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How to Pray

The Best of John Wesley on Prayer
 By: John Wesley

John Wesley was known for many things - his preaching, his writing of books and hymns, his compassion for the poor.  But underlying all of his amazing achievements was his devotion to prayer.
Drawing on Wesley’s many writings, this book provides a glimpse into his heart of prayer.  Whether he’s explaining “the Lord’s Prayer” or simply showing the role prayer plays in other areas of life.  Wesley offers many helpful insights into this most vital of all Christian activities.  

Risking Connection in Faith Communites
A Training Curriculum for Faith Leaders Supporting Trauma Survivors
 By: Dr. Jackson H. Day, Elizabeth Vermilyea, Jennifer Wilkerson, Esther Giller

A training curriculum series focusing on the healing role that clergy of all denominations can play in the lives of trauma survivors.  As many as one in four of the people encountered by faith leaders may have been deeply wounded by like experience.  This book will help clergy understand the nature of psychological trauma, how it affects people, and how faith leaders can help.  Because the book is addressed to spiritual leaders, particular attention is paid to the spiritual impact of trauma.

Sabbath Time
Understanding and Practice for Contemporary Christians
 By: Tilden Edwards

Sabbath Time presents a helpful and practical guide for the reclamation of this lost dimension of the religious life. - Sojourners


The Story Bible, NIV
 By: Max Lucado and Randy Frazee

     The "Greatest Story Ever Told" is more than just a cliché. God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people.  That is what The Story is all about—the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity.  Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel.  And like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption—and this story’s true! 

     From the foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee:
"This book tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves his children, who established for them a way of salvation and provided a route to eternity. Each story in these 31 chapters reveals the God of grace—the God who speaks; the God who acts; the God who listens; the God whose love for his people culminated in his sacrifice of Jesus, his only Son, to atone for the sins of humanity."