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Picture Perfect: When Life Doesn't Line Up

Picture Perfect: When Life Doesn’t Line Up

Amy Baker

Frankly, Your Perfectionism Isn’t Enough.

Perfectionism is a crushing burden that can leave us angry, anxious, and paralyzed. But the quest for perfection will never transform a heart. Amy Baker examines the root and purpose of the longing for perfection to show how God’s grace transforms the aching “not enough” of perfectionism into the overflowing abundance of faith.

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Shelter from the Storm: (Contemporary Inspirational Romance) (Port Provident: Hurricane Hope Book 1)

Shelter from the Storm: (Contemporary Inspirational Romance) (Port Provident: Hurricane Hope Book 1)

Kristen Ethridge

SOMETIMES THE PERSON STANDING IN YOUR WAY IS YOUR ONLY HOPE

As the director of the Port Provident Animal Shelter, Becca Collins had devoted her life to helping the furriest residents of Port Provident. When a special Labrador retriever, Polly, needs her help on the eve of Hurricane Hope, Becca can’t say no—even if it means she’ll have to ride out the hurricane on Provident Island. When she shows up on the doorstep of local veterinarian and Army veteran Dr. Ross Reeder, Becca throws a wrench into Ross’ plans to evacuate himself and his combat-weary former service dog, Cookie.

Ross and Becca are used to disagreeing with one another, but they soon realize the only way they’re going to survive the wrath of Hurricane Hope is to put their differences aside and work for the good of the animals who depend totally on them. As they discover they have more in common than they thought and work to rebuild the Texas beach town where they’ve both put down roots, Becca learns secrets about her past that threaten to change the whole direction of her life.

As Becca struggles with love, faith, and lies, will she still need the shelter she’s found in Ross’ arms or will the aftermath of the storm take away everything they’ve worked to build?

HURRICANE HOPE: ONE STORM CHANGES PORT PROVIDENT FOREVER…AND FOR GOOD.

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Unplanned (A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel Book 1)

Unplanned (A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel Book 1)

Alana Terry

When Kennedy Stern’s childhood pastor asks her to volunteer at his new pregnancy center, she carves time out of her rigorous college schedule to promote the cause of the unborn.

After receiving a disturbing call from someone far too young to carry a child, Kennedy can no longer blindly hide behind the pro-life platitudes she grew up believing. She resolves to locate the unknown girl but winds up entrenched in a mystery that grows more convoluted as it unfolds.

Soon, Kennedy finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay in exchange for personal and political victory.

Alana Terry has won awards from Women of Faith, the Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Unplanned was a finalist in the Deep River Books writing contest. The ebook version contains discussion questions for personal reflection or group study.

Content warning: Contains violence, intense scenes of medical trauma, and heavy thematic issues not appropriate for young readers.

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Christianity and Liberalism

Christianity and Liberalism

J. Gresham Machen

Machen’s classic defense of orthodox Christianity establishes the importance of scripural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bbible, Christ, salvation, and the church. Though originally published nearly seventy years ago, the book maintains its relevance today.

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Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration

Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration

Matthew M. Barrett

In Salvation by Grace, Matthew Barrett comprehensively defends the doctrine of
monergism (the teaching that regeneration is exclusively the work of God) primarily
by looking at Scripture but also by examining Reformed theologians and confessions.
Barrett also provides a helpful evaluation of both the Arminian position and contemporary
attempts to chart a middle course between Calvinistic and Arminian systems.

“ ‘Salvation is of the Lord.’ All Christians would affirm this good news. Yet only
monergism carries it through to the end, without equivocation. In this winsome and
well-researched defense, Matthew Barrett clears away the brush—caricatures and distortions
on both sides of the debate—to expose the wonder of God’s amazing grace.”
— Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and
Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“Matthew Barrett’s work on regeneration represents scholarship at its best. His
book is exegetically convincing and theologically profound, with significant pastoral
consequences.”
— Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament
Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“This is quite simply the most thorough and convincing account of divine sovereignty,
both over the new birth and over effectual calling, that I’ve ever read.”
— Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church,
Oklahoma City

“Matthew Barrett lays out the historical, theological, and biblical material, and
presents a compelling case for classic anti-Pelagian theology. Very helpful.”
— Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster
Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Matthew Barrett (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
is assistant professor of Christian studies at California Baptist University and
executive editor of Credo Magazine.

