What makes for a surfing life? With a blaze of groundbreaking performances and a swag of titles claimed from all over the world to his name, Australian world champion surfer Nat Young might know. His seventieth birthday inspired some reflection on exactly that, and on the waves and characters that have marked his remarkable life - Miki Dora and Midget Farrelly to name a few. But surfing for Nat Young - and so many like-minded surfers - has never been about winning, never been about the sport. It's a calling, an endless quest, a philosophy, a religion. Most of all, surfing is a way of life that has underpinned his other identities as board shaper, film producer, writer, raconteur, conservationist, activist, pilot, husband, father. Candid and wryly observed, Church of the Open Sky explores what it means to be a surfer, with a collection of true stories of Nat's surfing life - and the friends, foes and heroes he's met along the way.
Many books seek to predict the future of Christianity, but few help us grasp the opportunities of the current situation and equip us to navigate the present. Doug Pagitt, author, radio host, and pioneering leader, does just that, offering fresh, optimistic insights and practical suggestions. According to Pagitt, The last two centuries can be divided into four epochs: Idyllic, Industrial, Informational and –now-Inventive. The Inventive Age – our currently reality – presents distinct opportunities for how faith communities think, what they value, And The tools they use. Pagitt offers leaders in Christian communities (and beyond) essential frameworks for participation in the Inventive Age.
Featuring narrative, chants, songs, and rituals, Dreaming the Dark has helped many thousands of women use magic, spirituality, and community to bring about political and social change. This anniversary edition of the best-selling classic includes a new preface reflecting on the fifteen years since the book's original publication.
In celebration of the twentieth year of Image Journal, Eerdmans presents an anthology of the best of Image?s pages over two decades?writing and visual art that highlight the rich and ongoing legacy of imagination fed by faith. / The volume includes essays by Annie Dillard, Ron Hansen, Ann Patchett, and Wim Wenders; fiction by Clyde Edgerton, Joy Williams, and Melanie Rae Thon; poetry by Scott Cairns, B.H. Fairchild, Denise Levertov, and Kathleen Norris; and gorgeous four-color art by Ed Knippers, Tim Rollins and KOS, Catherine Prescott, and Steve Hawley. / Image is one of America?s leading literary quarterlies?and one of the top ten in terms of paid circulation. Its award-winning material regularly appears in the ?Year?s Best? anthologies and has been reprinted in books, websites, and magazines such as Harper?s, Utne Reader, and the Wilson Quarterly. / Highly regarded in the public square of American culture, Image has also become the foremost source of contemporary art and literature in faith communities, winning recognition from the Associated Church Press as well as some of our era?s most prominent church leaders and theologians. Novelist Bret Lott calls it ?the most meaningful literary journal being published today.?