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  • Flip The Script


    The path to success is never easy. In Flip the Script you will learn the life-changing lessons of leadership and determination Coach O discovered on the road to a championship.

    Ed Orgeron, head coach of the record-breaking national champion LSU Tigers football team, tells the inspiring story of reversing the team’s fortunes and culture, as well as his own remarkable leadership journey from disappointment and setback to the apex of college sports.

    The storybook football season for the LSU Tigers in 2019 was the stuff of legend: a team with recently unmet expectations became the undefeated national champion with a Heisman trophy-winning transfer quarterback under the leadership of a coach whose previous coaching stops had been disappointments. Yet that coach, Ed Orgeron, had turned everything around. He flipped the script, transforming a program that lately had not reached its potential into a team of unprecedented dominance. Flip the Script is the story of how it happened, with lessons for anyone who wants to succeed. Telling the story of his own journey that culminated in the Cinderella season, Orgeron highlights the traits he learned are necessary for success:
    *an ability and willingness to learn from mistakes,
    *the necessity of perseverance,
    *recognizing and focusing on what you’re truly good at,
    *building unity, and
    *overcoming hardship.

    The road to success is never easy, as Ed Orgeron’s life reveals. But his life also shows that with determination and a willingness to learn from experience, your trajectory can change–your script can be flipped–and you can achieve more than you ever dreamed.

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  • Where The Light Fell


    In this searing meditation on the bonds of family and the danger of extremist faith, one of today’s most celebrated Christian writers recounts his unexpected journey from a strict fundamentalist upbringing to a life of compassion and grace-a revelatory memoir in the tradition of Educated and Hillbilly Elegy.

    Raised by an impoverished widow who earned room and board as a Bible teacher in 1950s Atlanta, Philip Yancey and his brother, Marshall, found ways to venture out beyond the confines of their eight-foot-wide trailer. But when Yancey was in college, he uncovered a shocking secret about his father’s death-a secret that began to illuminate the motivations that drove his mother to extreme, often hostile religious convictions and a belief that her sons had been ordained for a divine cause.

    Searching for answers, Yancey dives into his family origins, taking us on an evocative journey from the backwoods of the Bible Belt to the bustling streets of Philadelphia; from trailer parks to church sanctuaries; from family oddballs to fire-and-brimstone preachers and childhood awakenings through nature, music, and literature. In time, the weight of religious and family pressure sent both sons on opposite paths-one toward healing from the impact of what he calls a toxic faith, the other into a self-destructive spiral.

    Where the Light Fell is a gripping family narrative set against a turbulent time in post-World War II America, shaped by the collision of Southern fundamentalism with the mounting pressures of the civil rights movement and Sixties-era forces of social change. In piecing together his fragmented personal history and his search for redemption, Yancey gives testament to the enduring power of our hunger for truth and the possibility of faith rooted in grace instead of fear.

    I truly believe this is the one book I was put on earth to write, says Yancey. So many of the strands from my childhood-racial hostility, political division, culture wars-have resurfaced in modern form. Looking back points me forward.

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  • Deep Places : A Memoir Of Illness And Discovery


    In this vulnerable, insightful memoir, the New York Times columnist tells the story of his five-year struggle with a disease that officially doesn’t exist, exploring the limits of modern medicine, the stories that we unexpectedly fall into, and the secrets that only suffering reveals.

    In the summer of 2015, Ross Douthat was moving his family, with two young daughters and a pregnant wife, from Washington, D.C., to a sprawling farmhouse in a picturesque Connecticut town when he acquired a mysterious and devastating sickness. It left him sleepless, crippled, wracked with pain–a shell of himself. After months of seeing doctors and descending deeper into a physical inferno, he discovered that he had a disease which according to CDC definitions does not actually exist: the chronic form of Lyme disease, a hotly contested condition that devastates the lives of tens of thousands of people but has no official recognition–and no medically approved cure.

    From a rural dream house that now felt like a prison, Douthat’s search for help takes him off the map of official medicine, into territory where cranks and conspiracies abound and patients are forced to take control of their own treatment and experiment on themselves. Slowly, against his instincts and assumptions, he realizes that many of the cranks and weirdos are right, that many supposed hypochondriacs are victims of an indifferent medical establishment, and that all kinds of unexpected experiences and revelations lurk beneath the surface of normal existence, in the places underneath.

    The Deep Places is a story about what happens when you are terribly sick and realize that even the doctors who are willing to treat you can only do so much. Along the way, Douthat describes his struggle back toward health with wit and candor, portraying sickness as the most terrible of gifts. It teaches you to appreciate the grace of ordinary life by taking that life away from you. It reveals the deep strangeness of the world, the possibility that the reasonable people might be wrong, and the necessity of figuring out things for yourself. And it proves, day by dreadful day, that you are stronger than you ever imagined, and that even in the depths there is always hope.

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  • Religious Journey Of Dwight D Eisenhower


    Our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don’t care what it is. With us, of course, it is the Judeo-Christian concept, but it must be a religion that all men are created equal.

    So said Dwight D. Eisenhower shortly after being elected president of the United States in 1952. Although this statement has been variously interpreted, it reflects one of his fundamental guiding principles: that for a country to thrive, it needs a shared identity, formed through common values, history, and purpose. For Eisenhower, this could be found most distinctly in shared faith–a concept that came to be known as American civil religion, which defined and drove much of the cohesion of the 1950s under Eisenhower’s leadership.

    This biography tells the story of how deeply religious convictions ran through every aspect of Eisenhower’s public life: his decision to become a soldier, his crusade against fascism and communism, his response to the civil rights movement, his belief that only he as president could lead America through the Cold War, and his search for nuclear peace. Having been brought up in a devout family–first as part of the River Brethren and later Jehovah’s Witnesses–Eisenhower continued to see the world in terms of a dialectical struggle between divine and demonic forces throughout his life, even after joining the Presbyterian church. This perspective shaped his public image as a general in World War II and as president during some of the coldest years of the Cold War, when cultural differences between the atheistic Soviet Union and the religiously grounded United States began crystallizing.

    As Eisenhower’s historical standing continues to rise, and his contrast with the modern Republican Party deepens, Jack Holl’s study of this consequential figure of twentieth-century American history shines a spotlight on what has changed in the intervening years. What can be learned from the religious outlook of a public servant who embraced moderation instead of partisan division? What is the nature of a faith that led a former general to a position of skepticism against the military-industrial complex? The era of American civil religion may be past, but Eisenhower’s religious journey is worth renewed attention among Americans in light of the enduring challenge of E pluribus unum–out of many, one.

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  • Only Margaret : A Story About Margaret Wise Brown


    When Halley’s comet arrived in 1910, so did an extraordinary person: Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret had a boundless imagination and a gift for spinning stories. Most grown-ups thought children’s books were frivolous and silly, but Margaret didn’t agree. Could writing stories for children be important work-a incredible way to share truth, beauty, and wonder?
    Other people might call Margaret strange, and sometimes her own worries and doubts felt overwhelming. But only Margaret and her original ideas could lead to Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and other classics beloved by children around the world.

    From smuggling rabbits onto trains, to scribbling stories about island whispers, Margaret embraced adventure in life and on the page. This whimsically illustrated biography shares how an independent, fun-loving woman became a trailblazing pioneer of the picture-book form.

