Spiritual Growth

title: The Stuff of Miracles

author: Carolyn DeArteaga

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: DeC3011412

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Carolyn is a scientifically oriented psychologist who believes miracles ended with the apostles - until she is confronted by God, who patiently shows her otherwise. When she experiences divorce and she and her four children are abandoned, Carolyn turns to God, who assures her he will look after her. Assuming this means providing a new husband, Carolyn goes searching for Robert Redford with a Bible. Instead, the heavenly Father brings her a man who embarrasses and frightens her as he heals in the name of Jesus and practices the other gifts of the Spirit. Through him, God introduces Carolyn to a Jesus who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The seven chapters focus on topics of healing, God's protection and provision, demonic activity, and God's love for his children. Each chapter includes vignettes of experiences that solidify Carolyn's discovery of the practical, loving side of God.

About the Author
Carolyn DeArteaga is a licensed psychologist and holds two advanced degrees. She has published articles in magazines as well as two Christian women's suspense novels through OakTara. She has served as director of counseling for three large churches. Her husband, William DeArteaga, is a pastor, author, and chaplain for The Order of St. Luke, a healing order. Dr. DeArteaga speaks at conferences where this book could be sold.

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title: The Ruth Experience

author: Kendra Roehl

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2012 • author id: RoK5630112

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This chronicles the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi, while pulling out key lessons women can apply to their own lives. Ruth and Naomi watched their dreams die, felt anger toward God, trusted God in the midst of trials, had faith to move before seeing him move, and experienced redemption - all lessons that remain relevant and critical to women today. Each chapter examines a specific part of Ruth and Naomi's journey, includes New Testament parallels to Christ's relationship with us, and includes a woman's modern-day testimony sharing how she experienced God during a specific circumstance in her life. The purpose of the book is to empower women to share their own stories of what God has done, to build up not only their own faith, but also the faith of those who hear them. Each chapter ends with a prayer and questions for women to do individually or collectively as a group.

About the Author
Kendra Roehl holds the Master's in Social Work and is on the speaking team at Living Way Church as well as a frequent speaker at women's events. Co-author Julie Fisk holds the Juris Doctorate and is a children's ministry director, Bible study leader and speaker and trainer for employment law groups. Co-author Kristin Demery holds the BA in English, working toward Master's in English. She is a journalist with news, business and feature stories published in the {ITL}Saint Cloud Times; ROI (Quarterly Business Magazine{NRM}, and {ITL}USA Today{NRM} newspaper (June 2012).

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title: Why Me?

author: Kenneth D. Moore

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: MoK7241712

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{ITL}Why Me?{NRM} encourages people that worshipping God can be passionate even in the midst of trouble. The life of Joseph is the evidence of the book's purpose and the thrust of the book's flow. Genesis 37-50 chronicles the development of Joseph's character from the trials and the temptations he endured to the triumphs God gave him. Despite being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph affirmed that what they meant for evil, God meant for good. The author discusses ways Joseph came to that conclusion. In addition, the author's testimony is in the book. Through cerebral palsy, he has journeyed from anger to being grateful, inspiring others that life does not have to be perfect to have peace.

About the Author
Kenneth Moore has been preaching since 1989 and served churches in LA, AR, and OH. He holds a Master of Divinity specializing in biblical languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in expository preaching from Luther Rice University. Portions of his testimony were published in {ITL}The Youth Disciple{NRM}; July/August/September, 1990.

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title: EAT of God, Food and Being Human

author: Richard Sheedy

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: ShR3208212

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Man shall not live by God's Word alone, but by bread, also. This means we are fully human and not spirit only. Along with God's Word, our humanness requires that we eat of "non-spiritual" foods in order to experience abundant living. It is God's non-negotiable plan to sustain our lives, provide energy and promote growth through natural means, as well as divine. We cannot insist on divine nor spiritual solutions to all our needs. We are physical, psychological and emotional beings, not just spiritual. By focusing so intently on our spiritual lives we often neglect other needs that affect not only our relationships with others, but our relationship with God

About the Author
The writer finished five years theology/biblical studies at Gordon College, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He says, "After a dramatic conversion/confirmation forty years ago, theological study and thought has been a lifelong passion. Five plus years of involvement and leadership with each of the following branches of Christianity: Assemblies of God, Orthodox Presbyterian, Non-Denominational, Methodist. Currently attending an Episcopal Church." He cites a number of potential endorsements, including Jon Gordon, a nationally known motivation speaker and converted Jew and Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary.

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title: Becoming God's Intention

author: Helen H. Hudiburg

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: HuH7705512

word count: 68

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We are created by God for his purpose. However, too often when we are dependent, powerless children and our need to be loved and accepted is threatened, we disown the parts of ourselves that are not acceptable to our parents, our families, or our caregivers. Those denied God-given gifts remain alive within us, but to reawaken them, we need to discover God's truth of who we are. The writer states, "This book tells how God chose to transform me from someone defined by three wounding childhood experiences into the person he created me to be. Through Scripture, prayer, books, and illuminating dreams, God helped me to unravel my false childhood beliefs as he patiently led me to claim my spiritual heritage. {ITL}Becoming God's Intention{NRM} encourages readers to believe that God has a plan for their lives if they will surrender to his defining power."

About the Author
Helen Hudiburg writes, "I have experienced the healing and transforming power of God, and I hope to help others who have unknowingly allowed their false childhood beliefs to define who they are. Also, I am a cancer survivor, and I can offer hope to those who are suffering from this frightening disease."

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title: The Ruth Experience

author: Kendra Roehl

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: RoK5630112

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This work chronicles the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi while pulling out key lessons women can apply to their own lives. Ruth and Naomi watched their dreams die, felt anger toward God, trusted God in the midst of trials, had faith to move before seeing Him move, and experienced redemption--all lessons that remain relevant and critical to women today. Each chapter examines a specific part of Ruth's and Naomi's journey, includes New Testament parallels to Christ's relationship with us, and includes a woman's modern-day testimony of how she experienced God during a specific circumstance. The purpose of the book is to empower women to share their own stories of what God has done, to build up not only their own faith, but also the faith of those who hear them. Each chapter ends with a prayer and study questions for women to do individually or collectively as a group.

About the Author
Three authors have collaborated on this work. Kendra Roehl holds a Masters in Social Work and is on the speaking team at Living Way Church, St. Cloud; Julie Fisk, children's ministry director, and Bible study leader is a speaker and trainer for employment law groups; Kristin Demery is a journalist with news, business, and feature stories published in the St. Cloud Times; ROI (Quarterly Business Magazine), and USA Today.

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title: Reasons for Believing

author: Robert Tenery

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: TeR2702812

word count: 221

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In the face of rising aggressiveness and attacks on Christianity, many young adults are harboring haunting questions about the Christian faith and why we believe what we believe. Some feel that, because they do not know the answer; there is no answer. This book is designed to provide answers for those questions, both biblically and philosophically, that will help young adults to "be ready always to give an answer to anyone who asks concerning the faith that is in you." (I Peter 3:15)

About the Author
In addition to pastoring local churches for more than 40 years the author served on various Boards and Committees of his denomination as well as President of the North Carolina Pastors Conference and Vice-president of the national Pastors Conference. After retiring, he was employed by the State of North Carolina as a Chaplain to the most serious Juvenile Offenders in the state. He also served on the Governor's Commission on Infant Mortality. In retirement, he spends his time writing, teaching, mentoring and counseling other pastors and speaking on special occasions. He attended Furman University in South Carolina and Pfeiffer University in North Carolina where he graduated with the BA degree. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He co-authored the book: {ITL}For Such a Time as This{NRM} with J. Steve Sells, an Associational Missionary.

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title: An Intimate Collision:

author: Craig D. Lounsbrough

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: LoC8013812

word count: 110

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The writer contends that we fall desperately short of conceptualizing, intimately embracing and deeply interjecting the truths of scripture into the everyday realities of our lives. Subsequently, we miss a sweeping infusion of what God intended for our lives. The premise of this work lies in the belief that people sense there to be a far, far greater reality to our portrayal of God and the Christian life than that which has been portrayed. Something unimaginably vaster than our tiny constructs is ours if only we can find it. In an attempt to achieve that goal, this book is strategically written to intimately interweave deeply transformational personal events experienced by the author with vividly portrayed scriptural accounts that share the same foundational principles. This striking blending of past and present in a literary format serves to effectively integrate the relevancy of scriptural truths soundly into the stark and sometimes forboding realities of 21st century life. It is the writer's passion that this book pointedly bring infinitely relevant truths to both the individual, as well as a culture mired in darkness.

About the Author
The writer's background includes over twenty-three years of experience as a counselor in a variety of treatment settings that include psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, facilities for the blind, agencies that serve both the physically handicapped and developmentally disturbed, churches and various ministries. He has served ten years in pastoral ministry as a youth, associate and senior pastor along with two years broadcasting in Christian radio. Currently he leads a private, outpatient counseling practice in Parker, Colorado which has grown into a full-fledged practice providing counseling, coaching and consulting services to individuals, marriages, families, various businesses as well as church and ministry organizations. Author of four books, he is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado, a certified professional life coach, an ordained minister and is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Web site: www.craiglpc.com.

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title: Reflecting His Glory:

author: Robert W. Lever

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2012 • author id: LeRNonUS12

word count: 160

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No matter which generation you speak with, many people express concern that 'church' is not meeting their expectations; can the integrity of the gospel be maintained if we embrace some of the changes that are being thrust upon us in the 21st century? Jesus says. "I am the same yesterday, today and for eternity." Does that mean that 'we the church' should remain the same forever? Our culture is evolving as our demographic mix changes?inevitably, communication styles and expectations are changing too: Traditionalists try to maintain the status-quo. Boomers use 'proven' marketing methods to help the ailing church. Generation X'ers prefer the Internet to the Scriptures as their reference source?consequently, a competitive, 'consumer church' model is becoming the norm. Generation Y'ers are leaving the institutionalised church, opting rather to express their need for spiritual fulfillment by developing 'community' with the help of electronic media. Considering challenges the Church is facing in the 21st century we might ask, "What would bring Christians, the living church, back to a sense of unity, even in diversity, if diligently applied?" This writer believes that integrity, when understood and applied through the various windows of both local and 'foreign' cultures, can help us to understand why the Lord Jesus says, "I am the same yesterday, today and for eternity."

About the Author
Originally from a background in business management and sales in England, when he moved to Canada, Bob's heart for God led him into missions. Cross-cultural experience, both in French and in English, led Bob to believe that without understanding cultural differences, ministry, home or abroad, would most likely fail. Bob earned a masters degree in Intercultural Studies and over a period of 34 years served in various intercultural ministries with Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada.

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title: No Small Change:

author: Charles E. Johns

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: JoC1844412

word count: 100

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Most of us act as if God hides so well that signs of the divine presence are reserved for hallelujah moments: burning bushes, Bach, sunsets, benign lab results or rescue of one kind or another. {ITL}No Small Change{NRM} sets out to expand those hallelujah moments by pointing to the divine presence that we tend to overlook, the grace that exists in the ordinary. The book illustrates ways that readers might begin to acknowledge their own experience, reflect upon it and see beneath the surface to the grace in their lives. Here are stories of people and situations that are familiar. Here are events that can be either overlooked or can become windows into deeper meaning. {ITL}No Small Change{NRM} is an invitation to pay attention.

About the Author
The writer holds academic degrees from Wilkes University, Drew University and Syracuse University. He has been the Director of the Office of Special Programs at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine and the Director of Admissions at the Boston University School of Theology. He was a pastor in Pennsylvania for 20 years as well as a United Methodist Conference Council Director and District Superintendent. For 13 years he wrote a monthly "Faith Matters" column for the {ITL}United Methodist Voice.{NRM}

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title: Growing in God's Grace

author: Debby Fulton

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: FuD9267512

word count: 66

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The book's format is designed to aid one in memorizing scripture using the alphabet and photographs from around the world. A trigger word and photograph for each letter of the alphabet is correlated to help in recall of the verse. Space is provided for the reader to write their own favorite verses for each letter. Selected passages are also included: The Ten Commandments, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, the Twenty-Third Psalm, and the Lord's Prayer. All of the profit from the book will be donated to organizations that feed the poor and serve those in need.

About the Author
The writer states, "I am a Christian who loves to study God's word and has a heart for those in need. I have been an educator for 16 years and a business owner for 25. I enjoy travel and photography and have combined these passions with scripture in making my personal travel books. The recitation of memorized verses helped me personally during many sleepness nights with two teenaged sons and during a year of fear as my son served as a medic on the front lines in Afghanistan. It is hoped that focusing on God's word will bring peace for those sleepless nights of worry and insomnia. I see this book being sold as a self-help and devotional book for Christians desiring to memorize scripture for a deeper walk with Christ. I am also hopeful that it will be well received for charitable giving as a non-profit book whose proceeds are donated to organizations who serve those in need locally and around the world."

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title: It Ain't Necessarily So:

author: Dale E. Austin

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: AuD1306812

word count: 180

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This book takes several familiar scriptural passages and looks at them from a non-traditional perspective. The basic premise is that, while the words of the Bible themselves are trustworthy, we may not always be able to say the same about the way in which we have traditionally chosen to interpret those words. Long-standing interpretations and traditions are challenged in an attempt to encourage discussion and exploration. The work raises the question of whether the Church, in refusing to challenge traditional interpretations, might have sometimes been lured into accepting an incorrect understanding of what the Bible really intended. The goal is to encourage alternative interpretations and, in doing so, to uncover incredible new insights into what these stories are telling us in our contemporary world.

About the Author
Dale E. Austin is a United Methodist pastor with over 35 years of experience in leading congregations and in preaching. He has led various workshops and taught courses planning and preparation for laity within the church. In addition, the served for 19 years as the Secretary for the North Central New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, and for 12 years as a Chaplain in the US Army Reserve. He has had specialized training in the areas of small and rural church ministry, cooperative parish ministry, and spiritual direction. His degrees include a B. Music from Houghton College, M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary with honors in Biblical Studies, and a M.Th. from McMaster Divinity College (McMaster University).

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title: Two Dogs:

author: Don Fothergill

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: FoD4360612

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This is a down-to-earth tool to empower the reader to facilitate spiritual transformation in his/her life. This work weaves together discipleship from the biblical tradition and discernment from the spiritual formation tradition. This 10-week utilitarian guide will allow the hungry reader to learn how to apply the insights from 2000 years of church history and biblical interpretations resulting in heartfelt conviction, deeper awareness, and a compelling invitation to 'set the plow deeper' in life. The easy-to-read field guide provides relatable stories, pragmatic examples, probative questions and daily soul work. The desired result of working through this manual is a greater enlightenment of the mind, a joyful yielding of the will and a winsome melting of the heart.

About the Author
The writer states, "I am a story teller who is passionate about walking with people into the depths of Christ, unity in Christ's church, and hugging trees. My tools have come from: extensive writing for, travelling with, and leading pastors' conferences in India, degrees from Gordon and Fuller, being a spiritual director, spending long periods of time in the refiner's fire, and 30 years pastoring the same church.

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title: Church Politics

author: Meric D. Walker

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: WaMNonUS12

word count: 250

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This book provides information about the behavioral practices in the goverance of many church organizations and the spiritual implications of these practices. While it is about information, it is even more about spiritual transformation. It is about building a personal relationship with Christ and constantly beholding him as your model leader. This account is "layreader friendly" and useful to pastors, seminary students, and administrators in all sectors of church operation. The chapters cover a spectrum of issues relating to church goverance. The need for and the scope of the book are pinned down in the first chapter; each of the other chapters is divided into two sections: (1) descriptive behavioral trends observed in church goverance within many church organizations, and (2) prescriptive Bible-based spiritual lessons. Our aim is to help readers learn how to represent Christ in church operations.

About the Author
Meric D. Walker, PhD, is a graduate of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI, and Northern Caribbean University, Mandeville Jamaica. He is a Christian apologist who has been a pastor for over twenty-five years and has been highlighted in national news publications. Trevor O'Reggio, PhD, DMin, is an alumnus of University of Chicago, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Andrews University, and Walla Walla College. He is an Associate Professor of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.

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title: Sweet Scent of Justice

author: Debbie Wilson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.31.2012 • author id: WiD7122012

word count: 72

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{ITL}Sweet Scent of Justice{NRM} is the true story of how God miraculously worked in the life of a woman to help solve her sister's twenty-six year old murder case. It is a story of the faith that held her family together during their terrible time of crisis. Twenty-three years after her sister's death, she had an uncontrollable desire to open up her painful past to answer questions about her sister's unsolved murder that had haunted her for years. She felt God leading her to help put the pieces of the mystery together to find answers for her family. She could never have imagined that the door to the past she would open would lead down a path full of miraculous twists and turns that would eventually lead to the discovery of her sister's killer. The title of her book was chosen because the killer was captured and put away for life because of a stolen bottle of cologne. That sweet scent of justice though was no comparison to the sweet scent of forgiveness that she was finally able to experience through God's grace and mercy.

About the Author
The writer has been an educator for over twenty-five years, and is currently serving as the New Teacher Induction Coordinator for the Morehouse Parish School System where she provides professional development to all new teachers. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Degrees include bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is an active member of Cherry Ridge Baptist ChurchHer book {ITL}Sweet Scent of Justice.{NRM} is the occasion for public speaking. "My sister's cold case has been the subject of many local, national, and online news articles because of some of the unusual circumstances of her case. Her cold case has even been mentioned on episodes of 48 Hours Mystery and Dateline."

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title: Break Free!

author: Patricia A. Johnson-Laster

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: JoP3738812

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The manuscript exposes a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect in America. In 2009, an estimated six million children were reported victims of childhood abuse. Of those, about 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder. Family dysfunction includes, but is not limited to, child abuse and is an even more common phenomenon in our society. While not experiencing a diagnosed psychological disorder, many of the adolescents with whom I talked were struggling far beyond the norm with life's basic questions. They had come from a dysfunctional family and similar young people, many new to Christianity, now number in multiple millions. The tone of the book is serious just as the struggle experienced by young Christians from dysfunctional families is serious. But it is neither academic nor boring. Instead the personal format of the book offers three things to the reader. First it offers a discussion of an issue based upon the author's personal history, academic training, and seminary training. Second, it offers a scripture search through which the reader can relate God's word to the issue. Third, and most vital for an adult child of a dysfunctional family, it offers a series of guided questions and exercises, followed by a prayer, to focus the reader on his or her relationship with God. The writer noticed in her teaching "the most profound and emotionally-charged [questions] came from students with a history of family dysfunction. It is the questions and the answers to which we came that I've addressed in this book."

About the Author
The writer's academic background includes the B.A. from Campbell University, an MA in psychology from U. of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.R.E., Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Ed.D., Educational Psychology, Northern Illinois University. She has taught psychology for 30+ years at accredited universities. She notes, "It is hopeful that the book will be printed as a workbook with space provided at the conclusion of each discussion for the reader to answer questions and journal his or her progress. I believe this book has the potential of offering hope, guidance, and answers to millions of young Christians struggling with a history of family dysfunction."

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title: New Grounds For Believing

author: Teresa Bell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: BeT1531712

word count: 83

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{ITL}New Grounds For Believing{NRM}, inspired by {ITL}The Message{NRM} version of the story of Lazarus, explores God's Zoe life involved in the affairs of his people in the Bible and in our lives now. The foundation is laid with an exploration of Old Testament situations that appeared hopeless but ended up as opportunities for God's powerful life to instead bring triumph. The story of Lazarus is then explored, with special focus on the details of Jesus' words to his disciples and at the tomb. Jesus' declaration that he is resurrection and life is applied to the believer's life situations with the intent of encouraging the reader to boldly believe his words.

About the Author
The writer notes, "With a background as a teacher and as a public speaker with a national business association, I have a passion to communicate the insights I have gleaned from my studies in the Word and to encourage people to believe God's word." She is a member of Berean Fellowship, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is affiliated with the Faith Christian Fellowship community of churches. Her blog is titled "Word Delights " and the address is : www.worddelights.blogspot.com. An alternate email address is teresawrites@gmail.com. After June 30, address is 219 McConnell Rd, Canonsburg, PA 15317.

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title: The Inside-Out, Upside-Down Gospel :

author: C.S. Parsons

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: PaC2731312

word count: 200

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This is a book for Christians tired of "the same old stuff." The Bible challenges us to stop trying that stuff and "take hold of the life that really is life" (1 Timothy 6:19). But how do we do that? We have to stop trying the things that seem to make sense and take a new look at the good news. The gospel is counterintuitive because faith does contradict the kingdom of earth's conventional wisdom. The aim of this book is to be a wise and helpful guide to our blind spots and to do it with off-hand ease and humor. Any reader should be able to recognize the issues from his or her own world. This project has broad appeal to individual readers, small groups, and congregations. The book has a different kind of presentation, using occasional single-frame drawings (New Yorker-style) and multi-frame drawings (strips) to advance its arguments.

About the Author
C. S. Parsons knows something of the subject of this book from raising chickens and goats, who have more experience in counterintuitive living than you would expect. He has worked in education, advertising, and publishing and now is pastor of a Presbyterian church in Burlington, North Carolina. He anticipates Greg Ogden and Fil Anderson would provide cover blurbs.

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title: From Maximum Security to Maximum Mercy:

author: Joe McCormick

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: McJNonUS12

word count: 205

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"Maximum" is the compelling memoir of one man's search for redemption in the midst of prison violence and desolation. In his quest to follow Jesus, he is forced to confront his own most secret flaws and failures. This work candidly examines what happens to a man who loves God yet struggles to overcome his fallen nature. Devoid of much of the clichd rhetoric that so frequently spices person testimonies, this work is both brutally honest and pragmatically hope-filled. Struggling Christians will identify with his message - only a relationship with God can fill the holes in our souls. Bible-based yet not preachy, the author uses scripture in a holistic way to offer hope for the weary and the despairing. Themes explored include sanctification, overcoming, judgment, and chastisement.

About the Author
Joe McCormick is a 67-year-old recidivist who has spent the past twenty-seven years in prison. By God's grace he has overcome bitterness and anger, yet falls far short of the perfection to which Christians are called. While incarcerated, the author earned a BA in the social sciences and a graduate certificate in pastoral counseling. This is his second book. His first, {ITL}Walkin' the Walk{NRM} (1998), a daily devotional for prisoners, was used internationally in prison chaplaincy work.

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title: Word of God Speak:

author: Todd Pylant

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: PyT7612612

word count: 292

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The work helps readers understand the Bible by connecting individual stories to the one story of God's relationship with his people. More importantly, it helps readers discover their own faith story in the one story of the Bible. To do this, it breaks down the story of the Bible into nine acts, each with a main character and plot theme. The book also leads readers to develop the basic spiritual disciplines necessary to make the Bible profitable for spiritual growth. No matter how much we know about the Bible, it will never be profitable unless we develop the basic disciplines of daily Bible reading, meditation, Scripture memory, and prayer. To this end, the book includes daily Bible readings and blank journal pages and is meant to be read one act per week. In many ways, the book is a personal discipleship source. {ITL}Word of God Speak{NRM} also includes two chapters on how the Bible came to be (inspiration, canonization, and translation) and the ten most important principles of interpretation.

About the Author
Dr. Todd Pylant has been in ministry for over 24 years. He holds degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bethel University. He has been serving as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Benbrook in Fort Worth, Texas since 2004. He uses his website, www.toddpylant.com, not only to promote his writings but also to write weekly about his study of the Scriptures.

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title: Break Free!

author: Patricia Johnson-Laster

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: JoP3738812

word count: 198

Content

Family dysfunction is a hidden epidemic among Christians that includes but is not limited to separation, divorce, addiction, poor discipline methods, favoritism, milder forms of mistreatment and/or neglect, some rejection by one or both parents, abandonment, immature parenting, etc. Older youth and adults may find their attempts to live the Christian life hindered by their struggle with past issues. This workbook is designed to help them find answers. The workbook would be a valuable tool for youth ministers, Christian counselors, all ministerial professionals who work with youth and adults in either individual or group settings, student services in Christian schools, and medical practices that focus on healing the soul a well as the body. Each chapter includes: 1. Short discussion based upon the author's academic training, seminary training and teaching/counseling experience; 2. Scripture search through which the reader can relate God's word to the issue; 3. Questions and exercises designed to promote insight, healing, and growth. A prayer idea to focus the reader's thoughts concludes each discussion. The book could be printed as a spiral-bound workbook with journaling space provided for the reader.

About the Author
Patricia Johnson-Laster holds an Ed.D. in psychology from Northern Illinois University, an MA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an MRE in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has served as professor of psychology at Bluefield College, Cumberland University, Wayland Baptist University, and Hannibal-LaGrange College. She has also been a campus minister at Mary Washington College and has served in the Philippines with the Peace Corps. "As a retired college professor whose field was psychology, I spent more time answering questions in private sessions with students than I spent in the classroom. Of the oft repeated questions, the most profound and emotionally charged ones came from students with a history of family dysfunction. It is those questions and the answers we reached that I've addressed in this book."

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title: Forgiveness is . . .

author: Dawn Gentry Washington

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: WaD4032412

word count: 175

Content

After praying through her own personal every day experiences, and asking God some very common questions, the author discovered why we should forgive. In learning why, she learned how to forgive and now shares these insights with her readers. Instead of dealing with the pain of betrayal and the person who caused it, the reader is led into a thoughtful settlement with God, and is led into yielding to him, the great example of forgiveness. The author helps the reader realize true forgiveness is not necessarily a long process, nor a burdensome methodology, nor does it always include reconciliation or forgetting the offense. The writer shows how and why in God we have been given all that we need within, and so we are able to freely give forgiveness.

About the Author
Dawn has been a member of the same congregation for more than 40 years where she has been a respected leader and a gifted Bible teacher. Dawn has been sought out to teach forgiveness in many women's classes, workshops, conferences, and in-depth bible studies. God has given Dawn the great privilege of writing this book and the honor of using its resources to encourage others through {ITL}Forgiveness is . . Training to Reign{NRM}.

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title: When Mary Met Jesus

author: Henry Styron

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2012 • author id: StH2879112

word count: 120

Content

The manuscript uses God's work in Mary's life to illustrate and teach us how he wants to care for and use us, and how we should respond to him. The writer states, "Most of us couldn't say when we first heard about Jesus. We've forgotten what it was to meet Jesus for the first time, and many have grown somewhat unimpressed about God walking among us. We don't think about what it must have been like for Mary, the first mortal to meet our savior on human terms. And, as he did with Mary, so God desires to have a fresh, vital, day to day life with us. This book seeks to use Mary's experiences as a model to teach us how to live in active relationship with a God who seeks us out."

About the Author
The author is an ordained Southern Baptist minister, currently serving as an associate pastor in North Carolina. He has over eighteen years of experience in full-time professional ministry. He has two master's degrees, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry degree, from Liberty University.

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title: Sister2Sister:

author: Uduak Afangideh

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: AfU3610912

word count: 186

Content

These interviews highlight the struggles and victories of selected Christian women. The Bible is full of stories of heroes and heroines, but the fact that we know how the stories end makes them appear more like fables than real-life stories. Living among us today, however, are Christians who have faced many trials and tribulations; but like Bible heroes and heroines, they remain standing -- strengthened in their faith, examples to all of us. This material is intended to be used as a Bible study material either for personal study sessions or for group discussions. Review questions and practical activities nestled within each chapter are designed to give additional insights, provoke thought and application of the materials presented, and further help Christian women in their journey of spiritual growth and development. The unifying theme in the book is the fact that the Christian walk ensures victorious living, despite the struggles all women face.

About the Author
As the founder of the Ladies Association for Christian Education (LACE, Calabar Chapter) and Mothers For Abstinence (MOFA), the author travels widely to speak to women's groups about standing strong in their Christian walk. A graduate of Freed - Hardeman University, a former staff of Camp Wyldewood (a Christian camp affiliated with Harding University) and a Professor at Faulkner University, Uduak Afangideh is widely sought after as a speaker at women Gospel meetings within the Church of Christ, both in the United States and in her home country of Nigeria. Her platform to sell this book would include Annual Lectureships at the colleges previously mentioned and the other 35 colleges affiliated with the Churches of Christ in the United States, and Christian Ladies conferences in the United States and in Nigeria. She is the pioneer writer for a ladies column in The Pulpit Watch, Nigeria and is the author of Today's Girl: The physical, spiritual and emotional development of the girl child (Citigate Publishers, 2002).

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title: Spiritual Gifts Reconsidered

author: Hans F. Schultz

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: ScH6000412

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Content

The writer's summary of the manuscript states: "Few people are aware that the reigning contemporary view of the subject of "spiritual gifts" is something like Topsy: It just grew. But from where? Prior to the middle of the last century the current view was virtually unknown. Then a group of Fuller Seminary professors thought it would be a good idea to put together a "Discover Your Spiritual Gift" Questionnaire and Interpretative Chart that purported to help believers identify their "spiritual gift." This program has swept across Evangelical Christianity like the tide. However it is constructed on quite a number of non-biblical assumptions and incorporates fallacious reasoning." This book is thus a much needed corrective.

About the Author
The writer's degrees include BA, MA, from Bob Jones University and seminary degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Now retired, he has served as a pastor and manager. He states that Dr. Walter Liefeld, former Chairman of the Department of New Testament and now Professor Emeritus at Trinity Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and Dr. Robert Yarbrough, Chairman of the Department of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis reviewed an earlier version of this paper and were positive in their evaluations.

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title: Sex and the Single Guy:

author: Steve R. Bierly

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: BiS5123912

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Content

Though hormones and sexual drives are part of a man, Christian men are told, "Sex is a wonderful, natural, beautiful gift from God, but don't think about or engage in it or do anything at all with your sexuality until you're married." And they are given advice from the Church about how to sublimate their thoughts and urges which is often contradictory, unbiblical, inhuman, and (the writer states) just plain crazy. The writer intends that many who have been frustrated and confused by "the party line" will be liberated by reading this book and discovering that they have been carrying burdens God never laid on them. And all the readers will be challenged to enjoy being fully human and completely male while honoring God in everything and growing in their spiritual lives.

About the Author
The author has been a pastor for 30 years and worked with youth for many years even before he was ordained. He got married at age 28 and so, of necessity, had to wrestle with questions about singleness and sexuality. Steve currently pastors American Reformed Church in Hull, IA, has a wife and two grown children, and has authored three books for Zondervan, one for Bear Manor Media, and has been a consultant/contributor for four others. He has used material from this book with youth groups, college students, and young adults. His articles have appeared in Leadership and he has authored these books: Help For The Small-Church Pastor: Unlocking The Potential Of Your Congregation (Zondervan, 1995), -How To Thrive As A Small-Church Pastor: A Guide To Spiritual And Emotional Well-Being (Zondervan, 1998), -Wrestling With God: A No-Holds-Barred Approach To Knowing God (Zondervan, 2003), -Stronger Than Spinach: The Secret Appeal Of The Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons (Bear Manor Media, 2009)

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title: An Intimate Collision

author: Craig D. Lounsbrough

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: LoC8010412

word count: 110

Content

The writer contends that we fall desperately short of conceptualizing, intimately embracing and deeply interjecting the truths of scripture into the everyday realities of our lives as we live them out amidst the challenges of the 21st century. Subsequently, we miss a sweeping infusion of what God intended for our lives, leaving us to live out lackluster and frequently hopeless existences. The premise of this work lies in the belief that people sense there to be a far, far greater reality to our portrayal of God and the Christian life than that which has been portrayed. Something unimaginably vaster than our tiny constructs is ours if only we can find it. In an attempt to achieve that goal, this book is strategically written to intimately interweave deeply transformational personal events experienced by the author with vividly portrayed scriptural accounts that share the same foundational principles. This striking blending of past and present in a moving literary format provides the reader a compelling sense of the profound relevancy of scripture by convincingly importing it into the present. This structure serves to effectively integrate the relevancy of scriptural truths soundly into the stark and sometimes forboding realities of 21st century life. It is the writer's passion that this book pointedly bring infinitely relevant truths to both the individual, as well as a culture mired in darkness.

About the Author
The writer's background includes over twenty-three years of experience as a counselor in a variety of treatment settings that include psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, facilities for the blind, agencies that serve both the physically handicapped and developmentally disturbed, churches and various ministries. He has served ten years in pastoral ministry as a youth, associate and senior pastor along with two years broadcasting in Christian radio. Currently he leads a private, outpatient counseling practice in Parker, Colorado which has grown into a full-fledged practice providing counseling, coaching and consulting services to individuals, marriages, families, various businesses as well as church and ministry organizations. Author of four books, he is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado, a certified professional life coach, an ordained minister and is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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title: Breaking Free

author: Patricia Johnson-Laster

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.31.2012 • author id: JoP3738812

word count: 198

Content

Christians are not exempt from family problems. Dysfunction is a hidden epidemic and includes but is not limited to separation, divorce, addiction, poor discipline methods, favoritism, milder forms of mistreatment and/or neglect, some rejection by one or both parents, abandonment, immature parenting, etc.. While not necessarily experiencing a diagnosed psychological disorder, young adults and adults may find their attempts to live the Christian life hindered by their struggle with issues from their early family life. They have questions. This workbook is designed to help them find answers.

About the Author
The workbook would be a valuable tool for ministerial professionals, Christian counselors, and youth ministers who seek to help individuals struggling with issues from their childhood. The workbook provides a unique format designed to draw the reader into personal reflection through guided journaling.

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title: A Divine Reclamation

author: Stephen Disher

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: DiS2865812

word count: 100

Content

The writer believes that God has given us opportunity to participate in a spiritual journey of purpose, choice and consequence. It is life as he intended: The God who created and loves us, offers to us a transformed heart and a vital relationship with himself. This relationship is made possible through faith in his son, Jesus Christ. The basic human problem is not intellectual, but a problem of the spiritual heart. Jesus came to reclaim and transform the greatest of his creation: human beings. The manuscript contends that, through trusting in Jesus Christ, God reclaims us, restoring in us the life lost in the Fall of Adam and Eve. Living the reclaimed life is to live a life of love in relationship with God and with each other. On the stage of life, we live to please him.

About the Author
With a passion for developing a personal relationship with God, he served as senior pastor of a Reformed congregation in North Carolina for thirty-two years, led youth retreats, taught workshops on spiritual gifts; and served as spiritual director for Via de Cristo, Walk to Emmaus, and Epiphany Prison Ministry three-day retreats. He earned his D.Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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title: Classic Friends:

author: Jerry R. Flora

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: FlJ4480512

word count: 160

Content

This book introduces nineteen classics of Christian devotion to a general audience. Readers meet famous modern authors such as C.S. Lewis and Henri Nouwen. They also discover ancient Celtic Christians, jailhouse novelist John Bunyan, and Evelyn Underhill ("I was not brought up to religion"). Contemporary problems are here such as sexual fascination, severe depression, and multiple career changes. Each writer comes forward in a brief biographical sketch followed by selected quotations from their writing. Readers will discover for themselves why these books have nourished millions and are "classic friends."

About the Author
Jerry Flora is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Spiritual Formation at Ashland Theological Seminary. He also pastored churches in Indiana and Washington, D.C., and has spoken to numerous retreats and clergy gatherings. For ten years he was co-director of the LifeSpring School of Spiritual Formation in Ohio. His articles have appeared in church periodicals as well as in Spirituality Today, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Epiphany International, and Ashland Theological Journal. Holding graduate degrees from Ashland, Fuller, and Southern Baptist seminaries, he is a regular columnist for The Table, Ashland Seminary's alumni magazine.

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title: A Christian Walk in the Woods

author: Tony A. Metze

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: MeT2916912

word count: 158

Content

This book shares scriptural insights and reflections on core Christian doctrines, based on the adventures of hiking friends and their interactions. Each of their backpacking trips provides serious and sometimes humorous stories that serve as metaphors for Christian beginnings, community, growth, responsibility, strength for living, and celebration. An evening campsite surrounded by fireflies serves as an opportunity to observe God's mysteries and wonders. A couple of lost hikers invite the reader to reflect on taking wrong turns in life. A persistent skunk illustrates how some Christians can stink up a congregation. The startling sounds of a turkey elicit reflections on the resurrection and how this should shock Christians into passionate belief. Each of the 30 faith-shaping stories revolves around core beliefs of orthodox Christianity.

About the Author
Tony A. Metze, an ordained pastor, taught Religion 101 for the University of South Carolina -- Sumter. He has served four congregations since 1985 and currently serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Columbia, SC. He earned a BA, MDiv and Doctor of Ministry degrees and published Biblical Leadership: The Fifth Frame. A backpacker since 1975, he hikes local trails regularly and has completed over 750 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He loves the challenge of minimalist hiking and never carries more than twenty-five pounds on weekly hikes.

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title: Life Worth Finding: Discovering What Others Miss

author: Ed Malone

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.31.2012 • author id: MaE3850112

word count: 146

Content

Jesus' promise of abundant life is a much-needed word of hope for our difficult times. This work offers a conversation about authentic Christianity which is life-changing and life-giving. Life Worth Finding allows Jesus to speak for himself rather than be limited to or defined by the unending mixture of religious expressions which claim to represent him. Finding life in fullness is revealed as requiring submission to God through living in his kingdom, yielding to him as shepherd, being supernaturally re-created, and desiring all of this as the pearl of priceless value. Each chapter builds to the next in not only defining what Jesus' call to life means but indentifying how to develop spiritually for this new way of life.

About the Author
The writer states, "The strength of this book is my ability to tell a story out of my experiences as a cattleman, enabling me to bring into view the often hidden nuances of Jesus' parables. The illustrations I use not only identify what life-giving Christianity means but most importantly how it is lived." Ed Malone is pastor of Christ's Community Church in Cookeville, Tennessee, with 38 years experience as a pastor. Ed holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ed is also author of the Miracle of oneness: Becoming One In Marriage Through Oneness With God. He suggests, "Through thirty-seven years as a pastor in a college town, I have continuing relationships and marketing potential with former students now located in many churches across a host of states. Additionaly, Sally Stuart, author of Christian Writer's Market Guide, evaluated my book proposal and stated that my book had a unique approach that clarifies much for the reader and would especially be a good book for men since I use so many farming analogies."

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title: Spiritual Oxygen

author: James J. Mindling, Jr.

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: MiJ4400111

word count: 215

Content

Spiritual Oxygen teaches the Christ-follower how to intentionally cooperate with the Holy Spirit's work of spiritual formation as God develops Christlikeness in the believer. Section One casts the vision for Christlikeness and "spiritual breathing," then includes a review of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Section Two explores the six core Christlike characteristics produced in the life of Jesus as he cooperated with the work of the Holy Spirit. Each characteristic is applied and illustrated for today, giving the reader a practical, biblical curriculum of Christlikeness. The writer states, "While there are books that focus on Spiritual Formation, or the Holy Spirit, or becoming like Christ, this book shows how these three topics uniquely and properly fit together, filling a critical gap in the field and providing a practical, biblical curriculum of Christlikeness."

About the Author
Dr. Mindling has planted two churches and pastored for over 20 years, teaching and leading people in the adventure of becoming like Christ. Currently the senior pastor at Church of the Open Door in Elyria, Ohio, he has been a guest speaker at college and seminary campuses, churches, conferences, and Bible camps. Dr. Mindling earned his doctorate from the Beeson Institute of Preaching and Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is on the radio throughout Northern Ohio, where he shares airtime on a quarterly basis with Alistair Begg and two other preachers.

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title: If We Only Knew . . .

author: John Murray

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: MuJNonUS11

word count: 116

Content

Astounding true-life stories which support biblical principles, and answer the questions we ask, such as, "Does God heal?" "Does God answer prayer?" "Does God protect?" "Does God guide?" and other such questions. The stories are from personal experience and from traveling for over 20 years visiting churches and believers in Eastern Europe.

About the Author
The writer served for over 20 years as the Executive Director for Eurovangelism Canada, a mission working in Eastern Europe for nearly 50 years. He traveled extensively into Communist countries from Russia to Albania. He studied theology in Birmingham, England and in Toronto, Canada. His speaking engagements have taken him across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Caribbean. His book, If We Only Knew . . . has sold approximately 1300 copies with no marketing, just word of mouth advertising.

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title: One God, One Army, One Mission:

author: Danny Richardson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2011 • author id: RiDNonUS11

word count: 400

Content

As we view the Bible stories of warfare through the lens of history, we school ourselves in the battle-proven principles from the physical world of war which enables us to understand the operational art of warfare in the spiritual realm. By interpreting the biblical account of wars and translating them into useful lessons, our spiritual tactical capabilities increase, leading to a more potent prayer life and ministry and what the writer describes as "a fresh battle-wise approach to spiritual warfare."

About the Author
With a background in the military and in the ministry, Danny Richardson is a tactical thinker who can mesh the principles of battle to the dynamics of spiritual warfare. Having served in the US Army during the Cold War and in Desert Storm, he possesses the military background to speak on the subject of warfare. With his ministry, The King David Warfare Center, he conducts his spiritual warfare seminar entitled The School of the Generals

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title: Not the Way You Thought It Would Be

author: Glen Gibson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: GiG9101011

word count: 260

Content

The manuscript offers a picture of spiritual development drawn from the life and experiences of Abraham, the father of faith. The author tracks faith development and spiritual formation from individual personal interest (to receive blessing) to a larger scope (to be a blessing to others) and finally to a vision of becoming a means of fulfilling God's purpose in the world (to be an agent of God's blessing to all nations). The author focuses on common difficulties including delays of promises blessings, unexpected hardships, apparent unanswered prayers, dealing with failures, keeping success in perspective, and discovering one's God-designed purpose. The manuscript fleshes out many issues and challenges of the Christian faith in the Abraham narrative and seeks to provide a big-picture perspective of the faith journey that addresses the hard questions of the Christian life that are often ignored.

About the Author
Glen Gibson holds a BA in religion from Vanguard University and an MA in theology and biblical studies from Fuller Seminary. He is an ordained minister and pastor and regularly teaches on issues of faith development and spiritual formation. His involvement in small groups gives him intimate exposure to the questions, struggles, and challenges that are most common among those seeking to grow in the Christian life.

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title: The Last Grain of Salt

author: Kathy Maestas

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: MaK7617911

word count: 250

Content

This is a testimony of a family's journey, a painful trek through sexual and emotional abuse and even through the tragic suicide of a the writer's sister. These two traumatic experiences (sexual abuse and suicide) carry so much social stigma as to constrain most to silent suffering. Written in an interactive workbook format it seeks to invite the reader to begin a journey of healing as guiding questions at the end of each chapter provide opportunity for biblical application and journaling. Themes include "We each have a story of wounds." "Our wounds need to be shared transparently." "Wounds can heal with forgiveness." "Walking victoriously with our scars can bring encouragement and hope to others."

