Christian Lending Library

You are more than welcome to borrow any of the following books from the Tepper's personal library. If you are interested in more in-depth theological books, Pastor of course has many more which he is happy to lend to you as well. The links will take you to Amazon where you can read more about the books, reviews, etc. if you are interested. To borrow a book, simply send a message to pastor@alcb.be and we will get it to you!

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Scripture

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

- Colosians 1:9-10

The List of Our Books

Spiritual Growth

Approval Addiction: Overcoming your Need to Please Everyone - by Joyce Meyer. There is an epidemic of insecurity in society today. Many people suffer from an unhealthy need for affirmation. They are not capable of feeling good about themselves. For some the quest for approval becomes an actual addiction, as they seek self-worth from the outside world because they can't find it within themselves. Joyce Meyer understands the need for seeking approval from others to overcome feelings of rejection and low self-esteem. The good news, she says, is that there is a cure. God provides all the security anyone needs. Her goal is to provide a pathway toward freedom from the approval addiction.

Armed and Dangerous: Praying with Boldness - by Jane L. Fryar. With this book, you'll learn how prayer works, the importance of prayer, the nature of praying for others, how to pray in keeping with the will of God, praying for your needs, and how to do it all with greater attention and devotion.

The Battlefield of the Mind - by Joyce Meyer. Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If readers suffer from negative thoughts, they can take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles. In her most popular bestseller ever, the beloved author and minister readers how to change their lives by changing their minds.

Becoming a Contagious Christian - by Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg. Evangelism doesn't have to be frustrating or intimidating. The authors believe that effectively communicating our faith in Christ should be the most natural thing in the world. We just need encouragement and direction. In Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels and Mittelberg articulate the central principles that have helped the believers at Willow Creek Community Church become a church known around the world for its outstanding outreach to unchurched people. Based on the words of Jesus and flowing from the firsthand experiences of the authors, Becoming a Contagious Christian is a groundbreaking, personalized approach to relational evangelism. You will discover your own natural evangelism style, how to develop a contagious Christian character, to build spiritually strategic relationships, to direct conversations toward matters of faith, and to share biblical truths in everyday language. This landmark book presents a blueprint for starting a spiritual epidemic of hope and enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel.

Believing God - by Beth Moore. "Is it working? Your belief system, that is. Is it really working? God's intention all along has been for the believer's life to work. From divine perspective toward terrestrial turf, God meant for his children to succeed. Are our Christian lives successful? Are they achieving and experiencing what Scripture said they would? In a recent sermon my son-in-law preached, Curt told us the only way we were going to impact the world and the next generation is to prove that our faith in Christ is real and that it works. For countless Christians I'm convinced it's real. My concern is whether or not we have the fruit to suggest it works."

Breaking Free - by Beth Moore. Do you want to know God and really believe Him? Do you want to find satisfaction in God, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence? Do you want to make the freedom Christ promised a reality in your daily life? In Breaking Free, Beth Moore embarks on a study of selected passages from the Book of Isaiah, drawing several parallels between the captive Israelites and today's Christians, in order to show how to make freedom in Christ a daily reality. Moore teaches readers to remove obstacles that hinder freedom by identifying spiritual strongholds in their lives and overcoming them through the truth of God's Word-truth that will set us free.

Clinging Experience of Prayer - by Emilie Griffin. Simple, elegantly written, and warmly felt invitation to prayer.

TITLE - by John Piper. Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. In this paradigm-shattering classic, newly revised and expanded, John Piper reveals that the debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: Delight is our duty. Join him as he unveils stunning, life impacting truths you saw in the Bible but never dared to believe.

Disciplines of Grace: God's Role and our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness - by Jerry Bridges.The Discipline of Grace offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to be a believer.

Help Me, I'm Stressed - by Joyce Meyer. Discover how you can manage stress and learn to bend so you won't break.

Knowing God - by JI Packer. The wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God.

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World - by Henri J.M. Nouwen. Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen's greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today's world.

Louder than Words: The Power of Uncompromised Living - by Andy Stanley. Your character, more than anything else, will impact how much you accomplish in this life. It is more important than your talent, your education, your background, or your network of friends. Andy Stanley helps you chart a course toward becoming a man or woman of character. You'll discover a definition of character that will inspire you for a lifetime, the external and internal benefits of strong character, the six false beliefs behind negative behaviors, and more. Using practical insights, biblical exposition, and engaging stories, Stanley guides you step-by-step in setting the personal goals that will build the foundation for true success.

Love Worth Giving: Living in the Overflow of God's Love - by Max Lucado. Low on Love? Finding it hard to love? Someone in your world is hard to forgive? Is patience an endangered species? Kindness a forgotten virtue? If so, you may have forgotten a step - an essential first step. Living loved. God loves you. Personally. Powerfully.Passionately. Others have promised and failed. But God has promised and succeeded. He loves you with an unfailing love. And his love - if you let it - can fill you and leave you with a love worth giving.

Me and My Big Mouth! - by Joyce Meyer. This book will show you how to train your mouth to speak words that will make you overcomers in this life. It emphasizes that speaking the Word of God must be coupled with living a life of complete obedience in order to see the power of God flow.

One Home at a Time - by Dennis Rainey. Few would disagree that this country needs a revival. But how does such change come about? One Home at a Time. Page after insightful page, Dennis Rainey combines biblical principles with practical guidelines to help readers revitalize their families and ignite a family reformation in our society. They'll learn how to integrate into their home the Family Manifesto-a dynamic, Scripture-based model of how the family should function-and see how keeping God's standards in their everyday lives can be a catalyst for widespread cultural change. It's a definitive guide for parents and couples who want to create godly homes and impact their communities.

Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For? - by Rick Warren. The Purpose Driven Life will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God's amazing plan for you--both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal forty-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your and most important, prepare you for eternity.

Pursuit of Holiness - by Jerry Bridges. "Be holy, for I am holy," commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian's daily life. According to Navigator author Jerry Bridges, that's because we're not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do--and what we should take responsibility for ourselves. As you deepen your relationship with God, learn more about His character, and understand the Holy Spirit's role in holiness, your spiritual growth will mature.

Reduce me to Love: Unlocking the Secret to Lasting Joy - by Joyce Meyer. You can't give away something you don't have!" Many people who are trying to walk in God's love are doing so in their own strength, but they can't demonstrate God's love because they never stop to receive it themselves. Because God is love, loving and being loved is what makes life worth living. Once you learn how to truly accept God's unconditional love for you and walk in love like Jesus did, you will discover the sweet peace, deep joy, and unfailing strength that come with being willing to say, "REDUCE ME TO LOVE!

Secrets to Exceptional Living - by Joyce Meyer. Do you want to learn the secrets to leading a powerful, effective, fulfilling and rewarding life-one that will help others achieve their goals as well? Developing the attributes of God's diving nature-the Fruit of the Spirit-empowers us to become all that God created us to be. Bear fruit and give it to others to taste and see that the Lord is good!

Seizing Your Diving Moment - by Erwin Raphael McManus. In this inspiring book, Erwin McManus uses the biblical account of Israel's war with the Philistines (1 Samuel 13 and 14) and the characters of Saul and Jonathan to demonstrate the difference between living a life of purpose and adventure, and living one of apathy and missed opportunity. In the midst of a less-than-hopeful battle, Saul-who should have been leading-rested beneath a pomegranate tree as Jonathan seized the divine moment that would impact the future of Israel. Through this story McManus artfully illustrates the eight characteristics of an adventurer's heart, what he calls "the Jonathan factor." Using powerful examples from his own life and ministry, along with fresh biblical teaching, McManus asserts that God crafts divine specific to each of us-priceless opportunities for us to actively engage in God's big-picture plan. Apathy and apprehension prevent us from being all we are meant to be for God's kingdom. But by developing the characteristics McManus outlines, Christians can move from mundane to miraculous living.

Twelve Keys for Living: Possibilities for a Whole, Healthy Life - by Kennon L. Callahan. Discover which gifts you really have. ...mission, compassion, hope, community, leadership, simplicity, joy, wisdom, encouragement, creativity, health, ... claim your strengths and develop your possibilities! Living a full, healthy life is about recognizing your natural gifts-the ones God has given you. In Twelve Keys for Living, an alternative to the many programs that prescribe rules and outline models to live by, Kennon Callahan helps us discover that our strengths are gifts from God. Through stories and parables Callahan has collected through the years and with the help of teachers, salespersons, cooks, clerks, rich, poor, housewives, philosophers, factory workers, ministers, and many others, Callahan teaches us that claiming our gifts is the first step toward a whole, healthy future. The Twelve Keys for Living helps us recognize what we are put here to do - and who we are meant to be. Share in the wisdom, experience, prayers, and scripture contained in Twelve Keys for Living.

