The first coffee of the day is a make-or-break moment. A robust, flavorful cup can clear the mind, cheer the soul, and boost self-confidence. A watery, bitter brew almost guarantees gloom. More than one billion people start their day by drinking a cup of coffee, making it the most popular drink worldwide, after water, and the coffee industry second in the worldwide economy, after oil. However, most people still consider coffee a guilty pleasure. One reason is that many think coffee contains only caffeine and is detrimental to health. In fact, coffee is far more than caffeine-it contains a complex mixture of bioactive compounds that can affect health positively, such as antioxidants, minerals, niacin, and lactones. This book debunks the myths surrounding coffee and proves that coffee in moderation can actually prevent many diseases. Extensive research has been conducted in the last twenty years, but the findings have been relegated to highly specialized journals which are inaccessible to most readers. Now, coffee drinkers rejoice-this book articulates the massive body of research that's been done in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy! Coffee has been and continues to be an important part of human history-economically, physiologically, and socially. It is the favorite drink of many celebrities and innovators, such as Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Jennifer Jones, Bill Gates, Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey, Jon Stewart, Dave Chapelle, and Madonna, as well as numerous historical figures, like Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon, Lord Byron, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Voltaire, Casanova, Goethe, Hemingway, Picasso, Balzac, and Wyatt Earp. There are lots of reasons to drink coffee every day, as the millions of customers who flock to coffeehouses to order a "special," double espresso or latte will attest. Wake up, smell and read all about coffee. 101 Reasons to Drink Coffee without Guilt provides an accessible, engaging, and illuminating exploration of this beloved beverage. Better than this book, only a coffee talk with the doc.
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If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection. Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity—childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a chart-topping industry anomaly, he has learned to ignore the haters and make peace with his craft. The rap artist holds nothing back as he divulges the most sensitive details of his life, answers his critics, shares intimate handwritten journal entries, and powerfully models how to be a Christian in a secular age. This is the story of one man's journey to faith and freedom. *Cover/Interior design by Alex Medina, photography by Mary Caroline Mann
Bestselling author, speaker, and activist Christine Caine helps you overcome past guilt and live an unashamed life. Shame can take on many forms. It hides in the shadows of the most successful, confident and high-achieving woman who struggles with balancing her work and children, as well as in the heart of the broken, abused and downtrodden woman who has been told that she will never amount to anything. Shame hides in plain sight and can hold us back in ways we do not realize. But Christine Caine wants readers to know something: we can all be free. “I know. I’ve been there,” writes Christine. “I was schooled in shame. It has been my constant companion from my very earliest memories. I see shame everywhere I look in the world, including in the church. It creeps from heart to heart, growing in shadowy places, feeding on itself so that those struggling with it are too shamed to seek help from shame itself.” In Unashamed, Christine reveals the often-hidden consequences of shame—in her own life and the lives of so many Christian women—and invites you to join her in moving from a shame-filled to a shame-free life. In her passionate and candid style, Christine leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself how to believe that God is bigger than your mistakes, your inadequacies, your past, and your limitations. He is not only more powerful than anything you’ve done but also stronger than anything ever done to you. You can deal with your yesterday today, so that you can move on to what God has in store for you tomorrow—a powerful purpose and destiny he wants you to fulfill. Join the journey. Lay ahold of the power of Jesus Christ today and step into the future—his future for you—a beautiful, full, life-giving future, where you can even become a shame-lifter to others. Live unashamed! Dive deeper into the Unashamed message with the Unashamed video study and study guide. Available now.
Bestselling Christian author Francine Rivers recreates the significant acts of Rahab, a prostitute of Jericho who was instrumental in bringing about its destruction. As an early feminist, Rahab stands out as a beacon of self-acceptance, spurning her family's and society's opinions to fulfill the sacred knowledge burning within her. Her ensuing love and marriage was the beginning of a bloodline that yielded King David and, ultimately, Jesus.
"But, I don't know how to study the Bible on my own." Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you have used this excuse yourself. The Unashamed was written to counteract this mind-set. As you go through this book you will learn essential skills and methods that will enable you to accurately study Scripture on your own. Personal Bible study is one of the most important and rewarding of all of the spiritual disciplines. We are commanded to "be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).
