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: Listening for His Voice by Kay Arthur and David Arthur


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

 Click here to download an excerpt from Jesus: Listening for His Voice. 

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: Good Things by Kevin Gerald


Take a fresh look around you with eyes that cut through the daily distortions and see the undeniable and extravagant goodness of God. 

 Click here to download chapter one of Good Things.

There are certain messages today, both outside and inside the church, that have tainted the true message of God’s favor. The reality is God isn’t obligated to provide good things for us—but He wants to! This is your opportunity to adopt a favor-minded mentality and realize that God’s favor, like His grace, is unearned, limitless, and never-ending. And, it’s for us!
In Good Things, Kevin Gerald invites you to become a good finder. 
This book will equip you to:   
●    Discover that the goodness of God exceeds the pain of life’s hardship.
●    Know how to keep your mind on God’s favor not your failure.
●    Recognize that Grace and Favor are so intertwined you can’t separate them.
●    Apply seven favor dynamics that will help you overcome relationship barriers. 
●    See what you are certain to overlook until your eyes are trained to see it.
It’s time you move forward in confidence, knowing that God is for you. He is always seeking to give you good things, and His favor is forever!

SNEAK PEEK: Safe House by Joshua Straub


Parenting isn’t rocket science, it’s just brain surgery. 

And Dr. Joshua Straub has good news for you: You can do it!

 Click here to download chapter one of  Safe House.

You don’t need to do all the “right” things as a parent. Both science and the Bible show us that the most important thing we can provide for our kids is a place of emotional safety. In other words, the posture from which we parent matters infinitely more than the techniques of parenting.

 Emotional safety—more than any other factor—is scientifically linked to raising kids who live, love, and lead well. Learn how to use emotional safety as a foundation from which you parent—and make a cultural impact that could change the world!

 In Safe House, Dr. Straub draws from his extensive research and personal experience to help you: 

  • Foster healthy identity and social development in children of any age
  • Win the war without getting overwhelmed in the daily battles
  • Discipline in a way that builds relationship
  • Understand how the culture is affecting your child and what you can do about it
  • Cultivate responsible, self-regulating behavior in your kids
  • Establish an unshakeable sense of faith, morality, and values in your home
  • Feel more confident and peaceful as a parent
  • Find a greater perspective on parenting than what you might see on a daily basis


Includes a Safe House Parenting Assessment 

SNEAK PEEK: From Pain to Power by Mary Ellen Mann


Sexual violation was not your choice, but recovery is.

Click here to download chapter one of  From Pain to Power.

As a survivor of sexual trauma, you’ve likely experienced feelings of shame and confusion, and weakening of your faith and trust. It may feel like no one understands. And each day you’re simply trying to survive.

But the reality is you are meant for much more than survival. You are born with the right to use the pain as a point of power and reclaim what was taken without permission—your true identity.

Author Mary Ellen Mann understands. She’s been there. In From Pain to Power, she weaves personal story and years of research and counseling experience to provide comfort and respect, biblical insight, guided imagery, and self-care strategies. She will help you:

  • Regain your power, safety, and sense of self
  • Go to battle as a “Princess Warrior”
  • Learn to trust your gut instinct again
  • Protect yourself from further assault
  • Reconcile your faith in God, who understands your doubt and anger

Mary Ellen Mann stands in your corner as you restore and honor your rightful femininity, find your voice of reason, and choose to live a legacy-filled life.

Includes tips and resources for spouses, parents, ministry leaders, and advocates who want to help survivors of sexual assault. 


SNEAK PEEK – The Heaven Promise by Scot McKnight


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


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

 “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



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