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Inspiring Story of How Brokenness Leads to Unshakable Faith
Jesus promises peace "and" trouble for his followers (John 16:33). But most of us only accept the peace and are confused and angry when adversity comes our way. We struggle to remember that adversity produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces unfailing hope.
All-American soccer star Mo Isom knows the struggle firsthand. While on the surface her life seemed like a success, underneath she was battling her fair share of trials. Having faced great personal adversity--including an eating disorder, the suicide of her father, and a horrific car accident--she connects with readers as she stumbles through depression, blame, and self-pity. It wasn't until God radically wrecked her life that she discovered the glory of renewal through Jesus Christ, when she realized that wreckage can sacred rather than scarring. She invites readers to take the journey from broken to bold with her, and to surrender their lives to the King who was first wrecked on their behalf.
"One of the hardest things to see about my generation is the complete fear of pain or dealing with brokenness. Mo reminds us that brokenness is actually the very place God meets us the most, and the place where we can find Jesus like never before." --Jefferson Bethke, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Jesus > Religion."
"Every person who picks up this book will be challenged, entertained, and more connected with God by reading it." --Annie Downs, author of "Let's All Be Brave."
There are more Christian martyrs today than there were in ad 100--in the days of the Roman Empire. Now in the twenty-first century, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, more than 150,000 Christians are martyred around the world every year.
"Remember the Lord's people who are in jail and be concerned for them. Don't forget those who are suffering, but imagine that you are there with them." Hebrews 13:3 CEV.
Their stories must be told.
When all she wanted was to fit in, Tamika Catchings stood out and felt left out, never knowing one day she'd stand out--as a basketball superstar and an inspiration. She faced being set apart by her hearing loss, separated from family, living up to high expectations, and the pain and discouragement of debilitating physical injury. Yet she reached for the stars with hard work, perseverance, and her faith in God. Through the silence, she found the way to shine.
Catch a Star tells Tamika's story of overcoming: of leading the Indiana Fever to its first championship, being named one of the WNBA's top fifteen players in history, earning three Olympic gold medals, and founding the Catch the Stars Foundation to help young people achieve their dreams.
Her story will inspire readers to face their doubts and fears, encouraging them to reach for their own stars, no matter what challenges come their way.
Jen Bricker was born without legs and with her heart on the opposite side of her chest. Shocked and uncertain they could care for a child with two birth defects, her biological parents gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: "Never say 'can't." And pretty soon, there was nothing that this small but mighty powerhouse set her sights on that she couldn't conquer: rollerskating, volleyball, power tumbling, spinning from silk ribbons 30 feet in the air.
Everything Is Possible is her incredible story--a story of God working out his plan for her life from "before" day one. Readers follow Jen from the challenges of growing up different, to holding captive audiences numbering in the tens of thousands. From the strange magnetic pull she felt when watching Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu to her discovery that they are biological sisters and their emotional reunion.
Everything Is Possible shows readers what they can accomplish when they remove the words "coincidence" and "limitation" from their vocabulary. Filled with heart and spirit, as well as Jen's wit, wisdom, and no-holds-barred honesty, this inspiring true story points the way to purpose and joy.
An Inspiring True Story Set in the Midst of the Civil Rights Era.
By 1970, racial tension was at a breaking point in the southern town of Gallatin, Tennessee. Desegregation had emotions running high. The town was a powder keg ready to erupt. But it was also on the verge of something incredible.
Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon were boys growing up on opposite sides of the tracks who shared a passion for basketball. They knew the barriers that divided them--some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart--but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill entered the rigors of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill--and transform their town.
Readers will love this fast-paced true story of courage, determination, character, and forgiveness.
Where We See Tragedy, God Sees Possibility . . .
Few American epics of tragedy, intrigue, friendship, and faith will entertain and challenge the soul like the narrative inspired by the events in the real life of David Ring--a boy literally born dead who survives with sobering consequences. Living with the harsh realities of cerebral palsy, Ring faces impossible odds yet stumbles into an improbable life of inspiration and influence in the small, unassuming town of Liberty, Missouri, in the 1960s.
As a teenage boy, Ring finds himself tragically orphaned and being shuffled about to various homes. Along this journey, he faces secret, unspeakable atrocities that eventually plunge him into the depths of depression and attempted suicide. But amid the harsh troubles of life, he encounters another boy his age named David, the son of a local pastor. Their unlikely friendship begins on the rocks, but eventually develops into something extraordinary and unique that alters the trajectory of both of their lives--and the whole town of Liberty--forever.