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  • Finding Hope In A Dark Place


    “When you’re in a dark place, it is also a sacred place because God is there with you.”

    In this refreshingly candid book, author, life coach, and conference speaker Clarence Shuler shares his own story of depression and how, by God’s grace, he learned how to effectively manage it. Shuler’s story will help you receive grace in your own struggles.

    Joining Clarence is Monique Gadson (affectionately known as “Dr. Mo”), a licensed counselor who helped Clarence escape a very dark place in his life. Learn from Dr. Mo as she offers counseling insights and expertise woven throughout Clarence’s story, bringing clarity and wisdom to anyone desperate for hope. In the “Your Journey” section at the end of each chapter, you will be guided to reflect on your own walk in darkness and find ways back to joy.

    Finding Hope in a Dark Place part memoir, part mentorship, part workbook will help you recognize your own story in Clarence’s and remind you that hope is possible and worth pursuing. Even in the darkness, God is with you in that sacred space.

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  • Seasons Of Waiting


    In Seasons of Waiting, Barb Hill, a licensed professional counselor, invites you to find hope in life’s seasons of waiting, an experience that touches everyone. Whether you’re waiting for a spouse, a baby, a career, physical or emotional healing, or the restoration of a relationship, the feelings of tension and pain resonate with us. They expose what we believe, challenge our patience, refine our character, and confront where we’ve placed our hope. Since the process of waiting ebbs and flows, these 52 devotions poetically follow the rhythm of each season and unite the world of faith and mental health to offer hope no matter what season you’re in. Let Seasons of Waiting provide you with the courage you need to wait well, and the confidence that God’s timing is perfect!

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  • I Have A Psychiatric Diagnosis


    A psychiatric diagnosis can be heavy burden–for you or someone you love. These struggles can be life-dominating. But we know this: God is not silent when his people struggle. What does God say? Experienced counselor and best-selling author, Edward T. Welch helps you answer that crucial question by exploring how God’s Word speaks in ways that can help you find wisdom, rest, and hope in Jesus, even with a psychiatric diagnosis.

    What do you do when you recognize yourself or someone you love in descriptions like OCD, “bipolar disorder,” “borderline personality disorder”? The DSM can give you a detailed description, but what next? We listen to God and to his people.

    I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis will guide readers in listening to God who has compassion for those who are struggling in these painful ways. Listening to God in the Bible reshapes psychological descriptions and functions as a corrective lens that opens our eyes. As you listen to Scripture and God’s people, you will understand the struggles of those with a psychiatric diagnosis better and will be able to receive and offer words of help and hope. Welch includes case studies on panic attacks, PTSD, depression, and narcissism to aid in practical application to your situation.

    I Have a Psychiatric Diagnosis is part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series. This series walks readers through their deepest and most profound questions. Each question is unpacked by an experienced counselor that gives readers the tools to understand their struggle and how the gospel brings hope and healing to the problem they are facing.

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  • I Want To Escape


    When life overwhelms, it’s natural to try to get away. Escape holds a powerful allure amid hard times. In every season, a myriad of pressures, challenges, regrets, and disappointments plague our lives. These trials and tribulations often provoke us to cry, I’ve got to get outta here!

    Even though we have many good reasons for trying to escape, as Christians, we have even better reasons to depend courageously on our Savior in the ups and downs of life. Pastor Rush Witt helps us learn to bravely run to Christ instead of running away.

    I Want to Escape explores the reasons why we so often want to run and offers hope-filled direction to experience Jesus’s grace and mercy to comfort us and lead us on a better path. You will learn to recognize the classic signs of escapism: denial, distraction, self-destruction, and thoughts of death and to instead take the path of courageous dependence on Jesus, who remains closer than a brother even when we’re ready to run. At the very center of Christian courage stands not a principle or a system, but a Person who intimately knows each one of us.

    I Want to Escape is part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series. This series walks readers through their deepest and most profound questions. Each question is unpacked by an experienced counselor that gives readers the tools to understand their struggle and how the gospel brings hope and healing to the problem they are facing.

