Today our team shares what we are reading during the summer to refresh our souls and sharpen our family ministry tools. These are personal reading choices we are spending some summer sunshine with.


grace filled Graced Filled Marriage: The Missing Piece, The Place to Start 
by Tim Kimmel
There are few places on the planet where grace is less often expressed than in marriage. We often show more grace to our competitors in sports, politics and business than we do to our husbands or wives. Think about it . . . What does grace have to do with marriage? Vital elements like forgiveness, security, significance, acceptance, approval, intimacy-all are words of 
book list Fresh Faith: What Happens When Real Faith Ignites God’s People 
by Jim Cymbala, Dean Merrill
Pastor Jim Cymbala calls us back to a fiery, passionate preoccupation with God that will restore what the enemy has stolen from us: our first love for Jesus, our zeal, our troubled children, our wounded marriages, our broken and divided churches. Born out of the heart and soul of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, the message of Fresh Faith is illustrated by true stories of men and...
book list Extraordinary Grace: How the Unlikely Lineage of Jesus Reveals God’S Amazing Love 
by Gary Chapman, Chris Fabry
In the book, Extraordinary Grace, Dr. Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry explore the broken branches of the family tree of Jesus. Through insights and illustrations from Old Testament saints, those Jesus encountered, and present day examples, you’ll discover the type of love God is waiting to lavish. No matter what your background, your choices, or your struggles, God’s extraordinary grace is available.
 book list Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life 
by Richard Rohr
A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life In “Falling Upward,” Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing 
 Undaunted Undaunted: One Man’s Real-Life Journey from Unspeakable Memories to Unbelievable Grace 
by Josh McDowell, Cristóbal Krusen
“Undaunted”–both the book and an upcoming movie–chronicles the riveting true story of a young farm boy named Josh who carried unspeakable memories of an alcoholic father and a farmhand’s abuse, causing him to defy God’s existence. Yet God redeemed a horrible situation with his unbelievable grace. Today Josh McDowell is one of the most popular evangelists in the world who ...
 You You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity 
by Francis Chan, Lisa Chan
Marriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives. In his latest book, Francis Chan joins together with his wife Lisa to address the question many couples wonder at the altar: How do I have a healthy marriage? Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into ...
 book list The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God 
by Timothy Keller, Kathy Keller
Renowned pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and author of the forthcoming Every Good Endeavor, Timothy Keller with his wife of 36 years, delivers The Meaning of Marriage, an extraordinarily insightful look at the keys to happiness in marriage that will inspire Christians, skeptics, singles, long-time married couples, and those about to be engaged.
 Benefit Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty 
by Gregory A. Boyd
In “Benefit of the Doubt,” influential theologian, pastor, and bestselling author Gregory Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn’t strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty. Boyd rejects the idea that a person’s faith is as strong as it is certain. In fact, he makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certain. . .
book list Fit to Be Tied: Making Marriage Last a Lifetime 
by Bill Hybels, Lynne Hybels
Bill and Lynne Hybels draw on their own personal experience and a guiding faith to offer practical advice on how to enjoy a lifetime of togetherness – from finding a suitable mate and dealing with the most common marital problems to avoiding the pitfalls that can sabotage a healthy relationship. This easy-to-follow guide for enjoying a happy, healthy, and lifelong relation 

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Written by FamilyLife Canada