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Serving Up

John Mcgowan
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John Mcgowan

Pastor Johnny McGowan has been SERVING UP for many years, first as the aide to Lakewood founder John Osteen, and now to Lakewood lead pastor Joel Osteen. Throughout his experience, Pastor Johnny has embraced his role of service, being strongly compelled that God wanted him right where he was: part of a movement that was larger than himself. He learned to truly rise in his supporting role and has flourished with purpose as a result. Now, Pastor Johnny shares his wisdom in SERVING UP. Incorporating personal insights and biblical stories of those in the "second in command" position, and how God has used them for a larger purpose, this book will guide you in serving with integrity, passion, and instinct for success. Through service you can achieving a life that is favored by God. By joyfully approaching your current position--instead of relentlessly seeking a better position--and stepping aside to let God open the right doors for you, you will see the divine value and glory of SERVING UP.

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A Flexible Faith

Bonnie Kristian
Authors:
Bonnie Kristian

Ana Levy-Lyons

ANA LEVY-LYONS is senior minister of First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, a quickly-growing urban Unitarian Universalist congregation. She earned a BA from Brown University and an M.Div. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Like most Gen Xers, her career has followed a winding path, from founding a web startup to a foray as a singer-songwriter. (She won the SIBL International Songwriting Competition and received a glowing review in Billboard magazine).Her sermons have received numerous awards and she also blogs in Huffington Post and Tikkun online. Ideally positioned to write this book, Levy-Lyons has a foot in the world of secular humanism (with its critique of religion) and a foot in the world of religion (with its critique of spiritually impoverished modernity). Years of study and practice in the Jewish Renewal movement, as well as graduate study and Biblical Hebrew proficiency, equip her to offer a fresh and engaging perspective on the Ten Commandments to both worlds.

Beth Bruno

BETH BRUNO traded the Blue Ridge for the Rocky Mountains after two decades in mega cities. Upon graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago, she and her husband moved to an even larger city, Istanbul, where they led campus teams with Cru. Ten years later they moved to Seattle where Beth received an MA in International Community Development and launched a nonprofit aimed at preventing domestic minor sex trafficking. Beth regularly speaks and trains around the topic of trafficked youth, including interviews with local radio stations and lots of coffee with the FBI, Homeland Security, and local law enforcement. Beth's focus on women is most personal as it relates to raising her two daughters. She writes to uncover the glory of girls for publications including Relevant, Today's Christian Woman, The Well, Mudroom Blog, and Thrive. She speaks at women's retreats around the topic of pursuing passionate, purposed lives and finds support from being a member of Redbud Writer's Guild, an international organization for expanding the Christian feminine voice. Beth lives in Colorado with her husband of 20+ years and their three kids, almost all of whom have surpassed her in height.

David Ritz

CO-AUTHOR: David Ritz co-wrote Tavis Smiley's previous bestseller, Death of a King, and has collaborated with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, B.B. King, and more.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Elizabeth Grace Saunders is an internationally recognized expert on effective time management. She has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX. Elizabeth contributes to Forbes magazine, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Elizabeth is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and the Forbes Coaches Council.

Hanna Seymour

For over ten years HANNA EASLEY SEYMOUR has mentored young women, helping them transition smoothly from high school to college and beyond. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from James Madison University and a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Combining faith with a passion for helping others, Hanna explains how to tackle problems with good sense and grace on her website, HannaSeymour.com.

Hilary Yancey

Writer Hilary Yancey examines the significance within ordinary aspects of everyday life. She earnestly and vividly explores the challenges and blessings of womanhood, marriage, and motherhood, and how these things as well as faith are impacted by the disability of a child. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Baylor University. Hilary, her husband Preston, and her young son Jack live in Waco, TX. Her blog can be read at www.thewildlove.com.

James M. Russell

JAMES M. RUSSEL has a philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, a post-graduate qualification in critical theory, and has taught at the Open University in the UK. He currently works as director of a media-related business. He is the author of A Brief Guide to Philosophical Classics and A Brief Guide to Spiritual Classics. He lives in north London with his wife, daughter and two cats.

Jamie Sumner

JAMIE SUMNER is a writer for Parenting Special Needs Magazine as well as a regular contributor to Scary Mommy, Mom.me, Parent.co Magazine, Her View From Home Magazine, Tribe Magazine, Mamalode Magazine, and Complex Child Magazine. Her IVF journey has also been featured on Fox 17 News. She and her husband fought infertility for two years before seeking medical intervention. She has a son, Charlie, diagnosed with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome and cerebral palsy, and boy/girl twins, Jonas and Cora. She blogs regularly at www.mom-gene.com.

Joel Osteen

JOEL OSTEEN is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. He is the senior pastor of America's largest congregation, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. More than 45,000 people attend services there every week. His televised messages are seen by more than 10 million viewers each week in the United States, and millions more in 100 nations around the world. His 24-hour channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and millions of social media followers have prompted numerous publications to name him as one of the most influential Christian leaders in the world. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria, and their children. You can visit his website at www.joelosteen.com.

Joseph Prince

JOSEPH PRINCE is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. He is the senior pastor of New Creation Church, a vibrant and fast-growing church in Singapore, which has a congregation of more than 30,000. He separately heads Joseph Prince Ministries, Inc., an international broadcast ministry that seeks to build, encourage and inspire people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. You can visit his website at www.JosephPrince.org.

Joyce Meyer

JOYCE MEYER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. Her broadcast, Enjoying Everyday Life, airs daily on hundreds of television networks and radio stations worldwide. Joyce has written nearly 100 inspirational books. Bestsellers include God Is Not Mad at You; Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits; Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. Joyce holds conferences throughout the year, speaking to thousands around the world.

Marie Armenia

MARIE ARMENIA, the daughter of Molly Bruno, has traveled the country as a singer/songwriter and keynote women's retreat speaker. As a pastor's wife for many years, she has always had a heart to serve God's people in any way possible. She is the former producer, writer and on-air hostess of "The Marie Show," a TV broadcast for women, which aired on seven Christian TV stations in the northeast. She is the author of more than 400 magazine articles and various columns for Lifeway magazines and Mature Living. Marie currently writes a monthly humor column for Mature Living. She also writes for several other faith-based publications.

Mark Merrill

MARK MERRILL is the founder and president of Family First, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping people love their families well. He hosts The Family Minute, a nationally syndicated daily radio program that reaches 5,900,000 listeners each day. He also delivers marriage and parenting wisdom to over 100,000 people each month through his blog and podcast on MarkMerrill.com. Mark is a regular Fox and Friends guest and has appeared on NBC's Today show, numerous ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC network affiliates and national radio programs. Mark is also the author of All Pro Dad--Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids. Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Tampa, Florida, and have five children.

Romal Tune

ROMAL TUNE is Senior Advisor to the President of TMS Global, while also maintaining his public relations consulting company Tune & Associates. He is a highly sought-after communicator and seminar facilitator. His platform and cross sector relationships have positioned him as a global leader who takes individuals and institutions from setbacks to success by using the power of story. Romal consistently travels throughout the year helping individuals and organizations find deeper meaning, maximize their potential, and live into their purpose by listening to their stories and living authentically. Coming from challenging beginnings Romal defied the odds to become an All American Collegiate Scholar, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and Magna Cum Laud honor graduate with a BSN from Howard University and MDIV from Duke University School of Divinity. As a military veteran who served during Gulf War Desert Storm, moving individuals from setbacks to success as leaders is something he knows full well.

Sarah E. Ball

Sarah E. Ball is a blogger, speaker, and mom of five beautiful children who uses her platform to minster to people suffering from crippling anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and depression

Susan Merrill

SUSAN MERRILL is the director of content for Family First and oversees the content creation and digital marketing of all Family First platforms including All Pro Dad, iMOM, Mark Merrill, and The Family Minute. Susan has appeared on a number of television programs, including Stossel on FOX, and was a weekly contributor to NHC affiliate Daytime show. Susan is the author of The Passionate Mom. She is married to Mark Merrill and the mother of their five children.

Trina McNeilly

TRINA MCNEILLY is a writer and founder of La La Lovely, where she has been blogging for nine years, sharing matters of the heart and design related finds. With an eye for beauty, Trina finds inspiration in styled spaces, other times in the broken places, and everywhere in between. Through soulful writing, in the voice of trusted friend, she shares her finds and all about being found. Trina's work also includes creative direction, styling, and design projects. Trina lives in her childhood home, near Chicago, with her husband, and four children.

Victoria Osteen

VICTORIA OSTEEN is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Love Your Life, and together with her husband Joel, writes a devotional, Today's Word, that is sent each day to over 2 million online subscribers.