The Grace of God
Thomas Nelson, September 2010
"Grace. It's what we crave most when our guilt is exposed. It's the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we are confronted with the guilt of others-especially when their guilt has robbed us of something we consider valuable. Therein is the struggle, the struggle for grace. It's this struggle that makes grace more story than doctrine. It's the struggle that reminds us that grace is bigger than compassion or forgiveness. That struggle is the context for both. When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything. This struggle is not new; it has been going on since the beginning."
We find in the pages of Scripture that the stories found there often mirror our own stories, and that we too need the very thing we do not deserve: the grace of God. From the beginning, the church has had an uneasy relationship with grace. The gravitational pull is always toward graceless religion. The odd thing is that when you read the New Testament, the only thing Jesus stood against consistently was graceless religion. The only group he attacked relentlessly was graceless religious leaders. Even now as you think about grace, there might be a little voice in your head whispering, "It can't be that easy!" "What about obedience?" "What about disobedience?" "What about repeated misbehavior?" "What about bad habits?" "What about justice?" "What about repentance?"
It's this tension that makes grace so slippery. But that's the beauty and the truth of grace. We don't deserve it. We can't earn it. It can't be qualified. But God gives it to us anyway because he loves us unconditionally. The story of grace is your story. And as you are about to discover grace plays a larger role than you imagine.
My Life is Not My Own: Following God No Matter the Cost
Regal Books, September 2010
There are only a handful of modern-day believers who have had as lasting an impact on the world as Bill Bright, who founded Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951 with his wife, Vonette. In My Life Is Not My Own, written before his death in 2003, Dr. Bright contends that his kingdom victories had little to do with his own excellence and everything to do with becoming a “royal slave” to the King of kings. In this challenging yet encouraging account of his journey toward total surrender to Christ, Dr. Bright examines a perspective common to first-century Christians: The earliest believers did not see themselves as God’s hired servants or as temporary slaves who could work off their debts and go free; instead, they viewed themselves as “royal slaves,” permanent members in God’s household, under His authority and called to His business. Readers will be dared, by the biblical revelation and by Dr. Bright’s personal story, to make the ultimate choice and become slaves of Jesus Christ.
DR. BILL BRIGHT was founder and chairman of Campus Crusade for Christ. He was a best-selling author of more than 100 books and booklets, including Come Help Change the World and A Man Without Equal. More than 2.5 billion copies of Dr. Bright’s booklet Have You Heard of the Four Spiritual Laws? have been distributed. Dr. Bright passed away in 2003.
The One Year Love Language Minute Devotional
Tyndale, September 2010
Are you and your spouse speaking the same language? He sends you flowers when what you really want is time to talk. She gives you a hug when what you really need is a home-cooked meal. The problem isn’t love—it’s your love language. The One Year Love Language Minute Devotional is your daily guide to how to express heartfelt love to your spouse.
Teen-ology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers
Bethany House, September 2010
Raising a teen is not an easy job. The challenges parents face can be overwhelming--"What happened to my sweet-tempered kid?" "How do I help her make better choices?" "I'm afraid my teen is going to walk away from his faith." "How do I teach my teen to stay pure?" "Is this teen behavior normal?!" In Teenology, author Jim Burns covers all these issues and more. His no-holds-barred approach tackles even the most sensitive topics, providing parents with the answers and advice they need to raise their teens to become responsible adults. An invaluable section on common problems and solutions addresses everything from curfew to bullying to pornography and beyond. Don't overlook this must-have resource!
The Way Home DVD
Lions Gate Home Entertainment, September 2010
A missing child. A family in crisis. A faith tested. In their darkest hour, God gives hope. Dean Cain stars as Randy Simpkins, a husband and father torn between the demands of his job and family. Asked by his wife to watch their two-year-old son, Joe, for a few minutes, he becomes distracted by work. When he returns, Joe is gone. He and his wife search desperately for their missing son through the vast countryside. But as their fear grows, the community responds - hundreds of supporters uniting behind the family in a powerful spiritual journey that will test the couple’s love and faith, and forever change a community.
The Jesus Movie: Read and Share DVD Bible
Thomas Nelson, September 2010
Experience the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Based on the art style of the Read and Share® Bible, The Jesus Movie transports children to Nazareth for the story of Jesus' birth, follows his life and miracles along the shores of Lake Galilee and ends in Jerusalem with his arrest, crucifixion and resurrection-all in one dramatic 80-minute movie. The excitement and joy of Jesus' life, the danger and conflict with the Pharisees, the challenge and growth of the disciples-it's all here in a simple, straightforward narrative.