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2010 FATHER'S DAY ROUNDUP

For one day out of 365, we celebrate fathers. But our father’s love, encouragement and support last more than 24 hours. The relationship dynamic between a father and child, or a husband and wife, is utterly expansive and enables both to grow and develop together. While this relationship, by its very nature, is positive, our fathers or husbands have also experienced obstacles along the way. A number of the titles in this year’s Father’s Day roundup deal with such experiences and show that through faith and God, these challenges aren’t so insurmountable. Our selections provide inspiration, wisdom and humor that surely will last beyond June 20th.


Book Cover Art link 101 SECRETS A GOOD DAD KNOWS
Walter Browder and Sue Ellin Browder

Thomas Nelson
Parenting
ISBN: 9780785297413

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Dads have a special way of relating to children. It is usually a father who teaches a child how to shoot a free throw, catch a frog, or fix a broken bicycle chain. Each of the 101 secrets in this wonderful gift book is explained and accompanied by a drawing. Knowing these secrets will enable any dad to look like a hero.

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Book Cover Art link CHAMPIONSHIP FATHERING: How to Win at Being a Dad
Carey Casey, with Neil Wilson

Tyndale House Publishers
Parenting
ISBN: 9781589975347

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As CEO of the National Center for Fathering, Carey Casey uses his experience and stories --- and his engaging, personable tone --- to inspire champions-to-be in fathering. CHAMPIONSHIP FATHERING will help fathers raise healthy, well-adjusted, confident kids --- mentally, physically and spiritually. It will also help fathers use the principles of championship fathering: Loving, Coaching and Modeling. As the current chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs, men will appreciate Carey Casey’s experiences in sports. The book also includes a foreword by Tony Dungy. Carey Casey also hosts a three-minute daily radio feature, “Today’s Father,” which is heard on over 600 stations nationwide.

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Book Cover Art link IMAGINARY JESUS
Matt Mikalatos

BarnaBooks
Fiction
ISBN: 9781414335636

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IMAGINARY JESUS is a hilarious, not-quite-fictional story that’s unlike anything you’ve ever read before. When Matt realizes that his longtime buddy in the robe and sandals isn’t the real Jesus, but an imaginary one, he embarks on a mission to find the real thing. On his wild ride through time, space and Portland, Oregon, he encounters hundreds of other Imaginary Jesuses determined to stand in his way (like Legalistic Jesus, Perpetually Angry Jesus, and Magic 8 Ball Jesus). But Matt won’t stop until he finds the real Jesus --- and gets an answer to the question that’s haunted him for years.

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Book Cover Art link LESSONS FROM SAN QUENTIN: Everything I Needed to Know About Life I Learned in Prison
Bill Dallas, with George Barna

Tyndale House Publishers
Memoir
ISBN: 9781414326573

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Real-estate entrepreneur Bill Dallas's charmed life changed dramatically when he was charged, convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for grand-theft embezzlement. LESSONS FROM SAN QUENTIN tells the amazing true story of how one man's life was changed for the better due to the hardships encountered at the legendary maximum-security prison. Using stories and reflections from life on the inside, Bill teaches 12 core principles that will inspire readers to use tough times to develop the character God wants them to have.

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Book Cover Art link LIFE ON THE EDGE: The Next Generation’s Guide to a Meaningful Future
Dr. James Dobson

Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
ISBN: 9781414317441

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As a young adult, you will face crucial questions about identity, education, marriage, career, God's will and much more. Some of the most dramatic and permanent changes in life will occur during the "critical decade" --- those 10 years between 16 and 26. Are you prepared to make the right choices? You can be. Like a trusted friend who understands, Dr. James Dobson candidly addresses the issues that today's young adults face. In his warm, conversational style, he reveals principles to help you make right choices and get the direction you need to look forward to a bright and successful future.

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Book Cover Art link LIVING LIFE IN THE ZONE: A 40-Day Spiritual Gameplan for Men
Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew

Thomas Nelson
Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
ISBN: 9780849946523

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Living in the zone --- that state of mind when everything seems to be working for you --- is every man's desire. But how does a man live in the zone as a Christian? This 40-day spiritual journey is a sports-filled prescription designed to remove stress and give men confidence to embrace their daily adventures. The book is divided into four sections --- Marriage, Children, Work and Faith. Designed to strengthen both churched and unchurched men, LIVING LIFE IN THE ZONE is brief enough for men to enjoy and filled with issues that are real but often not discussed in church.