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  • How To Stitch An American Dream


    Over the last decade, the Doan family business, the Missouri Star Quilt Company in tiny Hamilton, Missouri, has grown from Jenny’s corner shop–with one quilting machine and two bolts of fabric for sale in the back–to become the largest supplier of pre-cut quilting fabric in the world. And the deep connection felt by the company’s millions of loyal fans and customers boils down to one thing: their love for Jenny, the mother of seven (and grandmother to twenty-two and counting) whose humorous, easygoing, down-to-earth quilting tutorials have been viewed more than two hundred million times.

    Now, Jenny is ready to give her fans, the business world, and moms of all ages (and grandmas too!) what they’ve been asking for: the full story of her journey, from her humble beginnings as a homeschooling mom, to founding MSQC in her fifties, through the remarkable success and inspiration she’s so well-known for today.

    How to Stitch an American Dream is about something more than the chance to get to know Jenny Doan. It’s an opportunity for readers to have their lives changed by one woman’s remarkable story–an inspirational story of overcoming hardship and finding abundance through family, faith, and the power of giving.

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  • Relentless : Unleashing A Life Of Purpose, Grit, And Faith


    John Tesh has achieved more in life than he ever dreamed possible. But the road to success has been anything but easy-and those challenges have become the secret to his success. Through his story, we can learn how to be relentless, how to achieve what we didn’t think was possible, and how to handle our inevitable discouragements.

    Relentless will show you how to…
    *Stop worrying about short-term failures and start discovering how to turn them into stepping stones to success.

    *Discover the secret of being steadfast when things don’t work out like you expected.

    *Shift your perspective from disappointment to positive learning opportunities when faced with a setback.

    *Learn powerful lessons for personal growth that you can immediately apply to your life.

    In this engrossing memoir, Tesh describes how the obstacles that shaped him-including being suspended from college, living homeless for months, and facing a deadly disease-shaped his remarkable life. You’ll hear, in never-before-told stories, how Tesh became the youngest correspondent at WCBS News less than thirty-six months after he was working at a gas station and sleeping in a public park. You’ll go inside the unconventional way he composed the now-iconic theme song for NBC Sports basketball and how he and his wife, Connie Sellecca, created the popular, nationally-syndicated Intelligence for Your Life radio program. From live commentary for two Olympic Games to his decade-long role as co-host of Entertainment Tonight and the outrageous gamble that resulted in one of the most successful Public Television concert specials in history, you’ll learn how Tesh applied his unique process of focused practice, grit, and perseverance while maintaining a single-minded pursuit of his goals. In 2015, he fought and received treatment for a stage-three cancer diagnosis, but when the cancer returned, he and his wife turned to relentless faith and divine healing scriptures to manifest a victory over the disease.

    Relentless is an astonishing story of how obstacles create opportunity and how faith will lead to triumph.

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  • Who Says I Cant


    A Harper Horizon Title

    On paper, Coach Rob Mendez sounds like any other football coach on any other field across America: passionate, authoritative, knowledgeable. But he’s unlike any other coach you know–in fact, he’s probably unlike any other person you know.

    Born with an extraordinarily rare condition called tetra-Amelia syndrome, Rob has no arms or legs. He moves with the assistance of a custom-made, motorized wheelchair that he operates with his back and shoulders.

    Many people look at Rob and see limitation, yet Rob sees opportunity: Opportunity to pursue his passion for football. Opportunity to change the way people perceive physical disability. Opportunity to serve as a role model for the hundreds of kids he’s coached over the years.

    Told with both humor and frankness, Who Says I Can’t? takes readers on Rob’s incredible journey, from his birth to loving parents who wanted to afford him every chance for happiness, to the emotional and physical hurdles he faced while seeking independence, to receiving the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPY Awards in 2020.

    Each day, Coach Rob rolls onto the field and shows his players that dreams are achievable when you show up, do the work, and believe in yourself. And after reading this book you, too, will believe that anything is possible.

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  • Curveball : How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune And Fam


    After watching his career as a professional baseball player go down in flames, Cy Young Award-winner Barry Zito discovered a real connection with God and a renewed passion for life.

    In 2007, pitcher Barry Zito signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. At that time, it was the largest contract ever given to a pitcher. He was at the top of his game, in peak physical condition, and had the kind of financial security most people can only dream of.

    He was also miserable. And it began to show. Zito’s career declined over the next few years until he hit rock bottom-watching from the bench as his team won the World Series in 2010.
    In the months that followed, Zito came face-to-face with the destructiveness of his own ego-his need to be viewed as the best. He also came face-to-face with God and with the truth that he was loved no matter what he achieved.

    In Curveball, Zito shares his story with honesty and transparency. The ups and the downs. The wins and losses. By sharing his experiences as a man who had everything except happiness, Zito offers readers a path through adversity and toward a life defined by true success.

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  • Zealous Missionary : From The Perspective Of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos


    The life and mission of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos led him from the Bavarian Alps in Germany to the United States where he worked tirelessly to fill the spiritual needs of everyone he encountered. His final assignment took him to post-Civil War New Orleans, where he continued to minister to others in need before falling himself to the yellow fever epidemic.

    Written in the first person and accompanied by excerpts from letters Blessed Seelos wrote to his family, confreres, and others, Father Richard Boever, CSsR, highlights the struggles and successes of missionary life, with a personal touch. With abundant joy and deep devotion to Jesus and Mary, the short life of Father Seelos blessed all the lives he touched.

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  • Redeeming Justice : From Defendant To Defender, My Fight For Equity On Both


    He was seventeen when an all-white jury sentenced him to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, in this unforgettable memoir, a pioneering lawyer recalls the journey that led to his exoneration–and inspired him to devote his life to fighting the many injustices in our legal system.

    Seventeen years old and facing nearly thirty years behind bars, Jarrett Adams sought to figure out the why behind his fate. He became obsessed with our legal system in all its damaged glory. In prison, Adams was sustained by his mother and aunts, who brought him back from the edge of despair through letters of prayers and encouragement. After studying the law and realizing how his Constitutional rights to effective assistance of counsel had been violated, he solicited a relationship with the Wisconsin Innocence Project, an organization that exonerates the wrongfully convicted, which ultimately led to his release from prison after nearly ten years.

    But the journey was far from over. Adams took the lessons he learned through his incarceration and enrolled in law school with the goal of helping those who, like himself, were wrongfully convicted. After earning his law degree, he worked with the New York Innocence Project, becoming the first exoneree ever hired by the Innocence Project as a lawyer. He has since opened up his own practice, specializing in overturning wrongful convictions and reducing unfair and extreme sentences. In his first case with the Innocence Project, he argued before the same courtroom that convicted him a decade prior–and won.

    In this cinematic story of hope and full-circle redemption, Adams draws on his life and the cases of his clients to show the racist tactics used to convict young men of color, the unique challenges facing exonerees post-exoneration, and how the lack of equal financial representation in our legal system is a failure not only of empathy but of our collective ability to discover the truth. Justice for Sale is an unforgettable firsthand account of the limits–and possibilities–of our country’s system of law.

