Love the lord your god...


One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 


“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 


The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 


“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.  To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”   (Mark 12:28-33 NIV)


One of the best ways to learn how to follow the Greatest Commandment is to read great books written by authors who've experienced these aspects along their own spiritual journey. 


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With all your heart

Wild At Heart

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In Wild at Heart, John Eldredge inspires and speaks to the soul of Christian men everywhere. 


Do you dare to be the man God created you to be---passionate, adventurous, and free?


 In this revised edition of his look at Christian manhood, Eldredge challenges you to pursue the purpose God has given you. 


Encouragement for every man who wants to walk the road least taken---and insights for the woman who loves him! 


Author: John Eldredge

Captivating

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The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. 


The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. 


He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.





Authors: John Eldredge, 

Stasi Eldredge

Essential Tozer Collection

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The Pursuit of God is an enduring classic that is sure to resonate if you long for a life spent in God's presence. 


The Purpose of Man is a call to worship as God reprioritizes your life and fills your soul. 


The Crucified Life will lead you to the cross so you can be raised to new life in Christ.

This collection will teach you who God is, who you are, and how to live accordingly. 




Author: A.W. Tozer

Becoming More

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Is talking to God just another thing to check off on your to-do list? Are you tired of just going through the motions of being a Christian? Sharing her own story, 


TerKeurst helps you uncover the spiritually exciting life you long for in your walk with God - and in your heart, relationships, struggles, thoughts, and calling.



Author: Lisa TerKeurst

Experiencing God

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The modern classic that has helped millions worldwide experience the height, depth, and breadth of God's love is now even better! With over 70 percent revised material, this expanded edition features a new personal introduction by Henry, updated stories and examples, a clearly outlined plan of salvation, and seven new chapters.



Author: Henry T.  Blackaby

The Battle Plan for Prayer

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Inspired by the Kendrick brothers' hit film War Room, this strategic prayer manual is your ticket to spiritual boot camp! Enlist in a devotional campaign of targeted intercession addressing every facet of your life---and revolutionize your heart, family, spiritual growth, and everyday effectiveness as a mission-minded soldier of Christ.



Authors: Stephen Kendrick, 

 Alex Kendrick

With all Your Soul

Secrets of the Secret Place

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Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge has one central purpose: to fuel your passion for the secret place with God. 


 Not only will Sorge help you defuse your personal struggles related to the secret place, he'll also inspire you to the thrilling exhilaration of developing a personal connection with God. 


Through his teaching and practical advice, your heart will be ignited with passion for Jesus!


Author: Bob Sorge

Sacred Rhythms

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Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton  has written a book about spiritual disciplines that remind us how they are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a "rule of life" that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, Sacred Rhythms takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. 



Author: Ruth Haley Barton

Invitation to Retreat

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Invitation to Retreat by Ruth Haley Barton is a gracious call to come away from the busyness of life and rest awhile in God! 


Encouraging you to seek a fresh encounter with the Lord through "strategic withdrawal," Barton guides you on a personal exploration of seven practices that are designed to enhance the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of intentional retreat.




Author: Ruth Haley Barton

Soul Keeping

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Anxiety. Depression. Fear. Loneliness. These are all symptoms of a soul that has lost touch with its source of life. Like a flower snipped from the vine, the soul that is not turned toward God can only wither away.


In Soul Keeping, bestselling author John Ortberg sheds light on the most overlooked, underrated, and least-understood part of your being. With a workable and relevant approach, he shows how living the "with God" life isn't just a good idea--it's the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction. 


Author: John Ortberg

Anxious for Nothing

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High anxiety is prevalent in our fast-paced society---but here's a biblical prescription for it! 


Inviting you to reflect on Philippians 4:6--7, Lucado offers insights into ways God will help you cope with life's inevitable calamities. 


Discover how to view bad news through the window of God's sovereignty, discern Satan's lies, recognize the truth, and more. 





Author: Max Lucado

Jesus In Me

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In Jesus in Me, Anne Graham Lotz draws on her rich biblical knowledge as well as her personal journey—including her recent cancer diagnosis—to help us understand that the Holy Spirit is not a magic genie, a flame of fire, or a vague feeling. He is a Person who prays for us, guides us in our relationships and decisions, comforts us in pain, and stays by our side at all times. In this seminal teaching, she explores seven key aspects of the Holy Spirit that will revolutionize how you understand and relate to this vital third Person in the Trinity.



