A Navy SEAL who first overcame a crippling childhood condition and then a devastating training accident offers his own experiences as lessons in defeating adversity.
Patrick Bisher’s career as a Navy SEAL should have ended after a parachuting accident nearly crippled him. But overcoming adversity, even an injury as serious as a broken hip, was nothing new for him. He’d spent a portion of his childhood in leg braces. Doctors told him he’d never walk again thanks to a degenerative hip condition. He wasn’t about to give up then, any more than he was in the wake of that parachute training accident. Instead, he went on to serve in combat as a member of SEAL Team Seven, seeing action in Iraq and ultimately winning the Army Commendations Medal, among other awards.
Now Patrick wants to take the lessons he learned on and off the battlefield and apply them to everyday life. He offers inspiration to all who’ve faced the kind of adversity he has. In chapters drawn directly from his own experience, he sketches a heart-wrenching tale of salvaging lifelong victories out of crushing defeats, and hope out of heartache.
From being branded a “cripple” to successfully negotiating BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALS) training, from agonizing pain to heroic achievement, from devastating loss to finding his faith, Patrick’s story is one of discovering ways to do everything he possibly can, instead of making excuses for what he can’t. An American hero who never surrendered is now sharing his lessons with those fighting their own battles to emerge from their dark places into the light and lead a better, more productive life.
How do the dark moments of suffering which we all encounter at some point in our lives connect with the divine? The words of Paul the Apostle offer an answer to this universal question in the vibrant figure and pattern of Jesus Christ, so eloquently expressed in the Philippians Christ Hymn. It is in moments of loss, moments of experience of creation and community, and moments of transformative unity with God that we discover our deep connectedness to God and one another. Laura Hogan weaves the truth of these three facets of divine-human relationship together with Paul's undivided trust in divine effectiveness; that is, that the paradox of the cross reveals that God, no matter how dire the circumstance, is supremely effective to accomplish his will. Paul's words encourage us to express the pattern of Jesus Christ in our words, actions, and very lives, a singular articulation of Christ in our time, place, identity, and circumstances. This daily living of the Christ pattern, which this book explores in lives past and present, gives rise to a true joy in God as we become increasingly aware of our relationship with the divine in all moments, from the darkest to the brightest.
How do we remain optimistic when the world seems to be falling apart around us? In these intimate essays, the author leads the reader on an inspirational journey to find answers and hope in troubled times. The book includes incisive commentaries on terrorism, good and evil, and aging and death that provide a new perspective on approaching the world with hope. The lyrical reflections on poetry and friendship highlight how such spiritual pursuits are the wellsprings of hope in dark times. Each essay suggests ways in which anyone can connect their personal search for strength, wisdom, and hope to the collective desire to bring about a just, humane, and caring society.
There have been numerous publications in the last decades on the Bible in literature, film, and art. But until now, no reference work has yet appeared on the Bible as it appears in Western music. In The Bible in Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works, and More, scholars Siobhán Dowling Long and John F. A. Sawyer correct this gap in Biblical reference literature, providing for the first time a convenient guide to musical interpretations of the Bible. Alongside examples of classical music from the Middle Ages through modern times, Dowling Long and Sawyer also bring attention to the Bible’s impact on popular culture with numerous entries on hymns, spirituals, musicals, film music, and contemporary popular music.
Each entry contains essential information about the original context of the work (date, composer, etc.) and, where relevant, its afterlife in literature, film, politics, and liturgy. It includes an index of biblical references and an index of biblical names, as well as a detailed timeline that brings to the fore key events, works, and publications, placing them in their historical context. There is also a bibliography, a glossary of technical terms, and an index of artists, authors, and composers.
MOTIVATED BY THE IMPOSSIBLE: RECOGNIZING YOUR INVISIBLE MENTORS offers a fresh perspective on how to overcome each difficult circumstance that life presents.
LEARN HOW TO...
