Archives for 2016

Transforming Evangelism

Title of book or publication
Transforming Evangelism
Author(s)
David Gortner
Publisher
Church Publishing
Month and Year of Publication
2007
Description or summary
This book anticipated much of the reawakening now stirring the Episcopal Church, at the heart of what Presiding Bishop Curry has called “The Jesus Movement.” Gortner is passionate about reclaiming and properly redefining evangelism that is rooted in joy and wonder at God’s great love, trust that God is already at work in all people’s lives, eagerness to hear others’ stories and share our own stories, and an everyday ease in speaking of the God of Life and “naming the Holy” at work in people’s lives. When people use the tools and study the examples provided in this book, they soon learn that people really are interested in talking about their lives and sharing matters of the heart — and that people are open to hearing about our lives and the ways we have experienced God’s grace.
Website
https://www.amazon.com/Transforming-Evangelism-Transformations-David-Gortner/dp/0898695856
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, Church Publishing
Contact name
David Gortner
Email
dgortner@vts.edu

Led by God

Title of book or publication
Led by God
Author(s)
Billie K. Fidlin & Richard N. Morrison
Publisher
Archway Publishing from Simon and Schuster
Month and Year of Publication
December 2016
Description or summary
In a time when anxiety and brokenness have become hallmarks of so many institutions, this small volume abounds with wisdom and insight for those who seek a better way. Every page offers valuable perspectives on how leaders, in the church and beyond, can both value and benefit from the too often underappreciated gifts of our most valuable resource – the people with whom we serve.

While the principles have been distilled into seven People-Centric insights, Morrison and Fidlin offer a path to transform entire human ecologies toward hope, worth and productivity. For many, the language of Servant Leadership has become just another shibboleth – in these pages are insights that liberate anew the understanding that in all our ministry and service, all may gain in self worth and their true value to the community.

Philip Amerson, President Emeritus, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Richard Morrison and Billie Fidlin have proved that combining Christian ethics with modern business practice is not only possible, but is a winning combination for the church. Building upon their considerable experience in both secular and religious organizations, they have shown us a management technique that is both compassionate and effective. This is must reading for church leaders!

The Right Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, Ph.D, D. D.

Website
http://bookstore.archwaypublishing.com/Author/Default.aspx?BookworksSId=SKU-001106218
Where can the publication be purchased?
http://bookstore.archwaypublishing.com/Products/SKU-001106218/Led-by-God.aspx
Contact name
Laura Gallaher
Email
laura@morrisonaz.com

A Journey with John: The 50 Day Bible Challenge

Title of book or publication
A Journey with John: The 50 Day Bible Challenge
Author(s)
Marek P. Zabriskie
Publisher
Forward Movement
Year of Publication
2016
Description or summary
The Gospel of John starts with poetry and moves through the great story of Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection with literary flair and deeply theological underpinnings. John focuses on Jesus’ last years of life—his public ministry and “signs” —what this gospel calls miracles. Join A Journey with John with fifty days of scripture, meditations, and prayers written by dynamic spiritual leaders from across the United States and around the world. A Journey with John is part of the 50 Day Bible series, which includes Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and is an extension of The Bible Challenge, a global initiative to encourage daily engagement with the Word of God. Edited by Marek P. Zabriskie
Website
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes
Contact name
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org

Springtime of the Spirit: Homilies for the Weekdays of Lent and Holy Week

Title of book or publication
Springtime of the Spirit: Homilies for the Weekdays of Lent and Holy Week
Author(s)
John D. Alexander
Publisher
Forward Movement
Year of Publication
2016
Description or summary
Springtime of the Spirit is a faith-filled journey through the weekday Eucharistic readings for the season of Lent. Using the appointed daily readings and collects, John D. Alexander has crafted homilies suitable for use by clergy during daily Eucharistic celebrations for personal use by lay people seeking a deeper Lenten experience, or for group reflection. The homilies found in Springtime of the Spirit are redolent and resonant with rich imagery and thoughtful theological commentary.

Springtime of the Spirit is also an excellent companion to Dawn from on High, John D. Alexander’s collection of Eucharistic homilies for the weekdays of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, also available from Forward Movement.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes
Contact name
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org

Forward Through the Years: The Best of Forward Day by Day

Title of book or publication
Forward Through the Years: The Best of Forward Day by Day
Author(s)
Editors: Richelle Thompson and Rachel Jones
Publisher
Forward Movement
Year of Publication
2016
Description or summary
Forward Day by Day has encouraged, challenged, invigorated, prodded, and empowered millions of people around the world since 1935. Timeless in wisdom, these devotions are rich with stories of everyday people who have found love, forgiveness, courage, and redemption through the amazing grace of our risen Lord.

