Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Releases

Wise Sayings of Jesus
Kate Kirkpatrick
Lion Hudson, June 2011
"The second in a new 'Wise Sayings of...' series from Lion, offering illustrated hardback gift books with quotes and verses of wisdom. Each book is beautifully presented with decorative colour illustrations. Each anthology in the series contains an introduction and five chapters, combined with beautiful chapter openers. The second in the series, 'Wise Sayings from the Psalms' is a beautifully illustrated collection of short extracts of wisdom from the Psalms, focusing on the themes of praise, petition, peace, purity, and provision. "

God Without Religion: Can it Really be that Simple?
Andrew Farley
Baker Books, May 2011
Andrew Farley's experience as a Christian was first characterized by self-effort as he tried to please God at any cost. His ruthless religion resulted in spiritual burnout and disillusionment with church. Only then did he discover what relaxing in Jesus means and how enjoying God's intimate presence can transform everyday life. Using a unique story-driven format, God without Religion dismantles common religious misconceptions, revealing:
the true meaning of being filled with the Spirit
the facts about judgment, rewards, and God's discipline
the simple truth behind predestination and the divisions it causes
the problem with the popular challenge to "live radical"
Pulling no punches, Farley shows how the truth about these controversial issues can liberate and unify believers as we discover how to rest in the unconditional love of God.

The Seed
Jon Gordon
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., May 2011
A business fable to help you discover your purpose in work and life. New from Jon Gordon, the international and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Energy Bus, The Seed takes you on a quest for the meaning and passion behind work. Josh, an up-and-comer at a leading technology company, is disenchanted with his job. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks to decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise: find the right place to plant the seed, and his purpose will be revealed. Through Josh's cross-country journey, you'll find surprising new sources of wisdom and inspiration in your own business and life. When he discovers where and how to plant the seed, you'll get a new sense of what it means to live and work with passion and purpose. Offers practical wisdom on discovering your true purpose, professionally and in life in general. Whatever your profession, take this insightful look at the purpose behind work, and plant The Seed of inspiration in your life!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Releases

Enemies of the Heart
Andy Stanley
Multnomah, June 2011
Break free from the destructive power of guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. Divorce. Job loss. Estrangement from family members. Broken friendships. The difficult circumstances you are dealing with today are likely being fed by one of four emotional forces that compels you to act in undesirable ways, sometimes even against your will. Andy Stanley explores each of these destructive forces—guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy—and how they infiltrate your life and damage your relationships. He says that, left unchallenged they have the power to destroy your home, your career, and your friendships. In Enemies of the Heart, Andy offers practical, biblical direction to help you fight back, to take charge of those feelings that mysteriously control you, and to restore your broken relationships. Includes a six-week discussion guide—a valuable resource for small groups!

More than Ordinary
Doug Sherman
NavPress, May 2011
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. (Romans 12:1, MSG) Are you experiencing more of the joy and abundance Jesus promised, or less? Many people suffer a stale, lackluster relationship with God yet think of themselves as doing well spiritually. Tragically, they don’t know what they’re missing. Author Doug Sherman invites you to make life with God an adventure. In More Than Ordinary, you’ll learn how to:
• Transform your entire approach to daily life
• Enter into deeper conversation with God
• See Him as walking alongside you in each circumstance and problem you face
• Enjoy God’s presence in your everyday responsibilities and activities
• Change your relationship with Him from dull to delightful
God promises that life with God can be More Than Ordinary!

S'more Time with God
Nancy Ferguson
Judson Press, April 2011
This book is for young families that love to spend time with their Creator in the beautiful outdoors. It is a book for groups who want stories about God to feature in their campfire tales. It is a book for people who care about the care, conservation, and preservation of creation. And it is a book for those who want to return home to school and work with concrete plans for implementing the lessons learned in the wilderness. Author Nancy Ferguson brings years of experience as a parent and a church camp professional to this interactive devotional designed especially for families and groups. This creative resource is organized around four weeklong themes that explore Scripture and nature to teach accessible and hands-on lessons about God, human relationships, and creation care. Perfect for family camping trips or church camps!

