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SNEAK PEEK: Jesus: Understanding His Death and Resurrection by Kay and David Arthur
Discover afresh the good news of the gospel.
The long-awaited Messiah had finally arrived—only to be betrayed and sentenced to death. Why would Jesus, who knew beforehand all that would happen and who held the power of heaven at His command, submit to being humiliated, tortured, and ultimately killed?
In this powerful study centered on the final chapters of the gospel of Mark, you’ll consider for yourself all that Jesus endured to bring forgiveness to sinners and hope to the hopeless. And you’ll understand as never before why it’s so essential to share with others the good news of His death and resurrection.
SNEAK PEEK – Meet the New You by Elisa Pulliam
Change is possible.
As women, we are constantly evaluating ourselves. Am I enough? Why can’t I change this certain thing about myself? Should I be doing more?
We long for real, deep, lasting change—but we don’t know how to begin. In Meet the New You, Elisa Pulliam empowers women to take charge of their own life transformation by engaging in a meaningful relationship with God and His Word. Each chapter gives practical and interactive ways to address some of the biggest obstacles that stand in the way of permanent change. Through stories, biblical application, personality assessments, thought-provoking questions, and life-coaching principles, Meet the New You helps women:
- understand who they are
- cultivate a vision for who they want to become
- recognize what holds them back
- determine the steps necessary to put new, practical habits into action
It’s time to discover who you really are and how you can live life differently. It’s time to meet the new you!
SNEAK PEEK – Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall
Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?
Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.
Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.
Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.
Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.
SNEAK PEEK: Do Hard Things by Alex Harris and Brett Harris
A generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution”
Most people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don’t expect you to care. And even if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don’t expect it to last. We do. – Alex and Brett
Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.
Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life. Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change.
Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.
–A new introduction from the authors, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead”
–Questions (and Stories) To Get You Started
–A list of 100 Hard Things to help inspire you
–A study guide for personal or group use – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=75598#sthash.XBv2xfuM.dpuf
SNEAK PEEK: Good Things by Kevin Gerald
Take a fresh look around you with eyes that cut through the daily distortions and see the undeniable and extravagant goodness of God.
There are certain messages today, both outside and inside the church, that have tainted the true message of God’s favor. The reality is God isn’t obligated to provide good things for us—but He wants to! This is your opportunity to adopt a favor-minded mentality and realize that God’s favor, like His grace, is unearned, limitless, and never-ending. And, it’s for us!
In Good Things, Kevin Gerald invites you to become a good finder.
This book will equip you to:
● Discover that the goodness of God exceeds the pain of life’s hardship.
● Know how to keep your mind on God’s favor not your failure.
● Recognize that Grace and Favor are so intertwined you can’t separate them.
● Apply seven favor dynamics that will help you overcome relationship barriers.
● See what you are certain to overlook until your eyes are trained to see it.
It’s time you move forward in confidence, knowing that God is for you. He is always seeking to give you good things, and His favor is forever!
SNEAK PEEK: Safe House by Joshua Straub
Parenting isn’t rocket science, it’s just brain surgery.
And Dr. Joshua Straub has good news for you: You can do it!
You don’t need to do all the “right” things as a parent. Both science and the Bible show us that the most important thing we can provide for our kids is a place of emotional safety. In other words, the posture from which we parent matters infinitely more than the techniques of parenting.
Emotional safety—more than any other factor—is scientifically linked to raising kids who live, love, and lead well. Learn how to use emotional safety as a foundation from which you parent—and make a cultural impact that could change the world!
In Safe House, Dr. Straub draws from his extensive research and personal experience to help you:
- Foster healthy identity and social development in children of any age
- Win the war without getting overwhelmed in the daily battles
- Discipline in a way that builds relationship
- Understand how the culture is affecting your child and what you can do about it
- Cultivate responsible, self-regulating behavior in your kids
- Establish an unshakeable sense of faith, morality, and values in your home
- Feel more confident and peaceful as a parent
- Find a greater perspective on parenting than what you might see on a daily basis
Includes a Safe House Parenting Assessment
SNEAK PEEK: From Pain to Power by Mary Ellen Mann
Sexual violation was not your choice, but recovery is.
As a survivor of sexual trauma, you’ve likely experienced feelings of shame and confusion, and weakening of your faith and trust. It may feel like no one understands. And each day you’re simply trying to survive.
But the reality is you are meant for much more than survival. You are born with the right to use the pain as a point of power and reclaim what was taken without permission—your true identity.
Author Mary Ellen Mann understands. She’s been there. In From Pain to Power, she weaves personal story and years of research and counseling experience to provide comfort and respect, biblical insight, guided imagery, and self-care strategies. She will help you:
- Regain your power, safety, and sense of self
- Go to battle as a “Princess Warrior”
- Learn to trust your gut instinct again
- Protect yourself from further assault
- Reconcile your faith in God, who understands your doubt and anger
Mary Ellen Mann stands in your corner as you restore and honor your rightful femininity, find your voice of reason, and choose to live a legacy-filled life.
Includes tips and resources for spouses, parents, ministry leaders, and advocates who want to help survivors of sexual assault.
VIDEO: Safe House by Joshua Straub Book Trailer
Parenting isn’t rocket science, it’s just brain surgery.
And Dr. Joshua Straub has good news for you: You can do it! You don’t need to do all the “right” things as a parent. Both science and the Bible show us that the most important thing we can provide for our
kids is a place of emotional safety. In other words, the posture from which we parent matters infinitely more than the techniques of parenting. Emotional safety—more than any other factor—is scientifically linked to raising kids who live, love, and lead well. Learn how to use emotional safety as a foundation from which you parent—and make a cultural impact that could change the world!
SNEAK PEEK – One More Step by Rachel Wojo
Overcoming obstacles— One step at a time.
Life often sends hard things our way: illness, financial struggles, broken
relationships, and so many kinds of loss. Sometimes we can’t imagine a way forward.
How do we keep going when everything is going wrong?
Rachel Wojo has learned that hope rises to greet us when we find the strength to take One. More. Step.
Like you, Rachel has faced experiences that crushed her dreams of the perfect life: a failing marriage, a daughter’s heartbreaking diagnosis, and more. She transparently shares her pain and empathizes with yours, then points you to the path of God’s Word, where you’ll find hope to carry you forward. One More Step gives you permission to ache freely—
and helps you believe that life won’t always be this hard. No matter the circumstances you face, through these pages you’ll learn to…
• run to God’s Word when discouragement strikes
• replace feelings of despair with the truth of Scripture
• persevere through out-of-control circumstances and gain
a more intimate relationship with Jesus
Rachel identifies the reasons you may be tempted to quit and shows you
where to find the courage to keep going, one step at a time.
You’re not alone, so don’t give up. God won’t let you down. That’s a promise.