“God, if you’re real, make yourself real to me.” Each of us spends our lives on a journey toward God. Yet often our most deeply felt longings—for meaning, for love, for significance—end up leading us away from, instead of toward, our Creator and the person he made us to be. Finding Your Way Back to God shows you how to understand and listen to your longings in a whole new way. It’s about waking up to who you really are, and daring to believe that God wants to be found even more than you want to find him. It’s about making the biggest wager of your life as you ask God to make himself known to you. And it’s about watching what happens next.
Filled with powerful messages, quotes, and scriptures, this practical and inspirational sixty-day devotional will encourage and comfort you after you have suffered a loss of any kind. Loss comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it is the loss of a job, a relationship, or a loved one, the pain associated with loss takes time to overcome. No matter where you are in the grieving process, Pastor Wayne Hastings’s The Way Back From Loss provides you with the comfort and encouragement you need to move on with your life. This sixty-day devotional is divided into five sections that show you how to trust in God’s constant presence, let go of blame and regret, and discover that disappointments sometimes lead to the greatest opportunities. Each of Pastor Wayne’s devotions will draw you in through an opening quote, a pertinent Bible verse, an inspirational message, an uplifting insight, guidance for prayer, and suggestions for motivating life choices. Recovering from a loss is difficult, and each individual reacts differently, but The Way Back From Loss provides solace in knowing you are not alone. Sixty days with these messages of hope and inspiration, and you will be well on your way to a brighter tomorrow.
Take the Next Step Perfect for individual or group study The companion Participant’s Guide explores the idea that we all want to find our way home – and back to God. The participant’s guide offers Bible investigation, life application questions, and prayer exercises help you take positive action on your desire to find God.
In this remarkable book, John Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he’s counseled to create a deeply felt and beautifully expressed primer on dealing with grief. Grieving, says Welshons, offers a unique opportunity to develop deeper and fuller life experiences, to embrace pain in order to open the heart to joy. Written for those who have experienced any kind of loss — death, divorce, or disappointment — this book offers reasonable, reassuring thinking on dealing with the death of loved ones and ourselves, finding the inner gifts that promote healing, and much more. Awakening from Grief takes a rare and compelling positive look at a subject needlessly viewed as one of the most negative in life. This is a persuasive primer on drawing the joy out of grief.
Jack Elliot is stepping into midlife on top of his game. The flip, wise-cracking professor is up for tenure at a prestigious college and his books sell like hotcakes from coast to coast. He’s living the good life in a posh Connecticut shoreline town with all the trappings: marble fireplaces, sandy beaches, private boarding schools. The man is hitting on all cylinders and his future never seemed brighter. That is, until the bottom falls out. In a blink, seemingly every aspect of Jack’s world gets turned upside down. He faces trumped up academic harassment charges, discovers his wife has been unfaithful and his teenage son bullied by high school thugs. Enter the seductive and mysterious Rachel Pond into Jack’s life as well as troubling memories from a family swimming pool party that went horribly wrong, and suddenly he has more on his plate than he can handle. Such circumstances take their toll, and the seemingly ordinary Elliot family is thrust down a path of uncertainty and upheaval it never intended to take. This becomes a tale of the spiritual emptiness that plagues families who seem to have it all, the emotional frailty that can strike anyone or any time without warning. As events run head-on into each other, the truth of the Elliots’ inner demons come closer to the surface: a father in a rush to make a living, a mother creating a world of escape and diversion, a teenage son secretly battling his own guilt and demons. Each has thrown up walls of isolation and protection, resulting in strangers living under the same roof. This is a tale of death and rebirth, a story about a family whose lives have been rearranged and redefined by tragedy. The Way Back conveys simple messages about the complexities of life: how we need to accept our loved ones just as they are, their gifts and beauty along with their flaws and inner pain. In so doing, we discover what matters most.
‘What a great book and what an achievement. I loved it. It’s pithy (in a sharp way), at times funny and at times heart-breaking but always optimistic. Above all, it’s inspirational.’ —Bob Selden, bestselling author of What to Do When You Become the Boss After a failed suicide attempt, author Hedley Derenzie decided rather than escaping life, she would write her way through it, every day for the next thirty-one days. What started out as a simple yet challenging exercise soon turned into a life-changing adventure. It became an exploration of the creative process and what it means to find true fulfilment. Write Way Home is a personal, engaging story about one writer’s quest to navigate her way back from the brink with the help of a daily creative practice. Written in clear and simple language, it offers insights and practical suggestions to anyone who might be feeling stuck or lost and looking for a way out — as in, a way back to life.
