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We Embrace Wisdom. Spiritual Maturity. Humility.: a spiritual journal on intentional living (Family on Purpose Book 1)

We Embrace Wisdom. Spiritual Maturity. Humility.: a spiritual journal on intentional living (Family on Purpose Book 1)

Rachel Toalson

It’s not so much a pursuit. It’s a recognition.

Wisdom, spiritual maturity and humility are not so much pursuits we make with our lives as they are a recognition that clicks into place: we already have wisdom, spiritual maturity and humility inside of us. We just have to uncover it.

The world does a competent job of veiling our wisdom, spiritual maturity and humility, though, so how does one go about uncovering it? In January: We Embrace Wisdom. Spiritual Maturity. Humility. Rachel leads her readers through her most private journals, working out for herself how one goes about uncovering wisdom and spiritual maturity and humility. With essays about failed expectations, overcoming victim mentality and the pride that comes before a hard fall, this first episode in the Family on Purpose series promises its readers great hope and encouragement.

Through Rachel’s candor and insight, you will learn:

• What a Family Sabbath can teach us about spiritual maturity
• The wisdom that lies in knowing (and accepting) who we and our children were made to be
• The power of letting ourselves fail
• How the messes children make become memories
• What admitting our mistakes can show us about humility and wisdom

and much more.

As the mother of six young boys, Rachel understands what it’s like to feel alone in her world. That’s why she opens up her journals, and, essentially, her family life to the eyes of her readers in ways that let them stand in unashamed solidarity and whisper, “me too.” Because there is wisdom and hope in authenticity.

We Embrace Wisdom. Spiritual Maturity. Humility. is the first spiritual journal on intentional living in the Family on Purpose series, which spans the year Rachel and her family spent living out their family values. She wrote their process into twelve diaries that sat on her bookshelf for a couple of years before she realized they would be useful for other people. Values take intentional practice, and her family practiced for a year, and she had proof of their victories and failures. Because she knows the value of authenticity, Rachel knew she had to share what it’s like to live with kids and raise them God’s way and parent with love and compassion and, in every circumstances, teach them emotional intelligence. Part memoir, part diary, part spiritual devotional and part research collection, the Family on Purpose series will teach and guide and, most of all, encourage.

“Family on Purpose is the most vulnerable and honest preparation for parents-to-be. I’ve learned more from Rachel’s stories than from any other.”
-Wouter ter Keurs, parent & journalist

“As a mother, I appreciated reading about some of the feelings that Rachel had on some of the more frustrating days, because it makes me feel not alone. I also loved when she highlighted ways in which practicing their family values brought light to their lives. It has helped me look at situations in a different light with my own kids and what they might be thinking.”
-Sarah Drake, parent & artist

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How God Sees Your Struggles: Encouraging Yourself, Finding Strength And Developing A Spiritual Perspective

How God Sees Your Struggles: Encouraging Yourself, Finding Strength And Developing A Spiritual Perspective

Lynn R Davis

God has so much more in store for you than you have allowed yourself to receive. The blessings He wants for you are eternal. Those eternal treasures will then lead to the earthly manifestations you desire. “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
Your current place in life doesn’t have to be a permanent stop unless you want it to be. He is always working things out in your favor.
Learn to see things His way. See your situation through the eyes of God and free yourself of the stress and anxiety that comes with negative perception. If you are overcome by fear, anger, hurt or disappointment, be encouraged there is hope. God sees your struggles but He also sees your breakthrough.

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Island Breeze

Island Breeze

Lynn Bulock

Bree is the ultimate free spirit. And when she lands on Sanibel Island, ex-cop Cody North has no idea what to do with her. She turns his life upside down while charming everybody around her. But Bree has a secret that could put her…and everyone at Island Breeze in danger.

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The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is

The Original Jesus: Trading the Myths We Create for the Savior Who Is

Daniel Darling

“Who do you say that I am?”

From hit songs to bumper stickers to football eye-black, Jesus is trending high wherever you look. But at the end of the day, many “try Jesus” and come away disappointed in the experience. That’s because the Jesus of popular culture looks much more like us than the God-man who appeared in the flesh two thousand years ago. We’ve developed plenty of imposter Jesuses that feed into our selfish desires–Guru Jesus, Braveheart Jesus, Dr. Phil Jesus, Free-Range Jesus. The problem is, they don’t have the power to save us or transform us into new creations.

