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The Art of Happiness (Penguin Classics)
Epicurus

Penguin Classics, 2012

The teachings of Epicurus-about life and death, religion and science, physical sensation, happiness, morality, and friendship-attracted legions of adherents throughout the ancient Mediterranean world and deeply influenced later European thought. Though Epicurus faced hostile opposition for centuries after his death, he counts among his many admirers Thomas Hobbes, Thomas Jefferson, Karl Marx, and Isaac Newton. This volume includes all of his ...
  
  











  



  
The Great Leader: A Faux Mystery
Jim Harrison

Grove Press, 2012

Rapturously received by critics and enthusiastically embraced by readers, The Great Leader is an enthralling, blackly comic take on the detective story that follows a retired detective in hilarious and bold pursuit of a sinister cult leader. Detective Sunderson is on the verge of retirement when he begins to investigate a hedonistic cult that has set up camp near his home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. At first, the self-declared Great ...
  
  











  



  
The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts
Joe Rigney

Crossway, 2014

The world is full of good things. Ice-cold lemonade. The laughter of children. College football. Scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. But what happens to these earthly pleasures when Jesus shows up? Do the things of earth grow strangely dim? Or does he shine in all that’s fair? In this book, Joe Rigney offers a breath of fresh air to Christians who are burdened by false standards, impossible expectations, and misguided notions of ...
  
  











  



  
Doctrine Matters: TEN THEOLOGICAL TRADEMARKS FROM A LIFETIME OF PREACHING
John Piper

Desiring God, 2013

Here is the theological summary of one preacher’s lifetime of investment in a local church. Completing three decades of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist, John Piper gave a final sermon series on the doctrinal emphases from his years of regular preaching. These ten emphases, delivered first as ten sermons, and now edited for this volume, embody the legacy Piper hopes to leave. But these chapters are not the memoirs of a retired pastor. ...
  
  











  



  
Family under Attack
Don Pietro Leone

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014

To the background of unprecedented depravity and evil in regard to sexual morality and unborn life, and of ambiguous and conciliatory reactions from the Church hierarchy, the author presents Catholic teaching on marriage and on the sins opposed to it (particularly abortion) from the standpoint both of ethics and of moral theology. In the course of this treatment he offers a detailed critique of certain novel doctrines promulgated by the ...
  
  











  



  
The Pleasures of God: Meditations on God's Delight in Being God
John Piper

Multnomah Books, 2000

THE SOURCE OF TRUE SATISFACTION.   Isn’t it true--we really don’t know someone until we understand what makes that person happy?  And so it is with God!   What does bring delight to the happiest Being in the universe?  John Piper writes, that it’s only when we know what makes God glad that we’ll know the greatness of His glory.  Therefore, we must comprehend “the pleasures of God.”   Unlike so much of what is written today, ...
  
  











  



  
Philosophy 101: From Plato and Socrates to Ethics and Metaphysics, an Essential Primer on the History of ...
Paul Kleinman

Adams Media, 2013

Discover the world's greatest thinkers and their groundbreaking notions! Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and figures of philosophy into tedious discourse that even Plato would reject. Philosophy 101 cuts out the boring details and exhausting philosophical methodology, and instead, gives you a lesson in philosophy that keeps you engaged as you explore the fascinating history of human thought and inquisition. ...
  
  











  



  
Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
John Piper

Multnomah Books, 2011

Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God! Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential . Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God.  Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the ...
  
  











  



  
Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge
Laren Stover

Bulfinch, 2004

Bohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind, an atmosphere. It is not a trend, its a timeless movement. It is about living beyond convention. BOHEMIAN MANIFESTO explores and joyfully celebrates the creativity, the originality, and the splendor of a lifestyle and spirit shared by free-thinking, free-living artists, poets, writers, sculptors, musicians, and intellectuals. This is the first book to distill and categorize all the ingredients of ...
  
  











  



  
The Dangerous Duty of Delight: Daring to Make God Your Greatest Desire (LifeChange Books)
John Piper

Multnomah Books, 2001

Each of us is hard-wired to pursue our happiness. We long for significant, profound joy. Some try to satisfy it with exotic vacations, high-tech gadgets, career success, sports, academics, drug experimentation, even ascetic rigors. Yet the longing remains. Why? In The Dangerous Duty of Delight , John Piper turns our heart toward the one true object of human desire and happiness: God. Piper shows from Scripture that pursuing our happiness ...
  
  











  



  
An Introduction to Ethics (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy)
John Deigh

Cambridge University Press, 2010

This book examines the central questions of ethics through a study of theories of right and wrong that are found in the great ethical works of Western philosophy. It focuses on theories that continue to have a significant presence in the field. The core chapters cover egoism, the eudaimonism of Plato and Aristotle, act and rule utilitarianism, modern natural law theory, Kant's moral theory, and existentialist ethics. Readers will be introduced ...
  
  











  



  
Moral Theory: An Introduction (Elements of Philosophy)
Mark Timmons

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012

Moral Theory: An Introduction explores some of the most historically important and currently debated moral theories about the nature of the right and good. Providing an introduction to moral theory that explains and critically examines the theories of such classical moral philosophers as Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Bentham, Mill, and Ross, this book acquaints students with the work of contemporary moral philosophers. All of the book's chapters ...
  
  











  



  
The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters (Philosophy in Action)
Thomas Hurka

Oxford University Press, 2010

For centuries, philosophers, theologians, moralists, and ordinary people have asked: How should we live? What makes for a good life? In The Best Things in Life , distinguished philosopher Thomas Hurka takes a fresh look at these perennial questions as they arise for us now in the 21st century. Should we value family over career? How do we balance self-interest and serving others? What activities bring us the most joy? While religion, ...
  
  











  



  
The Time Cure: Overcoming PTSD with the New Psychology of Time Perspective Therapy
Philip Zimbardo, Richard Sword, ...

Jossey-Bass, 2012

In his landmark book, The Time Paradox , internationally known psychologist Philip Zimbardo showed that we can transform the way we think about our past, present, and future to attain greater success in work and in life. Now, in The Time Cure , Zimbardo has teamed with clinicians Richard and Rosemary Sword to reveal a groundbreaking approach that helps those living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to shift their time perspectives and ...
  
  











  



  
The Marks of a Spiritual Leader
John Piper

Desiring God, 2014

Leaders are a gift. God has given leaders to the church to equip the saints for the work of ministry, building her up in the faith and knowledge of God (Ephesians 4:12). But how does the Bible define spiritual leadership? What characteristics are essential in leading biblically? And what is the ultimate goal? In this short essay, John Piper answers these questions by explaining the true marks of a spiritual leader. Saturated in Scripture, and ...
  
  











  



  
The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being
Daniel M. Haybron

Oxford University Press, 2010

The pursuit of happiness is a defining theme of the modern era. But what if people aren't very good at it? That is the question posed by this book, the first comprehensive philosophical treatment of happiness, understood here as a psychological phenomenon. Engaging heavily with the scientific literature, Dan Haybron argues that people probably know less about their own welfare, and may be less effective at securing it, than common belief has it. ...
  
  











  



  
The Matrix of Christian Ethics: Integrating Philosophy and Moral Theology in a Postmodern Context
Patrick Nullens, Ronald T. Michener

IVP Books, 2010

In today's world, many Christians don't know how to live ethically, let alone know what ethics is. Christian ethics probes our deepest sensibilities as humans and how we seek the good for others as well as for ourselves as followers of Christ. This book begins to delve into this relevant and contemporary subject through methodological reflection on the commands, purposes, values, and virtues of Christian life in today's context. To address ...
  
  











  



  
Philosophy Made Simple
Richard H. Popkin, Avrum Stroll

Three Rivers Press, 1993

For almost four decades, Made Simple books have set the standard for continuing education and home study. In answer to the changing needsof today's marketplace, the Made Simple series for the '90s presents a thoroughly up-to-the-minute portfolio of skills, information, and experience, with revised and updated editions of bestselling titles, plus a whole range of new subjects from personal finance to office management to desktop publishing. ...
  
  











  



  
Desiring God Study Guide: Finding Complete Satisfaction and Joy in God

Multnomah Books, 2011

THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE IS NOT OPTIONAL. IT IS ESSENTIAL.   This study guide companion to the DVD version of Desiring God —the classic explanation of Christian hedonism by John Piper—will help individuals and groups understand that the supreme calling of life is to "glorify God by enjoying Him forever."   The DVD and this guide create an ideal package for adult and youth Sunday school classes, small groups, retreats, classrooms, ...
  
  











  



  
Ethics in Criminal Justice: In Search of the Truth
Sam S. Souryal

Routledge, 2014

Introducing the fundamentals of ethical theory, this text exposes the reader to the ways and means of making moral judgments by covering the teachings of the great philosophers, sources of criminal justice ethics and unethical patterns in the criminal justice system. It is presented from two perspectives: a thematic perspective that addresses ethical principles common to all components of the discipline, and an area-specific perspective that ...
  
  











  








   



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