Pastoral/Parish Ministry

Finding God in the Grafitti: Empowering Teenagers through Their Stories

Finding God in the Grafitti: Empowering Teenagers through Their Stories
$24.00
Finding God in the Graffiti encourages church educators, youth ministers, and students of ministry to connect the living reality of God through the use of powerful stories and narratives that will engage the youth in their church or Christian organization. It will inspire readers with many ways in which stories can engage youth educationally; provides a conceptual map of discipline for teaching and learning purposes; equips youth workers to practice a repertoire of narrative methods with young people; and gives practitioners conceptual tools to reflect on their practice with insight and precision.
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9780829818024
Publication Date: 
2011-09-01
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Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change

Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change
$17.00
Helping a community of faith 're-vision' its personal and collective narratives is one of the greatest leadership challenges of the age. In Finding Our Story, Larry Golemon, lead researcher of the Alban Institute's Narrative Leadership in Ministry project, has assembled essays by congregational consultants who use the power of story to help congregations heal, strengthen, and reinvent themselves. These consultants describe how narrative therapy works, explore its promise and its challenges, and share the practical wisdom of their own experiences along with their favorite models of narrative change to show how congregations can be transformed by reauthoring the operative stories they live by
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9781566993760
Publication Date: 
2010-01-31
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Finding Your Way After Your Child Dies

Finding Your Way After Your Child Dies
$16.00
Offers parents a comforting way to grieve when the need arises. The themes may also be easily adapted for use in small and large group settings such as a support group, a prayer service, or a family ministry session.
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9780877937005
Publication Date: 
2001-01-01
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Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive

Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive
$22.00

Those considering seminary, those in seminary, and those preparing to graduate from seminary need help. They need help discerning their call, moving into the bewildering world of theological study, and balancing the competing claims of school, work, and family. This book proposes to offer that help, and more, because the seminary eperience is evolving more rapidly than at any time in its history.

This book is an ideal textbook for introductory seminary or spiritual formation courses that the majority of seminaries now require of first-year students. The three sections of this book provide information and guidance to those who are discerning a call to ministry and considering theological education; introduces new seminarians to thinking theologically, forming supportive relationships, integrating what they are learning in school with their spiritual lives, and practical guidance on such matters is serving a local congregation while one is in seminary; and offers advice on negotiating the ordination process in different denominational traditions and making the transition from study to full-time ministry.

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9780664259501
Publication Date: 
2016-09-21
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First Year of the Rest of Your Life: Reflections for Survivors of Breast Cancer

First Year of the Rest of Your Life: Reflections for Survivors of Breast Cancer
$16.95
The First Year of the Rest of Your Life gathers stories and reflections by remarkable women who have survived breast cancer, and who share their most personal experiences in the interests of saving the lives of others.
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9780829812091
Publication Date: 
1997-01-01
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Fling Open the Doors: Giving the Church Away to the Community

Fling Open the Doors: Giving the Church Away to the Community
$20.00

The temptation to focus only on their own internal problems and issues is powerful for congregations. Without realizing it, even churches that have a long tradition of outreach and social involvement become centered on issues of institutional survival and preservation. Worst of all are congregations that adopt a "fortress mentality," addressing the larger community rarely, and only in the "language of Zion" when they do. This tendency to isolation and insularity flies directly in the face of the gospel imperative to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

Christian congregations exist as God's redeeming presence in the communities in which they are located. If churches are to live as though they take that seriously, they must learn to give themselves away to the community. The focus of every ministry and program must be to reach and make disciples of the unchurched. In this book, Paul Nixon paints a picture of what community based ministry is all about.

Drawing on his experiences within a congregation that has seen twenty-five years of increased worship attendance, he lays out practical steps that churches can take to plant themselves firmly within the lives of the communities they serve. He demonstrates how churches can organize their facilities to become community centers, establish multiple locations for ministry throughout the community, and empower every member to become a minister of the congregation. Written with an infectious sense of hope, this book will become a critical tool for church leaders seeking to transform their congregations into outward-looking bodies of witness.

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9780687045549
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2002-03-01
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FOR ALL THE SAINTS

FOR ALL THE SAINTS
$10.95
O'Driscoll offers a collection of meditations for the scriptural saints and holy days of The Book of Common Prayer. Each meditation includes the collect and three readings for the day, followed by a brief homily. Many set in the Holy Land, these imaginative reflections are ideal for weekday homilies, devotional reading at home or in groups, or studies in Christian scripture and tradition.
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9781561011117
Publication Date: 
1995-11-23
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Forging a Better Religious Education in the Third Millennium

Forging a Better Religious Education in the Third Millennium
$24.95
Book by James Michael Lee
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9780891351139
Publication Date: 
2000-06-01
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Fostering Faith: A Minister's Guide to Faith Development

Fostering Faith: A Minister's Guide to Faith Development
$10.95
Book by Chamberlain, Gary L.
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9780809130283
Publication Date: 
1988-01-01
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Free to Teach: Achieving Equity and Excellence in Schools

Free to Teach: Achieving Equity and Excellence in Schools
$16.95
Book by Nathan, Joe
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9780829809053
Publication Date: 
1991-09-01
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Freud's Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable

Freud's Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable
$12.00

Moses and Monotheism, Freud's last major book and the only one specifically devoted to a Jewish theme, has proved to be one of the most controversial and enigmatic works in the Freudian canon. Among other things, Freud claims in the book that Moses was an Egyptian, that he derived the notion of monotheism from Egyptian concepts, and that after he introduced monotheism to the Jews he was killed by them. Since these historical and ethnographic assumptions have been generally rejected by biblical scholars, anthropologists, and historians of religion, the book has increasingly been approached psychoanalytically, as a psychological document of Freud's inner life--of his allegedly unresolved Oedipal complex and ambivalence over his Jewish identity.

In Freud's Moses a distinguished historian of the Jews brings a new perspective to this puzzling work. Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi argues that while attempts to psychoanalyze Freud's text may be potentially fruitful, they must be preceded by a genuine effort to understand what Freud consciously wanted to convey to his readers. Using both historical and philological analysis, Yerushalmi offers new insights into Freud's intentions in writing Moses and Monotheism. He presents the work as Freud's psychoanalytic history of the Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish psyche--his attempt, under the shadow of Nazism, to discover what has made the Jews what they are. In the process Yerushalmi's eloquent and sensitive exploration of Freud's last work provides a reappraisal of Freud's feelings toward anti-Semitism and the gentile world, his ambivalence about psychoanalysis as a "Jewish" science, his relationship to his father, and above all a new appreciation of the depth and intensity of Freud's identity as a "godless Jew."

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9780300057560
Publication Date: 
1993-07-28
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From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World

From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World
$22.00

Understanding our religious neighbors is more important than ever--but also more challenging. In a world of deep religious strife and increasing pluralism it can seem safer to remain inside the bubble of our faith community. Christian college campuses in particular provide a strong social bubble that reinforces one's faith identity in distinction from the wider society. Many Christians worry that engaging in interfaith dialogue will require watering down their faith and accepting other religions as equally true. Bethel University professors Marion Larson and Sara Shady not only make the case that we can love our religious neighbors without diluting our commitment, but also offer practical wisdom and ideas for turning our faith bubbles into bridges of religious inclusion and interfaith engagement. Drawing on the parables of Jesus, research on interreligious dialogue, and their own classroom experience, Larson and Shady provide readers with the tools they need to move beyond the bubble. Interfaith dialogue is difficult, and From Bubble to Bridge is the timely guide we have been waiting for.

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9780830851560
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2016-12-16
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From Dark Night to Gentle Surrender: On the Ethics of Spirituality and Hospice C

From Dark Night to Gentle Surrender: On the Ethics of Spirituality and Hospice C
$25.00

Drawing from her many years of experience as a hospice nurse and her training as a theologian, Patricia Kobielus Thompson offers in The Dark Night of the Soul instruction to those providing care for terminally ill patients. Thompson finds in the poetry and other writings of Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross a wisdom that she argues will assist caregivers in comforting their patients through the trying times just before death. Though much has been written on Saint John of the Cross, Thompson's application of these works is wholly new and rooted in deep empathy.

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9781589661943
Publication Date: 
2010-05-01
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From Geography to Affinity: How Congregations Can Learn From One Another

From Geography to Affinity: How Congregations Can Learn From One Another
$20.00

Changes in denominational life in North America have left congregations with two difficult choices. On one hand, they can choose to act as though their ministries and programs can still best be established by national denominational offices. On the other hand, they can choose to act as though their denominational identity is completely irrelevant to their mission.

Underlying these difficult choices, writes Lyle E. Schaller, is the tremendous flux in the relationship between national denominations and their member congregations over the last forty years. The fact that relatively few visitors choose to affiliate with a congregation on the basis of denominational identity leads some to conclude (incorrectly) that the interdependence and cooperation between congregations of similar heritage and background is unimportant. At the same time, others conclude (also incorrectly) that there is nothing wrong with current denominational structures and that congregations need simply to align themselves with their denomination's directions more thoroughly.

To these bad choices, Schaller proposes an alternative. He observes that many congregations already seek to extend their mission and make their ministries more effective by participating in affinity networks--groups of congregations that share particular goals and visions. Schaller suggests the establishment of such networks within, rather than outside of, denominations. He argues that they should be established on the judicatory level. Rather than making state or regional boundaries the organizing principle by which congregations within a denomination align themselves, why not form judicatories around a particular sense of mission, or distinctive theological stands?

Schaller concludes that allowing and encouraging the formation of such affinity networks will recognize the differences between congregations within a denominations as the strength it truly is, and will, foster a greater unity of purpose between the denomination's churches.

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9780687022663
Publication Date: 
2003-05-01
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From This Day Forward: Rethinking the Christian Wedding

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$20.00

Weddings have become a billion-dollar industry, with the average cost of a wedding estimated at $30,000. Taking into account dramatic shifts in attitudes toward marriage in recent years, many pastors are confused and frustrated about their role. This book offers a foundational understanding of marriage for today's North American church. Exploring current sociological analyses of marriage and the history of Christian marriage rites, Kimberly Bracken Long suggests that the church rethink its involvement in weddings and offers a distinctively Christian understanding of marriage. Today's church, Long contends, needs to reinterpret classic biblical metaphors and expand the range of scriptural sources that inform our understanding of marriage. Long also looks closely at each element of the wedding service and what makes a marriage liturgy faithful, inclusive, and sensitive to pastoral concerns. She provides practical suggestions for music and Scripture during wedding services as well as guidance on how to respond faithfully to those who are divorced or divorcing. Packed with constructive pastoral wisdom, From This Day Forward--Rethinking the Christian Wedding delivers a practical theology of marriage that will be of help to clergy, seminarians, and others interested in this topic.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664239305
Publication Date: 
2016-06-01
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Fundraising for Churches

Fundraising for Churches
$22.95
At last, a book that really helps with fund-raising, offering a practical approach to the task facing so many of us today, regardless of the scale involved. Jane Grieve considers the most effective methods employed, and shows how they can be used and adapted for the specific needs of churches and other Christian organisations. The book is in four parts. In the first, the reader is provided with a useful checklist of things to be done and shown how to start the vital consultation and pre-planning necessary to create a successful programme targeted at the appropriate level. Part two provides a description of all the major sources of income, with hints for how to access them. The third part considers the ethical principles that lie behind fundraising, to help and inform a Christian approach. It looks at biblical themes and seeks to provide readers with sufficient understanding to help them apply their principles to their own situation and context. In the final part, the author assembles a wealth of examples from her own experience, and other valuable case studies, complete with successes and frustrations, in order to provide a rounded picture of what can be a complex process.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780281050581
Publication Date: 
1999-03-25
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Future of Academic Freedom

Future of Academic Freedom
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At the bottom of every controversy embroiling the university today--from debates over hate-speech codes to the reorganization of the academy as a multicultural institution--is the concept of academic freedom. But academic freedom is almost never mentioned in these debates. Now nine leading academics, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Edward Said, Richard Rorty, and Joan W. Scott, consider the problems confronting the American University in terms of their effect on the future of academic freedom.

