This message is an antidote to despair, helping readers reclaim the ways God is good, even when life is anything but. There were times when it felt as if God had abandoned her. Ann voskamp, alia joy came face to face with weakness, NYTimes bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand GiftsAs a girl, poverty, and loss in ways that made her doubt God was good.
Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack #ad - What she didn't realize then was that God was always there, calling her to abandon herself. In this deeply personal exploration of what it means to be "poor in spirit, " Joy challenges our cultural proclivity to "pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. She calls on readers to embrace true vulnerability and authenticity with God and with one another, showing how weakness does not disqualify us from inclusion in the kingdom of God--instead, it is our very invitation to enter in.
Anyone who has struggled with feeling inadequate, disillusioned, or just too broken will find hope.
Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of "And" in an Either-Or WorldIVP Books #ad - Each of these themes give us certainty about God while also leading us into greater curiosity about his nature and activity in the world. What if certainty isn't the goal?in a world filled with ambiguity, many of us long for a belief system that provides straightforward answers to complex questions and clarity in the face of confusion.
The incarnation―the paradox of God made human―teaches us to look for God in the and of body and spirit, heaven and earth. In the kingdom, god often hides in plain sight and announces his triumph on the back of a donkey. While there are certainties in Christian faith, at the heart of the Christian story is also paradox.
Jesus invites us to abandon the polarities of either and or in order to embrace the difficult, wondrous dissonance of and. And lament, with its clear-eyed appraisal of suffering alongside its commitment to finding audience with God, is a paradoxical practice of faith. In the paradox of grace, we receive life eternal by actively participating in death.
Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of "And" in an Either-Or World #ad - We want faith to act like an orderly set of truth-claims designed to solve the problems and pain that life throws at us. With signature candor and depth, Jen Pollock Michel helps readers imagine a Christian faith open to mystery. As michel writes, "as soon as we think we have God figured out, we will have ceased to worship him as he is.
With personal stories and reflection on Scripture, literature, and culture, Michel takes us deeper into mystery and into worship of the One who is Mystery and Love.
The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life DecisionsRevell #ad - With this simple, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, soulful practice, it is possible to clear the decision-making chaos, and find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing. Whether you're in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.
If you have trouble making decisions, because of either chronic hesitation you've always lived with or a more recent onset of decision fatigue, Emily P. Nothing gets our attention like an unmade decision: should i accept the new position? Which schooling choice is best for my kids? How can I support my aging parents? When we have a decision to make and the answer isn't clear, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction.
The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions #ad - Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing.
The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of LamentNavPress #ad - Lament leads us between the Already and the Not Yet. This path is called lament. It’s not easy, but God will use it to lead you toward healing. In one breath, you may be able to say that God’s got this and all will be well. Grief disobeys. But grief won’t be contained. Lament anticipates new creation but also acknowledges the painful reality of now.
In the next, you might descend into fatalism. Lament recognizes the existence of evil and suffering—without any sugarcoating—while simultaneously declaring that suffering will not have the final say. In the midst of your darkest times, but because god sings a louder song than suffering ever could, you will discover that lament leads you back to a place of hope—not because lamenting does anything magical, a song of renewal and restoration.
The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament #ad - Grief explodes. Lament helps us hear God’s louder song. When you’re in the midst of suffering, you want answers for the unanswerable, resolutions to the unresolvable. No pretending. Here, you are raw before God, an open wound. There is a pathway through this suffering. Lament minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope.
The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to BelongHerald Press #ad - Jesus. Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. . Joseph. Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Find the power of jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world. In the midst of language barriers, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, cultural misunderstandings, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him.
Abraham, hagar, joseph, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge. Meet people who have fled their homelands. Hagar. Ruth. In the god who sees, immigration advocate karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of south Florida.
The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong #ad - Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. As witnesses to god’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging.
Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning GodHoward Books #ad - She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering. But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, she found that the most unexpected result wasn’t the way this shook her body, preacher, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, but how it shook her deeply rooted faith, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly.
In the brief instant sarah bessey realized that her minivan was, inevitably, clear day of the crash, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. The road of healing leads to rome where she met the Pope it’s complicated and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected.
Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God #ad - Insightful, profound, suffering and joy, miracles and Other Reasonable Things is a wild, and unexpected, spirit-filled story of what it means to live with both grief and faith, as we wrestle with God. She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things.
A deeply moving and life-affirming account of wrestling with faith and God and finding miracles in the most unexpected places. Weaving together theology and memoir in her trademark narrative style, Sarah tells us the story of the moment that changed her body and how it ultimately changed her life.
