Lydia Phillips has a degree in comparative literature and she thought she had found a dream job at a publishing company, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Her boss is out of touch, and new ideas are routinely ignored. Suddenly, she is commissioned to oversee the compilation of a Christian self-help book, even though she has no faith background of her own. She needs to research the industry, interview potential authors, and navigate company policies just to get the book started. An unlikely friends helps her on her way, and the whole process becomes a kind of spiritual journey for her. In the narrative spirituality genre, like The Shack and A New Kind of Christian, A Pie Plate Pilgrimage invites you on a journey of progress and decline, of tearing down and building up, and of asking and discovering.More info →
In a world where the richer get richer while the poor are dying, many Christians realize that Jesus was critical towards the rich and modeled something that would both abolish poverty and wealth, since the two are dependent upon each other. Micael Grenholm has returned to this topic several times on his blog. Because of the series popularity, he put all his posts together into a free eBook.More info →
Nothing about Jesus was ordinary.
He defied the expectations of religious leaders.
He embraced the castaways.
He surrendered to a crude wooden cross.
It is extraordinary, then, that more than 2,000 years beyond his death and resurrection, his words continue to transform — even in the most mundane moments of our lives. Inevitably, discouragement finds its way to our hearts. We get caught up in the demands of life, and we often forget that we can find Jesus in our everyday moments of work, play, and home.More info →
When major life changes loom, people hunker down and cling to what they know. But not this author!More info →
Is what we see and hear in the modern church all there is to Jesus, or is there a more radical, counter cultural side to Jesus than we have been led to believe?
Is the missing piece to a vibrant, Christian faith in America actually Jesus– the one thing we didn’t realize was missing?More info →
Embracing a Holistic Faith: Essays on Biblical Justice is a collection of essHolistic.jpgays discussing the intersection of traditional ideas of the Christian faith with the biblical mandate to do justice. This collection invites believers to expand their analysis on the marginalized in society. It also challenges believers to see advocacy, reconciliation and love for neighbor as central components to their spiritual discipline.More info →
The gospel. The good news. Too often we boil it down to four steps, an easily memorized list of axioms, a diagram on the back of a napkin. But in the midst of all this, we seem to lose the wonder, poetry, and transformational nature of the gospel.
In ViralHope: Good News from the Urbs to the Burbs, fifty authors take on the task of sharing the good news for their city, together weaving a beautiful tapestry of the gospel in all its depth and complexity. These essays reveal how the gospel lives and breathes in neighborhoods around the world.More info →
The book contains many illustrations and resources, including recipes, a map, and an epilogue about why the author is still Mennonite. Topics covered include the death of a child, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, the role of bishops in the Mennonite church, the paradoxes of plain life (including fancy cars and the practice of growing tobacco). The drama of passing on the family farm and Mennonite romance and courtship, as the author prepares to leave home for college, create the final challenges of the book.More info →
Have you ever struggled with doubts about your faith? Has the Bible sometimes felt like a shaky foundation? Are you afraid to talk about it for fear of judgment from those who seem to have it all figured out?
Gregory Boyd knows how you feel. For him, faith has been anything but certain. In Benefit of the Doubt, he invites you to embrace a faith that doesn’t strive for certainty but rather for commitment to Christ in the midst of uncertainty. Join him as he shares with poignant honesty his own inspirational journey, offering reassurance that you can experience a life-transforming relationship with Christ, even with unresolved questions about the Bible, theology, and ethics.More info →
Christianity is carrying a lot of baggage. Two thousand years of well-intended (and sometimes not so well-intended) attempts to carry forward the good news of God with us have resulted in some murky understandings of the teachings of Jesus and the culture of Gods kingdom. To embrace Christianity, sometimes we have to repent of what we've made of it. In The UNkingdom of God by Mark Van Steenwyk explores the various ways we have failed our mission by embracing the ways of the world and advancing our own agendas. He shows us that the starting place of authentic Christian witness is repentance, and that while Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world, it remains the only hope of the world.More info →