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Appealing to anyone seeking a deeper and richer walk with God A non-denominational message of hope, opportunity, and a strategy for spiritual enrichment A compelling exploration of the popular question: Why does God bestow favor on some? Defines blessing and the mysterious call of God on one's life Ronnie Floyd came from humble beginnings, as they say. A tough country kid from Texas, he purposed early on to follow the Lord wherever He pointed. Today, as senior pastor of one of the fastest-growing churches in one of the fastest-growing locations in America, Floyd is fascinated with the reasons God bestows blessing on people. Thoroughly biblical, Finding the Favor of God is filled with biblical and modern illustrations of people who were blessed for certain tasks. With insights gleaned from two decades as a pastor, and a daily, rigorous time with God, Floyd delves into various stations of life, from blue collar workers to white collar careers. Convinced that God is intensely interested in working His plan for the ages through mere humans, Floyd offers an inspiring read that will fire up millions to live out the will of God in their lives.
A compelling, dramatic narrative of how an American housewife discovered that the Guatemalan child she was about to adopt had been stolen from her birth mother, shedding light on the alarming and growing problem of international adoption fraud.Over the past five years, over 100,000 children were adopted into the United States, 20,000 of whom came from Guatemala. Finding Fernanda, a dramatic true story paired with investigative reporting, tells the side-by-side tales of an American housewife who adopts a two-year-old girl from Guatemala and the birth mother whose two children were stolen from her. Each woman gradually comes to realize her role in what was one of Guatemala's most profitable black-market industries: the buying and selling of children for international adoption. Finding Fernanda is an overdue, unprecedented look at adoption corruption--and a poignant, riveting human story about the power of hope, faith, and determination. From the Hardcover edition.
From the author of "Flow" comes an illuminating guide to improving the quality of our lives through stimulating challenges. Though they appear simple on the surface, the lessons in "Finding Flow" are life-altering.
In this YA series, Brooklyn Brant is a celebrity news blogger dying to have her big break. Her blog, Deadline Diaries, features the clickbait hook-ups, break-ups, and screw-ups of the Hollywood glitterati, but she has yet to nab the one juicy scoop that will establish her as the ultimate insider. Actress Taylor Prince is America's sweetheart--beautiful, talented, successful, and sober. With a Golden Globe win, Oscar nom, clothing and fragrance line, and too many magazine covers to count, Taylor is ready to celebrate her sixteenth birthday with a big poolside bash. However, she is not prepared for a police raid and blacking out in the arms of a dangerously handsome stranger. Brooklyn is called by Taylor's assistant to locate the missing starlet under the radar and on a very tight deadline. And she will need both her sleuthing and journalistic skills to solve the mystery and get the story of a lifetime. In this suspenseful, dual narrative thriller alternating between the perspectives of Brooklyn and Taylor, author Ken Baker uses his in-depth experience with celebrity journalism and behind-the-scenes truths to explore the ugly underbelly of Hollywood's obsession with finding the ever elusive fountain of youth. [Excerpt:] "Sources are to a news-breaking blogger what water is to a plant: Everything but the sun. "
This book addresses several stories from the Bible that describe certain individuals who found freedom at the feet of Jesus. The Holy Spirit used their lives to illustrate faith, hope and love, and the humility that gained true freedom. Each story displays those who gained freedom while another party looked on with an element of disdain or indifference. As you read each one, place yourself in the scenario thinking on your own life experiences and the future God has for you in Christ. May the Lord bless you greatly as you endeavor to know Him and make Him known!
