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Seasons of Solace:  A Story of Healing through Photos and Poems, by Janelle Shantz Hertzler. These moving poems about death are full of life.  The author leads the reader to the depths of grief and lifts you with the healing power of poetry in a book you won’t want to put down.

We Are Here Now:  A Missional Journey of Spiritual Discovery, by Patrick Keifert. The book leads the reader in a pursuit of spiritual discernment, deep transformation, and the creative deployment of churches as agents of God’s love.

Holy Conversations:  Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations, by Gil Rendle and Alice Mann is a resource for those seeking leadership and planning approaches that are theologically based and congregationally oriented rather than corporate management-based.

Missional Map-Making:  Skills for Leading in Times of Transition, by Alan J. Roxburgh describes how leaders are to be cartographers in a new terrain, shaping churches in which map-makers multiply as God is encountered in biblical texts and local contexts.

Generation to Generation:  Family Process in Church and Synagogue, by Edwin H. Friedman. In this book the author compares the emotional processes at work within individual families to those in church and synagogue, and he suggests that clergy can often do more to heal families by the way they work with the congregation than through separate counseling sessions.

The Church on the Other Side:  Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix, by Brian McLaren. In this book the author sees wonderful opportunities for the church to be a voice, to tell a story and to connect with people who feel increasingly disconnected at many levels of life.