Summary: Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching....+
Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow ... and the devestating reality of stage-four cancer. In "The Hardest Peace", Kara doesn't offer answers for when living is hard, but she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us, in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our pain into beauty.
Summary: In Simplify, best-selling author Bill Hybels identifies core issues that drive....+
In Simplify, best-selling author Bill Hybels identifies core issues that drive high-velocity, unsustainable living and offers action steps to help you live a better way. Overscheduled. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Too familiar?
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, one of the largest and most influential churches in North America. He is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Just Walk Across the Room, Too Busy Not to Pray, Becoming a Contagious Christian, Axiom, Holy Discontent, and The Power of a Whisper. Hybels is chair of the board for the Willow Creek Association, a not-for-profit organization that equips and empowers more than 15,000 Christian churches from 90 denominations. Each year, he convenes the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), a two-day, world-class leadership event that trains 190,000 leaders in 105 countries. With almost two million participants to date, the GLS is the largest leadership event in the world.
An exceptional communicator, Hybels speaks around the world on strategic issues related to leadership, personal growth, and building thriving churches. He holds a bachelor's degree in biblical studies and an honorary doctorate of divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois. He and his wife, Lynne, have two grown children and two grandsons.
Summary: It's Monday morning. Are you wondering if your ministry to kids at church yesterday....+
It's Monday morning. Are you wondering if your ministry to kids at church yesterday made any difference at all? With a fresh approach to spiritual formation in the lives of kids and their families, this audio book will reawaken your passion for ministry and give you new vision for what is most important in the lives you shepherd. Dr. Michelle Anthony shares stories that will inspire you and provide the tools you need to:
• Partner with parents to equip them as spiritual leaders in their homes.
• Motivate children and teenagers to step out of their comfort zones and into a lifetime of faith.
• Create intentional space for the kids in your care to meet Jesus.
Dreaming of More for the Next Generation is not program-driven—it encourages you to be Spirit-driven as you minister to kids and their parents.
Summary: Discover the power, joy, and love of living "Hands Free".In 2010, special education....+
Discover the power, joy, and love of living "Hands Free".
In 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most.
Hands Free Mama is the digital society's answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn't mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn't mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.
So join Rachel and go hands free. Discover what happens when you choose to open your heart -- and your hands -- to each God-given moment.
Summary: A stunning and unexpected tale of tragedy, survival, and true beauty. For fashion....+
A stunning and unexpected tale of tragedy, survival, and true beauty. For fashion journalist Lauren (“LoLo”) Scruggs, a short flight to look at Christmas lights turned into a nightmare when she was struck by the plane’s spinning propeller blades. As Lauren was rushed to the hospital, fighting for her life, the world watched in shock and horror. Several major surgeries and thousands of prayers later, Lauren was still alive. But she had suffered brain trauma and lost her left hand and left eye. Some thought that this would be the end of everything for her, a beautiful young woman working in an industry focused completely on appearance. They were wrong. In Still LoLo, Lauren reveals what really happened that night, how she survived against all odds, and what her life is like today. She is unflinchingly honest in the face of difficult questions: What kind of future will I have? Will anyone be able to love me now? Where is God in all this pain? Through her story, Lauren calls us all to live a life without fear and to overcome whatever challenges threaten to limit us. Containing personal stories from Lauren and her family, Still LoLo is a compelling and fiercely beautiful account of faith, determination, and staying true to who you are — no matter what.
Summary: Locked away, but not silenced... Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh....+
Locked away, but not silenced... Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Though Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, in three years they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of 20,000 of their countrymen. They’d started two secret house churches, including one for prostitutes — many of whom were women abandoned by their husbands with no other way to support themselves and their children. Maryam and Marziyeh had almost been caught so many times that it felt like divine intervention. But finally — perhaps inevitably — the two women were arrested in 2009 and held the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran. There, inmates are routinely tortured, and executions are swift and sudden. But in the face of chilling interrogation, intimidation, and a possible death sentence, something remarkable happened. Instead of succumbing to fear, they chose to take the radical — and dangerous — step of sharing their faith inside the very walls of the government stronghold that was meant to silence them. In Captive in Iran, Maryam and Marziyeh recount how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to bring about a miraculous reversal: shining light into one of the world’s darkest places, giving hope to those who had lost everything, and showing love to those in despair.
Summary: The spiritual legacy of a literary master -- and mentor.To many who have discovered....+
The spiritual legacy of a literary master -- and mentor.
To many who have discovered his books, C. S. Lewis is more than simply a writer; he has been a spiritual mentor. Here, over fifty Christians share how meeting the mind and imagination of Lewis in his books sparked the beginning or changed the course of their spiritual journey. These inspiring reflections have been shared by ordinary laypeople as well as many well-known leaders and writers, including:
Liz Curtis Higgs
George Gallup Jr.
Francis S. Collins
David Lyle Jeffrey
This unique celebration of Lewis' spiritual legacy will be treasured by all those who treasure Lewis' words.
