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Spiritual Focus on Books

The gift of forgiveness

The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu HarperOne, 2014 Few people are better equipped to write about forgiveness than Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa between 1995 and 2002. His latest offering, The Book of Forgiving , is his second collaboration with his daughter Mpho, also an ordained minister, who is pursuing a doctorate on the “sweet balm” of forgiveness at Vrije University in Amsterdam.

A call for 'gospel humility'

The Freedom of  Self-Forgetfulness:  The Path to True  Christian Joy Timothy Keller 10Publishing, Leyland, England For many of us, it’s one of the great ironies of our time that with more than 2,000 books on the attainment of self-esteem now published, and with educational programs in schools designed to cultivate self-esteem continuing to proliferate, the real need is for self-forgetfulness—rooted in our understanding of God. The founder of this magazine, Mary Baker Eddy, spoke plainly about this quality in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, where she wrote: “Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers” ( p.

Praying and living the psalms

The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential by N. T.

Listening for God's direction

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life Henri J. M.

Just do it

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World Bob Goff Thomas Nelson, paperback Many of us have gotten used to the idea of consulting teenagers (and younger kids) for help with computer problems. But not so many of us are used to receiving literary tip-offs from those teens.

Boundless Light

A review of the new collection of poetry from The Christian Science Publishing Society.

Shaking up stereotypes

Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God . —Mary Baker Eddy Since the God of all grace made men and women to mirror who He is, there are compelling logical reasons to conclude that His nature is not exclusively masculine.

Traveling to surprising spiritual places

The Church Jesus Prayed for: A personal journey into John 17 by Michael Cassidy Monarch Books, 2012 Paperback  When you have read Michael Cassidy’s 415-page “personal journey” into John, chapter 17, you might well ask: “During umpteen readings of the Bible, how could I have missed the importance and healing value of this extraordinary prayer? How many times have I quoted verses from it without seeing John 17 as a whole?” Well, Cassidy spent 50 years exploring and reflecting on this chapter’s 26 verses, so maybe you (and I) haven’t really been so unobservant after all. For 37 years Cassidy embraced John 17 as the basic text for his life, then, hugging its message even more tightly, spent 13 years writing The Church Jesus Prayed For.

Daring to be a community

When “Spiritual but Not Religious” Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church Lillian Daniel Jericho Books, 2013 Sometimes as I read Lillian Daniel’s third and latest book, When “Spiritual but Not Religious” Is Not Enough, I imagined I could hear another funny writer, Anne Lamott, chuckling in the background. Lamott, religion writer and novelist, is popular for quips such as: “[What’s] the difference between you and God? God never thinks he’s you” ( Help, Thanks, Wow , Riverhead Books).

Birds of the Bible

Kim Shippey reviews a new paperback, Consider the Birds, by Debbie Blue.