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Be Still My Soul - Elisabeth Elliot
Be Still My Soul – Elisabeth Elliot

In our can’t-stop world, where we frantically move through our days with hardly a moment of true rest and reflection, it’s hard to comprehend the thought of being still, of leaving our anxiety and worry and impatience in the capable hands of a loving God. But that’s exactly what Elisabeth Elliot calls us to do.

Using the title of one of her favorite hymns as her unifying theme, Elliot offers an inspiring collection of reflections on living the Christian life. Illustrating biblical concepts with her rich personal experiences as a missionary, mother, wife, widow, radio host, and internationally known public speaker, Elliot writes with clarity and elegance on topics at once timeless and timely. This lovely new repackaged edition is perfect for the busy times in which we live.
Burnout : The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle - Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoksi
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle – Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoksi

Burnout. Many women in America have experienced it. What’s expected of women and what it’s really like to be a woman in today’s world are two very different things—and women exhaust themselves trying to close the gap between them. How can you “love your body” when every magazine cover has ten diet tips for becoming “your best self”? How do you “lean in” at work when you’re already operating at 110 percent and aren’t recognized for it? How can you live happily and healthily in a sexist world that is constantly telling you you’re too fat, too needy, too noisy, and too selfish?..
Christian Mediation – James Finley Christian

Meditation introduces an ancient practice to a contemporary audience. James Finley, a well-known spiritual counselor and speaker, presents the fundamentals of both understanding and practicing Christian meditation. A former monk and student of Thomas Merton, Finley teaches readers to expand (or begin) their meditation practices in concert with their faith and guides them to discover that divine moments of awakened consciousness can lead to a deeper connection with Christ. He explains how meditation can enrich our daily lives by connecting us not only with the present moment, but also with the eternal now that is beyond time…
Finding Spiritual Whitespace – Bonnie Gray

How many of us find ourselves running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God?

Bonnie Gray knows what that’s like. On the brink of fulfilling a lifelong dream, Bonnie’s plans shattered into a journey through painful memories and anxiety. In her search for answers, she made an important discovery: we all need spiritual whitespace…
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace – Gary Chapman & Paul White

At work, people express and receive appreciation in different ways. If you try to express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your co-workers, they may not feel valued at all. This is because you and your co-workers are speaking different languages. In The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Dr. Chapman and Dr. White will help you identify the five languages of appreciation…
Holy Hustle - Crystal Stine
Holy Hustle – Crystal Stine

Ah “hustle.” The word the internet has decided to hate recently. Instead of being a word that exemplifies hard work and effort, it’s become a word that means ceaselessly striving. The funny thing about it? It’s just a word. It can’t be good or bad. But how we choose to apply it to our lives can be.

The phrase “holy hustle” has been rolling around in my head for a few months now. I don’t want to be the kind of woman who strives unnecessarily toward my own agenda. I don’t want sleepless nights or endless stress. But I do want to work as hard as I can on the work God gives me to do…
I'm Dying to Take Care of You: Nurses & Codependence Breaking The Cycles - Candace Snow and David Willard, R.N.
I’m Dying to Take Care of You: Nurses & Codependence Breaking The Cycles – Candace Snow and David Willard, R.N.

It is estimated that 80 percent of all nurses are directly or indirectly affected by the disease of codependence. Nursing professionals practice in an environment both attractive to and supportive of codependence, which manifests itself in a variety of situations. The authors suggest that that current crises in nursing, including high drop-out rates, burnout and stress, are attributable to this life-threatening disease. Moving from an individual discussion of the core issues of codependence to a larger overview of how they affect the nursing profession, this book takes a pioneering look at issues that have been sabotaging the professional and personal lives of caregivers for decades…
Learning to Be: Reconstructing Peace & Spiritual Health - Chad E. Jarnagin
Learning to Be: Reconstructing Peace & Spiritual Health – Chad E. Jarnagin

Now, more than ever, there is an alarming number of people searching for spiritual health, a subversive movement leaving a once vibrant faith behind. The process of deconstructing one’s faith can be helpful, but without intentional reconstruction, people end up doing more harm than good. There is a global trend of Christians returning to the liturgy of the early Church as an antidote to the overly-produced mega-church versions that tend to leave people in first gear, while simultaneously encouraging them to jump directly to fifth gear without all the preparation found in the middle gears…
The Ministry of Ordinary Places - Shannan Martin
The Ministry of Ordinary Places – Shannan Martin

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. Where do we even begin?

Shannan Martin offers a surprisingly simple answer: uncover the hidden corners of our cities and neighborhoods and invest deeply in the lives of people around us. 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…

Pastors Are People Too : What They Won't Tell You But You Need to Know - Jimmy Dodd & Larry Magnuson
Pastors Are People Too: What They Won’t Tell You But You Need to Know – Jimmy Dodd & Larry Magnuson

…Is it any wonder pastors are overwhelmed and underappreciated?
They’re expected to know every member by name, preach a “home run sermon” every Sunday, condemn sin without hurting anyone’s feelings, and be available to serve others 24/7 while not neglecting their own family. The intensity of these expectations and lack of appreciation can and does bring the majority of pastors to a place of despair and ultimately departure from pastoral ministry. This practical field guide offers tangible ways to better understand and care for the pastor who cares so deeply about you…
Poured Out – Leonard Allen

After centuries of neglect, there is a renewed interest in the Holy Spirit. Many are beginning to realize that the Spirit is not a junior member of the Trinity, tame and shy. Poured Out explains why the church limited the Spirit for so long and how you can come to know the Spirit better and more fully. To become fruitful again to move beyond apathy, defeat, and despair you need to discover a deeper experience of life with God. A key in this recovery is the realization that the Spirit is God’s primary missionary who can empower and guide you in God’s work in today’s world…
The Sabbath – Abraham Joshua Heschel

In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an “architecture of holiness” that appears not in space but in time Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that “the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals.”
Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door – Barbara Mahany

Slowing Time is a collection of meditations inviting readers to discern the divine in the ordinary moments of everyday and live an examined life where everything is a form of prayer.

Barbara Mahany believes the sacred is all around, within finger’s reach—here to be gathered, culled, collected, through the simple yet complex art of paying attention, of savoring the moment, of cultivating stillness…
The Wounded Healer – Henri J.M. Nouwen

In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others…

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