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Religion News Service: Scot McKnight’s Take on Heaven, Both Fact & Fiction

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Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailReligion News Service Columnist Jonathan Merritt discusses with New Testament Scholar Scot McKnight the facts and the fiction about Heaven. Although interest in the afterlife remains a popular topic, stories of near-death experiences have come under new skepticism and slowed in sales momentum. Merritt interviews McKnight about the his book The Heaven Promise and what the Bible actually has to say or doesn’t say about Heaven.  Read the full story here.

 

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WaterBrook Multnomah Partners with Mark Batterson for “Chase the Lion”

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Much Anticipated Sequel to In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day Set for Fall 2016

Bestselling author Mark Batterson has signed a major book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, for a follow-up title to his book “In a Pit with Lion on a Snowy Day.” Titled Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small, the book is scheduled to release from Multnomah on September 6, 2016, in print, digital and audio formats.

Batterson, author of more than a dozen bestselling books, including The New York Times bestseller The Circle Maker, is the lead pastor of National Community Church (NCC). Located on seven campuses in Washington D.C., NCC is known as one of the most innovative and influential churches in America.

Chase the Lion will be the thematic sequel to Batterson’s first book, bestseller and perennial favorite, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars (May 2006). Multnomah will release an updated edition of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day on August 16, 2016.

“Nearly ten years ago, WaterBrook Multnomah published my first book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day,” Batterson said. “In the decade since, I’ve heard thousands of stories about lion chasers going after their God-sized dreams, and I’ve chased a few more myself. Those stories were begging for a sequel. Chase the Lion will help readers see and seize the God-ordained opportunities that often come disguised as five-hundred pound lions.”

“Mark is one of the most important and inspiring communicators in the Church today, and this book will encourage a whole new generation of readers who are out chasing lions every day,” said Alex Field, WaterBrook Multnomah vice president and publisher. “We all have dreams that scare us, and Mark’s challenge for you and I, is to take courage and embark on the chase of a lifetime.”

Field and editor Andrew Stoddard jointly acquired the project. Batterson is represented by Esther Fedorkevich of The Fedd Agency.

 

New Cover for “Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” Ahead of Latest Star Wars Film

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., December 11, 2015 WaterBrook Multnomah recently announced a repackage of Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away (WaterBrook Press) by Timothy Paul Jones. First published in 2003, Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is an exploration of the parallels between Christian faith and the original six Star Wars films. The new cover appeals to both new and old fans eager to understand all aspects of the Star Wars universe as they anticipate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the series, on December 18, 2015.

 Jones was first captivated by the story of Star Wars when he saw the film as a child from the backseat of his parents’ Ford Pinto. “It sent me on a quest that continues today. There is, in every one of us, a longing to touch ‘the forever,’ to sense the magnitude of the vastness in which we live,” said Jones. “After [over forty] years, the popularity of the Star Wars saga shows no sign of subsiding. I wrote this book to inspire readers to relish awe and wonder because God did not only create us to long for awe, but also to live in it!” 

By looking closely at the films, Jones unpacks why this series has resonated so deeply with both Christian and non-Christian readers alike. He invites readers to rediscover the magnificence of God through understanding how Star Wars appeals to an innate desire for calling, purpose, and adventure.

 Each chapter examines at a central theme in the Star Wars universe and connects it to relevant biblical passages. Through practical next-steps and Star Wars themed meditations, Jones gives readers clear guidance on applying these lessons in everyday life. The book also contains an appendix summarizing key plot points of the first six films, as well as a study guide designed for small group discussion. 

Youth Evangelist Nick Hall Partners with WaterBrook Multnomah for First Book

 

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Nick Hall, the founder of the fastest growing evangelistic movement in America, has signed a book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of C

rown at Penguin Random House. The book, titled Reset, will release in both print and digital formats on June 7, 2016, just in advance of Toget

her 2016, a historic gathering of one million Christians at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2016. Reset is the official book of the event. 

Hall is the founder and chief communicator for PULSE, a ministry at the center of some of the largest student-led prayer and outreach efforts in the world. He has previously shared the gospel at hundreds of events to millions of students. Hall and PULSE have teamed up with more than 40 organizations to unify a generation under the banner of Christ for the purpose of spiritual awakening at the Together 2016 event.

In Reset, Hall reaches out to those who are unfamiliar with Jesus, showing them that the world offers empty promises and only Jesus can make them fully alive and fully satisfied. Only He can provide them with a fresh start. Reset also challenges Christians to refocus on Jesus if they have been distracted by other messages in the culture. 

“Nick Hall is at the forefront of a spiritual awakening of youth in our nation. We are thrilled to partner with him to bring hope to a new generation through the Reset message,” said WaterBrook Multnomah Vice President and Publisher Alex Field.  

The project was jointly acquired by Field and Editor Susan Tjaden. Hall is represented by Lisa Jackson of Alive Literary Agency.

 

SNEAK PEEK: Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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In a desperate time, can Neva find forgiveness for a grievous wrong—and make room for hope?

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Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins.

When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush out—and into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children. The deputy shocks her with the news that Warren and his wife have died, insisting it was their last request that the three children go live with “Aunt Neva.”

