How can we overthrow hate and heal hurt in today's divided world? According to Jacqueline A. Bussie, by learning to love as God does--without limits or exceptions.
In Love Without Limits, Bussie imparts practical solutions for people who yearn to love across difference. Through poignant memoir, engaging theological reflection, inspiring stories of friendship, creative readings of scripture, and shout-outs to some of love's unsung heroes, Bussie challenges readers to answer God's call to practice a love so vast that it excludes no one.
Lynne Baab discusses seven trends in pastoral care with stories about Christian caregivers meeting those challenges in creative ways. Baab also presents four practical skills pastoral carers need: to understand common stressors, to listen, to pray with others, and to nurture their personal resilience. In each chapter, she offers discussion question as well as tips for readers who are training other pastoral carers.
Nurturing Hopebrings readers hope for their caring role and their own spiritual journey.
Whether a diagnosis of dementia--for you or for someone you are accompanying--arrives suddenly or gradually, this illness reorganizes a family's entire life. Drawing on her own experience, as well as interviews with eight family and professional caregivers, Janet L. Ramsey helps caregivers and those with impaired memories learn as they listen to each other. She also shows them how the Holy Spirit can awaken their imagination and understanding while they discover how to live with dementia.
You're probably missing some of the most interesting books of the Bible.
The five books known as "The Five Scrolls" perform a central liturgical function in Judaism. The Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentation, Ecclesiastes, and Esther, together with the five books of the Torah, orient Jewish life and provide the language of the faith.
In the Christian tradition, by contrast, these books have largely been forgotten. But they deserve much more attention, since they address issues like sexuality, grief, existential despair, ethnic identity, and power. Williamson guides readers into these overlooked books of the Bible, showing their surprising relevance to contemporary life.
J. Nicole Morgan grew up fat and loving Jesus. But she was forever burdened by what she saw as her biggest spiritual flaw: her weight. In Fat and Faithful, she shares her journey from body shame to fat acceptance and shows us how to care for the image of God found in every body--including our own. When the world tells us that our bodies are too much, J. Nicole Morgan reminds us that all people--no matter their size or ability--are beloved of God.
Sally Wilke has lived with and through the serious chronic illness of someone she cared deeply about. And she has provided pastoral care to individuals and families in similar situations. Waiting for Good News captures her hard-won, helpful, and hope-filled wisdom. Wilke also offers tools, tips, ideas, and resources for obtaining or providing additional support.
Jobs Lost, Faith Found is for those who feel alone due to job loss. It is also for those who offer respect, companionship, guidance, and resources to the unemployed. Mary C. Lindberg draws on her family's experience of unemployment and the wisdom of many others to help readers discover a sense of worth and purpose on their way to a new job. Prayers, insights, stories, and reflections take readers from uncertainty to hope.
From their years of counseling individuals, couples, and families, George Faller and Heather Wright show how to repair conflict and discover God's movement in our life and relationships.
Using the NAME IT (Notice, Acknowledge, Merge, Embrace, Integrate, and Thank) model, first we connect with our own hearts and stories, then understand the other person's position, and finally merge those two truths (or versions of what is happening), giving birth to a new connection.
God's love for us breaks every boundary. So should our love for each other.
Mihee Kim-Kort is a wife, a mom, and a Presbyterian minister. And she's queer. But instead of pushing her away from God, her queerness has brought her closer to Jesus and taught her how to love better. Outside the Lines shows us how God, in Jesus, loves us in a queer and radical way. Whenever we love ourselves and our neighbors with the boundary-breaking love of God, we live out queer spirituality in the world.
Drawing from the vast collection of Luther's sermons and other works, editor Gracia Grindal here selects forty inspiring passages that raise profound truths...
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