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Books, Music, DVD’s – From your local Christian Bookstore

Please order from your local Christian bookstore – All accepting online and/or phone orders
Some are now open limited hours, please check

 

Better Books & Bibles, Calgary – www.betterbooksandbibles.com – 403-233-2409
Christian Book & Record, Edmonton – www.christianbookandrecord.ca – 780-478-2798
Kennedy’s Parable, Red Deer – www.onlinestore.kennedysparable.com – 403-342-7477
The Bookstore on Perron, St. Albert – www.bookstoreonperron.com – 780-458-3155
The Fig Tree Christian Books and Gifts, Edmonton – www.figtreebooks.ca – 780-443-2066
Lighthouse Trails – www.lighthousetrails.com – 1-866876-3910

 

 

Recommended by Better Books and Bibles, Calgary

 

Recommended by Christian Book and Record, Edmonton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended by Better Books and Bibles, Calgary

 

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Heaven
by Randy Alcorn
Tyndale House Publishers

Have you ever wondered . . . ?

  • What is Heaven really going to be like?
  • What will we look like?
  • What will we do every day?
  • Won’t Heaven get boring after a while?

We all have questions about what Heaven will be like, and after twenty-five years of extensive research, Dr. Randy Alcorn has the answers.

In the most comprehensive and definitive book on Heaven to date, Randy invites you to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it—a bright, vibrant, and physical New Earth, free from sin, suffering, and death, and brimming with Christ’s presence, wondrous natural beauty, and the richness of human culture as God intended it.

This is a book about real people with real bodies enjoying close relationships with God and each other, eating, drinking, working, playing, traveling, worshiping, and discovering on a New Earth. Earth as God created it. Earth as he intended it to be.

The next time you hear someone say, “We can’t begin to image what Heaven will be like,” you’ll be able to tell them, “I can.”

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

 

Mama Bear Apologetics
by Hillary Morgan Ferrer
Harvest House Publishers

“Parents are the most important apologists our kids will ever know. Mama Bear Apologetics will help you navigate your kids’ questions and prepare them to become committed Christ followers.” —J. Warner Wallace

“If every Christian mom would apply this book in her parenting, it would profoundly transform the next generation.” —Natasha Crain

#RoarLikeAMother

The problem with lies is they don’t often sound like lies. They seem harmless, and even sound right. So what’s a Mama Bear to do when her kids seem to be absorbing the culture’s lies uncritically?

Mama Bear Apologetics™ is the book you’ve been looking for. This mom-to-mom guide will equip you to teach your kids how to form their own biblical beliefs about what is true and what is false. Through transparent life stories and clear, practical applications—including prayer strategies—this band of Mama Bears offers you tools to train yourself, so you can turn around and train your kids.

Are you ready to answer the rallying cry, “Mess with our kids and we will demolish your arguments”?  Join the Mama Bears and raise your voice to protect your kids—by teaching them how to think through and address the issues head-on, yet with gentleness and respect.

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

 

Before You Plan Your Wedding . . . Plan Your Marriage
by Dr. Greg Smalley, Erin Smalley and Steve Halliday
Howard Books; Reprint edition

Dr. Greg Smalley—founder of the National Institute of Marriage—along with his wife, Erin, share the secrets of building a marriage that lasts: creating an environment where each partner feels safe and hearts are open.

As wonderful as a wedding is, it lasts only for a moment—yet marriage is meant to last a lifetime. This essential book will show you how to plan your marriage before you plan your wedding.

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley open their hearts and share their lives in Before You Plan Your Wedding…Plan Your Marriage so that you can know not only how to build a marriage that will last, but also how to have the kind of marriage where you and your spouse feel safe, honored, and valued. When you feel safe, your heart will be open—and open hearts make for joyful, powerful relationships.

Learn about the “fear dance” and how to stop it. Discover the two biggest issues that threaten every marriage and how to stop them before they start. Learn what’s more important than finding your soul mate and the significance of happiness in your union. And realize the significance of happiness in your union.

With advice gleaned from counseling thousands of couples both before and after marriage, Greg and Erin Smalley show you the secrets to building and maintaining an enduring and fulfilling love.

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

 

The Heart of Remarriage
by Gary & Greg Smalley
Revell

Too often, couples enter remarriage unaware of potential problems and unprepared for the challenges stepfamily life will bring. The Heart of Remarriage takes a unique approach to success in remarriage by going straight to the heart, helping couples heal from the inside out rather than offering surface suggestions that may change circumstances but not the lives of couples and their families.

