Infusing All Your Relationships With the Love of Jesus
Author: Jessica Thompson
Publisher: Baker Books
Your Grace-Filled Guide to Relationships It's hard, sometimes, to get over that thing your husband said weeks ago; or to resolve that tension with your colleague at work; or to fix a lifelong friendship that's taken a bad turn. The biggest problem with relationships is they always seem to involve sinners--including ourselves. So how can we form strong, resilient bonds with people who, like us, are bound to mess up? Thankfully, it's not all on us. Through stories and biblical teaching, Jessica Thompson helps us move beyond trying to "fix" the people we interact with, and shows us a better way. Though our relationships may be marred by tension and frustration, because we are welcomed and known by Christ, they don't have to stay that way. "Nothing changes the way we relate to others more than knowing how God relates to us. Knowing how God loves us and forgives us and is gracious and merciful toward us and forbears with us inevitably affects the way we think about other people. My good friend Jessica Thompson has written a book that articulates who God is for us and then shows how that changes the way we are toward others. Thank you, Jessica, for reminding me that God always meets my mess with his mercy and my failure with his forgiveness. Knowing this makes me want to love God and others."--Tullian Tchividjian, founder of Liberate and author of One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World "We need grace in all our relationships. So much loneliness, feeling betrayed, alienation, anger, vengeance, sadness, grief find their roots in relational conflict. Jessica humbly guides us to see that only by being a recipient of God's grace can we be agents of grace in our relationships. She does this with humor, honesty, and confession from her own experience, not with advice as a relational guru."--Justin S. Holcomb, Episcopal priest, seminary professor, and author of On the Grace of God "Everyday Grace is for all who have struggled to accept their children and honor their parents and initiate with their neighbors and forgive their spouses and respect their bosses and celebrate their rivals. But it is not filled with practical tips that would trivialize the difficulty of these things. Nor is it a book of relational psychology that would strategize a resolution to these things. Instead, it is filled with the Scriptures that speak to these things--helping us to rest in Christ's covering of all our relational failure and inviting us to change by the power of the Holy Spirit."--Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher and author "Relational paradise was lost when our first parents fell into sin. Our desire for change in this area is anywhere between cautiously optimistic and downright cynical. What I enjoy about Everyday Grace is that Thompson simply cannot get over the one hope for true reconciliation: God, in Christ, has befriended us."--Gloria Furman, author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full "Relationships are hard. We know this. Jessica Thompson knows this too and shares how she fights to take her gaze off herself and onto the only one who can help our broken relationships--Jesus. Her method doesn't come from a list of ways to implement change; rather, she focuses on the gospel that transforms hearts and minds. Be encouraged by the good news as you read Everyday Grace, for it is the gospel that is our only Hope for our relationship problem."--Trillia Newbell, author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity
Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness And Making Miracles
Author: Marianne Williamson
Publisher: Random House
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
In this comforting,inspirational companion to the No.1 New York Times bestseller, A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson returns to her spiritual roots, writing on the art of nurturing a thriving soul in a harsh world. What do your spiritual convictions have to do with traffic jams, job anxiety, reading the newspaper, or arguing with your spouse? Everything, according to Marianne Williamson. It is the way we live in our everyday world that determines the shape of who we are. So Buddhist or Muslim, Christian or Jew, it is the moment when your child fails an exam, when your best friend lands your dream job, or your business instinct tells you to watch your back, that tests and builds our living faith. With an attitude of hope, a call to forgive, a celebration of miracles, and the promise of strength and grace, Williamson helps us find our sacred footing on ordinary ground. No matter where we are or what we're doing, no matter what difficulties we face, there is always an opportunity to be happy, to connect with the spiritual - and to open our hearts and our minds. In the book of hours, Marianne Williamson teaches us to ride the currents of life and to seek out the sacred that will bring forth a sea change of the soul.
