New Arrivals in Religion & Spirituality

Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

Thomas Cahill
From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book.
 
In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past.  It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.

The Holy Spirit, Your Financial Advisor: God's Plan for Debt-Free Money Management

Creflo Dollar

Most people are cautious about any advice they receive concerning their finances. But what if that advice were to come from the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity? In The Holy Spirit, Your Financial Advisor, Dr. Creflo Dollar investigates what the Bible has to say about the role of the Holy Spirit in the area of making and keeping money and discovers some surprising truths.

In this book, readers will discover that the Holy Spirit will help them . . .

  • Know what God's word says about the person and work of the Holy Spirit
  • Hear and obey the guidance provided by the Holy Spirit
  • Access supernatural power to manage money
  • Apply practical knowledge to take control of finances
  • Tap into the wisdom of total life prosperity
  • Change a poverty mindset
  • Discover God's system of seedtime and harvest
  • Practice true success
Practical application questions and activities at the end of each chapter provide the reader with further helpful strategies for obtaining financial freedom.

Giving Thanks

Katherine Paterson
Newbery Medal winner Katherine Paterson and cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton give fans of all ages even more to be thankful for with Giving Thanks, a special book about gratitude. Katherine Paterson's meditations on what it means to be truly grateful and Pamela Dalton's exquisite cut-paper illustrations are paired with a collection of over 50 graces, poems, and praise songs from a wide range of cultures, religions, and voices. The unique collaboration between these two extraordinary artists flowers in this important and stunningly beautiful reflection on the act of giving thanks.

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Timothy Keller
New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller—whose books have sold millions of copies to both religious and secular readers—explores one of the most difficult questions we must answer in our lives: Why is there pain and suffering?

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering is the definitive Christian book on why bad things happen and how we should respond to them. The question of why there is pain and suffering in the world has confounded every generation; yet there has not been a major book from a Christian perspective exploring why they exist for many years.

The two classics in this area are When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, which was published more than thirty years ago, and C. S. Lewis’s The Problem of Pain, published more than seventy years ago. The great secular book on the subject, Elisabeth Ku ̈bler-Ross’s On Death and Dying, was first published in 1969. It’s time for a new understanding and perspective, and who better to tackle this complex subject than Timothy Keller?

As the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, Timothy Keller is known for the unique insights he shares, and his series of books has guided countless readers in their spiritual journeys. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering will bring a much-needed, fresh viewpoint on this important issue.

Silence: A Christian History

Diarmaid MacCulloch
A provocative history of the role of silence in Christianity by the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author

In this essential work of religious history, the New York Times bestselling author of Christianity explores the vital role of silence in the Christian story.

How should one speak to God? Are our prayers more likely to be heard if we offer them quietly at home or loudly in church? How can we really know if God is listening? From the earliest days, Christians have struggled with these questions. Their varied answers have defined the boundaries of Christian faith and established the language of our most intimate appeals for guidance or forgiveness.

MacCulloch shows how Jesus chose to emphasize silence as an essential part of his message and how silence shaped the great medieval monastic communities of Europe. He also examines the darker forms of religious silence, from the church’s embrace of slavery and its muted reaction to the Holocaust to the cover-up by Catholic authorities of devastating sexual scandals.

A groundbreaking work that will change our understanding of the most fundamental wish to be heard by God, Silence gives voice to the greatest mysteries of faith.

Ties that Bind: A 52-Week Devotional for Mothers and Daughters

Kristin Armstrong
"A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
--Ecclesiastes 4:12

A mother and daughter relationship is one of the most important and defining relationships in life. Just like when we braid our daughter's hair, as we raise our girls we weave three strands together: our faith and their faith, together with God's love. If we can do this well, the cord is not easily broken.

In this weekly devotional there are common themes supported by scripture, with one reading specifically for mothers, the other for daughters. Each week is intended to generate connection and conversation, with questions included to spark discussion.

Topics include:
Gossip
Body Image
Forgiveness
Contentment
Relationships
Purity
Comparison
Perfection
Healthy Friendships
and many more!

This year long journey together will deepen your faith, and your relationship in addition to offering introspection and personal growth for women of every age.

The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism

Daniel Goldhagen
A groundbreaking--and terrifying--examination of the widespread resurgence of antisemitism in the 21st century, by the prize-winning and #1 internationally bestselling author of Hitler's Willing Executioners.

