Keeping Faith in Fundraising
Peter Harris, Rod J.K. Wilson (Eerdmans; January 2017)
Fundraising has always been an essential element of the Christian life: churches, schools, and many other organizations rely on it to function. But it is a risky enterprise, fraught with questions and challenges. How can Christians raise funds with integrity? In this book Peter Harris and Rod Wilson, experienced fundraisers themselves, bring fundraising within the scope of normal Christian life and work. They consider fundraising in light of the relationships that lie at its heart—with God, with creation, and with ourselves.
Winter with God: 40-Day Devotional: Hope for the Spirit, Strength for the Soul
Thomas Hunt (Broadstreet Publishing Group; November 1, 2016)
This 40-day devotional deals as much with God’s absence as His presence, for it is about the spiritual season of winter—a time when the light of faith has dimmed and the warmth of love has cooled. Written with a mystic’s heart, a scholar’s mind, and a poet’s pen, Winter with God is a profound meditation on the opportunities and challenges we face when our relationship with God seems dormant, endangered, or simply one-sided. Suitable for both longtime pilgrims and the newfound faithful (or faithless), this rich and compelling devotional about winter with God—a season through which every soul must pass—shows how the hardest season to experience can also be the most rewarding to endure. Discover hope for your spirit and strength for your soul.
Revisiting "Toronto the Good": Violence, Religion and Culture in a Late Victorian City
William D. Reimer (Gerhard & Co.; March 2016)
"Revisiting 'Toronto the Good'" transports readers into the largely forgotten culture of late nineteenth-century Toronto, which was awash with a British evangelical Protestant religious sensibility. Based on an analysis of 1880-1899 homicide rates and close readings of the Central Prison register, this study argues that a British evangelical Protestant reforming "machine" produced new cultural norms, ultimately forging dense social relationships in all sectors of Toronto society. These reciprocal networks fostered high levels of empathy that in turn lowered levels of male interpersonal violence across the city. This transformation of male society reflected the larger religious-social agendas of evangelical women and men throughout North America and Britain, but on an urban-industrial frontier.
The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy
Susan Phillips (Intervarsity Press: June 12, 2015)
Sociology professor and spiritual director Susan Phillips walks us through the "circus" of our cultural landscape to invite us into a cultivated life of spirituality. If we want to accept the invitation to return to the garden, then we must face down the temptation to live life as spectators of the circus that plays on around us. We want to be rooted and grounded in Christ, but are pushed toward constant work, alternating between performance and spectacle. Cultivation requires a kind of attentiveness that is countercultural to our age of distraction. These pages unfold the spiritual practices that can lead us into a new and delightful way of living. Are you ready to leave the circus?
A Beautiful Bricolage: Theopoetics as God-Talk for Our Time
Silas C. Krabbe (Wipf and Stock Publishers; August 3, 2016)
A Beautiful Bricolage is a plea for a more fully human way of speaking about God in the twenty-first century, a way that offers new life to dry and dying platitudes. Drawing deeply from linguistics, theology, philosophy, and even quantum mechanics, theopoetics attempts to reimagine the relationship between human language and speech about God through poetic phrasing and metaphor--thereby proposing a new God-talk. Interacting with selective works from within the discipline, Silas Krabbe offers a guide that not only maps the diversity of thought but also charts what is going on in the depths of the field. Using the metaphor of a river, Krabbe attempts to baptize the reader into theopoetics by leading an immersive exploration: sounding its waters, hearing resonances and echoes, feeling its flow, and becoming entangled in the braiding of its streams. Plunging ever more deeply into the differences that exist within the discourse of theopoetics, Krabbe is able to identify common aims, currents, and even hints of where this theopoetic river may lead. Not only a text about theopoetics, A Beautiful Bricolage is a work of theopoetics itself. It thereby draws the reader into a mode of inquiry that repudiates those who attempt to grasp it.
Sea Glass: New and Selected Poems
Luci Shaw (Book Farm; May 6, 2016)
Luci Shaw's poems have delighted, nurtured and inspired readers—and other writers—for decades. They regularly appear in periodicals such as Books & Culture, The Christian Century, Crux, Image, Nimble Spirit, Rock & Sling, Stonework and Weavings. Shaw draws upon them as a retreat facilitator, workshop leader and public speaker. Sea Glass is the fifteenth collection of Shaw's poems. It combines 38 new poems with a "best of" selection of poems from eleven of her previous books.
The Reluctant Leader
Peter Shaw and Hilary Douglas (Canterbury Pr Norwich; Oct. 2016)
Taking on a leadership role does not always come naturally. Lack of confidence, self-doubt, apprehension and fear of failure all hold many gifted people back. In The Reluctant Leader, coaching experts Peter Shaw and Hillary Douglas share wisdom gained from working extensively with leaders across all sectors, helping you turn your natural hesitation into a confident use of your leadership gifts. Recognizing the importance of humility, they offer many practical tips for gaining confidence by adopting good role models, building support, experimenting with a wider repertoire of skills, celebrating success and growing through failure. Peter Shaw was one of the first full time Regent students in 1970. He is a founding partner of coaching organization Praesta Partners, a Visiting Professor at various UK Universities, and will be teaching at the Regent Summer School. He has written 24 books on aspects of leadership.
Conchie: What My Father Didn't Do in the War
Gethin Russell-Jones (Lion Books; March 18, 2016)
“What did you do in the war, daddy?” It’s a classic question—and maybe one that expected the answer to be stories of brave attacks on enemy lines, pressing forward against overwhelming odds. But John Russell-Jones (the author's father) exhibited a different kind of courage to that shown by most of his peers. Convinced that Christ’s teaching forbade him to take the life of another, he faced ignominy, insults, and opposition, from the state, his friends, and even his own family. As an adult, Gethin decided it was time to look for the man his father had been, and to see if he could regain respect for him. And as he finds out what led his father to the decision he made, he discovers a man he never really knew—one who was prepared to suffer for an unpopular and unfashionable belief, and who exhibited a different kind of courage in doing so.
Thumbprint in the Clay: Divine Marks of Beauty, Order and Grace
Luci Shaw (IVP Books; March 21, 2016)
We worship an endlessly creative God whose thumbprints are reflected everywhere we look—in sunsets, mountains, ocean waves—and in the invisible rhythms that shape our lives, such as the movement of planets around the sun. And this creative and ever-creating God has also left indelible thumbprints on us. Join Luci Shaw as she ponders, through the beauty of poetry and prose, those sometimes unexpected places where she encounters God's fingerprints, and let it help you learn to see them in your life as well.
Where Do Broken Hearts Go? An Integrative, Participational Theology of Grief
W. Ross Hastings (Wipf & Stock Publishers; June 28, 2016)
Grounded in the narrative of the loss of his own wife, Ross Hastings seeks to provide insight into the universal human condition of loss and grief . . . and speaks comfort. All kinds of losses produce grief--loss of jobs, homes, friendships, health, losses through divorce, and loss through death of parents, children, and spouses—and we are often unprepared for it. Applicable to all who go through loss, this book will also offer skills for pastors, pastors-in-training, and friends seeking to offer comfort to grieving people.