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The Quran (Koran) for Infidels: Including Introduction, History, Commentary and Three Complete English Translations

by Joseph Lumpkin
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The history of the Prophet Mohammed, the development of Islam, implementation of Shariah Law, and views of Qur’anic interpretations are all presented along with three separate classical translations of the Holy Qu’ran. Put simply, The Qu’ran is viewed as an unfolding revelation. Thus, the last statement in the Qu’ran regarding a subject supersedes any statement that came before it. This is called ABROGATION. Thus, we list verses in chronological order and examine the list for the last verses written on a subject to see what instructions are to be followed by Islam today. What is revealed answers the great questions facing modern Western civilization. What is Islam? What does the Qu’ran really say? How has Islam become so violent and why is Islamic terrorism flooding the world today?

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Autism: Our Journey and Finding Happiness

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There are thousands of books on Autism. Some books advocate new methods of teaching styles. Some talk about alternative medications that have worked miracles. This book does not make such claims. What this book conveys is that every family who has a child with autism has to figure out a coping system that works for their child with autism and for themselves. This is our journey to that place of facilitation and happiness.
There are many variables that effect the real life situations of living with autism. Assimilating the research based teaching methods and styles with a great deal of love, compassion, patience, and consistency has paid off for us, and it will also work for you. The fact that our child is processing information, using cognitive and metacognitive processes in his life’s situation, trying to problem solve and use schema or prior knowledge for his own benefit and survival goes beyond the scope of the usual fundamental theories presented today. We have found that properly amalgamating various theories with common sense applications has worked for our child and us. This book is our way of tackling autism, so it is a one of a kind story. You will see the processes described in this book will yield an individual result, which will also work for you, producing your own “one of a kind story.”
Every family who faces the challenge of taking care of a child with autism goes through emotional trauma. This book is not about that pain but how we have overcome that pain and we have come out stronger. We want the autistic child to develop into a happy person, who is able to function well in his or her surroundings. Beyond simply functioning, we want to discover the child’s natural talents and skills, and possibly develop a vocation.
After reading this book, I hope those who come in contact with children with autism or any special needs children may see that everyone has value and potential. This book will guide parents, siblings, and teachers in various ways to assist the autistic child in reaching his or her full potential. In the journey we will find respect and acceptance for the uniqueness within each of us.

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Mystics: A Thousand Paths To A Single Door

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Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Secular mystics all search for a deeper and personal connection with life and spirit. In this book we will look at all major paths of mysticism and see what marvelous truth and beauty is held within the heart of the mystic. This amazing journey may have a thousand paths, but all will end at the door of the infinite. The mystical experience is an encounter with the deepest truth and ultimate reality in which there is a sense of sacredness so rich and beautiful it cannot be adequately described. The mystical experience is enlightenment, awareness, wakefulness, love, peace, and a million things more. It is nothing at all. It is the all. The experience may last but a moment but it can change your life. It is available to all people in every moment of life. No matter what path the mystic may walk, all will enter the same gate and end in the arms of love and peace. Let us take this journey together and see what the divine spirit has in store for us.

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Enoch Jubilees Jasher

by Joseph Lumpkin
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Presented here are three of the most popular and sought after apocryphal books in a single volume. – The Book of Enoch is quoted by Jude, cited by Peter, and read by the apostles, Enoch (1 Enoch) informs our ideas of angels and demons. Enoch tells us about the Watchers, the Nephilim, the fallen angels, and the origin of certain demons on earth. – The Book of Jubilees, also known as The Little Genesis and The Apocalypse of Moses, opens with an extraordinary claim of authorship. It is attributed to the very hand of Moses; penned while he was on Mount Sinai, as an angel of God dictated to him regarding those events that transpired from the beginning of the world. The story is written from the viewpoint of the angel. The angelic monolog takes place after the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt. The setting is atop Mount Sinai, where Moses was summoned by God. The text then unfolds as the angel reveals heaven’s viewpoint of history. – The Book of Jasher reveals a large quantity of additional information about the period between divine creation and the time of Joshua’s leadership over Israel when the Israelites enter into the land of Canaan. The Book of Jasher includes details about the antediluvian patriarchs, angels, watchers, the flood, the tower of Babel, and many other events mentioned in the Bible. All three books reveal amazing information about the Watchers, the Nephilim, and the fall of the angels when the sons of God came down and took the daughters of man as wives and produced giants, monsters, and the nephilim.

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Septuagint

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The Septuagint (or “LXX” ) is the Greek version of the Old Testament. It is a translation of the Hebrew Old Testament and certain Apocryphal books, which was written in the late 3rd century BC by the order of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the king of Ptolemaic Egypt (283 BC to 246 BC). Alexander the Great had spread Greek influence and language throughout “the known world” and the Jews of the area were losing their Jewish roots and tongue. This Greek translation was created for use by the Alexandrian Jews who were fluent in Koine Greek, but were no longer fluent in Hebrew. The Septuagint is quoted in the New Testament by the Apostolic Fathers. The influence of the Septuagint on Christianity cannot be denied and should be studied by students of the Bible and religion. This translation of the Septuagint was written by Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton and published in 1851. It was based on the Codex Vaticanus, one of the oldest surviving manuscripts of the Greek Bible. This version of the Septuagint is used by scholars and students of Scripture, religion, as well and Old and New Testament history.

