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Book Reviews

 

In Love:  The Larger Story of
Sex + Marriage

Author: Ryan Messmore
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Connorcourt
ISBN:  9781925501384
Retail Price:  $9.00
From the Publisher:
This book tells how one couple's lives and love story became swept up into an ancient, beautiful story much larger than themselves. The world of romantic love and sexual ethics looks different when seen through the lens of this narrative. In Love describes their attempt to live out this ancient story's wisdom in modern times.

 
 

Messy Beautiful Friendship:  Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships

Author:  Christine Hoover
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801019371
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Women long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make. The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation. Christine Hoover offers women a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows women

- what's holding them back from developing satisfying friendships
- how to make and deepen friendships
- how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts
- how to embrace the people God has already placed in their lives as potential friends
- and how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship

With stories of real friendships and guidance drawn from Scripture, Hoover encourages women to intentionally and purposefully invest in one of the most rewarding relationships God has given us.

 

Doing Busy Better:  Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest

Author:  Glynnis Whitwer
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800727154
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
So many women are living overcommitted lives and buckling under the nagging guilt. When they are busy, they feel guilty for not playing with their kids or having a quiet time of prayer and Bible study. When they try to rest, they feel guilty because there's so much left to do. It's an endless cycle of overwork and exhaustion. Yet inside every woman's heart is a longing for true rest. It's there because God designed us that way--but it seems out of reach.

Enough is enough. Our lives probably aren't going to get less busy, especially if we're in a demanding season of life, but we can do busy better. In this burden-lifting book, Glynnis Whitwer helps women examine their hearts and their schedules in order to seek a healthy and holy balance between--and enjoyment of--both work and rest. She shows readers how to prioritize their goals and their time, how to be present in the moment as Jesus was, and how to find the freedom of true soul rest. Most importantly, she shows women that their worth is found not in their accomplishments but in the love of the One who made them for work and for rest.

 

Hiding From The Kids In My Prayer Closet:  Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real

Author:  Jessica Kastner
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780781414845
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
 
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an “unmom”—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.

 

Entitled To Slavery:  A Blueprint For Breaking The Chains That Threaten American Exceptionalism

 Exceptionalism
Author:  Michael Abbott, Jr.

Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    World Ahead Press
ISBN:  9781944212803
Retail Price:  $18.99
From the Publisher:
History tells us that all civilizations progress through a sequence of nine distinct phases that begin and end with bondage. America is hardly immune to this progression.

In his book Entitled to Slavery, Michael Abbott, Jr. explores the collapsing cultural institutions that have ushered America within one short step of this final, tragic phase. History and human nature suggest that our fate has already been sealed--but Abbott charts a clear path to breaking free. He explains:

  • The dire consequences of separating church and state.
  • Why secular fundamentalism is more than a mind-set - it's a religion.
  • Two simple measures that will prevent the fire of American exceptionalism from being extinguished.

Liberty and freedom are hallmarks of the American dream. However, if we don't act now, we will lose them. We are losing them. We must heed this calling that will define our legacy in the eyes of our children.

 

Praying With Eyes Wide Open:  A Life-Changing Way to Talk with God

Author:  Sherry Harney with Kevin G. Harney
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    BakerBooks
ISBN:  9780801014703
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
A practical guide to praying continuously! Helping you make constant communication with God a natural part of your life rather than something on your daily spiritual checklist, the Harneys encourage you to open your eyes to the Lord's presence, your ears to hear his voice, and your heart to experience his freedom and power.

 

I Didn’t Sign Up For This: Finding Hope When Everything Is Going Wrong

Author:  John. F. Westfall
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Revell
ISBN:  9780800728076
Retail Price:  $13.99
From the Publisher:
So many things have the power to change our lives dramatically--loss, fear, betrayal, failure. When everything goes wrong in life, it's so easy to give in to the pain, frustration, and anger that threaten to overwhelm us. Though we may feel like giving up, there is life--abundant, exciting, and fulfilling--after our world gets turned upside down. In fact, says John Westfall, it's often in the face of fear and loss that we truly learn to live with courage, faith, and surprising joy.

Westfall speaks from experience. He may have pretended everything was fine, but inside he was beaten down, burdened, and aching for freedom from the depression that gripped him after a sudden loss. Through his own story, the stories of others, and wisdom from Scripture, Westfall shares with readers the peace of acceptance, the pleasure of release, and the power of risk.

Joy can be ours, even after devastating events. This book lights the way to a bright and new beginning.

 

 

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