Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Releases: February 4, 2009

Turn Up The Heat
Dr. Kevin Leman
Revell, March 2009

Are you looking for the intense passion you've always craved but never thought was possible? Do you see sex as only another tedious chore to perform? Whether you're a newlywed and have great expectations, or you've meandered aimlessly into predictable sex, Turn Up the Heat is just what the doctor ordered. One of God's greatest gifts is the pleasure and privilege of sex within marriage. Dr. Kevin Leman knows even married people have lots of questions about sex, but sometimes they feel too embarrassed to ask or don't know where to turn for the best answers. For all those questions readers couldn't imagine asking their pastor or even their close friends, Dr. Leman is ready with open ears and expert advice. Often asked about sex and intimacy as he speaks and travels, he bets that some of those questions are the ones readers want answered too. With his trademark humor and wit, he offers frank answers to the burning questions all of us have. Readers will not only get the answers they crave but plenty of the hearty chuckles they expect from Leman.

I Do Again
Cheryl & Jeff Scruggs
Waterbrook Press, December 2008

An attractive young couple, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs seemed to have it all: professional success, adorable twin daughters and a good marriage. But their picture-perfect image concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul level. Ten disappointing years of marriage, seven painful years of divorce, and one remarkable, true-life story of a love rescued by God. After years of frustration, Cheryl's longing for emotional fulfillment led to an affair and finally, a divorce that left Jeff utterly devastated and seething with anger. Yet, incredibly, seven years later, Jeff and Cheryl once again stood at the altar, promising to love, honor and cherish one another. A new and vibrant love had risen out of the ashes of this family's pain. I Do Again reveals the hidden secrets that slowly destroyed this marriage and the spiritual awakening that opened the way to healing. A riveting account of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait.

Follow You (CD)
Hillsong Kids: Live Worship
Integrity Music, January 2009

Hillsong Kids presents Follow You, the live worship album that will capture the heart of every child and encourage them to be devoted to Jesus. This CD includes Hillsong favorites such as Take It All plus fresh new songs written specifically for children that will inspire them to follow Jesus.

WOW: Gospel 2009 (CD)
Verity, January 2009
WOW Gospel 2009 continues in the trend of raising the bar for Gospel compilations each and every year. Chock-full of the songs that reigned on Gospel radio's airwaves for the past 12 months, this double disc set is bursting at the seams with hits, including music from Marvin Sapp, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Byron Cage, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Yolanda Adams and many others.

Kari Jobe (CD)
Kari Jobe
Integrity Music, February 2009

A featured worship leader on Gateway Worship projects, Living for You and Wake Up the World, Kari Jobe releases her self-titled debut through Gateway Create Publishing and Integrity Music in February. Produced by Ed Cash, the album contains a collection of worship pop/folk songs written by Kari Jobe as well as co-writes with worship leaders/songwriters Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Mia Fieldes, Ed Cash and Klaus Kuehn.

The Echo Within
Robert Benson
Waterbrook Press, January 2009

The Echo Within is Robert's illuminating answer to the question of being called to a certain field of work, with a thoughtful, honest, profoundly-affecting account of his own search and failings and eventual discovery of the "Yes" he describes-what it is one truly is called to do and be. Written out of a lifelong search and response to the callings on his life, "The Echo Within" explores how to love the work you do, ways to sense God's pleasure in your pursuits, whether you fall into your vocation as a destiny or you chart that course, and how to begin living with added dimensions of meaning and purpose. Through the ups and downs of the changes inherent in family life, professional choice, and spiritual experience, Robert shares with wisdom, humor, and heart what he's learned-and how you can discover your calling too.

The Love As A Way Of Life Devotional
Chapman & Stanford
Waterbrook Press, October 2008

To become a person who consistently loves others, you first need to be a loving person. In this companion devotional to Love As a Way of Life, you’ll find inspiration for letting love guide the way you respond to others in every situation. The daily readings capture God’s wisdom and direction in practicing the seven traits of a loving person. Compelling stories and biblical illustrations will show you how to live out the characteristics of kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty. These ninety short devotionals–perfect for reading on your own, with your spouse, or with a friend over coffee–deliver the inspiration and encouragement you need to make love a lasting habit. Whatever your love language, you’ll enjoy richer, more rewarding relationships as you embark on an exciting daily adventure in loving others.

