Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the hidden hand of God that changed history Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson&rsquos family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie&rsquos humanity that few have taken the time to see. Branch Rickey, the famed owner who risked it all by signing Jackie to his first contract, is also shown as a complex individual who wanted nothing more than to make his God-fearing mother proud of him. Few kn ... more
Five running backs were selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Jamaal Charles was not among them. Despite piling up the fourth-most rushing yards at the University of Texas in just three seasons, he waited for eight other running backs to get selected ahead of him.
The Middle School Rules of Jamaal Charles features the stories and lessons of Jamaal?s childhood, defined by people overlooking him. Young readers will see how Jamaal deals with bullying and endures teasing because of a long undiagnosed learning disability that enabled him to participate in the Special Olympics as a 10-year-old. The gold medals he won at the Special Olympics empowered him, and Jamaal displayed a rare work ethic and determ ... more
Louise Troh--fiancee of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man ever to die of Ebola in America--breaks her silence about her experience in this deeply moving memoir, chronicling the decade-long love story that starts in Liberia and ends in an isolation ward in Dallas, Texas.
Stars of HGTV's "Fixer Upper," Chip and Joanna Gaines have garnered fans across the country with their creativity, humor and their wholesome example of marriage and family.
In The Magnolia Story, they share their journey of how they met, their first renovation project, business ups and downs, and the fateful day when Joanna's design work caught the eye of a television producer. Since then, they've not only flipped houses and made people's dreams come true, they've become America's favorite real-life couple. Reading their story, you'll feel like you're sitting at the table with friends you've always known.
In Seven Men, "New York Times" best-selling author Eric Metaxas presents seven exquisitely crafted short portraits of widely known--but not well understood--Christian men, each of whom uniquely showcases a commitment to live by certain virtues in the truth of the gospel.
Written in a beautiful and engaging style, Seven Men addresses what it means (or should mean) to be a man today, at a time when media and popular culture present images of masculinity that are not the picture presented in Scripture and historic civil life. What does it take to be a true exemplar as a father, brother, husband, leader, coach, counselor, change agent, and wise man? What does it mean to stand for honesty, courage, and charit ... more
Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, a simple, uneducated, young Polish nun receives a special call. Jesus tells her "I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish mankind, but I desire the heal it, pressing it to My merciful heart." Jesus also tells her to record His message of mercy in a diary: "You are the secretary of My mercy. I have chosen you for that office in this and the next life." These words of Jesus are found in the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, which chronicles Sr. Faustina's great experience of Divine Mercy in her soul and her mission to share that mercy with the world. In the Diary this woman mystic's childlike trust, simplicity, and intimacy wit ... more
In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to the enormously successful "Seven Men," "New York Times" best-selling author Eric Metaxas gives us seven captivating portraits of some of history's greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God's call upon their lives--"as women."
Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages--Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks--is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God's call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr's death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn-w ... more
In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, former devout Muslim Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with the friendships, investigations, and dreams and visions he encountered along the way. Many Westerners are confused about Islam, somewhat fearful of Muslims, or simply uninformed about the relationship between the Islamic and Christian faiths.
In turn, many Muslims are hindered by cultural, intellectual, and theological barriers from understanding, or even rightly hearing, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout his story Qureshi provides a compassionate yet powerful apologetic for Christianity over Islam, with an emphasis on relationships and love.
"If I ever become a Saint-I will surely be one of "darkness" I will continually be absent from Heaven-to lit the light of those in darkness on earth." - Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion to people of all religions; her extraordinary contributions to the care of the sick, the dying, and thousands of others nobody else was prepared to look after has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. Little is known, however, about her own spiritual heights or her struggles.
This collection of letters she wrote to her spiritual advisors over decades, almost all of which have never been made public before, sheds ligh ... more
Pope Benedict made history by being the first Pope in over 700 years to resign from office. The Catholic Church the world over was stunned. Worn out by corruption in the Church and by an endless series of clerical sex scandals, he decided that the resolution of all these problems was outside his power for a man of his age.
Last Testament is nearest to an autobiography from the shy and private man who has remained hidden to the world in a former convent in the Vatican gardens. He breaks his silence on issues such as:
- The Vatileaks case in which his butler leaked some of his personal letters that alleged corruption and scandal in the Vatican - The presence of a gay lobby within the Vatican and h ... more
In "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus," now expanded with bonus content, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.
Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world's greatest religions.
Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus ... more
Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover.
That s the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It s a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn t just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system.
Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy s horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costn ... more
What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother's heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn't know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved, so broken by the people and the children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to r ... more
The day Lacey Sturm planned to kill herself was the day her grandmother forced her to go to church, a place Lacey thought was filled with hypocrites, fakers, and simpletons. The screaming match she had with her grandmother was the reason she went to church. What she found there was the Reason she is alive today.
With raw vulnerability, this hard rock princess tells her own story of physical abuse, drug use, suicide attempts, and more--and her ultimate salvation. She asks the hard questions so many young people are asking--"Why am I here?" "Why am I empty?" "Why should I go on living?"--showing readers that beyond the temporary highs and the soul-crushing lows there is a reason they exist and a purpose for their l ... more
In 1981, a simple nun, using merely her entrepreneurial instincts and $200, launched what would become the world's largest religious media empire in the garage of a Birmingham, Alabama, monastery. Under her guidance, the Eternal Word Television Network grew at a staggering pace, both in viewership and in influence, to where it now reaches over a hundred million viewers in hundreds of countries around the globe.
Raymond Arroyo combines his journalist's objectivity and eye for detail with more than five years of exclusive interviews with Mother Angelica. He traces Mother Angelica's tortured rise to success and exposes for the first time the fierce opposition she faced, both outside and inside of her church.
From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Amazing Grace," a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.
A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.
After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Fuhrer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age 39. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the 20th century.
Corrie ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. "Oh, the poor woman, " Corrie cried. "Yes. May God forgive her, " Betsie replied. And, once again, Corrie realized that it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards that her sister prayed.
Both women had been sent to the camp for helping the Jews. Christ's spirit and words were their guide; it was His persecuted people they tried to save -- at the risk of their own lives; it was His strengt that sustained them through times of profound horror.
Here is a book aglow with the glory of God and the courage of a quiet Christian spinster whose life was transformed by it. A story of Christ's message and the c ... more
The world was shocked when the letters of Mother Teresa were published last year for the first time. The media focused attention at once on the unexpected phenomenon of darkness in the life of the saint, the astonishing revelation that, for decades, Mother Teresa had struggled mightily with belief in God. To some, this seemed to lend support to the arguments of the "new atheists." But what we are offered in this beautiful book is, at last, a serious grappling with the deeper meaning of her darkness, a work of sharp and unusual insight, written by someone who knew her.
In this intimate look at her "private writings," Paul Murray illumines the meaning of a life which is only now beginning to be understood.
In the last couple of years, Stephen Curry has reshaped the way basketball is played, been proclaimed the best shooter in basketball history (with the stats to back him up), morphed into the baby-faced face of the NBA, and has been lauded by many experts as the best player on the planet. In this fun, fact-filled biography, Playing with Purpose author Mike Yorkey shows how this likable, humble, and soft-spoken basketball player is living out his faith using words only when necessary.
The Father's Dream coming true is about a son's journey of failures, victories and surprises, with many sacrifices being made by family members. His path was also made possible by the contributions of the several friends and associates along the way. His induction into The Baltimore Oriole's Hall of Fame was the culmination of his career, all while acknowledging that God was in control at all times.
The forward is written by former Major League Baseball Commissioner, Peter Ueberroth, with an Introduction written by Roland Hemond, voted Major League Executive of the Year for three different years.
The book contains testimonies from well known former Major League players, Bobby Grich, Doug DeCinces, Joe Ru ... more
Have you ever watched a T.V. program or read a newspaper article where a commentator clumsily illustrates his complete ignorance of Christianity and its claims How often have you rolled your eyes and immediately discounted what is being said saying to yourself Well why should I listen to them when they obviously havent got a clue How then can we expect to witness effectively to those of the Muslim faith if all that we know of Islam is picked up from passing references in the media This fascinating book provides Christians with a simple description of the origins of Islam what Muslims believe and how it affects their attitudes worldview everyday life and culture. Practical guidelines are given for relating to Muslims in a ... more
"I am the grandson of Bishop Sam Mullet, who was arrested for the Amish beard-cutting attacks. This is my story."
Beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in the middle of the night. Five incidents. Nine victims. How could members of a Christian tradition known for peace and forgiveness enact such violence? What could make members of one Amish group turn against other Amish? In "Breakaway Amish," Johnny Mast tells in riveting detail how his Amish community became increasingly isolated from other Amish people, and how the wishes and edicts of his grandfather, Bishop Sam Mullet, overtook daily life in the group. Over time, members became convinced that cutting their own hair was a sign of repentance and remorse. When th ... more