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Anxiety is at an all time high, but there's a prescription for dealing with it. Max Lucado invites readers into a study of Philippians 4:6-7 where the Apostle Paul admonishes the followers of Christ, "Do not be anxious about anything . . ."
Philippians 4:6 encourages the believer to "be anxious for nothing." As Lucado states, the apostle Paul seems to leave little leeway here. "Be anxious for nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero."
What's he suggesting? That we should literally be anxious for absolutely nothing? Lucado says, "The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. It's the life of perpetual anxiety that Paul wants to address. Don't let anything in life leave you perpetually in angst."
Americans especially know about living in perpetual anxiety. According to one research program, anxiety-related issues are the number one mental health problem among women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity. And use of sedative drugs like Xanax and Valium have skyrocketed in the last 15 years. Even students are feeling it. One psychologist reports that the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.
"The news about our anxiety is enough to make us anxious," says Lucado. But there's a prescription for dealing with it. Lucado invites readers into a study of Philippians 4:6-7, the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet, according to Amazon:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
"With His help you will learn to face the calamities of life. You'll learn how to talk yourself off the ledge. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will learn to view bad news through the lens of sovereignty; to discern the lies of Satan and tell yourself the truth. You will manifest a gentleness that is evident to others. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn't have to dominate your life."
In a small Georgia town, lines are drawn and tensions mount. Can one woman stand in the divide and find truth in the face of hate?
Adisa Johnson, a young African American attorney, is living her dream of practicing high-stakes law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then, a split-second mistake destroys the world she s created. Left with no options, she returns to her hometown so she can care for an aging aunt recovering from a stroke. Once there, Adisa is confronted with a much more brutal reality a young unarmed black man has been shot by a white police officer and now lies comatose in the hospital. As a former assistant district attorney, Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor. But she s being pulled in another direction by equally powerful forces urging her to do what she considers unthinkable defend the officer.
Tensions in the local community are at the boiling point with Adisa trapped in the middle. As the case unfolds, everyone must confront their own prejudices. For Adisa, it means seeking counsel from her Aunt Josie and charting her way through the labyrinth of a relationship with Rev. Reggie Reynolds, a charismatic young preacher and leader of the local movement seeking justice for the young man who was shot. For the police officer, it means confronting why he acted as he did.
Some problems have no solution. Some people don t know where to look for answers. Some people are called to be lights in the darkness."
It s an inevitable moment: your child reaches a new milestone, and you would give anything for time to simply slow down. Nichole Nordeman, bestselling Christian singer-songwriter and worship leader on the Belong Tour, captures these feelings and more in her new book Slow Down, based on the hit song that resonated with millions of parents around the world.
No matter if it s your child s first step, first day of school, or first night tucked away in a new dorm room away from home, there comes a moment when you want to hit the brakes on this whole growing-up business Nichole s profound lyrics in her viral hit YouTube video Slow Down struck a chord with parents everywhere, and now this beautiful four-color book helps turn that short video into something you and your family can cherish for years to come.
Slow Down encourages parents at all stages of raising children whether your days are long and chaotic with little ones running around or if you re sitting through a high school graduation and realizing just how quickly the years fly by to slow down and relish each season of parenting. Filled with thought-provoking essays from Nichole, as well as practical applications for everyday life, beautiful illustrations of the song lyrics, and journaling space for reflection, Slow Down will be a poignant gift for any mom, as well as a treasured keepsake.
It is natural to find yourself yearning for the next thing the next season, the next school year, the next break. Take a few moments to reflect and celebrate the privilege of being a parent and getting to watch your little ones grow and Slow Down."
Love Heals helps you discover how a radical love can heal all kinds of wounds in the world and your own life and community. Written by Thistle Farms founder Becca Stevens, Love Heals is a beautiful and inspirational gift book that champions changeand healing through scripture, stories, poems, and inspirational writings. Thistle Farms is the largestsocialenterprise in the US run by survivors of abuse, addiction, prostitution, and trafficking.
Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, firmly believes that love heals and her ministry, stories, and company prove it. As a refuge for women coming out of addiction, abuse, prostitution, and trafficking, Thistle Farms provides those who have no hope a place to get on their feet with dignity and grace. Becca s ministry is about leading them on the path of healing. But the story extends beyond these survivors.
Love heals all kinds of wounds, and the healing principles outlined in this book will bring hope and inspiration to any reader. It will include principles such as these: love heals with daily rituals, love heals over the bridge of time, love heals across the world, love heals during the act of forgiving, and love heals by the mercy of God.
This gorgeous gift book is full of four-color photography, encouraging essays, beautiful poems, and powerful, true stories about how love does, in fact, heal wounds.
Make a small change. See a big difference. Love Heals."
Winter Kissesby Beth Wiseman
Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.
The Christmas Catby Amy Clipston
Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.
Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin
As a young man enjoying hisrumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discover: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?
Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid
When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?"
Popular national radio host Julie Roys rejects both fundamentalist caricature and feminist distortion to reveal God s amazingly relevant and compelling vision for women, showing them how to redeem their feminine souls and become all God designed them to be.
Christian women today feel torn between the demands of motherhood, career, and ministry and by a church that gives them conflicting ideas of what it means to be a woman.
In Redeeming the Feminine Soul: God s Compelling Vision for Womanhood, popular national radio host Julie Roys reveals the stunning truth that no one else is talking about: women are destroying themselves. Internalizing society s devaluation of the feminine, some women are killing their own natural impulses to pursue a feminist ideal that bears no relation to God s good design. Other women struggle to conform to a fundamentalist, feminine caricature, which requires denying their full humanity and gifting.
Defying both feminists and fundamentalists, Julie Roys reveals God s true, affirming, and compelling vision for women, showing them how to reclaim what is uniquely feminine, and become healthy, balanced women of God."