Best of
Christian

2009

Sunrise CD Collection: Sunrise / Summer / Someday / Sunset


Karen Kingsbury - 2009
    Is it possible for Katy to find a place in Dayne’s world? Amid wedding plans and other family news, John Baxter feels the hope of a breathtaking sunrise for the first time since Elizabeth’s death. Meanwhile, the Flanigan family is struggling with their young boarder, Cody Coleman. Summer Katy wins the part in Dayne’s next film and is cast opposite her super-star husband. By the time they finish filming the movie, they feel cracks around the edges of their marriage. The Baxter family learns that Ashley and Kari are both pregnant, but an ultrasound reveals that something is wrong with one of the babies. The Flanigans continue to draw closer to their only daughter, yet Bailey struggles to find her way amidst the turmoil of adolescence. Someday Pressures of the celebrity lifestyle weigh heavily on Dayne and Katy Matthews as they take on separate movie projects. The Flanigan family recognizes the deep loss of the Christian Kids Theater, and they begin to pray for a miracle. John Baxter takes the next step in his relationship with Elaine, giving him a season to contemplate selling the Baxter house. Sunset Dayne and Katy Matthews continue to adjust to life in Bloomington as they look forward to a new chapter together—expanding their family. The Flanigans receive tragic news that weighs heavily on everyone’s mind. As John Baxter prepares for his marriage to Elaine Denning, one of the Baxters enters the most trying season of all.

Circle Series 4-in-1


Ted Dekker - 2009
    Now, for the first time ever - and only for a limited time - they can dive deeper with a limited edition boxed set.Included in this special collector's set is:* Dekker's highly anticipated new novel Green* New hardcover editions of Black, Red, and White - originally published in 2004 but long gone from shelves.* Specially commissioned collector's box to display this limited edition set

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters


Timothy J. Keller - 2009
    Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness, but with a sneaking suspicion they might not deliver. The recent economic meltdown has cast a harsh new light on these pursuits. In a matter of months, fortunes, marriages, careers, and a secure retirement have disappeared for millions of people. No wonder so many of us feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. But the truth is that we made lesser gods of these good things—gods that can’t give us what we really need. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings—and now is the perfect time to meet him again, or for the first time.The Bible tells us that the human heart is an “idol-factory,” taking good things and making them into idols that drive us. In Counterfeit Gods, Keller applies his trademark approach to show us how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about societal ideals and our own hearts. This powerful message will cement Keller’s reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial time—for both the faithful and the skeptical.

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World


Paul E. Miller - 2009
    Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better. Parents will find Miller’s family-life experiences especially helpful.

Jesus Lives Devotional: Seeing His Love in Your Life


Sarah Young - 2009
    In Jesus Lives Devotional,thereare 180 topical devotions exemplifying Jesus’ presence in your life. Through this journey, Sarah brings to light the truth of Romans 8:11: The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from thedead, lives in you! This promise will come to life and bring new meaning asyou discover that Jesus lives indeed!

Oceans Apart/Between Sundays


Karen Kingsbury - 2009
    Then a plane goes down in the Pacific Ocean. One of the casualties is Kiahna Siefert, a flight attendant Connor knew well. Too well. Kiahna's will is very clear: before her seven-year-old son, Max, can be turned over to the state, he must spend the summer with the father he's never met, the father who doesn't know he exists: Connor Evans.Will the presence of one lonely child and the truth he represents destroy Connor's family? Or will healing and hope come in the shape of a seven-year-old boy? Between SundaysAaron Hill---a young man with athletic good looks and the many privileges of a star quarterback. But he's about to receive a whole new view of his self-centered life.Derrick Anderson---a veteran pro football player who volunteers his time with foster kids. Now he's looking for a miracle, and he must strive for the one thing that matters most---keeping a promise he made years ago.Megan Gunn---a woman with a heart for underprivileged kids---especially the foster child whose dying mother left him in Megan's care. Now she wants to adopt him, but one obstacle stands in her way: 49ers quarterback Aaron Hill.Two men and the game they love. A woman with a heart for the lonely and lost, and a boy who believes the impossible ... thrown together in self-discovery and a new awareness of the things that matter most.

Living a Life of Fire: An Autobiography


Reinhard Bonnke - 2009
    More than simple facts about a preacher's life, it's filled with adventures from the heart of Africa, real life dramatic stories of people and places, and powerful demonstrations of the Holy Spirit working in the here and now.

The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children


Stormie Omartian - 2009
    With stories from other parents and insight gleaned from personal experience, Stormie helps you pray with the power of God's Word over your adult children and theircareer choices and sense of purposemarriages and other vital relationshipsparenting skills and leadershipstruggles, addictions, or emotional trialsfaith commitment and prayer lifePerhaps you are watching your grown children step out into the world and wishing you could do more to support them while giving them the freedom they crave. You can. It doesn't matter how young or old they are, you can rest in the power of God working through your prayers.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith


Ann Spangler - 2009
    Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paint powerful scenes from Jesus’ ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him.You will hear the parables as they must have sounded to first-century Jews, powerful and surprising. You will join the conversations that were already going on among the rabbis of his day. You will watch with new understanding as the events of his life unfold. And you will emerge with new excitement about the roots of your own Christian faith. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus will change the way you read Scripture and deepen your understanding of the life of Jesus. It will also help you to adapt the rich prayers and customs you learn about to your own life, in ways that both respect and enrich your Christian faith. By looking at the Jewishness of Jesus, Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg take you on a captivating journey into the heart of Judaism, one that is both balanced and insightful, helping you to better understand and appreciate your own faith.

Above All Things


Deborah Raney - 2009
     Expecting their first baby, Judd and Evette McGlin are thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents. But their marriage faces the ultimate test when Judd learns he already has a child: a six-year-old bi-racial daughter, born amid secrets and lies. Now, Evette must decide if she can accept the child—and forgive Judd. She thought she was open-minded—until hidden prejudices threaten the future of an innocent little girl, Evette's marriage, and the very notion of the woman she's believed herself to be. Above all things, this child needs acceptance and love. Needs Evette to discover what being a mother truly means. Needs Judd to face his past. And needs them both to discover what it truly means to be a family. This novel was originally published in 2009 under the same title by Steeple Hill.It has been updated from the original edition.

Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time


Elyse M. Fitzpatrick - 2009
    But many women aren't finding solace in theirrelationship with Christ because they don't see how his life, death, and resurrection connect with soccer practices and swimlessons. Besides, they just don't have time to sit down and read atheology book, no matter how much they might hunger for God'struths.That's where Elyse Fitzpatrick's latest book comes in.Comforts from the Cross provides those well-intentionedwomen with bite-sized readings to remind them of their place inChrist and of his love and ministry in their busy lives. It alsodusts off the facts of the gospel to show how ancient truths suchas justification, sanctification, and redemption can free andenliven their souls every day. Even more, these five-minutecelebrations of the gospel relieve readers of legalisticcondemnation and empower them for joyful obedience by engenderingfresh love for the Savior.A perfect choice for gift-giving or personal encouragement, Fitzpatrick's book helps active women grasp the practicality of thegospel message and experience its deep comforts.