Antisemitism never went away, but since the turn of the century it has multiplied beyond what anyone would have predicted. It is openly spread by intellectuals, politicians and religious leaders in Europe, Asia, the Arab world, America and Africa and supported by hundreds of millions more. Indeed, today antisemitism is stronger than any time since the Holocaust.

In THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen reveals the unprecedented, global form of this age-old hatred; its strategic use by states; its powerful appeal to individuals and groups; and how technology has fueled the flames that had been smoldering prior to the millennium.

A remarkable work of intellectual brilliance, moral stature, and urgent alarm, THE DEVIL THAT NEVER DIES is destined to be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.

Luther: A Guide for the Perplexed

David M Whitford
This is an upper-level introduction to the German Reformer Martin Luther, who by his thought and action started the Reformation movement. Martin Luther was one of the most influential and important figures of the second millennium. His break with Rome and the development of separate Evangelical churches affected not just the religious life of Europe but also social and political landscapes as well. More books have been written about Luther than nearly any other historical figure. Despite all these books, Luther remains an enigmatic figure. This book proposes to examine a number of key moments in Luther's life and fundamental theological positions that remain perplexing to most students. This book will also present an introduction to the primary sources available to a student and important secondary works that ought to be consulted. The Guides for the Perplexed series are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference

Shaunti Feldhahn

“Where does ‘highly happy’ come from—and can we have some too?!”
 
Have you ever looked at a blissfully married couple and thought, I wish I could know their secret? Now you can. After years of investigative research, Shaunti reveals twelve powerful habits that the happiest marriages have in common.
 
Best news of all? Anyone can learn the secrets of a highly happy marriage!
 
In The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages, Shaunti Feldhahn shares her findings about little, very unexpected, often overlooked actions that make a huge difference. You’re about to discover that highly happy couples:
• Go to bed mad
• Keep score (just not in the way you think)
• Boss their feelings around
• Have factual fantasies
• Get in over their heads
• Don’t tell it like it is
• Don’t look to marriage to make them happy…
 
Packed with eye-opening research and practical helps, this book delivers relationship insights that will take your marriage from “just fine” to “just the marriage we’ve always wanted.”

Break Out!: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life

Joel Osteen

We were not created to just get by with average, unrewarding or unfulfilling lives. God created us to leave our marks on our generations. Every person has seeds of greatness planted within by the Creator. When life weighs upon us, pushing us down, limiting our thinking, labeling us in negative ways, we have what it takes to overcome and rise above into the fullness of our destinies. In his dynamic, inspiring and faith-building new book, BREAK OUT: Five Ways To Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life, best-selling author Joel Osteen provides practical steps and encouragement for creating a life without limitations. This book will help readers break out and break free so they can believe bigger, increase their productivity, improve their relationships and accomplish their dreams. Osteen's uplifting message focuses on moving beyond barriers by:
  • Daring to believe that the best will happen for us
  • Adopting an irrepressible "break out" attitude
  • Making room for increase
  • Praying bold prayers
  • Following God's plan beyond our circumstances
Filled with faith and inspiration, BREAK OUT challenges readers to have a new perspective, to let nothing hold them back, and to reject any labels that might limit them. Osteen inspires and encourages with the message that our first break outs must occur within our own minds: "When you break though in your mind, believing you can rise higher and overcome obstacles, then God will unleash the power within that will enable you to go beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary life you were designed to live."

But Where is the Lamb?: Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac

James Goodman

“I didn’t think he’d do it. I really didn’t think he would. I thought he’d say, whoa, hold on, wait a minute. We made a deal, remember, the land, the blessing, the nation, the descendants as numerous as the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky.”
 
So begins James Goodman’s original and urgent encounter with one of the most compelling and resonant stories ever told—God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
 
A mere nineteen lines in the book of Genesis, it rests at the heart of the history, literature, theology, and sacred rituals of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For more than two millennia, people throughout the world have grappled with the troubling questions about sacrifice, authority, obedience, and faith to which the story gives rise. Writing from the vantage of “a reader, a son, a Jew, a father, a skeptic, a historian, a lover of stories, and a writer,” Goodman gives us an enthralling narrative history that moves from its biblical origins to its place in the cultures and faiths of our time. He introduces us to the commentary of Second Temple sages, rabbis and priests of the late antiquity, and early Islamic exegetes (some of whom imagined that Ishmael was the nearly sacrificed son). He examines Syriac hymns (in which Sarah stars), Hebrew chronicles of the First Crusade (in which Isaac often dies), and medieval English mystery plays. He looks at the art of Europe’s golden age, the philosophy of Kant and Kierkegaard, and the panoply of twentieth-century interpretation, sacred and profane, including the work of Bob Dylan, Elie Wiesel, and A. B. Yehoshua. In illuminating how so many others have understood this story, Goodman tells a gripping and provocative story of his own.

