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Hope When Your Heart Breaks: Navigating Grief and Loss

Grieving occurs in many situations in life; grief is usually associated with death, but it can occur after any loss-divorce, layoffs, the end of a friendship.

In this book, author Michael Newman writes 52 short devotion-style chapters that focus on different forms of grief. The book can be read cover to cover, or readers can flip to a chapter that will help them most in this season of life. The focus of each chapter is the presence of God in the midst of grief and the comfort and hope that can be found in that knowledge.

Rev. Michael Newman

Breaking the Patterns of Depression

Twenty to thirty million Americans suffer from some form of diagnosable depression, and their ranks are growing. Psychologist Michael D. Yapko explains that in order to find relief, more than the current episode of depression must be examined. In Breaking the Patterns of Depression, he presents skills that enable readers to understand and ultimately avert depression’s recurring cycles. Focusing on future prevention as well as initial treatment, the book includes over one hundred structured activities to help sufferers learn the skills necessary to become and remain depression-free.

Breaking the Patterns of Depression begins by translating the clinical literature on psychotherapy and antidepressant medication into language that can be used to enhance an understanding of depression, and to personalize individual cures. Yapko uses a conversational, anecdotal tone that encourages readers to take an active approach to helping themselves. Special sections entitled “Learn by Doing” and “Shifting Perspectives” help develop the skills necessary to manage difficult experiences. Readers learn how to solve problems effectively, anticipate the likely consequences of their actions, think and act in a direct, goal-oriented fashion, balance different areas of their lives, and use self-knowledge to stay out of harmful situations.

More realistic and helpful than other depression-management books on the market, Breaking the Patterns of Depression defines what causes depression and, best of all, clarifies what can be done about it. With this knowledge in hand, readers can control their depression, rather than having depression control them.

Michael Yapko

Tech Savvy Parenting: Navigating Your Child’s Digital Life

Every parent struggles to find a balance with cell phones, social networks, and video games in the lives of their kids. Most parents feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to set boundaries for their kids because they don’t know what to do with the technology themselves. Tech Savvy Parenting will give parents the practical tools and resources needed to help the whole family use technology wisely and responsibly. It is a valuable resource allowing parents to move from being frustrated to being tech savvy. Each chapter walks the reader through a different issue of technology that kids and teens are wading into. Brian provides easy-to-follow instructions and “how to” tips that are very helpful for parents of kids and teens. This full color book includes 22 infographics and 18 resources that help bring the technical information to life.

Brian Houseman

Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right

Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle? Against the culture, against the busyness, sometimes even against your spouse and kids… Often it seems like everything is against you as a parent, and your everyday life can feel far from joy-filled. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Parents Rising will show you eight cultural trends that parents are up against today and what you can do to claim victory.

This book is about growth not guilt. It’s not a pep talk, or a “try harder” speech. This is real help for real problems that every parent faces. It’s a way to focus your efforts so that they’ll be more effective and you’ll be less exhausted.

Arlene Pellicane

What Happens After Life? 21 Amazing Revelations About Heaven and Hell

Do you wonder what happens when you die? If so, you’ll love these short, inspirational explanations of the Bible’s most encouraging teachings about heaven. Trusted Bible teacher Ron Rhodes combines his rock-solid scriptural insight with illustrations from leaders throughout church history.

Each chapter is short enough to read in one sitting and zeroes in on a single encouraging truth. You will quickly find your fears and doubts replaced with confidence in these truths:

  • Death is a transition into a wonderful life, not a fearful end.
  • You will enjoy eternity in a wonderful new body.
  • You will be reunited with Christian loved ones.
  • Sin, sorrow, sickness, and pain will be no more.
  • Best of all, you will enjoy face-to-face fellowship with God.

Bypassing philosophical arguments and contentious debates, this reassuring look at the clear teaching of the Bible will empower you to embrace the future with hope and joy.

Dr. Ron Rhodes

Without this Ring: Surviving Divorce

Does God hate me for getting a divorce?

A survival guide for Christians who are navigating the minefield of divorce. Author Donna Pyle has been through it. She knows what it s like, dealing with the anger, struggling with the idea of forgiveness. From a firm biblical standpoint, she gives clear steps on how to deal with the trauma and grief, helping readers understand that though they are wounded, they are not defeated.

Includes questions for reflection, prayer outlines, and journal prompts.

Donna Pyle

A Heart at Peace: Biblical Strategies for Christians in Conflict

Conflict and disagreements happen in all circles, regardless of race, religion, or creed. However, Christians are specifically called by God to reconcile with their neighbor in a Christlike fashion. This book teaches you God s method for conflict resolution as given in his Word. It will help break down the hostility that can divide believers, while also aiding in the reconciliation process. Discover the spiritual relief that comes naturally when your heart is at peace.

Kenneth Kremer

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World

Is technology drawing your family together or driving it apart?

