Bench Pressing Threads of Faith

Title of book or publication
Bench Pressing Threads of Faith
Author
Patricia M. Boord
Publisher
Xulon Press
Month and Year of Publication
January 2017
Description or summary
Have you ever stopped to examine your faith journey or tried to determine how far along the road you’ve come? Patricia “Pat” Boord shares her amazing story of both her physical and faith transformations that have enabled her to compete at the highest of levels of powerlifting’s bench press competitions. As a multi-time bench press national champion and world silver medalist, Pat has experienced the strength of God’s love and the impact of her faith on her accomplishments. You will be astonished at what God has enabled Pat to accomplish in her first two years of competing. Through Pat’s stories, she will demonstrate the power that faith has had in her life when facing everyday obstacles…the frustrating, the poignant and the tragic. Bench Pressing Threads of Faith promises to be a powerful, moving, and faith filled book of one woman’s journey to share God’s glory.
Website
http://benchpressingfaith.com/contact_us.html
Where can the publication be purchased?
Amazon; Barnes and Noble
Contact name
Patricia Boord
Email
bpthreads31@gmail.com

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

Holy Cross, Life-Giving Tree

Title of book or publication
Holy Cross, Life-Giving Tree
Author(s)
Donnel O’Flynn
Publisher
Church Publishing, Inc.
Month and Year of Publication
July 2017
Description or summary
What would Christianity be like if the principle of a new creation were its guiding idea, and the Cross as Life-Giving Tree its central image? After exploring this principle’s deep roots in tradition, worship, and art, this book proposes Hildegard of Bingen’s concept of virditas—”green-ness”—as a way to know it in daily life. It claims the Cross as healer of division, both among followers of Jesus and among the nations. Holy Cross, Life-Giving Tree is illustrated with Cross images from throughout the Christian world and compares eastern Christian liturgies of the Cross with those of the west. It recounts the origins of the early Jerusalem cult of the Cross, and invites readers to meditate on Scripture passages used by ancient artists. Each of its six chapters ends with reflection questions for going deeper. Holy Cross, Life-Giving Tree is designed for use by study groups or by individuals.
Website
www.churchpublishing.org/holycrosslifegivingtree
Where can the publication be purchased?
Church Publishing, Amazon
Contact name
Donnel O’Flynn
Email
donnel_oflynn@hotmail.com

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