IDENTIFY the faces of your invisible mentors
EMBRACE the process of their mentorship
RISE above every impossibility you encounter
Created as an interactive guide, the book intertwines biblical and psychological principles with the author's personal stories offering relevant, practical, and life-changing tools.The poetical writing and analogies used in the book, turn complex themes into easily understood principles, drawing you on a journey to discover how to live a life of wholeness, authenticity, resilience, and joy.
This true story is about the author’s involvement with a Bible study group that turned out to be a cult remarkably similar to the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas, led by David Koresh. As of 28 February 1993, Read had been with them for some three years, and had grown to love and trust the leaders completely; but after she found out the truth about them she could no longer remain. That did not stop them from wanting her back under their control and influence; and her testimony shows how they tried so hard to convince her that they were right, and she was wrong.
Cults are on the rise, and no one is exempt from their evil influences! And even though Koresh was violently removed from this earth over twenty years ago, his “spirit” still lives on in the hearts of some very wicked men.
Through the ages, mankind has longed to understand and explain our origin. The Bible tells us we were created in the image and likeness of God and that God formed our body from the dust of the ground. But exactly how were we made? What was our form like? How did this body differ from Jesus when he took on human flesh? How do we rightly address the relationship between Creation and incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and re-creation?
In Made for Glory, award-winning author Joshua A. McClure combines testimony and biblical inquiry to unlock mysteries that have great implications for our lives today. His flair for graphic, powerful biblical study removes blinders and opens the way for deep reflection on past assumptions and misinformation about the purposes of God for his created beings. A must-read for anyone pursuing the truth of who you are and what it means to be made in God's glorious image.
Seventh Dimension -The City pits occultism against Christianity in an epic battle between good and evil. Where time is an illusion and world travel only a stargate away, the conflict takes on an even more sinister reality in the seventh dimension against the backdrop of 33 A.D.
Shale and Daniel, young adults in search of Daniel's father, discover the apocalypse has begun. As the battle rages fromJerusalem to Shambhala, glimpses of the netherworld take center stage. Powerful people want Shale's ancient scrolls and will stop at nothing to find them. Shale and Daniel will do everything to protect them, but at what cost to themselves and their families?
Christianity Made Simple is a unique nonfiction book that facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the biblical and chronological aspects of Christianity, in addition to historical and cultural background not found in the Bible for topics such as archaeology, geography, Bible versions, theology concepts, church history, relevant world history, and controversial issues. Numerous scriptures are quoted and referenced.
This work simplifies learning about Christianity by synthesizing a wide variety of subjects and organizing them into logical collections. A variety of lists, charts, and timelines summarize complex information and provide for quick reference. Points to ponder encourage the reader to contemplate. Word/phrase matching exercises are included to aid in retention.
A professional review by Kirkus Reviews describes the book with phrases such as "Christians should find a gold mine of useful information and synthesis," "A detailed guidebook examines modern Christian faith and practice," "The entire gamut of Christian subjects is covered in satisfying detail," and "A spirited and comprehensive overview of the scriptural foundations of Christianity."
In a culture that bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection, women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?
Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives—and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who they really are and the beloved that God knows they are.
Based on a true story, Tethered tells of the first American woman missionary to China who is bound to her husband, to the mission board, and to God. The young couple's relationship is marked by humor and unflinching determination in the volatile years of conflict in the First Opium War.
After the death of a child, there is no closure. It is like learning how to live with an amputation---you are forever changed and need to learn how to live a new “normal.” There can be a feeling of desperation to find someone farther ahead on the path who can understand the crushing pain that makes you feel like you can’t even breathe at times.
Laura Diehl was plunged into that place with the death of her daughter, and meets the deep need to connect with others who have experienced what cannot be put into words. "When Tragedy Strikes" is the raw account of her journey from deep darkness back into light and life, extending a hand of hope to those traveling on the path behind her, who need to rebuild their lives after the death of a child.
