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Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family: Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family: Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles

Michelle Anthony

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.

Michelle Anthony is the vice president of Learning Resources and Family Ministry Architect at David C Cook and the author of Spiritual Parenting, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation, A Theology of Family Ministry, and The Big God Story. Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, theology, and leadership and over twenty-five years of church ministry experience as a children’s and family pastor. She lives in Colorado Springs and loves a good book and a cup of coffee.

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Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star Book #1)

Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star Book #1)

Tracie Peterson

Hannah is desperate for help…
William is determined to regain his family’s land…

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but also for the Texas ranch her father recently acquired. A marriage of convenience could ease her predicament… but is it the true desire of her heart?

Wounded soldier William Barnett returns home only to find out that his family’s ranch has been seized. Though angered at this turn of events, he’s surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.

Despite these circumstances, Hannah and William form an uneasy truce… and an undeniable attraction builds between them. In a land where loyalties are divided in a country ravaged by war, is there any hope that the first blush of love can survive?

“Beloved inspirational author Peterson brings the Texas territory to life… as a strong, independent woman, [the heroine] Hannah is a great draw for female readers. “–Booklist

“This was a well-written story with interesting insight into life during the Civil War…A good book for anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.” –Radiant Lit

“Rich in historical detail and accuracy, Book One of this trilogy showcases the writing abilities of Tracie Peterson. Rating: 3”
–Libraries Alive

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Swept Away (Trouble in Texas Book #1)

Swept Away (Trouble in Texas Book #1)

Mary Connealy

When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there’s going to be trouble in Texas!

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn’t terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they’ve ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she’s rescued by Luke Stone…so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won’t let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can’t just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she’s going to have to go with him.

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?

“This new series, TROUBLE IN TEXAS, will add to her list of successes if the first installment is any indication… Connealy’s style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans.” –Publishers Weekly

“Carol Award-winner Connealy (“THE KINCAID BRIDES” series) has created a strong, independent heroine who meets her match in Luke, the strong, silent type. They clash at first before finding solace in each other, which makes for humorous moments that will please readers who enjoy romantic comedies with a Western flavor.” –Library Journal

Known for her bestselling historical romantic comedies, Mary Connealy has sales totaling more than half a million copies. She lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and enjoys spending time with her four grown daughters and their families.

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The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough

The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough

Elmer L. Towns

Elmer Towns’s Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough has become must-reading as this powerful spiritual discipline of fasting has seen a revival among followers of Christ. Now Towns digs deeper into one of the most popular forms of fasting today, the Daniel Fast. With an emphasis on a healthy, simple diet, the Daniel Fast is named after the prophet Daniel who participated in a partial fast for spiritual purposes. Daniel was taken captive into Babylon when he was sixteen years old. The Babylonian king wanted the young prophet to help him administer his rule over the captive Jews–and he wanted to “Babylon-ize” Daniel, to make the young man of God more like him. The first step the king took in his campaign was to provide a sumptuous feast to tempt Daniel–food fit for a king– basically fattening comfort foods. In response, the prophet refrained from the king’s table, choosing instead to eat only vegetables and to drink only water. He honored God over the king. Dr. Elmer Towns introduces readers to the spiritual, physical, and mental basics of the Daniel Fast, coaching them through either a ten-day or twenty-one-day period of renewal, and he includes original Daniel Fast recipes created by executive chef John P. Perkins. Dr. Towns addresses practical questions, such as what to eat and when, as well as how to pray effectively. Readers will learn how to encounter God during their fast, how to worship through self-discipline, and how to pray for specific answers. They will also explore the role of weeping, repentance, and spiritual warfare in their life of faith. Daniel is a model to God’s people of someone who chooses spiritual nourishment over bodily satisfaction, in The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough, God’s people can learn to follow his example.

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Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids: Time-Tested Answers to Your Toughest Questions

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids: Time-Tested Answers to Your Toughest Questions

Sarah Young

Devotions written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child’s heart.

Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives.

After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down what she believed He was saying to her through Scripture. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her devotionals. They are written from JesusÆ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is SarahÆs fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers, and now young readers, with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

Meets national education standards.

