Christian World of the Hobbit

Christian World of the Hobbit
$14.99
In his beloved story The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien takes readers into a world unlike any other, yet so much seems familiar. As Bilbo journeys there and back again, glimpses of the spiritual are seen.
The Christian World of The Hobbit does what no book has done: it brings Tolkien fans new delight by introducing a side of Tolkien that is rarely explored but vitally important to his writings--especially The Hobbit. Written by internationally regarded Tolkien-scholar Devin Brown, this approachable, witty, and highly entertaining book offers up fresh perspectives to fans of The Hobbit, both the book and the film adaptation.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426749490
Publication Date: 
2012-10-01
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Coffee with Jesus

Coffee with Jesus
$16.00
One of Library Journal's "Best Books 2013" (spirituality/religion) ForeWord 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalist (Graphic Novels and Comics) 2014 Midwest Publishing Association Honorable Mention (Special Trade) Thousands of people start each day with a shot of Coffee with Jesus, the enormously popular online comic strip. Irreverent at times, yet always insightful, this volume features classic entries and all new, exclusive material that was born out of artist David Wilkie's frustration with the polarized political climate in America. "Originally created as a one-off, single-panel comic on my blog, utilizing old advertising clip art for the main characters and Sunday school clip art for the person of Jesus, I simply enjoyed the notion of Jesus appearing at table with these people (dressed as they were and sharing coffee with them) to refute their claims of how he might vote on any particular issue, to convince them that they cannot confuse their flag with their God to set them straight, as it were," explains Wilkie. But it didn't stop here. Soon the Jesus of Coffee with Jesus could be seen offering counsel to a recurring cast of characters on their personal and work lives. The characters Carl, Lisa, Ann, Kevin and Joe all honestly engage with Jesus about their successes and failures and wants and needs, effectively showing what conversation with God or prayer might look like. Poignant, pointed, and rife with good theology, Coffee with Jesus is organized around six themes: getting to know Jesus, spiritual disciplines, relationships, culture, church, and the challenges of life. With exclusive material like twelve-panel mega-strips and "behind the strip" reflections on life, faith and art, Wilkie inventively poses answers to the perpetual Christian speculation, "What would Jesus do?"
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830836628
Publication Date: 
2013-11-01
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God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us about God and Ourselves

God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us about God and Ourselves
$14.99
What do God and the Caped Crusader have in common? While Batman is a secular superhero patrolling the fictional streets of Gotham City, the Caped Crusader is one whose story creates multiple opportunities for believers to talk about the redemptive spiritual truths of Christianity. While the book touches on Batman's many incarnations over the last 70 years in print, on television, and at the local Cineplex for the enjoyment of Batman fans everywhere, it primarily focuses on Christopher Nolan's two wildly popular and critically acclaimed movies--movies that not only introduced a new generation to a darker Batman, but are also loaded with spiritual meaning and redemptive metaphors.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781414366401
Publication Date: 
2012-06-01
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Gospel According to Bob Dylan: The Old, Old Story for Modern Times

Gospel According to Bob Dylan: The Old, Old Story for Modern Times
$18.00
Since the early 1960s, music fans have found Bob Dylan's spirituality fascinating, and many of them have identified Dylan as a kind of spiritual guru. This book, written by a scholar who is a longtime fan, examines Dylan's mystique, asking why audiences respond to him as a spiritual guide. This book reveals Bob Dylan as a major twentieth- and twenty-first-century religious thinker with a body of relevant work that goes far beyond a handful of gospel albums.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780664232078
Publication Date: 
2011-02-01

Gospel According to Peanuts

Gospel According to Peanuts
$18.00

While Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang have enjoyed the kind of success most cartoon characters can only dream about--becoming pop culture icons of the highest order and entering the global consciousness practically as family members--Robert Short's The Gospel According to Peanuts also has found a place in the hearts of many readers, with sales now totaling more than ten million copies. This anniversary edition features a new cover, a new interior design, and a new foreword by Martin E. Marty. Whether coming to the book for the first time or taking a second look, a delightful experience awaits in this modern-day guide to the Christian faith, fully illustrated with Peanuts.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664222222
Publication Date: 
2000-02-01

Gospel According to Science Fiction

Gospel According to Science Fiction
$18.00

In this thorough and engaging book, Gabriel McKee explores the inherent theological nature of science fiction, using illustrations from television shows, literature, and films. Science fiction, he believes, helps us understand not only who we are but who we will become. McKee organizes his chapters around theological themes, using illustrations from authors such as Isaac Asimov and H. G. Wells, television shows such as Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, and films such as The Matrix and Star Wars. With its extensive bibliography and index, this is a book that all serious science fiction fans--not just those with a theological interest--will appreciate.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664229016
Publication Date: 
2007-01-01

