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BOOK REVIEWS

 

Pure Eyes, Clean Heart
A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography
Author: Jen Ferguson and Craig Ferguson

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Discovery House
ISBN:  9781627070560
Retail Price:  $12.99
From the Publisher:
In this candid account, Craig and Jen Ferguson share their personal story of the shame, anger, and hopelessness associated with Craig’s porn addiction. It threatened to destroy their marriage until they discovered how drawing close to Christ could lead them out of the pit of sinful habits, unhealthy responses, and personal despair toward true recovery. Marked by biblical and practical guidance for addressing the heart issues that lead to addiction, Pure Eyes, Clean Heart offers encouragement and hope to those who struggle—or whose loved ones struggle—with the lure of pornography. Includes Scripture-based prayers, discussion questions for couples, and other helpful resources. 


 

Too Loved to be Lost
Author: Debora M. Coty

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Shiloh
ISBN:  9781628369694
Retail Price:  $9.99
From the Publisher:
In Too Loved to Be Lost, you'll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you're struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave—the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.


 

Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears
Author:Sherry Surratt

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Zondervan
ISBN:  9780310340379
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
In Brave Mom, Sherry Surratt, president and CEO of MOPS  International, shares honestly and openly about the fears every mom struggles with.  From worry about your child’s safety and health to wondering if you are a good parent, to fears about your marriage and loss of self-identity, Sherry comes alongside every mom with practical, real, and hopeful help for these common fears that we’re all afraid to talk about.

The 10 most common mom fears are each covered in their own easy to read chapter, made up of stories of real moms and the help and answers they found.  Filled with advice and insight from Sherry and the hope and grace found in God’s wisdom, Brave Mom gives moms everything they need to leave fear behind and live the admittedly messy life of parenting with confidence and joy.  Each chapter also contains a prayer for moms to help them turn their fears over to God’s protection and care.

As the mom experts, MOPS provide moms around the country a connection to other moms, practical help to move ahead, and the warmth and grace of God’s love. 


 

A Lifelong Love:  What If Marriage is about More than Just Staying Together?
Author: Gary Thomas

Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434704900
Retail Price:  $18.99
From the Publisher:
Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.
Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, "A Lifelong Love" promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. You will understand how living for that day will so radically transform the decisions you make this day. And Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.
Thirty years of study and two decades of working with couples has led Gary Thomas to his most significant book yet on the relationship between husband and wife. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about--and why "A Lifelong Love" is sure to challenge the way the church talks about marriage.


 

The Man In The Mirror
Solving the 24 Problems Men Face
Author: Patrick. M. Morley

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Zondervan
ISBN:  978031031759
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
The Man in the Mirror has established itself as a cornerstone in men's literature since its 1989 release. Winner of the prestigious Gold Medallion Award and appearing on the bestseller list eighteen times, it has helped thousands of men understand the person who stares back at them from the glass each morning and know what to do about his twenty-four most difficult problems. Written by a foremost Christian men's leader, this powerful book invites men to take a probing look at their identities, relationships, finances, time, temperament, and most important, the means to bring about lasting change. If life's demands are constantly pressuring you to run faster and jump higher, this book is for you. Rich in anecdotes, thought-provoking questions, biblical insights, and featuring focus questions in each chapter suitable for personal or group use, The Man in the Mirror offers a penetrating, pragmatic, and life-changing look at how to trade the rat race for the rewards of godly manhood.


 

What Does It Take To Get To Heaven?
Author: Timothy W. Burrow

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Credo
ISBN:  9781625860149
Retail Price:  $11.99
From the Publisher:
Timothy W. Burrow lost his wife, the love of his life, to cancer. On the night she died, he pleaded to Got to be with her some day in heaven. But he did not know how to get there. Having been disillusioned by conflicting answers on what it takes, he rolled up his sleeves to find the answer for himself. Trained as a lawyer to be thorough, for seven years he studied Scripture meticulously, met with ministers of various denominations, and considered opinions by some of the most respected theologians of the last 400 years. He then compiled and explained the relevant Scriptures, including those that at first appear to conflict with other Scriptures on the subject, in a way that readers can learn for themselves what it takes to get to heaven. Jesus said that we must do the will of God to go to heaven (Matthew 7:21), and therefore, this book includes God's commands in the New Testament, as conveyed by Jesus and the apostles. Jesus promised that by obeying God's commands, our joy may be complete (John 15:10–11). Therefore, this book will do more than provide assurance of your place in eternity. By following God's commands, some of the joy of heaven will come to you in this life. Embrace it. The best is ahead of you


 

Life With A Capital L:  Embracing Your God-Given Humanity
Author: Matt Heard

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Multnomah
ISBN:  9781601424464
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
Christ didn't come to save you from your humanity-he came to embrace it. And that makes all the difference. The gospel is not about "living better" or "becoming more religious" or "waiting for heaven." It's about how God wants us to live bigger, fuller lives-right now, right here. Pastor Matt Heard says that the world around us doesn't see Christians as freed human beings enjoying life, but as people imprisoned by frantically trying to do everything right. So where's the good news? they ask. Heard answers by exploring the ten big themes of gospel, unlike much of what we've heard before, yet deeply and profoundly rooted in the Bible. Heard says that God doesn't call us to become more spiritual or more religious-he calls us to become more fully human. The gospel is about embracing our humanity-as Christ does. Christ said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." He didn't mean eventually. God wants us to experience life with a capital L. Now.


 

Storm: Hearing Jesus fortThe Times We Live In
Author: Jim Cymbala

Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Zondervan
ISBN:  9780310241263
Retail Price:  $19.99
From the Publisher:
Storm: What Jesus Is Saying to His Church is a book for every Christian who is concerned about the challenges that face believers today. Using powerful stories of people who have been transformed by Christ, it will strike a note of encouragement and hope, helping Christians to remember that a life surrendered to Christ in the midst of a church transformed by his presence cannot be defeated. No amount of spiritual darkness or cultural pressure can drown out the life-giving power of the gospel.

Jim Cymbala believes that the church in America is in the middle of a powerful storm, the intensity of which is likely to increase in coming months and years. Many Christians are bewildered, disheartened, and concerned by what they see—a culture that’s become increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity and a church whose vital signs are quickly waning. Like the storm surge that overtook lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy, powerful forces have come together to create a surge that’s threatening the health of the church.

Storm will talk about the tendency on the right and on the left to conflate the kingdom of God with a particular political party. Many conservative Christians have made the mistake of substituting America for the Israel of the Old Testament, failing to realize the danger of adopting Old Testament principles that were never affirmed in the New Testament. Their message has sometimes been harsh and legalistic, making it difficult for them to proclaim a gospel of grace. Even though there is a great deal of emphasis on the Bible in such churches, it can often be the wrong emphasis.

Jim Cymbala will explore the importance of preaching a gospel of grace rather than a gospel of mixed messages, so common in the church today. He will speak of our need to understand spiritual battles and for total dependence on the Holy Spirit, and he will discuss the importance of prayer. He will also explore the motivational atmosphere of the early church which flourished despite far worse conditions than those we face today. We don’t need more church growth programs to turn the church around. What’s needed is a transformation at the heart of the church so that the gospel is preached, the Holy Spirit is allowed to lead, and lives are transformed. 

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