Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Win a copy of Susie Davis' Dear Daughters

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For the next two weeks, my blog team will be reviewing Dear Daughters by Susie Davis, published by Abingdon Press. Learn more about the book, then enter to win a copy of your own. I'm giving away a book at the end of the tour. 

About the book

Do you sometimes wonder what you’re supposed to be doing with your life? Do you wish you could find someone a little older who is walking just a few steps ahead who would give you some wisdom and remind you that God is still in control and that everything is going to be okay? Would you like a mentor in your life?

Susie Davis understands the importance of having and being a mentor. In Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation, she will help you:

  • Understand God’s will for your life
  • Listen to God’s voice through your daily circumstances
  • Find contentment and peace right where you are
  • Foster friendship and deep connection with other women
No matter your season of life, Susie invites you to join her in pondering things that matter most. And she gently reassures you that you are not alone and that God is still in control.

About the author

Susie Davis is an author, speaker and co-founder of Austin Christian Fellowship. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Will Davis, Jr., and they have 3 delightful young adult children (Will III, Emily, and Sara) who are all married and living their own beautiful life.

Susie’s podcast, Dear Daughters, is full of wisdom and joy, offering women young and old the kind of comfort and companionship they crave.

Aside from family and ministry, Susie is hopelessly addicted to horseback riding, McDonald’s coffee and pink geraniums. She loves bird watching, creek walking and connecting the dots between God and nature. Her favorites include cooking, gathering people at her big French farm table and asking deep questions.

Visit her website: www.susiedavis.org.

She is also active on Facebook (@davis.susie), Twitter (@susiedavis) and Instagram (@susiedavis)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Awesome God

Awesome God

By Rich Mullins
Used by permission. CCLI # 1132191

Our God is an awesome God;
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom, pow’r, and love.
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God;
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom, pow’r, and love.
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God!
Our God is an awesome God!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Color Song aka The Crayon Box Song

The kids at church that are in high school now used to sing this song all the time. We're a little rusty on it as you can see. We've also sang the chorus differently based on the minister at the time over the years, so I don't even know how we're officially singing the chorus now. (lol)

The Crayon Box Song

Written by William V. Mason

When I was just a little child
No higher than your knee,
My mother bought a box of crayons,
Just for me.
I picked them up and I opened them up
And I looked way down inside,
And the colors there reminded me
Of Jesus when He died.

O… Red is the color of the blood that He shed,
Brown is for the crown of thorns they laid upon His head.
Blue is for royalty! In Heaven He does dwell;
And yellow is for the Christian who's afraid to tell.

I colored and I colored
'Til the crayons were all gone,
And though I am much older now,
The mem'ry lingers on.
And when I see a little child
With crayon box in hand,
I tell them what they mean to me
And hope they'll understand.

O… Red is the color of the blood that He shed,
Brown is for the crown of thorns they laid upon His head.
Blue is for royalty! In Heaven He does dwell;
And yellow is for the Christian who's afraid to tell.

Afraid to tell of a Savior
Who died on Calvary,
He died for lowly sinners
Just like you and me;
And someday soon He's coming back
To be our King,
And the colors of the crayon box
We will sing!

O… Red is the color of the blood that He shed,
Brown is for the crown of thorns they laid upon His head.
Blue is for royalty! In Heaven He does dwell;
And yellow is for the Christian who's afraid to tell.
So, don't you be a Christian, who's afraid to tell!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time and Space Can Heal a Marriage

Part 2 of an Interview with Linda Rooks,
Author of Fighting for Your Marriage While Separated

A home ripped apart by one spouse leaving reverberates with a host of unanswered questions. Simple answers don’t exist—heartrending complexities do. In the midst of the turmoil, reconciliation may seem out of reach. But there is still hope for those who are willing to fight for their marriages. In this practical, scripturally-grounded book on the subject of separation, men and women who are separated but hopeful for restoration will discover life-changing truths about God, themselves, and their marriages.

Fighting for Your Marriage While Separated by Linda W. Rooks explores practical answers for men and women in the midst of a marriage crisis, guiding them step by step toward hope and a positive outcome, even when fighting for the marriage alone.