Drs. Gary and Greg Smalley partner with remarried couple Dan and Marci Cretsinger to offer this marriage-changing idea: No matter what circumstances or challenges a remarried couple and their stepfamily face, the solution starts in their hearts. Remarried couples will learn how to examine their own hearts and heal them from the hurts of the past, so that they can be filled with God’s love and let that love overflow to their family members. The Heart of Remarriage teaches readers how to create emotional security for every family member and offers practical ideas for connecting at the heart level with their spouse, children, and stepchildren. Couples will be encouraged to keep their hearts open and challenged to leave a family legacy of love.

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

DVD True U from Focus on the Family: 
Each Dvd has 10 segments which are about 25 minutes long. Our whole family enjoyed these when our kids were in University. Dr. Stephen Meyer teaches to a classroom of students in the first two, and Del Tackett in the last one. Very good!
01 Does God Exist?  Building the Scientific Case
02: Is the Bible Reliable?  Building the Historical Case
03: Who is Jesus?  Building a Comprehensive Case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Talking with Your Kids about God

by Natasha Crain

Baker Books

 

Christian parenting is hard work – and it’s getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith, but fear that today’s increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves many parents feeling overwhelmed and uncertain of what they can do to help their children, given the difficulty and extent of the faith challenges they will face.

This practical and timely resource gives parents the confidence of knowing what to discuss with their children and how to discuss it in order to facilitate impactful conversations that will form the basis of a lifelong faith. In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain identifies 30 specific conversations about God that parents must have with their children.

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

 

 

When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography

by Vicki Tiede

New Growth Press

After the Shock – Moving from Despair to Healing and Hope

The news was hard enough – the person closest to you in the world, your life partner, is struggling with pornography. But now, although the shock might have worn off, you are still reeling – feeling shattered, betrayed, alone. Where do you turn? Who do you turn to? Vicki Tiede, writing from personal experience, reminds you that no matter how you are feeling right now, you are not alone. You can turn to the God of all comfort and hope who promises to never leave you or forsake you.

When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart is written to help you turn to God and away from despair. Healing comes as you learn to focus your eyes on Jesus and allow him to meet your needs rather than basing your hope and happiness on your husband’s choices. Vicki Tiede guides you through this process by focusing on six important topics: hope, surrender, trust, identity, brokenness, and forgiveness. Allowing God to meet your greatest needs is a long and learned process, but He promises to help you every step of the way.

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

 

Blessing or Curse

by Derek Prince

Chosen Books

Life’s trials and triumphs can seem accidental. One person may feel that life is a constant struggle in which pitfalls abound and someone seems out to get him. Another may feel that every day is a gift from God with special blessings just for her. That’s because forces are at work in our lives: the blessings of a loving God or the curses of our spiritual adversary.

This hugely popular classic work of Derek Prince helps readers recognize if there are curses at work in their lives and shows them how to get out from under those curses, to live under God’s blessings.

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

 

10 Things you should know about God and Life

by Greg Laurie

Kerygma/Allen David Publishing

Understanding = Life. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6). God has gone on record…what you don’t know can hurt you. When it comes to matters of life, death, and eternal destiny, what you know and what you do with that knowledge means everything.

Drawing from his top ten most requested messages, Greg Laurie shines the light of God’s Word on the issues that will touch and shape every single day of your life…and beyond. Things like your direction in life, your marriage, your children, your faith, your relationship with the living God, and your defense against a relentless enemy who desires your destruction.

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

 

Finding Truth

By Nancy Pearcey

David C. Cook Publishers

Don’t think, Just believe? That’s the mantra in many circles today – whether the church, the classroom, the campus, or the voting booth.

Time for a reality check. Nancy Pearcey, bestselling and critically-acclaimed author, offers fresh tools to break free from presumed certainties and test them against reality. In Finding Truth, she explains five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview – secular or religious – to uncover its deepest motivations and weigh its claims.

A former agnostic, Pearcey demonstrates that a robust Christian worldview matches reality, that it is not only true but attractive, granting higher dignity to the human person than any alternative.

Finding Truth displays Pearcey’s well-earned reputation for clear and cogent writing. She brings themes to life with personal stories and real-world examples. The book includes a study guide shaped by questions from readers, from teens to college professors. It is ideal for individual or group study.

www.betterbooksandbibles.com

 

 

 

The Bible as your GPS

By Kobus Genis

Winepress Publishing

Through the 366 devotions in this book, you will journey through all the Bible books chronologically. Get a better overview of the Bible. Experience how the Bible is still relevant today. Experience the Bible as your God Positioning System.

 

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Recommended by Christian Book and Record, Edmonton

 

Face Masks

Our new reusable face masks are 100% cotton, come in both kids’ and adult sizes in a variety of designs, and feature adjustable ear straps as well as a pocket to insert a filter. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, mask use has become commonplace, so choose a high-quality, adjustable, affordable, and stylish mask.

 

 

 

On Heaven’s Doorstep

by Andrea Jo Rodgers
Harvest House
biography / miracles

How can you learn more about the frontline workers in your life during the COVID-19 pandemic? How can you pray for them? This book compiles true stories from frontline workers (emergency responders) about God’s provision during difficult times. In life and death, there is only one guarantee – God will be there.

In Life or Death, There’s Only One Guarantee—God Will Be There

Medical emergencies are among life’s most unexpected and terrifying realities. But isn’t it reassuring in times of crisis, you can find hope and comfort in the hands of a loving God?

Encounter heart-stopping drama in these real-life stories of everyday people like you who found themselves on heaven’s doorstep—fully dependent on the skilled and courageous efforts of first responders and on the mercy of God.

As you read these firsthand accounts of perilous situations with uncertain outcomes, you will experience a full spectrum of emotions, from tender heartache to tremendous joy. Through it all, you will witness God’s amazing love and care for His children, both for those who are brought back from the edge and for those He welcomes into eternal fellowship with Him.

Be inspired as you go on call with veteran EMT Andrea Jo Rodgers and other brave professionals dedicated to helping when humanity is at its most frail.

 

 

 

The Merchant and the Thief

by Ravi Zacharias

Zonderkids

A folk tale

When Raj left the room, Mohan tiptoed over to his belongings and searched hurriedly under Raj’s pillow. Again he found nothing.Mohan longs for Raj’s treasure. He plots and he schemes and his plan seems perfect! But along the way, he discovers an important lesson about wanting what someone else has … and about the most important treasure of all.From bestselling author Ravi Zacharias comes a retelling of a classic Indian folktale that teaches powerful truths about faith.

 

 

 

 

Forget Love; I’d Rather Fall in Chocolate
by Linda Maron & Hope Lyda
Harvest House

Every girl has had her share of sweet nothings. That’s why she knows chocolate is the real thing…and why she’ll want to unwrap these rich, color images of chocolate treats in all shapes and indulge in the cocoa-dipped sentiments, sumptuous recipes, and mouth-watering tidbits. With each bite, she’ll

 

 

 

 

The Benediction: Live

CD by The City Harmonic
contemporary worship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Thomas Nelson
historical fiction / classic / first edition

A fine, exclusive edition of one of literature’s most beloved stories. Featuring a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping, all titles in this series are first editions. Only 10,000 copies have printed, and each are individually numbered from 1 to 10,000.

“You and Papa, and my sisters, must come down and see us. We shall be at Newcastle all the winter, and I dare say there will be some balls, and I will take care to get good partners for them all.” – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. Darcy finds himself indifferent to Elizabeth Bennet’s good looks and lively mind. And later when Elizabeth discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she dislikes him more than ever. In the comedy of misdirected manners that follows, Jane Austen shows readers the error of judging by first impressions.

The Seasons Edition – Winter collection includes Little Women, Wuthering Heights, A Tale of Two Cities, and Pride and Prejudice.

 

 

 

God Bless the Broken Road

DVD / drama / romance

 

From the director of God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2 comes God Bless the Broken Road—the uplifting story of a young mother’s struggle with her faith after losing her husband to fighting in Afghanistan. With the help of her friends, pastor, and the innocent-but-wise perspective of her young daughter, she learns to trust in God’s plan for her life once again. Rated PG. Dove approved (all ages). Approx. 111 minutes.

Staff pick: “It’s about a woman who loses her husband and loses her faith. It stars one of my favourite Hallmark actors!” – Marjan

 

 

 

 

Alive & Breathing

Matt Maher

CD / contemporary worship / Canadian artist

 

 

Since his 2008 major label debut, Matt Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. A nine time-GRAMMY® nominee and three time-GMA Dove Award winner, he has garnered multiple radio successes, writing and recording songs such as his Top 5 CCLI song “Lord, I Need You” and the chart-topping radio single “Because He Lives (Amen).” Along with other hits such as “Hold Us Together,” “Christ Is Risen,” “All The People Said Amen,” and “Your Grace Is Enough,” Maher has written or co-written five No. 1 radio singles.

 

Store Pick: We love to support Canadian authors and artists, especially this close to Canada Day! Alive & Breathing is Newfoundland-born Matt Maher’s latest release. – Nancy

 

 

 

God and the Pandemic

by N.T. Wright

non-fiction / current events / Christian life – from Zondervan

 

 

Some think the pandemic is God’s judgment, others think it’s a sign of the end times, and still others are eager to place blame. N.T. Wright offers a reasoned and measured approach to the pandemic, and how Christians can respond with lament and hope.

 

 

 

 

The Logic of God

by Ravi Zacharias

non-fiction / apologetics / devotional / Christian life – from Zondervan

The late Ravi Zacharias offers a characteristically wise and humble approach to help Christians make the things we believe in our hearts make sense in our minds.

 

 

 

 

When Silence Sings

by Sarah Loudin Thomas

historical fiction – from Bethany House Publishers

 

 

For years, Serepta McClean has towered over the coal-filled hills of West Virginia, taking more than her share of legal and illegal trade alike. She’s intent on securing the future of the McClean name, despite two unreliable sons and a long-standing feud with the Harpe clan that has exploded once again into violence.

While many fear her, and many more despise her, few dare to stand against her. Especially not someone like Colman Harpe – a railroad man with dreams of being a preacher. And yet it’s reluctant Colman, Serepta’s sworn enemy, who finds himself in this powerful woman’s territory.

With the feud growing ever more dangerous, putting the entire region at risk, these two impossibly different people find themselves on a collision course. And the very lives of everyone close to them will be changed forever.

 

Staff pick: “I liked the Appalachian setting. The story is about someone who chooses to break the cycle of revenge by choosing peace… and he gets in a lot of trouble for it.” Reading novels is a great way to keep busy during this unusual summer. -Lori

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus and Christ
by John Piper
Crossway

John Piper offers 6 biblical answers to the question; What is God doing through the coronavirus? He points readers to the solid Rock, who is Jesus Christ, and the sovereign God who ordains, governs, and reigns over all things.

(non-fiction / current events)

Christianbookandrecord.ca

 

 

 

A Word of Hope for my Aboriginal People
by Parry Stelter
Word of Hope Ministries

A Word of Hope offers a sympathetic, yet biblically-grounded perspective on how to faithfully live out the Christian faith in ways that are authentic to Aboriginal cultures. Stelter offers a well-researched guide that is not only academically sound but reaches deeply into his own experience at the heart of cultural identity.

Parry Stelter is a local author and pastor. Though the title says, “A Word of Hope for my Aboriginal People” (Parry is originally from Alexander First Nation in Alberta), it’s a helpful and beneficial read for anyone.

(non-fiction / current events / Christian living)

 

Christianbookandrecord.ca

 

 

 

When my Mind Winds Up
by Jennifer Ervig
New Harbour Press

When My Mind Winds Up is a unique help for the reader who finds their mind constantly tangled up in anxiety. Jen brings her faith and personal journey with open hands in hopes that she can take what’s helped her and “pay it forward”. You’ll be shocked at what you read and it will hurt, but hopefully it will “hurt so good”.

(devotional about handling anxiety)

Christianbookandrecord.ca

 

 

 

I Still Believe
DVD (biopic)
Lionsgate Entertainment

The true-life story of Christian music star, Jeremy Camp, and his journey of love and loss that looks to prove there is always hope.

 

Christianbookandrecord.ca

 

 

 

The Sand Bride
by Cyana Gaffney
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

With ONE phone call… everything changed. Should Hailey still try & leave Saudi? But if he is still looking for her, how can she afford to stay? How much power does he have? And just how far does that power reach? When events start to unravel everyone’s plans, they wonder if there is a greater purpose at work. And if that is the case, will they get out alive? Or will they be led towards something none of them could ever imagine? In the continuing story of VEILED… a battle to comprehend the purpose of tragedy and loss, propels their journey into unknown places and pushes them onto an unthinkable path.

(fiction / suspense / romance – another one of our beloved local authors)

www.christianbookandrecord.ca

 

 

 

 

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