Pastoral/Parish Ministry

12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends: Finding Forgiveness and Self-Respect by Working Steps 8-10

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$15.00
Popular recovery author Allen Berger, PhD, guides us in working three of the most challenging of the Twelve Steps to reap the abundant rewards of making amends.

Letting go of resentment and forgiving ourselves for our past wrongs are critical to recovery from alcohol and other drugs. Yet, Steps Eight, Nine, and Ten, which focus on making amends, can be some of the most challenging to work, because we must face ourselves and those who we have hurt or damaged.

In 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends, Allen Berger, PhD, uses the same supportive, down-to-earth style as in his popular book 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery. His creative tools and tips will help us let go of anger, heal strained relationships, and make financial and emotional restitution. Through this transformative process we can: recover and maintain integrity; resolve or complete unfinished business; restore trust, self-esteem, and self-confidence; deepen our spirituality and peace of mind; and reinforce a strong commitment to recovery.

By being accountable for our words and actions and moving forward with a compassionate and constructive approach to the world, we decrease our chance of relapse and learn to maintain a healthy, balanced life.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781616494469
Publication Date: 
2013-04-22
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12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery: Navigating Common Pitfalls on Your Sobriety Journey

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$16.00
Whether you are facing relapse, learning to overcoming complacency, or taking responsibility for your feelings and actions, this book will equip you to overcome some of the most common relapse hazards you may encounter on your path to long-term recovery.

Recovery from addiction is often compared to a journey where you meet new people; rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit; and learn new things about yourself that give you hope for the future. But like all journeys, there are also pitfalls that can jeopardize your sobriety.

With his popular book, 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery, Allen Berger has shown many people how to confront self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that can sabotage their sobriety. In this sequel, Allen gives you the tools you need to work through twelve pitfalls that you are likely to encounter on your path to long-term recovery.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781616496548
Publication Date: 
2016-05-04
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12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety Through Self-Awareness and Right Action

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$16.00
The author of the classic 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of "smart" things to do to attain and sustain emotional sobriety.

Whether it's called "dry drunk" or "white knuckle sobriety," it's that stage in recovery when we realize that "putting the plug in the jug" isn't enough. The next step is taking responsibility for the emotional immaturity that fuels our addictive personality and has a tremendous impact on ourselves and others.

Allen Berger, PhD, draws on the teachings of Bill W. and psychotherapy pioneers to offer twelve hallmarks of emotional sobriety that, when practiced, give people the confidence to be accountable for their behavior, ask for what they want and need, and grow and develop a deeper trust in the process of life. These smart things include: understanding who you are and what's important to you; learning not to take others' reactions personally; trusting your inner compass; and taking responsibility for your reactions to problematic situations.

It is in these practices that we find release from what Bill W. described as an "absolute dependency" on people or circumstances, and develop the tools to find prestige, security, and belonging within.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781592858217
Publication Date: 
2010-07-08
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12 Step Prayer Book, Volume 2: More 12 Step Prayers and Inspirational Readings

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$13.00
Readers will find a prayer to inspire each new day in recovery with this second volume of the popular book of devotions.

Whether you are new to recovery or are an old-timer in one of the Twelve Step Fellowships, the prayers and inspirational readings in this collection will comfort, encourage, and guide you in your spiritual journey. Building on the overwhelming success and reception of the first volume, here are 183 more prayers and meditations that capture the core truths, challenges, and gifts of recovery.

This volume of The 12 Step Prayer Book offers prayers:

of acceptance, thankfulness, and joy

for strength, courage, patience, and wisdom

for the willingness to work the Steps and carry the message to others

for family and friends, sponsees and sponsors

for humility, serenity, and hope

and more...

ISBN/SKU: 
9781592854738
Publication Date: 
2007-09-06
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12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery: Avoiding Relapse Through Self-Awareness and Right Action

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$16.00
Concise advice on hunting down the personal culprits that sabotage sobriety and personal happiness.

To grow in recovery, we must grow up emotionally. This means getting honest with ourselves and facing up to the self-defeating thoughts and actions that put our sobriety at risk. Although there are as many ways to mess up recovery as there are alcoholics and addicts, some general themes exist, which include: confusing self-concern with selfishness; not making amends; using the program to try to become perfect; not getting help for relationship troubles; and believing that life should be easy.