It's Your Time: Finding Favor, Restoration, and Abundance in Your Life Every Day


Joel Osteen - 2009
    An exciting message about seizing the day from bestselling author Joel Osteen.

The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples


Stephen Kendrick - 2009
    And like the husband in Fireproof (the film where The Love Dare originated), readers know this 40-day challenge to understand and practice unconditional love with their spouse need not end when the book does.With that in mind, The Love Dare Day by Day encourages and challenges couples toward new steps in faith and love with 365 marital encouragements, reminders, and action points worth repeating year after year.Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare Day by Day is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy

Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl


Lysa TerKeurst - 2009
    Fulfillment is closer than you ever thought possible.

Secrets of a Prayer Warrior


Derek Prince - 2009
    Yet many believers struggle with their prayer lives, wondering whether they are really making a difference and how they can be more effective. Delving deep into the biblical understanding of prayer, beloved author and leader Derek Prince shows readers the secret to leading a dynamic prayer life, how to receive what they ask for, and how to align themselves with the heart of God. Practical strategies like fasting, biblical study, discipline, and consistency are extensively explained and illustrated by powerful testimonies. This is a life-changing book.

This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence


John Piper - 2009
    That is all the more true in our casual times.Though personal selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God's purpose, it is found in God's Word, where his design can awaken a glorious vision capable of freeing every person from small, Christ-ignoring, romance-intoxicated views. As Piper explains in reflecting on forty years of matrimony: "Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It's mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ's covenant-keeping love on display."This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike.

Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World


N.D. Wilson - 2009
     When Nate Wilson looks at the world around him, he asks "What is this place? Why is this place? Who approved it? Am I supposed to take it seriously?" What could such an outlandish, fantastical world say about its Creator? In these sparkling chapters, Wilson gives an aesthetic examination of the ways in which humanity has tried to make sense of this overwhelming carnival ride of a world. He takes a whimsical, thought-provoking look at everything from the "magic" of quantum physics, to nature's absurdities, to the problem of evil, evolution and hell. These frequently humorous, and uniquely beautiful portraits express reality unknown to many Christians-the reality of God's story unfolding around and among us. As the author says, "Welcome to His poem. His play. His novel. His comedy. Let the pages flick your thumbs."

One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land


Priscilla Shirer - 2009
    Of the original two million Israelites who received God’s invitation to enter the Promised Land, only two actually entered it!Similarly, modern day Christians often hear and understand the promises of God each Sunday morning at church but then rarely choose to experience them in everyday life. In One in a Million , Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer invites us to change that pattern for good, living beyond our circumstances and expecting to see God move in miraculous ways day after day. Without a doubt, we can find and follow God’s purpose for our journey. We can make it to the Promised Land!

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches


Russell D. Moore - 2009
    Moore does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children-or who want more children. It is about an entire culture within evangelicalism, a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.Moore, who adopted two boys from Russia and has spoken widely on the subject, writes for couples considering adoption, families who have adopted children, and pastors who wish to encourage adoption.

Last Light/Night Light


Terri Blackstock - 2009
    No need to turn off the lights.When a crisis sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to the age before electricity, the Branning family has life-or-death decisions to make. Will they hoard their possessions to survive---or trust God to provide as they offer their resources to others? Their little community will stand or fall together. And trust doesn't come easily...particularly when one of them is a killer. No electricity. No running water. No luxuries. No law.No turning back.With the country shaken to the core after a global crisis shuts down banks, businesses, and all electronics, the Brannings struggle to survive. The discovery of four children living alone in a filthy apartment, stealing to stay alive, prompts them to stretch their already-thin resources and take them into their home. The search for the children's mother uncovers a trail of desperation and murder ... and for the Brannings, a powerful new purpose that can transform their entire community -- and above all, themselves.

Never Give Up!: Relentless Determination to Overcome Life's Challenges


Joyce Meyer - 2009
    She overcame an abused childhood, a bad marriage and extremely limited opportunities to become one of the most popular author/speakers in the world.

Fathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach You


John Eldredge - 2009
    There are perils along the trail, even disasters—all the more reason to rely on the guidance of a Father who has gone before.But in an age when true fathers are in short supply, how do you find the path to manhood? How do you steer clear of the dangers?John Eldredge calls men back to a simple and reassuring truth: God is our Father. In life's trials and triumphs, God is initiating boys and men through the stages of manhood.  Through personal stories and practical guidance, Eldredge provides a map through the six stages of a man’s journey:BoyhoodCowboyWarriorLoverKingSageFathered by God maps out the path of manhood—not more rules, not another list of principles, not formulas, but a sure path men have followed for centuries before us.Find that path and become the man God sees in you.

Insight


Deborah Raney - 2009
     Olivia Cline has followed her husband to a new town, hoping for a fresh start after Derek’s affair with a coworker. But even before they move into their new home, tragedy strikes, and Derek is gone. With no job and precious little money, how will she cope? Going back to Chicago isn’t an option. Especially not after Olivia's shocking discovery only weeks after Derek’s death. Her answer comes in a job posting—and the handsome, brooding artist who posted it. Acclaimed artist Reed Vincent has recently regained his eyesight, thanks to a corneal transplant. But to help him through the transition, he needs an assistant in his studio. Olivia, an aspiring artist herself, is just what Reed was looking for. And easy on the eyes, too. Through Reed's eyes, Olivia begins to see the possibilities before her. Before them. Until, in a flash of insight, she knows why his signature is so hauntingly familiar…. The revelation could tear the couple apart…or open their eyes to a new journey from sorrow to joy. This novel was originally published in 2009 under the same title. It has been updated from the original and includes an all-new epilogue!

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will


Kevin DeYoung - 2009
    It's time to try something new: Give up. Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through. Too often, he writes, God's people tinker around with churches, jobs, and relationships, worrying that they haven't found God's perfect will for their lives. Or—even worse—they do absolutely nothing, stuck in a frustrated state of paralyzed indecision, waiting . . . waiting . . . waiting for clear, direct, unmistakable direction. But God doesn't need to tell us what to do at each fork in the road. He's already revealed his plan for our lives: to love him with our whole hearts, to obey His Word, and after that, to do what we like. No need for hocus-pocus. No reason to be directionally challenged. Just do something.

Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God's Story


Wendy Blight - 2009
    The man spent an hour physically and sexually assaulting Wendy, leaving her changed forever. After this terrifying experience, she lived for years cocooned in a prison of fear, despair, and hopelessness. Finally, after years of searching and believing she had nowhere else to turn, she fell on her knees before God and poured out her tears, anger, and questions to Him. Wendy’s story is one of transformation from trauma to rebirth through the power of the Word of God.Through Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, the reader will experience hope and the encouragement necessary to press forward to healing and restoration.

The Believer's Authority: What You Didn't Learn in Church


Andrew Wommack - 2009
    You will learn to release God's power of blessing instead of yielding to Satan's power of sin and death.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself


Steve Corbett - 2009
    Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. Don't let this happen to you, your ministry or ministries you help fund! A must read for anyone who works with the poor or in missions, When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel."Initial thoughts" at the beginning of chapters and "reflection questions and excercises" at the end of chapters assist greatly in learning and applying the material. A situation is assessed for whether relief, rehabilitation, or development is the best response to a situation. Efforts are characterized by an "asset based" approach rather than a "needs based" approach. Short term mission efforts are addressed and economic development strategies appropriate for North American and international contexts are presented, including microenterprise development.Now with a new preface, a new foreword, and a new chapter to assist in the next steps of applying the book's principles to your situation, When Helping Hurts is a new classic!

