Messy Grace

Messy Grace
Author: Caleb Kaltenbach
Publsiher: WaterBrook
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-10-20
ISBN 10: 1601427379
ISBN 13: 9781601427373
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Messy Grace Book Review:

Sometimes, grace gets messy. Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor. Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace. Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when it’s messy. “Messy Grace is an important contribution to the conversation about sexual identity for churches and leaders. Caleb's story is surprising and unique, and he weaves it together compellingly. He states his views clearly, leaves room for disagreement, and champions love no matter where you are in this conversation.” —Jud Wilhite, Sr. Pastor, Central Christian Church

Ecologies of Grace

Ecologies of Grace
Author: Willis Jenkins
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2013-02-12
ISBN 10: 0199989885
ISBN 13: 9780199989881
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ecologies of Grace Book Review:

In Ecologies of Grace, Willis Jenkins presents a field-shaping introduction to Christian environmental ethics. Observing how religious environmental practices often draw on concepts of grace, Jenkins maps the way Christian environmental strategies draw from traditions of salvation as they engage the problems of environmental ethics.

They Like Jesus But Not the Church

They Like Jesus But Not the Church
Author: Dan Kimball
Publsiher: Zondervan
Total Pages: 271
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 0310245907
ISBN 13: 9780310245902
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

They Like Jesus But Not the Church Book Review:

Kimball provides an overview of the six most common objections emerging generations have with church and Christianity along with the biblical answers to these objections and examples of how churches are facing this challenge.

Messy Beautiful Friendship

Messy Beautiful Friendship
Author: Christine Hoover
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-04-18
ISBN 10: 1493406442
ISBN 13: 9781493406449
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Messy Beautiful Friendship Book Review:

Women long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make. The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation. Christine Hoover offers women a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows women - what's holding them back from developing satisfying friendships - how to make and deepen friendships - how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts - how to embrace the people God has already placed in their lives as potential friends - and how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship With stories of real friendships and guidance drawn from Scripture, Hoover encourages women to intentionally and purposefully invest in one of the most rewarding relationships God has given us.

Good and Cheap

Good and Cheap
Author: Leanne Brown
Publsiher: Workman Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2015-07-14
ISBN 10: 0761184171
ISBN 13: 9780761184171
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good and Cheap Book Review:

By showing that kitchen skill, and not budget, is the key to great food, Good and Cheap will help you eat well—really well—on the strictest of budgets. Created for people who have to watch every dollar—but particularly those living on the U.S. food stamp allotment of $4.00 a day—Good and Cheap is a cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes backed by ideas that will make everyone who uses it a better cook. From Spicy Pulled Pork to Barley Risotto with Peas, and from Chorizo and White Bean Ragù to Vegetable Jambalaya, the more than 100 recipes maximize every ingredient and teach economical cooking methods. There are recipes for breakfasts, soups and salads, lunches, snacks, big batch meals—and even desserts, like crispy, gooey Caramelized Bananas. Plus there are tips on shopping smartly and the minimal equipment needed to cook successfully. And when you buy one, we give one! With every copy of Good and Cheap purchased, the publisher will donate a free copy to a person or family in need. Donated books will be distributed through food charities, nonprofits, and other organizations. You can feel proud that your purchase of this book supports the people who need it most, giving them the tools to make healthy and delicious food. An IACP Cookbook Awards Winner.

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family
Author: Michelle Anthony
Publsiher: David C Cook
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2015-01-01
ISBN 10: 0781411416
ISBN 13: 9780781411417
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family Book Review:

We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don't know how to do it, you'll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge. Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples.

