By Mark A. Taylor
“Do you publish books?”
It’s a fair question for Standard Publishing, because our company is known for so much more than books: Sunday school courses for every age, a best-selling and award-winning VBS, classroom supplies, youth material, electives for children and teenagers and adults, small group resources, teacher-training materials, and much more.
But amid all these Bible-teaching resources is a growing library of books that many adults have come to savor and share. Some of them are best-sellers, too. All of them inspire and entertain and teach. You’ll find many good reads among the books we’ve published lately.
I’ve described a few of the latest and best below. For more information (including sample pages and quantity discount offers on some titles), go to our company’s Web site: www.standardpub.com
Getting Rid of the Gorilla
By Brian Jones
Brian Jones knows that living with an unforgiving heart is like living with a gorilla. The beast follows you everywhere. He squeezes marriages. He stinks up friendships. He growls at family gatherings and beats his chest at church.
An unforgiving heart ruins relationships, affecting everyone and everything you touch. Maybe you’ve tried and failed to forgive someone who’s hurt you. Maybe you aren’t sure you even want to try.
In these confessions from Brian’s own struggle, find hope and strength for finally getting rid of the gorilla in your life.
By Chris Travis
God often chooses unsuspecting heroes and writes unlikely endings to his stories. Many of the characters in the Bible are even unnamed, yet their adventures reveal the kind of lasting impact God intends each of us to have. For everyone with the eyes of faith to see and the courage to act, this book will show how to join God’s roster of unforgettable heroes.
Let It Go
By Mark Atteberry
Christians everywhere beat themselves up over sins that their heavenly Father has long since forgiven and forgotten. They torture themselves—obsessing over bad choices, lost opportunities, dismal failures—and in many cases even question their salvation.
With his customary mix of humor and heart, Mark Atteberry leads us to let go of inferiority, perfectionism, criticism, and shame and hold on to abundance, grace, salvation, and joy.
Eats With Sinners
By Arron Chambers
In Jesus’ day, eating with someone was a way to acknowledge that person as an equal. Religious leaders considered it unthinkable for a Jewish teacher to eat with people who were common, even unclean. But Jesus cared more about saving souls than saving face.
So who are you eating with? Eats with Sinners introduces a biblical model for evangelism—building relationships like Jesus did, one meal (or cup of coffee) at a time.
Each chapter concludes with a “Meal Plan,” which contains questions designed to give individual readers or small group members the opportunity for personal reflection and practical application of the principles outlined in each chapter. Fun sidebars scattered throughout the book feature recipes, meal traditions in Jesus’ day, and case studies.
The Leadership Wisdom of Solomon
By Pat Williams with Jim Denney
King Solomon left us 28 profound leadership strategies—as valid today as when the proverbs were written. The same extraordinary wisdom that transformed Solomon’s world can revolutionize every aspect of leadership for any CEO, manager, pastor, coach, military strategist, or government leader.
In The Leadership Wisdom of Solomon, Pat Williams applies Solomon’s ancient insights to the high-speed world in which we live. Time-honored principles, real-life stories, and compelling takeaways will enable leaders to protect their integrity throughout their leadership careers . . . and lead like Solomon now.
Between Two Kingdoms
By Joe Boyd
In this work of allegorical fantasy, author Joe Boyd takes us on a pilgrimage to a land of two kingdoms, but only one true King. An ancient land, where children never grow old. A living land, where foundations grow in trees and rivers sing and breathe. But also a dying land, where the darkness of a false prince threatens to swallow everything in its shadow.
Enter the adventure with Tommy, a child of the Great King, as he and his friends accept the challenge to live as grown men and women in the Lower Kingdom—where hope is hidden, vision is clouded, and pride twists truth into a beautiful yet deadly deception.
Generation to Generation: Practical and Creative Ideas for Raising Kids to Know and Love God
By Wayne Rice
Raising children and teens to know and love God is a parent’s duty, privilege, and maybe even most rewarding achievement! What parents do today as they sit down, get up, and walk with their kids is what they will do with their children in a pattern that can be repeated for generations to come.
In Generation to Generation parent, author, and youth ministry expert Wayne Rice challenges parents to enjoy their spiritual roles in their homes. The book contains a wealth of help, including
• Creative ways to communicate lasting values through family traditions and everyday family routines.
• Tips for leading family devotions that won’t make their kids groan.
• Ideas for encouraging their children to grow in faith in their teen years.
A Christmas Carol Special Edition
By Charles Dickens with Stephen Skelton
Celebrate the season with Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future—and discover how the greatest Christmas classic was based on the greatest story ever told.
This special edition includes the complete text of A Christmas Carol along with notes and discussion questions written from a Christian perspective.
Discovering God’s Story: Fully Illustrated Bible Handbook in Chronological Order
The Bible appears to be a book of many great stories, but it is actually one story—the divinely woven account of God’s plan for humankind, from the first person on the planet until the end of the world we know.
Whether you are a longtime student of the Bible or the Bible is the best book you’ve never read, Discovering God’s Story is a deep but approachable exploration of the world’s most influential and best-selling book of all time.
This is a book you have to see to appreciate! It’s fully illustrated pages include summaries of Bible events and main themes, in chronological order, time lines that set each event in the context of world history, and daily Bible reading suggestions to help the reader place each event in Scripture.
Mark A. Taylor is editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD.