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RESOURCE BOOKS FOR ADULTS

The resource books in this section are useful for resourcing all of the topics listed below. Most of the books have been supplied by the sponsoring denominations of the Media Resource Center or donated by members or staff.

-A- (UCC resources)


ABA-1    THE EVOLUTION OF A UCC STYLE:  ESSAYS IN THE HISTORY, ECCLESIOLOGY AND CULTURE OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST by Randi Jones Walker- (A); United Church Press, 2005.
        Randi Walker focuses on the development of themes that define the U.C.C.  Some of these themes are:  inclusiveness, diversity of theological heritage, congregational polity, liberal theological approach, and ecumenical spirit.

ABA-2    BELIEVING CARING AND DOING IN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST by Gabriel Fackre- (A); United Church of Christ Press, 2005.
        This resource explores the “believing, caring, and doing” dimensions of the United Church of Christ and answers the question, “What Does It Mean?”

ABA-3    WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?:  CRISTOLOGY AND IDENTITY IN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST edited by Scott R. Paeth (A); United Church Press, 2006.

This book is a significant collection of essays focusing on the role of Cristology from the United Church of Christ’s perspective—how it developed and the part it plays in shaping the direction and mission of the church.

-B- (Bible)

ABB-1  IN SEARCH OF FAITH by Howard W. Roberts- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2000.

The book is an exploration of biblical characters who struggled to define their faith. The stories can be used in sermon series or small group study.

ABB-2   CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE: TWELVE STORIES by Stephanie and Maggie Biggs-Scribner; Study Guide by Minerva G. Carcaño; Creative Interpretations by Linda H. Hollies; (A); GBGM ,UMC, 2005.

The children included in this storybook are: Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Young Joseph, Canaanite Woman's Daughter, Baby Moses, Jephthah's Daughter, Elijah and the Widow's Son, Jairus's Daughter, and The Boy Who Offered What He Had.

ABB-3   READING THE BIBLE WITH THE DAMNED by Bob Ekblad- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.


Bob Ekblad shows how to read the Bible in specific ways to engage people from all walks of life.  The book is full of examples of how Scripture changes lives.

 

          ABB-4   MASTERPIECES OF THE BIBLE:  INSIGHTS INTO CLASSICAL ART OF FAITH by Keith J. White- (Y/A); A collection of classical articles; Baker Book House Co., 1997.


This beautiful book provides an encounter with stories and events of the Bible through the eyes of some of the great artists through the ages.

ABB-5  WALKING THE BIBLE:  A JOURNEY BY LAND THROUGH THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES by Bruce Feiler- (A); Perennial, 2001


          ABB-6  WOMEN OF THE BIBLE:  A ONE-YEAR DEVOTIONAL STUDY OF WOMEN IN SCRIPTURE by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda (A); Zondervan, 2007.

  

         This updated book focuses on 52 remarkable women in Scripture—women whose struggles to live with faith and courage are not unlike our own.  The update includes a list of all the women in the Bible, a timeline of the women, a list of women in Jesus’ family tree, a list of women in Jesus’ life and ministry.

ABB-7   WHAT’S IN THE BIBLE AND HOW DO I USE IT? Real Help for Regular People (Y/A); Abingdon Press, 2008.

           

          This book is a great introduction on how to use your Bible.  Topics included are:  how to choose a Bible, how to study your Bible, famous people and places, and how to find biblical help on real-life issues such as hope, love, anger, forgiveness, and even body image.


ABB-8   WOMEN OF THE BIBLE with Paintings from the Great Art Museums of the World - by Carole Armstrong/ (Y/A); Simon and Schuster, 1998.

           

Women of the Bible presents seventeen stories of women of the Bible who have been celebrated for their courage and independence of spirit.  Each story is accompanied by a religious painting from a celebrated artist, including Medieval and Renaissance painters.

 

ABB-9   GOD’S TAPESTRY by W. Eugene March - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

           

March helps the reader develop theological clarity about how to live in a religiously diverse society.  People need to reconsider how the Bible can help us as we approach the issues of diversity and pluralism.

ABB-10    MORE BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE by Barbara J. Essex - (Y/A); Pilgrim Press, 2009.
        This Bible study consists of twelve units and is designed for individual and/or group study.  Bad girls from the Hebrew Bible are Hagar, Shiphrah and Puah, Miriam, Zipporah, Bathsheba, Rizpah, and Huldah.  Bad girls from the New Testament are a crippled woman, the Syrophoenician woman, Martha and Mary, the Samaritan woman at the well, and Mary Magdalene.

ABB-11    TRANSFORMING BIBLE STUDY by Walter Wink - (A);     L        Abingdon Press, 1980.
        Walter Wink’s innovative group-encounter method makes use of split-brain theory, emphasizing the province of the brain’s right hemisphere—synthesis, imagination, feeling, etc..  It also blends biblical form, criticism, and Jungian psychology with a zealously inquisitive spirit.

ABB-12    BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE by Barbara J. Essex – (A);      L    Pilgrim Press, 1999.
        Exploring women of questionable virtue.  Eve, Lot’s Wife, Rebekah, Tamar, Potiphar’s Wife, Delilah, Jezebel, Job’s Wife, Gomer, Herodia, Woman Caught in Adultery, and Sapphira.

ABB-13    THE BIBLE PROMISE BOOK (NIV) - (A); Barbour and Co. Inc., 1990.
       
This book contains over 1000 Bible promises listed in alphabetical order by subject.

ABB-14    THE INDISPENSABLE GUIDE TO GOD’S WORD by Donald J. Brash - (A); Pilgrim Press, 2010.
       
This book will equip laypersons, college and beginning seminary students to better understand how worldviews inform theologies of Scripture and how one theology of Scripture in particular may strengthen their interpretations.

ABB-15    THE PROSTITUTE IN THE FAMILY TREE: DISCOVERING HUMOR AND IRONY IN THE BIBLE by Douglas Adams - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.
       
A key ideas is that by missing some humor and irony in biblical passages when they are taken out of context, readers miss more than an opportunity for laughter.  They often miss the passages’ intended meanings.

ABB-16    BIBLE WONDERINGS: FAMILIAR TALES RETOLD by Donald Schmidt - (Y/A); i Universe, 2006.
   
The book includes 2 dozen Bible stories retold to engage the imagination.  It contains a study guide for Bible study or personal devotion.  A lectionary index is included.

ABB-17    PECULIAR TREASURES: A BIBLICAL WHO’S WHO by Frederick Buechner, illustrated by Katherine A. Buechner- (Y/A); Harper, 1979.
       
Buechner gives a profile of more than 125 of the Bible’s most holy and profane people—and one whale.  He uses lively and witty prose to bring life to stories from Scripture.

ABB-18    WOMEN IN THE BIBLE (Insights:  Bible Studies for Growing Faith series) - (A); by Barbara J. Essex; Pilgrim Press, 2001.

This book uncovers women’s stories and provides tools for studying women in the Bible.  Each chapter examines a particular group of women, such as wives and mothers, prophets and leaders, then focuses on individual women.

ABB-19    MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE:  The Enduring Questions of the Scriptures - (Y/A); The Reader’s Digest Association, 1998.
       
This book examines stories and passages that trouble us, fascinate us, and make us curious to learn more.  Special features include:  Maps of the ancient world, a Time Line from 1000 to 500 B.C., Two Genealogies, Key to Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, a Chart of the parables and where they are to be found, plus a selection of favorite Psalms.

ABB-20    TRUTH SPEAKS TO POWER:  The Countercultural Nature of Scripture by Walter Brueggemann(A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.

                       
Brueggemann challenges the reader to consider in new ways what Scripture says about power and the way it’s challenged by the importance of standing for Truth.


ABB-21   1001 THINGS YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE:  BUT NEVER THOUGHT TO ASK by J. Stephen  Lang - (A); Thomas Nelson, 1999.

                       

The reader will learn fascinating Scripture facts and discover how the Bible has influenced cultures past and present.

 

ABB-22    GREAT PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE AND HOW THEY LIVED (Reader’s Digest)  (Y/A) Reader’s Digest, 1974.

                       

In this book’s pages great figures of the Bible are seen in the context of their own times.  Both text and illustrations link the timeless stories of the Bible with the most recent archaeological discoveries.


-C- (Church)

ABC-1 INTRODUCING CHRISTIANITY by Michael Keene- (Y/A); Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.

The book is a clearly written introduction to Christianity for adults and young readers.

ABC-2 BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE: AN EVANGELICAL FAMILY IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC by Laura S. Seitz and Elaine D. Baxter- (A); Providence House Publishers, 1999.

Before the Throne of Grace brings United States history alive through the letters of James Richards and his family as they write about family life, work, and travel in New York after the Revolution. It helps the reader to understand the changes in American religious life at the end of the twentieth century.

ABC-3 JOHN CALVIN AND THE CHURCH: A PRISM OF REFORM- Timothy George, Editor; (A); West Minster John Knox Press, 1990.

Several contributors contribute to this inter-disciplinary work. Its five sections convey the range of interest among the contributors; Calvin and his times, theology, ecclesiology, interpretation of Holy Scripture, and worship and preaching.

ABC-4 A TEACHABLE SPIRIT: RECOVERING THE TEACHING OFFICE IN THE CHURCH - by Richard Osmer- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 1990.

Osmer provides a strong understanding of the teaching office which is part of Reformation heritage. He discusses why the teaching office is important in mainline churches.

ABC-5 INTRODUCTIONS IN FEMINIST THEOLOGY SERIES- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

The series explores various theological topics that challenge partriarchal theology and suggests liberating alternatives. The authors and editors provide reliable guides to the history of thinking, current issues and debaters as possible future development in feminist theology.

INTRODUCING AFRICAN WOMEN'S THEOLOGY by Mercy Amba Oduyoye- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

The book attempts to probe the spirituality of African Christian women as they do their own thinking and speak their own words about God as well as other religious and cultural concerns.

B  INTRODUCING FEMINIST IMAGES OF GOD by Mary Grey- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

The author considers recent thinking on the Divine, reflecting the work of women from diverse contexts. She addresses the use of restrictive God-language and opens the possibilities of more inclusive ways of praying. Drawing from various cultures, she presents God images that liberate.

C  INTRODUCING FEMINIST PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING by Nancy J. Gorsuch- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

The book's claim is that a critically informed feminist perspective on ministry enhances the effectiveness and accuracy of pastoral responses to human need.

ABC-6  O GOD, TENDER AND JUST: REFLECTIONS AND RESPONSES AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001- edited by Elizabeth C. Nordbeck; (A); United Church Press, 2002.

This is a book for and about the church which commemorates the violent acts of 9/11/01 and celebrates the faithful way in which the church responded to the crisis. Thousands of people logged on to the United Church website and their postings consistently showed their faith.

ABC-7  CAN THIS CHURCH LIVE?: A CONGREGATION, ITS NEIGHBORHOOD, AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION by Donald H. Matthews- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

This book is the true story of a church that had an opportunity to thrive in the midst of a community that greatly changed its demographics. The church faced the harsh dilemma--Can a predominantly white church embrace and welcome the people of color in their community?

ABC-8    CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY is a growing series of resources providing local churches with engaging, insightful, and useful tools to revitalize and prepare themselves for ministry in the 21st century.  The authors in this series are United Church of Christ clergy whose churches demonstrate vitality.

A    LEADERSHIP FOR VITAL CONGREGATIONS by Anthony B. Robinson- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2006.
        This book is an essential leadership tool for clergy and lay leaders who wish to revitalize their leadership style and approach in order to become more effective leaders.

B    FAITH FORMATION IN VITAL CONGREGATIONS by Marian R. Plant, Pilgrim Press, 2009.
        Marian Plant is associate professor and Schauffler Chair of Christian Education at The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.  She writes this book for ordained and lay pastors and workers who want to have strategies for preparing the way forward in Adult Christian formation.

ABC-9A    KICKING HABITS:  WELCOME RELIEF FOR ADDICTED CHURCHES by Thomas G. Bandy- (A); Study guide; Abingdon Press, 1997.
        Tom Bandy helps “addicted” churches kick their habits with the deconstruction of the existing system, followed by emphasis on small group ministry, multi-track worship experiences, the retraining of enabling pastors, and an abiding, relentless sensitivity toward people who are seeking a Higher Power, but who have lost patience with conflicted, self-absorbed religious institutions.

ABC-9B    COMING CLEAN:  A STUDY GUIDE TO KICKING HABITS by Thomas G. Bandy- (A); Abingdon Press, 2001.
        Using a series of Bible studies, group discussions and group exercises, participants can customize and apply the insights into thriving church life to their own congregational context.

ABC-10    WAKING TO GOD’S DREAM:  SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP AND CHURCH RENEWAL by Dick Wills- (A); Abingdon Press, 1999.
        In this books, Wills shares the spiritual disciplines and insights that he believes account forf the transformation of the congregation he serves from a large church in decline to one that is growing and reaching out to its community in a variety of creative ministries.

ABC-11    ANNIE, THE KITCHEN QUEEN AND OTHER DISPATCHES FROM FORBEARANCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH by Charlotte Johnstone, illustrated by Catherine Latson- (A) Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Church, (USA), 2006.
        This book brings together the best of the best tales from Forbearance Presbyterian Church.  These gently amusing, always compassionate, portraits of one congregation ring true for all of us on faith’s journey together.

ABC-12  CHRISTIAN CHAOS:  REVOLUTIONIZING THE CONGREGATION by Thomas G. Bandy- (Y/A); Abingdon Press, 1999.
        Bandy argues that the organization of a congregation-its; boards and committees-constitutes a crucial ingredient in its vitality and mission.  Its organization will make all the difference in whether the church is a thriving system or a declining one.

ABC-13    LISTENING HEARTS:  DISCERNING CALL IN COMMUNITY by Suzanne Farnham, Joseph P. Gill, R. Taylor McLean, and Susan M. Ward- (A); Morehouse Publishing, 1991.

        Listening Hearts addresses the challenge of remaining faithful and attentive to God’s call and tells how a faith community can be a source of spiritual, psychological, physical, and financial support.  It is designated to be used in prayer and meditation and as a basis for group discussion.

ABC-14    TOKENS OF TRUST by Rowan Williams- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
        Using the classic statements of the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams guides readers through the central elements of Christian faith.

ABC-15    SOUL SURVIVOR:  HOW MY FAITH SURVIVED THE CHURCH by Philip Yancey- (A); Doubleday, 1001 (Gift).

                   Yancey acknowledges that many spiritual seekers find few answers and little solace in the institutional church.  He tells the story of his own struggle to reclaim belief, interwoven with inspiring portraits of notable people from all walks of life, whom he calls his spiritual directors and mentors who transformed his life and work.


ABC-16     MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FOR ARMCHAIR THEOLOGIANS by Rufus Burrow Jr., illustrated by Ron Hill- (Y/A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

                  Burrow shows Martin Luther King Jr. to be a “serious theologian, an inspirational activist, and yet a man who did not escape the prejudices of his time.” (Michael Long)  This engaging storyteller narrates a “powerful, poignant, passionate account of the life” of Dr. King.

 

ABC-17     BEST ADVICE:  Wisdom on Ministry from 30 Leading Pastors and Preachers by William J. Carl III-  (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

            Carl gathers a diverse group of leading pastors and preachers and asks them, “What is your best advice to colleagues in ministry about preaching and being a pastor?  The responses are full of wisdom and practical advice, illuminating and helpful for all who are pastors and preachers.  This collection is a unique window into perspectives on ministry in the twenty-first century.  It provides inspiration, insight, and clarity.

 

ABC-18      THE WRITE STUFF: Crafting Sermons That Capture and Convince  by Sondra B. Willabee- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

                  Sondra Willobee has served as Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio.  She shows how to capture and keep listeners’ attention, how to generate suspense through structure, and how to increase impact with vivid language.

 

ABC-19       PREACHING FROM MEMORY TO HOPE by Thomas G. Long- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

                Renowned preacher Thomas G. Long identifies and addresses the most pressing challenges facing preaching today.  He confidently invites people “to lean forward in hope toward the promises of God.”

ABC-20       FAITHFUL DISAGREEMENT – WRESTLING WITH SCRIPTURE IN THE MIDST OF CHURCH CONFLICT -   
(A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

                 Conflict is all too common in the church today, but conflict over Biblical interpretation has been with the church since its earliest days.  The author reflects on early conflicts, drawing lessons from each about how it relates to current conflicts.