Appomattox Saga Collection 2


Gilbert Morris - 2009
    The United States' most terrible war is the backdrop for adventure, romance, and power of God to move amidst tragedy. Follow three Confederate soldiers who find that their greatest allies could be brave women who cross battle lines for the sake of faith and love. Includes: "Land of Shadow," "Out of the Whirlwind," and "The Shadow of His Wings"

Yahweh's Warrior


Terri L. Fivash - 2009
    Not only had he saved the kingdom, but the lives of Hassar Jonathan and King Shaul as well. Even so, Shaul took away his freedom . . . and then gave him the generals mantle. A bittersweet reward indeed for Yahwehs chosen one.But he wasnt ready yet to lead the armies of Israelor to accept his true status as Mashiah. He needed timeand the hassars relentless training. Roeh Shamuels steady guidance calmed his fears: If you are to fulfill Yahwehs task, you must accept the place He has for you and conduct yourself in such a manner as to bring honor to the One who gave it to you."And so, despite Abners blatant contempt and Shauls persistent censure, regardless of his own failure or triumph in battle, he chose unswerving loyalty to Yahweh. No one would ever fully understand the consequences of such devotion.No one but Jonathan.

Grace Notes: Daily Readings with a Fellow Pilgrim


Philip Yancey - 2009
    If you’re one of those readers, you know personally how his insights have affected your mind and heart. And if you’re new to Yancey, you’re in for a life-altering experience. These meditations—all drawn from the beloved and bestselling writings of the author—will take you through an entire year of Yancey’s insight and imagination, covering a broad range of topics: • How to rediscover God through the wonders of nature, music, and romantic love • Why grace means you can’t do anything to make God love you more or less • What happens when you cut through preconceptions to encounter the “real” Jesus • How to renew your understanding and practice of prayer • Where you can see God in unexpected people and places • How to cope when life crashes in around you Every day, experience the best from a beloved author who, with freshness, clarity, and energy, has so brilliantly articulated God’s wonderful but mysterious relationship with you. "

Come Fly with Me


Gigi Sedlmayer - 2009
    She moved to Peru when she was five with Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Because Matica is trapped in the body of a two year old, her growth handicap has caused her to be rejected by the local people and they would not accept her into their community or allow her to play with the children. With patience and a sense of adventure Matica befriends a pair of condors. A strong bond and love develops between them. Matica rescues the egg the condors, Tamo and Tima, are trying to protect from poachers and nurtures it to hatching. The egg hatches on her 10th birthday and she names the new fledging Talon. Many adventures unfold, including her finally being accepted into the local community. And something totally unexpected... This is the beginning of many incredible adventures with Talon and Matica. It is a story of hope, determination and love.

The Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship


A.W. Tozer - 2009
    W. Tozer’s life was worship. Many have written about worship, but Tozer surpassed them all in simple passion and supreme purpose. Compiled from material never before published, this book presents Tozer’s systematic teaching on worship, the subject close to his heart. One of the first in evangelical circles to call attention to the doctrine of worship, Tozer knew worship as the purpose of man and the expectation of God. His thoughts on this subject were deeply rooted in biblical doctrine and historic writings, blending Scripture with some of the great devotional writers throughout history. Like sitting down with Tozer, The Purpose of Man delivers the soul cry of Tozer on worship and will inspire readers to not only understand worship, but also experience it in his or her own heart. “This will be the best teaching in my ministry. I want to deliver my soul as a prophet of God to the people, and to explain why we were created and why we are here, not to the satisfaction of the needed appetite only but to something bigger, grander and more eternal, that we might worship God and enjoy Him forever.” A. W. Tozer

The Appomattox Saga Collection 3


Gilbert Morris - 2009
    The end of the United States’ most terrible war is the backdrop for adventure, romance, and power of God to move amidst tragedy. Two women seek answers in Virginia to secrets in their pasts, finding the love of noble men along the journey. Two soldiers in Mississippi struggle against the evils of war and in its midst find women who are worth fighting for.

The School of the Seers: A Practical Guide on How to See in the Unseen Realm


Jonathan Welton - 2009
    He shares how you too can activate this gift in your life. The School of the Seers is the how-to guide for seeing into the spirit realm. Making insightful use of anecdotal stories, the author helps you discover vital keys from the Scripture to: See with your spiritual eyes. Use the four keys to greater experiences. Recognize what may be hindering your discernment. Access divine secrets and steward heavenly revelation. Learn how to really worship in Spirit and in Truth. Understand meditation, impartation, and so much more. The fresh and profound concepts taught in this book take a mystical subject--seers and the spirit realm--and make it relevant for your everyday life!

Manga Mutiny


Ryō Azumi - 2009
    This book, third in the Tyndale Manga line, combines cutting-edge illustration with fast-paced storytelling to deliver Biblical truths in a compelling package to an ever changing, post-modern culture. More than 100,000 books sold in series!

The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows


James Bryan Smith - 2009
    Some are true--but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here. Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind. At the end of each chapter you'll find an opportunity for soul training, engaging in spiritual practices that reinforce the biblical messages on your mind and heart. Because the best way to make a complete and lasting change is to go through the material in community, small group discussion questions also accompany each chapter. Those who are leading apprentice groups will also find additional help and opportunities to interact with other leaders at the Apprentice website, www.apprenticeofjesus.com. This deep, loving and transformative book will help you discover the narratives that Jesus lived by--to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed--and to practice spiritual exercises that will help you grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God.

Fundamentals of the Faith: 13 Lessons to Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ


John F. MacArthur Jr. - 2009
    With topics ranging from “God: His Character and Attributes” to “The Church: Fellowship and Worship,” this study is ideal for discipling new believers or realizing afresh what it means to follow Jesus. Each lesson is loaded with learning tools to help you engage Scripture:A link to 13 free downloadable messages by John MacArthur himselfStudy questions and memory versesSuggestions for practical applicationIf you are a new believer or know someone who is, Fundamentals of the Faith is the perfect resource for establishing a solid biblical foundation for the Christian life.

Voices from the Past: Puritan Devotional Readings


Richard Rushing - 2009
    Richard Rushing has compiled this book of daily devotional readings from his favorite Puritan authors because of the great help he has gained from their Works.

