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What Keeps Us from Flourishing?
We all long to live out our faith with daily joy, but so often that joy eludes us. Why is that? More often than we realize, it’s because we’ve absorbed messages that curve us in on ourselves. These messages have even crept into the church, disguised as truth. It’s time we learn to discern teaching that’s toxic from that which is true and pure.
Flourish equips us with tools to identify the lies that come at us about where to find real life. As we dig deep into what God says in his Word, we will learn to discern the worldly influences that threaten to warp our understanding of what it really means to be a Christian, and emerge with a faith that flourishes—full of the abundant life Jesus promises.
“The siren call of self sings loudly in our current cultural moment. Even as Christians, we easily fall prey to the false promises of self-focus, self-care, and self-love. With a refreshing dose of biblical truth, wisdom, and insight, Lydia Brownback invites us to consider our ways with fruitful reflection. Flourish is a book every woman should read. I highly recommend it!”
Melissa Kruger, Director of Women’s Content, The Gospel Coalition; author, In All Things
“As someone who deals in words all day and every day, I’m always fascinated to see how they come and go, how they ebb and flow. Recent years have brought us countless articles, books, podcasts, and conferences based on the word flourish. ‘Follow this program,’ they say, or ‘switch to this diet,’ or ‘become more mindful,’ and ‘you’ll finally flourish in your life and in your relationships. Guaranteed!’ In this book, Lydia Brownback looks for and finds what I’m convinced is the true key to human flourishing. Her solution is infinitely better because it is based on an infinitely better source—the enduring, infallible Word of God.”
Tim Challies, blogger, Challies.com
“Lydia Brownback is an author to be trusted. She writes with lucid insight and biblical discernment. The result is a book that is truly helpful—a book that avoids contemporary fads and points the reader repeatedly to the sufficiency of Christ. She takes on common destructive states of mind that often hinder Christians from walking in the freedom that is theirs by grace. I suppose the highest recommendation I can give to this book is that it is one I will be encouraging the congregation I serve to read.”
Todd Pruitt, Lead Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Cohost, Mortification of Spin
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Sing a new Song
Humans are relational, emotional beings—and nothing reveals this more beautifully than the book of Psalms. As the psalmists pour out their hearts to God, they uncover the multifaceted character of the Lord almighty and reveal his grace-filled plans for his people.
Sing a New Song offers a fresh look at the 150 psalms in the Bible, summarizing each psalm’s key themes, revealing how each fits in to both the Psalter as a whole and the rest of Scripture, and suggesting practical applications. Designed for use in personal study or in small groups, this book will invigorate your study of the the book of Psalms and enable you to see the steadfast love and faithfulness of God reflected on every page.
“I'm grateful for this call to read the book of Psalms straight through! Lydia Brownback has distilled the various themes and offers great encouragement for readers to delve into the prayers and praises of God’s people given in his Word. How good to be reminded that the psalms speak into all the moments of our lives, giving us a song for each one.”
Kathleen Nielson, author; speaker; senior adviser, The Gospel Coalition
“Not only do we need to embrace our emotional side as humans, but as Christians we want to learn a vocabulary that can make our feelings for God be contagious to others. Enter the psalms. God not only gave us a whole book of Scripture for learning the language of the heart, he also made it the longest book of all. Join me in making it a daily habit to open your Bible first to Psalms each morning, and let Lydia Brownback help your reading and meditation stay true and go deep. Sing a New Song is a valuable companion for a lifelong journey through the ups and downs, joys and griefs, praises and laments of God’s own inspired book for the Christian’s heart.”
David Mathis, executive editor, desiringGod.org; pastor, Cities Church, Minneapolis; author, Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines
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Finding God in My Loneliness
Young or old, single or married, male or female—at some point in life, we're all confronted with loneliness. We try to fill the void or change our circumstances so we no longer feel the pain. But what if our pangs of loneliness are meant to point us to something greater?
