Two new titles are now available from Nurturing Faith Books, the publishing imprint of Good Faith Media.

Keys for Everyday Theologians by Colin Harris invites readers into the realm of theological reflection, explaining that you don’t need to be an expert to do theology.

Theology is not solely for ordained church leaders and academic professionals with formal training in the field. In fact, the more formal, academic approaches can easily dissuade those with casual interest and even those required to study it.

Harris provides readers with a working understanding of what one’s faith means and how it is lived in real time by offering a “set of keys” to access the “rooms” of theology and to explore those avenues and their many-faceted interpretations of the faith experience.

Based on insights and questions gleaned from students and others over the course of his career in religious studies, Keys for Everyday Theologians seeks to assist laypersons who participate in the informal “theologizing” that nourishes the faith community.

Harris is professor emeritus of religious studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he taught for 36 years. Previously, he taught at Meredith College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he continues to teach an adult class at the Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Modern Life, Ancient God: A Spiritual Journey in the Age of Science, Third Edition by Steve Nichols presents the story of the author’s faith, and faith rediscovered, in the hope that it will provide encouragement to others.

Nichols grew up in church and in the modern world outside of church. By his late teens, he was trying to integrate his religious and secular lives into a unified whole. How would he fashion a worldview consistent with his religious heritage and modern science? And how would he recognize God’s presence in his everyday secular life?

Some people adopt a religious position that they defend against all secular input. Other people do the opposite, casting their lot with the secular against everything religious. Raised on both sides of the cultural division into secular and sacred, Nichols internalized both, choosing the difficult path of reconciliation.

Raised in Annandale, Virginia, Nichols earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, where he also completed his residency training in psychiatry. He then worked for 30 years as a staff psychiatrist at Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia, caring for the chronically mentally ill.

Keys for Everyday Theologians and Modern Life, Ancient God are both available in paperback for $18 each (with free shipping) from GFM’s bookstore.

An e-book for both titles will be available on Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (Nook) soon.

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