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Elisabeth Elliot, “Through Gates of Splendor”

Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot Through Gates of Splendor is a 1957 best selling book written by Elisabeth Elliot. The book tells the story of Operation Auca, an attempt by five American missionaries – Jim Elliot (the author’s husband), Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian – to reach the Huaorani tribe of eastern Ecuador. All five of the men were killed by the tribe. The book is Elliot’s first book, and arguably her most well known work.

The title is derived from the fourth stanza of the hymn “We Rest on Thee”. This hymn was famously sung by the missionaries before the men left for Waodaoni territory in September 1955. The lines read:

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender.
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
Power to the strong and death to the weak.

Elliot wrote this classic while still a missionary in Ecuador. She wrote at the request and cooperation from the families of the five men. She was given copies of letters and other writings which are extensively quoted throughout the book. The original edition was first published in 1957, one year before the first peaceful contact with the Huaorani was made. In subsequent publications, epilogues have been added to update what has happened to the Huaorani tribe since Operation Auca, as well as, what has happened to the missionaries’ families.

I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.

God is God. I dethrone Him in my heart if I demand that He act in ways that satisfy my idea of justice. It is the same spirit that taunted, “If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the Cross.” There is unbelief, there is even rebellion, in the attitude that says, “God has no right to do this to five men unless…

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Rosalind Rinker, “Prayer: Conversing with God”

Prayer, Conversing with God by Rosalind Rinker “Prayer is a dialogue between two persons who love each other.” With this profound insight, Rosalind Rinker, writer, missionary, and dedicated evangelical worker, gives the key to a simple yet powerfully effective method of increasing the joy and meaning of your prayers. As nearly one million readers have discovered, Prayer: Conversing With God is a fresh and inspiring guide, based on the eternal promise: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.

This has to be one of the best books ever written on prayer. Rosalind wrote this book out of her own personal frustration with prayer groups and so-called prayer meetings. Our 21st century prayer groups can be just as unfulfilling as those she experienced half a century ago. If you really want to understand what she means when she says, “Prayer is a dialogue between two people who love each other,” try what she suggests. Find one or two others to join you and follow her guidance. You’ll find that prayer isn’t dry and boring, rather it’s a refreshing retreat that bring great blessings. If you’re looking for a book that’s not just philosophy and hype. You won’t be disappointed in this one.

Someone has said, “Right prayer demands a quieting of the whole being.” We need to learn to be quiet, and to be consciously aware of Jesus Christ. We cannot pray quietly if we are in a hurry to get going again. It is in the silences, between prayers, that He speaks to us, and that our communion with Him purges and renews us. We should give audible thanks after such a time of silence. When no one is praying audibly, all should be praying silently, and should be so instructed. We are not there primarily to “get things” but to realize God’s presence. This is the greatest answer to prayer, that we are consciously aware of the Great Shepherd and His unchanging love for us. ~Rosalind Rinker

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Nancy Leigh DeMoss, “Lies Women Believe”

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Satan is the master deceiver and his lies are endless. And the lies Christian women believe are at the root of most of their struggles.

“Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation,” says Nancy Leigh DeMoss. “Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing for approval. Still others are emotional prisoners.”

In this bestselling book, Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women — lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life.

Nancy offers the most effective weapon to ounter and overcome Satan’s deceptions — God’s truth! Her love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, and permeate her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs–Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.

If you are looking for a book that will challenge you, and inspire you to grow in your personal walk of faith, Nancy’s book will satisfy. Don’t walk, run to the Christian book store and get a copy today!

Do you know who you are? God made you a woman. Accept His gift. Don’t be afraid to be feminine and to add physical and spiritual loveliness to the setting where He has placed you. You are a child of God. You are a part of the bride of Christ. You belong to the King–you are royalty. Dress and conduct yourself in a way that reflects your high and holy calling. God has called you out of this world’s system–don’t let the world press you into its mold. Don’t think, dress, or act like the world; inwardly and outwardly, let others see the difference He makes in your life. ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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John Eldredge, “Wild at Heart”

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge Every man was once a boy. And every little has dreams, big dreams, dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty. But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man? Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are . . . bored.

John Eldredge revises and updates his best-selling, renowned Christian classic, Wild at Heart, and in it invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man’s soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer. John Eldredge is the director of Ransomed Heart.

Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.

A man needs a much bigger orbit than a woman. He needs a mission, a life purpose, and he needs to know his name. Only then is he fit for a woman, for only then does he have something to invite her into.

I wasn’t mean; I wasn’t evil. I was nice. And let me tell you, a hesitant man is the last thing in the world a woman needs. She needs a lover and a warrior, not a Really Nice Guy.

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, because what the world needs are men who have come alive.

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John Hagee, “The Three Heavens”

The Three Heavens by John Hagee Battles are raging between angels and demons over you.

John Hagee’s breathtaking biblical tour of the three heaves takes you inside the timeless clash between the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness and explains why that battle makes all the difference.

In The Three Heavens, Hagee uses the Word of God, science, and incredible true stories of the supernatural to explore the First Heaven. He then exposes Satan’s diabolical tactics in the Second Heaven and how they affect each one of us. Finally, he looks at the deep riches of the Third Heaven and how our hope of that eternal home changes our life on earth.

Pastor John Hagee is the author of several New York Times best-sellers, including Four Blood Moons (more than 700,000 in print) and Jerusalem Countdown, which has sold over one million copies. He is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members.

Surrounding us is a spirit world, far more populous, powerful, and resourceful than our own visible world of human beings. Spirits, good and evil, wend their way in our midst. With lightning speed and noiseless movement they pass from place to place. They inhabit the spaces of the air about us. Some we know to be concerned for our welfare, others are set on our harm.

Have we as a society become radically desensitized to the violence and depravity that is flooding from movie and television studios? It is not that we have become more broad-minded and intellectual; it is that we have adapted to the demonic and have become comfortable in the presence of evil.

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Warren Wiersbe, “50 People Every Christian Should Know”

50 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren Wiersbe This book combines Wiersbe’s Living with the Giants and Victorious Christians You Should Know, plus a new preface, and two new biographies. You will find strength in these stories.

We all need inspiration to lead lives that honor God. When our faith is weak or the pressures of the world seem overwhelming, remembering the great men and women of the past can inspire us to renewed strength and purpose. Our spiritual struggles are not new, and the stories of those who have gone before can help lead the way to our own victories.

50 People Every Christian Should Know gives a glimpse into the lives of such people as:

•Charles H. Spurgeon: The Prince of Preachers
•G. Campbell Morgan: The Prince of Expositors
•A. W. Tozer: The Theologian
•Fanny Crosby: The Songwriter
•Amy Carmichael: The Light of India
•Jonathan Edwards: The Founder
•James Hudson Taylor: The Missionary

Combining the stories of fifty of these faithful men and women, beloved author Warren W. Wiersbe offers you insight and encouragement for life’s uncertain journey.

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“Before Amen” by Max Lucado

Before Amen by Max Lucado We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray.

But wouldn’t we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency?

Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests.

We aren’t the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested.

And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn’t we use the same?

In Before Amen best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Distilling prayers in the Bible down to one pocket-sized prayer, Lucado reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. Let the conversation begin.

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