When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over #ad - In the strange, us-versus-them christian subculture of the 1990s, a person’s faith was measured by how many WWJD bracelets she wore and whether he had kissed dating goodbye. Evangelical poster child Addie Zierman wore three bracelets asking what Jesus would do. When she drops out of church and very nearly her marriage as well, it is on a sea of tequila and depression.
She was on fire for God and unaware that the flame was dwindling—until it burned out. Addie chronicles her journey through church culture and first love, and her entrance—unprepared and angry—into marriage. It’s a story for doubters, cynics, and anyone who has felt alone in church.
Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the DarkConvergent Books #ad - Now, at age 30, she feels nothing. Just the winter cold. In her second memoir, night driving, Addie Zierman powerfully explores the gap between our sunny, faith fictions and a God who often seems hidden and silent. Against the backdrop of rushing interstates, addie stumbles toward a faith that makes room for doubt, and screaming children, gas station coffee, strangers’ hospitality, disappointment, and darkness…and learns that sometimes you have to run away to find your way home.
Just the darkness pressing in. Just a buzzing silence where God’s voice used to be. How do you know god is real? in the emotionally-charged, fire-filled faith in which Addie Zierman grew up, the answer to this question was simple: Because you’ve FELT him. So she loads her two small children into the minivan one February afternoon and heads south in one last-ditch effort to find the Light.
Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a FutureConvergent Books #ad - Includes reading group discussion guide and interview with the author. To leave. In her memoir, and when is it a trap? what happens when a pastor holds unchecked sway over his followers? and how can we leave behind the harm inflicted in the name of God without losing God in the process?By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, readers will recognize questions every believer faces: When is spiritual zeal a gift, Girl at the End of the World is a story of the lingering effects of spiritual abuse and the growing hope that God can still be good when His people fail.
A story of mind control, the Apocalypse, and modest attire. Elizabeth esther grew up in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings to “break her will”. Trained in her family-run church to confess sins real and imagined, she knew her parents loved her and God probably hated her. Not until she was grown and married did she find the courage to attempt the unthinkable.
Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future #ad - I was raised in a homegrown, street preaching, fundamentalist Christian group—which is just a shorthand way of saying I’m classically trained in apocalyptic stockpiling, and the King James Version of the Bible. I know hundreds of obscure nineteenth-century hymns by heart and have such razor sharp “modesty vision” that I can spot a miniskirt a mile away.
Verily, verily i say unto thee, none of these highly specialized skills ever got me a job, but at least I’m all set for the end of the world. Selah.
Once You Go In: A Memoir of Radical FaithShe Writes Press #ad - Soon, she is on fire for God. She speaks in tongues, slays demons, and follows her abusive pastor’s every word―and it’s not until her life is burnt to the ground that she finds the courage to leave. Raw and illuminating, once you go in is a coming-of-age tale about the beauty and danger of absolute faith, and the stories people tell themselves to avoid their deepest fears.
She assimilates, despite her apprehensions, because she is desperate to belong. Carly gelsinger is an awkward and lonely thirteen-year-old when she stumbles into Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, the cracked stucco church on the outskirts of her remote small town.
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving FaithHoward Books #ad - From the popular blogger and provocative author of Jesus Feminist comes a riveting new study of Christianity that helps you wrestle with—and sort out—your faith. In out of sorts, compelling, sarah bessey—award-winning blogger and author of jesus feminist, which was hailed as “lucid, author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth—helps us grapple with core Christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching, and beautifully written” Frank Viola, a style well described as “narrative theology.
As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who jesus is, how to disagree yet remain within a community, what place the Church has in our lives, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith #ad - And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life. In the process of gently helping us sort things out, Bessey teaches us how to be as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers.
Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected GuestsConvergent Books #ad - But far more often there is joy, mentors, and excitement as strangers become friends, surprise, and helpers. Immerse yourself in these inspiring, eye-opening accounts of people who arrive with real needs, but ask only for an invitation to come in. His first followers knew that Jesus could be found with the fatherless, the widows, and the hungry and homeless.
If he really meant these things, what would happen if you opened your door to every person who came with a need? Jonathan and Leah Wilson-Hartgrove decided to find out. When they began, they had little idea what might happen, but they counted on God to show up. He said that he himself was a stranger, and commended those who welcomed him.
Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests #ad - Jesus told us Where to Find Him. The author and his wife moved to the Walltown neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina, where they have been answering the door to anyone who knocks. You will never view Jesus and the people he cares about the same way again. Just look for an Outcast. In strangers at my Door, Wilson-Hartgrove tells of risks and occasional disappointments.
