Daughter of the Reformation
Mary Helene Rasmussen Jackson
Daughter of the Reformation
A Historical Perspective of the Life and Times of the Wife of Martin Luther.
In 1520, Europe was enveloped in a darkness of superstition, ignorance, and spirit. Then, light began to creep into the cottages and castles. A timely congruence of nationalism, the printing press, and a monk named Martin Luther gave rise to a new hunger and hope for personal and spiritual dignity and the freedom to learn. The unchallenged and entrenched authority of the Church over the individual was about to crumble as the light that scattered the shadows gave the common peasant the gift to read, to write, to think, and to find joy in faith. That light even penetrated the thick stone walls of Nimbschen Convent of Grimma in Saxony Germany.
This is the story of one young woman from that convent, Catharina von Bora, who played a powerful part in the Protestant Reformation and in the lives of men and women to this day.
What is Christianity All About? Its History, Beliefs, and Practices
Author, John E. Schwarz
"John Schwarz Rights as a layman so other Lay people can understand. This is a good read for people who want to know what the Bible is all about and Jesus relevance to the modern world" --Tony Campolo
This book is a great introduction guide to those who are seeking to better understand the history, beliefs and practices of Christianity.Accessible and readable for both those new to the faith or those seeing a better understanding.
John Schwarz’s book, What’s Christianity All About?, is a good overview of the Bible and the biblical story and offers some guidance for Christian Living. For those who are curious about Christianity and the desire to understand it better, this book is a great place to begin.
– N.T. (Tom) Wright. Research Professor, University of Sat. Andrews
Leader, discussion guides and DVD also available.
Wake Up, Church!
192 pageWake Up, Church! is a timely response to the life-threatening conflu-ence of mistrust, economic crisis, and failure to adjust to clear warnings of impending collapse that congregations face today. Debt and budget shortfalls combine with flat statistics and dismal projections, while apa-thetic constituents yawn and frightened followers prepare to exit.
In all the muck, there remains a gospel that has carried the risen body of Christ without fail for centuries through personal spiritual growth. Those followers who remain will become transformational leaders in a movement that will change the world by renewing local congregations with global impact through the Holy Spirit.
Never in history have congregations been so infinitely powerful to carry out the unfinished task as they are today.
Unbound explores the "how to’s” of mission trips. The purpose of this book is to encourage and inspire other adults, both lay-folks and professionals from any faith-based group, to plan mission trips for the youth with whom they work.
Unbound: The Transformative Power of Youth Mission Trips, explores such trips through the lens of the Lazarus story in John 11 where we will learn that ministry is about unbinding one another and freeing each other from prejudices and narrow life experiences to become all God intends us to be. We find that in the process of unbinding others, that we become the ones who are unbound by the recipients of our care.
There is a Resource Section that includes samples for an evening worship/Bible study/discussion time, a budget worksheet, a recipe for an easy supper after the first day of work, a “chores chart,” and a basic shopping list. Those who purchase the book will be given access to these resources as Word documents so that the files can be edited and adapted for their own use.
Jann Treadwell is a retired certified Christian educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA). After graduating in 1988 from Perkins School of Theology with a Master of Religious Education, she served at two Presbyterian churches in the Dallas, Texas area over a 22 year period as Director of Christian Education. For six years she was on the denomination’s Educator Certification Council and was selected by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators as their 2010 Educator of the Year. Youth mission trips have been her passion. She and husband John have two sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.
Through The Wilderness: A Curriculum
A Curriculum for Congregations That Include Persons Living with Dementia and Their Caregivers. --Anne Simpson
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be a very scary thing as can the navigation of the progress of the disease. Patients are often anxious and unsure of how to express themselves; caregivers are often thrown into a role that they had not anticipated and are unclear how to proceed or what lies ahead.
Anne Simpson, author of Through the Wilderness of Alzheimer’s and experienced Alzheimer’s caregiver has created a curriculum for anyone on a journey with dementia, The curriculum can be used in two formats: a one-day workshop (without patients) or a five-session format that can include patients. Both cover the same material, but patients may be encouraged to share their experiences in the five-session format.
