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The Virgin Birth Re-examined

Andrew Welburn

Hardbound. Dust jacketed.

$40.00

The conception and birth of Jesus is one of the most mysterious and challenging stories in the Gospels, surrounded by many signs and miracles.  Is it possible to understand the Virgin Birth in a light that is both true to its origins and meaningful to our times?

In this carefully considered study, Andrew Welburn says that we must reimagine the events of the Virgin Birth through the eyes of the Gospel writers.  He explores many parallel stories and prototype characters, drawn from Jewish, Persian, Egyptian and Roman sources, which could have been known by them.  Stories of unusual children with mysterious parenthood have, in fact, long inspired human beliefs and storytelling — an awareness often lost to modern orthodox Christianity.

Welburn concludes that the Virgin Birth is part of a greater story, a synthesis of many traditions, and stands for, above all, a promise of spiritual rebirth.  This book is for anyone interested in the origins and future of the Christian faith.

Charles Kovacs

Softbound

$16.00

The rhythms of the Earth can be seen, for example, in the daily cycle of day and night and in the yearly seasonal changes. Rudolf Steiner spoke of how Christian festivals such as Easter, Pentecost (or Whitsun), and Christmas fit not into only these patterns, but also into the macrocosmic rhythms of the cosmos and into the microcosmic human rhythms.

In this concise, readable volume, Charles Kovacs explores the structure of our calendar year and considers in detail the background to the various Christian festivals, including less popular St. John’s Tide and Michaelmas.

The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals offers inspiring insights into why we worship and celebrate at particular times, as well as discussions of the deep spiritual significance of the Christian year.

Marcella Hazen

$35.00

From my perspective, Marcella Hazen’s The Essentials of Italian Classic Cooking is one of the greatest cookbooks ever written.  Each and every one of the 100’s of recipes is clearly and accurately written and results in some of the most savory, uplifting food I’ve ever eaten.  I’ve cooked with this book at least a couple times a week for over a dozen years and still discover new things.  The amount of foodlore and sheer information that Marcella packed into nearly every recipe and section is like a university education in the art of preparing healthy, nutritious food that will be loved for its flavor, beauty and aroma.  I have learned more about cooking and about eating from Marcella than from any other single source.  Were I forced to take only 1 cookbook with me to a desert island (that magically had all the ingredients and kitchen equipment I’d need on it), I would take The Essentials of Italian Classic Cooking.  And I wouldn’t look back, ever.

Recommended without reservation.

Making Movement Human

Hagens Recording Studio, Inc.

DVD
North American Zone Format

No running time is listed - I estimate somewhere around 2.5 hours total, but have not timed it.

$25.00

Had I not seen this DVD, I would not have believed it possible to present the movement art of eurythmy so clearly and so deeply through the medium of  video recording.  It is nothing less than brilliant and wonderfully thorough. 

Herbert Hagens, owner of Hagens Recording Studio, has been involved with anthroposophy and Waldorf education for many years.  His video Waldorf Education, A Vision of Wholeness was in fact the first video that managed to effectively and beautifully capture the life of a Waldorf school on tape.  Eurythmy ~ Making Movement Human is, if anything, even better. 

By beginning quite literally at the beginning with the context of the world during Steiner’s lifetime, and then explaining not just with words but with example after example of eurythmy performance and pedgogy that illustrate what those words mean in reality, Hagens has done what no one else has yet accomplished: made eurythmy as an art form comprehensible to those outside of eurythmy schools.

In a slow, relaxed fashion, Hagens covers the history and types of eurythmy, as well as the pedagogical benefits of eurythmy as taught in Waldorf schools.  You will find yourself captivated by the performances recorded around the world, in love with what good eurythmy teaching can mean for students, grateful for the therapeutic effects of eurythmy, and, really, just so happy to have made the discovery of what eurythmy is really all about.

Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Lisa Monges and Floyd McKnight

Softbound

$12.00

In 1904, in the magazine Lucifer-Gnosis, Rudolf Steiner published some of his earliest articles on self-development, which became his classic How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation. Steiner continued his articles as “The Stages of Higher Development.” He wrote of his intention in 1914: “A second part [of How to Know Higher Worlds] is to be added to this first part, bringing further explanations of the frame of mind that can lead to the experience of higher worlds.” Though Steiner never found time to publish those articles as a book, they are collected in this volume.