Louis Menand has assembled The Future of Academic Freedom to better define and delineate what should and should not happen within our colleges and universities. . . . The whole extremely learned yet accessible debate exploits the freedoms it extols, tackling sensitive subjects such as ethnicity and ethics head-on.--Publishers Weekly

The essays are not only sharp, elegant and lucid, but extremely well-informed about the history of American battles over academic freedom.--Alan Ryan, Times Higher Education Supplement

[A] superb inquiry into some of the most vexing and significant issues in higher education today.--Zachary Karabell, Boston Book Review

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9780226520049
Publication Date: 
1996-12-15
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Future of Christian Learning, The: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue

Future of Christian Learning, The: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue
$16.99
Evangelicals and Roman Catholics have been responsible for the establishment of many colleges and universities in America. Until recently, however, they have taken very different approaches to the subject of education and have viewed one another's traditions with suspicion.
In this volume, Mark Noll and James Turner offer critical but appreciative reassessments of the two traditions. Noll, writing from an evangelical perspective, and Turner, from a Roman Catholic perspective, consider the respective strengths and weaknesses of each approach and what they might learn from the other. The authors then provide brief responses to each other's essays. Thoughtful readers from both traditions will find insightful and challenging ideas regarding the importance of Christian learning and the role of faith in the modern college or university.
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In many respects, the current volume . . . touch[es] upon three issues: intellectual engagement, tradition, and ecumenism. The basic idea behind the project was to bring [together] a leading American evangelical scholar and a leading American Catholic scholar, both familiar with their own tradition, with one another's tradition, and with the general landscape of "Christian learning," understood to mean what goes on at actual institutions of higher education, as well as the broader world of academic scholarship. Once this goal was formulated, two names quickly leaped to mind: Mark Noll and James Turner--scholars whom I have long suspected might be American reincarnations of the (irenic, erudite) Protestant reformer Philipp Melanchthon and the (irenic, erudite) Catholic humanist Desiderius Erasmus. . . .
As planning processes got under way, however, Mark Noll accepted an endowed chair at Notre Dame, bringing his long and distinguished tenure at Wheaton [College] to an end and thereby making among his first tasks in his new post a toe-to-toe encounter with his new colleague and (then-serving) departmental chair, James Turner! Thus our dialogue lost the symbolism of confessionally contrasting institutions, even as we retained the intellectual firepower of the invitees. As readers will discover, those [at the conference] were rewarded with a heady mix of hard-earned erudition, theological commitment, and gracious eloquence--all focused on what I am persuaded are among the more interesting and consequential developments in recent decades: points of (promising) contact and (lingering) conflict between evangelical and Catholic approaches to higher education and scholarship.
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9781587432132
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2008-06-01
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Gateways to Spirituality: Pre-School Through Grade Twelve

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$41.00
Gateways to Spirituality: Pre-School through Grade Twelve focuses on spiritual formation in American pre-collegiate education. Its fifteen contributors advance distinctive views about the connections that exist between spirituality, learning, social and ethical consciousness, and community life. The book will be useful to educators who wish to acknowledge youth spirituality in ways that are informed, fair, constitutional, and inclusive. School administrators, teachers, counselors, and chaplains who are interested in issues of liberal education and spirituality, who wish to take religious diversity and spiritual identity seriously, and who offer courses in religious studies will find Gateways to Spirituality an invaluable resource.
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9780820468150
Publication Date: 
2005-07-28
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Genograms: Assessment and Intervention

Genograms: Assessment and Intervention
$21.95
Using famous families as case studies, this book explains how to draw, interpret and apply the genogram, a graphic way of organizing information gathered during a family assessment. It explains how the use of genograms can bring to light a family's history of divorse, suicide, or estrangement, revealing inter-generational patterns that are more than coincidental. Widely used in the training of health and mental health professionals, this work is an introduction to the principles of family systems theory. This edition has been updated and expanded to include developments in genogram use.
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9780393702941
Publication Date: 
1999-01-01
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Gentle Shepherding: Pastoral Ethics and Leadership

Gentle Shepherding: Pastoral Ethics and Leadership
$26.99
Named "One of the Top Ten Books for Parish Clergy" for the year 2006 by the Academy of Parish Clergy! Gentle Shepherding offers a rare balance in an introduction to pastoral ethics, one that identifies deeply with the pastoral vocation and brings it into conversation with a developed body of ethical theory. The goal of the book is to equip seminarians and pastors with conceptual resources for clarifying moral responsibility in the practice of ministry. This responsibility includes three levels: the minister as a moral agent in offering care; the minister as a moral enabler in encouraging virtue in others; and the minister as a moral leader in facilitating congregational life and witness in society. Helping ministers and seminarians to think anew about their responsibilities and the moral quandaries in pastoral practice, Gentle Shepherding integrates theory with practice, providing case material for further reflection and discussion and at least one case study or exercise associated with each chapter.
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9780827212503
Publication Date: 
2006-11-01
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Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood

Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood
$15.00
Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Family Life. (Second Place).


