At the Still Point:
A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time
“What a delight to find so extraordinary a collection meant for use in ordinary time! Any book that includes passages from The Wind in the Willows and Moby Dick, as well as poems by George Herbert and Christina Rossetti, is all right with me. Especially because each of the works chosen is meant to awaken me to the movement of the spirit in daily life.” —Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and Cloister Walk
Sarah Arthur's ministry in writing is aimed at connecting the world's great literary arts with the intimacy of our own spiritual adventures. You may be familiar with two of her earlier inspirational books: Walking With Frodo: A Devotional Journey Through the Lord of the Rings and also Walking through the Wardrobe: A Devotional Quest into The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. As those titles suggest, they are invitations to "walk" with Sarah into a couple of the 20th Century's great fictional cycles. In her new book, a prayer book especially for summers and autumns, Sarah doesn't take us into a single literary work. Instead, she's inviting us into a whole library of her favorites. If you're familiar with more formal prayer books, such as the terrific works by Phyllis Tickle like The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime, then you know that these books are designed to flip open each day (or, in Phyllis' case more than once a day). The texts invite us to throw open the windows in our prayer life and reflect on texts that we quickly make our own. While Phyllis' popular "hours" series reaches back to traditional forms of daily prayer, Sarah carries our spiritual connections outward to such popular voices as Jane Austin and Victor Hugo. Imagine reflecting on Les Miserables (Everyman's Library) in a moment of prayer? That's the creative spark you'll find in this book. And, if you think about the vintage of writers like Austin and Hugo, you'll also realize that a lot of what Sarah has assembled in this book are classics in public domain. I'm particularly pleased to find some Gerard Manley Hopkins and a bit of G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday: Centennial Edition in these pages, for example. However, that's not all! Kathleen Norris (of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith and other popular inspirational books) both recommends At the Still Point--and some of Norris' own work appears in these pages. You'll also find just a bit of Garrison Keillor in these pages. The format of the book is designed to be helpful and flexible week by week: Each of the 29 weeks in the book opens with a prayer (some by famous writers and saints), then suggested scripture readings, then the literary excerpts to read throughout the week (you might even find you want to dip into the entire books you'll sample here--through your library or bookstore), then personal meditation is encouraged and there's a closing prayer in each section. There is a general thematic arc to the book--from opening weeks about silence and seeking to closing weeks about God's presence and reassurance, but most readers can jump in almost anywhere and start the adventure. The vast majority of Americans tell pollsters that they pray and that their faith matters deeply to them--whether or not we actually find much time for prayerful reflection. Millions of Americans have some prayer book--often more than one--on a shelf at home. If you want to dig deeper into the spiritual adventure of regular prayer, give At the Still Point a chance. By drawing together threads from our literary culture into the fabric of a week-by-week journey into prayer, Sarah has given us a pathway to integrate many of our fears and our hopes into a joyous adventure. --David Crum
Following the Way of Jesus:
Church's Teachings for a Changing World, Volume 6
The New Church's Teaching series has been one of the most recognizable and useful sets of books in The Episcopal Church. With the launch of the Church's Teachings for a Changing World series, visionary Episcopal thinkers and leaders have teamed up to write a new set of books, grounded and thoughtful enough for seminarians and leaders, concise and accessible enough for newcomers, with a host of discussion resources that help readers to dig deep. Michael Curry leads off this volume with a clarion call for Episcopalians to join the Jesus Movement. A team of the church's brightest stars follow up with reflections on the practice of ministry in light of the movement: Sara Miles on encountering the 'other,'Rob Wright on adaptive leadership, Broderick Greer on reconciliation, Anthony Guillen on new ministries, Megan Castellan on evangelism, and Kellan Day on ministry with young people. Michael Curry closes with a word on making the world whole. Christians have been following Jesus together for some 2000 years - these leaders help to illuminate how we follow him in our time. Michael B. Curry, Bishop of North Carolina from 2000 to 2015, was elected the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church by the 78th General Convention in July 2015. He has had a national preaching and teaching ministry, been featured on The Protestant Hour and Day 1, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee and Yale.
Recommended for individuals and for group study. Discussion questions are included throughout. Audience: Church leaders, lay and ordained seminary students and faculty Newcomers and adult formation groups
Gardening with God:
Light in Darkness
Jane Mossendew's personal experience of gardening and spirituality has been carefully worked out over a number of years in this book of daily meditations based on a plant per day. Each day has a line drawing of the plant, a cultivation note, its history and lore. It includes meditation, suggested readings and places of spiritual retreat, and intercessions.
This is a gift of a replacement copy since the original hasn't returned after two years of being out. 6/20/2007
24 Studies for Individuals and Groups
" N. T. Wright For Everyone Bible Study Guides": With a scholar's mind and a pastor's heart, Tom Wright walks you through the New Testament in these guides designed especially with everyday readers in mind. Perfect for group use or daily personal reflection, these studies use the popular inductive method combined with Wright's thoughtful insights to bring contemporary application of Scripture to life.
Ths guide is designed to help you understand Scripture in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world's leading New Testament scholars. Thoughtful questions, prayer suggestions, and useful background and cultural information all guide you or a group more deeply into God's Word. Discover how you can participate more fully in God's kingdom.
The Very First Christians
Christopher is a twelve-year-old who looks for the story behind the story. In this book, his grandfather teaches him about the drama of Pentecost and the powerful change God brought to the world through Peter, Paul, and the very first Christians.
This is a children's picture book with a reading level of grades 3--5, for ages 5--12.
I Love God's Green Earth:
Devotions for Kids Who Want to Take Care of God's Creation
Kids love working on practical projects to help take care of the Earth; they are often the family's biggest proponents of recycling. This book will attract those eco-friendly kids and teach them how creation care can actually draw them closer to God. Each devotion includes a Scripture verse, a "Connection" section to help kids apply both the biblical and environmental lessons, and a "What Can I Do?" section with a takeaway activity. Jokes and fun facts are also included throughout the devotion to make this book fun, informative, and interesting to readers.
Welcome to the Bishop Marmion Resource Center!
Our collection--books, DVDs, CDs, and online documents--is here to be used. Any parish or parishioner in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia is offered full access to the BMRC and its resources. Resources may be signed out or renewed in person or online. We're happy to mail materials to you when that is helpful, and they may be returned the same way.
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