Dear Nicole, I Love You Chair: The Healing Power of Remembered Love

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Religion - 192 pages
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"I'm seriously considering not going to Church and not reading the Bible any more. They are too judgmental!" That was my granddaughter Nicole, age 20, defending her gay and her non-Christian friends. This book is our conversation about that statement, agreeing that people often divide into us against them rather than living in love or compassion. But there is a solution, one examined in depth in a series of letters to Nicole. The story of Adam and Eve is taken as a symbolic creation story, one that has supported a Patriarchal view of women. A new interpretation of this story provides support for viewing men and women as equals rather than women as submissive to men. This interpretation changes a mindset that has influenced the Western World for 2000 years. The book indicates the importance of living out our best ideals and the recognition that all human life is of enormous value because we are all created in the Image of God.
 

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Contents

Stories The Bible and Us
3
Kindling the Sacred Fire
9
He Who Holds the Sky With Both Hands
13
What You See is What You Get
19
Remembering Who We Are
23
Abraham Monotheism and the Bible
27
HUMAN NATURE
35
We Need to be One of Us
37
Pinocchio
99
Six Days of Creation
101
ADAM AND EVE A TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
103
The Storys Impact on Womens Role
105
Men Are Meant To Control Women?
109
ADAM AND EVE
113
A Symbolic Interpretation
115
The Serpent is a Symbol of Eternal Life and of Sexual Temptation
119

It Can Be a Matter of Life and Death
41
Us Against Them
45
We Are Against Them in order to be Part of Us
51
We Need an Invitation to Live
57
JESUS
59
Hope Light and Love
61
Jesus and the Good Samaritan
65
Jesus is Number Three
69
CHRISTIANS ENTERTHE WHITE HAT BLACK HAT
71
Constantines Legacy
73
Ethnic Cleansing
77
The Ku Klux Klan and Other Perversions of Religion
81
Homosexuality and Patriarchy
87
CREATION STORIES
93
Coyote Fox and Helldiver the Duck
95
Eve is Not a Servant for Adam But Represents
121
Birth Original Sin and Butt Dust
123
Immersion In Love?
127
Birth Trauma and Baptism
129
SO WHAT CAN WE
131
We Can Choose
133
Our Purpose in Life
137
The Unlikely Power of Love and Forgiveness
143
When the Cost of Being One of Us is Too Great
147
Chickens On The Highway
153
GoodBye
155
Afterword
157
Bibliography
159
115
170
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About the author (2010)

Pastor Jerry Bongard M.A, M.Div., has taught in the Psychology Department of St. Olaf College, is an ordained Lutheran pastor, a certified counselor who spent nine years counseling survivors of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), has been a chaplain for people with Alzheimer's Disease, and has been a Support Officer with the police and fire departments of Skagit County, working with first responders and victims of tragedy. He has also authored the Near Birth Experience. He lives in Anacortes, Washington, is married to Gail, has three daughters and four grandchildren. One of them is Nicole, to whom these letters are addressed.

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