Author: Shawn Smucker
Genre: Christian Living/Memoirs
In 2012, Mohammad fled his Syrian village along with his wife and four sons, escaping to Jordan through the wilderness. Four years later he sat across from Shawn Smucker in a small conference room in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Though neither of them knew it, Mohammad had arrived in Shawn's life just in time.
This is the story of a friendship. It is the story of a middle-aged writer struggling to make a living and a Syrian refugee struggling to create a life for his family in a strange and sometimes hostile land. It's the story of two fathers hoping for the best, two hearts seeking compassion, two lives changed forever. It's the story of our moment in history and the opportunities it gives us to show love and hospitality to the sojourner in our midst.
Anyone who has felt torn between the desire for security and the desire to offer sanctuary to those fleeing war and violence will find Shawn Smucker a careful and loving guide on the road to mercy and unity.
Author: Cortney Donelson
Clay Jar, Cracked: When We’re Broken But Not Shattered guides readers through some of life's most painful and traumatic experiences. We are all like fragile jars made of clay, and life’s disappointments and tragedies threaten to destroy us. Financial ruin, the loss of a child, a daunting diagnosis, addiction, or even loss of faith leave cracks in our jars. Some are wider and deeper than others, but each weakens the whole . As these cracks occur, how do we keep from shattering? How can we find authentic joy within our cracks and avoid succumbing to hopelessness or bitterness? Clay Jar, Cracked provides bold, thoughtful, and compelling answers to these questions and suggests an answer to perhaps the most intriguing question of all: Could even the biggest cracks be worth it?
Author: Andi Andrew
Genre: Christian Living/ Spiritual Growth
It's time to ask ourselves, "Am I really following Jesus? Or am I just faking it?"
With eye-opening personal stories, Scripture, and thought-provoking questions, Andi Andrew lovingly invites us to examine our hearts to discover whether our faith is a genuine, life-giving marriage of belief and practice in response to Christ's life and sacrifice or just a lifestyle choice on par with any other. She encourages us to daily surrender our whole lives to Jesus, grapple with hard questions we have been avoiding, and discover a life lived wide awake, following in the way, the truth, and the life of Jesus Christ.
Author: Carol B. Amos
Genre: Christian Living/Self-Help
Every 65 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease.
What would you do if your loved one received the devastating diagnosis?
Fifteen million unpaid caregivers are thrust into the caregiving role by necessity, with very little understanding of how Alzheimer’s disease has, and will, slowly deteriorate their loved one. H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey Helps, Organizes, Prepares, and Educates caregivers for the difficult road ahead, providing knowledge, tools, and advice that Carol B. Amos and her brothers learned or developed during their eleven-year journey providing care for their mother.
The Caregiving Principle™, Carol’s novel approach to caregiving, is the central theme and is a simple method that provides a deeper understanding of a person with Alzheimer’s disease and a framework for the caregiver’s role.
With words of inspiration, personal reflections, anecdotes, and original family email communication throughout, H.O.P.E. for the Alzheimer’s Journey conveys concepts in an open, honest, and creative manner. Carol and her siblings share their thoughts, concerns, emotions, and deliberations and encourage caregivers to take care of themselves, while providing inspiration for the remainder of their journey.
Author: Alexandria Bagnell
Your husband has said he's leaving you. For another woman? A mid-life crisis? To announce his homosexuality? How would you react? Who could you turn to?
Abandoned Into the Heart of God is Alexandria Bagnell's story of how she answered those questions with God's help. Alexandria shares her experiences to help women understand they are not alone. By writing practical, supportive and spiritual applications at the end of each chapter, she is able to help women:
Not only is this book for women who are walking or have walked the journey of abandonment, but also for family members, friends, pastors, counselors and divorce support groups.
Abandoned Into the Heart of God is a story of God's mercy and grace, of forgiveness, of healing and recovery.
And, it's about His unconditional love for you.
Author: Rene Kinlaw
Genre: Christian Living/Women's Issues
We all have it. It comes in all shapes and sizes. It gladly attaches itself to everyone, never discriminating on age, race or gender. Some of us carry it around like a prized trophy. Many of us try to hide it, praying no one discovers our secrets. Others wrestle with the weight of its load. Some are born with it, while others collect it on this adventure called life. It really does not matter how you got it or when you got it, the truth is we all have it! Baggage!