About the Author
The target audience will be those who have suffered through sexual abuse or who have grieved a loss due to suicide. The book may be marketed at speaking engagements, through current ministry opportunities, and at promotional events. The writer notes, "While there are many books about grief and about suicide, {ITL}Last Grain{NRM} allows readers to begin a journey of their own, writing their own story within the interactive workbook format." Kathy Maestas has been an educator for twenty-eight years and facilitates small groups through the GriefShare Ministry. Kathy survived the sexual abuse of her childhood and the tragic suicide of her older sister. She invites those who desire to learn from their pain to experience the journey, engage and work through their own pain, and walk with renewed faith and hope.

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title: The Grace Filled Divorce: An Opportunity for Spiritual

author: Melody Bacon

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: BaM9267511

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Content

The manuscript finds God in the midst of suffering, even in the pain of divorce. Here the experience of grief moves the writer to let go of old ideas, assumptions, and perspectives and embrace a new life. Readers will learn how conscious grieving will eliminate resentment and bitterness, assist in creating a more positive relationship with the ex-spouse, and allow God to work a good work in order that his love may be more fully revealed. By embracing the grief of divorce, readers will become active participants in the Holy Spirit's work of spiritual formation.

About the Author
Melody Bacon holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has over ten years of clinical practice specializing in relational issues. She is chair of the marriage and family therapy program for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Southern California. She has been published in {ITL}The Journal of Redecision Therapy and presents marriage workshops at churches ("Happily Married After - and - Before You Pop the Question"). She now is in practice with her husband, Ron Bacon, MA, MDiv, MFT.

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title: The Strong, Safe Hands of God

author: Tricia Lenz

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: LeT5472011

word count: 180

Content

How can we trust God as a strong, safe refuge when he allows evil to hurt our lives? The writer shares a personal process of this spiritual journey as it relates to the rape and murder of her sister in 1987. Written in two parts, the first shares the raw road where wrestling with anger and hatred brought her to Christ's cross; the foundation for healing and hope. Part two shares the truth that shed light on the path to freedom, which eventually included a face to face meeting with the man who murdered Susie. The biblical content uses Ephesians 6 and the core elements of the New Testament message.

About the Author
Tricia Lenz spends her energy caring for her active family and volunteering in youth and women's ministries. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in English Education and now states she has been a speaker at conferences and classes which promote Restorative Justice practices in her state as well as sharing her testimony in local churches and a women's event. "Knowing the power of the gospel to save and change lives, I help plan events that bring Christ's truth to women in our community. A writer at heart, I have written and edited devotionals for my church family; my greatest interest has been to share this journey in a book."

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title: Legion's Prayer

author: Matthew A. Lambeth

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: LaMNonUS11

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Content

This story about addiction, recovery, and hope uses a lab rat that was born into a study of addictions. The story begins in the cage and proceeds to the underground of the city and back to the laboratory, chronicling the plight of the lab rats and the adventures of the cage's favorite son, Legion. Biblical references are woven into the story, along with the author's own points to ponder. The story delivers powerful messages of hope in the entertaining, easy-to-read exploits of Legion and {ITL}Legion's Prayer's{NRM} colorful cast of characters.

About the Author
The writer states, "I am 43 years old and have been in recovery from alcoholism for nearly 6 years. I began writing this book while still struggling with my addiction, and completed it after several years in recovery. Since my recovery began, I have completed my degree in substance abuse counseling and have been working in the field as a licensed clinical addictions specialist. I was baptized in May of 2009 and am a member of Monticello Primitive Baptist Church. "

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title: Where Do You Go When You Follow Jesus?

author: Lois I. Caldwell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: CaL1933511

word count: 217

Content

Told by the mother, this is the remarkable adventure of a family of seven, called by God to follow wherever he leads, and the improbable circumstances they overcome in doing so. They grow from seeing the world through their own eyes to seeing it through God's eyes, as they learn to trust for monetary support, changing professions, and eventually move into the world of missions. The questions of "will?", "when?", and "how?" of God's provision are answered; but the story never skirts the issues of how to deal with doubt, disappointment, hardship, and pain. Exciting, thought-provoking, and amusing at times, the family's journey challenges others to experience the character of the Father and encourages the reader to follow Jesus to the ultimate destination - the heart of God. It is a legacy of faith, left by the parents to their children and to the reader.

About the Author
Lois holds degrees in elementary education and counseling psychology. She has taught in public and Christian schools and maintains a private counseling practice. Mother of five grown children, she and her minister husband have led mission teams to fourteen countries and are presently on the staff of World Mission Initiative of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Lois has spoken at retreats and conferences on faith, missions and counseling. She has enjoyed writing since high school, when she won the PSEA 1st place awards for short story and news writing and was published in the Red Cross Journal.

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title: Stand Behind Your Man and Push

author: Lydia Bivins Shumake

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.30.2011 • author id: ShL3012711

word count: 125

Content

The work is a spiritual guide to "bulls-eye praying." It is designed to equip, train, teach and inspire the woman on how to stand in the gap as a warrior for her spouse and family. This principle was formulated from the beginning of creation when God created Eve for Adam. The writer states, "With the increasing number of divorces and attacks on the family today, we must become wise to the schemes and devises of the enemy. His number one agenda is to destroy the head. As women of God this book will teach you how to take your stand and war against his plans."

About the Author
Lydia is a realtor, entrepreneur, prophetess, speaker, trainer and intercessor. She is founder of River Glory Ministries and has worked in Woman Leadership.

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title: Unusual Performances

author: Pamela Flynn

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.29.2011 • author id: FlP7613111

word count: 56

Content

The writer summarizes, "As the woman sat weeping along in her living room the pain and memories of lost opportunity and years of mistakes weighted heavily on her heart and mind. If only she had not turned her back on God and followed her own path. Between the sobs of regret came a plea to God to please come back into her life. With that one statement that would forever change her life, God began to speak to the woman through her heart and mind in clear and precise words that could only come from Heaven itself. In the following days God would not only reveal that He was with her but also speak to her with words of comfort and forgiveness and lead her to the most unusual of places to hear his words and the reality of his presence in his hurting world."

About the Author
The writer notes, "As a former teacher, realtor, and breast cancer survivor. I have experienced many occasions to reach out and touch the lives of the people I have met." She is a graduate of Angelo State University with a degree in Early Childhood, English, and Psychology as well as works in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. I have won an award for poetry from the Fort Worth Poetry Society as well as the Silver and Golden Poet Awards.

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title: Foundations of the Christian Faith for Young People

author: Alan R. Noble

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.26.2011 • author id: NoA7739911

word count: 100

Content

This book presents many of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, beginning with sin and salvation, and continuing with relationships and responsibilities of a born-again believer. Finally, the book presents instruction on Christ and the Church. Geared for children ages 9-14, this book can be an effective tool, assisting young people to gain maturity in their Christian life because it is written so children and young teens can understand. A study guide has been created to compliment the book.

About the Author
Mr. Noble was educated at William Paterson University, in northern New Jersey, and received a BA in education with a certificate to teach elementary school. Later, he received an MA in Communication Arts, and a certificate in supervision. He worked as a teacher and coordinator before retiring after 31 years in public education. Since retiring he has worked for several years in Christian education. He has preached several times in a small suburban church on Sunday mornings.

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title: 6 Verses that Can Change Your Life

author: Joe Barnett

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.26.2011 • author id: BaJ7706911

word count: 330

Content

This manuscript is about storms and shelters. Storms come suddenly, unexpectedly, ferociously. Your biopsy is positive; your son is in the ER; your company is downsizing; your marriage is over. The manuscript doesn't trivialize these storms, offer trite solutions, or try to force-feed a joy pill. Six shelters are available: trust, assurance, courage, patience, peace, and joy. With compassion, honesty, and humor it draws from personal experiences of the author and real-life stories of others who have been slammed by storms -- and how they handled them.

About the Author
The author has been senior minister of a 3,000-memeber church; featured speaker on nationally syndicated Herald of Truth television for five years; editor of 21st Century Christian magazine for 10 years. His essays have been copied in hundreds of church bulletins. He has written over 100 tracts that have sold more than 12 million copies. He is prepared to purchase a significant number of copies. Best-selling author Max Lucado has offered to write an endorsement.

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title: Praise, Worship, and the Presence of God

author: Stephen Crosby

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.26.2011 • author id: CrS2811011

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Content

This is an examination of modern music/worship beliefs and practices from a New Covenant perspective. Why do we believe and do what we do within "contemporary" evangelical and "charismatic/Pentecostal" worship services? What are the undergirding presuppositions relating to the alleged connection between the "manifest presence of God," and our song/singing/worship services? How did we arrive at today? What are the historical roots of many modern praise and worship expressions? What is the "restoration of David's tent" and what, if any implication does it have for praise and worship in the New Covenant era? Practical tips and pitfalls to avoid in our worship expression are included.

About the Author
This is the author's ninth book over 15 years. He holds the doctor of ministry degree; he has published a blog and newsletter covering topical Christian themes, with emphasis on radical grace and the New Covenant, for over 20 years (www.drstevecrosby.wordpress.com).

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title: Shining Light on the Holy Trinity

author: Claude C. Conner

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.24.2011 • author id: CoC9170111

word count: 200

Content

The book's title essay and its appendices assert that light, which the entire Bible associates with God, is composed of electric and magnetic energies that form a trinity, a beautiful analogy in agreement with Old Testament and New Testament revelation of God's being in time, eternity, and throughout the reaches, but intimacy, of space -- using mathematics as simple as 1 x 1 = 1.

About the Author
The writer is a retired electronic engineer, a life senior member of the institute of electrical and electronic engineers, and daily student of the Bible for over 30 years. "After publication I intend to advertise the book by sending direct mailings and emails to radio-TV personalities, secular and religious magazines, seminaries, churches, engineering schools, engineering societies/journals and libraries." His first book, Nothing Friendly in the Vicinity, was produced by Savas Publishing in 1999, and then Naval Institute Press. The first printing sold out.

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title: God is Saving My Marriage

author: Marguerite Westbrook

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: WeM3907111

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Content

Subtitle: God is Saving My Marriage: Seven Simple Insights for Women in Choosing and Keeping Your Mate Many women choose the wrong mate. Many marriages fail. At age 59, I believe I have finally figured out the biblical basis for choosing a mate and staying married to that mate. This short book lists seven insights, based on scripture, on choosing and keeping your mate. The insights are simple, yet when applied to our lives can make the difference in merely existing or being miserable with our mate, or having a good marriage, which is God's intent for us.

About the Author
The writer states, "I have edited dissertations for a seminary for 27 years, which I hope has helped with my writing ability. The seminary has a bookstore which would publicize any book that I have published. I have spoken at churches to divorced women's groups to encourage women."

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title: Spiritual Street Smarts:

author: John H. Williams

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.31.2011 • author id: WiJ7960111

word count: 126

Content

The world Christians live in is a spiritually dangerous place, something like a tough neighborhood after dark. In such a neighborhood it pays to be street smart-to know what you might run into, where not to go, and how to handle yourself. The author, a counselor and therapist, knows life is dangerous for the soul because the misery of the world is his job security. On the mean streets of a fallen world, Christians need "spiritual street smarts" --the ability to think ahead so they can react with faith when life tumbles in. This book seeks to be their spiritual mentor. It draws upon the entire Bible to provide the emotional and experiential awareness necessary to deal with crises like job loss, divorce, terminal illness, rebellious children, and loss of loved ones. The aim is to provide a fresh, insightful, and biblical look at spiritual maturity, seasoned by humor and human interest.

About the Author
John R. "Rusty" McLen is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Abilene, Texas. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Abilene Christian University. The owner and director of the Texas Family Institute, employing a number of counselors and therapists, he has an enthusiastic following as a public speaker and teacher. John H. Williams holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a retired college professor and an elder of the church. Co-author John R. "Rusty" McLen is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Abilene, Texas. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Abilene Christian University. The owner and director of the Texas Family Institute, employing a number of counselors and therapists, he has an enthusiastic following as a public speaker and teacher.

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title: 40 Questions Jesus Asks

author: Lori Ranae Van Winden

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.30.2011 • author id: VaL9455811

word count: 170

Content

Hebrews 13:8 promises that Jesus is "the same yesterday, today, and forever." This undergirds each of the forty questions chosen for this work. Using 21st-century challenges (i.e. how might we answer it today?) each chapter offers and honest look at a particular question Jesus asks, real-life examples and analogies, a prayer, and additional scripture suggestions for further reading. Written with informal and inclusive language, this work is appropriate for individuals or as a tool for group study. The author's goal is to provide a fresh perspective on knowing God through his written word.

About the Author
Lori Ranae Van Winden has attended numerous scripture study courses, taught religious education classes (as a volunteer), and was employed at a private faith-based school for four years. In addition to Liguori Publications (The Case Against Abortion; A Logical Argument for Life; 1988) her work has appeared in many publication including The Liguorian, Evangel, Catholic Digest, Our Sunday Visitor, The Family and Kid Konnection. She helped design a curriculum for a children's Bible study for Treasure Publishing and has been the editor of Lifelines, a Birthright newsletter, since 1983. Lori also tutors middle and high school students in mathematics. She and her husband live in Napa, California, and have two grown children.

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title: The Significance Filled Life:

author: George M. Weaver

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.30.2011 • author id: WeG3032811

word count: 197

Content

Jesus criticized those who do "all their deeds to be noticed by men" (Matt. 23:5). Yet we do the same thing today. A great deal of our activities are born of this desire for attention and the often desperate fear of not being known, appreciated, influential, or remembered. Much of our energies is devoted to attracting attention and preserving our names. We often call this "making a mark" or "leaving a legacy." We pursue positions and titles, seek to set records, and yearn to be associated with things that seem bigger and more permanent than we are. In a desperate effort to be noticed, some even resort to outlandish crimes. But, if Christianity is true, every human being is fully significant or important (in the sense of being known, appreciated, influential, and remembered). This is the case regardless of whether a person is a Christian or seeks to fulfill the purpose of glorifying God. It is also true even of the most obscure or wicked person. Our often frantic human efforts to make a mark or leave a legacy do not make us individually significant. Rather, each of us is significant because: (1) every person is made in God's image, (2) God knows every person exhaustively, (3) God interacts with individual persons, and (4) every person will live forever. As a result, each of us is released from the battle for popularity and is free to be humble, love others, and serve the purpose of glorifying God.

About the Author
George M. Weaver is Special Assistant Attorney General in the state of Georgia. He has previously published on legal subjects, is a free-lance writer for World Magazine, and has a forthcoming article on the subject of this proposal in a widely-circulated Christian periodical. He attends Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA. He has some prominent contacts who might provide book endorsements

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title: The Irish and the Blank Page

author: Roger Schmidt

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: ScRNonUS11

word count: 190

Content

The writer notes a fascination with the fifth century Irish and the reasons for their wholesale transformation in the following period. He considers how that transformation was fueled by a connection with the "new covenant." The writing "considers the salient features of new covenant and how the Irish connected with each. I further explore how connecting with those features of the new covenant will make our own spiritual lives more intense and passionate. The journey is only partly motivated by a desire for historical knowledge, the Celtic enthusiasm seems like just the tonic for the dreary faith we have often experienced and that is often packaged as normal Christian fare."

About the Author
The writer has taken biblical studies at Briercrest College and graduated from the University of British Columbia in applied sciences. He is a practicing professional engineer who runs an independent consulting firm in Vancouver, B.C. "I regularly travel on Christian mission and aid trips (with my wife and three children whenever possible) and am part of the listening prayer community. I may get a foreword or recommendation from a Christian author."

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title: The Helping Hand of Grace

author: Martha M. Hendricks

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: HeM2562111

word count: 58

Content

In a series of short essays, this book addresses the innate God-given desire we all have for heaven as well as the God-given means of getting there, which is by God's grace alone. With illustrations drawn from real life, the book goes on to explain why we all came to need grace, the only way to receive it, and touches upon how to live by it.

About the Author
Martha Hendricks is an ordained elder within the Presbyterian, USA denomination. She has taken a two-year correspondence writing course through Jerry B. Jenkin's Christian Writers Guild.

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title: Changing the Landscape of Eternity:

author: John L. Thompson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: ThJ6064711

word count: 230

Content

The work covers the academic and the practical aspects of discipling including discipleship in the Old Testament period and during the time of Jesus and the early church leaders, basing the how-to principles on biblical example. The writer seeks to help the disciple maker fully understand discipleship: how to choose a person to disciple, how to actually make a mature disciple, how to deal with problems as they arise, and how to make a disciple who will multiply. Jesus commanded believers to make disciples. One of the author's objectives is to challenge the reader to think about what he is doing to achieve this great challenge and to make changes in the modern church structure, goals and procedures in order to better accomplish this task.

About the Author
John Thompson is pastor of discipleship at Armitage Baptist Church in Chicago and wrote Changing the Landscape of Eternity after thirty-seven years of experience discipling people and directing discipleship ministries in church and para-church organizations. The author has also taught in many Christian colleges and seminaries on discipleship topics. He holds a master's degree from the Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary (Michigan) and has also written Urban Impact: Changing the World Through Effective Urban Ministry.

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title: Let Me Stand Like Joseph:

author: Henry Styron

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: StH2879111

word count: 72

Content

Christian men, both married and single, struggle to live lives of purity and godliness. Using the example of the biblical patriarch Joseph, other biblical material, and relevant principles from psychology and spiritual counseling, leavened with humor, this book attempts to give practical guidance to men to help them to develop a character of sexual wholeness and integrity. The book's theme may be summed up by the following quotation from chapter seven: "The secret to standing like Joseph is to develop such a character that, when the moment of crisis comes, you'll be unable to do anything else."

About the Author
The writer holds two master's degrees from Southwestern Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Liberty University. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, he has been in full time professional ministry for 17 years, 12 of those as a pastor, and has considerable experience working with men and families in a church setting.

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title: A New Normal:

author: Jim Mann

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.30.2011 • author id: MaJ7626611

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Content

Everyone, at some point, must deal with death and loss. Grief is not a subject foreign to the Christian scriptures. Though difficult questions are commonly asked, the scriptures always respond in unison: Because God is a good God, "all things work together for good." Humans have grieved since Eve lost her son in the Garden of Eden, but we still aren't "very good at it." This practical book seeks to guide readers through their own grieving process and help them grow spiritually stronger through it.

About the Author
Jim Mann is the lead pastor of New Life Church which he and his wife, Christine, started in 1999. He has been walking side by side with families through the valley of the shadow of death for years. He holds a PhD in New Testament and a master of divinity (with biblical languages) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Outside of his pastoral duties, Jim is assistant professor of New Testament at the seminary of Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA).

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title: Calamity's Answers as Seen Through Eternity's Keyhole

author: J. Fred Hughes

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: HuJ9736711

word count: 150

Content

None of us is immune to calamity, disasters, pain or suffering. Street smart "theology" usually causes God to get blamed for this; our faith may strengthen or seriously diminish during these trying experiences. With the biblical book of Job as central and foundational, this book presents answers that do not do injustice to God's love, his omnipotence. Re-aligning our comprehension with the fresh look: the freedom of all the creatures in time.

About the Author
J. Fred Hughes entered the University of Cincinnati as an avowed evolutionist. Majoring in science and math, he completed his five year degree in mechanical engineering. He was accepted into flight school at Waco, TX, but his conviction against killing resulted in abandoning flying as an Air Force officer. Serious questions (not answered in the evolutionist scenario) resulted in the study of the Bible. Hughes' first professional employment was a Navy Plant near Pittsburgh, PA. The product was 105 mm shells. Again conscientious convictions caused abandonment of that work after just twelve months. The next 39 years were invested in people via the pastoral ministry. He holds the MA and doctoral studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA.

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title: My Peace I Give You:

author: Tara M. McSwigan

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: McT1510811

word count: 96

Content

He was leaving. Leaving earth, not leaving us. And so prior to Christ's ascension, he offered us a gift: a piece of himself. The peace of Christ is not a cotton-candy concept, but a state of heart that can be divinely real and sustainable. My Peace I Give You initially demonstrates what our Lord means of our experience of peace through biblical accounts, personal stories, and applicable scripture. The emphasis then shifts to consider peace in more specific capacities: with others, within our workplace, within personal faith, among other Christians, and among non-believers. The reader is encouraged to appreciate God's peace in unlikely circumstances and from unanticipated sources. The promises of his sovereignty, his presence, and our eternity bring his gift to fullness when we seek him and receive his Holy Spirit.

About the Author
Tara McSwigan is seeking her first publication in response to a passion that God placed upon her heart many years ago. She is a cradle Catholic with strong Protestant influence, having come to much fullness of faith during undergraduate studies at a small Reformed Presbyterian college. With a master's degree as a physician's assistant, she has ministered to patients amid distress for nearly a decade. The author's intention is a "light, uplifting, and not-too-lengthy read to encourage the faith-experience of committed Christians."

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title: Relative Calm: How Families Can Pull Together In a

author: Diane Rosier Miles

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: MiD1933511

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Content

Expanded title Living the Fruits of the Spirit When Family Life is Sick The theme here is "What the fruit of the Spirit looks like in practical application in a family's health challenge." The writer states, "The book is based on spiritual insights gained from mother's death from colon cancer; chapters begin with fictional vignettes by Diane Rosier Miles, a Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction.

About the Author
Drawing on insights gained from her mother's final illness, Pushcart Prize nominee and retreat leader Diane Rosier Miles explores the fruits of the spirit and their role as God's means for preserving family relationships in the turmoil of a loved one's health crisis.

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title: Restoring All Things in Christ

author: Walter Hampel

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.25.2011 • author id: HaW4808511

word count: 161

Content

Our God is the Master Restorer. His greatest work is that of Jesus Christ. As his Father taught him, we too are called to be apprentices in God's craft of renewal. With a renewed mind, we can recover disciplines practiced by fellow rebuilders of the past. Bible reading, reflection on God, prayer and intercession renew us as we seek to restore relationships with others. Past examples give us a blueprint to follow. Most wonderfully, we can begin to copy now God's final act of renewal, the future restoration of all things.

About the Author
Walter Hampel, a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary, has written several published journal articles on theology and church history. He contributed to Testimoni della fede nella Chiese della reforma, an Italian language encyclopedia of biographies of key figures in the Protestant Reformation. He has taught Old Testament at the college level and continues to teach adult Sunday school at Troy Christian Chapel in Troy, Michigan. He is an avid history buff.

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title: The Prayer-Driven Life

author: Stephanie Blake

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: BlS7603311

word count: 233

Content

Although prayer is a common topic within the Christian market, this book is uniquely uses the prayers of the apostle Paul as a backdrop. The author brings his prayers into the 21st century with an easy reading style that leads the reader into an examination of his own prayer life. Many people would admit that there is value in prayer, but few would say that prayer is the driving force in their lives. Beginning with the who, what, why and how of prayer, the reader then examines the transforming power of prayer in Paul's life. The prayers themselves are viewed in two different ways. General categories in his prayers lead to some exciting truths about how to have a closer relationship with God. Since love is the force behind Paul's prayer driven life, observing his prayers in context is like reading a letter from a cherished friend. "The Prayer Driven Life" is written for personal application or group study. Milestone markers in the first half of the book and questions for reflection in the second half work very well for a study group.

About the Author

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title: Joy:

author: Glenn Robert Siepert

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: SiG0743211

word count: 150

Content

This book is focused on the Beatitudes of Christ, with each beatitude representing a different ingredient for discovering a life of joy. The Greek word that Jesus used for "blessed" refers to a joy that cannot be shaken or destroyed by the stresses and storms of life. If we are ever going to experience such joy, we need to practice the beatitudes and strive to live them out on a regular basis. This book will help readers understand the depth of the beatitudes and equip them to put them into practice.

About the Author
The writer is a graduate of Nyack College (BS in youth ministry/Bible) and Alliance Theological Seminary (MDiv in Church Development). He was a Youth Pastor for 3 years at the Wyckoff Second Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ and the Senior Pastor of the Fairfield Reformed Church in Fairfield, NJ for two and a half years.

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title: The Big Picture:

author: Randy Raaum

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.31.2011 • author id: RaR8571511

word count: 282

Content

The manuscript seeks to help the reader see life's blessings and hardships as instruments in a magnificent plan for one's eternal development. It uses scripture, modern parables, and touching personal testimonies to illustrate how thinking about heaven can help readers soar through difficult times. The writer defines his goals as "(1) overwhelm your despair and anxiety by comparing them to your rich eternal destiny, and (2) energize you to live a purpose-filled life that will glorify God and benefit you for the rest of eternity!"

About the Author
Randy Raaum is the pastor of Pima Street Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. He holds a bachelor's of arts degree in biblical/theological studies. He has been active in ministry for 25 years, and has been a senior pastor for ten years. He says, "I have experienced firsthand the power of helping people to see beyond their difficulties by showing them an eternal biblical perspective." He teaches a seminar called "Heaven: Energy for Living" which is based on the book. The book can be promoted on Southern Baptist websites, and sold at seminars

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title: A View From the Front Porch:

author: Craig D. Lounsbrough

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: LoC8010410

word count: 110

Content

Too often we are unable to fully comprehend both the succinct relevancy and striking poignancy of the scriptures. In many instances, the scriptures have been granted the debilitating shape of myth, rather than life-shattering truth. Without a grasp of this relevancy and poignancy, we are unable to intimately connect and deeply interject the truths of scripture into the everyday realities of our lives. Subsequently, we miss a sweeping infusion of what God intended for our lives. The premise of this book lies in the belief that people sense there to be a far greater reality to our portrayal of God and the Christian life than that which we have grasped. Something far more is ours if we can only find it. This book is written in an attempt to interweave moving personal stories and vividly portrayed scriptural accounts, then tying each together with a unifying principle that undergirds both in an effort to seize, profoundly understand and then incorporate these principles.

About the Author
Craig Lounsbrough writes, "My background includes over twenty-one years experience as a counselor in a variety of treatment settings that include psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, facilities for the blind, agencies that serve both the physically handicapped and developmentally disturbed, churches and various ministries. I also possess ten years experience in pastoral ministry as a youth, associate and senior pastor. I spent two years broadcasting in Christian radio and have published both nationally and locally. Nine years ago I launched a private, outpatient counseling practice in Parker, Colorado which has grown into a full-fledged practice providing counseling, coaching and consulting services to individuals, marriages, families, various business as well as church and ministry organizations. I am a licensed professional counselor in Colorado and am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. I am also a Certified Professional Life Coach."

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title: Unpredictable God

author: Rod Parchman

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: PaR3731210

word count: 100

Content

Unrealized expectations can cause discouragement and disillusionment. This can be especially troubling when our unrealized expectations concern our presuppositions of God. It can lead to a serious crisis of faith when God seems not to perform or unfold as we imagined. Some merely need to tweak their presuppositions, but others must completely reform their worldview and theology - a whole new paradigm. This crisis of faith and process of disillusionment leaves many believers skeptical, cynical and perhaps bitter. But what if this crisis was unnecessary? What if we learned not to presuppose too much for God and recognized our presuppositions for what they are? What if we did not demand so much predictability and allowed room for divine mystery? The book asks these kinds of questions and suggests a relationship with God based on faith, allowing for his unpredictability, mystery and beauty.

About the Author
Rod Parchman is an ordained bishop with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). He has an MDiv. from Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN, and more than twenty years experience in pastoral ministry. He lives in Cleveland, headquarters of the Church of God denomination. He writes, "As a pastor I often ministered to people whose expectations of God did not match their experience. I experienced my own crisis in a painful mid-life reevaluation that left me asking hard questions, e.g., 'What is actually true of God and what is mere presupposition? Do I seek to know God, or do I seek to control God?'"

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title: Gospel Helps

author: John E. Hesselgreaves

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: HeJNonUS10

word count: 200

Content

This book is a scriptural treatment of the Gospel message, its background, and how to live the Christian life. It consists of a structured selection of Bible passages and verses from both Old and New Testaments, guided only by headings and subheadings, thus letting the Bible speak for itself. The first two parts (of five) contain the topics of the Godhead, the Creation, Man and the Fall, and the Way of Salvation. These are the "bare bones" of the gospel and its background, providing an integrated source of information for those new to the faith and strengthening for the established. The third part, Life of the Believer includes seeing ourselves as God sees us, and how we operate as New Men. Part Four addresses looking beyond ourselves to family, church and the world. Part Five deals with the End Times: Christ's Second Coming and Judgment, followed by a section on the New Heaven and New Earth, and the reward of the Redeemed.

About the Author
The writer is an engineering consultant and holds degrees from Southhampton and Glasgow Universities. He was lecturer in engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburg from 1995 to 2001. He has been a vestry member and prayer group leader in two congregations of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and also a leader in Alpha courses. He feels that his main qualification for writing the book is a deep desire to understand and communicate the Gospel message. The writer is an established author of a widely used engineering book (Compact Heat Exchangers, Elsevier 2001).

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title: The Crimson Thread

author: Joshua A. McClure

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: McJ0280810

word count: 160

Content

The book maintains the Bible is, in and of itself, God's plan for the redemption of mankind, that it is a firsthand plan authored in eternity by God and because of its divine origin cannot be read and understood like any other book. He cites 1 Peter 19, 20a: "He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless lamb of God. God chose him for this purpose long before the world was made." Thus, we understand the Bible as God revealing himself and manifesting his plan through sinful, imperfect beings. "This book suggests we approach the Bible as the story about God and his faithfulness and determination to carry out his plan to redeem his fallen creatures, rather than to read the Bible as a study of the actions, stories, and exploits of people, and gives surety to our identification as God's children and draws us closer to God through Christ Jesus whose death, burial, and resurrection, is central to his plan."

About the Author
Twenty-four years senior pastor Pleasant Street Baptist Church, Westerly, RI, BA, biblical studies, Barrington College, Barrington, RI, biblical studies award. Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA. Presently, Vice-moderator, The Greater Fellowship Baptist Association of Rhode Island and Vicinity. Author of Can These Bones Live? (2006) and Almost Persuaded, Now to believe (2008). Published two year Church School Studies curriculum for all ages. In 2010 received the first annual Heroes of Faith Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI State Council of Churches. He is a Former President of The American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island and is highly sought after as speaker, Christian educator, workshop leader and retreat facilitator.

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title: The Fire Will Not Consume You:

author: J.D. Pettigrew

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: PeJ8013010

word count: 342

Content

The manuscript describes the writer's recovery from debilitating mental and financial distress, through a multi-year period of prayer, introspection and study of the Holy Scriptures. It provides a healing guide of connection to our Lord for those in like circumstances. For those interested in studying spiritual contemplative prayer it makes a compelling argument that the Holy Spirit empowers people and influences the course of events in response to allowing God's Word to manage our lives.

About the Author
The writer, a University of California engineering honors graduate, is a retired IBM middle manager and Lutheran layman. While holding offices in his local church and synod, he has initiated and managed new self-help and church vocation discernment programs. He and spouse have served on the presidents' advisory council at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, were awarded honorary alumnus and done fund-raising there. He has been a volunteer with Lutheran Family Services and Lutheran Refugee Services.

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title: Aiming at Maturity:

author: Stephen W. Rankin

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.30.2010 • author id: RaS7527510

word count: 185

Content

This book reintroduces spiritual maturity as the goal of the Christian life, that, according to the Barna Research Group, people no longer know how to define. It demonstrates exegetically that this goal is firmly rooted in the New Testament. It criticizes unproductive views of Christian discipleship that overlook the affective dimension of discipleship, focusing on the multidimensionality of the heart. It draws on recent philosophical literature to show that emotions actually do epistemological work, which has implications for the shaping force of doctrine. It also broadens the concept of grace to supplement the judicial view of Christ's atoning work, with exposition on the Spirit's work in grace. It explores the communal dimension of spiritual maturity to show that it is for others as well as for self. It offers means of assessing one's growth.

About the Author
The writer is a conference speaker on spiritual growth and discipleship and a recognized, innovative leader in discipleship and mentoring college students and congregational leaders Known for ability to take complex theological concepts and make them accessible to lay people Inspirational speaker. A Chaplain at Southern Methodist University, he is an ordained United Methodist minister with a PhD in religious studies

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title: Succeeding in Babylon:

author: Rocco Dapice

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.28.2010 • author id: DaR1050209

word count: 350

Content

Using inspiring strategies to help rekindle enjoyment for your work, no matter what rung on the ladder you're standing on, Succeeding in Babylon explores the colorful success stories of David, Joseph, Daniel and Mordecai. With modernized and hyperbolized Bible people and events, the author deals with advancement in adversity and promotion under pressure. These four impressive Bible men worked their way to the top despite strange and hostile circumstances.

About the Author
Rocco Dapice is a pianist, former Disney jazz musician, songwriter, former college professor, nationwide public speaker, writer, husband and dad, and founding pastor of People's Church in Tarrytown, New York. In 1995 Rocco graduated from the Crane School of Music in northern New York State with a classical piano performance degree. Declining acceptance at Eastman School of Music for a graduate program in jazz performance. He instead attended seminary for ten years he taught music, theology, and homiletics on the faculty of Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana while serving in America's 19th largest church - First Baptist Church of Hammond, IN. Rocco and Jennifer Dapice have traveled extensively, speaking and ministering in music in over 300 churches from Canada to the Caribbean.

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title: Resurrection

author: Richard W. Murphy

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: MuR3420110

word count: 227

Content

Resurrection will help the reader understand and prepare for the day Jesus Christ return. The work is not about "end-times" and "apocalyptic" events; heaven knows there are plenty of books on that subject. It is not about the fear that is coming in the end; it is about the hope that is coming in the end. It is about how and when Jesus will return to bring us into his eternal kingdom. Jesus is coming to get us at the time of our physical death and on Judgment Day; one way or both, he is coming. This book envisions both encounters. In the beginning God created the heavens and earth, and in the end God will re-create the heavens and the earth. One creation has happened; the other is yet to happen. Yet, it is going to happen and we will be there as a part of it and to witness it. This book brings both creation events to life.

About the Author
Richard Murphy is a retired senior manager of former Amoco Corporation and has been teaching adult Bible studies and leading outreach events since 1997. He is the author of three previously published book, all non-fiction: Searching for God. . .And Finding Him!, released in December 2007 by VMI Publishers; Covenant Promises: Lessons from Abraham, released in July 2008 by Advantage Books; The Kings of Deuteronomy 28, released in June 2009 also by Advantage Books. He is a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida. Dick is enrolled in the graduate program at Reformed Theological Seminary, Virtual campus, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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title: Storms 101:

author: Ann Bloese

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: BlA6019010

word count: 200

Content

How we choose to navigate our storms influences not only the outcome but also the impact of our lives in ways we may never fully realize. Every day is filled with choices that define who we are - decisions that ultimately determine our futures. We have choices to grow into either the very best or the very worst versions of ourselves. But when it comes right down to it, we only have one decision to make: to decide what kind of person we want to be. Then, all other lifestyle choices become so much easier to make since we have already decided what to do. When we decide what we want our lives to reflect, then everything else will naturally fall into place. All we need to make is this one decision.

About the Author
A well-trained and experienced public speaker, Ann Bloese holds bachelor's and master's degrees in communications. She has worked in educational, management as well as sales and marketing positions. Despite the God-appointed storms, Ann has not only kept her faith, but also has shared it with others. She considers herself to be an ordinary person who has a passion to encourage others to be all that God has created them to be.

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title: Anatomy of an Effup

author: Josh Barkey

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.25.2010 • author id: BaJ2817310

word count: 273

Content

Would you be afraid to admit that your ancestor shot an American President? While this writer still does not know for sure whether or not it was his forefather who put the fatal bullet into Abraham Lincoln, he is absolutely positive that the pattern he inherited of hiding from such ugly possibilities has directly contributed to the disintegration of his marriage. His memoir, Anatomy of an Effup, traces this pattern through his childhood in the Amazon and beyond, when as a recovering fundamentalist he discovered that grace and personal freedom did not require his perfection-- just his willingness to be broken. This working title, while provocative, is telling for two reasons: first, it is indicative of the author's raw, intimate writing style; and second, it manages to convey a light-hearted, self-deprecatory attitude towards the pretension of focusing on exterior forms while ignoring issues of the heart.

About the Author
Josh Barkey is an award-winning painter and an accomplished educator. His cosmopolitan life -- from a childhood in the Amazon; to ten summers spent planting trees in the Canadian bush; to connections in the film industry - lend a fascinating breadth of experience and insight to his writing. He is a regular, paid contributor to GOOD magazine online and writes prolifically for his blog at http://barkingreed.blogspot.com. In private correspondence with Josh Barkey regarding the final chapter of his memoir, Anatomy of an Effup, author Wendell Berry said that the piece was "painful, intelligent, finally hopeful, and, so far as I can see, probably about as right as we can hope to be about justice and mercy."

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title: His Hope for Your Destiny

author: Sarah Malanowski

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.22.2010 • author id: MaS3362610

word count: 64

Content

The work presents a beacon of hope for those facing storms in their lives using Isaiah 40:12-31 to see that God is faithful and he always has a plan no matter how grim things look. The Israelites had given up on God, but God never gave up on them. The writer develops similarities between the stories of old and the patterns of daily living. No matter what the circumstance, God is still the provider of hope!

About the Author
Sarah Malanowski graduated from Nyack College with a bachelor's degree in religion. Her passion is to know God and to make him known to women in jail, teenagers in high school, home Bible studies, and single women. Her first book Life's Compass for Eternal Treasure can be found in prisons across America and in the hands of those fighting to walk with Jesus in communist countries. She writes a devotional online at "godisalwaysfaithful.wordpress."

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title: The God-Centered Life

author: Dan, M.D. Fountain

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: FoD3390810

word count: 380

Content

The 40 lessons of this study describe the biblical worldview from Genesis through Revelation. The key message: Put Yahweh at the center of life, accept God's rule over all of life, and put into practice every day the life of Jesus by the power of the his indwelling Spirit. The writer considers that many evangelical Christians hold views more akin to Greek rationalistic philosophy than to the biblical assumptions. The work urges people to return to the biblical worldview and to live in the Kingdom of God.

About the Author
Dr. Dan Fountain has been active in missions since 1960 as a medical missionary and a promoter of biblically holistic transformation in medicine, community health, and kingdom missiology. He is a recognized world leader in community health and primary health care and facilitates workshops on health, discipleship, and cultural transformation on three continents. Previous publications include Health, the Bible, and the Church, Billy Graham Center monograph, 1989, Wheaton, IL. It has been translated into Indonesian and Korean. God, Medicine, and Miracles, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1999 (now WaterBrook/Random House) in fourth printing plus French, Indonesian, Hindi, and German translation editions. He holds the BA (Colgate), the M.D. (Rochester), and a Master's of Public Health (Johns Hopkins).

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title: Daring to Touch the Tassel : One Woman's Reflections

author: Ruth Vander Zee

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: VaR3319610

word count: 90

Content

The eight stories here seek to "discover the creative, bottomless grace of Jesus which becomes very clear when discovering the mideastern cultural norms by which women of his day were bound." They are told from the point of view of a woman who might have been in the crowd, or, in some cases, from the view of the woman herself.

About the Author
The writer is author of Discover Your Gifts and Learn to Use Them, For Youth, Erika's Story, Mississippi Morning, Eli Remembers, and Always With You (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers). She draws on her experiences as a wife, mother, middle school teacher, pastor's wife, and leader in women's ministries.

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title: Learning to Wait on the Lord

author: Lisa and Jack Thomas

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.30.2010 • author id: ThL3661810

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The target audience here is those growing impatient for answers to prayer or the frustrations of life's obstacles. Using examples of biblical characters who overcame extraordinary circumstances because they waited on the Lord for wisdom, purpose, and provision. Waiting does not mean sitting idly by until things "turn out," but entering into fellowship with God, receiving peace he can give regardless of the circumstances. Includes study questions at end of each chapter.

About the Author
The writer has been a motivational speaker for 29 years. She holds the MS in clinical psychology. The material in the book grew from a discipleship class at First Baptist Church Tillman's Corner in Mobile. Lisa and Jack spoke with credibility as they related experiences of divorce, cancer, widowhood, and disappointment with children.

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title: God Gives You What You Need When You Need It

author: Bobby Bradley

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: BrB3001610

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This teaches the reader how to live every day with a practical, usable faith in God. It is not written to theologians but with the intention of giving hope to any man on the street who is searching for answers about his daily walk of faith with God. It is deliberately intended to convey a simple understandable message based on many scriptures about prayer, obedience and faith.

About the Author
The writer looks back on fifty years of pastoral work, preaching, and "intense Bible study" as a key preparation for the manuscript. He attended Middle Tennessee State University (English major) and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Seminary. His ministry has been combined with a career in mechanical engineering.

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title: They That Wait:

author: Rick White

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: WhR7770610

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This tackles the Greek word ekdechomia wait to explain, illustrate, and develop the context of the five New Testament passages in which it is found. Out of the development come five biblical reasons or purposes for why the answers to our prayers might be delayed and what we can do to hasten the end of the delay.

About the Author
Rick White holds a BS in pastoral ministry and a master's degree in education. He has worked in private and public education for sixteen years: teaching, administration, and coaching. For the past six years he has pastored a new church and since its inception the church has grown to over 430 members.

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title: In Whatever State I Am:

author: Lee Hotchkiss

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.24.2010 • author id: HoL3717410

word count: 108

Content

The work investigates Paul's secret of contentment, blending the writer's personal story with biblical content to provide examples and illustrations. Each chapter highlights one lesson and includes questions for group discussion. "Be content with what you have" (Hebrews 13:5) here receives development and concrete explication.

About the Author
The writer has had a ministry as senior pastor in Evangelical Free churches of Oregon, Illinois, and California. His seminary work was with Trinity Divinity school, He is author of Handling Stress Effectively (published in six languages and has specialized in teaching stress-management from a Christian perspective.