Mixed-Up Love: Relationships, Family, and Religious Identity in the 21st Century

Jon Sweeney
Dating, commitment, kids, and family--it's all hard work, and when you come from different religious backgrounds it's even harder.
Jon, a Catholic writer, and Michal, a Reconstructionist rabbi, live out the challenges of an interfaith relationship everyday as husband and wife, and as parents to their daughter Sima, who is being raised Jewish. In MIXED-UP LOVE, the couple explores how interfaith relationships impact dating, weddings, holidays, raising children, and family functions--and how to not just cope, but thrive.
This is an engaging and practical resource for singles who are considering dating outside their own faith, couples in interfaith relationships, relatives and friends of "mixed" couples who seek information and understanding, and parents desiring a fresh perspective. With clarity, insight, and humor, Sweeney and Woll demonstrate how to engage with your partner, family, and faith like never before.

The Power of Right Believing: 7 Keys to Freedom from Fear, Guilt, and Addiction

Joseph Prince
What you believe is everything!

Believing the right things is the key to a victorious life. In THE POWER OF RIGHT BELIEVING, Joseph Prince, international bestselling author and a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace, unveils seven practical and powerful keys to help you find freedom from every fear, guilt, and addiction.

These keys come alive in the precious testimonies you'll read from people across America and around the world who have experienced breakthroughs and freedom from all kinds of bondages-from alcoholism to chronic depression-all through the power of right believing.

God intends for you to live with joy overflowing, peace that surpasses understanding, and an unshakable confidence in what He has done for you. Get ready to be inspired and transformed and learn how to win the battle for your mind by developing habits for right believing.

Power Thoughts Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations for Winning the Battle of the Mind

Joyce Meyer
Based on Joyce Meyer's New York Times bestseller Power Thoughts, this devotional includes 365 opportunities to tap into God's power in your daily life by thinking and speaking His way. The POWER THOUGHTS DEVOTIONAL will provide you with life-changing declarations of truth, directly from God's Word, to think and speak over your life every day of the year.

Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." Simply put, words are containers for power--positive or negative, creative or destructive. Therefore, it is imperative that you learn to think and speak on purpose, using the life-giving wisdom in God's Word. When you do, your life will never be the same!

If you struggle with being negative, critical, or judgmental of people and situations, don't be discouraged. God wants to help you renew your mind to think and speak as He would. It won't happen overnight--but each day you will make progress as you choose power thoughts to be more like Jesus.

It's time for you to experience and enjoy the life God created you to live, and Joyce wants to help you get there. You can do it with this devotional by learning how to think and speak power thoughts daily.

I Declare Personal Application Guide

Joel Osteen
Words have power. Whenever we speak something either good or bad, we give life to what we are saying. In his bestselling book, I Declare, Pastor Joel Osteen reveals 31 declarations that can bring God's favor and blessing to the reader's life in a greater way.

Now, Joel Osteen offers a practical tool that will help ensure that what you say about yourself and others are positive, inspiring, and encouraging. In using this personal application guide, you will be encouraged to declare God's Word over your life each day through insightful reflection and a relevant scripture verse-all of this with space in which to record your own thoughts and revelations. This lively guide offers all of this and more, with the expectation that God will use it to help you see His favor and blessings in a greater way.

So if you want to know what life will be like five years from now, take this faithful companion in hand, and begin the next 31 days with the only One who has the power to bless the future.

¡DÉ EL SALTO!: Cinco Claves para Superar las Barreras y Vivir una Vida Extraordinaria

Joel Osteen
Lleno de fe y la inspiración, BREAK OUT lectores desafíos a tener una nueva perspectiva, a no dejar que nada los detenga, y rechazar cualquier etiqueta que pueda limitarlos. Osteen inspira y anima con el mensaje de que nuestros granitos primero debe ocurrir dentro de nuestra propia mente: "Cuando se rompe aunque en su mente, creyendo que puede subir más alto y superar los obstáculos, entonces Dios va a desatar el poder dentro que le permitirá ir más allá de lo ordinario en la extraordinaria vida que fueron diseñados para vivir. "

My Daily Pursuit: Devotions for Every Day

A. W. Tozer
One of the 20th century’s most prolific and inspiring communicators has become one of the 21st century’s most prophetic and popular writers.  Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book

The Genesis Prayer: Discover the Ancient Secret to Modern Miracles

Jeffrey Meiliken
A prayer that promises miracles

"This book is for anyone who wants a miracle, has ever wanted to see God's work in action, or needed proof of His existence. It is for the doubters and believers alike.

