Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Releases: July 30, 2008

Axiom: The Language of Leadership
Bill Hybels
Zondervan, August 2008

Winning leaders have winning points of view--succinct, practical, portable leadership proverbs that help them arbitrate decisions and rouse troops to action. In Axiom: The Language of Leadership, Willow Creek founding pastor Bill Hybels reveals eighty God-given, from-the-gut truths that continue to raise his game and his vision, thirty-plus years into his local-church leadership experience.

It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
Craig Groeschel
Zondervan, July 2008

Craig Groeschel, founder of (Edmond, OK), witnessed a powerful presence from God that he calls It at work in many churches. What is this transformational force? How can you and your ministry get--and keep--It? Combining in-your-face honesty with off-the-wall humor, this lively book tells how any believer can obtain It.

Discover the Trees Again: The Best of Falling Up
Falling Up
BEC Recordings, July 2008

Falling Up releases their first ever "Best Of" album featuring the hit songs "Moonlit," "Hotel Aquarium," "Contact" and many more. Discover the Trees Again encapsulates the best of all three albums the band has put out thus far.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Releases: July 23, 2008

Jerry Jenkins
Tyndale, July 2008

When a condemned man with nothing to lose meets one with nothing to gain, everyone washed by the endless ripples of that encounter will forever recall the day a little bit of heaven invaded a whole lot of hell. Brady Wayne Darby and Thomas Carey could hardly have been more disparate individuals. Yet when Darby, a no-account loser raised in a dingy suburban trailer park, encounters Carey, a weary man of God, an entire--state indeed, a nation--is affected. Embark on a wondrous journey where death, guilt, and despair are unfathomably trumped by rebirth, forgiveness, and hope.

Instructing a Child's Heart
Tedd & Margy Tripp
Shepherd Press, April 2008

From interaction with their peers to the instruction and correction that they receive at home, children interpret their experience from a worldview that seeks to answer their fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I exist for? Where can I find joy? Instructing a Child's Heart shows parents how to provide children with a consistent, persuasive, biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it.

Prayer Coach
James L. Nicodem
Shepherd Press, June 2008

While a strong prayer life is the desire of many believers, the reality is often difficult to come by. In Prayer Coach, James L. Nicodem begins with a frank discussion about the obstacles of prayer and then offers practical suggestions and basic principles on how a reader can strengthen his or her prayer life and bring depth to this spiritual discipline. As readers apply the methods taught in this book, they will learn to approach the throne of God with passion, fervency, and confidence.

Winning the Battle Within: Realistic Steps to Overcoming Sexual Strongholds
Neil T. Anderson
Harvest House, June 2008

In this newly updated and expanded version of Finding Freedom In a Sex-Obsessed World, Neil T. Anderson presents a clarifying, refreshing look at God's plan for sex. With biblical advice and compassion, Anderson points the way out of confusion and shame by exposing the guilt, anger, and fear involved in sexual struggles, leading Christians to able to enjoy and value God's marvelous design for their emotions and bodies.

Two Nations Under God: Why You Should Care About Israel
Tom Doyle
Broadman & Holman, July 2008

In Two Nations Under God, American missionary Tom Doyle presents compelling reasons why the U.S. should show concern for Israel. In three parts, Doyle offers a biblical and historical primer on Israel, facts about Islam and the spiritual roots behind the Middle East conflicts, and a call to action and prayer for the American church regarding the future of Israel. Readers will learn throughout that, despite the headlines, there is plenty of good news coming from the Middle East.

The Reason for God
Timothy Keller
Dutton, February 2008
For years, Tim Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced “doubts” skeptics bring to his Manhattan church. In The Reason for God, he dismantles each of them. Written with atheists, agnostics, and skeptics in mind, Keller also provides an intelligent platform on which true believers can stand their ground when bombarded by the backlash. Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations and reasoning, and even pop culture to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.

Manhood: Navigating the Mind Fields
Peter O. Pritchard
Bridge-Logos, June 2008
Today's Christian men are bombarded with sexual temptations from the Internet, television, movies, and the whole sensually explicit culture. In Manhood: Navigating the Mind Fields, Peter Pritchard offers thirty-one daily devotional readings for men seeking victory over temptation and concerned with producing lives of greater purity of thought and action. Each devotion includes study questions for reflection and application.

How You Are Changing
Jane Graver
Concordia House, July 2008
The changes that occur to preteens can be very traumatic. These books, the third in the Learning About Sex series, explains to 10- to 12-year-olds that these changes are normal and are a part of God's unfolding plan for their growth and development.
Age-appropriate language and graphics help the reader recognize gender differences as one of God's great gifts designed as part of His creation plan.

