Archives for June 2016

A New Love, a Novel of the First Century, by Katerina Katsarka Whitley

What is the title of your book or publication?
A New Love, a Novel of the First Century
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Katerina Katsarka Whitley
Who is the publisher?
Material Media, a Small Press That Cares
Month and Year of Publication
May, 2016
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ANL-ReleaseIn Corinth, in mid-first century, a young educated woman, comes in contact with The People of the Way, through Phoebe who shelters her. Through Phoebe she meets Paul the Apostle and the people who work with him in sharing a new love–for the Lord Yeesous Christos. Attracted by Phoebe’s character and Paul’s mind and passion, Helena finds herself on a journey that keeps her connected to these people who are turning the world upside down. In the course of her adventures she travels from Corinth to Kenchreae, to Thessaloniki and Philippi. Together with her we meet the people who loved and served Christ and Paul. This is a love story on many levels.
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.katerinawhitley.net
Where can the publication be purchased?
materialmedia.com and Amazon books
Contact
KATERINA WHITLEY
Email
katsarkakk@gmail.com

The Passionate Jesus, by Peter M. Wallace

What is the title of your book or publication?
The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically
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Peter M. Wallace
Who is the publisher?
SkyLight Paths
Month and Year of Publication
January 2013
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TPJemailimage“Yes, Jesus was fully human, emotions and all, in spite of what you may think the Bible says! Wallace does a masterful job of pointing to the emotional-spiritual wholeness of the Word made flesh, who is clearly both fully human and fully divine. This work offers hope and encouragement to every human being seeking a more holy and wholly integrated life.” —The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

“To read this book is to experience the ‘off-kilter sense of deep familiarity juxtaposed by newness’ which Peter Wallace winsomely finds in the Gospel accounts—and in his real, embodied, Gospel-informed life. This is a kind of Christian midrash for 21st Century people looking for a whole-body, whole-spirit faithfulness between the lines and within the words of the Bible.” —Krista Tippett

“For all those who want to go beyond what they think they know about Jesus, this book is a must-read! Peter Wallace wipes off the pious veneer we often layer on our familiar portraits of Jesus and introduces us to a fully realized, passionate Companion, one who can help us consider our own love, and fear, and anger, and grief, and joy…and perhaps become more truly human in the process.” —The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

“An illuminating and powerful personal meditation that underlines feeling and emotion as an important component of seeing and following Jesus.” —Marcus Borg

“At first blush, writing an analysis of Jesus’ emotional life would seem to be a shocking, edgy, almost heretical idea, but Wallace succeeds in every way. His explorations of the passions of the God/Man give us not only a more complete Jesus, but they also grant us license to find a more complete and candid emotional lives for ourselves as His followers.” —Phyllis Tickle

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
https://petermwallace.wordpress.com/
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com, BN.com, bookstores

Redeeming Conflict, by Ann M. Garrido

What is the title of your book or publication?
Redeeming Conflict
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Ann M. Garrido
Who is the publisher?
Ave Maria Press
Month and Year of Publication
March 2016
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redeeming-conflictIt seems counterintuitive: conflict can be a blessing. But theologian and conflict mediator Ann Garrido identifies conflict as a fruitful exchange that arises from living and working together in the diverse world God created. Garrido, author of the bestselling Redeeming Administration, offers twelve practical habits for responding to conflict, pairs each habit with a spiritual companion from history, and offers questions and prayers for growth. A small group discussion guide and a congregational resource guide, which features homily and bulletin aids are available as a free downloads for the book.
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.anngarrido.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
http://www.cgsusa.org/redeeming-conflict/

Public Faith in Action, by Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz

What is the title of your book or publication?
Public Faith in Action: How to Think Carefully, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity
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Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz
Who is the publisher?
Brazos Press
Month and Year of Publication
June, 2016
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PublicFaithinActionFollowing Volf’s successful A Public Faith, this book offers Christians practical guidance for thinking through complicated public issues and faithfully following Jesus as citizens of their countries. Public Faith in Action focuses on enduring Christian commitments that should guide readers in their judgments–not only for the next election, but beyond–and encourages legitimate debate among Christians over how to live out core values. The book also includes lists of resources for further reflection in each chapter and “room for debate” questions to consider.
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/public-faith-in-action/377671
Where can the publication be purchased?
Bookstores and online retailers
What is your name?
Kelly Hughes
Email contact
kelly@dechanthughes.com

Preaching in My Yes Dress, by Jo Page

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Preaching in My Yes Dress
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Jo Page
Who is the publisher?
SUNY Press
Month and Year of Publication
March 2016
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63174_covThe frank and funny story of a church-geek girl who spent twenty years in the ecclesiastical trenches as a Lutheran pastor, preaching weekly words of hope she wasn’t sure she even believed.

