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Practice Resources: Broken Open for Peace

This past Sunday, beloved guest speaker Lynne Hybels shared her powerful journey to becoming broken open for the sake of peace. You can read all about it and listen to her message here.

Remember, Sunday is not the main event. Monday through Saturday, living and practicing these truths in our daily lives is the invitation we hope you feel led to lean into the most. With that in mind, here are a few Practice recommended resources to aid you along the way as you unpack what it means to be a contemplative activist in your life and how to be broken open for peace like Christ.

Happy reading friends,

Grace and peace to you,
Jenna and The Practice Team

Resources

A great place to start when unpacking our journey of being broken open for peace from last Sunday, is with the many wonderful resources that Lynne herself has provided on her passion for peacekeeping.

 

  • Be sure to check out Lynne’s wonderful blog for original writing and insight into her advocacy and journey of being a contemplative activist for peace.

This book explores and unpacks the message Lynne shared with us further as she shares her story of coming to know her true self in God.

“Nice Girls are taught early that serving God means earning God’s love and sacrificing oneself to meet the needs of others. Unfortunately, after living a life she thought was what God demanded, her husband wanted, her kids needed, and her church expected, Lynne Hybels felt utterly lost―both to herself and to God. In this wise and tender book, Hybels tells of her struggle to stop living someone else’s life and to reclaim the unique gifts, strengths, and passions God gave her. And she reveals how turning away from her false view of God as a harsh and demanding taskmaster enabled her to rest at last in God’s sustaining love. As she explains, it’s never too late to discover that who you really are is exactly what delights God and what the world needs.”

Created in honor of Mother’s Day, God our Mother is a liturgy that explores both the scriptures that speak of God in a maternal context and the limits of human language in describing an infinite God.

We sang a beautiful song during our worship last Sunday called, “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” This is part of a project created by The Liturgists featuring our good friends The Brilliance.

We have two book recommendations surrounding Israeli-Palestinian peacekeeping for you in light of Lynne’s challenge to follow Christ into brokenness to find transformation. May these words take you deeper into your own personal invitation to make peace, wherever that may be in your journey.

 

In Blood Brothers, Chacour blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the birth of modern Israel. He touches on controversial questions such as “What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East? “, “What does Bible prophecy really have to say? “, and “Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled? “

With all of the heat surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, even the most basic facts can be hard to grasp. How do we make sense of what we read in the Bible―and what we read in the news? In this Skeptic’s Guide, Dale Hanson Bourke sheds light on the places, terms, history, and current issues shaping this important region. Offering an even-handed presentation of a range of views on the most controversial issues, she provides a framework for American Christians to use in understanding why the conflict occurred, why it continues―and what remains to be done.

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