bookshelf

 

Looking for something good to read? Check out our book reviews. Have you read something that you enjoyed? Submit the title, author and a short synopsis to us and we will post it here. You can leave us a message by clicking on this link, CLICK HERE and send us a message.

 

========================================================================

he chose the nailsBuy on Amazon  -  Buy on Barnes & Noble


He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart
by Max Lucado
The wood. The thorns. The nails. Christ's sacrifice has defined the very essence of mankind's faith for the past 2000 years. And now, Max Lucado invites you to examine the cross, contemplate its purpose, and celebrate its significance with He Chose the Nails. With his warm, caring style, Max examines the symbols surrounding Christ's crucifixion, revealing the claims of the cross and asserting that if they are true, then Christianity itself is true. The supporting evidence either makes the cross the single biggest hoax of all time, or the hope of all humanity. This is the first stand-alone workbook from Max.

 

                                                                Return to the Home Page

 


                                                    plan b

                                                             Buy on Amazon

 

God Always Has a Plan B

 by Sarah M. Hupp

You were on your way to an important meeting, but the car broke down. You planned a quiet day catching up on your reading, but your daughter came down with the flu. Sometimes our “Plan A’s” for life make sharp right turns, sudden dips, or even vanish into thin air. The good news is....”God Always Has a Plan B” for women.
Each page in this fresh collection of lighthearted stories and inspirational Scripture verses offers enjoyment and insight into facing the unexpected twists and turns that life brings. Favorite authors like Patsy Clairmont, Chonda Pierce, Barbara Johnson, Thelma Wells, Joni Earechson Tada, Sheila Walsh, and Luci Swindoll share the good news that God’s plans are always the best – even when those plans lead to changes or challenges. Whether you gain a new perspective, embrace a new attitude, glimpse a new point of view, or head off in an entirely new direction, this encouraging book will assure you that when Plan A fails, perhaps it’s because God’s Plan B was the best after all!

                                                                   Return to the Home Page

 


jesus calling

                                                     Buy on Amazon  -  Buy on Barnes & Noble

 

Jesus Calling    by Sarah Young

Devotions written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child's heart.

Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives.

After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down what she believed He was saying to her through Scripture. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her devotionals. They are written from Jesus' point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah's fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers, and now young readers, with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

                                                                  Return to the Home Page


hot choc with god

                                                  Buy on Amazon  -  Buy on Barnes & Noble 

 

Hot Chocolate with God  by Jill Kelly, Camryn Kelly & Erin Kelly


YOU are valuable! YOU are God's child! YOU are wonderfully made! YOU have a purpose!

Camryn Kelly, with insight from her older sister, Erin, and her mom, Jill, continues her journey of self-discovery in her third interactive book as she helps girls find the true value of themselves through the eyes of God and that we were not created by chance but for a purpose. HOT CHOCOLATE WITH GOD #3 promises hours of fun as girls learn about their relationship with God and who He is.

 

Activities Include:

 

Sweet Truths, Word Searches, Create-your-own-story, Fill-in-the-blank, Journaling space, Links to Cam Clips, Scriptures, Fun Facts

                                                                  Return to the Home Page


killing jesus

                                                     Buy on Amazon    -     Buy on Barnes & Noble


Killing Jesus  by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard


Millions of readers have thrilled by bestselling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history.

Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable – and changed the world forever.

                                                           Return to the Home Page

 


youll get through this

                                      Buy on Amazon   -   Buy on Barnes & Noble


You'll Get Through This  Hope and Help For Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado


You'll get through this.

It won't be painless.

 

It won't be quick.

 

But God will use this mess for good.

 

Don't be foolish or naïve.

 

But don't despair either.

 

With God's help, you'll get through this.

 

You fear you won't make it through. We all do. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. In the pits, surrounded by steep walls and aching reminders, we wonder: Will this gray sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten?

 

In You'll Get Through This, pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Max Lucado offers sweet assurance. "Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere." Max reminds readers God doesn't promise that getting through trials will be quick or painless. It wasn't for Joseph--tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned, forgotten and dismissed--but his Old Testament story is in the Bible for this reason: to teach us to trust God to trump evil.

 

With the compassion of a pastor, the heart of a storyteller, and the joy of one who has seen what God can do, Max explores the story of Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20. What Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good.

