International motivational speaker and best-selling author Nick Vujicic appeared on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” to talk about his anti-bullying campaign and new book Stand Strong: You Can Overcome Bullying (and Other Stuff That Brings You Down). Go here to watch Nick share his testimony of overcoming bullying and finding purpose in his life.
USATODAY.com states about author Katie Ganshert’s newest novel, “In A Broken Kind of Beautiful, Ganshert proves her staying power with a lovely story that redefines what is ugly and what is proven lovely through purpose.”
“Happy Ever After” writer, Serena Chase, goes on to state of Ganshert’s previous two novels: “Katie Ganshert’s touching debut, Wildflowers from Winter, introduced us to a style of writing that gives voice to the tender places in a character’s heart. In her sophomore novel, Wishing on Willows, she further proved her ability to invest readers in the outcome of the external circumstances that precipitated her characters’ necessary inward change.”
To read more, click here.
WomensHealthMag.com recently featured best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn and the amazing discoveries of her latest book, The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths About Marriage and Divorce.
In an article entitled “The Divorce Rate Is Much Lower Than You Think: This new research might be the most exciting thing you read all day,” reporter Casey Gueren writes, “Feldhahn classifies that as the percent of marriages that have ended in divorce, and that’s the number that has never gotten anywhere close to 50 percent. According to 2009 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average percent of all marriages that have ever ended in divorce is 30.8 percent, says Feldhahn.”
To read the entire interview, click here.
Popular blogger Relz Reviewz featured A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge. Go here to read the “Character Spotlight” piece on Juliette and Neil, and their sweet romance.
Best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn’s newest book, The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce, was featured on CBN.com in an article entitled “Divorce Shocker: Most Marriages Do Make It.”
Writes reporter Paul Strand, “This Atlanta-based couple often quoted in their writings and at conferences what they thought was accurate research: that most marriages are unhappy and 50 percent of them end in divorce, even in the Church. ‘I didn’t know,’ Feldhahn told CBN News. ‘I’ve stood up on stage and said every one of these wrong statistics.’”
“‘First-time marriages: probably 20 to 25 percent have ended in divorce on average,’ Feldhahn revealed. ‘Now, okay, that’s still too high, but it’s a whole lot better than what people think it is.’ Shaunti and Jeff point out the 50 percent figure came from projections of what researchers thought the divorce rate would become as they watched the divorce numbers rising in the 1970s and early 1980s when states around the nation were passing no-fault divorce laws. ‘But the divorce rate has been dropping,’ Feldhahn said. ‘We’ve never hit those numbers. We’ve never gotten close.’ And it’s even lower among churchgoers, where a couple’s chance of divorcing is more likely in the single digits or teens.”
To read the entire article, go to CBN News.
Dr. Mary Neal, author of To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story, was interviewed by INSIDE EDITION regarding the new release of hit movie, Heaven is for Real.
“I was under water for a minimum of 15 minutes. Eventually, my spirit separated from my body and I rose up out of the water and I was greeted by a group of, people, spirit beings, I’m never sure what to call them. But they were overjoyed to welcome me and greet me,” Dr. Neal told INSIDE reporter Megan Alexander. “I absolutely believe that Colton Burpo went to heaven and came back”
Watch the interview or read more at insideedition.com.
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
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.
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.