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Grief is an intimate, personal pain that is often hard to discuss, even years after loss. For some of us, grief begins before a loved one passes as we watch their health deteriorate before our eyes.
For Tori Parris, grief grew in waves that hit suddenly and hard. It began with a little nagging feeling that something was wrong one evening when her daddy didn’t finish his spaghetti, his favorite meal. His strawberry cheesecake sat untouched. He reassured Tori that he was fine, that he just didn’t have much of an appetite, but over the next few weeks, he hardly ate a thing. Her momma finally demanded that they go to the doctor’s office.
After some tests, they heard the dreaded “c” word. Pancreatic cancer. And it had spread to other organs.
In Love Is Never Lost: Standing Strong in Faith While Grieving, Tori shares her profound journey of holding on to faith while dealing with loss. “My faith was challenged, deconstructed, and rebuilt stronger,” she says.
Tori offers words of comfort to those who are preparing for a loss, experiencing loss, or seeking to better understand the pain a loved one is going through. She provides suggestions for coping with grief as well as prayers that guide one spiritually through the grieving process.
“One day, we will all come face to face with the certainty of our mortality,” Tori writes. “It is my sincerest hope that by reading the pages of this book, you receive hope for the journey.”
Pure: A Teenage Girl's View Into a Lifestyle of Worship is a Bible Study directed at Middle School, High School, and College aged girls who desire to go deeper in their walk with God. This 8 chapter study focuses on the idea that obedience is the highest form of worship by addressing the purity of our thoughts, speech, actions, dress, relationships, and hearts.
Hidden in God's word are sweet truths reminding you that you are a daughter of the Most High King.
This study is designed to help you discover God's plan for your life as He shows you the purpose and identity found in His love. "Pure" challenges girls to examine their lifestyle in light of God's Word and through practical application of scripture, prayer, and fasting.
We hope to empower girls to bloom into the beautiful Women of God they have been created to be.
This is designed as a ten week, intensive study on the personality of Jesus! Before you begin this study, wipe away every preconceived notion and religious stereotype you have ever had as you prepare to fall in love with the Author of Love, Himself!
This book may very well be the most encouraging book outside of God’s Word that you will read this year (and for several years to come for that matter). The status quo and the norms of the so-called “Christian” life are in for a major shock.
So many believers have bought into some misconceptions about what we have been invited into. We have not been invited into “do’s and don’ts”, we have not been invited into “behavior modification”, we have been invited into embracing a love that pursued us when we were far from Jesus; a love that we could never earn, and could never escape. Embracing that love does not lead us to “behavior modification” but rather takes us through an “internal transformation”!
As Tori so brilliantly illustrates in Jesus Kisses, we bring nothing to the table to “earn” or “deserve” this kind of love, but rather, the life of a Christ follower is more about a response to the love that came after us! After all, in 1 John 4 we are reminded that we love Him because He loved us FIRST!
You will be challenged to the core by the pages that you are about to read. Dive into this much-needed book and come face to face with the truest love you will ever encounter. Let your heart will be stirred again for your first love.
"I am a mother of two daughters and a grandmother of two granddaughters, one who is fourteen. As I read through the manuscript of PURE, I thought of my fourteen year old granddaughter and said to myself, “Wow! A compelling book written by a young lady who is in touch with the real world.”
But this is more than a book. It is a conversation with someone young enough to speak the language of a teen-age girl and yet be firmly founded in the Scriptures. But it is more than a conversation. It is a devotion guide, a workbook, and a prayer journal.
After presenting the pure life as being central to a lifestyle of worship, author Tori Parris takes teen-age girls on a journey that puts thoughts, speech, actions, dress, and relationships in a package of a human heart.
Tori Parris is just one more proof that in every generation God raises up voices to cry out for absolute truth and purity of life, in a world of peer pressure and political correctness.
As soon as this book is released I’ll put it in the hands and heart of my fourteen-year-old granddaughter. There are thousands of daughters and granddaughters who need this kind of teaching. My husband and I highly recommend that every grandmother, mother, and daughter read this book as it exemplifies a lifestyle of worship that we as women of God have been called to live. "
Wife of Raymond Culpepper
Former General Overseers of the Church of God and
Current First Assistant General Overseer
"In recent years I have traveled to Paris, France on several occasions. Upon my first visit I was taken by this amazing city...the lights...the sounds...the beauty. I am reminded of another Parris...Tori.
Three years ago she visited me at The University of Mobile. Tori lights up a room when she enters...her musical gifts are extraordinary...she sings, dances, plays several instruments, a wonderful artist and songwriter. Her commitment to God is a blessing to all who know her and her smile is infectious. We have met many times during her years as a student at UM.
Recently Tori stopped by my office and introduced me to her newest project. I was thrilled with her new devotional book PURE. This beautifully written book will be a blessing as well as a challenge to young ladies as they grow in their faith and strive to live a lifestyle of worship.
PURE will be a spiritual tool for ALL that read Tori's words. I proudly recommend this new project...it certainly will not be her last! Beyond her beauty and many talents you will get to know her personally as you read PURE. Tori lives out these truths herself making a difference in everything she does and in every place she sings and speaks.
I am proud of you Tori Parris
Dr. John Roger Breland
Former VP/Executive Dean
Alabama School of the Arts
University of Mobile