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1425621: The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths About Marriage and Divorce The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths About Marriage and Divorce
By Shaunti Feldhahn with Tally Whitehead / Multnomah Books

Many of us have heard about the depressing 50% divorce rate for marriages outside and inside the church. But Shaunti Feldhahn believes the rates are actually much lower! After years of investigative reporting and research, she offers paradigm-shifting, rigorously supported information that reveals marriages as stronger, happier, and more committed than most people think.

42827: Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy
By Gary Thomas / Zondervan

The title expresses a radical thought for today's marriages! Chapter by chapter, discover how marriage works to develop Christlike character - forgiveness, love, respect, perseverance - in each of you. This book will enrich your marriage in unexpected ways. A Focus on the Family recommendation.


55953: Devotions for a Sacred Marriage Devotions for a Sacred Marriage
By Gary Thomas / Zondervan

By popular demand, the author of Sacred Marriage returns to the topic of how God uses marriage to expand our souls and make us holy. Using all new material, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage will help you to explore how God can reveal Himself through your marriage and help you to grow closer to Him as well as to your spouse. From the process of two becoming one, to the sharing of our lives as Christian brothers and sisters Devotions for a Sacred Marriage will challenge couples to embrace the profound and soul-stretching reality of Christian marriage.

277682: Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of Their Husbands Sacred Influence:
How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of Their Husbands

By Gary Thomas / Zondervan

You've pleaded, badgered and nagged, but your husband still won't listen to you. How can you help him become the man God intends him to be? Applying the concepts from his bestseller Sacred Marriage, Thomas gives you a man's eye view of how to positively motivate your spouse and cultivate a deep and true relationship with him. Paperback Edition.

503665: Becoming God"s True Woman Becoming God's True Woman
By Edited by Nancy Leigh DeMoss / Crossway Books & Bibles

Did the feminist revolution rob women of their distinctive God-given purpose? Issuing a call for a return to godly womanhood, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Susan Hunt, Barbara Hughes, and others bring you back to the greatness of God's created order and the part he wants you to play in his grand, redemptive plan! Includes a study guide. Paperback.


53854: Strengthening Your Marriage Strengthening Your Marriage
By Wayne A. Mack / P & R Publishing

You married "for better or worse." Whichever term describes your marriage today, it can be better tomorrow. Mack's biblically-based approach to marriage offers practical insights on marital roles, child-rearing, finances and more. This encouraging book can be used as a study guide for husbands and wives or by pastors as a counseling tool.


758266: When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage
By Dave Harvey / Shepherd Press

Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say "I Do" is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.

Dave's writing style embraces the reader as he speaks honestly, and sometimes humorously, about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God's word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say "I do".

 

919244: The Power of a Praying Wife The Power of a Praying Wife
By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

Bestselling author Stormie Omartian inspires women to develop a deeper relationship with their husbands by praying for them. The Power of a Praying Wife---now with a fresh new cover design--- is packed with practical advice on praying for specific areas of a husband's life including his decision-making, fears, spiritual strength, role as father and leader, and his faith and future. Every woman who desires a closer relationship with her husband will appreciate the life illustrations, select Scripture verses, and the assurances of God's promises and power for their marriage.

919848: The Power of a Praying Wife Prayer and Study Guide The Power of a Praying Wife Prayer and Study Guide
By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

Now with a new cover, this inspiring 16-week prayer and study guide will help women apply the life changing direction of Stormie Omartian's bestselling The Power of a Praying Wife. While lifting up their husband's emotional, professional, sexual, and spiritual well-being to God in prayer, women will discover deeper intimacy in their marriages.

Stormie shares her personal experience of praying for her husband at a difficult time in their marriage as she guides you through insightful, revealing questions that get below the surface and allow your prayers to be specific and unhindered. Suitable for individual or group study.

 

919767: The Power of a Praying Husband The Power of a Praying Husband
By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

In The Power of a Praying Husband, Stormie helps men pray effectively for their wives and marriages. With stories and examples from her own marriage, Stormie encourages men to lovingly intercede for their wives in every area, including priorities, emotions, motherhood, fears, and sexuality. With comments from well-known Christian men as well as a foreword by Stormie's husband, The Power of a Praying Husband---now with a new cover design---is an ideal study for men wanting to develop the discipline of prayer.

