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You Are God's Plan A: And There Is No Plan B

You Are God’s Plan A: And There Is No Plan B

Dwight Robertson

Every day and everywhere, everyone can live a powerful life of Kingdom impact … Jesus-style!

One ordinary life making a powerful difference—that’s God’s amazing “Plan A” on display. Using real-life, riveting stories and a contemporary scriptural lens, Dwight Robertson shows how God’s exciting kingdom-building plan takes life—literally—in ordinary individuals. Robertson explains how God calls and equips average, everyday people—even those who don’t think they have anything special to contribute—to creative ministries that are as distinct and unique as the individual. God’s Plan A encourages average Christians everywhere to follow the model of Jesus: ministering up close, one life at a time, outside church walls in our everyday lives. God’s Plan A involves all of us … and there is no Plan B.

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Let Me Be Weak: What People in Pain Wish They Could Tell You

Let Me Be Weak: What People in Pain Wish They Could Tell You

Brittany Barbera

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What do we do when we are shattered by an unexpected loss and feel like no one understands what we are going through?
How do we comfort those we love when their hearts are breaking if we don’t know how to help?
How can we mourn with the bereaved, when we are so frightened by their pain that we want to run in the opposite direction?

In this honest and insightful book, Barbera’s bereavement counseling and advice, help us navigate the difficult and emotional road to recovery after a crisis, and teaches us what to do when we are confronted with painful situations that simultaneously demand a response and evoke internal resistance. This book will be a valuable resource and comfort for many raised in the Christian Church, who feel the stigma surrounding conversations about mental and emotional health, and the manner in which God heals our wounds.

In a world where we are praised for being self-sufficient, we feel isolated and embarrassed when we find ourselves struggling. Unsettled by the surge of emotions we work so hard to hide, we develop pain resistance, and complicate the work of healing because it is a messy and uncomfortable process. Additionally, our lack of empathy makes it difficult for people to be share their experiences with us, for fear of being judged or labeled “too sensitive.” As a result, our relationships lack depth and we feel disconnected, especially during seasons of grief—and too often, our ‘help’ is poorly received among those that need it most.

Unlike the advice found in many self-help books, Barbera refuses to oversimplify the complex nature of grief. She does not insult the bereaved with insensitive platitudes or suggest pain management secrets that will quickly take the pain away in 5 easy steps. Instead, she prioritizes mental health awareness, shares wisdom and stories from her personal trials and asks questions about faith, God and our emotions, as we journey toward healing. Drawing on personal experience and learning by watching the people she loves walk through the most devastating moments of their lives, Barbera’s depth of understanding and ability to articulate the plight of the wounded heart are revealed on each page.

Let Me Be Weak: What People in Pain Wish They Could Tell You sheds light on the struggles people face during times of loss and demonstrates how to respond appropriately, by:

-Honoring those courageous enough to admit their limitations and ask for what they need
-Giving ourselves permission to feel our feelings, even when they make us uncomfortable
-Increasing our capacity for empathy and self-compassion
-Listening without judgment or a hidden agenda
-Enduring silence and finding peace, when the answers don’t come
-Having faith that the whole world won’t fall apart, even if someone you love does
-Learning how to love yourself, even though you are imperfect

Follow the advice in this book and you will develop the courage to let down your guard and push past the discomfort, in order to become the kind of person others can trust with their pain and suffering.

We all need a friend whose words are honest and graceful, whose commitment to us is unwavering, even in our darkest hours. What’s stopping you from becoming that kind of friend?

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The Fragrance of Geraniums (A Time of Grace Book 1)

The Fragrance of Geraniums (A Time of Grace Book 1)

Alicia G. Ruggieri

The Fragrance of Geraniums (A Time of Grace Trilogy, Book 1)

Told from multiple perspectives, this is a powerful story of three women – of the threads of mercy that connect them – and of heart-wrenching sorrows alchemized by the Heavenly Father’s overwhelming redeeming grace.

