I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone engaged in patterns of addictive behavior. It is a book of hope." --Pete Greig, 24-7 Prayer International "This is a brutally honest but ultimately hopeful book.
Author: Aaron White
Publisher: Baker Academic
This book provides a theologically rich commentary on the challenge of addiction and the long road to recovery. Written by a minister with extensive experience working with people who struggle with addictions, this book helps pastors understand the roots and realities of our universal human struggle with addictions and attachments while showing that together we have great hope for freedom, wholeness, and recovery. Readers will learn how to create and foster a Beatitude Community, the kind of environment Jesus prescribed for his people, to help addicts and those who love them heal from brokenness. Foreword by Bob Ekblad. About the Series Pastors are called to help people navigate the profound mysteries of being human, from birth to death and everything in between. This series, edited by leading pastoral theologian Jason Byassee, provides pastors and pastors-in-training with rich theological reflection on the various seasons that make up a human life, helping them minister with greater wisdom and joy.
The moral of Wilder's story—“In Love's army, only wounded soldiers can serve”—
is the message at the heart of Jean Vanier's magnificent little book, From Brokenness to Community. When we follow Jesus, writes Vanier, we are called to
Author: Dan Gibson
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
How do you decide what to read? Dan Gibson, Jordan Green and John Pattison have created this tool to make your choices easier. Besides the Bible is a guide to the wide array of great books that they believe every Christian should read—the ones that matter to the church and the world.
30 Community is not a melting away of individuals into a common, lumpy soup. it
is the deep valuing of each individual as a unique expression and incarnation of
the living God. Jean Vanier ... Vanier, From Brokenness to Community, 17. 32.
Author: Barbara Lee
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Tension in the Tank meets us where we are on a faith journey that includes doubt and pain. Here is a voice that speaks to the beauty and value of interfaith understanding and liberal social values while digging deep into the heart of Christian mysticism. If we are living a spirituality that matters, it will affect the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat each other. Tension in the Tank is about faith that is relevant, secure, and ever-evolving. It is a guidebook for building meaningful relationships with Spirit, self, and each other. Radically open to possibility and wonder, Tension in the Tank offers the opportunity and the challenge to live our faith in such a way that the walls between us come down and we become pursuers and enactors of universal justice.
I came across Jean Vanier's book, “From Brokenness to Community.” We are
broken people, hence, we form a community that support and empower one
another that comes from our encounter with Jesus Christ! The church is not a
museum of ...
Author: Neil A. Arce
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
There is nothing extraordinary or special in this book. All that it contains is a simple reflection of a simple country priest who prays Scripture, whose life is enriched by the people he serves and his own personal experience becomes an instrument of God presence in his life. Nothing extraordinary or special or provoking in this book except the only desire to share one’s thirst and consuming desire to give one’s “all” to the God who love him immensely and tenderly. That is all things God may be glorified.
In this deeply compassionate work, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships and ourselves.
Author: Jean Vanier
Publisher: Paulist Press
In this deeply compassionate work, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships and ourselves. He proposes that by opening ourselves to others, those we perceive as weak, different, or inferior, we can achieve true personal and societal freedom. The 10th anniversary edition includes a new Introduction by the author.
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community (New York: Paulist, 1992), p. 16. 16
. Robert D. Richardson, Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind (Berkeley: University of
California Press, 1988), p. 282. 17. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, p. 42. 18.
Author: James C. Howell
Publisher: Abingdon Press
If you were able to talk to St. Francis of Assisi, what would you ask him? “Perhaps,” says James Howell,” the first question I’d want to ask Francis would be something like this: How did you do it? Were you real? How much of your story really happened? And I’m asking because I am wondering how I might do it: could I somehow grab a share of the life you had? The marvel in Francis’s story is that all he did seems entirely doable – but then, at the same time, ridiculously impossible. As I survey the bare facts of his life, it all seems so manageably simple, and yet unquestionably what happened was nothing short of miraculous.” In this spiritually apt look at the life, message, and meaning of St. Francis, Howell invites all of us to pose our most difficult spiritual questions to the saint–and to listen for the questions he asks of us in response.
