My Books

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MisfitsMisfits: The Church’s Hidden Strength by Barbara Wendland, St. Johann Press (Nov 19, 2010)
In Misfits, she reports what she hears constantly from Connections readers about feeling like misfits with regard to the church. They say they feel like they’re in a time warp when they attend worship, because of churches’ use of 17th-century language and failure to address today’s most important issues. They bemoan churches’ failure to communicate what today’s best scholars have discovered about Christian history, the life of Jesus, the origin and development of the Bible, its similarity to the sacred documents of other religions, and the frequent use of “virgin birth,” “son of god,” and other similar metaphors to describe leading religious and secular personages of the ancient world. Turn-offs for these misfits also include the church’s focus on going to heaven after death, its claim of having a monopoly on the truth, and its tendency to ignore the findings of science. Barbara urges church leaders and other “fits” to work toward changing these practices in ways the misfits recognize as needed.
Spiritual Family TreesSpiritual Family Trees: Finding Your Faith Community’s Roots by Barbara Wendland and Larry W. Easterling, The Alban Institute (Oct 1, 2001)
For years genealogists, genetic counselors, and family therapists have used genograms-family tree diagrams-as a important tool in their work. Now Barbara Wendland and Larry Easterling show you how to use genograms in your congregation to promote spiritual growth, build community, and enhance communication. Based in both their own small group experiences and in years of workshop leadership, the authors demonstrate a broad understanding of how knowing and sharing our spiritual roots can contribute to a more dynamic congregational life. Employing a lively variety of personal stories, they provide clues and immediately useful tools to uncover your faith heritage, and give churches a powerful instrument for building more intimate communities.
partnersGod’s Partners: Lay Christians at Work by Stanley J. Menking and Barbara Wendland, Judson Press (Nov 1993)
The authors address important concerns about the ways in which gender has traditionally influenced the church’s understanding of God and its expectations about the roles that laypersons play in the church. God’s Partners calls us to reexamine the ways that men and women, clergy and laity, must work together in new, mutually respectful ways as partners and peers.