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  • Finding The Good


    In the vein of Tuesdays with Morrie comes a powerful story of a twentieth-century slave who rose to the rank of mayor and the young reporter whose life he touched as he learned of the transforming power of faith and love–now updated and repackaged.

    Fred Montgomery, the son of sharecroppers in west Tennessee and boyhood friend of Alex Haley, grew up in poverty but had faith and confidence instilled in him by his parents. Fred worked hard and acquired his own farm in spite of opposition from his white neighbors. After losing two of his sons in separate drowning accidents, Fred tried twice to commit suicide. But Fred’s attitude was changed when he experienced sympathy and love shown to him by his neighbors, white and black alike. In 1988 he proved that faith and love can prevail by becoming the first black mayor of the once strongly segregated Henning, Tennessee.

    While telling this story, reporter Lucas Johnson shows glimpses of his own life, in which many of his relatives, including his own father, succumbed to the lure of alcohol and drugs. Lucas Johnson lost all hope. He had no faith; he had no love. Until he met Fred Montgomery. Years have passed, he concludes, since I first met Fred Montgomery . . . I’m a better person because of him. His life . . . gave me a credible blueprint on how to deal with life’s problems and even grow stronger from them.

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  • Grateful American : A Journey From Self To Service


    As a kid in suburban Chicago, Gary Sinise was more interested in sports and rock ‘n’ roll than reading or schoolwork. But when he impulsively auditioned for a school production of West Side Story, he found his purpose–or so it seemed.

    Within a few years Gary and a handful of friends created what became one of the most exciting and important new theater companies in America. From its humble beginnings in a suburban Chicago church basement and eventual move into the city, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company launched a series of groundbreaking productions, igniting Gary’s career along with those of John Malkovich, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Perry, John Mahoney, and others. Television and film came calling soon after, and Gary starred in Of Mice and Men (which he also directed) and The Stand before taking the role that would change his life in unforeseeable ways: Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump.

    The military community’s embrace of the character of the disabled veteran was matched only by the depth of Gary’s realization that America’s defenders had not received all the honor, respect, and gratitude their sacrifices deserve. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, this became Gary’s mission. While starring in hits like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, George Wallace, CSI:NY, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country…

    *entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band,
    *raising funds on behalf of veterans, and
    *founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

    Grateful American is the moving, entertaining, profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.

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  • Mary Lou Williams


    For those not involved with the jazz world, hearing that Mary Lou Williams was one of the only musicians to play through, transcend, and play fluently in all the eras of jazz leads to questions: what are the eras of jazz? And: who should care? But the fact remains that to this day, most jazz musicians know Williams’s name and almost none of her music.

    Williams believed that jazz music has the power to heal individuals and communities. At age forty-seven, she converted to Catholicism, and chose voluntary poverty in order to rehabilitate the sick in her community. Her gospel message that jazz is love lives on through her extraordinary-if little heard-catalog of recordings and compositions.

    In Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul, musician and Williams scholar, Deanna Witkowski, offers a poignant portrait of this pioneering jazz pianist-composer.

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  • Charles Lindbergh : A Religious Biography Of America’s Most Infamous Pilot


    The narrative surrounding Charles Lindbergh’s life has been as varying and complex as the man himself. Once best known as an aviator-the first to complete a solo nonstop transatlantic flight-he has since become increasingly identified with his problematic sympathies for isolationism, eugenics, and the Nazi regime in Germany. Underexplored amid all this is Lindbergh’s spiritual life; what beliefs drove the contradictory impulses of this twentieth-century icon?

    An apostle of technological progress who encountered God in the wildernesses he sought to protect, an anti-Semitic opponent of US intervention in World War II who had a Jewish scripture inscribed on his gravestone, and a critic of Christianity who admired Christ, Lindbergh defies conventional categories. But spirituality undoubtedly mattered to him a great deal. Influenced by his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh-a self-described lapsed Presbyterian who longed to live in grace-and friends like Alexis Carrel (a Nobel Prize-winning surgeon, eugenicist, and Catholic mystic) and Jim Newton (an evangelical businessman), he spent much of his adult life reflecting on mortality, divinity, and metaphysics. In this short biography, Christopher Gehrz represents Lindbergh as he was, neither an adherent nor a skeptic, a historical case study of an increasingly familiar contemporary phenomenon: the spiritual but not religious.

    For all his earnest curiosity, Lindbergh remained unwilling throughout his life to submit to any spiritual authority beyond himself and ultimately rejected the ordering influence of church, tradition, scripture, or creed. In the end, the man who flew solo across the Atlantic insisted on charting his own spiritual path, drawing on multiple sources in such a way that satisfied his spiritual hunger but left some of his most troubling convictions unchallenged.

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  • Behind The Laughter


    Behind the Laughter is a powerful story of experiencing God’s sustaining presence in the darkest moments and the sweetest dreams. Now available in trade paper.

    How do you keep going when your world is falling apart?

    In this stirring memoir, Anthony Griffith and his wife of more than thirty years, Brigitte Travis-Griffin, share the powerful story of living between life’s funniest moments and its most heartbreaking tragedies.

    Just as Anthony’s career in stand-up comedy launched him onto the stage of The Tonight Show, he and Brigitte faced the unimaginable pain of their two-year-old daughter’s battle with cancer. In Behind the Laughter they ask, Where do you find hope when your earthly dreams shatter?

    Find true inspiration along with laugh-out-loud humor in this remarkable story of resilience and grace in the face of loss.

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  • Mitkas Secret : A True Story Of Child Slavery And Surviving The Holocaust


    The remarkable life story of Mitka Kalinski, who survived seven years of enslavement-while still a child-to a Nazi officer during and after World War II

    Mitka Kalinski had never revealed his past to anyone. Not even to his wife or his four children.

    But in 1981, three decades after it had all ended, Mitka finally broke his silence about the horrors he had endured during the Holocaust and in the years immediately afterward: not only German concentration camps and sadistic medical experiments but also seven years of enslavement in the household of a Nazi officer, Iron Gustav Dorr.

    Having been orphaned before the war, Mitka did not know his origins or even his name. Torture, slavery, and a false name stripped him of his identity entirely. Thus, when he immigrated to the United States in 1951, Mitka seized the opportunity to bury his past and forge a new life. He lived the American life in all its fullness and moved to Nevada with his beloved wife, Adrienne, and their children. But the secret he carried became an increasingly heavy burden, preventing wholeness and healing.

    This is Mitka’s account of facing the past, confronting his captors, connecting with lost relatives, and finding peace in the rediscovery of his origins. For Mitka, this also meant reclaiming his Jewish heritage-a journey that gave him a new sense of purpose and freedom from the lingering effects of trauma that had filled his life to that point. By the end, Mitka’s Secret is less a story of survival and more one of redemption and transformation-from hidden suffering to abundant joy.

