Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

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Jericho Books #ad - Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, a former stand-up comic, Nadia, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor. Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, and guys who love chick flicks; for the gay man who loves Jesus, this is the book for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn't come from vapid consumerism or navel-gazing; for women who talk too loud, and won't allow himself to be shunned by the church.

In short, this book is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery. Now a new york times bestseller, beautiful, nadia bolz-weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"pronounced "pas-triks, " a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors in her messy, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith.

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint #ad - Using life stories-from living in a hopeful-but-haggard commune of slackers to surviving the wobbly chairs and war stories of a group for recovering alcoholics, from her unusual but undeniable spiritual calling to pastoring a notorious con artist-Nadia uses stunning narrative and poignant honesty to portray a woman who is both deeply faithful and deeply flawed, giving hope to the rest of us along the way.

Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, and cynics, depressives, she realized: These were her people.

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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

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Convergent Books #ad - But by this grace, people are trans­formed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own. What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today? . And what if that's the point?in accidental saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life.

Tattooed, sometimes hilariously, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, angry and profane, resists the God she feels called to serve. Told in nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices. In a time when many have rightly become dis­illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem­onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives.

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People #ad - But god keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike. As she lives and worships alongside these “ac­cidental saints, ” Nadia is swept into first-hand en­counters with grace—a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument.

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Shameless: A Sexual Reformation

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Convergent Books #ad - Instead, perhaps most important, this modern-day reverend calls for an inclusivity that empowers us to be loyal to people and, ourselves. She shares stories, poetry, and scripture that wage war on perpetual anxiety around sex by celebrating sexuality in all its forms and recognizing it for the gift that it is.

If you’ve been mistreated, angered, and/or wounded by shaming sexual messages, confused, this one is for you. New york times bestseller • raw, intimate, and timely—a no-holds-barred celebration of our bodies that flies in the face of antiquated ideas about sex and gender. In this instant bestseller, nadia Bolz-Weber unleashes her critical eye and her vulnerable yet hopeful soul on the harmful conversations about sex that have fed our shame.

It is a faith of the guilty. With an alternative understanding of scripture passages that have been weaponized against Christians for decades, all bodies, Bolz-Weber reminds us that sexual flourishing can and should be for all genders, and all humans. A triumph. Glennon doyle • “one of the most important, life-changing books I’ve ever read.

Shameless: A Sexual Reformation #ad - Rachel held evans, author of searching for Sunday and Inspired  Negative messages about sex come from all corners of society: from the church, from the media, from our own families. Bolz-weber offers no simple amendments or polite compromises. As a result, countless people have suffered pain, guilt, and judgment.

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Behavioral Covenants in Congregations: A Handbook for Honoring Differences

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - Alban senior consultant gil Rendle explains how to grow by valuing our differences rather than trying to ignore or blend them. He describes a method of establishing behavioral covenants that includes leadership instruction, resources visual models, small-group exercises, examples of specific covenants, training tools, plans for meetings and retreats.

This down-to-earth workbook gets to the heart of modern congregational life: how to live creatively together despite differences of age, culture, opinion, gender, race, theological or political position.

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Salvation on the Small Screen?: 24 Hours of Christian Television

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Seabury Books #ad - A casual viewer flipping past the channel is likely to think, ” or “that church doesn’t seem like my church at all, “Wow, “I haven’t the faintest clue what’s going on, ” or even, so that’s what happened to Kirk Cameron. To better understand the message of religious television, Lutheran seminarian Nadia Bolz-Weber spent 24 hours immersing herself in the phenomenon with guest viewers including a rabbi, a Unitarian minister, and her eight-year-old daughter.

It's enlightening and entertaining and it doesn't emit any radiation whatsoever. Aj jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically. Augmented by a running count of all of the biblical verses used and total cost of various donations solicited and products shilled through the day, the author chronicles this hugely influential part of America’s religious landscape that is unfamiliar to many.

Salvation on the Small Screen?: 24 Hours of Christian Television #ad - From a seminarian and stand-up comic—an “enlightening and entertaining” look at celebrity televangelists, cash, and couch-potato redemption AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically. Holding court on the political issues of the day are such figures as Joel Osteen, T. D. On an average day, the largest religious broadcast channel is a “divine” presence in more than 50 million households.

Yet many people have little concept of what kind of faith happens there—apart from performing miracles and selling books. And she never changed channels once.

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Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

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Thomas Nelson #ad - The hypocrisy, the gargantuan building budgets, the politics, the scandals--church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it. Centered around seven sacraments, confirmation, heartbreaking, and death that are funny, confession, vocation, Evans' quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, marriage, and sharply honest.

A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church. From new york times bestselling author rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the Church.

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church #ad - Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn't want to go to church anymore. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church.

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again series_title

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Thomas Nelson #ad - Undaunted by the bible's most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture's mysteries. The bible, breathing, is not a static work but is a living, she discovers, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again series_title #ad - What she discovered changed her--and it will change you too. Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, short stories, soliloquies, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, and even a short screenplay.

If the bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read.

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Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers #ad - Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age #ad - But current leadership approaches are overwhelmingly written by White males and remain distressingly Eurocentric. In this influential book, she shows how incorporating Latino, Black, and American Indian approaches can enrich leadership and offers a more viable model for our expanding multicultural society.

New edition, revised and updatedone of america’s historic strengths is the ability to incorporate aspects from many different cultures to create a stronger whole. Juana bordas has set out to change this. Our music, literature, food, sports, architecture, and fashion have all benefitted.

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LEADERSHIP: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence

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McGraw-Hill Education #ad - Her writing has appeared in the new york times, and she has appeared on CBS, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Boston Globe, and Harvard Business Review, NBC, The Washington Post, and CNN. As kellerman makes clear in her extensive, authoritative commentaries, every single selection has had, and continues to have, an impact on how and what we think about what it means to lead.

And every single one has had an impact on leadership as an area of intellectual inquiry—as well as on the course of human history. Part i of leadership consists of writings about leadership: lao tzu—on how to lead lightlyplato—on tyrants and philosopher-kingsmachiavelli—on the preservation of powerin part ii, reflect on, each a classic of the leadership literature, changed the world: Thomas Paine—Common SenseElizabeth Cady Stanton—"Declaration of Sentiments"Rachel Carson—Silent SpringPart III presents leaders in action—individuals who seized the moment to captivate, make Leadership required reading for those who want to learn about, motivate, and lead with their singular personal power to persuade: Abraham Lincoln—on war and redemptionElizabeth I—on gender and powerVaclav Havel—on the power of the powerlessThe selections themselves, you'll find examples of what Kellerman uniquely identifies as writing as leadership—works and words that thanks to their persuasiveness and power, and even apply the greatest leadership literature lessons, together with Kellerman's expert commentary, ever.

LEADERSHIP: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence #ad - Barbara kellerman is the james MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kellerman is ranked by Forbes. Com as among the "top 50 business thinkers" 2009, and by Leadership Excellence in the top 15 of 100 "best minds on leadership" 2008-2009. Bravo to barbara kellerman! building upon a lifetime of scholarship and upon a popular course she has created at Harvard, Kellerman brings between the covers of a single volume the world's classic literature on leadership.

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Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - Featuring a new preface and a fresh redesign, this book is a classic work by one of the most respected names in congregational consulting. He outlines the factors that put congregations at risk for anxiety and conflict. In this sequel to how your church Family Works, Peter Steinke takes readers into a deeper exploration of the congregation as an emotional system.

Learn ten principles of health, how congregations can adopt new ways of dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as how spiritually and emotionally healthy leaders influence the emotional system.

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