5 Ebook Picks on Relationships, Love, and Marriage

5 Ebook Picks on Relationships, Love, and Marriage

If one thing is certain, it’s that relationships take work. Whether you’re single, dating, married, or just want Christ-centered advice for strengthening your relationships, reading on a variety of topics is a great way to start having better relationships with others. Here are five staff picks for ebooks focused on building (and repairing) your relationships in life, dating, and marriage:

Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? by Dr. Gary Thomas

What if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? In Sacred Marriage, Dr. Gary Thomas explains how marriage can be a doorway to a closer walk with God, designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply.

The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Sex, Marriage, and Redemption by Matt Chandler

The Mingling of Soulsfeatured on our Authors to Watch in 2015 list—looks at The Song of Solomon to unpack and navigate romance, dating, marriage, and sex for both singles and married couples. This new release from Matt Chandler looks at topics such as dating, courtship, sex, and even arguing.

A Year of Blind Dates: A Single Girl’s Search for “The One”  by Megan Carson

An honest, funny read, A Year of Blind Dates is Megan Carson’s adventures in dating as she searches for “Mr. Right”, not just “Mr. Right Now.” Readers follow Carson as she uses a dating service to find a man of God and goes on some good, bad, and really, really bad dates along the way.

Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships With the Love of Jesus by Jessica Thompson

“How can we build and heal relationships with people who, like us, are bound to mess up?” Jessica Thompson sets out to answer this question in her latest ebook, Everyday Grace. Thompson teaches that it’s not our job to “fix” the people we’re in relationship with, but instead to reveal and receive the grace of Jesus in everything, including small, daily interactions with people.

You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Lisa and Francis Chan

You and Me Forever sets aside typical marital topics to take on an outward focus for marriage and capture the bigger picture of marriage as a mission. Francis and Lisa Chan look at married relationships through a different lens and unpack Scripture that helps put marriage in the light of eternity.

What are some of your favorite ebooks on relationships, love, and marriage? Let us know in a comment!

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Reading with Vyrso: One-Touch Bible References

With so many ereader apps out there, it can be difficult to know which one suits your ereading needs best. Vyrso was designed to help you read your favorite Christian ebooks side by side with the Bible, so you can gain further insight from your favorite authors and the Biblical text. One-touch Bible references set the Vyrso app apart from other ereading apps in this department.

With one-touch Bible references, it’s easy to see the full Bible verse an author references in your ebook. You don’t even have to leave your reading to open a new window. In the Vyrso app, just tap the linked Bible verse—they appear in blue text—and the verse will appear in a box right in your reading:

Vyrso One-Touch Bible References


If you’re looking to gain some context to the referenced verse and want to read the surrounding chapters of the Bible, tap, “Jump to reference” and the Bible will open up to the linked verse and chapter.

One-touch Bible references make it easy to transition into your personal Bible study, and they can be a great way to get ideas for daily reading or specific topics mentioned in the Bible.

Start reading with the free Vyrso app and get the most from your ebooks with one-touch Bible references!

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Exclusive Interview with David Platt: Counter-Cultural Living

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Featured on our list of top 15 authors to watch in 2015, David Platt has written numerous books, including What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? and Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to LivePlatt’s new release, Counter Culture, tackles hot-button social issues present in the world today and how Christians can address them. We had a chance to ask him a few questions about his new book and what is means to live counter-culturally.

You’ve written quite a few books that aim to inspire Christians to break away from comfort zones within their faith (as seen in Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.) Were there any encounters or events in your life that initiated this desire to write, preach, teach, and be active on the topic of “uncomfortable Christianity”?

I was immersed in comfortable Christianity. Years ago, I found myself living what seemed like the American church dream—pastoring a large church, living in a large house, and surrounded by all the comforts this world has to offer. But inside I had a sinking feeling that I was missing the point. When I read the Word, I saw a cost to following Christ that I knew little of in my own life, and I saw an urgency for mission that was virtually absent from my own life. At that time, God used his Word and a renewed awareness of urgent spiritual and physical need around me in the world to awaken my heart in a fresh way to who he is and what he has called his people to do in this world. As I looked at material and spiritual poverty in the world around me, including approximately 2 billion people who haven’t even heard the gospel, I knew that I needed to make some major changes in my life. This prompted a journey that began to affect me, my family, and the church I pastored, and Radical was the overflow of that journey.


What does it mean for Christians to live counter-culturally? And why is it important?