The Stages of Higher Knowledge records some of Steiner’s early esoteric instructions, revealing how he became a pioneer of modern inner development and spiritual activity. He carefully guides the reader from an ordinary, sensory-based “material mode of cognition” through the higher levels of knowing he calls Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition. This small handbook will help anyone who wishes to take a serious approach to Anthroposophy as a path of knowledge, especially those who have already studied and worked with How to Know Higher Worlds.

Elsa Beskow

Hardbound

$17.95

Uncle Blue's New Boat

The adventures of Peter and Lotta continue!  Here, their three colorful aunts and Uncle Blue take the children for a picnic on an island.  While the adults are having a nap, Peter and Lotta decide to go and practise their rowing.  Disaster strikes when they become distracted adn accidentally lose the oars . . .

Ages 3-6

 

Sibylle von Olfers

Hardbound

$17.95

The Story of the Butterfly Children

Far far away, the butterfly folk livein a kingdom of beautiful gardens.  The butterfly children play, dance and sing all day long with their little brothers and sisters, the caterpillars.

The children can’t wait until the first day of spring, when they will finally get their wings.  But first, they must learn about the many brightly-colored flowers in the kingdom, so they can take part in the flying procession of peacock, swallowtail, red admiral and many other butterflies.

A lovely spring tale for ages 3-6

 

Waldorf Journal Project #3

Compiled and edited by David Mitchell

Spiral bound

$22.00

A collection of essays and excerpts by master teachers, physicians, researchers and Rudolf Steiner.  This volume is exceptional in the breadth and depth of its approach to the subject of child development and education readiness and support.

Contents:

  • Life’s Anxieties—Life’s Opportunities: Anxiety and Its Importance to Inner Development
    Two Essays by Pietro Archiati and Felicitas Vogt
  • Sleep Disturbances and Healthy Sleep
    by Christa-Johanna Bub-Jachens
  • Nutrition: Modern Food: Is It Really Future-Oriented?
    by Petra Kühne
  • Food and Nutrition: What Nourishes Our Children?
    by Petra Kühne
  • The Feet Reveal the Human Will
    by Norbert Glas
  • Hearing: Door to the Soul and Spirit around Us, with a Look at Technological Media
    by Heinz Buddemeier
  • The Unfolding of Sexuality
    by Mathias Wais
  • Puberty and Its Crisis: Educational Help in Overcoming Difficulties
    by Dr. Johannes Bockemühl
  • Drug Addiction: The Wake-up Call of Our Times
    by Felicitas Vogt
  • Education Seen as a Problem Involving the Training of Teachers
    by Rudolf Steiner.

A. C. Harwood

Softbound

$9.95

Here’s another out of print book we found lurking in a hidden box.  We have only 2 copies of Harwood’s classic portrait of the artist as prophetic voice of the age of the modern human being.  Any of you who love Shakespeare will find Harwood’s approach refreshing and thought-provoking.  It remains one of my warmest memories of my early encounters with the breadth of anthroposophy.

Notes for a High School Main Lesson

Donna Simmons

Stapled booklet

$10.00

Donna Simmons was asked by the Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua, Wisconsin to teach a 4-week block on Comedy & Tragedy.  Her experience inspired her to share her notes with others – we are so very glad that she did.

In this little booklet is one of the most insightful and sensitive approaches to teaching adolescents about the world of drama that we’ve seen.  Donna’s approach is engaging, fascinating in it’s information, and designed to call forth in the student a discernment and love for the stories and wisdom that have appeared on the stage throughout history.  She begins with Greek Theater and closes with the modern play – throughout the block students learn about the structure of the play, the nature of characters and their creation, and discover the wonder of the seminal plays of Western theater. 

As I reviewed this little book, I found myself longing to go back and reread (or see again) many of the plays Donna teaches.  I can’t help but think that her block lesson will inspire the same enthusiasm in high school students.  This is a lively and invigorating block lesson!

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