Every Moment Holy: New Liturgies for Daily Life (Pocket Edition)
Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey is a book of liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life—liturgies such as "A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends" or "A Liturgy for Laundering" or "A Liturgy for the First Hearthfire of the Season." These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose even when, especially when, we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice.
This "Pocket Edition" is smaller in size and made with a flexible cover. It fits easily in a bag or glovebox or coat pocket—perfect for everyday use while on the move.
It includes two new illustrations by Ned Bustard, a new liturgy from the forthcoming book, Death, Grief & Hope, and all the liturgies from the Volume I hardcover edition including:
The Hours: Morning, Midday, Nightfall
Table Blessings: Sunday through Saturday
Labor and Vocation: Domestic Days, One Who Is Employed, Those Who Employ Others, Laundering, Preparation of a Meal, Preparation of an Artisanal Meal, Preparation of a Hurried Meal, Keeping of Bees, Washing of Windows, Home Repairs, Students & Scholars, Waiters & Waitresses, First Responders, Medical Providers, Before Taking the Stage, Fiction Writers, Changing of Diapers (2), Those Who Work in Wood or Stone or Metal or Clay, Labors of Community
Creation & Recreation: Arriving at the Ocean, Leaving on Holiday, Those Who Sleep Tents, the Enjoyment of Bonfires, Sunsets, Stargazing, the Watching of Storms, the First Snow, Before Consuming Media, the Planting of Flowers, Gardening, Before Beginning a Book, Upon the Finishing of a Beloved Book, Competitors
Blessing & Celebration: Those Gathered on the Eve of a Wedding, to Begin a Purposeful Gathering, Feasting with Friends, Moving Into a New Home, the First Hearthfire of the Season, the Start of the Christmas Season, Setting up a Christmas Tree, Welcoming of a New Pet, Morning of a Yard Sale, Marking of Birthdays
Petition & Provision: Ritual of Morning Coffee, Sick Day, Morning of a Medical Procedure, Husband & Wife at Start of Day, Husband & Wife at Close of Day, Those Who Suffer Loss from Storm, Flood, or Fire, the Loss of Electricity, Before Serving Others, Before a Meal Eaten Alone, Those Flooded by Too Much Information, Those Who Covet the Latest Technology, Battling a Destructive Desire, Nights & Days of Doubt, Those with a Sudden Burden to Intercede, Those Who Feel Awkward in Social Gatherings, Dating & Courtship, Before Giving (2), Those Feeling the Impulse to Buy, Before Shopping, the Paying of Bills, One Who Has Suffered a Nightmare, Those Who Cannot Sleep, Upon First Waking
Sorrow & Lament: Those Who Have Not Done Great Things for God, Anniversary of a Loss, Loss of a Living Thing, Missing Someone, Leavings, Inconsolable Homesickness, Those Facing Slow Loss of Memory, Feeling of Infirmities, Fearing Failure, Death of a Dream, Those Who Have Done Harm, Those Who Weep Without Knowing Why
Liturgies of the Moment: Upon Seeing a Beautiful Person, Tasting Pleasurable Food, Experiencing Laughter, Randomly Thinking of Another Person, Being Moved by a Song, Hearing Birdsong, Sighting a Flower in Bloom, Unexpected Sighting of Wildlife, Observing a Tree Swaying in the Wind, Pleasure of a Warm Shower, the Sound of Sirens, a Fleeting Irritation, Moments of Emergency, Moment of Frustration at a Child, Experiencing Road Rage, Waiting in Line
Benediction: A Liturgy of Praise to the King of Creation
Softcover: 302 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.0 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 13 oz
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR
Douglas Kaine McKelvey grew up in East Texas and moved to Nashville in 1991 to participate in the early work of Charlie Peacock’s Art House Foundation, an organization dedicated to a shared exploration of faith and the arts. In the decades since, he has worked as an author, song lyricist, scriptwriter, and video director. He has penned more than 350 lyrics recorded by a variety of artists including Switchfoot, Kenny Rogers, Sanctus Real, and Jason Gray. He and his wife Lise have three grown daughters and two sons-in-law. Douglas has served for the last four years as the sexton at St. John’s Anglican Church in Franklin, Tennessee. For more information about Douglas visit https://www.dougmckelvey.com.
