More than half of all couples who become engaged this year will never make it to the altar. Why? Leading experts believe it's because couples fail to really get to know their potential mate before getting engaged. Relationship expert and noted couples counselor Norm Wright steers potential brides and grooms through a series of soul-searching questions to discern if they've really met "the One."
Couples will be much more confident about whether or not to pursue marriage after completing these in-depth and personal questions. Norm also addresses the delicate subject of calling off the wedding if readers discover that a potential mate isn't actually meant to be a life partner.
As you and your partner enjoy reading the Before You Say "I Do" Devotional, you'll also be cultivating tools to help you keep your relationship vibrant and strong.
Writing from his own experience, Wright covers such issues as the meaning of grief, blaming God, and learning how to express and share in times of loss. Now repackaged and updated with additional material, Recovering from Losses in Life will help readers find hope in difficult times. Study questions included.
A couple will look forward to closing the doors on the frenzied world and taking turns reading the devotions. The Scripture verses and meditations guide them in applying God's Word to their lives and marriage, and the daily discussions will fill their relationship with a new expression of God's promises and an everlasting love toward one another.
This is the perfect gift—thoughtful and inspirational—for all couples at any stage of life and relationship.
With vulnerability and emotional insight, Norm shares from his deeply personal journey and illuminates the way back to living when someone you love is gone. Readers who have lost their spouse will discover support and guidance as theywork through anger, including anger at God, to ease toward God’s peacemove away from denial and “what ifs” to move forwardallow memories to provide comfort without getting stuck in the pastcreate a healthy new, daily routine to care for themselvesturn their new identity and life over to God’s leading and mercy
This tender and inspirational book will help any reader who is grieving or who is walking alongside a grieving friend.
Expert counselor Dr. Norm Wright provides practical advice on how to spot, face, and conquer fear in this easy-to-understand book. His down-to-earth, practical advice backed by over four decades of Christian counseling experience will help you successfully combat negative thought patterns with the Word of God and effectively maintain a positive outlook on life through prayer and positive self-talk. Includes clear explanations and practical advice on how to stop worrying.
When anxiety robs you of sleep, when worry saps your energy, and when fear captivates your thoughts, it is easy to feel helpless. But you do not have to remain a prisoner of fear, anxiety, or stress any longer.
• Find out the difference between helpful and unhelpful fear
• Recognize the true causes of fear and how to overcome them
• Learn practical ways to break patterns and habits of anxiety and worry
• Discover your source of peace, security, and freedom
See how the fear of rejection, fear of failure, and even our genetics can impact whether or not we worry about a situation. Then, discover how the Word of God, prayer, and a positive outlook can help you break that pattern of fear.
• Personal use/growth
• To give to someone who is struggling with fear and anxiety
• Ministry training tool
• Christian counseling resource
• Supplemental information for a Bible study on fear, worry, or anxiety.
Losing a family member is one of life's most difficult experiences, and the weeks and months that follow such a loss can be overwhelming. Experiencing the Loss of a Family Member is a trustworthy companion for your journey through grief. With gentle honesty and wisdom, bestselling author and respected family therapist H. Norman Wright discusses topics, such as:
· The World of Grief
· The Loss of a Spouse
· The Death of a Child
· Parent Loss
· The Death of a Sibling
· The Death of a Friend
· The Death of a Pet
· And More
You are not alone as you travel through the valley--God's Spirit, the Comforter, walks with you every step of the way. He will guide you toward true peace and renewed hope.
Packed with sound advice and biblical wisdom, Success over Stress guides readers toward making manageable changes to their activities, relationships, and possessions to obtain the rich, satisfying life they long for.
The bestselling author of A Better Way to Think shows readers how to truly bring every thought captive under Christ, thereby freeing themselves from the negative patterns of self-talk that have stymied their personal and spiritual growth for years. Biblically based and full of practical, proven strategies, this book helps readers harness the positive and creative power of their thought lives in order to experience lasting freedom from negativity.