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  • Making Of C S Lewis


    Experience C. S. Lewis’s Captivating Transformation from Atheist to Christian

    The Making of C. S. Lewis is the second volume in a biographical trilogy covering Lewis’s life from 1898-1963. This installment surveys a period of Lewis’s life that is not well known, beginning with his years as a young adult and devout atheist at the end of his service in World War I, followed by his arrival at Oxford as a budding scholar. Harry Lee Poe offers a unique perspective on Lewis’s radical conversion to Christianity influenced in part by his friendships with well-known Christians such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Nevill Coghill, and Hugo Dyson. This volume offers readers a unique opportunity to observe Lewis’s development as one of the most important Christian apologists of the 20th century. With a lucid and clear biographical tone, Poe brings to life one of the most influential writers of modern times, showcasing his shift from an opponent of Christianity to one of its most ardent defenders.

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  • Every Little Win


    What does a forty-two-year-old, small-town pastor do when he wins one of the most popular singing competitions in the world? Todd Tilghman and his wife, Brooke, share how decades of unrelenting challenges have taught them a joyful mindset of embracing not only winning The Voice but also every little win along the way.

    When Todd Tilghman, pastor and father of eight from Meridian, Mississippi, auditioned for The Voice,he counted it as a win simply to sing in front of an audience other than family and church members. Despite no music or vocal training, he not only made it through the blind audition–with all four celebrity judges vying to coach him–he also won the show’s entire eighteenth season. Fans were drawn to Todd’s tremendous joy on stage, giving them much-needed inspiration during the hard challenges of a global pandemic.

    In their first book, Todd and Brooke share how their focus on joy and celebrating every little win has helped them to overcome numerous challenges over their twenty-plus-year marriage. From adopting two children from South Korea to fighting for their newborn son’s life to pastoring a small congregation through periods of adversity, Todd and Brooke share the lessons they’ve learned and the strategies that have moved them from fear to faith to ever-present joy.

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  • Brave Face : Two Cultures, Two Families, And The Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them


    The inspirational story of an American woman who moved mountains to secure medical treatments-and eventually a home-for a severely burned Iraqi girl thousands of miles away. Now available in trade paper.

    It was a typical Sunday morning in 2006 when Barbara Marlowe first saw the photo that changed her life-a photo of four-year-old Teeba Furat Fadhil, whose face, head, and hands had been severely burned during a roadside bombing in the Diyala Province of Iraq. It was Teeba’s eyes that captivated Barbara. They were wide, dark, and soulful. They seemed to cry out across oceans with a single message: Help me

    Barbara’s story of responding to that cry is as inspiring as it is improbable. With a powerful faith and determination, she overcame obstacle after obstacle to bring Teeba to the United States for medical treatments-and unexpectedly, to ultimately offer her a home.

    A Brave Face includes material written by Teeba, now a young woman, and her Iraqi mother, Dunia, at key moments in their stories. The book also explores the connection forged between Barbara and Dunia over the past decade-a deep bond between two mothers that has flourished despite the distance, the strife of war, and the horrors of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

    In the end, this is a story of hope. A story of building bridges. A story of the always astonishing power of self-sacrificial love.

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  • Home Sweet Road


    The hugely popular singer/songwriter duo Johnnyswim share their story like never before, showing readers how to find home wherever they are in this visually stunning debut.

    Work and life partners Amanda Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez are known for translating the memories and milestones of their journey, as well as the honest realities of marriage, into their spirited and soulful songs. With this beautifully designed, visually stunning book, the duo shares never-before-told stories, beautiful photos, recipes, poetry, and more from their life in a deeply engaging experience as they travel on tour around the country with their three young kids, capturing the family’s raw, intimate, and behind-the-scenes life on the road and embracing home no matter where they are.

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  • Guns To God


    Claud was just six years old when he first held a gun in his hands. Now, over twenty years later, he is returning to communities just like the one he grew up in, this time holding a Bible. Guns to God is the incredible autobiography of Claud Jackson, a young boy who became a drug dealer and professional criminal before giving his life to God through the Alpha Course and later being called to become a Christian minister. Though exceptional in parts, Claud’s journey is remarkably relatable: it is one of being shaped by circumstance and formed through faith, of losing yourself only to be found. Guns to God is an inspiring and thought-provoking Christian autobiography for anyone wanting a stronger understanding of and insight into the struggle against drugs and drug dealing in urban communities in the UK, and the role that the Christian faith has to play. The story of one man’s search for belonging, this an incredible and moving testament to the life-changing power of God.

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  • Faithful Presence : The Promise And The Peril Of Faith In The Public Square


    Two-term governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam reveals how faith–too often divisive and contentious–can be a redemptive and unifying presence in the public square.

    As a former mayor and governor, Bill Haslam has long been at the center of politics and policy on local, state, and federal levels. And he has consistently been guided by his faith, which influenced his actions on issues ranging from capital punishment to pardons, health care to abortion, welfare to free college tuition. Yet the place of faith in public life has been hotly debated since our nation’s founding, and the relationship of church and state remains contentious to this day–and for good reason. Too often, Bill Haslam argues, Christians end up shaping their faith to fit their politics rather than forming their politics to their faith. They seem to forget their calling is to be used by God in service of others rather than to use God to reach their own desires and ends.

    Faithful Presence calls for a different way. Drawing upon his years of public service, Haslam casts a remarkable vision for the redemptive role of faith in politics while examining some of the most complex issues of our time, including:
    *partisanship in our divided era;
    *the most essential character trait for a public servant;
    *how we cannot escape legislating morality;
    *the answer to perpetual outrage; and
    *how to think about the separation of church and state.

    For Christians ready to be salt and light, as well as for those of a different faith or no faith at all, Faithful Presence argues that faith can be a redemptive, healing presence in the public square–as it must be, if our nation is to flourish.

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  • Thomas Merton : An Introduction To His Life, Teachings, And Practices


    An introduction to the spiritual legacy of Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and one of the most influential spiritual figures of the 20th century. His writing on contemplation, monastic life, mysticism, poetry, and social issues have influenced generations and his legacy of interfaith understanding and social justice endures to this day. Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices offers an exploration of Merton as a monk, as a writer, and as a human being. Author Jon M. Sweeney delves into Merton’s life and ideas with an appreciation for his work and a deep understanding of the spiritual depth that it contains.

    Thomas Merton offers a unique view of the popular and sometimes controversial monk, braiding together his thoughts and practices with the reality of his life to create a full portrait of a pivotal figure. The Merton revealed in its pages is a source of inspiration and insight for those wrestling with questions of faith and spirituality.

    At its core, the book is about the search for wholeness–a search Merton undertook himself throughout his lifetime and one readers can also embark on as they draw inspiration and guidance from his life.

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  • Transformed : A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey From The Throne Of Africa, To


    Readers will be drawn to and inspired by Remi Adeleke’s personal journey of following God’s voice, overcoming the odds, and ultimately experiencing true personal transformation. Now available in trade paper.

    What are the odds? Statistics tell us that African American males who grow up in a single-parent household are nine times more likely to drop out of high school and twenty times more likely to end up in prison than any other demographic. But what would it take for one young man not only to rise above those statistics but also become a Navy SEAL, actor, entrepreneur, writer, and successful husband and father?

    In Transformed, Remi Adeleke takes you back to stories from his childhood, from living as Nigerian royalty to losing his father early in life and being stripped financially of everything by the Nigerian government. He delves into being raised by a single mother in the Bronx and doesn’t shy away from his illegal activities as a young man that threatened to derail his future. At every turn, including throughout his naval career, Adeleke found a way to overcome the odds, even when it didn’t make sense. His is an inspiring story of true personal transformation.

