Freedom Realized: Finding Freedom from Homosexuality & Living a Life Free From Labels
Black, ex-gay himself but happily married for more than 30 years now, says more than 70% of those seeking help with same-sex attraction through First Stone Ministry and Counseling have been set free. His ground-breaking book is based on years of research and meticulously compiling the results of those who sought freedom. “Humanity is fallen,” says Black. “Heterosexuality is an innate created biological fact and therefore cannot change.” He says any other “orientations” are not part of God’s design. “The grace of God is transformational,” even if one feels an inclination to the opposite sex. Truth, not feelings, should be the guide for our sexuality (Oklahoma City, OK).
Redeeming the Feminine Soul
Gender bending. Gender fluidity. Multiple genders. Our culture seems to have run amuck with the idea that you can be anything you want to be. Not so, says Julie Roys. God has a clear design for men and women; His design. When women, or men, go outside their God-given design, they find less satisfaction. In spite of the promises, feminist ideals did not produce happiness or contentment. “If feminism is the answer to women’s problems, why hasn’t it made us happier?” asks Roys. “For the past thirty years, I have been searching for that abundant life, for a better vision of womanhood.”
Torn by the demands of motherhood, career, and ministry – and by a church that gives them conflicting ideas about womanhood – Christian women struggle to answer that question. “There is something better for women—something much better,” explains Roys (Chicago, IL).
Minute by Minute
She had thirteen surgeries in fourteen years and was dependent on opiates to manage pain she couldn’t control. Moody seemed to be losing a grip on her life which was spinning out of control. Suicidal thoughts enveloped her as the pain become unmanageable. More than a dozen years of enduring excruciating tests and surgeries yet Moody was no better. She felt hopeless. She explains how important it is to have hope, to have friends or family who stand beside us in times of great distress. Then, when all hope seemed gone, Moody took a step into the unknown. She decided to have someone pray for her healing. Much to her surprise, it worked. “Immediately I felt the pain that I had lived with lift off of me. I was in shock. I could not process the fact that I had no pain.” Now she says, “This is the victorious life I didn’t know was possible until I experienced my healing transformation” (Sacramento, CA).
The Most Powerful Voice in Your Life
Language is powerful. Words are powerful. Willingham says the most powerful voice is not parents, friends, spouse, or even God. But the most powerful voice in your life is your own self-talk. Most of us tend to be our own worst critics so our perspective is often skewed — and wrong. We are far more negative than positive and the media plays on this tendency. “I challenge people to stop and listen to what they are saying – to become self-aware of how words and conversations are like elevators, they can take us up or they can take us down. He encourages parents, spouses, teenagers and the aged to stop and consider how their words affect their lives and the lives of others around them for good, or for evil (Valparaiso, Indiana).
Waking Up Dead
A touring musician & vocalist, he has performed with artists including EmmyLou Harris, Dolly Parton, Phil Keaggy, Percy Sledge, Steven Curtis Chapman, Johnny Rivers, Amy Grant, Lenny LeBlanc, and others. His story is one of suicide, divine intervention and a life transformed. Anders recalls his dark night of the soul when life seemed too hard to continue. It looked as if he had it all. At age 50, after more than thirty years of ministry, he checked into a Minneapolis hotel, consumed a massive amount of Ambien, Dramamine and Phenergan with the full intention of taking his own life. Rescued, healed and reinvented . . . Eddie has discovered all the fullness of a brand new life. He recounts what led to a decade of self-destruction and the process of overcoming depression (Nashville, TN).
How to Liberate the World in 30 Days
A former Colorado State Representative, Navy Chaplain, and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Klingenschmitt also earned a doctorate in Theology. He came to national prominence for refusing not to pray in Jesus name, sacrificing a million dollar pension in the process. He says, “We [Christians] face competing kingdoms every day. The opposition wants to take political dominion, not just for their own expression but to forbid ours. They say discrimination, but what they actually legislate is forced participation in sin.” A common-sense look at practical ways you can make a difference in your community. “Liberating the world,” he says, “begins with liberating yourself” (Denver, Colorado).
Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God
Athena Dean Holtz chased affirmation and attention from all the wrong sources, leaving her empty and alone. A victim of physical abuse and spiritual deception, she was deceived by Scientology, forays into mysticism and 12 years in a restrictive and legalistic cult. She lost everything—her marriage, relationships, home, business, money and reputation.