The Original Jesus calls us back to the Jesus who demands our worship–the potter who molds us, the clay. Seekers, skeptics, and sojourners in the way of faith will see Jesus for who he really is: God in the flesh, calling us to surrender our very lives that we may truly live.

“If you have questions, or even frustrations, about the person of Jesus Christ–this book is for you. It cuts through our society’s confusing and contradictory opinions about Jesus to find the glorious, wonderful reality of him spread throughout the pages of Scripture.”–Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

“This book will make some of you mad. Good! Hopefully God will use that to expose some areas of your life that need to be transformed and changed by his penetrating Word.”–Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

“In a world of cheap imitations of the gospel and false portraits of the Savior, Dan Darling’s work makes me yearn to know better the biblical Jesus–the Savior who demands we worship him for who he is, not what we want him to be.”–Trevin Wax, managing editor, The Gospel Project; author of Counterfeit Gospels, Clear Winter Nights, and Gospel-Centered Teaching

Daniel Darling is the vice president of communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. A former pastor, Darling is the author of several books, as well as a speaker and blogger. He contributes to a weekly column for Leadership Journal, and his work has been featured in leading outlets such as the Washington Post, First Things, Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, Relevant, HomeLife, The Gospel Coalition, Crosswalk.com, and many more print and online publications. He lives with his wife and four children in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at www.danieldarling.com.

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Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery

Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery

David Watson

It is hard to deny that today’s world can seem apathetic toward Christians. Some may look down at their iPhones when we mention God, motion for the check when we bring up church, or casually change the subject when we talk about prayer. In a world full of people whose indifference is greater than their desire to know Christ, how can we dream of growing the church?

In Contagious Disciple Making, David Watson and Paul Watson map out a simple method that has sparked an explosion of homegrown churches in the United States and around the world. A companion to Cityteam’s two previous books, Miraculous Movements and The Father Glorified, Contagious Disciple Making details the method used by Cityteam disciple-makers. This distinctive process focuses on equipping spiritual leaders in communities where churches are planted. Unlike many evangelism and church-growth products that focus on quick results, contagious disciple-making takes time to cultivate spiritual leadership, resulting in lasting disciple-making movements. Through Contagious Disciple Making readers will come to understand that a strong and equipped leader will continue to grow the church long after church planters move on to the next church.

Features include:

Engagement tools for use in the field
Practical techniques to equip others to make disciples

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The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

Jenni Catron

You have the capacity to become an extraordinary leader—if you are willing to embrace a deeper definition of leadership and take action to apply it.

In The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, Jenni Catron, executive church leader and author of Clout, reveals the secrets to standout leadership found in the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Weaving a winsome narrative filled with inspiring real-life stories, hard-won wisdom, and practical applications, Catron unpacks four essential aspects of growing more influential: your heart for relational leadership, your soul for spiritual leadership, your mind for managerial leadership, and your strength for visionary leadership.

Leadership isn’t easy, but it is possible to move from ordinary to extraordinary. Jenni Catron shows the way.

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Joline's Redemption (Land Rush Dreams Book 2)

Joline’s Redemption (Land Rush Dreams Book 2)

Vickie McDonough

Joline had lofty dreams of love and luxury, but after her husband leaves her and she makes a series of fateful decisions, Jo has fallen as far as any woman can. Bereft of all hope and with the threat of losing her son, Jo seeks refuge at her sister’s home. Jo has a long list of secrets to keep and has to look over her shoulder, as the man she’s running from may show up anywhere, anytime. Is it possible that God can redeem Jo, and give her hope for a happy future? Find out in Joline’s Redemption—book 2 in Vickie McDonough’s Land Rush Dreams trilogy.

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Between Us Girls (Family of the Heart Book 1)

Between Us Girls (Family of the Heart Book 1)

Sally John

From bestselling Christian fiction author Sally John comes a brand-new series featuring broken lives, new beginnings…and unexpected romance.