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  • Blaze Of Light


    For fans of Unbroken and Hacksaw Ridge comes the powerful true story of a Medal of Honor recipient who faced more than his fair share of battles–and overcame them through perseverance and faith.

    After dawn the siege began. It was April 1, 1970, and Army Green Beret medic Gary Beikirch knew the odds were stacked against their survival. Some 10,000 enemy soldiers sought to obliterate the twelve American Special Forces troops and 400 indigenous fighters who stood fast to defend 2,300 women and children inside the village of Dak Seang. For his valor and selflessness during the ruthless siege, Beikirch would be awarded a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest and most prestigious military decoration.

    But Gary returned home wounded in body, mind, and soul. To find himself again, Gary retreated to a cave in the mountains of New England, where a redemptive encounter with God allowed Gary to find peace.

    New York Times best-selling author Marcus Brotherton chronicles the incredible true story of a person who changed from lost to found. Gripping and unforgettable, and written with a rich and vivid narrative voice, Blaze of Light will inspire you to answer hurt with ingenuity, to reach for faith, and to find clarity and peace within any season of storm.

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  • Chance In The World Young Readers Edition


    Steve Pemberton’s incredible true story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter how great our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to build a place where love awaits. This new adaptation of A Chance in the World for children ages 8 to 12 shares Steve’s journey with sensitivity, honesty, and hope.

    Since its publication in 2012, Steve’s story has inspired thousands of people around the world. He has shared his story with millions on the Today Show and CBS News. A Chance in the World in this Young Readers Edition teaches children:

    *To begin each day with hope

    *There is goodness in the world, and it is possible to be a beacon of light for others

    *Through age-appropriate prompts how to apply Steve’s inspirational message to their own lives as they find encouragement that they can overcome challenging circumstances

    *Everyone comes from different backgrounds and has value

    Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives in the clutches of a cruel foster family. He finds his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a kind stranger, books that take him to new worlds he can only imagine. He begins to hope that one day he might have a different life.

    As he grows, Steve is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins. A fair-complexioned boy with blue eyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, armed with only one clue. Yet nothing is as it appears.

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  • Hunting The Unabomber


    The spellbinding account of the most complex and captivating manhunt in American history.

    On April 3, 1996, a team of FBI agents closed in on an isolated cabin in remote Montana, marking the end of the longest and most expensive investigation in FBI history. The cabin’s lone inhabitant was a former mathematics prodigy and professor who had abandoned society decades earlier. Few people knew his name, Theodore Kaczynski, but everyone knew the mayhem and death associated with his nickname: the Unabomber

    For two decades, Kaczynski had masterminded a campaign of random terror, killing and maiming innocent people through bombs sent in untraceable packages. The FBI task force charged with finding the perpetrator of these horrifying crimes grew to 150 people, yet his identity remained a maddening mystery. Then, in 1995, a manifesto from the Unabomber was published in the New York Times and Washington Post, resulting in a cascade of tips–including the one that cracked the case.

    Hunting the Unabomber includes:
    *Exclusive interviews with key law enforcement agents who attempted to track down Kaczynski, correcting the history distorted by earlier films and streaming series

    *Never-before-told stories of inter-agency law enforcement conflicts that changed the course of the investigation

    *An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at why the hunt for the Unabomber was almost shut down by the FBI

    New York Times bestselling author and former federal prosecutor Lis Wiehl meticulously reconstructs the white-knuckle, tension-filled hunt to identify and capture the mysterious killer. This is a can’t-miss, true crime thriller of the years-long battle of wits between the FBI and the brilliant-but-criminally insane Ted Kaczynski.

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  • On Her Knees


    Growing up as a conservative Christian, Brenda Marie Davies heard a consistent message- save yourself for marriage-that instilled in her guilt and fear about sex. But after moving to Los Angeles at nineteen and finding herself suddenly exposed to a world far outside her comfort zone, she was forced to wrestle with the power and problem of Christian purity culture.

    On Her Knees chronicles Davies’s spiritual journey over the course of a decade in LA, through marriage, divorce, unlikely friendship, and sexual adventure. Through it all, she refused to abandon her faith, and instead began tearing down the false idol of purity that she had been taught to worship.

    Told with raw honesty, sans obligatory shame, this is a story for anyone who wonders if it’s possible to love God and not be afraid of sex, with all its blurry lines and shades of grey.

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  • Survivor : An Abortion Survivor’s Surprising Story Of Choosing Forgiveness


    An abortion survivor and leading pro-life spokeswoman tells her inspiring and sometimes surprising story of redemption, healing, and forgiveness, offering grace and support not shame to women facing the most difficult decision of their lives.

    Raised in a loving adoptive home, at age twenty-one Claire Culwell decided to meet her birth mother. That’s when she got the shock of her life. Claire’s mother, Tonya, confessed that when she was pregnant with Claire, she’d gone to a clinic for an abortion, but afterward her belly had continued to grow. What both Tonya and her doctor had missed was that she’d actually been pregnant with twins. The abortion that terminated the life of Claire’s twin had miraculously spared Claire.

    Upon learning this shocking news, Claire quickly offered forgiveness and love to her birth mother and embraced the unique opportunity to share her story with the world. But when she faced her own unplanned pregnancy out of wedlock, she was met with censure and rejection from pro-life and Christian organizations. Altered by the experience, Claire reshaped her message, vowing to extend grace and offer empathy to women in pregnancy crisis, while challenging churches to radically support women and truly live out their value for life by promoting adoption.

    A unique voice in the pro-life movement, Claire demonstrates how God can turn bad into good, and invites readers to generously offer love and compassion toward women and men struggling with unplanned pregnancies.

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  • R C Sproul


    Introducing the First Biography of the Life and Ministry of R. C. Sproul

    R. C. Sproul (1939-2017) was a pastor, a professor, an author, and the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. His contributions in the areas of biblical studies, theology, worldview and culture, Christian living, and church history continue to be held in high regard. In R.C. Sproul: A Life, Stephen J. Nichols offers an in-depth look at Sproul’s life and ministry-his childhood; his formative seminary education; his marriage and partnership with his beloved wife, Vesta; his influence on broader American evangelicalism; and his many friendships with key figures such as James Montgomery Boice, John MacArthur, John Piper, J. I. Packer, and Chuck Colson. This biography details the profound impact Sproul had on the lives of many during his lifetime, and highlights the various ways his legacy continues to influence countless pastors and students worldwide.

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  • American Experience Of God


    The first comprehensive study of the spirituality of Isaac Hecker. Isaac Thomas Hecker (December 18, 1819 – December 22, 1888) was an American Roman Catholic priest and founder of the Paulist Fathers, a North American religious society of men; he is named a Servant of God by the Catholic Church. Hecker was originally ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1849.

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  • Plan For The People


    As Nelson Mandela grew up under the unjust system of apartheid, a hunger for freedom grew inside him. South Africa separated people by races, oppressing the country’s non-white citizens with abusive laws and cruel restrictions. Every day filled Mandela with grief and anger. But he also had hope-hope for a nation that belonged to everyone who lived in it.

