These brand new books can be studied in a small group or individually. They cover topics such as:
- Being the Church (Book of Acts)
- Loving God with our bodies
- Trees in the Bible
- Holy conversation
Simply Grace: Everyday Glimpses of God
Bruce L. Blumer uses stories to illustrate John Wesley’s categories of grace. These stories help us to see grace all around us and learn how to share this Good News. Reflection questions end each of the eight chapters with titles such as “Prevenient Grace,” “Means of Grace,” and “Cheap Grace.” Read more.
We Are the Church…Let’s Act Like It
United Methodist Pastor Linda Tower Pevey brings us this 7-week study on the Book of Acts. It offers the church practical and biblical ways to live out its mandate to be a church that positively impacts its community and the world. Read more.
Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies
This 6-week study is designed to help people of all ages experience God through heart, soul, mind, strength, and stretch, using activities that engage the body and its senses, as well as the mind. Through daily prayer, scripture reading, reflection, and activities, individuals and groups will discover the masterpiece God created and is continuously crafting in their lives. Read more.
Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us
Dr. Matthew Sleeth is well-known in the NC Conference for his ministries on Sabbath-keeping and creation care. In his latest book, Dr. Sleeth makes the convincing case why trees are essential to every Christian’s understanding of God. Did you know that the Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people? Read more.
How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church
C. Christopher Smith shows how church communities can be training hubs where we learn to talk with and listen to one another with kindness and compassion. The book explores how churches can initiate and sustain conversation, offers advice for working through seasons of conflict, suggests spiritual practices and dispositions that can foster conversation, and features stories from several congregations that are learning to practice conversation. Read more.
Growing Generous Souls: Becoming Grace-Filled Stewards
Betsy Schwarzentraub invites church leaders and inquiring individuals to stop racing from one activity to another and instead to focus on being rather than on compulsive doing and consuming. The book offers reflection questions and resources to help communities move toward becoming more fully grace-filled stewards of all that God has provided. Read more.
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These books can be borrowed for free by anyone involved with a United Methodist church in the North Carolina Conference. We can even mail them to you! All you need to do is fill out the Resource Request Form.