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So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion

So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion

Joshua Tongol

Tired of religion?

What if almost everything you were taught about Christianity is wrong?

Would you give up on faith altogether? Or is it possible to rediscover—with fresh eyes—a richer and more satisfying understanding of God and spirituality?

So You Thought You Knew is a refreshing journey written straight from the heart. It’s about thinking outside the “institutional walls” of Christianity and asking the hard questions. It boldly says in public what many people are thinking in private. And its hilarious stories and life-changing insights will inspire those who are dissatisfied with fear-driven religion but believe—deep down—there’s a better message out there for the world to hear.

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#OrganicJesus

#OrganicJesus

Scott Douglas

If Generation Next is supposed to question everything and trust no one, where does faith fit in?

Consumers demand that their food be pesticide—free, their cosmetics and shampoo be paraben-free, and that everything possible—from clothes to toilet paper—be made without additives or chemicals. But there’s nothing that has more additives to the original product than Christianity. How do we get back to the 100% organic version of Jesus?

In his personal search for the organic Jesus, Scott Douglas goes on a funny, thought—provoking romp through the foundations of belief. Christianity, he says, has become a simulacrum—a bloated, overprocessed image that lacks the true substance of the real thing. His search for the original took him far and wide through historical Christ figures, urban legends, odd facts about the faith, freakishly flawed Christians, and the Internet. Using relatable, contemporary anecdotes, and unlikely wisdom concealed within humor, Douglas reveals a way back to the authentic essence of following Christ.

By including “wiki” breaks, social media callouts, quizzes, charts, and more, #OrganicJesus is ideal for readers raised on social media who can’t step out of their house without tweeting about it or eat lunch without posting on Instagram. Douglas is careful to be as non—biased as possible, writing not for any particular agenda—political or otherwise—but instead encouraging readers to seek their own path for spiritual renewal. The result is a candid look at modern Christianity that will challenge savvy young Christians to put as much effort into discovering sustainable religion as they do in their pursuit of an organic marketplace.

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Joanna's Struggle (Amish Girls)

Joanna’s Struggle (Amish Girls)

J.E.B. Spredemann

Joanna Fisher is a typical Amish girl. She attends a one-room schoolhouse with her siblings in Paradise, Pennsylvania. She loves riding her horse, chorin’ with her family, and spending time with her best friend, Chloe. But when an unexpected event happens at a nearby mud sale, Joanna finds her perfect world turned upside down. Could one incident change Joanna’s life forever?
Christian YA Fiction. Approx. 118 pages

(c) Excerpt Reprinted by Permission. All Rights Reserved.
Chapter 1 – Mud Sale

“Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.”
Psalm 22:11

Eleven-year-old Joanna Fisher bounded into the barn calling,”Jonathan. Jonathan. Mamm said to…OW!” she cried, as a clod of dirt pelted her arm. From the haymow she heard muffled giggles and impatiently yelled, “Jonathan Fisher, you dummkopp. I’m gonna get you for that. Mamm will not be happy when she sees that you’ve gotten my dress dirty again. Especially since,” she added,attempting to wipe the debris from her burgundy cape dress, “we’re going to the auction. Mamm said you need to get ready now.”
From behind a haystack she heard a gasp and then a sandy colored head popped up. “The mud sale?” seven-year-old Jonathan exclaimed,climbing down the ladder and darting out of the barn like a bolt of lightning.
Her anger subsided, Joanna giggled softly to herself. “For sure and for certain Jonathan is excited about attending the mud sale.”
She sighed deeply and adjusted her prayer kapp, a few of her honey brown tresses escaping the tight bun behind her head. Lord,I’m trying to love my little brother, but sometimes he makes it difficult,Joanna complained silently to God. She’d been taught in her Amish heritage not just to love her family and friends, but to love her enemies as well. That certainly was not the easiest thing to do.
On this beautiful Saturday morning, the sun shone brightly through the sparse poplar trees that lined the Fishers’ property. They’d just had a church service, or Sunday Go-To-Meeting, as they called it, last week. There would be no meeting this week because they were only held every other Sunday. Joanna loved to attend the services, although sometimes she had trouble staying awake. She didn’t feel bad though, because sometimes she would see several of the older folks nod off too,and occasionally they even snored until they were nudged by the person sitting next to them.
Three hours was a long time for anyone to sit through preaching, let alone a girl Joanna’s age. Her brother Jonathan had an awfully difficult time staying in his seat. One time, unbeknownst to their folks, he made his way up to the front where Bishop Hostettler was preaching. As the bishop delivered his message, Jonathan followed behind him, mimicking his every move. No one reprimanded him for his actions as he performed his silly antics.Joanna attributed their folks’ passiveness to the fact that they were probably too dismayed to do anything at the time. And, of course, nobody wanted to interrupt the bishop’s message. When the bishop noticed the amused faces of his flock and that the eyes of his congregation were focusing on something other than him, he turned around to see what was stealing their attention. He then offered to let Jonathan speak, commenting that perhaps the boy had a future in preaching. Sheepishly, Jonathan declined and Joanna never saw him ascend the platform again.

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Broken Things: A woman comes face to face with the haunting memories of her past - and the man she once loved. (Where the Heart Meets Book 2)

Broken Things: A woman comes face to face with the haunting memories of her past – and the man she once loved. (Where the Heart Meets Book 2)

Andrea Boeshaar

Award-winning author Andrea Boeshaar takes readers into the world of a woman who comes face to face with the haunting memories of her past – and the man she once loved.

Returning to her hometown, Chicago, Allie Littenberg learns her actions had worse repercussions than she realized – especially for Jack Callahan, the handsome Chicago cop she loved, but left. She finds Jack is now a bitter shell of a man, his tenderness erased by years of anguish.

Can God use Allie to not only mend the hurts in her own family, but also bring peace to Jack, his son, and estranged wife? Allie is compelled to find out.

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Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides

Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides

Scott Sauls

Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today’s media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray. Jesus offers us a way forward—away from harshness, caricatures, and stereotypes. In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not (and should not) fit into the sides.

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The Christian Mama's Guide to Grade School Years: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Sending Your Kid Off into the Big Wide World (Christian Mama's Guide Series)

The Christian Mama’s Guide to Grade School Years: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Sending Your Kid Off into the Big Wide World (Christian Mama’s Guide Series)

Erin MacPherson

Prepares moms for the time when their school-aged kids take their first few steps into the world and away from mama’s nest.

Sending a child off to school is a whole lot more than stocking up on school supplies and packing a (somewhat) healthy lunch. This helpful guidebook walks Christian moms through:

discovering a long-vision for the person that Christ has purposed for your child to become
instilling a sense of “who I am and where I came from” in your child
choosing a school for your kids
helping your kids to develop key attributes—courage, kindness, perseverance—that lead to success in school
dealing with teachers, sports, and lessons
navigating those difficult conversations that will come sooner rather than later
a special feature includes sidebars “From the Principal’s Office” with insights from a 35-year elementary school principal and educator

Moms will learn how to cover their children in prayer so that their launch into the world, and away from her control, is done with grace and wisdom—helping them grow into the men and women God intended them to be.

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God Is Closer Than You Think: This Can Be the Greatest Moment of Your Life Because This Moment Is the Place Where You Can Meet God

God Is Closer Than You Think: This Can Be the Greatest Moment of Your Life Because This Moment Is the Place Where You Can Meet God

