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What Did You Expect

Author : Paul Tripp
ISBN : 9781844749683
Genre : Religion
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More couples than I can number have been surprised that their marriage needs the regular rescue of grace. And because they did not take their Bible seriously they were caught short in that moment when the rubber meets the road in daily live, where grace was their only hope... 'So when you are sinned against or when the fallen world breaks your door down, don't lash out or run away. Stand in all your weakness and confusion and say, 'I am not alone. God is with me, and he is faithful, powerful and willing.' You can be realistic and hopeful at the very same time. Realistic expectations are not about hope without honesty, and they are not about honesty without hope. Realism is found at the junction of unabashed honesty and uncompromising hope. God's Word and God's grace make both possible in your marriage.'
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Author : Paul David Tripp
ISBN : 9780310598893
Genre : Religion
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The here and now is simply not able to bear the weight of our expectations. We’ve lost an eternal perspective, and it hurts us every day. Job disappointment, relationship struggles, and quiet feelings of disillusionment all signal that something is not quite right. Life only makes sense when you realize that all of the situations, locations, and relationships of your life were not designed to be a final resting place for your hopes and dreams, but tools of preparation for a destination to come. Living without eternity puts pressure on the here and now to be what it cannot be and to deliver what it cannot deliver. Countless people deal daily with the frustration of a life that has no “forever.” In Jesus Christ the hope of eternity is restored and, with it, a radical new way of understanding and facing the normal struggles of life in a world broken and waiting for restoration.
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Making Marriage Beautiful

Author : Dorothy Littell Greco
ISBN : 9781434710000
Genre : Religion
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What makes a marriage beautiful? Honesty? Compatibility? Physical and emotional intimacy? All of these are important, but there’s one component that determines the quality and longevity of a marriage more than anything else: a willingness to grow. Because a wedding joins together two imperfect people, all couples experience disappointment, conflict, and pain. How husbands and wives respond to these challenges determines the kind of people they will become and the kind of marriage they will have. Making Marriage Beautiful reveals how the pursuit of Christ results in profound transformation for both the individual and the marriage. Rather than offering clichés and formulas, Greco relies on candor, humor, and real life stories to bring encouragement and wisdom to all couples, regardless of whether they have been married four weeks or forty years.
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The Perfecting Storm

Author : Angel H. Davis
ISBN : 9780985303877
Genre : Family & Relationships
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The Perfecting Storm will help those experiencing the storms of marriage discern the real enemy of the soul, make changes in the marriage, and learn how current trials prepare a couple for future fulfillment.
Category: Family & Relationships

How People Change Leaders Guide

Author : Paul David Tripp
ISBN : 0977080706
Genre : Christian life
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This curriculum helps people to understand their own motivations and desires and grow in love for God and people. Participants will be challenged and equipped to experience the deep-down change that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings. The self-explanatory Facilitator's Guide provides extensive lesson content, directions on how to guide a small group through the Study Guide, homework discussion, CPR application, detailed illustrations, group discussion guide, and "Make It Real" life applications.
Category: Christian life

Black Lake

Author : Amanda Lybeck
ISBN : OCLC:1082266584
Genre : Children of suicide victims
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Black Lake lives as a creative non-fiction essay, chapbook of poetry and video installation art piece, meditating on grief, loss, and the tenth anniversary of my father's suicide. Born from a collection of poems, the works are intimate yet leave room for the reader to breathe and map their own personal experience onto the text. Black Lake is both a metaphor for grief and a physical place that has been in my family for generations. It is where we've spent time together. Where Grandma Tootie and Auntie Greta cooked a pancake and sausage breakfast I can still smell. Where we've spread ashes. To be consumed by grief is to jump into a black lake. Here I am connected to generations of family memory, to loss. I employed a method of cut-and-collage poetry, removing text from What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, a self-help book written by Paul David Tripp, to write the fragmented "erasure" poems. The source text explores failed relationships and communication, providing language to talk about the experience of losing a loved one to suicide, highlight the different ways that people grieve, and the way relationships inevitably shift following deep, collective loss. The project is an altar to my father, who died by suicide in November 2007; his brother, who died by suicide in December 2017; and a broader project that intends to speak to survivors of suicide and those that have felt deep grief. The chapbook is a collection of poems I re-worked, evolved, and grew over a span of eighteen months. I fused these collaged poems with scanned Polaroids, written portraits, and a crossed-out erasure. Words and phrases repeat and mutate in a circular motion. Like a tornado they gain momentum as they pull in words and fragments, spit out others, shift, and build upon layers of meaning that open over repetition and rehearsal. The essay emerges from a more advertently personal space, where I afford the reader an emotionally grounded perspective through the use of epigraphs, storytelling, and explorations of grief and guilt. I openly address the meaning of the word maybe in the wake of a suicide. I ask questions. I address my father directly yet also pan out into a reflection on Karen Green's Bough Down, a collection of poems written after her late husband David Foster Wallace's suicide. I also engage with other artists and thinkers that inspire me, including sculptor Eva Hesse, video installation artist Bill Viola, theorists André Bazin and Gaston Bachelard, among others. The video installation art piece is an immersive, participatory experience. I read a selection of poems and ask viewers to fill seedling starters with dirt and plant poem fragments printed on seed paper. I project footage of me scattering and planting poems at Black Lake over handmade fiberglass sculptures and lace set to a slowed-down soundtrack of the birds and water. I present Black Lake as an orchestrated space. Together, these pieces signify a few parts of what will grow to be a broader whole, where Black Lake will continue to emerge in a variety of forms and approaches, from which the beginning is creative non-fiction essay, chapbook, and video installation art exhibit.
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Redeeming Marriage

Author : Edward S. Gleason
ISBN : 0936384557
Genre : Anglican Communion
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"Meditation on the marriage vow" by an Episcopal priest.
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Meeting Of Religions And The Trinity

Author : Gavin D'Costa
ISBN : 0567087301
Genre : Religion
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One of the most discussed topics of our time is Christianity's relation to other religions. In this important new book, one of Britain's leading contemporary theologians develops a sharp and penetrating critique of the pluralist position. In the tradition of Alasdair MacIntyre and John Milbank, D'Costa shows that too often it masks a secularizing agenda, traceable to the worst apects of Enlightenment modernity. Even by its own criteria, pluralism does not succeed. D'Costa demonstrates this by exploring the 'meeting of the religions' in its leading exponents from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. He discovers the influence of Western modernist thought or else a veiled exclusivism not only in Hick, Knitter, Cohn-Sherbok and Panikkar, but even in Radhakrishnan and the Dalai Lama. He then goes on to establish an alternative Trinitarian approach to interreligious prayer and tolerance, drawing on recent discussions of other religions as 'vehicles of salvation'. The final section of the book represents the first major systematic theological study of interfaith prayer.
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