Spiritual Care Resources - page 3
The following list includes books recommended by members of the Spiritual Care Committee as resources for individuals, small group studies, and local churches.
Face to Face
The writings of George Fox, Edward Burrough, and Margaret Fell demonstrate that at least these three, first-generation Friends, were reading the Bible with empathy. They stood within the thought and life-world of the earliest Christians and looked at the world through the window of biblical faith. For them the heart of the Bible lay in its personal narratives—the stories of living men, women, and communities; unlike many Christians, then and now, they did not look at the Bible as a legal constitution. They reveled in the poetic language of the Bible’s rich symbol and metaphor. Out of this empathetic reading emerged not only some of their strange behaviors, such as going naked in public "as a sign," but also their innovative understanding of the Christian way of life—their anti-war testimony and commitment to social justice (through their empathetic “Lamb’s War” reading of the Book of Revelation), their insistence on the full equality of women and men in preaching and declaring the Christian message.
Peggy was known as a storyteller from an early age - sometimes "a bit of a prevaricator" - so it stands to reason that a hooligan God set her on a path so full of the improbable that few would believe it. From a Holiness Womenʼs Clergy convention in Texas, to an African war zone, this motorcycle-riding, Gospel-preaching, trauma healing Quaker in high heels and leathers takes you on a wild ride as she learns to navigate life on Godʼs terms.
Le Flambeau School of Driving
Quaker minister and spiritual adventurer, Peggy Senger Morrison writes about finding God in unexpected places. The book starts by proposing 12 spiritual disciplines for the 21st century. These include: adventure, courage, surrender, compassion and failure. The idea is to develop and hold an unmediated experience of God and then courageously take that connection to the physical and metaphorical edges of the world. Because life is short and mastery is hard, this can only be accomplished by accepting the fact that we are all permanent student drivers. Applying a practical and optimistic theology, and coddling no lies, Peggy uses her own experiences in the United States and Central Africa to make plain a new and useful Christianity.
A New Earth
With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.
Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life—and for building a better world.
The Book of Joy
Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?
They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.
This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.
In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?
Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” with millions viewing his NOOMA videos.
With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.
Also by Bell: Velvet Elvis
Dancing Standing Still
Now in a new edition, this thought-provoking book by popular author Richard Rohr offers a critique of religion as a system that often creates an alternative pious world without really challenging oppression, materialism, and sectarianism in our modern world. Religion, he says, without this contemplative stance is often part of the problem. Drawing from Jesus parable of the rich man, Rohr believes that religion can only rediscover itself as a transformational system if it passes through the eye of a needle, if it overcomes its own temptation to power, wealth, and fundamentalism. A true contemplative stance crosses boundaries, is not concerned with who s in and who s out. It is not a worthiness competition. In fact, the accessibility of the contemplative awareness to all is, Rohr believes, the key to the Gospel message:, The kingdom of heaven is hidden in plain sight.
Also by Rohr: Falling Upward, From Wild Mat to Wise Man, Immortal Diamond, Everything Belongs, The Naked Now, Contemplation in Action