Hannah Grace
Sharlene MacLaren
Whitaker House, January 2009

Hannah Grace, the eldest of Jacob Kane’s three daughters, is feisty and strong-willed, yet practical. Between working at her father’s general store and courting the town’s physician, Hannah has her life planned out in an orderly, meaningful way. Her carefully planned life is turned upside down, however, with the arrival of a new town sheriff. Determined to ignore the newcomer's handsome looks, Hannah is drawn to him nonetheless by a runaway orphan boy named Jesse. While Hannah works to befriend the shy vagabond, God works in her heart. What plans does He have in store for this young woman who thought she had it all together?

Walking With God: A Small Group Study (DVD)
John Eldredge
Thomas Nelson, April 2008

Let John Eldredge guide your group into a deeper walk with God. In the book Walking with God, John Eldredge shows us what an intimate relationship with God looks like day to day. God longs to speak, and it is our right and privilege to hear His voice. Yet, somehow, the looming discontent of most Christians is a lack of conversational intimacy with God. In this Walking with God DVD, which acts as a companion to the book, John takes us into an even deeper intimacy with God. In 12 messages that embellish key sections of the book, John offers insights for deepening our bond with God. He speaks directly to your small group with suggestions for discussion and ways to help one another on this journey. Join him as he guides us through a journey that leads to an intense conversation with our Creator. The Walking with God DVD once again proves that walking intimately with Him is a normal and essential part of the Christian life.

What Jesus Said
Stormie Omartian
Harvest House, February 2009

Imagine having the words that Jesus spoke while He was here on earth in one place. And not only that, but arranged by subject for ease of use. What Jesus Said is that resource. Jesus’ words—commonly published in red in the Bible—are now available in a slim volume readers can carry in purse or pocket. When they or someone they know needs a bit of encouragement, comfort, or faith, or words of wisdom from a variety of other topics, they are right at hand. The reader can simply flip to the subject and see what Jesus said. Also included is an introduction by compiler and bestselling author Stormie Omartian, sharing her love for the Bible and the words of Jesus recorded in it. With text from the popular NIV, this little book has a big message to share: the very things Jesus felt the world needed to hear. Perfect for everyday use, as a gift to anyone who is hurting, or as a resource for women’s groups, men’s groups, youth groups, or Bible studies.

NIV New Testament: The Noteworthy Collection
Zondervan, January 2009

Bible users, take note! With its unique design featuring blank right-hand pages, this New Testament offers plenty of room for note taking. An accordion pocket inside provides added storage for loose notes. And an elastic band provides closure so you can keep everything securely in place. Have you ever crammed notes in the tiny margins of your Bible only to go back later and not be able to read what you wrote? Are you reluctant to write in your Bible because there simply isn’t enough space to record everything you want to? With the NoteWorthy New Testament, you’ll never experience these challenges again.

Prayers of Comfort for Those Who Hurt
Hope Lyda
Harvest House, January 2009

If you’ve ever sat down to write a get–well card or a “I hope you feel better” note to someone you care about yet can’t come up with the words, you’re not alone. It’s also hard to talk to God when we face our own difficulties. What shall we pray for? What can we say? How can we seek direction and find hope? Hope Lyda’s heartfelt prayers and inspiring verses from Scripture make this collection of comfort an ideal gift for those traveling through the dark times of life as well as for those who need their own daily dose of encouragement amid life’s pressures and problems. The soothing watercolor art of award–winning painter Annie LaPoint echoes the message of hope and healing through the trials and tribulations of this world. Ideal for those times when you don’t know what to say or for when you need a touch of empathy and compassion to feed your own soul
The NoteWorthy New Testament is designed specifically for Bible readers who need and want more space to journal and take notes as they read and study God’s Word. Its revolutionary new format provides ample note-taking space—an entire blank page for every page of Scripture.

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