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Running on Empty: The Gospel for Women in Ministry

Running on Empty: The Gospel for Women in Ministry

Barbara Bancroft

You Are Not Fueled by Coffee, Sleep, or Approval
As women, ministry pushes us to moments of insufficiency, exposes our weaknesses, and tests our patience. Some days it feels like a little more sleep, a lot more coffee, and a pat on the back might sustain us. But down deep, we know these things can never fuel our ministries.

Positive without being cliché, Running on Empty presents the realities of vocational ministry with humor and hope. Author Barbara Bancroft draws from her experience as a missionary woman and pastor’s wife to demonstrate how the gospel must be our message to ourselves as well as others. Along the way, she confronts the “mythic ministry model of Proverbs 31” and other stereotypes and expectations that hinder women from enjoying and displaying the gospel each day.

Running on Empty’s down-to-earth, humorous writing style reaches out to weary women reluctant to read another book on ministry. Offering more than crisis management tips or how-tos, Running on Empty reorients women’s hearts and minds to the joy of belonging to Christ and being a part of his kingdom work.

Ideal for small group discussion or personal reflection, Running on Empty stretches beyond burnout prevention strategies all the way to joy and purpose in ministry.

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The Thing Is

The Thing Is

Tony Payne

“The thing is.”

That’s what we say when we are at last getting to the point. The bushes have been beaten around, the chase has been cut to, and we are finally getting to the thing we’ve been avoiding but that now needs to be spoken.

What is that thing for you? What is the thing that makes sense of your life but that you don’t often talk about? What is the point of it all, the purpose, the real reason you get out of bed in the morning?

From the author of The Trellis and the Vine comes an opportunity to pause and take stock of our lives, and to discover the life-changing purpose that God has for each one of us. Not some vague-Christian-cliché purpose; but a purpose that is clear and real enough to drive the decisions we make and the way we live our lives from this point on.

To work out what ‘the thing is’ together in a small group, try The Course of Your Life.

About the author
Tony Payne is the Publishing Director for Matthias Media. He is a graduate in Communications and Theology, is married to Alison and has five children. He is the author of a number of best-selling Christian books, including The Trellis and the Vine, Islam in our Backyard and Fatherhood: What it is and what it’s for.

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From This Moment On (Windswept Bay Book 1)

From This Moment On (Windswept Bay Book 1)

Debra Clopton

Like the sweet music of a love song, Windswept Bay has a magic of its own and on moonlit nights and sun bronzed days love is in the air. Debra Clopton’s new series will sweep you away to romance that leaves your heart thumping with the satisfaction of pure heartwarming romance.
Hurt by her failed marriage and dashed dreams, Cali Sinclair returns home to Windswept Bay with her heart wary and closed to the dreams of true love she so desperately wanted. Determined to never again risk her heart, she throws herself into running the family’s small boutique resort on the Florida coast, a place so full of romance that it’s a reminder every day of what she’ll never have. But when renowned artist Grant Ellington shows up to paint a mural on the wall of the resort, she’s swept away by her response to the artist. Suddenly, every time he looks at her, Cali finds it harder than she ever thought possible to keep her heart protected.

Grant Ellington loves his ranch, his horses, and his life as a sought-after artist. But after walking away from a plane crash that killed his best friend and the young pilot, he’s still struggling with survivor’s guilt as he heads to Windswept Bay. Painting a sea life mural at the resort started out as a favor to his neighbor, but one meeting with the beautiful Cali and he feels alive again—and determined to spend time on the moonlit beaches with her in his arms…

But, like him, Cali has her own emotional scars—can they learn to trust the love that sparks between them and move forward from this moment on?

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Embracing Your Second Calling: Find Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life

Embracing Your Second Calling: Find Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life

Dale Hanson Bourke

A woman’s guide to the second half of life.

Do you ever wonder if the best of life is in the past? Are you longing for more passion and purpose in the second half of your life? Take a deep breath and prepare for a great adventure as Dale Hanson Bourke resoundingly affirms that midlife is a time for reflection but also a time for action. In Embracing Your Second Calling, she challenges women to respond to God’s call specifically for this season of life and offers practical ideas for finding new meaning.

