The Mind The mind is that part of us that makes us aware of who we are, what we are, and where we are. Through it, we think, feel, make choices, have desires, collect memories, and discover both our purpose and the tools necessary to accomplish our purpose. It is the seat of our consciousness. It is the most fertile soil that God has ever created. It is so fruitful that whatever seed of desire you plant in it-whether good or bad-will reproduce in great abundance. Be careful of the seed you plant. Author Velyn Cooper will help you discover how some people of God and some people used by God experience both negative and positive mind-sets from time to time. This is a clear indication of our imperfections, which may deter us for a while but not hold us hostage forever, if we humble ourselves before God, confess our shortcomings, accept his forgiveness, and move on to the next level of ministry that he has purposed for us to walk in. After reading Renewing Your Mind, Velyn Cooper is certain that you will truly appreciate the fact that transformation is a lifelong process.
This book explores the historical roots of economic nationalism within Japan. By examining how mercantilist thought developed in the eighteenth-century domain of Tosa, the author shows how economic ideas were generated within the domains. During the Edo period (1600-1867), Japan was divided into over 230 realms, many of which developed into competitive states that struggled to reduce the dominance of the shogun's economy. The seventeenth-century Japanese economy was based on samurai notions of service and a rhetoric of political economy which centred on the lord and the samurai class. This 'economy of service', however, led to crises of deforestation and land degradation, government fiscal insolvency and increasingly corrupt tax levies, and finally a loss of faith in government. Commoners led the response with a mercantilist strategy of protection and development of the commercial economy. They resisted the economy of service by creating a new economic rhetoric which decentred the lord, imagined the domain as an economic country, and gave merchants a public worth and identity unknown in Confucian economic thought.
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