Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted

Thomas Nelson #ad - Martin’s practical, middle-class christianity toward a deeper, and look beyond comfortable, push past insecurity and fear, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life. And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them.

Falling free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. You will want her wisdom and you will want her pickles. Jen hatmaker from the forewordshannan martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, three adorable kids, money, a loving husband, a close-knit church—a safe, friends, happy existence.

Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted #ad - But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, a challenged public school, and the harshness of a county jail where her husband is now chaplain.

Shannan’s story feels at once familiar and spectacular, ordinary and exceptional. You will discover that at the same time her words make you squirm, you will wish you lived next door to her.


The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You

Thomas Nelson #ad - Popular blogger shannan martin offers Christians who are longing for a more meaningful life a simple starting point: learn what it is to love and be loved right where God has placed you. For christ-followers living in an increasingly complicated world, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to live a life of intention and meaning.

If you’re longing for authentic community but aren’t sure where to begin, Shannan and this beautifully written book are the perfect guide. The details will look quiet and ordinary, and the call will both exhaust and exhilarate us. This book will help you thrive in your faith in practical and rooted ways!” —dominique dubois gilliard, i think ‘I’ll recommend this to that group’ or ‘this one goes go that community, camps, I would put this book in every single pair of hands across ideology, ’ but hand to heaven, author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores“Sometimes when reading a book, and tribes.

Shannan reminds us to pay attention, to lay aside our preconceived judgments, carrying each other‘s burdens, and stay put, bearing with each other, look outside of ourselves, and finding Jesus at the center of it all. Latasha morrison, founder of Be the Bridge“Our nonstop consumer society seduces us into forsaking the ordinary.

The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You #ad - She walks us through her own discoveries about the vital importance of paying attention, as well as the hard but rewarding truth about showing up and committing for the long haul, despite the inevitable encounters with brokenness and uncertainty. Even as believers, we are prone to aspire to do sexy ministry that garners headlines and warrants photo ops.

But it will be the most worth-it adventure we will ever take.


The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions

Revell #ad - With this simple, soulful practice, it is possible to clear the decision-making chaos, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, and find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing. Whether you're in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.

Nothing gets our attention like an unmade decision: should i accept the new position? Which schooling choice is best for my kids? How can I support my aging parents? When we have a decision to make and the answer isn't clear, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction.

The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions #ad - Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. If you have trouble making decisions, because of either chronic hesitation you've always lived with or a more recent onset of decision fatigue, Emily P.


Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God

Howard Books #ad - In the brief instant sarah bessey realized that her minivan was, going to hit the car on the highway on the bright, inevitably, clear day of the crash, she knew intuitively that it would have life-changing consequences. She writes about her miraculous healing, learning to live with chronic pain, and the ways God makes us whole in the midst of suffering.

Weaving together theology and memoir in her trademark narrative style, Sarah tells us the story of the moment that changed her body and how it ultimately changed her life. Insightful, spirit-filled story of what it means to live with both grief and faith, suffering and joy, profound, and unexpected, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things is a wild, as we wrestle with God.

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God #ad - She invites us to a path of knowing God that is filled with ordinary miracles, hope in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and other completely reasonable things. But as she navigated the winding path from her life before the accident—as a popular author, inhabiting a body that no longer felt like her own, preacher, and loving wife and mother—to her new life after, but how it shook her deeply rooted faith, she found that the most unexpected result wasn’t the way this shook her body, upending everything she thought she knew and held so dearly.

. The road of healing leads to rome where she met the Pope it’s complicated and encountered the Holy Spirit in the last place she expected. A deeply moving and life-affirming account of wrestling with faith and God and finding miracles in the most unexpected places.


Subversive Spirituality

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing #ad - I do hope, however, that they will be found to be 'freshly phrased. '". Peterson captures the epiphanies of life with the pleasing pastoral style and inspiring depth of insight for which he is well known. Peterson describes his book this way: "the gathering of articles and essays, poems and conversations, is a kind of kitchen midden of my noticings of the obvious in the course of living out the Christian life in the vocational context of pastor, writer, and professor.

Subversive Spirituality #ad - Made up of occasional pieces, poetry, pastoral readings and interviews, short biblical studies, this book reflects on the overlooked facets of the spiritual life. The randomness and repetitions and false starts are rough edges that I am leaving as is in the interests of honesty. Spirituality is not, by and large, smooth.

Subversive spirituality is a gathering together of articles written by Eugene Peterson over the past twenty-five years.


I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Convergent Books #ad - Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.

Growing up in majority-white schools, " a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide as a writer, organizations, and churches, Austin writes, "I had to learn what it means to love blackness, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion. In a time when nearly all institutions schools, businesses claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, universities, churches, I'm Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words.

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness #ad - From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. Austin channing brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man.

For readers who have engaged with america's legacy on race through the writing of ta-nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, inviting the reader to confront apathy, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, middle-class, recognize God's ongoing work in the world, I'm Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, and discover how blackness--if we let it--can save us all.


How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is On the Way and Love Is Already Here

Zondervan #ad - How to survive a shipwreck is an invitation to trust the goodness of God and the resilience of your soul. Jonathan’s clarion call is this: no matter how hard you’ve fallen, no matter how much you’ve been hurt, help is on the way—just when you need it most. With visionary artistry and pastoral wisdom, jonathan martin reveals what we’ll need to make it through those uncharted waters, how we can use these defining experiences to live out of our depths, and why it will then become impossible to go back to the half-life we once lived.

How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is On the Way and Love Is Already Here #ad - On that, we can all agree. Life is turbulent. Disappointed dreams, vocational hang-ups, identity crises, broken relationships, wounds from the past—there are so many ways life can send us crashing up against the rocks. In this deeply personal book, jonathan Martin draws from his own stories of failure and loss to find the love that can only be discovered on the bottom.


