by Carey Scott
We all want to feel valued. We crave approval and acceptance in the eyes of family, friends, and even stran…more
We all want to feel valued. We crave approval and acceptance in the eyes of family, friends, and even strangers. But when we seek confirmation that we are enough using the world’s standards, it seems like we always fall short. As a result, we cannot believe we are who God says we are—accepted, loved, beautiful, and treasured.
With hope-filled writing and plenty of hard-won personal advice, Carey Scott teaches you how to untangle your self-esteem from the world and anchor it in Jesus. She lovingly shows you that God was intentional in how he made you—and that he is pleased with his work. You’ll learn practical strategies to escape the unattainable standards of our performance-based world. And you’ll find comfort in the fact that you are not alone on the journey.
“If you feel like you’re simultaneously ‘too much’ and ‘not enough,’ Carey gets you, gives you hope, and guides you to the one and only perfect One, in whose love you are complete.”—Cheri Gregory, coauthor of The Cure for the “Perfect” Life
“Carey Scott offers encouragement for your heart and practical tools for your mind that will help you truly get free from insecurity.”—Holley Gerth, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of You’re Already Amazing
“Carey’s transparency is permission for women to gently unwrap our own areas of insecurity. Her faith leads us to change and freedom.”—Amy Carroll, speaker and author of Breaking Up with Perfect [close]
by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Goodreads Author)
We have all been hurt and we all have someone we need to forgive. But sometimes it’s hard to let go of our hurt and anger in order to truly forgive and move on.
For the Amish, forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. From daily annoyances to heartbreaking tragedy, they exhibit an incredible capacity for forgiveness that often baffles us. How do they do it? And how can we have the same attitude and ability to forgive?
Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows you how the Amish are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. You’ll learn how to invite God into your story, apply lessons from the Amish to your own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.
“Fisher’s stories of the Amish will arm you with tools to forgive and find the path to reconciliation as they draw you closer to God.”—Elizabeth B. Brown, author of Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People [close]
by Lauren F. Winner
There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In Wearing God, Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives.
Exploring the notion of God as clothing, Winner reflects on how we are “clothed with Christ” or how “God fits us like a garment.” She then analyzes how clothing functions culturally to shape our ideals and identify our community, and ruminates on how this new metaphor can function to create new possibilities for our lives. For each biblical metaphor—God as the vine/vintner who animates life; the lactation consultant; and the comedian, showing us our follies, for example—Winner surveys the historical, literary, and cultural landscapes in order to revive and heal our souls. [close]
― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place
― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
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