Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Releases

VeggieTales: Silly Little Thing Called Love DVD
Big Idea Productions, January 2010
Join the Veggies for a heartfelt celebration! This fun-filled collection features three classics about loving your neighbor, family, and God: The Story of Flibber-O-Loo, Duke and the Great Pie War, and Madame Blueberry; four music selections, including "The Bunny Song" and "The Cheeseburger Song"; plus the Veggie kids (voiced by real children) sharing their perspective on love. 80 minutes.

The Promise of Heaven
Randy Alcorn
Harvest House, January 2010
The Promise of Heaven
combines solid biblical teaching gleaned from Randy Alcorn’s best-selling book, Heaven, with the awe-inspiring photography of John MacMurray to create a gift book to be treasured. Everyone has questions about life after death. In The Promise of Heaven, Alcorn provides answers based on what God tells us about Heaven in the Bible.
  • Is Heaven a real place?
  • What happens to us when we die?
  • What will our new bodies be like?
  • Will all people get the same rewards in Heaven?
  • Will we know everything?
  • Will we have to work in Heaven?
  • How can we know we’re going to heaven?
Heaven is a place without fear, anger, sadness, or sickness. It’s also a place full of beauty, joy, activity, and rest. And it’s a place where those who are in Christ will live with the wonderful and fascinating God who created them. The Promise of Heaven gives readers a tantalizing glimpse at what could be their future home.

Tea With Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies' Table
Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis
Random House, January 2010
Traveling to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Damascus, and Jerusalem, best-selling author Dekker and Middle East expert Medearis sat down with Islamic leaders and terrorists to talk about fundamental Christian questions, including "Who is my neighbor?" and "Is it really possible to love my enemy?" They were surprised by the answers---and you will be, too! 288 pages, hardcover from Doubleday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Releases

My Valentine for Jesus
Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
Zondervan, December 2009
This Valentine holiday book for young children will help parents of children ages 2-5 share the meaning of love. The rhyming text and delightful illustrations tell the story of a child's love for his family and his special love for Jesus.

Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity
Mark Batterson
Multnomah Books, December 2009
What would your Christianity look like if it was stripped down to the simplest, rawest, purest faith possible? You would have more, not less. You would have the beginning of a new reformation—in your generation, your church, your own soul. You would have primal Christianity. This book is an invitation to become part of a reformation movement. It is an invitation to rediscover the compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy that turned the world upside down two thousand years ago. It is an invitation to be astonished again.

Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad About Feeling So Good?
Gary Thomas
Zondervan, October 2009
Discover the power of guilt-free pleasure. Pleasure is a good thing. It's a powerful force that feeds your relationships, helps protect your spiritual integrity, and brings delight to our heavenly Father. Pleasure isn't something Christians should fear, shun, or disparage; it's something we should learn to cultivate in our lives. Acclaimed spiritual growth author Gary Thomas will guide you into this way of life, which is foundational to a healthy relationship with God, with your loved ones, and with the world. He'll show you that, for the redeemed, pleasure can be a powerful and holy force for good, leading to increased worship, spiritual strength, and renewed relationships. In this invigorating and liberating book, Gary Thomas will energize, inspire, equip, and challenge you to experience life as God meant it to be: overflowing with pleasure.

Dug Down Deep
Joshua Harris
Multnomah Books, January 2010
How does God speak? What's so significant about Jesus being both human and divine? Who is the Holy Spirit? Whether you're just exploring Christianity or a veteran believer, Harris will help you unearth the timeless truths of Scripture; discover that theology isn't just for scholars; and deepen your relationship with Christ.

Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity
Miriam Adeney
IVP Books, December 2009
The twenty-first century has opened with a rapidly changing map of Christianity. While its influence is waning in some of its traditional Western strongholds, it is growing at a phenomenal pace in the global South. And yet this story has largely eluded the corporate news brokers of the West. Layered as it is with countless personal and corporate stories of remarkable faith and witness, it nevertheless lies ghostlike behind the newsprint and web pages of our print media, outside the camera's vision on the network evening news. Miriam Adeney has lived, traveled and ministered widely. She has walked with Christians in and from the far reaches of the globe. As she pulls back the veil on real Christians--their faith, their hardships, their triumphs and, yes, their failures--an inspiring and challenging story of a kingdom that knows no borders takes shape. This is a book that coaxes us out of our comfortable lives. It beckons us to expand our vision and experience of the possibilities and promise of a faith that continues to shape lives, communities and nations.

The Book of Ruth DVD
Pure Flix, December 2009
A biblical Cinderella story from the archives of the royal Jewish bloodline! Choosing to leave her homeland and follow her mother-in-law to Israel, a young widow, Ruth, captures the heart of wealthy Boaz. Their romance sets the stage for the kingship of Israel---and the coming of the Messiah. Stars Dan Haggerty, Lana Wood, and Carman. Dove-approved. Approx. 91 minutes.

Wow Gospel 2010 CD
Various Artists
Provident Music Distribution, January 2010
If you plan to buy only one gospel album this year, make it this one! Packed with songs from the top of the charts, this set glitters with stars. From Whitney Houston ("I Look to You") and Smokie Norful ("Justified") to Juanita Bynum ("I Pour My Love") and Kirk Franklin ("Declaration"), you'll rejoice heart and soul. Two CDs and one DVD.

Losing All CD
Day of Fire
Integrity Music, January 2010
Nashville based hard rockers Day Of Fire's latest release, LOSING ALL, features 12 ambitious,high energy rock songs. The band's 2004 self-titled debut release was Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed. To date the band has sold over 150,000 units and performed for over 750,000 devoted fans worldwide. They have previously toured with Creed, Nickelback, and recently hit the road with Daughtry,who also co-wrote three tracks on the new album. LOSING ALL is a powerful hard-rock record that showcases the growth of band professionally and personally. Day Of Fire is vocalist Josh Brown, guitarist Joe Pangallo, his brother Chris Pangallo on bass, and drummer Zach Simms.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Releases

Male Factor
Shaunti Feldhahn
Broadway Business, December 2009
Based on a nationwide survey and confidential interviews with more than three thousand men, bestselling author of For Women Only, Shaunti Feldhahn, has written a startling and unprecedented exploration of how men in the workplace tend to think, which even the most astute women might otherwise miss. In The Male Factor, Feldhahn investigates and quantifies the private thoughts that men almost never publicly reveal or admit to, but that every woman will want to know. Never before has an author gotten inside the hearts and minds of men in the workplace—from CEOs to managers, from lawyers to factory workers—to get a comprehensive and confidential picture of what men commonly think about their female colleagues, how they view flextime and equal compensation, what their expected “rules” of the workplace are, what managing emotion means, and how that lowcut top is perceived. Because the men in the surveys and interviews were guaranteed anonymity, they talk in a candid and uncensored way about their daily interactions with women bosses, employees, and colleagues, as well as what they see as the most common forces of friction and misunderstanding between men and women at work. Among the subjects The Male Factor tackles are:
• how men, with rare exception, view almost any emotional display as a sign that the person can no longer think clearly—as well as what they perceive to be “emotion” in the first place (it’s not just crying)
• why certain trendy clothes that women wear may create a career-sabotaging land mine in terms of how male colleagues perceive them
• the unintentional signals that can change a man’s perception of a woman from “assertive and competent” to “difficult”
Women will likely be surprised, even shocked, by these revelations. Some may find them challenging. Yet what they will gain is an invaluable understanding of how their male bosses, colleagues, subordinates, and customers react to a host of situations—as well as the ability to correct common misperceptions. The Male Factor offers a unique road map to what men in the workplace are thinking, allowing women the opportunity to decide for themselves how to use the insights Feldhahn reveals.

Life: A Teen Devotional
Melody Carlson
Revell, October 2009
Teens are already devoted followers of Melody Carlson's fiction series. From the thousands of personal letters she's received, she knows teens want more. They're looking for substance and spiritual guidance that can make a difference in their lives. Life is the next devotional for teens from Melody Carlson. It offers readers a structured way to encounter Jesus's words for their own personal inspiration and practical application. Carlson shares with her faithful readers the life-changing message of Jesus, giving them something to lean on in the turbulent time of adolescence. This 90-day devotional will strengthen teens' faith and help them study the Bible for all it's worth.

Simple Compassion
Keri Wyatt Kent
Zondervan, October 2009
This fifty-two-week devotional invites you to discover a life overflowing with creative compassion. Poignant stories will stir your heart and fresh insights from the Bible will move you to action. As you see how small steps lead to meaningful change, you'll discover ways you can make a difference in your neighborhood and in your world.

Dr. David Jeremiah
Multnomah, December 2009
People have long been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about angels are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth. As he's done so brilliantly for decades, respected Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah uses Scripture to unveil the remarkable truth about these agents of heaven and their role in our world and our lives. What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship? In this broad and thorough survey of Scripture, Dr. Jeremiah clearly and simply separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. His enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from prominent teachers, such as Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C. S. Lewis, and more. Dr. Jeremiah's down-to-earth style guides readers around the hype about angels and directly into the "substance of things unseen!" This fifty-two-week devotional invites you to discover a life overflowing with creative compassion. Poignant stories will stir your heart and fresh insights from the Bible will move you to action. As you see how small steps lead to meaningful change, you'll discover ways you can make a difference in your neighborhood and in your world.