If you think nothing is out there, think again. Whether you're an agnostic astrophysicist or a seminary priest, you will discover an ancient gift that works every time, no questions asked. By the time you finish this book, your perception of the universe will have changed.

If you thought God was out there but not listening, you may discover that you have been tuning into the wrong channels. It doesn't matter whether you want to call it the Light Force of God, the creative power of the Lord, or any other expression of omnipotent omniscience because as you'll soon discover, you have the ability to tap into it. In fact, you've had the ability all along.

If you ever wondered if anyone was listening or if anyone cared, you'll soon see for yourself the benevolence that's been available to you and all of us since the dawn of time. You'll learn why the ancient sages said the Light Force always gives, always listens, and always answers. Find out how to get heard. Find out what you've been missing. See an infinite stream of miracles spread out before you, guiding your every step. As you rethink everything you've ever known, you'll see that life is not supposed to be difficult; man isn't supposed to suffer; fate isn't some abstraction beyond our control, and your life can indeed be wonderful".--From the Introduction


Fasting with the Lord's Prayer: Experience a Deeper and More Powerful Relationship with God

Elmer L. Towns
Prayer and Fasting go hand in hand. Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer as the model for how to pray and showed us that when we prayed this way, it praises God and covers everything believers need in this life to attain eternal happiness. The Bible teaches fasting as an expression of faith in God’s word and will. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray the Lord’s Prayer, He immediately concluded, “Now when you fast . . .” (Matthew 6:16).

Fasting with the Lord’s Prayer will invigorate your faith because it offers hope to those who worship through prayer and fasting, for when we worship God, he comes to receive our worship. Towns explains the importance of prayer and fasting as well as six ways to fast, then examine in depth the seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer and conclude with 21-day fasting devotional. Readers will experience deep spiritual results when two of the most powerful resources God has given us for our faith and ministry—praying the Lord’s Prayer and fasting, are combined in intercession to God.

Give Me Jesus: Gospel-Centered Children's Ministry That Changes Lives

Ryan Frank
100 years from now the only thing that will matter is a person’s relationship with Jesus Christ. The gospel is the good news that we can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It’s the main thing. It’s the reason why we do ministry. It’s the reason why the church exists. It provides the hope that every child and every family needs. What about your ministry? Is the gospel at the center of everything you do? How does that play out practically? In Give Me Jesus, Ryan Frank and 10 ministry leaders share practical advice about keeping the Gospel at the center of Family and Children’s Ministry. It will change how you do ministry.  

Sadhana

Rabindranath Tagore

The civilisation of ancient Greece was nurtured within city walls. In fact, all the modern civilisations have their cradles of brick and mortar.

These walls leave their mark deep in the minds of men. They set up a principle of "divide and rule" in our mental outlook, which begets in us a habit of securing all our conquests by fortifying them and separating them from one another. We divide nation and nation, knowledge and knowledge, man and nature. It breeds in us a strong suspicion of whatever is beyond the barriers we have built, and everything has to fight hard for its entrance into our recognition.

When the first Aryan invaders appeared in India it was a vast land of forests, and the new-comers rapidly took advantage of them. These forests afforded them shelter from the fierce heat of the sun and the ravages of tropical storms, pastures for cattle, fuel for sacrificial fire, and materials for building cottages.

Songs of Kabir

Rabindranath Tagore

 KABÎR'S POEMS


I

I. 13. mo ko kahân dhûnro bande

O servant, where dost thou seek Me?

Lo! I am beside thee.

I am neither in temple nor in mosque: I am neither in Kaaba nor in Kailash:

Neither am I in rites and ceremonies, nor in Yoga and renunciation.

If thou art a true seeker, thou shalt at once see Me: thou shalt meet Me in a moment of time.

Kabîr says, "O Sadhu! God is the breath of all breath."

II

I. 16. Santan jât na pûcho nirguniyân

It is needless to ask of a saint the caste to which he belongs;

For the priest, the warrior. the tradesman, and all the thirty-six castes, alike are seeking for God.

It is but folly to ask what the caste of a saint may be;

The barber has sought God, the washerwoman, and the carpenter--

Even Raidas was a seeker after God.

The Rishi Swapacha was a tanner by caste.

Hindus and Moslems alike have achieved that End, where

remains no mark of distinction.

