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: 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: 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: This series is the first Christian answer to popular books like Percy Jackson....+
This series is the first Christian answer to popular books like Percy Jackson and other middle grade series packed with action and adventure. Truth Runner, audio book 4 in the highly acclaimed Son of Angels series, picks up with Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone after the most difficult six months of their lives. Jonah doesn’t want all the responsibility that comes with being a quarterling -- the child of a human and a nephilim, a creature found in the Bible (Genesis 6:4). He just wants to be “normal.” As much as he tries to ignore it, Jonah can still see fallen angels and the evil they’re doing. But when Jonah realizes the Fallen are attacking his friends without their knowledge, he is faced with a choice: continue to ignore it and forge his own path, or remember who he really is and fight for his friends.
Summary: In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the....+
In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real), like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, best-selling author Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots as we try to deal with it, and the comfort of the gospel for those who can’t seem to fix themselves -- or others. This is not so much an audio book about why God allows suffering or even how we should approach suffering -- it is an audio book about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is an audio book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross.
Summary: How far would you go to save the life of a child? California businessman Levi....+
How far would you go to save the life of a child? California businessman Levi Benkert was playing with his children in the park when he received an urgent phone call from a friend asking him to drop everything and fly to Ethiopia to help organize a rescue orphanage for children destined to be murdered as part of a tribal superstition known as "mingi." In tribal culture, children and infants with even the slightest defect are considered "cursed" and are killed by their own parents, who fear allowing the children to live will cause bad luck to descend on the village. Moved by his friend's story, Levi packed his bags and left for what he thought would be a short, two-week trip. Once he arrived in Ethiopia and met the children, however, Levi knew there was no turning back. Six weeks later, Levi, his wife, Jessie, and their three young children sold their home and all their belongings and relocated to Ethiopia indefinitely. What followed was the adventure of a lifetime. From the challenges of establishing and running the orphanage and finding adoptive homes for the rescued children to his continued efforts to work with tribal leaders and bring an end to "mingi killings" once and for all.
Summary: "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.....+
"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why; so that no one need by destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life." Those familiar with any part of the Bible will recognize John 3:16, with a mind-altering difference. The words are fresh, new, and sound like the 21st century. That's because they are from The Message, a presentation of the Word of God crafted for the modern age. Eugene H. Peterson, translator and editor, learned from his years of teaching and pastoring that most people, through familiarity or frustration with the Bible, were missing the whole message of Scripture, "the Word that God uses to create and save us, heal and bless us, judge and rule over us." So, he set out to give us that Word in language we use every day - an audio Bible that would penetrate our hearts and minds, transforming us day by day into the person God desires us to be. For more than 6 million readers, Eugene Peterson's unique style has opened up new understanding and insight into God's Word.
Summary: Wild at Heart helped men get their hearts back. Waking the Dead will help....+
Wild at Heart helped men get their hearts back. Waking the Dead will help us all find the life Christ promised. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” That’s the offer of Christianity, from God himself. Just look at what happens when people are touched by Jesus--the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life. In other words, to be touched by God is to be restored. To become all God meant you to be. That is what Christianity is supposed to do for you--make you whole, set you free, bring you fully alive. But Jesus also warned that the path to that life is narrow, and few people would find it. You’ll notice few have. Waking the Dead will help you find that life, see the fierce battle over your heart, and embrace all that God has for you. There is so much more. Do you want it?
Summary: In the heart of every person lies an inconsolable longing. Men often know it....+
In the heart of every person lies an inconsolable longing. Men often know it as the hunger for adventure. Women tend to feel it as a thirst for intimacy. This longing is the secret of our lives. It tells us who we are, what our life was meant to be. If you have ever felt those deep yearnings, we have some really good news: this is what the Gospel truly offers. Life is more than chores and Christianity is more than duty. It is a Sacred Romance -a great love story set in the midst of a life and death battle.