Q: When one spouse first makes the move to separate, should the one left behind be diligent in trying to reconcile or give them some space in the beginning? How much time and space should be given?

The natural thing for the one left behind is to want answers, especially if the separation comes as a surprise (he or she is most likely in shock). It’s a very painful experience, and it’s natural to want to know why and what the leaving spouse plans to do. They want to talk about what’s happening so the spouse can return home again.

When a spouse leaves the home, he or she is usually running from conflict—either in the home or raging within themselves. Running after them with questions only drives them further away because they don’t know what to say. Either they don’t have answers, or if they do, they’re undoubtedly reacting out of their emotions at the moment, which are unreliable and often hurtful.

The best thing you can do is to give them space and time to clear their head and work through their confusion. That means not calling, texting or emailing for awhile. When you do have contact again, instead of pressing them with questions, say something positive and affirming. Let them know you are willing to give them space. If you don’t hear from them for a significant period of time, it’s okay to then hold out an olive branch and let them know you’re still there, you care, and want to be supportive as they think things through.

Q: How does the intimacy of Jesus bring about true hope for men and women seeking restoration in their marriages? What part does personal spiritual growth play in the process?

A separation is very lonely and painful. The one left behind is in the limbo of not knowing what’s going to happen or what they can depend on. It’s easy to become obsessed with circumstances and desperate for help. In their loneliness and despair, they will hopefully cry out to God for help. If they are Christians, that comes more naturally, but for the un-churched, they may discover a new revelation of God’s comfort and love when they have little else to hang onto.

Many times in the midst of pain, a person who is separated discovers the deep love of Jesus—perhaps for the first time. For, truly, the intimacy of Jesus is what holds a person up during this desperate time. Learning to focus on Jesus instead of the painful circumstances can move them on towards hope and a positive outcome. Realizing God loves them and has the answers gives them comfort there is some place to go with their doubts and fears.

When they are finally able to truly let go and surrender everything to God, that is when healing can truly begin—both in themselves and in the marriage. God is not surprised by what is happening because He has the big picture. He knows what needs to happen for healing to take place. He can guide them along the way. Letting go and surrendering everything to God—allowing Jesus to fill their hearts with His peace—can open wide the door to restoration and freedom.

Q: What advice would you give readers interested in starting marital counseling? What steps should they avoid or what pitfalls should they look out for in the counseling world?

It’s very important to realize there is a difference between individual counseling and marital counseling. Not all counselors are trained in marriage counseling. Marriage counseling is more difficult and complex because the counselor has to minister to three different clients at the same time—the husband, the wife and the marriage. When conflict arises in the session, a therapist not specifically trained in marriage counseling may not know what to do. The greatest danger is that an untrained counselor may think a situation is hopeless simply because they personally don’t understand how to unravel the complex relationship issues. In contrast, a trained marriage counselor can help you identify the dynamics that are undermining the relationship and help you make necessary changes.

If you are in a counseling relationship, you should beware of certain red flags that can lead you toward hopelessness. These red flags include the counselor beginning to take sides, diagnosing one of you (or the marriage) with pathologizing labels, or sabotaging the marriage with provocative questions or comments such as, “I can’t believe you’re still married to him.”

For these reasons, it’s imperative to make sure you have a trained marriage counselor who is truly trying to work with you to restore your marriage and reach your relationship goals.

Q: What can friends and family walking alongside loved ones in the midst of a marriage crisis do to offer support? How about church leaders and Christian community?

The first and most important thing a friend can do is listen. A person who is separated is dealing with lots of confusion. Being able to talk about their feelings and what is happening in a safe environment can help them unravel their thoughts and come to a better place. As you listen, you want to make sure they feel safe. If they make comments that seem irrational or out of character, realize this is not unusual for a person in this situation. Don’t judge them or offer too much advice. Give them your support and love and just let them talk.

If you can’t imagine how a person can deal with a situation like your friend is going through, refrain from telling them so. Don’t say things such as “You’ll find someone else,” “You can do better,” or “You need to move on.” Comments like that are discouraging and can move a person toward divorce. Instead, give them hope.

