Many of us believe that we are saved by grace--but for too many, that's the last time grace defines our life. Instead of clinging to grace, we strive for good and believe that the Christian life means hard work and a sweet disposition. As good girls, we focus on the things we can handle, our disciplined lives, and our unshakable good moods. When we fail to measure up to our own impossible standards, we hide behind our good girl masks, determined to keep our weakness a secret. In Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman invites women to let go of the try-hard life and realize that in Christ we are free to receive from him rather than constantly try to achieve for him. With an open hand and a whimsical style, Emily uncovers the truth about the hiding, encouraging women to move from hiding behind girl-made masks and do-good performances to a life hidden with Christ in God.
The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and his socialite wife, inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett is taken hostage by her one-night stand, Colin Thatcher, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe from harm.
Sometimes the danger is too close to see. A dark and gripping crime thriller introducing DI Grace Fisher. Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, DI Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex. Any hopes of a quiet start to her new life are dashed by the discovery of the body of a female student, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. Grace has her first case. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news. Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case? With another victim dead, and under siege by the media, the murder inquiry hits a dead end. The review team brought in to shake things up is headed by Grace's old DCI. Who is going to listen to her now?
You know her--the good girl. She's the reliable one who shows up every week at youth group wearing a purity ring and a smile. She gets good grades, makes the team, and doesn't need to be told to come home on time. But deep down she is crushed by the weight of the responsibility to be the good one, the smart one, the one who never messes up. With the same candor and gentle spirit she showed women in Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman now gives young women what they need to be free on the inside, no matter what's going on outside. Through an honest look at the roles girls play, she helps them learn to stop trying and start trusting that the Jesus who came to save them also comes to live with them, right here and now.
Point Of Grace launches a new book and tour of the same title to give direction and hope to the next generation of young women. This unique book, designed to help young women grow in their Christian walk, offers practical teaching, personal stories, and biblical insight into the issues that mean the most to teenage girls: faith, family, friends, and boys. Each chapter includes a message from one of the four members of Point Of Grace, a key Scripture, and a special study guide to help teenage girls to learn to find real answers to real-life problems in the Bible. As an added feature, each of the four sections includes fun "outer-beauty tips" and faith-growing "inner-beauty tips." In this important book, Shelley, Heather, Denise, and Terry use their unique position to minister to young women during the difficult teen years. Fun, personal, spiritual, and challenging are just a few of the words that describe this exceptional book. One of the most dynamic forces in contemporary Christian music, Point of Grace boldly reveals their deep concern and devotion to the next generation of young women by launching this tour and writing this book to inspire their millions of admirers.
Grace Parker needs to figure out how to handle the 3Bs: boys, boy bands and ball sports. Things were simple for netball nerd Grace Parker at primary school. She was captain of her school team – and with best friends Stella and Mia won the grand final. Back then, her biggest problem was persuading her parents to buy her tickets to see Friday at Five, the world’s hottest boy band. But high school’s a whole new story. Grace’s greatest rival on the court, Amber Burns, just made the same netball team as her. Her twin brother, Gus, is devastated he didn’t make the A-grade AFL side. Her older brother, Tyler, is ignoring her. And as if that wasn’t enough for a 13-year-old girl to handle, dreamy aspiring rockstar Sebastian King is suddenly paying her a lot of attention ... Maddy Proud is a professional netballer currently playing for the NSW Swifts. Previously she played for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, who signed her at 16, making her the youngest player ever contracted in the Trans-Tasman ANZ Championships.