John Ortberg

There are two works of art that help me think about the presence of God. The first is the painting of God on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Apparently one of the messages that Michelangelo wanted to convey is God’s great desire to reach out to and be with the person he has created. If you look carefully at the painting, you notice that the figure of God is extended toward the man with great vigor. He twists his body to move it as close to the man as possible. His head is turned toward the man, and his gazed is fixed on him. God’s arm is stretched out, his index finger is extended straight forward; every muscle is taut. It looks as if even in the midst of the splendor of all creation God’s entire being is wrapped up in his desire to touch this man. His hand comes within a hair’s breath of the hand of the man. God is as close as he can be. But having come that close, he allows just a little space, so that Adam can choose. He waits for Adam to make his move. Adam, for his part, reclines in a lazy pose, leaning backward as if he has no interest at all in making a connection. He doesn’t move forward, he doesn’t hold out his hand, he doesn’t lift a finger. He appears to be indifferent to or even unaware of the possibility of touching his Creator. All it would take is the slightest effort, the merest movement. This picture says that the great desire of God is to be with the human beings he has made in his own image. This picture reminds us—God is closer than we think. He is never farther than a prayer away. All it takes is the barest effort, the lift of a finger. But I also remember another, humbler work of art. It involves a series of books all centered around the question “Where’s Waldo?” Waldo will never make it to the Sistine Chapel. He looks nothing like the majestic deity of Michelangelo. He is a geeky-looking, glasses-wearing nerd with a striped shirt and goofy hat. Waldo is supposed to be on every page. Whoever writes the book claims that it is so. But you couldn’t prove it by me. He’s often hidden to the untrained eye. You have to be willing to look for him. When you find him, there is a sense of joy and accomplishment. “Surely Waldo was in the place, and I knew it not.” In fact, developing the capacity to track him down is part of the point of the book. If it was too easy—if every page consisted just of a giant picture of Waldo’s face—no one would ever buy it. The difficulty of the task is what increases the power of discernment. Part of what makes it hard to find Waldo is that he is so ordinary-looking. On some pages, he’s surrounded by hundreds of look-alikes; Waldo-wannabees. He just seems to just blend in. You can be looking right at him without even knowing it. Where’s Waldo? Why doesn’t he show himself plainly? Why does he hide his face? He may not be absent, but he is elusive. He is Waldus absconditus—the Waldo who hides himself. Let every day—every moment—of your life be another page. God is there, the Scriptures tell us—on every one of them. But the ease with which he may be found varies from one page to the next. So let’s explore the truth found in both of these works of art: God is closer than you think.

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The Unforgotten Past

The Unforgotten Past

Brianne E. Pryor

As the twentieth century dawns in Texas, young Ricky Nash struggles to reconcile the wishes of his wealthy—yet detached—father with the desires of his own heart.

A successful businessman, Mr. Nash wants Ricky to marry the daughter of his business partner—a girl of equal social standing and means. Ricky, however, loves another. He and Susan Newton, a maid in his father’s household, pledge their love to each other and marry in secret to avoid the disapproving wrath of Mr. Nash.

And when tragedy strikes in his own life, Ricky must come to terms with the consequences of his decisions and the impact they have on multiple generations of his family.

Murder is in the mix and Ricky is stuck in the middle between unwanted family connections and the safety of a young girl related to him by mistake.

A story of love, loss, hope, and redemption, The Unforgotten Past will delight fans of sweeping sagas set against the backdrop of one of the most dynamic times in American history.

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Bittersweet (Charles H. Spurgeon Library Book #2)

Bittersweet (Charles H. Spurgeon Library Book #2)

Cathy Marie Hake

Laney McCain has unabashedly had her sights set on Galen O’Sullivan for years. And though Galen has treated her as nothing more than his best friend’s pesky tag-along sister, Laney dares hope that now is the time he will open his eyes and truly recognize the woman she’s become.

But the arrival of Ishmael and Ivy Grubb, squatters on the O’Sullivans’ land, diverts Galen’s attention. Though the Grubbs are crass and uneducated, Galen shows mercy and allows them to stay in exchange for help around the farm. But it becomes a decision he lives to regret….

Sometimes the Journey to Love Is Truly Bittersweet

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The Accidental Lawman

The Accidental Lawman

Jill Marie Landis

Not five minutes in a one-horse Texas town, and Hank Larson foils a bank robbery. No matter that one of the bandits tripped right over Hank’s dusty boots. Suddenly, the newcomer is hailed a hero and anointed sheriff. Hank came to Glory to report crime in the newspaper–not stop it himself. But everyone thinks the Lord led him there to save the day. Everyone except the town’s beautiful healer, Amelia Hawthorne. The robber who got away was her nineteen-year-old brother. And it’s Hank’s job to bring the guy in.

Hank knows all about losing family. And he slowly sets about restoring Amelia’s shaky faith. But doing what’s right might mean breaking her heart…and his own.

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Homecoming

Homecoming

Jill Marie Landis

Tell me who I am. Tell me where I belong.

I am a woman without a name, without a home….

For the first time, Eyes-of-the-Sky prayed to the white man’s God. One look in the mirror told her she was not a Comanche…yet she remembered no other life. She watched the whites who had taken her in after her “rescue,” the mother, Hattie, and her handsome son, Joe, and wondered what her life had been like before her childhood abduction. She looked at Joe, who had suffered much and forgave little, and knew longing in her heart. But questions remained: What am I? Who am I?

