Take This Bread

Author: Sara Miles
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307491617
Release Date: 2008-11-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

“Mine is a personal story of an unexpected and terribly inconvenient Christian conversion, told by a very unlikely convert.” –Sara Miles Raised as an atheist, Sara Miles lived an enthusiastically secular life as a restaurant cook and a writer. Then early one winter morning, for no earthly reason, she wandered into a church. “I was certainly not interested in becoming a Christian,” she writes, “or, as I thought of it rather less politely, a religious nut.” But she ate a piece of bread, took a sip of wine, and found herself radically transformed. The mysterious sacrament of communion has sustained Miles ever since, in a faith she’d scorned, in work she’d never imagined. In this astonishing story, she tells how the seeds of her conversion were sown, and what her life has been like since she took that bread. A lesbian left-wing journalist who covered revolutions around the world, Miles was not the woman her friends expected to see suddenly praising Jesus. She was certainly not the kind of person the government had in mind to run a “faith-based charity.” Religion for her was not about angels or good behavior or piety; it was about real hunger, real food, and real bodies. Before long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons of groceries, piled on the church’s altar to be given away. The first food pantry she established provided hundreds of poor, elderly, sick, deranged, and marginalized people with lifesaving food and a sense of belonging. Within a few years, the loaves had multiplied, and she and the people she served had started nearly a dozen more pantries. Take This Bread is rich with real-life Dickensian characters–church ladies, child abusers, millionaires, schizophrenics, bishops, and thieves–all blown into Miles’s life by the relentless force of her newfound calling. She recounts stories about trudging through the rain in housing projects, wiping the runny nose of a psychotic man, storing a battered woman’s .375 Magnum in a cookie tin. She writes about the economy of hunger and the ugly politics of food; the meaning of prayer and the physicality of faith. Here, in this achingly beautiful, passionate book, is the living communion of Christ. “The most amazing book.” – Anne Lamott From the Hardcover edition.

Jesus Freak

Author: Sara Miles
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470588136
Release Date: 2009-12-30
Genre: Religion

"I came late to Christianity," writes Sara Miles, "knocked upside down by a mid-life conversion centered around eating a literal chunk of bread. I hadn't decided to profess an article of doctrine, but discovered a force blowing uncontrollably through the world." In this new book, Sara Miles tells what happened when she decided to follow the flesh and blood Jesus by doing something real. For everyone afraid to feed hungry strangers, love the unlovable, or go to dark places to bless and heal, she offers hope. She holds out the promise of a God who gave a bunch of housewives and fishermen authority to forgive sins and raise the dead, and who continues to call us to action. And she tells, in vivid, heartbreakingly honest stories, how the ordinary people around her are transformed by taking up God's work in the world. Sara Miles offers a fresh, fully embodied faith that sweeps away the anxious formulas of religion to reveal the scandalous power of eating with sinners, embracing the unclean, and loving the wrong people. Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead is her inspiring book for undomesticated Christians who still believe, as she writes, "that Jesus has given us the power to be Jesus."

Gemeinsames Leben

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen
ISBN: 9783765574023
Release Date: 2016-02-26
Genre: Religion

Dietrich Bonhoeffer gründete die erste evangelische Kommunität mit gemeinsamem Leben im 20. Jahrhundert - das Bruderhaus des Predigerseminars der Bekennenden Kirche. In "Gemeinsames Leben", seinem meistverkauften Buch, schreibt er über den Wert gemeinsamer geistlicher Übungen. Dabei zeigt er sich als Pionier der Bibel-Meditation und als Vorkämpfer für die Erneuerung der evangelischen Beichte. "Gemeinsames Leben" - ein geistliches Übungsbuch, das jeder gelesen haben sollte, der in der Gemeinschaft mit anderen Christen lebt - sei es in einer Kommunität, in der Gemeinde, dem Hauskreis, aber auch in der Familie. In seiner Einführung erzählt Peter Zimmerling vom Leben im Bruderhaus, erklärt die Hintergründe und theologischen Besonderheiten und die Bedeutung für unser geistliches Leben heute.

