Articles for the Month of October 2021

The Covenant Names of God by Richard Sones

A fascinating and enlightening book.

Covenants (the word also means treaty) are the ways God has used to reveal himself to us throughout history. This book gives a fascinating in depth insight into the scriptures, explaining how the name of God has changed, and why. Including how YHWH evolved into Yahweh, and why, and the reason why the author has chosen the name Jehovah for God, in subsequent chapters of the book.  

Throughout the book, in learning about ‘The Covenant Names of God,’ the readers, through the authors excellent and detailed explanations, can re-equant themselves with the words and actions of biblical characters and discover, then understand God’s relationship with them. The chapters each begin with Jehovah followed by another word, which actually means a phrase. This phrase is explained by the author, as are the actions between God and his chosen one at that particular biblical time. which led to the particular Covenant Name.

In these modern troubled times, most of us can recall stories from the bible and the main characters. However, as we strive for more material assets, or to climb the work/property ladder, these stories tend to go to the back of our mind, and can seem irrelevant to modern life. Yet, this author reveals this is not true. In this easy to read book, we learn how God has tried the biblical characters of the bible, setting them sometimes heart-breaking and seemingly impossible tasks, and yet they are achieved. We read of miracles, not only in the bible, but those he has personally witnessed in his working career, these examples show that there are parallels with the biblical and modern times. Richard Sones demonstrates to us that the hand of God is with us every day, his will and compassion there for those who seek it.

The author has a Master’s degree in Divinity, and was a chaplain the US army for nearly twenty-eight years. He is now a hospital chaplain, and the pastor of a Baptist church in El Paso, Texas. He has authored many books, on a wide range of subject, and has the ability to make difficult and sometimes complex subject matters easy to understand. In this, his latest book, ‘The Covenant Names of God,’ the author has not only revealed ‘The Covenant Names of God,’ to those of us who did not know them, but he also holds a torch of hope to those who will listen to the word of God.

About the Book:

The name known to Abraham and formally given to Moses, YHVH, is associated with eight names throughout scripture. This book looks at each in-depth, beginning with the background story and the Biblical character first associated with the name.
The meaning behind each name is also explored, along with its inspirational implication for the reader’s spiritual life. Additionally, the book shows how the names reveal the nature of God and endure through New Testament writings, especially their fulfillment in the person and nature of Christ. As each chapter reveals a unique name, we learn more and more about the nature and compassion of God, and we, in turn, will gain a deeper appreciation for our Lord.
Finally, the principles revealed through the covenant names of God demonstrate his unwavering compassion and faithfulness to us.

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The Mirror, the Window, and the Wall: The Life-Changing Power of Finding Your True Self by Kenny G. Down

Your path to spiritual awakening and inner peace.

Kenny G. Down, the author of this insightful little book has given his readers within its pages not only hope and inspiration, but also a simple blueprint which will empower them to embark on the road to spiritual awakening. Through his books, and his website (newthoughtlife. org,) his readers quickly realise that the author is a self-motivated man who has drawn upon his own experiences, both recovering from addiction, and of helping others, to write this book.

Intentionally written in a brief booklet style, this incredibly motivational book, empowers its readers. Kenny G. Down knows the struggles they will/are facing, he’s been there too. Even in the title he conveys his understanding, how? Because The Mirror, the Window, and the Wall are analogies for our coping mechanisms to deal with these battles. Struggles bought about by our modern world where there are so many ideals to live up to, pressures to look and act a certain way, to have a good job, own a nice house in a good location, the list goes on and on…

Mentally, the biggest hurdles in life we have to live up to are the self-set, and perceived ideas we all have, intentionally and unintentionally set upon us by ourselves and others. Through this book, the author encourages us to look within ourselves, ask ourselves what do we want? Are we overwhelmed by the pressures heaped upon us? Are we ready for spiritual awakening? If the answer is yes to these questions, then take the author’s hand and let him guide you, give you strength, and help you find the fortitude to unleash the spiritual you, and awaken your soul.

As well as revealing The Mirror, the Window, and the Wall’s in our lives, and how we use them, the author also urges us to incorporate seven actions into our daily lives. In doing these actions, reading, writing, meditation, sharing the experience with others, and reading ‘Darlene’s Prayer,’ (Which is in the book,) throughout the day, the author’s words and experience will help and inspire you on your unique path.

Kenny G. Down lives in Seattle, Washington USA. He is not only an author, whose other works include Darko: The Sacred Heart of One Johanee Darko, but also writes poetry, short stories, blogs and vlogs.

This book is, in my opinion, much needed in this modern world of stress and enforced expectations. Through the words and wisdom of this experienced author, those searching for spiritual awakening will find the path to inner peace.

Author’s Website: https://newthoughtlife.org/

About the Author:

Kenny G. Down

Kenny’s latest book, Darko, addresses the world’s need for a Joan of Arc for current times. Johanee Darko of New Orleans is that person. She is a modern-day Saint, possessing the solution to the ugly issues surrounding sexism, racism, bigotry, homophobia, and xenophobia. Through her public speeches and teachings Johanee Darko leads the Sacred Hearted movement, heals the world, and brings about the Coming Together Time.

