It’s time to stop borrowing or faking your faith . . . own it!
The feature film Grace Unplugged tells the story of Grace Trey, an eighteen year-old small town pastor’s daughter who is also a phenomenal singer. But when she abruptly leaves home and finds instant Hollywood fame, the faith and relationships she grew up with are put to the test.
As seen in the movie, Own It challenges readers by asking what it means to really “own” your faith rather than just automatically or blindly following in the footsteps of friends or parents. Bestselling authors Michael and Hayley DiMarco will help you navigate what to do when faith meets real world challenges.
Renting, borrowing, or faking your faith is a waste of time. Own It is all about the supernatural reality that when you take hold of your faith, it’s really God’s love that takes hold of you.
The Big Picture is a gospel-centered book for teenagers and young adults that tells the story of the God who has always been with man and, through his Son and Spirit, always will. Best-selling authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco guide readers to be more aware of God’s presence with us today and better sense His call for us to make disciples of all nations.
The gospel didn’t begin in the New Testament. It was there, “In the beginning,” at the genesis of everything. Across the whole of human history, God’s grand narrative of love and redemption has been unfolding, a love gloriously displayed at the cross. This is the story of Jesus, and all history and Scripture point us to this good news.
Teenagers live in a world defined by pressure—and with no shortage of opinions on how they should handle it. In The Big Picture, teens will develop a bigger perspective of Scripture and how the story of Jesus Christ ties it all together and how He should be our main focus. Nothing brings life into focus like the gospel!
Review: “If you’re a student who wants to grow in your knowledge of God and His Word, then pick up this book. The DiMarcos have written a book that shows how the Bible tells one overarching story with Jesus at the center – the Jesus who will change your life and focus your priorities.” - Trevin Wax, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, author of Clear Winter Nights and Gospel-Centered Teaching.
What if everything you’ve heard about purity wasn’t quite right?
True Purity isn’t about waiting and keeping your body under wraps–it’s about being purely God’s in every way. Any desire that prevents you from giving God 100 percent of your life leads to impurity. But here’s the amazing truth about purity:
Purity isn’t something you achieve for yourself–your purity is really God’s job.
True purity is something that is yours solely because of the One who makes you pure. It’s when you embrace Jesus as your source of purity that God sees you as pure.
Hayley and Michael DiMarco show you what purity looks like not only when it relates to sex and your body, but also in every area of life. They explain how it involves all of your thoughts, desires, and actions. Because even the best intentions, pledges, rings, and willpower will never equal the true purity found in Christ.
We’re excited and anxious around here at Hungry Planet with the release of our 46th book.
We normally just tell people we’ve written and produced over thirty books, but I just went and counted our titles (not including DVDs, bible studies, or repackaged or revised editions) and, sure enough, number 46 just hit the warehouse. And to tell you the truth, we’re a little nervous about this one. Continue reading →
Marriage is God’s tool of sanctification and that ought to bring women hope when things get hard. Yet very few women have the idea of spiritual growth at the front of their minds when conflict arises. In The Fruitful Wife Hayley DiMarco applies the fruit of the Spirit, not just to wives but to all women, taking a look at how each fruit impacts a woman’s day-to-day life and manifests itself (or hides itself) as she attempts to love others the way God loves her. DiMarco is readily transparent about her own failures, sharing with readers her fights for control, authority, and respect. Ultimately, DiMarco teaches how even the rockiest of marriages can become fruitful and generate the fruit God intends to produce.
Have you ever found yourself obsessed over something? So consumed with something that you can hardly even think of anything else? A relationship, a new phone, a perfect body, your reputation, good grades, the most unique style–anything can leave you obsessed.
But God wants you to be obsessed with him. And only him. With God, it’s all or nothing.
In Obsessed, bestselling author Hayley DiMarco helps you break free from the thoughts, actions, and stuff that so easily get between you and God. She helps you identify the life-draining desires in your life and shows you how to replace them with life-giving ones.