FOREWORD BY ERIC METAXAS "This book is both timely and needed. Provocative, yes, because the message is essential at this decisive 'hinge moment' in time." —PHILIP YANCEY, Author, Vanishing Grace "The Way Back is the way forward." —ERWIN RAPHAEL McMANUS, Founder of Mosaic, and Author, The Last Arrow On a dusty hilltop, Jesus once kickstarted His church with a ragtag group of fishermen who called themselves “The Way.” Truth be told, the builders of Christianity were a bunch of nobodies. Like us, they were powerless and flawed and sometimes petty. But they were committed. They were all-in. Within a remarkably short time, The Way became the world’s most influential religious faith—a force in culture, politics, literature, science, philanthropy, and the arts. Against impossible odds, that group of nobodies astonished the world. Two thousand years later—by any measure—Christianity is retreating on all fronts. The Way has lost its way. In The Way Back, media and marketing experts Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock take a hard look at Christians today and reveal that we, as a salesforce, have lost our faith in our product. Where’s the passion, the excitement, and the commitment that two thousand years ago made such improbable and staggering growth possible? The Way Back will inspire and equip you to learn from that wonderful group of nobodies, so that you too can astonish the world once more.
**One of PureWow's "20 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018" and "Books to Read in April"** **One of InStyle UK's "Best New Books to Read in 2018"** **One of LitHub's 20 Books You Should Read This April** A memoir of growing up on the run—and what happens when it comes to a stop. "Lucid, tender, exquisitely re-imagined, and compulsively readable." —Jessica Nelson, author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions "In this wondrous and richly detailed coming of age story, Tyler Wetherall follows the breadcrumbs of her childhood to discover a family home that is unlike any other." —Katy Lederer, author of Poker Face Tyler had lived in thirteen houses and five countries by the time she was nine. A willful and curious child, she never questioned her strange upbringing, that is, until Scotland Yard showed up outside her ramshackle English home, and she discovered her family had been living a lie: Her father was a fugitive and her name was not her own. In sunny California, ten years earlier, her father’s criminal organization first came to the FBI’s attention. Soon after her parents were forced on the run taking their three young children with them, and they spent the following years fleeing through Europe, assuming different identities and hiding out in a series of far-flung places. Now her father was attempting one final escape—except this time, he couldn’t take her with him. In this emotionally compelling and gripping memoir, Tyler Wetherall brings to life her fugitive childhood, following the threads that tie a family together through hardship, from her parents’ first meeting in 1960s New York to her present life as a restless writer unpacking the secrets of her past. No Way Home is about love, loss, and learning to tell the story of our lives.
One misunderstood teen. One eccentric granny. One missing uncle. A coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of one family's secrets. Zoe's straitlaced and narrow-minded parents don't understand her - they are shocked by her swearing and believe that she's a bad girl. They also want to put Zoe's Granny in a senior's home, despite Zoe's objections. Sure, Granny has become a bit odd and her memory is spotty, but she's outspoken and funny, and Zoe loves her. Granny still mourns her favourite son, Teddy, who was also a troublemaker, and who died before Zoe was born. Or did he? After a series of disastrous incidents, including a school suspension and a near-death experience, Zoe decides to liberate herself and her grandmother from their respective prisons taking them on an unforgettable journey to Toronto, where Zoe learns the truth about her uncle, and discovers strengths of her own that just might help her find a way back home. From award-winning storyteller Allan Stratton comes a moving story of unresolved family conflicts, and a young girl's awakening to the things that matter most.
For fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, a witty, poignant novel about second chances, letting go, and the unbreakable bonds of friendship. Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident. Her best friend, Cloudy, is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken. Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore. As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot out of character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.
Donatello was born, and grew up in a little island of the Mediterranean sea. Life’s circumstances forced him to move far away from that place. Along with Asiri he would discover love, and new worlds. But life’s path is uncertain. Between adventure, love, and passion, Donatello will find a way to follow his feelings in order to achieve happiness. It is a perfect adventure to enjoy while sitting down and having a hot coffee, as you let yourself be flooded by the passion and feelings of the characters.
