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Church Reformed

Author: Tim Bayly
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    WarHorn Media
ISBN:  9781940017211
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
When God calls us out of our sin and to Himself through the Gospel, He adopts us into His family. That family is the Church. This is a book about what that family should be, what it should do, and why it matters.

When we look carefully at the big things of the Bible, it's important for us to examine both the Scriptures and the culture we live in today. We need to know what the Bible says. We also need to understand the ways we are getting things wrong, and the ways our cultural sins may be blinding us to what God is calling us to in Scripture.

In this book, Pastor Tim Bayly exposes lies the American evangelical church has believed and calls us to a simple, humble pattern of church that is clearly rooted in the Bible. It is a call to reform--a call to repent of the ways we have left God's design for the Church, and a call to embrace what we see modeled for us in the Bible and in those places in church history where our fathers in the faith have been careful to show us what the Bible teaches.

Always We Begin Again:  Stepping into the Next New Moment

Author: Leeana Tankersley
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800737184
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
None of us wants to be sidelined, stuck, shamed, or silenced. But the difficulties of life have a way of putting us in a corner, and we don't know how to move forward. We see brokenness in our communities, our relationships, and our spirits. It's so easy to blame ourselves or our circumstances, to get bogged down in discouragement and toxic thinking. But that's not what we were meant for, and that's not how God wants us to live.

Leeana Tankersley has good news if you're struggling: each new day is an opportunity to begin again. In her warm tone and with her signature humor she offers 100 short readings to encourage and motivate you to begin again in your relationships with God, your family, your friends, and yourself. Because there is always a hand reaching toward you, there is always grace available, and there is always a chance to begin again.

 

Nice:  Why We Love to be Liked and How God Calls Us to More

Author: Sharon Hodde Miller
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801075247
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
What happens when we replace courage with compromise?
What happens when we replace honesty with likability?
What happens when we replace conviction with clichés?
What happens when we replace discipleship to Christ with a devotion to nice?

We live in a culture that prizes niceness as one of its highest virtues. Niceness keeps the peace, wins friends, gains influence, and serves our reputations well, but it also takes the teeth out of our witness and the power out of our faith. When we choose to be nice instead of faithful, we bear fruits that are bland, bitter, empty, and rotten to the core.

In this life-changing book, Sharon Hodde Miller explores the seemingly innocent idol that has crept into our faith and quietly corrupted it, producing the bad fruits of cowardice, inauthenticity, shallowness, and more. Then she challenges readers to cultivate a better tree, providing practical steps to reclaim our credibility as followers of Christ, and bear better, richer, more life-giving fruits.
 

A Redesigned Life:  Uncovering God’s Purpose When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned

Author: Tracy Steel
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800735531
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
The very existence of HGTV, the DIY movement, and Pinterest proves we love great design. We adore plans and perfectly staged rooms. But what happens when we discover we are living a life we did not design? When our dreams lie in tatters or when we experience loss of any kind? What happens when life feels like one big Pinterest fail? Where is God in the midst of what doesn't make sense? Does he care?

Drawing from time-honored design principles such as movement, contrast, and pattern, former interior designer and Bible teacher Tracy Steel offers frustrated and discontented women the assurance that God is their ever-present, caring Designer. With a mix of wit and wisdom, Tracy proves through biblical examples and personal testimony that God remains true to his plans and purposes, accomplishing them in and through us in every season of life. She helps us recognize God's design principles, enabling us to embrace our sometimes-messy lives, especially when they're ones we never would have designed for ourselves.

 
 

Take Back Your Time:  Identify Your Priorities, Decrease Stress, and Increase Productivity

Author: Morgan Tyree
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800735029
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
We all get 24 hours in a day--but it never seems like quite enough time, does it? Morgan Tyree wants to help you take back your time with her proven time management system. With energy and enthusiasm, Morgan shows you how to organize and manage your time using her simple three-color time zone system of green, yellow, and red--moxie time, multitasking time, and me time. She shows you how to

- identify your most productive times each day
- regulate between essentials and nonessentials
- schedule your three time zones
- match your time zones with your capacities
- welcome the season of life you're in
- set achievable goals that align with your values

If you've struggled to find balance and direction in your overloaded life, let Morgan's system help you discover the freedom of less hustle and more harmony.

 

Pray Big Things: The Surprising Life God Has for You When You’re BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK

Author: Julia Jefferess Sadler, LPC
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Boks
ISBN:  9780801093364
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
In Pray Big Things, Julia Jeffress Sadler dares you to start praying big. Sharing her own story of God's life-changing answers to bold prayers--a miraculous journey through infertility, miscarriages, and giving birth to triplets--Julia challenges you to take God at His Word and see Him move like never before. Humorous, practical, and filled with biblical insights, this book will give you the courage to pray big things and watch expectantly for God's even bigger answers.

  

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