The 1 Thing: What Everyone Craves-That Your Church Can Deliver Thom Schultz, Joani Schultz  
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Examines ways to ensure your church offers a fun, warm, and loving environment where relationships with others (and Jesus!) flourish.

Real-life stories and illustrations bring home the concept of Mary & Martha-type churches, and shows what people REALLY need from church.

Light, easy, fun read! An accessible and easy-to-understand resource.

Great helps for attracting people to your church! Keep visitors coming back for more!

Makes a great gift!

From the founders of Group Publishing, known for innovative, best-selling church ministry resources.

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The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team John C. Maxwell  
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Everyone who works with people is realizing that the old autocratic method of leadership simply doesn't work. The way to win is to build a great team.

John C. Maxwell has been teaching the benefits of leadership and team building for years. Now he tackles the importance of teamwork head on, writing about teamwork being necessary for every kind of leader, and showing how team building can improve every area of your life.

Written in the style of the bestseller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, this new book not only contains laws that you can count on when it comes to getting people to work together, but it tells them in such a way that you can start applying them to your own life today. And it's illustrated with great stories of team leaders-and team breakers-from history, business, the church, and sports.

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The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow John C. Maxwell  
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Why do some people consistently inspire others to follow their lead? According to John C. Maxwell, author of 24 books and a regular speaker on the topic, it's the "character qualities" they possess. In The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Maxwell identifies these top traits as character, charisma, commitment, communication, competence, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, initiative, listening, passion, positive attitude, problem-solving, relationships, responsibility, security, self-discipline, servanthood, teachability, and vision—and then defines them in ways that readers can absorb and utilize. Each is covered in a separate chapter opening with a high-concept definition and continuing with relevant anecdotes, details on its meaning, suggestions for further reflection, and exercises for improvement. For example, in the section on vision ("You can seize only what you can see"), Maxwell describes how Walt Disney initially developed the theme-park concept after accompanying his daughters to a fun-filled but rather shabby amusement park. He then analyzes how Disney's resultant projects drew on his personal history while meeting other's needs, and explains how readers must "listen to several voices" to develop successful foresight in a similar way. Finally, Maxwell suggests methods to articulate these visions and measure their implementation. —Howard Rothman

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership John C. Maxwell  
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John C. Maxwell offers lively stories about the foibles and successes of Lee Iacocca, Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, and Elizabeth Dole in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Readers can expect a well-crafted discussion that emphasizes the core attitudes and visions of leadership. Maxwell uses the same tell-it-like-it-is approach that he honed in the bestselling Developing the Leader Within You. For instance, when explaining "The Law of Influence," Maxwell states that "job titles don't have much value when it comes to leading. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed or assigned. It comes only from influence and that can't be mandated." Even after Princess Diana was stripped of her title, Maxwell says she was still able to lead a global effort toward banning land mines because of her sophisticated ability to influence others.

If readers are looking for a step-by-step formula, Maxwell's list of "laws" will probably seem too chatty and anecdote driven. There are no specific tips on what readers can do during the next workday to help them become stronger leaders. On the other hand, Maxwell's background as a pastor gives him an inspirational voice and a spiritual context to leadership that many business and church leaders appreciate. —Gail Hudson

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey  
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges.

Before you can adopt the seven habits, you'll need to accomplish what Covey calls a "paradigm shift"—a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your "proactive muscles" (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.

This isn't a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you'll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you'll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you'll feel like you've taken a powerful seminar by Covey. —Joan Price

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Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging Brennan Manning  
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IS AN IMPOSTER ROBBING YOU OF GOD'S LOVE?

Many of us live with an awareness that our lives are ridden with anxiety, guilt, and a lack of joy and passion. Our relationship with God and our relationships with others fall far short of our expectations and hopes. In a desperate attempt to make ourselves acceptable before God and others, we hide our true selves and present an imposter to the world-someone we hope will be accepted.

The liberating message of this book is that God longs for us to know in the depths of our being that He loves and accepts us as we are. God is our "Abba," our loving Father, who knows us far better than we know ourselves. The shocking revelation of this book is two-fold. Sin has a far greater grip on our hearts and lives than we imagine. And God, who knows this full well, loves us far more than we can imagine, and longs to bring us into deeper, more joyful, passionate fellowship with Himself.

This is a book for people who are tired of the shallowness and hollowness of superficial relationships-relationships that require them to keep up pretenses. It is for those who are willing to risk being exposed for who they really are and to be loved by a God who doesn't want them to pretend they are something they are not.

"Brennan is my friend, walking ahead of me on the path toward home. As I watch him from behind, I am drawn to more closely follow on the path, to more deeply enjoy Abba's love. Thanks, Brennan." -Dr. Larry Crabb, professor of counseling at Colorado Christian University and author of Inside Out and Finding God

"Brennan Manning has the wonderful gift of making Jesus a real answer to our real questions, a desirable lover for our ever-desirous hearts. He does it again in Abba's Child." -Richard Rohr, O.F.M. Founder of the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati and the Center for Action & Contemplation in Albuquerque

"Brennan awakens a sense of wonder at the possibility of a real relationship with the Abba of Jesus. I was gently led closer to becoming a true child of Abba." -Michael Card, singer, songwriter, and author of Immanuel: Reflections of the Life of Christ

"Brennan Manning brings us a wealth of experience and insight from Abba's children-from ancient and contemporary times-and connects us all with the one to whom we cry, 'Abba!' This is a rich book." -Rich Mullins, former recording artist

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Art of Helping VII (Art of Helping) R. Carkhuff  
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This is the eighth edition of The Art of Helping. More than 500,000 copies have been sold over three decades. Literally, millions of people have been trained in helping skills. Many more have been recipients of these skills. The effects upon hundreds of thousand of these recipients have been researched. The results are in: skills acquisition and use are spectacularly powerful. This book explains the essential interpersonal skills needed by professional and lay counselors, teachers, business managers, parents, everyone.

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