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SEAK PEEK – Nine Thoughts that can Change Your Marriage by Sheila Wray Gregoire
Is what you believe about marriage getting in the way of a GREAT relationship?
When you’ve put into practice all the usual advice, but your marriage still falls short of the intimacy and joy you want, what then? Are patience and perseverance your only hope for a better relationship?
Author and speaker Sheila Wray Gregoire says, “Absolutely not!” The solution to a happier relationship is not found in being a more patient, more perfect wife, but in taking responsibility for what you can do—and especially for how you think about your marriage. She challenges you to replace pat Christian answers with nine biblical truths that will radically shift your perspective on your husband, your relationship, and your role in God’s design for marriage, including…
· My Husband Can’t Make Me Mad
· Being One Is More Important Than Being Right
· Having Sex Is Not the Same as Making Love
With humor and honesty, Sheila invites you to believe that God wants to bring oneness and intimacy to your marriage—and challenges you to partner with Him in that process by changing the way you think.
SNEAK PEEK – Through a Man’s Eyes by Shaunti Feldhahn and Craig Gross
What Happens When Women See What Men See?
You already know that your husband, boyfriend, or son is wired differently from you, but do you know what that really means? It means, among other things, that he’s been given the gift of a unique visual wiring—and the challenges that come with it.
In Through a Man’s Eyes, Shaunti Feldhahn and Craig Gross team up to help open our eyes to something we are often blind to. They address questions like:
- “Why are guys so visual—and what does that mean, anyway?”
- “How do I help my son navigate this sex-crazed culture?”
- “How dare someone tell a woman to watch what she wears! Isn’t it a man’s responsibility not to look?”
- “If he’s tempted by visual images, is there something wrong with him? With me?”
- “My husband is an honorable guy, so why would he be tempted by porn?”
- “How can I talk to my husband or son about this? What can I do to support him?”
Through the compassion and candor in this book, we can learn what men have long wished we knew (but didn’t know how to explain)—and see the difference it makes when we do!
SNEAK PEEK – Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge
A culinary concoction of taking chances and finding love in the most delectable places
Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up.
Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life?
As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries?
SNEAK PEEK – The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert
Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.
Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore. Click here to download chapter one of The Art of Losing Yourself
SNEAK PEEK- Finding Your Way Back to God By Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson
“God, if you’re real,
make yourself real to me.”
Each of us spends our lives on a journey toward God. Yet often our most deeply felt longings—for meaning, for love, for significance—end up leading us away from, instead of toward, our Creator and the person he made us to be.
Finding Your Way Back to God shows you how to understand and listen to your longings in a whole new way. It’s about waking up to who you really are, and daring to believe that God wants to be found even more than you want to find him. It’s about making the biggest wager of your life as you ask God to make himself known to you. And it’s about watching what happens next.
The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton – SNEAK PEEK
At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?
The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.
On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.
When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?
On the 1st Day of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas…
Books for Sisters, Mothers, and Girlfriends
The Christmas season is here. Stop and think about that. Take a moment to breath in deep, exhale slowly, and just ponder the significance of what has past and what is to come.
I am recently reminded that although at Christmas we focus, not surprisingly, on the babe in the manager and celebrate His coming to earth, He has actually been coming to us and for us from the very beginning, since the Garden. His love story with us, particularly women, is the main theme in the bestselling books by Liz Curtis Higgs.
The Women of Christmas draws us deep into the lives of three women, Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. With her signature storytelling, Liz walks through the first two chapters of Luke, line by line, illuminating how carefully God chose them and responded to their faithfulness. As Liz teaches, we see through the lives of these women, “God has chosen us too,” and fortunately, it’s regardless of our faithfulness.
Back through generations, we find more evidence of this as God orchestrates the details in the lives of a surprising cast of women. In Bad Girls of the Bible, The Girl’s Still Got It, and several companion books, Liz examines the lives of some of them, including Tamar, a widow turned harlot, Rahab, a prostitute, Ruth, a Moabite, and Bathsheba, an adulteress. Despite their reputations, ancestry, or deeds, Liz uncovers God’s purposes for their lives. Ultimately, we learn that these women, by God’s grace, share in Christ’s story, as part of His family, no less. The promise of redemption is open to everyone.
Even Eve. There in Genesis 3:13-19, as Eve confesses her betrayal to God, as He curses her for her disobedience, Liz teaches how God also promises a Savior. Jesus is there at the moment that sin enters the world, and through Eve would come Seth, “who stands in the lineage of Christ. Through her offspring, that old serpent would eventually be crushed forever.”
With transparency, humor, and biblical scholarship, Liz shares God’s undeserved but abundantly offered grace for these women—and for all. As Christmas approaches, let the ancient stories speak afresh. Let’s prepare Him room.
Brought to you by Allison O’Hara.
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- Liz Curtis Higgs and Ann Voskamp celebrate Christmas in “Christmas at the Farm”
- FREE Download: Use The Women of Christmas as a Bible Study
- Weekly online Bible study with Liz Curtis Higgs; currently reading through The Women of Christmas
Liz Curtis Higgs | Live in July!
Oklahoma City — Nashville — Grand Rapids
Enjoy precious time with your sisters in Christ—and those Bad Girls of the Bible—as best-selling author and Women of Faith speaker, Liz Curtis Higgs, opens God’s Word and shares from her heart.
Liz will be teaching from her newly revised classic, Bad Girls of the Bible, exploring the lives of two shady ladies from Scripture who reveal God’s grace in a way that’s both fresh and timeless.
“Popular storyteller Higgs takes a look at the vamps and tramps of the Bible, searching for the lessons these wicked women have to teach. Higgs retells these biblical stories with rollicking humor and deep insight as she teaches about the nature of sin and goodness.” —Publishers Weekly
Bring your Bible, your best friend, and your favorite local Bible teacher for fun and meaningful study and fellowship.
NEWS: Liz Curtis Higgs & The Romans Project
TODAY: On Ann Voskamp’s popular blog, A Holy Experience, best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs unpacks Romans 1:1. Sharing fresh insights on every word of the verse, Liz also includes photos from her garden and a heartfelt word of encouragement.
Be sure to follow Liz’s own Bible Study blog each Wednesday this winter as she walks through the pages of Embrace Grace.
DOWNLOAD: God Gave Us Easter Coloring Page
The newest in the beloved God Gave Us series by Lisa T. Bergren, God Gave Us Easter, will be available January 15, 2013! Begin the journey toward Easter early with this downloadable coloring page from the book.
If you want even more coloring fun with Biblical truths from this series, click here.