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SMALL GROUP FALL 2017

This fall, let Cokesbury help you reach more people in more places with quality services and resources that help them come to know and deepen their knowledge of God through Jesus Christ, learn to love God, and choose to serve God and neighbor.

Community • 1–6

Representing Christ beyond the four walls of the church.

Leadership • 7–8

Guiding strategies for leaders.

Spiritual Growth • 9–17

Understanding how to become more Christ-like.

Women’s Studies • 18–21

Inspiring today’s women to keep moving forward in faith.

Journaling, Reflection, & Creativity • 22–24

Bringing out your inner artist or writer as you contemplate your faith.

Marriage and Family • 25

Confronting issues and supporting the lives of married couples and their families.

Stewardship • 26

Giving in all aspects of our lives.

Churchwide • 27–28

Engaging and unifying entire congregations with applicable themes.

Wesleyan / United Methodist • 29–31

Examining discipleship through a Wesleyan/United Methodist perspective.

Biblical Studies • 32–36

Digging into the heart of God’s Word.

Downloadable Studies • 37

Discover great small-group resources, at the click of a button!

Youth Ministry • 38–41

Pointing youth in the direction they naturally seek—lives of meaning & joy.

Conversation Starters • 42–inside back cover Getting them talking—and thinking and doing, too.

For personalized help choosing the right resources for your group, call a Community Resource Consultant or Live Chat with a Customer Care Representative.

Prices shown in red reflect Cokesbury discount off regular prices. Prices subject to change.

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Renovating a house can be an exciting and rewarding experience. But the act of renovation can often leave the house in a state of disarray, causing stress and frustration. In the same way, God wants to renovate your life by altering the ‘old you’ and creating a ‘new you’ with an improved heart. It’s not going to be easy, and your life might experience some disarray, but renovating with God is the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Grab your tool belt for physical renovation. For spiritual renovation, turn to God. Popular author and pastor Jacob Armstrong explores how Nehemiah understood the difference. Nehemiah’s goal was to rebuild the wall and gates of Jerusalem, a physically daunting undertaking. But he also knew that as the Jewish people returned to their homeland, they would need spiritual renovation—an equally difficult mission. Thankfully, spiritual renovation is not a do-it-yourself project, and Renovate, part of Armstrong’s The Connected Life series, emphasizes how we need God’s great power in us to renovateguide our lives through the Holy Spirit. ash

Thistional handy and helpful guide fl preview describes how churches can set up, maintain, and nurture small groups to create a congregation that is welcoming and outwardlooking. Written by founding pastor Jacob Armstrong, it is based on the pioneering small group ministry of Providence United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501843457

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Implementing community groups Hand Me Downs Leaving a Legacy Jim and Jennifer Cowart

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Hand-me downs are usually thought of as “second-rate,” but Jim and Jennifer Cowart’s Hand Me Downs offers a six-session small group study showing us that our heritage—what we leave behind—is central to who we are as Christians. A follow-up to the Living the Five principles, this community group resource helps you replace self-destructive, addictive behaviors with new, healthy habits so that your legacy is one of spiritual and mental integrity. In addition to the book, a companion DVD is offered in affordable 10-packs to make it easy for your church to multiply community groups.

During their years of worshiping on the move in a rented theatre, Harvest Church learned about adaptive systems, digital multimedia tools, flexible overhead, mobility, and sustained rapid growth. This book expands on their journey, and their flourishing community groups model.

The six sessions offered in the study are: Session One: Leaving a Legacy Session Two: Modeling Holy Habits Session Three: Breaking Bad Cycles Session Four: Living with Integrity Session Five: Playing Well With Others Session Six: Doing God’s Will Abingdon Press. Book (For Participants and Leaders) 9781501825170 $14.99; $10.04 Set of 10 DVDs (for 10 groups) 6 videos per DVD; approx. 8–13 min. each 9781501825194 $69.99; $46.89 kit

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Looking to expand through community groups? The Cowarts show you how successful community groups are called to live out five principles and share how they applied these principles when creating community groups in their own church. During the Living the Five campaign, which is led during worship from the platform or pulpit, make books and DVDs available for anyone who agrees to establish a community group in their home, workplace, or other settings. Purchase one DVD Set for up to 10 community groups and one Participant/Leader Book per participant. Abingdon Press.

Transform your congregation by launching community groups—a fresh strategy from Jim and Jennifer Cowart. Learn how they used adaptive systems, digital tools, and flexible overhead to expand Harvest Church, a United Methodist congregation 20 miles southwest of Macon, Georgia, from 72 community groups to over 300 in just one year. Their five-part growth strategy includes a 30-minute video in addition to the leadership book. The book and training video includes the following themes: Group Explosion, Overcoming Obstacles, The Power of the Pulpit, Living the 5 through Group Life, and Creating Infrastructure for Facilitators. Abingdon Press. 9781501825057 9781501825088

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Grab, Gather, Grow Multiply Community Groups in Your Church Jim and Jennifer Cowart

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This six-session study for community groups (and small groups of any kind) is based on the Lord’s Prayer, which Jesus used to teach all disciples about how to communicate with God. It expands on the Living the Five principles that (1) You can’t do life alone, and that (5) Worship is a lifestyle. Christians order their lives in relationships that are strengthened through personal and corporate prayer with God. The Lord’s Prayer is a template for how to bring our needs, concerns, and challenges to God who cares for all of us.

Grounded in Prayer consists of a Participant/ Leader Book and DVD with 6 video sessions. The six sessions are: Your Holy Name; Our God’s Reign; Everything We Need; Forgive Us!; Deliver Us!; For God’s Glory. Abingdon Press. Coming in July.

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We need to remember that when we say it or hear this prayer, this was a pattern that Jesus taught us to pray. So it is good and a right thing for us to memorize it and to recite it— there’s nothing wrong with that—but we also want to take this prayer and we want to put it into our own words.

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This offering to community groups (and small groups of any kind) is based on the Apostles’ Creed, which has served the church for nearly 1500 years as a basic summary statement about core Christian beliefs. This participant experience expands on the principle that “Growing People Change” their hearts and lives (a changed heart and life is the meaning of the New Testament concept metanoia, which in Elizabethan English is translated as “repentance”). This growth is accomplished by (1) understanding what changes in belief come through turning away from the practices that separate us from God and (2) reflecting about our relationship to God while learning how to think theologically. Abingdon Press. Coming in February 2018. Participant and Leader Book leader $12.99; $8.70 book sh fla 10 groups) 6 videos per DVD preview 9781501849138 $69.99; $55.99

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Community Exponential Groups Unleashing Your Church’s Potential Allen White This book brims with effective strategies for recruiting leaders, connecting members into groups, coaching groups for success, and giving people something to say yes to, even when they have rejected churchwide campaigns previously offered by their churches. Keys to effective, ongoing groups include leadership training, ongoing coaching, appropriate recordkeeping, as well as a sequence of aligned series rather than just a single occasional campaign. This book provides fundamentals that will insure ongoing success and proven principles used effectively in hundreds of churches across North America. Hendrickson Publishers. 9781619708419

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Fear of the Other No Fear in Love William H. Willimon Tolerate one another. Wait. Isn’t that supposed to be love one another? It’s one thing to genuinely love people who are more or less the same as we are, but what about those who are not only strangers, but people who live completely different lives? Reliable spiritual guide Will Willimon invites you to look more closely at the gospel’s command to love—because to genuinely love those considered to be “Other” may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do. Get the FREE downloadable discussion guide at Cokesbury.com. Abingdon Press.

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Readers of Exponential Groups will learn how to connect their unconnected members into community, recruit the group leaders needed to connect and grow their congregation, coach group leaders for a sustainable group structure that will serve their church for years to come, understand how to maintain current discipleship strategies, and implement new strategies without alienating their members or derailing their current systems.

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Will writes with prophetic sarcasm, a touch of humor, plenty of selfeffacement, and a pastor’s heart. And his words will make you laugh, cringe, cry, confess, and repent. This is a very timely book. —Adam Hamilton, senior pastor, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

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Lead your congregation to see and solve problems of race and justice in your community Holding Up Your Corner Talking about Race in Your Community F. Willis Johnson How do you talk about racial prejudice, entrenched poverty and exploitation, segregation, the loss of local education and employment, the ravages of addiction, and more? Holding Up Your Corner walks you through a self-directed process of determining what role your church can play in your specific community. You’ll learn how to use testimony and other narrative devices, proclamation, guided group conversations, and other tactics in order to own the calling and responsibility we have as Christians. Examples from a wide variety of churches and leaders make this a valuable resource for everyone concerned with racial justice.

