Present Comfort

Meditations on Modern Loss and Grief

by Julie Yarbrough

Present Comfort is for those who have sustained a profound loss and for those who are at a loss to understand the range of emotions specific to grief. The unique perspective of each meditation is that God is present in every circumstance of life, at work in the world to give us victory over loss, destruction, death, and grief. Present Comfort offers assurance, encouragement, and spiritual insight for those who grieve, and context for those who desire to share in the heart and language of grief. The hope is that Present Comfort will inspire a deeper faith that in each whisper of comfort, there is the presence of God.

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Present Comfort is a marvelous exposition of one of the grand themes of the Bible; that “God is with us,” especially in the darkest and most difficult times in our lives. This is simply a wonderfully “hope-full” book for all of us in uncertain and challenging seasons in our lives.”

— TOM LOCKE
President, Texas Methodist Foundation

“In this exceptional volume of meditations on scary situations and sacred spirituality, Julie Yarbrough has provided a fountain of wisdom, insight, honesty, and hope."

— WILLIAM B. LAWRENCE
Professor Emeritus of American Church History, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and Research Fellow, Duke Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition

"With each turn of page, they will come to know Julie as a new friend who has a vulnerable, compassionate and courageous heart--just like them."

— DR. FRAN SHELTON
Founder of Faith & Grief Ministries and author of No Winter Lasts Forever: A Memoir of Loving Bob and Loathing Alzheimer's

Everything is Gonna Be All Right

Devotionals for Faith and Encouragement

by Robert Hasley

These short, uplifting devotional messages of comfort and encouragement are just the antidote for days of stress and worry. Pastor Robert Hasley tells homespun stories and anecdotes of a life lived in faith through good times and bad. His grandmother would always say, “everything’s gonna be all right.” A compilation of Rev. Hasley’s life experiences and devotional messages, Everything is Going to Be All Right is not tied to specific days of the week or year and may be read in any order for inspiration and support.

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"I have read many devotional books, but none quite so heartfelt, warm, and relatable. It is a gift."

— DR. CRAIG HILL
Dean, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

"At a time when so little seems to be all right, pastor Robert Hasley imparts wisdom inherited from his 101-year-old grandmother in a series of faith-restorative devotionals."

— Tim Cowlishaw
Dallas Morning News

"Here are the thoughts of a pastor who knows how to connect the Christian faith with the challenges of everyday life."

— Will Willimon
United Methodist bishop (retired), Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, author of Accidental Preacher: A Memoir

Solid Souls

Coming July 2021

by Arthur Jones

Your small, everyday choices have eternal effect.

Some think the state of our soul only comes down to one big spiritual decision in life. However, while we depend on the grace of God, our soul is shaped by life’s little everyday decisions, not just a few big ones. These small decisions in our relationships, in our work, and for ourselves put us on a trajectory towards a more solid soul, or a more shriveled soul, one that is isolated from others and God.

In this bold new work, pastor Arthur Jones weaves together Scripture, history, theology, and pop culture to reclaim the ancient concept of a soul. A soul is not afterlife vapor but something very real and very specific: the resurrection of the body. Jesus’ message is that the kingdom of heaven is here now. The choices that we make in every moment lead us toward heaven or away from it. In Solid Souls, learn to see your life and the lives of others with eternal eyes, and learn how to live life in such a way that you find yourself on a trajectory toward fulfillment and flourishing.  Discover how to make your soul more solid today.

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“I wasn't aware how badly my own soul needed these words in this book. Solid Souls by Arthur Jones speaks to passion, purpose, and what it means to live a life fully and abundantly. I love the way Arthur sees the world and brings the scripture to life within the pages of this story. Highly recommend this read. Your soul will thank you for it.”

— MARK SORENSON
Senior Pastor, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, The Woodlands, TX (as of 7/1/2021)

"Arthur Jones powerfully melds theology with every day spiritual practices leading to abundant life--now. In the tradition of the pastor scholar, Jones brings deep spiritual truths to the arena of daily life, identifies what is truly transformative., and presents eternal mysteries of God in ways that are at once simple and profound. A must read for anyone wishing to pursue growth of God’s grace in their lives!"

— GASTON WARNER
CEO, Zoe Empowers

"What is tended thrives. What is neglected withers. Arthur Jones offers a salient reminder of what is truly important in life and an exhortation to tend those things...with intention."

— REV. SHANE BISHOP
2010 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church and Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL 

"Jim Rohn famously wrote about suffering either 'the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.' Arthur Jones in his book “Solid Souls” masterfully and practically invites us to either choose the discipline of cultivating a solid soul or living with the regret of a shriveled soul."

