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Jesus Today

 

Experience Hope Through His Presence

by Sarah Young

Beloved missionary, Sarah Young, shares another deeply spiritual devotional to help readers grow in grace, hear from God, and walk with Jesus TodayTM.

Her first book, the acclaimed bestseller, Jesus Calling®, was born after years of writing in her prayer journal and feeling led to write down what she believed God was telling her. Gradually, her prayer journal turned from a monologue to a dialogue. Knowing that her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, this process still helped her grow closer in her walk with God.

In Jesus TodayTM, readers will be renewed with a deeper sense of hope as Sarah shares this about her spiritual journey in writing the book: “When I began writing Jesus Today, I was deeply discouraged by the failure of many months of intensive medical treatment to improve my health. However, the longer I worked on the book—focusing on finding hope in Jesus—the more hopeful and encouraged I became.”

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Grace Happens Here

You Are Standing Where Grace is Happening

By Max Lucado

A wonderful message about God’s grace and how to apply it to every aspect of your life.

Max Lucado looks at grace from all directions and reveals that no matter which way you look at it, God’s grace is always there, ready to do wonders in your life. This beautiful gift book is filled with powerful quotes, Scripture, and stories that will transform your heart and mind with a deeper understanding of God’s healing grace. The message gently and eloquently encourages you to accept completely His grace and forgiveness as well as extend the same blessing toward others.

“When grace happens, generosity happens. Unsquashable, eye-popping big heartedness happens. Receiving grace today? Liberality is in the forecast for tomorrow. When you meet a bountiful person, you are standing where grace is happening.”

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Mark: The Gospel of Passion

By Michael Card

“Follow Me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you into fishers of men!” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. –Mark 1:17-18

The Gospel of Mark is a book of action and passion. Events happen one after another, with a vivid sense of immediacy and urgency. Jesus’ emotions come through strongly–at times he is angry and distressed, other times filled with compassion.

In this volume, Michael Card provides a lively tour of the Gospel of Mark. As a friend and interpreter of Simon Peter, Mark gives firsthand glimpses of the life and ministry of Jesus in vibrant and energetic narration. The first Gospel to be written, Mark is a “pamphlet for hard times,” encouraging Christians that all their sufferings were already endured by Jesus.

Accompany Mark on his journey with Jesus. The more clearly you see Jesus here, the greater your passion will be for him.

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Learn more about the other volumes in Michael Card’s Biblical Imagination Series

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Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt

by Christi Paul

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Like millions of other women, CNN’s Headline News and truTV’s In Session anchor Christi Paul blamed herself for the emotional abuse heaped on her by her first husband, whose violent, profanity-laced tirades left her feeling as though she had no value, no self-worth, and nowhere to turn for help.

Then one day, when Christi was taking refuge in a church parking lot, the verse “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” popped into her head. In that moment, she realized she did have someplace to turn after all. Holding fast to her faith, Christi began the arduous process of rebuilding her self-image and regaining control of her life.

Now happily remarried and the mother of three girls, Christi feels called to share her story in the hope that other victims will find courage to seek the help they desperately need and deserve.

Written with great candor and poignancy, Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt chronicles Christi’s personal experience of dealing with emotional abuse and shows how—with God’s help, some unconventional therapy, and the support of family and friends—she was able to break the cycle of abuse, regain her sense of self-worth, and discover what true love is really all about.

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Christi Paul is an award-winning journalist and national weekday news anchor for CNN’s HLN and TruTv’s In Session. In her eight years at CNN, she has covered a wide variety of stories, including two presidential elections, the Virginia Tech shootings, the Casey Anthony murder trial, the Warren Jeffs polygamy trial, and the Conrad Murray trial. She has also interviewed such noted figures as Senator John McCain, Reverend Jessie Jackson, former drug czar Barry McCaffrey, actresses Jane Seymour and Patricia Heaton, bestselling author Marianne Williamson, and musicians Keith Urban and Jim Brickman, among others.

An accomplished singer, Christi has performed the National Anthem for the Cleveland Indians, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Thrashers, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. She has also performed onstage with Grammy-winning artists Richard Marx and David Foster.