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The phrase ‘holding up your corner’ is derived from a biblical story (Mark 2:1–5) about four people who take action in order to help another person—literally delivering that person to Christ. For us, ‘holding up your corner’ has meaning in two aspects of our lives today: First, it refers to our physical and social locations, the places where we live and work...the places where our assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs have influence on the people around us. When we feel empowered to speak out about the injustice or inequity in our community, we are holding up our corner. Second, the phrase refers to our actions, the ways we step up to meet a particular problem of injustice or inequity, and proactively do something about it. When we put ourselves—literally— next to persons who are suffering, and enter into their situation in order to bring hope and healing to the person and the situation, we are holding up our corner.

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Life is better shared…especially in a Christcentered community. Although One is a smallgroup study written to cover an eight-week session, its larger purpose is for participants of the group to embrace meaningful relationships with their fellow Christ followers and to continue to meet together, lifting each other up, pushing each other forward, and sending each other out—indefinitely. Abingdon Press.

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The world has needs. Children are orphaned, refugees are displaced, and families are devastated by natural disasters. But God is greater than those needs, and he works through his people to accomplish healing and transformation. God calls us to integral mission, obeying both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment in ministering to people’s spiritual, physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. This 10-session study from World Relief is designed to mobilize the church to engage the great causes of our day, stand with the vulnerable, and meet the needs of our neighbors as Jesus did. Together we can alleviate poverty, welcome the stranger, and transform communities at home and around the world. InterVarsity Press.

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The words of Isaiah 58 lay the groundwork for this small-group study that uses art, poetry, and video performances to offer a framework for discussion in which participants explore their own answers after first hearing the perspectives of artists and creative thinkers. They are encouraged to venture into their community to listen for unheard prophetic voices and to help these voices be heard. Abingdon Press. 9781501816239 Participant Book $12.99; $8.70 9781501816246 Leader Guide $9.99; $6.69 9781501816260 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 10–15 mins. each $39.99;$31.99

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The DVD companion features six episodes of onscreen conversations with Shane and Anthony and a PDF of the Leader Guide in the book (with discussion questions and exercises for small groups, prayer focus exercises, opportunities for service, a daily Scripture reading for each chapter studied, and suggestions for further study). Abingdon Press. Coming in August.

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Do you say “no” too often? Pastors, laity, staff...we’re all guilty of constraining creative people who want to use their God-given gifts to serve and lead. This study examines the systems, attitudes, and dynamics that restrain, control, and diminish ministry, providing insights and help for being more open to innovation and experimentation. Flexible sessions: from three 1-hour sessions to a day-long retreat, and more. Free customizable, downloadable resources. Abingdon Press. 9781501825286 9781501825262 9781501825309 9781501825798

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This trusted resource, originally published in 1979, has been helping individuals and congregations learn about their unique giftings for generations. Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow is the quintessential group resource. Comprehensive and easy to understand, the book includes the questionnaire and will help you and your group identify the gifts God has given you. More than that, you will discover how each gift works so that you and your group or congregation can use your unique gifts to help your church and community flourish. Chosen Books. Coming in June. Also available:

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Detailing the benefits and spiritual fruit of failure by redefining success from the perspective of God’s faithful love and purpose for the world, leaders and small groups will recognize the central role of brokenness in a leader’s healthy spiritual life and reclaim an understanding of success as faithfulness to God’s call to redeeming life with humility.

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Some of the most important stories of spiritual maturity in Scripture happen due to the failures (not the successes) of those we consider closest to God—one only has to mention Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, Paul... the list goes on and...as examples of the best of our faith whose lives were significantly shaped and impacted because of their failures. While we do learn much from their successes, understanding the impact of their contribution to God’s Kingdom calls us to paint the entire picture, including the failures.

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Women who serve as clergy or in other church leadership roles experience ministry differently than men do. They offer remarkably powerful gifts, but their pathways are full of obstructions and thorny challenges. Compounding this problem is the fact that there often is an assumption that these issues have been solved; women are ordained, have been ‘granted’ their places, end of story. But in fact the issues have not been solved; they are just masked, disguised, or buried below the surface. She covers everything from biblical arguments for and against women in the church to what not to wear. With startling clarity, Lewis reveals the underpinnings of sexism and examines issues of identity, authority, sexuality, authenticity, embodiment, boundaries, and self-care. She guides the reader to develop a personal theology of leadership.

In addition to the Participant Book, this flexible, five-session group experience for clergy, staff and laity, women and men, includes a DVD with brief segment starter videos featuring the author. The facilitator’s guide is included on the DVD and available for download online. The study can be organized over a period of weeks, or can be completed as a one- or two-day retreat. kit

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Reveals the ways most churches unwittingly misdirect their reach into the community. Shows in practical terms how to change the habits of leaders and entire congregations, so that invitation is natural, constant, systemic, genuine, and easy. Clearly demonstrates how your church can change, and equips your people to share their faith in a way that is effective, biblical, and transformational. Abingdon Press. 9781501825453 9781501825439 9781501825477

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Move beyond discord to a hope-filled future. When we come together around what matters most, the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes a vibrant part of our lives and witness. Fights, feuds, and uncertainties can distract us, leaving us ineffective and mired in mediocrity and decline, but focusing on what matters most causes our ministries to flourish and the church to become a relevant and vital presence in the community and world. Abingdon Press.

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For women in ministry, one ‘a-ha’ moment after another spills from the pages of this book. Decades after ordination opened for women in mainline churches, the struggle for acceptance and equality goes on. This is an important book which narrates the deep costs of sexism and imagines a new form of women’s leadership rooted and grounded in authentic love and genuine hospitality. In telling the truth about persistent sexism in the church, Karoline Lewis, paradoxically, blesses her readers with hope. This hope emerges in naming the challenges for women leaders and then pointing the way forward. —Leanne Van Dyk, President and Professor of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

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Anxious for Nothing Finding Calm in a Chaotic World Max Lucado

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With His help you will learn to face the calamities of life. You’ll learn how to talk yourself off the ledge. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will learn to view bad news through the lens of sovereignty; to discern the lies of Satan and tell yourself the truth. You will manifest a gentleness that is evident to others. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn’t have to dominate your life.

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Anxiety is at an all-time high—the news about our anxiety is enough to make us anxious—but there’s a prescription for dealing with it. Max Lucado invites readers into a 6-session study of Philippians 4, and the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet, according to Amazon. The Apostle Paul admonishes the followers of Christ, “Do not be anxious about anything....” Paul seems to leave little leeway here. “Be anxious for nothing.” Nada. Zilch. Zero.

What’s he suggesting? That we should literally be anxious for absolutely nothing? Lucado says, “The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. It’s the life of perpetual anxiety that Paul wants to address. Don’t let anything in life leave you perpetually in angst.” Thomas Nelson. Coming in September.

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Car pools and car crashes. Job changes and joint custody. Life can feel overwhelming and inconsequential. But best-selling author Max Lucado says there’s more to your story than the chaos, confusion, and clutter of daily life. Your life is a crafted narrative written by a great God, who is working toward your supreme good. Join Max on a journey through the great promises of the New Testament and discover your place in God’s plan. Everything changes when you see how your story fits with God’s story. Includes the complete book, plus a 6-session DVD curriculum and study guide. Thomas Nelson. 9780718031336

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Often we go through situations where the challenge seems greater than our strength. During such times, we can find hope and inspiration from the story of Joshua. As God called him to take over from Moses and lead the Israelites into a paradigm shift from wilderness-wandering to promise-believing, the people had to change their mindsets. The same is true for us today. Our best days our are still ahead of us. We only need to grasp that truth and live in faith to realize this promise. Thomas Nelson. 9780718035976 9780718036034 9780718036010 9780718035983

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Now a major motion picture, The Shack connects with seekers as well as those who have lost their faith somewhere along the way. This 5-week Church Kit contains everything you need for a powerful sermon series on love, forgiveness, and connecting with God more deeply: five customizable sermons; a resource disc with movie clips, graphics, and more; and a DVD-based Study Kit with Study Guide, Planning Guide, and samples of promotional tools. Outreach Media. Official Movie Church Kit 9781635101317 $79.99; $63.99 Official Movie Study Guide (5 sessions) 9781635101331 $9.99; $8.48 Official Movie DVD-Based Study Kit 9781635101324 $29.99; $24.99

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In this inspiring call to something greater, Batterson helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. He shares inspiring stories, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, “Play the man.” He couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men. This is more than a book; it’s a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be. Play the man. Make the man.

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The book begins with a reframing of what ‘heaven’ actually entails. God does not say, ‘I am making all new things.’ God says, “Behold—I am making all things new!”

