In this series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
Ash and Starlight: Prayers for the Chaos and Grace of Daily Life
Chalice Press, 2019
By Arianne Braithwaite Lehn, former writing workshop participant
Spiritual writer and pastor Arianne Lehn provides encouragement for the spiritual journey in these honest and poetic prayers drawn from everyday emotions, joys, and frustrations of our days. Ash and Starlight features prayers for centering, confession and surrender, trust, comfort and strength, discernments and thresholds, waiting and struggle, and seasons and liturgical times of the year. The compilation of prayers will help readers find connection and wholeness in their own daily pilgrimage, empowering them to live authentically and soulfully, and to embrace the brokenness and beauty of their lives right now, just as they are.
Prayer for People Who Don’t Believe in God
Woodlake Books, 2020
By Vance Morgan, former Resident Scholar workshop participant
Many people are gripped by the power of the Christian faith, but are simply unable or unwilling to endorse or engage with many of its traditional beliefs, including traditional beliefs about God and prayer. Prayer for People who Don’t Believe in God by Vance Morgan is for that sort of person. This is not an academic book, nor a “how-to” document. Working only with the assumption that prayer might have value even for those who are not sure what, or who, or even if God is, this book is about opening oneself to the “possibility of God.”
Stay Curious: How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith
Fortress Press, 2019
By Stephanie Williams O’Brien, former Twin Cities Fellows participant
Most of us are going through the motions when it comes to faith, either believing we’ve found all the relevant answers to life’s questions or believing none can be found. In Stay Curious, Pastor Stephanie Williams O’Brien shows us how to lean into our questions and embrace a life of curiosity. Taking Jesus’s life as a model, we can confront our fears, be set free from our anxiety, ask new questions, and live into an adventurous life of curiosity. Pastor Steph walks readers through common obstacles and road blocks to curiosity, and offers practical strategies for embracing even the most intimidating questions.
A Pilgrim People: Becoming a Catholic Peace Church
Liturgical Press, 2019
By Gerald W. Schlabach, former Resident Scholar
Recent decades have seen a steady trend in Roman Catholic church teaching toward a commitment to active nonviolence that could qualify the church as a “peace church.” Drawing on decades of work as a social ethicist and a leader in ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Mennonites, Gerald W. Schlabach explores how Catholic social teaching will need to take shape if Catholics are to follow through in his new book A Pilgrim People: Becoming a Catholic Peace Church. To become a truly catholic global peace church in which peacemaking is church-wide and parish-deep, Catholics should recognize that they have always properly been a diaspora people with an identity that transcends tribe and nation-state.
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