One power-packed word: amen.
Millions of Christians all over the world say this word every day. Yet few realize what richness, depth, truth, and connection are packed into this sacred phrase.
Throughout the centuries, Christian tradition has taught us to end prayers with amen. But the Bible is full of stories and passages where God’s people started their prayers with amen. Why? As Beth Guckenberger shows, amen is more than just a way to punctuate a conversation with the God of the Universe. Amen is a declaration of who God is and who we are in relation to him. It is a moment of submission and worship, saying “So be it” to a Sovereignty that holds all things, and acknowledging “It is as you say” to him who holds our lives.
In Amen, Beth unpacks all the Bible has to teach us about the moment we say amen to God. Using key scripture passages mixed with fresh teaching and personal stories, she invites readers to experience the richness they’ve been missing.
Amen is more than just a word. Amen is a full invitation from God packed with all that he requires from us and all he longs to bestow upon us as his beloved children. As Beth writes, “He is beckoning us all. Come to me. Learn my ways. You are my child, whom I dearly love and bought with a price. The God of Amen rescued you so you can echo amen back to him. God intended this word to be a moment of intimacy, drenched in reverence, replete with peace—the moment when you rest in him and are rejuvenated by him. There is so much more he wants to give. Amen.”
If Christians long to be truly connected to their Creator, they must begin with amen. For, as Isaiah 65:16 says, “Because he who is blessed in the earth will be blessed by the God of Amen.” Start With Amen (Thomas Nelson, 2017)
In this collection of 5 real-life stories, a compelling storyteller reveals how God is working in 5 different cultures, reminding children and adults of his presence.
Like the other titles in the Storyweaver series, this book highlights some of the difficult and complex physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles of children who have been neglected and abandoned, but makes these struggles understandable and relatable to any reader. Readers will find themselves motivated to care about and to act in others’ lives, and to follow God’s guidance in answering such questions as:
• Who will I follow?
• How can I know?
• How do I pray?
• Who will I serve?
• What can I give?
• Where can I go?
Moses escapes a curse. Sally is delivered out of slavery. Ronaldo’s silent dreams are heard. Lola, Lily, and Pamela take steps toward hope. Sam and Ellie begin to live without fear. Learn the five real-life stories behind these names and walk in the well-worn shoes of children from nations far away and neighborhoods not so unlike your own. Watch as our God the Rescuer lifts their feet up out of destruction and sets them on paths of healing, redemption, and grace. Like the other titles in the Storyweaver series, this book highlights some of the difficult and complex physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles of children who have been neglected and abandoned, but makes these struggles understandable and relatable to any reader. Readers will find themselves motivated to care about and to act in others’ lives, and to follow God’s guidance. Tales of the Ones He Won’t Let Go (Standard Publishing, 2014)
Priyanka opens her eyes to hope. Adrian stops walking in anger and steps out in faith. Anne- Marie anxiously waits to be heard. Steve runs from his past into a future he couldn’t imagine. Shannen spreads the story of the one who never let go. Five real-life stories from around the world show what happens when children listen to the Shepherd who calls them by name.
Tales of the Ones Led Out is the third book in the popular Storyweaver series. Beth Guckenberger, Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries and author of Tales of the Not Forgotten and Tales of the Defended Ones, and now Tales of the Ones Led Out, shares a new collection of unforgettable, real stories in each of these amazing books. These powerful stories of God’s work in the lives of poor and abandoned kids will inspire kids to get involved in missions. Interactive leader’s guides are also available. Tales of the Ones Led Out (Standard Publishing, 2014)
Ben and Joseph lose their mothers, but find a family looking just for them. Antonio is rescued from what seems like a hopeless situation. Caitlyn dares to trust that truth will set her free. Jorani is delivered from slavery into the arms of grace.
Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to foreign places and extreme struggles. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver – our Defender God shielding and defending the defenseless in the amazing ways only he can.These are the tales of the ones left wounded and weak-ones made whole and strong. Tales of the Defended Ones (Standard Publishing, 2013)
He found shelter under the rock, and lay there, looking at the stars. “God, do you remember me?”
Joel dares to ask for what he can’t have. Seraphina sacrifices what she can’t afford to give. Ibrahim looks for an answer buried out of reach. Christiana, saved by a mission, searches for her own.
Follow these real-life stories as they take you on a journey to faraway lands and unknown faces. Travel through their challenges and see the hand of the great Storyweaver writing endings you’d never imagine!
These are the tales of the ones the world doesn’t see….Tales of the Not Forgotten, (Standard Publishing, 2012)
“There are far more sticky situations in my day than miraculous moments. I want to hear and see and experience challenges, difficulties, and setbacks and not immediately focus on the failure. Rather, I want to train my eyes to ‘extract the precious’ (Jeremiah 15:19, NASB)—the precious promises, truths, and intimacy God has written into the seemingly worthless pain, setbacks, and suffering we endure.” Beth’s compelling stories—interwoven with the wisdom of Scripture—will resonate with anyone seeking to find purpose in the midst of pain. Though people may feel confused, lost, or abandoned, there is hope. God is writing the story of our lives, and the story’s not over yet.
This story-driven book: • delivers honest testimonies from unique voices whose stories are living and real—they don’t all have the “happy endings,” but they all carry truth and hope • speaks to orphaned souls and those who have just felt that way: parents agonizing over prodigal children, addicts, people enduring physical, mental, or spiritual suffering, and people of all types who have lost something—parents, spouses, family, jobs, innocence, a chance . . . their way • brings up challenging questions and sticky situations that we are often afraid to face • offers useful and meaningful messages for the individual reader, pastors, families, church leaders, and small groups • is written by a compelling, dynamic storyteller who lives on the edge and exemplifies with integrity what it means to trust God in the midst of a myriad of challenges. Relentless Hope (Standard Publishing, 2008). Download a PDF of Relentless Hope Chapter One
When Beth and her husband Todd took a missions trip to Mexico thirteen years ago, they just thought it was an opportunity to do a little good with their summer vacation. But they couldn’t forget a chance encounter with a forgotten orphanage, couldn’t forget that transcendent feeling of having participated in something truly profound and like addicts they wanted that feeling again. A year later, they moved to Monterrey, Mexico. Some might call that reckless. In the years that follow, Beth and Todd establish a ministry that helps orphans–the poorest, most defenseless members of a needy populace. And while the stories here are drawn from those experiences, this book isn’t a memoir. It’s about living with faith, with the certainty that God will show up, exactly where and exactly when He’s needed. Beth calls it a reckless faith–a willingness to trust even when you don’t understand. And her book–an inspiring collection of true stories about real people who, when faced with real challenges, chose to trust God–is a call to every reader to live with Reckless Faith. Reckless Faith (Zondervan Publishing, 2008)