ABC-21    FROM THE GREAT OMISSION TO VIBRANT FAITH:  The Role of the Home in Renewing the Church by David W. Anderson (A); Vibrant Faith Publishing, The Youth and Family Institute, 2009.
          This book has a generous and inclusive view of families and homes and suggest and suggest valuing families of whatever composition.
    He talks about the faith travels as a gift across the generations.

ABC-24    TOWARD A HOPEFUL FUTURE:  WHY THE EMERGENT CHURCH IS GOOD NEWS FOR MAINLINE CONGREGATIONS by Phil Snider & Emily Bowen - (A); Pilgrim Press, 2010.

The authors provide a much-needed emerging resource that will benefit both progressive mainliners who value inclusivity, diversity, and social justice, as well as emergents seeking a point of entry into progressive mainline traditions.

ABC-25    THE FAMILY FRIENDLY CHURCH by Ben Freudenburg with Rick Lawrence - (A); Group Publishing, 1998.

Join the author as he journeys across American to find family-friendly churches that truly care for their families.—churches equipping families for a home-based, church supported ministry.

ABC-26    LIVING THE FAITH COMMUNITY:  THE CHURCH THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE by John Westerhoff - (A); Winston Press, 1985.

Westerhoff develops the following theoretical categories for understanding the life and work of the church: community of faith, worship, catechesis or nurture, and their necessary interdependence for faithful living in the contemporary world.

ABC-27    POSTMODERN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY:  MINISTRY TO CHILDEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY by Ivy Beckwith - (A); Zondervan, 2004.

        Discover ways to:
        Develop family and intergenerational worship
        Use spiritual disciplines and ancient practices with children
        Worship effectively with preschoolers
        Create meaningful service projects for children and families.

ABC-28    A MAN CALLED PETER:  THE STORY OF PETER MARSHALL by Catherine Marshall; - (A); McGraw Hill, 1951, (Classic).

        The luminous personal story of a man whose whole life was dedicated to God and his fellow man.  Included are a number of his prayers and sermons never before published.

ABC-29    THE JOURNAL OF JOHN WESLEY edited by Percy Livingstone Parker - (A); Moody Press, Classic.

        Moody Press is presenting “one of the most important, instructive, and entertaining books ever published in the English language.”  In this “Journal” we see the discipline of mind and body that made possible the tremendous accomplishments of Wesley’s life, the indomitable will that was wholly given over to doing the will of God, and the soul whose passion was to exalt Christ

ABC-30    GOD’S BIG TABLE:  NURTURING CHILDREN IN A DIVERSE WORLD by Elizabeth Caldwell - (A); Pilgrim Press,  2011.

    Caldwell’s book is an encouraging guide for clergy and church families who want to be open to a diverse faith community.  The book includes resources, questions, and activities that guide encounters with persons of different religions, abilities, sexualities, and cultures.

ABC-31    THE EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY CHURCH:  A Strategy for Discipleship that Actually Changes Lives by Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird- (A); Includes workbook; Zondervan, 2003 (Gift).

After confronting needs at his church, Scazzero learned about the vital link between emotional health, relational depth, and spiritual maturity.  What he learned and shares in this book can shed new light on painful problems in any church.  He shares principles that can make a profound difference in the church.

ABC-32    THE REMAKING OF A LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN:  Collected Essays from 929-1942 (Library of Theological Ethics Series) by Georgia Harkness; Edited by Rebekah Miles - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.
       
This book brings together much of the theological writing of Georgia Harkness, the first American woman to teach theology at a seminary.  The book draws from articles that appeared in several early Christian publications.  The collection includes formative essays in American Liberal Theology that have been out of print.

ABC-33    PATHWAY TO RENEWAL:  Practical Steps for Congregations by Daniel P. Smith and Mark K. Sellon - (A); The Alban Institute, 2008.
      
Remembering that renewal is a journey, Smith and Sellon give concrete steps for moving a congregation toward renewal.  Phases include building the readiness of leaders to lead, developing a vision and aligning a congregation’s life with discerned vision

ABC-34    CALVIN VS WESLEY:  Bringing Belief in Line with Practice  by Don Thorsen -  (A); Abingdon Press, 2013.

The author considers both the similarities and differences in the theologies of Calvin and Wesley.  He distinguishes theology in theory and in actual practice.


-D- (Religions)

ABD-1 CREATING INTERFAITH COMMUNITY by R. Marston Speight; Study Guide by Glory and Jacob Dharmaraj-(A); GBGM-UMC, 2003.

The essential elements needed to create an interfaith community are that: (1) the participants act and relate to one another because of their faith and (2) they retain their own religious beliefs. Some of the different religions are described in the book and reasons are given for creating interfaith community. The book also includes suggestions and resources.

ABD-2 THE GLOBAL SPIRIT LIBRARY series-(A); The Pilgrim Press, 2000.

The Global Spirit Library is the first comprehensive collection of the spiritual literature of the whole world,. presented in accessible form It is aimed at people who belong to a particular religious community and wish to broaden their spiritual outlook and to others who seek spiritual wisdom.

A 366 READINGS FROM JUDAISM edited by Robert Van De Weyer- Included in the readings are: 1. the life and history of the ancient Hebrew tribes 2. the visions and ideals of the ancient Hebrew prophets 3. the wit and wisdom of the Jewish rabbis 4. the insights of the Jewish philosophers and mystics.

B 366 READINGS FROM TAOISM AND CONFUCIANISM- edited by Robert Van De Weyer.

Included in the readings are: 1. the profound and enigmatic sayings of Lao Tzu 2. the wit and irony of Chuang Tzu 3. the spiritual adventures of Lieh Tzu and Yang Chu and 4. the gentle wisdom of Confucius and Mencius.

ABD-3 NOT WITH MY NEIGHBOR: ISSUES ON INTERFAITH RELATIONS by S. Wesley Ariarajiah (A); Risk Book Series, 1999.

This book offers a clear and challenging introduction to key issues that arise when Christians and churches enter into conversation with their neighbors of other faiths.

ABD-4 GOD IS ONE: THE WAY OF ISLAM - Second Edition by R. Marston Speight- (A); Friendship Press, 2001.

The book presents who Muslims are, what they believe and how their faith not only unites them, but shapes every aspect of their lives. It was first written by a committed Christian who spent years living with Muslims.

ABD-5 TEVYE'S GRANDCHILDREN: REDISCOVERING A JEWISH IDENTITY by Eleanor Mallet- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Eleanor Mallet describes the unusual steps she took to understand her Jewish past. She explores the dynamic and relatively recent field of Jewish history, studied Hebrew, and traveled to Israel and Germany.

ABD-6    WHAT DO OUR NEIGHBORS BELIEVE?:  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, AND ISLAM by Howard R. Greenstein, Kendra G. Hotz, and John Kaltner- (A); Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Church (USA), 2006.
       
This book paints a historical and theological portrait of each of the world’s Abrahamic traditions from its beginning to the present day.  It lends itself well to both group and individual study and serves as an important and practical guide to comparative religion.

ABD-7    LET US REASON TOGETHER:  CHRISTIANS AND JEWS IN CONVERSATION TOGETHER by editors Joseph D. Small and Gilbert S. Rosenthal-(A); Witherspoon Press, 2

  Since 2005 representatives of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the National Council of Synagogues have engaged in a series of
  consultations focused on understanding the relationship between Christians and Jews.  This book is a results of those discussions.

ABD-8  NELSON’S ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO RELIGIONS:  A COMPEHENSIVE INTRODUCTION TO THE RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD by James A. Beverley- (Y/A); Thomas Nelson, 2009.

Nelson’s book has several helpful features:
        - Historical information on each major religion with detailed timelines
        - Profiles of each group’s primary leaders
        - An inventory of key principles and beliefs of each religion
        - An analysis and critique of religions from a Christian perspective
        - Opinion and commentary on the controversial issues related to specific religious groups
        - Recommended resources—bibliographic information and extensive Internet sources for further study
        - New groups explored – The Lord is Our Righteousness Church and the Sold-Out Discipling Movement
        - Ten Tests for Truth in Religions – a set of multifaceted tests that Christians should apply when approaching the faith traditions of others –   
           and their own faith

ABD-9     THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH ABOUT ISLAM  by Ben Danie l- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.
       
Daniel’s book seeks to debunk myths about Islam and put a human face on Islam in America.  He also looks at Christianity’s history of violence and the “American cult of fear” related to Islamophobia in the U.S.


ABD-10    WHY DID JESUS, MOSES, THE BUDDHA, AND MOHAMMED CROSS THE ROAD?  by Bruce D. McLaren:  Christian Identity in a Multi-faith World - (A); Hachette Book Group, Inc.., 2012.

Acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility.  The book reveals a new understanding of key Christian doctrine that can end religious rivalry and foster new relationships and become a force against injustice and inhumanity like never before.

-E- (Easter)

ABE-1 LET JUSTICE ROLL DOWN: A WORSHIP RESOURCE FOR LENT, HOLY WEEK, AND EASTER compiled by Geoffrey Duncan- (Y/A); The Pilgrim Press, 2003.

The book is a collection of new prayers, readings, and liturgies that takes us from Shrove Tuesday to Easter. The writers come from many countries and backgrounds, yet they share a spirituality and a longing for justice

ABE-2 WERE YOU THERE? FINDING OURSELVES AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS by Erik Kolbell- (A); Westminster John Knox, 2005.

Kolbell explores how each person or group at the foot of the cross responded differently to Jesus's predicament, and shows how their different responses represent the great range of human responses also available to us.

ABE-3 ALIVE TO GOD IN CHRIST (I Believe Series) by Joseph D. Small IV- (A); Witherspoon Press, PCUSA, 2008.


This Lenten Bible study not only presents an accessible way to nurture our intellectual and spiritual understanding of Jesus, but it also challenges the participant to explore ways that faith is lived out in people’s lives and in the world.  Dr. Small brings to life the depth and breadth of Reformed understanding of Jesus, while touching upon deep social and personal places where God’s healing and life-giving presence  are  yearned for.


ABE-4    KNEELING IN JERUSALEM by Ann Weems; (A);    L    Westminster John Knox Press, 1992,


        In a powerful and creative way, renowned author and speaker, Ann Weems, brings new insight into the Lenten season by providing 71 poems of inspiration.


ABE-5 A LENTEN HOBO HONEYMOON by Edward Hays - (A); Forest of Peace Publishing, Inc., 1999.

         Edward Hays shows us that the 40 days of Lent call us to our renewal of our romance with God—a honeymoon.  Jesus journeyed through life as a hobo as one with “nowhere to lay his head”.  Hays guides us along a Lenten way that takes no shortcuts or easy ways out while still making the “honeymoon” a joy-filled journey with God homeward to God.

ABE-6    FORTY DAYS OF FRUITFUL LIVING:  PRACTICING A LIFE OF GRACE by Robert Schnase; (A); Abingdon Press, 2010.

This forty-day resource guides the individual or small group through daily readings designed to inspire and encourage.  Perfect for use during Lent or throughout the year, it can help cultivate the essential practices of a life lived in grace—to receive God’s love, to love God in return, to grow in Christ, to serve others, and to give back.

ABE-7    GOD’S ABUNDANT TABLE by Cynthia M. Campbell - (A); Witherspoon Press, 2011.

This study of key biblical texts and a 6-session study guide will invite the reader to discover the many connections in the Bible between what we do in the Lord’s Supper, what it means to be in relationship with God, and how God would have us live every day.

ABE-8    AN EASTER DISCIPLE:  THE CHRONICLE OF QUINTUS, THE ROMAN KNIGHT AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE RESURRECTED CHRIST  by Arthur Benton Sanford, commentator: Stephen Skelton; (JH/A); The Entertainment Ministry.  (Gift)

Taken from an ancient Latin manuscript, An Easter Disciple (Special Church Edition) is the true account of a Roman soldier who encounters Jesus Christ—both before His crucifixion and after His resurrection.  This is an epic story of an ordinary man who encounters the extraordinary Jesus and through Him, the Apostle John, the Apostle Paul, and Gospel writer Luke.  This extra-biblical account of Quintus lends historical support to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

ABE-9    LIVING INTO LENT by Donald K. Kim - (A); includes 6-session study guide; Witherspoon Press, 2013
       
Noted author Donald K. Kim allows time during the Lenten season for readers to reflect on their Christian identities, listen to God’s Word and will, and engage in practices that deepen the Christian experience through discipleship.  Each reading features Scripture, biblical text extracted from the Scripture passage, a devotion, a theological quote, a  response, and prayer.  Readings are enhanced by a six-session study guide and questions for consideration.

ABE-10    FROM PREPARATION TO PASSION:  DEVOTIONAL AND REFLECTIVE MEDITATIONS CELEBRATING THE LENTEN SEASON by Eleanor Cooper Brown - (A); Eleanor Cooper Brown, 2010.
       
This resource helps you to observe the Season of Lent in a devout manner and to allow you to truly engage yourself in the preparation and propel you into a Holy passion for Christ by the time your reach Easter.   The resource uses African-American sacred songs and church hymns.

ABE-11    GOD IS ON THE CROSS:  REFLECTIONS ON LENT AND EASTER  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Translator: O.C. Dean; Compiled and edited by Jana Russ; - (Y/A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.

These forty devotions from Bonhoeffer will guide and inspire readers as they move through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the Cross.  Includes a Scripture passage for each day of the season.


ABE-12    LENT FOR EVERYONE:  MATTHEW, YEAR A – A DAILY DEVOTIONAL by N. T. Wright - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2011.

In this inspirational Lenten guide, popular Biblical scholar and author N.T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation, brief reflection, and a prayer for each day of Lent.  Readers will have gone through the entire book of Matthew, along with Psalm readings for each Sunday.


ABE-13 GIVE UP SOMETHING BAD FOR LENT: A LENTEN STUDY FOR ADULTS  by James W. Moore - (A); Abingdon Press, 2013.

           

Pastor James Moore suggest giving up something for Lent that we are better off not doing.  He invites us to seek God’s help to focus on eliminating one attitude or habit that is destructive

—envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip or negative thinking.


 ABE-14    OPEN TO ME THE GATES  by Gradye Parsons - (A); Witherspoon Press, 2012.

                       

This book explores how gates are conceptually used throughout the Bible.  The vivid image of city gates pictures key passages on the path to discipleship.  The path leads first to God and then through and with God to our neighbor.  This excellent Lenten guide invites the reader to take this journey, offering hymns to sing along the way.



-F- (Family)

ABF-1 FATHERING OUR DAUGHTERS by Ken Little -(A); Witherspoon Press, 2000.

A fascinating and provocative six-session study that helps both new and seasoned fathers have a better relationship with their daughters.

ABF-2 GIVING GOD'S GOOD GIFTS: THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF PARENTHOOD by George E. Conway -(A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.

Conway uses scriptural insights and personal anecdotes to identify seven gifts that parents can give to their children to help them form healthy spiritual identities.

ABF-3 PILGRIM PRAYERS FOR SINGLE FATHERS by David Albert Farmer- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

This book is a collection of conversations with God based on heart-felt, real-life situations. Each entry begins with a letter addressing a specific issue and continues with scripture passage and prayer, concluding with an interesting passage.

ABF-4    GRACED VULNERABILITY:  A THEOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD by David H. Jensen - (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2005.
       
Jensen suggests that childhood provides a window for understanding the shapes of graced human life and the violence that inhabits life.  By offering a fresh understanding of the vulnerable child in the image of God, Jensen presents a compelling reinterpretation of sin, church practice, and Christian witness in which there are many threats to children’s lives.

ABF-5    THUS FAR ON THE WAY:  TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF CHILD ADVOCACY by Eileen W. Lindner - (A); Witherspoon Press, 2006.   
      
 In 1995 the first Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry was established at former Alex Haley farm, the home of the Children’s Defense Fund.  With warmth, pastoral sense, and humor, Eileen Lindner unpacks profound ideas, delves into Bible stories, and connects what it means today to follow God’s call to do justice for all the world’s children.

ABF-6    I DON’T WANT TO GO TO CHURCH!:  PRACTICAL WAYS TO DEAL WITH KIDS AND RELIGION by Scott Cooper - (A); Paulist Press, 2007. 

