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Jesus Freaks

Author: Don Lattin
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006174591X
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In the tradition of Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, Don Lattin's Jesus Freaks is the story of a shocking pilgrimage of revenge that left two people dead and shed new light on The Family International, one of the most controversial religious movements to emerge from the spiritual turmoil of the sixties and seventies. Some say The Family International—previously known as the Children of God—began with the best intentions. But their sexual and spiritual excesses soon forced them to go underground and follow a dark and dangerous path. Their charismatic leader, David "Moses" Berg, preached a radical critique of the piety and hypocrisy of mainstream Christianity. But Berg's message quickly devolved into its own web of lies. He lusted for power and unlimited access to female members of his flock—including young girls and teenagers—and became a drunken tyrant, setting up re-indoctrination camps around the world for rebellious teenagers under his control. Thousands of children raised in The Family would defect and try to live normal lives, but the prophet's heir apparent, Ricky "Davidito" Rodriguez, was unable to either bear the excesses of the cult or fit into normal society. Sexually and emotionally abused as a child, Ricky left the fold and began a crusade to destroy the only family he ever knew, including a plot to kill his own mother. Veteran journalist Don Lattin has written a powerful, engrossing book about this uniquely American tragedy. Jesus Freaks is a cautionary tale for those who fail to question the prophesies and proclamations of anyone who claims to speak for God.

Nicht Ohne Meine Schwestern

Author: Celeste Jones
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783404616473
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Kristinas, Celestes und Julianas Familie ist die Sekte »Kinder Gottes«, in der sie den Misshandlungen und dem Missbrauch durch erwachsene Sektenmitglieder hilflos ausgesetzt sind. Die Schwestern werden schon früh voneinander getrennt und leben in verschiedenen Missionsstationen der Gemeinschaft. Sie träumen von einem Wiedersehen, fürchten aber den Zorn Gottes, wenn sie sich dem Willen der »Familie« widersetzen. Schonungslos offen erzählen die Schwestern von den seelischen Grausamkeiten und der Gewalt unter dem Deckmantel des Glaubens. Ihre Geschichte ist voller schmerzlicher Erinnerungen, aber auch das Zeugnis einer mutigen Befreiung und dem Weg in ein neues Leben.

God S Forever Family

Author: Larry Eskridge
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199315221
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Winner of the 2014 Christianity Today Book of the Year First Place Winner of the Religion Newswriters Association's Non-fiction Religion Book of the Year The Jesus People movement was a unique combination of the hippie counterculture and evangelical Christianity. It first appeared in the famed "Summer of Love" of 1967, in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, and spread like wildfire in Southern California and beyond, to cities like Seattle, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. In 1971 the growing movement found its way into the national media spotlight and gained momentum, attracting a huge new following among evangelical church youth, who enthusiastically adopted the Jesus People persona as their own. Within a few years, however, the movement disappeared and was largely forgotten by everyone but those who had filled its ranks. God's Forever Family argues that the Jesus People movement was one of the most important American religious movements of the second half of the 20th-century. Not only do such new and burgeoning evangelical groups as Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard trace back to the Jesus People, but the movement paved the way for the huge Contemporary Christian Music industry and the rise of "Praise Music" in the nation's churches. More significantly, it revolutionized evangelicals' relationship with youth and popular culture. Larry Eskridge makes the case that the Jesus People movement not only helped create a resurgent evangelicalism but must be considered one of the formative powers that shaped American youth in the late 1960s and 1970s.

No Sympathy For The Devil

Author: David Ware Stowe
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807834580
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In this cultural history of evangelical Christianity and popular music, David Stowe demonstrates how mainstream rock of the 1960s and 1970s has influenced conservative evangelical Christianity through the development of Christian pop music. For an earlier

The Jesus People Movement

Author: Richard A. Bustraan
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1620324644
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Who would have imagined that the hippies, those long-haired, psychedelia-influenced youth of the 1960s, would have initiated a spiritual revolution that has transformed American Christianity? If you are unfamiliar with the 1960s, the counterculture, the hippie movement, and the Jesus People, then this book will transport you to that era and introduce you to the generation and the decade that turned American culture upside down. If you have read other books on the Jesus People, this account will take you by surprise. A refreshingly different narrative that unveils a storyline and characters not commonly known to have been associated with the movement, this book argues that the Jesus People, though often trivialized and stigmatized as a group of lost and vulnerable youth who strayed from the Fundamentalism of their childhood, helped American Christianity negotiate a way forward in a post-1960s culture. It examines the narrative of the Holy Spirit and the phenomenon called Pentecostalism. Although utterly central, the Jesus People's Pentecostalism has never been examined and their story has been omitted from the historiography of Pentecostalism. This account uniquely redresses this omission.