Third Day
Essential Records, July 2008
Third Day’s new album, Revelation, once again demonstrates the band’s ability to create music that captures the complexities of the Christian walk. With his heart on his sleeve, lead vocalist/principal songwriter Mac Powell gives voice to the emotions all believers feel as they attempt to reconcile everyday struggles with the hope born of salvation. Songs like "Run To You," "Born Again," "This Is Who I Am," and "Call My Name," are like musical stepping stones on the band’s personal journey.

A Dream to Believe In, Volume 2
Nicole C. Mullen
Word Records, July 2008
A Dream To Believe In, Vol. 2 is the second installment in Nicole’s thematic trilogy. With a very contemporary pop sound, reminiscent of artists like Beyonce Knowles and Janet Jackson, songs on this new record were inspired by many great moments in our national history that have significant importance to our faith walk with God. Includes "Work with Me (Dance)," "Brainwash," and "Still a Dream."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Releases: July 16, 2008

The Winners Manual
Jim Tressel with Chris Fabry
Tyndale, July 2008

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel shares his "Big Ten" fundamentals for success: Attitude, Discipline, Faith, Handling Adversity & Success, Excellence, Love, Toughness, Responsibility, Team, and Hope. Peppered with personal stories from Tressel's storied coaching career, the book shares the fundamental lessons that he has been imparting to his players for the past 20 years. A perfect blend of football stories, spiritual insights, motivational reading, and practical application, The Winner's Manual provides an inside look at the core philosophy that has served as the foundation for one of the most successful college football programs of all time. Includes 8 pages of color photos and a foreword from NYT best-selling author John Maxwell.

Love as a Way of Life
Gary Chapman
WaterBrook, July 2008

In his first major work since the publication of his phenomenal bestseller The Five Love Languages, Dr. Chapman delivers a powerful plan for whole-life happiness. Using real-life anecdotes, he examines the obstacles and misunderstandings that undermine relationships, and provides quizzes and exercises to help readers evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses. Rich in wisdom and inspiration, Love as a Way of Life is an invaluable guide to creating fulfilling and satisfying relationships and reaping the joys of living a love-driven life.

By Reason of Insanity
Randy Singer
Tyndale, April 2008

After a series of murders, newspaper reporter Catherine O'Rourke experiences disturbing dreams that detail each crime. In an effort to aid the investigation, she shares them with a detective working on the case. Catherine's intimate knowledge of the crimes immediately makes her a prime suspect. When evidence corroborates her guilt, she's arrested and charged with murder. Catherine turns to Quinn Newberg, a high-priced specialist in the insanity defense. Quinn doesn't believe that Catherine's dreams are anything other than the result of a fractured personality disorder. To win, or even survive, Quinn will need more than his famed legal maneuvering and biting skepticism. On this case, he needs a miracle.

Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story
Frank Ball
Wine Press, July 2008

For two thousand years, people have wondered, questioned and debated the life of the man we call Jesus. Some of the details of Jesus' life were recorded by four of his closest followers. Each account in written from a different perspective, and only on of the four tells the events n chronological order. Therefore, for centuries, the account have been told in out-of-order sequence. Eyewitness compiles the information from the Gospels and hundreds of other Bible verses into one chronological story.

Tomato Sawyer & Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue
Big Idea, July 2008

Meet Tomato Sawyer & Huckleberry Larry - two friends homesteading along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Tom & Huck look forward to owning their own land, building a home, and opening Huck's Jerkey Land and Tom's Tax Service. But everything changes when they meet a mysterious stranger who is on the run and trying to find his mama. Will Huck & Tom risk losing all they've worked for in order to help someone they hardly know? Running Time: 45 minutes Format: DVD

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Operation Worship Bible

Give the gift that matters most, in the place it's needed most.

Operation Worship Bible is a nationwide initiative, sponsored by Tynale House Publishers, to provide 100,000 Bibles to military personnel deployed in war zones and other duties across the globe, in 100 days, beginning June 1.

Regardless of your feelings on the war, please join us in supporting those who volunteered to protect us. Here's how:

* Purchase a special NLT Bible from the bookstore for $5
* Write a message inside (such as an inspiring Scripture or personal note of encouragement, commendation or appreciation)
* Return the Bible to RiverTree Bookstore and we will ship it to our troops overseas.