This astonishing book by the prize-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid tells the tragedy of the Syrian War through the dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom in a shattered country. Extending back to the first demonstrations of 2011, No Turning Back dissects the tangle of ideologies and allegiances that make up the Syrian conflict. As protests ignited in Daraa, some citizens were brimming with a sense of possibility. A privileged young man named Suleiman posted videos of the protests online, full of hope for justice and democracy. A father of two named Mohammad, secretly radicalized and newly released from prison, saw a darker opportunity in the unrest. When violence broke out in Homs, a poet named Abu Azzam became an unlikely commander in a Free Syrian Army militia. The regime’s brutal response disrupted a family in Idlib province, where a nine-year-old girl opened the door to a military raid that caused her father to flee. As the bombings increased and roads grew more dangerous, these people’s lives intertwined in unexpected ways. Rania Abouzeid brings readers deep inside Assad’s prisons, to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels, and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of ISIS. Based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines, No Turning Back is an utterly engrossing human drama full of vivid, indelible characters that shows how hope can flourish even amid one of the twenty-first century’s greatest humanitarian disasters.
Based on a phenomenally popular blog post, a simple and counterintuitive approach to finding true joy When PurposeFairy.com founder Luminita Saviuc posted a list of things to let go in order to be happy, she had no idea that it would go viral, shared more than 1.2 million times and counting. Based on that inspiring post, this heartfelt book gives readers permission to give up--that is, to let go of the bad habits that are holding them back from achieving authentic happiness and living their best lives. Lessons include: · Give Up the Past · Give Up Your Limiting Beliefs · Give Up Blaming Others · Give Up the Need to Always Be Right · Give Up Labels · Give Up Attachment Simple yet wise, and informed by the author's own inspiring personal journey, this liberating little book presents a fresh twist on happiness advice: take a step back to reflect, and give yourself permission to let things go. From the Trade Paperback edition.
My name is Linda Buchan and when I was 18 years old I died... On a winter’s day, Saturday June 27, 1998 my young life ended and my new life began. A life that was to be so completely different to the one that I had envisaged, the one that I had expected... ... In the days, weeks, months and years that followed I was often stricken with pain, sadness, despair, distress and heartbreak but I never for one moment thought about giving up. I didn't know where it came from but I always had hope, I always knew that I would not only survive but that my life would get better. In Linda Buchan’s true, raw and powerful memoir she shares her journey from the terrible night when the life and future she thought lay ahead of her was shattered. From that moment she began a new life, firstly fighting just to survive, then forging her way with incredible courage and determination to live a fulfilling and purposeful life on her own terms. She is living proof of her own mantra It’s not what happens to you. It is how you deal with it.
Thank you for being here and thank you for supporting this effort, an effort much more challenging than I’d originally conceived. Simply put: this is a book of true stories. There is an eternal and timeless element inherent in stories. They convey something that can’t be conveyed any other way or by any other means. Stories have been the mainstay of man’s history and knowledge since life began. Thus this book is simply an anthology of carefully selected stories that were selected from a much larger pool. I have found and proven that these exact stories, if comprehend in depth, transform lives. I’ve seen just one of these simple stories change people’s lives in a positive direction. People find themselves better off after reading or hearing the story, or series of stories, than before. I find that a powerful thing to give. That’s why I compiled this book. Sometimes one simple story can open the hearer to an ‘experiential reality’ of a much deeper truth. This is a book filled with stories. Each story is unique! I’ve seen just one simple story change people in a positive direction for life. Sometimes a simple story can open the hearer to an experience they desperately need. Sometimes it just takes the edge off some experience the reader is going through or sends them in a wiser direction. Sometimes it just makes the reader laugh! Sometimes they cry. Responses vary and as a friend of mine told me, “It’s all good.” There’s no beginning and no end to the book. Each story is unique! The stories are real. There are stories about great danger, about life and death, and about deep intimacy. There are stories about hope and humor. These stories share the common element of “miracles”. Please know the stories themselves are not about telling people where they should go, what they should do, or how they should act. However, these are stories that tend to change people’s lives, inspire people, or cause people to think deeper and seek harder. This introduction also contains a request, a request specifically to you. The Request: If you find any one, or any combination, of these stories has a positive impact on you; please share it with someone else. All you do is (1) let them read what influenced you and (2) ask them for their feedback. Better still; share your positive experience with many others. If one person shares their positive experience with 10 others, and those 10 share their positive experience with 10 and so on times 10, things change. With that kind of positive ripple the world can’t help change for the positive. Please notice that these stories are sticky. Once one of these stories is read and felt, it will always be remembered. It will be told over and over at the most appropriate times (and sometimes told at the most inappropriate of times)! That’s the power of stories. That’s why I put the book in this format. It’s every author’s dream to have people of great influence read their works, have a positive impact, and then share that impact with others. I’m talking about people like Oprah, or Richard Branson, or Peter Diamindis, or Steven Hawkins, or the Pope. I’m sure that if they read and were positively influenced, they would share that with others in their sphere of influence. That would be a big influence. Though it could happen, it’s unlikely. On the other hand YOU, simply sharing YOUR positive impact with one other person (or 5 others or 10 others), that’s very doable. That is the request. The truth is, with just you sharing your experience; we can change the world to the positive! Thank so much and may many blessings shower your path through life.