Finding God for grades 1-8, serves your whole parish by offering innovative, imaginative, and practical approaches to lifelong faith formation. Something Different Young people in junior high-grades seven and eight-are beginning to sense that they are different. They no longer want to be treated like children. They want to take on more ownership in the process of learning. This also holds true for their faith formation. Finding God for junior high fulfills this need. Magazine Format The Finding God books are designed to capture the imagination of adolescents who are tired of ordinary textbooks. The full content of the Catholic faith is presented in an engaging format that carries the appeal of a popular magazine. The Catechist Guide provides parish and Catholic School catechists with directions for bringing this content to life in ways that are creative, imaginative, and effective. Working with Adolescents Young people desire to know God in a personal way in order to find meaning in their lives. The desire to share the faith is written in the heart of the catechist. The aim of catechesis as expressed in the General Directory for Catechesis is "to put people, not only in touch, but also in communion with Jesus Christ" (GDC 80). Loyola Press carefully crafted Finding God for junior high to help catechists as they invite young people and the significant adults in their lives into a deeper relationship with God and the Catholic Church in service to the world. The National Directory for Catechesis reminds us that "since adolescence is the age of hero worship, it is helpful to present the words and example of Jesus as well as the lives and deeds of the saints in ways that appeal to young people" (NDC 48D). Finding God for junior high appeals to young people by creating opportunities for them to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Maximum Flexibility Catechists have repeatedly stated the need for flexibility when it comes to faith formation in junior high. The two Finding God books, each with five units, can be used in any sequence-as complete books or as modules. You can use one text to teach both seventh and eighth graders. Or, each unit can function separately for a modular structure. For more suggestions on various ways of using Finding God for junior high, see the Director Guide.
God Is Real, and He loves you,... Finding God Following Jesus Grade 7 is an answer to the important questions of faith in your life, it presents the life of Jesus and the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church.
Nothing in Your Life Is Ordinary Your present world isn't supposed to be this small. You were made for something much bigger. And no, you don't have to be an astronaut, or even aStar Warsfan, to live it. Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Awayis not about space travel, or even a movie. It's about rediscovering your sense of wonder-something we adults have successfully squelched from our everyday lives. But God never meant it to be that way. Timothy Jones, by way of an astounding, eye-opening study of the spiritual parallels found in the Star Wars saga, will make you a kid again. You'll be marveling at the mysterious, laughing anew at life's "coincidences," and remembering above all the Creator for which you were made. May the True Force Be with You Remember whenStar Warsfirst captured your imagination? How your longing for adventure propelled you to distant worlds and transformed you into a Jedi knight faster than you could say, "Luke, I am your father"? This same longing, once sparked by John Williams's triumphant score and fanned by Darth Vader's sweeping black cape, is your ticket to life's greatest adventure. Join Timothy Paul Jones on an astounding, eye-opening exploration of the spiritual themes in theStar Warssaga and the truth will become clear: Like young Luke Skywalker, you were also made for more-muchmore. Rediscoverawe. Revel in the wonder of every moment. And pursue all you were meant to be. It is your destiny. "The Force is strong with this one. I could not recommend it more. " Joshua Griffin, Editor/Owner, TheForce. Net Manager, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry "If you own a lightsaber-or a Bible-you're sure to benefit from reading his book. " Kevin Miller, author and reviewer HollywoodJesus. com "'Awe-some' reading that both delights and challenges us. A fun and thoughtful book for Christians who consider and enjoy popular culture and media. " Robert W. Pazmino Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education, Andover Newton Theological School Story Behind the Book "The night I first sawStar Warsfrom the backseat of my parents' Ford Pinto was the first night I experiencedawe. It sent me on a quest that continues today. There is, in every one of us, a longing to touch 'the forever,' to sense the magnitude of the vastness in which we live. This universal longing explains why we ride roller coasters and tell scary stories. This universal longing for awe also explains why, after nearly thirty years, the popularity of the Star Wars saga shows no sign of subsiding. I wrote this book to inspire readers to relish awe and wonder because God did not only create us tolong forawe, but also tolivein it!" -Timothy Jones
An Atlanta slum. A pod of whales off the coast of Alaska. The prisons of Peru and Chile. The plays of Shakespeare. A health club in Chicago. For those with eyes to see, traces of God can be found in the most unexpected places. Yet many Christians have not only missed seeing God, they've overlooked opportunities to make him visible to those most in need of hope. In this enlightening book, author Philip Yancey serves as an insightful tour guide for those willing to look beyond the obvious, pointing out glimpses of the eternal where few might think to look. Whether finding God among the newspaper headlines, within the church, or on the job, Yancey delves deeply into the commonplace and surfaces with rich spiritual insight. Finding God in Unexpected Places takes listeners from Ground Zero to the Horn of Africa, and each stop along the way reveals footprints of God, touches of his truth, and grace that prompt listeners to search deeper within their own lives for glimpses of transcendence.
Rachel has just graduated from high school and thinks she knows everything. Well, maybe not quite everything. Then she meets the mysterious Mr. Preston, who offers her a live-in job looking after Grace--a brain injured woman with a lovely house, grasping sisters, feral neighbors, and a box full of unfinished business. As Rachel tries to cope with the demands of her employment and the start of college, she's also determined to fit together the pieces that were Grace's former life. The more she finds out about the woman in her care, the more Rachel finds herself. "Children's Book Council of Australia Awards' Shortlist for YA"
Private investigator Jewel Parnell doesn't believe in fairy-tale romance. What she does believe in are low-risk, short-term flings and ignoring her mother's constant matchmaking attempts. But her newest clients--a solemn, sexy professor and his grieving little nephew--might just give Jewel the lesson in love she so badly needs!Christopher Culhane hires Jewel to locate his deadbeat ex-brother-in-law, never intending to fall for her or build a family of his own. Yet drawn by her beauty, Christopher is soon determined to prove to Jewel that she can find happily ever after...with him. Even if he has to do it one kiss at a time...
High school principal Tori Sandoval and civil engineer Steve Remington clash from their first meeting--but nevertheless find their feelings growing into something beyond professional. Original.
Investigating a cold case is SWAT cop Mitch Bradford's worst nightmare-especially when it involves a kidnapped infant. But thanks to an injury, he'll have to settle for following Emily Wentworth instead of breaking down doors and cuffing criminals. The prime suspect in a mysterious disappearance, Emily has always claimed she was framed. And as he earns the trust of the incredibly desperate-and unbelievably beautiful-mother, every instinct tells Mitch to believe her. Then new evidence unfolds, revealing an elaborate conspiracy and forcing Emily into a deadly spotlight. Now, torn between loyalty to the badge and his promises to Emily, Mitch may have to make the ultimate sacrifice if he's to bring her little boy home.
Cheyenne Rhodes has come to Redemption, Oklahoma to start a new life -- and not particularly to make new friends. But single dad Trace Bowman isn't about to let her hide. He just has to convince Cheyenne that Redemption is more than a hiding place -- it's also a place where one can be found.
It had been six long months since his beautiful daughter had disappeared. When another girl was kidnapped in the Washington State woods, Detective Aaron Donovan was convinced the two crimes were related. After joining the search-and-rescue team, Aaron was forced to work with top-notch tracker Sabrina Adelante. . . and try to ignore the attraction they'd shared before his world had been shattered. Offering up his military sniper skills, the group soon uncovered some helpful clues. But then Sabrina nearly became a madman's next victim, and Aaron wondered how he could possibly get close to another woman he cared about when he might just lose her. Then again, how could he afford not to?
You have a daughter... Those words from a long-ago fling changed restaurateur Sam Haynes's life forever. But when he finds his child in Peach Leaf, Texas, Sam gets more than he bargained for. Headstrong Shiloh and her beautiful aunt, Lucy Monroe, are a package deal-one that Sam is more than happy to accept. Observatory manager Lucy doesn't believe in out-of-this-world romances. The only star in her life is her handicapped niece, Shiloh. So, when mysterious Sam shows up in Peach Leaf, Texas, Lucy is on guard. The last thing she needs is a man in her life. But her heart melts as Sam bonds with Shiloh, making her wonder if the stars might align for her very own happily-ever-after...