Couples will work together to: make sure they're ready for a new marriagediscover the essentials for successful remarriagesclearly communicate personal and family needsestablish realistic expectations for their new marriagehandle common problems in remarriage: previous partners, in-laws (past and present), merged families, money, sexual issues
Offering plenty of room for written responses, this essential premarriage guide helps couples work through problem areas before they become issues. They will also discover areas of strength and agreement that will help them establish a solid foundation for success.
Ideal for couples, study groups, ministers, and counselors.
Is your teen withdrawing, acting unusual, or distracted? Do you feel like you just don't know your child anymore? Are you afraid it's more than just a stage? Find out which responses are "normal" adolescent behaviors, and which ones indicate deeper issues related to loss, anger, or teen depression, with this easy-to-understand book.
Expert Dr. Norm Wright gives insight on how to reconnect with your child, understand their struggle, and never lose hope.
• Discover 11 practical ways to help grieving teens
• Find out how to help your teen face and overcome fear, guilt, anger and teen depression
• Identify and support the 11 ways your teen creates their own identity
• Learn 4 basic principles on how to interact with your teen and foster positive communication
Perfect for parents (as well as pastors, youth leaders, children's ministry leaders, teachers, concerned friends and family members) who want to help a teen during a difficult time in his/her life.
4 Key Features About Dr. Norm Wright's Book, Helping Your Hurting Teen
• Covers Key Teen Issues Every Parent Needs To Know
Adolescence is a life phase filled with physical, mental, and emotional changes that can leave both you and your teen spinning. Expert Dr. Norm Wright maps out how to help your teen navigate through this confusing time.
A continual bestseller now re-launched with a new look for new readers, this insightful and perceptive book shows readers how to face and move beyond the negative events and feelings of their past. Writing from a compassionate, Christian perspective, H. Norman Wright helps readers understand who they are, who is responsible for their character, and how they can let go of the things of the past in order to live with confidence and enthusiasm.
A favorite toy breaks . . . . A pet dies . . .
It’s Okay to Cry.
Parents divorce and you’re forced to move . . .
It’s Okay to Cry.
A best friend is hurt badly . . . . A grandparent dies . . .
It’s Okay to Cry.
Look through the eyes of a child again. When something unexpected, disappointing, or traumatic occurs, children feel a very real sense of loss. They may respond with fear or with anger. Most likely they are confused. They have questions they want answered. They need help from their parents or others who care to understand and process their grief.
It’s Okay to Cry offers practical help for parents. It explains the symptoms of loss and unresolved grief so that parents can recognize them and walk alongside their children on the path to recovery.
Well-known and respected author H. Norman Wright speaks to parents with sympathy and reassurance. He recognizes that most parents don’t know how to teach their children to process loss, because often they weren’t taught themselves. His sage advice will give you and your child the comfort and hope you seek.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Short offerings, ideal for busy lives, include Scripture and relatable meditations that lead men to seek their identity and security in Christ as they learn to: rely on God's guidance connect with other men of faith model God's love and strength in practical ways trust the Bible as their source of wisdom give their needs, hurts, decisions, and future to God
Like a faithful mentor, Wright walks alongside men through every area of their lives, from relationships and family to vocation and contentment. This relevant devotional will be a gift of ongoing influence and inspiration for men of all stages of their journey.
It feels like the deepest hurt in the world...and you don't know how you can ever move on. People tell you that ""time heals all wounds,"" but that doesn't help with the pain you feel right now. Expert Dr. Norm Wright understands. He has worked with those devastated by heartache for over 4 decades. He knows how to compassionately and practically help you work through the feeling of loss, grief, and rejection—showing you how to resist blaming God, how to make sense of it all, and how to finally move forward.
• Find out the factors that make certain losses more difficult than others.
• Discover how to work through the emotions caused by grief and loss.
• Learn the 5 steps to letting go and the 10 tips on how to move on.
