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Sacred Marriage Gift Edition

Sacred Marriage Gift Edition

Author: Gary Thomas

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310334415

Category: Religion

Page: 464

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The perfect gift for engaged, newlywed, or married couples! This two-in-one book and devotional from bestselling author Gary Thomas helps couples discover how marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God and each other. Marriage is much more than a union between you and your spouse. From the love you share to the forgiveness you both offer and seek in turn, it is a spiritual discipline ideally suited to help you know God more fully and intimately. Shifting the focus from marital enrichment to spiritual enrichment, Thomas offers practical tools and techniques to make your marriage happier by becoming holier husbands and wives. This special-edition two-in-one book and devotional includes: Sacred Marriage Starting with the discovery that the goal of marriage goes beyond personal happiness, writer and speaker Gary Thomas invites you to see how God can use your marriage as a discipline and a motivation to love him more and reflect more of the character of his Son. Devotions for a Sacred Marriage A companion to Sacred Marriage, this book of 52 devotions encourages you to build your marriage around God's priorities. From learning to live with a fellow sinner to the process of two becoming one to sharing our lives as brothers and sisters in Christ, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage challenges couples to embrace the profound and soul-stretching reality of Christian marriage.

Sacred Parenting

Sacred Parenting

Author: Gary Thomas

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310341864

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Parenting is a school for spiritual formation, says author Gary Thomas, and our children are our teachers. The journey of caring for, rearing, training, and loving our children profoundly alters us forever…even when the journey is sometimes a rough one. Sacred Parenting is unlike any other parenting book on the market. This is not a “how-to” book that teaches readers the ways to discipline their kids or help them achieve their full potential. Instead of a discussion about how parents change their children, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses children to change their parents. Stepping beyond the overly-tilled soil of method books, parents can learn a whole new side of parenting. They’ll be encouraged by stories that tell how other parents handled the challenges and difficulties of being a parent—and how their children transformed their relationship with God. The lessons the author writes about are timeless. But in this edition, Thomas adds in some additional insights and stories that he’s learned and lived over the past fifteen years of his own parenting. Gary has found that the lessons have remained much the same but there are new applications for the readers in this generation who are just now coming to his book.

Marriage

Marriage

Author: Buddy Helms

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 9781616631611

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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Could you counsel someone who is considering marriage or having difficulty in his/her relationship and explain God's real purpose for marriage? Would you like to be able to explain the meaning of marriage to your children and friends but aren't sure how? Have you been dead-ended by our culture's definition of marriage? What's the deal with marriage anyway? A lot. God's design for marriage goes deeper than just saying, 'I do.' And just as God's story of redemption starts in Genesis and ends with John's Revelation, so does the story and purpose of marriage. Learn to read between the lines and join Buddy Helms in an eye-opening and page-turning journey through the Bible. You'll hear what many have to say about interpreting the Bible's metaphors, similes, and types and discover what God has been trying to communicate to the world since the beginning of time. Marriage: What's the Deal? The deal is: you'll never look at marriage the same. [H]e offers a layered, nuanced interpretation of Scripture that simultaneously will strengthen marriages and intensify Christians' understanding of the intimate relationship between Christ and His church. —Marv Knox, Editor of the Baptist Standard

Loving Him Well

Loving Him Well

Author: Gary Thomas

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310341901

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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The bestselling author of Sacred Marriage offers hope to women who want to strengthen and transform their marriages into the profoundly deep relationships God intended. Women: you're not alone in your marriage. You never have been, and you never will be. While it may not always feel like it, God wants you to have a relationally healthy, emotionally engaged, and spiritually mature husband. In Loving Him Well--previously titled Sacred Influence--Gary Thomas builds on concepts from his bestselling book Sacred Marriage to reveal the inner workings of a man's heart and mind. He delves into Scriptures that help women gain biblical insight to influence their husbands. Exploring the research of neuroscientists, trained counselors, and abuse victim advocates, Gary also interviews dozens of wives to find what has worked and what hasn't as they've sought to build the best marriage possible. With new stories and fresh illustrations to help wives understand, love, and influence their husbands, Loving Him Well offers encouragement, biblically based support, and practical applications for the transformation of your marriage, drawing you and your husband closer together, the way God intended. Perfect for . . . Women in good marriages who want a great marriage Women who feel invisible or marginalized in their marriage Engaged or newly married women who want to start investing in their marriage from the start You'll discover the influence you can gain and the peace of mind you can build when you go first to God for your worth, validation, protection, and provision and then learn how to use that platform to help your husband draw closer to you and closer to God. Loving Him Well includes study questions at the end of each chapter and is also available in Spanish, Amándolo bien.

