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Holy Spirit Here and Now
By Trevor Hudson

Are you tired of shallow faith? Do you long for something more in your relationship with God?

All you need to do is open yourself to the gift that God extends to you already. Trevor Hudson says, "The Holy Spirit is deeply at work within you, right at this moment, wherever you are."

Hudson, a beloved pastor and speaker, shares his own struggles and joys in seeking to be more responsive to the Holy Spirit. He invites you to open yourself to this gift of God.

In this book you will discover

  • who the Holy Spirit is
  • what the Spirit does
  • what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit
  • how the Spirit can bring you alive to God, deepen your relationship with God and other people, teach you to pray, and transform your life

Realize the power of God s presence right here, right now.

REVIEW: "Very good at making a complicated topic easy to understand. Also provides tools you can use build up your faith and follow the guidance God provides."

 

Do you have a deep longing for something more? It may be something you can't explain, but you have moral yearnings and visionary dreams that nothing has satisfied.

You're not alone. Even people "raised" in a Christian church can feel disconnected from - and even repelled by - what should be a comforting, constant presence in their lives. It's why so many people today proclaim themselves "spiritual but not religious." But what does that mean? Exactly what's meant by the spiritual journey?

Exploring the Way will help you understand and deepen your experience of God. You'll be able to ask the questions of issues and faith in a safe place. You'll discover (or rediscover) a way of grace, joy, and peace - indeed, the way of Christ himself.

Ideal for the novice and veteran alike, this book defines and explains the most basic concepts and language of the Christian spiritual life: prayer, the Bible's message for our lives today, spiritual gifts, listening, journaling, and much more. It's the ultimate six-week orientation to spirituality and the essential elements of faith.

Stories, scripture, and exercises in each chapter will help connect your beliefs with daily experiences. Through independent and group study, you'll establish a rhythm of daily time with God, weekly time in Christian community, and a lifelong attentiveness to possibilities for serving the world.

"To become a spiritual adventurer means learning to listen for the voice of God," writes the author. "This listening involves a certain level of risk and vulnerability that does not come easily. ...[But] we cannot fully rest until we find our way back to the place of our soul's origin, back to the Love that gave us life."

Feed your hungry soul, using both your head and your heart while rejuvenating your own spiritual journey home!

REVIEW: "This book will help you understand and deepen your experience of God. You'll be able to ask the questions of issues and faith in a safe place. You'll discover (or rediscover) a way of grace, joy, and peace--indeed, the way of Christ himself...."

 

New York Times best-selling author Lucado uses the Old Testament’s Joseph to illustrate that, no matter what happens, we fare better facing challenges with God’s help. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, but he made the best of his circumstances by looking out for others, avoiding seduction, remaining honest, and staying true to his heart and intuition. After two decades, he progressed from prisoner to prince of Egypt. For those facing difficult times—job loss, illness, loss of a loved one, accident, divorce—maintaining integrity may seem out of reach, but Lucado offers countless examples of those who have done just that and reaped untold rewards. He insists that what kept these individuals rock solid was the understanding that God was with them. Lucado also touches upon several universals: understanding your specific calling and destiny, absorbing God’s grace, doing what’s morally right, the benefits of gratitude, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of making a life plan. With this book, and maybe the intercession of the divine, those facing tough times can make it through.

REVIEW: "Max Lucado takes the reader through the story of Joseph and how throughout his struggles of being abandoned and sold as a slave, God had a plan for him. Max writes how God is working in our lives, although we may not see it. I recommend this book for those who have went through or going through struggles in their lives."

**Enjoy a study of this book with Trish Bendel beginning October 16th at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening's at our Oswego campus.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

REVIEW: " If anyone wants to truly live a life Wholeheartedly, then this is the book to read. Be prepared to feel feelings that might not feel very good but trust me when I say, she's got the lo down on how to become shame resilient. You'll be amazed at the way we have all bought into the lie, "I'm not enough"."

What does Jesus mean when he promises 'life to the full'? Like many Christians, author Dave Gibbons thought 'life to the full' meant just the positives -- a life full of joy and happiness. After all, isn't that what we're taught in seminars, in self-help books, and even in psychological assessments to ascertain who is -- and is not -- a 'good fit'? We look for people with lots of successes and strengths, don't we? Gibbons' own beliefs on the subject were rocked when he took a long, hard, honest look at his own life and realized it was his failures that made him who is today. So he went back to the Scriptures, and kept his eyes open to truly see the people around him. That's when he made a shocking discovery: when we embrace the painful areas of our lives we see the miracle that can happen when God redeems these areas of weakness and makes them beautiful. 'Now I see that 'life to the full' means a life that is open to all the colors and flavors of the human experience, the ability to feel with a fully alive heart, whether it's in times of joy or pain.' Xealots offers a refreshing new look at what it means to be fully human. This uplifting book enables you to transform your own 'failures' into success in God's eyes so that you can serve him with all that you are.

REVIEW:  "Great book that really inspires you to think outside the box and to take action. David Gibbons is concise and to the point. The book is a quick read. He adds personal stories about individuals who live out what he is writing about."

Learn how the story of Joseph prefigures the gospel, testifying to God s electing grace and showing how he redeems and restores broken and dysfunctional sinners to accomplish his purposes.

REVIEW:  "How we deal with disappointment and trials says much about our faith. This is especially true as the years pass and no conclusion is realized. Dr Duguid has once again blessed the church that he loves and serves by showing how God uses all the myriad of disjointed events in our life to complete our sanctification. God is greatly honored in this book."

The Beatitudes from the Back Side
By J. Ellsworth Kalas, John Schroeder

New insights into Jesus' blessings from the Sermon on the Mount, by the well-known author of the Back Side series.

REVIEW: "The guide is very well written and lends itself to a vigorous and profitable discussion experience. It brings new and expanded understanding of their meaning in our current times."

**Enjoy a study of this book with Mark and Peggy McGahan at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning's in room 149 at our Naperville campus.