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Sharon Brown

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  • Feathers Of Hope Study Guide

    $12.00

    In a season of loss and change, Wren Crawford and her great-aunt, Katherine Rhodes, share the journey as companions in sorrow and hope.

    As Katherine prepares to retire as the director of the New Hope Retreat Center, she faces both personal and professional challenges. How might disruption become a gift that opens the way to new growth? Wren’s world is shifting and expanding as she presses forward in recovery from a period of deep depression. How might art continue to provide a pathway for deepening her awareness of God’s presence with her? In Feathers of Hope, the sequel to Shades of Light and Remember Me, fans of the Sensible Shoes series will not only be able to attend Katherine’s final retreat sessions at New Hope but also encounter old and new friends along the way. This accompanying eight-week study guide provides guidance for individuals or groups participating in a discussion around the book.

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  • Feathers Of Hope

    $18.00

    We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. (2 Corinthians 4:18) In a season of loss and change, Wren Crawford and her great-aunt, Katherine Rhodes, share the journey as companions in sorrow and hope. As Katherine prepares to retire as the director of the New Hope Retreat Center, she faces both personal and professional challenges–especially after the arrival of the board’s candidate to replace her. Not only must she confront more unresolved grief from her past, but she’s invited to embrace painful and unsettling insights about her own blind spots. How might disruption become a gift that opens the way to new growth? Wren’s world is shifting and expanding as she presses forward in recovery from a period of deep depression. Still processing open questions around the death of her best friend, Casey, Wren stewards her grief by offering compassionate care to the residents of the nursing home where she now works. But the shedding of her old life is exhausting–especially as she doesn’t yet see what new life will emerge. How might art continue to provide a pathway for deepening her awareness of God’s presence with her? In this sequel to Shades of Light and Remember Me, fans of the Sensible Shoes series will not only be able to attend Katherine’s final retreat sessions at New Hope but also encounter old and new friends along the way. Also available: Feathers of Hope Study Guide

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  • Sensible Shoes Leaders Guide

    $16.00

    Sensible Shoes is an unusual novel, blending a fictional story with nonfiction teaching elements.

    Some readers view it only as a story of four characters on a journey. Others say yes to a deeper level of reading, embracing the opportunity to take a “sacred journey” along with the characters, by opening themselves to the Spirit’s work and attending to God’s invitations. The Sensible Shoes Leader’s Guide offers two ways to invite readers into a deeper journey: first, there are resources here for a twelve-week small group experience through the Sensible Shoes Study Guide. Each week you’ll be provided with a few prayer prompts for your work as a leader, tips for facilitating the group, and behind-the-scenes information about the characters and their journeys that can be used as opening materials for your sessions. The second set of resources in this guide relates to leading a retreat based on Sensible Shoes. After years of creating and speaking at “Sensible Shoes Retreats,” spiritual director Sharon Brown offers here additional content to help you design the ideal space for your context as you gather people in longer sessions to experience this material. In addition to one-day, weekend, and online schedules, there are many creative ideas from leaders of groups who have used Sensible Shoes for retreats over the years. Sensible Shoes was written for the purpose of bringing God’s healing and spiritual transformation into the lives of readers traveling in community. Is there an invitation here for you to bring this message to your community? Also available: Sensible Shoes Leader Kit and Sensible Shoes Participant Kit, with everything you need for a small group or retreat experience.

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  • Remember Me : A Novella About Finding Our Way To The Cross

    $20.00

    “‘It is finished, ‘ Jesus says. It’s a bold declaration for us to make too. What does it mean to say ‘It is finished’ when so much is unfinished? It means we are people who live hope in two directions, both backward and forward. We long for the kingdom to come in fullness, even as it has already come. And we trust that the One who has begun the good work in us and for us will indeed complete it.” In this sequel to Shades of Light, Katherine Rhodes, the beloved director of the New Hope Retreat Center, finds her own grief tapped by Wren Crawford’s struggles with depression and loss. Through a series of letters to Wren, Katherine reflects on the meaning of Christ’s suffering and shares her own story of finding hope. How does one begin to live again under the crushing weight of grief? And how can healing come when there’s so much left unresolved? With Katherine as a companion in sorrow, Wren moves forward in her commitment to paint the stations of the cross for a prayer journey at New Hope, discovering along the way a deeper communion with the Man of Sorrows, acquainted with grief. Readers are invited into a similar journey of reflection through Katherine’s words and Wren’s paintings. At the back of the book, a devotional guide with Scripture readings, prayer prompts, and full-color art provides the opportunity to ponder the depths of God’s love by meditating on Jesus’ journey to the cross.

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  • Shades Of Light

    $28.00

    “I was desperate. . . . I couldn’t turn off the dark thoughts, no matter how hard I tried or how much I prayed. And then I spent a whole weekend in bed, and the crying wouldn’t stop, and I got really scared. I’ve had bouts with depression before-it’s kind of a cloud I’ve learned to live with-but this time was different. I felt like I was going under, like I’d never feel hopeful again, and then that just made my anxiety worse and it all spiraled from there.” Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions. But a complicated relationship from her past also threatens to undo her progress. Fans of Sharon Brown’s bestselling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, readers are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness.

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  • Christian Womans Guide To A Blessed Life

    $15.95

    The Christian Woman’s Guide to a Blessed Life will help you regain control and take responsibility for you. Structure your life, family and home while becoming a woman of divine purpose and influence.

