June 2022 Selection

June 2022 Selection

The first book in this selection Barbara Glasson’s Peace is a Doing Word provides simple ways we can create peace in our daily lives.

In An Evolving God, an Evolving Purpose, an Evolving World Joan Chittister encourages us to consider new ways of thinking about God.

Jennifer M. Rosner in Finding Messiah and Eric A. Seibert in Enjoying the Old Testament encourage Christians to consider the Jewishness of Jesus and to look again at how the Old Testament informs our faith.

Books by Bill McKibben and Barry Lopez share a theme of looking back, to guide society’s way forward.

Topics of other new books in this selection include:

  • Disability Justice in the Church
  • Scripture as Spirituality
  • How Humankind Thinks about Heaven, and
  • Little Prayers for Ordinary Days

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Peace is a Doing Word:
Prayer Patterns for Peacemakers.
Barbara Glasson.
Pbk 242pp. ISBN 9781789592221.

Sacristy Press (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Peace is something to which we all aspire, but what does it actually mean?

Giving a pattern for each day of the year, Glasson uses poetry, story, and prayers to reflect on what practicing peace means in every moment of our daily lives. The book offers insights throughout the course of the day, from “waking” to “resting” and concludes each section with a blessing. And, there are questions for reflection which could be a starting point for personal growth or group discussions.

The book aims to encourage a wide-ranging engagement with peace keeping and peace making for ordinary people in everyday life.

An Evolving God, an Evolving Purpose, an Evolving World.
Joan Chittister.
Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9781506484617.

Fortress (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

The God that we were brought up on is not big enough to be God.
To be both religious and spiritual, we must be able to absorb the idea of a cosmic and evolving God.

Old ideas of who is in charge, who is superior and whose theology is paramount is in a state of flux. Chittister suggests that until this new vision comes into play, directs our hearts, guides our business, and underlies our technology, the world itself is not ready to understand or survive the horizon of Newness on which it stands.

Finding Messiah:
A Journey Into the Jewishness of the Gospel.
Jennifer M. Rosner.
Pbk 224pp. ISBN 9781514003244.

IVP (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

As a follower of Jesus who was raised in a Jewish home and who continues to live a Jewish life, Rosner has seen first-hand how a Christian faith can become impoverished when divorced from its Jewish roots.

Finding Messiah follows Rosner’s journey in rediscovering the role of Judaism and God’s covenant with Israel in Christian life and practice.

When we begin to understand Christianity’s relationship to Judaism, key aspects of the Christian faith come alive and the wonder of the gospel becomes clear in new and powerful ways.

Jesus’ Judaism provides the foundation for the church that is built upon his name. Rediscover the Jewish Jesus, and in so doing, experience a deeper and richer faith than ever before.

Enjoying the Old Testament:
A Creative Guide to Encountering Scripture.
Eric A. Seibert.
Pbk 248pp. ISBN 9781514001202.

IVP Academic (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Is it really possible to enjoy the Old Testament?

Many Christians struggle to read the Old Testament. They often find it confusing, theologically troubling, or just uninteresting. Eric Seibert understands this dilemma and provides a solution. His goal is to help people learn to love the Old Testament and actually want to read it.

Seibert demonstrates how this part of the Bible is extremely valuable for Christians and offers dozens of practical suggestions and creative activities for hands-on interaction with the biblical text. Equipped with a variety of tools and approaches, readers discover how even the most seemingly dry passages can come to life.

With Enjoying the Old Testament, readers of all ages will be inspired to pick up the Old Testament over and over again.

My Body Is Not a Prayer Request:
Disability Justice in the Church.
Amy Kenny.
Pbk 208pp. ISBN 9781587435454.

Brazos Press (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Much of the church has forgotten that we worship a disabled God whose wounds survived resurrection, says Amy Kenny. It is time for the church to start treating disabled people as full members of the body of Christ who have much more to offer than a miraculous cure narrative and to learn from their embodied experiences.

Written by a disabled Christian, this book shows that the church is missing out on the prophetic witness and blessing of disability. Kenny reflects on her experiences inside the church to expose unintentional ableism and cast a new vision for Christian communities to engage disability justice. She shows that until we cultivate church spaces where people with disabilities can fully belong, flourish, and lead, we are not valuing the diverse members of the body of Christ.

Offering a unique blend of personal storytelling, fresh and compelling writing, biblical exegesis, and practical application, this book invites readers to participate in disability justice and create a more inclusive community in church and parachurch spaces. Includes questions to reflect on.

Walking with Jesus in Strange Places.
John Swinton.
Pbk 96pp. ISBN 9781506484532.

