Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Releases: April 28, 2009

Secrets of a Prayer Warrior
Derek Prince
Chosen Books, April 2009
One of the most personal and powerful acts a Christian can engage in is prayer. Yet many believers struggle with their prayer lives, wondering whether they are really making a difference and how they can be more effective. Delving deep into the biblical understanding of prayer, beloved author and leader Derek Prince shows readers the secret to leading a dynamic prayer life, how to receive what they ask for, and how to align themselves with the heart of God. Practical strategies like fasting, biblical study, discipline, and consistency are extensively explained and illustrated by powerful testimonies. This is a life-changing book.

The Seven Faith Tribes
George Barna
BarnaBooks, April 2009
In this groundbreaking new book, acclaimed researcher and author George Barna identifies, describes, and analyzes seven major “faith tribes” in America—documenting who they are, what they believe, how they vote, and what they are passionate about. Barna provides helpful insight into how these groups influence our economy, politics, and values—and what their potential is to change America. Through his in-depth study of all seven tribes, Barna has identified potential strategies that faith tribes—if they choose to—could employ to facilitate healing and restoration in American culture, and cultures across the world. The seven tribes are as follows: Captive Christians, Casual Christians, Jews, Mormons, Pantheists, Muslims, and Skeptics.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Releases: April 23, 2009

Real Church
Larry Crabb
Thomas Nelson, April 2009
"Church as I know it usually leaves deep parts of me dormant, unawakened, and untouched. I don't much like going. So, what now?"
What's happening to the Church? Why are so many people who for decades have been faithful, steady churchgoers (and others who want to start going to church but can't seem to find one that meets their needs) losing interest in even attending church, let alone getting involved? What is fundamentally wrong with the "types" of churches (Seeker, Bible, Emergent, Liberal, Evangelical) that dot the religious landscape? Larry Crabb believes it is time to rethink the entire foundation and focus of what we know today as church -- everything we're doing and are wanting to see happen. In his most honest and vulnerable book to date, the author reveals his own struggles in this area and then offers a compelling vision of why God designed us to live in community with Him and others, and what the church he wants to be a part of looks like.

Hero: Becoming the Man She Desires
Fred and Jasen Stoeker
WaterBrook Press, April 2009
You already know it’s not easy being a single man in this culture today. But it is easy to be overwhelmed, to feel helpless and hopeless about living by God’s high standards for singles. It’s easy to cave in to the pressures of this sex-soaked world and accept defeat–blaming the media, the culture, even girlfriends who don’t know how tough it can be. But many men have read books like Every Young Man’s Battle and Tactics and have committed themselves to stand strong and pure in the power of God, and to go on the offensive against the onslaught of negative stereotypes. Some have suffered. Some have fallen. But many have experienced victory–and you can be among them. What makes those committed men so desirable to women? Be Her Hero is their motto. From best-selling author Fred Stoeker, along with his son Jasen, come the straightforward insight and real-life examples you’re looking for to help you take personal purity to its logical conclusion. Here’s straight truth with irrefutable evidence of what makes an ultimate hero to women who long for men of faith–men who stand by their convictions and make their world a safer and better place. Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Just Do Something
Kevin DeYoung
Moody Publishers, April 2009
Hyper-spiritual approaches to finding God's will don't work. It's time to try something new: Give up. Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through. Too often, he writes, God's people tinker around with churches, jobs, and relationships, worrying that they haven't found God's perfect will for their lives. Or—even worse—they do absolutely nothing, stuck in a frustrated state of paralyzed indecision, waiting . . . waiting . . . waiting for clear, direct, unmistakable direction. But God doesn't need to tell us what to do at each fork in the road. He's already revealed his plan for our lives: to love him with our whole hearts, to obey His Word, and after that, to do what we like. No need for hocus-pocus. No reason to be directionally challenged. Just do something.

The Noticer
Andy Andrews
Thomas Nelson, April 2009
A new story of common wisdom from the bestselling author of The Traveler's Gift. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. An elderly man with white hair, of indiscriminate age and race, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and leather flip flops carrying a battered old suitcase, Jones is a unique soul. Communicating what he calls "a little perspective," Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss. "Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely," he says. "Don't squander your words or your thoughts. Consider even the simplest action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure…and they matter forever." Jones speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what we can do about it. Like The Traveler's Gift, The Noticer is a unique narrative is a blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Gifted storyteller Andy Andrews helps us see how becoming a "noticer" just might change a person's life forever.