“Forthright, sensitive, and compelling” (Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author of California), this heartrending memoir from journalist Sarah Tomlinson recounts her unconventional upbringing and coming-of-age as colored by her complicated relationship with her father. Sarah Tomlinson was born on January 29, 1976, in a farmhouse in Freedom, Maine. After two years of attempted family life in Boston, her father’s gambling addiction and broken promises led her mother to pool her resources with five other families to buy 100 acres of land in Maine and reunite with her college boyfriend. Sarah would spend the majority of her childhood on “The Land” with infrequent, but coveted, visits from her father, who—as a hitchhiking, acid-dropping, wannabe mystic turned taxi driver—was nothing short of a rock star in her eyes. Propelled out of her bohemian upbringing to seek the big life she equated with her father, Sarah entered college at fifteen, where a school shooting further complicated her quest for a sense of safety. While establishing herself as a journalist and rock critic on both coasts, Sarah’s father continued to swerve in and out of her life, building and re-breaking their relationship, and fracturing Sarah’s confidence and sense of self. In this unforgettable memoir, Sarah conveys the dark comedy in her quest to repair the heart her father broke. Bittersweet, honest, and ultimately redemptive, Good Girl takes an insightful look into what happens when the people we love unconditionally are the people who disappoint us the most, and how time, introspection, and acceptance can help us heal.
Lori was able to compare death to divorce. She had to adjust to the personality change of her husband. When going through hard times, she used imagination to survive. Her reward was worth all the trouble.
Set during Ireland’s devastating potato famine, a spellbinding novel of a young woman torn between love for her family and duty to her English husband. Patrick O’Malley names his newborn daughter Gracelin for the light of the sea that shines in her eyes. But when young Gracelin is only six years old, her mother’s untimely death drains joy and laughter from the O’Malley clan. At fifteen, Gracelin saves her family from financial ruin by marrying Bram Donnelly, the son of a wealthy English landowner. But, even though Gracelin is Protestant, she is snubbed by English high society for marrying above her station. To temporarily appease her husband’s cruel nature, she intends to provide him with an heir—but that, too, will end in sorrow. As famine sweeps Ireland, Gracelin openly defies her husband by feeding the desperate souls who come to their door. In secret, she also sides with the rebels who call themselves the Young Irelanders. Led by Morgan McDonagh and joined by Gracelin’s beloved brother, Sean, the Irelanders are determined to fight and free their homeland from the yoke of English rule. A vivid chronicle of nineteenth-century Ireland, the first volume of Ann Moore’s popular trilogy introduces a courageous young heroine and movingly portrays an indomitable people as they struggle to survive the infamous famine and the brutal civil war that arrived in its wake. Fans of gripping historical fiction will love this “epic saga that sweeps you into the life of a remarkable woman” (Romantic Times).
Notes from readers: I loved Idle Hours! What a terrific story. Once I began to read it, I couldnt put it down. It brought me great joy! Pat is a great writer-storyteller. With so many of the names and places being familiar, it made it that much more interesting. I want to buy more copies for my friends. Its a terrific gift. Dottie Hanly, retired librarian, Connetquot Schools Now this is what I call a great read! The story is so gripping I couldnt put it down. Idle Hours is fascinating in its history of the real Vanderbilts, mixed with the real people of the day. I loved Papa, and Almina. They were such a contrast to Alva and Willie K. I got so interested in Consuelo Im trying to find a copy of her autobiography, The Glitter and the Gold. Thanks Pat, I cant wait for the next book! Sally Bedford
Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the “English” way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Rebecca Kauffman’s tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her "English" sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife. Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica’s rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.
Join bestselling author Lysa TerKuerst for Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl, a six-session small group Bible study that helps you figure out how to trade in going through the motions for the spiritual healthy and vibrant life for which you long. “I really want to know God, personally and intimately.” Do those words resonate with you? You’re tired of just going through the motions of being a Christian: Go to church. Pray. Be nice. That spiritual to-do list just doesn’t cut it. But what does? How do you step out of the drudger of religious duty to experience a living, moment-by-moment, deeply intimate relationship with God? Join Lysa in six small group sessions (DVD/digital video sold separately) that will teach you how to: Build personal, two-way conversations with God. Study the Bible and experience life change for yourself. Cultivate great authenticity and depth in your relationships. Make disappointments work for you, not against you. Find incredible joy as you live out your faith in everyday circumstances. This Participant Guide is filled with helpful discussion starters, video overviews, space for writing thoughts, a helpful Leader’s Guide and much more. Sessions include: In My Heart In My Walk with God In My Relationships In My Struggles In My Thoughts In My Calling Designed for use with Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl Video Study 9780310877714 (sold separately).
Three young women meet while living at the Barbizon Hotel in 1955 New York, one trying to make it in the publishing field, another who dreams of singing at the Stork Club and the third who is battling personal demons. Reading-group guide online. Original. 20,000 first printing.
At the age of thirty-three, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It's 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction . . . but not before he tries to ruin Edward and his good name. Meanwhile, the wrath of his ever-jealous wife, Elizabeth, is reaching a boiling point as suspicions about Edward's relationships with other women arise. Politics of inheritance are intense, and different family factions vie for honor over the years. An heir is needed to keep the Deravenel name alive, but tragedy and death remain obstacles at every turn. The choices include a loyal caretaker, a jealous rumormonger, a charming young woman, a sickly boy, and the scion of the family Edward ousted from power years before. Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again with a novel about passion, treachery, marriage, and family, and the compromises we're forced to make for power and love.
Have you ever wondered what animals can see that we can't? Fourteen-year-old Grace knows - The Drawl, terrifying creatures that prey on all life, draining it of energy. All that stands between us and death are the cats that sit on our laps at night. But they are losing the war and need a new weapon in their fight against the Drawl. They know that Grace has seen the monsters, now they want her help in the fight. But how can Grace help? She is so young and alone. Terrified by the visions she sees... Pulled into the cats' world, confronted by betrayal and evil she must overcome her own fears if she is to save the cats and her friends. Will she find the strength and courage to fight before it is too late?
Grace Kendal, a married ex nun from St. John's Newfoundland, has outgrown her Roman Catholic faith and suffers the anguish of her calling for more spiritual freedom; but Providence arranges for her to meet Oriano Fellicci, a housepainter and creative writer from St. Jude, Ontario who expands her faith and offers her the freedom she longs for; but will she step into the undiscovered country of her own soul and liberate herself? Tea with Grace is an astonishing story of synchronicity and platonic love that will expand your horizons and leave you in a state of mystical wonder. A TRAGIC STORY OF LOVE AND DENIAL
ho have been tested by fire and maintained their faith The first book of its kind, Grace Under Fire is an inspiring and spiritual collection of letters and e-mails by U.S. troops and their families from the American Revolution through the War on Terrorism. Andrew Carroll, editor of the bestselling War Letters, went through his massive archive of seventy-five-thousand previously unpublished wartime correspondence to pick out the most intimate, dramatic, historic, and insightful letters and e-mails ever written about God, religion, and spirituality. The fifty best of these are featured in this incredible book, and they emphasize how extremely important faith has been, and continues to be, in the lives of U.S. troops and their families. What is especially remarkable about Grace Under Fire is the sheer diversity of the collection, which includes several extraordinary letters by two brothers who fought on opposing sides of the Civil War; a prophetic letter by Rabbi David Goode, one of the famed Immortal Chaplains who gave his life for his fellow soldiers; a lighthearted letter by a World War II nurse who met the Pope; and a profound and impassioned reply to the timeless question, “Where is God in wartime?” by a doctor serving in Iraq. Warfare can reveal the worst in human nature, but it can also bring out the best, and these correspondences are a testament to the heroism, compassion, grace, intelligence, and inherent goodness of American troops and their families. And although the letters and e-mails featured in this book were written in times of armed conflict, they transcend the subject of war. They are about determination, hope, patriotism, fighting for something greater than one’s self, and, of course, the enduring value of faith. Regardless of whether we have served in the military or not, we can all find inspiration and courage in these powerful and insightful words.
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Grace is a creative work of fiction covering bonds of friendship, relationships and forgiveness, second chances, childhood tragedy, life, death, good, evil, triumph, pain, and the ways God can use all of it and all of us for His plan of reconciliation and hope. Shiloh?having witnessed the murder of her parents at a young age and suffering what she thinks is the betrayal of Jesse, her ?one true love??has turned cold to her friend Grace?s idea of a loving God. The bond of this enduring childhood friendship with Grace, who is gifted as a ?sensitive? and highly aware of Shiloh?s demons, has planted the seeds that eventually cost Grace dearly, but just may be what will save her dearest friend from the darkness tormenting her spirit.