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The Joy of Prayer: A Biblical Guide to Prayer

The Joy of Prayer: A Biblical Guide to Prayer

Lewis Stanek

It has been said that there are no atheists in foxholes and that may or may not be true, having never been in a foxhole, thank God, I have no way of knowing, but I suspect it is true; if not, I pity the poor atheist the lack of solace otherwise available through a belief in God. One thing is unquestionably true though, that is throughout the world in every culture and throughout history mankind has felt a deep yearning to cry out to something, someone greater than themselves. A desire to pray to one’s creator is common throughout the world. It has been said that there is a vacant space in the soul of mankind that can only be filled by God’s presence. The desire to reach out to God is an echo of our need to fill this void. How this desire is displayed from one culture to the next varies from cultures that practiced human sacrifice to those that believe in the efficacy of using prayer wheels to gain God’s favor. In the passage quoted from Luke 11:1 one of Jesus’ followers asks him to teach them how to pray. It is a straight forward request, but let’s think about this for a moment. It may be safe to say that Jesus’ disciples had been raised in good Jewish families. They were familiar with the Torah, they had learned from the Pharisees in the synagogues since their youth, and at that time that temple worship still took place, and they were familiar with the animal sacrifices and prayers offered in the temple for the sins of the people. Furthermore, they were familiar with the prayers taught by John the Baptist. What more are they seeking and why are they asking Jesus? Because they are his followers, yes of course, but more importantly because they had first hand experience to the effectiveness of His prayers. They had the privilege of witnessing many of the miracles he wrought and they had the privilege of witnessing him pray. The disciples could see with their own eyes the connection between Christ’ prayer life and the effectiveness of His prayers. They wanted to know what he knew that the others didn’t, why His prayers consistently brought results when other’s did not, could not. How did Jesus respond to their request? By blessing them and us with what is now known throughout the world as the Lord’s prayer or the Pater Noster. Which, in fact is the perfect template for us to follow in our daily prayers. Jesus answered them. “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:2-4 We will discuss this template for prayer in detail later in this book, but at this point I only want the reader to realize that prayer can be more than a primal cry to our creator in times of despair and need, but is a God given means of personal communion with our God. Furthermore, that prayer is something that can be taught, something to be learned, and something that must be practiced, and perfected if we desire to grow in our spiritual life. Prayer is something we must know and a skill we must be proficient in if we expect to reach spiritual maturity.

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Walking with the Bible

Walking with the Bible

Jo Swinney

A Biblical exploration for groups or individuals to be used along with The Bible DVD (from Channel 5’s 2013 TV series). These ten sessions each contain a summary of a Bible passage followed by a series of exploration, discussion, reading and response questions, a glossary and an article by a theologian on the key themes.

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The Recipe

The Recipe

Candace Calvert

In this heartwarming romance novella by Candace Calvert, hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients—the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer—Aimee begins to question where she belongs.

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Falling in Love with Jesus: Abandoning Yourself to the Greatest Romance of Your Life

Falling in Love with Jesus: Abandoning Yourself to the Greatest Romance of Your Life

Dee Brestin

This in-depth Bible Study gives women the inspiration to rethink their relationships with Christ, and to understand and surrender to Him in a fresh new way. Especially geared toward small group study, the Falling in Love with Jesus workbook and multi-media study offer humor, wisdom, and stories of women who’ve experienced a deeper, more passionate relationship with Christ. Ten lessons are divided into 50 days, five days per week, of Scriptures that focus on our love relationship with Jesus, deepening our confidence that we are the object of Christ’s affection.

