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The Bullying Breakthrough:  Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied Bystanders, and Bullies

Author: Jonathan McKee
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Shiloh Run Press
ISBN:  9781683226888
Retail Price:  $12.99
From the Publisher:
In a world full of caring adults, how is it that we keep missing the cries of hurting kids?

“Today, when the bell rings, kids might leave their school campus, but they can never escape the other world, a world where mockers and intimidators thrive. Ironically, they carry a gateway to that world right in their pockets with them, because they see that world as an avenue of escape. . .but in reality, it’s putting them in bondage," says author and youth expert Jonathan McKee in The Bullying Breakthrough.

With chapters including, Digital Hurt, The Escape Key, Why Didn’t You Say Anything?, Meet the Principal, Real-World Solutions, and more, McKee shares his own heart-rending story and offers a sobering glimpse into the rapidly changing world of bullies, bystanders, and the bullied while providing helpful ways to connect with these kids, open doors of dialogue, and give them the encouragement they need and the validation they're searching for. . .too often in all the wrong places. If you interact with kids, you need this book!

 
 

The 6 Hearts of Intimacy:  Enjoy Deeper Love and Passion in Marriage

Author: Bob & Cheryl Moeller
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Whitaker House
ISBN:  9781641231602
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
Understanding the way your spouse gives and receives love will bring depth and new fulfillment to your love life.
The 6 Hearts of Intimacy is a “Love Languages” for sex in marriage. Rather than focusing on sexual techniques, it unlocks the secret to true sexual fulfillment by revealing the unique way each spouse gives and receives love. Various books describe the distinct ways in which people express and accept love, but this idea has never before been specifically applied to intimacy in marriage.
Marriage experts Bob and Cheryl Moeller present biblically based and proven ways to enhance your relationship with your spouse as they describe the Romantic Heart, the Giving Heart, the Guardian Heart, the Companion Heart, the Worshipping Heart, and the Ecstatic Heart. They also expose the “counterfeit hearts” that are present in many people’s marriages, leaving their sexual relationship self-focused and empty. Many couples spend a lifetime attempting to express their love yet fail to achieve true intimacy. Sensitively written with practical advice and humor, The 6 Hearts of Intimacy shows husbands and wives how to successfully resolve conflicts in their sexual relationship and how to care daily for their spouse’s unique heart of sexual love. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter.

 

Priceless – Who I Am When I Feel…
A 30 Day Devotional in the Psalms

Author: Jen Barrick with Linda Barrick
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Moody Publishers
ISBN:  9780802418715
Retail Price:  $11.99
From the Publisher:
What if your daughter’s propensity for “feeling all the feels” is actually a good thing?

Teens and tweens have a reputation for letting their emotions get the best of them, so much so that we often wonder if our families (and the world) wouldn’t be better off if these young women we love could feel just a little less. But as Linda Barrick discovered, these emotions play an important role in the spiritual lives of young women, and, when they learn to direct them rightly, their feelings can be a powerful force for good in their lives, homes, and schools.

That’s why Linda and her daughter Jen wrote this devotional for teen girls. After Linda’s daughter, Jen, was in a traumatic car accident, Jen was in many ways “frozen” at age fifteen and completely uninhibited. That means Jen still says what she’s thinking and feeling almost all the time. Because of this Jen’s mom, Linda, got a unique glimpse into the inner world of young women, and she realized that the emotions young teen girls feel are a beautiful gift. It gives them the ability, like Jen, to have an unhindered, best-friend relationship with their Heavenly Father.

In this 30-day devotional for young teen girls, Jen Barrick, with the help of her mom, Linda Barrick, compiled her own real-life prayers with passages from Psalms in order to speak directly to the heart of young women. It will teach these teens and tweens how to cultivate a deep, emotional relationship with the God who loves them. Each day will:

  • address a different feeling and examine it in light of God’s truth from a short passage of Psalms
  • affirm young women’s feelings as a gift of God
  • demonstrate how their emotions are meant to lead them closer to God
  • show them how to make their faith stronger when they use God’s Word to navigate their emotions
 

Calming Angry Kids:  Help and Hope for Parents in the whirlwind

Author: Tricia Goyer
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434711007
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Slammed doors. Hurting hearts. Tricia Goyer knows what it’s like to parent children with chronic anger. In Calming Angry Kids, Goyer draws on her own experience to help readers

  • understand what’s going on in a child’s brain
  • focus on relationship over rules
  • teach a child how to handle frustrations without outbursts
  • control how they express their own anger
  • establish a standard of respect in the home

 Including reflection questions and action steps at the end of each chapter, Calming Angry Kids shows weary parents that peace in their home is within reach.

 
 

Limitless Thinking, Limitless Living:  Think Big, Ask Big, Expect Big, and Receive Big

Author: Danette J. Crawford
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Whitaker House
ISBN:  9781641231589
Retail Price:  $9.00
From the Publisher:
God Is Calling You to Something Big! Are You Ready for It?

Have you set limits on what you “think” God can do in your life? It’s often easier to believe God has big things in mind for other people than to imagine He has great plans and bountiful blessings for us. Why is that? Usually, it’s a result of limited thinking. All around us, we encounter limitations. Some are imposed on us by other people and society; others are inflicted on us by our own damaged mind-set and behavior. We believe, “I’m not qualified,” “My resources aren’t sufficient,” “I’m all alone in this,” or “I’m not anointed.” God wants to completely turn your outlook around. He is a big God who majors in the miraculous, and He wants to help you develop limitless thinking that will enable you to fulfill a God-sized vision.

Our God-given potential, our zeal for advancing His kingdom, our divine dreams--these areas of our lives are meant to be without limitation. But most of us haven't prepared for living a limitless life. Having overcome challenging personal, emotional, and financial limitations, Danette Crawford takes you through each step of the process of removing hindrances, enlarging your vision, and increasing your expectations of the big things God wants to do in you, through you, and for you. Thoroughly biblical and practical, Danette shows you how to adopt and maintain limitless thinking for a lifetime of limitless living. Get ready, because your life without limits is about to begin!

 
 
 

Happily:  8 Commitments of Couples Who Laugh, Love & Last

Author: Kevin A. Thompson
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800728120
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
In the beginning, marriage doesn't seem as though it should be all that difficult. But it doesn't take long for trouble to seep in and for bad habits to become entrenched. Before long, many married couples may be wondering when the "worse" part ends and the "better" part starts.

Pastor and author Kevin A. Thompson has good news for couples: the "better" part is always within reach when they practice eight specific commitments to each other. These commitments have the power to solve almost any problem a marriage faces, and to prevent new ones from occurring. With biblical insights and engaging personal stories, Thompson shows couples how to see their marriage as bigger than themselves, avoid both apathy and aggression, release the desire for power, make and maintain peace, endure difficult times, and more. Perfect for newlyweds and for married couples at any stage of life, Happily is the gateway to a more loving, more joy-filled marriage.

 

 

Praying the Prayers of the Bible for Kids

Author: James Banks with Cindy Kenny
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Discovery House
ISBN:  9781627078993
Retail Price:  $6.99
From the Publisher:
God wants to have conversations with everyone—and that certainly includes kids! Praying the Prayers of the Bible for Kids helps you guide children in talking to God in more ways than just a simple bedtime prayer. Illustrated and designed for children ages 5-8, this engaging book presents simple prayers taken directly from kid-friendly translations of Scripture, focusing on praise, thanksgiving, faith, obedience, needs, and blessings.


 

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