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SNEAK PEEK – The Heaven Promise by Scot McKnight

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Heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise!

 Click here to download chapter one of  The Heaven Promise.

For far too long, we’ve talked about heaven as if it were a dream or someplace that only exists in fairytales. We want to believe it’s real, but with such an expanse of contradictory information, it’s difficult to know what to believe. 

 To add even more confusion, we are left to sift through the tales of individuals who have crossed over and returned. With so many competing narratives and accounts based on what many think are beyond-death experiences, wouldn’t it be nice to have a straight forward examination of what the Bible has to say about heaven?

 Best-selling author and New Testament scholar Scot McKnight thought so too, which is why he wrote The Heaven Promise.

 McKnight, who has penned more than 50 books, including The Jesus Creed, has had a fascination with heaven since he was a child. As a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, McKnight is no stranger to academic engagement and scholarly discourse. However; as an ordained deacon, McKnight is well accustomed with the concerns of the everyday thinker. The Heaven Promise represents the perfect blend of thoughtful research coupled with an easily digestible presentation.

 “My hope,” McKnight shares, “is that people will be hopeful about heaven.”

 The Heaven Promise offers an infusion of hope alongside a healthy anticipation of eternity.

 After all, heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise.

 

 

SNEAK PEEK – Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach

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Sometimes, grace gets messy.

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Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family.

 But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor.

 Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with family members who identified as LGBT, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace.

 Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love everyone without compromising truth. So can we. Even when it’s messy.

 “Caleb Kaltenbach ‘came out’ to his parents. This is the story of that coming out. Only this time, it’s was a Christian teen coming out to his gay parents. The book combines undeniable experiences with clear biblical arguments. Add the gracious tone throughout and you have a powerful book.”

—Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC, president of 9Marks.org

 “Messy Grace is an important contribution to the conversation about sexual identity for churches and leaders. Caleb’s story is surprising and unique, and he weaves it together compellingly. He states his views clearly, leaves room for disagreement, and champions love no matter where you are in this conversation.”

—Jud Wilhite, Sr. Pastor, Central Christian Church

 

 

Sigmund Brouwer Wins Christy Awards “Book of the Year”

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ExtraExtra195Katie Ganshert Awarded “Best Contemporary Romance”

 Sigmund Brouwer’s novel Thief of Glory was honored with two Christy Awards on Monday, June 29, 2015, during the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida. Thief of Glory was named “Book of the Year” and “Best Historical Romance.”  Brouwer’s WWII novel, set in the Dutch East Indies, is inspired by his family’s experience during Japan’s invasion of Indonesia.

Publishers Weekly wrote: “The finalists this year were the most diverse ever in terms of publisher representation, and the judges noted that the quality of writing was strong,” said Donna Kehoe, executive director of the Christy Awards. “They commented that the Book of the Year, Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory, set a new standard for writing merit.”

 In addition, Katie Ganshert’s novel “A Broken Kind of Beautiful” was recognized as “Best Contemporary Romance.”  In this southern-based love story, Ganshert explores the complex question of “What is beauty?”

The Christy Awards, named after Catherine Marshall’s classic character Christy, recognizes excellence in writing Christian fiction. 

SNEAK PEEK – Called for Life by Kent and Amber Brantly

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Kent, bud. We got your test result.  And I’m really sorry to tell you that it is positive for Ebola.”

–From the Prologue, Called for Life

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Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly moved with their children to war-torn Liberia in the fall of 2013 to provide medical care for people in great need—to help replace hopelessness with hope. When, less than a year later, Kent contracted the deadly Ebola virus, hope became what he and Amber needed too.

 When Kent received the diagnosis, he was already alone and in quarantine in the Brantly home in Liberia. Amber and the children had left just days earlier on a trip to the United States. Kent’s personal battle against the horrific Ebola began, and as thousands of people worldwide prayed for his life, a miraculous series of events unfolded.

Called for Life tells the riveting inside story of Kent and Amber’s call to serve their neighbors, as well as Kent’s fight for life with Ebola and Amber’s’ struggle to support him from half-a-world away. Most significantly, Called for Life reminds us of the risk, the honor, and the joy to be known when God and others are served without reservation.

SNEAK PEEK – No Fear by Tony Perkins

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This book heralds a new generation of Christians who are more than bold…they are fearless!