Kristian Stanfill
sixstepsrecords, April 2009
"I have had the privilege of working along side Kristian Stanfill for the last five years in settings where his unique voice and passionate heart for God's fame have emerged in beautiful ways," says sixstepsrecords founder and director Louie Giglio. An Atlanta native, Stanfill began playing music at 13, leading worship for his home church throughout high school. After graduating college in 2002, he started leading worship at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. It was there he met Louie Giglio, who, in the fall of 2004, asked Stanfill to lead worship for 7:22, a popular weekly young adult gathering Giglio established in 1995. In 2005, he became actively involved with the Passion movement, first leading a community group at Passion '05, a conference for university students, then as a lead worshipper at Passion '06. In 2008 he led at both Passion Regionals USA and on the Passion World Tour.

Mom Needs Chocolate
Debora M. Coty
Regal Books, March 2009
What's a rundown, run-ragged mom to do? Her spirit yearns to soar, but her feet---and faith---are stuck in the diaper-by-diaper mud of everyday responsibilities. How can she de-muck when she's chronically exhausted and relentlessly robbed of abundant life by the joy-sucking dully-funks? This offbeat glimpse of reality with a tangy twist pitched in to help busy mothers get in touch with rejuvenating joy and empowering faith! In mom-to-mom, smile-eliciting style, humorist Debora Coty doesn't lolly gag around the hot topics such as enduring marriage, embarrassing children, defeating depression and grossfully (er, gracefully) aging. Unique insights and outrageous coping tips are shared alongside sisterly hugs and warm encouragement. Mom Needs Chocolate is a veritable grocery list of mud-between-your-toes issues, tackled with witty frankness and wild abandon. Young-at-heart mothers of all ages will enjoy hilarious and heartwarming stories that apply Scripture to real life and remind them how to hear God's still, small voice about blathering kids, howling pets and snarling traffic!

Dear Mom: What Your Teenage Daughter Wants You to Know But Will Never Tell You
Melody Carlson
WaterBrook Press, March 2009
Raising a teen daughter can be like trying to chart a course underwater. You can drown in an ocean of one-word answers, defensive conversations, and unpredictable outbursts, and never get anywhere. Popular teen girls’ novelist Melody Carlson helps you cut through murky, deep, uncharted and seemingly unsafe waters so you can hear what your daughter’s really trying to tell you through her anger, silence, and mixed messages: “I need you, but I won’t admit it.” “I’m not as confident as I appear.” “I have friends. I need a mother.” Instead of focusing on outward behaviors, Dear Mom captures your daughter’s heart and soul. You can know your daughter’s hopes and fears, doubts and dreams about her identity, guys, friendships, and even you. And you can connect on a deeper, more intimate level that will carry both you and your daughter through the stormy seas of life.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Releases: April 16, 2009

Love is a Verb
Gary Chapman
Bethany House, April 2009

Dr. Gary Chapman has spent his life helping people communicate love more effectively and in turn build more satisfying and lasting relationships. His book The Five Love Languages is a regular on the New York Times Best Sellers list--even after being in print for fifteen years--and has made the term "love language" a part of everyday speech. Love Is a Verb takes his teaching to the next level. Rather than a typical marriage self-help book filled with lengthy explanations of principles and techniques, it is a compilation of true stories displaying love in action. These stories--written by everyday people--go straight to the hearts of readers, who often say that illustrations are the most effective parts of a book. Gary Chapman adds a "Love Lesson" to each story, showing readers how they can apply the same principles to their own relationships.

Nooma: Corner (v.23)
Rob Bell
Zondervan, April 2009
Can success separate us from those who could use our help? Can it create a wall between those with and those without? Maybe we are only really successful when we can actually see who could use our help. And maybe when we give to those we see, we are reminded of what we have been given.

Holy Available
Gary Thomas
Zondervan, April 2009
Gary Thomas issues a passionate manifesto of faith fully alive. The Beautiful Fight calls us beyond mere sin-avoidance to a robust holiness that radiates Christ through every aspect of our being. To see with Christ's eyes, feel with Christ's heart, and serve with Christ's hands-this is what Christianity is truly about.

