Pastor's Wife, Mom, Writer & Imperfect Seeker of Jesus
Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith is No Longer Enough
By Kristen Welch; Published by Tyndale House
In high school, Kristen Welch wore a big, sparkly rhinestone “Jesus” pin to school every day and carried her Bible wherever she went. (Yes, she was that girl.) But she didn’t realize her faith, though sincere, was shallow; much like her artificial accessory. As real life catapulted Kristen into places and situations she’d never imagined, there came a day when she stood shocked in the slums of Africa and realized in one desperate moment that Jesus wasn’t enough for her. At least . . . she wasn’t living like He was.
This story of spiritual adventure throws the doors wide open for any woman who’s ever thought of herself as “just a mom.” Kristen will inspire and empower you to say yes to God right where you are―and stand amazed at how your life will shine.
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
by Katie J. Davis; published by Howard Books
Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. Kisses from Katie invites readers on a journey of radical love down the red dirt roads of Uganda. You’ll laugh and cry with Katie as she follows Jesus into the impossible and finds joy and beauty beneath the dust. Katie and her children delight in saying yes to the people God places in front of them and challenge readers to do the same, changing the world one person at a time.
Mondays with My Old Pastor: Sometimes, All We Need Is a Reminder from Someone Who Has Walked Before Us
by Jose Navajo; published by Thomas Nelson
"Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure," writes pastor and author Jose Louis Navajo. Thinking of quitting the ministry, Navajo doesn't know where to turn until he begins meeting with a seasoned man of the cloth--his "old pastor"--who, through successive Monday visits, offers a legacy of wisdom in the form of fifteen unique principles.
I'm More Than the Pastor's Wife: Authentic Living in a Fishbowl World
by Lorna Dobson; published by Zondervan
Lorna Dobson knows firsthand the struggles and joys of being married to a pastor--and the questions, not the least of which is, "What is a 'pastor's wife' anyway?" As her poll of hundreds of women reveals, the wife of a minister is rarely the piano-playing, committee-leading stereotype. "How I live has little to do with whether my husband is a pastor; rather, my life reflects my growth, or lack of it, as a Christian."
Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
by Kyle Idleman; published by Zondervan
The dictionary defines a fan as "an enthusiastic admirer." Fans want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice. Jesus was never interested in having admirers. It's not fans He is looking for. With direct frankness that you're not likely to hear in Sunday School class, Kyle invites you to take an honest look at your relationship with Jesus. His call to follow may seem radical to us, but Jesus desires it for every believer.
I Am Potential
by Patrick Henry Hughes; published by Da Capo Lifelong Books
Patrick Henry Hughes was born with a rare genetic disorder that left him without eyes and physically disabled. But he was blessed with rare musical talent—able to play the piano as a baby. Today, at age twenty, he is a nationally known pianist, singer, trumpeter, and marching-band member. With determined optimism, Hughes made “I am potential” his mantra, defying his disabilities at every turn.
In I Am Potential, Hughes and his father share their extraordinary journey and describe the eight critical lessons at the heart of their success. Simply and candidly written, I Am Potential is an inspiration for anyone facing their own challenges.
Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
by Frances Chan; published by David C. Cook
In the name of the Father, the Son, and ... the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit—the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today's church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.
Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church's power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we've ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan's invitation to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
by Jim Cymbala; published by Zondervan
The Times Are Urgent. God Is on the Move. Now Is the Moment to … ask God to ignite His fire in your soul!
Pastor Jim Cymbala believes that Jesus wants to renew his people—to call us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion.
The story of what happened to this broken-down church in one of America’s toughest neighborhoods points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire shows what the Holy Spirit can do when believers get serious about prayer and the gospel. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways when we set aside our own agendas, take him at his word, and listen for his voice.
Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life
by Nick Vujicic; published by Waterbrook
Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent, rich, fulfilling, and “ridiculously good” life while serving as a role model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, Nick eagerly spreads his central message: the most important goal is to find your life’s purpose and to never give up, despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in your way.
Nick tells the story of his physical disabilities and the emotional battle he endured while learning to deal with them as a child, teen, and young adult. “For the longest, loneliest time, I wondered if there was anyone on earth like me, and whether there was any purpose to my life other than pain and humiliation.” Nick shares how his faith in God has been his major source of strength, and he explains that once he found a sense of purpose—inspiring others to better their lives and the world around them—he found the confidence to build a rewarding and productive life without limits
The Dream Giver
by Bruce Wilkinson; published by Multnomah
Bruce Wilkinson, the author of the Prayer of Jabez, believes that each of us has a deep desire to know and fulfill our life dream. However, we usually fail to live out this dream because we are either afraid of failure or simply do not believe that God can bring our dream to life. In The Dream Giver Wilkinson explains that our truest and deepest dream is not merely a personal flight of fancy but is the dream that God has given us in order that we might both fulfill our destiny and bring Him the greatest glory. Therefore, as you search for that perfect gift remember that one of the greatest gifts you can give to your loved ones is an opportunity to understand and live out their life dream
You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes: And Other Great Advice from an Unlikely Preacher's Wife
by Lisa McKay; published by David C. Cook
When most women think of a "pastor's wife," one of two images come to mind: either a woman who's so holy she doesn't seem human, or someone sentenced to a life without fun, fashion or friends. You will feel an instant sisterhood with Lisa as she shares the struggles and joys of "doing the ministry-wife thing"--from finding friends and coping with criticism, to saying good-bye to a church family and starting all over again.
The Ultimate Gift
by Jim Stovall; published by David C. Cook
Selfish, spoiled Jason Stevens expects to inherit millions when his wealthy uncle dies. Instead, his uncle's will compels him to complete 12 monthly tasks before he can claim his inheritance. Will Jason be able to fulfill the terms of his uncle's directives? Follow him on his yearlong journey as he discovers the true riches of life.
The Love Dare
by Stephen & Alex Kendrick; published by B&H Books
Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. The Love Dare, the New York Times No. 1 best seller that has sold five million copies and was major plot device in the popular movie Fireproof, is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage.
Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
by John Eldredge; published by Thomas Nelson
Every man was once a boy. And every little boy has dreams, big dreams, dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress.
But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man? Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are . . . bored.
In Wild at Heart, John invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man’s soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer.
Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
by John & Stasi Eldredge; published by Thomas Nelson
Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart her most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than child's play. They are the secret to the feminine heart. The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.
For Better or for Best: A Valuable Guide to Knowing, Understanding, and Loving Your Husband
by Dr. Gary Smalley; published by Zondervan
Gary Smalley explains what motivates men and how women can use their natural attractive qualities to build a better marriage. He helps women to understand not only the way men think, but also how to move a man's heart. Using case histories and biblical illustrations, he solves with empathy, humor and wisdom, every practical and emotional problem a woman can face in her marriage.
If Only He Knew: Understand Your Wife
by Dr. Gary Smalley; published by Zondervan
Smalley helps men understand their wives and meet their needs in order to establish a loving, thriving relationship that will last a lifetime. Newly revised and expanded to reflect up-to-date research and the current cultural landscape for today’s modern audience, this book is the perfect guide for husbands who want to love their wives and strengthen their marriages in a way like never before. Using humorous and touching illustrations from his own life, as well as case histories and biblical examples, Gary Smalley maps a blueprint to a better marriage that will have a deep and lasting impact on men and their wives.