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RESOURCES FOR

Spiritual Abundance IN THE MIDDLE YEARS AND BEYOND

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For more than 80 years, The Upper Room has provided theologically sound, historically grounded content, and experiences that help teach, guide, and support spiritual practices for people of all ages. This catalog has been created specifically for adults in midlife and beyond who want to live spiritually abundant, active, and joy-filled lives. Let these resources encourage you to live your best life, and perhaps by example you will encourage others to do the same. Blessings,

THE UPPER ROOM STAFF

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Contents  4

Are you inspired by God today?

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Does God have a vital purpose for your life?

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What does prayer mean to you?

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How can you care for yourself?

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How meaningful are the Christian seasons to you?

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How can you lead in your church and pass on your faith to others?

Each day The Upper Room shares new stories and other features that help you find deep, meaningful time with God. Visit us at UpperRoom.org.

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Are you inspired by God today?

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Beach Calling

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A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond —Missy Buchanan

Aging doesn’t take much effort—all you have to do is breathe. Aging faithfully is different. It requires intentional effort to stay focused on God as you make your way through a world of chaos and change. Many women dread aging and resist thinking about it. Yet God designed the human body to change over time, and growing older is part of God’s plan. How we handle the changes that accompany aging reveals much about our spiritual maturity. Beach Calling takes a fresh approach to aging. Missy Buchanan uses comforting imagery from the beach and ocean to engage readers in spiritual reflection. In this devotional journal for women, she guides readers to explore and embrace God’s plan for growing older. Each devotion focuses on a familiar aspect of beach life and offers a parallel lesson on aging. Each reading contains prompts that invite readers to capture their thoughts in the journaling space provided. Beach Calling helps women accept and prepare for life transitions, including how to navigate the challenges of loss and decline. This inspiring resource encourages readers to discover the hope and joy that faithful aging can bring. HARDCOVER WITH

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I wrote Beach Calling for you, and I wrote it for me. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be reading this book on a pristine beach. But even if you are reading it at a cluttered kitchen table with a cup of lukewarm coffee, I hope the lyrical language of the sea will transport you to a beachside retreat and draw you gently into the deep water of each spiritual lesson. If you want to ponder what aging faithfully means, you will want to read this book. If you find accepting or acknowledging your own aging journey to be difficult, you desperately need to read this book. It’s time to kick off your flip-flops. Feel the sand between your toes. Let’s walk together toward the open sea. The beach is calling.

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The Upper Room Disciplines 2020

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A Book of Daily Devotions AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2019

Are you looking for simple, easy-to-follow devotions? Find inspiration for your walk with Christ with the insightful daily reflections in Disciplines. The 2020 edition of Disciplines features 53 writers who contributed to Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, another beloved publication of The Upper Room. Disciplines 2020 contains all-new material from these writers. PAPERBACK – $14.99

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Deeply personal reflection on life and faith is precisely what the devotionals in this book invite you to explore for yourself. Starting with a scripture text, continuing with the author’s meditation, and concluding with a brief prayer, each page invites you to reflect and integrate your daily reality with your life in Christ. This practice is a variation on the classic, time-honored tradition of lectio divina or “spiritual reading.” —Marjorie Thompson, in the Foreword to Disciplines 2020

A Disciple’s Journal—Year A

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A Guide for Daily Prayer, Bible Reading, and Discipleship —Steven W. Manskar AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2019

This carefully designed and deeply Wesleyan journal provides a pattern of daily prayer and scripture reading for disciples who want to grow in holiness of heart and life. Includes: daily lectionary that corresponds with the Revised Common Lectionary, quotes from John Wesley, excerpts from Wesley’s sermons, hymns, orders for prayer in the morning and evening, prayers for each day of the week, a journal for discipleship, and a pattern for intercessory prayer. PAPERBACK – $15.00

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Living Compassion Loving Like Jesus —Andrew Dreitcer

How do we become more compassionate toward others, especially our enemies? This book introduces the Compassion Practice, a compassion formation process that has been developed in the last decade. Each chapter includes a “Review and Practice” section to help you apply what you learned. PAPERBACK – $14.99

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Spoken into Being Divine Encounters Through Story —Michael E. Williams

Storytelling helps us makes sense of the events of our lives, the world around us, and God. When we tell stories, we speak a world into being—just as God did in the creation accounts in the book of Genesis. Using poetry, personal narrative, and retellings of biblical stories, Williams leads us to a deeper knowledge of the power of narrative. Includes storytelling prompts. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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One Day I Wrote Back Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing —Jane Herring

Do you struggle to relate the Bible to your daily life? Jane Herring wrestled with the contradictions, puzzling stories, and difficult sayings in scripture—until she discovered the power of interacting with them. Herring guides you to talk back to those scripture passages you don’t understand. Ask questions, explore your life, plead, praise, and ponder. She provides simple, practical tools for beginning and experienced writers. A perfect resource for individuals, small groups, and retreats. PAPERBACK – $11.99

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Hope Beyond Your Tears Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love —Trevor Hudson Foreword by Dallas Willard

Through the meditations in this book, you will discover how Christ’s healing love can help you find the hope that lies on the other side of your brokenness and grief. Each of the 10 brief chapters includes a focal scripture and meditation, a memory verse and breath prayer, and suggestions for further reflection. An excellent resource for a Lenten study, a grief support group, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Christ’s resurrection and how it relates to their life. PAPERBACK – $6.99

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Voices of Aging Adult Children and Aging Parents Talk with God —Missy Buchanan

Buchanan offers a compassionate look at the concerns of two generations—adult children and their parents—as they deal with the fears and frustrations of aging. Through paired conversations with God, she presents each generation’s perspective on common situations of aging. PAPERBACK – $11.99

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Talking with God in Old Age Meditations and Psalms —Missy Buchanan

Buchanan sensitively addresses the worries, fears, pain, and frustrations of older adults. Her meditations and selected psalms extend hope, encouraging older persons to talk candidly with God. Enlarged Print PAPERBACK – $9.99

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Spirit Boosters for the Journey of Aging 366 Devotions —Missy Buchanan

Find hope for the journey of aging with this attractive reusable calendar. The encouraging devotions will help older adults keep a positive frame of mind with daily reminders that they still have purpose. Enlarged Print SPIRAL BOUND CALENDAR – $12.99

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Don’t Write My Obituary Just Yet Inspiring Faith Stories for Older Adults —Missy Buchanan

The 30 stories in this enlarged-print book give us glimpses into the lives of ordinary people ranging from 70 to 100 years old. Some of these folks are active; others are dealing with physical or mental decline. All exemplify how strong faith can help us overcome struggles and sorrows and live in hope. This book will uplift any older adult who needs to know that their life still matters to God and others. It’s also an encouraging guide for middle-aged people wondering how they can live meaningful lives in their later years, even if they are ill or frail.

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Culture bombards us with messages that aging is something to dread, something we must battle with daily. The thought of our independence slipping away is frightening, so we close our eyes and pretend that change is not happening. The truth is, aging is inescapable. But it is also God’s plan for us. When we faithfully embrace the changes that come as we grow older, we can live with greater joy. There are new gifts that await us in late life—new purposes to fulfill.

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Settling In My First Year in a Retirement Community —Richard L. Morgan

An honest account of the author’s first year in a retirement community. A helpful guide for older adults and their families in this transition. Enlarged Print PAPERBACK – $15.99

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The God We Can Know Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus —Rob Fuquay

Take a closer look at the “I Am” sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John in this easy-to-use 7-week churchwide study. Find an answer to the most essential question in the Christian faith: “Who do you say that I am?” PAPERBACK – $9.99

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My Story, My Song Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith —Missy Buchanan with Lucimarian Roberts and Robin Roberts

My Story, My Song is the heartwarming memoir of the late 88-year-old Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, mother of Good Morning America coanchor Robin Roberts. It details pivotal moments in Mrs. Roberts’s life, revealing how faith in God gave her strength and hope to face the challenges of life. HARDCOVER – $3.99

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Over the span of my long life, I have learned many lessons. To be honest, I am learning them still. Out of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, I discovered not to prize possessions too highly. I grieved the loss of many special objects: the copper wall plaques we’d brought back from Japan; the china vase hand-painted by Larry’s aunt; our stereo and collection of old record albums; my organ. Even now, there are times when I suddenly think about an item only to realize it has been lost forever. I have also discovered what it is like to lose a loved one in a heartbeat. But through every loss, I am learning to loosen my grasp on things of this world and to cling to good memories and to God instead. —Lucimarian Roberts, My Story, My Song

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Does God have a vital purpose for your life?

Woman Overboard How Passion Saved My Life—by Jo Kadlececk

Have you ever wondered how to live a more passionate life? What does passion mean to you? For some, it means romance, adventure, creativity. For others, passion means pursuing what they were born to do. Discover how to find your passion, live out your particular calling, and make sense of a broken world. It’s time to jump overboard—to take the risks you’ve always wanted to take, pursue the things you want to pursue. Wake up to the passion and gifts around you! PAPERBACK – $6.99

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Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies —Wendy R. LeBolt

Made to Move is a 6-week daily devotional book for people of all ages. The scripture meditations, activities, reflection questions, and prayers remind us that God gave every person a unique body that is wonderfully made. This creative resource invites us to put our love for God in motion by using all of our senses as well as our imagination. Made to Move can be used by individuals and groups, including intergenerational groups. Includes a Leader’s Guide. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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Revealed

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What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself —Angela D. Schaffner

Take a closer look at familiar biblical characters through the eyes of a psychologist. Revealed contains compelling, relatable stories that can help the Bible come alive for us. Author Angela Schaffner weaves in her personal story of healing and expertly draws on her background as a professional therapist to present an in-depth, personalized perspective on biblical characters and what they can teach us about self-awareness and spiritual growth. This 6-week Bible study is ideal for small groups or individuals. Includes a Facilitator’s Guide. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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Which Way, Lord? Exploring Your Life’s Purpose in the Journeys of Paul —Rob Fuquay

As Christians, we hunger to know and live out God’s purposes for our lives. This 6-session study will help you understand God’s desire for your life by unpacking your experiences alongside those of the apostle Paul. Discover how to discern and follow God’s leading, explore ways God can use you and your life experiences, respond to God’s signals, endure hardships and doubts, and persevere with hope and faith. Rediscover the truths that you are wonderfully made, created for purpose, and equipped to live a life of significance. Join others in a study that will help you find your purpose.

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Let Me Ask You a Question Conversations with Jesus— Matthew Croasmun

We often think of Jesus as someone with all the answers. But over and over in scripture, he asks questions, seeking to engage with people and being genuinely interested in their responses. Matthew Croasmun challenges readers to consider this book as an experiment—an opportunity to see whether God is real. He invites us to enter into conversation with Jesus by answering the questions Jesus asks in scripture. The goal is not to come up with what we think are the right answers but to respond honestly to Jesus’ questions.

If we have what we’re pretty sure is a “right answer” about who Jesus is and then Jesus does something that seems incompatible with our answer, our response should be to let Jesus transform our understanding of what was correct—not correct Jesus’ behavior to make it fit what we think we know. —Matthew Croasmun

Each chapter of this 6-week study contains 5 readings. Each reading follows this format:

µµ A Bible passage with a question Jesus asks in bold type µµ A short reflection designed to help you engage with Jesus’ question as he asked it in the Gospels and as he asks it of you now µµ Journaling space to continue the conversation with Jesus PAPERBACK – $9.99

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IS THIS BOOK FOR YOU? If this whole encountering God thing sounds crazy, consider this an experiment. Consider this book an opportunity to see whether God is real. Try it out and see whether Jesus meets you in these questions he asks. —Matthew Croasmun

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Lose, Love, Live The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change —Dan Moseley

Change and loss are constants in life. If you’ve ever lost a loved one, a friend, a pet, a job, a home, a leg, or a dream, this book is for you. In Lose, Love, Live Dan Moseley tells about his journey of discovery after experiencing multiple losses. He explores 10 dimensions of loss and change and the gifts of grace that can be found in each part of the grief journey. Moseley invites you to take the time you need to grieve, suggesting companions to seek out along the way. This book includes a journal that will help you learn about yourself while you’re going through times of loss and change. Stories from Moseley’s life and from the lives of others, accompanied by scriptures and a light theological touch, make this a comforting book for anyone dealing with loss. 10 weeks • Includes reflection questions PAPERBACK – $12.99

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What gifts of grace have you received from times of loss and change? List some friends who might be helpful companions in your grief journey.

