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Special Friends

Special Friends is hot off the press. Special Friends is a book about Alex, (a West Highland Terrier) and his owner Karen Rich Ruth of Archbold, OH and their special friendship. Special Friends was first told as a children’s lesson on a Sunday morning in November of 2006 by Karen Rich Ruth at the Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, OH. Karen’s primary point in telling the story was to help us understand that God will always love and care for us regardless of what we do and how we act. All proceeds from the sale of Special Friends goes to support the counseling and mediation services of Shalom Ministries. This book is dedicated in loving memory of Denver D. Stamm who died in 1999.
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Transforming Conflict in Your Church

Transforming Conflict in Your Church: A Practical Guide A resource for church leaders and congregational members, to better understand the nature of conflict and what the Bible has to say about it. Edited by Marlin E. Thomas. 2002. 84 pages. LC 2001006881 Paper. 0-8361-9197-8: $15.99; in Canada $15.99
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Changing Lenses

Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice Howard Zehr described restorative justice as ‘an indistinct destination on a necessarily long and circuitous journey.’ Now, several decades later, he confidently says that, ‘although it is still a journey with many curves, many detours and wrong turns, the road and its destination is not as indistinct as it once was.’ Third edition 2005. 292 pages. LC 89-77873 Paper. 0-8361-3512-1: $15.99; in Canada $19.99
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The Journey Toward Reconciliation

Journey Toward Reconciliation These stories gathered by John Paul Lederach from the Bible and from conflicts in the church and in public settings of various cultures show the narrative basis of personal experience and reconciliation. A resource to use to explore the dimensions of reconciliation. 1999. 208 pages. LC 98-31845 Paper. 0-8361-9082-3: $13.99; in Canada $17.49
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Dealing With Pornography

Pornography Pamphlet

Inside this brochure you will read a personal story of someone who has struggled with the addiction as well as receive helpful information regarding ….

What is pornography and the many forms in which it is propagated in today’s culture? The addictive nature of pornography

You may be addicted to pornography if:

  • You are unable to resist looking at it.
  • You are preoccupied or obsessed with it.
  • You have failed in your efforts to stop using it….

Pornography, the Bible, and the Christian story The first chapter of the Bible reveals that God created human beings, both male and female, in God’s own image. God declared them to be “very good” (Genesis 1:26, 31). In calling people to be fruitful and multiply, God declared human sexuality to be good…..

Steps toward healing

  1. Acknowledge that you need help. Breaking the hold of an addiction involves an admission of its control over your life.
  2. Tell your spouse and/or other trusted loved ones. One of the powers of an addiction is in its secret nature; breaking the secret will be difficult, since it carries a deep sense of shame….

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