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Why Faith Matters by David J. Wolpe
Why Faith Matters is an articulate defense of religion in America. It makes the case for faith and shows its relationship to history and science. Refuting the cold reason of atheists and the hatred of fanatics with a vision of religion informed by faith, love, and understanding, Rabbi David J. Wolpe follows in a literary tradition that stretches from Cardinal Newman to C. S. Lewis to Thomas Merton—individuals of faith who brought religion and culture together in their own works. Wolpe takes readers through the origins and nature of faith, the role of the Bible in modern life, and the compatibility of God and science, concluding with a powerful argument for the place of God, faith, and religion in today's world.
Girltalk Godtalk by Joyce Ann Mercer
GirlTalk/GodTalk offers a refreshing exploration of the faith lives of adolescent girls and shows how they think about, experience, and express spiritual and religious meanings in their lives. The book also explores the important role mothers, fathers and other parenting adults play in shaping that faith. As Joyce Ann Mercer explains, religion and faith can hold things together for girls as they move between the childhood self, the person they are in the present, and the adult self that is beginning to develop.
More God Less Crime by Byron Johnson
In More God, Less Crime renowned criminologist Byron R. Johnson proves that religion can be a powerful antidote to crime. The book describes how faith communities, congregations, and faith-based organizations are essential in forming partnerships necessary to provide the human and spiritual capital to effectively address crime, offender rehabilitation, and the substantial aftercare problems facing former prisoners. There is scattered research literature on religion and crime but until now, there has never been one publication that systematically and rigorously analyzes what we know from this largely overlooked body of research in a lay-friendly format. The data shows that when compared to current strategies, faith-based approaches to crime prevention bring added value in targeting those factors known to cause crime: poverty, lack of education, and unemployment. In an age of limited fiscal resources, Americans can’t afford a criminal justice system that turns its nose up at volunteer efforts that could not only work better than the abysmal status quo, but also save billions of dollars at the same time. This book provides readers with practical insights and recommendations for a faith-based response that could do just that.
Faith Matters by Kerry Walters
In a day in which Christians too often reduce faith to mere sentimentality and atheists decry it as superstitious nonsense, Fr. Kerry Walters offers a series of reflections intended to show that, indeed, faith matters. Drawn from his popular weekly newspaper column "Faith Matters," these short meditations explore Christian faith from the perspectives of doctrine, spirituality, ethics, politics, art and science, the saints, and the holy seasons that mark the Christian year and set the rhythm of Christian living.
When Faith Matters Most by Marc Cargill
Job loss. Financial difficulties. Diagnosis of a disease or a fractured relationship. These are challenging circumstances for anyone. So how do you handle them in a way that opens the door of possibility? How can you deal with the surge of hopelessness that claws at your heart and mind? In When Faith Matters Most, Marc Cargill explores the power of faith as we stare down these giant circumstances and difficulties. With transparency and personal stories of his own challenges combined with powerful truth, Marc lays out the principles for handling some of life's most hard and demanding situations. In his often humorous and very relevant style, important questions of faith are addressed. - How do I handle failure in a positive way? - What are important keys to dealing with financial lack? - How do you respond when God says, "No?" - How can I deal with a negative or hopeless situation? - How do I stand in faith when diagnosed with a sickness or disease? - When it seems I have exhausted every option-what do I do now? Do not give up. Do not surrender to the situation. Instead rise up with the conviction that it will work together for good. You may be in the toughest season of your life. Resist the temptation to give in. Instead fight against despair with faith. This is When Faith Matters Most. Marc Cargill is the Lead Pastor of Hope Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of training materials and equipping resources. Marc is an accomplished songwriter, respected leader, church planter, and pastor. He is known for his humor and prophetic, relevant speaking style. He and his wife Cheryl have five children and live in Gilbert, Arizona.
Faith Matters For Young Adults by Abingdon Press
Each volume includes thirteen small-group sessions for use with young adults.
31 Days To A More Apologetic You by Lisa Cline
While most Christians believe that defending the truth should be left to the professionals, all Christians are called to give a defense to the hope that lies within them. If you are a Christian who has shied away from defending your faith, afraid that it would be awkward or that you did not have the right tools to do so, read a page of this book for the next 31 days and see if those thoughts might change
A Faith Worth Living by Chuck Queen
What does a Christianity constructed upon and pervaded by a theology of God's unconditional love look like? Aimed at a wide audience, A Faith Worth Living provides one portrait. Chuck Queen weaves together biblical interpretations, theological reflections, and spiritual observations drawn from stories, movies, literature, and common life experiences in his argument for an inclusive Christianity. In a simple, though scholarly informed style, he addresses Christians, students of religion, and spiritual seekers. Key elements of the presentation include: a transformative faith (holistic and non-dualistic), God's dream for the world (kingdom theology), Jesus' nonviolent atonement, the church as a kingdom community, universal salvation (judgment and the cosmic Christ), acceptance of other religious traditions, and the dynamics of a radical discipleship to the way of Jesus.
Faith From A Positive Psychology Perspective by Cindy Miller-Perrin
This book highlights religious faith from a positive psychology perspective, examining the relationship between religious faith and optimal psychological functioning. It takes a perspective of religious diversity that incorporates international and cross-cultural work. The empirical literature on the role of faith and cognition, faith and emotion, and faith and behaviour is addressed including how these topics relate to individuals’ mental health, well-being, strength, and resilience. Information on how these faith concepts are relevant to the broader context of relational functioning in families, friendships, and communities is also incorporated. Psychologists have traditionally focused on the treatment of mental illness from a perspective of repairing damaged habits, damaged drives, damaged childhoods, and damaged brains. In recent years, however, many psychological researchers and practitioners have attempted to re-focus the field away from the study of human weakness and damage toward the promotion of a positive psychology of well-being among individuals, families, and communities. One domain within the field of positive psychology is the study of religious faith as a human strength that has the potential to enhance individuals’ optimal existence and well-being.
God Moments by Jeremy Langford
The author encourages his peers to reconsider faith, telling stories from his own life, and challenging readers to discover how meaningful and satisfying religion can be. The book focuses on Catholic spirituality, but also celebrates thinkers from other traditions.