Looking at various aspects of loneliness, Lydia Brownback reminds us of God's power to redeem our loneliness and use it in our lives to draw us to himself. Ultimately, she helps us see that even when we feel misunderstood, forsaken, or abandoned, we're never really alone. God is always with us, and only he can meet all of our needs in Christ Jesus.
“Brownback illuminates sources of loneliness and encourages Christian readers to lean on God when they feel lonely. She contends that readers cannot fix their loneliness, a statement that might disappoint those expecting self-help advice. Brownback gives relatable examples of the various causes of loneliness, including grief, losing a sense of home, and being different. She uses her own experience of single life, and observations of others’ marriages, to craft a particularly effective pair of chapters on the loneliness of marriage versus the loneliness of being unmarried. Brownback maintains, women must learn to trust in God’s plan and goodness. Brownback’s encouraging book is a sharp, thoroughly readable entreaty to readers looking for grace in loneliness.”
"We used to know who the lonely people were—young singles living solo in small apartments, aging shut-ins, or those sequestered away by illness. It's not that way anymore. In a world of frenetic activity, loneliness is an epidemic that is impacting everyone. It's why Lydia Brownback's new book is urgently needed—too many people, especially women, are suffocating for lack of real and meaningful friendships. Christians can make the difference, though, and Finding God in My Loneliness speaks not only to the solitary heart, but also to those who desire to reach out, embrace, and fill the space. A remarkable book with a culturally timely message!"
Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
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Hosea: A 12-Week Study
The story of Hosea and Gomer parallels the relationship between God and ancient Israel, helping readers understand the extent of God’s redeeming love for his people. This accessible study walks readers through the biographical and symbolic elements of the book of Hosea, revealing God’s desire to lovingly restore his people to a right relationship with him through Jesus Christ.
“These Knowing the Bible volumes introduce a significant and very welcome variation on the general run of inductive Bible studies. Such series often provide questions with little guidance, leaving students to their own devices. They thus tend to overlook the role of teaching in the church. By contrast, Knowing the Bible avoids the problem by providing substantial instruction with the questions. Knowing the Bible then goes even further by showing how any given passage connects with the gospel, the whole Bible, and Christian theology. I heartily endorse this orientation of individual books to the whole Bible and the gospel, and I applaud the demonstration that sound theology was not something invented later by Christians, but is right there in the pages of Scripture.”
Graeme Goldsworthy, Former Lecturer in Old Testament, Biblical Theology, and Hermeneutics, Moore Theological College
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Proverbs: a 12-week study
The book of Proverbs uncovers the foundation of wisdom, marks out the paths that make us wise, and points us to the ultimate source of all true understanding: Jesus Christ.
Helping make sense of a unique book, this guide explains the biblical text with clarity and passion—revealing its wise instruction for godly living that glorifies God and leads to blessing for his people.
Over the course of 12 weeks, these studies explore books of the Bible and:
Ask thoughtful questions to spur discussion
Show how each passage unveils the gospel
Tie the text in with the whole story of Scripture
Illuminate the doctrines taught in each passage
Invite you to discover practical implications
Help you better understand and apply God’s Word
Part of the Knowing the Bible series.
“This Knowing the Bible series is a tremendous resource for those wanting to study and teach the Bible with an understanding of how the gospel is woven throughout Scripture. Here are Gospel-minded pastors and scholars doing Gospel business from all the scriptures—this is a biblical and theological feast preparing God’s people to apply the entire Bible to all of life with heart and mind wholly committed to Christ’s priorities.”
Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois
“Mark Twain may have smiled when he wrote to a friend, “I didn’t have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long letter.” But the truth of Twain’s remark remains serious and universal, because well-reasoned, compact writing requires extra time and extra hard work. And this is what we have in the Crossway Bible study series Knowing the Bible—as the skilled authors and notable editors provide the contours of each book of the Bible as well as the grand theological themes that bind them together as one Book. Here, in a 12-week format, are carefully wrought studies that will ignite the mind and the heart.”
