The second part of our Christmas shipment has finally arrived and we have been working hard to get all the items onto our shelves. It is a great time to come over and grab some books for yourself and your loved ones.
In this week's newsletter, we will be introducing some new titles that run the gamut from church leadership to reading with your little one.
You may come down to our store to look or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
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LEANING ON JESUS TO SHEPHERD HIS PEOPLE
THE GOSPEL SHAPED LEADER
How do you grow as a leader in the church? Should you read church growth books? Take a few seminars? Or just wing it? Scott Thomas, former President of Acts 29, church planter, and pastor has a different approach. He unpacks how leaning on Jesus empowers not just your teaching, but also grows the humility and biblical wisdom you need to lead.
Through many years of ministry experience, Thomas has seen the importance of the “soft skills” of leadership—empathy, kindness, and listening—and how not developing those skills negatively impacts churches. Yet simply knowing the need for what the world calls “emotional intelligence,” doesn’t guarantee growth in these areas. But understanding and applying the gospel will bring transformation.
Thomas gives practical, specific help in navigating spiritual and emotional challenges that leaders commonly encounter and unpacks how a gospel-shaped response brings healing. Complete with reflection questions at the end of each chapter to encourage self-inventory and further study, The Gospel Shaped Leader will encourage church leaders of all ages in the categories of self-awareness, self-management, relational awareness, and relational management, with the goal of recognizing strengths and weaknesses so they can continue growing more like Christ.
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HIS MOST PERPLEXING TEACHINGS
THE DIFFICULT WORDS OF JESUS
Jesus provided his disciples teachings for how to follow Torah, God’s word; he told them parables to help them discern questions of ethics and of human nature; he offered them beatitudes for comfort and encouragement. But sometimes Jesus spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult. He instructs disciples to hate members of their own families (Luke 14:26), to act as if they were slaves (Matthew 20:27), and to sell their belongings and give to the poor (Luke 18:22). He restricts his mission (Matthew 10:6); he speaks of damnation (Matthew 8:12); he calls Jews the devil’s children (John 8:44).
In The Difficult Words of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how have they been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.
Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Dr. Levine and a comprehensive Leader Guide.
We all know people in our world are struggling—eating disorders, addictions, depression, sexual issues, marital problems—the list goes on and on. Can the church help or is that an outdated concept that no longer fits modern problems? In The Church as a Culture of Care, biblical counselor Dale Johnson explains that the church is still the primary place where those who struggle can receive lasting hope and healing.
Pastors and lay leaders in the church often feel inadequate to address certain needs and are unsure of how to help. This book is designed to help erase the stigma of “mental health issues” in the church and to present the church as the primary haven for answers to deep-seated human problems. Readers will learn that God has designed every function of the church to be an integral part of soul care. God has provided the church with the necessary resources for us to care well for one another. Prayer, the Word, the work of the Holy Spirit, and Christian community are God’s provisions to lead all of us to Christ—even those with the deepest struggles.
Counselors, ministers, and lay leaders will be empowered to have confidence in God’s purpose for the church, the power of his Spirit, and the sufficiency of his Word for soul care.
PRACTISING THE STORY OF GOD IN EVERYDAY FAMILY RHYTHMS
HABITS OF THE HOUSEHOLD
DISCOVER SIMPLE HABITS AND EASY-TO-IMPLEMENT DAILY RHYTHMS THAT WILL HELP YOU FIND MEANING BEYOND THE CHAOS OF FAMILY LIFE AS YOU CREATE A HOME WHERE KIDS AND PARENTS ALIKE PRACTICE HOW TO LOVE GOD AND EACH OTHER.
You long for tender moments with your children--but do you ever find yourself too busy to stop, make eye contact, and say something you really mean? Daily habits are powerful ways to shape the heart--but do you find yourself giving in to screen time just to get through the day? You want to parent with purpose--but do you know how to start?
