Melissa Tidwell is a freelance writer and editor who served as editor of Alive Now magazine from 1999?2005 and worked in marketing and new product development for The Upper Room until 2009. In 2012 Tidwell enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, to complete a degree she began 20 years ago. For more information about Melissa, see her blog at
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Embodied Light

Advent Reflections on the Incarnation  
Melissa Tidwell
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Why was Jesus born? What does Jesus' birth have to do with my life? Embodied Light invites you to ponder our Creator's daring adventure of becoming human and coming to earth to live among us. During this 4-week study, you will explore the meaning of incarnation—the miracle of our Creator choosing to become human and live among us. The Incarnation also says something to us about our own lives, about what being human means. Using scripture, prayer, and daily refle...

The Way of Grace Leader's Guide

Melissa Tidwell, Marjorie J. Thompson
The Way of Grace Participant's Book is also available for small-group members. The Way of Grace Leader's Guide provides all the tools you need to guide small groups through this 9-week journey. You'll reflect on "the way of grace" in our lives through the lens of 8 encounters between Jesus and various people described in John's Gospel. In the guide you'll find: An explanation of spiritual formation A description of the leadership skills called for when leading formational groups A complete ...