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  • Youre Gonna Make It


    Discover the grit you need to persevere through life’s hard times-with the resilience, honesty, and unshakeable joy of Jesus-with the popular pastor and host of Hillsong Channel’s Real with Daniel Fusco and Jesus Is Real Radio

    Most of us are just trying to get through the next twenty-four hours . . . let alone being ready to deal with the stress, anxiety, and suffering that arise when least expected.

    But it’s possible to move from fear and worry to the positive anticipation life should hold. See, there’s a way to survive the maddening chaos of this world, but it is only found in Jesus.

    Pastor and author Daniel Fusco discovered this the hard way. He’s experienced his share of loss, including the death of loved ones. Through diving into the Bible and deep times of prayer and reflection, Daniel has found a new closeness to Jesus and uncovered a way of resilience, perseverance, and grit.

    Jesus never promised a life of ease. He promised to be with us through everything. God can create good from all things, leading us into His promise of abundant life. We can persevere in hope. Right here. Right now.

    You can persevere in God’s promise. Because you’re gonna make it.

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  • When Faith Meets Therapy


    The power of faith intersects with the practicality of counseling in this unique partnership of a faith/worship leader and a therapist as they offer a pathway for readers to find help, hope, healing, and freedom while navigating life’s struggles.

    No one is immune from life’s difficulties, yet many people are reluctant to talk about mental health or seek professional help when they are struggling. People of faith who are battling issues such as anxiety, depression, life changes, stress, or relationship problems may suffer in silence, believing things will get better if only their faith was stronger, they prayed more, or they had more self-discipline. The stigma about needing to seek help is all too real.

    But seeking professional help isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign that someone is serious about moving forward emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Written by producer, artist, and author Anthony Evans, along with licensed psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser, When Faith Meets Therapy:

    *dispels the cultural myths and stigmas that surround professional therapy;

    *shares stories from the authors’ personal experiences and from others who are facing life’s challenges; and

    *provides practical steps that readers can take in the pursuit of emotional, relational, and spiritual progress.

    Anthony and Stacy met five years ago when he was seeking emotional and relational healing of his own. Stacy led Anthony through a process of internal renovation and continues as his personal therapist.

    When Faith Meets Therapy contains priceless, practical knowledge to break stereotypes that surround therapy while also offering immeasurable hope and encouragement.

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  • Reframe Your Shame


    Discover how facing your underlying pain will allow you to overcome it and move forward. With practical insights and biblical teaching about what it takes to break the cycle of addiction and shame, Reframe Your Shame will set you on the path to freedom.

    Irene Rollins knows what it means to walk through shame, especially as a leader. She enjoyed a seemingly perfect life as a wife, mom, and leader of a megachurch while she hid a secret addiction to alcohol that almost destroyed everything. With vulnerability and wisdom, Irene offers strategies and biblical teaching to break free of the suffocating cycle of sin and shame.

    Many people aren’t even aware that they live in an addiction cycle, unaware of how unmanageable their lives have become. Their relationships feel distant, difficult, or dysfunctional, but they often don’t know why. Reframe Your Shame provides awareness and resources to help readers:

    *recognize the warning signs of toxic shame and addiction;

    *accept truth and take responsibility for their own journey of emotional healing and growth;

    *find freedom from shame, self-defeating hurts, hang-ups, and habits;

    *learn to communicate, connect with others, and resolve both internal and relational conflicts; and

    *discover practical tools to live with purpose, free from the baggage of the past.

    Perfect for those fighting a personal battle, or for family members and counselors walking with them, Reframe Your Shame sets them on a path to freedom.

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  • Dont Give Up


    The idea of quitting and giving up may be just a passing thought or it may have festered to the point that you feel like you’re at the end of your rope and have lost all hope. You may have experienced a life-altering event or betrayal of a close friend or alienation from family and friends. You may have an addiction you cannot kick or repeated failures that destroyed your self-confidence. Regardless of what brought you to the brink of hopelessness, there is still hope – if you will grab hold of it. Don’t Give Up was written to help heal the hurt, restore your heart and strengthen your resolve with Scriptures, prayers, and insights. Don’t give up! God is not a million miles away and He has not given up on you!

