The Queen of Encouragement has brought a dozen amazing friends to inspire and encourage you! Barbara Johnson's heart-touching, laughter-laced story has given hope to millions of readers worldwide. Now she brings together twelve courageous women who have triumphed over challenges and endured heart-rending losses. With Christlike serventhood, they have reached beyond their own anguish to extend a helping hand to others in need, turning their tears of heartache into jewels of blessing. In their awe-inspiring stories, you will meet women who have faced: a husband's brutal murder the death of a young child poverty and bigotry eating disorders an adult child's homosexuality the death of two sons due to AIDS abusive marriages heartbreaking divorce family members' estrangement clinical depression physical disability a husband's struggle with homosexuality Today these women, like Barbara, spread hope and joy wherever they go. To celebrate their ministry of encouragement, each of their stories concludes with Barbara's trademark collection of wit and laughter. Open this book and find a pathway out of sorrow and into the sunlight of a life warmed by love and filled with meaning. Read these stories and learn how to turn misery into ministry.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 NKJV Too many lives are characterized by boredom or even hopelessness. But God has given us everything necessary to live the abundant life for which we were designed. His love is boundless, His grace is extravagant, and His joy is outrageous. Because of this, we can experience a life that is sensational--regardless of our circumstances. This encouraging devotional, featuring such writers as Sheila Walsh, Thelma Wells, Barbara Johnson, Becky Tirabassi, Joni Eareckson Tada, Liz Curtis Higgs, and many more, reminds women that God meets them where they are, providing the grace and strength needed to not only survive life, but to live it abundantly.
Practical and straightforward, yet warm and compassionate, Grieving with Hope clarifies the popular misconception that people move through stages of grief. This will be an encouragement to many, as grieving people often think something is wrong with them when their grief doesn't proceed neatly through stages. The reality is that grieving people jump back and forth between different emotions, sometimes wrestling with multiple emotions at once. This book is packed with short, biblically based, gospel-centered, topical chapters addressing the issues grieving people face but are often hesitant to mention to others. It helps readers accurately interpret the message their emotions are sending them and gently guides them to determine whether they're grieving in a way that leads to hope and ultimate healing. Developed from interviews with over 30 well-respected Christian counselors, teachers, and authors, as well as numerous personal testimonies, Grieving with Hope helps the bereaved discover how hope and peace are available amidst their heartache and pain.
Victory can come through tragedies when we lean on the strength of Jesus Christ and each other. The Smile from The Other Side offers practical help and hope for parents who find themselves traveling the uncertain path of caring for a terminally ill child. Each chapter begins with a portion of the author's personal story and ends with a self-help section of resources and Scriptures. The gripping account of what Lynette Norton and her teenage daughter Melissa endured, and how they got to The Other Side, will inspire and encourage you to hold fast to the persistence and faith that life-and-death situations require. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV) "Lynette sensitively shares a difficult part of her life to bring faith, hope, and love to others who are in need. Her caring attitude is a healing balm to grieving people who have a terminally ill child or have lost a loved one." Mike Goodman, Elder First Baptist Church, Paso Robles, CA "Lynette has shared her heart and soul through the recounting of her daughter's tragic battle with cancer. I doubt any reader will get through this book with a dry eye. However, the helpful and practical advice Lynette offers to those suffering through the sickness or loss of a loved one shows the growth process that God has taken her through and the healing He has done in her life. This story is sure to offer hope to those who are struggling." Eileen Warren, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Lynette Norton is the founder and president of HOPE for PARENTS, a Christian non-profit organization for grieving parents and siblings. As a speaker, singer/song writer, author, mother, and grandmother, Lynette purposes to extend the message of hope in Christ to people everywhere. She lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband, Paul, and granddaughter, Kyla. www.hopeforparents.org (author photo by Justin Jacobs, Opendoor Photography)
Boomerang blessings. That's what Barbara Johnson calls the encouraging feedback she has received over the years from readers whose lives have been impacted by the message of this million-copy bestseller. If you need a fresh breath of joy in your life, this book is just the prescription for you. With the wit of an Erma Bombeck, Barbara Johnson helps you to look for "life's little sparkles," even in the midst of your most crippling sorrows. No stranger to suffering herself, Barbara's experiences have equipped her with the credentials to help others work through their own suffering. In spite of her difficulties, Barbara has learned that while pain is inevitable to us all, we can choose to pick the flowers instead of the weeds. Barbara will teach you how to release that bubble of joy within you?to claim God's promise to "fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." ?Job 8:21 (TLB)
Readers can now add three of Barbara Johnson's most popular titles to their collection - Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death, Leaking Laffs Between Pampers and Depends, and He's Gonna Toot and I'm Gonna Scoot. For women of all ages, aches, and architecture, Barbara heaps on the joy needed to grow old ferociously amidst husband-handling, kid-corralling, and parent-parenting, all the while keeping their focus on our home in the sweet by and by.