Sierra Pacific Syno Resource Center


June 29, 2018

We have so many new resources to share with you! 
I will list them by topic with links, enjoy! 

New at the Resource Center:
From Paraclete  Press, 3 excellent resources on Suicide

"Reclaiming Life: Faith, Hope and Suicide Loss"
Reclaiming Life  
 "This DVD is a beautiful film on a most anguishing subject, it is   courageous,  raw, and unflinchingly honest," Aaron Kheriaty, MD.

 "There is no private hell, no depression, no sickness, no fear, and even no   bitterness so deep or so e nclosed that God's love cannot descend into it.   There are no locked doors through which Christ cannot go," Ronald Rolheiser.

Here is a link to the DVD trailer, worth viewing! Reclaiming Life DVD trailer.

Each year over one million people end their lives by suicide. All death unsettles us, but suicide causes a very distinct set of emotional, moral, and religious scars. It brings with it an ache, a chaos, a darkness, a stigma that only one who has survived it can understand. Through powerful first-hand experiences this video offers hope to those who have experienced suicide loss.
Sit in and listen to real life stories and conversations with Ronald Rolheiser, Kay Warren, and Marjorie Antus. You will be stronger after viewing this video; a stronger survivor, a stronger friend, and stronger compassionate presence.

Send me an email if you'd like to borrow this video, 
or order your own copy here:  Reclaiming Life DVD

"My Favorite  Color is Blue. 
 A Journey Through Loss with Art and Color,"
by Roger Hutchison
My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes.

 This video says everything I could possibly write. An amazing resource to share. Let me know if you'd like to preview the book by sending an email
or you can order your own copy here:  My Favorite Color is Blue. 
"Bruised and Wounded: Struggling to Understand Suicide,"
by Ronald Rolheiser

"Unique insights on the nature of suicide, its devastating effects, and God's embracing love throughout. Fr. Ron is exactly who I would have wanted at my side when my daughter died." Marjorie Antus    Bruised and Wounded

"Don't let the size of this book fool you into thinking it doesn't have much to say about suicide. Each page-each sentence-is rich in insight, wisdom, compassion, and most of all, comfort. Ronald Rolheiser gently dismantles the age-old myths and taboos associated with suicide, and gives brokenhearted survivors of suicide loss genuine reasons for hope." Kay Warren

A new way of understanding death by suicide with chapters on
  • Removing the Taboo
  • Despair as Weakness rather than Sin
  • Reclaiming the Memory of our Loved One

  • To preview this book, send me an email
    or you may order a copy directly from Paraclete Press here:  Bruised and Wounded

    **You may also order any of these by calling Paraclete Press at 1-800-451-5006 x 311, from Carol S. Let her know you read this in the Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center Newsletter.

    We received 2 books, one edited by Peter Krey, a Pastor in our Synod and the second with a chapter penned by him. Both are available, 
    just Send me an email and let me know which one you'd like to read.

    Encounters with Luther: New Directions for Critical Studies, includes a chapter titled "Luther's In-Depth Theology and Theological Therapy: Using Self-Psychology and a Little Jung." 
    In this chapter, Krey presents Luther's theology and shows how it turns out to be all about the care of souls, how it encourages us to care for the mentally distressed....... as Gerhard Ebeling puts it, Luther's theology "lies at the heart of the care of souls, because the care of souls is at the heart of his theology." Now that is intriguing!

    and Reformation Commentary on Scripture, New Testament VIII, Romans 9-16, edited by Philip D. W. Krey and Peter D. S. Krey.
    In this volume of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, Philip and Peter Krey guide readers with care through a diversity of Reformation-era commentary on the second half of Paul's letter to the Roman church. The volume draws on a variety of resources, including commentaries, sermons, treatises, and confessions, much of which appears here for the first time in English. Gathering together these Reformation-era reflections, it provides resources for  contemporary preachers, enables scholars to better understand the depth and breadth of Reformation biblical commentary and aids the ongoing transformation of the minds, and lives of people today.

    And Peter Krey is in our own Sierra Pacific Synod! 
    The depth of our leaders, lay and ordained is immense!

    NEW from Fortress Press:

             "A House United: How the Church Can Save the World,"  by Allen Hilton

        By entering the culture wars, churchgoers in the United States have ushered the Left and the
    A House United  Right to even greater extremes.
       Allen Hilton believes that religion isn't inherently divisive, and he suggests a new role for Christianity. Jesus prayed that his disciples might all be one, and this book imagines a proper answer to that prayer in the context of American polarization.
       Hilton promotes a Christianity that bring people together with their difference, creating a house united that will help our nation come back together.

    Click here to request a copy for your reading.


    "She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry," by Karoline Lewis

     We are not all the same. The time has come for us to honestly name the ways we are different and similar so that we can serve together in unity, grace, and trust. SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry is a comprehensive look at the challenges women face. Author Karoline M. Lewis covers everything from biblical arguments for and against women in the chu rch to what not to wear. With startling clarity, she reveals the underpinnings of sexism and examines issues of identity, authority, sexuality, authenticity, embodiment, boundaries, and self-care. She guides the reader to develop a personal theology of leadership and a leadership development plan. SHE is practical, wise, profound, inspiring, challenging, compassionate, and even funny. It empowers women to flourish in ministry, which is good for everyone and good for the church.

    Your Synod Resource Center is running a closed small group study of these materials. Watch for our review in our next Newsletter, or give the book a look of your own right now! Send me an email if you are ready to explore SHE.

    Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you.                                                                                                                           
    We purchase these for you
     and your congregations. 
    To date  we have sent out over 3,350 Small Catechism pamphlets  to our Synod congregations!  Join the excitement, as our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, suggested by  "dusting off the catechism and taking another look at the basics of our faith." 

    We appreciate your calls and e-mails about resources!

    The Resource Center is your lending library! You are helping us to do a better job when you recommend the specific resources you are looking for.  Keep telling us what you want, at   This is how we know what to purchase.

    Please note that the  Synod Resour ce Center of the Sierra Pacific Synod  is eligible to receive  your Choice Dollars from  Thrivent Financial. 
    We are sincerely grateful to Thrivent Financial and those individuals who designate their Choice Dollars to us for the support of the Synod Resource Center.  THANK YOU! 
    For more information  email Janet  or contact your Thrivent Representative.
    Resource Center hours:

    Mondays - 3pm-5pm 
    Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am 
    Fridays - 8:30am-10:30am 
    Other hours are available by appointment, please contact me. You can reach me by email:

    To order materials through our website, 
    please visit us at:
    Click "Resources" and then click "Request Manager for the SPS Resource Center." You will then be on our online catalog page!
    Let me know if you have any questions or problems. Blessings! 

    J anet Lane, 
    Synod Resource Center Director
    Call 559-345-2725 (ext 120 if asked) and leave a message,  or send an email:

    This is your Synod Resource Center; 
                                  I am happy to serve you.