Zelot

Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644039117
Release Date: 2013-12-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Das Christentum verehrt Jesus von Nazaret als sanften Hirten, dessen Reich nicht von dieser Welt sei. Aber entspricht dieses Bild der historischen Realität? Kann es den grausamen Kreuzestod plausibel erklären? Der amerikanische Religionswissenschaftler Reza Aslan meint: nein. Sein Buch, das in den USA für einen Skandal sorgte, versucht zu ergründen, wer Jesus war, bevor es das Christentum gab. Es ist das fesselnde, brillant erzählte Porträt eines Mannes voller Widersprüche, einer Epoche voll religiöser Inbrunst und blutiger Kämpfe und einer Weltreligion im Werden.

Blaue Stunden

Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 9783843702232
Release Date: 2012-02-29
Genre: Fiction

„In manchen Breitengraden gibt es vor der Sommersonnenwende und danach eine Zeitspanne, nur wenige Wochen, in der die Dämmerungen lang und blau werden. Während der blauen Stunden glaubt man, der Tag wird nie enden. Wenn die Zeit der blauen Stunden sich dem Ende nähert (und das wird sie, sie endet), erlebt man ein Frösteln, eine Vorahnung der Krankheit: das blaue Licht verschwindet, die Tage werden schon kürzer, der Sommer ist vorbei.“ In Blaue Stunden erinnert Joan Didion sich an ihre Tochter Quintana, daran,wie es war, sie aufwachsen zu sehen und Abschied zu nehmen, als Quintana mit nur 39 Jahren starb. Eine sehr persönliche Bilanz der großen amerikanischen Autorin und ein ehrliches Buch über Tod und Vergänglichkeit, Erinnerung und Alter, über das, was wir verlieren, und das, was bleibt.

Hoffnung auf den zweiten Blick

Author: Pattie Mallette
Publisher: Gerth Medien
ISBN: 9783961221240
Release Date: 2013-03-05
Genre: Fiction

Justin Bieber weiß: Seine Mutter blickt auf schwere Zeiten zurück, geprägt von Schmerz, Armut und tragischen Entscheidungen. Offen und ehrlich bekennt Pattie Mallette ihre Drogensucht, ihren Selbstmordversuch und ihre ungewollte Schwangerschaft. Doch als sie kaum tiefer sinken konnte, begann ihr Weg der Heilung. Hier schildert sie, wie das gelang. Und sie macht Mut: Derselbe Gott, der ihr Leben verändert hat, kann jeden Menschen berühren und wieder aufrichten. Auch Fans von Teenie-Idol Justin Bieber kommen nicht zu kurz: Mallette erzählt von seiner Kindheit und was hinter den Kulissen geschah, als der begabte Junge plötzlich ein Mega-Star wurde.

City of God

Author: Sara Miles
Publisher: Jericho Books
ISBN: 9781455547326
Release Date: 2014-02-04
Genre: Religion

Paradise is a garden...but heaven is a city. From the acclaimed author of Take This Bread and Jesus Freak comes a powerful new account of venturing beyond the borders of religion into the unpredictable territory of faith. On Ash Wednesday, 2012, Sara Miles and her friends left their church buildings and carried ashes to the buzzing city streets: the crowded dollar stores, beauty shops, hospital waiting rooms, street corners and fast-food joints of her neighborhood. They marked the foreheads of neighbors and strangers, sharing blessings with waitresses and drunks, believers and doubters alike. CITY OF GOD narrates the events of the day in vivid detail, exploring the profound implications of touching strangers with a reminder of common mortality. As the story unfolds, Sara Miles also reflects on life in her city over the last two decades, where the people of God suffer and rejoice, building community amid the grit and beauty of this urban landscape. CITY OF GOD is a beautifully written personal narrative, rich in complex, real-life characters, and full of the "wild, funny, joyful, raucous, reverent" moments of struggle and faith that have made Miles one of the most enthralling Christian writers of our time.