R. Kent Hughes, Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“Knowing the Bible brings together a gifted team of Bible teachers to produce a high quality series of study guides. The coordinated focus of these materials is unique: biblical content, provocative questions, systematic theology, practical application, and the gospel story of God’s grace presented all the way through Scripture.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College
A WOMAN’S WISDOM
Advice books are no short-lived trend, even though much of the advice parading as “wisdom” proves shallow in the long run. What we need is biblical wisdom, and even more than that we need hearts set on the One who governs all our practicalities. The book of Proverbs unlocks the key to both, helping us to face very real challenges.
A WOMAN’S WISDOM DVD
As a companion to the book, Brownback expands on key points within the text in a conversational, engaging manner. She teaches for approximately 20 minutes on each of the 9 chapters, and includes a compelling introduction to the study. This one-disc, teaching DVD is an excellent supplement to the book that women of all ages will enjoy.
“The book of Proverbs is a gold mine of divine wisdom, and Lydia Brownback applies that wisdom in very practical ways to the issues women face. This is one of those books that should be studied more than simply read, and I can see it as a valuable resource for women’s Bible studies.”
—JERRY BRIDGES, author, The Pursuit of Holiness
“It is so refreshing to read a book that handles the kinds of things that every woman will face from one single perspective—the stunning wisdom of God. Read and experience how God’s wisdom is eloquent and transcendent while being concrete and practical at the same time.”
—PAUL DAVID TRIPP, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
CONTENTMENT assures women that contentment is not some fleeting ideal but a reality that God enables them to live out daily.
TRUST is full of biblical truths and promises that will reassure readers that if they belong to Christ, they have absolutely nothing to fear.
JOY helps women understand that their joy is not circumstantial, but built on the promises of God and the work of Jesus.
PURITY guides us to understand that our hearts are purified as we lean on the purity of Christ and his perfect work for us. A daily reminder to women that putting Christ first takes care of everything else.
“Lydia Brownback calls Christian women to lift their eyes upward and find security, rest, and peace in a sovereign God whose promises never fail!”
—NANCY LEIGH DEMOSS, author and Revive Our Hearts radio host
“Skillful devotionals for those who face the challenge to ‘fit it all in.’ Biblically rigorous and deeply perceptive. Godly insights from a godly sister.”
—ELYSE FITZPATRICK, author, Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life
“A ready resource for keeping our thinking focused on God himself. The devotionals helped me understand my fear or discontent and our Heavenly Father’s provision.”
—BARBARA HUGHES, author of Disciplines of a Godly Woman and, with her husband, Disciplines of a Godly Family
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LEGACY OF FAITH
Following examples of women of faith is a great way to learn how to become women of God. And the best examples are from the true stories in the Bible. Not all the women of the Bible were faithful to Christ. But we can learn from past women’s failures as well as their triumphs. Legacy of Faith highlights twenty-four of the Bible’s most prominent women. Brownback offers insight and practical application for today’s women. She reveals how we can claim the same promises of Christ as these women did – because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
“An exciting read, perfect for group studies or individual devotion. Brownback is a sensitive reader of the ancient text who knows how it transforms lives today. This is about women of the Bible, but men and women should read it.”
—TREMPER LONGMAN III
“Women lead stressful lives and often feel that doctrine isn’t practical in helping with their problems. Your mind will change on that one—and your heart. Readers will find themselves joining the chorus of mothers and sisters in the legacy of faith.”
—MICHAEL S. HORTON
FINE CHINA IS FOR SINGLE WOMEN TOO
Emphasizes living contentedly and fully in what God ordains in each season of life, specifically when his ordering is singleness.
“Though specifically written for single women, this important book will engage the entire Christian community. Lydia Brownback directs us to Scripture to clarify how we can find contentment regardless of our situation. A superb book.”
–VESTA SPROUL, Ligonier Ministries
“An encouragement to single women. Fresh and biblically sound, Lydia Brownback’s humor and charming illustrations make the book not only helpful but a joy to read.”
–ROSEMARY JENSEN, Former Executive Director, Bible Study Fellowship International