20 Books to Help Women Through Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, family, a couple or friends. Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and economic and is a serious problem that affects over 25 percent of women in the U.S. The following books have been written to help women overcome domestic violence:
This book, written by Elaine Weiss follows the journeys of 12 real women, each a victim of domestic violence. The women share their stories of abuse, escaping, reconstructing their lives and living at peace once again.
Written by Roger R. Hock, It’s My Life Now clarifies the patterns and cycles that are synonymous with abusive relationships. This book also focuses heavily on moving on and offers advice on getting through an equally tough time- the healing process.
This book presents an in-depth look into the causes and effects of violence against women as well as an introduction of change in regard to it. Written by, Stanley G. French, Wanda Teays, and Laura M. Purdy, this book also talks about cultural and world views from many different aspects in regards to violence against women.
Written by Nancy A Crowell and Ann W. Burgess, Understanding Violence Against Women brings to light an overview of present facts we know about domestic violence against women while also understanding that domestic violence is still something that remains unsolved, misunderstood and often overlooked.
Written by Patrizia Romito, A Deafening Silence evaluates male violence against women and children and the lengths society goes to cover it up and put it out of sight. The book offers a guide to better understand male violence to women and children and how to prevent and fight it.
Written by Pamela Cooper-White, this book tells about the information and facts surrounding what types of violence against women exist and how and what the church does in response to these actions.
Written by Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear focuses heavily on eliminating fear from your life and instead focusing on picking up on warning signs and behaviors that shape most violent offenders. Becker strongly believes that people don’t just become violent and that there are always warning signs; they should never be brushed off or ignored.
Written by Dante B. Gatmaytan, Getting Played presents a study on violence against young women in urban areas. The interviews compare both mens and women’s perspectives on violence as well identifies what type of females are at risk.
Written by Lori Gervasi, Fight Like a Girl offers great tips and strategies for fighting off an attacker or a potentially dangerous situation. While providing physical means of defense, Gervasi also highlights psychological tips for staying calm and alert in a dangerous situation, which is essentially, the most important part.
This book re-tells the real life story of the author who was raped and abducted from her home and held captive in a home by her abductor after he shot and killer her husband. Debra Puglisi Sharp, tells of her story, the recounts she had to go through in court and her road to recovery.
Written by Margaret Yorke, Dangerous to Know presents the true horrors of spousal abuse, mostly through emotions. The books tells of the couple that seems like the perfect match- but what happens behind closed doors- and not doing anything about it, is where the real problem lies.
This book, written by Dr. Edward W. Gondolf presents what has been proven to work and what has not when it comes to fighting violence against women. The book outlines cases in which an abuser is likely to seek help and change- and signs to know when improvements cannot be made on behalf of the abuser.
Written by Margaret Randall, this book tells the story of two women who were kidnapped, raped, and tortured and met by chance 14 years later. The story of what happened to them, how they escaped, and how they re-built their lives is explained in the book.
Written by Kate Ferrell, this book tells the story of a young woman who covers up the abuse she suffers at the hands of her boyfriend. After finally gathering enough strength to leave, she starts a journey to self-discovery and overcomes obstacles in her life.
Written by Lisa A Goodman, No Safe Haven details studies of violence and abuse as well as harassment endured not only in the home but in and out of work as well. The books also offers information to base new laws and case studies in regards to violence.
Written by Janine Latus, whose sister was brutally murdered by her live-in boyfriend, this book tells about the author’s own brushes with emotional and physical abuse. Letus explains what it takes to realize how important it is to leave and to save those that can still be helped.
Written by Dianne Schwartz, this book focuses heavily on the life of a battered woman- from exposing lies and cover-ups to leaving. Schwartz opens up about her denial, the battle, and the learning process in regard to domestic violence.
This book, written by Beverly Engel, a marriage and family therapist, offers women in the process of healing from domestic abuse a step-by-step recovery. Engel explains abusive situations, identifies the role the victim plays in it, then explains how get through it.
Written by Dr. Mary Susan Miller, this book focuses on emotional abuse and how important and detrimental it can be. Miller explains how psychological abuse may not be physical but can still be as equally damaging and hurtful.