This is a practical and appealing guide to help parents provide religious and moral guidance for their children.

ABF-7    FIRST COMES LOVE/  THE EVER-CHANGING FACE OF MARRIAGE by John C. Morris - (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2007.

In an entertaining but factual manner, the author has created an adult study resourcde that shows the evolution of what we consider to be “traditional” marriage.  Morris explores twenty-one different reasons for marriage as well as varieties of marriage in our Biblical, European, North American heritage.

ABF-8    MAKING A HOME FOR FAITH – NURTURING THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF YOUR CHILDREN by Elizabeth F. Caldwell - (A); Pilgrim Press, 2007.
         
This book, an update of a classic 2000 resource, shows families how to articulate their faith.  The book places special emphasis on the issues of living in a pluralistic culture.

ABF-9    OUR SHARE OF NIGHT, OUR SHARE OF MORNING by Nancy Fuchs - (A); HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.
       
Fuchs presents the entire enterprise of parenting—the trials, the triumphs, the tedious, and the transcendent—as sacred space and the natural context for direct spiritual experience.  She teaches us about the sacred task of parenting.   This book will make you laugh and weep, ponder and act, and most of all, it will help make you a better parent.

ABF-10    IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS:  CARING FOR  CHILDREN AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore - (A); Wiley, 2007.
       
This books reveals what it takes to find the spiritual wisdom in the messy, familial ways of living.

ABF-11   HAND IN HAND:  GROWING SPIRITUALLY WITH OUR CHILDREN by Sue Downing; (A); Discipleship Resources,  1999.

This book is designed specifically to help parents raise their children as Christian disciples.  It contains ideas, suggestions, and hands-on activities to help children learn prayer methods, the Bible, involvement in the spiritual community, appreciation of God’s world, and dealing with crisis.


ABF-12    FAMILY—THE FORMING CENTER:  A VISION OF THE ROLE OF FAMILY IN SPIRITUAL FORMATION by Marjorie J. Thompson - (A); Upper Room Books, 1996.
       
In a time when “family” is being redefined daily, Thompson provides core theology behind the understanding of family—family in its diversity.  She speaks of ways to strengthen the spiritual bonding within the family so that the family can enact the social witness to which it is called.

ABF-13    WHEN CHILDREN ASK ABOUT GOD:  A GUIDE  FOR PARENTS WHO DON’T ALWAYS HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS by Harold Kushner - (A); Random House, Inc., 1995
      
Rabbi Kushner advises parents on talking to children about their fears, fantasies, hopes and questions.  Kushner presents an alternative understanding of what we mean by “God,” that is free from superstition or supernaturalism.

ABF-14    CHILDREN MATTER:  CELEBRATING THEIR PLACE IN THE CHURCH FAMILY AND COMMUNITY - (A); Wm. B. Eerdsmans Publishing Col, 2005.
       
The book invites Christian educators to imagine the faith journey with children as a pilgrimage or dance with God.  Pastors and teachers are encouraged to explore the contexts in which children live, investigate the biblical and historical roots of children’s ministries and make an informed and animated commitment to nurture a vibrant faith in their youngest church members.

ABF-15    PASSING ON THE FAITH:  A RADICAL NEW MODEL FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY MINSTRY by Merton P. Strommen and Richard A. Hardel - (A); St. Mary’s Press, 2009.

The book makes an effective, credible case for partnership between families and their churches in the faith formation of young people.  It is extensively researched, well-organized, and filled with models and ideas for the home and congregation.

ABF-16    THE CHURCH’S MINISTRY WITH FAMILIES by Diana Richmond Garland and Diane L. Pancoast - (A); Word Publishing, 1990.
       
Sixteen professionals in church and social work, propose to develop an adequate conceptual framework for family ministry, and advocate dynamic strategies for specific, practical application.

ABF-17    CHRISTIAN PARENTING:  RAISING CHILDREN IN THE REAL WORLD by Donna Sinclair and Yvonne Stewart - (A); Westminster/John Knox, 1992.
       
These two experienced Christian parents have written a most helpful book which draws deeply on their firmly funded and well-spoken faith to address six critical issues facing parents bringing up children in a world often more frightening than hopeful.

ABF-18    THE MYSTERY OF THE CHILD by Martin E. Marty -  (A); William B. Eerdsmans Publishing Col, 2007.
      
The book encourages the thoughtful enjoyment of children instead of the imposition of adult will and control.  Indeed, Marty treats the impulse to control as a problem and highlights qualities associated with children—responsiveness, receptivity, openness to wonder—that can become sources of renewal for adults.

ABF-19    TEACHING YOUR CHILD ABOUT GOD:  HOW TO ESTABLISH AND NURTURE YOUR CHILD’S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD by Wes Haystead - (A); Regal Books, 1995.
       
This book is a practical, scriptural guide that will prepare you to meet your child’s questions head-on, in terms that a child can understand.  Even though a young child’s understanding may be limited, it is possible to introduce them to Christian concepts.

ABF-20    PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS AS SPIRITUAL GUIDE:  NURTURING CHILDREN OF THE PROMISE by Betty Shannon Cloyd - (A); Upper Room Books, 2000.
       
Here is a sensitive and practical guide for parents or grandparents who want their children to grow in the faith.

ABF-21    REAL KIDS REAL FAITH:  PRACTICES FOR NURTURING CHILDREN’S SPIRITUAL LIVES by Karen Marie Yust - (A); Jossey-Bass, 2004.
      
The books provides insight and a variety of helpful tips for nurturing children’s spiritual and religious formation.

-G- (God, Death)

ABG-1 WHEN YOUR PARENT DIES (Hope and Healing series) by Ron Klug- (A); Augsburg, 2001.

A comforting and helpful book for adults grieving the loss of a parent.

ABG-2 HOME IS WHERE I LIVE by Camilla Warrick- (A); Bridge Resources, 2000.

This book was undertaken after the author was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is about the authentic journey and the healing discovery of one's special relationship to God and the universe.

ABG-3 INTERRUPTED BY GOD: GLIMPSES FROM THE EDGE by Tracey Lind- (A); Tracey Lind shares her brave and exhilarating spiritual journey here in reflections, photographs, and fresh ideas about Christianity in our time. She engages in deep conversations about the meaning of faith.

ABG-4 WIPE THE TEARS: 30 CHILDREN'S SERMONS ON DEATH by Kenneth and Phyllis Vos Wezeman, Anna L. Liechty-(A); Designed for use by clergy and lay leaders to preach to children from kindergarten through upper elementary age, the book presents 30 sermons on death through the use of Scripture. Sermon topics include: Abraham's Death: Farewell to a Father, Easter Promise: Eternal Life, All Saints' Day: A Cloud of Witnesses, and Faithful Hands: A Grandparent's Death.

ABG-5 WHEN YOUR CHILD DIES (Hope and Healing series) by Theresa M. Huntley-(A); Augsburg, 2001.

Author and grief counselor Theresa Huntley offers grieving parents honest, practical guidance. Her insights into the grief process, the tasks of mourning, and the ways people grieve will help parents come to understand, accept, and live with their loss.

ABG-6 WHEN YOUR CHILD LOSES A LOVED ONE (Hope and Healing Series)- (A) Augsburg Fortress, 2001.

Author and grief counselor Theresa Huntley presents the guidance parents need to help their children grieve.

ABG-7 DIFFERENCE AND IDENTITY: A THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY by Ian A. McFarland- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

McFarland challenges the view that persons are defined by characteristics that they hold in common, since such definitions exclude the marginalized. Using the doctrine of the Trinity as the basis for an alternative account of personhood, McFarland argues that God claims us as persons in our difference from one another and not by virtue of an underlying sameness.

ABG-8    HEALING DEATH by Dennis L. Zimmerman- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2007.
        The author lays out the emotional and hands-on issues of death and dying and offers concrete ways to deal with each one.

ABG-9    CARING FOR OURSELVES WHILE CARING FOR OUR ELDERS by Maren Tirabassi, Maria Tirabassi and
        Leanne McCall Tigert; (A);  The Pilgrim Press, 2007.
        This book shares true stories of family members who are caring for elderly loved ones.  The stories are accompanied by a short psychological commentary on each situation, some Biblical background for the text, and questions for discussion and reflection.

ABG-10      THE WILL OF GOD by James Howell- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

                    Veteran pastor and theologian James C. Howell considers a number of issues related to God’s will—how it is known, how it is done, and how we respond when bad things happen and we feel God is absent or has turned away from us.


ABG-11   HIS INTIMATE PRESENCE:  EXPERIENCING THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Bill Bright - (A); Campus Crusade for Christ, 2008.
   
Dr. Bill Bright explores what the Holy Scriptures teach about the amazing presence and power of God’s Spirit.  Practical “Life Application” sections will help you not only learn the truths of these chapters, but also live them and experience an intimate relationship with God.

ABG-12    THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL GOD:  Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith - (A) InterVarsity Press, 2009 (Gift).
       
This deep, loving and transformative book will help the reader discover the narratives that Jesus lived by—to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed—and to practice spiritual exercises that enable growth in the knowledge of the good and beautiful God.

ABG-13    LOVE WINS:  A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell - (A); Harper One, HarperCollins, 2011.
       
Rob Bell expresses the inexpressible love of God as he deals with the troubling questions about heaven and hell and each person’s fate.

ABG-14    THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE:  Putting on the character of Christ by James Bryan Smith - (A); InterVarsity Press, 2009. (Gift)
       
In this follow-up to the book, The Good and Beautiful God, Smith guides the reader to look behind the character flaws and to replace false beliefs with Jesus’ narratives about life in the Kingdom of God.

ABG-15    MEDITATIONS ON BELONGING TO GOD:  A First Catechism by Keith M. Curran - (Y/A); Witherspoon Press, 2003.
       
32 meditations based on questions from “Belonging to God:  A First Catechism,” The Presbyterian catechism for children.  The theological implications for daily life came from sermons and teach the meaning of worship and serving Christ in the Reformed tradition.

ABG-16    PSALMS OF LAMENT  by Ann Weems - Westminster John Knox Press, 1995.

 “This book is not for everyone.  It is for those who weep and for those who weep with those who weep.  It is for those whose souls struggle with dailiness of faithkeeping in the midst of life’s assaults and obscenities.”  (Ann Weems).

ABG-17    TALKING ABOUT DEATH:  A DIALOGUE BETWEEN PARENT AND CHILD by Earl A. Grollman, illustrated by Susan Avishai - (A); Beacon Press Boston, 1990.

                       

Grollman’s classic book provides sensitive and helpful advice for families coping with loss.  It is a compassionate guide for adults and children to read together, featuring a read-along story, answers to questions children ask about death, and a comprehensive list of resources and organizations that can help.

 

ABG-18    THE HEART OF THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA:  Knowing God Here by Finding Him There by Thomas Williams - (A); W Publishing Group (Thomas Nelson),  2005.

           

Skillfully probing the story within the story,  the author approaches Narnia as a flower to be enjoyed more than a puzzle to be solved, informing our curious wonder by unfolding the deeper truths imbedded within the stories.  The author mines the riches of the series and dazzles our mind and imagination with gems of surprising truth.


ABG-19    THROUGH THE WARDROBE:  EXPLORING C.S. LEWIS’S CLASSIC STORY (A READERS’GUIDE)
by Leland Ryken and Marjorie Lamp Mead - (A); Intervarsity Press, 2005.

Lewis scholar Marjorie Lamp Mead and literary expert Ryken help you to examine Lewis’s The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe from Lewis’s point of view, providing an inside look at characters, setting, and framework along with thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion.


-H-(Ethnic Heritage)

ABH-1 WE ARE THE CHURCH TOGETHER: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN CONGREGATIONAL LIFE by Theodore Brelsford-(A); Trinity Press International, 1996.

This book gives us a well-documented, thorough, and serious look at the dynamics of multicultural churches. The authors point out that embracing cultural diversity requires a radical rethinking and reconfiguration of conventional assumptions.

ABH-2 O LORD, HOLD OUR HANDS: HOW A CHURCH THRIVES IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD by Nibs Stroupe and Caroline Leach-(A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

This book is the story of a model of a successful multicultural church, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia. The two author/pastors provide a guide to multicultural ministry that any church can use.

ABH-3 MARTIN LUTHER KING IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PREACHING TRADITION-by Valentino Lassiter- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Lassiter compares the historic tradition of African American preaching and the overwhelming spiritual preaching of Martin Luther King, Jr. He details preaching by slave preachers to sermons by present day preachers. King's sermon content compares to that of preachers who preached justice and God's assurance in the 1600's.

ABH-4 TRUMPET IN ZION (Worship Resources, Year A series)-by Linda H. Hollies- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Trumpet in Zion addresses God in the voice, verbiage, and expression of African Americans in worship. Based on the Revised Common Lectionary, it offers clergy and worship planners the opportunity to use the Bible in new and engaging ways with their congregations. It includes calls to worship, prayers of confession, words of assurance, responsive readings, offertory invitations, and a blessing for each Sunday.

ABH-5 AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN TAPPING POWER AND SPIRITUAL WELLNESS by Stephanie Y. Mitchem- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Mitchem explores African-American women's religious practices and spirituality from the perspective of healing. She offers a bird's eye view into the historical issues related to African-American women's health and its relationship to spirituality.

ABH-6 RECLAIMING THE SPIRITUALS: NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION by Yolanda Y. Smith- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

This model of African American Christian education emphasizes and illuminates the central role of the spirituals.and the ways in which their usage shows how the "triple-heritage" can be appropriated as a broader resource for multicultural approaches in contemporary Christian education.

ABH-7    RISING TO COMMON GROUND: OVERCOMING AMERICA’S COLOR LINES (Just Faith Series) by Danny Duncan Collum - (A); Just Faith, Inc. 2006.

In America today slavery is far behind us, legal racial segregation is a dim memory and, because of  immigration, race is no longer just a matter of black and white.  Collum shows that racial divisions and racial inequality are still with us.  He also reports on ways that Christians and others, mostly through religious congregations, are overcoming color lines by acknowledging the sins of the past and rising to new common grounds as Christians, citizens, and community members.

-I- (Science, Ecology)

ABI-1 SEVEN SONGS OF CREATION: LITURGIES FOR CELEBRATING AND HEALING EARTH (An Earth Bible Resource) by Norman C. Habel (A); Habel provides worshipping communities with fresh and dynamic new liturgies to revere, honor, love, and serve earth.

The seven liturgies featured are: Song of Sanctuary, Song of Earth, Song of Sky, Song of Waters, Song of Sophia, Song of Life, and Song of Healing.

ABI-2  QUESTIONS OF TRUTH: Fifty-one Responses to Questions about God, Science, and Belief by Dr. John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale; (Y/A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

            Dr. John Polkinghorne is internationally known as both a physicist and a theologian.  He was founding President of the International Society for Science and Religion and Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University.  Nicholas is a social philosopher and long-time collaborator with Dr. Polkinghorne.  This unique book explores the rich har  monies between science and belief.


ABI-3   LITURGIES OF THE EARTH by Richard Kuykendall;  (A); Educational Ministries, 1992.
        
Liturgies of the Earth can be used for individual edification, worship enrichment, or spiritual retreats.


ABI-4    EARTH PRAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: 365 PRAYERS, POEMS, AND INVOCATIONS FOR 
             HONORING  THE EARTH
Edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon- (A); Harper, San Francisco, 1991.


This extraordinary collection of prayers from around the world and from many historical periods awakens the reader to the presence of the Divine that comes through the earth and the natural world.


ABI-5    FAITH AND NATURE:  THE DIVINE ADVENTURE OF LIFE ON EARTH - by Phyllis Strupp; (A); Morehouse, 2010.
       
This eco-friendly faith formation  8-session program allows people of all ages to explore in a fun way what God is up to in the world and  how we fit into God’s plan.


ABI-6    EINSTEIN’S GOD:  SCIENCE, FAITH, AND THE LIFE OF WONDER by Krista  Tippett - (A); Morehouse Education Resources, 2010.


