What Falls from the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds

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Zondervan #ad - When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, alone in her marriage, Esther is left empty, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life. Esther emery was a successful playwright and theater director, and loving it all - until, wife and mother, suddenly, she wasn’t.

Esther faces her addiction to electronica, and her longing to return to simpler days, her illusion of self-importance, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long.

Ultimately, esther’s unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace - and the God who created it - she has been searching for all along. For all the ways the internet makes you feel enriched and depleted, genuinely connected and wildly insufficient, What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God.

What Falls from the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds #ad - What falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. Something had to be done. What falls from the sky is esther’s fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet - 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives - in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset.

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Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith

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HarperOne #ad - The more overwhelmed i felt as i became involved in the myriads of problems facing my friends who experience poverty in America, the less pressure I felt to attain success or wealth or prestige. She writes: “the more i failed to communicate the love of God to my refugee friends, the more I experienced it for myself.

As the days, deeper, and the real work of learning to love and serve her neighbors grew harder, her hopeful enthusiasm began to wear off, her faith became challenged, and years went by, months, and more complex. And the more my world started to expand at the edges of my periphery, the more it became clear that life was more beautiful and more terrible than I had been told.

Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith #ad - In this collection of stunning and surprising essays, love, Mayfield invites readers to reconsider their concepts of justice, and reimagine being a citizen of this world and the upside-down kingdom of God.  . From childhood, D. L. Mayfield longed to be a missionary, so she was thrilled when the opportunity arose to work with a group of Somali Bantu refugees in her hometown of Portland, OR.

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At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises

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Paraclete Press #ad - In the midst of beauty and mess, work, by practicing the presence of god through rediscovering ancient contemplative teachings and practices solitude, and service and pairing them with domestic arts baking, chaos and monotony, Jerusalem Greer tells her story of finding redemption in what is rather than what could be, celebrations and mourning, gardening, prayer, study, sewing.

At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises #ad - Jerusalem writes with a raw honesty that reassures readers they are not alone in feeling not good enough, not wise enough, not Christian enough to figure out God’s plans. Jerusalem is active on facebook and pinterest and regularly posts on her blog ‘Slow Living in a Fast World’ where she records what she calls her “beautymess” attempts at living a sacramental life.

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The Crosswicks Journals: A Circle of Quiet, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, The Irrational Season, and Two-Part Invention

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Open Road Media #ad - The new york times–bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time takes an introspective look at her life and muses on creativity in these four memoirs.  . A circle of quiet: in a deeply personal account, L’Engle shares her journey to find balance between her career as an author and her responsibilities as a wife, mother, teacher, and Christian.

Two-part invention: l’engle beautifully evokes the life she and her husband, actor Hugh Franklin, built and the family they cherished. L’engle takes an unflinching look at diminishment and death, all the while celebrating the wonder of life and the bonds between mothers and daughters. Set against the lush backdrop of crosswicks, madeleine L’Engle’s family farmhouse in rural Connecticut, this series of memoirs reveals the complexity behind the beloved author whose works have long been cherished by children and adults alike.

The summer of the great-grandmother: four generations of family have gathered at Crosswicks to care for L’Engle’s ninety-year-old mother, whose health is rapidly declining and whose once astute mind is slipping into senility. The memoir follows the liturgical year from one Advent to the next, with L’Engle’s reflections on the changing seasons in her own life as a writer, wife, mother, and global citizen.

The Crosswicks Journals: A Circle of Quiet, The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, The Irrational Season, and Two-Part Invention #ad - Offering a new perspective into her writing and life and how the two inform each other, marriage, the National Book Award–winning author explores the meanings behind motherhood, and faith. Beginning with their very different childhoods, their life in New York City in the 1940s, and their years spent raising their children at Crosswicks, this is L’Engle’s most personal work yet.

The irrational season: exploring the intersection of science and religion, L’Engle uncovers how her spiritual convictions inform and enrich the everyday.

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More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated

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Zondervan #ad - Suddenly erin found herself standing in line for food stamps, turning down play dates because she couldn’t afford the gas, and ultimately walking into bankruptcy court in the eighth month of her third pregnancy. More than just making it tells the story of their breaking point, as well as the triumph of their comeback.

You can do the same. More than just making it will encourage readers to rise above their circumstances, empower them with money-saving tips, and reimagine the good life as God designed it outside the myth of the American Dream. When you’re trapped in a cycle of financial frustration, and you feel like you’ve tried everything only to end up with more month than money yet again, More Than Just Making It is your promise and pathway to thriving again.

More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated #ad - Take it from someone who’s been there. She was a stay-at-home-mom, and despite the fact that they had no debt to their name, her husband was supporting the family on a teacher’s salary, they were scrambling to make ends meet. It took hard work, and faith in god’s provision to reset their bank account as well as their hearts, creativity, but ultimately they found a new way to thrive and freedom from financial anxiety.