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  • Have You Felt Like Giving Up Lately


    We all experience times of sadness, trial, and pain. But what happens when grief and depression seem so overwhelming that we feel like simply giving up? This encouraging book from bestselling author and longtime pastor David Wilkerson shows you how to trust God to bring you through hard times, wait on God’s answers to prayer, lay down your guilt, and much more.

    Only God can heal your wounds. With powerful true stories and wisdom drawn from a lifetime of ministering to hurting people, Wilkerson gently guides you in giving your troubles over to God, believing that he will work miracles in your life.

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  • Jesus And OCD


    Has OCD paralyzed you, leading you in circles with no way out? By learning from Joshua and Caleb, the two Israelites who stood out from the crowd by having the faith to enter the Promised Land, you will discover how to walk by faith and inherit your promised land-one in which OCD does not rule your life.

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  • Reclaimed : Overcome Trauma And Gain Healthy Control Of Your Life


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    Shannon McGraw, survivor of incest, date rape, and emotional abuse, has worked with survivors for ten years as a Mental Health Peer Specialist dedicating her life to helping survivors through the healing process.

    In this step-by-step directive, Shannon helps you to recognize the lies of trauma in order to reclaim your worth and embrace healthy boundaries and control of your life.

    This book will support you in overcoming and surviving your past to thriving and living the life you want.

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  • Dear Suicide : Goodbye


    A Kingdom Publishing LLC Title

    With the increase of suicide in our society, how do you deal with it? Do you know someone who as attempted or committed suicide? Have you had thoughts of ending your own life? This book is an easy to understand guide to the behaviors, signs, and ways to battle against suicide.

    Suicide is a confusing and painful reality that has impacted all of us in one way or another. It doesn’t discriminate against race, gender, age, or socioeconomic background. There are many reasons why someone would choose suicide as the solution to their problems. No matter what their reason is, when someone takes their own life, it leaves many questions and devastation for those who are left to pick up the pieces. Dear Suicide: Goodbye is an authoritative resource that gives practical information about suicide. Ericka L. Hall illuminates this difficult topic with her professional insight as well as the truth of God’s Word, love, and promises to win the battle over the hopelessness that is felt when people are touched by suicide. It is time to say, Dear Suicide: Goodbye!

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  • We Pray With Her


    Leading while female-whether in business, politics, the home, local communities, or the church-can be incredibly life-giving and spiritually fulfilling, yet lonely and difficult. “We Pray with Her” means supporting all the hers, both established and just starting up the ladder, who are leading the charge in today’s culture. It is a commitment to let them know that they are not alone, and that we are praying with along with them. In a world of glass ceilings, harassment, and “boy’s clubs,” women often encounter obstacles when they seek to forge ahead in their work to leave a positive mark through their labor, personal efforts, and causes. Women business leaders, political candidates, clergy, and trailblazers of all kinds need the support and encouragement of their fellow women. We are not intended to walk through life alone, and by raising each other up in prayer we will in-turn be inspired in our own efforts, grow in our faith, be understanding of shortfalls, and celebrate successes along with our fellow women. This inspiring devotional is a collection of 100 entries written by the women of WePrayWithHer, a grassroots movement turned online collective of women faith leaders, explores themes such as call, vocation, persistence, resistance, and struggle. Whether you’re a woman leader looking for personal inspiration, in a supportive role to a leader, an aspiring leader, or a woman who wants to support her sisters in Christ, you’ll find a home within these pages. Join the movement with your prayers, by mentoring, and through daily acts of solidarity with the women in your life and community. In these readings you’ll be emboldened to support one another as we strive to live the life to which God has called us.

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  • Gods Hand In Our Hardship Pamphlet


    Why Does God Let Good People Suffer? by Joni Eareckson Tada

    When you read through the Bible, you can see that God hates suffering. Jesus spent much of his life relieving people’s illnesses and hurts. He calls us to do the same: to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, take care of widows and orphans and visit those in prison. So why doesn’t our all-powerful God get rid of suffering?