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Book Cover Art link LOVE MUST BE TOUGH: New Hope for Marriages in Crisis
Dr. James Dobson

Tyndale House Publishers
Love & Marriage
ISBN: 9781414317458

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You've forgiven a thousand times. You've bent over backwards to make your partner feel loved. But the only reward for your loyalty has been anger, indifference, infidelity, or abuse. Your spouse may even be ready to walk out the door. There IS still hope. Dr. James Dobson's "tough love" principles have proven to be valuable and effective. Unlike most approaches to marriage crisis, the strategy does not require the willing cooperation of both spouses. LOVE MUST BE TOUGH offers guidance that gives you the best chance of rekindling romance, renewing your relationship and drawing your partner back into your arms.

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Book Cover Art link THE MAP: The Way of All Great Men
David Murrow

Thomas Nelson
Christian Living
ISBN: 9780785227625

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THE MAP begins as a fictional tale of murder, deception and greed as three men fight to uncover the most important discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls --- a map, hidden in the gospel of Matthew that is the key to awakening the sleeping giant in the church. The apostle Matthew embedded this map into his gospel. History's greatest men, including Christ himself, followed this map. Using the tale as a parable, Murrow shows men what the map looks like, where it is found in the Bible, and how to walk its three ancient pathways today: submission, strength and sacrifice.

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Book Cover Art link MASTER LEADERS: Revealing Conversations with 30 Leadership Greats
George Barna, with Bill Dallas

BarnaBooks
Inspirational
ISBN: 9781414326245

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Imagine the chance to sit down with 30 of the world’s best-known and best-respected leaders as they share their secrets to success. That’s MASTER LEADERS --- the most valuable leadership book of the decade. Based on personal interviews and never-before-published conversations with “the greats” (including Colleen Barrett, Ken Blanchard, Ben Carson, Tony Dungy, Newt Gingrich, Seth Godin, Patrick Lencioni, and many others), MASTER LEADERS offers 16 key distinctives that you need to know in order to be a successful leader and contains top-of-the-line insider information on leading wisely and well...from the people who know.

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Book Cover Art link A POSITIVE LIFE: Living with HIV as a Pastor, Husband, and Father
Shane Stanford

Zondervan
Christian Life/Personal Growth
ISBN: 9780310292920

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When Shane Stanford discovered he was HIV positive 20 years ago, he knew he had a choice: he could feel sorry for himself, or he could live as faithfully and boldly as possible.

In A POSITIVE LIFE, Stanford offers nine basic yet powerful lessons for living well, all found within the life and ministry of Jesus. As Shane has discovered, even a difficult road offers glimpses of grace. Choosing how to live out that grace is the key to making life matter --- and to being more alive than ever before.

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Book Cover Art link QUIET STRENGTH: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life
Tony Dungy

Tyndale House Publisher
Memoir
ISBN: 9781414318028

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Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring memoir, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family --- and challenges us to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.

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Book Cover Art link ROLE OF A LIFETIME: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Significant Living
James Brown

FaithWords
Memoir/Self-Help
ISBN: 9780446541176

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Millions of viewers know James Brown as a sports commentator and former athlete. With ROLE OF A LIFETIME, he reveals a different side of his character. Brown rose from a middle-class home to earn a scholarship to Harvard and a chance at a professional sports career before moving on to broadcast journalism. Part memoir and part self-help, this book draws on James's lessons from his faith and life experiences to guide readers to find fulfillment and significance. He offers values and encouragement to others of all generations, assisting them in their search for meaning in navigating a world that increasingly promotes transient values, if any at all. His message that shortcuts and gimmicks are counterproductive to a person's success provides hope that there is a God who cares about them and their futures.

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Book Cover Art link SHATTERED: Struck Down, But Not Destroyed
Frank Pastore, with Ellen Vaughn

Tyndale House Publishers
Memoir
ISBN: 9781589976115

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Like its author, SHATTERED is “fun, fast and real” and an intriguing mix of paradoxes. Frank Pastore was a physically awkward kid who became a professional athlete. He was an okay student who went on to earn two masters degrees in philosophy and a former atheist who ends up hosting the biggest Christian radio talk show (KKLA - Salem Radio Network) in America. SHATTERED is part sports book --- because you’ll go on road trips, enter clubhouses and walk on the fields of professional baseball (he played for the Cincinnati Reds) and part romantic novel, because you’ll journey with two young kids who fall in love and eventually elope, evading not only her family, but the law as well --- for she was only 16. It’s also a story of brokenness, betrayal and burn-out.