10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe
Larry Osborne
Multnomah, April 2009
Larry Osborne confronts ten commonly held beliefs that are not only false, but dangerous. They're the urban legends of today's church: widely accepted, rarely questioned - and capable of sabotaging genuine faith. Some myths include: Faith can fix anything Christians shouldn't judge Ending up in a valley means you took a wrong turn Everythings happens for a reason A godly home guarantees good kids.

Spirituality for the Rest of Us
Larry Osborne
Multnomah, April 2009
Larry Osborne offers a fresh approach for those who deeply desire to know God more but are tired of adjusting to other people's definitions of spirituality. He shows readers how to leave old assumptions and limiting formulas behind, and discover their own path to a fulfilling relationship with God.

The Unexpected Adventure
Lee Strobel
Zondervan, April 2009
Are you missing one of the most exhilarating and rewarding dimensions of the Christian life? Bestselling authors Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg use compelling and humorous stories from their own lives in a devotional-style book that paints an irresistible picture of what personal evangelism can be—the fulfilling adventure of a lifetime!

House DVD
Ted Dekker
Nelson/Nelson Books, April 2009
Best selling authors Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti transform their supernatural novel into the thrilling film House. The film follows Jack (Reynaldo Rosales, TV’s "Medium”) and Stephanie Singleton (Heidi Dippold, HBO’s "The Sopranos”), a self-absorbed couple who get sidetracked on their way to a counseling session. After blowing out their tires, they find their way to the Wayside Inn, a ramshackle B &B where they meet an equally self-obsessed couple. The foursome quickly find themselves terrorized by a household of ghoulish servants and a masked lunatic, known as "The Tin Man” (Michael Madsen, Kill Bill: Vol. 2), who demands a dead body by sunrise. Their only way out, it seems, is to venture further in. But the deeper they go, the more horrifying the killer’s game and their night becomes. House is "a suspenseful psychological roller coaster ride” (MovieJungle.com) that will keep you pinned to the edge of your seat!

Battlefield of the Mind DVD
Joyce Meyer
Anchor Bay Entertainment
There's a war going on and your mind is the battlefield. If you're one of millions who suffer from worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger or condemnation, you are experiencing an attack in your mind. Overcoming negative thoughts that come against your mind brings freedom and peace. Find out how to recognize damaging thought patterns and stop them from influencing your life. In this powerful conference, Joyce Meyer guides you through an honest self-appraisal by sharing the trials, tragedies and ultimate victories of her own marriage, family and ministry, including the truth she learned about what she was thinking and feeling every step of the way. You'll gain insight into how Joyce won the battle in her own mind, and how you can as well. You'll also discover how to: Find peace and stop the brain-storm of mental activity. See the truth by thinking correctly Learn how to use spiritual weapons effectively. Overcome the 10 wilderness mentalities that hold you in harmful circumstances. Don't surrender to misery another day. Find out today what you can do to ensure your victory in the Battlefield of the Mind.

Because I Said So...
Dawn Meehan
GuidepostsBooks, April 2009
Written by the e-bay mom--who garnered 1 million hits to her blog in I month--with a huge dose of laugh-out-loud, real life examples, Because I said So affirms that parents are not alone in the daily chaos, struggles and joys of childrearing. Throughout the crazy tales and adventures, Dawn reminds the reader that parenting is fun, children should be enjoyed, and a sense of humor is a must. She takes the everyday and spins it into a humorous light and endearing mom-to-mom tone. The stories also communicate that it's ok if there's marker on the walls, it's ok if a mother doesn't get a shower today, or hasn't had time for a haircut in six months. Poignant and amusing, this is a refreshing look at the mistakes we all can make in child-rearing and a hilarious testimony to parents who don't have it all figured out.