Do you ever feel like a raging tsumani, running through the house like a whirlwind and yelling at the top of your voice while the kids drag their feet and fight with one another as you desperately try to find lost shoes and get out the door on time? Overwhelmed, over-extended, and guilt-plagued?

With honesty, humor, and practical wisdom, Getting Past Perfect helps moms overcome Pinterest-inspired perfectionism by replacing your deepest fears and anxieties with a steady trust in God and the freedom to love authentically.

If you have ever felt that you were not "enough" as a wife or mom, or if you're someone who struggles to do it all, Getting Past Perfect offers a realistic and reassuring portrait of Catholic womanhood, placing motherhood in the context of every woman's primary role as a child of God.

Kate Wicker--journalist, popular speaker, and author of the highly-acclaimed Weightless--shares how she shook off doubt and negative self-perception, finding self-acceptance as a mom and the desire to stop controlling everyone around her. Getting Past Perfect invites you to make this same journey as you learn to embrace the primacy of your role as a daughter of God, even amidst the daily chaos of raising children. Each chapter is designed to debunk the lies and expectations that moms often face, replacing negative self-perceptions with the truths of a woman's true calling.

Wicker, a recovering perfectionist, helps you realize:

  • It is perfectly normal to feel like you're in over your head sometimes.
  • You can stop obsessing about what other people think and start focusing on loving yourself and your kids just as you are.
  • Your primary jobs are to let God love you and to love him back. Nurture your prayer life and make time to remember that you are first a daughter of God.
  • It's important to practice self-care no matter your stage in life.
  • Wicker openly shares how she unwittingly transferred her preoccupation with having the perfect body to being the perfect parent. By honestly sharing her mistakes and triumphs in the trenches of motherhood, Wicker reveals several common falsehoods mothers tell themselves in different seasons of their lives and how speaking the truth can liberate women to become better parents and the truest versions of themselves. Whether you're dealing with endless "why?" questions, unexpected potty emergencies, or even the unanticipated change of a new pregnancy, Getting Past Perfect will help you learn how to lean into God's abiding grace. By closing each chapter with a simple reflection question and prayer, this book provides the tools you need to embrace the messy realities of family life and to emerge from feeling overwhelmed to knowing that you are first and foremost a daughter of God.

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    9781594717161
    Publication Date: 
    2017-03-03
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    Getting To Amen: 8 Strategies For Managing Conflict In The African American Church

    Getting To Amen: 8 Strategies For Managing Conflict In The African American Church
    $16.00
    This important resource provides a set of practical tools--based on Christian principles, psychological theory, and research on African-American religious culture--that will help churches move beyond disputes and disagreements to harmony and heartfelt amens.
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    9780817014773
    Publication Date: 
    2005-07-01
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    Glad Day: Daily Meditations for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People

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    $16.00
    With this inspiring book of meditations, every day brings a reminder of "the wholeness and beauty of our nature, of the glad spirit that dances in each one of us."

    Addressing the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, Glad Day speaks to the issues that touch everyone, regardless of sexual orientation: change, fear, self-disclosure, faith in a power greater than ourselves, success and failure, openness to ourselves and others.

    Written with a poet's grace, these daily meditations are interwoven with reference to the transforming experiences of coming out and of recovery. As the meditations foster a "daily conversation with the Spirit," they lovingly conjure the mutual trust and compassion that lead to a rich, fulfilling life.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781568381893
    Publication Date: 
    1998-09-25
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    Glimpsing Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and Ministry

    Glimpsing Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and Ministry
    $22.00

    In Glimpsing Resurrection, Deanna A. Thompson combines recent trauma research with compelling first-person narrative to provide insight into the traumatic dimensions of living with a serious illness. Her aim is to help those who are ill and those who care for and minister to them deepen their understanding of how best to offer support.

    â oeThe tendency for Christians to move almost immediately from death to proclamations of new life risks alienating those for whom healing and new life seem out of reach, â � says Thompson. Glimpsing Resurrection focuses less on the â oewhyâ � to help readers instead come to terms with the â oehowâ � of living with a serious disease. In particular, Thompson provides a framework and concrete suggestions for how to be a church where those who are undone by illness can be undone, as well as a place that can love and support them to hope.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780664262761
    Publication Date: 
    2018-07-31
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