Archives for July 2016

Christian Nurture in the Twenty-First Century: A New Vision for Christian Formation, by Cynthia Coe

What is the title of your book or publication?
Christian Nurture in the Twenty-First Century: A New Vision for Christian Formation
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Cynthia Coe
Who is the publisher?
Sycamore Cove Creations
Month and Year of Publication
November 2015
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Christian-Nurture-coverThe light of Christ is passed from one generation to the next, keeping the faith alive. Christian Nurture in the Twenty-First Century imagines a new vision for sharing the Christian faith with young people. Based on scripture and a fresh look at how Christian education was done in the past, this book presents new ideas and models of nurturing the Christian faith of young people. Cynthia Coe asks church leaders to give the ministry of Christian education a “fresh think” and explore new but more effective means of passing the Christian faith to young people. Coe also gives churches a theological and scriptural basis for trying new ways of Christian formation, such as paying Sunday School teachers – providing well trained, well prepared teachers in a world where volunteers simply can’t or won’t spend the time to provide effective Christian education programs. She also strongly advocates teaching parents who never learned the basics of Christianity before these young parents attempt to ingrain their children in Christian values and morals. In a series of essays included in this book, Cynthia Coe tackles many specific challenges facing Christian educators, such as quality adult programming, Vacation Bible School programming, and how to reach children most in need. Based on her field experience as a Director of Children’s Ministries and curriculum developer of Christian education resources, Cynthia Coe presents a fresh voice and insightful ideas to better pass the faith to young people in the twenty-first century. Cynthia Coe is an honors graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and the University of Tennessee College of Law. She also holds a degree with highest honors in the College Scholars program of the University of Tennessee, focusing on Honors History.
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https://spiritualearthed.org/
Where can the publication be purchased?
http://amzn.to/2axSABw
Contact
Cynthia Coe
Email
info@sycamorecove.org

The Dogs of Sanctuary House, by Sister Mary Winifred

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The Dogs of Sanctuary House
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Sister Mary Winifred
Who is the publisher?
Createspace.com
Month and Year of Publication
May 2015
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51NjfyXCmmL__SX331_BO1204203200The Dogs of Sanctuary House tells the true stories of homeless dogs who have come to live at Sanctuary House on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Many of the dogs were lost or no longer wanted at the end of hunting season, others were homeless for other reasons. Most of the dogs are beagles . . . but not all. Sanctuary House has also been home to golden retrievers, cocker spaniels, a rat terrier, a Chihuahua, a border collie, a mostly Pomeranian, and two American Eskimo dogs. This book of stories provides little windows into their lives. Sister Mary Winifred is the resident caretaker for the dogs and other animals at Sanctuary House, a part of Ascension Hermitage & Sanctuary, and where life is sometimes sad, most often joyous, and always chaotic! Sales of this book directly support the animals and the work of Ascension Hermitage & Sanctuary
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com, book stores
What is your name?
Sister Mary Winifred
Email contact
sistermarywinifred@gmail.com

The Rest of God: Finding Freedom From Lust in the Internet Age, by Jay Haug

What is the title of your book or publication?
The Rest of God: Finding Freedom From Lust in the Internet Age
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Jay Haug
Who is the publisher?
Createspace.com
Month and Year of Publication
July 2016
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Jay Haug has spent nearly a quarter of a century sharing life with those who struggle with lust, pornography and sexual addiction. Having found his own way to long-term sobriety and recovery, Jay now shares insights from his own experience and the Epistle to the Hebrews to explain both the deeper issues of lust recovery and the solution that God has provided in Jesus Christ. This book is designed to help those who struggle, the people who serve them, and anyone seeking to grow deeply in the gospel.
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://jacobswellhope.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com
What is your name?
Jay Haug
Email contact
cjcwguy@gmail.com