A curriculum/discussion guide for small groups. 
        Module 1:  Einstein’s God
        Sess. 1: Evolution and Wonder:  Understanding Charles Darwin
        Sess. 2: Fragility and the Evolution of Our Humanity
        Sess. 3: The Heart’s Response:  Hinduism and Science
        Sess. 4: Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth
        Sess. 5: Einstein’s God
        Module 2 – Living Islam – Beauty, Truth and Compassion
        Sess. 1: Living Islam
        Sess. 2: Revealing Ramadan
        Sess. 3: No More Taking Sides
        Sess. 4: A New Voice for Islam
        Sess. 5: Hearing Muslim Voices after 9/11.

ABI-7    50 WAYS TO HELP SAVE THE EARTH:  How You and Your Church Can Make a Difference by Rebecca Barnes-Davies - Y/A) Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.
       
This user-friendly guide outlines a variety of ways that you, your congregation, and your community can help fight global climate change and enjoy participation in a vital part of Christian discipleship.

-J- (Jesus)

ABJ-1 THE BOOK OF JESUS: A TREASURY OF THE GREATEST STORIES AND WRITINGS ABOUT CHRIST- edited by Calvin Miller- (A); Simon and Schuster, 1996

The Book of Jesus contains hundreds of selections drawn from every era of history. This broad, eclectic volume also includes works by contemporary Christian writers and other poems, songs, essays, traditional hymns, and verses from the Bible.

ABJ-2    PROPHET AND TEACHER:  AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORICAL JESUS by William R. Herzog- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
   
Respected New Testament scholar William Herzog presents a holistic picture of Jesus that explains how Jesus's followers would have understood his miracles and his role as prophet.  Herzog focuses on the social, economic, and political dimensions of Jesus's teaching and activities.

ABJ-3    JESUS AND HIS TIMES (READER’S DIGEST)- (Y/A); The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. 1987.

This beautiful and informational book includes the following chapters:  (1) The Birth of the Savior (2) A Troubled Land (3) Classes and Masses (4) Village Life (5) Jerusalem, the Holy City (5) The Life of the Mind (7)  Trade and Travel (8) Religious Conflict (9) The Mission of the Messiah (10) Spread of the Gospel (11) Places in Bible Times

ABJ-4    THE JESUS I NEVER KNEW by Philip Yancey- (A); Zondervan, 1995. (gift)
       
Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work-his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection-and ultimately, who He was and why He came.  The book uncovers a Jesus, who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable and ultimarley satisfying.  “No one who meets Jesus ever stays the same,” says Yancey.

ABJ-5    THE LIFE OF JESUS FOR TODAY (FOR TODAY SERIES) by Ronald J. Allen- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
       
This book provides an exciting introduction to the life of Jesus and an engaging discussion of what Jesus’ life means for modern-day believers.

ABJ-6    JESUS AND THOSE BODACIOUS WOMEN by Linda H. Hollies- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2007.
      
Rev. Hollies tells the stories of women who encountered Jesus and, through his eyes, were able to embrace their beauty in spite of how the world saw them or labeled them.

ABJ-7    FIRST CENTURY CONVERSATIONS by James Comfort Smith, 1999.  (Gift)
       
This book presents imagined conversations based on meager details from the Biblical record about the Birth and Resurrection of Christ.  Told by a wide spectrum of “folk who were there-“from Pilate the Proconsul to Joseph the Father-“these first-person accounts throw light from a variety of angles onto the beginning and the ending of the Christ story.  Readers should find in these very personal experiences a fresh and empowering faith renewal.

ABJ-8    PARABLES OF JESUS by J. Ellsworth Kalas - (A); Abingdon Press, 1997.
       
Kalas provides new insight into some of the most troubling or most beloved parables.  The 9 self-contained sessions include:  The House on the Rock, The Sower, The Father and His Two Sons, The Mustard Seed, The Good Samaritan, The Widow and the Unjust Judge, The Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids, The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, The Nobleman and the Pounds.

ABJ-9    PARABLES FROM THE BACK SIDE:  BIBLE STORIES WITH A TWIST by J. Ellsworth Kalas - (A); Abingdon Press, 1992.
       
Kalas provides new insight into 12 of Jesus’ parables through the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character.

ABJ-10    THE LIFE OF OUR LORD:  Written Especially for His Family (Special Church Edition) by Charles Dickens - (SH/A); the commentator:  Stephen Skelton; (Gift).

Charles Dickens was such a devoted Christian, and so concerned that his family would better know Christ, that he wrote a secret retelling of the Gospel, which he intended only for the eyes of his family.  For nearly a century, the book remained a cherished family secret.  Inside this book, the entire Gospel story pours forth from the pen of a master author.

ABJ-11    THE LORD AND HIS PRAYER by N. T. Wright  -(A); Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1996.

Wright explores how the Lord’s Prayer sums up Jesus’ own agenda within his first century
setting.  Taking the Lord’s Prayer clause by clauses, Wright locates the prayer within the
historical life and work of Jesus and allows its application to grow out of its historical context.

-K- (Presbyterian)

ABK-1   GREAT ENDS OF THE CHURCH SERIES - (A); The Great Ends of the Church represent a brief statement of principles found in the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) They express basic convictions that can help the church remember its foundations with renewed appreciation.  Each book in the series focuses on one of the Great Ends.

   A      PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL FOR THE SALVATION OF MANKIND by Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez- (A); Witherspoon Press, 2003.

            In this first book in the series author Gonzalez invites readers to explore the implications of proclaiming the gospel.  She maintains that “to be a congregation ready and able to proclaim the gospel for the salvation of humankind is to be the church in its exciting fullness.”  

    B      PRESERVATION OF THE TRUTH by Joseph D. Small- Witherspoon Press, 2005.

            Small describes the "Great Ends of the Church" as "a holistic vision of the church's life."  He provides a clear understanding of truth in the context of this vision.

   C      MAINTENANCE OF DIVINE WORSHIP by Howard L. Rice, Jr.- Witherspoon Press, 2006.

              Rice places worship in the context of the Presbyterian Reformed Confessional heritage.  He shows how worship reenacts the reality of our relationship with God as it moves us through praise, confession, assurance of forgiveness, and hearing the word.

     D     SHELTER, NUIRTURE, AND SPIRITUAL FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD by Elizabeth F. Caldwell- Witherspoon Press, 2006.

              Each chapter of Caldwell’s book focuses on Biblical texts and one of two recent confessions of the Presbyterian Church:  The Confession of 1967 and a Brief Statement of Faith.  She identifies challenges that this end often presents and shows how faith is shaped in the process of meeting these challenges.

     E      EXHIBITION OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN TO THE WORLD by Darrell L. Guder; Witherspoon Press, 2007.

              Dr. Guder opens up the meaning of the 6th Great End, the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.  As he makes clear, it itself is the end of other ones.

     F      PROMOTION OF SOCIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS by Cynthia L. Rigby, Witherspoon Press, 2010.

           Ms. Rigby takes us on a journey to promote social righteousness.  She uses historical overview and biblical texts to show Christian responsibility in relation to the world.  She asserts that our work is not about what we are called to do, but about who we are called to be as disciples of Jesus Christ.
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ABK-2 PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL FOR THE SALVATION OF MANKIND by Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez- (A); Witherspoon Press, 2003.

This is the first book in a series "The Great Ends of the Church" as found in the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

ABK-3  CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CONFESSIONS:  DIALOGUE IN THE REFORMED TRADITION by Joseph D. Small- (A); Geneva Press, 2005.
       
A collection of essays by 14 Presbyterian scholars on the confessions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) examining the major theological themes that make the confessions foundational commitments of faith.

ABK-4    DREAMS WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?:  CLUES FOR UNITY AND HOPE by Willaim jG. McAtee- (A); Witherspoon Press, 2006.
        A complete history of the Union Presbytery Movement in the Presbyterian Church

ABK-5    DISTINCTIVELY PRESBYTERIAN by William E. Chapman- (A); Witherspoon Press, 2006.
        William Chapman continues to explore the Book of Order as a story of people together seeking to carry out their call by God to faithful unity in the midst of diversity.

  ABK-6    THE APOSTLES’ CREED – 40 DAILY READINGS FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRESBYTERIAN (I Believe Series) by 
  Allan Janssen- (A); Witherspoon Press, 2008.
        This book provides a disciplined study of The Apostles’ Creed in order for members of a small group to understand its vocabulary, to
  clarify just what is being claimed, and to learn what it might say.

  ABK-7    SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP FOR CHURCH OFFICERS: A Handbook by Joan S. Gray; 2009.
        This timely new leadership guide for the PC(USA) is written for church officers looking for a deepened relationship with God as they serve the church.  Gray challenges elders and deacons to see themselves as spiritual leaders and equips them to act as spiritual leaders alongside their pastors.  She also provides resources for dealing with interpersonal relationships in the church and identifies ways in which churches can create an atmosphere that supports the spiritual leadership of elders and deacons.

  ABK-8    THE PRESBYTERIAN HANDBOOK (A); Geneva Press, 2006.
        The handbook is a requisite resource that presents essential facts and noteworthy tidbits about being Presbyterian.  It provides historical and theological information about Presbyterian beliefs alongside fun-filled facts and practical tips on being a churchgoing follower of Jesus Christ.  It includes information on how to get to know your pastor, how to  pray, how to listen to a sermon, how to explain predestination to your friends, and  what to bring to a church potluck.

-L- (Life in Today's Society)

ABL-1 PANDEMONIUM TREMENDUM: CHAOS AND MYSTERY IN THE LIFE OF GOD- by James E. Huchingson; (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

James E. Huchingson takes computer and information science seriously in this constructive theology. Central to his reflection is an understanding of the primordial Chaos--Pandemonium Tremendum--not as destructive, but as the source out of which God creates, sustains, and empowers creatures to become co-creators.

ABL-2  THAT GODLESS COURT? (2ND EDITION):  SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON CHURCH-STATE RELATIONSHIPS by Ronald B. Flowers- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
       
In this book, updated to include discussions of the Supreme Court decisions through the fall of 2004, the author explains clearly and concisely the intricacies and implications of Supreme Court decisions in the volatile area of church-state relations.

-M- (Mission, Social Concerns)

ABM-1 OUR DAUGHTER MARTHA: A FAMILY STRUGGLES WITH COMING OUT by Mary Clements Henrikson- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Author Mary Henrikson writes about her struggles as the mother of a lesbian who acknowledges her sexuality. The author shows how she moved from acceptance to activism for gay and lesbian rights.

ABM-2 WHEN KILLING IS WRONG: PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE AND THE COURTS by Arthur J. Dyck- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Using recent court cases, Dyck offers insightful analyses of the modes of moral reasoning employed in the physician-assisted suicide debate. He shows how physician-assisted suicide may be distinguished from comfort-only care and identifies the harmful consequences that would result from its practice. He closely examines the legal traditions on both sides of the debate.

ABM-3 OMNIGENDER: A TRANS-RELIGIOUS APPROACH by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott says that the common understanding of gender is woefully inadequate. She argues that this "binary gender paradigm" is oppressive and inflicts grave suffering on many people. She honors the experience of people who do not fit within the traditional concept of gender, including individuals who are intersexual, transsexual, or otherwise transgendered. Examining the Christian and Jewish scriptures and church history, she finds alternative concepts of gender.

ABM-4 GIVING TOGETHER: A STEWARDSHIP GUIDE FOR FAMILIES by Carol A. Wehrheim- Guide; (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Wehrheim reminds the reader that stewardship is much more than money and requires a more holistic approach. She analyzes Biblical passages and identifies spiritual practices intrinsic to stewardship as a way of helping families respond to their call to be stewards today.

ABM-5 AND GOD GAVE THE INCREASE (ICOR.3:16): STORIES OF HOW THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) HAS HELPED IN THE EDUCATION OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD by June Ramage Rogers, Editor- (A); Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

This book introduces 28 outstanding International Leadership Development Scholars from the past and ten current scholars. They have all made invaluable contributions to their churches and to their nations.

ABM-6 DEAR HOUSE, MISSION BECOMES YOU by Margaret Flory- (A); Bridge Resources, 2000.

In this recollection of the first 50 years of Gilmore Sloane House, Margaret Flory honors the splendid gift of the four Gilmor sisters to the mission of the Presbyterian Church. Gilmor Sloane House provides a place for persons to meet and to engage one another in being faithful Christians.

ABM-7 CROSSING OVER: LIBERATING THE TRANSGENDERED CHRISTIAN by Vanessa Sheridan- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

The author offers insight into the transgender experience and confronts the harsh reality of injustice prevalent in society and the church. Her writing challenges all Christians to include transgendered persons in the full life and ministry of the church.

ABM-8 LIVING WITH CANCER: MEDITATIONS ON PATIENCE AND LOVE- by Melody Kee Smith and Richard A. Smith- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Living with Cancer is a series of meditations written for all those living with cancer: patients, their loved ones, and their caregivers.

ABM-9 STANDING IN THE MARGIN: HOW YOUR CONGREGATION CAN MINISTER WITH THE POOR (and perhaps recover its soul in the process) by Rufus Burrow, Jr.- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Standing in the Margin consists of 12 small-group study sessions for adults to challenge individuals and congregations to stand with those who have the least. The authors expose the Biblical roots of ministry in the margin and offer practical help on how to minister with people in the margin.

ABM-10 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE?: A CHRISTIAN ETHICAL ANALYSIS by Marvin M. Ellison- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

This critical book is written by a gay man and progressive Christian ethicist who places justice making at the heart of contemporary spirituality. The book offers constructive proposals for revitalizing Christian sexual ethics.

ABM-11 WHOSE LAND? WHOSE PROMISE?: WHAT CHRISTIANS ARE NOT BEING TOLD ABOUT ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS by Gary M. Burge- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2003.

This book is an excellent introduction to the complications of geography, history, and geopolitics that have wounded and weakened both Israelis and Palestinians. Burge challenges us to love concretely.

ABM-12 THE DINAH PROJECT: A HANDBOOK FOR CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE by Monica A. Coleman- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Combining personal testimony with theological sensitivity, Coleman presents psychological, pastoral, and practical responses to sexual violence.

ABM-13 WHERE NEEDS MEET RIGHTS: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL RIGHTS IN A NEW PERSPECTIVE by Berma Klein Goldewijk and Bas de Gaay Fortman- (A); WCC Publications, 1999.

Today with more and more people suffering from poverty, violent conflicts and the effects of globalization, the authors urge that creative new approaches to implementing and protecting economic, social, and cultural rights must be found.

ABM-14 GLOBALIZATION AT WHAT PRICE?: ECONOMIC CHANGE AND DAILY LIFE by Pamela K. Brubaker- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Brubaker explains the dynamics of globalization and the ways this issue affects the daily lives of ordinary people. Drawing on scripture and exploring successful economic justice efforts, the author provides options.

ABM-15 THE CHURCH IN INDIA: ITS MISSION TOMORROW by F. Hrangkhuma & Sebastian C.H. Kim- (A); ISPCK, Delhi, 1999.

This book examines the context, the church, and the challenges to mission in 21st century India. Prominent leaders and eminent scholars discuss many pertinent issues that make this book an excellent introduction to missiology.

ABM-16 THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT IN RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN INDIA by K.S. Durrany- (A); ISPCK, Delhi, 2002.

This book attempts to discuss some of the related issues pertaining to women in the Hindu, Christian, and Muslim communities. It endeavors to provide details of the functioning of the women's movements. Some of the chapters provide a background including the impact of the West on women's issues in the Social Reform Movement of the 19th century.

ABM-17 WOMEN RESHAPING THEOLOGY: INTRODUCING WOMEN'S STUDIES IN THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN INDIA compiled by Lalrinawmi Ralte- (A); ISPCK, Delhi, 2004.

This book consists of ten chapters and each speaks of diverse and scholarly themes pertaining to women's issues. The book sensitizes women to become aware of their God-given equal rights as the image of God and to challenge male dominance and oppression.

ABM-18 THE PASTOR TO DALITS by John C.B. Webster- (A); ISPCK, 1997.

This book is an empirical study of the pastor and pastoral ministry to Dalits today based upon data gathered from both experienced pastors and Dalit parishioners. The heart of the study uses data gathered from 175 Dalit Christians belonging to 18 parishes.