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title: He Is Just That Into You: Stories of a Faithful God

author: Elisabeth K. Corcoran

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.25.2010 • author id: CoE6011910

word count: 107

Content

Since the beginning of time, the story goes, boy meets girl, then one ticks off the other, then they break up or look for greener pastures. Sometimes they hang onto each other through thick or thin. Whether we like it or not, women are basically programmed as girls to be on the lookout for Prince Charming. We expect that Prince Charming to meet all of our needs. That kind of ideal puts a lot of pressure on the men of the world. But what if the love we're really looking for can last a lifetime and then some? This book explores the faithful God who pursues, engages, and has no fear of commitment. His is a love that will not let you down, or walk away, or find someone else more appealing.

About the Author
Elisabeth Corcoran (BA, psychology, Trinity College, Deerfield, IL) is a popular women's speaker, through MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), the national Hearts at Home conferences, and other women's ministries. She is the author of In Search of Calm (Xulon, 2005) and Calm in My Chaos (Kregel, 2001) and is currently writing about the international AIDS crisis and the response of the Christian. She is married to Kevin (15 years) and is the mother of Sara and Jack. Her blog at http://elisabethcorcoran.blogspot.com is regularly updated.

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title: He Is a Rewarder:

author: Rick Carr

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.21.2010 • author id: CaR7306510

word count: 193

Content

We tend to approach the Christian life as certain things we do. As a result, our emphasis is on doing, and we wind up "doing" in our own strength. Our Christianity is weak, powerless, and does not appeal to the world (or to most Christians for that matter). We lack power to deal with the things life throws at us. We don't understand God's purpose. This book is about finding a spiritual foundation of faith and grace that will enable us to be overcomers, to walk in victory, and to live an effective Christian life in his power.

About the Author
The writer states he has "spent my life encouraging Christians to love and trust God. I have enough formal training, including seven semesters of Greek in college and seminary to equip me for effective Bible study. Mainly, I'm just a Christian who has spent my life getting to know God and ministering as the Lord has led. I am available to do seminars to share the message of this book."

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title: What's So Great About Relationships

author: Russell Willingham

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.26.2010 • author id: WiR9371010

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This book is divided into three parts. Part one says that, above all, being relational is what matters to God. Relational connection is more important than ministry, evangelism or doctrine, though it incorporates all three. Part two lays out the obstacles that get in our way (for instance: busyness, worldliness and a superficial reading of scripture). Part three gives the nuts and bolts of being relational, utilizing such tools as the relational priority, the marriage quadrangle and the five characteristics. The author shows how being relational is Christianity and anything less (though commonly accepted) is a counterfeit.

About the Author
Russell Willingham is executive director of New Creation Ministries. He has worked directly with thousands of relationally broken men and women. He has spoken nationally at events sponsored by Campus Crusade, InterVarsity, Exodus International and the American Association of Christian Counselors. his two books, Breaking Free and Relational Masks (Intervarsity Press), have sold 34,000 copies and been translated into Dutch and Korean. Russell has also done DVD training courses (for AACC) and spoken widely on Christian radio and TV.

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title: Faith Is

author: Richard Quiring

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.26.2010 • author id: QuRNonUS10

word count: 175

Content

Too often people have been left with the ideas that a biblical faith is just as belief system, a name it and claim strategy, or it is a mystical character quality that one fully possesses or they lack the qualities of faith altogether. These ideas have left many Christians with feelings of uncertainty, confusion and even guilt in trying to live their lives by faith. In reality faith is a gift given by God to every believer. It is a gift that keeps on living. A living faith is a growth process that God has specifically designed and measured out for each individual believer's life. One grows and matures in faith as they learn to walk through seven stages of spiritual growth (Ch 8). These stages are essential for the healthy development of a living faith that lives with an eternal perspective. Through this study the reader will learn to: define faith, discover faith, develop a living faith, dwell in a living faith and be delivered through a living faith.

About the Author
The author has years of experience in church leadership and teaching small group studies that emphasized personal development and spiritual growth. His life has been a journey through many challenges and adversities that tried and tested his faith. It was these experiences that have helped to develop and strengthen his beliefs and convictions into an assured living hope that rests in a secure eternal future with and through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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title: Building Your Life by the Owner's Design:

author: Danny R. Von Kanel

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: VoD7043810

word count: 145

Content

Building Your Life by the Owner's Design uses a balanced and structured approach to personal growth and maturity with God as the owner of our lives. The book examines the five stages to spiritual maturity -- trusting, training, testing, talking, and teaching stages - basing assertions on proven research and personal growth experiences.

About the Author
Danny Von Kanel, with 33 years in ministry, has been assisting church members in growing in their faith. he has hundreds of articles published in 45+ Christian magazines crossing many denominational lines. Von Kanel also has two books published by CSS Publishing in 2003 & 2005. He has spoken and continues to speak regularly at pastors' conferences and "Get Published" seminars. With Von Kanel's speaking engagements, prior contacts, and wide spread article publications, word could spread quickly and spark interest among many who desire to grow in their Christian walk.

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title: The Fight for Everything

author: Jason Chippeaux

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2010 • author id: ChJ8090710

word count: 153

Content

The Fight for Everything is a non-fiction/Christian living book that targets adult followers of Jesus. The book thematically explores the deep-seated desires that echo in the hearts of us all. We all have a desire for joy. We all delight in beauty. We all struggle for some measure of peace and security. We all want to know that at the end of the day the sum of our lives have added up to something significant -- something meaningful. The promise of our faith is that these deep yearnings have been fulfilled in the life and work of Jesus. However, like all things this side of heaven they are hard to hold onto. This is a book about learning to hold on.

About the Author
The writer received a bachelor of arts degree in Christian ministries from Ohio Christian University and masters of social work from The Ohio State University. He has spent the last 18 years preaching, teaching, counseling, and encouraging the body of Christ within a wide array of contexts. "My truest desire is to see the church of Christ be the life giving force we were redeemed to be: salt and light, love and life."

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title: Reaching the Next Level

author: Pete Charpentier

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.25.2010 • author id: ChP7040310

word count: 315

Content

The manuscript proposes practicing six core disciplines of the Christian life to take the typical Christian believer to new levels of maturity and fruitfulness. The target audience would be the motivated believer who is discontent with a spiritual plateau and wants to "go higher."

About the Author
Dr. Pete Charpentier has served in ministry for twenty-two years. He has a bachelor of arts in biblical studies, a master of arts in New Testament, and a doctor of ministry specializing in pastoral work. He personally knows the power of mentoring in his own life and actively mentors others in his pastoral ministry and community. Dr. Charpentier is committed to equipping others to obey Christ's command to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).

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title: Life and Love and Why

author: Ross Manders

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: MaR5544910

word count: 200

Content

Life and Love and Why is a theological journey of escaping Christian religion in order that one might truly fall in love with Jesus Christ. It is the writer's opinion that a lot of Christians believe their salvation experience rests solely on the Cross and Resurrection, but no further demands are made to walk in the Principle of Jesus. The book is an exploration that when undertaken will lead to understanding what it means to love God wholeheartedly, while loving our neighbors as ourselves, and to understand the consequences if we choose not to do either one. The book was first self-published.

About the Author
Ross Manders received a bachelor's degree in biblical and theological studies at Bethel University (MN) and holds an MDiv from Bethel Seminary. He serves as campus pastor at Bethel and is also an adjunct faculty member at that university. He writes that Bethel University is developing a spiritual transformation course. The course will use this book as the primary text. The book would also be used in the Bible and theology courses Manders currently teaches.

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title: Staying Connected

author: Joy McHale

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: McJ3108810

word count: 22

Content

The manuscript gives women the tools to discover deep roots in Christ, the true Vine, by becoming aware of other "vines" that can entangle the heart. Women are pointed toward encouraging tools to keep their lives in balance and connected to spiritual living.

About the Author
Joy McHale holds a bachelor's degree in counseling, having attended Liberty University and Toccoa Falls College. Her book, Victory's Cry was published by Winepress Publishing. She is on staff as a counselor in her local congregation and is a frequent public speaker.

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title: Send & Receive:

author: John Gladden

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2010 • author id: GlJ4427310

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Send & Receive is the working title of a collection of opening meditations the writer has developed over the past ten years as a lay leader. These conversational mini-devotions are ideal for church members leading committees, church groups or Sunday school classes, as well as for clergy seeking new ways to thoughtfully engage worshippers.

About the Author
As a journalist in Northeast Ohio for more than 20 years, Gladden's work has won awards from the Associated Press, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Cleveland Catholic Diocese and others. A 2007 book of his newspaper columns has proved a popular seller. He is a frequent public speaker.

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title: Weaving a Life:

author: Leslea Linebarger

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.20.2010 • author id: LiL0177210

word count: 140

Content

In a culture dominated by sexual messages that have little to do with love, many women assume distorted attitudes about their bodies and sexuality. Others carry unseen wounds that find no solace in the silence of the church. Though early experiences and beliefs about ourselves impact our spiritual lives, they don't have to define us or keep us from becoming who God intended us to be. In the place where desire and holiness meet, opportunities for renewed intimacy await. What does it look like to be whole and holy? Is it ours to choose? How does one cross the seemingly vast chasm between sex and spirit? Weaving a Life bridges the gap, as it lays the groundwork necessary for integrating sex and spirit. Each chapter explores a different barrier to holiness and intimacy and shows how change becomes possible by inviting God into the process. The author's insights are balanced with glimpses into a group of real women yearning for deeper connection with God and one another. As they learn to embrace their sexuality and see it as part of God's good creation, others are encouraged to follow and find their own unique path to wholeness - body, mind and spirit.

About the Author

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title: My Creator, My Lord, My Friend

author: Robert B. Buchanan

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.20.2010 • author id: BuR4370110

word count: 50

Content

Interested seekers and new or immature believers will find solid answers to their questions about God and spirituality in this work which opens with a simple and reasonable discussion about who God is and helps the reader consider the possibility that he or she can have a relationship with a loving, all-powerful Creator. Biblical evidence for creation, studies on Abraham and David as friends of God, and clearly presented steps for how to become part of God's family draw the reader into an understanding of salvation, of the Lordship of Christ, and of friendship with God.

About the Author
Robert B. Buchanan is a veteran pastor who reads widely in apologetics and devotional works. His background in mathematics and statistics come into play as he argues for creation and against the likelihood of a material universe. He feels the book's unique approach and good study materials will make it a valuable tool for both honest seekers and thinking Christians.

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title: The Creation:

author: Donald Jordan

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.20.2010 • author id: JoD3190610

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A multi-millionaire's letter to his grandchildren confirming his beliefs, his convictions, his faith and what life is really all about.

About the Author
The author was represented by Alex Jackson Literary Agency until Alex's death. One novel published by Thomas Bouregy Co. (hardback, Avalon Books), short stories in Alfred Hitchcock, Boys Life and others. The Creation has been edited by Michele Tempesta, for twenty years editor at Doubleday, who says, "This is an absolutely wonderful letter . . ." which other dads and granddads might like to give their children/grandchildren.

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title: Heavenly Homes

author: Carl Fowler

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.20.2010 • author id: FoC7911810

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In a reversal of Stuart Hamlin's song, "This Old House," the writer suggests that old houses have souls which reflect the hurts, fears, heartaches, etc., of the occupants during the lifetime of the houses. At the demise of each house described in the manuscript, he speculates that the souls of the houses become perhaps the mansions in heaven to which the souls progress, spiritual mansions as opposed to physical mansions of alabaster and gold. Using examples of actual houses and pictures of old houses in various forms of decay along with Hamlin's song the manuscript pursues the imagery of progress and decay.

About the Author
The writer holds a master's degree in English and ABD toward PhD. He has published numerous articles on the op/ed page of the Amarillo Globe News. Now retired from the chair and faculty of English at Amarillo College after thirty-one years, his background includes military service in Korea and varied work as a journeyman glazier and an airplane mechanic.

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title: I Ate the Apple

author: Ira L. Fox

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.20.2010 • author id: FoI0802810

word count: 154

Content

The writer summarizes, "During my tenure as a mental health professional, I have discovered that the failure to acknowledge and accept the consequences of one's behavior is among the foremost causes of both individual and societal decay. Accordingly, the purpose of this book is to profile the power and virtue of embracing personal responsibility (admitting we "ate the apple"), describe the destructive results of failing to do so, and provide a path to individual discovery and stability through honesty, accountability, and a love for truth above convenience. I have done this with humor and candor."

About the Author
Ira L. Fox, M.D., a native of Brooklyn, NY, received his MD in 1966 and spent the next three years in the United States Navy. Dr. Fox practiced family medicine until 1976 when he completed his psychiatric residency and entered into private practice. His extensive tenure researching anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications brought him the privilege of lecturing his colleagues both nationally and internationally. He became a Messianic Jew later in life and attends Glouster County Community Church.

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title: Imitatio Christi:

author: Kimberly Davidson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.17.2010 • author id: DaK9703810

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We live in the age of celebrity. Celebrities are a very big part of our everyday lives. They present a message to millions of people, of all ages, who become captivated with their lives. As we increase our exposure to these disconcerting behaviors a disturbing phenomenon occurs--our perception of what is normal begins to change. According to research, as the level of religious devotion decreases, the degree of celebrity worship increases. The more we watch them, the more we're unconsciously motivated to imitate their behavior. Celebrity imitation describes this society's voracious hunger for wholeness and identity. And it is shaping our youth of today. Our children are more fully immersed in the media and are at risk of internalizing such behaviors, possibly permanently affecting their emotional well-being. People of America, as never before, are in search of something real that will fill the hunger of their soul. Their desire is to make an impact but they do not know how or where to begin. The author's goal is to show them how, through Imitatio Christi (Latin for Imitating Christ).

About the Author
The writer states, "I received my MA in specialized ministry (pastoral care to women from Western Seminary. For five years I was a licensed minister. I am a pastoral counselor and coach, and founder of Olive Branch Outreach. I speak at church conferences and schools to reach youth and women, offering dynamic workshops on issues such as spiritual transformation, mind renewal, low self-esteem, and negative body image. I authored three other spiritual development/self-helpbooks for women."

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title: Beyond Being Saved! What Next?

author: Alston E. Davy

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.17.2010 • author id: DaANonUS10

word count: 151

Content

This discipleship book targets young converts and pastors. Topics include becoming a disciple of Jesus; the Bible; spiritual growth; the power of prayer; the need for Christian fellowship; the work and person of the Holy Spirit; witnessing; and assurance of salvation. The book begins by asking its readers to re-examine the validity of their salvation experience. Then it proceeds to apply principles and patterns of growth as found in the reader's experience noting the analogy to the process of spiritual growth, such as relationship between spouses; the races that an athlete undertakes; and the growth patterns that infants undergo. In essence, the author moves his readers from the known to the unknown; from the physical to the spiritual; and from the initial stage of salvation to different levels or stages of spiritual growth and development in Christ Jesus. The goal in the work would be that young converts would become aware that coming to saving faith in Jesus is not an end in itself, but is instead the beginning of a long journey and an ongoing personal relationship with Jesus. Useful to pastors, the material should be helpful for others who have never gone through a follow up and discipleship training program, and as a result of this shortcoming they are still struggling with the basics of the Christian faith. The book is an abridged or condensed version of a Discipleship Training or Follow-up Ministry Program that goes by the same name.

About the Author
Prior to becoming the founder and director of the Christian Outreach Ministries, Mr. Davy was an Elementary School Vice-Principal and teacher; and college instructor. He teaches at Unionville Alliance Church (Christian Missionary Alliance) in the Adult Education Department and sits on the Pastoral Care Team. He currently conducts marriage enrichment seminars and does some itinerant preaching. He holds a M.Ed. in Applied Psychology; a combined BA Hon. in Psychology and Sociology; a Specialty Certificate in Special Education; and is studying for a M.Div. at Tyndale Seminary.

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title: Old Man/New Man

author: Jonathan Williams

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.28.2009 • author id: WiJ7820909

word count: 200

Content

Old Man/New Man is an exposition of Romans 6:1-14 and an examination of the theories concerning holy living that others have offered to explain that text. The writer seeks to expose what he views as serious flaws to those theories and seeks to propose a new way that is truer to scripture and to human experience. The book combines biblical study, exegesis, and practical insight to help readers present themselves to God for holy living.

About the Author
Jonathan Williams holds a Master of Arts in biblical studies from Trinity Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana. He has published articles in a national magazine, plus devotional and leadership materials for his denominations publications. He is a pastor of thirty-two years, most recently in San Antonio, TX. Marketing Features include the writer's church, where he has been the teaching pastor (about 500 in attendance), their church association (Great Commission Churches) where he is the Texas Regional Director and sits on the National Leadership Council, and an organization called Word of God, Speak which he has founded. "I will broadcast on the radio and can promote my book on the radio and on my web site. Both should begin in 2010."

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title: Turn Your Life Around

author: Wayne E. Sterling

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.28.2009 • author id: StW2862509

word count: 225

Content

Initial repentance is essential to salvation. The widespread omission of this truth has resulted in an unbalanced gospel, many counterfeit Christians, and the infiltration of sins into the church. The essential elements of initial repentance are proclamation of truth, conviction of sins, contrition for sins, confession of sins, renunciation of sins, trust in the death of Jesus as full payment of man's sin debt, and lifetime commitment to Jesus as Lord. The fruits of genuine repentance are the miraculous changes in attitude, character, and conduct.

About the Author
Wayne E. Sterling was professor of Hebrew and Old Testament for fourteen years at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. In the School of Distant Learning, he published three Old Testament courses: Genesis, Isaiah, and the Poetry of the Old Testament. He served as pastor of various Southern Baptist churches for a total of fifty-eight years in six states. He is a graduate of Mississippi College (BA) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv and PhD). Presently, he is doing interim pastoral work and writing for publication.

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title: The Blessings of Bedbugs and Bears:

author: Chad Young

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.26.2009 • author id: YoC2941009

word count: 210

Content

Within today's postmodern culture are the next generation of leaders of our communities, our churches and our country. Yet most people have opted to reject a biblical worldview, creating a new fad in which Christianity is viewed as a hypocritical religion with followers that can't connect with the real world. According to a recent study conducted by the Barna Research Group, Christianity has an image problem. Their study showed that only 16% of people between the ages of 16-29 years old have a good impression toward Christianity in general, while only 3% has a favorable view toward evangelical Christianity. Little has been written on the topic of spiritual growth specifically for the postmodern culture. This book, through its entertaining stories and relational tone, will help young believers find the road toward authentic Christianity and get firmly established in their faith in Christ.

About the Author
Chad Young is Campus Crusade for Christ's director for the South Carolina Lowcountry, a scope of 25 college campuses and 70,000 students. He is a popular speaker at conferences and retreats, and he also travels regularly to speak to 450 church partners and other ministry partners. The ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ will use this book as a tool to help young believers get established in their faith and grow toward Christian maturity.

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title: Belonging to God:

author: Ryan Ahlgrim

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.27.2009 • author id: AhR4626809

word count: 130

Content

This book explores the various possible purposes in life and suggests that belonging to God -- living out God's kingdom here on earth -- is the central purpose to which all other purposes are subordinate and find their fulfillment. Each chapter is a reflection on an aspect of living out God's kingdom - such as choosing our work, fostering humility, seeking reconciliation with others, living simply, sharing our resources, being in Christian community, pursuing prayer, trusting in times of suffering, and preparing for death. These reflections challenge the conventional assumptions of our society as well as the strictly personal and spiritualized versions of Christian faith.

About the Author
Ryan Ahlgrim is lead pastor of a thriving congregation and has nearly 30 years of pastoral experience. He earned a D.Min. degree in preaching and has written a book on Jesus' prophetic style of preaching (Not As the Scribes, Herald Press, 2002). He has published over 60 articles in various denominational magazines and journals and wrote a youth Sunday school curriculum. He says, "Because I plan to donate royalties to a relief and development agency, my congregation can help market this book, and I can contact a wide circle of pastor friends."

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title: Conquering the Game of Control

author: Craig A. Green

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.26.2009 • author id: GrC3857009

word count: 168

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All humans, by reason of the fall, are trapped in a vicious cycle - attempting to control themselves, others, and their surroundings in an endless effort to "be like God." This impulse and need to control manifests in three primary ways: domination, manipulation, and intimidation. Like the game of rock/paper/scissors, there are no real winners, only victims who feel crushed, cut, or covered by the process - or ominously empowered by it. What is the solution? To quit playing the game altogether! How? By recognizing and repenting of the game-playing. God does not "play the game" - indeed, control is not in him at all. Through him, humans can be transformed until the game of control gives way to a life of mutual submission - the dance of relationship - rather than the dissonance of control.

About the Author
Craig Green writes, "I am a veteran pastor who has witnessed the game playing of control in my own life and its destructive power in the church. Conquering control has been a focus in ministry since the Lord began to show me the reality of control some nine years ago. Conquering control was the focus of my doctoral project at the King's Seminary, and continues to be a theme I teach in conferences. Pastor Jack Hayford will write a foreword for this work, and Dr. Robert Tuttle, the Wesleyan Scholar, will endorse it as well. With both explanation and transformation, the work reveals the source and nature of the problem and directs people to the process of healing.

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title: You want me to do . . . WHAT?

author: Norm Grant

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.26.2009 • author id: GrNNonUS09

word count: 270

Content

You want me to do . . . WHAT? is written to encourage Christians and non-Christians to take the stop of faith that will change their lives and set them on the path toward God fulfilling the dream he has for them. The book weaves together valuable life and biblical stories, while providing a practical framework for discerning God's call to experience the adventure he has planned for each of our lives.

About the Author
Norm Grant's experiences in the secular world provide a unique foundation to present God's word in a creative way to a world that is tuning out the church. He has an MDiv and is an ordained pastor.

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title: The Glory Doctrine:

author: James R. Wilkes

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.23.2009 • author id: WiJ0232409

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This book is a brief treatise explaining to believers what living for God's glory is all about. It is designed to help believers no matter where they are in their level of spiritual growth. Believers must face the reality that western culture is man-centered, one's natural tendencies are toward self-glory, and the grace of God is desperately needed to fulfill our purpose in God's created order. Christians need to be God-centered, oriented by the truth of God's word, focused on the gospel, and completely dependent on God. The purpose of the book is to point believers in the right direction by emphasizing God's glory. God is infinitely glorious. Thus, he is worthy to receive our worship and praise. The believer's duty is to live intentionally for God's glory alone. However, "duty" must not carry with it the idea of drudgery. Instead believers delight in glorifying God through his sufficient grace upon their lives. Each chapter contains scriptural and practical teaching in accordance with the above.

About the Author
The writer states, "I write this book with 28 years of pastor experience, 27 of them in the same church. Also, I write as one who has learned over the last 15 years some of the important differences between a God-centered Christianity and one that is man-centered. I have taught for twenty years in a Bible Institute and have also served as its president for the last eighteen years. Many of our graduates are serving in churches throughout the New England area."

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title: For Christ's Sake

author: Mark Butler

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: BuM1586409

word count: 88

Content

A call to awake and speak boldly. The writer summarizes, "We need to take a stand for morality once more, and that is exactly what For Christ's Sake is designed to help us do."

About the Author
The writer states: "I am deeply and genuinely concerned with the current state of the body of Christ. Therefore, I feel it is my duty as a follower of Jesus to do whatever I can to bring about a change among the believers for the furtherance of the kingdom of God."

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title: Stuck, Stalled, and Stifled:

author: Scott T. Courbron

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: CoS0428909

word count: 98

Content

The writer asserts that believers have lost the center position in our culture. We need to make the journey back to an abundant relationship with God. The book offers the importance, cautions, and encouragements of such a journey. It tells how believers get stuck, stalled, and stifled along the way. The manuscript details practical scriptural help and tells of the benefits that come with an abundant relationship with God.

About the Author
Graduating from Word of Life Bible Institute, and School of Youth Ministries, the writer has taught Bible for twenty-five years to varied age groups. Pastoring, camping, missionary work, and youth work, have given him a wide, multi-state perspective on the church. He is currently a pastor.

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title: In the Grip of Prayer

author: Terry P. Magee

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: MaT1707009

word count: 60

Content

This book reviews a prayer pattern using the four fingers and thumb of our hand as a guide. It goes through praise, confession, thanksgiving, intercession, and surrender to build a balanced prayer life. The final chapters tie the pattern together to emphasize the need for both balanced and ongoing prayer and daily surrender to God. The title, In the Grip of Prayer is designed to highlight the truth that as we seek to get a better grip on our prayer lives we are actually in the process of letting God a better grip on us through surrender and resultant conforming into his image. My thought is for this book to be in the style of the smaller 'Lifechange' books.

About the Author
Terry Magee was prayer ministry leader at a growing church for six years, during which time he led the prayer portion of two mission trips. He holds an MA Bible from Lancaster Bible College and has had an article printed in Pray! magazine. He is willing to speak at conferences as requested.

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title: Set Free to Live Free:

author: and Blue, Ken Swan, Alden

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: SwB9730309

word count: 200

Content

The title, Set Free to Live Free, is a restatement of Galatians 5:1, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." This is a book about grace, freedom, and about applying the gospel to all areas of your life, all based on Paul's letter to the Galatians. Paul expressed the gospel as "Jesus plus nothing," teaching that adding anything to the work of Christ results in a complete loss of the gospel. We were saved by grace, and must continue on in grace. The book challenges some popular thinking about issues like holiness and church authority, emphasizing that the freedom given to us also imposes upon a corresponding responsibility and authority to love and serve one another.

About the Author
Dr. Ken Blue is a former Olympic athlete, missionary, and pastor. He received his doctorate from Fuller Seminary, and is the author of Healing the Wounded (with John White), Authority to Heal, and Healing Spiritual Abuse. He has planted churches in Canada and the U.S., and currently spends much of his time speaking at conferences and preaching the Good News to the poor around the world. His website is www.kenblue.org. Alden Swan has been involved in ministry and church leadership for over 30 years. In the late 1990s he began the SmallVoices Journal (www.smallvoices.net) where many of his articles can be found. He currently writes a blog (aldenswan.com) where he discusses church-related issues, theology, philosophy and current events. He is a trained mediator and plans to focus much of his attention on resolving church-related disputes. His business blog is icresolution.com.

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title: The Compassionate One

author: Ronald H. Love

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: LoR2950209

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Subtitled A Benevolent Jesus as the Ultimate Expression of Christian Diplomacy, the work discusses compassion, a ministry of shared suffering that is the centerpiece of Jesus' life and teaching, which the church should endeavor to emulate. Since all human beings encounter similar life experiences, a ministry of understanding and caring is universal, transcending all cultural and socioeconomic differences. Receiving this ministry is especially meaningful for those individuals who are in the midst of doubt and despair, pain and suffering, grief and sorrow, rejection and ostracism, encountering discrimination and social injustices. Christians, guided by compassion as demonstrated by Jesus, have in him in biblical model to follow. It is a nurturing ministry offering physical, emotional and spiritual healing, unencumbered by denominational discrepancies and exegetical disputes.

About the Author
Dr. Ronald Love holds advanced degrees in sociology, library science, secondary education, history, and theology. He has a wide range of professional experiences, including being a state trooper, Methodist pastor and university professor. His writing experience includes articles or denominational publications and local rural and urban newspapers. The author resides in South Carolina.

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title: The Enemy's Tactical Manual

author: Randal S. Kinkade

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: KiR8564109

word count: 125

Content

The Enemy's Tactical Manual approaches the subject of spiritual warfare from the perspective of the enemy, Satan. Along with each chapter detailing the enemy's plan, the author includes a counterpoint from a biblical perspective. Readers will learn the true nature of spiritual warfare and to be encouraged by discovering how to use the work of Jesus Christ to enhance and protect their spiritual life.

About the Author

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title: Let Jesus Be Your Talk Show Host:

author: Gina Whitehouse

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: WhG9136209

word count: 180

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Subtitled How to Stand Firm in Your Faith in a Culture of Competing Spiritual Ideas .Targeted to women, the book encourages the reader to live her life based on the truth of God's teachings rather than those of the world and culture around her. It aims to equip the reader with the spiritual tools necessary to recognize incorrect biblical teaching. A very basic overview of Christian doctrine and New Age thought will be explained so she will be able to refute and identify false teaching. At the completion of this book, the reader will have built a firmer foundation in her Christian faith.

About the Author
Gina and her husband currently serve as the youth directors for a California church. Gina presently attends Biola University's Talbot School of Theology where she is pursuing a master's degree in theology. She has years of experience writing her own material for small groups and writes often for her seminary education. Gina is willing to do book tours and anything else that will help promote her book. Prof. Ashish J. Naidu at Talbot writes, "[the book] creatively uncovers the surreptitious and misleading nature of New Age spirituality that is being proffered in popular media today. As the title suggests, Gina Whitehouse, in an imaginative way exposes the glaring inconsistencies of the New Age worldview, equips readers to distinguish between truth and falsehood, and encourages them to be faithful students of Scripture."

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title: The Enemy's Tactical Manual

author: Randal S. Kinkade

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2009 • author id: KiR8564109

word count: 125

Content

The Enemy's Tactical Manual approaches the subject of spiritual warfare from the perspective of the enemy, Satan. Along with each chapter detailing the enemy's plan, the author includes a counterpoint from a biblical perspective. Readers will learn the true nature of spiritual warfare and to be encouraged by discovering how to use the work of Jesus Christ to enhance and protect their spiritual life.

About the Author
Randal Kinkade is the author of The Quest for Spiritual Truth (Xulon Press) and owner of The Willow River Wilderness School. At the school he combines biblical teaching with outdoor survival skills to lead Christian men to more fully understand their role both spiritually and physically in this world. He lives near Tucson, AZ, with his wife Susan and their boys, Sam and Max.

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title: Worshiping God in the Hard Times

author: Tom Kraeuter

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.24.2009 • author id: KrT6305009

word count: 120

Content

When faced with adverse circumstances, both Christians and non-Christians tend toward questioning God's love for them. This book deals with such suspicions. Through stories and solid scriptural foundation the reader will find hope and practical help in pursuing and worshiping God during hard times.

About the Author
Tom Kraeuter has published fifteen books; most on the subject of worship. Each book has sold nearly 20,000 copies.

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title: The Effective Will of God :

author: L. Edward Davis, Jr.

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.24.2009 • author id: DaL3692509

word count: 130

Content

This study in Ephesians tells us how we can generate and maintain the attitude or mindset of effectiveness and thereby walk in The Effective Will of God. Beginning with 1:1-2, the Paul motivates us with two tough questions; "Do we have what it takes?", and "Are we willing to accept responsibility for success and failure?" In verses 4-7, Paul reminds us of our tool, the tool of God's grace. The tool of grace has two functions; destiny and ability. Paul then gives us our effective purpose, which is purposeful praise, shows us our promise of freshness given by the Holy Spirit. and gives us the effective benefit of the effective will of God -- the ability to change. Before we can change we often have to go through the crucible of God's judgment, and that is actually a very good thing as we will discover. Finally, we are given a sacred trust of building relationships which is the ultimate outcome of the effective will of God.

About the Author
L. Edward (Eddie) Davis is a pharmacist and co-owner of two pharmacies in Sumter County, AL. Eddie and his wife Susan have founded a nonprofit organization, LEDfree Ministries Inc. whose purpose is to promote short-term mission involvement, cross-cultural worship, and pharmacy as a gateway to medical missions.

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title: Times of Refreshing

author: Ed. Wright

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.17.2009 • author id: WrE3630309

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The theme is finding "times of refreshing" through godly repentance. The idea reflects the truth found in Acts 3:19. Peter, as he was preaching, said, "Therefore repent and return so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (NAB). As a biblical example of repentance the response of the Corinthian church to Paul's admonitions to holiness is thoroughly examined. The key verse is 2 Corinthians 7:11. Great joy and release can be found when we follow the path to repentance.

About the Author
Ed Wright has been a pastor for more than 30 years. As a minister and counselor, he has encountered a great number of people who deeply desired to be spiritually refreshed. His travels have taken him to Romania, Korea, Honduras, Guatemala, Macedonia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and Israel. In his studies as an undergraduate in the field of criminal justice and as a graduate student in the field of theology and school psychology, he has seen that those who want spiritual release are everywhere. The book could easily be used as an independent Bible study and/or preaching series.

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title: The Ripple Effect

author: Todd Freidwald

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.18.2009 • author id: FrT2265209

word count: 110

Content

Subtitled A Father's Guide to Training His Son to Survive in the Wilderness and the World - Basic Training, the work is based on an ongoing, nondenominational wilderness survival ministry known as the father/son ministry. This ministry provides a simple, practical and fun way for fathers to begin training their sons to survive in the literal wilderness as a means to prepare them to survive in the figurative wilderness: the world. It equips fathers to train their sons with the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive as they move toward the ultimate goal of genuine Christian manhood. The book is designed as a "how to" manual for fathers. The lessons draw direct parallels between the four elements of wilderness survival and four core pillars of Christian living or spiritual survival. Food represents the Word of God; Fire represents a Servant Heart; Shelter represents Fellowship; and Water represents Prayer. Each individual survival skill focuses on a verse from the Bible and is followed by questions that inspire meaningful discussion of scripture and its relevance to the skill being learned. The ministry is designed so that any father - regardless of his level of Christian education or outdoor experience -- will find it a meaningful, practical and fun way to train and equip his son to face the world.

About the Author
Todd Freiwald graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1988 earning a BA in history. He then entered the Marine Corps where he served as an infantry officer during the Persian Gulf War. Upon leaving the Marines in 1992, he was appointed as a special agent in the United States Secret Service. In 1999, he transferred to the ATF where he focuses on violent crime, gangs and armed drug trafficking organizations. Shawn McQuaid graduated from Montana Wilderness School of the Bible in 1991 with a Wilderness and Bible certificate. His love for the outdoors and the Word of God led him to Alaska Bible College where he graduated in 1995. Shawn and his wife are members of Fellowship Bible Church, Winchester Virginia, where he teaches a number of Adult Learning Center Classes and has had the privilege of leading several small shepherding groups. He has been employed as a jail officer at a regional adult detention facility since 1997, and has served as a the facility's tactical team commander since 1999, and investigator since 2004. Todd and Shawn coordinate and teach the father/son wilderness survival ministry together.

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title: The Sword and the Tambourine:

author: Hanna E. Farwell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.17.2009 • author id: FaH6810409

word count: 350

Content

Subtitled The final battle has begun. Are you ready to take your stand?, this book introduces the new (or young) believer to the invisible realm; he/she has been taken from one kingdom and has been placed in another, yet remains on hostile soil. The book introduces the spiritual surroundings, the two warring armies and their leaders, provisions and armory, as well as how to learn the necessary skills to not only survive but to become effective in spiritual warfare. The main theme of the book is the necessity for God's people in this dark age to learn how to worship and war, while taking hold of our spiritual inheritance. Every chapter ends with study questions to catalyst change. The intent is to see the new believer become more home in the invisible and supernatural, and be able to walk by faith rather than sight. There is increasing glory to enter into in worship, to combat the increasing darkness around us.

About the Author
"From end of 2005 to end of 2007 I served with my family in Pakistan with a team who worshipped daily for spiritual breakthrough in an oppressive land. A native of Sweden, marrying a Nebraskan, we have traveled and served overseas several times with our growing family, and have found our passion in worship while fighting for breakthroughs, especially for geographical areas, the writer states. A previous book, Do you dare trust God for your family size? Positively Yes! was published in June 2006 by PleasantWord, the print-on-demand division of Winepress Publishing, (self-publishing) and can be found on Amazon.com. Now permanently settled in Nebraska, the author would be available for some conference or speaking engagements. "We are a homeschooling family, expecting our 10th baby in July 2009, children's ages ranging 0-11 years."

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title: Jesus Wants Your Mind

author: Angie B. Williams

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2009 • author id: WiA2280209

word count: 140

Content

Jesus Wants Your Mind is written for those who wish to grow spiritually through the discipline of renewing the mind by meditating on scripture, praying, and journaling. The writer states, "For over thirty years, I have used these concepts successfully in Protestant and Catholic churches, in "silent retreats," and in an Institute of Ministry. The ancient art of Christian meditation has little prominence in many Protestant churches because of its emphasis by eastern religions. However, it has been the single source of the most growth in my Christian life and in the lives of many others." The manuscript offers a biblical basis for these concepts and gives specific examples of how the word of God can encourage and strengthen us in times of adversity. Included are examples of how the Holy Spirit recalled scripture at just the right time to bring healing, overcome temptation to sin, and in two cases, avert a suicide.

About the Author
Angie B. Williams is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church USA. She has a speaking ministry in Protestant and Catholic churches and parachurch organizations in the US and Canada. She is the author of Joy in Adversity, carried by Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, Amazon.com, and others. She has published articles in Gospel Herald, Voice, The Mennonite, Festival Quarterly, Blessings, Daily News-Record, and MPress. The work is suitable for individual or group use. These studies have been tested in retreat settings and as seminary lectures, and are endorsed by several theologians/pastors.

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title: Closing the Sunday - Monday Gap

author: Robert R. Richards

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.24.2009 • author id: RiR9804509

word count: 200

Content

Targeting church leaders, this book seeks to enable more effective communication with and counseling to people in business. It provides an understanding of current economic issues and, more importantly, equips the reader with the analytical tools for clear rational thinking about economic issues of particular interest to church leaders, such as poverty, globalization, environmental challenges, housing prices, energy, income disparities, inflation and stewardship. The material also covers the role of the business firm in society, showing the business firm as a voluntary community of God's people mutually creatively pursuing goals, the achievement of which depends upon serving others. As such, the business firm is an effective laboratory for exercising Christian principles. The goal is to provide church leaders and staff with the knowledge, reasoning process and empathy to enable them to more effectively communicate with and minister to the business people in their congregation.

About the Author
After graduating with a BA in economics from the University of Washington and an MBA in business economics from Stanford University, Bob Richards pursued a career in business, culminating in serving as president and CEO of the Commerce Bancorporation in Seattle. Later, at Fuller Theological Seminary he studied the relationship between economics and theology, especially examining how the economic system of capitalism relates to the tenets of Christianity. Mr. Richards lectures at the University of Washington on microeconomics, macroeconomics, financial economics, and capitalism and Christianity. He is a member of the Association of Christian Economists and is past chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Economics of the University of Washington. Mr. Richards served as Elder for Christian Education of the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, and he is former chairman of the board of directors of the Pacific Association for Theological Studies. He currently serves on the Investment Committee of Global Partnerships, a micro-finance organization.

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title: Created for Greatness in the Kingdom of God

author: Jordana E. James

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.26.2009 • author id: JaJ1003009

word count: 107

Content

We all want to get the most we can out of life; but, when faced with uncertainty due to change and the loss of security due to failure, living up to our God-designed potential can seem impossible. Waiting on God for our next step can can be difficult. Yet sometimes, losing it all can mean finding everything we need. This book reminds us of the ample faith God has in us when we struggle to believe in ourselves or even him. It describes how you can achieve eternal greatness "off-screen" while breaking down Jesus' most important message: the Kingdom of God. The book defines and describes the Kingdom of God and its value, and gives practical steps to finding greatness through service. As the book introduces the call of Christ as an incredible opportunity and blurs the lines between the traditional views of sacred and secular, readers are challenged to embark on an adventure in advancing the Kingdom of God.

About the Author
Jordana James has a BA and MEd in psychology and counseling and is currently on staff at her local church (Plymouth Brethren) as a youth leader. As a singer-songwriter, her forthcoming album is also a musical complement to this book. Ron Luce, president and founder of Teen Mania Ministries, a Christian youth organization reaches millions of young people worldwide, has agreed to consider writing a foreword.

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title: Three-Word Wisdom

author: Potvin, Bernie Barker, Joy

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.26.2009 • author id: BaPNonUS09

word count: 95

Content

The work blends personal stories and meditative prose from its two authors: Bernie, a seasoned traveler on the road of faith, and Joy, an awestruck novice. Their stories are interspersed with dialogue, and each piece is punctuated with wisdom and a selected passage of scripture. A personal story is meaningful only when set in context against the backdrop of a larger story--the Grand Narrative--the very narrative that tells us that God is at the wheel. Every trial and hardship is, by design, part of this masterpiece. The Grand Narrative tells us we must experience death to experience life and to see truth. This book invites the reader to consider the stories of his/her life in new ways; to see deeper meaning; to judge their worth; to see those stories in the larger story, and then to act with courage and conviction.

About the Author
Dr. Bernie Potvin has held numerous teaching, ministry, and academic appointments, both nationally and internationally. He currently holds academic and administrative appointments with Ambrose University College, a Christian University College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He co-authored the text, Understanding the Landscape of Teaching (2003, Pearson/Prentice-Hall). He chairs the Board of Directors (Canada) for both Daystar University in Kenya and Careforce International. He is affiliated with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. Joy Barker is married and has two children, one of whom has Down syndrome; both of whom have inspired much of her writing. She was raised in the Lutheran tradition in a small town in northern Ontario, Canada. She currently lives in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador. The rugged, untouched beauty on the east coast of the North Atlantic, combined with the vibrant local culture, has also been inspirational to her writing.

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title: The Last Word is Love

author: Sue Stanton

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.26.2009 • author id: StS5001009

word count: 175

Content

Where today lies the soul of a nurse? Or for that matter, the soul of any caregiver? With the assistance of the Corporal Works of Mercy and Healings from the Gospel of Matthew, one young nurse opens up her questions on faith, God and home. Through her iconic mother, a journey to Jerusalem, and a discovery in Calcutta, the nurse discovers what has happened to both her soul and her relationships as she comes face to face with her questions of God at last.

About the Author
The writer is a Catholic Press Association member, journalist, nurse, and best-selling Catholic children's author, active in parish life where she has conducted interfaith dialogues and works as a peace activist. A sought-after speaker on Middle East peace efforts, her world travels infuse her work as she seeks to inform and teach.

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title: Grapes, Chapstick, and Sleeping Bags:

author: Hastings, Holly Hastings, Cheryl

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.26.2009 • author id: HaH7405509

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God has promised to direct our every step, every word, and every movement throughout the day - if we only will look for his guidance. What happens in our lives is not coincidence, not happenstance, but GOD. "As a mother-daughter writing team," the authors state, "we have a burden to share this important truth, and so we began compiling the stories in our own lives where it would have been easy to miss the lessons God has for us had we not learned to look. Sometimes, however, we didn't look for God until after the fact; we didn't recognize his work until later on as we stepped back and saw his hand. The experiences our EVERYday God has taken us through have provided EVERYday reminders that God wants a close relationship with us."

