New Arrivals · Religion

December 5, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

On the road with Saint Augustine : a real-world spirituality for restless hearts

December 4, 2019
Smith, James K. A., 1970- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
xiv, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Orientation: Heart on the run: how to hit the road ; Augustine our contemporary: how to find yourself ; A refugee spirituality: how to live between -- Detours on the way to myself: Freedom: how to escape ; Ambition: how to aspire ; Sex: how to connect ; Mothers: how to be dependent ; Friendship: how to belong ; Enlightenment : how to believe -- Story: how to be character ; Justice: how to protest ; Fathers: how to be broken ; Death: how to hope -- Homecoming.

Dominion : how the Christian revolution remade the world

December 3, 2019
Holland, Tom, author.
©2019
x, 612 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 2019 by Little, Brown in the United Kingdom"--Title page verso
Part I. Antiquity. Athens : 479 BC, The Hellespont -- Jerusalem : 63 BC, Jerusalem -- Mission : AD 19, Galatia -- Belief : AD 177, Lyon -- Charity : AD 362, Pessinus -- Heaven : 492, Mount Gargano -- Exodus : 632, Carthage -- Part II. Christendom. Conversion : 754, Frisia -- Revolution : 1076, Cambrai -- Persecution : 1229, Marburg -- Flesh : 1300, Milan -- Apocalypse : 1420, Tabor -- Reformation : 1520, Wittenberg -- Cosmos : 1620, Leiden -- Part III. Modernitas. Spirit : 1649, St George's Hill -- Enlightenment : 1762, Toulouse -- Religion : 1825, Baroda -- Science : 1876, The Judith River -- Shadow : 1916, The Somme -- Love : 1967, Abbey Road -- Woke : 2015, Rostock.
"Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence is the single most transformative development in Western history. [This book] explores what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian. Today, the West remains utterly saturated by Christian assumptions. Our morals and ethics are not universal. Instead, they are the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed. From Babylon to the Beatles, Saint Michael to #MeToo, Dominion tells the story of how Christianity transformed the world" -- inside front jacket flap.

The official Catholic directory.

December 2, 2019
New York : P. J. Kenedy & Sons,
v. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Vol. for 2007 is published with Companion indexes on CD ROM.

You can trust God to write your story : embracing the mysteries of providence

December 2, 2019
Wolgemuth, Nancy DeMoss, author.
Chicago : Moody Publishers, [2019]
221 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword statement from cover.
Foreword: Before you begin / Joni Eareckson Tada -- Introduction once upon a time: what makes a great story? -- Of birds, flowers, and you: living under providence -- Chosen: Esther's story -- Graced: our story -- You can trust God when your marriage is in trouble -- You can trust God when you long for a mate -- You can trust God when you're pressed financially -- Redeemed: Naomi and Ruth's story -- You can trust God when you lose your health -- You can trust God when you've been sinned against -- Sent: Joseph's story -- You can trust God when your child breaks your heart -- You can trust God when you lose a loved one -- You can trust God when you're facing death -- Surprised: Mary and Joseph's story -- Consummated: his story -- You can trust God -- you really can: your story.
"In their first book together, bestselling authors Robert and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth share biblical and modern-day stories of God's providence at work, including their own story"-- Provided by publisher.

Destroying fear : strategies to overthrow the enemy's tactics and walk in total freedom

December 2, 2019
Ramirez, John, 1963- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
218 pages ; 22 cm
I am saved, but still in bondage? -- Identifying the source of fear -- Facing the spiritual pharaoh -- Self-image and the devil's game -- Is your mind good ground for light or fertile soil for darkness? -- The bully in the schoolyard -- Fear is early-onset cancer to the spiritual mind -- The devil's booby traps -- The power of the Holy Spirit over all fears -- The thief in your parking garage -- Doing damage to the kingdom of darkness -- Giving fear an eviction notice -- No chain greater than the name of Jesus -- Life with Jesus with no parole is ultimate freedom -- A world gripped in fear -- Freedom is not free! : the power of unchaining others -- A warning to those in leadership -- No longer afraid.
"The enemy uses fear as a tactic to torment and attack us -- but Jesus came to destroy fear and set captives free. Using real-life examples, John Ramirez helps readers find peace and purpose so they can fearlessly live their destiny, conquer fear and dismantle strongholds"-- Provided by publisher.

