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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

In June of 1967 Israel defeated Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq—all within six days.  In fact Israel wiped out the air forces of the other nations mostly in one afternoon.  Israel’s victory was crushing to her Muslim opponents, who had believed that God was on their side in the long struggle with Israel.  Obviously they...
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Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don’t Deserve

Smedes wants readers to see that human beings are inexpressibly complex creatures.  “What we are is a set of walking contradictions: our inner lives are not partitioned like day and night, with pure light on one side of us and total darkness on the other.  Mostly, our souls are shadowed places; we live at the...
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Nigger: An Autobiography

Gregory recalls a day in school when each student was to turn in a parental contribution for a class project to help fund a soup kitchen. Gregory’s turn came: “’My Daddy said he’d give…fifteen dollars.’ My teacher turned around and looked mad. ‘We are collecting this money for you and your kind, Richard Gregory. If...
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“Shame”

Shame used to be valued as a sign of character, of knowing limits. But contemporary culture…has tended to dismiss shame as the mark of a timid person. “We can be ashamed of anything—including our assets—when we see that they provoke disapproval, or divide us from others. Hidden and un-dealt-with shame can stalk one’s being, inflicting...
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The Problem of Pain

“Even pagan society has usually recognized shamelessness as the nadir of the soul.”
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Ethics

“Shame is man’s ineffaceable recollection of his estrangement from the origin; it is grief for this estrangement, and the powerless longing to return to unity with the origin. Man is ashamed because he has lost something which is essential to his original character, to himself as a whole; he is ashamed of his nakedness…. Shame...
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Craddock on the Craft of Preaching

Craddock and wife Nettie were vacationing in the Smoky Mountains, eating hamburgers in a restaurant. An old guy comes up to them and asks them who they are, what Fred does for a living, how long they plan to be there, etc., all making Fred antsy. Then, after finding out that Fred is a preacher,...
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Resurrection

Prince Dimitri Nekhlyudov (neck-lee-YOO-dov) seduces a beautiful housemaid, Katerína Máslova, impregnates her by the seduction, and spoils her life. On the day after the fateful seduction, Nekhlyudov makes a terrible decision: he ought to give Máslova some money “because it was the thing to do and he would be considered dishonorable if he did not...
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Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945

During the 1930s Hitler’s aim in building up German arms, in rallying the German people, in defying other nations’ uneasiness over these things, was to expand German glory. Germany had been shamed at Versailles. Hitler understood that the only cure for shame was glory. All he needed was Lebensraum, living space, “into which a racially...
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Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full

One of the banes of Nixon’s life was his awkwardness. He would spill ink, conk his head on car door frames, and then spill blood on the white dress of one of the car’s occupants. “He stopped the habit of serving soup at White House official dinners after spilling soup down the front of his...
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