ENCOURAGE

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WHAT’S ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT?

The Word on the World of Christian Fiction and Non-Fiction

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BUZZ!

Are you looking for a great read to encourage you in some way?  Well, you have come to the right place. The Phone Tree Buzz can help you in your search. The Phone Tree Buzz is a resource page dedicated to all those searching for good Christian fiction, as well as non-fiction. This page is an excellent tool for finding out about Christian authors and books.

Discover a whole new world of material that “expounds and illustrates a Christian world view in its plot, its characters, or both, or which deals with Christian themes in a positive way.”

(Book descriptions courtesy of Amazon.com)

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  1. Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer
    By Priscilla Shirer

    “You have an enemy…and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted. Fervent is your chance to strike back. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down. Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.”

  2. The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels
    by Frank Viola and Mary E. DeMuth

    “Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ met face-to-face with people just like you. Broken, imperfect, sometimes fearful and without hope. “The Day I Met Jesus” is a beautifully crafted narrative that chronicles the remarkable encounters of five women in the Gospels who were desperate to find wholeness, security, and purpose. Like all of us, these women struggled with the regrets of their pasts, the stresses of their presents, and the worries of their tomorrows.

    Join Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth on a fascinating journey back in time as they retell the dramatic accounts of five women who met Jesus. Each narrative is told from each woman’s unique perspective, yet tightly grounded in the Gospel accounts and faithful to first-century history. Elegantly written and profoundly stirring, this book blends creative narrative with uncommon insight, spiritual depth, and practical application.

    If you are someone who seeks a renewal of hope, faith, and love, “The Day I Met Jesus” will make your Bible come to life and usher you into a fresh encounter with your Lord.”

  3. Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in the Mess
    by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

    “Do you ever feel like you’re fresh out of amazing? Daily pouring yourself out for your family, you’re tired, overwhelmed, and have nothing left to give. Hope for the Weary Mom is an honest look at where you find yourself living. In their new book, bloggers Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin (creators of the online communities Mothers of Daughters and The MOB Society) lead you to the God who meets you in your mess and show you that you don’t walk through life alone. You will…

    •invite God into your mess
    •reconnect with His heart for you
    •experience the peace and freedom of walking with Him

    It’s easy to forget that God knows you by name when you’re numb with the daily grind. Join Stacey and Brooke and begin the journey from weariness to hope.”

  4. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
    By Lysa Terkeurst

    “Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? 

    Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you

    •        Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.

    •        Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no. 

    •        Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process. 

    •        Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.”

  5. I Want God: The Thrill of an Untamed Faith
    by Lisa Whittle

    “It is in the heart of every woman to want God, but sometimes life gets noisy and you can easily forget Him. You forget your first encounter with the Savior and how you were moved by the thought of Someone bigger than yourself. You forget the way you once believed He could use your life. You forget the fulfillment He provides that everyday life cannot.

    This is why you must remember. You must remember how powerful He is, how purposeful He made us, how easy it is for Him to move radically within your heart.

    I Want God is the guidebook for every woman who wants God to use her loud and big. With her signature boldness and raw authenticity, beloved author and speaker Lisa Whittle inspires women to run after the only relationship that can ever fill them up. Learn the simple but life-altering lessons that will spur a soul-revival.”

  6. Children of the Day
    The New Bible Study from Beth Moore
    An in-depth Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians

    Is family life a challenge? Is work is driving you crazy? Do you know God has a purpose for your life, but can’t figure out what it is? Know that your circumstances are not coincidental. And God’s timing is impeccable. Join Beth Moore on the Thessalonian shores as she walks you through the truth of each verse of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. In this study, you’ll face crises, afflictions, relationships, doubts, concerns, and fears. Find encouragement for living the Christian life now and hope for when Christ returns.

    – Lifeway

  7. The Professor’s Heart
    by Laurie Alice Eakes

    “Mia Roper has what she always wanted her independence, her career and her home back East. But when a train wreck strands her in Hillsdale, Michigan, the town she once called home, Mia begins to wonder if she made the right choice to leave Hillsdale—and her true love—behind.

    Rescuing injured passengers, Professor Ayden Goswell can’t believe his eyes. Could that really be Mia, the woman who once owned his heart, emerging from the wreckage? Long ago, Mia and Ayden chose their careers over love. But God, it seems, may have other plans for them…”

    • Thank you for this kindness. You just don’t know how much you and your writing inspire me. Truly.

      God bless you as well, my friend and fellow pilgrim. 🙂

      • All glory to God! That is very kind of you, and i also thank God for the times He has used your ministry to minister and bless me. May the Lord continue to deepen your knowledge of the Word and use you for His glory. Remain blessed!

  8. The Language of Sparrows
    By Rachel Phifer

    “Brilliant and fluent in too many languages to count, 15-year-old Sierra Wright can’t seem to communicate what is important to her in any language. Though April Wright stubbornly keeps an upbeat attitude about her daughter’s future, she has let her own dreams slip away. Just across the bridge lives old Luca, scarred from his time in a Romanian gulag years before. Though he has seemingly given up on people, Sierra is drawn to him despite his prickly edges.

    No one else is comfortable with the unpredictable old man spending time alone with Sierra, not even Luca’s son. Yet it is this unconventional relationship that will bring two families together to form friendships and unearth their family stories, stories that just might give them all the courage to soar on wings toward a new future.”

  9. The Chance: A Novel
    By Karen Kingsbury

    “The day before a teenage Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other and buried them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later, dig the box up, and read the letters. But now, as that date approaches, much has changed. Ellie has abandoned the faith she grew up with, her days consumed with loving her little girl and trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches TV to catch a glimpse of her old friend Nolan, now an NBA star, whose faith is known by the entire nation. But few know that Nolan’s own personal tragedies have fueled both his faith and athletic drive. Despite his success, Nolan is isolated and lonely, plagued by a void in his heart that has remained since that night beneath the old oak tree with Ellie. For both Ellie and Nolan, the coming date is more than just a childhood promise. It’s the chance to make sense of it all—the chance to find out if it’s ever too late to find love again.”

  10. The Offering: A Novel
    By Angela Hunt

    “One innocent mistake… a lifetime of consequences.

    After growing up as an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can’t afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter…

    Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy’s world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.

    Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened—could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what’s best for the little boy she has never known.”

