Teens are facing a number of challenges in the midst of disease and quarantine. Offer some guidance and reassurance with Fuller Youth Institutes 4-Week downloadable Faith in an Anxious World curriculum.
And “Reinvent Graduation” with Fuller’s “3 Ways to Honor Milestones in the Midst of Pandemic“.
For Early Readers: Agostino Traini’s The Lord Is My Shepherd (Beaming) pop-up book is an excellent review of Good Shepherd Sunday; Magination offers three aids for parents: Remembering Ethan helps children process the death of a loved one; My Wandering Dreaming Mind offers tools for kids with ADHD; and Accordionly: Abuela and Opa Make Music shares tips from the author’s own experience growing up in a multi-cultural household.
Covid-19 is heightening our awareness of disparities across society. Invite and empower your congregation into the work of re-envisioning God’s reign with Lee C. Camp’s Scandalous Witness: A Little Political Manifesto for Christians (Eerdmans), D. L. Mayfield’s The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power (InterVarsity) and David Crowe’s Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh in Paris: The Art of Resistance (Broadleaf).
Put a spotlight on immigration with M. Daniel Carroll R.’s The Bible and Borders: Hearing God’s Word on Immigration and Julia Lambert Fogg’s Finding Jesus at the Border: Opening Our Hearts to the Stories of Our Immigrant Neighbors (both Brazos).
Expand your understanding of racism with Angela Saini’s Superior: The Return of Race Science (Beacon).
Sum it all up with Mae Elise Cannon’s Beyond Hashtag Activism: Comprehensive Justice in a Complicated Age (InterVarsity).
Take care of yourself and others by addressing depression and loneliness: Jessica Kantrowitz shares The Long Night: Readings and Stories to Help You through Depression (Broadleaf); Jason Gaboury offers Wait with Me: Meeting God in Loneliness (InterVarsity) and Eric O. Jacobsen asks us to consider Three Pieces of Glass: Why We Feel Lonely in a World Mediated by Screens (Brazos).
Acknowledge and embrace suffering and fear with K.J. Ramsey offers words of comfort in This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers (Zondervan) while Colleen Carroll Campbell encourages us to let go of a key driver of suffering in The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s (Howard) and Luke Norsworthy encourages us in Befriending Your Monsters: Facing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light (Baker).
Find Spiritual Care and Direction in Barbara L. Peacock’s Soul Care in African American Practice (InterVarsity), Pat Collins’s Prayer in Practice: A Biblical Approach (Wipf and Stock), Rowan Williams’s The Way of St Benedict (Macmillan), and Walter Brueggemann’s timely reflection, Virus as a Summons to Faith: Biblical Reflections in a Time of Loss, Grief, and Uncertainty (Cascade).
Ready to engage in self-care right now – with no need to even download a book? Register for Paraclete’s Restoring Yourself as a Caregiver: A Spiritual Perspective with Carlen Maddux, Peter Roebbelen, and J. Brent Bill OR Spiritual Directors International’s 4-part Group Spiritual Direction with Diane Millis.
If, after all that, you just want a little light reading, consider Sue Monk Kidd’s new release, The Book of Longings (Random House), “a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity” through the “inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her”.
And check out the Ministry Lab’s new line-up of daily resources:
- Mondays: Six New Things
- Tuesdays: Co-Lab Webinars (email firstname.lastname@example.org) to register)
- Wednesdays: Midweek Retreat (email email@example.com to register)
- Thursdays: Visual Word (video sermon to insert into online worship when a personally prepared sermon is elusive!)
- Fridays: TBD