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Set Apart:  Stop Comparing, Own Your Giftedness, and Rest in Jesus

Author: Denisse Copeland
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9781540901026
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Where can women turn when the world's assurance that they can have it all becomes a crushing expectation that they must do it all---even when their soul is withering? With insight and empathy, Copeland unpacks the story of Mary and Martha, sharing the liberating truth that in God's kingdom, you have the right to be you. 208 pages, softcover from Baker.

A Dream Worth Pursuing:  Find Your Value and Fulfill Your God-Given Desires

Author: Omayra Font
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Whitaker House
ISBN:  9781641237604
Retail Price:  $9.00
From the Publisher:
God has placed within every woman a world of potential. There are certain strengths and aptitudes found chiefly among females—including nurture, compassion, and a bent toward self-sacrifice for her spouse, children, family, and community—that have tremendous power to shape our society for the better. Yet it is these very traits that often keep a woman’s focus on others, to the extent that she loses sight of the dreams God has planted in her heart.

Since when did it become wrong for women to dream? Since when did female followers of Christ forget their divine call to create, pioneer, lead, innovate, and shatter glass ceilings? When a woman fails to appreciate her identity as a daughter of the King, she loses sight of her value—and the invaluable worth of her God-given dreams.

With the scriptural insights and godly wisdom of Pastor Omayra Font, embark on the exciting pursuit of your heart’s desires as you discover how to…

  • Rightly value yourself and your dreams
  • Deal with disappointments in a productive manner
  • View every obstacle as an opportunity for growth
  • Practice discipline in a way that promotes success
  • Project a sense of self-respect
  • Escape anxiety through prayer and planning
  • Stop making excuses and start making strides toward the fulfillment of your dream

Woman of God, a new day is dawning for you and your dreams. You are no longer a captive to fear, a slave to tradition, or someone who avoids risks at all costs. Your future is a blank canvas just waiting to be made into a masterpiece. It’s time to understand your worth, embrace your vision, pick up a paintbrush, and bring that vision to life!


Husband Auditions (Novel)

Author: Angela Ruth Strong
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Kregel Publications
ISBN:  9780825447105
Retail Price:  $
From the Publisher:
How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she's handed a strange present at the latest wedding--a 1950s magazine article of "ways to get a husband"--she decides there's nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can't get any more single, can she?

Her brother's roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love--Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it's an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she's looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

The Gift of Tongues:  What It Is, What It isn’t and Why You Need It

Author: Robert Henderson
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Chosen (division of Baker Publishing)
ISBN:  9780800799687
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Understand and discover the power of tongues to remove limits and establish a renewed relationship with God! Henderson's essential guide will help you learn to empower your prayer life; defeat discouragement, depression, and disillusionment; make this spiritual gift a reality in your life; let go of powerless Christianity; and ready yourself for the supernatural.

A Distant Shore (Novel)

Author: Karen Kingsbury
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    Atria Books
ISBN:  9781982104351
Retail Price:  $26.99
From the Publisher:
She was a child caught in a riptide in the Caribbean Sea. He was a teenager from the East Coast on vacation with his family. He dove in to save her, and that single terrifying moment changed both their lives forever.

Ten years later Jack Ryder is a daring secret agent with the FBI and Eliza Lawrence still lives on that pristine island. She’s an untainted princess in a kingdom of darkness and evil, on the brink of a forced marriage with a dangerous neighboring drug lord, a marriage arranged by her father.

This time when Jack and Eliza meet, there’s a connection neither of them can explain. Both their lives are on the line, and once again, the stakes are deadly high. Can they join forces in a complicated and dangerous mission, pretending to have a breathtaking love…without really falling?

Sometimes miracles happen not once, but twice…along a distant shore.

Dumplings Mean Family

Author: Jennifer Shaw
Binding Type:  Hardcover
Publisher:    This Side Up, LLC
ISBN:  9780983959137
Retail Price:  $19.95
From the Publisher:
Jennifer's new children's book, “Dumplings Mean Family” is told from her son Ethan’s perspective as he shares what it was like to join their family after his adoption. “When Ethan and his siblings are adopted from China to the United States, everything seems so strange and different. Their new American family doesn't even know how to make Chinese food! The children are worried. Will they ever get to eat their favorite meals again? For Ethan's family, embracing two cultures means learning to fold and pinch their way to dumplings that taste like home.” Truly a family project, Jennifer’s oldest daughter, Rinnah, also served as illustrator for this heartwarming book celebrating the truth that families can be strong and united when they commit to loving each other for who they truly are. As Ethan says, “We may be different in some ways, but we are one family!”