Spiritual Formation

Small Talk

Small Talk

Almost every day, one of Amy Julia’s children says something or asks something that prompts her to think more carefully:  “What ‘lasting’ mean?” William wonders when he hears a song about God being an everlasting God. "If the children who died went to heaven, then why are we sad?” Penny asks, when she passes by a funeral for a victim of the Sandy Hook shootings. "I don't wanna' get 'tized!" says Marilee about baptism. These conversations deepen her relationships with her children, but they also deepen and refine her own understanding of what she believes, why she believes it, and
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A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness

A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness

Interweaving biblical insights and personal narratives, this eloquently written book shows how God often uses suffering and desert experiences to form us into Christ's image. Marlena Graves shares her experiences of growing up poor in a house plagued by mental illness as a means to explore the forces God uses to shape us into beautiful people in the midst of brokenness. This book offers a window into suffering through the motif of desert spirituality, revealing how God can use our painful experiences to show himself faithful. While no one welcomes suffering, God often uses desert experiences–those we initially despise and
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Dare Mighty Things

Dare Mighty Things

Reviews Halee Gray Scott's timely book moves women beyond the gender debate zone to deal with the practical challenges women face in the often uncharted territory of ministry leadership. CAROLYN CUSTIS JAMES, Author, Half the Church   Occasionally a book comes along with the power to inspire significant change. Dare Mighty Things qualifies–and I couldn't put it down. Over and over, I marveled at the wisdom of her beautiful young voice, calling women out of the shadows to experience the joy of leading for the Lord.  DR. SUE EDWARDS, Associate Professor of Educational Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary "Finally someone has filled the need
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Found

Found

A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer Embracing a new way to pray and an old way to God. 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.
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Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food

Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food

The Christianity Today Book Award Winner 2014 (Christian Living) "Rachel Marie Stone's Eat With Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food takes one of the most fundamental aspects of human life and covers it with remarkable depth and breadth. . . . She offers a compelling vision of how we can spiritually and concretely partake of the heavenly banquet on earth." —Conspire, Spring 2013   "Rachel Marie Stone reminds us that God intends us to delight in food, and she invites us to do so again. Offering up both wisdom and recipes, Stone welcomes us to the table and shows us
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Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me

Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me

  A life of books. A life of soul. Professor Karen Swallow Prior poignantly and humorously weaves the two, until you can't tell one life from the other. Booked draws on classics like Great Expectations, delights such as Charlotte's Web, the poetry of Hopkins and Donne, and more. This thoughtful, straight-up memoir will be pure pleasure for book-lovers, teachers, and anyone who has struggled to find a way to articulate the inexpressible through a love of story.
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Deeply Loved

Deeply Loved

Reading Deeply Loved is like having a spiritual mentor gently guide you through a 40-day journey, in which you experience in a hands-on way, just how much Jesus loves you personally. The focus is on practices that will allow you to experience His presence, rather than just learn about him. Some reader review highlights: "What I appreciate about this book is Keri Wyatt Kent's graciousness. Kent challenges readers to partake in various spiritual disciplines: scripture meditation, reading, prayer, journaling, Sabbath rest, intercession, service, celebration, etc. Many of her suggestions will be challenging to a lot of people. But you never
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