Despite our greatest efforts, we can't get rid of it. Learning to live with it is life's greatest challenge.
Author Renee Kinlaw invites you to join her and a group of imperfect women who redefined their past by allowing it to become His-story. In this nine week Bible Study you will sit down and fellowship with Anna, the Adulterous Woman, Jairus’ Wife, and many other women of the New Testament. Come and listen to the stories of the abused, the broken, the failure, and the sinner as they discovered that Jesus loved them…Baggage and All.
Author: Angelina Fast-Vlaar
Genre: Christian Living/Memoir
It has been said that with the outbreak of the Second World War, Europe entered her darkest period in history. What was it like for a young child to live through those years of conflict and carnage in the Netherlands? Angelina Fast-Vlaar shares a tender, personal story of her impressions, questions, and panic against the backdrop of a loving extended family, living just thirty kilometres from the enemy border. She observes her parents deal with the Hitler-induced restrictions and atrocities with courage, resilience, and an unshakable faith in a loving God, while at the same time reaching out to provide food and shelter to the starving and homeless. The deafening noise of battle echoes on, as she innocently plays with siblings and cousins in their somewhat-protected back yard.
Author: Craig Detweiler
Genre: Christian Living
Selfies are ubiquitous. They can be silly or serious, casual or curated. Within moments, smart phone users can capture their image and post it across multiple social media platforms to a global audience. But do we truly understand the power of image in our image-saturated age? How can we seek God and care for each other in digital spaces?
Craig Detweiler, a nationally known writer and speaker and an avid social media user, examines the selfie phenomenon, placing selfies within the long history of self-portraits in art, literature, and photography. He shows how self-portraits change our perspective of ourselves and each other in family dynamics, education, and discipleship. Challenging us to push past unhealthy obsessions with beauty, wealth, and fame, Detweiler helps us to develop a thoughtful, biblical perspective on selfies and social media and to put ourselves in proper relation to God and each other. He also explains the implications of social media for an emerging generation, making this book a useful conversation starter in homes, churches, and classrooms. Each chapter ends with discussion questions and a photo assignment for creating a selfie in response to the chapter.
Author: Nancy Alexander
Genre: Christian Living/Memoir
For twenty-five years, Nancy Alexander battled a mysterious illness without a diagnosis. Despite spells of total debilitation and hospitalizations with no answers, she managed to fight through and raise two sons and create a successful business. Like many marriages where chronic illness is at the forefront, Nancy’s suffered. This is her story of fighting the medical system to receive a diagnosis and to not only save her marriage to Steve but restore it to a place of joy. Years of rumors from doctors and friends, the ravages on her body from disease, and the rescue in the form of a doctor and nutritionist culminated into a place of wellness that Nancy now shares with her readers. Though she didn’t always know it during her journey, God’s hand guided and protected her and Steve. Nancy’s story will uplift and encourage those with chronic illness that answers are worth fighting for, and God’s strength is sufficient on even the worst days.
Author: Mary Elsie Wolfe
Genre: Devotional/Christian Living
We are participating in changes that will soon define this period in history!
As followers of Jesus, we want to immerse ourselves in this living story while learning from Jesus, living like Jesus and leading like Jesus so we may apply his principles and become transformational participants in the best story ever told. Gaining God’s full blessing in partnership with what he is doing in our world today needs everyone engaged—not just some! It becomes our duty to help instill a sense of identity and worth in both genders in a Biblical way that will lead us to the full uninhibited potential of Christ’s church as we carry out his mandate. With a view towards helping us understand these principles by first identifying our own worldview, and better understanding the culture in which Jesus lived, the author applies the values of Jesus to the model for leadership today. Mary-Elsie Wolfe offers us a vision for the future that is leading-edge yet moderate, traditional yet progressive. Drawing upon key Bible stories of women in Jesus’ day, our view of the future is enlarged as believers as she looks at the prominence of women in the early church and then applies key principles in an effective way for our day. If we want to lead like Jesus, as Jesus defines leadership for us, we must apply these foundational leadership principles to our times while still wrapping everything in the truth of the love of God for his people and his work.