When Forgiveness Doesn't make Sense - by Robert Jeffress. Why do we have difficulty accepting God's unconditional forgiveness? And why do we find it so impossible to grant that same forgiveness to others? The bottom-line issue of life is forgiveness-that's the conclusion of Dr. Robert Jeffress after more than two decades in Christian ministry, and most of us would agree. Yet few of us have mastered the art of implementing forgiveness in our lives. Combining rich, biblical insights with practical, real-life situations, When Forgiveness Doesn't Make Sense effectively answers your burning questions regarding this critical issue, giving you not only the "why's," but also the elusive "how's" of choosing to forgive.

Search and Rescue, Becoming a Disciple Who Makes Aa Difference A former California lifeguard, Neil Cole weaves together his personal experiences of saving lives with biblical principles for how to make and multiply disciples. Full of heroic and even humorous stories, Search and Rescue captures readers' imaginations and hearts and doesn't let go until they want to make a difference and know how to go about doing it.

Cultivating a Life for God Multiplying Disciples Through Life Transformation Groups - by Neil Cole. Believing lives change in the context of community, you will be introduced to the concept of Life Transformation Groups. These groups form the most basic unit of the church - two or three believers held together by the presence of Jesus Christ and the truth of His word.

The Tangible Kingdom Creating Incarnational Community. The Posture and Practisces of Ancient Church Now. by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay. Written for those who are trying to nurture authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangilbe Kingdom offers theological answers and real-life sotries that demonstrate how the best ancient church practices can re-emerge in today's culture, through any church of any size.

Tender Warrior: Every Man's Purpose, Every Woman's Dream, Every Child's Hope by Stu Webber. Young men aspire to it. Women admire it. Yet the definition of manhood itself is obscured by a culture in moral free fall. This book cuts through the fog and defines a powerful blueprint for being the man - the Tender Warrior - that God desires for you and your family.

Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship by Alan Hirsch and Debra Hirsch. In this provocative and compelling book, internationally known missiologists Alan and Debra Hirsch cast a dynamic vision of mission-shaped discipleship. Untamed exposes the idolatrous clutter that fills our lives and seeks to recapture what it means to be authentic followers of Jesus. Each chapter ends with suggested practices to help you start living out the book's principles, as well as questions for group discussion.

The Lost Art of Disciple Making by LeRoy Eims. Every believer in Jesus Christ deserves the opportunity of personal nurture and develpment. But all to often the opportunity isn't there. We neglect the young Christin in our whirl of programs, church services and fellowhip groups. And we neglect to raise up workers and leaders who can disciple young believers into mature and fruitful Christians. True growth takes time and tears and love and patience. There is no instant maturity. This book examines the growth process in the life of a Chrisan and considers what nurture and guidance it takes to develop spiritual qualified workers in the church.

Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth by Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson. It's a question every Christian leader wrestles with: Is our church really helping people to become devoted followers of Christ, or are we just giving them a niche place to go to church? Leaning into innovative research tools that correlate behaviors with attitudes and believes, the authors made some startling discoveries. Although some common church activities did fuel spiritual growth, they discovered many did not. The research also identified a spiritual continum for people on the journey of faith and reveialed than some practices are more catalytic than others for people at different stages of growth.

- Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. Topical book from J.D. Greear. This book cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints readers with the revolutionary truth of Godís gracious acceptance of sinners in Christ. The Gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in believers what religion never could: A heart that desires God.

Theology and Bible

Every Nation in our Generation: Recovering the Apostolic Mandate - Make Disciples of All Nations. by Rice Broocks. In this book, Rice explains the progress of the Church in terms of its obedience to the apostolic mandate. This mandate, which has been called the Great Commission, must be recovered and embraced if the Church is going to get back into the race for the destiny of the planet. The orders of Jesus to His followers to "make disciples of all nations" is far more than simply giving people a basic gospel message. This mandate includes not only individual transformation, but cultural as well.

Every Woman in the Bible - by Sue and Larry Richards. Comprehensive coverage of every woman mentioned in the Bible-both named and unnamed.

Glorious Dawn of God's Story - by Anne Graham who leads you through the first eleven chapters of Genesis, unlocking hidden messages in the familiar stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the ark, the Tower of Babel, and others. She thoughtfully illuminates each moment of Creation with inspiring insights and probing reflections to better reveal God, the Creator of us all. In God's Story you will thrill to the beauty, majesty, and tenderness of God's personal involvement in creating the world, and you will come to recognize the Creator's infinite power at work in your life as well.

