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null.jpg_3251The Next Christians – Gabe Lyons is optimistic that Christianity’s best days are yet to come. His best-selling book, UnChristian, revealed the pervasiveness of culture’s growing disregard for Christians.  Now, in The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World, Lyons shows how a new wave of believers are turning the tide by bringing the truth of the Gospel to bear on our changing, secular society.

“Restorers,” as Lyons calls them, approach culture with a different mentality than generations past. Informed by truth, yet seasoned with grace and love, these believers engage the world by drawing it to the sensibility and authenticity of the Christian life.

“It seems an impossible task: restore a 2,000-year-old religion so that it no longer rejects, no longer chases, but actually leads a modern, pluralistic culture running at the speed of Twitter. Gabe Lyons offers hope for Christianity’s next one hundred years by profiling the next set of Christians transcending this epic challenge. I found his preview of Christian innovators inspiring post-Christian America persuasive and one of the most encouraging views of Christian faith in recent years.”
—Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired magazine

IntegrityIntegrity — more than simple honesty, it’s the key to success. A person with integrity has the ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances. Drawing on experiences from his work, Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist and nationally syndicated radio host, shows how our character can keep us from achieving all we want to (or could) be.

In “Integrity,” Dr. Cloud explores the six qualities of character that define integrity and how people with integrity are:

  1. Able to connect with others and build trust.
  2. Oriented toward reality.
  3. Finish well.
  4. Embrace the negative.
  5. Oriented toward increase.
  6. Have an understanding of the transcendent.

Success is not related to only talent or brains. The real factor, Cloud demonstrates, is the makeup of the person.  All of us can grow in the kinds of real character that brings about fruitful relationships and achievement of purpose, mission, and goals.  Integrity is not something that you either have or don’t have, but instead is an exciting growth path that all of us can engage in and enjoy

51+6ilJN5ULMessy Spirituality — Do you feel like: I don’t pray enough?  I don’t read my Bible enough?  I don’t share my faith enough?  I don’t love God enough?  I’m not committed enough?  I’m not spiritual enough? Then this book is for you. Messy Spirituality was written for the silent majority of us who have been convinced that we just don’t do Christianity right.  We spend most of our lives worried about what we don’t do instead of what we have done, focused on our imperfections instead of God’s fondness for the imperfect. Why? Because we’ve been bombarded with books, tapes, talks, seminars, and movies convincing us that real Christianity is all about perfection.  If you’ve ever felt like a failure as a Christian then Messy Spirituality is for you.