Learning (Bailey Flanigan series)
Karen Kingsbury
Zondervan, June 2011
Bailey Flanigan is growing closer to her dream to be an actress and dancer in New York while Cody coaches a small high school football team ... on and off the field. But neither feels complete without the chance to share their dreams with one other. Can distance truly make the heart grow fonder? Or will Cody learn to turn to others to share in his happiness? And when tragedy strikes? Who will be there to provide comfort in the face of loss? As Cody's past catches up with him, he must learn to reach out for help or risk withdrawing permanently inside himself. Both Bailey and Cody find themselves learning significant life lessons in this poignant love story, featuring members from Karen Kingsbury's popular Baxter family.

The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible
Max Lucado, Randy Frazee
Zondervan, June 2011
Introduce your 4- to 8-year-olds to the greatest story ever told! Featuring Fausto Bianchi's vibrant illustrations, this timeless collection brings 48 pivotal Bible stories to life for your kids. And you'll appreciate how it portrays each event as part of the big picture of God's Word---from creation to the promise of Jesus' return. 288 pages, hardcover from Zonderkidz.

F is for Firefies: God's Summertime Alphabet
Kathy Wargin
Zondervan, April 2011
From anchors to zzzz's, this illustrated book details all of summer's fun things with whimsical, rhyming text coupled with bright, detailed pictures, all from A to Z! Encourage your little ones letter and sound-recognition skills with this fun book that has great ideas of what to do in the summer months. Teach your children that God delights in us and all of the things he has created in the summer!

Berenstain Bears Let the Bible be your Guide
Jan & Stan Berenstain
Zondervan, April 2011
Papa's taking the scouts out in canoes to earn their White Water Badges, but when Papa doesn't want to listen to the rules in the Scout Guidebook or in the Bible, what will happen? Watch as Papa and the bear cups learn a lesson in following rules.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Releases

Not A Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
Kyle Idleman
Zondervan, May 2011
Are you a follower of Jesus? Don't answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a 'Define the Relationship' conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn't ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you're not into Jesus, period. In any case, don't take the question---Are you a follower of Jesus?---lightly. Some people don't know what they've said yes to and other people don't realize what they've said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers. Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

Through My Eyes
Tim Tebow
Harper Collins, May 2011
Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time he amassed an unparalleled resume—winning two BCS national championships, becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy, and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell—from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between. At every step, Tebow's life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.

Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society
Timothy Willard
Zondervan, April 2011
Our lives are full of scars, quirks and insecurities we have learned to hide in favor of a more glamorous veneer we hope the world finds more acceptable. This is the modern tragedy. We have forgotten that like the stress-lines and fractures of antique wood, these imperfections in our lives are what make us beautiful. Abundant living is more than a wall-post existence. Rich relationships are more than trends, status updates and group invitations. But neither are possible until we allow ourselves to be fully known, imperfections and all. Only then will we come to experience the life we are meant to live. As authors Tim and Jason explain, the Creator's idea of humanity is quite different from the world's. It is also far more rewarding. This life begins when we dare strip away our veneers and enter a life of freedom, honesty and rare beauty.

Twelfth Prophecy (A.D. Chronicles)
Bodie & Brock Thoene
She is a singer of sweet songs . . . and a sinner. A searcher for truth . . . and an outcast. Life is fraught with danger in the village of Sychar in the first-century A.D. But for Abigail, the Samaritan woman, the danger lies not as much from the ever-present Roman soldiers but from the rabbi and the people of Sychar. A woman of renowned beauty, whose reputation was tarnished at an early age, Abigail is pregnant . . . and the father is not her elderly husband, Zakane. While protecting her lover’s name, believing he will spirit her away, Abigail is imprisoned, then nearly stoned by her neighbors. She’s befriended by the beggar Leah. But even the beggars, the lowest of the low, don’t want her around. Abigail longs for love, kindness, a home for her soon-to-arrive baby . . . and forgiveness for her anguished soul. The answers will come from the most unlikely of places.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Release

 New book by Jon Gordon "The Seed: Finding Purpose & Happiness in Life & Work".  Listen to Jon share his thoughts from his new book.