Distilled Spirits

Author: Don Lattin
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520272323
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Chronicles the experiences of the author, a religion reporter, and his friendships with Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, and Bill Wilson, three men who had profound effects on the religion and spirituality of the twentieth century.

Von Zeit Und Strom

Author: Thomas Wolfe
Publisher: e-artnow
ISBN: 8075830598
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"Von Zeit und Strom" ist der zweiter Roman des amerikanischen Autors Thomas Wolfe. Es ist eine fiktive Autobiographie und gehört zu den bemerkenswertesten Zeugnissen amerikanischer Erzählkunst des 20. Jahrhunderts. Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) war ein amerikanischer Schriftsteller. In dem expressionistischen Dichter Hans Schiebelhuth fand er für seine ersten beiden Romane einen kongenialen Übersetzer, der dazu beitrug, dass Wolfe sich zeitweise in Deutschland höher geschätzt fühlte als in seiner Heimat. In Amerika gehörte William Faulkner, in Deutschland Hermann Hesse zu seinen Bewunderern. Aus dem Buch: "Immens und plötzlich und mit der abrupten Nahheit, der teleskopischen Magie, mit der sich Dinge im Traum ereignen, erschien der englische Dampfer an der Küste Frankreichs; er kam näher und ragte auf mit der eigenartigen Unvermitteltheit, mit der mächtige, riesenhafte Gegenstände, die sich mit großer Geschwindigkeit fortbewegen, näher kommen und aufragen; man hatte nicht das Erlebnis der Anlaufbewegung, des allmählichen, zunehmenden Größerwerdens, es war vielmehr so, daß das Bild des Dampfers von einer Größe übergangslos in eine andre verschmolz, so, wie manchmal im Kino die Gesichter der Menschen auf der Leinwand aus der Normalgröße in einer Kette von schnellen Überblendungen in Großaufnahme übermächtig eindrucksvoll vor den Zuschauer gebracht werden, ruckweise, schußweise, so, wie der Geist aus der entstöpselten Zauberflasche im Märchen."

Following Our Bliss

Author: Don Lattin
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0061743739
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Renowned journalist Don Lattin, longtime reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and more recently the San Francisco Chronicle, interprets the American spiritual and religious landscape since the 60s with insight, wit, and telling reporting. What David Brooks did for the American social and commercial landscape in the bestselling Bobos In Paradise, he does for the spiritual landscape, showing how the 60s have had a profound transformative impact in every area of spirituality. This is the first comprehensive look at the spiritual legacy of the 60s and 70s, as seen through the lives of those raised amid some of the era’s wildest experimentation.

Dharma Punx

Author: Noah Levine
Publisher: Aurum Verlag
ISBN: 3899017439
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Dies ist die Geschichte von Noah Levine, eines jungen Mannes, der gegen seine Eltern und die unerfüllten Versprechen der 60er Jahre rebelliert. Seine Suche nach Sinn endet in Gewalt, Drogen und Alkohol. Am Rand des Suizids beginnt er zu meditieren. Erfüllt von Wut versucht er seinem Widerstand gegen eine verlogene Gesellschaft ein konstruktives Gesicht zu geben. Es ist ein steiniger Weg, geprägt von Verzweiflung, Rückschlägen und Enttäuschungen. Doch schließlich findet er zu der inneren Freiheit, nach der er gesucht hat. Dies ist ein provokanter, ehrlicher Bericht, der uns tief in die Punk Szene führt. Eine Geschichte von Wut, Rebellion und Selbstzerstörung, aber auch von Heilung, Selbstlosigkeit und spirituellem Wachstum.