Ignorance is bliss—except in self-awareness. What you don't know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships—and even keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you're stuck in the same ruts? The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach—a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God. Witty and filled with stories, this book allows you to peek inside each of the nine Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you have read the chapter about your own number. Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people's eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do. Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help take you further along into who you really are—leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become.
An Incredible Journey of Recovery James H. Osborne suffered a tragic spinal cord injury from a road cycling accident that rendered him quadriplegic. Though doctors said he would likely never walk again, James has been fighting for nine years to recover his body. Will Your Way Back chronicles his journey, an exercise of will, to walk again and live independently. James has struggled professionally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually to overcome his disability and persevere in pursuit of a new normal. His story is unique and compelling, and if you have ever suffered loss, or have a loved one who is suffering this way, you will draw hope from his inspiring story. Sometimes you must let go and find a new path, a new way to success: Define your terms, take a stand, and choose to win.
The "Who Am I Now That I Am Alone?" program began after my divorce. I gathered others who had experienced divorce into a group to explore our situation and how we could move forward with our lives. This group became one of the first in the country to help people going through divorce, remember in the 70's there still was not a great deal of acceptance of divorce in the culture. Hundreds of people have experienced the program that was developed after the first group and have found it very helpful. Over the years people have asked to read the book, but it was a group process guide and not a narrative. This book translates most of the program's material, which was designed for group interaction, into a format that will allow those who have experienced loss through divorce or death to benefit from the program on their own. Chapters 1-3 concern communication, including communicating and understanding feelings. We can only develop meaningful relationships through effective communication. These chapters also work on improving both interpersonal communication skills and your internal (self-talk) communication. Chapters 4-6 focus on understanding the importance of personal relationships in our lives, guiding readers to move out and expand and deepen supportive relationships. These are important skills for enriching the quality of anyone's life. Finally, Chapters 7-8 are designed to help readers develop a more positive personal identity. Many people come out of a divorce or the loss of a relationship feeling like a failure and somewhat worthless. These chapters reintroduce readers to their authentic selves. Your authentic self has so many good qualities which, when recognized and affirmed, will offset the feelings of guilt and failure. This change in perspective will bring the motivation to leave the past behind and build a new and exciting life. CONTENTS Introduction Chapter 1 Some Understandings about Divorce Chapter 2 How to Effectively Communicate Your Feelings Chapter 3 Understanding Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Communications Chapter 4 The Continuing Question: Who Am I Now That I Am Alone? Chapter 5 Expanding Friendships for Balance in Life Chapter 6 The Need for Community Chapter 7 Getting in Touch with Your Successes Chapter 8 Taking the New You into the World About the Author - James Ramsey's career has been divided into three very interesting segments. The first part of his career he served as a United Methodist Minister in Southern California, where he served three churches. The second part as a corporate trainer working for organizations like Northrop Aircraft, Fluor Corporation and the Orange County Transit District, and the last segment as a human resources director where he completed his full time work at Family Solutions an organization that worked with at risk children. Jim has also taught speech communications at several community colleges. Currently he is an independent human resource consultant for a nonprofit and also works part time in a local library. He has a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and Master of Divinity degree. During the 1970's while going through a divorce he gathered a group of people who were also going through divorce for weekly sessions and these sessions later were refined and became his divorce recovery program "Who Am I Now That I Am Alone?" This program has been delivered to hundreds of people over the years. Jim, with the assistance of other professionals, also conducted training programs to develop more leaders to deliver the program. Keywords: Divorce Recovery, Self Help, Divorce, Widowed, Divorce Program
