Domestic Monastery by Ronald Rolheiser
So, what is a Domestic Monastery? Indeed, what really is a monastery? A monastery is a place set apart—a place to learn the blessings of powerlessness, and that time is not ours but God’s. Our home and our duties can, just like a monastery, teach us those things. The vocation of monastic men and women is to physically withdraw from the world. But the principle is equally valid for those of us who cannot go off to monasteries. Certain vocations offer the same kind of opportunity for contemplation, and provide a desert for reflection.
In ten brief and powerful chapters, Fr. Ron explores how monastery life can apply to those who don't live in a cloister:
Hardcover: 96 pages
Dimensions: 5.4 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, is a specialist in the fields of spirituality and systematic theology, and a New York Times bestselling author. His regular column in the Catholic Herald is featured in newspapers in five countries. He is the author of many books, including bestsellers The Holy Longing, and Sacred Fire, also The Restless Heart, Forgotten Amongst the Lilies, and Bruised and Wounded.
A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together by Jerusalem Jackson Greer
Let A Homemade Year inspire you to discover new and creative ways to experience the rhythm of God’s story in your home, with your family and friends, through fun, colorful crafts, party ideas, and recipes. Divided into seasons, A Homemade Year is filled with celebrations that you already observe and some you may never have heard of. May this book be a jumping-off point for creating joy and lasting memories through the church year.
Paperback: 224 pages
Dimensions: 7.0 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.0 pounds
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jerusalem Jackson Greer lives in an old house with her husband, their two boys, and a host of friendly critters. She fancies herself a farm-girl living in the city and she likes to rescue furniture off the side of the road. You can find her blogging, most days, at www.jerusalemgreer.com.
"A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together is a wonderful resource for those looking to celebrate some of the more obscure Christian holidays that typically don’t show up on a calendar...This book, a beautiful paperback with clear colorful pictures, starts with winter and moves through the seasons. The author takes you through various recipes, crafts, and games for the holidays...Start your own traditions with what you think would work best for your family."
— Jo Dee Soles, Practical Homeschooling
“This energetic book is as useful as it is comforting. Christian formation begins in the home and A Homemade Year gives us ways and means of accomplishing that with joy, holiness, and a healthy portion of just plain, old-fashioned fun.”
— Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours
"I began reading A Homemade Year one afternoon when I had no fewer than a thousand things going on in my house. Almost immediately, I was drawn into Jerusalem Greer's beautiful writing and became fascinated with her journey through an entire year of liturgical celebrations---some of which (Advent, Epiphany) I celebrate in my own home, but some of which I never knew about before. Two hours later, I was still reading, happily resigned to letting my plans for the day slide. Jerusalem so clearly conveys the significance and beauty of liturgical tradition, and her celebration-specific recipes and crafts are sweet and meaningful, while at the same time completely "do-able" for everyone. This book is an absolute treasure. I want to share it with everyone I know!"
— Ree Drummond, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks
“Like many moms, I’m longing to create a sense of rhythm and tradition in our lives and our home, and this sweet book gives many imaginative, practical places to start.”
— Shauna Niequist, author of Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines
“With waffle crumbs and bacon drippings and brown sugar crystals, Jerusalem Jackson Greer leaves a Hansel and Gretel-like path to follow as we travel through the seasons of the liturgical year. A Homemade Year gives families a wonderful sensory way to share and experience the Christian story at home. I was charmed and moved by this book.”
— Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color and Praying in Color for Kids
“In a world that struggles to slow down and stay focused on what’s really important, A Homemade Year gives you new vision to do just that. I can’t wait to get started myself!” —Courtney Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of A Sweethaven Summer and Scrapbooking Your Faith
“A mixture of family recipes, beautiful liturgical crafts and heartfelt stories, this book is sure to speak to your soul and remind you of days past and the traditions you hold dear. If you long to make life special for your family and friends in simple yet significant ways and share the rich traditions of the Christian liturgical holidays, Jerusalem’s words, ideas and simple country style are sure to bring a smile to your face and ideas to your Pinterest boards.”