    From his work with the African National Congress, to his imprisonment on Robben Island, to his extraordinary rise to the presidency, Nelson Mandela was a rallying force against injustice. This stirring biography explores Mandela’s long fight for equality and the courage that propelled him through decades of struggle. Illustrated in the bold, bright colors of South Africa, A Plan for the People captures the spirit of a leader beloved around the world.

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  • 50 Pentecostal And Charismatic Leaders Every Christian Should Know


    Throughout history, inspiring leaders have stepped out in faith, stirring many to renewed strength and purpose. With sparkling writing and fascinating detail, Dean Merrill captures the bold, often surprising stories of notable Pentecostal, charismatic, and Spirit-empowered leaders.

    As Dean trains his journalist’s eye on the lives of Smith Wigglesworth, David du Plessis, William J. Seymour, Aimee Semple McPherson, and many more, these engaging narratives challenge readers to follow in the footsteps of these extraordinary individuals and obey the Holy Spirit.

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  • Coat Of Yellow Paint


    When Naomi Davis launched Love Taza, the newlywed Juilliard grad had no way of knowing where that first blog post would lead.

    Over a decade later, she’s sharing all new stories in A Coat of Yellow Paint, a collection of intimate and vulnerable essays that explores being a wife, raising five children in New York City, and living an authentic life.

    Naomi shares life lessons she’s learned along the way, including how to:

    *communicate openly and honestly in your marriage and friendships

    *be confident in the choices you make as a mother–and why you’re more than just a mom

    *overcome criticism–including from yourself–on body image, infertility, and doing enough

    *make childhood feel magical, and seek out adventures with your little ones

    *navigate spiritual upheaval and reclaim your faith

    *find more soulfulness in your social media and online experience

    If you dream of a life celebrating family, self, and work in a way that feels right for you, A Coat of Yellow Paint will inspire you to drown out the noise of others’ opinions and expectations–so you can be empowered to love your life.

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  • I Am Frida Kahlo


    The famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is the 23rd hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series.

    This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book features Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter and activist.

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  • Never Enough : A Navy Seal Commander On Living A Life Of Excellence, Agilit


    In Never Enough, Mike Hayes–former Commander of SEAL Team TWO–helps readers apply high-stakes lessons about excellence, agility, and meaning across their personal and professional lives.

    Mike Hayes has lived a lifetime of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He has been held at gunpoint and threatened with execution. He’s jumped out of a building rigged to explode, helped amputate a teammate’s leg, and made countless split-second life-and-death decisions. He’s written countless emails to his family, telling them how much he loves them, just in case those were the last words of his they’d ever read. Outside of the SEALs, he’s run meetings in the White House Situation Room, negotiated international arms treaties, and developed high-impact corporate strategies.

    Over his many years of leadership, he has always strived to be better, to contribute more, and to put others first. That’s what makes him an effective leader, and it’s the quality that he’s identified in all of the great leaders he’s encountered. That continual striving to lift those around him has filled Mike’s life with meaning and purpose, has made him secure in the knowledge that he brings his best to everything he does, and has made him someone others can rely on.

    In Never Enough, Mike Hayes recounts dramatic stories and offers battle- and boardroom-tested advice that will motivate readers to do work of value, live lives of purpose, and stretch themselves to reach their highest potential.

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  • Pilgrims Story : The Life And Spirituality Of St. Ignatius Loyola


    The Pilgrim’s Story is a concise account of the life and spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola, stressing the importance of one’s personal experience of God.

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  • Peter Faber : A Saint For Turbulent Times


    This book is an accessible, historical narrative about Peter Faber, one of the two original companions of St. Ignatius, and the origin of the Society of Jesus.

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  • Hesburgh Of Notre Dame


    The book explores the contours of Fr. Hesburgh’s calling to the priesthood and its ramifications for his service as the Church’s public intellectual. While many of the challenges Fr. Hesburgh faced still plague society-civil rights and nuclear proliferation to name only two-this book will not place its greatest importance on Fr. Hesburgh’s responses to those challenges. In contrast, the focus of the book is on how Fr. Hesburgh’s calling to the priesthood compelled him to face those challenges.

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  • Mother Teresa : Saint Of The Peripheries


    Here is a biography that looks at Mother Teresa through the lens of Pope Francis’s papacy of the peripheries. It was Mother Teresa’s experiences living as a minority in the Balkans that formed her mission and ministry. The book especially explores her Albanian roots and upbringing among a Muslim majority population.

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  • Gods Cold Warrior


    When John Foster Dulles died in 1959, he was given the largest American state funeral since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s in 1945. President Eisenhower called Dulles-his longtime secretary of state-one of the truly great men of our time, and a few years later the new commercial airport outside Washington, DC, was christened the Dulles International Airport in his honor. His star has fallen significantly since that time, but his influence remains indelible-most especially regarding his role in bringing the worldview of American exceptionalism to the forefront of US foreign policy during the Cold War era, a worldview that has long outlived him.

    God’s Cold Warrior recounts how Dulles’s faith commitments from his Presbyterian upbringing found fertile soil in the anti-communist crusades of the mid-twentieth century. After attending the Oxford Ecumenical Church Conference in 1937, he wrote about his realization that the spirit of Christianity, of which I learned as a boy, was really that of which the world now stood in very great need, not merely to save souls, but to solve the practical problems of international affairs. Dulles believed that America was chosen by God to defend the freedom of all those vulnerable to the godless tyranny of communism, and he carried out this religious vision in every aspect of his diplomatic and political work. He was conspicuous among those US officials in the twentieth century that prominently combined their religious convictions and public service, making his life and faith key to understanding the interconnectedness of God and country in US foreign affairs from World War I to Vietnam.

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  • Susie : The Life And Legacy Of Susannah Spurgeon, Wife Of Charles H. Spurge


    The definitive biography of Susannah Spurgeon.

    While many Christians recognize the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, the beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with the life and legacy of his wife, Susie. Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God who, in addition to supporting her husband, had a tremendous ministry of her own. Even through chronic health issues, she administered a book fund for poor pastors, edited and published her husband’s sermons, led a pastor’s aid ministry, made her home a hub of hospitality, and wrote five books. And as her own writings reveal, she was also a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.

    Susie brings this vibrant woman’s story to modern readers. Ray Rhodes Jr. examines Susannah’s life, showing that she was not only the wife of London’s most famous preacher, but also a woman who gave all she had in grateful service to the Lord. Susie is an inspiring and encouraging account of a truly remarkable woman of faith that will delight Spurgeon devotees and fans of Christian biographies alike. Now available in paperback. To learn more about the lives and marriage of Charles and Susie Spurgeon, find Yours, Till Heaven by Ray Rhodes Jr.

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  • Yours Till Heaven


    Enter the remarkable untold love story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon.

    Charles Spurgeon is esteemed for his writing, preaching, and passion for the Lord. But behind the great man was a great wife–and between the man and wife was a profound marriage.

    Yours, Till Heaven invites you into the untold love story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon to discover how the bond between this renowned couple helped fuel their lifelong service to the Lord. Discover how Charles and Susie traversed the challenges of loneliness, physical affliction, popularity, controversy, and other trials together with a heavenly vision. Just as the Spurgeons lived their lives as witnesses of Christ, in Yours, Till Heaven their marriage continues to be an example for how all marriages today can remain faithful, loving, and joyful despite the challenges that life may bring.