Deep down inside, each of us knows what our truths are. It is forgivable to lose them... it is unforgivable not to reclaim them... "Mountain Air: Relapsing And Finding The Way Back One Breath At A Time" is a brutally honest personal narrative detailing a painful decent into relapse and a powerful journey back to recovering. Without condemnation but with passion and purpose, Mountain Air ... Embraces individuals who have abandoned their authentic ways of being for a life of personal neglect, indulgence, or self-destruction. Speaks to individuals who have betrayed their healing tenets - the addict who has lost his sobriety, the abused who has returned to her abuser, or the codependent who continues to rescue the uncontrollable. Reaches out to individuals who have maintained a life of stability and wellness, but who are eroding over time - and losing their sense of self and of spirit. Mountain Air is for any individual who has experienced relapse and who is fighting to find his way back... By inviting readers to take a journey with the author as she shares time-tested lessons in the recovering process. By providing thoughtful and accountable exercises with each chapter that guide the reader in the reclaiming and sustaining of their truths. Praise for Kenley's "Mountain Air" ..".a personal memoir out of which she extracts principles that can be generalized to all who are in recovery, inspiring them to take courage. This poetic and nature-infused account should become a standard for all therapists and all in the process of recovery." --David Van Nuys, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Host of Shrink Rap Radio "With Holli's inspiring personal journey from relapse to recovery and her challenging questions in each chapter, the reader can examine self-defeating behaviors and beliefs that block the natural ability to walk through change, pain, and difficult times." --Melissa Yarbray, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor Learn more at www.HolliKenley.com From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com
A Wall Street Journal Top Pick of 2010 A well-known and internationally recognized surgical oncologist, Dr. Marc Wallack kept fit by training as an avid marathoner. He was the rock of his family, at the top of his career, and an expert on health who practiced what he preached-until he suffered angina symptoms while on a run in Central Park. Two days later, after discovering his arteries were 95 percent blocked, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery and later found himself unprepared for the emotional fallout of his recovery. In Back to Life After a Heart Crisis, Dr. Wallack and his wife, journalist Jamie Colby, offer their moving personal story along with a one-of-a-kind, prescriptive guide for reclaiming your life after confronting the issues of mortality and vulnerability raised by a traumatic heart event-whether it be a heart attack or a surgical procedure. Brimming with inspiration and encouragement, this unique book shows readers how to regain emotional strength in tandem with healing physically by working through eight important milestones: *Conquer the night *Get outside *Survive doctors' appointments *Face physical and emotional pain *Make love to your partner again *Face your dinner plate *Confront career issues *Take on a huge physical challenge With sidebars and tops for caregivers, Back to Life After a Heart Crisis helps patients and their loved ones heal hearts and minds and feel vibrant and full of life again.
Mind Your Own Life: The Journey Back to Love At last! An authentic message of love and acceptance! Life-enhancing semi-autobiography. Raised a devout Christian in the South and endeavoring to uphold indoctrinated beliefs, Anson struggled to find true affirmation amongst the ambiguity of being gay with religious beliefs that espoused intolerance. After a brief military stint, he married and fathered two children, simultaneously battling depression, anger and fear before finally accepting that he was inherently a gay man. This book deals head on with the divisive issues of religion and politics that have for centuries caused rifts between, countries, families, and facilitated a recent spate of bullying and suicide among teens and gays. He secretly harbored for many years his struggle to suppress his nascent sexuality in hopes of escaping the paradox of being gay with Christian beliefs, hopeful that being gay would vanish and relieve this tremendous burden. Anson sought validation from a religion that despised him wholly. This book; targeting parents, adults, and teens; chronicles Anson’s struggles with depression, denial, and acceptance in the face of extreme homophobia perpetuated by religion, politics and false beliefs. Anson assertively portrays an uncorrupted universal love and acceptance as our inherent birthright and explores the connection with our spirituality, sexuality, and morality. Anson tell his story with sublime prose and grace with inquisitive insight of our human experience. His story is beautifully rendered in a way that is challenging, thought-provoking and inspirational. It hits home for many and told in a way that you will not soon forget.
“I vaguely remember finding Jesus when I was a child, but I vividly recall losing him.” Jared Herd grew up the son of a preacher, baptized in religion before he was ever baptized in church. As a child, his parents went through a painful and public divorce, and Jesus became a distant memory, like an artifact of childhood that gets put away and forgotten. Eventually Jared broke a promise he made to himself and walked back into church. He realized the problem wasn’t God—it was how he had been told to think about God. Like Jared, teenagers and young adults are leaving the church in astonishing numbers. Something is obviously wrong. Is the problem Jesus? Or is the problem how we have been told to think about Jesus? Perhaps you’ve always wondered how music, movies, friends, or anything on the outside of Christianity could relate to your life inside of it. Perhaps something in your life keeps you from believing you would ever fit in as a believer. Maybe you were always told what to become, but no one tried to understand how you became who you are. In More Lost Than Found, Jared Herd comes alongside anyone who has ever struggled with faith to reengage them in the truth they long to hear. If you have ever felt you didn’t fit at church or had questions about God, maybe it’s time to give your faith another chance. God wants to find you where you are. Endorsements: In More Lost Than Found Jared Herd writes with both honesty and hope as he shares his journey and welcomes us all to re-examine true faith in the midst of a fragmented culture. Like he speaks, Jared crafts More Lost Than Found with humor and grace as he seeks to repair pathways once broken and ushers a new generation into the wonder and mystery of the Gospel. ?Louie Giglio, The Passion Movement, Passion City Church Jared Herd is a powerful and free spirit, ruled by truth and grace. He is a voice that comes to us every so often, reminding our mind and soul which direction to amicably go—closer to God. Not only am I grateful to have his writings, I am even more astounded to have him as a friend. Let us all find what we seek. ?Matt Schulze, actor, leading roles in Fast and Furious, The Transporter, and many more Jared Herd belies our usual assumption that to be “wise” one must be “old.” Here is a young guy who teems with shrewd discernment. He is a vigorous boundary-crosser, moving readily back and forth between old and new, secular and sacred, “pop” and serious, innovation and tradition. In the midst of it, he senses a purpose other than his own and a calling out beyond self. Readers are invited to such boundary-crossing toward a future where faith matters enormously. ?Walter Brueggemann- world renowned theologian, Columbia Theological Seminary In More Lost than Found, Jared Herd presents us the Christian faith in a way that is engaging, intellectual, and disarming. He moves between popular culture and his own biblical convictions with a humble and honest voice, while pulling his audience back to a God they've grown weary of. As someone who has worked for over 50 years in the entertainment industry, I can tell you how rare it is to find someone who can speak to the next generation. Jared Herd is one of those voices. I'm grateful for his work and his friendship. ?Michael Jay Solomon, founder, Solomon Entertainment, former president of Warner Bros International Television
DAVID DUKES was born and raised in Madison, Florida. At the age of seventeen, in 1963, he led the civil rights movement in Madison. He did voter-registration work, sit-ins at restaurants, and recreational facilities, conducted training seminars, and demonstrated in support for freedom, equality, justice, and human rights for blacks in the American South. He was subjected to harassments, intimidations, chased around at high rates of speed, arrested, disowned by relatives, his life was constantly threatened, and he was forced to leave his hometown in 1965. He returned to Madison in 1993 to set up an after school program to assist the youth of Madison County to do well in school, to stay in school, reduce teenage pregnancy, resist drug use, reduce criminal behavior, and violence. A JOURNEY BACK HOME tells how his past was used by elected and public officials, community leaders, and others to make his efforts difficult by none support of his programs.
Francis has two childhood encounters that shape his life: one with God, and the other with Dee Dee Ramone. When his life falls apart in adulthood, Francis, feeling betrayed by God, turns to his other spiritual mentor, emerging as that rarest of beings, a middle-aged punk rocker. A love letter to punk rock and the spiritual power of music, Long Way Back rocks through grief and tragedy toward a new beginning for Francis and an ending sure to make even the hardest of hardcore punks cry.
What does it mean to feel at home, truly present with ourselves, comfortable with our choices, and alive to the possibilities of conscious change? How can we develop inner balance and connection, keeping our boundaries clear while opening our hearts to those we love? With practical wisdom and insight, Melody Beattie addresses these questions, encouraging us to reach a higher level of living and loving, and showing us how to be at home with ourselves wherever we are in the world, at whatever stage of life. Through true stories and take-action exercises, including journaling, visualizations, affirmations, meditations, and prayers, Beattie provides the essential tools to help us discover our own sense of home. Accessible and illuminating, Finding Your Way Home is a soul-searching look at how not to be victimized by ourselves′or other people. Beattie urges us to discover new levels of integrity, to break through barriers that have blocked us for too long. This is a powerful and challenging book about buying back our souls and learning to live a life guided by spirit.
