The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You

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Thomas Nelson #ad - She walks us through her own discoveries about the vital importance of paying attention, as well as the hard but rewarding truth about showing up and committing for the long haul, despite the inevitable encounters with brokenness and uncertainty. But it will be the most worth-it adventure we will ever take.

This is a message the world needs. Shannan reminds us to pay attention, bearing with each other, and stay put, look outside of ourselves, carrying each other‘s burdens, to lay aside our preconceived judgments, and finding Jesus at the center of it all. Latasha morrison, founder of Be the Bridge“Our nonstop consumer society seduces us into forsaking the ordinary.

Where do we even begin?shannan martin offers a surprisingly simple answer: uncover the hidden corners of our cities and neighborhoods and invest deeply in the lives of people around us. I love this book. Jen hatmaker, for the love, new york Times bestselling author of 7, and Of Mess and Moxie . I truly believe when we stand together we stand a chance.

The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You #ad - If you’re longing for authentic community but aren’t sure where to begin, Shannan and this beautifully written book are the perfect guide. With transparency, heart-tugging storytelling, martin shows us that no matter where we live or how much we have, and more than a little personal confession, as we learn what it is to be with people as Jesus was, humor, we'll find our very lives.

But shannan martin helps us resist these impulses by calling the body to reclaim the sanctity andsignificance of ordinary places.

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Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted

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Thomas Nelson #ad - Shannan’s story feels at once familiar and spectacular, ordinary and exceptional. You will discover that at the same time her words make you squirm, you will wish you lived next door to her. Martin’s practical, middle-class christianity toward a deeper, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, and look beyond comfortable, push past insecurity and fear, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.

And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them. Falling free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. You will want her wisdom and you will want her pickles. Jen hatmaker from the forewordshannan martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, three adorable kids, a loving husband, money, a close-knit church—a safe, friends, happy existence.

Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted #ad - But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, a challenged public school, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, and the harshness of a county jail where her husband is now chaplain.

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Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What's Right in Front of Me

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Baker Books #ad - Other people seem to have it all together, to be finding success, to be having more fun. But we weren't meant for a life characterized by dissatisfaction. In this entertaining and relatable book, Alexandra Kuykendall chronicles her nine-month experiment to rekindle her love of her ordinary "actual" life. After wiping her calendar as clean as a mother of four can, Kuykendall focuses on one aspect of her life each month, searching for ways to more fully enjoy her current season.

By intentionally adding one thing each month that will make her jump for joy, she provides a practical challenge women can easily replicate. With humor, kuykendall weaves together spiritual themes and practical application into a holy self-awareness, and plenty of personal stories, poignancy, showing women how a few small changes in their routines can improve their enjoyment of this crazy-busy life.

Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What's Right in Front of Me #ad - Endorsement"if you ever get the chance to read anything written by Alexandra Kuykendall, take it. She is a gentle, trustworthy storyteller who lives the words she writes about. Emily P. Freeman, author of Simply Tuesday. Feel satisfied with who and where You AreIn a world of comparison and discontent, it can feel impossible to be happy with life as we know it.

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The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

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Thomas Nelson #ad - Alongside personal and heartwarming stories, kristin gives you: stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise TableSimple recipes to take outside and share with othersStories from people using Turquoise Tables in their neighborhoodsEncouragement to overcome barriers that keep you from connectingNew ways to view hospitality Today, Turquoise Tables are inviting individuals to connect with each other in nearly all fifty states and seven countries.

Are you consumed with a busy life but unsure how to slow down? do you desire connection within your community and think, kristin schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, but I don’t have time for that” or “I can’t create that”? What if there was another way through it all, a way to find those moments of peace and to create a time for honest, comfortable connection? What if meeting neighbors and connecting with friends was as simple as showing up and being available?Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, “Absolutely, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her.

The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard #ad - Ordinary people like you wanting to make a difference right where they live. Community and friendship are waiting just outside your front door. A simple way to connect your neighborhood, your community and build friendships. Life changed in her community and it can change in yours, too.

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Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life

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Baker Books #ad - Not only can you overcome negative thought patterns that are repetitive, you can replace them with positive thought patterns that will bring more peace, and unhelpful, unhealthy, joy, and love into your life. But is it?anne Bogel's answer is no. In don't overthink it, using an appropriate amount of energy, you'll find actionable strategies that can make an immediate and lasting difference in how you deal with questions both small--Should I buy these flowers?--and large--What am I doing with my life? More than a book about making good decisions, Don't Overthink It offers you a framework for making choices you'll be comfortable with, freeing you to focus on all the other stuff that matters in life.