    14 panels, fits inside most Bibles, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, unfolds to 38 inches long

    Why Does God Let Good People Suffer? by Joni Eareckson Tada answers the big questions about suffering:
    *How can a gracious and loving God allow anyone to suffer?
    *Why do “good” people have to suffer? Don’t they deserve better?
    *What possible good can come through suffering?

    Popular author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada helps you understand why God allows suffering and what we can learn from it in this glossy, full-color, 14-page pamphlet.

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  • Understanding And Loving A Person With Alcohol Or Drug Addiction


    This compassionate and helpful book educates both the mind and heart in the power of addiction and the way to help others find healing.

    When a family member or friend is addicted to drugs or alcohol the situation can feel hopeless and confusing. In this book, David Stoop and Stephen Arterburn help readers develop a plan of action by offering:
    *Insight into brain chemistry and addiction
    *Real-life ideas for encouraging healthy choices
    *Guidance in how to help without enabling
    *The connection between depression, ADD, and trauma

    Stoop and Arterburn have helped thousands of people around the country understand chemical addiction and how to love someone well in the midst of this gripping disease.

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  • Psalm 91 : Gods Umbrella Of Protection


    Psalm 91 is one of the most comforting and encouraging of the Psalms. It offers protection from our greatest fears.

    Do the latest statistics on heart disease, cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses send a chill down your spine? Do thoughts of terrorist attacks and chemical warfare cause your heart to skip a beat? What about natural disasters that are striking in unexpected places? Do you sometimes wonder if there is any safe place in the world to hide?

    The answer to all your fears is found in Psalm 91. Peggy Joyce Ruth explains, in a comprehensive fashion, how the verses in Psalm 91 constitute God’s Covenant of Protection. This covenant can be applied to you, your family, and your loved ones. This book could be one of the most important messages you will ever read!

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  • 7 Ways To Choose Healing


    The power to heal (emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically) is in God’s hands, but the ability to receive his healing touch is your choice. From 7 practical steps toward healing to hidden roadblocks that keep you in unnecessary pain, Arterburn will help you rediscover the transforming power of God’s Word in 7 Ways to Choose Healing, the 1st of 4 books in the New Life Series by best-selling author Stephen Arterburn.

    *Step-by-step advice based on biblical principles
    *Relatable stories and time tested counseling advice
    *Powerful Scriptures to guide your walk towards freedom and joy in Christ

    The New Life Series by Stephen Arterburn is a practical collection of counseling titles covering everything from spiritual to relational topics. From midlife crises to spiritual legalism, Arterburn guides readers through the doorway of biblical truth to find freedom and Christ-like transformation.

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  • God Loves Broken People


    In twelve stirring, insightful, and deeply revealing chapters, Sheila Walsh shows how personal brokenness can open doors of intimacy with Jesus Christ that might never open in any other way. Now in trade paper.

    The other side of brokenness

    “If I could write only one book in my lifetime, I would ask God to make it this one, the very book you now hold in your hands. . . .”? Sheila Walsh

    God loves broken people. And when weary, wounded men and women find a way to open their bruised hearts and somehow welcome Him into their personal darkness, they will find a love beyond anything they have ever known.

    When the glass house Sheila had lived in for so many years came crashing to the ground, she began a new life outside the safety of those walls. No, it didn’t feel good, nor safe?not at all. But it felt true. Sheila saw herself as a broken lamb limping after the Shepherd, not knowing where He was going, but knowing that wherever He went, she wanted to go with Him.

    In twelve stirring, insightful, and deeply revealing chapters, Sheila Walsh shows how personal brokenness can open doors of intimacy with Jesus Christ that might never open in any other way.

    It’s not that God loves broken people more than those who imagine themselves to be whole?it’s simply that they know they are loved. They dare to believe it . . . and through such trust, a new wholeness emerges from yesterday’s broken pieces.

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  • Overcoming Conflict : How To Deal With Difficult People And Situations


    Discover the Right Way to Handle Conflict

    Conflict is an unavoidable part of life, but you can control how you respond to it. You have a choice. Difficult situations can make you want to be angry, retaliate, or get even or conflict can help you grow in empathy, honesty, and acceptance. It’s up to you.
    Overcoming Conflict gives you the confidence you need to solve disagreements. You’ll learn
    *what causes conflict
    *how to properly discuss differences and issues
    *the power of forgiveness
    *practical steps to reconciling relationships
    *the biblical perspective on conflict resolution

    By applying the principles in this book, you will develop new patterns of behavior that will significantly improve your personal and professional relationships and give you greater peace of mind when conflicts arise.

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  • Memory Loss : Quick Reference Guide What To Day And Do How To Help


    Its difficult for many people to know what to say or do when someone is suffering from a memory-related illness. This easy-to-read pamphlet equips readers to care for and comfort those who are experiencing memory loss. The Help a Friend pamphlet on Memory Loss includes a simple overview on how to care for those suffering from this type of illness and the struggles those going through this difficulty will likely face. A Quick Tips section covers things to avoid saying and suggested further resources, and this 20-panel resource equips readers with biblical wisdom and practical, time-tested advice from Joni Eareckson Tada. The Help a Friend pamphlet series focuses on the first response by a caring friend to bad news about a loved one. Friends gain the confidence to reach out rather than avoid, equipped with biblical wisdom and practical, time-tested advice from Joni Eareckson Tada.

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  • Autism : Quick Reference Guide What To Day And Do How To Help


    Autism Spectrum Disorder in children has increased to nearly 120% from 2000, making it the fastest-growing developmental disability known, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This enriching pamphlet will equip anyone with resources to provide help and support to parents of a newly diagnosed child. The 20-panel pamphlet contains a simple overview that explains Autism, gives stories and descriptions of struggles a caregiver might be likely to experience, and includes Quick Tips and Encouragement sections with comforting Bible verses and quotes. The Help a Friend pamphlet series focuses on the first response by a caring friend to bad news about a loved one. Friends gain the confidence to reach out rather than avoid, equipped with biblical wisdom and practical, time-tested advice from Joni Eareckson Tada.

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  • Bugles In The Afternoon


    In Bugles in the Afternoon, Edwards writes, “My long experience in the church has convinced me that most ministers-both professional and lay-spend time under the juniper tree. Those ministers who have served more than ten years and not been depressed, discouraged, or disillusioned can hold their annual convention in a phone booth. The rest of us, if we’re honest, will admit that we occasionally visit the juniper tree . . . .” In eight honest and helpful chapters, Edwards probes the shape of modern ministry and the stresses that plague ministers. He explores ways to survive church conflict and how to know when it is time to leave the steeple. His fresh, thoughtful insights will encourage anyone trying to minister in a complex world. Bugles in the Afternoon is one juniper tree survivor guiding other juniper tree sufferers toward hope.

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  • Life After The Storm


    Are winds of change, doubt, or grief swirling around you? Engaging author and teacher Jan Harrison shares how, when storms strike, you can depend on God’s spiritual supplies– His promises, His Spirit, His ever-present help, and the treasures of His Word. After a storm of loss forever changed the landscape of Jan’s life, her faith and years of Bible study were tested. In that journey, she discovered how God was and is able to fill her every need. Now, with compassion and courage, Jan will help you:
    *stop living in fear of “what if” and be ready for life “even if”
    *sense God’s constant presence and gentle healing
    *experience the transforming confidence and faith that only a storm can unveil

    Whether you or someone you care about faces a difficult season, the lifelines of God’s promises will lead you to life and hope after the storm.

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  • Beyond The Sorrow


    People everywhere are facing difficult situations and need to know how to cope with the frustration and overwhelming emotions that accompany any uncertain situation. This book of hope from Tammy Trent interweaves third-person stories and letters of people who needed–and found–encouragement.