To share your own encounter with C. S. Lewis, or if you have comments, questions, or appearance requests, contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary: Hope from Heaven. On June 19, 2001, Ryan Corbin, grandson of Pat Boone and....+
Hope from Heaven. On June 19, 2001, Ryan Corbin, grandson of Pat Boone and son of Lindy Boone Michaelis, accidentally stepped through a skylight and fell three stories onto a cement floor. As Ryan lingered between life and death in intensive care, Pat and Lindy decided to take action in a big way: They went on Larry King Live, shared their faith, and asked millions of TV viewers to pray for Ryan. Heaven Hears is the amazing story of what happened next. You won't want to miss this story of tragedy and triumph from the Boone family. It's a story of the immovable faith of a mother, the incredible power of prayer, and the undeniable evidence that heaven hears us.
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Carolyn Maull McKinstry was just a few feet away when the....+
Fifteen-year-old Carolyn Maull McKinstry was just a few feet away when the Klan-planted bomb that killed four of her friends exploded in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history . . . and the turning point in a young girl’s life.
Carolyn’s story is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of what it was like to grow up in the Jim Crow South -- from the bombings, riots, and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights era.
A unique and moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past five decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we’ve come -- and how far we have yet to go.
Summary: Hurt by God's people...Healed by God's loveEveryone has been wounded . . .....+
Hurt by God's people...
Healed by God's love
Everyone has been wounded . . . hurt . . . neglected . . . by others. But as Anne Graham Lotz looks back on her life, the sad truth is that her most painful wounds were inflicted by religious people -- God’s people. People she had grown to love and to trust. But people whose words and behavior were inconsistent with what they said they believed. Anne not only understands the wounded, she also understands how easy it is for the wounded to become wounders themselves.
Maybe you are among those who have been so deeply hurt by the church that you no longer want anything to do with God. Perhaps you are a wounder living in a self-imposed exile, believing yourself unworthy to be restored to a warm, loving relationship with God or His followers.
In this book, Anne breaks the silence of the wounded and the wounders, in order to break the cycle of pain. Drawing on the biblical story of Hagar, Anne leads those who have been hurt by God’s people on a path of discovering the healing power of God’s redemptive love.
Summary: Do you know someone who could use some encouragement? Perhaps that someone....+
Do you know someone who could use some encouragement? Perhaps that someone is you. When God Makes Lemonade comes from the lives of everyday folk — a collection of stories about people like you who have discovered unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances. Some of these real-life stories are laugh-out-loud funny, others are sobering, and more than a few will have you reaching for a tissue. But these true stories all have one thing in common: hope. There is no question; life will sometimes give you lemons: out-of-your-control issues of health, employment, and relationships, circumstances that are truly sour — you wouldn’t wish them on anyone. But when those lemons become lemonade, it is as refreshing as an ice-cold drink on a hot summer day. When in life “stuff happens,” know that Lemonade Happens™ too! Be encouraged and inspired . . . When God Makes Lemonade.
Summary: What's the secret to a life of happiness?In this delightful audio book, brimming....+
What's the secret to a life of happiness?
In this delightful audio book, brimming with poignant passages, radio personality Hugh Hewitt provides the answer. The starting place is generosity, he says, and there are seven gifts that are sure to improve the lives of both giver and receiver:
Anyone can give them, but Hewitt shows that some people are particularly well-placed to offer them: parents, spouses, family members, friends, teachers, coworkers, and fellow church members.
Drawing on his experience as a broadcaster, journalist, lawyer, and teacher, Hewitt details these seven gifts and seven givers, inspiring and motivating listeners to become generous in the ways that matter most.
Summary: Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving others. As a young....+
Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving others. As a young man, Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness. His immense talent and fortitude propelled him to a place as one of Europe’s most renowned philosophers, theologians, and musicians in the early twentieth century. Yet Schweitzer shocked his contemporaries by forsaking worldly success and embarking on an epic journey into the wilds of French Equatorial Africa, vowing to serve as a lifelong physician to “the least of these” in a mysterious land rife with famine, sickness, and superstition. Enduring hardship, conflict, and personal struggles, he and his beloved wife, Hélène, became German prisoners of war during WWI — and Hélène later battled persistent illnesses..Ken Gire’s novelesque narrative sheds new light on Schweitzer’s faith-in-action ethic and his commitment to honor God by celebrating the sacredness of all life.The legacy of this 1952 Nobel Prize honoree endures in the thriving African hospital community that began in a humble chicken coop, in the millions who have drawn inspiration from his example, and in the challenge that emanates from his life story into our day. Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness — and he was. He made his life his greatest sermon to a world in desperate need of hope and healing.
Summary: "If our families are to flourish, we will need to learn and practice ways of....+
"If our families are to flourish, we will need to learn and practice ways of forgiving those who have had the greatest impact upon us: our mothers and fathers."
Do you struggle with the deep pain of a broken relationship with a parent? Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard invite you to walk with them as they explore the following questions:
What does the Bible say about forgiveness? Why must we forgive at all?
How do we honor those who act dishonorably toward us, especially when those people are as influential as our parents? Can we ever break free from the 'sins of our fathers'?
What does forgiveness look like in the lives of real parents and children? Does forgiveness mean I have to let an estranged parent back into my life? Is it possible to forgive a parent who has passed away?