Is Heaven real, accessible and ready to help us discover our life path?
WHAT IF YOU COULD:
Feel like you are driving your life, not the other way around?
Tap into the power of heaven?
Get on the path to living the purpose and passion for the rest of your life?
That's exactly what happened to Clifford Michaels, a Wall Street investment advisor, who never believed the "afterlife" existed. Everything changed after a brush with kidney cancer that set him on a reluctant path of spiritual discovery. He first denied, then acknowledged, and finally embraced and interacted with "heavenly" forces he realized want to help all of us find our ideal path in life.
The result? Harnessing Heaven, the book that shows you how to actually tap into the power of Heaven, as part of a dynamic process of self-discovery.
"In Molyneux's skillful hands, the story comes alive in a new way that humanizes Judas and provides insight into the life of Jesus...Emotionally intense and intricately plotted, this provocative novel profiles Judas in unexpected ways."- Library Journal
Rome is waging a "culture war" against all things Jewish, seeking to wipe away Israelite identity, culture, and faith. Revolt simmers in Judea and Galilee, as common Israelites chafe under Roman rule. Conflict rages between the various Jewish parties. Plots swirl in the palaces of Pilate, Antipas, and Caiaphas, as they struggle to maintain their tenuous grip on power, worried that Jesus will lead the people to revolt against Roman rule.
GOD is so amazing! GOD has given the author the unique ability to share His words through creative writing in a fiction novel. The purpose of this book was based on the journey of a man of GOD and his everyday life struggles. Ms. Johnson-Matheson hopes this book serves as a teacher that life is about being resilient. This book was written to inspire every individual that no matter what life circumstances dictate to you, with GOD you can overcome any obstacles. May this book be an inspiration to someone who has lost hope, encouragement to someone to live out their dream, and reinforcement that GOD’s mercy is for everyone. The author hopes this book will be a blessing to all readers.
This heartwarming story conveys an enlightening vision of hope for all who seek a better world and search for true purpose and meaning in life. Rose, our eighty-three year old Alaska Native received a lifelong mission from the vision of a village elder when she was just a child. As foretold by the village elder, she was later gifted with a profound spiritual truth. She has endeavored her entire lifetime to convey this truth to others, but feels unsuccessful. Meeting Grayson finally gives Rose the opportunity to fulfill her mission. Consequently, Grayson is transformed and finds a true home for his longing heart, as this road trip takes us from Alaska to Oregon, from search to fulfillment, and from remoteness--home. Travel with Rose and Grayson, and treat yourself to a new and refreshing perspective of spirituality and religion as it has never been told before.
Steven E. Ellis comes to this writing as a life-long student of spirituality and comparative religion. He was born in Oregon where he resides with his wife and practices his profession as a Chiropractic Physician. He is the author of forty-five study-guides and two booklets on the Baha'i Faith.
How can you obtain greater peace, contentment, confidence and faith? By growing deeper in your relationship with God.
This book will give you the in-depth knowledge you need to understand "What God Is." When we experience Him at this level of detail, we will grow closer to Him and enjoy the benefits that come from an intimate union with our amazing God.
You already know about God. In this workbook, you will gain comprehensive insight into four of God's most important attributes:
God is Holy
God is Immutable
God is Omniscient
God is Omnipotent
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. - John 17:3
Why God Is So Amazing! 30 Days to a Better Understanding of God is a 4-week / 30-day course designed as a combined group and individual study. Eternal life is just around the corner. Don't waste precious moments thinking about it when you can experience it. Begin today!
Psalm 119 takes us from A to Z, shedding light unto paths that have become darkened by hardships and delivering hope to those who feel they are at the end of their rope.We all need comfort for one reason or another. This book offers strength to those suffering from the issues of life.
