Literary critics often pursue analyses of music or painting and literature as 'sister arts', yet this is the first full-length study of the treatment of social dance in literature. A vital part of social life and courtship with its own symbolism, dance in the nineteenth century was a natural point of interest for novelists writing about these topics; and indeed ballroom scenes could themselves be used to further courtship narratives or illustrate other significant encounters. Including analyses of works by Jane Austen, W. M. Thackeray, George Eliot, and Anthony Trollope, as well as extensive material from nineteenth-century dance manuals, Cheryl A. Wilson shows how dance provided a vehicle through which writers could convey social commentary and cultural critique on issues such as gender, social mobility, and nationalism.
Animals from around the globe have gathered for a dance contest in the famous Tower Ballroom in Birmingham. Who will win? Camels dancing the conga? Flamingos dancing flamenco? Or penguins doing the polka? And what are those mischievous monkeys up to?
The Importance of Church Attendance guides people of all ages to ask themselves a fundamental question: "Why should I attend church?" In turning to the Bible, Author Frances A. Ross uncovers a wealth of wisdom and insight from that book's prophecy, teaching, and exhortation to lead both youth and adults to see the place God envisions for them in the church and to inspire them to gather regularly with other Christians.
Devoting chapters to children, teenagers, newlyweds, and retirees, The Importance of Church Attendance presents an overview of the place of church attendance at various stages of life and then surveys key Bible passages, drawing from them teachings about the place of church participation at each stage in an individual's life. After that, two chapters turn to ultimate issues, lifting up the Bible's teachings on eternity and judgment.
If you look around and see people apparently prospering without faith, you might wonder why you should bother attending church. The Importance of Church Attendance gives answers to that question and encourages you to make your way to the church door and knock, to find the courage to step inside by faith, and to live and celebrate your membership in God's life-giving community.
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