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The King Jesus Story Bible

Author: Ben Irwin
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434711489
Retail Price:  $12.99
From the Publisher:
Many Bible storybooks offer stand-alone stories, which reduces biblical narrative to moral fables rather than showing how they are a part of a larger redemptive drama. Designed for children ages 4 to 8, The King Jesus StoryBible is the gospel told in a single story—one designed to be read in one sitting. The thoughtful illustrations nurture a child’s spiritual curiosity and draw them deeper into biblical truth.
 
This unique book also includes a letter to parents introducing the concept of the gospel as a story and offering suggestions for how to use the book with their children.

 
 

The Secret Battle of Ideas about God:  Overcoming the Outbreak of Five Fatal Worldviews

Author: Jeff Myers
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9781434709653
Retail Price:  $22.99
From the Publisher:
A virus has been spreading across America. Chances are you’ve already been infected without even realizing it. The virus is made up of dangerous ideas—worldviews that don’t reflect Jesus and biblical living.
 
According to a recent Barna study, less than one in five practicing Christians have a biblical worldview. Idea viruses—stemming from secularism, Marxism, postmodernism, new spirituality, and Islam—are rampant in our churches today.
 
But don’t give up—there is hope! The Secret Battle of Ideas about God is a manual for winning the battle of ideas that is raging for our hearts and minds. Join Jeff Myers on a fascinating journey exploring today’s worldviews and what they say about life’s biggest questions. What he discovers will astound you; strengthen your faith; and inspire a newfound sense of love, healing, purpose, peace, and hope in your life.

 

The First Few Years Of Marriage:  8 Ways to Strengthen Your “I Do”

Author: Jim Burns & Doug Fields
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780781411981
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
When a marriage is new, it’s exciting. But as time passes, couples can drift apart and wrestle with the challenges that are common in any marriage. It can feel overwhelming, but together, couples will find that a healthy marriage has thousands of course changes.

In this follow-up to Getting Ready for Marriage, authors Jim Burns and Doug Fields offer a practical guide designed to help newlyweds build a strong foundation for a marriage that will last a lifetime.

Along with explaining the traits of a healthy marriage, The First Few Years of Marriage helps couples rekindle romance, fight fair, and deal with stress, the challenges of the first baby, and much more. This easy-to-read book gives married couples everything they need to go the distance together.

 

Stand:  Rising Up Against Darkness, Temptation, and Persecution

Author: Marian Jordan Ellis
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780781414975
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
In a frightening world, it’s tempting to question the promises of God. Yet one word rings out in Scripture as a call to God’s people: stand. From Moses at the Red Sea to Jesus with His disciples, stand is the call to believe God and hold fast to His promises.
 
In Stand, Marian Jordan Ellis explores what it looks like to be faithful in a crumbling world. She addresses questions like these: How do Christian leaders share God’s good news in a culture that wants to silence their voices? How do parents hold on to hope when their children are more in love with the world than with Jesus? How do Christians battle the voices of shame and insecurity?
 
Stand looks at the stories of real people—from Scripture and from today—who chose to stand firm and “win life.” Jesus promises that the evil of this present world is not our future reality. Stand offers inspiration and practical tools to stand in your faith, your convictions, and your trust in a God who never fails.

 

A Pair Of Miracles:  A Story of Autism, Faith and Determined Parenting

Author: Karla Akins
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Kregel Publications
ISBN:  9780825444845
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
When Karla Akins hoped that her autistic sons could learn to read and function independently, doctors warned her that those expectations would never be met. She set out to prove that, despite those warnings, all things are possible through God.

Laced with humor and compassion, A Pair of Miracles is the heartwarming story of her journey rearing adopted twin sons, each diagnosed with autism and fetal alcohol disorder. This is more than a moving biography from a mom on the front lines, however. It is a powerful tool, full of practical help for parents, educators, and church members working with children who have intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and other limitations on the autism spectrum. It is also a challenge to the church to welcome and celebrate all the members of their congregation, no matter their abilities.

Thanks to Karla's determination, faith, and unconditional love--and contrary to the doctors' predictions--her adult twins are now able to function independently in many ways. They help their dad install pools, do carpentry work, and serve in the church as ushers, sound engineers, and children's ministry workers.

