Abuelita Faith

Jesus responds to her comment with “Mujer [woman], you have great faith” (Matt. 15:28 alt.). Her faith is a faith of survival and of persistence, an abuelita faith. When the world overlooks this unnamed woman's understanding of who God ...

Author: Kat Armas

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 9781493431113

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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What if some of our greatest theologians wouldn't be considered theologians at all? Kat Armas, a second-generation Cuban American, grew up on the outskirts of Miami's famed Little Havana neighborhood. Her earliest theological formation came from her grandmother, her abuelita, who fled Cuba during the height of political unrest and raised three children alone after her husband passed away. Combining personal storytelling with biblical reflection, Armas shows us how voices on the margins--those often dismissed, isolated, and oppressed because of their gender, socioeconomic status, or lack of education--have more to teach us about following God than we realize. Abuelita Faith tells the story of unnamed and overlooked theologians in society and in the Bible--mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters--whose survival, strength, resistance, and persistence teach us the true power of faith and love. The author's exploration of abuelita theology will help people of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds reflect on the abuelitas in their lives and ministries and on ways they can live out abuelita faith every day.

Finding Your Place in God s Story

Kat Armas, Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us about Wisdom, Persistence, and Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2021), 166. 13. Lysa TerKeurst, “Dealing with Deep Grief,” (in)courage, February 27, 2016, ...

Author: Teresa Swanstrom Anderson

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 9781641584692

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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The lineage of Jesus is full of surprising, imperfect people, but perhaps none more than the five women memorialized in Matthew 1. These women are not the expected matriarchs like Eve or Sarah or Rebecca, but the ones with hard, complicated stories. And every one of these women is just like us: resoundingly ordinary, tainted by sin, and yet unexpectedly used to change the world when they found their place in God's story. In this Get Wisdom Bible study, you are invited into the raw, empowering, astonishing stories of these five women: Tamar: A Woman Who Pursues What Is Right Rahab: A Woman Who Chooses Growth Ruth: A Woman Who Loves Radically Bathsheba: A Woman Who Claims Her Voice Mary: A Women Who Says Yes With Teresa Swanstrom Anderson's trademark warmth and accessibility, this study equips women to study Scripture for themselves and discover how to participate more fully in the story of God. Features: 5-session study with 3 days per session/week Complementary teaching videos from the author for small groups, corresponding with each week of the study Study can be used anytime, but theme of Jesus' lineage makes it great for use during Advent and Christmas Reflection questions and journaling prayer section for each day "History Lessons" providing background context Guidance on how to study the original languages of Scripture

You Are Radically Loved

I saw that my abuelita's faith never wavered , no matter how tragic events unfolded around her . Her morning ritual began at the crack of dawn . Her morning started in the kitchen to cook our meals for the day .

Author: Rosie Acosta

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593330166

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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From the award-winning host of the Radically Loved podcast, an invitation to discover the healing power of who you are, body, mind, and spirit. Growing up in East L.A. in the nineties, Rosie Acosta dismissed spirituality and wellness as something people like her didn’t do. But after being arrested at age fifteen, she knew that only a radical change would lead her away from debilitating anxiety and self-doubt. As she puts it, yoga offered her a ladder and she began to climb. In this empowering and accessible guide, Acosta leads readers through the essential spiritual practices she uses to create a radically loved life. With the arc of her own journey as a framework, she presents meditations, journaling questions, and practices for identifying and honoring our own radical truths. With grit and grace, this heart-filled guide makes spiritual practice accessible to everyone and helps you become the person you are truly meant to be.

Having the Mind of Christ

Eight Axioms to Cultivate a Robust Faith Matt Tebbe, Ben Sternke ... 2016); Dominique DuBois Gilliard, Subversive Witness: Scripture's Call to Leverage Privilege (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2021); Kat Armas, Abuelita Faith: What Women ...

Author: Matt Tebbe

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9781514003602

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Despite our deep desire to live in the freedom that Christ offers, we are acutely aware of the gap between a transformed life and our reality. While behavioral changes can bear good results, true transformation requires a change in paradigm. Pastors Matt Tebbe and Ben Sternke share eight axioms that help us open ourselves to the transformational change that God wants for our lives.

When Thoughts and Prayers Aren t Enough

Kat Armas, host of The Protagonistas podcast and author of Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us About Wisdom, Persistence, and Strength “Compulsively readable, When Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Enough presents a practical ...

Author: Taylor S. Schumann

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830831715

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Taylor Schumann survived a school shooting, yet she was left with permanent wounds, both visible and invisible. Weaving her own incredible story into a larger conversation about gun violence in America, Taylor shares another painful truth: Christians have largely been silent on this issue. With compassion and honesty, she encourages readers to join her in taking action for a safer future.