God Came Near - by Max Lucado. It all happened in a moment - a most remarkable moment. God came near. He came not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as One whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that held him were not manicured, but callused and dirty. No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla. God had come near ... for you. Travel back in time and relive Christ the Son of God becoming man. Come with Max as he brings to life the most important event in history ... when God came near. And as you catch a vision of this incredible moment, let it mark the beginning of a new life for yourself. God came near. If he is who he says he is there is no truth more worthy of your time.

God Came Near - by Max Lucado. Get caught! Life is full of fumbles and stumbles. Fraught with opportunities to make mistakes, occasions to feel guilty, and the drive to "do it yourself." The pressure to be self-sufficient is high, but it isn't the life God offers. The way of the world will direct you to try harder and work smarter so that you can take care of yourself and even make yourself successful. But the way of the cross will point toward the place where you stop striving ... stop pushing ... stop every self-initiated effort - so that you can fall into the boundless, liberating, refreshing grace of God! Just imagine being love-driven instead of self-propelled. Imagine abandoning your life to Jesus instead of trying to save yourself. Can you imagine exchanging your fears for that peace that passes understanding? Being relaxed and free instead of stressed-out and anxious? If you can imagine enjoying God instead of trying to repay him, then you can imagine grace. So go ahead! Jump off the cliff of self-sufficiency. Leap out of legalism. Walk off the pier of guilt and condemnation. That's the only way you'll land in the strong arms of the Father who loves you ... the Father who catches you - every time - in the grip of his grace.

Mere Christianity - by CS Lewis. A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis's books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

Psalm 23 from a Shepherd's Perspective - by Phillip Keller. He shares his insights into the life and character of sheep - and of the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for them.

Vision of His Glory: Finding Hope through the Revelation of Jesus Christ - by Anne Graham Lotz. With a focus on Jesus Christ, Anne Graham Lotz brings clarity and understanding to the book of Revelation. Lotz explains God's faithfulness regardless of circumstance. All who feel depressed, deluded or discouraged can find hope in all of life's difficult situations: When life seems too small and problems seem too great; when personal insignificance outweighs God's significance; when overwhelmed by the ungodly majority; or when facing death or choosing life.Sharing her passion for God's Word, Anne Graham Lotz leads the reader step by step through the apostle John's glorious, eyewitness account of God's plan for our future.

When Christ Comes - by Max Lucado. Would you like to discuss the end of time? And feel better because of it? Life with no end? Space with no bounds? And what about Armageddon, the Lake of Fire, the Mark of the Beast? Am I supposed to feel good about all this? If these words could be yours, you aren't alone. There is much about the end of history we don't understand. But while thoughts on the final day will stir our questions, they needn't stir our fears. Regarding that day, Jesus urged, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me" (John 14:1). Max Lucado believes the day Christ comes will be the "beginning of the very best." Our primary task is to be prepared and peaceful while we wait.If you have some questions about the end of time... If you have concerns about what will happen to you... If you like to look to the end of times as a source of comfort and not chaos... You are holding the right book.

- Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. Topical book from J.D. Greear. This book cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints readers with the revolutionary truth of Godís gracious acceptance of sinners in Christ. The Gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in believers what religion never could: A heart that desires God.

Books for Women

TITLE - by Beth Moore. Is it working? Your belief system, that is. Is it really working? God's intention all along has been for the believer's life to work. From divine perspective toward terrestrial turf, God meant for his children to succeed. . .Are our Christian lives successful? Are they achieving and experiencing what Scripture said they would? In a recent sermon my son-in-law preached, Curt told us the only way we were going to impact the world and the next generation is to prove that our faith in Christ is real and that it works. For countless Christians I'm convinced it's real. My concern is whether or not we have the fruit to suggest it works.

Believing God - by Beth Moore. "Is it working? Your belief system, that is. Is it really working? God's intention all along has been for the believer's life to work. From divine perspective toward terrestrial turf, God meant for his children to succeed. . .Are our Christian lives successful? Are they achieving and experiencing what Scripture said they would? In a recent sermon my son-in-law preached, Curt told us the only way we were going to impact the world and the next generation is to prove that our faith in Christ is real and that it works. For countless Christians I'm convinced it's real. My concern is whether or not we have the fruit to suggest it works."

