Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Friends We Keep/40 Minute Bible Studies ---- two free books giveaway

leave a comment for a chance to win two free books

Author: Sarah Zacharias Davis
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7439-6
Genre: Inspirational/Christian Living

THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is Ms. Davis’ account of her own experiences with friendships and some stories that other women shared. The book was triggered by a New York bestseller, which was the story of four women and how their life was impacted by friendship. That got Ms. Davis thinking about the friendships she has had through the years and how they evolved and changed, and even how some people are only friends for a season.

Some of the topics addressed in THE FRIENDS WE KEEP include questions that every woman asks:

 Why do we long for women friends?
 Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?
 What causes cattiness, competition, and co-dependency in too many friendships?
 Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?
 How do we foster friendship?
 When is it time to let a friend go, and how do we do so?

As a pastor’s wife, there are many times in my life when this question comes up. I’ve never really had a good reason or suggestion when another woman mourns the loss of a friend she considered close. And there have been a lot of times when I was forced to give up friends that I thought were forever friends.

THE FRIENDS WE KEEP goes into all this, and more. Ms. Davis explores all these issues with stories, cultural references, history, faith, and grace. The book also includes a discussion guide making ideal for small group studies. If you’ve ever mourned the loss of a friend, or wondered any of the questions above (or any other friendship questions) then THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is the ideal book to read. Perfect for the church library. $12.99. 210 pages.

Summary for 40 Minute Bible Studies

The 40 Minute Bible Study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can use personally or for small-group discussion. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. There are 16 titles in the series, with topics ranging from fasting and forgiveness to prayer and worship. With no homework required, everyone in the group can work through the lesson together at the same time. Let these respected Bible teachers lead you in a study that will transform your thinking—and your life.

Titles Include:

•The Essentials of Effective Prayer •Being a Disciple: Counting the Cost

•Building a Marriage That Really Works •Discovering What the Future Holds

•Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past •Having a Real Relationship with God

•How Do You Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk? •Living a Life of Real Worship

•How to Make Choices You Won’t Regret •Living Victoriously in Difficult Times

•Money & Possessions: The Quest for Contentment •Rising to the Call of Leadership

•How Do You Know God’s Your Father? •Key Principles of Biblical Fasting

•A Man’s Strategy for Conquering Temptation •What Does the Bible Say About Sex?

Author Bios:

Sarah Zacharias Davis is a senior advancement officer at Pepperdine University , having joined the university after working as vice president of marketing and development for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and in strategic marketing for CNN. The daughter of best-selling writer Ravi Zacharias, Davis is the author of the critically-acclaimed Confessions from an Honest Wife and Transparent: Getting Honest About Who We are and Who We Want to Be. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in education and lives in Los Angeles , California .

Kay Arthur, executive vice president and cofounder of Precept Ministries International has worked with her teaching staff to create the powerful 40-Minute Bible Studies series. Kay is known around the world as a Bible teacher, author, conference speaker, and host of national radio and television programs.


Carol said...

Both of these sound interesting, Laura. Thank you for reviewing them.

Carolynn W. said...

I would love to read these, thanks for the chance to win!