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Love and Sex:  A Christian Guide to Healthy Intimacy

Author: Nancy Houston
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Regnery Faith
ISBN:  9781621576754
Retail Price:  $24.00
From the Publisher:
Sex is powerful! Just saying the word “sex” can stir up all kinds of emotions inside people. Maybe it’s a positive emotion for you, or a hurtful, shameful, confusing one. It’s no wonder we humans struggle to understand its meaning and purpose. It can be difficult to talk about and even worse if we have experienced unwanted shame or grew up in a home where sex was a taboo topic.

In Love & Sex, Nancy Houston provides a compassionate view of human sexuality. Through the lens of Scripture, she unpacks the good God intended when he created humans as sexual creatures and honestly shows how that plan hasn’t been the case for many. You won’t find a critical examination of dos and don’ts but stories of redemption, grace, and hope. You will understand how you were shaped and how you are more than your sexual behaviors.

Many say, “What’s the big deal?” For others, sex is a huge deal, maybe too big of a deal. How do you find health, happiness, balance, and pleasure in this God-given gift? This book will be that road map for you. And if you have been one of the few unscathed by sexual shame or confusion, this book will help you develop a more compassionate lens for those who do struggle.

In a world of sexual chaos and confusion, we all need a healthy dialogue on this topic—not a black-or-white, right-or-wrong lecture, but a safe forum for discovering, learning, processing, and growing into passionate intimacy within the freedom of communion with our Creator.

 

Vindicating the Vixens:  Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Woman of the Bible

Author: Sandra Glahn
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Kregel
ISBN:  9780825444135
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:

Gain a greater understanding of gender in the Bible through the eyes of a diverse group of evangelical scholars who assert that Christians have missed the point of some scriptural stories by assuming the women in them were "bad girls."

Did the Samaritan woman really divorce five husbands in a world where women rarely divorced even one? Did Bathsheba seduce King David by bathing in the nude? Was Mary Magdalene really a reformed prostitute?

While many have written studies of the women in the Bible, this is a new kind of book--one in which an international team of male and female scholars look afresh at vilified and neglected women in the Bible. The result is a new glimpse into God's heart for anyone, male or female, who has limited social power.
 

Satisfied:  A 90 Day Spiritual Journey Toward Food Freedom

Author: Dr. Rho23na Epstein, PSY.D
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Dexterity
ISBN: 
978-0998325323
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
Experience this dynamic 90-day journey and satisfy your true hunger.

Are you satisfied with your relationship with food? And if not, are you ready to take those first steps toward food freedom? Maybe you question if you're brave enough to face the oppressive power food has over you, or the way it makes you feel about yourself. Maybe you're only beginning to recognize your relationship with food isn't a healthy one. Or maybe you've lost hope that anything can change.

Dr. Rhona experienced all of this and more. Because she has lived through and overcome food addiction, she knows too well the struggles in beginning the path to freedom. That's why she has written this active devotional journey to encourage you to take those first bold steps towards liberation, with God's help.

Satisfied is designed for anyone seeking to change the way they relate to food, from those simply looking for healthier food behaviors, to those deeply struggling with food addiction and abuse, the practical time-tested strategies and tools in this book can ensure that food takes its proper place in your life. Rooted in the 12 Steps of proven recovery programs, and based on Dr. Rhona's experiences in more than 30 years as an addiction recovery counselor, Satisfied pairs scriptural guidance with her counseling expertise.

By trusting God one day at a time, He will heal your heart and soul from the inside out. In doing so, you can be truly, fully satisfied.

 

The Empowered:  A Trevor Black Novel

Author: Craig Parshall
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Tyndale Fiction
ISBN:  9781496411372
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Just when a mysterious death in Washington, DC, appears to have voodoo connections rooted in New Orleans, Trevor Black also receives an invitation to speak at the national ABA convention in the city.

He knows he’ll be in enemy territory, both as a disbarred attorney and as a follower of Jesus, but he determines to travel there and confront the supernatural element. Right after a grisly murder in his hotel room puts him on the suspect list, his daughter disappears, leaving a note that suggests a connection to the local cult religion. Now Trevor must not only crack the case but try to protect Heather from forces of darkness clutching at her soul as well. And just as he discovers that his ability to sniff out the supernatural has its limitations, Trevor learns that this web of evil extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power.

 

Dreaming with God:  A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead

Author: Sarah-Beth Marr
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801072994
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
The world tells us that the way to make all our dreams come true is to set our own course and strive every day. But when it's all on us, we end up feeling exhausted, frustrated, and, disappointed when things don't turn out as we'd hoped. Have you ever wondered if there was a better way?

There is. God knows the desires of our hearts--he put them there. And he calls us to trust, to lean on him, and sometimes . . . to wait. Weaving together her unique perspective as a professional ballerina with profound truths drawn from Scripture and the life of faith, Sarah Beth Marr reminds us that we are not dreaming alone. If God has given us a dream, we can be sure that he will come alongside us as we work toward realizing it. Using her own story as a catalyst, Marr encourages women to surrender their plans to God, to stay in tempo with his Spirit, and to step into a deeper relationship with Christ. When they do, she says, they will be able to move confidently into the future, knowing that their dreams and God's desires are aligned in perfect harmony.

 
 

From Weakness to Strength:  8 Vulnerabilities That Can Bring Out the Best in Your Leadership

Author: Scott Sauls
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780781413138
Retail Price:  $22.99
From the Publisher:
In this honest book, pastor and author Scott Sauls exposes the real struggles that Christian leaders and pastors regularly face. Sauls shares his own stories and those of other leaders from Scripture and throughout history to remind us that we are human, we are sinners, and we need Jesus to help us thrive as people and leaders.
 
For Christian leaders—both inside and outside of the church—weaknesses that are left unchecked can lead to a downfall that is both public and painful. They want to lead with character and live like Jesus, but ambition, isolation, criticism, envy, anticlimax, opposition, restlessness, and insecurity can get in the way. From Weakness to Strength provides leaders with tools to draw near to Jesus and stay encouraged and hopeful, even (and especially) when sin and struggle get in the way.

 

City Changers:  Being the Presence of Christ in Your Community

Author: Alan Platt
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434710949
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
The Bible is clear about God’s love for the city, be it Babylon, Nineveh, or Jerusalem. Thousands of years later, that love hasn’t changed—and God still calls His people to speak truth to the cities of the world.

In City Changers, Alan Platt gives theological clarity as well as practical answers and inspiration for influencing the spiritual, social, and cultural dimensions of readers’ communities. Platt himself has seen the power of the church transform cities from South Africa to South Florida. As he shows through his remarkable stories, the future of God’s church depends on Christ followers willing to be instruments of change for the sake of God’s kingdom.

Delights & Disciplines of Bible Study

Author: Warren W. Wiersbe
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434710567
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Beloved Bible teacher Wiersbe invites you to a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the most exciting book ever written! In this accessible guide to biblical interpretation and application, he provides insights into the history, meaning, and context of the entire Bible. As you develop skills in studying Scripture, you'll experience the joy of richer spiritual devotion. 272 pages, softcover from Cook.

 

 

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