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Is It a Lost Cause?
Having the Heart of God for the Church’s Children
By Marva Dawn
*** $3.49 ***
How can we help the church’s children not to make the same choices as the children of the dominant culture around them concerning their sexuality, their use of money and time, their attitudes toward work and life? Is it still possible in our post-Christian, post-modern society to raise children with Christian faith and moral character? In this sensitive and astute work, Marva Dawn insists that forming genuinely Christian children is NOT a lost cause if congregations, pastors, and parents wake up to the present crisis of a society at odds with the gospel and to the crucial need for deliberate formative efforts and intensive discipleship in home and church.
To Walk and Not Faint:
A Month of Meditations of Isaiah 40
By Marva Dawn
*** $2.99 ***
Completely revised more than fifteen years after its first printing, To Walk and Not Faint is Dawn’s popular first book. Her devotional reflections examine the fortieth chapter of Isaiah as it deals with many of the critical issues of daily life. Dawn’s meticulous study opens up each verse of Isaiah 40 to challenge us with significant insights for faith and profound motivation for growth in discipleship. Each reading includes questions for further reflection.
What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters
By Phyllis Tickle
*** $1.49 ***
Whatever else one might say about Emergence Christianity, one must agree it is shifting and reconfiguring itself in such a prodigious way as to defy any final assessments or absolute pronouncements. Yet in Emergence Christianity, Phyllis Tickle gathers the tangled threads of history and weaves the story of this fascinating movement into a beautiful and understandable whole.
Through her careful study and culture-watching, Tickle invites you to join this investigation and conversation as an open-minded explorer. You will discover fascinating insights into the concerns, organizational patterns, theology, and most pressing questions facing the church today. And you’ll get a tantalizing glimpse of the future.
The Age of the Spirit:
How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church
By Phyllis Tickle with Jon M. Sweeney
*** 99c ***
A thousand years ago, the church experienced a time of tremendous upheaval called the Great Schism. The one faith became two churches, East and West, and the course of world history was forever changed. And it all swirled around one Latin word in the Nicene Creed, filioque, that indicated the Holy Spirit proceeded both from God the Father “and from the Son.” From the time that phrase was officially instituted onward, the Holy Spirit’s place in the Trinity and role in the lives of believers would be fiercely debated, with ramifications being felt through the centuries to this very day.
In this fascinating book, readers will encounter not just the interesting historical realities that have shaped our faith today but also the present resurgence of interest in the Holy Spirit seen in many churches across the theological spectrum. Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds in places where it has never made deep inroads before. Pentecostalism, with its emphasis on the Spirit and spontaneity, is the predominant force. Tickle and Sweeney make accessible and relevant the forces behind the current upheaval in the church, taking readers by the hand and leading them confidently into the Age of the Spirit.
Phyllis Tickle–Evangelist of the Future:
Reflections on the Impact She’s Had on Publishing, Religion, and the Church in America
*** $5.99 ***
As a publishing gadfly and leading exponent of the emerging church, Tickle has had a tremendous influence during her 50-year career. Listen to her impact from this circle of admirers: Diana Butler-Bass, Brian McLaren, Ryan Bulger, Jon Sweeney, Lauren Winner, Jana Reiss, Doug Pagitt, and more. 220 pages, hardcover.
Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide
Edited by Marion Ann Taylor
*** $2.49 ***
The history of women interpreters of the Bible is a neglected area of study. Marion Taylor presents a one-volume reference tool that introduces readers to a wide array of women interpreters of the Bible from the entire history of Christianity, from the early church to the twenty-first century. Her research has implications for understanding biblical interpretation–especially the history of interpretation–and influencing contemporary study of women and the Bible.
Contributions by 130 top scholars introduce foremothers of the faith who address issues of interpretation that continue to be relevant to faith communities today, such as women’s roles in the church and synagogue and the idea of religious feminism. Women’s interpretations also raise awareness about differences in the ways women and men may read the Scriptures in light of differences in their life experiences. This text will prove useful to students, scholars, and pastors, who will be inspired, provoked, and challenged by the women introduced in the handbook. It will also provide a foundation for further detailed research and analysis.
