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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.   

SNEEK PEEK: When Grace Sings

When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?

Click here to download an excerpt from When Grace Sings. 

Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to [ … ]

NEWS: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Surpasses One Million Copies Sold

The perennially favorite women’s book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (WaterBrook Press), has sold more than one million copies and has been honored with the ECPA Platinum Award.  Originally released in 2000, Weaver’s CBA and Publishers Weekly best-seller on the sisters of Bethany, Mary and Martha, has become a cherished resource for women’s Bible study groups.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World immediately struck a chord with women who felt the conflict between wanting to sit at the feet of Jesus and the demands of a busy world—just like Martha and Mary thousands of years ago. Weaver’s book is an invitation for women who feel they aren’t godly enough, loving enough or doing enough.

“It all began with the desire to write biblical fiction. I’ve always been fascinated by the story Mary [ … ]

SNEEK PEEK: The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett

 Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments.

Click here to download chapter one of The Power of a Half Hour.

What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook?
How about change your life? Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life. Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time.

Click here to download chapter one of The Power of a Half Hour.

News: Where Treetops Glisten Featured on Veterans Day Lifeway Blog

Tricia Goyer, Sarah Sundin and Cara Putman, authors of Where Treetops Glisten, are in a special Veterans Day post on Lifeway’s “Shelf Life” blog. Each author shares a personal story about the inspiration behind Where Treetops Glisten, a collection of three stories of Christmas romance during World War II. Go here to read how veterans influenced their writing and more.

Religion News Service: Randy Alcorn on Christianity’s Fiercest Debate

Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Service talks with Randy Alcorn, author of hand in Hand  about one of the mostly hotly debated topics in the Christian church: God’s sovereignty vs. meaningful human choice. In a Q&A article, Merritt asks why Alcorn believes the traditional approach to the debate isn’t working, what he’s saying that’s new, and whether he agrees with John Piper that God is responsible for fatalilty-inducing natural disasters. Click here to see the answers to those questions and more.  

 

NEWS: “Out of A Far Country” Author Featured in The Christian Post

Speaking at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s National Conference about his own experience of becoming a Christian as a same-sex attracted man, Moody Bible Professor Christopher Yuan and author of Out of A Far Country, urged Christian parents to love their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual children and lead them back to the Gospel.

“Parents, love your LGBT or same-sex attracted children and point them to a life of costly discipleship following Jesus,” states Yuan.

To read more, click here

SNEAK PEEK: Kanae Vujicic Talks About “The Spark”

Kanae Vujicic on the First Time She Saw Nick and Feeling “The Spark.”

Click here to download an excerpt from Love Without Limits. 

“There was definitely a spark and a strong attraction from the first moments I locked eyes with Nick… Nick tells everyone that when he was speaking that day back in 2010, he looked out into the crowd, locked eyes with me, and had to force himself to look away.”

Kanae had experienced relationships based on superficial attraction, but she longed to find a mate with strong character and faith—a man who would be a godly husband and father. When Nick and Kanae met in the most amazing way, they realized that God—the ultimate Matchmaker– had used [ … ]