Longtime readers and newcomers alike will love these selections of the best meditations from eight decades. A ministry of Forward Movement, Forward Day by Day is a companion for those who want a deeper connection with scripture and with God.

Website
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes
Contact name
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org

Pathways of Faith: An All-Ages Coloring Book

Title of book or publication
Pathways of Faith: An All-Ages Coloring Book
Author(s)
Illustrations by Roger Speer
Publisher
Forward Movement
Date of Publication
2016
Description or summary
A coloring book for all ages—but especially for adults who may have forgotten the simple joys of creating—Pathways of Faith offers a respite from busyness and daily demands. Relax and restore as you spend time coloring these original illustrations that capture the amazing stories of the Bible and God’s love for us. Come and spend some creative, refreshing time with God. The Lord knows we need it!
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon
Contact
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org

The Path: Family Storybook

Title of book or publication
The Path: Family Storybook
Author(s)
Lindsay Hardin Freeman, Melody Wilson Shobe
Publisher
Forward Movement
Date of Publication
2016
Description or summary
Explore the greatest stories of all as a family. This storybook recounts the major stories of the Bible, from creation to revelation, in a way that engages children (and those who love them!).

The book features dynamic storytelling by best-selling author Lindsay Hardin Freeman, compelling questions by editor Melody Wilson Shobe, and original illustrations by artist Roget Speer. Can be read independently or would be a great companion to The Path: A Journey Through the Bible.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org
Contact
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org

The Path: A Journey Through the Bible

Title of book or publication
The Path: A Journey Through the Bible
Author(s)
Editors: Melody Wilson Shobe and David Creech
Publisher
Forward Movement
Date of Publication
2016
Description or summary
Walk in the footsteps of faithful men and women who have done their best to follow God’s call. The Path is the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version so that it is clear and easy to read. Follow the path of God’s love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam’s creation to John’s revelation.

With informative trail signs to help you see how each piece of the narrative fits together, The Path is an experience unlike any other: an amazing 360-degree overview of the vast, sweeping story of God’s extraordinary love for ordinary people. Join us on this epic adventure, a journey through the Bible to grow closer to God.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes
Contact
Jason Merritt
Email
jmerritt@forwardmovement.org

Unholy Trinity conference, Apr. 20-22 (Chicago, IL)

Tell us what you’re planning …
Unholy Trinity
When does it start?
04/20/2017
When does it end?
04/22/2017
Tell us where you’re holding the event
Lutheran School of Theology
1100 East 55th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60615
What kind of event is it?
Conference
Tell us more about what you’re planning
Registration is now open for “Unholy Trinity: the Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Gun Violence” a conference sponsored by Bishops United Against Gun Violence on April 20-22, 2017 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

The conference will feature a “three-note” panel of African-American leaders offering perspectives on poverty, racism and gun violence and include Bible study focused on the conference themes and a public liturgy.

The “three-note” panelists are: the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Susan D. Morgan Distinguished Professor of Religion at Goucher College and canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral; the Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior minister of University Church in Chicago and a hip-hop artist who performs as J. Kwest; and Natalie Moore, South Side Bureau reporter for WBEZ and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies will moderate the panel.

Does your organization have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.bishopsagainstgunviolence.org
Does the event have a website?
http://www.bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/unholy-trinity
Contact
Rebecca Wilson
Email
bishopsunitedtec@gmail.com

Christ Walk Kids: A Spiritual Journey for Tweens and Teens, by Anna Fitch Courie

Title of book or publication
Christ Walk Kids: A Spiritual Journey for Tweens and Teens
Author(s)
Anna Fitch Courie
Publisher
Morehouse Publishing
Month and Year of Publication
October 2016
Description or summary
christ-walk-kids-full-rgbChrist Walk Kids: A Spiritual Journey for Tweens and Teens is a spin-off of the bestselling Christ Walk health and spiritual fitness program used by thousands of adults. It offers a fun and inspiring approach to instilling practices of caring for body, mind, and spirit. “Our children are inquisitive about their health, their bodies, their relationship with God, and their purpose in the world,” says nurse, author, speaker—and mom—Anna Fitch Courie, who developed both programs.

Using a fitness tracker, kids track their steps and mileage as they imaginatively trace biblical paths. For example, one route might be between Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth and Jerusalem, a 65-mile journey that requires 4,000 steps (1.6 miles) per day. Each day covers a topic related to health and spirituality: physical exercise, nutrition (“God did not hang protein bars on the trees in the Garden of Eden,” Courie points out), sex, drinking, drugs, praying, lying, stealing, bullying, and many others. Courie encourages parents to read the book with their older children and teens, and accompany them as they build a foundation of healthy choices.

Where can the publication be purchased?
www.churchpublishing.org/christwalkkids