This book, written by Patricia Evans talks about the importance of recognizing emotional abuse as a serious and just as harmful form of abuse as anything else. The books informs readers of the long-lasting and severe effects that emotional abuse can have on you.
11 TED Talks for Parents
The joy of learning you’re going to become a parent is usually followed by a panicked question: “Wait, how do I do this?” The parenting advice business is a big one, with thousands and thousands of available titles for parents to choose from; so many, in fact, that it can tough to know where to start. If you’re a young parent or an old hand looking for fresh advice, these talks from the TED conference might be able to help. They focus on parenting, relationships, and the best way to form and execute the kind of big-picture plans that are vital for parental success.
- Carl Honore: Journalist Carl Honore is a proponent of the Slow Movement, which advocates the benefits of slowing our lives down and placing an emphasis on the quality of life and not how much we can get done with it. This is a fantastic lesson for parents, who often find themselves sucked into a busy vortex of school, discipline, care, and everything else that goes into raising a kid. Take a moment to take a breath, and you (and the child) will be better for it.
- Gever Tulley: The founder of the Tinkering School, which encourages kids to build contraptions they invent, Gever Tulley believes that the best way to teach kids safety is to expose them (in controlled environments) to dangerous things like fire and tools that will only cause greater harm if children aren’t taught to handle them responsibly. It’s an interesting concept.
- Ken Robinson: This challenging speech from 2006 is about how people can change the educational system on a personal and institutional level. The unpredictability of the future demands a more fluid way of schooling that emphasizes creativity. Parents can set this in motion in the home by encouraging their kids to experiment and think outside the box when it comes to solving problems. He’s got a follow-up address here.
- Laura Trice: This brief speech is a powerful reminder about the power of two simple words: “thank you.” It’s so important to praise people genuinely, including children. Showing appreciation deepens personal bonds and prevents resentments from growing.
- Adora Svitak: Child prodigy Adora Svitak (she’s only 12 in this clip) gives an entertaining address about what adults can learn from kids, and how a little perspective and memory can help parents have better ideas about how to treat their families.
- Kiran Bir Sethi: Teacher Kiran Bir Sethi believes that the best way to achieve student success is to encourage children to believe in the power of the statement “I can.” It’s an illuminating talk for parents and a reminder of how important it is to support a child’s dreams.
- Steven Pinker: Author and linguist Steven Pinker has spoken at TED several times. In this 2005 talk, he addresses the power and importance of language and what our words say about us and the way we communicate. Child-rearing is an eye-opening experience for parents that shows them how much language and gestures mean to others, especially when absorbed by a child.
- Cameron Herold: In this inspirational talk, Cameron Herold discusses how kids are often discouraged from having entrepreneurial and experimental ideas, and how teachers and parents can help children out by encouraging those different ideas to see where they go.
- John Wooden: Coach John Wooden talks about the true meaning of success, according to him: doing your best and being happy with the results. A lot of parents, especially with their first child, tend to think themselves into corners or panic that some small choice will irreparably damage their kid in ways that aren’t even known yet, which is what makes this speech such a helpful, reassuring thing to hear. The best you can do is just the best you can do.
- Stuart Brown: In this enlightening address from a TED partner group, Stuart Brown talks about how playing isn’t just a way for kids to blow off energy but is in fact vital to all aspects of physical, mental, and emotional development. If you’re tempted to always tell your children to knock off that racket, you might be doing more harm than good.
- Liz Coleman: Liz Coleman’s TED speech from 2009 calls for a radical rethinking of education in which students are trained not to narrow their focus on one issue but to broaden it to multiple areas. It’s a compelling talk for people of all ages, but especially so for parents with children in school. If they dabble around in different interests and hobbies, don’t discourage that; rather, tell them to explore as much as possible.
Top 10 Signs Your Kid is Lying
Kids will test your patience, your knowledge and certainly your trust when it comes to lying. Children’s lies may be completely innocent and a phase they’ll outgrow, but it’s probably not a skill you want them to get good at or get away with. One way to curb this potentially bad habit is to spot the signs of lying, have your kid come clean and teach them why lying is wrong. Kids can be good liars and sneaky as ever, but it’s nothing that a mom or dad can’t fix. Here are the top 10 signs your kid is lying:
- Limited or No Eye Contact
When kids get caught in a lie, they often look away and make little eye contact with you. They may also gaze into the distance to avoid smiling or messing up their story that’s too good to be true.