  11. The Temple: Its Ministry and Services
    by Alfred Edersheim

    “Jerusalem’s temple represented not only the glory of Israel’s past but the splendor of its future, when the Messiah would come and reign over God’s people. To recapture the essence of the temple’s significance, both in the life of Israel and in the life and theology of the early Christians, readers are fortunate indeed to have as a tour guide that eminent scholar of Judaism and the New Testament, Alfred Edersheim. Readers who want to experience the grandeur of Herod’s temple – the temple that Jesus “cleansed” – or the anguish of a temple trodden by Roman soldiers will appreciate Edersheim’s knowledge of and passion for the temple of Scripture. Readers will also welcome this newly typeset, highly readable edition with illustrations and marginal references from Scripture, Philo, Josephus, and the Mishnah.”

  12. The World of Jesus: Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus’ Day
    By Dr. William H. Marty

    “Know Jesus Better by Understanding What Shaped His World

    Sometimes it’s hard to find your bearings in the New Testament, as you enter the time and place of Jesus and His disciples. There are confusing practices, new people groups, and even unexplained religious conflicts. How did it all come about?

    Dr. William Marty walks you through the history leading up to the arrival of Jesus in order to help you better understand His life and teachings. He answers such questions as:

    • Why did “Israelites” start being called “Jews”?

    • What’s a “synagogue” and what happened to worshiping in the temple?

    • Who were the Pharisees and why was Jesus so upset with them?

    • Why didn’t anyone like the Samaritans?

    Get to know the times in which Jesus lived, so you’ll better understand His teaching and ministry. And along the way, discover how God prepared the world for the One who would turn it upside down.”

  13. Falling to Pieces (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery)
    by Vannetta Chapman

    “In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town’s reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer. Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.”

  14. God Is Able
    By Priscilla Shirer

    “Got an IMPOSSIBLE situation? The anxiety it brings can wake you in the middle of a needed night’s sleep and then stalk you in the middle of broad daylight. It can sneak up on you and cast a cloak of fear and concern over your shoulders that you can’t seem to shake no matter how hard you try. It can take you down. Squash all hope. Stop you in your tracks.
     
    IMPOSSIBLE. IMPENETRABLE. UNCHANGEABLE. Maybe so . . . until God gets involved. No matter the details of your circumstance, His raw power potential and immeasurable ability refuse to cower in the face of any challenge. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. Not even that thing.
     
    This is the uplifting, well-reasoned answer from New York Times best-selling author Priscilla Shirer—not a denial of life’s adversities and troubles, but a biblical reminder that God is always up to great things, even when His great things are greater then instant remedies and visible change. He is a God who cares . . . and a God who CAN. Believe it. Experience it. God Is Able.”

    Release Date: October 2013

  15. What a Son Needs From His Mom
    by Cheri Fuller

    “Ever Feel Like Your Son Is From a Different Planet?

    Don’t worry, Mom. There’s a good reason why your son perplexes you. He’s the OPPOSITE sex! Boys really do think, communicate, and process the world differently than girls. But no matter your son’s age, he needs you, and he needs you in not-so-apparent ways.
    Drawing from her own experiences, as well as those from moms and sons from around the country, Cheri Fuller shares what makes boys and young men tick and how to become a more welcome influence at every stage in their lives. She answers all the top questions, including:

    “How can I help my son (and me!) deal with his emotions in a healthy way?”
    “School is such a struggle. How can I help him?”
    “Our personalities are SO different. How can we get on the same page?”
    “My son hardly says a thing. What can I do?”
    “What are the best ways to instill good values?”
    “How can I encourage a lasting faith in God?”

    With page after page of use-it-today advice and encouraging stories, this book will help you steer your son toward becoming a caring, confident young man.”

  16. Take a Chance on Me
    by Susan May Warren

    “Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.

    New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.

    Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.” – Tyndale House Publishers

    Release Date: April 2013

  17. The Blue Door (Threshold Series)
    By Christa J. Kinde

    “The Blue Door, the first book in The Threshold Series, introduces Prissie Pomeroy, a teen who discovers she can see what others cannot: angels all around. Even more startling is the surprising secret she uncovers about people she thought she knew. As she wrestles with this unexpected ability she must come to grips with the spiritual battles surrounding her. Especially when she learns she received this gift because God has a unique role for her in his bigger plan. But if she’s to fulfill it, she’ll need faith like never before.This exciting debut by author Christa Kinde draws on the rapidly growing interest in angel stories, an emerging trend in teen and preteen supernatural novels. Boys and girls alike will appreciate her gifted storytelling that captures their imagination with things beyond human sight. And parents will appreciate the family-friendly tone and godly messages maintained throughout this intriguing tale of adventure and spiritual warfare.”

  18. Be the Sunshine: Share the Light and Spread the Joy
    By Angela Thomas

    “Bestselling author Angela Thomas tells her story about a hilarious family moment that quickly turned into a heartwarming life lesson and inspired the family motto, ‘Be the sunshine.’ Additional stories, written with wit and wisdom, encourage all to shine God’s light into those life moments that need a touch of grace.

    Christine Adolph’s beautiful floral artwork accompanies each story, quote, and Scripture verse, making this inspiring book a truly uplifting gift of hope and light.”

  19. Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn
    By Melanie Shankle

    “There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.”

    This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood.

    Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it.”

  20. You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You
    By Holley Gerth

    “We all long to live with more purpose, passion, and joy. Yet in the middle of our hectic lives, the God-sized dreams that have the potential to lead us into all God has planned for us are the ones that tend to get lost. With her intimate, approachable style and constant encouragement, popular blogger and author Holley Gerth invites women to rediscover the big dreams God has given them–and then dare to pursue them.

    With the enthusiasm and honesty that we all want from our closest friend, Holley encourages women to overcome excuses–too busy, too late, too far out of my comfort zone–and believe that their God-sized dreams can become reality. She takes readers by the heart and says, “Yes! You can do this! Let’s go!” and then guides them forward with a loving hand. A licensed counselor and certified life coach, Holley insightfully combines inspiration with practical application in this positive book.”

  21. The Color of Hope
    By Kim Cash Tate

    “Hope shines brightest when all seems lost.

    Stephanie London led a life of comfort and ease in St. Louis before feeling inexplicably drawn back to her father’s roots in the tiny Southern town of Hope Springs. Charlotte Willoughby has lived there all her life and longs to make a new life somewhere else. Stephanie doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing there—or how to occupy her time. And Charlotte doesn’t understand why, despite her overbearing family and reminders of her failed engagement, she’s suddenly led to stay.

    Despite its small-town charm, Hope Springs itself is at a crossroads. After a failed reconciliation attempt by two well-meaning pastors, the town is split along racial and cultural lines, with little hope for redemption.

