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Heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise!
For far too long, we’ve talked about heaven as if it were a dream or someplace that only exists in fairytales. We want to believe it’s real, but with such an expanse of contradictory information, it’s difficult to know what to believe.
To add even more confusion, we are left to sift through the tales of individuals who have crossed over and returned. With so many competing narratives and accounts based on what many think are beyond-death experiences, wouldn’t it be nice to have a straight forward examination of what the Bible has to say about heaven?
Best-selling author and New Testament scholar Scot McKnight thought so too, which is why he wrote The Heaven Promise.
McKnight, who has penned more than 50 books, including The Jesus Creed, has had a fascination with heaven since he was a child. As a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, McKnight is no stranger to academic engagement and scholarly discourse. However; as an ordained deacon, McKnight is well accustomed with the concerns of the everyday thinker. The Heaven Promise represents the perfect blend of thoughtful research coupled with an easily digestible presentation.
“My hope,” McKnight shares, “is that people will be hopeful about heaven.”
The Heaven Promise offers an infusion of hope alongside a healthy anticipation of eternity.
After all, heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise.
Sigmund Brouwer’s novel Thief of Glory was honored with two Christy Awards on Monday, June 29, 2015, during the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida. Thief of Glory was named “Book of the Year” and “Best Historical Romance.” Brouwer’s WWII novel, set in the Dutch East Indies, is inspired by his family’s experience during Japan’s invasion of Indonesia.
Publishers Weekly wrote: “The finalists this year were the most diverse ever in terms of publisher representation, and the judges noted that the quality of writing was strong,” said Donna Kehoe, executive director of the Christy Awards. “They commented that the Book of the Year, Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory, set a new standard for writing merit.”
In addition, Katie Ganshert’s novel “A Broken Kind of Beautiful” was recognized as “Best Contemporary Romance.” In this southern-based love story, Ganshert explores the complex question of “What is beauty?”
The Christy Awards, named after Catherine Marshall’s classic character Christy, recognizes excellence in writing Christian fiction.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2015)— Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus by Rifqa Bary has landed at#9 on the New York Times “Religion, Spirituality and Faith” Best-seller List for June 2015. Bary, who as a teenager made headlines in 2009 for running away from home in fear for her life after converting from Islam to Christianity, has chronicled her journey of faith that led to the high-profile, multi-state custody case in her memoir Hiding in the Light (WaterBrook Press, May 19, 2015).
Since the book’s release Bary has appeared on such national programs as “Fox & Friends,” “Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro,” “The 700 Club,” “Sean Hannity Radio Show,” “Eric Metaxas Show” and dozens of others.
Bary’s story of surviving an abusive home life and walking away from everything she knew in order to freely follow her Christian faith has struck a chord with readers and those who followed her story in the news.
“I live today in spiritual freedom, able to worship Jesus without restraint or apology,” writes Bary.
Now a 22-year-old college student, Bary is studying philosophy and politics with the hopes of pursuing a career as a lawyer and giving a voice to the voiceless and oppressed.
Caleb Kaltenbach, the author of Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction (Oct. 20, 2015) was featured in the June 9, 2015, New York Times front-page story “Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights.” Written by religion editor Laurie Goodstein, the article examines the conversation happening within the Evangelical church about LGBT rights and gay marriage by sitting in on a meeting between Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, and a group of Christian pastors, including Caleb Kaltenbach. In his forthcoming book, Kaltenbach shares his personal story of growing up in a divorced family with two gay parents and mother active in the LGBT rights movement. Kaltenbach became a Christian as a teenager and now as a pastor teaches that it is possible to love those around you without compromising your convictions.
Rifqa Bary, author of Hiding in the Light (WaterBrook Press), discusses her conversion as a teenager from Islam to Christianity on Fox & Friends. In her interview, Bary shares why in 2009 she chose to runaway from her home, the consequences she’s experienced and the freedom she’s discovered.
Hiding in the Light recounts Bary’s experience of secretly converting to Christianity as a twelve-year-old. When Bary’s faith was discovered by her family four years later, Bary fled to Florida, fearing repercussions from her strict Muslim father. Bary’s multi-state custody battle with her parents made national headlines.
The full interview is available here.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (May 11, 2015) – Two WaterBrook Multnomah children’s books and one popular Christian Living title were honored with ECPA Sales Achievement Awards during the ECPA Awards banquet on May 5, 2015. God Gave Us You (2000) by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (2000) by Joanna Weaver were presented with the Platinum Award for exceeding 1 million copies in sales. God Gave Us Christmas (2006) by Lisa Tawn Bergren received the Gold Award for exceeding more than 500,000 copies sold. The Gold and Platinum Book Awards recognize sales achievements in Christian literature. Awards are presented annually at the ECPA Leadership Summit.
