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Pastors Are People Too: What They Won't Tell You but You Need to Know (PastorServe Series)

Pastors Are People Too: What They Won’t Tell You but You Need to Know (PastorServe Series)

Jimmy Dodd

What are your top twenty expectations for your pastor? Now multiply your list by the number of people who attend church with you. Is it any wonder pastors are overwhelmed and underappreciated?

They’re expected to know every member by name, preach a “home run sermon” every Sunday, condemn sin without hurting anyone’s feelings, and be available to serve others 24/7 while not neglecting their own family. The intensity of these expectations and lack of appreciation can and does bring the majority of pastors to a place of despair and ultimately departure from pastoral ministry. This practical field guide offers tangible ways to better understand and care for the pastor who cares so deeply about you.

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Twice Redeemed (The Jericho Resistance Book 2)

Twice Redeemed (The Jericho Resistance Book 2)

Mimi Milan

*South of the Border Suspense* *Christian Undertone*

Who will save her from herself?

After helping another girl escape, Mercedes Nobles suffers unspeakable abuse at the Jericho saloon. So when a familiar cowboy rides into town, she jumps at the opportunity to start a new life… even though she carries a secret that could destroy any chance of happiness for either of them.

John Durbin may have turned in his badge, but he still lives by a certain code of honor. That includes returning to a seedy Mexican cantina to rescue a woman who helped his friends escape. However, the tables turn and he finds himself getting married “in name only.”

Struggling with cultural differences, they question how the marriage can survive. Will John sacrifice his faith to make his new wife happy? How will Mercedes redeem herself when John learns of the secret she’s hiding?

*Authentic Mexican recipes found at the end of the book.*

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Spice Box (Love Endures)

Spice Box (Love Endures)

Grace Livingston Hill

Dr. Howard Sterling is on his way home when he comes upon a woman in a snow drift. Meanwhile Martha Spicer, elderly spinster, takes an interest in taming one of the local boys who seem to run wild in the streets. Then Janet disappears without telling the doctor about her true identity. But the hand of Providence is about to bring these four souls together in a marvelous way.

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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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More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated

More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated

Erin Odom

When you’re trapped in a cycle of financial frustration, and you feel like you’ve tried everything only to end up with more month than money yet again, More Than Just Making It is your promise and pathway to thriving again.

Take it from someone who’s been there. Erin Odom grew up in the private schools and neatly manicured lawns of Upper Middle Class America, but was thrown into low-income living during the economic crash. She was a stay-at-home-mom, her husband was supporting the family on a teacher’s salary, and despite the fact that they had no debt to their name, they were scrambling to make ends meet. Suddenly Erin found herself standing in line for food stamps, turning down play dates because she couldn’t afford the gas, and ultimately walking into bankruptcy court in the eighth month of her third pregnancy.

More Than Just Making It tells the story of their breaking point, as well as the triumph of their comeback. It took hard work, creativity, and faith in God’s provision to reset their bank account as well as their hearts, but ultimately they found a new way to thrive and freedom from financial anxiety. You can do the same. Learn how Erin and her family saved enough money to put $30,000 down on a home, buy a minivan in cash, and begin sending their daughter to private Christian school. More Than Just Making It will encourage readers to rise above their circumstances, empower them with money-saving tips, and reimagine the good life as God designed it outside the myth of the American Dream.

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The Quiet Revolution: An Active Faith That Transforms Lives and Communities

The Quiet Revolution: An Active Faith That Transforms Lives and Communities

Jay F. Hein

American citizens have always been the backbone of ambitious solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. The twenty-first century has seen an unprecedented rise in generosity and a steep decline in global poverty. In The Quiet Revolution, readers are invited inside the White House to see how presidents have aided in this success by rallying Americans to serve their nation by volunteering in their local communities and around the world.

President George W. Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative was a catalyst for many of these dramatic social improvements. Yet, the big story is not what happened in Washington, D.C., but rather what takes place in countless communities across the nation. There is not a social problem in America that is not being addressed by a faith-based or community group every day.

The Quiet Revolution is about championing the unsung work of ordinary volunteers spurred by faith and simple goodwill to roll up their sleeves in order to care for their neighbors in need.

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The Sacred Search: What If It's Not about Who You Marry, But Why?

The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not about Who You Marry, But Why?

Gary Thomas

What if you stopped looking for a “soul mate” and started looking for a “sole mate”—someone who will live out with you the great purpose of God? What if dating isn’t about finding “the one” but making a wise choice so you can better serve the One who loves you most? What if God didn’t design relationships to make you happy but to make you holy?

In The Sacred Search, Gary Thomas will transform the way you look at romantic relationships. Whether you are single, dating, or engaged, Gary’s unique perspective on dating will prepare you for a satisfying, spiritually enriching marriage even before you walk down the aisle. As Gary reminds us, a good marriage is not something you find—it’s something you make.

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Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture (North Point Resources)

Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture (North Point Resources)

Andy Stanley

Five keys to building a small group culture that fosters meaningful, lasting connections within your church community.

Small groups are the key to impacting lives in your church. But a healthy small-group environment doesn’t just happen. So pull up a chair. Let’s talk about how to make it happen.