The Power of Prayer™ to Change Your Marriage


Stormie Omartian - 2009
    The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage helps husbands or wives pray to protect their relationship from 14 serious problems that can lead to unsatisfying marriages or even divorce. For those who are already struggling in these areas, this book will help them find healing and restoration.Readers will learn how to pray about everything fromcommunication breakdown to struggles with finances and raising childrenmisplaced priorities to anger, unforgiveness, and sexual frustrationpornography and infidelity to depression and addictionsNo stranger to struggles in her 34 years of marriage, Stormie looks at these topics and more in the straightforward, hopeful manner readers have come to trust. As always, readers will find Bible verses and personal prayers they can use as powerful resources to help their marriages last a lifetime.Previously published as Praying Through the Deeper Issues of Marriage

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter


Nancy Guthrie - 2009
    Yet we miss out on spiritual riches when we do.So that we all may linger at the cross during the Lenten season-and stay near it the whole year through-editor Nancy Guthrie has compiled this special anthology. It draws from the works and sermons of classic theologians such as Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, Ryle, and Augustine, and from leading contemporary communicators such as John Piper, R. C. Sproul, Francis Schaeffer, John MacArthur, Skip Ryan, and Joni Eareckson Tada to help readers enter into an experience of Christ's passion and anchor their hope in the power of his resurrection.Each essay in this collection holds to a high view of Scripture and expounds on a particular aspect of the Easter story using the appropriate Scripture passage from the ESV Bible. These readings are sure to prepare people's hearts for a fresh experience of the cross each and every Easter season.

Finally Alive: What Happens When We Are Born Again?


John Piper - 2009
    It would seem nothing has changed. Today 'born again Christians' fill churches that are seen as ineffectual at best, and even characterised by the 'mosaic' generation as 'unchristian'.The term 'born again' has been devalued both in society and in the church. Those claiming to be 'born again' live lives that are indistinguishable from those who don't; they sin the same, embrace injustice the same, covet the same, do almost everything the same.Being 'born again' is now defined by what people say they believe. The New Testament however defines Christians very differently."When Jesus said to Nicodemus, "You must be born again" (John 3:7), he was not sharing interesting and unimportant information. He was leading him to eternal life... If he does that for you (or if he already has), then you are (or you will be) truly, invincibly, finally alive." John Piper

Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate


Matthew Soerens - 2009
    Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable. In this book World Relief staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible and just, as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.

A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God


John Piper - 2009
    Race. Scripture. Sovereignty. The book of Ruth entails them all. So readers shouldn't be fooled by its age, says Pastor John Piper. Though its events happened over 3,000 years ago, the story holds astounding relevance for Christians in the twenty-first century. The sovereignty of God, the sexual nature of humanity, and the gospel of God's mercy for the undeserving-these massive realities never change. And since God is still sovereign, and we are male or female, and Jesus is alive and powerful, A Sweet and Bitter Providence bears a message for readers from all walks of life. But be warned, Piper tells his audience: This ancient love affair between Boaz and Ruth could be dangerous, inspiring all of us to great risks in the cause of love.

The Prodigal God: Finding Your Place at the Table, Discussion Guide


Timothy J. Keller - 2009
    Join pastor and best selling author, Tim Keller, in this six session DVD study that this well known parable to contemporary life.

Brides of Gallatin County


Tracie Peterson - 2009
    

Prayers That Bring Change: Power-Filled Prayers that Give Hope, Heal Relationships, Bring Financial Freedom and More!


Kimberly Daniels - 2009
    More than just a book on how to pray, Prayers That Bring Change is filled with actual prayers based on biblical principles that will help you live victoriously in every situation you face. Learn to break the powers of darkness and release the blessings and favor of God in your life.

24 Hours That Changed The World


Adam Hamilton - 2009
    In this Lenten journey, Adam Hamilton guides us through the last twenty-four hours of Jesus' life. Each chapter is designed to help the reader experience and understand the significance of Jesus' suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Whether readers are long-time Christians or simply curious about the story of Christ's crucifixion, they are invited to join the author in retracing the last 24 hours of Jesus' life.The program that supports this product includes: 1) a DVD that contains session video filmed in the Holy Land and a leader's guide; and 2) a paperback devotional book.Lent, Lenten, Lenten Resource, Lenten Resources, Lent Study, Lent Studies, Easter, Easter Study, Easter Studies

Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ


Elyse M. Fitzpatrick - 2009
    Demonstrates the why and the how of consistently biblical, gospel-centric counseling, whether in the pastor's study or over coffee with a friend.

American Anthem


B.J. Hoff - 2009
    but also his heart ...In a tumbledown shack among hundreds of others like it, an immigrant family struggles to survive, and a ragged street singer old beyond her years appoints herself an unlikely guardian ...So begins "American Anthem," a story set in 1870s New York that lets the reader step into another time to share the hopes and dreams and triumphant faith of a people you'll grow to love ... a people readers will never forget."An eloquently told story that weaves history, music, faith and intrigue ... an absolute pleasure." --"Christian Retailing""The story gently unfolds with intriguing characters, and the sound of music, which Hoff manages to make fly off the pages with her glorious and passionate descriptions." --"Christian Library Journal"Originally published to strong sales several years ago, this new edition combines three of BJ's best novels into one saga-length volume.

Release the Power of Jesus


Bill Johnson - 2009
    Readers can discover how to encourage God's mercy, leave a legacy of God's work, and live under the influence of his mighty presence.

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ


James Bryan Smith - 2009
    We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time." So begins James Bryan Smith in The Good and Beautiful Life. The problem is, he tells us, we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. These self-centered decisions lead us further into the vices that cause ruin: anger, lust, lying, worry and judging. Eventually we find ourselves living a beautifully packaged life of self-destruction. Following the Sermon on the Mount, this follow-up to The Good and Beautiful God guides us to look behind these character flaws and to replace our false beliefs with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God.

Be A Man!: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be


Larry Richards - 2009
    And Father Larry Richards is helping them do it. While some writers apply a one-size-fits-all approach to the Christian life, Father Richards draws on his many years of ministry and his own experience as a man to inspire other men as men. In Be a Man!, he recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. He tells men how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to acknowledge one's faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world. Not preachy but direct, Father Richards challenges men to be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength or machismo. He calls men to admit their weaknesses and limitations, while urging them to find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults. Although a celibate priest, he minces no words when it comes to the place of sexuality--for the unmarried man as well as for the married man. He shows that true manliness is not opposed to love but thrives on it. Father Richards stresses that a relationship with Christ reveals the meaning of a man's life and his identity as a man. He inspires men to become the true heroes they long to be--men of authentic courage, compassion and integrity. This is a highly readable book for men by a man who knows how to talk to men about the things that matter most.

What He Must Be …If He Wants to Marry My Daughter


Voddie T. Baucham Jr. - 2009
    But which qualities, specifically, should they be looking for?What will you say when that certain young man sits down in your living room, sweaty-palmed and tongue-tied, and asks your permission to marry your daughter? What criteria should he meet before the two of them join together for life? What He Must Be... If He Wants to Marry My Daughter outlines ten qualities parents should look for in a son-in-law, including trustworthiness, a willingness to lead his family, an understanding of his wife's role, and various spiritual leadership qualities.Author Voddie Baucham follows up on his popular book Family Driven Faith with this compelling apologetic of biblical manhood. By studying the principles outlined in his book, parents who want their daughter to marry a godly man-as well as those who want their sons to become godly men-will be well equipped to help their children look for and develop these God-honoring qualities.