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community (New York: Paulist Press, 1992),
10. 44. 45. L'Arche International, “FAQ,” http://www.larche.org/en/faq. Franz H.
Mueller, “The Principle of Subsidiarity in the Christian Tradition,” American
Author: Ellen L. Idler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Frequently in partnership, but sometimes at odds, religious institutions and public health institutions work to improve the well-being of their communities. There is increasing awareness among public health professionals and the general public that the social conditions of poverty, lack of education, income inequality, poor working conditions, and experiences of discrimination play a dominant role in determining health status. But this broad view of the social determinants of health has largely ignored the role of religious practices and institutions in shaping the life conditions of billions around the globe. In Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health, leading scholars in the social sciences, public health, and religion address this omission by examining the embodied sacred practices of the world's religions, the history of alignment and tension between religious and public health institutions, the research on the health impact of religious practice throughout the life course, and the role of religious institutions in health and development efforts around the globe. In addition, the volume explores religion's role in the ongoing epidemics of HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's disease, as well as preparations for an influenza pandemic. Together, these groundbreaking essays help complete the picture of the social determinants of health by including religion, which has until now been an invisible determinant.
Loved, blessed, forgiven, befriended, the Spirit was present. And we gave thanks.
IJean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community (Harold M. Wit Lectures) (Mahwah,
NJ: Paulist Press, 1992), 9–10. 11 the catch It was about eleven o'clock when ...
Author: Andrea Raynor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Filled with humor, insight, and faith, this true story tells how one young woman overcame challenges, stereotypes, and personal struggles at Harvard Divinity School and emerged an ordained minister. As a bright young girl from Ohio, Andrea Raynor always wanted to be a doctor. Instead, she landed—almost by accident—at Harvard Divinity School, which, she quickly discovered, was no typical seminary. When she attended, in the 1980s, HDS was a place overflowing with creative expression and freedom of thought. Her classmates included two men who were undergoing sex changes and a woman who fancied herself a geisha. There was a lively gay and lesbian caucus, marches on Washington, civil disobedience, and more sexual intrigue than could be found in a stereotypical college fraternity house. Providing a bird’s-eye view of life within the hallowed halls (and beneath the crimson robes), Incognito is a humorous and poignant glimpse inside one of the nation’s most revered institutions. From navigating relationships to exploring whether a pretty girl can truly wear a collar, Incognito tackles our assumptions about spirituality, the church, morality, and identity, and affirms that God often works in ways—and in people—we least expect.
I was very happy to be reunited with my sister and brother. My mom enrolled me
in the primary school, where I did very well. I joined different clubs in the community; one of my favorite activities was the cricket team. We went to different
parts of ...
Author: Gigi Lionel
Publisher: WestBow Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
From Brokenness to Wholeness is the authors true life story of her journey from the depths of brokenness as a victim of abandonment, sexual abuse, adultery, and divorce to a new life of wholeness through the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You may be surprised to realize that there is a local community of women, for
example, who are dealing with abusive relationships. There are hundreds of
forums where people talk openly about the nightmare they are living in, and
others who ...
Author: Christine Stanfill
The Road from Brokenness to Wholeness is the journey I took after a heartbreak that helped me feel complete again and live a meaningful and happy life. I share all the steps I took in a practical way - so that you - whoever you are - and no matter how broken you feel - how betrayed you were - how confused you may be or how big the void is - can do the same. We are all worthy of love and happiness - but it's us who need to get out there and get it. What I share in the book is something you can put into practice today - it's what will let you overcome the loneliness - fear of failure - and anything else that's negative and has no place in your life.