When your bad meets his good : find purpose in your pain

November 22, 2019
Jones-Pothier, Kimberly, author.
Lake Mary, Florida : Charisma House, [2018]
xvi, 219 pages ; 21 cm
Help! I'm stuck! -- What happened? -- Kill the weeds -- One decision away -- Move forward -- Breaking through the obstacles -- Shut hell up -- Overcoming rejection -- Straight outta excuses -- Soul ties -- Stop pressing rewind! Hit delete! -- Shifting from your bad to his good -- Fumigate -- The in-between -- We see a mess; God sees a chance! -- Against all odds -- Go for it.
""Imagine a life in which we literally believe God and take Him at His Word, one in which we let the trials and tribulations that hit us roll off our backs. We look at those trials as a 'life college' and learn everything we can through them. We get better, not bitter. When relationships fail, instead of looking at them as our personal failures, we believe rejection is God’s protection and that He wanted the people out of our lives. The points in this book are all about perception shifts -- learning how to take the bad and shift it for our good. Everything happens for a reason, so instead of getting mad at God for not healing our marriages, giving us favor with a promotion, or saving us from bankruptcy, let’s look at everything we experience as a means of advancement in our lives"--Publisher's website.

Histoire ecclesiastique

November 19, 2019
Fleury, Claude, 1640-1723.
Paris : J. Mariette, 1719- <1743>
< 29 > volumes : illustrations ; 27 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copies located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine and marbled endpapers.
v. 1. (1722) Contenant les deux premiers fiecles -- v. 2. (1720) Contenant le troisiéme siécle -- v. 3. (1720) Depuis l'an 313 jusques à l'an 361 -- v. 4. (1724) Depuis l'an 360 jusques à l'an 385 -- v. 5. (1720) Depuis l'an 395 jusques à l'an 429 -- v. 6. (1722) Depuis l'an 429 jusques à l'an 483 -- v. 7. (1727) Depuis l'an 483 jusques à l'an 590 -- v. 8. (1727) Depuis l'an 483 jusques à l'an 678 -- v. 9. (1720) Depuis l'an 679 jusques à l'an 794 -- v. 10. (1728) Depuis l'an 796 jusques à l'an 859 -- v. 11. (1720) Depuis l'an 858 jusques à l'an 925 -- v. 12. (1721) Depuis l'an 925 jusques à l'an 1053 -- v. 13. (1726) Depuis l'an 1053 jusques à l'an 1099 -- v. 14. (1727) Depuis l'an 1099 jusques à l'an 1153 -- v. 15. (1719) Depuis l'an 1153 jusques à l'an 1197 -- v. 16. (1719) Depuis l'an 1198 jusques à l'an 1230 -- -- -- v. 19. (1726) Depuis l'an 1300 jusques à l'an 1339 -- -- v. 21. (1726) Depuis l'an 1401 jusques à l'an 1431 -- v. 22. (1726) Depuis l'an 1431 jusques à l'an 1455 -- v. 23. (1730) Depuis l'an 1456 jusques à l'an 1484 -- v. 24. (1728) Depuis l'an 1485 jusques à l'an 1507 -- v. 25. (1729) Depuis l'an 1508 jusques à l'an 1520 -- v. 26. (1729) Depuis l'an 1521 jusques à l'an 1528 -- v. 27. (1740) Depuis l'an 1528 jusques à l'an 1535 -- -- -- v. 30. (1731) Depuis l'an 1550 jusques à l'an 1555 -- v. 31. (1733) Depuis l'an 1555 jusques à l'an 1560 -- v. 32 (1733) Depuis l'an 1561 jusques à l'an 1562 -- v. 33. (1734) Depuis l'an 1562 jusques à l'an 1563 -- -- -- v. 36. (1743) Depuis l'an 1585 jusques à l'an 1595.