From the acclaimed author of Miss You Most of All comes a heartfelt, wonderfully affirming novel of sisterhood, healing, and new beginnings. No one could blame Bev Putterman for becoming estranged from her sister. No one but Bev, anyway. Growing up, Diana was difficult and selfish yet always their mother's favorite. And then came the betrayal that took away the future Bev dreamed of. Yet if Diana caused problems while alive, her death leaves Bev in a maelstrom of remorse. She longs to provide a stable home for Diana's fourteen-year-old daughter, Alabama. But between her commitment-phobic boyfriend and her precarious teaching position, Bev's life is already in upheaval without an unruly teenager around. All Alabama knows about Aunt Bev is what her mother told her--and none of it was good. They clash about money, clothes, boys, and especially about Diana. In desperation, Alabama sets out to find her late father's family. Instead she learns of the complicated history between her mother and aunt, how guilt can shut down a life--and most important, how love and forgiveness can open a door and make us whole again. . . Praise for the novels of Elizabeth Bass Wherever Grace is Needed "Bass draws her characters, particularly the adolescents, very well." --Publishers Weekly "Readers of all ages can enjoy this thoughtful story of two families overcoming tremendous challenges." --VOYA Miss You Most of All AN INDIE NEXT LIST NOTABLE SELECTION! "An exuberant celebration of life, love, family and friendship, told with a sassy Texas flair. It's a perfect balance of humor and heartache, a sweetly satisfying novel that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned." --Susan Wiggs "The world Elizabeth Bass has created is full of life, humor, heartache and hope. You'll be happy to enter it and sad to leave." --Lorna Landvik
The promise of America is that, with ambition and hard work, anyone can rise to the top. But now the promise has been broken, and we’ve become an aristocracy where rich parents raise rich kids and poor parents raise poor kids. We’ve been told that the changes are structural, that there’s nothing we can do about this. But that doesn’t explain why other First World countries are beating us hands down on the issue of mobility. What's different about America is our politics. An ostensibly progressive New Class of comfortably rich professionals, media leaders, and academics has shaped the contours of American politics and given us a country of fixed economic classes. It is supported by the poorest of Americans, who have little chance to rise, an alliance of both ends against the middle that recalls the Red Tories of parliamentary countries. Because they support an aristocracy, the members of the New Class are Tories, and because of their feigned concern for the poor, they are Red Tories. The Way Back explains the revolution in American politics, where political insurgents have challenged the complacent establishment of both parties, and shows how we can restore the promise of economic mobility and equality by pursuing socialist ends through capitalist means.
Instant New York Times bestseller · Empowering advice for overcoming setbacks from the authors of the popular blog Marc & Angel Hack Life Marc and Angel Chernoff have become go-to voices in the area of personal development, reaching tens of thousands of fans each day with their fresh and relatable insights. Now they're writing the book they wish they'd had when they needed it most. Getting Back to Happy reveals their strategies for changing thought patterns and daily habits to bounce back from tough times. Sharing never-before-published stories and advice, the book shows us how to harness the power of daily rituals, mindfulness, self-care, and more to overcome whatever life throws our way--in order to become our best selves.
Do you remember what it felt like when you first fell in love with Jesus? And then one day, the presence you felt was suddenly gone. Who would willingly allow this to happen? Is there an unseen force that deceives believers? In The Olive Principle, minister and author Daniel R. Dorey discusses the reasons believers are lured away from God and recommends action steps to accepting the challenge of becoming a true servant of God. Complementing the study of scripture, The Olive Principle unravels the twisted deception used by Satan. Dorey brings you face-to-face with the truth and assists you on the path to spiritual maturity, discussing the following topics: • The first step in finding your way back to God • The hidden principle the olive holds for your life • The cure for the “I Factor” or self-first phenomena • The steps to change your relationship with God forever • The attitude to bring you into a place of physical and spiritual fulfillment When you understand the true meaning of being a servant, fulfillment is realized in God. There is an attitude that must be grasped for you remain in His presence. Are you ready?
What if you could go back? Go back and correct the wrongs, becoming the person your parents wanted you to be. Would you do it? Could you?
Sold as a 10-pack Wherever You Are Right Now, You Can Move Toward God Do you believe God exists but struggle to connect with him? Do you feel like you’ve forgotten a God you used to know? Or do you feel that God has forgotten you? Most people say they believe in God, but many don’t feel connected to God. That’s just as real for long-time church attenders as it is for long-time spiritual wanderers. Many times in the course of our lives, we sense a distance between where we are and where we want to be. Dave and Jon Ferguson help you start right where you are and take the first step in finding your way back to God. Go further with the complete book by Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson Finding Your Way Back to God:Five Awakenings for Your New Life From the Trade Paperback edition.
You know when you are born into the Jobe family, it is a given you are going to have to become a come-from-behind stretch runner, or life is going to chew you up and spit you out. Young Jackie Jobe is an insider. Adult Jack Jobe is an outsider looking in. When, at a young age a tragedy at the racetrack seems certain to define young Jackie's life, he is determined to overcome the tragedy by returning some day to the sport usually reserved for the "VanAstorbilts," and not a mere Jobe. Determination, and a loving family combine to give Jack the push he needs to return to his dream, the sole reason, he believes, God placed him here in the first place, to somehow win the most important horse race in the world.But first, he must overcome his inheritance: The Jobe name. Patience is a virtue, and it shall be needed to withstand the lurking poverty, hopelessness, felonious behavior, and tragedy that awaits him.