Grace at home. Grace at work. Grace—in every area of life. These are just a few of the timely topics included in this refreshing volume designed to lighten your day and lift your spirit. Each reading will speak to your heart as you experience the perpetual grace found only in God’s Word. The more than 200 grace-themed devotions are succinct and power packed, perfect to fit into even your busiest day. All wrapped up in a beautiful package, you’ll want to buy two—one for yourself and one to bless the life of a friend.
Underway: Reflections on Everyday Grace is a book of humorous essays that focuses on the (very) hectic and (mostly) happy life journey of one spiritual traveler and her family--and the everyday traces of God's grace that keep her going. From counting her Facebook "friends" and revealing her bucket list, to sharing her children's adventures--on a submarine out of Hawaii, a week spent in the Guatemala mountains, taking the SATs--Elise Seyfried finds that God's loving presence can be found everywhere, just as long as we look for it.
Reflections from A Grateful Heart should been titled Reflections from a Grateful Heart. He is grateful God took me back. Ken reflected on God's word and applied it to life situations and wrote 1-2 page short devotionals. The devotionals are meant to inspire and encourage. Everyday Grace does the same thing and adds to the collection of inspirational and encouraging stories.
With a pure love for God, Ken uses his divinely bestowed gift as a writer to shed light into the sometimes-harsh world of real life. In his new book, Everyday Grace, Ken does more than simply put words to paper. As he did in his first book, A Prodigal Return, Ken shares from the depths of his redeemed heart those things he has lived and experienced firsthand, and writes in such a pure, warm, and inviting manner that the reader feels they are sitting with Ken, sharing life over a cup of hot coffee. His short stories are genuine, and uniquely personal, and graced with the truth and wisdom drawn through the inspiration found only by living in God's Word. Everyday Grace will draw readers to the heart of the living God reaching down through the sincerity and candor of one who rests securely in the hand of God. Shari England Author, Lessons from the Sticker Patch Ken Jones is a warm, caring Christian that enjoys sharing his faith in God. He brings a fresh perspective of God's word helping connect the message of God's grace to your everyday life. Reading his writing is like spending time with a good friend sitting around a campfire, enjoying a good cup of coffee and watching the stars. Enjoy the journey. Pat Seamon Elder, Church of Christ Ken Jones serves as Counseling and Involvement Minister with the Church of Christ in Melbourne, Florida.
"The wonder of a human hand; the tenacity of trillium; the restorative power of a hymnal: these topics and many more are explored in this thought-provoking collection of 80 spiritual essays from author-journalist Monica Graham. Taken from the best of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald column of the same name, In the Spirit explores with wit and wonder our human relationship with spirituality and religion. With a journalist's curiosity, Graham asks the tough questions on a variety of subjects, from the implications of declining church membership, to Sunday shopping, to the merits of curiosity and acceptance in faith, but urges readers gently to come to their own conclusions. Whether we pray out loud or in silence, at the pub or the pew, this collection boldly holds each of us accountable to and responsible for our own spirituality, however we may choose to practice. Monica Graham is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines across the country. She is the author of Bluenose, The Great Maritime Detective, Fire spook, and The Historic Town of Pictou. She is an active lay minister in her church.Monica lives in a tiny rural community near Pictou, Nova Scotia"--Provided by publisher.
How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith
Author: Julian Guthrie
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
St. Brigid Church was one of San Francisco’s great landmarks in the early 1990s. The church itself had weathered depressions and natural disasters, epic earthquakes and a massive fire. Its loyal congregation was active, vibrant, and growing. But in 1993, without warning, the Catholic archdiocese mysteriously ordered its doors to be closed. The Grace of Everyday Saints is the story of how a ragtag group of believers came together in a crusade to save their church. What they discovered would be devastating: that around the country, parishes like theirs were threatened by the higher echelons of the Church, all to hide a terrible secret. Soon there were near-daily headlines that shocked the world. But still this unlikely group of heroes—led by a renegade lawyer, a reformed Catholic, and an antiestablishment priest—continued to meet weekly, to fight, to prove that their beloved St. Brigid was worth saving. A dramatic narrative that takes readers from the streets of San Francisco to the halls of the Vatican, The Grace of Everyday Saints is about injustice and betrayal, redemption and grace.