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Book Reviews

 

Being Brave: A 40 Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You

Author: Kelly Johnson
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Abingdon Press
ISBN:  9781501848650
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
Are you sick of your fears holding you back and weary of pretending that you have it all together?

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)

God has made us brave, not fearful beings. In a forty-day devotional format, author and blogger Kelly Johnson invites you to consider a new way of thinking about what it means to be brave and challenges you to seek a greater intimacy with God and the people God has placed in your life.

Through Scripture, stories, prayers, and thought-provoking questions, you will recognize the seeds of divinely inspired bravery and learn the strength found in community. Using letters of the word brave as a guide, Being Brave highlights, what God’s Word has to say about the characteristics of bravery: Bold, Resilient, Authentic, Vulnerable, and Engaged and Empowered by the Spirit.

Banish the fear that holds you back. You are a brave soldier!

 

Growing Kids with Character:  Nurturing Your Child’s Potential, Purpose, and Passion

Author: Hettie Brittz
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434712530
Retail Price:  $18.99
From the Publisher:
Through Hettie Brittz’s famous tree metaphors, parents will discover how to let their kids excel at being who they naturally are as they grow in their unique purpose in the world.

Author and speaker Hettie Brittz helps readers identify their kids’ natural bent and understand how that affects the parenting journey. Parents will learn how to: 

  •  Cultivate each of their kids’ unique way of encountering, following, and worshiping God
  •  Disciple and discipline based on each child’s blueprint
  •  Help their children celebrate God’s individualized design for others

Brittz offers tools to parents for recognizing their kids’ God-given personalities, guiding them on their spiritual journeys, and establishing their identity and purpose in Christ.

 

Real Life Romance:  Inspiring Stories to Help You Believe in True Love

Author: Rhonda Stoppe
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Harvest House Publishers
ISBN:  9780736971416
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
Do You Believe in True Love?

In a world of broken relationships and hurting people, it can seem like all we ever see is heartache—that marriages are doomed from the start and romance isn’t worth the risk.

But heart-fluttering, long-lasting love is all around us…we just have to look for it!

This collection of beautiful, real-life accounts will bring laughter and tears as you enjoy each story of ordinary people who found extraordinary love. Page after page, you will find inspiration to

  • rekindle the romance in your love story
  • trust in God’s providence and timing
  • faithfully hope for your own happily-ever-after
  • celebrate true romance
  • believe in life-long love

Don’t let the world define romance for you! See how God is at work in the hearts of His people—knitting together hearts in a love that forever endures.

 

Helping Groups Heal:  Leading Small Groups in the Process of Transformation

Author: Jan Paul Hook, EdD / Joshua N. Hook, PhD                  Don. E. Davis, PhD
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Templeton Press
ISBN:  9781599474854
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Life with others is messy. The bonds we form are often the source that drives us to helping professionals like therapists and pastors in the first place. And yet, it is from these relation­ships that our greatest moments of healing spring. Recogniz­ing the value of relationships, pastors and therapists have been leading small therapeutic groups for years. Yet few lead­ers have a specific, easy-to-follow, and researched framework to structure their groups.
Helping Groups Heal presents “The Healing Cycle,” a grace-based model that facilitates healing and growth in groups. It has been tested with a variety of settings, and can be adapted to nearly any small group, from sex addiction therapy to marriage therapy to Bible studies.
The basic components of “The Healing Cycle” are grace, safety, vulnerability, truth, ownership, and confession. Helping Groups Heal guides the reader through these elements, offering case studies and practical advice from the voices of researchers and practitioners. Each chapter shows how “The Healing Cycle” moves its members to share their truth, own it, and make positive change in their lives. Each step of the process allows participants to move past surface issues and find depth in their understanding of their pain.
Whether you have been leading small groups for years or are about to lead your first session, Helping Groups Heal is an accessible, easy-to-follow guide through “The Healing Cycle” that will give each group member what’s needed to grow, relate, and heal. 

 

Wurmbrand: Tortured for Christ, The Complete Story

Author:  The Voice of the Martyrs
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434711175
Retail Price:  $22.99
From the Publisher:
This biography explores the inspiring lives of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, telling the complete story in one volume for the first time!

On February 29, 1948, Richard Wurmbrand was arrested by the secret police. His crimes? Leading Christian worship and witnessing—both of which were illegal under the atheistic Communist regime of Romania. He also spoke up for Christ at a gathering of party officials and religious leaders. Because of his faithfulness to Christ, he endured 14 years of prison and torture. His wife, Sabina, suffered two years of forced labor. They emerged not with melancholy or a bitter spirit but with a story of victorious faith.

Though Richard and Sabina endured intense persecution, they remained outspoken and bold about sharing their faith in the God who saved them.

 
 

Intimate Deception:  Healing the Wounds of Sexual Betrayal

Author: Dr. Sheri Keffer
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800729127
Retail Price:  $19.99
From the Publisher:
Nothing destroys trust like sexual betrayal. Beyond broken vows, a woman who discovers that the man she loves has been viewing pornography or having an affair must deal with devastating blows to her self-image and self-worth. She must grapple with the fact that the man she thought she knew has lied and deceived her. She may even bear the brunt of shame and judgment when the people around her find out.

Drawing from her experience both as a marriage and family therapist and a woman who personally experienced the devastation of sexual betrayal, Dr. Sheri Keffer walks women impacted by betrayal through the pain and toward recovery. She explains how the trauma of betrayal affects our minds, bodies, spirits, and sexuality. She offers practical tools for dealing with emotional triggers and helps women understand the realities of sexual addiction. And she shows women how to practice self-care, develop healthy boundaries, protect themselves from abuse or manipulation, and find freedom from the burden of shame and guilt.

 

Never Alone:  Exchanging Your Tender Hurts for God’s Healing Grace

Author: Tiffany Bluhm
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Abingdon Press
ISBN:  9781501860096
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:

From the time we’re little girls, we long to be loved and accepted—from the playground to the lunchroom to the places where we live and work as grown women. We do our best to prove we’re lovable and to avoid being left all alone. But the truth is that it’s impossible to walk through life without experiencing the pain and loneliness of betrayal, shame, guilt, loss, judgment, or rejection. These wounds can shape our views of ourselves, others, and God and even make us question if we are worthy of love and acceptance. Whether old or new, our heartache can convince us there’s no one who understands or cares. Yet Jesus tells us a different story, promising us that we are never alone.

In this six-week study, Tiffany Bluhm reveals the depth and healing power of Jesus’ unconditional love for us through a refreshing look at encounters He had with six shame-filled, hurting women in the Gospels: the woman caught in adultery, the hemorrhaging woman, the woman at the well, the woman who anointed Him, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Each life-changing encounter reveals a compassionate Redeemer who offers hope, second chances, and grace-giving love—helping us to recognize and embrace our own incredible value as well as our indispensable role in the Kingdom. With powerful teaching and authentic sharing from her own life and the lives of others, Tiffany invites us to find healing for our deepest hurts as we experience the unfailing companionship of Jesus—the Rescuer and Redeemer of broken lives and wounded hearts.  

The participant workbook includes 5 lessons for each week with space for recording reflections and answers.

Other components for the Bible study, available separately, include a Leader Guide, DVD with six 20-25 minute sessions, and boxed Leader Kit (an all-inclusive box containing one copy of each of the Bible study’s components).

 

 

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