Partners in Prayer
by The Young Clergy Women’s Project
edited by April Berends, Emily Brown, Brenda Lovick, Kelly Boubel Shriver
Sing a new song! Psalm 98, from which these words are taken, speaks of the whole earth greeting the promised Messiah. During Advent, God’s people are called to learn new songs and to hear old songs in new ways, both as faithful individuals and as faith communities. The songs of scripture serve as texts for this year’s Advent devotional. Each day, readers are invited to read a short passage of scripture, and to reflect on that passage using a brief meditation written by a member of The Young Clergy Women Project, an ecumenical organization supporting female clergy under the age of 40. The authors of this devotional represent a wide array of experiences, denominations, and geographical locations. People of all ages and denominations will be drawn deeper into the Advent season and prepare themselves for the coming of Christ.
Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family
by Katherine Willis Pershey
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the minister with the baby carriage. In this collection of interrelated personal essays, Katherine Willis Pershey chronicles the story of her life as a young pastor, mother, and wife. At turns hilarious and harrowing, deeply moving and gently instructive, Pershey’s reflections will strike a chord with anyone who has ever rocked a newborn, loved an alcoholic, prayed for the redemption of a troubled relationship, or groped in the dark for the living God.
Read about Katherine in the recent Christian Century feature entitled Bearing Testimony.
Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergy Woman
by Ashley-Anne Masters and Stacey Smith
In October 2011, our first book with Chalice Press was released.
Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergy Woman by Ashley-Anne Masters and Stacy Smith was inspired by the stories shared on our own Fidelia’s Sisters published since 2007.
Comprising essays from young women clergy, this book is a reflection on the everyday realities of pastoral ministry for the young, female professional. Presenting real-life, first-person scenarios from young, female pastors in a variety of denominations, church sizes and ministries, this book is intended for young women in ministry, as well as those considering a ministerial calling.This is the first in a new series of books from our collaboration with The Young Clergy Women Project. The series will feature writing from young adult clergy women on topics that give meaning to their lives and ministries.
Read the review on Fidelia’s Sisters here.
Blessed Are the Crazy
By Sarah Griffith Lund
When do you learn that “normal” doesn’t include lots of yelling, lots of sleeping, lots of beating? In Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family, and Church, Sarah Griffith Lund looks back at her father’s battle with bipolar disorder, and the helpless sense of déjà vu as her brother and cousin endure mental illness, as well. With a small group study guide and “Ten Steps for Developing a Mental Health Ministry in Your Congregation,” Blessed Are the Crazy is more than memoir—it’s a resource for churches and other faith-based groups to provide healing and comfort.
Making Paper Cranes
by Mihee Kim-Kort
Drawing on memories of making paper cranes with her mother at the kitchen table, Mihee Kim-Kort begins with one of her favorite stories from childhood about the tradition of making a thousand cranes. Intrigued by the symbol of the crane, she explores the migrations and movements of the community of Asian American women. What results is a theological endeavor that engages the social histories, literary texts, and narratives of Asian American women as well as the constructive theologies of feminist and liberation theologians. But, it is ultimately one young woman’s embrace of living into this community and identity, and articulating a particular theology that is hopefully accessible to all who have experienced powerlessness and marginalization.
Simply put, Making Paper Cranes is about Asian American mothers, daughters, sisters, and women who courageously discover the grace in the struggle, the survival, and the song.
Sabbath in the Suburbs
By Mary Ann McKibben Dana
“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Yeah, right. Sabbath-keeping seems quaint in our 24/7, twenty-first century world. Life often feels impossibly full, what with work, to-do lists, kid activities, chores, and errands. And laundry… always and forever laundry. But the Sabbath isn’t just one of the ten commandments; it is a delight that can transform the other six days of the week. Join one family’s quest to take Sabbath to heart and change their frenetic way of living by keeping a Sabbath day each week for one year. With lively and compelling prose, MaryAnn McKibben Dana documents their experiment with holy time as a guide for families of all shapes and sizes. Tips are included in each chapter to help make your own Sabbath experiment successful.
By Traci Smith
‘”Faith is learned when it is woven seamlessly into the fabric of everyday life.’ In Seamless Faith, author Traci Smith shares dozens of simple practices to equip families of all kinds with the tools they need for bringing faith home. Filled with easy-to-organize traditions, ceremonies, and spiritual practices for many of life’s stressful and faith-filled moments, this is a resource parents will rely on for years to come.”
Who’s Got Time?
By Teri Peterson & Amy Fetterman
“Meetings. Doctor appointments. Carpools. Job interviews. Not to mention meals and sleep—and more meetings. Who’s got time for anything else? Where does daily devotion time fit into our 24/7/365 living? In Who’s Got Time? Spirituality for a Busy Generation, Teri Peterson and Amy Fetterman suggest new ways of incorporating spiritual practices into the busy lives of generations X, Y, and beyond. Whether you’re a student or working several jobs just to stay afloat, single or with a family, or just seeking something else you can’t quite put your finger on, the authors help you find the holy in the mundane. Contemporary, hip, conversational, and practical, Who’s Got Time? helps you find time to feed your soul.”