This spring Christi became an ambassador for Liz Claiborne’s Love Is Not Abuse campaign, which aims to teach teenagers about dating violence and help them make healthy relationship decisions. She also serves on the board of Safe Kids Georgia and is an ambassador for the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.

Christi lives in Atlanta with her husband, Pete, and their three daughters.

Named by God

By Kasey Van Norman

In many ways, Kasey Van Norman has suffered more heartbreak than one woman can bear. Growing up, she endured her parents’ divorce, date rape, and years of addiction to sex, cutting, and eating disorders. As an adult, Kasey has endured a painful miscarriage; the heartbreak (and restoration) of infidelity; a cancer diagnosis; rejection by her friends, church, and community; and her mother’s death from cancer. But at the end of this twisting path of sorrow, Kasey walked out of the wilderness and into a place of God’s merciful and miraculous healing and redemption. In Named by God, Kasey shares her story of God’s infinite grace and compassion so that others might learn from her experience as they encounter a depth of Jesus like never before!

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Kasey Van Norman is the founder and President of Kasey Van Norman Ministries in College Station, Texas. Her ministry passion is two-fold: to reach those who are far from God, and to ignite a spiritual flame in those who know Him. Kasey’s teaching style radiates a unique and refreshing authenticity as she speaks to a generation of people tired of hypocrisy and hungry for transparent leaders.Kasey is a certified counselor with a masters degree in community counseling. She holds undergraduate degrees in both psychology and speech communication, and is currently earning a masters of religion in Biblical studies from Liberty University. Kasey was born and raised in deep East Texas, and currently resides in College Station, Texas with her husband, Justin, and their two young children; Emma Grace and Lake.

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I Couldn’t Love You More

by Jason Ingram and Matt Hammitt

In the same manner as touching picture books like bestsellers Let Me Hold You Longer and Love You Forever, I Couldn’t Love You More tells a sweet, loving, yet powerful message: I couldn’t love you more, but there is someone who does. Through the unique relationship of adorable animals, the book shares that Christ is always with you and he loves you more than you can imagine. This engaging picture book combines lovable and irresistible images with the lyrics from the song (co-written by Jason Ingram and Matt Hammitt). Matt is lead vocalist for Sanctus Real, a Grammy-nominated Christian rock band. The song is on Hammitt’s latest album, Every Fallen Tear. When Matt and his wife, Sarah, were halfway through her pregnancy, they discovered their son would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital defect. Matt and Sarah’s son, Bowen, was born on 9/9/10 and received a huge following through the Hammitt’s blog (bowensheart.com) and ABC News. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to the foundation the Hammitts’ have started to help parents with children who have this heart condition.

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Author Bio – Matt Hammitt is the lead singer and a founding member of the band Sanctus Real. Over the past decade, the Grammy nominated, Dove Award–winning group has released five albums and has topped the Christian radio charts with fourteen No. 1 and Top 5 radio hits.

In 2010, Matt and his wife, Sarah, found out they were expecting their third child. Already the parents of two young daughters, Emmerson and Claire, they were looking forward to an ultrasound that would reveal whether they were having a boy or a girl. “We found out it was a boy, and we were all celebrating,” Matt recalls. “But only a few minutes later the doctor came in and told us that things weren’t right, that half of the baby’s heart wasn’t developed. At that time, they didn’t think he would survive.”  Read More Here

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Heaven is for Real for Kids

by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo

A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!

Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children. In an effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton—kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.

Beautifully illustrated under Colton’s direction, he shares his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids. A letter to parents is included to guide them as they talk to their children about heaven. Scripture along with a Q&A section with answers from the Bible are also included in the book.

The Last Plea Bargain

By Randy Singer

Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than 10 legal thrillers and was recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s select list of “Legal Elite” litigation attorneys. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his “Jekyll and Hyde thing”—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website at www.randysinger.net.

Accused

By Janice Cantore

Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile—where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting—and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she’s eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him.

Carly’s ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He’s determined to show Carly that he’s a changed man and win her back, but she isn’t convinced he won’t betray her again.

As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice.

 

Janice Cantore, A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. A few years ago, she retired to a house in the mountains of Southern California, where she lives with two Labrador retrievers, Jake and Maggie.

Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Accused is the first book in the Pacific Coast Justice series, featuring Carly Edwards. Janice also authored the Brinna’s Heart series, which includes The Kevlar Heart and The Heart of Justice.

Visit Janice’s website at www.janicecantore.com and connect with her on Facebook.

Everything Romance

by David Bordon and Tom Winters

Ready to create romantic memories?

If you’re looking for heartfelt poems and prose to convey your sentiments, or perhaps desiring a sweet recipe to share with your beloved, Everything Romance offers all that and much more. With a rich array of romantic gems, this treasury abounds with all you need to show your affection and adoration. Captivate the heart of your true love and create a legacy of romance to last a lifetime.

Why wait for a special occasion to celebrate the wonder and joy of being in love? Opening Everything Romance is like opening a door to romantic adventure—any day, any time!

Click here to download the first chapter of Everything Romance.

Everything Romance is also available as an eBook!

A Charles Dickens & A Jane Austen Devotional

We have lost ourselves in their stories – now we can find ourselves closer to our Creator.

In beautiful cloth hardcovers, A Charles Dickens Devotional and A Jane Austen Devotional combine over 100 short excerpts from their classic novels with Scripture and new devotional thoughts to create meaningful readings.  Allow yourself to be transported to a simple and peaceful place with devotions based on Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and more.  Visit www.tngiftbooks.com/devoclassics for free sample devotions and to view the Devotional Classics video trailer.

 

Relentless

By John Bevere

“God doesn’t author hardship but uses it to strengthen us for greater conquests. He never leads us into a storm that He doesn’t give us the power to overcome.”  — John Bevere, Relentless

In this life, you will definitely face hardships, but Scripture offers good news: you “will rule in life through Christ.” (Romans 5:17, TEV) As a child of God, you have what it takes to turn adversity into the strength to finish well!

In Relentless by John Bevere you will discover the champion’s view of hardship—but most importantly, you will learn to overcome every trial and tribulation. You are destined for strength in this life!

Learn what God says about…

  • Sickness, disease, and physical infirmity
  • Shame, guilt, and condemnation
  • Lack and poverty
  • Persecution and tribulation
  • Humility and submission
  • Character and prayer

What separates those who are defeated by life from those who rule in life is the knowledge that battles and conflicts are inevitable, and that—unlike the natural person—we have power over whatever may come against us. So we can, and must, fight relentlessly until the battle is won.

You already have what it takes to finish well! Learn how and join the Relentless experience today!

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Learn more about the curriculum DVD and CD series for Relentless at RelentlessOnline.org

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Gabby, God’s Little Angel

By Sheila Walsh

This first book in a delightful new series offers a comforting message for young readers-God loves you very much and is always watching over you!

What little girl wouldn’t love her very own guardian angel? Parents and children alike will be won over by this humorous tale of Gabby, a guardian angel in training who has much to learn about taking care of God’s little ones. Her new assignment is to protect a young girl named Sophie, but Gabby soon realizes that watching after Sophie is a bigger challenge than she had expected! After a close call while riding her pony, Sophie learns what the Bible says about guardian angels: “He will put his angels in charge of you. They will watch over you wherever you go” (Psalm 91:11 ICB).

I set out to develop a new character that young readers would embrace and delight in, and out from my pen and from my heart poured a new series, Gabby, God’s Little Angel. Gabby is an adorable guardian angel in training who finds that she has so much to learn about taking care of God’s children.

I am so passionate about teaching the little angels in your own lives just how much God loves them. I pray that through my new little friend, Gabby, they will discover this truth and rest assured that He is always watching over them!

Sheila Walsh

Ask Me Anything

Provocative Answers for College Students

by J. Budziszewski

The college years are full of life-defining questions and concerns. Dr Budziszewski (aka Professor Theophilus) offers his expert opinion to help students achieve personal insight about the most controversial and confusing topics they may face.

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J. BUDZISZEWSKI (Ph.D. Yale 1981) is a professor in the departments of government and philosophy at the University of Texas. Among scholars he is known as an expert on the natural moral law, but to Christian college students he is better known as “Professor Theophilus,” the Christian mentor whose dialogues are featured in the monthly “Office Hours” column at Boundless.org. His numerous popular and scholarly books include Evangelicals in the Public Square (Baker Academic), the award-winning Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law (InterVarsity), and the newly published The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction (ISI Books) — and, of course, his three NavPress books, How to Stay Christian in College, Ask Me Anything, and the newest, Ask Me Anything 2.