The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When It HurtsB&H Books #ad - What's more: you’ll not only travel with Sarah, you’ll travel with her mom as well as you read her mom’s journal entries and letters. What goes on in the mind of the person who hurt you the most? In this story, you’ll get a rare peek into that mind and heart. In these pages you'll be reminded that light always finds a way in, even in the deepest darkness, and redemption and joy are possible in the midst of trauma and unmet needs.
. And if not for you, for someone you know. Pass it along. Prepare yourself: she holds nothing back. How do you forgive when the wound is still open? people often ask sarah, who caused such destruction, "how did you forgive your alcoholic mother?” How do you forgive someone who carelessly brushed aside your pain, and who doesn’t show remorse? How do you know when to stay and when to go? In The Complicated Heart, from age 14 and beyond, you will travel through Sarah's story with her, as she wrestles with these very questions.
The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When It Hurts #ad - If you’ve struggled with a difficult relationship, if you’ve felt torn-up and crazy and confused because of it, if you just want to know how to move forward and be okay, this story is for you. Dysfunction does not have to be your destiny or your identity. Victory is on the table. If you want to learn how to forgive when your wound is still open, and become a generational bondage-breaker, heal when circumstances don't change, The Complicated Heart is for you.
Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and PeaceZondervan #ad - In each act of creation, we reflect the image of God. In a world of chaos and conflict, we want a place of comfort and peace. In placemaker, christie purifoy invites us to notice our soul's desire for beauty, our need to create and to be created again and again. A call to tend the soul, the land, and the places we share with one another.
A reminder that we are always headed home. Placemaker is a timely yet timeless reminder that the cultivation of good and beautiful places is not a retreat from the real world but a holy pursuit of a world that is more real than we know. Images of comfortable kitchens and flower-filled gardens stir something deep within us--we instinctively long for home.
Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace #ad - . No matter our vocation, we spend much of our lives tending, keeping, and caring. As she reflects on the joys and sorrows of two decades as a placemaker and her recent years living in and restoring a Pennsylvania farmhouse, Christie shows us that we are all gardeners. In each moment of making beauty, we realize that beauty is a mystery to receive.
Weaving together her family's journey with stories of botanical marvels and the histories of the flawed yet inspiring placemakers who shaped the land generations ago, Christie calls us to cultivate orchards and communities, to clap our hands along with the trees of the fields.
The King is Coming: Coming Alive at Advent#ad - This devotional will have a chapter theme for each week and a simple reading guide to help us come alive at Christmas together. In the midst of the holiday hustle, " what exactly are we celebrating again"? What if we make adventing a verb? We take time in the weeks leading up to Christmas to really celebrate the coming King, we can quickly find ourselves thinking, the baby Jesus who changed everything.
Let's come alive together as we "advent", watching for the one we are celebrating.
Back Roads to Belonging: Unexpected Paths to Finding Your Place and Your PeopleRevell #ad - Along the way, you will learn simple, doable actions that not only will help you feel and know that you belong but will welcome others in as well. Because we are made for connection, this will often lead us down one of two roads. At one time or another, employment, friendships, shifting seasons in family, and communities will bring each of us face-to-face with the feeling of being on the outside looking in.
Either we will hop on the popular but crowded highway that asks us to do whatever it takes to get noticed, paralyzed by the fear that we're not important, loveable, or we'll stand still, or worth other people's time and attention. But what if there is another way? with an understanding voice that will speak into your own circumstances, Kristen Strong walks beside you along the less traveled but more satisfying third way--the back road way--to belonging: remaining in Christ and relaxing into the unique role God has for you.
Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and PurposeZondervan #ad - Anxiety and loneliness are on the rise, with 77% of our population experiencing physical symptoms of stress on a regular basis. We feel pressure chasing careers, security, and keeping up. Daily struggles with anxiety and stress make it difficult to receive God's peace. Eventually we find our minds spinning, trying to cope or manage a low hum of anxiety, unlike ever before.
But it doesn't have to stay this way. Rebekah draws from her own battle with depression and anxiety and shares a pathway to establish four life-giving rhythms that quiet inner chaos and make room for a flourishing life. By taking time to rest, and create, connect, restore, you will discover how to: Take charge of your emotional health and inspire your loved ones to do the sameOvercome anxiety by establishing daily habits that keep you mentally and physically strongFind joy through restored relationships in your family and communityWalk in confidence with the unique gifts you have to offer the world .
Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose #ad - We worry about health, politics, and many other complexities we can't control. Rhythms of renewal will help you trade your anxiety for the vibrant life you were meant to live through four profound rhythms: rest, restore, connect, and create. With encouraging stories and practical steps, relational, lifelong journey toward sustained emotional, Rebekah Lyons will help you begin an intentional, and spiritual health.
Rhythms of renewal is your guide to daily rescue and a way forward into the peace your soul longs for. As a society, we are in the throes of a collective panic attack.