- Body Position
The way in which kids position their bodies can be used to spot lies. They may sit up straight while talking, cross their arms or suddenly switch gestures when they get nervous and are being deceitful.
- Wringing Hands
Fidgety, wringing hands may indicate that your child is lying. This motion is said to express guilt and concern, which makes sense if they are guilty of lying and concerned about their punishment. Also, kids may hide their hands behind their back or sit on them to look innocent.
- Scratching the Ear
Unless your child has an itchy ear condition, suddenly scratching the ear when answering questions is a sign that your child may be lying. Aside from all the scratching, kids can also get red earlobes when they are embarrassed or nervous about lying.
- Touching the Head
In an effort to look anything but guilty, kids may touch their head and mess with their hair when they are lying. Some think they’ll look confused or innocent by scratching their heads, but it’s usually a nervous, involuntary reaction.
- Excessive Blinking or No Blinking
Blinking too much or not at all can indicate a child is lying. They may excessively blink from nerves or not at all because they are in deep concentration conjuring up a lie.
- Licking or Biting Lips
In an effort not to say too much or blow their cover, kids may lick or bite their lips while talking to you. And when they accidentally spill the truth, look for kids’ signature movement of hands slapped across their mouth.
Kids may repeat themselves several times so you’ll believe that they really didn’t hit their little brother. Their pleas can be convincing, but they may be lying. Sometimes kids will mimic you or repeat what you said, so they can come up with a response during this time.
- Talking too Much
Kids are naturally energetic, talkative beings, but when they are caught in lies they may act unusually excited and talk too much. In an effort to come up with a believable lie, you child may ramble on and tell a detailed, farfetched story that just doesn’t cut it.
- Changing Their Tone of Voice
When kids are told to spill the truth, they may opt to speak slowly and quietly while lying between their teeth. A change in tone or tempo of their speech may indicate they’re lying to you.
Top 10 Christian Hymns of All-Time
A time of prayer is immeasurably enhanced with a good Christian hymn. Dating back to the Protestant Reformation during the 16th century, some of the history’s most talented composers and musicians have drafted songs of praise that have remained staples of Sunday morning services worldwide. Hymns show our deference to the Lord, capture our thoughts and emotions at a particular moment in time, and bring us closer to our fellow worshippers. Given the sheer amount of these songs to which Christians are exposed, compiling a modest list that we can all agree upon is a difficult task – so many have left indelible marks on the souls of countless worshippers and even the not-so-religious – but there are several that stand out the most. Below are a handful of hymns that many Christians name among their favorites.
- Amazing Grace
“Amazing Grace” was created in 1779 by John Newton – a slave trader turned abolitionist – and it has since become one of the best-known songs worldwide. The words of the hymn were first penned in 1772, describing Newton’s conversion from a sinner to a man of God.
- Holy, Holy, Holy
Reginald Heber’s “Holy, Holy, Holy” was originally a poem written for Trinity Sunday, but John Bacchus Dykes composed the tune Nicaea for it, forming the hymn with which we’re familiar today.
- Be Thou My Vision
“Be Thou My Vision” has been in existence since the 8th-century. It was created in Ireland when native missionaries were spreading the Good News through Europe, encouraging people to become devoted to Christ. The words of the hymn have been attributed to St. Patrick, who was responsible for the establishment of numerous churches and the conversion of thousands of people.
- How Great Thou Art
Carl Gustaf Boberg – a Swedish pastor, writer and member of the parliament – was inspired to author the poem “O Store Gud,” or “Oh Great God,” which became the English hymn “How Great Thou Art,” after walking through a thunderstorm and observing the tranquility that followed.
- Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
As an unruly youth, Robert Robinson was told by a fortune teller that he wouldn’t live to see his offspring. As a result, he took an interest in Methodism, becoming a preacher at the age of 20. Two years later, he wrote “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” which has experienced a growth in popularity recently in England and the US.
- Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Recognized as one of Germany’s best hymn writers, Joachim Neander is perhaps most lauded for composing “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” which is a paraphrase of Psalm 103:1-6.
