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Books, Music, DVD’s – From your local Christian Bookstore

Please order from your local Christian bookstore

– All accepting online and/or phone orders, some are now open limited hours.

House of James, Abbotsford – www.houseofjames.com – 604-852-3701
InHouse Christian Books, Surrey – www.inhousechristian.com – 604-584-0727
Pilgrim Book and Bible, Vancouver – www.pilgrimbookandbible.com – 604-437-3117
Regent College Bookstore, Vancouver – aerbook.com/store/regent
Christian Book and Music, Victoria – www.christianbookandmusic.com – 250-384-7534
Kennedy’s Parable, Kelowna – www.kennedysparable.com – 250-762-8444

 

Product recommendations:

Recommended by Lando Klassen, House of James, Abbotsford – Click Here

 

Recommended by Mike and Melanie Easton, Christian Book and Music, Victoria and Nanaimo

 

Recommendations from Regent College Bookstore – Click Here

 

 

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Recommended by Lando Klassen, House of James, Abbotsford

 

Inseparable: How Family and Sacrifice Forged a Path to the NFL
by Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin with Mark Schlabach
Thomas Nelson

Much more than a sports memoir, in Inseparable Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin share the previously untold details of the powerful and inspiring story behind the modern NFL’s first one-handed player, and his twin brother’s unrelenting devotion, sacrifice, and love. It’s the story of Shaquem’s understanding of God’s purpose for his life—to inspire others to stop being afraid and to stop making excuses—and his family’s unwavering support in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The Griffins’ unlikely underdog story has already captured the imagination of millions of football fans and physically challenged people around the world.

 

 

 

 

Gentle on My Mind: In Sickness and in Health with Glen Campbell
Kim Campbell
Thomas Nelson

The page-turning, never-before-told story of Kim Campbell’s roller-coaster thirty-four-year marriage to music legend Glen Campbell, including how Kim helped Glen finally conquer his addictions only to face their greatest challenge when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Kim Campbell was a fresh-faced twenty-two-year-old dancer at Radio City Music Hall when a friend introduced her to Glen Campbell, the chart-topping, Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated entertainer. The two performers from small Southern towns quickly fell in love, a bond that produced a thirty-four-year marriage and three children.

In Gentle on My Mind, Kim tells the complete, no-holds-barred story of their relationship, recounting the highest of highs—award shows, acclaimed performances, the birth of their children, encounters with Mick Fleetwood, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson, Alice Cooper, Jane Seymour, and others—and the lowest of lows, including battles with alcohol and drug addiction and, finally, Glen’s diagnosis, decline, and death from Alzheimer’s.

With extraordinary candor, astonishing bravery, and a lively sense of humor, Kim reveals the whole truth of life with an entertainment giant and of caring for and loving him amid the extraordinary challenge of Alzheimer’s disease. This is a remarkable account of enduring love, quiet strength, and never-faltering faith.

 

 

 

Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon
Ray Rhodes Jr | R Albert Mohler Jr
Moody Publishers

The definitive biography of Susannah Spurgeon.

While many Christians recognize the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, the beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with the life and legacy of his wife, Susie.  Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God who had a tremendous ministry in her own right, as well as in support of her husband. Even while dealing with serious health issues, she administered a book fund for poor pastors, edited and published her husband’s sermons and other writings, led a pastor’s aid ministry, wrote five books, made her home a hub of hospitality, and was instrumental in planting a church. And as her own writing attests, she was also a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.

Now, for the first time, Susie brings this vibrant woman’s story to modern readers. Ray Rhodes Jr. examines Susannah’s life, showing that she was not only the wife of London’s most famous preacher, but also a woman who gave all she had in grateful service to the Lord.

Susie is an inspiring and encouraging account of a truly remarkable woman of faith that will delight Spurgeon devotees and fans of Christian biographies alike.