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Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible

Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible

Andreas J. Köstenberger, Darrell L. Bock, Josh Chatraw

All too often Christians, and even Christian leaders, don’t know how to deal with skeptical challenges of the Bible and the Christian faith. Few churches address the historical questions about the Bible and the theological questions concerning the God who, believers claim, has inspired the Bible. Too often Christian scholarship has been kept at arm’s length and even viewed with suspicion by the church. Speaking and writing in this kind of environment, Bart Ehrman—professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of four New York Times bestsellers—has found a captive audience. Ehrman’s popularity is due in large part to the fact that he is talking about things most people never learned about in church. Some have long given up on Christianity, and Ehrman is only reinforcing their decision to depart from their Christian upbringing. Others are trying to reconcile their faith with rational arguments and find Ehrman’s books both interesting and disturbing if not appealing.

Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes a closer look at the key arguments skeptical scholars such as Ehrman keep repeating in radio interviews, debates, and in his their popular writings. If you are looking for insightful responses to critical arguments from a biblical perspective, easily accessible and thoughtfully presented, this book is for you. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive response to Ehrman’s popular works. It is presented in such a way that readers can either read straight through the book or use it as a reference when particular questions arise. Responding to skeptical scholars such as Ehrman, Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes readers on a journey to explain topics such as the Bible’s origins, the copying of the Bible, alleged contradictions in Scripture, and the relationship between God and evil. Written for all serious students of Scripture, this book will enable you to know how to respond to a wide variety of critical arguments raised against the reliability of Scripture and the truthfulness of Christianity.

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One Incredible Savior: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger

One Incredible Savior: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger

Max Lucado

A celebration of the One who changed the world when He came to earth as a baby boy.

This bestselling Lucado Christmas classic is now refreshed and updated with a new title and a beautiful new design. But the heart of the message—the miracle and wonder of the birth of our Lord—remains the same. Max combines warm, personal stories with the ultimate story—one that has reformed the world since Christ was born in a manger more than 2,000 years ago. One Incredible Savior will be a forever classic for generations to come.

Previous edition, entitled One Incredible Moment, has sold over 450,000 units.

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Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears

Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears

Margaret Feinberg

When Margaret Feinberg learned she had cancer, she
knew she would need great strength to overcome it. She believed the
weapon she selected for the battle would change everything. And she
decided that weapon would be joy.

Joy is More Than Whimsy.
It’s the Weapon You Can
Use to Fight Life’s Greatest Battles.

Through months of treatment, questions, and hopes, Margaret
discovered that joy is a far more dynamic force than most of us realize.
It has the power to reignite our passion for laughter and celebration.
It can free us to rise above endless demands as we become more content
and thankful. It can change unchangeable circumstances and bring a peace
rooted in the remarkable love of God.

Here Margaret shares her journey of using joy to fight back
fear, regret, and pain. Whatever you face today, discover with Margaret
how to embrace a way of living that’s deeper and fuller than you’ve ever
known–a life radiant with joy.

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When God Pursues a Woman's Heart

When God Pursues a Woman’s Heart

Cindi McMenamin

Within the heart of every woman is the desire to be pursued, cherished, and loved. When God Pursues a Woman’s Heart invites women on a personal journey of discovery that looks at the many ways God loves them, and how He shows that love. Through this book, women will come to know God as… a Father who cares and understands an encouraging friend who cheers them on a comforter who is patient and compassionate a valiant knight who always comes to the rescue a Faithful One who will never leave and much more Women will gain a greater confidence in their purpose in life as they see how much God longs to sweep them off their feet and love them as only He can.

