Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner's Guide to Praying with Beads

Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner's Guide to Praying with Beads
$12.00
A BEAD AND A PRAYER introduces Protestants to prayer as a way to connect with God. Readers will explore the history and art of using beads in prayer, discover ways to pray with beads, and learn how beads can help them deepen their faith, understand Christian beliefs, and listen to God. Instructions for making prayer beads are included. Great for Christians with no experience in using beads for prayer, Sunday school classes, women's groups, prayer groups. Youth and children will also enjoy making prayer beads, led by someone using this book as a guide.
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9780835812177
Publication Date: 
2013-08-01
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Book of Hours

Book of Hours
$25.00

Henri Nouwen: A Book of Hours is a beautiful new compilation based on the writings of Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time. It is edited and compiled by Robert Waldron.

Nouwen spent his life helping people respond to the universal "yearning for love, unity and communion that doesn't go away." He probed deeply at the meaning of living a spiritual life that embraces pain and suffering in ourselves and in the world, yet nevertheless gives us freedom to love deeply wherever we are.

More than a prayer book, Henri Nouwen: A Book of Hours, if followed faithfully, helps structure our daily routine with prayer; thus, not only sanctifying our relationship with God, but also sanctifying the minutes and hours of each day.

Henri Nouwen: A Book of Hours is a beautiful new compilation based on the writings of Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time. It is edited and compiled by Robert Waldron.

Nouwen spent his life helping people respond to the universal "yearning for love, unity and communion that doesn't go away." He probed deeply at the meaning of living a spiritual life that embraces pain and suffering in ourselves and in the world, yet nevertheless gives us freedom to love deeply wherever we are.

More than a prayer book, Henri Nouwen: A Book of Hours, if followed faithfully, helps structure our daily routine with prayer; thus, not only sanctifying our relationship with God, but also sanctifying the minutes and hours of each day.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781596271128
Publication Date: 
2009-02-01
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Can You Drink the Cup?:

Can You Drink the Cup?:
$12.95
Explores the deep spiritual impact of the question Jesus asks his friends James and John. With stories from his family life and his life with people with mental disabilities, the author challenges us to drink our cup to the bottom, thereby letting it become the cup of our salvation.
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9781594710995
Publication Date: 
2006-10-01
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Celebrating the Disciplines: A

Celebrating the Disciplines: A
$16.99
For those who want to develop a deeper, more joyful inner life through the practice of Christian spiritual disciplines, this one-year journal-workbook helps readers find new ways to reflect on, experience, and integrate the disciplines into their lives.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780060698676
Publication Date: 
1992-12-01

Celebration of Discipline: The Pathway to Spiritual Growth

Celebration of Discipline: The Pathway to Spiritual Growth
$25.99

Richard J. Foster's Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978.

In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.

Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovare, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780060628390
Publication Date: 
2002-12-24
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Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible

Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible
$16.99
From biblical times to today, people have found meaning and significance in the actions and symbolism of birds. We admire their mystery and manners, their strength and fragility, their beauty and their ugliness—and perhaps compare these very characteristics to our own lives in the process.

From the well-known image of the dove to the birds that gorge on the flesh of the defeated “beast” in Revelation, birds play a dynamic part in Scripture. They bring bread to the prophets. They are food for the wanderers. As sacrifices, they are the currency of mercy. They also challenge, offend, devour, and fight.

Highlighting 10 birds throughout Scripture, author Debbie Blue explores their significance in both familiar and unfamiliar biblical stories and illustrates how and why they have represented humanity across culture, Christian tradition, art, and contemporary psyche. With these (usually) minor characters at the forefront of human imaginations, poignant life lessons illuminate such qualities as desire and gratitude, power and vulnerability, insignificance and importance—and provide us with profound lessons about humanity, faith, and God's mysterious grace.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426749506
Publication Date: 
2013-08-20

Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings

Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings
$17.00
It's hard to hear oneself think in today's culture much less refresh one's soul. Sights and sounds - from ads placed on the back of toilet doors to loud ringtones or cars pulsing with bass - assault us every day. Peace and quiet seem out of place in 21st century everyday life. It's time to mute the cacophony. Meaningful and serene contemplative silence is possible. And it doesn't require an expensive trip to a spa. "We yearn for rest, and our souls hunger to be fed, yet we seldom give ourselves permission to respond to these yearnings," the authors write. "The quiet spaces described in these pages are places intentionally designed to invite sabbath rest and to encourage reflection on, and quiet awareness of, the Spirit of God." Jane Young and Gerrie Grimsley met when they agreed to help create meditative spaces for a summer retreat center event. Their innovative and yet practical efforts were so well received that they now teach others how to arrange settings and objects (such as a photograph, a leaf, a pencil) to encourage spiritual reflection and, most importantly, achieve stillness. Learn from their experience and inspiration to create your own simple prayerful oasis in your church or home that encourages new ways of communing with God. Their guidance offers a gentle hand to the path of awareness of the everyday sacred. Receive the refreshment of God's hospitality through your own experiential prayers and quiet spaces. Be still, and know that I am God.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780835899697
Publication Date: 
2008-09-01

Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction

Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction
$18.00
Peterson, who has been gaining a growing reputation as a "pastor's pastor", speaks words of wisdom and refreshment for pastors caught in the busy-ness of preaching, teaching, and "running the church". Chapters include poetic reflections on the Beatitudes, advice on spiritual direction "between Sundays", and the language of prayer.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780802801142
Publication Date: 
1901-12-13

Desert Mothers: Spiritual Prac

Desert Mothers: Spiritual Prac
$14.00
In the same format as Holy Companions and the forthcoming Praying with the Anglican Saints, this book includes summaries of the thoughts and spiritual approaches of the Desert Mothers, along with spiritual practices based on their writings. Although scholars have paid attention to the Desert Mothers, general lay audiences have only had access to writings by the Desert Fathers. Unlike most of the scholarly books on the market, this book popularizes the writings and the thinking of the Desert Mothers of the early Church, and applies them to contemporary life.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780819221568
Publication Date: 
2007-02-01

Divine Conspiracy

Divine Conspiracy
$24.99
In an era when many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Masterfully capturing the central insights of Christ's teachings in a fresh way for today's seekers, he helps us to explore a revolutionary way to experience God - by knowing Him as an essential part of the here and now, rather than only as a part of the hereafter.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780060693336
Publication Date: 
1998-03-24
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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life in Christ

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life in Christ
$15.99

What Are You Missing?

Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Even though Pete was pastor of a rapidly growing church, he did what most people do:

  • avoid conflict in the name of Christianity
  • ignore his anger, sadness, and fear
  • use God to run from God
  • live without boundaries

Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integration of emotional health, a profound relationship with Jesus, and the historical practices of contemplative spirituality. It created nothing short of a spiritual revolution, utterly transforming him and his church.

In this best-selling book Pete outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is presently used in more than twenty-six countries to equip churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that truly transforms lives.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780849946424
Publication Date: 
2011-05-10

Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice

Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice
$15.95
In this first book to explore photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective, Christine Valters Paintner builds on the process of contemplative creativity she introduced online at Abbey of the Arts and in her book The Artist's Rule. She considers how a camera can help readers open "the eyes of the heart."

More than a book on photographic technique, Eyes of the Heart is about cultivating photography as a spiritual practice. Adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing), spiritual director and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner invites readers to a new way of viewing the world--through the lens of a camera. Paintner guides readers through six themes connecting the medium of photography with the Christian spiritual life. Each theme provides a photographic journey in which the reader does not simply take images, but receives images and learns to see with "the eyes of the heart" (Eph 1:18). Photos by the author are included.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781933495545
Publication Date: 
2013-03-25

God, Cornbread and Elvis

God, Cornbread and Elvis
$16.00

Do you wonder how God is present in your ordinary, everyday life?

Joe Pennel has a gift for recognizing God at work in life s events, large and small. He tells how, when, and where he has encountered God s grace. His down-to-earth stories, full of keen insights, make you aware of how God surrounds us with hope and love.

Step away from the busyness of life, pull up a chair, and listen to this winsome, folksy storyteller weave his simple tales about being fully alive to the mystery and wonder all around us.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780835812238
Publication Date: 
2013-08-01

Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love

Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love
$23.00
In this third book in the Apprentice Series, James Bryan Smith helps us know how to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Jesus. "Apprentices of Jesus are not part-time do-gooders," he writes. "They live in continuous contact with the kingdom of God, and are constantly men and women in whom Christ dwells. They do not sometimes tell the truth, sometimes live sacrificially or sometimes forgive. There are myriad opportunities for us to impact the world in which we live." Yet many times we've gotten it wrong, tending to emphasize personal faith over social justice or vice versa. In these pages Jim Smith shows us how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together, and then once again offers spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in our souls. His insight and humility as a fellow learner with us will lead us to live in authentic ways as a good and beautiful community of Christ-followers, shining the light of the Spirit into every relationship.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830835331
Publication Date: 
2010-08-06

Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows

Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows
$24.00
"God wants me to try harder." "God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad." "God is angry with me." We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true--but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here. Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind. At the end of each chapter you'll find an opportunity for soul training, engaging in spiritual practices that reinforce the biblical messages on your mind and heart. Because the best way to make a complete and lasting change is to go through the material in community, small group discussion questions also accompany each chapter. Those who are leading apprentice groups will also find additional help and opportunities to interact with other leaders at the Apprentice website, www.apprenticeofjesus.com. This deep, loving and transformative book will help you discover the narratives that Jesus lived by--to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed--and to practice spiritual exercises that will help you grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830835317
Publication Date: 
2009-07-05
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Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ

Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ
$24.00
"I have never met a person whose goal was to ruin his or her life. We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time." So begins James Bryan Smith inThe Good and Beautiful Life. The problem is, he tells us, we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. These self-centered decisions lead us further into the vices that cause ruin: anger, lust, lying, worry and judging. Eventually we find ourselves living a beautifully packaged life of self-destruction. Following the Sermon on the Mount, this follow-up toThe Good and Beautiful God guides us to look behind these character flaws and to replace our false beliefs with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830835324
Publication Date: 
2010-01-11
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Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus' Essential Teachings on Discipleship

Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus' Essential Teachings on Discipleship
$23.99

The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to "make disciples of all the nations." But Christians have responded by making "Christians," not "disciples." This, according to brilliant scholar and renowned Christian thinker Dallas Willard, has been the church's Great Omission.

"The word disciple occurs 269 times in the New Testament," writes Willard. "Christian is found three times and was first introduced to refer precisely to disciples of Jesus. . . . The New Testament is a book about disciples, by disciples, and for disciples of Jesus Christ. But the point is not merely verbal. What is more important is that the kind of life we see in the earliest church is that of a special type of person. All of the assurances and benefits offered to humankind in the gospel evidently presuppose such a life and do not make realistic sense apart from it. The disciple of Jesus is not the deluxe or heavy-duty model of the Christian -- especially padded, textured, streamlined, and empowered for the fast lane on the straight and narrow way. He or she stands on the pages of the New Testament as the first level of basic transportation in the Kingdom of God."

Willard boldly challenges the thought that we can be Christians without being disciples, or call ourselves Christians without applying this understanding of life in the Kingdom of God to every aspect of life on earth. He calls on believers to restore what should be the heart of Christianity -- being active disciples of Jesus Christ. Willard shows us that in the school of life, we are apprentices of the Teacher whose brilliance encourages us to rise above traditional church understanding and embrace the true meaning of discipleship -- an active, concrete, 24/7 life with Jesus.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780060882433
Publication Date: 
2006-06-13
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Hidden in Christ: Living as God's Beloved

Hidden in Christ: Living as God's Beloved
$17.00
Words are powerful. They contain ideas and shape the way we see God, ourselves and all of reality. We're transformed, in particular, by God's Word, and by "the Word,” the Logos—Jesus himself—as described by John in the first chapter of his Gospel. Memorizing and studying a passage in depth can offer a deeper sense of the meaning of each word. In this unique introduction to the hidden life in Christ, James Bryan Smith walks readers through a thirty-day immersion in Colossians 3:1-17. Each of the thirty short chapters of this book bring out the main truth of just one word or phrase of this rich passage. You'll also find a very simple daily practice to take up, reflection questions and a guide for five weeks of group discussion. The only way to tell a story is to use words. May the words of Colossians 3 become a companion to you as God continues to write your story. A Deeper Sort of Devotional Each chapter in this book is short in length, making it ideal to use as a daily devotional. Since there are thirty chapters, it could be used for a one-month introduction to the hidden life in Christ. Though brief in terms of length, each chapter tries to unearth some very deep truths. For this reason, the book could also be beneficial to more mature Christians who need to be reminded of the basic truths that guide our life with God. Put another way, the reader who is unfamiliar with the Apprentice series should find this book an easy access point into a deeper life with Christ. And for those who have read and practiced the exercises in the Apprentice series, this book will be a helpful refresher as you continue your sacred journey. Each chapter contains an exercise or practice ("Living into the Truth"), as well as an affirmation that summarizes the main point of the chapter and a written prayer designed to move you deeper into the truths of the Word. In addition, each chapter concludes with a few reflection questions that can be used either by individuals or in a group discussion. Thus, this book can be used privately, or as a part of a small group. The best way to get the most out of this book is to read the chapter, engage in the daily/weekly exercise, repeat the summative affirmation throughout the day or week, answer the questions using a journal, and then meet with a fellow Christ-follower to discuss it together.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830835751
Publication Date: 
2013-05-30

