Thursday, September 30, 2010

New Releases

Lee Strobel
Zondervan, September 2010
Lee Strobel is award-winning reporter and author of the #1 bestseller The Case for Christ. Now, this innovative visual edition, Faith, uses the life-transforming content of Strobel's investigations in The Case for Faith and makes them accessible to a whole new audience. This visually rich book takes portions of the text of the original book and illustrates the themes and messages with provocative full-color photography and graphic illustrations. The creators of this visual edition designed it with the needs of contemporary postmodern readers in mind: both spiritual seekers and the younger, more visually oriented readers of today's culture. By combining Strobel's personal interviews and active narrative with striking images that enhance and illuminate the message, this unique book enables readers to deepen their convictions as they interact with the powerfully imaginative format. Faith is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with intellectual barriers standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends.

John Piper
Crossway Books, September 2010
Challenging the church to "think hard" for the glory of God, Piper reminds us that "the mind serves to know the truth that fuels the fire of the heart." Relying on Scriptures such as Proverbs 2:1--6, he shows how to maintain a healthy and balanced emotional, intellectual, and spiritual relationship with Christ. 192 pages, hardcover from Crossway.

Say Yes to God
Kay Warren
Zondervan, September 2010
Kay Warren had a plan. Together with her husband Pick Warren, author of the megaseller The Purpose Driven Life, she planned that after her kids were grown, she'd travel the world, teaching and encouraging couples in ministry. It was a good plan. But it wasn't what God had in mind for her. Say Yes to God--formerly titled Dangerous Surrender--takes readers alongside Kay as she travels the globe and takes a closer look at her own community, coming face to face with the bruised, broken and hurting. Just as Kay is compelled to shrug off her complacency about the suffering in this world, she compels readers to recognize and answer God's call to serve. Kay's message reveals the beauty--and heartache--of a surrendered life, and demonstrates the astounding rewards of such surrender. Her example will challenge, inspire and equip readers to experience the same. They will discover an intimacy with their Father experienced only by those who lay down their lives on behalf of the things that move his heart, those who are willing to "say yes to God."

The Shelter
Jars of Clay
Essential Records, October 2010
Join Jars of Clay---and guests Brandon Heath, Mac Powell, tobyMac, Amy Grant, and Mike Donehey---as they celebrate community. Their intimate, personal songs include "Small Rebellions," "Call My Name," "We Will Follow," "Eyes Wide Open," "Out of My Hands," "No Greater Love," "Run in the Night," "Lay It Down," "Love Will Find Us," "Benediction," and the title track.

The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village
Francis Chan
David C Cook, September 2010
"Forgotten God for kids". A timeless parable for children from best-selling author Francis Chan. The villagers loved the big, red tractor. It helped them grow enough food to get them through the year. But it was hard to use, and it didn’t work very well. Even with everyone helping to push and pull the tractor, they couldn’t get much done. Everyone believed that was just how things were. That is, until Farmer Dave discovered a long-lost book in a dusty attic. Could it really change everything? Farmer Dave thinks so. But the other villagers aren’t so sure. The Big Red Tractor and His Little Village is a contemporary parable sharing a timeless truth: God has a special purpose for you and you can fulfill it through the help of his Spirit. It’s a powerful lesson perfectly told for little hearts.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Releases

Michael W. Smith
Reunion, September 2010
2010 release from the contemporary Christian singer/songwriter. Twelve new songs pack this new MWS project with subject matter that is sure to pierce your heart, backed by a relevant music journey. Smitty says, "These songs on this project are hopeful, anthemic and healing, musically and lyrically. I had a lot I wanted to say and the songs on this album allowed me to open up and do just that."