Gospel According to Star Wars

Gospel According to Star Wars
$18.00
Star Wars is one of the most beloved movie series of all time, and in this book John McDowell explores the many spiritual themes that weave throughout the six films. From the Force to the dark side, the issues discussed in the films have a moral and spiritual complexity that, if paid attention to, can help us better understand our place in the world and our relation to others and to God. George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, did not intend for his films to be mere entertainment, McDowell argues. Rather, he hoped his films would be used as a vehicle for moral education.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780664231422
Publication Date: 
2007-03-01

Gospel According to the Simpsons: Bigger and Possibly Even Better! Edition

Gospel According to the Simpsons: Bigger and Possibly Even Better! Edition
$18.00
How did The Simpsons, one of the most popular television shows in history go from being attacked by many religious leaders for its lack of family values to being called one of the most theologically relevant programs in prime time?
ISBN/SKU: 
9780664232658
Publication Date: 
2011-04-06

Gospel According to Tolkien

Gospel According to Tolkien
$18.00

Readers have repeatedly called The Lord of the Rings the most important book of our age--absorbing all 1,500 of its pages with an almost fanatical interest and seeing the Peter Jackson movies in unprecedented numbers. Readers from ages 8 to 80 keep turning to Tolkien because here, in this magical kingdom, they are immersed in depth after depth of significance and meaning--perceiving the Hope that can be found amidst despair, the Charity that overcomes vengeance, and the Faith that springs from the strange power of weakness. The Gospel According to Tolkien examines biblical and Christian themes that are found in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Follow Ralph Wood as he takes us through the theological depths of Tolkien's literary legacy.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664226107
Publication Date: 
2003-10-01
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Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God

Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God
$18.00
The Twilight saga has become one of the most successful fiction series ever written, with more than one hundred million copies in print and several blockbuster films. Despite the tremendous commercial success Twilight has generated, few readers have analyzed its theological teachings or the messages Stephenie Meyer might be sending to women and teenage girls. This book offers both a feminist critique of Twilight and a theological review of the stories' ideas about salvation, heaven and hell, power, reconciliation, resurrection, and organized religion.

Elaine Heath writes in an accessible voice, calling attention to both the 'good news' of Twilight's theology and the 'bad news' of its gender stereotypes and depictions of violence against women.

The book includes questions for youth and adult groups or for classroom discussions.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664236786
Publication Date: 
2011-09-12

Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God

Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God
$25.00

Craig Detweiler's collection of up-to-the-minute essays on video games' theological themes (and yes, they do exist!) is an engaging and provocative book for gamers, parents, pastors, media scholars, and theologians--virtually anyone who has dared to consider the ramifications of modern society's obsession with video games and online media. Together, these essays take on an exploding genre in popular culture and interpret it through a refreshing and enlightening philosophical lens.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664232771
Publication Date: 
2010-02-01

Holy Clues: The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes

Holy Clues: The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes
$15.00
If God is the greatest mystery of them all, then why not, in pursuit of God, consult the greatest detective of them all? In this imaginative and surprisingly profound book, Stephen Kendrick reveals Sherlock Holmes as spiritual guide.

Drawing on the teachings of Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism--as well as a host of thinkers as varied as Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Vincent van Gogh--Kendrick explores the stories of Sherlock Holmes and finds remarkably prescient religious insights. He shows us the link between careful observation of clues and the Buddhist concept of "Bare Attention." He illuminates the parallel between the great sleuth's pursuit of justice and God's actions on the scene of the first murder, when Cain slew Abel. And in the detective's open, engaged mind, Kendrick finds a model for uniting the principles of science with a sincere spiritual quest. The result is a book of inspiration for the modern, skeptical searcher--and an entertaining work that sheds new light on the methods of the world's greatest detective.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780375703386
Publication Date: 
2000-07-11

Holy Superheroes!: Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film (Revised, Expanded)

Holy Superheroes!: Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film (Revised, Expanded)
$20.00

Spider-Man. Batman. The X-Men. The Fantastic Four. Comic books and the characters they have spawned have become twenty-first-century mythology. Greg Garrett helps us see the profound depth that can be found in the glossy, fast-paced, and often violent world of comics, graphic novels, and the films they inspire. Holy Superheroes! provides extensive discussions of some of our most beloved comic heroes and concludes with an appendix of twenty-five comics and graphic novels for discussion of spirituality and comics.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664231910
Publication Date: 
2008-01-31
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Inked: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life

Inked: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life
$15.99
A tattoo can tell a lot about a person. Some reflect a rebellious season, like the demons that cover Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers. Some express religious ties, like actor Mark Wahlberg's once tattooed rosary. Some are symbols of love and loyalty; Some serve as remembrances, like rapper Lil Wayne's teardrops, representing deaths of loved ones.

