Books by Tim Sledge

Books by Tim Sledge

Books by Tim Sledge

Making Peace with Your Past

Making Peace with Your Past

Making Peace with Your Past

Making Peace with Your Past

After devoting his career as an evangelical preacher to leading and growing ministries in Illinois, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Arizona, Sledge moved to a suburb of Houston, Texas, where he served as senior pastor of the Kingsland Baptist Church from 1985 to 1996. Under his leadership, the church’s membership grew to more than 2000, with a growth in worship attendance four times the growth rate of the rapidly growing suburb where the church is located.

A key factor in the growth of Kingsland Baptist Church during those years was its support group ministry which began in the spring of 1988 when Sledge presented a sermon series on adult children of alcoholics. In the series, he talked about his experience of growing up with an alcoholic father and shared biblical, psychological, and personal insights for moving beyond a painful childhood. Support groups were offered during the series with participants using an interactive workbook that was based on the sermon topics. Over the next eight years, the congregation hosted 100 support groups and became known as a healing place for hurting people.

The interactive workbook used in Kingsland’s support groups evolved into this book, Making Peace with Your Past. Originally published in 1992, Making Peace with Your Past has been translated in South Korea and Peru. Making Peace with Your Past and its companion volume, Moving Beyond Your Past, have been used as interactive workbooks for 20,000 support groups across the U.S.

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Goodbye Jesus

Goodbye Jesus

Goodbye Jesus

Goodbye Jesus

Tim Sledge pulls back the curtain on Southern Baptist life as he chronicles nearly four decades of ministry in this highly personal, sometimes painful, and frequently provocative spiritual autobiography. Part memoir, part exposé, part polemic—this is an account of failures as well as accomplishments—and very nearly a case study in how faith may begin, how it evolves, and how it can fall apart.

Sledge traces the childhood origins of his sincere faith, his efforts at spiritual obedience, his theological education, his climb up the ladder in ministry, his insights into the challenges of growth-oriented leadership, and his pioneering work in faith-based recovery ministries.

After a fall from grace and a growing awareness that faith no longer worked for him, his journey took a new direction that required examining alternatives to his former belief system including Deism, agnosticism, humanism, and atheism. Ultimately, he found new ways to live a positive, value-driven life and emerged as a new version of the same person he had always been, still interested in creating avenues for personal growth in the lives of others.

Goodbye Jesus is a relatable and thoughtful read for those seeking to better understand the evangelical mindset, for Christians who are questioning their faith, for ministers trying to decide whether to stay or go, and for those who have left their faith and are dealing with its loss.

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A Meta-Spiritual Handbook

A Meta-Spiritual Handbook

A Meta-Spiritual Handbook

A Metaspiritual Handbook

"Meta-spirituality—at least my version of it—is spirituality without God or magic, spirituality that requires no religion or faith, spirituality based on a willingness to follow the truth wherever it leads—with courage, openness, and humility.

"Though not related to an invisible spirit world, meta-spirituality touches that part of us that yearns to be inspired and longs for a connection to something noble. Its aim is to stay in touch with the core of what makes us truly alive—that part of us that yearns for the highest and best in life.

"Don’t think of meta-spirituality as cold and disconnected. The opposite is true. Meta-spirituality is a call to kindness, listening, vulnerability, compassion, and gratitude; a quest for a growing sensitivity to the world of emotions; and, a challenge to let mistakes lead to growth instead of shame. Meta-spirituality recognizes our need to be inspired—to breathe in that which enlivens us.

"I believe that through meta-spirituality, the way forward can be meaningful, connective, and profoundly rewarding." — Tim Sledge in Goodbye Jesus, page 459, Copyright © 2018 by Tim Sledge. All Rights Reserved.

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