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Discovering Hope • Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

DISCOVERING HOPE: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

Cindee Snider Re

This 10-chapter study invites participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.

No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley, or how long the winter, there is hope.

There is always hope.

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FINDING PURPOSE: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness

Cindee Snider Re

What if purpose looks different than we believe?

This 10-chapter study invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose, and instead, to embrace God's - a timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.

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EMBRACING WORTH: Understanding Your Value in a Life with Chronic Illness

Cindee Snider Re

This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do, but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story, for despite our circumstances, in the midst of the hard, when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.

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I TAKE YOU IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH: Marriage with Chronic Illness

Cindee Snider Re

Rejuvenate, revitalize, rekindle, and reconnect with this insightful and enriching 10-chapter study (designed just for couples) that offers you and your spouse a safe place to grieve, heal, grow, and begin to dream together again – to thrive as one – in sickness and in health.

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GRACE, TRUTH & TIME: Facilitating Thriving Small Groups

Heather MacLaren Johnson

With this incredible resource you can learn to: lead through God's grace, create a space for spiritual growth and healing, empathize, listen and engage with those in pain, grow in prayer and compassion, foster hope and encouragement, and build small group communities that thrive.

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PARENTING

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance

Gary Smalley, John Trent & Kari Trent Stageberg

Children of every age long for the gift of “the blessing” — the unconditional love and approval that come from a healthy relationship with their parents. This life-changing gift is essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being. Offering solid, practical advice and a fresh perspective on making this gift a bigger part of our families.

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Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Boundaries with Kids: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Children

Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Discover help and guidance for raising your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions.

Learn how to instill the kind of character in your children that will help them lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives.

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Broken Brain

Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child’s Mental Illness

The terms mental illness and mental health are often used casually, but many don’t believe mental illness is relevant to their lives.

This is the story of one family’s journey through schizophrenia, navigating the uncharted waters of mental illness to find help for their daughter and support for their family. This memoir is an honest look at the stress, anger, education, and finally, hope experienced through eyes of a mother.

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Comfort: Inspirations for Parents of Chronically Ill Children

Kathy Hardy

This sensitive, honest, and heartfelt devotional doesn’t pull any punches. It encounters all aspects of raising a chronically ill child and helps others understand the day-to-day struggles and joys. It is eight weeks of reality: the good, the bad, and the ugly. At the end of each week of devotions, you’ll find a short chapter of Kathy’s family’s continuing story of raising their eight children, three of whom have Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

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Chronic Kids Constant Hope

Chronic Kids, Constant Hope: Help and Encouragement for Parents of Children with Chronic Conditions

Elizabeth Hoekstra and Mary Bradford

Two moms of chronically ill children offer  encouragement and help for fellow parents of "chronic kids," such as dealing with emotions, what to do when friends say insensitive things, prayer, and so much more.

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Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs

Jolene Philo 

Parenting can be difficult and tiring, especially when you have a special needs child with medical, behavioral, or educational issues. Find guidance, encouragement spiritual wisdom, practical resources, and tools that can help you become an extraordinary advocate for your child. Discover how you can move beyond the challenges and experience the joy of being your child’s biggest and best supporter.

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Families Where Grace is In Place

Families Where Grace Is in Place: Building a Home Free of Manipulation, Legalism, and Shame

Jeff VanVonderen

This book is a practical and insightful discussion on living a graceful life and building a strong and happy home using God's tools.

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He Will Be Enough: How God Takes You by the Hand Through Your Hardest Days

He Will Be Enough: How God Takes You by the Hand Through Your Hardest Days

Katie Faris

Each of these 20 biblical reflections examines a truth about God and shows how it provides an anchor for the soul in hard times. With warmth and compassion, Katie weaves together stories of her own family’s struggles with complex medical conditions and God's truth.

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I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy

Angie Smith

In 2008,  Angie and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her “incompatible with life.” Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth.

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Is Your Teen Stressed or Depressed?: A Practical and Inspirational Guide for Parents of Hurting Teenagers

Is Your Teen Stressed or Depressed?: A Practical and Inspirational Guide for Parents of Hurting Teenagers

Dr. Arch Hart and Dr. Catherine Hart Weber

The teen years are hard enough. But with today's increased pressures, it's no wonder many teens are overwhelmed. The result is a generation experiencing greater stress and feeling more depressed than any other. Discover practical suggestions, spiritual solutions, and encouragement. This resource helps parents and teens face their own feelings of fear, anger, and hurt.

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The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs

Andrew Wilson, et al.

Sometimes life throws you a curveball. Andrew and Rachel Wilson know what it means to live a life they never expected. As the parents of two children with special needs, their story mingles deep pain with deep joy in unexpected places. With raw honesty, they share about the challenges they face on a daily basis, what it means to weep, worship, wait, and hope in the Lord. This book will help you cling to Jesus and fight for joy when faced with a life you never expected.

