“Readers discover exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him.
‘I don’t write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a ‘how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps’ guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, and how we obey Him in the moment matters. It all matters. Everything.’
Author and speaker Mary DeMuth has been abused, foreclosed, abandoned, and betrayed. She has been pressed and drained till it was too much . . . But it was just enough to bring her to a place of surrender, piece by precious piece. In that surrender, she found the freedom of giving everything to God. And through Scripture, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit, she gives it all over again, every day.
In this gentle and challenging book, DeMuth describes the process and the nuances that shape us to be more like Christ. Her words are clear, vulnerable, and thought-provoking, and every chapter is infused with Scripture. Most of all, DeMuth provides personal and practical evidence that there is no greater pursuit than Christ. We must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the Everything He is, the Everything He gives.”
Publication Date: October 2012
Author Website: Mary DeMuth
The Unburdened Heart: Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness by Suzanne Eller
“The word ‘forgive’ is not, as many people think, one-dimensional. It doesn’t
just mean ‘let go and let God’—a challenge for anyone who has experienced
traumatizing abuse, injustice, neglect or abandonment.
In The Unburdened Heart, Suzanne Eller explores with readers the multiple facets of forgiveness found in the Scriptures, focusing in particular on the idea of ‘leaving one place to go to another.’ Believers can, with the help of God’s
Spirit, leave pain to find wholeness, leave regret to find purpose and leave the
past to live fully in the present. The Unburdened Heart uses the power of
story along with biblical teaching to lead readers into healing and a forgiving
Publication Date: February 2013
Author Website: Suzanne Eller
Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg
“Just like you, Margaret Feinberg longs to live in such a way that makes her feel fully alive. She suspects she’s not the only one whose sense of splendor and delight has faded with the demands of modern living. What do we do when holy awe is replaced by unholy indifference? When hope is diminished to a manageable emotion? When love becomes a fleeting expression in short supply?
In Wonderstruck, Margaret invites you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. Learn to unearth the extraordinary moments in every day life, recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine, and discover peace in knowing you’re wildly loved. You’ll find it is possible to regain the missing spark of mystery in the day-to-day. Winsome yet compelling, whimsical yet profound, the stories from Wonderstruck will inspire you to fall in love anew with God.”
Publication Date: December 2012
Author Website: Margaret Feinberg
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst
“God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it!
Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how.
Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.”
Publication Date: August 2012
Author Website: Lysa TerKeurst
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