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No Fear draws you inside the stories of young, ordinary believers who, despite incredible opposition, courageously stood up for God’s truth. Tony Perkins pairs each story with a biblical example, and gives practical ideas for building a “no fear” perspective every day.

 

Today, followers of Jesus Christ face more opposition to their beliefs than any generation in American history. Yet even in such a hostile cultural and political environment, it is an exciting time to stand firm in the faith. 

 

You have been chosen to live in this important hour and reading these stories will inspire you to the same kind of courage.  So what are you waiting for?  

 

SNEAK PEEK – It’s Good to be Queen by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Sheba Journeyed Across the Desert with a Caravan of Riches,  then Discovered the Greatest Treasure of All.  So Can You.

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When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king.

 Her journey will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all.

 Shedding new light on this ancient biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the king of Kings.

 “A stunning blend of research, insight, and practical application…”

—Margaret Feinberg, author of Fight Back With Joy

 “You will be captivated with the story of the queen of Sheba…”

—Lysa TerKeurst, author of the New York Times bestseller The Best Yes

 “An unparalleled feast of rich truth.”

—Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times bestsellers One Thousand Gifts and The Greatest Gift

 

Exclusive Pre-Order Offer for IT’S GOOD TO BE QUEEN by Liz Curtis Higgs!

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Liz Curtis Higgs is known for bringing messages that are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping both sisters and seekers embrace the truth of God’s amazing, unchanging grace. With her latest book, It’s Good to Be Queen, she sheds new light on an ancient biblical role model as she shares timeless wisdom from the remarkable queen of Sheba.

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Meet Nick Vujicic

Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or feet. Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love. Meet Nick Vujicic. Without any medical explanation or warning, Nick was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without arms and legs. Three sonograms failed to reveal complications. And yet, the Vujicic family was destined to cope with both the challenge and blessing of raising a son who refused to allow his physical condition to limit his lifestyle.
Since his first speaking engagement at age 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions, sometimes in stadiums filled to capacity, speaking to a range of diverse groups such as students, teachers, young people, business professionals and church congregations of all sizes. Today he’s an author, musician, actor, and his hobbies include fishing, painting and swimming. In 2007, Nick moved to southern California where he is the president of the international non-profit ministry, Life Without Limbs. He married his wife, Kanae, in 2012 and they welcomed their first son, Kiyoshi, in 2013.
Nick says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”

Story of Teenage Runaway’s Conversion from Islam to Christianity Becomes New York Times Best-seller

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2015)Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus by Rifqa Bary has landed at#9 on the New York Times  “Religion, Spirituality and Faith” Best-seller List for June 2015. Bary, who as a teenager made headlines in 2009 for running away from home in fear for her life after converting from Islam to Christianity, has chronicled her journey of faith that led to the high-profile, multi-state custody case in her memoir Hiding in the Light (WaterBrook Press, May 19, 2015). 

 Since the book’s release Bary has appeared on such national programs as “Fox & Friends,” “Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro,” “The 700 Club,” “Sean Hannity Radio Show,” “Eric Metaxas Show” and dozens of others.

 Bary’s story of surviving an abusive home life and walking away from everything she knew in order to freely follow her Christian faith has struck a chord with readers and those who followed her story in the news.

 “I live today in spiritual freedom, able to worship Jesus without restraint or apology,” writes Bary.

 Now a 22-year-old college student, Bary is studying philosophy and politics with the hopes of pursuing a career as a lawyer and giving a voice to the voiceless and oppressed.  

 

New York Times Front-Page Story Features Author of Forthcoming Book “Messy Grace”

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  Caleb Kaltenbach, the author of Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction (Oct. 20, 2015) was featured in the June 9, 2015, New York Times front-page story “Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights.” Written by religion editor Laurie Goodstein, the article examines the conversation happening within the Evangelical church about LGBT rights and gay marriage by sitting in on a meeting between Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, and a group of Christian pastors, including Caleb Kaltenbach. In his forthcoming book, Kaltenbach shares his personal story of growing up in a divorced family with two gay parents and mother active in the LGBT rights movement. Kaltenbach became a Christian as a teenager and now as a pastor teaches that it is possible to love those around you without compromising your convictions. 

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