ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, Kansas City Star. A profoundly moving and deeply personal memoir by the co-host of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered. While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama’s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been willfully withheld. These revelations—from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer to her maternal grandmother’s job as an itinerant Aunt Jemima in the Midwest—inspired a bracing journey into her family’s past, from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the Deep South. The result is a rich and extraordinary family memoir—filled with stories that elegantly explore the power of silence and secrets—that boldly examines racial legacy and what it means to be an American.
Author: John Baillie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-11-30
With over a million copies in print, John Baillie’s classic collection of scripture and prayers is a beautiful daily devotional, the perfect companion guide to any Christian seeking to enrich their life through growth in prayer. In this book of personal devotions, noted theologian Dr. John Baillie offers personal prayers for people who are seeking a better understanding of God and themselves. Intermingling adoring and meditative thoughts about God with a concern for the social and individual good, these daily invocations help and inspire us to search within our inner selves and find the deep religious beliefs that lie within.
Author: Robert Cardinal Sarah
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Release Date: 2017-04-15
In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, Cardinal Robert Sarah presents a bold book about the strength of silence. The modern world generates so much noise, he says, that seeking moments of silence has become both harder and more necessary than ever before. Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine, explains the cardinal in this profound conversation with Nicolas Diat. Within the hushed and hallowed walls of the La Grande Chartreux, the famous Carthusian monastery in the French Alps, Cardinal Sarah addresses the following questions: Can those who do not know silence ever attain truth, beauty, or love? Do not wisdom, artistic vision, and devotion spring from silence, where the voice of God is heard in the depths of the human heart? After the international success of God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah seeks to restore to silence its place of honor and importance. "Silence is more important than any other human work," he says, "for it expresses God. The true revolution comes from silence; it leads us toward God and others so as to place ourselves humbly and generously at their service."
Author: Lisa M. Hendey
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Release Date: 2014-11-03
How often do you say “yes” to God in your daily life? Do you regularly share that yes with others? Generous living isn’t just about putting money in the collection basket during Mass or always being the one who steps up to help out. According to bestselling Catholic author, speaker, blogger, and creator of CatholicMom.com Lisa M. Hendey, generous living is about consistently answering God’s call to act through mission and loving service to others. In The Grace of Yes, Hendey shares eight spiritual virtues that have allowed her—and will help you—live generously and joyously say yes to God. With warmth and practical advice, Hendey helps you become more open to God’s unique plan for your life through the virtues of belief, generativity, creativity, integrity, humility, vulnerability, saying no, and starting over. As she candidly reflects on her own faith journey, Hendey guides you toward your own path of generous giving. Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection and a prayer that invites you into a deeper relationship with God. Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection and a prayer that invites you into a deeper relationship with God.
Author: Austen Ivereigh
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: 2014-11-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
A biography of Pope Francis that describes how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics--the tension between the pope's innovative vision for the Church and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past. Based on extensive interviews in Argentina and years of study of the Catholic Church, Ivereigh tells the story not only of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the remarkable man whose background and total commitment to the discernment of God's will transformed him into Pope Francis--but the story of why the Catholic Church chose him as their leader. With the Francis Revolution just beginning, this biography will provide never-before-explained context on how one man's ambitious program began--and how it will likely end--through an investigation of Francis's youth growing up in Buenos Aires and the dramatic events during the Perón era that shaped his beliefs; his ongoing conflicts and disillusionment with the ensuing doctrines of an authoritarian and militaristic government in the 1970s; how his Jesuit training in Argentina and Chile gave him a unique understanding and advocacy for a "Church of the Poor"; and his rise from Cardinal to the papacy.
Author: Gareth Young
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Release Date: 2009-03
When fifteen-year-old Jessica Jackson's crush on her pastor's son leads to rape, she finds herself pregnant and rejected by her family and church. When Simon Cassell's homosexual relationship is discovered, he is beaten by his father and ostracized by the community. Middle-aged Dwight Cook is struggling with the failure of his business, estrangement from his family, and uncontrollable lust for a female employee. Jessica, Simon, and Dwight's struggles intensify when a lynching brings the FBI to their rural North Carolina town and both church and family members are implicated.
Author: Ken Liu
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2015-04-07
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by NPR. Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice. Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty.
Author: Timberlake Wertenbaker
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
Release Date: 1987
THE STORY: Mary Traverse, the pretty, carefully schooled daughter of a wealthy London merchant, chafes at her pampered existence, and hungers for knowledge and experience of the outside world. Leaving her father's protection she is, at first, shock
Author: Charles R. Swindoll
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2010-07-25
Have we forgotten the meaning of grace? Preachers preach it. Teachers teach it. Theologians analyze it. Then we forget about it. Here, in a twentieth-anniversary edition, is The Grace Awakening, Charles Swindoll's best-selling classic that has awakened hundreds of thousands of readers to the untapped wonders of grace. Wonders that Christians know with their minds but forget with their hearts. Wonders that can make a difference in the way we live, in the way we approach life. Wonders that can make the difference between ho-hum religion and an intimate relationship with a God who wishes us nothing short of joy. Included in this anniversary edition is The Grace Awakening Devotional, a month-long spiritual journey to help you explore the newfound freedom of God's grace in your life. As you continue to experience the wonder of God's inexhaustible grace, you'll be awakened in new ways to everything God wants to do in your life.
Author: Andy Stanley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2011-09-12
“Grace. It’s what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It’s the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others—especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable. Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. It’s this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. It’s the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning.” —Andy Stanley We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God. From the beginning, the church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders. Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little voice in your head whispering, “It can’t be that easy!” “What about obedience?” “What about disobedience?” “What about repeated misbehavior?” “What about bad habits?” “What about justice?” “What about repentance?” It’s this tension that makes grace so slippery. But that’s the beauty and the truth of grace. We don’t deserve it. We can’t earn it. It can’t be qualified. But God gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally. The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.
Author: Grace Abbott
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Social Science
This reader features the most influential and insightful writings of Grace Abbott (1878?1939), a tireless and brilliant social reformer in the early twentieth century. These writings contributed to the development of social programs that safeguarded mothers and children, protected immigrants from abuse, and rescued child laborers from the appalling conditions of the time. Framed by reminiscences and observations on her life by her sister, Edith Abbott, and other important historical figures, these writings recapture a critical turning point?and a significant voice?in the never-ending struggle for social justice in this nation. ø U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter said he did not believe that ?the American experience would disclose a finer illustration of the rare art of public administration? than Abbott and urged that her work be recorded for posterity. In Abbott's case, this ?art? meant making life better and making real change possible for countless immigrants, women, and children. The Grace Abbott Reader, the first collection of Abbott?s stirring words, shows that the causes she pursued with fiery conscience and fierce determination are as relevant in our day as they were in hers.
Christians trying to model their lives after Jesus may find that He gets buried under lists, rules, and formulas. Now bestselling author Randy Alcorn offers a simple two-point checklist for Christlikeness based on John 1:14. The test consists of balancing grace and truth, equally and unapologetically. Grace without truth deceives people, and ceases to be grace. Truth without grace crushes people, and ceases to be truth. Alcorn shows the reader how to show the world Jesus -- offering grace instead of the world's apathy and tolerance, offering truth instead of the world's relativism and deception. Grace or Truth…or Both? Truth without grace breeds self-righteousness and crushing legalism. Grace without truth breeds deception and moral compromise. Is it possible to embrace both in balance? Jesus did. Randy Alcorn offers a simple yet profound two-point checklist of Christlikeness. “In the end,” says Alcorn, “we don’t need grace or truth. We need grace and truth. And for people to see Jesus in us, they must see both.” From the Hardcover edition.