New Releases from Christian Focus – January / February 2012

Just the Way I Am: God’s Good Design in Disability by Krista Horning

“For the people in this book, the sovereignty and goodness of God have become a sanctuary for the soul in a life they did not expect to live. When they affirm the goodness and wisdom of God in creating them for short-term disability and eternal super-ability, they do not do so without tears. There is no glib trifling with pain. They are learning the paradox of “sorrowful yet always rejoicing.” They are learning how to be brought low and how to abound. They believe that in this fallen age, God’s loved ones groan along with the whole creation, waiting for the fullness of adoption, the redemption of their bodies. They find more hope in God’s unsearchable wisdom and power and purpose than in the vagaries of natural processes or the assaults of Satan. They believe that God did not spare his own Son but gave him up for their complete renewal-spiritually and physically. This healing is as sure as Jesus is precious-infinitely precious. It is only a matter of time, a vapor’s breath, and they will be whole. Because of the grace of God, these lives and this book exist for the glory of God.” – John Piper.

A Housewife’s Adventure With God by Jessie McFarlane

“This book tells Jessie Mcfarlane’s story of the international movement, “Prayer Chain Ministries.” You cannot fail to be inspired and encouraged by this story of dedicated prayer, or to be challenged to make a difference for God in your surroundings and experience and to do all for the glory of God.
“thought-provoking and easy to read.” -Evangelicals Now

A Walk With God by R. C. Sproul

Are you at home in the company of Jesus?
Through over 100 meditational passages, respected theologian, R.C. Sproul helps us walk with Jesus as our mentor and friend. Learning to live with Jesus at the centre of our world is the secret to a meaningful life. Jesus is the pre-eminent character of history – even time is divided by his birthdate. He encouraged people from all walks of life to spend quality time with him. We cannot afford to ignore his compassionate, but firm invitation to become his friend and disciple.

Daniel: Trusting the True Hero
by Sean Michael Lucas

Dare to Trust in Daniel’s God! What brings you to the book of Daniel? Is it the moral example of Daniel and his robust faith? Or is it because you want to dig further into the prophetic material that speaks of the end times? Primarily the book tells you about Daniel’s God. Lucas suggests rather than daring to be a Daniel, we should dare to trust in Daniel’s God. This book will help you as you learn more about Daniel’s God and why you too can trust him in every circumstance. Daniel was called to be a blessing even in exile and to avoid defilement in a pagan world. Such is God’s call to you today so that you may honor God and put him first in your heart and life.

Table Grace: The role of hospitality in the Christian Life by Douglas Webster

When we as Christians open our homes to friends and strangers, set the table, put on a meal, and break bread together, we invite God’s blessing. This pattern of hospitality is at the heart of the gospel. Food for the body and food for the soul can and does belong together. Table fellowship fits into the New Testament narrative so unobtrusively that we can almost miss it. Jesus used simple hospitality and meal time conversations to share some of the most profound truths of the gospel. Our Faith is often squeezed into a corner of life reserved for church services and Bible study groups. But God desires to be at the center of our ordinary, every-day life together and never more so than in a home open to others.

Love Oliver: The Story of a Short but Inspirational Little Life by Andy & Jennifer Gill

Andy and Jennifer Gill from Fife in Scotland tell the story of their “gorgeous boy” Oliver who was with them for five and half months from July 10th to Christmas Day 2010. In his short life he had gathered 2400 friends on Facebook alone. Oliver was born with a rare and an aggressive form of cancer – Congenital Rhabdoid Tumour yet he bravely faced this cancer with a gorgeous smile. For his mum and dad, family and friends this was indeed a deeply traumatic time but also it brought many blessings as so many people of all ages from across the world prayed. Not only that but Oliver made a lasting impression on people through his courage. This book follows the journey of the joys and the sorrows recognising that there is an all-powerful and loving God who is in control, even in such circumstances.

Finding God in the Darkness: Twelve accounts of God’s Care Through Difficult Times by Irene Howat

Life can hurt…deeply! But who do we turn to in such times of darkness and adversity? It might be times of sorrow, bereavement, fear, anxiety or depression. These twelve highly personal accounts tell of disabling illness, marital betrayal, a child murdered, a spouse imprisoned, difficult working situations and loneliness. All of these people in their difficult days have felt the hand of God, who is faithful and true to his Word and His people, rest upon them.

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