Holtz candidly tells her story of self-discovery, redemption and freedom. “When the enormity of the mess I had made hit me, I fell into depression. I didn’t know how to deal with the fallout or what would be next . . . I spent over a decade trying in my own strength to be ‘good enough.’ This is the story of how God brought me full circle,” writes Holtz. “How he brought me home . . . to a place I had always longed for, but never knew how to find” (Seattle, WA).
It Matters: Looking for the Good Things in Life
The author of Behind the Mask (about her abortion), Lynne writes to help readers look at the positive side of life, refocus on the things in life that are important, get rid of negative baggage and negative emotions, and in turn, experience the freedom of forgiveness. Lynne helps readers develop a trusting relationship with God and recognize God’s faithfulness in the journey of overcoming past hurts (Birmingham, AL).
The Forgiveness of Jesus (DVD)
We all carry guilt and shame. For some of us, it drags us down and keeps us feeling “not quite good enough.” Williams and his colleagues examine the people Jesus met and set free, what His death meant, how forgiveness works, and why it leads to personal transformation. While forgiveness is a choice, it is also results in the miracle that frees our conscious and sets us free (Los Angeles, CA).
Moving from Broken to Beautiful® through Grief
Grief is an unwelcome stranger that can take us by surprise. It comes for each of us, often at the most inopportune time. But grief is part of the human experience as a licensed counselor, Yvonne Ortega discovered in the most unpleasant way. “I suffered the loss of two aunts, my mother, my only child all within a span of seven months.” But that’s just part of the story. She is also a breast cancer survivor and endured a bitter divorce. In spite of the setbacks, Ortega managed to move forward and accept a “new normal.” “You may think your life is over,” says Ortega, “or that you can’t possibly go on without your loved one. Maybe you suffered from the side effects of a life-threatening illness, domestic violence relationship, or sexual assault. Perhaps you’re being crushed from divorce. Maybe you’ve lost a job, a car, a home. The difference is what you do with that loss.” “No one can rush you through the grief so don’t be so hard on yourself,” cautions Ortega (Yorktown, VA).
How He Loves Us: Revealing the Affections of God
Women have different fears than men. Their fears fall into three key categories: social fears (not being liked), family fears (sacrificing family time for work), and relationship fears (worry about whether a relationship will last). Gano is a wife, mom, and speaker who runs her own successful construction company. It would seem she is living the feminist dream. “I walked a long and very broken road for many years,” she explains. She shares how putting her own fears aside and embracing the love of God transformed her life. She offers keen insights into the lives of eight famous women in the Bible – what they did right and where they erred. The good news is that no matter where they went wrong (Rahab the harlot, or Sarah), “their sin did not change the course of their destiny” (Knoxville, TN).
The Big Idea of Biblical Worship
People have come to expect the best artists and instruments when it comes to music in churches. In some places it’s almost like a mini-concert – the people in front performing and people in the audience barely engaged. And the links between the message and the worship are often uncoordinated or out of synch. Currie says we reduce worship to singing and this is a big mistake. “Biblical worship should flow out of the central idea the Bible. Preaching is worship.” Biblical worship involves the whole person. Mostly what Currie wants to convey is that to divorce worship from preaching is tragic and harmful (Boston, MA).
Historical and Theological Foundations of Law
Can anyone say that anything is absolutely right or wrong? Eidsmoe argues that human laws must reflect a higher Divine law. Societies that depart from Divinely-inspired laws do so at their own peril. This is exactly what he sees happening in western civilization, a rejection of time-tested rules for living given to us for our good. He goes back to past civilizations and explains how erring from Divine law impacted these people and the civilizations. Finally, he looks at the Judeo-Christian laws and explains in detail how vital these are to life, marriage; trust (Montgomery, AL).
Depression is growing to epidemic proportions and few experts really understand why. Hunt says depression often runs in families. She describes depression as feeling “pressed down.” For some, depression leads to substance abuse or even suicide. It can feel like hopelessness and despair. But depression is nothing new, people in the Bible, like Elijah, suffered from depression even after accomplishing great things. And depression is not a sin; it is a condition that left unchecked can become debilitating. But Hunt offers what she calls “Steps to a Solution” (Dallas, TX).
There Is a Reason They Call It GRAND Parenting
There are more than 2.7 million U.S. households with grandparents raising their grandchildren. These numbers continue to grow as adult children are either unable or unwilling to take on the task. From opioid addictions, to abandonment and abuse, parents are giving up their rights to their own children at rates never seen before. According to Michele Howe, sometimes grandparents can get in the way but at other times, they can take up the slack when parents are either deficient of struggling. In cases where a child’s health or safety are at risk, Howe is an advocate for grandparents stepping in, even if it means placing their own long-term retirement or travel plans on hold.