The Middle Matters: Why That ExtraOrdinary Life Looks Really Good on You

WaterBrook #ad - Through gutsy, parenting, she admits out loud what most of us are thinking about marriage, beautiful storytelling, the bathroom scale, and how badly we all want to buy those matching Magnolia Market mugs. Her delicious stories come from not being afraid of who she is, faith, wonder, failure, marriage, doubt, because Lisa-Jo knows that the middle might be the best part of the love story of life, kids, and the muffin top—and that these are all good things.

She’s not asking you to seize the day, just to make sure you actually see it for all its wildly ordinary glory. Welcome to the middle!praise for the middle matters“what a thought-provoking collection of reflections and wisdom! Through personal stories about love, which aren’t nearly as dark, loss, Lisa-Jo invites us to take a long look inside our own mind’s secret nooks and crannies, and life in the middle, scary, or ordinary as we might think.

The Middle Matters: Why That ExtraOrdinary Life Looks Really Good on You #ad - Layla palmer,  the lettered cottage blog“With captivating wit, and breathtaking honesty, hard-won wisdom, Lisa-Jo has written a love letter to the delicious middle. Mandy arioto, president and ceo of mops international and author of Have More Fun“With Lisa-Jo’s guts as our unfettered guide, may we finally learn the sumptuous truth of our years: that a grilled cheese sandwich without the middle is just toast.

Erin loechner, founder of othergoose and author of Chasing Slow“Thank you, Lisa-Jo, for reminding women everywhere how important it is to find meaning in the midst of the confusing middle. Joy prouty, artist and educator. The best-selling author of never unfriended opens up about midlife and what it feels like to have outgrown those teenage jeans—but finally grown into the shape of our souls.

I want to give Lisa-Jo’s book a standing ovation.


You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You

Zondervan #ad - This is the straight-up truth god has proclaimed over your life from the beginning, capacity, and it's not dependent on what you can do or achieve but based on His power, and character. It has taken one million, maybe one zillion who knows?!, slight moves of His hand to place you in this exact moment. So let this book be your very good news: you don't have to wait for permission when you've already been commissioned.

With passion and heart-pumping hope, Jess shows that being the girl for the job doesn't depend on your capacity. It has everything to do with believing we are who God says we are, and quieting any inferior word spoken against us. Are you ready? let this book be your jumpstart into confident, face your fear, as jess walks you through the six steps she has used to coach and encourage women for years: set your focus, make a plan, take stock of the story that has shaped you, catch the vision, and finally, purposed living, make your move--all in the bold belief that God has called you to every step of the journey.

You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You #ad -  . You believe or want to believe god has called you and given you purpose, but where do you start? How do you get from feeling stuck to making a move? If this sounds familiar, bestselling author Jess Connolly has a message for you: You Are the Girl for the Job. But this is not simply a peppy catchphrase.

Rather, it has everything to do with God's capacity and our willingness. So forget about fear and second-guessing your gifts, because God has meticulously prepared you to be an ambassador for the Kingdom right where you are, here and now.


Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose

Zondervan #ad - Anxiety and loneliness are on the rise, with 77% of our population experiencing physical symptoms of stress on a regular basis. We feel pressure chasing careers, security, and keeping up. Daily struggles with anxiety and stress make it difficult to receive God's peace. Eventually we find our minds spinning, trying to cope or manage a low hum of anxiety, unlike ever before.

But it doesn't have to stay this way. Rebekah draws from her own battle with depression and anxiety and shares a pathway to establish four life-giving rhythms that quiet inner chaos and make room for a flourishing life. By taking time to rest, and create, restore, connect, you will discover how to: Take charge of your emotional health and inspire your loved ones to do the sameOvercome anxiety by establishing daily habits that keep you mentally and physically strongFind joy through restored relationships in your family and communityWalk in confidence with the unique gifts you have to offer the world .

Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose #ad - Rhythms of renewal will help you trade your anxiety for the vibrant life you were meant to live through four profound rhythms: rest, connect, restore, and create. With encouraging stories and practical steps, lifelong journey toward sustained emotional, Rebekah Lyons will help you begin an intentional, relational, and spiritual health.

Rhythms of renewal is your guide to daily rescue and a way forward into the peace your soul longs for. As a society, we are in the throes of a collective panic attack. We worry about health, politics, and many other complexities we can't control.


Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack

Baker Books #ad - The vulnerability and beauty found in these pages will leave you breathless, as Alia wisely leads the weary on journey into God's goodness and grace, even in the midst of our deepest weakness, heartbreak, and loss. What she didn't realize then was that God was always there, calling her to abandon herself.

In this deeply personal exploration of what it means to be "poor in spirit, " Joy challenges our cultural proclivity to "pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. She calls on readers to embrace true vulnerability and authenticity with God and with one another, showing how weakness does not disqualify us from inclusion in the kingdom of God--instead, it is our very invitation to enter in.

Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack #ad - Anyone who has struggled with feeling inadequate, disillusioned, or just too broken will find hope. Her exquisite words are a tender touch that resurrect us in our brokenness to the knowledge that we are deeply seen -- and even in our weakness, there can be life-giving glory and reviving grace. Ann voskamp, nytimes bestselling author of the broken Way and One Thousand GiftsAs a girl, poverty, Alia Joy came face to face with weakness, and loss in ways that made her doubt God was good.

There were times when it felt as if God had abandoned her. These are healing pages for hurting hearts, and ones I will return to again and again. This message is an antidote to despair, helping readers reclaim the ways God is good, even when life is anything but.