For parents seeking hope, answers, and peace, Karla leads the way to all three down a path she's already been.

 

Sacred Mundane:  How to Find Freedom, Purpose and Joy

Author: Kari Patterson
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Kregel Publications
ISBN:  9780825444470
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
What if the key to changing your life--and yourself--is already in your hand?


So many women struggle with what to do with their daily lives. They feel trapped in everyday drudgery and disappointment, in dull domestic duties, and in mundane jobs they despise. Where is the abundant, purposeful life they were promised?

Kari Patterson shows readers the truth: in each unremarkable life lies an opportunity to see, know, love, and be utterly transformed by a God who meets everyone right where they are. Instead of stepping away from real life to find God, Patterson equips women with a six-step practice to move further in and meet Him in the humdrum moments of everyday existence. And when a woman's inner being is truly changed by the sacred, everything in her world changes too--right down to tackling the dirty dishes.

Through entertaining narrative, candid real-life stories, Bible study, and practical instruction, Sacred Mundane guides individuals or small groups to discover the beautiful sacredness in the lives they already lead. Women who long to grow in God and make a real difference in the world--no matter how small--will reach eagerly for this book and the radical transformation it offers.

 

<18> <18>: Faith For The Next Generation

Author: Bob Lenz and Rich Melheim with Jenica Halula
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Life Promotions
ISBN:  9780985671693
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:

Wouldn’t you love to have faith-forming experiences with your kids before they turn <18> ?

<18> is a funny and thought-provoking exchange between two friends from different faith traditions. As Rich and Bob interact, they expose the urgency of sharing God’s love with people under the age of .

<18> is an insightful look into the science and theology of early faith formation from a doctor in linguistic philosophy and a youth evangelist.

<18> speaks to every stage of development and season of life.

Through deeply personal stories, Bob and Rich offer encouragement, challenges, and practical advice from firsthand experience.

These <18> experiences are simple but profound.
Each practice is easily personalized to fit families of all shapes, ages and sizes, enriching the lives of both children and adults.

 

When Good Samaritans Get Mugged:  Hope & Healing for Wounded Warriors

Author: David R. Stokes
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Critical Mass Books
ISBN:  9780996989299
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Your mother probably said it maybe your grandmother, too. They parroted the overused maternal maxim: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

They meant well, but let's just say that they were not being completely truthful. They wanted us to be strong in the face of criticism, verbal abuse, and the bullying behavior of others. It was like, "Hey, if there's no blood it's no big deal."

But we all know better.

When was the last time a stick or stone was hurled at you?

Now, when was the last time what someone said hurt you?

There is a certain feeling of unfairness when people who are trying to do good even trying to serve the Lord get hurt along the way.

We get depressed. We think about getting even. We think about quitting.

In fact, one of the most common reasons people stop trying to make a difference has to do with getting hurt and not getting through or over it.

Good Samaritans get mugged.

All the time.

WHEN GOOD SAMARITANS GET MUGGED, by best-selling author David R. Stokes, details practical strategies for overcoming the depression, frustration, anger, fear, and discouragement we experience when we feel the pain of criticism, rejection, and personal attack even though we are trying to do the right thing.

There is hope, and there can be healing, WHEN GOOD SAMARITANS GET MUGGED.

 

The Way of Hope:  A Fresh Perspective on Sexual Identity, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Church

Author: Melissa Fisher
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801072956
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Most churches today struggle to answer the same-sex relationship debate that is quickly transforming our culture, our kids, and our churches. As a result, Christians struggle to demonstrate love and grace to those with same-sex attraction. That means that more and more people who are looking for truth and a place where they belong are deciding that the church is either indifferent to their struggle or outright hostile to "people like them."

There's a better way--the way of hope. With deep understanding born from her own painful experiences, Melissa Fisher shows that somewhere between the extremes of condemning and condoning is compassion. In this book, she aims to equip the church to make a positive difference in the lives of those hurting from relational or sexual brokenness. Perfect for pastors, parents, siblings, and friends of the ten million people in America who identify as LGBTQ, who long to love them well.

 

 

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