In the summer of 1928, sixteen-year-old Minka was looking forward to a sewing class picnic. This would be a rare chance to put aside farm chores, don a pretty dress, and enjoy an outing with other girls. It would be a day to remember. And it was - but not in the way Minka had dreamed. Cornered by a stranger in the woods, the young girl was assaulted. Minka still believed that the stork brought babies; she would not discover for months that she was pregnant.
Don't think, just believe?That's the mantra in many circles today - whether the church, the classroom, the campus, or the voting booth. Nancy Pearcey, best-selling and critically acclaimed author, offers fresh tools to break free from presumed certainties and test them against reality.
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God has made you with the capacity to live courageously, to have great faith, and to become a person of influence. Sally Clarkson has raised her family, ministered around the world, and mentored countless women with this soul-resounding message. And in Own Your Life, she brings it straight to your heart.
It can be easy to have a heart filled with worship on a Sunday morning as the church band is playing your favorite song. But then comes Monday morning's commute and Tuesday afternoon's pile of laundry. How do we maintain a heart of worship in the daily grind? Darlene Zschech has spent her life thinking and teaching about worship. With wisdom and contagious joy, she shares her thoughts on what worship truly is and how it should invade every facet of our being.
After a son does the unthinkable, how can a mother go on? On October 2, 2006, a gunman entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shooting 10 girls, killing five, then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that no one should ever have to face.
"In this life, I have lost. I lost my husband and best friend. My children lost their father. But Stephen didn't lose his life. He found it." Early one morning, just down the street from the local mosque, gunshots shattered the silence. A young American lay in a pool of blood, murdered by al-Qaeda extremists. When God called Emily and Stephen Foreman to bring the gospel to a Muslim nation where Christianity was illegal, they knew they were being called to a life of sacrifice. "We died before we came here" was their common refrain.
The Gospels are dramatic and incredibly wet, set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Yet we've missed much of this perspective - until now. Leslie Leyland Fields, a seasoned Alaskan fisherwoman, leads us across the waters of time and culture out onto the Sea of Galilee, through a rugged season of commercial fishing with her family in Alaska, and through the waters of the New Testament beside the ragtag fishermen disciples.
What must it have been like walking in the garden, talking with God? What would it be like to share our troubles and joys openly with him, to hear his voice responding to our questions? How might knowing God's view on our stories heal our wounds and renew our hope? No matter our circumstances, we need God's perspective on our lives. We need to know how he sees us. Come on, girl, he says. Let my light shine in.
Fred Carver is hired by his good friend, Lieutenant Alfonso DeSoto of the Orlando police, to investigate the death of his uncle at Sunhaven, a local nursing home. Carver is harassed by Raphael Ortiz, a viciously depraved thug bent on discouraging Carver from investigating Sunhaven.
At 36, Jennie Rakowsky's dreams were coming true. She was about to marry a wonderful man, her career as a lawyer was skyrocketing, and she had never been more beautiful. And then the secret she had hidden for 19 years threatened to shatter it all.
During her childhood, Sandy (or "Shadow" as just about everyone knew her) was inseparable from her larger-than-life father, a World War II hero she adored. Sandy followed him everywhere, hung on his every word, and loved him with all her heart as only a young child can. It was more difficult to love him at some times than at others, especially when he was there and then he was gone - right in front of her eyes without ever leaving the house.
"Twice now this author has tugged at my soul..."
Liz Connors is a crime writer who is expert at digging up details even the cops couldn't find. Her lover, Detective Lieutenant Jack Lingemann, is being held without bail on a murder charge, and all Boston is crying for his head. She enlists the help of two reporters and two cop-friends to dig up information that lies buried in the annals of Cambridge history.
Freelance writer Liz Connors is receiving anonymous hate mail from some psycho. Someone she knows? When she recieves the first death threat, Liz thinks it's somebody's idea of a sick joke. When they start coming weekly and grow steadily more graphic, she admits she's a little unnerved.
Recession has visited Boston freelance writer Liz Connors with a vengeance: the magazine that is her main source of income has folded, and her financial future is looking grim. So Liz jumps at the chance when the enormously successful true-crime author Griffin Marcus hires her to research the grisly, ritualistic slayings of seven local women. Although the cops are convinced they've nailed the serial killer, Liz is not so sure.