Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation, By Michael Battle

Title of book or publication
Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation
Author(s)
Michael Battle
Publisher
Westminster John Knox Press
Month and Year of Publication
February 2017
Description or summary
Much of the literature on the book of Revelation paints a frightening apocalyptic vision of the end times. Michael Battle offers an alternative look at Revelation in this new work, seeing it instead as a hopeful call to bring heaven on earth. Battle explores the problematic imagery found in Revelation before showing how similar problems play out in our contemporary world. Battle sees Revelation as a guide that shows us that we can live out God’s call for heaven on earth by living in community with one another, as exhibited through the writings of Martin Luther King Jr., Desmond Tutu, Rowan Williams, and Ubuntu theology. He writes, “I seek to imagine in my particular Christian context how a view of heaven need not lead to culture wars and further excuses for oppressing others. Heaven, as envisioned by John of Patmos, has much greater purpose.”

Michael Battle is Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary in New York, and President and CEO of the PeaceBattle Institute. Ordained a priest by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993, in 2010 he was given one of the highest Anglican Church distinctions as “Six Preacher.” For more information, visit his website at www.michaelbattle.com.

Website
http://www.wjkbooks.com/Products/0664262546/heaven-on-earth.aspx
Where can the publication be purchased?
All major retailers

What I Knew About Clare

Title of book or publication
What I Knew About Clare
Author(s)
Terence A. Aditon
Publisher
ArchangelsPublishing
Month and Year of Publication
December 2016
Description or summary
A most unconventional love story between Jimmy Owens, a Baptist boy living in the small southern town of Fauberg, and young Episcopalian Clare Banning, a quantum physics prodigy and socialite heiress. Through their time together in Fauberg and later in her family’s New York City home, Jimmy’s intellect is awakened as he is swept up into the worlds of literature, art, religion, and science. Yet Jimmy is conflicted by his father’s disapproval of the Banning connection, and Jimmy’s own desire for popularity among his peers. He drifts apart from Clare only to realize in the end, that his time with Clare was astonishing, and what he had come to know about their lives.
Website
http://www.archangelspublishing.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com

Living Well Through Lent 2017

Title of book or publication
Living Well Through Lent 2017
Author(s)
Includes reflections from: The Rev. Brian Cole, Amy Cook, The Rt. Rev. Charles Andrew Doyle, The Rev. Roger Ferlo, Ph.D., The Rev. Robert T. Flick, The Rev. Deacon Marsha Evans Holmes, The Rev. Lisa Senuta, and The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner.
Publisher
Living Compass
Month and Year of Publication
January 2017
Description or summary
Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind, a Living Compass seasonal resource. Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to become intentional about listening more deeply to God, ourselves, and others. As we make this turn inward and commit to listening with more intention, we typically become intentional about changing the routine and rhythm of our daily lives. We may choose to take on a certain practice or habit. We may also choose to give something up.

Designed for use as an individual reflection and study, small groups, a congregational Lenten program, and/or a retreat, Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind provides a foundation to help us explore a deeper connection between faith and our capacity to listen to God. Each Sunday in this 80-page guide offers a reflection written by a featured writer; and every other day of the week begins with a scripture or quote, followed by a reflection, and an invitation to record any thoughts, feelings, or insights.

Website
http://livingcompass.org/
Where can the publication be purchased?
http://shop.livingcompass.org/
Contact name
Edith Lipscomb
Email
edith@livingcompass.org

Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family

Title of book or publication
Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family
Author(s)
Jennifer Lin
Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield
Month and Year of Publication
February 2017
Description or summary
Within the next decade, China could be home to more Christians than any country in the world. Through the 150-year saga of a single family, this book vividly dramatizes the remarkable religious evolution of the world’s most populous nation. Shanghai Faithful is both a touching family memoir and a chronicle of the astonishing spread of Christianity in China. Five generations of the Lin family—buffeted by history’s crosscurrents and personal strife—bring to life an epoch that is still unfolding.

A compelling cast—a poor fisherman, a doctor who treated opium addicts, an Ivy League–educated priest, and the charismatic preacher Watchman Nee—sets the book in motion. Veteran journalist Jennifer Lin takes readers from remote nineteenth-century mission outposts to the thriving house churches and cathedrals of today’s China. The Lin family—and the book’s central figure, the Reverend Lin Pu-chi—offer witness to China’s tumultuous past, up to and beyond the betrayals and madness of the Cultural Revolution, when the family’s resolute faith led to years of suffering. Forgiveness and redemption bring the story full circle. With its sweep of history and the intimacy of long-hidden family stories, Shanghai Faithful offers a fresh look at Christianity in China—past, present, and future.

Where can the publication be purchased?
amazon.com, bn.com, rowman.com
Contact name
Jennifer Lin
Email
jenniferlin1100@yahoo.com

The Mountain Goat, by Jim Trainor

Title of book or publication
The Mountain Goat
Author
Jim Trainor
Publisher
UpNorth Press
Month and Year of Publication
January, 2017
Description or summary
Episcopal priest Jim Trainor’s new novel is A ROADTRIP DOWN THE DANGEROUS HIGHWAY TO LOVE. An old camper van was all Ryan Browning’s mother left him when she died last year. Ryan, a thirty-something physicist, has just been fired and could be facing prosecution. It might be a good time to hop in that old van and head out on a long road trip, perhaps to never return. When he goes to the bank to close out his account, Ryan meets the lovely customer service rep, Amanda Seward, who has a few issues of her own. And that’s just the first unexpected encounter on a two-thousand-mile road trip through the intersections of grief and faith, science and art, and love. And face-to-face with a deadly threat far greater than Ryan and Amanda can imagine.
Website
www.jimtrainorauthor.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com

Women Who Knew Jesus, by Bonnie Ring

Title of book or publication
Women Who Knew Jesus
Author(s)
The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Ring
Publisher
AuthorHouse
Month and Year of Publication
September 2015
Description or summary
As you come to know each of the women that Jesus knew, you may be surprised to discover how quickly your own stories are evoked by hearing theirs and how similar you are to some of them so they become role models for your own journey of faith and witness. In each of these encounters, you will meet Jesus and come to know him as they did, perhaps for the first time.

To enrich your experience, there are questions to ponder and memories of your own to recover. These Bible stories help us see parts of ourselves, both the parts we like and the parts we would prefer to deny, hide or eliminate. As you proceed, two attitudes will be helpful: a willingness to let these biblical women speak with their own voices and an openness to hearing what you may not have heard before. These stories can help us uncover the richness of our own stories and see them for the sacred wonder that they are.

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, heal them and affirm God’s love and acceptance of them. Often without a name, these women had convictions about Jesus and a sense of security with him that surpassed 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.

Website
http://www.womenwhoknewjesus.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Authorhouse.com
Contact name
Bonnie Ring
Email
drbonniering@comcast.net

Ministry to the Incarcerated, by Henry G. Covert

Title of book or publication
Ministry to the Incarcerated
Author(s)
Dr. Henry G. Covert
Publisher
First Publication Loyola Press / Second Publication Lightning Source
Month and Year of Publication
First 1995 – Second 2014
Description or summary
Ministry to the Incarcerated, which has worldwide endorsements, is a vital resource for prison ministry. The contents include: the emotional world of inmates, institutional challenges, models for prison ministry, biblical teaching outlines, penal reform, re-entry and aftercare, and the author’s experience as chaplain for a state execution.
Website
https://sites.google.com/site/christianbooksbyhenrycovert
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, eBook, Kindle, and many other online book sellers
Contact name
Henry Covert
Email
hcoverts1295@comcast.net

The Revised Common Lectionary Bible Study

Title of book or publication
The Revised Common Lectionary Bible Study
Author(s)
Elizabeth C. Chapman
Publisher
Parakeet Press of California
Month and Year of Publication
Published quarterly in a three year Lectionary cycle
Description or summary
Do you wish to make the Sunday sermon and service more relevant? Are you too busy to prepare Bible study lessons? Do you need a course for adults and teens that can be taught by lay people and
helps people learn how the Bible relates to their life?The Revised Common Lectionary Bible Study was developed to answer these needs. The weekly lessons are presented in quarterly books that follow the three-year Revised Common Lectionary Sunday schedule:
• Easy-to-use workbook format
• Needs minimal preparation
• Applicable for adults & teens
• Biblically centered and theologically sound
• Affordably priced
Our goal for the Bible studies is to help the participants develop a closer personal relationship with the Lord.
Website
http://www.LectionaryBibleStudy.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
On our website. Available to church bookstores (inquire from publisher)
Contact name
Elizabeth Chapman
Email
LectioBibleStudy@aol.com

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