In Luke 9:23, Jesus makes an extremely counter-cultural statement. He says to potential disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” In a world where everything revolves around yourself—protect yourself, promote yourself, comfort yourself, and take care of yourself—Jesus says, “Crucify yourself. [Click to tweet!] Put aside all self-preservation in order to live for God’s glorification, no matter what that means for you in the culture around you.” From the very beginning, then, the Christian life involves going against the grain of the culture around (and for that matter, within) us. It is a daily discipline for Christians to die to themselves and to live for Christ with conviction, compassion, and courage, particularly in a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christ and the church.


In Counter Culture you discuss quite a few hot-button issues, such as pornography, poverty, racism, abortion, and same-sex marriage. How can Christians address and come into contact with these issues in a Christ-centered way?

We need to begin by believing what the Bible says about these issues. We need to know what the Bible says about abortion and marriage, poverty and slavery, and we need to see how all of these issues fundamentally relate to the gospel. Conviction from the Word then must lead to courage in the world, for actually believing the Bible is increasingly costly in our culture. And while we stand with conviction and courage, we must live with compassion. Amid a world with massive social needs around us, ranging from desperate poverty and orphan crises and millions of girls being trafficked for sex, to the degradation of marriage and the abortion of babies, we need to speak and act with selfless love on all of these issues.    


You make the point that some social issues are easier for the church to address, such as poverty and slavery, than others. Why do you think this is?

On popular issues like poverty and slavery, where Christians are likely to be applauded for our social action, we are quick to stand up and speak out. Yet on controversial issues like homosexuality and abortion, where Christians are likely to be criticized for our involvement, we are content to sit down and stay quiet. It’s as if we’ve decided to pick and choose which social issues we’ll contest and which we’ll concede. And our picking and choosing normally revolves around what is most comfortable—and least costly—for us in our culture.


What inspired you to choose the topics you unpack in Counter Culture?

Elizabeth Rundle Charles, commenting on Martin Luther’s confrontation of key issues in his day, said, “It is the truth which is assailed in any age which tests our fidelity. . . . If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proven, and to be steady on all the battle fronts besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”

Consequently, my goal in Counter Culture was to identify nine of the most pressing social issues in our day, and to bring the gospel to bear on each of them. Admittedly, there are other social issues that could have been addressed and may need to be addressed in the days to come, but poverty, abortion, orphans and widows, slavery, marriage, sexual morality, pornography, religious liberty, racism, immigration, and the unreached seem most pressing.


How can Christians stay encouraged to be engaged and act with compassion when it comes to tough issues in today’s culture?  

Every Christian has unique opportunities to engage the most pressing social issues of our day by praying, proclaiming the gospel, and participating with God in all that he is doing in the world. We act, though, not under a utopian illusion that you or I or anyone or everyone together can rid this world of pain and suffering. That responsibility belongs to the resurrected Christ, and he will do it when he returns. But until that day, we do with an undivided heart whatever God calls us to do. Some will say that these social problems are complex, and one person, family, or church can’t really make much of a difference.

In many respects, this is true, and each of these issues is extremely complicated. But we can’t underestimate what God will do in and through one person, one family, or one church for the spread of his gospel and the sake of his glory in our culture. So we act with the unshakable conviction that God has put us in this culture at this time for a reason. He has called us to himself, he has saved us by his Son, he has filled us with his Spirit, he has captured us with his love, and he is compelling us by his Word to counter our culture by proclaiming his Kingdom, not worried about what it will cost us because we are confident that God himself is our great reward.


What does it look like for you to live counter-culturally? How do you escape “comfortable Christianity”? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to download Counter Culture by Daivd Platt and start reading!

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The Perfect Time for Prayer

The Perfect Time for Prayer

This guest post was written by David R. Smithauthor of Christianity. . . It’s Like ThisHe pastors First Baptist Church in Linden, Florida, where he lives with his wife, Jenn, and their son, Josiah. When he’s not preaching, he’s usually looking for great barbeque joints or golfing.

Today’s churches offer different prayer opportunities throughout the week. Some do Wednesday nights while others meet on Sunday evenings. A few even gather on Monday mornings for prayer. But there aren’t very many that offer prayer meetings at 3 a.m.

Yet one church group proved it could be the prime time to pray.

The Early Church’s Late Nights

There’s a fascinating story found in the 12th chapter of Acts that makes a great case for nocturnal prayer meetings. Here’s the skinny: King Herod (Agrippa I) has just killed James and tossed Peter in prison intending to do the same to him. However, Herod must wait until Passover has ended before carrying out his murderous plan. (Hey, you can’t go around killing people while celebrating the goodness of your God.)

