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The Retelling the Story series explores the narrative arc of the Bible from Genesis through Revelation in compelling language that is faithful to the text of Scripture. Russ Ramsey's dynamic narratives trace Jesus' birth and life, as well as the early disciples' missionary call in the book of Acts. Written in the form of daily devotional readings, the stories are told afresh to help readers hide God's word in their hearts by way of their imaginations.
These books follow the rich tradition of the church in the journey of spiritual formation. For spiritual directors, retreat leaders, and contemplative Christians alike, these books from our Formatio line highlight spiritual disciplines and facilitate deep and formative spiritual growth.
Lament is a profoundly spiritual act. In this article, 'Hopeful Lament' author Terra McDaniel shares how this sacred act is woven throughout Scripture and our shared histories, with wisdom for how visceral practices like walking a labyrinth can help us tend to our grief.
In this sequel to Shades of Light, Katherine Rhodes finds her own grief tapped by Wren Crawford's struggles with depression and loss. Katherine reflects on the meaning of Christ's suffering and shares her own story of finding hope, while Wren moves forward in her commitment to paint the stations of the cross. Readers are invited into a similar journey of reflection through Katherine's words and Wren's paintings.
The Fullness of Time series invites readers to engage with the riches of the church year, guided by some of our finest theologians. Each volume introduces the traditions, prayers, Scriptures, and rituals of a season of the church—not as an academic exercise, but as an introduction to the theological and spiritual treasures of the church calendar.
Within the Anglican tradition (and many others), the church calendar guides the rhythms of corporate and personal worship and unites congregations together in a common practice led by the Book of Common Prayer. These resources help Christians understand the church seasons and holidays for more meaningful engagement throughout the year.
This revised and expanded resource, edited by Cindy Bunch, offers hundreds of field-tested activities to help leaders develop healthy and vibrant small group life that includes community, worship and prayer, study and nurture, outreach, and fun.
What must it have been like to draw near to Christ as he drew near to the cross? Reflecting on Michelangelo's majestic Pieta, in which Mary gathers the suffering Jesus into her arms, Ken Gire offers seven meditations on a costly discipleship that invites us to take up our cross and follow our Savior—through death to life everlasting.
Being a faithful disciple of Christ means having seasoned speech: practicing a rhetoric that beneficially and persuasively imparts the surprising truth of the gospel. James Beitler seeks to renew interest in and hunger for an effective Christian rhetoric by closely considering the work of five beloved Christian communicators: C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Desmond Tutu, and Marilynne Robinson.
Continuing the tradition of nativities peopled by santons, Sylvie Vanhoozer brought these "little saints" from her native Provence to England, Scotland, and the United States. Now she invites readers to join the tradition in the rhythms of nature and the church calendar through weekly reflections and her own botanical illustrations.