When your kids ask the hard questions, are you prepared to respond? Learn how to craft faithful conversations and be better prepared to tackle the tough stuff with your kids. More than 30 essays from a diverse group of young Christian parents, pastors, and experts address today’s toughest topics, including bodies, gender, race, bullying, suicide, mental illness, death, divorce, money, generosity, technology, faith, and more. When Kids Ask Hard Questions models faithful responses to the big questions and invites you to take a deep breath, create safe spaces for the important conversations, and speak the truth in love.
What if who you are and where you are right now – in all the mess and beauty – is exactly what you need for your deepest connection with God yet? With this prayerful companion, your soul will rejoice, accept, surrender, and trust amid the ash and starlight of your daily life.
Spiritual writer and pastor Arianne Braithwaite Lehn provides encouragement for life’s journey in these honest and poetic prayers drawn from the everyday emotions, joys, and pain of our days. Ash and Starlight features prayers for centering, confession and release, guidance and transition, waiting and struggle, comfort and strength, trust, and seasonal times of year. This compilation of prayers will will help you find connection and wholeness in your own daily pilgrimage. You will be empowered to live authentically and soulfully, embracing the brokenness and beauty of your life right now, just as it is.
A new and expanded version of Seamless Faith, now with more than a dozen new spiritual practices, space to personalize it with your own favorite practices and scriptures, and additional resources for parents, kids, grandparents, and communities that care about families!
Add family faith moments to your daily routine with little or no prep, and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children! Traci Smith, a pastor and mother of three, offers ways to discover and develop new spiritual practices as a family, whether you’re a new seeker or a lifelong follower. Faithful Families is brimming with more than 50 easy, do-it-yourself ideas for transforming your family’s everyday moments into sacred moments!
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.
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 in Fidelia 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.
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.
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.
by The Young Clergy Women’s Project (now Young Clergy Women International)
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. Advent 2015
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.
“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.”