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Pinky Promise: A Christian Romance (Riverbend Romance Book 2)

Pinky Promise: A Christian Romance (Riverbend Romance Book 2)

Valerie Comer

A Springtime Romance

A Christian Romance Novella

Kelly Bryant’s young daughter wants a daddy and sets her sights on her new best friend’s single father. The man may be charming, sweet, and a believer, but Kelly is embarrassed. She extracts a pinky promise from her six-year-old to stop proposing to men on her behalf.

Ian Tomlinson isn’t looking for a wife but does need care for his daughter during spring break the week after his move to Riverbend. He hates to ask Kelly — and plant ideas in the girls’ minds — but he’s rather low on options.

How can two single parents fall in love for real with a pair of mini-matchmakers pushing from both sides — pinky promises or not?

Welcome to Riverbend!

1. Secretly Yours
2. Pinky Promise
3. Sweet Serenade (available in Splash!)

Riverbend, BC, is the quaint Canadian town you wish you were from, where everyone knows everyone, seasons are celebrated, and love is in the air. Look for more Riverbend Romance Novellas through 2015.

The Riverbend Romance Novellas are a series of contemporary Christian romance stories. These inspirational romance novellas are heart-warming shorter reads with true-to-life (but fictional) characters who face challenges in finding their one true love.

EXCERPT

“I love you, Mommy.” Elena wrapped her arms around Kelly’s neck, her shoulder digging into Kelly’s throat. “But I still want a daddy.”

“There is something you can do.”

Elena pulled back, a hopeful expression on her face. “What?”

“You can ask Jesus for a daddy.”

“Will He give me one?”

Kelly lifted a shoulder. “I don’t know. Sometimes He says yes to prayers, and sometimes He says no. And sometimes, like Mommy, He says to wait a while. Like when you wanted Sophie to come visit, and I said not until tomorrow.”

Elena nodded thoughtfully. “I’ll ask Jesus lots.”

A vision of Elena running around the playground at school and shouting out her prayers popped into Kelly’s mind. “There’s another rule. I’ve told you that you can talk to Jesus anytime, anywhere, and He’ll always hear you. But this is a special kind of prayer, and you’re only allowed to pray it out loud at bedtime. Otherwise it has to be a quiet prayer in your head.”

“Why?”

“It just does. And one more thing.”

Elena sighed. “What?”

“Remember when we talked about pinky promises?” Kelly held up her hand and stretched out her little finger. “I want you to pinky promise me you won’t talk to Sophie’s daddy about it. That you won’t ask him to be your daddy.”

“I don’t want to pinky promise that.”

“I need you to.”

“But—”

“Elena, please obey me.”

How could such a small body come up with a sigh the size of an elephant? Elena twined her finger around Kelly’s. “Pinky promise.”

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Summer of Love: Six Christian Romance Novels by Beloved Contemporary Authors

Summer of Love: Six Christian Romance Novels by Beloved Contemporary Authors

Leah Atwood

Come to Me Alive, a celebrity-meets-small-town-charm romance by Leah Atwood
Bryce Landry and Sophie Thatcher are two strangers, opposite in every way, until a chance encounter brings them together. Neither can deny the pull between them, but as the weeks and months pass, they discover that finding each other was easy, but holding on will be a different story. Christian romance at its best!

Wild Mint Tea, a farm-living romance by Valerie Comer
Local foods chef Claire Halford hosts weddings on Green Acres Farm, but the first bride comes with a ruggedly handsome brother. Noel Kenzie’s reforestation company provides him the means to enjoy a globe-trotting life… until he’s captivated by a certain chef who’s firmly rooted in one place. Yes, Christian romance can deal with real-world issues while lifting your spirits!

Catching Serenity, a beach romance with a twist by JoAnn Durgin
Serenity McClaren’s world collapsed five years ago and she returns to South Carolina to find the answers. Child psychologist Jackson Ross discovers the truth, but by telling her, he risks losing everything—including Serenity—in this heartwarming Christian romance novel.

Marrying Kate, a marriage-of-convenience romance by Kimberly Rae Jordan
When Jared proposes marriage to Kate, it’s for the sake of their orphaned nieces and nephew. Though Kate hopes for more, their chance at love is threatened when Jared’s past comes to call. A unique marriage of convenience Christian romance to warm your heart.