To Save a Life


Jim Britts - 2009
    But in high school, Jake becomes a star athlete who has it all: popularity, a college scholarship, and the hottest girl on campus. It's an ideal life that comes at the exclusion of his childhood friend. Meanwhile, Roger grows tired of always being pushed aside, and he makes a tragic move that spins Jake's world out of control. As Jake searches for answers, one question plagues him the most: Could he have saved his friend?Jake is deeply compelled to reach out to students who are on the fringe of acceptability by the school's upper crust. But he soon finds that reaching out to the undesirable might cost him everything--his reputation, his friends, his girlfriend, and even his dreams.It's a journey that will change Jake's life forever.To Save A Life is an inspirational story about real-life challenges and hard choices. For anyone who has struggled with regret, loneliness, or pain, it is a story of hope. For all of us, To Save A Life is a story about living a life of significance.Through Jake's journey, you will be challenged to answer the question--what's your life going to be about?

The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity


Skye Jethani - 2009
    A growing number of people are disturbed by the values exhibited by the contemporary church. Worship has become entertainment, the church has become a shopping mall, and God has become a consumable product. Many sense that something is wrong, but they cannot imagine an alternative way. The Divine Commodity finally articulates what so many have been feeling and offers hope for the future of a post-consumer Christianity. Through Scripture, history, engaging narrative, and the inspiring art of Vincent van Gogh, The Divine Commodity explores spiritual practices that liberate our imaginations to live as Christ's people in a consumer culture opposed to the values of his kingdom. Each chapter shows how our formation as consumers has distorted an element of our faith. For example, the way churches have become corporations and how branding makes us more focused on image than reality. It then energizes an alternative vision for those seeking a more meaningful faith. Before we can hope to live differently, we must have our minds released from consumerism's grip and captivated once again by Christ.

The Happy Intercessor


Beni Johnson - 2009
    From her violent shaking experience to the 'thin place' between Heaven and earth where supernatural spirituality is commonplace, you will be amazed and empowered with the joy she shares. Being addicted to God's presence brings comfort and peace to all believers-becoming a happy intercessor is within your reach. You can make a difference in your family, workplace, community, nation, and world. Filled with modern-day experiences and relevant ancient truths, you will learn why:Mystics and mystical experiences are important today. Praying in tongues can lead to powerful intercession. Intercession is the fruit of being with Him. Today's children can prophecy with purity. You should lead an offensive lifestyle. You will be encouraged and inspired by the depth of love and knowledge shared in The Happy Intercessor. Even the weariest warrior will jump for joy as a cool, cleansing balm washes over your body, soul, and spirit.

The Bishop's Daughter


Tiffany L. Warren - 2009
    She keeps the business affairs of her father’s successful Atlanta church in order—but can’t get her personal business moving in the right direction. She’s the oldest and most reliable of Bishop Kumal Prentiss’s children—but is wonder if she’s tried too hard not to be a “wild preacher’s kid.” So Emoni is definitely intrigued when sparks fly between her and Freedom of Life’s newest member, Darrin Bainbridge. He’s handsome, works hard on growing in faith and his writing career, and sees the passionate, strong woman Emoni really is. But Darrin isn’t telling his whole story…and has secrets as deep as his charm. Now Emoni’s family is in turmoil, her father’s reputation is on the line, and Emoni doesn’t know which way is up. She’s going to have to face some truths, learn forgiveness, and break some rules…if she’s ever to find heaven-sent happiness.

The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything


Colin Marshall - 2009
    Vine work is the Great Commission.And there is trellis work: creating and maintaining the physical and organizational structures and programs that support vine work and its growth.What’s the state of the trellis and the vine in your part of the world? Has trellis work taken over, as it has a habit of doing? Is the vine work being done by very few (perhaps only the pastor and only on Sundays)? And is the vine starting to wilt as a result?The image of the trellis and the vine raises all the fundamental questions of Christian ministry: * What is the vine for? * How does the vine grow? * How does the vine relate to my church? * What is vine work and what is trellis work, and how can we tell the difference? * What part do different people play in growing the vine? * How can we get more people involved in vine work? In The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne answer these urgent questions afresh. They dig back into the Bible’s view of Christian ministry, and argue that a major mind-shift is required if we are to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again.

Amaryllis


Nikita Lynnette Nichols - 2009
    After witnessing Randall Loomis drive off into the sunset with his new wife and family, Amaryllis starts a new chapter. She moves to Las Vegas to live with her sister, Attorney at Law Michelle Denise Price. Michelle is engaged to Minister James Bradley, and it doesn't take long for Amaryllis to set a new goal. Envying the attention and affection James showers on her sister, Amaryllis puts a plan in motion to destroy Michelle's fairy tale relationship and claim James as her own.What Amaryllis doesn't know is that someone else has a plan."Vengeance is mine," says the Lord.Stirring her pot of evil, Amaryllis cooks up a recipe fordestruction;but this devilish divais about toget adose of her own medicine."

Take One


Karen Kingsbury - 2009
    Now they have done the impossible: raised enough money to produce a feature film with a message that could change the world. But as Chase and Keith begin shooting, their well-laid plans begin to unravel. With millions of dollars on the line, they make a desperate attempt to keep the film from falling apart even as a temperamental actress, a botched production schedule, and their own insecurities leave little room for the creative and spiritual passion that once motivated them. Was God really behind this movie after all? A chance meeting and friendship with John Baxter could bring the encouragement they need to stay on mission and produce a movie that will actually change people s lives. In the midst of the questions and the cameras, is it possible to keep things above the line and make a movie unlike anything done before or is the risk too great for everyone?"

The Prayer of the Lord


R.C. Sproul - 2009
    R. C. Sproul writes, Jesus intent was to give His disciples a model prayer, an example to follow, one that would teach them transferrable principles for conversation with God. In short, Christ gave the Lord s Prayer to teach His disciples about prayer, and Dr. Sproul, in his trademark fashion, brings out many of the truths Christ intended for His followers to learn. Readers will learn how not to pray, then will be led into a deeper understanding of such topics as the fatherhood of God, the kingdom of God, the will of God, the nature of sin and forgiveness, the dangers of temptation, and the cunning of Satan. The final chapter includes questions and answers on various aspects of prayer not covered elsewhere in the book, and the appendix addresses the difficult question of the relationship of God s sovereignty and prayer. The Prayer of the Lord is an eye-opening journey, one that reveals new vistas in familiar terrain.

Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda


Emmanuel M. Katongole - 2009
    So I want to invite you on a pilgrimage. Rwanda is often held up as a model of evangelization in Africa. Yet in 1994, beginning on the Thursday of Easter week, Christians killed other Christians, often in the same churches where they had worshiped together. The most Christianized country in Africa became the site of its worst genocide. With a mother who was a Hutu and a father who was a Tutsi, author Emmanuel Katongole is uniquely qualified to point out that the tragedy in Rwanda is also a mirror reflecting the deep brokenness of the church in the West. Rwanda brings us to a cry of lament on our knees where together we learn that we must interrupt these patterns of brokenness But Rwanda also brings us to a place of hope. Indeed, the only hope for our world after Rwanda’s genocide is a new kind of Christian identity for the global body of Christ—a people on pilgrimage together, a mixed group, bearing witness to a new identity made possible by the Gospel.

When Life is Hard


James MacDonald - 2009
    While none of these things are necessarily unusual, they are missing the ultimate point. When life is hard, when things get ugly, when all hope seems to be lost… that is when we are able to display the superiority of God by leaning on His promises and truths.Working his way through five questions we've all had run through our heads, trusted pastor James MacDonald helps us understand what we should do in the midst of trial:What kind of trial am I dealing with, and is God involved in it?Why am I experiencing trial?What should I do in the midst of trial?Are God’s purposes really being fulfilled in this?Why won't this trial go away?God told us to expect trials, so don’t be surprised when they come. Grow when they come. Find hope when they come.

