the anniversary of September 11 approaches, the emotions and nerves
of people in your congregation will probably be on edge. Even if
they didnt suffer personal losses a year ago, the memories
of those images will bring the tragedy back to the surface of their
thoughts. And people in your midst are always suffering in some
Christian publishers responded to 9-11 events by releasing helpful
books on how to cope with the crisis, and titles dealing with other
times of struggle have also been released recently. Here are some
of the latest to hit bookstore shelves.
Our Nations Emergency CallDavid Jeremiah says
we need to take the attack on America personally. As the prophet
Jeremiah wept for the city of Jerusalem, we must weep and respond
to our nations emergency call. One of six tapes in the America
Responds series. Oasis Audio, $8.99, 800-323-2500.
the Future Without FearJesus preached a simple message:
Do not be afraid, he said, as he prescribed faith as
the medicine that allows us to face our fears. Lloyd John Ogilvie
applies this prescription to our darkest fears. Servant Publications,
$12.99, (734) 677-1284.
Not AmericaBefore 9-11, America had never seen such
a senseless and horrible loss of life and property at one time.
Liberty Savard imparts trust and confidence in God to people who
are confused and fearful over whats happenedand over
any source of fear in their lives. Bridge-Logos Publishing, $7.99,
God in the Face of EvilEd Dobson clearly and honestly
addresses the common concerns and dilemmas we all encounter during
times of personal trial or national tragedy. Kregel Publications,
Will Make a WayWhether because of personal or national
crisis, weve all been therewallowing in fear, sadness,
or confusion. Henry Cloud and John Townsend offer 10 practical life
principles to guide us through loneliness, anxiety, and other heartaches
to happiness and peace. Integrity Publishers, $21.99, 800-533-6912,
Grief-Sharing ChurchTragedy strikes everyone, yet
we dont always know how to respond. Harold Ivan Smith offers
a video seminar on how churches can establish a grief ministry.
Package includes a reproducible student workbook on CD-ROM and a
leaders guide. Beacon Hill Press, $89.99, 800-877-0700.
Times of Crisis and SorrowAs a pastor, how should
you respond to personal crises, such as someone who is terminally
ill, a family shattered by suicide, or a grieving widow? Carol Noren
offers Scriptures, prayers, eulogies, sermons, and music for pastors
who minister in times of tragedy. John Wiley & Sons, $24.95,
Reason for HopeTen trusted Christian authorsincluding
Max Lucado, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Joseph Stowellput an
eternal perspective on the events of September 11, offering the
peace of Christ in the face of the fears that consume us. Good News
Publishing, $12.99, 800-635-7993, (630) 682-4300.
in the Circle of GriefBlair Meeks offers pastors a
wealth of worship resources and advice on what to say and do when
dealing with people whove encountered grief. Abingdon Press,
$13, 800-672-1789, (615) 749-6347.
Tragedy StrikesMark Ashtons subtitle says it
all: Jesus Response to a World Gone Wrong. A six-session discussion
guide to help people realize that only God can fix the broken things
we encounter in our earthly life. Zondervan, $8.99, 800-727-3480,