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Smart Love:  How Improving Your Emotional Intelligence Will Transform Your Marriage

Author:  Dr. David Stoop and Dr. Jan Stoop
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800727550
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
SMART Love is a system for understanding both your own and your spouse's emotions, managing those emotions, and walking hand in hand through situations when emotions run high. Through personal inventories, you'll discover where you are strong and where you need improvement, and each section includes practical action steps you and your spouse can take to implement what you've learned.


Heaven Breaks In

Author:  Nicholas Cappas
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    The DESK
ISBN:  9780996912600
Retail Price:  $12.99
From the Publisher:
Angel Littleton is on his first assignment: Davis Lewis Chandler, a first-year college student who's slowly drifting away from the Lord. Except Davis, like most, is unaware of the war being waged for his soul. With the help of Archangel Michael himself, Littleton must unmask and overcome the spiritual enemies endangering Davis's faith. Can the angels break through the darkness in time? And, can God restore what's already been lost?


Control Girl:  Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible

Author:  Shannon Popkin
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Kregel
ISBN:  9780825444296
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don't match your version of perfect. Tension, anger, fear, anxiety--it all begins with a heart that craves control. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God's, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts. 

Thankfully, there is a better way.

Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and 
about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future, each of these women's stories contain warnings and lessons for us today. 

Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.


Fleeing ISIS Finding Jesus:  The Real Story of God at Work

Author:  Charles Morris & Craig Borlase
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434710710
Retail Price:  $22.99
From the Publisher:
"Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East?" When a respected Christian communicator read the question posed by the New York Times, he chose to travel to Jordan and Iraq in search of answers. What he discovered left him amazed and inspired.

While the news coverage of ISIS focuses on the horrors wrought by this group, there is another side to the story that rarely gets told. While terror is on the rise, Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus like never before.

Charles Morris regularly reminds the 500,000 listeners of his Haven Today radio show that "it's all about Jesus," and through his new book--Fleeing Isis, Finding Jesus--he offers a unique, compelling account of the miraculous ways in which Jesus is transforming lives in the Middle East today.

As Charles narrates his travels around the region, he shares with readers not just the good news of how Jesus is at work, but he also invites us to wonder how our own lives might be transformed as a result.


Making Marriage Beautiful:  Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy Start With You

Author:  Dorothy Little Greco
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780781414081
Retail Price:  $22.99
From the Publisher:
What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy? All of these are important, but there’s one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow.

Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have.

Making Marriage Beautiful reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clichés and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.


Getaway With God:  The Every Woman’s Guide to Personal Retreat

Author:  Letitia Suk
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Kregal Publications                               
ISBN:  9780825444159
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:

What if a simple day away could transform your life?

Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there's simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace, and peace that God offers us.

Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life's pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must--for your sake and for your family's.

With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away, whether it's a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You'll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you'll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!


Tightropes and Teeter – Totters:  Finding Balance in the Ups and Downs of Life

Author:  Lisa Pennington
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780781412933
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Lisa Pennington knows how to get up after losing her balance, even with a full house, a not-so-full bank account, and never enough energy. In her latest book, she offers readers:

  • Strategies for finding balance in marriage, motherhood, and bad moods
  • Playful yet biblically based tips for turning hard days around
  • Inspiration for shaping obstacles into opportunities
  • Ways to respond to irritations with gratitude
  • Enthusiastic encouragement for living out God’s purpose.

For every woman who wonders if her satisfaction in life will ever match her dreams, Pennington has real-life answers full of hope and humor.