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Works Useful in Instructional Settings

The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Beliefs and Behavior During the University Years Steve Garber; 1997 InterVarsity Press

Addresses the question: how does one help Christian students, during one of the most eventful and intense periods of their lives, learn to connect what they believe with how they live?


Crossing the Jordan: Meditations on Vocation Sam Anthony Portaro; 1999 Cowley Publications         

This book began as a set of essays for student retreats on vocation. Portaro suggests themes that will apply to all.


Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith Kathleen Norris; 1999 Riverhead         

Author of "The Cloister Walk" and "Dakota", Norris blends history, theology, storytelling, etymology, and memoir to reflect on the meaning of faith.


Career and Calling: A Guide for Counselors, Youth and Young Adults Ginny Ward Holderness; 2000 Geneva         

Written for students, young adults, and those that work with them, this book contains a six session small group career counseling program that focuses on God's calling, individual gifts and talents, and the world of work.


Dante to Dead Man Walking: One Reader's Guide through the Christian Classics Raymond A Schroth; 2001 Loyola Press         

Schroth discusses fifty works that challenge the social conscience and raise moral or religious issues in provocative ways.


Doing the Truth In Love: Conversations about God, Relationships, and Service Michael Himes; 1995 Paulist Press

Catholic in its theological orientation, this collection of conversations led by Fr. Himes is an example of theological reflection that can occur in the context of service.


If Jesus Were a Senior: Last-Minute Preparations for Post-College Life Bruce Main; 2002 W/JK

The final years of college can be a difficult time for students committed to a life of Christian discipleship. How does a student begin to prepare for the "real world" so that it will not end in collapse of faith or a slow series of compromises? Main argues that students should examine Jesus as a human being who also had to go through various stages in development. Each chapter includes study and devotional material.


Honoring the Body: Meditations on Christian Practice Stephanie Paulsell; 2002 Jossey-Bass

Part of the "Practices of Faith" series, this book offers a guide for cherishing the human body and navigating through cultural messages that prohibit it.


If Jesus Were a Sophomore: Discipleship for College Students Bruce Main; 2001 W/JK

Challenges college students to embrace actively young adulthood's time for identity formation, and intentionally to begin to establish habits of discipleship that will create a foundation for a life of radical faithfulness. Main raises the question, "How might Jesus want a young adult to use his or her college years?" and he explores potential answers through a number of relevant themes, including dating relationships, relationships with parents, cultivating an "attitude of gratitude," learning tolerance, and the role of wisdom.


Jayber Crow Wendell Berry; 2000 Counterpoint

The poet, novelist, and essayist, Wendell Berry recounts the life-long vocational discernment of Jayber Crow, a child of Kentucky.


Lifekeys: Discovering Who You Are, Why You're Here and What You Do Best Jane Kise; 1998 Bethany House

Workbook program is designed to help people discover their talents, spiritual gifts, passions, values, and personality.


Ordinary Saints: An Introduction to the Christian Life Robert Benne; 1988 OOP

A comprehensive and contemporary interpretation of the Christian life that touches on marriage, family life, work, public life, and the church.


Selling Ourselves Short: Why We Struggle to Earn a Living and Have a Life Catherine M. Wallace; 2003 Brazos Press


The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring Parker Palmer; 1999 Jossey-Bass

Telling stories from a variety of religious traditions, Palmer shows that the spiritual life does not mean abandoning the world but engaging it more deeply through life-giving action.


The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism Robert Coles; 1993 Houghton Mifflin

Coles, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Spiritual Life of Children, contends that while motives vary, and stresses frequently wear people down, the satisfactions of service are plentiful and sustaining.


The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Henri Nowen; 1994 Image Books

Inspired by Rembrandt's depiction of the gospel story, the late Catholic priest reflects on homecoming, affirmation, reconciliation, and forgiveness while probing the complexity of the parent-child relationship.