In Eighty Years of Memories, Bob Rooks shares some of his most interesting memories from the time he was three years old until his eighty-fourth year. He was the youngest of six children born to a godly but extremely poor farm couple living in the hill country of northwestern Georgia. His mother died when he was five, but her influence in those early years of his life had a lasting effect in his spiritual development. He learned from his daddy after he became a pastor that when he was born his mother had prayed that he would become a preacher. He preached his first sermon at the age of twenty-two, and sixty-two years later he still preaches occasionally and teaches a large Bible class.
Though many of the stories in this book are related to Bob’s preaching ministry, a number of events described go beyond what could be called typical “preacher experiences,” and should be interesting to those readers not particularly interested in “preacher stories.” As a self-trained pianist, he was also involved quite extensively in ministries that were open to him because of this gift from God. He shares some of these experiences. His first pastorate was in Mississippi, but following graduation from seminary he answered a call to come to California and has remained here for fifty-four years.
—Josh D. McDowell, author and speaker
“Pearls of Wisdom examines some of the most familiar and well-loved passages in the Bible. My friend, Mary Love Eyster, and her daughter, Weety Vickery, draw on years of teaching and life experience to share their wisdom. I would encourage you to use this study guide as a tool to teach teens how to apply these scriptural principles to everyday life!”
For those of us coming to faith in Jesus Christ from a gentile background, the book of Hebrews can present unique challenges to our understanding. Yet this rich, mysterious book holds many treasures for those willing to dig down deep. In this Bible study, author Fred Scheeren leads the way as we uncover:
If you long to understand more about how to live a life of faith that pleases God, then dive into this study and get ready for another life-changing experience with God’s Word.
Cassandra Wade finds herself in the center of a spiritual whirlwind when she learns that her loving mother has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. This horrific news leaves Cassandra in disbelief, as she is forced to confront her emotions and even questions her faithfulness to God in this roller coaster of events that was sparked by unforeseen information. Will she stand brave when faced with the unknown? Or will she collapse under pressure from her siblings, child, and other family members? All of Cassandra’s aspirations in life are about to be in jeopardy and put to the test if she can’t keep her life from spinning out of control.
The guilt she has to live with, the day she made the decision, will haunt her for years to come. Cassandra’s deep depression is only heightened when she turns her back on the only other consistent entity that has been in her life besides her mother—God himself. In this tell-all story, relationships will become unraveled, epiphanies will be discovered, and trials and tribulations will be unmasked. Cassandra’s journey to find her own identity again will be plagued by distorted occurrences.
We’ve heard it said many times, “When life hands you a bunch of lemons, just make lemonade.” My question would be, What if you don’t have any sugar?
On the outside he looked like just another little scrawny kid in the neighborhood who couldn’t run as fast or keep up with the rest of the boys in their games. On the inside he had a dreadful disease that neither he nor his family fully understood, which one day would put him on a deathbed. On the outside, he looked like any other child playing in Sunday school and not giving his full attention when the preacher was preaching. On the inside of his mind were questions prompted by a picture being painted in front of him on a life-size canvas over the years—questions that would put his life on a journey from which few have safely returned.
Little did he know, he had a Travel Agent, and his travel plans had already been booked from birth. They would take him places and let him experience things that he would later write about in a book called From Atheist to Ambassador. Come and travel with the author as he shows you how God took one who was hopeless and turned him into one who now preaches hope. From one who spent countless days racked in pain from a disease the doctors said could not be cured, to one who is healed from the disease and now lays hands on the sick and watches God heal them.
What do you do when life gives you a bunch of lemons? You wait until God gives you honey from the Rock, and then you make a refreshing drink for all to enjoy.
Sweet Silver Ranch iIs a tranquil, scenic retreat center filled to over-flowing with characters: four-legged, winged, and of the octogenarian variety. The eccentric older gal, Frieda, offers a place where Clergy can come with their families and be catered too. She loves to “Wow” the pastor’s wives, and she has a genuine affinity for all servants. Her staff is eclectic and together they serve the servants. Elaborate events happen every night: the families are transported to Paris, Italy, even the streets of New York through food, music, entertainment, and ambiance. Abbey, the young reporter, just wants a quick story on the ranch. She needs the paycheck. She finds, instead, the joy of serving and her own servant’s heart.
In the land of Froghop live three little spunkiens—Godfry, Maggie, and Annie. While on their way to play, they are suddenly surprised by a furry, little creature, who literally falls into their lives. Naturally, they take him home, and there the adventure begins.
Children, ages four to nine, will love this fun story, written in a delightful, rhyming style. The colorful, whimsical illustrations are sure to charm both parents and children alike.
Summer was Jackson’s favorite time of the year. It always arrived with a promise of fun and adventure, and this year was no different.
Jackson discovers disappointment, and out of that discovery he experiences the greatest adventure of all. He is caught up in a whirlwind that lands him the opportunity to gain things that will change his life forever.
Jackson’s grandmother’s companionship and love of adventure has always brought a keen awareness to Jackson. She encourages him to be open to life’s possibilities—to embrace its wonder and excitement. He knows that the only limitation to life’s adventure is a lack of imagination. Grandma always says, “Enjoy your childhood, for many cares lie ahead, and, like hungry insects, they eat their way through your imagination, leaving it like Swiss cheese.” His young life is trained. He never knows when or where adventure will strike, but he always knows he will be ready!
Through an unusual event at the ball park, Grandma and Jackson are swooped up into a mysterious time and place, and they meet people they will never forget.
Do you ever wonder why God created pets? Or do you ever wonder how in the world you will get over the death of your dog? What if all you had to do was accept a free gift in order to see them again?
