When the Worst comes, you feel as if the storyline and purpose of your life have either been seriously disrupted or totally terminated. Before the Worst, you had dreams and aspirations. Now tragedy and pain have shattered your vision.
There are victims of sexual abuse in every community and institution in society, including churches. There are certainly victims of sexual abuse in your congregation. It is often invisible in our congregations because of the silence of the victims themselves. Powerful forces can keep it so, and the shame that victims feel can perpetuate the idea that “good” families are exempt from its reach.
We all struggle with the fear that our lives don’t measure up. We all long to be seen as significant in the eyes of someone important, perhaps a parent, a boss, a teacher, or a friend. Sometimes the goal is to meet our own impossibly high self- expectations.
No other response than action does any justice to our claims to be followers of Jesus, who was himself the consummate act-or.
The Cross and Gendercide asks Christians not to ignore the uncomfortable reality of violence against women that is happening on a global scale.
Vintage Saints and Sinners is about the presence of God in the places that we least expect. With humility and grace, author Karen Wright Marsh’s book challenges the popular idea that saints are perfect people.
“Scars Across Humanity” is a book about our collective responsibility both for past violence towards women and the job of ending it today.
Forgotten Girls is a book about neglected girls around the world – their stories of hope and courage. “Moved by the plight of these neglected girls, advocates Kay Marshall Strom and Michele Rickett took a trip across continents to interview girls and to partner with ministries working to help females in some of the most difficult places in the world.” Together, they have written this book.
The Power of Proximity is a book about moving beyond awareness to action. Written by Michelle Ferrigno Warren…”She and her family have chosen to live in communities where they are “proximate to the pain of the poor.” This makes all the difference in facing and overcoming injustice.”
“Imaginative Prayer” is a yearlong guide for your child’s spiritual formation. Written by Jared Patrick Boyd, who is a “pastor, spiritual director and founder of The Order of Sustainable Faith, a missional monastic order for the twenty-first century.”