The curriculum deliberately allows time for reflection and includes scripture, poetry, photography and song as ways to enable that reflection. This is meant for groups up to 30 persons. Includes leader guide and DVD power point presentation.
64 pages, paper back
Each curriculum package includes one leader guide, one copy of the book, Through the Wilderness of Alzheimer’s and one DVD power point presentation for reflection. Additional copies of the book are available for participants and family members for $15.00 each.
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Through the Wilderness of Alzheimer’s (book)
A book of hope for patients and their loved ones.
Robert and Anne Simpson
Nearly five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, a debilitating neurological disorder affecting the memory that places great stress on sufferers as well as caregivers. 164 pages
Despite the difficulties Alzheimer's presents, Robert and Anne Simpson insist that there is hope for patients and their loved ones; hope that if we are willing to face our fears, accept our fate, and help each other as best we can, we will find companionship and courage on the journey.
In telling the story of their journey into Alzheimer’s, the Simpsons offer families accurate, firsthand information about the disease, as well as support and practical help for patients and caregivers. Their dramatic story, told from both of their perspectives, uses journal entries, conversations, letters, and prayers to trace the onset, diagnosis, and treatment of Robert's condition.
All who are trying to find a way through the wilderness of Alzheimer's will find understanding, compassion, practical advice, and spiritual hope in this story. Great resource for small groups. (See Curriculum.)
Robert and Anne Simpson
Special Needs Parenting
Rev. Dr. Lorna BradleySpecial Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving offers emotional and spiritualresources for the journey of special needs parenting. Sharing personal insights as a theologian and the parent of an adult son with special needs, Rev. Dr. Lorna Bradley offers seven encouraging and practical tools to help the reader:
• gain a deeper, grace-filled understanding of God’s presence
• process deeply held feelings of grief and guilt
• discover strategies for patience, self-care, and healthy relationships
• find hope and healing
Powerful for the individual reader, the built-in reflection and discussion questions make Special Needs Parenting an ideal, real-life resource for small groups.
About the Cover Design: Kintsugi, a Japanese style of art, means “beautifully broken.” Repaired with seams of gold, each piece is more interesting due to its unique journey.
"Special Needs Parenting is a must read for family members, pastors, and any person who works with special needs families. Dr. Bradley explores their challenges, grief, and joy with deep sensitivity, theological depth, and practical advice. A blessing to all who read it and allow their lives to be touched by wisdom born of personal experience and biblical scholarship."
--Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, United Methodist Church, Texas Annual Conference
Owl Sight: Evidence-Based Discernment and the Promise of Organizational Intelligence for Ministry
Author J. Russell Crabtree
Learn how organizational intelligence can make you a more effective and confident leader. This new book from Russ Crabtree offers surprising insights into the myths and the opportunities for churches today. For more information,
Leading the church into the 21st century can be a bewildering experience as tried and true programs fail. Even ministry approaches that have proven successful in other church settings often yield disappointing results. Leaders and clergy are left scratching their heads and wrestling with the feeling they are missing something important.
In the book Owl Sight, consultant J. Russell Crabtree identifies this missing component and names it “organization intelligence.” In spite of the fact the leaders and members maybe be immersed in the life of their church, they typically have little clarity regarding how people are experience the church overall, their hopes, or patterns of thinking and behavior unique to their congregation that must be addressed to realize their vision.
One Last Haircut
Don Chillstrom’s book One Last Haircut documents the life-changing experiences of accompanying a spouse with an incurable illness to the end of life. It is a memorial for family and friends as well as a means to provide support and encouragement for others who may be experiencing or recovering from this unique, but all too common, journey.
Through his memories of the time and excerpts from the emails he sent to his family and friends, Don invites the reader into his and Dorothy’s intimate experience—and shares the gifts and blessings that can come from a painful period in ones life.
Author, Bill White
In the summer of 1952, seventeen-year-old Jake finds himself starring on the Wahissa city baseball team and working at Little Oslo, where the locals gather each day for breakfast, lunch, and the latest buzz.
Unexpectedly he ends up in the middle of several mysterious, unsolved brutal beatings. Fueled by a sense of compassion, Jake and his girlfriend, Candy, are drawn into the mystery and begin to uncover details of the beatings. Soon theories on the perpetrator, dubbed Superman, begin to emerge.
From Jake’s vantage point at Little Oslo and with information gleaned rom their investigation, Jake believes he can identify Superman. But without proof, who will listen?
During the summer, Jake is confronted with challenges of racism, relationships, and love. Through his faith, friends, and family, he begins to discover answers—and in doing so, touches the lives of many in the small town of Wahissa, at a restaurant known as Little Oslo.
I was totally hooked by page six. White has written an honest and moving account of people and places he clearly knows and loves. This small-town story is at once hilarious and poignant. It rings true with the intricacies of baseball, racism, redemption, first love—and a mystery you can really sink your teeth into. I laughed and I criedand I cheered for Jake. White has reminded me what reading a novel should feel like.
--Bill Wilson, Executive Producer, The Santa Clause Films
Journey of Grace
Author, Herbert W. Chilstrom
The book begins with a reflective account of his family roots, childhood, and education, pastoral and teaching career. Subsequent chapters include his life as a synod bishop, his role in the formation of the ELCA and his ministry as the first presiding bishop of that church. 614 pages
Although central to the narrative is his focus on leadership, it is done in the context of the larger scene, bringing into focus the major historical events that were happening at the time. Embedded in his story are deeply personal accounts of his family experience, including the role of his wife Corinne, the trauma of the death of their son Andrew, and the impact of his handicapped brother David.
Forward by Martin Marty.
Hope on the Journey
Walking With Chronic Disease
Jean M. Larson
Jean Larson story in prose and poetry Is about a journey with Parkinson's disease--but it could be almost any chronic disease. Receiving the diagnosis can feel overwhelming--perhaps like being told to climb a mountain and not being at all equipped! Jean and her husband, Milt, walked intense and emotional journey for many years. Their story gives that journey a voice.
If you are a caregiver, Hope on the Journey will help you feel less alone and leave you to helpful resources. If you are a nurse, social worker, or other professional, listen to how chronic disease affects people. And if you are a person of faith, this book will resonate with you.
As you accompany Jean on her journey, may you find hope on your journey in life!
Hello, My Name Is Not Cancer
One Man's Uncensored Look at Life, Death, and Identity by Guy Beck
In this book the author Challenges the use of labels as they impact one’s identity, encourages readers to confidently be themselves. 190 pages www.Hellomynameisnotcancer.com
Creates a safe place to ask the challenging questions.
Empowers others to be honest through my openness.
Aids all touched by disease to better find their place as each of us is impacted.
Communicates in uncensored fashion what it felt like to walk in my shoes.
Provides a path to peace apart from outcome.
My Name is Not Cancer provides an inspiring insight into dealing with chronic illness with authenticity and raw emotion. It uncovered many feelings of my own experience as a person dealing with chronic illness, who strives to live life not as a victim but as unencumbered by the reality of illness as possible. Kudos to Mr. Beck for having the ability to reveal very human feelings mixed with faith, fortitude, and resilience, while living in the reality of our everyday world. - My Name is Joanne Metoyer
This is a candid, down-to-basics account of Guy’s (Mr. Beck’s) journey through prostate cancer—its diagnosis, treatment, and follow up. You’ll feel the emotional highs and lows, the mental fatigue, and the invasive physical trauma that produced ground for ultimate blessing. A must read! - Dr. Priscilla Page-McCuistion, Counselor/therapist in private practice
About the Author
So who am I? I can tell you what I’ve done: I’ve been a cabinetmaker, dental technician, and supervisor for a Public Works facility. But who am I really? In my search to know this I can tell you I attained three college degrees, culminating with a Master of Divinity from Northern Seminary. But, disease cares little about these things. Instead, I offer that I am just a Guy in the act of living! I have been blessed by my wife Liz of 27 years and counting and our son Dan. Together we live in Naperville, IL, and share our lives with many dear friends.
