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A Bend in the Road

David Jeremiah

Drawing on his insightful sermon series, renowned pastor/teacher David Jeremiah shares the comfort and hope of the Psalms and how these truths can guide believers through life's greatest challenges. He includes inspiring real-life stories of people who have struggled with terminal illness, the loss of a child, or the imprisonment of a spouse. Jeremiah interweaves his own journal entries, revealing his battle with cancer and how the Psalms helped to sustain him during the fight of his life. A Bend in the Road is an invaluable source of help and encouragement for people facing major obstacles in life.

The Anatomy of Hope

Jerome Groopman, M.D.

An inspiring and profoundly enlightening exploration of one doctor’s discovery of how hope can change
the course of illness. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, human beings have believed that hope is essential to life. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Harvard Medical School professor and New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman shows us why. The search for hope is most urgent at the patient’s bedside. The Anatomy of Hope takes us there, bringing us into the lives of people at pivotal moments when they reach for and find hope--or when it eludes their grasp.

A Path Through Suffering

Elisabeth Elliot

In this powerful moving book, Elisabeth Elliot does not hesitate to ask hard questions, to examine tenderly the hurts we suffer, and to explore boldly the nature of God whose sovereign care for us is so intimate and perfect that he confounds our finite understanding.

Beating Cancer With Nutrition

Patrick & Noreen Quillin

There is good news in the "war on cancer". Optimal nutrition coupled with appropriate medical treatment can dramatically improve the quality and quantity of life and chances for a complete remission for most cancer patients. A well-nourished cancer patient can better manage the disease.

Believing God

Beth Moore

Among Beth Moore’s very best-selling books to date is Believing God, a powerful study of Isaiah 43 and Hebrews 11 that centers on one simple yet bold question: do you believe God or merely believe in Him? Moore explains how God’s plan is for the believer’s life to really work so all will know His promises are entirely true. When we begin to take God at His Word, the result is a fresh, contagious explosion of faith.

Book Of My Healing: A Journal Of Recovery In 150 Questions

Peggy Schmidt

After watching a friend cope with cancer, and prompted by her own experience with a serious accident, Peggy Schmidt decided to create a healing journal. With six chapters and 150 questions that focus on such issues as the onset of illness, reflections on medical care, self-discovery, relationships, setbacks, and looking ahead to the future, The Book of My Healing is the perfect Thinking of You/Get Well Soon gift. The journal contains inspirational quotes and thoughtful meditations designed to help patients chart their progress, share their feelings with loved ones, and find peace and strength in their own important words.

Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and Their Families

William A. Fintel & Gerald R. McDermott

Modern medicine has made amazing advances in the treatment of cancer, but most people still react with shock and fear when they receive the diagnosis. Cancer doesn't just affect the patient physically; it has emotional and spiritual implications as well. This comprehensive guide to cancer from a Christian perspective combines the hands-on experience of a medical doctor with the wisdom and compassion of a theologian.

Desiring God

John Piper

Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God.  Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.

Do Not Lose Heart: Meditations of Encouragement and Comfort

Dave and Jan Dravecky with Steve Halliday

This devotional by Dave and Jan Dravecky will encourage and comfort those who suffer, grieve, and in other ways find themselves in need of hope in life's marathon race for God.

Don't Waste Your Life

John Piper

Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don't waste your life!

Everyday Strength: A Cancer Patient's Guide to Spiritual Survival

Randy Becton

As a cancer survivor, Randy Becton knows firsthand the onslaught this disease brings on the human spirit. His experience creates a special bond with fellow cancer patients, making his encouragement even more powerful. In Everyday Strength he offers hope and comfort through poetic prayers, Scripture, brief reflections, and uplifting thoughts for each day.

Fighting Cancer 20 Different Ways: Preventing It. Reversing It.

Francisco Contreras, MD and Daniel Kennedy

Cancer is an enemy that must be fought. When you read this book, you will discover that you have more power than you think to defeat cancer. You and your loved ones are not powerless over cancer. Dr. Francisco Contreras has dedicated twenty-two years sharing this message with thousands of cancer patients, offers practical and empowering scientific information that will give you hope.

Healed of Cancer

Dodie Osteen

God has given Dodie Osteen a mighty ministry of love and compassion. In every service, people are blessed, lifted and moved and she lovingly and courageously prays for the sick, casts out demons, and ministers with tears of compassion to hurting people. Many testify of healing and deliverance as a result of her anointed ministry.

Here and Now: Living in the Spirit

Henri Nouwen

Not a faint memory, but happening right here and now, spiritual living takes place in the present; the Spirit meets us in the ordinary. These inspirational reflections by Henri Nouwen succeed in convincing us that God’s presence is reliable.

I Am With You Always

Chip Ingram

An inviting look at how to encounter God and his embracing love in a personal, powerful way-even in the midst of fear, crisis, or trouble.

The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus

Brennan Manning

Bestselling Christian author Brennan Manning teaches us how to think like Jesus. By reorienting our lives according to the gospel we may appear to be fools in the eyes of the world, but Manning reveals that this is exactly what Jesus wants. Coming from the gentle yet compelling voice of Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish is a refreshing reminder of the radical call of Jesus and the transforming love of God.

