A delightful and compelling book – written with love using beautiful prose, flower photographs, Scriptures, and symbolism – that allows our senses to experience softness, gentleness, peace, and intimacy of Christian love. Expresses our deeper feelings by allowing the love of our Lord to flow over us – reveals God’s love and elicits a heartfelt response. Authored by the caretaker of a prayer garden.
www.agardenoflove.com • $19.95
“What is important is faith expressing itself in love.” (Galatians 5:6) read more
Life is throwing Jules Matias a lot of curveballs and they're coming at her all at once. Jules has had to break off her engagement to Cruz Delgado not once, but twice. She loves him, but she had good reason, or a good person—Pop—to make such a sacrifice. Now she must cope with Pop’s death and shoulder the tension with her sister, who wasn’t included in their father’s will. Jules’ chief concerns are caring for her father’s potato farm and restoring a relationship with her sister. But when her best friend dies from cancer, Jules is also left to keep her promise to care for her friend's two small children. With all these burdens to carry, Jules must rely on God for answers and strength.
Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoko | Zondervan
Not to be read alone, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals was not written alone either. Shane Claiborne, an activist who lives in a “new monastic” community in inner-city Philadelphia; Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a Baptist minister also in a monastic community; and Enuma Okoko, a woman who was formerly director for Duke Divinity School’s Center for Theological Writing, came together as a team to create this volume.
Seeing liturgy as a tool to bring unity across church divisions, the authors encourage every Christian, from the fiery Pentecostal to the disciplined Benedictine, to use this volume of songs, prayers, ideas and memories meant to be spoken aloud and shared in some kind of community.
The elements of the liturgy are organized so as to minimize page-turning, and the elements of the church calendar are explained for those unfamiliar. The guide also includes prayers for special occasions and a selection of songs ranging from the Doxology to Taize chants and African-American spirituals.
Appealing to the liturgy veteran as well as the novice, Common Prayer encourages active prayer and worship as believers join around the globe to regularly refocus their lives on God.
In the well-named Adventures in Daily Prayer: Experiencing the Power of God's Love, Bert Ghezzi shares his experience in daily communication with God and encourages the reader to begin his or her own adventure of meaningful prayer.
Along with relating his personal experience, Ghezzi, a Catholic charismatic Christian, also offers the testimonies of Catholic saints and evangelical Christians as they developed their prayer life. At the end of each chapter, he encourages readers to think, pray and act, as they practice a more disciplined prayer time. He invites the reader to pray the Psalms and other Scriptures as well as their own individual prayers or to meet with a group for spontaneous prayer.
Adventures in Daily Prayer is a book to be experienced, not simply read. With topics such as praying in the Spirit and relying on God, it has the potential to lead to a richer, more rewarding prayer time for anyone seeking to draw near to God. It could also serve well as a study guide for prayer groups.
Best-selling author and speaker Carol Kent continues the story of her son Jason's life imprisonment and the emotional consequences to his family, in Between a Rock and a Grace Place: Divine Surprises in the Tight Spots of Life.
Kent reveals the hard truths she had to re-learn more than 10 years after Jason murdered his stepchildren's father in order to protect the children after all other avenues seemed lost. read more
Talk-show host Serenity Williams’ fiancé can’t cope with her popularity and calls off their wedding. Serenity decides that all pastors are prideful and arrogant and determines to never fall for one again. But when she meets pastor Phillip McKnight, recently divorced, she sees a man humbled and broken. Serenity will need God’s help to be willing to open her heart to Phillip. read more
Kate Wellington is a wanted woman. She led a bank heist in San Antonio that left three men dead. But Kate is innocent; a gang of robbers forced her participation. Now she’s not only running from the gang but also from the law. On her escape to Mexico, she meets rancher Josh Neville, who offers to escort her across the border. However, Kate’s injury forces them to detour to Josh’s ranch. He soon realizes he’s falling for her, even as he learns the truth. With Kate still in danger, will Josh risk his life for a woman he hardly knows?
Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites ... and Other Lies You’ve Been Told Bradley Wright Bethany House
Despite media depictions of Christians as hypocritical bigots who are under siege by the public, sociologist Bradley Wright says neither is the case. Using a style comparable to the MythBusters TV show, Wright argues that many statistics spread about the world read more
When as a boy you spend your formative years moving every couple of years to a new place and to a new church, while watching your Baptist preacher-father burning out in the ministry, seeds are planted in your heart.
For Chris McClarney those seeds—full of the potential for disillusionment and doubt—grew instead a garden of gracious gifts: the desire to serve others; eyes to see the deeper lessons in the hard knocks of life; a fundamental belief in the goodness and faithfulness of God; and the words to bring those realities together in song.
Now, with the release of Defender, McClarney delivers one of the most soulful modern-worship collections in recent years—a triumphant proclamation that God's sleeves are rolled up and He's working it all out for our good —even if we can't see it. read more
Annie Fletcher is proud of her sister Sarah and her upcoming graduation. But a night of celebrating new beginnings turns into tragedy as Sarah loses her life.
In the midst of loss, Annie finds herself hearing music and quickly realizes that no one else is hearing it. In her search to figure out what she is experiencing, she decides it is easily explained away by stress, but as time goes on, she's not so sure. read more