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We Look for a Kingdom: The Everyday Lives of the Early Christians [Paperback]

By Carl Sommer (Author)
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Carl Sommer presents an in-depth study of the faith and life of the early Christians in the first two centuries after Christ. Using documentary evidence and archaeological records, he reconstructs the lives of the early Christians in order to, as he says, "introduce the treasures of early Christianity to a large number of modern readers." While well researched, Sommer purposely wrote this work for a non-scholarly audience to give it a wide appeal. By studying how the early Christians believed and lived, we can learn many valuable lessons on what to avoid and what to strive for today. The Roman world had many facets that are strikingly similar to elements of modern life. The author states that some of the problems in our modern world can only be overcome by largely forgotten Christian virtues. His aim is to help the reader learn how we can transform modern culture with the power of the Gospel as was done in these centuries of the early Church. Besides the inspiring practical example of the lives of the early Christians, the author also emphasizes the importance of being able to clearly trace the development of many key Christian doctrines and beliefs including the origin of the Sacraments, belief in the Trinity, the divinity and humanity of Christ, Apostolic Succession and other tenets of the faith. But the main focus is on the lives of the early Christians and how many of them achieved a level of spiritual grandeur we can only marvel at today.

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Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   422
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.45" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586170791  
ISBN13  9781586170790  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carl Sommer is a devoted educator and a successful businessman with a passion for communicating values and practical learning skills to children. As a successful businessman and educator, Sommer is eminently qualified to impart to students the principles necessary for success in an increasingly complex world. Following his passion, Sommer has authored books in many categories. His works include: the award-winning "Another Sommer-Time Story" series of children's books and read-alongs that impart character-building values and principles for success. The Another Sommer-Time Story Series of 20 character-building story books and read-alongs have won these prestigious awards: Teachers' ChoiceTM Award, Mom's Choice Award Benjamin Franklin Award ForeWord magazine book of the Year Award The Communicator Award Family Review Center Gold Award iParenting Media Award Family Choice Award Many of these books have been translated into foreign languages. (The series now has 24 books.) Sommer also authored Reading Adventure: a phonics literature-based reading program for children consisting of over 40 books. Reading Success: a phonics literature-based reading program for adults consisting over 30 books. And Number Success: a complete practical mathematics series from addition to trigonometry, supplemented with workbooks and videos consisting of 12 books and 47 teaching DVDs. His concern for the lack of character in America led him to write, Character Under Attack and What You Can Do About It (Free at our website). During the Korean War Sommer served in the Marine Corps. At age 40, he became a New York City public high school teacher. To become a certified teacher, he attended Oswego State University, City College of New York, and New York University. Sommer then became an assistant dean of boys in a high school with 3,600 pupils where he counseled students and parents. As Sommer taught, he witnessed firsthand the many deficiencies of the educational system and began to investigate the system. His research led him to work as a substitute teacher at every grade level in twenty-seven different schools in all of the boroughs of New York City. Identifying the problems and needs of America's students, he proceeded to craft solutions. His exhaustive ten-year study, including a one-year leave of absence from teaching, led to his first book published in 1986--Schools in Crisis: Training for Success or Failure? (Free at our website). It is reported the book has had a major impact on school reform in New York, as well as other states. Across the nation, Sommer has appeared on radio and television programs, including the nationally syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show. He has served on the Texas State Board of Education Review Committee and taught a Junior Achievement economics course at Prague University, Czech Republic. International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England has also nominated him for International Writer of the Year. Sommer is the founder and president of Advance Publishing, Inc.; Digital Cornerstone, a recording and video studio; and Reliable EDM, a precision machining company that specializes in electrical discharge machining. It is the largest company of its kind west of the Mississippi River ( He has also authored technical books: Non-Traditional Machining Handbook, a 432-page describing all of the non-traditional machining methods currently available; and coauthored with his son, Complete EDM Handbook. Born in 1930, Sommer is happily married since 1955 and has five children and 17 grandchildren. He continues to write and develop educational materials in Houston, Texas. His publishing company, Advance Publishing, will be releasing many more character-building resources, including 24 Another Sommer-Time Adventure DVDs and bilingual versions in Spanish for all the Another Sommer-Time storybooks. Their website provides over 750 pages of free character-building resources. Sommer is an avid reader, and his hobbies are swimming and fishing. He exercises five times a week at home. He attends church faithfully, and thanks the Lord for his excellent health. Sommer has no plans to retire. He is in excellent health and continues to write and develop educational materials in Houston, Texas. Advance Publishing's children's division mission statement reveals Sommer's passion and purpose: "Providing exciting and inspiring character-building resources that train and motivate children with positive virtues and life skills, which enable them to live successful lives, and resulting in stronger families, better schools, and a safer and more productive society." Following his passion, Sommer has authored books in many categories, over 100 books. His works include: the award-winning Another Sommer-Time Story series of childrens books and read-alongs that impart values and principles for success for children. The Another Sommer-Time Story Series of 20 character-building story books and read-alongs have won these awards: T

Carl Sommer currently resides in Houston New York New York New, in the state of Texas. Carl Sommer was born in 1930.

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