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A powerful collection of modern day stories of women living out their faith. In this omnibus edition, Jean Gibson presents two contemporary collections of inspiring stories from women who have faced the reality of life and proved the sufficiency of God's power in many different circumstances. Through their personal testimonies, these women reassure us that none of us arealone in our experience and that no situation is beyond hope. This edition includes an updated Foreword by Jean Gibson.
In 1979, 24-year-old Maura O'Halloran left her waitressing job in Boston and began her study of Zen in Japan. Today she is revered as a Buddhist saint, and a statue in her honor stands at the monastery where she lived. This is the story of her journey.
The plant brew, ayahuasca, was said to possess the power to unlock ancient, innate wisdom. Those who drank the brew would become the bearers of the One Universal Truth. A sojourn into the depths of the Amazon ensued... Fearghal O'Laigh shares his experiences with these sacred plants in this travel diary charting his adventures across South America. Fearghal is based in Ireland. He travelled to South America where he spent a year teaching English, travelling across the continent and exploring its rich shamanic traditions. His story involves Amazonian plant brews, psychoactive cactus, safari disasters, multiple counts of food poisoning and getting chased off cocaine farms. Previously, he spent a year volunteering on various reforestation and permaculture projects across the globe. He also has a field guiding qualification and spent a year in South Africa, working as a guide on a wildlife reserve. On returning to Ireland, he managed an organic fruit and vegetable shop. He is currently serving an apprenticeship as a Master Herbalist. He is a lover of nature, animals and the wilderness.
Between Heaven & Hollywood is David's inspirational journey from the wheat fields of his Mennonite home outside of Dodge City Kansas, to the bright lights of Los Angeles. This story of perseverance will assure you that your dreams aren't frivolous. They might be the most important part of your life. White has starred in more than twenty-five movies and produced forty films, including the blockbuster God's Not Dead. He serves as a Managing Partner of Pure Flix, the largest faith-based movie studio in the world. With his signature wit and sidesplitting hilarity, David's story of faithfulness, grounded in the biblical truth that no dream is too big for God, will inspire you to relentlessly pursue your dreams, and in the process, bring the reality of God's kingdom a little closer to the here and now. God has planted a dream in your heart that is both unique to you and essential to the world. White reminds us that there is no one too common, too uneducated, too poor, too inexperienced, or too broken that he or she cannot be used by God.
Kathryn Kuhlman is remembered by thousands for her successful radio and television healing ministry as well as her electrifying meetings in some of America's largest auditoriums. Now her spiritual legacy continues to touch lives of countless others as Benny Hinn pays tribute to this remarkable woman. Hinn traces her fifty extraordinary years of ministry and reveals insights into the spiritual life of one of God's choice servants who took the saving and healing message of Jesus Christ to her generation--often in the midst of personal struggles and disappointing heartbreaks. But this is more than a story about the most prominent woman evangelist, it is the story of how God used her life and teaching to influence Benny Hinn.
Facing obstacles? Feeling stuck? Transitioning into a new season of life? Let this seasoned broadcast journalist-turned-preacher help you find your poise when your red-light moments arrive.
From childhood, we are trained to associate the color red with negative and even dangerous situations. To grow spiritually, however, pastor Elictia Hart insists we must redefine our responses to red situations. With highlights from her glamorous career as a broadcast journalist for FOX, ESPN, and Entertainment Tonight, along with a balanced look into the lives of beloved heroes in the Bible, Elictia Hart explains how our "red moments" can become "green lights" for trusting God and embracing our divine destiny.
Every television reporter knows when the red light is on, you are on. Red means go. Playing off this insider phrase, Elictia Hart-now a wife, mother, and pastorpassionately shares how God transformed the red flags in her life into victorious banners for personal growth, a deeper faith, and a richer sense of her purpose for his kingdom.
In this four-session video-based small group Bible study, "New York Times" best-selling author Eric Metaxas will help you discover the major themes of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's writing and speaking and how he not only helped transform an entire faith community in Germany during World War II, but how his beliefs continue to impact the Christian faith of people throughout the world today.
Filmed on location in Germany, Metaxas will take you on a religious journey of Bonhoeffer's faith and why it has captured so many people's imaginations and how it has inspired the Christian faith of so many today. Pulling themes from all of his major books, Metaxas helps us understand why these spiritual truths meant so much to Bonhoeffer and how they can be an inspiration and challenge to our faith.
