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Growing the Good Life: Lessons in Parenting, Gardening, Health, and Meaningful Living

Growing the Good Life: Lessons in Parenting, Gardening, Health, and Meaningful Living

Alison Buehler

Have you ever looked around and said, “This is not the life I intended to create?” A young family with everything begins to question their choices. Are making a living and making a life two very different things? Can they allow their true values to take center stage and choose a different path?

Mike and Alison Buehler bought fully into the American Dream. Two doctoral degrees, successful careers, three children, and a big house should be a recipe for happiness. But something is missing, and the wheels are coming off. Join this family as they journey toward health and happiness based on a very different set of values.

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The Doctor’s Baby

The Doctor’s Baby

Faith Crawford

An outgoing girl, a quiet calm Doc and an abandoned baby – Will they find each other?

Mae Winter is alone and unhappy. Her one wish is that by the turn of the century, her life would be more fulfilling, more exciting.

Doc Cunningham lives in California, quite a distance from Mae. When a woman gives birth to a healthy baby boy and abandons him in the Doc’s clinic, he is left with a decision -put the child in the orphanage or raise him as his own?

With no experience and being unmarried, he decides it’s time to make a change to his life and advertises for a bride to be a mother for the newborn and a wife for him.

Mae is the perfect opposite of Doc, exciting and outgoing to his quiet calmness. Can they make a go of it? Will they be the right parents for the abandoned baby boy? Or will they clash and cause more pain and strife for each other and the baby?

NOTE: This book includes 5 bonus stories.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a 29-page stand-alone story with an HEA, so no cliff-hangers.

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Kelly's Chance (Brides of Lehigh Canal Book 1)

Kelly’s Chance (Brides of Lehigh Canal Book 1)

Wanda E. Brunstetter

Join Kelly McGregor as she drives her overbearing father’s mules along Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Canal. Despite the daily drudge, she dreams of one day owning an art gallery where her own drawings and paintings are on display. But these dreams don’t include marriage. . .not after seeing what her father has done to her mother. How then can Mike Cooper, a general store owner, make her realize he is different than her father and wants to support her artistic talent? Will Kelly learn that dreams can walk hand in hand with a love created by God?

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Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth

Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth

Adam T. Barr

Loving, Biblical Answers on Homosexuality

In the next year at least one of these things will happen in your life:
• A family member will come out of the closet and expect you to be okay with it.
• Your elementary-age child’s curriculum will discuss LGBT families.
• Your company will talk about building a tolerant workplace for LGBT co-workers.
• Your college-age child will tell you your view on homosexuality is bigoted.

Are you ready?

In their role as pastors, Adam Barr and Ron Citlau have seen how this issue can tear apart families, friendships, and even churches. In this book they combine biblical answers with practical, real-world advice on how to think about and discuss this issue with those you care about. They also tell the story of Ron’s personal journey from same-sex attraction and sexual brokenness to healing.

Truth does not preclude kindness–and a good dose of humility is necessary to love our neighbors. With sensitivity and winsomeness, this book will offer an honest but inviting message to readers: We are all in need of the healing that can only come from the truth of the gospel.

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Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World

Tsh Oxenreider

Life is chaotic. But we can choose to live it differently.

It doesn’t always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to creatively change the little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions.

Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you on a ride from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise, to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike.

Entertaining and compelling–yet never shrill or dogmatic–Notes from a Blue Bike invites you to climb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are, and make some important choices.

It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it–living your life according to who you really are is a beautiful thing. It’s never too late.

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Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted

Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted

Shannan Martin

“Shannan’s story feels at once familiar and spectacular, ordinary and exceptional. You will discover that at the same time her words make you squirm, you will wish you lived next door to her. You will want her wisdom and you will want her pickles.” —Jen Hatmaker (from the foreword)

Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence.

But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, a challenged public school, and the harshness of a county jail (where her husband is now chaplain). And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them.

Falling Free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. Martin’s practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.