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What We Need Is Here Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality —L. Roger Owens

What happens when you stop reading about God and open yourself to an ever-deepening relationship with God? In What We Need Is Here, Roger Owens calls you to return to 7 basics, or “givens,” of Christian spirituality: meditating on the Gospels, praying the Psalms, sitting with God in silence, receiving and responding to Jesus with the body, meeting Jesus in Holy Communion, finding Jesus at church, and spending time with the poor. Writing in an honest, accessible, and often humorous style, Owens shares insights from his own journey and the history of Christian spirituality. Return to the heart of Christian spirituality with him. It’s simple, yet astonishingly complex: Jesus is enough. Jesus offers everything you need to flourish in your life with God. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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God calls each of us to joy. “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4), Paul says. I keep nearby when I pray a picture of Saint Francis, who took Paul’s injunction quite literally. His feet are off the ground, his arms are extended to the sky as he jumps in freedom and joy. The picture portrays a man who worships with his body, who loves the creation, and who is not afraid to let the joy of the body show. —Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here

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Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement —R. Jack Hansen and Jerry P. Haas

This retirement book focuses on the personal dimensions of the move from full-time work to partial or full retirement. Drawing upon conversations with retired professionals from around the country, it identifies some of the key transitions in the first years of retirement, the unique opportunities for personal growth in this phase of life, and the real challenges we must face. Retired engineer Jack Hansen and spiritual formation leader Jerry Haas explore the transitions, opportunities, and challenges of facing retirement through a series of interviews with persons facing and in retirement. The book is about the more personal dimensions of the transition from working full time to retirement, including relationships, feelings of self-worth and purpose, and spiritual and intellectual growth. PAPERBACK – $14.99

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What words of wisdom would you share with people approaching retirement?

How do you think retirement will affect/has affected your spiritual life? What goals do you have for this chapter of life?

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10 Gospel Promises for Later Life —Jane Marie Thibault

Identify your own fears about aging and learn how to make the most of God’s gift of longer life. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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A Spirituality of Living —Henri J. M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab

Spiritual disciplines are key to creating space for God in our lives. Nouwen identifies 3 essential disciplines for maintaining a life of discipleship: solitude, community, and ministry. PAPERBACK – $7.99

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Aging Faithfully 28 Days of Prayer —Missy Buchanan

Aging is part of God’s plan, says author Missy Buchanan—and it’s a gift, not punishment. Buchanan reminds us that aging is a matter of perspective—if we fix our eyes on negative images of growing old, we will miss the treasures right before us. But when we focus on God, we will discover an abiding joy that comes only with a long life. PAPERBACK – $7.99

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What does prayer mean to you?

Still Praying After All These Years

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Meditations for Later Life —Susan Carol Scott

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People in the later years of life face many changes—many not of their own choosing. Still Praying After All These Years offers 52 reassuring meditations to help readers realize that their lives still have meaning and that aging holds opportunities for spiritual growth. Each reading begins with a quote or question that Susan Scott received during her ministry with older adults. Topics include loneliness, the losses that accompany aging, how to make a difference, suffering, finding meaning and purpose at the end of life, experiencing wonder, and feeling God’s presence or absence. This book makes a lovely gift for older people; it will encourage them and make them feel less alone as they read about others who have walked a similar path. If you are a caregiver or minister to frail elderly people, this book will move you to empathize with the spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges your loved ones face.

Excerpt from Still Praying After All These Years

EXPECTING SMALL MIRACLES It’s a mystery to me why things are happening—why they sometimes go the opposite of what I expect. What brings me light in darkness is a small miracle. That’s when I don’t expect something good to happen and then it does. —William, age 84 Passage “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” —Hebrews 11:1 Perspective William realizes that having expectations does not give him control over what actually happens in his life. This awareness leads him to acknowledge the presence of mystery and wonder anew why things happen as they do. . . . In this later season of life, our hopes and expectations are sometimes disappointed. At such times, our faith in life’s goodness may be shaken. At other times, expecting nothing or anticipating the worst, we are pleasantly surprised by the small miracles that happen to meet our needs. While the world God created isn’t entirely our personal oyster, small miracles remind us that God often provides us with enough to survive and, sometimes, with enough to thrive. Practice Imagine that a “small miracle” is seeking you out. When it finds you, give thanks. Prayer Sustainer of all that is, give me faith that hopes in what I can and cannot see. Thank you for giving me life and for the small miracles that find me each day.

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Every Step a Prayer Walking as Spiritual Practice —Thomas R. Hawkins

Did you know that walking can be good for your soul? Hawkins lifts up walking as a spiritual practice that helps us find our way to God. Each chapter includes reflection questions and suggestions for prayerful walking. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults —Missy Buchanan

Frailty, dependence, and constant pain can lead to spiritual hopelessness in older adults. Missy Buchanan fosters empathy for the frail elderly and expresses their deepest concerns without tap-dancing around the tough issues. Forty-two short, comforting devotions offer muchneeded spiritual encouragement. Supporting scriptures from the New Testament and Psalms are included with each meditation. Enlarged Print PAPERBACK – $11.99

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray A Study of Personal Prayer —Margie Burger

Margie Burger is the kind of mentor we all hope to find as we learn and practice the basics of prayer. Her book combines biblical teaching and personal testimony to help us overcome obstacles to intimacy with God. Learn how to pray and encounter God through this helpful and accessible book. 6 weeks • Includes reflection questions and activities for small groups PAPERBACK – $10.00

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God meant for us to bear one another’s burdens and help each other in times of trouble. We often find the strength to overcome through the prayer support of others. —Margie Burger, Lord, Teach Us to Pray