Salvation as Praxis: A Practical Theology of Salvation for a Multi-Faith World

Wayne Morris
Will people of other faiths be ‘saved’ and to what extent should the response to this question shape Christian engagements with people of other faiths? Historically, the predominant answer to these questions has been that the person of another faith will not be saved and is therefore in need of conversion to Christianity for their salvation to be possible. Consequently, it has been understood to be the obligation of Christian persons to convert people of other faiths. More recent theologies of religions for the past half century and more have sought to reconsider these approaches to soteriology. This has sometimes led to a reaffirmation of the status quo and at other times to an alternative soteriological understanding. In seeking to articulate soteriologies that make logical and doctrinal sense, too often these new approaches to salvation and people of other faiths have paid little attention to questions of practice. Drawing on alternative understandings of soteriology as deification, healing, and liberation, each perspective having ancient roots in the Christian tradition, it is argued that salvation can be understood as form of concrete earthly practice. Understood in this way, this book considers how these alternative theologies of salvation might shape Christian practices in a way that departs from a history in which the person of another faith has been perceived as a threat to Christianity and therefore in need of conversion. Further it asks how the complex multi-faith world of the twenty-first century might better inform and shape the way in which Christian theologies frame soteriological understandings.

The Second Vatican Council: Celebrating its Achievements and the Future

Gavin D'Costa
The Second Vatican Council (1963-65) changed the face of modern Catholicism in bringing it into a positive relationship with modern culture. There were significant changes in Catholic thought and practice regarding major topics. This timely and significant book looks at those major issues: revelation, liturgy, the church, ecumenism, world religions, mission, the role of Mary, and the future of the Church. The reader is introduced to the content of Vatican II documents, debates around their interpretation and the manner of their implementation. The essays are written by the leading figures in the Catholic Church and allow the reader to see the Council's impact upon modern Catholicism and engagement with the modern world.

Top Selling in Religion & Spirituality

The Power of a Praying® Wife

Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian’s bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 23 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. Stormie joyfully inspires you to develop a deeper relationship with your husband by utilizing the amazing power of prayer. This uplifting resource is packed with practical advice on praying for specific areas of your husband’s life, including his decision-making; fears; spiritual strength; role as father, leader; and faith and future. If you desire a closer relationship with your spouse, you will appreciate the life illustrations, encouraging Bible verses, and the assurances of God’s promises and power for your marriage.

Mansfield's Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self

Stephen Mansfield

Witty, compelling, and shrewd, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men is about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self.

The Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness. It is time to recover what we have lost.

Stephen Mansfield shows us the way. Working with timeless maxims and stirring examples of manhood from ages past, Mansfield issues a trumpet call of manliness fit for our times.

“My goal in this book is simple,” he says. “I want to identify what a genuine man does—the virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhood—and then call men to do it.”

The Power of a Praying® Wife Book of Prayers

Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian’s bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 23 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. Stormie offers praying wives a selection of favorite prayers from her bestselling The Power of a Praying® Wife. Lovely enough to give as a special gift to uplift and draw the hearts of friends and loved ones to the Lord in prayer, this little book will help you unlock the enormous power of prayer in your marriage. Insightful, honest, and life-changing prayers from The Power of a Praying® Wife will also encourage your heart as you pray for God’s purposes and plans to come about abundantly in your husband’s life.

The Bait of Satan, 20th Anniversary Edition: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense

John Bevere
Are you compelled to tell your side of the story?
Do you fight thoughts of suspicion or distrust?
Are you constantly rehearsing past hurts?
Have you lost hope because of what someone did to you?

 
The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God--offense. This trap restrains countless Christians, severs relationships, and widens the gulfs between us. Jesus said, "It is impossible that no offenses should come” (Luke 17:1). Although you will encounter offense, you can choose how you will react.
 
In this new twentieth anniversary edition, John Bevere shows you how to identify the traps ahead of you and escape the victim mentality. With declaration-style prayers and testimonials from people whose lives have been changed by his message, this book will inspire you to stay free from offense and its destructive power.
 
Don’t let anyone affect your relationship with God!

Small Groups with Purpose: How to Create Healthy Communities

Steve Gladen
Over the past fifteen years, small groups have become a vital way to build community in large churches. Nowhere has this been more apparent than at Saddleback Church. Now Steve Gladen, pastor of small groups at Saddleback, shares the secrets of that ministry's incredible success in creating small groups with purpose.