— JORGE ACEVEDO
Lead Pastor, Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation

Greater Things

The Work of the New Creation

Coming August 2021

by Len Wilson

The future belongs to Christian innovation.

The turmoil at the dawn of the 2020s are not an anomaly, but best understood in the context of a larger sea change that has been growing for the last generation. If the world is truly ending, then all is moot. But we would be wise to explore the alternative: instead of the end of the world, perhaps we are living through the birth of a new era.

It is impossible to go back in time and space to where we were before the pandemic began. The old ways are done; now it is time to build. Restoring culture requires innovation. But innovation has been a trending idea for a generation and we are no better off. 

What our culture desperately needs is not just innovation, but Christian innovation. 

Christians do not have a sterling reputation for new ideas, noteworthy solutions, and needle-moving systems. For the last two thousand years, real change that creates flourishing societies has often come through the work of Christians. Over and over, followers of Jesus have demonstrated a supernatural ability to build culture and create opportunities for human flourishing. Jesus has a simple name for this: greater things. 

Christian innovation is what happens when Christ’s people leverage their creative gifts and allow themselves to be used by the Holy Spirit through the work of Christ’s community for the inauguration of God’s purpose.

This book is an exploration of the implications of Jesus’ promise that we can do greater things. Its goal is to define and make simple the idea and process of Christian innovation. This groundbreaking work offers a means by which anyone can move to the forefront of positive societal change.

The time to tear down is done; now it is time to build. Learn how to do greater things today.

“Len Wilson’s Greater Things is that rare, out-of-the-blue bombshell of a book that will electrify anyone concerned about innovation, creativity, and imagination in the church.”

— LEONARD SWEET
Best-selling author of over 60 books, distinguished visiting professor at five colleges and universities, and founder/president of SpiritVenture Ministries, PreathTheStory.com, and The Salish Sea Press.

"Sometimes a book comes along and it is clearly the book for this moment. Greater Things is just that book for Christian leaders today."

— JACOB ARMSTRONG
Pastor, Providence Church, Mt. Juliet, TN

"This groundbreaking new book takes the reader on a much-needed journey exploring Christian innovation in the church. Highly recommended!

— JOEL MIKELL
Consultant, Author, and Senior Vice President, Horizons Stewardship

"Greater Things gets to the heart of innovation from a deep, holistic biblical perspective. This is really great, theological writing.

— MIKE SLAUGHTER
Pastor Emeritus, Ginghamsburg Church, Founder and Chief Strategist, Passionate Churches, LLC

"This is the best book on Christian innovation I've ever read. This is not simply a book; it is a hitchhiker’s guide to the future for church teams desiring to explore Christian innovation.”

— DR. MICHAEL ADAM BECK
Author, pastor, professor, and cultivator of movements, Director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary, Director of Re-missioning Fresh Expressions US, and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida UMC

"Greater Things is a thoughtful, riveting, educational, inspiring goldmine for innovational creativity. Highly recommended!

— REV. SUE NILSON KIBBEY
Director, Bishop Bruce Ough Innovation Center, United Theological Seminary

"Len Wilson goes beyond cut-and-paste marketing methods and inspirational nuggets to provide a solid, soul stirring foundation for Christian innovation. Greater Things will embolden you to begin a redemptive revolution of innovation.

— REV. BLOSSOM MATTHEWS
Pastor, Assistant Director of Congregational Vitality for the New Mexico Conference, United Methodist Church

"Len’s passion and creativity is so evident on every page, it’s motivating me to continue to think outside the box, take risks, and bring my ideas into community like never before.”

— REV. ADAM WEBER
Lead Pastor, Embrace Church, author, Love Has A Name

"In Greater Things, this pastor, entrepreneur, creative, and innovator provides a map to guide the Church in adaptation and innovation which are critical for the future. This book is required reading.

— DR. RICK BARTLETT
Program Director, Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tabor College

"Len provides not only the crucial theory, but also the tangible and practical methodology for how to innovate in your context with your people. This book is a must-read (and must-own, and must-share)."

— DR. DAVID MCDONALD
Founder, Fossores Chapter House and Pastor, Westwinds Church

"Len Wilson's Greater Things offers a compelling vision and theology for Christ-centered innovation. An excellent read for any Christian who desires to see God's kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven."

— DR. ANDY MILLER
Vice President, Innovation and Partnerships, Indiana Wesleyan University