Bourke’s vulnerability and story-driven approach offers essential principles and specific suggestions as well as interactive elements including:

Questions for reflection and going deeper
Ideas on how to become more involved
Prayers for wisdom and commitment
Action steps for moving forward

For women searching for God’s purpose and passion in middle age and beyond this book offers an inspirational road map to meaning and adventure.

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The Trellis and the Vine

The Trellis and the Vine

Colin Marshall

All Christian ministry is a mixture of trellis and vine.

There is vine work: the prayerful preaching and teaching of the word of God to see people converted and grow to maturity as disciples of Christ. Vine work is the Great Commission.

And there is trellis work: creating and maintaining the physical and organizational structures and programs that support vine work and its growth.

What’s the state of the trellis and the vine in your part of the world? Has trellis work taken over, as it has a habit of doing? Is the vine work being done by very few (perhaps only the pastor and only on Sundays)? And is the vine starting to wilt as a result?

The image of the trellis and the vine raises all the fundamental questions of Christian ministry:

* What is the vine for?
* How does the vine grow?
* How does the vine relate to my church?
* What is vine work and what is trellis work, and how can we tell the difference?
* What part do different people play in growing the vine?
* How can we get more people involved in vine work?

In The Trellis and the Vine, Colin Marshall and Tony Payne answer these urgent questions afresh. They dig back into the Bible’s view of Christian ministry, and argue that a major mind-shift is required if we are to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again.

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Care of the Soul Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

Care of the Soul Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

Thomas Moore

#1 New York Times Bestseller

With a new introduction by the author and additional material, this 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Thomas Moore provides a powerful spiritual message for our troubled times.

In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul readers are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life—everyday activities, events, problems and creative opportunities—and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things.

Basing his writing on the ancient model of “care of the soul”—which provided a religious context for viewing the everyday events of life—Moore brings “care of the soul” into the 21st century. Promising to deepen and broaden the reader’s perspective on his or her own life experiences, Moore draws on his own life as a therapist practicing “care of the soul,” as well as his studies of the world’s religions and his work in music and art, to create this inspirational guide that examines the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society.

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TEN: Laws of Love Set in Stone

TEN: Laws of Love Set in Stone

J. John

TEN timeless commandments. TEN simple rules for living. TEN laws that will change your life.

Imagine a world where love guides every action. A community where people place others before themselves. A place where God is recognized and respected. Thousands of years ago, God shared the framework for life as it should be. A simple code for daily living that is the foundation of our laws and principles. Yet society is slowly moving from this essential guide, as these absolute truths give way to a subjective culture. How can we reclaim these ancient tenants for living and apply them in a modern world?

TEN revisits the Bible’s perfect design for our relationship with God and those around us. Inside you’ll encounter TEN commandments that are as relevant now as the day they were given. Rediscover the wellspring of your faith. Reconnect with these profound truths. And reclaim God’s vision for your life through the power of TEN.

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Radical Love: 10 Love Secrets that will change you, your relationships and the whole world!

Radical Love: 10 Love Secrets that will change you, your relationships and the whole world!

Randy McKean

We were created for love. People must have love or they cease to really live—they start to just exist. When it comes to love, it seems that everyone’s got an opinion, an idea, a blog, a newspaper story, a book, a song, a magazine article, a tweet or a Facebook comment with some kind of advice about it. And yet, people are in the dark and find themselves guessing when it comes to love. The only one who really knows what love is and how love is to be manifested in our lives is God himself, because God is love. Such is his very essence. This book unveils God’s secrets of love. It is designed for all believers to help them have a greater understanding of what love is and how it is expressed in concrete and practical ways. It is for every Christian who wants to love better and love deeper. The results promise to be RADICAL!
Love Secret 1: Destroying Love
Love Secret 2: Forgiving Love
Love Secret 3: Self-Denial Love
Love Secret 4: Self Love
Love Secret 5: Obedient Love
Love Secret 6: Discerning Love
Love Secret 7: Acceptance Love
Love Secret 8: Tough Love
Love Secret 9: Sexual Love
Love Secret 10: Discipling Love

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Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea

Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea

Kenneth Bae

For the first time since his two-year imprisonment in North Korea, Kenneth Bae recounts his dramatic ordeal in vivid detail. While leading a tour group into the most shrouded country on the planet, Bae is stopped by officials who immediately confiscate his belongings. With his computer hard drive in hand the officers begin their interrogation and Bae begins his unexpected decent into North Korean obscurity. Bae’s family and friends make immediate appeals to the United States government asking for his release. With his family waiting patiently for any news of Kenneth’s well-being, Bae is forced to rely solely on his faith for his survival. At his lowest point, Bae is confronted with the reality that he may not make it out alive. Not Forgotten is a riveting true story of one man’s fight for survival against impossible odds.

