Worshipping Small Gods

Author: Richard Parks



Category: Short stories, American

Page: 251

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Small Gods

Well, this was the desert. And Brutha was going to die. 'May as well tell you,
muttered Om. “It's not as though we're going to survive . . . See, every god's a
Great God to someone. I never wanted to be that 267 SMAll Gods Om was silent.

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407034847

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 867

'Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle.' In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: 'Hey, you!' This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, shape and size can be pretty crucial to make one's presence felt. So it's certainly not helpful to be reduced to appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast: for the Great God Om, Brutha the novice is the Chosen One – or at least the only One available. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please...

In Search of Small Gods

Jim Harrison. JIM HARRISON In Search of Small Gods In Search of Small Gods
Also by Jim Harrison poetry. Front Cover.

Author: Jim Harrison

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN: 1619320894

Category: Poetry

Page: 120

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“Jim Harrison has probed the breadth of human appetites--for food and drink, for art, for sex, for violence and, most significantly, for the great twin engines of love and death. Perhaps no American writer better appreciates those myriad drives; since the publication of his first collection of poetry . . . Harrison has become their poet laureate.”--Salon.com In Jim Harrison’s new book of poems, birds and humans converse, biographies are fluid, and unknown gods flutter just out of sight. In terrains real and imagined--from remote canyons and anonymous thickets in the American West to secret basements in World War II Europe--Harrison calls his readers to live fully in a world where “Death steals everything except our stories.” In Search of Small Gods is an urgent and imaginative book--one filled with “the spore of the gods.” Maybe the problem is that I got involved with the wrong crowd of gods when I was seven. At first they weren’t harmful and only showed themselves as fish, birds, especially herons and loons, turtles, a bobcat and a small bear, but not deer and rabbits who only offered themselves as food. And maybe I spent too much time inside the water of lakes and rivers. Underwater seemed like the safest church I could go to . . . Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Legends of the Fall and Shape of the Journey. A long-time resident of Michigan, he now lives in Montana and Arizona.

In Search of Small Gods

Harrison, one of America's most celebrated writers, is considered "a renegade genius" for his poetry.

Author: Jim Harrison

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN: 1556593007

Category: Poetry

Page: 87

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Harrison, one of America's most celebrated writers, is considered "a renegade genius" for his poetry.

In the Pockets of Small Gods

Anis Mojgani's In the Pockets of Small Gods explores what we do with grief, long after the initial sadness has faded from our daily lives: how we learn to carry it without holding it, how our joy and our pain touch, and at times need one ...

Author: Anis Mojgani

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1938912918

Category: Poetry

Page: 200

View: 158

A beautiful exploration of grief by one of the top selling poets in America. Anis Mojgani's In the Pockets of Small Gods explores what we do with grief, long after the initial sadness has faded from our daily lives: how we learn to carry it without holding it, how our joy and our pain touch, and at times need one another. His latest collection of poetry touches on many kinds of sorrow, from the suicide of a best friend to a broken marriage to the current political climate. Mojgani swings between the surreal imagery and direct vulnerability he is known for, all while giving the poems a direct frankness, softening whatever the weight may be. A book of leaves and petals as opposed to a book of stones, In the Pockets of Small Gods encapsulates the human experience in a way that is both deeply personal and astoundingly universal.

Terry Pratchett s Narrative Worlds

This book highlights the multi-dimensionality of the work of British fantasy writer and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett.

Author: Marion Rana

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319672983

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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This book highlights the multi-dimensionality of the work of British fantasy writer and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett. Taking into account content, political commentary, and literary technique, it explores the impact of Pratchett's work on fantasy writing and genre conventions.With chapters on gender, multiculturalism, secularism, education, and relativism, Section One focuses on different characters’ situatedness within Pratchett’s novels and what this may tell us about the direction of his social, religious and political criticism. Section Two discusses the aesthetic form that this criticism takes, and analyses the post- and meta-modern aspects of Pratchett’s writing, his use of humour, and genre adaptations and deconstructions. This is the ideal collection for any literary and cultural studies scholar, researcher or student interested in fantasy and popular culture in general, and in Terry Pratchett in particular.

Small Gods n Garbage

Iambia is a world parallel to our own made except it is made from recycled rubbish left over from the Big Bang by a rebellious young god still wearing 'L' plates.

Author: Ivy Blyth


ISBN: 9781438932873

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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Iambia is a world parallel to our own made except it is made from recycled rubbish left over from the Big Bang by a rebellious young god still wearing 'L' plates. He only manages a flat square shift shaping world. When it becomes round, guess what? There's a problem with the garbage that the inhabitants usually tipped over the Edges. Men with their eyes on the profit to be made from them invent coloured wheelie bins. But the poor taxpayer eventually finds a very good use for them... Add to the mix a dysfunctional family with a teenager equally as rebellious as the young god.

Gods Men and Ghosts

Gods. of. Pegan'a. PREFACE THERE be islands in the Central Seas, whose
waters are bounded by no shore and where no ... There are in Pegana——Mung
and Sish and Kib, and the maker of all small gods, who is MANA-YOOD-SusHAI.

