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Wrestling Prayer: A Passionate Communion with God

Book by Eric and Leslie Ludy

Looking to transform your prayer life and unleash God’s power in every area of your life? This is the book for you!

The Ludy’s, friends of pregnancy help work for many years, have written another timely book. They plumb the power of prayer through the framework of this historical quote from John Chrysostom (347-407), Archbishop of Constantinople:

The potencies of prayer hath subdued the strength of fire; it hath bridled the rage of lions, hushed the anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt. Prayer is an all-sufficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the foundation, the mother of a thousand blessings.

This is an encouraging book on the incredible power of prayer. Not only does Wrestling Prayer give us a history lesson on the legendary heroes of faith but it also offers some practical “how to” exercises on wielding the weapon of prayer.

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Shelf Help: Strengthen Yourself in the Lord

Book by Bill Johnson
Review by Debra Neybert

This book is a must-read for the summer! Bill Johnson delivers to believers this much-needed manual on how to stand in victory and enter into our “hour of promotion.” Easy reading, this book encourages believers of all levels "to count it all Joy" when facing turmoil at home, work, or within the family.

You’ll relate personally to the valuable “Keys on how to strengthen yourself” and how to put them to work for you in whatever season God has planted you. Johnson encourages the reader to look beyond failure toward a successful future. Some topics include: Overcome seriously bad days and stay connected to your destiny, Access Heaven's open door, Disarm hell with thanksgiving! 

All who read this will be blessed!

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Shelf Help: Leading From the Sandbox

Practical and forthright, Leading From the Sandbox: Develop, Empower and Release High Impact Ministry Teams speaks volumes—especially to ministry leaders.

T.J. Addington, a seasoned global missionary and executive, describes High Impact teams as “a group of missionally-aligned and healthy individuals working strategically together under good leadership toward common objectives with accountability for results.”

The four sides of the Sandbox are Mission, Guiding Principles, Central Ministry Focus, and Culture of Health. “The Mission of your organization represents ‘true north’ and the reason for your existence.”

This is excellent reading for leadership teams, boards, and ministry executives. Leading From the Sandbox will challenge us as leaders and as teams, equipping us to serve more effectively.

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Book Review: Recall Abortion

Book by Janet Morana

Review by Jay Hobbs, Communications Assistant

From forward—written by the brilliant Fr. Frank Pavone—to conclusion, Janet Morana’s Recall Abortion makes a compelling case that now is the time to take the “failed product” of abortion off the proverbial shelves of American life.

Janet, who serves as Executive Director of Priests for Life and is the Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, leads off chapter two with an especially gripping statement:

Abortion is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated against women, and those who profit from abortion are the snake oil salesman of our time. This statement may strike some as sensationalism, but I assure you it is not. The evidence in this book will show that it is no exaggeration. (pg. 15)

Indeed, the evidence Recall Abortion presents supports Janet’s claim, and then some. After summarizing several cases of women who have endured (in some cases permanent and chronic) physical complications stemming from abortion, Janet wraps up chapter two with a compelling comparison of recalled American products, ranging from 1978 Ford Pintos to 2000 Firestone tires.

What is expertly implied throughout is made explicit to end this foundational chapter:

Think back to the heartbreaking stories of the women who have testified on Silent No More. Think back to the testimonies of former abortion doctors. Abortion kills babies. And it harms women, physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Isn’t it time to rethink our abortion policy? Isn’t it time to recall abortion?

Another excellent feature of this book—which makes it a good “loaner” or gift to your friends, family, and church leadership—is its weaving in and out of the firsthand accounts of women (and men!) who have been deeply damaged by past abortion.

If one and four women will submit to an abortion by age 45, as Planned Parenthood research arm Guttmacher Institute estimates, then those on the fringes of the prolife movement—your pastor, minister, priest, or friendly theology student—somehow need to be brought into contact with these real women and men. Recall Abortion l is a great place for these friends to start.

Recall Abortion does an excellent job of replacing numbers with faces, pie charts with stories. But its reach doesn’t end there. It also tackles the so-called “hard cases,” including abortion in the cases of rape and incest, fetal deformalities, and the life of a mother.

Pick up a copy or five—or 10—and spread the word that now is the time to recall abortion.

Book review: The Bait of Satan

Book by John Bevere

Review by Debra Neybert, Training Specialist

One of the first quotes written in The Bait of Satan is this: Our response to an offense determines our future.

The author covers a lot of territory, encouraging us to grow stronger—not bitter—in the face of offense! Some of the areas covered in the book address how you can stop rehearsing past hurts and gain trust after someone has wounded you.

John deals with the fact that Jesus offended many during his ministry on earth, and so we also will likely be offended during the course of our lives as we struggle to recognize that His ways are higher than ours.

The book includes a 30-day devotional to help you obtain freedom from the snare of offense and a “victim mentality.”

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Perfect Just as I Am (The Story of Me)

Book by Pati Colston
Review by Debra Neybert, Training Specialist

Pati writes a sweet children’s story that gives every child the opportunity to know that God made them special and unique. The book also gives children the opportunity to demonstrate their unique qualities by coloring in the pages themselves.

Heartbeat International President Peggy Hartshorn writes, “What a simple, beautiful way to share with any child what it means to be a unique creation of God.”

Pati is a licensed clinical social worker and co-founder of the Mustang Pregnancy Center in Mustang, Oklahoma.

Order your copy here.

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'Success' and gospel faithfulness

by Mary Peterson, Housing Consultant

Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, wrote a simple yet profound book about his work with gang members, “Tattoos on the Heart”.

It’s an impressive story for a variety of reasons, but the chapter entitled, “Success” speaks to any ministry leader who deeply shares life with people. In it, he writes:

Success and failure, ultimately, have little to do with living the gospel. …Jesus was always too busy being faithful to worry about success. I’m not opposed to success; I just think we should accept it only if it is a by-product of our fidelity. If our primary concern is results, we will choose to work only with those who give us good ones. (p.172, 178)

We are all seeking results for our labors, longing for moms to know profound and lasting transformation in their lives…and many times, we get to see incredible successes. But, not always.

Sometimes, we give without ever knowing the impact we will have. Other times, we watch as women make painfully destructive decisions about their future.

In your work as a maternity home leader, you have been called to be faithful to the task of welcoming the stranger…the women standing at the door in need of a loving place. She may arrive bad-mouthing, attention-seeking, closed-off, or beaten-down.

But, regardless of appearance, she is Christ before you in wonderful disguise. In welcoming her into the embrace of your home and your heart, you are living out the gospel…whether you “succeed” or “fail.”

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul

Book by John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge
Review by Susan Dammann

What a wonderful book that will reaffirm the dreams, hopes, and desires every woman feels and has felt since she was a young girl!

Within a woman’s heart are the God-given desires to be swept up in a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in an important adventure, and to display beauty. In this amazing book, you will see how these innate dreams and desires are truly God-given, a reflection of God's own heart in us, who have been born into this earth in His image and likeness.

These feelings and desires tell us of the life we are meant to live! In this book, you’ll see how God comes as the Hero of your story to fulfill those desires, and to release you to be the truly feminine woman you were created to be—truly captivating!



My Baby’s Feet: Choice, Death, and the Aftermath

My Baby's Feet: Choice, Death and the AftermathBook by Sheila M. Luck
Review by April Ponto

At 17 years old, with no hope or help, Sheila M. Luck chose to abort her unborn child in the face of an unexpected pregnancy. She traces her story of abortion, from loss to healing, in My Baby’s Feet: Choice, Death, and the Aftermath.

For years, Luck denied the humanity and personhood of her aborted child to justify what she believed to have been the right decision for her pregnancy. However, as time passed, she came face-to-face with the truth of her situation, which led her to expose the truth of her previous abortion to her children, husband, and family members.  

This book is a beautiful and true account of the author’s journey from death to life. She opens her heart to readers so that they may walk in the light of Christ, even as she has.

Each chapter is ensconced in the truth, freedom, and restorative work of God, revealed through Scripture and woven together in a remarkable narrative of Christ’s redemptive work through His suffering, death, and resurrection.

This is not merely a book written for women who have experienced the pain and loss of abortion, but it is for men and women alike who are interested in women’s reproductive choices.

Note: Sheila M. Luck will be leading a workshop, Grapple with Guilt, Shed the Shame, at the 2013 Heartbeat International Annual Conference April 3-5 in Dallas, Texas.

Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be Blessed

Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be BlessedBook review by Debbie Schirtzinger, Heartbeat International Affiliation Coordinator

“What does true encouragement look like – the kind that changes lives forever? To encourage people is to help them gain courage they might not otherwise possess – courage to face the day, to do what’s right, to take risks, and/or to make a difference. And the heart of encouragement is to communicate a person’s value.  When we help people feel valuable, capable, and motivated we sometimes see their lives change forever – and then see them go on to change the world.

“God’s love for us gives us the reason to encourage others.
God’s love in us gives us the ability to encourage others.
God’s love through us gives us the way to encourage others.”

Encouragement is an essential part of growing a positive attitude and improving life; and providing that encouragement benefits both the giver and the receiver(s). This book is packed with timeless quotes, scriptures, and short but meaningful stories that illustrate the value of offering and receiving encouragement. Author John Maxwell shares ways to effectively provide the kind of encouragement that transforms individuals, families, churches, and work teams into happier, healthier, more affirming networks.

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