Full Price Books 27/01/2013 Religion & Spirituality

Keith Edwin Schooley

The evangelical church has been trying to accomplish outreach for decades. It has organized evangelistic crusades, taught evangelism strategies, run homeless shelters, food pantries, and soup kitchens, put on concerts, sporting events, and movies to draw in unchurched people, done special service projects and outreach events, handed out bottles of water at public gatherings and conducted reverse confessionals. All of this has been done with minimal success. In What’s Wrong with Outreach, Keith Edwin Schooley leads the reader through a deep reflection on this problem. He reexamines what the Bible actually has to say about outreach and evangelism, in the larger context of what the Christian life is supposed to be about and how the body of Christ is supposed to function. What does the Great Commission really entail? How did the church go about its remarkable expansion in the book of Acts? What do the epistles tell us about the duties of ordinary believers regarding outreach? What really is our ultimate goal as believers? What part do spiritual gifts play? What is the relationship between evangelism and discipleship? Why did the early church, and churches under persecution, grow so much more rapidly than churches that are more established and free to reach out? How can we rediscover what part outreach has to play in the larger scheme of what the overall Christian life is supposed to be? Schooley leads us away from a message of guilt and shame, in which outreach is something foreign to our normal lives, something we need to “get out of our comfort zones” to engage in, and instead shows how the Great Commission encompasses much more than we might have thought, and in which each person plays a role perfectly suited to his or her gifts, talents, and interests. He shows how the church tends to unwittingly sabotage its own outreach efforts, and how a focus on discipleship and gifts can help us recover natural and enjoyable ways of making disciples. Are you burned out by ever-new evangelism strategies, outreach methods, and emotional arm-twisting? Are you burdened by a load of obligation to do things that just don’t seem to work for you? Are you a pastor, frustrated by a lack of growth in your congregation? Then What’s Wrong with Outreach is for you.Religion & Spirituality

 

 

Adam Byrn Tritt

Tellstones may be one of the least known (and certainly least documented)methods of divination to come down to us through the ages. In Tellstones: Runic Divination in the Welsh Tradition, Tritt has reconstructed-or better, revived-an obscure and ancient tool. There is no complicated, esoteric system for using Tellstones. It will not take you years to learn, and there are no complicated sets of correspondences to memorize. Tellstones are intuitive and symbolic, being derived from nature and everyday life. There are no arcane alphabets or trigrams to puzzle over. Yet this method can lead to insights as deep, profound, and complete as any of the better-known and more respected ancient systems. This revised and expanded third edition discusses the concept of divination in a way that would take them out of the realm of the mystical and place them in the context of everyday life so their value is understood whether one believes in metaphysics or not. Concise, useful, and free of the New Age mumbo-jumbo so often encountered in texts dealing with divination, Tellstones covers virtually every aspect of using this system-from the details of how to construct a basic set of the stones to how to throw a reading-and even a new section on how to use them as a focal point to help manifest desired outcomes. The author, Adam Byrn Tritt, M.Ed., C.H, LMT., is a poet, an essayist, a screenwriter, a teacher, a shaman, a social activist, a humorist, and (according to friends) a mensch. In 1995 Tritt was an awarded an honorary doctorate for his work in religious tolerance and for the creation of TurningPoint, a non-profit program providing alternative medicine to low-income individuals. He continues that passion today in the healthcare clinic he and his wife founded, the Tritt Wellness Center.Religion & Spirituality

 

 

Cliff Ball

Thirty years in the future, the U.S. government has turned into a tyranny as the EPA and TSA grow with ever more power. Brian, the main character, tells his story from first person point of view. His work with the FBI involves mostly cyber terrorism and actual cases of potential real world terrorism. Eventually, his wife gives birth to their third child, who has Down’s Syndrome, which does not please the U.S. Health Administration because there are rules and regulations set-up in cases like these to prevent “genetic freaks” as they like to call them, from sucking up a lot of Health Admin money. Because the Atwoods are born again Christians, they never considered aborting the baby, so now the Health people have to take him away to deal with the problem later. Meanwhile, the Secret Service decides to recruit Brian to be the personal agent of the President of the United States, David Collins, due to his great work stopping a terrorist plot that would’ve involved Offutt Air Force Base. Brian’s faith is tested every day as he deals with a man that has no morals from what Brian can see, and is tested even more when his wife finds out that she’s dying from a fast growing form of breast cancer. Trouble in the rest of the world pits the U.S. against Israel as that country attempts to defend itself from attack. When the re-election of Collins doesn’t turn out the way he wanted it, he and his people declare the election nullified because of supposed “irregularities” with the ballots. Collins claims that the new President-elect may take the seat sometime in the middle of next year, if everything looks to be sorted out. Collins purges his staff of what he considers unloyal people, including Brian. At the same time, Brian loses his wife, but regains the son he thought he had lost. Brian moves back to his family home in Nebraska, where we follow what happens as the country slowly falls apart. Events play out as Brian and his family sees the End Times approach.Religion & Spirituality

 

 

Cliff Ball

This novel is a parallel novel to Times of Trouble and can be read as a stand-alone novel. The Tyler’s have a church that is dying in Tucson, Arizona. Even though the church is dying, they take care of the remaining senior members, including the ones in nursing homes and in hospice. The other family in the church, the White’s, head to Wyoming to live in a community that was originally started by Doomsday Preppers back in the early 2000′s so they can attempt to escape the increasing persecution of Christians and are helped by a Navajo Nation Sheriff who became a Christian as a young man. Greg Tyler, who is the oldest son, dreams about a girl, but has no idea who she is. During this time, he’s kicked out of high school after getting into a fight with the bully who has constantly tortured him throughout their school years. Laura Hall lives in Phoenix and is her high school’s Senior Class Treasurer. She dreams about a boy, but hasn’t the slightest idea who he is, and neither one can see the faces of the one they’re dreaming about. Eventually, the two come across each other in the Camp that President Collins orders Christians into, but only after Greg rescues Laura from some bullies who collaborate with the Camp Commander. They attempt to get to know each other before the Rapture. President Collins orders the activation of Camps across the country that will house believers who he thinks are a threat to his rule. His patron, Michael Evans, manipulates events in the Middle East to stir up trouble between Iran and Israel. The Tyler’s end up with others in a camp in Arizona, while the White’s and the community they live in gets attacked by government troops. Evans continues to manipulate events as the Rapture takes the Christians, and he gains ultimate power.Religion & Spirituality