In his previous work, after thirty years of being deeply involved in recovery from addiction and helping many others to make their bed and walk again, Kenny shares his personal wisdom and experience in Awakened Giant / Sleeping Spirit and through his writings and videos shared on his authors page (newthoughtlife.org).

Although much of the storyline in Awakened Giant, Sleeping Spirit is based on his own trials while learning to “wake up.” Many of the spiritual principles highlighted in this book and expanded on through his other writings are drawn from universal truths compiled together for a simple message of hope to those suffering and those whom have experienced a new way of life.

Kenny lives in Seattle, Washington USA where he has spent most of his life. He is a man that genuinely understands what it means to wake up the Sleeping Spirit and allow the Awakened Giant to appear. His other writings including a book on relationships “The Care and Keeping of a Shan” also available right here on Amazon.

Visit newthoughtlife.org for many more of his writings, lessons, blogs and vlogs.

When he’s not writing he may be found spending time with his most valued treasure—his family; his wife Shannon of over twenty-two-years “The Beautiful and Wonderful Shan” and his two adult children son Jake and daughter Jessica.

Today, his main goal as an author is to help us find solutions to the problems in our lives through the application of spiritual principles and how spiritual principles have practical application in todays social justice movements.

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Conspiracy U: A Case Study by Scott A Shay

Scott A. Shay, was one of the founders of the Signature Bank in 2001. He is the author of two successful books,’ In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism,’ which won a finalists award from National Jewish Books, and ‘Getting Our Grove Back: How to Energize American Jewry.’ He is a successful businessman who is happy to give talks, and be interviewed, on radio, TV, and podcasts.

As soon as you start reading this exposé, you can tell it is written from the heart. The author himself admits it was difficult to write. Originally an article to commemorate his father’s liberation from the Nazi concentration camp Dachau, the paper quickly grew until he realised that it must become a book. During the horrendous atrocities of the holocaust, Scott A. Shay lost his grandfather, aunts, uncles, and many other relatives to the Nazi murders, knowing this makes it is easy to understand the passion in his writing.

He begins the book by expanding his readers understanding of the definition, and history, of conspiracy theories. He explains how by allowing conspiracy theories and extremist propaganda,  the Golden Rule of his beloved alma mater (Northwestern,) and society, which requires individuals or groups to be treated equally as human beings, and also for accusation to be investigated thoroughly,  has been undermined. Whilst studying there he was targeted with Nazi propaganda, and to his dismay then learned that this was something the university were unwilling to do anything about. He then discovered that conspiracy theories abound, and what’s more, the writings on Zionists, by esteemed scholars, experts in their respective fields, Arthur Butz and Steven Thrasher, were also indicative of conspiracy theories. They described Zionism as “a malignant conspiracy intended to harm other peoples through the use of covert, dishonest, manipulative, and/or violent means.” Whereas in reality “Zionism is simply the expression of the Jewish people’s right to national self-determination in their ancestral homeland, the right to their own state.” Yet the Jewish people have fought and been persecuted throughout history in their attempt to attain it.

The depth of research which has gone into this book is astounding. The author really gives the non-Jewish reader an insight into the battles the Jewish people have endured over the centuries, and the strength of their religious belief to sustain their faith against adversity. I found this book extremely thought-provoking, and my eyes were truly opened to the politics of the far-right and far-left in their anti-Jewish, anti-Semitic, and anti-Zionist conspiracy theories. However, in reading this book, I also fully comprehend the complete depth of harm conspiracy theories can cause in all aspects of society.

This book is written on a very personal level. The author references Northwestern University, and its scholars because it is his alma mater. There is no doubt that Northwestern University influenced him in many positive ways, inspiring him to become a lifelong learner, and his graduate studies there furnished him with the skills to compete in the banking and investment world. This heartfelt, and well researched book makes fascinating and enlightening reading. Highly recommended.

About the Book:

Conspiracy U exposes how conspiracy theories drawn from far-right and far-left ideologies masquerade as scholarship at many universities, endangering our norms and conceptions of morality and truth.

In Conspiracy U, Shay presents a case study of his alma mater, Northwestern University, in order to challenge the proliferation of anti-Zionist conspiracy theories championed on college campuses by both the far right and far left.

Shay tackles the thorny question of how otherwise brilliant minds willingly come to embrace and espouse such patent falsehoods. He explains why Zionism, the movement for Jewish national self-determination, has become the focal point for both far-right and far-left conspiracy theories. His keen analysis reveals why Jews serve as the canary in the coal mine.

Conspiracy U delivers an urgent wake-up call for everyone who cares about the future of civil society and is concerned that universities today are failing at teaching students how to strive for truth but rather guiding students to blindly trust theories driven by ideology. The book provides a roadmap for reform based on universal moral and intellectual standards and offers a way out of the culture wars that are ripping America apart.

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