Ned Bustard is a graphic designer, illustrator, and printmaker for World’s End Images, the creative director for Square Halo Books, Inc., and curator of the Square Halo Gallery. He is on staff with CIVA (Christians in the Visual arts), serves as an elder for Wheatland Presbyterian Church, and is on the boards of the ASCHA (Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art) and The Row House, Inc. For more information about Ned and his art visit https://www.worldsendimages.com and @nedbustard.
ABOUT RABBIT ROOM PRESS
Rabbit Room Press is based in the heart of the thriving artistic community of Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 2008 by Andrew Peterson, Rabbit Room Press publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to books, the press is closely involved in the creation and distribution of recorded music.
Giving to two of my wonderful students for graduation with notations for favorite prayers.
This is a lovely book - the liturgies are poetic and there are so many different prayers for all different occasions. I got this to give as a gift but ended up looking through it myself before giving it and am tempted to buy myself a copy as well! I opted for the smaller size and really like it - the pages feel nice, the soft cover gives without feeling flimsy, and as weird as it may sound it's just a pleasant experience holding the book.
Curious Kid's Guides by Marc Olson
Curious Kids' Guides present cool and surprising information about Christian history and beliefs in an entertaining, visually engaging way for kids.
The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kid's Guide to Life in the First Century
Jesus often told stories using everyday objects to help his listeners understand life with God. But for most of us, the deep imagery and meaning behind those objects has been lost to history. The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kid's Guide to Life in the First Century helps kids discover the world Jesus lived in through maps, charts, graphs, and other infographic elements. They’ll learn about the culture Jesus lived in: his Jewish religion, the power of the ruling Roman Empire, the role of fishermen and carpenters and shepherds. It’s an invitation to explore the stories of Jesus in their cultural context, bringing new life to familiar biblical events. This beautifully illustrated book will be a family favorite that kids and adults will come back to over and over again.
The World of the First Christians: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Early Church
The life and teachings of Jesus changed the world forever--but what happened after the events of the Gospels? How did Christianity grow from a small group of followers to one of the largest religious movements in human history? How did the first Christians survive in an oppressive Roman Empire? What did the early church believe, and how did they worship? The World of the First Christians: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Early Church answers these questions and more, with colorful illustrations, charts, graphs, maps, and other infographics that will keep kids' attention for hours and give them new insight and understanding into the early growth of the Christian faith.
The World of the Old Testament: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Bible's Most Ancient Stories
The stories of the Old Testament present modern readers with a world completely foreign from our own. Curious kids riveted by these stories are likely to come away with questions. Who were the people who lived in the time and place in which these stories were set? How did they work? What did they eat? What were their families and tribes like? How did they fight? What did they believe about God, kings, enemies, and the world around them? And above all, what does any of it have to do with how we read and understand the books that make up the first half of the Bible? The World of the Old Testament: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Bible's Most Ancient Stories answers these questions and more, with charts, graphs, maps, and other infographics that will keep kids' attention for hours, and send them back to the Bible with surprising new insights and understanding.
Hardcover: 64 pages
Dimensions: 9.0 x 12.0 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR
Marc Olson is an author, tinker, and theologian who lives and works in Saint Paul, MN. In addition to working as an educator, bus driver, garbage hauler, and undertaker, Marc served as a Lutheran Pastor for a handful of years. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary. He was also awarded the Seminary's International Preaching Fellowship in 2007, which resulted in a year abroad, studying and teaching with his family in Tanzania as well as Israel and Palestine. He is the father of two grown children, Sigurd and Dane. Marc's partner, Sara, has three teenagers: Ben, Maggie, and Ted. Together, this whole family helps take care of Marc's Basset Hound, whose name is Bruce.
As a child, Jemima Maybank was inspired to draw exotic animals as the next best thing to having them. Her style is inspired by the minimal shapes and subtle use of textures seen in mid-century children's books, and she makes sure to include nature in her work. She lives in England.
