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Paperback, 6x9, 101 pages, $8.95

ISBN 978-1500514471

 

The Nicene Creed was written nearly 1,700 years ago under the direction and authority of the Roman Emperor Constantine at the first Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.  It was originally written in Greek and was quickly translated into Latin, the two main languages of the Roman Empire at that time.

To properly appreciate the Creed we must also be aware that its recitation constitutes a (blessed) oath (Latin: sacramentum) in allegiance to an empire/kingdom and a culture.  It used to be "legally binding" and for more than 1,000 years (527 to 1612 CE) could not be contradicted without fear of execution.

As an essential part of the Roman Catholic liturgy we need the Creed to make sense to us, so that we can continue to proactively profess the words in the affirmative -- every time we recite it.

This book is an attempt to reinterpret the words of the Creed in light of the many scientific, philosophical, and theological advances that have been made since it was originally written. 

It is intended for anyone seriously interested in the background and meaning of the Creed but will most likely appeal to theologians and academics since Greek and Latin are referred to extensively. 

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Paperback 5: x 8:   46 pages   $5.45 each for 1-9 copies

ISBN 1496188012 © 2014

   Pope Francis addressed his message in “Joy of the Gospel” in November 2013 not only to Catholic leaders but also to the Catholic laity. He wants us to understand that the joy we have is meant to be shared, not in a dogmatic or orthodox kind of way, but by living the way Jesus did two millennia ago in befriending those not in power. Jesus’ entire life was centered on the poor, the oppressed, the people on the fringes, and every other category of people who were not in power.

By adding questions and comments to the message, this study guide will help individuals, pastors, and even bishops to implement the suggestions in “Joy of the Gospel”. 

This book can be used in many ways:

1) Individual reading and reflection.

2) Day of retreat for Catholic groups.

3) Parish staff studying and planning a course of action.

4) Parish wide renewal to become a missionary church.

5) Diocesan study and reflection on an action plan.

 

Suggestions for group discussion are included.

 

The complete “Joy of the Gospel” is available in book form at booksellers on line and at stores. It can be downloaded for free from the Vatican website at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html

 

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Paperback 8.5” x 11”  205 pages  $14.95 each

ISBN-13: 978-1499592153

 

A lumbering town sprang up in the mid 1880’s only to die as the result of a fire. The community continued and this is their story, based on much primary source material.

Citations are included for the serious historian and the people data are a bonanza for the genealogist and family history buff. Fascinating accounts of travel, shipping, schools, churches and cemeteries in Good Harbor are presented.

A list of names and birth and death dates  of people interred in the four cemeteries is also part of the book. 

 

“Norbert Bufka has “done a very thorough research and have provided extensive documentation for the detailed history of the early developments, from tribal culture to modern times.” There is “a thorough discussion of early telephone service … incredible detail as to the names of families, times of events prices of food ownership of buildings and businesses etc.”

Howard Tanner, Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources 1975-1983.

Publisher Norbert Bufka with the help of Create Space May 2014

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Paperback  8.5” x 11”  70 pages List price $9.95 © 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1495952685

This book has original news items about Good Harbor Michigan as they appeared in the Leelanau Enterprise from 1880 to 1931. Descriptive entries about Good Harbor from the Michigan State Gazeteer and Business Directory from 1875 to 1931 are also included..

The news are typical of local weekly newspapers of that era. They tell who visited whom, who was sick, and who the local teacher was. There are also more serious news accounts about the Vernon disaster which took the life of pioneer Charles Kropp, the ill-fated attempt to build a railroad from Maple City to Good Harbor and to Leland as well as the story of the fire that destroyed the saw mill and the village.

 

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Paperback 7” x9”  171 pages $13.95 each © 2011

 

This book tells the story of the historic Bufka farm and the people who lived there. It describes life on the farm from 1880 to 1980 over three generations. It begins with Charles Bufka and his wife Mary Hotove and continues through their children, especially Joseph Bufka and his wife Agnes Schafer who lived there for more than fifty years.

 

The book includes over forty pictures, maps, and charts to .bring the story alive. It also includes the original words of Joseph and Agnes on how they came to live in Leelanau. The book also includes Grandma’s Memories, the story of Agnes Schafer about her early life on a farm in southern Indiana in her own words. There are six genealogical charts.

 

This book replaces Growing up in Leelanau, Memoirs of Joseph and Agnes Bufka, and Grandma’s Memories, previously available on this site.

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