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Holy Ghost Girl: A Memoir
By Donna M. Johnson. Gotham.
Donna Johnson's remarkable story of being raised under the biggest gospel tent in the world, by David Terrell, one of the most famous evangelical ministers of the 1960s and 70s. Holy Ghost Girl is a compassionate, humorous exploration of faith, betrayal, and coming of age on the sawdust trail. She was just three years old when her mother signed on as the organist of tent revivalist David Terrell, and before long, Donna Johnson was part of the hugely popular evangelical preacher's inner circle. At seventeen, she left the ministry for good, with a trove of stranger- than-fiction memories. A homecoming like no other, Holy Ghost Girl brings to life miracles, exorcisms, and faceoffs with the Ku Klux Klan. And that's just what went on under the tent.
Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
By Mark Driscoll. Thomas Nelson.
Most marriage books assume the author did it right. Most marriage books barely mention friendship. Most marriage books use “intimacy” as code for “sex.” This is not one of those books. In Real Marriage, Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, share how they have struggled and how they have found healing through the power of the only reliable source: the Bible. They believe friendship is fundamental to marriage but not easy to maintain. So they offer practical advice on how to make your spouse your best friend – and keep it that way. And they know from experience that sex-related issues need to be addressed directly. Five chapters are dedicated to answering questions like: Should I confess my pre-marital sexual sin to my spouse? Is it okay to have a “work spouse”? What does the Bible say about masturbation and oral sex? Stunningly honest and vulnerable, Real Marriage is like a personal counseling session with a couple you cannot surprise, you cannot shock into silence, who will respond to every question with wisdom, humility, and realism.
Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don't Control You
By Joyce Meyer. FaithWords.
The average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, and many of those thoughts trigger a corresponding emotion. No wonder so many of us often feel like we're controlled by our emotions. Our lives would be much improved if we controlled them.In LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, Joyce Meyer examines the gamut of feelings that human beings experience. She discusses the way that the brain processes and stores memories and thoughts, and then - emotion by emotion - she explains how we can manage our reactions to those emotions. By doing that, she gives the reader a toolbox for managing the way we react to the onslaught of feelings that can wreak havoc on our lives.In this book, Meyer blends the wisdom of the Bible with the latest psychological research and discusses: the 4 personality types and their influence on one's outlook, the impact of stress on physical and emotional health, the power of memories, the influence of words on emotions, anger & resentment, sadness, loss & grief, fear, guilt & regret, the power of replacing reactions with pro-actions, and the benefits of happiness.
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
By Paul Miller. NavPress.
I know there are a million, zillion books about prayer out there -- but this is really one you should sit with for a while, a long while. I learned an awful lot from it -- but more importantly, it actually motivated me to stop reading and start praying --Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Real SexWhat a refreshing book! If you're tired of religious prayer games and rote prayers that stop at the ceiling or if you have suspected that God was on vacation somewhere, this book will change your life. And if you're thinking about giving up on prayer, don't! At least not until you've read this book. When you have, you'll thank me for recommending it to you. --Steve Brown, Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary; teacher on the syndicated radio program Key Life
The Pastor: A Memoir
By Eugene H. Peterson. HarperOne.
“A book full of much needed wisdom that is written with eloquence.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer )“More than a gifted writer, Eugene Peterson is a voice calling upon the churches to recover the vocation of the pastor in order to experience the renewing of their faith in the midst of an increasingly commercialized, depersonalized, and spiritually barren land.” (Dale T. Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary )“If anyone knows how to be a pastor in the contemporary context that person is Eugene Peterson. Eugene possesses the rare combination of a pastor’s heart and a pastor’s art. Take and read!” (Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline )“I’ve been nagging Eugene Peterson for years to write a memoir.
Comfort: An Atlas for the Body and Soul
By Brett C. Hoover. Riverhead Trade.
Father Brett C. Hoover is a priest with the Paulists, a Catholic religious order based in the United States. He currently serves on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. In 2001, he co–founded and then served as editor for BustedHalo.com, a website for young seekers. He is the author of Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith and Soundbyte Spirituality, as well as several articles in magazines and journals.
Working It Out: A Journey of Love, Loss, and Hope
By Abby Rike. FaithWords.
"Abby Rike's story is not easy to wrap your mind around. She suffered a loss that seemed impossible to move forward from, but she has not only moved forward, she has thrived. She came to the ranch wanting to find her purpose, she now lives that truth and proves that you can too. After reading, WORKING IT OUT, I felt like I knew Abby's family and had walked those agonizing steps with her. I look at that smile that radiates from within her today and know that the transformation I was lucky enough to be a part of goes much deeper than her appearance." (-Jillian Michaels, trainer for The Biggest Loser and author of Master Your Metabolism )"WORKING IT OUT is a powerful message of hope over despair - with a lot about weight loss to boot. Abby, a resilient woman who beautifully chronicles her climb up from the depths of despair, has a personal message for all who've let themselves go: 'the scary thing (was for me) to continue living out my days in the mindless, emotionless, purposeless state in which I'd been living.
Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton
By Kevin Belmonte. Thomas Nelson.
Starred Review. Regardless of theological bias, no one can help being charmed by the writings of G.K. Chesterton. His Father Brown mysteries, as well as his many works of theology and literary criticism, shine with wit and insight. Belmonte approaches his task of biography with the same fondness for his subject as he demonstrated in William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity. Reading this is a bit like taking a tour of literary and social England through the eyes of a man who lived, and loved, the world around him. And even as we read H.L. Mencken™s barbed comments about Chesterton and Chesterton™s assessment of George Bernard Shaw (œthree of the more incandescent minds of the era), we get lost in an earlier time and world taken with Chesterton™s undeniable brilliance.
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