"Brilliant photographs ... a talented writer ... her descriptions are lyrical and evocative." -- Kirkus Reviews
"As multi-faceted and luminous as the photos it contains, this book is an important historical and spiritual journey told seamlessly." -- The BookLife Prize
In 1971, at age 20, Visakha had just published her first book and was beginning her ascent to fame and fortune through a career in photojournalism. She dreamed of bringing the people of the world closer by sharing their common kinship and values through her photographic essays. Then, at the invitation of her college boyfriend, John Griesser, who was working on his MFA thesis in India, Visakha traveled east, where she first learned about bhakti yoga - the yoga of devotion - from a simple Indian sage. The bhakti tradition seemed irrelevant to Visakha, and she rejected it.
Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love is Visakha's deeply personal account of the emotional upheaval caused by her doubting her own cherished convictions, by her discovery that the alarmingly unreasonable - bhakti - could gradually become alarmingly reasonable. Visakha portrays her own and others' experiences in India, Europe, and the United States as they grapple with knowledge and a culture that is at once utterly foreign yet also resonant with their hearts. And she reflects on the profound, life-altering questions that we all sometimes ask.
Written by a fellow seeker who maintains a healthy dose of skepticism, this is the heartwarming, funny, colorful, bizarre, surprising, informative, and upending true story that will help questioner-skeptics see life from another perspective, one likely different from their own. In Five Years, Eleven Months, Visakha beautifully weaves together her personal losses and gains with an age-old tradition that enfolds her, creating a moving narrative for anyone who has ever asked, "Why?"
Using his thirty-five years in clinical practice, theological expertise, and professional self-analysis, Frank invites you on a totally unique ride. Structured as a father’s open letter to his daughter Kristen, Frank’s memoir explores his magnetic draw to faith...and the spiritual maelstrom that drew him to a profound yet deeply conflicted journey with Jesus Christ.
The highly readable story of Frank’s emerging faith in Jesus is a spellbinding dance among various forces in his life. In this most personal, page-turning exposé, he courageously discloses how trauma shaped his life, nearly from the moment of his birth. Beginning in infancy, he was traumatized by an extraordinarily cold, emotionless alcoholic mother. From early childhood on, he was emotionally abused by an angry disabled father. Later, in midlife, he was twice traumatized by disabilities, disabilities that emerged as a result of his childhood. He reveals utterly intimate details of how his mind was forged through those traumas, driving his unchosen but painstaking quest for spiritual truth. It’s the story of how one man found and embraced faith, not only the circumstances that engendered it, but the forces deep inside him that shaped his hypnotic draw to it. In poignant detail, he describes how that faith really looks, from the inside out, from deep within his own psyche. And it all culminates in a story Frank never fully shared with his daughter...until now...in Faith of a Father.
Minerva’s Owls plumbs the depth of inner and outer consciousness as the new consciousness emerges. It seeks the balance we need to achieve through space and time, individually and as a society, if we are to move forward in any meaningful way. Amid the confusion of painful birth pangs, Minerva’s Owls holds hope for the future as it reinterprets history and the reverence of ancient deities to awaken the sacred feminine. Woven into the text is the smaller story of inspired and unplanned individual evolution from the vantage of the yoga mat, which echoes our species evolution and finally contributes to the whole, as we each reconnect to the source from which we spring. The themes touched on are very current, reflecting the broader trends of the new consciousness while placing them in a solid historic context.
"If you learn all the mysteries of the Cosmos, but fail to know yourself, you remain and educated fool." Elias the Teacher
A stranger appears in Antioch's Great House of Prayer, speaking words filled with power and might. Elias, an unassuming teacher, awes his every-growing audiences with eloquent wisdom. Among his teachings are proverbs to guide God's Children in their daily lives. Dealing with money and work, love and marriage, parenting and faith, Elias' sayings reveal deep insights into the Way of God. If you enjoy the Bible's "Book of Proverbs", or Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, then you will appreciate Elias' Proverbs.
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"This book is a powerful statement about a critical component of a church's right response to abuse in its midst." — Professor Jeffrey R. Baker, Pepperdine University School of Law
Are you a good watchman? Are you training those in your home to do the same? Abuse and bullying can be stopped in their tracks with good watchmen at their post.