- A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” was created by Martin Luther during the Protestant Reformation almost 500 years ago. The hymn mentions the refuge made available by God during trying times and the danger presented by the devil.
- Rock of Ages
Anglican clergyman Augustus Montague Toplady’s hymn “Rock of Ages” is said to have been inspired by a large rock at Burlington Combe under which he took shelter during a thunderstorm. Modern singers, including Amy Grant, have performed their own adaptations of the song.
- Jesus Loves Me
The first four stanzas of “Jesus Loves Me” were a part of a novel, written by sisters Anna and Susan Warner, in which a man comforts a drying boy by singing a hymn. In 1862, William Batchelder Bradbury composed the tune two years after the novel was published, and afterward, additional verses were added by different sources.
- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Dr. Isaac Watts produced more than 700 hymns during his lifetime and he’s perhaps best known for bringing us “Joy to the World.” But “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” is one of the most unique hymns ever written because it details a personal religious experience in the first person.
10 Sunday Morning Sermon Distractions
Undoubtedly, if you’ve sat through hours of sermons, you’ve experienced a myriad of varying annoyances that have inhibited you from a fulfilling worshipping experience. People, including you and I, are imperfect, and sitting through an hour without the normal positive distractions to which we cling can leave us restless. Moreover, the sermon itself isn’t always mistake-free, which can make for some awkward moments. Below are 10 Sunday morning sermon distractions that most churchgoers have to endure.
- Cell phones
Where aren’t cell phones a distraction? These days, when people aren’t completely engaged in an activity, they pull out their cell phones to pass time by texting, playing games, surfing the internet or toying with some kind of new app. And, of course, there’s the random ringing of a congregation member’s cell phone, featuring the dulcet tones of everyone’s favorite ’80s and ’90s pop star.
- Rambunctious children
It’s not uncommon to hear the laughing, snickering, crying and chatting of rambunctious children in the congregation who lack the attention spans to stay seated and comprehend the sermon. In many cases, their parents have learned to tune them out – a skill few others sitting around them are fortunate enough to possess.
Sundays are generally considered days for relaxation. After staying up late on Friday and Saturday night, an extra couple of hours of sleep to cap off the weekend are well-deserved. But nodding off in church is disrespectful to the pastor and those who’ve worked hard to provide an enlightening sermon. So as you struggle to keep your eyes open, counting down to that afternoon nap, remember why you’re sitting there in the first place.
- Tone-deaf singers
Congregational singing can be a wild ride. Although everyone should be singing together, it’s simply not possible. Some of the more spirited members of the congregation may take it upon themselves to liven things up, but their tone-deafness makes the experience even less enjoyable. It’d be a lot easier if people would just go with the flow.
- Bodily noises
Most people don’t consider random bodily noises major distractions. But when it’s cold season and half of the congregation is suffering through its ill effects, it’s difficult to ignore the incessant sniffling, nose-blowing, coughing and wheezing. Additionally, knuckle-cracking and foot-tapping are year-round problems.
- Inappropriate attire
Now that most people don’t wear their Sunday’s best, it seems that many have taken to wearing their Sunday’s worst. The younger generation, I’m sure you’ve heard this complaint before – has adopted some outrageous styles, and they can be distracting in and outside of church. Some people show up dressed too casually, while others could stand to dress more conservatively; most men will tell you the excessive display of cleavage by women inevitably causes them to lose their concentration.
- Invasion of space
Churches aren’t known for providing comfortable seating arrangements. For the most part, it’s first come; first serve. And although you respect and care for your fellow church members, a few of them may distract you with their, likely unintentional, disregard for your personal space, which commonly occurs when they sit too close, invade your legroom or inadvertently hit or tap you.
- Bad view
If you weren’t blessed with above average height, finding a seat where you have full-view of the pastor can be a challenge. Plus, you never know who’ll sit in front of you. So if you have the misfortune of being seated behind Shaq, for example, you’re out of luck unless another seat with an unobstructed view is available.
- Malfunctioning microphone
Your pastor’s message can be muddled by a malfunctioning microphone that cuts in and out or fluctuates in volume, thus rendering the sermon ineffective. What’s more, when the microphone stops working altogether and there isn’t backup, your pastor is forced to rely on the power of his own voice for an hour, which may not be his strong-suit.