    When a terrible tragedy puts Hope Springs on the national radar, the entire town is tested, and both Stephanie and Charlotte feel their lives unraveling. In the midst of heartache, though, they’ll discover the true color of hope . . .”

    Release Date: April 2013

  22. The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken
    By Naomi Zacharias

    “Follow Naomi as she talks to women working in brothels in Mumbai; survivors of an Indonesian tsunami in which more than 160,000 lives were lost; a young girl waiting on an operation to save her life; and victims of domestic violence horrifically burned by fire. Be still with her when she realizes the pain she feels in the face of these extreme injustices reveals a common struggle that exists within all of humanity. And rise with her as she wrestles with confusion over her identity, comes face to face with redemption, and then begins to understand her own story … and to find her calling. The Scent of Water will open your eyes to the complexities of the world, showing you pain can also be beauty, and how each are found in the unlikeliest of places. Zacharias doesn’t have all the answers. But she has hope and encouragement that will empower you to find and begin the adventure of your life.”

  23. The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of 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 lifestyle.”

    Release Date: February 2013

  24. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    by Dr. Tony Evans

    “You know the story: God told Abraham he would become a great nation. Then he told him to sacrifice his own (and only) son, Isaac. Abraham obeyed God and was about to kill Isaac-when God intervened.

    This is a classic Between a Rock and a Hard Place situation. So how was Abraham able to obey in the face of losing it all? Or to bring it closer to home-what would you have done?

    In this powerful new book, Tony Evans reveals what to do when your love for God is tested. According to Evans, “when you don’t know God, or when you either forget or dismiss what is true about Him, then you don’t know how to respond…”

    Moving through passages in both the Old and New Testaments, Evans makes a powerful case for obedient living as the key to an abundant life.”

  25. Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life.
    by Steven Furtick

    “Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater?

    We all have honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more.

    And according to one of the most shocking verses in the Bible, Jesus wants the very same thing for every one of us:

    “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12

    That single promise—“even greater things than these”—should be enough to shatter our acceptance of spiritual mediocrity. Unfortunately, most believers have only tried and given up on vague notions of greatness…then settled into a life that’s just good enough.

    Good enough = Baseline living that is marked by mediocrity, stuck in spiritual survival mode, and controlled by complacency.

    Greatness = Vague, unrealistic aspirations of doing better that don’t work in real life and lead to endless frustration.

    But there is a third way.

    Greater = The life-altering understanding that God is ready to accomplish a greatness in your life that is entirely out of human reach—beyond anything you see in yourself on your best day, but exactly what God has seen in you all along.

    In Greater, Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to empower you to:
    • Take a God-given dream from idea to reality
    • Stretch your limited resources and abilities in ways you never thought possible
    • Replace the images of yourself that keep you feeling stuck in the past
    • Make a significant impact with your life starting today, rather than making endless plans for tomorrow that you never get around to

    If you’re tired of being ordinary, it’s time to dream bigger. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to begin, it’s time start smaller. It’s time to ignite God’s Greater vision for your life.”

  26. Love Does
    by Bob Goff

    “As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

    Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

    When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss.

    Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.”

  27. The Dieter’s Prayer Book: Spiritual Power and Daily Encouragement
    by Heather Kopp

    “Friendly Support. Daily Encouragement. Spiritual Empowerment.

    Diets and diet books have never been more popular. At the same time, recent studies show that Americans have never been more overweight. It’s no wonder, then, that women who are trying to lose weight–be it 10 or 100 pounds–are among the most frequently discouraged people around. Every day we are faced with fridge wars, bad mirror moments, diets that don’t work, skinny friends who can eat whatever they like, and husbands who reminisce about the size 8 they married.

    Yet victory can be yours. Increasingly, scientific studies are indicating that in health matters, prayer works–and in The Dieter’s Prayer Book, you’ll find that daily ounce of spiritual encouragement you need. Not tied to any one particular diet, The Dieter’s Prayer Book can be used in conjunction with any healthy-eating program, or on its own. Each day, these upbeat prayers will remind you what really matters, make you feel less alone, and empower you to achieve your goal of healthful living.”

  28. Stardust: A Novel
    by Carla Stewart

    “Shortly after burying her unfaithful husband, Georgia Peyton unexpectedly inherits the derelict Stardust motel from a distant relative. Despite doubts from the community and the aunt who raised her, she is determined to breathe new life into it. But the guests who arrive aren’t what Georgia expects: Her gin-loving mother-in-law; her dead husband’s mistress; an attractive but down-on-his-luck drifter who’s tired of the endless road; and an aging Vaudeville entertainer with a disturbing link to Georgia’s past.

    Can Georgia find the courage to forgive those who’ve betrayed her, the grace to shelter those who need her, and the moxy to face the future? And will her dream of a new life under the flickering neon of the STARDUST ever come true?”

  29. Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships
    by Randy Frazee

    “What If You Could . . . *get all your work done by 6:00 p.m.? *eat dinner with your family every night? *form deep, satisfying relationships? *naturally blend the world of church with your everyday life? *spend hours a week on your hobbies? You can! Making Room for Life reveals how to make all of these things a reality. Not by working faster or having more gadgets, but by simply choosing a lifestyle of conversation and community over a lifestyle of accumulation. Randy Frazee’s practical, motivating insights call you back to the kind of relationships and life rhythms you were created to enjoy. In Making Room for Life, Frazee shows you how—and why it’s so important—to balance work and play, establish healthy boundaries, deal with children’s activities and homework, bring Jesus to your neighbors, and build authentic bonds with a circle of close friends. Share these insights with those around you and help usher in an amazing transformation: your life and the lives of others blooming, in the midst of the chaos and fragmentation of today’s culture, into communities of purpose and peace.”

  30. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
    by Jen Hatmaker

    “American life can be excessive, to say the least. That’s what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family’s upper middle class home. She once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called “rich” by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual was born.

    7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

    Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.”

  31. Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy
    by Stephanie Nielson

    “Go on an unforgettable journey, with a woman who has unimaginable strength.

    Stephanie Nielson began sharing her life in 2005 on nieniedialogues.com, drawing readers in with her warmth and candor. She quickly attracted a loyal following that was captivated by the upbeat mother happily raising her young children, madly in love with her husband, Christian (Mr. Nielson to her readers), and filled with gratitude for her blessed life.