Every Body Matters

Every Body Matters

Author: Gary L. Thomas

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310412250

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Few pastors or Christian writers have dared to approach the subject of how proper eating and an active lifestyle can affect how we serve God. Author Gary Thomas does just that. And he reaches all the way back to the apostle Paul, who wrote that we need to prime our bodies to become, "an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." To illustrate the body/soul correlation, Thomas presents engaging and diverse stories that include a young mom who got fit through volleyball and reaped spiritual rewards in her marriage, a 300-pound pastor who realized his obesity was eroding his ministry impact, and a woman who gained the spiritual strength to survive a contentious divorce by training for a marathon. In every instance, Thomas makes a direct connection between the physical challenge and its spiritual consequence.This book is a must read for anyone seeking new and compelling motivation for strengthening their bodies and fortifying their souls.

Pure Pleasure

Pure Pleasure

Author: Gary Thomas

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310563716

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Gary Thomas, one of this generation's most trusted writers about the spiritual life, explores what it means to build a life of true pleasure - one that will liberate your spiritual life, marriage, family, community, and outreach. Many Christians assume "pleasure" and "sin" are synonymous. Others define godly pleasure so narrowly that they drastically minimize the powerful and holy role that pleasure can play in their lives. Still others feel guilty even thinking about how to build a life of pleasure. For all of them, Pure Pleasure provides an entirely new paradigm. It invites Christians to embrace a life of true pleasure as a pathway to obedience, worship, and service. Building on his bestselling books Sacred Pathways, Sacred Marriage, and the ECPA Gold Medallion-winning Authentic Faith, Gary Thomas takes readers to a new level of faith by providing a theological and inspirational framework to help them cultivate the kind of life that pleases God. Abounding with spiritual insights and practical exercises, this book invites you to shake off the shackles of misunderstanding about sin, provides the freedom to approach life in Christ with new wonder and joy, and challenges you to experience life as God meant it to be: overflowing with pleasure. Also available: Pure Pleasure small group video study and study guide, Spanish edition, and more.

Sacred Marriage

Sacred Marriage

Author: Gary Thomas

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310340669

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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What if God designed marriage to make you holy instead of happy? What if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? In Sacred Marriage, bestselling author Gary Thomas uncovers the ways that your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God and with each other. Join over one million others who have already uncovered Thomas's tips for fostering a sacred marriage. Within the pages of Sacred Marriage, Thomas invites you to see how God can use your relationship with your spouse as a discipline and a motivation to love God more and reflect more of the character of his Son. In addition to life-changing insights from Scripture, church history, and time-tested wisdom from Christian classics, you'll find practical advice and techniques to make your marriage happier by becoming holier husbands and wives. In Sacred Marriage, Thomas will give you all of the tools you need to: Turn marital struggles into spiritual and personal appreciation Love your spouse with a stronger sense of purpose Confront your weaknesses and sin in order to grow your relationship with God and with your spouse Partner in the spiritual growth and character formation of your spouse Transform a tired marriage into a relationship filled with awe and respect Thomas reveals that sacred marriages teach us to love God and others well by fostering a healthy sex life, a strong prayer life, and a rich spiritual life. God uses our marriages to help us grow in character, in prayer, in worship, and in service--we just have to recognize that the purpose of marriage is holiness, not happiness. Each copy also includes thought-provoking discussion questions designed to spark conversation between couples and small groups, allowing you to dive deeper into the lessons that Thomas shares in Sacred Marriage. Join the one million others who have already started on their journey to transforming their relationship with their spouses and with their Creator.

The Gift of Spirit

The Gift of Spirit

Author: Tina Coluccio

Publisher: Turning Stone Press

ISBN: 9781618520111

Category: Self-Help

Page: 200

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In The Gift of Spirit Tina Coluccio chronicles her journey from heartbreak to healing, and spiritual illumination. In the process, Tina offers personal stories, accessible suggestions, and straightforward explanations of spiritual concepts to help readers cultivate more joyous, spiritually guided lives, no matter their circumstances. Before Tina was in High School, she lost her older brothers in two separate but equally tragic accidents and her father to disease – leaving behind Tina and her mother who both suffered from unimaginable loss and loneliness as a consequence. Tina’s mother never rebounded from the devastation of such loss, and she passed on when Tina was in her mid-thirties. Tina took a different more soulful path, turning her life from one of sorrow into one of hope, strength, and renewal. The Gift of Spirit meaningfully captures one woman’s inspiring grace during her darkest hours, and provides guidance for others to find hope and healing during their own.

The Sacred Marriage

The Sacred Marriage

Author: Lira Silbury

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Limited

ISBN: 1567186548

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

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Deepen your relationship with your partner through honoring the Goddess and God within each of you. Follow a step-by-step plan to build a sacred relationship via meditating, celebrating life's cycles, practicing sacred sexuality and more. Includes over a dozen beautiful Wiccan rituals written especially for couples, including the powerful "Sacred Marriage" ceremony.

The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic

The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic

Author: Jeffrey H. Tigay

Publisher: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

ISBN: 0865165467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 412

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Special Features- Aims to show how The Gilgamesh Epic developed from its earliest to its latest form- Systematic, step-by-step tracking of the stylistic, thematic, structural, and theological changes in The Gilgamesh Epic- Relation of changes to factors (geographical, political, religious, literary) that may have prompted them- Attempts to identify the sources (biographical, historical, literary, folkloric) of the epic's themes, and to suggest what may have been intended by use of these themes- Extensive bibliography- Indices

I Choose Victory

I Choose Victory

Author: Cynthia Garrett

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781684510696

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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It’s Time to Live a Victorious Life This book is about victory. You can win right now. The choice is yours. Overcoming obstacles from sexual abuse to social injustices, Cynthia Garrett rose to influence in Hollywood. Yet it wasn’t until she realized what the war against victimization is really about that she found the freedom, victory, and peace she sought. She wants you to experience it, too. Through faith and personal examples, Garrett shows you how to confront the victim mindset, quit playing the blame game, defeat fear, and address pride and power. You’ll learn how to navigate the war zones—personal, spiritual, and political—of daily life. In the midst of all life throws at you, there are two constants: God’s unconditional love and the ability it gives you to live a victorious life. I Choose Victory will: challenge your thought patterns; encourage spiritual and personal growth; and equip you to win.

Holy Available

Holy Available

Author: Gary L. Thomas

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310866268

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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True Christian faith is a profoundly transformational experience in which every part of our being is marked by God’s change and energized by his presence. This transformation takes us far beyond mere sin avoidance to a robust “full-bodied” holiness in which we make ourselves “holy available” to God every minute of the day. From Starbucks, to the office, to the soccer fields, to the boardroom, believers have the opportunity to carry the presence of Christ wherever they go. God offers the reader more than mere forgiveness; he wants to radically change and fill them with his presence, so they can experience an entirely different kind of life based not just on what they do or don’t do but on who they are.Yet while many Christians today profess belief, their Christianity has no pulse. Holy Available is a manifesto of fully alive faith. Gary Thomas issues a compelling call for readers to see with Christ’s eyes, feel with Christ’s heart, and serve with Christ’s hands. We make ourselves available to become “God oases,” places of spiritual refuge where God can bring the hurting and lost to enjoy his presence and ministry.