Rhode Island – 1934

A GIRL
Grace Picoletti has nothing going for her – but she’s determined to succeed in life, nonetheless. Born to severe destitution, she claws her way up from the pit of family shame and secrets. She avoids close friendships – even with the likable, persistent Paulie Giorgi…

A WOMAN
Despite her own agonizing emotional pain, childless Emmeline Kinner reaches out to a young woman so far beneath her. She could never have known whom else God would set in her path through her friendship with Grace…

A MOTHER
Long ago, Sarah Picoletti resigned herself to a loveless, abusive life – and she believes that her daughter Grace must inherit the same fate. Yet Sarah’s own soul cries out for the blessed peace and hope of which the radio minister speaks…

A multi-generational Christian women’s novel set during the U.S. Great Depression of the 1930s. (Also appropriate for older teens.)

Finalist in the 2014 Grace Awards.

This book is a stand-alone. However, a richer reading experience comes from reading all three novels in this Christian historical fiction trilogy:
A TIME OF GRACE
Book 1: The Fragrance of Geraniums
Book 2: All Our Empty Places
Book 3: A Love to Come Home To

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The Spice Bride (The Emberton Brothers Series Book 1)

The Spice Bride (The Emberton Brothers Series Book 1)

Karen Aminadra

With three ships sunk in one year by Napoléon’s navy, Richard Emberton is desperate to save his spice importation business.

While collecting his daughter from boarding school in England, George Hayward is on the lookout for a new exporter for his spice plantation in India.

With benefits to be reaped by both sides, Richard agrees to marry the plantation owner’s daughter.

Certain that her chance at love is being sold to the highest bidder, Grace Hayward feels little more than a slave and is determined she will never be happy again.

With such an inglorious beginning, can love flourish?

***Please note this is a CLEAN Romance***

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Home Skillet: The Essential Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals

Home Skillet: The Essential Cast Iron Cookbook for Easy One-Pan Meals

Robin Donovan

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Your Cast Iron Cookbook for Effortless Meals in the Only Pan You Need

It’s no secret that cooking at home is typically healthier and more frugal than going out to eat or ordering delivery. Yet for many of us, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Enter the cast iron skillet—the most underestimated tool of the culinary world.

Home Skillet is your cast iron cookbook for one-pan meals every night of the week. Crispy crusted casseroles, impeccably seared steaks, cakes baked to perfection—cast iron cooking whatever you want, whenever you want it, has never been easier or more satisfying.

Food writer Robin Donovan became an instant fan of cast iron cooking because of its ease and versatility—plus, it gets better the more you use it! Home Skillet is the complete cast iron cookbook, making the best use of this multi-functional pan while keeping mealtime quick and affordable.

Inspiration strikes hot—100 recipes specifically designed for simple cast iron cooking and variety for every meal
Everyday ease— Quick and Easy labels call out recipes that finish in under 30 minutes
Don’t sweat it—Invaluable tips and hacks for cast iron care to ensure your skillet will serve you for many one-pan meals to come

Finally, a cast iron cookbook that makes every meal an easy meal! One Big Cinnamon Roll * Southwestern Savory Corn Cakes * Blackened Fish Tacos * Skillet Pizza with Shaved Asparagus * Spiced Lamb Burgers * Rhubarb Skillet Pie

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Hope for the Heart of the Homeschool Mom: Encouragement for the Days When Sanity is Limited

Hope for the Heart of the Homeschool Mom: Encouragement for the Days When Sanity is Limited

Jamerrill Stewart

Hope for the Heart of the Homeschool Mom: Encouragement for the Days When Sanity is Limited

Hope. Encouragement. Sanity. On any number of homeschooling days, I’ve needed all three. It’s not that
homeschooling is an unwanted chore. Homeschooling my children is one of my greatest joys. It’s a
privilege. I’m so incredibly blessed by this undertaking.

And I’m challenged. I’m pulled. I’m stretched. I’m growing. I’m finding my reheated coffee in the microwave at 2 p.m. wondering where the morning went. Trying hard to soak up the sweet and sacred moments with these souls and miss stepping on the Lego pile in the process.

Friend, I’m sure you’ve felt the same.

The pages of Hope for the Heart of the Homeschool Mom is a collection of encouragement to prayerfully strengthen your soul for this God-given journey. A journey that’s beyond stretching and beyond worth it.

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Simply Homeschool: 2nd Edition: Have Less Fluff and Bear More Fruit

Simply Homeschool: 2nd Edition: Have Less Fluff and Bear More Fruit

Karen DeBeus

Are you feeling disheartened, discouraged, or lost on the homeschooling journey?
It doesn’t have to be so complicated…
I want to tell you to stop.
Slow down.
Stop chasing.
Stop striving.
Stop making it about the world.
Make it about Him.
This world and all it has passes away, but He is eternal.