04088: The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective, Expanded Edition The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective, Expanded Edition
By Martha Peace / Focus Publishing Incorporated

Who is an excellent wife? What is she like? Using the woman in Proverbs 31 as a model, trusted Christian counselor Peace offers detailed practical answers to questions most often asked by Christian wives. Her proven principles and scripturally based insights will encourage you to become the wife God wants you to be. This is a must-read for every Christian wife.


04177: Becoming a Titus 2 Woman Becoming a Titus 2 Woman
By Martha Peace / Focus Publishing Incorporated

Becoming a Titus 2 Woman provides older women a training tool for learning how to successfully mentor younger women. Each of the ten chapters concludes with a chapter summary and application questions that will help women put into practice what they have read.



46158: Feminine Appeal, Expanded Edition Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother Feminine Appeal, Expanded Edition Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother
By Carolyn Mahaney / Crossway Books & Bibles

Do you long to grow as a wife and mother? Experience the transforming truths of Titus 2 with Mahaney as your guide! Providing the warm support of a good friend, she helps you become a blessing to your family by encouraging you to practice the seven virtues of a godly woman. Includes study questions. 188 pages, softcover from Crossway.


450840: Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World
By Carolyn McCulley / Moody Publishers

Radical Womanhood is a startling expose of feminism's anti-God agenda. Presenting the pro-woman truth of Scripture consistent with traditional complementarian teaching, author Carolyn McCulley will help you come alive for God! Using personal testimonies, she encourages you to resist secular feminist lifestyles and model biblical womanhood for a postmodern generation. For new believers and longtime Christians! Paperback.


321910: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
By Ann Voskamp / Zondervan

Drawing heartbreaking beauty out of the simplest of details, Ann Voskamp invites you into her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting, and writing---and deeper still into your own life. Here you will discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that brings you deep and lasting joy.


904312: The Exemplary Husband, Revised The Exemplary Husband, Revised
By Stuart Scott / Focus Publishing Incorporated

The Exemplary Husband is a biblical blueprint for the mandate God has given to husbands in the covenant of marriage to love their wives, even as Christ loved the church. Written to be a companion book to The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace, its goal is to assist husbands toward purposeful and lasting Christlikeness for the glory of God. It is suitable for men's small group Bible studies, or for couples prayerfully seeking God's very best in marriage.


451876: Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs
By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs / Thomas Nelson

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs' book, Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs, is based on the biblical passage from Ephesians 5:33 (But every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and wives should respect their husbands - GODS WORD® translation). His premise is that communication between a husband and wife is often frustrated because of the vastly different ways in which men and women perceive love. Women are wired to need unconditional love and men need to feel unconditionally respected. Revitalize the love in your marriage!

737353: The Complete Husband The Complete Husband
By Lou Priolo / Calvary Press

What does it take to be a "biblical husband?" Written in an easy-to-understand style, Priolo's guide attempts to teach husbands how to love their wives as Christ loves the church. The solid biblical teaching explores the how-to of loving your spouse, provides a crash course on communication skills, offers advice on sexual relations and more.


768698: Battle Ready - Joshua and Caleb Battle Ready -Joshua and Caleb
By Steve Farrar / David C. Cook

Are you prepared to fight the good fight? Farrar arms you with the weapons you need to be a powerful warrior of God! Exploring the lives of Joshua and Caleb, he shows how to meet challenges head-on, trust the Lord when all hope seems lost, and stand firm in the assurance of God's provision. 256 pages, softcover from Cook.


23259: Telling Yourself the Truth Telling Yourself the Truth
By William Backus / Bethany House

Most of what happens in your life happens because of the way you think. Telling Yourself the Truth teaches you how to handle your thoughts using a life-changing method the authors call Misbelief Therapy. Based on the Bible, it teaches you how to identify your own misbeliefs and replace them with the truth.

380783: Divorce: Before You Say I Don"t Divorce: Before You Say I Don't
By Lou Priolo / P & R Publishing

This hard-hitting booklet is designed to persuade individuals who are intent on pursuing divorce (on other than biblical grounds) to reconsider their plans. The first portion focuses on the likely consequences of such an action. The second refutes nine of the most common justifications for divorce. There is also an entire section (appendix) that addresses the issue of being "in love" with someone other than one's spouse.

 

90158: The Weight of Your Words The Weight of Your Words
By Joseph M. Stowell / Moody Publishers

Your words have great power---power enough to encourage and heal, or to intimidate and wound. Stowell shares the biblical truth about the tongue to help you understand the importance of your words. Make a commitment to positive speech by learning to let the Holy Spirit, not anger or circumstances, control what you say. 180 pages, softcover from Moody.