You were born to worship and to tell others about who (or what) you love. When you put God in his proper place, everything else falls beneath him. And the result is a life rightly obsessed with God.
Obsessed: Making Christ the Desire of Your Heart is a 6 session Bible study written for teenage girls to adult women. Author Hayley DiMarco challenges readers to confront their obsessions through Scripture and allow Jesus Christ to redeem the desires of their hearts. Because with the right desire, obsession can be a good thing. We were made to be obsessed — with God and His call on our lives. Yet, so often, we give our hearts to lesser gods — guys, appearance, popularity, grades, goals, sports, and even friends — rather than Jesus. Great for a short-term discipleship study or girls retreat.
The Anatomy of Obsession (what obsession is and why you were made to be obsessed with God)
The Life of the Obsessed (examining your own life and identifying the symptoms of wrong obsession in your life)
Obsessed with Loss (battling the obsessions of fear, worry, doubt, and control)
Obsessed with Gain (battling obsession with stuff, love, success, and self)
Obsessed with Relief (battling an obsession with being released from suffering)
Obsessed with God (finding your true purpose in life: being completely controlled by Christ)
“Clear off your shelf of cheesy, cliché graduation books. You know the ones–Chicken Broth for the Graduate or The Prayer of Jabez for Seniors. Michael DiMarco has just written the book you need to be handing to your graduating seniors this spring.” Read the rest of the review over at Youthworker.com.
An apology is a beautiful thing, especially when it’s given to me. But ask me to apologize and I’m just sorry you’re such a sensitive person that what happened hurt you. And I’m sorry you think I did something wrong. My apology is all about you, not about me, because frankly, I don’t do anything wrong. Continue reading →
In our latest release, Over It: Letting God Get You Past Life’s Hurts, Michael and I talk a lot about suffering, and of course, how to get over it. We are finding, as we do interviews on the topic, that there are countless people suffering from a lot of pain, both physical and emotional. So in an attempt to continue the conversation and to shed more light on the keys to getting over all the pain, suffering and trials in your life with God’s help, I thought I’d post this new way of thinking about your pain. Continue reading →
I love my friend Jeanette Herdman. She used to have a show called Scrap In Style TV and she’s been nice enough to give me (and you) ideas on how to make good use of the cover of our new Blank Canvas God Girl Bible. Here’s part 4 of our time together.
I wrote the book on Mean, literally. So who would think that I could be a Mean Girl? Definitely not me. But it’s true, I’ve been mean, and not just once, but like time and again. How can I be so dumb? How can I teach, write and preach anti-meanness and then be so mean to people? My only answer is the only answer I give to everyone of my sins, and boy are there many, the answer to all of them is my pride. Continue reading →
I’m not making this up. I only like to read until I get the point and, oftentimes, that’s way before the writer has finished making his or hers. In my opinion, most books are far too long. It doesn’t help that I’m easily distracted. So the fact that I don’t like to read is reason #1 that I don’t review or endorse a lot of books.
I have never been enamored with celebrity. Maybe it’s my gambling background and the ability to see through people, but celebrity just isn’t my thing. In fact, being exposed to the christian side of celebrity, I could tell you stories about some of people’s favorite pastors/authors/speakers that would make your toes curl. Continue reading →
Hayley had a big week last week, speaking at the Unfading Beauty fashion show and then keynoting the mini-conference on Saturday. Reviews sounded great.
But this week, the ball is in my court as I travel to Texas to lead a church youth retreat near the Gulf, then speak to parents of teens at the church Sunday morning before preaching to the whole congregation. Phew! Continue reading →
I counted dollars while God counted crosses,
I counted gains while He counted losses,
I counted my worth by the things gained in store
But He sized me up by the scars that I bore.
I coveted honors and sought for degrees,
He wept as He counted the hours on my knees;
I never knew until one day by the grave
How vain are the things that we spend life to save;
I did not yet know until my loved one went above
That richest is he who is rich in God’s love.
This is going into the new God Guy Bible, releasing next Spring:
For a God Guy, confidence is a requirement. Insecurity points to a weak faith, because security comes from what you know to be true about God, not about your strengths. When guys fear the future, when they resist faith and lose hope, they turn from the God they love and decide to live in a world of fear. Continue reading →
The first time I remember hearing the phrase, “preach the gospel to yourself” was from Jerry Bridges. He wrote a wonderful and convicting book called “Respectable Sins” that I highly recommend. The idea behind the phrase was a great one: that reminding ourselves of the good news that Christ came to save and justify sinners applies to our lives even after our conversion since we still sin.
But lately I’m starting feel like I’m getting overstuffed on the gospel. Preaching it to myself, pressing it into other brothers lives, others pressing it into me, marinating, etc. So here’s a gut check: Continue reading →
As believers, we are all called to live a life bent on spiritual perfection. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48) For a lot of us that seems like a daunting goal to keep in our sights. It can keep us striving for more holiness, and wanting to please God by keeping his commandments, but for others the need for perfection only stresses us out and makes feel like failures when we don’t get it right. The former leads to the healthy pursuit of God, but the latter is more characteristic of a self-obsessed and self-critical form of perfection that is usually called perfectionism. Continue reading →
You scare me. You know that? Yep, you people freak me out. I’m sure you don’t like me, or you think I’m goofy looking or that my clothes are weird. I’m a shy girl. I think everyone is potentially mean and I’m afraid of mean. Most of life I’ve been surrounded by mean girls. So I’ve learned to protect myself by avoidance. Hence, the shy thing. Continue reading →
You hear it all the time, especially in gospel-centered circles, people saying how wretched they are and how loved they are in spite of it. True and true. But when I hear me reminding myself over and over how wretched I am, seems a lot of attention is, well, on me. Continue reading →
There was a time when l loved my emotions, especially the bad ones. I found great pleasure in going home all alone, getting into a bath, lighting some candles, playing some really sad music, and crying. I would think of all the miserable stuff in my life—and believe me, I found plenty—and then cry about it. Ah, the healing power of a good cry! It was my favorite pastime, but unfortunately it was also one that was destroying me at the same time. Continue reading →
Not many people know this, but instead of just twelve apostles that followed Jesus around, legend has it that there was a thirteenth named Kyle. Kyle was a dude who loved the ladies. In fact, some would say he was a tad obsessed. For instance, when Jesus fed the five thousand, the apostles were instructed to gather up all the leftovers. The Apostle Kyle used the opportunity to cruise the 5K for chicks. When the thirteen came together with all the scraps, Kyle told the others, “Hey, I met this Samaritan chica that I’m going to hang with. Tell Jesus I’ll catch up with y’all later.” Continue reading →
Confession has to be one of the most neglected aspects of the Christian faith. In fact, most Christian organizations create a culture that dissuades confession. Churches have bogus “restoration processes” that are in print but not in practice. What often happens is more like a good old Amish shunning; “there are plenty of churches around, just find another one and we’ll be praying for you.” We don’t hate the sin and love the sinner. Instead we hate the memory of the sin and ,well, every time I look at you I remember the sin, so… Continue reading →
I recently got hate mail from a boy I knew in college. Ouch! He saw that I was a Christian author now and he was beside himself. See, he knew me before, back in the day when I lived only for the moment and knew nothing about the power of God to save me from the tyranny of self. He and I were friends who started to think that maybe we wanted to be more than just friends, we dated a bit, but in the end both the friendship and any possibility of more were lost forever. Continue reading →
“Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV).
Another way of saying it: one bad apple spoils the bunch.
In my book Sexy Girls, I wrote that God knows that we become like who we hang out with and we also make others think we already are like those we hang out with. If your believing friend isn’t being faithful, she is bringing you and your God down. This is serious business; it isn’t as easy as just saying, “Oh well, she’ll get better.” Continue reading →