In simple, down-to-earth language, Allen Berger explores the twelve most commonly confronted beliefs and attitudes that can sabotage recovery. He then provides tools for working through these problems in daily life. This useful guide offers fresh perspectives on how the process of change begins with basic self-awareness and a commitment to working a daily program.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781592854868
Publication Date: 
2008-02-11
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7 Deadly Lawsuits: How Ministers Can Avoid Litigation and Regulation

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$12.95

During the last two decades, American law has undergone some startling developments that will affect all church leaders and religious organizations, regardless of denomination. Reacting to events allegedly occurring in the church counseling office or board room, the American public is suing its religious leaders and organizations at an unprecedented rate.

7 Deadly Lawsuits is about preventing lawsuits against clergy, religious professionals, churches, and religious organizations. The book, however, is not about "how to fight back." Thomas Taylor leaves this to the lawyers, once the alleged damage is done. Instead, this book is about how clergy, religious professionals, and religious organizations can be educated about the kinds of lawsuits that are typically levied against them. Taylor then shows how to avoid such costly legal involvement. The final chapter discusses "responding to lawsuits."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687008223
Publication Date: 
1996-04-01
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ABCs of Healthy Grieving: A Companion for Everyday Coping

$13.00
Nationally recognized grief educator Harold Ivan Smith brings over twenty-five years of professional experience in grief recovery to ABCs of Healthy Grieving. Seventy-two brief suggestions for healthy grieving, each two-pages in length and titled starting with a letter of the alphabet followed by an "I Can" statement, encourage those suffering the loss of a loved one to grow through grief spiritually and emotionally. One particular aspect of living with grief day-to-day is introduced with relevant quotes and short excerpts. Readers can read ABCs of Healthy Grieving cover to cover, or choose a single topic to help them through their day.
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9781594711275
Publication Date: 
2007-05-01
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ABCs of Thomas Merton: A Monk at the Heart of the World

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$17.00
Young readers (age 5-9), parents, grandparents, teachers, and catechists will enjoy learning about the major events in Thomas Merton's life and the choices he made along the way to become the world's most famous monk and hermit.

The playful ABCs format used in this book will help children to remember what they are learning about Thomas Merton and the Christian life in general. With childlike simplicity, the book creates an open and contemplative mood for the child and grown-up sharing in the reading experience.

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9781612618470
Publication Date: 
2017-06-10
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Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers

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$18.75
A practical guidebook for the inquiring layperson seeking a holistic, intelligent look at the spiritual life, and for the pastor or religious professional seeking a systematic framework and spiritual practices to re-ignite the flame of faith. Groff explains what it means to believe and what to do after you say you believe-through a unique integration of spirituality and service, heart and mind, and various faith traditions. Explore five spiritual disciplines: community, solitude, learning, service, and vocation. Great for study groups.
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9781566991179
Publication Date: 
1993-12-31
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Activism That Makes Sense: Congregations and Community Organization

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$6.95
This classic resource for community organization is aimed primarily at clergy who have accepted the need for active involvement in the social problems of the world in order to fulfill the basic religious mission, but don't know how to do it successfully. In this roadmap to community organization and activism, Pierce points out the major traps and stumbling blocks for congregations to avoid along the way. He encourages an ecumenical approach to community organization and offers concrete stories and experiences as examples to follow.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780809126002
Publication Date: 
1984-01-01
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Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery

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$14.00
With over 75,000 copies sold, Addict in the Family is a must-have, trusted resource for anyone coping with the addiction of a family member.

"When my eldest son became addicted to crystal meth and heroin, I could barely function. I would not have survived without Beverly Conyers's Addict in the Family, which provided guidance and hope. I realized I wasn't alone on my hellish journey. The book helped me get through interminable nights when I was terrified that his addiction would take his life. It offered a path to healing."

-David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy, now a major motion picture

With years of experience struggling with her daughter's addiction and recovery, Beverly Conyers has been where you are. In Addict in the Family, Conyers draws on research, experience, and compelling personal stories from others to explain what families should know about substance abuse, interventions, relapse, and more. Although families can't cure a loved one's addiction, they can provide support without enabling, set boundaries, prioritize self-care, and find healing through therapy, spirituality, Al Anon or Nar Anon, and countless other resources that show no one is alone on this journey.