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Power of a praying parent

The Power of a Praying Parent

Stormie Omartian

Why Leave Your Child’s Life to Chance When You Can Give It to God? Stormie and her husband spent 20 years raising their children…and more than 40 years praying for them. Now, in 32 short, easy-to-read chapters, she shares how you can pray through each stage of your child’s life, from early childhood to adulthood. Learn how to put your child’s life in God’s loving hands.

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Sick Kids and Those Who Love Them

Sick Kids and Those Who Love Them

Karen Rhea

Kren cared for her own son, Billy throughout a six year nightmare of unanswered questions with no diagnosis in sight. Her tireless search to find help for her son baffled and irritated a questioning community. Feeling at war with his doctors and educators, she believed they were all wrong. As Billy’s health deteriorated, Karen’s marriage began to unravel. Yet the Rhea family never wavered from the one united front: faith and prayer.

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To Light Their Way: A Collection of Prayers and Liturgies for Parents

To Light Their Way: A Collection of Prayers and Liturgies for Parents

Kayla Craig

Prayers to guide your journey of raising kids in a complicated world. In an age of distraction and overwhelm, finding the words to meaningfully pray for our children―and for our journey as parents―can feel impossible. Filled with more than 100 modern liturgies, this book guides you into an intentional conversation with God for your children and the world they live in.

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When Your Children Hurt

When Your Children Hurt

Charles F. Stanley

There are no easy answers to life’s problems. This is especially true when a loved one is hurting, like when families face the challenges of a child with long-term illness, the effects of abuse, or other issues such as drugs or immorality. It’s during those times when feelings of hopelessness can quickly become despair. Dr. Stanley reminds us, “God has an answer for our deepest need, but we must seek His help.”

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If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers

Hannah Brencher

A heartwarming memoir of love and faith from Hannah Brencher (founder of The World Needs More Love Letters) who has dedicated her life to showing total strangers that they are not alone in the world. There is something about receiving a handwritten note that is so powerful in today’s digital era.

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Letters of C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

A repackaged edition of the revered author’s collection of personal letters (a curated selection of the best of his correspondence with family, friends, and fans at various stages in his life, from his youth to the weeks before his death), these letters illuminate Lewis’s thoughts on God, humanity, nature, and creativity. In this captivating collection, discover details about Lewis’s conversion to Christianity as well as his philosophical thoughts on spirituality and personal faith.

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Friends for the Journey

Madeleine L'Engle and Luci Shaw

Born of a friendship spanning a quarter of a century, Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw’s Friends for the Journey considers the golden quality of deep and lasting friendships, showing that the common ground of love for God transcends even separation.

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The Letters of St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux

Letter writing at the end of the nineteenth century was an important activity for the people of France. Those who received letters from family and friends alike usually kept the hand-written texts sent to them as precious gifts. That is why this collection of letters by and to one of the greatest saints of modern times is so interesting to us today.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Framing Faith: From Camera to Pen

Framing Faith: From Camera to Pen, An Award-Winning Photojournalist Captures God in a Hurried World

Matthew Knisely

In this modern age, many of us fill every "spare" moment we have rather than taking an intermission to see the true works of God and realize that he is present in every moment. In Framing Faith, Knisely illustrates a new way to see God and to help us live in the moment through the exploration of various photography concepts.

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Eyes of the Heart Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice

Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice

Christine Valters Paintner

More than a book on photographic technique, Eyes of the Heart is about cultivating photography as a spiritual practice. The book goes through six themes connecting the medium of photography with the Christian spiritual life, inviting readers to a new way of viewing the world -- through the lens of a camera.

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Spirituality in Photography: Taking Pictures with Deeper Vision

Philip Richter

Millions of photos are taken every day across the world. Some are just snapshots. Others are more carefully crafted and have the capacity to deepen our vision and sharpen our sense of what life is truly about. Spirituality in Photography explores how photography can offer unique perspectives on the self, the world, and the things we live by.

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Contemplative Vision: Photography As a Spiritual Practice

Dirk Devries

Did you know that your digital camera (or smartphone) can be a window to wonder and God? Indeed, the practice of contemplative photography invites people of faith to set aside distractions of contemporary life. This enables them to view the world through the eyes of the divine and uncover the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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PRAY CONTINUALLY

Every Moment Holy

Every Moment Holy, Volume 1

 Douglas Kaine McKelvey

Every Moment Holy is a book of liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life — liturgies such as "A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends" or "A Liturgy for Laundering" or "A Liturgy for the First Hearthfire of the Season." These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose even when—especially when—we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice.

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The Only Necessary Thing: Living A Prayerful Life

The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life

Henri J.M. Nouwen

For Henri a life of faith is a life of prayer. Drawn from many decades of his life, the compilation of Henri’s thoughts, feelings, and the struggle with prayer, reveal the core of the man and his belief that prayer is the only necessary thing.