    However, everything changed in an instant on a sunny day in August 2008, when Stephanie and Christian were in a horrific plane crash. Christian was burned over 40 percent of his body, and Stephanie was on the brink of death, with burns over 80 percent of her body. She would remain in a coma for four months.

    In the aftermath of this harrowing tragedy, Stephanie maintained a stunning sense of humor, optimism, and resilience. She has since shared this strength of spirit with others through her blog, in magazine features, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Now, in this moving memoir, Stephanie tells the full, extraordinary story of her unlikely recovery and the incredible love behind it—from a riveting account of the crash to all that followed in its wake. With vivid detail, Stephanie recounts her emotional and physical journey, from her first painful days after awakening from the coma to the first time she saw her face in the mirror, the first kiss she shared with Christian after the accident, and the first time she talked to her children after their long separation. She also reflects back on life before the accident, to her happy childhood as one of nine siblings, her close-knit community and strong Mormon faith, and her fairy-tale love story, all of which became her foundation of strength as she rebuilt her life.

    What emerges from the wreckage of a tragic accident is a unique perspective on joy, beauty, and overcoming adversity that is as gripping as it is inspirational. Heaven Is Here is a poignant reminder of how faith and family, love and community can bolster us, sustain us, and quite literally, in some cases, save us.”

  32. Wildflowers from Winter: A Novel
    by Katie Ganshert

    “A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

    Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.

    For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists?”

  33. Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On: Trusting God in the Tough Times
    by Stormie Omartian

    “‘More and more, God is teaching me to trust Him for every step I take. I follow His lead, even when I can’t see where I’m going.'”

    If you’re excperiencing a major life-change, making an important decision, or simply needing encouragement to make it through the day, you’ll find inspiration and hope in this candid, refreshing look at how to walk successfully through the difficult times of life. By following God’s lead and trusting Him to provide just enough light for each step you’re on, you can trade in anxiety about the future and regret over the past for joyful anticipation and peaceful assurance in the present.

    Become confident that when God calls you beyond your comfort zone, you’ll be able to take His hand and let Him guide you into amazing possibilities. You’ll discover how to…

    -overcome fear in times of darkness
    -learn to see the positive side of challenging situations
    -have enough strength to go through times of testing
    -surrender your dreams to God and listen for His call on your life
    -step out of the past and move into the future God has planned for you

    Heartfelt prayers and helpful Bible verses assist you in moving ahead in your life, even without a clear picture of your destination, ready for the blessings and rewards that wait for you on the approaching shore.”

  34. You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be
    by Holley Gerth

    “Women feel enormous pressure to be perfect. To have the perfect body, to be a perfect woman, to have the perfect career, and to have the perfect attitude. All the time. Under all that pressure and all those expectations are women carrying burdens they were never meant to carry and suppressing the dreams they were always meant to live.

    In You’re Already Amazing, popular blogger and cofounder of (in)courage helps women understand and embrace the fact that they don’t need to do more, be more, and have more–because they’re already amazing just the way God created them to be. As a licensed counselor and certified life coach, Holley knows what readers need to hear. Like a heart-to-heart talk over coffee, reading this joy-filled book encourages women to forget the lies and expectations the world feeds them, instead believing that God made them for a purpose and that he loves them right now, at this moment, and always. Holley takes readers on a journey of the heart to discover their strengths and embrace all God created them to be.”

  35. Where Will You Go from Here?: Moving Forward When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned
    by Valorie Burton

    “Has the unexpected knocked you off course? You lost your job to the latest round of layoffs. A relationship you thought would last forever, didn’t. A health challenge is disrupting your life. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but with the right attitude and skills, you can persevere through even the toughest situations—and emerge stronger and better than ever.

    Resilience to Get Through Any Challenge

    In Where Will You Go from Here? Valorie Burton helps you navigate life’s obstacles and unexpected challenges. You’ll find all the tools you need to be resilient in the face of setbacks, now and in the future, including:

    · The Five Commitments that propel every successful comeback
    · Step-by-step guidance for restructuring your life
    · Strategies to unearth the courage you need for any situation
    · In-the-heat-of-the-moment words to combat negative thinking
    · Practical exercises to become better, not bitter, as a result of adversity

    Packed with uplifting insights and powerful principles, this personal coaching resource offers the wisdom and encouragement you need to think differently about your circumstances and take hold of the lessons God is offering you. As you experience the “post-traumatic growth” that comes only through adversity, you’ll be equipped to unleash a stronger, more authentic you.”

  36. The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel
    by Jamie Carie

    “The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.

    Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

    When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.”

  37. Kisses from Katie
    by Katie J. Davis

    “What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn’t know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people and children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. She has given up a relatively comfortable life—at a young age—to care for the less fortunate of this world. She was so moved by the need she witnessed, she’s centered her life around meeting that need. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda, and she completely trusts God for daily provision for her and her family.”

  38. Smitten
    by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter

    “Four friends devise a plan to turn Smitten, Vermont, into the country’s premier romantic getaway-and each finds her own true love along the way.

    With Smitten Lumber closing, residents wonder if their town can stay afloat. Then four friends and local business owners-Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese–decide the town is worth saving. How will they do it? They’ll turn Smitten into a honeymoon destination!

    As Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese work to save the town, each discovers romance in her own life. Meanwhile, the faith of a little child reminds the whole town what it means to have real faith in the God who is the always and forever Love.”

    • I usually don’t like romance only books, but this one is precious. I has more than just romance and the way the four authors have worked together to make one book with each one writing a section really worked well. I’m reading Secretly Smitten (the sequel) now and loving it also! The characters are captivating and I love the idea of revamping the town.

      • Thanks for letting me know your thoughts. I have heard nothing but good things about both books. I love series associated with places just as much as people. That’s kind of how I got pulled in to Mossy Creek.

  39. Beautiful Battle: A Woman’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare
    by Mary DeMuth

    “Warfare…hell…demons…I’m just trying to drive my kids to school and stay on top of the laundry.

    What does any of that have to do with me?

    You’ve heard plenty of talk about evil. You’ve heard about binding Satan and breaking strongholds and calling demons by name. You’ve heard you should claim your victory in Christ…but you’re not really sure how to do that.

    This isn’t a book about evil.

    With passion and strength, Mary DeMuth brings balance and insight to the often murky realm of spiritual warfare. As you embrace the abundant life to which God calls his daughters, she’ll tell you why your voice matters for eternity. And on the darkest days, you’ll know that spiritual warfare is about bowing before the Creator, not cowering before the devil. It’s about finding freedom and beauty in the midst of devastation. It’s about the power of God to heal our hearts, to move mountains, to intercede when we’re weary. It’s about crucifixion and a defiant, glorious resurrection.