Learn how erin and her family saved enough money to put $30, buy a minivan in cash, 000 down on a home, and begin sending their daughter to private Christian school. Erin odom grew up in the private schools and neatly manicured lawns of Upper Middle Class America, but was thrown into low-income living during the economic crash.

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Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path

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Zondervan #ad - Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle—one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities and shift your focus to the journey that matters most. You live your days tightening your boot straps, wiping the sweat from your brow, chasing undiscovered happiness just around the bend.

Through a series of steep climbs—her husband's brain tumor, family loss, and public criticism—Erin learns just how much strength it takes to surrender it all, bankruptcy, and to veer right into grace. Life's answers are not always hidden where they seem. It's time to venture off the beaten path to see that we’ve already been given everything we need.

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path #ad - Before turning 30, she'd built a fan base of one million women worldwide and earned the title “The Nicest Girl Online” as she was praised for her authentic voice and effortless style. You’re here, but you want to be there. So you spend your life narrowing this divide, your journey, and you call this your race, your path.

The new york times applauded her, her friends and church admired her, and her husband and baby adored her. She had arrived at the ultimate destination. So why did she feel so lost? In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. We've already arrived.

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This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are

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Penguin Books #ad - Shopping Small Business Saturday. Can these efforts make a halfhearted resident happier? Will Blacksburg be the place she finally stays? What Warnick learns will inspire you to embrace your own community—and perhaps discover that the place where you live right now. In the spirit of gretchen rubin’s megaseller the happiness Project and Eric Weiner’s The Geography of Bliss, a journalist embarks on a project to discover what it takes to love where you liveThe average restless American will move 11.

7 times in a lifetime. She also speaks with frequent movers and loyal stayers around the country to learn what draws highly mobile Americans to a new city, and what makes us stay. Is home. From the Hardcover edition. For melody warnick, virginia, from Austin, it was move #6, Texas, to Blacksburg, that threatened to unhinge her.

This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are #ad - . Inspired by a growing movement of placemaking, she examines what its practitioners are doing to create likeable locales. Dining with her neighbors. Marching in the town Christmas parade. Rather than hold her breath and hope this new town would be her family’s perfect fit, she would figure out how to fall in love with it—no matter what.

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The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

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Thomas Nelson #ad - A simple way to connect your neighborhood, your community and build friendships. Alongside personal and heartwarming stories, kristin gives you: stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise TableSimple recipes to take outside and share with othersStories from people using Turquoise Tables in their neighborhoodsEncouragement to overcome barriers that keep you from connectingNew ways to view hospitality Today, Turquoise Tables are inviting individuals to connect with each other in nearly all fifty states and seven countries.

The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard #ad - Ordinary people like you wanting to make a difference right where they live. Community and friendship are waiting just outside your front door. Life changed in her community and it can change in yours, too. Are you consumed with a busy life but unsure how to slow down? do you desire connection within your community and think, but i don’t have time for that” or “I can’t create that”? What if there was another way through it all, comfortable connection? What if meeting neighbors and connecting with friends was as simple as showing up and being available?Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, “Absolutely, a way to find those moments of peace and to create a time for honest, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her.

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I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

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Baker Books #ad - For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd rather be reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast what Should I Read Next?, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.

The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone's life, I'd Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today.

I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life #ad - Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us.

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At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe

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Thomas Nelson #ad - They lived as expats for most of a decade. They’ve been back in the states—now with three kids under ten—for four years, and while home is nice, they are filled with wanderlust and long to answer the call. Why not? the kids are all old enough to carry their own backpacks but still young enough to be uprooted, so a trip—a nine-months-long trip—is planned.

At home in the world follows their journey from China to New Zealand, Ethiopia to England, and more. As tsh oxenreider, chronicles her family’s adventure around the world—seeing, smelling, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way—she discovers what it truly means to be at home.

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe #ad - The wide world is calling. Americans tsh and Kyle met and married in Kosovo. And all the while tsh grapples with the concept of home, as she learns what it means to be lost—yet at home—in the world. In this candid, thought-provoking account, funny, Tsh shows that it’s possible to combine a love for adventure with a love for home.

Gretchen rubin,  new york times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. They traverse bumpy roads, stand in awe before a waterfall that feels like the edge of the earth, and chase each other through three-foot-wide passageways in Venice.

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Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World

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Bethany House Publishers #ad - God commands us to "remember the sabbath, " but is it realistic in today's fast-paced culture? In this warm and helpful book, a morning, Shelly Miller dispels legalistic ideas about Sabbath and shows how even busy people can implement a rhythm of rest into their lives--whether for an hour, or a whole day.

Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World #ad - Sabbath is a gift from God to be embraced, not a spiritual hoop to jump through. You will learn simple ways to be intentional about rest, ideas for tuning out distractions and tuning in God, and even how meals and other times with friends and family can be Sabbath experiences. Ultimately, this book is an invitation to those who long for rest but don't know how to make it a reality.

With encouraging stories from people in different stages in life, Miller shares practical advice for having peaceful, close times with God. An inspiring, practical guide to finding Rest and Getting Closer to God Sabbath-keeping not only brings physical refreshment, it restores the soul.

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