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Belonging has never come easy to me.
Growing up, there was my mutated national identity to deal with―my not-quite-American, not-quite-Indonesian soul, restless in both countries. Later, when I came out as a celibate gay Christian, I found I didn’t fit into the church as easily as I used to. I’ve often wondered what it means to belong to others even when I can’t manage to blend in with them.
The way Jesus tells it, if we give up on belonging in order to follow him, we’ll find ourselves belonging anyway. We might not belong the way other people do, with normal homes and normal families and normal ways of fitting in. But we’ll belong in a way that’s a hundred times better.
We’ll be fully in place because we know we are out of place. We’ll belong like aliens.
Maybe you’re caught in the same tension as me, wanting to fit somewhere even as you’re permanently out of place. Maybe you feel like an alien.
If so, let’s be aliens together.
An inspiring southern fiction story from the bestselling author of War Room
When eccentric millionaire Gideon Quidley receives a divine revelation to hide his earthly treasure somewhere in the hills, he sets out to find a fitting hiding spot, choosing only a few Bible verses as clues leading to untold riches of gold, silver, cash . . . and one very unexpected—and very costly—item.
Treasure hunters descend upon the hills of West Virginia, including those surrounding the small town of Emmaus, where TD Lovett and Waite Evers provide the latest updates and the beating heart of the community on radio station Country 16. Neither man is much interested in a wild-goose chase for Quidley’s treasure, though. Waite is busy keeping the station afloat and caring for the bruised souls who have landed there. Meanwhile, TD’s more intent on winning over local junkyard owner Pidge Bledsoe, who has taken in a shy, wounded boy to raise.
But after an estranged friend goes missing searching for the treasure, TD is unexpectedly drawn into the hunt. As TD joins the race to find Quidley’s wealth, he discovers where his own real treasure lies, and he begins to suspect there’s a hidden piece to Gideon Quidley’s treasure that no one could’ve expected.
Loving a prodigal is a long and desperate journey, filled with fear, worry, anger, self-
recrimination. You wait for the phone call–will it be from jail or the hospital? You plead with your loved one. You search for help. You feel the shame. You cry out to God, “How long, Lord?”
Author Judy Douglass knows these lovers of prodigals well. She is one herself and has created a large and growing community with others. When You Love a Prodigal is a collection of 90 essays–90 days of perspective on what God offers to you as you love your prodigal. At the end of each brief essay, response questions will help you process how God intends to use the wilderness journey to mold your spiritual life. You can work through it day by day, or you can read it straight through.
Judy has traveled this road with her own prodigal–reading, learning, praying, and seeking God. Over and over he continued to give her wisdom, he sustained her, he covered her with grace, and he filled her with hope. May you, too, be strengthened and filled with hope as together you discover how God will take you through your own valley.
In this grab bag, we have 3 e-books from Chosen Books. The prices and sale dates that they have provided are under each book cover.
Throughout history there have been great and articulate defenders of the faith, from Augustine and Aquinas to Jonathan Edwards, G. K. Chesterton, Francis Schaeffer, and C. S. Lewis. But with new challenges comes the need for a fresh apologetic that specifically addresses the arguments levied against faith in our time of scientific atheism and skepticism.
In the spirit of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, Alister McGrath’s Mere Apologetics seeks to equip readers to engage gracefully and intelligently with the challenges facing the faith today while drawing appropriately on the wisdom of the past. Rather than supplying the fine detail of every apologetic issue in order to win arguments, Mere Apologetics teaches a method that appeals not only to the mind but also to the heart and the imagination. This highly accessible, easy-to-read book is perfect for pastors, teachers, students, and lay people who want to speak clearly and lovingly to the issues that confront people of faith today.
Gospel e-books is working together with Christian publishers to allow you to choose what e-books you’d like to have discounted. Cast your vote below and the book with the most votes in each poll will be placed on sale soon after. If there are less than 100 total votes in a particular poll, the winning book will not be discounted.
Kregel: The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers: Learning to Interpret Scripture from the Prophets and Apostles by Abner Chou vs. What Happened in the Garden: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and Fall of Man by Abner Chou
Intervarsity Press: Winsome Conviction: Disagreeing Without Dividing the Church by Tim Muehlhoff & Richard Langer vs. Charitable Writing: Cultivating Virtue Through Our Words by Richard Hughes Gibson & James Edward Beitler III
Reformation Heritage: Broken Cisterns: Thirsting for the Creator Instead of the Created by Sarah Ivill vs. You Could Have It All by Geoffrey Thomas
Good Book Company: Is Hell for Real?: And other Questions about Judgment, Eternity and the God of love (Questions Christians Ask) by Erik Raymond vs. Who on Earth is the Holy Spirit? (Questions Christians Ask) by Tim Chester & Christopher de la Hoyde
Crossway: Is Jesus Truly God?: How the Bible Teaches the Divinity of Christ by Greg Lanier vs. The Trinity: An Introduction (Short Studies in Systematic Theology) by Scott Swain
Christian Focus: Renewing Broken Lives: Even More Miracles from Mayhem by Irene Howat vs. Johnny Cornflakes by Denise George
David C. Cook: The Resilient Leader: How Adversity Can Change You and Your Ministry for the Better by Alfred Ells vs. Survive or Thrive: 6 Relationships Every Pastor Needs by Jimmy Dodd