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God Gave Wine

coverBy Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
ISBN 0-9700326-6-8

Description:For the past 200 years Americans have been taught that biblical teaching forbids the drinking of alcoholic beverages. But does it? Kenneth Gentry takes a thorough look at the issue, concluding that Scripture allows wine to be consumed both for health and pleasure - but in moderation.

"Do not suppose the abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and woman. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women?
-Martin Luther

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Happiness Is an Inside Job

By John Powell
ISBN 11-55924-005-9


At the very beginning the author tells us of his assumptions. The first is that happiness is within the reach of all. However, the direction of our reach must be inward, not outward. We must all accept full responsibility for our own happiness. To seek happiness from other persons or from things is to move in the wrong direction. Likewise, turning over to another the power to produce our happiness never works. The only successful formula is always the same: H = IJ (Happiness is an Inside Job).

The second assumption of the author is that happiness is a by-product. Like most good things, true happiness comes only as a result of other lifelong pursuits. This is the paradox of happiness. "No pain, no gain." John Powell describes for us the ten practices that he sees as necessary if we are to be successful in our quest for happiness.

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Reflections on the Movies: Hearing God...

coverHearing God in the Unlikeliest of Places
By Ken Gire
ISBN 1-56476-673-X


Stories. Be it a parable of Jesus, a C. S. Lewis fantasy, or a movie such as Saving Private Ryan, stories have been around since Creation, a means of both education and entertainment.

By far, our favorite way to listen to a story today is at the movies, whether in a theater or a family room. Indeed, says Ken Gire, movies are the parables of our culture - earthly stories that sometimes have heavenly meanings.

Can we discern God's voice in the modern parable of film? Yes, it is there, sometimes loud and crystal-clear, sometimes barely a whisper, sometimes even despite the filmmaker's intent. In Reflections on the Movies, Ken helps us:

  • Sensitize our "eyes to see and ears to hear" God speaking
  • Develop the skills to understand moves and their themes
  • Learn to reflect on the medium as a form of spiritual enrichment

In 1999, Ken was one thirty Christians selected for a month-long study under some of the film industry's top talent in Hollywood. He has led numerous spiritual retreats where he has used movie clips to illustrate his messages. This book is designed to help you become more spiritually sensitive to the everyday moments in life.

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You Can Be Happy No Matter What

coverBy Richard Carlson
ISBN 1-57731-064-0

Description:In this revised edition, best-selling author and nationally known stress management consultant Dr. Richard Carlson reveals a profound breakthrough in human psychology. Most of us believe that our happiness depends on outside circumstances, that by solving our problems, improving our relationships, or achieving success we will find contentment. But Dr. Carlson clearly shows that happiness has nothing to do with forces beyond our control - and, in fact, our natural state is contentment. With this simple and practical guide, Dr. Carlson shows us how to be happy now, before we solve our problems. By understanding five principles - Thought, Moods, Separate Realities, Feelings, and the Present Moment - we can discover a new mode of living that doesn't repress natural emotions, yet where feelings and thoughts don't overwhelm us either. You Can Be Happy No Matter What is a navigational tool that gently guides readers through life's challenges and restores the joy of living along the way.

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Going for the Max!:

cover12 Principles for Living Life to the Fullest
By Max Cleland

ISBN 0-80542-021-5

Description:In "Going for the Max!", Senator Cleland shares what he learned on the long road back to self-esteem and success from a life of brokenness, pain, and despair. The 12 principles he shares are simple, positive, and powerful.

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