Revised and updated in 2015, this classic recovery book is for anyone who has experienced the shame, anxiety, sleepless nights, and physical illness that often stem from loving someone who is struggling with addiction. These stories show that, no matter what is happening with your loved one, you have the power to control your own recovery.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781568389998
Publication Date: 
2003-08-26
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Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions

$16.00
Explores the psychology and physiology of addiction from the perspective of contemplative spirituality, describing the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness.
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9780061122439
Publication Date: 
2007-01-01
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Addiction and Pastoral Care

$25.00

A timely resource treating addiction holistically as both a spiritual and a pathological condition

Substance addictions present a unique set of challenges for pastoral care. In this book Sonia Waters weaves together personal stories, research, and theological reflection to offer helpful tools for ministers, counselors, chaplains, and anyone else called to care pastorally for those struggling with addiction.

Waters uses the story of the Gerasene demoniac in Mark's Gospel to reframe addiction as a "soul-sickness" that arises from a legion of individual and social vulnerabilities. She includes pastoral reflections on oppression, the War on Drugs, trauma, guilt, discipleship, and identity. The final chapters focus on practical-care skills that address the challenges of recovery, especially ambivalence and resistance to change.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802875686
Publication Date: 
2019-02-05
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Addiction and Spirituality

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$31.00
Religious and secular counselors from a variety of disciplines share their basic approaches in working with addicted persons and their understandings of the spiritual dimension in treatment and recovery.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780827200234
Publication Date: 
1999-06-01
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Addiction: Pastoral Responses

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$19.00

Chances are, no church is immune to the drug demographics in America. Pointing out that addiction is a pervasive problem in North American society, Lynn Dann provides pastors and other pastoral caregivers with crucial help in understanding the needs of the addicted, their families, and the congregations of which they are a part. He draws on years of experience as a pastor and a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor to offer practical guidance on how to recognize the addicted and minister effectively to them.

Dann begins by outlining, in clear and accessible terms, the best contemporary thinking on the nature of addiction. From there he moves to a discussion of the particular resources that Christian churches can add to the treatment of addiction and the support of the addicted and their families. Finally, he includes tools for preaching and teaching on the nature of our drug-obsessed culture and biblical themes related to the care of the addicted. Those who are just beginning in pastoral ministry, as well as those who have engaged in it for many years, will find this an invaluable resource for knowing how to deal with this tragic and increasingly prevalent problem.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687045044
Publication Date: 
2002-11-01
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Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice: A Framework For Clinicians and Counselors

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$39.95
A guide for therapists, designed to help them understand the multiplicity of cultural influences that work to form each of us. Pamela A. Hays offers the ADDRESSING framework for helping readers understand identity as a multidimensional combination of Age, Developmental and acquired Disabilities, Religion, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic status, Sexual orientation, Indigenous heritage, Native origin, and Gender. The book should be useful to counsellors, clinicians, and any professional working with clients from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781557987686
Publication Date: 
2001-01-01
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Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st-Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders (3rd ed.)

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$25.00
First published in 1999, Advanced Strategic Planning explains why planning is so important to carrying out the church's mission. Now in its third edition, this classic resource offers

-a nine-step strategic thinking and acting model
-useful ideas for developing a ministry strategy
-diagrams to help illustrate concepts
-a new section on spiritual formation

The methods in this book are proven to work, having already helped many churches articulate their vision and implement their mission.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780801014550
Publication Date: 
2013-06-15
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Adventures with the Bible

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$11.00

Using music, movement, games and art, Dorothy Furnish helps new and veteran teachers deepen their own relationship with the Bible. Furnish provides a teacher-training resource that features individual or group study options, flexible training schedules, tips for leading a successful training event, a guide for choosing age-appropriate Bible material, and instructions for tailoring stories to children ages 4-12.

Adventures with the Bible offers five unique training sessions: Explore the Territory: the Bible; Travelers on a Journey: the Children; Choosing the Road: Teaching Methods; Marking the Way: Guideposts; and Packing for the Trip: Preparation.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687011704
Publication Date: 
1995-08-01
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African American Pastoral Care, Revised Edition

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$19.00
In this timely sequel to his "Pastoral care in the Black Church,"Edward P. Wimberly shows pastoral counselors how to care for African Americans through a narrative methodology.

he suggest several narrative counseling techniques and relates these techniques to narrative aspects of preaching and worship in the black church. By linking personal stories and the pastor's stories to the heart language of the Bible stories, counselors can use God's unfolding dramas to bring healing and reconciliation to human lives.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687649495
Publication Date: 
2008-09-01
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Aging Death and the Quest for Immortality