Grace That Breaks the Chains

Grace That Breaks the Chains
Author: Neil T. Anderson,Rich Miller,Paul Travis
Publsiher: Harvest House Publishers
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-10-01
ISBN 10: 0736955763
ISBN 13: 9780736955768
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Grace That Breaks the Chains Book Review:

Neil Anderson, author of the bestselling The Bondage BreakerTM, and his coauthors expose the trauma of legalism to let you see how Christ frees you from your efforts to be “good enough for God.” Far too many Christians believe that the Christian life is “trying hard to do what God commands.” But making laws into lords estranges you from Christ. In this liberating book, the authors uncover the chains of legalism: shame, guilt, and pride the keys to liberty: knowing who you are in Christ and resting in the Father’s love the life of freedom: experiencing joyful friendship with God and obeying Him because you love Him If you’re weighed down by rules you can’t possibly keep, here’s encouragement and an appeal to the church to be free in Christ. Previously titled Breaking the Bondage of Legalism.

One Way Love

One Way Love
Author: Tullian Tchividjian
Publsiher: David C Cook
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-10-01
ISBN 10: 0781410894
ISBN 13: 9780781410892
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

One Way Love Book Review:

Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief. Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our exhausted world needs a fresh encounter with God's inexhaustible grace—His one-way love. Sadly, however, Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living—and the judgments that result from them—rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over and over again. Tchividjian convincingly shows that Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. In this "manifesto," Tchividjian calls the church back to the heart of the Christian faith—grace. It is time for us to abandon our play-it-safe religion, and to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, unflinching grace. It’s shocking and scary, unnatural and undomesticated … but it is also the only thing that can set us free and light the church—and the world—on fire.

Spiritual Parenting

Spiritual Parenting
Author: Michelle Anthony
Publsiher: David C Cook
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2010-06-01
ISBN 10: 9781434702210
ISBN 13: 1434702219
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spiritual Parenting Book Review:

It's hard enough to train kids to behave, but good behavior isn't what Jesus calls for in the Bible. He wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward God and others. How can parents cultivate this in their children? In this book Dr. Michelle Anthony shares practical examples and biblical insight on the spiritual role of parenting. Spiritual Parenting introduces the simple but revolutionary concept that parents are, by the power of God's Spirit, to obey and depend on God in order to create an environment God can use to beckon their children to Him.

God of Tomorrow

God of Tomorrow
Author: Caleb Kaltenbach
Publsiher: WaterBrook
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2018-05-15
ISBN 10: 0735289999
ISBN 13: 9780735289994
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God of Tomorrow Book Review:

With a voice of reason and grace, pastor Caleb Kaltenbach challenges the church to choose the path of hope in response to polarizing cultural issues that are straight from the front pages of today’s newspapers. Divergent politics, immigration issues, bullying, re-defining family, racism, terrorism, new ways of categorizing people, and multiple other issues are negatively impacting our communities today. Some feel the country we live in now isn't the same one they lived in twenty years ago. Culture is consistently changing, and many Christians are nervous about what tomorrow will bring. However, we don't need to worry, because we serve the God of tomorrow. Culture will always change, but God never changes. God owns tomorrow. He has been in tomorrow, prepared tomorrow, and will walk with us into tomorrow. He will help us handle our ever-shifting culture as we journey forward. Every cultural issue we deal with today is something that Jesus dealt with in his day. The issues are the same, they just look different. Yet Jesus trusted the God of Tomorrow and knew that he was in complete control. Because of his trust in God, Jesus engaged culture in a very intentional way, and we can do likewise. God of Tomorrow includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter, providing a great platform for small groups to dialogue about these culturally-relevant topics.

