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Glorious Weakness:  Discovering God in all We Lack

Author: Alia Joy
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801093340
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
As a girl, Alia came face to face with weakness, poverty, and loss in ways that made her question whether God had abandoned her. In this heartfelt reflection on what it means to be "poor in spirit," she challenges our cultural proclivity to "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps"---pointing us toward Christ's rescuing grace instead. 240 pages, softcover from Baker.

 
 

Upside-Down Spirituality:  The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life

Author: Chad Bird
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801075674
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
In our age when the church can too often seem like a poor copy of the world, Chad Bird challenges us to reclaim the astounding originality of our ancient, backward faith. Where the world stresses the importance of success, Bird invites readers to embrace nine specific failures in the areas of our personal lives, our relationships, and the church. Why? Because what human wisdom deems indispensable is so often an impediment to our spiritual growth, and what it deems insignificant is so often essential to it.

With compelling examples from the Bible and today, Bird paints an enticing picture of the counterintuitive, countercultural life that God wants for us. He helps readers delight in all of the ways that Jesus turned the world upside-down, allowing us to experience true freedom, not from our weaknesses but in the midst of them.

 

Confronting Old Testament Controversies:  Presenting Questions about Evolution, Sexuality, History, and Violence

Author: Tremper Longman III
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801019111
Retail Price:  $19.99
From the Publisher:
Creation and evolution; God-ordained violence; the historicity of people, places, and events; questions of human sexuality . . . in this essential resource, trusted Old Testament scholar Longman addresses these controversial issues head-on. Avoiding simplistic solutions and polarizing extremes, he paves the way for intelligent conversation regarding these difficult topics, and an informed approach to evangelism.

 

Assured:  Discover Grace, Let Go of Guilt, and Rest in Your Salvation

Author: Greg Gilbert
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801093227
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Despite our professions of belief, our baptisms, and our membership in the church, many of us secretly wonder, Am I truly saved? We worry that our love for Jesus isn't fervent enough (or isn't as fervent as someone else's). We worry that our faith isn't strong enough. We struggle through the continuing presence of sin in our lives. All this steals the joy of our salvation and can lead us into a life characterized by legalism, perfectionism, and works righteousness--the very life Jesus freed us from at the cross!

But Greg Gilbert has a message for the anxious believer--be assured. Assured that your salvation experience was real. Assured that your sins--past, present, and future--are forgiven. Assured that everyone stumbles. Assured that Jesus is not your judge but your advocate. With deep compassion, Gilbert comforts readers, encouraging them to release their guilt, shame, and anxiety to rejoice in and follow hard after the One who set them free.

 
 

None Greater:  The Undomesticated Attributes of God

Author: Matthew Barret
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801098741
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
For too long, Christians have domesticated God, bringing him down to our level as if he is a God who can be tamed. But he is a God who is high and lifted up, the Creator rather than the creature, someone than whom none greater can be conceived. If God is the most perfect, supreme being, infinite and incomprehensible, then certain perfect-making attributes must be true of him. Perfections like aseity, simplicity, immutability, impassibility, and eternity shield God from being crippled by creaturely limitations. At the same time, this all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-wise God accommodates himself, exhibiting perfect holiness, mercy, and love as he makes known who he is and how he will save us.

The attributes of God show us exactly why God is worthy of worship: there is none like him. Join Matthew Barrett as he rediscovers these divine perfections and finds himself surprised by the God he thought he knew.

 

The Making of Us:  Who We Can Become When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

Author: Sheridan Voysey
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    W Publishing Group
ISBN:  9780718094232
Retail Price:  $17.99
From the Publisher:
Beautiful Things Can Emerge from Life Not Going as Planned

When life takes one too many unexpected turns, do you find yourself saying, “I don’t know who I am anymore”? In the wake of shattered dreams, do you wonder how you will keep going—and if you’ll ever find purpose or joy again?

After infertility, an international move, and a professional change shook Sheridan Voysey’s world, he realized that he couldn’t reconcile his expectations with the life he was living. Feeling lost, he decided to pair his spiritual journey with a literal one: a hundred-mile pilgrimage along the northeast coast of England.

Inspired by the life and influence of the seventh-century monk Cuthbert, Sheridan travelled on foot from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to Durham. Taking his friend DJ along for the journey, and keeping a journal by his side, Sheridan discovered not resolution but peace. Not ambition but purpose. Not shouts of convictions but whispers of the presence of God.

In The Making of Us, Sheridan invites us to join him as he walks along England’s shores and we trace the borders of our own hearts. Part pilgrim’s journal, part call to reflection, The Making of Us eloquently reminds us of the beauty of journeying into uncertainty, the freedom of letting go, and the wonder of losing our identity only to discover who we really are.

 

 

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