Loving the Six-Toed Jesus

Title of book or publication
Loving the Six-Toed Jesus
Author(s)
Laurie A. Gudim
Publisher
Create Space
Month and Year of Publication
April 2017
Description or summary
As Marcus Borg said in his book “Speaking Christian”, we must claim back the language of Christianity from contemporary fundamentalists. An excellent way to do this is through telling stories that express our faith. In this novel an Episcopal priest in a rural Wyoming parish in 1997 encounters circumstances that necessitate her coming out to her parish. This is the journey she and her community make together into experiencing God more abundantly.

Author Laurie Gudim is a religious iconographer and writer who offers weekly reflections for Speaking to the Soul at the Episcopal Cafe (www.episcopalcafe.com).

Website
http://everydaymysteries.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Loving-Six-Toed-Jesus-Laurie-Gudim/dp/1544978103/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492009393&sr=8-1&keywords=Laurie+A+Gudim
Contact name
Laurie Gudim
Email
roseanlaurie@gmail.com

There Is Something About Being An Episcopalian

Title of book or publication
There Is Something About Being An Episcopalian
Author(s)
Ron Starbuck
Publisher
Saint Julian Press, Inc.
Month and Year of Publication
July 2016
Description or summary
“Ron Starbuck is poet who has taken to heart and soul the teaching in Psalm 46, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Spoken in the voice of a deep listener, who seeks to embrace all souls in the Mystery of God’s Love, who seeks to heal the breach. These poems are ecumenical both in that they are unifying and in the etymological root of the word, which is derived from the Greek word for house. Here is poetry that beautifully and prayerfully makes of the world a home where all of us may dwell.”

~ Aliki Barnstone, University of Missouri

“Ron Starbuck has written a work of extraordinary vision and prophecy; this is a book of both profound reverence and a song of contemporary liturgy. It is a masterpiece that will transform the belief and devotion of all who experience these lines, either verbally or literally. Without doubt, this is a great work for the new Twenty-First Century.”

~ Kevin McGrath, Harvard University

Website
www.saintjulianpress.com/press-release—there-is-something-about-being-and-episcopalian.html
Where can the publication be purchased?
Available through ~ Ingram Content Group ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Fine Book Distributors & Retailers
Contact name
Ron Starbuck
Email
rps2053@att.net

Following the Way of Jesus, Church’s Teaching for a Changing World: Volume 6

Title of book or publication
Following the Way of Jesus, Church’s Teaching for a Changing World: Volume 6
Author(s)
Michael B. Curry and Others
Publisher
Church Publishing Incorporated
Month and Year of Publication
May 2017
Description or summary
Michael Curry leads off this volume with a clarion call for Episcopalians to join the Jesus Movement. A team of the church’s brightest stars follow up with reflections on the practice of ministry in light of the movement: Nora Gallagher on encountering the “other,” Rob Wright on adaptive leadership, Broderick Greer on reconciliation, Anthony Guillen on new ministries, Megan Castellan on evangelism, and Kellan Day on ministry with young people. Michael Curry closes with a word on making the world whole. Christians have been following Jesus together for some 2000 years – these leaders help to illuminate how we follow him in our time.

The New Church’s Teaching series has been one of the most recognizable and useful sets of books in The Episcopal Church. With the launch of the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World series, visionary Episcopal thinkers and leaders have teamed up to write a new set of books, grounded and thoughtful enough for seminarians and leaders, concise and accessible enough for newcomers, with a host of discussion resources that help readers to dig deep.

• The next generation of the classic Episcopal teaching series
• Accessible and engaging enough for newcomers and adult learners; full of content for church leaders and seminarians
• Filled with interactive study

Audience: Church leaders, lay and ordained seminary students and faculty Newcomers and adult formation groups

Website
https://www.churchpublishing.org/followingthewayofjesus
Where can the publication be purchased?
At https://www.churchpublishing.org or through any online bookseller
Contact name
Nancy Davidge
Email
nancy@davidge.net

Disarming Beauty: Essays on Faith, Truth, and Freedom

Title of book or publication
Disarming Beauty: Essays on Faith, Truth, and Freedom
Author(s)
Julián Carrón
Publisher
University of Notre Dame Press
Month and Year of Publication
May 2017
Description or summary
Disarming Beauty: Essays on Faith, Truth, and Freedom by Father Julián Carrón is an engaging and thought-provoking collection of essays by the president of the global ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation and one of the principal Catholic leaders and intellectuals in the world today. Carrón offers a broad diagnosis of challenges in society and then introduces their implications in contexts such as families, schools, workplaces, and political communities. In a dialogue with his listeners, he inspires and encourages them to lay out a new path for the Catholic Church and the world.

