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  • When Religion Hurts You


    Religious trauma is something that happens far more often than most people realize.

    In When Religion Hurts You, Dr. Laura Anderson takes an honest look at a side of religion that few like to talk about. Drawing from her own life and therapy practice, she helps readers understand what religious trauma is and isn’t, and how high-control churches can be harmful and abusive, often resulting in trauma. She shows how elements of fundamentalist church life–such as fear of hell, purity culture, corporal punishment, and authoritarian leaders–can cause psychological, relational, physical, and spiritual damage.

    As she explores the growing phenomenon of religious trauma, Dr. Anderson helps readers embark on a journey of living as healing individuals and finding a new foundation to stand on. Recognizing that healing is a lifelong rather than a linear process, she offers markers of healing for those coming out of painful religious experiences and hope for finding wholeness after religious trauma.

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  • Here Today Ghosted Tomorrow


    Get the practical tools, psychology, and hope to deal with ghosting and the tumultuous emotions that follow in this easy-to-read handbook by Dr. Gregory Jantz! With Here Today, Ghosted Tomorrow, you will learn:

    *What ghosting is and why it matters
    *Why people “ghost” (and why it hurts so much)
    *The 7 damaging effects of ghosting (betrayal, rejection, mental health issues, and more)
    *How to regain hope and heal any pain and abandonment

    Was it something I said? What did I do wrong? How can I fix this? If a friend or loved one has ever ghosted you, the pain can sting like deep wound. But you can overcome this grief, even without the closure you might think you need. Enjoy having:

    *Real, relatable stories
    *Definitions, statistics, and easy-to-understand summaries
    *Tried and tested psychological and spiritual advice
    *Encouraging scriptures to heal

    Has someone in your life cut off all communication with you, abruptly and without explanation, leaving you feeling hurt, abandoned, and perplexed? Without a word, they just stopped responding to your phone calls or texts? Maybe you’ve been blocked on social media or no longer see them at church or the office? Ghosting hurts, and it casts a showdown of doubt and uncertainty upon your sense of self-worth. But there’s hope in resilience and healing.

    Get Practical Advice on What To Do If You’ve Been Ghosted

    Featuring helpful checklists and research in an easy-to-read format, Jantz’s Here Today, Ghosted Tomorrow doesn’t just give you basic, one-size-fits-all explanations. This handy resource gives you detailed, step-by-step tools and encouragement to grow stronger and more resilient in your current and future relationships. Gain practical tips like:

    *10 ways to deal with rejection
    *What to do if a ghoster reappears in your life (what to say, and how to protect yourself)
    *How to evaluate whether or not you should reconnect
    *Know if there are ever healthy reasons to ghost someone
    *And more!

    Enjoy Having the Tools to Grow and Become More Resilient

    You don’t have to just move from one toxic relationship to another! You can gain the skills and tools to find friendships that are healthy, nurturing, and positive. When you leave the negativity behind, you will also be equipped with simple tools to build safe and trusted relationships built on mutual support. Some of these tools include:

    *5 steps to recover from a toxic relationship
    *10 signs someone has a good heart
    *7 ways to invest in h

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  • Stay Here : Uncovering God’s Plan To Restore Your Mental Health


    Please stay. The world is so much better with you in it.

    Every forty seconds, someone takes his or her life. Anxiety, depression, and suicide are at all-time highs–and they’re stealing our sons, daughters, friends, and spouses.

    With tender passion and bold hope, Jacob Coyne, founder of Stay Here, infuses life into the dark corners of mental health. Giving hurting souls a reason to live, he shows not only how Jesus brings life to the full, but also how anyone–regardless of their past or pain–can find healing, including how to:

    * attack our anxiety and calm our storms;
    * defeat depression and live with a sound mind;
    * overcome intrusive suicidal thoughts and enjoy life; and
    * transform pain, trauma, suicidal thoughts, and addictions into purpose.

    It’s okay to not be okay–but you don’t have to stay that way. It’s time to shine the hope of Christ into the darkness and witness His love transform broken souls into living, breathing signs to live.

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  • Deep Waters Of The Disciple


    Do you feel as if you’re drowning? As if between waves of doubt, despair, and grief, you’re struggling to stay afloat? Perhaps it’s a crisis in your marriage, the loss of a loved one, or financial problems that threaten to sink you. Maybe you’re facing shame or a scary illness. You’re clinging to life in desperation and tempted to ask: where is God in this?