New Releases: July 9, 2008

The Man Whisper
Rick Johnson
Revell, May 2008
A man whisperer is a woman who can use her subtle powers of persuasion to help her man become his very best. With humor and plainspoken common sense, Johnson helps women deal creatively with those annoying little habits while focusing on building his strong points. He also shows women why some tactics just don't work. Any woman who wants her marriage to be stronger will benefit from this enlightening book.
Holy Fools: Following Jesus with Reckless Abandon
Mathew Woodley
SaltRiver, June 2008
If your spiritual life has become bland, safe, and completely flat, it may be time to look to some unlikely mentors: a band of "holy fools" who are unabashedly ragged, adventurous, and sold out for Christ. Pastor Mathew Woodley offers a fresh view of "holy folly," an ancient spiritual approach that combines humor, irony, spiritual discipline, surprise, radical compassion, and passionate faith. Unlike many of us, the holy fools of old were gutsy enough to push against the grain of society and the church--even to the point of appearing extreme and foolish. But God also used them to ignite the church to follow Jesus and bring His love to the margins of society--and he can use you in the same way.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Releases: July 2, 2008

Ryan Dobson & Tobin Heim
Tyndale, June 2008
We all feel the crash and burn of this broken world at some point in our lives, whether from situations out of our control, from paths that we've chosen, or even as a result of our obedience to God. Ryan Dobson and Toben Heim know what it is to be wrecked, but they also know that being wrecked is not the end of the story. They have seen firsthand how God can take the mangled pieces of our lives and transform them into something beyond what we could fathom. Through their honest stories and insights into Scripture, you will find that your life doesn't have to be wrecked forever. But it can be wrecked for good.

You Don't Have to Cross the Ocean to Reach the World
David Boyd
Chosen, June 2008

The key to reaching the nations with the gospel is to first reach the stranger who dwells among us. With this strategic principle, David Boyd set out to plant a church that focused on identifying and equipping bicultural people to share God's love across borders of race, culture, and language. With a firm biblical foundation, compelling case studies, true stories, and practical suggestions for implementation, this is the ideal book for everyone who wants to reach the world for Christ by starting at their own front door.

Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups
Nelson Searcy & Kerrick Thomas
Regal, June 2008

Church leaders want to know how to make small groups work for their church communities, yet a quick look around shows that while small groups are all the rage, much of the time they create more problems than they solve. Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas show how church leaders can implement a life-changing small-group ministry that gets the maximum number of people involved and solves many of the important (yet irritating) problems facing churches of all sizes.

The Presence of a Hidden God
D. James Kennedy & Jerry Newcombe
Chosen, June 2008

Completed just before his untimely passing, beloved pastor and teacher Dr. D. James Kennedy and co-author Jerry Newcombe provide the biblical assurance and helpful insight you’re seeking to build your faith in the living God. Dr. Kennedy knew–as you will soon discover–that if we seek God with all our hearts, we will find Him indeed.

Crazy Love
Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski
David C. Cook, June 2008

Pastor Francis Chan, creator of, wants everyone to come to terms with the impossible, relentless, crazy love of God. God doesn't want your begrudging leftovers or even your good intentions. He wants you--heart, soul, and mind. That's why you are here. That's why we're all here. Don't miss it.

Dating: A Pocket Bible Study & Journal
Hayley DiMarco
Revell, June 2008

To date or not to date . . . that is the question. Let's face it. Dating can be fun but at the same time it's full of potential heartache. This Pocket Bible Study & Journal lets you feed yourself the answers to the tough questions on relationships with the opposite sex, including: deciding whether dating or waiting is best for you, keeping your thoughts and actions pure, being honest without sharing too much, finding "The One." If you are thinking about dating, are ready to date, or are already dating, this study is for you!

Between Us Girls: Fun Talk About Faith, Friends, & Family
Vicki Courtney
Broadman & Holman, June 2008

This all-new full-color and fun-paced magabook encourages girls between the ages of eight and twelve to grow spiritually and socially in every area of life. Young readers will love the engaging articles, cool quizzes and games, and fashionable photos throughout. Parents will be excited about having a resource that wisely encourages girls to enjoy being their age rather than bowing to modern culture’s temptations to grow up too fast.

You Can Do It!
Tony Dungy
Little Simon, June 2008

Linden, is a third grader who is having a bad day at school. Linden is the youngest of the Dungy family and the least motivated because he hasn't found "it." In a family where everyone seems to have found their special talent, all Linden knows is that he wants to make people happy. With encouragement from his parents, a helping hand from his older brother Tony, and inspiration from God, Linden learns that if he dreams big and has faith, he can do anything!

To Know That You're Alive
BEC Recordings, May2008

Birthed out of front man Jon Micah Sumrall's ski accident--and resulting damage to hist shoulder, this album's unusual muse resulted in one of the band's most immediate, expressive and aggressive discs to date. Includes "Complete," "The Feeling" and "Promise You."