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Radical

Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

By David Platt

WHAT IS JESUS WORTH TO YOU?

It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…

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BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?

In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment –a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.

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The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven

By Kevin Malarkey

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In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex—and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. “I think Alex has gone to be with Jesus,” a friend told the stricken dad. But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven itself. Of the unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. And, most amazing of all . . . Of meeting and talking to Jesus. The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is the true story of an ordinary boy’s most extraordinary journey. As you see heaven and earth through Alex’s eyes, you’ll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father’s love.

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Kevin Malarkey is a Christian therapist with a counseling practice near
Columbus, OH. He is a graduate of the college of Wooster and Ohio
State University, where he earned his graduate degree. He and his wife
have four children and attend a nondenominational evangelical church.

Kevin’s son, Alex Malarkey (12), is the youngest person in the world to
have the “Christopher Reeve Surgery” allowing him to breathe without
a ventilator. He can stand in a supportive frame for an hour at a time
and, with the help of a special harness, can walk on a treadmill while
helpers move his legs. Alex is an avid Steelers fan.

The Devil in Pew Number Seven

By Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

Devil in Pew Number Seven

Rebecca never felt safe as a child. In 1969, her father, Robert Nichols, moved to Sellerstown, North Carolina, to serve as a pastor. There he found a small community eager to welcome him—with one exception. Glaring at him from pew number seven was a man obsessed with controlling the church. Determined to get rid of anyone who stood in his way, he unleashed a plan of terror that was more devastating and violent than the Nichols family could have ever imagined. Refusing to be driven away by acts of intimidation, Rebecca’s father stood his ground until one night when an armed man walked into the family’s kitchen . . . and Rebecca’s life was shattered. If anyone had a reason to harbor hatred and seek personal revenge, it would be Rebecca. Yet The Devil in Pew Number Seven tells a different story. It is the amazing true saga of relentless persecution, one family’s faith and courage in the face of it, and a daughter whose parents taught her the power of forgiveness.

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About the Author

Becky Alonzo never felt safe as a child. Although she lived next door to the church her father pastored, the devil lived across the street. This tormented man terrorized her family with rifle shots and ten bombings. When these violent acts didn’t scare them away, he went even further. During dinner one evening, seven-year-old Becky and her younger brother watched as their parents were gunned down. Today Becky speaks about betrayal and the power of forgiveness. She is a graduate of Missouri State University and has been involved in ministry, including a church plant, youth outreach, and missions, for thirteen years. She and her husband, along with their two children, live in Franklin, Tennessee.

The Faith Dare

30 Days to Live Your Life to the Fullest

by Debbie Alsdorf

Jesus came to give us abundant life. So why are so many Christian women living with worn-out faith, struggling just to get by? What if there was something more? What if we could be set free from worry, fear, and the constant cycle of searching for significance?

The Faith Dare is a 30-day challenge for women who are tired of ho-hum living and want to break the pattern of self-reliance and people pleasing by putting their trust in God alone and learning to live to please him. This energizing book will change a woman’s focus from her moods and attitudes to living in the power of God’s Word. It will encourage her to take the next step and begin to live out real faith in her real life.

Debbie Alsdorf is the author of Deeper and A Different Kind of Wild. She is founder of the popular Design4Living Conferences and speaks with Hearts at Home. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is director of women’s ministries at Cornerstone Fellowship, where her Bible study is attended by hundreds of women every week. She lives in California.

Indivisible

By Kristen Heitzmann

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An inseparable bond.

An insatiable force.

Battling his own personal demons, Police Chief Jonah Westfall knows the dark side of life and has committed himself to eradicating it. When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, knowing the strange event could escalate and destroy the tranquility of his small mountain town. With a rising drug threat and never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history, Jonah fights for answers—and his fragile sobriety.

But he can’t penetrate every wound or secret—especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness.

From best-selling author Kristen Heitzmann comes a spellbinding tale of severed connections and the consequences of life lived alone.

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What Happened To My Life?

