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No More Perfect Moms: Learn to Love Your Real Life

If you have ever forgotten to pick up your kids, accidentally worn two different shoes to the grocery store, or lost your cool over a messy house, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
 
In No More Perfect Moms, Jill Savage says it how it is: All moms struggle. We fall short of our own standard of excellence, and then we feel insecure about not being the perfect wife with the perfect kids, perfect husband, perfect home, perfect friends, perfect marriage, and perfect body…
Jill speaks to the root of the insecurities mothers feel and points to a better way. 
No More Perfect Moms will help a mom:

  • Change her unrealistic expectations to realistic hopes
  • Give grace and love to her husband and children even during struggles, and discover the beauty of grace when she stops judging herself and others
  • Find freedom from disappointment when she embraces her real family, her real challenges, and her real, but imperfect, life

With refreshing honesty, Jill exposes some of her own parental shortcomings and helps mothers everywhere shelve their desires for perfection and embrace God’s beautiful grace. When moms do this, they can learn to love their real but imperfect lives.

Jill Savage

Gospel DNA: Five Markers of a Flourishing Church

Millions of new believers in Jesus. Thousands of new churches. Communities rallying around the Gospel. Innovative efforts to send workers into the harvest fields. A Gospel movement sweeping a nation.

This isn’t merely a description of what God is doing in the global south today. It is a picture of God’s work in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. The church was flourishing. Faith was being shared. New congregations were being started. People were receiving the hope of eternal life.

Can it happen again? Is it possible for the Christian church in the United States to become vibrant and relevant once more? The answer may surprise you.

Looking at a uniquely American Gospel movement as a case study, Gospel DNA traces five markers that lead to a flourishing church. Hope is closer than you may think. It’s time to reconnect with Gospel DNA.

Rev. Michael Newman

Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints

Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. For those who have wondered in what specific ways Mormonism differs from the Christian faith, Mormonism 101 provides definitive answers, examining the major tenets of Mormon theology and comparing them with orthodox Christian beliefs. Perfect for students of religion and anyone who wants to have answers when Mormons come calling.

Bill McKeever

One More Try: What to Do When Your Marriage is Falling Apart

When doors slam and angry words fly, when things just aren’t working out, and even when your spouse has destroyed your trust, there is still hope. If you feel like your marriage is near the breaking point, or even if you’ve already separated, Gary Chapman will show you how you can give your marriage one more try.

One More Try will help you . . .

  • Take the next step when blindsided in marriage;
  • Discover healthy ways to manage frustration and anger;
  • Effectively deal with loneliness;
  • Renew hope and trust in your spouse; and
  • Rebuild your marriage from the ground up.

Distress or even separation do not necessarily mean divorce is imminent. Matter of fact, it’s possible that these may even lead to a restored, enriched, growing marriage. The outcome of this challenging time is determined solely by the individuals involved. If you’re willing to make the most of that process, then begin the journey with confidence as Gary walks you step-by-step towards healing and hope.

Dr. Gary Chapman

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

Tender Lions: Building the Vital Relationship between Father and Son

This book encourages fathers to be more bold and courageous men…and more sensitive, empathetic, and kind at the same time. Written by a father and son team, it is raw, funny, warm, and tender—and unafraid of difficult topics like: developing a healthy self-concept; being vulnerable and authentic; why having roots and rituals with your son is so important; why unconditional love is more important than a competitive spirit; how to talk about sex with your son; and how to make good choices. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to strengthen the relationship between fathers and sons and their families.

Brian Becker and Jeff Becker

First Time Dad: The Stuff You Really Need to Know

Perhaps the most powerful influence in the world is that of a dad on his child. Baseball gloves, dirty diapers, tiny little hands, first days of school, daddy-daughter dances, and learner’s permits… and so much more! There’s no way you can be ready for it all, but this is when you need to get a bit of a head start…

First Time Dad by Focus on the Family ministry veteran (and father of 6) John Fuller lets you in on the stuff you really need to know… because in just a few months or weeks or days, your life is going to change–forever. Set good priorities. Break bad habits and/or family patterns. Recognize and recover from some common fathering mistakes. Know that your words have immense power. And learn how to cultivate a lasting parent-child relationship. So, instead of wondering “oh man, oh man, oh man… what am I going to do now?” for 9 months… read this short book (plus it’s pretty fun too) and get excited!

“Dad, your job is critical… And you can do it.”

John Fuller

God Loves Moms: Twelve Lessons About God’s Mercy

The women we read about in God s Word were just regular women like us. And they had the same insecurities and vulnerabilities that we all feel. This study digs deep into the stories of thirteen biblical women for a fresh look at how God reveals His grace through Christ for you.

Each of these twelve sessions includes a short narrative about a typical modern mom s life and a look at a biblical woman s faith story to show how she serves as an example of God s love. Questions encourage the reader to explore pertinent passages and reflect on their meaning for her.

Written in an inviting, friendly tone, this resource is for mothers of all ages.

The lessons look to Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Jochebed, Ruth, Hannah, Eunice and Lois, Bathsheba, Mary, Elizabeth, and the widow of Nain for inspiration.

Includes leader s notes.

Christina Hergenrader

How Long, O Lord, How Long? Devotions for the Unemployed and Those Who Love Them

How Long, O Lord, How Long? is a book with devotions for the unemployed and those who love them. The book is written by Dale Kreienkamp. He is a Human Resources executive and consultant who has experienced a personal journey of umemployment twice when both positions were eliminated in organizational restructuring.

Dale Kreienkamp

The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

You know you love your child. But how can you make sure your child knows it?

The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages® has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you:

  • Discover your child’s love language
  • Assist your child in successful learning
  • Use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively
  • Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language.

Discover your child’s primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child.

Dr. Gary Chapman

Hinges: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community

In the past, the doors of the church opened inward, but now people are no longer coming in through church doors as they once did. Instead, God is calling the church to open the doors outward as the people of God take the Gospel to their community.

Through extensive statistical research, personal pastoral experience, and practical work with over one thousand churches, Transforming Churches Network has found the eight key factors that open the doors of the church outward and empower the church to have an impact upon the community. Read Hinges to discover these eight factors and go beyond mere theories about what might work. Follow these practical steps and find new life and fruitfulness in your church.

Terry Tieman

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