Each month, WaterBrook Multnomah gives readers a sneak peek into an upcoming title. See below for our most recent peek.
“God, if you’re real,
make yourself real to me.”
Each of us spends our lives on a journey toward God. Yet often our most deeply felt longings—for meaning, for love, for significance—end up leading us away from, instead of toward, our Creator and the person he made us to be.
Finding Your Way Back to God shows you how to understand and listen to your longings in a whole new way. It’s about waking up to who you really are, and daring to believe that God wants to be found even more than you want to find him. It’s about making the biggest wager of your life as you ask God to make himself known to you. And it’s about watching what happens next.
“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”
“You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back.
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.
Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?
Tired of trying to measure up?
Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.
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.
Sometimes Hope Is the Greatest Gift of All
Brenda Spahn was a businesswoman who wouldn’t take no for an answer when she discovered that God wouldn’t either. When she invited seven hardened parolees into her southern mansion, she expected to house them, not love them. But her reluctant decision to serve women prisoners developed into a career, a calling, and a ministry that has helped thousands of women leave prison for good.
In the tradition of The Blind Side, this remarkable true story shows the power of living out our calling, the beauty of God’s mercy, and why loving others always changes us first.
The perennially favorite women’s book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (WaterBrook Press), has sold more than one million copies and has been honored with the ECPA Platinum Award. Originally released in 2000, Weaver’s CBA and Publishers Weekly best-seller on the sisters of Bethany, Mary and Martha, has become a cherished resource for women’s Bible study groups.
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World immediately struck a chord with women who felt the conflict between wanting to sit at the feet of Jesus and the demands of a busy world—just like Martha and Mary thousands of years ago. Weaver’s book is an invitation for women who feel they aren’t godly enough, loving enough or doing enough.
“It all began with the desire to write biblical fiction. I’ve always been fascinated by the story Mary and Martha in Luke 10, but as I looked at the rest of the story found in John 11 and 12, I realized that there was much more than just a novel in these two sisters from Bethany,” said Weaver.
“After a year of insomnia and living in a wind tunnel of words, I remember praying two things as I wrote Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World…1) ‘Oh Lord, let it make sense!’ and 2) ‘Somehow use it for Your glory.’ It’s pretty amazing how God takes what we put in His hands and uses it in ways we could have never imagined,” Weaver added.
“Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World was one of those books that just resonated with women,” says Stephen W. Cobb, president and publisher of WaterBrook Multnomah. “We knew from the start that we had something special with this title and with Joanna. We’re proud to see it reach such a significant milestone and that the book is as meaningful to women today as when it came out 14 years ago.”
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World became the first in Weaver’s Bethany trilogy. She went on to write the additional best-sellers Having a Mary Spirit (WaterBrook Press, 2006) and Lazarus Awakening (WaterBrook Press, 2011). In 2013, the series was repackaged with new covers and WaterBrook released an all new 10-week DVD and companion study guide of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. The timeless resource is also available in a gift edition. The new DVD curriculum and study guide for Having a Mary Spirit released in October 2014 and the video series and study guide for Lazarus Awakening will be available in June 2015.
Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments.
What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook?
How about change your life? Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life. Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time.
Speaking at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s National Conference about his own experience of becoming a Christian as a same-sex attracted man, Moody Bible Professor Christopher Yuan and author of Out of A Far Country, urged Christian parents to love their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual children and lead them back to the Gospel.
“Parents, love your LGBT or same-sex attracted children and point them to a life of costly discipleship following Jesus,” states Yuan.
To read more, click here.
President and Publisher Steve Cobb Retires – Alexander Field Named New WaterBrook Multnomah Publisher
The Crown Publishing Group announced several important changes about the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group today. WaterBrook Multnomah President and Publisher Steve Cobb is set to retire in March 2015 after 18 years with the company. Alex Field will join WaterBrook Multnomah as Vice President, Publisher starting Dec. 1, 2014. Field most recently has been the VP, Publisher for David C Cook.
For more information, click here to download the announcements.
How Will God Make Himself Known to You?
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.
In This House We Will Giggle author Courtney DeFeo discusses practical tips to helping your children from being focused on selfies…to becoming unselfish…on ”Good Day Orlando.”
As wife and mother of two, DeFeo was inspired to write an idea-packed book for parents filled with motivating reflections, real-life stories and creative ways to help parents turn their kids’ hearts toward God.
To watch, click here.