A Widow’s Prayer Finding God’s Grace in the Days Ahead —Nell E. Noonan

Losing a loved one—whether or not you expect their death—is always traumatic. The trauma of adjusting to the new identity of widow while facing a multitude of questions and urgent decisions can be overwhelming. In this book of 60 meditations, Nell Noonan candidly shares her experiences in the 26 months after the death of her husband. She describes her journey in grief as packed with blessings and brokenness. Despite the low points, she managed to find God in the midst of bereavement. This book is a helpful companion for anyone grieving the loss of her spouse. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Freedom from Worry 28 Days of Prayer —Patricia Wilson

Are you losing sleep at night because of worry? Maybe you’re anxious about relationships, your job, finances, your health, or the state of the world. Leave your worries in God’s hands— focus on the Psalms, devotions, and practical suggestions in this helpful book. 4 weeks • Includes reflection questions PAPERBACK – $7.99

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The Serenity Prayer A Simple Prayer to Enrich Your Life —Trevor Hudson

Hudson explores the meaning of the famous Serenity Prayer and challenges us to discover peace when life seems out of control. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Teach Me to Pray Updated Edition —W. E. Sangster

Sangster addresses practical questions about prayer—from dealing with a wandering mind to finding time in our busy schedules. He urges readers to form prayer groups and foster a movement of spiritual revival. He also discusses ways to “live in Christ” and give our minds and hearts to Christian discipleship. PAPERBACK – $8.99

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“Pray for Me” The Power in Praying for Others —Kenneth H. Carter Jr.

“Pray for me” is a cry for help. It’s as if the person in need is holding a bucket full of emotions—grief, disappointment, fear, confusion. Explore what the Bible says about intercessory prayer, and learn how to walk alongside others as you receive and carry their concerns to God. 6 weeks • Includes reflection questions PAPERBACK – $11.99

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Finding Your Voice in the Psalms An Invitation to Honest Prayer —Elizabeth J. Canham

Discover the beauty and power of the Psalms, and learn how to pray about every situation in your life. As you explore 7 themes in the Psalms, Canham guides you to write your own psalms that express your feelings to God. Appropriate for individuals or groups; includes group guide and worship suggestions. 7 weeks • Includes group guide and worship suggestions PAPERBACK – $12.00

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Dimensions of Prayer Cultivating a Relationship with God —Douglas V. Steere

Prayer can be wonderfully accessible to everyone. “In learning to pray, no laboratory is needed but a room, no apparatus but ourselves,” Douglas Steere writes. Aware of how easily we can be intimidated by complex methods, Steere suggests that we begin by simply acknowledging our dependence on God. Prayer comes as a response to a God who “besieges us with love,” he says. Among the topics covered are petition, confession, adoration, intercessory prayer, and how to cope with dry times in prayer. This easy-to-read book offers new “pray-ers” an engaging introduction to prayer while providing valuable wisdom for mature Christians. PAPERBACK – $8.99

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A House of Prayer The Power of Praying in Community —Thomas R. Steagald

A House of Prayer begins with a personal story: a moment of isolation and spiritual distress that gives way to a deep sense of long-lasting connectedness and community. That movement from isolation to serenity by means of praying together, spiritually or physically, is the emphasis of this book. Steagald believes that praying together allows the church to become “one,” as Jesus intended, and the “body” the apostle Paul described. The author incorporates memoir, travelogue, reflection on scripture, church history, and psychology as he builds a compelling case for congregations to put more focus on praying as a community. PAPERBACK – $15.99

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The Guide to Prayer Series —Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck

This classic series of devotional and prayer books include thematically arranged material for each week of the year, as well as themes and an outline for monthly personal retreats. Each guide has a simple structure of daily worship, rich spiritual writings, lectionary scriptures, and poignant prayers. Daily arrangement for all includes: Invocation (or an Affirmation), Psalm, Daily Scripture Reading, Readings for Reflection, Prayers, Reflection, Hymn, and Benediction. The Deluxe Gift edition features a leatherette cover, a ribbon bookmark, and gold-edged pages. 1. FOR MINISTERS AND OTHER SERVANTS. First in the classic series. Uses the Common Lectionary, deviating from the ecumenical lectionary themes only when the authors felt other themes might be more helpful. Includes excerpts from writers such as Carlo Carretto, Simone Weil, C. S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, and Mother Teresa. PAPERBACK – $19.99

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2. FOR ALL GOD’S PEOPLE. Second in the series. Uses the Common Lectionary. Includes excerpts from such writers as Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Carlo Carretto, Evelyn Underhill, Albert Schweitzer, Eugene Peterson, Esther de Waal, and Thérèse of Lisieux. PAPERBACK – $19.99

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3. FOR ALL WHO SEEK GOD. Third in the series. Uses the Revised Common Lectionary. Daily arrangement also incorporates: Petition, God’s Promise, and My Response. Includes excerpts from writers such as Frederick Buechner, Mother Teresa, Howard Thurman, C. S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and John Wesley. DELUXE GIFT EDITION – $19.99

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4. FOR ALL WHO WALK WITH GOD —Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab. Fourth in the series. Uses the Revised Common Lectionary for Sunday; however, it offers different daily scripture readings. Daily arrangement also incorporates Affirmation, Silence, Offering of Self to God, Blessing. Includes excerpts from writers such as Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Henri Nouwen, Sue Monk Kidd, Parker J. Palmer, Douglas Steere, Jan L. Richardson, Trevor Hudson, and Flora Slosson Wuellner. PAPERBACK – $19.99

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Another Bead, Another Prayer Devotions to Use with Protestant Prayer Beads —Kristen E. Vincent and Max O. Vincent

Yes, it’s really okay for Protestants to pray with prayer beads. Pray from your heart with 28 devotions designed to use with beads during prayer. PAPERBACK – $11.99

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Many of us rarely spend time listening in prayer, partly because we don’t place enough emphasis on listening. We find it difficult to focus our minds when we are silent. . . . I believe we feel uncomfortable with silence. We want to fill the quiet space with words and sound. And yet, as we read in First Kings, God is in the silence. There we can hear what God has to say to us. For me, listening to God in prayer is the true gift of prayer beads. . . . In the beginning, this style of prayer may seem awkward or uncomfortable. That is okay. If you stay with the practice, I can assure you that you will begin to feel calmer and realize a new way of connecting with God. —Kristen Vincent, A Bead and a Prayer

