Dr. Kent Brantly, author of Called for Life (WaterBrook Press, July 2015) appeared on PBS NewsHour August 10th. In an interview with Hari Sreenivasan, Brantly spoke candidly about his initial diagnosis with Ebola, his nationally covered journey from Liberia to Emory Hospital in the United States and his decision to take Z-Mapp, a new drug never before tested on humans.
Brantly also shared his struggle to understand why he survived when so many people did not. While Brantly’s faith is an integral part of his life, he doesn’t believe something unique about his faith that led to his survival.
“I don’t think there is anything special about my faith that saved my life. If anything, my faith is what put me in a position where I got Ebola. I’m really thankful…for all the people who played a role in providing me with the treatment I received. I don’t say it was my faith that saved me and not those people; I believe God used those people to save my life.”
The entire interview can be viewed here.
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.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 7, 2015)–With the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage, the battle for religious liberty has become more intense in our country. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a passionate defender of religious liberty, has written the forthcoming book No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth (WaterBrook Press, September 8, 2015), which includes 11 remarkable stories of Christians standing for truth in the face of great opposition.
One such story is that of Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Oregon bakers who made national headlines for declining to make a same-sex wedding cake. The Oregon Labor Commissioner recently upheld the $135,000 fine levied against the Kleins and also issued a gag order so the Kleins would not communicate their religious convictions surrounding the case.
“An order of this magnitude is not only unprecedented, but unconstitutional….What every American can now see at the Supreme Court is not a finish line, but the beginning of a struggle for our basic freedoms,” said Perkins in response to the decision. “The gag order demonstrates that this assault on our most essential freedoms will not stop with the free exercise of our religion. It has quickly become a threat to the freedom of speech as well.”
Read the entire response from the Family Research Council here.
For more information about No Fear, visit http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=247070
Katie Ganshert Awarded “Best Contemporary Romance”
Sigmund Brouwer’s novel Thief of Glory was honored with two Christy Awards on Monday, June 29, 2015, during the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida. Thief of Glory was named “Book of the Year” and “Best Historical Romance.” Brouwer’s WWII novel, set in the Dutch East Indies, is inspired by his family’s experience during Japan’s invasion of Indonesia.
Publishers Weekly wrote: “The finalists this year were the most diverse ever in terms of publisher representation, and the judges noted that the quality of writing was strong,” said Donna Kehoe, executive director of the Christy Awards. “They commented that the Book of the Year, Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory, set a new standard for writing merit.”
In addition, Katie Ganshert’s novel “A Broken Kind of Beautiful” was recognized as “Best Contemporary Romance.” In this southern-based love story, Ganshert explores the complex question of “What is beauty?”
The Christy Awards, named after Catherine Marshall’s classic character Christy, recognizes excellence in writing Christian fiction.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2015)— Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus by Rifqa Bary has landed at#9 on the New York Times “Religion, Spirituality and Faith” Best-seller List for June 2015. Bary, who as a teenager made headlines in 2009 for running away from home in fear for her life after converting from Islam to Christianity, has chronicled her journey of faith that led to the high-profile, multi-state custody case in her memoir Hiding in the Light (WaterBrook Press, May 19, 2015).
Since the book’s release Bary has appeared on such national programs as “Fox & Friends,” “Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro,” “The 700 Club,” “Sean Hannity Radio Show,” “Eric Metaxas Show” and dozens of others.
Bary’s story of surviving an abusive home life and walking away from everything she knew in order to freely follow her Christian faith has struck a chord with readers and those who followed her story in the news.
“I live today in spiritual freedom, able to worship Jesus without restraint or apology,” writes Bary.
Now a 22-year-old college student, Bary is studying philosophy and politics with the hopes of pursuing a career as a lawyer and giving a voice to the voiceless and oppressed.