The Story of Millard and Linda Fuller, Founders of Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center for Housing
Author: Bettie B. Youngs
Category: Christian biography
A Pulitzer Prize-nominated author reveals the untold story of Linda and Millard Fuller, who built houses in Georgia to bring new life to the poverty-stricken as their personal Christian ministry. This had led them to found Habitat for Humanity and, later on, the Fuller Center for Housing.
Why I Opened My Door to Immigrants and How We Found Hope beyond a Broken System
Author: Sarah Jackson
"Jackson's visionary account is a beautiful model of sacrificial love." -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review The House that Love Built is the quintessential story of one woman's questioning what it means to be an American--and a Christian--in light of a broken immigration system. Through tender stories of opening her heart and home to immigrants, Sarah Jackson shines a holy light on loving our neighbor. Sarah Jackson once thought immigration justice was administered through higher walls and longer fences. Then she met an immigrant--a deported young father separated from his US-citizen family--and everything changed. As Sarah began to know fractured families ravaged by threats in their homeland and further traumatized in US detention, biblical justice took on a new meaning. As Sarah opened her heart--and her home--to immigrants, she experienced a surprising transformation and the gift of extraordinary community. The work she began through the ministry of Casa de Paz joined the centuries-old Christian tradition of hospitality, shining a holy light on what it means to love our neighbor. The dilemma of undocumented people continues to hover over America, and it raises urgent questions for every Christian: What is our responsibility to the "stranger" in our midst? What does God's kingdom look like in the global-political reality of immigration? What difference can one person make? Sarah engages these questions through profound and tender stories, placing readers in the shoes of individuals on every side of the issue--asylum seekers torn from their families, the guards who oversee them, ordinary people with lapsed visas, the families left to survive on their own, the unheralded advocates for immigrants' rights, and the government officials who decide the fates of others. Ultimately, Sarah's journey illuminates how hope can be restored through simple yet radical acts of love.
In the small town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two small children on her own after her husband's death, but the arrival of Owen Saunders has Brooke wondering if God is giving her another chance at happiness. (religious fiction)
Based on a real family that was built in a very extraordinary way. The Brumfields grow not only in size but in Love. Their different eyes, unique noses, and special hair and skin display the beautiful array of God's personality and intentional design. Through this family, children will discover that you don't have to match to be a family, that every child is special and wanted, and that God is the Love that glues a family together.
The House that Love Built: a Guide for Married Couples is a bible-based guidebook for Christian couples who want to have the marriage that God intended for them. The book's hardcore message is about love. The book defines what love is, what love is not, and how to show love. The book explains and analyzes the various aspects of love found in I Corinthians 13:4-7. The book includes other bible scriptures that provide examples of love at work. The book deals with tough topics and routine issues that couples face everyday. There are also scriptures for couples to read together and on their own. The book is written in a conversational tone and brings to light issues that we all face at one point or another. This guidebook delves into difficult subjects like adultery, opposite sex friendships, and sex. Biblical truths are spelled out for better or for worse. In addition, the book talks about the wonderful gift that sex is to a married couple. You will never look at sex the same way again. The House that Love Built includes daily reading and assignments for couples to do during the transition period. This book will help you to have a better relationship with your children, family and friends, as well, once you begin to act in love. The book aims to integrate God into the very fabric of the marriage. God can heal your marriage. Good marriages can become great marriages. All things are possible for your life with God at the center. Your marriage is not dead; it is just sleeping. Finally, I ask that you share this book with other married couples. Share the beauty of God's love with those that need it. Monique Waddell is the author of The House that Love Built: A Guide for Married Couples. She was inspired to write this book after a flurry of divorces among her friends and acquaintances. When her other friends started to come to her for advice, she knew she had to turn to the only place to find the answers-God's word, the Bible. Monique has been happily married for 18 years to Mark Waddell and has two beautiful teenagers. To support her writing career Monique has worked as a Public Affairs Specialist, newsletter editor, office manager, and Realtor. Currently, Monique is editing her novel "Covet," a story about two sisters that only God can reunite. She is also writing her newest project, a Christian horror novel called "Trading Terror." For more information about Monique Waddell, visit her website at www.moniquewaddell.com
Once they had it all: a home with a man who adored her, three children they cherished, a life filled with passion and promise. Until one troubled child cost them everything. After a childhood of constant upheaval, all Cleo Formby wanted was to put down roots, to fill a house with family and love. When Malcolm Channing swept into her life, she gained it all: the home, the children, the love of a good man who adored her— Until their firstborn daughter tore their family apart, and even the love between Cleo and Malcolm wasn't strong enough to survive the devastation. Five years later, that daughter returns, destitute—with a child in tow. Cleo and Malcolm are thrown together again…and realize that their love has never died. But both have ties to others now, and their daughter is no less troubled than before. Being in constant proximity yet unable to be together is a constant heartache, but the welfare of this little grandson has to take first place. When Malcolm's new life is shattered by treachery, can he and Cleo overcome the wounds of the past and find their way back to the magic that once filled the house that love built? (A companion story to The Road Back Home, a different perspective of the story seen through Ria's eyes and going beyond) "Jean Brashear's distinctive storytelling voice instantly draws in the reader. She writes with warmth and emotional truth.” ~ #1 NY Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
"The Covenant of Love and The House That Love Built" is a profound yet straightforward exploration of the rebuilding of mans spiritual house and the similarities and differences in the rebuilding of ones natural house. (Practical Life)
This book is unlike any other relationship book you'll read, but it's about the only thing that matters: love If you are a human being who has ever connected to another human being, then this book is for you.Whether you are struggling with romantic relationships, work colleagues, family or friendships, this books outlines three fundamental principles for authentic connections and fulfilling relationships.Using exercises that focus on authenticity and compassion, you can start building a web of connections around you that supports your truest self. This is the house that love can build ...and this book will show you how.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - In your mind's eye, picture a house... You can make this house whatever you want it to be: grand or humble, multiple stories or made of a single room, beautiful or run down. Once you've visualized everything, ask yourself, is this house suitable?Well, you might naturally ask, suitable ...for what? In this book, we won't be talking about the best, most correct way to build "houses". Instead, we'll look at what makes something like a house suitable in the first place: whether it suits the needs of the family living there.This is a book about relationships, but perhaps not in the everyday way we use the word "relationship". In the chapters that follow, we'll look at a set of three fundamental principles of real loving relationships. These are the kind of human connections that stand the test of time, and this book is about how you can start creating them right now, no matter what your "house" looks like.This book takes an approach that's a little different from what you'll see in other books about love, relationships or family. Following relationship advice can sometimes feel like building a house for a family that doesn't exist, or one that you've never met before. It's like deciding that a house is suitable for someone's needs without knowing what those needs are. In this book, we turn things around and look at the family first, and then consider the best house for that family to live in. Because no two people are the same, and no two families are the same, the "best" will never be just one thing.Before we continue, I want to address a thought you might already be having: "wait a second, I don't have a family yet, I'm just looking for advice about how to make the relationship with my wife/husband better."Here's another principle that we'll begin this book with: everyone is in a family. Here, we'll understand a family as any set of emotional connections. That's it. If you're unmarried and have no children, you may not consider yourself as having or being part of the classic family, but you are nevertheless surrounded by a constellation of connections and relations to other people that defines your experience and gives your life meaning and character. To get the best out of this web of "relations" ... that's the topic of this book.To improve this family and help it fulfill its potential, we'll be looking at the connections between people, rather than the people themselves. These kinds of families are living, breathing entities and they are always changing. And this means that no matter what your situation is right now, you can take steps to help that family grow and develop into something else, something amazing.Using three key principles that underlie all human interaction and connection, we'll look at kind, compassionate and intelligent ways to start taking control of the relationships in your life. Whatever problem you're dealing with right now, the principles in this book will help you tackle them with compassion and awareness.
The enterprising team creating homes for the homeless
Author: ED WALKER
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Hope into Action, a charity founded by Ed Walker has a vision – of the church at the forefront of the fight against homelessness. Since 2010 it has worked in partnership with churches to supply homes, support, friendship and love for the homeless and marginalized, earning the Guardian’s Public Service Award in 2017 and an award from the Centre for Social Justice. Here, Ed tells his story of faith and struggle as he and his wife Rachel stepped out in faith, developed a new theology of sharing and saw both tragic and wonderful outcomes. Visionary, inspiring and touching, Ed’s experiences show how we can meet and grow in Christ as we interact with those in the shadows and those hidden in darkness.
Need You Now When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas. Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way. Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises. While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time. If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now. The House that Love Built Brooke has only loved one man, her late husband. Owen’s rebuilding after a painful divorce. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love? In the charming town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two young children on her own, supporting them by running the family hardware store. The last thing on her mind is falling in love. But she’s intrigued when a stranger moves to town and buys the old Hadley mansion. She’s always heard that house holds a secret—maybe even a treasure—and she can’t wait to see inside. When she meets the new owner and they spend time together, she can’t deny the attraction. Could God be giving her another chance at happiness? Or is she betraying her late husband’s memory by even thinking that way? The Promise Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger. Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it. Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?
Let's be real, you're stepping into fatherhood, and the last thing you want to do is read a boring book about how to change diapers and how to rock a baby to sleep. Traditionally, pregnancy books geared towards men revolve around a book that focuses on the price and not the prize! The price here is the health and well-being of your spouse. It speaks of what you need to do in order to make those nine months as easy as possible, what you need to give up or take on for the higher purpose of the household. Pregnancy is tough and living in a house without understanding or being able to remove some of the weight off of her shoulders is tougher. This book contains the input of over 30 mothers, some personal experiences of a father of three and many keys to jumpstart your journey.