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This revolutionary book on heaven is built on a very simple idea: heaven is not the eternal church service in the sky. Jesus referred to the next chapter of our story as “the renewal of all things” (Matthew 19:28). Meaning, literally, the renewal of the earth we love in all its beauty, the renewal of our own being, and all those things which make for a rich life—music, art, food, laughter, all that we hold dear—shall be renewed. Heaven is not a life in the clouds; it is not unending worship singing. Rather, the life we long for, the paradise Adam and Eve knew, is precisely the life that is coming to us. And coming soon. Thomas Nelson. Coming in September. Hardcover Book 9780718037994 $24.99; $17.48 Study Guide 9780310682165 $10.99; $7.41 Video Study 9780310087656 $26.99; $18.98 Study Guide with DVD Coming in October 9780310087670 $36.99; $25.99

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To be touched by God. To be restored. To be made all God means us to be. That is what Christianity promises to do—make us whole, set us free, and bring us fully alive. In this revised and updated study guide, bestselling author John Eldredge takes you deeper into the secret of finding that life, identifying the battle over your heart, and embracing all God has in store for you. Packed with questions, stories, and discussion topics. Thomas Nelson. Expanded Study Guide

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Your plans backfired. Desperation strikes. And still God does not fill the emptiness. What gives? Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of God’s character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart. Leader Guide includes opening prayers, session outlines, discussion questions, and more to help a group read and share the content together. Abingdon Press. 9781501820106 9781501823572

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We all know the feeling. We take a leap, only to land flat on our face. Just when our plan appears to be perfect, it falls apart. Life’s failures and disappointments can make it difficult to move forward; how do we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off? Author and pastor Matt Miofsky examines the life of Jeremiah, whose failed pursuits are described in more detail and depth than with any other prophet. Even though God set him apart to speak to the nation of Israel, Jeremiah’s attempts to fulfill his calling were met with ridicule, punishment, and suffering. But through it all, God never left his side.

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Let’s talk about Jeremiah, a prophet The story of “the weeping prophet” has much whose story teaches us that failure and to teach us about trusting God during life’s most disappointments and setbacks—far from trying times. being things we avoid—are precisely Abingdon Press. Coming in September. the things we should focus on. Why? Book Because we learn from failure. These 9781501847837 $14.99; $10.04 Leader Guide lessons can help us weather the harshest 9781501847851 $12.99; $8.70 guide guide guide leader DVD [CC] 4 videos; 10–12 mins. each and most tragic disappointments and h book book book book sh 9781501847783 as devo $34.99; fldevo fla $27.99 devo prepare us for lives of risk-taking, tional tional tional preview Streaming videos available in September. boldness, and adventure. NEW happy?

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No matter how hard we try, happiness can seem elusive. Even as we reach our goals, we set new ones, making happiness always out of reach. This study uses basic theology and the words of Solomon to help you discover that contentment isn’t dependent on the “things” of life, but is found instead in the value of our relationships, a forgiving lifestyle, living in the present, feeling gratitude, and learning to release control.

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They ride in the front seats of expensive cars and drive headlong into a brick wall. And then they do it again. And again. They’re crash test dummies. Why do they keep doing the same dumb thing over and over again? Or maybe a better question is, why do we? In this study on the Book of Judges, author Talbot Davis explores the stories of the judges from the perspective of the Israelite’ repeated failure to be faithful to God alone. Through his creative, quirky angle on the book, Davis highlights how the Israelites in Judges made the same mistake of apostasy over and over again. Each time God delivered them, they eventually fell back into the predictable, tragic pattern.

The Storm Before the Calm Making Sense of Life’s Troubles Addresses life’s turbulent, trying moments. 9781501804311

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As he explores each judge’s story, Davis invites readers to consider the shape that patterns of sin take in our lives, and how God seeks to free us from them and empower us for faithful living. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501847561

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Solve Finding God’s Solutions in a World of Problems Talbot Davis

Head Scratchers When the Words of Jesus Don’t Make Sense Sheds light on some of Jesus’ difficult sayings. 9781501802881

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The Shadow of a Doubt Confronting Challenges to Faith Helps us acknowledge and confront our doubts. 9781501804335 FG17

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Every day we see that things are not right in our world, and as followers of Jesus Christ, we have an impulse to do something about it. We long to connect our passions and gifts with the world’s great needs, making a unique contribution for the healing of the world.

James A. Harnish helps United Methodists answer the questions “How can I contribute to God’s healing work in this world?”; and “How can I find my place to serve and make a difference?” Drawing upon biblical wisdom and real stories of real people who have found their place to serve, he provides practical guidance to help every disciple make a difference as a participant in God’s transformation of the world. This six-week study is perfect for anyone desiring to engage service or mission as a vital part of discipleship, find a place to serve, and engage in God’s work in the world. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. kit dvd

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Even little children can be heard reciting The Lord’s Prayer during a service—most Christians know it by heart. But the New Testament gives us additional examples of Jesus’ prayers. By studying them, we can learn how they inform and engage his intentions of how the gospel would change lives and affect the world, both in the first century and for every century to follow.

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What the Prayers of Jesus Tell Us About the Heart of God Shane Stanford

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Pray Like Jesus Rediscovering the Lord’s Prayer Don Underwood

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Seventy words were all Jesus needed to cover the breadth of the Christian message and experience. You already know The Lord’s Prayer by heart and can easily recite it…and that may be the problem. We know those 70 words so well most of us rattle them off, never thinking about their meaning. In Pray Like Jesus, pastor and author Don Underwood reexamines the content of the Lord’s Prayer, helping you to discover insightful spiritual guidance for developing a rich devotional life. Plus, at the end of each chapter, you’ll find ideas for making the prayer a part of your daily spiritual discipline. Perfect as a standalone resource or combined with the Leader Guide for a six-week study. Abingdon Press.

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The God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament is the same God, right? Then why does God seem so different depending upon which part of the Bible you read? Christians have struggled with this question throughout history. This book by David Kalas helps you explore the unity of the Scripture, biblical history, and the two primary attributes of God: love and holiness. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the nature and integrity of God, leading you to love, worship, and trust God even more. Perfect for Christians in all stages of spiritual maturity, this book may be read alone or combined with the Leader Guide as part of a six-week study. The Leader Guide contains session plans, discussion questions, and multiple format options. Abingdon Press. 9781501830969 9781501830983

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In The Great Spiritual Migration, Brian McLaren argues that in order to survive, Christianity must shift away from an outdated system of beliefs to a way of life based on love. He outlines three migrations: spiritually (less focus on doctrine and more on the abiding life of love made manifest in Jesus); theologically (a new way of reading Scripture that’s more literary, less literalism); and missionally (“organizing religion” rather than organized religion). The Way of Life study will help groups approach and engage these three proposals. The participant guide introduces the main text and can also stand alone with additional commentary and questions. It also contains new content from Brian McLaren, including personal devotionals written to accompany each section.

The studies in the Pop in Culture series offer insight, humor, and inspiration based on some favorite pop culture classics. Abingdon Press. Books Leader Guides DVDs [CC] Worship Resources Flash Drive

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With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, Wallace teaches cold-case investigative disciplines readers can apply to their Christian faith. It’s an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.

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Readers will: • understand why they have a duty to defend the truth • develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity • learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word • become better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers David C. Cook Publishing. Book 9781434709882 $18.99; $12.99 Participant’s Guide 9781434709929 $10.99; $7.91 Curriculum Kit (Book, Participant’s Guide, and DVD) 9780781414043 $34.99; $22.99

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Each of the Jesus Calling Bible studies includes devotional readings from Jesus Calling, selected passages of Scripture for reflection, Bible study questions, and additional questions to help you apply the material. This study can be used for personal reflection and Bible study or in a small-group setting.

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Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and even an unnamed woman in the Bible are all testaments to the transformational power of God. Their stories were rewritten, giving them new names and identities that were in line with God’s call for their lives. And the same can happen to you. God wants you to rewrite your story so that you may become and do all that is planned for you—all for God’s glory. This study is perfect for any small group looking for a powerful and practical biblical study that leads to transformation. Abingdon Press. 9781501834431 Book $14.99; $10.04 9781501834455 Leader Guide $12.99; $8.70 9781501834479 DVD [CC] 6 videos; approx. 10 mins. each $34.99; $27.99 Streaming videos available on Cokesbury.com.