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Pearls of Great Price: 366 Daily Devotional Readings

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada wants to help you become rich in faith and wealthy in hope. Some people focus on material treasures, but Joni reminds you that life’s true gems come from God―priceless pearls that are worth everything to purchase and own. Pearls of Great Price follows in the helpful tradition of Diamonds in the Dust and More Precious Than Silver.

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Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

Timothy Keller

In their churches and schools, Christians are taught that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God, but few receive instruction or guidance on how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.

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POETRY

Book of Hours: In Shadow and Sun

Book of Hours: In Shadow and Sun

Jamie Wright Bagley

For the souls who are crying out for nourishment in the midst of the pressures of daily living, this book is for you. For tired hearts feeling lost, scattered, restless, uninspired, this book is for you. For those who find their hours slipping past too quickly, and long to make their moments count, this book is for you.

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Consolations

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

David Whyte

52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life. Each word inviting readers into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives.

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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as "far and away, this country's best selling poet" by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years.

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Guerrillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle

Guerrillas Of Grace: Prayers For The Battle

Ted Loder

An Embarrassingly Beautiful Collection of Prayers
For nearly two decades, this classic collection of tough, beautiful, and earthy prayers has lightened hearts and dared spirits to soar.

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If by Amy Carmichael

If by Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael

A little book, based on First Corinthians 13, about showing Calvary love in common life. “If…I have not compassion on my fellow-servant, even as my Lord had pity on me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

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The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save & Make Your Life with Poems

Megan Willome

Part memoir, part humorous and poignant defense of poetry, this is a book that shows you what it is to live a life with poems at your side. Megan's story is one you won't want to put down; meanwhile, her uncanny ability to reveal the why's and how's of poetry keeps calling—to even the biggest poetry doubter. If you already enjoy poetry, her story and her wisdom and her ways will invite you to go deeper, with novel ideas on how to engage with poems.

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Mountain Breezes

Amy Carmichael

An anthology of most of the poetry of Amy Carmichael - 565 poems gathered from her published books. The untitled poems were given titles and all were arranged by the editors under seven major headings: worship, petition, surrender, ministry, wartime, encouragement and youthful thoughts.

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Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out

Marilyn Chandler Mcentyre

Readers are invited to consider what caregivers and medical professionals may learn from poetry by patients. It offers reflections on poetry as a particularly apt vehicle for articulating the often isolating experiences of pain, fatigue, changed life rhythms, altered self-understanding, embarrassment, resistance, and acceptance.

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PRAYER

Beside Still Waters: Words of Comfort for the Soul

Beside Still Waters: Words of Comfort for the Soul

Charles H. Spurgeon

This devotional is an inspired collection of Scripture-based readings that offer daily encouragement for dealing with illness, loss, depression, anxiety, and other personal problems.

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God's Prayer Book

God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms

Ben Patterson

There is no better place in all of Scripture than the Psalms to learn to be with God and see with the eyes of faith the face of the One who longs to form us fully in his image. The psalms often stretch and perplex as they teach, but they open a divine window on prayer.

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The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom

The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom

Henri J.M. Nouwen

During the most difficult period of his life, when he suddenly lost his self-esteem, his energy to live and work, his sense of being loved, even his hope in God. Although he experienced excruciating anguish and despair, he was still able to keep a journal.

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Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

Timothy Keller

In their churches and schools, Christians are taught that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God, but few receive instruction or guidance on how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.

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Prayer That Works

Prayer That Works

Jill Briscoe

Through studying the lives of Elijah and Elisha (1 Kings 17-19 and parts of 2 Kings), readers will be challenged to pray bold prayers rather than settle for meek prayers not offered in deep faith. Readers will learn to cultivate their prayer lives, surrender to God's timing, and plan and persist when prayers seem to go unanswered.

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A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World

A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World

Paul E. Miller

Prayer is so hard that unless circumstances demand it―an illness, or saying grace at a meal―most of us simply do not pray. We prize accomplishments and productivity over time in prayer. Even Christians experience this prayerlessness―a kind of practical unbelief that leaves us marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy. Prayer is all about relationship.

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The Ragamuffin Gospel

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

Brennan Manning

Many of us believe in grace, yet we live as if we still have to earn God’s love. We picture God hanging His head in disappointment, tallying our successes and failures on a score sheet. We assume we have to do more, or be a different person, for God to be pleased with us.

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The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Discover a spiritual path consisting of three stepping-stones: solitude (learning not to be alone but to be alone with God); silence (the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive); and prayer (standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart).

