How to Be a Christian in the World Today
Author: Jim Cymbala
The Church today is in the middle of a powerful storm, the intensity of which is likely to increase in the future. Many Christians are bewildered and concerned by what they see—a culture that’s become increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity and a church whose vital signs are quickly waning. In Strong through the Storm, pastor and bestselling author Jim Cymbala speaks to every Christian who is concerned about the challenges the church is facing in America today. Using powerful stories of people who have been transformed by Christ, Cymbala offers hope, helping Christians to understand that a life surrendered to Christ will not be easily defeated, even in the midst of growing hostility toward Christians. No matter how much spiritual darkness encompasses the world, the light of the gospel cannot be suppressed. Some churches are coming at the storm with harsh legalism, but Cymbala explains that the message needs to be grace. We need to understand the spiritual battle we are in and use the right weapons against it, says Cymbala. We are not struggling against the leaders of this world or the people in the battle, we are struggling against our spiritual enemy, and we need to fight with the Word of God, prayer, and the Holy Spirit. We don’t need more church growth programs to turn the church around. What’s needed is a transformation so that the gospel is preached, the Holy Spirit is allowed to lead, and lives are changed.
Testing Faith and Finding Peace
Author: Theresa A. Salazar
Publisher: WestBow Press
The storms of life come in many shapes and sizes, and navigating these storms with grace and peace can prove difficult without the right preparation and tools. Finding the life-saving tools can be challenging if a person doesnt know where to look. Growing Strong in the Storm is the story of one woman and her familys journey through a year of storms and the peace she found in God. Her faith and commitment to follow Gods leading brought her safely through the challenges of those storms. The journey was long and painful, but Gods glory and love shone through all of the struggles. Her story will inspire you to grow your faith and rededicate your life to knowing the one true source of shelter in all of lifes storms. Learning to keep your eyes on God and serve others will help you find protection and peace from the storms that will come your way. God showers His blessings on all who are willing to follow where He leads.
Author: Matt Phelan
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Facing his share of ordinary challenges, from local bullies to his father's failed expectations, eleven-year-old Jack Clark must also deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl in 1937 Kansas, including the rising tensions in his small town and the spread ofa shadowy illness.
The Aftermath of Slavery
Author: Leon F. Litwack
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this "rich and admirably written book" (Eugene Genovese, The New York Times Book Review) aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites interacted in ways that dramatized not only their mutual dependency, but the ambiguities and tensions that had always been latent in "the peculiar institution." Contents 1. "The Faithful Slave" 2. Black Liberators 3. Kingdom Comin' 4. Slaves No More 5. How Free is Free? 6. The Feel of Freedom: Moving About 7. Back to Work: The Old Compulsions 8. Back to Work: The New Dependency 9. The Gospel and the Primer 10. Becoming a People
A True Story of Love and Resilience in the Worst Superstorm in History
Author: Kim Cross
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Enter the eye of the storm in this gripping real-life thriller—A Perfect Storm on land—that chronicles America’s biggest tornado outbreak since the beginning of recorded weather: a horrific three-day superstorm with 358 separate tornadoes touching down in twenty-one states and destroying entire towns. April 27, 2011 was the climax of a three-day superstorm that unleashed terror from Arkansas to New York. Entire communities were flattened, whole neighborhoods erased. Tornadoes left scars across the land so wide they could be seen from space. But from terrible destruction emerged everyday heroes—neighbors and strangers who rescued each other from hell on earth. “Armchair storm chasers will find much to savor in this grippingly detailed, real-time chronicle of nature gone awry” (Kirkus Reviews) set in Alabama, the heart of Dixie Alley where there are more tornado fatalities than anywhere else in the US. With powerful emotion and captivating detail, journalist Kim Cross expertly weaves together science and heartrending human stories. For some, it’s a story of survival; for others it’s the story of their last hours. Cross’s immersive reporting and dramatic storytelling catapult you to the center of the very worst hit areas, where thousands of ordinary people witnessed the sky falling around them. Yet from the disaster rises a redemptive message that’s just as real: in times of trouble, the things that tear our world apart reveal what holds us together.
Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas
Author: Leslie Leyland Fields
Get ready for the wettest, stormiest, wildest trip through the Gospel you’ve ever taken! The gospels are dramatic, wild, and wet—set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus’ first disciples were ragtag fishermen, and Jesus’ messages and miracles teem with water, fish, fishermen, net-breaking catches, sea crossings, boat-sinking storms, and even a walk on water. Because this world is foreign and distant to us, we’ve missed much about the disciples’ experiences and about following Jesus—until now. Leslie Leyland Fields—a well-known writer, respected biblical exegete, and longtime Alaskan fisherwoman—crosses the waters of time and culture to take us out on the Sea of Galilee, through a rugged season of commercial fishing with her family in Alaska, and through the waters of the New Testament. You’ll be swept up in a fresh experience of the gospels, traveling with the fishermen disciples from Jesus’ baptism to the final miraculous catch of fish—and also experiencing Leslie’s own efforts to follow Christ out on her own Alaskan sea. In a time when so many are “unfollowing” Jesus and leaving the Church, Crossing the Waters delivers a fresh encounter with Jesus and explores what it means to “come, follow me.”
Author: Lorenzo Pierson
Category: Christian life
In "Standing Strong" author Lorenzo Pierson shares the stories that he and his family have endured, including death, cancer, finances, poor living conditions and other battles in life. This is an emotional, powerful testimony of how Pierson's life was rocked with a massive storm that sent him from being a hard -working man to serving nineteen months in Federal Prison. As a former law enforcement officer, seeing life from both sides was a life changing experience. The powerful, touching stories shared are those that many of us can relate to in some way or another. After reading this novel you will know how deep God's love is for us and learn of his grace and his mercy. Although God did not make Pierson's problems go away, he was with him every step of the way. Lorenzo Pierson discusses several ways to deal with life's heartache, pain and suffering. When we are in the midst of a difficult life situation we are often tempted to ask God why. Lorenzo Pierson offers a book that speaks with compassion and understanding to the millions of people who experience pain, frustration, trials and tribulation. This ministry will help readers store strength for the storms and learn how to live triumphantly in a world of pain.
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Author: Erik Larson
At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf. That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not. In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced. In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss. Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time. From the Hardcover edition.
How to Storm-Proof Your Life with God’s Timeless Truths
Author: Charles F. Stanley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
This powerful book from Dr. Charles Stanley outlines key areas of conviction that can make or break who we are and how we live. What we choose to believe intrinsically determines whether or not we are able to stand strong in this life. Including our convictions about God and who he is, about the Bible, about prayer, and our own personal life convictions, Standing Strong provides help and instruction on examining and shaping what we believe so that we can live strong, with confidence and hope.
Author: Cynthia Wester
Many of us encounter storms in our lives. In the natural realm, they range from thunderstorms to tornadoes. In the spiritual realm, they include financial reversals, loss of loved ones, and other personal human tragedies. There is only one way to walk through the storms of life, as so many others have before us, and that is clinging to the hand of God. This book explores how men and women of faith in biblical, as well as modern times have transversed the storms of adversity, and emerged victorious. Comparisons between storm in both the natural and spiritual realms allows the reader to differentiate, what it means to walk through the storm.
Author: Kim Wilkins
Publisher: Del Rey
Five very different sisters team up against their stepbrother to save their kingdom in this Norse-flavored fantasy epic—the start of a new series in the tradition of Naomi Novik, Peter V. Brett, and Robin Hobb. FIVE ROYAL SISTERS. ONE CROWN. They are the daughters of a king. Though they share the same royal blood, they could not be more different. Bluebell is a proud warrior, stronger than any man and with an ironclad heart to match. Rose’s heart is all too passionate: She is the queen of a neighboring kingdom who is risking everything for a forbidden love. Ash is discovering a dangerous talent for magic that might be a gift—or a curse. And then there are the twins—vain Ivy, who lives for admiration, and zealous Willow, who lives for the gods. But when their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, these five sisters must embark on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission: find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light. Because if this royal family breaks, it could destroy the kingdom.