"...Utterly fascinating from cover to cover and a "must" for personal, public, school, and church library collections. Highly recommended!"
— Midwest Book Review
"Aiming to remind young readers that "Jesus was a real person who lived in a real place during a specific time in history," this overview offers general pictures of 1st-century life and society in what Olson calls Palestine, with particular attention paid to the era's Jewish practices and Scriptures."
— Kirkus Reviews
"The World Jesus Knew is a beautifully illustrated book that will be a family favorite that kids and adults will come back to over and over again."
— Midwest Book Review, Christian Shelf
"Written in a down-to-earth style that kids can connect with, and it also includes fantastic illustrations!"
— Play Eat Grow Blog
"Jesus appears throughout this smartly designed book, but it's primarily about his world, one that is depicted in fascinating, crisp detail, with almost every topic one could think of covered here."
— Booklist Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books for Youth Feature
Honest Advent: Awakening to the Wonder of God-With-Us Then, Here, and Now by Scott Erickson
For those who are looking for something honest, something real, something with a little more human grit to it and a little less conventional red and green, Honest Advent offers a new kind of devotional.
For too many of us, Christmas has lost its wonder. Maybe for you, the joy of the season is painfully dissonant with the hard edges of life right now. Or maybe you feel wearied by the way Christmas has become a polished, predictable brand. Or maybe this sacred story feels too far removed from our world today, a world that's hard to make sense of.
But what if the Christmas story is not just something that happened a long time ago... but a story that is still happening today? Honest Advent: Awakening to the Wonder of God-with-Us Then, Here, and Now illuminates the astonishing, hope-filled truth that the God who showed up in the hardest parts of our humanity is still doing so today.
From celebrated artist-storyteller Scott Erickson come 25 days of heart-stirring images and thought-provoking meditations to rekindle the wonder of God-with-Us in this season. Honest Advent creates a space for you to encounter the Incarnate Christ in unexpected places: a pregnancy announcement in an era of political unrest and empirical bloodshed, the morning sickness of a Middle Eastern teenager, and the shocking biology of birth that goes far beyond the sanitized brand of Christmas as we know it.
Then, through powerful benedictions, prayers, and questions for honest reflection, you will discover how the wonder of God-with-Us is still happening today: in your unexpected change of plans, your unaccomplished dreams, your overcrowded lodging, your humble stories of new beginnings. In a world that's difficult to make sense of, and a season that's so often overtaken by consumerism, find here fresh eyes to see this powerfully sacred story.
Jesus appeared in a way no one expected: incarnating by way of human vulnerability. He does the exact same thing in our lives today: bringing light and life through our ordinary everyday vulnerabilities.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.9 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR
Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance artist, and creative storyteller who mixes autobiography, biblical narrative, and aesthetics to create art that speaks to our deepest experiences. Scott lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three children. For more information, visit www.scottericksonart.com.
"There is something so enticingly refreshing about the perspective and conversation of Advent through the feminine lens. Scott Erickson's reflection of the Advent season through the connection of the misrepresented women in the Savior story not only is healing and restorative but also brings us back into the story, where the feminine and the divine have always been."
— Arielle Estoria, poet, author, speaker
"Scott Erickson does a perfect job of removing the current taste of stale commercialization and male centeredness from Advent. He then brings back in the beauty, mystery, and wonder that this season is meant to inspire. If you want an Advent made for our moment of social and racial awakening, and one that doesn't oversimplify, this is it!"
— Propaganda and Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty, The Red Couch Podcast
"When I was an evangelical, I thought Christmas took too much emphasis away from Easter. When I was an atheist, I thought Christmas reinforced an absurd fairy tale. Me and Christmas, well, it's complicated. That's why I love Honest Advent. As a meditation on the vulnerability of God through the strange mystery of Christ's incarnation, Scott invites us not to master that mystery, but to experience it."
— Mike McHargue, author of You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) and host of Ask Science Mike podcast
"Beautiful. Evocative. A wake-up call to the mystery of life."