But while Herod was waiting for the feast’s end, the very first church was “earnestly praying” for God to rescue him. Consequently, on the last night before Peter was to be killed, an angel of the Lord visits the former fisherman in his jail cell, wakes him from his sleep, and sets him free from his captors. Step by step, the angel led Peter past the guards, through the gates, and out of the prison into the city. Peter then made his way through the dark alleys of Jerusalem and eventually arrived at John Mark’s house where he found his spiritual family in prayer for him. . . in the middle of the night!  

There’s much more to this story, but let’s pause in the shadow of the early church long enough to be challenged by their example.

When Peter was imprisoned, the church didn’t turn to Facebook or Fox News to raise awareness. They didn’t petition the authorities or picket Herod’s palace. Rioting in the streets and protesting in the public sector would only have gotten them a matching jail cell (and death sentence).

No, the early church prayed. Earnestly. Through the night.

Granted, they were praying at night, partly because it was the safest time to gather. (This was in the days before it was wise to post prayer meetings on Twitter. #youwoulddie) But they were also praying that night because God hadn’t yet answered their request on behalf of Peter. This midnight prayer meeting was one last effort to bring Peter’s case before God.

As a result of their earnest “middle-of-the-night” prayer they received a miracle: Peter was rescued from prison.


Practicing Prayer

Hear me clearly: I’m not suggesting we discontinue prayer groups that happen during “regular business hours.” Nor am I saying that God can’t perform miracles in broad daylight. I’m merely suggesting that we do what the early church did: pray until God answers . . . even if that means we must pray through the night.

If you think it sounds crazy to pray late at night, consider our preferred method of dealing with trouble: worrying through the night. Yep, the early church willingly forfeited sleep to pray, like Jesus often did; today’s church mindlessly loses sleep to worry.

In the end, both churches lose sleep. . . but only one gets the miracle.

Take a moment to reflect on these questions.

1. When was the last time you prayed until God gave an answer?

2. What’s your first reaction to trouble: worry or prayer? Why?

3. How much more time could you devote to prayer if you cut your TV viewing and Internet surfing in half?

4. How would your life be different if you (and your church) prayed like the early church in Jerusalem?

So, what’s the perfect time for prayer? That’s simple: anytime. God invites us to speak with him about our lives (and those we love) at any given moment. [Click to tweet!]

Check out David R. Smith’s new ebook, Christianity. . . It’s Like This, for an uncomplicated look at what it means to be a Christ follower.

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Last-Minute Super Bowl Dish: Cheesy Broccoli Bites  


Tomorrow the Seattle Seahawks will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Wherever your loyalties lie—whether with the Seahawks, the Patriots, or the creative commercials—you’ll want to bring an incredible dish to your Super Bowl party. We’ve asked Dashing Dish blogger and Vyrso author Katie Farrell share an incredible dish that will wow your friends and family.

Cheesy Broccoli Bites

Estimated Time: 35 minutes

These broccoli bites are salty, cheesy, and almost too good to be true! I can honestly say this is one of the tastiest ways I have created, to date, to eat your veggies! These broccoli bites make for a delicious protein and veggie-packed light meal, side, or snack. Who knows, this may just be YOUR favorite new way to get your veggies as well!

3 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed, steamed, and squeezed dry (or fresh broccoli, steamed)

1/8 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 egg whites

1/8 teaspoon salt

Pinch of pepper, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion


Pinch of sweetener that measures like sugar

3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line 12-cup muffin tin with silicone or foil muffin liners. Spray muffin liners with nonstick cooking spray.  Chop florets into small pieces (no bigger than the size of a marble).  In a large bowl add the broccoli, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg whites, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and minced onion. Stir until everything is well combined.  Scoop 1/8 cup broccoli mixture into each muffin cup. Lightly press broccoli mixture down with fingers in each muffin cup.  Sprinkle each bite with shredded cheese, if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and enjoy warm!

Yields 12 servings (1 broccoli bite per serving)

Nutritional Information: 20 calories (without extra cheese) per serving; 1 gram fat; 1 gram carbohydrate; 3 grams protein


Get even more recipes to prepare for your Super Bowl party with a wide selection of cookbooks on Vyrso!

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Maintaining Spiritual Vitality: Wellness in Aging


Today’s guest post is by John Dunlop, MD, the author of Wellness for the Glory of God and Finishing Well to the Glory of God: Strategies from a Christian Physician. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity International University and practices geriatrics in Connecticut.

Spiritual vitality is key.