Finding New Passion, Purpose and Joy

by Danna Demetre

Here’s your 40-day plan for reclaiming your life

Do you feel too busy? Do you worry about the future? Do disappointments in life drain your joy? It doesn’t have to be that way! In What Happened to My Life? personal life coach and speaker Danna Demetre invites you to join her on a 40-day journey where you’ll learn to

  • slow down and make good choices
  • reinterpret life and have more realistic expectations
  • choose the very best from all the good
  • pursue God in a life-changing way

Whether you’re dealing with a crisis or simply feeling that life is not all you’d hoped for, you’ll learn to find authentic contentment and joy regardless of your circumstances.

It’s time to move from simply surviving to truly thriving once again!

Danna Demetre is an international author and speaker with a passion for encouraging women toward a life of greater balance. She is a former radio talk show host and frequent media guest as well as president and founder of Women of Purpose, an outreach ministry. She lives in SanDiego, California, with her husband and adopted grandson.

 

Bringing Up Girls

By Dr. James C. Dobson

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You’ve got daughters? Then you’ve got questions.

Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of girls have a lot on their minds:

  • Are girls really fundamentally different from boys? If so, should they be treated differently?
  • Whoever said that girls are “sugar and spice and everything nice” never met my teenager. What can I do?
  • My adolescent daughter seems to be on an emotional roller coaster. One minute she’s giddy with excitement; the next she’s moody and withdrawn. Is this normal?
  • As a mom, I so badly want to be “best friends” with my daughter. Why isn’t it working out the way I dreamed?
  • How does a dad’s role in his daughter’s life influence her character and decisions—including her eventual choice of a husband?
  • How can grandparents contribute to raising a healthy granddaughter?
  • What’s the best way to educate girls?
  • How are girls affected when their parents divorce?
  • What should we be doing to shape the next generation of women?

In Bringing Up Girls, Dr. James Dobson, America’s foremost authority on parenting, tackles these and many other questions, offering wisdom and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.

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JAMES C. DOBSON, Ph.D., has devoted his career to helping children and families. A licensed psychologist and a marriage, family, and child counselor, he served on the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles for 17 years. He holds a Ph.D. in child development from the University of Southern California. Heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family, Dr. Dobson served on the task force that summarized the White House Conferences on Families and received a special commendation from President Jimmy Carter. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Advisory Commission to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He has also served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Board on Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Panel on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, and the Commission on Child and Family Welfare.

Rooms

By James L. Rubart

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On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend.When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny.

Her Mother’s Hope

By Francine Rivers

The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husband in tow in the central valley of California. Marta’s experiences convince her that only the strong survive. Hildie, Marta’s oldest daughter, has a heart to serve others, and her calling as a nurse gives her independence, if not the respect of her mother. Amid the drama of WWII, Hildie marries and begins a family of her own. She wants her daughter never to doubt her love—but the challenges of life conspire against her vow. Each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.

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Her Mother’s Hope Reviews:

“Writers like Rivers are why people buy Christian fiction: it’s dramatic [and] engaging…”

“This well-told tale will have readers eagerly awaiting the story’s resolution. “

-Publishers Weekly

“…an emotionally rich exploration based loosely on her own family history.”

“Rivers’ novel will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction and sweeping family sagas with exotic settings.”

— Booklist

More information on Her Mother’s Hope is available at Tyndale House Publishers.

Sexy Christians

By Dr. Ted Roberts and Diane Roberts

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“Sexy Christians.” The phrase sounds like an oxymoron, but God never intended it to be. Sexual fulfillment is, in fact, God’s idea. Yet many Christians seem to think the more spiritual they are, the less sexual they will be, and the more sexual they are, the less spiritual they will be. Dr. Ted and Diane Roberts want to turn this thinking on its head.

Readers will learn why men and women see sex differently, what the greatest aphrodisiac is, and how to avoid the most lethal killer to a great sex life. The authors also explore what men’s and women’s sexual needs are and why they are so different, what sex is all about from God’s perspective, and what the differences are between male and female sexual response cycles. End-of-chapter questions encourage couples to apply the book’s principles at home.