Proven Strategies to Conquer Fear, Discover Strength and Overcome the Unexpected
Author: Michele Laine
What happens when you lose everything? Could your relationship hit rock bottom and come back stronger? If you could rebuild your life in any way you wanted, what would you do? Michele Laine and her family endured a storm the likes of which she'd never imagined. It left them with nothing and she wondered how they could ever survive. In Stronger Than The Storm Michele shares the story of how she not only prevailed through her most tumultuous time of life but also how she came out stronger and more determined. Her book also comes with a Survivor's Toolkit which is packed with proven strategies and will help you: *Create healthier habits *Focus on passions *Feel the fear and move forward anyway *Prioritize yourself *Go for your dreams If you've suffered from one of life's storms, or want to be prepared for one, reinvent yourself, fulfill your dreams, get up each day with a positive outlook or discover the power of becoming your most authentic self then Stronger Than the Storm is a book you simply must read. It will mean that you will not only survive the storm, but it will help you create the sort of long-term results which will better equip you for the next one. Get your copy now! Take control of your life, conquer your fear and become Stronger Than the Storm.
A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken
Author: Wendell Pierce,Rod Dreher
Category: Biography & Autobiography
2016 Christopher Award Winner From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art. On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including Pontchartrain Park, the home of Wendell Pierce's family and the first African American middle-class subdivision in New Orleans. The hurricane breached many of the city's levees, and the resulting flooding submerged Pontchartrain Park under as much as 20 feet of water. Katrina left New Orleans later that day, but for the next three days the water kept relentlessly gushing into the city, plunging eighty percent of New Orleans under water. Nearly 1,500 people were killed. Half the houses in the city had four feet of water in them—or more. There was no electricity or clean water in the city; looting and the breakdown of civil order soon followed. Tens of thousands of New Orleanians were stranded in the city, with no way out; many more evacuees were displaced, with no way back in. Pierce and his family were some of the lucky ones: They survived and were able to ride out the storm at a relative's house 70 miles away. When they were finally allowed to return, they found their family home in tatters, their neighborhood decimated. Heartbroken but resilient, Pierce vowed to help rebuild, and not just his family's home, but all of Pontchartrain Park. In this powerful and redemptive narrative, Pierce brings together the stories of his family, his city, and his history, why they are all worth saving and the critical importance art played in reuniting and revitalizing this unique American city. From the Hardcover edition.
How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean
Author: Tori Murden McClure
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“If you want to be inspired, read this book. You won’t stop till you’ve finished.” —Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife A Pearl in the Storm is the true story of Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. McClure’s memoir, subtitled, “How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean,” is more than a woman-against-the-elements adventure tale; it is, in the words of actress Candice Bergen, “a story of courage, adventure, and personal discovery that will appeal to women and men of all ages.” Beautiful, breathtaking, moving, and inspiring, A Pearl in the Storm will appeal to the millions of readers who made Eat, Pray, Love a resounding success.
The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras
Author: Brantley Hargrove
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“An instant classic of Americana—a story of tragedy, invention, lore, science, and a most original kind of genius.” —Hampton Sides “Masterful. This is what man versus nature is all about.” —Skip Hollandsworth The Man Who Caught the Storm is the saga of the greatest tornado chaser who ever lived: a tale of obsession and daring, and an extraordinary account of humanity’s high-stakes race to understand nature’s fiercest phenomenon. At the turn of the twenty-first century, the tornado was one of the last true mysteries of the modern world. It was a monster that ravaged the American heartland a thousand times each year, yet science’s every effort to divine its inner workings had ended in failure. Researchers all but gave up, until the arrival of an outsider. In a field of PhDs, Tim Samaras didn’t attend a day of college in his life. He chased storms with brilliant tools of his own invention and pushed closer to the tornado than anyone else ever dared. When he achieved what meteorologists had deemed impossible, it was as if he had snatched the fire of the gods. Yet even as he transformed the field, Samaras kept on pushing. As his ambitions grew, so did the risks. And when he finally met his match—in a faceoff against the largest tornado ever recorded—it upended everything he thought he knew. Brantley Hargrove delivers a masterful tale, chronicling the life of Tim Samaras in all its triumph and tragedy. He takes readers inside the thrill of the chase, the captivating science of tornadoes, and the remarkable character of a man who walked the line between life and death in pursuit of knowledge. Following the tradition of Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, Hargrove’s debut offers an unforgettable exploration of obsession and the extremes of the natural world.
