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NEWS: “Hiding in the Light” Author Shares Spiritual Journey on Fox & Friends


ExtraExtra195Rifqa 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.

VIDEO: Rifqa Bary Talks About her Journey from Islam to Christianity


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Three WaterBrook Multnomah Books Receive ECPA Sales Awards

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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.

For more information, visit WaterBrookMultnomah.com

 

VIDEO: John McDougall – Jesus Was an Airborne Ranger


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To Heaven and Back Author to be Featured on OWN


ExtraExtra195 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.

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First American Ebola Survivor and Wife, Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly, Sign Book Deal with WaterBrook Multnomah

samaritanspurse kent amber-brantly.jpg[1]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. 

“People” Features Nick & Kanae Vujicic


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Nick and Kanae Vujicic, authors of Love Without Limits: A Remarkable True Story of Love Conquering All, are featured in the December 15, 2014, issue of People magazine in an article titled “My Beautiful Life.”  Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs, tells People about the challenges of finding romantic love as a person with disabilities and the blessings of meeting Kanae, who his calls “my miracle.”

 The full article can be found on newsstands starting Dec. 8, 2014, or to see an excerpt and video, click here.   

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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.

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.

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