After 40 years of practicing geriatrics I have seen a lot of believers grow older. Some have done it well; some have not. One lesson I have learned is that when we consider the six areas of potential wellness (physical, mental, social, financial, emotional, and spiritual), the one that is least likely to decline is the spiritual.

I have observed that when our spiritual lives remain vigorous we can continue to feel well. [Click to tweet] Our bodies begin to show wear and tear. Our minds begin to slip and our social networks deteriorates.  Finances don’t last forever and it gets harder to summon the emotional resilience that allows us to press on. But there is no compelling reason our spiritual lives must decline. In fact, I have seen spiritual growth in people approaching the century mark.

Spiritual vitality may be maintained as we continue to practice spiritual disciplines, see our characters transformed, find ways to serve, and grow in personal holiness. Let’s unpack these:

  • Spiritual disciplines

Our older years begin to slow down giving us more time to practice spiritual disciplines.  We can be more committed to prayer, studying the Bible, and savoring the beauty of God’s presence.

  • Character transformation

God is not finished with us and he will further develop our characters. His plans for us are perfect, but the means he uses may not be the ones we choose. Many of us are inspired to think of God being the potter while we are the clay, but the reality of being plopped down on a wheel, spun around at 500 RPM’s, and having our rough edges knocked off may not be our first choice. Yet who could we trust more to transform our characters than our loving heavenly father? Some of the fruit of the Spirit is late blooming; such traits as gentleness, patience, and self- control are more commonly developed in the elderly.

  • Spiritual service

Seniors are blessed with many opportunities to serve. We must remember that when Scripture says all believers have spiritual gifts there is no age limit specified. Elderly people are still uniquely equipped to serve the body of Christ. The nature of their service may change but the fact that they can make a significant impact on others does not. Their service may be more to pray and encourage others than the active things they did in earlier years, but these quieter ministries may have even more benefit to the kingdom of God. Leaving a legacy of spiritual vigor to your family is a frequent way of serving during the later years of life. It is wise to live near children and grandchildren to assure what you leave them is not just a financial blessing but a deep appreciation for God’s love and a desire to love and glorify him in return.

  • Personal holiness

Victory over sin is another area of potential growth for seniors. The temptations faced may not be the same ones they encountered in earlier years but there will still be temptation to sin at any age. Common sins in seniors are self-pity, worry, pride, anger, and being overly focused on self. Whatever our age, we need to look to God to keep our hearts pure before him.

Unfortunately many churches do not strategize how to make the most use of their seniors. Some set them aside in senior groups where they have limited exposure to younger people and no opportunity to minister to young adults. It is important to provide intergenerational relationships where all ages together can love and serve each other—”Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven” (Psalm 148:12-13 ESV).

Our later years may face many losses, but with deliberate planning and a bit of perseverance, our spiritual lives can continue to grow and allow us to feel well—even as other areas of life may be in decline.


Get both of John Dunlop’s wellness ebooks on Vyrso today for just $8.44!

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Dashing Dish: A Simple Recipe From Katie Farrell

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Today we have a treat for you—literally. Katie Farrell has shared with us one of her authentic Dashing Dish recipes! Enjoy this this tasty treat straight from the recipe book, Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating. If you havent read Katie’s guest post from yesterday, check out her simple four-step process for easy meal planning.

Mini Mexican Pizzas

Estimated time: 20 to 25 minutes

These mini pizzas make the perfect, well-balanced snack or meal! The refried beans serve as the “sauce” for these pizzas, which also make them high in fiber. They are also packed with protein, thanks to the ground turkey and cheese! They’re so tasty that you’ll never believe they’re actually good for you!

3 to 4 large whole-wheat tortillas, or enough to cut out 12 small circles (such as La Tortilla wraps)

1 1/2 cup lean ground turkey (or lean ground beef), cooked

1/2 cup salsa of choice

2 teaspoons dry taco seasoning

1/2 cup low-fat refried beans

1/2 cup low-fat shredded Mexican blend (or 2% cheddar cheese)

Optional toppings: salsa, sliced black olives, shredded lettuce, low-fat sour cream, chopped tomatoes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 12-count muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Start by laying each tortilla on a flat surface.  Using an empty can, glass cup, or cookie cutter, cut 3 to 4 medium circles out of each wrap. Press each wrap circle into muffin tin using your fingers. (Note: it doesn’t have to cover the entire side of the tin, it should just fit snug.)

