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General

Addictions - A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel By: Edward T. Welch -
A WORSHIP DISORDER - Will we worship ourselves and our own desires, or will we worship the true God? Can we not escape our addictions? Following Jesus, we have "immense hope that God can give power so that we are no longer mastered by the addiction."

How To Forgive Ourselves Totally: Begin Again By Breaking Free From Past Mistakes by R.T. Kendall - God can use anyone again, on one condition . . . that he or she deeply repents. When there is a broken and contrite heart after a fall, there is hope. In this book you will find the promise of hope and the steps to repentance and reconciliation for all.

Shades of Blue, a Christian fiction, by Karen Kingsbury - Before his marriage, Brad revisits the pain of pushing his teen-age girlfriend to get an abortion. Both of them receive the healing that only God can bring. An excellent story of redemption that is worth the reading for all teens as well as adults.

Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel - Believers are called to be in the world, but not conformed to its desires or values. When ungodly influences and emotions like anger, envy, fear, and unforgiveness leak into our hearts and minds, like a musty house, our souls need a thorough spring cleaning. Explore how we can overcome the emotional and spiritual toxins that assault us daily. With grace and insight you'll be challenged to examine areas of complacency and bring them into the light of God's holiness. Discover the freedom of choosing to live with the mind of Christ.

The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel - Believing God but living as if He doesn't exist. While reading this book I asked myself, how do I not believe God to do what He says He will do? The author addresses topics like prayer, forgiveness and money.

Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendal - Forgiving is not easy, but this book will give you a game plan and the encouragement to cast out areas of unforgiveness that have kept you from enjoying the best God has to offer you. Learn what forgiveness is and what it is not. Uncover physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of unforgiveness and see why God adamantly encourages you to forgive others.

Violence Among Us, Ministry to Families in Crisis by Brenda Branson / Paula Silva - The book offers practical help in identifying abusive situations, how common it is in the church, and what the church can do.

When Godly People Do Ungodly Things – Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction by Beth Moore - examines why devoted followers of Christ can fall into the traps of Satan. This seven-week study is written in three parts. The first part is a warning to believers, while the second part shows women how to prepare for attacks by the Enemy. The third part is directed to those who have been snared by seduction, and compassionately points the way back to God. Recommended workbook edition can be done in small groups or individual study (video and audio available).

When Good Men Get Angry: How to Understand and Deal with Anger in a Godly Way by Bill Perkins - Do you wish you could take back something hurtful you said? You may not be able to turn back the clock, but Perkins says you can successfully deal with anger. Exploring the foundations of this emotion, he helps you understand where it comes from, how Jesus expressed it, and how to control it in a Godly way.

Leadership

Designing Effective Women’s Ministry by Jill Briscoe and Beth Severson - An excellent tool for designing women’s ministries from the ground up.

People-Pleasing Pastors by Charles Stone, Ed Stetzer. - Pastors need to find their identity in their relationship with Christ, not from congregational approval or disapproval. Based on interviews with 2,300 ministers, Stone's study exposes the pits many of us fall into and why. Then, relying on Scripture, neuroscience, and family/organizational systems, he comes up with seven vital principles for overcoming our dilemmas.

Shepherding Women in Pain: Real Women, Real Issues, and What You Need to Know to Truly Help by Bev Hislop - Designed to give leaders ministering to women in real pain a greater understanding of the many issues women face today. Some of the issues included are eating disorders, domestic abuse, infertility, divorce, and other traumas. This book can be used as a key reference for information on women's issues and you will be better enabled to serve women in need.

Shepherding a Woman’s Heart: A New Model for Effective Ministry to Women by Beverly White Hislop - Beverly has thirty years of experience ministering to women. She addresses the needs of women that go far deeper than luncheons or teas. Out of her years of experience ministering to hurting women, Bev offers this book in the hope that, by raising up shepherds equipped to address the issues of a woman's heart, ministries to women will become more relevant and more vital than ever before.

Lenten Reading

Hunger For God by John Piper - In this helpful guide Piper will explain the Biblical foundations of fasting and provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate fasting into your life. Don't miss this opportunity to develop a deeper Hunger for God.

The Day I Was Crucified by Gene Edwards - Written from Jesus' viewpoint, this first-person account captures the pain, suffering, and incredible love of the Savior as he contends with powers and principalities from the cross. Witness the destruction of sin and death, and rejoice in Christ's victory!

Marriage

Alone In Marriage: Encouragement For The Times When It Is All Up To You by Susie Larson - Susie Larson stands in as an encouraging friend, walking with you, helping you to discern how anxiety and anger will slow you down; and how loneliness and disappointment can actually refine and bless you.

And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers - A novel, true to the real world, is a story of a young pastor and his wife who accepted a call to a small dying church. Successfully helping the church to grow caused stress in their marriage. One reader recently said, “Should be a required reading for all seminary students!

How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong by Leslie Vernick - See yourself and your marriage through the lens of God’s eternal purposes. Learn how to love and keep your promises when you don’t feel like it. Understand how to act when love must be tough.

Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken by Cindy Beall - Cindy was shocked when her husband, a respected pastor, confessed to pornography addiction and numerous affairs. In this book, she shows how to rebuild trust and help a family heal. Each chapter concludes with questions for one to consider on a healing journey. You can hear an interview with Cindy and her husband online atwww.familylife.comin the SEARCH BOX type Cindy Beall then hit ENTER.

OOPS! I Forgot My Wife: A Story of Commitment as Marriage and Self-Centeredness Collide by Doyle Roth – Written in story form but based on the author’s own experience to love his own wife. A great read for the manly man. You can hear his interviews online by clicking on this linkFamilyLife Audiosand clicking on the GUEST dropdown menu and selecting Doyle Roth or going to www.familylife.com Then Audio/Past Programs/Author’s Name.

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas - Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust Him more fully and love Him more deeply. God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy…but holy? Your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?

The Lies Couples Believe: How Living the Truth Transforms Your Marriage by Dr. Chris Thurman - This practical book dismantles the ten most common lies couples believe and helps you renew your mind with God's truths for a more caring, close, and connected marriage.

Torn Asunder: Recovering From Extramarital Affairs by Dave Carder - Helping the reader understand the underlying dynamics that make one vulnerable to an affair, this book assists those in the process of rebuilding a relationship and offers a preventative tool for affair-proofing marriages.

Ministry Wives

5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them by Charles Stone - It has a special chapter titled "Spouse Killers" by Sherryl Stone. She shares how she has navigated through her own water of living in the fishbowl world.

High Call, High Privilege by Gail MacDonald - Gail shares insights she learned in the 40+ years of ministry.

Renewal on the Run by Jill Briscoe - Embracing the privileges and expectations of a ministry wife. Written by a woman with more than 40 years experience, she challenges women to explore their own specific uniqueness before God. Order from www.briscoeministriesinc.com

Parenting

Becoming a World Changing Family by Donna Thomas – See the world as Jesus does and bring His transforming message to those around you. It’s packed with ideas that are fun and practical, for even the busiest families.

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God by Bruce A. Ware –Parents must be intentional about passing on to the next generation the core beliefs on which the Christian faith rests. Written by a respected theologian who teaches pastors in a seminary classroom by day and by evening teaches in simple terms for his own children. You can hear an interview with the author on Family Life Today radio program. To hear his interviews online by going to www.familylife.com Then AudiođPast ProgramsđAuthor’s Name.

Daughters Gone Wild, Dads Gone Crazy by Charles Stone and Heather Stone – Twelve secondary schools, four expulsions, four rehabs, two house-arrests and innumerable arguments. This was the real-life drama of Heather Stone's adolescence. As an adult, Heather sat down with her father to pen an insider's guide for parents and teens alike. They share the realities of their 6-year nightmare with faith, honesty, and practicality. It offers readers nine practical lessons and provides a compass for even the worst tempests of teen rebellion.

OOPS! We Forgot the Kids by Doyle Roth – Take a fresh look at developing and applying creative parenting skills that make “doing family” fun. Doyle Roth is a rancher and church leader. You can hear his interviews online by clicking on this linkFamilyLife Audiosand clicking on the GUEST dropdown menu and selecting Doyle Roth or going to www.familylife.com Then Audio/Past Programs/Author’s Name.

Relief for Hurting Parents by Buddy Scott – Finding a Biblical balance for discipline, practical suggestions that work, and a specific checklist of “normal teen behavior” vs. “serious problem behavior” that needs to be addressed. May be ordered though the publisher at 1-800-288-6333 or visit www.buddyscott.com

The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper – Pastor's children face unique challenges and identity struggles. The son of pastor and bestselling author John Piper addresses these issues candidly, offering hope for PKs, their pastors/fathers, and their churches. Also available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio CD.

Personal Pain

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grow Through Loss by Jerry Sittser - Loss in life is inevitable, but it's possible to harness the hardship of loss and turn it into a positive event in your life. Author Jerry Sittser explores painful events like divorce, death and illness and shows that it's not the circumstances we find ourselves in at these points of loss, but how we respond to them that widens our spiritual capacity to experience blessing and growth in the midst of grief.

Defeating Depression by Leslie Vernick - If you or someone you know is walking through the valley of depression, do not despair. You are not alone and there is reason to hope for permanent well being. Leslie Vernick, a licensed clinical social worker, helps you make sense of your symptoms, take specific steps toward wholeness, and hold onto God, trusting that He won't abandon you.

