NEW TO THE STACKS
Books and DVD-Based Studies That Have Recently Been Added
to the Resource Center Collection And Are Available for Check-Out
If you are a member of a Presbyterian Church (USA) Congregation in Central Florida Presbytery, you can become a patron of the Resource Center and check out books for no charge. If you have never signed up to be a patron, simply complete the contact form on the main Resource Center Page. To search our Resource Center on-line catalog for books, dvds or curriculum, click here. Email Cheryl Carson with items you would like to check out.
A Healing Gospel for the Wounded
After twenty years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a global pandemic, protests against racial violence, and frequent shootings, more Americans than ever are living with the effects of trauma. The good news is that Jesus was born and died in a traumatized world, and his story speaks forever to wounded people worldwide. Army veteran and Episcopal priest David Peters explores Jesus’ life story through the post-traumatic lens with which the Gospel writers first wrote it—as people who had seen their leader executed by the same oppressive government that had already shrouded their whole lives in anxiety and fear. A group study guide is also available for free download.
Bible Stories for Grown-Ups:
Reading Scripture with New Eyes
Read the Bible for the first time – again.
In Bible Stories for Grown-Ups: Reading Scripture with New Eyes pastor Josh Scott looks at familiar Bible stories and reveals new details and interpretations for an adult audience. This six-week Bible study will consider stories many read as children including Noah's Ark, the binding of Isaac, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus and Zacchaeus, Jesus healing a blind man, and the parable of the talents. Scott reimagines these stories and opens new visions for readers to understand well known pieces of Scripture in our current cultural environment. The book can be read alone or used by small groups. Additional components include video teaching sessions featuring Josh Scott, and a comprehensive leader guide, making this perfect as a six-week group study done throughout the year.
Freeing Congregational Mission:
A Practical Vision for Companionship, Cultural Humility, and Co-Development
There is a deepening crisis in mission as practiced by North American congregations. Many mission activities are more effective at satisfying church members than making a lasting difference, producing what's too often consumer-oriented "selfie mission." Too much effort is based on colonial-era assumptions of mission launched from a position of power. These practices are not just ineffective―they deviate from mission in the way of Jesus. Hunter Farrell and Bala Khyllep want to help free congregational mission from harmful cultural forces so churches can better partner with God's work in the world.
Questions Jesus Asked:
A Six-Week Study in the Gospels
What does Jesus want to know about us?
Jesus was fond of asking questions, many of which cut right to the heart of what it means to be human. Why are you terrified? What do you live for? Who do you say that I am? In Questions Jesus Asked, author Magrey deVega explores six of the most provocative questions Jesus posed to others and guides us in answering them for ourselves. We all have questions for God, but growth happens when we turn things around and ask what Jesus wants to know about us. The book can be read alone or used by small groups. Additional components include video teaching sessions featuring Magrey deVega, and a comprehensive leader guide, making this perfect as a six-week group study done throughout the year.