The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness by Emily Esfahani Smith – Review

The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with HappinessThe Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness by Emily Esfahani Smith was published on September 5th, 2017 by Broadway Books and is a psychology book. This wise, stirring book argues that the search for meaning can immeasurably deepen our lives, and that it is far more fulfilling than the pursuit of personal happiness. Continue reading

She Is Free: Learning the Truth about the Lies That Hold You Captive by Andi Andrew – Review

She Is Free: Learning the Truth about the Lies That Hold You CaptiveShe Is Free: Learning the Truth about the Lies That Hold You Captive by Andi Andrew has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Baker Books. We say we’re free in Christ, but many of us are still living in captivity–to fear, anger, shame, isolation, unforgiveness, and control. We’re good at faking it around others, but we’re exhausted by the ruse. Andi Andrew wants women to break free of their self-imposed prisons and live the lives that are rightly theirs in Christ. Continue reading

Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For by Allison Allen – Book Review

Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made ForShine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For by Allison Allen has an expected publication date of September 5th. 2017 by Revell Books (a division of Baker Publishing Group). Allison Allen made a career of being someone else. Formerly a professional actor and now a highly sought-after Bible teacher, she knows a thing or two about playing a role. But, she says, all of us play roles nearly all of the time, and it’s exhausting. We walk into a room, figure out who we’re supposed to be in this context, slip into character, and say the lines we know we should say. We become someone else. Maybe we tell ourselves it’s some version of us, but deep down we know this inauthentic role is not what God wants for our lives–and it’s not what we want either. Continue reading

Becoming Resilient: How to Move through Suffering and Come Back Stronger by Donna Gibbs – Book Review

Becoming Resilient: How to Move Through Suffering and Come Back StrongerBecoming Resilient: How to Move through Suffering and Come Back Stronger by Donna Gibbs has an expected publication date of September 5th 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company. Everyone suffers disappointment, rejection, injustices, and losses, perhaps even traumatic ones. The spiritual pain born of such suffering can paralyze us, leaving us broken inside and barely getting by with the motions of life. Whether we remain stuck or move forward is determined in large part by our resilience. Continue reading

Before You Hit Send: Preventing Headache and Heartache by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs – Book Review

34628654Before You Hit Send: Preventing Headache and Heartache by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs was published on July 25th 2017 by Thomas Nelson. When will we learn? With every sunrise we are given plenty of new examples of people “Hitting Send” and soon regretting it. Social media means what it says: it is social! Our methods of communication today allow for something to potentially be broadcast to everyone from Pekin, Illinois to Peking, China. But it’s not only Twitter fanatics who can find themselves in trouble. Every single one of us is capable of falling prey to this growing plague.

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A Disruptive Generosity: Stories of Transforming Cities Through Strategic Giving by Mac Pier with foreword by James Denison – Book Review

34020323A Disruptive Generosity: Stories of Transforming Cities Through Strategic Giving by Mac Pier with foreword by James Denison was published on August 1st 2017 by Baker Books. It can seem like all you ever hear these days is bad news. Yet in the midst of contentious political posturing and stories of communities in trouble are stories of love, reconciliation, and restoration. Through a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, and flying mostly under the national news radar, Christian business leaders are bringing hope to blighted urban communities in our greatest cities. A Disruptive Generosity shares their inspiring stories.  Continue reading

The Dream Centered Life: Discovering What Drives You by Luke Barnett

unnamedThe Dream-Centered Life: Discovering What Drives You by Luke Barnett has an expected publication date of August 15th 2017 by Waterbrook Press. Wake Up to Bigger Dreams!
Have you stopped pursuing the life of your dreams? Did someone or something steal the passions that made your heart beat fast? It’s possible–for the first time or once again–to become that wide-eyed, visionary dream-chaser! It starts by realizing that God has specific, amazing plans for you. Once you discover what drives you at the deepest level, you’ll overcome any barrier that stands between you and your new reality. Continue reading