The Secret Cardinal

The Secret Cardinal
Author: Tom Grace
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-08-21
ISBN 10: 1621576841
ISBN 13: 9781621576846
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secret Cardinal Book Review:

Ex-Navy Seal Nolan Kilkenny is still grieving a personal tragedy when he is unexpectedly called to the Vatican, where the dying Pope Leo XIV has a secret mission for him: rescue Chinese religious prisoner Yin Daoming, who—unbeknownst to the rest of the world—has been a secret cardinal for 20 years. Entrusted with the dangerous truth about an unreported atrocity committed against the underground Church in China and its link to the mysterious Yin Daoming, Kilkenny grimly sets out on a complicated journey that will take him from the Vatican to the U.S., China, and Mongolia, and will ultimately involve the C.I.A., the Mafia, Amercian Special Forces, a conclave of cardinals, and the U.S. President. "Grace builds a suspenseful head of steam as Kilkenny and friends overcome twists and obstacles in a dangerous race against Liu's forces." —Publishers Weekly

Messy Church

Messy Church
Author: Ross Parsley
Publsiher: David C Cook
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-07-01
ISBN 10: 1434705064
ISBN 13: 9781434705068
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Messy Church Book Review:

When you look at the church today, what do you see? A corporation with a CEO at the helm? A social organization that does good things for the community? Pastor Ross Parsley believes that neither of those pictures is God’s desire. Instead, God wants His church to function as a family—a group of real people who love each other and care for one another’s needs, no matter how messy. Our culture is dying for the kind of community that only the church can provide—if we are living as God intended: as a family, protecting one another, extending grace, and loving unconditionally. We are not called to be consumers who ask what the church can offer us. We are called to love deeply, fight fairly, and bring hope to a generation of people starving to belong to something greater than themselves. Welcome to the family. You belong here.

Multiply

Multiply
Author: Francis Chan,Mark Beuving
Publsiher: David C Cook
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2012-11-01
ISBN 10: 1434705862
ISBN 13: 9781434705860
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Multiply Book Review:

Jesus gave his followers a command: “Follow me.” And a promise: “And I will equip you to find others to follow me.” We were made to make disciples. Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where New York Times bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of Multiply. One plus one plus one. Every copy of Multiply is designed to do what Jesus did: make disciples who make disciples who make disciples…. Until the world knows the truth of Jesus Christ.

Messy Spirituality

Messy Spirituality
Author: Mike Yaconelli
Publsiher: Zondervan
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2009-12-15
ISBN 10: 0310867878
ISBN 13: 9780310867876
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Messy Spirituality Book Review:

I Guess I’m Not a Very Good Christian . . .Do you feel like:I don’t pray enoughI don’t read my Bible enoughI don’t share my faith enoughI don’t love God enoughI’m not committed enoughI’m not spiritual enoughThen this book is for you. Messy Spirituality was written for the silent majority of us who have been convinced that we just don’t do Christianity right. We spend most of our lives worried about what we don’t do instead of what we have done, focused on our imperfections instead of God’s fondness for the imperfect. Why? Because we’ve been bombarded with books, tapes, talks, seminars, and movies convincing us that real Christianity is all about perfection.Michael Yaconelli dares to suggest that imperfection, infiniteness, and messiness are, in fact, the earmarks of true Christianity; that real Christianity is messy, erratic, lopsided . . . and gloriously liberating. What if genuine faith begins with admitting we will never have our act completely together? Maybe messy disciples are exactly the kind of imperfect people Jesus came to earth for and whose company he actually enjoyed--and still enjoys. If you want to find Jesus today, look for him in the midst of burned-out believers, moral misfits, religious incompetents . . . men and women whose lives are, well, messy. Messy Spirituality is a strong antidote for the spiritual perfectionism in us all. Here are truths that can cut you loose from the tyranny of ought-to’s and open your eyes to the deep spirituality of being loved, shortcomings and all, by the God who meets you and transforms you in the midst of a messy and unpredictable life.

The End of Sexual Identity Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are Large Print 16pt

The End of Sexual Identity  Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are  Large Print 16pt
Author: Jenell Williams Paris
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2011-03
ISBN 10: 1459615999
ISBN 13: 9781459615991
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The End of Sexual Identity Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are Large Print 16pt Book Review:

Sexual identity has become an idol in both the culture at large and in the Christian subculture. And yet concepts like """"gay"""" or """"straight"""" are relatively recent developments in human history. We let ourselves be defined by socially constructed notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation--even though these may not be the only or best ways to think about sexuality. Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris offers a Christian framework for sexual holiness that accounts for complex postmodern realities. She assesses problems with popular cultural and Christian understandings of heterosexuality and homosexuality alike. The End of Sexual Identity moves beyond culture-war impasses to open up new space for conversations in diverse communities both inside and outside the church.