About the Author
Cheryl Hastings is a former school teacher. She homeschooled her four children for a total of 24 years; she taught each child from kindergarten through 12th grade. She has been a Bible study teacher for over ten years and has been asked to speak to numerous gatherings, including homeschool groups and women's events. She served as the organist at her local church for 15 years and volunteered in the youth department for 14 years. Holly Hastings, a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in psychology, is working on her masters degree in religion. She was involved in student leadership all four years at Liberty. She mentored and counseled students, taught Bible studies, and organized activities. She has also worked or volunteered in churches, teaching Bible studies for students ranging from junior high to college-age and organizing girls' retreats. She has spoken to groups of people ranging from 10-400.

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title: My Gospel

author: Roy L. Miller

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.25.2009 • author id: MiR1470109

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This book addresses topics that can be instrumental to developing strong disciples of Jesus Christ. Just as the Apostle Paul sometimes referred to the Gospel as My Gospel, this writer makes a case for the unique way each believer may communicate the timeless Gospel. He then proceeds to communicate elements of the Gospel he has found to be vital for producing strong Christian Disciples in places where many seem to be weak in their faith.

About the Author
Roy L. Miller served as a senior pastor for 22 years and then as a District Superintendent in the United Methodist Church for 6 years prior to undertaking his current ministry as the Director of The Better Place--a non-denominational ministry that serves to equip the Church to be a house of prayer, to provide renewal opportunities for pastors and to network the Church for revival. He is a frequent speaker in local churches as well as at camps, conferences, and regional seminars and schools of prayer. He was recruited by community transformation leaders, throughout New York State, to facilitate the New York State Prayer Summit, which he did annually for four years beginning in 2003. He earned the M.Div degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1975 and a D.Min from Drew University School of Theology 1984.

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title: Run Thru the Tape:

author: L. James Harvey

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.25.2009 • author id: HaL4931609

word count: 160

Content

The book provides biblical and scientific information on how to live a long and productive life in the 21st century. It deals with the misconceptions Christians often have about what retirement ought to be. It builds on the metaphor the Apostle Paul uses of life as a race and suggests Christians need to Run Thru the Tape not just to it. A wealth of information is available to potential retirees to help them make the last third of their life the best and most productive third. Chapters deal with faith, activity, health, finances, death, and heaven. There are two chapters on how churches can develop progressive senior ministries and appendices with web sites for seniors, senior humor, and forms seniors may wish to use.

About the Author
Dr. L. James Harvey is an honors graduate of Hope College and has a Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University. He has been a college president and senior vice president and partner in a Washington DC based international consulting firm. Since retiring Dr. Harvey has turned to Christian writing and has published 9 books and several articles. Dr. Harvey's popular "701 Sentence Sermon" books have sold 30,000 copies (Kregel Publications) and an earlier book on retirement with Mrs. Harvey entitled Every Day is Saturday (Concordia) sold over 20,000 copies. Further info at web site: www.sentencesermons.com.

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title: The Best Kept Secret

author: Sandy Casey-Martus

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.25.2009 • author id: CaS7840409

word count: 173

Content

In language that Christians can relate to and identify with, the authors seek to debunk the New Age teaching of setting personal intentions and then looking as the Universe manifests those intentions. They write, "There does operate a Spiritual Principle of Attraction, but it is not set in motion by concentrated egotistical thinking. The writers wish to bring individuals to the realization that this spiritual attraction communicates a deeper, mystical relationship with their Christian faith."

About the Author
Sandy Casey-Martus is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi, TX. She holds a BS and M.Ed. from Springfield College (MA) and an MTS from Obate School of Theology, and a CITS from the Episcopal Seminary of Southwest, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member. Her writing appears in Continuum Press publications. Carla Mancari is a teacher and spiritual director who traveled the world, studying with Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu masters. These spiritual truth-seeking endeavors led Mancari to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Her book, Walking on Grass was published by Mercer University Press (2001). The two writers are co-founders of the Contemplative Invitation Teaching. They have studied various forms of contemplative prayer for over thirty-five years.

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title: Good God!

author: Paul Wayne Meier

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.26.2009 • author id: MeP4202509b

word count: 220

Content

Jesus is not merely a "chip off the Old Block" that shows us a small piece of the Triune God. Jesus reveals the fullness of the Godhead. Religious conversation, formal and informal, characterizes God from a blending of the Old and New Testaments. However, equal merging of these images fosters confusion and hampers interpretation of each testament. Good God! helps readers grasp an image of the Godhead revealed in Jesus Christ. As one comprehends God's true nature, love begins to motivate Christian living rather than fear or duty. The writer cites New Testament writers pointing to Jesus as the exact imprint of his heavenly father. Through guided imagery of 40+ stories, readers enter into biblical events to experience God in the person of Jesus. The work seeks to be useful for individuals as well as groups, this book is the Christian's handbook to meditation on the scriptures.

About the Author
Meier received a masters of divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a masters of Sacred Theology from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He is a second career Lutheran pastor drawn to the Ignation method of meditation. Meier has articles published in Pray!, Alive Now, The Lutheran, Lutheran Partners, and Leadership. He uses guided imagery in Sunday sermons, youth retreats, and seminars. With a background in marketing and sales, he enjoys finding creative ways to promote his work.

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title: What God Gives

author: Marcia Whitney-Schenck

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.26.2009 • author id: WhM6061109

word count: 70

Content

This is a compilation of prayers, photographs, meditations and interviews about Christian spirituality from the viewpoint of Africans who suffer and grieve, as well as those who heal and rejoice. The book focuses on Christians both in an English-speaking province in Cameroon and a French-speaking province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Almost every one of the 122 pages features color photographs of Christians praying or carrying on with their daily lives. Their prayers are not from rote memory but from their heart. Sometimes they are humorous. One nurse in the Congo prayed, "O, God, give this doctor more knowledge than the little bit he has." The title comes from a prayer offered by a man who had suffered from leprosy. He said, "What God gives, take with both hands." The book has a professionally designed layout, with text and photographs in place.

About the Author
Marcia Whitney-Schenck is a Chicago-based writer, photographer, and artist. She is the former editor and publisher of Christianity and the Arts magazine. She and her husband, Dr. Robert Schenck, are serving nine months in Africa (Cameroon: September-November 2008; Democratic Republic of the Congo: January-March 2009; Uganda: April-June 2009). In Cameroon, Marcia taught English at Mbingo Baptist Primary School, and her husband taught hand surgery. Currently she is in Kinshasha, DRC.

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title: Negotiations with God:

author: Kevin B. Rachel

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.26.2009 • author id: RaK2203209

word count: 200

Content

The book explores the nature of our personal relationship with God. How personal can that relationship be? Do our actions before God really matter, and why? The concept of negotiations, with which the author has extensive experience, is used to emphasize that our relationship with God is intended to be interactive. A theme throughout is that God created us for the purpose of having a relationship, and we need to be about the business of developing one. The work draws on stories and teachings throughout the Old and New Testaments with linkages to modern books, movies and television shows with which a wide audience would be familiar.

About the Author
Kevin Rachel has extensive experience in negotiations as a labor attorney and in his current capacity as manager, collective bargaining and arbitration for the United States Postal Service - the country's largest unionized employer. Rachel serves as a deacon at the Falls Church, Virginia, Church of Christ where he is in charge of the education program and has taught adult Bible classes for many years. He holds a BA from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee and a law degree (JD) from the University of Texas at Austin.

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title: Revival in the Desert:

author: Bradley Aron Cooper

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.25.2009 • author id: CoBNonUS09

word count: 152

Content

The work begins by seeking to identify the historical foundations of the legalistic nature often exhibited by the Church. It then goes on to describe how the current religious attitudes of the modern church may obscure the covenantal commitment of God to his people. Asserting that God will stop at nothing to reveal his covenantal faithfulness to his people, the author maintains that as traditional churches continue to stress reliance on anything other than his unconditional commitment, God has begun to lead people out of that religious environment and into a "wilderness" where he can reveal his true covenantal nature to them. This fresh perspective of God's commitment to man is explored through numerous biblical encounters between God and his people, in both the Old and New Testaments. In addition, the author turns to the prophetic books for additional support of this "Revival in the Desert" concept, and concludes that America may currently be experiencing a prelude to revival, as in historical revivals.

About the Author
Bradley Aron Cooper holds a master of theology degree from South African Theological Seminary and a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He has published peer-reviewed articles in both law and theology journals. This book was originally submitted as the author's master's thesis, and was awarded the mark of distinction. In addition, an article summarizing this thesis was published in 2006 by the Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association.

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title: Crying Out to God

author: Kristin Smith

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2009 • author id: SmK2332509

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Financial loss. Marital strife. Unemployment. Betrayal. Economic crisis and global unrest. Turmoil both in our own lives and in the world around us. Where do we turn? The writer draws on experience as both a pastor's daughter and military chaplain's wife to encourage those facing struggles and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Although the competing voices of modern society tempt us to think we need everything but God, we in fact need to return to him as our first love, as he is the only real key to overcoming. This is a call for us to restructure the way we spend our day, to reprioritize our increasingly long-to-do lists and start the day with God first, soaking in his word and his presence.

About the Author
Kristin Leis Smith has a both a bachelor's and a master's degree in journalism. She is a pastor's daughter and is married to a military chaplain who runs the Air Force National Guard marriage and family enrichment program.

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title: A Matter of Choice

author: Thomas L. Nichols

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2009 • author id: NiT1506309

word count: 180

Content

This discussion on God's greatest gift to man--our freedom of choice--explains the various aspects of choices in seventeen chapters.

About the Author
The writer is a lay-Christian, an organist, deacon, Sunday school teacher, holding a BA in writing, MLS in liberal studies. This is a first book written for the broad Christian market. Past experience includes technical writing and magazines.

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title: A Fall Sojourn:

author: Craig D. Lounsbrough

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: LoC8013809

word count: 110

Content

The premise attempted in this text is to provide a biblically responsible, inherently creative look at grief as something profoundly bigger than the pain it causes. The intent is to look deeply at grief, loss and the journey within which these transpire from a variety of unusual, yet intimate life perspectives that are illustrated by paralleling a number of the author's childhood experiences against the death of the author's mother in adulthood. These are conveyed to the reader by illustrating the natural transitions of nature as they surrounded her death and tightly interweaving those with the human experience of grief and loss in order to transform the view of the reader regarding pain and grief.

About the Author
Craig Lounsbrough has over nineteen years experience as a counselor in a variety of treatment settings. He served ten years in pastoral ministries as a youth, associate, and senior pastor. He has published both nationally and locally, and was in Christian broadcasting for two years. He has a private, outpatient counseling practice in Colorado.

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title: The Water Guardian

author: Kathy Raymer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: RaK2867709

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This work portrays the lifelong affects of an act of violence committed by a father upon his young daughter. The theme "old sins cast long shadows" emerges from decade to decade within the life of one family. Archangel Michael, a bronze statue stands in a water garden, silently and profoundly lending divine strength and encouragement. Secondary themes are restitution and renewal: Restitution of a portion of the Pisgah National Forest (Western North Carolina) once raped by money-driven logger and renewal of love between a mother and a daughter during old age.

About the Author
Kathy Raymer serves as a Guardian ad Litem in North Carolina. Once an English major at East Tennessee State University, she is a longtime avid reader of good literature and an amateur writer since elementary school days.

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title: A Match Made in Heaven:

author: Sandra G. Conner

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: CoS3065609

word count: 150

Content

"Women, more often than not, take the lead role in the spiritual life of the family, however they are not able to guide their children spiritually because they are struggling with their own faith development" (Barna). But, according to the writer, the deep truths of God's word can be as easy to understand as child's play. Just as Jesus used parables to teach his disciples, this book examines Cinderella by Charles Perrault as a parable using types from the Bible. Though very little is said about the Prince, he is the primary ingredient in every facet of the story. The writer uses the familiar objects in the story to explain salvation by grace alone through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the person and the purposes of the Holy Spirit, the purpose of the church, redeeming grace, eternal security and the victorious Christian life.

About the Author
Sandra G. Conner is the wife of the senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Monroe, Georgia. She is a wife, mother, a lover of the Word of God and a teacher of women, young and old. She speaks at women's conferences throughout the Southeast. She co-authored one fictional short story, So Dear the Price, which was published in the May 1992 edition of Home Life, A Christian Family Magazine.

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title: O God, I Hadn't Planned on That Detour---

author: Ira E. Williams, Jr.

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.22.2009 • author id: WiI8712309

word count: 168

Content

The work introduces readers to some truly great winners in the game of life who demonstrate the victory of the human spirit when touched by the power of the Spirit of God. These short stories tell of individuals and families who face times of decision that call for the best of spiritual reserves, such as: job loss, cancer diagnosis, death of a child, loss of faith in a leader, an abusive marriage, the nursing home decision, a terrorist threat, personal humiliation, war injuries and spiritual poverty. While the author is committed to Christian theological and counseling principles, the stories are written to speak to the heart for lay readers who seek a word of Christian hope when life seems to tumble in on us.

About the Author
Ira Williams has served as pastor of large churches in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Abilene, Amarillo, and El Paso, Texas. He holds a BA from Oklahoma City University, a masters of divinity from Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, and was awarded the doctor of divinity degree from McMurry University. Previous publications include God in Unexpected Places (1974) and The Piano Man's Christmas (1984) by Abingdon Press, as well as Pinatas, Posadas and Farolitos (2001) by United Methodist Communications. A runner-up for "United Methodist of the Year," he has spoken on college campuses, at storyteller camps, and other gatherings. Other ministry experience includes six years on the board of directors of United Methodist Committee on Relief, conducting evangelistic services around the world, and teaching at regional workshops on evangelism.

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title: Joy

author: David Young

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.25.2009 • author id: YoD9849909

word count: 230

Content

Joy is the first book in a series entitled, "Encouraging Words," taken primarily from the fruit of the Spirit listed in the New Testament. Biblical joy has four elements: Reasoning, Righteousness, Responsiveness and Relationship. The writer notes, "Joy as we experience it on earth is a fleeting glimpse of heaven. It is a taste of that unknown longing in our souls that we were created to experience, and that God will fulfill in eternity for those who come to know Jesus Christ. We often confuse true joy with pleasure, contentment or happiness. While these things can be facets of joy, they are not essential to it. Joy often springs from hardship. In fact, there is a depth of joy that you cannot know until you have suffered. These form the backbone of joy that makes it significant in our lives."

About the Author
For nearly 40 years David Young has regularly written and published articles, plays, Bible studies, and poetry for publication in North America and beyond. He has taught in churches as well as at the college and seminary levels on four continents. For the past 25 years David has been pastor of The Trinity Baptist Church of Lakewood, WA. www.trinitybaptistchurchlakewood.org

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title: Sintimacy

author: Brian C. Johnson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.25.2009 • author id: JoB1784709

word count: 127

Content

Speaking from his experience with a lengthy secret addiction, the author examines the behavioral patterns and attributes of those who struggle with secret sins of all types. This book is targeted to those who want to be freed from spiritual slavery. Written with brutal honesty, Johnson exposes the excuses and lies often used to justify inappropriate activities. Those who are currently struggling with some area of secret sin will find a plan of escape and freedom that includes accountability, adherence to Scripture, and developing an awareness of temptations and triggers. At the end, readers will have been challenged to quit making excuses, overcome the guilt and shame often associated with secret sin, and allow their past failures to become a tool to rescue others who are trapped in the shadows of secrecy.

About the Author
Johnson is a professional lecturer for CAMPUSPEAK and is invited to speak at colleges and conferences nationwide. A Christian educator-minister ordained by the Global Network of Christian Ministries, he has worked with teens and adults and has founded men's accountability groups - men pledging to be better husbands, fathers, and men of God through prayer, transparency, and study of God's word. He is the co-author of Reel Diversity: A Teacher's Sourcebook (2008; Peter Lang Publishing).

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title: Conversations About Disciple Making

author: Ken Adams

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.25.2009 • author id: AdK3026509

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Conversations About Disciple Making is a collection of real life experiences and insights that will enlighten, inspire, challenge, and motivate the reader to live a life that is dedicated to making more disciples of Jesus Christ. This is the first book in the Conversations series.

About the Author
Ken Adams (BS from Georgia State University and MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Crossroads Church in Newnan, Georgia and founder of Impact Discipleship Ministries. Since 1989, he has led Crossroads Church to a current attendance of about 2,800. Ken is a dynamic public speaker with more than twenty years' speaking and writing experience. In addition to weekend sermons, Ken speaks in conference, seminar, and retreat settings. Through Impact Ministries he has self-published twelve discipleship curriculum books with distribution in excess of 5,000 copies to a wide variety of churches in the United States.

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title: That's Not Me

author: Georgia Christopherson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.25.2009 • author id: ChG8574509

word count: 75

Content

Identity theft is an important and topical issue. That's Not Me addresses this issue in a spiritual vein, and offers a way to achieve a new identity; a new self-image, and a new start to a victorious life. The book can also be considered a resource for Christian counseling, both for self and others. Counseling applications and related scriptures are included at the ends of most chapters and a counseling supplement concludes the book.

About the Author
Georgia Christopherson has a master's degree in counseling from the University of Arizona; she taught classes on counseling to ministers in Tucson; founded and for 15 years presided over the successful New Life Counseling agency. She established the Faith Crusaders Ministry which supplied household items to needy single mothers. Georgia authored two previous books. The Lamb's Gate Trilogy and Because God Says So. She has been a popular conference and retreat speaker.

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title: Mystic Intimacy: Becoming the Beloved of God

author: Michael Angelo Fazio

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.25.2009 • author id: FaM0207209

word count: 180

Content

The mystic Christian is simply that man or woman whose spiritual growth has matured into a divine romance. The most apt symbolism for this stage in the spiritual journey is that of marital union, becoming one with the divine Bridegroom. The book provides both a theological foundation for mysticism as well as an extensive description of the "both/and" nature of mystic spirituality. The mystic brings together the seeming opposites of Eros and Agape, solitude and communion, inward peace and outward revolution, etc. As one nears the summit of the spiritual mountain, the ascent becomes a spiral one, traversing the various faces of Christian spirituality. As such, the mystic can be the most effective agent of ecumenism, building bridges between the various spiritual traditions, What the world needs now is not just Christians. It needs whole Christians. It needs mystic Christians, Christians who shine forth both the divinity and robust humanity of Jesus.

About the Author
Oak Tara is publishing the author's parable of the spiritual journey, The Ascent of Mount Mandala, this spring. The Writer's Edge has accepted a second manuscript, Deceived No Longer, an autobiographical piece. The writer states, "This latter work testifies to the fact that I have lived the mystic journey and not just studied it. My journey up the mountain of God has been a spiral one. I plan to speak at churches and libraries."

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title: Total Infusion

author: Mark Quick

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.21.2009 • author id: QuM9233609

word count: 386

Content

Christians need a biblical worldview incorporated into all they do and think. Total Infusion engages readers in the process of integrating Christian beliefs into 20 specific areas of life. Each life topic focuses on outward actions, internal thoughts, or both. The premise is this: whether we are at work, on vacation, at an entertainment event, or just spending time with friends, no matter what we are doing we are always ambassadors for Christ. We should walk as we worship, in spirit and in truth. Our beliefs, values, and priorities need to be consistent because being inconsistent leads to hypocrisy.

About the Author
Mark Quick is a counselor, minister, and Azusa Pacific University professor who believes the world needs ambassadors for Christ illustrating their love for God by the transformation of their lives. He has ministered through music, preaching, teaching, and acting. His other books include Wisdom for Today's Decisions and Wisdom for Today's Teen Decisions.

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title: The ValueGiver:

author: Dallas Elder

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 12.24.2008 • author id: ElD6407908

word count: 180

Content

This book addresses the redeeming work of Jesus that restores a valued self-image and points people toward the pathway of wholeness. It examines the affirming ministry of Jesus and the depreciating issues within people. It encourages people to receive true value transformation, the Church to be a redemptive community and for the followers of Christ to be ValueGivers.

About the Author
Dallas Elder has a bachelors degree in psychology (Missouri Western State U) and an MDiv. from Asbury Seminary. He has thirty years experience in pastoral ministries. He is the ministry director of Grace Covenant, a network of church and ministries spanning eight nations. He writes, "I have connections at Asbury and Talbot seminaries, as well as with authors, among which are Laurie Beth Jones, Russell Willingham, J.P. Moreland, Steve Seamands, and Christine Pohl."

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title: The Wisdom of Life

author: David K. Webb

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 12.24.2008 • author id: WeD6185308

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When Christine leaves home for college, her father, David, commits to writing her a letter every week. And faithfully and lovingly keeps this promise for eleven years. Readers journey with Christine as she goes to college and medical school, gets married, and begins a family of her own. This collection of letters and studies from the book of Proverbs is a chronicle of life, love and spiritual growth.

About the Author
David Webb is a medical doctor and practices medicine with his daughter, Christian Henriches, MD. Webb is a Bible teacher of forty years, and speaks at Christian medical and non-medical groups.

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title: A Mosaic on Faith from the Gospels

author: William L. Seaver

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 12.21.2008 • author id: SeW3792208

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There is no formal teaching on faith until the end of the Lord's first year of ministry during The Sermon on the Mount. The initial focus of the Lord's ministry was on proclaiming the kingdom of God (Luke 4:17-21, 43, 44). However, the Lord was not seeing believers (his disciples) consistently walk by faith even though there were instances in his ministry where faith had been exhibited and even though these saints should have been aware of Habakkuk 2:4b, "the righteousness will live by his faith." The dots had not been connected. Therefore, our Lord begins to teach and challenge believers about their faith. There are eleven instances in the Gospels with Jesus and his disciples where faith was discussed or illustrated for teaching purposes. This book is an attempt to define the faith in God as illustrated, taught, and extolled in the Gospels.

About the Author
William L. Seaver is an associate professor in statistics, a consultant, an author of over 30 technical and applied articles inclusive of two in the Creation Research Quarterly, a pastor (1982 Dallas Theological Seminary graduate), and a disciple of men. His professional and biblical skills are in recognizing patterns in data. Seaver started a Campus Crusade ministry on a major college campus and has been involved in discipleship ministries with athletes, students, faculty, business, and community people for over 30 years.

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title: Your Words:

author: Wendy Starr

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 12.16.2008 • author id: StW4314008

word count: 50

Content

As humans we were created above every other aspect of creation. We were created in the image and likeness of God. We were created to exercise dominion in the natural world. What we say is important because we receive what we say in faith believing. At a minimum our words reflect our relationship and obedience to Christ; at a deeper level, we prophecy our future by the words we speak. Words can destroy you or they can transform you because words, your words or the words of another, produce either faith or fear. Using your words to speak the word of God into your life is a process of building God's word into your spirit. You must do it intentionally and continually then, in the fullness of time, God's word will manifest in your life.

About the Author
Wendy Starr has been a Bible teacher for 13 years. She earned a BA from Cedarville University, a masters degree in social work from the Ohio State University, a Juris Doctor from Capital Law School and she is currently enrolled in the Jerry Savelle School of Ministry. Wendy is a practicing attorney and a hospice volunteer. She is committed to helping anyone who claims the name of Christ as they walk worth of him.

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title: A View From the Front Porch:

author: Craig D. Lounsbrough

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: LoC8013808

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The manuscript retells various New Testament stories in compelling detail, placing the reader in the very center of the event. That bold faith illustrated in each passage contrasts with the world . Various encounters the writer has had over my years of ministry relate to the cited New Testament account, conveying these encounters in intimate and powerful detail. Each chapter then closes with a series of thoughts that assists the reader in beginning to apply the truths outlined in the chapter.

About the Author
The writer has had ten years of successful experience in pastoral ministry as a youth, associate and senior pastor. He was ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance as a minister and had eighteen years of clinical counseling experience treating a wide variety of patients in a broad array of treatment settings. Licensed in Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor, he is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

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title: Grace to Overcome: Life-Changing Insights

author: Ben Pugh

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.19.2008 • author id: PuBNonUS08

word count: 102

Content

In this short and engaging piece of work, the benefits of being justified are vividly explored. The revolutionary effects this has on the very depths of human nature are made clear through lively and entertaining discussion. A feature of this book is the clear link that is made between justification and a transformed lifestyle.

About the Author
Ben Pugh has taught theology as a visiting lecturer at a number of theological colleges in the UK and overseas. He holds a masters degree with distinction from the University of Manchester and a PhD from the University of Wales. He is a regular speaker at his local church's "Church in the Pub" event, soon to be featured on BBC television. He lives in Nottingham, UK, with his wife Peal and their daughter Abigail.

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title: Growing in Grace and Knowledge

author: Carol Friesen

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.25.2008 • author id: FrC7873808

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Growing in Grace and Knowledge presents a model for Christian spiritual formation based on the Balswicks' four sequential, but nonlinear stages of healthy family development (covenantal love, grace, empowerment and intimacy) and applies this model to the local congregation. The author addresses the need for more intentional spiritual formation by examining the state of the North American Church today. She then presents a biblical theology of spiritual formation and identifies essential components and specific spiritual disciplines that will help believers grow in the grace and knowledge of God's love and forgiveness, become increasingly empowered for service and enjoy a deepening intimacy with one another and with the living God.

About the Author
The writer states that the work is a reflection of a spiritual journey. "I encountered Christ unexpectedly at the age of 28 following an unsuccessful attempt to enter a Zen Training Center. Responding to Christ's invitation to "Follow me," I began training with Wycliffe's Summer Institute of Linguistics as a 4 month old Christian and subsequently followed Christ to Southeast Asia to serve as a missionary with my husband and children in a variety of capacities over the next 20 years. During those years of growing in grace and knowledge I discovered the personal relevance of Balswick's model. In 1994, I received my masters of divinity from Bethel Seminary and in 2007 I received my doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. Since 2005, I have served as an associate pastor discovering the challenges of following Christ in America."

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title: Christ Has Died . . . Christ Has Risen

author: Daniel Dwyer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.25.2008 • author id: DwD1136408

word count: 350

Content

Contrary to atheistic assertions, Christians do not believe in myths . Christianity is based on a historical person, on people and on events, specifically on Jesus Christ who appeared for forty days to his followers after his resurrection from the dead. The manuscript focuses on the witness of the apostles Peter and Paul and on Jesus' teaching about himself. Through their imitation of Christ, these apostles spent their lives becoming the face of Jesus to everyone they met. In that role they bore witness to him and gave proof of a God who loves them, so much so that he died for us, that he rose from the dead conquering death for us and that he will come again. At the end, the book exhorts Christians to be imitators of Christ, because by such example we are giving the best proof possible for the existence of a caring God, and expressing as well the most effective way of addressing the assault from aggressive atheists.

About the Author
Currently, Daniel Dwyer has an independent financial planning practice, having taught at NYU and Adelphi University and having published three books on financial planning for professionals. He is also an ex-seminarian. Though a long-time Christian, Mr. Dwyer's passion for the person of Christ was renewed following a near-death experience and 40 days in the hospital in 2007. In his work Dwyer has given financial planning seminars to some of the largest corporations in the country, as well as to civic organizations such as the NYPD. He intends to use this book as the basis of a seminar series on "Discovering the Humanity and Divinity of Jesus in the Scriptures." While Mr. Dwyer is a Catholic, Christ Has Died . . . Christ Has Risen is meant for all Christians and those interested in discovering the basis for Christian claims.

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title: Becoming Sarah's Daughter

author: Nancy Sheppard

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.25.2008 • author id: ShN5542708

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Nancy Sheppard writes, "When I followed God's call to mission work in Liberia, West Africa I had no idea what He would require of me. When war broke out our idyllic first term was followed by a nightmarish second term." Living conditions in refugee work were deplorable, the expectations of the people overwhelming, and the tensions of war were right on their doorstep. Nancy was full of fear, self-pity and resentment. God used the decision to follow her husband's leadership and continue refugee work to begin an amazing spiritual journey - one that led her to a clearer understanding of Biblical womanhood and into a deeper relationship with the Lord than she ever thought possible.

About the Author
Sheppard is a graduate of Bob Jones University. She and her husband Mark have been missionaries to Liberia since 1986. She authored one book and has had several articles published. She is a regular speaker at churches and conferences in Liberia and in the USA. This fall she will complete a masters degree in Christian counseling from Bethany Seminary.

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title: The Calling:

author: Craig D. Lounsbrough

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.23.2008 • author id: LoC8010408

word count: 150

Content

The ideals and pursuit of materialism have shown themselves inadequate to meet a deeper need. A generation has formed that is asking questions larger than the culture can answer, and often deeper than that which most Christians can themselves articulate. The purpose of this book is to seize this opportunity and move people into a more deeply meaningful life. It is designed to deeply stimulate and challenge thought on a number of basic premises which can begin to build toward the fulfillment of the great need. The locus around which the text revolves is the constructing of an authentic, strikingly real relationship with God. The work reflects an intellectually aggressive, no-holds-barred, unapologetic approach to seizing the remarkable relationship with God that he has for each of us.

About the Author
Craig Lounsbrough holds over eighteen years' experience as a counselor in a variety of treatment settings that include psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, facilities for the blind, agencies that serve both the physically handicapped and developmentally disturbed, churches and various ministries. He also possesses ten years of experience in pastoral ministry as a youth, associate and senior pastor. He spent two years broadcasting in Christian radio and has published both nationally and locally. Seven years ago he launched a private, outpatient counseling practice in Parker, Colorado which has grown into a full-fledged practice providing counseling, coaching and consulting services to individuals, marriages, families, various businesses as well as church and ministry organizations. He is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado and is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Cell: 303-912-8176.

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title: Precious Stones and Bedrock Truth:

author: Mark L. Day

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 10.23.2008 • author id: DaM9263008

word count: 689

Content

The many references to stone throughout the Bible are carefully interlocked into 29 chapters establishing the solid foundations of the Christian faith. Every stone reference is examined to discover the bedrock truth that builds up and strengthens believers. The ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus, our Rock, are uniquely associated with many Old Testament references to stone. These references are combined to emphasize how to live the Christian life and how to build a proper world view. Stone demonstrates the power of prayer, the power and permanency of God's word, the power of prophecy and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the power of obedience and the power of his promises. Living Stones, the capstone chapter, emphasizes the joy of a disciplined sanctified life in total dependency upon the power of the Holy Spirit to enable and establish believers in their faith, and to walk worthy of their calling. The New Jerusalem, with all its colorful foundation stones, is the reward for believers who have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb.

About the Author
As a software engineer, Mark has written many technical publications for several companies, including user's guides which need concise descriptions and thorough, clear information. He is a freelance writer on Christian topics that emphasize the importance of living for God's glory. He has developed standards based on life experiences and involvement as a layman in the local church. Mark Day expects the book will launch conference speaking opportunities where this book will be discussed and promoted. "The world needs some solid rock."

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title: Godsick

author: Greg Daulton

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.25.2008 • author id: DaG9802208

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Godsick confronts our struggle to love God authentically. It explores the reasons why we feel apathetic toward God, and the reason we grow bored with our faith. The writer undertakes to "take a number of theologically sacred cows and slaughter them with the keen edge of scripture and a wry sense of humor." There are a series of basic assumptions that most people make about God, and most of them are wrong. Because of these assumptions, we find ourselves preferring the company of friends and family to the company of God. Why is that? How do we fix it? The format includes twelve short chapters, plus a one-page prologue and epilogue.

About the Author
Greg Daulton is a successful pastor, college campus speaker, and popular podcast teacher. He is ordained with the Assemblies of God (BA, Pastoral Ministries, Northwest University, 1990) and currently serving Mt. Rainier Christian Center in the Seattle area: www.mrcc.us. The Godsick material has provoked an overwhelming response wherever Greg has taught or preached. Greg has been a pastor for 20 years, served 7 years in the USMC and USN, and worked as an inpatient drug abuse counselor as well as ER and ambulance EMT. He is married to Rhonda (24 years) and they have one son (Isaiah) and one spoiled dog (Tyler).

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title: Women in Ministry

author: Julie M. Reese

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2008 • author id: ReJ1580108

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We are all called to service, whether paid or voluntary, especially women married to men in full-time Christian service. This book addresses how we can survive in ministry when we experience criticism, disappointment, frustration, exhaustion, apathy, loneliness and sin. With thoughts and insights from other women serving in ministry, this book will serve as a guide to help Christian women in ministry excel, grow and thrive in their calling. The writer notes, "In 2004 God called my husband and me from our comfortable middle-class existence with four children into full-time Christianity ministry. Although this was a lifelong dream finally realized, my initial exhilaration was quickly replaced by feelings of emptiness, inadequacy, disappointment, loneliness, and the sensation that I was being stretched beyond all personal, emotional, and spiritual limits." The format presents three main sections of the book: Preparing for the Journey, Roadblocks, Pitfalls, and Detours, and finally "Survive and Thrive."

About the Author
Julie M. Reese is a graduate of Liberty University with a BS in psychology. She is an experienced teacher and has served many years in lay ministry as a teacher of women, children and youth. This book will be useful for Christian women's conferences, Christian radio, or as a reference book for women obtaining a ministry degree.

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title: An Understanding of the Lord's Prayer

author: Tony Chatowsky

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2008 • author id: ChT3499008

word count: 81

Content

A prayer given to the Jewish people about 2,000 years ago continues to be said by millions all over the world. This book offers a pause to study, reflect, and listen to what the Lord's Prayer is saying to us now. The Prayer's historical significance is considered, the four section prayers that form the complete Word are defined, and their relevance in this day and age is demonstrated. A chapter is devoted to living the Prayer. Every word in the Lord's Prayer is choice and pertinent to its meaning. Why say the Lord's Prayer? How does it help us? The text invites and encourages the readers to embrace their own understanding of the Lord's Prayer.

About the Author
The writer, a retired psychiatrist, obtained a BS degree in ecology from the University of Rhode Island, the MD degree from New York Medical College, interned at St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon, and completed a psychiatric residency at the Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, Kansas. He is a member of the Night Heron Poets and past president of the Art Associates of Martin County, Florida.

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title: Sexual Desires:

author: Michael Bronson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.24.2008 • author id: BrM4920308

word count: 220

Content

Many books have explored the dangers involved in any sort of physical intimacy before marriage, but what are benefits to the premarital relationship of these God-given, strong sexual desires? The early stages of a relationship require a tremendous amount of energy in order to develop properly, and the sexual drive provides that additional energy source. God's prohibition of premarital sex isn't about depriving the single man of satisfaction but is designed to benefit his current and future relationship with his spouse. Sexual Desires was written by the author while he was single and abstaining until marriage -- practicing what he's preaching.

About the Author
Michael Bronson regards this manuscript as different from other books dealing with dating and sexual temptation. Because he wrote the book when he was single, he was forced to practice what he's preaching. Since he married at thirty-five, he dealt with issues of singleness and sexuality for a longer time than most people do. Then, because he and his wife came to their marriage as virgins, Bronson's convictions and celebrations of sexuality as God ordains it carry the resolution of authenticity and validity.

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title: Apostolic Authority:

author: Martin Schmaltz

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.23.2008 • author id: ScM3710308

word count: 100

Content

From the formation of Adam, the purpose of mankind is to reveal the image of an invisible God in creation. As Adam was given dominion to rule the earth and speak as the representative of heaven, so is each born-again believer authorized by Jesus Christ to act as his representative. Jesus stated: "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world" (John 17:18). Apostolic Authority presents to us the biblical truths of this sending and will empower us to fulfill the mission established from creation - to reveal God's image on this earth.

About the Author
The writer was born in Niles, Michigan. Upon graduation from Life Chiropractic College, he practiced as a Doctor of Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA, for 12 years prior to entering full-time ministry. He has pastored for over 11 years, first in Missouri and now in southwest Georgia. Dr. Schmaltz is the executive director of Apostolic Missions, a non-profit ministry whose purpose is to impact the concepts of apostolic authority and to establish an apostolic model of church planting and discipleship. Ministry includes Okinawa, Japan, Swaziland, Africa, Manila, Philippines, and Kingdom of Tong in the South Pacific.

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title: Prodigal for a Season

author: Allan F. Scarrott

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 9.23.2008 • author id: ScANonUS08

word count: 100

Content

The book is intended to be a quick read for people who have a previous experience with the church and need to come back to their faith in Jesus Christ. With many illustrations and a retelling of the prodigal son story, the book looks at aspects of walking away from God--and then returning to him.

About the Author
Allan Scarrott lives in Alberta, Canada. This is his first book. Endorsements include Baptist Church Pastor James MacLellan: "I love the flow through the chapters. Part IV chapter 10 is awesome!" CSSM Missionary Pastor Les Johnson: "I find it both biblically and doctrinally sound. A very easy read. It is a must for every teen and parent . . ."

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title: A Little Faith

author: Corey Little

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: LiC3060608

word count: 115

Content

In today's society, it is appealing to find comfortable spirituality as a disconnected believer. Many young adults find themselves with a fragile faith that lacks spiritual maturity and understanding. The writer comments, "After being a devout Christian for 15 years, I was ready to scrap the religion I had blindly accepted. A Little Faith is a chronicle of my journey. It contains a progression from debilitating doubt to solidified ownership of faith. The purpose of the book is to provide challenging new perspectives and encourage personal exploration of key spiritual topics in order to discover a powerful, relevant understanding of one's faith."

About the Author
The writer has started and successfully manages two businesses and feels and feels "this previous business experience would be a vital asset in the promotion of this book. I would be available for speaking engagements, willing to create web content, and write articles."

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title: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

author: Danny Tunnell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: TuD7435408

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A tragic event unfolded in Tennessee when a young, energetic preacher from a prominent and highly respected church family was killed by his wife. The author had met and known members of Matthew Winkler's family, always holding them in the highest regard. Upon hearing about Matthew's death, and his wife's (Mary) testimony at the trial, he was perplexed with others trying to comprehend the unfathomable, and to unravel the mystery of how this could happen; and it began to dawn to him in greater clarity that we had a misplaced emphasis in the church. The author truly loves the Church of Christ; he doesn't quarrel with its doctrines, he has no desire to abandon it, and yet he wants the best for all of its members. He believes that some souls may be in jeopardy, so in a sense this book is also about his own spiritual journey, back to a time when he was fully committed to Christ, when he worshipped only at the feet of Jesus, and nothing, not even something as noble as the church itself had displaced deity.

About the Author
The author has a BS degree from Oklahoma Christian College, extensive course work from Sunset School of Preaching and a MS degree from Pittsburg State University. He has authored over 100 articles appearing in church of Christ publications. This is his first book.

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title: Personal Strategic Planning Workbook for Christians

author: Gregory A. Uhrich

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: UhG1755208

word count: 110

Content

The manuscript provides a practical step-by-step approach to personal strategic planning. It is a user-friendly workbook for Christians who desire to become the person God wants them to be and achieve the things God wants them to do. Today too many Christians are living lives that are aimless and unbalanced, and they will never reach the potential God has for them. This workbook, with its easy-to-understand and biblically-oriented steps, will motivate and guide Christians to discover God's direction and balance in the twelve Full Life Development Areas.

About the Author
A former lawyer, the writer currently holds the position of Pastor of Administration at Faith Bible Fellowship Church in Lancaster, PA. He is a graduate of Hofstra University (BBA), Brooklyn Law School (JD), Columbia International University (MA), and Bethany Theological Seminary (DMin). The writer has a passion for discipleship and mentoring and has helped many Christians to grow spiritually over the last 25 years.

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title: God's Will Workbook:

author: Lee Baron

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: BaL8530808

word count: 44

Content

God's Will Workbook offers readers a method to determine God's top priorities for their life with ease and reliability. It follows a simple and natural Christian-based process that takes only about 6-8 hours to complete. This process has been widely used since 1987 and consistently refined over the course of 2 decades. It includes mainstream methods from all the most reputable sources as well as instinctive and common sense techniques that result in readers being extremely confident in their conclusions.

About the Author
Lee Baron is a layman who has been actively involved in the pursuit of God's will for nearly 25 years. During that time he has developed expertise in traditional ways such as studying the Bible, reading other holy books, consulting with clergymen, participating in church sponsored study groups and reading all the best books on religion and spirituality in the popular press. He has a BS in finance and an MBA.

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title: The Faith-Work Window:

author: Richard Bouch

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.24.2008 • author id: BoR9287008

word count: 182

Content

This work offers a Christian discussion of modern work in modern times. It argues that the working life is a compellingly important dimension of keeping Christianity vital, vigorous and engaged in the world. It explores why Christian concern for healthy personal and family life must confront work's tendency to spill beyond the workplace. It positions the working life as a means to spiritual formation and character development. Maintaining a consistent thread of reference to key Gospel themes of sin, redemption and transformation, it also discusses work-related tensions between varying views of mission, ministry and service.

About the Author
The author holds a PhD (history) from London University, England. He has worked as an educator and professional historian. He has written approximately 150 well-received "Work-Life Lessons" for the online ministry HisChurchAtWork.org, and is content director for the same ministry. Alongside the publisher's network of distributors, this book can b e publicized and sold through faith-and-work ministries' online bookstores and newsletters, for example, His Church At Work (www.HisChurchAtWork.org); the International Coalition of Workplace Ministries (www.icwm.net); and Faith at Work (New Zealand) (www.faithatwork.org.nz).

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title: I'll See You in the Morning

author: Louise D. Flanders

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.23.2008 • author id: FlL3018808

word count: 240

Content

The writer's son, Jonathan, who was born perfectly normal, suffered a stroke at seven years of age and was left permanently mentally disabled. I'll See You in the Morning chronicles the parents' spiritual journey following his stroke, weaving together the support and love of family, church, medical personnel, and community. It paints a picture of God's love and faithfulness during difficult circumstances. It includes humorous episodes and also explores tough spiritual issues such as: Why would God allow a child to suffer? Why hasn't God responded to our prayers? Why does God heal some and not others? The writer states, "There are many people who are hurting and discouraged for whom there may never be a "happy" ending. They need to know that in spite of this there is joy unspeakable and abundant blessings that await them if they will allow God to lead them through the journey."

About the Author
Louise Flanders is the current secretary of the Christian Authors Guild. She attends their writer's conference each year and writes a monthly article for the guild's newsletter. Louise has contributed seven devotionals in Heartfelt Inspirations to be published in 2008. She worked for ten years as a procedures writer and has had articles published in local newspapers and magazines. She and her husband have been active members of a church with 8,000 members for 35 years where she has a writing ministry within the church.