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$24.00
Aging is a fact of life, and issues surrounding it are hot. There are currently 35 million Americans over the age of sixty-five - more than ever. This demographic shift is noteworthy not only because the ranks of the elderly will continue to swell in coming years but also because it is taking place in what the editors of this book call an "ageist society," one that increasingly loathes every facet of aging. Indeed, the ethical issues associated with aging are among the thorniest in medicine and public policy today. Aging, Death, and the Quest for Immortality is a timely volume by physicians, health-care professionals, pastors, and ethicists who explore the experiences, dilemmas, and possibilities associated with aging. The book opens by offering three distinct perspectives on aging; this section includes practical suggestions for dealing with retirement, disability, healing, and death. Several contributors then analyze controversial ethical issues raised by aging and health care, including medical decision-making, the moral standing of patients with dementia, health-care rationing, and assisted suicide. A third group of essays applies a theology of care to ministry to and through older adults, the counseling of seniors, and the application of palliative care. The book closes by discussing some of the emerging technologies and interest groups aimed at achieving immortality, also asking, appropriately, what insights the Christian faith brings to the discussion. Reflecting much wisdom and sensitivity, this book will give welcome help to care providers and to those who are themselves in the later stages of life.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802827845
Publication Date: 
2004-07-01
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Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling for the Rest of Your Life

$16.00
Academy of Parish Clergy's Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry

Vocational discernment, says R. Paul Stevens, is a lifelong process -- one that takes on even more significance in later life. In this book Stevens argues that our calling does not end with formal retirement; to the contrary, we do well to keep on working, if possible, till life's end.

Stevens delves into matters of calling, spirituality, and legacy in retirement, showing that we must continue to discern our vocation as we grow older in order to remain meaningfully engaged for the rest of our lives. He reframes retirement as a time of continued calling and productivity and points to biblical wisdom that can help us redefine aging as an extraordinarily fruitful season of life.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802872333
Publication Date: 
2016-04-15
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AMERICAN SERMONS: THE PILGRIMS TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

$40.00
The sermon is the first and most enduring genre of American literature. The essential medium of the Puritan settlements, it continued in succeeding centuries to play a vital role - as public ritual, occasion for passion and reflection, and, not least, popular entertainment. The 58 sermons collected in this volume display the form's eloquence, intellectual rigor, and spiritual fervor. Ranging from the first New England settlements to mass-media evangelism and the civil rights movement in the 1960s, these texts reclaim a neglected aspect of American literature.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781883011659
Publication Date: 
1999-03-01
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American University in a Postsecular Age

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$35.00
For much of the twentieth century, it was assumed that higher education was and ought to be a secular enterprise, but that approach no longer suffices. The culture has shifted, and contemporary college and university students are increasingly bringing religious and spiritual questions to campus. In response, college and university leaders are exploring anew the relationship between religion and higher education.

The American University in a Postsecular Age grapples with key questions:

--How religious or irreligious are faculty and students today? What level of religious literacy should be expected from students?
--Can religion be allowed into the classroom without being disruptive?
--Should colleges and universities help students reflect on their own faith?
--Is religion antithetical to critical inquiry?
--Can religion have a positive role to play in higher education?

This is a state-of-the-art introduction to the national discussion about religion and higher education. Leading scholars and top educators express a wide spectrum of opinions that reflect the best current thinking. Introductory and concluding essays by the editors describe the postsecular character of our age and propose a comprehensive framework intended to facilitate ongoing conversation.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780195323443
Publication Date: 
2008-02-01
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Among the Ashes: On Death, Grief, and Hope

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$16.00
How can we hold fast to the hope of life eternal when we lose someone we love? In this book William Abraham reflects on the nature of certainty and the logic of hope in the context of an experience of devastating grief.

Abraham opens with a stark account of the effects of grief in his own life after the unexpected death of his oldest son. Drawing on the book of Job, Abraham then looks at the significance of grief in debates about the problem of evil. He probes what Christianity teaches about life after death and ultimately relates our experiences of grief to the death of Christ.

Profound and beautiful, Among the Ashes tackles the philosophical and theological questions surrounding loss even as it honors the experience of grief.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802875280
Publication Date: 
2017-09-04
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Amoris Laetitia: Moral Foundations and Pastoral Practice

$20.00
A collection of seventeen essays that had their origin in a conference given at Boston College entitled Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780809154173
Publication Date: 
2018-03-06
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