- Temperature abnormalities
Dealing with uncomfortably hot or cold temperatures while attending church was more of a distraction endured by previous generations of churchgoers than the present generation. However, if your church ever experiences problems with its cooling or heating system, you’ve probably spent some time during the sermon praying for a quick fix and an end to your profuse sweating or uncontrollable shivering.
10 Requirements for Seminary
Young Christian men and women seeking an education in theology attend seminary. It’s not like your typical college atmosphere; in most cases, students who already have attained bachelor’s degrees live on campus and adhere to strict guidelines that regulate their behavior. The end result is a lifestyle that will prepare them for the clergy. If you plan to enter a seminary, consider the requirements needed to reach your aspirations.
- Commitment to Christ
All seminarians must have an unwavering commitment to Christ. If you already attend church regularly and sacrifice your free time to strengthen your relationship with the Lord, then you’ll benefit from seminary. Keep in mind that students are permitted to leave at any point, so the experience itself enables you to discover if you truly want to devote your life to God.
- Thorough Knowledge of the Bible
Without question, you must be well-versed in the Bible and have an understanding of the major books. This isn’t a problem for most students entering seminary, but it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the details and read the important passages that have become hazy in your memory.
- Good Character
Seminaries reject people with criminal records because of the risk they present to the school and the people they would serve in the clergy. A personal judgment must be made as to whether or not you have the ability to live your life as a leader and serve your community before yourself.
Examples of your good character will be provided through personal references – it’s the same process used by secular colleges. Each one must be written by people who aren’t related to you, and of course, they must be more than just acquaintances.
- Endorsement from Church
An endorsement from the church to which you belong provides evidence of your strong faith. If you haven’t attended the church for a substantial period of time, additional endorsements from previous churches that you attended may be required.
- Excellent Communication Skills
In order to enter the clergy, you must possess excellent communication skills – written and oral. Your effectiveness as a leader will be dependent on how you interact with people who belong to your church. It’ll be your responsibility to listen to their spiritual needs and satisfy them to the best of your ability.
- Ability to Research
In your quest to gain in-depth knowledge of Christianity, it’s essential that you know how to research thoroughly and efficiently. These are the skills you gained while working to attain your undergraduate degree. The research process may have to include learning the languages of the Bible – like Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic.
- Bachelor’s Degree
More often than not, prospective seminarians are required to have completed a bachelor’s degree from a four-year regionally accredited institution. Also, many seminaries expect a strong liberal arts education, meaning a certain number of hours must be accumulated in liberal arts classes. For example, at Bethel Seminary, prospective students are “urged to have at least 75 credit hours.”
- Meet GPA Requirements
Admission depends on if you’re able to meet the minimum GPA requirements, which vary seminary to seminary. Some schools pay closer attention to the last two years of study; not unlike many graduate schools. Also, some schools require prerequisites courses.
- Adhere to Seminary’s Doctrines
Adhering to your seminary’s doctrines shouldn’t be difficult if you choose to attend one that shares your core beliefs. Some schools require students sign an agreement stating that the student agrees with the doctrines, while others tend to be less rigid, allowing the students to determine which doctrines are important. You can discuss any questions you may have with your prospective seminary.
10 Megachurches with the Most Loyal Congregations
Christians attend church because it’s good for their spiritual well-being. It’s how they express their love and thankfulness to God. It’s also a way for them to spend time with each other, and bond over their common beliefs. Hebrews 10:24-25 says “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” In order to have a strong relationship with God, Christians must maintain a strong fellowship with their church-going brethren. Across America, there are a number of “Megachurches” that possess strong followings of believers who seek to live their lives according to God’s plan. Below is a listing of 10 of those churches; all of which have devoted congregations that reach into at least the 10,000s.
- Cavalry Chapel Fort Lauderdale
The church’s website describes it as “not a building, not a person, not a religious institute. It is a vibrant body of believers through which God is able to work and be glorified.” Cavalry Chapel is the biggest church in Florida, boasting a weekly congregation of roughly 18,000. It’s committed to remain true to the basic Christian doctrines and avoid the political fluff with which many other churches are consumed. This ensures there’s no division within their worshipping body.
