City of God: Faith in the Streets

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Jericho Books #ad - From the acclaimed author of take This Bread and Jesus Freak comes a powerful new account of venturing beyond the borders of religion into the unpredictable territory of faith. Paradise is a garden. But heaven is a city. On ash wednesday, sara miles and her friends left their church buildings and carried ashes to the buzzing city streets: the crowded dollar stores, beauty shops, 2012, hospital waiting rooms, street corners and fast-food joints of her neighborhood.

City of god narrates the events of the day in vivid detail, exploring the profound implications of touching strangers with a reminder of common mortality. City of god is a beautifully written personal narrative, joyful, raucous, rich in complex, and full of the "wild, real-life characters, funny, reverent" moments of struggle and faith that have made Miles one of the most enthralling Christian writers of our time.

City of God: Faith in the Streets #ad - As the story unfolds, where the people of god suffer and rejoice, Sara Miles also reflects on life in her city over the last two decades, building community amid the grit and beauty of this urban landscape. They marked the foreheads of neighbors and strangers, sharing blessings with waitresses and drunks, believers and doubters alike.

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Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

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Ballantine Books #ad - The first food pantry she established provided hundreds of poor, sick, deranged, elderly, and marginalized people with lifesaving food and a sense of belonging. Here, in this achingly beautiful, passionate book, is the living communion of Christ. The most amazing book. Anne Lamott. She recounts stories about trudging through the rain in housing projects, wiping the runny nose of a psychotic man, storing a battered woman’s.

375 magnum in a cookie tin. In this astonishing story, she tells how the seeds of her conversion were sown, and what her life has been like since she took that bread. A lesbian left-wing journalist who covered revolutions around the world, Miles was not the woman her friends expected to see suddenly praising Jesus.

Then early one winter morning, for no earthly reason, she wandered into a church. Before long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons of groceries, piled on the church’s altar to be given away. She writes about the economy of hunger and the ugly politics of food; the meaning of prayer and the physicality of faith.

Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion #ad - Mine is a personal story of an unexpected and terribly inconvenient Christian conversion, told by a very unlikely convert. Sara milesraised as an atheist, Sara Miles lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and a writer. She was certainly not the kind of person the government had in mind to run a “faith-based charity.

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With Open Hands

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Ave Maria Press #ad - Provocative questions invite reflection and self-awareness, while simple and beautiful prayers provide comfort, peace, and reassurance. With over half a million copies printed in seven languages, this spiritual classic has been reissued for a new generation with moving photography and a foreword by Sue Monk Kidd.

With open hands, hope, acceptance, compassion, has been a perennial favorite for over thirty years because it gently encourages an open, trusting stance toward God and offers insight to the components of prayer: silence, Henri Nouwen's first book on spirituality and a treasured introduction to prayer, and prophetic criticism.

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Clergy Self-Care: Finding a Balance for Effective Ministry

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - Discover how imbalances in your physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual lives can destroy the very ministry you seek to carry out. Learn what you can do to restore that balance. Nationally known for his work and teaching on clergy development, Oswald integrates research and experience into a liberating perspective on the pastoral calling.

Packed with self-assessment tools, real-life experiences, and specific self-care strategies.

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Clip In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church

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Abingdon Press #ad - Not only do balance and momentum go hand-in-hand, one can't exist without the other. Creating a culture of hospitality involves risk and relearning old habits, but facilitating both will yield fruitful results. When a cyclist clips into the pedals, a huge risk is involved because he or she must learn a new way to achieve balance and momentum.

Growing a church requires the same kind of delicate interplay: balancing attention toward existing members and generating momentum through reaching new people. Creating a culture of hospitality within your church involves the same intricate process. Without both, the church won't grow.

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The Preaching Life Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication Paperback

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Cowley Publications #ad - This rich meeting of memoir, and sermon stands at the center of Taylor's work, theology, bringing into one book the origins and the vision of her remarkable preaching life. But her voice is not sentimental. God has given us good news in human form and has given us the grace to proclaim it, “but part of our terrible freedom is the freedom to lose our voices, ” she writes, to forget where we were going and why.

Those two jobs are described as clearly in the baptismal vows as they are in the ordination vows, which give all Christians a common vocation. From chapter One. Seamlessly, respond, taylor weaves together reflections on her vocation with the long-standing struggles of the Church to hear, and remain faithful to its mission of holy love.

While that knowledge does not yet strike me as prophetic, it does keep me from taking both my ministry and the ministry of the whole church for granted. This book on the calling to preach is itself a call to reawaken to the activating presence of God. Because i am a preacher, it is through a preacher's eyes that I see.

The Preaching Life Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication Paperback #ad - In her bestselling preaching autobiography Barbara Brown Taylor writes of how she came to be a preacher of the gospel as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Either way, my job remains the same: to proclaim the good news of God in Christ and to celebrate the sacraments of God's presence in the world. Instead, in the present, Taylor explores Christian meanings and histories in order to hear and speak, for God.

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An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

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HarperOne #ad - In an altar in the world, taylor shows us how to discover altars everywhere we go and in nearly everything we do as we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in. The ebook includes a special excerpt from Barbara Brown Taylor's Learning to Walk in the Dark. In the new york times bestseller an altar in the World, acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey by building upon where she left off in Leaving Church.

With the honesty of elizabeth gilbert eat, love and the spiritual depth of Anne Lamott Grace, Pray, Eventually, Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life.

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Basics of Christian Education

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Chalice Press #ad - In this concise and easy-to-use guide, Karen Tye offers practical help, addressing the vital areas that need attention when planning for and building a Christian education program. Congregations are always struggling with what quality Christian education is and how to build and maintain it. Questions and exercises at the end of each chapter help pastors, Christian educators, and laity apply the information to their own unique setting, seminary students, building on the basics to renew and transform Christian education.

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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

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Convergent Books #ad - But god keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA. But by this grace, people are trans­formed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.

. Told in nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices. In a time when many have rightly become dis­illusioned with Christianity, struggle with scripture together, Accidental Saints dem­onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, and tell each other the truth about their real lives.

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People #ad - What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today? . And what if that's the point?in accidental saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life. Tattooed, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, angry and profane, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve.

As she lives and worships alongside these “ac­cidental saints, ” Nadia is swept into first-hand en­counters with grace—a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument.

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Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church Ministry in the Small Membership Church

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Abingdon Press #ad - Killen, Jr. An introduction to pastoral care for pastors of small membership churches. If you spend your whole life serving small membership churches and doing it well, yours will have been a life well spent. Small membership churches have a real advantage when it comes to incorporating people into a fellowship where they are known and where their needs are met.

These churches and their pastors have an opportunity for excellence in this area, and should make the most of it. Good pastoral care can be the key to effectiveness in all of the other ministries of the church. From getting acquainted with your congregation, weddings and funerals, picking up on subtle cues in a conversation to not-so-subtle conflicts, Killen shares insights from years of ministry in a small membership church setting.

Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church Ministry in the Small Membership Church #ad - James L. Is a retired elder of the texas conference, contributor to Circuit Rider, and author of Who Do You Say That I Am? A Personal Reader.

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