— John Mark Comer, author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
"I'm no Scrooge, but the last thing I want to read is another book on the Christmas story. Luckily, that's not what this book is about. Scott Erickson's beautifully crafted book helped me see God-with-Us with fresh eyes. Honest Advent is no shallow seasonal gift book; it's an invitation to explore the divine flourishes of everyday human vulnerabilities. A transformative read, regardless of the time of year."
— Jonathan Merritt, author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch and contributing writer to The Atlantic
"Through striking visuals and conversational prose, Scott Erickson has created a doorway between the foreign and the familiar, the simple and the complex, holiday and the everyday. On any day of the year, but especially through the time of Advent, land on any page in this book to find a prayer, a bridge, an invitation into what is coming and out of the boxes we put around God."
— Hillary McBride, PhD, RCC, therapist, researcher, and author
"Scott Erickson's iconographic works serve as portals to the 'kingdom of heaven within us.' In this collection of art and reflection, we're reminded what makes our hearts that heaven--the God who comes nearer than we are to ourselves. I'll be opening these doors with wonder and gratitude. Thanks, Scott, you're such a good doorman!"
— Brad Jersak, author of IN: Incarnation & Inclusion, Abba & Lamb
"We know of few other voices that so powerfully bring back the luster to tarnished, sacred things. Scott Erickson's Advent meditations will be an evergreen gift for the weary soul, calling out fresh and upending wonder at the incarnation, what it meant then, and how we are to be now."
— Jay and Katherine Wolf, authors of Hope Heals and Suffer Strong
"Readers on a quest for information can sometimes find themselves devouring books too quickly without taking time to chew, not fully tasting the words and their meanings. Scott Erickson's drawings force us to slow down and open up to truth in a new way. Advent is a season for slow contemplative reflection, and this book will be a tasty treat to savor and to help us reflect on the greatest wonder of all--God becoming one of us."
— Peri and Brian Zahnd, authors of Every Scene by Heart and Postcards from Babylon
"There are so many things I love about Scott Erickson, and this Advent book brings them all together. I sense that he is always doing his own work, learning how to live in the body and mind he's been given, making sense of the world through all of the means--psychology, sociology, art, science, spirituality, and wonder--so that when he turns his lens toward something, anything, out come these well-formed, beautifully connected scenes. This lens, turned toward Mary, Jesus, and incarnation, helps me break through the incredibly solidified narratives of Christmas into something that moves me again and helps me connect with the real earth, the blood, sweat, and tears--this happened here, on this earth, in our way, through human birth."
— Sara Groves, recording artist, advocate
The Christmas Star From Afar: Stable Animals for Nativity Set with Kids
6 stable animals to add to your Star From Afar™ nativity set. These new animals include a camel, a donkey, a cow, a black sheep, a brown goat, and a black and white goat.
The Star From Afar is a family tradition the celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. This item comes with a hardcover book, a 14 piece colorful wooden nativity set, and wooden star. This fun hide-n-seek game encourages children to go on a hunt for their Star, similar to that of the Wise Men. Every night the Star is hidden in the child’s home. The next morning the child will search high and low until they locate it. Once they have found their Star they move all Three Wise Men to the star’s location. They will repeat this over and over again until Christmas morning when the star will be found on top of the stable above king, baby Jesus!
Includes: 6 Wooden Stable Animals (cow, donkey, camel, sheep, and 2 goats)
Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.8 x 1.0 inches
Shipping Weight: 16.0 oz
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Natalie Ard is the creative director at Star Kids Company. She is a wife, mom of 3 awesome little kiddos, and a creative at heart. She loves creating colorful, fun products for kids. As a mom, she tries to develop items she thinks her kids will like and toys that will encourage them to be kind, loving, and thoughtful.
ABOUT STAR KIDS COMPANY
Star Kids Company creates toys and games that are both meaningful and playful. They desire to inspire children and to spark their curiosity and creativity. They design products that have a purpose behind the play, help develop character, and build family values. Their bright colors and quality materials will capture your child’s attention and spark their curiosity. Find out more about Star Kids Company at https://starkidscompany.com and @starkidscompany.