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Doctor in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters Book 1)

Doctor in Petticoats (Sophie’s Daughters Book 1)

Mary Connealy

What happens when an idealistic student nurse encounters an embittered army doctor in a stagecoach accident? How will she react when she learns her training didn’t prepare her for tragic reality? How will he, an army deserter, respond to needs when he vowed to never touch another patient? Can these two stubborn mules find common ground on which to work and bring healing to West Texas?

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A Marriage Worth Waiting For (The Alabama Brides Book 2)

A Marriage Worth Waiting For (The Alabama Brides Book 2)

Debra Lynn Collins

Anslee Ryan’s living her dream. Dream life. Dream job. Dream boyfriend. Until the dream comes crashing down around her. With no good options, she decides to move back home to Trinity, Alabama to nurse her broken heart and figure out where to go from here. But in her absence some things have changed drastically including some additions to the town she doesn’t remember from her first time around. Can she navigate this new landscape and keep her heart from being shredded once more?
Wade Haston hasn’t had life any easier. His first love is now married, and the grandmother who raised him no longer recognizes him. Hurting and very much alone, he has decided that love is a one-way street to getting your heart shattered. However, when a beautiful former Trinity resident shows up, his commitment to being a “confirmed bachelor” might be harder to stick to than he thought. Love always sounded so easy, but he’s no longer sure love is even worth it. Can he convince her, much less himself, to give love a second chance, and if he does, will he just end up where he started?

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Simple Faith (Peacemakers Book 2)

Simple Faith (Peacemakers Book 2)

Anna Schmidt

After losing her beloved husband and daughter and surviving Hitler’s Sobibor death camp, Quaker widow Anja Steinberg dedicates her life to helping others and keeping her son safe. As a member of the resistance, she helps displaced Allied airmen get back to their units in England. The journey is rigorous and filled with danger and there is no time for romance. Anja knows that Mikel, her fellow resistance worker, loves her. He would make a good husband and father for her son, but she doesn’t share his feelings. Is friendship enough? Then American Peter Trent parachutes into her life. She must face facts—her heart did not die with her late husband and true love could be hers again. But marrying Mikel may be the only way she can save Peter.

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Shining Grace (The Whitecliffe Bay Series Book 1)

Shining Grace (The Whitecliffe Bay Series Book 1)

Kristen M. Fraser

Set in the picturesque town of Whitecliffe Bay, Shining Grace is the first in ‘The Whitecliffe Bay’ Series by Kristen M. Fraser.

Sarah Harvey’s life was turned upside down when her husband was tragically killed in an accident. Learning to adjust to life as a widow was something she never anticipated, and it is only with God’s strength that she survives the permeating fog of grief that threatens to smother her.

Twelve months on from her husband’s death and life looks promising for Sarah. With a promotion at work, and adjusting to her ‘new normal’, she begins to rediscover the meaning of joy, including meeting the handsome Dr Caleb Willis, until another accident strikes her family. During this time, Sarah receives a letter from her husband’s killer and must choose between forgiveness or anger and bitterness. Her friendship with her husband’s best friend, Matthew, is put to the test as he refuses to accept Sarah’s decision.

Throughout the gamut of emotions she endures and the trials she faces, Sarah learns to give everything to God and to shine His grace to those around her.

This book tells the story of God’s grace – the undeserved, unmerited, unearned favour He bestows upon us, and how we can extend that same grace to others.

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Smarter Than Squirrels (Down Girl and Sit series Book 1)

Smarter Than Squirrels (Down Girl and Sit series Book 1)

Lucy A. Nolan

THE HILARIOUS ADVENTURES OF TWO CONFUSED CANINES

Down Girl and Sit are two dogs who are “smarter than squirrels.” They know how to protect their masters from all the things that can go wrong in the neighborhood: they bark at paperboys and guard the garbage cans, and keep mischievous squirrels at bay. But when Here Kitty Kitty moves in next door, their daily routines are turned topsy-turvy. Filled with humor and adventure, this illustrated chapter book takes a look at life in the backyard from the well-intentioned but misguided viewpoint of man’s best friend.

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