Free Behind Bars By Leonardo Cabrera - “Prison bars didn’t stop Leonardo from sharing his faith in a Cuban prison. Readers will discover that God’s deliverance is possible even in the most trying circumstances. A true story of a man imprisoned in Cuba for his faith in Christ.”

Her Choice To Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion by Sydna Masse - A resource of personal stories with strength and change. It also provides spiritual and practical resources for healing; and offers hope, forgiveness, redemption, and peace that is possible in Christ.

Released from Shame, Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families by Sandra Wilson - Sandra was raised in a shame-based family and shares how she has worked through many dysfunctional patterns in hew own adult life. She is a practicing psychologist and a professor

Stronger: How Hard Times Reveal God's Greatest Power by Clayton King - Revealing the God who is a companion in our most difficult seasons, King shows us that when we are in Christ, our deepest pain becomes the source of our greatest power, and our times of testing become our strongest testimony.

The Emotionally Destructive Relationship by Leslie Vernick - From a Biblical perspective, Leslie helps the reader recognize hurtful behavior, learn how to stay safe, and continue to be transformed by God as one builds an identity in Christ.

The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper – Pastor's children face unique challenges and identity struggles. The son of pastor and bestselling author John Piper addresses these issues candidly, offering hope for PKs, their pastors/fathers, and their churches. Also available in Paperback, eBook, and Audio CD.

When I Lay My Isaac Down by Carol Kent - Carol’s candidly tells of her emotional and spiritual agony facing the news that their only child, a twenty-five-year-old son had killed his wife’s ex-husband. The book outlines eight transformation power principles the Kents learned in the process of surviving devastation most cannot imagine.

Prayer

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson - According to Pastor Mark Batterson, "Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn't just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It's a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us." This book will help you uncover your heart's deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

Experiencing Prayer with Jesus by Henry and Norman Blackaby - This book takes you into what many aren't experiencing in their prayer life - intimacy with God. Experiencing Prayer with Jesus is not simply more information about prayer, but rather a leading into a life-changing encounter with Christ.

Intercessory Prayer: How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth by Dutch Sheets - If God is all-powerful, why does he need us to pray? Ever wonder if your prayers really count? Discover the awesome power of intercession! Sheets will inspire you to pray with courage to a God who hears your words . . . before you even speak them. Includes end-of-chapter questions and a leader's discussion guide.

Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds by Beth Moore - In this book, Beth encourages everyone to overcome the spiritual strongholds in their lives by incorporating Scripture into their daily prayer. No matter how overwhelmed you may feel today, Moore boldly reminds us that nothing is bigger or more powerful than the Lord. With this landmark book we learn to wield the sword of the Spirit, praying God's Word to break free from anything that has a hold on us until the joy and authority of Christ rules in our lives.

Praying The Lord's Prayer For Spiritual Breakthrough by Elmer Towns - The Lord's Prayer includes everything you need to ask when you talk to God. It is a model prayer that teaches us how to pray. It includes thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter. A great study for new believers.

Prayer Warrior by Stormie Omartian - Know your Commander and stand on His side. Become skilled with your spiritual weapons. Follow God's orders to resist the enemy.

Sexuality

Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope by Christopher Yuan, Angela Yua. - The son of immigrants, young Christopher Yuan was attracted to other boys. As he grew older, his mother, Angela, tried to change the situation. Instead, she found her own life out of control. Their mutual story of heartbreak, confusion---and surrender to God---offers hope for anybody affected by homosexuality..

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. - In her late 30's, Rosaria encountered something that she describes as a train wreck in the hand of the supernatural. It is the account of a woman in a same-sex relationship, who is lovingly led to faith in Christ by a patient pastor and his wife. Rosaria’s hermeneutic study and walk through the topic is written as only a former English professor at Syracuse could do. We recommend this book to all those in ministry; to enhance your understanding of those struggling with this issue as well as learn from Rosaria better ways to address the topic.

Spiritual Growth

The Anointing by R.T. Kendall - God wants to give His anointing to everyone. Just what does that mean? Are we too busy to hear His voice? How can we learn for God's perfect timing? Rev. Kendal was raised as a Nazarene, has a degree from Southern Baptist Seminary, and followed Pastor Dr. Lloyd-Jones as pastor Westminster Chapel in London.

Calvary Road by Roy Hession - Written by Missionary and evangelist Roy Hession in 1950 profiling the nature of religious revivial and lays out the prerequisites and consequences of the activity of God in the heart of the hungry seeker. Learn how Jesus can fill you with His Spirit through brokeness, repentance and confession.

Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller - Have you ever thought money, power, or love would bring you happiness? Keller explores Scripture to demonstrate how our hearts can turn good, wholesome things into idols that drive us. Using classic Bible stories, he reveals the key to understanding our society and transforming our own minds.