Sacred Breath 40 Days of Centering Prayer —J. David Muyskens

Building on the method of centering prayer introduced in Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God and grounded in scripture and Christian tradition, this guide walks you through the practice for 40 days. PAPERBACK – $15.99

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For Sabbath’s Sake Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community —J. Dana Trent

Many Americans balk at the idea of setting aside a whole day for worship, rest, and time with those who matter most to them. Yet we long for more time to spend on what matters most—unrushed time to rest, reconnect with friends and loved ones, and deepen our relationship with God. An ancient spiritual practice exists that can help restore balance to our lives: the practice of keeping sabbath. But how exactly do we manage to build time for sabbath into our busy lives? Dana Trent explores this question in For Sabbath’s Sake. With humor and honesty, Trent reveals her own struggles with setting apart a day devoted to God, rest, and community. This book traces the rich history of sabbath, helps you find ways to overcome barriers to this spiritual practice, and suggests achievable ways to build sabbath into your life. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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One Breath at a Time A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation —J. Dana Trent

Does your mind feel cluttered? Do you long for a way to quiet your thoughts and listen to God? One Breath at a Time offers an accessible 40-day guide to beginning a Christian meditation practice. Dana Trent reframes meditation for those skeptical about their ability to be still and those who doubt the validity of meditation as a Christian spiritual practice. She makes a strong case for Christian meditation from a biblical, historical, theological, and evidence-based perspective. This book leads you through five methods of meditation: breath, centering, lectio divina, loving-kindness, and devotional. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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Live Healthy & Be Well Create an Action Plan —Hilda R. Davis

This book is about health and wellness, not simply about exercising to “get healthy,” but creating a way of thinking about who you are that brings wellness and harmony into every part of your life. Wellness is the sum of those ideals that bring you joy, strengthen your relationships, fulfill your dreams, and lead you to a deeper connection to God: Joy, Love, Purpose, and Faith. These are the core principles of Live Healthy and Be Well. A holistic self-care action plan is the goal of your journey with Live Healthy and Be Well. This is more than an inspirational book with health activities. This is a journey where each chapter, each activity, every story draws you closer to the transformed life you desire. PAPERBACK – $12.00

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Healing and Salvation —Taylor W. Mills

Seven devotions focus on proclaiming God’s goodness through praise and worship. Healing and Salvation is a selection from The Upper Room Disciplines. These seven devotions focus on surrendering our burdens to God’s loving and tender care. EBOOK – $1.99

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A Bead and a Prayer A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads —Kristen E. Vincent

Do you struggle with prayer? Using prayer beads can help you connect to God and stay focused as you pray. Designed for people with no experience in using prayer beads, this book offers instructions and prayers. PAPERBACK – $11.99

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At the Edge of Life Conversations When Death Is Near —Richard L. Morgan

Thirty meditations offer perspective and advice to people coping with a family member, friend, or patient who is approaching death. PAPERBACK – $7.99

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Gathered Together Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation —Tilda Norberg

God wants us to be whole. One of the purposes of the church is to encourage wholeness. Needing to be something for everyone, however, corporate worship traditions may have lost a personal touch that members need. So how can the church honor a person’s profound experience of struggle, change, or celebration? Norberg offers more than two dozen custom liturgies she has designed and led to honor such occasions as finding a vocation, recovering from illness, giving up false hopes, and receiving first car keys. These liturgies are intimate, honest, and deeply transformative as a congregation of close friends participate with the celebrant in a service uniquely designed around their personal need. PAPERBACK – $16.99

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Earth Gospel A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation —Sam Hamilton-Poore

Earth Gospel offers four weeks of prayer (seven days per week with prayers for morning, midday, and evening) to encourage care of God’s creation. Each daily reading includes scripture, hymn texts, beautiful poems and reflections from sages across time, and blessings. Featured voices include Emily Dickinson, Wendell Berry, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther, e.e. cummings, Julia Esquivel, Annie Dillard, Henry David Thoreau, Catherine of Siena, and many others. PAPERBACK – $9.00

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Tending the Seed Nurture Your God-Given Potential —Ann Siddall and Gary Stuckey

Learn how practices embraced by generations of Christians can become tools for nurturing your own “hundredfold” growth. This 6-week study (self-guided or as a group) encourages deeper understanding of God’s love and affirmation. Discerning God’s hope for your life grows naturally out of recognizing God’s care for you. Tending the Seed invites you to work with your life experience. “Sometimes people look everywhere outside themselves to satisfy a need for ‘something more’ when their own experiences, longings, and questions provide fertile ground for new growth and wisdom,” write Siddall and Stuckey. God is active in your life right now. Expect spiritual growth to happen! PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Living Your Heart’s Desire God’s Call and Your Vocation —Gregory S. Clapper

Many Christians struggle with finding their true calling. In this helpful book, Clapper clarifies what it means to have a calling from God and what it means to live that out. Don’t expect to find a formula for how to arrive at the “ job you were created for.” Instead, discover how you can lead a joyful Christian life, regardless of how you earn your living. 6 weeks • Includes Leader’s Guide PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds —Flora Slosson Wuellner

This sensitive look at inner wounds reminds us that healing was central to Jesus’ ministry. Prayers and spiritual exercises will help you find your own means for receiving God’s love that will heal physical pain, painful memories, the pain of uncertainty, and the pain of stress. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Fear Not Learning from Your Cancer —Judy Gattis Smith

Speaking with wisdom gained from her experience with cancer, Smith guides cancer survivors on a healing journey. Deepen your understanding of the challenges cancer brings, and discover responses to the illness that can bring about personal wholeness. Fear Not includes a section for group leaders detailing how to adapt this workbook for a cancer survivors support group. 6 weeks • Includes Leader’s Guide PAPERBACK – $10.00

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Praying Through Cancer 28 Days of Prayer —Todd Outcalt

Praying Through Cancer is a practical guide for anyone seeking strength, support, and hope for coping with cancer. Written by a husband whose wife survived cancer, this personal book addresses the raw emotions and deep questions cancer evokes. Each devotion helps the reader encounter God through comforting scriptures, insightful reflections, and heartfelt prayers. PAPERBACK – $7.99

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Joy Boosters 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults —Missy Buchanan

Know an older adult who needs encouragement? This is the perfect guide for families, caregivers, senior residence facilities, and churches who want to minister to older adults. PAPERBACK – $9.99

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No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia —Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan

No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted is an excellent resource for individuals caring for loved ones as well as for counselors, support group leaders, pastors, and other professionals. In addition to offering practical ways to help, this book serves as a reminder that every act of love brings positive transformation to the recipient, to the giver, and to the world. PAPERBACK – $15.99

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Praying Through a Child’s Illness 28 Days of Prayer —Wessel Bentley

It’s a parent’s nightmare: finding out something is seriously wrong with your child, and there’s not much you can do about it. Offering insights from his own experience, Bentley helps parents find the strength to cope with their child’s illness through prayers, reflections, and practical suggestions. 4 weeks • Includes reflection questions PAPERBACK – $7.99

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SEASONS

How meaningful are the Christian seasons to you?