• Recognize whether you are afraid of loving again (and find out how to overcome that fear)
Heartbreak, despair, loneliness, numbness—these are our feelings when we experience a broken relationship. But, these are not feelings we need to carry with us forever. Experience the peace that comes from letting God be the healing balm for your wounded heart.
• Personal use/growth
• To give to someone who is struggling with the loss of love
• Ministry training tool (Church leaders, teachers, prayer team, etc.)
• Christian divorce recovery group
• Christian counseling resource
It often begins with a phone call. It may be from a police officer, teacher, pastor, friend, or even from your son or daughter.
Whoever it is, they are telling you something you never wanted to hear, something that causes you to go weak with shock, disbelief, and dismay:
"I'm moving out, I can't stand you or your religion anymore."
"I'm living with my girlfriend."
"Mom, Dad, I'm gay."
"Your son has been arrested for selling drugs."
Such words shake the very foundations of a home and family. Everything you've worked for, prayed for, and sacrificed for has just crumbled. Where do you go from here?
Loving Your Rebellious Child is not a "how-to" quick fix for parents of prodigals; rather it reads more like a wise companion coming alongside to bear the pain, understand the struggle, and to offer insights gleaned from the kiln of experience.
Who still treasures God’s dream for marriage? The institution of marriage has been assaulted with a vengeance, bringing high divorce rates, widespread cohabitation, and a sharp decline in esteem for traditional marriage; but a ray of hope burns steady and bright. By returning to God’s original intent for marriage, we can overcome all of this world’s attacks against it. One Marriage Under God, by bestselling author and educator Dr. H. Norman Wright, unfolds in a fresh way what God’s dream for our marriages really involves, and how to recover it—for good. Couples find hope, healing, and new joy in their God-ordained union.
What’s It Like Being Married to Me?
Stepping into someone else’s shoes never fails to bring fresh insight. Ever tried on God’s?
Bestselling author and educator H. Norman Wright cuts through the cultural confusion and clarifies the institution of marriage as God originally created it—a beautiful, committed, eternal bond. A bond that leaves only one option for anyone who’s ever said I do: Make it work, no matter what.
Wright considers the temptations and struggles facing today’s couples and offers practical, proven guidance steeped in God’s Word. You and your spouse will discover how to answer the call to be one, meet the challenge to love, and rise to the occasion of sharing your story with others.
One Marriage Under God will help you see things from God’s perspective. It’s the best thing you will ever do for your marriage.
Become a Marriage Keeper
Popular culture attacks it and your own doubts can plague it, but God’s original intent for marriage will forever remain. You can honor Him by choosing to preserve, honor, and nurture your own marriage as well as the marriages around you. God is calling forth Marriage Keepers to make a difference in society today.
One Marriage Under God explores thought-provoking insights:
• Whether you married the “right” or “wrong” person is entirely up to you.
• God has a good plan for every marriage.
• Your marriage needs to be recreated daily.
• Culture’s alternatives to marriage are destructive; God’s plan is flawless.
Your marriage won’t wait. Begin to build up today what God first brought together.
Story Behind the Book
“I have a real connection with this book. I even processed ideas and chapters while I was bass fishing! While that was scary, my hope is that it will disturb readers in a positive way, providing the hope that marriage really can be richly fulfilling. This book is different from the rest because each reader will discover the benefits of marriage done God’s way, be challenged to recreate their marriage according to Scripture, be motivated to apply several marriage change princples, be provided with skills to become a Marriage Keeper, and to take posititve steps to reverse our culture’s trends toward divorce and living together.”
—H. Norman Wright
From the Hardcover edition.
In this easy-to-understand book, expert Dr. Norm Wright gives advice on how to find our identity in Christ (rather than in what others think). His down-to-earth, practical advice backed by over four decades of Christian counseling experience will help you avoid the confusion and pain that comes from a misplaced identity and will help you answer the tough life question: Who am I?