Streams of Mercy: A meditative commentary on the Bible

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Streams of Mercy: A meditative commentary on the Bible
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Ann Kristin Haldors Fontaine
Who is the publisher?
AuthorHouse
Month and Year of Publication
11/2005
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Brief reflections on the Daily Office. Example
“You search the scriptures StreamsofMercybecause you think that in them you have eternal life;…”
–John 5:39 (NRSV – used by permission)Sitting at the desk of my days
Pages pile up
Paper and ink
Yellowed and curling
Dry dusty
Searching texts
While the Word knocks on the door of my room
A friend with a cup of tea.
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000208721/Streams-Of-Mercy.aspx
Where can the publication be purchased?
AuthorHouse or Amazon
What is your name?
Ann Fontaine
Email contact
akhfontaine@gmail.com

Women Who Knew Jesus, by Bonnie Ring

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Women Who Knew Jesus
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The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Ring
Who is the publisher?
AuthorHouse
Month and Year of Publication
September 2015
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First century mores barred women from interacting with men outside their family or marriage; yet Jesus appears to have been unafraid to approach women, to listen to them, to heal them, and to affirm God’s acceptance of them. Often without a name, these women had convictions about Jesus and a sense of security with him that surpassd that of his male disciples. Their stories show us that social equality existed among Jesus’ male and female followers. Each woman who met him went away from him changed. The existence of so many biblical stories about women is a sign that the history of God’s salvation cannot be told without women’s active participation, and the life of Jesus cannot be told accurately without the women who encountered him. Written by Episcopal Priest, Retreat Leader and Psychologist, Bonnie Ring, this book resulted from 20 years of retreats on the women.

As readers come to know each of the women that Jesus knew, they may be surprised to discover how quickly their own stories are evoked by hearing theirs and how similar they are to some of them. In this way, they may become role models for the readers’ own journeys of faith and witness. In each of these encounters, readers will meet Jesus and come to know him as they did, perhaps for the first time.

To enrich the reader’s experience, there are questions to ponder and memories of their own to recover. These stories help us see parts of ourselves, both the parts we like and the parts we would prefer to deny, hide or eliminate. These stories can help readers uncover the richness of their own stories and see them for the sacred wonder that they are.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.womenwhoknewjesus.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
AuthorHouse.com, Amazon.com etc
What is your name?
Bonnie Ring
Email contact
drbonniering@comcast.net

The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans, by Frederick Stecker

What is the title of your book or publication?
The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How Presidential Candidates Use Religious Language in American Political Debate
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Frederick Stecker
Who is the publisher?
Praeger
Month and Year of Publication
July, 2011 / Paperback June, 2015
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51uXkegjvxL._AC_US160The author examined political debates and speeches of both parties for their nuanced language and discovered to a statistically significant degree that Republicans employ authoritarian language (and stealth religious language) to convey judgment. Democrats, however, employ collaborative language (and nurturant language of forgiveness and love) to provide an alternative solution to governmental leadership. Since the brain can only accept five seconds of political language per day (a chief function of the brain is to eliminate extraneous information), Republicans tap into primitive emotions of survival (fight-flight) to cement their message in advertisements, speeches and debates.
Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.frederickstecker.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
Contact
Frederick “Rick” Stecker
Email
fstecker@tds.net

The Firebrand and the First Lady, by Patricia Bell-Scott

What is the title of your book or publication?
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
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Patricia Bell-Scott
Who is the publisher?
Alfred A. Knopf
Month and Year of Publication
February 2016
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The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice tells the story of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist, who was the granddaughter of a mixed-race slave woman, and a first lady of the United States, whose ancestry gave her membership in tBook-cover-from-Knopf-websitehe Daughters of the American Revolution, forged an enduring friendship that changed each of their lives, enriched the conversation about race, and added vital fuel to the movement for human rights in America.

Pauli Murray (1910-1985) became a lawyer, civil and women’s rights pioneer, and the first African American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, despite the discrimination she faced because of her race, sex, and sexuality. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), a lifelong Episcopalian as well, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, and wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, became a diplomat and human rights internationalist in her own right.

Drawing on letters, journals, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, and interviews, Patricia Bell-Scott presents the first close-up portrait of this evolving friendship and how it was sustained over time, what each gave to the other, and how their friendship changed the cause of American social justice.

