The New Prayer Shawl Companion

35 Knitted Patterns to Embrace, Inspire & Celebrate Life

The New Prayer Shawl Companion

Most woodturners have children in their lives who would appreciate a hand-turned toy (or several). The projects in Turning Toys can serve as a base for almost limitless variation, so you can put your own stamp on each object you create. Repetition is the key to mastering any craft, so these projects are in part skill-builders that you can repeat and thereby hone your turning techniques. You can get plenty of practice when small kids can't have too many peg dolls, things on wheels, wands, or arches for creating buildings, farmyards, and so on. You'll see ways of salvaging a situation when things go wrong, as they inevitably do when you have a catch or the wood splits. Disasters become design opportunities. The photos and drawings show you what to do, step-by-step; you'll see exactly how the tools are used, how the cutting edge should relate to the surface you're cutting and how to stand to support and hold the tools so that working at your lathe is a comfortable and pleasurable activity. Few things can be more satisfying than making stuff for people you know, let alone love, especially when you can watch them using and enjoying the products of your labours. This book will bring you many happy and fruitful hours at the lathe creating heirlooms for future generations.

The Prayer Shawl Journal and Guidebook

Inspiration Plus Knit and Crochet Basics

The Prayer Shawl Journal and Guidebook

"This book is a user-friendly guide for learning to knit or crochet prayer shawls of your own. It includes knit and crochet basics, easy patterns for ten pretty shawls to make, as well as a month-by-month chapter for journaling, and a handy special section for recording what you have made, and keeping track of needles, yarn stash, and other notions is also included"--

The Prayer Shawl Companion

The Prayer Shawl Companion


Prayer Shawl Ministries and Women’s Theological Imagination

Prayer Shawl Ministries and Women’s Theological Imagination

Interviews with more than one hundred women reveal the theology behind prayer shawl making, a lay ministry that takes place in churches of nearly every denomination. These “handmade” conceptual frameworks provide a rich case study of ordinary theology in action, outlining women’s religious creativity and reflection across the American Christian landscape.

The Distressed Body

Rethinking Illness, Imprisonment, and Healing

The Distressed Body

Bodily pain and distress come in many forms. They can well up from within at times of serious illness, but the body can also be subjected to harsh treatment from outside. The medical system is often cold and depersonalized, and much worse are conditions experienced by prisoners in our age of mass incarceration, and by animals trapped in our factory farms. In this pioneering book, Drew Leder offers bold new ways to rethink how we create and treat distress, clearing the way for more humane social practices. Leder draws on literary examples, clinical and philosophical sources, his medical training, and his own struggle with chronic pain. He levies a challenge to the capitalist and Cartesian models that rule modern medicine. Similarly, he looks at the root paradigms of our penitentiary and factory farm systems and the way these produce distressed bodies, asking how such institutions can be reformed. Writing with coauthors ranging from a prominent cardiologist to long-term inmates, he explores alternative environments that can better humanize—even spiritualize—the way we treat one another, offering a very different vision of medical, criminal justice, and food systems. Ultimately Leder proposes not just new answers to important bioethical questions but new ways of questioning accepted concepts and practices.

Knitting, Praying, Forgiving

Knitting, Praying, Forgiving

In Knitting, Praying, Forgiving: A Pattern of Love and Forgiveness, Cheryl shares her story of faith and her journey to forgiving the young man who murdered her mother .She provides a user-friendly pattern to experience love and forgiveness with the craft of knitting and an ancient monastic prayer practice: Lectio Divina. You may find encouragement in Cheryl's story, and her pattern will help guide you to forgiveness one stitch at a time. "A grace-filled book for knitters and contemplatives, Knitting, Praying, Forgiving is a practical and inspirational guide to the transforming power of knitting God's love into shawls of forgiveness." - Susan S. Izard, co-author of Knitting into the Mystery "Cheryl Wunsch has an amazing story to tell, and she does so with great courage and compassion. Knitting, Praying, Forgiving lays out the path to a new life for anyone who has suffered at the hands of evil. I love this little book." -Paula Huston, author of A Season of Mystery and Simplifying the Soul. "Thoughtful and touching, Wunsch weaves together deep appreciation of a centuries-old prayer tradition with the needs of today. Her approach reminds me of the weaving of baskets prayerfully performed by the desert monks of long ago. Both spiritual and practical, this approach is another way to pray always." -Brother Bede Healey, OSB Cam. "Cheryl Wunsch weaves in her tender book Knitting, Praying, Forgiving a simple pattern of prayer, reflection, and craft (knitting) that abides as the heart of a loving and forgiving life. In the manner in which she knits her story, her prayer, and her practice together, Cheryl creates a radiant shawl of quiet that speaks powerfully as the fruit of faith and forgiveness." -Glenn Mitchell, spiritual director and director of training and programs for Oasis Ministries

Palliative Care Nursing

Palliative Care Nursing

Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients explores the concept of suffering as it relates to nursing practice. This text helps practicing nurses and students define and recognize various aspects of suffering across the life span and within various patient populations while providing guidance in alleviating suffering. In addition, it examines spiritual and ethical perspectives on suffering and discusses how witnessing suffering impacts nurses' ability to assume the professional role. Further, the authors discuss ways nurses as witnesses to suffering can optimize their own coping skills and facilitate personal growth. Rich in case studies, pictures, and reflections on nursing practice and life experiences, Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients delves into key topics such as how to identify when a patient is suffering, whether they are coping, sources of coping facades, what to do to ease suffering, and how to convey the extent of suffering to members of the healthcare team.

Small-Town Fireman

Small-Town Fireman

The Catch of a Lifetime Karla Kennedy doesn't belong in Gordon Falls. The aspiring restaurateur has far loftier goals than running her grandfather's quaint coffee shop. The only person who seems to relate is handsome volunteer firefighter Dylan McDonald. Dylan understands dreams—he risked everything to start his fishing charter business. Now he needs Karla's help to make it succeed. As they work together, Karla and Dylan quickly discover that while their timing may be bad, their chemistry is undeniable. Karla always thought of Gordon Falls as a layover on her way to a big-city career, but could it be where her heart truly belongs? Gordon Falls: Hearts ablaze in a small town