    With historical precision and narrative craft, Spurgeon scholar Ray Rhodes Jr. captures the inner-life of this Victorian romance that not only served the Spurgeons in their day, but that can also continue to empower and encourage couples today. For more on the lives of the Spurgeons, find Susie by Ray Rhodes Jr.

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  • Dance Your Dance


    A-list choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson guides creators, artists, and dreamers to embrace their passions, live out their truths, and become who they are meant to be.

    Laurieann Gibson has built a remarkable career as the artist behind the artist, serving as choreographer and creative director for superstars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, and Diddy. But Laurieann is more than just a visionary; she’s also a mentor who nurtures artists to embrace what makes them unique and carve their own paths to success. From working with young dancers on Dance Moms and judging contestants on So You Think You Can Dance, to launching new stars on the upcoming season of MTV’s rebooted reality show Making the Band, she brings encouragement and positivity to helping others reach their highest potential. Now creatives and dreamers of all kinds can access her wisdom and encouragement in this guide to dancing through life.

    Drawing on her industry experiences-and the faith that sustained her through her biggest challenges-Laurieann provides readers with step-by-step instruction for making their own dreams a reality. In her signature voice, she shares stories from her own journey and inspires others with a message of empowerment and hope. Covering principles such as Train and Sustain, Stay in Your Yes, Dance Your Truth, and Find Your Team, Dance Your Dance serves as a roadmap not only for people engaged in creative professions but also anyone who wants to grow toward their God-given destiny.

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  • Under Our Roof


    A Congresswoman and her son reveal how he survived a ten-year battle with opioid abuse–and what their family’s journey to recovery can teach us about finding hope amidst the unspeakable.

    When Madeleine Dean discovered that her son, Harry, was stealing from the family to feed a painkiller addiction, she was days away from taking the biggest risk of her life: running for statewide office in Pennsylvania. For years, she had sensed something was wrong. Harry was losing weight and losing friends. He had lost the brightness in his eyes and voice, changing from a young boy with boundless enthusiasm to a shadow of himself, chasing something she could not see. Now, her worst fears had come to light.

    Under Our Roof is the story of a national crisis suffered in the intimacy of so many homes, told with incredible candor through the dual perspectives of a mother rising in politics and a son living a double life, afraid of what would happen if his secret were exposed. In this bracing, uplifting memoir, they discuss the patterns of a family dealing with an unspoken disease, the fear that keeps addicts hiding in shame, and the moments of honesty, faith, and personal insight that led to Harry’s recovery.

    In a country searching for answers to the devastating effects of opioids and drug abuse, Under Our Roof is a ray of hope in the darkness. It is not only a love story between mother and son but an honest account of a pressing national crisis by a family poised to affect change.

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  • Unspoken : Toxic Masculinity And How I Faced The Man Within The Man


    Men are bold. Men are brave. Men are strong in the face of fear. But what happens when that strength crumbles?

    Growing up on a council estate in East London, rapper Guvna B thought he knew everything he needed to know about what it means to be a man. But when a personal tragedy sent him reeling, he knew he had to face these assumptions head on if he was going to be able to overcome his grief.

    In this intimate, honest and unflinching memoir, Guvna B draws on his personal experiences to explore how toxic masculinity affects young men today. Exploring ideas of male identity, UNSPOKEN is an inspirational account of Guvna’s journey.

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  • David Sheppard Batting For The Poor


    Sheppard first came to prominence as a cricketer in the 1950s. An opening batsman, he was selected for England while still at Cambridge, and later captained his country. In the 1960s Sheppard was a leading figure in the campaign to sever sporting links with South Africa, a crucial factor in the ending of apartheid. Converted in his first year at Cambridge, Sheppard was ordained into the Church of England in 1955. His curacy in Islington gave him a passion to serve the church in the inner city, a calling he fulfilled as warden for twelve years of the Mayflower Centre in Canning Town. Following his appointment as Bishop of Woolwich in 1969, he published a major text about his work in urban areas, Built as a City. David Sheppard made his biggest mark as Bishop of Liverpool from 1975-97, forging a pioneering partnership with Archbishop Derek Worlock, his Roman Catholic counterpart. For twenty years the two worked tirelessly to revive the fortunes of the city, helping to break down its many internal divisions. In 1991 Sheppard was seriously considered for Archbishop of Canterbury following Robert Runcie’ retirement. In 1997 Sheppard was awarded a life peerage, and played an active role in the Lords, and as a writer, speaker and preacher, until his death in 2005. This biography draws on the papers left by Sheppard in Liverpool Central Library, other archival material, and more than 150 interviews conducted by the author.

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  • Fish Out Of Water


    What Happens When One of America’s Most Beloved Biographers Writes His Own Biography?

    For five-time New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas, the answer is Fish Out of Water: A Search for the Meaning of Life–a soaring, lyrical, and often mischievous account of his early years, in which the astute Queens-born son of Greek and German immigrants struggles to make sense of a world in which he never quite seems to fit.

    While millions know Metaxas as a celebrated author, the witty host of Socrates in the City, and a nationally syndicated radio personality, here he reveals a personal story few have known. The scion of two families with very different traditions, he enjoyed their affection and support through his riotous but successful years at Yale, yet later felt abandoned as he drifted toward an abyss of meaninglessness from which he barely escaped.

    Along the way, Metaxas introduces us to an unforgettable troupe of Runyonesque characters who join this quintessentially first-generation American boy on his odyssey, underscoring how simultaneously funny, serious, happy, sad, and meaningful life can be.

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  • Unlikely Entrepreneur : From China To Amish Country – Memoir Of Peter Graha


    Peter Graham Dunn is the founder of P. Graham Dunn, the nation’s top supplier of US made wall decor. He was born in China, grew up in Canada, married a steady Mennonite girl, LeAnna, helped raise four children, and continues to reside with LeAnna on their family farm in Ohio’s Amish Mennonite community. P. Graham Dunn is more than the number one supplier of US made wall decor; The company is the namesake of Peter Dunn, a China born missionary kid who grew a business that started in the basement of the group home for young women in New York City, and became a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

    Now Peter Dunn shares the moving story of being raised far from his missionary parents; His years of wandering as a young adult, marrying his wife LeAnna and raising a family, mistakes he made early in his career as a business owner that paved the way to the success of P. Graham Dunn, always with a backdrop of a strong faith in God and His leading. You will discover more than just a business success story; You will discover a man of faith who made mistakes, but learned from them, and forged ahead on the path God chose; You’ll laugh, cry, and learn from the life of Peter Graham Dunn. A portion of the proceeds from each book will be donated to the Bread of Life School in Haiti.

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  • Duty And Destiny


    Amid the wealth of biographical material on Winston Churchill, little has been said about his faith. Duty and Destiny rectifies this, offering a nuanced portrait of a great historical figure considered everything from a God-haunted man to a stalwart nonbeliever.

