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You were born to make an impact in this world and you know it. You feel it deep down in your bones. Apathy is your nemesis and your hunger to change the world keeps you up at night. But no matter how deep this hunger growls, we can only make a meaningful impact if we are rooted in Jesus. And here's the thing: God is not interested in developing your vision first. He is interested in developing you. In Rooted, Banning Liebscher takes us to the life of David to show how God expands our root system in the hidden places before leading us to where we all desire to go, the visible world. It was in a field of prayerful devotion, a season of serving, and a cave of community that God prepared David for his crown, the same way God prepares us. Take a look at your own life. Are you embracing God's process, the sometimes painstaking and maddening process? When we can release ourselves to God we will find that we can thrive while He develops us, rather than succumb to discouragement. Whatever your age or season of life, it takes immense courage to slow down enough to let God grow a root system in your life so that you can bear fruit that remains. You are where you are because God has planted you there. Discover what it looks like to embrace His process so you can do what He has called you to, change the world.
Offers fifty-two readings for daily devotional use or weekly sabbath reflection that present a path of peace and hope in the midst of brokenness.
This book is dedicated to the notion that human lives are enriched by participation in a social community that is integrated into the natural landscape of a particular place. The writers explore the loss of community, the philosophical foundations of communities, Amish communities, and the current renewal of community life.
Offers a Christian proposal for radical social transformation. / Daniel Izuzquiza here proposes a vibrant interdisciplinary theology from the unique perspective of the "least of these" the poor and extends an invitation to mystical, political, and ecclesial engagement. / In Rooted in Jesus Christ Izuzquiza analyzes the language of theology, the role of social sciences, the transformation of culture, and the church s approach to politics. To that end he dialogues with some of the main theological proposals of the late twentieth century, from Latin American liberation theology to radical theology in the English-speaking world to European political theology. He also offers a more systematic development of radical ecclesiology, analyzing the sources of the proposal as alternative Christian practices. The result is a groundbreaking call to action and change for the entire church. / In this groundbreaking book Daniel Izuzquiza offers a vibrant Christian proposal for radical social transformation. His wide-ranging study explores the relationship between church and society by dialoguing critically and constructively with major theological currents of our day. Izuzquiza s interdisciplinary theology from the perspective of the poor is truly radical at once in a political, ecclesial, and mystical sense. / We need a way forward beyond our well-worn and tired debates. Daniel Izuzquiza offers just that. His splendid book engages and assesses postliberalism, radical orthodoxy, Anabaptist witness, liberation theology, and the role of the Jesuits in Christianity in order to show the need for a radical ecclesiology that is unapologetically Christocentric, socially attuned, and ecumenically generous. For anyone not invested in the current structures of power in the church, university, or nation-state, this book offers wisdom. For those of us so invested, this book shows a viable alternative preserving the good and challenging the rest. We should all pay attention. D. Stephen Long / author of Speaking of God: Theology, Language, and Truth / I am happy to recommend Daniel Izuzquiza s Rooted in Jesus Christ: Toward a Radical Ecclesiology to serious readers in the English-speaking world who may have dared to wonder if the traditional church of our time is what Jesus really had in mind. And if not, what might a church rooted in the Christ of the Incarnation look like? . . . Rather than superficially inspiring his readers, Izuzquiza brings us face-to-face with what the body of Christ could be by responding more fully to the truly amazing grace of God that has come to us in Jesus of Nazareth. Traditional Catholics and conservative Protestants alike as well as revolutionaries and political activists for that matter will be confronted and challenged here. . . . And, rather than concerning ourselves so exclusively with tactics and strategies, Izuzquiza reminds us of the importance of simply being the church, radically rooted in Jesus Christ. John Driver / author of Radical Faith: An Alternative History of the Christian Church
In these beautifully written essays, Gloria Wade-Gayles is at times painfully candid as she confronts such controversial subjects as rape, homophobia, interracial relationships, and even "looking and acting too young" for her age. Yet what emerges from each piece is a powerful connection to her community, which serves as her well-spring of strength, sheltering her faith.
Your Future Depends on Your Answer to This Question: Does Your Life Reach Deep? Many live rootless lives, tossed about and beaten down by the storms of life. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares powerful truths and principles that will cause our lives to reach deep. As we root ourselves in the soil of God's wisdom, ways and work, He causes us to burn with passion and stand strong in any storm. In Rooted: Reach Deep. Burn Bright. Stand Strong., discover keys from the Sermon on the Mount for getting rooted in a life that is marked by... Healing - Learn to see again. Humility - Learn to trust again. Hunger - Live with an appetite again. Holiness- Live in His strength again. The timeless principles that Christ taught in his Sermon On The Mount have been debated for centuries yet remain proven and without equal. Josh Foliart addresses the need for roots that grow deep in Christ with great clarity and conviction. Rooted will invite you to love deeply, breathe freely and enjoy life with Christ. - Pastor Steve Dixon- Lead Pastor Christian Life Cathedral, SteveDixon.org I cannot say enough about Josh Follart's breathtaking book Rooted. You will realize quickly that this isn't another page filler but a book that has the potential to change you to the core. If you're longing for something beyond the surface, Rooted is exactly what you're looking for. Don't pass up the opportunity for your life to become what God intended! Rooted isn't a future read...it's a now read." -Josh Mayo - Pastor, Author -The Dare: 30 days to Change Everything, JoshMayo.com In a personal and profound way, Josh Foliart opens his heart and convinces you to live life rooted. His book is a masterful instruction on how to boldly live a heavenly life based on the destiny only Christ can offer. - Albert Campos- Vice President in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry "Rooted scratches an itch most of us have. We live in a world that is superficial, marked by speed, comfort and convenience. Few of us feel we have the time or energy to go deep; we'd rather go wide. In this book, Josh Foliart not only challenges us to be rooted, he tells us how. I recommend it highly." -Dr. Tim Elmore, Author of Artificial Maturity, President of Growing Leaders Josh Foliart is the founder and president of Multipli, a church-planting initiative focused on training, equipping and releasing generations of authentic leadership. Over the past decade, Josh has spoken to thousands of emerging leaders in over 10 nations. He graduated from the University of Arkansas and also attended the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs. Josh and his wife have two children and call Fayetteville, Arkansas home.
Canadians take pride in being good citizens of the world, yet our failure to meet global commitments raises questions. Do Canadians need to transcend national loyalties to become full global citizens? Is the idea of rooted cosmopolitanism simply a myth that encourages complacency about Canada's place in the world? This volume assesses rooted cosmopolitanism both in theory and practice. By exploring how Canadians are accommodating "the world" in areas such as multiculturalism, climate change, and humanitarian intervention, the contributors test the possibility of reconciling national allegiances with commitments to human rights, global justice, and international law.
Through meaningful stories and an intimate knowledge of Scriptural symbolism in this Rooted: Reflections on the Gardens in Scripture Ebook, author, pastor, and gardener Murray Andrew Pura demonstrates how Jesus’ life and your life as a contemporary believer are intertwined. Each of the five major gardens has something to say to Christians today: • The Garden of Eden, and our fall from innocence• En Gedi, and God’s love for us• Gethsemane, and suffering • The Garden Tomb, and the hope of resurrection• The River of Life, and God’s promisesVisit these gardens and draw inspiration and new understanding of the God who cultivates your life as a Christian.
It was only a picnic. It was just a short ride in the car. A scream? Who screamed? Wendy's life of seven years is full of love, devotion, fun and happiness until it is drastically changed forever when tragedy sweeps into her life like a sudden gust of wind. In her sorrow and grief, fear grips her as she is caught between reality and a secret world known only to her. A world where trees could talk. Where they felt happiness, sorrow, courage and had families and friends. A world that was destined to be found. A world that would change our lives FOREVER.
David Pichaske has been writing and teaching about midwestern literature for three decades. In Rooted, by paying close attention to text, landscape, and biography, he examines the relationship between place and art. His focus is on seven midwestern authors who came of age toward the close of the twentieth century, their lives and their work grounded in distinct places: Dave Etter in small-town upstate Illinois; Norbert Blei in Door County, Wisconsin; William Kloefkorn in southern Kansas and Nebraska; Bill Holm in Minneota, Minnesota; Linda Hasselstrom in Hermosa, South Dakota; Jim Heynen in Sioux County, Iowa; and Jim Harrison in upper Michigan. The writers' intimate knowledge of place is reflected in their use of details of geography, language, environment, and behavior. Yet each writer reaches toward other geographies and into other dimensions of art or thought: jazz music and formalism in the case of Etter; gender issues in the case of Hasselstrom; time past and present in the case of Kloefkorn; ethnicity and the role of the artist in the case of Blei; magical realism in the case of Heynen; the landscape of literature in the case of Holm; and the curious worlds of academia, best-selling novels, and Hollywood films in the case of Harrison. The result, Pichaske notes, is the growing away from roots, the explorations and alter egos of these writers of place, and the tension between the “here” and “there” that gives each writer's art the complexity it needs to transcend provincial boundaries. Quoting generously from the writers, Pichaske employs a practical, jargon-free literary analysis fixed in the text, making Rooted interesting, readable, and especially useful in treating the literary categories of memoir and literary essay that have become important in recent decades.