Out of a Far Country

Out of a Far Country
Author: Christopher Yuan,Angela Yuan
Publsiher: WaterBrook
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-05-03
ISBN 10: 0307729362
ISBN 13: 9780307729361
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Out of a Far Country Book Review:

Over 100,000 copies sold! Coming Out, Then Coming Home Christopher Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, discovered at an early age that he was different. He was attracted to other boys. As he grew into adulthood, his mother, Angela, hoped to control the situation. Instead, she found that her son and her life were spiraling out of control—and her own personal demons were determined to defeat her. Years of heartbreak, confusion, and prayer followed before the Yuans found a place of complete surrender, which is God’s desire for all families. Their amazing story, told from the perspectives of both mother and son, offers hope for anyone affected by homosexuality. God calls all who are lost to come home to him. Casting a compelling vision for holy sexuality, Out of a Far Country speaks to prodigals, parents of prodigals, and those wanting to minister to the gay community. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” - Luke 15:20 Includes a discussion guide for personal reflection and group use.

Gay Girl Good God

Gay Girl  Good God
Author: Jackie Hill Perry
Publsiher: B&H Publishing Group
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2018-09-03
ISBN 10: 1462751237
ISBN 13: 9781462751235
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gay Girl Good God Book Review:

“I used to be a lesbian.” In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. She embraced masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could? At age nineteen, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through contact with Christians. God broke in and turned her heart toward Him right in her own bedroom in light of His gospel. Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.

Iqbal

Iqbal
Author: Francesco D'Adamo
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2010-05-11
ISBN 10: 9781439106785
ISBN 13: 1439106789
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Iqbal Book Review:

When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master's promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil...and is brave enough to show them how to get there. This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal's courage.

Everyday Theology Bible Study Book

Everyday Theology   Bible Study Book
Author: Mary Wiley
Publsiher: Lifeway Church Resources
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2020-02-03
ISBN 10: 9781535985437
ISBN 13: 1535985437
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Everyday Theology Bible Study Book Book Review:

Theology shapes your life. Theology, the study of God and His work in the world, isn't just for those with lots of letters after their names or the staff at your church. It is for you in your everyday moments, everyday questions, and everyday decisions. What you believe determines the lens through which you see the world, how you live your daily life, and how you respond to both blessing and disaster. In this study you'll delve into eight essential doctrines of the faith: Scripture, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, humanity, salvation, the church, and the end times. As you examine these foundational truths, you will: Understand how the foundations of your faith matter in everyday life. Worship with a greater sense of who God is and His work in the world. Be better equipped to explain your faith. Improve your ability to discern between truth and false teaching. Make decisions in light of the truth of Scripture. Digital Resources E-book and free promotional materials available at www.LifeWay.com/EverydayTheology. Book jacket.

Making Peace with Change

Making Peace with Change
Author: Gina Brenna Butz
Publsiher: Our Daily Bread Publishing
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2020-02-05
ISBN 10: 1640700269
ISBN 13: 9781640700260
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Peace with Change Book Review:

Change is hard. Whether it’s a good transition like a job promotion or a bad disruption like a devastating health diagnosis, it’s stressful. Gina Brenna Butz shares her personal stories of struggling with change and encourages you to trust God. She writes with compassion as she urges you to rely on God’s goodness, lean on Him for strength, rejoice that He is constant, and ultimately to find satisfaction in Him rather than in circumstances. Scripture helps you see change from the viewpoint of your heavenly Father. You can rest knowing He works all things together for the good of His children, even in seasons of stress-inducing change.