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Birthing God

Birthing God: Women’s Experiences of the Divine

By Lana Dalberg
Foreword by Kathe Schaaf

In Birthing God, forty women relate Spirit-filled moments—powerful narratives of suffering, love and hope that inspire both personal and collective transformation. Grounded in raw experience and ideal for spiritual seekers and leaders of all faiths, these engaging and powerful stories invite you to consider the origins of your own spirituality and to deepen your relationship with God.

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Claiming Earth as Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith

Claiming Earth as Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith

Andrea Cohen-Kiener
Foreword by Rev. Sally Bingham

Our planet is in trouble, and it will take an amazingly large and powerful force to shift into a more sustainable way of living. Spiritual leader and environmental activist Andrea Cohen-Kiener tells us that people of faith have the numbers, the passion, and the mandate to do it—and that nothing else is strong enough to counterbalance “business as usual.” In this urgent call to action, Cohen-Kiener gathers insights from ecology coalitions, emerging theologies, and spiritual and environmental activists to rally and inspire us to work across denominational lines in order to fulfill our sacred imperative to care for God’s creation.

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Conversation--The Sacred Art

Conversation—The Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction

By Diane M. Millis, PhD
Foreword by Rev. Tilden Edwards, PhD

Learn how to move beyond conventional topics to exploring purpose, meaning and values in conversation. This resource is a catalyst for anyone who would like to enrich seemingly ordinary conversations, as well as for leaders in educational, ministry and corporate settings who want to Increase their capacity to listen deeply and to become more self-aware and attentive to others.

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Creative Aging

Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World

Marjory Zoet Bankson

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Dangerous Dozen

A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo but Taught Us to Live Like Jesus

The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, PhD
Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Reverend Canon C.K. Robertson, PhD explores twelve fascinating—and at times, intimidating—Christian change agents who were not afraid to challenge the status quo in his new book, A Dangerous Dozen. The book is available directly from SkyLight Paths Publishing or from amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Episcopal bookstores throughout the U.S.

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Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions

Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Traditions

Claire Rudolf Murphy, Meghan Nuttall Sayres, Mary Cronk Farrell, Sarah Conover, and Betsy Wharton

This ground-breaking collection of short stories brings to life the women—daring, brave, thoughtful, and wise—who played important and exciting roles in the early days of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These stories invite us to come to know and appreciate the struggles and triumphs of these women—mothers, daughters, believers and seekers.

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Decision Making & Spiritual Discernment

Decision Making & Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way

Nancy L. Bieber

A companion for staying spiritually grounded and open to divine wisdom as we shape our lives.

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Finding God Beyond Religion

Finding God Beyond Religion: A Guide for Skeptics, Agnostics & Unorthodox Believers Inside & Outside the Church

By Tom Stella
Foreword by The Rev. Canon Marianne Wells Borg

This accessible guide to a meaningful spiritual life is a salve for your soul. It reinterprets traditional religious teachings central to the Christian faith—God, Jesus, faith, prayer, morality and more—in ways that connect with people who have outgrown the beliefs and devotional practices that once made sense to them. It helps you find new ways to understand and relate to traditional, narrowly defined Christian “truths” that honor their full spiritual power and scope, and opens your mind and heart to the full impact of Christian teachings.

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Fully Awake and Truly Alive

Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul

By Rev. Jane E. Vennard
Foreword by Rami Shapiro

This engaging and highly readable book offers you guidance for your spiritual journey. Sharing stories from her personal life as a spiritual seeker and from her professional career as a retreat leader, spiritual director and teacher, Reverend Jane Vennard illustrates the joys and frustrations of spiritual practice, offers insights from various religious traditions, and provides step-by-step exercises and meditations to help you wake up and embrace life.

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Gathering at God’s Table: The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith

Gathering at God’s Table: The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith

Katharine Jefferts Schori

In an insightful and powerful voice, Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, explores the meaning of mission in the context of contemporary life, reminding us of the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission: • Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom • Teach, Baptize and Nurture New Believers • Respond to Human Need with Loving Service • Seek to Transform Unjust Structures of Society • Strive to Safeguard the Integrity of Creation, and Sustain and Renew the Life of the Earth

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