Alive in the Word invites you to explore Scripture in a way that deepens your understanding, offers meaning for your life today, and helps you to pray and act on God’s word. Relevant and engaging commentary is paired with prayer experiences and invitations for action. Each volume includes three short chapters or sessions. You may use this resource at your own pace for your personal spiritual growth, or you may join with others in a group to read, discuss, and pray together.

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Hope, an Anchor in Today's World

Janet Schaeffler, OP

One of the great theological virtues, hope is a sign of our trust in God, the foundation for making our way through difficulties, and an invitation to witness to God's care in our lives. A psalm, a Pauline passage, and a gospel passage allow us to explore this virtue of which our world is in such need. Janet Schaeffler, OP, is the former director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. She is the author of several books, including The Creed: A Catechist's Guide. She is also the facilitator of online courses and a leader of days of reflection, retreats, parish missions, and workshops. She is a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Catechetics from the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership and has been named among those who have made a significant contribution to the field of Christian religious education in the North American context by the "Christian Educators of the 20th Century Project," Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, CA.Visit AliveInTheWord.org to explore more of the books in this engaging new series.

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Christmas, Season of Wonder and Hope

Catherine Upchurch

It is not possible to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ, the very Son of God, in a single day. The church gives us a season—from Christmas eve to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord—to reflect with wonder on what God has done and is doing in our world. The gift of this child who would go on to give his very life for our salvation is the source of our hope in every age and through every storm. In Christmas, Season of Wonder and Hope, meditate with Catherine Upchurch on three New Testament passages that invite us to move through wonder to hope. Catherine Upchurch serves as the director of Little Rock Scripture Study and the general editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible. She brings years of adult faith formation experience to her writing and speaking. She is an associate editor of The Bible Today, a regular contributor to Give Us This Day, and the author of Mary, Favored by God, Moses, Called and Equipped, and Hospitality, Welcoming the Stranger. Visit AliveInTheWord.org to explore more of the books in this engaging new series.

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Trust, Confidence in the God of Salvation

John Craghan

Our faith gives witness to a God who is worthy of our trust and invites us to model this confidence to those around us. Explore a few key Bible passages that teach us to surrender to the power of divine love and rely on the God who created and redeems us. John F. Craghan is professor emeritus of religious studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He is North American editor for Scripture in Church (Dominican Publications) and is the author of numerous books, including I Was Ill and You Cared for Me: Biblical Reflections on Serving the Physically and Mentally Impaired; Psalms for All Seasons; And the Life of the World to Come: Reflections on the Biblical Notion of Heaven; and The Gospels of the Weekday Lectionary, all published by Liturgical Press.Visit AliveInTheWord.org to explore more of the books in this engaging new series.

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