This book deals with the issue of child sexual abuse. It exposes the tactics often employed by abusers and bullies (leading to prevention) and discusses what can be done to reduce the number of survivors each predator has before being stopped.
Subway Mantras is a short book of practical mantras that can be used every day of the week. Mantras are cogwheels of universal engines and have been practiced around the world for thousands of years, and when used properly, will help anyone achieve anything that is desired.
Woven with football analogies, war stories, and lessons from God's Word, Don't Miss the Miracles shows an ordinary family in crisis learning to recognize God's miracles. Through their sharing, readers will see their life impacted by the amazing hand of God.
"Readers looking for inspiration (or just a great story) will discover a wild ride that proves just how twisty some paths to Christ can be." -Publishers Weekly
Many of us would say it takes guts and a little bit of crazy to step toe-to-toe with a powerful, 1,700 pound bull. For Hall-of-Fame bullfighter Jeremy Sparks, it took faith.
Sparks' remarkable and illustrious journey began at a young age when he received a God-given calling to become a professional bullfighter. Soon after accepting a college scholarship for rodeo, he suffered a near-fatal electrocution, which, but for his faith in God, would have ruined his dream. After three years of training under a world champion, he was accepted into the elite Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and spent years tussling with raging bulls until God, once again, showed him another path.
No matter how disheartening the world is and whatever is happening in it, we have a Savior who gave us a great gift (John 3:16) and the hope of an eternal life we can't even imagine! Grace is unmerited favor - we don't deserve it. He has been merciful to all that receive His grace and His mercy is vast. Justification is part of the equation - our guilt and penalty of sin is removed through the sacrifice of His Son. What is the cost to us? Nothing but our faith!
The Courage to Win Again is Within You! Are you living a life of unfilled dreams? The solution to experiencing an abundant life overflowing with success, health, happiness and wealth is closer than you think. In fact, the courage to win in every area of life resides within you. Would you like to…
Redream your dreams and turn them into reality?
Shift from the losing corner to the winner’s circle?
Break through cycles of defeat and achieve greatness?
Move from a state of making excuses to execution?
Identify your gifts and passion to unlock wealth?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Healing Inside of Me is for you. Now is the time to discover your own inner oasis of personal healing to fulfill your purpose and live the life of your dreams! Titus McMillan is a therapist, dynamic speaker, artist, transformational leader and restoration coach. He immediately affects the heart, mind, and emotional resolution for individuals, couples, and families seeking answers to life’s challenges. He is the creator of Restore Me, Mentor Me Program for Men and Safe Harbor for Couples.
Join me on the porch for some Soul Sittin’ to spark your renewal. Come to the mountain in the storm, travel the back roads to the farm, and share the wanderings that shaped a journey. As we roam, remember, and retrace the steps of your story. Connect porch to Porch, and co-design your life over and over anew, with the Source as your touchstone.
Do the work, and you’ll have a plan that will provide you more hope, security, and fulfillment than you have ever dreamed. This is your time to fill up your empty front porch and create a deeper, more compelling life than you can author on your own. If it scares you, remember that there is no safer place than being with our greatest Fan. Let’s do some Soul Sittin’ and create your porch to Porch plan. We’ve saved you a seat.
A look at the spiritual, emotional, and philosophical implications of end-of-life care by an elegant and literary writer who is a hospital chaplain.
As a hospital chaplain, Amy Wright Glenn has been present with those suffering from suicide, trauma, disease, and unforeseen accidents and has been witness to the intense grief and powerful insights that so often accompany loss. She weaves together memoir, philosophical inquiry, and cutting-edge research on death/dying to chronicle how we, as individuals and as a culture, handle everything from grief to mortality.