Inked
by Janet E. Kusiak and Kim Goad uses the language of tattoos to explore the question: what has marked your life? Is it a deep well of pain? Is it emotional baggage? Is it depression? In spite of events that are so deeply etched into our hearts, we have the power to change the marks that life makes on us.

An estimated quarter of Americans ages 18-50 have a tattoo. What better way to show how one of the most polarizing of cultural icons can, in fact, be a metaphor for what people have in common? Using stories and slang from tattoo culture, the authors look at the new way Christ desires that we be inked by Him, as the authors explore the marks that have been made on our hearts.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426751189
Publication Date: 
2013-02-01

Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia

Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia
$14.99
Join award-winning author Devin Brown as he takes readers on a fascinating journey to the land of Narnia. Whether you’re a longtime fan of The Chronicles of Narnia or are just discovering them for the first time, you will be amazed and inspired as you undertake your very own chapter-by-chapter guided tour of C. S. Lewis’s beloved classics.

If you have only traveled to Narnia through the wardrobe, there is so much more to explore. Join Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy on their second trip to the magical land. But be prepared to find that everything you thought you knew about Narnia is about to change!

ISBN/SKU: 
9781426787201
Publication Date: 
2013-10-01

Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A Guide to Exploring the Journey Beyond Narnia

Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A Guide to Exploring the Journey Beyond Narnia
$14.99
Join award-winning author Devin Brown as he takes readers on a fascinating journey to the land of Narnia. Whether you re a longtime fan of The Chronicles of Narnia or are just discovering them for the first time, you will be amazed and inspired as you undertake your very own chapter-by-chapter guided tour of C. S. Lewis s beloved classics.

This tale about Narnia takes readers on a high-seas adventure to places beyond the imagination filled with new characters and new conflicts. Learn more about Reepicheep, the valiant mouse who is small in stature but great in courage. Meet Eustace Clarence Scrubb and find out how Professor Lewis came up with his dreadful name. Travel to where sky and water meet and discover how Aslan is also present in our world as well."

ISBN/SKU: 
9781426787218
Publication Date: 
2013-10-01
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Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives Through the Power of Story

Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives Through the Power of Story
$14.99
The Mockingbird Parables takes readers on an inspiring and engaging journey through Harper Lee’s beloved 1960 literary masterpiece, introducing each character through the lens of faith. The enigmatic Boo Radley as an allegorical representation of God, “the divine, mysterious neighbor” who watches over, protects, and longs to know his children personally. The hero, Atticus Finch, as a model of faith, integrity, and even parenting. The main character, Scout Finch, and what she might teach us about the role of women in church and society.
The Mockingbird Parables compels us to ask the often-ignored questions: Do we truly love our neighbors? Are we building community? Are we influencing society for the better? By illuminating the parallels between Christian faith and Lee’s masterpiece, The Mockingbird Parables reaffirms the magnitude of a novel perhaps more relevant today than ever before.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781414348346
Publication Date: 
2010-08-04

Of Pilgrims and Fire: When God Shows Up at the Movies

Of Pilgrims and Fire: When God Shows Up at the Movies
$18.00
Every human being, Roy Anker points out, is a pilgrim searching for a destination that promises meaning and welcome. We seek a glimpse of light or fire pointing the way to a place that soothes the soul. This light often shines most clearly in the stories we love to see on film.
In Of Pilgrims and Fire Anker explores some of cinema s most profound moments of pilgrims looking for light. His movie choices are rarely those we might consider religious, yet he argues that they may be truer depictions of God s light because of their lack of overt Christianity. These select films depict the struggles of ordinary people trying to find some measure of light to make sense of the world and of themselves sometimes running into surprising renditions of what God might look like.
Each section begins with a basic filmography of the pictures discussed, including awards and ratings. Anker also provides a preview of each film and suggests what the filmmaker seems to convey. Finally each chapter includes a series of questions to guide personal or group discussion. Like the movies he chooses, Anker avoids the preachy or didactic and strives to make viewing and reflecting both enjoyable and provocative."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802865724
Publication Date: 
2010-09-28

Parables of Dr Suess

Parables of Dr Suess
$17.00

This breezy and engaging book will delight the Dr. Seuss fan in all of us. Robert Short looks at spirituality in the stories of children's book author and illustrator Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, arguing that Geisel was "a first-class Christian thinker." The book explores Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and others.

Short writes in the introduction, "When I first became acquainted with his books and was struck by the many parallels I saw between his work and what is said in the Bible and by Christian faith, I considered these similarities to be merely 'happy accidents.' Today I still see these parallels as 'happy, ' but I'm now convinced that they are not merely 'accidents.'"

