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SNEAK PEEK: I Tried Until I Almost Died


sneak-peak_1852 Tired of trying to measure up?

Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.

Click here to download an excerpt from I Tried Until I Almost Died. 

Tired of trying to measure up?

Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.

 Many of us believe that in order to please God, we have to be perfect. It’s an easy lie to buy into. In a culture that emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals, we feel driven to do more, achieve more, be more. And we get caught up in the unforgiving treadmill of self-imposed rules, believing that we should, we need to, we must.

 The result? Anger, frustration, and anxiety that keep us far away from the life of peace that Jesus promised.

 For years, Sandra McCollom lived in this trap. Finally worn out from striving for perfection but constantly feeling like a failure, one day she prayed in desperation, begging God for help. God answered Sandra by setting her on a life-changing journey to discover the riches of His grace.

 In I Tried Until I Almost Died, Sandra shares how she left behind her burden of anxiety and fear and shows you how to experience for yourself the freedom of trusting solely in the perfecting power of God’s grace.  

 

SNEAK PEEK – Miss Brenda and the Loveladies


sneak-peak_1852 Sometimes Hope Is the Greatest Gift of All

Click here to download an excerpt from Miss Brenda and the Loveladies. 

Brenda Spahn was a businesswoman who wouldn’t take no for an answer when she discovered that God wouldn’t either. When she invited seven hardened parolees into her southern mansion, she expected to house them, not love them. But her reluctant decision to serve women prisoners developed into a career, a calling, and a ministry that has helped thousands of women leave prison for good.

 In the tradition of The Blind Side, this remarkable true story shows the power of living out our calling, the beauty of God’s mercy, and why loving others always changes us first.

“People” Features Nick & Kanae Vujicic


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Nick and Kanae Vujicic, authors of Love Without Limits: A Remarkable True Story of Love Conquering All, are featured in the December 15, 2014, issue of People magazine in an article titled “My Beautiful Life.”  Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs, tells People about the challenges of finding romantic love as a person with disabilities and the blessings of meeting Kanae, who his calls “my miracle.”

 The full article can be found on newsstands starting Dec. 8, 2014, or to see an excerpt and video, click here.   

SNEEK PEEK: When Grace Sings


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When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?

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Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.

Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.

 

DOWNLOAD: Be the Message Christmas Ideas


Be-the-Message_ActionPlans_CH_300x250At Christmas time, of course, we celebrate the Incarnation: the Word becoming flesh (John 1:14). The theme of Be the Message is another kind of incarnation. The Christ-centered message of love and grace takes up residence in our lives. As Scripture tells us: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly” (Colossians 3:16).

Download your free action plan ideas now to help Be the Message to people in your family and community: 
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Based on the book Be the Message by Kerry & Chris Shook.  Start reading.

PODCAST: A Christmas Message from Liz Curtis Higgs, “Mary’s Story”


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NEWS: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Surpasses One Million Copies Sold


Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailThe perennially favorite women’s book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (WaterBrook Press), has sold more than one million copies and has been honored with the ECPA Platinum Award.  Originally released in 2000, Weaver’s CBA and Publishers Weekly best-seller on the sisters of Bethany, Mary and Martha, has become a cherished resource for women’s Bible study groups.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World immediately struck a chord with women who felt the conflict between wanting to sit at the feet of Jesus and the demands of a busy world—just like Martha and Mary thousands of years ago. Weaver’s book is an invitation for women who feel they aren’t godly enough, loving enough or doing enough.

“It all began with the desire to write biblical fiction. I’ve always been fascinated by the story Mary and Martha in Luke 10, but as I looked at the rest of the story found in John 11 and 12, I realized that there was much more than just a novel in these two sisters from Bethany,” said Weaver.

“After a year of insomnia and living in a wind tunnel of words, I remember praying two things as I wrote Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World…1) ‘Oh Lord, let it make sense!’ and   2) ‘Somehow use it for Your glory.’ It’s pretty amazing how God takes what we put in His hands and uses it in ways we could have never imagined,” Weaver added.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World was one of those books that just resonated with women,” says Stephen W. Cobb, president and publisher of WaterBrook Multnomah.  “We knew from the start that we had something special with this title and with Joanna. We’re proud to see it reach such a significant milestone and that the book is as meaningful to women today as when it came out 14 years ago.”

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World became the first in Weaver’s Bethany trilogy. She went on to write the additional best-sellers Having a Mary Spirit (WaterBrook Press, 2006) and Lazarus Awakening (WaterBrook Press, 2011). In 2013, the series was repackaged with new covers and WaterBrook released an all new 10-week DVD and companion study guide of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.  The timeless resource is also available in a gift edition. The new DVD curriculum and study guide for Having a Mary Spirit released in October 2014 and the video series and study guide for Lazarus Awakening will be available in June 2015.

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