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Book Cover Art link SIX BATTLES EVERY MAN MUST WIN: …and the Ancient Secrets You'll Need to Succeed
Bill Perkins

Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Life/Personal Growth
ISBN: 9780842382878

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The story of David's "mighty men" (primarily found in 2 Samuel 23) drives this challenging and encouraging book for Christian men. The mighty men weren't drafted into David's army because of their impressive resumes. They were broken men who, given an opportunity to achieve greatness, responded like champions. The author uses the story to illustrate the six battles David's men fought and men today must win to become powerful and effective warriors in God's kingdom.

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Book Cover Art link SIX RULES EVERY MAN MUST BREAK
Bill Perkins

Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Life/Personal Growth
ISBN: 9781414311401

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With startling frankness, Bill Perkins offers life-changing wisdom to help men find true freedom in Christ. Perkins shatters six man-made rules that sound good on the outside, but often keep men from reaching their full potential. He shows how breaking these taboos can help you break free to become the man that God created you to be.

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Book Cover Art link UNCOMMON: Finding Your Path to Significance
Tony Dungy, with Nathan Whitaker

Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Life/Personal Growth
ISBN: 9781414326818

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Super Bowl–winning coach and #1 New York Times bestselling author Tony Dungy is looked to by many as the epitome of success. He also works with young men who are trying to achieve significance through football and all that goes with a professional athletic career --- money, power, and celebrity. But Coach Dungy believes that there is a different path to significance, a path characterized by attitudes, ambitions and allegiances that are rare but uncommonly rewarding. UNCOMMON reveals lessons on achieving significance that the coach learned from his parents, his career, his mentors and his journey with God.

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Book Cover Art link WHAT GOD DOES WHEN MEN LEAD: The Power and Potential of Regular Guys
Bill Peel

Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Life/Personal Growth
ISBN: 9781414337456

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Every man wants to be the kind of leader God designed --- a strong, confident man who takes care of himself and the people he loves. But when you find yourself dealing with difficult co-workers, when your relationship with your wife seems damaged, or when your children rebel, that destiny may seem unattainable. Bill Peel has good news for you: God has equipped you with specific gifts that will help you lead. Embrace them, and you'll discover a richer family life, a rewarding work environment, a transformed church --- in short, a deeper and more satisfying life than you've ever imagined.

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Book Cover Art link WHAT YOUR SON ISN’T TELLING YOU: Unlocking the Secret World of Teen Boys
Michael Ross and Susie Shellenberger

Bethany House
Parenting
ISBN: 9780764207495

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WHAT YOUR SON ISN’T TELLING YOU provides a rare look at the secret lives of teen boys --- a world characterized by loneliness and peer fear; one in which measuring up as a man means conforming to a code of always being a tough guy, never showing weakness, and never expressing true feelings. Too many boys feel the constant pressure to prove themselves in classrooms, on playing fields, and especially among their friends. Deep inside they hunger for family support and connection --- and long to be accepted by their peers. Each chapter of this must-read book is packed with real-life stories and emails from teen boys that will give parents a new understanding of what their sons aren't telling them.

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Book Cover Art link WHEN GOD DOESN’T MAKE SENSE: Holding on to Your Faith During the Hardest Times
Dr. James Dobson

Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Living
ISBN: 9780842382373

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Every person who lives long enough will eventually encounter circumstances that are difficult to explain theologically. >From years of counseling experience, Dr. James Dobson offers assurance of God's constant care, even when human suffering is beyond our comprehension.

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Book Cover Art link WHEN GOOD MEN GET ANGRY
Bill Perkins

Tyndale House Publishers
Christian Life/Personal Growth
ISBN: 9781414311418

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Have you ever made a foolish or harmful decision when angry? Have you said or done something in the heat of the moment that you wish you could take back? Or do you keep your anger hidden? No matter how often you get angry or how you express it, this book will provide you with the insight and biblical strategy you need to deal with this crucial issue. Illustrated with research and stories of men who have successfully dealt with anger, this book explores the foundations of anger, how Jesus expressed it, and how you can control it.

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Book Cover Art link WHY MEN HATE GOING TO CHURCH
David Murrow

Thomas Nelson
Social Science
ISBN: 9780785260387

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It’s Sunday morning. Where are all the men? Golfing? Playing softball? Watching the tube? Sleeping? One place you won’t find them is in church. Less than 40 percent of adults in most churches are men, and 20 to 25 percent of married churchgoing women attend without their husbands. Why are the men who do go to church so bored? With eye-opening research and a persuasive grasp on the facts, Murrow explains the problem and offers hope and encouragement to women, pastors and men. WHY MEN HATE GOING TO CHURCH calls the church back to men.


    --- Written by Andrea Goyma