ABM-19    FROM THE PLACE OF THE DEAD:  THE EPIC STRUGGLES OF BISHOP BELO OF EAST TIMOR by Arnold S. Kohen- (A); Introduction by the Dalai Lama; St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

This riveting biography of Bishop Carlos Belo, is vital to understanding not only Indonesia’s campaign of terror against East Timor, but also the campaign against its own ethnic Chinese people which  continues to the present day.  Belo received the Nobel Prize for peace in 1996.

ABM-20    DANCING IN WINTER:  REFLECTIONS OF A MISSIONARY IN THE UNITED STATES by Anna May Say Pa; Format and Design by Rob Gorstein- (A); Presbyterian Church (USA), 2006.
       
Dr. Say Pa has gathered together a set of essays that are evangelistic, honest, and challenging.  Using examples from her native land of Burma and Tewa Pueblo People, she challenges churches in the U.S. to (1) fulfill the Great Commission (2) to observe the incarnational modes of mission and (3) to be aware of need for much directional mission.  She emphasizes the importance of being faithful to the Gospel message without being insensitive to the faith of one’s neighbor and helping churches to train their own leaders.

ABM-21    STRIKING TERROR NO MORE:  THE CHURCH RESPONDS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE by Beth Basham and Sara Lisherness- (A); Bridge Resources, 2006.
       
This book was written to help the church find faithful ways to address domestic violence to those in the pew.  Part two offers suggested sessions designed to educate and bring about positive action,.  Part three offers suggested resources for the worship service.  The book includes very disturbing statistics about domestic violence in the U.S.

ABM-22    CHRISTIANITY IN INDIA:  SEARCH FOR LIBERATION AND IDENTITY edited by F. Hrangkhuna- (A); CMS/ISPCK, 2000.
       
This history focuses attention upon the Christian people in India-who they were and how they understood themselves, upon their social, religious, cultural and political encounters; upon the changes which these encounters have produced in them and in Indian culture and society.

ABM-23    AN INTRODUCTION TO INDIAN CHURCH HISTORY by C. B. Firth- (A); ISPCK, 2005.
       
This book traces out the outline of Indian Church History from the beginning down to the present time.

ABM-24    LIVING BOUNTIFULLY by Linda H. Hollies- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2005.
        Through the little-known stories of Mahlor, Hoglah, Milcah, and other women, the author shows readers how to: identify with Biblical women who had “financial difficulties,” yet prospered because of their faithfulness to God; learn the importance of tithing; and create a practical plan of action to become better stewards of their resources.

ABM-26 WE BELONG TO THE LAND by Elias Chacour with Mary E. Jensen- (Y/A); University of Notre Dame Press, 2001.
   
The conflict of being a Melkite clergyman and a Palestinian Arab in Israel forms the backdrop for this human drama as the author tries to serve as a spokesman for fellow Palestinians against what they perceive as injustices imposed on them by a Jewish state.

ABM-27 JESUS, THE BIBLE, AND HOMOSEXUALITY: EXPLODE THE MYTHS, HEAL THE CHURCH by Jack Rogers (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2006.
   
This book offers a rare opportunity to see why one of America’s leading evangelical scholars and a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) changed his mind about homosexuality.  Rogers’s agreements are relentless, accurate, and devastating to those who might claim that there are serious scriptural, doctrinal or confessional reasons to deprive LGBT people from full participation in the ministry of the church.

ABM-28 TAKING A NEW LOOK:  WHY CONGREGATIONS NEED LGBT MEMBERS - (A); LifeQuest, 2008.

This book focuses on what congregations lose by not being welcoming and affirming.  The reality is that a loving and accepting attitude towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people brings many blessings to a church.

ABM-29 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SEXUALITY, THE BIBLE, AND THE CHURCH:  PLAIN TALK ON TOUGH ISSUES - Fred Smith, Editor; (A); Covenant Network of Presbyterians, 2006.

Twenty-six scholars from nineteen seminaries and colleges offer short, accessible essays to inform discussion about the appropriate participation of gays and lesbians in church life and leadership.  The essays address core biblical and theological questions with clear thinking, lively faith, and deep concern for the church.

ABM-30    DOING JUSTICE:  CONGREGATIONS AND COMMNITY ORGANIZING by Dennis A. Jacobsen; (A); Fortress Press, 2001.
       
This book hands churches the theological and practical tools to organize for justice and urban ministry.

ABM-31    THE IMPACT OF LUIS PALAU ON GLOBAL EVANGELISM:  AN EVALUATION OF HIS THEOLOGY AND STRATEGIES by Hongnak Koo  (A); Credo House Publishers, 2010.

Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the gospel with more than one million people through evangelistic events and media.  He has spoken to 25 million people in 72 countries with 1 million registered decisions for Christ.  The author began with the premise that mass evangelism has throughout Christian history been one of the most effective means of proclaiming the gospel, but there have been uncertainty and a gloomy perception regarding the future of mass evangelism.  Author Koo has sought to find the possible solution through a study of the life and ministry of Luis Palau.

ABM-32    RUBBLE NATION:  HAITI’S PAIN,  HAITI’S PROMISE by Chris Herlinger and Paul Jeffrey - (A); Seabury Books, 2011.
       
The authors traveled to Haiti soon after the January, 2010 earthquake.  They recorded the words and images of the survivors and the devastation that surrounded them.  The book includes a discussion guide and an interview with the authors..

ABM-33     DOING JUSTICE IN OUR CITIES:  Lessons in Public Policy from America’s Heartland by Warren R. Copeland - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

           

This book reveals the story of a professor who taught ethics while serving as a city mayor.  A lively and authoritative look at how one public servant honored his commitment to serve the

65,000 citizens of Springfield, Ohio, without compromising his commitment to serve God.

ABM-34    IMMIGRATION AND THE BIBLE:  A Guide for Radical Welcome by Joan M. Maruskin - (A); Women’s Division of GBGM, 2012. (A 2012-13 Women’s  Study)

Readers will examine what it is to be a sojourner and to live into the biblical mandate of hospitality for the strangers and aliens in our midst, developing a theology of radical hospitality, defining the role of God in migration, and learning about ministries of radical, inclusive hospitality.  A companion study guide consists of supplementary and liturgical resources, discussion questions, and activities for each chapter.

ABM-35      RAINBOW THEOLOGY:  Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit by Patrick S. Cheng - (A); Seabury Books, 2013.

           

Rainbow Theology gives us a means of opening theological discourse  on the writing of LGBTIQ people of color.  It seeks to confront polarization in  issues of race, sexuality, and

religion within churches and communities of faith around the world.
 

ABM-36       NEIGHBOR:  Christian Encounters with  “Illegal” Immigration  by Ben Daniel - (Y/A); Westminster John Know Press, 2010.

           

Ben Daniel tackles the controversial issues that surround undocumented migration in the United States by taking the reader to the spiritual, legal, and geographical front lines of the

immigration debate.  He encourages Christians to see undocumented  migrants as neighbors and friends instead of  focusing on the issue as political.


 ABM-37      AROUND THE WORLD WITH CRAFTS by Avis Schmul - (C/A); Dorrance Publishing Co., 2002.


This book was inspired by the work of creative local artists around the world.  It features 16 crafts from 4 continents.  The crafts and stories of native societies allow us to venture into

ourselves to discover our own self-expression and talents while learning about other cultures.  This resource will introduce students to exciting adventures and encourage lifelong love of

learning.


- N - (New Testament)

ABN-1 PAUL FOR EVERYONE; THE PRISON LETTERS: EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, AND PHILEMON by Tom Wright- (A); Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2002.

Wright captures the verve and sparkle of Paul's letters in stimulating comments combined with his own translation of the Bible.

ABN-2 JOHN FOR EVERYONE by Tom Wright- (A); Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2002.

A Part One - Wright comments on Chapters 1 - 10.

B Part Two - Wright comments on Chapters 11 - 21.

ABN-3 MATTHEW FOR EVERYONE by Tom Wright- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

A Part One - Wright comments on Chapters 1 - 15.

ABN-4 JESUS, PAUL, AND THE LAW: STUDIES IN MARK AND GALATIANS by James D. G. Dunn- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 1990.

This thoroughly researched book is a study of the Jewish law in early Christianity. The first three chapters deal with Mark and Jesus, and Chapters 4 through 9 deal with Paul's letter to the Galatians.

ABN-5 MOON UNDER HER FEET: WOMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE by Kim S. Vidal- (A) the Pilgrim Press, 2001.

The book is a guide to discovering and understanding the symbolic meaning of the female images in the Book of Revelation. It aims to redefine what it means to be an empowered woman who achieves dignity based on equality, freedom of expression, self-empowerment, and solidarity with other women. It can be used as a Bible study as discussion questions are included.

ABN-6 A FEMINIST COMPANION TO:.....series edited by Amy-Jill Levine with Marianne Blickenstaff- (A); the Pilgrim Press, 2003-2004.

In this series Amy-Jill Levine presents commentaries by New Testament scholars who discuss the Gospels and other new Testament books from a feminist point of view.

A. Matthew- The contributors address the issues of: women's social roles and literary representations, earthly and heavenly fathers, purity regulations and household configurations, Jesus and Wisdom, the Canaanite woman, and the women at the tomb, and others,.

B. Mark- The volume addresses key texts and issues in the Gospel of Mark, including the Syrophoenician woman; Simon Peter's Mother-in-law; the raising of Jairus's daughter: women disciples of Jesus; and social class.

C. Luke- This volume covers a range of issues, including imperial masculinity, Mary and asceticism, Martha in the kitchen, and reading Luke 15 with Arab Christian women.

D. John Vol. I- The contents include: Jesus, Women, and Conversation in the Fourth Gospel; the Samaritan Woman, the Raising of Lazarus, Jesus and the Adulteress, and Transcending Gender Boundaries in John.

E. John Vol II- The studies in this second volume include some that seek to locate the cumulative effect of all the stories concerning women, general suggestions concerning both the evangelists' view of gender and the role of women in the Johannine community. Other highlighted scenes are: the Crucifixion and the appearance to Mary Magdalene in the garden.

F Paul- This volume deals with letters generally attributed to Paul. The collection explores topics such as gender, sexuality, marriage, the physical body, leadership, economic justice, Jewish-Christian relations, metaphors of birth and motherhood, and adoption, and slavery.

G The Deutero-Pauline Epistles- These writings are those thought not to be genuinely from Paul. They show how Paul's authority was exploited in the Early Church, and topics often deal with Christian discipline and hierarchy. Ephesians and Colossians are featured.

ABN-7    BAD BOYS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT:  EXPLORING MEN OF QUESTIONABLE VIRTURE by Barbara J. Essex - (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2005.
       
Bad Boys of the New Testament is a seven-week small group study session.  Some “bad boys” included are:  The elder brother of the “Prodigal Son” parable, the Pharisees, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Ananias, and the accusers of the woman caught in adultery.

-O- (Old Testament)

ABO-1 JACOB'S SHADOW: CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES ON MASCULINITY by Herbert Anderson- (A); Bridge Resources, 2002.

Herbert Anderson uses his own story and the Biblical story of Jacob to explore the struggles and contradictions men experience in their journeys to faithfulness in God. Each chapter starts with a scene from Jacob's life that foreshadows the struggles of men today.

ABO-2 ON THEIR WAY TO WONDERFUL: A JOURNEY WITH RUTH AND NAOMI by Linda H. Hollies- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Hollies offers a Bible study on the covenant that Ruth made to Naomi as they left Moab on their way to Jerusalem. She creatively retells the story using the liturgical year.

ABO-3    INTERPRETATION BIBLE STUDIES:  JOB by David C. Hester- (A); Westminster John Knox, 2005.

Old Testament scholar and church educator David Hester focuses on the difficult questions raised in Job:  Where is God in our worst moments?  Where is justice? What happens when experience makes us doubt what we've always believed?  Interpretation Bible Studies can be used by small groups, Sunday School classes, for personal study or large group presentations.  It includes discussion questions and a leader's guide

ABO-4   
THE BIBLE JESUS READ by Philip Yancey- (Y/A); Zondervan, 1999.,

Join Philip Yancey as he explores these sometimes shocking, often cryptic divine writings.  You will come to know God more intimately, anticipate Jesus more fervently, and find a wonderful, wise companion for your faith journey.

  ABO-5  JUST WIVES?  STORIES OF POWER AND SURVIVAL IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND TODAY - by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld-(A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2003 (Gift).

            Giving attention to social worlds of women (ancient and modern), Katharine Sakenfeld explores the stories of eleven women in the Old Testament—Sarah, Hagar, Ruth, Naomi, Vashti, Esther, Michal, Abigail, Bathsheba, Gomer, and the Proverbs “Good Wife.”  She relates their struggles to struggles women face today. Study questions for group discussion are included.

ABO-6      GREAT PSALMS OF THE BIBLE - by J. Clinton McCann Jr.; (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

           
Focusing on a dozen psalms, the author leads readers through some of the church’s favorite psalms as well as some lesser-known gems.  Each chapter lets the reader understand the original meaning of the psalm and considers ways that our life of faith today can be enriched through these scriptural treasures.

 

ABO-7      OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS FOR TODAY by Carolyn J. Sharp- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

                    

Sharp offers a brief introduction to each of the Bibles’ Old Testament prophets, including all the prophetic Books, illuminating themes present in each with an eye toward the many ways in which their messages remain relevant today.  Includes questions for discussion.


ABO-8     THE INDISPENSABLE GUIDE TO THE OLD TESTAMENT by Angela Bauer-Levesque (A); Pilgrim Press, 2009.
       
The author offers basic principles of biblical interpretation and provides a survey of the texts and contexts of the Old Testament for mainline Protestants interested in progressive theological views.

ABO-9    NOAH’S ARK AND THE ARARAT ADVENTURE
by John D. Morris - (Y/A); Master Books, 1994.

Dr. John Morris has been involved in the search for Noah’s Ark since 1971.  His background in geology prepared him to understand the effects of the flood.  In this beautiful book, he tells of his thrilling adventures on Mt. Ararat.  He presents a Biblical view of the flood and the earth’s past and future.  In addition to describing the search for the ark, he answers many questions about Noah’s Ark in this fascinating book.

ABO-10    EXODUS FROM SCRATCH:  The Old Testament for Beginners Series by Don Griggs & W. Eugene March - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.
       
The book of Exodus is explored by highlighting stories that best reflect the major themes:  deliverance, abiding faith, and the goodness of God.  The book includes 7 lessons with the 7 chapters, making it good for small group study.


                                                           -P-(Personal Development)


ABP-1
STRENGTH IN THE STRUGGLE: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN by Vashti M. McKenzie- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2001.


This book is written for women seeking new direction for their personal and professional growth. Despite many challenges, women continue to make great strides in their chosen careers. As more women become aware of the interconnections between professional and spiritual lives, they look for ways of combining them. Vashti also includes a unique leadership lesson based on the character of Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

ABP-2
    LIVE FOR A CHANGE:  DISCOVERING AND USING YOUR GIFTS by Francis Dewar- (A); Darton, Longman, and Todd, Ltd, 1999.
       
Containing stories, cartoons, and practical exercises, Live for a Change helps us to help God put our hidden potential to work and make use of our buried talents.


ABP-3 DON’T PUT A PERIOD WHERE GOD PUT A COMMA:  SELF-ESTEEM FOR CHRISTIANS - by Nell W. Mohney; (A); Dimensions for Living 1993.

The author shows how positive self-esteem is part of God’s plan for you and offers Biblical guidance for developing a healthy self-image.  It includes questions for personal reflection and exercises for putting principles into practice.

 ABP-4 MOMENTUM FOR LIFE by Michael Slaughter; (A); Leader’s Guide; Participant’s workbook; DVD for computer; Abingdon Press, 2008.

           
This study, based on the book, “Momentum for Life,” by Michael Slaughter, will provide you with the tools that help build momentum for—momentum that will keep you moving towards God’s promised future.  Participant in this study will learn five crucial disciplines 
   
1. Devotion to God
    2. Readiness for life-long learning
    3. Investing in key relationships,
    4. Visioning for the future
    5. Eating and exercise for life.


ABP-5    WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?:  An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life  - by Spencer Johnson, M.D. – (A); G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2002.


Who moved my cheese? is a simple parable about four characters (mice) who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.  The characters are faced with unexpected change and eventually one of them successfully deals with change and finds the cheese.  He writes what he has learned from the experience on the “Maze” walls.


ABP-6 FINDING INTIMACY IN A WORLD OF FEAR by Eric H. F. Law - (A); Chalice Press, 2007.


            Eric Law suggests powerful practices to help us navigate our fears together with others.  He offers a hopeful journey through the landscape of fear we encounter in the wake of catastrophic events.


ABP-7 A PLAY-FULL LIFE:  SLOWING DOWN AND SEEKING PEACE  by Jaco J. Hamman - (A); Pilgrim Press, 2011.


This book explores ways of being and becoming informed by the life-giving and balance-inducing power of play.  It empowers readers to explore the meaning of a Sabbath-like life speaking of simplicity, serenity, and sensing the fullness of life.  Readers will receive practical guidelines to cultivate a play-full self, while being introduced to ordinary persons and faith communities living play-full lives.


ABP-8    ALICE IN WONDERLAND  by Lewis Carroll; Special Church Edition with Commentator Stephen Skelton- (E/A); (Gift).


Alice in Wonderland is the fantastical tale of a virtuous girl who falls down a rabbit hole into an underground world which parallels and parodies the sins of today’s world.  Alice uses love, gentleness, courtesy, trust and curiosity to oppose, respectively, the selfishness, malice, rudeness, cynicism and apathy she comically encounters in Wonderland.  The book features the complete text of the beloved classic, along with Christian insights by Stephen Skelton.

ABP-9 SITTING IN THE FIRE:  LARGE GROUP TRANSFORMATION USING CONFLICT AND DIVERSITY by Arnold Mindell - (A); Words Distributing Co.  1995.

                      

Mindell deals with the underlying psychodynamics of dispute resolution. His process work is likely to produce more complete, satisfactory and enduring resolutions of conflict.  Mindell teaches true understanding, not just “agreement.”

-S- (Symbols, Art, Music, Drama, Games, Dancing)

ABS-1 PROVOKING THE GOSPEL: METHODS TO EMBODY BIBLICAL STORYTELLING THROUGH DRAMA by Richard W. Swanson- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Swanson has laid out a thoughtful methodology for the faithful performance of the Biblical stories as they are embodied, breathed, and engaged in dynamically interactive ways that stimulate both the tellers and their audiences.

ABS-2    ACTING RELIGIOUS:  THEATRE AS PEDAGOGY IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES by Victoria Rue, illustrated by Monica Rue MacQueen; (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2005.
       
This practical handbook maps a new approach to using theatre to teach religion.  For many years the author has used theatre techniques and plays to make theological ideas palatable, visceral, and available.

ABS-3    HYMNS OF FAITH AND INSPIRATION by Pamela J. Kennedy- (A); Guideposts, 1990.
       
This is a book of hymns and their stories.  Topics are:  Dedication, Faith, Praise, Salvation, Hope, Peace, Celebration, and Triumph.

ABS-4 HOW SWEET THE SOUND  by D. Morgan - (Y/A); Harvest House Publishers, 2001.

     

This book has snippets of poems, Scriptures, and hymns, with attractive illustrations of churches,  homes, and woods of an earlier time (1800’s, early 1900’s). 

ABS-5    CRUSADER HYMNS AND HYMN STORIES by the Billy Graham Team - (A); Hope Publishing Company, 1966.  (Classic)
       
Learn the story of some of our most famous hymns which are included in the book.  The book was inspired by Billy Graham and his Crusaders. 

-T- (Teacher Education)

ABT-1 CALLED TO TEACH: THE VOCATION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN EDUCATOR by Duncan Ferguson and William Weston- (A); Geneva Press, 2003.

The authors argue that the calling to teach in higher education is distinctively Reformed and a primary mission of the Presbyterian Church.

ABT-2 CHILDREN AMONG US: FOUNDATIONS IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES Edited by Cassandra Williams; (a); Witherspoon Press, 2003.

It takes commitment, opportunity, and knowledge for the faith community to respond fully and authentically to Jesus's call to welcome children.

ABT-3 MAKING THE MOST OF VIDEO IN RELIGIOUS SETTINGS: HOW TO PRODUCE, FIND, USE , AND DISTRIBUTE VIDEOS IN THE CHURCH AND SYNAGOGUE by Tom Neufer Emswiler- (A); Words at Work!, 1985.

The author provides numerous examples, as well as case studies and the names, addresses and phone numbers of suppliers, to give ideas for use of video and pitfalls to avoid.

ABT-4 POT LIKKER: STORIES FOR TEACHERS AND LEARNERS by Larry Grant Coleman and Deborah Peaks Coleman- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2001.

The book contains stories gathered from the personal experiences of individuals of various ethnicities and backgrounds that are "nutritional" for the spirit.,

ABT-5 TEACHING AS A SACRAMENTAL ACT by Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Moore asserts that teaching can but be understood as sacramental, mediating the grace of God through ordinary creation for the sanctification of human life and the well-being of all creation.

ABT-6 THE BIBLE FROM SCRATCH SERIES by Donald L. Griggs; (T); 2 Volumes; Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

Well-known Christian educator and author Don Griggs has written this accessible overview of the Bible for adults who are Bible beginners. He guides the reader through the Bible and introduces basic tools and skills for Bible study. The first half of each volume overviews the text and the second half provides a comprehensive study group guide for the leader.

A. THE OLD TESTAMENT FOR BEGINNERS- Study session titles include: The Books of the Law, The Narrative of Genesis, From Egypt to Canaan, From Joshua to Nehemiah, The Books of the Prophets, and The Books of Wisdom and Writings.

B. THE NEW TESTAMENT FOR BEGINNERS- Griggs guides the reader through the New Testament Titles include: Introducing the New Testament, The Gospel of Matthew, The Gospel of Mark, The Gospel of Luke, The Gospel of John, The Acts of the Apostles, Epistles of the New Testament, and The Revelation to John.

ABT-7    WHAT EVERY TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT... SERIES- (A); Discipleship Resources, 2004.

A series of 10 booklets to equip teachers for the teaching task!  Each booklet in the series is designed to reinforce knowledge, skills, and abilities in the classroom.
    A.    THE BIBLE
    B.    CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
    C.    CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT
    D.    CURRICULUM
    E.    FAITH LANGUAGE
    F.    LIVING THE FAITH
    G.    PEOPLE
    H.    TEACHING
    I.    THEOLOGY
    J.    THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

ABT-8    PRACTICING DISCERNMENT WITH YOUTH by David F. White- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2005.
       
White calls for congregations to engage their own young people in practices of discernment that involve the gifts and problems of their unique context, bringing their lives more fully into partnership with God’s work in their particular place.

ABT-9    THE YOUTH WORKER’S ENCYLOPEDIA OF BIBLE-TEACHING IDEAS:  NEW TESTAMENT- (Y/A); Group Publishing Inc., 1994.
       
Here are hundreds of new and creative teaching ideas.  Included are:  affirmations to help the group grow closer, creative readings to give Bible passages new life, devotions to draw teenagers closer to God, object lessons to connect today’s life with Bible truths, and retreats and overnighters.

ABT-10    GUIDE FOR RECREATION LEADERS by Glenn Bannerman and Robert Fakkema- (Y/A); John Knox Press, 1979.
       
Part one is a practical introduction and approach to the philosophy of recreation and play theory.  It includes guidelines for leaders, planning tips, and notes on teaching tips.  Part two is filled with advice on how to develop recreational activities requiring no supplies or using supplies that are readily available.  There is material for a variety of ages and groups, including the physically challenged, and special occasions.  It also includes a wide assortment of games and students.

ABT-11    SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN YOUTH MINISTRY:  PRACTICAL MODELS TO HELP YOUR YOUNG PEOPLE (AND YOU) GROW CLOSER TO GOD by J. David Stone- (Y/A); Group Publishing, 1985.
       
This book supplies practical approaches to building young people’s faith.  J. David Stone shows how the youthworker’s faith development is the perquisite to kids’ growth.  He gives help for developing and maturing in the disciplines of prayer Bible study, and worship.

ABT-12    THE YOUTH WORKERS’ PERSONAL MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK:  50 WAYS TO ORGANIZE, BALANCE AND CONTROL YOUR LIFE- Edited by Lee Sparks- (Y/A); Thom Schultz Publications, Inc., 1985.
       
This book offers practical advice from over 30 youth ministry experts for: (1) Managing yourself (2) Managing your family life (3) Managing your relationships with young people and (4) Managing your relationships with adults involved with youth work

ABT-13    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HARRY POTTER by Connie Neal and Samuel F. (Skip) Parvin- (Y/A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.
       
This ten-session study for youth and adults explores the religious themes that are prevalent in the popular Harry Potter series.

ABT-14    CREATING STORIES FOR STORYTELLING by Marsh Cassady - (A) Resource Publications, Inc., 1991.
       
This book will show you how to create better stories.  Excerpts from over twenty stories will give you ideas for creating the right story for your audience.

ABT-15    THE TEACHING CHURCH:  MOVING CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS TO CENTER STAGE by Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Foreword by Donald L. Griggs - (A); Abingdon Press, 1993.
       
This book explores the problems and possibilities uncovered by the Effective Christian Education study conducted by Search Institute.  Written for pastors and Christian education leaders in congregations, the it expands on the survey’s finding, presenting new information and analysis, and places the study in the text of other recent thinking about Christian education.

ABT-16    RETHINKING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION:   EXPLORATIONS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE edited by David S. Schuller- (A); chalice Press, 1993.
       
Leading educators and theologians address questions such as: What is the role of the congregation in promoting faith? How can pastors develop a ministry in which education is central? What emerging models of ministry offer promise for nurturing faith in children?  They address these and other questions in response to the Search Institute study on effective Christian education.

ABT-17    EDUCATING CONGREGATIONS:  THE FUTURE OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION by Charles R. Foster - (A); Abingdon Press, 1994.
       
Charles Foster offers an alternative vision of Christian education that is more corporate, more attentive to the whole of the congregation’s life, and that helps people critically correlate the Bible and Christian tradition to their experience.  He incorporates a series of exercises in congregational analysis so that readers can revise and perform the exercises in terms of their own congregational settings.

ABT-18    MAPPING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: APPROACHES TO CONGREGATIONAL LEARNING edited by Jack L. Seymour - (A); Abingdon Press, 1997.
       
Leading religious educators offer a discussion of four themes—transformation, faith community, spiritual growth, and religious instruction—which act as direction signposts for anyone who is interested in learning more about the diversity of the field of Christian education.  Well-known collaborators come from various religious faiths.

ABT-19    TEACHING FROM THE HEART:  THEOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL METHOD by Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore-  (A); Trinity Press International, 1998.
       
The author argues for an organic or process approach to religious, moral, and theological education.  She takes up five reigning educational methods (case study, gestalt, phenomenological, narrative, conscientizing), gauges their strengths, weaknesses, and theological promise, and offers practical reformulations of each method.  The heart of this book is teaching from the heart.

ABT-20    TEACHING THE BIBLE TO ADULTS AND YOUTH (CREATIVE LEADERSHIP SERIES) by Dick Murray - (A); Abingdon Press, 1990.
       
Dick Murray shows how to make the Bible  “transparent” with God evident throughout.  He offers suggestions for teaching, provides different approaches and perspectives from which to teach and conduct activities for learning.

ABT-21    FRAMES OF MIND:  THE THEORY OF MULTPLE INTELLIGENCES by Howard Gardner - (A); Basic Books, 1993.
       
Gardner challenges the widely held notion that intelligence is a single general capacity possessed by every individual to a greater or lesser extent.  Amassing a wealth of evidence, Gardner posits the existence of number of intelligences that ultimately yield a unique cognitive profile for each person.

ABT-22    STORYTELLING STEP BY STEP by Marsh Cassady -   (A); Resource Publications, 1990.
       
Cassady tells how to choose a story, how to develop it, how to learn it, and how to adapt it for a particular audience. The book is an informative guide, chock-full of the author’s own stories.

ABT-23    LEADING BEYOND THE WALLS:  DEVELOPING CONGREGATIONS WITH A HEART FOR THE UNCHURCHED by Adam Hamilton - (A); Abingdon Press, 2002.

Adam Hamilton draws on his own experiences as pastor of a very large Methodist Church which he developed, as well as the detailed research he undertook during a sabbatical leave to study the characteristics of highly successful congregations.  He offers pastors and other church leaders solid, substantive thinking on steps that congregations can take to become centers of vibrant outreach and mission.

ABT-24    SOUL-SHAPING SMALL GROUPS:  A REFRESHING APPROACH FORR EXASPERATED LEADERS by Kim V. Engelmann - (A); IVP Connect, 2010.

Kim Engelmann offers a new format for groups that gives authentic spiritual community a chance.  She challenges the compartmentalization of Bible study, prayer, and even fun, and offers creative, practical suggestions that can serve to integrate these aspects into an experiential framework.

ABT-25    THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP by John C. Maxwell - (A); Thomas Nelson, 2007.
        John Maxwell, a top expert with more than 46 years of leadership experience, has distilled everything he had learned into a handful of life-changing principles.  He has combined the insights learned from leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict.

ABT-26    IN THE NAME OF JESUS:  REFLECTIONS ON CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP by Henri J. M. Nouwen - (A); The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2002.
       
Nouwen presents a bold, honest, heartwarming message about Christian leadership.  His emphasis on a vigorous Jesus-centered life will be helpful to ministers in training and all those wanting to live with the compassion of Christ.

ABT-27    FAITH AND FILM: A GUIDEBOOK FOR LEADERS by Edward McNulty - (Y/A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2007. (gift)
       
Growing numbers of church leaders are discovering that many films are able to impact viewers with Gospel truths almost as well as a good sermon.  Former pastor and longtime reviewer of films Ed McNulty offers this insightful guide to help church leaders enter into dialogue with contemporary films.  He concludes by introducing twenty-seven films and including provocative questions about each that will prepare leaders to assemble and facilitate a group.

ABT-28    AUDIO, VIDEO, AND MEDIA IN THE MINISTRY - by  C. Floyd Richmond (Y/A); Thomas Nelson, 2010.

A guide that every volunteer for the production team needs to read before getting started helping in the church.  It can help volunteers produce a successful worship service.

ABT-29    DIMENSIONS OF OLDER ADULT MINISTRY - Edited by Richard L. Morgan; (A); Witherspoon Press, 2006.
       
An expert panel of teachers and writers produce a much-needed interfaith guide for providing spiritual care to older adults.  It answers philosophical and practical questions related to aging.


-U- (United Methodist )

ABU-1    BEING UNITED METHODIST: What It Means Why It Matters - by J. Ellsworth Kalas (A) Abingdon Press, 2012.
       
In this book, Kalas explores questions such as: Who are these people called United Methodist?  Where have they come from and where are they going?  And how is it that so few of them really know what it means to be a United Methodist?

-V- (Values)

ABV-1 HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? HUNGERING FOR GOD IN AN AFFLUENT CULTURE by Arthur Simon- (A); Baker Book House Co., 2003.

Because possessions may capture the heart, but cannot nourish the soul, this book maintains that only the source of joy can give us joy, It points one away from captivity to things to fulfillment in following Christ.

ABV-2 IF THIS IS YOUR LAND, WHERE ARE YOUR STORIES?: REIMAGINING HOME AND SACRED SPACE by J. Edward Chamberlin- (A); (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Writing with insight and deep humanity, Chamberlin examines why it is more important than ever to listen to what others are saying in their stories and myths;and what we are saying about ourselves. This enthralling book touches on religion, nationalism, literature, and mythology.

ABV-3    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS  Fourth Edition - (A); Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2001.
       
The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism.

-W- (Worship, Witness, Sacraments)

ABW-1 BEYOND GUILT: CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO SUFFERING by George S. Johnson- (A); George S. Johnson, 2000.

This book's purpose is to encourage people to move beyond feelings of guilt, powerlessness and fear in their response to widespread suffering and oppression of people in the degradation of the environment. It is about hope that energizes.

ABW-2 WORSHIP IN THE SHAPE OF SCRIPTURE by F. Russell Mitman- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Mitman demonstrates how the structure common to the worship of most denominations is rooted in the Scriptures themselves. He raises essential questions about broad themes and even housekeeping chores that each community should consider for the sake of faithful praise. The book helps Christian leaders in shaping worship as a Biblical event.

ABW-3 GROWING SEEDS OF FAITH: 26 CHILDREN'S SERMONS by Virginia H. Loewen- (A); the Pilgrim Press, 2002.