Dealing with the Rejection and Praise of Man by Bob Sorge - A must for everyone in ministry. All of us experience rejection. Rev. Sorge walks the reader through the steps God uses to perfect us more into His image and free us from being people pleasers. He also deals with the praise we receive and gives helpful responses that enable us to remain humble.

Get Over It: Letting Go and Moving on with God by Mary Whelchel - Unrealistic expectations of hurt feelings, and false guilt. As we go about our daily lives, we are so often mired down in all kinds of joy-robbing thought patterns and unhealthy habits. But grounded in God’s Word, we can move on, set free from these burdens.

Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman - Every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the "graven images" of old, they are in fact modern day idols.

Hind's Feet On High Places (Children's Version) A Christian Classic by Hannah Hurnard - Now you as well as your 5- to 10-year-olds can enjoy Hurnard's devotional classic! " End-of-chapter quiet-time thoughts, Scripture readings, and prayers will bless you on your journey following the Good Shepherd.

Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney - Pride is the believer's greatest enemy - humility, our dearest friend. Pastor Mahaney exposes the deception of self-importance, clarifies self-denial, and offers working strategies for weeding out the one and nurturing the other - holding up Jesus as the example we should all follow. Filled with encouraging illustrations, Biblical wisdom, and practical advice.

Hunger For God by John Piper - In this helpful guide Piper will explain the Biblical foundations of fasting and provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate fasting into your life. Don't miss this opportunity to develop a deeper Hunger for God.

Landmines in the Path of the Believer by Charles F. Stanley - Those are: pride, jealousy and envy, insecurity, compromise, unforgiveness, disappointment, and fear. This book identifies deadly landmines that can injure a faithful soldier some of these are immorality and laziness. Reading it can serve as a Preventive Medicine check up for anyone wanting to maintain excellent spiritual health.

Learning to Hear God by Jan Johnson
Living in the Companionship of God by Jan Johnson
Trusting God for Everything: Psalm 23 by Jan Johnson

These books can be used as a one or three-day individual guide or for group retreats.

The Power of Humility by R.T. Kendall - Pride is often the true reason why we get our feelings hurt, why we feel rejection, why we won’t admit to mistakes, why we want to be seen with certain people, and why we stay angry. Using personal stories and enlightening examples from the Bible, Dr. Kendall demonstrates how pride interferes with a close relationship with God and reveals how to overcome pride and become more like Jesus.

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges - Why does holiness often seem so unattainable? Bridges believes it may be because we're not really sure what it is! In these 12 biblically based lessons, he shows how to live righteously; how reason and emotion influence our will; the impact of habits and personal discipline; and more. For individual or group study.

Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge - Secrets of the Secret Place has one central purpose: to fuel your passion for the secret place with God. Divided into 52 short chapters, it can serve as a companion to your devotional life. Not only will Sorge help you defuse your personal struggles related to the secret place, he'll also inspire you to the thrilling exhilaration of developing a personal connection with God. Through his teaching and practical advice, your heart will be ignited with passion for Jesus!

Stronger: How Hard Times Reveal God's Greatest Power by Clayton King - Revealing the God who is a companion in our most difficult seasons, King shows us that when we are in Christ, our deepest pain becomes the source of our greatest power, and our times of testing become our strongest testimony.

Spiritual Warfare

Prayer Warrior by Stormie Omartian - Know your Commander and stand on His side. Become skilled with your spiritual weapons. Follow God's orders to resist the enemy.

The Bait of Satan by John Bevere - Are you ensnared by bitterness, seized by anger, or held captive by resentment because someone has offended you? Bevere shows you how to escape Satan's grip, avoid a victim mentality, practice forgiveness, experience reconciliation, and remain free in Christ.

The Strategy of Satan by Warren W. Wiersbe - Take up arms as a Christian soldier with this timeless classic on the strategies of spiritual warfare. It will help you identify Satan's attacks as a deceiver, destroyer, ruler, and accuser, Wiersbe offers basic Biblical instruction on defeating the enemy by obeying God's truth.

Victory In Spiritual Warfare by Tony Evans - Learn to anticipate Satan's strategies; actively use the armor of God; find strength in prayer and sufficiency in Christ; and triumph over chemical, sexual, emotional, or relational strongholds.

Worship

I Praise You, O God by Michael Youssef – (31 short chapters designed to be a daily devotional. Each one ends with related Scripture.)

The Beginners Guide to Worshiping God by Gary Kinnaman– In The Beginner's Guide to Worshiping God, readers will find out that Christian worship is not a service but a way of life. This handbook includes information about literally encountering and experiencing God in worship, how worship will heal and restore us, using worship in spiritual warfare, as many other helpful facets of worship.