It feels like something we're wired to do, something we just can't escape. Nobody wants to live a life of constant overthinking, but it doesn't feel like something we can choose to stop doing. We've all been there: stuck in a cycle of what-ifs, plagued by indecision, paralyzed by the fear of getting it wrong.

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The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside your Door

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Baker Books #ad - Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this book perfect for small groups or individual study. In our time of unprecedented mobility and increasing isolationism, it's hard to make lasting connections with those who live right outside our front door. They talked to them, had cook-outs with them, and went to church with them.

Once upon a time, people knew their neighbors. We have hundreds of "friends" through online social networking, but we often don't even know the full name of the person who lives right next door. This unique and inspiring book asks the question: what is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors show readers how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to them.

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Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life

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IVP Books #ad - How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred?Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, and mother, Anglican priest, friend, wife, Tish Harrison Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday.

Come and discover the holiness of your every day. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Each chapter looks at something―making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys―that the author does every day. Christianity today's 2018 book of the year winner - spiritual formationChristianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year - Beautiful OrthodoxyIn the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways.

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Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

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HarperOne #ad - Winner has written an engrossing reflection of literary grace and spiritual wisdom with Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis. As she lives through a failed marriage and the loss of her mother, Winner finds her Christian faith slipping away. Through reading religious works and tomes and being counseled by leaders of the church, she learns she must find the courage to trust in God in order to to find His presence.

Elegantly written and profound, at the same time, Still offers reflections on how murky and gray the spiritual life can be while, shows us how to see the light we do encounter more clearly. Following up her highly acclaimed Girl Meets God, author Lauren F.

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Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life

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Revell #ad - As good girls, we focus on the things we can handle, our disciplined lives, and our unshakable good moods. Many of us believe that we are saved by grace--but for too many, that's the last time grace defines our life. Instead of clinging to grace, we strive for good and believe that the Christian life means hard work and a sweet disposition.

When we fail to measure up to our own impossible standards, we hide behind our good girl masks, determined to keep our weakness a secret. In grace for the good girl, emily freeman invites women to let go of the try-hard life and realize that in Christ we are free to receive from him rather than constantly try to achieve for him.

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life #ad - With an open hand and a whimsical style, emily uncovers the truth about the hiding, encouraging women to move from hiding behind girl-made masks and do-good performances to a life hidden with Christ in God.

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The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction

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IVP Books #ad - Listening shapes us and equips us to be more attuned to people in pain and more able to minister to those in distress. Our lives are qualitatively different―indeed, better―when we become listeners. Listening is an essential skill for healthy relationships, both with God and with other people. But it is more than that: listening is a way of life.

Adam mchugh places listening at the heart of our spirituality, our relationships and our mission in the world. People talk past each other, eager to be heard but somehow deaf to what is being said. God himself is the god who hears, through Scripture, and we too can learn to hear what God may be saying through creation, through people.

The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction #ad - Christianity today's 2017 book of the year award - Spiritual FormationLogos Association Bookstore Award, Best Christian Living Book for 2016Bookwi. Se's favorite books of the year, christian living"Be quick to listen, Non-Fiction14th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year, slow to speak. James 1:19how would our lives change if we approached every experience with the intention of listening first?In this noisy, distracting world, it is difficult to truly hear.

Heed the call to the listening life, and hear what God is doing in you and the world. By cultivating a posture of listening, we become more attentive and engaged with those around us.

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The Way of Ignorance: And Other Essays

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Counterpoint #ad - A soulful, searching collection of essays that tackle the complexities of contemporary America from “the prophet of rural America” New York Times. Whose freedom are we considering when we speak of the free market or free enterprise? What is really involved in our national security? What is the price of ownership without affection? Berry answers in prose that shuns abstraction for clarity, coherence, and passion, giving us essays that may be the finest of his long career.

Are probably the most sustained contemporary articulation of America’s agrarian, Jeffersonian ideal. Publishers weekly   “wendell berry is one of those rare individuals who speaks to us always of responsibility, of the individual cultivation of an active and aware participation in the arts of life.

The Way of Ignorance: And Other Essays #ad - The bloomsbury Review. From the war in iraq to hurricane katrina to the political sniping engendered by Supreme Court nominations—contemporary American society is characterized by divisive anger, profound loss, and danger. Everything in the book illumines. Booklist   “berry’s poems, novels and essays .

 .  . Wendell berry, “the prophet of rural america” new York Times and one of the country’s foremost cultural critics, responds with hope and intelligence in a series of essays that tackle the major questions of the day.

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