Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community

Title of book or publication
Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community
Author
John-Manuel Andriote
Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield
Month and Year of Publication
October 2017
Description or summary
Drawing from leading-edge research and nearly one hundred original interviews, Stonewall Strong makes it abundantly clear: most gay men are astonishingly resilient. Longtime Washington, DC health journalist (and St. Thomas’ Parish member) Andriote deftly weaves together research data and lived experi- ence to show that supporting gay men’s resilience is the key to helping them avoid the snares that await too many who lack the emotional tools they need to face the traumas that disproportionately afflict gay men, including childhood sexual abuse, substance abuse, risky sexual behavior, depression, and suicide.

Andriote writes with searing honesty about the choices and forces that brought him to his own ‘before-and-after’ moment, his 2005 HIV diagnosis, teasing out what he learned along the way about resilience, surviving, and thriving. He frames pivotal moments in recent history as manifestations of gay men’s resilience, from the years of secrecy and subversion before the 1969 Stonewall riots; through the coming of age, heartbreak, and politically emboldening AIDS years; and pushing onward to legal marriage equality.

Andriote gives us an inside look at family relationships that support resilient sons, the nation’s largest organizations’ efforts to build on the resilience of marginalized LGBTQ youth, drag houses, and community centers. We go inside individuals’ hearts and groups’ missions to see a community that works, plays, and even prays together–as seen in the chapter called “God Loves Us, Too,” featuring, among others, an interview with retired New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson. Finally, Andriote presents the inspiring stories of gay men who have moved beyond the traumas and stereotypes, claiming their resilience and right to good health, and working to build a com- munity that will be “Stonewall strong.”

Website
www.stonewallstrong.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
http://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442258235

Living Well Through Advent 2017

Title of book or publication
Living Well Through Advent 2017
Author
The Rev. Scott D. Stoner
Publisher
Living Compass
Month and Year of Publication
October 2017
Website
www.livingcompass.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
https://shop.livingcompass.org/collections/featured
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Contact name
Edith Lipscomb
Email
edith@livingcompass.org

Restreaming: Thriving in the Currents of Retirement

Title of book or publication
Restreaming: Thriving in the Currents of Retirement
Author
William S. Craddock
Publisher
Church Publishing Incorporated
Month and Year of Publication
September 2017
Description
“Restreaming: Thriving in the Currents of Retirement”

New book looks at retirement as a time of renewal

NEW YORK: September 19, 2017 – Retired wellness professional William Craddock’s new book “Restreaming: Thriving in the Currents of Retirement” offers a collection of provocative reflections inviting people anticipating retirement or already retired to envision new opportunities and new ways of being in retirement. Working with the metaphor of a kayak paddling in a new, downstream current of retirement, Craddock reflects on his life experiences and invites readers to join him in exploring past and present experiences as a means to guide their life into their later years with purpose and meaning.

In the essay “A Rhythm of REP” Craddock challenges readers to fortify themselves against the three “plagues” of old age (boredom, loneliness, and helplessness) by actively pursuing opportunities for Relationships, Exercise, and Purpose to ensure their own spiritual nourishment and care. The included online study guide offers resources to foster self-reflection and facilitate deeper understanding and appreciation for one’s life experiences.

“Many people are terrified of the word ‘retirement’ and the relentless march of time into the later years of life,” says Craddock. “In looking back at various experiences in my life, I have tried to reflect and write about what I could glean that was worth sharing with others. Perhaps the vignettes in this little book will inspire the reader to pause and reflect on their own experiences – the twists, turns, rocks, rapids, and waterfalls of their river of life within.”

Martha Horne, former dean and president emeritus of Virginia Theological Seminary describes “Restreaming” as “a creative, refreshing, and inspiring reflection on retirement as a time of renewal rather than withdrawal; a season for reconnecting with the people, places, memories, and values that matter most to us.”

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

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

In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran

Title
In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran
Author
Paul-Gordon Chandler
Publisher
Rowman and Littlefield
Month and Year of Publication
September 2017
Description
In Search of a Prophet is a fascinating journey through the all-embracing spirituality of Kahlil Gibran, author of the bestselling book The Prophet. Capturing our imaginations and enriching our spirits, Paul-Gordon Chandler explores this beloved writer and poet-artist, a mystic who sought to build bridges and tear down walls.

In Search of a Prophet is not a traditional biography, but a compelling spiritual journey through Gibran’s writings, art, and the places he lived. From his birthplace village high in the snowy mountains of Lebanon, Chandler leads us through his emigration to Boston, art training in Paris, career in New York, and to the far reaching places of influence his writings and art have traveled.

Delving into passages of some of Gibran’s writings—both famous and lesser-known—Chandler breathes life into this captivating poet artist who moved beyond religion to the core of universal spirituality and was a unique blend of East and West. His voice is timeless, appealing to heart and mind, faith and reason, a much-needed guide for our times.

