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"Ever since she was little, Leah Vernon was told what to believe and how to act. There wasn't any room for imperfection. Good Muslim girls listened more than they spoke. They didn't have a missing father or a mother with mental illness. They didn't have fat bodies or grow up wishing they could be like the white characters they saw on TV. They didn't have husbands who abused and cheated on them. They certainly didn't have secret abortions. In Unashamed, Vernon takes to task the myth of the perfect Muslim woman with frank dispatches on her love-hate relationship with her hijab and her faith, race, weight, mental illness, domestic violence, sexuality, the millennial world of dating, and the process of finding her voice. She opens up about her tumultuous adolescence living at the poverty line with her fiercely loving but troubled mother, her deadbeat dad, and her siblings, and the violent dissolution of her 10-year marriage. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, Vernon reflects on her experiences with hustling paycheck to paycheck, body-shaming, and redefining what it means to be a "good" Muslim"--
The first coffee of the day is a make-or-break moment. A robust, flavorful cup can clear the mind, cheer the soul, and boost self-confidence. A watery, bitter brew almost guarantees gloom. More than one billion people start their day by drinking a cup of coffee, making it the most popular drink worldwide, after water, and the coffee industry second in the worldwide economy, after oil. However, most people still consider coffee a guilty pleasure. One reason is that many think coffee contains only caffeine and is detrimental to health. In fact, coffee is far more than caffeine-it contains a complex mixture of bioactive compounds that can affect health positively, such as antioxidants, minerals, niacin, and lactones. This book debunks the myths surrounding coffee and proves that coffee in moderation can actually prevent many diseases. Extensive research has been conducted in the last twenty years, but the findings have been relegated to highly specialized journals which are inaccessible to most readers. Now, coffee drinkers rejoice-this book articulates the massive body of research that's been done in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy! Coffee has been and continues to be an important part of human history-economically, physiologically, and socially. It is the favorite drink of many celebrities and innovators, such as Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Jennifer Jones, Bill Gates, Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey, Jon Stewart, Dave Chapelle, and Madonna, as well as numerous historical figures, like Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon, Lord Byron, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Voltaire, Casanova, Goethe, Hemingway, Picasso, Balzac, and Wyatt Earp. There are lots of reasons to drink coffee every day, as the millions of customers who flock to coffeehouses to order a "special," double espresso or latte will attest. Wake up, smell and read all about coffee. 101 Reasons to Drink Coffee without Guilt provides an accessible, engaging, and illuminating exploration of this beloved beverage. Better than this book, only a coffee talk with the doc.
Unashamed of the Shame: My Life, My Story, My Experiences is for people that have and/or is/has been broken, abused, ashamed, cast aside, homeless, unashamed, pretty and not so pretty, and lastly, at their lowest in life and didn't see a way out but knew there would be a way out one day. When readers read this book, they will be able to relate with something in it, if not all of it. It was prophesized to me that I would write a book one day when I was sitting at home looking out the window down my driveway and the phone rang and I picked it up. Prophet Manassel was just talking and prophesizing to me and the second to last thing was "You will write that book."
If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection. Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age. This is the story of one man's journey to faith and freedom. *Cover/Interior design by Alex Medina, photography by Mary Caroline Mann
Shame is everywhere. Whether it's related to relationships, body image, work difficulties, or a secret sin, we all experience shame at some point in our lives. While shame can manifest itself in different ways—fear, regret, and anger—it ultimately points us to our most fundamental need as human beings: redemption. Shame never disappears in solitude, and Heather Davis Nelson invites us to not only be healed of our own shame but also be a part of healing for others. She shines the life-giving light of the gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, giving us courage us to walk out of shame’s shadows and offering hope for our bondage to brokenness. Through the gospel, we discover the only real and lasting antidote to shame: exchanging our shame for the righteousness of Christ alongside others on this same journey.