Author: Anne Graham Lotz

with all Your Mind

Self to Lose, Self to Find

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Self to Lose, Self to Find: A Biblical Approach to the 9 Enneagram Types by Marylin Vancil  teaches you to embrace the truth about your God-given identity through the tool of the Enneagram. This Biblical approach allows you to: explore and uncover your deeper motivations, longings, and ways of suffering. You'll also discern between the self to lose and the self Jesus invites you to find; enhance your relationships by appreciating others more; and own-up to what keeps you from possessing the abundant life Jesus offers.



Author: Marylin Vancil

Fearless

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Fearless: Imagine Your Life without Fear by Max Lucado gives you a glimpse into what could be, what should be when we live without fear. 

Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? 


If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less. Can you imagine your life without fear?


Author: Max Lucado

The Best Yes

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In The Best Yes, let Lysa TerKeurst help you discern the option that shapes all your other choices. Having trouble deciding which situations deserve a "yay" and which a "nay?" Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul? Offering Scripture-laced insights on effective decision-making, she encourages you to be honest, imaginative, focused, trusting, and humble as you discover the role God most wants you to play.




Author: Lisa TerKeurst

Knowing Scripture

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In this expanded edition of Knowing Scripture renowned Reformed theologian and pastor R.C. Sproul not only aids readers in unearthing the meaning of Scripture for themselves, but also explores why it is essential for every Christian to study it in the first place. With his usual common sense and enthusiasm, Sproul both offers clear explanations of eleven basic steps of interpretation, as well as provides simple how-to's for using them. Excellent for beginning Bible readers and experienced students of Scripture, this expanded edition includes a new preface.




Author: R.C. Sproul

Knowing the Bible (Series)

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This series from Crossway is designed to help Bible readers better understand and apply God's Word. These 12-week studies lead participants through the books 

of the Bible.


This study includes aspects such as "Theological Soundings" identifying how historic orthodox doctrines are taught or reinforced throughout Scripture. With contributions from a wide array of influential pastors and church leaders, these gospel-centered studies will help Christians see and cherish the message of God's grace on each and every page of the Bible.


Authors: Various



Knowing God

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J. I. Packer's Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. Why? While it gives us information about God with clarity and grace, it does much more---it aids us in actually knowing him, in building our relationship with him, and helps draw us closer to him in love and worship. 


This 20th anniversary deluxe hardcover edition of Packer's classic has new Americanized text, reader-friendly type, a new preface, and the complete study guide.






Author: J. I. Packer

with all your strength

How Happiness Happens

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In this book Max shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. 


Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, How Happiness Happens presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out.




Author: Max Lucado

Killing Kryptonite

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In Killing Kryptonite, John Bevere reveals what this kryptonite is, why it’s compromising our churches, and how to break free from its bondage.


Not for the faint of heart, Killing Kryptonite is anything but a spiritual sugar high. This is serious truth for any Christ-follower who longs to embrace the challenging but rewarding path of transformation.



Author: John Bevere

The Storm Inside

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In Sheila Walsh's book, The Storm Inside, she lets women know that they can grow in the midst of their everyday storms, no matter how they may feel. Constantly teetering between daily chaos and life-changing crisis, women often feel storms brewing, are in the middle of a storm, or are facing the aftermath of a storm. Through Scripture and the sharing of personal stories, Sheila shows how heartbreak can become strength and more...


Author: Sheila Walsh

Stand Strong

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Dealing with difficult decisions and challenges can put you on shaky ground. These daily devotions will help you stand strong no matter what life throws your way!


 Written by men for men, 5-minute readings accompanied by Scripture will provide the guidance you need as you seek God's will for yourself, your family, your career, and more. 




Authors: Various

Overcomer

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You were not made to live in disappointment, disillusionment, and defeat; God has given you the tools to live a life defined not by your trials but by your victories. 


In his new book, Overcomer, David Jeremiah offers his insights on one of the most quoted but least understood passages of the Bible: the apostle Paul's admonition to the Ephesians to take up the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).



Author: Dr. David Jeremiah

Goliath Must Fall

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Many of us have giants in our lives--hang-ups and habits, fears and insecurities that keep us from reaching our full potential. Frozen, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives and settle for far less than best. But there is a better way forward. In Goliath Must Fall, Louie Giglio offers powerful insights from the Biblical story of David that will help you overcome your giants once and for all by fixing your eyes on the size of your God, not the size of your giant. 



Author: Louie Giglio