Stop. Look in your child’s eyes. Focus on the relationship with the child. At that moment. These are the things that matter for eternity.

Let the extras go…if they are bogging you down, then they aren’t meant to be there. This journey isn’t going to last forever. In fact, each year it gets shorter and shorter…so do it well.

I always tell my kids to do all tasks well. Whatever lies before them, no matter how big or small, do it well. So, we as homeschool moms…are we doing it well? Are you stretched so thin we are giving a little in a lot of places? Or are we focused on what really matters?

Join me as we get back to the heart of our homeschools and simply…homeschool.

*Get rid of physical and mental “clutter”
*Meal planning tips
*Homeschooling multiple ages
*Simple Preschool
*Schedules
*Choosing Curriculum
*..and more!

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When God Rewrites Your Story: Six Keys to a Transformed Life from Namesake Women's Bible Study

When God Rewrites Your Story: Six Keys to a Transformed Life from Namesake Women’s Bible Study

Jessica LaGrone

This mini book with devotional reflections from the Bible study Namesake introduces you to biblical characters who met God and were never the same again. Through their stories, learn about God’s transformative power and how He wants to be as intimately involved in your story, offering an identity that shines with the purpose for which you were created.

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Dining with Joy (A Lowcountry Romance Book 3)

Dining with Joy (A Lowcountry Romance Book 3)

Rachel Hauck

“Chef” Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.

Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can’t cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.

Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.

Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy’s secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.

But could Devine’s cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke–and her sister–forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?

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Julia's Last Hope (Women of the West Book #2)

Julia’s Last Hope (Women of the West Book #2)

Janette Oke

The only thing she has left is her faith in God. . . . Is it enough?

With the closing of the Calder Springs’ timber mill, most of the town’s residents are left unemployed. Several families, realizing the lack of a future in the small mountain town, soon decide to relocate.

But not the Harrigan family. Although John has lost his job at the mill, he and his wife, Julia, make the decision to stay in their beautiful home with their twin daughters. Eastern-educated Julia searches for a way to bring business and people back to Calder Springs–a task she feels God leading her to accomplish. Will her faith and determination carry her through the challenges and setbacks she’ll face?

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Clarice G. James

Casey Gallagher has it all together—a lucrative marketing career in Boston, a happy marriage, and a successful sports column she writes with her younger brother Griffin. She’s got a plan to save for a dream home in the suburbs and then have kids, even though her cop husband Sam doesn’t see the need to wait.

The memory of her father still looms large four years after his passing. He was the cop who let her shine his boots, and she’s idolized him since she was a little girl. Even Sam can’t live up to his legacy. Then Casey receives a letter that bursts her balloon. Could her father not have been all she believed he was, and if so, how can her mother, who recently remarried and found a new faith, so easily forgive her former husband? Even the Red Sox rookies Casey and Griffin have recently befriended seem to have an inner peace that puzzles her.

As Casey attempts to fit the changes life throws at her into her idealistic plan, she is challenged by the dialogue running in her head. Is it her conscience, her imagination, or the voice of the God she’s not sure she believes in?

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Just a Kiss (A Summer Harbor Novel)

Just a Kiss (A Summer Harbor Novel)

Denise Hunter

Riley Callahan’s plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are ruined when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan.

Watching the love of his life falling for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances he’s adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. He has nightmares and mood swings, and his unwavering independence keeps him from accepting help from anyone, including her. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on with the two in such close proximity, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into unchartered territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his corded arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?

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Game of Love

Game of Love

Denise Hunter

Game of Love–A romantic novella set on beautiful Maui

Callie Andersen never expected to be taking a solo honeymoon. But she just wants to lick her wounds after being jilted at the altar.

Alex Harrigan, activities director for Harrigan’s Cove, knows the best bandage for a broken heart is activity. And when Callie notes the lack of children’s activities, he’s happy to put her work gathering ideas.

But when he starts to lose his heart, he wonders if he will soon be nursing his own wounds.

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Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare

Denise Hunter

A reunion novella
A foolish stunt in high school left Brianna VanAllen questioning her self worth for the past five years. She didn’t expect to dig up those painful memories when she returned home for her high school reunion. But, paired with Jake Volez on a project at her parents’ ranch, Brianna must face the issue of forgiveness. Will she have the courage to put her heart at risk again?

