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On the cover: Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, noted marriage experts, authors, and speakers.

Photo courtesy of Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott


6             The Road to Lifelong Love

by Peg Carmack Short

Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot were Christians who had dated for years, so they thought marriage would be easy. But they quickly discovered that building a successful marriage is a challenge. Now they share their hard-earned wisdom with couples in churches and seminars across the country and around the world.

12           Finding Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

by Ken Walker

Samaritan’s Purse is best known for Operation Christmas Child, but it also provides assistance and spiritual counsel after natural disasters.

18           It’s Goodbye to the Bents

by Max Lucado

In this hilarious account of a crooked Christmas tree, Max Lucado reveals how God views our bent lives and the loving steps He takes to straighten us out.

22           God Sees What We Can’t

by Nick Hall

Nick and his team had traveled halfway around the globe to share the gospel with tens of thousands, when a pelting rain threatened to wash out the event. But the Lord had other purposes in the storm.

26           Forgiving a Runaway Father

by Deborah Smith Pegues

Joanie spent years searching for the father who abandoned her as a baby. Torn between anger and hope of reconciliation, she wasn’t sure how she would react when she finally met him face to face in an Atlanta restaurant.

30           Christmas Gift Guide

Are you looking for gift that will be meaningful and appreciated? Check out our gift guide for a present to delight your loved one on Christmas morning.

34           Drilling Home the Gospel

by Brenda J. Hansen

For years, Dr. James Anderson was an atheist who only went to church to build his patient list. But then he went on a missions trip that changed his life forever.

38           The Song That Rocked the World

by Sharon Jaynes

This beloved modern hymn skyrocketed from obscurity to worldwide acclaim — all because a timid housewife summoned up the courage to follow the Holy Spirit’s prompting.

40           A New Direction

by Debbie Lindell with Susy Flory

Carla had made some very bad choices in her life. Now she was a single mom trapped in an abusive relationship and a demeaning job. She had nowhere to turn … until she heard a knock at the door.


10           Living in Wisdom

Prince of Peace

16           Ask Dr. Walt

Natural Treatments and their Side Effects

20           Live Right Now

Dealing with Family Stresses

24           Dave Says

Take Care of Christmas Debt for Good

28           Turning Point

The Way Up Is Down

42           Travel

Inspirational Trips and Cruises Hosted by Christian Tour Companies

46           Persecution Report

Christians Worldwide Face Increased Persecution During Christmas

50           Grace Notes

A Gift From Heaven


4             The Fine Print

29           Daily Bible Connection

33           Laugh Lines

37           Quips & Quotes

44           Quick Takes

48           Kids of the Kingdom