Readers and groups can go a step further with the Sexy Christians Workbook. Loaded with additional content, this workbook is designed to challenge couples to explore the rewarding work of intimacy.

 

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Check out the DVD series for couples/small groups

Hear No Evil

By Matthew Paul Turner

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Like A Good Mixed-Tape…

A collection of wise, compelling, and often uproariously funny essays built around the experience of music as a transformational element in a moment of truth, Hear No Evil mines Matthew Paul Turner’s humorous memories of his evangelical youth and invites readers to groove along on his journey.

From attending forbidden contemporary Christian concerts to moving to “Music City” Nashville, Hear No Evil chronicles Turner’s “li fe soundtrack” which morphs seamlessly into the stories of people, places, and experiences that have taught the music-edit or- turned-author some new things about God, forced him out of his comfort zone, and introduced him to a fresh view of grace along the way.

If you’ve ever had the opening bars of a song transport you back in time or remind you of a pivotal spiritual moment, Matthew Paul Turner’s honest—and frequently hilarious—musings will strike a chord. Straight forward and amusing, Hear No Evil is an exploration of a life of faith lived to a personal soundtrack.

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Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half

Why Differences Make A Marriage Great

by Rick Johnson

Your Recipe for Marital Success

Having a successful marriage is not about finding the perfect person. It’s not even about always getting along. It’s about loving the imperfect person you married in an unselfish manner.

Just as a great meal is made from many ingredients, a great marriage is a combination of different traits. If men and women were the same, life would turn out pretty bland. In this witty and insightful book, Rick Johnson shows you how to go beyond merely tolerating your spouse’s differences to using them to add spice and passion to your relationship.

About the Author:

Rick Johnson is the author of That’s My Son; Better Dads, Stronger Sons; The Man Whisperer; and The Power of a Man. Founder of Better Dads, a fathering skills program, Rick develops and delivers father training workshops for businesses, churches, schools, and other organizations nationally and internationally.

Endorsements

“Rick Johnson understands the dynamics of a great relationship, and he’s really good at helping others understand them too.”–Will Davis Jr., author of Pray Big and Pray Big for Your Marriage

“Rick Johnson shows us how men and women are wonderfully different by design. His incredible understanding of how men think and how women think will give you much better insight into that person you married who sometimes seems like an alien.”–Jim Burns, PhD, president of HomeWord; author of Creating an Intimate Marriage and Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together

“Conventional thinking wants us to believe that ‘compatibility’ is the golden key to a lasting marriage. But here Rick Johnson explains the real truth: it’s our differences that make us interesting, engaged, and intimate.”–Paul Coughlin, author of No More Christian Nice Guy and Married But Not Engaged

The Hidden Flame

By Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

In first-century Judea, the followers of the Way have burgeoned into a vibrant, growing community that cannot be ignored. Jerusalem is in turmoil as its religious leaders on one side, and their Roman rulers on the other, conspire to stamp out the fledgling Church. And Abigail, who thought she had finally found home and safety, is caught between the opposing forces.

Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail’s hand in marriage. Ezra, a successful Hebrew merchant and widower with important connections among the Sanhedrin, is looking for a mother for his children. The Roman soldier Linux is fascinated by her winsome charm and possibly could offer the sanctuary–maybe even the love–for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Will her faith and courage survive a heartbreak beyond comprehension as the followers face a gathering storm of persecution they never could have foreseen?

A glimmer of hope beckons Abigail forward.

 

About the authors:

Davis Bunn is an award-winning novelist whose audience spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write. Visit Davis’ Web site at www.davisbunn.com

Janette Oke (pronounced “oak”) pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over one million copies. Janette is now the bestselling author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.  Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President’s Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren. They make their home in Canada.

Burn

by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

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Years ago, the Gypsy Kumpania where Janeal Mikkado lived was attacked by outsiders. With her best friend about to be consumed by a fire, Janeal had two options: try to save her friend–at serious risk to her own life–or disappear with the million dollars that she had just discovered . . .

But the past is quickly coming back to haunt her. Both the best friend and the boyfriend that she was sure were dead have reappeared in her life, as has someone who knows about the money. There’s a debt to be paid for the money she found, but there’s an even greater debt she must face–and if the chaff isn’t burned from her own heart, it will consume her.

 

 

Powers

John B. Olson

“Bury me standing. I must be buried standing.”

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Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade (“a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti” —Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.

Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from “the Badness.”

The whole world seems to join in the chase—helicopters, soldiers, government agents, and the police are all trying to kill her. Mari’s only hope of survival is to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the mythical hero of her grandfather’s bedtime stories. But she has never been outside the swamp or known other humans besides her grandfather and one teacher. How can this lone girl survive the bewildering world of men long enough to find a prophet who might not even exist?

The Negotiator

By Dee Henderson

negotiatorFBI agent Dave Richman from Danger in the Shadows is back. He’s about to meet Kate O’Malley, and his life will never be the same. She’s a hostage negotiator. He protects people. He’s about to find out that falling in love with a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another!

Introducing the O’Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O’Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.

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dee hendersonAward-winning novelist Dee Henderson excels at creating believable, challenging characters. Dee is the author of two series: the Uncommon Heroes series and the O’Malley series of romantic suspense novels. Her books have won a host of awards, including the prestigious RITA Award, Bookseller’s Best Award, and National Reader’s Choice Award. True Honor is a finalist for the 2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for Fiction, The Truth Seeker and The Protector were finalists for the 2002 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for Fiction, The Guardian won the 2002 Christy Award, Romance category. Find out more at deehenderson.com

God Guy

Becoming the Man You’re Meant to Be

Michael DiMarco

When you become a God Guy, your life will never be the same.

The God Guy is the most amazing guy on earth. He loves God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength. He knows where he came from and where he is going. His life isn’t perfect–sometimes it’s messy. But what makes him different from just any guy is his relationship with the Creator of the universe. A God Guy isn’t just interested in God, he’s connected to him.

Learning to be a God Guy in every area of your life doesn’t have to be hard. Find out how a God Guy:

  • loves
  • finds true happiness
  • knows himself
  • knows how to communicate
  • and knows God

Take a look at the life of a God Guy and see how becoming one will change your life for the better.

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Michael DiMarco is the CEO of Hungry Planet, a company that creates cutting-edge books that connect with the multitasking mind-set. Michael has co-written a number of books on relationships including Marriable, The Art of Rejection, The Art of the First Date, B4UD8, and Almost Sex with his wife Hayley. Michael lives with his wife and their daughter in Nashville, Tennessee.  Check out Michael’s website

God Girl

Becoming the Woman You’re Meant to Be

By Hayley DiMarco

When you become a God Girl, your life will never be the same.

The God Girl is the most amazing girl on earth. She loves God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. She knows where she came from and where she is going. Her life isn’t perfect–sometimes it’s messy. But what makes her different from just any girl is her relationship with the Creator of the universe. A God Girl isn’t just interested in God, she’s connected to him.

Learning to be a God Girl in every area of your life doesn’t have to be hard. Find out how a God Girl:

* loves
* finds true happiness
* knows herself
* knows how to communicate
* and knows God

Take a look at the life of a God Girl and see how becoming one will change your life for the better.

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Hayley DiMarco is chief creative officer and founder of Hungry Planet, where she writes and creates cutting-edge books that connect with the multitasking mind-set. She has written and co-written numerous bestselling books for both teens and adults, including Dateable, Mean Girls, Sexy Girls, and Technical Virgin. She and her husband, Michael, live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their daughter.

Green

Book Zero: The Beginning and the End

by Ted Dekker

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At Last . . . The Circle Reborn

The story of how Thomas Hunter first entered the Black Forest and forever changed our history began at a time when armies were gathered for a final battle in the valley of Migdon. Green is a story of love, betrayal, and sweeping reversals set within the apocalypse. It is the beginning: the truth behind a saga that has captured the imagination of more than a million readers with the Books of History Chronicles.

