Sneak Peek

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

SNEAK PEEK – One More Step by Rachel Wojo


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Overcoming obstacles—

one step at a time.

 Click here to download chapter one of  One More Step.

Life often sends hard things our way: illness, financial struggles, broken

relationships, and so many kinds of loss. Sometimes we can’t imagine a way forward. 

 How do we keep going when everything is going wrong?

 Rachel Wojo has learned that hope rises to greet us when we find the strength to take One. More. Step. 

 Like you, Rachel has faced experiences that crushed her dreams of the perfect life: a failing marriage, a daughter’s heartbreaking diagnosis, and more. She transparently shares her pain and empathizes with yours, then points you to the path of God’s Word, where you’ll find hope to carry you forward. One More Step gives you permission to ache freely—

and helps you believe that life won’t always be this hard. No matter the circumstances you face, through these pages you’ll learn to…

 

• run to God’s Word when discouragement strikes

• replace feelings of despair with the truth of Scripture 

• persevere through out-of-control circumstances and gain
a more intimate relationship with Jesus

 Rachel identifies the reasons you may be tempted to quit and shows you

where to find the courage to keep going, one step at a time. 

 You’re not alone, so don’t give up. God won’t let you down. That’s a promise.

SNEAK PEEK: A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky


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The Great War shakes the world of a spirited young woman and the brave British pilot she loves, taking her from London to her family’s magnificent country estate, and sending him into the war-torn skies over France.

 Click here to download chapter one of  A Refuge at Highland Hall

Penny Ramsey has always considered Highland Hall her home, but when Britain becomes involved in World War One she travels to London to assist her sister Kate with the eight orphan children she and her husband Jon have taken into their home. Doing her part for the war effort takes priority over Penny’s dreams of romance until she meets Alex Goodwin, a Royal Naval Air Service pilot in training.

 Alex is determined to prove his worth and do his part to defend his country. Knowing he is heading off for the dangerous assignment of  chasing Zeppelins across the front line in France, he feels it’s unwise to form any romantic attachments. But he can’t help admiring the pretty, warmhearted Penny and wondering what it would be like to find her waiting when he returns home from the war. 

 As Penny writes to Alex, their friendship blossoms, and she becomes his tie to home and normalcy as he faces the hardships war. But being an RNAS pilot means confronting the enemy, and the fallout form those experiences push Alex beyond Penny’s reach. Can God mend the brokenness left by the losses of war? Will faith and forgiveness bring them together again? 

 

SNEAK PEEK – The Heaven Promise by Scot McKnight


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Heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise!

 Click here to download chapter one of  The Heaven 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.

 

 

SNEAK PEEK – Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach


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Sometimes, grace gets messy.

 Click here to download chapter one of  Messy Grace.

Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family.

 But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor.

 Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with family members who identified as LGBT, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace.

 Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love everyone without compromising truth. So can we. Even when it’s messy.

 “Caleb Kaltenbach ‘came out’ to his parents. This is the story of that coming out. Only this time, it’s was a Christian teen coming out to his gay parents. The book combines undeniable experiences with clear biblical arguments. Add the gracious tone throughout and you have a powerful book.”

—Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC, president of 9Marks.org

 “Messy Grace is an important contribution to the conversation about sexual identity for churches and leaders. Caleb’s story is surprising and unique, and he weaves it together compellingly. He states his views clearly, leaves room for disagreement, and champions love no matter where you are in this conversation.”

—Jud Wilhite, Sr. Pastor, Central Christian Church

 

 

SNEAK PEEK – Called for Life by Kent and Amber Brantly


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Kent, bud. We got your test result.  And I’m really sorry to tell you that it is positive for Ebola.”

–From the Prologue, Called for Life

Click here to download chapter one of  Called for Life.

Dr. Kent and Amber Brantly moved with their children to war-torn Liberia in the fall of 2013 to provide medical care for people in great need—to help replace hopelessness with hope. When, less than a year later, Kent contracted the deadly Ebola virus, hope became what he and Amber needed too.

 When Kent received the diagnosis, he was already alone and in quarantine in the Brantly home in Liberia. Amber and the children had left just days earlier on a trip to the United States. Kent’s personal battle against the horrific Ebola began, and as thousands of people worldwide prayed for his life, a miraculous series of events unfolded.

Called for Life tells the riveting inside story of Kent and Amber’s call to serve their neighbors, as well as Kent’s fight for life with Ebola and Amber’s’ struggle to support him from half-a-world away. Most significantly, Called for Life reminds us of the risk, the honor, and the joy to be known when God and others are served without reservation.