The book contains entertaining 10-minute lessons that focus on a particular Scripture passage. They offer ideas for applying the lessons and sharing the faith away from the church.

ABW-4 GETTING IT TOGETHER: SPIRITUAL PRACTICES FOR FAITH, FAMILY, AND WORK by Carol A. Wehrheim- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

Carol Wehrheim offers a direction for relief from stress and overwork, showing how a Christian foundation of faith can provide a sense of balance amidst the struggle.

ABW-5 EMBRACING THE MYSTERY: THE SACRED UNFOLDING IN ORDINARY PEOPLE AND EVERYDAY LIVES by Meredith Jordan- (A); Rogers McKay Publishing, 2004.

The book is a collection of spiritually probing and inspiring stories, concluding with questions and meditations to help spiritual seekers unearth and embody our true nature. These stories of ordinary people encountering the Sacred in their everyday lives range from delightful to challenging, and point to those numerous moments, often unnoticed in our busy forgetfulness, that awaken us to the extraordinary mystery of which we are a part.

ABW-6 THE LABYRINTH AND THE ENNEAGRAM: CIRCLING INTO PRAYER by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion and Elizabeth Catherine Nagel- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Walking, praying, and living the labyrinth is a path taken by millions of Christians and others toward a deeper connection with the Sacred. The next step is the enneagram, a psychological model of how individuals understand their perceptions about experience. It identifies nine positions of attention that affect the ways in which each of us responds to the Sacred and to others.

ABW-7 BENNET: STORIES OF HUMOR, GRACE, AND HOPE by Eugenia A. Gamble- (A); Bridge resources, 1998.

This book is a collection of ten short stories for adults that focus on the life of Bennet, a small Southern boy. These touching stories deal with life's most important faith and spiritual issues in a down-to-earth, inviting, faithful way.

ABW-8 GOD'S VISION, OUR CALLING: HOPE AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE by Janice E. Catron- (A); Geneva Press, 2003.

Catron uses the Bible to explore six aspects of our calling as Christians: relationship, choices, new identity, way of life, competence, and ministry. The book challenges us to recapture God's vision for the world and the church, and ourselves.

ABW-9 P.S. GOD, CAN YOU FLY?: HEARTFELT AND HOPE-FILLED PRAYERS OF CHILDREN by R. Wayne Willis- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

In this collection of prayers and drawings that were composed by children and left in a hospital's chapel, Willis offers insights into meanings of the prayers for children, as well as for adults.

ABW-10 STEAL AWAY: JOURNEYING TOWARD SPIRITUAL MATURITY by Stephany Graham- (A); Bridge Resources, 2001.

Steal Away is a devotional resource that connects readers with the deep spiritual heritage of African American Christians as a source of strength for today. It is an inspiring collection of devotional materials, Biblical wisdom literature, prayers, music, art and journaling exercises in seven sessions.

ABW-11 THESE THREE: THE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES OF FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE by Elaine A. Robinson- (A); the Pilgrim Press, 2004.

"The book provides pathways for Christians to live in a radical relationship to God, others, and the world." These Three reclaims the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love from a Protestant Scriptural perspective.

ABW-12 PRAYERS FOR HEALING by Michael Fulljames and Michael Harper- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2003.

This collection of prayers and readings is arranged thematically to provide morning and evening meditations for 31 days. Each section contains a selection of brief reading including: Scripture, hymn quotations, prayers, and spiritual writings.

ABW-13 CHRISTIAN PRAYER AND LABYRINTHS: PATHWAYS TO FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

The book is a resource and guide for those who pray using the labyrinth in the spirit and hope of a deeper life in Christ. It is a wonderful resource for churches to introduce and sustain a labyrinth ministry.

ABW-14 PILGRIM PRAYERS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER by Sue Northey- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

This book provides short inspirational stories that remind us that faith and love can endure a variety of life's trials. It offers real stories of courage, faith, and prayer which help to heal the soul. Northey points out that if faith does not heal you physically, it may heal you spiritually, mentally, or emotionally.

ABW-15 NURTURING FAITH AND HOPE: BLACK WORSHIP AS A MODEL FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

This work provides a thoughtful yet comprehensive framework of the Black Christian worshipping community as the context where faith and hope are nurtured. It shows how Christian Education can be revitalized.

ABW-16 WITHIN SACRED CIRCLES: MEDITATIONS AND MANDALA QUILTS by Susan Towner-Larsen- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

This book connects the traditions, uses, and symbolism of mandalas with the spirituality of quilters and the stories of their mandalas. Each chapter is based on a theme common to mandalas and to the spiritual life. It also includes a picture of a quilted mandala, the story of the quilt, prayers, meditation suggestions, and holy text.

ABW-17 FAITH IN WORDS: A CELEBRATION OF PRESBYTERIAN WRITERS edited by Ann Weems and Louis B. Weeks- (A); Geneva Press, 2004.

Faith in Words is a timeless collection of essays and poems that reflect on living the life of faith. Christian readers will be inspired to seek a greater understanding of God and God's presence in their own daily lives.

ABW-18 WOMEN PREACHING: THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE THROUGH THE AGES by Eunjoo Mary Kim- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Kim's exciting exploration of the history of women preachers illuminates the perseverance of God and the women who join with God to bring words of peace and transformation to the world.

ABW-19 SABBATH KEEPING: FINDING FREEDOM IN THE RHYTHMS OF REST by Lynne M. Baab- (A); Intervarsity Press, 2005.

The book offers a practical and hopeful guide for all of us to slow down and enjoy our relationship with the God of the universe.

ABW-20 A RENEWED SPIRITUALITY: FINDING FRESH PATHS AT MIDLIFE by Lynne M. Baab- (A); Intervarsity Press, 2002.

Baab introduces us to six time-tested patterns of spiritual discipline, showing how they may help people in midlife combat spiritual restlessness and ennui and find fresh paths for the years ahead.

ABW-21 LIKE A SECOND LAYER OF SKIN: 100 AFFIRMATIONS FOR FAITHFUL LIVING by Dorothy Winbush Riley- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Riley compares love to a coating around the body, a second layer skin which offers protection for the body's inner mechanisms. She has written a book of poetic statements that affirm faith, prayer life, love of self, love of others, and love of God.

ABW-22 RISKING THE TERROR: RESURRECTION IN THIS LIFE by Christine M. Smith- (A); the Pilgrim Press, 2001.

Christine Smith challenges readers to open up their lives to the radical power of resurrection. Relating perspectives from those who are oppressed, the author explores disciplines that enable Christians, and preachers in particular, to resist crucifixions and proclaim resurrection life.

ABW-23 TRAVELING MERCIES by Anne Lamott- (A); Anchor Books, 1999.

Lamott's personal chronicle of faith and spirituality is at once tough, affectionate, wise, and funny. Lamott, who had a very troubled past, tells how , against all odds, she came to believe in God and then herself.

 ABW-24 GROWING IN THE LIFE OF FAITH:  EDUCATION AND CHRISTIAN PRACTICES (2ND EDITION) by Craig Dykstra; (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
   
The author explores the traditions, education, worship practices, and disciplines of the Reformed Christian community in helping people grow in faith.  This edition includes a study guide.

ABW-25 LETTERS TO A YOUNG DOUBTER by William Sloane Coffin- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
   
W.S. Coffin writes to an imaginary bright, young college student, answering questions and giving sage advice on faith, personal life, and the ever-more confusing and complex problems of today's world.

ABW-26 FINDING CALM IN THE CHAOS:  CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONS FOR BUSY WOMEN by Kathleen Long Bostrom; (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
   
This book of devotions can help women create calm in the chaos of their busy lives.  It offers ways to be kind to yourself and to others while nurturing your own faith

ABW-27 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO OPRAH  by Marcia Q. Nelson- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
   
The author explores the spiritual dimensions present in all aspects of the Oprah Winfrey media empire: forgiveness, generosity, self-examination, gratitude, and community.

ABW-28 IMAGINING REDEMPTION by David H. Kelsey- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
   
The author weaves a family's story of extraordinary suffering with biblical narrative, theology, and the application of secular uses of the words redeem and redemption.  He identifies three ways to imagine redemption.

ABW-29 THE WOUNDING AND HEALING OF DESIRE:  WEAVING HEAVEN AND EARTH by Wendy Farley- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.

The author's writing shifts the traditional images of sin and redemption into images of healingand power.  The book is a theological memoir that reaches into the human depths and brings forth a response of the soul-in courage, compassion, and delight.

ABW-30 PRAYERS FROM THE REFORMED TRADITION edited by Diane Karay Tripp- (A); Witherspoon Press, 2001.  (Gift)

Following the historical pattern of Reformed prayerbooks, this book presents five hundred prayers that span the globe and five centuries of the Reformed Tradition,  Prayers were chosen for their spiritual depth, beauty, theological integrity, and inclusivity.

ABW-31 THE PRAYER OF JABEZ DEVOTIONAL  by Bruce Wilkinson- (A); Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 2001.  (Gift)

This devotional book includes 31 days of personal mentoring and encouragement.

ABW-32 NEW SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION by Father Thomas Merton- (A); Abbey of Gethsemani, 1961. (Gift)

This book seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit to nurture a deeper contemplative and mystical dimension of our spiritual lives.  It one of Father Merton’s most widely read and best-loved books.
 
ABW-33 CHRISTIAN GROWTH THROUGH MEDITATION: BEYOND TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION  by Fay Conlee Oliver- (A); Judson Press, 1976. (Gift)

This invaluable how-to-do-it book puts meditation in perspective for the Christian.  Recognizing the value in the different Asian techniques of meditation, Fay Oliver briefly describes these, demonstrating how they can be used in Christian meditation.  The author includes instruction on
how to set up a meditation group in your church.

ABW-34 WITH OPEN HANDS  by Henri J. M. Nouwen; Photography by Ron P. Van Den Bosch and Theo Robert- (A); Ave Maria Press, 1972. (Gift)

This classic book on prayer uses both words and photo images to show the experience of prayer.  Chapters include “Prayer and…Silence, Acceptance, Hope, Compassion, and Revolution.”

ABW-35    WORSHIP FOR ALL AGES: SERVICES FOR SPECIAL SUNDAYS (includes drama) by Marilyn Perry, Ian Macdonald, Barb Tunnicliffe; (A); Wood Lake Books, 2005.
        The question, “How can we share the Bible stories and their message, visually and actively, in ways that will keep children involved as well as adults?” is answered with creative and inspiring worship service outlines for special Sundays.

ABW-36 CHOOSING PEACE THROUGH DAILY PRACTICES by Ellen Ott Marshall, Editor- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2005.
        Teachers from the Claremont School of Theology present essays in which they argue that we live out our calling to peace by practicing peace in and through our daily devotions, work, and interactions with others.

ABW-37    MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART:  AN INTERFAITH BOOK OF SERVICES - (A); Columbus School for Girls, 2003.
        This book gives a number of traditional school programs and services of a non-denominational flavor from a non-sectarian girl’s school in Ohio.

ABW-38    GODBEARING EVANGELISM RECONCEIVED by Elaine A.  Robinson- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2006.
        The author reconceives the language of evangelism to speak of “Godbearing” as a practice of the individual Christian and the church as bearing the Christ-character within oneself and bearing God to others.

ABW-39    A PARENT’S GUIDE TO PRAYER by Anita E. Keire- (A); Reverend Keire explains to parents and teachers what prayer is all about and how to guide their children in prayer.

ABW-40    THE DOORWAYS SERIES by Jacqueline McMakin and Rhoda Nary- (A); Potter’s House Bookservice, 2004.
        Offering fresh insight and practical guidance for Christians today, the books in the Doorways Series seek to nurture life in the Spirit, the discernment of vision and call, and the development of caring community.
    A.    ENCOUNTERING GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
        This book focuses on six images of God experienced by the Hebrew people and woven into their sacred stories.  God was to this ancient people and can be for us:  Creator, Caller, Deliverer, Covenant-Maker, Suffering Servant, A New Song.  The book enables us to explore and relate discoveries to our own lives.
    B.    MEETING JESUS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
        The authors discuss six pairs of names given to Jesus that have had a major impact on people’s lives:  Immanuel/God with us, Healer/Liberator, Friend/Mystery, Teacher/Guide, Savior/Prophet, Spirit/Presence.
    C.    JOURNEYING WITH THE SPIRIT.
        Joining together in some kind of communal effort is an important aspect of Spirit living.  This third book, when used as a course, offers training in some of the inward practices that enable community to develop.
    D.    DISCOVERING YOUR GIFTS, VISION, AND CALL.
This book explains how to find focus and direction by exploring six questions: (1) What are my unique gifts? (2) How can I call forth another’s gifts? (3) Which vision is mine to carry? (4) What is God calling me to do? (5) How can I work together with those who share my call? (6) How can the larger community support the callings of its members?


ABW-41    HOLY CONVERSATIONS – TALKING ABOUT EVANGELISM by D. Mark Davis- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2007.
        This book offers a way for people of faith to work together to overcome the quandary of evangelism by taking a fresh look at the principles and practices of evangelism from a position that begins with Christ’s redemptive presence in the world.

ABW-42    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HOLLYWOOD by Greg Garrett- (A); Westminster/John Knox Press, 2007.
        Garrett explores the theological themes in dozens of classic and new classic Hollywood films.  He discusses the new openness to spirituality in the movies and what it might mean for the future of American cinema and American religion.

ABW-43    STREAMS OF LIVING WATER:  CELEBRATING THE GREAT TRADITIONS OF CHRISTIAN FAITH
    by Richard J. Foster- (A); Harper, San Francisco). (Gift)
        Foster examines the “Streams of Living Water”-the six dimensions of Christian tradition.  He discusses the unique contributions of each of these traditions and offers as examples the inspiring stories of faithful people whose lives defined each of these “streams.”

ABW-44    A LARGER HOPE:  OPENING THE HEART TO GOD by Scott Colglazier- (A); Chalice Press, 2002. (Gift)
        Exploring Biblical stories and drawing on literature, film, and life experiences, Colglazier leads us to discover our own journey of faith, a journey not in search of the right religion or the right way to worship, but one that is always an adventure, full of mystery, fear, joy, and wonder.

ABW-45    A HUNGER FOR HEALING:  THE TWELVE STEPS AS A CLASSIC MODEL FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
    by J. Keith Miller- (A); Harper San Francisco, 1991.
        Miller relates each of the Twelve Steps to Biblical teaching as he tells of his personal journey of healing.  He suggests that the presence of spiritual and emotional pain, anxiety, and confusion in one’s life may be indicative of the same spiritual disease found at the heart of alcoholism and other addictions.  For many, the Twelve Steps have become the spiritual disciplines for a new decade as Christians turn toward God and start a pilgrimage toward wholeness.  (See VCW-807.)

ABW-46    FASTING – SPIRITUAL FREEDOM BEYOND OUR APPETITES by Lynne M Baab- (A); InterVarsity Press, 2006.
        In our fast-paced world, we need to spend time fasting from the things that enslave us.  This book will help us explore our appetites, discover the history behind “the fast,” and learn how to abstain and seek God.

ABW-47    BEFORE THE AMEN – CREATIVE RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP by Maren and Marie Tirabossi, Editors; (A);
    Pilgrim Press, 2007.
       
This book contains nine chapters of seasonal material, three chapters of sacraments and services, and seven chapters oriented by topic.  It is filled with resources for the worship services, general resources, and prayers for special issues such as natural disasters, domestic violence, and surrogate parenting.  Written by over eighty writers from diverse backgrounds and various Christian denominations, the book will appeal to an intergenerational, ecumenical audience.

ABW-48    WORSHIP FOR VITAL CONGREGATIONS by Talitha Arnold- (A); Pilgrim Press, 2007.
       
This book provides churches with engaging, insightful, and useful tools to revitalize and prepare themselves for ministry in the 21st century.

ABW-49    MUCH MADNESS IS DIVINEST SENSE:  WISDOM IN MEMOIRS OF SOUL-SUFFERING by Kathleen J. Greider  
    (A); Pilgrim Press, 2007.
       
In this book readers are invited to “listen in” on memoirs of soul-suffering as Greider amplifies the spiritual wisdom found in: surviving severe emotional suffering alone and with others recognizing healing when curing isn’t an option caring for ourselves and others when our hearts and minds are broken understanding that sometimes our illnesses come from the “madness” of the societies we have built.

