As we deepen our spiritual and ethnic identities, we grow in intimacy with God and others and become better equipped to influence others for the kingdom. They find mentorship in twelve inspirational women of the Bible including Esther, Rahab, who navigated challenges of brokenness and suffering, Mary, and Lydia, being bicultural, and crossing borders.
Hermanas: Deepening Our Identity and Growing Our Influence #ad - We have not seen many Latina women in positions of leadership, and we need more mentors and role models. Natalia kohn, noemi vega quiñones, and Kristy Garza Robinson share their own journeys as Latinas and leaders. Join your sisters and partner with our heavenly Father as you become the Latina leader God has called you to be.
Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak UpIVP Books #ad - It can be hard to speak up, especially in the ugliness of social media. Power dynamics keep us silent and marginalized, ethnicity, especially when race, and gender are factors. What can we do about it?Activist Kathy Khang roots our voice and identity in the image of God. You have a voice. If you have wondered when and how to speak, whether in word or deed, hear God's invitation to you to find and steward your authentic voice, to communicate the good news in a messed-up world.
And you have God's permission to use it. In some communities, certain voices are amplified and elevated while others are erased and suppressed. And the world will hear you loud and clear. Khang offers insights from faithful heroes who raised their voices for the sake of God's justice, in person, in social media, in organizations, and she shows how we can do the same today, and in the public square.
Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up #ad - Be silent no more. Because god created us in our ethnicity and gender, our voice is uniquely expressed through the totality of who we are. We are created to speak, and we can both speak up for ourselves and speak out on behalf of others. As you discern god's voice calling you to speak, you will discover how your voice sounds as you express God's heart to others.
A Sojourner's Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided WorldIVP Books #ad - A Sojourner's Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World #ad - Join the journey to discover your own identity, purpose, and truth-revealing moments. Along the way we explore the spiritual and physical tensions of truth telling, character and leadership development, socioeconomic, and bridge building across racial, ethnic, and gender lines. Intertwined with natasha's story is the story of moses, a leader who was born into a marginalized people group, denied the power of Egypt, resisted the injustices of Pharaoh, and trusted God even when he did not fully understand where he was going.
. A sojourner's truth is an african american girl’s journey from South Carolina to the United States Naval Academy, and then to her calling as an international speaker, mentor, and thought-leader.
The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to BelongHerald Press #ad - Jesus. Ruth. Find the power of jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world. Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Abraham, joseph, hagar, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge.
In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In the god who sees, immigration advocate karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida.
The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong #ad - Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Joseph. Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. . Meet people who have fled their homelands. Hagar. As witnesses to god’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree.
Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in DecolonizationORBIS #ad - When read through these new lenses, the biblical texts come alive in new and surprising ways. Given this devastating legacy, many of these people want nothing to do with it. For generations, cultures, the bible has been employed by settler colonial societies as a weapon to dispossess Indigenous and racialized peoples of their lands, and spiritualties.
. But is it possible for the exploited and their allies to reclaim the bible from the dominant powers? Can it serve as an instrument for justice in the cause of the oppressed, and even a nonviolent weapon toward decolonization?In Unsettling the Word, over 60 Indigenous and Settler authors come together to wrestle with the Scriptures, rereading and re-imagining the ancient text for the sake of reparative futures.
Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and StrengthHerald Press #ad - Featured by Focus on the Family Canada. Four gifts helps readers sustain their spirits and balance competing demands. Drawing on the ancient scriptural command to love God with our heart, mind, soul, setting priorities, and strength, Yamasaki helps readers think about the spiritual dimensions of attending to your own needs, and finding true rest in a fast-paced world.
Sarah bessey's field notes book club january 2019 selection is self-care different from being selfish or self-indulgent? Is it the same as caring for your soul? And what does self-care look like in light of following Jesus, who called his followers to deny themselves? In Four Gifts, pastor and author April Yamasaki addresses these and other questions about self-care.
Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength #ad - She weaves together personal stories, questions for reflection, biblical and theological insights, and practical ideas for self-care. Feeling overwhelmed by the pace and stress of daily life? Find respite from superficial definitions of self-care and move toward deeper engagement with God.
All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our WayThomas Nelson #ad - As she digs beneath the layers of immigration questions and race relations, Patrice also turns her voice to themes such as marriage and divorce, the societal beauty standards we hold, and the intricacies of living out our faith. With an eloquence born of pain and longing, Patrice’s reflections guide us as we consider our own journeys toward belonging, challenging us to wonder if the very differences dividing us might bring us together after all.
From her white sunday school classes as a child, to her early days of marriage in South Africa, Patrice’s life is a testament to the challenges and beauty of the world we each live in, to a new home in the American South with a husband from another land, a world in which cultures overlap every day.
All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way #ad - In all the colors we will see, patrice seamlessly moves across borders of space and time to create vivid portraits of how the reality of being different affects her quest to belong. Patrice gopo grew up in anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being black in America.
In this poetic and often courageous collection of essays, Patrice examines the complexities of identity in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages.
Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of SufferingIVP Books #ad - His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo's as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in seventeenth-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility.
Endo's silence took internationally renowned visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain and his own cultural heritage. He finds connections to how faith is lived in contemporary contexts of trauma and glimpses of how the gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures.
Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering #ad - In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. Fujimura's reflections show that light is yet present in darkness, and that silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth. 2017 logos bookstore association award for christianity/culture2017 dallas willard center book award finalistforeword indies 2016 book of the year awards finalistworld magazine's best Books of 2016 Short List2016 Aldersgate Prize by the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan UniversityEvangelical Christian Publishers Association Top Shelf Book Cover Award14th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year, Counseling and RelationshipsMissio Alliance Essential Reading List of 2016Shusaku Endo's novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of twentieth-century Japanese literature.
Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning GodHoward Books #ad - She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering. But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, preacher, she found that the most unexpected result wasn’t the way this shook her body, but how it shook her deeply rooted faith, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly.
. 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, inevitably, clear day of the crash, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences.
Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God #ad - Insightful, spirit-filled story of what it means to live with both grief and faith, and unexpected, profound, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things is a wild, suffering and joy, as we wrestle with God. 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.
A deeply moving and life-affirming account of wrestling with faith and God and finding miracles in the most unexpected places. The road of healing leads to rome where she met the Pope it’s complicated and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected.
Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in AmericaHarper Perennial #ad - And cried. 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.
Why does pastor a believe that god hates me, chu captures spiritual snapshots of christian america at a remarkable moment, who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, gayness and all?From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, 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, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher.
Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America #ad - 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. 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.
For months. In this timely work—part memoir, part investigative analysis—a prize-winning writer explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America. When jeff chu came out to his parents as a gay man, his devout Christian mother cried.
God Alone is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of AvilaParaclete Press #ad - And the fact that she brings Teresa of Avila right into our own backyards makes it even better. Tony jones is the author of many books, rib-tickling sisters - one teresa of avila and the other claudia of burney – who sat their kid brother me up on the washing machine and said ‘look junior, sassy, including The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community""Reading God Alone is Enough was an absolute joy…I experienced it as the gift of two older, this is what love is all about.
You trust them because you believe they care for you, but moreover because they have that glorious foolishness in their eyes. John blase, author of touching wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas"This is the kind of book that a serious Christian has to thank God for. It only illuminates and opens St. Expect to swoon, prepare to feast.
God Alone is Enough: A Spirited Journey with Teresa of Avila #ad - Jenny schroedel, author of Naming the Child. Also, a true journey of soul into the heart of prayer. Vinita hampton wright, author of dwelling Places"Claudia Mair Burney writes with courage and compassion, capturing the best of Teresa and offering it to her readers with clarity and humor. No one can teach a Christian to pray, like Teresa can.
This lively little book introduces postmodern readers to one of Christianity's most endearing prayer warriors, and guides them through her most radical teachings. Mair burney makes teresa accessible—and essential—for understanding what it means to come to know God, and how it's possible.