Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Releases: December 30, 2008

For The Tough Times
Max Lucado
Thomas Nelson, December 2008

Psalm 11:3 tells us, "When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?" Isn't David's question ours? When jobs are lost, marriages fall apart, and loved ones die, what are we to do? David answers his own question with a declaration. "The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord sits on his throne in heaven." The point is unmistakable: God is undeterred by our problems. People are hurting, but he is there. He is still in control. When unspeakable tragedies and incomprehensible losses occur, we are saddened, angry, even vengeful. And we are full of questions. Why would God allow this atrocity? How can God bring good from such sadness? How should I pray in this time of great suffering? In this, you'll search for answers while requesting God's peace and understanding.

Eat This And Live!
Don Colbert, MD
Siloam, December 2008

Improve your health and extend your days with simple food choices. Today we have an abundance of options when it comes to the food we eat. But all foods are not created equal. In fact, some food should not even be labeled food but rather "consumable product" or "edible, but void nourishment." In Eat This and Live!, Dr. Colbert provides a road map to help you navigate this often treacherous territory. Based on the key principles for healthy eating, this practical guidebook to food includes his food and restaurant choices, along with helpful tips, charts, and nutrition information that will make it easier for you to stay healthy and lose weight. Now is the time to build the rest of your life on this wonderful pillar of health--living food!

The One-Year Women's Friendship Devotional
Tyndale, September 2008

Are you looking for a devotional to share with a friend? This devotional is designed specifically to encourage friendships among women while deepening connection to God and His word. It can also be used individually. At the end of each week, you'll find questions for reflection and discussion to stimulate personal growth and cultivate deeper relationships with other women. Each week focuses on a specific topic such as avoiding the comparison trap, cultivating a joy-filled life, handling common stress, and wading through grief.

The One-Year Yellow Ribbon Devotional
Tyndale, September 2008

Take a stand and pray for those who've taken a stand for your freedoms! Do you want to support the men and women in uniform but don't know how? Are you or someone you love involved in the armed forces or serving our country? Are the battles of life getting the better of you? During a time of war, while so many people are affected by the absence of loved ones who leave home and serve in distant countries, those left behind often struggle to find contentment and hope. This devotional will meet the needs of these individuals by helping them grow close to God in prayer; it will bless anyone facing the challenge of difficult circumstances; and it will encourage us all to stand in prayer for those taking a stand for our freedoms.

Living Rich for Less
Ellie Kay
WaterBrook Press, December 2008

With lively humor, proven know-how, and practical principles for financial health, this book helps you stretch your dollars to realize the lifestyle of your dreams. Ellie Kay's examples show you simple steps to give, save, and spend smart. Her three main principles are undergirded by dozens of effective rules and hundreds of Cha Ching Factor tips that keep or put money in your pocket. Ellie knows what it's like to be financially-strapped. She went, within 2 1/2 years, from being $40,000 in debt to being completely debt-free; within 15 years she shares how she was able to pay cash for 11 different cars, give away 3 of those cars, but two 5-bedroom houses, take wonderful vacations, and support more than 30 non-profit organizations, giving away more than $100,000. Isn't that the rich life you want?

The Power of Watching and Praying
Destiny Image, January 2009

We cannot afford to be prayerless. The victories we need to win will not be won with fleshly tickling of the five senses or programs that touch the mind but not the soul. Prayer is the single most important ministry of the church, yet much of today's church is powerless because it is prayerless. The Lord has issued a renewed call to corporate fasting and intercessory prayer for the deliverance and healing of the nations in preparation for His return. Such a call requires sacrifice, complete surrender to Christ and dogged willingness to engage the enemy on the field of battle. Answering the call to battle is not for the faint of heart, but for those who truly want to make a difference for the Kingdom of God in their world.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Releases: December 17, 2008

Wisdom For Each Day
Billy Graham
Thomas Nelson, December 2008

One of the best ways to grow closer to God is to spend time alone with Him--every day. Reading His Word, meditating on its truth, and coming to Him in prayer will help you keep your priorities straight, and the focus of your heart and mind on God's love and will for your life. May these devotionals strengthen you and give you wisdom to live boldly for Christ and grow stronger in your faith than ever before.

