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Angry Conversations with God

By Susan E. Isaacs
  • ISBN Code: : 0446544698
  • Publisher : FaithWords
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
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Disillusioned, disenfranchised, and disinterested in anything churchy, Susan Isaacs knew of only one thing to do when she hit spiritual rock bottom at age 40. . . . She took God to couples counseling. In this cuttingly poignant memoir, Susan Isaacs chronicles her rocky relationship with the Almighty--from early childhood to midlife crisis--and all the churches where she and God tried to make a home: Pentecostals, Slackers for Jesus, and the über-intellectuals who turned everything, including the weekly church announcements, into a three-point sermon. Casting herself as the neglected spouse, Susan faces her inner nag and the ridiculous expectations she put on God--some her own, and some from her "crazy in-laws" at church. Originally staged as a solo show in New York and Los Angeles, ANGRY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD is a cheeky, heartfelt memoir that, even at its most scandalous, is still an affirmation of faith.

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  • Pdf File: journeys-home.pdf

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In Journeys Home, Dick Monteith has created an authentic and heartfelt story of three South Carolina boys who grew up together in a small town in the Low country. It follows the trajectory of each as they go off to different colleges, pursue different passions, and end up having very different lives. One becomes a wealthy realtor, another a progressive politician and a third eventually becomes a liberal Presbyterian minister. The novel is in part about how the boys’ lives were shaped by Vietnam, the civil rights struggle, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, and more. Yet this isn’t a history book. It’s a story that we can’t help getting caught up in. It’s a novel full of embodied, well-delineated characters who not only are a product of the times, but who go about the business of being themselves, making good choices and bad. As I read this novel, I found myself caring more and more about these boys and what happened to them and their families. Time and time again my heart went out to them. In the end, what more can we ask of a writer? Tommy Hays Creative Writing Professor, UNC-Asheville and author of The Pleasure Was Mine and In the Family Way

Sermon on the Mount Leader Guide

By Amy-Jill Levine
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Abingdon Press
  • Book Code : 1501899929
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 996
  • Pdf File: sermon-on-the-mount-leader-guide.pdf

Book Short Summary:

How is the follower of Jesus to understand the words of the Old Testament? How are those words relevant to the New Covenant he is establishing? What might the words of the Lord’s Prayer have conveyed to his initial followers, and why is that historical information essential to the prayer two millennia later? In Sermon on the Mount, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine takes a detailed and colorful overview of Matthew 5-7, collectively known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Through Dr. Levine’s engaging method of biblical interpretation, readers will come away with a solid understanding of the Sermon on the Mount in its historical and theological context. Chapters include: The Beatitudes The Extensions Practicing Piety Our Father Finding Your Treasure Living into the Kingdom Explore the major topics in the most popular sermon ever delivered and unpack how Jesus makes his points using a solid knowledge of Hebrew Scriptures and moral teachings. The Leader Guide includes session outline for each group meeting with Scripture, prayer, opening activity, discussion questions, activity, and ending call to action.

Disquiet Time

By Jennifer Grant,Cathleen Falsani
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Jericho Books
  • Book Code : 1455578843
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 722
  • Pdf File: disquiet-time.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An engaging and hilarious collection that encourages readers to tackle those strange, awkward, worrying, yet endlessly compelling passages of the Bible. The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Now, an incredible cast of contributors tackles the parts of the Bible that most excite, frustrate, or comfort, like: What the heck is the book of Revelation really about? (The answer will surprise you.) How do we come to grips with the Bible's troubling (or seemingly troubling) passages about the role of women? Why did the artist of the oldest known picture of Jesus intentionally paint him with a wonky eye--and what does it tell us about beauty? DISQUIET TIME was written by and for Bible-loving Christians, agnostics, skeptics, none-of-the-aboves, and people who aren't afraid to dig deep spiritually, ask hard questions, and have some fun along the way.

The Invisible Girls

By Sarah Thebarge
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Jericho Books
  • Book Code : 1455523909
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 895
  • Pdf File: the-invisible-girls.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Now with a new postscript and reading group guide, perfect for book clubs. After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship, and moved nearly 3,000 miles from the East Coast to Portland, Oregon, hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life. Instead, a chance encounter on the train with a family of Somali refugees swept her into an adventure that changed all of their lives. Half a world away from Somalia, Hadhi was fighting battles of her own. Abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn't understand. When their worlds collide with Sarah's, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, "invisible" in a neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her unexpected outreach to the family became both a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. Exquisite, at times shattering, Sarah's enthralling memoir invites readers into her story of finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unlikely of places. All proceeds from the sale of the book go toward a college fund for the five Somali Invisible Girls. For details, visit www.sarahthebarge.com.

