The Upper Room Staff Is Reading

June 13, 2018 by Marti Williams-Martin

We are reading together.

Beginning this month, staff of The Upper Room are encouraged to read and join a discussion on an Upper Room Book pick of the month. On June 19, Robin Pippin, the editorial director of The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation will lead staff in a conversation about Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus by Frank Rogers Jr.

Want to know more about the editor’s pick of the month from Upper Room Books?

Discover Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus by Frank Rogers Jr. and read with us.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Jesus was a spiritual teacher who demonstrated personal and social transformation. His earliest disciples were first known not as Christians but as followers of the Way. Jesus' Way was a spirituality of radical compassion. He taught how to love and be loved by an extravagantly compassionate God; how to cultivate love for ourselves; and how to love our neighbors by extending love to the outcasts, the offensive, and even our enemies.

Compassion in Practice is an introduction to Christian compassion. It explains not just what Christian compassion looks like but how to practice it in a world ravaged by violence, fear, and reactivity. This book teaches us how to love as Jesus loved.

Expanding on the foundation of Practicing Compassion, Frank Rogers defines the way Jesus prepared his disciples to transform hearts hardened from the assaults of life into compassionate hearts.


READ AHEAD: The Upper Room staff pick of the month for July 2018 is For Sabbath's Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community by J. Dana Trent.


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