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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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: Fresh air is about to sweep into your life. This powerful debut audio book....+
Fresh air is about to sweep into your life. This powerful debut audio book from Chris Hodges will revive your spirit and show you how to be fueled by God like never before. Take a deep breath of fresh air... and experience what it means to live an "I get to" - not an "I've got to" - kind of life every day.
Summary: What if God has had a plan for you since the very beginning?The God of the....+
What if God has had a plan for you since the very beginning?
The God of the universe has made you some big promises. He made them first in the Old Testament, but they remain at the core of his heart and have never changed. They're the key to your fulfillment and to his plans for you, both in this life and the life to come.
God wants to rescue you from bondage. He wants to deliver you from whatever holds you back. He wants you to discover his original intention for your life. And he wants you to be a part of a family that is making a difference.
In the ancient celebration of Passover, we find a picture of God's heart for us in the four cups of wine representing each of these core promises. Now, in Four Cups, Church of the Highlands pastor and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hodges reveals that, no matter where we are on our spiritual journey, these four cups of promise provide a simple, powerful, unforgettable way of reaching our potential and growing closer to God.
Steeped in Jewish history and tradition, yet breathing the transforming hope of Jesus on every track, Four Cups will help you move forward through the four stages of faith. Your thirst for more will finally be quenched — and you'll experience a wellspring of joy, hope, and purpose.
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: 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: A fresh approach to spiritual formation!In the past, church leaders have turned....+
A fresh approach to spiritual formation!
In the past, church leaders have turned to small groups or other kinds of discipleship programs to encourage spiritual growth in their churches. Yet, despite good intentions, the deeper experiences of spiritual transformation they had hoped for remained elusive.
STIR calls church leaders to reclaim an essential biblical truth - that the process of spiritual growth is more than a one-size-fits-all program; it happens best through intentional relationships with others in the body of Christ.
Three distinct, sequential stages of spiritual development typically occur as people mature in their spiritual walk with Christ, and they need different kinds of relationships to support their growth through those different seasons.
STIR describes those stages - learning together, journeying together, and following together - and shows how progress through these stages is best made in the context of relationships that change in nature over time.
About the Author: Mindy Caliguire is the founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry that exists to increase “soul health” in the body of Christ. She serves on the leadership team of the Willow Creek Association as the executive director for Engage International. Mindy is a contributing editor for both Leadership Journal and Conversations Journal and is the author of numerous books on the topic of spiritual formation.
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: 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: Amid the sparkle and hum of a New York City winter, Jed and his best friend,....+
Amid the sparkle and hum of a New York City winter, Jed and his best friend, Flyer, are filming a documentary of their neighborhood. In the process, Jed confronts painful memories of his older brother, Zeke, a poet who loved jazzman Charlie “Bird” Parker and who died, leaving behind his CDs, a notebook, and a lot of unanswered questions. When Jed encounters a mysterious homeless girl he thinks holds the key to connecting him to Zeke, it could be his only way to unlock his deepest sorrow and discover how to be--who to be--on his own.
Summary: Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Yet sometimes....+
Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Yet sometimes life can be difficult, and even the most seasoned leaders can find themselves in need of encouragement. In Life Promises for Leaders, motivational teacher and trainer Zig Ziglar provides a collection of inspirational readings and Bible promises to encourage strong leadership in families, in friendships, at work, with finances, and at church. Filled with easily applicable Bible verses, reflective questions, and inspiring readings, Life Promises for Leaders is the perfect daily encouragement for all those looking to reach their potential, strengthen their relationships, and inspire others to do the same.
Summary: You can change the world--one life at a time. Most of us enjoy a quality of....+
You can change the world--one life at a time. Most of us enjoy a quality of life that much of the world could not even imagine. It’s easy to live unaffected by the injustices and impossible realities on the other side of the world. The truth is, we know we should help those less fortunate than us, but when the faces of those who suffer are distant and the need feels so overwhelming, where do we start? Where can we make the most impact? This compelling, story-driven audio book urges us to open our eyes to the needs of a hurting world and to get involved in realistic, positive change. It’s not about guilt, handouts, or charity--it’s about justice, compassion, and change. It’s time for us to be fully awake to the needs of a hurting world . . . and do a world of good one person at a time.
Summary: "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." --John....+
"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." --John 15:13. Just days before Chad Williams was scheduled to report for basic training at the Great Lakes naval base, he turned on the television and was greeted with the horrifying image of his mentor and training partner, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad committed himself to completing the US military’s most difficult training to become a Navy SEAL--and avenge his friend’s death. One of only thirteen out of a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad went on to serve on SEAL Teams 1 and 7, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and finally Iraq. There, Chad’s journey came full circle when his team was ambushed by enemy machine gunners--close to the same road where his hero had been killed five years earlier. SEAL of God follows Chad’s extraordinary journey through twenty-five grueling weeks of BUD/S training and onto the hostile streets of Al Anbar Province, Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. Along the way, Chad shares his own radical conversion story and discovers the true meaning of ultimate sacrifice.
Summary: "I want you to know that if my illness inspired you to write these stories,....+
"I want you to know that if my illness inspired you to write these stories, the cancer was worth it." --Deb. What stories could possibly make cancer worth it? Stories that represent a miracle--a lifetime of miracles. Stories that changed the writer as she wrote them, and the woman who received them. Stories that will touch the heart of the listener, one by one by one. They started out as words of encouragement to a dying woman. They turned into a collection of sparkling and intimate moments, pulled from the past to finally be understood and shared with new meaning. Story by story, letter by letter, Margaret Terry uncovered powerful pictures in her own life of the one truth that could help carry her friend Deb from this life to the next: God is at work. Together, Deb and Margaret found renewed hope in all the ways God shows up right to the very end. Which is where they found the miracle they’d been praying for all along. In each other.