Author: Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Baron Dunsany

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486228088

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

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The world of the supernatural is explored in this anthology of tales about the bizarre and occult

The Turtle Moves

Discworld's Story Unauthorized Lawrence Watt-Evans. island, as seen in The
Last Continent, and in Small Gods we learn that some gods are reduced to near-
nothings living in the desert, hoping a worshiper will stumble upon them.
throughout ...

Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1935618385

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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After growing from humble beginnings as a Sword & Sorcery parody to more than 30 volumes of wit, wisdom, and whimsy, the Discworld series has become a phenomenon unlike any other. Now, in The Turtle Moves!, Lawrence Watt-Evans presents a story-by-story history of Discworld’s evolution as well as essays on Pratchett’s place in literary canon, the nature of the Disc itself, and the causes and results of the Discworld phenomenon, all refreshingly free of literary jargon littered with informative footnotes. Part breezy reference guide, part droll commentary, The Turtle Moves! will enlighten and entertain every Pratchett reader, from the casual browser to the most devout of Discworld’s fans.

Gods Like Us

For decades—until, arguably, the arrival of nighttime soaps in the 1970s and '80s
—the most celebrated figures on the small screen evoked not glamour but
ordinariness. They acted out comic and dramatic versions of our own dilemmas, ...

Author: Ty Burr

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307907422

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

View: 519

WITH 8 PAGES OF BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS How—and why—do we obsess over movie stars? How does fame both reflect and mask the person behind it? How have the image of stardom and our stars’ images altered over a century of cultural and technological change? Do we create celebrities, or do they create us? Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, answers these questions in this lively and fascinating anecdotal history of stardom, with all its blessings and curses for star and stargazer alike. From Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin to Archie Leach (a.k.a. Cary Grant) and Marion Morrison (a.k.a. John Wayne), Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, and such no-cal stars of today as the Kardashians and the new online celebrity (i.e., you and me), Burr takes us on an insightful and entertaining journey through the modern fame game at its flashiest, most indulgent, occasionally most tragic, and ultimately, its most revealing.

A small basket of fragments for God s poor family

God who is infinite in wisdom , knew , well enough that man was unable to
believe and pray of himself . He sets before us his word of command to shew us
the necessity of prayer as his own appointed means of drawing from his fulness ...

Author: James Middleton (of Salisbury.)





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A Small Book about God

But God's way of breaking is different from the pain, destruction, or waste that first
comes to mind when we think about breaking. What does it mean to be broken in
God's economy? God's way of breaking corrects, adjusts, releases. It allows for ...

Author: Roy Hicks, Jr.

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN: 0307779653

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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A Small Book about God contains a straight-to-the-heart message derived from the collected sermons of beloved pastor Roy Hicks Jr. Over the years of his ministry, he encouraged thousands to walk after God in a daily and purposeful way. This book is a small but delicious sample of those teachings, certain to move readers to deeper levels of trust and relationship with God. Says pastor and author Ron Mehl: "I know of few people who have made a more monumental impact on the Kingdom of God than Roy Hicks, Jr. God took a basic, Midwest preacher's kid and turned him into a pastor, a mentor, a songwriter, a preacher, and a leader of leaders...thousands like me have been profoundly impacted by his writings and ministry."

Time and the Gods

Smaller than men now seemed the figures that had loomed so big, as one behind
the other far over our heads They still strode upwards. But the small god that had
pitied the world came with us down the hill, still deigning to tread the road, ...

Author: Lord Dunsany

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1775459683

Category: Fiction

Page: 136

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Fall into a beguiling fantasy world in Time and the Gods, a collection of magical short stories from writer Lord Dunsany, whom many critics regard as a central figure in the early development of the fantasy genre. This interlinked series of tales will please fantasy fans who prefer a more literary, lyrical style.

God in an Open Universe

n 1953, J. B. Phillips, Anglican pastor and translator of the New Testament,
published a little book entitled Your God Is Too Small.1 In it Phillips set out and
criticized a number of “too small” ideas of God held by some of his
contemporaries, as a ...

Author: William Hasker

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877832

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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Since its inception, the discussion surrounding Open Theism has been dominated by polemics. On crucial philosophical issues, Openness proponents have largely been devoted to explicating the underlying framework and logical arguments supporting their perspective against competing theological and philosophical perspectives. As a result, very little constructive work has been done on the interconnections between Open Theism and the natural sciences. Given the central place of sciences in today's world, any perspective that hopes to have a broad impact must necessarily address such disciplines in a sustained and constructive manner. To date such engagements from the Openness perspective have been rare. God in an Open Universe addresses this deficiency. This book demonstrates that Open Theism makes a distinctive and highly fruitful contribution to the conversation and constructive work occurring between philosophy, theology, and the sciences. The various essays explore subjects ranging from physics to prayer, from special relativity to divine providence, from metaphysics to evolution, and from space-time to God. All who work at the intersection of theology and the sciences will benefit greatly from these essays that break new ground in this important conversation.

Transformations and Transfer of Tantra in Asia and Beyond

The great and small divine spirits (shinrei) in the thirty-three heavens and three
worlds and six desires55 who group themselves [thus]: 55 56 57 58 In the land of
origins the great sun (኱᪥ᮏᅜ) the seven earthly gods; the thirty-two gods who ...

Author: István Keul

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110258110

Category: Religion

Page: 541

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The essays in this volume, written by specialists working in the field of tantric studies, attempt to trace processes of transformation and transfer that occurred in the history of tantra from around the seventh century and up to the present. The volume gathers contributions on South Asia, Tibet, China, Mongolia, Japan, North America, and Western Europe. The chapters cover a wide thematic area, which includes modern Bengali tantric practitioners, tantric ritual in medieval China, the South Asian cults of the mother goddesses, the way of Buddhism into Mongolia, and countercultural echoes of contemporary tantric studies.

What Is God Really Like Expanded Edition

... than the most gracious thing we can imagine . We think of God's wisdom as
slightly wiser than the wisest person we've ever known . The problem with
thinking of God this way is that it makes God too small . And when we have a
small god, ...

Author: Craig Groeschel

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310599237

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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For the past two years, Craig Groeschel (www.lifechurch.tv) and his church have hosted an international multi-church campaign called ONE PRAYER, a month-long concerted focus on unifying the many different, diverse churches participating by praying together and serving their local communities. In 2009, ONE PRAYER campaign attracted over 2,000 churches and over 1,000,000 church members. Many of these churches are high-profile evangelical churches with pastors who are also successful authors and speakers. The campaign continues to attract interest from more and more churches and ministries. The 2010 campaign, scheduled for June, is expected to grow by 50 percent. This compilation book features chapters by seventeen passionate church leaders, including Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Jentezen Franklin, Perry Noble, Steven Furtick, and others.

On the Way Home 10

When God created man in His own image , He endowed him with tremendous
potential to achieve great things during his life on Earth . Noticing this , the small
gods protested to the Creator that man may compete with them because of the ...


Publisher: Scholar Publishing House

ISBN: 9788171724284



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Small Faith Great God

But Moses crops up earlier in the book as well, in chapter 3, and there he is not
just a magnificent example of what God can do in a person of faith. There he is
compared to Jesus himself. Not, of course, that Moses comes particularly well out
of ...

Author: Tom Wright

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281066655

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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A revised version of his 1978 book published by Kingsway, expounding Tom Wright's view of 'Biblical Christianity.' Short chapters written in an accessible and popular style explore key issues of belief and their practical outworking in daily life. Anecdotes and reflections backed by Tom Wright's deep biblical knowledge are presented in an easily digestible form. This reissue has been updated and also has a new foreword by the author.

God s Watchman

the small flock was the historic church persecuted in every age.28 However, in A
Faithful Admonition (1554), Knox noted that God had miraculously nourished the
small flock in England.29 In Letters to His Brethren (1557), he referred to the ...

Author: Richard G. Kyle

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630873241

Category: Religion

Page: 298

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John Knox ranks among the great leaders of the Reformed tradition. In particular, he made significant contributions to this movement as it unfolded in Scotland. In doing so, Knox wore many hats--prophet, pastor, preacher, reformer, statesman, revolutionary, and more. God's Watchman: John Knox's Faith and Vocation attempts to connect these aspects of Knox's life. Being a man of action, these roles come to the forefront. Still, they rest on a particular faith shaped by his interpretation of Scripture, his view of God, and the events of sixteenth-century Europe. Section one of this study establishes these beliefs. Part two spells out his vocation--namely, functioning as a prophet, pastor, and preacher. All of this--his faith and vocation--culminated in his revolutionary political ideas, which are the subject of section three.

Jonah The Man Whose God and Heart Were Too Small

He was a religious man who knew about the Christian God (Jehovah) the God
who was. But, for whatever reason, he chose a different god while praying in a
dark mountain cave. He was told by a voice that the Christian scriptures were in
error ...

Author: Dr. Dean Cook

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496962869

Category: Religion

Page: 52

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E. Dean Cook is a retired Navy chaplain who also taught at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York, and was its first campus chaplain. For ten years, he was senior pastor of the Wilmore Free Methodist Church near Lexington, Kentucky, where he also taught, mentored, and supervised ministerial students at Asbury Theological Seminary and Asbury University. During his long and varied career as a clergyman, he served as senior chaplain at the Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California; serving also on the aircraft carrier USS America and several other naval ships and installations. He was appointed Director of his denomination's chaplains. He holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical Literature from Seattle Pacific University, master's and doctoral degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctor's degree from Roberts Wesleyan College. He holds the rank of Captain in the Navy Chaplain Corps and was made an Honorary Admiral by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He has been married to his wife, Ruth, for 55 years. They have four sons and six grandchildren. Cook is the author of two other books: Salt of the Sea (an account of his chaplain career) and Being God's Presence in Closed Communities, a history of his denomination's chaplaincy ministries. His interest in and study of the book of Jonah was ignited by the wide variety of interpretations given the book. The writer believes that Jonah has a clear and powerful message for this generation and the Church, who are prone to follow the god they want rather than the God that is.