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New Books for 2018

New Books for 2018

A new year means new books! We’re rounding up some of the most anticipated books of the new year. Now is the time to create your reading list for 2018. You’ll want to curl up every day with these books that offer inspiration, comfort, spiritual guidance, and motivation. 3…2…1…let’s get reading! 1. The Case For

Family Pain: The One Who Died on the Cross Understands

Lord, You are the God of infinite strength and knowledge, mercy and love! Pileups happen. Especially in families. That’s what happened to mine. That’s what happened to Keith’s. That’s the nature of family. The ties are so close that the same cord that hangs one, tangles all. They say alcoholism is a family disease, but

When Relationships Break

Forgiveness Brings Hope If you hold anything against anyone, forgive them. — Mark 11:25 Rocks piled into long, low walls dot a countryside. They keep cows from crossing but are not high or strong enough for much else. Each spring neighbors mend the walls that storms have toppled. The walls enhance the beauty of the

Encouragement: You’re Prime!

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 In the classic 1904 novel Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter, a kindly couple gives a young man who is “intensely eager to belong somewhere” a new chance in life by offering him employment.1 The boss’s wife treats Freckles like a son, becoming the

Rock Gardening: The Impossible Person

Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. — 1 Corinthians 3:7 Who is the seemingly impossible person in your life whom you must interact with on a regular basis? There’s someone like that in everyone’s life. Perhaps we work with them, serve with

Letting Go: Love Has Teeth

If you live with a prodigal, you know what it means to love someone. Love is a means of survival. Love is what gets you up each morning and inspires you to serve someone who acts like they hate you. Loving this way means duty, sacrifice, responsibility, and resilience. Many years back, an R&B icon

How to Let the Offense Go and Talk Yourself Happy

Recently, I was in a situation in which someone I trusted betrayed me. At a point in my life when I needed help the most and longed to surround myself with safe people, this person not only lied to my face but also took something from me that wasn’t theirs to take. I was so

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