This practical book walks church leaders through the questions they need to answer to develop their own intentional small group strategy. Built around the most commonly asked questions, Small Groups with Purpose outlines the step-by-step process of creating a successful small group ministry. Because it is built upon principles and not methods, this plan can be implemented in any size church. Each chapter ends with a list of questions for readers to answer to help them assess their current situation and their desires for the future. Personal stories, Scripture, and examples ground the discussion and show the system in action.

Pastors and small group leaders will find this book instrumental in making small groups work in their churches.

The Power of Praying® for Your Adult Children Book of Prayers

Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian’s bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 23 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. Just because your children are grown up doesn’t mean they don’t need your prayers. In some ways they need them more than ever. Stormie offers you a gathering of heartfelt prayers from one of her most popular books, The Power of Praying® for Your Adult Children. This little-but-powerful book of prayer and Scripture is ideally sized for quick and meaningful talks with God about your grown children’s relationships, faith, finances, struggles, direction, and parenting. This compact resource unveils the power of prayer to protect, nurture, and guide. It offers parents the comfort, reassurance, and wisdom of God’s promises for them and their adult child’s life and future.

A New Introduction to Islam

Daniel W. Brown
The second edition of this student-friendly textbook explores the origins, major features and lasting influence of the Islamic tradition.
  • Traces the development of Muslim beliefs and practices against the background of social and cultural contexts extending from North Africa to South and Southeast Asia
  • Fully revised for the second edition, with completely new opening and closing chapters considering key issues facing Islam in the 21st century
  • Focuses greater attention on everyday practices, the role of women in Muslim societies, and offers additional material on Islam in America
  • Includes detailed chronologies, tables summarizing key information, useful maps and diagrams, and many more illustrations

Woman, Thou Art Loosed!: Healing the Wounds of the Past

T. D. Jakes

Let your heart be warmed as the oil of T.D. Jakes' teaching flows from your mind to your spirit. The balm in this book will soothe all manner of traumas, tragedies, and disappointments. For the single parent and the battered wife, for the abused girl and the insecure woman, there is a cure for the crisis!

In this soft word for the sensitive ear, there is a deep cleansing for those inaccessible areas of the feminine heart. This book will help to fight back the infections of life. Woman, Thou Art Loosed! will break the bands off the neck of every woman who dares to read it!

God's Armor Bearer Volume 1: Serving God's Leaders, Volume 1

Terry Nance
Each born-again believer has something unique to offer the Body of Christ. The success of the Church depends on all of its parts. Everyone in the Local Church should carry the spirit of an Armorbearer. It is the heart of a servant. To be the greatest in the Kingdom is to be servant to all.

In this best-selling book, God's Armorbearer, Terry Nance gives you the keys to stand with your leader to help fulfill God's vision. You will learn:
  • How God raised up Elisha as Elijah's armorbearer
  • The functions of Old and New Testament armorbearers
  • How to develop the spirit of an armorbearer
  • How to understand your call and fulfill your purpose
You are an important part of God's plan. Get off the sidelines and into the action!
THE ARMORBEARERS OF TODAY WILL BE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith

Ann Spangler
A rare chance to know Jesus as his first disciples knew him. What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? How would your understanding of the gospel have been shaped by the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Jewish culture in which you lived? Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith. Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg paint powerful scenes from Jesus’ ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him. You will hear the parables as they must have sounded to first-century Jews, powerful and surprising. You will join the conversations that were already going on among the rabbis of his day. You will watch with new understanding as the events of his life unfold. And you will emerge with new excitement about the roots of your own Christian faith. Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus will change the way you read Scripture and deepen your understanding of the life of Jesus. It will also help you to adapt the rich prayers and customs you learn about to your own life, in ways that both respect and enrich your Christian faith. By looking at the Jewishness of Jesus, Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg take you on a captivating journey into the heart of Judaism, one that is both balanced and insightful, helping you to better understand and appreciate your own faith.

African American History Month Daily Devotions 2014

Angela Roberts Jones

Celebrate African American History Month with this annual collection of devotions. As you read through the month of February, you’ll be inspired and encouraged by meditations based on a Scripture passage and on African American history as well as a theme-based prayer.

These devotions increase a sense of knowledge and awareness of African American history, foster pride in that history and accomplishment, and strengthen personal and communal faith, hope, and commitment to a rich heritage and future.

The African American History Month devotion is perfect for church Bible study, opening meditations for meetings and events, and personal use.

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe: A Daily Guide to Scripture-Based Prayer

Sharon Jaynes
Powerful, effective prayer for your husband is easier than you think.
 