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title: Customer Service and the Imitation of Christ

author: Ronald R. Johnson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.16.2008 • author id: JoR4902408

word count: 150

Content

In America alone there are 2.2 million customer service representatives (CSRs), and that number is expected to increase by 25 percent over the next 10 years. These millions have a peculiar spiritual need. On one hand, customer service work is hard on the soul: CSRs are yelled at by customers, rushed by their supervisors, and second-guessed by quality control managers. On the other hand, no other kind of work offers such unique opportunities to practice the imitation of Christ. Customer Service and the Imitation of Christ details both the dangers and the possibilities inherent in customer service work, and it encourages CSRs to embark on an adventure with God in the workplace.

About the Author
Ronald R. Johnson has extensive experience in customer service call centers, both as a frontline CSR and as a manager. He is a frequent contributor to The Way of St. Francis magazine and is an engaging speaker and storyteller. Having earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from St .Louis University, he has taught at colleges in St. Louis and Cincinnati and currently teaches at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He is an active member of the United Methodist Church.

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title: Taking God Seriously:

author: Terry Wren

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 8.16.2008 • author id: WrT9562008

word count: 53

Content

Taking God Seriously explores the question of obedience to God's word as it is presented through scripture, especially focusing on the example and teaching of Christ. It considers the nature of obedience, why obedience matters, how obedience is demonstrated, the importance of being obedient, and how to persevere in obedience.

About the Author
Terry Wren has a BA in political science, an MA in Pacific Basin Studies, and 41 years experience in not being nearly as obedient as he should be. He has served as adjunct faculty for a business college, served as a quality-assurance presenter in the pharmaceutical industry, and occasionally taught at his church's men's group. Wren leads a small study group. He lives in Northern California with his wife and three daughters.

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title: Triumphant, Abundant Life

author: Bo Mitchell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: MiB3652608

word count: 200

Content

During 2005 and 2006 the writer traveled across America interviewing 25 men all prominent in the Christian world. Their lives, their dedication to Christ, inspired this manuscript. "To sit at their feet and get humble, honest answers to searching questions about Christianity and life itself, deeply moved me. These men, including Mark Hall of Casting Crowns Henry Blackaby, and D. James Kennedy, have reached millions for Christ." The men the author interviewed include an orphan with dirt in the creases of his hands, a druggie, an alcoholic, one with dyslexia and ADD, and a black pastor who lost everything in Katrina except his dependence on and dedication to Christ. Then there's a great writer, teacher and speaker, read by millions, who never considered writing at all until challenged by a friend. Just days before the author wrote this book, Johnny Hunt, a pool room shark before Christ touched him, became president of a large Christian denomination. Surely the reader can say, "If God can do so much with these, ones who have failed as I have, surely he can give me peace, direction and meaning for my life." Out of the pages of this book and the lives of these men, can come answers to some of life's greatest questions.

About the Author
Bo Mitchell served 30 years as a full time, volunteer missionary in the Mission Service Corps, leading seminars across the United States for the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board and the Florida Evangelism Department. As a layman he taught pastors and church leaders continuing witness training, a concept God used mightily to reach people and grow churches. He wrote You Can Take It with You, published by Broadman in 1990, telling a portion of the story of that adventure. In addition, he has 25 years in radio broadcasting, ten as the radio voice of the Florida State University football network. He broadcast a number of football bowl games for networks and was named Sports Broadcaster of the Year in Florida. Millions of books have been sold over the world by those interviewed for this book enhancing the appeal of these interviews.

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title: Small Things Count!

author: Jackie O'Donnell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.25.2008 • author id: OzJ9512308

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Content

Typical Christians wish for a better, more Christ-like world but feel that doing anything about it is beyond their capabilities. Small Things Count! helps them realize how many opportunities come their way each day to improve our world. It explains the "butterfly effect" of actions. Then it presents some principles of Christian social teaching, as well as simple, real-life actions readers can take which demand nothing more than their living out their Christian beliefs. The book includes lists, sample responses, templates, "How To" instructions, and other specific information. It is designed in context and style to allow the reader to understand quickly and say, "Hey! I can do that!" It is intended for personal use and for use by faith and social justice groups and is suitable as a gift for religious and other occasions.

About the Author
Jackie O'Donnell writes, "As a disabled person often wounded by unChristian actions from unthinking but otherwise good people, I turned my writing toward issues of social concern. Organizations have reprinted my church bulletin 'Small Things' articles in newsletters, websites, and flyers. Jack Jezrell, of JustFaith, called it important work. Church bookstores promised to stock it. Faith-formation leaders have said they would use it in their programs. I am an experienced speaker who can do promotions."

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title: Upward Unbound:

author: Thomas Ripaldi

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.21.2008 • author id: RiT2936908

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Content

Upward Unbound is about how to get more out of life amidst everyday living. Readers are challenged to live victoriously, grow spiritually and know God more intimately. What readers will come away with, once having accepted this challenge, is to see the possibility for a complete transformation to take place within themselves, and their walk with God.

About the Author
Thomas Ripaldi, Ph.D., is a licensed Christian counselor and marriage and family therapist. In recognition of his work with victims of the Oklahoma bombing and 911 disasters, he was appointed to the Physicians Advisory Board in Washington DC. He was presented with the "Physician of the Year" award in 2003.

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title: A Word to the Wise:

author: Brandon Cooper

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.21.2008 • author id: CoB6054008

word count: 125

Content

Proverbs is among the most accessible and relevant biblical books for young adults. Its wisdom addresses the major concerns of the teenagers life --from sex to friendship, attitude to laziness - and does so with wit and vivacity. This book is the author's attempt to capture this wisdom, to present it to a largely post literate audience in a concise, biblical, and relevant fashion. A Word to the Wise tackles many of the most pressing issues facing teenagers today by drawing on the treasures of wisdom found in Proverbs and teaching them topically.

About the Author
The author graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois with a degree in English literature. He later received his master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with an emphasis in discipleship and evangelism. He currently resides as a missionary in Bogota, Colombia, where he serves as a high school Bible and English teacher and co-chaplain at a school for American missionaries and Colombian nationals and as the youth pastor at Bogota's only English-speaking evangelical church.

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title: All That Matters:

author: Jacquee Carter Jerome

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.20.2008 • author id: JeJ1894008

word count: 122

Content

The purpose of All That Matters is to lead the discouraged believer into a spiritual walk characterized by the fruit of the spirit. The book is written in two parts. Part I is "The Journey," which details the writer's struggle with chronic pain, other hardships, and depression. "The Journey" reveals the resurrection power that eventually lifted her to a point of victorious living. Part II is "All That Matters" which digs deeper into the foundational scriptural truths and gives practical application to sometimes difficult concepts in regard to human suffering. The aim is to lead believers to genuine joy despite their circumstances. When God's grace is manifest in us, inexplicable joy and peace abound, a phenomenon of which the unbelieving world takes notice. The Church then becomes God's megaphone to a lost world, and Jesus Christ is revealed as truly all that matters.

About the Author
Jacquee Jerome writes, "I have 35 years of walking through the Refiner's fire and as many years spent in the study of God's Word. I lead a discipleship Bible study and direct a support group for Christian women living with chronic pain or illness. I have been blessed with a growing speaking ministry in which I have used my written material."

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title: The Armor of Love

author: A. Elaine Boone

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 7.13.2008 • author id: BoA4954808

word count: 180

Content

The writer uses the personal experiences of learned, conditional behavior and compares them with the love principles of God to show that we often don't realize our true identity in Christ. She writes that the church is weak in teaching and practicing these principles leaving that responsibility to parents who lack ability because they've had poor role models. Thus Christians have a poor sense of the love of God as shown in scripture.

About the Author
A. Elaine Boone has two years of college education but has not earned a degree. She is a Stephen's Ministry Caregiver, a Bible instructor of seventeen years, works in a prison ministry, and is a lifetime member of the Christian Reformed church. This is her first book.

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title: Live Your Dreams Already

author: Jill A. Kravitz

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: KrJ1842108

word count: 140

Content

Many people live their lives just going through the motions--working at jobs they don't really like just to survive. At some point early in life, many people get sidetracked and discouraged by life's circumstances and responsibilities. These prevent them from realizing their dreams. This manuscript encourages the reader that there is still hope. The author provides practical ways to connect to those dreams resulting in accomplishing God's call on their lives. God gave people different gifts, talents, personalities, and skills for positively touching other people's lives in profound, and even simple, ways for his glory. Using simple principles (such as courage, persistence, character, vision) and encouraging examples of very human biblical characters, it urges readers to change the way they think about themselves, their situations, and their dreams so they go for it.

About the Author
Jill Kravitz holds a bachelors degree and has done graduate work in counseling. She serves as a newsletter writer and editor for her church, other volunteer work includes being a youth group leader and the founder and facilitator of "Celebrate Recovery."

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title: An Unfinished Life

author: Kenneth & Kathy Jackson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: JaK3732308

word count: 113

Content

The work uses Ecclesiastes 3 to demonstrate that the one constant throughout all the changing seasons of life is our unchanging God. Personal illustrations are included to bring home the central point that even through the most pain-filled seasons, the journey with God makes life worthwhile. The reader is encouraged to embrace whatever season they find themselves in, and to trust in the sovereignty of God, knowing that he will lead them to a brighter day. The questions Solomon raises in the second section of the chapter are still relevant today.An unfinished life means learning to live with incompleteness. The perfection of our inner selves, our labors, and even our God-centered dreams are never really completed before eternity.

About the Author
The author is a graduate of Central Bible College is Springfield, Missouri and did graduate work at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. He pastored for several years in Southern California.

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title: The Happening

author: Leonard Hoffman

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: HoL7500108

word count: 300

Content

The Happening is intended to be the first in a series of two or three books presented in a chronicle style. In this first book many of the mysteries of God are explored in a clear and easy-to-read style. Through an allegorical setting the characters experience a series of mystical events in which they encounter first-hand the wonder and nature of God unfolding before them throughout time. Some of the subjects addressed are: the triune nature of God, God's infinite goodness, the interaction between God the father and Jesus during his life on Earth, and how God uses each person's experience in life to prepare them to rule in this age as well as the one to come.

About the Author
The writer has received a DMin, and a PhD from Vision International University. He has been in ministry for more than 30 years. He has pioneered several churches and served as a pastor for more than 10 years. He has traveled to many countries as an evangelist and has taught in pastor training seminars. Currently he is serving as an elder and conducts annual pastor training seminars in the Philippine Islands. He holds an ATP pilot's license as well as an aircraft mechanic's license and inspector's license. His aircraft training and experience were often used as his "tent making" through years of pioneering and travel. He now spends as much time as possible between trips on his ranch where he and his wife, Shay, raise cattle and Peruvian horses.

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title: Perfect is Not a Four Letter Word:

author: Robert B. Correll

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: CoR2345608

word count: 126

Content

It is reported that up to 80 percent of Christians (including ministers) are dissatisfied with their walk with Jesus Christ, but this does not need to be. Through scripture and anecdotes the reader is led to a place of being open to the possibility of seeing the fulfillment of God's promises in their lives. Heaven is a kingdom on Earth where we trust Christ completely for redemption just as we instruct the inquirer to place their complete trust in him for salvation.

About the Author
The author is a worship leader, a cell group leader with Grace Walk Ministries, and the host of the weekly radio program "Helps for the Heart."

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title: Into the Fire

author: John B. Owen

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: OwJ2103708

word count: 100

Content

The writer was Chaplain for the 2007 Naval Academy football team, which enjoyed one of its most successful and historic seasons in its 128 year history. Prior to each pre-game meal, the chaplain offered a brief inspirational message to the team and coaching staff. This manuscript is a collection of those reflections, each of which springs from the author's Christian faith, and is based upon a biblical passage or theme, but is also deliberately crafted to be relevant and meaningful to readers regardless of their faith backgrounds, on and off the field. Additionally, a narrative thread recounts the unfolding of the 2007 football season, offering a "behind the scenes" glimpse of the team and some of the more inspirational stories and players. Interweaving themes of service to God, service to others, and developing young athletes into men and women of character and integrity, this book will appeal to a wide cross-section of athletes and non-athletes alike.

About the Author
Chaplain John Owen has over 24 years of commissioned military service, first as a helicopter pilot in the US Coast Guard and then as a Navy Chaplain. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has served as a chaplain with a Marine Air Group, an amphibious transport ship, a Navy Medical Center, and as Command Chaplain aboard the Naval Hospital Ship USNS MERCY for its historic tsunami relief mission in 2005. He is currently assigned to the United States Naval Academy, where he regularly preaches for congregations of up to 2500. He has written for the Naval Institute Proceedings magazine, Armed Force Journal, and has been heard on National Public Radio's, "Morning Edition." In addition to tapping into the extraordinarily active alumni network of the Naval Academy (currently over 52,000 strong) the author is seeking the endorsement of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and will also seek the endorsements of several high-profile Naval Academy graduates (ie. Roger Staubach, Class of 64, Heisman Trophy winner.)

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title: Living Obediently in a Disobedient World

author: Rock D. Moore

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: MoR9267908

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Content

The book's premise is that there are many believers who are not successful in putting their spiritual beliefs into a realistic and practical lifestyle. This book highlights errors that have been embraced, which form barriers between us and our relationship with God. These barriers can be religious, self-subscribed traditions, or myths in which we have placed our trust. Each chapter examines and takes apart these misconceptions and reconstructs them into the truthfulness that God desires us to possess.

About the Author
Dr. Rock Moore is a pastor and college professor of fifteen years. He holds a ThB, BABS, an MS and an EdD in Human Services. He plans to promote this book at speaking engagements in churches and retreats, and in his college classes.

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title: The Little Book of Golden Retriever Theology

author: Rhonda McRae

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: McR3915708

word count: 54

Content

If it's easy to believe God loves the whole world but may be difficult to believe God truly loves you, this book offers a fresh way of seeing God's love: through the eyes of a dog lover and a golden retriever named Sadie. Through this four-legged theologian, the writer's understanding of God's love has been reawakened. "In the book, I reflect on lessons I learned over the course of a year as I considered my relationship with God in light of my relationship with Sadie. The overarching theme is that God's heart is overflowing with love for me; I don't get on his nerves; and it actually gives him pleasure to give me pleasure. In the context of the master's loving heart, it also deals with issues such as the role of God's law and the consequences of sin. I believe many Christians - especially dog lovers - will relate to my experiences with Sadie. Hopefully they will also embrace in a new way -- or maybe for the first time -- that God truly delights in them."

About the Author
Rhonda McRae has served for ten years as the in-house creative writer and editor for one of Mississippi's largest healthcare organizations, working on award-winning publications. The U.S. Humane Society states 39 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog.

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title: The Collected Letters of Brother Ebenezer

author: Susanne T. Ratliff

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: RaS3522308

word count: 120

Content

These are the collected letters of Brother Ebenezer. He was of the Benedictine order and lived to be 77 years old. He now lives forever. This is a collection of 80 plus letters written by him to a variety of correspondents addressing issues ranging from how to deal with difficult people to distractibility in service.

About the Author
The author has a BA in English with a concentration in writing, a minor in history, and a doctorate in law. This special collection is her first such project.

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title: The Road

author: Linda S. Hayes

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: HaL3654908

word count: 217

Content

The Road depicts the journey of 25 travelers on the road of forgiveness. Using allegory and a symbolic drawing, each traveler presents his or her true story of forgiveness and transformation. At the end of the journey is intimate fellowship with the king of kings.

About the Author
Linda Hayes was a writer for the "Brownsville Report," Brownsville Assembly of God, Pensacola, Florida (2001-2002).

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title: I Know Jesus, I Recognize Paul, but Who Are You?

author: Betty Alexander

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: AlB9723208

word count: 250

Content

Why were God's chosen identified as mighty people? Only a few possessed such an identity a remnant lived out the elusive power that the majority missed. What are the things that keep saints from being recognized in this way? The kingdom of God is not seen, nor do we comprehend it so as to put into practice the mindset of God. The largest part of the Christian world is beat up and in despair waiting for 'pie in the sky.' This book offers some clear-cut definitions and boundaries that draw them closer to the truth of God with the aim of encouragement.

About the Author
The author has studied Hebrew and Greek at Bible colleges. She works with Revival Wells for Jesus in Portland as a team-leader of intercession, music and banners.

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title: The Prayer-Driven Life

author: Stephanie Blake

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: BlS7603308

word count: 233

Content

Although many people would admit that there is value in prayer, few would say that prayer is the driving force in their lives. The Prayer-Driven Life examines some essential questions about prayer. What is prayer? Why should we pray? What difference does prayer make in my life? Using the prayers of the apostle Paul as a backdrop, the reader discovers that he/she can know God better through prayer. Just as Paul's life made a difference in the world because he was driven by prayer, so can yours. In the first part of the book, several general categories are noted in Paul's prayer life followed by ten important milestone markers. The rest of the book examines Paul's prayers in context, posing questions for reflection at the end of each chapter. Although designed for personal study, this book could also be used for group study.

About the Author
For over thirty years, Stephanie Blake has written material for use in her calling as Bible teacher and conference leader. In doing research for a seminar in Dubai, she discovered that no book had been written on the prayers of Paul since A. W. Pink's scholarly work in early 1900s. She brings the prayers of Paul into the 21st century with an easy reading style that leads the reader into personal reflection of his/her own prayer life.

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title: Despise Not Prophesyings!

author: Anna L. Moffatt

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: MoA9880208

word count: 143

Content

This manuscript addresses the function of the prophetic word for the believer today. It examines what the true prophetic word is, and what it isn't. Moses articulated the Lord's desire many centuries ago when he spoke "Would that all of God's people were prophets." Why did he say that? What importance to the kingdom of God is the prophetic word? Though God has given us a sure foundation for his word, Satan has counterfeited it as well. So much confusion reigns in the church today concerning the prophetic. This book is written as both a warning and an encouragement to bring us back to the scriptures as our blueprint.

About the Author
The author attended Bethesda Christian College, Monitor, WA. She wrote briefly for Virtue Magazine. She has spoken to women's groups and retreats.

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title: When Men Seek Wisdom From God:

author: Thomas H. Walker

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: WaT4787208

word count: 188

Content

God's extraordinary way of revealing His truth is through ordinary people like you and me! Gaining wisdom should always be the goal of every person. It has been said that it is not what you know that counts, but what you understand. Knowledge is important, but it falls short in being able to reach the levels of understanding where answers to hard questions are found. Even though the canon of scripture is complete, man's understanding is just the tip of the iceberg in comparison to the truth that is lying underneath the verses. The Bible is an introduction to the mind of God. God's truth is inexhaustible, and to reach those greater depths of understanding one can only access with God's help. This help is available to all whom seek wisdom through the Heavenly Father. The manuscript offers answers to questions about biblical topics such as: Jesus' meaning of "greater miracles", the will: why we still sin!, the reasons for spiritual blindness, and an explanation of "Eat My flesh and drink My blood," and more.

About the Author
Thomas Walker holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Most of his adult life he has been an entrepreneur, developing from the ground floor up and running as many as four businesses. His present position, corporate vice president, is with a church design and build company. He writes, "What qualifies me to write this book, based on God's standards, is my relationship with my heavenly Father, and His promise to give wisdom to anyone who will ask. I spent 10 years studying with a theological scholar and many pastors, spent 5 years in a home Bible study, 12 years as a lay preacher, and 8 years in a music ministry. I have been walking with the Lord for a total of twenty-five years. For most of those years I have asked for God to reveal his truth and make known his ways."

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title: Lacing Your Life with Meaning

author: Diane Theiler

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 6.22.2008 • author id: ThD4004708

word count: 103

Content

The manuscript explores what it would be like to find meaning in everything we do instead of waiting for it to find us! What a wonderful gift from God to be able to look at your life and see purpose and be able to work toward that everyday!

About the Author
Diane has been searching for meaning and purpose ever since her conversion as a child. Now at age 47 she has decided to share what she has learned with others. Diane has a degree in business management from Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY.

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title: The Prayer Directed Life:

author: Mark McLeroy

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: McM4001008

word count: 127

Content

The manuscript looks at prayer from God's point of view and emphasizes listening over talking. As Christians, our relationship with God entitles us to come to him in prayer with the expectation that he will provide guidance for our lives, provide for our needs, and respond to our petitions. The book looks at how we can develop an effective prayer relationship with the Lord, what the Bible says about prayer, and how to create an environment that promotes an effective prayer life.

About the Author
Mark E. McLeroy works in corporate aviation as a chief pilot. He is a husband, father, and grandfather who lives in Bucker, Kentucky, and is a member of Southeast Christian Church. This is his first book.

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title: Empowered for the Harvest:

author: Norman & Debbie Przkbylski

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: PrN2346408

word count: 260

Content

The manuscript is designed to "empower the church worldwide for the work of ministry in the end times." Using 30 topics, such as personal destiny, the will of God, the disciplined life, relationships, sexual purity, spiritual strongholds, worship, unity and faith, the writer builds a life application assignment and prayer that is ideal for both individuals and groups. The format includes motivational stories, quotations and biblical examples to enhance these short, practical and easy-to-comprehend teachings. The authors have been long-term missionaries and share many experiences they faced on the mission field.

About the Author
Norman and Debbie Przkbylski have ministered globally for 30 years in over 60 nations and served as missionaries for twelve years with Operation Mobilization. Norman is the founder and director of the Elijah Company, Inc., and Debbie is the founder and director of Intercessors Arise International. Their gifts include writing, intercession, speaking, counseling, encouragement, and developing and directing international training programs. Norm and Debbie send out weekly prayer training, bi-monthly missions training, and have several thousand contacts worldwide. They are involved in speaking, training, prayer mobilization and mentoring internationally. Debbie has written extensively on prayer and recently published a book through NavPress called Intercessors Arise: Personal Prayer that Changes the World. Their passion is to enhance the global spread of the gospel by equipping the church through prayer, mentoring, training, encouragement, and writing. They will promote this book through the Elijah Company and Intercessors Arise International websites, their weekly and bi-monthly training articles, as well as through speaking engagements and training seminars worldwide. George Verwer, the founder and former director of Operation Mobilization, will be writing the foreword to this book.

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title: New Dreams:

author: Patricia B. Sawyer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: SaP4632108

word count: 130

Content

It's wonderful to get a second chance at life. The do-overs, made so popular on our television screens of late, come nowhere close to the do over that God offers through Psalm 37:4: "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart." This scripture's power to transform is often overlooked by the average Christian and forms the focus of the manuscript.

About the Author
The writer is a licensed marriage and family counselor. She has been published in The Upper Room and have had articles accepted by two Christian magazines.

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title: Spiritually Speaking:

author: Darrell E. Ovenshire

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: OvD4822808

word count: 323

Content

Using the five facts regarding speaking in tongues which are found in the fourteenth chapter of First Corinthians, the writer seeks to help Christians better perceive how the Holy Spirit intends this supernatural gift, or sign gift, to be used today. It may also be referred to as a spiritual weapon, spiritual armor for spiritual warfare, glossolalia or the evidence of "the baptism in the Holy Spirit". The author suggests how the Holy Spirit may use those willing individuals, who so desire, to better serve their Lord and Savior through the use of this gift. He also shows how speaking in tongues may assist the spiritual growth of a Christian. Jesus becomes the example enabling the reader to more clearly see how the Holy Spirit worked in a Human as He accomplished the work and will of the Father.

About the Author
Since 1981 the author has been an associate pastor, serving primarily in the area of drama. Currently, he is the pastor of drama in an inner-city Pentecostal church in southwest Detroit. There he teaches, directs and works with inner-city adults and youth, who minister to their congregational peers through drama.

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title: Quiet, Please! I'm Thinking!

author: James Lee Beall

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: BeJ4831308

word count: 250

Content

Quiet, Please! I'm Thinking! contains thirty brief, readable essays, each with a one-word title. The essays look at terms used in churches but often not explained, and they offer simple meaning especially helpful for new Christians or seekers. Topics include gratitude, virtue, adversity, character, and love.

About the Author
James Lee Beall has served as the pastor of one church for more than sixty years and has fifty years of experience as a radio broadcaster. He has authored more than ten published books, as well as many booklets on a variety of subjects. He is a well-known conference speaker and story-teller.

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title: The Guest

author: Kenneth Armstrong

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: ArK7473508

word count: 175

Content

This tells about a learned man who at a late time of life entered one of the worst prisons in the federal system. Immediately, he heard others being referred to as convicts, detainees, inmates, jailbirds, cons, and yardbirds, but he refused those descriptions and called himself a "guest" of the government. In his spare time he began to learn to write in a popular style, quite unlike the dissertations, theses, and books that he had written before. At one point shortly before his release, he decided to create a book that would combine three different forms of writing - including, a memoir of his prison experiences, poetry that developed out of prisoner interchange, and short pieces of fiction that mirrored prison life. He learned how to develop positive friendships with convicted murderers, bank robbers, rapists, kidnappers, con men, and common thieves. Although two of his closest friends hung themselves in despair, through those experiences he learned how to make poetry and reason out the senseless loss of life. The lock-downs, riots, shakedowns, and racial tensions provided a canvas for developing stories and poems that his friends read, passed from hand to hand, and then sent home to their loved ones. The Guest is a reports intense prison life showing how one man used his experience to reinterpret his life, his character, and his future contribution to others.

About the Author
Kenneth Shelby Armstrong is a former college president and holds four graduate degrees, including two doctorates in philosophy, sociology of religion, and higher education. He has traveled to more than 60 countries and has lived in Japan, Canada, and the Republic of South Africa. He has been the principal speaker on two TV series and he writes a weekly column in a regional newspaper. He lectures at local writer groups.

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title: Playing Games with God

author: Robert M. Smith

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: SmRNonUS08

word count: 250

Content

An old saying goes like this: "We tend to worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship." This striking malaise that we see in the secular culture around us is, at the same time, an indictment against the church in our day. Though being "saved" out of the futility of life in this present unregenerate society, Christians can often be found dragging some of the vestiges of our old manner of life into the church. It is precisely here that we run into problems. It is here that games - some very serious indeed - begin to take shape; some unwittingly and others quite deliberate. It is time to expose them and time to eradicate them.

About the Author
The manuscript addresses thirteen different "games" present in the church, including the intellectual game (prizing intellectual knowledge above faith), the positional game (politics in the church), and the ecstasy game (putting positive emotions above all else).

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title: The Wind

author: Douglas Cooper.

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.25.2008 • author id: CoD9450808

word count: 177

Content

The Holy Spirit is the most neglected and misunderstood doctrine in Christendom, yet after the cross it is the most vital and essential. The purpose of this book is to indisputably demonstrate that the filling or baptism of the spirit is not merely a teaching to believe in, but an enlightening, empowering encounter to be experienced each day. It is the throbbing heart of a vital, dynamic Christianity. The writer declares "To live 'in the Spirit' is everything" and offers to show readers how to do it.

About the Author
Currently Dr. Cooper is president and owner of The Alpha Corporation, a wholesale distributing firm, and a part-time family counselor. His writing career includes publication in many different magazines ranging from Good Housekeeping to Plane & Pilot to Yachting to Ministry, Insight, Signs of the Times, Life and Health. He has had eight books published: Way Up North, Living God's Love (over 100,000 copies sold), Living God's Joy, Living in our Finest Hour, Living We Have Just Begun, Living the Spirit-filled Life, Stranger to the World and Living in the Light. He presents seminars on his two favorite topics, living God's love and living in the spirit-filled life. Doug is a graduate of Walla Walla University (BA Theology), Andrews University (Masters in Theology) and the California Graduate School of Family Psychology (PhD in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.

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title: A Church Engaged

author: Dean Schoen

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 5.21.2008 • author id: ScD4983708

word count: 100

Content

This book focuses on the role of fellowship in the local church. The writer states, "When we learned that my wife had cancer, we chose a church because it offered what we were looking for, a comfortable spiritual environment so we could rededicate ourselves to Christ. But we found much more than that. Our original intent did not include the necessity of fellowship. But there it was being extended to us. Would we be disappointed? Would they be disappointed in us? We gave ourselves over to this new fellowship, leaning on it to celebrate our victories, and ease our disappointments. We found fellowship, pastoral support, prayer, love, and encouragement. This church stood by us. My wife and I found we did not have to go through this alone."

About the Author
The writer is a retired Junior College English Instructor. This is his second book.

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title: True Significance:

author: David G. Hoffman

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.23.2008 • author id: HoD3306408

word count: 200

Content

Significance has much to do with self-esteem and there have been libraries filled with how to regain, promote or manufacture self-esteem in children, teens and adults. The basic premise of this book is that our significance as individuals does not come from a how-to-manual or some sort of inner quest, nor is it possible within the widely held belief that "man is the measure of all things" as first stated by the Greek philosopher Protagoras. This secular philosophy actually undermines any true search for meaningful significance. For man to know that he is significant he must understand his proper relationship to God. God is our creator. We are created in his image and not the other way around. He has done great things for us, not the least of which is seeking a relationship with us through his son. Our significance comes from a proper understanding of who God is theologically, what he has done historically and what he requires of us practically.

About the Author
The writer is an ordained pastor with the Presbyterian Church in America having secured a masters of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He has served as a pastor in Arkansas and has taught classes in history, Bible, Greek and Science at the middle and high school grade levels for four years at Coral Springs Christian Academy in Florida. He has been actively involved in his local church teaching adult and children's Sunday school classes, small groups and evangelism training. Currently he is employed in the family business which provides educational trips to such places as Washington DC, St. Augustine and Boston. He is married to his wife, Karin, for 23 years and has a 15-year old son, Josiah.

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title: Becoming a River of Life:

author: Brian Kruis

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.20.2008 • author id: KrB8732208

word count: 250

Content

Becoming a River of Life is designed to help train believers to become effective disciple-makers. The book uses a biblical model of disciple-making along with practical tools and lessons to help equip every believer to carry out the Great Commission. This book is user-friendly with simple lessons, discussion questions, and complete with scriptures which focus on the basics of Christian life and growth.

About the Author
Brian Kruis grew up as the son of missionaries on the Navajo reservation. He served 20 years in Christian mission work where he developed practical materials for disciple-making. He has led seminars on disciple-making at churches and school and national conferences. His master's degree in educational leadership, and work with various cultures give him a wealth of experience for developing these materials. Brian has a long affiliation with Christian Schools International and the Christian Reformed Church.

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title: Ascending the Heights in Prayer

author: Debbie Przybylski

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 4.20.2008 • author id: PrD2346408

word count: 259

Content

Ascending the Heights in Prayer is designed to release the potential of prayer and intercession. It looks at prayer from many angles with the added dimension of motivation, instruction, and inspiration. The author gives personal illustrations, quotes, biblical examples, and various stories to enhance these practical and easy to comprehend teachings on prayer. It contains 33 motivational teachings on prayer with a personal or group application and prayer at the end of each chapter, designed for strengthening the individual prayer life as well as developing group praying. Relating to everyday life experiences, this book on prayer seeks to be helpful for new as well as mature Christians and crosses all denominational, age, and cultural barriers.

About the Author
Debbie is the author of several books on prayer and gives weekly prayer training to intercessors worldwide. She speaks, motivates, and challenges others in prayer and establishes one-month 24/7 Houses of Prayer. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute and Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions. Debbie is the founder and director of Intercessors Arise International. She recently published a book through NavPress, has ministered in over 60 nations as a missionary, and will promote her book through the Intercessors Arise International and Elijah Company websites, her weekly prayer training e-mails, as well as through speaking engagements and training seminars worldwide. She is in Spain until May 27 (phone: 34-634786088) and is accessible by email.

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title: Your Desire Shall be for Your Husband

author: Deb Messer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: MeD2940608

word count: 200

Content

The work provides scriptural insight for wives seeking to become more like Christ in their relationships with their husbands. This book and study guide work together to bring scriptural truth to light through testimonies and examples. Scriptural principles are the guiding force in this book and readers are led to ponder, pray, and practice what they learn about sin, forgiveness, emotions, purity, and other topics related to their marriages. The testimonies of God's work are firsthand, real, and straight from the heart. Readers will relate to many of the struggles, triumphs, and the daily grind of working toward becoming more of what God wants a wife to become.

About the Author
The author is a wife, mother, and grandmother and has directed women's ministries and taught women's Bible studies, led a church intercessory prayer ministry, and sang with praise teams in churches throughout the US.

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title: Mr. Murphy Meets Discipleship: Why being and building

author: Will Sanborn

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: SaW6860108

word count: 140

Content

The manuscript takes a light-hearted but practical approach to what goes wrong and why in the Christian life and in church. There are so many programs and so many promises available to Christians today when it comes to being a disciple and making disciples, but the reality seldom lives up to those promises. The writer seeks to encourage Christians who are trying to do well but who are frustrated with the results of their efforts.

About the Author
Will Sanborn has been a pastor for twenty-eight years. Prior to that he was on the campus staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for nine years. Those two ministries have given him a wealth of experience that relates to this topic. As a pastor and a former Campus Crusade staff member he has numerous contacts and opportunities in terms of selling a book.

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title: Create In Me: Finding Your Art Spirit

author: William Squires

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: SqW3524408

word count: 100

Content

This book leads the reader on a search through scripture and the visual arts to discover a spirit of love and service that elevates and enhances a fallen sinful world. My thesis is that hidden in Scripture and in the exemplary creations of artists are revelatory clues for finding your personal art spirit. Art spirit is defined by qualities commonly known as fruit of the spirit. These gifts of God to the artist is each of us are positive joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and love (Galatians 5:22-23).These virtues are the salt of the Holy Spirit living through us when we search, dare, invent and express ourselves in work and play.

About the Author
William Tolliver Squires Jr. Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the son of a church musician and minister Graduate of Carson-Newman College (BA), Vanderbilt U. (MA), and Florida State U. (PhD) Veteran professor of the visual arts at 6 colleges and universities Outstanding teacher award, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Georgia Sculptor whose art has appeared in more than 40 exhibitions Published writer and critic of art Author of 4 books, 1 historical monograph, and more than 20 articles Art gallery director and museum curator Successful research grant writer International traveler and educator Guest speaker and lecturer

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title: Create In Me: Finding Your Art Spirit

author: William Squires

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.24.2008 • author id: SqW3524408

word count: 100

Content

This book leads the reader on a search through scripture and the visual arts to discover a spirit of love and service that elevates and enhances a fallen sinful world. The writer's thesis is that hidden in Scripture and in the exemplary creations of artists are revelatory clues for finding your personal art spirit. Art spirit is defined by qualities commonly known as fruit of the spirit. These gifts of God to the artist in each of us are positive joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and love (Galatians 5:22-23).These virtues are the salt of the Holy Spirit living through us when we search, dare, invent and express ourselves in work and play.

About the Author
The writer is a graduate of Carson-Newman College (BA), Vanderbilt U. (MA), and Florida State U. (PhD) and author of four books, an historical monograph, and more than 20 articles. He was awarded Outstanding Teacher atFranklin College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Georgia. He has taught art in colleges and universities for more than thirty years. The writer is also a sculptor whose work in metal, stone, and wood is widely exhibited, commissioned, and collected.

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title: Coming Alive:

author: Martha Jane Petersen

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.21.2008 • author id: PeM2871108

word count: 180

Content

Coming Alive: A Journey into Art is a personal narrative that seeks to inspire readers to claim their longings for creativity and art-making. "As I share how I, a minister, became a quilt artist over the last fifteen years, readers can look over my shoulder and find themselves in my hesitations, challenges and resolutions in finding God's will to make art. A colored photo of my work reflects the theme of each chapter and the creative process that produced each art quilt." Coming Alive seeks to welcome readers of different faith backgrounds into its narrative. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter help readers consider questions about the role of art in a life of faith.

About the Author
Martha Jane Petersen is a Presbyterian (USA) minister, artist, writer and spiritual guide. For over thirty years she has written articles, devotionals and study guides for her denomination. Nearing retirement, Martha Jane began making art quilts which have been exhibited widely. She leads retreats and workshops regionally and nationally, connecting the spiritual life, creativity, and art making. Through these events and through her affiliations with quilt, fiber and art associations, a forthcoming website and her proximity to many church conference centers in the Asheville, NC area, she will market her book.

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title: Miracles from the Dust: God's Power to Heal Revealed

author: Beresford, R. Mellor, John

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.21.2008 • author id: MeBNonUS08

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Content

The writer states, "For the last eight years I have travelled almost continually, and in every country God has done incredible miracles. I have witnessed deaf ears hearing and blind eyes seeing. Other diseases, like multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia, which medicine has no answers for, have also been healed completely and wheelchairs cast aside as their occupants ran around the room! Many newspapers have published accounts of phenomenal healings and stories have also been broadcast on television. However, my life hasn't always been like this. I was an alcoholic and troubled teenager before I became a Christian at the age of twenty. Although I eventually became a pastor, I was cynical about the reality of God's healing power, and even when I saw a crippled man walk for the first time, I struggled to believe. But God took me on an amazing journey and, despite great personal tragedy, a river of healing began that continues to this day. From the red dust of the outback, and the dust of my broken life, God truly has brought amazing miracles."

About the Author
John Mellor was an Australian outback preacher until he became an itinerant evangelist. His inspiring passion for God has carried him through times of terrible tragedy and taken him from the red dust of remote Australia to the nations of the world. John's honesty regarding the challenges of his life has helped many Christians move from mere religion to true relationship. The manuscript was written with Rowena Beresford.

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title: SONshine in Your Child

author: Jim & Kathy Heiniger

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 3.20.2008 • author id: HeJ3271308

word count: 80

Content

The intent of this book is to help parents train their young child to embrace the truth that Jesus Christ will live His life through them and encourage the child's spiritual growth over time. The writers start with the message that parents are role models for children's behavior and the critical element is faith in identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20). Provided are educational fun family games with skits, exercises, Parent Tips and manners. The goal is to assist parents in guiding children to a deeper spiritual life that is age appropriate.

About the Author
Jim and Kathy Heiniger have used the material in this book to train three daughters who use the principles to train their children. Classes on these principles have been taught to hundreds of children. This is their first book.

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title: I Can Dance in My Underwear:

author: Rodney Nielsen

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.20.2008 • author id: NiR4635008

word count: 89

Content

This is a study of genuine personal worship, the result of a series of sermons preached to Agape Christian Church of La Porte, Indiana and is intended to help the reader take his eyes off of himself or those around him and focus truly on Jesus Christ. Instead of gathering to secure a good feeling or to do the things we like, worship is a time to allow the elements of worship to help us connect with our Lord.

About the Author
Nielsen received a Doctor of Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary. He has served as preaching minister at Agape Christian Church since 1981 and has led the church through several transitions of worship to become a church where connecting with Christ is of first importance.

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title: Navigating the Maze:

author: Wanda Puder

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.20.2008 • author id: PuW9505108

word count: 152

Content

The writer summarizes, "Some people know their adult lives aren't working. The victorious Christian life? I don't think so! Have they ever asked the Lord to show them the root of the problem? Have they considered that their anger, judgmentalism, legalism, or addictions may be rooted in childhood pain? If they do recognize their past abuse, do they know the steps to become free?" In the 55 meditations, the author addresses real issues including rage, fantasy, and shame. She takes the reader on her journey to know and draw near to the heavenly Father after being abused by her own father.

About the Author
This is the author's first book. Wanda holds a high school teaching credential in Biological Sciences and is a realtor. She has led worship in home groups and women's retreats, sharing her music at healing conferences. She has taught music to children both in churches, schools, and privately. Wanda is currently recording a collection of her own songs about the Lord's healing in her life. She enjoys gardening and makes photo notecards from her own nature photographs.

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title: The Gift of Barzillai:

author: K. Joshua Christiansen

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.20.2008 • author id: ChK0307108

word count: 75

Content

This is the first in a series of short books, about 8,000 - 10,000 words each, that look at how God worked through seemingly insignificant people in the Bible in significant ways. The Gift of Barzillai is about how and why Barzillai's gift of "walking with David" became so important to David in the days of his greatest trial that he singled Barzillai's son out for special blessing as he lay dying. Barzillai gave supplies to David when he fled Jerusalem; but more importantly, Barzillai spiritually walked with David as he attempted to deal with seemingly everything falling apart in his life (2 Samuel 15-19). Barzillai's son, Kimham, then used the land received as a blessing from David to build an inn which most likely would become the birthplace of Jesus. All of this exemplifies how important it is that we walk with others while walking with God.

About the Author
Dr. K. Joshua Christiansen, a disciplined student of the Bible, has worked with the larger church as a consultant and has led congregations in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, Florida, and New Hampshire. He is currently a pastor of a new church called New Wineskin. The writer has a BA from North Central College, a MDiv from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. He published an article about church growth in a journal called Henceforth.

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title: You Won't Cry Forever: Visions of Hope

author: Van Vradenburg

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 2.20.2008 • author id: VrV9500408

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Content

Each year, 15,000 children die in the United States. This book is CPR for their bewildered parents. The author, who lost his 13-year old son, gently introduces much-needed hope into a parents seemingly hopeless equation by relating how God has been a constant comforter to him. In the process God's own parental heart is revealed, as is His own qualification to be an advocate (God Himself lost His own son), and there is important emphasis on the certainty that life does not end with a funeral. Our culture's definition of life is re-examined and a Biblical perspective and the promises of the Lord Jesus are introduced. The author shares his own heartbreak. He shares how a present God comforts and sustains him on a daily basis, failing not once. The narrative is filled with hope for a sorrowed parent and offers vital perspective such a parent is desperate to hear.

About the Author
Van Vradenburg, a graduate of Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon, was for many years a popular Christian educator, teacher and administrator in Christian schools on the central coast of California. Several times included in Who's Who Among American Teachers, it all changed for him when he lost his 13-year-old son, David. Van has chronicled God's concern and involvement with him through this saddest of canyons. A parent who has lost a child can't just sit there and cry; that parent's heart is searching, is asking big questions. This book answers those questions and gives the truths and tools that these parents need.

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title: Ten Life Choices:

author: Robert Perdue

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.24.2008 • author id: PeR2013608

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Content

Most people spend their lives planning to live, looking for life, trying to make life work or struggling with life. This is tragic because life is the point. It was God's first gift to us and it is what Jesus came to bring! 10 Life Choices reveals why we are missing life and gives the reader 10 practical decisions that everyone can make to recover the life they were always meant to live!

About the Author
The 10 Life Choices message grew out of the writer's own struggles with life including childhood sexual abuse, depression, suicide attempt, time in a psychiatric facility and a sexual addiction. Pastoring for 30 years, he has a BA and MA in Bible.

