Important Discipleship and Formation Books – A Information to Studying
It's back to school and despite the chaos inflicted on us by the coronavirus pandemic this year, it's a good time to remember that as disciples of Jesus our school never ends.
We learn and are always shaped by our choices and the circumstances that are placed upon us. Regardless of our circumstances, what practices will help us focus on the merciful and righteous path of Jesus? These 40 recently published books on discipleship and education (published in the last three years or so) help us grapple with this issue that is at the center of our Christian identity. Not all of these books will be relevant to every reader, but hopefully you will find a good book or two here to read or re-read as you (and the sisters and brothers of your church) delve deeper into the full life of Christ in the year ahead.
(TOP 10 – Part 1) (Top 10 – Part 2)
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(Educated together in church)
(Renewal of our mind)
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(In alphabetical order according to the author's last name)
An extraordinary reminder of how to live with cancer (to live with someone who has cancer).
Kate is very sick and no positive thinking will shrink her tumors. What does it mean to die in a society that insists everything happens for a reason? Kate is taken to this certainty only to discover that life without her is tough but beautiful, like it has never been before. Everything Happened for a Reason tells her story and offers her disrespectful, hard-won observations about dying and the way it taught her to live.
On the surface, this is a book about leadership, but on a deeper level it's about the kind of people we need to become, and in that sense it's an education book that resonates deeply with Jesus' path. Leadership is not about title, status or exercise of power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for realizing the potential of people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential. When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers. We stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and we hoard it. We know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations. We lean on vulnerability when there is a need to do a good job.
Diana Butler bass
Bass, author of the award-winning Grounded and ten other books on spirituality and culture, explores the transformative, subversive power of gratitude for our personal lives and in communities. With her striking blend of historical research, spiritual insights, and timely cultural observation, she shows how we can close this gap and change our own lives and the world. With honest stories and heartbreaking examples from history and her own life, Bass calls for gratitude as a path to greater connection with God, with others, with the world and even with our own souls. It is time to embrace a more radical practice of gratitude – the virtue that heals us and helps us thrive.
In Faithful Presence, noted pastor and scholar David Fitch offers a new vision for the Church's witness in the world. He argues that we have lost the purpose and practice of the sacramental ways of the historical church, and he is restoring seven disciplines that have been with us since the church was born. Using numerous examples and stories, he shows how these revolutionary disciplines can help the Church take shape in and between our neighborhoods, change the way we live in the world, and advance the Kingdom. This book will help you imagine the Church, what you do on behalf of the Church, and how you lead the Church.
In the overlooked moments and routines of our time, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Set in an ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of the liturgy, the little practices and habits that shape us. Each chapter is about something the author does every day – make the bed, brush your teeth, lose the keys. Tish Harrison Warren draws on the diversity of her life as campus minister, Anglican priestess, friend, wife and mother and opens up a practical theology of everyday life.
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