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‘Among Kings’ is based around the true story of William Sheppard, an African American missionary and explorer that brought down King Leopold II. Thoroughly researched characters make this adventure story enthralling and, at times, all the more poignant for the truth that provided its foundation. This is a fascinating story that gave me insight into the history of America and the Congo. Before this book, I was not familiar with the people or events included in this book and I appreciated the additional information and further reading provided at the end of the story. I enjoyed reading the development of the friendship between Sheppard and Samuel Lapsley. ‘Among Kings’ is a poignant reflection on a pivotal moment in history while also allowing for contemplation and reflection on what has changed in the years since. Covering faith, monarchy, unlikely friendships and real-life heroes, this is a great book for history fans.
Everyone wants to be loved unconditionally in marriage. But all too often, the conditions we create and the unrealistic expectations we place on our spouses rapidly cause that dream to fade. Soon we find ourselves sarcastic instead of sympathetic, condemning instead of compassionate, and far from that match made in heaven. Packed with hilarious anecdotes and thoughtful insights, I Love You Unconditionally...On One Condition reveals that although marriages have their mountaintop moments, we spend most of our time in the valley of everyday living. Using 1 Corinthians 13, Joey O'Connor offers fresh insights into the marvelous, messy and often mundane moments of married life.
Dearly beloved, getting married is not a piece of cake. Put away the thank-you cards and wedding album and join Joey O'Connor as he pokes fun at the craziness nearlyweds endure to get married and the wild new discoveries newlyweds make in the first years of marriage. Laugh and learn as O'Connor shares humorous stories and helpful insights about the ups and downs of married life. Have Your Wedding Cake and Eat It Too!offers principles and practical suggestions to help your relationship move from I do to till death do us part. And each chapter includes a discussion guide to help you and your spouse develop a together-forever kind of love. Whether you're nearlyweds counting down the days to cutting your cake or newlyweds who put the cake in the freezer a year or two ago, Have Your Wedding Cake and Eat It Too! helps you grow together in the most intimate, loving, and fulfilling relationship on earth.
This is a book written for you and your children, explains Joey O'Connor. It initiates a conversation on a difficult subject most people prefer to avoid. It is about people like you and me struggling to figure out what they really believe when the unbelievable has happened. And then wondering, 'What in the world am I going to say to my kids? How am I going to explain what just happened in our family and what I believe about the God who saw this whole thing happen? Children and Grief offers parents a way to approach these tough questions with honesty, tenderness, and hope. O'Connor shows how to teach children to trust God, celebrate life, and have hope in the face of death.
Do you know you are a chosen, loved and accepted child of God? Without consciously knowing the questions,"e; says Joey O'Connor, "e;our hearts are asking, 'Do I belong? Will people like me? Am I lovable? Will people accept me for who I am? Will I be chosen?' Ever since we were children, our hearts have hungered to know whose we are."e; In The Longing, Joey O'Connor offers an uplifting, fresh view of God's relentless love, giving you a whole new vision of how you see yourself and others. Your love and commitment to Christ will grow as a result.
In Whadd'ya Gonna Do, Joey O'Connor tells compelling stories of real high school graduates and the questions, doubts, problems, choices, and adventures they face as they look to the future. O'Connor helps these students to think, pray and discover their life purpose and mission. This practical book is not only for graduates, but is also for those who will soon enter the workforce. It's designed to make readers think deeply and to affirm their faith. Parents, other relatives, friends, youth leaders, pastors, principals, and educators will find this a superb gift for graduates as well as any twenty-something thinking about their mission in life.
In this fun yet challenging devotional for teens, Joey O'Connor gives 50 ideas for jump-starting a sluggish commitment for Christ by breaking out of comfort zones. Filled with stories of how teenagers pursued a deeper love for God and others, Breaking Your Comfort Zones has been read by teenagers, youth groups and small group bible studies. This book is perfect for teenagers wondering how to be all God has designed them to be. O'Connor tackles tough subjects like understanding God's unconditional love, friendship, fear, evangelism, peer pressure, partying, sexual choices, perseverance, and what it means to be a servant of Jesus Christ. Chapter titles include:I Am Unconditionally LovedFacing Your FailuresTotally CommittedI Serve A Giant GodFocusing Your FearsSharing Who You Know