ABW-50     HEART OF HEALING HEART OF LIGHT:  ENCOUNTERING GOD WHO SHARES AND HEALS OUR PAIN - by Flora Slosson Wuellner; (A); Upper Room Books, 1992 (Gift).

           

                 

            From a life-changing experience, Flora Wuellner tells us how Jesus Christ, the Healer, invites and takes our pain into His heart. Strongly
grounded in scripture, the book offers new hope to those whose physical and emotional pain have been so great a burden to them for so long.


ABW-51  FOLLOWING JESUS: Steps to a Passionate Faith by Carolyn Slaughter; (A); Leader Guide; Participant Workbook; Abingdon Press, 2008.

           

          This 12-session study provides the basic steps to following Jesus and creating that passion.  Session topics are:
     Part 1 -
Rediscovering Jesus:  Jesus the Messiah, Unique Characteristics of Jesus, Savior of the World, Lord of All
     Part 2 – Growing in the Spirit:
  The Holy Spirit, Understanding spiritual Fruit, Understanding Spiritual Gifts, Sharing the Spirit
   Part 3 – Living in Faith and Service:
  Spiritual Disciplines: Keys to God’s Heart, The Church: Community of Christ, Understanding God’s Call, God’s Place for you.


            ABW-52  TRUSTED VOICES:  SPIRITUAL WISDOM FROM LOST GENERATIONS OF WOMEN - (A); Witherspoon Press, 2009.
       
Many people are unaware that the Reformed Tradition is filled with a rich history of female mystics and spiritual leaders.  Concentrating on women whose narratives have been neglected or forgotten, the author guides us back to these stories in the hope that their voices will inspire us to understand who we are and who we might become.

ABW-53   MY HEART – CHRIST’S HOME - (Y/A); InterVarsity Press Books, 1986 (Gift).
       
Robert Munger shows how our hearts can be Christ’s home by using the various rooms of a home as metaphors and explaining what should be done to make each part of our hearts a home for Christ.


ABW-54    THE LIFE OF PRAYER – MIND, BODY, AND SOUL - by Allan Hugh Cole, Jr.- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

          

 This book is a wonderful guide to prayer for both beginners and Christians hoping to deepen their prayer lives.  Spiritual and physical effects of prayer are explained.  Cole suggests practical ways of approaching scriptural prayers.  Exercises and sample prayers are provided as well.

 

ABW-55   THEOLOGY INSERVICE OF THE CHURCH: Essays in Honor of Joseph D. Small 3rd -  edited by Charles A. Wiley, Sheldon W. Sorge, Chip Andrus, and Barry A. Ensign-George- (A); Geneva Press, 2008.

           

Eleven distinguished theologians, pastors, and church leaders present essays that explore the integration of theology and worship in service to the church.  The essays have been written in honor of Joe Small, who serves as the Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of Theology and Worship for more than a decade.

 

ABW-56    INSIGHTS:  Reflection on the Life of Faith by Karl Barth - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

           

This collection of short passages from the writings of Karl Barth reflects on the life of Christian faith.  These one-page selections capture the vibrancy of Barth’s faith.

 

ABW-57    CHRISTIAN PRAYER FOR TODAY by Martha L. Moore-Keish- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

           

The author addresses questions such as, “Who is the God we encounter in prayer?” “ Who are we who pray?’ and “What does prayer do?”  The book provides fresh help for understanding and revitalizing prayer life, challenges readers to engage all the senses while in prayer and invites them to use prayer as the chief exercise of faith.

ABW-58    SEARCHING FOR SHALOM:  RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN WORSHIP by Ann Weems – (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 1991.
       
Shalom is a peace that surpasses understanding.  It is a promised gift.  This book of poems, monologues, and worship resources is about the search for shalom.

ABW-59    BETTER THAN NICE AND OTHER UNCONVENTIONAL PRAYERS  by Frederick Ohler - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 1989.
        
Ohler’s book focuses on the extraordinary quality of life, the ecstasy, pain, surprise, and grace of each moment.  Being thankful, opening the senses, asking forgiveness, living life fully, and being aware of human limitations and abilities are recurring themes.

ABW-60    THE HOLY SPIRIT AND POWER- AUTHOR JOHN WESLEY as paraphrased by Clare Weakley-(A); Logos International, 1977.  (CLASSIC)
       
Clare Weakley gives a fresh and enlightening new reading of John Wesley’s sermons, bringing into them a modern application, making his meaning clear and edifying to today’s readers.  The content gives an important understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit.

ABW-61    CONFLICT AND COMMUNION: RECONCILIATION AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AT CHRIST’S TABLE by noted contributors - (A); Discipleship Resources, 2006.
      
Conflict and Communion point to the Lord’s Table as the place where reconciliation of all kinds can be experienced.

ABW-62    PRAYERS JESUS MIGHT HAVE PRAYED by Philip Lambeth Green - (A); Lambeth Publishing, 2003.
       
Green uses prayers that Jesus might have prayed to tell many of the stories in the Bible.  The inner spirit of Jesus is revealed in a new and compelling manner.

ABW-63    WHISTLING IN THE DARK:  DOUBTER’S DICTIONARY by Frederick Buechne - (A); Harper San Francisco, 1993.
       
A thought-provoking jaunt through the spiritual terrain of our everyday language—a lexicon of uncommon insight to jar the mind and nourish the soul.  Buechner writes “I think of faith as a kind of whistling in the dark, because in much the same way it helps to give us courage and to hold the shadows at bay.”

ABW-64    WORDS TO THE SILENCE:  A BOOK OF UNCOMMON PRAYER by Schuyler Rhodes, illustrated by Frances Harkness - (A); Education Ministries, Inc. 1994.
       
The book is organized after the fashion of an Order of Worship Service.  The chapters include:  Centering Prayers, Calls to Worship, Prayers of Confession, Prayers for the State of God’s Church, Occasional Prayers, The Lord’s Prayer, Eucharistic Prayers, Hymns for a New Church, Rites of the Church and Stories:  Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition.

ABW-65    CHILDREN’S SPIRITUALITY:  CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES,  RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS edited by Donald Ratcliff - (A); Cascade Books, 2004.
        Professor Radcliff has studied children’s spirituality for more than 25 years.  This book has been described as “well-conceived and edited, clearly written and well-documented, thorough and all-encompassing, academically sound and popular, combining research and practical application.

ABW-66    CHILDREN IN THE WORSHIPING COMMUNITY by David Ng and Virginia Thomas - (A); John Knox Press, 1981.
        This resourceful book invites congregations to understand, to learn, to include children in the total life of the church.  This warm and sometimes humorous look at the pitfall and potentials of children and worship features child development, examples, and practical suggestions.

ABW-67    THE SEARCH FOR MEANING by Thomas Naylor, William Willimon, and Magdalena Naylor - (A); Abingdon Press, 1994.
        “Part echo of the sixties, part wake-up call for the nineties, this book bravely confronts the meaningless underside of American life and invites us to see, follow, and create alternative ways to being in the world.” (James Wind – Lilly Endowment)

ABW-68    REACHING FOR RAINBOWS:  RESOURCES FOR CREATIVE WORSHIP by Ann Weems - (A); Westminster Press, 1980.
        This book compiled for the first time contains the perceptive writing and insights of Ann Weems with contemporary worship resources.

ABW-69   PILGRIMAGE:  MEDITATION ON A JOURNEY OF FAITH by Patricia D. Brown-(A); 2007.

Two paths converge in the making of a pilgrimage:  the physical and the spiritual, a specific destination and a perpetual journey.  In this book, Brown explores those paths through reflections on a pilgrimage she led, following in the footsteps of medieval Christians in France.  Her travel can serve as a very personal and useful blueprint for readers who would like to make a pilgrimage in their own lives.

ABW-70    FAITH STYLES:  WAYS PEOPLE BELIEVE by John R. Mabry - (A); Morehouse, 2006.

Mabry examines the various modes of believing and offers spiritual directors ways to use this knowledge.  This book gives the reader a fascinating –and non-hierarchical - look at the meaning of faith in real people’s lives..

ABW-71    LIVING BEYOND THE “END OF THE WORLD”: A Spirituality of Hope by Margaret Swedish- (A); Orbis Books, 2008.

In this bracing lamentation, Swedish outlines a series of interrelated forces that could well undermine the fabric of life as we know it.  Included are: global warming and climate change, over-population, the escalation of global violence and other forces

ABW-72    SIMPLE GRACES:  POEMS FOR MEDIATION AND PRAYER  by Several authors- (A); Liguori Publishing, 2008.

Simple Graces is a diverse collection of poetry.  A preface by Bishop Robert Morneau and suggestions on how to continue praying with poetry make this book an indispensable resource for anyone looking for a deeper spiritual connection with God.

ABW-73    FROM ADVENT’S ALLELUIAS TO EASTER’S MORNING LIGHT: Poetry for Worship, Study, and Devotion by Ann Weems- (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.

This collection of poems by one of the premier poets of our day, written to be  used in worship, in personal devotions, and in discussions, is organized to follow the liturgical year from Advent through Easter.

ABW-74    PUTTING AWAY CHILDISH THINGS:  A Novel of Modern Faith 
by Marcus Borg  - (A); HarperCollins, 2010

Marcus Borg has written a book that succeeds not only as a work of fiction but also as an exploration of the kind of religious and social issues that divide many Christians today.

ABW-76    REACHING OUT:  The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri J.M. Nouwen - (A); Doubleday and Col, Inc., 1975.  A DONATED CLASSIC.
       

This book contains stimulating reflections on reaching out to our innermost selves, our fellow human beings and ultimately to God.

ABW-78    INSIDE OUT: Worship in an Age of Mission edited by Thomas H. Schhauer - (A) Fortress Press, 1999.

Ten worship professors in Lutheran seminaries in the United States and Canada have joined to explore the crucial relationship between worship and the mission of God to the world.  They

all exemplify the Lutheran conviction that God acts through means—the assembly, proclamation, baptism, holy communion, the church year, the church building, the church’s songs. the

church’s ritualization, and rituals—to convey saving grace.  It contains many practical suggestions for planning parish worship and outreach ministries.


ABW-79    INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN WORSHIP (3rd edition)  by James F. White - (A); Abingdon Press, 2000.

           

Liturgist James F. White has provided the conceptual categories that have guided a generation of students in their study of worship.  In this edition he has added a new chapter on music

rewritten his discussion of sacramentality, and updated the chapters on time, space, daily prayer, service of the world, initiation, Eucharist, and occasional services.  He also includes new

figures and plates to illustrate numerous concepts.


ABW-80     GRACE AND RESPONSIBILITY:  A Wesleyan Theology for Today  by John B. Cobb, Jr. (A); Abingdon Press, 1995.

           

John Cobb provides an excellent example of what is desperately needed in the church, an appreciation and appropriation of Wesleyan theology in the context of contemporary needs and

issues.  The book summarizes Wesleyan theology and models a truly Wesleyan means of doing theology


ABW-81      SACRAMENTAL LIVING:  Falling Stars and Coloring Outside the Lines by Dwight and Linda Vogel; Upper Room Books, 1999.

           

The Vogels offer brilliant images, evocative stories, and far-reaching insights, drawn from many corners of Christian tradition and human experience.  The book illuminates the presence of

God in the everyday life of a modern American family.


ABW-82     DISCERNING GOD’S WILL TOGETHER:A Spiritual Practice for the Church by Danny Morris and Charles M. Olsen,  Upper Room Books, Nashville, 1997.

           

What would happen if people in churches made decisions based on their spiritual discernment of the question:  “God, is this Your will?  The authors present discernment as an interactive

means of making decisions and provide examples of discernment in action.


ABW-83     FROM FAITH TO FAITH:  A Daily Guide to Victory by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland - (Y/A); Kenneth Copeland Productions, 1992.

           

This daily devotional deals with real living.  It talks about the struggles one faces every day--struggles with weariness, irritation, children, finances, even overeating. The Copelands show

you how, by applying the Word of God, you can make major changes for victory in every area of your life.


ABW-84      TEN STRATEGIES FOR PREACHING IN A MULTI-MEDIA CULTURE by Thomas H. Troeger - (A); Abingdon Press, 1996.

           

Troeger shows how evolving forms of communications over the centuries have shaped presentation of the gospel.  He then provides an in-depth analysis of ten strategies for creating

sermons that effectively deliver the Word in an age of mass media and computerization.  To illustrate each strategy, he offers gospel-based sermons which include creative techniques such

as mime, drama, sound, simulation games, art, photography, and hymns.


ABW-85      SOUL FEAST:  An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life by Marjorie J. Thompson - (A); Westminster John Knox Press, 1995.

           

Marjorie Thompson offers a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines, as well as instruction in developing and nurturing those practices.  Her discussions on topics such as

prayer, spiritual reading, worship, fasting, self-examination, and hospitality are clear, practical, and inspirational.

 

ABW-86    THE SPIRIT-LED LEADER: Nine Leadership Practices and Soul Principles  - by Timothy C. Geoffrion; (A); The Alban Institute, 2005 (Gift).

           

Geoffrion’s book is inspiring, challenging, practical, and balanced.  He presents a foundation for leadership beyond human striving.  He points to profound dependence upon the grace of

God at work in us.




                                                                                - X - (Christmas)

ABX-1    KNEELING IN BETHLEHEM by Ann Weems - (A); Westminster Press, 1987.
       
In a style that is contemporary, reverent, and faith-filled, Ann Weems reflects on the mystery of the Christmas season in a lovely book of poems..

ABX-2    WATCH FOR THE LIGHT:  READINGS FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS - (A collection of readings by many famous authors); (A); Plough Publishing House, 2001.

A spiritual reading for every day of the holiday season by the world’s best-loved writers..

                                                                                - Y - (Youth)

ABY-1    LIVES TO OFFER:  ACCOMPANYING YOUTH ON THEIR VOCATIONAL QUESTS by Dori Grinenko Baker and
    Joyce Ann Mercer- (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2007.
       
Baker and Mercer invite the reader to companion youth toward callings that matter.  The authors challenge the voices of power, control, dominance, and consumption among which youth must navigate.  They offer models of grace and justice.

ABY-2    BOOK, BATH, TABLE, AND TIME: CHRISTIAN WORSHIP AS SOURCE AND RESOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY by Fred Odie; (A); The Pilgrim Press, 2007.
       
The author offers practical ideas that ground youth ministry in a playfully orthodox ecclesiology which holds liturgy and worship at its center, yet takes into account and is sensitive to the characteristics of the younger generation so as to successfully engage them

ABY-3     DAYBOOK FOR NEW VOICES:  A CALENDAR OF REFLECTIONS AND PRAYERS BY AND FOR YOUTH

      by Maren C. and Maria I. Tirabassi - (YA); The Pilgrim Press, 2004.
          
Congregations will find this Calendar of Reflections and Prayers by and for Youth, to be a useful confirmation resource and a refreshing way to add youth to their Sunday bulletins.


ABY-4    DREAMS ALIVE:   PRAYERS BY TEENAGERS edited by Carl Koch - (Y); Saint Mary’s Press, 1996.
       
The 148 prayers touch on issues and feelings at the heart of teenage life.  Honest and articulate, optimistic or doubtful, these prayers reflect the insight and humor with which teenagers keep their dreams alive.

ABY-5    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPERHERO by Stephen Skelton - (Y); Harvest House Publishing, 2006. (Gift)
       
The author reveals how the Man of Steel actually champions the truth about the Super Man himself—Jesus.    Superman film and television writers have confirmed they modeled the superhero on Christ.  Superman movies, TV shows, and comics contain deliberate parallels to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection—and even his second coming?  This eye-opening resource will spur discussion about spiritual truth in the Superman saga and our culture’s entertainment.

- Z -  (Catholic)

ABZ-1    CREDIBLE SIGNS OF CHRIST ALIVE:  Case Studies from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development by John B. Hogan - (A); Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003.

“From the poultry plants and gentrifying urban neighborhoods of the East Coast to the gang-infested streets of east Los Angeles, the CCHD is making a difference in the lives of thousands.  Hogan’s book brings alive Catholic social teaching for classrooms and points the way for action by parishes and other groups.”