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August 12, 2016



We believe books invite reflection, challenge, courage, healing and new possibilities. We offer a diversity of books with a particular focus for books for the spiritual journey, progressive Christian theology, understanding the Bible and major world religions. From picture books for the young at heart, and poetry that will change your life, we offer many volumes published with love.

We offer books for all ages and the space to pause, look and read a little while you choose the right one. If you need a book, we can order it. If you need help finding a book that is just right for your soul, we are here to help.

If you have questions about ordering a book please email us at urbanabbey@urbanabbeyomaha.com or call us at 402.898.7600.


(Re)Connecting to Christianity

book cover Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Stories of encountering God’s grace in unexpected people and places by a very famous tattooed and occasionally profane pastor of a quirky church in Denver. If you thought Christians were supposed to look or talk a certain way, Nadia Bolz-Weber will help you think again.

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns book cover
A funny and enlightening account of one evangelical biblical scholar’s journey from reading the bible in order to protect traditional Christian doctrine to reading the bible to find out what it really says. Enns encourages a reading of the bible that is both intellectually honest and faithful.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone book cover
Explore black liberation theology and re-conceive the purpose and meaning of the cross with one of the most influential theologians in America.

Days of Awe and Wonder by Marcus Borg book cover
A selection of writings from influential progressive Christian writer Marcus Borg. Borg invites us meet Jesus again for the first time, encounter the God we never knew and embrace the heart of Christianity.

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle, SJ book cover
Christianity in action: Fr. Greg Boyle recounts stories of ministry among former gang members working at Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program in Los Angeles. Filled with raw stories of redemption and kinship, you will weep for the possibility of hope beyond all expectations.

Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To: Spirituality without Stereotypes, Religion without Ranting by Lillian Daniel book cover
A call for open-minded Christians to stop apologizing for the Christianity that sucks and start articulating why love- and grace-filled Christian community matters.

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'Master’ by Rachel Held Evans book cover
Ever wonder what would happen if a modern woman tried to follow all the rules for women in the bible? Wonder no longer! Rachel Held Evans engages on the quest of making sense and making meaning of what faithful “biblical womanhood” is all about. Her insights might surprise you.

Exploring Spiritual Practices

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor book cover
Explore the presence of the sacred, beyond church walls, and right there in everyday life. Brown Taylor invites us to slow down and live with reverence, finding God in the world around us.

Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh book cover
The most important teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offer practical suggestions for how to create a more peaceful world “right in the moment we are alive.” A great starting place for those interested in Zen Buddhist thought and practice.

Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor by Jana Riess book cover
Finally, a book on spiritual practices for people who are bad at spiritual practices! Journey with Reiss as she attempts to become more saintly by trying (and frequently failing at) twelve spiritual practices over the course of one busy (or un-busy) year.

In God’s Presence: Theological Reflections on Prayer by Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki book cover
What are we really doing when we pray? Isn’t it a bit presumptuous to think that, with the vast universe to attend to, God is listening to our petty personal petitions? If you ever ask yourself questions like these, this book is for you!

Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan C. Merrill book cover
Generations have prayed the Psalms - ancient Hebrew songs that invite us into gratitude, give words to our struggles and longings, and praise the Holy that is beyond all our understanding. In this volume, Merrill reimagines these ancient prayers to make them accessible and immediate for 21st-century readers.

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller book cover
In today’s world, with its constant striving for success and productivity, Muller invites us to the ancient practice of Sabbath: “an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor.” He offers reflections and practices to help us reclaim the essential rhythm of life which includes necessary periods of rest and renewal.

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue book cover
Irish poet John O’Donohue offers Celtic blessings for every occasion, a way to mark and acknowledge the most extraordinary and ordinary moments of our lives -- from births to deaths, moments of triumph to moments of grief, to the thresholds on which we often stand anticipating something new.

Grief & Transition

Praying Our Goodbyes: A Spiritual Companion through Life’s Losses and Sorrows by Joyce Rupp book cover
Change – even good change – involves grief. Rupp guides us through life’s inevitable transitions and losses, and encourages us to reflect, ritualize, and reorient ourselves to life on the other side of loss.

Mental Health & Faith

Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family and Church by Sarah Griffith Lund book cover
Part memoir, part resource for how the church can support those with mental illness, Lund tells her story with vulnerability and compassion. This book is both brutally honest about the realities of mental illness and yet hopeful about the possibility that communities of faith can offer spiritual care and healing.

Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman's Journey with Depression and Faith by Monica A. Coleman book cover
Scholar, professor, and minister, Rev. Dr. Coleman shares her compelling and courageous story of her struggles with mental illness, God, family strife, sexual assault, and faith. This book opens the door for serious conversation about mental illness in faith communities.

Infertility, Miscarriage & Stillbirth

What Was Lost: A Christian Journey through Miscarriage by Elise Erikson Barrett book cover
United Methodist pastor Elise Erikson Barrett draws on her own painful experiences, as well as on interviews with others who have gone through the devastation of miscarriage, in an effort to help women grieve and, in time, to think theologically about pregnancy loss.

A Piece of My Heart: Living Through the Grief of Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death by Molly Fumia book cover
The moving story of a mother's loss of her week-old son, it chronicles an amazing journey that began with denial and guilt, found its way through remembrance and reconciliation, and ended in resolution and surprising joy. This beautiful book shows readers who are going through similar experiences a shared understanding and wraps them in support and friendship.

To Henry in Heaven: Reflections on the Loss of a Child by Herbert Brokering book cover
Brokering gives voice to the grief and sadness of a parent or family member who has lost a child through stillbirth or miscarriage, by imagining what the child's experience in heaven must be like, giving comfort and hope to those who grieve by inspiring them to reflect on their spiritual connection with the child.

LGBTQIA+ Resources

Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee book cover
This memoir of Lee’s reconciliation of his evangelical faith with his gay identity is also a great practical guide for people seeking to be LGBTQ-affirming Christians.

Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology by Patrick S. Cheng book cover
Helpful introductory book on the basics of theology that doesn’t just include but celebrates and learns from LGBTQ insight and experience. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and discussion, as well as resources to dig deeper.


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