Breaking Free - by Beth Moore. Do you want to know God and really believe Him? Do you want to find satisfaction in God, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence? Do you want to make the freedom Christ promised a reality in your daily life? In Breaking Free, Beth Moore embarks on a study of selected passages from the Book of Isaiah, drawing several parallels between the captive Israelites and today's Christians, in order to show how to make freedom in Christ a daily reality. Moore teaches readers to remove obstacles that hinder freedom by identifying spiritual strongholds in their lives and overcoming them through the truth of God's Word-truth that will set us free.

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul - by John and Stasi Eldridge. By revealing the core desires every woman shares-to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a grand adventure, and to unveil beauty-John and Stasi Eldredge invite women to recover their feminine hearts, created in the image of an intimate and passionate God.

The Excellent Wife, A Biblical Perspective - by Martha Peace. Here is a scripturally based blueprint for the woman who truly desires to be the wife God intended her to be. This book is based on Proverbs 31:10: An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

Fresh Brewed Life A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul - by Nicole Johnson With wit and wisdom, Nicole Johnson leads the reader in a journey of awakenings - first, to God as you respond to His tender, passionate love for you; second to yourself as you embrace your identity as a woman, your gifts, and your dreams; finally, to others as you learn to love and communicate in ways that bring joy and closeness.

Keeping a Princess Heart in a Not-so-Fairytale-World - by Nicole Johnson. Discover how to apply scriptural truths to help reconcile the ideal life with reality. Women will be encouraged to laugh at themselves as they take a deep trusting dive into the wonderful world of fairy tale to find the hope to reclaim their hidden treasure: a princess heart.

Lady in Waiting - by Debby Jones and Jackie Kendall. With humor, honesty, and biblical truths, the authors help point women to being the right woman and not just finding the right man. By studying the biblical character Ruth, women learn the characteristics that every woman of God should develop. Learn how to become a lady of purity, faith, contentment, patience, and more as you pursue a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus. You'll discover that only a relationship with your Heavenly Bridgegroom will satisfy!

The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord - by TD Jakes. In the first part, Jakes gently takes the hand of every woman who has been ill-used, crippled in the innermost being, and shows her what is truly beautiful about the feminine. In part two, he opens the door for communication between husband and wife, lover and friend. Part three brings alive the passion of the Lord for women, this most exquisite of His creations.

Let me Be a Woman - by Elisabeth Elliot. In order to learn what it means to be a woman, we must start with the One who made her. Working from Scripture, well-known speaker and author Elisabeth Elliot shares her observations and experiences in a number of essays on what it means to be a Christian woman.

Loving God with all your Mind - by Elizabeth George. Drawing on biblical wisdom as well as personal experience, Elizabeth helps women handle their emotions and discover inner peace that comes from focusing on what is true. She shares six powerful Bible truths that will help readers draw closer to God and know His joy and love.

Me and My Big Mouth! - by Joyce Meyer. This book will show you how to train your mouth to speak words that will make you overcomers in this life. It emphasizes that speaking the Word of God must be coupled with living a life of complete obedience in order to see the power of God flow.

The Power of a Positive Wife - by Karol Ladd. Through seven biblical principles, Karol Ladd shares how any woman can be a positive (not perfect) wife as she builds a deeper, more meaningful relationship with her husband.

Power of a Praying Wife - by Stormie Omartian. Each chapter offers insight into areas that are especially important to men, followed by "power tools" (inspiring, topical Scripture) to guide one's prayer life and transform a woman's mind with regard to her husband. This practical read will encourage women to trust God to change their spouse, and undoubtedly refocus one's perspective on God's power rather than one's own personal predicament. By focusing on 30 different areas, women can cover every aspect of their husband's lives with prayer, including security in work and finances; health and physical protection; spiritual and emotional strength; fears and emotions; faith and the future; sexuality and communication; and fatherhood, leadership and decision-making.

TITLE - by Stormie Omartian. Omartian prayed the prayer, "Change my husband, Lord." Then she realized that she had to pray for herself - and examine her own heart - before she could pray effectively for him. Her prayer become, "Change me, Lord." In this book, she presents that process for all wives who want the power to pray for themselves and their husbands. In the first six days readers consider how to develop or maintain an intimate relationship with the Father.