By 1974 Grace Community Church had doubled in attendance from fifty-five to
one hundred and thirty. Though the ministry was flourishing, the denomination
began taking a firm anti-war stance and becoming too political for us. So we
Author: Bob Freitas
Publisher: WestBow Press
God allows brokenness. We learned that God is good and gracious but we live in a broken world. This story deals with a broken home, a broken body and a broken heart. Jesus the Man of Sorrows knew the greatest suffering and loss. Out of all our trials our knowledge and love of God grew deeper. He brought healing and blessing. He never forsakes us but is in fact “near to the brokenhearted.” His grace is amazing and sufficient. We learned we had to be steadfast in our faith through it all. Faith means being faithful in all of our trials because God is in control and has a sovereign plan for each of us. Suffering here is temporary but heaven is forever glorious. There is hope, healing and blessing for the broken.
The church has much to learn from an often overlooked community--those with disabilities. In this fascinating book, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities.
Author: Stanley Hauerwas
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
How are Christians to live in a violent and wounded world? Rather than contending for privilege by wielding power and authority, we can witness prophetically from a position of weakness. The church has much to learn from an often overlooked community--those with disabilities. In this fascinating book, theologian Stanley Hauerwas collaborates with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L'Arche communities. For many years, Hauerwas has reflected on the lives of people with disability, the political significance of community, and how the experience of disability addresses the weaknesses and failures of liberal society. And L'Arche provides a unique model of inclusive community that is underpinned by a deep spirituality and theology. Together, Vanier and Hauerwas carefully explore the contours of a countercultural community that embodies a different way of being and witnesses to a new order--one marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking and faithfulness. The authors' explorations shed light on what it means to be human and how we are to live. The robust voice of Hauerwas and the gentle words of Vanier offer a synergy of ideas that, if listened to carefully, will lead the church to a fresh practicing of peace, love and friendship. This invigorating conversation is for everyday Christians who desire to live faithfully in a world that is violent and broken.
How Community Can Multiply the Power of the Preached Word Robert K. Perkins
... and their communion with God was broken as they hid themselves in the
Garden.40 Garreth Icenogle, too, defines sin in terms of“brokenness of community.
Author: Robert K. Perkins
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Believing that study and application of Scripture in the context of Christian community can greatly enhance the transformative power of the preached message, in Bringing Home the Message Robert Perkins aims to help pastors integrate small group ministry with their preaching. Perkins lays out the biblical, theological, historical, and sociological basis for the importance of hearing God's Word in the context of community, and provides a practical methodology for implementing sermon-based small group Bible studies. This helpful book also includes a sample fourteen-part series of Study Guides and Leader's Notes for the Gospel of Luke. Step-by-step instructions illustrate how to prepare effective inductive Bible study questions for small groups that will challenge members to grow in their faith and discipleship through understanding and applying God's Word together.
Tina Webb shares that when we embrace a lifestyle geared toward spiritual, emotional, and relational health, we will have the tools we need to walk alongside people as they learn to break free from the issues that keep them broken.
Author: Tina Webb
Publisher: Carpenter's Son Publishing
Tragedy propelled an African American homemaker to desperately seek God for answers. “What will it take to free the world from brokenness?” She came to understand that when people learn how the curse of sin weaves through families, neighborhoods, and society, they can begin the process of uprooting it.
Like the author, many of us are just regular people living our lives, daily impacted by personal pain and societal brokenness. We’re provoked by the divine words “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” But how do we bring spiritual, emotional, and relational healing to our family and community? Issues like addiction, fear, and economic hardship can keep entire families in bondage. Tina Webb shares that when we embrace a lifestyle geared toward spiritual, emotional, and relational health, we will have the tools we need to walk alongside people as they learn to break free from the issues that keep them broken.
Gritty, no-nonsense and full-on, this needs to be read by as many people as possible. Buy a copy for yourself and another for a mate. The message in this book will profoundly affect your life.
