Insightful, profound, spirit-filled story of what it means to live with both grief and faith, suffering and joy, and unexpected, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things is a wild, as we wrestle with God. She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things.
In the brief instant sarah bessey realized that her minivan was, clear day of the crash, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, inevitably, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. Weaving together theology and memoir in her trademark narrative style, Sarah tells us the story of the moment that changed her body and how it ultimately changed her life.
Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God #ad - But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, but how it shook her deeply rooted faith, she found that the most unexpected result wasn’t the way this shook her body, preacher, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly.
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving FaithHoward Books #ad - In the process of gently helping us sort things out, Bessey teaches us how to be as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers. From the popular blogger and provocative author of Jesus Feminist comes a riveting new study of Christianity that helps you wrestle with—and sort out—your faith.
In out of sorts, author of god’s favorite place on earth—helps us grapple with core christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching, compelling, which was hailed as “lucid, Sarah Bessey—award-winning blogger and author of Jesus Feminist, and beautifully written” Frank Viola, a style well described as “narrative theology.
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith #ad - As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who jesus is, how to disagree yet remain within a community, what place the Church has in our lives, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.
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Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of WomenHoward Books #ad - It’s at once a call to find freedom in the fullness, hope, glory, and work of Christ, and a very personal and moving story of how Jesus made a feminist out of her. Written with poetic rhythm, a prophetic voice, and a deeply biblical foundation, this loving yet fearless book urges today’s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experiences.
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women #ad - Bessey engages critically with Scripture in this gentle and provocative love letter to the Church. Sarah bessey didn’t ask for jesus to come in and mess up all her ideas about a woman’s place in the world and in the church. But patriarchy, she came to learn, was not God’s dream for humanity. Written with poetic rhythm, a prophetic voice, and a deeply biblical foundation, this loving yet fearless book urges today’s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experiences.
A freedom song for the church.
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again series_titleThomas Nelson #ad - Undaunted by the bible's most difficult passages, imagining, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, and debating Scripture's mysteries. If the bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read.
The bible, captivating, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world. What she discovered changed her--and it will change you too. Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, original poetry, soliloquies, short stories, retelling them through memoir, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, and even a short screenplay.
The Book of Waking Up: Experiencing the Divine Love That Reorders a LifeZondervan #ad - As seth haines wrote in his award-winning book, Coming Clean, "We're all drunk on something. In his compelling follow-up, The Book of Waking Up, Seth invites you into the story of healing. He invites you to see your coping mechanisms for what they are--lesser lovers, freedom, which cannot bring the peace, and wholeness you crave.
Through guided reflections, the book of waking up invites you to wake to your coping mechanisms, sustainable soul practices, and stories from Seth's life and others, find the why behind your pain, and walk into the Divine Love of God. As seth writes, "Addiction is misplaced adoration. Now, join him on a journey toward the only Love worth adoring, the only Love that cures a soul.
The Book of Waking Up: Experiencing the Divine Love That Reorders a Life #ad - . We all have our habits to "help" when life gets hard. Join him on the journey to waking up. Yet there's only one force that can offer us true healing from life's pain. Alcohol, porn, pills, cashing checks, shopping, entertainment, chasing success, and collecting social media "likes"--these and so many other things anesthetize us from the wounds of everyday living.
Join award-winning writer seth haines in The Book of Waking Up for a guided experience into the Divine Love of God that transforms a life. The inevitable pain of life gives us many reasons to check out--and many ways to do it.
Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask QuestionsZondervan #ad - Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty to doubt to faith, Evans challenges you to disentangle your faith from false fundamentals and to trust in a God who is big enough to handle your tough questions. In a changing cultural environment where new ideas seem to threaten the safety and security of the faith, Faith Unraveled is a fearlessly honest story of survival.
Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions #ad - This book was previously titled Evolving in Monkey Town. Profoundly moving, fearlessly honest, and relentlessly hopeful, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans offers this must-read for anyone on the journey of doubt, deconstruction, and ultimately faith reborn. Eighty years after the scopes monkey trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith.
In faith unraveled, rachel recounts growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, struggling as her own faith unraveled one unexpected question at a time. In order for her faith to survive, Rachel realizes, it must adapt to change and evolve.