Grace Happens Again
Featuring cartoons, artwork and humor of Pastor Raymond G. Johnson. With reflections
by Chaplain Don Knudson. 100 Pages
This book is a labor of love to share with you the work of Pastor Raymond G. Johnson, who delighted many with his cartoons, humor and artwork. The author and Ray Johnson were Lutheran pastors who found themselves living with the sickness of depression in the middle of their lives. Out of common struggle, they formed a bond as brothers for support and mutual understanding. After Ray Johnson's unexpected and untimely death, his funeral drew other pastors together who had been seminary classmates. They decided to meet monthly for their own mutual support and friendship. This group and the author continued conversation through the intervening years leading finally to the release of this book. Ray's work and life is cherished by all who knew him. Now through this book you can share in his story of wit, wisdom and struggle.
Every Morning New
Authors, Herbert and Corinne Chilstrom
From earliest childhood, both Corinne and Herb Chilstrom remember being part of families where Bible reading and prayers were an integral part of daily life.
In Corinne’s home it was a breakfast ritual, with parents and five children each taking their turn to read a text and lead the family in morning prayers. Herb’s family lived with his grandparents for some time in his early childhood during the Great Depression.He recalls his maternal grandmother rising from her chair after the evening meal, reaching for her Swedish Bible, and reading the lessons and prayers for the day.
For both Corinne and Herb, these were holy moments, pauses to bring the presence of God into the flow of daily life. It was natural for Herb and Corinne to make Bible reading, reflection, and prayer part of their daily breakfast routine from the day they were married until now, 58 years later, when both have crossed into their 80s. This practice of devotional regeneration is as important to them as every other part of the day.
The Bible readings and reflections in this book are written with the firm hope that they will bring moments of renewal to each reader and listener. Jesus said that we cannot “live by bread alone.” Christ himself is the Bread of Life. The Bible is the place where we meet him.
Corinne and Herb encourage you to take time for God each morning. They hope that these daily Bible readings and reflections will bless you:
- Opening you to receive God’s love and peace,
- Sending you forth in joyful witness and service,
- Making EVERY MORNING NEW.
Dreams Of My Mothers
Special Edition, Limited Early Release Thank You Packages: Now through 3-31-2015.
~ Hard Bound 344 pages.
Joel L. A. Peterson
Dreams Of My Mothers
Based on a true story, Dreams of My Mothers is a powerful account of a boy coming of age, but it is ultimately a story of the redemption and triumph of two women—mothers from the opposite ends of the world and the human condition. Their love for the same child takes them beyond the brink of their personal tragedies and pain to find transformation and life missions they could not have imagined.
Author Joel Peterson gives us a vivid and gripping story of a biracial, impoverished boy who, through the transcendent love of his mothers, rises above questions of identity, race, physical limitations and prejudice to become a unique American success story. It touches on all the issues of who we are—as a people, as a nation, and as individuals. Dreams of My Mothers is a story particular to one person, but relevant to all. It is American, yet global. It is a story that is intensely personal, yet universal in its themes and humanness.
The individual stories engage you and the emotions engulf you. The scenes are keenly tangible and the triumphs are real.
"Only once or twice a year does a book come along that makes me set aside priorities and stay up late into the night reading it in one sitting. I literally could not put this book down. The underlying events of the story are phenomenal and would be an excellent book on their own, but what sets this book apart is how amazingly well-written it is, not only in its very creative organization and storytelling, but also in its prose – which is more like poetry that touches the heart and soul of the reader – and keeps the reader asking, 'What happens next?' I give it my strongest, highest recommendation and know it will be a runaway bestseller!"