I love this set. My kids have learned over the last few years the process of Advent and waiting. They have learned the birth and how the shepherds witnessed the birth, and how the wise men came later.
They understand a little more each year.
Also, this is way better than some creepy elf on a shelf thing.
In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection & Prayer by Jan Richardson
In this sequel to the groundbreaking Sacred Journeys, In the Sanctuary of Women invites us to cross into a sacred space with women from around the world and across the centuries. Jan believes it is essential for women to listen to one another and to bring the fullness of their lives, with all their wonders and messiness, into their prayer lives.
This book, Richardson writes, is an invitation to enter into a conversation. Here amongst these pages, in the presence of women past and present, is a place to enter into the mysteries that lie at the heart of who we are. Drawing from the often-hidden wellsprings of women's wisdom in Jewish and Christian traditions, In the Sanctuary of Women gathers together women from scripture and history whose lives invite us to move more deeply into our own: Eve, St. Brigid of Kildare, the Desert Mothers, Hildegard of Bingen, Harriet Powers, and the woman of the Song of Songs. Each chapter becomes its own sanctuary, gracing and engaging the reader with the reflections, stories, poetry, prayers, and blessings that Richardson offers. An invitation into reflection and prayer alone or in the company of others, In the Sanctuary of Women is a book to treasure and to share with the women and the men in your life.
Paperback: 332 pages
Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound 2.3 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. She serves as director of The Wellspring Studio, LLC, and has traveled widely as a retreat leader and conference speaker. A native Floridian several generations over, Jan grew up in Evinston, a small community near the university town of Gainesville. Known for her distinctive intertwining of word and image, Jan’s work has attracted an international audience drawn to the welcoming and imaginative spaces that she creates in her books, online blogs, and public events. Find out more about Jan at https://www.janrichardson.com.
"If a book can indeed shelter the soul awhile and hold it close in beauty and peace, nurture and devotion, then this book most certainly does. It is, just as its title says, a sanctuary, a wayside station of prayer, and a site of worship for those blessed enough to enter here."
— Phyllis Tickle, Compiler, The Words of Jesus A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord
"This refreshing resource widens the mind, deepens the heart, and strengthens the soul of spirituality. Richardson skillfully takes us to the edge and then brings us back to the core of spirituality. This book contains marvelous treasure."
— Joyce Rupp, Author of numerous best-selling books, including Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self
"To enter the Sanctuary of Women with Jan Richardson is to risk deep transformation, proof that this book is a God-gift. It journeys into the daunting spiritual landscapes traversed by those brave enough to wrestle with God's heart at close quarters. These womanly wisdoms are richly varied in their topography, but in each whether scripture's surprising Eve or Celtic Brigid or a Desert Mother or an emancipating Sojourner Truth or Jan herself is a wellspring of reflection and prayer dug very deep."
— Peter Storey, Former bishop, Methodist Church of Southern Africa
Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry by Lore Ferguson Wilbert
Handle with Care reclaims the God-given ministry of pure and healthy touch. Whether it’s fearful side hugs on one side or sexual abuse on the other, both the culture and the church aren’t doing very well with touch. Singles are staying single longer, dating is wrought with angst over purity, and marriages struggle to not interpret all forms of touch as sexual. Even the Bible seems to have endless rules about not touching things. There is simply no place where touch doesn’t seem threatened or threatening.
But a curious thing happens when Jesus comes into His ministry: He touches. Jesus touches the sick and the outcast, the bleeding and the unclean.
What could it mean for families, singles, marriages, churches, communities, and the world to have healthy, pure, faithful, ministering touch? Somewhere in the mess of our assumptions and fears about touch, there is something beautiful and good and God-given. As Jesus can show us, there is ministry in touching.
Read a SAMPLE.
Hardcover: 264 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lore Ferguson Wilbert has lived all over the United States but will always be most at home in the Northeast. She holds a degree in English from Lee University. She has been published by Christianity Today, Fathom Magazine, LifeWay Leaders, LifeWay Voices, The Gospel Coalition, Revive Our Hearts, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and more, on spiritual formation, faith, culture, and theology in life. She also teaches writing and edits on the side. She and her husband live with their Wheaten, their books, their gardens, and a stocked tea box at all times. You can read more of her work at sayable.net, on Twitter @lorewilbert or Instagram @lorewilbert.
