Things we own, love and believe in.
Welcome to the Cultivate Connection trusted resources page. Everything on this page is something that has made a significant impact in our lives. Much of what Cultivate Connection is today has been influenced by the following resources. Because we love sharing really great stuff with others, we're listing all of our favourite things here for you to check out.
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Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health
Who this is for: Those who want to learn more about "neuroplasticity" and how the mind can actually be renewed.
Ever read Romans 12:2 and wonder what a renewed mind even means? Dr. Caroline Leaf has made it her life's work to prove how God designed our brains to "rewire" themselves. As you read this you'll see how taking every thought captive will begin to physically change that beautiful brain of yours into the mind of Christ.
It has helped us realize that we're not crazy for believing we can change our thoughts. While it doesn't happen overnight, Dr. Leaf shows you how to establish habits of good "mental hygiene" that will transform how you see yourself and the world around you for the better.
The Passion Translation (TPT) Bible
Who this is for: Anyone who wants to hear God's word in a beautiful new translation.
Sometimes it's tempting to become skeptical or cynical about different Bible translations, especially newer ones. It's not until you learn to view them through a kingdom lens that you realize the true beauty of so many rich and wonderful ways to encounter God's living word.
Dr. Brian Simmons (the man behind TPT) conveys God's word in such a wonderful, passionate, and rich way. We highly recommend reading your favourite passages in this version and see how God speaks differently to your heart.
Keep Your Love On: Connection Communication And Boundaries
Who this is for: Anyone who wants to make the shift from victim to a powerful person.
This book will totally rock your world and forever change the way you view relationships. Not just with your significent other but with every single relationship; your family, friends, and co-workers.
Danny Silk helps you see the blind spots in your life that are causing you to act like a victim. He then gives you everything you need to know in order to become a powerful person, uneffected by the emotions and actions of others around you. Coupled with Dr. Caroline Leaf's teachings, you'll learn how to begin rewiring your thoughts to become the man or woman God intended you to be. Powerful and free.
Born to Create: Stepping Into Your Supernatural Destiny
Who this is for: Those who want to recapture the God-given creativity that lives inside them.
If the God of the universe created all of the amazing things around us, from the tallest mountain to the smallest atom, from rainbows to tropical rainforests, then why would you not be creative? You are creative because you were created by a creative God, formed in His image.
Theresa Dedmon shows you how to tap into the creativity you once had as a child; reclaiming the artistic beauty God placed inside of you. What would the world be without creativity? Step into your rightful position as a creative artist and begin to see new and wonderful expressions of God flow from you.
Hosting the Presence: Unveiling Heaven's Agenda
Who this is for: Anyone who believes there is more relationship to be had with God.
If there's one person who we feel is a great role model of someone going after more of God's presence it's Bill Johnson. Every page of this book is an inspiration to seek more of God and become a vessel for Him to pour into more than you could ever imagine.
We're designed to be a light in the darkness and a witness for God's unfailing love. Bill Johnson's stories will make you want to pursue God in greater ways and hosting His presence everywhere you go. We highly recommend reading this inspiring book.
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us
Who this is for: Anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the many ways we can increase our intimacy with Christ.
Have you ever heard anyone refer to their "spiritual muscle?" We believe spirituality is like a muscle in the sense that it needs to be worked out so to speak. If you don't have consistent spiritual practices in your life, your spiritual walk will atrophy and grow weak.
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun covers over sixty different disciplines such as Community, Discernment, Meditation, Prayer Walking, Stewardship, and Worship. She thoroughly explains each discipline and provides reflection questions, spiritual exercises, and helpful resources.
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Who this is for: Those who are curious to discover if they can increase the effectiveness of their prayers.
Are your prayers specific and focused? We thought ours were but Mark Batterson inspired us to take it to the next level. After we discovered this book we laughed at how vague our prayers really were.
Once we began to pray with laser-like focus we soon began to see how quickly God answered those prayers. Think of it as the equivalent of going from setting big, broad goals to specific, measurable ones. You will be encouraged for sure.
A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works
Who this is for: Anyone looking for a devotional that lays a solid Christian foundation.
This is Lee's third year in a row using this devotional because it is just that good. Each day brings a different reading from some of C.S. Lewis' most famous books such a Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and may more.
The way C.S. Lewis unpacks many topics is truly amazing and definitely God inspired. This devotional also makes one of the best gifts for someone you know, whether a new believer or seasoned Christian. Highly recommend!
Come and Behold Him: Advent Devotional (The Passion Translation)
Who this is for: Anyone wanting to bring new life and joy into their Christmas season.
2017 was the very first year we really celebrated advent and it was amazing. Whether or not you're in the same boat, this book will bring a wonderful new perspective to your Christmas season.
Dr. Brian Simmons (author of The Passion Translation Bible) does a fantastic job of immersing you into the story of Jesus; from the foretelling of His birth to His ascension into Heaven. We were blessed each morning as we read the days devotion, often wanting to keep on reading to the very end. We're positive this will bring a richness and depth to your Christmas season this year.
The Name Book: Over 10,000 Names – Their Meanings, Origins, and Spiritual Significance
Who this is for: Those who are curious about the powerful meaning behind names.
Whether you believe your name is coincidence or not, names have meaning. Back in Biblical times names had significant meaning and they still do today.
This book stands out from other name books for us because each meaning is accompanied by scripture which brings a unique quality to it. It is quite amazing how impactful it is for others to hear what their name means along with scriptural reference. Encouraging, uplifting, and fun are three words we'd use to describe this great book.
Translating God: Hearing God's Voice For Yourself And The World Around You
Who this is for: Anyone who desires to hear God's voice for themselves and those around them.
God didn't create the universe like a clock, winding it up and setting it on the mantle until His return. No, He is a father who desires interaction and relationship with His children. One of the many ways He delights in interacting with us is through conversation. So how do we have conversations with God?
This is what Shawn Bolz explains so simply; how to hear God's voice. Shawn is known by many for having the amazing ability to hear what God is saying, but Shawn is no exception. In his book he explains how God desires to speak to each one of us like this because that's who He is. A father who desires relationship with His children. This book is both encouraging and inspiring.
EarthRunners Elemental Sandals
Who this is for: Those who believe God designed us barefoot for a reason.
We've owned several brands of minimalist shoes/sandals over the years which means we know what's comfortable and what works.
EarthRunners not only get the job done comfortably and stylishly, they're constructed with quality materials that look like they'll last for decades. The best part is their grounded conductive laces™ which work through a copper plug that makes contact with the ground every step you take. How's that for being grounded?