Fierce Beauty

By Kim Meeder

TRUE BEAUTY is NOT about HOW YOU LOOK… BUT HOW YOU LIVE.

Real beauty isn’t a look, it’s an action. It can be found by making one crucial, life-defining choice—to lay down personal ambitions and selfish desires, pick up your sword of encouragement, and fight for the eternal purposes of God. As you do, fierce beauty is revealed—along with lasting value, fulfillment, and joy. Who will you choose to fight for— yourself or the King of Kings?

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In Fierce Beauty, Kim shares inspiring true stories from her own life of adventure, love, and loss—including her parents’ shocking death when she was nine years old and her struggles with self acceptance, knowing God, and standing for Him. Through her stories and encouragement in this book, you’ll discover life lessons about trust, transformation, surrender, forgiveness, and genuine purpose. Journey with gifted storyteller Kim Meeder as she encourages you to see that true value is defined by your Creator and that your worth has a purpose of eternal proportions.

This book also includes discussion guide for individuals or groups.

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Kim Meeder is the author of Hope Rising, Bridge Called Hope, and Blind Hope. Along with her husband, Troy, she owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Central Oregon, a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering them a place of safety, peace, and hope. She has been a popular guest on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast, Dr. Dobson’s Family Talk, and featured on the CBS Early Show.

 

 

The Touch

Andrew Jones was once one of the few surgeons in the world to have that rare, God-given ability called The Touch. But after failing to save his young fiancée, Faith, at the scene of a car accident, Jones abandons his gift and shuns the operating room.

Lara Blair owns a Chicago-based biomedical engineering company developing a surgical tool that will duplicate precisely the movement of a surgeon’s hands, reducing or eliminating failed surgical procedures. Lara has pursued the best surgeons in the world to test this surgical tool, and all of them have failed.

As Lara pursues Jones’s skill for her project, Jones’s stubborn resistance cracks, and he begins to open up to her about the wounds that still haunt him. But when Jones discovers the urgency behind Lara’s work, he must choose to move beyond his past. As each is forced to surrender secret fears, they are bonded together through the lives of the people Jones serves and by the healing secret that Faith left behind.

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SECRETARIATRandall Wallace is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and songwriter, who came to prominence by writing the screenplay for the 1995 film Braveheart. His work on the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay Adapted Directly for the Screen. His other films, include The Man in the Iron Mask, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers andSecretariat. Randall wrote the lyrics to the song Mansions of the Lord which is featured in the movie We Were Soldiers and was sung at Ronald Reagan’s funeral.

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Dry As Rain

By Gina Holmes

From the bestselling author of Crossing Oceans comes a powerfully moving story that tests the limits of love’s forgiveness. Like many marriages, Eric and Kyra Yoshida’s has fallen apart slowly, one lost dream and misunderstanding at a time, until the ultimate betrayal finally pushes them beyond reconciliation. Just when it looks like forgive and forget is no longer an option, a car accident gives Eric the second chance of a lifetime. A concussion causes his wife to forget details of her life, including the chasm between them. No one knows when—or if—Kyra’s memory will return, but Eric seizes the opportunity to win back the woman he’s never stopped loving.

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Gina Holmes is the author of the bestselling and award-winning debut novel Crossing Oceans. In 1998, Gina began her career penning articles and short stories. In 2005 she founded the influential literary blog Novel Journey. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her husband and children in southern Virginia. To learn more about her, visit www.ginaholmes.com or www.noveljourney.blogspot.com.

 

Praise Habit

By David Crowder

Praise is something we are, not something we do. Musician David Crowder redefines our perspective of God and helps us develop a habit of praising Him by reflecting on targeted psalms from The Message//REMIX.

Ideal for teens and those who love the beauty and music of the Psalms.

 

31 Verses: Identity

By Student Life

Relevant, Daily Devotions for Teens

“WHO AM I?”

“Who am I going to be?”

These are huge questions. Questions that are answered definitively in Scripture.  Over and over again, the Bible makes bold statements about your identity.  And all of them speak to the truth that as a Christ-follower, your identity is found in Christ alone.

