Books / Audio

We’ll keep adding to this list, but here’s a few great titles to get you started on the Way. Grouped by author and topic as much as possible, all these books have been read by someone in theeffect who found them helpful, inspiring, essential, all the above.

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Dave Brisbin

The Fifth Way
A Western Journey to the Hebrew Heart of Jesus

Book + Kindle

Looking at the Way of Jesus from an ancient Hebrew point of view and coming to a fuller understanding of the true meaning of Jesus’ words as his first followers would have understood them is crucial to recreating the experience of the spiritual journey and breaking through limiting thought processes. Full of colorful stories, intimate journal entries, and the words of Jesus seen in light of the ancient Hebrew mindset, languages, worldview, culture, and historical setting, The Fifth Way is a window on a completely different way of approaching God and our spiritual journey–a Fifth Way. The Way of Jesus.

Western Songlines
Followning an Eastern Jesus in a Western World

Book + Kindle

The creation stories of Australia’s Aborigines set to music and chant are the songlines that have guided them through inner and outer landscapes for 60,000 years. What guides us today in the West? Those of us who say we follow Jesus of Nazareth point to Scripture as our guide, but what we believe about Scripture and life itself changes everything. We need permission to question our beliefs about our belief to see if the map our songs are singing is taking us anywhere we really want to go. “What good are our beliefs about God if they don’t make our lives and relationships sing out loud right herenow? We live at the level of life—sweaty, bloody, beautiful life. If our spirituality can’t withstand the intensity of that life, if it can’t endure and thrive there, then what good is it? It’s not truth, and it’s not saving or liberating either.” As a companion book, Western Songlines picks up where The Fifth Way left off.

The Twelve Steps and the Way of Jesus

CD Audio Series

While it’s obvious why someone recovering from alcohol or drug addiction would need the Twelve Steps of AA, it’s not as obvious why they would be relevant to anyone else. Truth is: we’re all recovering from something… Our unfinished business, unhealed hurts and trauma, create the compulsive behavior and dysfunctional thinking that, even if socially acceptible, cause us to make destructive choices, compromising relationships and ability to enjoy our moments. Very few of us are so healed that the Twelve Steps don’t have something vital to teach. Whether you are recovering from substance abuse, emotional abuse, or anything in between or beyond, the way to recovery is always the same: it’s the message of Jesus understood from an ancient Hebrew point of view–a Way of living life that brings us out of isolation and into our Father’s presence. This tour through the Twelve Steps, considers each step not from the viewpoint of alcohol and substance abuse recovery, but from its most open and spiritual application–one that Jesus articulated two millennial ago, yet applies to each of us today.

The Lord’s Prayer

CD Audio Series

Right in the middle of the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, right in the middle of Matthew 6, Jesus encourages us to pray “like this,” and he gives us a model prayer that has become known as the Lord’s Prayer. Easily the most well-known prayer in Christianity, it has become a fixture in Western culture as well, but do we have any idea what it means?

Until we peek under the veneer of translation and see the Hebrew/Aramaic intent underneath, we’ll never understand that this model prayer was never intended to be read or recited, but to be lived. Jesus’ entire purpose, mission, and message was simply to show us our Father…who he is, how he lives and loves. To pray this prayer is to live as Jesus lived with his Father, and the first step for us as modern Westerners is to break the mental images of our English translations and see the Aramaic meaning underneath. When understood from a Hebrew/Aramaic point of view, the five lines of the prayer jump out as a reordering of the attitude, process, and priority of our daily moments: to clear a space, match God’s desire, immerse in the moment, release from the past, and realize the present, form the basis of Jesus’ one and only Way to the Father and how he encourages us to pray.

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You Never Run Dry

You Never Run Dry

Album

A studio album by theeffect band features 10 original songs written by band members and arranged, produced, and performed by theeffectband. Warm and retro, heavy with acoustic guitar and Hammond organ, the songs are sometimes smooth and sometimes bluesy and biting, but always with meaningful lyrics to accompany your journey.

Available at CDBaby or at theeffect

Alive Worship

Alive Worship

Album

A live worship album by theeffect band was recorded live at Capo Beach Calvary Church a major church venue in Southern CA. The disc features both original songs and contemporary worship favorites and really captures the essence of the worship experience that night.

Available only from theeffect

experiencinggod

For readable and accessible titles on the unconditional love of God and the relationship we have with him, especially through centering prayer or prayer of the heart, check these out.

spirituraljourney

Here’s some titles on a variety of topics from contemplative prayer to the spiritual journey to approaching the scriptures.
A little more scholarly in approach, but worth the read.

contemporarychurch

Now for some titles dealing with the church and the struggle to find new expressions of worship and communication in the 21st century and the “postmodern” era.

jewishstudies

For a greater understanding of the Hebrew/Aramaic Jesus, Yeshua, through a better understanding of the language, customs, and worldview of the Ancient, near-Eastern Jews,..

scripturalstudies

And for some good studies on the origin of the scriptures and general study guides.

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