The subtitle of this interesting book by Trina Paulus reads, “A tale — partly about life, partly about revolution and lots about hope for adults and others (including caterpillars who can read).” Though it’s not overtly Christian in content, the book does a wonderful job of exploring the futility of following the crowd and the process of transformation in our lives — the sacrifices that must be made, how we have to die to ourselves and our old way of life to make room for something new. Children will love and adults won’t miss the nuances of the evolving story.
Field Guides for the Way: spiritual practice kits delivered to your home
A quarterly subscription service, Field Guides for the Way is for creative contemplatives and ANYONE who wants to encounter God in a fresh way in everyday life. Built around the truth that a life of faith is a beautiful adventure, each kit is an invitation into a deeper, more intimate journey with Jesus. The Field Guides themselves are beautifully written. The tools that accompany the guide make opening each box a bit like Christmas morning. If you’re ready to take a “step toward God, toward your soul, toward wholeness and renewal,” this thoughtfully designed resource is a wonderful companion along the way.
Have you reached a place in your spiritual journey where everything seems kind of stale and meaningless? Does it feel like there’s nothing more for you in your relationship with Jesus? The Deeper Journey invites you to consider the possibility that ‘it’s not what you are seeking’ that is the issue, but rather ‘who you are in your relationship with Jesus’ that is causing the roadblock.
From thoughtful author and teacher, Jan Johnson, this wonderful devotional guide to Psalm 23 can be used as the framework for a personal prayer retreat or in small groups. Built around seven meditations, the book explores the kind of life that’s available to anyone who will allow the Lord to be their Shepherd.
Writing about this book by Jan Johnson, author Brennan Manning called it “a well-written and finely constructed introduction to the prayer of simple regard.” Author James Bryan Smith wrote, “The best recommendation anyone can give to any how-to book is this: It makes you long to do it yourself. That was certainly the case for me when I finished When the Soul Listens. It made me yearn for a deeper, wider and more consistent practice of contemplative prayer in my own life.” I (Mark Warner) couldn’t agree more. I listened to this wonderfully practical book while traveling on sabbatical and was moved by how accessible it is. The practice of Contemplative or Abiding Prayer is a central practice of Christian Spiritual Formation and Jan Johnson does a wonderful job of inviting the reader into a different kind of life with God.
This entire book gives the reader encouragement and permission to enter into a regular time of retreat and rest. The author, Ruth Haley Barton, notes the sources of our exhaustion and then goes on to give examples of what retreat might look like, as every person is different, and the ways we rest and restore ourselves are different, too.
This is an excellent resource for pastors and church planters. Begin by watching the 35-minute video story of American pastor, Matt Canlis, who moves to a small town in Scotland to discover what it means to live the Jesus life in a church or ‘parish’. The video includes interviews with Eugene Peterson and N.T. Wright who mentored Matt and encouraged him to live at Godspeed. Then, move on to the 7 videos that companion the chapters in the study guide which is formatted for small group participation. Chapters in the book include: Place, Presence, Pace, Identity, Stability, Names, and Mission. You will be drawn into the small village of Methlick and fall in love with the people who have lived there all their lives, moving at God’s pace — 3 MPH — and learn the value of ’slowing down to catch up with God.’ This resource can also be used for small groups within the church who are desiring spiritual transformation.