Go ahead and ask a question? Everyone has questions about sexual issues. Dr. Scott Farhart, a Christian gynecologist, addresses a wide range of topics for men, women and couples. "Finally-a wonderful resource on the issues of sexuality from a Christian perspective." -Don Colbert, M.D. Concerning sexual issues... You can have questions without problems... You can have problems without answers... In over twenty years of practice as a Christian gynecologist, I've learned that when it comes to sex, almost everyone has questions...and few people have a safe place where they can find honest answers. From teens wrestling with their own temptations and peer pressure to mature couples wanting to "be there" for each other after thirty-plus years of marriage, everyone has questions when it comes to sex. So I wrote this no-nonsence book addressing a wide range of topics for the young and single, the newlywed and those who have been married for years. I tackle issues unique to men, to women and to couples. It's a safe resource that your family can use for accurate medical information based upon godly principles. So go ahead...ask me a question. I'll give you straight answers that are medically sound and biblically based without making you feel ashamed or embarrassed. Read from cover to cover, or simply turn to the section that interests you...there's no question that's silly or unimportant. -DR. SCOTT FARHART
Shame has no place in the purpose, plan, and destiny God has for us because shame lies to us, robs us of the freedom we long for, and shackles us in the prison of our past. In this five-session video Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), author and teacher Christine Caine weaves examples from her life with those of biblical characters who failed but overcame their shame to show how God heals us and redeems us. In her passionate style, she explains that if we want to change our futures, we have to believe God is bigger than our mistakes, our inadequacies, our pasts, and our limitations. We have to believe God created us for a unique purpose, has a specific plan for us, and has a powerful destiny he wants us to fulfill. God has already won the victory over sin and its shame, and we do not need to spend our lives believing the lies of the deceiver. Instead, we can allow ourselves to be defined by God's truth and choose to see ourselves the way God does—through the lens of his eternal perspective. So join the journey. Stop merely existing and start thriving. Lay hold of the power of Jesus Christ today and step into his future—a beautiful, full, life-giving future filled with purpose. You can live unashamed! Sessions include: Run, Don't Hide (21:00) Today Is the Day (19:00) Posses Your Inheritance (23:00) God Never Wastes a Hurt (20:00) Highly Unlikely (23:00) Designed for use with the Unashamed Video Study 9780310698735 (sold separately).
First Digital Edition; Grier Rating: A** Carolyn and Angie have been living together for awhile, but things between them are strained. Angie is not sure how she feels about Carolyn and is, therefore, ambivalent about their relationship. She enjoys their physical encounters, but often feels guilty about the sex afterwards. The situation between them becomes increasingly more stressful until, finally, Carolyn decides she has had enough – she grabs her coat and hits the town in search of true love in the lesbian bars. She meets a woman and goes home with her, hoping that she has finally met the woman of her dreams. Is her new flame the real thing? Will she help take Carolyn’s heart and mind off Angie? And what of Angie? Will she discover that she wants and needs Carolyn in her life… or will she release her, let her find happiness in the arms of another?
Living in a gray world of silhouette, Lord Taris Wellingham conceals his fading eyesight from society. He has long protected himself from any intimate relationships. Plain twenty-eight-year-old Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke does not expect to attract any man, especially not one as good-looking as her remote traveling companion. Forced by a snowstorm to spend the night together, these two lonely people seek solace in each other's arms. The passion they unleash surprises them both. Then a new day dawns….
Bestselling Author Helps Believers Embrace the Stigma of Faith In our increasingly secular society, being a Christian carries a cost. Whether through public criticism or the quiet loss of respect, it is hard--and becoming harder--to be known as a Christian. Even as believers try to follow the will of God, they are often misunderstood and left to deal with the awkward, sometimes painful results of feeling disconnected from their fellow man. Beloved Bible teacher R. T. Kendall offers hope. Turning the idea of stigma on its head, he shares his own story of rejection and embarrassment in the name of Christ--and how it became the source of unimaginable blessing. With warmth and understanding, he urges readers to embrace the offense that comes from their commitment to Jesus Christ, showing that when they do, the Lord will unleash into their lives incalculable blessing.