In a small bowl, mix together the ground meat, salsa, taco seasoning, and refried beans. Stir until well combined. Scoop 1/8 cup of meat mixture into each wrap. Top with shredded cheese, dividing evenly between each pizza.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Wait for pizzas to cool and remove from muffin tin using a fork or knife. Pizzas should pop out with ease! Serve with a side of salsa, sliced black olives, shredded lettuce, low-fat sour cream, and/or chopped tomatoes.

Yields 12 servings (1 mini pizza per serving)

Nutritional information: 80 calories per serving; 3 grams fat; 8 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 8 grams protein

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4 Easy Steps for Healthy Meal Planning by Katie Farrell


Today’s guest post is by Katie Farrell, one of our top 15 authors to watch in 2015, and the author two new ebooks, Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating and Devotions for a Healthier You. She is a registered nurse in Michigan, where she lives with her husband of five years.

I have found that meal planning is one of the best strategies for living a healthy lifestyle. The benefits to planning your meals every week will save you time, money, stress, and unwanted calories. If the thought of meal planning seems overwhelming to you, here are four tips to help you simplify the process:

Step 1: Plan and shop

Write out the meals and snacks you want for the week. You can use a calendar or just make a list. Make a grocery list for the ingredients you need and get to shopping!

Step 2: Prepare the food

Take everything out of the bags and organize groceries according to your recipes.

Step 3: Put everything together to make the recipe

Breakfast ideas: Many of the Dashing Dish breakfast recipes are quick and easy to make. For this reason, you don’t necessarily need to prepare your breakfasts ahead of time, but it never hurts to plan ahead! When planning ahead, you can make something such as protein muffins for the week and pack them in a ziplock bag for busy mornings, or make overnight oatmeal the night before.

Lunch ideas: Lunches can be easily be made ahead of time and put together in an assembly-line fashion. If you’re making salads or sandwiches, you can prepare for the entire week by making them all at once in a Tupperware container or by wrapping them individually in foil. You can also plan ahead by making a big batch of soup or chili and divide it into portions for the week.

Dinner ideas: You can either make a few different main dishes and a couple of side dishes, or you can just cook your meat and chop your vegetables ahead of time. This is helpful if your recipes call for cooked chicken—by preparing ahead of time, it will be ready to put right into your recipes for the week!

Step 4: Put everything away

After all the food is prepped and the recipes are made, I put everything in airtight containers and place it in the fridge. That way I have something to throw in a cooler if I am heading out for the day or to put in the microwave or oven to heat up and have a delicious dinner on the table in minutes! This whole process from start to finish takes anywhere from two to three hours. I typically pick a block of time on the weekend to get it done.

I hope this post helps show you how easy it can be to prepare meals for the week in just one day. It can take time to learn and get in the swing of things, but before you know it, it will become a part of your routine and you may even find yourself loving it!

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Get more tips on healthy, clean eating, and devotions for a healthier lifestyle in Katie’s new ebooks, Dashing Dish for $17.99 and Devotions for a Healthier You for $10.99. Pre-order both ebooks on Vyrso today!

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New Releases: Our Favorite New Ebooks for February


February is going to be an incredible month for Christian ebooks! There are new titles releasing from authors you know and love, like Beth Moore and David Platt, but this month’s list is primarily filled with up-and-coming authors like Annie Lobert, Katie Hurley, and Sean Lowe. Here are our picks for the top 10 Christian Living ebooks releasing in February:

Looking Up: Trusting God With Your Every Need by Beth Moore

If you enjoyed any of the free ebooks that Beth Moore and B&H gave away last January, then you’ll love this new devotional from Beth Moore! Looking Up is bestselling author Beth Moore’s timeless message of hope and deliverance taken from Psalm 40 in a new deluxe edition. Each entry includes a verse, a daily reading, and a prayer. You’ll discover indeed you are not alone and that God’s gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work, pointing you toward a life of wholeness. Daily readings gently lead you into his arms, helping you find lasting purpose and peace.

Counter Culture by David Platt

After reading David Platt’s Radical, I had a completely different understanding of the meaning of authentic discipleship. In his newest ebook, Counter Culture, Platt redefines social justice from a biblical standpoint and makes a compelling case for why Christians are called to fully and actively surrender themselves to every cause—regardless of personal cost or consequence.

After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles by Bryan Litfin

After Acts opens up the world of the Bible, right after it was written. Follow along with New Testament scholar Dr. Bryan Litfin as he explores the facts, myths, legends, archaeology, and questions of what happened in those most early days of Christianity.

