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The Wonder of the Greatest Gift

The Wonder of the Greatest Gift

An Interactive Family Celebration of Advent
edition:Hardcover
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Why I Believe

Why I Believe

Daily Devotions on Faith & Discipleship
edited by Alydia Smith
edition:eBook
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PREFACE Many have entrusted their stories and shared their talents to create this collection of devotions. We are excited to share the resulting book with you! We hope it evokes what it means to be faithful and to choose hope, especially during times of uncertainty. When we were picking a title, I struggled with Why I Believe, but after reflection, I now think that it is perfect. At first I thought it sounded too close to “What I believe” or “How I believe,” and I did not want to give the impression that this is a devotional book based on a creed or faith statement, rather than a book about the diverse faith journeys of United Church people. Also, I struggled with the word “believe.” Personally, I often associate belief with something that I can systematically deduce, debate, and defend, and faith with a more personal gut feeling or instinct that is harder to articulate. The devotions in this book provide intimate glimpses into the faith of United Church folks, and I was afraid that the word “believe” would make readers expect dogma instead of exploration. But I was forgetting the power of personal testimony. The beliefs of others—especially people who are very different from myself—rarely sound rational at first, but because of that, they have a powerful effect. When I was 18, weeks before my final dance exam, my dance teacher earnestly told me that she believed I would pass, even though I had given her no rational reason to trust that I would. (I was, without competition, her least competent and least graceful student.) Although I did not want to take the exam, her baffling belief, and my trust in her, increased my faith in my own ability. I took and passed that exam. The mysterious beliefs of others have a way of increasing our imaginations for what is possible by opening new perspectives. In this book, a diverse collection of people who identify with the United Church (see their bios at the back) share glimpses of why they believe. I hope that their candid and honest reflections will introduce you to some new perspectives that will help to increase your faith. Alydia Smith, Worship, Music, and Spirituality, The United Church of Canada

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Evolving in Monkey Town

Evolving in Monkey Town

How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
also available: Audiobook (CD)
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This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years
edition:Hardcover
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One Dominion: Celebrating Canada-Prepared for a Purpose
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The seed of our blessing is not to be selfishly retained, but to be sown. Canada has been given all these blessings—our freedom and prosperity—but not so that we, alone, can enjoy them. It is critical that we share with the world both our prosperity and freedom as well as that which produced them: the journey and the foundation that made our nation great. Our nation was formed by people who were transformed by the Living Word of God. God then worked through these individuals to transform education, healthcare, legislation and policies. Our great desire is to see this mirrored in nation after nation. It is much more than simply exporting the benefits of being Canadian. It is proclaiming the foundation and the journey that produced this reality. Every single pillar of Canadian society is founded on the truths and principles of the Living Word of God: family, government, healthcare, education, business, arts and entertainment, rights and freedoms, safety and dignity.

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The Broken Way

The Broken Way

A Daring Path into the Abundant Life
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