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Sunday, February 14, 2016
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The Bookshop @ St. Stephen's

Fill your summer book list with selections from our bookshop!

For many of us, summer is an ideal season to spend time with a book (or more than one), whether because the pace of life slows a bit, or because we take time to sit by the lake or the ocean to read, or simply because it’s too hot to do much else. Here are some book recommendations for your consideration. All are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen’s.


The Road to Character by David Brooks

Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung
Award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots. Highly practical and super short, Crazy Busy will help you put an end to “busyness as usual.”

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere, Pico Iyer
In our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. In this age of constant movement and connectedness, staying in one place is an exciting prospect, and perhaps a greater necessity than ever before.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Kondo promises that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), you can clear your clutter and enjoy a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Why Meditate? Working with Thoughts and Emotions by Mathieu Ricard
In this elegant, authoritative, and entirely accessible book, Ricard demonstrates that practicing meditation on a daily basis can change our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. The theory, spirituality, and practicality of meditation are addressed in detail.

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

If you follow Rachel Held Evans—or various Episcopal movers and shakers—on Twitter, you’ve likely seen not just the title of this book, but photos of its pages focusing on passages that readers have found particularly moving. The Washington Post called Evans, a young evangelical whose previous book was A Year of Biblical Womanhood, the most polarizing woman in evangelicalism. Read about her journey to the Episcopal Church for yourself.

Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation by Richard Rohr
Divine silence is more than the absence of noise; it is a living presence and wholeness of being. The peace of contemplation is all people who can quiet their own mind to listen in the silence.


Tinkers by Paul Harding

Tinkers is about the legacy of consciousness and the porousness of identity from one generation the next. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, it is a meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature as the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather unfold. This debut novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This stunning New York Times bestseller—and the 2015 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction—tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

For children
I Meet Jesus: He Tells Me “I Love You” by Jean Vanier
In moving, uncluttered language, Jean Vanier tells us the message of Christianity that is simple yet profound in its capacity to transform our lives totally. While it is first for children, this book can also be used for meditation for parents, catechists, teachers and others.

About the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's
Have you visited our Bookshop lately? Located right in St. Stephen's parish office, this store is a natural outgrowth of growing demand by our parishioners and visitors. Originally stocking works by visiting authors, we are continually expanding our selection and now offer books recommended by clergy and staff, Advent, Lenten, and Easter selections, and books for various groups and classes. We have flourishing poetry and fiction sections as well. In addition to books, the store offers St. Stephen’s Blend coffee, olive oil from the Middle East, icons, greeting cards and prayer beads. Staff members in the office can help you with your purchases during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but the shop is open anytime the church is open. A selection of items from the bookshop is also available in the Large Fellowship Hall on Sundays.

Two St. Stephen's CD's are available in the bookshop, both for $15 per copy (or buy a set for $25). "An Unexpected Christmas" is the 2010 release by the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernandez. "Sanctuary" is the 2012 CD by St. Stephen's Compline choir; read more here.



For more information about the bookshop, call Gene LeCouteur at 804.288.2867.


Books used in the Inquirers Class


Gary Jones recommends several books each time he teaches an Inquirers Class for those who are new to the Episcopal Church, or those who are interested in learning more about it. These include:



Those Episkopols by Dennis Maynard
With humor and insight, Dennis Maynard explains why the Episcopal Church, deeply rooted in scripture, tradition and reason, will not accept simplistic answers to complex questions.



The Episcopal Handbook
Morehouse Publishing
A guide to Episcopal Church culture, with a glossary of Episcopal worship terms, diagrams, illustrations and more


A People Called Episcopalians: A Brief Introduction to Our Peculiar Way of Life by the Rev. Dr. John Westerhoff
A series of essays on what it means to be an Episcopalian: Anglican Identity, Anglican Authority, Anglican Spirituality, Anglican Temper
ament, and Anglican Polity. Includes a glossary.

A Dictionary for Episcopalians by John N. Wall 
From “Abbey” to “Year, Church” (there are no z’s!)

Praying Our Days: A Guide and Companion by Frank Griswold
This book is the first new devotional resource of its kind for Episcopalians in more than two generations. It includes devotions to mark the rhythm of the day (brief prayers at fixed hours); the mystery of time and the rhythm of the week, the months, and the Christian year; self-examination and preparation for reconciliation and the Eucharist; intercessory prayers; devotions to the Mother of Jesus; praying with the saints; plus praying with icons. Each section of the book will open with a brief introduction and teaching by Bishop Griswold, guiding the reader in the effective use of the material. 

This is just a partial list of what's available in the bookshop! We're open year-round, whenever the church is open.