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Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together

Kara Tippetts

Kara Tippetts’s story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer. It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara’s story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing “God with us” through fierce and beautiful friendship.

In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jill Lynn Buteyn lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. In 2013, she won the ACFW Genesis award for her inspirational novel, Falling for Texas (written as Jill Lynn).

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New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional

Paul David Tripp

365 Gospel-Centered Devotions for the Whole Year

Mornings can be tough. Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren’t enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel.

Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.

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Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms

Gloria Furman

Grocery shopping. Soccer practice. Dirty dishes.

Motherhood is tough, and it often feels like the to-do list just gets longer and longer every day—making it hard to experience true joy in God, our children, and the gospel.

In this encouraging book for frazzled moms, Gloria Furman helps us reorient our vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches. Showing how to pursue a vibrant relationship with God—even when discouragement sets in and the laundry still needs to be washed—this book will help you treasure Christ more deeply no matter how busy you are.

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The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids

The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids

Rick Warren

The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids includes 365 devotions that tie to the themes and ideas found in the bestselling The Purpose Driven Life by pastor Rick Warren. Written especially for children ages 8 and up, and featuring a ribbon marker, each devo includes a Scripture, short message, and prayer or thought for the day to help kids discover who they are in God’s eyes. Capturing the hearts of the new generation means ensuring they know their purpose and grow up confident of their value in God and their relationship to Christ.

God created each of his children with a purpose in mind … the time is now to, thoughtfully and prayerfully, start the incredible journey to finding that reason.

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Devotions from the Garden: Finding Peace and Rest From Your Hurried Life (Devotions from . . .)

Devotions from the Garden: Finding Peace and Rest From Your Hurried Life (Devotions from . . .)

Miriam Drennan

Come to the garden alone, and fill your soul with His presence.

There’s nothing on earth like the peace and loveliness of a magnificent garden. It’s the place where Adam and Eve first fellowshipped with God, and where you, too, can escape from this chaotic world into His loving arms of beauty and serenity.Devotions from the Garden takes you to that place where senses are restored as dewdrops settle and butterflies gather to witness the miracles of God’s creation bloom and grow. These ninety devotions explore the parallels of life with the elements of the garden to help you see God, to sense His presence, to soothe your soul, and to rest in knowing He is with you throughout each day. Included are striking photographs with a fresh, contemporary design for timeless appeal.

Trim Size: 6 x 8

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Chasing Jupiter

Chasing Jupiter

Rachel Coker

Scarlett Blaine’s life in 1960s Georgia isn’t always easy, especially given her parents’ financial struggles and the fights surrounding her sister Juli’s hippie lifestyle. Then there’s her brother, Cliff. While Scarlett loves him more than anything, there’s no denying his unique behavior leaves Cliff misunderstood and left out. So when he wishes for a rocket to Jupiter, Scarlett agrees to make it happen, no matter how crazy the idea might be.

Raising the rocket money means baking pies, and the farmer’s son, Frank, agrees to provide the peaches if Scarlett will help him talk to Juli. The problem is, Scarlett really enjoys her time with Frank, and finds herself wondering if, someday, they could be more than friends. Just as she thinks everything might be going her way, Cliff suffers an accident that not only affects the rocket plans, but shakes Scarlett’s view of God. As the summer comes to an end, Scarlett must find a way to regain what she’s lost, and also fulfill a promise to launch her brother’s dream.

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Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Book #1): A Novel

Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Book #1): A Novel

Johnnie Alexander

Shelby Kincaid is ready to move on from her grief. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s ancestral homestead so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she’ll have her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted the homestead. Inherited as a punishment from his grandfather, it has sat empty for fifteen years and fallen into ruin. He’s glad to finally unload it. But a clean break isn’t possible when he can’t get the young widow Shelby off his mind.

Welcome to Misty Willow, a place that will have as great a hold over the reader as it does over its inhabitants. With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and personal history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

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The Things We Knew

The Things We Knew

Catherine West

When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things she can’t?

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.

Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.

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Valley of the Shadow (Dakota Moons Book 1)

Valley of the Shadow (Dakota Moons Book 1)

Stephanie Grace Whitson

“I won’t go, and you can’t make me!” As the daughter of Good Song Woman and a French trader, eighteen-year-old Genevieve LaCroix wants nothing to do with her father’s plan to see his daughter educated by the white missionaries at Renville mission. Forced there against her will, Gen eventually finds friendship. When she meets a wounded Dakota warrior taken in by the missionaries, love blossoms. Gen and Two Stars are just beginning to find their way in the new world controlled by whites when the Dakota War of 1862 drags them both into the valley of the shadow of death. Risking everything to protect missionary friends and children, the couple are forced apart. Will their love survive? Will they?

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Edge of the Wilderness (Dakota Moons Book 2)

Edge of the Wilderness (Dakota Moons Book 2)

Stephanie Grace Whitson

Genevieve LaCroix has survived the Dakota War, but her broken heart cannot seem to mend. Can Daniel Two Stars really be dead? Caring for a widower’s children gives her new purpose, but when Simon Dane proposes marriage, Gen cannot bring herself to accept. Simon begins a ministry to the suffering Dakota Sioux imprisoned at Camp McClellan, and Gen sees a side of the man she cannot ignore. If Daniel really is gone, what could be better than working with Simon to bring reconciliation to the frontier? Gen eventually learns that while obedience to God can sometimes require painful choices, it can also yield healing and unexpected joy. Will she say yes to Simon’s proposal? And what will happen when she learns that Daniel Two Stars is alive?

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Heart of the Sandhills (Dakota Moons Book 3)

Heart of the Sandhills (Dakota Moons Book 3)

Stephanie Grace Whitson

Married for a little more than a year, Genevieve LaCroix Dane Two Stars and her beloved Daniel Two Stars dream of making a happy home in a safe place. But Dakota Indians living in Minnesota in the aftermath of the Dakota War face hostility that seems to grow stronger every day. When Daniel is offered work as an army scout in the West, the couple leave Minnesota in hopes of finding a new home. But then tragedy strikes again, and this time it threatens the Two Stars’ love for one another and their faith in God. After all they’ve been through, will the Two Stars’ find what Gen prays for? “All we want is a place to be … just a place to be.” Is it too much to ask?

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My Soul Sings: Sequel to Sweet Sanctuary

My Soul Sings: Sequel to Sweet Sanctuary

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Jeremiah has been hiding in shadows. Tessy is afraid of the dark. Together will they learn that God is able to shed His light even in the shadows of their lives?

Jeremiah Hatcher witnessed war’s atrocities while serving as a missionary in Poland. No one knew of his secret missions to hide Jewish children on Red Cross ships and send them to homes in New York. The childhood bout of polio that made Jeremiah a cripple and weakened his heart forced him to leave Poland earlier than he wanted, and now he’s being sent to a small church in the hills of Arkansas to fill in for the minister while the man recovers from an operation. Jeremiah hopes his time in the beautiful mountains will help heal some of the wounds the war inflicted on his spirit and help him cast off his feelings of failure for not saving more souls.

Tessy McCleary grew up in Shyler’s Point. Although her father served as the local minister, superstitions surrounding the day of her birth have made her a pariah to the townsfolk. Her only friend is a hermit known as Ol’ Gordy. To escape the town’s scorn, Tessy spends a great deal of time on her own in the mountains, finding joy in sketching images of the beautiful flowers and wild creatures she encounters while traipsing through the woods.

Jeremiah is immediately drawn to the sad-eyed young woman named Tessy, and he wonders if God brought him to the community to help the townspeople overcome their irrational fears and accept her as one of their own. Their ostracism reminds him too much of the mistreatment the Jews faced in Europe. Unfortunately, a series of thefts and unusual happenings plague the town, and fingers of blame point at Tessy. Will befriending her steal his opportunity to truly minister to the people of Shyler’s Point?

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