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Do You Believe? Living The Baptismal Covenant

Excellent resource for:
- Personal study
- Congregational renewal
- Vestry training/retreats
- Baptismal preparation
- Lenten studies
- Churches in transition

The baptismal covenant, empowering all the baptized to minister in the name of Christ, is at the heart of our lives as Christians. But how well do parishes articulate the importance of this call for all their members? What kind of job do parishes do of integrating the covenant into the life and work of the congregation? In Do You Believe?, author Nancy Ann McLaughlin takes a look at some forty Episcopal parishes around the country to see just what an active, intentional, energized awareness of baptismal ministry looks like. Examining each of the elements of the covenant–from believing in God to continuing the preaching of the apostles – the book offers practical advice for turning words into concrete actions. This is an excellent book for parish study and reflection, offering ways that individuals and congregations can envision the church–and their own lives – as a dynamic relationship with God. [from publisher website]

Godparenting: Nurturing the Next Generation

Being a godparent is a great honor—and a sacred responsibility. Baptism, after all, is at the center of Christian life, and godparents play a critical role in celebrating this sacrament. When you accept the invitation to sponsor a little one, what exactly are you promising to do? This book explores the history and theology of godparenting, and offers plenty of helpful tips on how to be the best godparent ever. [from publisher website]


"This would be a wonderful gift for anyone who's about to become a godparent. It's a how-to book, organized around the baptismal service in the Book of Common Prayer." - The Living Church 

"The book is a useful resource not only for godparents, but also for unofficial godparents, such as teachers, mentors, coaches, and friends." - Episcopal Teacher, Summer 2008

"We all want to help the next generation become stronger and more faithful. But often we aren't sure quite how to go about it. This book is a place to start. The church has always known that it takes a village to grow a child. The church's answer has been to try to increase the godparenting available to all people as they grow. Read this book and you'll see why this simple role is at the heart of growing in faith." -Loren B. Mead, author of The Once and Future Church and founder of the Alban Institute

Books by Nancy Ann McLaughlin and Tracey Herzer