This companion study guide will lead you and your group deeper into the video content (sold separately) with session-by-session discussion topics, personal reflection, and between-session studies to enhance the group experience.
Designed for use with "Bonhoeffer: " A DVD Study.
Hannah Luce shares the story of her extraordinary childhood travelling the globe, evangelizing alongside her parents, and her time of questioning her faith. And she tells of her journey back to healing after surviving a horrific crash that took her dearest friends.
For Brenda Spahn, entrepreneur and businesswoman, wealth was a lifestyle - until a brush with the law threatened to send her to prison. In those dark moments, Brenda made a promise to God. Spared incarceration, a renewed Brenda glimpsed into the lives of women serving time in one of the worst places in America - the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. What she saw prompted a God-inspired vision. With a heart to help and a will that couldn't be crushed, Brenda fought the system and overcame tremendous obstacles to take ex-cons into her own home and help them navigate the alien world of life on the outside. This is the story of Brenda's journey from rags to riches to redemption. It's the story of the first unlikely year of her 'Whole Way House' and of the extraordinary lives of the first seven women who came to call her 'Miss Brenda.' It's a story that testifies to the power of faith and how God changes hearts every day.
This elegantly written biography offers the most intimate, detailed, rounded and supremely human portrait yet painted of the great Christian thinker and martyr. Draws on writings only recently made accessible - including the correspondence between Bonhoeffer and his teen-age fiance, Maria von Wedemeyer. Fresh insights into the duplicity into which Bonhoeffer was drawn, with intriguing quotes from the bogus diary and letters he composed to distract the Gestapo from his real activities. Packed with fascinating extracts from Bonhoeffer's own letters and papers, creating a vivid sense of the momentous times in which he lived, and of his innermost thoughts and feelings at any given moment.
Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving others.
As a young man, Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness.
His immense talent and fortitude propelled him to a place as one of
Europe's most renowned philosophers, theologians, and musicians in
the early twentieth century. Yet Schweitzer shocked his
contemporaries by forsaking worldly success and embarking on an
epic journey into the wilds of French Equatorial Africa, vowing to
serve as a lifelong physician to "the least of these" in a
mysterious land rife with famine, sickness, and
Enduring hardship, conflict, and personal struggles, he and his
beloved wife, Helene, became French prisoners of war during WWI,
and Helene later battled persistent illnesses.
Ken Gire's page-turning, novelesque narrative sheds new light on Schweitzer's faith-in-action ethic and his commitment to honor God by celebrating the sacredness of all life.
The legacy of this 1952 Nobel Prize honoree endures in the thriving African hospital community that began in a humble chicken coop, in the millions who have drawn inspiration from his example, and in the challenge that emanates from his life story into our day. Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness--and he achieved it by making his life his greatest sermon to a world in desperate need of hope and healing.
Julian Wilson provides one of the most comprehensive accounts of the life of Smith Wigglesworth to date. Few individuals have made such an impact on the world for the gospel as the Yorkshire-born plumber turned evangelist Smith Wigglesworth. Although he died in 1947, he is, arguably, more well-known now than when he was alive. He founded no movement, authored no books, had no official disciples, and no doctrine or theological college bears his name, but through his audacious faith and spectacular healing ministry, Wigglesworth fanned the flames of revival in many countries throughout the world. Thousands came to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour, received divine healing and were delivered from demonic oppression and possession as a result of his ministry.
When Mark McDonough was a teen, a catastrophic fire claimed the lives of his mother and younger brother. It also left Mark with burns on over 65 percent of his body. During a long and painful recovery, his faltering faith in God was strengthened by a remarkable near-death experience. Inspired to pursue a career as a plastic surgeon to help those who suffer as he has, McDonough has overcome numerous other adversities on his journey, including addiction and a stroke. Now he shares his incredible true story of survival and perseverance to bring hope and healing to those dealing with great physical and emotional pain. Anyone who has suffered or watched a loved one suffer from a personal trauma, disease, or loss that has tested or stolen their faith and exhausted their emotional resources will find real hope in this redemptive story.
Here are three influential Christians whose work exhibited a love for beauty and a commitment to truth. Whether discussing George Herbert's poetry, George Whitefield's preaching or C. S. Lewis's writing, the author leads us to rediscover the importance of vigorous creative effort in loving God and spreading the good news about Jesus. New facets of truth emerge as the author explores poetic eloquence and creative expression in their ministries and works.