The Reason for God Discussion Guide

By Timothy Keller
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperChristian Resources
  • Book Code : 0310692083
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 438
  • Pdf File: the-reason-for-god-discussion-guide.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This discussion guide will help you learn how to dialogue with those who share common doubts and objections to Christianity. In the video sessions (DVD/digital video sold separately), Timothy Keller and six panelists hold candid and unscripted discussions about the broad scope of people's discomforts with God, the Bible, and Christianity in general: Discussion 1: Is the Bible a myth? Has science disproved Christianity? Discussion 2: Is there only one way to God? Are other religions as valid? Discussion 3: Clashes with Christian morality and ethics – why are there so many rules? Discussion 4: Why would God allow suffering and evil. Discussion 5: Injustice and hypocrisy in the church. Discussion 6: Objections to God's wrath and judgement. The Reason for God small group discussion guide can be used individually or in a group setting by anyone engaging with friends who don't share his or her beliefs. For each discussion, the study guide includes: An opening thought on the topic. A summary of the objection to the topic. Related Bible verses. Space for notetaking. Questions for group discussion. In his New York Times bestselling book, The Reason for God, Timothy Keller established himself as a modern-day C. S. Lewis who brings together faith and intellect, theology and popular culture, modern-day objections and historic Christian beliefs. Using literature, philosophy, and Scripture, Keller explores the truth and challenge of Christianity in this six-session small group conversation starter. You and your group will be challenged to wrestle with your friends' and neighbors' hardest questions and engage those questions in ways that will spark honest, enriching, and humbling dialogue. Designed for use with Reason for God Video Study (sold separately).

Reorganized Religion

By Bob Smietana
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Worthy Books
  • Book Code : 1546001638
  • Total of Pages : 227
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 590
  • Pdf File: reorganized-religion.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Uncover the ways the Christian church has changed in recent years—from the decline of the mainline denominations to the mega-churchification of American culture to the rise of the Nones and Exvaneglicals—and a hopeful reimagining of what the church might look like going forward. The United States is in the middle of an unprecedented spiritual, technological, demographic, political and social transformation— moving from an older, mostly white, mostly Protestant, religion-friendly society to a younger diverse, multiethnic, pluralistic culture, where no one faith group will have the advantage. At the same time, millions of Americans are abandoning organized religion altogether in favor of disorganized disbelief. Reorganized Religion is an in-depth and critical look at why people are leaving American churches and what we lose as a society as it continues. But it also accepts the dismantling of what has come before and try to help readers reinvent the path forward. This book looks at the future of organized religion in America and outline the options facing churches and other faith groups. Will they retreat? Will they become irrelevant? Or will they find a new path forward? Written by veteran religion reporter Bob Smietana, Reorganized Religion is a journalistic look at the state of the American church and its future. It draws on polling data, interviews with experts, and reporting on how faith communities old and new are coping with the changing religious landscape, along with personal stories about how faith is lived in everyday life. It also profiles faith communities and leaders who are finding interesting ways to reimagine what church might look like in the future and discuss various ways we can reinvent this organization so it survives and thrives. The book also reflects the hope that perhaps people of faith can learn to become, if not friends with the larger culture, then at least better neighbors.

Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

By Karen Spears Zacharias
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Book Code : 0310565227
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 116
  • Pdf File: will-jesus-buy-me-a-double-wide.pdf

Book Short Summary:

What does it really mean to be blessed by God?With Southern charm and razor-sharp wit in this Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? Ebook, author Karen Spears Zacharias shows how the “prosperity” gospel has led us astray from true Christianity and helped create people and churches focused on greed.Zacharias unpacks story after story of families and individuals using the name of God as a means to living their own “good life.” You’ll hear shocking tales of those who exploit the gospel for their own gain, and mega-evangelists who live in million-dollar mansions with children groomed from the cradle to sell the message of Christ while their parents rake in the cash. Discover churches that have modeled themselves on Wall Street and unbridled materialism, and see what is happening to them now. Is this the good life?You’ll also meet some unlikely folks who live with genuine biblical integrity. People who know that God is more than some cosmic genie who gives them an easy life, a fat bank account, and a second home in an exotic location.Come discover stories about authentic Christianity and the true “good life” in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?

Sober Mercies

By Heather Harpham Kopp
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Jericho Books
  • Book Code : 1455527734
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 515
  • Pdf File: sober-mercies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Where do you turn for hope when you already have the answer--but the answer isn't working? As a long-time Christian, Heather Kopp never expected to become an out-of-control alcoholic who kept private stashes of booze all over the place--tucked behind books in her study, zipped into a special compartment in her oversized purse, at the back of her closet stuffed inside her boots. Even as her career and marriage teetered on the brink, Kopp couldn't get a grip, desperately hiding the true extent of her drinking from the rest of the world--her husband included. During the day she wrote books about God and prayer and family. At night she'd locked herself in her bathroom to guzzle chardonnay. For her, as for many Christians who struggle with addiction, overwhelming shame and confusion only made things worse. Why wasn't her faith enough to save her? Why didn't repentance, Bible reading and prayer work? Where was God? Meanwhile, as she watched in horror, her grown son descended into his own nightmare of drugs and alcohol. She feared for his life, yet she couldn't stop drinking long enough to help him--or find a way out for herself. Until the day everything changed. Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness...and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves. If you love Jesus but shop too much, drink too much, eat too much, crush on men who aren't your husband, or otherwise fixate on doing things you hate but can't stop doing, SOBER MERCIES is for you. As you follow Kopp's sincere, stumbling journey toward freedom and a deeply satisfying relationship with God, you'll find renewed hope--and practical steps of recovery--for your own journey.

