Spiritual Formation

White Picket Fences

White Picket Fences

Privilege. We hear the word, and we flinch. For some, it’s paralyzingly painful to think about. For others, the very thought of it evokes bitter resentment. For all of us, the notion that some people have it inherently better than others, and for entirely arbitrary reasons, seems insurmountable, unresolvable. And yet until we talk about this issue—really get into it—we’ll never fully understand it, never find our way forward through it. With honesty, humility, and grace, Amy Julia Becker introduces us to a childhood in a Southern state still finding its footing after the tension of the civil rights movement, and
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Born to Wanter

Born to Wanter

Why are we so restless? All of us have a little wanderlust—a desire for that next thing, that new place, but this competes with our longings for security, control, and safety. We don’t like how it feels to be unsettled and uprooted. Whether we’re navigating a season of transition, dealing with the fallout of broken relationships, or wrestling with a deep sense of restlessness, we are all experiencing some form of exile. And most of us do whatever we can to numb the feelings of unbelonging, powerlessness, and unsettledness that come with it. But the truth is that exile has
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Birthing Hope

Birthing Hope

“Love is always a risk, beginning with that first blood sacrifice: when a woman consents to nurture a child with her body and allow it to be torn open for the sake of new life: that’s the miracle that saves the world. That’s where fragile hope is found.” While living and working in one of the world’s most impoverished countries, teacher, doula, and young mother Rachel Marie Stone unexpectedly caught a baby without wearing gloves, drenching her bare hands with HIV-positive blood. Already worried about her health and family and whether her service was of any use, Stone grappled anew
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Worthy

Worthy

In Worthy, college professor Melanie Springer Mock sifts through the shape and weight of expectations that press Christians into cultural molds rather than God’s image. By plumbing Scripture and critiquing the ten-billion-dollar-a-year self-improvement industry, Mock offers life-giving reminders that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Set free from the anxiety to conform to others’ expectations, we are liberated to become who God has created us to be. If you’re worn out from worrying that you’ve missed God’s One Big Calling, and if you’re tired of trying to fit yourself into some cookie-cutter Christian mold, step away from the expectations and
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Hope For Us

Hope For Us

God desires that we know him. It is not until we come to understand who God is, that we can confirm who we are as the people of God, his church. Knowing and loving God, and affirming our identity in Christ are both necessary if we are to love our neighbors well. It is with this understanding—this desire to gain “Knowledge” or “Know God”—that we humbly approach our study of the Nicene Creed. Through this study, readers will first answer the question: What does the Nicene Creed say about God and about the church? Then we will answer the question:
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GodSpace

GodSpace

Think you don’t have time or space for spiritual stuff? That intimacy with God is impossible? Here’s how-in the life you already live-you can make time and space for God. GODSPACE offers seven practices that help busy Christians pay attention to God. They help us align our sometimes messy daily lives with our spirituality. And they strengthen our most important relationships, giving our lives meaning, significance, and purpose. It’s not holding a set of beliefs, reading the Bible, going to church, or even praying that determines how we connect with God. It’s our pace of life. When we live hurried
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When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?

From writer and veteran columnist Jennifer Grant comes an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? plumbs the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes unique to the middle years: from the emptying nest to the sagging effects of aging. Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, taking hard blows to the ego, undergoing a crisis of faith, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. Yet she illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring. Magnetic, good-humored,
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She Believes

She Believes

Dynamic Leader Helps Women Embrace the Life They Were Created to Live With over seven billion people in the world, it can be difficult for women to believe they were designed for a purpose. That they individually have value, and their life has meaning that goes beyond what they see or have been told to believe. But that’s just the life-changing message Debbie Lindell passionately shares and champions. Every woman, no matter her history, social status, or position in society, was beautifully and magnificently designed by her Creator to live an amazing life. In She Believes, Lindell shares with women the
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Beautiful Blessings from God

Beautiful Blessings from God

Discover the blessings God has waiting for you. In this hurried and hurting world, it can be easy to lose sight of God’s work in your life. But His promises are abundant and ever-present–if we learn to look for them and see them. Inspiring and enriching, Beautiful Blessings from God is a pocket-sized treasure of daily lessons on how to walk confidently with God and experience His breakthrough blessings in your life. These eloquent daily readings by award-winning author Patricia Raybon will help you embark on the pathway to God’s best for you―today and every day. (Adapted from The One Year God’s Great Blessings Devotional.)
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Mentor For Life

Mentor For Life

Though churches are filled with good ministry programming—activities, outreach events, and an endless selection of options—many churches neglect their fundamental mission: to make disciples and equip them for service. All humans are asking the same fundamental question: “What is my life’s purpose?” Through the pursuit of Christ and with a focus on his kingdom work, we find the answer to that question. Mentoring for God’s kingdom helps us find our purpose and prepares us to lead well. In Mentor for Life, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson lays a solid foundation for mentoring as intentional discipleship, within the context of a small community. It
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