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  • Mercy Said No


    Could you use an infusion of hope, strength, and courage? Have you or a loved one suffered from illness or another hardship that left you wondering if you could muster up the courage to go on? If your answer to either of these questions is “yes,” then “Mercy Said No!” is for you. This book of poetry includes encouragement and hope as well as practical ways to overcome adversity and get back in the race we call life. Statistics show that your attitude toward adversity has a significant impact on your success in overcoming it. This book will help you turn from hand-wringing to hand clapping as you gain victory over your obstacles.

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  • Iraq : A Spiritual Journey


    God is in control in Iraq despite any appearance to the contrary. In this firsthand account of her twelve-month tour of duty in Iraq, Lt. Col. Cheryl D. Brady takes you on a personal spiritual journey during which you’ll meet a diverse group of Christians from around the world who share a passion to worship the living God. Your own walk with God-and your ability to minister to others-will be strengthened through the practical tools the author includes:
    * Bible study lessons you can use with your own small group
    * Pictures of baptisms conducted in the palace pool that once belonged to Sadaam Hussein * The complete text of several sermons the author preached at revivals and other Christian venues
    * Sample orders of service used during intercessory prayer meetings at the U.S. Embassy Chapel in Baghdad

    This unique book provides firsthand insights into the ways God pursues His people, equips them to serve, and upholds them with His love, even when they’re far from home.

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  • Spiritual Direction : A Guide To Giving And Receiving Direction


    1 The Ministry Of Spiritual Direction
    2 Theological Perspectives
    3 Focused Conversation
    4 Attending To What Is Happening In Our Prayers
    5 A Spiritual Direction Session
    6 Pastoral Ministry, Evangelism And Friendship
    7 The Qualities And Character Of A Director
    8 The Qualities And Character Of A Directee
    9 The Holy Spirit As Spiritual Director
    For Further Reading

    Additional Info
    We Are Not Alone God is present with us. And God gives us companions on the journey. A spiritual director is one such companion, offering spiritual guidance to help make sense of the faith journeyinterpret the significant markers on the roadencourage us, particularly through the more difficult transitions and valleys of our pilgrimageand, most of all, to notice the ministry of the Spirit in our lives Gordon Smith writes: Even if we have been Christians and maturing in our faith for many years, we still need the encouragement and guidance that might come through spiritual direction. . . . Genuine humility is evident in our realization that we need a companion, a fellow pilgrim and Christian, who can help us discern and foster an attentiveness to God’s presence in our lives. This is the gift of spiritual direction. Whether you are a director, a directee or simply someone who wants to learn more about this ancient ministry, you will find this book to be a helpful guide.

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  • Godly Counsel Made Simple


    “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;” Isaiah 61:1

    Godly Counsel Made Simple is intended to be a teaching tool on “how to make doing the scripture” very simple; so that you can learn life lessons that God has designed for you to help build godly character for every stage of the Christian life.

    The author uses her real life experiences conveyed through stories that are light, simple, real and highlighted with a sense of humour, and yet very frank. From encountering God through the miraculous healing while on her deathbed, to experiencing His Presence at the family altar; she offers encouragement to every believer to see God perform His word through steadfast faith and simple obedience.

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  • Youre Going To Be Okay


    Sometimes it feels like life’s falling apart at the seams. Sometimes you’re completely worn out by stresses that never seem to end. For every woman who has been disappointed, who has watched a dream die, whose life isn’t what she imagined it would be, bestselling author Holley Gerth has a heartfelt message of hope–you really are going to be okay. And it is possible to live with joy, resilience, and strength in both the good times and the bad. In fact, she says, that’s what God desires for us.

    With her trademark positive encouragement and probing questions for self-reflection, Holley encourages women to spend less of their lives regretting and more of their lives truly living. She shows them how to guard their hearts against despair and look to the future with confidence, remembering that they are part of a greater plan and nothing can stop God’s purposes for them.

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  • Joy Boosters : 120 Ways To Encourage Older Adults


    Missy Buchanan is back with another book that will surely be welcomed by families, churches, and others wanting to encourage older adults. Her passion and sensitivity to the needs of elderly persons shine through in this practical volume packed with simple, creative ways to increase the joy of older adults.

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