“I am writing in my husband’s study, where he thought, and prayed, and wrote. Every inch of the place is sacred ground. Everything remains precisely as he left it. His books (now my most precious possessions), stand in shining rows upon the shelves, in exactly the order in which he placed them, and one might almost fancy the room was ready and waiting for its master. But oh! That empty chair! That great portrait over the door! The strange, solemn silence, which pervades the place now that he is no longer on earth! I kneel sometimes by his chair, and laying my head on the cushioned arms, which so long supported his dear form, I pour out my grief before the Lord, and tell Him again that though I am left alone, yet I know that ‘He hath done all things well’…”

 

 

 

Forged Through Fire: A Reconstructive Surgeon’s Story of Survival, Faith, and Healing
Mark D McDonough
Fleming H Revell Co

When Mark McDonough was a teen, a catastrophic fire claimed the lives of his mother and younger brother. It also left Mark with burns on over 65 percent of his body. During a long and painful recovery, his faltering faith in God was strengthened by a remarkable near-death experience. Inspired to pursue a career as a plastic surgeon to help those who suffer as he has, McDonough has overcome numerous other adversities on his journey, including addiction and a stroke. Now he shares his incredible true story of survival and perseverance to bring hope and healing to those dealing with great physical and emotional pain.

Anyone who has suffered or watched a loved one suffer from a personal trauma, disease, or loss that has tested or stolen their faith and exhausted their emotional resources will find real hope in this redemptive story.

 

 

 

While we Pray for Miracles God Gives us Grace.
Dave Jeffery

This book is for all of those believers who have prayed for a miracle but have not been healed or delivered. It tells the stories of ten such people and celebrates the grace that these people have been given by God to walk with Him through difficult times. It explains the scriptural basis for saying that miracles are rare, but grace is normal. It examines the results of a survey I conducted with 24 people, discussing their thoughts on these matters. Finally, it explores the different kinds of supernatural experiences God’s people are having today.
We all long for instant ends to our trials, quick fixes to our problems. Our churches can be guilty of putting too much focus on miracles and not enough on grace. God is capable of answering our prayers for healing and working miracles, yet He does so only rarely. When God demonstrates a strong preference for grace over miracles, who are we to disagree? In this book, I argue that we can celebrate and give thanks for this grace, rather than live in disappointment when miracles don’t happen.

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Awkward Side Hugs: Living as Christian Brothers and Sisters in a Sex-Crazed World
by Bronwyn Lea & Christine Caine 
Thomas Nelson

It doesn’t have to be this weird

When it comes to relationships between men and women, we have more questions than answers:

  • How do we keep relationships with the opposite sex healthy – and still hug each other after small group?
  • Is it possible for married men and women to be friends with people of the opposite sex?
  • What does it mean to be a woman if you’re not a wife, or a man if you’re not a husband?

Jesus’ pattern for church living was one of family – of brothers and sisters living in intimate, life-giving community with each other. With story, sensitivity, and hope, Beyond Awkward Side Hugs invites us to leave behind eroticized, fear-based patterns and move toward gendered, generous relationships between men and women of character as we love one another as Jesus did.

Beyond Awkward Side Hugs is a deep well of biblical wisdom, and Lea has written with nuance and clarity, humor and grace.”
– Jen Pollock Michel, author of Surprised by Paradox and Keeping Place

“The church desperately needs a bigger vision for how men and women can flourish together in ministry and friendship, and Bronwyn Lea paints a vivid picture for how we’ll get there.”
– Steve Wiens, author of Shining Like the SunBeginnings, and Whole

Houseofjames.com

 

 

 

Kings Falling
by Ronie Kendig
Book of the Wars # 2 (series)
Bethany House Publishers
Fiction / Christian – Suspense / Thrillers – Suspense / Action & Adventure

 

Leif Metcalfe and his team, dubbed Reaper, need to recover the stolen, ancient Book of the Wars if they hope to stop the Armageddon Coalition and their pursuit of global economic control. But their attention has been diverted by a prophecy in the book that foretells of formidable guardians who will decimate the enemies of ArC. While Iskra Todorova uses her connections in the covert underworld to hunt down the Book of the Wars, Leif and Reaper attempt to neutralize these agents, but quickly find themselves outmaneuvered and outgunned.

The more Reaper tries to stop the guardians, the more failure becomes a familiar, antagonistic foe. Friendships are fractured, and the team battles to hold it together long enough to defeat ArC. But as this millennia-old conspiracy creeps closer and closer to home, the implications could tear Leif and the team apart.

 

Book #1 – Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig

 

 

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The Crushing Depths
by Dani Pettrey
Coastal Guardians # 2 (series)
Bethany House Publishers

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumours are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.

Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems like it’ll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they’re cut off from any rescue – and right where the killer wants them. It’s a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.