After a series of childhood misfortunes—her father’s death, her mother’s ill-advised love affair, her disabled sister wrecking the family GTO—self-avowed church-geek Jo Page decided it was her job to figure out how to stay on God’s good side and maybe spare the family any more tragedy. But she was a girl. And a Lutheran. That ruled out the Roman Catholic sisterhood as so quasi-erotically portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in Page’s favorite movie, The Nun’s Story. Though women were ordained in the larger branch of the Lutheran church, when Page’s own pastor handed her a brochure enumerating all the ways in which she, as a female, was to be silent and submissive, she gave up on the church and went off in search of sex and drugs and rock-and-roll like any rejected adolescent Lutheran girl would.

Eventually Page found her way back into the church and ultimately into ordained ministry, spending twenty years in the ecclesiastical trenches, presiding over life’s rituals and preaching compulsory weekly words of hope she wasn’t sure she even believed.

Comical, provocative, and heartbreaking, Preaching in My Yes Dress tells several stories: of a child’s need to cleave to the very God who instills mortal terror; of the shape-shifting that a public “pastoral identity” entails; of the power of ritual and the weight involved in presiding over it; and of the rise of the religious right and the patriarchy endemic to both scripture and faith traditions. Page also raises the question of whether or not faith can heal the wounds the life of faith has itself inflicted.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.jo-page.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
bookstores and online venues such as Amazon
What is your name?
Jo Page
Email contact
jopage34@yahoo.com

How to Get Your Sermon Heard: Preaching to Win Minds and Hearts, by William Hethcock

What is the title of your book or publication?
How to Get Your Sermon Heard: Preaching to Win Minds and Hearts
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William Hethcock
Who is the publisher?
Plateau Books
Month and Year of Publication
November 2012
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Hethcock-cover-front-finalEminently practical advice on how to prepare scripture-based sermons that will move hearers to to do God’s work in today’s world. Learn how to spend less time preparing more effective sermons, preach sermons that make their point more clearly, and create sermons that will capture minds and hearts.
Dr. Hethcock taught homiletics to a generation of students at the School of Theology of the University of the South.
Read reviewers’ praise for “How to Get Your Sermon Heard.”
“If you have ever wanted to stand at the elbow of a master craftsman in order to learn a skill, this book comes as close as you will probably get…”
–Geoffrey Stevenson, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, in “The Expository Times”
“… a book full of wisdom on every topic of importance to the preacher…”
–Thomas G Long, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
“There are surprisingly few usable texts oriented toward preaching the lectionary in the context of the Eucharist. William Hethcock’s is an eminently usable book.”
–Leander Harding in “The Living Church”
Where can the publication be purchased?
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and from independent booksellers.

Where Have All the Young People Gone & Evaluation and Planning Manual, by Channing Johnson and Nancy Ann Mclaughlin