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Learn how to follow Christ with your whole heart and seek him first in all you say and do. This study examines Scriptures on what it means to worship God in all we do, what the Lord requires from disciples, and how obeying God leads to blessings. They will also discover the peace that only Jesus can bring when they make him a priority and trust in him completely with their lives. The seventh study in the Jesus Calling Bible Study Series. Thomas Nelson. Coming in August. Book 9780310083702

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In the Scriptures we see that God’s people often went through a wilderness experience that changed them in profound ways. With sensitivity and warmth, Renfroe explores the wilderness experience—what it is, how we get there, why God allows it, and how we can get through it God’s way so we learn the lessons he has for us. Abingdon Press. Book $14.99; $10.04 Leader Guide $12.99; $8.70 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 10–14 mins. each $39.99; $31.99 Streaming videos available on Cokesbury.com.

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When it comes to women and work, there is often an “us-versus-them” mentality, dividing women according to the choices they make. Yet all women have a shared calling to work in a way that glorifies God—whether it be in the office, home, ministry, or beyond.

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Beautiful Already Reclaiming God’s Perspective on Beauty Barbara L. Roose

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“Let’s get together to catch up!” How many times have you and your women friends made this exchange? And how many times did you follow up? In this six-week DVD-based Bible study, author Natalie Chambers Snapp teaches you how to develop and nurture the kind of enriching and satisfying friendships that bring honor to God. Includes five daily lessons for each week combining study of Scripture with personal reflection, application, and prayer. A Leader Guide, DVD, and a boxed Leader Kit, which contains one of each component, are also available in this refreshing and insightful women’s study. Abingdon Press.

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Becoming Heart Sisters A Bible Study on Authentic Friendships Natalie Chambers Snapp

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NEW Numbers Learning Contentment in a Culture of More Melissa Spoelstra

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Explore what God has to say to us about grace and forgiveness through Joseph’s story of trial and triumph found in Genesis 37–50. As we study his dreams, his betrayers, his dysfunctional family, his struggle to forgive, and his journey toward reconciliation, we’ll find truths that echo into our own personal situations as well as practical help for answering common questions. Abingdon Press. Participant Book 9781426789106 $15.99; $10.71 Leader Guide 9781426789113 $13.99; $9.37 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 18–30 min. each 9781426789120 $49.99; $39.99 Leader Kit (One each, above, plus a Preview Book) 9781426789144 $79.99; $63.99

In this study of the Book of Numbers, we’ll find a group of people that wandered in the desert for forty years, unable to enter the Promised Land because of their complaining, grumbling, and lack of faith. By exploring Numbers we can come to identify the reasons for our complaining, learn contentment while being authentic about the difficulties of life, accept short-term hardship in light of the greater good of God’s ultimate deliverance, recognize the relationship between complaining and worry, and discover how to realign with God’s character and promises. Together we will learn contentment as we discover more of our incredible God who truly is more than enough. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. Participant Workbook 9781501801747 $16.99; $11.38 Leader Guide 9781501801761 $14.99; $10.04 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 20–25 min. each 9781501801785 $49.99; $39.99 Leader Kit (One each, above) 9781501801792 $79.99; $63.99

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Jeremiah lived in an unstable time when he was called to share God’s message of mercy and love. His words are just as relevant today as they were then. This DVD-based Bible study for women helps you explore Jeremiah’s message and provides practical life applications. Abingdon Press. Participant Book 9781426788871 $15.99; $10.71 Leader Guide 9781426788949 $13.99; $9.37 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 22–28 min. each 9781426788956 $49.99; $39.99 Leader Kit (One each, above, plus a Preview Book) 9781426788970 $79.99; $63.99

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In this six-week Bible study, Jessica LaGrone leads us in a captivating exploration of the miracles of Jesus, helping us to see that our weakness is an invitation for God to work powerfully in our lives and reminding us that we need God on our best days just as much as we do on our worst. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. Participant Workbook 9781501835452 $16.99; $11.38 Leader Guide 9781501835414 $14.99; $10.04 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 20–25 min. each 9781501835438 $49.99; $39.99 Leader Kit (one each, above) 9781501835445 $79.99; $63.99

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A Bible study that explores the transformational power of God through the stories of biblical characters who met God and whose lives and names were changed forever. As you meet Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and the unnamed woman, you will discover that God wants to be just as intimately involved in your story, offering an identity that shines with the purpose for which you were created. Abingdon Press. Participant Book 9781426761874 $15.99; $10.71 Leader Guide 9781426761881 $13.99; $9.37 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 22–27 min. each, plus intro video 9781426761898 $39.99; $31.99 Leader Kit (one each, above, plus 5 Preview Books) 9781426778049 $74.99; $59.99

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Through stories of Genesis, New Testament teaching about family, and stories of contemporary families changed and used by God, this study shows us how God can use our own imperfect families to bring blessing in a hurting and broken world. Abingdon Press. Participant Book 9781426778377 $15.99; $10.71 Leader Guide 9781426778384 $13.99; $9.37 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 16–28 min. each, plus intro video 9781426778391 $49.99; $39.99 Leader Kit (one each, above, plus a Preview Book) 9781426778414 $79.99; $63.99

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This Bible-based retreat program uses the imagery of the beach to create a retreat experience that’s relaxing and peaceful. It’s more than a short rest from everyday responsibilities; it’s a joyous excursion into Bible truths that refreshes, reinvigorates, and reconnects women with God and each other. You’ll experience the life-changing power of God’s love and explore the stories of Sarah and Hagar. Highlights include guided worship, uplifting music, small-group discussions, a meaningful service project, plus a devotion kit and Scripture pendant for each woman. Group Publishing. Women’s Retreat Kit (Director Guide, Worship Leader Guide, 6 Session Leader Guides, Media Pack [with training DVD, graphics CD, worship CD], plus samples of participant items) 1210000300140 $79.99; $59.98 Essentials Value Pack (Participant Guide, Scripture pendant, and Message in a Bottle Kit) 1210000300058 $13.99; $10.07 Extra Value Pack (Essentials Pack plus tote and music CD) 1210000300065 $24.99; $17.99 Participant Guide 9781470748111 $4.99; $4.48 Sand Dollar Scripture Pendant 1210000300041 $5.99; $4.31 Message in a Bottle Kit 1210000300034 $4.99; $4.48 Made with Love Bracelet Kit (Supplies for 10) 1210000300027 $14.99; $11.99 Splash! Pen (Pkg. of 8)) 1210000300096 $7.99; $5.75 Starfish Tumbler 1210000300102 $7.99; $5.75 Music of Seaside Escape 1210000300119 $7.99; $5.75

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This follow-up DVD study covers the lives of twelve more biblical women and what today’s women can learn from them. In each session, women will apply biblical lessons to their own modern-day struggle, find lasting contentment, overcome rejection and insecurity, and more. Consider the Proverbs 31 woman, Deborah, The Shulamite Woman, Ruth, Puah and Shiprah, Esther, Priscilla, Mary and Martha, The Bent Woman, The Woman with Issue of Blood, Elizabeth, and Anna. Zondervan. 9780310081463 9780310081487 9780310081494

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Twelve More Women of the Bible Life-Changing Stories for Women Today Sherry Harney

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Bible study is an important spiritual discipline, but it can be difficult or intimidating for newcomers. These four-session coloring Bible studies for adults are designed for group use and as outreach to new Christians and non-Christians. Incorporating coloring, the text of The Message, and a mix of study and reflection questions, this new series offers a unique on-ramp experience for those new to Bible study, and a refreshing holistic approach for seasoned Bible students. Each session features pages for coloring, the earthy language of The Message, and questions to help you understand not just the Bible text but your own connection to the story. NavPress. Coming in June.

Mary Seeing God Through the Eyes of a Mother Eugene H. Peterson

Ruth Discovering Your Place in God’s Story Eugene H. Peterson

Esther Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble Eugene H. Peterson

Get to know Mary, a modest young woman in a forgotten town who mothered Jesus from childhood to crucifixion.

Get to know Ruth, Boaz, and Naomi--easily overlooked figures in the Bible who nevertheless play a critical role in the ancestry of Jesus.

Get to know Esther, the unlikely queen of Persia who found her voice in a time of crisis.

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Embark on a 30-day journey to study the Scripture and embrace creativity through this guided devotional. Its exquisite illustrations provide inspirational coloring images to help you shape this journal into a work of beauty and devotion as you embrace a wholehearted connection, study, and engagement with the Word. Designs range in complexity from beginner to expert-level. Provides hours and hours of stress relief, mindful calm, and fulfilling expression through inspirational Scripture lessons and soothing patterns. This premium version includes bonus devotions and illustrations, gold spiral binding, and thick paper. Paige Tate & Co.