Preparing, Adjusting, and Loving the Empty Nest
There are more adult children living at home than are married. Nearly one in three (32.1%) of 18-34 year olds are at home, the highest number in 130 years. Though the numbers are indisputable, the reason for the numbers is open to theory. The failure to launch may be tied to economics, relationships, or simply parents who are not raising mature adult children. According to Howe we have raised a generation of young adults who are more comfortable not growing up than in taking responsibility for their lives. She is an advocate for starting the process early, long before a child graduates from high school. “Wise parents will teach their kids to be responsible members of society,” explains Howe. This may be easier said than done but that’s what training up a child in the way he should go actually means – going (Monroe, Michigan)
Exponential Groups: Unleashing Your Church’s Potential
If churches are the heartbeat of a nation, America is in trouble. Many U.S. churches are in decline. The number of regular church attendees is reportedly below 20-percent. And among certain age groups, Millennials for example, that figure is far lower. Inactive members in churches is somewhere between 40 and 60 percent. According to White who has worked with 1,500 churches, most are up against myriad distractions. These include the lessening social expectation and pressures for attendance, weekend work, burn out, the rise of do-it-yourself Christianity, and competition from sports or activities. “Groups are one of the ways to disciple and care for increasingly mobile and increasingly distracted believers,” says White. The future of discipleship involves content that is portable, mobile and pushed out to church members. This includes building and nurturing small groups (Greenville, South Carolina).
The Accidental Executive
Integrity and business are less synonymous than they once were. But people need to know what their values are before finding themselves in compromising situations. Erisman spent 32 years working for Boeing before teaching ethics and business technology at Seattle Pacific University. He served as director for the Center for Integrity in the School of Business, Government, and Economics. He says modern leaders must learn from the past, become students of failure as well as success. Integrity is the key and nowhere is this best learned than through stories like that of Joseph under the Pharaoh. “He had great strengths, but he also had weaknesses,” says Erisman. We must the latter before we can use the former (Seattle, Washington).
Shaping Your Family Story: How Imperfect Parents Create Hope and Promise for their Children
We have all heard the comment, “There are no perfect parents.” Every parent at times feels overwhelmed and convinced they are wrecking their kids. Some feel that way all the time. And some kids want to blame their parents for every bad turn as they get older and this just heaps more guilt on parents. Parents need help, not judgment and a list of more things to do. We watch the stories of our children unfold so quickly. We wonder if we are doing enough. Are we making a difference in their lives? Welday provides encouragement and help that will give your kids hope and promise – without stressing yourself crazy (Orlando, FL).
While the mainline churches across America are losing followers, cults throughout the world are gaining them. With endorsements from Dinesh D’ Souza and Josh McDowell, the Stengler’s offer practical steps for engaging those who are in a cult. The number one question is: “What is the truth?” In our postmodern world many people believe in a relativistic version of truth. And with cults, they often fabricated their own doctrines. The book deals with the reality of the God of the Bible and answers tough questions about Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The real Jesus matters,” they say (San Diego).
Wackos Thugs & Perverts: Clintonian Decadence in Academia
“One can only imagine the vastness and corruption poisoning higher education countrywide . . . they are mad, dangerous, and beyond self-correction,” says Lopez. A whopping 99.5% of campaign donations from professors at the fifty highest ranked liberal arts colleges went to Democrats. The impact is a disturbing “breakdown of free speech and honest pursuit of the truth.” Lopez knows firsthand what happens when a Christian professor speaks up for truth in an academic setting; they get ostracized and then fired. “It is about fixing the entirety of the corruption and restructuring higher education so nobody can repeat the takeover and racketeering the left pulled off in the last 35 years.” His book is a warning sign that the Clinton and Obama era policies further entrench left-leaning academicians but also a blueprint for undoing the damage. “Sunlight is always the best disinfectant,” says Lopez (Dallas, Texas).
Teaching for Change: Eight Keys for Transformational Bible Study with Teens
It’s no surprise that this generation of young people is the least churched and lacks much of an interest in Christianity. Busy parents rely on churches, youth groups or camps but are they enough? Coley says many youth today have no foundation for truth, values or morality. He believes effective teaching leads to change in knowledge, in perspective, in attitudes, and ultimately in behavior. But parents have to engage their children regardless of age. Today’s youth learn differently than past generations and Coley gives help for this important journey (Raleigh, North Carolina).