Initiated : memoir of a witch

November 19, 2019
Garcia, Amanda Yates, author.
©2019
vii, 341 pages ; 22 cm
An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through. Traditional Wiccan initiates are usually brought into the craft through a ceremony with a High Priestess. But even though Amanda Yates Garcia's mother, a practicing witch herself, initiated her into the earth-centered practice of witchcraft when she was 13 years old, Amanda's real life as a witch only began when she underwent a series of spontaneous initiations of her own. Descending into the underworlds of poverty, sex work, and misogyny, Initiated describes Amanda's journey to return to her body, harness her power, and create the magical world she longed for through witchcraft. Hailed by crows, seduced by magicians, and haunted by ancestors broken beneath the wheels of patriarchy, Amanda's quest for self-discovery and empowerment is a deep exploration of a modern witch's trials - healing ancient wounds, chafing against cultural expectations, creating intimacy - all while on a mission to re-enchant the world. Peppered with mythology, tales of the goddesses and magical women throughout history, Initiated stands squarely at the intersection of witchcraft and feminism. With generosity and heart, this book speaks to the question: is it possible to live a life of beauty and integrity in a world that feels like it's dying? Declaring oneself a witch and practicing magic has everything to do with claiming authority and power for oneself, of taking back our planet in the name of Love. Initiated is both memoir and manifesto calling the magical people of the world to take up their wands: stand up, be brave, describe the world they want, then create it like a witch.

Something greater : finding triumph over trials

November 19, 2019
White, Paula (Paula Michelle), author.
New York : Faith Words, 2019.
xiv, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Prelude -- A good girl. Love ; Helplessness ; Discipline ; Discovery ; Grace ; Deliverance ; Chosen -- A great cause. Innocence ; Service ; Growth ; Success ; Despair ; Death ; Life -- A divine purpose. Connection ; Celebrity ; Potential ; Home ; Hope ; PUrpose ; Readiness -- Postlude.
"For the first time, Paula shares her remarkable journey of faith. Through personal accounts of heartbreak and triumph, she reveals how--by surrendering to God's purpose for her life and refusing to quit--she survived tragedy, launched a global ministry, and became a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump."--inside front jacket flap.

Why I don't call myself gay : how I reclaimed my sexual reality and found peace

November 19, 2019
Mattson, Daniel C., author.
San Francisco, CA : Ignatius Press, [2017]
xxxviii, 300 pages ; 21 cm
"In this frank memoir, Mattson chronicles his journey to and from a gay identity, finding peace in his true identity, as a man, made in the image and likeness of God. Part autobiography, part philosophy of life, and part a practical guide in living chastely, the book draws lessons from Mattson's search for inner freedom and integrity, sharing wisdom from his failures and successes. His lifelong search for happiness and peace comes full circle in his realization that, above all else, what is true about him is that he is a beloved son of God, loved into existence by God, created for happiness in this life and the next. Mattson's book is for anyone who has ever wondered who he is, why he is here, and, in the face of suffering, where to find joy, happiness, and the peace that surpasses all understanding."-- Amazon.

You are the girl for the job : daring to believe the God who calls you

November 19, 2019
Connolly, Jess, author.
Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 2019.
254 pages ; 22 cm
"You were made for life abundant and vibrant mission, yet it's easy to let comparison, self-doubt, and defeat take ourselves out of the running. Join bestselling author Jess Connolly in You Are the Girl for the Job to make a plan, make a move, and believe the One who has called you"-- Provided by publisher.

Faithful witness in a fractured world : models for an authentic Christian life

November 19, 2019
Johnson, Nicole L., author.
2019
xii, 119 pages ; 22 cm
"How not to be a crappy Christian" -- Cover.

Beautifully broken

November 19, 2019
Jones-Pothier, Kimberly.
Bloomington, IN : Authorhouse, ©2015.
xv, 138 pages ; 23 cm
"This book will give you not only biblical truths of deliverance but also real life scenarios and practical applications that will forever change your future relationships. It is a love story about a broken girl and a holy God. Kimberly shows us that God really does restore. Beautifully Broken is where God does his best work. You will learn that your pain was not just about you but many who will be rescued as a result of your survival. Kimberly will show you how to turn your pain into purpose, your mess into your message, and how to get your healing amid the hell. The journey is not comfortable, but it definitely is worth every ounce of pain and discomfort, which will lead you to your purpose."-- Amazon.com.