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Ladies Drawing Night Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, and Rachael Cole

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Speaking directly to today’s explosion of creativity, Ladies Drawing Night is for women looking to deepen their creative connections and expressions. Join rock star illustrators Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, and Rachael Cole for ten evenings of fun and art-making. Each night is led by a talented guest artist and themed around a particular topic, from large-scale ink painting to making art with kids. Samantha Hahn, Mary Kate McDevitt, Joana Avillez, and many more share their expertise. Each chapter includes loads of exciting artwork, insights about drawing, and instructions for that night’s project. A rare peek into the minds and sketchbooks of some of the best female illustrators working today, this inspiring volume is an irresistible invitation to host your own Ladies Drawing Night! Chronicle.

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The book is a great inspiration tool if you’ve been looking to connect with other women who do what you do in your area—and it’s beautiful to boot. —Design*Sponge

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Joseph had quite the story, but it didn’t really begin until he saw his story as part of God’s story. His great accomplishments came only after he recognized the significance of what he had done and what God was doing through him. In exploring Joseph’s life (Genesis 37–50), you’ll discover how to see your life through God’s eyes and learn how to co-create a real pageturning story of your own. What’s Your Story? is a four-session, small-group study that features opportunities and space for creative journaling and is complemented by art by the author and a DVD that helps you explore the dimensions of the Joseph story, sparking further reflection and discussion. Abingdon Press. Book 9781501837890 $12.99; $8.70 Leader Guide 9781501837906 $9.99; $6.69 DVD [CC] 4 videos; 5–8 min. each 9781501837920 $39.99; $31.99

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Leading Christian voices guide participants through creative journaling and idea-sharing In each Animate session, the group will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group. Participants are also encouraged to sketch, doodle, and create. Animate gets people talking. Animate poses questions people really have, and then encourages participants to respond. Facilitators don’t need all the answers. Leaders act as guides. They bring the group to a gallery of ideas, show them around a bit, and let them explore. The order of the sessions are up to you and what works best for your group. Session resources are available as a complete curriculum or à la carte. SparkHouse.

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Encounter Scripture in new ways. This curriculum is intended to help adults to have an engaging, nuanced, hopeful, and positive relationship with the sacred texts of the Bible. Sessions feature perspectives from Christian thought leaders on topics such as the canon, history, testaments, Gospels, genre, interpretation, and grace. Presenters include Eric Elnes, Phyllis Tickle, Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Jose Morales, Will Willimon, and Jay Bakker. 9781451472875 9781451472882 9781451472868

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Animate: Practices is a 7-session introduction to the central practices of the Christian faith. Sessions feature perspectives from Christian thought leaders on topics such as prayer, worship, money, service, and community. Presenters include Brian McLaren, Sarah Miles, Mike Slaughter, Phyllis Tickle, Shane Claiborne, Enuma Okoro, and Doug Pagitt. At the end of each session, the Journal guides participants through six different ways that they can practice the discipline during the following week. 9781451490046 9781451490060 9781451490053

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None of us want marriages where we grit our teeth and just tolerate each other....where our spouses really don’t like us, much less respect us. We want to be married to someone we cherish and who cherishes us.

Cherish The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage Gary L. Thomas

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There are countless marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions. But Gary Thomas says there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words. Through personal stories and real-world examples, Thomas proves what husbands and wives can begin doing today to turn their marriage around, even a marriage marred by neglect and disrespect. So how do you cherish your spouse? Thomas will show you how going out of your way to notice them, appreciate them, honor them, encourage them, and hold them close to your heart will bring hope, light, and life into your marriage. Zondervan.

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We grown-ups sometimes forget how much childhood matters. It’s filled with the sacred and is not to be missed when it comes around again during parenthood. And parenthood is the time of spirit formation in which we don’t realize until later that everything kid-drenched around us was and is a gift.

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NEW Stepping on Cheerios Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life Betsy Singleton Snyder She has her first child at age 44. Then at 47 she finds out she is carrying triplets. Add to that the responsibilities of being a pastor, missionary, and wife of a former United States representative…to describe her life as “overwhelmed” would be an understatement!

Betsy Singleton Snyder understands how hard it is to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just “doing family.” Women who are juggling everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, and church will relate to this funny, warm, and charming collection of tales and will discover how God works in our lives no matter what comes next. Abingdon Press.

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Our possessions can create unbearable weight and affect our ability to serve and thrive. How do we defy gravity and find freedom? In this four-week small-group study and stewardship campaign, pastor and author Tom Berlin explores what is required to sustain a vibrant life, what we need versus what we want, and what we can do to avoid being pulled into the orbit of materialism. Abingdon Press. Book 9781501813405

The forces we experience in the kingdom of self hold us down and keep us from a better way of life....To experience the kingdom of God, we must defy gravity, let go, and truly submit to Christ.

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The Generous Church: A Guide for Pastors 9781501813498 $16.99; $11.38 DVD [CC] 4 sessions; 7–9 mins. each 9781501813443 $29.99; $23.99 Program Tools Flash Drive 9781501813511 $39.99; $31.99 Family Card Pack 9781501813535 $2.29 Quantity discounts available. See Cokesbury.com for details. Additional resources and streaming videos for each session are available at Cokesbury.com.

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Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes Rosario Picardo; foreword by Mike Slaughter

The E-Giving Guide for Every Church Using Digital Tools to Grow Ministry Richard Rogers; foreword by J. Clif Christopher

Rosario Picardo knows what it’s like to be a pastor with few resources and feel the stress of managing “business” matters like finances, debt reduction, fundraising, and building maintenance. He’s been there. Through trials and failures, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, Picardo learned new ways for reaching the least and lost and for growing disciples. He shares the lessons he’s learned with the confidence that other leaders can do the same. Abingdon Press.

Cash or check? How about neither? Why hasn’t the church embraced the idea of electronic giving and digital finance? The E-Giving Guide for Every Church takes away the confusion and fear involved in using electronic media to raise money for your ministry and mission by providing a solid, sustainable framework that focuses on the key topics every church must address... sooner rather than later. Abingdon Press. 9781501822575

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NEW The Good Book 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas Deron Spoo

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Help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible. By spending just fifteen minutes a day, five days a week, reading key Bible chapters, readers will begin to understand the context and content of the Bible in a way that can open the whole Bible to them.

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Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church to become a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as “authentic.” His television devotionals, First Things First, reach 100,000 people each week.

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In September 2011, The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, while meeting in Province IX in Quito, Ecuador, issued a pastoral teaching that challenges the cChurch to face the urgency of the environmental crisis and to take bold and faithful action as an expression of our love for God and God’s creation.... The teaching we produced invites the Church to recognize the salvation of all creation as the work of Christ in the world. It presses us to recognize that because we are called to live in Christ and with Christ, we in turn seek to live ‘a life of grace for the whole world.’ —from the foreword

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Great for those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as those just beginning their Christian journey. For individuals or small groups in an 8-week program or a 40-week journey. David C. Cook Publishing. Hardcover Book 9780781414418 $22.99; $14.99 Participant’s Guide 9781434710253 $10.99; $7.91 The Good Book for Kids Ages 8–12 (Lisa T. Bergren) 9781434710246 $12.99; $8.99 Small Group Curriculum Kit (with Kyle Idleman and Kevin and Sherry Harney) Includes 8-session DVD, Participant’s Guide, Facilitator’s Guide 9781434710697 $49.99; $32.99 Church Campaign Kit Includes Book, Good Book for Kids, 8-session DVD, Participant’s Guide, Facilitator’s Guide, The Christian Standard Bible, and online resources 9781434711236 $125.00

A Life of Grace for the Whole World A Study Course on the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Teaching on the Environment Jerry Cappell and Stephanie M. Johnson

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As science and politics engage in a never-ending battle over the environment, A Life of Grace for the Whole World re-claims the theology of salvation and redemption for all creation. Using as a guide the House of Bishops Pastoral Teaching on the Environment—the first statement on the environment from The Episcopal Church leadership—A Life of Grace engages participants in understanding how the call to care for Creation informs and deepens appreciation and love for God and God’s work in Creation, and how that finds expression in the faith life of individuals and churches. Church Publishing. Adult Book 9780819233783 $9.00; $7.11 Leader Guide for Youth and Adults 9780819233769 $29.95; $21.56 Youth Booklet 9780819233806 $8.95; $6.44 Youth Booklet 5-Pack 846863021604 $35.00; $25.20

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Join Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea, and the wilderness, exploring the sites of Moses’ life. Using historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, Hamilton guides us in the footsteps of this reluctant prophet who grew in his relationship with God and by the end of life had successfully fulfilled the role he was given. Turn your own reluctance into boldness as you examine the significant challenges facing Moses and how God shaped his character and life in powerful ways.

