Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Releases

The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn't Exist
Craig Groeschel
Zondervan, March 2010
The more I looked, the more I found Christian Atheists everywhere.' Former Christian Atheist Craig Groeschel knows his subject all too well. After over a decade of successful ministry, he had to make a painful self admission: although he believed in God, he was leading his church like God didn't exist. To Christians and non-Christians alike, to the churched and the unchurched, the journey leading up to Groeschel's admission and the journey that follows---from his family and his upbringing to the lackluster and even diametrically opposed expressions of faith he encountered---will look and sound like the story of their own lives. Now the founding and senior pastor of the multicampus, pace-setting LiveChurch.tv, Groeschel personal journey toward a more authentic God-honoring life is more relevant than ever. Christians and Christian Atheists everywhere will be nodding their heads as they are challenged to take their own honest moment and ask the question: am I putting my whole faith in God but still living as if everything was up to me?

Son of Hamas
Mosab Yousef
SaltRiver, March 2010
Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status . . . and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader. In Son of Hamas, Mosab Yousef--now called "Joseph"--reveals new information about the world's most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, the dangerous decision to make his newfound faith public, and his belief that the Christian mandate to "love your enemies" is the only way to peace in the Middle East.

Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship
Alan & Debra Hirsch
ker Books, February 2010
Discipleship is costly. Are we willing to critique and even challenge much we've been taught for the sake of the kingdom? For this is the radical nature of the discipleship to which Jesus calls us. He did not allow the outside culture to hold him captive; instead he established the kingdom of God and turned the world on its head. Jesus was untamed, and he calls his church to be the same. In this provocative and compelling book, internationally known missiologists Alan and Debra Hirsch overthrow culturized understandings of theology and culture, and cast a vision for a distinctly mission-shaped way of living the Christian life. Written for any Christian serious about issue of discipleship, Untamed covers such topics as church, humans as bearers of the image of God, family life, culture, and sexuality. Through it all they seek to answer the question, how are we to think and live day to day as followers of Jesus? Each chapter ends with suggested practices to help readers begin to live out the book's principles as well as questions for group discussion.

10 Minutes to Powerful Prayer
Stormie Omartian
Harvest House Publishers, March 2010
Are you new to prayer? Do you desire a deeper depth to your prayer life? If so, Stormie's new bedside book, 10 Minutes to Powerful Prayer, can help you out. Inside you'll find 10 suggestions that might help you make your prayer time more meaningful and rewarding.

An Invitation to Prayer for Mothers
Jack Countryman
Thomas Nelson Books, March 2010
As a mom, what's the most powerful tool you have at your disposal? Prayer! Equipping you to access the true Source of guidance, encouragement, and patience, more than 90 alphabetically arranged prayers with Scripture help you become open to God's will, know his peace, and raise your children to godly adulthood. Includes journaling space.

Her Mother's Hope (Marta's Legacy vol. 1)
Francine Rivers
Tyndale House, March 2010
The first in an epic two-book saga by beloved author Francine Rivers, this sweeping story explores the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters over several generations. Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husband in tow in the central valley of California. Marta's experiences convince her that only the strong survive. Hildie, Marta's oldest daughter, has a heart to serve others, and her calling as a nurse gives her independence, if not the respect of her mother. Amid the drama of WWII, Hildie marries and begins a family of her own. She wants her daughter never to doubt her love-but the challenges of life conspire against her vow. Each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.

No Distance Too Far (Home to Blessing vol. 2)
Lauraine Snelling
Bethany House, March 2010
Astrid Bjorklund wants to use her medical training to serve God and feels that He might be leading her in the direction of missionary work. Smarting from a misunderstanding with Joshua Landsverk, the young man she thought she loved, she heads east to a missionary training school, hoping to eventually use her skills in some remote outpost in Africa.When she is called home unexpectedly to help in a family medical emergency, Astrid learns of a deadly measles outbreak on the nearby Indian reservation. She immediately senses the Spirit tugging her to help the Indians and wonders if her "mission field" is not so far away as she had imagined. But if she follows God's call, will love pass her by?

Passion Awakening CD
Passion Band
Sparrow Records, February 2010
sixstepsrecords presents Passion's latest disc, highlighting some of the best moments of Passion 2010 in Atlanta, GA with over 22,000 university students. The album will feature new music from Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and more. Uniting tens of thousands of university students in an effort to make God's fame known in the campuses and churches of the nation, the Passion movement continues to gain momentum. According to Passion founder and leader, Louie Giglio, "At the heart of it all, Passion exists to see a generation stake their lives on what matters most. For us, that is the fame of the One who rescues and restores, and our opportunity to amplify His name in everything we do. Having completed in 2009 a six-continent, seventeen-city World Tour, we are convinced more than ever that God is raising up a generation all around the globe that is passionate about making their lives count for His fame. From London to Jakarta, Tokyo to Johannesburg, Sao Paula to Sydney we have seen their faces and had the privilege of saying with them, "Greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done." That's true globally, and in the cities and campuses of our nation, and why we are so excited about Passion Twenty Ten. More than simply an event, Passion Twenty Ten is another step in a journey that is all about finding true meaning as we take our places in a story that is so much bigger than ourselves. It's about trading in small dreams for a role in a grand epic that is shaping history and has no end. And it's a rare chance for tens of thousands of university-aged young people to gather from across the US and around the world to celebrate their common faith and purpose."

Pieces of a Real Heart CD
Sanctus Real
Sparrow Records, February 2010
Sanctus Real returns with their new studio album Pieces of a Real Heart. Working with acclaimed producers Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Sanctus Real, Matthew West) and Jason Ingram & Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Rush of Fools, Bebo Norman) this album finds the band maturing and growing as songwriters and individuals. Pieces of a Real Heart is the sound of a rock band retaining their aggressive edge but incorporating more diverse musical instrumentation and sounds Their debut single "Forgiven" explores the theme of forgiveness in a profound and simple way. "The working-out of forgiveness is so key to our growth and maturity as followers of Jesus," says lead singer Matt Hammitt. "The very idea that we have been forgiven for so much wrong - moves, reforms, transforms and heals us. As we were framing `Forgiven' around this concept, we realized that this was such a fundamental aim for all of us - to forgive and be forgiven." The standout track "Lead Me" is further evidence of the band's musical and lyrical growth, as the song follows a husband striving to lead his wife and family.

The Jesus Series - Easter Read and Share DVD Bible
Gwen Ellis
Thomas Nelson, January 2010
It's Easter morning, and your 3- to 7-year-olds are alive with excitement. Now's the perfect time to share the most joyful news of all! Animated straight from the pages of Gwen Ellis's Read and Share Bible, this uninterrupted presentation tells the story of Jesus' last and greatest week on Earth. Belongs in every Easter basket! Dove approved. Approx. 30 minutes.

This Little Prayer of Mine
Anthony DeStefano
Waterbrook Press, February 2010
Nothing Compares to Childlike Faith.
I know you're up in heaven, God,
and can hear my voice from there.
I'm just a little child.
Will you answer my short prayer?

So begins this delightful book that affirms God's readiness to answer our prayers, no matter what our age. With engaging rhymes and beautiful illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine assures children that God is always near--watching, listening, caring, and eager to respond to their requests. They'll also learn that prayer isn't just about asking for things, but about sharing their feelings of sadness and uncertainty as well as of thanksgiving and joy. Most importantly, This Little Prayer of Mine reminds children—and those who love them—that they can trust God to tenderly care for them, no matter what the future holds.

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