As a pluralistic nation, Malaysia consists of diverse ethnic groups of people with various cultures that integrate harmonious and peaceful living in a politically stable and wonderfully rich environmental setting. Due to such unique features, people from abroad become largely attracted to this land and thus frequently arrive here as visitors and tourists. There are tremendous amounts of attractions for the visitors and tourists, and people from various backgrounds arrive to stay here temporarily, generating around RM65 billion in foreign earnings, adding to its national coffer every year. Nevertheless, tourism also causes a major negative effect in which the local culture may be assimilated into the alien norms and behaviors through the continuous process of acculturation. Due to day-to-day interactions with the tourists and visitors, many sociocultural impacts have affected local values, which contextually require to be redefined. This book analyzes critically the sociocultural and environmental impacts of tourism in Malaysia, having collected both qualitative and quantitative data at the empirical level of investigation.
The frantic pace of our noisy world and conflicting demands bombard our souls. We find it hard to hear God in the chaos of our everyday lives. How can we slow down to be with and experience his presence? One faith practice many people of faith follow is going on a spiritual retreat. Spiritual Retreats: A Guide to Slowing Down to be with God is a manual to learn about retreats, the many types and benefits of attending one, how to best prepare your heart before arriving at a retreat center, and how to bring home and apply to our daily life, the lessons learned from our time with God. We often find it easier to live in our comfortable routines, excuses, and fear of the unknowns about a retreat. This book through its practical tips, resources, blessings, stories, and inspiration will motivate the reader to put aside the busyness, clamor, and stresses of life to be with God. "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
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