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Unbreaking: How Giving Up Saved Our Marriage

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine..” Song of Solomon 6:3

Jason Crawford

Jason and Crystal Crawford were trapped in a loveless, hopeless marriage. They each believed that the only path to happiness was to go their separate ways — until God showed them something even better. This true story chronicles one couple’s quick descent from courtship into an unhappy marriage, and how God transformed their marriage, turning resentment into love and their pain into joy. You will experience the real, raw emotion of both Jason and Crystal through alternating journal entries that show how the husband’s and wife’s separate perspectives evolve throughout the first 6 years of their marriage and beyond. This unique memoir, written by a couple who are also life-coaches, includes a Relationship Guide at the end of the book which provides help and guidance to couples in similar situations.

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Song of the Meadowlark (Intertwined Book 1)

Song of the Meadowlark (Intertwined Book 1)

Sherri Wilson Johnson

All she wanted was to move on with her life…
Shamed by the uncovered truth about her missing husband’s secret life, Cora Buchanan sets out for home to mend her broken relationship with her parents. Her car breaks down in a small Georgia town, where women are going missing and being murdered. Cora seeks temporary refuge at the Southern Hope Ranch and is embraced by all except for Rex, a rugged widower who wants to protect his daughter from another loss. Cora couldn’t have predicted that being stranded would set in motion a series of life-changing events not only for her but for everyone she meets nor could she have known the significance of the song of the meadowlark.

In this romantic suspense, Cora gets way more than she bargained for when she seeks refuge at the Southern Hope. In this Contemporary Christian Romance novel by Georgia native Sherri Wilson Johnson, readers will see what a sweet ranch romance can be like, especially what a Southern romance with a gruff cowboy can be like. And don’t forget about the suspense! Please check out this and Mrs. Johnson’s other clean romance books.

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Wisdom to Know (Grant Us Grace Book 1)

Wisdom to Know (Grant Us Grace Book 1)

Elizabeth Maddrey

Contemporary Christian Romance.

Is there sin that love can’t cover?

Lydia Brown has taken just about every wrong turn she could find. When an abortion leaves her overwhelmed by guilt, she turns to drugs to escape her pain. After a single car accident lands her in the hospital facing DUI charges, Lydia is forced to reevaluate her choices.

Kevin McGregor has been biding his time since high school when he heard God tell him that Lydia Brown was the woman he would marry. In the aftermath of Lydia’s accident, Kevin must come to grips with the truth about her secret life.

While Kevin works to convince himself and God that loving Lydia is a mistake, Lydia struggles to accept the feelings she has for Kevin, though she fears her sin may be too much for anyone to forgive.

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Rich in Love: When God Rescues Messy People

Rich in Love: When God Rescues Messy People

Irene Garcia

One Step of Obedience Led to Thousands

Irene and Domingo Garcia began their married lives at sixteen, already expecting a baby. Their first ten years together included Domingo’s alcoholism and abuse, and Irene’s desperate prayers for answers. Then a miracle happened: Domingo pleaded for forgiveness. As God healed their marriage, Irene and Domingo adopted a little girl. And a new season began for an imperfect couple who were willing to say yes to each other and to God.

Over the past forty-five years, the Garcias have birthed, fostered, or adopted thirty-two children. Their story holds difficult endings as well as promising new beginnings. Above all, their story reminds us what can happen when ordinary people submit to God’s call.

Rich in Love is about a family cemented in hope. About a need to love the orphan. And about a God who never, ever gives up.

Irene Garcia and her husband have fostered or raised thirty-two children, many of whom have special needs. They worked in Special Ministries at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and started the special needs ministry at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California.

Lissa Halls Johnson is a best-selling author of nineteen books, including Still Growing with Kirk Cameron. She is the creator of the Brio Girls book series for teen girls.

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God or Godless?: One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions.

God or Godless?: One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions.

John W. Loftus

Honest debate on the big questions of faith

Perhaps the most persistent question in human history is whether or not there is a God. Intelligent people on both sides of the issue have argued, sometimes with deep rancor and bitterness, for generations. The issue probably won’t be decided by another book, but when we engage in civil conversation, we can begin to understand each other’s point of view.

In this unique book, atheist and former pastor John Loftus and theist and professor Randal Rauser engage in twenty short debates that consider Christianity, the existence of God, and unbelief from a variety of angles. This is the perfect book for Christian, atheist, and agnostic friends to read together, and it encourages honest, open, and candid discussions on the most important issues of life and faith.