    It’s about truth.

    It’s about power.

    Join Mary in the beautiful battle, and be renewed on the journey.”

  40. Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus
    by John Eldredge

    “Reading the Gospels without knowing the personality of Jesus is like watching television with the sound turned off. The result is a dry, two dimensional person doing strange, undecipherable things.

    In BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW, John Eldredge removes the religious varnish to help readers discover stunning new insights into the humanity of Jesus. He was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, heavy drinking. Of being the devil himself. He was so compelling and dangerous they had to kill him. But others loved him passionately. He had a sense of humor. His generosity was scandalous. His anger made enemies tremble. He’d say the most outrageous things. He was definitely not the Jesus of the stained glass.

    In the author’s winsome, narrative approach, he breaks Jesus out of the typical stereotypes, just as he set masculinity free in his book, Wild at Heart. By uncovering the real Jesus, readers are welcomed into the rich emotional life of Christ. All of the remarkable qualities of Jesus burst like fireworks with color and brilliance because of his humanity.

    Eldredge goes on to show readers how they can experience this Jesus in their lives every day. This book will quicken readers’ worship, and deepen their intimacy with Jesus.”

  41. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence
    by Sarah Young

    “Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.”

  42. Believing God
    by Beth Moore

    “‘Is it working? Your belief system, that is. Is it really working? God’s intention all along has been for the believer’s life to work. From divine perspective toward terrestrial turf, God meant for his children to succeed. . .

    Are our Christian lives successful? Are they achieving and experiencing what Scripture said they would? In a recent sermon my son-in-law preached, Curt told us the only way we were going to impact the world and the next generation is to prove that our faith in Christ is real and that it works. For countless Christians I’m convinced it’s real. My concern is whether or not we have the fruit to suggest it works.’—Beth Moore; Believing God”

  43. The Waiting Place: Learning to Appreciate Life’s Little Delays
    by Eileen Button

    “We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and carpool circles. We wait to grow up, for true love, and for our children to be born. We even wait to die. But amazing things can happen if we open our eyes in The Waiting Place and peer into its dusty corners. Sometimes relationships are built, faith is discovered, dreams are (slowly) realized, and our hearts are expanded.

    With humor and heart-breaking candor, Eileen Button breathes life into stagnant and, at times, difficult spaces. Throughout this collection of essays she contends that The Waiting Place can be a most miraculous place-a place where beauty can be experienced, the sacred can be realized, and God can be found working in the midst of it all.”

  44. The Resolution for Women
    by Priscilla Shirer

    “Written in partnership with Sherwood Pictures’ upcoming film, COURAGEOUS, in The Resolution for Women, popular speaker and author Priscilla Shirer challenges all women to be intentional about embracing and thriving in God’s beautiful and eternal calling on their lives.

    Like the men in the movie who resolve to fully accept their responsibilities before God, Shirer explains how today’s women can and should live out their own resolution. It is “a defining banner that hangs over your life, written in the ink of your own choices.” A woman’s banner should be an accurate reflection of who she desires to be-someone completely Christ-centered who blesses and changes things in her world for the better.

    The Resolution for Women inspires women with intentional, spirit-filled living from three unique angles. Section one, entitled, “This Is Who I Am,” helps a woman define herself as “authentically me, purposefully feminine, surprisingly satisfied, and faithfully His.” Section two, “This Is What I Have,” invites her to value “my best, my blessing, my honor, and my heart.” And Section three, “This Is What Matters To Me,” focuses on joyfully honoring God as a wife, mother, and family member while resolving to live with the grace that leaves a godly legacy. The Resolution for Women is designed to inspire a revolution.”

  45. A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Live in the Security of God’s Promises
    by Renee Swope

    “Often the biggest obstacle to living out our faith is our own doubt–about our worth, our abilities, our relationship with God, and situations in our lives. A Confident Heart gives voice to the questions, doubts, struggles, and hopes so many women have. Author Renee Swope shows women how to identify, overcome, and even use doubt in order to live confidently in God’s power, truth, and grace. Perfect for women’s small groups or individuals, A Confident Heart is an authentic, insight-filled and encouraging message for any woman who wants to exchange destructive thought patterns with biblical truth that will transform the way she thinks, feels, and lives.

    Step out of the shadows of self-doubt to live with a confident heart.”

  46. ScreamFree Marriage: Calming Down, Growing Up, and Getting Closer
    by Hal Runkel with Jenny Runkel

    “Through the best-selling ScreamFree Parenting, Hal Runkel showed thousands of parents how keeping their cool can revolutionize their family life. In his groundbreaking new book, ScreamFree Marriage, Runkel now shows couples how learning to stay calm, in the face of common marital conflicts, is the key to creating and enjoying a deep, lifelong connection.

    Every committed couple strives to hold on to the marriage they envisioned back when they first said ‘I do’–before the end of the honeymoon phase, before kids, mortgages, health crises, and all life’s inescapable issues. But the truth is this: conflict is unavoidable–it’s impossible for two people to see every single thing, face every issue, and experience every situation in exactly the same way. What results are couples ‘screaming’ at each other–sometimes literally yelling out loud, sometimes shutting themselves down and shutting their partners out, and sometimes avoiding the issue altogether–none of which leads to the passionate, intimate connection we all crave.

    In ScreamFree Marriage, Hal introduces some radical new concepts about marriage, teaching couples how to embrace this inevitable conflict as a profound vehicle for strengthening a marriage. Rather than just a source of pain and disagreement, these ‘Fires of Commitment,’ as Hal describes them, can actually be the exact experience needed to grow couples into new levels of maturity and intimacy. By simply learning the ScreamFree formula of Calming Down, Growing Up, and Getting Closer, you too can cross through these fires and end up with a closer and more passionate marriage than ever before. Using accessible anecdotes and the disarming humor that readers have come to love, Runkel disproves prevailing marital wisdom, puts couples on a path to ‘intimate independence’ and reveals a whole new, fresh approach to marriage.”

  47. Day of War (Lion of War Series)
    by Cliff Graham

    “In ancient Israel, at the crossroads of the great trading routes, a man named Benaiah is searching for a fresh start in life. He has joined a band of soldiers led by a warlord named David, seeking to bury the past that refuses to leave him. Their ragged army is disgruntled and full of reckless men. Some are loyal to David, but others are only with him for the promise of captured wealth. While the ruthless and increasingly mad King Saul marches hopelessly against the powerful Philistines, loyal son Jonathan in tow, the land of the Hebrew tribes has never been more despondent—and more in need of rescue. Over the course of ten days, from snowy mountain passes to sword-wracked battlefields, Benaiah and his fellow mercenaries must call upon every skill they have to survive and establish the throne for David—if they don’t kill each other first.”