"A fresh, singular voice that is as muscular and grounded as it is exquisite. A rare, authentic wonder in a world of words. What Lore writes, I need to read."
— Ann Voskamp
"Here is a brave, redemptive, fierce, God-honoring book... A helpful book on a crucial subject for an isolated generation."
— Russ Ramsey
"This is Lore at her finest—asking taboo questions without flinching, yet somehow also answering with grace, clarity, depth, and honesty. She sees us at our most vulnerable—needy for contact—and refuses to shame us for our need."
— Steve Bezner
"As biblical and practical, as warm and wise as I’ve come to expect all her words to be... the church will love better by reading this timely book."
— Jen Pollock Michel
All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings by Gayle Boss
Open a window each day of Advent onto the natural world with All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings. Here are twenty-five fresh images of the foundational truth that lies beneath and within the Christ story. In twenty-five portraits depicting how wild animals of the northern hemisphere ingeniously adapt when darkness and cold descend, we see and hear as if for the first time the ancient wisdom of Advent: The dark is not an end but the way a new beginning comes.
Short, daily reflections that paint vivid, poetic images of familiar animals, paired with charming original wood-cuts, will engage both children and adults. Anyone who does not want to be caught, again, in the consumer hype of “the holiday season” but rather to be taken up into the eternal truth the natural world reveals will welcome this book.
Paperback: 112 pages
Dimensions: 7 x 8.375 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gayle Boss writes in Michigan, where she was born and raised. Her life-long love of animals and her immersion in spiritual texts and practices have melded in poems and essays that explore how relationships with animals specifically, and an attentive presence in the natural world generally, restore us to our deepest selves. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in Grand Rapids with her husband.
"This is the book I gave to my family and friends two Christmases ago in hard copy. It is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen and so deeply moving with the story each day from December 1 to December 25 about what it takes for different animals to get through the winter cold. This book is something to share with your family or even alone to touch something that is very rare, and so real and heart-rending." —Trina Paulus, author of Hope for the Flowers
“Gayle Boss writes lovingly about animals in their habitats using rich and lyrical language. Children will learn—and be awestruck—as their parents read about creatures they know, and don't know. I'm certain families will make reading this lovely book together a yearly tradition, whether they observe Advent or not. All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings is a beautiful addition to any family library.”—Deborah Heiligman, author of Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, a National Book Award Finalist
“This book reminds me of what St. Paul tells us in Romans 8:19—All creation waits! In this invigorating view of Advent the contrasts are beautifully presented—between darkness and light, waiting and arrival, sleeping and waking, human and animal creatureliness. The stories and illustrations partake of the kind of reality Christ exemplified in his Advent...How helpful it is to join the animals during their Advent waiting.” —Luci Shaw, Writer in Residence, Regent College, author and poet
“To be awake in the world each winter is to sense loss, to know the weight of waiting. This book’s illustrations and descriptions of the winter habits of 24 animals are gentle lessons in biology—about how lactic acid pools in the bloodstream of a turtle or a porcupine’s gut digests wood. But the animals are also a metaphor for faith, and the final chapter explores the meaning of a God who became incarnate ‘as a child at home among animals’ for the sake of a creation that still waits.” —Christian Century
“All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings showcases twenty-five fresh images of the foundational truth that lies beneath and within the Christ story. In twenty-five portraits depicting how wild animals of the northern hemisphere ingeniously adapt when darkness and cold descend, we see and hear as if for the first time the ancient wisdom of Advent: The dark is not an end but the way a new beginning comes. Short, daily reflections that paint vivid, poetic images of familiar animals, paired with charming original wood-cuts, will engage both children and adults. Anyone who does not want to be caught, again, in the consumer hype of ‘the holiday season’ but rather to be taken up into the eternal truth the natural world reveals will benefit immensely from reading All Creation Waits. An informative and inspiring read from cover to cover, All Creation Waits is especially recommended to all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliation. —Midwest Book Review
“Each of the beautiful creatures in this little book is a unique word of God, its own metaphor, all of them together drawing us to the One we all belong to. Adapting to the dark and cold they announce in twenty-four different ways the Good News of Advent: that through every dark door the creating Love of the universe waits.” —Richard Rohr, OFM
“A wonderfully refreshing sidelong book that makes you stop and think and ponder and consider and contemplate and see not only Advent but your entire blessed life with new eyes. Which seems to me to be the whole point of any generous honest art. Which All Creation Waits most certainly is.” —Brian Doyle, author of Chicago
“This book is a delight to savor and behold. I am someone who believes that the earth is our original monastery, and this worthy guide invites us intimately into the gifts of winter by exploring the rhythms of various birds, bees, and animals during the holy season of Advent. A lovely invitation into the quiet mysteries of darkness.” —Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, author of Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith
You are what you love. But you might not love what you think.
