Ryan Hall is an Olympic athlete and American record holder in the half marathon (59:43). But as a kid, Ryan hated running. He wanted nothing to do with the sport until one day, he felt compelled to run the 15 miles around his neighborhood lake. He was hooked.
Starting that day, Ryan felt a God-given purpose in running. He knew he could, and would, race with the best runners in the world and that his talent was a gift to serve others. These two truths launched Ryan's 20-year athletic career and guided him through epic failures and exceptional breakthroughs to competing at the highest level.
Along the way, Ryan learned how to focus on his purpose and say no to distractions, to select and strive for the right goals--goals for the heart as well as the body. With God's guidance and millions of miles pounded out on the track, Ryan discovered secrets to dealing with defeat and disappointment, enduring immense pain, building resilience, and ultimately, running as if you've already won.
Now a coach, speaker, and nonprofit partner, Ryan shares the powerful faith behind his athletic achievements and the lessons he learned that helped him push past limits, make space for relationships that enrich life on and off the running trails, and cultivate a positive mindset.
Journey with Ryan as he reflects on the joys and trials of the running life and discover for yourself the power of a life devoted to your God-given purpose.
As a huge runner and someone who loves following olympic marathon runners, I was excited to read Run the Mile Your In by Ryan Hall. I have read a previous title by Ryan and enjoyed it. I knew this book would be just as good. Ryan's faith places a large part in his running, workouts and races. This book is motivating and inspirational. I love reading this book as it inspires me to get out and run. I also love how he breaks up the chapters and goes into some life lessons that we all can learn, whether a runner or not. This is a great book and one that I highly recommend!
Kim Walker Smith's passionate performance of "How He Loves" helped transform Jesus Culture into a global worship movement. Brave Surrender is the story of how Kim journeyed from a place of shame and fear to stages around the world where she boldly proclaims the unconditional love of God. Through her own story, Kim inspires us to experience true freedom and healing with Jesus.
Coming from a painful childhood, Kim struggled to believe that God could heal her heart or bring any sense from her past. Yet when faced with the choice to hand her struggles over to God and receive His love in return, everything began to change. On the other side of surrender, Kim began a journey of looking at one painful memory at a time with God and exchanging her perspective for His truth - a journey in which God rewrote her story of pain into a story of redemption and hope.
If you are longing to experience God more than the shame or hurts of your past, the pressures of your present, or the fear of your future, Brave Surrender offers a soul-healing path forward. As Kim learned in her own life, the first step - and the bravest step - is letting go. Once we let go of anything that gets between us and God, we are freed to take hold of the life that truly matters. As Kim writes, "When we encounter God's love, it changes the way we see. And when we learn to see what He sees, we will never be the same again."
Brave Surrender by Kim Walker Smith is a refreshing book that is authentic and nurtured my soul with a genuine voice in the way that she has a beautiful style to writing. This book did not take me long to read because her style of writing has an ease and is seamless for the reader. You feel as though you are having a conversation with Kim over coffee and she is pouring into you with life, passion and surrender. I love her heart for worship and the way she invites the reader into her journey of surrender into a real and raw way. Her book is a a great read and you will really enjoy it! I highly recommend this book!
sher the peace of Jesus back into motherhood with Lauren Eberspacher's 31-day devotional, MIDNIGHT LULLABIES.
Often, mothers are told about the joyful, exciting things that they are about to embark on as they enter into parenthood. What people fail to share is the hard seasons of motherhood: loneliness, anxiety, depression, insecurity, comparison, disconnect with the Lord and their husbands, and loss of identity. These seasons can consume their hearts and steal their joy, leaving them hopeless and full of shame. Most mothers hide during this time, thinking that they are alone or that something is wrong with them. The simple truth is that having children changes everything. But so does Jesus. His Word can breathe life into every space, and Midnight Lullabies meets the weary mama in the trenches of motherhood while she does Kingdom work within the four walls of her home, shining light and giving hope when it seems most far away.
