"Anyone with Verenike strengthening their muscles and Borscht flowing in their veins knows that Z could only stand for Zwieback. Join a voyage of discovery down the alphabet trail to celebrate the history, culture, and service of this branch of Anabaptist believers. From the early 1500s to the present, it's all there for young and old to enjoy" -- Katie Funk Wiebe
Most people only know her as Justin Bieber's mom, but Pattie Mallette has had an incredible journey of her own. Many people have heard of her son's rags to riches triumph. A few know she was a teen mom who had to overcome a drug and alcohol addiction. Even fewer know the rest of her story.
Now, for the first time in detail, Pattie shares with the world the story of a girl who felt abandoned and unloved. Of a teenager who made poor choices. Of a young woman who attempted suicide and could hardly bear to believe that God would ever care for her. One who messed up, got pregnant, and got a second chance. Every reader will find themselves somewhere in Pattie's painful journey of redemption. They will be encouraged by her example that what was once broken can become whole.
Pattie's story will inspire readers to believe that even in the darkest of places, there's always hope. For those who feel unlovable, there's always love. And for those who believe they're a lost cause, there's always room for another chance.
Pub Date:Sept 2012
The title of this journal for listening to God comes directly from Isaiah 30:21 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, YOUR EARS WILL HEAR a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” The four words form a promise that is both personal and certain, and have become watchwords of the MARK Centre.
Steve and Evy Klassen have written this workbook together as part of their work as directors of the MARK Centre. They intend to use this resource for their retreats and training experiences, but have also written it for a wider audience. The workbook contains 65 one-page stories of how people have been guided by God, matched by a page with one key question on top, a little coaching, lots of space to write, and a Scripture verse at the bottom.
The book has already received praise from international authors like Paul Hawker, who claims ‘Your Ears Will Hear’ offers a smorgasbord of stories and practices for seekers to draw from as they pursue their quest to hear God’s voice. In his foreword, Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With A Mission, promises ‘You will enjoy recognizing and listening to the voice of God while working through this book.’
Steve & Evy Klassen are executive directors of the MARK Centre, a retreat and training centre based in Abbotsford, BC.
"Women began to arrive in the entry hall, peeling away their black outer coverings. I watched in amazement as shimmering bodies emerged from the black shrouds. One woman sparkled in a purple silk caftan, her arms gleaming with gold jewelry. I smiled to myself. If people only knew what was under those veils. I looked at their faces, artfully painted with makeup, not at all how they appeared in public: dark eyes in narrow black slits. They were like the beauties of Arab folklore. I was awed by the transformation."
With only prayer and a faith that always seemed too small, Audra Grace Shelby departed with her husband and children on a one-way flight to Yemen...deep into the heart of conservative Islam.
With honesty and passion, she shares her harrowing journey as a Christian woman thrust into a culture dangerously different from her own. From the friendships she forged, to her gnawing doubt and fear, to her offers of hope when her new friends' religion failed them, she gives us glimpses of a world most have never seen: behind the veils of real Muslim women--and how the grace of God touches lives in the midst of an Islamic stronghold.
Pub Date: September 2011.
Are you a follower of Jesus? Don’t answer too quickly.
In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a “Define the Relationship” conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period.
In any case, don’t take the question—Are you a follower of Jesus?—lightly.
Some people don’t know what they’ve said yes to and other people don’t realize what they’ve said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers.
Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.
Pub Date: June 2011
'This is a humorous, insightful book about what it means to be a real "follower" of Jesus, as opposed to a "fan". A fan is described as someone who knows about Jesus, maybe even enthusiastic but has never surrendered their life to Him. Kyle Idleman is a teaching pastor in a big church-- and it shows...He has a wonderful way of communicating in a difficult truth.'
In a fast-paced world full of distractions, spiritual practice can help us become more centered-more in touch with ourselves and others, more in touch with the world around us, more in touch with God. Sacred Pauses is an introduction to this more centered way of life.
The author, a pastor in British Columbia, begins with her own longing for personal renewal. What would it take to feel renewed every day? Instead of waiting for a vacation to smooth out the tensions of life, instead of waiting until the end of the week to shed our weariness, what if we could take time out every day? Live a renewed life every day? Be refreshed by God every day?
Sacred Pauses offers simple ways for readers to do just that. Each chapter explores a different spiritual practice-from the classic disciplines of Scripture reading and prayer to other creative approaches such as paying attention, making music, and having fun. With plenty of stories from real life and ideas to try, this book is personal and practical. Its flexible format is appropriate for personal use or in a group, every day or any time.
Introducing, an expanded edition of the #1 international bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life---now includes two new bonus chapters. This spiritual journey will transform your answer to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for? Simplify your life, increase your motivation, discover God’s amazing plan for you both now and for eternity.
Pub Date: November 2012
This cookbook has over 1,100 good old-fashioned home-tested recipes. Mrs. Peter Vogt's "Chicken Noodle Soup", Mrs. George Derksen's "Apple Rolls", and Mrs. A.D.Penner's "Flapper Pie" are examples of the good cooking in this book. It also has a section of traditional recipes.
We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.
But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. When asked, “Do you believe in grace?” who could say no?
Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?
God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly.
Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.
Let’s make certain grace gets you.
Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. “How,” Ann wondered, “do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long—and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?”
In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted … a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved — by God.
Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive.
Come live the best dare of all!
Mennonite Girls Can Cook is a blog about recipes, hospitality, relationships, encouragement and helping the hungry—and now it's a book, too!
Like the blog, Mennonite Girls Can Cook—the book—will be more than just recipes. It will be about hospitality, versus entertaining; about blessing, versus impressing. It will be about taking God's Bounty, and co-creating the goodness from God's creation into something that can bless family and friends, and help sustain health and energy.than just recipes. It will be about hospitality, versus entertaining; about blessing, versus impressing. It will be about taking God's Bounty, and co-creating the goodness from God's creation into something that can bless family and friends, and help sustain health and energy.
Pub. Date: May 2011
As standards of conduct continue to erode in our shock-proof world, we must fight the soul pollution threatening our health, our faith, and our witness to others. Without even knowing it, people willingly inhale second-hand toxins poisoning their relationship with God and stunting their spiritual growth. Soul Detox examines the toxins that assault us daily including: toxic influences, toxic emotions, and toxic behaviors. By examining the toxins that assault us daily, this book offers the ultimate spiritual intervention with ways to remain clean, pure, and focused on the standard of God’s holiness.
Pub Date: May 2012.
Grace Fox, author of the popular 10–MinuteTime Outs for Moms, encourages busy women to make time for what matters most—their relationship with God. Using real–life stories and Scripture–based prayers, she crafts short, inspirational devotions designed to lead readers into a deeper understanding of God’s truth.
A lovely padded cover and easy-to-tote 4 x 6 size makes this an ideal gift for women on the go. They’ll get the most out of their moments of quietness as they begin to:
*Understand their true value as daughters of God
*Respond realistically to other people’s expectations
*Overcome bitterness, worry, and fear
In just minutes a day, busy women will find personal encouragement and renewal as well as practical how–to’s for living effective Christian lives at home, in the church, and in their communities.
Content from 10-Minute Time Outs for Busy Women.
Pub Date: February 2012.
A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.
Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.
Pub. Date: November 2010
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