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title: The Eye of God is Large

author: Erna Loewen-Rudgers

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.24.2008 • author id: LoENonUS08

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Maria is a teacher in a small town in Canada. She applies for a teaching position in rural Kenya posted on the Internet. She applies, is interviewed by the president of Christ is the King Mission (CKM) and offered the position. At the airport near Nairobi in Africa, she is met by the directors of CKM in Kenya and taken to the small isolated community of Olituktuk, where she will live and work with the Maasai. Maria lives in a mud hut, teaches English to local children and rapidly becomes enmeshed in the Maasai culture. Her difficult relationship with CKM directors and disgruntled long-term missionaries tests her faith and forces her to rely on the Maasai community for support. Lane Williams, an experienced and well-liked, British community development worker in the area helps her process the differences between the Maasai culture and her own and becomes her friend. This novel reveals the complexities of living and working in a new culture. It exposes the incredible gap between the rich western world, the missionaries, and the Africans with whom they work. As well it explores the Maasai traditions and spirituality which have a profound influence on Maria's life.

About the Author
After ten years at the University of Manitoba, the author's husband was eligible for a sabbatical and moved to Tanzania in Africa. After the sabbatical had ended they extended their contract. For the next ten years the author edited and wrote for a Canadian newsletter in Tanzania which was circulated to 200 people every month. Later the author moved to Kenya where she and her husband were co-country representatives for Mennonite Central Committee in Nairobi. They became friends with nearby Maasai and experienced their culture and learned about their spirituality. During their ten years in Kenya the author wrote many reports and short stories for Mennonite publications and kept a journal of exciting experiences and noteworthy thoughts.

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title: Constructing a Loom Where Faith Can Grow:

author: Melissa Bacon

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.23.2008 • author id: BaM7220708

word count: 210

Content

Subtitled: Gently using the liturgical year and daily planning to support your family in faith This notebook, with its questionnaires, study guides, facts and daily calendars, revives the richness of the liturgical calendar offering practical suggestions for its use in the daily worship of Jesus Christ and growing daily in the Light of Christ. Romans 13:12-14 tells us to "put on the armor of Light . . . put on Jesus." Likewise, Ephesians tells us that we are children of the Light and reminds us to live like it. But today's fast-paced rhythm makes it difficult for families to set aside time to come together everyday to celebrate their faith. As a result parents are not sharing their faith traditions, and children are learning that faith can only grow at Church. This notebook's aim is to assist families in designing home worship and lasting Christian family traditions.

About the Author
During the years of July, 1997 through July, 1999, the writer was the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries for St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Little Rock, AR. While there, she worked closely with families and began training as a Catechist of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd formation program, now qualified to lead classes for children 3-12 years of age. She has led Sunday morning formation for over 15 years.

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title: Morning Wings:

author: Jim Teeters

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.23.2008 • author id: TeJ9806408

word count: 140

Content

The work is a reflective journal written for those seeking personal and spiritual wisdom. The writer takes the words of wisdom found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and brings them to life with poems, personal stories, and exercises, to awaken the heart and to engage the mind. The book consists of 31 short chapters with black and white photos. It can be read by individuals or groups interested in self-improvement. The appendix offers a small group leaders guide on how to start and lead a study.

About the Author
Jim Teeters has over 40 years experience as social worker, Quaker minister, teacher, and writer. He is the author of Teach with Style (Redleaf Press, 2001) and is a published poet. Jim is married with 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren and lives in the Seattle area.

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title: Covenant Promises:

author: Richard W. Murphy

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 1.23.2008 • author id: MuR3420108

word count: 210

Content

Covenant Promises is the story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as told by God in the book of Genesis through his prophet Moses. God chose these men to be his friends, and he offers us the same friendship that he gave to them. By studying the lives of these men, we get to see what it is like to be a friend of God. The life that God gave these men is the same life he promises us. They received the promises of the covenant God gave to them just as we can receive the promises of the covenant that God's son Jesus Christ offers us. The viewpoint challenges some of the decisions made by these men, exploring what we might do differently today by following New Testament teachings. This book is meant to lead the reader to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through an understanding of God's covenant promises.

About the Author
Richard Murphy is a retired senior manager of a major corporation. He has been teaching the Bible and speaking at adult outreach programs since 1997. His first book Searching for God . . . and Finding Him! was published by VMI Publishers, Sisters, Oregon, May 2007. His second manuscript, The Kings of Deuteronomy 28, was approved by The Writer's Edge Service in June 2007 but has not yet been published.

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title: Why Cant I Get It Right? A New Look at Christian Freedom

author: Roger Seymour

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 12.31.2012 • author id: ReT9176212

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Content

In his dual role as therapist and minister, Roger Seymour sees it all. He counsels the Christian worker fighting a secret shopping compulsion, the pastor addicted to pornography, the business professional plagued by self-sabotage. Their common plight is expressed in the anguished cry: Why can’t I get it right? Seymour has a surprising answer: There is no it ! The failure of Christians to live up to their self-imposed standards is a result of misdirected faith. As believers, we are constantly tempted to direct our faith away from the person of Christ. Our focus then shifts to our own ability - or inability - to do things right. Before we realize it, an obsession with behavior and performance has supplanted a total reliance on Christ. Seymour disassembles the preconceptions about Christianity that believers take for granted, and pulls back the curtain on the glorious liberty that Christ promised His followers. Then he guides readers through a rediscovery of the joy that comes through simple faith in Christ - plus nothing.

About the Author
From California to Brazil, Roger Seymour has brought his message of spiritual freedom to hungry Christian audiences, with positive results. He draws on his years of experience as a therapist, and as a follower of Christ. Church groups, seminars and pastors’ conferences have benefited from Roger’s speaking ministry. Beyond his professional credentials, Roger brings an empathy born of deep personal struggle. His own journey in Christ has been challenging, sometimes painful, and filled with surprises. It’s from this well of experience that he draws his teachings

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title: Butterflies on Cow Patties: Finding God in the Unlikeliest of Places

author: Elise T. Harriger

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 12.31.2012 • author id: HaE7872211

word count: 160 Pages

Content

This is the story of finding God—not by sermon, not by religious talk—but by witnessing a brutal death. At only sixteen, the writer was a passenger in a car that hit and killed a young man who was fighting in a high school brawl in West Texas. The dramatic events that followed, including the ensuing murder trial and national-media coverage of the incident and the corresponding spiritual impact on the writer, form the basis of this story. The narrative explores the paradoxical truth that the darkest moments of our lives are often necessary for us to truly encounter the divine—that the beauty of the butterfly often comes with the dung of life. Through the lens of the author’s life, the reader will encounter potential responses, both creative and destructive, to the darkness around us. For the author, the traumatic events described in this story illuminated first the Cross and then a path to care for the suffering.

About the Author
Elise Harriger holds degrees from the University of Texas, Oxford University, and the University of Texas School of Law. Her graduate studies at Oxford were in theology. She practices law in Austin, Texas and currently runs a clinic for homeless immigrants. She is a member of St. James Episcopal Church and numerous professional and faith-based organizations. Her networks to sell this book include Young Life, JustFaith Ministries, and The Episcopal Diocese of Texas Journey to Adulthood. The writer speaks regularly to Christian groups about social justice and immigration and leads numerous youth groups.

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title: The Cure

author: Steve Byrens

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • author id: ByS4907612

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Content

Popular TV shows like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” reveal a common aspect of human nature: We often act before thinking through our actions.Inside each of us there seems programmed a tendency to deny our weaknesses and vulnerability. Consequently we struggle to admit we need God. We don’t like to admit that we can’t make it on our own—we are in control! In the section of Scripture known as “The Beatitudes” Jesus lays out principles that work much like a doctor’s diagnosis process: By demonstrating the vast difference between the heart of God and the heart of man, He reveals our deep spiritual sickness—the folly of trying to live without God. Like a person who is sick with cancer, it is not until you receive your diagnosis and accept your disease that you become willing to take the steps necessary to find a cure. The book’s mesage is that cure that Jesus offers.

About the Author
A former missionary to Guatemala, Steve is the founding pastor of City on a Hill Community Church, a multi-campus church based in Olivet, Michigan. After experiencing the life-changing power of the Gospel in his own life, Steve has developed a passion for teaching God’s Word in a way that connects with people who struggle to accept God’s love and grace. Steve’s education includes the Master of Arts in Religion degree from Liberty University.

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title: Tools for Effective Prayer: Mechanics, Dynamics, and Contents

author: Clarence Washington

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 1.31.2013 • author id: WaC8719213

word count: 130,478

Content

Your current prayer life is "perfectly designed to produce the result you are getting" (Dallas Willard). Therefore, if you want a prayer life that will bring more glory to God, enable you to see God’s face more clearly than you have ever seen it before, and move God’s hand in your favor like never before—then you must start praying like you have never prayed before! Tools for Effective Prayer will teach you how to do that. This handbook allows believers to obtain information on the tools needed for effective prayer: the mechanics, dynamics, and contents of prayer. Effective prayer is, without a doubt, the key element to rising above a mediocre, ordinary Christian life. This book presents the hows and whys of effective prayer using the “KISS” principle—Keep It Simple, Saints. The subject matter presented is thorough and detailed, yet accessible for anyone.

About the Author

Clarence Washington is a graduate of Luther Rice Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He has several post-graduate courses toward a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies. He has served as the senior pastor at Abundant Life Community Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the past fourteen years and has a total of twenty-five years of pastoral leadership experience. He is a graduate of DeVry Institute of Technology with a degree in electronic engineering technology; he retired with thirty years of experience in the field of engineering.

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title: My Way or the Highway

author: Hope Anderson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 5.16.2013 • author id: AnH6126513

word count: 45,000

Content

Before the Reformation, the church sold the keys to the kingdom of God for a fee.  Today there’s no charge; salvation is given freely for the pittance of reciting a prayer.  A prayer, one might add, that’s nowhere found in the Bible.  At a time when discipleship is considered difficult and sanctification a dirty word, very few are learning to walk the narrow road of the Way.

The Way is a lifelong journey of surrender, of becoming the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.  It’s a place where disobedience is not an option and believers do what they say they believe because Jesus says, “…whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” and those who truly believe will walk as Jesus did.  To merely say a few words and go on about our lives as before is to never have believed in the first place, and our eternal future is at stake.

Through everyday examples, witnessing to the Word, this book will help point you to the Way.  It’s the highway of holiness and the only Way that leads us home.  “My way” doesn’t exist.   What road are you on?

About the Author

Hope Anderson is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She believes that as followers of Christ, we cannot merely read the Word and say we believe it. We must stand and walk by faith upon it, doing what it says in the midst of our everyday eat, sleep, and go to work lives. 

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title: Mother's Milk...nutrition for the faith of your child

author: DeeDee Cass

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 6.25.2013 • author id: CaD1938313

word count: 46,000

Content

(Working title: Mother’s Milk…nutrition for the faith of your child)

There is a cry in the night that must be satisfied. Every mother has heard it. It’s a cry that pierces sleep and raises weary heads from pillows of comfort. It’s a cry that screams need and begs a mother’s help. This cry sounds from the soul of every child. It is a cry of hunger for God. Mother’s Milk satisfies the cry in the night.

Mother’s Milk is a personal collection of Biblical principles that serve tobuild and nurture faith in the next generation. The aim of Mother’s Milk is to teach mothers a unique and inspirational method of integrating scripture into the lives of their children. Seeking to maximize faith influence in the family, Mother’s Milk is designed to leverage a child’s conscience toward God and a mother’s desire to do what is right for her young.

By offering a study of wisdom from the Bible that will frame motherhood in a faith home Mother’s Milk will:

· Transform the family by developing a Biblical worldview;

· Equip mothers and children to apply scriptural principles to daily living;

· Maximize maternal influence to build godly character and integrity in the home.

About the Author

DeeDee Cass has been a Community Bible Study Teaching Director for seventeen years. She has also provided leadership and teaching in Evangelism and Small Group ministries. Mother’s Milk reflects her passion for building faith in the next generation. It has been presented in her community as a class on scriptural parenting. DeeDee is the author of The Scripture Code…unlocking spiritual wealth.

Community Bible Study—over 100,000 members; personal network including readers of The Scripture Code.

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title: Between Here and Glory

author: Katie Hoffman

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 7.24.2013 • author id: HoK7613713

word count: 55000

Content

Most Christian women share the desire to make their lives count for something, not just here on earth, but for eternity. But then life becomes filled with unexpected and unavoidable situations, and they grow weary from the trials and the disappointments--and they wonder how to live fully for Christ.

At the same time, Jesus said He came to give life and that life more abundantly, thus Christians should be the happiest and most satisfied people on earth. So it becomes a great mystery to many Christians when they still feel unsatisfied and their hearts continue to ache even though they love God and are doing all they can to live for Him. It seems to not make sense.

In Between Here and Glory, Katie answers the questions, Why don’t I always feel fully satisfied? Why does my heart ache? with valid, scriptural answers. She explains how emptiness and unsatisfied longings do not contradict God’s promises but rather point us to the grace to come.

In the meantime, we often respond to these feelings of dissatisfaction, ache, and longing with self-pity and discontentment when we should be putting our hope fully on the grace and glory to come. We let the emotions distract us from Jesus instead of driving us to Jesus. But when we live with eternity in mind, these unsatisfied desires and longings make sense—becoming desires that God wants to fully satisfy, when the time is right. Understanding the future God has prepared for us opens our eyes to see just how deeply, how fiercely, and how eternally loves us.

About the Author

Katie Hoffman is a Christian speaker for moms’ groups, women’s retreats, and other women’s events. Her website and blog www.katiehoffman.org lead women to a greater understanding of God’s Word, His goodness, and His sovereignty. Her platform includes over 1,600 Facebook fans and she has a regular newsletter for her email subscribers. Her self-published books The Joy of Living for Jesus and When a Mother Follows Christ were downloaded 22,177 times and sold 1,070 copies in 2012 on Amazon.com. She graduated from Calvary Chapel Bible College with her degree in biblical theology. Katie has been married to her wonderful husband, Todd, for almost 14 years, and they have four homeschooled children.

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title: Stand Firm: Godly Counsel for the Last Days

author: Daniel Blair

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.31.2013 • author id: BlD7868113

word count: 244 Pages

Content

In the coming days, a solid theological belief system may be our only hope for standing firm in our faith.

 

As we fast approach the end of days, we have seen an increase in demonic activity, an epidemic of psychological problems, and increasing pressure from the religious establishment to accept other belief systems in the name of tolerance. This ready resource will help the end-time saint remain faithful to Jesus in a predominately secularized world, enhancing the ability to recognize the devils schemes and to face intense persecution. Reverend Blair is convinced that God has given the Christian everything needed for life and godliness, and he supports this by offering practical application. So as you go along your way, return to this book again and again to drink from the fountain of knowledge concerning your salvation in Jesus Christ and godly counsel on how to Stand Firm in the last days.

About the Author

Rev. Daniel W. Blair is an ordained Southern Baptist Minister and Christian counselor who has studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His counsel has freed many hurting people from their emotional and psychological problems. Rev. Blair has published two previous books and has written numerous articles for a popular blog. The books presentation at future preaching events, to 700 followers on his blog, and thousands in social media will guarantee its success.

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title: Getting Into the Shape of Your Life: Cycling and the Art of Spiritual Formation

author: Carl Hofmann

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.18.2013 • author id: HoC8002713

word count: 50,000

Content

Getting Into the Shape of Your Life: Cycling and the Art of Spiritual Formation pairs cycling and Christian spirituality as conversation partners, encouraging a mutually enriching dialogue about deeper holistic health. Thoughtful writing clarifies ancient principles of Christian spiritual formation and draws upon interviews with experts in Boulder’s vibrant international cycling community. Scripture and quotations from Christian spiritual writers commingle with training tips from past and current cycling pros, inviting a transformative embrace of physical and spiritual fitness. The content is inviting to a wide array of cycling enthusiasts, from casual recreational riders to competitive racers, both Christians and spiritual seekers. Ringing throughout with a celebration of sport and relying on the belief that great conversations take place at the crossroads of the sacred and the secular, this book calls readers to nurture soul and body in community.

About the Author

Carl Hofmann serves as Pastor for Spiritual Formation and Discipleship at First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, Colorado, a large, vibrant church in a town that is a de facto mecca for the cycling world. Carl has been an avid road cyclist for 15 years and enjoys his connections with professionals (active and retired) like Connie Carpenter, Davis Phinney, Andy Pruitt, Dale Stetina, Ted King, Frank Pipp, and others. Carl is coached by FasCat cycling in Boulder and has ridden most of the high mountain passes of Colorado, along with numerous centuries, organized, and charity rides.

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title: Holy Heroes

author: Scott Bayles

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 2.27.2014 • author id: BaS6267514

word count: 40,000

Content

Superheroes are everywhere. You see them on t-shirts, in the toy aisle of every major store, and even tattooed on the arms of enthusiastic fans. The biggest blockbusters for last ten years are comic-book movies. And it isn’t just ticket sales that are on the rise. Superhero costuming, or cosplay, has exploded into pop culture in the past few years. It’s a fundamental part of comic-book conventions, and image hosting web-sites are rife with pictures of enthusiastic fans clad in elaborate costumes, cowls and capes.

Written from the perspective of a lifelong comic-book fan and active costumer, Holy Heroes builds a bridge from the fictional world of superheroes to the one true superhero—Jesus Christ. Like modern-day parables, the stories of comic-book heroes like Batman, Spider-man, and Iron-Man are used to illustrate the timeless truths of God’s Word. Chock-full of family photos and tales of cosplay adventures, in conjunction with the stories of various comic-book superheroes, Holy Heroes unpacks those timeless truths and helps superhero fans connect with them in a relatable, relevant way.

About the Author

Scott Bayles has over fifteen years of pastoral experience and has been a comic-book enthusiast for twice as long. He’s a well-known and well-respected costumer and, as founder of Costumers for Christ, Scott travels to children’s hospitals, charity events, and comic-book conventions all over the Midwest where this book could be sold.

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title: Lessons in Spiritual Warfare Learned from a Hobbit

author: CliffAnn Perry

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 3.29.2014 • author id: PeC2794914

word count: 40,046

Content

Have you ever longed for the adventure that Frodo faced as he set out with the ring? Do you wish for the close-knit fellowship of those who worked together to defeat Sauron? Did you realize that you have an enemy as deadly as theirs?

Lessons in Spiritual Warfare Learned from a Hobbit takes the reader on a quest to discover that many of the trials and temptations faced by Frodo and his companions are similar to those we face as believers. The book combines events in the story of The Lord of the Rings with scripture, personal testimony and life application.

We have an enemy who wishes to enslave us; we, like the hobbits, can learn to use our weapons and not give in to temptation. Let's travel together on a journey that will help you defeat fear, pride, lust and all the numerous trials your enemy throws at you. Come and get to know the power of the Lord of Glory who will teach you to stand and be victorious.

About the Author

CliffAnn Perry has a BA in Christian Education from Asbury College and a Masters in Communication from Regent University. She is the program director and a founding board member of Creative Ministries, Inc. For over 35 years she has worked with ministry teams using the creative arts to teach, do outreach and train others to minister. They have touched the lives of adults, teens and children in 20 nations. This book is a creative effort to  address many of the warfare stuggles she has faced and seen in the lives of those she trains.

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title: It's Not About You

author: R Thomas Collins II

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 3.29.2014 • author id: CoR7222314

word count: 80,000

Content

We evangelical Christians have it all together. We’ve got God’s blessings poured out on us in volumes. We have the right house, the right clothes, the right car… We have God’s stamp of approval. What could we possibly be missing, or hiding?

 

Pride, putting ourselves above all others, is a trap set for everyone. We slide comfortably into it and soon don’t realize our world is built around us. We methodically build our landscape so we are the focus. Instead of building God’s kingdom, we build our own. In the process, we heinously dethrone God and steal His glory. But God, in His grace and mercy, has made a way to bring us to the place where it’s not about us and our kingdoms, but about Him and His.

About the Author

Dr. R. Thomas Collins, II, MD is a licensed physician and expert in his field. He has published multiple articles and book chapters. He has spoken at national and international meetings as an invited speaker. Dr. Collins has been involved in radio, television, and web-based interviews and marketing. He has been a devout Christian for over 30 years and has served as an elder and teacher in churches of which he has been a member.  

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title: Three Word Wisdom

author: Bernard L. Potvin

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.29.2014 • author id: PoB3H5S914

word count: 40, 400 words

Content

     Three Word Wisdom contains 28 stories, each titled with three words. Each story tells one aspect of the particular way of being in the world Jesus identified as the kingdom of God--a way that brings about right and good relationship with others, self, the world we live in, and God. The stories are about being parents, teachers, friends, and spouses, and they touch on ordinary events that turned out to reveal extraordinary wisdom. Some stories are poignant; some are humorous.

      The authors are a university professor and his graduate student; a male and a female; a father and a mother, a wife and a husband; an old and a young person; a western Canadian and an eastern Canadian; a seasoned Christian and a new Christian. Their lives intersected briefly in graduate school at the University of Calgary. They agreed to write two distinct but not separate perspectives on their experiences.

About the Author

Bernie Potvin is a former pastor, recovering fundamentalist, university professor (Education), parent and husband, and published author (in the academic world).  He  has told many of his stories in conferences, keynote addresses, and workshops. 

Joy is a mother, wife, health-care worker, and active writer.  She lives in Newfoundland.  Her stories invite the experiential nod from mothers, wives, and new Christians seeking to understand and live the principles of the kingdom of God.

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title: The Long Expected Jesus

author: Rick Thompson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 7.28.2014 • author id: ThR7301214

word count: 46923

Content

This book was written with the Christmas season in mind but will resonate with believers all year long. It explores the many ways the Old Testament points to Jesus. Why is this important?  One, because many followers of Jesus have a limited understanding of the relationship between the Old and New Testament and how all of the scriptures, not just the New Testament, point to the good news of the gospel. Second, this book will greatly enhance the experience of advent in preparation for the Christmas season. It is divided into 25 short chapters for each day of Advent and is intended to be read one chapter at a time beginning December 1 culminating on Christmas day.  Readers will discover how to read the Old Testament in an exciting new way that will greatly enhance their spiritual growth as well as bring fresh meaning to the Advent season. 

About the Author

Rick Thompson has been senior pastor of Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, for more than eleven years.  CRBC has been a leading church in Oklahoma for many years and has a membership of more than 3,000.  He holds a D.Min. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, an M.Div. from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a B.A. in business from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  Dr. Thompson has served on the board of trustees for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for eight years and on the board of trustees for Global Action for nine years. He was the founding pastor of Colonial Church in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he served for twelve years.  In addition, he has served as adjunct professor of New Testament, Old Testament, and Church History at Wayland Baptist University.   

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title: New

author: Phil Baker

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 10.7.2014 • author id: BaP7702214

word count: 91,370

Content

Working Title: New

When I began to study the Anti-Nicene Christian writings, I realized how seriously and literally the believers during the first three centuries took the words of Jesus, and how they let those words filter their understanding of everything else.  A great crisis ensued in my heart as Jesus challenged me to take His teachings at face value as well, and let them be the lens by which I viewed everything else.  I was a seminary student and full-time worship leader in a mainline denomination when Jesus simply asked me, “If your traditions and doctrines don’t line up with Mine, which of those should be put out to pasture?  New wine must be poured into new wineskins.”

Though I didn’t fully understand it, I came to faith in Jesus with many old wineskins in the areas of His teaching, the Holy Spirit and the Old Testament.  New reveals how those filters affected the way I interpreted the plain instructions of Jesus and the rest of the Bible, the messes that approach to reading the Scriptures caused, and how God graced me with new wineskins to receive Him correctly and live victoriously.

About the Author

Working Title: New

Phil Baker is the pastor of New Beginnings Bible Church in Houston, TX, and holds an undergraduate and advanced degree.  He has served as a student minister, worship leader and interim pastor.  Phil writes a weekly devotional on the Ante-Nicene Christians, and is available to speak at churches, conferences and venues where this book is sold.  Phil and his wife, Stephanie, live in Houston with their two children.

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title: Unshaken: An ER Doctor's Prescription for Living with Power

author: Lina AbuJamra

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 11.14.2014 • author id: AbL6005614

word count: 42000

Content

Why is it that we often know what to do, have great motivation for change, yet fail to follow through? Or we make changes in the moment that don't last past our current crisis? We all face tough seasons in our lives when our circumstances seem out of our control. We become discouraged and afraid. We feel shaken.We are not alone. No matter how strong we claim our faith in God is, when life is hard, we must decide whether we really believe what we say we believe. The answer we come up with will affect our feelings and our future far more than we can imagine. In this book I will help you understand the disconnect between what you say you believe and how you live. I'll also give you biblical strategies for change so that you will be able to stand strong, unshaken in the heat of the most daunting battle you might be facing. 

About the Author

I am an ER doctor, author, and speaker, and I help people live with power by connecting biblical answers to everyday life. I use the same skills serving patients in the emergency room as I do helping people build their faith and manage critical decisions.

I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and now call Chicago home. I've written two books, Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended and Stripped: When God’s Call turns from Yes to Why Me? both published by Moody Press.

As a thriving single woman in my 40s, I want to invite others to experience the freedom and joy of following God’s unique plan for their life. Today I continue to practice medicine while running my nonprofit organization, Living With Power Ministries, a Bible teaching ministry that helps people get stronger. I share stories of faith at my popular blog livingwithpower.org. 

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title: The Spirit and the Flesh

author: Roman Bej

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 11.11.2014 • author id: BeR2360814

word count: 74,000

Content

 “Some times are good, some times are bad”, as the old saying goes. It’s all too true, as life is full of peaks and valleys and being a Christian doesn’t exclude us from the human race.  Christians share the same life experiences with everyone else with one important exception – the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit and the Flesh is a book that examines the Holy Spirit’s guidance and involvement in our lives.  Each chapter focuses on everyday experiences that the reader can identify with, while at the same time touching on theological subjects that the Christian church has grappled with for centuries.  The reader will discover how topics such as the sovereignty of God, human free will and total depravity have a bearing on their lives.

The Spirit and the Flesh is targeted to the millions of Christians who enjoy discussing biblical topics at their local churches, home groups and at coffee houses.  To better relate with the readers, and to provide fodder for their discussions a short story written in dialogue format is inserted each chapter.

About the Author

Mr. Roman Bej is life-long Christian who was raised in the Catholic Church, but now a non-denominational Christian, he attends several churches.  He was a contributor to Victory Herald (a monthly e-zine), has taught Sunday school, and has been a youth leader.  He has a strong passion for stimulating others to think about God and to reflect on biblical concepts.  An independent thinker, Mr. Bej challenges readers to question what they may have heard in churches or read in other books.

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title: Walk On: A Journey of Life and Faith from the Valley of Despair to the Mountaintop of Praise

author: Ronald Bracy

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.18.2015 • author id: BrR7825915

word count: 43,795

Content

This positive study of the Old Testament book of Habakkuk is designed to help people struggling with the joys and sorrows experienced throughout life, grappling with the age-old questions of “pain and evil.” The Jewish people enslaved in the oppression of ancient Babylon asked, “How then shall we live—now?” (Ezekiel 33:10). Countless people ask the same question today.  As a veteran of the Vietnam War, a military chaplain, a pastor, and a teacher, my ministry has occurred in various communities from military bases to rural villages to urban cities to college campuses to private high schools. Regardless of the locale, the question is always the same: “Where is God in the  midst of my hurting?” When my son was killed during the War on Terror in 2005, the valley of despair became real to me. This valley was also real to the prophet Habakkuk. In his book the prophet reveals the truths of God's great message of hope. These truths form the content of my book and will help the reader to know there is a way out of the valley of despair; to know that “God is with them; and, to know they can eventually reach the mountaintop of praise. They will be able to "Walk On."

About the Author

Dr. Ron L. Bracy is a veteran of the Vietnam War, a retired military chaplain and pastor, a teacher, and a coach. He flew 183 combat missions in Vietnam, has served at numerous sites around the world, and was on duty at the Pentagon on 9-11-2001.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the USAF Academy, and a Master's Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies and Ethics. Dr. Bracy has been a guest lecturer at biblical conferences and colleges. His book "Walk On" is a compilation of life experiences. He is the husband of Judith (nee Van Hyfte) Bracy for 48 years and has one daughter, one son (killed in the War on Terror), five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He has taught at colleges and graduate schools and currently teaches philosophy and ethics at a private Christian school. 

 

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title: Rising on the Potter's Wheel: Molding Disciples Through Conversation in Community

author: Jacob Caldwell

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.18.2015 • author id: CaJ4230115

word count: 150,000

Content

Designed principally for small group use, this book presents weekly scripture readings alongside creative messages and corresponding discussion prompts crafted to challenge the mind, stir the heart, and compel readers to put their faith into action. Each chapter concludes with a prayer to add breadth and depth to the reader’s prayer life and a communion liturgy tying the message to the Lord’s Supper. While each of the fifty-two chapters could stand on their own, in the course of a year, weekly users would be exposed to key biblical concepts and motifs and would be challenged to pursue spiritual growth. Readers would enjoy creative and engaging exposition of key biblical stories while also being invited to think and participate in conversations about the nature of God, the human predicament, Christology, ecclesiology, etc. The accompanying prayers and communion liturgies would be aimed at broadening the audience’s image of God and enriching their prayer language. This is a resource for discipleship and theological formation.

About the Author

Education: B.A. in Biblical Studies, Eastern University (St. Davids, PA); M.A. in Bible, Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY); MDiv, Lexington Theological Seminary (Lexington, KY).

Professional:  Ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) currently serving as the Senior Minister of First Christian Church in Owensboro KY.

Publishing: peer reviewed articles, devotional literature, and book reviews. Sampling of recent work: “Created for Peace.” In Fellowship of Prayer. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2014; “Praying Like a Sinner.” In Fellowship of Prayer. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2013; "The Viability of Christian Same-Sex Unions." Journal of Theology & Sexuality 16.1 (2010): 59-76; “Reading Luke for Community Formation Against Ageism.” Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Ageing 16.1 (2010): 211-19. Co-authored with Diana Caldwell.

 

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title: The 10-Minute Guide to Bible Mastery

author: Katharine Wang

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 5.9.2015 • author id: WaK2218215

word count: 75,000

Content

Using techniques learning research has shown increase recall and understanding, readers can learn the key parts of the Bible in minutes a day.

Most Christians desire to know the Bible better, but many are too busy to spend hours a day in study. By using techniques that learning research has shown boost recall and understanding, research suggests that instead of remembering, on average, just 10% of what they read, people could recall 30-60% and understand the material up to 80% better.

The 10-Minute Guide to Bible Mastery appears to be the first Christian living book designed around research into learning and memory. It applies techniques from learning research to the Bible in practical, ten-minute segments that empower readers to learn and remember the key parts of the Bible. Through unique methods that help create more connections in the brain, transfer material to long-term memory, and apply Bible truths to everyday life, readers can experience more from their time with God. 

About the Author

Katharine H. Wang is the founder of Master the Bible Ministries. She holds a M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She speaks at events where the book could be sold, and Master the Bible Ministries will aggressively promote the book.

Choice Books is excited about the book, and has informed Katharine that this genre has sold well for them.

Potential endorsers include a biblical scholar (Dallas Theological Seminary, Yale University) and a learning and memory PhD (University of Colorado).

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title: Points of Grace: Empowerment for Hard Times

author: Stuart Cedrone

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 7.6.2015 • author id: CeS3279815

word count: 43,634

Content

“My karma ran over my dogma.”

There are times in our lives when our hardness and dogmatism find a path back to us in the words and actions of others.

And when they find a path back to us, they have a way of breaking us.

Truly, what goes around comes around – as God’s word clearly states (Ob. 15; Matt. 7:2).

These divine appointments when our arrogance and insensitivity find a path back to us are always expressions of God’s love, not His punishment. We can thus be certain that the relevant trials that are associated with these times are intended to be – not curses – but, rather, blessings.

God’s principal objective in this activity is to break us of the self-destructive tendencies that surfaced in the lives of Adam and Eve as a result of The Fall:

• A proud arrogance that seeks independence from our Creator’s will
• A self-justification that offers excuses rather than honest confessions of truth
• An unhealthy fear of God that causes us to flee from His presence

“Points of Grace” are identified and developed in this work, and these spiritual insights provide empowerment to grow from these God-appointed trials rather than be crushed by them.

About the Author

Stuart Cedrone is a retired IT Architect who has a Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Connecticut.

He was a certified mental health professional in Johnson County, Texas (mental health case management), and he is currently a philosophical practitioner:

http://www.meaningandfulfillment.com

He is a published author:

Righteousness Inside Out: The Believer's Guide to Experiencing the Righteousness of Christ
(Nampa, ID: Pacific Press, 1996)

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title: The Never Ending Gifts: A Starter Kit for New Christians

author: Kris Lindsey

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 10.1.2015 • author id: LiK9565015

word count: 10,000

Content

In this post-Christian era, many new believers have little or no church background. They don’t know what church is about and are embarrassed to ask questions everyone else seems to know. The Never Ending Gifts: A Starter Kit for New Christians gives new believers the basics they need to get to know God and confidently join in at church where their faith can grow.

When new Christians asked me, “Where are the other books the pastor talked about, like the book of Matthew?” and “What is a verse?” it made me think. What other book has books inside? And isn’t a “verse” normally part of a song? No wonder they were confused. Other new Christians said, “Before I start going to church, I need to clean up some things in my life,” and never went at all.

The Never Ending Gifts motivates new believers to jump into the Christian life by dispelling their misconceptions, giving them a glimpse of the treasures they’ll find, and providing basic information about the Bible, church, prayer, and more. Easy hands-on exercises help them find a church, read and underline their Bible, start a prayer journal, memorize a verse, and put together their testimony.

 

 

About the Author

Kris Lindsey is trained in two discipleship methods, including “Navigators,” and was head of Discipleship Ministry at her church. She has discipled many new Christians, so she knows their apprehensions, questions, and needs. Kris has published several stories in anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, and has a B.A. in Social Work.

This little book is designed for any evangelical church to buy in bulk to hand to new Christians.

Once Kris has sample booklets, she will approach the District Superintendent (CA, AZ, NV, HI) of her denomination—her former pastor—to explore avenues to get the book out to the greater church. She’ll also present sample booklets in person to evangelical churches in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay areas, and mail them, with a follow-up phone call, to other churches and evangelical organizations in the U.S. In addition, Kris will pursue getting the book into church supply catalogs.

 

 

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title: Abide In Me: Being Fully Alive In Christ

author: Doug Early

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.9.2015 • author id: EaD9810515

word count: 22,350

Content

The Christian Scriptures speak of a life qualitatively different from that which we see portrayed on videos, movie screens, and the pages of magazines. The Scriptures proclaim that we can experience “eternal life,” the very “life of God,” here and now. Most of us long for such a life. Yet we have also discovered that experiencing this life is not simply a matter of following seven specific steps or nine important principles. In this book, Rev. Doug Early reminds us that the way to the fullness of life that God offers has little to do with our striving and far more to do with receiving what is already at hand. Using the wisdom found in the First Letter of John, Abide In Me serves as a guide to experiencing a life of joy, purpose, and love. Readers are invited to explore the breadth and depth of the life that comes from abiding in the presence of Christ and attending to the Spirit of Christ abiding in each of us. For anyone wanting more in life but tired of working hard and getting nowhere, this book offers hope of experiencing the life of God in Christ, here and now.

About the Author

Rev. Early has pastored the same congregation in Seattle for 20 years. He knows the reality of the struggles Christians face daily and the wisdom available from the Scriptures. He also has the ability to put the deep mysteries of life with God into words that are accessible and inviting, having preached roughly 1,000 original sermons. Rev. Early brings the full wealth of this knowledge and skill together in this book.

• Promotions through author’s existing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress blog, email list / the congregation’s Facebook account and email list and Seattle Presbytery’s email list.
• Book launch party / promotion through Queen Anne Book Company.
• Press releases to local papers and blogs: Seattle Times, PI, Weekly, Stranger, Queen Anne News, Queen Anne View.
• Contacts at local radio, television stations, Kindling’s Muse podcast.
• Develop speeches / classes / seminars

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title: Vessels for Honor

author: David Wickholm

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 2.25.2016 • author id: WiD4543216

word count: 145000

Content

Vessels for Honor is a practical and timely book about progressive sanctification based on the “pursue” and “flee” texts of Scripture. The Holy Spirit progressively changes us so that we increasingly bear the image of Christ. Central to our sanctification is that we study Jesus through the mirror of His Word. As He becomes our focus, something marvelous happens. We become like what we worship.

We are not passive in this process. Walking by faith is intentional and even aggressive. It is a choice - actually a series of ongoing choices every day. God has so ordained matters that life continually presents us with occasions for sanctification. Every day we must choose how to respond to opportunities to obey Christ and pursue the virtues or flee from sin. 

We are not alone in this process. Jesus promised us a helper before He left: the third Person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit. His presence through His Spirit is what separates us from mere moralists or from a works-based salvation. When faced with a choice, to pursue or to flee, we have the Spirit and His power to walk in obedience. This makes all the difference in the world. 

About the Author

David Wickholm has taught adult Sunday School and small groups at a number of churches during the last 40 years. He is ordained as a Ruling Elder in South Dayton Presbyterian Church (PCA). He has a Bachelors of Science in Astronomy and Physics and a Masters of Science in Optical Science, both from the University of Arizona.

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title: Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God On Purpose

author: Chris Palmer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.9.2016 • author id: PaC4839016

word count: 81,000

Content

Another book about hearing the voice of God? Yes, but this offers a fresh take. The content of Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God on Purpose is Biblically traditional, refreshingly practical, and humouously relatable for all ages. Some of the key features of the book are: how the spirit, mind, and body play a part in hearing God's voice, the difference bewteen God's voice and the Devil's voice, how divine providence works when we least expect, how God interupts our thinking through spontaneous thought, and that often times physical sensations may be the the result of something taking place in the spirit realm. Chris Palmer talks on the same level as the reader, guiding them through an unforgettable read full of crisp explanations of Scripture and arresting anecdotes that readers will treasure. Certainly, this will become the standard book on the voice of God in Christian literature for the next 20 years to come because of its depth, thoroughness, and enjoyability. Truly a book that contains old truths for the 21st century.

About the Author

I am qualified to be the author of Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God on Purpose because of my:

• Educational Experience: I hold a bachelors degree in pastoral ministry and am working on a Master's degree in theology. I also have proficient skills working in Biblical Greek.
 
• Ministerial Experiece: 10 years of full time ministry- 7 years as a full time evangelist who visited over 26 countries and 3 years of pastoral ministry. 
 
•Writing Experience: author of two other books.

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title: Your Life, Your Purpose, Your Path

author: Dan Boozan

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.1.2016 • author id: BoD3004016

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Content

Your Life, Your Purpose, Your Path is a Biblically inspired journey of self-discovery into your God-decreed purpose and path in life.

 

We begin with Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” To which we reply, “OK, what are they?” This book contains your answers.

 

Chapters include studies and exercises on notable events that changed the trajectory of your life, your education, how you handle money, work situations, marriage issues, family matters, friendships, social groups you adhere to, influential teachers, physical health, emotional well-being, nighttime dreams, virtues and vices inherent in your persona, and the opposition you will face by the world and satan in discovering your life, purpose, and path. At the conclusion of each chapter are questions that create “puzzle pieces” of your life.

About the Author

I am the webmaster for the Christian Fellowship Group www.christianfellowshipgroup.org where I have a column promoting Your Life, Your Purpose, Your Path. I am an active Christian and an award winning public speaker who can readily speak before of groups, on radio, or on television. A sample presentation is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrXL5SPjzwI

 

My book is for the 75 million millennials who are at their peak of interest in discovering their life, purpose, and future path in life, as well as those seeking a spiritual path, who are in spiritual turmoil, and who want a structured path to finding their future.

 

 

 

 

 

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title: Stop Killing Your Pastor, Start Getting Better Sermons

author: Ernest Bowman

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.1.2016 • author id: BoE4844616

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Content

Church members wish Sunday sermons were not so frequently boring and pastors wish their jobs did not so frequently lead to burn out.  Church members change congregations and pastors change ministries, yet all too often discontentment is a sad fact of life in both the pulpit and the pew.  Too many churches are slowing killing their pastors with unrealistic and unbiblical job expectations.  A common consequence is overworked pastors with not enough time in the work week to prepare sermons that are fresh, clear, and applicable.  Poor preaching is the natural result with grumbling common among members and vocational frustration among pastors. This unfortunate situation is common in many churches, but it does not have to be this way. This book is about how church members and pastors can work together to change these unbiblical and unsustainable expectations of ministry and reclaim God’s plan and blessing for our churches!

About the Author

My name is Ernest Bowman and I am an Associate Pastor at Hunters Creek Community Church in Lapeer, MI.  The suggested market for this book would be church attenders who are dissatisfied with the quality of preaching they hear on Sundays.  Christians interested in purchasing a book of this nature would be people who sit under preaching that is frequently boring, dry, or formulaic, having little to say that applies to their lives. It is a book for people who are not satisfied with the status quo of poor sermons, stuck-in-a-rut pastors, and just getting by at church. 

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title: BLESS: The Real Reason We Gain When We Give

author: Karen WalkingEagle

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.1.2016 • author id: WaK2203216

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Content

It's more blessed to give than receive." Why is that? And, is this always true?" 

In BLESS, we discover the sometimes surprising answers to these questions. In a nutshell, BLESS is about why we should care about becoming the answer to someone else’s prayer or need, and the amazing and unexpected things that happen to us when we do.

Drawing inspiration from the scriptures and the experiences of the famous and not-so-famous, BLESS offers insights that challenge you to reflect on why, when, how, and whom you choose to bless.  It will motivate you to begin to bless those you might otherwise overlook—and to do so regularly, sacrificially, intentionally and, when possible, secretly.  BLESS also explains why the personal decision to bless someone is not optional for anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus, and seeks the most valuable of all blessings: an explosive growth in faith.   

About the Author

Biography

As an attorney and employee of the federal government (U.S. Department of Education), I help protect the rights of students with disabilities in our nation’s elementary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities.  I occasionally teach adult Sunday School classes at my 1,000+ member church, and have completed a missions trip to Jamaica where I taught a course entitled “A Christian Approach to Problem Solving” and another entitled “How to Teach Sunday School” to low-income teens and young adults from rural churches around the island.   

