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The Advent Storybook:  25 Bible Stories Showing Why Jesus Came

Author: Laura Richie
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780830776085
Retail Price:  $13.99
From the Publisher:
Celebrate the season with the Advent Storybook by Laura Richie and illustrated by Ian Dale. This wonderful collection of 25 Bible stories makes for a delightful new family tradition that parents and children will both enjoy. Features rich images and thoughtful retellings of ancient stories that feature God's recurring, faithful promise to rescue us. Parents and children alike will delight in the biblical messages of joy, hope, and peace every day as they look forward to celebrating Jesus' birth. Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.

 
 

Scattered Servants:  Unleashing the Church to Bring Life to the City

Author: Alan Scott
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780830775859
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Alan Scott, a leader in the Vineyard Movement, draws upon his years of experience to share inspiring stories of cities transformed by scattered servants. He shares practical ways for church leaders to move beyond the building walls and take the kingdom to those who need it most. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Scott argues that every believer, not just the leaders, can fill their city, workplace, and family with the beauty and power of Christ.
 
When believers become scattered servants, the Holy Spirit will equip them to advance the kingdom and change lives through their hearts and hands.

 

The God of New Beginnings:  How the Power of Relationship Brings Hope and Redeems Lives

Author: Rob Cowles & Matt Roberts with Dean Merrill
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    W. Publishing Group
ISBN:  9780785220350
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Nearly everyone has someone in their circle of acquaintances who struggles—an out-of-control friend or relative whose habits or relationships are in chaos. Is there any hope, or is he or she doomed to self-destruction?

Pastors Rob Cowles and Matt Roberts say God is equal to the challenge! New beginnings are possible, no matter how broken, devastated, or crazy someone’s life may be. Yet today’s churches don’t do messy very well.

The Genesis Project is a network of believers whose goal is to plant churches in dark places, targeting people who don’t normally “do” church. Reaching drug addicts, convicts, strippers, and gang members, they’ve seen God do some amazing things with seemingly hopeless lives. The God of New Beginnings tells these dramatic stories, offering practical wisdom for breaking through the darkness in a person’s life:

   Pursuing real relationships    Opening up true stories    Pulling together safe communities    Getting honest about sin    Extending God’s forgiveness and freedom    Helping people reset their lives and habits    Coping with ongoing complications    Not giving up when setbacks occur    Freely sharing the victories    Keeping the faith life simple Love never fails. And when we incorporate God’s love into our lives and relationships, redemption is possible.

 

Turn Turn Turn:  Popular Songs Inspired by the Bible

Author: Steve Turner
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Worthy Publishing
ISBN:  9781945470394
Retail Price:  $24.99
From the Publisher:
 36% of Bob Dylan's songs published between 1961 and 1968 had biblical references, including his 1964 hit "The Times They Are A-Changin."

 The book of Ecclesiastes has been a great inspiration on popular music including the song "Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Byrds, the Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon, and "Desperado," the 1973 hit by The Eagles, among others.

 Paul Simon once advised a young prospective lyricist to raid the Bible for memorable phrases. "Just steal them," he said, "That's what they're there for."

There's no question that Scripture has influenced music since the first ever song was penned. In Turn! Turn! Turn! author and music connoisseur, Steve Turner, takes an in-depth look at the lyrics and cultural context of 100 of the greatest songs from the 1930s to today to reveal an often overlooked or ignored strand of influence in popular music-the Bible.

Indeed, some of the "greats"-including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bono, Johnny Cash, Sting, and others-have repeatedly returned to the Bible for such sustenance, as well as musical inspiration and a framework with which they can better understand themselves.

"I hope the book prompts, provokes, and intrigues as it reveals this often-hidden history," writes Steve Turner. You'll never listen to your favorite song or popular tune the same way again after discovering how the Bible has influenced music.

 
  
 

Good Pictures Bad Pictures:  Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids

Author: Kristen A. Jenson, MA
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Glen Cove Press
ISBN:  9780997318739
Retail Price:  $17.57
From the Publisher:
Want help teaching your kids to reject pornography? Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a comfortable, read-aloud story about a mom and dad who explain what pornography is, why it’s dangerous, and how to reject it. Featuring easy-to-understand science and simple analogies, this internationally-acclaimed book engages young kids to porn-proof their own brains.

With Good Pictures Bad Pictures, your child will never be caught off guard by disturbing videos or peer pressure! The 5-point CAN DO Plan teaches kids exactly what to do to protect themselves when they see pornography.

  • The second edition of the 100,000-copy bestseller is even more powerful:
  • Each chapter includes "Let's Talk!" questions—a great way to solidify and deepen your child's understanding.
  • The Tips for Parents and Caregivers section has been completely rewritten to include the top tips for raising porn-resilient kids.
  • Revisions include the most up-to-date science and provide even stronger arguments against pornography.
  • Finally, the cover and interior design have been improved to be even more beautiful and easy to read.

It only takes a few taps on a mobile device for a curious young child to find an endless supply of deviant, hard-core, and addicting porn—all for free! Unfortunately, many young kids are being exposed to pornography without the slightest warning that it can damage their developing minds. To stay safe in the digital age, kids must install an internal filter in their own brain. Good Pictures Bad Pictures shows them how.

 

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