On Reading Well

On Reading Well
Author: Karen Swallow Prior
Publsiher: Brazos Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2018-09-04
ISBN: 1493415468
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Reading Well Book Excerpt:

★ Publishers Weekly starred review A Best Book of 2018 in Religion, Publishers Weekly Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for the good life by showing readers what virtue looks like and where vice leads. It is not just what one reads but how one reads that cultivates virtue. Reading good literature well requires one to practice numerous virtues, such as patience, diligence, and prudence. And learning to judge wisely a character in a book, in turn, forms the reader's own character. Acclaimed author Karen Swallow Prior takes readers on a guided tour through works of great literature both ancient and modern, exploring twelve virtues that philosophers and theologians throughout history have identified as most essential for good character and the good life. In reintroducing ancient virtues that are as relevant and essential today as ever, Prior draws on the best classical and Christian thinkers, including Aristotle, Aquinas, and Augustine. Covering authors from Henry Fielding to Cormac McCarthy, Jane Austen to George Saunders, and Flannery O'Connor to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Prior explores some of the most compelling universal themes found in the pages of classic books, helping readers learn to love life, literature, and God through their encounters with great writing. In examining works by these authors and more, Prior shows why virtues such as prudence, temperance, humility, and patience are still necessary for human flourishing and civil society. The book includes end-of-chapter reflection questions geared toward book club discussions, features original artwork throughout, and includes a foreword from Leland Ryken.

Twelve Great Spiritual Writers

Twelve Great Spiritual Writers
Author: Liz Hoare
Publsiher: SPCK
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2020-01-16
ISBN: 0281079374
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Twelve Great Spiritual Writers Book Excerpt:

Liz Hoare's list of twelve great spiritual writers includes famous and lesser known women whose writings have touched her heart, illuminated her mind, and sharpened her spiritual vision. Liz believes they can do the same for you – which is why she has written this book. Each of these great writers – novelists, poets, preachers, philosophers and theologians – contributes something special to our understanding of the spiritual life today. With key extracts from each writer's best-loved books, and with suggestions for personal reflection or group discussion, here is an exceptionally rich resource that you will want to return to time and time again, wherever you may be on your journey. Contents 1. Kathleen Norris: Everyday mysteries 2. Alison Morgan: Following Jesus 3. Ann Lewin: Watching for the kingfisher 4. Sarah Clarkson: For the love of books 5. Annie Dillard: The world is charged with the grandeur of God 6. Margaret Guenther: Spiritual midwifery 7. Margaret Magdalen: Avoiding mediocrity 8. Benedicta Ward: With all the saints 9. Marilynne Robinson: The givenness of things 10. Barbara Brown Taylor: Struggling with church 11. Ann Lamott: Life in forgiveness school 12. Mary Oliver: Listening convivially to the world

Jesus the Great Philosopher

Jesus the Great Philosopher
Author: Jonathan T. Pennington
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-10-20
ISBN: 149342758X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus the Great Philosopher Book Excerpt:

Many of us tend to live as though Jesus represents the "spiritual part" of our lives. We don't clearly see how he relates to the rest of our experiences, desires, and habits. How can Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity become more than a compartmentalized part of our lives? Highly regarded New Testament scholar and popular teacher Jonathan Pennington argues that we need to recover the lost biblical image of Jesus as the one true philosopher who teaches us how to experience the fullness of our humanity in the kingdom of God. Jesus teaches us what is good, right, and beautiful and offers answers to life's big questions: what it means to be human, how to be happy, how to order our emotions, and how we should conduct our relationships. This book brings Jesus and Christianity into dialogue with the ancient philosophers who asked the same big questions about finding meaningful happiness. It helps us rediscover biblical Christianity as a whole-life philosophy, one that addresses our greatest human questions and helps us live meaningful and flourishing lives.

Digital Detox

Digital Detox
Author: Molly DeFrank
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2022-04-19
ISBN: 1493435752
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Digital Detox Book Excerpt:

"This brilliant book is a game-changer."--WENDY SPEAKE, author of The 40-Day Social Media Fast and Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses "Hope and practical direction for parents." --FRANCIS and LISA CHAN, New York Times bestselling authors It's time to flip the switch and get your kids back. Mom of six Molly DeFrank was sick of screen-time meltdowns. She wanted more for her family, so she pulled the plug, declaring a digital detox for her kids. The transformation blew her away: She got her sweet, happy kids back. The detox was easier than she could have hoped, and the results were better than she could have dreamed. In just two weeks, her children were free from the grip of digital devices. Their moods shifted immediately, and their creativity exploded. They learned how to entertain themselves and enjoy life without screens. Her experiment led to a total tech overhaul that changed her family's life. Here's how she did it in just fourteen days, and how you can too. Digital Detox offers step-by-step guidance that will help you · overcome your fear of firing your "electronic babysitter" · cultivate your child's giftings outside of screens · confidently set the right tech boundaries for your family · develop a long-term plan to sustain lasting change Best of all, you'll transform screen zombies into friendly, happy, grateful kids. You can put technology in its right place. This book will show you how.