From memorable life events and challenges, to career decisions, failures and the drive for discernment, Finding the Finish Line is full of powerful anecdotal analogies for living passionately dedicated to Christ. Coupling tangible experience with tenacity in faith, Finding the Finish Line intuitively illustrates the enigmatic race for His everlasting grace.
Have you ever asked yourself how our diverse nation got along to begin with and why we were able to work with one another up until the last fifty years? First, let’s just state the obvious: The religious, agnostics and atheists aren’t leaving the country any time soon. 70 Years of American Captivity reveals documentary proof of a non-sectarian covenant agreement, which applies to all Americans within our Federal Compact.
You’ll learn how our diverse nation got along and continued to work out our differences while making it a birthplace of liberty and ingenuity. It takes a non-judgmental approach in proving God is NOT “judging” America, while revealing historic, scientific and documentary evidence the Federal government has broken its covenant to the citizens it swore to protect— and there are literal consequences to this breach which can be systematically explored.
Taking screen shots through 500 years of American history allows readers to become infused with a flavor for a very distinct American covenant: One which ties religious, economic and non-sectarian goals under one umbrella of Federal awareness. Factual history and modern news feeds all speak through historical narratives and current stories of injustice in order to prove scientifically to the atheist, biblically for the believer and with common sense for all others that by breaking our American covenant, we can set ourselves up for a seventy-year captivity. This time period will not look like the America we all know and love.
There is good news: You’ll explore solid solutions for economic, social and spiritual applications which can go a long way to help Americans avoid landing on the ash heap of extinct civilizations. Before we trust any more tax seasons or election cycles to a Federal government in the throes of betrayal, this book reaches out to all walks of life with hope for the future.
Pizza With Jesus (No Black Olives) chronicles one couple's faith journey through the cumulative effects of compound losses, suffering and grief. One found his reward. The other found her way back to God. Their journey is a lesson in obedience, patience and trust in the Lord. It spans all types of loss and grief, not only grief in response to death. It is a testimony to the gentle promise that only faith in a loving God offers. It is a story of hope, renewed faith and redemption.
Loss and grief are universal. Our responses to them are as unique as a fingerprint. Pizza With Jesus is a faith journey - a story of renewed hope, redemption and finding the way back to God who waits patiently for us to come to Him and to trust in Him. Sometimes it is only through profound suffering that we finally rest and place our complete trust in Him. When we come through on the other side of our suffering and grief and realize that God was beside us through it all, our hope and our faith in Him are hardened beyond all fracture - even when we feel lost and doubtful along the way.
In 1982 immediately after finishing the Novena to the Holy Spirit, the award-winning author, Patrick Dillon, had a brief vision of a woman who dramatically changed his life. On June 24, 1981 in the small village of Medjugorje, in former Yugoslavia, six children claimed Mary appeared to them eventually sharing potentially world-changing secrets including an urgent call for humanity to return back to God. The apparitions still occurring today include messages from Our Lady to the world. In May 1990 in their early 20s, with little money, God made it possible for Patrick and his sister to make a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. While there, they experienced miraculous life-changing events. More importantly, they fell in love with Jesus who showed them, through His Mother Mary, a place that welcomes all people and faiths, regardless of religious denomination or belief, the wonderful love of a Father God in the form of a Heaven on Earth. The author intimately shares his family’s triumphs and many challenges that were overcome by the power of prayer before, during, and after their Medjugorje experience. It is Patrick‘s hope that the reader will be encouraged by this remarkable journey of faith and will realize that help is here, right now!
Based on a true story, THE HARVEST celebrates the Christian faith and resilience. It is a step by step guide and Christian devotional that teaches women to uncover the layers of their pain through scripture and prayer. Women will find their lives transformed as they learn how to turn their tragedies into triumphs, and are taught the power of forgiveness.
From the Author: This book was birth during the first of this year’s fasting and praying consecration time.
As I was in prayer, I repeatedly used the phrase “Jesus is Lord.” That’s when I heard the Spirit say, “Jesus is Lord. He’s Lord of the breakthrough. He’s Lord of the abundance.” And on and on.
