Sneak Peek

Each month, WaterBrook Multnomah gives readers a sneak peek into an upcoming title. See below for our most recent peek.

SNEAK PEEK: Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund


She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer… an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.  

 Click here to download an excerpt from Luther and Katharina.

In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey.

Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.
His sweeping Catholic church reformation–condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage–awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden.

Including Martin Luther himself.

The attraction—and tension—between them is undeniable. Yet Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer.  

They couldn’t be more different.

But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love.

Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever. 


SNEAK PEEK: Jesus Speaks by Steven K. Scott


 What Happens When You Immerse Your Life in the Words of Jesus?

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 “Jesus’s words can replace stress with peace, sadness with joy, confusion with guidance and fear with faith. That’s why Jesus Speaks will not only change your day; it can change your life, your relationships, and your eternity!”

Christine Caine, best-selling author of Undaunted and founder of The A21 Campaign and Propel Women

“We express God’s love language when we hear His Son’s words, and obey them. That’s why Jesus Speaks can be so transformational to those who want true intimacy with God.”

—Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages

“Jesus promised that if we abide in Him and His words abide in us, our prayers will be answered and we will bear much fruit.  Jesus Speaks provides an amazing springboard for any believer to abide in His words like never before.”

—Tommy Barnett, pastor of Phoenix First Assembly and founder of Los Angeles & Phoenix Dream Centers

“Jesus’ words are…the only way to infuse His life, spirit, peace, and joy into our lives.  With Jesus Speaks you can immerse your mind, heart, and soul in His words, every day!”

—Josh D. McDowell, author and speaker

“Steve Scott’s love for God, personal application of Scripture, and impressive understanding of Jesus’ heart for His people comes out on every page. I’m certain that readers will grow in their intimate relationships with the Father as they focus on Jesus’ words daily through Mr. Scott’s profound and encouraging writing.”

—Dr. Charles Stanley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Atlanta and president and founder of In Touch Ministries

“I absolutely love Jesus Speaks! I am coming to love Jesus more and more as I learn more of who He is through what He says in His own words!”

—Sandi Patty, Grammy Award–winning Christian music artist

Jesus Speaks will bring Christ’s stunning teaching, perspective, and heart into your everyday experience.”

 —Bobbie Houston, Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia

“The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.”

—John 6:63


When Jesus walked this earth, He gave His followers more than one hundred life-changing promises. He also gave more than one hundred teachings for living in line with God’s priorities—commands that lift us up rather than weigh us down!


This 365-day devotional invites you to let Jesus speak directly into your life. Each reading begins with a red-lettered statement of Jesus, directly from Scripture, followed by a powerful reflection on how He wants us to apply His truths to our daily lives.


No problem you face today is beyond the help of Jesus. No question you ask is beyond the answers of Jesus. The more you get to know this loving Savior, the more you will love Him! So come, immerse yourself in His words. He is speaking to you.


Whatever is Lovely: Coloring Book Sneak Peek

sneak-peak_1852Color your way to peace and worship.

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We live in such a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this cover is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture. 
When we create, we echo the heart of our Creative God who designed everything and gave us the capacity to recognize beauty. 
So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way. 
To help set the perfect mood for worship, contemplation, and creative expression, a link to the “Whatever Is Lovely” playlist is included. 


SNEAK PEEK: Jesus: Listening for His Voice by Kay Arthur and David Arthur


Jesus spoke words of life and truth. How well are you listening?

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True listening isn’t simply hearing the words of Jesus; it involves belief that results in active commitment. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus interacted with people from all walks of life. In every case, those individuals could choose to believe His words and reap the rewards of faith—or resist the truth and miss out on everything that truly matters.

 This same choice is yours today. In this second book in a three-part study of the gospel of Mark, you can read for yourself the words of Jesus in Mark 7–13. If you then align yourself with the One who is truth, you’ll experience for yourself the freedom that comes from truly listening for and following the voice of the Savior.

SNEAK PEEK: Jesus: Experiencing His Touch


A touch from Jesus can change everything.

Click here to download an excerpt from Jesus: Experiencing His Touch. 

The first six chapters of Mark’s gospel overflow with stories of people drawing near to Jesus, longing to experience firsthand the touch of the Savior. Over and over, Jesus responded with compassion, interacting on a personal level with individuals who had been cast aside by society, their circumstances deemed beyond hope.

 As you delve into their stories in this powerful study—the first in a three-part study of the gospel of Mark—you’ll discover for yourself the difference it makes when you engage with Jesus personally and experience His touch in your life.

SNEAK PEEK: Ignite Your Passion for God by Kay Arthur and Mark Sheldrake


What does it take to fuel a faith that burns bright, no matter what?

Click here to download an excerpt from Ignite Your Passion for God. 

At different times in our spiritual journey, we may discover that we’ve somehow developed apathy toward the things of God. Instead of being fueled by spiritual passion, our faith seems to be running on autopilot—or maybe sputtering to a halt as we seek excuses to avoid spiritual engagement.

Through this six-week study, your eyes will be opened to the things that can undermine our interest in the things of God, and you’ll discover practical steps you can take to ignite a fire that will propel you toward a deeper, more meaningful faith.

SNEAK PEEK: Jesus: Understanding His Death and Resurrection by Kay and David Arthur


Discover afresh the good news of the gospel.

Click here to download an excerpt from Understanding His Death and Resurrection. 

The long-awaited Messiah had finally arrived—only to be betrayed and sentenced to death. Why would Jesus, who knew beforehand all that would happen and who held the power of heaven at His command, submit to being humiliated, tortured, and ultimately killed?

In this powerful study centered on the final chapters of the gospel of Mark, you’ll consider for yourself all that Jesus endured to bring forgiveness to sinners and hope to the hopeless. And you’ll understand as never before why it’s so essential to share with others the good news of His death and resurrection.

SNEAK PEEK – Meet the New You by Elisa Pulliam


Change is possible.

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As women, we are constantly evaluating ourselves. Am I enough? Why can’t I change this certain thing about myself? Should I be doing more?

 We long for real, deep, lasting change—but we don’t know how to begin. In Meet the New You, Elisa Pulliam empowers women to take charge of their own life transformation by engaging in a meaningful relationship with God and His Word. Each chapter gives practical and interactive ways to address some of the biggest obstacles that stand in the way of permanent change. Through stories, biblical application, personality assessments, thought-provoking questions, and life-coaching principles, Meet the New You helps women:

  • understand who they are
  • cultivate a vision for who they want to become
  • recognize what holds them back
  • determine the steps necessary to  put new, practical habits into action

 It’s time to discover who you really are and how you can live life differently. It’s time to meet the new you!


SNEAK PEEK – Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall


Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Click here to download an excerpt from Ties That Bind. 

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach. 
Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.  
Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.      
Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

SNEAK PEEK: Do Hard Things by Alex Harris and Brett Harris


A generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution”

 Click here to download chapter one of Do Hard Things.

Most people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don’t expect you to care. And even if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don’t expect it to last. We do. – Alex and Brett

Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.

Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life.  Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change.

Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.

Now includes:
–A new introduction from the authors, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead”
–Questions (and Stories) To Get You Started
–A list of 100 Hard Things to help inspire you
–A study guide for personal or group use – See more at:

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