"Dreams of My Mothers is absolutely captivating, a novel based on true events from the life stories of both of the author’s birth and adoptive mothers, deftly interwoven with events from his own. Exquisitely, often painfully, highlighting the joyful as well as the tortured moments of their individual journeys of searing loss, exceptional love and ultimate redemption, the book’s story travels along the boundaries where all our narratives meet, and completely drew me into places I could not possibly have imagined. Once begun, I simply could not put it down....The writing is simply stunning. The story itself is singular and unique, and the way the author tells it is gripping, suspenseful, and engrossing. But the way he writes is exceptionally beautiful. Dreams of My Motherswill be a book that you will want to own and re-read. And its story and themes will stay with you."
Do you feel as old as you are?
In a society that is ashamed of aging and afraid of death, Anne Simpson and her granddaughter explore questions that most of us are too fearful or too polite to ask. Through poetry and vignettes, with family and friends, Anne opens a conversation that she hopes will include the reader and ripple out to different generations.
Anne Simpson is an eighty-year-old woman who has raised a blended family, has been a farmer, teacher, care giver and poet. Her work has been published in several anthologies including Bound Together Like the Grasses which was written with her writing group and won the Northeastern Minnesota book award for poetry in 2013.
Anne, with with her late husband Bob, also co-authored a book titled Through the Wilderness of Alzheimer's: A guide in Two Voices. Later, she adapted this into a curriculum. Anne now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota near her family and "old" friends.
Amazed: Why the Humanity of Jesus Matters
God’s Big Idea
We are made in God’s image. God provided rules for healthy living and a
sacrificial practice as a means to worship him. Yet we chose to separate
from God and go our own way—we couldn’t follow God’s rules without
Enter Jesus. He came as a man, in the same image as we are created.
He lived a sinless life and is the only effective sacrifice to pay the price
that we deserve for our hurtful choices. Richard Bahr’s book, Amazed:
Why the Humanity of Jesus Matters, helps unpack how Jesus lived out
his humanity—and how that humanity helps us connect to him and the
Father more effectively.
A Step Beyond Fear: Spiritual Strategies For Fighting Cancer
Those staring down cancer can learn from Bill Huff’s experience.
In his words: “The poems and vignettes are written to help you
create strategies to motivate your soul and spirit as you take on
this mighty battle.”
This sounds practical, and it is, but as you read you will discover a
message much more primal. You will experience the voice of one
who is writing from the depths of pain and struggle, of one who
is boldly stepping into the arena to do battle with “the beast.”
Bill chooses the language of “battle,” because for him “the word
journey is just too wimpy.”
And there is nothing wimpy about the message you will find.
Right from the opening words, Bill makes it clear what you are
up against and the strength you not only will need but already
have to face the uncertain future that comes from having cancer.
His words point to an expansive openness to the presence of
God from whom the powers of hope, humanity, love, goodness,
and mercy emanate.
Bill kept the chapters short and sharp, knowing from his almost
eleven-year battle that time and focus are limited when it comes
to facing such adversity.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to A Breath of Hope Lung
Foundation for lung cancer research.
"Bill Huff has penned a small book with a big message. Cancer does not have the final word! Through poetry and prose with some humor sprinkled throughout, A Step Beyond Fear offers practical wisdom and healing words for those facing cancer. This book is also a must read for those family members, friends, and clergy who are accompanying those battling cancer."
Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung
Minnesota Council of Churches
Those People: The True Character of the Homeless
By Richard Bahr
Be honest. You don't see yourself as a judgmental person. But in my experience, many of us have deep-seated ideas of who the homeless are: alcoholics, addicts, people who are mentally ill or lazy, and criminals.
Although these things may be true in some instances, this understanding overlooks the deep and rich character of many people who live in the homeless community.
This book contains stories of some of my homeless friends, people who have meant a great deal to me and have profoundly changed my life for the better. Take time to hear their stories, discover something about their character-and maybe yours-and dispel your myths about the homeless.
“The connection of humanity is incredibly powerful—so many stories told and such a true gift to tell them. Richard effortlessly gives his time and his self to others. By taking on just one of the challenges in his new book, he creates an opportunity for us all to make a difference in the lives of ‘those people’ who appear to be different from us.”
Jessica Sprenger, Former Manager, Catholic Charities: Higher Ground Shelter, Minneapolis, MN