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664230470
Publication Date: 
2008-01-01

Redemption of Scrooge

Redemption of Scrooge
$14.99

Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge? Pastor and author Matt Rawle believes so as he discovers the teachings of Jesus in the words of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Rawle dives deep into the dark, sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Along with Scrooge, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and in the process learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. Rediscover and reinvigorate your Christian faith this Advent and Christmas season and look at this familiar classic through the lens of faith.

Chapters include:

  1. Bah! Humbug!
  2. The Remembrance of Christmas Past
  3. The Life of Christmas Present
  4. The Hope of Christmas Future
ISBN/SKU: 
9781501823077
Publication Date: 
2016-09-06
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Redemption of Scrooge DVD

Redemption of Scrooge DVD
$39.99

Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge? Pastor and author Matt Rawle believes so as he discovers the teachings of Jesus in the words of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Rawle dives deep into the dark, sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Along with Scrooge, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and in the process learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. Rediscover and reinvigorate your Christian faith this Advent and Christmas season and look at this familiar classic through the lens of faith.

The DVD contains four video segments of 8-10 minutes each, to go with the four book chapters. For use during the group sessions, these videos feature Matt Rawle teaching in his friendly, casual, appealing style. All video sessions are closed captioned.

Sessions include:

  1. Bah! Humbug!
  2. The Remembrance of Christmas Past
  3. The Life of Christmas Present
  4. The Hope of Christmas Future
ISBN/SKU: 
9781501823114
Publication Date: 
2016-09-01
Author: 
Publisher: 

Redemption of Scrooge Leader Guide

Redemption of Scrooge Leader Guide
$12.99

Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge? Pastor and author Matt Rawle believes so as he discovers the teachings of Jesus in the words of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Rawle dives deep into the dark, sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Along with Scrooge, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and in the process learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. Rediscover and reinvigorate your Christian faith this Advent and Christmas season and look at this familiar classic through the lens of faith.

The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the 4-week study for Advent, making use of the book and videos. Guide includes session plans and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

Sessions include:

  1. Bah! Humbug!
  2. The Remembrance of Christmas Past
  3. The Life of Christmas Present
  4. The Hope of Christmas Future
ISBN/SKU: 
9781501823091
Publication Date: 
2016-09-01
Author: 
Publisher: 

Redemption of Scrooge Worship Resource Flash Drive

Redemption of Scrooge Worship Resource Flash Drive
$34.99

Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge? Pastor and author Matt Rawle believes so as he discovers the teachings of Jesus in the words of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Rawle dives deep into the dark, sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Along with Scrooge, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and in the process learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. Rediscover and reinvigorate your Christian faith this Advent and Christmas season and look at this familiar classic through the lens of faith.

This Worship Resources Flash Drive provides ideas and tools for use in worship and in your congregation during a churchwide study of The Redemption of Scrooge. Resources include promotional videos, worship countdowns, sermon outlines, posters, social media images, presentation slides, and more helps to incorporate the theme into the worship service.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501823206
Publication Date: 
2016-09-06
Author: 
Publisher: 

Redemption of Scrooge Youth Study Book

Redemption of Scrooge Youth Study Book
$9.99

Is redemption possible for Ebenezer Scrooge? Pastor and author Matt Rawle believes so as he discovers the teachings of Jesus in the words of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Rawle dives deep into the dark, sad, greedy world of Scrooge and discovers a man in dire need of a second chance. Along with Scrooge, we meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and in the process learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus. Rediscover and reinvigorate your Christian faith this Advent and Christmas season and look at this familiar classic through the lens of faith.

The Youth Study Book interprets Scrooge, his struggles, and his redemption in a way that youth can relate to and understand, using humor, down-to-earth discussion, and examples from contemporary culture. For young people grades 6-12. Includes leader helps with discussion questions and can be used with the adult-level DVD.

Sessions include:

  1. Bah! Humbug!
  2. The Remembrance of Christmas Past
  3. The Life of Christmas Present
  4. The Hope of Christmas Future
ISBN/SKU: 
9781501823169
Publication Date: 
2016-09-01
Author: 
Publisher: 

Short Meditations on the Bible and Peanuts

Short Meditations on the Bible and Peanuts
$18.00

Robert L. Short, author of the best-selling The Gospel According to Peanuts, presents a book of biblical meditations on everyday life. Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Woodstock, and friends consider their religious beliefs, and the resulting cartoons offer some delightful insights into life. Short seizes the opportunity to explore these insights one step further, to help us laugh at our own foibles and learn from our own collisions with reality.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664251529
Publication Date: 
2010-04-21

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