“As the Episcopal Church, other religious groups, and the entire country continues to deal with the evils of racism and their lasting and destructive effects, Patricia Bell-Scott has given us a book that will inspire and give hope to all who read it.”
—THE RIGHT REVEREND MARY D. GLASSPOOL, Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of Los Angeles

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://patriciabellscott.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Contact
Patricia Bell-Scott
Email
patriciabellscott@gmail.com

20th Anniversary Forma Conference, Jan. 25-27 (Garden Grove, CA)

Tell us what you’re planning …
20th Anniversary Forma Conference
When does it start?
01/25/2017
When does it end?
01/27/2017
Tell us where you’re holding the event
Orange County Hyatt Regency
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, California 92840
What kind of event is it?
Conference
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Save the dates for the 2017 Annual Conference—Forma’s 20th anniversary—at the Orange County Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, CA. The event will be January 25-27, but you may want to stay an extra couple days to visit Disneyland just up the road. Check out the hotel’s family suites! Our keynote speaker will be Lutheran pastor, church founder, and author Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Does your organization have a website you’d like to share?
http://episcoforma.org
Does the event have a website?
http://episcoforma.org/2017-conference
What is your name?
Jamie Martin-Currie
Email contact
jmartin-currie@epicenter.org

The True Life of a Singing Cowboy, by William Frank Bellais

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The True Life of a Singing Cowboy
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William Frank Bellais
Who is the publisher?
Create Space
Month and Year of Publication
June 2016
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Becoming a cowboy can’t be that hard, can it?

It certainly looks easy to Franklyn “Frank” Ellington Seton IV. Smothered by both his overbearing mother and stuffy Maryland Society, Frank escapes to the vistas of his childhood. He will soon learn, however, that the one thing the movies left out was the smell. And the dirt. And the horses.

In this irreverent deconstruction of the manly cowboys of classic Westerns, author William Frank Bellais busts down archetypes with his hapless protagonist, Frank. As Frank makes his way through mid-twentieth century America, he searches for a place he truly belongs. And if being an actual cowboy is too difficult, why not try Hollywood?

You don’t need to be a fan of the old Westerns yourself to be amused by Frank’s many adventures through the Old West and on to Hollywood. Those that are, however, will find that this tale captures the feeling every single person in the movie theater felt when their cowboy hero first appeared on the screen. With a mixture of nostalgia, melancholy, and heaps of humor, The True Life of a Singing Cowboy will lasso you from the first note.

William Frank Bellais, a retired Episcopal priest, lives in Missouri with his wife, Ann. The True Life of a Singing Cowboy is his fourth book, his second novel. He has published a book of poetry and a book of short stories. Published in religious and secular periodicals, Bellais continues to write well into retirement from parochial ministry.

Do you have a website you’d like to share?
http://www.theowlpress.me
Where can the publication be purchased?
Createspace.com, Amazon.com
What is your name?
William Bellais
Email contact
drbellais@yahoo.com

Integral Leadership: The Next Half-Step, by John Forman and Laurel Ross

What is the title of your book or publication?
Integral Leadership: The Next Half-Step
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John Forman and Laurel Ross
Who is the publisher?
State University of New York Press
Month and Year of Publication
May 2013
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This groundbreaking book offers leaders a way to determine what theories, models, and tools best meet the needs of their organizations. Lead author, the Rev. John P. Forman, and organization consultant, Laurel A. Ross, know leaders are awash in business theory, often coming from well-thumbed bestsellers. But how do you match promising theories to real people and circumstances? Using the insights of Integral Theory, particularly Ken Wilber’s AQAL framework, the authors provide a simple yet elegant outline that appreciates and engages a wide range of leadership theories and techniques. Four major leadership styles emerge: the Impulsive, Diplomatic, Achiever, and Pluralistic approaches. The authors describe the presuppositions, characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each using a variety of real-life examples of individual leaders and organizations. Forman and Ross propose an emerging Integral perspective and suggest integral modes of performance management, change management, and teamwork. Ultimately, the Integral perspective gives leaders the insight and flexibility to use a range of resources to meet organizational needs in a rapidly changing world.
Where can the publication be purchased?
https://smile.amazon.com/Integral-Leadership-Next-Half-Step-Theory/dp/1438446268/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467329573&sr=1-1&keywords=integral+leadership