All Things Work for Good: Flora, Ananda Rao Samuel, and Pravaham and Stepping Stones: Creating Communities of Peace and Justice are my latest books. They were released on Nov. 17th, 2018, at Pravaham’s Silver Jubilee, 25th anniversary celebrations in south India. They have also been published in the U.S.A.
Stepping Stones: Creating Communities of Peace and Justice
Summary: What does it mean to live the good life in this modern world? Stories of young women, from deep in the ancient hills of India, and friends in the US, shed light.
All Things Work For Good: Flora, Ananda Rao Samuel, and Pravaham
Summary: An intimate look at a pivotal incident in the life of Flora, a martyr of the Church of South India and her husband the “Baby Bishop” and Moderator of the Church of South India (CSI). This is also the story of their legacy, Pravaham: A Community for Peace and Justice. Told by the children of two families who came together in the wake of the tragedies that touched them.
Rise, Shine, Be Woke
My first anti-racism book Rise, Shine, Be Woke was a collaborative effort, published in the summer of 2018 with Stephanie Patterson, Francena Willingham, Ash Coleman. Other contributors include: Marvella Lambright, Susan Skoglund, and Sharon Wakamoto. An Anti-racism Glossary along with an introduction to the Anti-racism Digital Library and guidelines for study, discussions, and reading groups are included. Print and Kindle available from Amazon. Plus its available on Apple Books.
Summary: Gentle new voices about being Black, Other, and White in Christian middle-class America. 7 lived experiences from 3 different generations: 4 leading edge Baby Boomer women, a Gen X (Baby Buster) woman, an immigrant woman, and a young Millennial man. Touched by race. Shaped by faith. Transformative anti-racism.
Path of Grace (children’s read aloud book)
Path of Grace was published in January 2015. Includes color photographs taken by the author and her husband. The island fortress of Suomenlinna off the coast of Finland and a water-wise garden in Southern California provide the setting for this children’s story about peer pressure. “Why are people mean?” Little Anni asked Nana, her grandmother. Nana helps Anni find her own path of grace by sharing the story of the Bridge of Concord. This is a read-aloud book for grand-parents, aunts, teachers and children, of all ages, to read to each other. To create the characters as they imagine them and beyond the skin color identity labels we often bestow on others. (#weneeddiversebooks, #wndb). Print and Kindle available from Amazon
Eyes on Christ: Reflections on Being the People of God in the PC (USA) is a book that essentially wrote itself. I had definitely not planned on writing it! 13 letters and 27 other pieces of writing in a variety of other genres such as a faith statement/confession, Scripture, sample covenant, devotional, and study, from my friends and teaching elders in the Presbytery of Los Ranchos form the centerpiece of this book that may be used for 40 days of prayer to strengthen community on polarizing social issues (abortion, sexuality) and discernment on denominational affiliation. This has been another incredible experience of surrendering, letting the Holy Spirit lead, and enjoying the resulting blessed adventures. Here’s what a friend wrote me: “You were prepared for and called to it and answered the call.” It is in the Spirit of the Living Christ that I offer this book for churches that want to build their unity in Christ. Out of print – a few copies are available directly from the author.
Ocean of Grace: Two short stories, a few poems and a reflection. 39 pages. 2 short stories. A ballad. 2 songs. Multiple Haiku. A reflection. Includes photos in the Kindle edition to relieve the magical monotony of always reading le mot juste :). Readers say about this book: “The perfect quick read! It opened my mind to new worlds among us!” Print and Kindle available from Amazon
Casa Charis: A Daybook of Freedom
Casa Charis: A Daybook of Freedom is a devotional with prayers and Bible study for individual and groups, based on Galatians. 31 meditations. 4 Essays. On the rich themes of freedom and grace and tacking the modern challenges of daily life from the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. 123 pages. Questions for Bible study. Print and Kindle available from Amazon
Garden of Grace: A Daybook of Faith and Healing
Garden of Grace: A Daybook of Faith and Healing is a devotional and prayerbook based on Ephesians. 30 meditations and prayers 32 color photos 75 pp. What can the faithful do when life throws them a curve ball? Does faith in Jesus heal? How does it help with the losses, challenges and mundane realities of daily living? What part does church, the extended family of Jesus, play in the daily faith of an individual? A few Print copies are available directly from the author. Kindle is available from Amazon
Rev. Barbara Buck, Associate Pastor at St. Peter’s By The Sea, Rancho Palos Verdes: “Anita’s scholarship shines. The introduction is right up there with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Henri Nouwen, and Eberhard Jüngel.”
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