Zest for Learning

Zest for Learning
Author: Bill Lucas,Ellen Spencer
Publsiher: Crown House Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-03-23
ISBN: 1785834843
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zest for Learning Book Excerpt:

In Zest for Learning: Developing curious learners who relish real-world challenges, Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer explore the ways in which teachers can help their pupils to find their passions, develop independence and challenge themselves to become more expansive learners. Young people need more than subject knowledge in order to thrive they need capabilities. The Pedagogy for a Changing World series details which capabilities matter and how schools can develop them. A key capability is zest: the curiosity and desire to experience new things. Zest for Learning offers a powerful new synthesis of thinking about what it takes for young people to flourish both in education and in the wider world, especially at a time when preparing them for life beyond school often calls for brave leadership. This could be encouraged through, for example, greater engagement with sports and the arts, by collaborating with external bodies such as the Scouts and Guides or the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme or by working with libraries, museums, faith groups and environmental associations. In this book Bill and Ellen offer a framework for zest: a practical guide for teachers, underpinned by theory. They draw on a number of areas of knowledge and practice that each have something to contribute to the concept of zest for learning, bringing together ideas in concrete and actionable ways. Zest for Learning connects the co-curriculum with the formal curriculum, building both theoretical and practical confidence in the kinds of pedagogies which work well. Bill and Ellen have infused the book with a wide range of ideas for getting pupils to love learning so much that they will be able to learn whatever they want to throughout their lives. The authors also go further by presenting case studies that illustrate the successful integration of the co-curriculum with the formal curriculum at various educational institutions, and by providing an A to Z of practical ideas and activities for developing zest in young learners. Suitable for all teachers and leaders, in both primary and secondary settings.

Read to Lead

Read to Lead
Author: Jeff Brown,Jesse Wisnewski
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-08-31
ISBN: 1493430254
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Read to Lead Book Excerpt:

It's the common habit shared by many successful people throughout history. It's responsible for unlocking limitless creativity and influence. It's known to reduce stress, improve decision-making skills, and make you a better leader. What is it? Reading. And it's the single best thing you can do to improve yourself professionally. Reading more and better books creates opportunities for you to learn new skills, rise above your competition, and build a successful career. In Read to Lead you'll learn - why you need to read like your career depends on it - the five science-backed reasons reading will help you build your career - how to absorb a book into your bloodstream - a technique that can double (or triple!) your reading speed - tips on creating a lifetime reading habit - and more If you want to lead a more satisfied life, have more intelligent conversations, and broaden your mind, you need to read to lead!

You Must Change Your Life

You Must Change Your Life
Author: Thomas J. Millay
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 94
Release: 2020-07-16
ISBN: 1532656645
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

You Must Change Your Life Book Excerpt:

Countless academic books have been written about how to interpret literary texts. From reader response criticism to Marxist hermeneutics and beyond, the scholarship on interpretive methods is vast. Yet all these books fail to address a more fundamental question: Why should we read in the first place? Or, to put it another way, why is reading an important thing to do? In order to answer these questions, Thomas J. Millay turns to the wisdom of Danish philosopher-theologian Soren Kierkegaard. In this the first book to be written on Kierkegaard's philosophy of reading, Millay finds that reading does have a specific purpose: it is supposed to change your life. With lucid, nontechnical prose, Millay both establishes the definitive interpretation of Kierkegaard's philosophy of reading and explores the various concrete practices Kierkegaard recommended for its implementation.

