Restoration Recommends: Silence

In Lent, we enter the wilderness with Jesus. There, we embrace our brokenness as Christ embraced his own suffering, emptying ourselves out so that as we encounter others, we might reflect Christ. Both in novel form (by Shusako Endo) and as a film adaptation (by Martin Scorsese), Silence is about entering the wilderness. It is Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: The Good of Giving Up

In my sermon this week, I spoke about a new introduction to Lent, written by an Anglican Pastor in Chicago by the name of Aaron Damiani.  I found this book to be an extremely helpful resource for anyone who is new to the tradition of Lent and anyone who wishes to revitalize their thinking about Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas

This time of year can be difficult for those of us who want to live out the true meaning of what Advent and Christmas is all about. I love that Restoration is reading the book by Tom Wright, Advent for Everyone. This is a wonderful devotion and it is certainly keeping me focused on Jesus. I Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: The Season of the Nativity

When The Season of the Nativity: Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany Extremist by Sybil MacBeth arrived in the mail I was thrilled, 1) because it is a fabulous book full of lovely ideas for celebrating the season and 2) because I have been called an extremist (or Advent Grinch or Captain Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Parenting in the Pew

I visited Restoration last spring on a “church outside” day, and one of my first- and favorite- observations was all the kids running around. Kids in the back of cars, kids in strollers, kids circling like hawks over the donut table. What fun! Looking around on Sunday mornings, it’s obvious that many children genuinely enjoy Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Stalker

I hope many of you are enjoying this season’s Community Group study You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith. In his book we discover how our own secular habits are causing culture to shape us. But as we face this truth and become more aware of how Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Assimilate or Go Home

Assimilate or God Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by D.L. Mayfield. I have spent much of my life loving the idea of doing good, for the sake of the kingdom of God, of course, but also as a part of a deeply ingrained plan for self-improvement. I’ve admired adventurous missionaries, self-sacrificing urban Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: BibleGateway.com

BibleGateway.com.  Have you heard of it? Are there things in your life that once discovered literally changed your life? Well for me, BibleGateway.com was this sort of discovery. It is right up there with my Google search line and my DVR record button. I use each of these modern resources daily, if not hourly at Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Blue Like Jazz

When I first watched “Blue Like Jazz” in its limited release I knew very little about the film other than it was based on Donald Millers very popular semi-autobiographical book . I would classify Blue Like Jazz as a Christian film with a slight disclaimer; it’s rated pg-13 (gasp!) and contains some mature thematic material. To quote Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

For Easter I gave our three year-old the newly released picture book The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross by British author Carl Laverton. He traces the whole story of our life with God beginning in the Garden of Eden, to the Temple, to the Cross, to the Resurrection, and, finally, to the life to come. This Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Books for Lent, Pt. 2

Lent has arrived. If you are in search of a book to guide your spiritual journey in this season we have our second round of recommendations. Part 1 can be found here. Lenten Devotions Between Midnight and Dawn: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide  compiled by Sarah Arthur The first time Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Books for Lent, Pt. 1

As the beginning of the Lenten season approaches, we turn our attention as a church to self-examination and spiritual formation. Here is part 1 of our suggestions for books to guide you through the upcoming season. Lenten Devotional Books Trinity School for Ministry 2016 Lenten Devotional This is a great little devotional, filled with spiritual Read the full article →

Recommends: David Crowder Band’s A Collision and Give Us Rest

When I was in middle school, David Crowder led worship at our youth group’s winter retreat.  I remember being drawn to this lanky guy with wild hair and a wilder goatee.  He looked like John the Baptist in flannel and blue jeans.  His worship music was part of my Bible-belt evangelical upbringing. But as I Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Children’s Advent & Christmas Books, Part 2

We asked several moms at Restoration which books they read to their children during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Last week we listed a few favorites to read to the young ones in your life. Here is part two as we approach Christmas. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever By Barbara Robinson, for grades 2-6, though I really think Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Children’s Advent & Christmas Books, Part 1

We asked several moms at Restoration which books they read to their children during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Here are a few books to consider for the young readers in your life. Check back next Friday for part two of our recommendations. A Meaningful Christmas: A 24 Day Family Devotional By Carrie Rogers and Brittney Poe, available from ameaningfulfamily.com This simple but wonderful Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: 5 Advent Devotional Books for Everyone

For Families – Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp This is a beautifully illustrated keepsake book for families with elementary-aged children to use to walk through the Jesse Tree tradition during the Advent season. The story guides you day by day through God’s plan of redemption from the Garden of Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Reading about the Church Year

If you have come to the Anglican church from another tradition you may be surprised to hear that not only do we have a slightly different way of praying and worshipping, we also have a slightly different calendar. New Year’s Day for the Anglican Church falls on the first day of the Advent Season, which Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Psalms by Sandra McCracken

Sandra McCracken’s album Psalms has been my companion through many long days since it was released last spring. The Nashville veteran has previously released albums of folk music, hymns, and even children’s music that I have enjoyed but her Psalms album arrived at a time when I personally was looking for language that would free Read the full article →