Welcome to Casa de Vida—eleven quaint bungalows located three blocks from the Pacific Ocean in tiny Seaside Village, California. Owner Liv McAlister never advertises vacancies beyond a small hand-lettered sign out front, preferring to trust that God will send the right tenant at just the right time. And He always does.

Meet Jasmyn Albright—she’s had more than her share of bad breaks lately, beginning with the tornado that demolished her farmhouse. Emotionally fragile and feeling utterly alone, Jasmyn heads west, hoping to outrun her heartbreak. And she doesn’t stop until she notices a small sign that reads “Vacancy.” Before she’s quite aware of how it all happened, Jasmyn finds herself the newest tenant at Casa de Vida. She hardly dares to hope that her fortunes might be about to change…but of course when God is at work, anything can happen, and new beginnings are one of His specialties.

Sometimes among strangers, family happens. And sometimes, when we least expect it, romance is a welcome guest.

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Rainy Day Dreams (Seattle Brides Book 2)

Rainy Day Dreams (Seattle Brides Book 2)

Lori Copeland

Beloved Christian fiction authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith team up once more in the second volume of the Seattle Brides series.

When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life. The backwoods settlement offers none of the comforts and culture she loves in San Francisco. She cares nothing for the new sawmill the townsfolk are so excited about. That is, until she meets Jason, a lumberjack with dreams for a bright future. As she comes to know Jason, Kathryn can’t help catching his vision.

But the future they hope for is anything but secure. There are some who see Seattle as a threat and will stop at nothing to make sure the sawmill fails. With the harsh and rugged weather, at times it seems even the land itself is determined to thwart Seattle’s very existence. Kathryn and Jason’s plans for a happy future become entwined with Seattle’s struggle to survive in the midst of adversity, both manmade and natural.

A gripping story of love, tenderness, and survival in the rugged Pacific Northwest.

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Dry as Rain

Dry as Rain

Gina Holmes

From the bestselling author of Crossing Oceans comes a powerfully moving story that tests the limits of love’s forgiveness. Like many marriages, Eric and Kyra Yoshida’s has fallen apart slowly, one lost dream and misunderstanding at a time, until the ultimate betrayal finally pushes them beyond reconciliation. Just when it looks like forgive and forget is no longer an option, a car accident gives Eric the second chance of a lifetime. A concussion causes his wife to forget details of her life, including the chasm between them. No one knows when—or if—Kyra’s memory will return, but Eric seizes the opportunity to win back the woman he’s never stopped loving.

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A Woman of Fortune (Texas Gold Collection Book #1): A Texas Gold Novel (Texas Gold series)

A Woman of Fortune (Texas Gold Collection Book #1): A Texas Gold Novel (Texas Gold series)

Kellie Coates Gilbert

Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream. Her world is filled with designer clothes, luxury cars, and stunning homes. But her Neiman-Marcus lifestyle comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly, she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must start over against incredible odds to save her family–and discover a life worth living.

Poignant and emotionally gripping, A Woman of Fortune reveals the many ways we deceive ourselves and how resilience of the heart is essential to authentic living. Drawing on her experiences as a legal investigator, author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers emotionally gripping plots and authentic characters. Readers will love Claire’s unbending determination as she strives to keep her family from falling apart and learns to embrace the kind of fortune that lasts.

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The Calling of Ella McFarland

The Calling of Ella McFarland

Linda Brooks Davis

Ella McFarland’s dream is a teaching position at Worthington School for Girls. But scandal clouds her family name and may limit her to a life of grueling farm labor in the Indian Territory. Her fate lies in the hands of the Worthington board, and there happens to be one strikingly handsome man with a vote. Will they overlook the illegitimate son recently borne by her sister, Viola?

1905 brings hope of Oklahoma statehood and the woman’s suffrage debate is raging, forcing Ella to make decisions about her faith, family, and aspirations. When she comes to the rescue of a young, abused sharecropper’s daughter, her calling begins to take shape in ways she never imagined. Education is Ella’s passion, but a new love is budding in her heart. Can she find God’s will amidst the tumultuous storm that surrounds her?

The Calling of Ella McFarland was the First Place Winner of the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest.

A story of family and faith in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood, a time when women’s voices were silenced in public and often stifled at home.

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