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About Connie Neal
Connie Neal is a trusted best-selling author who writes on family, marriage, parenting, communication, and pop culture. She has authored dozens of books that have been featured in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, PBS, Christianity Today, Entertainment Weekly, and media worldwide. She holds a BA in Communication from Pepperdine University; MS in Education, specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning. She has edited & contributed to five Bible projects (The Life Recovery Bible sold over 2 million). She is a respected authority on the Harry Potter books and toured America as a speaker for Women of Faith. She's an online instructional designer for UC Davis, Continuing and Professional Education. She also is the creator of a YouTube character, Grandma Goodie, who tells Bible stories; meet her at www.GrandmaGoodie.com.
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This Second Edition of The Life Recovery Bible is updated with new articles on addiction recovery as well as a step-by-step life recovery meeting guide for leaders. This NLT Bible is essential to anyone starting or running recovery groups at church or in the community. The Second Edition works seamlessly with the original version. This allows users of both editions to communicate easily with each other regarding the location of notes and other features.
- Life Recovery Facilitator’s Guide
- Step-by-Step Life Recovery Meeting Guide
- Article: Thriving in a Secular Recovery Group
- Article: Life-Giving Recovery Groups in the Church
- Resources page directing readers to helpful books and online resources
- The 12 Christian Foundations of Life Recovery
- The 12 Self-Evident Truths of Life Recovery
- Article: A Word about Addictions
- Article: An Early History of Life Recovery
- Makes an excellent addiction recovery gift for loved ones
In this inspiring consideration of the spiritual themes in the popular Harry Potter series, well-known Christian author and Harry Potter fan Connie Neal explores the world of magic and mystery created by J. K. Rowling alongside the stories and grand themes of the Bible. Contrary to those who reject the series as a threat to the Christian faith, Neal demonstrates how the lessons in Harry Potter not only echo many of the stories in the Bible but reinforce the central messages of Christianity. This revised and expanded edition explores all seven installments in the Harry Potter series.
(This book has not been prepared, endorsed, or licensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties.)
In Western culture, a man’s worth so often hinges on his performance, career, and success. For bestselling author Dave Dravecky, worth was once defined by his career as an all-star pitcher in the Major Leagues—until he lost his arm to cancer. In this inspirational book, Dravecky speaks from a place of first-hand familiarity with loss and setbacks. Examining the traditional benchmarks men so often define themselves by—including jobs, successes, struggles, friendships, and families—Dravecky navigates a new path to self-worth based on Christian teachings, faith, and compelling personal experience.
“In his loss, Dave discovered a depth of significance, security, value, and worth he had never known. Now he takes us back to the basics of God’s word, helping us go beyond who we think we are to become who God says we can be . . . men of character and integrity.” —Garry J. Oliver, PhD, author of Real Men Have Feelings Too
“Dave takes on the fundamental issues of masculinity that every man worth his salt deals with. It took guts to write this book. It will take some guts to read it. But you will walk away a better man.” —Steve Farrar, Men’s Leadership Ministries
“Nobody has more to say to men about manhood than Dave Dravecky. He’s faced tests and trials, and passed them valiantly—so when he points to the possibilities for any of us, he’s credible.” —Jack W. Hayford, senior pastor, Church on the Way
Get into God’s Word every day! A year’s worth of devotions written for kids ages 6-10 Completely updated with a new fun design New features that encourages Bible study A Bible kids can read themselves New International Reader’s Version, The NIV for kids!™ Written at a third grade reading level, this translation is easy for kids to explore God's word on their own. Help your children develop a good habit they’ll want to keep. With all new eye-catching illustrations and design, The Kid's Devotional Bible makes Bible reading fun! Updated and expanded features include: Short weekday devotions that help young readers apply Bible lessons for a full year 52 weekend devotions that teach kids about God’s creation through fun activities like visiting the zoo and gazing at the stars New “Got It” feature that encourages kids to find answers to Bible trivia themselves Book introductions that give helpful information about each book of the Bible A dictionary to look up words they want to know more about Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding your souls.
