The Practice of Love Workshop

Posted in: Call For Submissions, Community Projects, Infos- Jul 07, 2011 No Comments

Civitas Press is pleased to announce a workshop on The Practice of Love. This 4-week workshop led by Jonathan Brink, editor of The Practice of Love Volume 1, is designed to create a space for each participant to engage the words of Jesus in a very practical way. Over the four week experience, participants will engage the tangible practice of love in one of four categories: Loving God, Loving the Self, Loving the Neighbor, and Loving the Enemy. Participants will work through the obstacles to arise, develop an awareness of the cost and value of love, and then write about their experience.

Price: $69

Date: August 4-26, 2011

The best stories will be selected for Volume 2 of The Practice of Love, scheduled to be published June 1, 2012. The course will use The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living Into the Kingdom of God (Civitas Press, 2011) http://civitaspress.com/portfolio/the-practice-of-love.

To register, click here. Enrollment in courses at BeADisciple.com is a two-step process. A person must first “register” in order to build an account at BeADisciple.com where he/she may then “login” to enroll and pay in a secure online environment. If someone has registered and now needs to enroll he/she may return to www.BeADisciple.com at anytime to do so. He/she will “login” (upper-right) using the email address and password combination created upon registering. Any problems/questions with enrollment may be directed to Lisa Buffum at beadisciple@sckans.edu.

Second Call For Submission: Not Alone Project

Posted in: Infos- Jun 06, 2011 No Comments

We wanted to let everyone know that the Not Alone Community Project is really coming together. We’ve received over 30 submissions and are looking for more. We extending the deadline to June 30, 2011.  If you’d like to participate, please download the project do here.

SummaryNot Alone – Stories Of Living With Depression is a Civitas Press community project that explores stories of people who have or are currently experiencing depression. By collecting and sharing these stories, the project will communicate that depression is very real and that people are not alone in their experience. The purpose is first to communicate a sense of reality about the problem, and develop an awareness of people’s experiences. While we welcome you to share what has helped you in dealing with depression, we want to avoid making “should” statements regarding how others deal with their depression.

Current Authors Contributing Content: Alise Wright (Narrator), Misty Chaffins, Chuck Larish, Katie McNemar, Megg Joosten, Jamie, Joanna Ross, Chad Jones, Julia Dixon, Samurai, Laura Crook, Joy Bennett, Tamara Lunardo, Crystal Clancy, Laura Droege, Michael Doran, Matt Cannon, Travis Mamone, Allison Carroll, Joy Bennett, Jake Kampe, Jeremy Meyers, Joe Sewell, Christina Shumway, Jean Anderson, Kyla Cofer, Melissa Binstock, Michael Russo, Leigh Kramer, Melody H. Hanson & Jenny Susa.

Civitas Announces the Inspired Label

Posted in: Infos, Updates- Jun 03, 2011 No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Civitas Press Announces The Inspired Label

Folsom, CA, June 3, 2011 – As the self-publishing world explodes, Civitas Press is pleased to announce the Inspired Label, a simple go-to-market approach that empowers authors with the capacity to realize their dream of becoming an author.  The Inspired Label is a self-assisted publishing label that provides a simple approach to publishing.  It will provide all the necessary tools and resources for authors to effectively produce and publish their manuscript.  It includes editorial, production, distribution, and marketing development at a reasonable cost.

The Inspired Label is for authors who want to control the process of publishing their book, but also want the wisdom and know-how of going to market effectively.  Inspired provides a clear path to publishing, and can even manage the back end shipping, order fulfillment, and accounting. Authors can then focus on marketing their book effectively, as opposed to worrying about production, warehousing, shipping, and orders.

Jonathan Brink, Publisher at Civitas Press, shares, “Authors are now realizing that they can sidestep a lot of the traditional options and publish their manuscript.  But what they need is help getting the book to market.  The Inspired Label will help them do that.  We can provide authors a clear path to realizing their dream of being published.”

About Civitas Press – Civitas Press is a boutique publishing firm specializing in Inspiring and Redemptive Ideas. We’ve developed a unique publishing model to that is transforming the publishing industry. Find us on the web, Facebook, or on Twitter.

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Press Release for Down We Go

Posted in: Book Announcements, Infos- Jun 02, 2011 No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Pastor And Author Addresses The Hard Issues In Creating Missional Church Community.

Folsom, CA, June 1, 2011 – At a time when people are leaving the glitz and the glam style church in droves, pastor and author Kathy Escobar is calling Christ followers to make deep changes in the way we operate.

In Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus Kathy offers a profound call to leaders, missional practitioners, and ordinary people to fundamentally address the way we tangibly live out our faith. Down We Go is a practitioner’s guide for creating and cultivating missional community in the contexts we find ourselves in. It’s based on the idea of living into the Beatitudes, and explores what it means to follow Jesus into the hard places of suffering, inequality, and injustice in order to cultivate, hope, beauty, justice, equality, generosity and healing. Kathy pulls very few punches and asks some of the harder questions that need to be asked in the church.

Down We Go doesn’t just ask questions. It proposes real solutions for change. Kathy is not just shouting from the cheap seats. She’s offering a perspective that comes from working in the trenches over a long period of time in her community, the Refuge. She is someone who is living it out in day-to-day practice.

Kathy states, “The dream of living out the upside-down ways of Jesus is in our hearts, but many don’t know how to make “what could be” really be. We need practical, tangible ideas to make dreams reality. We need to hear how it can work, from people on the margins and practitioners living in the trenches. We need real stories of practice that will fan our hopes and dreams for justice, mercy, equality, and healing in the kingdom of God into flame. Down We Go fleshes out practicing the ways of Jesus in action, personally and through life in community.”

In Down We Go, Kathy calls us to a life of downward mobility, which is not about financial resources but a matter of the heart. She challenges us to lose our lives instead of protect them, intersect with pain instead of numb ourselves to it, enter into relationship with people different from us instead of stay comfortably separated, learn instead of teach, and practice love instead of theorize about it. She offers eight core practices to live this out: extending love, mercy, and compassion; welcoming pain; honoring doubt; diffusing power; practicing equality; pursuing justice; expressing creativity; and celebrating freedom.

Down We Go is available online in print and Kindle at Amazon.com, B&N.com and in bookstores.

About Kathy Escobar

KATHY ESCOBAR co-pastors the Refuge, an eclectic faith community in North Denver dedicated to those on the margins of life and faith. She journeys with people in hard places as a spiritual director, teacher, and group facilitator. She blogs at www.kathyescobar.com.

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For interviews, please contact Kathy Escobar, Author of Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus at kathy@therefugeonline.org or 720.270.1298.

Download the Media Kit that includes the Press Release, Interview Questions, Talking Points, Story Ideas, and Author Bio.

What People Are Saying

Page after page in Down We Go, I feel the crazy sanity of the kingdom of God seeping back into me. – Brian D. McLaren, Author of Naked Spirituality and A New Kind of Christianity

“Those desiring something beyond ‘comfy church’ will find inspiration in Kathy’s downwardly mobile journey that puts human skin on Jesus’ radically inclusive parables.” – Becky Garrison, Author of Jesus Died for This?

“In Down We Go, Kathy Escobar leads us on a guided tour of the wild ways of Jesus.” – Jim Henderson, D. Min, Author of Jim and Casper Go To Church and The Resignation of Eve

“In Down We Go, Kathy Escobar takes us down into the trenches where ordinary hurting people live and where we, too, need to live out our faith.” – Christine Sine, Author and Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates

“Kathy Escobar shares her story and shows us how to live into the way of Jesus in the midst of our swirling, confusing communities that tell us everyday that ‘bigger is better’ and more is better than less.” – Steve Knight, Community Architect for TransFORM

“This is a must-read for anyone considering the notion of planting a church and anyone currently taking on a leadership role in an existing community of Jesus.” – John Martinez, Co-Pastor of The Distillery Church, Albany, NY

“This is a disturbing (in a good way), vulnerable, gritty field guide to places and people that many of us have avoided in our quest for happiness and security. It’s an eye-opening glimpse into what the downward journey looks like at a place called The Refuge.” – Randy Siever, Executive Director of Doable Evangelism

Review of The Practice of Love

Posted in: Book Reviews, Community Projects- Jun 02, 2011 No Comments

Steve Palm-Houser at the Examiner, offers up a wonderful book review of The Practice of Love.  In it, Steve writes:

The rabbi Jesus had little time or patience for theological abstractions and debates over fine points of the moral law. What mattered most to Jesus was the practical, on-the-ground, day-to-day living out of the two greatest commandments: to love God, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

The contributors to The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living into the Kingdom of God (Civitas Press, 2011) come from a variety of Christian backgrounds, from progressive to conservative. But their church affiliations are only incidental to the stories they have to tell. Differences in theology fade into the background where they belong, subsumed by the power of the book’s central theme.

Get 15% off on The Practice of Love

Posted in: Infos- May 20, 2011 No Comments

If you order from the Civitas Press Store you can get 15% off on The Practice of Love.  Just use coupon code “Practice” and you’ll get 15% on your order.

The Practice of Love Synchroblog

Posted in: Infos- May 15, 2011 No Comments

To celebrate the release of The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living Into the Kingdom of God, we’re hosting a Synchroblog with some of the writers sharing their experience.  You can find a list below.