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PRAYER OF EXAMEN

The Examen Journal

The Examen Journal: Finding God Everyday

Mary Williams

The Examen Journal is a prayer tool to empower you to reflect on your daily highs and lows as a means of exploring God's presence in your life. Meaningful questions guide your journal entries. Your conversations with God are collected in one place for you keep and pray over. The Examen Journal doesn't require a background in theology, a knowledge of scripture, or even a structured study plan. All you need is an honest heart, the desire to be with God, and a few minutes each day.

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A Simple Life-Changing Prayer

A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen

Jim Manney

For most people most of the time, prayer is hard. It is especially difficult—not to mention unsatisfying—when people experience it as formal, dry, and repetitious. But what might happen if you discovered a simple prayer that changed all that? What if you discovered a prayer that changed you? By following five simple yet powerful steps for praying the examen, we can encounter the God whose presence in our lives can make all the difference in the world.

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Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice

Marilyn McEntyre

Word by Word is a beautifully written book of meditations on fifteen well-chosen words. Readers are invited to dwell intentionally with single words—remembering their biblical and literary contexts, considering the personal associations they bring up, and allowing them to become a focus for prayer and meditation.

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Whispers: Being with God in Breath Prayers

Jean Wise

The practice of breath prayers helps you connect more deeply and more intimately with God. Breath prayers are powerful, short prayers said in one breath, often only 5-7 words in length and quietly repeating a phrase for several minutes allowing the words to merge with one’s breathing. The idea is to pick a meaningful phrase and repeat it until it become part of your very being.

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PRAYER JOURNALING

100 Names of God

100 Names of God Daily Devotional

Christopher D. Hudson

Experience the peace, joy, and hope that come from deepening your understanding of who God is with this beautiful devotional. From Adonai to Jehovah-Jireh, each of these stunning full-color daily devotions usher you into the very presence of God by having you reflect on who God is. In God's names, you will find new reasons to worship Him, trust Him, and praise Him even more!

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The Examen Journal

The Examen Journal: Finding God Everyday

Mary Williams

The Examen Journal is a prayer tool to empower you to reflect on your daily highs and lows as a means of exploring God's presence in your life. Meaningful questions guide your journal entries. Your conversations with God are collected in one place for you keep and pray over. The Examen Journal doesn't require a background in theology, a knowledge of scripture, or even a structured study plan. All you need is an honest heart, the desire to be with God, and a few minutes each day.

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Praying the Names of God

Praying the Names of God

Ann Spangler

Discover a fresh experience of God's love and power by exploring the Hebrew names of God revealed in Scripture. Names in the ancient world did more than simply distinguish one person from another, they often conveyed the essential nature and character of a person. This is especially true when it comes to the names of God recorded in the Bible: El Shaddai, Elohim, Adonai, Abba, El Elyon--God Almighty, Mighty Creator, Lord, Father, God Most High.

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The Songs of Jesus

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms

Timothy Keller

The Book of Psalms is known as the Bible’s songbook. Jesus knew all 150 psalms intimately and relied on them to face every situation, including his death. The Songs of Jesus is based on Keller's accumulated years of study, insight, and inspiration recorded in his prayer journals. Inviting readers into the vast wisdom of the Psalms, Keller guides us in finding distilled meaning in each verse.

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PRAYING THE PSALMS

Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer

Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer

Eugene Peterson

Peterson speaks to Christians who realize the necessity for prayer and yearn for it but who find their prayer unconvincing and unsatisfying. Addressing the causes of this dissatisfaction. Answering God offers guidelines for using the Psalms as dynamic tools for prayer.

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The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer

A treasured resource filled with guidance, strength, and hope. Readers turn to it as a map to guide them as they travel along the path of their spiritual journey; turning to it in times of sickness and sorrow; and it will be ever-present by their side as they celebrate joyous occasions.

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From Ashes to Glory: A Psalm A Day

Karin Fendick

Though not from a liturgical background, this poet felt led to celebrate the holy through the time span from Ash Wednesday to Resurrection Sunday. From Ashes to Glory is a collection of forty-seven brief psalms written as a daily offering of worship that will encourage and draw you closer to God in any season.

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God's Prayer Book

God’s Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms

Ben Patterson

There is no better place in all of Scripture than the Psalms to learn to be with God and see with the eyes of faith the face of the One who longs to form us fully in his image. The psalms often stretch and perplex as they teach, but they open a divine window on prayer.

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Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible

Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Discover one of Bonhoeffer's secrets behind the powerful witness of his own life. He had learned to pray the Psalms and from them drew on the power of God in his years of imprisonment. He discusses the various types of Psalms and how they can be used to enrich our prayer life.

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The Songs of Jesus

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms

Timothy Keller

The Book of Psalms is known as the Bible’s songbook. Jesus knew all 150 psalms intimately and relied on them to face every situation, including his death. The Songs of Jesus is based on Keller's accumulated years of study, insight, and inspiration recorded in his prayer journals. Inviting readers into the vast wisdom of the Psalms, Keller guides us in finding distilled meaning in each verse.

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