Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Releases

A Million Ways to Die
Rick James
David C Cook, Sept. 2010
We talk a lot about resurrection. What about the death that must come first? Through story and biblical insight, Rick James reminds us that when Jesus tells us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him, he is describing a path of death, not a path to death. Giving up our own plans in order to meet someone else’s needs. Allowing God to shape our dreams, even as we lose a relationship, a job, a hoped-for future. Being alert to these daily opportunities to die to ourselves is how we discover that every act of dying, done in faith, leads to spiritual growth. As we learn to embrace the little deaths of everyday existence, we lose our taste for lifeless religiosity. Our appetite for a thriving, vibrant life in Christ grows—and our own experience motivates others to live out their extraordinary mission on earth. In truth, death is not an ending. It is the only way to experience abundant life.

Karen Kingsbury
Zondervan, October 2010
Before You Take a Stand ... You Got to Take a Chance. Holden Harris is an eighteen-year-old locked in a prison of autism. Despite his quiet ways and quirky behaviors, Holden is very happy and socially normal---on the inside, in a private world all his own. In reality, he is bullied at school by kids who only see that he is very different. Ella Reynolds is part of the 'in' crowd. A cheerleader and star of the high school drama production, her life seems perfect. When she catches Holden listening to her rehearse for the school play, she is drawn to him ... the way he is drawn to the music. Then, Ella makes a dramatic discovery---she and Holden were best friends as children. Frustrated by the way Holden is bullied, and horrified at the indifference of her peers, Ella decides to take a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Including her boyfriend, Jake. Ella believes miracles can happen in the unlikeliest places, and that just maybe an entire community might celebrate from the sidelines. But will Holden's praying mother and the efforts of Ella and a cast of theater kids be enough to unlock the prison that contains Holden? This time, friendship, faith, and the power of a song must be strong enough to open the doors to the miracle Holden needs.

Wow Hits 2011
Various artists
EMI, September 2010
2011 two CD collection containing 30 of the biggest modern Christian artists and the year's biggest hits. Features tracks from Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Kutless, Jeremy Camp and many others.

North Point Christmas
North Point Music
North Point, September 2010
North Point Christmas is a new collection of Christmas classics along with soon-to-be Christmas standards as seen through the modern worship stylings of North Point Community Church. The CD features eleven songs from worship leaders, such as Dove Award winner Seth Condrey, Todd Fields, and Eddie Kirkland, along with other well-known vocalists from North Point. The project is produced by Nathan Nockels (Passion, Laura Story, Tim Hughes) and mixed by Ainslie Grosser (Christy Nockels, Nicole C. Mullen, Newsboys). North Point Community Church is led by best-selling author, communicator, and pastor Andy Stanley. Launched in 1995, North Point Ministries is now one of the fastest growing and most influential Christian organizations in America. Each Sunday, over 25,000 adults attend services at one of three North Point campuses in the Atlanta area, while many more attend North Point's nearly 30 strategic partner churches in the U.S. and around the world.

iShine Worship Mania
Various artists
Provident, October 2010
Track Listing:
1) Your Grace Is Enough
2) I Am Free
3) You Reign
4) You Never Let Go
5) City On Our Knees
6) Indescribable
7) Revelation Song
8) Everlasting God
9) Lead Me To The Cross
10) Mighty To Save

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