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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Paul, Proclaiming Christ Crucified

Ronald D. Witherup, PSS

Paul discovered his core identity in the crucified and resurrected Christ and spent his final years proclaiming the power of the cross. Explore three key passages from his letters that invite us to embrace the redemptive power of the cross in our lives.Ronald D. Witherup, PSS, is superior general of the Sulpicians, an order of diocesan priests dedicated to initial and ongoing formation of priests. He holds a doctorate in biblical studies and is the author of numerous books and articles on Scripture, including The Word of God at Vatican II: Exploring Dei Verbum, Gold Tested in Fire: A New Pentecost for the Catholic Priesthood, and Biblical Fundamentalism, What Every Catholic Should Know, published by Liturgical Press. He is also a contributor to Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press.Visit AliveInTheWord.org to explore more of the books in this engaging new series.

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Sarah & Hagar, Women of Promise

Irene Nowell, OSB

It is not possible to tell the story of Abraham's descendants without taking note of how God's plan unfolded in the lives of Sarah and Hagar. The best laid plans and the unexpected converge as these two women respond to God's promises.Irene Nowell, OSB, is a member of the Benedictine community of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas. She served on the translation team of the revised Old Testament of the New American Bible and the Committee on Illuminations and Texts for The Saint John's Bible. Among her many titles, she has written several volumes in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series and is the author of Pleading, Cursing, Praising: Conversing with God Through the Psalms (all published by Liturgical Press).Visit AliveInTheWord.org to explore more of the books in this engaging new series.

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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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Mary, Favored by God

Catherine Upchurch

Few people have influenced Christian spirituality, theology, and history as profoundly as Mary, mother of Jesus. Explore three key events early in her life that set the course for her role in salvation history. Learn what it means to be favored by God.Catherine Upchurch serves as the director of Little Rock Scripture Study and the general editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible. Her work in adult faith formation involves writing, editing, lecturing, and leading retreats and days of reflection. She is an associate editor of The Bible Today, a journal of biblical spirituality, and a contributor to Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press.Visit AliveInTheWord.org to explore more of the books in this engaging new series.

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Dashed Hopes

When Our Best-Laid Plans Fall Apart

Laura Kelly Fanucci

Where do we turn when our hopes are dashed, when we look at best-laid plans and see only shattered dreams? With fresh perspectives on Jeremiah's plans for "a future of hope," Jesus' agony in the garden, and Isaiah's promise of "a way in the wilderness," Laura Kelly Fanucci offers hope for those wondering what comes next when life feels broken.Laura Kelly Fanucci is the research associate for the Collegeville Institute Seminars. She is the author of Mercy: God's Nature, Our Challenge in the Alive in the Word series, Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press, 2014); and the co-author of Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling (23rd Publications, 2015). She blogs about spirituality and parenting at www.motheringspirit.com.Visit AliveInTheWord.org to explore more of the books in this engaging new series.

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From Home to Home

Finding Meaning in Mobility

Justin Huyck

In a society where so many of us are on the move-relocating because of employment, to be near extended family, or even just to pursue a dream of living somewhere new-staying connected is a real challenge. The Scriptures invite us to discover God's presence in a new place and in the midst of a changing community. Passages from the Old and New Testaments offer lessons that are fresh and relevant today.Justin Huyck is pastoral associate and director of adult faith formation at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Canton, Ohio. Previously, he served communities in Albany, New York; Northbrook, Illinois; and Kingston, Ontario. Justin is a graduate of Cornell University and holds an MA in theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He and his wife are the parents of two children.Visit AliveInTheWord.org to explore more of the books in this engaging new series.

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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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