Bill Willits and bestselling author Andy Stanley share their successful approach, which has resulted in nearly eight thousand adults becoming involved in small groups at North Point Community Church in Atlanta. Simply put, the five principles have passed the test. This is not just another book about community; this is a book about strategy—strategy that builds a small group culture. Creating Community shares clear and simple principles to help people connect into meaningful relationships. The kind that God desires for each of us and that He uses to change our lives. Put this proven method to work in your ministry and enjoy the tangible results—God’s people doing life TOGETHER.

“The small-group program at North Point Community Church is not an appendage; it is not a program we tacked on to an existing structure. It is part of our lifestyle. We think groups. We organize groups. We are driven by groups. Creating Community contains our blueprint for success. And I believe it has the potential power to revolutionize your own small-group ministry!” — Andy Stanley

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Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

Mother Teresa

This historic work reveals the inner spiritual life of one of the most beloved and important religious figures in history–Mother Teresa.

During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion to people of all religions; her extraordinary contributions to the care of the sick, the dying, and thousands of others nobody else was prepared to look after has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. Little is known, however, about her own spiritual heights or her struggles. This collection of her writing and reflections, almost all of which have never been made public before, sheds light on Mother Teresa’s interior life in a way that reveals the depth and intensity of her holiness for the first time.

Compiled and presented by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., who knew Mother Teresa for twenty years and is the postulator for her cause for sainthood and director of the Mother Teresa Center, Mother Teresa brings together letters she wrote to her spiritual advisors over decades. A moving chronicle of her spiritual journey—including moments, indeed years, of utter desolation—these letters reveal the secrets she shared only with her closest confidants. She emerges as a classic mystic whose inner life burned with the fire of charity and whose heart was tested and purified by an intense trial of faith, a true dark night of the soul.

“If I ever become a Saint– I will surely be one of “darkness.” I will continually be absent from Heaven– to light the light of those in darkness on earth.” –Mother Teresa

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A Bond Fulfilled (Christian Romantic Suspense): Sacred Bond Guardians Book Four

A Bond Fulfilled (Christian Romantic Suspense): Sacred Bond Guardians Book Four

Lee Tobin McClain

When Hector Santiago returns to the Covenant School as a security guard after losing his job as a police officer, the last person he expects to move in next door is his ex-girlfriend, Maria Moretti. Even more unexpected is that she’s a mother and her baby has a striking resemblance to Hector.

God works in mysterious ways, and with Hector as her neighbor, Maria faces the inevitable and reveals the truth about their baby. Bonded together by blood, the two are determined to make a go of their new family.

But when a kidnapping conspiracy threatens the safety of their baby, Hector is pulled back to the same place that led him back to the school—and Maria—all along.

Jump into the next Sacred Bond Guardians novel and find out what’s going on with Adam and Kendra, Travis and Amber, and Jake and Karen. Even Chad and Lissa get involved in Book Four of this Christian romantic suspense novel.

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Written in Love (An Amish Letters Novel)

Written in Love (An Amish Letters Novel)

Kathleen Fuller

“Dear Mr. Chupp”–with those three words, a pen-pal relationship is ignited and two lives are changed forever.

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his Amish faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. Then Jalon suggests they meet, and she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth.

In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could pen.

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The Secret Love of an Amish Girl

The Secret Love of an Amish Girl

Hannah Schrock

Linda had secretly loved Samuel Troyer, since they were both small children growing up in the same community. Was it the form of love that led to a lifetime commitment, though?

Then Samuel left to spend the summer, working in another community. It was here that he met the beautiful, yet lonely and strangely friendless, Ruth.

Jacob Zook helped Samuel repair his buggy at a time when he really needed help, and in return he suggested that Jacob might find work in his community. A suggestion which Jacob followed, and which led him to Linda. Linda, who was missing Samuel; Linda, who had never known any other man to love besides Samuel.

It is not easy to see someone you love with another. Sometimes this heartache is what is needed for the realization to hit home that this love is in fact real. Follow along as the summer’s heartaches and mismatches lead to that place where hearts find lives of quiet content, happily ever after.

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Mail-Order Holiday Brides: Home for Christmas\Snowflakes for Dry Creek (Love Inspired Historical)

Mail-Order Holiday Brides: Home for Christmas\Snowflakes for Dry Creek (Love Inspired Historical)

Jillian Hart

Home for Christmas by Jillian Hart

Christina Eberlee is desperate for the safe haven promised to her by the Montana man whose bridal ad she answered. Yet she can’t forget the handsome marshal who helps her on the journey. Maybe venturing from her planned path could lead Christina to the home she was truly meant to find.

Snowflakes for Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

“Maybe you could marry her.” Gabe Stone’s niece and nephew long for a mother just like the mail-order bride Gabe’s brother sent for and then abandoned. Yet in making the children’s Christmas dreams come true, Gabe and Annabelle may discover the most precious gift of the holidays is love.

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Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, NEW! The Dawn of Christmas

Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, NEW! The Dawn of Christmas

Cindy Woodsmall

Experience the holidays with the Plain folk of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, in these touching novellas centered around love, romance, heartache, and restoration from bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall.

The Sound of Sleigh Bells
Beth Hertzler is unable to let go of a past tragedy, but when she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds. Determined that her niece meet the gifted artist, her aunt tracks him down, but it’s not that simple – will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love?

The Christmas Singing
Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Brokenhearted, Mattie moves away and pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator, and even finds a new beau. But when Mattie is forced to return home three years later, will learning the truth behind Gideon’s rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?

The Dawn of Christmas
Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it’s time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan—but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices and learn to trust each other to embrace a future together?

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