Resources

Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters

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A Practical Approach for Connecting with Youth in Conflict

Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters offers a penetrating portrayal of the rootlessness of many of today s youth and a powerful, four-step plan for reaching them. This resource is based on the best research and practice available on positive youth development. Part one of the book discusses the nature of the problem, while part two presents a fresh model for reclaiming our prodigal sons and daughters using four steps, including cultivating trust through reparenting, cultivating competence through redirecting, cultivating responsibility through reconciling, and cultivating commitment through redeeming. The unique feature of Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters is its accent on the spiritual dimension of contemporary youth problems and on the role that members of faith communities can play in reclaiming youth in conflict. The book makes a strong case that we fail to meet all of a young person s needs unless we nurture their spiritual dimension.

Adam’s Return

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The Five Promises of Male Initiation

Based on decades of work, travel, and experience, Rohr, a Franciscan brother and best-selling author, unearths the complexities of male spiritual maturation and helps us to understand the importance of male initiation rights in both culture and the church.

Reclaiming Youth at Risk

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Our Hope for the Future

Reclaiming Youth At Risk offers educators and others access to unique strategies for reaching troubled youth. This resource explores: – The roots of discouragement in today s youth, including destructive relationships, learned irresponsibility, and a loss of purpose. – How to create a Circle of Courage to give youth a sense of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. – How to mend a circle that has been broken. – How to reclaim youth who are troubled or lost.

The Thundering Years

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Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens

Shows teens how to harness the intense emotions and drives of the late-teen years using wisdom from cultures around the world.

  • Includes exercises, personal and community rituals, and resources that show how to successfully navigate the Thundering Years without heading toward violence, drug abuse, and other self-destructive behaviors.
  • Includes inspiring quotations from many spiritual traditions as well as the words and real-life experiences of other young adults.
  • Presents an honest view of the passions and pain that occur during this major life transition.

According to native traditions, the Thundering Years are the time in life to listen to intense feelings, dreams, desires, and goals–to be outrageous and even difficult. The Thundering Years are the teen years, the time when you are journeying into adulthood. They are exciting years, full of potential and creative energy, and they are painful years, full of turmoil and self-examination.
Author Julie Tallard Johnson has collected wisdom from cultures around the world to help you survive your Thundering Years with your soul, creativity, and even sense of humor intact. She offers numerous techniques and traditions to help harness the powerful energy released during this time. She shows that when you connect with your thunder in a respectful way, you are given the confidence you need to accomplish all your dreams.

Disguised As A Poem

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My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin

When Judith Tannenbaum last met with her poetry writing class at San Quentin prison, one of the students commented, “Now I’m going to give you an assignment: write about these past four years from your point of view; tell your story; let us know what you learned.” This beautifully crafted memoir is the fulfillment of that assignment.

In stirring and intimate prose, Tannenbaum details the challenges, rewards, and paradoxes of teaching poetry to maximum-security inmates convicted of capital crimes. Recounting how she and her students shared profound and complicated lessons about humanity and life both inside and outside San Quentin’s walls, Tannenbaum tells provocative stories of obsession, racism, betrayal, despair, courage, and beauty. Contrary to the growing public perception of prisoners as demons, the men in this poetry class-Angel, Coties, Elmo, Glenn, Richard, Spoon-emerge not as beasts or heroes but as human beings with expressive voices, thoughts, and feelings strikingly similar to the free.

Tannenbaum provides revealing views of conditions in the cellblocks and shows how the realities of prison life often paralleled her own life experiences. She also relates such events as visits to her group by prominent poets (including Nobel Prize-winner Czeslaw Milosz); a prison production of Waiting for Godot sponsored by Samuel Beckett himself; and the presentation of her students’ work to a class of sixth and eighth graders, who connected to the prisoners’ words by writing their own poems to the inmates.

A Place to Stand

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Jimmy Santiago Baca’s harrowing, brilliant memoir of his life before, during, and immediately after the years he spent in a maximum-security prison garnered tremendous critical acclaim and went on to win the prestigious 2001 International Prize. Long considered one of the best poets in America today, Baca was illiterate at the age of twenty-one and facing five to ten years behind bars for selling drugs. A Place to Stand is the remarkable tale of how he emerged after his years in the penitentiary — much of it spent in isolation — with the ability to read and a passion for writing poetry. A vivid portrait of life inside a maximum-security prison and an affirmation of one man’s spirit in overcoming the most brutal adversity, A Place to Stand “stands as proof there is always hope in even the most desperate lives” — (Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram).

The Healing Heart for Families

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Storytelling to Encourage Caring and Healthy Families

The Healing Heart provides powerful examples of the use of stories and storytelling in encouraging resiliency, empathy, respect, and healing. These engaging books contain stories, and narratives about the use of the stories in activities with different populations (children, teens, those with disabilities, seniors, inmates, etc.) or which address specific social or community problems (addictions, poverty, violence, racism, environmental degra-dation, homelessness, abuse).

The books are a collective effort containing the expertise of more than 60 storytellers and health professionals who illustrate the power of story in moving others to commitment and action, in building self-esteem and mutual respect.

The Healing Heart for Communities

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Storytelling for Strong and Healthy Communities

The Healing Heart provides powerful examples of the use of stories and storytelling in encouraging resiliency, empathy, respect, and healing. These engaging books contain stories, and narratives about the use of the stories in activities with different populations (children, teens, those with disabilities, seniors, inmates, etc.) or which address specific social or community problems (addictions, poverty, violence, racism, environmental degra-dation, homelessness, abuse).

The books are a collective effort containing the expertise of more than 60 storytellers and health professionals who illustrate the power of story in moving others to commitment and action, in building self-esteem and mutual respect.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

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Spirituality and Strategies

In a world of conflict in which religious differences play a significant role, reconciliation grows increasingly important. The Ministry of Reconciliation shows how with a spirituality of reconciliation we can create the spaces in which reconciliation can happen, and with human strategies, how the process of reconciliation can move forward.

For all those working to overcome the effect of violence – whether in communities and societies, or even in neighborhoods and families – The Ministry of Reconciliation offers a sure guide and inspiration to the way of divine shalom.