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.
What is the key to interior freedom? According to Paul, it is that which enables us able to say, “Now I rejoice greatly in the Lord …I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need.” (Phillipians 4: 10-12)
Many Christians report that the single most-important thing that they did that brought lasting spiritual transformation to their lives was adopting the rhythm of doing a daily examen. The examen is a simple exercise, taking as little as 10 minutes, but with a little honesty and commitment, can yield transformative results.
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.
Grief is a black hole. Whether you’ve lost a spouse, a child, a parent or your way in life, grief can swallow you whole. It changes you forever. Larry Warner’s Journey with Grief: Navigating the First Year is a caring friend that will help you process your grief in the first twelve months.
Henri Nouwen said, “Without solitude, it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life….We do not take the spiritual life seriously if we do not set aside some time to be with God and listen to him.” Whether you feel drawn to this statement, or sense a kind of resistance, that is all the reason you need to try this book by Ruth Haley Barton. Solitude and silence can offer something to all of us, and this Christianity Today Book Award-winner, offers practical suggestions on how to get started.
As Dallas Willard wrote, “The most important thing about you is not the things you achieve; it is the person that you become.” [From the flyleaf] “In Soul Keeping, bestselling author John Ortberg sheds light on the most overlooked…and least-understood part of your being. With a workable and relevant approach, he shows how living the “with God” life isn’t just a good idea — it’s the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction.”
This book is an invitation to see the church through new eyes. [From the flyleaf] “In our quest to renew the church, Christians have walked through many movements to develop new expressions of the body of Christ. Now in the post-Christian world in North America we’re asking the question again: Is there a way to be the church that engages the world, not by judgment or accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture? In Faithful Presence, noted pastor and scholar David Fitch offers a new vision for the witness of the church in the world through a thoughtful reexamination of seven disciplines that the church has practiced since its inception.”
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.
Jared Patrick Boyd has discovered that children’s spiritual formation is rooted in the imagination. When we lead our children through guided times of imaginative prayer, they can have real spiritual experiences with God. This unique resource provides a year’s worth of weekly guided imaginative prayer, themed around core topics.
Take kids on a heroic journey more epic than any adventure, real or imagined. As heroes for God, they’ll learn to fight evil in surprising ways: by experiencing God’s love, surrendering to his will, listening to the Holy Spirit, partnering with other heroes, discovering when to stop and when to advance, following Jesus each day, sharing their God stories, and being transformed by his love!
What kid isn’t fascinated by superheroes? Edgy, colorful, and complex, they make big contributions to kids’ ministry. Their stories are retellings of God’s redemptive plan! With themes of transformation, identity, and life-changing mission, superhero stories illustrate truth—Jesus’ love and forgiveness restore kids’ true identities. They can be transformed by the Holy Spirit to join God’s mission!
Wess Stafford wrote, “The Best News Ever is a great resource for anyone working with kids, or a parent wanting to share Jesus with their child in a fresh, simple way.” With a beautifully illustrated storyline rooted in God’s extravagant love, this book is designed to help kids discover the truth that they were created with a purpose and a plan, to dream big dreams, see impossible things, and change the world with the power and love of God that lives inside them. You won’t find a more helpful, not to mention colorful, way to invite a child into a lifelong love relationship with Jesus.
“Mansions of the Heart begins with the author’s personal story of frustration and confusion and the discovery that there is more to the Christian life than building a successful church. While strengthening his relationship with God, R. Thomas Ashbrook — an engineer-turned-pastor — went on a wondrous and often challenging adventure of discovery. By revealing his story of transformation, Dr. Ashbrook offers seekers a way to move forward on their own spiritual paths.”
A must-read primer for anyone drawn to the formissional life, Mansions of the Heart draws the reader ever deeper into a love relationship with Jesus while leaving behind the performance-based, success-driven culture of modern religious life. If you want to discover the path to a life with God — not under God or in the name of God or for God — read this book! The insets throughout tracing the spiritual maturation process in the lives of mythical Michael and Abigail make it even more practical.
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.
“Just how wide, how deep, and how big is the love of God really?” This is the question on the flyleaf of this beautiful children’s book by author Max Lucado. The answer? “God love is like the ocean…It’s always here. It’s always deep. It never ends. God’s love is special.” It’s a powerful message and a timeless truth that comes alive alongside illustrations by T. Lively Fluharty that could stand alone as a wordless book. The positive portrayal of parents who include God in the flow of everyday life is refreshing.
The title page of this visually stunning book says, “The biblical Psalms describe a whole range of emotions, from joy and wonder to sadness and regret. This collection of Psalms, paraphrased for young readers, uses simple yet powerful imagery to help children express their feelings.” And it’s true. Psalms for Young Children does help kids express their feelings but that’s only part of the story. Working through its pages with a young reader, you will quickly discover its value as a prayer book, teaching them to pray, and a songbook, teaching them to worship.
This wonderful children’s book by Fiona Basile, with delightful illustrations by Alice Mount, invites the reader to listen carefully to the still small voice of God as he assures them of his constant love and reminds them of how precious they are to him. The repetition in the book builds on itself to effectively plant the message deep into the heart. Why? Children, of all ages, regularly need to be reminded that they are not alone, that God sees them, loves them and
they belong to him.
This simple, little book by author and artist Roger Hutchison uses art and color to help folks of any age who have suffered loss process their pain. Giving words to those who have no words in a time of grief is a great gift, helping them remember and celebrate the life of a loved one is greater still. Thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated, the book is dedicated first to God, the creator of all color.
How do you teach a child to pray, to begin a lifetime of loving dialogue with the ever-present, accessible God? Praying in Color: Kid’s Edition is “prayer that makes sense to kids” and a wonderful guide for parents, grandparents and teachers who want to encourage a life of prayer in a child using the medium of artistic expression.
From the author and illustrator of The Jesus Storybook Bible, this collection of 101 “simple yet profound thoughts on faith” delivers spiritual truth in a conversational tone for kids. The “thoughts” are brief, anchored in scripture and designed to reveal the character of God while inviting the reader to experience God’s love in everyday life. Perfect for family devotions, story time with kids or as part of a bedtime routine.
If you’re one of the more than 2 million people who has purchased this beautifully written and illustrated Bible storybook for kids, you know why it’s so popular. Yes, the text is age appropriate, the illustrations are enthralling and the person of Jesus is front and center but it’s more than that. It’s a storybook for story-tellers underlining the unshakeable, nothing-can-separate-you from the always and forever love of God for his children.
Adapted from talks given by Dallas Willard and John Ortberg at the Knowing Christ Today conference in California, Living in Christ’s Presence is rich with spiritual insight and wisdom. The DVD or audiobook version features a lightly edited live recording of the conference that is so engaging you’ll listen to it over and over again. John Ortberg’s talk on The Importance of Spiritual Disciplines and the ensuing conversation with Dallas Willard on the topic is certainly worth your attention. And Dallas Willard’s closing remarks on blessing others and God is a thoughtful way to bring the discussion on life in the kingdom of God to a close.
Dallas Willard wrote, “For most, trying to take the Exercises straight is like trying to board the airplane when it is already a hundred feet off the ground. Larry Warner’s Journey with Jesus effectively brings the Exercises within reach of any disciple…” And he’s correct. You won’t find a more practical, easy-to-use guide to the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. The book itself is loaded with helpful insights, suggestions and direction drawn from Warner’s own experience of leading others through the Exercises. Everything is thoroughly explained with helpful introductions to each section and text boxes that pop up at just the right time throughout the book providing encouragement and much-needed instruction. Do you long to know Jesus, walk with Jesus and be loved by Jesus? Are you ready for your eyes to be opened to the availability and constancy of the ever-present God? Go on a journey with Jesus and your life will never be the same.
Developed for use in the local church, DGRLM includes 8 sermon outlines, a 50-day devotional, 7 small groups videos with discussion guides and a graphics and promotion package. The devotional was written by and the small group videos feature author Larry Warner. The whole package is available through the Vineyard Digital Membership.
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.
C.S. Lewis said, “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” MIW is a spiritual formation-based blog aimed at helping moms nurture an intimate love relationship with Jesus in their children through curiosity, creativity and consistency. The articles are practical, accessible and helpful for parents who desire to live at Godspeed and sow the Jesus life into their kids. Check it out for FREE at mostimportantwork.com
From our partners at Grafted Life Ministries, Life with God is a comprehensive 1-3 year study series for small groups that lays a foundation for a lifetime of relationship with God. Year 1: Foundations focus on healthy relationships as a precursor to a healthy, love relationship with God. Both 12-week semesters are built on a study of the Book of Genesis and include 12 lessons per semester with support from an audio podcast. Years 2-3: Extended Journeys take the participant deeper into a life with God with studies based on Exodus, 1-2 Samuel, the Gospel of John and Acts.
Most people struggle with relationships from time to time. It’s not easy developing and maintaining healthy, life-giving relationships with others, let alone a love relationship with God. This biblically rich, 4-week study, designed for individual or group use, effectively explores the dynamics of a healthy love relationship with God and how that relationship spills over into our everyday lives.