“Carrón plumbs the depths of Western Christian precepts and practice as he presents the historical and present context of spiritual life in economics, politics, and culture. Young people have been robbed of transforming personal growth in education. Global terrorism and consumerism are threatening all humanity. Readers will be drawn to profound contemplation concerning his treatment of faith, truth, and freedom as he tries to make sense of the many influences that oppose the Christian faith.” —Christian Market Magazine

“More social criticism than formal theology, this book attacks bankrupt European culture head-on, urging a reinvigorated, theologically informed understanding of education, human relationships, and questions of meaning. The testimony, [Carrón] claims, that all Christians are called to is to affirm the value of others and the common good above our own prejudiced concerns.” —Library Journal

Julián Carrón (read more) is a Catholic priest and theologian from Spain. He is president of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation and professor of theology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. He is the editor of Christ, God’s Companionship with Man by Luigi Giussani.

Website
http://undpress.nd.edu/books/P03345?keywords=carron
Where can the publication be purchased?
Wherever books are sold
Contact name
Kathryn Pitts
Email
pitts.5@nd.edu

YogaMass: Embodying Christ Consciousness

Title of book or publication
YogaMass: Embodying Christ Consciousness
Author(s)
Gena Davis
Publisher
Balboa Press
Month and Year of Publication
April 2017
Description or summary
YogaMass: Embodying Christ Consciousness bridges yogic principles and practices with Christian spirituality as a path for bringing the whole self—body, mind, soul, and spirit—to the experience of spiritual awakening. The author, an ordained Episcopal priest, weaves together spiritual practices from different traditions with her own discovery that yoga’s ancient truths are complementary with Christian beliefs. Blending yogic practices with Christian spirituality and worship, Gena Davis has co-created a powerful new practice and ritual called YogaMass® that leads to embodying Christ Consciousness. This book points the way to discovering wholeness and connecting with God through an embodied spirituality.
Website
www.yogamass.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/YogaMass-Gena-Davis/dp/1504377753/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496691391&sr=8-1&keywords=yogamass

An Open Door, The Anglican Centre in Rome, 2003-2016

Title of book or publication
An Open Door, The Anglican Centre in Rome, 2003-2016
Author
Mary Reath
Publisher
Canterbury Press, London
Month and Year of Publication
December, 2016
Description or summary
An Open Door describes the 50 year life of the Anglican Centre in Rome, with a focus on its work over the last ten years. The ACR is a ‘home in Rome’ for all Christians to worship, exchange ideas, share theological insights, encounter opportunities for mission, and find out how to have an inside-the-beltway experience of Rome.

This book is available in the U.S. from John Knox Books and Amazon.

Website
www.anglicancentreinrome.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
www.wjkbooks.com/Products/978184825355/an-open-door.aspx

Considering Birds & Lilies: Finding Peace & Harmony With the Everyday World Around Us

Title of book or publication
Considering Birds & Lilies: Finding Peace & Harmony With the Everyday World Around Us
Author
Cynthia Coe
Publisher
Sycamore Cove Creations
Month and Year of Publication
May 16, 2017
Description or summary
CONSIDERING BIRDS & LILIES explores the deep connection between time in nature and the Christian faith. In this thoughtful book, Cynthia Coe takes the reader through a number of expressions and examples of spirituality in nature in both the Old and New Testaments, along with nature-based practices of spirituality by Jesus and by early Christians. Topics include the role of wilderness in preparation for leadership and for new mission, the use of nature by Jesus to teach important concepts of spirituality, and the practice of faith outdoors, in the garden, and even in our own backyards. The author offers an introduction to a number of nature-based practices of spirituality, along with a series of Garden Meditations for individual use. These meditations introduce readers to the practice of Lectio Natura, the spiritual practice of seeing parables in the natural world around us in everyday life. This book will affirm the importance of time in nature as an essential part of the Christian faith and in the practice of Christian spirituality. Questions for small group discussion, journaling, or individual reflection are offered at the end of each chapter, making this book an excellent resource for Christian formation by groups or individuals.
Website
https://sycamorecove.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
http://amzn.to/2ql3I8y

The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (The Episcopal) Church

Title of book or publication
“The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (The Episcopal) Church”
Author(s)
The Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware
Publisher
Church Publishing Incorporated
Month and Year of Publication
February 2017
Description or summary
What do Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Settlers of Catan have in common with the Episcopal Church? For self-proclaimed geek and ordained priest Jordan Haynie Ware the parallels between geek culture and the Church were obvious:

“Christians thirst for adventure, have a sense of destiny, and desire to participate in something bigger than oneself as much as any questing gamer. The geek’s obsessive need to understand how something works, to read the manual, to build a complex vocabulary that explains precisely what’s going on, these are traits that particularly the Episcopal tribe of Christians have in spades.”

