New on the bookshelf: Deliver Us from Me-Ville

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Deliver Us from Me-Ville by David Zimmerman has been added to the Goodreads bookshelf.

Building on the teachings of Thomas Merton and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, David Zimmerman outlines the journey from Me-Ville to God’s Kingdom that all Christians must travel (and often, re-travel). The good news is, Jesus is the one who comes to Me-Ville to lead the way out!

Each chapter includes ways that the journey changes us, practices we can actively engage in as willing participants on the trip (we aren’t just along for the ride, after all), and “Escape Routes” or spiritual practices to try when we find ourselves back (or headed back) to Me-Ville.

As an added bonus, the book includes discussion guides for each chapter, making it suitable for both individuals and groups to read together.

 

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Summer Reading

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This week we’re sharing four different lists of books to explore on four different topics. Since the lists are of non-fiction works, we also wanted to encourage your fiction reading with “4 Benefits of Reading Fiction.”

10 books for Christian Parents

7 books on Faith, Work and Economics

5 books on Singleness

21 books for Twentysomethings

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Making a difference in this world

He has shown you, o mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

-Micah 6.8

That’s a pretty big calling (along with all of the other ways that Jesus transforms our lives!). How do we live out God’s desires without taking over God’s job as Saviour of the world?

There are lots of people who are doing a fantastic job of being devoted in this area. But trying to live up to the likes of Shane Claiborne, for instance, could stop us before we start. Rachel Held Evans offers some helpful encouragement in “How to follow Jesus… without being Shane Claiborne.”

Inevitably, the feeling like you’re not doing enough will creep in because it’s really hard to see progress in such a complex world. “Stop asking the wrong question.”

If you’re really interested in doing aid and service with the right motives, consider reading Tyler Wigg-Stevenson’s The World is Not Ours to Save.
Wigg-Stevenson is a pastor and activist who wants to help Christians move from seeing aid work as a matter of causes to a matter of calling.

If you’re in Canada, also consider checking out the work of Citizens for Public Justice, a Christian organization that works within the interplay of faith, justice and politics.

This post is for adults who are interested in taking seriously God’s calling to justice and mercy, especially in aid work and activism.

Women’s Work

Quick Trip to the line- Sharlene SmithThis week’s links are for women and the people who want to encourage and appreciate them.

Three books may be of interest to you if you are struggling to find contentment, value and purpose in the everyday of your life. Here are links to reviews and interviews with the authors:

Every woman’s work is sacred- even if it takes place in a board room. Read more from Susan DiMeckle and Working Women of the Bible: TImeless Mentors for Modern Women.

Finding joy isn’t in grand plans, but in little steps everyday. Read more about Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin.

Gloria Furman’s Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home reminds us that “bigger and better” isn’t what Jesus is actually calling us to. Read more in “Grace for the Not-Quite-Happy Homemaker.”

This post focuses on women who are in the workplace or at home and encourages them to consider how discipleship and faith in Jesus transforms their everyday.

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