Summer Reading Program

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Check out our selections this year for our summer reading program. This year we are asking participants to purchase their own books, available via the links at the end of each book description. Meeting dates/times will be announced soon, but please click the button below to indicate your interest in one of the small groups! Contact the church office with questions. Happy reading!

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weak enough to leadWeak Enough to Lead: What the Bible Tells Us about Powerful Leadership
James C. Howell
 
The Bible’s version of leadership is pretty different from—and sometimes alien to—that of the business world. What if the Bible actually points toward a different set of characteristics necessary for leadership? What if our weakness is an essential qualification? Do we know our limitations, our inabilities? Do we see clearly our vulnerable, broken selves? Do we really believe that God’s strength is perfected in our weakness, and do we lead with that as a core belief? This book is an examination of stories about leaders from the Old Testament, where we discover not only them but ourselves. How does family dysfunction or depression or tragic bad luck or larger historical forces figure into the leadership equation? How do biblical characters prosper despite themselves or stumble even while being holy? Can we get inside the head, heart, and the actual administration of King David and reckon with his strength and foibles? How is strength in leadership almost always the downfall of the biblical leader? What kind of leader would Jesus, Esther, Moses, Jeremiah, or Paul be today? Howell explores the careers, struggles, joys, and devastations of various biblical leaders, believing that immersion in scripture’s stories is what modern Christian leaders need—not to succeed so much as to be God’s people in the world. He roots this unique exploration of leadership in a prayer of Jehoshaphat: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” Click here to purchase
 
 
liturgy of the ordinaryLiturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
Tish Harrison Warren
 
In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of worship, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something?making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys?that the author does every day. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren opens up our experience of the sacred in the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day. Click here to purchase
 
 
 
stations of the heartStations of the Heart: Parting with a Son
Richard Lischer
 
This poignant love story of a father for his son is at once funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful. In it a young man teaches his entire family “a new way to die” with wit, candor, and, always, remarkable grace. This emotionally riveting account probes the heart without sentimentality or self-pity. As the book opens, Richard Lischer’s son, Adam, calls to tell his father, a professor of divinity at Duke University, that his cancer has returned. Adam is a smart, charismatic young man with a promising law career, and an unlikely candidate for tragedy. That his young wife is pregnant with their first child makes the disease’s return all the more devastating. Despite the crushing magnitude of his diagnosis and the cruel course of the illness, Adam’s growing weakness evokes in him an unexpected strength. This is the story of one last summer and the young man who lived it as honestly and faithfully as possible. We meet Adam in many phases of his growing up, but always through the narrow lens of his undying hope, when in the final season of his life he becomes his family’s (and his father’s) spiritual leader. Honest in its every dimension, Stations of the Heart is an unforgettable book about life and death and the terrible blessing of saying good-bye. Click here to purchase
 
surprise-the-worldSurprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People
Michael Frost
 
Christianity is a surprising religion. It has changed the world in remarkable ways throughout history simply through Christians living out their faith. More recently, however, world-renowned expert on discipleship Michael Frost wonders if Christians have lost their distinctiveness. Frost presents five habits of a BELLS model as a way to recapture Christianity’s distinctiveness and as a way to live “missionally” with our neighbors: Eat together, Listen to the Spirit, Learn Christ, and understand yourself as Sent by God into others’ lives. Step out of your comfort zone and learn how we can live into the Gospel as a lifestyle! Click here to purchase
 
enriques journeyEnrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
Sonia Nazario
 
Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, this page-turner about the power of family is a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject. Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.” Click here to purchase

 

 

 

Categories Children, Community, Discipleship, Youth | Tags: | Posted on April 19, 2019

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SERVICE TIMES

Traditional: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.,
and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Contemporary (Souljourn):
9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Children's (SHINE):
Begins in 11:15 Traditional, then moves to Room S2

LOCATION

8501 Honeycutt Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 847-1536

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