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BOOK REVIEWS

Liberating King: Breaking Free From The Tyranny of Sin
Author:  Stephen Miller              

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801006838
Retail Price:  $12.99
From the Publisher:
Worship Is Our Remedy

Christ has delivered believers from the power of sin, but instead of living in true freedom, we struggle with the same failures every day. This is not how it's supposed to be. We need someone stronger than us to release us from the prison of sin. Enter Jesus, the liberating king.

With passion and purpose, worship pastor Stephen Miller calls readers to draw near to Christ in worship, allowing his Word and the Holy Spirit to loose our chains by exposing the lies that imprisoned us in the first place. When we do, we see everything more clearly--from the sinking sand of our man-made security to the solid rock of Jesus’ unshakeable power. Miller shows that holy living is within our grasp when we keep our eyes and our adoration on the one who was sent not only to save us, but to make us into new creations.


 

Unparalleled: How Christianity’s Uniqueness Makes It Compelling
Author:  Jared C. Wilson

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801008597
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
How Christianity's Unmatched Truth Answers the Deepest Longings of Every Human Heart

To the popular objection Aren't all religions basically the same? Pastor and author Jared Wilson answers with an enthusiastic No! Christianity is not merely one among many similar options. It is categorically different--and it's these differences that make it so compelling.

In Unparalleled, Wilson holds up the teachings of the Bible to the clear light of day, revealing how Christianity rises above every other religion and philosophy of the world, and how its unmatched truth answers the deepest longings of every human heart. He provides an overview of Christianity's key claims showing how, from top to bottom, it is distinct from all other competing ideologies, religious and secular. Christians will come away with a fresh sense of the truth of their faith and nonbelievers will be compelled to consider the relevant claims of Christianity in a drastically new light.



Waiting Together:  Hope and Healing for Families of Prisoners
Author:  Carol Kent

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Discovery House
ISBN:  9781627074124
Retail Price:  $6.99
From the Publisher:
Due to events beyond your control, you find yourself with a loved one in prison. What now? Carol Kent has been there and knows what it’s like to have life flipped upside down. She writes Waiting Together from a heart that understands what it’s like to navigate a new normal, offering hope and healing from a Biblical perspective. This 90-day guide, filled with devotions, prayers, and Scripture, comforts hurting hearts and shows how God can bless families in similar situations.



 

Relational Children’s Ministry
Turning Kid-Influencers Into Lifelong Disciple Makers
Author:  Dan Lovaglia

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Zondervan
ISBN:  9780310522676
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Children’s ministry has the power to change the lives of kids and families. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear that the work a person does with kids is really making a lasting difference. Ask children’s ministry leaders and kid-influencers if they are making the impact on children’s lives as they had hoped and most likely the responses will be mixed. And for good reason. Research over the past decade has revealed an alarming lack of long-term growth in the faith community as children progress through student ministries into adulthood.

Clearly, something needs to change.

Relational Children’s Ministry seeks to reverse this trend by equipping children’s ministry leaders with practical tools to disrupt the status quo approach to discipleship with children and realign their ministries for greater long-term impact. Ministry leaders will:

  • Learn how to relate intentionally to kids and families by putting five discipleship invitations modeled by Jesus into practice
  • Explore practical approaches to realign their children’s ministry for a new trajectory by hitting three “reset buttons” to ensure long-term discipleship is embedded
  • Encounter examples of disruptive disciple-makers in action and learn key principles that can be translated into their own ministry context

Children’s ministry leaders will receive practical training to refocus their children’s ministry along with time-tested tools to personally recommit to lifelong discipleship. Kid-influencers can become a disciple-making community that redirects the current trajectory for this and future generations.



Resolved:  10 Ways to Stand Strong and Live What You Believe
Author: Lina Abujamra

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801006524
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
No matter how strong we claim our faith in God is, when life is hard, it all comes down to resolve. Do we really believe what we say we believe? And does what we profess with our lips actually show up in our everyday actions? Both challenging and encouraging, Resolved unpacks ten life-impacting resolutions every follower of Jesus Christ must make in order to stand strong in the shifting sands of our culture, including

· believe when it looks ridiculous
· love when it's inconvenient
· obey when it's not popular
· speak up when it's easier not to
· and more

If you want your life to boldly declare that God is real and alive and powerful and risen from the dead, Resolved will show you how--even when it's hard.



Worth Living:  How God’s Wild Love For You Makes You Worthy
Author: Mary DeMuth

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801005855
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
How God's Wild Love Helps Us Overcome Feelings of Worthlessness

All women yearn to wake up each morning knowing that, no matter what their circumstances, they can feel joy because they are secure in God's love for them and their unique place in the world.

With deep compassion, Mary DeMuth dares women to believe that the God who starts a good work in them is faithful to bring it to glorious completion. That the God who redeems them also loves them--right now and always--with a beautiful love. That they are daughters of the King, always welcomed in his presence. She helps women discover a future where they know they are wildly loved, they feel strong and secure, and they are destined to have a great impact on the world around them. 


 

True Reagan:  What Made Ronald Regan Great and Why it Matters
Author:  James Rosebush
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Hachette Book Group
ISBN:  9781455593828
Retail Price:  27.00
From the Publisher:
WHAT MADE RONALD REAGAN TICK? What was the secret to his greatness, the source of his influence, the key to his character, the strength behind his leadership?

And why does it matter to the nation today?

Just the mention of his name still evokes deep admiration and affection among Americans of every stripe, on both sides of the aisle. Many have previously sought to capture the essence of this very public figure often called "mysterious and unknowable." But now, as James Rosebush tells Reagan's story from first-hand experience in TRUE REAGAN, we come closer to understanding the heart of this great American.

In his roles as the longest-serving Chief of Staff to Nancy Reagan and Deputy Assistant to President Reagan (his point man on philanthropy and public/private partnerships), James Rosebush had unrivaled one-on-one access to Reagan, observing his personality, his decision-making, his guarded nature. Rosebush's revelations are moving and meant to inspire us to look to our 40th President for guidance now as we face the global challenges of a complicated 21st century.

Ronald Reagan was first and foremost an intensely private person, although the life he led placed him at the center of people's attention from his earliest years. Small-town boy and college athlete, sportscaster and lifelong sports fan, actor and movie star, union leader and TV spokesman, Democrat and Republican, governor and president: what an incredible and extraordinary path. Rosebush tells how his center core was formed by his mother, who devoted herself to helping others even as the Reagans struggled themselves. The spiritual foundation she instilled in him by teaching him the Bible governed his thoughts, beliefs and actions all his life.

In a very real sense, his upbringing destined Reagan to become a global evangelist for American Exceptionalism - but importantly, as Rosebush learned first-hand, that did not mean Reagan thought Americans themselves were superior, as today's pundits and politicians often preach. Rather, Reagan believed that the ideals of America's founding were superior, enabling all Americans to live lives based on high ideals and spiritual principles, and thus achieve unparalleled success. Reagan was uniquely able to lead from true conviction and strength, his confidence stemming from an unshakeable fundamental belief system.

Better understanding the essence of this inspiring and principled leader is critical to our future. Journey back with Rosebush through the innumerable examples he recounts from first-hand observation and marvel once again at TRUE REAGAN.


 

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