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title: Games Christians Play: A Call to Personal Realism and Passionate Renewal in Believers and the Contemporary Church

author: David Carson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.1.2016 • author id: CaD3282616

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Content

The games people play are as old as human history.  A game is a set of actions and interactions geared toward achieving some desired objective.  Like all people, we Christians play games because we want to accomplish something, be right, come out on top, be accepted or seen as special, show off to others, or hide something about ourselves or our pain.  Games range from being innocent to exceedingly unhealthy.  Game playing can be conscious or unconscious, and intentional or unintentional.  We are both initiators and receivers of games.

This book examines 36 games Christians play that are potentially harmful in our relationship with God, within ourselves, and toward others in and beyond the church.  We also explore the underlying psychological, relational, and spiritual reasons we play games, and what we can do to substantially reduce them, thus fulfilling God's greater purpose in our lives and the church.   

About the Author

David K. Carson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Counseling in the Graduate Program in Counselor Education, and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Psychology Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University - Orlando Campus.  He is a graduate of Texas Tech University (Ph.D.), Denver Seminary (M.A.), and The University of Colorado - Boulder (B.A.).  Dr. Carson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in Florida and Colorado, an MFT and Mental Health Clinical Supervisor in Florida, and a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  He has authored and co-authored  96  publications, including six books.

David A. Lawson, Psy.D., is a Professor of Counseling and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Counselor Education at the Orlando Campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Dr. Lawson is a graduate of Biola University where he earned his M.S. and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  He then spent time at The University of Virginia and was a professor of counseling at Liberty University for 10 years before moving to Florida.  Dr. Lawson has written articles and book chapters on families, sexuality, and the integration of faith and science.  He is also Pastor of Renew Church in Ocoee, Florida.

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1.  Pastors, staff, and lay leaders in the church.

2.  Christian lay persons who want to go deeper in their faith, personal growth, and relationships.

3.  Leaders and workers in Christian organizations (missions, community development,     charitable).

4.  Faculty, students, and staff at Christian institutions (e.g., schools, universities, and      seminaries).

5.  Practicing Christian psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers, and clinical   supervisors.

6.  Christian faculty and graduate students in counseling and related training programs.

7.  Undergraduate Christian students in psychology and related disciplines.

8.  Graduate programs in Christian leadership and ministry.

9.  Christian leadership organizations (e.g., Christian Leadership Alliance) and training       programs.

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title: Unforced Rhythms - Taking the "Forced" Out of Time with God

author: Gwen Jackson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.1.2016 • author id: JaG4620316

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Content

The heart of this book comes from the author’s own spiritual journey, plagued by failure and defeat, striving to live up to spiritual expectations and forced practices that felt legalistic and lacking. The narrative of Unforced Rhythms offers a life-giving perspective that gives freedom to believers to engage with God according to their natural Life Rhythm.

 

While there is a daily Life Rhythm, not everyone lives life to the beat of daily. Others may discover they live life to the beat of a weekly/monthly rhythm, or a seasonal/yearly rhythm. Attempting to connect with God outside of one’s Life Rhythm produces false guilt and condemnation, keeping the believer stuck in chronic defeat. Readers will find relief as they begin to understand the uniqueness of their own Life Rhythm, a discovery that will give grace and permission to engage with God in a way that comes natural to them.  

About the Author

As an ordained minister, I have served for over 30 years in numerous ministry roles.  I passionately pursue spiritual formation in individuals and groups in discovering the freedom of a growing relationship with Christ. I find myself naturally initiating through listening, learning, and loving.  

 

Primary Audience: New believers to seasoned believers who struggle with feelings of failure and defeat over their daily times with God.

 

Secondary Audience: Millennials, who may have grown up in a home or a church where spiritual practices seemed legalistic or were viewed as measures of Christian maturity, will embrace a book that starts from a point of freedom rather than a set of rules. 

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title: The Pilgrim Road: Signposts Along Faith's Journey

author: William Carter

category: nonfiction • subcategory: Spiritual Growth • date submitted: 11.12.2016 • author id: CaW1841116

word count: 42,500

Content

A seasoned pastor turns to an ancient collection of biblical Psalms for spiritual wisdom. The fifteen Psalms of Ascent (120-134) offer a manual for growing in faith and discipleship. Just as they originally shaped the hearts and minds of ancient travelers on their way to Jerusalem, these prayer-songs can instruct contemporary pilgrims in moving closer to God. They warn us of distractions and hazards along the road, offer wise counsel, and point us to the God whose grace makes this journey possible. 

About the Author

Bill Carter has been a pastor for over thirty years. A graduate of Princeton Thelogical Seminary, he is a popular preacher, conference leader, and Bible teacher. Bill is also a professional jazz musician and founder of the Presbybop Quartet. With his musical friends, he travels widely to speak and make music that revitalizes the people of God. He is the author of several books, and has preached nine times on the Day 1 national radio ministry.

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title: INHERITOLATRY: The Final Obstacle to Completing the Great Commission

author: James Wise

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.9.2016 • author id: WiJ3277816

word count: Just under 24,000 words

Content

This generation of evangelical Christians has been entrusted by God with financial resources well in excess of what is needed to complete the Great Commission. Most of this wealth is currently earmarked to be passed down to the next generation, without regard to financial responsibility or need, spiritual commitment, size of the estate, or God’s intended purpose for these resources. The four biblical inheritance principles outlined in this book will encourage God’s people to align their estate plans with His wisdom and commit part of this excess wealth to completing the work of the Great Commission.

About the Author

I’ve been a financial advisor for thirty-two years, the last twenty-two of which have been specifically focused on financial, estate and philanthropic planning for Christians with above-average wealth. Professional education and certifications include Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) from The College for Financial Planning, along with Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) from The American College. I'm also a Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA).

I currently serve as a Managing Director, Principal and Sr. Private Wealth Advisor with Ronald Blue & Co., LLC. I’m an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and have served on the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Theological Seminary and Slavie Federal Savings Bank.

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title: Repurposed: Vintage Faith and Renewable Vision

author: rod parchman

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.19.2016 • author id: par3705216

word count: 26,000

Content

Things will never be the same … settle with that. The old normal is snatched away and the rapid change in our world is disorienting, even disillusioning. Some believers disengage, stay home, and hunker down. As denial gradually gives way to despair, they occasionally peek out the curtains and merely wait for a rapture rescue.

With insufficient imagination, they limit God to the highlighted verses in their Bible. For them, God is as small as their favorite success formulas and catchy quotes – no bigger than their favorite Christian celebrity. A God so small inspires little trust and little fear, and so they grow small of soul and learn to fear lesser things.

The book insists that God is not hunkered down in the compound and is not playing it safe. Rather, the Spirit is outside, boots on the ground and bold -- fully engaging the hazards of a changing world. This chance-taker invites you to strap on a helmet and come along for a ride that is not without risk or pain. Risk-free living and guaranteed safety is otherwise known as fantasy. The honest offer comes with few guarantees other than the promise of surprise. You were born for this.

About the Author

Rod Parchman is a minister with the Church of God (Cleveland, Tn), a former pastor with a Master of Divinity from Pentecostal Theological Seminary. 

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title: Spiritual Identity and Spirit-Empowered Life

author: Thomson Mathew

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.19.2016 • author id: MaT7403716

word count: 55,000 words

Content

This book presents spiritual identity in three dimensions (identity, purpose, and power), each with five component streams, and provides biblically sound information with opportunities for personal reflection and group discussion to promote spiritual growth.  Written for general readership from a non-denominational charismatic perspective, the book promotes identity in God’s family, purpose in God’s call and power in God’s Spirit.

 

About the Author

Thomson K. Mathew is a graduate of Kerala University, India (BS), Yale Divinity School (MDiv, STM), Oral Roberts University (DMin), and Oklahoma State University (EdD).  He has served as a pastor, chaplain, seminary professor, and dean.  Currently he serves as professor of pastoral care and former dean of the Oral Roberts University (ORU) College of Theology and Ministry.  He speaks at churches and conferences in and out of the United States.  He is the author of several academic journal articles and book chapters, numerous articles, and three self-published (Xulon) full-length course readers: Ministry Between Miracles, Spirit-led Ministry in the 21st Century, and What Will Your Tombstone Say? 

Mathew has potential access to 50,000 ORU alumni, current students, faculty, and staff, and the constituency of the global Empowered21 organization being led by ORU's president. Although this book is written for general readership, it has textbook potential in courses like the ORU general ed course "Spirit-empowered Living," which has 800 students enrolled each fall semester. 

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title: An Intimate Collision - Encounters with Life and Jesus

author: Craig Lounsbrough

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.10.2016 • author id: LoC8010416

word count: 89,627

Content

The writer contends that we fall desperately short of robustly conceptualizing, intimately embracing, and deeply interjecting the truths of scripture into the everyday realities of our lives as we live them out amidst the profound challenges of the 21st century. In a very real sense, this deficit has resulted in the Christian community lacking a voice that presents itself as strong enough and sufficiently legitimate to deal with the daunting challenges of our times. Subsequently, we miss a transforming infusion of what God intends for our individual lives and the broader culture.  Consequently, we are left living out a blatantly lackluster and frequently hopeless existence that has little appeal and no power.  

The premise of this work lies in the repeated observation that people are desperate to believe that somewhere there is a far greater reality to our portrayal of God and the Christian life than that which has been demonstrated.  This yearning seems deeply inherent in many believers as they walk out uninspiring and ineffectual lives.  Yet, at times this persistent longing seems ever more predominant in a culture that largely denies God, but unbeknownst to themselves, is yet desperate for Him.  Tragically, the inability of the Christian community to potently exemplify the magnitude of this God has left both Christians and the secular community with a pasty and unappealing representation of God.

In an attempt to offset this crippling dynamic, this book was strategically written to intimately interweave deeply transformational personal events experienced by the author, with vividly portrayed scriptural accounts that share the same foundational principles. This striking blending of past and present in a moving literary format provides the reader a compelling sense of the profound relevancy of scripture by convincingly and potently importing it into the present. This structure serves to effectively integrate the relevancy of scriptural truths soundly into the stark and frequently foreboding realities of 21st century life. It is the writer's passion that this book pointedly brings infinitely relevant truths to both the individual, as well as a culture mired in darkness and paralyzed by hopelessness.  In doing so, the possibilities are as vast as the God who hands them to us.

About the Author

My background includes over twenty-eight years of experience as a counselor in a variety of treatment settings including psychiatric hospitals, schools for the blind, organizations for the physically handicapped, churches and outpatient settings.  I also possess ten years of experience in pastoral ministry.  I spent two years broadcasting in Christian radio and have published both nationally and internationally.  To date I have published four books and have had a large number of other works published in a wide variety of magazines.  I own an outpatient practice that provides counseling, coaching and consulting services to individuals, marriages, families, various businesses as well as church and ministry organizations.  Additionally, I have developed an extensive Social Media arm that reaches 300,000+ individuals each month with a wide variety of quotes, articles, blogs and videos.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, a Certified Professional Life Coach, and an Ordained Minister.  I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.  I have completed the coursework toward a Doctor of Ministry degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at Denver Seminary. 

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title: The Get DISCIPLED series

author: David Steel

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 1.10.2017 • author id: StD6018716

word count: 30,000

Content

Get DISCIPLED is a ground-breaking discipleship resource for small groups and congregations. Based on an exhaustive synthesis of everything Jesus taught and modeled, the nine guidebooks in this series are designed to equip Christ followers to joyfully obey all that Jesus commanded.

Each guidebook is a six- or seven-week exploration of one of the nine outcomes of being discipled. These guidebooks address a different question each week, providing five daily readings and a set of small group discussion questions, all designed to facilitate three-dimensional transformation of our convictions, character, and conduct.  

About the Author

David Steel is a seasoned pastor with over twenty years of senior and associate pastor experience, specializing in small group discipleship and leader training. He earned his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Discipleship through Talbot School of Theology. His passion for resourcing the church for effective disciple making is reflected in his website and blog at www.GetDiscipled.org. Dave has self-published several disciple-making books, including Seven Questions for Diagnosing Your Church’s Great Commission Health.

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title: Stand Up! Take Your Rightful Place as a Child of the King

author: Laurie Blank

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 2.10.2017 • author id: BlL5501317

word count: 46,163

Content

In the days of Jesus’ disciples, people were joining by the thousands what started out as a small Christian church. Why? Because the early Christians had something that they wanted. Life was different for the disciples of the early church. They had joy. They had victory! They healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, cast out demons and raised the dead, delivering the people who were willing to be delivered from the hand of the enemy who had kept them in bondage for so very long.

Yet most Christian churches today don’t see these things happening. Why is that? What has changed?

One of the main things that has changed is that most Christians don’t see themselves as the princes and princesses they are, as being children of the greatest King who lives forever; the Almighty God!

Instead, they see themselves as downtrodden, working to survive living “under the circumstances.”

This is not how God meant His children to live. When Christ sacrificed His life on the cross, He did so for our deliverance from “all the power of the enemy.” (Luke 10:19)

If we can learn to understand who God made us to be through Christ, we can see big changes for the better in our lives.

Taking your rightful place as a child of the King is not about living a problem-free life. Instead, it’s about gaining a thorough understanding of the nature of the God we serve. It’s about understanding the reason He sent His Son Jesus Christ for our deliverance, forgiveness and redemption. And it’s about learning to live life as a true victor through Christ Jesus our Lord.

About the Author

Laurie Blank is an author, freelance writer, wife, mother and most of all, a daughter of the King. Laurie and her husband currently live in Minnesota and homeschool their four children. Laurie is a self-published author of a book on the power of prayer and long-time blogger, writing in the areas of Christian living and personal finance. Laurie’s professional career history also includes nearly two decades in mortgage and personal banking and business administration and management.  

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title: When Prayers Are Not Answered

author: Emmanuel Okorley

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 3.10.2017 • author id: OkE4051717

word count: 100,300

Content

We are living at a time in the history of mankind when human ingenuity has produced tremendous amounts of medical and technological resources to resolve many existential problems. Nonetheless, even with all those resources in place, there always come days of our lives when we are confronted with the suddenness of tragedies, the ubiquity of evil, and the stark reality of our mortality. The truth is, in spite of all those symbols and products of human ingenuity, we have moments of helplessness when we are compelled to look for help beyond our capabilities. Those are the times when most people turn to prayer. Because God is infinitely faithful, He routinely answers the prayers of those who call on Him for help. But while we must believe in God’s faithfulness and always have hope that He will answer our every prayer, we cannot deny that there are times when our prayers are not answered. My book explores some of the issues that may hinder prayers, such as the condition of the human heart, a culture of praying, the desires of our heart, our faith level, and the extent to which we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our prayers.

About the Author

Dr. Emmanuel Okorley is a former college professor who taught educational statistics at the graduate-degree level. He is also an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is currently director and founder of GlobeAfrica, an organization designed to provide free skills training for orphans, refugees, and other underserved youths in Africa. Prior to teaching college, Dr. Okorley pastored a Church in New York City. As pastor and in his travels through the US, Canada, and Africa, he became aware that there are believers all over the world who seek divine intervention through prayer on a daily basis and become disheartened because their prayers are not answered. These and the many men and women who preach and teach about prayer in their churches would especially benefit from reading Dr. Okorley’s book.

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title: Open Hearts: Recovering the Lost Christian Virtue of Transparency

author: Joseph Smith

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.17.2017 • author id: SmJ1775417

word count: 98000

Content

Have you ever arrived at church feeling so stressed out, so off the rails, such an absolute train wreck, that you thought to yourself, “I can’t face these people” -- and your strongest wish was to rush back home and dive into bed?

What on earth is happening here?  How has church become a place where we must leave our “real selves” at the door -- and pick them up when we leave, more burdened than ever with loneliness, exhaustion, and hypocrisy?

Open Hearts aims to remedy this situation.

Readers will be challenged to consider why we aren’t transparent -- including issues like perfectionism, blame-shifting, fear of man, and of course, pride and self-preservation.  Likewise, the book shows how transparency works to unify the body and crucify sin, while also relieving the stress of pretending to be someone you’re not.

More important, Open Hearts points to transparency in Scripture -- in the lives of Job, Moses, David, Paul, and Jesus, among others; and it offers a practical framework for realizing openness in the body of Christ.

Imagine a life without the pretense and artificiality that cripples our fellowship -- a life where all believers are free to admit their sins and struggles, sharing their deepest needs in an atmosphere of openness and authenticity.  That’s the kind of life you will find in this book.

About the Author

Joseph W. Smith III is a writer, teacher, and speaker in Central Pennsylvania.  His previous books include Sex & Violence in the Bible: A Survey of Explicit Content in the Holy Book (P&R, 2014) and The Psycho File: A Comprehensive Guide to Hitchcock’s Classic Shocker (McFarland, 2009).  He was written more than 1,000 features for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette (daily, circ. 29,000) and leads discussions and seminars where his newest book could be marketed.

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title: Christ, my Life

author: Michael Moorhouse

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.29.2017 • author id: MoMCA78B17

word count: 45000

Content

Christ is my Master, my Lord and my Redeemer; but this is not sufficient.

My need is not for a Saviour who would purchase me, leave me a set of rules, and tell me to do my best.  Also, neither was it His plan.

The Father’s plan, from the foundations of the Earth, was for His Son to dwell in me richly, for His Light to shine within me and to transform me from the inside.

No longer was I to struggle to do what was right; no longer was I to reach inside and strive to change myself; no longer would I be required to do the impossible.  Such rest!

For the Messiah Himself would become the Light within me; all that is good and holy of God would dwell inside me.  Life indeed would swallow up death; I would be recreated, transformed into His image.

But what could hinder such a wonderful transformation?  Surely not my own flesh's efforts to change myself?

About the Author

I am an ordinary working man, husband of thirty-one years, and father of four, born in Yorkshire, England. The only qualification that I have is that the Lord took hold of me and breathed through me.  

As a university graduate, I have taught in schools; but I have also worked manually, from the trades to digging ditches. But I am just a reed blown by the wind, on a pilgrimage to find the genuine and avoid the counterfeits.

My desire is for the Lord to so live His Life through me that the Father is glorified. For my thoughts and desires to be so harmonised with His; that every aspect of my life is done, in Him, and of Him.

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title: Take Every Thought to Prayer

author: Charles Wagner

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.29.2017 • author id: WaC0193017

word count: 24175

Content

Take Every Thought to Prayer puts God at the center of literally everything. With 762 prayers about the thoughts and feelings common to the human experience, it will be hard-pressed for the reader not to find in this book prayers that resonate with whatever challenges they are currently facing. This book will be on the shelf of pastors, counselors, and ministry leaders who share it with clients who are seeking the true reasons as to why they are struggling in life. Charles Wagner has weaved the same Biblical theme into just about every prayer, that human beings suffer because they live in rebellion from God. Though the book has a very clear message about confession and repentance, the prayers are compassionate and understanding, speaking lovingly into hundreds of situations in which people suffer. The prayers reflect heartfelt cries to God from those living in the 21st century and convey the wisdom God has taught Charles through his own season of intense adversity.

About the Author

Adversity – "When anything comes into our life that we didn’t want to happen and it’s not easy to deal with or get rid of." Definition by Charles Wagner.

In the year 2002, two years after the death of my father, I began a long journey through the wilderness. Depression. Hospitalization for suicidal ideation. Divorce. The sudden loss of a friend to drug overdose. Financial crisis. Loneliness. Health crisis. I shed a reservoir of tears over the years.

Where was God? Why did He never answer prayer over the course of a decade? Why was there no relief from my suffering?

He answered these questions for me.

“Thank You, God! Thank You for my adversity. Thank You for my suffering. You taught me about who You are. You taught me about Your love. You taught me about who I am. You taught me lessons about life, especially about my rebellion, unfaithfulness, and idolatry. You revealed to me my foolishness and my emotional and spiritual immaturity. You awoke within me a hunger to pray, especially for others. You gave me a desire to serve others in need. You called me to put to use the gifts and talents you have given me to touch others in your name.”

In the midst of my struggles, I longed for stories of hope about people who had overcome similar adversities like I had been experiencing. From that longing came a desire to gather “inspirational stories” from Christian and secular charities across the United States. “Gramazin” was born. My son Chad and I planned to travel the United States, volunteering in charities, raising awareness of inspiring stories of hope. We volunteered in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio, appearing on the evening news in both Morgantown WV and Cincinnati OH. However, something wasn’t right. We had missed the point. “No, that’s not it. That’s not what God has called us to do.” We put aside, for the time being, our mission that we had named the “Gramazin Journey”.

God put on my heart that what America needs more than inspiring stories are testimonies of how Jesus Christ changes lives. The testimonies need to be published online by churches. I knew what my calling was after I studied over 2,000 church websites and was shocked to see that less than 3% of churches publish testimonies on their websites. My calling is to encourage believers and churches throughout the US to publish testimonies on church websites.

The task was daunting. Yikes. Asking churches to publish testimonies on their websites was a paradigm shift. Few churches had given that any thought. Not one church website I visited had made testimonies prominent on their home page. Church leaders just don’t think about church websites like that. This would take time. It would take a lot of effort. Phone calls. Social media. Blogging. Emails. Newsletters. It began to dawn on me that I would need a long-term vision for “Gramazin” because it would take all that time to generate momentum and spark a movement. The idea came to me for a December 2020 nation-wide church celebration of Jesus Christ and the testimonies that He has created in the lives of believers across America. I would need, with God’s empowerment and direction, all of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and most of 2020 to make this happen.

Sounded good. However, something was missing. Charles who? “Nice idea, Charles, but we don’t know who you are.” To tell the truth, nobody said that to me. In fact, the pastors I spoke with about my vision encouraged me to keep pursuing it and not quit. They expressed that they felt I was being obedient to God and He had called me to this purpose. However, I sensed that I needed something that would be the pre-cursor to Gramazin, something that would open doors for Gramazin. I needed something that would intrigue believers and pastors across the US. I just had no idea what that would be. Gramazin simmered on the backburner of my life.

In August 2016, God called me to leave my home in Pennsylvania, move to Cape Ann Massachusetts, and to marry my dear friend Karen, who I had known at Gordon College thirty-three years before. As I settled in to married life and my new home on the New England coast, the thought that my wild year of astonishing change would be capped by the writing of this book was nowhere in my head.

During my move to Massachusetts, I came across two books that had been gathering dust on my bookshelf. A friend had given me in the early 1990s a copy of the Book of Common Prayer. I also had a book of the poetry of Robert Burns that my father had purchased in Scotland during World War 2. The two books inspired me to write a book of prayers, about every topic imaginable, that people could carry around with them.

The inspiration for the book was intensified as Karen and I walked each day around the very scenic New England coastal village where we lived. This was the kind of place where authors lived and wrote their books. I was very grateful for the incredible blessings God had flooded into my life and I wanted to express my thankfulness to Him. I could do so by writing that book of prayer. Finally, after settling into my new married life in Cape Ann, I was eager to resume the advancement of Gramazin. The book of prayer that I had in mind seemed an excellent opportunity to spread the word about testimonies and Gramazin across the US.

On September 14, 2016, eighteen days after my wedding to Karen, I started to type. Day after day, week after week. Karen, who read and discussed the prayers with me, continuously encouraged me to keep writing. The entire book was prayerfully completed by Christmas 2016.

This book is dedicated to my heavenly Father and to His Son Jesus Christ. I am stunned by their grace in my life. Literally stunned. Speechless. I have experienced a miracle of answered prayer that proves Ephesians 3:20. They have done immeasurably more in my life than I could have ever asked for or even imagined! How can I say thank you? This book is a start.

This book is dedicated to my wife Karen, her daughters, and my amazing children Chad and Stephanie. It is dedicated to the counselors, mentors, friends, and extended family who kept me going through a very difficult season of life. It is dedicated to readers who are experiencing intense emotional or spiritual pain as they struggle with adversity in their lives.

It is also dedicated to my mother, Eleanor Wagner. The woman kept me alive in my darkest hours. The woman continuously believed that God was working in my life, even when the evidence was not very apparent. The woman bathed me with prayer. The woman inundated me with Bible verses, written in her handwriting on pieces of paper, many I have saved for remembrance and posterity. If this book is a blessing to you, please thank God for a godly mother who trusted that faith in God was real and applicable to the problems her son was facing. May her name be honored.

Before I wrap this up, I have a few housekeeping chores to complete.

  1. Do you know who needs this book the most? Me! I continue to struggle with being my own god. I continue to have moments of doubting God’s character. I continue to be tempted to value other things more than God. My friends, this book is as much a schooling and daily reminder for my corrupt heart as it is for anyone else. I am amazed at how my heart so easily defaults to “I can do things on my own without you, God!”
  2. Some of the prayers in this book are written from personal experience. For example, I’ve been suicidal, separated, and divorced. Other issues in life, such as homelessness or having a loved one incarcerated, I have not personally experienced. I’ve attempted to apply the lessons God has taught me to those issues, imagining how I would feel if I were in that situation.
  3. I have attempted with this book to connect to as many people in as many life situations as I can. Hence, there are 762 different prayer entries making this a long book. It is sort of a reference book, something you pick up off the shelf, making use of the section headings and the index of prayers when you have a thought you are dealing with. You can thank my wife Karen for reducing the length of this book, as it was her advice which led me to set a limit to one page or less for any one prayer.

It is the fall of 2016. I know not my future. The Lord could take me home at any time. He could lead me in directions totally foreign to me this hour. However, as I write this, Gramazin is the calling He has given me. It is my prayer that this book opens doors for Gramazin. It is my prayer that believers across America consider the message God has put on my heart, that they need to share their testimonies with a hurting world. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it became the norm for the unchurched to know they can find testimonies of hope front and center on local church websites? Let’s make this happen!

 

Charles Wagner
Founder of Gramazin - www.gramazin.com
Cape Ann Massachusetts
Christmas 2016

 

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Marketing - Please visit www.gramazin.com.  I am on a mission to encourage churches around the US to publish testimonies on the home page of their websites.  I will be contacting thousands of churches between 2017 and 2020, with the idea of a nationwide church celebration of testimonies in December 2020. This book, as well as additional books in the pipeline, is a piece of the larger vision.

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title: Discovering Jesus in a Chemistry Lab (52 Reflections from a Bench)

author: George Hill

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 5.12.2017 • author id: HiGCW11317

word count: 118000

Content

A retired scientist shows how the inner work of Jesus in us is apparent throughout the creative laboratory work of a research chemist. 

Christians believe that the worldviews of faith and science are linked; but the connection often appears strained. If the theories of science take time to digest, could its practical world reveal simpler truths? Could we discover modern parables for biblical living within the working lab?

My book is non-controversial and contains not science itself but 52 reflections on words and processes used in practical research chemistry. Remarkably, many are words we also use both in ordinary life and of our Spirit-led spiritual growth. Could the preparation, transformation, and purification of a potential novel medicine (of the sort I spent my career trying to discover) speak subtly of how God’s new creation forms from us in Christ? Molecules have no minds and God does no harsh experiments; yet do we need our inner essence distilled, our very natures powerfully re-created and our minds crystallized around His perfect example, so that we can face our final weighing and analysis?

My reflections (each around 2,000 words) can stand alone, but together trace a modern research chemist’s  building of a chemical product that just conceivably might heal millions. Books which connect the science of chemistry with anything reflective, let alone Christian faith, are very rare – yet there are millions whose lives or memories touch both worlds. Even non-scientists may enjoy recalling school chemistry and reading the many scientific and secular quotations which accompany this study of biblical truths and of the work of Jesus in us. Each Reflection is accompanied by a (b&w or color) image of mine from the Holy Land.

About the Author

I am a former research chemist (retired in 2012), happily married with three adult children, a Christian from age 11 and a Baptist. I have just one traditionally published book, which is not faith-related: Alderley Park Discovered: History, Wildlife and Pharmaceuticals (Carnegie Publishing, Lancaster, UK, 2016) (378 pages, c.500 illustrations, £30 in the UK). This is the popular science (and social) history of the leading global pharmaceutical research laboratories for 60 years of my former employer AstraZeneca. It includes the dramatic inside stories of many famous medicinal discoveries there in heart, antibiotic and cancer drugs (two of which teams I worked on). Around 700 copies have been sold. My current author platform is thus mostly not Christian. I published 3 scientific papers and was named on 9 more. However, I have no academic title. I also self-publish Christian novels.

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title: Unlikely Pilgrim: A Journey into Intentional Community and Back

author: Edward Sabin

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 9.26.2017 • author id: SaE2112217

word count: 70000

Content

In the mid-20th century, my father, a Unitarian minister named Ray Sabin traded in his ministry for life in an intentional religious community in the wilds of South America. It was a huge risk, requiring him and his family to leave everything familiar behind. It wasn’t a move made lightly. Ray tried to connect with his New England congregations for years, but his ideas clashed with churchgoers’ more conservative views. The more he talked about racial discrimination, the threat of war, or injustice in America, the more church attendance dropped. After seven years and two churches, Ray convinced his wife and children to move to the Bruderhof, or the Society of Brothers, an intentional community in Paraguay, where some 600 European and American expatriates sought to forge a life of community based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The move ultimately failed, facing Ray with difficult decisions—but the journey both there and back proved transformative for him and the family. Ray provides vignettes of the many extraordinary people he meets along the way.

 

About the Author

 

Ray kept a journal from the beginning of his ministry until his death in 1974. Focusing on the years 1946 to 1956, Unlikely Pilgrim draws on his journals, letters and personal experiences as a family. Photographs add life and color to the text. Like my father, I’ve been a jack of all trades as sociologist, newsletter editor, technical writer and statistician--in the process authoring a number of publications. A writer and editor, Amy Woods Butler, is helping with the project. We developed a website www.seekingtogether.net to publicize Unlikely Pilgrim. We are committed to market the book every way possible.

 

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title: RAW: Inner Workings of a Reborn Soul

author: Rebecca Mills

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 9.25.2017 • author id: MiR4305417

word count: 70263

Content

Sometimes you need a good friend and a cup of joe to hammer out the tough questions in life.  When emotions heighten and circumstances shift, it’s hard to know where your faith fits in.  Like chatting it up over coffee with a close friend, RAW invites readers to process through the tough questions in life.  Why do good people suffer?  Is the church still relevant?  Why am I stuck in life?  Covering a variety of theological topics in a simplified, conversational manner, the book encourages the reader to find value in vulnerability, strip away religiosity and become RAW with their deepest emotions.

 

RAW applies theological truths to evaluate life circumstances through the lens of scripture.  Using true stories and contemplative processing, the reader journeys with the author through a variety of life experiences and nagging questions.  The reader is encouraged to move beyond superficial Christianity, address darkness in their heart and embrace transforming peace.  Those tethered by haunting doubt, fear or uncertainty, will find answers that propel them to powerful Christ-centered living.

About the Author

Rebecca Mills is a certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist who carries a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies.  Although holding a “tent-maker” profession by day, her heart’s true passion is to share the love of Jesus to others.  Rebecca’s been active in her community by leading worship, Bible studies and spiritual formation activities.  She was the keynote speaker at the Lovely Women’s Conference and recently returned from a mission trip to Haiti. 

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title: Spiritual Design: Lessons from behavioral science to help deepen your spiritual practice

author: Stephen Wendel

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 11.14.2017 • author id: WeS6030217

word count: 50000

Content

We all sometimes struggle with the gap between our spiritual intentions and our actions. This book applies lessons from behavioral science—the interdisciplinary study of how people make decisions in their daily lives—to help close that gap. It describes how to employ the process of Spiritual Design: intentionally designing your environment to support spiritual growth.

In the book, you will discover a wealth of research to make it easier to take action in your spiritual life, whether the goal is to pray regularly or to follow a personal calling. For example, you’ll learn how to remove hassle factors that increase procrastination, use temptation bundling to support long-term but difficult choices, and make social commitments to help follow through on commitments.

You’ll also learn about breaking bad habits and avoiding moments of weakness one comes to regret. Bad habits are particularly pernicious because we often can’t overcome them with sheer willpower: they aren’t necessarily defects of character, but rather are mental shortcuts gone awry. When we understand how bad habits are triggered, we can more wisely work around them.

Spiritual Design doesn’t assume that we have full control over our lives—spiritual or otherwise. It instead assumes that God’s grace surrounds us and enables us to reach Him. Nevertheless, we can do our part. We can turn our hearts to God, and make it easier to both deepen our spiritual understanding and to act accordingly. We can and should ready the soil of our hearts for the divine seed to grow and flourish. This book provides tools to help prepare the way.

About the Author

I am a behavioral scientist, and lead a team of researchers who design products and communications to help people overcome behavioral obstacles in their lives. I’ve authored two secular books on applying behavioral science (Designing for Behavior Change and Improving Employee Benefits), and founded the largest national non-profit organization on behavioral science and product design. I personally am a Quaker, but the book does not assume or advocate a particular set of religious beliefs. Instead, it offers practical lessons on applying behavioral science in one’s own spiritual practice: regardless of one’s beliefs or denomination.  

The book’s primary audience is lay people, who have a sincere desire to deepen their faith and spiritual practice, but struggle to do so in their daily lives. In addition, the book can be of interest to pastors and clergy who seek to better understand some of the behavioral obstacles that their members may face.

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title: Who Do You Say I Am? Personal life stories told by the LGBTQ community

author: Carol Gibbs

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 11.25.2017 • author id: GiC2109317

word count: 74900

Content

           There is a growing intolerance in our world today, revealing a fear and hatred that is isolating large groups of people and making them targets of persecution and violence. While our culture is not new to persecution, the violent nature it has taken on is frightening. How is the church to respond?

 

            The LGBTQ community is one of the many groups of people that have endured the pain of persecution and violence. Who Do You Say I Am? is a collection of heart rendering life stories shared by members of the LGBTQ community. They long to be known and loved and have chosen to be completely transparent and vulnerable, sharing their greatest struggles and victories, with the hope that their stories would be a catalyst to changing hearts. Enter deeply into each story and allow your heart to be changed.

About the Author

    

           Who Do You Say I Am? is an expression of my heart in response to the persecution that my family received from the church because my son is gay. It is out of a heart of love for my family and for the church, that I write my very first book.

 

            I believe that family and faith are the most important things about me. I am a wife, mother, mother-in-law and a grandmother. I view my family members as gifts, and treasure every moment with them. I am also a follower of Jesus, committing my time and talents to justice issues and serving others wherever I find myself.  

 

            An educator by schooling and experience, I passionately use my training and gifts to empower others to embrace their God-given purpose. I devoted ten years on staff at a large non-denominational church, preparing, sending, and caring for people who brought the love and compassion of Jesus to those in need overseas. Earlier in my career, I formed young minds by teaching in middle and elementary school.

 

            I have a bachelor of arts degree from Goucher College, and a master’s degree from Towson University, both in Towson, Maryland.

 

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title: Simple

author: Brian Holland

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 3.13.2018 • author id: HoB9170118

word count: 20500

Content

What if we’ve made it too hard? What if we’ve made following Jesus more complicated than it’s supposed to be? The truth is if you want the front row seat to the miraculous, you have to be faithful in the mundane. But how do we do that? It all comes down to just one thing. It’s not easy, but it really is simple.

About the Author

Brian Holland has been in vocational ministry for the past 24 years, first working with middle school and high school students. After 17 years of working with youth he worked with young adults for 6 years. He is currently the campus and teaching pastor of the Claremont campus of Purpose Church in southern California. Purpose Church is a multi-campus, multi-ethnic and multi-generational large church (approximately 5,000 members) in the heart of southern California. He also speaks at camps, retreats, and conferences throughout the year all over the United States and in Canada.

The most important thing to know about Brian is that he’s simply a work in progress, lavished and smothered by God and his grace — a ragamuffin on the ride of lifetime with Jesus.

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title: Praying for My Basal Ganglia

author: Jeff Peabody

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 3.20.2018 • author id: PeJ9802318

word count: 30000

Content

The armor of God is a cherished biblical metaphor. But how does it translate into real life? Using his own battle with OCD as the lens, J.D. Peabody examines the armor from the perspective of someone struggling to wear it. Praying for My Basal Ganglia takes readers on a personal exploration of what it means to trust more fully in God’s total protection.

About the Author

J.D. Peabody is the founding pastor of New Day Church in Tacoma, Washington, which he planted in 2003. He received his MDiv from Fuller Seminary. In the past, he has written for Worship Leader, Leadership and First Things. On the creative side, his screenplay about the life of George Mueller won the grand prize Kairos Award presented by MovieGuide. He has also completed a Middle Grade Fiction novel, and co-wrote Jordin Sparks' finale song for American Idol.

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title: Sixty-Six

author: Michael Geile

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 7.14.2018 • author id: GeM4510318

word count: 45000

Content

How many non-Christians have read the Bible? How many might think about reading it and considering its claims, but are overwhelmed by the 1000+ page investment? In fact, how many Christians or those considering the claims of Christ are discouraged from taking on a full read of the Bible? What if you could pick up a short book and, in a few hours, attain a view of what is in the scriptures – in words that are closely factored from the scriptures and not simply the opinion of some author?

Sixty-Six is a compression of each book of the Bible into a single page. It factors out aspects that relate the character, words, and actions of God while attempting to omit no controversial subjects – then stitches these together. I have compressed the text; most of the words contained in this book are from the Bible itself. The objective of this work is to give a reader an entry to the scriptures; to entice them into a reading of their own copy of the Bible. 

About the Author

Mr. Michael Geile holds Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. He is active in his local church and decided that the this “quick access” culture could benefit from a view of the Bible that wasn’t just the words of yet another author – to enhance access and induce interest by Christians and non-Christians in the Bible. The market for this is anyone who might want to wade into the scriptures and the goal is for Sixty-Six to draw the reader into their personal copy of the Word.

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title: The Beauty of the In-Between: finding God in the silence, the struggle, and the in-between places

author: Matt Nelson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 7.31.2018 • author id: NeM7410518

word count: 60000

Content

We are full-blown clarity addicts.Were consumed with achieving our dreams and arriving safely at our destination. But in-between our dreams and our reality is something called life. And life is full of ups and downs, zigzags, uncertainties, struggles, seasons of doubt, waiting, and times where we feel as though God has completely forgotten.In the life of King David, we get a front row seat to this not-so-direct journey of discipleship that God often leads us down in order to shape our hearts andfuture. Itsalso in the in-between where wediscover ouridentity (pasture), we learn theindispensable lesson of surrender (cave), and we discover that even in the midst of all of the so-called detours we can find a greater purpose (palace). TheBeauty of the In-Betweenisabout learning to love where you are and not where you want to be. Its about finding joy, life, and contentment in the middle of the process and the in-between places we can so easily despise.

About the Author

Matt Nelson is the Founder and Lead Pastor of City Church, located in the urban core of Tulsa, OK. He holds an undergraduate degree in biblical studies and a Masters in Theology. Mattserves as the Executive Director of Seed Network, a church planting organization, and alsotravels the world training church planters as a part of Church Multiplication Network (CMN). He has spent the last 14 years of his life working with church planters andstrategizing to reach and disciple Millennials.

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title: Why You Should Exercise, Eat Healthy, and Die Anyway

author: William McNeely

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.14.2018 • author id: McW6580418

word count: 200000

Content

Why You Should Exercise, Eat Healthy, and Die Anywayis about understanding the wonderful design of the human body in accordance with the story of Scripture. Scripture tells us that creation itself was once very good but is now fallen, and we feel that tension into the depths of ourbones. To truly understand the human body and why we should take care of ourselves, we need to first understand the reality of creation itself.

William McNeely explains how we all live in accordance with a view of the world (i.e. world-view) and truly understanding it establishes the character one will form in their heart, mind, soul, and strength.

About the Author

William McNeely is a Resistance Training Specialist and author. He has published articles on popular websites and written a Christian based strength training philosophy book he self-published. He is the former owner of one of the most successful privately-owned strength training gyms in the country, STRONG Gym. His wife, Ny, has worked as a Youth Minister in the church and as a Young Life Area Director. Mr. McNeely is well known in the fitness community.

He also has a blog called understandingStrength.com and is an author at garagegymreviews.com which has over 50,000 followers.

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title: Disciple Making: A Beginner's Guide to Pre-evangelism, Evangelism, and Discipleship

author: Kenneth Smith

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 10.4.2018 • author id: SmK3780118

word count: 85864

Content

As Jesus began His public ministry, He extended personal invitations to those who would become His disciples. As Jesus prepared to relinquish His ministry after three years, He commissioned His disciples to go and make more disciples. These statements from Jesus are some of the most well-known in the Bible, yet most Christians are not involved in being a disciple or making other disciples. Unfortunately, the church has focused on making members instead of disciples.

A significant reason for this omission is that most Christians have never been discipled and, therefore, do not know how to be a disciple or make a disciple. In other words, they do not know how the disciple-making process works. Also, getting started is much more difficult than in previous generations. Disciple-making consists of pre-evangelism, evangelism, and discipleship, and beginning our task usually requires considerably more pre-evangelism than in the past.

Disciple-making is written for people who aspire to be discipled or commence a disciple-making ministry within their local church. This book serves as a roadmap to help you get started, point you in the right direction, and show you what the destination looks like.

About the Author

Kenneth Smith (MPH, Univ. of TN; M. Min., Southern Evangelical Seminary) serves as the Minister of Discipleship at his home church in Tennessee and volunteers with Ratio Christi (a campus apologetics ministry) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Caleb Smith has a BA from Maryville College in Maryville, TN. He also has a Masters of Philosophy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Calebs goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Bioethics.

Kenneth and Caleb are involved in speaking and teaching on various Christian topics such as apologetics, worldview, theology, world religions, ethics, church history, and pseudo-Christian cults.

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title: Approaching God in Worship

author: Robert Ingram

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 11.4.2018 • author id: InR4571018

word count: 346000

Content

Too many Christians sit in churches Sunday after Sunday, some their entire lives, and never experience any connection with God.  Worshipers may connect with their pastor, or with friends in the congregation.  They may connect with the church's theology, worship style, music, or some of its ministries.  Yet while they certainly hear many people speaking about God, they may never hear God speaking directly to them.  For too many, the presence of God is a theological concept, not a reality that they have experienced.

Approaching God in Worship shines light on the many tools we have in our various worship services that help the average person in the pew connect with our Creator and God.  Using a multitude of scriptural citations and quotations from contemporary authors, this text provides insight to transform the worship experience. Worship is not about entertainment, nor is it about educating the worshipers or forming Christian morals.  Worship is about worshiping God.  Only when people connect with God in worship will God, and their worship of him, become real and vital to them.

Approaching God in Worship will be helpful to both lay people and clergy.  It is designed to be used by individuals studying alone, or with a study group meeting for 14, 35, or even 70 sessions.  The manuscript is complete, and it could be divided into two volumes to make the price more accessible.  A separate leader's guide is also complete and available for study groups.

