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The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump: A Novel

The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump: A Novel

Jackie Macgirvin

Welcome to The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump. It’s a fish out of water story about how God turns 32-year-old Julie’s manicured, pedicured, self-absorbed designer life upside down.

Julie, a nominal Christian, heads to New York for a weekend shopping binge. On a deserted train, she sits next to a stranger who turns out to be Jesus. After a wonderful, healing conversation she agrees to His request to, “feed My lambs.” When she gets off the train she’s in India.

Her charmed life is shattered–she must care for 12 “filthy orphans” living on a dump before she can return to her comfortable life. She lives on the street and overwhelming new challenges arise daily. While squatting in an alley, going to the bathroom, an orphan, named Ravi, steals her designer purse. Unbeknownst to Julie, Ravi, who speaks English, holds the key to her communicating with the other orphans.

Will Julie learn 1) to trust the Lord when nothing is in her control? 2) that she doesn’t have to perform to be loved? and 3) that her life is built on a shaky foundation? Can she protect the orphans from a predator who steals and maims children and sends them out to beg? How will God provide food when her wallet is stolen? Can she find safe homes for the children?

The answers to these questions will also be the answers to many of your questions about God, life and yourself. Pick up a copy of The Designer Bag at the Garbage Dump and jump into a great adventure!

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The Book of Sonny

The Book of Sonny

Bob Laurie

Sonny’s life was less than perfect. Now it’s being taken away, along with his family. It started with a dream that made his body shake uncontrollably. The nightmare quickly takes control of his life and there is nothing he can do to stop it. He soon realizes he should have been grateful for what he had. Now there are lessons to be learned and he must make it through his tribulations to understand the reason for the mysterious package he received. You’ll find yourself cheering and crying as Sonny tells his story. The Book of Sonny has a powerful and inspiring message for everyone.

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Soldier's Heart: Two boys, two fathers scarred by war. Who will survive?

Soldier’s Heart: Two boys, two fathers scarred by war. Who will survive?

Michele McKnight Baker

Junior Thompson, son of a freed slave, and Webbie Henderson, son of a wealthy family, cross a forbidden boundary between their properties and forge an unlikely friendship in the years that culminate in the Civil War. Young as they are, both must become the men of their families when their fathers are called to battle. When the war comes to their hometown of Carlisle and nearby Gettysburg, will they survive?

An historically authentic, fast-paced, multicultural family saga, Soldier’s Heart takes place over a fifteen-year period, culminating on April 9, 1865: Junior Thompson’s twelfth birthday, and also the day General Lee will surrender, formally ending the Civil War. Though the victory of the war may be at hand, this unforgettable story reveals how the private battles of the heart rage on.

Soldier’s Heart is inspired by the untold true story of the Thompsons, a black family, and the Hendersons, a white family, who lived as neighbors in Carlisle, PA. The author is their direct descendant. Celebrate Black History Month with this book-club selection.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Stephen R. Covey

When it was first published in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was an almost instant bestseller–and quickly became a permanent part of the cultural lexicon. With over 25 million copies sold worldwide in over 40 languages since its first publication, this book continues to help millions of readers become more effective in both their personal and professional lives.

This is one of the rare books that has influenced presidents, CEOs, educators, and individuals all over the world not only to improve their businesses and careers but to live with integrity, service, dignity, and success in all areas of life. It has had an undeniable impact for the past 25 years–and will no doubt continue to be influential for many more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) was a world-renowned authority on leadership and family relations. He held a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah, an MBA from Harvard, and a PhD from Brigham Young University. Dr. Covey served as Vice Chairman of FranklinCovey Co., and was an in-demand speaker, teacher, and organizational consultant. Throughout his career, Dr. Covey brought new insight and understanding to millions of readers and students.

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Swedish Cakes and Cookies

Swedish Cakes and Cookies

Melody Favish

Swedish Cakes and Cookies has become a modern classic since it was first published in 1945. Modernized and improved over the years, today’s full-color edition, with beautiful photographs of each recipe, contains nearly 300 recipes. Some, such as Berry Muffins, Coconut Macaroons, Linzer Torte, and Jelly Doughnuts, may be familiar, while others, such as German Lemon Cake, Almond Meringues, Truffle Tarts, and Toffee Crunch Torte, are deliciously unique. Gluten-free, egg-free, and sugar-free recipes ensure that this book is accessible to all dessert lovers. Beginners and experts will be reminded that baking is both easy and enjoyable when they read the practical advice and step-by-step instructions in each section. Swedish Cakes and Cookies is an essential resource for any home baker, and for anyone who loves to meet with friends for coffee and cake.

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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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God without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple?

God without Religion: Can It Really Be This Simple?

Andrew Farley

God without religion?

Through tales of robbery and extortion, laps around the Indy 500 track, tapped phone calls to a psychic, and a grandma’s late arrival at her own funeral, bestselling author Andrew Farley invites you on a story-filled adventure to discover the beauty of God’s grace.

“Andrew Farley is one of the best young writers yet most mature thinkers in the church today. Read God without Religion to hear the voice of a 21st century Bonhoeffer who shows how to ring in the good times when Jesus (not religion) is the cantus firmus, the enduring melody, of our lives.”–Leonard Sweet, bestselling author and professor at Drew University and George Fox University

“Never have I encountered a book that so clearly and biblically explains New Covenant Christianity. If you want to dump the religious burden and live in the true freedom and joy of Christ, God without Religion is for you.”–David Gregory, bestselling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and The Rest of the Gospel

“God without Religion is brave, genius, and full of the best kind of hope. Andrew Farley offers us a clear, more joy-filled, and peaceful route to God, without religion! And we need that now more than ever.”–Matthew Paul Turner, bestselling author of Churched and Hear No Evil

“This is a book that every Christian simply must read before going one more step in their walk with Christ. Don’t waste another day living under religious bondage. Stop everything you’re doing and read this book now.”–Darin Hufford, bestselling author of The Misunderstood God

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Simple Gospel, Simply Grace

Simple Gospel, Simply Grace

Bob Christopher

“We’re all natural-born legalists,” says author Bob Christopher. “We try to live for God, but it’s impossible to do.”

Why? Because all our efforts and ideas are based on the same fear-based, guilt-driven plot line: Try harder. As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, it just doesn’t work.

Simple Gospel, Simply Grace showcases an alternative, which is actually God’s original plan: Everything you’re trying to achieve in the Christian life has already been given to you—from God, by grace, in Christ.

Do you struggle to receive what God has freely given? How can you begin to experience true freedom, assurance of your forgiveness, and victory over sin? How can the power that raised Jesus from the dead enable you to live and love the way He did?

You’ll discover the answers in this crystal-clear portrayal of the simple gospel—which is simply grace.

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The Hurt & The Healer

The Hurt & The Healer

Andrew Farley

Where Glory Meets Our Suffering

Fear. Shame. Loneliness. A broken home. A broken heart. We all hurt, and we all need healing. We just don’t know where to find it. Inspired by the #1 Christian single “The Hurt & The Healer” from MercyMe, this book shows how Jesus can take our hearts and breathe them back to life, how “grace is ushered in for good, and all our scars are understood.”

Are you ready to discover how Jesus can be the Healer of your hurts?

“I am thrilled about this eye-opening, life-changing book. Rules do not set us free, but being set free by the truth is real! It’s going to be exciting to see how God uses The Hurt & The Healer in so many people’s lives. I can’t wait to watch it happen!”–Amy Grant, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and recording artist

“I won the Winston Cup Championship in 2000, but the next day was one of the loneliest of my life. First disappointment, then anger, and eventually depression. You name it, I’ve experienced it. I was excited to read this book, because there’s so much here that I want to grasp. What Bart and Andrew have written will help you discover your real purpose in the midst of this broken world we all live in.”–Bobby Labonte, professional NASCAR driver

“Take a journey into the real grace of God―not grace for those who are good enough but the grace for those of us who aren’t. As Millard and Farley beautifully reveal, we are the people the Great Physician has come to heal.”–David Gregory, New York Times bestselling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger

Bart Millard is the lead singer of the award-winning band MercyMe. With a double platinum album, four gold albums, thirteen consecutive top five singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, eight Dove awards, and numerous Grammy nominations, MercyMe continues to speak to people around the world of God’s love, forgiveness, and healing.

Andrew Farley is the lead pastor of Ecclesia (ChurchWithoutReligion.com) and the bestselling author of The Naked Gospel, God without Religion, and Heaven Is Now. Andrew’s writings have been featured by national news outlets such as PBS, ABC, and FOX. Visit AndrewFarley.org to get free downloads and find out more about his bestselling books.

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PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace

PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace

Daniel Montgomery

It’s time to open your eyes to the freeing power of authentic grace—grace that releases us from trying to earn God’s favor, grace that enables us to rest in the finished work of Christ, grace that liberates from the tyranny of trying to please others.

That’s what the theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin did in their own day for the people around them. Time magazine recently dubbed Calvinism as one of the top ten ideas changing the world right now. And yet most of these discussions center on the issue of predestination or on whether particular people agree with the five points of Calvinism. Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones think it’s time to rescue the theology of the Reformers from such stale scholasticizing and to declare anew the dangerous and intoxicating joy of the gospel that they
proclaimed.

PROOF stands for planned grace, resurrecting grace, outrageous grace, overcoming grace, and forever grace. The authors offer proof of God’s grace upon which people can stand against the attacks of legalism that have led many of God’s people to lose sight of the freedom and joy of the gospel. And this proof is intoxicating—it’s like a 200-proof drink that will leave you spiritually staggering at its effect on your life. God’s grace not only declares us “not guilty!” in his presence, it changes our relationship with God—forever.

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What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

Matthew Aaron Perman

Do Work That Matters Productivity isn’t just about getting more things done. It’s about getting the right things done—the things that count, make a difference, and move the world forward.

In our current era of massive overload, this is harder than ever before. So how do you get more of the right things done without confusing mere activity for actual productivity?

When we take God’s purposes into account, a revolutionary insight emerges. Surprisingly, we see that the way to be productive is to put others first—to make the welfare of other people our motive and criteria in determining what to do (what’s best next). As both the Scriptures and the best business thinkers show, generosity is the key to unlocking our productivity. It is also the key to finding meaning and fulfillment in our work.

What’s Best Next offers a practical approach for improving your productivity in all areas of life. It will help you better understand:

Why good works are not just rare and special things like going to Africa, but anything you do in faith even tying your shoes.
How to create a mission statement for your life that actually works.
How to delegate to people in a way that actually empowers them.
How to overcome time killers like procrastination, interruptions, and multitasking by turning them around and making them work for you.
How to process workflow efficiently and get your email inbox to zero every day.
How your work and life can transform the world socially, economically, and spiritually, and connect to God’s global purposes.

By anchoring your understanding of productivity in God’s purposes and plan, What’s Best Next will give you a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you do.

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Love, Charleston

Love, Charleston

Beth Webb Hart

Charleston’s past is full of romance. Does Anne’s future hold the same?

Charleston’s Anne Brumley has long dreamed of love while ringing the bells at St. Michael’s, but those dreams are beginning to fade. Her sister Alisha and cousin Della encourage the thirty-six year old to move somewhere new for a fresh start.

Widower Roy Summerall has happily ministered to the country folks of Church of the Good Shepherd for years. So why would the Lord call him and his daughter away to Charleston–the city that Roy remembers from his childhood as pretentious and superficial? Surely the refined congregation of St. Michael’s won’t accept a reverend with a red neck and a simple faith.

Meanwhile, Anne’s sister, Alisha, struggles with her husband’s ambition, which seems to be taking him further from their dreams of a happy family. And Cousin Della’s former fiance has returned to Charleston, making her wonder if she chose the wrong path when she married her gifted but unemployed-artist husband.

Family, friendship, and faith converge in a beautiful story about how God’s transforming love works in the Holy City of Charleston.

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Saving Grace

Saving Grace

Ryan Phillips

As the only daughter of a successful businesswoman, Grace grew up with nothing but the best. Sheltered by her single mother and educated in an exclusive private school in Detroit, Grace was not ready for the harsh realities of an unforgiving world.

Grace’s naivete coupled with her desire to experience life on her own terms leads her down a path of emotional devastation and physical abuse. Through a chance encounter Grace meets Mike, a successful design artist who introduces her to a relationship very different from her usual one-night-stands and affairs with married men.
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hings take a turn for the worst however when Grace’s roommate walks in on her and her married personal trainer in their apartment. This betrayal tears apart Mike and Grace’s romance and shatters the trust and friendship between Grace and Trina.

In the midst of torn relationships, Grace’s mother dies in a tragic plane crash leaving Grace with no one left to turn to except the God she thought had long since abandoned her.

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The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

Celeste Fletcher McHale

“Why won’t you just tell me what’s in that cake?” I’d been trying to get Laine’s recipe for years. We all had.

When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake.

In the South you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family— even if the threat is something you cannot see.

In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.

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A Love to Come Home To (A Time of Grace Book 3)

A Love to Come Home To (A Time of Grace Book 3)

Alicia G. Ruggieri

A Time of Grace, Book 3 ~ The concluding volume in the A Time of Grace Trilogy!

Hardened Ben Picoletti thought he’d turned his back on Depression-era Rhode Island years ago. Nothing remains there for him, except for haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Yet when a criminal accusation shatters his ambitions, Ben has nowhere to flee but back to his stepfather’s home.

There, he finds that redemption yet waits for him… but the sacrifice required to attain it may exceed the limits of his family’s hearts.

Meanwhile, his musical sister Grace continues her studies in New York. She longs to hear a word of affection from her high-school beau… yet only Paulie’s silence greets her. Grace must decide whether she wants to live in the past or move into an unknown future with unexpected love.

Lyrical and sensitive to the aching heart, A Love to Come Home To affirms that God delights in being a stronghold in times of trouble; that He renews His mercy every morning; and that He will work every bitter thing together for the good of His children.

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