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The Problem of Prayer: And The Promise That Changes Everything

The Problem of Prayer: And The Promise That Changes Everything

Cherie Hill

You pray and pray, pouring your heart out to God. You ask for grace, for answers, for something. And then…nothing. You ask yourself if God cares, or if He even exists.

The Problem of Prayer addresses the toughest dilemma every Christian faces: doubt. The world has conditioned us to crave results, demanding instant solutions to our problems. But that’s not what faith is about. Faith in prayer is about surrendering to God’s will—seeing things through His eyes, not our own. During prayer, we too often focus on our sadness, confusion, and fear instead of realizing the moment offers us the opportunity to enjoy God’s greatest gifts: trust, hope, and love.

There’s only one guarantee in life, and it’s beautiful: God is with you wherever you are, in your happiest times and in your darkest hours. In this encouraging, affirming exploration of our constant battle with unbelief, author Cherie Hill offers a deeply personal, compelling approach to transforming your own faith by honestly examining your doubt.

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Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving

Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving

Lorilee Craker

Take one thoroughly modern gal with a recessionary income problem, mix with the practices of a culture that has proved to be recession-proof, and what have you got?

A financial planner in a straw hat.

When writer Lorilee Craker learned that the Amish are not just surviving but thriving in the economic downturn, she decided to find out why. What she found was about a dozen tried and true financial habits the Amish have employed for generations that will make your cash last longer and help you build wealth. Craker provides tips to…

use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without
rethink your gift giving
repurpose, recycle, and reuse
eat like royalty for a peasant’s pittance

Endorsements:

Packed with practical, simple, and smart money saving ideas and teeming with great insight into the sensible Amish ways, Money Secrets of the Amishwill entertain you with stories and retrain your brain to be the savvy money saver you always dreamed you could be. –Beth Wiseman, best-selling author of Plain Promise and Seek Me With All Your Heart

Sometimes touching, sometimes humorous and always helpful, author Lorilee Craker pulls us into the family rooms of the Amish and shows us how they make ends meet. Story after story illustrates savvy money management: trading for goods and services, shopping for bargains, living with less, avoiding debt, curbing the desire to impress others. And Craker’s journalistic bent provides plenty of takeaway value for the non-Amish. A very worthwhile read whether your bank account is bursting or busting. –Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Lancaster County Secrets (Revell)

This book is like an Amish basement shelf loaded with Mason jars full of Plain money wisdom. Self-confessed “Fancy” gal Lorilee Craker rolls up her sleeves and cracks them open one-by-one, figuring out how to fit Amish principles to a non-Amish life. She succeeds, and so can you—read Money Secrets of the Amish and add weight to your wallet. –Erik Wesner, amishamerica.com; author ofSuccess Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive

Money Secrets of the Amish is a practical, doable guide, and it’s such fun to read. Lorilee’s voice is as engaging and lively as ever, and the wisdom she shares from the Amish community is both inspiring and instructive. I just finished the last page, and my mind is buzzing with all sorts of ways to waste less, want less, and spend less. –Shauna Niequist, author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet

Lorilee inspires and impacts your everyday life with this marvelous little read. From buttons to bakery you suddenly realize this conversation is not about just pinching a few pennies but about transforming how we view our everyday lives. I applaud Lorilee for asking the hard questions and pressing in to find honest answers. Forget the mall, kick back and soak up the delicious wisdom of a life well lived. Thank you Lorilee for shaping my everyday! –Tracey Bianchi, author of Green Mama

Money Secrets of the Amish isn’t so much about making money; it’s about family, discipline, and redefining what wealthy means. This is a great read that helps us all to see more clearly what’s really valuable in our lives. –Jeff McMahon, award-nominated musician and national director/runner with the Team McGraw endurance program

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The Money Answer Book: Quick Answers to Everyday Financial Questions

The Money Answer Book: Quick Answers to Everyday Financial Questions

Dave Ramsey

This question and answer book is the perfect resource guide for equipping individuals with key information about everyday money matters.

Questions and answers deal with 100+ of the most-asked questions from The Dave Ramsey Show—everything from budget planning to retirement planning or personal buying matters, to saving for college and charitable giving. This is Dave in his most popular format—ask a specific question, get a specific answer.

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Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul

Ruth Soukup

STUFF. It’s everywhere. Lurking in corners and closets,spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere welook. And it’s not just the physical clutter that weighs us down. Ohno, it is the stress of overbooked schedule, and the weight of a lifethat sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.

New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain–she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans,she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not justour home, but our mind and soul as well. Unstuffed is real,honest, and gets right down to the question we are all facing–how canwe take back our lives from the stuff that is weighing us down?

In this book we will:

Create a comprehensive vision for our homes, and make instant changes to improve its overall function.
Discover that more closet space is not the solution, and instead learn how to set strict limits for the stuff we bring in
Overcome the frustration of dealing with our kids’ influx of stuff and implement practical solutions for keeping the chaos at bay.
Recognize the pitfalls of an overstuffed schedule BEFORE it gets out of hand, andinstead learn to combat the culture of busy that keeps us running fromone thing to the next.
Finally conquer that mountain of paperwork that threatens to tumble down around us at any moment.
Let go of the guilt that gets attached to gifts and instead learn to separate our loved ones from their stuff.
Begin to cultivate our real friendships while eliminating the toxic relationships that weigh us down.

