Have you ever felt far away from God? Though many Christians are convinced they can't admit that, if you're feeling distant from God, you're not alone. In fact, honesty about divine distance is an important first step back to the presence of God. The truth is, we all go through seasons when prayers seem futile, worship feels empty, or we feel lonely, wondering if God cares or even knows what we're facing. When those seasons come and our familiar spiritual routines are no longer working, how can we recover the closeness with God that we crave? With transparency and a pastoral heart, Jamie Rasmussen reveals eight ways to navigate divine distance and experience the nearness of God again. After unpacking why God sometimes feels so far away, he mines the riches of the book of Esther for principles that are available to us today. The result is an intimate and practical guide to navigating seasons of divine distance so we can once again feel closer to God.
Just as a garden needs nurturing to grow and thrive, so does your relationship with God. Flourish: Prayers for a Well-Tended Heart features 75 prayers to help you cultivate faith and connection with your Creator. Every prayer is accented with a flower from the wild so you can admire God’s beautiful handiwork as you reflect on His promises. A short description or interesting fact about each flower is included.
If you're easily distracted when praying, you're not alone. In fact, if you struggle to pray in the first place, that's not unusual either. Tim Chester tells us how we can be great pray-ers. And he admits that that's a really bold claim. 'The secret of great praying has nothing to do with human effort or skill,' he explains. 'Lots of people would like to think that it does because they want to make prayer an achievement.' But the secret of great praying is ... Knowing three things about God: +That God the Father loves to hear us pray +That God the Son makes every prayer pleasing to God +That God the Holy Spirit helps us as we pray Tim looks at: why prayer is easy (how we pray), why prayer is difficult (why we pray) and the arguments and priorities of prayer (what we pray). Prayer is a child asking her father for help. And that's not beyond any one of us.
Grab your parka and compass and get ready for a thrilling trek through God’s Word! This 365-day devotional is filled with exciting daily devotions inspires readers to read about, write about, and, most importantly, live out their faith. The Adventure Bible is #1, recommended by more Christian schools and churches than any other Bible for kids. The illustrated, full-color NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions: Polar Exploration Edition takes kids on a thrilling, enriching quest through the Bible. This 365-day devotional with all-new content includes topics on self-esteem, courage, friendship, and many more! Boys and girls will learn more about God and the Bible and be inspired to live a life of faith, the greatest adventure of all. A companion to the NIV Adventure Bible, Polar Exploration Edition, this devotional book is perfect for readers aged 8 to 12. NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions: Polar Exploration Edition includes: Trusted, #1 Adventure Bible brand content in a frosty new theme Full-color images of polar animals, arctic outposts, and icy landscapes throughout Devotional topics on self-esteem, courage, friendship, and many more Topical and Scripture indexes
Young Adult Nonfiction by Elizabeth Laing Thompson
"No one knows more about living with all the feels than teenage girls. They can flit from giddy to anxious to insecure to in love-oops, wait, just kidding, out of love-to chill to stressed to ecstatic to despairing to rebellious to penitent to cynical to naèive to independent to clingy to selfish to selfless-all with a heaping side order of angst and adorkability, all in a span of hours . . . sometimes minutes. In other words: all the feels all the time. Yep, no one knows about having all the feels quite like teenage girls-but few girls know what to do with all those feelings. Christian teens need Bible-based help to show them that it's okay to feel deeply (after all, God himself is the Author of all feelings), but each of us must learn to train our emotions in the ways of Christ. As they learn how to deal with all the feels, girls need scriptural foundations, practical strategies, and the assurance that they are not weird-and never alone"--
Self-Improvement Health Spirituality A Holistic Approach to Wellness for Every Person In todays world, there are pills or powders for almost all ills. But many people prefer to avoid medications. Mrs. Maxwell has done a masterpiece of research and writing for just such persons. In clear style she describes how to coordinate the necessary resources for health--proper nutrition, exercise, rest, nurture of mind and spirit, and positive interpersonal relations. If you are interested in a balanced and healthy lifestyle, read this book! Grace H. Ketterman, M.D. Psychiatrist and author of two dozen popular books Discover mind-body connections Increase understanding of mental health Learn stress reduction methods Step out of vicious circles Improve communication skills Reduce interpersonal conflicts Enjoy significant others Learn how to help others change Learn how essential nutrients enhance health Enlarge your library list of resources Appreciate common values of other faiths Improve work and community relations Resolve religious quandaries Become spiritually alive Recommended reading for helping professionals
Why does it so often feel like Christians can’t talk about the real, hard stuff in life? We know our lives should reflect Jesus; what He did and said, and how He interacted with others. But if we’re being honest, there are days when we face tough, confusing things that can make us feel, well, very not like Jesus. As our culture moves further from truth and grace, Christians are burned-out, isolated, and unsure of where to turn for sound biblical advice that applies to their everyday struggles. If you’ve ever felt this way or wished someone would talk about things like forgiveness, mental health, broken friendships, redirected dreams, sex, facts versus feelings, church hurt, rest, weakness, healing, and more in honest, down-to-earth terms while sticking to what Scripture has to say about them, you’ve come to the right place. Confessions of a Crappy Christian is for you if you have ever thought you’re too messed up for church feel exhausted and alone in your struggles think you need to complete a checklist before God will love you need a friend who cares about you too much to let you stay stuck With honesty and vulnerability, Blake Guichet, host of the popular podcast Confessions of a Crappy Christian, helps us embrace the truth that we can’t do it all perfectly and gives us the wisdom, guidance, and hope to move from “crappy” Christian into a freer and fuller walk with Christ.
"Those going through dark times will find this generous, strongly Christian work a welcome beacon of light." --Publisher's Weekly Sorrow is a dark and painful road. You don't need to walk it alone. The Bible says that "God is near to the brokenhearted," but what does that look like when you're lost in the darkness of agonizing grief? How do you engage with your sorrow when the world tells you to shoulder through or move on? Award-winning writer and podcaster Clarissa Moll knows this landscape of loss all too well. Her life changed forever in 2019 when her husband, Rob, died unexpectedly while hiking--leaving her with four children to raise alone. In her debut book, Beyond the Darkness, Clarissa offers her powerful personal narrative as well as honest, practical wisdom that will gently guide you toward flourishing amidst your own loss. In the pages of Beyond the Darkness, you'll learn how to meet and engage with loss in your everyday life, uncover the lies the world has told you about your grief, and point your feet toward hope and find a way to navigate your new life with loss and God beside you. Whether you've lost someone dear to you or you're supporting a loved one as they mourn, you can learn to walk with grief. And as you do, you might be surprised to discover the path is wide enough for another companion, the Good Shepherd of your soul. Grief may walk with us for the rest of our lives, but Jesus will too.
Beautiful, Calming Peace When anxiety is an intrusive reality that steals your peace, holds you captive to fear, and imposes itself between you and longed-for calmness, the God of all comfort invites you to turn your gaze toward heaven. Prayers to Calm Your Anxious Heart offers 100 reassuring devotions and Scripture-based prayers that will shift your focus toward truth, restore your hope, and fill your soul with peace. Every devotion offers… brief yet meaningful teachings to give you encouragement and inspiration relevant Scripture verses to ground you in God’s promises expressive prayers to keep your heart riveted on truth You don’t have to dwell in anxiety. Instead, pray. Breathe. And let your heart rest in God’s calming presence.