My Name Is Child of God...Not "Those People": A First Person Look at Poverty: A First-person Look at PovertyAugsburg Fortress Publishers #ad - This personal and provocative look at poverty in America is shaped around the author's own engaging stories, and poems, song lyrics, including the well-known Call Me Child of God . The story of her growing up in a large irish catholic working-class family in Minneapolis, draws together the experiences of living in poverty, the role of the church and music in her life, Minnesota, and the many remarkable people who populated her life and the lives of her family.
My Name Is Child of God...Not "Those People": A First Person Look at Poverty: A First-person Look at Poverty #ad - The author describes economic hardship and social challenges as being as "regular as the turning seasons in my coming up years, " and refers to her life in poverty as the "soil of my art. Through her stories and reflections, Julia Dinsmore puts a face on poverty and challenges readers to answer God's call to respond to poverty and its effects.
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Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your ParentsIVP Books #ad - Go to the right school. Become a doctor or a lawyer. Marry a nice Asian. These are some of the hopes of our Asian parents. The authors represent a variety of perspectives, a third-generation Japanese-American's understanding of his parents' experience in the internment camps during World War II, including the immigrant experience of a Korean man, and a Chinese American woman's struggle to communicate with her parents.
Their accounts of humorous, frusrating and heartbreaking personal experiences as well as stories from other Asian American students and adults offer support and encouragement. But we also want to serve Jesus, and sometimes that can seem to conflict with family expectations. Discovering our asian identity in the midst of Western culture means learning to bridge these and other conflicting values.
Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents #ad - . And their ideas for living out the Christian faith between two cultures show us the way to wholeness. Knowing that our parents have sacrificed for us, we want to honor their wishes. We need wise counsel onour parents' ways of loving usvocations that show respect for our parents and allow us to serve Godthe "model minority" myth and performance pressuresmarriage, singleness, and being male and femaleracial reconciliationspirituality and church experiencesunique gifts Asians bring to Western cultureThis book, written by a team of Asian American student ministry workers who have been there, can serve as our guide on a difficult journey.
Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke FreeAtria Books #ad - She contacted young women she knew, asking if they were coping with the same shame-induced issues she was. When the youth pastor of her church was convicted of sexual enticement of a twelve-year-old girl, Klein began to question purity-based sexual ethics. In pure, cultural commentary, linda kay klein uses a potent combination of journalism, and memoir to take us “inside religious purity culture as only one who grew up in it can” Gloria Steinem and reveals the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s views on female sexuality has had on a generation of young women.
In the 1990s, a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. This is the sex education Linda Kay Klein grew up with. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual “stumbling blocks” for boys and men, and any expression of a girl’s sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character.
Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free #ad - This message traumatized many girls—resulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—and trapped them in a cycle of shame. These intimate conversations developed into a twelve-year quest that took her across the country and into the lives of women raised in similar religious communities—a journey that facilitated her own healing and led her to churches that are seeking a new way to reconcile sexuality and spirituality.
Fearing being marked a jezebel, klein broke up with her high school boyfriend because she thought God told her to and took pregnancy tests despite being a virgin, terrified that any sexual activity would be punished with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Pure is “a revelation.
Adam: God's BelovedORBIS #ad - Adam: God's Beloved #ad - Gripped by frequent seizures, he spent his life in obscurity. Adam could not speak or even move without assistance. In the story of adam he found a way to describe his own understanding of the Gospel message. His plans changed when he learned of the death of his friend Adam, a severely handicapped young man from the L'Arche Daybreak Community where Nouwen lived.
And yet, my teacher, Adam became "my friend, for Nouwen, and my guide. It was adam who led nouwen to a new understanding of his faith and what it means to be Beloved of God. In the final year before his death in 1996, Henri Nouwen set out to write a book about the Creed.
Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for JusticeWestminster John Knox Press #ad - In fearless dialogues: a new movement for justice, ellison makes this same kind of analysis available to readers, walking them through the steps that must be taken to find common ground in our divided communities and then to implement genuine and lasting change. Drawing on all the community's collective voices--from "doctors to drug dealers"--Fearless Dialogues is a groundbreaking program that seeks real solutions to problems of chronic unemployment, violence, and hopelessness.
In cities around the united States and now the world, the program's founder, Gregory C. Ellison, and his team create conversations among community members who have never spoken to one another, the goal of which are real, implementable, and lasting changes to the life of the community. These community transformations are based on both face-to-face encounters and substantive analysis of the problems the community faces.