  48. In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home
    by Mary Kassian

    “We need to get to know God as Father and relate to Him as a blessed child. However, our relationship with our earthly father positively or negatively impacts how we relate to Father God. Mary Kassian encourages women to clear barriers hindering them from seeing their loving Heavenly Father, basing their relationship with God on the truth of who He is rather than falsehoods about Him.”

  49. Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story
    by John Sowers

    “What happens when givers of life give a lifetime of tears? The story of fatherlessness is written into the heart of our generation. It is heard in our songs, seen in our movies, read in our blogs. It is a story of shame, loneliness, and rejection. A story of missed potential and wasted opportunity. A story that desperately needs to be heard. But fatherlessness is more than a personal tragedy. It is a growing epidemic. Fatherlessness is a driving force behind gangs, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, and suicide. And all too often, the fatherless are either marginalized or ignored. In Fatherless Generation, Dr. John Sowers asks: How can the faith community begin rewriting this tragic story? Written for those who are fatherless themselves and those concerned with social justice, Fatherless Generation uses culture, statistics, and testimonies to remind us that it is possible for a generation to find healing. Drawing on years of research and personal experience, Dr. Sowers shows us that intentional, intergenerational mentoring is the key to a new story of hope. It is in relationship that this generation has been wounded and it is in relationship that healing must begin. Mentoring is the most strategic way to reconcile our generation with God. Weaving in his own experience of fatherlessness, Dr. Sowers eloquently presents the desperate reality of fatherlessness in our culture and how awareness and compassion offer a solution of hope—a hope that will write new stories for generations to come. “

  50. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
    by Ann Voskamp

    “Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. ‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long—and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?’ In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted … a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved — by God. Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!”

  51. Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool
    by Hal Edward Runkel

    “You Can Start a Revolution in Your Family . . . Tonight

    ScreamFree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice. It’s about learning to calm your emotional reactions and learning to focus on your own behavior more than your kids’ behavior . . . for their benefit. Our biggest enemy as parents is not the TV, the Internet, or even drugs. Our biggest enemy is our own emotional reactivity. When we say we “lost it” with our kids, the “it” in that sentence is our own adulthood. And then we wonder why our kids have so little respect for us, why our kids seem to have all the power in the family.

    It’s time to do it differently. And you can. You can start to create and enjoy the types of calm, mutually respectful, and loving relationships with your kids that you’ve always craved. You can begin to revolutionize your family, starting tonight.

    Parenting is not about kids, it’s about parents.
    If you’re not in control, then you cannot be in charge.
    What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what.

    Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that’s inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics. Moving beyond the child-centered, technique-based approaches that ultimately fail, the ScreamFree way compels you to:

    focus on yourself
    calm yourself down, and
    grow yourself up

    By staying calm and connected with your kids, you begin to operate less out of your deepest fears and more out of your highest principles, revolutionizing your relationships in the process.

    ScreamFree Parenting is not just another parenting book. It’s the first parenting
    book that maintains—from beginning to end—that parenting is NOT about kids . . . it’s about parents. As parents pay more attention to controlling their own behavior instead of their kids’ behavior, the result is stronger, more rewarding, and more fulfilling family relationships.

    For those of you reading who are parents, know parents, or have had parents, the notion that the greatest thing you can do for your children is to learn to focus on yourself may sound strange, even heretical. It’s not. Here’s why: we are the only ones we can control. We cannot control our kids—we cannot control the behavior of any other human being. And yet, so many “experts” keep giving us more tools (“techniques”) to help us try to do just that. And, of course, the more we try to control, the more out of control our children become.

    “Don’t make me come up there.” “Don’t make me pull this car over.” “How many times do I have to tell you?” Even our language suggests that our kids have control over us.

    It’s no wonder that we end up screaming. Or shutting down. Or simply giving up. And the charts, refrigerator magnets, family meetings, and other techniques in most typical parenting books just don’t work. They end up making us feel more frustrated and more powerless in this whole parenting thing.

    This practical, effective guide for parents of all ages with kids of all ages introduces proven principles for overcoming the anxieties and stresses of parenting and setting new patterns of connection and cooperation. Well-written in an engaging, conversational tone, the book is sensible, straightforward, and based on the experiences of hundreds of actual families. It will help all parents become calming authorities in their homes, bring peace to their families today, and give kids what they need to grow into caring, self-directed adults tomorrow.”

  52. What Happens When Women Walk in Faith: Trusting God Takes You to Amazing Places
    by Lysa TerKeurst

    “LysaTerKeurst knows what it means to walk in faith, starting from the cry she uttered years ago, ‘How do I take my broken life and allow God to use it for His glory,’ to her current position as president of Proverbs 31 Ministry.

    Walking in Faith will change the way the reader…

    recognizes God’s opportunities for growth
    hears God speak through His Word
    understands herself as a unique creation of her Heavenly Father
    survives life’s hardest places

    Lysa’s new book is filled with stories, Scripture, and encouragement for readers to discover the deeper truths of God.

    As a bonus, Lysa has provided a Bible study section to help readers apply the principles in Walking by Faith. “

  53. Daughters of Eve: Women of the Bible Speak to Women of Today
    by Virginia Stem Owens

    “HAVE WOMEN CHANGED THAT MUCH SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME? Is there something about being a woman that transcends time and cultural differences? Are we, even after centuries of change, still “sisters under the skin” with women of radically different cultures who lived so long ago? Daughters of Eve invites you to examine some of the fascinating stories of biblical women. Some of these characters may be familiar to you; many you may have never heard of. As you learn about them, you may be surprised at what you learn about yourself.

    Be forewarned-the women of the Bible weren’t always nice. But they were very real. And the ways in which they were courageous or cowardly, devoted or deceitful, are uniquely women’s ways. Many of the issues they faced (violence, multiple marriages, manipulation, motherhood) are issues of urgent importance to women today.

    Much has changed since the first woman walked the earth. But at least one thing remains the same: being a woman is as challenging as it ever was. Come discover the uniqueness of womanhood-the things that after all these years still unite us as Daughters of Eve.”