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The Wondrous Mystery

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An Upper Room Advent Reader —Compiled by Benjamin Howard AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2019

During Advent, we think about this wondrous mystery: God chose to become human and lived among us. The Savior of the world was born a vulnerable child. The Wondrous Mystery invites you to reflect on several paradoxes that comprise the Advent season: light and darkness, peace and strife, solitude and community, simplicity and complexity. This daily Advent reader incorporates meditations from Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life. Writers include Barbara Brown Taylor, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Wendell Berry, Sue Monk Kidd, Wendy M. Wright, and others. The meditations in this book challenge you to reflect on the new and wondrous mystery of God and the profound way that Jesus’ birth upends the world as we know it and signals the beginning of God’s kingdom. PAPERBACK – $9.99

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The glory of the Advent season is that it’s irrational. It shows us a glimpse of the way that God turns the world and our expectations upside down. In a season that we have increasingly filled with events and get-togethers and family and friends, God calls us to sit quietly and wait for the coming of the Lord. In a season filled with the longest, darkest nights, we are told to wait for the coming of the most beautiful light. In a season of death, we look forward to the birth of eternal life. Though we think of Advent in terms of the Christmas celebration, Advent itself is not a season of celebration. It is a time of waiting, a time when we challenge ourselves and confront ourselves during the deepest, darkest time of the year. It is only at the end of Advent, after weeks of searching our souls, that we celebrate birth and light and life. —Ben Howard, in the Introduction

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Blue Christmas Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness —Todd Outcalt

Advent and Christmas are often associated with joy, love, generosity, and unity. But for many people, this time of year magnifies loneliness, anxiety, grief, and despair. While others are enjoying celebrations with their friends and families, those who are hurting often feel more alone than ever. Through the honest devotions in Blue Christmas, readers will find their fears and realities named and brought into the light of God’s love. Outcalt invites us to sit with our experiences, acknowledge our losses, and remember Jesus’ promise: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Blue Christmas reminds us that all our Christmases, even the darkest ones, can be filled with honesty and hope if we are willing to bring our deepest fears to God. PAPERBACK – $9.99

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Many people do not experience the Advent/Christmas season as a period of joy and light. For many—and perhaps for more of us than would care to admit it—this season transports our greatest fears, losses, realities, and shattered hopes into a time when most people are singing, socializing, and enjoying life to the fullest. We may feel even more lost, more abandoned, more lonely, and more afraid in this season—the season of light and love. So, from the outset, let it be known that this is an honest devotional. Here—in Blue Christmas—readers will find these fears and realities named and brought into the light so that we can confront them with grace and truth. Naming brings an understanding that gives us permission to sit with these experiences, to acknowledge what we have lost, and to honor the grace of Jesus who offers us the word, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matt. 5:4). —Todd Outcalt, in the Introduction

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The Living Nativity Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis—Larry J. Peacock

The Living Nativity introduces readers to Saint Francis and his joyous reenactment of the birth of Jesus, while exploring how nativity sets, Advent wreaths, candles, carols, Christmas cards, and other traditions help prepare our hearts for the God “who bends low to enter our world and our lives.” Daily prayer poems invite you to deepen your spiritual journey, and the book provides a guided pattern for you or your small group to share reflections and experience activities that open your hearts to the Christ child. The Living Nativity provides a prayer, a meditation, and reflection questions for each day of Advent. The Leader’s Guide includes suggestions for worship, discussion questions focused on the readings, and guidance for a mini-retreat based on a weekly theme. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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The Uncluttered Heart Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas —Beth A. Richardson

Sweep out the corners of your heart, clean up the clutter, and make room for God. The Uncluttered Heart offers daily readings for Advent through Epiphany. Each day provides a quotation, scripture passage, reflection, prayer, and a message to carry in your heart throughout the day. 4-week study • Includes Study Guide PAPERBACK – $12.99

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Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent —Pamela C. Hawkins

Through her beautiful and gentle writing, Hawkins beckons you to be still and pay close attention to the Advent story with new eyes, ears, hearts, and possibilities. In Behold! she invites you to focus on a single word and prayer method each week of Advent. Weekly themes: Expectancy, Preparation, Faith, and Promise. 4-week study • Includes Leader’s Guide PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Pauses for Advent Words of Wonder —Trevor Hudson

Taking time to pause for a few minutes each day can help us maintain balance in our lives, especially during Advent and Christmas. In this simple yet not simplistic book, Trevor Hudson focuses on one biblical word of wonder for each day of Advent. His insightful reflections on the word for each day invite individuals and groups to a deeper understanding of Advent. On Sundays Hudson briefly explores the lives and thoughts of four significant characters in the Christmas story, encouraging us to immerse ourselves in the dramatic story. He offers a simple daily practice that helps us become involved in the Advent drama. Hudson’s minimalist approach and conversational writing lead us to discover how we can open our hearts and lives more generously to God. PAPERBACK – $8.99

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In Days to Come From Advent to Epiphany —George H. Donigian

Deepen your sense of awe and wonder by lingering in the seasons of Advent and Christmas. In Days to Come takes us from Advent through the 12 days of Christmas and on to Epiphany. It offers reflections on Bible passages, church history, John Wesley, modern prophets, hymn writers, and composers. Not your typical Advent study, In Days to Come contains guidance for individuals and small groups looking for a colorful, practical, and flexible resource for the season. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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Light of Lights Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide

This Advent book invites readers to commit to the practice of daily prayer. The collection of meditations from The Upper Room daily devotional guide is arranged to coordinate with the themes of the four candles on an Advent wreath: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. Meditations are included for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the Sunday after Christmas. A complete Leader’s Guide for small groups and instructions for making an Advent wreath are included. PAPERBACK – $9.99

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Because of This I Rejoice Reading Philippians During Lent —Max O. Vincent

Many Christians view Lent as a season of self-sacrifice and discipline that sounds too much like a spiritual to-do list. Lenten disciplines can become the spiritual equivalent of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, be healthier, or practice better money management. These promises are easily made and often quickly broken, leaving us feeling like we do not measure up to what we should be. In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul joyfully turns to spiritual practices that draw him closer to God amid persecution and imprisonment. These practices keep Paul connected to a sense of God’s power and presence. Because of This I Rejoice is a 6-week study of Philippians that explores what Paul teaches about joyfully practicing spiritual disciplines. The intent of these disciplines is to help us focus less on ourselves and more on God. This Lenten study invites us to engage in the same spiritual practices as a way to grow closer to God and allow joy to flow through our lives.

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HOW CAN TRYING A NEW SPIRITUAL PRACTICE HELP US FIND JOY? When I look at the way Paul describes the spiritual practices that sustain him in Philippians, I think he would say we often get the order wrong. It is not about committing to some spiritual practice to increase our joy, but joyfully engaging the practices. I think that’s because Paul is focused on the end and not the means. Paul has been seized by the Resurrection. Knowing the Resurrection, he is able to endure anything joyfully. So he joyfully practices prayer, hospitality, giving, etc., as ways to give thanks for what God has offered us in the Resurrection. I think of spiritual practices as being like running. When I started running, I could only go 1 or 2 miles. I felt good, but I knew my body could not endure going further. After just a few years of regular running, I look forward to long runs of 9-12 miles on the weekend. Similarly, for years I was not reading the scriptures daily, other than what I studied for sermons and Bible studies. About 7 years ago, I committed to reading the Bible first thing in the morning. I started at about 15 minutes a day. Some days it was hard to get out of bed, or I would jump to all the other things I wanted to do before reading the Bible. I kept at it, and now I spend about 45 minutes to an hour reading the scriptures in the morning. I look forward to it. Sometimes I even wake up early so I can get in a few extra minutes. —Max Vincent

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Pauses for Lent 40 Words for 40 Days —Trevor Hudson

Focus on one word each day in Lent. Each meditation pairs the word for the day with a scripture verse, brief insights, and a thought or an action for the day. PAPERBACK – $8.99

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Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn A Lenten Journey with Jesus —Thomas R. Steagald

How will you make more room for God in your life this Lent? Let Thomas Steagald be your travel guide as you journey through Lent with Jesus. Each of the six chapters contains six daily readings that end with thought-provoking questions or calls to action. Day 7 of each chapter encourages you to rest and reflect on the week’s theme and to pray for yourself and others. 6 weeks • Includes Leader’s Guide PAPERBACK – $7.99

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We Are Beloved

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A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads —Kristen E. Vincent AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2019

As Christians, we often have the head knowledge that we are beloved—but deep in our hearts, do we truly believe it? In this 7-week Lenten study, you will follow biblical stories of Jesus’ experiences of God’s love. Kristen Vincent points out that because the Son of God was fully human, he had to mature to understand that he was beloved. Just as Jesus learned of his belovedness, we too can discover that we are deeply loved. Each week contains a scripture reading, a devotion, reflection questions, an optional prayer bead experience, and a listening meditation. The book includes a Leader’s Guide for small groups. It also includes Good Friday and Easter readings for individuals. PAPERBACK – $11.99

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For most of my life I thought that God loved me. Intellectually, I could tell you that God loved me, but in my heart I didn’t believe it. Not really. I didn’t feel God’s love. I didn’t trust it. I didn’t feel worthy of it. My pain and childhood trauma led me to believe that God must not care much about me. . . . Many of us don’t believe at our core that we are God’s beloved. . . . Still, whether we believe it or not, we are God’s beloved. Down deep in our soul, we know this truth. But time, experience, culture, trauma, and other factors slowly cause us to disconnect from this truth and forget who we are. . . . . That’s why this journey is so critical. Our world is desperate to know it is beloved, but that will happen only one person at a time. In other words, this journey begins with you. And me. Once we know we are beloved, then we can help others recognize their belovedness. —Kristen Vincent, We Are Beloved

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Easter Earthquake How Resurrection Shakes Our World —James A. Harnish

Have you ever been in an earthquake? James Harnish explores the meaning of the Easter Earthquake. This earthquake shakes up our assumptions about God and about our own lives. Enjoy a practical Lenten study that invites you into a God-soaked world energized by the presence of the risen Christ. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Worship in Light of the Cross Meditations for Lent —John Indermark

This 6-week study invites you to discover, through reflecting on the cross, what it means to be a faithful disciple of Christ. You will be inspired as you focus on the cross, its impact on Christian worship, and the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice in your daily life. PAPERBACK – $12.99

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How can you lead in your church and pass on your faith to others?

A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition NEW —Henri J. M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball

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Did you know that fundraising can be a spiritual journey? For years, fundraisers for faith-based nonprofits have been inspired by Henri Nouwen’s words: “Fundraising is, first and foremost, a ministry.” In A Spirituality of Fundraising, Nouwen asserts that fundraising is more than an effort to support a common goal; it involves the calling and prayer for a common mission. In A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition, Nathan Ball provides a how-to guide to accompany Nouwen’s teachings on fundraising. The workbook edition includes 4 weeks of 5 short daily reflections, journaling prompts for each day, weekly prompts to help readers identify action steps, guidance for 4 small-group sessions, and the complete text of Nouwen’s best-selling A Spirituality of Fundraising. The workbook provides inspiration and practical tools for fundraisers—both professional and volunteer—whose ministries rely on donations.