Who Needs This Book?

Unstuffed was written for anyone who feels stressed out or weighed down by a life that feel chaotic, out-of-control, and completely overstuffed. Itspeaks to the mom who is overwhelmed by the clutter that comes pouringinto every facet of her home and schedule, from trinkets and paperworkto endless obligations and activities.
It is for thewoman who craves not just a step-by-step guide to ridding our lives ofSTUFF, but a true understanding of why our lives become so stuffed inthe first place–and what we can do to stop the madness, once and forall.
Most of all, it is for the person who is tired offeeling guilty for not being able to do it all, the woman who can’t ever quite seem to keep up with other people’s obligations of what her homeis supposed to be, the mom who is exhausted by always trying to get itright.
Want to know if this book is for you?

Have you ever found yourself buying more storage containers to organize stuff you probably should have just gotten rid of?
Do you ever find yourself frustrated that even when you do manage to get your house cleaned up, it never seems to stay that way?
Do you sometimes feel like you can’t keep up with all the activities and obligations you have committed to?
Do you ever struggle to find an important piece of paper because there are just too many pieces of paper to keep track of?
Have you ever felt guilty for getting rid of something that was a gift, orheld on to something you didn’t really like because someone gave it toyou?
Do you feel like there are people in your life who simply suck the life out of you?
Have you ever felt like you need more balance?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, this book provides realand practical solutions from someone who has been there. Ruth doesn’tjust offer advice, she walks it with you, and shares with brutal honesty her own mistakes, failures, and shortcomings. It is encouraging,motivating, and life-changing.

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The Color of Rain: How Two Families Found Faith, Hope, and Love in the Midst of Tragedy

The Color of Rain: How Two Families Found Faith, Hope, and Love in the Midst of Tragedy

Michael Spehn

Matt Kell and Cathy Spehn had known each other since grade school. As adults, they each married, lived in their hometown and attended the same church. Their kids attended school together. Matt died at home on Christmas Day after a three-year battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife, Gina, and two young boys. Prior to his death, Matt recorded a video diary for his sons, which included his desire and expectations that their mom would love again. After attending Matt’s inspirational funeral and reaching out to Gina with offers of support, Cathy was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. She died only seventeen days later, leaving behind her husband, Michael, and three young children. In her final hours, Cathy instructed Michael to “call Gina Kell.” The Color of Rain illuminates the stepping-stones of loss and healing that ultimately led to a joyful new life for Michael, Gina and their five children. Their path to becoming a modern day Brady Bunch was filled with grief, laughter, and a willingness to be restored to a new and even better life, despite the inevitable resistance they faced. As the dual first-person narrative reveals what it is like to walk through loss and love simultaneously, readers receive an intimate look at how this ordinary group of people lived, died, and ultimately persevered through extraordinary circumstances.

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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

A. J. Jacobs

From the bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible.

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history’s most influential book with new eyes.

Jacobs’s quest transforms his life even more radically than the year spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for The Know-It-All. His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the absolute truth in all situations—much to his wife’s chagrin.

Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.

Jacobs’s extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both secular and religious, The Year of Living Biblically is part Cliff Notes to the Bible, part memoir, and part look into worlds unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down.

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Maggie's War

Maggie’s War

Terrie Todd

In 1942, telegrams always bring life-altering and tragic news in a war-hardened world—and the one Maggie Marshall receives is no different. But running a restaurant with the help of only pregnant, unwed girls has taught her to be tough. Maggie’s no weeping widow, but Charlotte Penfield thinks she’s the most unfeeling woman on earth. Seventeen, exiled by her wealthy parents, and working in the restaurant, fanciful Charlotte runs away with romantic notions of a reunion with her baby’s father at his military camp.

It has been years since Maggie darkened the church door of her pastor and childhood friend, Reverend Reuben Fennel, and his heart breaks for the hardened woman Maggie’s become. When she seeks his help to find Charlotte, he’s happy to aid her in the chase—though it may cost him his job and reputation.

Over the miles from Winnipeg to Fort William, Reuben and Maggie’s journey rekindles their affection—and their dreams of what they still could be. But Maggie stubbornly clings to her independent ways until she’s dealt another devastating loss, one that forces her to recognize that heroes can be discovered in unlikely places and love may be far sweeter than she ever dared imagine.

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All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes

All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes

Betsy St. Amant

Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

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A Touch of Scarlet (Gilded Promises)

A Touch of Scarlet (Gilded Promises)

Renee Ryan

Never was there a more charmed debutante than the impeccable Elizabeth St. James. Her sterling reputation makes her a favored guest in the most exclusive homes in New York City. But behind the gilded curtain of turn-of-the-century society, Elizabeth despises being her mother’s perfect “specimen” and refuses to forgive the woman for her treacherous family betrayal. Now, with only two months before Elizabeth sets sail for London to marry a British lord, she resolves to live a lifetime of adventure—including kissing a man under the moon and stars. And Elizabeth has the perfect candidate in mind: Luke.

Lucian Griffin, the brother of Elizabeth’s dearest friend, intends to protect Elizabeth from letting her adventures forever sully her reputation. He knows too well the regrets that come from taking unnecessary risks. Soon his earnest fondness for the sweet debutante gives way to deep affection. But if either is to have a chance at true love and happiness, they must have the courage to let go of the past—and the grace to embrace forgiveness.

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