For Christians, Moses’ life serves as the backdrop for much that is found in the Gospels. Throughout history, his story has continued to speak to each successive generation. —from the Introduction

Abingdon Press. Hardcover Book 9781501807886 $19.99; $13.39 Leader Guide 9781501807916 $12.99; $8.70 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 10–12 mins. each 9781501807930 $39.99; $31.99 Youth Study Book 9781501808005 $11.99; $8.03 Children’s Leader Guide 9781501808029 $18.99; $12.72

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Hamilton believes that powerful answers to many of our complicated questions are contained in the Apostles’ Creed. Creed explores what Christians believe, why they believe it, and why it matters, helping readers confront and examine their own core beliefs. An ideal six-week churchwide program for Lent, Easter, and beyond. Abingdon Press.

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9781501813719 Hardcover Book $19.99; $13.39 9781501813740 Leader Guide $12.99; $8.70 9781501813764 DVD [CC] 6 videos; 12–15 mins. each $39.99; $31.99 9781501813832 Youth Study Book $9.99; $6.69 9781501813702 Children’s Leader Guide $18.99; $12.72 9781501845451 “I Believe” Card Pack of 25 (quantity discount avail.) $9.99; $7.99 Also available: 9781501813733 Large Print Book $20.99; $14.06

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By ‘means of grace’ I understand outward signs, words, or actions, ordained of God, and appointed for this end, to be the ordinary channels whereby he might convey to men, preventing, justifying, or sanctifying grace. —John Wesley, from The Sermons of John Wesley (Sermon 16: The Means of Grace)

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A covenant with God is a faithful promise of renewal, and none is more central to the Methodist identity than The Wesley Covenant Prayer first used by John Wesley in 1755 during a renewal service. Its central theme focuses on the way we can have a closer relationship with God and others through a heightened dedication to a serious faith. And now, modern congregations can experience a boost in their way of Christian living thanks to Wesley’s text and this accessible, churchwide campaign. Abingdon Press. 9781501824920 9781501824944 9781501824968 9781501824982

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Grace. It’s a game changer. And when neverending love comes from God, it sometimes feels like more than you can take. Why does God want to have a personal relationship with me? How can I fully experience and respond to God’s grace? What does “grace” really mean? In A Grace-Full Life, you’ll examine a Wesleyan understanding of grace for the common person. You’ll learn about various forms of grace— prevenient grace, justifying grace, sanctifying grace, and glorifying grace—and you’ll come away knowing how God’s grace truly works in your life. The book may be used as a standalone resource or combined with a DVD and Leader Guide for a four-session study. Abingdon Press. Book $14.99; $10.04 Leader Guide $12.99; $8.70 DVD [CC] 4 videos; 10–12 min. each $34.99; $27.99

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We live in a skeptical age. People— especially young people—express doubts about Christian faith. In this thoughtful eight-week study, Bishop Scott Jones partners with his son Rev. Arthur Jones to address hard questions about faith, religion, and the church: Can only one religion be true? Why is there suffering and evil? How can I believe in science and creation? How can I believe in a God I can’t prove? Are marriage, sex, and family life religious issues? Was Jesus’ resurrection real? Why do Christians disagree about so many things? Abingdon Press.

John Wesley was really all about the spiritual journey—taking steps and continually walking a path that transforms the heart and helps us grow into the likeness of Christ. This six-week study for small groups or a churchwide experience reinterprets Wesley’s idea of “Christian perfection,” helping participants develop a pattern of daily Scripture reading, prayer, and personal reflection. Abingdon Press. 9781630882556 9781630882570 9781630882594 9781630882617

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This is called The Wesley Challenge for a reason. This is a challenge I’m hoping that the Holy Spirit, and you, and me, and all of us will decide to go a little bit deeper in our faith. These twenty-one questions are not easy to answer. When John Wesley and his brother Charles and their friends began to use these questions to examine their lives and examine their spirituality, they didn’t want them to be easy questions. The whole point is to take us a little bit further.

Don Adams combines the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor to engage growing disciples in the central elements of a distinctively Wesleyan life of faith. He offers fresh insights into the life, words, and heart of John Wesley that make an important contribution to the vitality of ‘the people called Methodist’ in our own day. —James A. Harnish, United Methodist Pastor, Elder, and author of numerous books and Bible studies

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Wesley who? The Wesley Challenge introduces young adults to our denomination’s father in a practical and accessible way through 21 questions studied over three weeks. This series is, in fact, a great way for your entire church to renew its passion and discover a deeper commitment to God right along with your young adults. Daily posts and messages will engage your physical, emotional, and spiritual lives throughout the study which offers a book, a Leader Guide, a Youth Study Book, and a DVD. Abingdon Press. Coming in June. Participant Book 9781501832901 Leader Guide 9781501832925 DVD [CC] 3 videos; 10–12 min. each 9781501832949 Youth Study Book 9781501832987 Campaign Download Package 9781501833007

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A brief illustrated review video helps participants remember what they have learned, then leads into a video sharing insights related to the week’s session. A new Spiritual Gift component helps participants to explore their spiritual gifts and determine meaningful places of service. Suggestions for Old and New Testament Celebrations are included to increase the fellowship and fun of Disciple. Flexible for use with small groups of 8–14, or for large groups of 15–100.

Disciple Fast Track—a new way to offer Disciple Bible Study to people with busy lives. As you may know, Disciple Bible Study has been a powerful experience for over three million people around the world. Now, Disciple Fast Track is a new model that still covers the entire Bible—Genesis to Revelation—but in a shorter time frame. —Bishop Richard Byrd Wilke, author of Disciple Bible Study, and Susan Fuquay, creator of Disciple Fast Track

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AT THIS TABLE… Relationships are forged. The Bible unfolds. Leaders are born.

Three 8-episode segments each explore a different aspect of Covenant life. Each will examine what Covenant means, and the progression of a Covenant relationship with God. Abingdon Press.

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Focuses on how the community lives out their Covenant in faithful love—how it’s applied to actual relationships in everyday life.

Looks at the crises that sometimes call Covenant life into question, and how we are restored to trust in God when troubling things happen.

Covenant represents a relationship—a living, breathing conversation. And we invite you to join in it. “The Covenant videos are excellent, with high production quality and creativity. The hosts and scholars conversed so naturally while providing significant insight.” –Melissa Durbin, Christ Church (Episcopal), Winnetka, IL

“Covenant is an outstanding resource— well-designed, accessible, and easy to use. The study’s leader resources and the daily readings distributed from Covenant by e-mail made it easy to prepare for each group meeting.” –Bonnie Edwards, Director of Adult Education, First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX

“The study’s overarching theme of covenant really hit home with participants, allowing them to make connections with scripture and across biblical texts that they had not made previously.” –Eric Johnson, Director of Congregational Education, Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, Tampa, FL

CovenantBibleStudy.com Kit. Three eight-week modules, each covering a different aspect of what covenant means: Creating; Living; Trusting. Includes a Leader Guide, a Participant Guide for each module, Covenant Meditations, and three DVDs with Implementation Guide. 9781426772269. Kit. $234.99

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Participant Guides. Includes a Creating, Living, and Trusting Participant Guide. Order one per participant. 9781426772153. Set of 3, $49.99 9781501840159. All 3 in One Book, $39.99

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Certificates. 9781501820519. Pkg. of 6, $10.99; Cokesbury Price $7.37 For more information, contact a Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant or visit CovenantBibleStudy.com.

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Matthew Robert E. Luccock

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The meaning of the selected passages are made clear by considering such aspects as ancient customs, locations of places, and the meanings of words. The simple format makes the study easy to use. Includes maps and glossary with key pronunciation helps. Updates include new cover and interior designs, leader guide per matching participant book (rather than multiple volumes in one book), updated to 2011 revision of the New International Version (NIV) translation, updated references to The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, biblical chapters on the contents page beside session lesson titles for at-a-glance overview of biblical structure, and larger divisions within the contents page to reflect macro-structure of each biblical book. Abingdon Press. Coming in September.

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NEW Beyond the Basics Video Study Series These studies are part of part of the Zondervan Scholar Series, which is dedicated to bringing expert teaching from the world’s best biblical scholars and theologians directly to interested learners. Zondervan.

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You want to read Scripture daily; you just need some direction. The Grand Sweep guides you through Scripture so that at the end of 365 days, you will have read every book of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. You will read only three to four chapters a day, moving through the Bible in biblical sequence. Includes a daily summary of readings. Also includes a reflection from son David Kalas and selected quotations from Kalas’ 35 books. Designed for personal use, but the Leader Guide enables congregations and study groups to share the experience. Abingdon Press.