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Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

Kyle Idleman

Pastor Kyle Idleman doesn’t just want to be a fan of Jesus, he wants to full heartedly commit to him and be a follower of Jesus. But how can you make the leap from fan to follower? In Not a Fan Idleman uses biblical examples to show how the people who met Jesus also had to decide if they were fans or followers, and what it meant for them to then become followers. Being a follower doesn’t mean that you go to church every week, that you slap a Jesus fish on the back of your car, and that you give to charity. That’s what a fan does. What a follower of Jesus does, Idleman observes, is die to themselves each and every moment of the day because “you can’t say yes to following Jesus unless you say no to living for yourself.” In this three part book Idleman helps you to discover whether you are a fan or a follower, how to recognize the invitation Jesus has given, and what following Jesus looks like in your daily life. With humor and real life examples to draw you closer to Jesus, Kyle Idleman compels each and every one of us to Not Be A Fan

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365 Moments of Peace for a Woman's Heart: Reflections on God's Gifts of Love, Hope, and Comfort

365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart: Reflections on God’s Gifts of Love, Hope, and Comfort

Bethany House Publishers

Refresh and Restore Your Soul

365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart offers inspiring psalms and meditations to calm and comfort you throughout your day. In these pages you’ll . . .

· rest in the loving presence of your God
· find a haven from the pressures of daily life
· learn that God’s perfect peace can be yours in the midst of any circumstance

Be Still and Know

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Stuart Little (A Harper Trophy Book)

Stuart Little (A Harper Trophy Book)

E. B. White

Now available for the first time as an ebook! Illustrations in this ebook appear in vibrant full color on a full-color device and in rich black-and-white on all other devices.

This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children’s literature that features a very small mouse on a very big adventure.

Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his family. But when Stuart’s best friend goes missing, he’s determined to leave home and take an epic journey to find his friend.

E. B. White’s classic book is a tender novel of friendship, family, and adventure that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains beautiful illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, among many other books.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

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Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children (Illustrated, with Audiobook links) (E. Nesbit)

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children (Illustrated, with Audiobook links) (E. Nesbit)

Edith Nesbit

E. Nesbitt reproduces 20 of the greatest of Shakespeare’s plays in charming prose simple enough for children to understand and enjoy them. Delightful period drawings and a classic design make this a must for every family library.

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Understood Betsy (Illustrated)

Understood Betsy (Illustrated)

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

At the Beginning of this book Betsy or Elizabeth as she is called by the Nervous Aunts that take care of her is a timid girl fearful of the world and her surroundings. This book is the story of how much a change of environment, love and confidence can do for a child. Betsy grows and becomes courageous and strong, learning to enjoy and appreciate the world around her and face her fears confidently. Understood Betsy is a sweetly-told story of a young and orphaned girl finding a family and a place for herself in the world and learning to be self reliant. Enjoyable for adults and children of all ages. Illustrated.

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Corner Booth

Corner Booth

Chautona Havig

A rushed lunch and a bold move “introduces” Carlie to a stranger–one who hardly acknowledges her existence as he sits across from her, sharing his booth to save her a wait in a long line.

What began as a random encounter becomes a weekly date in which Carlie chatters about her life to a silent lunchmate. Much about him interests her–his slightly Euro fashion sense, his commitment to the work he does as he eats his lunch week after week, and his evident attention to the running monologue she shares between bites of meals that he inevitably pays for.

Dean gets to know the woman across from him–looks forward to their lunches each week, learns valuable lessons about himself–but when the cafe is threatened, and then when she doesn’t show up one day, he suspects their unusual “friendship” means more to him than he imagined.

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Dandelions for Dinner (A Farm Fresh Romance Book 4)

Dandelions for Dinner (A Farm Fresh Romance Book 4)

Valerie Comer

Green Clean Romance!

WINNER: The Word Award for Best Contemporary Romance of 2015!

Dandelions for Dinner “hooked me and dragged me along to the very end. I’m a fan now!” says one reviewer.

She hates him. He loves her not.

Men are weeds. Allison Hart doesn’t need them in her carefully tended life, though her friends at Green Acres seem happy with their guys. Why can’t Allison open her heart to anyone but her young nephew? Then again, he’ll be a man one day, too. If only the irritating contractor in charge of building her home and farm school wasn’t the boy’s favorite person.

Fireworks with Brent Callahan’s newest client shift from antagonism to the rocky possibility of a relationship. When he comes face to face with a history he’d much rather forget, he realizes hiding his failures isn’t the best option for finding forgiveness, let alone love.

Can a little boy help weed out the past before it chokes their future together?