In Midnight Lullabies, over 31 days, Lauren Eberspacher explores those places of motherhood that are often left unspoken. While embarking on her own journey of being a mama, she has encountered seasons that shocked and surprised her. But there is always hope. As a storyteller, Lauren takes the everyday moments and gives biblical insight to the mother facing these hard seasons, giving the reader a sense that they are having a conversation with a friend around a cozy kitchen table.
Mothers often just want to hear another mom say she's in it with them. And when Eberspacher addresses these hard issues, she not only says, "I've been there; I understand," but she follows it with, "But God." Eberspacher shows that Jesus can be found in every moment of motherhood and that His strength and His Word are enough for you.
Midnight Lullabies: Moments of Peace for Moms is a beautiful Thirty- One Day devotional by Lauren Eberspacher. This devotional is a huge encouragement to mothers who are in the thick of motherhood in need of a pick-me up, especially as motherhood is messy. This book is perfect for that new momma who in the middle of the night needs encouragement or the mom that needs a 5 minute break from her children. It is the perfect read and isn't long. I love how there is a prayer and a Bible verse to mediate on. This is a great gift for the mom in your life, especially with Mother's Day just around the corner!
Once a strong Christian, third baseman Shane Riley lost his faith the night he injured his knee in a freak car accident. Determined to return to professional baseball and to find the sister he treated badly, Shane retreats to Refuge, Wyoming. There he meets Melissa June “MJ” Townsend, a single mom battling the virus that causes cervical cancer.
MJ wants nothing to do with the handsome athlete—no doubt a womanizer considering the stories in the news. But when a mistake results in Shane renting her garage apartment, they become friends. That friendship blossoms into something deep and pure, leaving MJ with a painful secret to tell. Even more complicated, she discovers an unexpected tie to Shane’s missing sister—a wounded woman who wants nothing to do with the perfect brother who scorned her.
I have read several novels by Victoria Bylin and she is definitely an author that I enjoy reading. At the opportunity to read When He Found Me, I was excited and could not wait! This book is incredible and I had a difficult time putting down this story. From the very first chapter, my heart was brought into the story and I was not able to stop reading. With tremendous depth, plot and character development, I was enchanted by the journey that each character took. Their stories are real, raw and painful. I could not stop reading.
This book is powerful and one that a review cannot put into words. This book is just one that everyone should read. It is a story of forgiveness, hope and redemption. I am excited to read the next book in this series. If you love powerful Christian fiction books, I highly recommend this book!
About the Author:
Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin writes both western and contemporary inspirational romance. Together With You, a story about family and forgiveness, won the FHL Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary, and her historicals have finaled in the Carol Awards, Rita Awards, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Her most recent book, The Two Of Us, was a "Target Recommends" selection in August 2017.She and her husband currently live in Lexington, Kentucky and have two grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren.
As Christians, we know we are called to love our neighbor. We may even grasp that "neighbor" encompasses more than just the people living next door or down the street. But what we too often don't know is how to begin. How do we love our neighbor? Where do we start? What does this look like in our increasingly isolated world?
Following practices outlined in the first chapter of 2 Peter, Alexandra Kuykendall lays out the framework for where to begin. From practicing humility to listening with understanding to being generous in our relationships, Loving My Actual Neighboroffers practical, start-now steps readers can take to love their neighbors. With her approachable, friendly tone and down-to-earth advice, Kuykendall has carved out for herself a place in the hearts of readers, who will be thrilled to extend her commonsense approach into this sphere of their lives.
Author Alexandra Kuykendall asks a question in her fourth book, Loving My Actual Neighbor: how, do we love our neighbor? This is a question that the Bible talks about, yet believers are not sure how to put into practice on a practical level. It is something that I have struggled with and am thankful that Alexandra addresses in her book. She shows believers how we are to take Matthew 22:38 and live it out.
The book includes sections on very practical ways to start loving your neighbors including
“Ten Ways to Connect with Families Throughout the Year, Ten Ways to Love Your Homebound Neighbors, and Ten Reasons to Have a Block Party.” I love the ideas that are presented in each of these sections and they are super relatable.
This book is a very practical resource and will challenge the reader to step out in faith to love your neighbors.