— Rev. Monique McBride, Perspectives
Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear
We all have habits that shape our daily lives. When we get comfortable and go on “auto-pilot,” we naturally fall into the systems of habits that are deeply instilled in us. In Atomic Habits, James Clear, renowned expert on all things habits, helps readers to acknowledge these systems we so easily fall into and to create intentional habits to lead us toward the life we want to live.
If you often find yourself just “going through the motions” in life or stuck in old patterns, Clear’s book can help you rediscover your intentions for your life and create a strategy to live into those intentions. Clear offers real-life stories and examples of how to do this work, so we know we are not doing it alone. Clear’s method includes dumping old, worn-out habits and creating new ones so that we can improve by 1% each day.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Dimensions: 6.22 x 9.28 x 1.14 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author of this Worldwide Bestseller, named so by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others, James Clear is no stranger to the power of our habits. His work focuses on habits, decision-making, and constant improvement. His work has been featured in a number of places, including Entrepreneur magazine, Time magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others.
Clear’s website, jamesclear.com, is home to millions of monthly visitors, and his newsletter is received by hundreds of thousands of readers each month. He is often found speaking at Fortune 500 companies, and his tactics are used by the likes of the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
"A supremely practical and useful book. James Clear distills the most fundamental information about habit formation, so you can accomplish more by focusing on less."
—Mark Manson, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
“James Clear has spent years honing the art and studying the science of habits. This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.”
—Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
"A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life."
—Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy
“As a physician attempting to help my patients build healthy habits to decrease and reverse chronic disease, Atomic Habits is the playbook I have been searching for. Not only does the book offer actionable items I can teach my patients, I can refer them to read and implement the ideas themselves. The format is powerful and simple. This should be taught in all medical schools.”
—Laurie Marbas, MD, United States Air Force veteran
“Atomic Habits was a great read. I learned a lot and think it’ll be helpful to a lot of people.”
—Gayle King, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine
“Useful new book”
—Wall Street Journal
“In Atomic Habits, Clear will show you how to overcome a lack of motivation, change your environment to encourage success, and make time for new (and better) habits.
“Atomic Habits is a great book for anyone who is frustrated with the way they can’t seem to kick that one (or two dozen) bad habit(s) and wants to finally achieve health, fitness, financial freedom, great relationships, and a good life.” —Medium.com
“Excellent. Well worth the read.”
—Benjamin Hardy, Inc.com
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Have you ever:
If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.
Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter.
By forcing us to apply more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy—instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.
Essentialism is not one more thing—it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Greg McKeown is a business strategist, public speaker, and bestselling author. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune, Politico, and Inc., and is among the most popular bloggers for Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn. McKeown has been interviewed on NPR, NBC, Fox, and The Steve Harvey Show. He serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.
“Essentialism will give you richer, sweeter results and put you in real control, giving greater precision to the pursuit of what truly matters.”
“In this likeable and astute treatise on the art of doing less in order to do better…McKeown makes the content fresh and the solutions easy to implement. Following his lucid and smart directions will help readers find ‘the way of the essentialist.’”
“Do you feel it, too? That relentless pressure to sample all the good things in life? To do all the ‘right’ things? The reality is, you don’t make progress that way. Instead, you’re in danger of spreading your efforts so thin that you make no impact at all. Greg McKeown believes the answer lies in paring life down to its essentials. He can’t tell you what’s essential to every life, but he can help you find the meaning in yours.”
— Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive
“Entrepreneurs succeed when they say ‘yes’ to the right project, at the right time, in the right way. To accomplish this, they have to be good at saying ‘no’ to all their other ideas. Essentialism offers concise and eloquent advice on how to determine what you care about most, and how to apply your energies in ways that ultimately bring you the greatest rewards.”
— Reid Hoffman, co-founder/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Start-up of You
“As a self-proclaimed ‘maximalist’ who always wants to do it all, this book challenged me and improved my life. If you want to work better, not just less, you should read it too.”
— Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup
“Great design takes us beyond the complex, the unnecessary and confusing, to the simple, clear and meaningful. This is as true for the design of a life as it is for the design of a product. With Essentialism, Greg McKeown gives us the invaluable guidebook for just such a project.”
— Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO
“In Essentialism, Greg McKeown makes a compelling case for achieving more by doing less. He reminds us that clarity of focus and the ability to say ‘no’ are both critical and undervalued in business today.”
— Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn
“Essentialism is a powerful antidote to the current craziness that plagues our organizations and our lives. Read Greg McKeown’s words slowly, stop and think about how to apply them to your life—you will do less, do it better, and begin to feel the insanity start to slip away.”
— Robert I. Sutton, Professor at Stanford University and author of Good Boss, Bad Boss and Scaling Up Excellence
“Essentialism is a rare gem that will change lives. Greg offers deep insights, rich context and actionable steps to living life at its fullest. I’ve started on the path to an Essentialist way of life, and the impact on my productivity and well-being is profound.”
— Bill Rielly, Senior Vice President, Intel Security
Alabaster Guided Meditations edited by Brian Chung and Bryan Ye-Chung
Come and experience the Scriptures in a fresh and life-giving way.
In collaboration between Alabaster Co. and IVP, the volumes in the Alabaster Guided Meditations offer the full text of a biblical book in the New Living Translation, presented alongside beautiful full-color photographs that invite the reader into deeper reflection. The Scripture passages and photography are interspersed with guided meditations, incorporating the church’s ancient Lectio Divina and Visio Divina tradition, written by experienced Bible teachers.
With careful use of space and legible typefaces, these thoughtfully designed volumes allow for deep exploration between text and images.
Softcover: 128 pages
Dimensions: 8x10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 lb
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Brian Chung is the co-founder and business director of Alabaster Co. An entrepreneur, designer, and speaker, Brian has appeared on The Washington Post, Forbes, and The New Yorker.
Bryan Ye-Chung is an artist, designer, and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and creative director of Alabaster Co., and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and Vox.
30 Children's Sermons Series by Phyllis Vos Wezeman, Anna Liechty, and Kenneth Wezeman
Each children's sermon in the 30 Children's Sermons Series follows a consistent format based on five basic components: passage, purpose, preparation, presentation, and prayer. For use by clergy and lay leaders in preaching to children from kindergarten to fifth grade. The sermons are also adaptable for younger children as well as middle school-aged children.
All books include cross-references to valuable teaching tools — hymn stories, Scripture, and theological themes — that make for a user-friendly resource that will appeal to a multi-age audience.
Taste the Bread contains 30 sermons focusing on biblical stories and theological themes regarding Holy Communion.
Touch the Water contains 30 sermons on Holy Baptism on topics which include Cherished by God: Abraham’s Covenant, Covered by Grace: Water’s Message, Empowered for Ministry: Jesus’ Baptism, and Gifted for Life: Baptism’s Remembrance.
Wipe the Tears confronts the difficult yet important subject of death. The authors skillfully and compassionately use the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures to approach to subject of death in each sermon: demonstrating God's desire to save humankind; showing how the psalms challenge and comfort us; and sharing the victory over death through Christ's resurrection.
Tell Me a Story links ordinary Sundays and special days of the church year to best-loved children's books, such as I'll Always Love You; The Selfish Giant; Miss Fannie's Hat; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, to name a few.
Paperback: 96 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.2-6.1 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Phyllis Vos Wezeman is president of Active Learning Associates, Inc. and Director of Christian Nurture at First Presbyterian Church in South Bend, Indiana. She lives in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Anna Liechty is vice president of Active Learning Associates, Inc. She has worked as a religious education volunteer and has written a wide variety of religious education materials. Liechty lives in Plymouth, Indiana.
Kenneth Wezeman is the business manager/editor of Active Learning Associates, Inc. He holds an M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary and lives in Mishawaka, Indiana.