                                                            Return to the Home Page


                                                        I Declare

                                                Buy on Amazon     -   Buy on Barnes & Noble


 I Declare  31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life

by Joel Osteen


Broken into thirty-one parts, this book will help readers reach the truth of God's word, and how speaking God's promises can bring about His blessings.

Each part will open with a faith-building declaration, followed by a story to demonstrate the power of God, and Scripture references to give testimony to His ability.

 

May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

                                                           Return to the Home Page

 



jesus calling adult

                                         Buy on Amazon    -   Buy on Barnes & Noble

                                                                           


Jesus Calling Enjoying Peace in His Presence

by Sarah Young

Uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year by missionary Sarah Young.

Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus' point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah's fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

                                                            Return to the Home Page


one thousand gifts

                                                  Buy on Amazon   -   Buy on Barnes & Noble



One Thousand Gifts       by Ann Voskamp


Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. 'How,' Ann wondered, 'do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long--and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?' In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted...a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved--by God. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!    

 

                                                  Return to the Home Page

 


 draw the circle  

                                    

                            Buy on Amazon   -    Buy on Barnes & Noble



Draw the Circle - The 40 Day Prayer Challenge

by Mark Batterson


Do you pray as often and as boldly as you want to? There is a way to experience a deeper, more passionate, persistent, and intimate prayer life. Drawing from forty days of true stories, Mark Batterson applies the principles of his New York Times bestselling book The Circle Maker to teach us a new way to pray. As thousands of readers quickly became many tens of thousands, true stories of miraculous and inspiring answers to prayer began to pour in, and as those stories were shared, others were bolstered in their faith to pray with even more boldness. In Draw the Circle, through forty true, faith-building stories of God's answers to prayer, daily scriptures and prayer prompts, Batterson inspires you to pray and keep praying like never before. Begin a lifetime of watching God work. Believe in the God who can do all things. Experience the power of bold prayer and even bolder faith in Draw the Circle.

                                                                   Return to the Home Page


the story

                                                 Buy at Amazon    -    Buy at Barnes & Noble

 

 The Story, NIV 

The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

foreword by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee


'THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD' IS MORE THAN JUST A CLICHe. God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about: the story of the Bible, God's great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel. And like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption; and this story's true! From the foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee: 'This book tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves his children, who established for them a way of salvation and provided a route to eternity. Each story in these 31 chapters reveals the God of grace---the God who speaks; the God who acts; the God who listens; the God whose love for his people culminated in his sacrifice of Jesus, his only Son, to atone for the sins of humanity.' Features: * The story of the Bible---in its own words. Selections from the NIV Bible with short transitions to connect the reader to the continuing story. * Events, characters, and teachings of the Bible arranged chronologically * Timelines of Bible events * New International Version (NIV) Bible text Church families around the globe can now embrace The Story for a full ministry year through worship services, small group studies, and family activities. Learn more about this whole-church experience at TheStory.com. An excerpt from The Story: After Judas left, Jesus gave the disciples a glimpse of what was to come. He foreshadowed the fact that he was going to be 'broken' and 'poured out'---he was going to take humanity's punishment for sin on himself. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body.' Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.' Jesus warned his disciples that he would be with them only a little while longer. He went on to comfort his confused followers. 'Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.' Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?' Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.'

                                                                   Return to the Home Page


                                                          this present_darkness

                                         Buy at Amazon              Buy at Barnes & Noble

This Present Darkness

by Frank E. Peretti

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."

Ephesians 6:12

Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil.

This Present Darkness is a gripping story that brings keen insight into spiritual warfare and the necessity of prayer. Since its original publication more than 2.7 million copies have been sold. The companion volume, Piercing the Darkness, continues the story of the battle between spiritual forces.

 

                                                                  Return to the Home Page


                                                             piercing the_darkness

                                    Buy at Amazon               Buy at Barnes & Noble

 

Piercing the Darkness

by Frank E. Peretti

 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:5 (ESV)

It all begins in Bacon's corner, a tiny farming community far from the interstate. An attempted murder, a suspicious case of mistaken identity, and a ruthless lawsuit against a struggling Christian school threaten the peace of the small town. Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, finds herself in the middle of events beyond her control, fleeing for her life while trying to recall her dark past. She doesn't realize that a demonic army is growing in power and that a spiritual battle is rapidly approaching.

