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“For All Who Wander: Why Knowing God is Better than Knowing it All” by Robin Dance

For All Who Wander: Why Knowing God is Better than Knowing it All, is written by Robin Dance, who is also an (in)courage author.

Content

Dance has a corresponding journey guide/journal that corresponds with the book. Dance’s goal is to “help others find hope and healing in their own story” while reading hers.

Her book includes 25 chapters, which correspond to the journey guide.

Dance’s purpose in providing the journey guide is so readers can read, reflect, resolve, and pray – enhancing their reading experience.

Her book includes highlighted key points, relevant quotes from written works, etc., incorporates Scripture and shocking statistics.

Review

As for myself, I loved Dance’s creative chapter titles! She shows a great deal of creativity in crafting her writing.

As a fellow blogger, I enjoyed her description of her blogging journey and the impact it had over her life. Dance is relatable, open and authentic.

She effectively uses the teachable moments in her life to teach, help and encourage others. Incorporating media and literature of today with her story, was a treat.

I enjoyed my journey through her book and would highly recommend it for Christian women.

About the Author

Robin Dance

Robin Dance

Robin Dance is a writer, speaker, and contributor to the (in)courage community and The Art of Simple.

She’s traveled to India as a blogger and child sponsorship advocate for Compassion International, and her writing has been featured in ten book compilations as well as HomeLife and Mature Living magazines.

She and her husband, Tad, are enjoying newfound freedom as empty nesters, but they keep their fingers crossed and the back door open for their three adult children.

As Southern as sugar-shocked tea, she currently lives in Macon, Georgia, and online at robindance.me.

(in)courage

At (in)courage you are welcome to a place of faith, connection, and friendship, where you will always find yourself among friends.

Founded in 2009 by DaySpring, the Christian products subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the vision for (in)courage was to create a new home for the hearts of women, where women take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their everyday, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.

Since then, (in)courage has grown into a vibrant community that reaches thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.

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“Younique” by Will Mancini with Dave Rhodes & Cory Hartman

Content

Younique by Will Mancini with Dave Rhodes & Cory Hartman, is a great resource for anyone in ministry. The focus of this book is to find your specific calling and divine design for your life, vocation and ministry.

According to the authors, “God created you with unique potential and place you on planet Earth for a specific purpose.”

This book is broken into six parts, mapping out specific topics for readers, in the preface, so they don’t have to read the entire book to find what they’re looking for. How clever is that?!

These parts include: Your Journey, Your One Thing, Your Identity, Your Direction, Your Renewal and Your Destiny.

In addition, the authors effectively use visual diagrams, tables and figures to clarify points. Other tools throughout the book are side notes, quotes, web-links to resources and highlighted main points. What a helpful, all-in-one tool!

Review

Younique comes highly recommended by several church leaders and participants of various ages, from all across the United States. I like how the authors utilized consistent symbolism and organization throughout the book.

What makes this book so interesting is the evident passion, professionalism, and focus shown by the authors. I find the intriguing title and topic, this book is an accessible learning tool for any Christian or church ministry training.

About the Author

Will Mancini

Will Mancini is the founder of Auxano, a non-profit, nationally-based church consulting firm, and the cofounder of Younique, a coaching company that delivers life design training through local churches.

He has written five books, including Church Younique and God Dreams, and enjoys speaking and writing about how to find clarity and live a life of meaningful progress.

Will lives in Houston with his wife Romy and their four children.

You can learn more about Will and his work at willmancini.com.

Connect with him on Twitter at @willmancini and Instagram at @will_be_clear.

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“From and Before God” by Sugel Michelén

Content

From & Before God: A Practical Introduction to Expository Preaching by Sugel Michelén is a great resource for any pastor.

Michelén focus is based on the verse 2 Cor. 2:17, where ministers are called to preach “as from and before God.” Pastors are commissioned by God, for God alone.

Michelén asks pastors, “How would you preach differently if Jesus was sitting in your church, listening? He is!”

This book is broken into three parts, for accessibility and organization: The Theological Anchor; The Nature, Form & Content of the Expository Sermon; and Step-By-Step Preparation of an Expository Sermon.

Michelén includes quotes from notable pastors and theologians, is highly integrated with Scripture and highly supported with backed up research.

Review

Michelén integrates his concepts well, with an abundance of scriptural support, analyzation, and personal application. I can feel the passion emanating from each page of Michelén’s book.

I like how the author incorporated humor, relatable examples, and clear imagery for understanding. I recommend this book as a resource for anyone seeking to begin or improve their expository preaching.

About the Author

Sugel Michelén, has been a pastor at IBSJ for more than 30 years, leading the preaching ministry almost every Sunday. 

He is known by our distributors as a lecturer and more recently as the author of the B&H Spanish book “De parte de Dios”. 

Moved by the understanding that children must be nurtured in the fear and admonition of the Lord, he has completed a large number of studies in education and has served for several years as director of ACSI Latin America.

 This has not only established him as an amazing communicator, but also as someone ideal for working with children and their parents. 

In addition, for over 25 years, Sugel has served as a senior executive and professor of philosophy at IBSJ Private College (Logos CS)

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“Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51” by Jonathan Parnell

Mercy for Today: A Daily Prayer from Psalm 51, by Jonathan Parnell, is a great dive into Psalm 51!

Content

Parnell’s focus in on the mercy of God, and seeking God in daily prayer.

He talks about Psalm 51 being written by King David, when the prophet Nathan confronted David about his adultery and murder.

Parnell digs deep into Scripture, while reflecting on his own personal experiences and applications of the psalm.

Review

I like the unique publishing format of this book and I learned a lot from it. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling to see God’s mercy in their lives, it will change you!

About the Author

Jonathan Parnell is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis-St.Paul, a church he and his team planted in 2015.

Jonathan Parnell

He is the Send Network’s City Missionary in the Twin Cities, where he also serves as a church-planting trainer.

He is the author of Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness (2017) and coauthor of How to Stay Christian in Seminary (2014).

He and his wife, Melissa, live in the Twin Cities with their eight children.

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“Adorning the Dark” by Andrew Peterson

I loved reading Adorning the Dark, by Andrew Peterson!

Content

As a fellow author, I loved Peterson’s descriptions of his creative work and his process.

Also, I liked how he incorporated the Christian perspective. As a Christian writer, it is hard to find colleagues with writing integrity and class.

Review – Outstanding!

I would read this book again in a heartbeat, it’s that good! Peterson is a great writer, he writes from the heart, and he writes for Jesus.

About the Author

Andrew Peterson is an award-winning singer-songwriter and author.

Andrew Peterson

The second book in his Wingfeather Saga, North! Or Be Eaten (2009) won the Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the fourth, The Warden and the Wolf King (2014) won World Magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year in 2015.

In 2008, driven by a desire to cultivate a strong Christian arts community, Andrew founded a ministry called The Rabbit Room, which led to a yearly conference, countless concerts and symposiums, and Rabbit Room Press, which has published thirty books to date.

He’s been married for 24 years to his wife Jamie, with whom they have three children.

His eldest is an animation student at Lipscomb University, his second son is a touring drummer and record producer, and his daughter recently released her first album.

In his spare time Andrew keeps bees, builds dry stack stone walls, gardens, draws, and sleeps.