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: 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: 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: When eleven-year-old Katy Sue loses her mother, Edna, to meningitis, she and....+
When eleven-year-old Katy Sue loses her mother, Edna, to meningitis, she and her family must adjust to life without her. The rural farm in the 1940s provides a natural backdrop that is rhythmic and routine but unforgiving, even when a family member dies. The house’s haunted emptiness is filled only when Aunt Katherine, Edna’s youngest sister, comes to the family’s aid, as does Jake, an ornithologist and family friend. Katy Sue, the youngest of the three children, struggles to define her place in the family and understand what the loss of her mother means for her now. With the guidance of her teacher, Mrs. Breton, Katy Sue begins to contemplate the shape of her family and the farm through drawing, a process that allows her to accept her father’s soon-to-be wife, farm life without her mother, and, eventually, her own role within the family.
Summary: Twelve-year-old Aurora is an artist like her father. Through a hundred drawing....+
Twelve-year-old Aurora is an artist like her father. Through a hundred drawing lessons, he guided her hand. Together they plan to paint a beautiful mural for Rory's mother. But then Rory finds her father in his studio kissing another woman. She is so mad that she burns her sketchbook.
Summary: Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision....+
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; ...who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”--Theodore Roosevelt. Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth--and trust--in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.
Summary: There is no one whose brokenness is too broken for God. We know this is true....+
There is no one whose brokenness is too broken for God. We know this is true for our friends when we want to encourage them. Yet, when it comes to the places of our innermost sense of regret, we often wonder if it is really true that God can work all things together for good for those who love Him. Angie Smith is one who was quick to encourage a friend, but struggled to believe that God could truly make something spectacular out of her brokenness and disappointments. Responding to His leading to both break and reconstruct a simple pitcher, she reflected: It was as though God were saying, Here you are, Angie. You are mended. You are filled with My Spirit, and I am asking you to pour yourself out. The image of my life as a broken pitcher was beautiful to me, but at the same time, it was hard to look at all of the cracks. I ran my fingers along them and told Him I wish it had been different. I wished I had always loved Him, always obeyed Him, always sought Him the way I should. I was mad at the imperfections, years wasted, gaping holes where it should be smooth. But God, my ever-gracious God, was gentle and yet convicting as He explained: My dearest Angie, how do you think the world has seen Me? If it wasn’t for the cracks, I couldn’t seep out the way I do. I chose the pitcher. I chose you, just as you are. Mended takes you on a journey to show how faith lived in the regular events of daily life is all that it takes to be a part of creating God’s picture of redemption in your life and those around you. Your life does make a difference -- because of how He is magnified in the cracks.
Summary: Angie Smith was eighteen weeks pregnant with her fourth daughter, Audrey Caroline,....+
Angie Smith was eighteen weeks pregnant with her fourth daughter, Audrey Caroline, when doctors discovered conditions leaving Audrey "incompatible with life." Faced with the decision whether to terminate the pregnancy, Angie and her husband chose to carry Audrey for as long as she had life. This began what turned out to be three months of loving and carrying a little girl that was not expected to live more than a few minutes. Audrey Caroline lived for over two hours, weighing three pounds, two ounces. Yet, in the midst of the sorrow of loss, there was still joy. Angie weaves the faith-filled story of Audrey Caroline with a biblical story of hope to help us all to understand how better to cope with loss and disappointment. In I Will Carry You, Audrey's mom tells the sweet story of her baby girl who changed the world. Be part of Audrey's story as you hear of this mom, her daughter, and the family's faith - you will be among the changed!
Summary: It's a wonderful secret the Jewish people have known for centuries. A gift....+
It's a wonderful secret the Jewish people have known for centuries. A gift Christians have neglected for far too long. It is the life-transforming power of the "Prophetic Blessing." And in this remarkable audio book by pastor and New York Times best-selling author John Hagee, you'll learn what it is, the way it is presented throughout the narrative of Scripture, and most importantly, how you can release it into the lives of your loved ones and receive it in your own life. As Hagee declares, "When God Almighty, King of the universe, places His blessing upon you, no person on earth can take it from you, and no power in the universe can eliminate it from your life!" Discover how releasing this gift can impact your family, your career, and every other aspect of your life - producing supernatural results beyond your dreams.
Summary: Only God could weave a story that would captivate people all over the world,....+
Only God could weave a story that would captivate people all over the world, bring thousands of people from 17 countries to a free-throw line, raise over a million dollars in international AIDS relief, and build a school and medical clinic in Zambia. And only God could do it through the hands of a nine-year-old boy. Austin made a difference by shooting hoops. Take Your Best Shot captures Austin’s amazing adventure and challenges listeners that no matter where you are, no matter what your skills are, no matter what your age, you can make a difference! You can do something bigger than yourself.
Summary: God doesn't need your help. But He definitely wants it. Let’s face it. God....+
God doesn't need your help. But He definitely wants it. Let’s face it. God is God, and there isn’t a single problem in the universe that He can’t solve. But the fact is, God gave each of us unique talents for a reason. When we offer up the gifts He’s given us, He will transform them into something bigger than we could have ever imagined. He might even work a miracle, like turning one lunch into a meal for 5,000 people. Or turning Austin Gutwein’s favorite hobby into an international AIDS relief organization. What gifts do you have to offer? Discover your gifts and see what plans God has for you!
Summary: Is it possible to raise financially responsible kids of any age in a society....+
Is it possible to raise financially responsible kids of any age in a society filled with consumerism and entitlement? New York Times best-selling authors Steve and Annette Economides raised their five kids while spending 77 percent less than the USDA predicted. And the money they did spend was also used to train their children to become financially independent. The MoneySmart Family System will show you how to teach your children to manage money and have a good attitude while they’re learning to earn, budget, and spend wisely. Learn how to: - Get the kids out the door for school with less stress. -- End the battle over clothing--forever -- Teach your children to be grateful and generous.-- Inspire your kids to help with chores as a member of a winning team. -- Prepare your kids for their first paying job.-- Help your kids pay for their own auto insurance, and even pay cash for their own cars. -- Employ strategies for debt-free college educations.-- Truly help your adult children when they want to move back home.-- Be prepared to deal with your adult children when they ask for bailouts. With clear steps for children of every age, The MoneySmart Family System proves that it’s never too early, too late, or too hard to start learning financial responsibility.
Summary: Well-known Christian moms and dads reveal the words that have mattered most....+
Well-known Christian moms and dads reveal the words that have mattered most for their family. Whether it’s a crying baby or a rebellious teenager, every parent has moments with their kids that they wish they’d been better prepared to handle -- if only they’d known. This audio book, published in conjunction with Focus on the Family, shares heartwarming and vulnerable experiences from well-known moms and dads. Their surprising, sometimes humorous, and always relatable stories of raising kids -- and their warm accounts of the advice that got them through -- will put your heart at ease as you learn to embrace one of life’s most important assignments: parenthood.
Summary: The Anti-Tiger Mom Book. Do you cringe when your kids fight in public because....+
The Anti-Tiger Mom Book. Do you cringe when your kids fight in public because it makes you look bad? Do you find yourself helping too much with homework because you want the teacher to be impressed? Do you secretly take credit for your child's soccer win? You might be in danger of vanity parenting. Vanity parenting happens when our culture's obsession with performance lead us to form expectations for our kids based on the world's standards. As a result, our children try to meet our emotional needs instead of growing into the calling God has for them. Trophy Child will help you create a home where your children find success in following their heavenly father - and you know the joy of seeing your children embrace their full potential as children of God.
