The Good and Beautiful God

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Gary recommends Bryan Smith’s  The Good and Beautiful GodFalling in love with the Jesus God knows

In this book, James Bryan Smith addresses many of the “false narratives” that Christians believe about themselves and God. Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you’ve discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind. At the end of each chapter you’ll find an opportunity for soul training, engaging in spiritual practices that reinforce the biblical messages on your mind and heart.


In the Grip of Grace

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Jerry recommends Max Lucado’s In the Grip of Grace

This book gives us a wonderful picture of grace and our own inability to save ourselves. An extraordinary tool for any new Christian and an often needed reminder for the mature Christian. Max discusses God’s love for man and explains why he will always love and forgive people no matter how far from him they fall. A must read.

Several copies of this book are available in our library.


God Will Use This for Good

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Jerry recommends Max Lucado’s God Will Use This for Good: Surviving the Mess of Life

When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. Believers and unbelievers alike find themselves turning to God. Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado points to the only real answer to tragedy and crisis: Prayer.


To Live Is Christ

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Jerry recommends Beth Moore’s To Live Is Christ

Beth Moore provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the group video sessions of this in-depth women’s Bible study on the life and ministry of Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. Paul served faithfully, loved heartily, and demonstrated what it means to die daily, crucified with Jesus Christ. Join Beth Moore in a journey to discover a greater appreciation for his unflagging faith and undying devotion to servanthood.


Healing For The Broken Hearted

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Jerry recommends Shelley Hitz’s  Healing For The Broken Hearted: Discover Lasting Freedom in Christ

Jesus promises us healing for the broken hearted. Even in the darkest of situations, there is hope. I have walked through some dark days and difficult circumstances yet Christ has brought healing to my life. I have written this book to share with you the journey God has taken me on and some of the tools He used to bring healing and lasting freedom. We are all uniquely created with different backgrounds and life circumstances. Therefore, I do not believe there is just one step-by-step system.  However, in this book, I am going to share with you practical steps you can apply to your life to receive healing emotionally and spiritually. Please do not feel like you need to do every single step that I share with you. Instead, I encourage you to pray and ask God for wisdom. Ask Him to show you which specific steps you should take on your path to healing, and then, take that first step. ~Shelley Hitz


God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea

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Jerry recommends Rose Chandler Johnson’s God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments

In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.


When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

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Gary recommends John Ortberg’s When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

In this thought-provoking look at what’s really important in life, John Ortberg uses games as a metaphor to help us recognize and play for life’s real prize: being rich toward God.

Told with humor and wisdom by this bestselling author, pastor, and game-strategist, When the Game is Over It All Goes Back in the Box reminds us that everything on earth belongs to God, and everything we “win” is just on loan. Being Master of the Board is not the point; playing by God’s rules is. Ortberg makes sure we understand the object of the game, but he also walks us through the set-up, the rules, the strategies, and choosing the right trophies.

This book is for those who want to sort out what’s fleeting and what’s permanent in God’s kingdom. It’s the perfect playbook for individuals or groups interested in considering life’s true priorities and arranging their lives with eternal prizes in mind. ~Amazon.com


Wild at Heart

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Gary recommends John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart

Every man was once a boy.  And every little has dreams, big dreams,  dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.

But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man?  Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are . . . bored.

John Eldredge invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man’s soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer. ~Amazon.com