Encourage your friend to give the process time so healing can take place. Encourage them to put their spouse on the back burner and focus on God. (Otherwise, they can easily become obsessed with the situation.) Also encourage them to trust Him to show the things He may want them to do and see in themselves. Remind him or her that God is a big God who has answers they don’t have and can guide them through this difficult time.

Church leaders and the Christian community need to understand there is hope, even in the most difficult situations. Too often, if people haven’t survived a difficult marital crisis themselves or know others who have, they can’t imagine how it can be done. Consequently, they offer discouraging comments that actually help the person find a way “out” of the marriage. Church leaders need to make a more concerted effort to connect people in marital crisis to peers who have dealt with these situations themselves. They need to understand the difference between marriage counseling and regular individual counseling. They need to familiarize themselves with programs like Retrouvaille and Marriage 911 and encourage the formation of these programs in their churches and their community. When people run into roadblocks in their marriages, the church has not been diligent enough to offer alternatives to help them through the crisis.

Q: How can parents best protect the hearts of their children and provide stability for them during a separation?

Many of us have heard if the parent does fine, the children will do fine. Many marriage counselors are now recognizing that this is simply untrue. Divorce and separation does affect the children. Knowing how to protect a child’s heart is very important and something we are probably unprepared to do. I certainly was and would have loved to have wise counsel about how to help my children through this time.

In general, try to maintain routines and keep things as normal as possible. Take care of yourself so you can be a healthy, supportive parent to your child. Find healthy outlets for your emotions so you don’t pile them onto your children. You may need to consider counseling for yourself to give you healthy outlets for expressing your emotions so your children don’t feel the brunt of them.

Reassure your children that what is happening between you and your spouse is not their fault and that you both still love them. Encourage your children to feel free to express both positive and negative feelings around you and help them to find an outlet or tools to help them express these feelings. Also help them find a safe person to talk to so they can express feelings they may not want to share with you. It may be a good idea to find a counselor for them if they don’t have a family member or adult friend to talk to.

It’s important for you to take certain precautions to protect them from getting intertwined in the problems between you and your mate. Be sure not to speak disrespectfully about your spouse or tell your children inappropriate details about the situation. Also, don’t interrogate your child about what your spouse is doing, and don’t expect your child to become your confidante by asking him or her for advice. Allow your child to deal with his own emotions without becoming entangled in yours. Understand that he or she is hurting too, and may say or do things that seem hurtful to you. If this happens, be patient and supportive of them.

Pray with them about the situation, and encourage them to trust God to help them during this time. Let them see you leaning on God and encourage them to do the same.

Q: What did your prayer life look like on your journey toward marital wholeness?

At the beginning my prayers were focused on saving my marriage and bringing my husband home, but over time I realized God wanted to take me deeper. First, He wanted me to see things in myself I needed to change. Our marriage problems weren’t all my husband’s fault, and God began to show me my part in the marriage breakdown.

God also wanted me to realize I didn’t need anything—even my husband or my marriage—for my life to be complete. All I really needed was Him. I had to grow into a sweet dependence on Him, where He could give me the strength to do what I needed to do. I had to realize His love was enough for me. My prayer life became centered on who God is, the creator of the universe, the Alpha and Omega, who holds everything in His hands. My love for God became deeper and my trust in Him more comforting.

I became more aware of the fact that I was in a spiritual battle, and that God would fight this battle for me as I depended on Him and called on the name of Jesus to go before me into battle. Praising God through prayer and music became important to me. The most significant prayer for me was when I could really let go and surrender everything to God, then pray for my husband—not to come home but for him to find spiritual healing and be fully restored to God. Realizing I could “let go” of my husband and my marriage (and still be alright) so God could do what He needed to do was a big and important part of my journey.

Q: In your work with marriages that are separated, you’ve seen many marriages reconciled. Are there ways to go about reconciling that are more successful than others?

One common mistake is trying to reconcile too quickly. My husband and I did this ourselves near the beginning of our separation. When our first counselor tried to get us to reconcile, we did, but my husband left again two months later. The reason was that no change had taken place in us. The same problems that had caused us to separate still existed.

