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: Will your spiritual armor withstand the forces of the enemy?As believers we....+
Will your spiritual armor withstand the forces of the enemy?
As believers we are assigned special God gear for protection--the spiritual armor that is described by Paul in Ephesians 6. What many people don't know is that the success of this gear is dependent upon our knowledge of these weapons and our insight into the warfare strategies of the adversary.
In There's a Crack in Your Armor, best-selling author Perry Stone shows you how to protect and effectively wield your spiritual armor, explaining:
Seven common factors that wear down your spiritual strength
What to do when your armor has taken a beating
How to apply little-talked-about pieces of God's armor in your life
How to seal off any opening that is inviting assaults on you, your family, and your church.
If you are engaged in a physical, mental, or spiritual battle, this audio book will be your resource strategy weapon to bring victory!
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: Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave.....+
Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he’s invisible, words like comfortable seem to feel better faster. We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation, we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don’t satisfy for long, especially when compared to God. If God is real, and we are going to live with Him forever, shouldn’t He be everything? Caught in this familiar haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie Allen and her husband Zac, prayed a courageous prayer of abandonment that took them on the adventure God had written for them. “God, we will do anything. Anything.” Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters. A life that is... Surrendered. Reckless. Courageous. If we truly know a God worth giving anything for, everything changes.
Summary: What if being in love isn't a good enough reason to get married? What if dating....+
What if being in love isn't a good enough reason to get married? What if dating isn't about finding "the one," but about serving the one who loves you most? Don't get married until you listen to this audiobook. In The Sacred Search, Gary Thomas challenges you to think beyond finding a "soul mate" and to look for a "sole mate" - someone who will walk with you on your spiritual journey. After all, if you don't know why to marry, you won't know who to marry. The Sacred Search casts a vision for building a relationship around a shared spiritual mission - and making a marriage with eternity at its heart.
Summary: So you believe in God. Now what? Just before he left, Jesus sent his followers....+
So you believe in God. Now what? Just before he left, Jesus sent his followers into the world with a revolutionary mission: to change the world by proclaiming God’s truth and demonstrating his incredible love. But the single task he gave us to accomplish remains unfinished. Rich Stearns takes us on a breathtaking journey to rediscover the critical mission of Christ in our world today and the richness of God’s calling on our lives. Have you wondered why we are here, what our purpose is, and where we fit in the bigger story that God is writing? How should our faith affect our careers, our money, our families, and our lives? And why does it matter? We will find our deepest purpose only when we discover the unique role God created for us to play in his unfolding story.
Summary: Ever stood in front of a closet full of clothes, trying to find something to....+
Ever stood in front of a closet full of clothes, trying to find something to wear?
Ever traded in a perfectly good car for . . . another car?
Ever killed some time talking on your cell phone while standing in line to get a newer version of the same phone?
Ever gone shopping just to relax?
If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, you might be rich. No, you probably don't feel rich. Rich is the other guy. Rich is having more than you currently have. But you can be rich and not feel it. And that's the problem. Andy is convinced that most of us are richer than we think. We just aren't very good at it.
It's one thing to BE rich. Andy wants to help us all be GOOD at it!
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: What are we fighting for?"I'm an evangelical Christian. And I'm not Amish,....+
What are we fighting for?
"I'm an evangelical Christian. And I'm not Amish, Quaker, or Mennonite. I own several guns and still believe that the smell of a recently fired shotgun on a crisp fall morning comes darn near close to paradise. But I've tried my hardest to understand God's Word and the diverse perspectives of those who read it. And the more I study, the more I discuss, the more I've become convinced: Christians shouldn't kill or use violence -- not even in war."
With these words, Preston Sprinkle jumps into a compelling, passionate study of God's perspective on violence. Examining both the seemingly angry, violent God of the Old Testament and the peacemaking Jesus of the New, Preston takes us back to Scripture to discern how God has really called His people to think and live in the midst of a violent world. He asks us to join him in inviting God to challenge our presuppositions, to set aside our biases and backgrounds and fears; and to seek above all else to faithfully follow the Savior who humbly submitted to God in the face of injustice and violence.
