Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church


Thomas Nelson - A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church. Centered around seven sacraments, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, confession, confirmation, vocation, Evans' quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, marriage, and sharply honest.

Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals--church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. From new york times bestselling author rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the Church.

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church - And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again


Thomas Nelson - If the bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her--and it will change you too.

Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, soliloquies, original poetry, retelling them through memoir, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, short stories, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the bible's most difficult passages, imagining, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, and debating Scripture's mysteries.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again - The bible, breathing, captivating, is not a static work but is a living, she discovers, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world.

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Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions


Zondervan - Eighty years after the scopes monkey trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith. In faith unraveled, rachel recounts growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, struggling as her own faith unraveled one unexpected question at a time.

In order for her faith to survive, Rachel realizes, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty to doubt to faith, Evans challenges you to disentangle your faith from false fundamentals and to trust in a God who is big enough to handle your tough questions.

Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions - In a changing cultural environment where new ideas seem to threaten the safety and security of the faith, Faith Unraveled is a fearlessly honest story of survival. Before 2014 this book was titled "Evolving in Monkey Town" Zondervan.

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A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master'


Thomas Nelson - Pursuing a different virtue each month, evans learns the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood requires more than a “gentle and quiet spirit” 1 Peter 3:4. Learn the insights she receives from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish woman, and find out what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist wife.

. What does god truly expect of women, and is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Come along with Evans as she looks for answers in the rich heritage of biblical heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor. Zondervan. Join her as she wrestles with difficult passages of scripture that portray misogyny and violence against women.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master' - With just the right mixture of humor and insight, compassion and incredulity, A Year of Biblical Womanhood is an exercise in scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation. It means growing out her hair, abstaining from gossip, covering her head, making her own clothes, remaining silent in church, rising before dawn, obeying her husband, and even camping out in the front yard during her period.

See what happens when a thoroughly modern woman starts referring to her husband as “master” and “praises him at the city gate” with a homemade sign. Thomas Nelson Publishers. Really? strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment—a year of biblical womanhood.

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Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church


Moody Publishers - Past shifts in America's demographics always reshaped the county's religious landscape. Zondervan. Borrowing from the business concept of "cultural intelligence, " he explores how God's people can become more multiculturally adept. By 2050, white americans will no longer comprise a majority of the population.

Soong-chan rah's book is intended to equip evangelicals for ministry and outreach in our changing nation. From discussions about cultural and racial histories, to reviews of case-study churches and Christian groups that are succeeding in bridging ethnic divides, Rah provides a practical and hopeful guidebook for Christians wanting to minister more effectively in diverse settings.

Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church - Without guilt trips or browbeating, and parachurch ministries toward more effectively bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the book will spur individuals, churches, the Good News for people of every racial and cultural background. Instead, they'll be the largest minority group in a country made up entirely of minorities, African Americans, followed by Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans.

Thomas Nelson Publishers. The united states is currently undergoing the most rapid demographic shift in its history. Its message is positive; its potential impact, transformative. This shift will be no different.

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Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart


IVP Books - Learn: why i think all my friends are unique but those in other groups are all the samewhy little differences often become big sources of conflictWhy categorizing others is often automatic and helpful but can also have sinister side effectsWhy we are so often victims of groupthink and how we can avoid itWhy women think men are judging them more negatively than men actually are, and vice versaWhy choices of language can actually affect unity With a personal touch and the trained eye of a social psychologist, Cleveland brings to bear the latest studies and research on the unseen dynamics at work that tend to separate us from others.

Here are the tools we need to understand how we can overcome the hidden forces that divide us. We cluster in theological groups, age groups, ethnic groups, gender groups, educational and economic groups. Thomas Nelson Publishers. Learn why christians who have a heart for unity have such a hard time actually uniting.

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart - . The author provides real insight for ministry leaders who have attempted to build bridges across boundaries. In this eye-opening book, learn the hidden reasons behind conflict and divisions. Winner of a 2013 leadership journal book award "our very short list" in "the leader's outer Life" category 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention Despite Jesus' prayer that all Christians "be one, " divisions have been epidemic in the body of Christ from the beginning to the present.

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Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide


IVP Academic - North american families are in crisis, and the need for family ministry is more evident than ever. Thomas Nelson Publishers. In this new edition garland takes a three-pronged approach to family ministry, which includes developing families grounded in Christian faith, helping families live the teachings of Jesus with one another, and equipping and supporting families as they learn to serve others.

The insights gained are organized into four main sections: the Context for Family MinistryFamily FormationFamily DynamicsLeading Family Ministry Garland examines and fully integrates the historical, sociological, theological and biblical contexts to understand the role and meaning of family in the life of Christians and the church.

Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide - She perceptively connects these explorations with the social and cultural context of the early twenty-first century. In her many years of ministry, research and teaching, author Diana Garland has found that the strength of Christian families is rooted in their faith and nurtured in their congregations. Twelve years after first coming to print, the award-winning Family Ministry has been given a significant makeover.

Garland believes that Christian families gain strength in part because of their communities of faith. Zondervan.

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Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint


Jericho Books - Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Jericho Books. Thomas Nelson Publishers. In short, this book is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.

Now a new york times bestseller, beautiful, nadia bolz-weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"pronounced "pas-triks, " a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors in her messy, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.

Using life stories-from living in a hopeful-but-haggard commune of slackers to surviving the wobbly chairs and war stories of a group for recovering alcoholics, from her unusual but undeniable spiritual calling to pastoring a notorious con artist-Nadia uses stunning narrative and poignant honesty to portray a woman who is both deeply faithful and deeply flawed, giving hope to the rest of us along the way.

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint - . Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, this is the book for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn't come from vapid consumerism or navel-gazing; for women who talk too loud, and guys who love chick flicks; for the gay man who loves Jesus, and won't allow himself to be shunned by the church.

Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Zondervan.

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Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church


Brazos Press - Thomas Nelson Publishers. An award-winning challenge to popular Ideas of the KingdomAccording to Scot McKnight, "kingdom" is the biblical term most misused by Christians today. Jericho Books. It has taken on meanings that are completely at odds with what the Bible says and has become a buzzword for both social justice and redemption.

Now in paper. Praise for kingdom conspiracy2015 outreach resources of the Year Award WinnerOne of Leadership Journal's Best Books for Church Leaders in 2014"This is a must-read for church leaders today. Publishers weekly"a timely resource for the missional church to reexamine some basic assumptions that impact church practice in the everyday.

Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church - Outreach Zondervan. In kingdom conspiracy, mcknight offers a sizzling biblical corrective and a fiercely radical vision for the role of the local church in the kingdom of God. Brazos Pr.

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Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church


Baker Academic - Jericho Books. Brazos Pr. Brief and accessibly written, this book articulates the practical implications of G. K. Each chapter concludes with practical suggestions and a list of books for further study. Many people think eschatology refers to events occurring at the end of history. Beale's new testament Biblical Theology and features an introductory chapter by Beale.

Thomas Nelson Publishers. In this book, two scholars with expertise in biblical eschatology argue that God's kingdom breaking into this world through Jesus Christ has inaugurated a new creation, a reality that should shape pastoral leadership and be reflected in the life and ministry of the church. Zondervan.

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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People


Convergent Books - Told in nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices. In a time when many have rightly become dis­illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem­onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives.

Brazos Pr. But by this grace, people are trans­formed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own. But god keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People - Thomas Nelson Publishers. What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today? . And what if that's the point?in accidental saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life.

Tattooed, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, angry and profane, resists the God she feels called to serve. Zondervan.

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