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  • Sensible Shoes Series Boxed Set

    $80.00

    Set Includes :
    Sensible Shoes
    Two Steps Forward
    Barefoot
    An Extra Mile

    Additional Info
    In this boxed four-volume set which began with the bestselling Sensible Shoes, author Sharon Garlough Brown invites you to join in the journeys of Hannah, Meg, Mara and Charissa as they-and you-gain a new understanding of friendship, spiritual truths, and a deeper life with God.

    In Sensible Shoes, you will meet these four women as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and embark together on a journey of spiritual formation. They find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation:

    Hannah, a pastor who doesn’t realize how exhausted she is
    Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester who is haunted by her past
    Mara, a woman who has experienced a lifetime of rejection and is now trying to navigate a difficult marriage
    Charissa, a hard-working graduate student who wants to get things right

    We continue the journey as the women face roadblocks in the second book, Two Steps Forward, and in the third book, Barefoot, they are challenged to embrace the joy of complete surrender. In the final book, An Extra Mile, the women are navigating both deep joy and devastating loss. Can they find equilibrium in the midst of all that has changed?

    Find your own spiritual journey reflected in the lives of these women and discover the way forward as you walk the path by yourself or with a group of friends.

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  • Extra Mile : A Story Of Embracing God’s Call

    $20.00

    The women of Sensible Shoes are navigating both deep joy and devastating loss. Can they find equilibrium in the midst of all that has changed?

    Mara: While faced with the turmoil of divorce and chaos at home, she is also listening for a call to serve others with courage and creativity.

    Hannah: As she grieves the twin losses of her dear friend and her Chicago ministry position, she also begins to embrace the joys and challenges of a new marriage.

    Charissa: Overwhelmed by her pregnancy and the demands of her teaching schedule, she is in need of even more grace for herself and others.

    Becca: Bereft and filled with regrets, can she find hope for the future and a way home?

    In this final installment of the Sensible Shoes series, you’re invited to travel with these beloved friends as they endure trials that test their trust and their willingness to walk an extra mile.

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  • Sensible Shoes Study Guide

    $12.00

    Introduction
    Reading For Week One: Chapter One
    Week One Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Two: Chapter Two
    Week Two Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Three: Chapter Three
    Week Three Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Four: Chapters Four And Five
    Week Four Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Five: Chapters Five And Six>
    Week Five Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Six: Chapters Six And Seven
    Week Six Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Seven: Chapter Seven
    Week Seven Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Eight: Chapters Eight And Nine
    Week Eight Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Nine: Chapter Nine
    Week Nine Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Ten: Chapter Ten
    Week Ten Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Eleven: Chapter Eleven
    Week Eleven Group Discussion
    Reading For Week Twelve: Chapter Twelve And Epilogue
    Week Twelve Group Discussion

    Additional Info
    Have you enjoyed the journey with Meg, Mara, Charissa, and Hannah? This companion guide will take you deeper into their world and give you an opportunity to try out the spiritual practices that you’ve seen them engage at New Hope Retreat Center.

    Sensible Shoes Study Guide includes twelve weeks of daily Scripture reading, prayer, and reflection questions (five days a week) that correspond to the disciplines the women practice in the book. A group discussion guide concludes each week. Engaging the lives of these characters in their spiritual journeys will offer both a window and a mirror into your own life and relationship with Christ.

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  • Barefoot : A Story Of Surrendering To God

    $18.00

    The spiritual journey takes unexpected turns for the women of Sensible Shoes in this third book of the series, continuing on from the events of Two Steps Forward. Having been challenged to persevere in hope, can they now embrace the joy of complete surrender? Mara: With two boys at home and a divorce on the way, can she let go of her resentment and bitterness and find a rhythm of grace in her “new normal”? Hannah: With Nathan by her side, can she let go of expectations?and even her reputation?as she charts a new course? Charissa: As her approaching due date threatens to collide with new professional opportunities, can she let go of her need for control and embrace the unknown future with trust? Meg: With disappointment over broken relationships and unfulfilled dreams, can she let go of her fear and worry in the face of even greater challenges that lie ahead? Join the women of the Sensible Shoes Club in a poignant story that reveals the joy that comes from laying our lives at the feet of God and standing barefoot on holy ground.

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  • 2 Steps Forward

    $20.00

    The women from Sensible Shoes are taking their next steps in the spiritual formation journey. But each of them is finding roadblocks along the way. Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester, is off to see her daughter in London. But what does hope look like when nothing goes as planned? Charissa, a conscientious graduate student, is battling to let go of control and embrace her unexpected pregnancy. But what does hope look like when transformation is slow? Hannah, a pastor on sabbatical, is trying to find her equilibrium with rest and a new relationship. But what does hope look like when old grief keeps resurfacing? Mara, a wife and mother, longs for her difficult family life to improve. But what does hope look like when tension escalates and circumstances only get worse? Sometimes life feels like two steps forward and one step back. Find your own spiritual journey reflected in the lives of these women and discover the way forward.

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  • Sensible Shoes : A Story About The Spiritual Journey

    $20.00

    Follow the stories of four women as they are drawn into a spiritual formation journey at a retreat center: Hannah, a pastor who doesn’t realize how exhausted she is. Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester who is haunted by her past. Mara, a woman who has bounced from relationship to relationship, trying to navigate a difficult marriage. Charissa, a hard-working graduate student who wants to get things right. Written with a compelling narrative weaving their lives together, this book also takes the reader into a new understanding of key spiritual practices and offers support for those who want to travel deeper into life with God themselves. If you want to travel this journey with others, you will find a group study guide and book club resources at www.sensibleshoesclub.com.

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