Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Releases

52 Things Kids Need from a Dad
Jay Payleitner
Harvest House Publishers, March 2010
God, please help me…another game of Candy Land…” Quite a few dads spend time with their kids. However, many have no clue what their kids really need. Enter author Jay Payleitner, veteran dad of five, who’s also struggled with how to build up his children’s lives. His 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad combines straightforward features with step-up-to-the-mark challenges men will appreciate:
  • a full year’s worth of focused, doable ideas—one per week, if desired
  • uncomplicated ways to be an example, like “kiss your wife in the kitchen”
  • tough, frank advice, like “throw away your porn”

And, refreshingly…

  • NO exhaustive (and exhausting) lists of “things you should do”
  • NO criticism of dads for being men and acting like men
Dads will feel respected and empowered, and gain confidence to initiate activities that build lifelong positives into their kids. Great gift or men’s group resource!

Surprised by Grace
Tullian Tchividjian
Crossway, May 2010
Tullian Tchividjian takes a fresh and creative look at a prophet's encounter with persistent grace, reminding us that we serve a good, merciful, and surprising God. God's compassion and pardon are utterly shocking in their lavish abundance-that's a lesson God himself pounded into the epic life-story of one man who kept resisting in whatever way he could. Surprised by Grace retells that man's true story-in a gripping presentation that will open readers' eyes wider than ever to God's relentless, purposeful, and inexhaustible grace. The man's name isn't new to anyone. It's Jonah, the famous Old Testament prophet. This fresh unfolding of his story seeks to recapture the staggering effect it had on those who first encountered it so many centuries ago-the same shock effect that's desperately needed today among those who think they know God's heart far better than they really do. In a powerful journey through unforgettable events and imagery, Surprised by Grace reveals how relentlessly God pursues rebels (a category that ultimately includes everyone), though he has every right and plenty of reasons to give up on us all.

Storm Warning (updated)
Billy Graham
Thomas Nelson, May 2010
An examination of the imminence of Christ's return in light of today's headlines and the events recorded in Scripture.The morning newspapers are jammed with alarming headlines and stories asking questions no one can answer. In Storm Warning,Billy Graham examines the problems facing America today compared with what is to come as revealed in the Bible. He answers the tough questions as only he can with astute biblical insight, and points to the hope and renewal found in Christ-for our families, our nation, and our world. Includes an in-depth analysis of the four horsemen of Revelation chapter six as well as insight on: Signs of the times The Apocalypse Standing before God.

The Heart of Remarriage
Gary & Greg Smalley
Regal Books, June 2010
Too often, couples enter remarriage unaware of potential problems and unprepared for the challenges stepfamily life will bring. The Heart of Remarriage takes a unique approach to success in remarriage by going straight to the heart, helping couples heal from the inside out rather than offering surface suggestions that may change circumstances but not the lives of couples and their families. Drs. Gary and Greg Smalley partner with remarried couple Dan and Marci Cretsinger to offer this marriage-changing idea: No matter what circumstances or challenges a remarried couple and their stepfamily face, the solution starts in their hearts. Remarried couples will learn how to examine their own hearts and heal them from the hurts of the past, so that they can be filled with God's love and let that love overflow to their family members. The Heart of Remarriage teaches readers how to create emotional security for every family member, and offers practical ideas for connecting at the heart level with their spouse, children and stepchildren. Couples will be encouraged to keep their hearts open and challenged to leave a family legacy of love.

The Witness
Josh McDowell
Tyndale, June 2010
Tracked by advanced surveillance technology, Marwan Accad is pursued by Middle Eastern authorities for murders he didn't commit. And even as he races against time to find his accusers and save himself---and those he loves---Accad grapples with what's beyond this life and what's eternal. A gripping story of a devout Muslim's conversion to Christianity. 384 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

Free Book
Brian Tome
Thomas Nelson, January 2010
"I am a fanatic about freedom. And I'm fanatical about coming at you hard in this book." Maybe you're not as free as you think you are. Even worse, you may have been duped into believing that a "balanced" life is the key to happiness (it isn't) or that a relationship with God is about layering on rules and restrictions (nope). Whether it's media-fueled fear, something a parent or teacher said that you just can't shake, or even the reality of dark spiritual forces bent on keeping you down, something is holding you back from the full-on freedom God intends for you. The Bible says, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." Not fear. Not guilt. Not morality. Freedom. You can have the sort of joy you thought only kids could have. The day of freedom is here.

A Guy's Guide to Life
Jason Boyett
Thomas Nelson, June 2010
A Guy's Guide to Life: How to Become a Man in 224 Pages or Less
is a teenage guy's handbook to becoming a man with a healthy mind, body, and soul. What does society want of teen guys? To be independent, tough, and macho? To be a sensitive, caring metrosexual? To excel in school and sports and business? The challenges are many, and we haven't even mentioned the most important-and most frightening-topic of conversation: girls. The road to manhood is a perilous one. Guys need a guidebook, one that asks and answers the questions they're reluctant to discuss. They need a book that addresses the myths of manhood with a straightforward approach teenage guys will appreciate and absorb. Author Jason Boyett understands what many fail to realize-that somewhere between the awkwardness and braggadocio, the goofiness and the developing body, there is a real person struggling to make his mark on the world.

A Girl's Guide to Life
Katie Meier
Thomas Nelson, June 2010
A Girl's Guide to Life offers girls a fun, healthy approach to facing their adolescent years. This complete resource helps teenage girls deal with all the traumas, dramas, and triumphs in their lives. The book is divided into Body, Mind, and Soul sections to address the relevant issues in each area of a young woman's life. It's "the" book for any girl wondering what's happening to her body, soul, and mind during these crazy years. Revised and updated to include information on texting, sexting, and the viral cultural in which teens live, this book will help girls navigate their way through what can be a very tumultuous time in life. With conversations with real teen girls, a foundation on God and the Bible, and helpful tips and questions for the reader, girls will gain an encouraging and fresh perspective on their lives. A Girl's Guide to Life offers teen girls a new approach to facing their adolescent years.

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