Sneak Peek

Each month, WaterBrook Multnomah gives readers a sneak peek into an upcoming title. See below for our most recent peek.

SNEAK PEEK: I Tried Until I Almost Died


sneak-peak_1852 Tired of trying to measure up?

Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.

Click here to download an excerpt from I Tried Until I Almost Died. 

Tired of trying to measure up?

Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.

 Many of us believe that in order to please God, we have to be perfect. It’s an easy lie to buy into. In a culture that emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals, we feel driven to do more, achieve more, be more. And we get caught up in the unforgiving treadmill of self-imposed rules, believing that we should, we need to, we must.

 The result? Anger, frustration, and anxiety that keep us far away from the life of peace that Jesus promised.

 For years, Sandra McCollom lived in this trap. Finally worn out from striving for perfection but constantly feeling like a failure, one day she prayed in desperation, begging God for help. God answered Sandra by setting her on a life-changing journey to discover the riches of His grace.

 In I Tried Until I Almost Died, Sandra shares how she left behind her burden of anxiety and fear and shows you how to experience for yourself the freedom of trusting solely in the perfecting power of God’s grace.  

 

SNEEK PEEK: When Grace Sings


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When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?

Click here to download an excerpt from When Grace Sings. 

Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.

Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.

 

DOWNLOAD: Be the Message Christmas Ideas


Be-the-Message_ActionPlans_CH_300x250At Christmas time, of course, we celebrate the Incarnation: the Word becoming flesh (John 1:14). The theme of Be the Message is another kind of incarnation. The Christ-centered message of love and grace takes up residence in our lives. As Scripture tells us: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly” (Colossians 3:16).

Download your free action plan ideas now to help Be the Message to people in your family and community: 
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Based on the book Be the Message by Kerry & Chris Shook.  Start reading.

SNEEK PEEK: Divine Applause by Jeff Anderson


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How Will God Make Himself Known to You? 

Click here to download chapter one of Divine Applause. 

How do we have a relationship with a God we can’t see? There must be more to the Christian life than silence, and more to God than a vacant stare.

 Divine Applause weaves together biblical insights and personal stories that illustrate the surprising ways God connects with us. Let Jeff Anderson show you how to use your spiritual senses to experience God.

  • Sense God’s personal attention in unmistakable ways.
  • Cultivate a constant awareness of God’s presence.
  • Enjoy the reward of secrets between you and God.
  • Take risks to break out of a status-quo life and connect more directly with God.
  • Discover the intensity of God’s interest in you.

 

You don’t have to settle for a distant walk with God. He wants you to know that He notices—and that He delights in you. 

Click here to download chapter one of Divine Applause.

 

Additional Resources for hand in Hand by Randy Alcorn!


One of the most perplexing theological questions—Is it possible to reconcile God’s sovereignty with human choice?—is also one of the most personal. Bestselling author and theologian Randy Alcorn brings life-changing insight to the great debate between God’s power versus human choice in his new book, hand in Hand.

Share the message!

 

Need a quick but thorough overview of this complex topic? Download the FAQ!

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Unpack the truths of this weighty issue and the implications it has for believers using this Sermon Outline.

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DOWNLOAD: Men’s reflection guide


Download this companion reflection guide and Bible study based on the book, A Short Walk to the Edge of Life by Scott Hubbartt.

About the book

It was supposed to be a simple day hike. Scott Hubbartt was a military veteran with years of survival training. Everyone who knew him considered him an expert adventurer.

But Scott’s trek into the treacherous backcountry canyons of the Peruvian Andes turned into a desperate fight to survive after he became hopelessly lost. As his eight-hour hike lengthened into days, Scott faced dehydration, hunger, and exhaustion. And that’s when his true journey began.

Chronicling the failures and miracles of a remarkable physical and spiritual passage, A Short Walk to the Edge of Life is the gripping, true story of a man who had to come to the end of himself before he could find his way home.

Praise for A Short Walk to the Edge of Life

“Think Robert Frost meets The Worst-Case Scenario handbook. Reading A Short Walk to the Edge of Life took me on the worst possible ‘road not taken,’ and even though I feel beaten up and drained emotionally, my spirits are lifted. Indeed, his journey has made all the difference.”
Eric Blehm, New York Times best-selling author of Fearless

 

DOWNLOAD: Cloak of the Light Book Talk


pdf_1002Librarians! Looking for a clean read for your young adult reading Christian and homeschool patrons?

Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black is the first book in his new trilogy, Wars of the Realm, for ages 12 and up. With angels and demons, military training, a brainiac best friend, and a mysterious girl—what more could you ask for in an action adventure novel? Download the Book Talk here.

Want to start reading? Download the Sneak Peek.

 

DOWNLOAD: Cloak of the Light Readers Guide


In her debut book, Katie Ganshert’s rich modern characters grapple with the questions of life over death, happiness over grief, and God over self.  These questions confront heroine Bethany Quinn most as she loses her worldly security and has to find out whether giving up her life can lead to true freedom and love.

Learn More About the Book

Download the Reading Group Guide

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In her debut book, Katie Ganshert’s rich modern characters grapple with the questions of life over death, happiness over grief, and God over self.  These questions confront heroine Bethany Quinn most as she loses her worldly security and has to find out whether giving up her life can lead to true freedom and love.

Learn More About the Book

Download the Reading Group Guide

- See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=213044#sthash.TMRszFPy.dpufCloak of the Light by Chuck Black is the first book in his new trilogy, Wars of the Realm, for ages 12 and up. With angels and demons, military training, a brainiac best friend, and a mysterious girl—what more could you ask for in an action adventure novel? Download the Book Talk here.

In her debut book, Katie Ganshert’s rich modern characters grapple with the questions of life over death, happiness over grief, and God over self.  These questions confront heroine Bethany Quinn most as she loses her worldly security and has to find out whether giving up her life can lead to true freedom and love.

Learn More About the Book

Download the Reading Group Guide

- See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=213044#sthash.TMRszFPy.dpuf

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Cloak of the Light is the first book in Chuck Black’s new trilogy, Wars of the Realm, and centers around the theme of spiritual warfare. Learn the Scripture behind Chuck’s imaginative take on the war between angels and demons in the readers guide.

Learn more about the book here.

FREE DOWNLOAD: A Fearless Life – A Bible Study and Reflection Guide


Download a FREE discussion guide about the book, FEARLESS: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown.

About the guide -

In case the worst happened, Adam Brown wrote to his children:
“I’m not afraid of anything that might  happen to me on this Earth because  I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me…”

Adam Brown lived his life with a very clear set of values: God, country, family.

He was flawed, sometimes frightfully so, yet with a keen sense of integrity that set him apart. One of Adam’s final wishes, written by hand on his casualty form,  was that his spiritual testimony—his complete story—be told, including “my life before I met Jesus Christ and Kelley.” His story serves as a reminder of the power of faith.

Adam leaves behind a legacy of character: courage, faithfulness, accountability, redemption. A Bible Study and Reflection guide has been written with these themes in mind as a means for readers to go deeper into the story and explore their own paths.

FREE DOWNLOAD – A Fearless Life: A Bible Study and Reflection Guide

Adam Brown, Navy SEAL Team SIX

Adam Brown in Afghanistan


Start Reading FEARLESS.

DOWNLOAD: Raising Boys by Design HERO Activity


pdf_1002Want to see the HERO qualities of Raising Boys by Design by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD and Michael Gurian in action? Download the HERO Activity here and learn how Joseph developed the qualities of a HERO and then exemplified them throughout his story in the Bible–perfect for classes and Sunday school or to do with your son at home.

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