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The Gentle Art of Discipling Women: Nurturing Authentic Faith in Ourselves and Others

The Gentle Art of Discipling Women: Nurturing Authentic Faith in Ourselves and Others

Dana Yeakley

Discipleship is a responsibility of every believer, yet many of us avoid doing it because we don’t know where to start. The Gentle Art of Discipling Women provides a framework for discipleship from the mentoring voice of a seasoned discipler. Dana Yeakley walks with you through the foundational principles of who you are in Christ and how you are uniquely equipped to pass along what He has taught you.

The book is divided into two parts:

Be a Disciple: Four foundational truths (We Are Becoming; We Are Forgiven; We Have Access; We Are Safe) strengthen our confidence so that we can pass along our faith.
Make a Disciple: Four questions (How Do We Create the Right Atmosphere? Who Do We Help? What Do We Share? How Does Discipling One-on-One Actually Work?) help us nurture a discipleship relationship.

The Gentle Art of Discipling Women will help each woman discover her unique gifting in discipleship through her relationship with God, her personality, and her story.

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Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance

Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance

Bob P. Buford

Bob Buford believes the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. So he recommends that a reader call “halftime” to reflect not only on where he’s going, but why. In Halftime, Buford focuses on this important time of transition–the time when, as he says, a person moves beyond the first half of the game of life. It’s halftime, a time of revitalization and for catching new vision for living the second, most rewarding half of life. As Buford explains, “My passion is to multiply all that God has given me, and in the process, give it back.” That requires asking important questions: What am I really good at? What do I want to do? What is most important to me? What do I want to be remembered for? If my life were absolutely perfect, what would it look like? Buford fills Halftime with a blend of personal insight, true-life examples, and quotes from those who have successfully navigated the exhilarating and potentially dangerous shoals of midlife. Complete with a discussion guide, Halftime provides the encouragement and wisdom to propel your life on a new course away from mere success to true significance–and the best years of your life.

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Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

J. Warner Wallace

Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator.

Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.

A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, Cold-Case Christianity inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.

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The Green Ember

The Green Ember

S. D. Smith

Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.

Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?

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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Jenn Faulk

Cammie Evans was a girl with a plan from the moment God called her to be a foreign missionary. After several years spent all over the world, though, she finds herself with a new assignment that leaves her questioning all that she once thought to be true about life, love, and calling.

David Connor was always the weird kid in the youth group, never destined to live up to his father’s expectations. After several years of working to find his own significance in Christ and his calling as a foreign missionary, he finds himself asking hard questions about who he is and what God wants from him.

As their lives change and the past becomes part of the present, can Cammie and David help one another find their own happily ever after?

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Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel (Dear Daphne series Book 1)

Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel (Dear Daphne series Book 1)

Melody Carlson

With high hopes, Daphne Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it’s not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dee passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Daphne, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Daphne only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt’s very specific posthumous terms — personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dee’s cats.

And if Daphne thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dee’s life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God’s perfect timing.

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The Tomato Patch (The Amish of Ephrata Book 1)

The Tomato Patch (The Amish of Ephrata Book 1)

Sarah Price

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Book 1 of the The Amish of Ephrata Series.

Priscilla Smucker finds herself receiving unwanted attention in the community over an upcoming charity event at the local Mennonite church. When jealousy turns to bullying, how will she ever begin to handle it?

This Amish novella is a perfect read for young adults and adult readers who love Amish or Christian fiction. Includes discussion questions for book clubs or just private reflection.

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The Quilting Bee (The Amish of Ephrata Book 2)

The Quilting Bee (The Amish of Ephrata Book 2)

Sarah Price

Book 2 in the Amish of Ephrata Series.

Priscilla Smucker’s mother has talked her into spending the winter months making a quilt. After picking out the pattern and the fabric, Priscilla is ready for sharing fellowship with the other Amish women in her community. Unfortunately, the attention that she receives warrants more jealousy and bullying from another young woman. For the second time, Priscilla has to determine how to deal with the fallout from bullying by Susie Byler. Will it drive a wedge between Priscilla and the community or, even worse, Stephen Esh?

This Amish novella is a perfect read for young adults and adult readers who love Amish or Christian fiction. Includes discussion questions for book clubs or just private reflection.

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The Hope Chest (The Amish of Ephrata Book 3)

The Hope Chest (The Amish of Ephrata Book 3)

Sarah Price

Book 3 of the The Amish of Ephrata Series.

When an accident leaves the local school without a teacher, the bishop asks Priscilla Smucker to fill in for the remainder of the school year. When the community begins to praise Priscilla for her teaching ability, she finds herself receiving unwanted attention from a small group of women. Once again, jealousy turns to bullying against not just Priscilla but Stephen Esh, too. Is it possible to handle such a situation and remain faithful to God’s wish to “love thy neighbor”?

This Amish novella is a perfect read for young adults and adult readers who love Amish or Christian fiction. Includes discussion questions for book clubs or just private reflection.

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The Clothes Line (The Amish of Ephrata Book 4)

The Clothes Line (The Amish of Ephrata Book 4)

Sarah Price

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Book 4 in the Series.

Priscilla Smucker finds herself settling into married life with Stephen on their farm. Life is full of joy and happiness until she learns that Susie Byler is back at her bullying, this time targeting her friend Sylvia and sending her letters. When faced with a chance to expose Susie, will Priscilla be able to continue the Amish practice of forgiveness or has Susie gone too far?

This Amish novella is a perfect read for young adults and adult readers who love Amish or Christian fiction. Includes discussion questions for book clubs or just private reflection.

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One True Path (Amish Roads Series Book 3)

One True Path (Amish Roads Series Book 3)

Barbara Cameron

Amish marriages are forever. Abram Lapp believes he could love his neighbor forever, but Rachel Ann is enjoying her Rumschpringe, exploring Englisch life with a very Englisch boy named Michael. As Abram watches Rachel Ann stray from the life he had hoped for them, he regrets not telling her that his feelings for her have deepened. Rachel Ann loves the freedom she has away from the familiar Amish rules and responsibilities. But when tragedy strikes and her brother is critically wounded in an accident, she begins to feel a pull toward home. She struggles with guilt and throws herself into working two jobs to help with hospital expenses. Leaning on Michael for support, she realizes he might not be the man she needs . . .or wants. Could the husband she has hoped for be waiting right next door?

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Cabin by the Lake

Cabin by the Lake

Desiree Douglas

Is it really possible to start over in life when mistakes from the past continue to haunt? This heartwarming story of a second chance for love, both for Lydia and her widowed aunt who has reluctantly taken her in, grabs the reader from the first page.

A bonfire is lit when she moves to her aunt’s lake house in rural Georgia in need of a fresh start. There she meets hunky backpacker, Mike Rodgers, seeking shelter from a storm. As lightning flashes, so does their chemistry. A man is the last thing Lydia needs in her life, but working alongside Mike to renovate an old guest cabin, the two are drawn together with an irresistible pull.

In the woods nearby, someone is watching–and waiting. When she realizes that her past has caught up to her, Lydia knows she has to leave to protect her aunt, and keep Mike from learning her history! Little does she know that Mr. Perfect has secrets of his own…

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The Reunion: A Novel

The Reunion: A Novel

Dan Walsh

There are people in this world we pass right by without giving a second thought. They are almost invisible. Yet some of them have amazing stories to tell, if we’d only take the time to listen . . .Aaron Miller was an old, worn-out Vietnam vet, a handyman in a trailer park. Forty years prior, he saved the lives of three young men in the field only to come home from the war and lose everything. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Aaron is about to be found. And the one who finds him just might find the love of his life as well.Expert storyteller Dan Walsh pens a new tale filled with the things his fans have come to love–forgiveness, redemption, love, and that certain bittersweet quality that few authors ever truly master. Fans old and new will find themselves drawn into this latest story about how God cares for everyone.

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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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