The colors of you

November 18, 2019
Milot, Sherrie, author.
©2019
iv, 71 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: discovering the gift of spirit -- The ability rainbow and Akashic records -- What a reading is like for me -- Working with angels -- The other lands -- Summary -- The ability rainbow: index of colors -- Saint Philomena.
"Since an early age, Sherrie Milot has seen spirits, angels, and colors around people, which she always assumed were auras. As the years went on, she realized she was seeing something altogether different, something she now knows as 'The Ability Rainbow.' To date, no one has released information similar to hers, or discussed the vast variety of angels has encountered. This story details her life's work, including readings, house clearings, an atlas of angels, and an index of ability colors. She hopes that her journey can assist others in better understanding their spiritual gifts and all that awaits on the other side"--Back cover.

The missionary of Wall Street : from managing money to saving souls on the streets of New York

November 18, 2019
Auth, Stephen F., author.
Manchester, New Hampshire : Sophia Institute Press, 2019.
x, 156 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
No longer alone -- Be not afraid -- Loving and thinking -- Can I really be a missionary? -- Friends, family, and dogs -- I'm not ready for confession yet -- That unforgivable sin -- Bringing back lapsed Catholics -- I have my own relationship with God -- Reaching out to other faiths -- Atheists and other hostiles -- Never judge a book by its cover -- Sowing seeds -- Success! -- The rewards of being a missionary.

Beyond authority and submission : women and men in marriage, church, and society

November 15, 2019
Miller, Rachel Green, author.
Phillipsburg : P&R Publishing, 2019.
273 pages; 23 cm.
"The world needs Christians to speak out about Scripture's teaching on the matters of sex and gender. That means we need to make sure we have it right ourselves. Have we borrowed cultural beliefs from other times and societies? Have we overcorrected and added to God's Word? Is there a better way than the competing rules and guidelines we see in the church today? Rachel Green Miller argues that what the Bible teaches about women, men, and gender is both simpler and more difficult than we're often told. Although modern discussions have focused on authority and submission, there is much more to the biblical picture. Examining common beliefs in the light of Scripture, she draws out important biblical themes that will strengthen our relationship as co-laborers in the kingdom of God and for the good of this world."--Back cover.

The Catholic working mom's guide to life

November 14, 2019
Wahlund, JoAnna, author.
Huntington, Indiana : Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, [2019]
175 pages ; 22 cm

The gospel according to Eve : a history of women's interpretation

November 12, 2019
Benckhuysen, Amanda Joyce, author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2019]
x, 262 pages ; 23 cm
Interpreting Eve -- Defending women's worth -- Promoting women's education -- Supporting women as wives and mothers -- Empowering women to preach and teach -- Forming the character of children -- Advocating for social reform -- Influencing gender ideology -- The legacy of Eve.
"Do women and men have different intellectual, spiritual, moral, or emotional capacities? Over the centuries, women have read and interpreted the story of Eve, scrutinizing the details of the text to discern God's word for them. Biblical scholar Amanda Benckhuysen traces the history of women's interpretation of Genesis 1-3, allowing the voices of women to speak of Eve's story and its implications for life today"-- Provided by publisher.

Holy disunity : how what separates us can save us

November 12, 2019
Williams, Layton E., author.
©2019
xiv, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Includes questions for reflection and discussion (pages 205-216).
Foreword: Diana Butler Bass. -- Page xi.
The gift of difference -- The gift of doubt -- The gift of argument -- The gift of tension -- The gift of separation -- The gift of vulnerability -- The gift of trouble -- The gift of protest -- The gift of hunger -- The gift of limitations -- The gift of failure -- The gift of uncertainty.
"Layton E. Williams proposes that our primary calling as humans is not to create unity but rather to seek authentic relationship with God, ourselves, one another, and the world around us. And that means actively engaging those with whom we disagree. Our religious, political, social, and cultural differences can create doubt and tension, but disunity also provides surprising gifts of perspective and grace. By analyzing conflict and rifts in both modern culture and Scripture, Williams explores how our disagreements and differences--our disunity--can ultimately redeem us."--Amazon.com

Letters to a dead friend about Zen

November 12, 2019
Warner, Brad, author.
Novato, California : New World Library, [2019]
247 pages ; 22 cm
Carved into the universe -- Remembering Marky Moon -- Wild beast jerky -- Buddhisms : what they agree about -- Is Zen Buddhism a religion? -- Truth vs. Buddhism -- I'm just a Zen bozo -- Zazen isn't just the name of a sleeping tablet you can buy at truck stops -- The goal of having no goals -- The four no bull truths -- When you're dead you've got no self -- The center of a universe with no center -- Intuition -- The no bull eightfold path (sorry!) -- Your karma ran over my dogma (sorry!) -- Some koans you ought to know -- Emptiness -- Are drugs the gateway to Zen? -- He wasn't breathing -- What is Zen and what is just Asian culture -- Crazy wisdom is usually more crazy than wise -- Escape from the compound -- The whole shebang -- Marky's memorial.
"An introduction to Zen Buddhism for general readers, written as a series of imaginary letters from the author to a deceased friend; covers basic Zen concepts such as rebirth, karma, and mindfulness, while also examining the ethical challenges of living a Buddhist life in the modern world"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost art of Scripture : rescuing the sacred texts

November 8, 2019
Armstrong, Karen, 1944- author.
©2019
605 pages ; 24 cm
"A Borzoi book."
Part one: Cosmos and society. Israel: remembering in order to belong -- India: sound and silence -- China: the primacy of ritual. Part two: Mythos. New story; new self -- Empathy -- Unknowing -- Canon -- Midrash -- Embodiment -- Recitation and intentio -- Ineffability. Part three: Logos. Sola scriptura -- Sola ratio. Post-scripture.
"Today the Quran is used by some to justify war and acts of terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The significance of Scripture--the holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions--may not be immediately obvious in our secular world but its misunderstanding is perhaps the root cause of most of today's controversies over religion. In this timely and important book, one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs examines the meaning of Scripture. Today holy texts are not only used selectively to underwrite sometimes arbitrary and subjective views: they are seen to prescribe ethical norms and codes of behaviour that are divinely ordained--they are believed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong shows in this fascinating trawl through millennia of religious history, this peculiar reading of Scripture is a relatively recent, modern phenomenon--and in many ways, a reaction to a hostile secular world. For most of their history, the world's religious traditions have regarded these texts as tools for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness that helped them to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways. Scripture was not a 'truth' that had to be 'believed.' Armstrong argues that only if the world's religious faiths rediscover such an open and spiritual engagement with their holy texts can they curtail the arrogance, intolerance and violence that flows from a narrow reading of Scripture as truth."-- Provided by publisher.

The meaning of marriage : a couple's devotional : a year of daily devotions

November 7, 2019
Keller, Timothy, 1950- author.
©2019
xv, 379 pages ; 19 cm
"Based upon The Meaning of Marriage, originally published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, in 2011"--Title page verso.
"All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV), unless otherwise noted"--Title page verso.
Marriage is the most profound human relationship there is. Coming to know and love your spouse is one of the most rewarding and wondrous things we can experience in life. But it is also one of the most difficult and painful. In this 365-day devotional, Timothy Keller and his wife of forty-three years Kathy Keller share powerful instructions on how to have a successful marriage. The Kellers draw from and expand upon lessons they first introduced in their book "The Meaning of Marriage," offering stories, daily scriptures, and prayer prompts that will inspire anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life. -- Publisher's description.

To the world with love signed, the American Christian : having a form of religion but denying its power

November 6, 2019
Dailey, Linda, author.
Bloomington, IN WestBow Press, 2018.
x, 99 pages ; 24 cm
Deception is among us -- The Lord's prayer for us all -- When the color line was erased: the Azusa Street revival -- The letter from a Birmingham jail -- The real axis of evil: prejudice, bigotry and racism -- Can America learn to love? -- How to forgive the unforgivable -- Our faith is on life support -- Reformation precedes revival -- The authority of the believer.
"Although there is a war raging for the soul of my nation, I forget that 'evil flourishes when good men sit idly by and do nothing.' Many don't discern that our last stand against the great evil arising is a Sunday morning not branded as 'the most segregated hour in America,' penned by Martin Luther King Jr. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. The entire earth is quaking and awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God"--Back cover.

The blessed life : unlocking the rewards of generous living

November 1, 2019
Morris, Robert (Robert Preston), 1961- author.
©2019
xi, 203 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword by James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, Fort Worth, Texas.
"Gateway Church edition published in 2002. Regal Books edition published in September 2004. Gateway Church special edition published in January 2015. Gateway Church updated edition published in August 2016"--Title page verso.
The unexpected adventure -- God must be first -- Life, not law -- The principle of multiplication -- Breaking the spirit of mammon -- It takes a heart transplant -- Do the right thing -- The gift of giving -- God rewards good stewardship -- Need, greed, or seed -- God rewards generosity -- Guaranteed financial results -- Afterword: God's road map for a blessed life.
"Too often, greed and materialism can choke out the true spirit of generosity found only in Christ. In this new, revised edition of The Blessed Life -- featuring fresh stories and illustrations -- Robert Morris, lead senior pastor of Gateway Church, examines the true meaning of the blessed life. The enemy wants to keep you from discovering God's principles governing financial stewardship, giving, and blessing. Why? Because once you do, it will change every area of your life from your marriage to your health and finances. It will also impact the kingdom of God. What if every needed church facility could be built? What if every missionary could be sent and abundantly supplied? What if the gospel could saturate every culture on the planet? When God changes your heart from selfishness to generosity, every part of your life journey is affected. With humor, passion, and clarity, Robert presents this truth on the pages of The Blessed Life"-- Jacket flap.

Bless this mess : a modern guide to faith and parenting in a chaotic world

November 1, 2019
Baskette, Molly Phinney, 1970- author.
New York : Convergent, [2019]
viii, 309 pages ; 21 cm
Spiritual and progressive parenting: not an oxymoron -- Spare the rod and spark the child: a new parenting proverb -- How to be "good": a new way of talking about goodness and badness -- How to fight and forgive -- How much is enough? how to talk to kids about money and stuff -- Service and community: how to follow Jesus -- Sabbath: how to make every day holy -- The beauty of bodies: sex, drugs and going beyond "the talk" -- Routines and rituals: how to turn holidays back into holy days -- Worry once and worry well: brave parenting -- Epilogue: still becoming.
"Pairing modern psychology with liberal Christian spirituality, Dr. Ellen O'Donnell and Rev. Molly Baskette deliver a clear and compelling modus operandi for making family life work--one rooted in research on parenting and Christian values, peppered with personal stories and a heavy dose of humor. When authors Ellen O'Donnell and Molly Baskette became parents, they read lots of books on parenting--many of them great. But when it came to practical suggestions that would help their family spiritually and psychologically, they came up short. Together, they sought out brainstorming actionable steps to help their families in ways that weren't being discussed in parenting books. This book is the fruit of their brainstorming and discussions. In Bless This Mess, readers will gain tools as they learn how to talk to kids about money, bodies, God, ethics, disability, and difference; how to stress less (really); how to embody an ethic of service to others; how to live a practice of deep generosity and gratitude; and, most of all, how to stop being so afraid all the damn time, as we raise our kids in an increasingly chaotic and often scary world. Both Christian spirituality and modern science can help us parent more fearlessly in an age of anxiety. With real-life examples and strategies to address the challenges of raising a toddler, preteen, or teenager, Bless This Mess guides parents of children at all stages of their development. Readers will shed stress with this resource they can turn to again and again for practical guidance as their children grow and the family encounters new challenges. Most important, readers will not feel alone, as they peruse relatable stories and are reminded of the companionship of God in their parenting journey"-- Provided by publisher.

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