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|The Power of a Praying WifeBy Stormie OmartianBestselling author Stormie Omartian inspires women to develop a deeper relationship with their husbands by praying for them. The Power of a Praying Wife—now with a fresh new cover design— is packed with practical advice on praying for specific areas of a husband’s life including his decision-making, fears, spiritual strength, role as father and leader, and his faith and future. Every woman who desires a closer relationship with her husband will appreciate the life illustrations, select Scripture verses, and the assurances of God’s promises and power for their marriage.|
|Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets them FreeBy Nancy Leigh DeMossWe are like Eve. We have all experienced defeats and failures, trouble and turmoil. We have all experienced a selfish heart, a shrewish spirit, anger, envy and bitterness. And we ache to do things over, to have lives of harmony and peace. In Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh DeMoss exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women:
She sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Lies Women Believe offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions—God’s truth.
|Love and Respect for a Lifetime, Gift EditionBy Dr. Emerson EggerichsIn the popular book, Love & Respect, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs showed couples how to have a happier and more fulfilling marriage by learning the different communication styles of men and women. Women absolutely need love and men absolutely need respect. It’s that simple. In this new illustrated gift book edition, husbands and wives will find important excerpts from the book that offer effective keys for talking to, thinking about, and treating each other in a way that God intended. Included are stories sharing how couples who were once without hope now enjoy fulfilling relationships. Makes a perfect gift for couples of all ages. Compiled by Terri Gibbs. Hardcover.|
|Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to JoyBy Nancy Leigh DeMossDevelop an attitude of gratitude and experience the joy of the Lord! Encouraging you to choose to live a life of humble thankfulness, DeMoss shows how embracing intentional gratefulness can free you from bitterness so you can serve Christ and others. Includes a 30-day program of journaling, prayer, and activities. 240 pages, softcover from Moody.|
|One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You AreBy Ann VoskampDiscover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to everyday amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of experiencing the constant presence of God that will bring you deep and lasting joy. There is purity in simplicity and a breathtaking beauty that can be found even in life’s slightest details. Ann Voskamp welcomes you in to explore her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting and writing and encourages you to draw nearer to Him and experience your own life in a deeper way, no matter where you are. Renew your appreciation for the beauty that permeates all creation with the wisdom-soaked pages of this Christian Living treasure.|
|Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk About God’s DeliveranceBy Beth MooreAre you buried in spirit-deadening anger, heartbreaking desperation, or mind-numbing confusion? Moore understands because she’s been there. In this personal book inspired by Psalm 40, she shares the lessons she learned as a former “pit-dweller” and encourages you to lift your eyes, voice, and hands to the only Power who can help! Includes chapter-by-chapter study guide for personal use or small group usage. Paperback.|
|A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself and Find Security in ChristBy Renee SwopeStep out of the shadows of self-doubt to live with a confident heart! Ever feel like you’re not good enough, smart enough, or valuable enough? Renee Swope understands. Even with a great family, a successful career, and a thriving ministry, she still struggled with self-doubt. Sharing her own personal story, Renee shows you how to rely on the power of God’s promises to find the security you need and the confidence you long for! Paperback.|
|Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American DreamBy David PlattTake a transforming journey in authentic discipleship. As the pastor of a large and wealthy congregation, David Platt began to see a discrepancy between the reality of his Church and the way Jesus said His followers lived. In Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Platt examines how American Christianity has manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences and challenges readers to rediscover the path.A 21-Day Guide to Going Radical is available for download exclusively on Christianbook.com. Download the 21-Day Guide Here.|
|Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study GirlBy Lysa TerKeurstIs talking to God just another thing to check off on your to-do list? In Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl, Lysa TerKeurst helps you forge a deeper connection! Drawing from her own remarkable story, she encourages you to enjoy special time with God, discover the life-changing words of Scripture, learn how God uses disappointments for good, and embrace the joy of the Lord. Paperback.|
|What God Really Thinks About WomenBy Sharon JaynesSpend time with Jesus’ mother, the woman at the well, Mary Magdalene, and others as popular author and speaker Sharon Jaynes brings to life their experiences and interactions with God. You’ll discover the Lord’s great dream for you and find hope as he lovingly exchanges your heartache, hopelessness, and shame for the beauty of wholeness! Paperback.|
|Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and BackBy Todd Burpo with Lynn VincentIs there life after death? Just ask 4-year-old Colton, who emerged from life-threatening surgery with astounding details about heaven! Colton’s account includes floating away, looking down on his dad praying in the hospital, seeing God’s throne, and meeting relatives—including his sister who died in a miscarriage (and whom his parents had never mentioned). Riveting! 163 pages, softcover from Nelson.|
|The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate – eBookBy Gary ChapmanMarriages may be made in heaven, but they must be nurtured here on earth. In this new paperback edition of Dr. Gary Chapman’s bestselling book, The Five Love Languages, he explains how people communicate love in different ways, and shares the wonderful things that happen when men and women learn to speak each other’s language. Chapters are categorized by love language and each one ends with simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. Paperback. A Focus on the Family recommendation.|
|Loving God with All Your Mind, Updated and ExpandedBy Elizabeth GeorgeElizabeth George’s Loving God with All Your Mind has been revised and expanded in this 10th Anniversary Edition. George lets women know that loving the Lord involves action! Focusing on six main scripture passages, she shows what it means to truly
Drawing on biblical wisdom as well as personal experience, George helps you handle your emotions and discover inner peace that comes from living out these powerful Bible truths—truths that will help you draw closer to God and know His joy and love.
|NIV Women’s Devotional Bible, Hardcover, Classic Edition 1984If you want to understand what the Scriptures have to say about your needs, your questions, your challenges, and your interests, the Women’s Devotional Bible offers an inspiring alternative to other types of Bibles. A full year’s worth of devotional readings written by Christian women for Christian women help you grow in your spiritual life and encourage you as you live out your faith on a day-by-day basis.
|Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and RedemptionBy Katie Davis with Beth ClarkWhat would cause an eighteen-year-old high school homecoming queen and senior class president to drop everything and move to Uganda to live with some of the poorest people in the world? Only love, and a desire to follow Jesus wherever He leads, could make a young woman choose this path. And Katie Davis did just that, forgoing a college education, disappointing her parents and boyfriend, to teach and care for children half a world away.In Kisses from Katie, Katie Davis shares her journey of radical love that lead her from a short-term missions trip in 2006, to adopting 13 Ugandan girls and starting a ministry that feeds and teaches hundreds of children every day. It hasn’t always been an easy choice for Katie, but the joy of serving the people of Uganda brings a deeper sense of fulfillment. Her remarkable story will inspire you to believe that every life is precious and you can make a difference wherever you are.|
|The Resolution for Women
By Priscilla ShirerWhether you realize it or not, you are already a woman of resolutions. Whenever you decide to treat people a certain way or participate in particular activities, you are resolving to live life in a way that will impact your future. Since you are already making resolutions, why not be intentional about the ones you make? Written in partnership with the film, COURAGEOUS, The Resolution for Women focuses on joyfully honoring God as a wife, mother, and family member while resolving to live with the grace that leaves a godly legacy.