When your dreams get derailed, the culprit can usually be found hiding in your emotional life. It is a pattern of attitudes, habits, or relationships that won't allow you to move forward, no matter how much you tell yourself you want to.
Negative felings and unhealthy beliefs may have slowed you down and locked you up for years, getting in the way of your best intentions. You may need help breaking free from:
- Shame-because it locks you into your past
- Procrastination-because you are afraid to try
- Depression-because you have not grieved your sorrows
- Unhealthy Relationships-because they distract you from your unique purpose in life
These restrictive emotional traps needlessly deprive you of intimacy, trust, friendships, good feelings, rest, and peace of mind. By challenging them, and the self-destructive behaviors that may accompany them, you can learn to live life in a totally new way.
Jan Dravecky’s husband, Dave, found God through a difficult struggle with cancer and the loss of a Major League pitching career. Jan faced great adversity in finding her own Christian faith as well—but hers is a more intimate story.
In this book, she tells that story for the first time, chronicling her own painful struggle with depression, anxiety, and loss, and the journey that took her from these dark places to the light of God’s love. A Joy I’d Never Known is sure to be an inspiration to anyone struggling through a difficult period and looking for a return to joy.
We live in frightening times, when stories of terrorism and child abductions lead the evening news, and kids regularly experiment with such dangers as drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex, raves and the occult. At such times, it seems to many parents that the world is falling apart. Nothing is more terrifying than sending our children out into a dangerous world. But what can we really do to protect our kids?
You Can Lead Your Family Out of Fear and Into Effective, Godly Living.
Scripture tells us that centuries ago, Daniel and his friends also faced a hostile world. Yet God provided a way for them to “walk tall in Babylon.” Not only did God keep them safe, he allowed them to profoundly affect the culture they touched–and he can protect and strengthen your kids in the same way.
Includes Materials for Personal or Group Study.
Answers to the Burning Questions Christian Parents, Educators, and Others Are Asking about Harry Potter.
In the world of publishing, few successes have equaled that of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series—magical stories centered on one boy’s adventures at Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. Yet this popular series presents a perplexing—even divisive—challenge to the Christian community. Although the books present a clear picture of the epic battle between good and evil, they appear to support the use of magic and have had a controversial impact on our culture. As a result, many of us are wondering, “How should I respond to this Harry Potter thing?”
Find out what the Harry Potter books really say about witchcraft and wizardry.
Hear what Christians on both sides of the debate are saying about Harry Potter—and decide what you believe.
Learn how you can use the series to protect your child from real occult influences.
In What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?, you’ ll explore the valid concerns some Christians have about the series, sort out the fact and fiction at the center of the debate, discover biblical answers that may surprise you, and learn how you can tap into this powerful cultural phenomenon to help advance the kingdom of God.
This book has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties.
For millions of children and adults alike, these names and stories are as familiar as those of close friends and family. We read and watch their adventures over and over again. We feel their fears and betrayals. We are inspired by their courage. And perhaps we wish we could live in their worlds, fight important battles and have our chance to become heroes.
In these pages Connie Neal shows that we too--in our seemingly ordinary world--have a call on our life that's just as powerful, just as adventurous. While we won't run into Darth Vader or the White Witch on the street, we face villains as formidable as they. And though we don't have Obi Wan Kenobi or Dumbledore to mentor us, Wizards, Wardrobes and Wookiees reminds us of the Helper who teaches and guides as we walk through each day. By highlighting adventures from Star Wars, Narnia and Harry Potter, as well as true stories from Scripture and her own life, Neal shows us the way to victory over evil in the battles we face.
This hope-filled, encouraging book takes us into mythical worlds we love in order to help us live wisely and well in our own so that our stories, in turn, can inspire all who see and hear.
This short children's story -- read aloud or read alone by ages 8-12 -- whets kids' appetite to find the rest of the story in the Bible (1 Samuel chapter 17). Kids younger than target ages may find lion pictures scary.