    You’re not alone. When Peter started to sink in deep waters, he called out to Jesus. Jesus’s strong hand held him fast. He was in control of the storm all along.

    With pastoral compassion, Michael Cassidy comforts people facing deep waters of many kinds. He has lived through over 85 years of life’s ups and downs, including battling Leukemia. He shares stories of colleagues and people he has counselled who testify to God walking them through unimaginable trials.

    Michael provides insight into specific types of suffering, including:

    *Disease and Illness
    *Despair and Depression
    *Marriage Troubles

    When everything is shaken, you can ground yourself in the biblical wisdom of Deep Waters of the Disciple. Not only will this volume help you with your own challenges, but it will equip you to understand and help others with theirs.

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  • How To Find Hope When Life Hurts


    Heal Emotional Wounds and Free Yourself from the Past

    We all experience emotional pain, but few of us know how to deal with it properly. Our unresolved pain accumulates deep within the recesses of our hearts, in a place Jimmy Evans calls the “hurt pocket.” The more we accumulate, the more we are mentally, emotionally, and relationally crippled. But what if we could reach into that hurt pocket, confront our pain, and experience release and freedom?

    In this life-changing book, Jimmy Evans shows you how to completely remove and resolve every negative event from your past that is compromising your present and keeping you from your God-given destiny. With inspired vulnerability and searing honesty, he helps you forgive others (and yourself) and discover true inner peace and hope for the future.

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  • Hem Of His Garment


    Hope for When the Pain Won’t Quit

    Everyone experiences pain at times. It can manifest physically, emotionally, relationally, or spiritually. It can follow tragic accidents, great loss, sudden betrayal, or unexpected and unwanted change. Often it is temporary. But what do you do when it isn’t? When the pain just won’t go away, when healing does not come, when the grief and hurt settle in?

    Drawing on her own experience of chronic pain and her years as a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson provides a countercultural perspective on pain. Offering hope without any false promises or empty platitudes, Dr. Bengtson unwraps the complex emotional aspects of dealing with pain. She gives you permission to question God, helps you identify the lies you’ve believed about your pain, and reorients your perception based on the truth of God’s Word. Each chapter ends with a recommended playlist, reflection questions, and a prayer.

    Your pain may not change, but your experience of it can.

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  • Como Enfrentar Momentos Difici – (Spanish)


    Todos enfrentamos y enfrentaremos momentos dificiles. La adversidad, muchas veces, se presenta de manera inesperada, y puede ser temporal, o nos acompaa por largos periodos de tiempo. La adversidad podria alterar el proyecto de vida que teniamos planeado o producir cambios inmediatos en nuestro estilo de vivir. Sin embargo, siempre deja lecciones maravillosas y conocemos a Dios de una forma diferente, profunda y personal. Toda adversidad tiene solo una ruta: la de ser superada.

    Como enfrentar momentos dificiles le ayudara a convertir la adversidad en oportunidades. Sus recomendaciones son claras y sencillas, entre otras: enfrente los pensamientos negativos; piense bien la situacion y sus posibilidades; no se detenga, avance; rodeese de personas que lo animen; admita sus limitaciones; desarrolle estrategias; y descubra las oportunidades de la vida.

    We all face and will face difficult times. Adversity often occurs unexpectedly. It can be temporary, or accompany us for long periods of time. Adversity could alter the life project we had planned or produce immediate changes in our lifestyle. However, it always leaves wonderful lessons, and we know God in a different, deep, and personal way. All adversity has only one route: we are to overcome it.

    How to Face Difficult Moments will help you turn adversity into opportunities. Sixto Porras’s recommendations are clear and simple; among others, he suggests: face negative thoughts; think well about the situation and its possibilities; don’t stop, move forward; surround yourself with people who encourage you; admit your limitations; develop strategies; and discover life’s opportunities.

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  • Vaping : Hope Through The Gospel


    Dealing with addictive temptations and triggers is ongoing and not a one-time event. There are solutions for the problem of addiction, and an eternal life free from pain and suffering awaits those who know and trust the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • Love In Recovery


    Love in Recovery is shame-free essential reading for Catholic women who want real answers about how to handle sexual desire and addiction to pornography and masturbation.

    Rachael Killackey, founder and executive director of Magdala Ministries-an organization that helps women heal from sexual addiction-shares her personal story as she helps you to overcome your dependency, be free from shame, and live in hope.

    In this much-needed and practical resource, Killackey offers compassionate, down-to-earth advice and identifies the gateways to pornography addiction, its complexities, and the path to healing. You will learn that you can:

    *understand that your first exposure to porn was not your fault;
    forgive yourself;

    *be honest with the Lord through the Sacrament of Confession;

    *seek accountability and help in a group setting and professional, counseling or spiritual direction, if needed;

    *replace old habits of lust with new ways to love; and

    *share your story for the sake of freeing others.

    Love in Recovery is also the perfect resource for those working to minister to sexually broken women.

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  • Road To Self Awareness


    Here’s the one motivational book that provides you with a comprehensive approach to true healing – not cheap gimmicks masquerading as inner peace. Modern society has deconstructed our reality and placed blinders over our eyes. That’s why, in these pages, Ian Murphy shares the story of his healing from obesity -a story not about weight loss but about transformation, one that showcases what the life-changing truths of the Christian faith look like in action.

    Unsatisfied with the typical “self-help” books that limit their scope to mere problem-solving, symptom management, or pain alleviation, Ian set out to demonstrate through his own broken quest for well-being that there is a path to true betterment – one that recognizes and celebrates a person’s inherent dignity as someone made in the image and likeness of God.

    Ian’s story is both authentic and amusing, a journey into total and lasting healing that can be replicated by anyone who feels trapped in self-doubt or anxiety, toxic messages or addictions, lethargy or misspent energy. It’s for all who seek a way out of the rut of simply existing or who are sick of merely reducing suffering and long to attain abundant life.You will discover not only what you are healed from but what you are healed for — the God of all joy awaits you. You will learn:

    *The definition of true healing and seven key aspects of restoration
    *What obstacle blinds you to seeing and thinking clearly
    *Our powerful ally against ignorance and irrationality
    *The one truth that is crucial to healing
    *What your focal point should be in the healing process
    *Two things that many forms of therapy often miss

    You will also learn about the role of emotions on your healing journey and how to cure disorder at its roots. Gradually, you will grasp how to overcome fear and develop virtue. By opening your heart to God’s mercy and healing, you will discover who you are as a beloved child of God and will experience spiritual renewal.

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  • Finding Hope In A Dark Place


    “When you’re in a dark place, it is also a sacred place because God is there with you.”

    In this refreshingly candid book, author, life coach, and conference speaker Clarence Shuler shares his own story of depression and how, by God’s grace, he learned how to effectively manage it. Shuler’s story will help you receive grace in your own struggles.

    Joining Clarence is Monique Gadson (affectionately known as “Dr. Mo”), a licensed counselor who helped Clarence escape a very dark place in his life. Learn from Dr. Mo as she offers counseling insights and expertise woven throughout Clarence’s story, bringing clarity and wisdom to anyone desperate for hope. In the “Your Journey” section at the end of each chapter, you will be guided to reflect on your own walk in darkness and find ways back to joy.

    Finding Hope in a Dark Place part memoir, part mentorship, part workbook will help you recognize your own story in Clarence’s and remind you that hope is possible and worth pursuing. Even in the darkness, God is with you in that sacred space.

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  • I Want To Escape


    When life overwhelms, it’s natural to try to get away. Escape holds a powerful allure amid hard times. In every season, a myriad of pressures, challenges, regrets, and disappointments plague our lives. These trials and tribulations often provoke us to cry, I’ve got to get outta here!

    Even though we have many good reasons for trying to escape, as Christians, we have even better reasons to depend courageously on our Savior in the ups and downs of life. Pastor Rush Witt helps us learn to bravely run to Christ instead of running away.

    I Want to Escape explores the reasons why we so often want to run and offers hope-filled direction to experience Jesus’s grace and mercy to comfort us and lead us on a better path. You will learn to recognize the classic signs of escapism: denial, distraction, self-destruction, and thoughts of death and to instead take the path of courageous dependence on Jesus, who remains closer than a brother even when we’re ready to run. At the very center of Christian courage stands not a principle or a system, but a Person who intimately knows each one of us.

