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NEWS: Weight-Loss Expert Chantel Hobbs to be Featured in People Magazine

Weight-loss champion Chantel Hobbs, author of  Never Say Diet, The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer, The One-Day Way, and Love Food and Live Well (WaterBrook Press), will be featured in People magazine’s April 4 collector’s edition of their most inspirational diet and health stories. This will be Hobbs’ third appearance in People, including gracing the cover in May 2006 for the “Half Their Size” issue.

 Hobbs lost 200 pounds without the help of surgery, pills, point systems or a trendy diet. Just as importantly, she has kept the weight off for more than 10 years. She began her weight battle and addiction to food during childhood, watching the scale go up and down after repeated dieting attempts. Finally, she gave up the weight battle, and after years of telling herself that she was too busy to lose weight, she arrived at 350 pounds.

 “All day, every day, I felt ugly, pathetic and judged,” she says. “Then, one night alone in my car, it hit me. I’d been treating my obesity like a disease, something uncontrollable. But unlike an illness, my situation was about choices. Crying out of desperation to God, I asked for His strength to fight this war, my personal and lifelong struggle. Since that day, despite circumstances and challenges out of my control, I’ve lost nearly 200 pounds and have kept it off for good!”

 Hobbs’ life’s passion is to see the world “ditch dieting” permanently and encourage those who are frustrated and exhausted from the constant failure. “My story can be their story!” she smiles.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The author of Never Say Diet (2007), The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer (2008), The One-Day Way (2009), and Love Food and Live Well (2010), Chantel Hobbs is a speaker, life coach, personal trainer, wife, and mother of four. Her amazing story of having lost 200 pounds and keeping the weight off has been featured on “Oprah,” “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “Fox & Friends,” “Living the Life,” and the “700 Club.” She hosts a weekly radio show on the REACH-FM network, and is the weekly on-air fitness expert on the WAY-FM radio network. She has appeared on the cover of People and First magazines. Hobbs ran her first marathon in 2005 and has run many more since. She is a frequent speaker to women’s groups, and makes personal appearances at fitness conventions. www.faithfoodandfitness.com

NEWS: Seasons of Tomorrow Earns Four Stars in Romantic Times

New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall finishes her Amish Vines and Orchards series with Seasons of Tomorrow, which received four stars from Romantic Times. “Woodsmall is a talented author who brings the simple life of the Amish to readers with charm and respect. This wonderful fourth installment in the Amish Vines and Orchards series has sweet characters who will do anything for their family, even if it goes against everything they believe in.” Go here to read the full review.

In the crowded Amish fiction genre, the Wall Street Journal named Woodsmall one of the top three Amish romance authors.

NEWS: MORF Magazine Features Author Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s “Death of the Church Lady” from “Heart Wide Open”

MORF Magazine is featuring “Death of the Church Lady” from author Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s new book Heart Wide Open.

Known as “the Belle of All Things Southern,” Tomlinson writes with her distinctive Louisiana southern-style wisdom, humor and perspective, inviting readers to seek more than a mundane faith to take a step of surrender.

Tomlinson writes, “In short, I was a hypocrite! 

Though the news came as quite a surprise to me, the ugly truth was undeniable. An internet dictionary offers the following spot-on definition of my true state in that telling moment: a hypocrite is “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.” 

Bingo. If I were to be honest, the faith I was experiencing wasn’t satisfying my deepest longings at all. My picture could’ve been pasted right beside that entry. Say “cheese,” Church Lady.”

For more at MORF, click here.


NEWS: Burning Sky ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist

Author Lori Benton’s debut novel Burning Sky: A Novel of the American Frontier (WaterBrook Press, August 6, 2013), has been announced as a Finalist for The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) 2014 Christian Book Awards®, honoring Christian publishing’s best book and Bible releases of the year.  Winners will be announced at the ECPA Awards & Anniversary Banquet, April 28, 2014, at Focus on the Family’s campus in Colorado Springs, Color.

Benton’s writing transports readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. Masterfully creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, Benton skillfully brings them together in the bonds of God’s transforming grace. 

“Before WaterBrook Press acquired Burning Sky, historical novelist Lori Benton had been on a nearly 20-year journey to publication, during which she spent countless hours researching the history, developing unforgettable characters, and honing her craft,” stated Senior Fiction Editor Shannon Marchese. “The ECPA nomination is a tribute to Lori’s dedication and to the theme of the novel, God at work in all things for the good of His people.”

Burning Sky is set in the 1780s in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and is the only historical fiction included as an ECPA finalist.  The novel follows Willa Obenchain, a young woman who was abducted by Mohawk Indians at 14 and renamed Burning Sky. She is driven to return to her family’s New York frontier homestead after many years building a life with the “People.” Willa finds herself caught between two worlds as tensions rise against the “savages,” along with questioning her own place in the white world. 

At receiving the nomination news, Benton stated, “I’m honored that Burning Sky is included among the novels of such shining lights as Tosca Lee, Lisa Wingate, Brandilyn Collins and Gina Holmes, whose stories accomplish what I long for mine to accomplish—moving hearts through the power of story.”  

Benton’s forthcoming historical novel, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn (WaterBrook Press, April 15, 2014), takes place in 1787 Western North Carolina and the State of Franklin during the historical conflict of the times. The story follows Tamsen Littlejohn’s escape from a harsh stepfather in search of freedom and repair of her own tattered identity. 

For more on the ECPA 2014 Chritian Book Awards, click here.

NEWS: “The Power of A Half Hour” Author Tommy Barnett on “100 Huntley Street”

“100 Huntley Street” sat down with author Tommy Barnett to discuss his new book The Power of A Half Hour and discuss how to maximize your productivity.

Barnett talks about the L.A. Dream Center, celebrities, being a “pastor to pastors,” personal stories, and offers practical tips for immediate results in reaching dreams and goals.

To view the interview, click here.

NEWS: A Table by the Window Reviewed on USAToday.com

A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge was featured on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog.

Go here to read the review, which described Lodge’s writing as “utterly appealing and emotionally intelligent with a well-developed, subtle wit.”



Webcast Event: Liz Curtis Higgs LIVE online



Join Liz Curtis Higgs LIVE ONLINE
March 18, 2014
12 noon ET

Chat, Listen, Laugh & Learn!


Celebrating the release of Mercy Like Sunlight, Liz will reveal some insider info about the novella, share Mary Magdalene’s story from Scripture, serve up Mary Margaret Delaney’s Irish Soda Bread, and—the best part of all—answer your questions online. Ask anything you like during this fun, fast 30 minutes LIVE on Liz’s Facebook page.

NEWS: Miss Brenda and the Loveladies Featured on The Huffington Post

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies was excerpted on The Huffington Post. Go here to read “Don’t Judge. Imagine.” to learn how Brenda Lovelady Spahn overcame her prejudices against women in prison. Instead of running away, she decided to help them, and her remarkable true story has changed the lives of thousands of women who are looking for a fresh start.


NEWS: Brenda Spahn Interviews with Janet Parshall

Brenda Spahn, co-author of Miss Brenda and the Loveladies, interviewed on “In the Market with Janet Parshall” on February 18. Go here to listen to Brenda talk about the first year of her “whole way house,” and how her obedience to God has helped thousands of women find success outside of prison.


NEWS: Eric Blehm, author of Fearless, quoted on FoxNews.com

Eric Blehm, author of the New York Times best-selling Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown, was quoted on FoxNews.com. Go here to read “Success of Navy SEAL movies has Hollywood looking for more.”


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