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Right Here Right Now the Practice of Christian Mindfulness

Right Here Right Now the Practice of Christian Mindfulness
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Christians have always practiced mindfulness. Yet, from the popular landscape of mindfulness movement, you'd never know that. Where is the Christian voice in this fast-growing movement? Many Christians practice mindfulness outside of church and believe it does not belong to our faith tradition. This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. When we understand how radical it is to live in God's presence right here, right now, our lives are transformed toward mercy, justice and abundant life.

Amy Oden shows how the practice of Christian mindfulness begins with the teachings of Jesus and continues throughout Christian history. It also includes step-by-step instructions for the practice of Christian mindfulness today. Pastors and leaders will find this book useful on the ground as they curate current culture and guide Christians in spiritual practices.

" ... this is the best introduction to Christian mindfulness I have read." --Shaun Lambert, Senior Minister of Stanmore Baptist Church, United Kingdom

"Amy Oden knows the history of Christian spirituality as well as anyone, and she helps us see what might seem surprising to many--that mindfulness has deep roots in the
Christian tradition. The wisdom she shares in this clear, winsome book has already deepened my own life of prayer. I know this book will bear fruit in classrooms and
congregations as readers heed its call to stop and pay prayerful attention to what God is doing, right here, right now."
--L. Roger Owens, Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA

"Oden deftly lifts up a clear template for what lies at the core of all spiritual practice: mindfulness--a simple awareness within ordinary life of divine presence, here and now. Unlike many generic practices of mindfulness now popular in business, education, and the fitness industry, Oden underscores that Christian mindfulness is not an end in itself but an awareness that turns us toward God. Amy's words become a litany of invitation into the posture of open-hearted presence to the Presence, right here, right now." (from the foreword)
--Marjorie J. Thompson, author of Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, former Director of Pathways in Congregational Spirituality with Upper Room Ministries, and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian church (USA)


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Safe & Sound Standing Firm in Spiritual Battles

Safe & Sound Standing Firm in Spiritual Battles
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SEEKING WISE COUNSEL

SEEKING WISE COUNSEL
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Many Christians have personal problems - some quite serious - that need various levels of help. A wide array of resources are available to provide that help, but in many instances we are unaware of them or don't know where to look for them. In Seeking Wise Counsel, Dr. David Stoop has given us a "clearing house" that sends us to the right sources for the assistance we need. The book orients us to making good use of all the resources at hand, including Scripture, published materials, discussions with pastors, sharing with friends, consulting professionals and more. It is an invaluable tool serving us with opportunities that lead to healthier personal lives.
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Seismic Shifts OP!!!!

Seismic Shifts OP!!!!
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Is it possible for a person to experience dramatic and powerful transformation? Can an ordinary man or woman begin a season of forward movement and growth in areas that have stayed the same for many years? Can our dream of becoming more like Jesus and experiencing a life of health, growth, and joy become a reality? Not only is it possible, this is exactly what God wants to happen. In the physical world, this kind of change is called a seismic shift. A small movement in the crust of the earth can send out shockwaves that have radical and far-reaching effects, redefining an entire landscape. It is the same in the spiritual world. Small changes can transform our faith, hearts, relationships, personal habits, finances, and even the world in which we live. If we are willing to make small, simple, biblically inspired seismic shifts, God will enter the process and do amazing things, transforming our lives into ones of joy, victory, and purpose. Heart Shifts That Expand Your Faith Shifts That Bring Health and Rest Shifts That Build Dynamic and Lasting Relationships Shifts That Make You Rich Shifts That Change the World The book includes discussion questions and can be used in a six-week, church-wide campaign with personal learning, small group discussion, and weekly worship services.
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SICKNESS SUFFERING & SCRIPTURE

SICKNESS SUFFERING & SCRIPTURE
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Up until fairly recently, men and women accepted sickness and suffering as inevitable features of life in this fallen world. They would have agreed with the words of D.A. Carson who said, 'All we have to do is to live long enough, and we will suffer'. However, in more recent times, wonderful medical advances together with a major change in outlook have led many to think not only that they now have the capacity to rid themselves of all sickness and suffering, but also that they have the right to a long and happy life. What are we to make of sickness and suffering? And how are we to respond to it? In 13 short Bible studies, which are suitable for both individual and group use, David Leyshon shows us from Scripture what the Christian's perspective on suffering ought to be.
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Spurgeons Sorrows Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer from Depression

Spurgeons Sorrows Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer from Depression
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Christians should have the answers, shouldn't they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Here Zack Eswine draws from C.H Spurgeon, 'the Prince of Preachers' experience to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. Zack Eswine brings you here, not a self-help guide, rather 'a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.'