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Followers of the Way

by Joseph Lumpkin
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The first fifty years of the faith were tumultuous and politically charged, not because of Roman influence, but due to disagreements within the new Jesus sect. Fundamental doctrines were forming within the fires of personal conflict among the first elders. Did Jesus set out to start a new religion or simply correct the spiritual course of Judaism? What were his intentions? What did he wish to accomplish? After his death who should best direct the new sect? Was James, the brother of Jesus, correct in wishing to keep the new sect Jewish, or was Paul sent by God to guide the new movement? James and the other elders lived with Jesus for three years. Did they understand his mission and message or did Paul, who never met Jesus in the flesh, interpret his intentions more accurately? Did Paul champion the cause, or did Paul hijack the sect and usurp authority from the pillars of the faith? By examining the earliest and most ancient texts of the faith, the original and unaltered words and intentions of Jesus may be seen in a brighter light. With fresh insight we may better understand the evolution and journey of a new movement from a small Jewish sect to a world religion.

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Before the Gospels: The Gospels of Thomas, Q, Signs, and The Passion: The Writings from which the Gospels Sprang

by Joseph Lumpkin
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Jesus was a man of few words, simple words, and a deeply challenging message. However, through the years his words and message have been clouded with additions and redactions. How can we possibly know the words he spoke? What were his original teachings? Where did his message stop and the many changes begin? Hidden in the gospels themselves are the source materials containing the original message preached by Jesus. Before the gospels were written, there were proto-gospels, notes, lists and collections of sayings used to construct the gospels we have today. By examining history, language, and content we can cut through additions and redactions to extract the earliest source materials and examine the true words and teachings of Jesus.

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Friend of God:The Passion of Judas Iscariot

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J. Allan Danelek

On a small rise near where the three seditionists were crucified, a lone figure sat huddled in the mud, using his cloak to shield himself from the driving rain. He watched the Romans as they pulled the dead men down from their crosses, knowing that one of the bodies was that of a man who would have been a king had not events gone so horribly awry. The sight tortured him, as did the knowledge that at one time he had been one of the man’s most trusted advisors. Once—perhaps a million years ago—he had even been his friend. Now, however, he was nobody. Just a name. Judas Iscariot. Read the story of the passion of Christ as told from Judas’ perspective and learn not only what “really” happened during that Passover week two thousand years ago, but discover what drove the man to betray his master and, eventually, take his own life. A compelling story of intrigue and suspense that will forever change the way you look at the man who “betrayed” the Savior!

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Simple Times at Old Field Farm

by Suzy Geno
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Suzy Lowry Geno walks the hills and creek side of Old Field Farm seeking a simpler peace-filled life like those of her grandparents and great-grandparents who worked those acres before her. But as she finally began to rest in the true joys of faith, family and slower living, she was forced back into the realities of the world of technology in the struggle to save her husband’s life. Journey with her as she hays goats, waters chickens, gathers eggs, makes goat milk soap; minds her little farm store; gets a traffic ticket racing her husband to a blood transfusion; tries, fails, and tries again to make her homestead a success; and suffers a frightening snake bite, all while walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Join her in “Simple Times at Old Field Farm” as she emerges triumphantly on the mountainside “keeping her hands busy and her heart open.”

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Polygamy: Polygyny, Polyandry, and Polyamory

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Among consenting adults, family should be a matter of choice and the configuration thereof should be the choice of the family members. There are between 50,000 and 100,000 families in the U.S. living in polygamy today. Recently, these numbers began to climb rapidly as certain Christian, Islamic, and secular groups seek ways to live according to their convictions, in spite of federal and state laws. The growth is accelerating at a surprising rate. Yet, there are few resources and little information to help those seeking happiness in this way of life. This book is a primer for those wishing to seek fulfillment outside the confines of monogamy. As people search for and find their own happiness, the population practicing polygamy will soon grow large enough to have a voice loud enough to change the laws of the land from within. Polygamy may be the next movement in the search for individual freedom and happiness. Polygamy: The act of having more than one spouse. A husband having more than one wife or wife having more than one husband is called polygamy. Polygamy is a general term and exists in three specific forms: polygyny, polyandry, and polyamory. Polygyny: When a man has multiple simultaneous wives, the state is specifically called polygyny. You will also hear the term, “Plural Marriage” or “Celestial Marriage” used by the FLDS church when one husband has several wives. Polyandry: When a woman has multiple simultaneous husbands it is specifically called polyandry. Polyamory: Group marriage, where the family unit consists of multiple husbands and multiple wives, is specifically called polyamory. This book will look at polygamy, its forms, functions, history, logistics, strengths and pitfalls.

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