Eleanor: A Spiritual Biography: The Faith of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Woman

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Westminster John Knox Press #ad - Her personal faith was shaped by reading the new testament in her youth, giving her a Jesus-centered spirituality that fueled her commitment to civil rights, women's rights, and the rights of all "little people" marginalized in American society. She took seriously jesus' words and despite her life of privilege, she made the needs of those on the margins her priority.

. Eleanor: a spiritual biography provides insight into one of America's most famous women, particularly the spiritual influences that made her so active in social justice issues. More than fifty years after her death, Eleanor Roosevelt is remembered as a formidable first lady and tireless social activist.

Eleanor: A Spiritual Biography: The Faith of the 20th Century's Most Influential Woman #ad - Often overlooked, however, is her deep and inclusive spirituality.

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When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife

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Herald Press #ad - Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, undergoing a crisis of faith, taking hard blows to the ego, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. Magnetic, good-humored, and full of hope in the sustaining power of the Spirit, this is a must-read for anyone facing the flux and flow of middle age.

Free downloadable study guide available here. From writer and veteran columnist Jennifer Grant comes an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. Yet she illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring. 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.

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The Soulmaking Room

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Upper Room Books #ad - Hidden in the story, are the questions that lead to a more authentic life:• what does it mean to build a holy room in our lives?• how honestly do we confront our inevitable losses and griefs? As we work to transform our world, Risher believes, ” Risher reflects, how do we grapple with failure?• Do we have the kind of faith that can ask bold questions in the face of death?• What openings does radical hospitality create in our lives?“Every human being goes through so much, “and there is some heartbreakingly beautiful fruit we are to shape from that.

That is our own unique, authentic gift to the world. Her book encourages each of us to find a holy room in which we are in community with others and where we can shape our souls into their unique dimensions. In this personal story, dee dee Risher weaves experiences from her life with the biblical story of the prophet Elisha and the Shunammite woman.

The Soulmaking Room #ad - Embark with her on the adventure of creating and discovering the joys of The Soulmaking Room. But when disaster strikes, she does not hesitate to hold Elisha accountable or talk back. We each need a space for this work—a soulmaking room. If we cannot deal with failure, we can never fully join the joy and power of God’s story, if we do not know how to put our deepest losses in our holy room, and if we do not know who our people are, ” Dee Dee Risher asserts.

Risher is captivated by this spiritually attuned, generous, hospitable, honest, and bold woman.

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The Same Sky: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - Life and the brutal reality of Central American children so desperate they’ll risk everything. People“amanda eyre ward’s novel of the migrant journey, The Same Sky, is the most important book to come out of Austin this year. The austin Chronicle. From the acclaimed author of how to be lost and close Your Eyes comes a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faith—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border.

Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. But when carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, Carla takes fate into her own hands—and with Junior, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.

The Same Sky: A Novel #ad - Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. This one’s going to haunt me for a long time—and it’s going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of socially conscious fiction.

Jodi picoult, and beautifully written, heartrending, author of Leaving Time “Riveting, The Same Sky pulled me in on the first page and held my attention all the way to its perfect conclusion. In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Hardworking and popular in their community, but Alice still feels that something is missing, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, lying just beyond reach.

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The Hidden Life: Awakened

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The Hidden Life Awakened #ad - By changing her thought patterns, she changed her life. With utter vulnerability and the beautiful view of hindsight, she reaches back with joy to offer her spiritual friendship and powerful encouragement to those of us still struggling on our own journey to the higher places. When betty skinner was 42, her doctor told her, “You have a hole in your soul.

In the 50 years that followed, betty, clinging only to her faith and a glimmer of hope, now in her 90s, journeyed from desperate clinical depression to wholeness and profound wisdom—well before anti-depressants and mindfulness were mainstream. Emerging science now affirms that the organic path Betty traveled has the power to heal the broken body, mind, and spirit.

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Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood

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Chalice Press #ad - When the screams of innocents dying engulf you, how do you hear god’s voice? will god and god’s people call you to life when your breath is being strangled out of you? For people of color living each day surrounded by violence, for whom survival is not a given, vocational discernment is more than “finding your purpose” — it’s a matter of life and death.