This companion volume to This Present Darkness offers readers a new perspective on spiritual warfare, prayer, and the seemingly coincidental events of our lives. It has sold over 2 million copies.

 

                                                                        Return to the Home Page


 

                                                 

 

                                         Buy from Amazon           Buy from Barnes and Noble

 

A classic from bestselling author Frank Peretti about a TV anchorman whose life is turned upside down as he starts hearing voices and discovers supernatural forces at play.

John Barrett, popular anchorman, finds himself suddenly lost in the comfortable world he thought he understood.

His producer seems to be hiding something big and lying to cover her tracks. His father's "accidental" death isn't looking quite so accidental. And his estranged son has returned search for the truth. On top of all this, John is starting to hear mysterious voices.

Prophet has all the hallmarks of Peretti's fast-paced blockbuster fiction, and his clear understanding of the vast spiritual struggle over moral authority marks every page.

 

                                                                    Return to the Home Page


 

                                               when godly people

                                                Buy at Amazon          Buy at Barnes and Noble

 

When Godly People Do Ungodly Things

Finding Authentic Restoration in the Age of Seduction

by Beth Moore


It is reported in the headlines, confessed in the pulpits, and hidden in the pews in churches around the world. The seduction of God's people by the deceiver is a tale as old as the garden, but we are always surprised when it happens. We must realize that Satan is a lion on the prowl and we are his prey.

Beth writes with a passion fueled by the Biblical warnings of the schemes of Satan's seductive activity and the broken-hearted concern of a teacher who receives countless letters from repentant Christians limping on the road to finding restoration. Delivering dire warnings to Christians to safeguard themselves against Satan's attacks, Beth also reveals how you can know if someone is vulnerable. Beth writes, "We, Christ's church, are in desperate need of developing His heart and mind in issues like these." She fears that often God is far more merciful than the Body of Christ is with the deeply repentant and those desperate to find their way home. When Godly People Do Ungodly Things will be a guide to authentic repentance and restoration.

                                                             Return to the Home Page


                                            believing god

                                           Buy at Amazon             Buy at Barnes and Noble


Believing God

by Beth Moore


Join best-selling author and Bible teacher Beth Moore in her latest book as she explores what it means to know and truly believe God, not just to believe IN Him. Through the examples of believers like Abraham and Moses, who trusted God's promises, Beth encourages Christians of all ages to deepen their own trust in God, live out their faith and receive a fresh word from Him.


                                                                  Return to the Home Page


                                              beloved disciple

                                            Buy at Amazon                      Buy at Barnes and Noble

 

The Beloved Disciple

by Beth Moore


John the apostle must have thought he had seen everything. Having been with Jesus all the years of his ministry, John witnessed more miracles than he could count, saw more displays of power than he could comprehend, and experienced more love than he could fathom. And one unforgettable morning young John outran Peter to his Savior's empty tomb. Just as Christ took John on a lifelong journey into the depths of His love, He will do the same for you. The bridegroom's love is unmatched and inexhaustible, and He is waiting to lavish it on you, His beloved.

                                                             Return to the Home Page

 


 


                                         As Waters Gone By


                                   Buy At Amazon          Buy At Barnes and Noble


As Waters Gone By

by Cynthia Ruchti


Emmalyn Ross has only a few months left to figure out if she and her husband, Max, can ever be a couple again. In prison for actions that ensured his wife could never be a mother, Max is now scheduled for release, and Emmalyn wonders how she can let him back into her life after all he's put her through. During his five-year incarceration, Emmalyn moved to the beautiful, but remote Madeline Island in Lake Superior. With the help of a circle of misfit town residents, including the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Café, Emmalyn begins to restore her heart while refurbishing her very own island cottage. She learns what it means to love unconditionally and finds that her dream of a house and a home filled with God's love might become a reality, but only if she and Max can find a way to rebuild their marriage...and win the fight of their lives in the process. As Waters Gone By, the highly anticipated fourth novel by award-winning author and speaker, Cynthia Ruchti, is sure to be the next book club favorite.