I believe this book will bring you right in the face of Jesus. I believe it will help you to recognize who Jesus is and all that he desire us to walk in. I believe this is a powerful tool to use to declare in every area of your lives. I believe it will change you, and you will advance the kingdom of God with this little book.
No matter who you are, it only takes one physical, emotional, or financial issue to disrupt your peace turning your world upside down. Loss of job, loss of home, physical illness, personal and family relationships, and inability to meet mounting expenses all create an atmosphere that can "upset your normal". The strategies, resources and suggestions in this book will help demonstrate that in spite of the situation, you really can thrive and survive.
In addition to inspiring content, you will have access to easily downloadable forms and support materials useful when taking positive, proactive steps to address issues that affect your norm.
The death of a child at any age, shatters the parent's heart and causes a complicated grief which never goes away. Dr. Sue Hamby found the murdered body of her only child, Russ, on March 21, 2013, and started on a difficult and painful grief journey. She realized she would never get over the death of her child but had to learn to absorb the loss into her life until it became a part of who she was. Because of her faith in God, her mourning was eventually transformed into joy and her scars became stars. In her book, she touches the depths of your heart and soul by sharing her traumatic grief journey and how her painful scars of grief, bitterness, and brokenness were turned into stars for God's glory. Her story offers hope and healing to those who are struggling with grief and learning how to navigate the grief journey, using God as their GPS.
Here is a riddle for you, my fellow Traveler: What do you get when you mix a team of single 30-Something Superhuman Special Agents, consisting of five herculean handsome hunks and four heroic heavenly head-turners, whose collective 21st Century heterosexual hormones are literally out-of-this-world, 24/7? Give up? Okay. Here is your answer: KABAM! Uh oh! That’s the inaudible sound of a groundbreaking, trailblazing, eye-popping, jaw-dropping Christian Contemporary Romance. Betcha ya didn’t see that one coming. Did you?
"Some say you had a long life and this we understand, but a heart knows neither time nor age when grief grabs hold of your hand." —Bonnie Jennings
“Mama somehow was always able to find pleasure in her life among the thorns. She focused on the rosebuds…always waiting to bloom. During those times when the thorns were very prickly and painful, the image of that blooming rosebud stayed in clear view of her lens of life.”
“As we dealt with the intensity of our grief, we began to realize that there was something more being exposed here than just losing our mother. When Mama was with us, we found much of our strength through her, the woman we saw push through so many obstacles in our childhood and throughout her life. Now our earthly childhood savior was gone. All of our past experiences from childhood flooded into this mixture of grief. Memories of our father, long gone but not forgotten, lay heavy on our minds and we began to realize that Mama was the clasp that held our family together, that held our past together. Our relationship with her had a dynamic that we did not fully understand until she was gone.”
Maintaining strong faith in today’s culture is not easy. It often seems as if God is no longer in control, especially in the case of terrorism, where the number of violent attacks and the number of terrorists appear to be growing at a rapid pace. The violence of terrorism is real, as is the fear. It provokes very real questions and doubts about God. Author Scott Solana helps readers develop the confidence to know God can defeat terrorism today by leading them on a faith journey, exploring the stories of God’s victories found in Jonah and Nahum.
Mountains have been revered for eons. These tall, extraordinary rock monuments were built by God so we might admire his craft and climb closer to him.
This book is a detailed study of the role mountains have played throughout the Bible—from Mount Ararat, where Noah’s Ark rested until the floodwaters receded; to Calvary, where Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. These are some of the most sacred places in the Judeo-Christian tradition and deserve to be honored as such.
In addition to reviewing the literal mountains mentioned in the Bible, this work discusses the figurative mountains in our society—challenges such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, unemployment, domestic abuse, and poverty. Author Christine Davis Easterling argues that we may better understand how to scale the figurative mountains in our lives by seeing how Jesus conquered the literal ones.
