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True You:  Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created

Author: Michelle DeRusha
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801077913
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Many of us are bent on producing and achieving, striving and hustling for our self-worth. Beneath this relentless drive churns a deep yearning to uncover our true selves and our purpose in this world. Gardeners familiar with the technique called "pruning open" know that the secret to healthy plants and trees lies in subtracting rather than adding. Similarly, we begin to flourish as we let go of our false selves and allow God to prune us open.

With powerful stories and revealing research, Michelle DeRusha helps readers:
- learn how to declutter their hearts, minds, and souls through the practice of directed rest
- let go of busyness, striving, and false identities to embrace their truest selves as beloved children of God
- grow in their relationships, vocations, communities, and intimacy with God

True You
offers those exhausted by the pervasive do-more, be-more messages of our society a path toward rest, renewal, and, ultimately, wholeness in Christ.

 
 

Thrive in Retirement:  Simple Secrets for Being Happy for the Rest of Your Life

Author: Eric Thurman
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Waterbrook
ISBN:  9780735291829
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Never before in human history have so many people lived for decades beyond their working years. 10,000 Americans turn 65 each day, and their average life expectancy is another 20 years--and many will live longer. But will they just live or have a meaningful life? The truth is that many--if not most--people approaching the latter years do not have a plan, much less a strategy to thrive instead of just survive. Packed with information based on research as well as common-sense wisdom, here are some examples of what readers will discover:
  *  How retiring at the wrong time increases the likelihood of dying 89%.
  *  What can delay Alzheimer's onset an average of 9 years.
  *  How everything that makes you happy comes in just 3 forms.
  *  Which partner is most likely to initiate divorce after decades of marriage and why.

 

Rockstar Grandparent:  How You Can Lead the Way, Light the Road & Launch a Legacy

Author: Chrys Howard
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Waterbrook
ISBN:  9780735291591
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Grandparenting may be different today, but it still can be meaningful and fun for both the kids and the adults. Today's grandparent needs to understand technology--how it mesmerizes grandchildren but also enhances the opportunities to connect and share life experiences. And while many of the roles grandparents play in the lives of grandchildren have changed, their most important role of influencing with wisdom, faith, and fun remains the same. The author addresses topics relevant to all grandparents and also looks at the challenges of grandchildren living in single parent or blended families. Also included are stories from the author's journey with her own grandchildren--including Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson.

 

Anxiety Interrupted:  Invite God’s Peace into Your Questions, Doubts & Fears

Author: Rachael Dymski
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    New Hope Publishers
ISBN:  9781563091384
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
He can handle our doubts. 
He can handle our anxieties. 
He can handle our fears. 
He can handle our hard questions. 

These things do not make us less than as Christians. He is the only steady hand that can handle our questions, doubts, and fears. Giving them to Him is a strength, not a weakness. Anxiety Interrupted grapples with the anxiety that creeps into our lives and helps us look to the promises of God and to the hope that He holds us securely. As Christians we can struggle with our questions and experience His sovereignty when we invite His peace into our moments.

 
 

More for Mom:  Living Your Whole and Holy Life

Author: Kristin Funston
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Abingdon Press
ISBN:  9781501879715
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
More for Mom will encourage women to stop believing the lie that more is needed from them, and start living with the truth that more is available for them.

With real-life talk, humor and convicting biblical truths, Kristin Funston helps hard working mamas to look at each day and each facet of their life to discover what happens when they believe God has more for them than what they think the world needs from them.

And what He has available is a whole and holy life, just waiting to be claimed–a salvation and day-to-day reality complete just as it is. The pieces of each mom’s life–the work life, mom life, social life, etc.–are mended together through Christ to complete her one whole life, set apart because of Him.
 
This book is a stepping stone to help working mothers reset their spiritual and emotional health, habits, and relationship with God. There are performance pressures at work, home, and mind-sets that affect a mom’s ability to feel complete and live more closely aligned with God. This book includes the beginning steps for moms to walk in wholeness and holiness by asking God for more.

 

The Luckiest Man:  How a Seventeen-Year Battle with ALS Led Me to Intimacy with God

Author: John R. Paine with Seth Haines
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Nelson Books
ISBN:  9781400210022
Retail Price:  $22.99
From the Publisher:
How do you experience God's intimate, comforting, tangible presence? In The Luckiest Man, John Paine reveals how he found the answer to this most important of all questions--by facing a terminal diagnosis.

At middle age, John Paine thought he knew what it meant to have a relationship with God. He was a successful businessman, a well-respected Christian leader, a Bible teacher, and--outwardly, at least--the spiritual leader of his family. He was satisfied and thought he understood what it meant to know and experience God. But did he?

John's journey into true, mystical intimacy with God began when a neurologist diagnosed him with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and said, "Go home and get your affairs in order." Seventeen years later, John tells his story, recounting the ways God intervened in his life, freeing him from all that prevented intimacy with God, even as John slipped into pain, paralysis, and further toward death. 

In stunning, insightful prose, The Luckiest Man points to the God who lovingly, though occasionally painfully, drew John into the richness of friendship. In this profoundly moving memoir, John Paine reveals the secret to intimacy with God and provides hope to all who are in the middle of their own trials. They, too, will understand why John considers himself the "luckiest man.

 

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