Lifelong Love Affair Jimmy Evans with Frank Martin Hardcover, 231 pp., $19.99 Baker Books (September 1, 2012)
God didn’t create marriage to frustrate us, test us, or to make us feel unworthy or inadequate. He created marriage to be the most fulfilling and sacred of all human covenants. And it was meant to last a lifetime. With more marriages today ending in divorces than ever before, and more young people cohabiting rather than getting married, the message of this book is sorely needed. Any married couple and anyone considering marriage will find Lifelong Love Affair an essential tool they will turn to again and again for inspiration and strength.
Make College Count Derek Melleby Hardcover, 120 pp., $12.99 Baker Books (March 1, 2011)
There’s more to college than classes, credits, and a nonstop social life. It’s more than getting a degree to improve one’s job prospects. College is a time where students develop into the adults they will be for the rest of their lives, a time to explore the big questions about life and human destiny, a time when they form their character and faith. The perfect gift for high school graduation, Make College Count helps students make the most of their time in college. It encourages young people to ask important questions of themselves.
The Measure of Our Success Shawn Lovejoy Paperback, 183 pp., $14.99 Baker Books (May 1, 2012)
How do pastors measure success? Is it through the number of people who fill the pews on Sunday morning? Is it tied to programs, building projects, salary, or book deals? Is it about how much technology they use or what their worship band sounds like? Shawn Lovejoy has seen all of these measures of success lead pastors toward pride, self-reliance, loneliness, isolation, exhaustion, and, in the most extreme cases, self-destruction. In this honest and encouraging book, he calls pastors back to the “main thing”–the call to love people and make disciples.
The Art of Neighboring Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon Paperback, 208 pp., $14.99 Baker Books (August 1, 2012)
In our time of unprecedented mobility and increasing isolationism, we have hundreds of “friends” through social networking, but don’t even know the full name of the person who lives next door. This unique and inspiring book asks the question: What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building? Through compelling true stories of lives impacted, the authors show readers how to create genuine friendships with the people who live in closest proximity to them.
Redeeming Church Conflict Tara Klena Barthel and David V. Edling Paperback, 256 pp., $16.99 Baker Books (May 1, 2012)
Turn church conflict into an opportunity for grace. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth for both individuals and entire churches. Redeeming church conflicts–making something glorious out of something painful–provides evidence to a watching world that the gospel is real and powerful. In this hope-filled and practical book, two church conflict resolution experts take you through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to provide a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation.