Books Written By Our Alumni

The Speechwriter

Author: Barton Swaim
ISBN: 1476769923
ISBN-13: 9781476769929
Published: 7/14/2015

An intimate and hilarious look inside the spin room of the modern politician: a place where ideals are crushed, English is mangled, people are humiliated, and the opportunity for humor is everywhere.

Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn’t have to live by the rules. Through his own experience as the speechwriter for a controversial governor, Barton Swaim tells the story of a band of believers who attach themselves to this sort of ambitious narcissist—and what happens when it all comes crashing down.

The Speechwriter is a funny and candid introduction to the world of politics, where press statements are purposefully nonsensical, grammatical errors are intentional, and better copy means more words. Swaim paints a portrait of a man so principled he’d rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious he’d wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical he’d belittle his staffers to make himself feel better, and so self-absorbed he never once apologized to his staff for making his administration the laughing stock of the country. On the surface, this is the story of one politician’s rise and fall. But in the end, it’s a story about us—the very real people who want to believe in our leaders and must learn to survive with broken hearts.

Rid of My Disgrace: Small Group Discussion Guide

Author: Justin and Lindsey Holcomb
ISBN: 1942572107
ISBN-13: 9781942572107
Published: 4/17/2015

Designed to be used with Rid of My Disgrace (book), the small group discussion guide walks victims of sexual abuse along a biblical path of restoration, helping them to finally be rid of their disgrace.

enGendered

Author: Sam A. Andreades
ISBN: 1941337112
ISBN-13: 9781941337110
Published: 3/1/2015

enGendered celebrates the God-given distinctions between a man and a woman. It concludes that the more distinction is embraced, the closer a man and woman become. Thus gender, rightly understood, is a tool for intimacy. Written in a compassionate tone and winsome style, the volume speaks to Christians who want to know what the Bible says about gender differences and why. This theology of gender is also of value for people who struggle with same-sex attraction but want to follow Christ.

Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood

Author: Melissa Kruger
ISBN: 160142650x
ISBN-13: 9781601426505
Published: 3/17/2015

Being a mom usually means being busy. Really busy. Whether you’re zipping from your children’s piano lessons to their next ballgame or nursing a baby while comforting a toddler, life is brimming with activities.  Yet one encounter can help shape every moment: time in the Word with Jesus. In Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, you’ll learn how to nourish your own heart, mind, and soul with the wisdom you need to become the mother you long to be.  
As you spend time with God through this eleven-week Bible study, you’ll gain life-shaping insights to help you…
·         Understand and pursue your purpose as a mother
·         Live out your true priorities
·         Entrust your child to God
·         Bear the fruit of the Spirit in your everyday interactions
·         Recover from Perfect Mom Syndrome (PMS)
Each week offers four days of study geared specifically to a mother’s concerns, with the Bible passages already printed out for your convenience. The fifth day is a warm-hearted devotional reading to help you reflect on and apply the truths you’ve learned.
As your relationship with God deepens through prayer and studying His Word, you’ll discover how His imprint on your heart can make a lasting impression on your children.

Moments with the Master

Author: Steve Parr
ISBN: 1498419232
ISBN-13: 9781498419239
Published: 12/15/2014

The first of a five-book yearly devotional series written in Haiku poetry form to inspire believers to spend increasing time with God.

Brothers, Stand Firm! Seven Things Every Man Should Know, Practice, and Invest in the Next Generation

Author: Steven W. Bateman
ISBN: 1625646844
ISBN-13: 9781625646842
Published: 11/12/2014

There are pivotal moments in history when the trajectory of marriages, families, businesses, movements, and nations could go one way or another, producing very different outcomes. This is such a moment for the church in America. The need of our generation is the same as every other: a disciplined army of credible men who know, practice, and invest seven things in the next generation. This book is designed to help men get started in this most important adventure of their lives.

In the Fellowship of His Suffering

Author: Elahe Hessamfar
ISBN: 1625645546
ISBN-13: 9781625645548
Published: 9/25/2014

"Schizophrenia" is by many accounts the most devastating illness of our time. In this book, Elahe Hessamfar uses her personal encounter with her daughter's illness to bring the reader to experience the pain and anguish of those who suffer so intensely. She candidly discusses the gripping and dark realities her family has faced in the midst of this journey and exposes that the ride isn't easy, but it can be fruitful and purposeful, and it can be a journey of joy and peace if understood from the intended perspective.

The Man in the Mirror

Author: Patrick Morley
ISBN: 0310331757
ISBN-13: 978-0310331759
Published: 10/7/2014

With over three million copies in print, this bestselling book has challenged and encouraged men worldwide and was selected as one of the 100 most influential Christian books of the 20th century. Morley, the author of 20 men’s books, and David Delk (M.Div. '94), are the Co-CEOs of Man in the Mirror, the organization Morley founded in 1991 while still a student. With over 100 staff and a vision 'for every church disciple to every man,' they have helped 35,000 churches impact 12,000,000 men.

John Knox: Fearless Faith

Author: Steven Lawson
ISBN: 1781915393
ISBN-13: 9781781915394
Published: 1/1/2015

The life and ministry of John Knox reverberates around the church both in Scotland and across the world. 'The Father of the Scottish Reformation' with resolute convictions and unmatched vigour for the word of God continues to influence and inspire people today. Stephen J. Lawson seeks in this book to ignite our faith for Jesus through Knox's story and to 'stand firm' in our day and generation.

His Peace for Your Life: Living Every Moment in the Light of God's Promises

Author: Neil Carmichael (MAR ’09)
ISBN: 0615999972
ISBN-13: 978-0615999975
Published:

Described by Joni Eareckson Tada as "the perfect 31-day push into a sweeter, more profound fellowship with your Savior," this Christian devotional offers a journey to the place of Jesus' transforming peace. Each daily entry is real-to-life and real-to-faith and offers enough quality content to satisfy spiritual appetites without overload. The devotional's impact flows from its authentic experiences and heartfelt prayers drawn from personal illustrations and biblical discernment, each serving to confirm that with God's peace in your life you can live every moment in the light of His promises.

Is It My Fault?

Author: Justin Holcomb (MATS ’97, MACT ’97)
ISBN: 0802410243
ISBN-13: 978-0802410245
Published: 5/1/2014

Is It My Fault? is a message of hope and healing to victims who know too well the depths of destruction and the overwhelming reality of domestic violence.

At least one in every three women have been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in their lifetime. The effects of domestic violence are physical, social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual, and can have long-lasting distressing consequences. It is common for victims of domestic violence to suffer from ongoing depression and recurring nightmares, self-harm, panic attacks, substance abuse, and more.

Is It My Fault? addresses the abysmal issue of domestic violence with the powerful and transforming biblical message of grace and redemption. It deals with this devastating problem and sin honestly and directly without hiding its prevalence today.


Leadership Ethics & Spirituality: A Christian Perspective

Author: Tom Whetstone (M.Div. ’85, Th.M. ’91)
ISBN: 1449797652
ISBN-13: 978-1449797652
Published: 7/2/2013

A practical guide for anyone called to be a good leader, Leadership Ethics & Spirituality explains why and how you can be both effective and ethical as a successful leader while walking by faith. From a biblical worldview, it draws upon leadership research and ethics theory to explain what practices and character qualities you need to be a good leader and how you can develop and apply them successfully to the challenges faced in twenty-first-century organizations-effectively, ethically, and with spiritual-mindedness. Although written primarily to Christian leaders, it offers useful insights for those from other spiritual traditions and perspectives as well.

Toughest People to Love

Author: Chuck Degroat (M.Div. ’98, MAC ’99)
ISBN: 0802871437
ISBN-13: 978-0802871435
Published: 5/29/2014

People -- frustrating, confusing, disappointing, complicated -- are the most difficult part of leadership, and they challenge leaders everywhere, from leaders of many to managers of a few. In this book Chuck DeGroat addresses the flawed nature of people and offers wisdom for leaders of all types in dealing with just about anyone who is difficult to lead and to love.

Toughest People to Love explores the basics of how people "tick," encouraging leaders to examine and take care of themselves so that they can better understand and care for others. Based on DeGroat's wealth of experience as a pastor, professor, and therapist, this book -- both wise and practical -- is one that countless leaders will go back to time and again for valuable insights and renewed vision.