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Bearing God

A book study on discerning God's will

Imagine yourself with Jesus in a boat on the sea, as a sudden storm fills the other passengers with fear. When the priest read this gospel story in Mark 4, Marlena Graves didn’t see herself as the terrified disciples, lacking faith. She wasn’t Jesus, peacefully sleeping through the danger. She wasn’t the wind or the waves. According to Graves, “I was the boat! And then it occurred to me that like Jesus’s mother Mary, I too am a God-bearer.

Bearing God is a short, enthralling, and imaginative read that will awaken you as a disciple of Jesus to a sense of adventure in your calling. Using the metaphor of Christians as vessels for Christ, Bearing God is packed with inspirational lessons and principles to help readers grow in their spirituality. This book is an ideal discipleship resource for churches, small groups, and personal devotion.

How It Works:

1. Order The Book

Pre-order your copy of Bearing God here. The book goes on sale everywhere on September 1.

2. Download Leader Guide

Fill out the form below to download a guide with discussion questions for each chapter. 

3. Invite Others

Invite your friends to join you as you journey through this book! Right-click on the images below to save them, share them on your social media account, and invite your followers.

4. Join the October Zooms!

You're invited to a special weekly lecture and discussion led by Marlena Graves sponsored by Northeastern Seminary. The sessions will be held via Zoom at 7 pm ET on October 16, October 23, and October 30. You will be emailed the Zoom link.

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Meet the Author and your instructor

Marlena Graves is an author, writer, professor, preacher, and speaker on spiritual formation and justice, especially in areas of racism and immigration in the U.S.

Her books include The Way Up is Down, Who is My Neighbor, A Beautiful Disaster, and 40 Days of Being a Nine: Enneagram Daily Reflections.

Marlena is an assistant professor of spiritual formation at Northeastern Seminary on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan University.

She is a member of Ink: A Creative Collective and lives in the Rochester, NY area with her husband and three daughters. Learn more about Marlena at