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Unearthing My Religion
Real Talk about Real Faith
List Price: $12.00
PAPERBACK , 112 , 5.5 x 8.5
- Morehouse Publishing
- ISBN-13: 978-0-8192-2887-1
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• A brief, engaging read with ample spiritual applications
• Each chapter includes a parable, real-life stories, and suggested life practice
• Perfect for newcomers or for leaders engaging non-Christian communities
• Study questions included
Religious talk quickly degenerates into insider talk, but what if we turned it back out?
Episcopal Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves takes six words related to Christian faith and translates
them so they speak more broadly to those who proclaim themselves “spiritual but not
religious.” Tying together Jesus’ parables and life today, this engaging title promises to help
non-Christians explore faith and spiritual practice and train Christians to speak clearly about
the things that matter most.
Mary Gray-Reeves is the Bishop of El Camino Real in Northern California and co-author
of The Hospitality of God: Emerging Worship for a Missional Church. Having ministered
across cultural divides throughout much of her career, she is passionate about translating
church language and tradition for new contexts and applications. She lives in Monterey, CA.
Digging past buzzwords and insider language, Unearthing My Religion takes readers on a linguistic and spiritual journey to the grace at the core of Christian faith. Each chapter takes a loaded word like spirituality, grace, faith, worship, community or religion, and translates it to speak to insiders and outsiders alike. Tying together Jesus’ parables, real-life stories and concrete spiritual practices, this engaging title helps non-Christians to explore faith, and trains Christians to speak clearly about the things that matter most.
“In this marvelous, very practical book, Mary shows us how to see our ordinary lives as windows and icons of the very life and light of God. Even shy saints and timid, tongue-tied mainline disciples of Jesus will begin to sing, not only with their lives, but with their lips, ‘This little light of mind, I'm gonna let it shine.’”
—Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina and author of Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves explores a renewed lexicon for spiritual dialogue in a time of increasing disengagement with institutional religions. She is to be praised for encouraging us to turn over the soils of ancient tradition and postmodern seeking in order to foster new spiritual growth.”
—Elizabeth Drescher, religion scholar and author of Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible and Tweet If You ♥ Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation