Free Stuff Fridays (Cruciform Collection)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Cruciform Press. They have 5 prize packages to give away, which means 5 winners will each receive the following titles, themed around marriage and parenting:

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Happily Ever After: Finding Grace in the Messes of Marriageby John Piper, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Francis Chan, and other contributors (small paperback, 117 pp.). If you’ve been married longer than a week or two, you know how the hard realities of life in a fallen age can come crashing in. We believe that God designed marriage not as a trial to be endured, but as a pointer to and catalyst for your greatest joy. God didn’t design marriage to be your storybook ending, but a fresh beginning, to help get you ready for the true “happily ever after” when together we see our great Bridegroom face to face. Happily Ever After is a collection of thirty devotional readings—from thirteen staff and contributors to desiringGod.org—to shape, challenge, and inspire you and your spouse’s (or fiancé’s) vision of marriage.

 

Christ in the Chaos: How the Gospel Changes Motherhoodby Kimm Crandall (small paperback, 112 pp.). For far too long mothers have been beaten down by the law of “do better” and “try harder.” The burden of “getting it right” threatens to crush weary souls who desire to serve their families faithfully. In this book, Kimm Crandall emphasizes the importance of the gospel and how Christ’s life, death, and resurrection change every aspect of motherhood. From finding our identity in Christ and understanding God’s grace to taking off the mask of acceptability and dealing with the comparison crowd, this book will free you to serve your family knowing that his love for you does not change based on your performance.

 

Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage, by Joel R. Beeke (small paperback, 86 pp.). Neither a comprehensive marriage manual, nor a complete exploration of the theological significance of marriage, Friends and Lovers focuses on two key ingredients in a vital marriage: friendship and sexual intimacy. Drawing from the wisdom of the Bible, especially the Book of Proverbs, Joel Beeke shows you how to grow closer to your spouse both emotionally and physically.

 

Intentional Parenting: Family Discipleship by Designby Tad Thompson (small paperback, 99 pp.). Of the thousands of books available on how to live various aspects of the Christian life, at least a couple dozen pertaining to family life and child training are worth reading. This book is designed to help you take those other books, as well as all the sermons, teachings, and exhortations you have received on child training and leadership in the home, and make sense of it all. Pastor Tad Thompson has assembled a biblical approach to effective family discipleship. This is not another book of tactics and techniques. It is a book of strategy for parents who want to be intentional about discipleship in the home.

 

The Organized Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Conquering Chaos, by Staci Eastin (small paperback, 97 pp.). The fight against chaos is universal, whether it be the outward chaos of disorder and frenzy or the inward chaos of fear and self-criticism. Even if we already know how to do better, something falls apart between our good intentions and getting it done. Most books on organization just add more rules to your life, whether it be another plan, another calendar, or another method. Yet Jesus taught that true change doesn’t come by the addition of more rules, but from the inside out, with a change of the heart that only the gospel can bring. When you identify the heart problems behind the chaos in your life, lasting change can happen. This will not only reduce the stress in your life, but help you be more effective in your service to God.

 

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