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A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for Home on Daniel Boone's Road

A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for Home on Daniel Boone's Road

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In 1775, renowned pioneer Daniel Boone was commissioned to blaze a road through the Appalachian and Cumberland Plateau regions as a fledgling American nation steadily pushed westward. What would come to be known as the Wilderness Road was the first major route into the West, and it allowed settlers to migrate northwest into Kentucky and later settle parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. In 2012, Jim Dahlman stopped to stretch his legs on a brief hike into the Cumberland Gap and stumbled upon an adventure. After months of preparation, Dahlman grabbed a pack and set out to hike as accurately as possible Daniel Boone's original trace.

In A Familiar Wilderness, Dahlman illustrates that the Wilderness Road is more than an old track through Appalachia. Many of the towns grew up along Boone's original footpath, and people in these areas can draw direct connections to Boone himself or to other early settlers who traversed this trans-Appalachian route. Dahlman uses these and other encounters to uncover the history of the Wilderness Road and show how we are all a product of our past.

The hospitality of strangers becomes especially instrumental in making Dahlman's hike come alive. Robert, one such stranger, offers to personally guide Dahlman over Powell Mountain. As they make their ascent, Robert provides a splendid view of the mountain, blending careful observation of their surroundings with deep knowledge of the place. A finale to Dahlman's almost 300-mile hike occurs on Hackberry Ridge overlooking Fort Boonesborough State Park--a fitting tribute to Boone's own arrival on the ridge famously overlooking a herd of buffalo.

A Familiar Wilderness takes readers on a winding path where geography, history, and local memory intersect with daily life, and Dahlman's lively writing, sensitive to every detail, will bring readers into thrilling touch with a past that still shapes and challenges the present.

A LOVE AFFAIR WITH MILLIGAN

A LOVE AFFAIR WITH MILLIGAN

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CLARENCE THE CONCATENATED CATERPILLAR

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FAITH IN WRITING: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF JACK L. KNOWLES

FAITH IN WRITING: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF JACK L. KNOWLES

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HE STILL SPEAKS: A LITERARY BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT MILLIGAN

HE STILL SPEAKS: A LITERARY BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT MILLIGAN

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Nineteenth Century Educator, Theologian and Author Robert Milligan's life is lovingly remembered and beautifully retold in this literary biography.
JAPAN AND THE COSMOPOLITAN GOTHIC

JAPAN AND THE COSMOPOLITAN GOTHIC

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Japan is imagined routinely in American discourse as a supernatural entity. Gothic tales from these two cultures have been exchanged, consumed, and adapted. Here, Blouin examines a prevalent tendency within the United States-Japan cultural relationship to project anxiety outward only to find shadowy outlines of the self abroad.
LEST WE FORGET

LEST WE FORGET

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A collection of seventy-five meditations, Lest We Forget-Meditations at the Meal of Remembrance utilizes anecdotes, family life, historical references, familiar hymns, and more to relate the ancient practice of the Lord's Supper in ways that are both applicable and uplifting for the modern community of faith. In the tradition of the free churches that regularly observe the Lord's Supper, communion is often presided over by the laity, or members of the congregation, rather than strictly being the function of the ministerial staff. These brief meditations are intended to provide those who direct the thoughts of a congregation during the Lord's Supper with words that focus on the body and blood of Jesus Christ and the centrality of the meal of remembrance in Christian worship. In addition, a brief introduction gives practical tools and helpful insights into the preparation of the communion time, building confidence in those who are called upon to speak the words of Truth.
LIFE ON THE VINE (P)

LIFE ON THE VINE (P)

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Many books--many fine books--have been published on the fruits of the Spirit. But none are quite like Life on the Vine. Philip Kenneson combines in this book rich, theologically grounded reflection on Christian life and practice with stunning analysis of contemporary culture. After a probing introductory chapter on the necessity and complexity of cultural analysis, Kenneson takes up each of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. He explores what each fruit means in its biblical context, then investigates how key traits of late modern Western culture inhibit the development and ripening of each fruit. Life on the Vine is that rare book that will reward the reader on many levels. It may be read as a biblical and theological study, as an inspirational work on spirituality, as incisive cultural criticism and as a practical guide to Christian discipleship.

Milligan Celebrates 150 Years: Scholarship, Community, Faith

Milligan Celebrates 150 Years: Scholarship, Community, Faith

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Pursuing an Earthy Spirituality: C. S. Lewis and Incarnational Faith

Pursuing an Earthy Spirituality: C. S. Lewis and Incarnational Faith

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"Red beef and strong beer" was how C. S. Lewis described his education under one of his early tutors. It was, in other words, a substantial education that engaged deeply with the intellectual tradition and challenged him to grow. Gary Selby sees Lewis's expression as an indication of the kind of transformation that is both possible and necessary for the Christian faith, and he contends that spiritual formation comes about not by retreating from the physical world but through deeper engagement with it. By considering themes such as our human embodiment, our sense of awareness in our everyday experiences, and the role of our human agency--all while engaging with the writings of Lewis, who himself enjoyed food, drink, laughter, and good conversation--Selby demonstrates that an earthy spirituality can be a robust spirituality.