  54. Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God: The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest
    by David McCasland

    “Oswald Chambers was born in Scotland and spent much of his boyhood there. His ministry of teaching and preaching took him for a time to the United States and Japan. The last six years of his life were spent as principal of the Bible Training College in London, and as chaplain to British Commonwealth troops in Egypt during World War I. After his death, at age 43, the books that bear his name were compiled by his wife from her own verbatim shorthand notes of his talks.”

  55. Havah: The Story of Eve – A Novel
    by Tosca Lee

    “She knew this earth when it was perfect like her, for a time. Made by God in a manner like no other, she lived in utter peace without flaw in paradise until one fateful decision changed everything. Now, all humanity suffers for her mistake. But what did it feel like then to first sin and be exiled, to see all innocence crumble so vividly, and a strange new world take its place? Experience the epic dawn of mankind through the eyes and heart of Eve the woman first known as Havah. ‘A passionate and riveting story of the Bible’s first woman.'”

  56. Do You Know Who I Am?: And Other Brave Questions Women Ask
    by Angela Thomas

    “In her book Do You Know Who I Am? Angela Thomas asks God if He knows her—and ultimately does He love her—as she is, right now, today. In each chapter, she names a different identity issue, such as: ‘I am invisible,’ ‘I am worn out,’ ‘I am undisciplined,’ ‘I am ordinary,’ and ‘I am afraid to dream.’ With each honest admission, Angela teaches that God lovingly replies, ‘Yes, I know your heart. I see your struggle. Now…do you know who I AM?’
    Ultimately Angela reveals that the secret to being known and loved lies in an intimate understanding of who God is. Each identity struggle is answered with a short biblical study on the character of God that assures readers that their personal, spiritual, and eternal fulfillment is not dependent on getting themselves together. Rather, God has a purpose for them just as they are—broken, afraid, disappointed, disillusioned.

    Through vivid storytelling, biblical teaching, and practical application, readers will find the heartfelt answers they seek.”

  57. Faithful
    by Kim Cash Tate

    “Cydney Sanders thought she knew God’s plan for her life. She’d marry, have kids, and then snap her body back into shape by doing Tae Bo. But she’s celebrating her fortieth birthday as the maid of honor at her little sister’s wedding…and still single. Now her life is suddenly complicated by the best man. He’s the opposite of what she wants in a husband…and yet, he keeps defying her expectations. Starting with a lavendar rose–symbolizing enchantment–each rose he sends her reflects his growing love for her.

    Cydney’s best friend Dana appears to have the perfect marriage–until she discovers her husband’s affair and her world goes into a tailspin. Then there is Phyllis–who is out of hope and out of prayers after asking God for six long years to help her husband find faith. When she runs into an old friend who is the Christian man she longs for, she’s faced with an overwhelming choice.

    Life-long friends with life-altering struggles. Will they trust God’s faithfulness…and find strength to be faithful to Him?”

  58. The Mom I Want to Be: Rising Above Your Past to Give Your Kids a Great Future

    by T. Suzanne Eller

    “A woman’s experience as a mother is influenced by the mothering she received as a child. If neglect was a part of that upbringing, the woman who holds a newborn and faces the responsibility of parenting needs a healthy vision of motherhood.

    T. Suzanne Eller compassionately discusses how a woman can turn from a painful past and embrace a godly example of motherhood. She shares

    how shattered legacies can be put back together
    the path to restoring the broken image of motherhood
    ways to let go and embrace a new story
    This is a celebration of God’s healing power and how all women can become the mom they want to be.”

  59. Blemished

    by Jason Hayes

    “What’s the last thing God said to you? What if He went silent after those words and you never heard from Him again? It wouldn’t be the first time. After centuries of dreams, visions, and words from prophets, the Lord went silent. He said nothing for 400 years. The last word God spoke to His people, before the New Testament, is recorded in the Book of Malachi. And it wasn’t good news.

    Malachi is a book about unfaithful priests, half-hearted religion, and blemished sacrifices. It’s about people who lived by checklists, performing spiritual acts without the engagement of their hearts. Blemished points out how many Christ-followers are following in the footsteps of the people in Malachi’s day.”

  60. Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives

    by Jocelyn Green

    “If your spouse, or someone you know, has been deployed recently, the stress of that situation will resonate with you. Jocelyn Green speaks directly to the wives of deployed seamen, marines, airmen, and soldiers, via the experiences of their spouses.

    This book is not a “ten easy steps” for a painless life, instead, it is a collection of devotions that squarely addresses the challenges wives face when their husbands are away protecting freedom. Challenges like: how does a military wife maintain a strong sense of patriotism without allowing her country to become an idol? What good can possibly come from moving every two to three years? And how can I be sure that God has a purpose for my life that is as strong as His purpose for my husband’s? The foundation of this devotional is the unchanging character of God and the anchor of Jesus Christ, even amidst the shifting circumstances of a military family.”

  61. The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

    by Andy Stanley

    “Your Direction, not Your Intention, Determines Your Destination.

    There is often a tension between where we want to end up in life and the path we choose to get there. We fail to see that having good intentions is never good enough. Like Charlie Brown, we wrongly believe there’s something to be said for trying hard. We need to understand why, in spite of our good intentions, we may have ended up at the wrong destination with our finances, our marriages, our careers, or a host of other dreams. So how do we get from where we are to where we truly want to be? The Principle of the Path is a road map to proper direction and discipline.”

  62. Overcoming Emotions that Destroy: Practical Help for Those Angry Feelings That Ruin Relationships

    by Chip Ingram and Dr. Becca Johnson

    “Well-known teacher and speaker Chip Ingram teams up with psychologist and author Dr. Becca Johnson in this encouraging and practical book, showing how many emotions lead to anger, and many emotions follow from it. Their message is clear: as we deal with our anger, we deal with the primary cause for all emotions that destroy. Ingram and Johnson help readers identify whether they are spewers, leakers, or stuffers. Readers also learn the difference between good and bad anger, how to gain control of their anger, and how to direct it toward constructive ends. The authors cover solid biblical principles as well as the psychological aspects of our emotions, showing readers how they can actually be constructive tools used by God to transform lives and relationships. Counselors, pastors, and individual Christians will find this book a no-nonsense tool for handling destructive emotions in a healthy way.”

  63. Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible

    by Steven Furtick

    “If you’re not DARING TO BELIEVE GOD for the impossible,
    you may be SLEEPING THROUGH
    some of the BEST PARTS of your Christian Life.