“Before reading this book my only real knowledge was the poem of Kahlil Gibran often read at weddings in the 1970s and 80s, and frequently caricatured. What that limited knowledge didn’t reveal was the story of his life, the depth of his convictions, and the gift of his wisdom. This book tells his story, reveals the depth and passes on that gift.”
-The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

“A profound spiritual journey into the life and work of the beloved poet, Kahlil Gibran, a much-needed guide for our times.”
-Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

“Gibran, assisted by Chandler, will introduce you to a great land that lies within you.”
-Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration

Website
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538104279/In-Search-of-a-Prophet-A-Spiritual-Journey-with-Kahlil-Gibran#
Where can the publication be purchased?
https://www.amazon.com/Search-Prophet-Spiritual-Journey-Kahlil/dp/153810427X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505940468&sr=8-1&keywords=in+search+of+a+prophet+a+spiritual+journey+with+kahlil+gibran

A History of the Episcopal Church Schism in South Carolina

Title of book or publication
A History of the Episcopal Church Schism in South Carolina
Author
Ronald James Caldwell
Publisher
Wipf and Stock
Month and Year of Publication
August 2017
Description or summary
An in-depth study of the causes, nature, and results of the 2012 schism in the Diocese of South Carolina. It is also virtually a history of the Episcopal Church in the last few decades and gives much attention to the four earlier schisms in San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, and Quincy. This is the first scholarly (2,200 footnotes) history of one of the five schisms in the Church between 2007 and 2012.
Website
www.wipfandstock.com
Where can the publication be purchased?
Wipf and Stock Publishers
Contact name
Ronald Caldwell
Email
ronaldcaldwell1210@gmail.com

The Gospel of John: Church and Culture in Conflict

Title of book or publication
The Gospel of John: Church and Culture in Conflict
Author(s)
The Rev. Gregg Knepp
Month and Year of Publication
July 2017
Description or summary
For use as a Bible study, with leadership groups or for personal reflection, the Rev. Gregg Knepp interweaves commentary, real life ministry stories and reflection questions that are certain to challenge, stimulate and provoke the reader Often considered the most “spiritual” of the Gospels, biblical scholars now recognize the fourth Gospel to be the faithful testimony of an alienated Christian community struggling to maintain its identity in the face of overwhelming opposition Knepp encourages 21st century disciples of Jesus to delve deeper into the exploration of their faith by wrestling with the text of this intriguing Gospel and its radical implications for daily life.
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon

The Social Justice Bible Challenge: A 40 Day Bible Challenge

Title of book or publication
The Social Justice Bible Challenge: A 40 Day Bible Challenge
Author
Edited by Marek P. Zabriskie
Publisher
Forward Movement
Month and Year of Publication
August 2017
Description or summary
Featuring forty days of reflections by spiritual leaders and writers from around the world, The Social Justice Bible Challenge is an extension of The Bible Challenge, a global initiative to encourage daily engagement with scripture and an exploration of the Word of God.

Disciples wishing to spend more time engaging the Bible on topics from poverty, hunger, displacement, and the care of widows and orphans will have their cups filled over and over again by the words of Scripture and meditations from people across the Church who engage with these realities each and every day.

“The poor are on God’s heart and should be on ours.
We are called to fight poverty and injustice wherever we find it.”
—The Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie, Founder, The Bible Challenge

Bridging the gap between knowing the Bible and living it, The Social Justice Bible Challenge is for those seeking to deeply engaged in scripture, and connect their compassion to God’s Word.

Website
www.forwardmovement.org
Where can the publication be purchased?
forwardmovement.org, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes

Jesus Heist: Recovering the Gospel from the Church

Title of book or publication
Jesus Heist: Recovering the Gospel from the Church
Author(s)
Andy Doyle
Publisher
Church Publishing Inc
Month and Year of Publication
August 2017
Description or summary
Recognizing that inside the church we are constantly and consistently reading the gospels through the lens of preserving our own institution and structure, Andy Doyle, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, is reframing the conversation to help us hear the critique Jesus offers in his own day and his emphatic call to change as a message directed at each of us, rather than one we should direct towards others.

In Jesus Heist: Recovering the Gospel from the Church Doyle flips the script of familiar Bible stories. He invites readers to consider Jesus’ call to “create a new order out of God’s very nature of love: the challenge to enter the lives of our neighbor, to be neighbor, to venture into the wilderness where God is present, and to be converted into communion with God” and what that means in terms of our own behavior.

Through stories such as the Widow’s Mite, the Rich Young Ruler, the Destruction of the Temple, and others, Doyle challenges us to change the lens we use to read scripture, while also examining our relationship with God in Jesus Christ. “The way forward is back into the mission field,” writes Doyle. “The way forward will require a shift in the way we think about relationships with Jesus and others. We must change how we, as church leaders relate to God, and how the church as a whole relates with God, and how the people of outside of our congregations relate with God.”

C. Andrew Doyle is the ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Author of “Unabashedly Episcopalian” and “A Generous Community,” he summarizes his autobiography in six words: “Met Jesus on pilgrimage; still walking.” Doyle and his wife, JoAnne, live in Houston and have two daughters.

“Jesus Heist” can be ordered through Church Publishing Incorporated at 800.242.1918 or at www.churchpublishing.org/jesusheist, any Episcopal, religious, or secular bookstore, or through any online bookseller.

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

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