Summary: At first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother’s changes in behavior as quirks....+
At first, Ken Abraham wrote off his mother’s changes in behavior as quirks that just come with old age. There was memory loss, physical decline, hygiene issues, paranoia, and uncharacteristic attitudes. He soon realized that dementia had changed her life -- and his family’s -- forever. “How is it possible to lose a loved one while he or she is still living, still sitting right in front of you, talking with you, smiling at you -- and yet the person you have known and loved for years is somehow gone?” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. That’s one in eight older Americans. More than likely, that figure includes someone you know and love. As he chronicles his own mother’s degenerative condition, New York Times best-selling writer Ken Abraham educates while offering inspiration to help listeners cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God’s command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages listeners through often-difficult responsibilities. And though, in most cases, patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved. When Your Parent Becomes Your Child tells the story of one family’s journey through dementia while offering hope to family members and friends, that they might better understand the effects of the disease. Don’t let this catch you by surprise -- be informed before you face the challenges and difficulties of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This audio book can help.
Summary: Boys will be boys--always. And no one has a more powerful impact on them than....+
Boys will be boys--always. And no one has a more powerful impact on them than you, Mom. Surprise! Your boy wants to please you, and he cares deeply about what you think. Those driving needs will stay with him throughout his lifetime. That gives you, Mom, a lot of influence over your son. You can set him up for success in life. In What a Difference a Mom Makes, the New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman reveals how you can make a positive imprint on your son--from the moment you first hold him in your arms until the moment he leaves for college. And the best news? It's never too late to start, no matter what age your son is now. Through Dr. Leman's expert advice, you'll understand who your son is on the inside, the truth behind sibling squabbles (and how to handle them), a secret for discipline that works every time, and how to navigate the critical teen years. You'll also discover how your parenting style impacts your relationship with your son and how you can respond in a healthy way to his growing interest in sex and relationships. Want to capture your boy's heart? Want a man you'll be proud to call your son? You can make a difference, because you are the one who matters most in your boy's world. Even if he won't admit it.
Summary: You can reduce stress and enjoy your life! Homemaker, career woman, wife, supermom--sometimes....+
You can reduce stress and enjoy your life! Homemaker, career woman, wife, supermom--sometimes the roles you have to fill all at once can get to be too much. Internationally known psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman has seen scores of women who are overcome by stress. With humor, insight, and practical solutions, this bestselling author helps you manage the six stress points in your life: kids, career, husband, housework, money, and crammed schedules. You'll learn how to check your stress quotient, the simple secret to reducing stress, the wonders of using reality discipline with your kids, ways to beat the superwoman syndrome, and how to cope with two careers--at work and at home. Listen to this audio book and find out how to begin enjoying a more serene lifestyle by making stress work for you.
Summary: We have seen the enemy... and they are small. If anyone understands why children....+
We have seen the enemy... and they are small. If anyone understands why children behave the way they do, it’s psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman. Equipping you with seven principles of Reality Discipline, this father of five shows you how to get kids to do what you want them to do, foil finicky eaters, turn off temper tantrums, and minimize sibling rivalries, use authority and decisiveness to show your kids you’re not a pushover, know when to take the little buzzards by the beak, set suitable allowances, curfews, and privileges, and put yourself back in the driver’s seat! Questions at the end of each chapter, a discussion guide, and Dr. Leman’s real-life examples give you sure-fire techniques for developing a loving, no-nonsense approach for raising children. With over a million in print, you can’t go wrong with this classic and perennial best-seller. Includes a PDF discussion guide.
Summary: Do you know this person? • He eats cereal out of a large mixing bowl. •....+
Do you know this person? • He eats cereal out of a large mixing bowl. • Her bedroom looks like a garbage dump . . . on a good day. • If there were an Academy Award for eye-rolling, he’d win. • She changes outfits three times before breakfast... Congratulations! You have a teenager in your home. Life will never quite be the same again (of course, you already know that). But it can be better than you’ve ever dreamed. In fact, you’re just five days away from your teenager asking, “What can I do to help?” Guaranteed! With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, internationally recognized family expert and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman will help you: • gain respect--even admiration--from your teenager • establish healthy boundaries and workable guidelines • communicate with the “whatever” generation • turn selfish behavior around • navigate the critical years with confidence • pack your teenager’s bags with what he or she needs for life now and in the future • become the major difference-maker in your teenager’s life. With Dr. Leman’s instinct and insight, plus an index with gutsy advice on 75 hot-button issues that keep parents up at night, Have a New Teenager by Friday will help you get real results--real fast.