Encouragement for your everyday.

All Books by Pastor Cary Schmidt

Encourage your walk with God as you minister to your loved ones everyday.   


Live Lighter, Love Better

Twelve Biblical Decisions for a Meaningful Life

Live Lighter, Love Better is a heart-searching, deep-thinking call to courageous decision-making. The principles of God’s Word as unpacked in this book will empower you to live the abundant life that Jesus promised—a lighter life that is grounded in loving relationships and healthy spiritual and personal balance. Each chapter examines the life-long regrets of Solomon, as recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes. One principle at a time, allow God’s Word to pull back the curtain of your heart and expose your deepest idols. Allow its liberating truth to loosen the stranglehold that those idols place upon your heart as you begin the journey back to biblical, healthy balance and joy.



What Most Religions Don’t Tell You About the Bible

This 100 page paperback minibook answers life’s biggest question—how can I know about eternity? More than 100,000 copies have been printed. It’s been a joy to hear from people around the world who have trusted Christ after reading this little book.

Done in Spanish

Done in Chinese

Done in Romanian

Audio Book


Real Christianity

Embrace the Grace, Endure the Struggle, Enjoy the Relationship

Take a fresh look at the real Jesus, the real gospel, real grace, and real renewal that comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This book is written for new Christians or discouraged Christians. It will help you escape a performance-based system and embrace a biblical, grace-based relationship with Jesus that will truly change your heart. 


Passionate Parenting

Enjoying the Journey of Parenting Teens

Passionate Parenting is written to equip parents to truly enjoy the journey of parenting—especially as their children become teenagers. Each chapter will unfold biblical principles that will provide a solid framework for a loving, growing family and a gospel-centered portrait of authority and influence!


Off Script

What to Do When God Rewrites Your Life

This book was written during a recent battle with cancer and highlights ten decisions that will transform our perspective in the midst of trials. Each decision is taken from a key passage of scripture that will strengthen any Christian during an “off script” season of life! 


Just Friends

Guarding Your Heart for a Wonderful Someday

This book co-written with Pastor Mike Ray presents a biblical view of early attraction and guy/girl relationships. Parents, youth workers, and young adults alike will be challenged to apply biblical principles in establishing healthy, pure, protected, and Christ-honoring friendships. It is over 200 pages, paper back and contains questions for personal study/application or group discussion.


Discover Your Destiny

Making Right Choices in a World Full of Wrong

What every young adult needs to know about making right choices in a world full of wrong! This 280 page paperback book will help any young adult or adult to discover the perfect will of God for their lives. It’s written to someone at least sixteen years of age who is serious about making right choices for the future.


Music matters

Understanding and Applying the Amazing Power of Godly Music

In this thought-provoking book, you will discover a biblical and encouraging perspective on the power of music and how to use it effectively in your life. You will be challenged to consider music as more than entertainment and to make wise choices that will facilitate greater spiritual growth.


Hook Line and Sinker

How the Enemy is Dividing and Destroying the Christian Family

This 280 page paperback book exposes Satan’s attacks on every Christian home and provides biblical principles for both parents and teens. This material was really the product of hundreds of hours of counseling—seeing Satan attack families in exactly the same ways every time. It is now available in a 21 week curriculum that can be taught to parents or teens.


Life Quest

Braving Adulthood with Biblical Passion

This paperback book is now available from Striving Together Publications in two formats—paperback and MP3 CD. This book addresses the challenges of embracing adult life in a culture that is trying to keep us immature and irresponsible. Part one deals with the reasons that young adults in their 20’s and 30’s are buying the lie that they can stay childish. Part two deals with the wonderful rewards of moving forward in life—the big blessings that God has in store for those who gladly “grow up.” Part three deals with how to accept the challenges of adult life with true, biblical passion.  

This book was a couple years in the research and development and it challenges the reader to move forward in life for God.