Note: Several of the books listed here are part of the Stephen Ministries Care Classic® series—highly esteemed and well-loved books on Christian caring and relating that were previously out of print. Stephen Ministries has republished each as a Care Classic® for the benefit of this and future generations.
Cries of Faith, Songs of Hope: Prayers for the Times of Our Life—collects prayers addressing many different kinds of needs; each prayer is accompanied by a short story, a reflection, a Scripture passage, or a hymn stanza to clarify its meaning. Author John Gugel draws on his experiences of caring as a pastor and of battling Parkinson’s disease. The book includes prayers for Christians during tough times, reflecting the Biblical psalms of lament, as well as prayers giving voice to longings and uncertainties from deep within the heart.
The Promise of Hope: Coping When Life Caves In—offers a message of encouragement to those who are struggling with life’s difficulties. From the depths of his own brokenness, author William Kinnaird assures readers that, no matter how lonely they feel or how deeply they grieve, they never walk alone: God is always there beside them. The author combines teachings from the Bible, his personal experience, and the thinking of great teachers such as C.S. Lewis and Paul Tournier to express powerful Christian truths. A Care Classic®.
ReCreatable: How God Heals the Brokenness of Life—reminds us that in Christ we have redemption, but sometimes our lives and relationships still reflect our own brokenness more than God’s glory. In ReCreatable, author and pastor Kevin Scott guides us in finding Christ’s healing for our brokenness, as we accept the invitation to become more fully mature human beings—people who reflect God’s glory in faith, hope, and love. This spiritual growth resource is great for personal or group study. Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection, ideas for next steps, and a small group discussion guide.
Yes, Lord—charts author Dona Hoffman’s journey through cancer as she struggled with her intense desire to live and her dread over getting well only to die another day. The compassion and encouragement of her loved ones helped her to continue to seek God—“Yes, Lord” became her faithful response to the agony of pain, fear, and despair. In this deeply moving collection of poetry, journal entries, and letters, Dona’s honesty, courage, love, faith, and humor encourage both those who suffer and those who provide care. A Care Classic®.
Joy Comes with the Morning: The Positive Power of Christian Encouragement—affirms and encourages those who are facing a life crisis and those who are called to care. Author William Kinnaird confesses his “dark night of the soul,” embraces readers who may be facing times of darkness themselves, and reassures them that Christ’s love is present with them in their experience. He also shows readers how they can become a source of hope and encouragement for others. A Care Classic®.
Me, an Evangelist? Every Christian’s Guide to Caring Evangelism—presents an engaging story about a reluctant evangelist while exploring the principles and practices of sharing our faith in daily life. Author Bill McKay teaches Christians how to express God's Good News in ways that others welcome. Biblical and practical, this book shows how to joyfully, comfortably, and naturally live and share the love of Jesus with others.
The book is also used in the Caring Evangelism course.
Reopening the Back Door: Answers to Questions about Ministering to Inactive Members—offers practical guidance for how to reach out to people when their commitment to their faith community has diminished. Author Kenneth C. Haugk explains what most often leads people to withdraw from the church, what words and behaviors drive people even farther away, how to prevent inactivity, and how to welcome inactive members back home.
The book is also used in the Caring for Inactive Members course.
Caring Criticism: Building Bridges Instead of Walls—meets a challenging topic head on: giving and receiving criticism. Combining Christian love and Biblical principles, pastor and psychologist William Diehm shares practical, down-to-earth advice on how to offer criticism in ways that are helpful and non-threatening, how to receive criticism without taking offense or feeling crushed, and how to respond positively to criticism. A Care Classic®.
This book makes a natural follow-up to Speaking the Truth in Love.