An extraordinary look into the life and mind of a schizophrenic—a powerful memoir for sufferers, their families, and the professionals who care for them. For ten years, Arnhild Lauveng suffered as a schizophrenic, going in and out of the hospital for months or even a year at a time. In these pages, she illuminates her loss of identity, her sense of being controlled from the outside, her relationship to the voices she heard, and her sometimes terrifying hallucinations. Painful recollections of moments of humiliation inflicted by thoughtless medical professionals are juxtaposed with Lauveng’s own understanding of how such patients are outwardly irrational and often violent. Though Lauveng was told her disorder was a lifelong sentence, she now calls herself a “former schizophrenic.” No longer on medication, she currently works as a clinical psychologist. While sometimes critical of mental health care, she ultimately attributes her slow journey back to health to the dedicated medical staff who took the time to talk to her and who saw her as a person simply diagnosed with an illness—not the illness incarnate. “Drawing on her own terrifying experiences to address the carefully constructed definitions and understandings of the disorder, [Lauveng] challenges some entrenched ideas about schizophrenia.” —Kirkus Reviews
Following in the footsteps of the success of The Completion Process, bestselling author and modern spiritual leader, Teal Swan offers an in-depth exploration and understanding of loneliness. Drawing on her extraordinary healing technique; the Connection Process Teal offers a way to experience connection once again. Loneliness is reaching endemic proportions in our society, reflected by rising suicide rates and increased mental illness. Now, more than ever we need to find a way to connect. Loneliness, is a feeling of separation or isolation, it is not necessarily the same as the physical state of being alone. This book is for people who suffer from loneliness, the kind that cannot be solved by simply being around other people. Their aloneness is a deeply embedded pattern that is both negative and painful; it is often fueled by trauma, loss, addiction, grief and a lack of self-esteem and insecurity. In The Anatomy of Loneliness, Teal identifies the three pillars or qualities of loneliness: Separation, Shame and Fear and goes on to share her revolutionary technique; The Connection Process, a form of intuitive journeying, usually involving two people a ‘receiver’ and a ‘journeyer’. Through a series of exercises each person experiences ‘walls’ and ‘blockages’ as they move through the process both participants face their fears learning from these to reach a place of unconditional love and acceptance.
This book shows close friendship and love between two adolescents, one faced by the struggles of life. Kids made fun of her. Her mother ignored her. She escaped for a better life to where she did not knowin the world of alcohol, violence, and drugs. In pain, she accepted defeat and ran back home. Her godly mother started repenting. She confesses her failures for not being an example of godliness to her daughter. She repents for failing to train her daughter in his ways. She asked God for forgiveness. Jamours mother was a single mother, who came to understand the depth of her problems and the impact on her daughters life. Sometimes, mothers fi nd themselves raising children alone through no fault of their own. Women are often innocent victims of rape and world wracked by war.
This story is to illustrate how life changed over eighty years, how the Second World War changed peoples lives for ever. How technology keeps producing new ideas that makes life easier but not neccesary making the world a more friendly place to live in. I have tried to show people that life was not always about mobile phones and personal computors. The characters in the book are based on people that I grew up with having spent my early years living on a croft experiencing the hardships that went along with that era and way of life.
A unique love story featuring an elderly man, a battle-worn adopted dog and an elderly Chinese lady. From the author of Rosie (Matador, 2018).
After two years of gathering essential information from my family, friends, speech therapist and others, I was finally able to piece together a puzzle of a few confusing months in my life. I only remembered bits and pieces of what happened. I needed the support and recollection of my loved ones to help me better understand it, in order to allow myself closure on such a tragic ordeal. In some ways, I could relate my experience to Humpty Dumpty, as if I had fallen, broken apart and needed help being put back together again. Willing My Way Back is a non-fiction story based on my experiences of enduring brain surgery, in my early 20s, and the full recovery process as I understood it as well as how others observed it through their own eyes. Willing My Way Back has received compliments from individuals who have already had the opportunity to read it. Some examples include "inspirational", "easy to read", "flows smoothly", "should be a resource available at the hospital for parents to read", and "I learned a lot about you". I too have learned a lot about myself throughout the past two years including accomplishments I never imagined I would complete, such as writing this book. I look forward to fulfilling more noteworthy accomplishments throughout my life and I hope others will appreciate them as much as they have appreciated the written words of Willing My Way Back.
Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he's had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it. Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules—always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her. One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.
From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be. When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.) Called “one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” by The New York Times Book Review, the heartbreakingly irresistible Louisiana Elefante was introduced to readers in Raymie Nightingale — and now, with humor and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.