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THE (YOUNG) MEN WE NEED: God's Purpose for Every Guy and How You Can Live It Out

Author: Brant Hansen
Binding Type:  paperback
Publisher:   Baker Books
ISBN:  9781540903693
Retail Price:  $20.99
From the Publisher:

Engaging, Humorous Perspective on How Young Men Can Live Out the Purpose God Has for Every Guy
· The Men We Need sold more than 25,000 copies in its first year
· Author is an award-winning Christian radio host whose program is broadcast on more than 200 stations with 2 million loyal listeners
· Author's podcast, The Brant and Sherri Oddcast, receives over one million downloads a year (over 15 million total)

The world needs young men to grow up into real men. But here's the problem: young men get so many conflicting messages about what it means to be a man, they find it hard to know what masculinity looks like when men are at their absolute best. Into this cultural confusion Brant Hansen paints a refreshingly specific, compelling picture of what men are designed to be. Combining depth and humor, he calls for young men of all interests and backgrounds to be ambitious about the right things and to see themselves as protectors and defenders of the vulnerable, with whatever resources they have at their disposal. The (Young) Men We Need is witty, to the point, bracingly honest, and packed with wisdom. Perfect for any guy age 14 and up who wants to know "Why am I here?"-- and is ready to show up. Includes discussion questions.

THE WATCHMAN: A Clarion Call for Men to Stand in the Gap

Author: Jim Grassi, D. Min
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Let's Go Fishing Ministries
ISBN:  9781735869339
Retail Price:  $15.99 
From the Publisher:

Dr. Jim Grassi, in his typical clear thinking style, has taken his keen insights of current events, biblical prophecy, and biblical manhood to develop a clarion call to godly men to stand up and be counted for the cause of Christ and their families.

The great battleground of our modern generation is for Truth and the warriors chosen to defend that truth at all cost. These warriors are men of God. Over the last few generations,
our dear and faithful female counterparts have had to take a greater role of standing for the truth to raise children in the truth. However, God’s Word is clear from start to finish that proper, loving, spiritual authority has been delegated to men. It is time for men to take up that mantle and stand for truth as leaders in the home, the church and our communities.

The help God sent in the Bible sometimes came from a nobody, like Gideon. Help also came from men who had messed up, like David, or Moses. Help always came from God and he used whomever would make themselves available. We pray that is you!!

Copyright 2023 Jim Grassi


DAMAGED GOODS: A Devotional for the Slightly Imperfect

Author: Stacy Kaye
Binding Type:  Softback

ISBN: 9798891094086
Retail Price:  $9.99
From the Publisher:

Does God really care about me?

This is a question we all ask ourselves. This book isn’t for the girls who’ve always done everything right. It’s for the oops–I–did–it–againers, the live–my–life–on–my–own–termers, the sometimes–learn–from–my–mistakers, the ones who’ve fallen down hard and lived to tell the tale, who’ve never quite fit the good-girl mold—the perfectly imperfect. It’s an open and raw look at what happens when a Christian damages her testimony and the restorative power of God’s love. Through personal stories, Stacy invites you into some of her darkest days and candidly shares hard-won wisdom around questions like . . .

Why do Christians run screaming in the opposite direction when someone’s life gets messy?
What should your role be when another Christian makes a mistake or struggles with something with which you don’t agree?
How can you overcome crippling fear, anxiety, and worry?
Why do you wander away from God over and over again?
Does it really matter if you forgive someone who wronged you?
This is not your mom’s devotional. It’s not filled with flowery descriptions or complex theology. It’s for women who are ready to get real and have an honest conversation about what it means to make a royal mess of your life and the painful paths your choices sometimes lead you down.

Inside you’ll find extraordinary truths and practical tips sprinkled with loads of encouragement meant just for you slightly imperfect daughters of the king! Grab your copy today!

BUSINESS AS A CALLING: Bringing Your Whole Self (Body, Soul, and Spirit) to Work

Author: Derick Masengale
Binding Type:  Softback
Publisher:  Trilogy Christian Publishing
ISBN:  9781685564964
Retail Price:  $15.19
From the Publisher:

Does God call some to a career in business?

If so, what does that look like?

Would He provide the Holy Spirit to assist you in your roles throughout your career?

This book provides the scriptural basis to know it is God's will for you to succeed wherever He calls you, that He provides insight into how to bring your whole self (body, soul, and spirit) to your profession, and that He recognizes the unique impact you as a Spirit-filled follower of Christ can have on your colleagues, your business, your customers, and your community. The concepts presented in this book will help increase your faith and expand your vision of what it means to have a calling of ministry in the world of business.

A graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor's in computer engineering, Derick Masengale spent over thirty-five years working in the engineering and business technology consulting fields serving clients across numerous commercial industries and Federal Government agencies. During his career, he has been blessed with opportunities to launch Space Shuttles, lead business and technology transformation programs, and lead an organization of over 5,000 people with revenues of over one billion dollars annually.

RAISING KIDS TO FOLLOW CHRIST: Instilling a Lifelong Trust in God

Author: Lee Ann Mancini
Binding Type:  Hardback
Publisher:    Whitaker House
ISBN:  9798887690940
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher: 

Empower your children with unshakable faith! Lee Ann Mancini's guide to lifelong trust in God teaches heart-led discipleship in a modern world. Guiding young hearts to Christ, 'Raising Kids to Follow Christ' equips parents with biblical strategies, practical tips & expert insights for nurturing deep faith. Empower your family's faith journey today! 

Lee Ann Mancini is passionate about helping children build a lifelong, unshakeable foundation in Jesus. She is the founder and CEO of Raising Christian Kids Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to equipping parents and caregivers with the tools they need to become the best spiritual leaders for their children.

Lee Ann is a wife and the mother of two grown children. Her award-winning children’s books and animated series, Sea Kids, are based on the stories she wrote for her young children about cute sea creatures who learn about God’s morals and values through everyday childhood experiences.

Lee Ann’s award-winning podcast, Raising Christian Kids, is filled with expert parenting advice and wisdom, as well as interviews with nationally and internationally acclaimed Christian experts on parenting and growing up in today’s world.

An adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College, she earned two master’s degrees from Knox Theological Seminary—in Christian, classical, biblical, and theological studies—and a master’s in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Lee Ann has devoted her life to the salvation of children and the preservation of Christianity.











LIFE IS MESSY GOD IS GOOD: Sanity for the Chaos of Everyday Life

Author: Cynthia Yanof
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:  Esther Press 
ISBN:  9780830785339
Retail Price:  $18.99
From the Publisher:

Cynthia Yanof knows how sloppy, slippery, and downright hard life can be. But as she reminds us through her laugh-out-loud stories and heartfelt companionship, God’s not surprised when we drop the ball, lose our cool, or struggle to put our Spanx on in the morning. He can use our ridiculous messes and even the really difficult I-didn’t-sign-up-for-this losses to shape us.

In Life Is Messy, God Is Good, Cynthia invites us to reframe our perspective on the challenges we face so we can see God at work—and laugh more along the way. Join her in discovering how:

We can be faithful to God’s purposes right where we are—baseball carpool, dog groomer, and even chaperoning the dreaded zoo field trip.
We come to realize one of life’s greatest blessings is a handful of crazy, godly friends (who aren’t afraid to tell you to retire your outfit).
When we let go of who the world says we should be, we are free to become who God created us to be.

Whether you are navigating a difficult new season, working late on another deadline, or simply horrified that your morning routine now includes plucking chin hair, Life Is Messy, God Is Good offers an encouraging and hilarious reminder that God is at work in you—even in the mess.