Stones Into Schools

In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women—all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.

Since the 2006 publication of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials, and leading politicians who all seek his advice and insight. The continued phenomenal success of Three Cups of Tea proves that there is an eager and committed audience for Mortenson’s work and message.

51M38VyUJ2L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Compassionate Conservatism

The bulk of the book is given to descriptions of Olasky’s travels around the country with his 10-year-old son, visiting faith-based organizations in some of America’s toughest neighborhoods. These vignettes, told in the first person, recall feel-good Reader’s Digest stories about ordinary men and women accomplishing extraordinary things in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

510p4dZIR-L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Hearts of Fire

Hearts of Fire: Eight Women in the Underground Church and Their Stories of Costly Faith

Follows the stories of eight women from such nations as Pakistan, India, and China who have participated in underground worship and experienced persecution and hardship as a result of their Christian beliefs.

An online review states: “I’m so thankful that I came across this book because it was so inspirational. Every story, every testimony of each woman – their courage, bravery and overall commitment to God moved me page after page! I pray over their protection and that they continue to do God’s work and that it carries on generations after them.”

18

Strategic Church

There’s no shortcut to a strong church. It takes vision, time, work, and a divine strategy. Strategic Church will give you the tools to build and equip a strong, relevant, life-changing local church as you follow God’s vision. Whether you’re a lead minister, small-group leader, worship pastor or church member, you’ll find clear and proven principles in this book to help you thrive as a builder of Christ’s church.

By Frank Damazio

17

Creating a Prodigal-Friendly Church

Most of us have prodigals in our lives, whether a child, brother, sister, husband, wife, or friend. The ache for these dear ones is like no other. They may hurt us and disappoint us, but somehow we cannot stop loving them. And yet we cannot live their lives for them. The Prodigal-Friendly Church looks at why people leave the church, how we can retain them, how we can reach those who have already gone, and how we can help those who return feel like they belong.

Jeff Lucas offers no easy recipes for success, but plenty of truthtelling, hope, and encouragement. This book discusses the principles of Reach: How do we reach those who’ve already left the church? Return: How do we help people return to the church? Retain: How do we retain the people we’ve worked so hard to reach? Ultimately we are called to bring our prodigals to the cross of Christ, for there we find the mingling of our own utter helplessness and God’s total power to intervene and save. When the Father’s house is filled with the Father’s love, there is hope that the prodigals will come home.

13

The Irresistible Church

The Irresistible Church: 12 Traits of a Church Heaven Applauds.

After more than twenty-five years of ministry in Hawaii, Wayne Cordeiro knows how to do church as a team. In his signature style, he shares this expertise with pastors, lay leaders, and people in the pew who want to see their churches become more vibrant. He presents twelve practical proven steps to develop a church God wants to bless, including ways to help people become part of a community, develop a culture of serving, turn visitors into regular attendees, and much more. This short, easy-to-read book is one pastors will want to share with their leadership team.

41GQ56dfARL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Boomers, Xers, and Other Strangers

Ever wonder why your kids, parents, and even coworkers think and feel so differently than you do on core issues? Rick and Kathy Hicks contend and demonstrate that many of our core values are shaped largely by what was going on in our culture and world when we were about ten years old. By recognizing the factors that give rise to our own values and those of other generations, we can achieve greater mutual understanding and reconciliation with our children, peers, and coworkers, rather than finding ourselves in conflict. An effective tool for bridging the generation gap.

51uZV03HfuL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_

Community

Community – Taking your small group off life support. By Brad House.

Community within the church today is hemorrhaging. Attention spans are dwindling, noise levels are increasing, and we can’t seem to find time for real relationships.

The answer to such social fragmentation can be found in small groups, and yet the majority of small groups―at least in the traditional sense―are often not the intentional, transformational community we really want and need. Somehow we need to get our groups off life support and into authentic community.

Pastor Brad House helps us to re-imagine what gospel-centered community looks like and shares from his experience leading and reproducing healthy small groups. With wisdom and candor, House challenges us to think carefully about our own groups and to take steps toward cultivating communities that are able to glorify Jesus, bless one another, and participate in the mission of God.

51oobtf8hZL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_

On Being a Servant of God

Sometimes people lose sight of the core of their ministry. They feel overwhelmed by the needs that surround them on a daily basis. Wise and beloved pastor Warren Wiersbe invites ministry leaders to listen in on thirty short “armchair chats” to encourage and strengthen them for service. He shares what he wishes he had known about ministering to others when he began his own Christian pilgrimage. “Ministry,” he says, “takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.” With this new edition of a classic book, which includes a foreword by Jim Cymbala, the next generation of ministry leaders can take advantage of Wiersbe’s years of wisdom.

51Th6XS0lJL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Crushed

Crushed offers a sympathetic look into the suffocating battlefield of full-time Christian ministry. The amount of pressure that pastors endure in their everyday ministry to their congregations is almost unimaginable to the average churchgoer; Crushed presents clear steps to help and protect the leaders of your church. Written by Dr. Gary L. Pinion.