Repairing His Heart Prodigal son Scott Barrett is back home in Barrett's Mill-with plans to atone for his past mistakes and restore his future. But the quiet Virginia village feels like a different place since his return. The old cottage and chapel are crying out for repair-much like Scott himself. Luckily, sensitive artist Jenna Reed offers to help. Jenna sees Scott without judgment-though she reveals little about her own troubled past. As they work together to renovate the chapel, Scott begins to earn her trust, and soon he's envisioning life with the beautiful Jenna. Can the love of a good woman finally make him whole? Barrett's Mill: In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a family legacy leads to love ist Jenna Reed offers to help. Jenna sees Scott without judgment-though she reveals little about her own troubled past. As they work together to renovate the chapel, Scott begins to earn her trust, and soon he's envisioning life with the beautiful Jenna. Can the love of a good woman finally make him whole? Barrett's Mill: In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a family legacy leads to love
Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, managed to rise above his harrowing childhood, which included living in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles. In this deeply personal memoir, he relives horrors no child should endure. A bloodcurdling neighborhood murder merely serves as the backdrop to the abuse and alcoholism within the four walls of his own home, a cycle broken only by the cancer that left him motherless. Orphaned at an early age, Jim saw firsthand the worst this world had to offer. He somehow managed to catch enough glimpses of grace that he knew he wanted more, both from himself and from a God he had to believe existed. And from that small spark of grace, a great man emerged.
Bold, retiring, serious, sparkling, quirky, or lovable--the dogs in Traer Scott's remarkable photographs regard us with humor, dignity, and an abundance of feeling. Scott began photographing these dogs in 2005 as a volunteer at animal shelters. Her first book, Shelter Dogs, was a runaway success, and in this follow-up, Scott introduces a new collection of canine subjects, each with indomitable character and spirit: Morrissey, a pit bull, who suffered from anxietyrelated behaviors brought on by shelter life until adopted by a family with four children; Chloe, a young chocolate Lab mix, surrendered to a shelter by a family with allergies; Gabriel and Cody, retired racing greyhounds; and Bingley, a dog who lost his hearing during a drug bust but was brought home by a loving family that has risen to the challenge of living with a deaf dog. Through extended features we become better acquainted with the personalities and life stories of selected dogs and watch as they experience the sometimes rocky and always emotional transition to new homes. The portraits in Finding Home form an eloquent plea for the urgent need for more adoptive families, as well as a tribute to dogs everywhere.
Five years ago, as an unwed, pregnant college student, Sadie placed her baby girl with adoptive parents. Since that heart-wrenching decision, not a day has passed that Sadie doesn't think of her daughter. Yet, she knows the Lord orchestrated Ellie's adoption into a loving Christian home. But a letter written by Ellie's adoptive father, Cam, delivers sad news that Ellie's adoptive mother has died. Is Cam's invitation to visit Ellie an answer to Sadie's prayer? Will Sadie's empty arms finally be filled by her longed-for child? Or will she find another kind of love altogether?
1 broken down mare2 baby lambs3 lost teensAnd a busted up bronc rider with more balls than brains. . . They all add up to trouble in Casie Carmichael's book. She's come back to Hope Springs, South Dakota, with only one thing in mind--selling the family's tumble-down ranch and returning to Sioux Falls and her very practical fiancé. But leaving isn't as easy as she imagined, not when every bedraggled stray in the territory has a homing beam straight to her barn. Suddenly, angry parents, hairless goats and a former flame's new heat aren't Casie's most pressing problems. Her own mixed-up heart is at the top of the list, and as she throws herself into making a safe haven for her motley crew, she realizes home is a lot closer than she thought. "Lois Greiman delivers." -Christina DoddPraise for Lois Greiman "Greiman's writing is warm, witty and gently wise." --Betina Krahn, New York Times bestselling author"Lois Greiman is a natural storyteller." -Victoria AlexanderLois Greiman was born on a cattle ranch in central North Dakota where she learned to ride with the best of them. After graduating from high school, she moved to Minnesota to train and show Arabian horses. She sold her first novel in 1992 and has published more than thirty titles since then. A two-time Rita finalist, she has won such prestigious honors as Romantic Times Storyteller Of The Year, MFW's Rising Star, and RT's Love and Laughter.With more than two million books printed worldwide, Ms. Greiman currently lives in Minnesota, where she is actively involved in horse training and animal rescue.