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Oceans Apart

Oceans Apart

Karen Kingsbury

A riveting story of secret sin and the healing power of forgiveness. Airline pilot Connor Evans and his wife, Michele, seem to be the perfect couple living what looks like a perfect life. Then a plane goes down in the Pacific Ocean. One of the casualties is Kiahna Siefert, a flight attendant Connor knew well. Too well. Kiahna’s will is very clear: before her seven-year-old son, Max, can be turned over to the state, he must spend the summer with the father he’s never met, the father who doesn’t know he exists: Connor Evans. Now will the presence of one lonely child and the truth he represents destroy Connor’s family ? Or is it possible that healing and hope might come in the shape of a seven-year-old boy? This title is also available as an unabridged Audio Pages® CD.

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All Our Empty Places (A Time of Grace Book 2)

All Our Empty Places (A Time of Grace Book 2)

Alicia G. Ruggieri

All Our Empty Places (A Time of Grace Trilogy, Book Two)

In 1935, when the bank calls in her mortgage, Sarah Picoletti – now a penniless widow – finds herself and her children on the brink of homelessness. Sick at heart, she plans to beg her brother in New Jersey to take her family in.

Then Doctor Samuel Giorgi knocks on her door. Godly and well-off, Sam seems to have put the careless ways of his youth behind him, and he also appears to have one desire: to make Sarah his wife, two decades after he broke their engagement.

However, nothing prepares Sarah for the storm that breaks once she makes her decision. Everywhere she turns, the errors of her former choices confront her, insisting on her inferiority and the irreparable brokenness of her past. Sarah begins to wonder if Christ really can bring true redemption or if He is limited by her frailty.

Meanwhile, her daughter Grace faces new challenges in her own life. When her relationship with Paulie changes unexpectedly, Grace realizes that she must make a decision with the potential to alter both of their futures.

Compassionate and intensely poignant, All Our Empty Places paints the portrait of a mother and daughter with broken pasts, who dare to step into a future overflowing with the grace of the Cross.

All Our Empty Places may be read as a standalone novel, but for the best experience, the publisher and author recommend reading the entire A TIME OF GRACE TRILOGY in chronological order:

A TIME OF GRACE TRILOGY
Book 1: The Fragrance of Geraniums
Book 2: All Our Empty Places
Book 3: A Love to Come Home To

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A Most Precious Gift

A Most Precious Gift

Jacqueline Wheelock

Dinah Devereaux, New Orleans-born slave and seamstress, suddenly finds herself relegated to a sweltering kitchen on the Natchez town estate of Riverwood. Having never cooked a day in her life, she is terrified of being found out and banished to the cotton fields as was her mother before her. But when she accidentally burns the freedom papers of Jonathan Mayfield, a handsome free man of color to whom she’s attracted, her fear of the fields becomes secondary.
A gifted cabinetmaker, Jonathan Mayfield’s heart is set on finally becoming a respected businessman by outfitting a bedroom at the palatial Riverwood—until a beautiful new slave destroys his proof of freedom and his fragile confidence along with it.
When the mistress of Riverwood orders Dinah to work alongside the sullen Mr. Mayfield, sparks fly setting the two on a collision course. Is their mutual love for God strong enough to overcome deep-seated insecurities and set the couple on a path toward self-acceptance and love for each other?

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The Shadow Women

The Shadow Women

Angela Hunt

From Library Journal

The three main women in Moses’s life narrate his dramatic story from their perspectives. Miryam, his seven-year-old sister, and Merytamon, his 14-year-old adoptive mother, cover his early years as an Egyptian prince. Nine-year-old Zipporah, his future wife, tells of Moses’ time with her father, a priest, and their family. After God reveals himself to Moses, Miryam recounts the liberation of the Jewish people and their escape from Egypt, and Zipporah and Miryam recall the years in the wilderness. The animosity and jealousy Miryam feels for both Merytomon and Zipporah flood the narrative, poisoning their happiness, but Moses takes scant notice, focused as he is on his task of serving God. Hunt’s (The Immortal; The Note) sure writing and attention to fascinating details, such as Egyptian make-up customs and the cooking techniques of nomadic desert dwellers, add new dimensions to an overly familiar tale. Give this deftly handled treatment of shadow women from the Bible to fans of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent and book discussion groups.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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