What is the title of your book or publication?
“Where Have All the Young People Gone” & “Evaluation and Planning Manual”
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Rev. Channing Johnson, PhD and Nancy Ann Mclaughlin DMin
Who is the publisher?
CreateSpace
Month and Year of Publication
Oct 2012/June 2015
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Channing-Johnson-books“Where Have All the Young People Gone” outlines generational differences in values and worldview that separate older from younger generations. Out of this background comes the “how-to” of effective one-on-one communications in families and congregations. It’s called “sharing your story.” The “Evaluation and Planning Manual” furthers the solution! The goal of this step by step Manual is to assist your church to become:
– A Multi-Generational Congregation
– United in Love of the Lord
-Joyful Worship
– And Service to a broken World.
This Manual is for churches looking for renewal and revitalization, but do not know where to start. Have you wondered how to attract those who have become alienated such as the young generations? Form a team of your own people and this Manual will guide them, step by step, to evaluate strengths and weaknesses and help develop your improvement actions.
Evaluate, plan, and walk with Jesus. Discover his plan for your future. Reach out with love. The Lord already has in mind the new people he wants you to reach!
Free electronic preview copy of the “Evaluation and Planning Manual” is available by contacting co-author Nancy Ann McLaughlin atnmclaughlin2k@yahoo.com !)
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
https://www.amazon.com/Evaluation-Planning-Manual-Disciplined-Congregation/dp/149372150X
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon
What is your name?
Nancy McLaughlin
Email contact
nmclaughlin2k@yahoo.com

God Is Not A Boy’s Name. Becoming Woman, Becoming Priest, by Lyn G. Brakeman

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God Is Not A Boy’s Name. Becoming Woman, Becoming Priest
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The Rev. Lyn G. Brakeman
Who is the publisher?
Cascade Books, imprint of Wipf and Stock
Month and Year of Publication
March, 2016
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CASCADE_TemplateLyn Brakeman was among the first women to enter the ordination in the Episcopal Church after the General Convention voted in 1976 that women could be priests. The bishop of her diocese had voted against ordaining women priests and hospitality towards female aspirants was guarded at best.

The book title was a campaign slogan used by the Episcopal Women’s Caucus when women were lobbying the Church to be priests in the 1970s. It appeared on T-shirts and mugs. The author still has her T-shirt, though it’s a bit snug.

So why would a forty-year-old institutional naif, suburban housewife, and mother of four enter such unfriendly territory to seek priestly ordination when her personal life was in chaos? Things would have been easier had she been a man, not read Betty Friedan, not been headed for divorce, and had not engaged in sins beginning with “a.”

Brakeman offers no easy answers but tackles difficult issues—addiction, death and grief, divorce, the nature of priesthood, Christian feminism and Jesus the Christ—with candor. Her story is held together by her spiritual connection to the voice of God from within and her growing conviction that the nature of divinity is gender-free; hence, theological language in sanctuary and classroom must reflect this truth in just and loving ways.

The language issue is old; its lived reality in the flesh is alive and well. Words form us. Words matter. So far no one has been brash enough to include God as a choice in one of those books that list name choices for children.

Where can the publication be purchased?
bookstores, Kindle and Amazon
What is your name?
Lyn Brakeman
Email contact
lyngbrakeman@gmail.com

Grieving – A Handbook, by Sallie Shippen

What is the title of your book or publication?
Grieving – A Handbook
Tell us the name of the author(s)
Sallie Shippen
Who is the publisher?
Sallie Shippen
Month and Year of Publication
May 2016
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IMG_6048Only four inches square, this small booklet is packed full of compassionate and practical advice for anyone struggling with the grief of loss. Attractive abstract illustrations by the author add color and act as an aid in reflection. Grieving is often long, hard and painful work, and knowing what to expect can offer welcome comfort and hope. Written in gentle, pastoral language, this little book provides useful information about the emotional, physical, social and spiritual components of the grieving process. The intimate size and compassionate tone make it a helpful gift or handout for friends, parishioners, or any grieving person, particularly when the loss is fresh. Each book is $7.50, including tax. Shipping costs begin at $1.15. Please order directly from the author using email: kiskart@mac.com.
Where can the publication be purchased?
From the Author – kiskart@mac.com
What is your name?
Sallie Shippen
Email contact
kiskart@mac.com

Episcopal Youth Event, July 10-14 (Edmond, OK)

Tell us what you’re planning …
Episcopal Youth Event
When does it start?
07/10/2017
When does it end?
07/14/2017
Tell us where you’re holding the event
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma
United States
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What kind of event is it?
Youth Event
Feel free to tell us more about what you’re planning (optional)
The next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK on July 10-14, 2017. EYE17 is being planned by the Episcopal Church in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma.

EYE 2017 marks the 13th EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE 2017 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and their adult leaders.

Registration information will be available later in 2016.

Does the event have a website?
http://www.episcopalchurch.org/blog/eye/all