Popular blogger Lauren Casper shares poignantly simple yet profound wisdom about removing the barriers we construct around our hearts and doing life full-on, all from the least expected source: her five-year-old son, Mareto.
Five-year-old Mareto finds color and light in the ordinary happenings of every day and delights in beauty just waiting to be found. Those are lessons he shares, often unknowingly, with his mom, Lauren Casper.
For Lauren, living with Mareto is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth, they’ve transformed—often into beautiful truths about living a simple, authentic, love- and joy-filled life. (more…)
Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. But God has a name: Yahweh. This one simple idea has the potential to radically alter how you relate to God, not as a doctrine, but as a relational being who responds to you in an elastic, back-and-forth way.
Why do we feel this gap between us and God? Could it be that a lot of what we think about God is wrong? Not all wrong, but wrong enough to mess up how we relate to him? What if our “God” is really a projection of our own identity, ideas, and desires? And what if the real God is different, but far better than we could ever imagine?
This book is a simple, but profound guide to what God says about himself. In his signature conversational-but-smart style, John Mark Comer takes the reader line by line through Exodus 34v6-8—Yahweh’s self-revelation on Mount Sinai—called by some scholars the one most quoted verse in the Bible, by the Bible. In it, we see who God says he is.
It turns out, who God is just might surprise you, and change everything.
Since the publication of ‘A child called “it”‘ by Dave Pelzer there hasn’t been a story like this. But this is not just another harrowing story about an excruciating childhood and the ravages on a life it produces. The difference is that Mez not only escaped from his ‘trial by parent’ but he discovered a hope that has transformed his life. He in turn has helped others find hope in their lives. Mez’s story is told with a frankness and wit that hides much of the pain and despair that was his everyday experience. Nevertheless, although his story at times may sicken you, his first brushes with the faith that restored him will make you laugh out loud! Mez’s life involved abuse, violence, drugs, thieving and prison – but you don’t have to fall as far as him in order to climb out of the traps in your life. Do you like happy endings? Mez still suffers from his experiences but you’ll be amazed at how far you can be restored from such a beginning. (more…)
An Inspiring, Practical Guide to Finding Rest and Getting Closer to God
Sabbath-keeping not only brings physical refreshment, it restores the soul. God commands us to “remember the Sabbath,” but is it realistic in today’s fast-paced culture? In this warm and helpful book, Shelly Miller dispels legalistic ideas about Sabbath and shows how even busy people can implement a rhythm of rest into their lives–whether for an hour, a morning, or a whole day. With encouraging stories from people in different stages in life, Miller shares practical advice for having peaceful, close times with God. You will learn simple ways to be intentional about rest, ideas for tuning out distractions and tuning in God, and even how meals and other times with friends and family can be Sabbath experiences.
Ultimately, this book is an invitation to those who long for rest but don’t know how to make it a reality. Sabbath is a gift from God to be embraced, not a spiritual hoop to jump through.
We live in a culture where apps and Google calendars manage our time, events, and banking. But all of this management will be meaningless in eternity unless we have applied the biblical principles of stewardship to every aspect of our lives.
More than Money offers a modern day, relevant perspective that empowers you to apply the concepts of whole-life stewardship. Generally associated with money and giving, stewardship is really about managing everything God has given or entrusted to you: time, talents, resources, finances, relationships, positions, even the gospel. In a culture where the world around you distracts from the God who holds it together, More than Money shows the relevance of God in your daily life and how He has given you freedom to choose how to manage all He’s given you. How are you doing? God has entrusted to you to use what He has given to accomplish His purposes. More than Money shows you the principles of whole-life stewardship so Christ can say to you “well done, good and faithful servant.”
In this youth edition of his bestselling book Intercessory Prayer, Dutch Sheets speaks to the curious minds of young people, addressing their tough questions and offering practical advice. With relatable stories, proven prayer strategies, and study questions, this is a great gift for young believers.
Jehovah-Rapha: The God Who Heals features 72 comforting and encouraging meditations and stories based on healing scriptures. Written by author, speaker, pastor of prayer, and cancer survivor, Mary J. Nelson, Jehovah-Rapha will point you to God, the Ultimate Healer. Nelson shares the Word without compromise, releases hope, and focuses on the heavenly Father’s infinite love and grace. Each passionate prayer for healing that follows the meditations will help guide you as you pray the scriptures into your personal situation. Woven throughout are compelling true stories–both biblical and modern–of God’s healing power at work, leading you to discover that He is all you’ll ever need.