In You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shapes our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the "imagination station" that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship.
Following the publication of his influential work Desiring the Kingdom, Smith received numerous requests from pastors and leaders for a more accessible version of that book's content. No mere abridgment, this new book draws on years of Smith's popular presentations on the ideas in Desiring the Kingdom to offer a fresh, bottom-up rearticulation. The author creatively uses film, literature, and music illustrations to engage readers and includes new material on marriage, family, youth ministry, and faith and work. He also suggests individual and communal practices for shaping the Christian life.
Paperback: 224 pages
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.6 x 1.0 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.7 oz
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James K. A. Smith (PhD, Villanova University) is professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He is the editor of Comment magazine. Smith has authored or edited many books, including Imagining the Kingdom, Who's Afraid of Relativism?, and the Christianity Today Book Award winners Desiring the Kingdom (over 30,000 copies sold) and Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? He is also editor of the well-received The Church and Postmodern Culture series.
Christianity Today Book Award Winner
Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center Book Award
"Smith has an exceptional gift for disentangling things. Here again his efforts disentangle our minds and our hearts so our imaginations can be set free to be captured by and reflective of the kingdom of God. In these ways, Smith gives us a profound gift so we can seek and find what we need most."
— Mark Labberton, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Attention, all 'general readers'—not academics or specialists (though they're welcome too), but people who are tired of shoddy thinking and trendy slogans: this is the kind of book you've been hungering for. It's a bit like one of those 'Great Courses.' An inspired teacher, a compelling subject, and you. What are you waiting for?"
— John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture
"Informed by the insights of St. Augustine, You Are What You Love explores the substance of Christian discipleship as total life transformation through worship and liturgy. More than any other contemporary writer, Smith has helped me to understand how belief is embodied in us primarily through our habits of desire, and that God himself is the true satisfaction of our hungry hearts. This book should be read by every follower of Jesus."
— Sandra McCracken, singer and songwriter
"Jamie Smith writes with enormous understanding, authority, and warmth. Masterful!"
— Cornelius Plantinga Jr., president emeritus, Calvin Theological Seminary; author of Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists
"A user-friendly introduction to the sweeping Augustinian insight that we are shaped most by what we love most, more so than by what we think or do. If sin and virtue are disordered and rightly ordered love, respectively, and if the only way to change is to change what we worship, then this will lead us to rethink how we conduct Christian work and ministry. Jamie gives some foundational ideas on how this affects our corporate worship, our Christian education and formation, and our vocations in the world. An important, provocative volume!"
— Tim Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
"What do you love? is the most important question of our lives. With his characteristic ease, energy, and insightfulness, Smith explores in this compelling book not only what it is that we should love but also how we can learn to love what we should."
— Miroslav Volf, Yale Divinity School; author of A Public Faith and Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World
"In this wise and provocative book, Jamie Smith has the audacity to ask the question: Do we love what we think we love? It is not a comfortable question if we strive to answer it honestly. Smith presses us to do so and then shows us the renewed and abundant life that awaits Christians whose habits and practices--whose liturgies of living--work to open our hearts to our God and our neighbors."