Die Psalmen

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen
ISBN: 9783765573910
Release Date: 2016-02-26
Genre: Religion

Mitten in der NS-Zeit, als die Deutschen Christen das Alte Testament abschaffen wollten, wollte Dietrich Bonhoeffer mit diesem Buch den Psalmen und dem Psalmengebet wieder Heimatrecht in der evangelischen Spiritualität verschaffen. Der Psalter war das Gebetbuch Jesu - wie hat er sie gebetet und was heißt es für Christen heute, die Psalmen im Glauben an Jesus Christus zu beten? Die Einführung von Peter Zimmerling erklärt die Hintergründe und die bleibende Bedeutung dieser letzten Schrift, die Bonhoeffer noch zu Lebzeiten selbst veröffentlicht hat. Im Anhang gibt ein kurzer Überblick über die wichtigsten Stationen im Leben Bonhoeffers einen Einblick in die großen Themen, die ihn bewegt haben.

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology

Author: Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444345728
Release Date: 2011-09-23
Genre: Religion

Through a series of essays contributed by leading experts in the field, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology presents an introduction to practical theology as a major area of Christian study and practice, including an overview of its key developments, themes, methods, and future directions. The first comprehensive reference work to provide a survey, description and analysis of practical theology as an area of study A range of leading scholars in the field provide original contributions on the major areas, issues, and figures in practical theology Reviews an extensive range of methods for studying theology in practice, along with sub-disciplines in theological education such as pastoral care and preaching Covers developments in the discipline in a range of global contexts and distinct Christian traditions Shows how practical theology is relevant to everyday life

My Church Is Not Dying

Author: Greg Garrett
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9780819229342
Release Date: 2015-03-01
Genre: Religion

• Evangelism for a world that hates evangelism, but needs the church • The unfolding vision of a church stepping into the future, instead of dwelling in the past The old way of “being church”—measured by political influence, money, and congregants in the pews—may indeed be vanishing, but it is being replaced by something new and beautiful for those with the eyes, ears, heart, and soul to experience it. Prolific author Greg Garrett reminds Episcopalians of the many gifts that our tradition can offer a doubting and hurting world. He reveals a church that values intellect, beauty, diversity, and community, and promotes thoughtful engagement with questions of faith, ethics, and community. This church espouses a generous orthodoxy, welcoming left and right, mystic and doubter. It values education, social justice, and engagement with literature and culture. And in opposition to the radical individualism espoused by most of American Protestantism, it offers the unique gift of a tradition shaped by English culture that believes the individual is a part of her or his community—not in opposition to it.

Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church

Author: Jedediah Mannis
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781630878092
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Genre: Religion

Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church is about the Rev. Joseph Tuckerman, a Unitarian minister who created and led a street ministry in Boston, Massachusetts, between 1826 and 1839 at the behest of his friend and college roommate, William Ellery Channing. Because of Tuckerman's innovative approach to encountering and helping the poor people he met near the Boston wharves, he is considered the father of American social work as well as a prescient, dedicated, and socially active minister whose work led directly to the Social Gospel Movement. The book examines and interprets Tuckerman's theology and ministry of outreach in light of the author's experience as pastor of the Outdoor Church of Cambridge, Inc., an outdoor ministry to homeless men and women in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Outdoor Church offers prayer services and pastoral assistance outdoors in all seasons and all weather in order to be accessible to chronically homeless men and women who, because of shame or embarrassment, hostility or illness, cannot or will not enter conventional churches. Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church is a unique and gripping look at a radically innovative nineteenth-century minister through the prism of the actual application of his thinking and his example to an ongoing ministry to the chronically homeless men and women of Cambridge.

Soultalk die Sprache des Herzens

Author: Lawrence J. Crabb
Publisher:
ISBN: 3765513539
Release Date: 2005
Genre:

Menschen plaudern, streiten, tratschen, schmeicheln, manövrieren, predigen, entwerfen Strategien und erzählen Geschichten. Alles ganz okay. Aber tiefgehende Begegnung findet dabei nur selten statt. Das muss nicht so sein, sagt der Autor und Psychologe Larry Crabb in seinem neuen Buch. Er ist überzeugt: Gott kann uns helfen, anstelle von SmallTalk und SelfTalk zum befreienden SoulTalk vorzustoßen. Dank SoulTalk wird Gott uns mit den ganz persönlichen Kämpfen, den tiefsten Sehnsüchten und den verborgensten Träumen der Menschen um uns herum in Verbindung setzen. SoulTalk: eine geistliche Sprache, die wir in unseren Familien und Freundeskreisen einüben können. SoulTalk kann unser Leben verändern!