Cupid Is a Procrastinator: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life by Kate Hurley

We’ve all been there, sitting alone on Valentine’s Day or not having a date to yet another wedding. While Kate Hurley doesn’t offer a magic formula to help you find a spouse, she does give you permission to grieve your unmet expectations while opening your heart and life to unforeseen possibilities.

Christianity . . . It’s Like This by David R. Smith

Christianity . . . It’s Like This exposes the most important elements of the Christian faith, as well as the underlying weaknesses that threaten to corrupt it. This perfect fusion of precise doctrinal instruction and real-world application offers an uncomplicated, life-changing understanding of the Christian faith.

Brave New Discipleship by Max Anders

As a small group director, I wish I could have had this book three years ago. There are a lot of ebooks about how to format and structure small groups for growth, but very few that discuss what I call the bedrocks of ministry. Brave New Discipleship integrates the best of modern educational research to guide the most effective discipleship strategy possible. Max Anders explores Scripture and sheds light on what is negotiable and what is nonnegotiable for modern ministry. For the reader looking for biblically sound ways to grow their church, Brave New Discipleship is a must-read.

Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar by Shawn Michaels

In Wrestling for My Life, WWE superstar Shawn Michaels shares from his heart about the highs and lows of his life inside the WWE. Included are some never-before-shared stories and an intimate look into his career, as well as stories of hunting, family, and faith.

For the Right Reasons: America’s Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage, and Why Nice Guys Finish First by Sean Lowe

While I’ve never watched an episode of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I know that there are millions of people who are “in love” with the show. Therefore, I know that at least one of your friends will want to read this new ebook by the “virgin Bachelor” Sean Lowe. A Texas boy from a Baptist home, Lowe tells the story of how he went from a Division I college football player to a fan favorite on reality television, taking readers behind the scenes ofThe Bachelor and The Bachelorette to see the challenges of living out his values and faith—and ultimately winning his true love’s heart.

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner

In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of time they already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love. Turner uses her own experiences and those of women across the country to teach readers how to balance their many responsibilities while still taking time to invest in themselves. She also addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt, and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one’s schedule will make the reader a better wife, mother, and friend.

Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and into the Arms of the Savior by Annie Lobert

We’re excited about this new release from one of our Top 15 Authors to Watch in 2015! Fallen is the account of Annie Lobert’s 16-year journey in the sex industry. Through Lobert’s harrowing account in the clutches of the sex-trafficking industry and the miraculous deliverance she experienced in the arms of Jesus, readers will be encouraged knowing this: no matter how far you have fallen, God loves you and wants to save you from the depths of any pain, trauma, addiction, or abuse. And he longs to give you a new life. Today, Lobert is redeemed, healed, free, and rescuing other victims through her organization, Hookers for Jesus.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to save big on 2014’s best-selling titles!

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New Ebook from Tullian Tchividjian: It Is Finished

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Today we have an exclusive look at Tullian Tchividjian’s newest ebook It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News. Tullian is the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a Lecturer of Pastoral Theology at Knox Theological Seminary, and grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham. He has written numerous ebooks including customer favorites Surprised by Grace: Gods Relentless Pursuit of Rebels and One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World.


January 23   |   Romans 9:8

How often have you heard the gospel equated with a positive change in a believer’s life? “I used to __________, but then I met Jesus and now I’m ___________.” It may be unintentional, but we make a serious mistake when we reduce the good news to its results—such as patience, sobriety, and compassion—in the lives of those who have heard it. These are beautiful developments, and belief in the gospel does produce such fruit. But the results should not be confused with the gospel itself.

Well-meaning Christians sometimes adopt a narrative of improvement that becomes a functional law for them through which they filter their experiences. The narrative can be as simple as “I was worse, but now I am better,” or as arbitrary as “I used to have a difficult relationship with my mother, but now it’s much easier.” Soon we wed our faith to these narratives, and when an experience or feeling doesn’t fit—for example, when we have a sudden outburst of anger at someone we thought we had forgiven—it disturbs our security or causes us to doubt.

If the narrative we’ve adopted says that our lives have to get better in order for our relationships with God to be legitimate, we twist the gospel into a moral improvement scheme.

God is not interested in what you think you should be or how you should feel. He is not interested in the narrative you construct for yourself or that others construct for you. He may even use suffering to deconstruct that narrative. Rather, He is interested in you, the you who suffers, the you who inflicts suffering on others, the you who hides, the you who has bad days (and good ones). And He meets you where you are. Jesus is not the man at the top of the stairs; He is the man at the bottom, the friend of sinners, the Savior. [Click to tweet]


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