God Girl: Becoming the Woman You're Meant to Be


Hayley DiMarco - 2009
    And a media-rich society chronicles their every move for fans to follow. But what does it mean to be a girl who follows God and not just the latest popular public figures? In God Girl, bestselling author and teen mentor Hayley DiMarco will help girls make sense of it all as she points them to who they are, who they are becoming, and who God made them to be.God Girl will help girls know what it means to be a woman of God in every area of life--with their thoughts, in their actions, and as they make daily choices about friends, fashion, faith, and everything in between. It's sure to be an instant classic.

His Princess Bride: Love Letters from Your Prince


Sheri Rose Shepherd - 2009
    Now she reveals to them how to enter into a passionate relationship with the lover of their souls. Any woman who has been yearning for her Lord--her Prince--to whisper the sacred secrets of eternity to her through his Word will thrill to discover His Princess Bride.In this life-giving book, Shepherd shares with readers fifty love letters from their Prince. These loving and affirming messages will show readers in vivid detail the unquenchable love their Prince has for them and how they fit into the family of God. Readers will also find fifty prayers that will help them put into words the love and devotion they long to express to their Lord. Gorgeous packaging and four-color interior design make this a perfect gift to connect the hearts of women to the heart of Christ.

Into Egypt Again With Ships: A Message To The Forgotten Israelites


Elisha J. Israel - 2009
    This book also reveals the biblical solution that will lead to the complete liberation of a people. All those who have descended from slaves, and consider themselves to be "Negro", "Black", or "African American" should have the audacity to read this book.

Divine Therapy & Addiction: Centering Prayer and the Twelve Steps


Thomas Keating - 2009
    In conversation with a long-time member of AA meetings, Father Thomas talks insightfully about surrendering to one's Higher Power and the journey that must be undertaken for the healing of the soul to begin.

Day of War


Cliff Graham - 2009
    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. Day of War brings to life the exploits of the Mighty Men of Israel, a rag-tag band of disgruntled warriors on the run with David, the soon-to-be King. Their legendary deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11.

50 Maxims for the Direction of a Soul that Desires to Obtain Perfection in the Love of Jesus Christ


Alfonso María de Liguori - 2009
    Short, but very excellent helps from St Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church. Timeless help to assist you in your Holy Catholic Faith as we aim for eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Law of Confession: Revolutionize Your Life and Rewrite Your Future With the Power of Words


Bill Winston - 2009
    God set the universe in motion with the power of His words and established the law of confession, but many believers have suffered needlessly by misunderstanding the power of their words. Dr. Bill Winston, pastor, Bible teacher, and host of the national television program Believer s Walk of Faith broadcast to over 100 million homes, reveals scriptural examples and vital teaching on the importance of the spoken word. Believers will uncover the enemy s deceptive plan to use their own words against them and what they can do to turn their situation around. 'One of the best things that ever happened to me, my family, and my church, was the revelation of the law of confession - we learned that the moment we win the battle over our words, we win the battle!' Dr. Bill Winston Controlling your words is one of the biggest challenges anyone will face in this life; the Bible reveals that the power of life and death are in the words you say. As you begin to change the words you speak, you will rewrite their future and revolutionize your life.

The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast


Joel Richardson - 2009
    Islamic prophecy also predicts that a man will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to usher in an era of peace. Islam's savior is called the Mahdi. However, the man in the Bible is the Antichrist. Joel Richardson's stunning research and analysis suggest the Mahdi and the Antichrist may actually be one and the same. In The Islamic Antichrist, Richardson exposes Western readers to the traditions of Islam and predicts the end times may not be here. Richardson's revelations will stun readers who are unaware of the similarities between the Antichrist and the Islam's expectations about a returning Jesus. His explanation of the relationship between Christian end-time prophecy and Islamic expectations of world domination has shocked readers and revolutionized eschatological expectations for a generation. The Islamic Antichrist is the book to read for insights on the world's fastest-growing religion and the future of the world.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled


D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones - 2009
    Lloyd-Jones went through these verses carefully, showing that the way to deal with our fears is first to recognize and confront them and then to realize that the answer is only to be found in the great and unchanging truths of the gospel.Pastors, Lloyd-Jones readers, and anyone needing encouragement will benefit from this work by one of the twentieth century's foremost preachers.

Yesterday's Promise


Vanessa Miller - 2009
    So, when her father, Bishop Langston Johnson, decides to step down after thirty years of leadership at Omega Christian Center, it seems only natural for her to take his place. But Bishop Johnson feels led by a God who has other things in mind, and to succeed him, he appoints Steven Marks-a man who is opposed to female pastors, not to mention the fact that he is Melinda's ex-fiance. Feeling defeated, Melinda nevertheless maintains her position as the church's Missions and Community Outreach Director. Frequent interaction with the new bishop incites bitter sparring-and rekindles long-suppressed attraction, which grows only stronger when Melinda develops a relationship with Steven's precious daughter, Brianna, who's still struggling with the death of her mother. Can Steven and Melinda set aside past pains, forgive each other, and learn to love again?"

Journey to Redemption


Anne Patrick - 2009
    She was wrong. The Slasher has escaped and he's making it even more personal this time. Tate has kidnapped her son and is giving her 72 hours to find the answers he wants or Jared dies. Helping her to find those answers is her new boss, Lieutenant Chase Adams. Chase was warned about Detective Reynolds being a royal pain before he met her. He soon learns behind that tough exterior is a gentle and loving mother who would do anything to protect her son. Working against the clock to get Jared back, Chase has a tough time keeping his mind on business instead of the growing attraction between them.

The NKJV, American Patriot's Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America


Richard G. Lee - 2009
    Never has a version of the Bible targeted the spiritual needs of those who love our country more than The American Patriot's Bible. This extremely unique Bible shows how the history of the United States connects the people and events of the Bible to our lives in a modern world. The story of the United States is wonderfully woven into the teachings of the Bible and includes a beautiful full-color family record section, memorable images from our nation's history and hundreds of enlightening articles which complement the New King James Version Bible text.

revealing the mysteries of heaven


David Jeremiah - 2009
    

The Essential Henri Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen - 2009
    This anthology of Nouwen’s teaching covers all his major themes—God, love, life, death, psychology, woundedness, healing, and social action—and is drawn from among his more than forty books. It’s the perfect, compact introduction to this brilliant and humble Catholic priest whom Christianity Today called “one of the world’s great spiritual writers.”

The Ideal Wife


Jacquelin Thomas - 2009
    But what if love isn’t enough?Marrying a handsome, wealthy lawyer and living in a Hollywood Hills mansion…it’s a dream come true for twenty-four-year-old Jana, from the moment Lawrence Collins swept her off her feet and into his luxurious world. True, she put her studies at a local Bible college on hold in order tow ed after a six-month whirlwind romance. Beautiful and vivacious, with a stunning body, Jana knows men like Lawrence don’t come along every day, and she vows to be a perfect companion—the ideal wife—to this sexy, powerful man. But at what price?From her wardrobe and hairstyle to her friends and her choice of church, Lawrence seems to want Jana to change into someone she’s not…and soon, the man Jana thought she knew will test her values and her faith with a shocking revelation that goes against everything she believes. How far will Jana be willing to go to keep the man she loves? With her “ideal” marriage falling apart, Jana—the real, modest, smart, and strong girl who knows what she stands for—must put her trust in God, and follow His guiding light out of the darkness of a broken relationship.

Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions


Paul Timothy McCain - 2009
    Nothing is more important than clearly confessing and bearing witness to the truths of God's Holy Word which reveal the glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is what the Book of Concord is all about. This edition of the Lutheran Confessions will instruct, inspire and educate all who use it and help them learn what it means to be, and to remain, a genuinely confessing Lutheran Christian.

The Rapture


Ken Johnson - 2009
    Many prophecies are explored with Biblical passages and terms explained from the Scripture itself. Evidence is presented that proves the first century church believed the end times would begin with the return of Israel to her ancient homeland. More than fifty prophecies have been fulfilled since Israel became a state; several more are yet to be fulfilled. Evidence is also given that at least four ancient church fathers taught a pretribulational Rapture. This book also gives many of the answers to the arguments midtribulationists and posttribulationists use against the pretribulational position. It is our hope this book will be an indispensable guide for debating the doctrine of the Rapture. Brought to you by Biblefacts Ministries, Biblefacts.org

The Magnificent Obsession


Anne Graham Lotz - 2009
    As she studied Scripture, she found her answer in the amazing story of Abraham, an ordinary man who became extraordinary because he pursued God no matter what the cost. Despite struggling with compromise, fear, family quarrels, failures and disappointment, Abraham became a man God called His friend. In The Magnificent Obsession, Anne shares her own pursuit of the God-filled life. The desire to intimately know the God of Abraham is now the focus of her faith and the goal of her life, flooding her heart with joyful purpose. Through personal anecdotes, unforgettable stories, and God-inspired insights, she invites readers to draw closer to the God who is as committed to them as he was to Abraham, a God who longs to call them friend.

Mansions of the Heart: Exploring the Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth


R. Thomas Ashbrook - 2009
    The book includes a Mapping Tool that will help you discern your place on your spiritual journey and offers church leaders a process for helping church members to grow into spiritual maturity.Contains a spiritual program based on the writings of Teresa of Avila, one of Christianity's most profound and beloved mystical teachers Offers a complete, step-by-step program for spiritual growth Includes information for leading others in their spiritual journeys Appropriate for all kinds of Christians

Love and War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed of


John Eldredge - 2009
    John and Stasi Eldredge have contributed the quintessential works on Christian spirituality through the experience of men and the experience of women and now they turn their focus to the incredible dynamic between those two forces. With refreshing openness that will grab readers from the first page, the Eldredges candidly discuss their own marriage and the insights they've gained from the challenges they faced. Each talks independently to the reader about what they've learned, giving their guidance personal immediacy and a balance between the male and female perspectives that has been absent from all previous books on this topic. They begin LOVE & WAR with an obvious but necessary acknowledgement: Marriage is fabulously hard. They advise that the sooner we get the shame and confusion off our backs, the sooner we'll find our way through. LOVE & WAR shows couples how to fight for their love and happiness, calling men and women to step into the great adventure God has waiting for them together. Walking alongside John and Stasi Eldredge, every couple can discover how their individual journeys are growing into a story of meaning much greater than anything they could do or be on their own.

Nazirite DNA


Lou Engle - 2009
    It has also been the spirit behind the Bound4LIFE prayer movement and is presently challenging the death culture and the abortion altar in this nation. I believe that a return to Nazirite consecration is the only hope for a return to God in America. And it will be the ground preparation, even the forerunner, for the greatest spiritual awakening she has ever seen.

Spiritual Discernment


Watchman Nee - 2009
    1.9-10). What was it that inspired him to offer such a prayer for the dear saints in Philippi? Do we today desperately need the same prayer? We talk about love and fellowship, and yet we encounter many problems and failures. What is the missing link to a glorious church? Can it be the lack of “full knowledge and all perception that ye may prove [or, distinguish] the things that differ” (literal translation)?Certainly spiritual discernment is the pressing need of today. How can we obtain this full knowledge of God? Where do we get spiritual discernment that we may know the things which differ or are more excellent? These are the matters which brother Watchman Nee tried to address during his latter years of ministry. This present volume, entitled Spiritual Discernment is composed of three parts: Abound in Knowledge, Abound in Discernment, and Approve the Excellent. The Publishers were able to acquire these Notes in Chinese recently, and they have now been translated into English for sharing with the English-speaking saints.May these Notes help many in meeting the pressing need of today.

Sacred Marriage Participant's Guide: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?


Gary L. Thomas - 2009
    It is a spiritual discipline ideally suited to help you know God more fully and intimately. Sacred Marriage shifts the focus from marital enrichment to spiritual enrichment in ways that can help you love your mate more. Whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God.Everything about your marriage from the history you and your spouse create, to the love you share, to the forgiveness you both offer and seek by turn is filled with the capacity to help you grow in Christ's character.In addition to life-changing insights, you ll find a wealth of discussion questions in this Participant Guide that will spark meaningful conversation in your group, between you and your spouse, or to simply ponder by yourself. You ll also find self-assessments, activities and highlights all created to help you engage deeply and prayerfully with the content of this study. Designed for use with the Sacred Marriage DVD (sold separately).Sessions include: 1. God s Purpose for Marriage2. The Refining Power of Marriage3. The God-Centered Spouse4. Sacred History 5. Sexual Saints6. Marriage: The Love Laboratory"

From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God


Frank Viola - 2009
    A drama that unfolded before time began. An epic saga that resonates with the heartbeat of God. A story that reveals nothing less than the meaning of life and God's great mission in the earth.From Eternity to Here presents three remarkable stories spanning from Genesis to Revelation. Each story traces a divine theme that is woven throughout scripture. Seen together, they offer an extraordinary glimpse into God's highest passion and grand mission. What you discover will forever change your view of life, the church, and our magnificent God.

Sacred Singleness: The Set-Apart Girl's Guide to Purpose and Fulfillment


Leslie Ludy - 2009
    Through personal experience and in interaction with thousands of young women over the past fourteen years, she has found that most Christian young women fall into one of two categories: those who are discontent and unfulfilled, constantly searching for the “right one,” and those who are consumed by a passionate romance with Jesus Christ and are living joyful, satisfied lives. Her desire is to help readers move toward the totally surrendered and fulfilling experience rather than one of striving and disappointment.Leslie shares firsthand stories and testimonials of modern–day single women who may sometimes struggle with loneliness and personal desires but who, in following God’s plan for them, have discovered a deeper delight, purpose and true joy in their lives. Sacred Singleness gives every single woman the inspiration to live counter to the culture and find amazing opportunity in this sacred season.