Patrick reyes shares his story of how the community around him — his grandmother, robed clergy, abuse, friends, and neighbors — saved him from gang life, educators, and the economic and racial oppression that threatened to kill him before he ever reached adulthood. A story balancing the tension between pain and healing, redefines what you are called to do with your life, Nobody Cries When We Die takes you to the places that make American society flinch, and gives you strength to save lives and lead in your own community.

Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood #ad - Part of the fte Forum for Theological Exploration Series.

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"We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now": The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages

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Beacon Press #ad - The story of low-wage workers rising up around the world to demand respect and a living wage. Tracing a new labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from across the globe, home-healthcare aides, retail workers, fast-food servers, safety, and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, illuminating look at globalization as seen through the eyes of workers-activists: small farmers, hotel housekeepers, airport workers, “We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now” is an urgent, and a living wage.

. With original photographs by liz cooke and drawing on interviews with activists in many US cities and countries around the world, and the Philippines, Mexico, South Africa, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, it features stories of resistance and rebellion, as well as reflections on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up.

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Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters through Story

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Upper Room Books #ad - Stories of fear stop us in our tracks and become roadblocks on the journey, while stories of fantasy, no matter how alluring, are dead-end streets. Spoken into being** points to a path beyond fear and fantasy, a way toward encounters with the Holy where all things are being made new. People of all ages are captivated by a good story.

Storytelling helps us makes sense of the events of our lives, the world around us, and God. Using poetry, personal narrative, and retellings of biblical stories, Williams leads us to a deeper knowledge of the power of narrative. The stories that capture our attention shape us into who we are now and the persons we will become.

Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters through Story #ad - . When we tell stories, we speak a world into being—just as God did in the creation accounts in the book of Genesis. In this book on storytelling as spiritual exploration, master storyteller Michael Williams shares stories from his life, guides us to reflect on our lives, and helps us tell our stories.

He reminds us that we have been spoken into being as part of a much larger story. Not all stories serve us well, however. Tell me a story. Countless parents and grandparents have heard that request from children.

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One: Unity in a Divided World

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Baker Books #ad - She helps readers understand that they are secure in God's inexhaustible love, what they will endure, making them free to love others lavishly--not just in what they do but in what they say, what they don't say, and what they will forgive. Anyone who longs for unity in the church, in their family, and in their community will find in this book both inspiring examples of loving done well and encouragement to begin the often unnoticed hard work of building bridges with those around them.

. He said the world would know us by our love for one another. Deidra riggs wants us to put our focus on self-preservation aside and, like Jesus, make the first move toward reconciliation. In one, riggs shows readers that when Jesus offered himself up in our place, he was not only purchasing our salvation but also setting an example for us to follow.

One: Unity in a Divided World #ad - Jesus didn't say that the world would know we are his followers by our biting rhetoric, our charity work, our political leanings, or even by our knowledge of Scripture. Yet it's so easy to put others at arm's length, to lash out, to put up walls.

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Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church For People Not In Church

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Abingdon Press #ad - These new forms of church gather and network with people who typically have never been to church. The new faith communities listen to people and go where they are on the journey toward Jesus. Ken carter and audrey warren offer this book as a group study for church leaders and congregations who are in the grip of Holy Spirit motivation to renew their tradition by reaching people who are dechurched or not yet in a discipleship relationship with Jesus.

They are deeply ecumenical but do not lose their distinctiveness because they learn fresh ways to communicate their identity through discipleship. Fresh expressions began in the United Kingdom where it ignited over 3000 new faith communities. In the united states the movement is putting down roots in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church For People Not In Church #ad - A wave of new christian churches are emerging to reach unchurched and dechurched people who live in a culture that is increasingly non-religious and multi-religious. Each chapter includes two Bible study experiences for group conversation.

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Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim

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Arcade #ad - It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from pakistan to the united states in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, business executive, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from student to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding.

Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. One of booklist's top ten religion and spirituality books of 2016one of booklist's top ten diverse nonfiction books of 2017honorable mention in the 2017 san francisco book Festival Awards, Spiritual CategoryThis enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on being Muslim in America today.

Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim #ad - Threading my prayer rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society. In chapters leavened with humor, and confronting issues of raising her children as muslims—while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, hope, she recounts an immigrant’s daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, the driving force behind the Muslim community center at Ground Zero, and insight, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, when the backlash began.

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