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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.

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

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.

Steve Cobb Retirement Annoucement

Alex Field, New President of WaterBrook Multnomah, Announcement

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.

Runaway Teen, Christian Convert Rifqa Bary Tells Her Story of Escape and Life after the Headlines

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 15, 2014)—In 2009, a national news story broke of a teenage girl named Rifqa Bary, who had fled her Ohio home to find refuge in Florida, claiming her Muslim father had threatened to kill her for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. The media reporting and court case that ensued sparked a firestorm of coverage about Sharia law, parental rights and religious persecution. Now a 22-year-old college student—living in an undisclosed location, still convinced her life is under threat—Bary shares for the first time her own story of that decision to run away, the consequences and the faith that continues to fuel her in Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus (WaterBrook Press, May 5, 2015).

 Upon the discovery of her whereabouts, Bary’s parents fought to have their teenage daughter returned home. A multi-state, high-profile court case began. She became a ward of the state and was placed in foster care. During this tumultuous time, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2010, Bary became a legal adult and the Sri Lankan native was granted the right to reside in the United States. What became of this young woman? How did the controversy and the court proceedings look from her teen perspective?  Was her decision to flee worth it?  What is her relationship with her family? How does her faith sustain her?

Bary answers these questions and many more in her honest, vulnerable and captivating memoir Hiding in the Light. She shares about her early family life, her life-changing encounter with Jesus, her internal struggles and efforts to hide her faith, and her attempt to escape penalty from her Islamic parents. As passionate today as she was five years ago about her Christian beliefs, Bary has built a new life and is ready to put words to her experience.

 “In the Islamic culture, women do not have a voice. My goal in writing is for my pen to be my voice,” Bary says.

“We are pleased to publish the story of this brave, inspiring young woman, who faced religious persecution and societal pressure with courage in order to whole-heartedly follow her faith,” said Stephen W. Cobb, president and publisher of the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Hiding in the Light will release on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in the United States and Canada in print and digital formats from WaterBrook Press, a Christian imprint of the Crown Publishing Group and division of Penguin Random House.

Publishers Weekly Calls Thief of Glory ‘One of Brouwer’s Best’


Acclaimed author Sigmund Brouwer‘s newest novel, Thief of Glory, recently earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, meaning they consider it ‘a book of outstanding quality.’

Thief of Glory is a historical novel set in 1942, when the Japanese invaded the Dutch East Indies. Ten-year-old Jeremiah Prins and his family are taken to a camp where they face starvation, brutality and despair. Separated from his father and older brothers, Jeremiah must take over as the head of the family in order to help his mother and younger siblings survive. Decades later, he is haunted by his memories of his time in the camp and struggles to find peace despite all that happened.

Publishers Weekly’s starred review of Thief of Glory stated, “Thorough historical research, skillful use of foreshadowing, and keen insight into the human spirit make this one of Brouwer’s best.”

Read the entire review here.

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