                                                              Return to Home Page

                                                              

 


 

                                                         An Endless Christmas

 

                                Buy At Amazon                         Buy At Barnes and Noble

 

An Endless Christmas

by Cynthia Ruchti

 

On the way to Christmas with his family, Micah asks Katie to marry him. She says no, but there is no getting out of Christmas now. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it's Christmas.

 

                                                                 Return to Home Page

 

 


 

 

                                                                 song of silence

 

                                         Buy At Amazon                          Buy At Barnes and Noble

 

Song of Silence

by Cynthia Ruchti

 

Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they're committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. While Charlie retired early, Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.

Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith's song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.

When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

 

                                                                 Return to Home Page


 


 

                                                             ragged hope

 

                                    Buy At Amazon                        Buy At Barnes and Noble

 

Ragged Hope

by Cynthia Ruchti

 

It is one thing to live with the consequences of your own choices. But what happens when your life is forever altered because of someone else's toxic actions? With the assurance of a God who hears and understands, Ragged Hope reaches out to survivors and those who care about, counsel, or long to make a difference in their lives.

                                                              Return to Home Page

 

 


 

                                                              tattered and mended

 

                                        Buy at Amazon                            Buy At Barnes and Noble

 

Tattered and Mended

by Cynthia Ruchti

 

For years, society and especially the church required that we hide our brokenness and pretend that all was well, even when it was terribly broken. Now, people have become comfortable with our tattered edges, our character weaknesses, our "old, familiar sins," and forgotten that God doesn't intend to leave us in a state of disrepair. God calls us to something other than the wild pendulum swing from hiding our scars to flaunting them. Rather than resigning ourselves to desperately clinging to shreds of recovery, or discarding the broken, threadbare, scarred relationships, we can engage in the process of healing through Christ. Jesus reclaims what we fear was damaged beyond repair. His soul-mend leaves hope where the wound once was. And, as we engage in the process of healing, we grow in appreciation of how God tends and transforms our wounds.

 

                                                                     Return to Home Page

 


 

                                cynthia ruchti_1


                        Buy at Amazon                                 Buy at Barnes and Noble


All My Belongings

by Cynthia Ruchti

Jayne Dennagee has spent her life running from the "doctor death" legacy of her father. His Kervorkian-copycat methods of euthanasia ruined her childhood, covering it in shame. She won't let him steal her future, too. After changing her name to Becka, she assumes a new life and new job caring for the ailing mother of a handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes.

Becka struggles to sort out her feelings for her new boss just as her patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage make Becka look like a murder suspect. Worse, all sense of home and all hope for love vanish.

                                                          Return to the Home Page


                                                          cynthia ruchti_2


                                            Buy at Amazon              Buy at Barnes and Noble

 

When the Morning Glory Blooms

by Cynthia Ruchti

 

Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world. Sixty years earlier, with her fiancé Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn't know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy's listening ear until the day she suspects Anna's tall tales are not the ramblings of dementia. They're fragments of Anna's disjointed memories of a remarkable life. Finding a faint thread of hope she can't resist tugging, Ivy records Anna's memoir, scribbling furiously after hours to keep up with the woman's emotion-packed, grace-hemmed stories. Is Ivy's answer buried in Anna's past? Becky, Ivy, Anna--three women fight a tangled vine of deception in search of the blossoming simplicity of truth.

 

                                                        Return to the Home Page



                              cynthia ruchti_3


                  Buy at Amazon                                Buy at Barnes and Noble  


They Almost Always Come Home

by Cynthia Ruchti


Finalist - 2011 Carol Award and 2010 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award

When Libby's husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband's escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn't died . . . and if Greg hadn't been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husband's disappearance...if for no other reason than to free her to move on. What the trio discovers in the search upends Libby's presumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.

 

                                                               Return to the Home Page


 

                                 joyce meyers living courageously


                      Buy at Amazon       Buy at Barnes and Noble   


LIVING COURAGEOUSLY

by Joyce Meyer


We all have fears. But God wants to give you the strength to face them head-on. It

may be fear of failure, rejection, loss of control - whatever has a grip on you, you can still triumph-

just do it afraid. Say goodbye to fear and live courageously.

 

                                                            Return to the Home Page


 

 


© 2017 Crossroads United Methodist Church
Connected Sound - Websites for the Barbershop Community