In this digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen and less time playing outside, reading a book, or interacting with a parent. While technology can benefit us, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.

In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the tools you need to make positive changes . . . starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an overdependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.

Learn how to:

  • Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
  • Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
  • Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy
  • Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world
  • Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Now is the time to equip your child with a healthy involvement with screens and an even healthier involvement with others.

Arlene Pelicane

And She was a Christian: Why Do Believers Commit Suicide?

Suicide has been a historically difficult and taboo topic for the church. Christians, perhaps even more so than nonbelievers, are often appalled or distressed by this horrific act and can struggle to understand it. This is especially true when it is a fellow believer who takes his or her own life.

And She Was a Christian provides answers straight from God’s Word, with a strong emphasis on the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Ideal for Christian counselors or anyone who has been affected by suicide, this book offers helpful guidance and comfort when dealing with this disturbing reality.

Rev. Peter Preus

Married and Still Loving It: The Joys and Challenges of the Second Half

Long marriages are a gift… but they aren’t always easy

You know yourselves better. You’ve learned to cherish the small things. You’re past keeping up with the Joneses.

And yet, anxieties over grown children, worries about money and health, and feelings of disappointment can challenge even the best marriages.

In Married and Still Loving It, renowned relationship expert Gary Chapman and Harold Myra, longtime CEO of Christianity Today International, offer wise counsel and practical insight on making your marriage thrive during the later years. Real couples share honestly about their joys and struggles, including Jerry and Dianna Jenkins and Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada, who talk movingly about their marital journeys.

Married and Still Loving It feels like a gathering of kindred spirits. It will inspire and equip you to embrace the adventures yet ahead, hand in hand with the one you love.

Gary Chapman and Harold Myra

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids

Finally, a practical book for busy parents!

Whether you find parenting intuitive or impossible, we could all use a hand here and there. And we could use it quick! In 8 Simple Tools, child psychologist and father Todd Cartmell walks you through the nuts and bolts of healthy, effective parenting.

Using examples from his home and 20 years of professional practice, Todd gives eight essential and practical tools to help you:

  • Listen well and respond wisely
  • Use affirmation to influence your child
  • Develop a nurturing home culture
  • Correct behavior in lasting ways
  • Maintain a healthy relationship with your child

Designed with busy parents in mind, 8 Simple Tools breaks each tool into five short chapters, perfect for when you only have a second. Plus, each chapter ends with a practical “Tip” section that summarizes the main point and helps you apply it right away.

Use even half of the tools in your parenting, and your family dynamics will thrive. Your relationship will be built on love and trust, providing you with fertile ground for planting God’s wisdom in your child’s heart and, ultimately, seeing your child flourish.

Dr. Todd Cartmell

Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America

A fascinating and unnerving book, Afraid is a must-read that equips all Christians to recognize the devil s influence in our society and to act on it. Robert Bennett describes real events and actual confessions people have shared with him of demonic encounters in America, in our modern age. Summoning demons, interacting with ghosts, and holding séances led to what many may call horrifying hallucinations and even schizophrenia. But for many Americans, these things are their spirituality. How can we break free from the despair and crushing fear that such encounters can bring? How do we come to the aid of our neighbors who are lost in Satan s deceptions? Bennett points us to the only way out: God s grace and the medicines He gives to His people.

Robert H. Bennett

From Dirty to Dancing: God’s Grace for Those Struggling with Pornography

Has pornography dirtied your mind? Your soul? Your relationships? The way you look at other people? The way you look at God? Has pornography dirtied the life of someone you love? Your sibling? Your child? Your spouse? Your friend? How do you come clean? How can you help others do the same? From Dirty to Dancing is a resource to support Christians who face an addiction to pornography. No matter how troubled a believer may be by this battle, From Dirty to Dancing assures that—through Christ—God has forgiven us and longs to help us conquer our sinful struggles.

Mike Novotny

Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church

Has pornography dirtied your mind? Your soul? Your relationships? The way you look at other people? The way you look at God? Has pornography dirtied the life of someone you love? Your sibling? Your child? Your spouse? Your friend? How do you come clean? How can you help others do the same? From Dirty to Dancing is a resource to support Christians who face an addiction to pornography. No matter how troubled a believer may be by this battle, From Dirty to Dancing assures that—through Christ—God has forgiven us and longs to help us conquer our sinful struggles.

Lynn Wilder

Loved & Sent: How Two Words Define Who You Are and Why You Matter

“I’ve come to know who I am in two words. They guide everything that I believe, think, and do. I am loved by God in Jesus. I am sent by God into the world.” –from the author So many people are starving for identity and meaning today. Loved and Sent describes how God took extraordinary action to address those two fundamental human needs. The author walks through his own quest for identity and meaning, revisiting core Christian convictions in a narrative style and making sense of why they matter today. As Christians, we often stutter when someone asks, “Who are you? What do you believe? Why does it matter to you?” We get a unique chance to share our heart, and we say too much—or nothing at all. Discover in this thought-provoking book who you are and why you matter, and then you’ll have something of greater value to share with someone else.