365 Daily Whispers of Wisdom for Young Women: A Year Of Inspirational Readings
Barbour, January 2009

You're just beginning the journey of adulthood. Education, career, friendships, family, marriage, and kids--one or all of the above may be in your life. As you lay the foundation for your future, how will you make time to grow in your relationship with your heavenly Father? This daily devotional is the perfect way to jump-start your spiritual life. Whether you're in a new place, experiencing a new life, or rooted firmly in a daily routine, this book will refresh your spirit and remind you that you aren't alone on the journey.

365 Daily Whispers for Busy Women: A Year Of Inspirational Readings
Barbour, December 2008

Schedules fill quickly, to-do lists stretch for miles. Whether it's career, kids and family, volunteering, homemaking, or all of the above, it's sometimes hard to find the time to focus on our most important relationship--with our heavenly Father. This daily devotional is the perfect way to jump-start your spiritual life and will meet you right where you are today. Whether you're experiencing an I've-got-everything-under-control day or a frazzled I'll-never-get-anything done day, this book will remind you you're not alone in this journey.

Amy Lyles Wilson
Fresh Air Books, October 2008

Enhance your capacity to care...by cultivating a compassionate heart. Chances are, someone in your midst could use a little of your time, a bit of your spirit. A friend or a neighbor, a coworker of a family member, maybe even a stranger could benefit from someone's reaching out to them. This little book encourages you to adopt compassion as a way of life instead of saving it for special occasions. The essays provide for doing just that, be it tending injured animals or bearing another's burdens.

Amy Lyles Wilson
Fresh Air Books, October 2008

Go beyond merely forgiving and forgetting...and discover how to make peace with your past. Like many of you, I've been dealt a few cards I do not think I deserved. In response, I used to think forgiving and forgetting meant I had to act like I had never been wronged. The writers in this collection tell me otherwise. Forgiving, they say, does not require pretending you were never hurt. It does mean, however, that you'll need to make peace with your past in order to embrace the future.

Fresh Grounded Faith: Devotions To Awaken Your Spirit
Jennifer Rothschild
Harvest House, December 2008

Your morning coffee is fresh and satisfying...how about your faith? The God of the Bible is the God of fresh things. When you are grounded, you are rooted. God's Spirit provides insights from God's Word that you can trust and depend on regardless of what you face, regardless of what you may need to endure. As you drink in these daily thoughts and write down the responses brewing inside you, your faith will become richer and more satisfying, and the pleasing aroma will be a treat for everyone you meet.

The Maker's Diet for Weight Loss
Jordan S. Rubin
Siloam, January 2009

Jordan Rubin takes his nutritional principles to a whole new level in this 16-week program designed to help you finally achieve your weight-loss goals. By addressing your whole person, body, mind, emotions, and spirit, this will help you reach a weight that makes you look good and feel good about yourself. With solid medical advice from Bernard Bulwer, MD, this book presents a holistic approach to weight loss that will change your life forever.

The Bare Bones Bible Handbook For Teens
Jim George
Harvest House, December 2008

God wrote the bible so that you could get to know Him and live a better life. But the Bible is a big book filled with lots of information. How can you ever get to know it and use it in your everyday life? That's what this book is all about. In just 10 minutes you can discover the key points of any book of the Bible. You'll learn the big idea of each book, the main people and events, and the important lessons for personal and spiritual growth. You'll be amazed at how much the Bible has to say about the things that matter most to you--your happiness, friends and family, home and school, and goals for the future.

The Centurion's Wife
Davis Bunn & Janette Oke
Bethany House, January 2009

When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed's striking countenance and position, Leah deems life as a centurion's wife a fate worse than death. Head of the garrison near Galilee, Alban has ambitions that could one day see him at the seat of power, in Rome itself. Eager to prove himself, he takes on the assignment of a lifetime, one that will put his career, his beliefs, and his very life at risk. But when the death and missing body of an obscure rabbi compel Leah and Alban to search for answers, what they discover changes everything.

Earth Gospel
Sam Hamilton-Poore
Upper Room Books, January 2009

Earth Gospel offers four weeks of prayer, meditation with scripture, and prayerful reflection. Join with sages across time who contemplate the beauty and delicate nature of our home: planet Earth. Conveniently sized to tuck into a backpack for a field expedition or as a companion to your Bible during prayer time, Earth Gospel will deepen your appreciation and commitment to creation.