    I Want to Escape is part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series. This series walks readers through their deepest and most profound questions. Each question is unpacked by an experienced counselor that gives readers the tools to understand their struggle and how the gospel brings hope and healing to the problem they are facing.

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  • Cuando La Soledad Duele – (Spanish)


    La soledad que duele es un enemigo silencioso, y destructor. Se oculta y ataca desde las sombras en el momento mas impensado. Es melancolia, es tristeza en el alma que sale por los poros, deforma la cara, y entristece los ojos. La soledad que duele, una vez que se afinco en una persona no se ahuyenta rodeandose intencionalmente de gente, o sumergiendose en una voragine de actividades, y mucho menos con el alcohol, las drogas, o compaias eventuales. La soledad que duele puede ser fisica, emocional, espiritual y hasta virtual. Hay soledad en la vejez, pero la hay tambien en la juventud. Duele en la falta de pareja, en el abandono, en la viudez y en la solteria. Duele por las noches, y los domingos por la tarde. Duele, aunque se oculte detras de exitos eventuales. Duele y dolera hasta encontrar la conexion por donde fluye la compaia perfecta, la “pieza faltante” en la vida que cambia el entorno, pero lo hace desde el individuo. La pieza faltante que completa el alma, cubre el dolor y lo deshace.

    En este libro revelaremos cada area de la soledad que duele, y la aislaremos tratandola desde la perspectiva biblica con el auxilio del Espiritu Santo, hasta que desaparezca.

    The loneliness that hurts is a silent and destructive enemy. It hides and attacks from the shadows at the most unexpected moment. It is melancholy, it is sadness in the soul that comes out through the pores, deforms the face, and saddens the eyes. The loneliness that hurts, once it has settled in a person, cannot be warded off by intentionally surrounding yourself with people, or immersing yourself in a maelstrom of activities, much less with alcohol, drugs, or occasional company. Loneliness that hurts can be physical, emotional, spiritual and even virtual. There is loneliness in old age, but there is also loneliness in youth. It hurts in the lack of a partner, in abandonment, in widowhood and in singleness. It hurts at night, and on Sunday afternoons. It hurts even if it hides behind eventual successes. It hurts and will hurt until you find the connection through which the perfect company flows, the “missing piece” in life that changes the environment but does so from the individual. The missing piece that completes the soul, covers the pain and undoes it.In this book we will reveal each area of loneliness that hurts, and we will isolate it, treating it from the biblical perspective with the help of the Holy Spirit, until it disappears.

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  • Dont Give Up


    The idea of quitting and giving up may be just a passing thought or it may have festered to the point that you feel like you’re at the end of your rope and have lost all hope. You may have experienced a life-altering event or betrayal of a close friend or alienation from family and friends. You may have an addiction you cannot kick or repeated failures that destroyed your self-confidence. Regardless of what brought you to the brink of hopelessness, there is still hope – if you will grab hold of it. Don’t Give Up was written to help heal the hurt, restore your heart and strengthen your resolve with Scriptures, prayers, and insights. Don’t give up! God is not a million miles away and He has not given up on you!

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  • Understanding And Loving A Person With Alcohol Or Drug Addiction


    This compassionate and helpful book educates both the mind and heart in the power of addiction and the way to help others find healing.

    When a family member or friend is addicted to drugs or alcohol the situation can feel hopeless and confusing. In this book, David Stoop and Stephen Arterburn help readers develop a plan of action by offering:
    *Insight into brain chemistry and addiction
    *Real-life ideas for encouraging healthy choices
    *Guidance in how to help without enabling
    *The connection between depression, ADD, and trauma

    Stoop and Arterburn have helped thousands of people around the country understand chemical addiction and how to love someone well in the midst of this gripping disease.

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  • Psalm 91 : Gods Umbrella Of Protection (Reprinted)


    Psalm 91 is one of the most comforting and encouraging of the Psalms. It offers protection from our greatest fears.

    Do the latest statistics on heart disease, cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses send a chill down your spine? Do thoughts of terrorist attacks and chemical warfare cause your heart to skip a beat? What about natural disasters that are striking in unexpected places? Do you sometimes wonder if there is any safe place in the world to hide?

    The answer to all your fears is found in Psalm 91. Peggy Joyce Ruth explains, in a comprehensive fashion, how the verses in Psalm 91 constitute God’s Covenant of Protection. This covenant can be applied to you, your family, and your loved ones. This book could be one of the most important messages you will ever read!

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  • Handbook To Happiness (Revised)


    1. Experiencing The Cross Of Christ
    2. How Spirituotherapy Works
    3. What Spiritual Maturity Really Means
    4. When Life Is Like A Wilderness
    5. Intellectual Understanding-Then What?
    6. The Great Exchange
    7. The Anatomy Of A Downer And The Way Back To Victory
    8. Testimonies Of GFI-God’s Faithful Intervention
    9. Counseling At The Century’s End

    176 Pages

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    1. Experiencing The Cross Of Christ
    2. How Spirituotherapy Works
    3. What Spiritual Maturity Really Means
    4. When Life Is Like A Wilderness
    5. Intellectual Understanding-Then What?
    6. The Great Exchange
    7. The Anatomy Of A Downer And The Way Back To Victory
    8. Testimonies Of GFI-God’s Faithful Intervention
    9. Counseling At The Century’s End

    176 Pages

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  • Memory Loss : Quick Reference Guide What To Day And Do How To Help


    Its difficult for many people to know what to say or do when someone is suffering from a memory-related illness. This easy-to-read pamphlet equips readers to care for and comfort those who are experiencing memory loss. The Help a Friend pamphlet on Memory Loss includes a simple overview on how to care for those suffering from this type of illness and the struggles those going through this difficulty will likely face. A Quick Tips section covers things to avoid saying and suggested further resources, and this 20-panel resource equips readers with biblical wisdom and practical, time-tested advice from Joni Eareckson Tada. The Help a Friend pamphlet series focuses on the first response by a caring friend to bad news about a loved one. Friends gain the confidence to reach out rather than avoid, equipped with biblical wisdom and practical, time-tested advice from Joni Eareckson Tada.

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  • Margin : Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, And Time Reserves To Ove (Rev


    Progress. It has us hooked. We’re addicted to twenty-first century high-velocity living. Our brains and bodies are in a perpetual state of alert to the constant change. All of the technology designed to save time and improve productivity only contribute to the flood of daily events that seem beyond our control. Newly revised and updated, this book is Dr. Richard Swenson’s groundbreaking prescription against the dangers of overlooked living. This best-selling book offers guidelines for healthy living in four areas–emotional energy, physical energy, time, and finances–so we can live a balanced life.

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  • In The Shelter Of His Wings


    One of the most encouraging metaphors for divine love is that of finding shelter under the protection of God’s wings. On every page of this uplifting gift book, the gentle artwork of Carolyn Shores Wright tenderly reminds readers that God cares not only for the birds of the air but so much more for His children. Loving quotations, reassuring Scripture, and calming prose thoughtfully express the message that God longs to show compassion and care, rest and refuge to those who are hurting. A comforting gift for anyone experiencing illness or suffering a recent loss in their lives.

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  • Peacemaker : A Biblical Guide To Resolving Personal Conflict (Reprinted)


    1. Glorify God
    2. Get The Log Out Of Your Eye
    3. Gently Restore
    4. Go And Be Reconciled
    320 Pages

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    Peacemaker Ministries president Ken Sande gives practical Biblical guidance for conflict resolution that takes you beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family, coworkers, and fellow believers.

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  • 10 Secrets Of A Successful Achiever


    In 10 Secrets of a Successful Achiever, Frank Damazio shows you how to go beyond your limita-tions. Don’t let your past, your circumstances, your problems, or the opinions and criticism of others defeat you. Allow God to give you the courage and the determination to overcome every obstacle and become all that He wants you to be.

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  • Gods Armor Bearer 1-2 (Revised)


    Leaders in the Bible often chose loyal “armor bearers” to assist and protect them. Christian leaders today also need dedicated assistants to turn visions into reality. In this challenging 2-books-in-1 resource, Nance uses biblical examples of servant-hearted helpers to help you discover and develop the essential qualities of an integral team player!

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  • Tale Of Three Kings


    Those facing the pain and brokenness that result from unfair treatment by other believers will be encouraged by this powerful story of David, Saul, and Absalom.

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