Dandelions for Dinner is the fourth book in the Farm Fresh Romance series. If you like Christian romance novels that are clean, green, and filled with characters you alternately wish to hug and shake, you’ll love Valerie Comer’s page-turning romance series. Why not scroll up and get started today?

About The Farm Fresh Romance Series

1. Raspberries and Vinegar
2. Wild Mint Tea
3. Sweetened with Honey
4. Dandelions for Dinner
5. Plum Upside Down
6. Berry on Top

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Brent couldn’t believe the gall of this woman. “No, you cannot work on the job site.”

Allison’s chin came up. “And exactly why not? You obviously need help. I may not have all the experience you guys have, but I can make things easier for you. I can fetch and carry, and whatever you need done. Like an apprentice.”

“I don’t think so, ma’am.”

She leaned closer, her eyes flashing fire from mere inches away. “Don’t call me ma’am.”

Brent’s grandmother had drilled that kind of respect into him when he was a kid. Allison Hart seemed to take it as a personal affront. Just went to prove not all women thought the same, as if he hadn’t had enough life lessons on that one already. But he couldn’t back down… or away. He was the foreman here, regardless of what she thought. “I beg your pardon.” Never mind that his tonal inflection was the exact opposite of begging.

“Give me one good reason I can’t help.”

He could give her thirty without coming up for air. “Steel-toed boots.” He should make her wear them anytime she put that hard hat on.

“Okay. I’ll go put them on.” She turned.

No way. She had a pair? He might need a few more of his thirty reasons. “No sweaters with holes in them that can get caught on pegs. No hoods on jackets for the same reason.”

Allison glanced back at him with a shrug. “You think I only have one change of clothes?”

He could be pardoned for thinking that. She only wore black, as near as he could tell. It all looked the same to him.

She marched back and plunked her hands on her hips. Not that she had any. “Why don’t you say what’s really on your mind? You don’t want me here because I’m a woman and you don’t think I can do the job.”

Two could play this game. “I don’t want you here because you’re a woman and you have no experience. I’d rather watch for falling hammers than watch for someone who’s bound to get injured in the first hour.” He leaned closer. “I don’t have the time or the patience to teach an apprentice.”

“You have the time,” Allison shot back. “But I totally believe you don’t have the patience.”

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Fields of the Fatherless

Fields of the Fatherless

Elaine Marie Cooper

Winner of the 2014 Selah Award, YA Fiction
Winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Best Religious Fiction
Winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Best YA Religious Fiction

In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell (an ancestor to actor Kurt Russell) of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells’ doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?

Fields of the Fatherless is based on a true story.

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The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Novel

The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Novel

Laura Frantz

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.

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From the Start (Walker Family Book #1)

From the Start (Walker Family Book #1)

Melissa Tagg

Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays…until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he’s lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he’s never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it’s like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn’t part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that’s ever happened to them?

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Keeping Christmas: A Novel

Keeping Christmas: A Novel

by Dan Walsh

Stan opened the ugly ornaments box and pulled out the top three ornaments, the ones wrapped in green paper, the kids’ favorites, and set them on the coffee table. He picked up the first one, the biggest one–Anna’s blue pinecone–and began to unwrap it. Without thinking, Judith walked up, stopped him, and gently took it out of his hand. She wrapped it back up, set it carefully in the box. Then picked up the other two ornaments, put them in the box, and closed the flaps.

“What’s the matter?” Stan said. “Did I do something wrong?”

“I don’t think I can do this.”

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Amish Promises (Neighbors of Lancaster County Book #1)

Amish Promises (Neighbors of Lancaster County Book #1)

Leslie Gould

Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet

When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they’re looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can’t imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.

Eve Lehman has run her brother’s household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim’s a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she’s drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they’ve quieted down until Joel’s single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve’s attention–a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.

“Shani and Joel’s struggling marriage due to PSTD is a very realistic plight faced by soldiers returning home from war. Readers will be sympathetic to the tension Eve feels between doing what others expect and doing what is true to her heart….This heartfelt novel is a fantastic beginning to Gould’s Neighbors of Lancaster County series.” -RT Book Reviews

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