Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Releases

God & Football
Chad Gibbs
Zondervan, August 2010
In 2008 over six million people attended an SEC football game. They spent thousands on season tickets, donated millions to athletic departments, and for three months a year ordered their entire lives around the schedule of their favorite team. As a Christian, Gibbs knows he cannot serve two masters, but at times his faith is overwhelmed by his fanaticism. He is not alone. Gibbs and his six million friends do not live in a spiritually void land where such borderline idol worship would normally be accepted. They live in the American South, where according to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey, 84 percent identify themselves as Christians. This apparent contradiction that Gibbs sees in his own life, and in millions of others', has led him to journey to each of the twelve schools to spend time with rabid Christian fans of various ages and denominations. Through his journey, he learns how others are able to balance their passion for their team with their devotion to God.

Dare to Drop the Pose: Ten Things Christians Think but Are Afraid to Say
Craig Groeschel
Multnomah, August 2010
Is the REAL you getting lost because the FAKE you is just so annoyingly impressive? “Stepping onto the platform to preach that morning, I admitted to myself that I was not a pastor first, but a regular, scared, insecure, everyday guy whose life had been changed by Jesus. And if Jesus really loved me as I was (I knew He did), then why should I go on trying to be someone I wasn’t?” Why DO we fake it so much? Why do we spend so much time trying to please everyone else and make so little effort trying to please God? When Craig Groeschel asked himself those questions, he couldn’t come up with a good answer. So one day he decided to drop the act and start getting real. With that one choice, his life began to change in a big way. And yours can, too. Craig’s passionate, funny, warts-and-all confessions and the lessons he learned will help you find you own path to authentic living and a deeper relationship with God.
Includes study guide for personal or group use.

The Berenstain Bears Show God's Love
Jan & Mike Berenstain
Zonderkidz, August 2010
This five-book collection of highly popular Berenstain Bears stories will provide children with an ideal gift they will enjoy all year long. Each of the stories' values, morals, and life lessons will be invaluable for children throughout every stage of their lives.

Titles include: The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage The Berenstain Bears: Faithful Friends, The Berenstain Bears and a Job Well Done, The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game, The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors.

Fatal Convictions

Randy Singer

Tyndale Fiction, July 2010
Alexander Madison is part lawyer, part pastor, and part con artist. When a Muslim imam is accused of instigating honor killings, Alex must decide whether to take the case that every other lawyer in town is running away from. He doesn’t realize until it’s too late that defending the imam may cost him the one thing in life he cares about most. Fatal Convictions is the story of a lawyer willing to risk it all and the women who must choose between faith and love.

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