As president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Utah's first territorial governor, Brigham Young (1801-77) shaped a religion, a migration, and the American West. He led the Saints to Utah, guided the establishment of 350 settlements, and inspired the Mormons as they weathered unimaginable trials and hardships. Although he generally succeeded, some decisions, especially those regarding the Mormon Reformation and the Black Hawk War, were less than sound. In this new biography, historian Thomas G. Alexander draws on a lifetime of research to provide an evenhanded view of Young and his leadership. Following the murder in 1844 of church founder Joseph Smith, Young bore a heavy responsibility: ensuring the survival and expansion of the church and its people. Alexander focuses on Young's leadership, his financial dealings, his relations with non-Mormons, his families, and his own deep religious conviction. Brigham Young and the Expansion of the Mormon Faith addresses such controversial issues as the practice of polygamy (Young himself had fifty-five wives), relations and conflicts between Mormons and Indians, and the circumstances and aftermath of the horrific events of Mountain Meadows in 1857. Although Young might have done better, Alexander argues that he bore no direct responsibility for the tragedy. Young relied on the counsel of his associates, and at times, the Mormon people pushed back to prevent him from implementing changes. In some cases, such as polygamy and the doctrine of blood atonement, the church leadership eventually rejected his views. Yet on the whole, Brigham Young emerges as a multifaceted human figure, and as a prophet revered by millions of LDS members, an inspired leader who successfully led his people to a distant land where their community expanded and flourished.
A fresh account of the life of Martin Luther The sixteenth-century German friar whose public conflict with the medieval Roman Church triggered the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther was neither an unblemished saint nor a single-minded religious zealot according to this provocative new biography by Scott Hendrix. The author presents Luther as a man of his time: a highly educated scholar and teacher and a gifted yet flawed human being driven by an optimistic yet ultimately unrealized vision of "true religion." This bold, insightful account of the life of Martin Luther provides a new perspective on one of the most important religious figures in history, focusing on Luther's entire life, his personal relationships and political motivations, rather than on his theology alone. Relying on the latest research and quoting extensively from Luther's correspondence, Hendrix paints a richly detailed portrait of an extraordinary man who, while devout and courageous, had a dark side as well. No recent biography in English explores as fully the life and work of Martin Luther long before and far beyond the controversial posting of his 95 Theses in 1517, an event that will soon be celebrated as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
As her body lay dying, her spirit began to travel As a troubled teenager, Tamara Laroux saw no way out. Desperate for her pain to end, crying out to God for forgiveness, Tamara does the unthinkable and embarks on a supernatural journey that will forever change the way she views God and the value of life on earth. As she plummets from her body to a place of vast darkness, torment, and agony, Tamara's senses become heightened. She instantly realizes the finality of her rash decision. As she mulls this terrible new reality, she begs God to save her. What she experiences on the other side shocks and surprises her, but the unfailing love of God ultimately delivers her from an unwelcome fate. A Second Chance at Heaven is a remarkable memoir of the afterlife that will challenge each of us to ponder the reality of heaven and hell. Her supernatural experience convinces Tamara that the only knowledge that matters in this life is that Jesus Christ is Lord. Since then, Tamara has embarked on a wonderful journey of faith, walking with the Lord and receiving the inner healing from loneliness and rejection she so desperately needed. The love of Christ delivered her that day and the same love motivates her to share the gospel to this day. A Second Chance at Heaven is an unforgettable account of one young woman's encounter with the Lord of Life.
Everything from the hymns Ellen White loved to the homes she lived in are covered in heavily referenced articles. You'll find a detailed chronology of her life and extensive articles on her ministry, her theology, and her statements in the light of advancing scientific knowledge. Whether you're preparing a sermon, teaching a class, or finding answers to personal questions, this single resource has the answers you need.
For all fans of The Narnia Chronicles! "The Professor of Narnia" is a fascinating and historically accurate portrayal of one of the greatest Christian writers of all time. This biography of Lewis is a musthave for Christian schools and homes. It traces the intense spiritual journey and key friendships that eventually led C.S. Lewis to wholehearted faith in Jesus and interweaves the various themes from The Narnia Chronicles with the spiritual battles Lewis encountered in his own life. ******** Have you ever wanted to meet the man behind the magical land of Narnia? Now you can! Let this book introduce you to C. S. Lewis, the Oxford tutor and Cambridge Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature who wrote the seven books The Chronicles of Narnia. Learn what made the creator of the most beloved fairy tales of the 20th century the man he was. Along the way you will visit all the important places of Lewiss life from Belfast, Northern Ireland to the trenches in France, from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to the steps of the Parthenon in Greece. On this fascinating trip you will also meet some of Lewiss family members his father Albert, the police court lawyer, his brilliant mother Flora and his funloving brother Warren. You will be introduced to some of Lewiss best friends and most important companions like J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and Joy Davidman Gresham, the poet and novelist whom Lewis married late in life. Our sources of transportation for this journey will be varied. Mainly we will be using a good bit of historical imagination. As we do so we will join Jack in a horsedrawn carriage as he goes off to boarding school for the first time. We will travel with the Lewis brothers numerous times by steamship across the Irish Sea, back and forth to England where they were educated. We will join Jack atop a red, doubledecker bus where he meets, of all people, God. And we will bump along in Warrens sidecar as he takes his brother Jack to Whipsnade Zoo, the place where Jack will begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Last but not least, we will even fly with Jack and Joy on an airplane to Greece where they will climb to the top of the Acropolis in Athens only months before Joys death. As we journey through C. S. Jack Lewiss 65 years of life on planet earth, from 1898 to 1963 (he died the same day as JFK) we will see how Jack dealt with many painful experiences the loss of his mother to cancer at age 9 separation from his home when he was sent to boarding school the same year being wounded in the trenches of France during World War I caring for the elderly mother of a schoolmate who died in the First World War the loss of his best friend at the end of World War II his brother Warrens alcoholism his late in life marriage to Joy and her subsequent death from cancer just four years later Learn about Jacks vast reading of all the great literature of the western tradition, from the Iliad of Homer down to the fairy tales of George MacDonald. Discover how Lewiss mindboggling knowledge of mythic literature influenced the writing of the Narnia books. Find out how C. S. Lewis wrote over 40 books during his lifetime, carried on a full time job as a professor, lectured widely on Christianity, took care of his family and still had time for his friends! Join Jack on a spiritual journey from his Ulster Protestant roots in Belfast to the adopted atheism of his school days and back to Christianity after he settled into his 30year home in Oxford, England. Ask the big questions of faith along with Jack and uncover the answers he found through his relentless search for truth. Your tour guide for this extraordinary journey is Will Vaus, author of Mere Theology A Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis, published by InterVarsity Press in 2004. Will is the founder of three C. S. Lewis Societies; he was the leader of a C. S. Lewis tour to England and he was one of the few people in the world who actually lived in The Narnia Cottage in Ireland along with his family. Will stepped through the wardrobe door for the first time when he was 9 years old and he has been studying Lewiss life and work for over 35 years. Along the way, he has met a number of people who knew C. S. Lewis as family member, friend, teacher and colleague; from them Will has gleaned fascinating insights into what has made Lewis the bestselling Christian author of all time, outside of the Bible. Will has shared those insights with numerous audiences around the United States and in the Republic of Ireland. Now, in this book, Will relates each of the chapters of Lewiss life to one of the Narnia stories themselves and reveals how Lewiss life imitated art. Will and his wife, Becky, have been married since 1988 and they have three sons James, Jonathan and Joshua. Wills sons have traveled with him to Narnia on numerous occasions and in many ways; in fact, he read The Professor of Narnia aloud to his boys as it was being written and got their seal of approval. Having read the Narnia stories as a child and talked to countless other children who love Lewiss fairy tales, Will knows how much every young person who reads the Narnia books or has seen the blockbuster movies wants to know more about C.S. Lewis, the author of these delightful stories. This book is perfect for reading aloud, as Will did to his boys or you can read it by yourself in a cozy corner with a hot cup of tea or cocoa. The reading level is ideal for older children and teenagers. Will makes the life of the awesomely intellectual C. S. Lewis accessible to young people without ever talking down to his readers. Every child, teenager, family or class of students who reads this book will enjoy traveling in the footsteps of Jack, with Will as a fatherly friend leading the way. So come along for the ride and you may even get to meet the great lion Aslan himself.
He loves the tango, was trained as a Chemist, and in his youth he had a regular girlfriend whom he planned to marry. For a pope, Francis has an unusual life story. Drawing on conversations, interviews, inside information and the Pope's own writings and talks, A Call to Serve offers first-hand information, moving reflections, and profound insights into the life and character of Jorge Bergoglio, his ministry in Buenos Aires, the challenges he faces in Rome, and his vision for renewing the church and serving the world. Provides intriguing insights into the historic events surrounding Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, the conclave that elected Pope Francis, and the ups and downs of his time as a priest and cardinal in Argentina.
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