The Bride’s Broken Bond, a runaway-bride romance by Lee Tobin McClain
In this Christian romance novel, urban missionary Rock Anderson must rescue the woman he’s always found annoying but irresistible, spoiled rich girl Hope DeMille, from a wedding she doesn’t want. But when her domineering father disowns her, it’s up to Rock to help Hope overcome her dysfunctional past and find meaning in service, faith, and love.

The Long Way Home, an opposites-attract romance by Staci Stallings
Sent from Chicago to his grandfather’s backroads Kansas farm on family business, Jaxton Anderson is faced with culture shock and Ami Martin, and he’s not sure which one is worse. Ami hates him and so does most everyone else, so why can’t he just go back where he came from? Good question. Read this Christian romance novel to find out why!

Summertime is for fun and relaxation, and these Christian romance novels provide plenty of both. But summer also draws us close to friends, family, and faith in God, so get out your hammock and enjoy this box set of Christian romance novels for a great price!

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Plain Peace (Daughters of the Promise Book 6)

Plain Peace (Daughters of the Promise Book 6)

Beth Wiseman

Anna loves the grandfather who raised her, but his strict adherence to the Ordnung is scaring away any boy who might be interested in herùexcept newcomer Jacob.

Under normal circumstances Anna Byler would have her choice of any of the young men in her Amish community. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather, the bishop, the available suitors are afraid to court her. Then handsome Jacob Hostetler moves to Paradise and decides Anna is worth the challenge.

Anna sees that the bishopÆs legalism is dividing the community and even risking the lives of its membersùbut her grandfather doesnÆt. When she is forced to deception in order to pursue her dream of marriage and family with Jacob, Anna feels her own faith slipping. If only she could get her grandmother to help her stand up to the bishop. ButMammi is keeping secrets of her own.

Anna wants to honor her grandparents, the two most important people in her life, but her heart is divided by the rules that guide their little Amish community and the growing love she has for Jacob. How can she be true to both?

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The Mustang Breaker (Horse Dreams Trilogy Book 2)

The Mustang Breaker (Horse Dreams Trilogy Book 2)

Stephen Bly

In this second book of the winsome Horse Dreams trilogy, heavyhearted divorcee Develyn Worrell’s mood continues to lighten as she has escaped Indiana to enjoy the equine charms of a small Wyoming town. There, in a place she visited as a child and has dreamt of ever since, the Lord’s leading becomes clearer, even as cowboy romances and the relationship with her grown daughter get more complicated.

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Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked

Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked

Lynn Austin

We all encounter times when our spirit feels dry, when doubt looms.

The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months, my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt as dry and stale as last year’s crackers. I’m ashamed to confess the malaise I’ve felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn’t a Christian’s life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?

With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin pens her struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. Tracing her travels throughout Israel, Austin seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word . . . and in doing so finds a renewed passion for prayer and encouragement for her spirit, now full of life and hope.

“While Christian novelist Lynn Austin’s tour of the Holy Land revives her own parched spiritual walk, the impressions she shares and the connections
she makes while visiting the land where miracles happened are perceptive and illuminating….While readers will enjoy her comfortable, narrative style, the thoughts she shares, the questions she asks, and the conclusions she draws are both humbling and convicting. Recommend this book to those who may have or will travel to Israel, but also to those who seek to renew their Christian commitment and need a novel way to begin.” CBA Retailers+Resources

“At first, I thought the key selling point of this was that it was written by a well known Christian fiction writer, a lady who is beloved by many of our customers who read her stuff. She has sold more than a million copies of her books and is an eight-time Christy Award winner! So you know she is a thoughtful, talented, wholesome writer. As you can tell from the sub-title, here she encounters God in ways that deeper her faith and discipleship, kicks her out of her spiritual dry spell, and awakens new desires for God’s Kingdom — all by going on a Holy Land tour. This really is the real deal, and she tells of her journey (the literal one, and the metaphorical one) in this very, very nice book. There is gripping honesty and lovely, basic Bible reflections, created while ‘on location’ throughout Israel.” HeartsandMindsBooks.com

“Austin, known for her wealth of fiction, has authored an outstanding piece of nonfiction. Relaying her pilgrimage to Israel offers four benefits for readers: First, the amount of biblical history she includes is extensive. Second, her vast Bible knowledge adds depth to her accounting of this trip. Third, her interpretation and comparison of the Old Testament and today’s world and what that can mean for today’s Christians makes this almost a devotional book. Finally, her transparency reveals her own spiritual needs and how this trip met many of them and changed her heart. Pilgrimage is appropriate for any church library collection and is valuable as a resource for a book discussion group, of interest to both men and women.” –Church Libraries

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Uncovered: Revealing the Secrets of a Sexy Marriage

Uncovered: Revealing the Secrets of a Sexy Marriage

Susie Davis

Having a happy and sexually satisfying marriage isn’t work–it’s fun!

