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The Read Aloud Family: Making Meaningful & Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie

Connecting deeply with our children and youth can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our them. It also increases their academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own six children, reading aloud long after kids are able to read to themselves can deepen relationships in a powerful way. From a toddler’s wonder to a teenager’s resistance, Sarah details practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual.

Monday June 25
Hosted by Mary Jones
3503 Arklow Rd Charlotte, NC 28269

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Boundaries by Henry Cloud

Some people focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. That’s why the ability to set clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In relationships, boundaries define who we are and who we are not, which impacts every part of our lives:
  • Physical: The wisdom to determine who may touch us and under what circumstances.
  • Mental: The freedom to express our own thoughts and opinions.
  • Spiritual: The clarity to distinguish God’s will for our lives.
  • Emotional: The ability to manage our own feelings and disengage from the manipulative emotions of others.
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend explain how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

Thursday, June 28
Hosted by Bev Burrell
9318 Golden Pond Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28269

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12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Within a few years of its unveiling, the smartphone had become part of us, fully integrated into the daily patterns of our lives. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. But it raises new enigmas, too. Never more connected, we seem to be growing more distant. Never more efficient, we have never been more distracted. Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us—for good and bad.

Monday July 16
Hosted by Mary Jones
3503 Arklow Rd Charlotte, NC 28269

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Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World- How One Family Learned Saying No Could Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes by Kristen Welch

“But everyone else has it.” “If you loved me, you’d get it for me!” When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children―don’t you want them to be happy and to fit in? Kristen Welch knows firsthand it’s not that easy. In fact, she’s found out that when you say yes too often, it’s not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet―it actually puts your kids at long-term risk. In the book she shares the ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between “want” and “need” is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who will love God, serve others, and grow into hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults. It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say―but mean!―“thank you” for everything they have.

Monday July 23
Hosted by Mary Jones
3503 Arklow Rd
Charlotte, NC 28269

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Walking from East to West by Ravi Zacharias

Follow the intimate account of Ravi’s journey beyond a turbulent childhood in his Eastern culture that led to his search for the truth that sustained him. This book invites you on the journey through his life and into the lives of others, to see how he has become more convinced with each year that Jesus Christ is the one who came to give us life to the fullest and to point us to the freedom and beauty of truth for everyone.

Thursday July 26
Hosted by Karen Renzo
1262 Amber Ridge Road NW
Concord, NC 28027

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Brother Andrew:  God's Secret Agent by Janet and Geoff Benge 

An ordinary man whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary deeds for his kingdom and glory. When he became God's smuggler, Brother Andrew was already familiar with risk. As a boy, the intrepid Andrew van der Bijl joined the Dutch Resistance against the Nazi occupation. As a young man, he fought eagerly in the Dutch East Indies-until the horror of war turned the adventure seeker to a life of alcohol and desperation. Redeemed by God, the Dutchman became a daring messenger of hope, smuggling Scripture through closed borders and equipping persecuted Christians behind the Iron Curtain.

Monday August 6 
Hosted by Mary Jones
3503 Arklow Rd Charlotte, NC 28269

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A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Prayer is so hard that unless circumstances demand it―an illness, or saying grace at a meal―most of us simply do not pray. We prize accomplishments and productivity over time in prayer. Even Christians experience this prayerlessness―a kind of practical unbelief that leaves us marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy. Prayer is all about relationship. It is the way we experience and connect to God. In A Praying Life, author Paul Miller lays out a pattern for living in relationship with God and includes helpful habits and approaches to prayer that enable us to return to a childlike faith.

Tuesday, August 7
Hosted by Pushpa Gross
8409 Dunstaff Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28269


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Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous

No matter how famous someone might be, the fact remains; most of the other seven billion people on Earth wouldn’t know him or her from the next person. Add this reality to one’s shrinking recognizability among the multiple billions down through history, and the worldly emphasis on standing out really falls flat; we’re all in this obscurity thing together.

Ironically, the trouble with me and you and the rest of humanity is not a lack of self-confidence but that we have far too much self-importance. To live and die unnoticed would seem a grave injustice to many. It’s all too easy to think we’re somebody if our portfolio is strong, there are a few letters after our name, or we’re well-known at work, church, or school.

As pride creeps in, we are tempted to want more: more recognition, more admiration, more influence, more, more, more. Few have ever given thought to wanting less. That’s why we need 
Embracing Obscurity.

Putting the premise into immediate action, an established Christian author electing to remain anonymous writes about living and dying in simplicity, contending that true success, as modeled by Jesus, starts with humility, service, sacrifice, and surrender. Such a life involves mystery and banks on the hope that today is just a dress rehearsal for eternity.

When we stop imitating the world and instead choose to embrace obscurity, real life -- chock full of significance, purpose, and renewed passion -- begins.

Tuesday, August 14
Led by Kathryn Truden
Hosted by Pushpa Gross
8409 Dunstaff Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28269

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