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NEWS: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Surpasses One Million Copies Sold


Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailThe 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.

SNEEK PEEK: The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett


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 Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments.

Click here to download chapter one of The Power of a Half Hour.

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.

Click here to download chapter one of The Power of a Half Hour.

News: Where Treetops Glisten Featured on Veterans Day Lifeway Blog

ExtraExtra195Tricia Goyer, Sarah Sundin and Cara Putman, authors of Where Treetops Glisten, are in a special Veterans Day post on Lifeway’s “Shelf Life” blog. Each author shares a personal story about the inspiration behind Where Treetops Glisten, a collection of three stories of Christmas romance during World War II. Go here to read how veterans influenced their writing and more.

Religion News Service: Randy Alcorn on Christianity’s Fiercest Debate


Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Service talks with Randy Alcorn, author of hand in Hand  about one of the mostly hotly debated topics in the Christian church: God’s sovereignty vs. meaningful human choice. In a Q&A article, Merritt asks why Alcorn believes the traditional approach to the debate isn’t working, what he’s saying that’s new, and whether he agrees with John Piper that God is responsible for fatalilty-inducing natural disasters. Click here to see the answers to those questions and more.  

 

NEWS: “Out of A Far Country” Author Featured in The Christian Post


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

SNEAK PEEK: Kanae Vujicic Talks About “The Spark”


sneak-peak_1852Kanae Vujicic on the First Time She Saw Nick and Feeling “The Spark.”

Click here to download an excerpt from Love Without Limits. 

“There was definitely a spark and a strong attraction from the first moments I locked eyes with Nick… Nick tells everyone that when he was speaking that day back in 2010, he looked out into the crowd, locked eyes with me, and had to force himself to look away.”

Kanae had experienced relationships based on superficial attraction, but she longed to find a mate with strong character and faith—a man who would be a godly husband and father. When Nick and Kanae met in the most amazing way, they realized that God—the ultimate Matchmaker– had used even their discouraging and painful experiences to prepare them for each other…for the love of their life.

SNEAK PEEK: Nick Vujicic on Daring to Trust the Heart


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Nick Vujicic shares about dating Kanae and how they each felt from his book Love Without Limits.

Click here to download an excerpt from Love Without Limits. 

“Despite my optimism about other parts of life, I decided that love in this world had limits after all. I’d become convinced that no woman would want to marry such an obviously imperfect man as me….”

Later, when Nick realized that God had a purpose for him, his life took on new meaning.  But after a long-term relationship ended in heartache, would he ever find someone to marry? In this excerpt from their new book, Love Without Limits, Nick shares how insecurities can make or break a relationship.

CBN News: Pastor Tells Congregation to Get Packing


CBN News featured Kerry and Chris Shook, authors of Be the Message and founders of The Woodlands Church near Houston, for cutting church services in half recently so the congregation could participate in an effort to package up food items to be shipped to West Africa.  The special Sunday packing session was a kick off to the nationwide “Be the Message Sunday” where churches around the country will shorten services on Sunday, November 16 to do service projects and be living examples of the Gospel  in their communities.  For more information or to sign up for “Be the Message Sunday,” visit Be the Message Sunday

 To view the CBN News story, go to here.

NEWS: “In This House We Will Giggle” Author Tackles Selfishness on “Good Day Orlando”


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.

 

NEWS: “A Short Walk to the Edge of Life” Featured on “The 700 Club”


“The 700 Club” features Scott Hubbartt, author of Short Walk to the Edge of Life, as he retells his real-life adventure of being hopelessly lost in the Andes Mountains of Peru.

As  a trained military survivalist, Hubbartt found himself starving, dehydrated and struggling to stay alive, stating, “I was way beyond my limits.”

To find out more about Hubbartt’s story, click here.

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