Uncovered shares the secrets of understanding your husband and making your marriage your top priority using biblical wisdom, practical sense, and a bit of feminine charm. With plenty of wit and realistic advice, Susie Davis shows you

how to get over your naked self and love your body
what “speed sex” is (hint: it doesn’t mean breaking records)
the importance of letting your husband be a man
how to move from roommate to playmate
and much more

Each chapter also includes a top secret section called The Male Room where real married men reveal their true feelings about their wives and marriages.

If you’re ready to improve your relationship–and have fun–with the most important person in your life, this is the book for you.

“Wow. Uncovered is just that–honest, open, gut-level talk about putting the sexy back in marriage. This is not simply a book about sex–it’s a thoughtful and brave look at making your marriage truly healthy.”–Ronne, married to Brad 13 years

“I loved Susie’s practical approach to marriage, the humorous stories, and the insightful comments from real husbands on their real views and needs. This is a fantastic read not only for those struggling in their marriage, but also those who already have a great marriage.”–Joni, married to Kevin 13 years

“Uncovered sparked a fire in me that I didn’t even know had gone out. This book has changed my attitude and my approach toward my husband.”–Julie, married to David 14 years

Susie Davis is the author of several books, including Parenting Your Teen and Loving It, and is a popular retreat and conference speaker. She is founder and director of Susie Davis Ministries (www.susiedavisministries.com) and has a passion for helping others develop God-centered relationships.

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Forecast: Stormy With a Chance of Love: A novel of faith and love

Forecast: Stormy With a Chance of Love: A novel of faith and love

Dyanne Gordon Green

Maggie Archer teaches at Freedom Christian University and is very active at her church. Though never married, Maggie, now approaching fifty, still longs for a relationship. One that is based on Biblical principles and filled with love and friendship. Frank Porter, 55, owns his own construction company, is quite successful and is a born again Christian, ready to share the gospel with anyone and everyone. Frank came close to marriage several years ago but it didn’t work out. He finds nights and weekends are too quiet and too lonely but he has resigned himself to his solitary lifestyle.

Maggie and Frank have a chance meeting at the large church they both attend and are very taken with each other. They meet again and find the attraction is mutual; however they both have secrets they aren’t sure they want to share now or ever. Is their faith and trust in God strong enough to overcome their past secrets or will they go their separate ways, never experiencing the joy they could have together?

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A Perfect Square (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Book 2)

A Perfect Square (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Book 2)

Vannetta Chapman

There’s more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn’t commit. So, with her English friend, Callie—fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy’s Quilt Shop—Deborah sets out to uncover the truth. But the mystery deepens when an elderly man seeks Callie’s help in finding his long-lost daughter, missing since the days of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes. An old man who has lost his past. A young man who may lose his future. Once again Deborah and Callie find themselves trying to piece together a crazy quilt of lives and events—one that can bring unexpected touches of God’s grace and resolve the tragedy that has shaken this quiet Amish community.

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The Replacement ( Book #2)

The Replacement ( Book #2)

Susan Wales

She wants the big story–but is she willing to die for it?

Jill Lewis is the top investigative reporter for the Washington Gazette–a status she’s definitely earned. When distinguished senator George Brown collapses mysteriously on the Senate steps, Jill jumps at the chance to cover the story-only to find out there is much more to it than meets the eye.

Soon she doesn’t know who to trust or where to turn for solid information. The smooth-talking Southern senator set to be Brown’s replacement? Her FBI agent fiancé who keeps mysteriously running off? The waifish wannabe sleuth who keeps showing up at her office? Her inexperienced and bumbling intern?

Can she trust anyone?

The authors who brought you The Chase keep the suspense coming with this action-packed novel–the perfect mix of politics, conspiracy, and a little bit of romance.

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