Kathy Escobar: Loving God by Loving People

Anna Snoeyenbos:The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living into the Kingdom of God

Idelette McVicker: Loving Myself, A Woman

Marian Struble: Practicing Love

Jake Kampe: The Practice of Love

Jeremy Myers: Grilling Your Enemies

Kara Maddox: The Practice of Love Reflections

Alise Wright: The Practice of Love

Ray Carroll: The Practice of Love

John Martinez: Love Is All You Need

Naomi King: Love God

Mihee Kim-Kort: Nearer My God to Thee

Reminder Of Online Writing Class

Posted in: Community Projects, Infos- May 06, 2011 No Comments

Civitas Press is pleased to announce a writing class for those interested in developing a story for Volume 2 of The Practice of Love.This unique project has generated unique interest and so we’re creating a class to support writer’s in crafting a story.

Price: $69

This 4-week workshop led by Jonathan Brink, editor of The Practice of Love Volume 1, is designed to create a space for each participant to engage the words of Jesus in a very practical way. Over the four week experience, participants will engage the tangible practice of love in one of four categories: Loving God, Loving the Self, Loving the Neighbor, and Loving the Enemy. Participants will work through the obstacles to arise, develop an awareness of the cost and value of love, and then write about their experience.

The best stories will be selected for Volume 2 of The Practice of Love, scheduled to be published June 1, 2012. The course will use The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living Into the Kingdom of God (Civitas Press, 2011) http://civitaspress.com/portfolio/the-practice-of-love. Participants who sign up by May 1, 2011 will receive a free copy of the book.

To register, click here. Enrollment in courses at BeADisciple.com is a two-step process. A person must first “register” in order to build an account at BeADisciple.com where he/she may then “login” to enroll and pay in a secure online environment. If someone has registered and now needs to enroll he/she may return to www.BeADisciple.com at anytime to do so. He/she will “login” (upper-right) using the email address and password combination created upon registering. Any problems/questions with enrollment may be directed to Lisa Buffum at beadisciple@sckans.edu.

The Practice Of Love Press Release

Posted in: New Releases- May 02, 2011 No Comments

New Non-Fiction Book On Practicing The Command To Love.

Christ followers take up the words of Jesus and end up transforming relationships.

Folsom, CA., May 1, 2010 – The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living into the Kingdom of God is a collection of stories that explore a remarkably simple idea. What would it look like to practice love? Published by Civitas Press, this non-fiction work asks, What would happen if we actively chose to engage a deep sense of love even in hard places?

The possibilities include a love for God, a love for the self, a love for a neighbor, and even a love for an enemy. What emerges will inspire and challenge the reader to reconsider what it means to live out the practice of love in our daily lives. At a critical time, when people are longing for something deeper than traditional religion, the practice of love offers readers an opportunity to explore a deeper element of faith, one that moves the individual beyond a safe and comfortable zone known as “the box”, and into something alive and real.

Jonathan Brink, editor for the project states, “It’s interesting what happens when we move beyond the question of belief, and actually begin to practice love in a tangible way.  What consistently stood out was the deeper experience of what it meant to be human, when people chose to embrace a sense of courage to love when it felt virtually impossible.  People found that love was restorative in ways they had never seen before.”

The project includes stories from several acclaimed speakers and authors including Carol Howard Merrit, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, and Kathy Escobar.  It also includes a foreword from highly respected missional practitioner, David Fitch, author of The Great Giveaway and the recently released, The End of Evangelicalism?. It was edited by Civitas Press Senior Editor, Jonathan Brink, author of Discovering the God Imagination.

About Civitas Press
Civitas Press is a boutique publishing agency focused on Big Ideas.  Using a new model for publishing, Civitas Press is partnering with unique voices to find, develop and publish ideas worth reading. We’re also creating a close-knit family network of writers that are working together to help each other develop a powerful platform.
Civitas focuses on the category of humanities, with an emphasis in Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Sociology. Several times a year, Civitas publishes Community Projects, which explore a crowd sourcing approach to Big Ideas.

Civitas Press can be found online at http://www.civitaspress.com, on Facebook at http://www.civitaspress.com/CivitasPress, and on Twitter at @CivitasPress.

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The Practice of Love Is Now On Sale

Posted in: Book Announcements, Community Projects- May 01, 2011 No Comments

Civitas Press is pleased to announce that The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living Into the Kingdom of God is now on sale.

The book is available in Print for $15.99 at:
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615450199
Barnes & Noble http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Practice-of-Love/Jonathan-Brink/e/9780615450193

And on Kindle for $9.99 at:
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Practice-Love-Stories-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B004Y1N152

It should be available for B&N’s Nook in a day or two.

You can DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE CHAPTER HERE.