Award-winning author and father of four Justin Whitmel Earley understands the tension between how you long to parent and what your daily life actually looks like. In Habits of the Household, Earley gives you the tools you need to create structure--from mealtimes to bedtimes--that free you to parent toddlers, kids, and teens with purpose. Learn how to:
Develop a bedtime liturgy to settle your little ones and ground them in God's love
Discover a new framework for discipline as discipleship
Acquire simple practices for more regular and meaningful family mealtimes
Open your eyes to the spirituality of parenting, seeing small moments as big opportunities for spiritual formation
Develop a custom age chart for your family to more intentionally plan your shared years under the same roof
Each chapter in Habits of the Household ends with practical patterns, prayers, or liturgies that your family can put into practice right away. As you create liberating rhythms around your everyday routines, you will find your family has a greater sense of peace and purpose as your home becomes a place where, above all, you learn how to love.
DISCOVERING GOD'S PLAN FOR MAKING GOOD FRIENDSHIP CHOICES
TALKING WITH YOUR DAUGHTER ABOUT BEST FRIENDS & MEAN GIRLS
Learn how to have important talks with your daughter about true friendship as you connect with her through eight creative, cost-effective, and engaging activities.
Friends can make or break the life of a tween girl. That’s why bestselling author Dannah Gresh, popular speaker and creator of the True Girl live events, designed this resource to help you protect your daughter from peer pressure and bullying and guide her toward healthy friendships that affirm her faith and self-worth.
As part of each great mother and daughter “date,” Dannah equips you to have meaningful conversations with your girl about how to make wise choices, overcome hurts and jealousy, ask for and extend forgiveness, and form a strong relationship with Jesus.
This honest and biblically sound book helps you encourage your daughter to form friendships that allow her to flourish emotionally, developmentally, and spiritually.
A MODERN CLASSIC WITH OVER 250,000 COPIES SOLD, HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART IS A COMPELLING, ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS WHO WANT TO FIND THE BEST BOOKS FOR THEIR CHILDREN AGES 0-12. THIS UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITION INCLUDES A NEW PREFACE, AN UPDATED LIST OF RECOMMENDED READS FOR EACH AGE GROUP, AND AUDIOBOOK SUGGESTIONS.
A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt, along with her son, Mark, discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers.
Illustrated with drawings from dozens of children's favorites, Honey for a Child's Heart Updated and Expanded includes completely updated book lists geared to your child's age and filled with nearly one thousand longtime favorites, classics, wonderful new books, and audiobooks that will enrich your child's life. It will also show you how to:
Understand the importance of being a read-aloud family, enjoying books together by reading aloud
Give your children a large view of the world, of truth, and of goodness
Encourage each child's imagination and good use of language
Find the best books for your children
Thousands of parents have used this guide to furnish their children's inner spirit with the wonder and delight of good reading. Updated and expanded to keep pace with the ever-changing world of children's literature, it is sure to enrich the cultural and spiritual life of your home
This beautifully illustrated "Seek and Find" book is packed full of all your favorite New Testament stories. It’s teeming with fun and exciting things to find—from faithful friends to scary Romans, and grumpy Pharisees to a frightened octopus!
Children will not only love finding, counting and sorting over 450 hidden things in this large format board book, but they will also learn key truths about Jesus through the biblically faithful illustrations and retellings of New Testament stories. They will learn that Jesus is God's perfect Son, who can change our hearts, and that we can always trust him.
With over 50 things to count on each page, this book will bring you hours of fun as you seek and find!
Ken Taylor’s best-selling book is now updated with all-new bright and colorful illustrations and a larger trim size.
Using the alphabet as a learning tool, the easy-to-use format of this beloved picture book connects Bible themes and verses that teach kids ages 3-7 Christian values. Each spread represents a letter of the alphabet and a Christian value or moral lesson beginning with the same letter.
Kids are encouraged to find the lesson being modeled (or not) in the illustrations. They are also asked questions to help them apply the lesson to their lives. This book is sure to win the hearts of kids and parents alike.