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Theology in Aisle Seven: The uncommon grace of everyday spirituality (Christianity Today Essentials) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Arends , Christianity Today
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Book Description

“One of the most affecting communicators in any genre.”
-Billboard Magazine

In Theology in Aisle Seven musician and writer Carolyn introduces us to full-orbed Christian spirituality. She reflects on everything from the sobering judgment of God to what she calls “the serious business” of laughter. No matter the topic she addresses, she offers a refreshing, creative glimpse into the Christian life. All in 25 snapshot chapters—perfect for about a month of thoughtful devotional reading.

Find out why everyday matters to God . . . and to you.
Refreshing. Insightful. Carolyn.



Chapter 1 Revealing Love: We can’t see God clearly without Jesus
Chapter 2 Initiator: Come, Lord Jesus—oh, wait—he’s already here
Chapter 3 Merciful Victor: Why defeat at the hands of God is magnificent
Chapter 4 Gracious Judge: Is there any story about God that isn’t a love story?
Chapter 5 Benevolent Lawgiver: Why God’s law is good news

Chapter 6 Desiring God: Addiction is the spiritual disease of our time
Chapter 7 Letting Go of God: Trying to organize a God who transcends
Chapter 8 Expansive Faith: Why the narrow way is huge
Chapter 9 Reading Beyond Comprehension: The surprises of Scripture
Chapter 10 Acting like Family: God’s party is for all of us
Chapter 11 Enduring Holiness: The blessings—and dangers—of divine proximity

Chapter 12 Laughter Is Serious Business: Joy
Chapter 13 Saying More Than We Can Say: The Arts
Chapter 14 Between the Couch and a 10k: The Body
Chapter 15 The Risks God Takes: The Church Uncommon Virtues
Chapter 16 Hardworking Sloths: Trust
Chapter 17 What to Do with Anger: Meekness
Chapter 18 A Forgotten Key to Dynamic Worship: Hospitality
Chapter 19 Schooled by an Usher: Humility

Chapter 20 Allowing for Space in the Music: Silence into the World
Chapter 21 Helping Make Shalom: Our unique vocation
Chapter 22 Loving the Lawbreaker: Neighbor love
Chapter 23 Hiding What They Seek: Learning to share Jesus
Chapter 24 Going Down Singing: The gift of mortality
Chapter 25 Lessons from a Headless Snake: God’s coming victory

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  • Publisher: Christianity Today International (May 17, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084FD4LU
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is Holy Ground Underneath Your Feet May 31, 2012
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What do a fenced-in backyard, a fraudulent E-bay transaction, a headless snake, and a bad case of laryngitis have in common? Through the eyes and pen of author and songwriter Carolyn Arends (Love Was Here First), each becomes a spiritual signpost, pointing ever nearer to the mysteries of God. Using these and myriad other everyday occurrences, Carolyn marks her path as skillfully as a sailor marks the stars. And, after reading this collection of columns, the only conclusion the reader can draw is that we are constantly standing on holy ground, and nothing and no one ought to be overlooked as ordinary in this grand adventure of Christian life.

The title of the collection sort of sums up the thread binding each column to the others. Theology in Aisle 7 refers to an experience in that hotbed of potentiality: the office supply store. In Chapter 7, Letting Go of God: Trying to Organize a God who Transcends, Carolyn relates her purchase of a desktop file sorter (Organizational Supplies, Aisle 7) with her then recent decision to pursue a Masters in Theology. She writes, "On the same day I bought my new organizer, I decided on a concentration in spiritual theology. I've been longing for more structure, not only in my office but also in my faith."

A friend teases her a little, asking whether a part of her was looking for more control in her course of studies in systematic theology. No, Carolyn realizes, not part of her - all of her! She writes again, "I really don't like it when God behaves unpredictably, when he seems to be as much about mystery as about revelation, and when he refuses to fit into the slots I have labeled for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Writer, Good Book! May 30, 2012
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There are several Christian artists out there, but there's no anyone like Carolyn Arends... She's a great singer and terrific writer. I strongly suggest everyone interested in the Christian life to read all Carolyn's reflections. I'm sure you will love this new book :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! October 16, 2013
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Arends has a gift for addressing theological issues with insight and accessibility. These reflections are short, sweet, & deep enough to chew on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful April 18, 2013
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Carolyn Arends' book is full of very insightful and edifying essays. I love her writing style as well. Highly recommended!
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The author has a unique way of seeing our world and biblical stories. She has a fresh prospective. The book is both entertaining & insightful.
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