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction


Jeff Gerke - 2009
    You know the soaring creativity of the Creator and the serious discipline of the artisan. And you feel the impulse to excel in each. So grab a steaming mug of your favorite hot drink and come learn the art and craft of Christian fiction from one of its master teachers. You'll learn: How to find your story amidst all your ideas How to bring your characters onstage the first time How to convert your telling into showing How to handle profane characters in Christian fiction How to use the dumb puppet trick How to write for the (approving) audience of One The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction is the complete school of fiction from Jeff Gerke, popular writer's conference teacher, professional book doctor, and Christian novelist. It includes and expands upon his influential Fiction Writing Tip of the Week column at WhereTheMapEnds.com. ** Christy Award-winning editor Jeff Gerke entered the Christian fiction publishing industry as a novelist. Under the pen name Jefferson Scott, Jeff has had six of his Christian novels published. He has served on the editorial staff of Multnomah, Strang Communications, and NavPress. Novels that Jeff has edited or acquired have won multiple Book of the Year awards. He is the founder and publisher of Marcher Lord Press.

Leadership as an Identity: The Four Traits of Those Who Wield Lasting Influence


Crawford W. Loritts Jr. - 2009
    To ask only about one's character seems inadequate when defining a leader. We surely need to ask about character, but also about personality, communication skills, IQ, education, previous experience, and more... don't we?Crawford Loritts disagrees. He answers the question with four simple words: Brokenness, communion, servanthood, and obedience.These four traits form the framework for Leadership as an Identity. By examining each trait, Loritts undermines many pervasive assumptions about leadership that are unbiblical.According to Loritts, God doesn't look for leaders like the world does. He looks for disciples.

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God


Bruce A. Ware - 2009
    But what about the rest of us?With Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware, (you guessed it!) a theology professor, encourages and enables parents of children 6-14 years of age to teach through the whole of systematic theology at a level their children can understand. Parents can teach their children the great truths of the faith and shape their worldviews early, based on these truths.The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for parents to read one chapter per day with their children. With this non-intimidating format, parents will be emboldened to be their children's primary faith trainers-and perhaps learn a few things themselves along the way.

Angels On Assignment: God's Relentless Protection of Your Loved Ones and You


Perry Stone - 2009
    This covenant has the power to release angels to assist you and forges a protective covenant around yourself and your family. It is important to discover how angels are involved in the lives of people on a personal and practical level. We will see biblical and current examples of angelic protection and will discover the steps to engaging in a covenant relationship with God that engages the help of His angels. Learn the kinds of assignments given to the angels, and discover five things that can offend angels and hinder their protection to man. We can be assured that God has commissioned His heavenly messengers to defend, keep, and protect His people.

A Guide To Christian Living (Special Gift Edition)


John Calvin - 2009
    That the writer himself knew something of the cost of discipleship is clear from a consideration of his own experience.

Your Own Jesus: A God Insistent on Making It Personal


Mark Hall - 2009
    A true storyteller and a teacher with a heart for ministry, Mark Hall traces the downward spiral caused by spiritual compromise with the world, and then charts the upward road to wholeness and health that comes when we claim our very own Jesus. You need to discover your own Jesus. The real Jesus. The one who wants you to be honest, committed, and uncompromising. The one who is waiting to have a relationship with you. Move past imitating a religion to experiencing a relationship that is vibrant, personal, and fulfilling."

Outrageous Grace: A Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness


Grace L. Fabian - 2009
    Through fever, heartache, and isolation they labored to translate the Bible into the Nabak language. Then, on the eve of a New Testament in Nabak, Grace finds her husband murdered and her world decimated. Join Grace as she faces her darkest days and ultimately finds that God's grace is sufficient at all times.

Certain Jeopardy


Jeff Struecker - 2009
    Different in countless ways, they are intimately the same in one: at any moment their lives can be altered with a phone call, and their actions may change the world.They are Special Ops. And one team’s mission is about to hit certain jeopardy status when the discovery of an Al Qaeda base in Venezuela becomes secondary to thwarting the transport of a nuclear weapons expert from that training camp to Iran.Informed by the true combat experience of Captain Jeff Struecker and finessed by award-winning novelist Alton Gansky, Certain Jeopardy is an immersing and pulsating fictional account of what really happens at every level of a stealth engagement: the physical enemy encounter, the spiritual war fought within a soldier, and the emotional battles in families back at home.

Chuck Smith Autobiography: A Memoir of Grace


Chuck Smith - 2009
    We don t realize what God is doing, or why He has allowed us to struggle. But there comes a day when we look back over the road map of our lives and we understand, finally. We see the dots laid out along the path, and the events God permitted in order to move us to our destination. I am pleased to invite you to pull up a chair and listen as my Pastor Chuck tells the story of his life. This book is presented to you with the prayer that what you read will help you see how God s grace is at work in your own life. Everything you have experienced in the past, everything you re going through now, and everything that awaits you on the path ahead is all part of God s plan. His will for you is perfect, and He knows just how to prepare you for your life s purpose. Everything is preparation for something else.

Insights on Romans


Charles R. Swindoll - 2009
    In depth and detail, Chuck Swindoll takes you inside Paul's letter to the Romans. Now, discover for yourself its narrative drive, overarching message, and joyous implications for our lives. Insights on Romans is a stirring exploration of the New Testament's foremost manifesto of faith, righteousness, grace, identification with Christ, and bright hope for the future.Swindoll's New Testament Insights Series'To the end of my days, my major goal in life is to communicate the Word with accuracy, insight, clarity, and practicality.'---Charles SwindollCombining rich, rock-solid scholarship with a storyteller's imagery and passion, Chuck Swindoll has a gift for sweeping people into the immediacy of the Scriptures. This landmark series is the legacy of a master teacher and communicator to the church of Jesus Christ. You'll gain remarkable new insights into the Bible---and far more. God's Word will come alive for you, filled with drama, power, and truth, as you journey with Chuck chapter by chapter through the New Testament.

Lent for Everyone: Luke, Year C: A Daily Devotional


Tom Wright - 2009
    Popular biblical scholar and author N. T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation, brief reflection, and a prayer for each of the days of the season, helping readers ponder how the text is relevant to their own lives today. By the end of the book readers will have been through the entirety of Luke, along with Psalm readings for each Sunday. Suitable for both individual and group study and reflection, Wright's Lenten devotional will help you make Luke's gospel your own, thoughtfully and prayerfully, and your journey through Lent a period of rich discovery and growth.

I Know Why the Angels Dance


Bryan Davis - 2009
    After all, isn’t it selfish to grieve when the departed goes to a better place? Being in charge of the funeral for his grandmother, Nanna, John arranges for a happy atmosphere, but not everyone understands. Tabitha, his twelve-year-old daughter, who is attending her first funeral, perceives the conflict in a very personal way. During the days before Nanna’s death, Tabitha had been comforted by dreams of the lady’s glorious entrance into Heaven, but she truly misses Nanna’s presence and wonders if her inner yearnings are wrong.    Tabitha has also had dreams about her best friend, Rose Grayson, haunting dreams that showed her friend as lost and in terror in the afterworld. No, Rose is not a Christian. In fact, her father, Phil, is an atheist, a bold atheist. Phil and Rose attend Nanna’s funeral, and when Tabitha claims to see a vision of her departed great grandmother, Phil suggests to John that Tabitha should undergo therapeutic counseling. John decides on another path, but the conflict raises doubts about his daughter’s mental and spiritual stability.