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Danger in Paris: A Samantha Mystery (American Girl Beforever Mysteries)

Danger in Paris: A Samantha Mystery (American Girl Beforever Mysteries)

Sara Buckey

Samantha and Nellie are thrilled to visit Paris with Grandmary and the Admiral! But what could be behind the Admiral’s secret government meetings? After a suspicious accident and a break-in at their hotel suite, the girls are worried. Is someone trying to harm their beloved grandfather and stop his secret mission? Includes a glossary of French words and an Inside Samantha’s World essay about tourism and international tensions in Europe in the early 1900s.

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Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery (American Girl: Addy Mysteries)

Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery (American Girl: Addy Mysteries)

Evelyn Coleman

Addy is overjoyed when Poppa’s new boss offers the Walker family a home of their own on his property in Philadelphia’s elegant Society Hill neighborhood. But Addy soon discovers that their new home holds frightening secrets, and one leads straight back to the North Carolina plantation where she and her family were slaves only two years before. Can Addy uncover the truth before her family loses everything, even with someone determined to stop her? Includes an Inside Addy’s World essay about reconstruction after the Civil War.

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Salty Like Blood: A Novel

Salty Like Blood: A Novel

Harry Kraus

David Conners, M.D., is on the fast track to creating a perfect life when his seven-year-old daughter disappears. David’s all-consuming quest to find her — dead or alive — threatens to destroy everything he has left: his medical practice, his marriage, his integrity, and even his soul.

If Rachel is dead: Can a parent forgive someone who has done the unthinkable?

Can David forgive himself?

If she’s alive: Can David find her in time to save her?

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Promise to Return: A Novel (Promise of Sunrise Book 1)

Promise to Return: A Novel (Promise of Sunrise Book 1)

Elizabeth Byler Younts

When World War II breaks out, Miriam Coblentz’s peaceful Amish world is turned upside down…

It’s 1943, and Miriam Coblentz and Henry Mast are nearing their wed­ding day when the unthinkable happens—Henry is drafted. However, since he is a part of the pacifist Amish tradition, Henry is sent to a conscientious objector Civilian Public Service camp. When he leaves for the work camp, his gaping absence turns Miriam’s life upside down. Little does she know it’s only the beginning… When Henry returns home, he brings news that shakes Miriam and their Amish community to the core. Henry believes God has called him to enlist in the army and fight for his country, leaving her to make an impor­tant decision: whether to choose loyalty to the peaceful life she’s always known or her love for Henry. Two worlds collide in this unforgettable debut novel, providing a fasci­nating and rare look into Amish culture during World War II. While Henry is battling enemies across the ocean, Miriam struggles between her devotion to Henry and her love of the Amish way of life. One question is at the bottom of it all: will she follow the rules of her religion or the leading of her heart?

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The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin

The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin

Douglas Bond

Set amidst the backdrop of the scholarship and humanism of renaissance France, and its love of luxury, power, and decadence, this fast-paced biographical novel on John Calvin is told from the perspective of a rival whose envy escalates to violent intrigue and shameless betrayal. The Betrayal is the tale of the private war of one man who was determined to sell all for a convoluted allegiance to the King of France and the jealous Doctors of the Sorbonne, even if it cost him his own soul. Get set for royal intrigue, desperate escapes, violent martyrdom, hazard-all romance and loss, high-risk debate, and sword-point confession in this tale, one that is at last a story of how God uses the humility and unflinching faithfulness of one man to break down the barrenness and bitterness of another—all accomplished by grace alone.

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“Privileged Calvin had every reason to pray and revel in God’s kindnesses, but I, that night, looked heavenward with a scowl. . . .
“‘God above, if you are there, you are most unkind to me. . . . Therefore, will I not serve you, will I not worship you, will I not obey you. Henceforth, I give of myself to those powers that most work against you, against your will and ways, and against your servants.’
“It was a prayer that invigorated me, made me feel emancipated from divine oppression and injustice, the master of myself and my fortunes, the bold possessor of new freedoms.”