Going back to earlier in our discussion, when a separation occurs, something in the marriage is broken. Both people need to make changes for the marriage to be healed. I don’t mean making changes to just please the other person, but allowing God to make the changes in each person that God wants to make. Before a reconciliation can successfully take place, it’s important to make sure real change has taken place and you are both on a growth path. Also, until a real heart relationship with God has taken place in each of you, the reconciliation may still be on rocky ground. To have a healthy marriage, you need two healthy people in the marriage, and this is something to keep in mind when a couple is getting ready to reconcile. So before reconciling, it may be good to take it slow by spending time together and getting to know each other in this new way.

During the third year of our separation, my husband and I went through a period of time when we were just friends. We spent time together without talking about our issues and without physical intimacy, just enjoying each other’s company and getting to know each other again. At the time, we didn’t realize how important this was, but we now realize we were creating safety for one another. This is very important in the process of reconciling. Couples need to create safety for each other. In most of the stories I share in my book, the couples went through a similar period of friendship before fully reconciling their marriages.

When you are ready to reconcile, it’s good to start talking about how you can create safety for one another in the relationship and how you can do marriage better. Couples may want to consider counseling or attending a program like Retrouvaille or Marriage 911.

Q: If you could tell separated couples just one thing, what would it be?

Give God the time He needs to make the changes He wants to make in each of you. Surrender the situation to God and keep your focus on Him.

Learn more about Linda W. Rooks and her ministry at fightingforyourmarriage.net  and follow her on Facebook (Broken Heart on Hold) and Twitter (@linda_rooks).

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hang in there mamas!

For those moments when moms think they’ll never live up to the Supermoms around them—when they’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—they need a good dose of Grit and Grace (Harvest House Publishers).
This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding mom's vision and bring clarity to her purpose as a mom. As moms read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, they’ll discover more fully who they are in Christ and how to raise their children to reflect His love to the world.
In giving herself grace, mom will find she has even more grace to give from the One who is present in her life right now and in every moment.
Sample devotionals
Excerpted from Grit and Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms, © 2019 Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy. Published by Harvest House Publishers. May not be reprinted without permission.

Worth the Work

--- Suzanne ---

For Christmas last year my husband gave me a great gift. He bought us two dinners a week from a meal delivery service to give me a much-needed breather from meal planning. During those first few weeks, we feasted on street-style poblano tacos, tangy barbecue pork loin, and Parmesan chicken tenders—in other words, some of the best eating we’d done in months. Even the kids liked the simple, gourmet fare.

I only had one complaint: I still had to cook.

The boxes came with produce to wash and chop, meat to prepare, and sauces to concoct. All the ingredients were there, but Kevin and I (yes, that sweet man offered to help me) had to put in about an hour of work to get our culinary masterpiece on the table.

My disenchantment made me think about how we live in an “instant” world—mobile coffee orders, immediate information on the Internet, drive-thru everything, free overnight shipping. These things make us feel like we can have everything now and shouldn’t have to wait. Sometimes I can adopt this same mentality with my kids. I want to see instant results in my children without putting in the work. When they drop their jackets in the middle of the floor two days (or weeks) in a row, I’m aggravated. When I tell them not to fight, I’m perplexed when future playtimes resemble a West Side Story–style street rumble. And when I point out misbehavior, I expect angelic behavior the next time.

The truth is, raising the next generation of Christ followers isn’t an instant thing. It’s a long, labor-intensive process of teaching and training through many little circumstances and situations…every day… week after week…year after year. No wonder I’ve been more mentally and physically exhausted being a mom than I have at any other time in my life.

The familiar parenting passage, Deuteronomy 6:5-7, says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

These were God’s parenting instructions to His people, the Israelites. He told them to impress His commands on their children. Much like a cookie press that turns out perfect shortbread cookies with a beautiful design, God tells us to stamp His Word on our kids over and over again. How do we do that? The answer is surprisingly simple: Talk about it. Talk about who God is and what He says all. The. Time. Talk about it first thing in the morning. Talk about it last thing before bed. Talk about it at home. Talk about it pushing the cart through the grocery store. Talk about it driving home from school.

Making this kind of impression begins with me nurturing my own love for God. And after that, every moment is an opportunity to impress Him on my children.