64516: Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
By Gary L. Thomas / Zondervan

Instead of the typical instruction manual on child rearing, Thomas's inspiring and affirming book demonstrates how God uses kids to profoundly change their parents. Through scriptural insights and encouraging real-life stories, you'll learn how others handled difficulties and challenges---and how it transformed their walk with God. Discover the spiritual potential in your parent-child relationships! 231 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

 
37191: Shepherding a Child"s Heart, Revised and Updated Shepherding a Child's Heart, Revised and Updated
By Tedd Tripp / Shepherd Press

Many parenting books are based on hit-or-miss theories steeped in secular thinking. This one draws from Pastor Tripp's seasoned experience as a father-and from God's Holy Word. Grounded in the Bible's divine plan for parenting, this guide defines your goals as a parent and provides the Scriptural methods for accomplishing them.

 
 
520090: Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus
By Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson / Crossway Books & Bibles

In Give Them Grace, parents will learn how to connect the benefits of the cross - especially regeneration, adoption, and justification - to their children's daily lives. Chapters address topics such as our inability to follow the law perfectly, God's forgiveness and love displayed at the cross, and what true heart obedience looks. Paperback.
0220200: At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry, 20th Anniversary Edition At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry, 20th Anniversary Edition
By Steve Gallagher / Pure Life Ministries

At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry is a thorough and penetrating examination of sexual addiction. It draws back the curtain and exposes the inner workings of sexual sin in the heart, which the author understands, having lived in the bondage of it himself for over twelve years. What is presented in this book is firmly rooted in Scripture and always points the man to Jesus Christ as the ultimate answer to his problem. Paperback.


757106: Living with Your Husband"s Secret Wars Living with Your Husband's Secret Wars
By Marsha Means / Baker

When you discover your husband is involved in sexual sin--whether it's lust, pornography, infidelity, or some other behavior--pain whips through you like a tornado. You wonder: will I survive this betrayal, will my marriage survive--and do I even want it to, and where is God in all of this? If your struggling with questions like these, you'll find hope and healing in this book.


547018: When His Secret Sin Breaks Your Heart: Letter to Hurting Wives When His Secret Sin Breaks Your Heart: Letter to Hurting Wives
By Kathy Gallagher & Beverly LaHaye / Pure Life Ministries

Kathy Gallagher's personal experience has provided her with tremendous insight. Behind every husband enslaved to sexual sin, there is a woman reaping the horrible side effects of his self-centered life-style. Kathy has been there; she understands the pain of rejection, the feelings of hopelessness and the questions that plague a hurting wife.

In this collection of letters, Kathy imparts heart-felt encouragement by providing the practical, biblical answers that helped her find healing in the midst of her most trying storm. The 30-day journal offers wives a place to prayerfully reflect and meditate upon Kathy's letters. When His Secret Sin Breaks Your Heart testifies that there is hope for the most dejected of souls and the bleakest of marriages. Paperback.

 

063070: The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
By Dr. Dan B. Allender / NAV Press

Almost everybody knows a victim of childhood sexual abuse---perhaps the most soul-deadening trauma there is. In this Christ-centered resource, Allender assures adult survivors that there is a way out of the rage, fear, and confusion---and offers their spouses, families, friends, and counselors specific ways to help the healing process. Foreword by Larry Crabb. 304 pages, softcover from NavPress.


5520707: Ready to Restore: The Layman"s Guide to Christian Counseling Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling
By Jay Adams / P & R Publishing

When somebody comes to you with a personal crisis, will you be qualified to help? Yes---with this non-technical counseling course for laypeople. You'll learn 25 basic principles of biblical counseling that will help you analyze the problem, formulate a plan, and implement Scripture-based solutions. For individual or group study. 119 pages, softcover from P & R.
526071: Instruments in the Redeemer"s Hands: People in Need of Change, Helping People in Need of Change Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change, Helping People in Need of Change
By Paul David Tripp / P & R Publishing

Intruments in the Redeemer's Hands is a comprehensive treatment in the lives of others, people who themselves are in need of change. In many ways, the church today has more consumers than committed participants. We see church merely as an event we attend or an organization we belong to, rather than as a calling that shapes our entire life. The author explains how his work follows an "all of my people, all of the time model." If you followed the Lord for a thousand years, you would still need the ministry of the body of Christ as much as you did the day you first believed. This need will remain until our sanctification is complete in Glory.