Holy Spirit Here and Now

Holy Spirit Here and Now
$16.00
"The Holy Spirit is deeply at work in you, right at this moment, wherever you are." As Hudson shares his own struggles and joys in becoming more responsive to the Holy Spirit, readers will realize that the Spirit is accessible to them and can transform their lives. Each chapter includes a simple exercise to help readers connect with the Holy Spirit in their daily lives.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780835812207
Publication Date: 
2013-07-01
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In the Name of Jesus: Reflecti

In the Name of Jesus: Reflecti
$14.95
Henri Nouwen was a spiritual thinker with an unusual capacity to write about the life of Jesus and the love of God in ways that have inspired countless people to trust life more fully. Most widely read among the over 40 books Father Nouwen wrote is In the Name of Jesus. For a society that measures successful leadership in terms of the effectiveness of the individual, Father Nouwen offers a counter definition that is witnessed by a "communal and mutual experience." For Nouwen, leadership cannot function apart from the community. His wisdom is grounded in the foundation that we are a people "called." This beautiful guide to Christian Leadership is the rich fruit of Henri Nouwen's own journey as one of the most influential spirtiual leaders of the 20th century.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780824512590
Publication Date: 
1989-02-01

In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection & Prayer

In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection & Prayer
$22.00
Jan Richardson is back with another devotional book that interweaves the stories of historical Judeo-Christian women into the realities of lives women lead today.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780835810302
Publication Date: 
2010-10-01
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Invitation to a Journey: A Roa

Invitation to a Journey: A Roa
$17.00
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$15.00 - $17.00
"The process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others: " so M. Robert Mulholland Jr. defines spiritual formation. Compact and solid, this definition encompasses the dynamics of a vital Christian life and counters our culture's tendency to make spirituality a trivial matter or reduce it to a private affair between "me and Jesus." InInvitation to a Journey, Mulholland helps Christians new and old to understand that we become like Christ gradually, not instantly. Not every personality is suited to an early morning quiet time, so Mulholland frees different personality types to express their piety differently. He reviews the classical spiritual disciplines and demonstrates the importance of undertaking our spiritual journey with (and for the sake of) others. This road map for spiritual formation is profoundly biblical and down to earth. In the finest tradition of spiritual literature, it is a vital help to Christians at any stage of their journey.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830813865
Publication Date: 
1993-08-07
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Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge

Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge
$24.99
What does it mean to 'know' God today? Philosopher and Christian leader, Dallas Willard takes the reader on an intellectual journey showing how our culture has downgraded 'spiritual knowledge' to something less than real, making many believers begin to doubt their faith or opt out of the culture altogether. Willard corrects this trend by explaining the case for seeing what the Bible teaches as 'true knowledge' and so provides a basis for how Christians can most effectively engage their cultures. Here Willard tackles the roles of science, reason, and faith in the Christian life and how believers should engage the church, work, and the entertainment culture we live in. In the end, much of what Jesus taught us is a new way to think and act; here Willard updates Jesus's message for our day and age.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780060882440
Publication Date: 
2009-06-01

Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray

Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray
$16.99
Statistics from a Christianity Today survey found that 48 percent of the Christians surveyed were unhappy with their prayer life, 34 percent revealed that they did not know how to pray, while 31 percent were not sure that God ever responded to their prayers. Organizing Your Prayer Closet offers a holistic, new approach to revitalizing this important spiritual discipline. It both inspires and equips with Scripture, inspirational quotes, and space for journaling. Author Gina Duke illuminates the importance and power of prayer as the best connection to the source of all strength. Then, she breaks down tough spiritual concepts into practical exercises with 52 weekly worksheets that guide and equip you on a yearlong prayer journey. Each week you will be challenged to complete lessons on interacting with scripture, overcoming prayer hurdles, learning to pray authentically, holding yourself accountable, acknowledging answered prayer, and more.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426768958
Publication Date: 
2013-11-05

Practice of the Presence of God

Practice of the Presence of God
$5.99
Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of "practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end." He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence. For nearly 300 years this unparalleled classic has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780883681053
Publication Date: 
1982-06-01
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