In his second book of modern parables, author Jim Taylor takes us to
territory where Wikipedia doesn't exist. Where there is no "sure thing."
Where events are ambiguous, unsettling, or just plain ordinary. A place
where we, in our culture of "more and better" and "getting somewhere"
don't willingly spend much time. Usually we don't notice this place much
at all in our rush to get "the answer."
Yet every story, every event, however ordinary or vague, has God in it. More Everyday Parables
contains the kind of story that doesn't have an explanation. Jesus made
up his stories on the spot in response to questions from his followers.
He used things that had happened to him, or someone he had heard about
and made a story about it. Jesus told many of these stories, yet often
they have been interpreted for us. And who will ever know exactly what
Jim Taylor uses the "parable without explanation" in this book to offer
an opportunity for the reader to reflect deeply on what the story
evokes for them. He tells his stories about everyday happenings that we
can all relate to, and then steps back and lets us notice where and how
they touched us, if they touched us at all. Then if we wish to go
further, he offers some of his own reflections on the story. This may
allow new perspectives to open for the reader. Jim also suggests a Bible
reading to accompany the theme.
Jim's stories remind us that God speaks to us through the world around
us. And today's world, for most of us, is not the world of biblical
images. More Everyday Parables re-enacts Jesus' method of
teaching God's word and presence by using what happens as we live our
life daily as a way to see God. However, unlike in his first book on
parables, Jim does not provide an explanation of the imagery. He lets us
go there ourselves.
Jim's accessible story telling style and the reflections and Biblical
references make it ideal for personal study/reflection and group use.
Clergy will also find it helpful as an adjunct to the Biblical parables.
Introduction to the use of parables
Thought provoking one-page stories, reflections, and biblical references
Biblical reference index
Black and white photographic illustrations
When one of our parents needs care, the relationship that we have known
all of our lives turns upside-down. Suddenly we are responsible for the
woman who read us bedtime stories, or for the man who walked us to
Caring for an aging parent involves more than finding a care facility
or dealing with legal and financial matters. It means feeling the
frustration of always being "on call" if you live close by, or feeling
helpless and guilty because you live far away and can do relatively
little. It means riding the emotional roller coaster of having your
roles reversed. It's about the pain of being unable to change the
inevitable, but of having an inner compulsion to do what you can to make
those final weeks or years as gentle as possible. It's about continuing
to love, in spite of everything, until the very end...and beyond.
Precious Days & Practical Love will help children of aging
parents make the final months or years among the best experiences
they'll have to remember. and it will help counsellors understand the
joys and challenges families may face.
Taylor is a master at finding God in the stuff of ordinary life. He
teaches the way Jesus taught -- by telling stories about everyday
things: an old song remembered from years ago, an arthritic pet cat, a
lost contact lens. Along the way, he opens our eyes, ears, minds, and
hearts, to the discovery that God is not only present in religious
ceremonies, but in everything we do, whether we're studying the universe
or diapering a baby, taking out the garbage or playing touch football.
At any time, God may be telling us something new, or helping us to
understand something old. The first book in Taylor's "Everyday" series, An Everyday God remains a rewarding guide to spiritual growth.
Tragically, his career was cut short due to a serious heart condition which forced him to retire in 2016 at the age of 26. In his book, James will discuss his journey from a cricket loving boy to the international superstar he became.
Revealing the inside story of his heart condition – how it affected him personally and how he rebuilt his life and used his experience to help others.
James’s book will appeal not only to cricket fans, but also a wider audience as he tells his inspiring story of overcoming adversity.
This Bible study invites both new and long-time learners into an intimate and personal exploration of the Gospel of John.
While the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke speak directly to the
actions and teachings of Jesus, John speaks in more symbolic language
that can take us to deeper levels in our own reflection of who Jesus is.
Intended as a group-study launching pad for discussion, this commentary
can also be used for individual study. Includes questions to encourage
reflection, as well as short prayers after each section. Appendix
includes "Suggestions for Study Leaders."
The Battle of Britain, 1940, was one of the most famous air battles in the history of warfare and it is a story of ruthless organisation, brilliant control and command. But at its heart is one particular figure, a legend ever since - the RAF fighter pilot. And one particular plane - a piece of machinery that has almost mythic historical glamour - the Supermarine Spitfire.
Spitfire Ace reintroduces the few that flew in the Battle of Britain and includes interviews with many of the surviving veteran Spitfire pilots. Combined with a historical narrative of the events surrounding the Battle of Britain, you will learn for the first time what it was really like to fly a Spitfire and to experience combat flying at its most visceral.