When we know who we are in God's eyes, our confidence won't allow the ups and downs of life to destroy our self–worth. Once we realize that having the right job, the right possessions, or even having the right connections are not who we are, we can establish our identity on the one foundation that is unchangeable—God's love for us. Deepen your understanding of who God is and discover how he sees you with this easy-to-understand book.
Enjoy getting practical advice on—
• Finding our identity in Christ rather than in what others think
• Dealing with negative messages from the past
• 6 practical ways to believe and walk in the truth of who God says that you are
• Dealing with identity and mid-life crisis (for both men and women)
• Six ways to positively change your relationship with others
4 Key Features of Dr. Norm Wright's Discovering Who You Are and How God Sees You
• Expert Advice Explained in an Easy-to-Understand Way
Weaving his experience as a counselor with the Word of God, Dr. Norm Wright uses illustrative examples, simple summaries, and clear explanations as he answers key questions:
• What is identity? How do we form our identity?
• Why do people have mid-life crisis or an identity crisis?
• How can I know if my identity is based too much on others' opinions?
• How can I find my identity in Christ?
My mom died of cancer.
My best friend was in a serious accident.
When a family member, friend, neighbor, or coworker is in pain, he or she needs your support—even if you’re not sure what to do. Trusted Christian counselor Norm Wright offers this easy-to-follow handbook on how to respond to others during and after crises. As part of a national team that provides grief counseling following tragedies—including recent shootings and September 11—Norm knows firsthand what works when giving comfort. Along with discovering how you can respond in difficult situations, this straightforward guide will help you:understand the confusion and emotions the person will experiencedecide what to say and what not to saychoose what you can do immediately and long-termgive encouragement during depression and griefprovide biblical wisdom for helping the person cope and live on
Sensitive, practical, and specific, this handy reference includes information you need to be supportive and point to God as the ultimate healer.
Release your past to God once and for all with the help of respected Christian counselor H. Norman Wright, who has worked with grief-stricken individuals in the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and mass shootings.
Whether you've experienced a major ordeal or a series of disappointments, it's impossible to move forward when painful emotions remain unaddressed and broken relationships stay unresolved. Reclaim hope for the future by...
Leave the past behind, experience fullness of life in the present, and look forward to the future. Healing awaits.
Respected therapist H. Norman Wright, along with Lynn Ellis, a researcher with firsthand experience with fibromyalgia, lupus, and chronic fatigue, shares practical, hopeful answers for those who suffer from what are often called "invisible illnesses."
Readers will benefit from realizing they are not alone even if others don't understand what they are experiencing. They will also find helpful ideas for managing relationships with their doctors and their families insight into God's perspective and caring for those who suffer practical ways to manage the stress, fear, and depression that often comes with chronic illness
Coping with Chronic Illness is the perfect resource for those who struggle as well as for their families and friends, lay counselors, medical professionals, and pastors.
“A Christian marriage is a total commitment of two people to the peon of Jesus Christ and to each other,” says noted Christian author and counselor Norm Wright. Drawing from his many years as a marriage counselor, marriage enrichment seminar speaker, and his own experiences, Wright offers readers an intriguing workbook that explores topics that include—understanding what marriage should beadjusting to personality differencesdealing with finances: credit, priorities, income optionsbuilding healthy in-law relationshipshandling unexpected events in marriage
Whether newly married or married for years, couples will discover how they can improve their relationship through understanding and helping each other. Packed with inspiring quotations, perceptive insights, Scripture references, and thought-provoking questions, After You Say “I Do”takes couples on an exciting and illuminating journey into the heart of their marriage. Perfect for a husband and wife to do together or for a couples study group.
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The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.
For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.
Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.
Praise for Mom & Me & Mom
“Mom & Me & Mom is delivered with Angelou’s trademark good humor and fierce optimism. If any resentments linger between these lines, if lives are partially revealed without all the bitter details exposed, well, that is part of Angelou’s forgiving design. As an account of reconciliation, this little book is just revealing enough, and pretty irresistible.”—The Washington Post
“Moving . . . a remarkable portrait of two courageous souls.”—People
“[The] latest, and most potent, of her serial autobiographies . . . [a] tough-minded, tenderhearted addition to Angelou’s spectacular canon.”—Elle
“Mesmerizing . . . Angelou has a way with words that can still dazzle us, and with her mother as a subject, Angelou has a near-perfect muse and mystery woman.”—Essence
With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it’s no wonder so many parents and teachers are asking questions about how to bring up boys. Why are so many boys in crisis? What qualities should we be trying to instill in young males? Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, an entire generation of boys is growing up without a clear idea of what it means to be a man.
In the runaway bestseller Bringing Up Boys, Dr. Dobson draws from his experience as a child psychologist and family counselor, as well as extensive research, to offer advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.
In this breakthrough book, clinical psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the destructive nature of parents who are emotionally immature or unavailable. You will see how these parents create a sense of neglect, and discover ways to heal from the pain and confusion caused by your childhood. By freeing yourself from your parents’ emotional immaturity, you can recover your true nature, control how you react to them, and avoid disappointment. Finally, you’ll learn how to create positive, new relationships so you can build a better life.
Discover the four types of difficult parents:The emotional parent instills feelings of instability and anxietyThe driven parent stays busy trying to perfect everything and everyoneThe passive parent avoids dealing with anything upsettingThe rejecting parent is withdrawn, dismissive, and derogatory
Through a Praying Wife
Today's challenges can make a fulfilling marriage seem like an impossible dream. Yet God delights in doing the impossible if only we would ask! Stormie Omartian shares how God can strengthen your marriage as you pray for your husband concerning key areas in his life, including...his spiritual walkhis emotionshis role as a leaderhis security in workhis physical protectionhis faith and his future
You will be encouraged by Stormie's own experiences, along with the Bible verses and sample prayers included in each chapter. Join the millions of women who have been blessed by this life-changing look at the power of a wife's prayers.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.
With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers:Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt.Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence.Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.Stop feeling left out and start believing that "set apart" does not mean "set aside."End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.
The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the “I’ll start again Monday” cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn’t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal – and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the "want to" in making healthy lifestyle choices.
Other products in the Made to Crave family include the Made to Crave devotional, video study and participant’s guide, and Made to Crave for Young Women. All available now!
In Kingdom Woman, Tony Evans and his daughter, Chrystal Evans Hurst, remind women of their calling from God to be free, delivered, healed, and hopeful. The authors bring insight that encourages women to correct distorted perceptions and understand who they really are in Christ—never settling for less when connected with the One who gives them hope. All believers are covered by God’s covenant with Abraham. Evans and Hurst want women to know these rights and confidently claim and live by them. The new covenant offers more than a life of mediocrity. A kingdom woman is called and empowered to live a life of victory through Christ!
As the divorce rate soars among the baby-boomer generation, more and more people in their twenties and thirties are being faced with the divorce of their parents, and few resources exist to help them cope with their unique circumstances. Written by an award-winning journalist who has lived through her own parents’ midlife divorce, this practical, comforting guide includes advice on:
• How to help your parents without getting caught in the middle
• How to have tough conversations with your parents about money, property, and inheritance—theirs and yours
• How to understand the complexities of infidelity and stepfamilies
• How to rebuild relationships with each parent after the divorce
From the Trade Paperback edition.
If so, you may be among the fifteen million adults in the United States who were raised with unhealthy parental control. In this groundbreaking bestseller by accomplished family therapist Dan Neuharth, Ph.D., you'll discover whether your parents controlled eating, appearance, speech, decisions, feelings, social life, and other aspects of your childhood—and whether that control may underlie problems you still struggle with in adulthood. Packed with inspiring case studies and dozens of practical suggestions, this book shows you how to leave home emotionally so you can improve assertiveness, boundaries, and confidence, quiet you "inner critics," and bring more balance to your moods and relationships. Offering compassion, not blame, Dr. Neuharth helps you make peace with your past and avoid overcontrolling your children and other loved ones.