The God Gave Us series began in 2000 with God Gave Us You and grew to include eight unique titles, two board book versions for younger children and several special editions. In each book, Bergren’s charming polar bear family patiently answers Little Cub’s questions about life, family, and faith. The kid-friendly explanation of Christian beliefs combined with beautiful illustrations has made this series a favorite with both parents and children. The latest book, God Gave Us Sleep, will be released in September.
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is the first book in Weaver’s nonfiction trilogy about the three siblings from Bethany. It was followed by Having a Mary Spirit (2006) and Lazarus Awakening (2011). A popular teacher, Weaver has spent the last fifteen years writing about the lives of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The DVD and Bible study resources for Having a Mary Heart and Having a Mary Spirit are perennial favorites about Bible study groups. Her years of study culminate this July in the release of the DVD and Bible study curriculum for Lazarus Awakening, filmed on location in Israel.
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Is comparison-living hijacking your life?
Tired of performing? Feeling weighed down by the pressure to be Pinteresting? Does your friend’s wardrobe, body, marriage, paycheck, vacation plans, or photoshoot-worthy home décor leave you wishing your life looked more like that?
You’re not alone.
With its focus on smarter, faster, thinner, and ever-better, our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. Our friends become our audience (or judges), and our titles, activities, even kids become part of our brand. Factor in social media’s constant reminder of what everyone else is doing, and no wonder we feel drained, discontent, and isolated.
Thankfully, we don’t have to live this way!
With disarming candor and humor, Kay Wills Wyma explores the troubling effects of living in an excessively competitive culture—and reveals simple yet effective ways to escape the comparison trap. Join Kay and her family as they learn how to recapture contentment and discover freedom, authenticity, and joy along the way.
Mary C. Neal, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller To Heaven and Back (WaterBrook Press), will be featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network in a new series called “In Deep Shift” which will air on Sunday, February 8 at Noon EST. Filmmaker Jonas Elrod hosts the 30-minute weekly program which features individuals whose lives have been transformed by an extraordinary event.
In To Heaven and Back, Neal, an orthopaedic surgeon in Jackson, Wyo., recounts the experience of her drowning during a kayaking accident in South America and her journey to heaven where she communicated with angels and ultimately returned to earth to share what she learned.
Neal has appeared on “Today,” “Fox and Friends,” “Hour of Power,” “Marie” and “Katie,” as well as dozens of radio programs and been featured in Guideposts and Christianity Today. Released in May 2012, To Heaven and Back spent 14 weeks ranked #1 on the New York Times “Advice, How To, Misc. Best-seller List” and has sold more than 750,000 copies.
Check your local listings for channel and airtime.
First American Ebola Survivor and Wife, Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly, Sign Book Deal with WaterBrook Multnomah
The first American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber have signed a major book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of the Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. The yet untitled book is scheduled for release from WaterBrook Press in Summer 2015, in print and digital formats, to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the surge in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
When American doctor and Samaritan’s Purse missionary Kent Brantly was diagnosed with Ebola in July 2014, the epidemic in West Africa became headline news in the United States. His emergency medical transfer from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, along with fellow missionary Nancy Writebol, is an extraordinary story of medical advancements in conjunction with God’s grace.
Following Kent’s release, the Brantlys have been active in addressing the Ebola epidemic and are in high demand for media interviews and speaking engagements. Kent was included on the cover of TIME Magazine’s “2014 Person of the Year” issue recognizing “The Ebola Fighters.”
Alex Field, WaterBrook Multnomah vice president and publisher, and Bruce Nygren, senior editor, jointly acquired at auction North American print, electronic and serial rights. The Brantlys are represented by Chris Park at Foundry Literary + Media.
“We are thrilled to partner with Kent and Amber on this book project. After spending time with the Brantlys, I’ve been deeply impressed by their sincere desire to follow their passion and calling to help others. Their book will be about how God called them to serve the people of West Africa, and along the way, readers will experience what the Brantlys experienced in the chaos of the Ebola epidemic. We believe that their story will inspire many readers to follow God’s calling for their own lives as a result,” said Field.
Writer David Thomas will assist the Brantlys with chronicling their journey. Thomas’s credits include the New York Times bestseller Foxcatcher, with Mark Shultz, which has been adapted into the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film starring Steve Carell. Nygren is the project’s editor.