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Finding God in the Mess

Author : Jim Deeds
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Using both image and word, Finding God in the Mess provides reflections and journaling opportunities to reveal God's presence in every moment of our lives.

Holy Hot Mess

Author : Mary Katherine Backstrom
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Mary Katherine Backstrom shares heart-breaking and hilarious stories of how God uses each "mess" in our lives to bring us closer to Him. She shows readers that it's okay to celebrate exactly where they are right now-holy, hot mess and all. A lot of people struggle with the concept of being holy. But the fact is, even the hottest of messes are being shaped--right now--into Jesus' likeness. In this book, Mary Katherine shares the sometimes--hidden evidence of God's work in her life and shows you that it's okay to embrace the hot messes. Holy Hot Mess is separated into three parts: You Are Messy (Identity and Parenting) They Are All a Mess (Love and Friendship) Being a Hot, Holy Mess (Faith) The book will cover all of the topics that plague our hearts every day with raw honest truth with a side of laughter. Mary Katherine invites you into her story as a friend, encouraging you to embrace the hot messes in your life because you are the person God created you to be.

Thrift Store Graces

Author : Jane Knuth
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This “ridiculous” religious thinking—that when we help the poor, they end up helping us—is at the heart of the 30 stories that Jane Knuth shares in Thrift Store Graces, the sequel to her popular Thrift Store Saints. Similar to the first book, Thrift Store Graces contains personal accounts of Knuth’s experiences serving as a once reluctant, now enthusiastic volunteer at a thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan. What sets Thrift Store Graces apart from her first book is that Knuth introduces us to some far more challenging personal situations that emerge as a result of her volunteer work. Additionally, she invites us to join her as she hesitantly embarks on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in war-ravaged Bosnia. Through it all, her delightful sense of humor keeps her going, along with her conviction that some of God’s greatest gifts come disguised as difficulties. Witty, inspiring, and thought-provoking all at once, the stories in Thrift Store Graces subtly compel us to redefine what it means to volunteer and to rethink why it is that we volunteer in the first place.

Finding God

Author : Larry Crabb
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In today’s psychological culture, we have become a people more concerned with solving our problems than finding God. Suffer low self –esteem? Get counseling. Unfulfilled in life? Join a recovery group. But solving problems is not the point, argues Dr. Larry Crabb. In fact whenever we place a higher priority on solving our problems than on pursuing God, we are being immoral! Dr. Crabb demonstrates that our deepest problem and worst sin is doubting God. When we doubt God’s goodness, when we think that god cannot be trusted with the things that matter most, we will quietly-but with tight –lipped resolve-take over responsibility for our own well-being-with disastrous results. In his most compelling book since Inside Out, Dr. Crabb upsets the cozy Christianity of the modern believer. He reveals anew God’s top priority: not our comfort and gratification, but His glory.

Finding God in the Shack

Author : Roger E. Olson
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The Shack has touched millions of readers with its portrayal of a compassionate God in the face of great evil. Many have identified with the main character's Great Sadness, the terrible burden of grief that often accompanies and follows a deep loss, for the Great Sadness is part of the human condition. And it compels us to ask, Where is God? Who is God? Roger Olson, who has faced his own Great Sadness, finds a good deal of comfort in this much beloved, story as have so many others. Some may ask, however, Is God really like that? Is that really how God responds to evil? Can God be trusted? Olson also views The Shack with a theologian's eye and finds much sound truth. He delves into many of the significant issues raised by the book such as forgiving those who have done us great evil, how God acts in the world, how God is three persons in one and what difference this makes to us. While he offers his own criticisms of the book, he largely finds the truth about God in The Shack.

Deeper Into the Mess

Author : Jim Deeds
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This is the eagerly awaited follow up to the best selling, Finding God in the Mess. In this new collection the authors address tough issues such as fear, anxiety, suicide and anger. They have received much feedback from workshops based on the first book, and these are some of the topics on which people have asked for help. As well as offering a meditation or a way of praying, the authors suggest scripture and a simple ritual. Once again the book is based on Jim and Brendan's own unique combination of practical prayer and Ignatian spirituality. Like the previous volume, this book is illustrated with their beautiful photographs.

Finding God s Truth Within

Author : Charryse Wright
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Are you heartbroken? Damaged? Are you struggling to forgive? Are you in the dark struggling to find your way to the Light? Are you looking to find God's truth for you? Are you struggling to believe in God's love for you? This books discusses the importance of addressing life's struggles to help you become who God purposed you to be. A social worker and trauma-survivor, the author tells how she went from broken, angry and unforgiving to living authentically, regaining peace and walking in her God-ordained purpose. Through testimonials, practical tips and exercises she provides insight to anyone in search of a closer relationship with GOD, healing, forgiveness and peace.