Daily Seeds From Women Who Walk In Faith
Lustrea, Schmidt, & Neff
Moody Publishers, October 2008

Are you sensing God wants to do something new in your life? Then treat yourself to a daily seed of encouragement and see how God will grow it. Written by more than 70 contributors from an array of life experiences, these selections will meet you on the paths you walk--of busyness, loneliness, search for purpose, financial stress, envy, loss, changing friendships, and many others. Learn from women like yourself how you can wait on God for His perfect gifts, honor Him with your work, savor the simple pleasures He gives, exercise your imagination, and , as one writer puts it, "keep your eyes on the Instructor of the dance of life." You'll plant spiritual seeds that yield a fresher, more interesting walk with the Lord.

Look Unto Me: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
Jim Reimann
Zondervan, October 2008

Charles Spurgeon has encouraged generations of Christians to discover a richer commitment to Christ. This book offers spiritual insight and timeless wisdom from one of the greatest preachers of all time. This devotional, drawn from Spurgeon's Morning by Morning, has now been updated in today's language and includes contemporary commentary by Jim Reimann. With precise NIV text, the timeless message of the original devotions flows unhindered through these pages, lending guidance and hope to a new generation of believers.

The Prayer That Makes God Smile
Stormie Omartian
Harvest House, January 2009

You make God happy. And He is happiest when you talk to Him...but there is one prayer that always makes God smile. God loves you so much, and He always listens when you talk to Him. You can tell Him anything. You can share how you feel. You can ask Him for whatever you need. You can thank Him for His awesome gifts. And when you pray the prayer that makes you a part of God's family forever, you'll know that God is smiling.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Releases: December 3, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (DVD)
Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, December 2008

The magical world of C.S. Lewis' beloved fantasy comes to life once again in Prince Caspian, the second installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series. Join Peter, Susan, Edmund, Lucy, the mighty Aslan, friendly new creatures and Prince Caspian as they lead the Narnians on a remarkable journey to restore peace and glory to their enchanted land. Continuing the adventure of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe with more magic and a brand-new hero, Prince Caspian is a triumph of imagination, courage, love, joy and humor your whole family will want to watch again and again.

Your Best Life Begins Each Morning
Joel Osteen
Faith Words, December 2008

The key to living your best life starts with how you approach every new day of the year. You can't do anything about the past, and you don't know what the future holds. But when you wake up in the morning, you can make up your mind to do your best to enjoy your day. These daily devotions from inspirational leader Joel Osteen will give you a way to strive to go higher, rise above obstacles, and live in health, abundance, and victory!

How To Be Found By The Man You've Been Looking For
Michelle McKinney Hammond
Harvest House, December 2008

Dynamic and down-to-earth relationship expert Hammond shares from her heart to yours on wanting and finding a special man to spend your life with. She's packed this hands-on, straightforward book with powerful insights, wisdom born of experience, and practical advice to help you attract, evaluate, communicate with, and love your future mate. She encourages you to take your life off hold and step forward in faith, gain a better understanding of men, get ready for love, let go of dead-end relationships, and be ready to follow God's lead. In her candid style, she uses the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz to reveal that finding a life partner can be a vibrant time of embracing where you are and looking forward to what God is going to do.

Simple Secrets Couples Should Know
Bob & Emilie Barnes
Harvest House, December 2008

What's the secret to a lasting, loving marriage? The first big secret is a God-centered relationship that leads to a marriage of unity, forgiveness, security, unconditional love, joy, and longevity. Engaging stories, illustrations, and practical advice will help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own union as you discover more secrets. Whether you're about to say "I do" or heading for an anniversary milestone, this gathering of encouragement and biblical principles will help you build a marriage that is a light to your family.

Lord, Teach Me To Study The Bible In 28 Days
Kay Arthur
Harvest House, December 2008

Do you long for a greater, more personal understanding of God and His Word? With inductive study, God Himself becomes your teacher as you learn how to "hang on His every word" and discover truth for yourself. It's life-changing! Kay takes you through this step-by-step, interactive guide into the fascinating world of Bible study so you can understand what you're reading, recognize words, discover points, discern God's purpose, and apply His principles to every facet of your life. Your Bible reading time will become an exciting step forward in your spiritual walk.