- Fellowship Church
The 21-year-old church located in Grapevine has a consistent following of roughly 20,000 Texans. Pastor Ed Young has written 13 books and has appeared on television shows like ABC’s Nightline. In that appearance, he debated AshleyMadison.com – an online dating website for married people – founder Noel Biderman about the importance of the Seventh Commandment.
- Lakewood Church
When you listen to a sermon delivered by Pastor Joel Osteen, it’s easy to understand why more than 43,000 Houstonians attend Lakewood Church each week. His positive and all-inclusive personality is a big reason why the church’s services are televised each week on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel is effective at spreading the word of God. His church is based in Edmond, Oklahoma, but more than 26,000 Christians attend services on his 13 campuses in six states each week. According to LifeChurch.tv’s website, its congregation enjoys a casual atmosphere with live music, friendly people, opportunities to help others and thought-provoking messages.
- North Point Community Church
Located in the heart of the Bible Belt, this Atlanta church has more than 23,000 loyal attendees at its three campuses each week. Its mission is “to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ,” and its strategy is “to create environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, community with insiders, and influence with outsiders,” according to its website.
- Saddleback Church
Pastor Rick Warren is best known for authoring the Christian self-help book The Purpose Driven Life, which was a New York Times best seller. More than 22,000 people gather before him each week to find “love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness and encouragement.” The church has four campuses in California – Corona, Irvine, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, San Clemente – and one internet campus.
- Second Baptist Church
Second Baptist is the second largest church in the Houston area with a weekly congregation of just fewer than 23,000 people on five campuses. It attempts to shed the stereotype of being a stodgy Baptist church by priding itself on being open to believers from varying Christian faiths.
- Southeast Christian Church
Worshipping is a lifestyle at Southeast, which hosts more than 17,000 people weekly in Louisville, Kentucky. Its mission is to “provide Christians with a place they can develop relationships with each other, grow in their walk with the lord and put their faith into action through Christ-centered services,” according to its website.
- Willow Creek Community Church
Willow Creek’s six campuses serve the Chicago area and beyond by offering worshipers services centered on life-relevant messages related to God’s word. More than 23,000 people attend the church, which encourages them to build fulfilling and mutually-beneficial relationships with one another. Completed in September of 2004, its impressive worship center cost $73 million to build. It claims to be the largest legitimate theatre on this continent.
- Woodlands Church
Woodlands Church has a weekly congregation of just more than 17,000 Texans and counting; it’s one of the fastest growing churches in the nation. Pastor Kerry Shook strives to make church a fun experience, and his message is broadcast worldwide. His wife Chris is also an active participant in the church as the Director of Missions and Women’s Ministry.
10 Best Christian Games for Family Fun
Finding an activity that promotes family fun can be a challenge. It’s not easy to get everyone in the same place at the same time, so you have to brainstorm fresh ideas to keep them from dispersing to their computers and TVs. As a Christian, you recognize the importance of a cohesive family unit. You also realize that your family needs good knowledge of the Bible in order to fully understand the origins of their values. Thankfully, you can have a blast while reviewing scriptural facts in a competitive manner. Here are a few Christian-themed board games (and one card game) that are inexpensive to buy and priceless to use.
- Outburst Bible Edition
This highly-entertaining Christian party game features a wide variety of Bible topics – including “Animals in the Bible,” “Names for Christ,” and “Male Villains in the New Testament” – that have 10 target answers. Participants have a minute to verbalize their responses, and their teams gain points for each one that’s correct.
- Bible Mad Gab
Not only does Bible Mad Gab test your knowledge of The Good Book, but it also tests your listening acumen. Your team is given 30 seconds to read three jumbled phrases aloud, and points are rewarded when the actual phrase is discovered. Can you figure out what “A Wafer Meece Eight Ten!” really means? If you hear “Away from me Satan,” you could be on a path to domination on game night, though it would take a miracle to solve all 1,200 of the puzzles included in the game.
- Proverbial Wisdom Bible Edition
Up to 16 players can partake in the excitement of Proverbial Wisdom Bible Edition. A member of your team sketches a proverb – or at least attempts to sketch one – and you and your teammates have to surmise what they’re communicating in just a minute’s time. After identifying it, you must explain the origin or meaning. There are 500 proverbs in total; enough to keep you guessing all night.