The challenge facing newcomers to either the Episcopal Church or geek culture is breaking through the barriers of unfamiliar language, ritual, and symbolism. “The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (The Episcopal) Church” introduces the basics of Episcopal theology and practice through the lens of gaming culture.

Drawing on the language of official millennial geekdom, “Jordan brings the history of the Anglican and Episcopal Church forward, making it readily accessible and understandable to a whole new generation of seekers,” says Mary Foster Parmer, director of Gathering of Leaders and creator of InviteWelcomeConnect. “Using the language of this new generation, we are invited to connect to a universe of reconciliation, redemption, and sacred adventure. There is a longing for connection in each of us, and Jordan offers the geeks among us a clever, whimsical, and adventurous way forward.”

Ware’s light and funny style make the impenetrable mysteries of theology, liturgy, and church history accessible for all readers whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or Star Trek or neither one.

Rev. Ware, director of youth & young adult ministry at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, has spent the last six years studying and interacting with youth and young adults who are either in church or seeking church

Website
https://www.churchpublishing.org/ultimatequest
Where can the publication be purchased?
https://www.churchpublishing.org/ultimatequest
Contact name
Nancy Davidge
Email
nancy@davidge.net

Volunteer to Die, A Denise Reed Mystery

Title of book or publication
Volunteer to Die, A Denise Reed Mystery
Author(s)
Mary Koppel
Publisher
Cozy Cat Press
Month and Year of Publication
April 2017
Description or summary
Denise Reed is unemployed and about to drive her mother crazy. Denise has been hiding out at her mother’s home in New Orleans pretending to job hunt while feeling sorry for herself. She accompanies her mother one Tuesday to Riverview, an exclusive independent living facility, to volunteer. While helping one of the residents, Louise Butler, retrieve her sweater, Denise learns about the mysterious death of an aide, Tina Moore, and a rash of small thefts.

Was it an accident? Or something more? Is someone really stealing at Riverview? Denise takes a position at Riverview and begins to investigate the thefts and Tina’s accident. Before she knows it, she is Tai Chi-ing her way out of her unemployment funk, crushing on a Jason Statham look-alike named Jason, and avoiding a pimple faced thug. Will she be able to sort out who she can trust? Or will she end up like Tina Moore?

Website
http://cozycatpress.com/cozies
Where can the publication be purchased?
https://www.amazon.com

The First 100 Years in the Americas: 1917 – 2017: Third Order Society of St. Francis

Title of book or publication
The First 100 Years in the Americas, 1917 – 2017: Third Order Society of St. Francis
Author(s)
The Rev. R. John Brockmann TSSF
Publisher
CreateSpace
Month and Year of Publication
March 2017
Description or summary
When one reads what Francis of Assisi wrote, one is struck by how “unoriginal” most of his compositions were. Most were a pastiche of sacred scripture. Such a composing approach reflected his humility, suggesting that there was nothing higher or truer than Scripture, so he would “write” with the words and phrases of this truest language rather than the paltry inventions of his creation. As a humble Franciscan history of Third Order Anglican Franciscans (tertiaries) in the Province of the Americas, this book uses the composition methods of our 13th-century founder and presents a pastiche of 100 years of voices in the Province of the Americas. Papers, letters or articles written over the last century are presented whole; so, in one fashion, this history is an anthology by many authors. Many gifted people over the last 100 years wrestled with a wide variety of topics in the life of a Franciscan tertiary, and the greatest acknowledgment we can pay to them is to read what they wrote. As 21st-century Internet-experienced “readers,” we are accustomed to a visual presentation of information. Thus you will find these pages filled with over 170 pictures, diagrams, and tables so that this history is also a scrapbook of what we looked like and who we were over the past 100 years. This history also has more flesh and blood stories written by those who experienced them rather than a comprehensive collection of facts.
Website
https://www.amazon.com/First-100-Years-Americas-Society/dp/154481335X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494097007&sr=8-1&keywords=brockmann+100
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon.com