WHAT A GREAT WORD FOR GRADS is a unique gift book that offers inspiring devotional thoughts, literary quotes, Scriptures and prayers, all built around key Bible words. Each word is intended to encourage, challenge, and bless those who are graduating from high school and college, as well as those who may be graduating into different arenas of life, or simply moving forward in a new direction. Readers will discover words meant to be pondered and digested, each one offering a fresh, new perspective on a biblical word as it applies to the milestone of graduation. Each word will inspire graduates' hearts to remember that God is with them wherever they may be. WHAT A GREAT WORD FOR GRADS offers graduates encouragement for the next steps they take in life, and an opportunity to draw closer to God.
What a Great Word for Grads is the perfect devotional gift for your grad! It has inspiring thoughts, quotes, prayers and scriptures to encourage your graduate, who is pursuit of a new opportunity and transition in life. Graduates will be encouraged as they get a new perspective on God's word as it applies to their seasons of graduation. This book will offer them hope and inspiration in their next steps! This little devotional is perfect for their laptop bag to take to the library or their bag to go to work. It is small enough, but packed filled with truth. I highly recommend this devotional!
Stop worrying, and invite God into the details of your life!
Bruce & Stan's bestselling God Is in the Small Stuff is back and better than ever in this special 20th-anniversary edition! And their message--God is in all of life's little details--is as timely today as it was two decades ago. While encouraging you not to disregard the minor, insignificant things in life, God Is in the Small Stuff invites a better understanding of God's infinite character, reminding you that He is a personal and intimate God, involved in every detail of your life. God Is In the Small Stuff. . .and it all matters features 40 chapters covering topics like "Remember that God Loves You," "Discipline Yourself (No One Else Will)," and "Contentment Won't Kill You." Each chapter includes commentary in the classic, tongue-in-cheek Bruce & Stan style, followed by pithy, often humorous, wisdom.
God Is in the Small Stuff 20th Anniversary Edition by Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz is a great little book! This book has awesome wisdom for being such a small book. Each section can be read in about 5-10 minutes with says, inspiration and wisdom to you daily walk with the Lord. I have highlighted many of the pages and quotes because it is very inspiring, but also I know this is things I want to remember. I recommend reading this as a devotional to soak it all in. This is one of those books that you will read in different seasons of life, so perfect to keep on the shelf.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
WHAT A GREAT WORD FOR MOMS is a unique gift book that offers inspiring devotional thoughts, literary quotes, Scriptures and prayers, all built around key Bible words. Each word is intended to encourage, challenge, and bless those who are moms at any age and stage. Readers will discover words meant to be pondered and digested, each one offering a fresh, new perspective on a biblical word as it applies to motherhood. Each word will inspire the hearts of moms and help them remember that God is with them wherever they may be. WHAT A GREAT WORD FOR MOMS offers encouragement for the hearts and minds of moms, grandmothers, and those who are like a mom to others, giving them a new opportunity to draw closer to God.
What a Great Word for Moms is a devotional perfect for moms! This devotional is a great gift idea for the mom in your life or someone who acts as a mother figure in your life. It is a book filled with encouraging and inspiring words to encourage the mom in your life. Readers will receive a fresh word from God as it applies to being a mom. It offers a word of encouragement, no matter the season. I highly recommend this book! Your mom will love it.
Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters
“An amazing resource for anyone who desires to deepen their mother-daughter relationship in a biblical, healthy, and healed way.”
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
You can be restored even when your relationship is frayed
Ever wonder why mothers and daughters can be so different and even seem to speak different languages?
Mended gives you conversation starters to speak life into your relationship with your mother or daughter. Discover powerful words that usher in healing for wounded hearts and rebuild, restore, and reconcile your connection.
Set new patterns going forward as you…
find common ground and put your relationship ahead of your differences learn what to say when you don’t know what to say grow closer when you do hard things together If you have a difficult history with your mother or daughter, you don’t have to continue patterns of brokenness. No matter how worn you feel, you don’t have to become unthreaded. God wants to mend your heart to His and to hers.
A well-written book by a daughter & mom team that you will love!
Helen and Blythe (mom and daughter) do an excellent job in Mended sharing life-lessons throughout the book by alternating throughout the book. It has a beautiful, authentic element as it is co-written and add depth to the mother/daughter conversation that other books cannot even explore. I love hearing the conversations between the two of them about how they've each had to trust God in similar parenting situations, motherhood and being daughters of the King. I love their conversations with one another and the reader.
Both Helen and Blythe offer encouragement to the reader, but also freedom to those who have experienced hurt and pain in relationship. They offer hope to the reader who might have expectations that need to be realigned and healing for the relationships to be restore. Forgiveness is a huge part of mended. This book is a great read. I highly recommend this book. It is one you are not able to put down. It is a great book. This is a great read for mothers and daughters, especially with Mother's Day around the corner.
Personal encouragement and inspiration for finding your unique calling
"Am I making a difference?" "Can I accomplish meaningful things despite the mistakes I've made?" "How can I know God's purpose for me?"
As the true stories in Exceedingly demonstrate, whether famous or entirely unknown, we all struggle to find significance in our lives. But the truth is that each one of us has a special reason for being right here, right now--and we can discover exactly what that is.
Anita Agers-Brooks walks through simple yet powerful strategies, skills, and exercises to do just that. Through practical application and inspiration from people like the late country music star Troy Gentry, readers will identify and hone their natural traits, raw talents, and untapped abilities. Uncovering our purpose doesn't require big personalities, perfect lives, or an issue-free past. We only have to make the effort to learn to see ourselves as God does and fulfill the personal purpose we were made for.
Seekers who engage with Anita will find their quest leads to one amazing conclusion: if they unearth what they've been given and dare to believe, their Maker will do exceedingly, abundantly more with their lives than they've ever imagined.
Ephesians 3:20 is the verse that the Lord gave my husband this year, so Exceedingly has been the perfect book to read. This book is packed with spiritual truths that help all believers firm their purpose in faith and in life. I enjoyed the chapter on it is important to play. In a life that is busy, stressed out and full, we so often don't take the time to relax and play, but we need to. We need to take the time to spend time giggling, dreaming and enjoying the simple things in life. While this book appears small, it is packed full of good wisdom and truth. I found this book to be incredibly helpful and one that I will read in different seasons. I love that it hits Ephesians 3:20 and it has spoken so much truth to me. I cannot wait for my husband to read it! I highly recommend it!
About the Author:
Anita Brooks motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert.
Anita is also an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man's Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.
She fulfills her mission to help 21st century women and men make fresh starts with fresh faith by sharing what she’s learned through experience, interviews, and research. Anita shares hope and encouragement on her Fresh Faith Inspirations podcast.
Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of 30 years, while they laugh and dip their toes in the water. Her favorite passion is inspiring others to transform battles into victories.
When you enjoy God's company first--even in the uncertain moments of life--the heavenly Creator will transform your mind to view your schedule, work, relationships, parenting, and responsibilities as opportunities to dance in life's storms and honor how beautiful simple can be. That's the message of the Choosing REAL journal, where popular author and blogger, Bekah Pogue, walks with you into life’s unplanned circumstances. . .and she reminds you it is in these very moments that God invites you to notice, respond, and even celebrate how He shows up—in every little detail. Featuring quotes from Pogue's, Choosing REAL, alongside inspiring scripture selections and journal prompts, you will be encouraged to record your personal thoughts and feelings. . .and to accept the invitation to embrace life just as it is!
Choosing Real, A Devotional Thought Journal by Bekah Jane Pogue is a perfect devotional journal. Each day has two pages, one with a scripture verse and the other a blank page for you to process your thoughts with the Lord. The second pages also has a question for you to answer a question. This is the perfect journal to take on the road, throw in your bag or stop to take a break during your lunch as you walk with the Lord. The pages are sturdy, along with the journal. I love that it is hardcover as well. This is a great resource and would be a nice gift for a friend. I highly recommend it.
About the author:
An "everyday Jane," Bekah Jane Pogue is an author, speaker and heart-felt encourager.
Bekah loves communicating, whether in small groups or large conferences, as if you were sitting on her couch and catching up as old friends. She is a guest writer for Yellow Conference and loves coaching new writers in their journey.
You can find her at the beach, reading, baking, rearranging furniture or flea-marketing. She and her husband, Bryan, have been married a dozen years and have two energetic boys. They reside at the Pogue Cottage in Southern CA, where dance parties are a regular occurrence.
If you’re looking for vulnerability, down with talking about hard things and desiring real join Bekah at www.BekahPogue.com.
A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz
The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.
Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own.
Wow! I love authors who are amazing story tellers. Naomi Stephens is an author that is not to be missed. She can tell a story of the the Bible and make it come to life. In the story of Shadow Among Sheaves, she takes the fiction liberty to tell the story of Ruth and while it doesn't follow the story completely from the Bible, again she uses creative liberty, she does a heck of a job telling a beautiful story of Ruth. I love how as a reader we can see what it is like to grow up having everything and in the end, have absolutely nothing. You'll enjoy the story of Rena in here too, I promise. The character development, plot and writing of this book was fantastic! This book is a breath of fresh air!
About the Author:
Naomi Stephens is a bookworm turned teacher turned writer. She received a B.A. in English from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, and an M.A. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. In bookstores, Naomi gravitates towards 19th-century British novels—the broodier the better (i.e., Jane Eyre)—but she can also be found perusing the young adult, mystery, and fantasy sections. Anything that keeps her turning pages past midnight. Though she has called many places home over the years, she currently lives in Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a rascal of a dog named Sherlock. When not writing or having adventures with her family, she can be found drinking tea, practicing photography, and pining for London
After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room—until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn't worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his aloof and disagreeable neighbor.
Yet when both Jeanette and Logan find themselves pulled into the life of a tattered Christian family fleeing persecution in war-torn Syria, might they discover that love sometimes comes calling when it's least expected?
Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites readers back to the charming seaside town of Hope Harbor, where they are sure to find peace, healing, and a second chance at happiness.
Irene Hannon takes her readers back to Hope Harbor for this fifth book in this charming series. I love this little town on the coast of Oregon and its character who are intricate and human! I find their stories to be authentic and as the reader, they seem real to me. One character is dealing with incredible loss, while another is trying to raise a 5 year old niece. Even a beagle puppy adds a bit of drama to whole thing. All while the author weaves into the story about a Syrian refugee family fleeing from war and coming to their tiny time. This book feels real and is a great read! I love how the author has written book five with characters who face difficult circumstances, have real emotions and deal with matters of faith. This book and this entire series is a win to me! Grab all five books in this series! You won't be disappointed!
About the Author:
Irene Hannon, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 50 novels. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romance fiction) and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. Other awards for individual books include National Readers' Choice, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers Choice, Booksellers' Best, and Reviewers' Choice from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.
A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time. To learn more about Irene and her books, visit www.irenehannon.com.
Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. A victim of sex trafficking, she's been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can't even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she escaped her captors and is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn't bring herself to report to police for fear of reliving her captivity is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.
When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has before it's too late. When that proves to be not enough, she'll have to go after the perpetrators herself.
Award-winning author Patricia Bradley keeps the suspense taut and the stakes high in this fast-paced story that will have readers turning pages long into the night.
Justice Delivered by Patricia Bradley is an intense book about sex trafficking. As the reader, you get a different point of view because you see it from this place of hiding and not wanting to find out as Carly escaped her captors and is living in secret. You get to witness her daily fears, which allows the reader to see her gripping fears, which I am sure is very realistic. However, through the story you can see how God is protecting her through it. This book was fantastic and I cannot wait to read more from this author. I had a difficult time putting it down. While I do not want to give more away from this book, I highly recommend this author and this series!
About the Author:
Winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy, and loves to write suspense with a twist of romance. Her Logan Point series is available at all on-line retailers and major bookstores. In September 2017, JUSTICE BURIED, the second book in the Memphis Cold Case Novels will release.
Her workshops on writing include online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, ACFW Minnesota NICE and Memphis ACFW. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.