This is a special book to me because I actually know the author. We grew up in the same neighborhood and I'm just really proud of how God is using him. With that said, I'm also happy about the fact that as a church planter he "showed up AND stayed put" which is not an easy feat to do. God can very well call you but not everyone is willing to love the local church through all the gut wrenching, hair twisting scenarios that it will definitely go through. Pastor Humphreys has the book divided into three parts: 1) Show Up; 2) Staying Put; and 3) See. Throughout the book are testimonios (the stories of the people) that help lift our faith in what we can achieve when intentionally is and Christ is on the agenda. Reading how his church and his initiative of the Hope House helped him learn more about people and how we all fit the greater story God is writing for our community...apart and yet together was also inspiring. I believe this book is a great resource for leaders, pastors and planters because it helps to reframe what church can look like but more importantly, how it can thrive. So often is said to be "butts and budgets" that helps a church move forward and while there is an element of truth to that, so many things can happen, people and a church can thrive and we can see Jesus everywhere, if we have the patience to let God work as we show up and stay put. I interviewed the author and you can see the interview here. You can purchase his book here.
This is another book that is needed in this era where so many evangelicals have lost their way focusing on things that does not seem to matter when we look at the model Jesus left us. The authors have worked with many organizations and churches and have put together such a great and humble book of practices they believe will help guide individuals and faith communities toward healing. The book digs deep into nine practices that they recommend towards a path of healing. Practical how to's are also offered after chapters as well. They don't leave you in the imagination stage but help you walk it out in your every day life. While some of the practices are easier to see yourself doing than others, all will bring us back to Jesus and "the way" of the Father. Pick it up. Today! I interviewed the authors and you can see the interview here. You can purchase the book here.
This book has been published at a kairos moment in our collective history as many of us in communities of color wonder how to use our voice individually and corporately for the sake of the "other." As a Latina woman, I have often fought the voices around me telling me to never raise my voice if I want to "be used in ministry" or if I want to be "chosen" to be on a great church team. I have had to come to terms that sometimes, most times, raising your voice will cost you something. I love Kathy's gentle and wise voice, sharing her own personal narrative of coming to terms with the use of her voice and helping readers understand that there is a time to speak up and a a time to stay silent as things work for change. This book was encouraging and practical without being bitter and angry. I love her funny stories sprinkled throughout the book which made her seem approachable and just like any other woman with a myriad of things going on but with a heart to speak for those who can't speak for themselves. I interviewed her on this book (if you want to catch the video here) and told her then that I believe this is an excellent primer for those who want to start to dip their toes in the water of advocacy. You can purchase the book here.