As far as I can tell these books are not a part of another sale.
225 pages, 13 of 13 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
Take a casual survey of how people practice their faith, and you might reasonably conclude that Jesus spent his life going door to door offering private lessons, complete with chalkboard and pop quizzes. We think about God in the comfort of our own minds, in isolation from one another; meanwhile the world waits for a people to practice the way of Jesus together.
Mark Scandrette contends that Jesus has in mind something more lively for us: not a classroom so much as a kingdom, where our formation takes place not only in our heads but in our hearts and our bodies, and in the company of one another, in a way that blesses the world we’ve been entrusted with.
In Practicing the Way of Jesus Scandrette draws from his experience as a spiritual director and leader of an intentional community, as well as the best contemporary thinking on kingdom spirituality, to paint a picture of life lived together, in the way of Jesus–which is another way of saying life lived to the full.
305 pages, 13 of 13 reviews are 4 or 5-star
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed,” Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew, “nothing will be impossible for you.”
That sounds good, but does it work in a world where seeds are genetically altered by an impatient few and hard to come by for countless others? In a world where the gulf between the very rich and the profoundly poor is constantly growing, can a mustard-seed faith make any difference? And can such a little bit of faith be sustained in a world whose future is so uncertain on so many fronts?
Tom Sine says yes, and he has the audacity to try to prove it in his latest book. In The New Conspirators Tom surveys the landscape of creative Christianity, where streams of renewal are flowing freely from diverse sources:
- The emerging church
- Contemporary monastic movements
- The missional church
- The mosaic movement
Individuals and communities of faith are coalescing in, and drawing energy from, these four streams to retrofit the church as it leads, serves and gives witness to the kingdom of God in the turbulent times facing us. Read the book and you’ll want to-and be prepared to-join God’s conspiracy to create a better future.
125 pages, 13 of 15 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
“Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do.” —from the Introduction
Activists Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove show how prayer and action must go together. Their exposition of key Bible passages provides concrete examples of how a life of prayer fuels social engagement and the work of justice. Phrases like “give us this day our daily bread” and “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” take on new meaning when applied to feeding the hungry or advocating for international debt relief.
If you hope to see God change society, you must be an ordinary radical who prays—and then is ready to become the answer to your own prayers.
240 pages, 8 of 8 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
Margot Starbuck is back with as much passion and energy as ever. In thirty brief chapters, she invites you to choose the adventure that fits who you are in authentically loving those around you.
Yes, she knows: just the thought of adding something more to your life sounds exhausting. But here’s the fantastic truth she’s discovered in her own journey: “We don’t have to add lots more overwhelming activity to what we’ve already got going. The regular stuff of our lives–the commute to work and the potlucks and home improvement projects and errands and play dates–are the exact places in which we express and experience God’s love for a world in need.”
With a list of resources, a study guide and a six-week “Adventure Challenge,” as well as plenty of stories and hilarity from Margot’s own life, Small Things with Great Love will open your eyes to the people around you and the huge impact you can have on them through small acts of love.
207 pages, 13 of 18 reviews are 4 or 5-star
Julie Clawson takes us on a tour of everyday life and shows how our ordinary lifestyle choices have big implications for justice around the world. She unpacks how we get our food and clothing and shows us the surprising costs of consumer waste.
How we live can make a difference not only for our own health but also for the well-being of people across the globe. The more sustainable our lifestyle, the more just our world will be.
Everyday justice is one way of loving God and our neighbors. We can live more ethically, through the little and big decisions we make every day. Here’s how.
227 pages, 10 of 11 reviews are 5-star
Hip-hop is here.
The beats ring out in our cities. Hip-hop culture is all around us: in the clothes youth wear, in the music they listen to, in the ways they express themselves. It is the language they speak, the rhythm they move to. It is a culture familiar with the hard realities of our broken world; the generation raised with rap knows about the pain. They need to know about the hope.
Enter the hip-hop church.
Like the culture it rises from, the hip-hop church is relevant and bold. And it speaks to the heart. In this book, pastors Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson show the urgency of connecting hip-hop culture and church to reach a generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They give practical ideas from their urban churches and other hip-hop churches about how to engage and incorporate rap, break dancing, poetry and deejays to worship Jesus and preach his Word.
Hip-hop culture is shaping the next generation. Ignoring it will not reduce its influence; it will only separate us from the youth moving to its rhythm. How will they hear Christ’s message of truth and hope if we don’t speak their language? And how can we speak their language if we don’t understand and embrace their culture?
Hear the beat. Join the beat. Become the beat that brings truth and hope to a hungry, hurting generation.
161 pages, 2 of 2 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
But, as Leroy Barber has learned through his work in inner cities and with young people, that’s not usually how it works. More often God calls out to us from everyday misfortunes and all-too-common injustices, and he invites our response–not just a response in the moment, but a recognition that we have a role to play in seeing God’s kingdom come, God’s will done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Through the surprisingly normal stories of the heroes of faith in the Bible, and through Barber’s experiences with Mission Year and other ministries, in this book you’ll learn what it means to change the world from your own little space in it.
Too Busy Not To Pray by Bill Hybels (Abridged Audiobook) – $2.95
2 hours, 13 minutes, 45 of 49 reviews are 4 or 5-star
Most of us have trouble finding time to pray. There’s church and school and neighborhood and job and friends and everything else we want to do! Time for prayer seems impossible to find. As a pastor, Bill Hybels knows hundreds of people with schedules like this. Yet in his own life, he has made the hard discovery that prayer doesn’t happen on the run. He decided that he was too busy not to pray. The ideas in this practical book can help us to learn to slow down to be with God as well.
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