    ‘This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years.
    In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential.’—STEVEN FURTICK, from Sun Stand Still”

  64. Surprised by Worship: Discovering the Presence of God Where You Least Expect It
    by Travis Cottrell

    “Surprised by Worship is a book for all adults, regardless of age, who suspect they are missing much of the joy of the Christian life, being distracted by the pain, fear, and anxieties of life in the trenches. Building on an amazing introductory chapter written by Beth Moore—a blogger with 41,850 unique monthly visitors, Travis Cottrell explores biblical and modern-day examples of people who are experiencing life’s travail, who bring greater meaning to their lives through spontaneous acts of worship. God’s goodness is predictable. His mercy is dependable. His ability to work in every moment of our lives, leading us to Him, is unfailing. But often in those moments when we are distracted by great distress, we don’t see or acknowledge God’s presence and provision. It’s at those times that worship can be our greatest resource, bringing us the hope, strength, even deliverance we so desperately need. It may be a startling headline on a web page, an unhappy email from a friend, a near miss on the freeway, or a scary diagnosis from the doctor. In every circumstance, God’s voice can be heard, especially in those moments when we never expect it that worship is most meaningful. “

  65. When a Man You Love Was Abused: A Woman’s Guide to Helping Him Overcome Childhood Sexual Molestation

    By Cecil Murphey

    “For all women who know and love a survivor of sexual assault, best-selling author Cecil Murphey has penned an honest and forthright book about helping the man in your life survive–and thrive–despite past abuses.”

  66. IMMANUEL’S VEINS
    by Ted Dekker

    “It is a dangerous tale of times past. A torrid love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.
    Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.
    With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.
    Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow.
    Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.
    But remember, not everyone is for this story.”

  67. A Woman of Strength: Reclaim Your Past, Seize Your Present, and Secure Your Future (Women of Confidence)
    by Neva Coyle

    “Neva Coyle challenges women to reclaim their past, seize their present, and secure their future through becoming women of strength, changing the world with gentleness and dignity through prayer, mentoring others, and doing what matters to God.”

  68. Priceless
    by: Tom Davis

    “Author Tom Davis returns with Priceless, the second release in a fictional series that explores real-world issues through the eyes, and lens, of an international photojournalist.

    Stuart Daniels has found purpose in life. After suffering the fallout of a tragic assignment, Daniels rediscovered faith and hope after a chance encounter with an extraordinary African orphan. Now his photo work also carries a personal mission: To educate people on the devastating effects of AIDS around the world. But when Daniels receives his next assignment to Russia, he unwittingly finds himself a key player in rescuing young girls caught in the tragic sex-slave trade.

    Equal parts suspense and drama, Priceless is a provocative thriller that readers’ eyes to what’s happening in the world today.”

  69. The Mailbox: A Novel
    by Marybeth Whalen

    “When Lindsey Adams first visits the Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, she has no idea that twenty years later she will still be visiting the mailbox–still pouring out her heart in letters that summarize the best and worst parts of her life.

    Returning to Sunset for her first vacation since her husband left her, Lindsey struggles to put her sorrow into words. Memories surface of her first love, Campbell–and the rejection that followed. When Campbell reappears in her life, Lindsey must decide whether to trust in love again or guard herself from greater pain. The Mailbox is a rich novel about loss, hope, and the beauty of second chances.”

  70. The Shack
    by William P. Young

    “Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant “The Shack” wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him.”

  71. Watching the Tree Limbs

    by Mary E Demuth

    “Callously passed from relative to relative, 9-year-old orphan Mara takes comfort in her imagination—especially playing Nancy Drew with her best friend, Camilla. But some mysteries seem unsolvable. Who is her mother? Why won’t the neighborhood bully stop abusing her? Can she endure the heartache of a shattered childhood and begin again, with God’s help?”

  72. A Grief Observed
    by C.S. Lewis

    “Written with love, humility, and faith, this brief but poignant volume was first published in 1961 and concerns the death of C. S. Lewis’s wife, the American-born poet Joy Davidman. In her introduction to this new edition, Madeleine L’Engle writes: “I am grateful to Lewis for having the courage to yell, to doubt, to kick at God in angry violence. This is a part of a healthy grief which is not often encouraged. It is helpful indeed that C. S. Lewis, who has been such a successful apologist for Christianity, should have the courage to admit doubt about what he has so superbly proclaimed. It gives us permission to admit our own doubts, our own angers and anguishes, and to know that they are part of the soul’s growth.”

    Written in longhand in notebooks that Lewis found in his home, A Grief Observed probes the “mad midnight moments” of Lewis’s mourning and loss, moments in which he questioned what he had previously believed about life and death, marriage, and even God. Indecision and self-pity assailed Lewis. “We are under the harrow and can’t escape,” he writes. “I know that the thing I want is exactly the thing I can never get. The old life, the jokes, the drinks, the arguments, the lovemaking, the tiny, heartbreaking commonplace.” Writing A Grief Observed as “a defense against total collapse, a safety valve,” he came to recognize that ‘bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.'”

  73. Sistergirl Devotions: Keeping Jesus in the Mix on the Job
    by Carol Mackey

    “It’s not always easy to live your faith during the nine to five. But no matter where you work, that’s the mission field in which God has placed you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a waitress or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company–you’re equally important to God. And he wants to use you to build his kingdom.

    Sistergirl Devotions is for you–the working woman who wants to grow spiritually while on the job. Using Scripture, “sistergirl” wisdom, and true stories, each down-to-earth devotional shows how your faith can empower you to have success no matter where you work. With topics such as respect, resourcefulness, image, timeliness, honesty, setbacks, and balancing work, church, and home, each devotion ends with a “Power Move”–practical affirmations that will drive you toward victory.”

  74. Healing Waters
    by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn

    “When life seems to conspire against you, how do you find the courage to dive into Healing Waters?

    When Lucia Coffey looks at her reflection, she sees fat and failure. When she looks at her sister Sonia, she sees svelte and success. When she looks at God, she sees that divine love can’t possibly be doled out equally. All her life, Lucia has coped by throwing herself into taking care of those who seem more worthy of God’s goods, and feeding the dreams she has buried alive.

    But when tragedy strikes Lucia’s family, she meets Sullivan Crisp–a decidedly offbeat psychologist who is trying to cope with his own shattered past. They form an alliance to try to hold her family together and, in the process, both tentatively dip their toes into the waters of healing. Step by faltering step they wade in, forging an unlikely community and digging deep for the courage to face a lurking danger that could pull them under . . . or remind them what it’s like to dance on the waves.”

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