Pursuing Christ in the Midst of Life's Trials
Author: Adam Holland
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
On January 2, 2014, Adam Holland woke up on the floor of his bedroom. Scattered on the floor around him were objects from his nightstand: a glass of water, clock, watch, lamp-all on the floor. He was in a haze but still knew that something wasn't right. Adam hurriedly picked everything up, tried to dry the carpet from the water, and then went back to sleep. He later woke up with a vague idea of what had happened in the night-and also with a mild black eye and bruised face. Thus started the trial of-and for-Adam Holland's life. After discovering that Adam had a brain tumor, his doctors wanted to do further testing. The final blow came when one of the neurosurgeons walked into the room where Adam and his parents were waiting and told them that the tumor was malignant. He had cancer. Out of Adam's cancer came Anchored in the Storm, this devotional book for those who are suffering. Distress and anguish take on many forms, including not just physical but also emotional, economic, and relational. The goal of this book is to encourage and exhort your faith in Christ during the hardest, darkest, and most difficult times you may ever face in this life. Adam Holland shared his own story so that you would get to know, at a deeper level, your Creator and the glorious purposes and incredible destiny He has for you.
Tragedy, Hope, and Triumph in Tuscaloosa
Author: Lars Anderson
Publisher: Time Home Entertainment
Category: Sports & Recreation
Tragedy, Hope, and Triumph in Tuscaloosa
Author: Kate Messner
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Juvenile Fiction
In the not-too-distant future, huge tornadoes and monster storms have become a part of everyday life. Sent to spend the summer in the heart of storm country with her meteorological engineer father, Jaden Meggs is surprised at the strides her father's company StormSafe, has made with custom shelters that keep her family safe in even the worst of storms. At her exclusive summer science camp, Eye On Tomorrow, Jaden meets Alex, a boy whose passion for science matches hers. Together, they discover that her father's company is steering storms away from the expensive neighborhoods and toward the organic farming communities that are in competition with his bio-engineered food company, NatureMade. Jaden must confront her father, but when she does, she uncovers a terrifying family secret and must call on both her scientific knowledge and her faith to save the people she loves most from one of her father's monster storms.
Author: Lan Cao
A lyrical novel of love and betrayal in the aftermath of the fall of Saigon—from the author of Monkey Bridge A singular work of witness, inspiration, and courage, The Lotus and the Storm marks the welcome return of Lan Cao’s pitch-perfect voice, telling the story only she can tell. Four decades after the war, Vietnam’s flavors of clove and cinnamon have been re-created by a close-knit refugee community in a Virginia suburb. But the lives of Minh and Mai, father and daughter, are haunted by ghosts, secrets, and the loss of their country. During the disastrous last days in Saigon, in a whirl of military signals and helicopter evacuations, Mai never had a chance to say goodbye to so many people who meant so much to her. What happened to them? How will Mai cope with the trauma of war—and will the thay phap, a Vietnamese spirit exorcist, be able to heal her?
A History of African American Christianity
Author: Paul Harvey
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Paul Harvey illustrates how black Christian traditions provided theological, institutional, and personal strategies for cultural survival during bondage and into an era of partial freedom. At the same time, he covers the ongoing tug-of-war between themes of "respectability" versus practices derived from an African heritage; the adoption of Christianity by the majority; and the critique of the adoption of the "white man's religion" from the eighteenth century to the present. The book also covers internal cultural, gendered, and class divisions in churches that attracted congregants of widely disparate educational levels, incomes, and worship styles. Through the Storm, Through the Night provides a lively overview of the history of African American religion, beginning with the birth of African Christianity amidst the Transatlantic slave trade, and tracing the story through its growth in America. Paul Harvey successfully uses the history of African American religion to portray the complexity and humanity of the African American experience.