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Kingdom Dreaming Book by Chris BrooksKingdom Dreaming

by Christopher W. Brooks

If you could do one great thing with your life in order to bring God glory before you died what would it be?

This seemingly simple question, asked in the first few pages of Kingdom Dreamer, forms the basis for Christopher W. Brooks guide to helping every Christian achieve their Godgiven potential and bring glory to His name. As a successful pastor, broadcaster and mentor, Brooks has spent years counseling and coaching seekers of Gods truth to find the life purpose He has placed deep within their hearts. Everyone has a Kingdom Dreama calling and a motivation that goes beyond worldly selfishness and instead, serves to glorify our Father in Heaven. In his book, Pastor Brooks calls on every Christian to actively search for that Dream, immersing him or herself in prayer, Scripture and fellowship with other Dreamers to truly become not what the world wants but what God has ordained.

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Urban Apologetics Cover ImageUrban Apologetics

by Christopher W. Brooks

Much of the New Testament was written in urban settings, in which the Christian communities had to deal head-on with issues such as race, equality, justice, sexuality, money, and economics. But much of today’s apologetics (engagement with the questions that people are asking about Christianity) come from suburban churches and academic studies. Urban believers—those who live and minister in America’s inner cities—often face unique issues, not often addressed by the larger Christian community. These questions aren’t neat or easy to answer but need to be addressed by applying biblical truth in the culture and challenges of urban life.

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Apologetics


How Now Shall We Live.jpgHow Now Shall We Live

by Chuck Colson

If we are going to respond to Paul's command to "not conform any longer to the teaching of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" we will need to develop a Christian worldview. In How Now Shall We Live Colson and Pearcey carefully lay the foundation of a Christian worldview and enable you to develop a Christian perspective on every aspect of life. If you want your faith to help you counter what your children are learning in school, challenge the decadence of popular culture and impact the lives of unsaved family and friends, consider How Now Shall We Live required reading!

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A Practical Guide to Culture Cover ImageA Practical Guide to Culture 

by John Stonestreet & Brett Kunkle

Cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our kids. But even in a world of addictions, ever-present screens, and gender-identity questions, youth can have clarity and confidence. We must help them attain it. In this honest and practical guide for parents and Christian leaders, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle will enable you to help your kids influence the culture, rather than let the culture change them.

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How Now Shall We Live.jpgHoly Sexuality and the Gospel  

by Christopher Yuan

How do we apply the essence of the gospel to a gay loved one? In what ways can we better walk with truth and grace alongside a fellow Christian with same-sex attractions?

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel offers theological and practical insights that leads us to find our identity in Christ—not in our sexuality.

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Bible Study and Theology

Plain Theology For Plain People.jpgPlain Thoelogy for Plain people

by Charles Octavius Boothe

Everyday Christians need practical and accessible theology. In this handbook first published in 1890, Charles Octavius Boothe simply and beautifully lays out the basics of theology for common people. He brought the heights of academic theology down to everyday language, and he helps us do the same today. Plain Theology for Plain People shows that evangelicalism needs the wisdom and experience of African American Christians.

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Moody Handbook of Theology.jpgThe Moody Handbook of Theology

by Paul Enns

The Moody Handbook of Theology leads the beginner into the appreciation and understanding of this essential field of study. It introduces the reader to the five dimensions that provide a comprehensive view of theology: biblical, systematic, historical, dogmatic and contemporary.

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Living by the Book.jpgLiving by the Book 

by Howard and William Hendricks

How would you describe your personal Bible study? Mundane or motivational? Lackluster or lively? Redundant or reviving? Howard and Bill Hendricks offer a practical 3-step process that will help you master simple yet effective inductive methods of observation, interpretation, and application that will make all the difference in your time with God's Word!

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Mental Health

Unshakable You.jpgUnshakeable You

by John Opalewski

Emotional health can be elusive. We often run our lives on fumes, dangling on the edge of burnout or depression. Difficult relationships, overcommitted schedules, traumatic events, or the gnawing sense we re unlovable, drain our energy. What can you do? If you re burnt out or depressed, how do you get healthy? If you re healthy, how do you stay that way? You start by making five choices. Unshakable You: 5 Choices of Emotionally Healthy People, introduces key behaviors which move a depressed person toward recovery, and keep an emotionally fit person well.

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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.jpgEmotionally Healthy Spirituality

by Pete Scazzero

In this revised bestselling book, Peter Scazzero outlines a roadmap for discipleship with Jesus that is powerfully transformative. He unveils what's wrong with our current definition of "spiritual growth" and offers not only a model of spirituality that actually works, but seven steps to change that will help you experience authentic faith and hunger for God.

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Parenting

8 Great Smarts.jpg8 Great Smarts 

by Kathy Koch

Children who believe they are smart excel more in school and approach life with greater confidence than children who do not. In 8 Great Smarts, you’ll be empowered and equipped with creative ideas for how to affirm your child’s unique smarts, motivate your child to learn and study with all 8 smarts, and guide your child spiritually, relationally, and to a good career fit. Help your child be all that God designed him or her to be by applying the theory of multiple intelligences.

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Five to Thrive.jpgFive to Thrive

by Kathy Koch

Every human has five core needs, and if you're going to thrive, these needs must be met in healthy ways—primarily through God. Learn what they are and how you can develop beliefs and skills so they're met and you become whole, content, and at peace. Start thriving as you use the ideas in this revised and updated edition of Finding Authentic Hope and Wholeness.

With humor and vulnerability Dr. Kathy Koch gives you the tools to develop an authentic sense of self and a positive outlook on the future. Take the time to ask yourself these five questions, and discover the answers as you journey with Dr. Kathy toward hope and wholeness. You'll be glad you did—for the rest of your life.

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Visionary Parenting.jpgVisionary Parenting 

by Rob and Amy Rienow

Draw your family closer to God and each other with the insightful parenting advice found in Visionary Parenting: Capture a God-Sized Vision for Your Family. Author Rob Rienow, founder of a ministry called Visionary Parenting, wants parents to know God's purpose for their family and build their life around it. He gives parents practical tools to share faith and values with their children and equip them to impact their world.

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Racial Unity

One Blood.jpgOne Blood

by John M. Perkins

John M. Perkins was born in Mississippi in the 1930s into a sharecropping family and lived through the hate-filled and tumultuous decades thereafter. He has dedicated his life to biblical reconciliation. Now, at age 87, he entrusts the church with the truths he wants us to know while there’s still time.

One Blood looks at everything from lament and forgiveness to racial tensions and mutual fear. You’ll learn why “racial reconciliation” isn’t the goal. And most importantly, you’ll learn how to walk forward on the path toward oneness in Christ.

As racial tensions rise, the world needs the church to lead now more than ever. But true leadership starts with listening.

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Beyond Racial Gridlock

by George Yancey

Christians have struggled with racial issues for centuries, and often inadvertently contribute to the problem. Many proposed solutions have been helpful, but these only take us so far. Adding to this complex situation is the reality that Christians of different races see the issues differently. Sociologist George Yancey surveys a range of approaches to racial healing that Christians have used and offers a new model for moving forward. The first part of the book analyzes four secular models regarding race used by Christians (colorblindness, Anglo-conformity, multiculturalism and white responsibility) and shows how each has its own advantages and limitations. Part two offers a new "mutual responsibility" model, which acknowledges that both majority and minority cultures have their own challenges, tendencies, and sins to repent of, and that people of different races approach racial reconciliation and justice in differing but complementary ways. Yancey's vision offers hope that people of all races can walk together on a shared path--not as adversaries, but as partners.

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Letters to a Birmingham Jail.jpgLetters to a Birmingham Jail 

by Bryan Loritts,  John Perkins, et al.

On April 16th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail was published and soon became the manifesto of the civil rights movement. Dr. King did not pick up his pen and react to hate filled racists. Instead, he found any scrap of paper that he could write on and responded to the passive pleas of white clergy, "Isn't there another way around this, a more subtle and patient way? Can't you just wait, Dr. King?"

Over the half century that has elapsed since the publication of Letter from a Birmingham Jail, much has transpired and progress has been made. Long gone are the burning crosses, biting police dogs and angry mobs; in its place we find passivity, cynicism and avoidance. In God's sovereignty, voices from today's church have emerged declaring that we cannot wait. These diverse voices are grateful for the laws that the civil rights movement were able to change, but also acknowledge that while the movement could change laws, it could never change hearts. Only the cross and empty tomb of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can do that.

Letters to a Birmingham Jail is a collection of essays written by men of various ethnicities and ages, yet all are committed to the centrality of the gospel, nudging us to pursue Christ exalting diversity. The gospel demands justice in all its forms - spiritual and physical. This was a truth that Dr. King fought and gave his life for, and this is a truth that these modern day "drum majors for justice" continue to beat.

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Blogs

George Floyd

I Can’t Breathe: George Floyd, The Gospel, and Our Response (Part 1)

Written by: Chris Brooks

Yesterday, I lost my breath! My breathlessness came because of watching the now viral video of a man gasping for the desperately needed air his lungs begged for. He pleaded with the police officer whose knee was crushing his windpipe as he moaned out the words, “I can’t breathe”. These are infamous and haunting words for African Americans who became all too familiar with this painful phrase as we watched the killing of Eric Gardner by New York City police in 2015. The echo of this refrain acts as a dying man’s declaration of his demise at the hands of those who cared more about administrative procedure than his asphyxiation. These three grievous words, “I can’t breathe,” also stand as damning evidence of a generation’s lack of basic human decency towards those who are all too often misunderstood, mislabeled, and marginalized. These are words we hoped we would never hear again, yet the pain they bring came rushing back into our souls yesterday as we saw, through tear-filled eyes, the killing of Mr. George Floyd.

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Moving from Lament to Leadership: George Floyd, the Gospel, and Our Response (Part Two)

Written by: Chris Brooks

the dust clears over the Minneapolis skyline, and other cities around our country, and the embers begin to fade from the blaze of yet another heartbreaking page in the story of human fallenness, we are all left with the aching cry of Maranatha! This one word sums up our deepest longings when God, in His sovereignty, allows the veil to be lifted from our eyes causing us to see the sheer depths of human depravity.

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Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area.    Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.

Equipped with Chris Brooks

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Equipped with Chris Brooks encourages listeners to live an impactful Christian life in a rapidly changing culture.