 

Book #1 – The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

 

 

 

 

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Rage Against the MinivanLearning to Parent Without Perfection
by Kristen Howerton 
Convergent

A smart, irreverent personal manifesto challenging the idea that there’s a right way to raise kids, for anyone who has grown weary of the onslaught of expert advice and perfect Instagrams curated by influencer moms. 

Filled with her signature blend of humour, vulnerability, and insight, Rage Against the Minivan is the handbook Kristen Howerton wishes she’d had when she was a new mom. At its heart, it is about parents learning how to love better by letting themselves off the hook.

With her hard-earned knowledge gained from having four kids in four years, she navigates the emotional and sometimes messy waters of motherhood: the expectations, the anxiety, the total lack of control, and yes, the indignities of driving a minivan (which now sits in her driveway covered in crushed Cheerios and the remnants of her self-esteem).

Howerton shares her unexpected journey through motherhood, from infertility to adoption to divorce, and how she learned to quell her inner anxiety to do it all perfectly. As a mom of both white and black children, Howerton is an advocate for social justice, foster care reform, and helping fellow parents to step up to hard conversations about race with their kids. Her writing speaks to the thorny issues parents deal with every day while reminding them they are not alone on this unpredictable ride.

Rage Against the Minivan serves as a quiet resistance against the superficial obsessions of motherhood, from the kind of car we drive to looking like we’ve got it all together. Infused with heart and humour, it’s a permission slip to allow yourself to be a “good-enough” parent.

Houseofjames.com

 

 

 

 

 

Befriending Your MonstersFacing the Darkness of Your Fears to Experience the Light
by Luke Norsworthy & Annie Downs
Baker Books

 

Monsters aren’t real. As reasonable adults, we know this. But we also know that, while fake, the monsters of fairy tales, movies, and Netflix series embody our very real fears. Large, powerful beings that hunt us in the dark make us feel small, weak and vulnerable. When characters in these stories run away, they temporarily feel safe, but it’s not until the monster is faced head-on that the story can have a happy ending – and, more importantly, the hero can become all he or she was created to be.

The same is true of the monsters of the spiritual life. The monsters of comparison (I am what others say about me), more (I am what I have), and success (I am what I do) are powerful enemies of a healthy spiritual life. But ignoring them solves nothing. Pastor and speaker, Luke Norsworthy, wants you to face your monsters, get to know them, and discover how they are inviting you into a deeper understanding of yourself and a more intimate connection with God. You’ll never completely eradicate your fears, but if you befriend them, they can lead you into becoming God’s intention for you.

Houseofjames.com

 

 

 

 

Not CancelledCanadian Caremongering in the Face of COVID-19
by Heather Down & Catherine Kenwell 

Wintertickle Press | Echo Books

 

It took Heather Down and Catherine Kenwell just a little more than seven weeks to assemble the stories behind the 49 uplifting moments they chronicled during the pandemic.

The book includes everything from the tale of Robbie Griffiths, the father from Paradise, N.L. who dressed up as Spider-Man so kids could have something positive in their day, to Carter Mann, the Grade 5 student from Sudbury, Ont. who wrote a poem to inspire frontline heroes including his own father, who is a paramedic.

“There [are] stories from every single province,” Down told CTV News.

She wanted to highlight the fact that unlike most things in a lockdown, kindness was not cancelled –  a sentiment that became the title of the book.

Not Cancelled: Canadian Caremongering in the Face of COVID-19 is a reminder that a lot of positive things happened during lockdown.

Houseofjames.com

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendations from Regent College Bookstore

 

The Regent Bookstore is now open for mail orders (only). We hope to re-open for curbside pick-up in mid-July. Attached is a photo of our hard-working shipper, Andres. (PIC) Our updated hours during which we are responding to phone and email inquiries, and shipping orders are Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Below is a list of some recommended titles:

 

God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath

by N.T. Wright

(Zondervan)

Discover a different way of seeing and responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, an approach drawing on Scripture, Christian history, and the way of living, thinking, and praying revealed to us by Jesus.