Neva’s heart is shattered as she realizes that Warren’s month-long travels were excuses for visits with his secret family. She wants nothing more than to forget Warren, but can she abandon these innocent children to an orphanage? Yet if she takes them in, will she ever be able to see them as more than evidence of her husband’s betrayal and love them the way God does?

 

 

SNEAK PEEK: Light of the Last by Chuck Black

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To Fight What Others Can’t
You Must See What Others Don’t

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 After an accident left him temporarily blind, Drew Carter didn’t just regain his sight. He now sees what others can’t imagine–an entire spiritual realm of mighty beings at war.

Forget the gift, Drew just wants his life back. Part of that involves Sydney Carlyle, a woman he is inexplicably drawn to. When he’s offered the chance to become a CIA agent, it seems the way to redeem his past. The only problem–his visions of the supernatural realm are increasing in frequency.

It’s up to the warrior angel Validus and his hand-picked team of heavenly agents to protect the unbelieving Drew. Validus now knows that the young man is at the epicenter of a global spiritual war, and the angels must use a millennia of battle experience keep Drew alive, for the Fallen want him dead.

Surrounded by spiritual warriors and targeted by demons, Drew’s faced with an impossible decision that will forever alter the destiny of America…and his own soul.

 

 

SNEAK PEEK: Renovate by Leonce Crump

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God is not wiping this world away. He is in the midst of renovating it. 

  Click here to download chapter one of Renovate

Léonce Crump, lead pastor of Renovation Church in the urban core of Atlanta, invites you to do what God did when He wanted to make a difference in this world – move in.

Whether you’re a pastor looking to plant a church, a missionary preparing to serve in a far-off land, a family preparing to move into a new community, or a follower of Jesus simply looking to engage more deeply in your current neighborhood, Léonce reveals how our agendas can often sabotage achieving real change in our world.

Léonce takes you on a journey to understand what he calls “the ministry of presence” which he himself learned the hard way after planting a church in one of the most violent areas of Atlanta. Léonce and his family found that, before we can preach or reach others, we must first know the story of a place and its people – especially since skin color, cultural norms, and economic status often isolate us more than bringing us together.

 

SNEAK PEEK: The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning Special Edition

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“This is a book I wrote for myself and anyone who has grown
weary and discouraged along the Way.”
—Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

 

  Click here to download chapter one of A Ragamuffin Gospel.

 Many of us believe in grace, yet we live as if we still have to earn God’s love. We picture God hanging His head in disappointment, tallying our successes and failures on a score sheet. We assume we have to do more, or be a different person, for God to be pleased with us.

Brennan Manning shows us a different, truer image of our relationship with God: We come to God as ragamuffins. Bedraggled, dirty, exhausted. But as we sit at God’s feet, He smiles upon us. He embraces us. He treats us not as failures but as the chosen objects of His love.

In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Manning’s classic meditation on grace, Manning reminds us that we don’t need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make ourselves presentable to God. We can recognize our poverty and powerlessness as what bring us closer to a God whose love embraces us no matter what.

“Brennan does a masterful job of blowing the dust off of shop-worn theology and allowing God’s grace to do what only God’s grace can do—amaze.”
—Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author

“This is a zestful and accurate portrayal that tells us unmistakably that the gospel is good, dazzlingly good.”
—Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message

 

“This book is for the bent and the bruised who feel that their lives are a grave disappointment to God.”
—Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

The Bible tells us that by grace we are saved. So why does our spirituality often start with ourselves, not with God? Why are we likely to believe in grace in theory but deny it in practice?

In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning explores the true meaning of the word grace in all its power. When we beat ourselves up over who we are or what we’ve done, we pull away from God. When we acknowledge that it is only grace that can save us, we draw near to a God who delights in who He created us to be.

The Ragamuffin Gospel has changed thousands of lives since it was first published twenty-five years ago. In this anniversary edition, we find the timeless wisdom of a man who came to God needy and desperate again and again and found a peace that defined his life, his relationships, and his career.

You are not a disappointment to God. God does not “put up” with you. He celebrates you. God not only loves you, He likes you.. This is the joy of the gospel.

Brennan Manning was a Korean War veteran and former Franciscan priest who became the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba’s Child, The Parable of Willie Juan, and Ruthless Trust. His final book was his memoir, All Is Grace. Prior to his death in 2013, Manning traveled widely, sharing the good news of God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ.


 

 

SNEAK PEEK: Amish Christmas at North Star by Cindy Woodsmall

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One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania. 

 Click here to download chapter one of Amish Christmas at North Star.

Rebekah’s babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, love, and the wonder of Christmas.

Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert

Curiosity gets the best of Englisher Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?

Mourning Star by Amanda Flower

Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac Yoder.  Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jacob, an angry Englisher, or someone else?

In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall

Kore Detweiler has nursed his broken heart, avoiding North Star after Savilla Beiler suddenly rejected his love.  But when he is called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.

Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

Andy Danner left North Star to work in construction in a new Amish settlement in Louisiana. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas, and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in an old widower’s life.

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