But even more, Green brings full meaning to the Circle Series as a whole, reading as both prequel to Black and sequel to White, completing a full circle. This is Book Zero, the Circle Reborn, both the beginning and the end. The preferred starting point for new readers . . . and the perfect climax for the countless fans who’ve experienced Black, Red, and White.

Little Book of Big Savings

By Ellie Kay

Save Big on Everything…

…with hundreds of money-saving tips for immediate financial relief that you can apply right now!


Every month, hundreds of dollars slip out of the wallets of hardworking people across the country—and they don’t even know it. With quick, practical tips on everything from water heaters to refinancing to college educations, America’s Family Financial Expert® Ellie Kay can help you find and keep the money that’s yours.

Ellie Kay highlights the twelve things people spend money on each month and shows how the average person can save big money by doing simple things in each spending category. Plus, Ellie’s wealth of savings tips, spending secrets, and bargain buys will show you how to cut costs in every financial category during these tough economic times – starting today!

Offering immediate financial relief for anyone looking for accessible, real-life advice, this read-and-run companion to Living Rich for Less gives those who may be budget-weary what is sought most during these tough financial times: peace of mind.

Visit the author’s web site at www.EllieKay.com for more information!

Also available from Ellie Kay:

Living Rich for Less

With lively humor, proven know-how, and practical principles for financial health, Living Rich for Less helps you stretch your dollars to realize the lifestyle of your dreams. Ellie Kay’s entertaining and enlightening examples show you simple steps to save, spend, and give smart, and her three main principles are undergirded by dozens of effective rules and hundreds of Cha-Ching Factor™ tips that keep or put money in your pocket.

Ellie knows what it’s like to be financially-strapped or struggling, wanting to be the Joneses but feeling as poor in spirit as in pocketbook. She went, within two and a half years, from being a new wife and mom with $40,000 in consumer debt and seven children (and college educations) to support, to being completely debt-free and within fifteen years able to pay cash for eleven different cars, give away three of those cars, take wonderful vacations, dress her family in fine fashion; and support more than thirty non-profit organizations in more than a dozen different countries, giving away more than $100,000, all without gaining more debt and staying debt-free!.

Isn’t that the kind of transformation to a rich life that you want?

Living Rich for Less helps anyone get there in our taxed-out, maxed-out times. Because financial security doesn’t mean just genuine prosperity, but being able to live luxuriously, give generously, and care for yourself as well as the others around you.

Why keep up with the Joneses when you can be them?

PRAISE for Ellie Kay

“Suze Orman, you’ve got a powerhouse who just moved in next door! Ellie Kay is a financial expert whose time has come. Her advice is for Mr. and Mrs. America and not just Wall Street. If you live on Main Street, you need to meet your new neighbor, Ellie Kay, who’s spiked the Koolaid with the wakeup juice that mainstream America needs in order to survive today’s money woes and tomorrow’s future challenges. I love this book more than a bowl of fat grams.”
Dr. Kevin Leman, best-selling author of Have a New Kid by Friday

“Ellie Kay makes complicated financial concepts understandable. Heeding her advice will give you an extraordinary quality of life as you learn the secrets of living and giving in a way that multiples your resources.”
Carol Kent, best-selling author A New Kind of Normal and president of Speak Up Speaker Services

“We feel richer already! Ellie Kay gives a billfold full of ideas to help place more money back into your pockets! With three kids in college, and retirement on the horizon, Ellie’s wisdom is a wealth of encouragement, comfort, and practical proven helps.”
Pam and Bill Farrel, international speakers, best-selling authors of Men are like Waffles, Women are like Spaghetti, and Ten Best Decisions a Couple Can Make

“Ellie work, helping us be better stewards, is one of the great services to families across our nation.”
Dennis Rainey, executive director and radio host of Family Life

“Ellie is amazing! I don’t think she ever sleeps! She provides great information and is always a fun guest on the show.”
Bill Griffith, host of CNBC’s Power Lunch

“Ellie is the gateway to mainstream America.”
Marc Myers, money columnist, Reader’s Digest