Theology as Autobiography

By Colby Dickinson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532688849
  • Total of Pages : 276
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 977
  • Pdf File: theology-as-autobiography.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Autobiographical writings on faith frequently come from the lives of ordinary persons whose struggles with faith are often lived at the margins of the church, academy, and society. Yet these voices have the potential to reshape the ways in which each of these fields function. To find out what it means to stand before God with all of one's humanity on display is to engage in not only the act of confession, but to demonstrate a bold theological reflection that needs to be more explicitly understood. By turning to spiritual autobiographies as theological source texts, we learn to place our emphasis where it matters most, on the people whose lives of faith move us deeply and cause us to re-examine our own lives in light of their witness. Moving through a range of ancient, early modern, and contemporary spiritual writers in order to demonstrate a profound connection that unites them all, this book portrays how a critical self-examination of one's most personal, internal fractures (our "poverty" as it were) is the only way to develop a life of faith--the dual meaning of the word "confession," which expresses both a revealing of one's sins, or brokenness, and the articulation of what one believes.

Church Talk Makes Men Walk

By Woody L. Davis
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532602979
  • Total of Pages : 306
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 227
  • Pdf File: church-talk-makes-men-walk.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The mystery of the missing men can be answered in one sentence: The church has forgotten how to speak to men. While the church’s language has excluded women in its use of nouns and pronouns, it has excluded men in everything else. Its content, character, and construction say, “You don’t belong here.” Church Talk Makes Men Walk: • Corrects the myth that men are innately non-religious or non-spiritual; • Demonstrates how the culture increasingly reflected in church talk has filtered action-oriented people out of the church in favor of relationally orientated ones; • Demonstrates that the same factors that have driven most men from the church have also driven like-minded women away; • Provides research-based and theologically informed solutions to the problem of the missing action-oriented men and women. Chapters presenting well-documented social science research alternate with chapters presenting practical steps that answer the question, “So what should the church do?” Written in a conversational, humorous, and sometimes confessional style, Church Talk bridges the gap between the academy and the local church. It shows how language that is inclusive of both women and men, relational and action-oriented, can create a church that is once again gender-balanced and missional.

Angry with God

By Brad Hambrick
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : New Growth Press
  • Book Code : 1645072118
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 806
  • Pdf File: angry-with-god.pdf

Book Short Summary:

No one gets mad at God for something small. When we're angry with God, it is because we’ve faced something immensely hard. Anger is an often-overlooked part of grieving, and as such, is an appropriate response to profoundly painful events. Counselor Brad Hambrick provides a guided process to being honest with God about your pain to restore and deepen your relationship with him. While we are often prone to interpret our anger about intense suffering as being at God, this book is an invitation to process these intense emotions with God as a source of comfort who is sturdy enough to support these turbulent emotions. If you are struggling with deep grief that is accompanied with anger and confusion, Angry with God will be profoundly helpful in your journey. Hambrick will patiently walk you through the process of being honest with God (and others) about your pain. You will learn how to articulate your pain, alleviate the effects of this pain, contextualize your experience in light of the gospel, and begin to hope again. God is a good shepherd who is patient and willing to move at the pace of his sheep. God can be trusted in places that merit the name "the valley of the shadow of death." Angry with God is part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series. This series walks readers through their deepest and most profound questions. Each question is unpacked by an experienced counselor that gives readers the tools to understand their struggle and how the gospel brings hope and healing to the problem they are facing.

Trauma and Coping Mechanisms among Assemblies of God World Missionaries

By Valerie A. Rance
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 172528958X
  • Total of Pages : 332
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 792
  • Pdf File: trauma-and-coping-mechanisms-among-assemblies-of-god-world-missionaries.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Trauma, from the fall of Adam and Eve forward impacts human lives in overpowering ways. A review of the lives of biblical personalities and missionaries reveals shared traumatic experiences. In addition to the stress of cultural adjustment, missionaries often live in contexts of violence, political unrest, economic instability, natural disasters, and relational conflict. The examined biblical personalities faced similar issues, yet a majority coped with trauma in ways that led to well-being. The proposed biblical theory of well-being assists missionaries to move deeper in their trust of God by utilizing the coping skills of the biblical personalities including asking God for help, lifting up their praise and worship to God, standing on a sense of call, working with God, lamenting/venting to God in healthy ways, embracing a theology of suffering, and accepting assistance from friends and family. The adherence to the constructs of this theory protects missionaries from the ravages of psychological trauma by avoiding negative coping and developing positive coping skills that lead to trusting in the only One who gives hope in seemingly hopeless situations.