Leaving Silence

It doesn't shy away from stories and questions thereof that are real and raw, and neither should we. —Kat Armas Author of Abuelita Faith and host of The Protagonistas podcast ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Abookcommunity like Leaving Silence takes.

Author: Susannah Larry

Publisher: MennoMedia, Inc.

ISBN: 9781513808192

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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#MeToo. #ChurchToo. #GodToo? What if survivors of sexualized violence experience the Bible as a powerful spiritual resource rather than an oppressive tool in the hands of those seeking to dismiss or justify abuse? Bible scholar Susannah Larry leads fellow survivors and those who care for them in a journey toward reclaiming the Bible amid the trauma of sexualized violence. Leaving Silence: Sexualized Violence, the Bible, and Standing with Survivors is an unflinching examination of sexualized violence in the Bible and the God who stands steadfastly with survivors. Larry addresses biblical experiences of coercion, familial betrayal, and self-blame while also illuminating God’s constant care and concern. ​By centering the experiences of survivors in Scripture, Larry opens new insights into some of the Bible’s most difficult texts and releases its ancient stories to serve as a powerful healing witness to the God who has shared in the experience of sexualized violence. Under Larry’s skillful guidance, readers will rediscover the God who is present in experiences of trauma and who desires ultimate wholeness for survivors.

The Lord Is My Courage

—KAT ARMAS, author, Abuelita Faith; host, The Protagonistas podcast K.J. has given the world a generous and desperately needed gift. She has given us not trite answers or pious platitudes but the kind of wisdom, compassion, ...

Author: K.J. Ramsey

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310124177

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Walking through Psalm 23 phrase by phrase, therapist and author K.J. Ramsey explores the landscape of our fear, trauma, and faith. When she stepped through her own wilderness of spiritual abuse and religious trauma, K.J. discovered that courage is not the absence of anxiety but the practice of trusting we will be held and loved no matter what. How can we cultivate courage when fear overshadows our lives? How do we hear the Voice of Love when hate and harm shout loud? This book offers an honest path to finding that there is still a Good Shepherd who is always following you. Braiding contemplative storytelling, theological reflection, and practical neuroscience, Ramsey reveals a route into connection and joy that begins right where you are. The Lord is My Courage is for the deconstructing and the dreamers, the afraid and the amazed, for those whose fear has not been fully shepherded but who can't seem to stop listening for their Good Shepherd's Voice.

The God Who Sees

My abuelita's work had meaning not because it produced clean linens and spotless oors. ... My abuelita contributed more than hard work to her new country; she brought the gift of her faith, her theology of survival.

Author: Karen Gonzalez

Publisher: MennoMedia, Inc.

ISBN: 9781513804149

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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Meet people who have fled their homelands. Hagar. Joseph. Ruth. Jesus. Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him. Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. Abraham, Hagar, Joseph, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge. As witnesses to God’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree. Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Find the power of Jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world.

The In Between Place


Author: Kat Armstrong

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9780785223474

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Jesus’ journey to the woman at the well in Samaria offers insights and hope for women today to make peace with the past, find hope in the present, and step into the future. God wants us to move toward the goodness He has planned for us. But what do we do when challenges stop our forward momentum? What’s the next step when we fall into a pit of despair with the determination knocked right out of us? On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus traveled through Samaria, a broken place everyone knew to avoid. In Samaria he stopped in Shechem, where evil had gained such a foothold of power that it eventually reigned. Yet the place once condemned as somewhere no one wanted to visit—let alone hang out in for a while—was the location of one Samaritan woman’s most hope-filled encounter with the Savior. The In-Between Place offers deeply important insights to anyone who feels stuck and can’t see a way forward. It is for the person who feels that if she looks left, her face will be scraped by an immovable boulder, and if she looks right, she’ll see nothing but hard to handle. It’s for the person who feels lost and is not sure she is worth the effort to be found, for the person who feels overlooked and unfulfilled. Because sometimes Jesus saves our greatest spiritual breakthroughs for our in-between places.

What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be

My abuelita's faith was made not of prayer but of hope in collected things, rituals of kindness and patience. I told that I am an old spirit. I wonder sometimes how many generations I carry in me. Odd thoughts follow me like orphan ...

Author: John Hausdoerffer

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226777436

Category: Nature

Page: 298

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"What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be? challenges our relationship to the environment and to each other, not only now but across generations. It is an important question for our time, when communities have become fragmented by a global consumer society, when our selves have become isolated in a competitive and technology-driven economy, and when our spiritual, social, and ecological impacts on human and other-than-human beings extend farther than ever imagined due to globalization and climate change. Through interviews and poetic snapshots into the experience of Indigenous people and others, this book demands that the reader think about how contemporary concerns oblige us to see ourselves as someone's future ancestor and, in turn, creates for the reader a different way of looking at his or her traditions and self"--