All That s Good

All That s Good
Author: Hannah Anderson
Publsiher: Moody Publishers
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018-10-02
ISBN: 0802497365
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All That s Good Book Excerpt:

Winner of the 2018 TGC Book Award for Christian Living “And God saw that it was good…” Look out over the world today, it seems a far cry from God’s original declaration. Pain, conflict, and uncertainty dominate the headlines. Our daily lives are noisy and chaotic—filled with too much information and too little wisdom. No wonder we often find it easier to retreat into safe spaces, hunker down in likeminded tribes, and just do our best to survive life. But what if God wants you to do more than simply survive? What if he wants you to thrive in this world, and be part of its redemption? What if you could rediscover the beauty and goodness God established in the beginning? By learning the lost art of discernment, you can. Discernment is more than simply avoiding bad things; discernment actually frees you to navigate the world with confidence and joy by teaching you how to recognize and choose good things. When you learn discernment and develop a taste for all that’s good, you will encounter God in remarkable new ways. Come, discover the God who not only made all things, but who will also make all things good once again.

Kingdom Students

Kingdom Students
Author: Norris C Grubbs,Cory Barnes
Publsiher: B&H Publishing Group
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2020-08-01
ISBN: 1535982179
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kingdom Students Book Excerpt:

Regardless of degree program or eventual career goals, every student is called to a lifetime of service in the kingdom of God. In Kingdom Students, authors Cory Barnes and Norris Grubbs invite college students to embrace their God-given responsibility to steward their time, resources, and educational opportunities for the glory of God and the good of the kingdom. More than just telling students how to think, Grubbs and Barnes winsomely guide the reader in accomplishing this task, creating a blueprint for navigating scholarship, productivity, leadership, and relationships in the collegiate context.

The Deeply Formed Life

The Deeply Formed Life
Author: Rich Villodas
Publsiher: WaterBrook
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN: 0525654399
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Deeply Formed Life Book Excerpt:

During our chaotic times, discover five forgotten values that can spark internal growth and help us reconcile our Christian faith with the complexities of race, sexuality, and social justice. WINNER OF THE CHRISTIANITY TODAY BOOK AWARD Most believers live in the state of “being a Christian” without ever being deeply formed by Christ. Our pace is too frenetic to be in union with God, and we don’t know how to quiet our hearts and minds to be present. Our emotions are unhealthy and compartmentalized. We feel unable to love well or live differently from the rest of the world—to live as people of the good news. New York pastor Rich Villodas says we must restore balance, focus, and meaning for our souls. The Deeply Formed Life lays out a fresh vision for spiritual breakthrough following five key values: • Contemplative Rhythms Value: slowing down our lives to be with God. • Racial Justice Value: examining a multi-layered approach to pursuing racial justice and reconciliation. • Interior Examination Value: looking beneath the surface of our lives to live free and love well. • Sexual Wholeness Value: exploring how our sexuality connects with our spirituality. • Missional Presence Value: living as the presence of Christ in a broken world. The Deeply Formed Life is a roadmap to live in the richly rooted place we all yearn for: a place of communion with God, a place where we find our purpose. Praise for The Deeply Formed Life “The Deeply Formed Life is a book for our time. Honest, wise, insightful, funny, and—above all—deep. The way Rich and New Life Fellowship hold emotional health and racial justice together is beyond inspiring. This is spiritual formation for the future of the church.”—John Mark Comer, pastor of teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church and author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry “I’ve studied the Bible under Pastor Rich’s leadership for close to a decade. The core values he shares in this book serve as guidance, not only for how we should live as Christians in an ever-changing world but also for how we can live a life of purpose—that consistently and enthusiastically points to Jesus.”—Susan Kelechi Watson, actress from the awardwinning television series This Is Us

Beautifully Distinct

Beautifully Distinct
Author: Trillia Newbell
Publsiher: The Good Book Company
Total Pages: 125
Release: 2020-06-01
ISBN: 1784985260
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beautifully Distinct Book Excerpt:

Inspires women to engage with life and culture in a God-honouring way. How should we listen to, and think in a gospel way about, the ordinary things we come across in modern life? Things we watch, read, eat, and do. There are so many voices saying so many different things that the temptations are to either disengage completely, or find ourselves being influenced more and more by the world. In this book, godly, clear-thinking women talk about a range of areas of life and culture. They help us to be thoughtful about films, books, and the media; set out biblical principles for approaching topics such as body image and racism; and encourage us to shape the world around us for Christ-becoming beautifully distinct.

Love Me Anyway

Love Me Anyway
Author: Jared C. Wilson
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-09-21
ISBN: 1493432907
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Love Me Anyway Book Excerpt:

There may be no more powerful desire in the human heart than to be loved. And not just loved, but loved anyway. In spite of what we've done or left undone, in spite of the ways we have failed or floundered. We long for an unconditional, lavish love that we know intrinsically we don't deserve. If you are tired, sad, yet always longing, bestselling author Jared C. Wilson has incredible news for you: that kind of love actually exists, and it is actually something you can experience--whether or not you're in a romantic relationship. In his signature reflective, conversational, and often humorous style, Wilson unpacks 1 Corinthians 13 to show us what real love looks like. Through engaging stories and touching anecdotes, he paints a picture of an extravagant God who not only puts the desire for love into our very souls but fulfills those desires in striking, life-changing ways.

On Waiting Well

On Waiting Well
Author: Bradley Baurain
Publsiher: Moody Publishers
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2020-07-07
ISBN: 0802498590
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Waiting Well Book Excerpt:

Why Does God Make Us Wait? And Wait… And Wait… In a fast-paced society, we don’t like waiting for anything. Drive-throughs and microwaves expedite dinner while texting and email afford instantaneous communication. Because we’re conditioned to expect instant gratification, we’re startled—even frustrated—when we have to wait. And perhaps we become spiritually frustrated, doubting our faith, when we find ourselves waiting on God. Bradley Baurain invites Christians to reject how society has conditioned us to view waiting—especially when it comes to knowing God. On Waiting Well identifies the experience of waiting as a crucial dimension to loving God, having faith, and following Christ. Your time doesn’t have to become passive, purposeless, or tedious when God seems to be absent or moving slowly. Instead, discover how waiting is actually integral to God’s plans of life and salvation. When we gain that perspective, these seemingly dry times of waiting become invigorating opportunities to strengthen our hope in God and see that He is always faithful.

Reading Black Books

Reading Black Books
Author: Claude Atcho
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2022-05-17
ISBN: 1493437003
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reading Black Books Book Excerpt:

Learning from Black voices means listening to more than snippets. It means attending to Black stories. Reading Black Books helps Christians hear and learn from enduring Black voices and stories as captured in classic African American literature. Pastor and teacher Claude Atcho offers a theological approach to 10 seminal texts of 20th-century African American literature. Each chapter takes up a theological category for inquiry through a close literary reading and theological reflection on a primary literary text, from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Richard Wright's Native Son to Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain and James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain. The book includes end-of-chapter discussion questions. Reading Black Books helps readers of all backgrounds learn from the contours of Christian faith formed and forged by Black stories, and it spurs continued conversations about racial justice in the church. It demonstrates that reading about Black experience as shown in the literature of great African American writers can guide us toward sharper theological thinking and more faithful living.

The Great Belonging

The Great Belonging
Author: Charlotte Donlon
Publsiher: Broadleaf Books
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2020-11-10
ISBN: 1506461972
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Belonging Book Excerpt:

Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions, according to many sources. In an age of mobility and fraying civic life, we are all susceptible to its power. But what if loneliness is a necessary part of the human condition? What if it is a current that leads us deeper into belonging--to ourselves, to each other, and to God? In The Great Belonging, writer and spiritual director Charlotte Donlon reframes loneliness and offers us a language for the disquiet within. Instead of turning away from the waters of loneliness for fear they will engulf us, she invites us to wade in and see what we find there. In vulnerable, thoughtful prose, Donlon helps us understand our own occasional or frequent loneliness and offers touchpoints for understanding alienation. We can live into the persistent questions of loneliness. We can notice God's presence even when we feel alone in our doubts. Ultimately, Donlon claims, we can find connection that emerges from honesty, and she offers tools, resources, and practices for transforming loneliness into true belonging.

What Cannot Be Lost

What Cannot Be Lost
Author: Melissa Zaldivar
Publsiher: The Good Book Company
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2022-10-01
ISBN: 1784987956
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Cannot Be Lost Book Excerpt:

A personal story of holding on to faith in Christ in the face of loss. Author Melissa Zaldivar talks honestly about losing everything that once defined her and how God used unexpected opportunities, like working at Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women, to spark a journey of working through her grief and encountering the all-sufficient love of Christ. Weaving inspiring passages of Scripture and insights from Little Women into her personal story, Melissa encourages readers with her discovery that it’s when we have nothing left to offer that we can receive God’s love the most. And that’s something that can never be lost. Readers will be reassured that God will meet them in the midst of their mess and urged to look to him for help, comfort, and strength. A great gift for those whose faith is being tested in the face of a loss of any kind—a loved one, a job, or a relationship.

