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

Church Unity and the Corinthian Correspondence

Title of book or publication
Church Unity and the Corinthian Correspondence
Author(s)
Rev. Dr. Robert Henry Crewdson
Publisher
Mariner Publishing
Month and Year of Publication
January 2008
Description or summary
“The whole issue of the place of communion in the overall work of Christian unity has long been of interest of ecumenists, and Dr. Crewdson’s focus on this segment of Paul’s letter only adds to our need to try to comprehend, not only what it meant for the Corinthians, but what it does mean and can mean for Christians today who are serious about healing the denominational divide.”
—The Rev. Dr. G. Scott Cady, member of LERN Governing Board
Where can the publication be purchased?
http://marinermedia.com/product/church-unity-and-the-corinthian-correspondence
Contact name
Robert Crewdson
Email
athiker@embarqmail.com

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?

Title of book or publication
When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife
Author(s)
Jennifer Grant
Publisher
Herald Press
Month and Year of Publication
May 2017
Description or summary
From writer and veteran columnist Jennifer Grant comes an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? plumbs the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes unique to the middle years: from the emptying nest to the physical effects of aging. Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, taking hard blows to the ego, undergoing a crisis of faith, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. Yet she illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring. Magnetic, good-humored, and full of hope in the sustaining power of the Spirit, this is a must-read for anyone facing the flux and flow of middle age.
Website
https://www.amazon.com/When-Did-Everybody-Else-Get/dp/1513801317/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493826414&sr=8-1&keywords=when+did+everybody+else+get+so+old
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HeraldPress.com

Convents, Jails and Other Tales

Title of book or publication
Convents, Jails and Other Tales
Author(s)
Sister Barbara Jean Brown
Publisher
Welkom Publications
Month and Year of Publication
December 2015
Description or summary
A beginners guide to reading the Mystics. A discussion of the development of Spiritual languages, such as Apophatic and Kataphatic or Affectice and Speculative ways of expressing ones understanding of our relationship with God. This book offers a short biographical look at about 80 different Christian Mystics and does so in primarily a chronological fashion.
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon
Contact name
Sister BJ Brown
Email
SisterBJBrown@gmail.com

Days of Awe and Wonder, By Marcus J. Borg

Title of book or publication
Days of Awe and Wonder
Author(s)
Marcus J. Borg
Publisher
Harper One
Month and Year of Publication
2017
Description or summary
How to be a Christian in the 21st Century. A collection of pivotal writings, interviews, and previously unpublished works from one of the most influential theologians of out time on what it means to be a Christian today.
Website
http://www.marcusjborgfoundation.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon, book stores, etc.

Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles, By Ellen Richardson

Title of book or publication
Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles
Author
Ellen Richardson
Publisher
Church Publishing
Month and Year of Publication
March 2017
Description or summary
Human beings do not want to die; we spend infinite resources to sustain life, without regard to cost or quality. And yet we do die. Facing terminal illness and unprepared for death, we can feel abandoned by both secular and faith-based institutions, whose focus on restoration can fall short of the wisdom and grace needed to embrace a holy death as a part of life.

Ellen Richardson, a physician and Episcopal priest, offers stories from her work in hospice and palliative care, and the rich resources of the church’s Scripture and tradition, to create safe space for exploring questions we carry about dying. Her book is intended for individual readers, and to be used in group, workshop, or retreat settings within the church, so that practices of prayer and healing can become once more a source of comfort and strength, not simply tools of defiance against illness and weakness. No amount of faith will buy immortality for earthly bodies, but death need not be a time of failure and isolation. Holy Dying helps us lay claim to our scriptural stories as hard teachers of our mortal heritage.

Website
https://www.churchpublishing.org/holydying
Where can the publication be purchased?
Church Publishing or Amazon.com
Contact name
Ellen Richardson
Email
ellen@stannestifton.com

The Resurrected Life, By Charlie Holt

Title of book or publication
The Resurrected Life
Author(s)
The Rev. Charlie Holt
Publisher
Bible Study Media, Inc.
Month and Year of Publication
July 2015
Description or summary
This unique 7-week Devotional explores seven key areas of life transformation we experience as we learn to live The Resurrected Life Jesus won for us at Calvary. Used alone or as part of The Resurrected Life DVD small-group study series, this special Easter season resource provides a space in which we can discover what it means to truly live a new life. As we read each day’s Scripture and teaching meditation, we’ll learn how the Resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything-including for us. JESUS CHRIST IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW-RIGHT NOW. BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TO NEW LIFE TODAY! The Resurrected Life is part of the Christian Life Trilogy series. Chapters include: All Things New, New Life, New Temple, New Body, New Covenant, New Creation, New Day. The Resurrected Life is part of the Christian Life Trilogy. For more information and resources visit: www.ChristianLifeTrilogy.com
Website
http://christianlifetrilogy.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
http://christianlifetrilogy.com
Contact name
Charlie Holt
Email
revholt@biblestudymedia.com