“I have never seen a more practical book on how to pray for your husband.”
—Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages
 
As a wife, you have been given the privilege of serving as a mighty prayer warrior for your husband. Yet sometimes, even when poised with the best of intentions, you may find the task overwhelming. You wonder: What should I pray? How should I pray? What prayers does he need right now?
 
In Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe, Sharon Jaynes maps out sixteen landmarks to help you consistently and effectively cover your husband in prayer. From his mind and the thoughts he thinks, to his eyes and the images he sees, all the way down to his feet and the path he takes, Sharon teaches you how to pray for your husband in ways that are powerful, practical, and life-changing.
 
The 30-day prayer guide provides Scriptures for each day along with corresponding prayers to target the crucial areas of every man’s life. You’ll be equipped and empowered to establish the habit of purposeful prayer in just a few dedicated minutes each day.
 
Perfect for group use or individual reflection, this book maps out a memorable and reproducible pattern of prayer to strengthen your marriage, deepen your personal prayer life, and cover your husband from head to toe—in ways that will lift not only his spirit, but yours as well.

Day by Day We Magnify You: Daily Readings for the Entire Year

Martin Luther
This religious classic is here made available in a revised and updated paperback edition. A unique devotional for daily meditation, it dwells on the great themes of Christian piety and is drawn from Martin Luther's sermons and other works. The readings are arranged according to the church year and organized under a central theme for each week. In addition to the devotions for each day of the year, select readings are provided for Thanksgiving, the Feast of the Reformation, and a Day of Penitence. Each daily meditation concludes with a prayer, a biblical verse, or a question to ponder.

Grace Walk Moments: A Devotional

Steve McVey
Do you long to experience the grace of God? Steve McVey, author of the bestselling book Grace Walk (over 250,000 sold), invites you to start each day by letting God remind you of His love and care for you. Experience all the grace of God has to offer you—refreshment, joy, and forgiveness—in these quiet moments alone. As you read, you will learn that God’s grace isn’t something you read about—it’s a way of life. It’s not about struggling to be perfect. It’s about letting Him love you and work through you and in you to accomplish more for Him than you ever could on your own. If you find yourself trying to earn God’s grace, these devotions will help you understand what Christ has already accomplished for you and what He longs to do in you today.

Tao Te Ching: Text Only Edition

Lao Tsu

For nearly two generations, this translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have refreshed and revised the translation, so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, while taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities.
 
Lao Tsu’s philosophy is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks. It does so without discrimination. So let us present the same face to everyone and treat them all as equals, however they may behave. If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop “trying,” if we stop putting in so much extra effort, if we stop looking for results. In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected. Te—which may be translated as “virtue” or “strength”—lies always in Tao meaning “the way” or “natural law.” In other words: Simply be.

The Power of a Praying® Parent

Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian’s bestselling The Power of a Praying® series (more than 23 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives. After 20 years of raising her son and daughter alongside her husband, Michael, Stormie looks back at the trials and joys of parenting and the power in praying for her children. In these easy-to-read chapters, Stormie shares from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their kids’ safety; character development; adolescence; peer pressure; school experiences; friends; and relationship with God. This resource will help you to be an amazing praying parent whether your kids are three or thirty-three.

365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives

Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

Let the Saints' lives guide and touch your life each day!

The life of a saint is the life of an ordinary person lived well. And that's the life readers will discover in this delightful and often surprising collection of words and wisdom from saints throughout the ages. A lovely and inspiring gift book, 365 Saints illuminates how the saints actually lived, detailing their hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows, as well as their lesser–known idiosyncracies and saying. Witty and wondrous, simple and sublime, 365 Saints offers a full year of meditations and practical suggestions for emulating the saints today.

You Can Begin Again: No Matter What, It's Never Too Late

Joyce Meyer
It's never too late for a new beginning. Look closely and you'll see that theme all through the Bible. Page after page, God delights in turning tragic endings into new beginnings. A childless woman conceives in her old age; a fearful, self-conscious shepherd becomes a leader of millions; and a prostitute becomes a wife and mother in the lineage of Christ. Every biblical fresh start reveals the amazing, awe-inspiring hope we have for our own new beginnings in God's plan for our lives.
In YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN, bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores the beauty and infinite supply of God's love and grace. Through inspiring stories, Scriptural principles, and her classic practical, life-application approach, Joyce powerfully demonstrates that God isn't done with you yet.

If you're stuck in a rut, disappointed by an outcome, hurting from a wound, failing in an endeavor, struggling in a relationship, or unsure about the future. . .don't give up. Don't give up on yourself, and don't give up on the God Who loves you and offers you a new beginning today.





The Complete Idiot's Guide to Kabbalah

Collin Canright
What the Kabbalah can do for you? According to the authors of this comprehensive guide, the Kabbalah that Madonna popularized is far from authentic. In fact, the Kabbalah is much bigger and better. Here, readers will discover how it can deliver money, love, health, and many other things. ?An international authority on authentic Kabbalah was a consultant for this book ?Blends religion/spirituality with New Age mysticism

The Passion Principles: Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage

Shannon Ethridge

Move beyond the mechanics of sex to a rich and rewarding connection!

God’s desire is for couples to enjoy vibrant sexual relationships without inhibition, awkwardness, fear, resentment, guilt, or shame. With honesty and frankness, life coach and best-selling author Shannon Ethridge opens the minds of both husbands and wives to embrace a lifestyle of passion and pleasure.

Divided into four sections, The Passion Principles helps couples celebrate the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical dimensions of sexuality. Questions include:

  • What was God thinking when He created sex?
  • Why do humans think about sex so much?
  • Will there be sex in heaven?
  • How did we get such different ideas about sex and love?
  • How can I get past his or her sexual past?
  • How can I help my spouse heal from the sexual abuses he or she suffered?
  • What if my heart is telling me I married the wrong person?
  • How can we balance mismatched sex drives?

Some chapters end with questions for personal contemplation or for couples to use as conversation starters, and other chapters end with prayers that foster a deeper spiritual and emotional connection, making this book a perfect guide to a more passionate love life.

Everyone's Guide to Demons & Spiritual Warfare: Simple, Powerful Tools for Outmaneuvering Satan in Your Daily Life

Ron Phillips

Everyone's Guide to Demons and Spiritual Warfare is a basic training manual for anyone who wants to understand spiritual warfare principles and know how to stand against satanic attacks. By incorporating demon-defying principles in our daily spiritual lives, we can learn to put the enemy to flight and move from bondage into freedom. The author also identifies several specific demonic spirits that attack God’s people, and provides strategies for overcoming evil in our lives.

Unleashing the Word: Rediscovering the Public Reading of Scripture

Max McLean
Modern society is awash in words. An auditory tidal wave cascades from our televisions, radios, media players, and the Internet. Today’s distracted worshippers often feel spiritually shortchanged when the Scriptures are spoken without passion and power. This lively and encouraging resource is the collaboration of a gifted Bible narrator and a mentor to church leaders. In it they show how churches can train their own teams of Scripture readers. These laypeople can---with enthusiasm, conviction, and passion---”unleash the Word of God,” and prepare hearts to receive the message. Spoken well, the Word of God opens and penetrates the listener’s heart. Simple, straightforward, and culturally relevant, this unique book provides the necessary tools to teach you how to read the Bible aloud, in a way that communicates its life-changing power!

Do not Lose Heart: Meditations of Encouragement and Comfort

Dave Dravecky
Do Not Lose Heart is a legacy of encouragement for men and women struggling with the adversities of life. Whether the circumstance is divorce, the death of a loved one, the loss of a career, or a terminal illness, these brief, hope-filled devotions by Dave and Jan Dravecky and visionary paintings by Thomas Kinkade will minister comfort, understanding, and encouragement. Based on 2 Corinthians 4:6-18. Do Not Lose Heart affirms the deep peace that comes from trusting in a wise and loving God.

God Bless the Crimson Tide: Devotions for the Die-Hard Alabama Fan

Ed McMinn

Nothing In America Is More Exciting Than College Sports!

Each weekend, stadiums and gymnasiums across America are fi lled with the sound of the band, the smell of nachos and hot dogs, and the roar of the fans. Sports have become an integral part of American life, and college fans are among the loudest and most faithful. These fans lead the cheers, speak the language, and know the history. They attend as many games as possible and want to know all they can about "their" team.

'Bama fans are no exception: just take a look at their T-shirts, pillows, bumper stickers, banners, screen savers, coffee mugs, blankets, license plates, and ringtones -- all designed to declare their loyalty and cheer on their team.

This exciting collection of stories from the many sports played at the University of Alabama is perfect for the Crimson Tide fan who is also a fan of God. Each story, while giving accurate information concerning a sporting event, will also lead you into a moment of refl ection about God and his greatness. Alabama fans will have the best of both worlds.

This is the ideal book for the faith-fi lled and faithful Alabama Crimson Tide fan!