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Genesis, a Video Study 47 Lessons on History, Meaning, and Application (Intermediate Level) Tremper Longman III

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What if Jesus wrote a letter to your church? This study helps us engage with the words of Jesus in the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. Studying this as a group or individually will allow us to ask some hard questions of ourselves, of our leaders, and of the Lord. Part of the LifeGuide series. InterVarsity Press. 9780830830701

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Find additional studies at Cokesbury.com. Also available in the LifeGuide series: Good News, by Jack Kuhatschek 9780830830732 9 lessons $9.00; $6.48

Listening to God, by Carolyn Nystrom 9780830831104 10 lessons $9.00; $6.48

Songs from Scripture, by Jack Kuhatschek 9780830810963 9 lessons $9.00; $6.48

John, by Douglas Connelly 9780830830060 26 lessons $9.00; $6.28

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Biblical Studies Making Sense of the Bible Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today Adam Hamilton

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Inspired by a fresh translation—the Common English Bible—this series stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, they’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections. Each volume offers suggestions for leading a group and questions to facilitate class discussion. Abingdon Press.

Study the Bible book by book using the NRSV. Each 13-session volume: • Highlights pivotal points in the Scriptures. • Lifts up the Bible’s most significant stories, events, and people, describing historical and cultural settings. • Includes the original language and what the passage meant for its first readers. • Gives insight into possible life applications. • Maps out a daily plan for reading the Bible, verse by verse. Cokesbury.

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Downloadable Biblical Studies Current adult Bible studies with online delivery, on demand FaithLink Over twenty years old, yet always brand-new! FaithLink’s ready-to-use lessons connect faith to current headlines, events, and issues. Convenient, online delivery of materials means you print exactly what you need for each session so you’ll never run short, or have excess. Great for small groups or Sunday school classes, FaithLink also works when you’re in between studies or as a quick replacement if a leader is out unexpectedly. Each issue includes reproducible pages of background information; core, on-topic Bible passages; suggested group activities; and discussion questions. New issues are available weekly for download on Cokesbury.com/FaithLink; previous issues are also available. Call 1-800-672-1789 to subscribe. New subscribers receive first month FREE!

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Adult topical Bible studies with online delivery Infusion Bible eStudies Listen to Scripture and discover its message for you today. Look at contemporary life and see how it connects with you and Scripture. Live inside Scripture and allow it to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith. Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small-group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study. Cokesbury. Each $9.49

Current topics for younger & older teens LinC (Living in Christ) Youth Connecting Faith & Life LinC contains Bible-based topical lessons on current issues that matter most to teens. Each week you’ll receive this fresh, timely eCurriculum through email subscription or individual download. LinC can also be used on your electronic device. Each LinC lesson includes Bible prep material for teachers, a lesson that can be used with middle and high school youth, learning activities, life application discussion questions, and a reproducible student handout. You can download new, 6-page single issues of LinC from Cokesbury.com every week for only $9.99. Or, if you prefer, subscribe and we’ll email LinC to you weekly at a price per week of $9.99. New subscribers receive first month FREE! (Contact subservices@cokesbury.com or call 800-672-1789.) Cokesbury. Did you know you can purchase and download individual issues of LinC? Great when looking for a small group resource on a particular topic or event. Visit Cokesbury.com/LinC to search by topic.

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A deeper dive into understanding the key themes of the Bible Fathom A Deep Dive into the Story of God

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NEW The Beginnings, Charlie Baber This study of Genesis 1–11 explores the origin of the universe, the birth of the human race, and the interrelationship between God, humans, and nature. Coming in June. Student Journal 9781501837685

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NEW The Bible, Bart Patton Helps Fathom students learn where the Bible came from and how to use Bible scholar-recommended tools to understand and interpret it. Coming in June. Student Journal 9781501837715

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NEW The Passion, Katie Heierman Explores the events surrounding Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion and their meaning for believers today. Coming in June. Student Journal 9781501838453

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NEW The Wilderness, Rose Taylor Despite mistakes, doubts, and complaints, the Israelites were guided through the wilderness by God’s miracles, mercies, and discipline. Coming in September. Student Journal 9781501839221

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NEW The Coming of Jesus, Charlie Baber Focuses on some of the key Old Testament Scriptures that shape our beliefs about the specific events leading to the birth of Jesus. Coming in September. Student Journal 9781501838835

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NEW The Birth of the Church, Sara Galyon Discover what it meant to be a follower in the early church and the similarities and differences between the church then and today. Coming in September. Student Journal 9781501839313

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NEW The Promised Land, Rose Taylor Explores the faithfulness of God towards the Israelites as Joshua leads them across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Coming in December. Student Journal 9781501838798

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Additional planning NEW The Teachings of Jesus, Katie Heierman and teaching tools Gain a ground level perspective of the message of the gospel from the writers and available at their sources. Coming in December. youthministrypartners.com. Student Journal 9781501837647

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NEW The Life in the Church 1, Katie Heierman Unpacks selected teachings of Paul within the context of first-century church and local situations that led him to write these letters. Coming in December. Student Journal 9781501837753

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A new approach to nurturing faith in teens Confirmation leaders and churches will find practical help for nurturing sustainable faith in the lives of teenagers in a way that values their faith formation process. Confirm is flexible, adaptable, and scalable, while at the same time engaging adult participation. Cokesbury.

Confirm Your Faith. Your Commitment. God’s Call. Too often confirmation has been downgraded to the role of a checkpoint along the faith journey. The Confirm family of resources reclaims confirmation as the first step on a journey that leads to a mature, adult faith. Confirm treats confirmation as more than a decision. Instead, it is the beginning of a conversation about what it means to be a Christian: living out your faith, your commitment, and God’s call. Confirm is an easy-to-follow and fully customizable confirmation program that can be used in any church setting and with a wide variety of schedules. You have the option to schedule your lesson choices and the tools to organize your own confirmation program over the course of a school year, a 3-year span, or in any other way that meets your needs—without having to purchase additional content. With flexible and easy-to-understand materials, Confirm provides students with the basic beliefs of a theologically sound, United Methodist faith while engaging them in creative and thought-provoking activities to help them internalize what they’ve learned. Confirm also embraces the importance of community in the journey of faith development, and provides materials to encourage cooperation with parents and mentors in the confirmation process and beyond. DIRECTOR GUIDE:

Provides direction for creating an effective discipleship path for teens during confirmation. With detailed instructions on how to integrate easily with your youth ministry program and other ministries in your church and tools for creating specific confirmation assessments and reasonable expectations for youth, pastor, parents, and confirmation leaders. TEACHING PLANS:

The fully customizable teaching book includes easy-to-follow lesson plans for 39 confirmation class sessions, lesson recommendations for a variety of time-frame options, and lesson planning templates, tools, and supplemental content. Sessions are organized around the following categories: Theology, History, Belonging in the Community of Faith, Making a Faith Commitment, and Understanding God’s Call.

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Spice Rack Mark DeVries Spice Rack was created for volunteer junior and senior high school Sunday school teachers. It’s designed to move away from a lecture-style teaching method and instead provide teachers with options for creating a fast-paced, interactive, faith-sharing experience. Each lesson features these components: • Engaging the Brain—At least three options for opening the lesson • Igniting the Heart—Three options for digging into the meat of the lesson • Taking It Home—One or two options for closing the lesson Spice Rack is a downloadable Bible curriculum with 15 individual studies that cover an entire year. It’s available as an editable Word document. Each downloadable lesson is packed with a variety of activities, discussion questions, and games, providing leaders the flexibility to use any time of the year in any ministry environment. Abingdon Press.

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Conversation Starters The Disciple-Maker’s Handbook 7 Elements of a Discipleship Lifestyle Bobby Harrington and Josh Patrick Many people believe that discipleship is important, but they need help. Whether you are a parent who wants to disciple your children, a small-group leader who wants to disciple those in your group, or a church leader who wants to disciple future leaders, the seven key elements in this handbook form a framework for understanding discipleship that can be applied in countless situations. In addition, there are questions provided in each section to help you think through how to apply the material to your disciple-making efforts. HarperCollins. 9780310525271

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Group Conversation Starter Jar The perfect way to get your small group (or any group) warmed up. Questions will spark conversation and reflection and will encourage and build up group members. Questions include: What is one of the hardest seasons you’ve had in life? What is one dream that you have set aside for the moment? Do you still have a toy from your childhood? And many more. Beautifully presented in a glass jar measuring 4.5" x 5.5" x 4.5" with silver lid and Bible verse on the side (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Sixty folded questions are written on sturdy, attractive paper with plenty of room to add your own questions. 081983623554

NEW The Turquoise Table Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard Kristin Schell

NEW Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders Jen Bradbury Jesus knew how to develop students into leaders. Just take a look at his disciples and you’ll see how young leaders can transition into leadership positions in the broader church. Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders lays out a theological and philosophical outline for effective student leadership in a youth ministry context and gives you guidance on how to connect student leaders with the wider church by helping them become the leaders of the future. Practical tips from the author’s own experience as a youth worker will inspire and equip rookie and veteran youth leaders alike, developing within them a more mature faith. Abingdon Press.

A simple way to connect your neighborhood, your community, and build friendships. Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Life changed in her community and it can change in yours, too. Kristin shares personal and heartwarming stories, stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise Table, simple recipes, encouragement to overcome barriers that keep you from connecting, and new ways to view hospitality. See why Turquoise Tables are in nearly all fifty states and seven countries. Thomas Nelson. Coming in June. 9780718095581

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America’s Original Sin Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America Jim Wallis America’s problem with race has deep roots. Racism is truly our nation’s original sin. “It’s time we right this unacceptable wrong,” says best-selling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, he was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered the topic taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Yet we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism, and the church has been slow to respond. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America. Brazos Press. 9781587434006

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The New York Times bestselling author, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures readers they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever, but somehow they’ve gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive. Includes hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Thomas Nelson. Coming in August.

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NEW Choose Wisely, Live Fully Lessons from the Book of Proverbs Donna Gaines The Book of Proverbs is a gold mine of divine wisdom. Author and speaker Donna Gaines applies that wisdom in very practical ways to the issues women face. Choose Wisely, Live Fully examines the blessings and curses associated with the choices made by the two women in Proverbs. This discipleship tool will help equip you to discern the voice of God and follow his clear path between Wisdom and Folly; experience the joy of wholehearted obedience; and let God help you to mentor the lives around you in remarkable ways. Exploring the timeless counsel of God’s Word, this book invites you to embark on a transforming journey of faithfulness as you seek God and boldly choose the path that leads to life. Abingdon Press. Coming in August. 9781501834240

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NEW Anchored In Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World Micah Maddox As a pastor’s daughter, author, and speaker, Micah Maddox knew about the power of God, but when her father abandoned the family on a Sunday morning and didn’t return, she faced a choice to cling to what she had been taught or turn away from God. In Anchored In, Micah focuses on the power and presence of God in our lives as a life preserver in days that are filled with complex problems, people, and perplexing situations. A power-full life is not problem-free. The problems of this world fall under the greatest Power ever known. God’s power grants us permission to navigate anything that comes our way. We only need to anchor into our Savior. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. $16.99; $11.38

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NEW Living for Another More of Others, Less of You Brent Gambrell What did Jesus really mean when he said, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25 NIV)? In Living for Another, author and speaker Brent Gambrell calls the reader to realize that God has called us all to abundant life, but in order to have that, we must live a life for someone other than ourselves. Your life is not destined to be a cautionary tale of what could have been. Have an abundant life by living a life of voluntary loss; a life poured out intentionally for others. Live a life that pleases the One who gave his life for you. Live an abundant life when you live for another. Abingdon Press. Coming in September. 9781501841842

Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all—until, suddenly, a personal and professional crisis changed her life. What Falls from the Sky is Esther’s fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet—one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset. Esther faces her addiction to electronics, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long. HarperCollins.

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Everyone loves to receive a gift. Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God’s promises give us strength, God’s grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the “more” we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us. Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions for any and every season—fall, Advent, Lent, and summer—to explore the many facets of Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life. Abingdon Press. Coming in October. 9781501841828

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Conversation Starters NEW Venite A New Book of Daily Prayer Robert Benson

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The Latin word venite is an invitation given to pray the prayers of Christ. It is an invitation to pray the ancient prayer, until life becomes a prayer without ceasing. Best-selling author Robert Benson brings together deeprooted and traditional prayer practices of the Church in a volume for laypeople who want to practice daily prayer throughout the year in their own solitude. Like The Book of Common Prayer, Venite is a daily book of connecting to God for people of all Christian faiths. It crosses denominational lines in spirit and in practice. Easy to use and follow, Venite is an uplifting and enlightening book for all experienced in or new to sacred daily prayer. Abingdon Press. Coming in October. 9781501827297

Over the thirteen years that Krista Tippett has hosted her award-winning and nationally beloved radio program and podcast, first under the title Speaking of Faith and now as On Being, the heart of her work has been to shine a light on the most extraordinary voices on the great questions of meaning for our time: scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from an array of faiths; poets, activists, and many others. In Becoming Wise, she distills the insights she has gleaned into a coherent narrative journey of what it means to be human. The book is a master class in living, curated by Tippett and accompanied by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of a teaching faculty. Random House.

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The Abundance Narrative Essays Old and New Annie Dillard In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s long and lauded career as a master essayist comes this landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself. The Abundance is quintessential Annie Dillard, delivered in her fierce and undeniably singular voice, filled with fascinating detail and metaphysical fact. The Abundance reminds us that Dillard’s brand of novelized nonfiction pioneered the form long before it came to be widely appreciated. Intense, vivid, and fearless, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life with beauty and irony, inviting readers onto sweeping landscapes, to join her in exploring the complexities of time and death, with a sense of humor. Ecco Press. 9780062432964

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Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor, and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it. Profound and caring, funny and wise—it’s a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality. Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. She suggest we begin by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” It’s up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere “within us and outside us, all around us” and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. Riverhead Books. Coming in April.

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Radical Spirit 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life Joan Chittister

The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, argues that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones. Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world. HarperCollins.

Feeling burnt-out from life, strung-out from social media, and put out by a society that always wants more from you? Beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister offers a practical, character-building, and inspirational guide to help you take control of your emotional life and redirect your spiritual destiny. Drawing on little known, ancient teachings of the saints, Sister Joan offers a practical program with a series of twelve simple rules for healthy spiritual living. Chittister not only reminds us, but pleads with us, to develop enduring values by shifting our attention to how God wants us to live. Convergent Books. Coming in April. 9780451495174

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The Face of Water A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible Sarah Ruden In The Face of Water, Sarah Ruden brilliantly, elegantly celebrates and translates the Bible’s original languages and looks at how passages have been misunderstood over the centuries, at how the most commonly accepted English translations have been lacking in the intent of the original text. Ruden reveals both the poetry and lyricism—earthy, mysterious, infused with wit—that has made the Bible the compelling piece of literature it has been for more than a millennium. A dazzling reconsideration of the language and translation of both Old and New Testaments, from the acclaimed scholar and translator of classical literature. Random House. 9780307908568

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Beads of Healing Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness Kristen E. Vincent The first step in healing from trauma begins with telling one’s story. Many people are afraid to tell the story of their trauma; even with God. Survivors often carry deep spiritual wounds, thinking the trauma was God’s punishment or that God abandoned them. They may wonder how they can ever trust a God who allowed something so awful to happen. Vincent shares her personal story of childhood trauma and how Protestant prayer beads helped her find spiritual and emotional healing. In sharing her own story, she models how readers can name feelings of grief, shame, and anger and engage in honest conversations with God so they can begin to hear God’s words of healing and love. Upper Room Books. 9780835816359

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In a forty-day devotional format, author and blogger Kelly Johnson invites you to consider a new way of thinking about what it means to be brave and challenges you to seek a greater intimacy with God and the people God has placed in your life. Through Scripture, stories, prayers, and thoughtprovoking questions, you will recognize the seeds of divinely inspired bravery and learn the strength found in community. Using letters of the word brave as a guide, Being Brave highlights what God’s Word has to say about the characteristics of bravery: Bold, Resilient, Authentic, Vulnerable, and Engaged and Empowered by the Spirit. Abingdon Press. Coming in December. 9781501848650

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NEW Strength for Service to God and Country Daily Devotions for Those in the Service of Others Ron and Marsha Harvell First published in 1942 and written for those in active service during World War II, this year-long devotional was brought back to life when a young Eagle Scout discovered a worn copy of the volume that belonged to his grandfather, a World War II Navy corpsman. It has since seen over one million copies purchased by and distributed to deserving service members. This updated edition contains original entries which still ring true today, coupled with newly written devotions, many from service men and women from around the world who offer encouragement and strength for their peers. Abingdon Press. Coming in October. 9781501849534

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NEW Mastery 364 Daily Devotions E. Stanley Jones Jesus Christ lifted our fear by giving us the capacity to face things that happen to us and to make something out of them. In Mastery, E. Stanley Jones shows us how to attain the moral and spiritual mastery that came to disciples on the Day of Pentecost. He demonstrates that mastery of living comes not by being tense and anxious but by being receptive to the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. In daily inspirational readings, affirmations, and prayers for one full year, E. Stanley Jones offers us guidance in mastering our lives. Abingdon Press. Coming in November. 9781501849633

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