- Settler’s of Canaan
Themes from the Old Testament are brought to life in this complex game of strategy. Each player becomes a tribe of Israel, settling the land of Canaan while using resources from the land to build Jerusalem. Expand your territory and avoid the plague, and you’ll come out a winner. Settler’s of Canaan is an adaptation of the popular Settlers of Catan game, but it does stand alone; you can play it without having played the previous game.
- Bible Blurt
Bible Blurt isn’t for the faint-hearted. Fast thinkers and loud speakers are required to guess a word from the Bible. The first person to blurt the answer is the victor. Up to 12 players can participate in the game, which includes 1,200 definitions.
- LifeStories Christian Version
LifeStories is a game that promotes family unity by prompting each participant to share their life’s stories. Grandparents can connect with their grandchildren by having real conversations about “the way things were,” relating their experiences to today. No other game encourages such stimulating interaction. It’s great for people age six to 106.
- Scattergories Bible Edition
The object of this game is to match as many Bible categories as you can before time expires. Each round begins with a roll of the die, which determines the key letter that hints at the answer. If you can’t think of the answer and instead write one down that’s relevant to the category, you still score points. The player who has accumulated the most points after three rounds wins.
- Salvation Challenge
With a million in kingdom cash for each player, the possibilities are endless during a game of Salvation Challenge. Once you land on the Calvary and call “Jesus Save Me,” your task is to be the first player to distribute the million in cash to missionaries who intend to further God’s Kingdom.
- Bible TriBond
Participants use clues that are commonly known and clues that are found in the Bible to answer the question “what do these three have in common?” Put your knowledge of The Good Book on full display by correctly answering the most questions – though with 1,200 total, even the most well-studied Christians have been known to get stumped by this game.
Even Bible novices enjoy Inklings, which includes more than 280 questions with six clues each. The clues get progressively easier as more are used, making the end goal of 55 points attainable for every participant. But before questions are asked, you must flip the spinner. If it lands on one or four, you can either answer the question or sell it to an opponent. If it lands on two or five, you can receive special benefits. If it lands on three, you answer one question mano-a-mano against an opponent.
8 Ways to Ensure Your Kids Go to Church
As family life has become busier and younger generations have become more rebellious, children are attending church less regularly. There are so many other things to do on a Sunday – like sleep in, participate in sporting events, watch football, hang out with friends and play video games. But if you want your kids to grow up with the Lord as a valuable part of their lives, it’s important that you ensure they attend church. There are several ways to get them to see the light without ruling with an iron fist; here are eight that’ll have them sitting on a pew Sunday mornings.
- Choose a church with a strong youth ministry
Being less rigid in where you decide to attend church will enable you to find a place where you and your kids will be most comfortable. If your current church has an ineffective youth ministry, consider finding a different church that has a strong one. Remember, youth ministries enable the church to connect with younger age groups. If it’s inconsistent and boring, then your kids are probably lacking the socialization they need to feel comfortable in a church environment.
- Choose a church with a strong Sunday morning ministry
You can’t expect your kids to get the most out of church if they don’t know what’s being discussed. A competent Sunday morning ministry lays the foundation for a thorough understanding of Scripture that will last into adulthood. Its lessons make the church-going experience more fruitful for the entire family.
- Choose a church in your community
Attending a church that’s in your community and thus closer to home is another way to ensure your kids become accustomed to its environment. Not only will they become friends with their peers from throughout the area, but it’ll also be easier to go to church at the spur of the moment. So you can take them to more game nights, for example, without having to alter your schedule.
- Become a leader in the church
Assert yourself. If you have something to add, offer your services to your pastor or one of your church’s ministries. Then you’ll be able to personally find new methods to reach your kids and their peers. And once your kids see that you’re involved, they’ll be more likely to become involved themselves. The best way to lead is by example.
- Make sure that both Mom AND Dad attend regularly
Again, lead by example. Don’t give your kids mixed signals by allowing your husband or wife to skip out on services while everyone else attends – unless, of course, there are extenuating circumstances. Attending church should serve to strengthen your family, giving you the chance to come together for the purpose of worshipping God.