Bestselling author, speaker, and activist Christine Caine helps you overcome past guilt and live an unashamed life. Shame can take on many forms. It hides in the shadows of the most successful, confident and high-achieving woman who struggles with balancing her work and children, as well as in the heart of the broken, abused and downtrodden woman who has been told that she will never amount to anything. Shame hides in plain sight and can hold us back in ways we do not realize. But Christine Caine wants readers to know something: we can all be free. “I know. I’ve been there,” writes Christine. “I was schooled in shame. It has been my constant companion from my very earliest memories. I see shame everywhere I look in the world, including in the church. It creeps from heart to heart, growing in shadowy places, feeding on itself so that those struggling with it are too shamed to seek help from shame itself.” In Unashamed, Christine reveals the often-hidden consequences of shame—in her own life and the lives of so many Christian women—and invites you to join her in moving from a shame-filled to a shame-free life. In her passionate and candid style, Christine leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself how to believe that God is bigger than your mistakes, your inadequacies, your past, and your limitations. He is not only more powerful than anything you’ve done but also stronger than anything ever done to you. You can deal with your yesterday today, so that you can move on to what God has in store for you tomorrow—a powerful purpose and destiny he wants you to fulfill. Join the journey. Lay ahold of the power of Jesus Christ today and step into the future—his future for you—a beautiful, full, life-giving future, where you can even become a shame-lifter to others. Live unashamed! Dive deeper into the Unashamed message with the Unashamed video study and study guide. Available now.
Christy Award winner! The story of Rahab, book two in the popular Lineage of Grace series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind She was a woman with a past to whom God gave a future. Meet Rahab, one of the five women in the lineage of Christ. Exploited by men who saw only her beauty, she held fast to her faith in an all-powerful God and was rewarded by being grafted into the family tree of the Messiah. In Rahab’s compelling story, discover the overwhelming truth that God seeks and finds those whose hearts are tender toward Him, no matter how far away they are. This novella includes an in-depth Bible study, perfect for personal reflection or group discussion.
"But, I don't know how to study the Bible on my own." Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you have used this excuse yourself. The Unashamed was written to counteract this mind-set. As you go through this book you will learn essential skills and methods that will enable you to accurately study Scripture on your own. Personal Bible study is one of the most important and rewarding of all of the spiritual disciplines. We are commanded to "be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).
Go ahead and ask a question? Everyone has questions about sexual issues. Dr. Scott Farhart, a Christian gynecologist, addresses a wide range of topics for men, women and couples. "Finally-a wonderful resource on the issues of sexuality from a Christian perspective." -Don Colbert, M.D. Concerning sexual issues... You can have questions without problems... You can have problems without answers... In over twenty years of practice as a Christian gynecologist, I've learned that when it comes to sex, almost everyone has questions...and few people have a safe place where they can find honest answers. From teens wrestling with their own temptations and peer pressure to mature couples wanting to "be there" for each other after thirty-plus years of marriage, everyone has questions when it comes to sex. So I wrote this no-nonsence book addressing a wide range of topics for the young and single, the newlywed and those who have been married for years. I tackle issues unique to men, to women and to couples. It's a safe resource that your family can use for accurate medical information based upon godly principles. So go ahead...ask me a question. I'll give you straight answers that are medically sound and biblically based without making you feel ashamed or embarrassed. Read from cover to cover, or simply turn to the section that interests you...there's no question that's silly or unimportant. -DR. SCOTT FARHART
First Digital Edition; Grier Rating: A** Carolyn and Angie have been living together for awhile, but things between them are strained. Angie is not sure how she feels about Carolyn and is, therefore, ambivalent about their relationship. She enjoys their physical encounters, but often feels guilty about the sex afterwards. The situation between them becomes increasingly more stressful until, finally, Carolyn decides she has had enough – she grabs her coat and hits the town in search of true love in the lesbian bars. She meets a woman and goes home with her, hoping that she has finally met the woman of her dreams. Is her new flame the real thing? Will she help take Carolyn’s heart and mind off Angie? And what of Angie? Will she discover that she wants and needs Carolyn in her life… or will she release her, let her find happiness in the arms of another?