So begins the private war of one man…

“Anything Doug Bond writes is, almost now by definition, a fascinating read.But to have his skills attached to the life of John Calvin is a double treat.”
— JOEL BELZ, founder, World magazine
“If you enjoy reading the fictional works of C. S. Lewis, you will love this book.”
—BURK PARSONS, editor, Tabletalk magazine
“An exciting read, almost effortlessly and implicitly undoing caricatures aboutCalvin along the way . . . Calvin and his times brought to life in a page-turner!”
—JOEL R. BEEKE, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

DOUGLAS BOND heads the English department at Covenant High School in Tacoma and is the writer of several successful historical fiction books. Bond lives with his wife, two daughters, and four sons in Washington State.

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Fields of Grace (Heart of the Prairie Book #4)

Fields of Grace (Heart of the Prairie Book #4)

Kim Vogel Sawyer

With their eldest son nearly to the age when he will be drafted into military service, Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt decide to immigrate to America, the land of liberty, with their three sons and Reinhardt’s adopted brother, Eli. But when tragedy strikes during the voyage, Lillian and Eli are forced into an agreement neither desires. Determined to fulfill his obligation to Reinhardt, Eli plans to see Lillian and her sons safely settled on their Kansas homestead–and he’s equally determined that the boys will be reared in the Mennonie faith. What he doesn’t expect is his growing affection for Lillian–and the deep desire to be part of a family.

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Honor in the Dust: A Winslow Breed Novel

Honor in the Dust: A Winslow Breed Novel

Gilbert Morris

The grandfather of Christian fiction returns with the story of what happened to the winslow family during an earlier era when the Tudors reigned—tracing the doomed rise of Stuart Winslow within the salacious court of King Henry VIII.

The determined Stuart Winslow will go to any lengths to lift himself and his widowed mother out of poverty. After a distant relative manages to secure a place for Stuart in the court of King Henry VIII, Stuart quickly learns that the court is really a wicked cauldron of vices, power plays, and temptation. As Stuart rises at court, he is asked to find and deliver for execution an enemy of the king—William Tyndale, an acquaintance of Stuart’s whose sole ambition is to translate the Bible into the language of the common man. Does Stuart fall prey to his dangerous ambition and accept the assignment? Or is he willing to face death at the stake for the sake of Christ?

In Honor in the Dust, bestselling author Gilbert Morris captures the tone of the Tudor period beautifully, chronicling the period’s excesses with skill and prudence. But like Morris’s other novels, it also contrasts those excesses with the godly behavior of real-life characters like William Tyndale. In this captivating historical drama, Stuart Winslow is caught between two worlds: one that promises material and worldly success, and one that promises salvation. Is his faith strong enough to withstand such a challenge?

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Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs (Jane Austen Takes the South Book 2)

Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-Slaw Dogs (Jane Austen Takes the South Book 2)

Mary Jane Hathaway

From the bestselling author of Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits comes a new and comical contemporary take on the perennial Jane Austen classic, Emma.

Caroline Ashley is a journalist on the rise at The Washington Post until the sudden death of her father brings her back to Thorny Hollow to care for her mentally fragile mother and their aging antebellum home. The only respite from the eternal rotation of bridge club meetings and garden parties is her longtime friend, Brooks Elliott. A professor of journalism, Brooks is the voice of sanity and reason in the land of pink lemonade and triple layer coconut cakes. But when she meets a fascinating, charismatic young man on the cusp of a brand new industry, she ignores Brooks’s misgivings and throws herself into the project.

Brooks struggles to reconcile his parents’ very bitter marriage with his father’s devastating grief at the recent loss of his wife. Caroline is the only bright spot in the emotional wreckage of his family life. She’s a friend and he’s perfectly happy to keep her safely in that category. Marriage isn’t for men like Brooks and they both know it… until a handsome newcomer wins her heart. Brooks discovers Caroline is much more than a friend, and always has been, but is it too late to win her back?

Featuring a colorful cast of southern belles, Civil War re-enactors, and good Christian women with spunk to spare, Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs brings the modern American South to light in a way only a contemporary Jane Austen could have imagined.

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