delusion of things being more beautiful than they actually are," is what happens to us when we think we've fallen in love. Almost-love Stories is a collection of four short stories that almost ended well. Love isn't the way romance novels make it seem. Happily ever after doesn't exist and love is blind, but perhaps we should open our eyes. Hannah Gordon got her first taste of writing when her mother bought her a Harry Potter diary, which she eventually lost, but it inspired in her a need to write stories more exciting than her own life. She is currently studying Communications and Creative Writing at The University of Michigan, which is better than Political Science, which she considered until her government teacher told her that was an awful idea. Among other things, Hannah is a cat lover, a cancer survivor, a gif enthusiast, and a compulsive coffee drinker. She hopes to keep writing and never work a real job, but that is an errant dream, one which her parents would surely never approve of.
Download and read online I Can See You Naked in PDF and EPUB “America’s best book on making presentations strikes again.” –Don E. Shultz, Northwestern University The smart, witty, nationally bestselling guide to public speaking. “If you get nervous, just picture everyone in the audience naked.” We've all heard this piece of advice on public speaking before. But what about “Keep the ball alive!” or “Be a bit of Springsteen”? There’s more to being a great speaker than removing your audience’s clothes, and Ron Hoff’s I CAN SEE YOU NAKED goes beyond the basics to cleverly and insightfully demonstrate what an effective and engrossing presentation should look like. Hoff packs his book with funny and functional advice on how to overcome stage-fright and deliver the best possible speech for every occasion. I CAN SEE YOU NAKED will have you confidently facing a waiting audience—and, naked or not, they’ll be hanging on your every word.
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