SNEAK PEEK – No Fear by Tony Perkins


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This book heralds a new generation of Christians who are more than bold…they are fearless!

Click here to download chapter one of  No Fear.

 

No Fear draws you inside the stories of young, ordinary believers who, despite incredible opposition, courageously stood up for God’s truth. Tony Perkins pairs each story with a biblical example, and gives practical ideas for building a “no fear” perspective every day.

 

Today, followers of Jesus Christ face more opposition to their beliefs than any generation in American history. Yet even in such a hostile cultural and political environment, it is an exciting time to stand firm in the faith. 

 

You have been chosen to live in this important hour and reading these stories will inspire you to the same kind of courage.  So what are you waiting for?  

 

SNEAK PEEK – It’s Good to be Queen by Liz Curtis Higgs


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Sheba Journeyed Across the Desert with a Caravan of Riches,  then Discovered the Greatest Treasure of All.  So Can You.

Click here to download chapter one of  It’s Good to Be Queen

 

When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king.

 Her journey will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all.

 Shedding new light on this ancient biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the king of Kings.

 “A stunning blend of research, insight, and practical application…”

—Margaret Feinberg, author of Fight Back With Joy

 “You will be captivated with the story of the queen of Sheba…”

—Lysa TerKeurst, author of the New York Times bestseller The Best Yes

 “An unparalleled feast of rich truth.”

—Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times bestsellers One Thousand Gifts and The Greatest Gift

 

SEAK PEEK – Nine Thoughts that can Change Your Marriage by Sheila Wray Gregoire


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Is what you believe about marriage getting in the way of a GREAT relationship?

Click here to download chapter one of  Nine Thoughts that can Change your Marriage.

When you’ve put into practice all the usual advice, but your marriage still falls short of the intimacy and joy you want, what then? Are patience and perseverance your only hope for a better relationship?

Author and speaker Sheila Wray Gregoire says, “Absolutely not!” The solution to a happier relationship is not found in being a more patient, more perfect wife, but in taking responsibility for what you can do—and especially for how you think about your marriage. She challenges you to replace pat Christian answers with nine biblical truths that will radically shift your perspective on your husband, your relationship, and your role in God’s design for marriage, including…

·       My Husband Can’t Make Me Mad

·       Being One Is More Important Than Being Right

·       Having Sex Is Not the Same as Making Love

With humor and honesty, Sheila invites you to believe that God wants to bring oneness and intimacy to your marriage—and challenges you to partner with Him in that process by changing the way you think.

 

SNEAK PEEK – Through a Man’s Eyes by Shaunti Feldhahn and Craig Gross


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What Happens When Women See What Men See?

Click here to download chapter one of  Through a Man’s Eyes.

You already know that your husband, boyfriend, or son is wired differently from you, but do you know what that really means? It means, among other things, that he’s been given the gift of a unique visual wiring—and the challenges that come with it.

In Through a Man’s Eyes, Shaunti Feldhahn and Craig Gross team up to help open our eyes to something we are often blind to. They address questions like:

  • “Why are guys so visual—and what does that mean, anyway?”
  • “How do I help my son navigate this sex-crazed culture?”
  • “How dare someone tell a woman to watch what she wears! Isn’t it a man’s responsibility not to look?”
  • “If he’s tempted by visual images, is there something wrong with him? With me?”
  • “My husband is an honorable guy, so why would he be tempted by porn?”
  • “How can I talk to my husband or son about this? What can I do to support him?”

Through the compassion and candor in this book, we can learn what men have long wished we knew (but didn’t know how to explain)—and see the difference it makes when we do!

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

SNEAK PEEK – The One by Ryan and Amanda Leak


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If you’re looking for average, go ahead and put down this book. No hard feelings.

Click here to download chapter one of  The One.

Most people will admit that they are looking for an amazing love story. We’ve all seen those couples, the ones holding hands or whispering to each other as they stare into one another’s eyes as if they share an awesome secret. We watch them and wonder, whats up with those two?

We never anticipated becoming one of “those couples.” When we met, we just worked on listening to God and preparing ourselves for the story he planned for us. What we learned and want to share is that no matter what your relationship status may be, this amazing story begins with you.

In this book we share more than the events happening around “The Surprise Wedding.” We share our triumphs and our mistakes, both before and after that day. You’ll learn healthy habits you can start practicing today, ones that will help you lay the groundwork for an incredible marriage later. God has something amazing in mind for you, but he can’t get you there without your help.

 

We absolutely believe in The One. And we believe that you’re it.

 

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