A mountain can be daunting when you’re standing at its base, looking up. But with Jesus’s guidance, you will find that no mountain is too tall to overcome. And reaching the tops of your personal mountains will bring you closer to the Lord.
This first volume in a series of inspirational collections for women will take you on a journey of adventure and exploration in a secret place. Discover the key to Solomon's locked Garden. Breathe in the fragrant aromas, and gather the spices and essential oils of an abundant harvest as he attributes their essences to the woman he has chosen as his bride. *You'll uncover the fruit of the Spirit when you cultivate them in your heart. *You'll focus on women of the Bible whose live reflect the fruit. *In spite of everyday messiness and challenges of life, Cinnamah-Brosia and her friends (you'll meet them on the pages of this book, too) courageously use these essences to season the world around them with an overflowing measure of Jesus. *You'll find fun facts about the spices and essential oils along with ways for you to enjoy incorporating reminders of the fruit they represent into your life. Grab a cup of coffee, along with some friends, and come find courage to face life with gusto. Perfect for individuals and small groups.
Desperation, hopelessness, and defeat. That's what you feel when you are aimlessly wandering through a time of uncertainty. It's so easy to talk about your big faith, but a little harder when you actually have to use it. If you have been a Christian for more than five minutes, you know that life is not an easy ride, even for a believer. Unfortunately, God never promises a life with no struggles. But, there are countless verses and stories all throughout the Bible that can guide and encourage us as we walk through the various seasons of our life. Finding God in the Wilderness will take you on a journey from the wilderness to the promised land, in hopes of learning from the mistakes of the Israelites. When you find yourself in a wilderness season, it's extremely easy to do just what the Israelites did; grumble, complain, and want to run back to the familiar comfort of the chains you left. Despite your uncertainty and fears, the discomfort of the unknown maybe exactly where God wants you to be. We must learn how to trust God in the wilderness.
Gems of Revelation was written as an encouragement from the Lord. It is to inspire you to follow the instructions that the Lord has given you. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the trials that life has given you and to overcome them. This book is to remind you to hold on, have faith and be strong. God is not finished with you yet. Stand your watch and wait, for He will surely come. Be strong in the Lord. And be of good courage, and He will direct your path. My prayer is that as you read these poems, they may in some way touch your mind, your heart, your soul and your spirit. I pray that you will receive a peace that surpasses all understanding, and as you are blessed, you will reach out to someone else in need and share the good news of Jesus Christ.
With a near-fatal car crash resulting in trauma, uncertainty, and life-long limitations, Penned Without Ink: Trusting God to Write Your Story will draw you into the true story of one family's journey of faith. The experiences shared within the pages of this book will lead you to sit beside hushed bedsides, observe delicate operations, and feel the angst of many life-and-death decisions. In the midst of multiple layers of pain and loss, you will witness quiet miracles, as well as sure and certain lights that pierce through the darkness. With pictures of both present-day individuals and biblical characters, Sarah Phillips captures the essence of hope born through her struggle to trust and rely on God. Between the lines, you will also uncover your own journey of trust. A faithful and loving God desires to write your life story no matter what happens.
In this award-winning Christian devotional, author J. C. Beichner shares her own coming-of-age story of overwhelming childhood loss and her search for forgiveness. Combined with a beautiful collection of prayers, the author’s testimony and reflection help each of us discover the infinite depth of God's mercy. Grace in Progress: Prayers for the Beautifully Broken is an honest and timely reminder of the ever-present availability and abundance of Jesus's love, and the extraordinary ways God uses our brokenness for His purpose. The story of Grace in Progress and the devotional of prayers that follow will forever change the way you encounter your loving creator. Grace in Progress: Prayers for the Beautifully Broken is a book about the journey we all share through life's ups and downs and God's constant pursuit of our hearts despite our bad choices. Each of us is "Grace in Progress" and prayer is how we daily encounter Jesus and embrace his legacy of grace.