Fortress (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

John Swinton’s spiritual formation comes from walking alongside people living with intellectual disabilities, mental health challenges, and dementia. This has gifted him the opportunity to ask questions that emerge from those who see the world differently. It shapes him as a theologian and raises questions of the nature of faithfulness, discipleship, and community.

That learning has shaped him as a theologian. It has also raises crucial questions about the nature of faithfulness, discipleship, and exactly what kind of community the church is and should be, in both theory and in practice.

As we reflect on these matters, the hope is that all of us together can begin to appreciate more deeply the goodness, kindness, and love of God for all human beings.

Things Hidden:
Scripture as Spirituality

(Second Edition, Updated).
Richard Rohr.
Pbk 272pp. ISBN 9781632533852.

Franciscan Media (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Discover how reading the Bible can change your life.

The Bible is meant to be about transformation, not merely information. Rohr invites you to experience Scripture as spirituality – as a living text that can breathe new life into your relationship with God and change your way of seeing the world.

Diving deep into topics like morality, power, and wisdom, Rohr paints a picture of a biblical God who is grace-filled and abundant, and who calls us to be fully alive. Things Hidden will invigorate your relationship with the Bible and leave you feeling nourished, hopeful, and better able to embody a Christ-centred spirituality.

How Humankind Thinks about Heaven.
Catherine Wolff.
Pbk 352pp. ISBN 9781594634468.

Riverhead Books (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

What do we think of when we think about heaven? What might it look like? Who or what might be there?

In this engrossing cultural history of heaven, Wolff delves into how people and cultures have defined heaven over the centuries. She describes how different faiths and religions have framed it, how the sense of heaven has evolved, and how nonreligious influences have affected it, from the Enlightenment to the increasingly nonreligious views of heaven today.

Wolff explores what’s common among them and what makes each conception distinct and memorable. The result is Beyond, an engaging, thoughtful exploration of an idea that is central to our humanity and our desire to define an existence beyond death.

The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon:
A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.
Bill McKibben.
Hbk 240pp. ISBN 9781250823601.

Henry Holt & Company (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming.

McKibben grew up believing that the United States was the greatest country on earth. But 50 years later, he finds himself in an increasingly doubtful nation strained by bleak racial and economic inequality, on a planet whose future is in peril. So what happened?

McKibben digs deep into our US (and his own well-meaning but not all-seeing past) and into the latest scholarship on race and inequality in America, on the rise of the religious right, and on our environmental crisis to explain how we got to this point.

He finds that he is not without hope. And he wonders if any of that trinity of his youth –The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon – could, or should, be reclaimed in the fight for a fairer future.

Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World:
Barry Lopez.
Hbk 352pp. ISBN 9780593242827.

Random House (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

An ardent steward of the land, fearless traveller, and unrivalled observer of nature and culture, Lopez died after a long illness on Christmas Day 2020. The previous summer, a wildfire had consumed much of what was dear to him in his home place and the community around it – a tragic reminder of the climate change of which he’d long warned.

In prose of searing candour, Lopez reckons with the cycle of life, including his own, and with the dangers the earth and its people are facing.

This memoir of both pain and wonder, is a remarkable collection of essays that adds to Lopez’s legacy, and includes previously unpublished works, some written in the months before his death.

He reflects on those who taught him, including Indigenous elders and scientific mentors who sharpened his eye for the natural world.

Little Prayers for Ordinary Days.
Tish Harrison Warren; Katy Hutson; Flo Paris Oakes; Liita Forsyth (Illustrator).
Hbk 32pp. ISBN 9781514003398.

IVP Kids (2022).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

From the moment we awake in the morning until we go back to bed, every day is filled with ordinary moments that allow us to connect with God.

This is a collection of short prayers for children to pray in the midst of their day: on the way to school, after seeing a friend, when noticing a bird in the tree, or looking at the stars, or during any of their comings and goings.

Intended as a faith formation tool for Christian families to use together, this book is perfect for parents who want to incorporate liturgy and prayer into their family discipleship and home life.

Share these prayers with the children you love and help them to begin to recognize the nearness of God.

Your Part in God’s Story:
40 Days From Genesis to Revelation.
Steve Addison.
Pbk 288pp. ISBN 9781735598895.

100 Movements Publishing (2021).
[Allow 3-4 weeks].

When Jesus rose from the dead, he found disciples who were defeated and disillusioned. Just like us. But in the 40 days between his resurrection and his ascension, Jesus restored and prepared them for their worldwide mission.

Spend 40 days with Jesus as you explore 40 decisive moments from Genesis to Revelation and discover your part in God’s story.

Invite Jesus to do for you what he did for those early disciples. He met them in their failure. He opened their minds to his Word. He showed them their part in God’s story. He promised the power of the Holy Spirit. Then he set them loose on the world.

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