Summary: Sometimes it seems we just can't get what we want. Circumstances thwart our....+
Sometimes it seems we just can't get what we want. Circumstances thwart our best-laid plans. We struggle to live a heartfelt life. Worst of all, says Eldredge, the modern church mistakenly teaches its people to kill desire (calling it sin) and replace it with duty or obligation (calling it sanctification). As a result, at best Christians tend to live safe, boring lives of resignation. At worst, their desire eventually breaks out in destructive ways such as substance abuse, affairs, and pornography addictions. In The Journey of Desire, Eldredge invites readers to rediscover God-given desire and to search again for the life they once dreamed of.
Summary: "I said I was sorry!" In this audio book, Chapman and Thomas unveil new ways....+
"I said I was sorry!" In this audio book, Chapman and Thomas unveil new ways to effectively approach and mend fractured relationships. Even better, you’ll discover how meaningful apologies provide the power to make your friendships, family, and marriage stronger than ever before. About the Author: Gary Chapman is the author of the best-selling 5 Love Languages® series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio program airs on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit www.5lovelanguages.com. Jennifer Thomas helps people know what to say when communication proves challenging. She is a best-selling author, speaker, and psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland and a BA in psychology and religion from the University of Virginia. Jennifer and her husband live in North Carolina and have three cute, noisy children. Visit her online at www.drjenthomas.com.
Summary: If everything you had was taken from you, could you find the strength -- and....+
If everything you had was taken from you, could you find the strength -- and courage -- to live? Many months have passed since part angel siblings Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone began their angelic training. As part-angels, or quarterlings , the siblings joined other children of nephilim to begin honing their special powers to use against Abaddon’s evil angelic forces. For Jonah, the second term of Angel School seems much more difficult than the first. He and the other quarterlings are gearing up for their mid-term exams, a series of tests that will challenge each part angel in his or her abilities. And on top of that, Jonah can’t seem to shake the severe case of pimples that seem to be multiplying on his face by the day. But as Angel School training grows harder, Jonah’s battle against Abaddon’s forces continues to rage. To make matters worse, a mysterious, shadowy figure finds its way to the Angel School, forcing Jonah to make tough decisions about his life, loved ones, and his relationship with Elohim. As his life comes to resemble a modern-day Job, will Jonah stay faithful to Elohim as he faces his most difficult battle yet?
Summary: What if you could actually see angels and fallen angels engaging in battle?....+
What if you could actually see angels and fallen angels engaging in battle? Would you have the courage to join the fight? A year ago, Jonah Stone and his sister Eliza discovered that their mother is a nephilim, the child of a union between a human and a fallen angel, which makes them and their little brother, Jeremiah, quarterlings, or one-quarter angel. When Jonah and Eliza are attacked by fallen angels at school, they learn that quarterlings are being targeted all over the world. The kids undergo special training to help them discover their own unique angelic gifts and rescue a kidnapped prophet -- one who holds the key to a battle between good and evil. This fast-paced fantasy adventure based in Scripture brings spiritual warfare to life. The series is the first Christian answer to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Secret Series, and other middle-grade series packed with adventure, action, and the supernatural. But the message is solidly scriptural in that the most powerful weapon of all is prayer.
Summary: Earth's last line of defense against the coming alien invasion is 16-year-old....+
Earth's last line of defense against the coming alien invasion is 16-year-old surfer Colt McAlister. But before he can save the world, he has to survive the day. All Colt wants to do is return to his old life . . . where aliens don’t exist . . . where mankind hasn’t been targeted for destruction . . . and where his parents are still alive. Unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. The United States government believes Colt holds the key to our survival, so they’re sending him to the CHAOS Military Academy along with his best friends Oz and Danielle. There they’ll be trained to defend Earth against a swarm of alien shapeshifters known as the Thule. But someone is trying to eliminate Colt before he can lead that charge. Shocked to learn about key events in his past and unsure who he can trust, he is alienated and on the run. In a world of high-tech gear, shape-shifting aliens, simulated reality, and hoverboards, Colt must step into his true destiny before our world falls into chaos.