What if a secret in your past is the key to healing a broken family's heart? When a car crash during a blizzard leaves a woman stranded in the New England countryside with no memory, she's taken in by Vincent, a banker whose adorable six-year-old daughter, Jadie, has cystic fibrosis and hasn't spoken since her sister died and her mother disappeared two years ago. But when this stranger arrives, calling herself Kate, Jadie suddenly begins speaking again-claiming that she can talk to her sister's ghost and that Kate is an angel sent to help them. As Kate struggles with startling flashbacks to a past life that doesn't seem to be her own, powerful questions arise: What happened to Jadier's mother? What secrets is Vincent hiding? Why has Jadie been silent for so long? Finding Homeis an involving and heartfelt drama about a stranger helping a complicated family to heal-and how the most unexpected moments in life are the ones that lead us home.
The small mountain town of Nugget, California, is way off the beaten path. But somehow it helps the lost and lonely find a new beginning in life--and in love. . . One solitary day at a time is the only way cookbook writer Emily Mathews can restart her life--and cope with consuming loss. Still, the former city girl is finding all kinds of odd inspiration and advice from Nugget's proudly eccentric residents on everything from new recipes to opening her heart again. Especially when it comes to her rugged rancher landlord . . . His no-drama new tenant is the first break Clay McCreedy has had in a long time. He's got his hands full enough dealing with his wife's scandalous death and his sons' unresolved grief. Clay can't help but be drawn to Emily's quiet understanding and strength. When their fragile trust turns into passionate healing, he longs for much more. And when both their pasts come calling, he's determined not to walk away. . . 101,000 Words
Divorce is painful. Take comfort in God as healer and counselor. With divorce comes many questions, pain, and frustration. What am I going to do? How will I survive? What about the children? What will people think of me? What does God think of me? So how can you get through this? Live with it? Through this six-week study you'll discover solid, biblical insights to help you or a loved one recover from the grief over the end of a marriage. Find practical advice and encouragement, as well as reassurance of God's love and redemptive power at work in even the most difficult situations as you move forward with a godly perspective on your new reality. 40 minutes a week could change your life! The 40-Minute Bible Studies series from the teaching team at Precepts Ministries International tackles the topics that matter to you. These inductive study guides, designed to be completed in just six 40-minutes lessons with no homework required, help you discover for yourself what God says and how it applies to your life today. With the leader's note and Bible passages included right in the book, each self-contained study is a powerful resource for personal growth and small-group discussion.
Iris Chang's mysterious suicide in 2004, at age thirty-six, didn't seem to make any sense. She had more to live for than anyone, including fame, fortune, beauty, a husband, and child. Some even wondered if the controversial author of the Rape of Nanking had been murdered. Long-time friend Paula Kamen was among those left wondering what had gone so wrong. Seeking to reconcile the suicide with the image of Chang's "perfect" life, Kamen searched her own memory and scoured Chang's letters, diaries, and archival material to fill in the gaps of Chang's personal transformation-from awkward teen to homecoming princess in college, from "ex-shy person" to world-class speaker and international human rights pioneer-and later decline into mental illness and paranoia. A literary investigation of an important writer's journey, Finding Iris is a tribute to a lost heroine, a portrait of the real and vulnerable woman who inspired so many around the world.
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