I thank God everyday that he did create pets, otherwise, I would never have experienced the opportunity to write Death did not take my dogs....Angels did!!! I tell about my laughs, trials, and tears of raising two puppies, burying them, and then seeing them return from heaven to say, “We are alive and waiting for you!”
May every pet owner have renewed faith; their beloved pets are in heaven and cannot wait for the day to see us again!
Speak up! (See 1 Peter 3: 15-16; Colossians 3:16; Proverbs 31:8–9; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 3:15–16.) I am stepping up and speaking out to increase self-awareness and understanding for single men and women, divorcees, and widowers on the subject of romantic relationships.
Romantic relationships are an exciting part of life. Problems are inevitable. Relationships are hard to develop and even harder to maintain. To have a relationship, certain things must be present (see John 14:7–9). The goal in writing this book is to help adult singles understand and become more aware that:
• The single life is a good life, but it’s not always an easy life. • Of the 100 million adult singles living in the United States, approximately 40 percent are unweddable. Meaning in their present state, they are unable, unwilling, unprepared, uninformed, or unrealistic when it comes to maintaining a romantic relationship. • Romantic relationships pass through twelve steps. Only 5 percent of adult singles make it through all the steps. • Romantic relationships are not for every adult single at every point in their life. These observations lead to the question: Why? The answers are within this book.
In this book, Daniel Thompson shares his life experiences and how he relates them to developing a richer, fuller relationship with Jesus Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit. Biblical quotes are included, to be studied and applied to your own life experiences. It is his desire as you read his book that you will understand your own life challenges and how you can relate them to deepening your own relationship with our personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ gave us the words in the Lord’s Prayer, and it is up to us to incorporate them into our own lives. Daniel encourages you to write your own words in this book and leave your own legacy to your family. Most importantly, when you put your own personal feelings in writing, you show God you are doing more than merely reciting words. You are defining your own personal relationship with God, and you are showing Him you are looking forward to spending eternity in His heavenly kingdom.
“Thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the Lord’s Prayer through the life, testimony, and practical direction that Thompson gives us in this work. Excellent read and workbook for someone wanting to not only learn more on how to pray the Lord’s Prayer, but to live it. And as his pastor, I can certainly say he lives it.” —Dr. Randall T. Hahn, Sr. Pastor, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Virginia
My name is Steve, father and husband to an average middle-class family. I’m writing this book because today my wife, son, daughter, and I are saved by the grace of God through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our walk to Him was not short and certainly not easy. We experienced blessings and trials that tested our very being and sanity. This book will bring you through visions, visitations, and demonic experiences that changed us forever.
I pray that this book might reach someone who is looking for answers that can be found within our journey to the Lord. I pray also that this story will be an encouragement, as it reminds you that God is listening to your prayers.
The Bible states, Ephesians 6:12, for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. It is this one verse that sets up our entire story, it states the challenge my family was about to be put into, however it also is the very footing I needed to keep me based in the word of the Bible, to remember who the enemy truly was in our struggle, and to remember Jesus, who was really in control of everything.
Have faith—strong faith—that our Lord Jesus is a man of His word, that He is able to do all, and that He does walk with you always.
Yours in Christ,
Author and writer, Rebecca Kaddi, has a passion for saving souls and building marriages. In this book, she provides a true account of how Satan used his agent in the church to destroy marriages and Christians. She explains that as a sign for the end times, deception is on the rise—even in the churches. Deception is no longer dark for you to be able to distinguish easily. It appears just as written in 2 Corinthians 11: 13-14 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light" (NKJV). It is now very difficult to tell the difference between righteous and unrighteous, good and evil, clean and unclean, holy and unholy, and sacred and secular.
The false prophets select the parts of the scripture that will support their philosophical and psychological intentions, and deceive many into thinking that they are real. It is time for men and women to guide themselves with the spirit of discernment. This book reveals what to watch for so that you do not fall into their traps. They generally do not preach salvation. They may call the name of God and Christ but will never want you to be saved. They make you feel good and comfortable and never challenge you to come out of your sins and submit to God.
It’s easy to dismiss your childhood and other life experiences as just that. We like using the phrase, “that’s just life” when we don’t know what else to attribute to our lack of connection with who and what we really want to be when we grow up. It was in this pondering and puzzling moment of my life that God began to show me piece by piece how connection to my many “just life” experiences really did matter. You were not created by accident, and nor will you find your purpose by accident. It wasn't easy sharing some of the stories of my life, but I truly want someone else to know what God has taken time to let me know. You have to be willing to share pieces of your life and begin the process of connecting. You can go from puzzled to purpose by doing just that.
Part memoir, part faith journey—these stories in You Are the Needle and I Am the Thread span twenty-five years of a Foreign Service family’s life as they live and work in Pakistan, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, as well as Washington, DC. They detail the joys and challenges of raising children overseas, the fears preceding the outbreak of the Gulf War and evacuation, and the frustrations of separation when Pamela’s husband is sent to Afghanistan.
You Are the Needle and I Am the Thread chronicles Pamela and her husband’s journey as they seek to follow God’s will, from their early decision to join the United States Agency for International Development to retirement and beyond. The stories, many of which were published in The Foreign Service Journal, recount the serendipity of life in the developing world. Walk in the footsteps of Moses, Alexander the Great, and Genghis Khan; explore bazaars like the Khan el Khalili in Cairo; trail tigers in the Sundarbans in Bangladesh; and stumble over cultural pitfalls while interacting with the locals and conducting business where life is anything but normal. Experience the heartbreak of end-of-life issues with elderly parents and the anguish of their sons’ medical emergencies. Discover, like Pamela, that home is where the United States Government sends you.