Finding God

Author : John M. Mulder
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The search for God is a staple of human history. Finding God records sixty first-person accounts of Christians who found God in different ways and the impact this discovery made on their lives and on the world in which they lived. Ranging from the first century to the present, Finding God is a fascinating digest of conversion stories from a wide variety of people -- from the apostle Paul to the rock musician Bono. These narratives together demonstrate the remarkable diversity of spiritual journeys and the dramatic changes that can result from encounters with God. Both instructive and inspirational, Finding God will expand horizons and deepen the faith of those who seek insight into the age-old spiritual quest to find God.

Finding God in Other Christians

Author : Lorraine Cavanagh
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As we journey in faith, many of us begin to find God in the context of more than one kind of churchmanship. Even if we feel happy where we are, we may benefit greatly from getting out of our particular church 'comfort zone' in order to encounter God in new ways through Christians whose priorities and styles of worship are at variance with our own. This book calls us to a deeper and more compassionate approach to the challenges of diversity among Christians. It addresses issues such as: Are Christians meant to be more than friends?; Jesus Christ as our common identity; Violence between Christians; Radical hospitality; Dealing with difference; The meaning of God among us, and finally, Christians in Christ and for the world.

Finding God without Finding the Church

Author : G.R. Akers
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This book answers the question Someone once asked , "Can one truly find God without organized religion?" The author proclaims boldly a huge empahatic, YES, not based on opinion, but study of the Scriptures and the languages and culture in which they were written, as well as those they were originally written to. Lastly it reveals to those of us living in a today's world, a pathway to know God without being tied down to all of organized Religion's institutions.

Finding God in a Bag of Groceries

Author : Laura Lapins Willis
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If your pantry was empty, your children hungry, your electricity cut off for nonpayment, and you saw no prospect of support, what would you do? For a decade in a rural Tennessee community, you went to a shabby building behind a church and found Laura Willis. Running a program to help the needy, Laura discovered a world of people she never knew: the lonely and unemployed, chronically poor families, and middle-class folks surprised to be struggling in a great recession. And to each, she offered a bag of groceries, a compassionate ear, and a heart of love. Taking a tiny food pantry and watching it grow to feed hundreds, Laura learned about her own hunger for God and began to discern her own spiritual directions, learning how her calling card—a bag of groceries—could be a gift to others and to herself of abundance and grace.

Experience God as Your Provider

Author : Brian Kluth
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We are at a unique time in American history and our personal history when we need real help, real hope, and real answers for the day to day realities we’re facing. We live in a financial and work world that is experiencing rapid and unprecedented changes. It is as if Americans have spent years building their financial houses that were like sand castles on the beach. For a long time many of our sand castles looked beautiful and kept getting bigger in the sunshine of the day. But now strong ocean tides and ground-shaking tremors beyond our personal control are beginning to move in and our sand castles are beginning to crack and their very existence is being threatened. This book was written to help you “consider your ways” and to consider God’s Word. Explore the idea of experiencing God as your provider, begin to build your finances and life on the solid Rock of God's Word, and learn to become a generous person. This book is filled with Scriptures that will instruct and true stories that will inspire. This is not a money management book, but rather it is a book that will help you manage your life under leadership of Christ.

New Covenant

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Finding Myself Through Emotional Pain

Author : Carmen Edwards Jackson
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Finding God

Author : Lawrence J. Crabb
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A Perfect Mess

Author : Lisa Harper
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On those days when French fries litter the floor of your minivan, when you think bad words about other drivers, when your smile hides an anxious heart–in those moments when you fall short of all you’d hoped to be–what does God see when He looks at you? In your less-than-lovely moments, God sees a precious daughter in need of His perfect love. In this liberating look at how God adores and transforms imperfect people, Bible teacher Lisa Harper weaves poignant stories of her own personal foibles with a fresh take on selected Psalms to reveal a loving Father who remains your greatest champion even when you don’t feel anywhere close to holy. Join Lisa in discovering what happens when we stop trying to hide our inadequacies and doubts and instead trust God with our anger, frustrations, flaws, and regrets. As you accept God’s loving invitation to exchange your junk for His joy, you’ll find the imperfect pieces of your life shaped into a glorious pattern of divine grace.

Finding God Finding Each Other

Author : Vincent Ruhl
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The Divine Scandal

Author : Jordan M Storment
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This is a story about discovering God when the sh*t hits the fan. Jordan takes us on a journey to uncover the scandals in Scripture and his own life in order to put the love of God on display. He will lead us to the edges of our capacity to love in order to discover a God who has no limitations to His. Where OUR mercy ends, HIS is just beginning.

Glorious Mess

Author : Mike Howerton
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Dynamic communicator and pastor explores God's relentless love for imperfect people and how he works through them in spite of their mistakes and failures.

Limping from Great Mess to Greatness

Author : Sicelo Nkosi
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When pain is a condition, limping is a solution. In our day-to-day living, we experience pain, at times while trying to do good for other people. However, when we have something that is worth our while on the other side, we should forsake what's troubling us in the now and pursue what will benefit us and the entire human race in the future. This book will make you move forward in spite of all the pain you are encountering now.