“In God or Godless?, Randal Rauser and John Loftus provide bite-sized discussions on a variety of topics. The discussions are very readable and provide helpful overviews. This book is an enjoyable and informative read that will challenge you to think about the issues discussed.”–Michael R. Licona, associate professor of theology, Houston Baptist University; author of Paul Meets Muhammad

“This is not a quarrel, nor one of those flame wars of the deaf that rage across cyberspace then spill angrily into print, nor even that stuffy, artificial creation known as a ‘religious dialogue.’ What we have here is conversation: at times witty, at times tendentious, often humorous, and almost always engaged on emotional as well as intellectual levels. Rauser is master of parables with a philosophical point; Loftus makes an art form of heart-on-his-sleeve pragmatism. Both land blows, yet the book contains hardly a trace of bitterness. At its best, it reaches the level of a mythical, Platonic debate in a pub. Almost no one will fully agree with either writer, nor fail to enjoy the rhetorical flow.”–David Marshall, author of The Truth Behind the New Atheism

“This is a fascinating and sometimes humorous intro to twenty common debates between atheists and theists. You’ll find countless rambling and confused versions of such debates online. But here you will find a clear, concise, well-written exchange on each. Keeping it short, the authors can’t include every point to be made, but they make a good show of where each side stands on these questions and why. If you want to continue these debates further, start with this.”–Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Sense and Goodness without God

“The argument between skeptics and Christians has existed since the beginning of Christianity. Randal Rauser and John Loftus continue that argument with gusto, conciseness, and civility. This book should be the first stop for readers shopping for dueling voices from two of the most articulate advocates for Christianity and atheism.”–Dr. Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies, Iowa State University

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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Ann Voskamp

Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. “How,” Ann wondered, “do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long—and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?”

In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted … a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved — by God.

Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive.

Come live the best dare of all!

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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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Words Unspoken

Words Unspoken

Elizabeth Musser

Lissa Randall’s future was bright with academic promise until the tragic accident that took her mother’s life–and brought her own plans to a screeching halt. Eighteen months later Lissa is still unable to get back behind the wheel.

Ev McAllistair’s driving school looks like Lissa’s best hope for getting her life back on the road again. His patience and fatherly wisdom seem to transcend the driving experience. But Ev’s own complicated past is about to resurface, with consequences for everyone in his orbit….

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All She Ever Wanted

All She Ever Wanted

Lynn Austin

All She Ever Wanted is the emotion-packed story of three generations of women: Kathleen, her mother, Eleanor, and her grandmother, Fiona. Each woman left home to escape her family’s past and to start a new life. Kathleen has been estranged from her family for 35 years, and she is torn between the need to forgive and the urge to forget. Hoping to find answers that will patch the wounds of her tattered heart and salvage her relationship with her daughter, Kathleen embarks on a journey into her family’s mysterious past.

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From Heaven Fought The Stars: A Biblical Adventure of Romance and War in the time of Deborah and Jael

From Heaven Fought The Stars: A Biblical Adventure of Romance and War in the time of Deborah and Jael

Joanne Szedlak

An Epic Biblical Battle Unfolds…

1262 BC

A warm swirl… a breath… a smile answered her thoughts, encircling her, cocooning her in a sense of peace… and love.

Within His presence Deborah was aware that all fear had left, as though it had been defeated by a greater master. She sat motionless, concerned lest she disturb the sacred air around her, that HE might leave.

However, when morning thrust its rosy fingers through the window, His presence was gone.

Still, the imprint of the previous night was firmly embedded in her being. From that moment she knew. Despite the fact that He was ultimately powerful and all-loving, change was coming bringing with it pain and death.

In this epic, biblical story of adventure, romance and war, each character must stand alone. Facing their demons each must choose courage and faith over fear and complacency.

Set in the beautiful and, at times, visceral setting of ancient Israel, “From Heaven Fought The Stars” is Joanne Szedlak’s first novel.

Using her rich knowledge of Judges and drawing from both her degrees in Christian Theology and Social Sciences, Joanne Szedlak is able weave an intricate tapestry of romance, adventure and mystery while still maintaining a historically accurate setting.

It is 1262 BC and darkness had already begun to spread its poisoned roots into the warm hues of Deborah’s world. Running for her life, Deborah is bereft, as Sisera, the tyrannical, Canaanite leader destroys everything she holds dear.

Empty and despairing, she takes the silver coil of hope that trails from Heaven’s chambers and witnesses the battle among the stars.

A seed is birthed, a promise spoken: she will be mother to a nation.

Join Deborah on her journey as she encounter’s Shamgar, simple farmer who in desperation calls upon his mother’s God, discovering strength and deliverance.

Meet Jael, a young, hot blooded nomad, forced to contemplate the power of choice: duty over desire.

Meanwhile, where shame and inadequacy had driven him to succeed, in surrender, Barak will discover the humility, integrity and courage to lead the most unlikely of armies into war.

Discover their true identities within the landscape of violence and chaos over which God, the artist, weaves his beauty and peace.

In a dysfunctional society where community is broken down and each man lives for himself, serving gods of wealth and pleasure, God raises women and men of humility and integrity to knit people back to Himself.

This is a story about the mother heart of God. About how, despite the flaws and blemishes of the past, God uses the most unlikely of people for His great purpose.

About the Author

Joanne Szedlak lives in Southampton, England with her four children and husband. She has degrees in both Christian theology and Social Science.

She is passionate about community and the vital, if sometimes overlooked, role women play in knitting together the foundation of our society.

She has been involved in church leadership, with this heart, for over twenty years.

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Tender Grace

Tender Grace

Jackina Stark

Audrey Eaton awakes at three in the morning and gets up to retrieve her husband, Tom, from the recliner where he has fallen asleep watching a ball game. But when she enters the living room and looks at his gentle face in the soft lamp light, she knows their time together is over. Grief attacks her until all she can think about is how much she wants her old life back. Determined to find healing, she embarks on a journey to the one place Tom and she always intended to visit but never did. Along the way, she discovers, through shared experiences with friends old and new, the meaning of the “tender graces” God provides each and every day.

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The Galilean Secret: A Novel

The Galilean Secret: A Novel

Evan Howard

A mesmerizing tale of forbidden passion. . .

A land torn by centuries of war. . .

An ancient letter about the secrets of true love and fulfillment. . .

It’s all here in THE GALILEAN SECRET, a thrilling novel of romance and suspense, tragedy and heroism.

He’s a Muslim on the run. She’s a Jew with ties to the highest levels of Israel’s military. Brought together by fate, Karim Musalaha and Rachel Sharett become targets of fanatics on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Forced to choose between a safe parting and a perilous togetherness, they find guidance from an unexpected source—the translation of a mysterious ancient scroll. When their quest to discover the origins of the scroll takes them on a high speed chase through hostile West Bank and Jerusalem neighborhoods, they confront a secret from the past that threatens both their love and their lives.

The message of the scroll also resonates with Judith of Jerusalem, a first-century woman who runs away with the brother of the man to whom she is betrothed. Hunted by the Romans for her support of the Zealot revolution, she is saved by the woman to whom the message is addressed—Mary of Magdala. From her, Judith learns about forgiveness and healing, and about the author of the message—a mysterious Galilean Rabbi. She must decide whether to risk her life to save the Galilean from the Romans, or to risk her soul for a man and a cause she now rejects.

Bound by a letter that spans two millennia, both Karim and Judith discover the secrets of true love and make them accessible to people today.

Teaching spiritual wisdom through the suspense of a masterful thriller, this powerful novel grips you from the first word and won’t let go until the last page is turned.

“Thought-provoking and riveting . . . a tale of truth and treachery that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.”
— Jon Land, author of THE SEVEN SINS and STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE

“. . . a finely crafted novel with a message of hope.”
— Harvey Cox, Harvard University and author of THE FUTURE OF FAITH

“ A very imaginative story. . .”
— Joseph Girzone, author of the JOSHUA series

“[THE GALILEAN SECRET] will give you new eyes with which to read the old story!”
— Richard Rohr, author of THE NAKED NOW

“A narrative rooted in vivid characterizations of human longings and the perennial search for the sacred.”
— Janet Cooper Nelson, Brown University Chaplain

“Compelling reading! Evan Howard . . . takes the reader into profound areas of wisdom and healing regarding love and loving relationships.”
— Dr. Margaret Paul, author of DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP ME TO BE LOVED BY YOU?

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The Peacemakers Trilogy: A 3-Book Romance Series of Quakers Who Persevere Through World War II

The Peacemakers Trilogy: A 3-Book Romance Series of Quakers Who Persevere Through World War II

Anna Schmidt

Follow the heart journeys of individuals with unwavering faith set against the drama of World War II. As fighting erupts, Beth Bridgewater, a Quaker pacifist, and Josef Buch, a passionate German Patriot, join together in nonviolent resistance of the Nazis—and in love. Quaker widow Anja Steinberg dedicates her life to leading displaced Allied airmen to safety until romance with American airman Peter Trent places her own life in danger. Journalist Suzanne Randolph follows a story of war refugees to Oswego, New York, where she meets Theo Bridgewater, a Quaker dairy farmer seeking to reunite with displaced family.

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