    Churchill was far from transparent about his religious beliefs and never regularly attended church services as an adult, even considering himself not a pillar of the church but a buttress, in the sense that he supported it from the outside. But Gary Scott Smith assembles pieces of Churchill’s life and words to convey the profound sense of duty and destiny, partly inspired by his religious convictions, that undergirded his outlook. Reflecting on becoming prime minister in 1940, he wrote, It felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial. In a similarly grand fashion, he described opposing the Nazis-and later the Soviets-as a struggle between light and darkness, driven by the duty to preserve humane, enlightened, Christian society.

    Though Churchill harbored intellectual doubts about Christianity throughout his life, he nevertheless valued it greatly and drew on its resources, especially in the crucible of war. In Duty and Destiny, Smith unpacks Churchill’s paradoxical religious views and carefully analyzes the complexities of his legacy. This thorough examination of Churchill’s religious life provides a new narrative structure to make sense of arguably the most important person of the twentieth century.

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  • Sins Of Fathers


    Like many little boys, Michael Emmett idolised his father. Growing up, he knew he wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps and join the family business. At just 16 years old, Michael did just that – and entered the glamourous, dangerous world of organised crime.

    Under the tutelage of his career criminal father – a contemporary of the infamous Kray twins – Michael’s criminal activities funded a reckless lifestyle marked by drugs, sex and violence. But the high couldn’t last forever. In 1993, Michael and his father were arrested in a dramatic confrontation with the police during a 13 million smuggling operation. Michael was sentenced to twelve years behind bars and would serve his time in the same prison as his father.

    But behind the walls of HMP Exeter, Michael found something he never expected – answers. After joining an Alpha prayer group in prison, he had an experience that would shake the very foundations of his life.

    Sins of Fathers is the story of Michael’s journey through chaos and trauma to the transformation he experienced in prison. It asks what it takes for a broken man to find redemption, and how he can learn to be the father he never had.

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  • Just As I Am (Large Type)


    Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say–

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  • Just As I Am


    Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say–

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  • Aelred Of Rievaulx 1110-1167


    This book places the life of Aelred of Rievaulx, third abbot of the English Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx, within the hundred-year period from the Norman Conquest of England in October 1066 through Aelred’s death in January 1167. While exploring what is known of Aelred’s life from his own works and especially from the principal work of Walter Daniel, author of The Life of Aelred of Rievaulx, Burton considers the influence of both English and church history on Aelred’s personality and purpose as Christian, abbot, and writer. He emphasizes the place of the crucified Christ at the center of Aelred’s life while calling spiritual friendship-not only personal but cosmological-the hermeneutic key to his teaching.

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  • Kingdom Began In Puerto Rico


    How the South Bronx and Puerto Rican migration defined Fr. Neil Connolly’s priesthood as he learned to both serve and be part of his community

    South Bronx, 1958. Change was coming. Guidance was sorely needed to bridge the old and the new, for enunciating and implementing a vision. It was a unique place and time in history where Father Neil Connolly found his true calling and spiritual awakening. The Kingdom Began in Puerto Rico captures the spirit of the era and the spirit of this great man.

    Set in historical context of a changing world and a changing Catholic Church, The Kingdom Began in Puerto Rico follows Fr. Neil Connolly’s path through the South Bronx, which began with a special Church program to address the postwar great Puerto Rican migration. After an immersion summer in Puerto Rico, Fr. Neil served the largest concentration of Puerto Ricans in the Bronx from the 1960s to the 1980s as they struggled for a decent life. Through the teachings of Vatican II, Connolly assumed responsibility for creating a new Church and world. In the war against drugs, poverty, and crime, Connolly created a dynamic organization and chapel run by the people and supported Unitas, a nationally unique peer-driven mental health program for youth. Frustrated by the lack of institutional responses to his community’s challenges, Connolly challenged government abandonment and spoke out against ill-conceived public plans. Ultimately, he realized that his priestly mission was in developing new leaders among people, in the Church and the world, and supporting two nationally unique lay leadership programs, the Pastoral Center and People for Change.

    Discovering the real mission of priesthood, urban ministry, and the Catholic Church in the United States, author Angel Garcia ably blends the dynamic forces of Church and world that transformed Fr. Connolly as he grew into his vocation. The book presents a rich history of the South Bronx and calls for all urban policies to begin with the people, not for the people. It also affirms the continuing relevance of Vatican II and Medellin for today’s Church and world, in the United States and Latin America.

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  • Nicholas Black Elk


    Servant of God Nicholas Black Elk (1863 – 1950)’s legacy is popularly celebrated for his fascinating spiritual life. How could one man, one deeply spiritual man, serve as both a traditional Oglala Lakota medicine man and a Roman Catholic catechist and mystic? How did these two spiritual and cultural identities enrich his prayer life? How did his commitment to God, understood through his Lakota and Catholic communities, shape his understanding of how to be in the world?

    But, to fully understand the depth of Black Elk’s life-long spiritual quest requires a deep appreciation of his life story. He witnessed devastation on the battlefields of Little Bighorn and the Massacre at Wounded Knee, but also extravagance while performing for Queen Victoria as a member of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. Widowed by his first wife, he later shared a home with his second wife and their eight children. Black Elk’s spiritual visions granted him wisdom and healing insight as a child, yet he grew progressively physically blind in his adult years. These stories, and countless more, offer insight into this extraordinary man whose cause for canonization is now underway at the Vatican.

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  • Promised Land (Large Type)


    A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making–from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

    In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency–a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

    Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

    Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

    A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective–the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of hope and change, and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

    This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that de

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  • Josephine Butler : A Very Brief History


    In this brief introduction Jane Robinson explores Butler’s fascinating life and describes how her progressive politics, her anger at injustice and her passionate Christianity combined to create a vibrant legacy that lasts to this day.

    When Josephine Butler died in 1906, she was declared by Millicent Fawcett to have been ‘the most distinguished Englishwoman of the nineteenth century’. With impassioned speeches and fiery writing, Butler’s campaigns for women’s rights shook Victorian society to its core and became a force for change that has shaped modern Britain. As well as campaigning for women’s suffrage and for married women’s property rights she was a tireless advocate of women’s access to higher education and of equality in the workplace. Her greatest achievement was to change social attitudes to women and children forced into prostitution, and to expose the sex-trafficking business – both of which resulted in new, more humane legislation. But how did the physically frail wife of a schoolmaster become a leading social reformer? In this brief introduction Jane Robinson explores Butler’s fascinating life and describes how her progressive politics, her anger at injustice and her passionate Christianity combined to create a vibrant legacy that lasts to this day.

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  • John Henry Newman


    As Eamon Duffy brilliantly demonstrates in this fresh assessment of Newman’s life and achievement, other theologians of his time are now largely of historical interest whereas Newman is still very much our contemporary.

    Canonized by Pope Francis in October 2019, Saint John Henry Newman (1801-90) was one of the most controversial and influential thinkers of his day. He is now recognized as one of the finest prose stylists of modern times, as well as a popular poet and hymn-writer. His spiritual autobiography, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, is a modern classic, and his many theological writings continue to be widely read and highly regarded by Christians of all traditions. As Eamon Duffy brilliantly demonstrates in this fresh assessment of Newman’s life and achievement, other theologians of his time are now largely of historical interest whereas Newman is still very much our contemporary.

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