October 17, 2018
Two new study books ready for congregations
Resources for living out a countercultural faith
HARRISONBURG, Va.—Two new short study books for Christian education classes and small groups will help Christians looking for guidance on two urgent areas: parenting and prayer.
Herald Press launched the Upside-Down Living series in early 2017 to accompany the release of The Upside-Down Kingdom: Anniversary Edition by Donald B. Kraybill. The eight booklets in the Bible study series engage participants with questions about how to follow Jesus in ways that seem upside down in today’s culture. Each guide includes six sessions.
Upside-Down Living: Parenting authors Katherine and Peter Goerzen tackle the topic of parenting in the way of Christ. In addition to diapers and discipline, raising kids to heed Jesus’ upside-down call away from status and power and toward service and sharing can seem almost impossible. How can Christian parents model countercultural choices? What does success mean in raising your children? The study offers Scriptures and discussion starters geared to parents.
The Goerzens are graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and are ordained ministers in Mennonite Church USA. Currently, Katherine is associate pastor at Tabor (Kans.) Mennonite Church, and Peter is Bethel (Kans.) College campus pastor and instructor of Bible and religion.
In the second booklet, Upside-Down Living: Prayer, writer Kelly Chripczuk looks at how to make prayer more than just a hasty sentence or laundry list of the things we want. What does it mean to pray that the kingdom would come here and now as it is in heaven? Prayer can be a time to find out what God wants for us—and for the world.
Chripczuk is associate pastor of Grantham (Pa.) Church and is licensed for ministry in the Brethren in Christ U.S. denomination. She received her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and received training in spiritual direction through Oasis Ministries. Chripczuk offers contemplative retreats and classes at local churches and retreat centers.
The books in the Upside-Down Living series are available for $9.99 USD from Herald Press at 800-245-7894 or online at www.HeraldPress.com (25 percent quantity discount when ordering five or more). Books are also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877-846-1593), Parasource (800-263-2664), and other booksellers.