Crazy Good Sex
Les Parrott
Zondervan, April 2009
The combustive force of a man’s sexual drive can incinerate his wedding vows and family commitments—or it can ignite a flame of passion within his marriage that brings mind-blowing pleasure to both partners. In this practical guidebook filled with straight talk about the issues that concern men, psychologist Dr. Les Parrott reveals the truth about six areas that can undermine a man’s confidence, damage his marriage, and leave him struggling unnecessarily with temptation. Parrott counters these false beliefs and uncovers the answers to:
• how much sex women want
• whether married sex can be truly satisfying and steamy
• the biological effects of pornography
• what it really takes to please a woman
• whether masturbation is harmful or helpful
• the controlling force behind a man’s sexual drive
Readers will learn how to change both their beliefs and their behavior, paving the way for a whole new dimension of sexual pleasure.

Praying For Those You Love
Jack Hayford
Chosen, April 2009
Few prayers are more fervent than the longing for loved ones to come into the kingdom. While this place of intercession is a privilege, explains Jack Hayford, it is also a place of challenge. It requires perseverance, boldness, and sometimes getting out of God's way! With biblical insight and personal examples, this beloved author and pastor provides the tools readers need to pray effectively for those they love. Regardless of the crisis--an unbelieving spouse, a wandering child, a friend at a crossroads--here is encouragement to move in rightful authority, press in with intercession and see God's answers come.

The Woman of Mystery
Hayley DiMarco
Tyndale, April 2009
Popular author Hayley DiMarco employs her unique skill of tapping into the deepest longings of her reader on a topic most women yearn for— romance. Women crave it in their relationships, their entertainment, and even their physical surroundings. In The Woman of Mystery, DiMarco teaches women of all ages the secret of true romance and how it can lead to a life of peace and self-confidence in and beyond dating and marriage. You—and others— will notice an amazing difference in your thoughts, actions, words, and even your soul when you bring some mystery into your life.

The Long Fall Back to Earth
Jars of Clay
Provident, April 2009
The acclaimed rock band is back with lyrics that explore real-life issues and day-to-day experiences of the beauty and tension of relationships---and why they're worth fighting for! Arena-swelling rhythms and '80s-influenced sound flavor this 14-track CD that includes the songs "Two Hands," "Closer," "Hero," "Headphones," "There Might Be a Light," "Scenic Route," "Forgive Me," and "Heaven."

A New Hallelujah DVD
Michael W. Smith
Provident, March 2009
Experience a night of powerful worship! Recorded live from Houston, Texas, this passionate DVD features all the songs from Michael W. Smith's A New Hallelujah CD, plus four new tracks, behind-the-scenes footage, the African Children's Choir, and more. Includes "Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone," "Love in His Right Hand," "Help Is on the Way," and "Healing Rain/Let It Rain."

Clutter-Free Christianity
Robert Jeffress
Waterbrook Press, March 2009
Through solid biblical teaching and practical insights, Dr. Jeffress points you toward a revitalized faith centered on becoming more like Jesus in action, attitude, and affection. You’ll learn how to partner with God in the process of spiritual transformation as you choose to follow Christ in forgiveness, obedience, trust, contentment, service, and prayer. Through a renewed focus on experiencing the kingdom of God right now, you’ll find your to-do list shrinking and your spiritual life deepening. It all comes with Living in the Heart of God.

Multi-Site Churches
Scott McConnell
B&H Books, March 2009
Based on research of forty congregations that have grown by opening one or more additional worship locations, Multi-Site Churches provides the next generation of believers interested in this same type of growth with practical insights about how and when to proceed. Common practices and mistakes to avoid are clearly explained, and first-person advice and anecdotes from leading multi-site church pastors offer an invaluable advantage for when your church considers whether or not to follow this path of ministry.

Missional Renaissance
Reggie McNeal
Jossey-Bass, February 2009
Reggie McNeal's bestseller The Present Future is the definitive work on the "missional movement," i.e., the widespread movement among Protestant churches to be less inwardly focused and more oriented toward the culture and community around them. In that book he asked the tough questions that churches needed to entertain to begin to think about who they are and what they are doing; in Missional Renaissance, he shows them the three significant shifts in their thinking and behavior that they need to make that will allow leaders to chart a course toward being missional: (1) from an internal to an external focus, ending the church as exclusive social club model; (2) from running programs and ministries to developing people as its core activity; and (3) from professional leadership to leadership that is shared by everyone in the community. With in-depth discussions of the "what" and the "how" of transitioning to being a missional church, readers will be equipped to move into what McNeal sees as the most viable future for Christianity. For all those thousands of churches who are asking about what to do next after reading The Present Future, Missional Renaissance will provide the answer.

Spilt Milk
Linda Vujnov
Spilt Milk is a collection of brief, hilarious stories and meditations mixed with biblically based applications that encourage women in their spiritual journey. Written by a Gen-X mom, these stories remind busy mothers that God's grace is always there in the messes and marvels of life, love, and being a mom.

Book Review: I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt

I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
by Vince Antonucci
Baker Books 2008
Submitted by Diane Busch

This is a great book for Christians needing a jolt out of complacency. What does being a Christian really mean? We cannot just call ourselves Christians, we must really put Christ first in our lives. We need to be hungry for God. We need to "abide in Christ", as if we were one person--not just have a relationship with him. We need to spend large quantities of time with him "face to face".

This books is written with much humor, and it is amazing how quickly Mr. Antonucci can go from silly to poignant.

He says it is impossible to love God and love people in a hurry. Jesus didn't hurry. "By walking with Him I learn to slow down and live at the speed of love". We cannot live our lives seeking our own happiness. As Christ followers, we must die to self and choose to serve others.

If we are truly living our lives as Christians ("little Christs") then we will touch the sick, love the unlovable, encourage the depressed, and help God's lost children find their way home.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Releases April 7, 2009

The Power to Change Today
Gregory Dickow
Faithwords, April 2009

How many people go through their days feeling dissatisfied or even feeling their lives have no purpose or meaning? Perhaps money, time or love seem in short supply. Or one doesn't have the body they'd like or the perfect job or the perfect mate. What kind of faith can give the strength and encouragement to break free from emotional and spiritual discontentment? In this debut work Pastor Dickow, founder of the popular Life Changers International Church brings a compelling vision for conquering negativity and achieving breakthroughs toward successful living. Through attaining a deep connection with God one can learn the keys to mastering destructive emotions and eradicating personal stress. Pastor Dickow offers readers 16 spirit-centered and practical secrets to create an invincible spirit and a satisfied life. Direct and heartfelt in its narrative, THE POWER TO CHANGE TODAY is more than a typical self-help book. It not only includes a full discussion of spiritual and common sense wisdom, but also reveals the story of Pastor Dickow's personal journey through a painful childhood, a crisis of faith and a miracle conversion.

Eight Little Faces
Kate Gosselin
Zondervan, April 2009

Featuring personal family photos from Jon and Kate Gosselin, parents of twins and sextuplets, this gift book includes comments from Kate on various themes including trust, perseverance, joy and encouragement. Also includes topical Scripture verses. Becoming the parents of eight children in less than four years has definitely presented both trials and blessings to Jon and Kate Gosselin. In this very personal close-up of their family life, Kate comments on the life lessons God has taught her. Featuring themes like trust, perseverance, joy, and encouragement, each two-page spread includes a photograph from the Gosselin family album, words from Kate, and topical Scripture verses. This book makes the perfect gift for any fan of the Gosselin’s television show Jon & Kate Plus 8, which is featured on TLC, as well as any mother struggling with the demands of small children.

Ino Records, April 2009

Celebrate a milestone anniversary with MercyMe! Commemorating 10 years of success, the band brings you this must-have collection of their greatest hits, including a new rendition of their breakthrough song, "I Can Only Imagine," recorded with the London Symphony. The companion DVD features live performances of "Here with Me," "You Reign," "Finally Home," and more. One CD and one DVD.

The Last Thing I Remember
Andrew Klavan
Thomas Nelson, April 2009

Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare. He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death. The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things--working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl's number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really? And more to the point . . . how is he going to get out of this room alive?

Boneman's Daughters
Ted Dekker
Hachette Book Group, April 2009

A Texas serial killer called BoneMan is on the loose, choosing young girls as his prey, His signature: myriad broken bones that torture and kill - but never puncture. Military intelligence officer Ryan Evans is married to his work; so much so that his wife and daughter have written him out of their lives. Sent to Fallujah and captured by insurgents, he is asked to kill children not unlike his own. The method: a meticulous, excruciating death by broken bones that his captor has forced him to learn. Returning home after the ordeal, a new crisis awaits. A serial killer is on the loose, and his method of killing is the same. Ryan becomes a prime suspect, which isn't even the worst of his problems: Ryan's daughter is BoneMan's latest desire. In a story that is devaststing in its skill and suspense, - Ted Dekker brings to bear his ability to terrify and compel in BONEMAN'S DAUGHTERS.

Fathered by God
John Eldredge
Thomas Nelson, March 2009

In this life-changing message from John Eldredge, readers discover a paradigm-shifting path to manhood. He unveils the six stages many men miss, stages they must complete in order to become the man God designed them to be. Inspiring, insightful, and challenging for men and the women in their lives, Fathered by God delivers the very thing men need, a way to forge companionship with God the Father while undergoing a transformation, releasing the fullness of life and the passion God designed them to live.

X2009: Christian Rock Hits
Various Artists
Bec Recordings, March 2009

The 2009 installment of the popular X series packs 19 songs and 18 videos from artists like tobyMac, Kutless, Sanctus Real, The Almost, Emery, Anberlin, and tons more! One CD and one DVD.

My Soul Sings: Live from Bogota, Columbia
Sparrow Records, March 2009

Known as forerunners of the modern worship movement and as one of the industry’s best live bands, Delirious? recorded its brand new live CD/DVD in front of 12,000 fans in Bogotá, Columbia, South America. Before taking a break from touring and recording at the end of this year, Delirious? takes its fans on a journey with My Soul Sings. The album showcases 14 songs and 16 newly filmed fan favorites spanning the band’s innovative 15-year history. It includes music from the early days of the band, like “History Maker” and the worldwide debut radio hit “Deeper” (King of Fools, 1997), and “Bliss” (Mezzamorphis, 1999), as well as songs from its “middle phase,” such as the radio hit “Rain Down” and the church service favorite “Majesty” from World Service (2004), and “God’s Romance” (Glo, 2001). The music of its later years on the CD/DVD focuses on Delirious?’s most critically acclaimed album to date, Kingdom of Comfort (2008), and includes “Kingdom of Comfort,” “Break The Silence” and the title track, “My Soul Sings.” These songs were written following the band’s new found commitment to social justice, sacrifice and compassionate ministry, and formed by recent tours that have taken Delirious? to some of the poorest countries on earth where the band members faced encounters with life that made poverty personal.

Connecting with God: A Teen Mania Devotional
Ron Luce
Regal Books, March 2009

Since 1986, Ron Luce and Teen Mania have held huge events reaching millions of teens with the message of living completely abandoned lives for Christ. With the hearts, minds and loyalties of today’s teens more at risk than ever, it is imperative to fill their minds with the things of God. In Let Your Voice Be Heard, Luce provides daily engaging readings on topics of interest to teens, including friends, entertainment, parents, school and more. For teens wanting a deeper relationship with Christ, as well as those searching for answers to life’s questions, here is a valuable tool that will lead them into a more passionate, deeply committed relationship with Christ that they can then speak out to the world.

Longing for God
Richard Foster
InterVarsity Press, March 2009

"Reading Longing for God is like stepping into an unfamiliar room and finding a wonderful group of vital and brilliant brothers and sisters in the way of Christ, reaching out to us from across the ages and from all kinds of personal characteristics and circumstances. We need to reach back and let them help us to know the fullness of life in the kingdom of God for who and where we are now. The spiritual impoverishment so widespread today among Christians is largely due to disconnection from 'the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.' The authors have opened doors into 'the unsearchable riches of Christ.' Let's go in."

Angel of Wrath
Bill Myers
Faithwords, March 2009

Thirteen-year-old Jazmin, her ex-Special Ops uncle Charlie, and former FBI agent Lisa are reunited in the second of the Voice of God series to stop a an assassin driven to murder members of a megachurch led by Lisa's brother. This assassin has drawn in a coven of teens toying with satanic practices to support his efforts. The naive youth engage in ceremonies that appear to usher in the death of each of his victims. When their rituals open a portal into the spiritual realm, a terrifying and mysterious entity crosses over to our world. The battle culminates with the capture of Lisa's father as the next target and a Black Mass requiring both their deaths as a sacrifice. The team will, once again, have to rely on all their wits, strength, and faith to survive in this action-packed, unearthly warfare.

Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century
Hank Hanegraaff
Thomas Nelson, March 2009

Nearly two decades ago Hank Hanegraaff's award-winning Christianity in Crisis alerted the world to the dangers of a cultic movement within Christianity that threatened to undermine the very foundation of biblical faith. But in the 21st century, there are new dangers-new teachers who threaten to do more damage than the last. These are not obscure teachers that Hanegraaff unmasks. We know their names. We have seen their faces, sat in their churches, and heard them shamelessly preach and promote the false pretexts of a give-to-get gospel. They are virtual rock stars who command the attention of presidential candidates and media moguls. Through make-believe miracles, urban legends, counterfeit Christs, and twisted theological reasoning, they peddle an occult brand of metaphysics that continues to shipwreck the faith of millions around the globe: "God cannot do anything in this earthly realm unless we give Him permission." "Keep saying it-'I have equality with God'-talk yourself into it." "Being poor is a sin." "The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews!" "You create your own world the same way God creates His. He speaks, and things happen; you speak, and they happen." Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century exposes darkness to light, pointing us back to a Christianity centered in Christ.

So Beautiful
Leonard Sweet
David C. Cook, March 2009

What is commonly known as DNA today was called "...so pretty!" when it was discovered years ago, and over the course of his ministry, author Leonard Sweet has discovered that this divine design also informs God's blueprint for the church. In this seminal work, he shares the woven strands that form the church: missional, relational, and incarnational. Sweet declares that this secret is So Beautiful! Using the poignant life of John Newton as a touchstone, Sweet calls for the re-union of these three essential, complementary strands of the Christian life. Far from a novel idea, Sweet shows how this structure is God's original intent and shares the simply beautiful design for His church.

The Furious Longing of God
Brennan Manning
David C. Cook, March 2009

Author of the best-selling Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning here illumines the most powerful force in the universe---God's intense love for his children. Just as there is no place you can hide from God, there are also no limits or boundaries to where his love will go to find, embrace, and carry you home!

What To Do on the Worst Day of Your Life
Brian Zahnd
Strang Communications, March 2009

There is no question that times are tough. People are losing jobs, losing their homes, even losing their faith. In What to do on The Worst Day of Your Life, pastor and author Brian Zahnd looks into the life of David to bring readers strength in the hope that they can overcome. Nobody knew adversity like King David. He had a call and an anointing on his life, and yet he had to find strength from the Lord daily to keep from losing what was rightfully his. Because he didn t quit in the time of trouble, he fulfilled his destiny. You will be delighted at the way Pastor Zahnd uses David s story to present ten principles that will build hope and encouragement in your heart. Let the Holy Spirit establish these ten truths in your spirit. With these ten principles at work in your life, you can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat even on the worst day of your life.

Live Revelations
Third Day
Sony Music, March 2009

This 2-disc, DVD and CD set features the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience with one of Christian music's most popular bands. Live Revelations is the most personal look at Third Day yet, following the band on tour. Experience, first-hand, life on the road like you've never seen it before! See what it's like to balance life on a tour bus with family relationships in the midst of constant commitments. Be a part of before-and-after show discussions that take place backstage in the dressing room and watch as the band readies for, and delivers, riveting live performances of songs from its latest album, Revelation. In addition, this 2-disc set features a CD with live audio performances of 8 songs recorded during the latest summer and fall tour dates.

Falling Up
Bec Records, March 2009

Falling Up continues to grow and expand upon their sound with Fangs, the group's fourth proper studio album and sixth overall release. With an aggressive mixture of instruments and electronics, the quintet's progressive leanings shine through on "Streams of Woe at Acheron," "Golden Arrows," "Goddess of the Dayspring, Am I," and more.

The End is Not the End
House of Heroes
Gotee Records, March 2009

The long-awaited follow-up to House of Heroes' major label debut, The End Is Not The End deftly walks the line between art and accessibility, with catchy and powerful hooks balancing thought provoking lyricism and progressive style. Sixteen tracks, including "In The Valley of the Dying Sun," "By Your Side," "Lose Control," and more.

Curb Records, March 2009

reNRGized includes eight dancefloor friendly remixes of your favorite pureNRG tunes! Enhanced CD also includes the music video for "Here We Go Again."