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Recommended Books


Rev. Cody Mills has put together a list of books that help you understand the love that Jesus Christ has for His people, learning the Lutheran Confession, and books to help families learn truth rooted in scripture. These books fill different needs.


Jesus + Nothing = Everything

It’s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is all about. We struggle so much, work so hard, and fail so often that we frequently sense something in the equation of life must be missing.

Tullian Tchividjian argues that what we are missing is the gospel and a fuller, more powerful understanding of Jesus and what his finished work means for everyday life.

During a year of great turmoil, Pastor Tchividjian discovered the power of the gospel in his own life. Sharing his story of how Jesus became more real to him, Tchividjian delves deeply into the fundamentals of the faith, explaining the implications of Christ’s sufficiency and revelation that sets us free and keeps us anchored through life’s storms.

Ultimately, Tchividjian reminds us that Jesus is the whole of the equation as he boldly proclaims that Jesus plus nothing really is everything.

About me books

God's Design for Sex Series

Prepare your kids now for the pressures and relationships they'll experience as teens and adults. These award-winning illustrated books give you age-appropriate, biblically based information to help you talk openly with your children about sex and answer their questions about God's design for families; breastfeeding; puberty; intercourse; and other tough issues. Four softcovers, from NavPress.

This Product Contains The Following 4 Items:

  • God's Design for Sex Series, Book 1: The Story of Me, Revised

  • God's Design for Sex Series, Book 2: Before I Was Born, Revised

  • God's Design for Sex Series, Book 3: What's the Big Deal? Why God Cares About Sex, Revised

  • God's Design for Sex Series, Book 4: Facing the Facts: The Truth About Sex and You, Revised


Day by Day: 365 Devotional Readings from Martin Luther

An engaging daily devotion that will increase your familiarity of the Father of the Reformation. Each short devotion is adapted from the wealth of Luther's writings and includes a suggested Scripture reading.

Mom and Dad What is sex

Mom, Dad…What’s Sex?:Giving Your Kids a Gospel-Centered View of Sex and Our Culture

A Healthy View of Sexuality Starts with God

God created sex to be good, but as our culture continues to drift farther from a biblical worldview, so has a healthy view of sexuality. Instead of instilling a positive perspective of sex and identity in our children, the church has taken a defensive approach, giving our kids a long list of "do nots" with no words of hope or redemption.

Do you want something better for your child?

It's time to rediscover God's plan for sexuality and the Bible is a great place to start. Let's Talk Sex will equip you to

  • engage God's Word, the culture, and, in turn, your child on the topic of sex

  • understand the driving influences on pop culture and social media on your kid

  • share a gospel-centered, hopeful message with your son or daughter

Give your child a healthy view of sexuality grounded in biblical truth—recognizing the gift of intimacy, the reality of brokenness, and the redeeming work of our Savior.


Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace

This book deals with the way fathers, and the subject of fatherhood, are treated in modern culture. Dr. Keith brings his experience with family, students, great mentors, and friends to bear on a subject that is crying out for attention. Equally, he brings his Christian faith, a scholarly eye for detail, and an ear for story along on the journey and works with the reader to navigate a path to a better country where the Father blesses His children and is honored.


Good News for Anxious Christians

Like a succession of failed diet regimens, the much-touted techniques that are supposed to bring us closer to God "in our hearts" can instead make us feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. How can we meet and know God with ongoing joy rather than experiencing the Christian life as a series of guilt-inducing disappointments? Phillip Cary explains that knowing God is a gradual, long-term process that comes through the Bible experienced in Christian community, not a to-do list designed to help us live the Christian life "right. " This clearly written book covers ten things Christians don't have to do to be close to God, such as hear God's voice in their hearts, find God's will for their lives, and believe their intuitions are the Holy Spirit. Cary skillfully unpacks the riches of traditional Christian spirituality, bringing the real good news to Christians of all ages.


Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It

David Zahl's popular and enlightening exploration of our unintended replacement religions--career, parenting, technology, food, politics, and romance--is new in paperback, now updated and expanded with a chapter on celebrity.

In our striving, we are chasing a sense of enoughness. But it remains ever out of reach, and the effort and anxiety are burning us out. Seculosity takes a thoughtful yet entertaining tour of American "performancism" and its cousins, highlighting both their ingenuity and mercilessness, all while challenging the conventional narrative of religious decline. Zahl unmasks the competing pieties around which so much of our lives revolve, and he does so in a way that's at points playful, personal, and incisive. Ultimately he brings us to a fresh appreciation for the grace of God in all its countercultural wonder.

New edition includes a bound-in small group discussion guide perfect book clubs, church groups, and more.


O Death, Where is Thy Sting

"...In order to console himself, man created a dream of another world where there is no death, and for that dream he forfeited this world, gave it us decidedly to death.

"...Therefore, the most important and most profound question of the Christian faith must be, how and from where did death arise, and why has it become stronger than life? Why has death become so powerful that the world itself has become a kind of global cemetery, a place where a collection of people condemned to death live either in fear or terror, or, in their efforts to forget about death, find themselves rushing around one great big burial plot?"- Alexander Schmemann, Radio Liberty Broadcast

In this brief collection, Father Alexander Schmemann does not have the luxury for platitudes and pleasantries on the most difficult of life's ultimate questions. Taking us to the heart of Christian revelation and anthropology, he leads us unequivocally and directly, as only he can, to discole why the apostle Paul calls death the "last enemy" (1 Cor. 15:26) and Christ's decisive answer to this enemy.

Father Alexander Schmemann (1983) was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer, and dedicated pastor.I: I Believe...

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