Author: Mr Graham Swann
A boy subjected to systematic abuse sets the stage for a man controlled by alcohol and violence ... A man in an unbreakable emotional prison - until hope breaks in and an incredible journey of restoration begins. "The story of a radical and enduring transformation. Gritty, no-nonsense and full-on, this needs to be read by as many people as possible. Buy a copy for yourself and another for a mate. The message in this book will profoundly affect your life." CARL BEECH, International Director, CVM "A heart-stopping account of one man's history of early victimisation and unspeakable abuse. His fears later triggered ferocity, with escalating violence and dire consequences. The only explanation for Graham's radical change is Christ and the Gospel that can renew everything. A truly amazing story, offering hope and help for anyone." GREG HASLAM, Senior Minister, Westminster Chapel "A great read... a clear and well-written picture of a life filled with fear, despair and hopelessness. Everyone can relate to Swanny's desperate search for meaning and freedom from his past. Readers will take another step of freedom in Christ by reading this powerful story." BEV MURRILL, Author, Founder of Christian Growth International About the author: Graham Swann is a passionate evangelist based at Beacon Christian Centre in Loughborough. He is involved in local social outreach in his community and contributes to a long term mission project in Uganda. He shares his testimony in schools, churches and prisons and continues to run a tattoo studio in Loughborough that he started many years ago.
seriously the brokenness of life and say, yeah, there's no part of me that's not
screwed up in some way, and yet grace and ... that comes with the rejection of
one's self that then gets projected onto other people or a brokenness of community.
Author: Barbara J. McClure
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Despite astute critiques and available resources for alternative modes of thinking and practicing, individualism continues to be a dominating and constraining ideology in the field of pastoral psychotherapy and counseling. Philip Rieff was one of the first to highlight the negative implications of individualism in psychotherapeutic theories and practices. As heirs and often enthusiasts of the Freudian tradition of which Rieff and others are critical, pastoral theologians have felt the sting of his charge, and yet the empirical research that McClure presents shows that pastoral-counseling practitioners resist change. Their attempts to overcome an individualistic perspective have been limited and ineffective because individualism is embedded in the field's dominant theological and theoretical resources, practices, and organizational arrangements. Only a radical reappraisal of these will make possible pastoral counseling practices in a post-individualistic mode. McClure proposes several critical transformations: broadening and deepening the operative theologies used to guide the healing practice, expanding the role of the pastoral counselor, reimagining the operative anthropology, reclaiming sin and judgment, nuancing the particular against the individual, rethinking the ideal outcome of the practices, and reimagining the organizational structures that support the practices. Only this level of revisioning will enable this ministry of the church to move beyond its individualistic limitations and offer healing in more complex, effective, and socially adequate ways.
Forgiveness and healing of brokenness in communities must be done in and
within the community for the building up of and upholding harmony within
societies where individuals are nurtured for the wholeness of the community .
Author: Célestin Musekura
Publisher: Peter Lang
An Assessment of Contemporary Models of Forgiveness examines recent psychological and theological models of forgiveness and introduces the concept of communal forgiveness nurtured and mediated through the community of faith. The psychological models are generally individualistic in nature and are concerned with the psychological wellbeing of the victims. The theological models of forgiveness emphasize the importance of interpersonal forgiveness as a Christian witness in the imitation of God's forgiveness. The foundation of the theological models is the Triune God who through the cross of Christ forgave the sins of the ungodly. "Celestin Musekura had just begun doctoral studies in Dallas when he learned that many of his own family members had been killed in a wave of genocide reprisals back home in Rwanda. Revenge would have been understandable, but he said, 'I have preached forgiveness, and now it is my turn to practice it. To my family I say, I will pray for those who brutally murdered you, and I will care for their children.' It should come as no surprise that Celestin's understanding of forgiveness, well expressed in these pages, is restoring communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He knows and practices that of which he speaks. This book sets a course for realistic, collective transformation."-Robert A. Pyne, Th.D., Director, Peace and Justice Center, St. Norbert College