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The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and a Pathway to Recovery

Authors: Anderson Spickard, Jr., and James Butler with Barbara R. Thompson

Combining firsthand accounts and simplified medical insights, The Craving Brain addresses how adolescent binge drinking plays a role in the development of alcohol addiction, explains why addicts don’t need to hit rock bottom before they can recover, and responds to some of the most compelling mysteries of addiction

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Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It

Author: Bob Lupton

Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve.

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When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself

Authors: Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

When Helping Hurts articulates a biblically based approach to poverty alleviation, a framework that has already shaped 250,000 church and ministry leaders. Learn how you can walk with people who are poor in ways that lead to lasting change. Purchase from Amazon or Moody Publishers.

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Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good

Author: Amy L. Sherman

Amy Sherman, director of the Center on Faith in Communities and scholar of vocational stewardship, uses the tsaddiqim as a springboard to explore how, through our faith-formed calling, we announce the kingdom of God to our everyday world. But cultural trends toward privatism and materialism threaten to dis-integrate our faith and our work. And the church, in ways large and small, has itself capitulated to those trends, while simultaneously elevating the "special calling" of professional ministry and neglecting the vocational formation of laypeople. In the process, we have, in ways large and small, subverted our kingdom mandate. 

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Every Good Endeavor

Author: Tim Keller

In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it? With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest.