Potluck

Author: Kim Thomas
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 0307499774
Format: PDF, ePub
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It all begins at the table. A long table dressed in an oversized tablecloth and covered with various pyrex dishes, fiesta bowls, covered casseroles, dutch ovens, and cake plates. The tradition is familiar, the recipes are old and new, the people are known and unknown. But by the end of the evening, everyone is full, all having given something, taken something, and found something. This compelling and transparent collection of meditations is based on the Potluck dinner heritage. Kim Thomas explores the beauty and diversity of food at the community table as a metaphor for the community of faith. The table offers a place of discovery and delivery, becoming and belonging. Potluck: Parables of Giving, Taking, and Belonging is an insightful assembly of thoughts, a narrative moving readers to find that they have a place at the table–a place to give, to take, and to belong. From the Hardcover edition.

Simplicity

Author: Kim Thomas
Publisher: B & H Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780805418538
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A biblically inspired three-part pattern helps readers simplify their physical, emotional, and spiritual self and ensure that God's image will be more clearly reflected in their lives.

Birth Trauma

Author: Kim Thomas
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780956702470
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Birth ought to be a joyful experience: for some women, however, it is anything but. Women who have experienced a medical emergency during birth often find that the memory of it doesn't go away just because a healthy baby has been delivered. They experience the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder: flashbacks, sleeplessness, nightmares or extreme anxiety. Some go out of their way to avoid being reminded of the birth, and they may find it difficult to bond with their baby. Post-traumatic stress disorder after birth, known more simply as 'birth trauma', affects at least 10,000 women every year in England and Wales. Yet the condition is poorly misunderstood and women suffering from birth trauma often do not receive the treatment or support they need. They may be misdiagnosed as suffering from postnatal depression, and many find that friends and family, instead of being supportive, simply tell them to pull themselves together. This valuable and fascinating book explains everything you and your family and friends need to know about birth trauma: what causes it, how it affects your personal relationships, how to treat it and where to find support. Using the powerful personal stories of women who have suffered birth trauma and overcome it, this book shows that it is possible to go through this difficult experience and come out the other side. A percentage of all royalties is donated to charity.

Preaching Through Holy Days and Holidays

Author: Roger Alling
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0819218928
Format: PDF, Docs
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Each volume would follow the pattern of: 1) a brief opening introductory essay that would shape the context for that volume. 2) a selection of sermons from preachers active in the pulpit, organized under headings appropriate to the topic of the volume, as well as sub-topics within the volume. 3) several complementary and reflective essays from professionals of distinction in the field of homiletics. 4) sermons from the annual Preaching Excellence Conference, as exemplified in the previous Preaching Through the Year of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Growing an Engaged Church

Author: Albert L. Winseman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1595620435
Format: PDF, ePub
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Growing an Engaged Church offers unique, research-based, often counterintuitive solutions to the challenges facing churches today, including declining congregant participation, decreasing contributions, and slumping membership. Ministers, priests, and church boards will find the evidence and answers in this book provocative, eye-opening, and, most importantly, actionable. What if members of your congregation . . . • were 13 times more likely to have invited someone to participate in your church in the past month? • were three times as satisfied with their lives? • spent more than two hours per week serving and helping others in their community? • tripled their giving to your church? What would your church — your parish — look like? And how would you go about creating this kind of change? One thing is certain: Church leaders are never going to inspire more people to be actively and passionately involved in their congregations by doing the same things over and over again. Pastors and lay leaders need something fresh. Something new. The last thing they need is “just another program” or to set up a laundry list of new activities for members. Based on solid research by The Gallup Organization, Growing an Engaged Church will appeal to both Protestant and Catholic clergy and lay leaders who are looking for a way to be the Church instead of just “doing church.”

Finding Your Way Through Grief

Author: Kim Thomas
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736910336
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Is there a right way for Christians to grieve? Is God truly enough in the valley of the shadow of death? Does time really heal all wounds? In finding her way through her own grief, Kim Thomas asks thought-provoking questions and comes to know the sorrow and compassion of God in a way that is immediate, intimate, and soul-soothing. "God has been attentive to my mourning. He has been ever close, close enough to catch my tears in a bottle as they fall from my eyes. I wonder if perhaps the bottle of my tears might sit on the shelf next to the tears Jesus wept..." If you are experiencing grief or are close to someone who is, you will find in Kim's story an honest admission about the pain of loss. She also offers 30 days of reflections from Scripture that provide hope based on the tender and powerful love of God for those who have known heartache and are making their way through it.

Searching for Sunday

Author: Rachel Held Evans
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0718022130
Format: PDF, Mobi
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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans embarks on a quest to find out what it really means to be part of the Church. Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals—church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it. Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest. A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.

Living in the Sacred Now

Author: Kim Thomas
Publisher: Harvest House Pub
ISBN: 9780736905299
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Living in the Sacred Now" is filled with poignant reflections that reveal the mystery of giving all of yourself to what God has for you in the present moment while waiting patiently for the promise of what lies ahead. Thomas candidly shares personal stories that help readers see that it is the present moment in which they truly experience the sacred, shaping hand of God.