— Alan Jacobs, Honors College, Baylor University
"Desiring the Kingdom influenced me more than any single book of the past decade. I--and the rest of the church--owe a great debt to Smith's scholarship, now made particularly accessible in You Are What You Love. As a means for reimagining the task of discipleship, this book should be required reading for every pastor, lay leader, and parent."
— Jen Pollock Michel, author of Christianity Today's 2015 Book of the Year, Teach Us to Want
Glimpses of the New Creation: Worship and the Formative Power of the Arts by W. David O. Taylor
How do the arts in worship form individuals and communities?
Every choice of art in worship opens up and closes down possibilities for the formation of our humanity. Every practice of music, every decision about language, every use of our bodies, every approach to visual media or church buildings forms our desires, shapes our imaginations, habituates our emotional instincts, and reconfigures our identity as Christians in contextually meaningful ways, generating thereby a sense of the triune God and of our place in the world.
Glimpses of the New Creation argues that the arts form us in worship by bringing us into intentional and intensive participation in the aesthetic aspect of our humanity—that is, our physical, emotional, imaginative, and metaphorical capacities. In so doing they invite the people of God to be conformed to Christ and to participate in the praise of Christ and in the praise of creation, which by the Spirit’s power raises its peculiar voice to the Father in heaven, for the sake of the world that God so loves.
Paperback: 312 pages
Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 oz
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
W. David O. Taylor is an Anglican priest, and Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller University, as well as the Director of Brehm Texas. He is the author of Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life and editor of For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts. He has written for The Washington Post, Image Journal, Christ & Pop Culture, and Christianity Today, among other publications. David lives in Austin with his wife, Phaedra, a visual artist and gardener, his daughter, Blythe, and son, Sebastian. He tweets @wdavidotaylor; and posts Instagram: @davidtaylor_theologian.
Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Sarah Arthur
Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time has captured the imagination of millions - from literary sensation to timeless classic and now a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, and Mindy Kaling. A Light So Lovely tells the story of the woman at the center of it all - her imagination, her faith, her pattern of defying categories, and what readers today can learn from her legacy.
Bestselling and beloved author Madeleine L'Engle, Newbery winner for A Wrinkle in Time, was known the world round for her imaginative spirit and stories. She was also known to spark controversy - too Christian for some, too unorthodox for others. Somewhere in the middle was a complex woman whose embrace of paradox has much to say to a new generation of readers today.
A Light So Lovely paints a vivid portrait of this enigmatic icon's spiritual legacy, starting with her inner world and expanding into fresh reflections of her writing for readers today. Listen in on intimate interviews with L'Engle's literary contemporaries such as Philip Yancey and Luci Shaw, L'Engle's granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis, and influential fans such as Makoto Fujimura, Nikki Grimes, and Sarah Bessey, as they reveal new layers to the woman behind the stories we know and love. A vibrant, imaginative read, this book pulls back the curtain to illuminate L'Engle's creative journey, her persevering faith, and the inspiring, often unexpected ways these two forces converged.
For anyone earnestly searching the space between sacred and secular, miracle and science, faith and art, come and find a kindred spirit and trusted guide in Madeleine - the Mrs. Whatsit to our Meg Murry - as she sparks our imagination anew.
Paperback: 224 pages
Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Arthur is the author of over twelve books ranging from bestselling devotionals to critical engagement with literature. A graduate of Wheaton College and Duke University Divinity School, she's a founding board member of the annual C.S. Lewis Festival and served as writer-in-residence for the Frederick Buechner Writers Workshop at Princeton Theological Seminary. She's also the preliminary fiction judge for the Christianity Today Book Awards, through which she grades on a L’Engle-inspired curve. She can't wait till her two little boys are old enough to be read aloud A Wrinkle in Time.
"A vibrant, imaginative read, A Light So Lovely pulls back the curtain to illuminate L'Engle's creative journey, her persevering faith, and the inspiring, often unexpected ways these two forces converged. Impressively informative, exceptionally well organized and presented, and a simply delight to read from beginning to end, A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle is a 'must' for the legions of Madeleine L'Engle fans.
— Midwest Book Review
"A Light So Lovely is an engaging and deeply satisfying book."
— Christianity Today