Standing Firm DVD
Kyle Prohaska, director
Praise Pictures, August 2010
David, a widower, is working himself to death. Late nights doing paperwork and running on fumes is normal. Bills are piling up by the week, and foreclosure looms on the horizon. Blaming God for his wife's death, he ends his relationship with the church. Steven, the remaining Christian of the household, has been watching his father's unhealthy lifestyle with great concern. With help from his grandpa and best friend Maggie, Steven reaches out to his father in any way he can. Despite his grieving and worsening financial problems, David begins seeking an answer to the question haunting him since his wife's death...WHY? Standing Firm is a story of suffering, God's purpose in it, and being joyful despite it.

New Releases

Making Friends, Making Disciples
Lee Spitzer
Judson Press, September 2010
This first volume in Judson Press s Living Church series addresses the topic of church growth and discipleship. For centuries, the Christian church has led the way in creating communities of people. Pastor Lee Spitzer proposes that today s church can sustain that leadership role by developing a transformative paradigm for church growth not only in terms of the number of people who join but in regard to the maturity of disciples who participate in the life of the Body of Christ. The key, Spitzer asserts, is learning to expand and enrich our circles of friendship in our home, our congregation, and our community. Includes chapter studies on friendship in the Bible and in the life of Jesus!

Jim Daly
David C Cook, August 2010
In his second book, President and CEO of Focus on the Family Jim Daly intertwines engaging true stories with Biblical wisdom to show how God can use struggles to strengthen the faith of his followers. In Stronger, Jim weaves together compelling stories and life principles with his trademark warmth and familiarity. Devoid of formulas but filled with biblical insights, Jim treats us to a feast of self-effacing, yet uplifting stories both about himself and about many others he has worked with through Focus on the Family. Jim writes about the most formidable and powerful strength—the kind that endures and hopes even when all seems hopeless—the kind that is found in only one source: the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. His is an eternal strength, unchangeable and unbreakable.

The Coming Economic Armageddon
David Jeremiah
FaithWords, September 2010
Never before have we read such jarring headlines, distressing news analyses, or dire predictions concerning the world's financial future. The American housing market -- or, more sentimentally, the American dream -- began to collapse in 2006, taking with it large chunks of the global financial system. Millions of jobs worldwide have vanished forever. Did Bible prophecy predict this catastrophe? Are there biblical clues to how soon, if ever, a viable, long-term recovery can be sustained? Is the financial collapse just one of several signs that we are living in the final days of Earth's history? In THE COMING ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON, David Jeremiah says we can know the meaning behind what we see in the daily news -- and understand and prepare for living in the New Global Economy.

Playing With Purpose
Mike Yorkey
Barbour Books, July 2010
They dominated college football and stood strong for their faith. Now, as they storm the NFL, learn all about "the three quarterbacks": Bradford, McCoy, and Tebow. Dubbed the "Holy Trinity" by sportswriters, the Oklahoma Sooners' Sam Bradford, the Texas Longhorns' Colt McCoy, and the Florida Gators' Tim Tebow are now eyeing professional glory. But starring on Sunday afternoons follows years of developing Christian faith on Sunday mornings. Playing with Purpose will introduce you to three young men of both physical and spiritual strength, athletes at the top of their game who also speak publicly and convincingly of their belief in God. Includes a section of color photographs!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Releases

Paul: 90 Days on His Journey of Faith
Beth Moore
Broadman & Holman, September 2010
Best-selling author Beth Moore has a remarkable gift for crafting insightful Bible character studies. Millions have been drawn to her inspired lessons, and the media has called her “America’s Bible teacher.” The PERSONAL REFLECTIONS series continues to reintroduce Beth’s most beloved character-driven books, expanding them into 90-day experiences that include nearly all of the text from her original work, plus thoughtful questions and journal space to engage readers throughout this special time of study. Paul: 90 Days on His Journey of Faith is the new presentation of Moore’s enduring favorite, To Live Is Christ. Indeed, life with Christ meant a 180-degree turn for the apostle Paul who went from Christian basher to Christian chapmion, from church attacker to church father. When Jesus captured Paul’s soul, He got all of him. The same can be true for you.