There are books on the theology and practice of Christian worship; histories of worship; works on how to plan and prepare worship services; books promoting traditional, contemporary, blended, emerging, and other styles of worship; and lots of devotional books for spiritual growth.  Approaching God in Worship brushes against all these genres, but it is the only book offering worshipers guidance on how to use the worship they encounter to recognize, experience, connect with, and enjoy God.  This is not about changing the services, but learning to use what already exists in the worship services at every Christian church. This is about empowering the average person in the pew to take up their worship tools and approach the Holy One.

About the Author

Robert Ingram is the author of eight published books, and a major contributor to a ninth. He is an ordained United Methodist pastor who has planned and led worship in congregations as small as 15 and as large as 3,000.  Graduating from The Ohio State University and The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, he has earned a bachelor’s, two master’s, and a doctoral degree, with his doctorate and one of the master’s degrees focusing on worship.  Six of his published books provide practical resources to pastors and lay people who are planning and leading worship, so his name will be recognized by many leaders in the church.  He has served as a national officer of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.  Having traveled to 11 countries outside the U.S., Ingram thinks and writes outside the provincial “box” to reach out to English-speakers around the world.  Being a full-time writer, while retaining his ordination and credentials in the church, Ingram is also available for book-signings, workshops and speaking engagements.

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title: Not-So-Great Expectations

author: Christine Deken

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 11.13.2018 • author id: DeC4323518

word count: 43000

Content

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” Prov. 14:12.        We are hopelessly sick with incorrect expectations about God, life and other people. In the words of the proverb, our way appears to be right. We think through a personal paradigm and often cannot see another perspective.  Wrong, high or unrealistic expectations cause unnecessary destruction in our emotional lives and relationships and plague all humans in various seasons, stages and spheres of life.  

But God has communicated truth that transforms our thoughts. This book comprehensively explores common but wrong expectations and applies God’s perspective to each. It provides a practical resource that will develop the ability to more quickly recognize expectations; rehabilitate our thoughts in accordance with the truth; and replace misguided expectations with a secure and steadfast hope in God thereby moving us toward greater emotional and relational health. 

 

About the Author

Christine Deken holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She practiced law for eight years and has published in the legal field. She authored the first three volumes of the published eight volume legal reference entitled, The Ohio Civil Practice Manual. She continued to update and revise this publication for 19 years. Christine was widowed at 23, has been married for 34 years and home-educated her five children. She currently leads a small group Bible study and teaches as adjunct faculty including a class on expectations at Xenos Christian Fellowship, a 5000-member church. She recently taught a breakout session at the Xenos Summer Institute, a conference attended by many non-Xenos members.

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title: When Prayer Seems to Fail

author: Michael Canion

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 1.15.2019 • author id: Cam3013519

word count: 25000

Content

When Prayer Seems to Fail, is a very insightful, practical, and personal book about prayer in general and when it seems to fail in particular. It answers question such as, why is it that my prayers seem to go unanswered? Am I praying wrong? Does prayer really work? What is prayer? How do I pray effectively? Why have I lost my desire to pray? This book will answer these questions and many more.

About the Author

I am a pastor with more than thirty years of experience. This book is extremely personal, it gives the reader insight into my personal struggles and victories as it pertains to prayer. The lessons that I have learned about prayer over the years have been life changing and the numerouse communictions from people who have read the book speaks to the relevance of the book. I find that to many people, prayer is a mystery; such a mystery that they had stopped even praying. This book will explain prayer and ignite or reignite a passion for prayer.

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title: Conversations with God: Relating to Him through His Word

author: Michael Benefield

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 2.8.2019 • author id: BeM7731619

word count: 32500

Content

God is a real person. So how do you learn to relate to Him? We learn to relate to the Lord primarily through the message He has left for usthe Bible. If you want to hear from God, the Bible is the place to start. Through it, He speaks to us, He saves us, He guides us, He encourages us, He answers our questions, and He helps us to learn, grow, and change. However, for any relationship to work, it must be two-way. There must be conversation.

That is what this book is about, Conversations with God! It will provide a simple process you can use to understand the Bible and relate to God more closely through it. Through a series of multiple readings, or listenings, you will learn to hear from the Lord. Along the way, you will pray to God about what you hear, ask Him questions about it, and express to Him your understanding of His message. This is your part of the conversation. It will help transform your time in the Bible into a conversation with the God who loves you!

About the Author

Michael Benefield holds degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and Grace School of Theology and has been involved in professional ministry for over 12 years. Mr. Benefield served as Discipleship Pastor at Conroe Bible Church for 6 years and currently works for a non-profit serving at-risk youth in southeast Texas. Mr. Benefield also maintains close ties to Estonia where he served as a church consultant. He will speak at his first conference in Spring 2019.

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title: What Every Christian Should Know About the Trinity

author: Rob Phillips

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 3.29.2019 • author id: PhR6510119

word count: 67000

Content

Theres little doubt that the doctrine of the Trinity is mysterious. Some would say its mind-boggling, or that it violates logic. After all, it claims that God is three and yet one. How is this possible? Charles Taze Russell, founder of the organization that became the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, rejected the Trinity as unreasonable. Joseph Smith, who established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, redefined the Godhead and invited us to join it. Other counterfeit forms of Christianity, as well as some Christian sects, embrace the Trinity yet fail to biblically describe how the one true God exists as three distinct but inseparable, co-equal, co-eternal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

So, its important for followers of Jesus to understand, as best we can, the triune God who created us, loves us, and redeemed us.Rather than view the doctrine of the Trinity as a stumbling block to belief, we should explore the triune God and enjoy the majesty and the mystery of this one divine being who has eternally existed as three co-equal, loving, selfless persons in whose image we are created.

What Every Christian Should Know About the Trinity is designed for pastors and laypersons for personal or group study.

About the Author

Rob Phillips directs the statewide apologetics ministry of the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is the author of seven books: The Apologist's Tool Kit; What Every Christian Should Know About Salvation; The Last Apologist: A Commentary on the Epistle of Jude for Defenders of the Christian Faith; What Everyone Should Know About the Afterlife; What Every Christian Should Know About Same-sex Attraction; What Every Christian Should Know About Islam; and The Kingdom According to Jesus: A Study of Jesus' Parables on the Kingdom of Heaven.

Phillips is certified in Christian Apologetics by the North American Mission Board. He travels and speaks extensively, with a focus on helping local church members become better equipped to defend the Christian faith with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15-16).

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title: The Trivial Life: Escaping the Default Mode of the Human Heart

author: Jason Lancaster

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.26.2019 • author id: LaJ7190119

word count: 27000

Content

Do you feel that your life often trends toward the trivial? You have the best intentions to redeem the time, invest in others, and live sacrificially. But you are often distracted, self-absorbed and dabbling in that which is meaningless. Why do you keep falling back into the same old pointless traps?Because the default mode of the human heart is bent toward triviality.But what if there were some kind of work-around, intentional reset, or deliberate action to move away from triviality to a life of meaning and purpose? What if you could push back against the default mode of the human heart and live a life of consequence as you engage critical aspects on a day-to-day basis? The good news is that God is not a trivial God, nor did He create you for a life of triviality. Though you have gone in search of your own way down the road of triviality, God has intervened through the person of Jesus Christ. Now through faith in Jesus you can live a God-consumed life that not only brings good to you and others but ultimately glory to God.

About the Author
Jason Lancaster has pastored sizable churches, one in an urban area helping the younger generation launch in life and now a retirement community helping the older generation land in life. He appeals to the Chuck Swindoll demographic who will buy the book for their kids and grandkids as well as the Gospel Coalition crowd who will promote it on social media. His ministry over the years has influenced many who are scattered throughout the world.

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title: As Christ Loved the Church: Shepherding Your Wife with the Love and Grace of Jesus

author: John White

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.29.2019 • author id: WhJ5354619

word count: 21500

Content

As Christ Loved the Church is a gospel-centered, pastorally winsome, and accessible book for men who are married or engaged. With pithy language, personal anecdotes, and gripping illustrations, the reader will be offered practical advice on caring for and nurturing their spouse toward joyful maturity in Christ. Many books on marriage are pragmatic and largely needs-based, a focus that leaves many readers thirsty for the grace of God in Christ that propels them into sacrifical love of others. As Christ Loved the Church, however, balances the imeratives of Scripture with the glorious indicatives of the gospel of Jesus. More than a how-to manual, this book guides the reader as a disciple who is being lovingly trained by a mentor. 

About the Author

J. Aaron White is the Senior Pastor of River Hills Community Church (Evangelical Free Church of America) in Janesville, Wisconsin. He is married to his highschool sweetheart, Tanya, and they have five children ages birth to thirteen. White holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, a Master of Theological Studies in Systematic Theology, and a Master of Theological Studies in Practical Theology. He has self-published five books, three of which gained endorsements from: Dr. Tom Schreiner (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), Dr. Bruce Ware (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), Marty Machowski (author of The Ology and Old Story New by New Growth Press), Greg Gilbert (author of What is the Gospel? by 9Marks), and Milton Vincent (author of A Gospel Primer for Christians). 

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title: A Hope-Filled Life: The Significance of Hope in the Life of a Believer

author: James Wilkes

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 5.17.2019 • author id: WiJ0276219

word count: 35000

Content

A Hope-Filled Life is a book of practical teaching on the subject of biblical hope. Biblical hope is not an abstraction. It is an actual gospel grace that produces joy and endurance in our lives. A Hope-Filled Life defines biblical hope and provides a practical theology for a life of hope in our sovereign God. The reader will be encouraged to see hope as a stabilizing force for Christian living. It is important for every Christian to understand that the race set before us has an end. By Gods grace, we will finish the course. Hope is one means that God uses for our perseverance. Although hope is about our confidence in Gods future promises, it is also a present reality in our hearts. The final outcome has been secured by Christ alone. In reality, He is our hope. Hope is not an option, and there are many biblical truths concerning hope that will strengthen the Christians heart. Discouragement, fear, and pride are some of the enemies of hope.

About the Author

I have pastored in Massachusetts since 1982. I have a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies. I served in one church for twenty-eight years and have pastored for seven years in my present pastorate, Grace Community Chapel, Seekonk, MA. I also taught theology and expositional preaching for many years in a local Bible institute. My focus for many years has been expositional preaching through the books of the Bible. I do have some ministry contacts through which this book could be promoted.

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title: Temptation with Purpose

author: Ackah Toffey

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 6.24.2019 • author id: ToA4413619

word count: 67500

Content

The book, Temptation with Purpose, was inspired by the voice that came from heaven following Jesus’ baptism, saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” and the temptation that followed. It is intended to motivate believers to rise to an intimacy with God to his pleasure. Using the declaration of God’s pleasure in his beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and the temptation following his baptism, the book portrays Jesus’ life of love, humility and obedience. Therefore, it is based on a triune principle of love, humility and obedience as a model of Christ-like living. It challenges believers to pursue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, excellence in love, humility and obedience, while providing the benefits of such virtues. Furthermore, it discusses lifestyles that may sear the heart of a believer to a distant relationship with God. Also, it encourages believers to rise above pain and distress and thereby surrender to God for manifestation of the purpose of God in diverse kinds of trials and adversities. Additionally, it emphasizes the utter need to trust and depend on God, as he shapes one in the “wilderness experience” for an intimate relationship. Lastly, it provides principles for overcoming temptations.

About the Author

Dr. Ackah Toffey is the author of an article titled, “Delight in the Lord,” Pentecost Herald, 2007. He is a good public speaker and an inspiring Bible teacher. He has written three manuscripts, namely, “Though armed with Bows,” “Temptation with Purpose” and “Lessons at the Lake with Jesus Christ.” Dr. Toffey’s affiliation with the Church of Pentecost, USA, and other affiliated churches throughout the world provides a platform of large audience for the book.

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title: AFTER AMEN: EXPERIENCING THE GOD WE NEED,THE COMMUNITY WE CRAVE, AND THE PERSON WE WANT TO BE THROUGH THE NON-

author: Lon Hider

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 7.15.2019 • author id: HiL4985419

word count: 90000

Content

Every year more and more people drop out of Church but not the pursuit of spirituality. Those in this growing exodus depart with a haunting question.  How do I construct a spiritual life when I am suspicious of the Church? 

After Amen helps us reconstruct our faith on the “hidden in plain sight” genius of Jesus buried under the transactional matrix of the Church. His innovative way of relating to God can resurrect our spiritual aspirations and set us on the path to true discipleship.

Pastor, church burnout and hopeful seeker, Lon Hider uncovers a thoroughly biblical way of relating to God.  He suggests a way forward through the non-transactional, relational theology of Jesus.  This book will help all of us:

• Identify the root of your disappointments in a crumbling Churchianity.

• Learn the prayer practice of Christ that provides a growing connection to God, our best selves, and others.

• Walk a non-shaming path toward your deepest humanity.

• Engage us with others in seeking a better world.

By the end of After Amen, you can find a new beginning for your faith journey based on the radical genius of Jesus rather than the failed expectations of your church experience.

About the Author

Dr. Lon Hider is a Pastor with two advanced theology degrees and over 30 years of leadership and pastoral experience with 5 churches.  He has a reputation as an outstanding speaker and teacher.  He writes constantly, having just finished his doctoral dissertation on the future of the church in rural America and before that writing over 1500 sermons and 5 seminars. He received rave reviews on his writing and the prospectus for this book from his mentor Dr. Leonard Sweet.  Dr. Sweet has a large following and has published over 60 books and written more than 80 prefaces/forwards for other published authors. 

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title: God Calling: Spiritual Direction for People in the Real World

author: Jeff Kilmartin

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 7.14.2019 • author id: KiJR3E2A19

word count: 135000

Content

Robust. Confident. Christlike. Generous. Decision making with conviction. These marks characterised the NT churches, and the saints in them, to a remarkable degree. Is it too much to think we can have the same reputation for our churches today?

We have the same God, the same Christ, the same Spirit in us, as they had. The same confidence, maturity, and generosity can also mark our own lives and that of our churches.

This work encourages us to make a close, faithful reading of the Scriptures to see how the NT saints made decisions, prayed (and did not pray!), were filled with the Spirit, understood the will of God for their lives, gave, and carried on the work of the Kingdom. It will also show how the NT saints differed from those of the OT, how the coming of Jesus and his Spirit changes the way God relates to his people, and how that affects our theology and reading of Scripture.

In a time marked by individualism, materialism, indecision, and hyper-spirituality, God is calling us to come home to the whole of the Scriptures and recapture the genuine spiritual direction he provides for living in the real world.

About the Author

Dr. Jeff Kilmartin has served in Christian ministry for over 25 years, first as a church pastor, and presently as a missionary. He lectures in seminaries, preaches in churches and conferences, and serves among an unreached people group in Central and West Africa. He has a large list of supporting churches and individuals respecting his mission work.

The issues presented in the book have been the focus of his writing and speaking for the past 20 years.

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title: Journey with Bunyan's Pilgrim

author: Ann Coker

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 7.22.2019 • author id: ACo4625919

word count: 24700

Content

(Working Title: Journey with Bunyan’s Pilgrim)

You know about John Bunyan’s classic The Pilgrim’s Progress, but have you read it? You might have started it, lost interest, and put it back on your bookshelf. Would a guide help you? Journey with Bunyan’s Pilgrim is structured as a devotional guide containing comments about Pilgrim’s journey, Scripture references Bunyan used, a takeaway relating personal experience, and brief journal space for your life application.

As the reader, your personal life connects with Bunyan’s Pilgrim: how Pilgrim’s journey and yours intersect; how Pilgrim and you relate to Scripture; what Pilgrim learned; what lessons Pilgrim taught you; and what areas on your journey still need work.

The value of connecting Scripture with life is easily adapted when reading through The Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan’s Scripture references relate to anyone’s personal life (past and present). The added value of journaling gives thoughtful and concrete application, connecting Scripture and life experiences. Knowledge brings understanding which results in wisdom.

Journey with Bunyan’s Pilgrim is structured for thirteen weeks, six days per week. Designed to be a devotional journal, the book includes text and blank lines for reader input.

About the Author

Ann L. Coker graduated from college twenty years after completing high school. She was managing editor of Good News magazine, and contributed to The Woman’s Study Bible, Thomas Nelson. Currently she writes for devotional publications, periodicals, and her blog (abcoker.blog). She has served the pro-life cause in several agencies. Ann is married to her favorite preacher, developing lifelong friendship during their college and pastoral ministries. Ann is a member of Heartland Christian Writers in Indianapolis, IN. 

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title: The Knife Edge: Learning to Walk to Narrow Road with Jesus

author: Sofia Nygaard

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 2.11.2020 • author id: NyS9807720

word count: 110450

Content

In Matthew 7:14 we read: "But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." It is not just the gate that is narrow, but the road we take as we follow Jesus is narrow.  This narrow road does not have walls on either side that keep us from stumbling. The narrow road is, because we have free will, a knife edge with a ditch on each side that the enemy of our souls ceaselessly tries to lure us into.  We must listen to the Apostle Paul's admonition in 1 Corinthians 10:12, "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!" 

Jude testifies (Jude 1:24) that God alone can keep us from stumbling. He has made the way, through Jesus, to enter the narrow gate, and the way, through the power of Christ's Spirit in us, to stay on the narrow road, that we may reach the finish line of the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1). The Knife Edge: Learning to Walk the Narrow Road with Jesus will help train your eyes to be fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and train your ears to hear the voice of God's Spirit more readily, that you may stay in step with the Spirit, growing more like Christ each day.

About the Author

I was a Mortgage Consultant for 15 years and left that career in order to work full-time for God. This is my first book and commission from God, but others are in process as I continue to study, teach, and grow closer to God.

I am a born-again Christian who has been commissioned by God to write this book: a prophetic message to urge Christ's body wake up (Revelation 3:2) in these last days. My message is encased in thorough scripture-based teaching to lead Jesus's disciples to a deeper walk in Him as they understand the importance of finishing their race. This book has been completely inspired by the Holy Spirit. I have no theological education or professional experience, only a deep and abiding love for Jesus that fuels my desire to carry out His will. My prophetic teaching ministry is currently carried out as a small group and women’s bible study leader and teacher.

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title: Unraveled: Torn By Life, Renewed in Faith

author: Andrea Mercier

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.13.2019 • author id: MeA6152319

word count: 31,000

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Have you ever questioned Gods goodness and doubted His love for you? In Unraveled: Torn By Life, Renewed in Faith, Andrea shares from her own personal experience of walking through spiritual warfare, infertility, a miscarriage, more than one health crisis, becoming a special needs mom, and being an Army wife. After years of wrestling with God through real, raw emotions and the deep questions of the faith, Andrea has come out with a fresh perspective that rests on the eternal goodness, love, and faithfulness of God revealed to us in Scripture. Our deepest times of sorrow can actually be used to remake our faith in a new way, a good way, a holy way. Satan desires to destroy our faith in these times, but God desires to bring our faith to completion through suffering. Through examining the Scriptures and sharing the honest details of her own heart being torn, Andrea encourages her readers to not give up but to press deeper into Jesus, believing Him and obeying Him even when life doesnt make any earthly sense. This is our destiny where sin is exposed, hope is restored, and our freedom in Christ is realized.

About the Author

Andrea is a women's speaker, minister, author, mom to a beautiful boy with autism, and wife to her handsome Army Chaplain husband. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Northern Seminary and is connected to the Kern Family Foundation through her time at Northern. She currently serves as the Family Ministry Director ata church just north of Peoria, IL. She speaks at women's events where her book could be sold. Find her atwww.andreamercier.com.

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title: The Gospel: A Redemption and Restoration Story

author: Michael O'Dowd

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 10.12.2019 • author id: OM1252019

word count: 90300

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In the first chapter of Romans, Paul teaches that the gospel is a message which brings “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, then you’ve believed this gospel message at some point in your past, but do you know that this gospel isn’t trapped in your past? That it remains the power of God in your life to bring the good work He began in you to completion? Sometimes we forget that the gospel is rooted in the Person who saved us “in accordance with the Scriptures” and that those Scriptures tell an amazing story, from Genesis to Revelation, of the marvelous wonder of the person and work of Jesus Christ. The gospel truly is a redemption and restoration story; in fact, it is the greatest story ever told! Come rediscover the marvelous wonder of your Savior and the salvation He brings by rediscovering the power of His story!

About the Author

Mike O’Dowd is the pastor of Leptondale Bible Church in Newburgh, New York. He holds 4 advanced degrees to include a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. A retired Air Force Colonel and fighter pilot, Mike’s life experience entails numerous opportunities to lead, extensive exposure to combat and extensive experience leading and teaching in a diversity of churches and denominations by virtue of more than a dozen moves, courtesy of the military! Mike and his family have done life “very real” along with God’s people whom he and his wife Lucia have served faithfully for nearly 3 decades, and it is for God’s people who have done life “very real” that Mike writes.

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title: Living a Deeper Faith

author: Pamela Myers Palmer

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 10.29.2019 • author id: MyP6049119

word count: 55000

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I explore twelve areas that we as Christians should practice and cultivate to enhance our spirituality and walk with the Lord. These are mentioned consistently throughout the Bible, centuries of believers before us fostered these spiritual areas, and personally, I have found my own faith has benefited when I live out such ways with a right and godly perspective. Along the way, I share my own stories, the accounts of biblical heroes of faith, and spiritual vignettes of people I have met. Their names and minor details have been modified or omitted to protect their privacy.

God invites us into a relationship with Him--one that we need to tend to, just as any other relationship. Our relationship with God changes us from the inside out, and eventually, our faith produces faithful living. This book is not a step-by-step guide or list of do’s and don’ts. Instead it will highlight areas we can nurture to help foster our relationship with God. The hope is that reading the pages ahead will take you on a journey that inspires you to live your faith in ways that honor the Lord, help you get to know God better, and hopefully draw others to Him.

My faith has been the foundation of my life. God’s presence in my life has shaped it in ways that I cannot even fully understand or know. This is my attempt at sharing what I have learned about God and how my faith has been strengthened through the lens of my upbringing in the church, biblical studies, and my experiences in ministry. I have much more learning to do, and a whole lot of transformation is yet to be done in my heart and life. Developing these areas have helped me figure out who I am and the kind of faithful life I choose to live.

At the end of each chapter, I include three sections. The first section, Moving Forward, gives readers a starting place for how they can grow in that certain area. The Reflection Guide follows so that this can be a book that prompts readers to reflect on their own faith walk, and perhaps one they may read and discuss with a best friend, spouse, or small group. Finally, each chapter ends with a list of Scripture references pertinent to the topic, so that readers can pray those verses over themselves and their lives. Praying God’s Word can bring about powerful change.

About the Author

Enriched by having faith in Christ Jesus, I came to write this book with the mission to inspire others to have a real relationship with God, develop their trust, and ultimately, to live each day motivated with an unshakeable and unstoppable faith. I am nowhere near having it all together, but I’m passionate to share God’s word in hopes to encourage others to follow Him more closely. I have spent years in ministry from leading Bible studies, witnessing to homeless men and women on the streets of Chicago, sharing God’s love with inner city youth in California, and more recently, to being at the bedside of those who are sick and dying. I have counseled and mentored many who are in search of something more, and are no longer satisfied with what this world offers them. I have sat with those who have been hurt and suffering because of the brokenness of this world and the consequences on their choices.

 

Ministry Highlights

2012 – Current: Hospital Staff Chaplain, Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL

2012 – Current: Ordained reverend with the Evangelical Church Alliance

2018: Planning team for the ME: Mom Equipped Conference, La Grange, IL

2008-2012 (intermittently): Program Director, Youth Academics and Spirituality programs, Bayshore Chrsitian Ministries, East Palo Alto, CA

 

Education

BA, Biblical and Theological Studies

North Park University

Chicago, IL

2008

 

MA, Counseling

Denver Seminary

Littleton, CO

2012

 

Published

BibleStudyTools.com

HerViewFromHome.com

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title: Re-entering Eden: Christian Meditation in Nature

author: Colleen Warren

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 11.7.2019 • author id: WaC4695319

word count: 58351

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What if Eden were not lost, but instead we have just walked away from it? That is the central premise of this book, Re-Entering Eden: Christian Meditation in Nature. In creating the natural world and that first perfect garden space, God imbued them with qualities that enlarge our capacity to sense his presence: silence, stillness, and solitude—attributes which nature still embodies today. Meditation in nature heightens our attentiveness to these qualities in our natural surroundings and cultivates them within our souls. Drawing on research that shows the benefits of exposure to nature as well as research that indicates the effectiveness of meditative practices, Re-Entering Eden argues that combining the two re-creates the environment of Eden, a space where walking with God is still possible. Grounded in the Biblical celebration of meditation and entrenched in an unapologetically Christian vision of nature, Re-Entering Eden clears a path through natural landscapes that leads to spiritual renewal, peace, and a deeper relationship with God. Offering the author’s own meditations on nature as stimulus for the readers’ own, this book will jostle readers from their “inside” complacency and motivate them to discover the spiritual atmosphere of nature and to initiate the transforming discipline of Christian meditation into their lives.

About the Author

I hold a PhD and have been teaching composition and literature at Taylor University for twenty-seven years. I have published a book, Annie Dillard and the Word Made Flesh: An Incarnational Theory of Language, have had several literary criticism articles as well as creative nonfiction pieces published in journals, an anthology, and online, and have been invited to read papers at over twenty-five literary conferences. These conferences, as well as my position as editor of the international newsletter for the Flannery O’Connor Society, my blog, my involvement in women’s Bible studies, and my teaching position at Taylor, afford multiple opportunities for promotion of my book.

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title: Sanctification: A User's Guide to Becoming More Like Jesus

author: Thomas Hawkes

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 11.22.2019 • author id: HaT2821219

word count: 98000

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Sanctification: A User’s Guide To Becoming More Like Jesus, offers the modern reader a deep understanding of precisely how one can grow in likeness to Jesus Christ. Based upon a careful study of the teachings of the Bible, John Calvin and other Reformers, drawn from the author’s Ph.D. studies, Sanctification presents a clear and compelling biblical approach to daily practices and orientations which will actually assist the Christian in spiritual growth through relying on the grace of God to transform them. Starting with a framework for understanding what holiness is, it teaches how to: desire holiness, rely on God’s grace, apprehend God’s life altering love, grow in faith and repentance, deny one’s self, and engage the church. While many books on sanctification emphasize one or two aspects of the Christian’s growth in holiness Sanctification presents a complete approach to a biblical lifestyle which helps one grow in grace, and thus in holiness.

 

About the Author

1. Education : 

2014 Ph.D., Historical Theology, London School of Theology.

2006 MA, Reformed Theological Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1985 MATS (Magna Cum Laude), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA.

2. Work experience 

2016 to present:  Director, The Center for Church Planting, Reformed Theological Seminary-Charlotte, NC.

1994 to present: Founding Senior Pastor, Uptown Church-PCA, Charlotte, NC.

1991-1995: Founding Director of The Arrow Leadership Program, Leighton Ford Ministries, Charlotte, NC.

1986-1990: U.S. Director of Church Growth for the Presbyterian Church in America, Atlanta, Georgia.

3. Publications 

Laying Firm Foundation: A Manual for Church Planting, PCA, 1988.

John Calvin’s Theology of Sanctification and the Genevan Academy, Paternoster, 2016.

Forth Coming: “John Calvin: Prophet of God’s Love,” Westminster Theological Journal, 2020.

4. Marketing: Dr. Sincliar Ferguson has agreed to write the forward. I teach at RTS and at various seminars. 

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title: Thy Kingdom Come

author: Patrick McFall

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.9.2019 • author id: McPCB11619

word count: 55000

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The principles and philosophies of the Kingdom were established in the first recorded sermon by Jesus: the Sermon on the Mount. Every New Testament writer wrote about them. Early Christians were pressed to live according to these magnanimous standards. They took the message so seriously that they suffered untold afflictions, even death, counting it joy to suffer atrocities for Christ.

Today, our standards have changed, but God’s standards have not. This book seeks to re-establish God’s standards based on the teachings of Jesus about His Kingdom.

Jesus preached about the Kingdom a lot! He said that the Kingdom is more important than food, home, and clothing. This is what makes this topic so fascinating, that something can be more important than the things we need to survive.

This book helps to explain this dynamic, and that makes it an important tool for Christians trying to grow in the things of God. It uncovers many hidden mysteries about the Kingdom of heaven, and tackles some tough questions relating to it. While some of these questions are academic, most are practical and instructional, helping us live the Kingdom life that Jesus championed.

About the Author

Thy Kingdom Come provides guidance on the spiritual, academic, and economic aspects of Kingdom life for Christians. Reverend Patrick McFall is uniquely qualified in all of these areas.

He is an Associate Minister and an entrepreneur. His ministerial experience dates more than thirty years. His professional experience includes executive management in commercial banking, offshore banking, and external auditing. His academic qualifications include American CPA, Canadian Securities, and Executive MBA.

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title: The Pretend Christian:How I Went from Stale Religion to Life-Changing Relationship And How You Can, Too

author: Deirdre Reilly

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 12.18.2019 • author id: ReD0186719

word count: 24370

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“The Pretend Christian: How I Went From Stale Religion to Life-Changing Relationship — And How You Can, Too” takes the reader on the author’s personal journey of the discovery of the truth of Christ, and vibrantly expresses the truth of the Christian faith even as an ever more secular and progressive society seeks to erase Christ and foundational Biblical truths.

“The Pretend Christian” is a short book specifically geared for those people who have heard about God and Jesus but find Christianity trite, old-fashioned, unbelievable, or simply too good to believe. It is also for people who have been hurt by religion or "religious" people in the past, but are nonetheless craving something they can't quite put their finger on — that indefinable longing that nags at the corners of modern life and asks, is there more? This book seeks to meet them in that place before a personal acceptance of God and His son Jesus, and offers understanding and respect for their journey and the experiences that have turned them off to faith.

In “The Pretend Christian” Reilly shares her own experiences as she searched for the truth, including almost 20 years where she professed Christianity while having no relationship with Christ. Reilly is just like most of her readers; she is not a pastor or religious scholar, but an average person — one who now experiences God’s grace, and wants to share it with others. Reilly especially speaks to those in any kind of spiritual limbo, and shares both the good and the bad experiences that led her to a lasting, life-changing faith.

In addition to sharing her own journey, Reilly includes two practical “takeaways” at the end of each short chapter; one for the “searcher,” and one for the Christian who may encounter them.

About the Author

Deirdre Reilly is a writer and journalist whose written work on family, faith and parenting has been carried by both regional and national publications including Fox News and Dallas Morning News. She is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and received a Massachusetts Press Award for her long-running nationally syndicated family humor column. Reilly has been both a radio and television guest for her views on modern-day parenting, faith and politics — most recently on Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” cable television network and the nationally syndicated “Morning Glory” EWTN radio program. She has interviewed people of faith including Franklin Graham. Reilly's last staff position was as senior editor overseeing content in the Faith vertical for LifeZette.com.

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title: Your Prayer Life Can Hurt Less: Using the Enneagram to Find a Form of Prayer that Works for You

author: Richard Griffin

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 3.27.2020 • author id: GrR0308620

word count: 65248

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Christians want to pray, want to experience connection with God through Jesus. The prayer forms the Church has given them, however, don’t work for most of them. A small percentage are nourished by the standard Quiet Time format or the ACTS approach, but many, many more of us live in silent shame about our prayer life. My book teaches Christians forms of prayer that specifically fit them; forms that express who God made them to be, sorted by Enneagram Personality Type. It’s written for Christians who are in the First Half of life, before they pass through the Dark Night of the Soul, so they can build a personal history of experiencing God and connecting with Him; a history they can draw on when God puts them into the Dark Night and withdraws the sense of His presence from them.

About the Author
I have 12 years of full-time pastoral ministry experience in Sumner, Nebraska, Oak Park, Illinois and Wilton, New Hampshire. I currently am Canon Missioner to the Northeast for the Emmanuel Anglican Communion (EAC). I’ve spent my adult life learning how to form Jesus in people (Gal. 4:7), with a primary focus on helping Christians who feel that they are failing at prayer. My marketing resources are primarily within the Anglican Church. My bishop, James Hunt, has offered to recommend the book to the Presiding Bishop of the EAC, Ed Skiba, and through Ed to all the priests of the EAC. Bishop Hunt has also offered to recommend the book to the Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of India, CIPBC, Samuel T. Ponniah. The Suffragan Bishop of the ACA Northeast Diocese and pastor of the church I attend, The Right Reverend Dr. Alexander H. Webb, has offered to recommend the book to his Bishop Ordinary, The Most Rev. Brian R. Marsh, and through Bishop Marsh to all the priests of the Northeast Diocese.  Bishop Webb has also offered to recommend the book to the Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in America, The Most Rev. Juan Garcia, and through Bishop Garcia to all the ACA’s Bishops Ordinary and their priests. He has further offered to recommend the book to the Primate  of the Traditional Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Shane Janzen, for distribution to the Bishops of the member denominations. These include: - The Anglican Catholic Church in Australia - The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada - The Anglican Church of India - The Province of the Anglican Church in Latin America - The Province of Africa (TAC) - The Church of Ireland (Traditional Rite) - The Traditional Anglican Church in Britain - The Church of Torres Strait

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title: The Fingerprint of God: Reflections on Love and Its Practice

author: Willard Dickerson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 4.18.2020 • author id: DiWiTh8120

word count: 44000

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Some would argue that we live in a dog-eat-dog world in which there is nothing but energy and matter. Those who know how to survive and reproduce pass their genes along to the next generation. Those who don’t have their genes culled from the gene pool. But if that were true, where did selfless love come from? And how did it become one of the basic necessities of human life? What exactly is love anyway? Is the existence — and necessity — of selfless love evidence that we really were created in the image of a loving God? Is love something like God’s fingerprint on our lives? Is it proof that He was here and that He made us in His image — to love and to be loved? If so, how should this fact affect our lives? What does this love look like in practice? And if God loves us so much, then why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?

About the Author
Will Dickerson earned a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. in medieval history from Cornell University, and a M.Ed. from Károli Gáspár University in Budapest, Hungary. He helped plant New Life Presbyterian Church in Ithaca, NY, and then spent two years filling the pulpit at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Vestal, NY. He has also spoken in churches from New England to Alaska. Since 1993, he has served as a missionary with One Mission Society in Budapest, Hungary. He has taught a range of courses at the Budapest campus of the European Nazarene College and has taught English in a public secondary school in Budapest for over 25 years. This book incorporates his knowledge of church history, theology, and education, as well as what he has learned from his experience in the classroom and pulpit.

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title: The Ministry of the Unveiled Face

author: Janet Fichter

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 8.5.2020 • author id: FiJaTh18720

word count: 10000

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The simplest and most profound insights from God come in times of prayer and Bible Study.  One such moment for me became the impetus for this book as God used 2 Corinthians 3:18 to bring the insight that we Christians are called to unveil the goodness of Christ to others through everyday interactions.  It is a call to ministry for all Christians to embrace those face to face opportunities God brings our way, speaking and praying words of hope and truth that bring light into dark and veiled places. This book simplifies a call to ministry by building upon the familiar verse, in 2nd Corinthians:  “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18).  The Ministry of The Unveiled Face is basic:  because Christ is in us, we are to be the unveiled face that reveals God’s beauty and goodness to a hurting and confused world.

About the Author
A native Coloradoan, Janet Fichter writes to inspire readers to rekindle the flame of passion for serving Christ. Her prose, fiction and poetry, has appeared in published collections of poetry and narratives (Simon & Schuster and World Poetry Movement). Having served the Lord in a variety of ministries and in her career as a teacher, she is now retired and pursuing God’s call to share the truths He has written on her heart.

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title: I'm Available Lord, Use Me!

author: Anne Farnum

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.22.2020 • author id: FaAnI'20320

word count: 58300

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Working Title: I’m Available Lord, Use Me! In today’s world, we are being pressed to answer this question: Do we truly believe in God and His love for us, and are we willing to sacrifice doing life “our way” as a result?  If we were to answer truthfully, we might have some trouble.  If you are like me, you want to be more like Jesus and submit to the Spirit, but you find it difficult to let go of this world.  We are not alone; many fellow believers struggle with this question, and many of the men and women of the Bible struggled too.  Peter is one of the noteworthy examples of a man who struggled yet overcame the question of availability.  In this book we will look at Peter’s life--how he met Jesus and became transformed while following Him, becoming a man available to His God.  We will learn about people of the Bible and their faith journeys, and will be challenged to be honest about where we are sheltering.  We will discover truths relevant today, nuggets of truth that give us renewed courage to navigate this life.

About the Author
Anne Farnum is an author and Bible teacher.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master of Education in Special Education.  In 2020, she published a book entitled, Pack Your Baggage, Honey, We’re Moving to Paris! through Ambassador International. She has taught the Bible through her church and in-home studies for 13 years.  She is passionate about Jesus, God’s Word, and women’s ministries. She blogs at her website, www.authorannefarnum.com. 

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title: Worth No Less

author: Jason Thompson

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritual growth • date submitted: 8.24.2020 • author id: ThJaWo20520

word count: 37000

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When I got divorced in my late twenties, my identity as a “good Christian” was shattered. I felt lost and broken, and while I clung to God for healing, it broke my heart that I was now worthless to God because of my divorce. I was convinced that my sin and shame made me unqualified to do anything significant for God’s Kingdom. To my utter astonishment, I was called into full-time ministry as a pastor just a few years after my divorce. God opened my eyes to the truth that our past sins and circumstances do not disqualify us in His eyes. In His eyes, we are worth no less, and He longs to partner with His children to do great things for His Kingdom and glory. It is my hope that every believer and every church will recognize the potential of all of God’s children and embrace God’s command to disciple and equip all of His followers.

About the Author
I am an ordained Discipleship Pastor at Renovation Church, a large church located in Greenville County, SC. Renovation is leading the way in our community in organizing church exchanges and church cooperatives that bring numerous congregations together, across denominational boundaries, to share ideas and resources. Formerly a middle school and high school English teacher with a Masters in Teaching and National Board Certification, I now use my writing and editing skills to create Bible studies and discipleship curriculum.

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title: The Christian Life: Living in the Panoply of God's Grace

author: Stephen Button

category: nonfiction • subcategory: spiritualgrowth • date submitted: 11.30.2020 • author id: BuStTh30920

word count: 128400

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One-Sentence Description:  Exploring the impressive collection and display of God's grace in the Christian's life.   Theme(s):  The primary theme is grace. However, there are multiple themes that are highlighted in view of grace. These include: salvation, sanctification, happiness, persecution, endurance, discipline, abiding in Jesus, repentance, the fruit of the Spirit, eternal security, reward, and others mentioned in passing.   Summation Quotes from the Book:  "God's grace is more than sufficient, it is abundantly available to all that belong to Him. There is a reservoir of grace that will never empty. When Jesus said, "My grace is sufficient," He was saying there is nothing else that will compare with it, nothing else that will replace it, nothing else that will embody it. Grace is sufficient because there is nothing that can be added to it, supplement it, or enhance it." "The purpose of this book is to help you evaluate your spiritual health by seeing what it is that contributes to it and what areas may need attention. As the saying goes, 'if you have your health, you have everything.' Spiritual health is eternally more important than physical health."   Brief Description: This book is an exploration of the Christian Life as it experiences the abundance of God's grace. Grace is the display of God's love that far exceeds our imagination. The subtitle of the book is: "Living in the Panoply of God's Grace." Panoply, which means a complete or impressive collection or display, is not a word used in everyday conversation, which is why I chose it. God's grace is anything but common. There is not a moment nor an aspect of our life that is not touched by God's grace.   Each chapter deals with a different aspect of the Christian life. Beginning with the need to experience the need for saving grace, the bulk of the book deals with the growth and development of the Christian life through sanctifying grace. The book explores the means by which the Christian life is nourished and grows because of God's grace. The Christian life can be a balanced, harmonious, happy life all because of God's grace. There is a purpose to the Christian life, which requires discipline and endurance in order to be effective. Ultimately, the Christian life is a relationship with Jesus, who produces in us, through our union with Him, qualities that reflect Him. There is a reward for living the Christian life, experienced now and expected in the future. God's grace is evident in all of this and is the basis for security we have in Him and the hope of eternal life, living in the presence of God forever. The Christian life could not exist were it not for the impressive collective display of God's grace.   Unique Features: In this book you will find: a discussion of how to identify good literature and avoid bad influences an exploration of theological extremes that cause tension and can lead to imbalance in the Christian life an explanation of the relationship of the Law to grace how to set spiritual priorities concerns about the excesses of worship, focusing on the importance of remembering who it is we worship how to a Christian can be happy, since happiness is a major ambition of most people. ten progressive forms of persecution the priority of embracing persecution four purposes of discipline and five principles of enduring in the Christian life seven evidences of what it means to live an effective Christian life four kinds of spiritual fruit the difference between worldly sorrow and godly sorrow the difference between penance and repentance the composite nature of the "five crowns." the relation of the five crowns to the fruit of the Spirit   Genre of the Book: Portions of the book are informative, challenging, convicting, and encouraging. This is not a theological work, but hopefully reflects sound theology. This is not an exegetical work, but hopefully is based on sound interpretation. This is not a devotional book, but it is hoped it will cause the reader to meditate upon the truth of God's word. In essence, this book is a survey of themes in an overview of the Christian life in the context of God's grace as seen in the different phases of the Christian life. The Scripture which headlines each chapter forms the foundation for the discussion in that chapter. Although some passages have no direct reference the word grace, they are used because they are best understood in light of God's grace. There is not an exegesis of the passage, because the purpose is not necessarily to give a definitive interpretation, but to increase the reader's inquisitive instinct to pursue the theme in greater detail and find more ways in which to identify personal application.

About the Author
I have been a pastor for 30 years, after 12 years as a youth pastor and worship leader. I received my M.Div from Talbot Seminary and my D.Min from Corban University. Several of my articles were published in the Baptist Bulletin (one due out in November 2020, which is a small section of this book on embracing persecution). Topics for the articles included: leadership in the church, rescuing dying churches, dancing in the church, dealing with the homeless, eternal security. Though this book is not autobiographical, I've included lessons learned over a lifetime from my own walk with God (and, to my shame, at times walk away from God). I've used the theme of grace as the central lynchpin for the book simply because I have learned from my own experience that apart from God's grace I would neither be saved nor being sanctified. My hope is that the reader will more readily see God's grace in their life after reading this book.

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