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the ChurchThomas Nelson #ad - From new york times bestselling author rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the Church. Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church.
And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it. Centered around seven sacraments, vocation, heartbreaking, communion, Evans' quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, confession, confirmation, and death that are funny, marriage, and sharply honest.
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church #ad - A memoir about making do and taking risks, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, somewhere in between, Church. The hypocrisy, the gargantuan building budgets, the politics, the scandals--church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus.
Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in AmericaHarper Perennial #ad - Why does pastor a believe that god hates me, from westboro baptist church and their god hates fags protest signs to the pioneering Episcopal bishop Mary Glasspool, especially because of my gayness? Why does Person B believe that God loves me, who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, gayness and all?From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, Chu captures spiritual snapshots of Christian America at a remarkable moment, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher.
In this timely work—part memoir, politics, part investigative analysis—a prize-winning writer explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, and sexuality in Christian America. When jeff chu came out to his parents as a gay man, his devout Christian mother cried. As a journalist and a believer, chu knew that he had to get to the heart of a question that had been haunting him for years: Does Jesus really love me?The quest to find an answer propels Chu on a remarkable cross-country journey to discover the God “forbidden to him” because of his sexuality.
Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America #ad - . For months. Surveying the breadth of the political and theological spectrum, from the most conservative viewpoints to the most liberal, he tries to distill what the diverse followers of Christ believe about homosexuality and to understand how these people who purportedly follow the same God and the same Scriptures have come to hold such a wide range of opinions.
Both funny and heartbreaking, emotional, does Jesus Really Love Me? is an intellectual, perplexing and wise, and spiritual pilgrimage that reveals a portrait of a faith and a nation at odds. And cried.
When God Made the WorldConvergent Books #ad - Scottish illustrator gillian Gamble brings the natural world to vibrant life with rich colors and poignant detail certain to stretch young minds and engage imaginations. Planet earth, god made a blue and green sphere, And designed it to orbit the sun once a year. God made daytime and nighttime, climates and seasons, And all kinds of weather that vary by region.
God made continents and oceans, islands and seas, A north and south pole that God put in deep freeze. God carved rivers and brooks, mountains and caves, Made beaches with sand and huge crashing waves. God made tropics and plateaus, glaciers and meadows, marshes and tundras and erupting volcanos. From the author of the bestselling children's book When God Made You comes a rhythmic, whimsical journey through creation--for little readers who love science and wonder and the beginnings of all things.
When God Made the World #ad - For spiritual parents who are looking for a different kind of creation book, Matthew Paul Turner's When God Made the World focuses on the complex way that God created our vast and scientifically operating universe, including the biodiversity of life on our planet and the intricacies of a vast solar system.
Learning to Walk in the DarkHarperOne #ad - Doesn’t god work in the nighttime as well? in learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark. She argues that we need to move away from our “solar spirituality” and ease our way into appreciating “lunar spirituality” since, like the moon, our experience of the light waxes and wanes.
New york times bestsellerfrom the new york times bestselling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers. Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness.
Learning to Walk in the Dark #ad - Through darkness we find courage, and we feel God’s presence around us, we understand the world in new ways, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most. With her characteristic charm and literary wisdom, Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and giving us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments.
Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and PeaceZondervan #ad - In each act of creation, we reflect the image of God. In a world of chaos and conflict, we want a place of comfort and peace. In placemaker, christie purifoy invites us to notice our soul's desire for beauty, our need to create and to be created again and again. A call to tend the soul, the land, and the places we share with one another.
Placemaker is a timely yet timeless reminder that the cultivation of good and beautiful places is not a retreat from the real world but a holy pursuit of a world that is more real than we know. A reminder that we are always headed home. Images of comfortable kitchens and flower-filled gardens stir something deep within us--we instinctively long for home.
Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace #ad - No matter our vocation, keeping, we spend much of our lives tending, and caring. In each moment of making beauty, we realize that beauty is a mystery to receive. Weaving together her family's journey with stories of botanical marvels and the histories of the flawed yet inspiring placemakers who shaped the land generations ago, Christie calls us to cultivate orchards and communities, to clap our hands along with the trees of the fields.
. As she reflects on the joys and sorrows of two decades as a placemaker and her recent years living in and restoring a Pennsylvania farmhouse, Christie shows us that we are all gardeners.