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Learning From Jesus

Serving as a bridge between traditional Bible study, reading of devotional classics, and larger spiritual formation/intentional discipleship themes and ideas, the first two volumes of the RENOVARÉ Spiritual Formation Guides series are now available. With the 15 expressions of the With-God Life as introduced in the Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible as inspiration, Connecting with God corresponds to the "The People of God in Individual Communion" expression, while Learning from Jesus draws from "The People of God with Immanuel" for insight.

Formatted similarly to the much-used RENOVARÉ A Spiritual Formation Workbook, books in the series are accessible to individuals or small groups. Each chapter includes a devotional classic or contemporary selection reading, a My Life With God spiritual practice exercise, a Scripture reflection, numerous teaching points for intentional discipleship, and an example of an historical Christian as an exemplar of the topic at hand. Other resources for continuing reflection and growth are also present.

The series authors are Lynda L. Graybeal, longtime RENOVARÉ Administrator and Renovaré Bible General Editor, and Julia L. Roller, Renovaré Bible Managing Editor. Julia and Lynda are presently working o­n the next two books in the series, to correspond with the Renovaré Bible With-God Life expressions "The People of God in Prayer and Worship" (Psalms) and "The People of God o­n Mission" (Book of Acts). These installments in the series will be released in early 2007. The remaining 11 books will be introduced two every six to nine months between now and 2010.

Chapters/studies in Learning from Jesus include:
Expecting the Messiah
And the Word Became Flesh . . .
Experiencing the Second Birth
Redefining Blessedness
Freeing the Sabbath
Feasting o­n the Word
Confronting the Powers
Welcoming Us into Community
Living Abundance
Balancing Mary and Martha
Bearing the Cross
Abiding in Christ

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Connecting With God

Serving as a bridge between traditional Bible study, reading of devotional classics, and larger spiritual formation/intentional discipleship themes and ideas, the first two volumes of the RENOVARÉ Spiritual Formation Guides series are now available. With the 15 expressions of the With-God Life as introduced in the Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible as inspiration, Connecting with God corresponds to the "The People of God in Individual Communion" expression, while Learning from Jesus draws from "The People of God with Immanuel" for insight.

Formatted similarly to the much-used RENOVARÉ A Spiritual Formation Workbook, books in the series are accessible to individuals or small groups. Each chapter includes a devotional classic or contemporary selection reading, a My Life With God spiritual practice exercise, a Scripture reflection, numerous teaching points for intentional discipleship, and an example of an historical Christian as an examplar of the topic at hand. Other resources for continuing reflection and growth are also present.

The series authors are Lynda L. Graybeal, longtime RENOVARÉ Administrator and Renovaré Bible General Editor, and Julia L. Roller, Renovaré Bible Managing Editor. Julia and Lynda are presently working o­n the next two books in the series, to correspond with the Renovaré Bible With-God Life expressions "The People of God in Prayer and Worship" (Psalms) and "The People of God o­n Mission" (Book of Acts). These installments in the series will be released in early 2007. The remaining 11 books will be introduced two every six to nine months between now and 2010.

Chapters/studies in Connecting with God include:
Living with God
Talking with God
Meeting God in Scripture
Listening to God Through the Creation
Hearing God Through Other People
Perceiving God in Circumstances
Seeking God in Silence
Seeing God in Dreams and Visions
Sensing God's Presence
Encountering God's Messengers
Wrestling with God
Walking with God

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A Tapestry of Love: The Spirituality of Caregiving

A Tapestry of Love: The Spirituality of Caregiving is a resource for caregivers who often feel isolated and prone to exhaustion, loneliness, depression, anger, and resentment. Using Jesus' interaction with Mary and Martha as recorded in Scripture, A Tapestry of Love provides a framework for spiritual practices that nurtures the crucial work of caregivers, bolsters their relationship with care-receivers, and promotes intimacy with God. The book is written by Joe LaGuardia, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Conyers, and Daphne Reiley, a member of the pastoral care team at Sandy Springs Christian Church. Click here to learn more. 

Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

Marjorie J. Thompson (Westminster John Knox Press, 1995).

Reframing Spiritual Formation: Discipleship in an Unchurched Culture

Offers a vision of what discipleship and the church needs to be in the 21st century if we are going to reach the "unchurched". Edward H. Hammett (Smyth & Helwys Publishing, March 2002).

Practicing Our Faith

Explores twelve central Christian practices, including Hospitality, Testimony, Discernment, Shaping Communities, Forgiveness, and Dying Well Dorothy C. Bass, Editor (Jossey-Bass Publishing, 1997).

Following Jesus Through Mark

Following Jesus Through Mark by Joe Baskin is designed to help readers relive the events of Jesus' life as set forth in the earliest account to the end so readers might, "See him more clearly, love him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly." Joe Baskin attended Howard College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He taught religion at Shorter College, Rome, and served as a lecturer at Malaysion Baptist Theological Seminary, Penang, Malaysia.

 
 
 
 


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