Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Releases

The Jesus Mission
Steven Scott
WaterBrook Press, October 2011
Are you uncertain about what God wants for your life? Here's your ultimate guidebook! Offering a detailed study of Christ's life and work, Scott reveals specific areas of ministry in which you can help fulfill Jesus' goals. Ideal for personal inspiration, discipleship training, church outreach, and small groups. 304 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook.

The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge
Tony Dungy
Tyndale, September 2011
Strengthen the core of your life and faith when you take this yearlong challenge alongside former NFL head coach Tony Dungy. Featuring 365 reflections, this daily devotional will encourage you to live an "uncommon life" of integrity, honor your family and friends, have a significant impact on the world, and walk closely with the Lord. 384 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

Nearing Home
Billy Graham
Thomas Nelson, September 2011
Explore the realities of growing older with the renowned evangelist---and look at your later years from God's perspective! Graham discusses the importance of building strong foundations, facing life's transitions, making wise decisions, and understanding our glorious hope. You'll learn how to face your limitations and grow inwardly stronger in the midst of difficulties. 176 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

Hugh Halter
Baker Books, October 2011
It is safe to say most Christians do not live like Jesus did, have the same influence on people he had, or draw even the slightest curiosity from the on-looking world. Jesus's ability to woo people to him and win their hearts was directly related to how he challenged their assumptions about religion. He not only gave them a unique, personal way to follow him but also showed them how to participate with him in his mission. Sacrilege helps readers rethink what it really means to become like Jesus. It exposes the patterns of thinking that have held the church hostage for years and inspires readers to rethink the way they understand Scripture, family, spiritual formation, conversion, church, sin, and more.

The Tehran Initiative
Joel Rosenberg
Tyndale, September 2011
The world is on the brink of disaster and the clock is ticking. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah-known as "the Twelfth Imam"-has just arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam's spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second holocaust and the annihilation of Israel. The White House fears Jerusalem will strike first, launching a preemptive attack against Iran's nuclear facilities that could cause the entire Middle East to go up in flames, oil prices to skyrocket, and the global economy to collapse. With the stakes high and few viable options left, the president of the United States orders CIA operative David Shirazi and his team to track down and sabotage Iran's nuclear warheads before Iran or Israel can launch a devastating first strike.

Come to the Well CD
Casting Crowns
Provident Music, October 2011
Inspired by the story of Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well, Casting Crowns encourages you to let the "living water" of Christ overflow to those around you. Includes "Courageous," "City on a Hill," "Already There," "The Well," "Spirit Wind," "Just Another Birthday," "Wedding Day," "Angel," "My Own Worst Enemy," "So Far to Find You," and more.

Stronger in the Broken Places CD
Mark Harris
Stylos Records, October 2011
Stronger in the Broken Places is the creative product of a new season in Mark Harris' life. After several years on the road with 4Him, Mark found himself with the opportunity to invest in those around him and to learn from others with markedly different callings in their lives. "Being at home, investing in my family and in the community around me meant that I was also able to slow down enough and hear the Lord speaking to me,"says Mark. "After so many years on the road, I was finally able to unpack my bags, and what I found was God prodding me to be patient, to let Him take the lead with my aspirations as an artist and my subject matter as a songwriter. I felt strongly that He wanted me to take my time and that He wanted to give me direction, and as I trusted him, I felt the Holy Spirit ushering me and my music in to this totally different season. He has really refreshed and reinvigorated my desire to write and my desire to touch people through music."

Broadway Stories CD
Sandi Patty
Stylos Records, October 2011
Recorded in Prague, Czech Republic, with a lush 64 piece Symphony Orchestra and rhythm section, Sandi Patty's new album is being described as a "highlight of her musical career." This compilation features 10 songs from musicals including Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Showboat, Cabaret, Music Man, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, Hello Dolly and Carousel and others. Conducted by the musically renowned Maestro Jack Everly, this album is not one to be overlooked by any music lover.

Heaven is for Real for Kids
Colton Burpo
Thomas Nelson, October 2011
Written uniquely for kids by a kid, Heaven is For Real is now really for kids! Beautifully illustrated, this book features Colton talking about his experiences in the first person and commenting on things that children find important. Also included is a letter to parents to use as a guide to talk to your kids about heaven, Scripture, Q & A pages with answers from the Bible, and a prayer of salvation. Teach and comfort your kids with the knowledge that heaven is a real place! 32 pages, hardcover from Thomas Nelson.

Christmas with a Capital C DVD
Pureflix, October 2011
Mayor Dan Reed is looking forward to the Christmas events in Trapper Falls, Alaska, until former resident Mitch Bright shows up. Now a big-city lawyer, Mitch sues the town for violating the separation between church and state. But Dan's wife has a plan. Can she show that God's good will is for all, even those closed to him? Approx. 90 min.

What's in the Bible? #6: A Nation Divided DVD
Phil Vischer
EMI Distribution, October 2011
Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kids in this ground-breaking, fast-paced, and fun-filled DVD series. Includes TWO 25-minute episodes:
  • The Big Split: Israel is split in two, and the prophet Elijah faces off with 450 prophets of Baal to prove that Israel's God is the true God!
  • The End of Israel: A bunch of unfaithful kings lead to the end of Israel and Judah, but Isaiah has an amazing message in Israel's darkest hour!
Bonus Short:  Pirate's Guide to Church History: St. AnthonyApproximate running time: 55 minutes.

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