Fighting for Peace:
Your Role in a Culture Too Comfortable with Violence
By Carol Howard Merritt & Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
*** $1.99 ***
What is your role in a culture too comfortable with violence? It seems as though every day we hear more stories about violence around the world, in our country, and in our neighborhoods. Is our culture – video games, drones, movies, bullying, fear of terrorism – making us more violent? If so, what does it look like for Christians to have a responsible ethic of violence? This softcover book explores our role as Christians in a violent world, and how we might resist violence in our communities.
To the Table:
A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community
By Lisa Graham McMinn
*** $2.99 ***
With the growing farm-to-table movement and popularity of local farmers’ markets, we are becoming more conscious of where our food originates. This spirituality of eating and food helps us reflect on current realities and understand how eating forms our souls inwardly, upwardly, and outwardly. The author offers practical guidance on what it means to eat alone or in community with more intention, compassion, humility, and gratitude. She also tells the story of food as it transitions from seed to table. Sidebars contain gardening and food tips, recipes, and food preservation guides. End-of-chapter questions for individual and group use are included.
Katharina & Martin Luther:
The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk
By Michelle DeRusha
*** $2.99 ***
The revolutionary marriage of Martin and Katharina Luther is arguably one of the most intriguing relationships of all time. Offering insights into Christian history and illuminating their profound impact on the institution of matrimony, this riveting biography illustrates how, against all odds, their unlikely union worked—blossoming over time into the most tender of love stories. 320 pages, hardcover from Baker.
Reading a Different Story:
A Christian Scholar’s Journey From America to Africa
By Susan VanZanten
*** 49c ***
Christianity’s demographics, vitality, and influence have tipped markedly toward the global South and East. Addressing this seismic shift, a noted Christian literary scholar recounts how her focus has shifted from American to African literature.
Susan VanZanten began her career working on nineteenth-century American literature. A combination of personal circumstances, curricular demands, world events, and unfolding scholarship have led her to teach, research, and write about African literature and to advocate for a global approach to education and scholarship. This is the second book in the Turning South series, which offers reflections by eminent Christian scholars who have turned their attention and commitments beyond North America.
Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity
By Keri Wyatt Kent
*** $2.49 ***
In today’s fast-paced society, we’ve forgotten an essential truth . . . that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Inviting you to find a balance between work and refreshment, Kent explores six aspects of this Christian spiritual practice—resting, reconnecting, revising, pausing, playing, and praying—to help you experience renewed energy, grace, and joy. 224 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
Responding to HIV/AIDS:
Tough Questions, Direct Answers
By Dale Hanson Bourke
*** 99c ***
Where did AIDS come from? What are the symptoms?
Is the rate of AIDS going up or down in developed countries? What can one person do?
In this Skeptic’s Guide Dale Hanson Bourke sheds light on key places, terms, history and current issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. The crisis that became a pandemic is now something different, and this third edition provides an up-to-the-minute perspective on this complex issue. With charts and photos, facts and quotes, this dynamic guide offers the type of presentation that has made the Skeptic’s Guide series so popular with individuals and groups.
A Story of Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer
By Micha Boyett
*** 99c ***
“My first year of motherhood I lost prayer…”
I lost early mornings of quiet, mornings in my pajamas with a Bible in my lap, mornings when I spoke my mind’s chaos into God’s ear and let the chaos come back ordered, holy sealed. I lost peace. I lost clarity and certitude. My faith was never perfect before my son was born, but somewhere in that first year, somewhere in my distraction and exhaustion, I lost the Spirit-life I had known. I blamed myself.
Making It Home:
Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose
By Emily T. Wierenga
*** $2.49 ***
Former subversive Emily T. Wierenga takes you on an unconventional journey through marriage, miscarriage, foster parenting, and the daily struggle of longing to be known. In this soul-stirring quest for identity in the midst of life’s daily interruptions, she shows us that homemaking is much more than old-fashioned tradition; rather, it’s a timeless and essential art requiring mind, body, and spirit.
Springing Free from Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights and Stilettos
By Margot Starbuck
*** $1.99 ***
If you’re a woman who sees only flaws when you look in the mirror, then Margot Starbuck’s Unsqueezed can help you develop a healthy, godly view of your body. Written in an engaging, story-oriented style with twenty-seven brief and funny reflective chapters, this book can help you stop trying to squeeze into someone else’s mold and feel good about yourself.