Technology has changed the world in ways that benefit us but it can also be time-wasting, mind-numbing, and dangerous. Computers, cell phones, and other devices for getting online are easily accessible or already in the hands of young people (88 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have access to a computer).The average teenager sends 3,339 texts each month. According to Housman, parents are often naive. It’s not that they don’t care, it is that in many instances they are either ignorant of technology, the sites their children visit, or the actual content on the sites. Housman educates and encourages parents to become aware of what their kids are doing with the technology they have available to them. (Memphis, TN).
40 Answers for Teen’s Top Questions
“An upset, worried teenager is not a happy camper. [Many] frustrated, distraught teens are often trying to figure out who they want to be,” says Dr. Gregg Jantz. In spite of the negative stereotypes of teen laziness, addiction to technology, and lack of respect for authority, Jantz sees reason to be optimistic about this generation. Jantz and his son collaborate to help parents (and teens) enter one another’s world and understand it. “Teens may vehemently deny it but they do care about what their parents think,” says Jantz. And, according to his son (Gregg Jr.), “Teens want their parents to respect them.” (Seattle, WA).
Healing the Scars of Childhood Abuse
How can parents protect children from abusive predators? And what about broken and dysfunctional parents or stepparents who mistreat or abuse children? Abuse is on the rise. The number of children killed in their own homes is on the rise. In the last ten years, 20,000 children have died in their homes as a result of physical violence. The children who manage to survive the abuse become nine times more likely to be involved in criminal activity. And sadly, the U.S. has some of the highest rates of child abuse among industrialized nations. Dr. Jantz says part of the problem is a culture that sexualizes children and glorifies violence. He offers help and healing for those who have been abused.
101 Ways to Respect Your Husband
Men are wired to compete and protect. Women are wired to connect. Men and women’s brains are significantly different from each other, resulting in differences in behavior, communication and information processing. Roesner, a former corporate executive, explains how trying to “fight for her rights” nearly destroyed her marriage. She’s not advocating complete passivity but rather a way of communicating that takes into account the differences between the sexes. “I am a product of second-wave feminism,” says Roesner. The idea of “Applied Respect” saved her marriage. “At the risk of sounding anachronistic, subservient, and a trader to my feminine gender, I actually suggest to wives that they respect their husbands to improve their marriages.” (Cincinnati, OH).
52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families
A busy military mother for many years, Whiting looked for creative ways to help her five children in faith and values. She uses the acronym SIMPLE (Schedule, Involve, Mix, Plan, Legacy, End each in prayer). Looking back she says, “I realize that our family devotions were the foundation of our family and the glue that held us together. It strengthened us as a family.” She says family time doesn’t need to be boring or formal. At a time when children are assaulted by values that are at odds with their health or beliefs, Whiting offers simple solutions for nurturing faith (Deltona, FL).
Transgender Confusion: A Biblical Based Q & A For Families
The transgender rush for acceptance is just another step in the process of desensitizing Americans. The restroom controversy may be a step too far, creating new problems (voyeurism or pedophilia) and leaves parents with few options. “No studies have proven anyone to have been born transgender,” says Shick. “The ‘born that way’ theories are nothing more than propaganda to gain public sympathy and approval.” She knows firsthand the damage done having grown up with a father who declared himself a female. In trying to connect with a member of the opposite sex, some opt for surgery. “The person may resemble the opposite gender, due to cosmetic surgeries, but it is ‘reality’ only within that person’s confused thoughts” She has given expert testimony as to the causes of Gender Identity Disorder, shared the damage done within families, and offered help for those who feel confused (Ashland, KY).
Lasting Love: Enduring Secrets for Marital Success
Marriage has been redefined, reduced, manipulated, and increasingly ignored. Younger generations are waiting or opting out altogether. What’s happened? Since the 1960s, says attorney Charles Crismier, marriage has come under fire through the no-fault divorce decrees that hold no one accountable and leave kids hurting, in poverty, or vulnerable.
“We live in a disastrously broken world,” says Crismier. A million children each year are left as virtual orphans, fatherless, and floundering. With so much research that shows how children of divorce suffer – higher rates of precocious sexuality and substance abuse, poor grades, weak relationships of their own – the Crismiers suggest solutions for a lasting and vibrant marriage where children and grandchildren will be (Richmond, VA).
Restored Hope Network
Anne Paulk is the director for the newly established Restored Hope Network, a coalition of agencies and counseling centers aimed at helping educate, counsel and encourage those struggling with same-sex attractions. Anne has been interviewed on Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, 700 Club, D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministry, and appeared in People magazine. She is the author of Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction (Portland, OR).