This is a big task but also a doable one. The ingredients are all there— you, your children, God’s Word. But it doesn’t happen instantly; it takes work. It happens when I engage in real conversation with my three-year-old instead of scrolling through social media on my phone. It happens when I look for opportunities to explain how our everyday activities relate to God’s purposes in the world. It happens when we read the children’s Bible together at bedtime and talk about how amazing our heavenly Father is and how much He loves us.

Raising godly children doesn’t happen overnight. But that’s okay. At times I’ll still long for the instant results, but growing along with my children is a process. And as I take advantage of the everyday opportunities to teach my kids about God, I can trust that with His help the end result will be worth the effort.

Lord, thank You for entrusting me with this big, hard, beautiful, daunting, amazing task of introducing my child to You. Help me fight my cravings to see instant results and to instead focus on daily reinforcing Your truth on my child’s heart, planting seeds in each fertile corner. Bless my humble efforts and multiply them for the building of Your kingdom. Amen.


Stolen Identity

--- Gretta ---

I lost my identity when I became a mom. I didn’t notice it at first. You see, I was excited to be a mom…it was everything I had always wanted it to be. I loved this tiny baby more than I thought
possible. But six months into motherhood I realized that the only thing         people talked to me about was my daughter, Kaia, or how I was doing with her. All my conversations revolved around her. She became my whole world, and I lost myself.

Come to think of it, I actually lost my identity when I became a wife. As soon as Jay proposed, all interactions with my friends became about the wedding. What were my colors? Who were my bridesmaids? What did my dress look like? And once we were married, everything was about the honeymoon and setting up our lives as newlyweds. People asked when we would start a family. And every decision I made, I now had another person to consider. I was no longer single and living on my own.

Wait a second. I lost my identity once I graduated college and started my career. I was consumed with doing a good job and having others see me as responsible and capable.

Hold on. I think I see a pattern here. Like millions of people, I have been in the habit of finding my identity in what I do, who and what I like, and what I have. You too? It’s easy to do. It starts when we are little. We are told we are pretty or smart or a fast runner. And the adults around us all seem to care about what we want to be when we grow up. Then, when we do finally grow up, we describe ourselves in these terms.

When was the last time you introduced yourself to someone new? What did you say? Here’s my typical introduction: “Hi, I’m Gretta. I am married with three kids, one girl and two boys. I enjoy hiking, baking, and spending time with my family.” Of course the description changes from time to time, but that’s basically the gist of it.

But what would happen if we were to focus on how God describes us rather than how we describe ourselves? What would we say? Here are just a few of the things God says about us.

• You are loved (Zephaniah 3:17).
• You are chosen (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5).
• You are forgiven (1 John 2:12).
• You are redeemed (Colossians 1:13-14).
• You are holy (1 Peter 2:9).
• You are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
• You are gifted (Romans 12:6-8).
• You are a child of God (John 1:12).
• You are an heir together with Christ (Romans 8:17).
• You are free from condemnation (Romans 8:1).

We live, relate, and serve out of our identity. If your identity is consumed solely with being a wife or a mother, what happens when you go through a rough season with your husband or when your children misbehave? When your circumstances or relationships change? You may begin to wonder who you actually are, and that doubt will slowly eat away at your core. But if you see yourself through God’s unchanging truth, your core identity cannot be shaken.

Read back through that list. What do you struggle with? Which of those truths is hard to accept? Take a few moments to ask God to give you His eyes for yourself, so that you can live and claim your true identity in Christ.

Hebrews 10:22-23 says, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

He is faithful. And you can claim your true identity in Him!

Lord, teach me to center my identity on You. I struggle to define myself and find my worth in being _____________. Please help me see what You see in me. Remind me of who I am and the glorious identity I have in You. Amen.

About the Authors

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy first met as roommates at Multnomah University. They are quick to admit they did not like each other when they first met due to opposite personalities. However, they worked out their differences and became best friends who roomed together for all four years of college. Two decades later, during a phone conversation, they realized God was laying on their hearts the desire to write a devotional for moms of young children to encourage and strengthen them in their role as mothers. It was then the idea for Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms was born.

Fellow Grit and Grace Warrior Moms can connect on Facebook (gritandgracemoms)Twitter (Gritandgracemom) and Instagram (@gritandgracemoms).

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood.

Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.

