Learn to let go of your guilt, fear, and regret by turning to God in this book by the bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible. The forgiven life. The grace-filled life. It begins with an embrace. Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, treasures you. He is waiting for you to embrace him in return. To accept the gift he's offering you. To listen for the whispered words you've longed a lifetime to hear: You are loved. All is forgiven. From the Hardcover edition.
Many Christians wake up in the morning with a sense that something just isn't quite right - a feeling that they haven't quite done enough, prayed enough, orconfessed enough to make themselves worthy of God's love. In this biblically rich, but highly accessible new book from Daniel Brown, believers will be given the tools to overcome their "low grade guilt" and rediscover - or discover for the first time - the liberating, all-in grace that Christ promised us through His death and resurrection. Brown provides a clear overview of Law and Grace, and how God has provided both - not to point out what we are doing wrong, but to help us more fully live in the love He has given to us. Through Embracing Grace, guilt-weary readers will be able to: clearly understand the relationship between Grace and the Law; equip themselves with the tools to overcome the lies of the adversary; and appropriate their position in Christ on a daily basis. Easy-to-read, short chapters break down the often confusing subjects of Grace, Law, Old Covenant, New Covenant, and more.
This fascinating book explains that the gospel is about the restoration of "cracked Eikons" (fallen humans) so that humans can be in union with God and in communion with the saints. In the candid and lucid style that has made McKnight's The Jesus Creed so appealing to thousands of pastors, lay leaders, and everyday people who are searching for a more authentic faith, he encourages all Christians to recognize the simple, yet potentially transforming truth of the gospel message: God seeks to restore us to wholeness not only to make us better individuals, but to form a community of Jesus, a society in which humans strive to be in union with God and in communion with others.
As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn't do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She realized that she had been holding herself to a standard of perfection, when what God was really calling her to do was step into his grace. In this four-session video-based study (DVD/digital video sold separately), Emily describes the journey that led to her pursuing a simpler life—one that allowed her to breathe, laugh, and grow—and provides ways for others to simplify their lives. She reminds each of us that God abundantly pours out grace on us, and because of this, we can surely extend grace to ourselves. This message is for everyone who has been trying to do it all... only to burn out. As Emily writes, "You don't have to be perfect to embrace grace. Grace is free—for imperfect and unworthy people like you and me. God wants us to love big and feel deeply alive, free from the traps of perfection and comparison. The truth is, if we take care of ourselves like we're nurturing everyone else, shower love on our people, and pursue the things that make us feel deeply alive, perfection won’t sound so necessary, and real-life joy will find us in the beautiful mess of it all." Sessions include: Let Go of the “Perfect Life” Surrender Control Build True Community Live in God’s Grace Designed for use with Grace, Not Perfection Video Study (sold separately).
How to Put Your Regrets behind You, Embrace Grace, and Move toward a Better Future
Author: Erwin W. Lutzer
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Maybe you worry you’ve married the wrong person. Maybe you’re carrying the burden of a secret or have gone down a dangerous road. Maybe you’ve made a life choice that’s hurt someone else so badly you feel the relationship can never be restored. But there’s good news: you have the opportunity to clear your conscience, make things right with God and others, and get to a place of grace and new beginnings. Join pastor and bestselling author Erwin Lutzer as he shows you how to make the best of even your worst decisions and move forward into a better future.
This is the story of one woman’s journey through life. This is my story. You are invited to travel this road with me as I relive hardship as well as all the joys life has to offer. This is an inspirational story. The intention of this book is to show you that, even in adversity, if you set your vision high enough you can overcome anything. “With God all things are possible.” As you read, you will see how I turned my misfortune into victory through relentless faith. This book was written to motivate and encourage. I sometimes find myself at the top of the mountain filled with joy and then in the depths of the valley filled with despair. The one constant is that God is on that mountain rejoicing with me and is also in the valley healing my wounds. When you start reading this book, you will see me as the author, but by the time you are finished you may see me as your friend. “No one has ever seen God, but if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is truly in our hearts” (1 John: 4–12).
Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
Author: Bob Goff,Donald Miller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
Recounts lessons the author learned through taking on challenging and unique opportunities, offering commentary on the inherent compatibility of adventure and the Christian life as well as love's ability to encourage and inspire action.
A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation
Author: Miroslav Volf
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Life at the end of the twentieth century presents us with a disturbing reality. Otherness, the simple fact of being different in some way, has come to be defined as in and of itself evil. Miroslav Volf contends that if the healing word of the gospel is to be heard today, Christian theology must find ways of speaking that address the hatred of the other. Reaching back to the New Testament metaphor of salvation as reconciliation, Volf proposes the idea of embrace as a theological response to the problem of exclusion. Increasingly we see that exclusion has become the primary sin, skewing our perceptions of reality and causing us to react out of fear and anger to all those who are not within our (ever-narrowing) circle. In light of this, Christians must learn that salvation comes, not only as we are reconciled to God, and not only as we "learn to live with one another", but as we take the dangerous and costly step of opening ourselves to the other, of enfolding him or her in the same embrace with which we have been enfolded by God.
“Popular storyteller Higgs takes a look at the vamps and tramps of the Bible, searching for the lessons these wicked women have to teach. Higgs retells these biblical stories with rollicking humor and deep insight as she teaches about the nature of sin and goodness.” —Publishers Weekly Ten of the Bible’s best-known femmes fatales parade across the pages of Bad Girls of the Bible with situations that sound oh-so-familiar. Eve had food issues. Potiphar’s Wife and Delilah had man trouble. Lot’s Wife and Michal couldn’t let go of the past, Sapphira couldn’t let go of money, and Jezebel couldn’t let go of anything. Yet the Woman at the Well had her thirst quenched at last, while Rahab and the Sinful Woman left their sordid histories behind. Let these Bad Girls show you why studying the Bible has never been more fun! “When she was perfect, beautiful, and innocent, I found no toehold where I could connect with Eve. When she was tempted by her flesh, humbled by her sin, and redeemed by her God, I could sing out, ‘Oh, sister Eve! Can we talk?’” —from Bad Girls of the Bible Includes Discussion Questions and Study Guide A Novel Approach to Bible Study More than one million readers have already taken a walk on the wild side with Former Bad Girl Liz Curtis Higgs and her eye-opening blend of contemporary fiction and biblical commentary. Laced with humor, solid research, and heartfelt self-disclosure, Liz’s unique brand of girlfriend theology has helped women of all ages experience God’s grace anew.
Take a Walk With Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
A novel approach to Bible study invites readers to step through the portal of time and experience the day-to-day lives of Ruth and Naomi, gleaning from their rags-to-riches story the assurance that God is at work to redeem each loss and disappointment. Original.
We are at our human best when we give and forgive.But we live in a world in which it makes little sense to do either one. In our increasingly graceless culture, where can we find the motivation to give? And how do we learn to forgive when forgiving seems counterintuitive or even futile? A deeply personal yet profoundly thoughtful book, Free of Charge explores these questions¬ – and the further questions to which they give rise – in light of God’s generosity and Christ’s sacrifice for us. Miroslav Volf draws from popular culture as well as from a wealth of literary and theological sources, weaving his rich reflections around the sturdy frame of Paul’s vision of God’s grace and Martin Luther’s interpretation of that vision. Blending the best of theology and spirituality, he encourages us to echo in our own lives God’s generous giving and forgiving. A fresh examination of two practices at the heart of the Christian faith¬ – giving and forgiving¬ – the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lenten study book for 2006 is at the same time an introduction to Christianity. Even more, it is a compelling invitation to Christian faith as a way of life.“Miroslav Volf, one of the most celebrated theologians of our day, offers us a unique interweaving of intense reflection, vivid and painfully personal stories and sheer celebration of the giving God ... I cannot remember having read a better account of what it means to say that Jesus suffered for us in our place.”– Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
The story of grace did not begin with the New Covenant. It started with God’s first revelation of himself. Grace and mercy are—and have always been—part of God’s character. Mankind has not always enjoyed the fuller revelation of grace as given to this generation. Author L. D. Clark’s Embracing Grace: Where the Law Ends, Grace Begins explains the evolution of grace. It is revealed in Genesis, but generations who lived before Christ could not enjoy its fullness because wrath was upon every soul that sinned. While the law of Moses temporarily stayed the execution of justice, it did not offer soul salvation. After Jesus bore God’s wrath for us all, greater grace became God’s gift to us all. It behooves us to know, understand, and avail ourselves to this new relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. Grace is part of the Father’s legacy to this generation. Embracing Grace: Where the Law Ends, Grace Begins shows you how to revel in God’s grace and deepen your faith.
Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Sheba Journeyed Across the Desert with a Caravan of Riches, Only to Find the Greatest Treasure of Them All. So Can You. When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king. Her quest for wisdom will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all. Shedding new light on this ancient biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the king of Kings. From the Trade Paperback edition.
You've Read the Gospel Stories about Jesus. You've heard plenty of sermons about His life, His death, and His resurrection. And you're sure you know the story inside and out. But you've never heard it like this! In a dozen riveting vignettes, Richard Exley sketches a revealing and intimate portrait of Jesus as he was seen through the eyes of the people he touched during his final days. Drawing from the canvases of Scripture, history, and tradition, Exley carefully paints these real-life eyewitness accounts in colors so vivid you'll feel you're right there with them. You'll see Jesus changing the lives of ordinary people. More importantly, you'll see how He can change you. Book jacket.
We were not destined to live the mundane, dry, "rat-in-the-cage-on-the-spinning-wheel" life. Adventure is such a core essential need to human beings. If there is no adventure, then we just sit in stagnant waters. The only place you will find the living, rushing, mighty waterfall is in the adventure of being consumed with Grace, the central core element to everyone's life. The key is to tap into it and allow it to make your life epic and worthwhile.
Whether readers have already enjoyed Unveiling Mary Magdalene or are about to dive in for the first time–individually or in a group setting–this 6-week companion workbook provides a practical, meaningful resource for spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of God’s Word. The questions at the end of each chapter of Unveiling Mary Magdalene are included–and expanded–in the Unveiling Mary Magdalene Workbook, with more in-depth biblical material and plenty of space for jotting down individual answers and observations. Sized to match the original book, the Unveiling Mary Magdalene Workbook enhances the message of Liz Curtis Higgs’s third book in the Bad Girls series, a best-selling combination of solid Bible teaching and Liz’s unique style of “girlfriend theology.”
What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters
Author: Anne Kreamer
Publisher: Little, Brown
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Anne Kreamer considered herself a youthful 49 until a photo of herself with her teenage daughter stopped her in her tracks. In one unguarded moment she saw herself for what she really was -- a middle-aged woman with her hair dyed much too harshly. In that one moment Kreamer realized that she wasn't fooling anyone about her age and decided it was time to get real and embrace a more authentic life. She set out for herself a program to let her hair become its true color, and along the way discovered her true self. Going Gray is Kreamer's exploration of that experience, and a frank, warm and funny investigation of aging as a female obsession. Through interviews, field experiments, and her own everywoman's chronicle, Kreamer probes the issues behind two of the biggest fears aging women face: Can I be sexually attractive as a gray-haired, middle-aged woman? and Will I be discriminated against in the work world? Her answers will surprise you. In searching for the balance between attractiveness and authenticity, Kreamer's journey of middle-aging illiminates in a friendly, useful, and entertaining way the politics and personal costs of this generation's definition of "aging gracefully.