With Henri and me as your guides, you are embarking upon a journey to embrace fundraising as a Spirit-filled opportunity to build friendships and community around a shared vision. Fundraising will take you deep inside yourself, where you will encounter beliefs, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors that will be simultaneously wonderful and terrible. . . . Therefore, a mindset of trust, curiosity, and adventure is imperative. This workbook edition is designed to help you do the inner work necessary to understand your relationship with money and to guide you through the first practical steps that must be taken by anyone who wants to raise money. —Nathan Ball, in the Introduction

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An Age of Opportunity Intentional Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults —Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

A companion to the author’s earlier book Designing an Older Adult Ministry, this book provides new information and outlines ways to develop and strengthen ministries by, with, and for older adults that will enhance the spiritual growth and well-being of people of all ages. The church is beginning to recognize that there are vast numbers of older people in its membership. It is becoming aware of its indebtedness to them for the leadership, support, service, and faith that has made today’s church possible. The church is uniquely positioned to help older adults respond to the challenges of aging; to see the tremendous potential in the lives of older adults for making the church and community better; and to assist older people as they experience new meaning and purpose in their later lives. PAPERBACK – $16.00

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God Unbound Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church —Elaine A. Heath

Are you worried about the church’s future? As she read Galatians, Elaine Heath realized her vision of God was too small. She inspires us to find an unbound God who is greater than our anxious fears. Heath offers practical advice and hope for how the church can move through anxiety to courageous, culturally sensitive, and Spirit-led engagement in our rapidly changing world. PAPERBACK – $9.99

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As we traverse the culture shifts that we now face in the twenty-first century, Christ invites us to a broader vision of God and a much more diverse church than we could imagine before. The movement into what is emerging can feel chaotic and anxious. Not every emerging expression bears faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In seeking discernment in these matters, we can benefit from seeking the insight and wisdom of spiritual friends who are mature, filled with the Holy Spirit, and who model the way of Jesus in their living. . . . The best spiritual companions for times like these are saints who do not fit well into anyone’s theological box and who usually defy labels such as conservative or liberal. Like Jesus, they transcend most of the artificial boundaries we use to ignore people. —Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound

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The Children’s Minister —Rita B. Hays

Drawing from more than two decades of experience, the author offers a combination of warm-hearted encouragement and specific suggestions for ministering to children—from helping them cope with illness, divorce, or even the loss of a pet to celebrating birthdays and other special occasions. The Children’s Minister is a valuable resource that challenges children’s leaders to see themselves not only as caregivers but as pastors to their own special flock. PAPERBACK – $8.00

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Witness Learning to Share Your Christian Faith —Ron Crandall

Witness guides you to learn more about your faith and to speak invitationally with others about your beliefs. Crandall has outlined a 25-week small-group study that focuses on the important parts of faith. Through Bible study and group interaction, you’ll identify your gifts for ministry and learn to witness to others in a natural and effective way. PAPERBACK – $12.00

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What gifts do you have that might help you talk about your faith with others?

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Scrambled Starts Family Prayers for Morning, Bedtime, and Everything In-Between —Jenny Youngman

Do you long to teach your children or grandchildren to pray? Learn from a mother of four who understands chaotic family schedules and children’s short attention spans. Youngman shares honestly from her family’s journey as she tried to build prayer into their daily lives. See how her family managed to make prayer a natural part of their routine. This handy book for all ages includes mealtime blessings, bedtime prayers, morning devotions, scriptures, and prayers for all occasions.

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Passing It On How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season —Kara Lassen Oliver

Give the children in your life the greatest gift of all—pass on your faith. In Passing It On, Kara Lassen Oliver provides a practical guide to help parents, grandparents, and other concerned adults nurture their children’s faith. For four weeks at a time, she offers easy-to-follow suggestions for families during the seasons of Advent, Lent, summer, and back to school. This book features plans for weekly Family Gatherings with age-appropriate activities, symbols to remind family members of the week’s spiritual emphasis, a suggested daily practice and prayer for each week, and a Leader’s Guide for parent groups studying this book together. PAPERBACK – $9.99

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Remembering Your Story Creating Your Own Spiritual Autobiography —Richard L. Morgan

Remembering Your Story invites readers to connect their faith stories with the faith stories of others and with God’s story as revealed in scripture. Morgan guides readers to access to deep memories of God’s presence in all portions of their lives. Individuals and small groups will find this book offers them blessings as they discover how God has worked throughout their journey. Morgan includes a chapter titled “Across the Generations” that connects older and younger generations and encourages intergenerational ministries in the church. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Parents and Grandparents as Spiritual Guides Nurturing Children of the Promise —Betty Shannon Cloyd

Cloyd explores simple ways parents and grandparents can introduce children to the presence of God and nurture them spiritually — even through daily, routine activities as well as planned devotional times. This must-have book includes biblical models of spiritual guides along with insightful stories from children, Christian educators, and the author’s own experiences as a parent and grandparent. PAPERBACK – $14.99

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Growing Compassionate Kids Helping Kids See Beyond Their Backyard —Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson, a well-known author who writes about Christian spirituality, helps moms, dads, and grandparents learn to incorporate social outreach and mission into the often-hectic everyday realities of family life. When children see these living examples, they will grow to be disciples of Christ and learn to consider others above themselves. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Let the Children Give Time, Talents, Love, and Money —Delia Halverson

Stewardship is more than a church committee assigned to raise money for the budget. Christians are expected to act as responsible caretakers of everything we’ve been given by God. All have abilities to accomplish this work, and the apostle Paul reminds us that everyone, including children, must work together. Each of us holds an important role in Christ’s mission. PAPERBACK – $9.00

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Family the Forming Center A Vision of the Role of Family in Spiritual Formation —Marjorie J. Thompson

Children need to see that the spiritual life is significant to their parents at home as well as at church. If your adult children’s home life differs from the image they present at church, your grandchildren will see faith as contrived and irrelevant. Thompson suggests models, rituals, and celebrations that will inspire children to grow spiritually and will help center your family on God. Family the Forming Center will help you and your family develop close relationships filled with God’s love, trust, and values. PAPERBACK – $13.99

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Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness —Junius B. Dotson AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2019

Everything seemed fine . . . until it wasn’t. Transparent and vulnerable, Rev. Junius Dotson shares his story of a breakdown and how spiritual practices helped him regain his life and connection with God. Additional products for a churchwide study are available.

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