- Challenge them at home
In order to perform well in school, your kids have to do their fair share of studying and homework. The same principle applies here. Take some time at home to study the Bible with your kids, and clarify any questions they may have about the subject matter. You can make it entertaining; there are numerous Christian board games that will challenge your kids’ knowledge of the Bible and encourage family bonding.
- Offer rewards
Give them extra incentive to attend church by enticing them with rewards. Offer to take them to their favorite breakfast restaurant before or after church, or give them special privileges at home. It’ll get their feet in the door and start a positive habit. However, don’t allow it to become the expectation. If they aren’t willingly going to church after several appearances, then you should consider the aforementioned “ways.”
- Listen to their concerns
As a good parent, you know that listening to your kids is the key to a healthy relationship. Sit them down and ask why they feel attending church is a laborious task. If possible, alleviate their concerns by giving them some say in the matter. Is there a better time to attend church? Or perhaps they aren’t getting along with their peers and would prefer to make new friends. Do what you can to make it an all-around more enjoyable experience.
Top 10 Christian Study Groups
There’s no denying that it can be tough for young Christians to connect with other believers their age at school. Getting involved with a group of fellow Christian students is a great way to feel a part of something bigger, build friendships, and experience service in a whole new way. Any one of these ten Christian student groups is a wonderful way for young people to get involved. Click through on each organization for more contact information:
1. Campus Crusade for Christ
Founded in 1951 on the UCLA campus, CCC International now boasts more than 25,000 staffers in almost 200 countries. The interdenominational group is one of the biggest evangelical groups in the world, with chapters on college campuses nationwide that allow students to study together, serve their community, and spread the gospel to the world around them through missions and other work.
2. Young Life
Young Life is one of the best programs available for high schoolers looking to engage in social welfare that’s faith-based but not tied to a particular denomination. Students meet weekly to connect with each other and hear a brief message, and summer camps are also available. Membership is free and open to all students.
3. International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
The IFES is an umbrella group of more than 130 student-aimed evangelical groups worldwide, making it a great resource for Christian students across the globe to find a way to plug into their community. In the United States, the charter member is the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical campus organization dating back to the late 1800s that now has outposts on more than 570 campuses. Weekly meetings include worship and social times.
4. Youth for Christ’s Campus Life
Youth for Christ is a longstanding Christian student group, and Campus Life offers a place for high schoolers to spend time with each other and discuss the best way to approach the moral decisions facing teenagers, from drinking to sexuality. Meetings can take place everywhere from school gyms to churches, and are of course open to all students.
5. World Student Christian Federation
Another global student group with offshoots in a multitude of regions, the World Student Christian Federation has been spreading the gospel and helping local communities since 1895. In North America, a variety of member groups, including the Student Christian Movement, work to evangelize students while also working with the poor and elderly in a variety of outreach programs.
6. See You at the Pole
See You at the Pole is a student-run and student-initiated group, which is how it’s able to function on public school campuses. The annual meeting occurs on the fourth Wednesday of September at schools nationwide, as Christian students gather at the school’s flagpole to meet and pray. It began in Texas in 1990 and has since become a nationwide movement.
7. University Bible Fellowship
The evangelical UBF began in 1961 and is devoted to working with college-age Christians to send missionaries around the world. They place on emphasis on one-on-one Bible study time between pairs to help people learn together, and they also encourage group studies.
8. Campus Outreach
The interdenominational Campus Outreach has as its mission statement, “Glorifying God by Building Laborers on the Campus for the Lost World.” Although the group has some outposts on larger campuses, its primary focus is on smaller schools that don’t have a ministry group in existence yet.
FOCUS stands for Fellowship of Christians in Universities & Schools and includes a wide variety of denominations in its student-based ministry groups across the country. Founded in the 1960s in New England, the group mainly serves schools on the East Coast but does send members throughout the United States. Students work to evangelize in their communities, perform service projects, and get together for worship and study.
10. Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Founded in 1954, the FCA uses sports teams and coaches as means of spreading the gospel. Christian students nationwide and at all levels, from junior high to college, unite through their love of team athletics and desire to serve God by helping their communities.