The Scandal of Holiness

The Scandal of Holiness
Author: Jessica Hooten Wilson
Publsiher: Brazos Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-03-29
ISBN: 1493435345
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scandal of Holiness Book Excerpt:

How do we become better people? Initiatives such as New Year's resolutions, vision boards, thirty-day plans, and self-help books often fail to compel us to live differently. We settle for small goals--frugal spending, less yelling at the kids, more time at the gym--but we are called to something far greater. We are created to be holy. Award-winning author Jessica Hooten Wilson explains that learning to hear the call of holiness requires cultivating a new imagination--one rooted in the act of reading. Learning to read with eyes attuned to the saints who populate great works of literature moves us toward holiness, where God opens up a way of living that extends far beyond what we can conjure for ourselves. Literature has the power to show us what a holy life looks like, and these depictions often scandalize even as they shape our imagination. As such, careful reading becomes a sort of countercultural spiritual discipline. The book includes devotionals, prayers, wisdom from the saints, and more to help individuals and groups cultivate a saintly imagination. Foreword by Lauren F. Winner.

The Gospel of Our King

The Gospel of Our King
Author: Bruce Riley Ashford,Heath A. Thomas
Publsiher: Baker Academic
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-04-16
ISBN: 1493416715
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gospel of Our King Book Excerpt:

This accessible overview shows how the Bible--with its 66 books, dozens of authors, and multiple genres--comes together to provide an overarching story about God the King and explains how the Christian gospel and mission address the totality of human life. Written by a biblical scholar and a theologian, The Gospel of Our King shows how any account of gospel and mission can only be understood in light of the whole biblical testimony. The authors help us understand the Bible's overarching narrative as the story that encompasses everything. This story, revealed by God and centered on Jesus the King, enables us to know and love God and to fulfill his purpose for our lives. It is the framework within which we come to understand the Christian worldview, the Christian gospel, and the Christian mission. When we understand how the whole Bible fits together to shape the totality of a Christian's life, we will be prepared to show the goodness of Christ and the gospel to others in our personal, social, cultural, and global contexts.

Nice

Nice
Author: Sharon Hodde Miller
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-08-20
ISBN: 1493409468
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nice Book Excerpt:

God never called us to be nice. What happens when we replace courage with compromise? What happens when we replace honesty with likability? What happens when we replace conviction with clichés? What happens when we replace discipleship to Christ with a devotion to nice? We live in a culture that prizes niceness as one of its highest virtues. Niceness keeps the peace, wins friends, gains influence, and serves our reputations well, but it also takes the teeth out of our witness and the power out of our faith. When we choose to be nice instead of faithful, we bear fruits that are bland, bitter, empty, and rotten to the core. In this life-changing book, Sharon Hodde Miller explores the seemingly innocent idol that has crept into our faith and quietly corrupted it, producing the bad fruits of cowardice, inauthenticity, shallowness, and more. Then she challenges readers to cultivate a better tree, providing practical steps to reclaim our credibility as followers of Christ, and bear better, richer, more life-giving fruits.

Murder Bears Moonshine and Mayhem

Murder Bears  Moonshine  and Mayhem
Author: Luke T. Harrington
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2020-08-25
ISBN: 0785234454
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Murder Bears Moonshine and Mayhem Book Excerpt:

This humorous book is full of new insights into ways we’ve been missing the point of so many beloved Bible stories. Approximately 80 percent of Americans admit they haven’t read the Bible. If they did, they’d be pleasantly surprised by its impressive quantity of sex and poop jokes. David danced naked. Noah was basically a moonshining hillbilly. Ezekiel baked poop bread. Herod was eaten by worms. Jesus cursed a fig tree, just to prove he could. Mark went streaking. Hosea married a prostitute. Lot was date-raped by his own daughters. It turns out, there’s a lot of weird stuff in the Bible. Murder-Bears, Moonshine, and Mayhem is a funny look at some of the stranger tales in the Bible. From Elisha, who loosed homicidal bears on some kids because they called him bald (it’s a long story), to the story of Ehud, who gets away with assassinating a tyrannical king because his servants think said king is taking a dump (also a long story), this book examines and casts new light on some of the Bible’s stranger moments. Organized by topic (poop, genitalia, weird violence, prostitution, gratuitous nudity, seemingly pointless miracles, and other fun stuff), Murder-Bears, Moonshine, and Mayhem is a thoroughly researched (really!), reverent, and insightful look at the amazing book at the center of our faith.