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To Heaven and Back Author to be Featured on OWN

Mary C. Neal, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller To Heaven and Back (WaterBrook Press), will be featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network in a new series called “In Deep Shift” which will air on Sunday, February 8 at Noon EST. Filmmaker Jonas Elrod hosts the 30-minute weekly program which features individuals whose lives have been transformed by an extraordinary event.

In To Heaven and Back, Neal, an orthopaedic surgeon in Jackson, Wyo., recounts the experience of her drowning during a kayaking accident in South America and her journey to heaven where she communicated with angels and ultimately returned to earth to share what she learned.

Neal has appeared on “Today,” “Fox and Friends,” “Hour of Power,” “Marie” and “Katie,” as well as dozens of radio programs and been featured in Guideposts and Christianity Today. Released [ … ]

SNEAK PEEK: LET’S PRETEND WE’RE NORMAL by Tricia Lott Williford

Read the first chapter of Let’s Pretend We’re Normal.

“Oh, my word, I’m living this.”

Dear reader  friend,

If you and I are new to each other, let me start here: This is not how this was supposed to go! In the portrait I had long ago painted of my family, I didn’t intend to include words like “widowed single mom.” I had envisioned many more decades with my husband Robb in the complicated, beautiful life of marriage. But in the course of twelve hours, our family of four became a trio, and since that day my boys and I have been creating a new life in an upside-down world.

I have written this new book, which in a lot of ways is a sequel to And Life Comes Back, to answer the question so many have asked: “And then what [ … ]

SNEAK PEEK- Finding Your Way Back to God By Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson

“God, if you’re real,

make yourself real to me.”

 Click here to download chapter one of Finding Your Way Back to God. 

Each of us spends our lives on a journey toward God. Yet often our most deeply felt longings—for meaning, for love, for significance—end up leading us away from, instead of toward, our Creator and the person he made us to be.

 Finding Your Way Back to God shows you how to understand and listen to your longings in a whole new way. It’s about waking up to who you really are, and daring to believe that God wants to be found even more than you want to find him. It’s about making the biggest wager of your life as [ … ]

The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton – SNEAK PEEK

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

 Click here to download chapter one of The Wood’s Edge. 

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

 On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by [ … ]

Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa Kruger – SNEAK PEEK

 Learn how God’s imprint on your heart can make a lasting impression on your children.

 

Click here to download chapter one of  Walking With God in the Season of Motherhood

Being a mom usually means being busy. Really busy. Whether you’re zipping from your children’s piano lessons to their next ballgame or nursing a baby while comforting a toddler, life is brimming with activities.  Yet one encounter can help shape every moment: time in the Word with Jesus. In Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, you’ll learn how to nourish your own heart, mind, and soul with the wisdom you need to become the mother you long to be.  

As you spend time with God [ … ]

Be The Message Devotional: SNEAK PEEK

 Move Beyond Words

Click here to download an excerpt from

Be The Message Devotional. 

The Gospel is not a well-crafted sermon. It is a life well lived. It is you. Drawn from the book Be the Message, this thirty-day devotional will help you cultivate your life message and live it out.

Over the course of a life-changing month, you will learn how the messes in your life can become a door of hope, discover new ways to love those in front of you, and find out how God is calling you to take a stand in the world.

Using Scripture, illustrations, and practical action steps, the Be the Message Devotional can bring you to a deeper understanding of how your life can make a difference and be [ … ]

SNEAK PEEK: The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

 “Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”

Click here to download chapter one of       The Pharaoh’s Daughter

  “You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.

I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.

When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back.

Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.

 Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her [ … ]

SNEAK PEEK: I Tried Until I Almost Died

 Tired of trying to measure up?

Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.

Click here to download an excerpt from I Tried Until I Almost Died. 

Tired of trying to measure up?

Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.

 Many of us believe that in order to please God, we have to be perfect. It’s an easy lie to buy into. In a culture that emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals, we feel driven to do more, achieve more, be more. And we get caught up in the unforgiving treadmill of self-imposed rules, believing that we should, we need to, we must.

 The result? Anger, frustration, and anxiety that keep us far away from the [ … ]

SNEAK PEEK – Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

 Sometimes Hope Is the Greatest Gift of All

Click here to download an excerpt from Miss Brenda and the Loveladies. 

Brenda Spahn was a businesswoman who wouldn’t take no for an answer when she discovered that God wouldn’t either. When she invited seven hardened parolees into her southern mansion, she expected to house them, not love them. But her reluctant decision to serve women prisoners developed into a career, a calling, and a ministry that has helped thousands of women leave prison for good.

 In the tradition of The Blind Side, this remarkable true story shows the power of living out our calling, the beauty of God’s mercy, and why loving others always changes us first.

“People” Features Nick & Kanae Vujicic

Nick and Kanae Vujicic, authors of Love Without Limits: A Remarkable True Story of Love Conquering All, are featured in the December 15, 2014, issue of People magazine in an article titled “My Beautiful Life.”  Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs, tells People about the challenges of finding romantic love as a person with disabilities and the blessings of meeting Kanae, who his calls “my miracle.”

 The full article can be found on newsstands starting Dec. 8, 2014, or to see an excerpt and video, click here.