Have a New You by Friday
Dr. Kevin Leman
Revell, September 2010
How many times have we tried to change our own habits, only to find that changing ourselves is even harder than trying to change someone else? Now, what the bestselling Have a New Kid by Friday has done for families and Have a New Husband by Friday has done for couples, Have a New You by Friday will do for individuals. With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, Dr. Kevin Leman will walk readers through their own personal five-day action plan. Readers will come to -accept the truth about themselves -boost their confidence by identifying the lies they're telling themselves--and putting them to rest for good -change their lives by concentrating on becoming who they really want to be Based on content from The Real You, Have a New You by Friday is the way to a happier, more fulfilling life.

City On Our Knees
Bethany House, September 2010
Bestselling recording artist TobyMac has a passion for inspiring believers to step out and take action for their faith. Through compelling stories and Scripture, City on Our Knees will illustrate how Christians past and present have set aside differences, come together in unity, and stepped forward in action and prayer. Readers will be encouraged and inspired to do the same, summoning the commitment, courage, and devotion to bring a city to its knees.

Eyes of Integrity
Craig Gross
Baker Books, September 2010
As a young pastor, Craig Gross became overwhelmed with the sheer number of people he found himself counseling who were mired in the destructive world of online pornography. Their lives were broken, their hearts and minds corrupted. How, he wondered, could he minister to the many hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people trapped by sexual addiction? Through accountability software and an online hub called, Craig began to give hope. Now, with Eyes of Integrity, he offers a helping hand to pastors, counselors, concerned friends, and those personally struggling with sexual addiction. Through these pages he and coauthor Jason Harper cover how bad the problem is and what can be done about it. From porn-proofing your home and nurturing your marriage to what to do when someone you know is in trouble, the chapters in this book offer hope in what can seem like a hopeless situation.

Immanuel's Veins
Ted Dekker
Thomas Nelson, September 2010
This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story. It is a dangerous tale of times past. A torrid love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice. Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover. With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds. Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow. Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter. But remember, not everyone is for this story.

The Me I Want to Be, Teen Edition
John Ortberg
Zondervan, August 2010
'Every aspect of a teen's life is growing and changing; their bodies, their minds, and their faith. But helping a teen really grow spiritually and understand how to live into the life that God desires for them can be a challenge. The Me I Want To Be, Teen Edition curriculum, based on best-selling author John Ortberg's book, will help teens discover what it can look like when they're fully alive. They'll see that God has a perfect vision for their lives, and that they can live their best life. In this five-session DVD curriculum youth leaders will lead their youth group, Sunday school class, or small group through lessons that help teens learn to be thriving and flourishing Christ-followers as they explore: * Your Mind 2.0 * Your Time 2.0 * Your Experiences 2.0 * Your Relationships 2.0 * The World 2.0 Engaging them in discussions, self-assessments, and personal reflections, The Me I Want To Be, Teen Edition curriculum will help teens become God's best version of themselves. The kit includes a five-session DVD, leader's guide, and participant's guide.'

The Boy Who Changed the World
Andy Andrews
Tommy Nelson, August 2010
Did you know that what you do today can change the world forever? The Boy Who Changed the World opens with a young Norman Borlaug playing in his family's cornfields with his sisters. One day, Norman would grow up and use his knowledge of agriculture to save the lives of two billion people. Two billion! Norman changed the world! Or was it Henry Wallace who changed the world? Or maybe it was George Washington Carver? This engaging story reveals the incredible truth that everything we do matters! Based on The Butterfly Effect, Andy's timeless tale shows children that even the smallest of our actions can affect all of humanity. The book is beautifully illustrated and shares the stories of Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, Inventor George Washington Carver, and Farmer Moses Carver. Through the stories of each, a different butterfly will appear. The book will end with a flourish of butterflies and a charge to the child that they, too, can be the boy or girl who changes the world.