Rev. Jeff Cloeter

Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons

This book offers techniques for witnessing to Mormons in a non-confrontational, Christian way.

Rev. Jeff Cloeter

Behold, I am Coming Soon!

This devotional features 28 unique entries based on the book of Revelation to help guide readers through the Advent season. With all the hustle and bustle and preparations for Christmas, these devotions will help you pause to recall Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and also encourage you to look forward to the Savior’s return in the final days.

Rev. Bruce McKenney

Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses

An unfamiliar car parks near your house, and two pleasant-looking folks approach your front door. The doorbell rings, and after exchanging pleasantries, your unexpected guests offer you some literature from the Watchtower Society.

What will you say? What should you say? Should you engage your visitors in conversation at all? And if so, how?

Trusted Bible teacher Ron Rhodes guides you through several realistic dialogues with Jehovah’s Witnesses, demonstrating helpful techniques for listening, asking questions, avoiding offense, and more. He includes the information you need to address the big issues, including the New World Translation of the Bible, the divine name, the Trinity, salvation, and the afterlife.

With this practical, kindhearted, and easy-to-understand resource, you can actually enjoy discussions about your faith when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to call, and you can lovingly guide them to the truth about Jesus Christ.

Dr. Ron Rhodes

Answering the Objections of Atheists, Agnostics, & Skeptics

An unfamiliar car parks near your house, and two pleasant-looking folks approach your front door. The doorbell rings, and after exchanging pleasantries, your unexpected guests offer you some literature from the Watchtower Society.

What will you say? What should you say? Should you engage your visitors in conversation at all? And if so, how?

Trusted Bible teacher Ron Rhodes guides you through several realistic dialogues with Jehovah’s Witnesses, demonstrating helpful techniques for listening, asking questions, avoiding offense, and more. He includes the information you need to address the big issues, including the New World Translation of the Bible, the divine name, the Trinity, salvation, and the afterlife.

With this practical, kindhearted, and easy-to-understand resource, you can actually enjoy discussions about your faith when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to call, and you can lovingly guide them to the truth about Jesus Christ.

Dr. Ron Rhodes

Forgiveness: Received from God Extended to Others

An unfamiliar car parks near your house, and two pleasant-looking folks approach your front door. The doorbell rings, and after exchanging pleasantries, your unexpected guests offer you some literature from the Watchtower Society.

What will you say? What should you say? Should you engage your visitors in conversation at all? And if so, how?

Trusted Bible teacher Ron Rhodes guides you through several realistic dialogues with Jehovah’s Witnesses, demonstrating helpful techniques for listening, asking questions, avoiding offense, and more. He includes the information you need to address the big issues, including the New World Translation of the Bible, the divine name, the Trinity, salvation, and the afterlife.

With this practical, kindhearted, and easy-to-understand resource, you can actually enjoy discussions about your faith when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to call, and you can lovingly guide them to the truth about Jesus Christ.

Donna Pyle

Speaking of Homosexuality: Discussing the Issues with Kindness and Clarity

An unfamiliar car parks near your house, and two pleasant-looking folks approach your front door. The doorbell rings, and after exchanging pleasantries, your unexpected guests offer you some literature from the Watchtower Society.

What will you say? What should you say? Should you engage your visitors in conversation at all? And if so, how?

Trusted Bible teacher Ron Rhodes guides you through several realistic dialogues with Jehovah’s Witnesses, demonstrating helpful techniques for listening, asking questions, avoiding offense, and more. He includes the information you need to address the big issues, including the New World Translation of the Bible, the divine name, the Trinity, salvation, and the afterlife.

With this practical, kindhearted, and easy-to-understand resource, you can actually enjoy discussions about your faith when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to call, and you can lovingly guide them to the truth about Jesus Christ.

Joe Dallas

Making Children Mind without Losing Yours

We’ve seen the enemy, and they’re small . . . and unionized.

If anyone understands why children behave the way they do, it’s internationally known psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman. Using the 7 principles of reality discipline, this father of five and grandfather of four reveals a practical, action-oriented game plan to

– get kids to listen to parents
– encourage healthy attitudes and two-way communication
– turn off temper tantrums, minimize sibling rivalries, and foil finicky eaters
– put parents back in the driver’s seat
– prompt long-lasting, positive behavior and instill values
– rear respectful, well-behaved children who become responsible difference makers in the world

Thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter and Dr. Leman’s real-life examples give readers sure-fire techniques for developing a loving, no-nonsense approach for rearing children. With over a million satisfied customers, parents can’t go wrong with this classic, perennial bestseller.

Dr. Kevin Leman