Learn more about Gosselin at www.suzannegosselin.com. She can also be found on Facebook (suzannegosselinauthor)Twitter (@gosselinsh) and Instagram (@suzannegosselin).

Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his fulltime camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.

Grit and Grace is her first book.

Keep up with the Kennedy family’s adventures at www.travelingislanders.com and on Facebook (travelingislanders)Twitter (@traveislanders) 
and Instagram (@travelingislanders).

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

There is more for you Moms! Win a copy of More for Mom by Kristin Funston.

For the next two weeks, my blog team will be reviewing More for Mom by Kristin Funston, published by Abingdon Press. Learn more about the book, then enter to win a copy of your own. I'm giving away a book at the end of the tour.

About More for Mom:

Reset your spiritual and emotional health with these steps.

More for Mom will encourage women to stop believing the lie that more is needed from them, and start living with the truth that more is available for them.

With real-life talk, humor and convicting biblical truths, Kristin Funston helps hard working mamas to look at each day and each facet of their life to discover what happens when they believe God has more for them than what they think the world needs from them.

And what He has available is a whole and holy life, just waiting to be claimeda salvation and day-to-day reality complete just as it is. The pieces of each mom’s lifethe work life, mom life, social life, etc.are mended together through Christ to complete her one whole life, set apart because of Him.

This book is a stepping stone to help working mothers reset their spiritual and emotional health, habits, and relationship with God. There are performance pressures at work, home, and mind-sets that affect a mom’s ability to feel complete and live more closely aligned with God. This book includes the beginning steps for moms to walk in wholeness and holiness by asking God for more.

About Kristin Funston:

With a passion for writing, Kristin Funston encourages women in a way that is relatable and practical, with a healthy dose of humor. She has a master’s degree in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University. She is a member and employee of Hope Presbyterian Church and works as the Marriage and Family Coordinator and a leader in the women’s ministry. She is also a regular contributor to multiple blogs including The Better Mom, City Moms Blog, TODAY Parenting, and Scary Mommy. Funston resides outside of Memphis, TN with her husband and three daughters.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Bloggers can now sign-up to review Pressure Points by Shelby Abbott



Pressure Points:
A Guide to Navigating Student Stress

By Shelby Abbott

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About the book

This humorous, poignant, and conversational guide invites young men and women to practically apply gospel solutions to all of life’s pressures, big or small. From navigating failure, roadblocks, and spiritual warfare to tackling relevant, hard-hitting topics such as drinking, sex, dating, pornography, and the fear of missing out, Pressure Points by Shelby Abbott encourages college students to consider Jesus in the midst of everyday struggles.
With twenty years of experience in college ministry, Shelby Abbott is keenly aware of the pressures young men and women face. Used for biblical reflection, group discussion, devotional reading, or large group Bible study discussion, Pressure Points is full of rich gospel hope for all readers. This flexible resource points to Scripture and Abbott’s funny, easily digestible reflections to help modern-day college students maneuver their early years toward the gospel, challenging young adults to see their struggles through a biblical lens.
By addressing relevant challenges and practical hardships with gospel advice, Pressure Points guides readers to see and lean on the person of Jesus, reflecting on important issues in light of the gospel. From waiting on the Lord with patience, learning to fellowship with him in his sufferings, to wrestling with purpose, relationships, and the growing challenges of today’s culture, Pressure Points is a timely and refreshing voice for young people pointing to a bottomless pit of grace

Want to learn more about the book?

Click here for the press kit.
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Pressure Points: A Guide to Navigating Student Stress
by Shelby Abbott
April 22, 2019 / Retail Price: $15.99
Print ISBN 978-1-948130-34-9
Religion / Christian Life / Family

About the author

Shelby Abbott is an author, campus minister, and conference speaker on staff with the ministry of Cru. His passion for university students has led him to speak at college campuses all over the United States.

Abbott is the author of Jacked and I Am a Tool (To Help with Your Dating Life). His latest release is Pressure Points: A Guide to Navigating Student Stress. He and his wife, Rachael, have two daughters and live in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Readers can find Abbott online at www.shelbyabbott.com, on
Facebook (shelby.abbott.98),
Twitter (@shelbyabbott) and
Instagram (@shelbyabbott).