Through the authors' own compelling personal stories combined with a fresh look at the Scriptures, Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers illustrates and instructs in the practice of authentic forgiveness, leading you away from hate and hurt toward healing, hope, and freedom.
Summary: “I have a hunch I’m not the only one who misplaced the marvel of a life....+
“I have a hunch I’m not the only one who misplaced the marvel of a life lived with God. . . . I needed God to awaken me from my sleep. And so I prayed for wonder.”— Margaret Feinberg.
Awaken to the Wonder Every Day
In Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg invites you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. Come learn how to recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine, unearth extraordinary moments on ordinary days, identify what’s holding you back in prayer, and discover peace in knowing you’re wildly loved.
Summary: A mismatch blessed by heaven...If your husband does not share your faith, you....+
A mismatch blessed by heaven...
If your husband does not share your faith, you may feel like you are walking a tightrope of spiritual survival — guarding the flame of your belief in Christ, yet unable to share it with the person you love most in the world. But your spiritually mismatched marriage can be a vibrant, blessed relationship where you're free to grow in love with God and your man!
Winning Him Without Words, written by Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller, both Christian women married to unbelieving husbands, is your invitation to thrive instead of survive.
In addition, Lynn and Dineen share prayers and Scripture verses that have brought comfort, healing and hope to friends in their online community, spirituallyunequalmarriage.com. You are not alone! God desires to bless your marriage and grow your faith . . . in other words, He wants you to thrive.
Summary: Love first. Ask questions later.In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica....+
Love first. Ask questions later.
In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.
With the help of their closest friends, they dived in to save the lives of as many as they could, but sending children abroad proved to be expensive and cumbersome, and it failed to make an impact on the systemic needs of Iraqi hospitals -- the places where these children really should be saved. Despite fatwas, death threats, bombings, imprisonments, and intense living conditions, Jeremy and his team persevered to overcome years of hostilities and distrust in an effort to eradicate the backlog of thousands upon thousands of Iraqi children waiting in line for much-needed heart surgery.
From the front line of the struggle for peace, Jeremy writes a firsthand account of lifesaving and peacemaking in the world’s most notorious war-torn country. In the heart of conflict, there is only one kind of love big enough to change a nation: a love that strikes first.
Summary: Your deepest pain can be your greatest hope. This powerful memoir from Grammy....+
Your deepest pain can be your greatest hope. This powerful memoir from Grammy Award-winner Ashley Cleveland reminds us that even in the lowest times of our lives, beauty can shine through. Ashley Cleveland grew up in a Southern family fractured by alcoholism, homosexuality, and the collapse of her parents' marriage. She knew from the start that she was the "good-for-nothing" black sheep of her divided home, and she quickly learned to play the part. Yet in her destructive days of drugs, alcohol, and sex, she encountered a forgiving God who was relentlessly faithful. Change did not come quickly. The brokenness did not disappear. But Ashley allowed God to heal her, to transform her desires, to bring courage to others through her journey. Little by little she saw that it was her brokenness itself that God wanted to use. This beautifully told story will take you from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches of the San Francisco Bay area to a tender new life where one woman discovers that broken places often supply the best things we have to give away.
Summary: Most people who talk about motherhood start out by telling you how much they....+
Most people who talk about motherhood start out by telling you how much they always wanted to be a mom.
Not Lisa-Jo Baker. She was eighteen and growing up in South Africa when her mom died, and she swore she would never have kids. But then she fell in love with an American boy with cowboy-green eyes, married him, and now, a decade and two continents later, they have three. This is the unlikely story of how she got there.
Along the way, she has discovered three key things about motherhood. One, motherhood is hard. Two, motherhood is glorious. Three, motherhood is very hard. And while she wouldn't trade it, she would throw out all the parenting advice that made her feel like she was somehow failing this test of womanhood. Because all the 'what to expect' books in the world can never truly prepare you for the sheer exhilaration, joy, and terrifying love that accompanies motherhood.
This audio book is a reminder that being a mom isn't about succeeding at some parenting checklist -- it's about what motherhood prepares us for while we're busy preparing for it; how a new identity brings new meaning for our future and new appreciation of our past; and how there is wonder to be found in the daily merry-go-round of dishes, laundry, and tiny humans.
Summary: In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented....+
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that always wrapped up neatly, or subjects that were deemed safe, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Shield, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality, addiction, race, violence, and existential boredom. Television shows became the place to go to see stories of the triumph and betrayals of the American Dream.
This revolution happened at the hands of a new breed of auteur: the all-powerful writer-showrunner. These were men nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic, and “difficult” as the conflicted protagonists that defined the genre. Given the chance to make art in a maligned medium, they fell upon the opportunity with unchecked ambition.
Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for television but also a cultural watershed. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), in addition to dozens of other writers, directors, studio executives, actors, production assistants, makeup artists, script supervisors, and so on. Martin takes us behind the scenes of our favorite shows, delivering never-before-heard story after story and revealing how cable television has distinguished itself dramatically from the networks, emerging from the shadow of film to become a truly significant and influential part of our culture.