I have provided a list of resources that have been an encouragement in my spiritual growth and for practical living.
Success or failure in life is often based upon how we respond with everyday challenges. Those occasional big problems that hit us unexpectedly often reveal where our anchors are placed. In other-words, to whom do we go to and how do we respond when those unexpected crisis hit us in the face?
One thing is sure, all of us will experience those little and big issues in life. It may come in the form of cancer, a debilitating disease like Alzheimer's, loss of a child, loss of a parent, loss of a career/job, or something like what happened to me. These things are inevitable.
It is how we deal with those issues that matters. When a crisis hits, we begin to search for that inner strength. We look to faith to sustain us. Having faith is critical to getting us through. But, the more important question to ask is, "What is the object of that faith?" To whom - or what are we placing our trust in, our future in, our hope in?
We live in culture whose underpinnings are governed by a post modern philosophy of moral relativism. As a result, it is not surprising to hear from some that our life and hope comes from within ourselves. Some say we are our 'own god.' That may sound fulfilling and satisfying, especially in our country where the motto of self-reliance and individualism is so strongly rooted in our national conscience.
In fact, that was the prevailing mindset of the men I met in prison. They didn't want to answer to anyone - for anything. If we accept that we are the captains of our own ships, then it eliminates any accountability to anyone else for our actions. We answer only to ourselves.
If you take anything away from visiting my website, I hope it is the sense that my life is guided by faith. Not faith in myself. I tried that - and failed miserably.
But, by faith in my creator. The one who gave me life. The one who sustains my life as he governs every beat in my pumping heart. The one who loved me before I even existed. The one who loves me despite my failures. The one who willingly and lovingly forgives. The one we don't deserve, but by his grace, He gives himself to us anyway.
He is the one who came out of eternity for one singular purpose. To die. He was raised up again by God the Father thus defeating death. His resurrection took away the sting of death itself.
What is the object of my faith? It is in the one and only God - the great I Am - whose son died a horrific death to pay the penalty for my disobedience - for my failures. The object of my faith is the person of Jesus Christ, who being raised from the dead, paved the way for my victory over death too!
It is through my faith, my belief in Him - for who He is and what He has done for me personally, coupled with the turning away from my disobedience that He Has given me eternal life.
That is the essence of the books I have read and the resources I have listed below. Some are faith-based and others are secular, but they all are geared toward the model of redemption.
I hope you find them as useful as they have been for me.
I have listed some resources on employment and organizations that have an outreach for those reentering society: