Books

The following is a list of the books we offer. Click the links to view a book description. Click the book image to view a larger image of the cover.

Handbk of Practical Wisdom thumbnailA Handbook to Practical Wisdom: A Study Guide
by Lynn C. Bauman
e-Book: 139 pages
Publisher: PRAXIS
e-Book only: $10
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This handbook is a thirty-lesson course on practical wisdom and the common foundation which builds a discerning and sapiential life. We humans are called "homo sapiens" because wisdom or sapience is the basis for all our learning. In this text each lesson is built upon a short introductory statement and brief explanatory paragraph. These seek to clarify a particular principle of practical wisdom. In each lesson this opening material is followed by a commentary on the principle being introduced, questions for reflection, further brief readings for understanding, daily exercises and prayers. The handbook is designed particularly for individuals in a support group moving through each lesson as a shared experience. It is suitable for either men's, women's or mixed groups led by a mentor. It can, however, be beneficial for personal and individual use alone.

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Ancient Songs Sung Anew: The Psalms as Poetry - NEW EDITION
translations by Lynn C. Bauman
Paperback: 5 x 8 inches
Edition: 2008
$15
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This concise edition of just the Psalms themselves, without notes or meditations, is small enough to be carried for personal use. It contains the same poetic translation as the larger text in a beautiful new font and cover that complements the original text. These songs and prayers are the heart-felt cries of men and women as they journey across the troubled landscape of our world. 

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Ancient Songs Sung Anew: The Psalms as Poetry
translations by Lynn C. Bauman
Paperback: 409 pages; Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 inches
Publisher: PRAXIS; Edition: 2000
Original Edition: $20
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This is an entirely new translation of the Psalms in the form of contemporary poetry with historical notes and meditations. There is something healing and restorative about poetry. It is medicine to the soul, and music to the human spirit. Without it we live thirsty in a desert land. Poetry springs from deep within. It may have been the original form of sacred wisdom. The Hebrew people dared to utter the contents of their hearts in prayer, and the prayer became pure poetry. This fresh translation seeks for the music as well as the meaning of the text. 

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thomas book thumbnailThe Gospel of Thomas : Wisdom of the Twin
by Lynn C. Bauman
Paperback: 243 pages; Dimensions: 7 x 9 inches
Publisher: White Cloud Press; Edition: 2003
$20
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The discovery of the Gospel of Thomas has created an immense flurry of curiosity and speculation. Is the text real? Are these the authentic words of Jesus? If they are, what does it all mean? This new translation is supported by material to help scholars and students alike explore these sayings in depth.

Unlike other translations, Lynn Bauman's sensitive work is not simply a literal translation. Based on the principle of "dynamic equivalency," its purpose is to propel the reader/listener into an equivalent experience of language and meaning as the original Coptic text but in English, with equivalent cultural terms and ideas. It is therefore fresher, more poignant, more direct, and more understandable without being a paraphrase.

In addition, the text has with it a reader's guide. Each saying of Jesus is accompanied by a section that includes Questions for Reflection, an academic translation of each saying, and notes dealing with translation choices. This enables the student/reader to make discoveries on his or her own through suggestions and questions for consideration, meditation, and journaling.

Bauman brings this important "secret" gospel, with its radical view of Jesus as a Master of Wisdom, to life as a text to be utilized for contemporary spiritual practice.

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Living the Presence Manual thumbnailLiving the Presence: A Manual for Contemplative Christian Practice
by Lynn C. Bauman
e-Book: 149 pages;
Publisher: PRAXIS (March 2016)
e-Book Only - $12.00
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Using Kabir Helminski's Living Presence, this manual is designed for Christian contemplatives to assist them in understanding spiritual pilgrimage using Islamic spirituality and Sufism as a template.

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Anglican Rosary Manual thumbnail The Anglican Rosary: A Manual for Contemplative Christian Prayer
by Lynn C. Bauman
Paperback: 52 pages;
Dimensions: 5 x 7 inches
Publisher: PRAXIS
Expanded and Revised: 2003
$6.00
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A booklet to assist those who are using the Anglican Rosary in comtemplative prayer. Numerous possible prayers and combinations using the unique formula of praying the Rosary plus suggestions about creating prayers on one's own.

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