What are we supposed to think about the Coronavirus crisis? Some people think they know: “This is a sign of the End,” they say. “It’s all predicted in the book of Revelation.” Others disagree but are equally clear: “This is a call to repent. God is judging the world and through this disease he’s telling us to change.” Some join in the chorus of blame and condemnation: “It’s the fault of the Chinese, the government, the World Health Organization…”

N. T. Wright examines these reactions to the virus and finds them wanting. Instead, he shows that a careful reading of the Bible and Christian history offers simple though profound answers to our many questions

 

 

 

The Cross and the Lynching Tree 

by James Cone

(Orbis)

not new but recommended

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally-charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.

 

 

 

 

 

Exiles on Missions: How Christians Can Thrive in a Post-Christian World 

by Paul Williams

(Brazos)

Many Christians in the West sense that traditional Christian teaching is losing traction in the public square. What does faithful Christian witness look like in a post-Christian culture?

Paul Williams, the CEO of one of the world’s largest and oldest Bible societies, interprets the dissonance Christians often experience while trying to live out their faith in the twenty-first century. He provides constructive tools to help readers understand culture in myriad contexts and offer a missional response. Williams calls for a truly missional understanding of post-Christendom Christianity whereby local churches are reimagined as embassies of the kingdom of God and Christians serve as ambassadors in all spheres of life and work.

This book invites readers to embrace the language of exile and imagine a hopeful mission of the scattered and gathered church in the post-Christian West. It shows a clear pathway for fruitful missional engagement for the whole people of God, helping Christians make sense of the world in which they live, more authentically integrate faith with everyday life, and orient all of their efforts within God’s missional purpose for the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Every Moment Holy: Pocket Edition 

by McKelvey Douglas, illustrations by Bustard Ned

(Rabbit Room)

This Pocket Edition is smaller in size and made with a flexible cover. It fits easily in a bag or glovebox or coat pocket–perfect for everyday use while on the move.  It includes all the liturgies from the Volume 1 hardcover edition plus a new liturgy from the forthcoming book featuring liturgies for seasons of dying and mourning.

-over 100 liturgies for daily life (including liturgies for meals)

-beautiful leather-bound flex-cover

-silk bookmark

Also includes two new illustrations by Ned Bustard.

 

 

 

 

Aging: Growing Old in the Church 

by Will Willimon

(Baker Academic)

 Publishers Weekly starred review

Seasoned pastor and church leader, Will Willimon, excels at creating thought-provoking, accessible books for working pastors and seminarians. In Aging, he takes a theologically-rich look at numerous aspects of growing old.

Drawing on Scripture, literature, current research, and his experiences as an aging adult, Willimon reflects on aging as a spiritual journey. He explores the challenging realities as well as the rewarding joys of growing old and shows pastors how to help their congregants grow old gracefully  and in good Christian hope. Willimon also offers practical advice on helping church members as they encounter retirement, aging, caring for the aging, loss, bereavement, and finding faith in the last quarter of life. This eloquent, delightfully Christian perspective on aging will be of interest to all who care for aging souls – not only pastors but also chaplains and other ministers in hospitals, hospices, and extended care facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Minister’s Wife: A Memoir of Faith, Doubt, Friendship, Loneliness, Forgiveness and More 

by Karen Stiller

(Tyndale)

 

She never expected to be a minister’s wife. And the life she discovered was more challenging, and more beautiful, than she could have anticipated.

We all wrestle with tough questions about life and faith, and Karen Stiller has learned that answers don’t come any easier when you’re married to the minister. What does it mean to live faithfully in our complicated world? Is there a place here for me – the real me? What does everyone expect of me, and what if I fail? In The Minister’s Wife, Karen shines a light on the rhythms and tough realities of the spiritual life for each and every one of us. She explores how community helps us grow; the unexpected beauty of doubt; the messy pain of families and funerals; how church can hurt and heal; and the beauty of showing up when sometimes it is more appealing to go to a coffee shop on a Sunday morning (even when you’re the pastor’s wife).

Warm, witty, and achingly honest, The Minister’s Wife is a memoir in essays on choosing to belong, and an invitation to join a spiritual adventure.

 

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Recommended by Mike and Melanie Easton, Christian Book and Music, Victoria and Nanaimo

 

The Crushing Depths
by Dani Pettrey
Coastal Guardians # 2 (series)
Bethany House Publishers

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumours are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.

Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems like it’ll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they’re cut off from any rescue – and right where the killer wants them. It’s a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.

 

Book #1 – The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul
Mark Buchanan
Zondervan

Drawing on Jesus’s example of walking, bestselling author Mark Buchanan explores one of the oldest spiritual practices of our faith. 

