Books

Inaugural 2022-23 Titles

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Amen?

Questions for a God I Hope Exists

Julia Rocchi

From a place of doubting and questioning faith comes Amen?, a collection of personal prayers and essays for practicing penitents and devoted doubters. With fresh imagery and prose to help you pause, this book encourages our hesitant hopes and welcomes us to admit doubt, invite joy, and grapple with mystery.

Bring It Home by Matt Kendziera

Bring It Home

The Adventure of Finding Yourself after Being Lost in Religion

Matt Kendziera

Bring It Home offers engaging, funny, and touching stories of rediscovering yourself after being lost in too much religion, helping you better see the original blueprint of your own life. You were created for a real and meaningful life and a deep connection to the divine. Digging up what has been buried can be the most thrilling adventure.

Faith Doesn't Define Grief

Faith Doesn’t Erase Grief

Embracing the Experience and Finding Hope

Kate Meyer, MDiv, LPC

The grieving process is part of being human, but far too often, Christian grievers are rushed into rejoicing that their loved one is in heaven. It is time for a better way to acknowledge that you can struggle with grief and still love God. Licensed professional counselor and ordained minister Kate Meyer walks you through the grieving process, and encourages grievers and shows them how to find hope.

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Help, I’m Dealing with Trauma

Real Talk, Real Encouragement, Real Healing

Lemuel R.T. Blackett

What does trauma look like, how does it show up in your life, and what do you do about it? In Help, I’m Dealing with Trauma, Lemuel R.T. Blackett reveals uncensored, real-life experiences that have shaped him, and reminds you how resiliency, faith, getting help, and believing in yourself are the simple things that will see you through.

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Intersexion

A Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity

Cynthia Vacca Davis

Intersexion is a harrowing, hopeful exploration of the cost of coming out—as a sexual minority, ally, or asker of difficult questions—and what it means to come into one’s own. It’s a book for anyone craving a more authentic life, a book about intersections we find ourselves in by no choice of our own.

Lost Faith and Wandering Souls

Lost Faith and Wandering Souls

A Psychology of Disillusionment, Mourning and the Return of Hope

David Morris

Lost Faith and Wandering Souls acknowledges the religious identity crisis of our time and the full power of the psychological journey. By looking beneath the surface at deeper, lifelong dynamics, it shows a way to mourn our losses individually and socially so we can move to a healthier spirituality.

Authors

Lemuel Blackett

Lemuel Blackett is an ordained minister and has been in ministry for 22 years. Originally from London, he moved to New York in the late 1980s. He is a graduate of Eastern Baptist School of Religion​. His forthcoming book, Help, I’m Dealing with Trauma, helps readers through stories and insights to acknowledge all the ways we can experience trauma and how to create a mindset to move forward. He lives in San Diego, California.

Cynthia Vacca Davis

Cynthia Vacca Davis is an adjunct professor with an MFA in writing, teaching narrative nonfiction at Christopher Newport University. She’s written hundreds of feature stories, columns, and essays, as well as young adult novels. She enjoys telling stories, always searching for the threads that connect us to community. Her memoir Intersexion is told from alternating first-person perspectives and plays out at the intersection of social and religious tension around gender and sexuality. She lives in southwestern Virginia.

Brandon Flanery writes about honest, messy things, specifically around faith and sexuality. He’s published with the Colorado Springs Indy and The Scribe, and has academic essays with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His forthcoming memoir is about being raised in evangelical Christendom as a closeted gay man, and unwinding what is real and true for him post-closet, an ever-twisting journey—full of trailblazing, thorn bushes, and dead ends. He lives in Colorado.

Matt Kendziera

Matt Kendziera is a full-time speaker, podcaster, writer, and creator. He is the host of the Chasing Goodness podcast, engaging authors, activists, and influencers on questions that most people run from. He’s also a collaborator with several other incredible organizations such as Fierce Freedom and Rachel’s Challenge. Matt’s forthcoming Bring It Home shows how stories and experiences are what connect us most intimately to the Divine, and that in our quest to find God we must first find ourselves. Matt lives in Wisconsin.

Kate Meyer

Kate J. Meyer is an author, the host of #MentalHealthMondayswithKate, a public speaker, professional counselor, and ordained minister. Kate is the author of The Red Couch, a novel just out in summer 2021 about missed expectations and seeing how the past doesn’t define but informs you. Kate’s book Faith Doesn’t Erase Grief is a get-help-now manual on loss and grief at the intersections of faith and psychology, helping spiritual readers see loss more clearly. A fan of NaNoRiMo writing goals, she lives in western Michigan.

David Morris

David Morris is the author of Lost Faith and Wandering Souls. He is the publisher of Lake Drive Books and a literary agent at Hyponymous Consulting, two innovative ventures working together to specialize in authors and books that help people heal, grow, and discover. He lives with his wife in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and they have two daughters. Visit davidrmorris.me.

Scott Okamoto

Scott Okamoto is a writer, musician, podcaster, and storyteller. He’s spent much of his professional career teaching English at a private Christian college, witnessing the experience of marginalized people there, which he relays in his podcast Chapel Probation. His forthcoming book tells his unlikely spiritual journey, bringing together an evangelical past, and an Asian American experience, with a contemporary world of Christian evangelicalism. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three kids.

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi writes prose, poetry, and prayers. She holds an MA in Writing and has published stories in Furious Gravity and Dappled Things, and other stories in the Saturday Evening Post, jmww, Bourbon Penn, 3Elements Review, Reflex Fiction and others. Julia’s forthcoming book, Amen?, is a collection of graceful musings, prayers and poems for a wandering, wondering, doubt-laden, hope-filled faith that reflects the desire to believe as much as belief itself. Julia blogs at www.juliarocchi.com and lives in northern Virginia with her family.

Frank Rogers

Frank Rogers is a professor (Claremont School of Theology), trained spiritual guide, retreat leader, and the author of Practicing Compassion, Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus, and The God of Shattered Glass, a novel. He focuses on life-formation that is contemplative, creative, and socially liberative. He is the cofounder of the Center for Engaged Compassion and lives in Southern California.

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