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Come & See:  Everything You Ever Wanted in the One Place You Would Never Look

Author:  Todd Wagner with John Driver
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780781414883
Retail Price:  $22.99
From the Publisher:
Come and See what? LIFE as God intended irresistibly revealed today in a way that is every bit as awe-inspiring and life-changing as when Jesus Himself walked the earth. Todd Wagner invites readers to experience the adventure, goodness, and fullness of life that God has intended for humankind from the beginning of time and especially today through His provision through His people. Weekly meetings of mostly bored adults who regularly attend services have nothing to do with God's vision for His people. Wagner paints the picture of a perfect Father's intention to bring His people into an adventurous life full of authentic relationships, powerful transformation, and seemingly impossible significance and meaning.

 
 

Uncomfortable:  The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community

Author:  Brett C. McCracken
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Crossway
ISBN:  9781433554254
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
It's easy to dream about the "perfect" church--a church that sings just the right songs set to just the right music before the pastor preaches just the right sermon to a room filled with just the right mix of people who happen to agree with you on just about everything.

Chances are your church doesn't quite look like that. But what if instead of searching for a church that makes us comfortable, we learned to love our church, even when it's challenging? What if some of the discomfort that we often experience is actually good for us?

This book is a call to embrace the uncomfortable aspects of Christian community, whether that means believing difficult truths, pursuing difficult holiness, or loving difficult people--all for the sake of the gospel, God's glory, and our joy.

 

Total Christmas Makeover:  31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose

Author: Melissa Spoelstra
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Abingdon Press
ISBN:  9781501848704
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Give your Christmas a makeover with this practical approach to help your family learn what it means to truly celebrate their Savior.

In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.

Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.

In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season

 

Shine:  Stepping Into The Role You Were Made For

Author:  Allison Allen
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800728199
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
As a former professional actor, Allen was paid to play a part---but too often in "real life," she realizes women pretend to be somebody else, and it's exhausting. With personal stories and insights into human nature, she urges you to drop the act and step into God's role for your life---being yourself.   256 pages

 

Fierce Hearted:  Live Fully, Love Bravely

Author: Holley Gerth
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800722890
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
What's your reaction when someone you care about hurts you? Do you bury the pain and keep smiling? Author Holley Gerth shares from her own journey of learning to make peace with others by doing the hard thing, the brave thing, and sharing her concerns. Few of us enjoy conflict, but growing into the fullness of who Jesus made us to be often requires strength and vulnerability. As you read FierceHearted, you'll discover that with God's help you can live fully and love bravely every day.

Noteworthy: This author is one of a special group of women who writes for (in)courage, the popular online friendship community. Every day they take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their every day, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives. If you read the (in)courage blog online, then you'll be sure to enjoy this title.

 

Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique

Edited by: J.P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw and Wayne Grudem
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Crossway
ISBN:  9781433552861
Retail Price:  $60.00
From the Publisher:
The debate about biological origins continues to be hotly contested within Christianity. Should traditional biblical ideas about creation yield to the theory that God used evolutionary mechanisms to produce all forms of life? In this comprehensive critique, two dozen scholars---including Ann Gauger, Wayne Grudem, Steven Meyer, and others---outline the scientific, philosophical, and theological flaws of theistic evolution. 992 page

 

A Woman Overwhelmed:  Finding God in the Messes of Life

Author:  Hayley DiMarco
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Abingdon Press
ISBN:  9781501840708
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
In today's hurry-up world, it's easy for women to feel consumed by busyness. But what if you could slow down and surrender to God's embrace? Empathizing with the stress, fear, and worry contemporary women experience, DiMarco shares biblical insights and personal stories to help you renounce the "mission of me" and instead become overwhelmed by God. Each of the 30 chapters concludes with a "Thoughts to Ponder" Section.

 
 

 

 

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