What happens when we literally walk out our Christian life? We discover the joy of traveling at the speed of our soul.

We often act as if faith is only about the mind. But what about our bodies? What does our physical being have to do with our spiritual life? When the Bible exhorts us to walk in the light, or walk by faith, or walk in truth, it means these things literally as much as figuratively. The Christian faith always involves walking out, as again and again we find the holy in the ordinary.

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, and then he was off. The most obvious thing about Jesus’s method of discipleship, in fact, is that he walked and invited others to walk with him. Jesus is always “on the way,” “arriving,” “leaving,” “approaching,” “coming upon.” It’s in the walking that his disciples are taught, formed, tested, empowered, and released. 

Part theology, part history, part field guide, God Walk explores walking as spiritual formation, walking as healing, walking as exercise, walking as prayer, walking as pilgrimage, suffering, friendship, and attentiveness. It is a book about being alongside the God who, incarnate in Jesus, turns to us as he passes by–always on foot–and says simply, “Come, follow me.”

With practical insight and biblical reflections told in his distinct voice, Buchanan provides specific walking exercises so you can immediately implement the practice of going “God speed.” Whether you are walking around the neighborhood or hiking in the mountains, walking offers the potential to awaken your life with Christ as it revives body and soul.

 

 

 

 

Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It
Bob Goff
Thomas Nelson

From New York Times bestselling author Bob Goff, the creator of the popular Dream Big conferences, a wildly inspiring yet utterly practical blueprint for helping readers find and reach their biggest dreams.

Bob Goff is on a mission to shake people into the version of their lives they dreamt about before someone told them it was impossible or incorrect. He wants people to reconnect with the seat of their passion and their person. He wants them to dream big.

In this revelatory new book, Goff takes readers on a life-proven journey to rediscover their dreams and turn them into reality. Based on his popular Dream Big workshop, Bob draws on a lifetime of living and dreaming large to help guide readers to reaching their larger-than-life dreams. In Dream Big he shows us how to:

  • learn to define clearly your dreams for yourself,
  • identify the obstacles holding you back,
  • come up with a specific plan for reaching goals, and
  • develop the tools that will help you act on the plan.

Dream Big is the only book you need to uncover the wild and exciting dream for your life you’ve hidden from yourself–and help you take the steps necessary to achieve it.

 

 

 

 

Seeing Jesus from the East: A Fresh Look at History’s Most Influential Figure
Ravi Zacharias | Abdu Murray
Zondervan

Encounter Jesus Like Never Before through Eastern Eyes

Throughout these pages, Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray invite readers to rediscover the cultural insights we often miss when we ignore the Eastern context of the Bible. They offer a refreshing picture of Jesus, one that appeals to Eastern readers and can penetrate the hearts and imaginations of postmodern Westerners.

In Seeing Jesus from the East, Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray show us why a broader view of Jesus is needed – one that recognizes the uniquely Eastern ways of thinking and communicating found in the pages of the Bible. Zacharias and Murray capture a revitalized gospel message, presenting it through this Eastern lens and revealing its power afresh to Western hearts and minds.

Incorporating story, vivid imagery, and the concepts of honor and shame, sacrifice, and rewards, Seeing Jesus from the East calls believers and skeptics, both Eastern and Western, to a fresh encounter with the living and boundless Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

The Day Approaching: An Israeli’s Message of Warning and Hope for the Last Days
Amir Tsarfati
Harvest House Publishers

Are You Noticing the Signs of the Times?

In the Bible, Jesus spoke about the signs that would make it clear His return is near. What are those signs? And are they evident today?

As a Jewish native Israeli who is a Christian, Amir Tsarfati has a distinct perspective that weaves biblical history, current events, and Bible prophecy together to shine light on the mysteries about the end times. From his vantage point in the Middle East and through careful Bible study, Amir points to evidence that informs us the return of the Lord is imminent.

In The Day Approaching, you will learn…

  • God’s plans for the world, Israel, the church, and you
  • that the signs of Christ’s return are visible all around us
  • about the smoke screen of deception that will lure people away from truth
  • how even now God is revealing Himself to people and changing their hearts
  • of the wonders that await us in Jesus’ future millennial kingdom

As you seek hope and clarity about earth’s final days, let the Bible alone be the resource you turn to for answers.

 

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