It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins

Filled with the nutritional, physical, emotional, and spiritual details of Lance Armstrong's recovery from cancer, It's Not About the Bike traces the wondrous journey of one of America's greatest athletes to a singularly inspiring appreciation of life lived to the fullest.

Lifesigns: Intimacy, Fecundity, and Ecstasy in Christian Perspective

Henri Nouwen

Inspired by L'Arche, the worldwide network of communities where handicapped people and their assistants try to live together in the spirit of the Scriptures, Nouwen shows how these three elements offer the essential key to a life free from the domination of fear and filled instead with hope and love.

Love, Medicine and Miracles

Bernie Siegel

Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day—patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.

NIV Encouragement Bible

Joni Eareckson Tada

When your world is caving in, the NIV Encouragement Bible meets you where you are. And it takes you where you most need to be: into the presence of God, who alone can give you comfort, reassurance, and strength. The NIV Encouragement Bible does more than offer answers. It guides you to the one Answer who can truly satisfy--God himself, who knows you completely and loves you beyond what you can imagine.

Pleasures Evermore

Sam Storms

Sam Storms, presents a fresh and liberating perspective on the positive and pleasurable relationship with God. Once we understand that God delights in our company, our desire for Him increases and we will long to draw closer to Him. You will find yourself able to resist the seductive appeals of the world as you realize that your ever-increasing pleasure in God is the key to holiness and the catalyst for resisting sin (Dr. Larry Crabb).

The Power of Crying Out: When Prayer Becomes Mighty

Bill Gothard

When members of the early church cried out to God in urgent need, the place shook with the power of their supplication. In this compelling vision for modern-day supplication, Bill Gothard recognizes the key truth that only God's almighty power can rescue His children in times of distress. Using illustrations from Scripture and testimonies from everyday people, Gothard demonstrates the power of crying out -- and how God can shake the world of those who cry out to Him today.

Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds

Beth Moore

No matter how overwhelmed or out of control a person may feel today, Beth boldly reminds us that nothing is bigger or more powerful than the Lord. With this landmark book we learn to wield the sword of the Spirit, praying God's Word to break free from anything that has a hold on us until the joy and authority of Christ rules in our lives.

Praying Through Life's Problems (Extraordinary Women)

Stormie Omartian, et al

In this book, Stormie Omartian shows women how to pray through life's most difficult times.Features Joni Eareckson Tada, Catherine Hart Weber, Linda Mintle, and others.

Secrets of the Secret Place

Bob Sorge

This book has one purpose: to fuel your passion for the secret place with God. Divided into 52 short chapters, it can serve as a companion to your devotional life. It will help defuse struggles related to the secret place and inspire you to develop a personal connection with God.

She Who Laughs, Lasts!

Ann Spangler, et al

Whether the topic is kids, marriage, pets, church, parenting, aging, or life’s most embarrassing moments, the writers will help you keep life in perspective by revealing their own foibles, follies, and failings. Realizing that laughter and faith can go hand in hand, they offer real-life anecdotes that will keep your world in balance even―and especially―when life gets tough.

When You Can't Come Back

Dave and Jan Dravecky with Ken Gire

The former all-star pitcher chronicles his painful struggle with cancer, his heroic return to baseball, and the eventual loss of his arm to the disease.

You Gotta Keep Dancin'

Tim Hansel

Life can be tough. Stress, disappointment, heartache, hurt–all are part of the human condition. But while pain is unavoidable, misery is optional! The freeing message of You Gotta Keep Dancin’ is that, no matter what your circumstances, you can choose to be joyful. YOU CAN CHOOSE JOY.
 

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CARRIE'S BOOKLIST

Grown-Up Girlfriends: Finding and Keeping Real Friends in the Real World

Carrie Oliver & Erin Smalley

Even when life is hectic and harried, every woman has a God-given longing for relationship, and her female friends play an important role in filling that. Oliver and Smalley help women distinguish between self-centered, insecure, childish relationships and other-centered, healthy, “grown-up” relationships. Using personal anecdotes and scriptural principles, they explain ten characteristics of a grown-up friend and offer ideas on how readers can develop these attributes in themselves. Finally, they tackle the tough issues of friendships, such as how to support a friend in crisis, how to work toward forgiveness when a friend has injured you, and how to determine when it is best to let a friendship go.

Mad About Us: Moving from Anger to Intimacy with Your Spouse

Gary & Carrie Oliver

Gary and Carrie Oliver have written a practical book to help couples focus their passion in ways that lead to trust, understanding, and intimacy. They want Christian couples to develop Christ-centered marriages, and that includes dealing with issues that prevent intimacy such as fear, frustration, and anger. They demonstrate how the energy--or passion--of the God-given emotion anger can actually be harnessed in ways that build and strengthen a marriage relationship and free couples from one of Satan's most destructive weapons--unhealthy anger.

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