Resource Recommendation: Perspective Cards

Amazingly enough, the summer is fast coming to an end. And as such, we over at Gracepoint Berkeley, as well as throughout our Gracepoint Ministries are gearing up for the new academic year.
One of the highlights from this summer was the relaunch of Gracepoint Training School (sign up for our Fall sessions!), where one of our course offerings is an Evangelism course. Will, the instructor, introduced a great evangelism tool from Cru, called Perspective Cards. I am pleased to announce we have them available at our HB Bookstore.
photo from Cru
Here is the description of the cards from their website:
Many people’s worldviews are becoming increasingly eclectic, while the Christian worldview is becoming increasingly irrelevant and confusing. This can be huge barrier to understanding spiritual reality and knowing God. How can we help those we care for?
Imagine a deck of cards, or a smartphone app, which can guide you through an enjoyable and deeply revealing spiritual conversation. Perspective Cards allows people to share what they believe, explore the Christian worldview, and take the next step on their spiritual journey in an environment where they feel safe. This is the beauty of Perspective.
Have you used these cards before? Were you in the Evangelism class? Share with us your experiences using these cards!

“Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables” – Episode 2

Over at Gracepoint Berkeley church, when I meet new college students, they often say, “Oh, you’re the bookstore lady” or the “Bibliopolis lady.” To which I say, yup, because I am. :) For those of you who joined our previous episode of “Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables,” you know that some of our churches have book store guys. Today, we journey down the Pacific Coast Highway to lovely Gracepoint Santa Barbara church, whose book table guy this past year has a very Bibliopolis-worthy name.

Kenneth “Biblibalibalopolis” Balibalos is beaming because he sold the most number of books on the Sunday when they launched the Bibliopolis Summer Reading Bingo Challenge! (Do you see anything unusual about this photo?)
While the masculine decor of the book table might not win in the aesthetics department, SB’s book table wins for the most mellifluous/alliterative/tongue-twistery name ever!

Join us for our next episode of Journey to Gracepoint Book Tables!

Recommended Read: 31 Days of Praise

Today’s recommendation comes from Alice of Gracepoint Minneapolis church. She just so happens to be the mom of Mr. Sketch — remember her wonder-ful book review last year? Here is Alice’s recommendation and review of 31 Days of Praise: Enjoying God Anew by Ruth Myers:

I and some sisters on our team have been praying through a book called “31 Days of Praise” by Ruth Myers and wanted to share about how it has been really helping my times of prayer. There are 31 days of prayers specifically praising God, teaching us to give thanks to God literally in all circumstances. What’s been helpful about these prayers is that the wordings of the prayer is down to earth and helps articulate what’s in my heart into words that sometimes I can’t find myself.

So borrowing the words of these prayers that are also based on various scripture and quotes from different Christian authors, has been helping me gain fresh perspectives on who God is, who I am, and just life itself. What’s also been neat is to find that some of these prayers of praise are very timely to what I happened to be facing day to day.

Learning to give praise to God in all circumstances has been helping me keep my eyes off of myself and upon God more than anything. So I just wanted to recommend this prayer book that I think can help many of us deepen a life of thanksgiving and praise to God.

By the way, the author Ruth Myers, was a native of Minnesota and served as a staff for Navigators in Asia for almost 50 years (she passed away in 2010).

Here is a small sample from one of the prayers that I was impacted by today from Day 24:

“Thank You, my loving and sovereign God, that my failures and mistakes are part of the “all things” You work together for good…I rejoice that these things keep reminding me to depend on You with all my heart…that they prompt me to trust in Your love, Your forgiveness, Your power, Your sufficiency, Your ability to overrule, and Your transforming presence within me.  Thank You for the ways that my shortcomings and failures bring pressure on me to open myself to You more fully, and the way they let You show me deep and hidden needs:  griefs and hurts that I’ve never poured out before You, that I’ve never exposed to Your healing touch, and sins that I’ve never faced and acknowledged.  How grateful I am for Your constant cleansing as I confess each sin You make me aware of, and then turn back to You as my Lord.”

Great news for folks at Gracepoint Berkeley church — new and used copies of the book are en route to the bookstore at this very moment, so be on the lookout!  They will be in our Prayer section in the display shelves.