Reduce me to Love: Unlocking the Secret to Lasting Joy - by Joyce Meyer. You can't give away something you don't have!" Many people who are trying to walk in God's love are doing so in their own strength, but they can't demonstrate God's love because they never stop to receive it themselves. Because God is love, loving and being loved is what makes life worth living. Once you learn how to truly accept God's unconditional love for you and walk in love like Jesus did, you will discover the sweet peace, deep joy, and unfailing strength that come with being willing to say, REDUCE ME TO LOVE!

Secrets to Exceptional Living - by Joyce Meyer Do you want to learn the secrets to leading a powerful, effective, fulfilling and rewarding life-one that will help others achieve their goals as well? Developing the attributes of God's diving nature-the Fruit of the Spirit-empowers us to become all that God created us to be. Bear fruit and give it to others to taste and see that the Lord is good!

Then God Created Woman - by Deborah Newman. Women will find freedom as the beautiful, confident creations God intended them to be--reflections of himself.

Why Beauty Matters - by Karen Lee-Thorp and Cynthia Hicks Why Beauty Matters explores up-to-the-minute research that has made Newsweek headlines, delves into the breadth of biblical wisdom about beauty, and listens to real women as they struggle with the tough issues that make physical appearance one of the most important spiritual issues of our lives.

Woman after God's own Heart - by Elizabeth George. With passion and personality, Elizabeth George shares how a woman can follow God and seek His heart in every area of her life-her husband, children, home, ministry, and her walk with the Lord.

A Woman Jesus Can Teach - by Alice Mathews. A study of New Testament women that reveals the Jesus who showed remarkable compassion for their struggles.

Woman's Walk with God: Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit - by Elizabeth George. What will keep believers growing in fruitfulness in their walk with God? Liz beautifully and practically leads readers to a deeper understanding of what it means to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.

Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out - by Joanna Weaver. "Lord, Whatever It Takes, Make Me Like You!" You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk. At our very core, every one of us is a "twisted sister" within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our "good girl" desire to put Jesus first and our "bad girl" realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way. In this life-changing book, Joanna Weaver, author of the perennial bestseller,Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, directs your gaze past your own shortcomings to the God who stands ready, willing, and able to make a new woman out of you. She equips you with biblical insights and practical tools to partner with Christ, inviting him into the hidden places of your soul and giving him full permission to redeem and renovate. Drawing on the stories of biblical Marys and others whose experience with God transformed their lives, Joanna shows how you can find the hope, healing, wholeness, and joy your heart longs for. Having a Mary Spirit will launch you toward lasting personal transformation, soul-deep change that results in a complete makeover, from the inside out. Includes a 12-week Bible study for both individual reflection and group discussion.

Books about Marriage

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Communication: Key to your Marriage A Practical Guide to Creating a Happy, Fulfilling Relationship H. Norman Wright Presenting insightful ways to reduce marital conflict, manage anger, build one another's self-esteem and just plain listen to one another, Wright provides couples with the resources to understand each other at new and deeper levels.

Five Love Languages, The: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate Gary Chapman People express love in different ways.  In fact, there are five specific languages of love. What speaks volumes to you may be meaningless to your spouse.  But here, at last, is the key to understanding each other's unique needs.  Apply the right principles, learn the right language, and soon you'll know the profound satisfaction and joy of being able to express your love-and feeling truly loved in return.

Lifelines of Love Peter M. Kurowski The Lifelines of Love is a gently literate treatise that provides a solid Biblical foundation for marriage. It offers highly readable chapters on Forgiveness, Faith, Fidelity, Freedom, Finances, and Family. Each topic relates the Gospel to the holy and binding relationship between a man and a woman.

Love Life for Every Married Couple Ed Wheat Dr. Wheat will help you improve your marriage through sharing, touching, appreciating and focusing healing attention on your mate. Answering physical, psychological and stress-related questions in a Christian context, Dr. Wheat demonstrates how to bring your feelings of love back to life.

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs Emmerson Eggerichs

 

Personality Plus: How to understand others by understanding yourself Florence Littauer A revealing "personality profile" self-test and Littauer's insightful advice help readers better understand themselves and others.

Ultimate Marriage Builder: A Do-It-Yourself Encounter Weekend for You and Your Mate, The Dave and Claudia Arp This marriage renewal book is for couples who would prefer not to attend a formal marriage retreat but still want the intimacy and openness that retreats foster. Couples learn to appreciate the time they have spent together, the memories they share, the future they desire to build, and come away with a renewed understanding of what their marriages mean.

Parenting/Family Books

Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father's Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood - by Robert Lewis. The medieval custom of knighthood offers a unique approach to shaping a boy into a strong, godly man. Centuries ago, select boys went through a rigorous, years-long process of clearly defined objectives, goals and ceremonies - with the hope of achieving knighthood. Anlong the way, they acquired a boldly masuline vision, an uncompromising code of conduct and a noble cause in which to invest their lives. The were the heroses of the age. In much the same way, Raising a Modern-Day Knight will show how you, too can confdently guide your son to the kind of authentic, biblical manhood that can change our world.

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501 Practical Ways to teach your children values Reed Now there's a practical way to help children choose Christian values and make wise decisions. These 501 ideas (more than a year's worth) show parents how to model, teach, and apply what they believe, identify their values, share values with their children, and reward Christian values chosen by children .

The Blessing John Trent & Gary Smalley Explains how the biblical gift of "the blessing" is the key to one's self-worth and emotional well-being. Every human needs the gift of "the blessing"-the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with one's parents. In this update to the best-selling classic The Blessing, coauthors John Trent and Gary Smalley offer a fresh perspective on this life-changing gift with solid, practical advice on how to be a blessing as well as how to insure that your parents, spouse, and children all feel the security of family approval.The Blessing powerfully communicates biblical truths on how to instill self-worth and emotional well-being into others based on these five essential elements: Meaningful touch, A spoken message, Attaching high value, Picturing a special future, An active commitment No matter the age, the approval of our parents affects how we view ourselves and how we relate to others. So what if we've missed it? The final chapters explain what happens to children who do and how they can learn to live apart from the blessing

Celebrate Home Angie Peters Peters packs her chapters with creative ideas from how to entertain children to taking care of oneself in the midst of stress filled life of full-time mom-hood (and/or dad-hood).

Five Love Languages of Children Chapman and Campbell According to the authors, each child expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles. A parent's love language may be totally different from that of his or her child, which causes hurt feelings and misunderstandings. With the help of this book, adults can discover their child's primary language and learn what they can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in their child's emotions and behavior.

Grace-Based Parenting Ted Kimmel Parents in our post-modern world tend to be committed to but anxious about their child-rearing responsibilities. They've tried the countless parenting books on the market, but many of these are strident, fear-based books that loving parents instinctively reject, while still searching for direction. Now Dr. Tim Kimmel, founder of Family Matters ministries, offers a refreshing new look at parenting. Rejecting rigid rules and checklists that don't work, Dr. Kimmel recommends a parenting style that mirrors God's love, reflects His forgiveness, and displaces fear as a motivator for behavior. As we embrace the grace God offers, we begin to give it-creating a solid foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually motivated children.

New Learning about Sex, a Series for the Christian Family A series to teach your children about their bodies and sex from a Christian perspective divided into age appropriate titles.

book 1 ages 3-5: Why Boys and Girls are Different Please note that our copy is for boys and girls. The new versions are for boys or girls so this link is not accurate.

book 2 ages 6-8: Where do Babies Come From?

book 3 ages 9-10:How You are Changing

book 4 ages 11-14: Sex and the New You

book 5 ages 14-young adult: Love, Sex, and God

book 6: How to Talk Confidently with your Child about Sex

book 7: Human Sexuality: A Christian Perspective

One Home at a Time Dennis Rainey Few would disagree that this country needs a revival. But how does such change come about? One Home at a Time. Page after insightful page, Dennis Rainey combines biblical principles with practical guidelines to help readers revitalize their families and ignite a family reformation in our society. They'll learn how to integrate into their home the Family Manifesto-a dynamic, Scripture-based model of how the family should function-and see how keeping God's standards in their everyday lives can be a catalyst for widespread cultural change. It's a definitive guide for parents and couples who want to create godly homes and impact their communities.

Parent's Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children John Trent, Rick Osborne, Kurt Bruner This book outlines the basics of successful Christian parenting for parents with children ages 12 and under. Each of the book's three levels provide assistance and guidance: Level One addresses the apprehensiveness of some parents who feel unequipped to initiate spiritual leadership. By giving an overview of the "what, why, and how" of spiritual training, parents will feel confident and prepared. Level Two--"How To Pass On Your Spiritual Legacy"--focuses on pinpointing the character and interests of your particular family. From helping the parent identify the personality types of their children, to explaining what can be expected from them at a particular age, ideas and methods are given for making daily life a spiritual experience that honors the Lord. Level Three is meant to be a resource that parents can refer to throughout the years as their children grow. Over 100 pages are dedicated to identifying how to teach the essentials to children in the four specific age groups (0-4, 5-6, 7-9, and 9-12 years old). This book is so great, you will want your own copy!

Parents Guide to the Spiritual Mentoring of Teens Joe White and Jim Weidman Many parents have tough questions when their children reach the teen years, and the Parent's Guide to the Spiritual Mentoring of Teens is a book that answers them by sharing information, advice, and techniques to help guide teens into a growing, grace-filled love relationship with Jesus Christ.

Power of a Praying Parent, The Stormie Omartian Stormie shares from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their children's safety, character development, adolescence, peer pressure, school experiences, friends, and their relationship with God.

Sharing Family Time: Simple Ways to Make the Most of Busy Days Susan K. Perry

Shepherding a Child's Heart Ted Tripp Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child's Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.

Standing Up Against the Odds: Strategies for Raising Honest Children Robert and Debra Bruce and Ellen Oldacre

Teaching Your Child How to Pray by Rick Osborne

Treasuring God in our Traditions Noel Piper This book presents the importance of passing along Christ-centered traditions and a Bible-saturated legacy in Christ to future generations. Noel Piper helps her readers recognize how the "everyday" routines of life and the "especially" celebrations of holidays and dates can be practically passed down to future generations.

 

Topical

- Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. Topical book from J.D. Greear. This book cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints readers with the revolutionary truth of Godís gracious acceptance of sinners in Christ. The Gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in believers what religion never could: A heart that desires God.

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A Ready Defense Josh McDowell Be prepared "in season and out" with this handy reference book of faith. Timely and biblically based, Josh McDowell's work offers defenses in 60 of the most-challenged areas of faith. All in one easy-to-reference volume, this book will strengthen your commitment and help you stand firm against challenges to the truth.

The Case for Christ:  A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus Lee Strobel A seasoned journalist chases down the biggest story in history--is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the son of god? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? Strobel's tough, point-blank questions make this Gold Medallion-winning book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be in The Case for Christ? 

 

How to Respond to:Latter Day Saints

How to Respond to:Muslims

How to Respond to:The Lodge

How to Respond to:The New Age Movement

Meaningful Worship: A Guide to the Lutheran Service James L. Brauer

One Heartbeat Away: Your Journey into Eternity Mark Cahill Based on actual conversations with lost people, this book will help you anticipate their questions and objections. Why have atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Catholics, prisoners, and soldiers all read One Heartbeat Away and become born again? As best-selling author Mark Cahill suggests, because once you know the truth about the Bible, creation vs. evolution, heaven and hell, sin, and the cross, there is only one logical decision to make. The truth does set you free! Get this book into the hands of family, friends, and strangers and watch the Holy Spirit work wonders in their lives.

Fiction and Biography

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Girl Meets God: One the Path to Spiritual Life Lauren F. Winner The child of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, Lauren F. Winner chose to become an Orthodox Jew. But even as she was observing Sabbath rituals and studying Jewish law, Lauren was increasingly drawn to Christianity. Courageously leaving what she loved, she eventually converted. In Girl Meets God, this appealing woman takes us through a year in her Christian life as she attempts to reconcile both sides of her religious identity.

Pilgrim's Regress CS Lewis The first book written by C. S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrims Regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewiss own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction that eventually led him to Christianity. It is the story of John and his odyssey to an enchanting island which has created in him an intense longing - a mysterious, sweet desire. Johns pursuit of this desire takes him through adventures with such people as Mr. Enlightenment, Media Halfways, Mr. Mammon, Mother Kirk, Mr. Sensible, and Mr. Humanist and through such cities as Thrill and Eschropolis, as well as the Valley of Humiliation.

Screwtape Letters CS Lewis In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life.

Till We have Faces CS Lewis This tale of two princesses - one beautiful and one unattractive - and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is Lewis's reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works.

Bible Studies

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THe Formula of Concord, Study Guide - by Concordia Publishing House. The Formula of Concord is a thorough review of both the Epitome and the Solid Declaration in the Lutheran Confessions. Participants read and respond to key excerpts of theese charter documents of Lutheran doctrine, as each session highlights Law and Gospel and applies the truth of God's Word to life.

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