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Help Wanted

By Darlene Brock

Be Inspired. Be Challenged. Be Ready and Willing to Take the Job! (No experience necessary.) Flavored with honesty, humor, compelling stories, and creative solutions, Help Wanted navigates the 13 jobs moms must accomplish in the dynamic, often challenging mother-daughter relationship to make the maximum difference in their girl’s life:

  • Coach
  • Creative Counselor
  • Time Manager
  • Media Director
  • Academic Advocate
  • Professor of Gender Studies
  • Relationship Counselor
  • Sex Ed Teacher
  • Financial Consultant
  • Bodyguard
  • Communications Specialist
  • In-Home Demonstrator
  • Military Strategist.

The action guide every mom needs to raise confident, healthy, self-fulfilled daughters.

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The Grit and Grace Project is a company dedicated to helping women reach their full potential, merging two of the primary strengths innate to women, Grit and Grace, calling upon those strengths to find purpose as Individuals, Wives, and Mothers.

 

 

Live Loved

By Max Lucado

Imagine how your life would change if you were sure God loves you!

Using the same popular format as Grace for the MomentLive Loved from Max Lucado helps you experience God’s kindness and presence in your everyday life. Included are a broad range of topics such as facing your fears, accepting His grace, and truly knowing God’s omnipresent love. Each devotional is accompanied by an ending prayer to nurture a stronger prayer life for new believers, as well as long-standing Christ followers.

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Fashioned By Faith

By Rachel Lee Carter

Everyone knows that we live in a “skin-is-in” society, heavily driven by media and immodesty. So how does a young Christian woman reconcile a fashionable wardrobe with maintaining her integrity?

Written by international professional model Rachel Lee Carter, Fashioned by Faith offers a cutting-edge approach to the concept of beauty with a Biblical foundation that will attract moms and daughters alike. Readers will love hearing about Carter’s exciting story as she leads them on an engaging study that touches on a huge felt need for young women: real beauty has nothing to do with looks.

Offering three valuable perspectives—teen boys, a professional model, and God’s Word—Carter explains her standards of modesty in a way that will make readers acquire a specific understanding of the author’s wardrobe choices and the impact those choices can make on others. Readers will also learn to season their self-image with daily quiet time with God. A tour of Scripture will reveal the value of heart issues like modesty and why they’re important to God.

Never compromising her sense of style or her faith, every young lady can discover what it means to be Fashioned by Faith.  Moms and girls will love this book!

Shattered

By Melody Carlson

Everybody does it–sneaks out of the house now and then. It’s harmless enough, right? Not this time. Cleo Neilson faces the chilling consequences of her actions. Now she has a secret and can’t tell anyone, and it’s breaking her heart. As Cleo fights through her grief and guilt, she learns about faith in God and forgiveness through him. As teenage girls read Cleo’s journey, they too will learn the value of having faith and receiving forgiveness as well as just how dangerous it really is to keep a secret.

About the series…Every teenage girl has a secret. And every teenage girl loves hearing someone else’s secret. But some secrets are big enough to detour, derail, or even destroy a young person’s life. Each of Melody Carlson’s SECRETS novels will propel readers into a world where promises are broken, life is not fair, and challenges can make or break them, while ultimately helping readers discover that solid faith, loyal friends, and a persistent spirit will see them through.

God’s Priorities for Today’s Woman

Discovering His Plan for You

By Lisa Hughes

Modern-day feminism and the decline of solid Bible teaching in churches have left many women confused or unaware of God’s high calling for their lives. Though the world changes, God’s priorities have not. In Titus 2:3-5, the apostle Paul reveals the value God places upon a woman’s character, her relationships, and her home. In God’s Priorities for Today’s Woman, popular Bible teacher Lisa Hughes explains and illustrates each priority that Paul describes, empowering Christian women to

  • grow in their understanding of God and of what He considers important
  • gain assurance they are living the life God desires them to live
  • be equipped to grow in each priority area
  • learn how to minister more effectively to other women

God’s Priorities for Today’s Woman will equip women of all ages to grow in godly living. Study questions effective for individual or small group use are included at the end of each chapter.