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Steps Into Gods Grace Spiritual Formation Through Gods Word & the 12 Steps of Recovery

Steps Into Gods Grace Spiritual Formation Through Gods Word & the 12 Steps of Recovery
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Are you confused, afraid or suffering? Do you feel burdened by guilt or shame over past or present failures? Do you struggle with painful life circumstances that you feel powerless to control? Do you wonder where God is and why He doesn't seem to help? Do you feel confused about the promise of abundant life and wonder why you're missing out? You are not alone. I began life with many hopes and dreams, yet over time I felt beaten and battered by life circumstances or my poor choices. Confused and overwhelmed, I forced myself to conform my outside to what was expected of me by trying to achieve greater accomplishments, acquire more things and perfect my image. Yet inside, despite all this effort, I was filled with sadness, emptiness, insecurity and loneliness. So began my quest to find hope and peace in my life. Trusting in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, studying the Bible, participating in 12 Step recovery programs and learning to listen and respond to the loving wisdom of the Holy Spirit caused significant changes in my life. I have personally experienced God's healing from shame and guilt of my past and freedom from the need for approval from others. Now that I live with a desperate dependence on God alone, I have peace I never had before. The journey was not easy. I encountered, and continue to encounter, many obstacles. But daily God convinces me that He is my only hope. That is why I'm inviting you to join me and enter into a similar transformational, discipleship journey with God. On this journey we will not just be students who learn more information, but disciples who, empowered by the Holy Spirit, learn the Truth, the Way and the Life. On the journey we will have our thinking challenged, our understanding expanded, our hearts opened and our wounds healed. We will become participants, not spectators, in God's plan and purpose. My prayer for you is that along the way, God will help you recover the truth of who you really are and who He is. I pray also that you will grow in your trust of Him as you come to know His goodness and unfailing love for you. As we take this journey together, I pray you will mysteriously and miraculously experience the healing power of God in your life. I pray you will enter into a love relationship with Him that is more amazing than you ever imagined or hoped for as He redeems, heals and restores you to your true identity and inheritance as His child living in His Kingdom of Grace.
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STICKS & STONES

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Of the roughly thirty-thousand words you will speak today, imagine if just a handful of them could save a life ...... or heal a broken heart... or inspire a vision that would shape the course of history.Today is your opportunity to speak---or write---words of incalculable potential for good. With simple action points and colorful stories, this inspiring book will help you weed out sticks-and-stones negativism and unleash the surpassing, life-giving, destiny-shaping power of positive words.What does it take for your words to make a difference? Perhaps a simple thank-you letter. Maybe an encouraging email. Or a simple hello, a thoughtful phone call, a note written on the back of a family photograph ... the possibilities are endless. Sticks and Stones shows you the power and importance of your words, and how to use the right words to have a positive impact beyond anything you can imagine.
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STORIES FROM THE EDGE THEOLOGY OF GRIEF

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Where is God in the midst of suffering? How do people find strength and comfort in times of terrible adversity? Award-winning writer Greg Garrett addresses these questions and others as he helps readers grapple with the question of where God can be found in times of tragedy. He explores the theological themes of biblical stories and American myths and discusses how these stories have shaped our beliefs about God. He further examines what these foundational narratives reveal about our understanding of God, how they inform how we live our lives, and how we experience God's presence in the midst of grief and suffering. This well-written volume is engaging reading for clergy, chaplains, pastoral counselors, and all who must find the courage and faith to support individuals and families in times of suffering and grief.

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Switch on Your Brain

Switch on Your Brain
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According to researchers, the vast majority--a whopping 75-98 percent--of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. In fact, fear alone triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses in our bodies, activating more than thirty different hormones! Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses.

Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf gives readers a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology. She shares with readers the "switch" in our brains that enables us to live happier, healthier, more enjoyable lives where we achieve our goals, maintain our weight, and even become more intelligent. She shows us how to choose life, get our minds under control, and reap the benefits of a detoxed thought life.

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