Summary: Retirement. You’ve worked for it, planned for it, and dreamed about it: life’s....+
Retirement. You’ve worked for it, planned for it, and dreamed about it: life’s great permanent vacation. But what if retirement could be measured in more than hours on the beach, days on the golf course, and weeks of travel? What if retirement were the beginning, not the end, of your life’s greatest work? What if the rest of your life could be the best of your life? New Man Journey is for any man who longs to make retirement about more than recreation. Author Steve Silver offers a practical, powerful field guide for catching a big vision, charting a new territory, and finding a fresh perspective that will change how you see yourself, your relationships, and your world. Get ready to take on your biggest adventure yet: you.
Summary: What is enough? From cleaning out closets to avoiding the grocery store for....+
What is enough? From cleaning out closets to avoiding the grocery store for weeks at a time, Jeff Shinabarger is on a journey to find out what is “enough” in every aspect of life. Follow his community as they ponder one question: what would happen if we created a culture in which we gave away whatever was more than enough for us? How would our habits change if we shed the excess of money, clutter, and food in our lives? In More or Less, Jeff invites us to create our own social experiments to answer the question “What is enough?” while sharing practical stories and numerous actionable ideas that can be implemented into our lives today. Learn to make small changes now that will change others forever. Generosity is a chance to experience freedom in a world obsessed with gaining more. Join a generation discovering that defining “enough” is no small thing — it is the beginning of love in action.
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: Is there a divine cure for our ailing nation? In The Lamb’s Agenda, Samuel....+
Is there a divine cure for our ailing nation? In The Lamb’s Agenda, Samuel Rodriguez offers a blueprint for Christian rejuvenation, a prophetic call to orient our lives at the nexus of the cross. Joining the Christianity of Martin Luther King Jr. and Billy Graham, The Lamb’s Agenda reveals the crucial connection between biblical social justice and spiritual righteousness. Getting back to the basics of Christianity means extending our efforts simultaneously in the vertical direction of God and the horizontal direction of our neighbors. In this critical moment, begrudging service and empty religiosity must be replaced by the vibrancy of the Lamb’s agenda, Christ’s plan of redemption in the world. A Third Great Awakening, says Rodriguez, awaits Christians who boldly and joyfully embrace both planks of the Savior’s cross: obedience to God and service to others.
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: Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed?There's good news -- you're not alone!No....+
Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed?
There's good news -- you're not alone!
No one ever said life was going to be easy. Between financial struggles, marital issues, health scares, and the run-of-the-mill problems of everyday life, it's easy to feel weighed down and trapped by your circumstances. In times like these, it's tempting to just throw in the towel and quit.
Well, don't do it!
Perry Noble has stood at the edge of the abyss himself, and in Overwhelmed, he shares the keys to unlocking the chains of anxiety and despair once and for all. Building on the premise that everything changes when we shift our focus from our circumstances to Christ, Perry walks listeners through a life-altering plan for overcoming stress, worry, depression, and anxiety so we can be free to embrace the abundant, joy-filled lives we were created for.
God knows we're frustrated. He knows we're tired. He knows we're struggling. But He also knows how things are going to turn out. He is greater than anything you're going through . . . so don't give up on God. After all, He has never given up on you!
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: Jesus is God and we are not. Most of us get that. But what we don’t always....+
Jesus is God and we are not. Most of us get that. But what we don’t always understand is that God loves us just as much as He does His son. Many times in the Old Testament, God refers to human beings as His beloved. But when God called Jesus "my Beloved," Jesus did something truly remarkable: He believed Him. In Prototype, Jonathan Martin creates a vivid understanding of what it means to be God's beloved. To completely trust, as Jesus did, that God loves us. To live without fear, confident in our identity and purpose. To handle life's wounds as Jesus did, and to wake every day with a deep awareness of God's presence. Martin reveals a startling truth at the heart of the gospel: Jesus is our prototype. And as we discover how the knowledge of being God's beloved changed everything for Jesus - how it set Him free to live out His purpose and love God, others, and the world - it will begin to do the same for us.
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: It's time to start over from zero. What happened to the Western church? Why....+
It's time to start over from zero. What happened to the Western church? Why are we losing the generation under thirty and reaching so few nonbelievers? In Church Zero, Peyton Jones examines one of our biggest problems: squeezing our leaders into a mold that cuts their hair and drains away their commando strength. Scripture lays out a leadership model that worked explosively in the first century. When properly understood, Christ’s model can help your church live the way it was meant to live, truly making a difference in your community. Church Zero gives the blueprints for how the Western church might start rebuilding from the ground up. What would tomorrow look like if we had to restart from a biblical ground zero? Church Zero will help us once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored.