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Michael Spencer discovered the truth that church officials often miss, which is that many who leave the church do so in an attempt to find Jesus. For years on his blog Spencer showed de-churched readers how to practice their faith without the distractions of religious institutions. Sadly, he died in 2010. But now that his message remains available in Mere Churchianity, you can benefit from the wisdom and compassionate teaching that always have been hallmarks of his ministry.
With Mere Churchianity, Spencer’s writing will continue to point the disenchanted and dispossessed to a Jesus-shaped spirituality. And along the way, his teachings show how you can find others who will go with you on the journey.
Very few books address this sensitive subject, and none do so more beautifully than Mike Mercer s tender and practical guide. In the tradition of Nouwen and Rolheiser, he offers thoughts, practices, stories, and prayers that can bring comfort and strength for those in their final season of life. Where will I find love right now? How is my death a gift for others? How can I cope when I m so afraid?
Chaplain Mike Mercer explores these difficult questions as well as practical considerations like advance directives as he helps readers immerse themselves in the powerful love of the Good Shepherd, who always walks this journey with us.
These two booklets, written by Chaplain Mike Mercer, are designed as companions to Walking Home Together.
The first contains seven calm and comforting meditations, meant to be read by or to those who are drawing near to death. This brief but powerful booklet offers a sense of peace and acceptance, and raises gentle questions to help resolve unfinished business.
The second offers spiritual and practical support for caregivers, covering everything from getting the rest you need to communicating honestly with others. These 20 days of reflections and prayers address emotions of anger and guilt as well as dealing with expectations and the need for control. This is a spiritually rich book that can help caregivers find new strength and hope as they discover the hidden presence of God in their work.
Sometimes the chaos and questioning of everyday life can be overwhelming. In his customary warm style and down-to-earth perspective, Chaplain Mike Mercer here offers a solution: to approach these issues in a spirit of discernment, reflecting the psalmist’s words, “Show me your path.”
The book applies a faith perspective to making choices and finding one’s way, using practical examples and stories. In addition, questions for reflection make this a good choice for parish prayer groups and book clubs.
From her missionary work in Kyrgyzstan, to her family s life in an old farmhouse in Indiana, to her daughters trying to rescue a baby goat named Hope, Damaris Zehner shares stories that will resonate with anyone who has stood at a crossroads of faith and wondered what God has in mind for us.
Honest, eloquent, thought-provoking, and steeped in generous love, Zehner’s essays invite us to embrace our everyday blessings and joyfully seek God s kingdom wherever we happen to be.
About Mere Churchianity…
Michael Spencer was a self-described ‘post-evangelical’ Christian. He pointed out what already was obvious to many: that too often, churches practice ‘moralistic, culture-war religion.’ And sadly, their members are ‘church-shaped’ rather than Jesus-shaped. Almost prophetic in his railing against the prosperity gospel and efforts to turn God into a ‘convenient vending machine,’ Spencer’s book offers a timely and difficult reimagining of what living as a person of faith really means.”
• Jennifer Grant – journalist, Chicago Tribune columnist