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In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story.
Let’s make a deal, you and me. Let’s make promises to each other.
I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I’ll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. I’ll tell you how I lay on my bed in the middle of the night and whispered to myself the words I’ve whispered a thousand times since:
I’ll show you the world through my eyes. I’ll tell you what it’s like to belong nowhere. To know that much of my Christian family will forever consider me unnatural, dangerous, because of something that feels as involuntary as my eye color. And to know that much of the LGBTQ community that shares my experience as a sexual minority will disagree with the way I’ve chosen to interpret the call of Jesus, believing I’ve bought into a tragic, archaic ritual of self-hatred.
But I promise my story won’t all be sadness and loneliness and struggle. I’ll tell you good things too, hopeful things, funny things, like the time I accidentally came out to my best friend during his bachelor party. I’ll tell you what it felt like the first time someone looked me in the eyes and said, “You are not a mistake.” I’ll tell you that joy and sorrow are not opposites, that my life has never been more beautiful than when it was most brokenhearted.
If you’ll listen, I promise I’ll tell you everything, and you can decide for yourself what you want to believe about me.
Marvel at the big story; savor each detail
Biblical Theology allows you to ponder the individual stories and themes of Scripture while observing how they all fit together in God’s grand biblical narrative.
With three articles introducing Biblical theology and 25 articles unpacking key themes of Scripture, the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible equips you to follow the progressive unfolding of God’s story. Helpful introductions to books and sections of the Bible combined with 20,000 verse-by-verse study notes will guide you to a clearer understanding of every portion of Scripture.
Previously published as NIV Zondervan Study Bible
The full text of the New International Version (NIV), the most widely read Bible translation in contemporary English, trusted for its combination of accuracy, readability, and beauty
28 theologically rich articles by authors such as Tim Keller and Kevin DeYoung
20,000 verse-by-verse study notes
Hundreds of full-color photos, more than 90 maps, and over 60 charts
Comprehensive book introductions
Over 60 trusted contributors
Cross-references and the NIV Comprehensive Concordance
Single-column, black letter edition
Two ribbon markers
Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface
In this grab bag, we have 8 eBooks from The Harbingers Series which were published by Bethany House. The prices that the publisher has provided are under each e-book cover.
This Reformed classic by Loraine Boettner (1901-1990) provides both the Scriptural basis and the historical background for Calvinism. It serves as a solid primer for those who are unfamiliar with Calvinistic belief. Boettner also includes a short biography on Calvin, and he summarizes the progression of Calvinism in Europe and in America. This is a highly recommended read for all, both Reformed and non-Reformed.
Includes a linked table of contents and NCX.
All of Guthrie’s teaching and pastoral experience were poured into this work – his only book. The remarkable fact that is has gone through more than eighty editions and been translated into several languages testifies to its value. This book describes in a clear and attractive style what it means to be a Christian, and how to become one.
When a group of friends devise a plan to turn Smitten, Vermont, into the country’s premier romantic getaway, Natalie finds her own true love along the way.
With the local lumber mill closing, residents wonder if their town can stay afloat. Then four friends and local business owners—Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese—decide the town is worth saving. How will they do it? They’ll turn Smitten into a honeymoon destination!
In “Birthday Wishes” by Colleen Coble, Natalie Mansfield must persuade alderman Joe Smitten to agree with their plan to save the town, putting aside her dislike for him—until she discovers he’s not the man she thought he was.
Excerpted from Smitten, a novel in four parts written by Christian Fiction’s most popular romance novelists—and real life BFFs!
Love Between the Lines
Summer, fall, winter, and spring, Smitten is a place for love . . . and mystery.
But will Tess ever find herself a partner in crime?
There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to town, so how did his dog tags end up in the Grandma’s attic? It’s a romantic mystery fit for a town like Smitten, Vermont, which has been working hard to reinvent itself as a destination for lovers. Rose’s three granddaughters—Tess, Clare, and Zoe—vow to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against digging up the past. But will they all be distracted by mystery men of their own before the puzzle is resolved?
In Love between the Lines, bookstore owner Tess recruits widower Ryan to help her solve her family riddle. She’d like to recruit him as leading man in her own story, but she’s convinced he’s out of her league. But does Ryan have a few secrets thoughts of his own to reveal?
Excerpted from Secretly Smitten.
Love by the Book
The century-old Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best book yet!
This book club selection reads like a mystery to Heather. But when Paul comes back into her life, their mystery leads to romance.
Heather is the Smitten Book Club’s most devoted mystery-genre reader, a single mom, and the resident organic gardener. When she discovers a decades-old tome at a library sale, she thinks it might hold clues leading to buried gold—exactly what one of the members needs to keep her home. She can’t resist a mystery that could lead to treasure.
Paul and Heather have history—history she would rather forget. But when he comes back to his hometown of Smitten, he’s determined to put down roots. He soon becomes the architect behind a town community garden and enlists Heather’s help there in exchange for his own help looking for hidden gold. As they dig into the earth and the clues, they discover something amazing: lasting love.
Excerpted from Smitten Book Club.
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Price: $2.99 (Apr 25-26)
America may be called the “land of opportunity,” but countless kids and teens are struggling like young Davids in the urban wilderness, attempting to fight the giant of poverty under insurmountable odds. What could make a difference? The presence of a “Jonathan” in their lives to offer them the life-giving support they need to survive and thrive.
The church is the best source of these Jonathans, as they partner with local schools and provide struggling youth with the relational connections that can help them overcome their circumstances. It’s a strategy that works, as author Mike Tenbusch demonstrates through his own inspiring story.
A Detroit native and longtime advocate for youth education, he brings you into the classrooms of the toughest schools in America so you can see firsthand the hardships of surviving as a child in these settings. And he introduces you to many real-life Jonathans who are making a tangible difference.
The need is tremendous. If you have ever wondered how you, your company, or your church can be a part of the solution to the challenge of extreme poverty, this book will inspire you to take action. By coming alongside our nation’s most vulnerable young people, you will help unleash the Jonathan Effect that will turn the tide in the battle against poverty.