Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Releases

Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity
Timothy Dalrymple
Center Street, April 2012
Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin has exploded onto the media scene as the NBA's newest star---and the first American-born player of Taiwanese descent. Chronicling his basketball career from high school to the pros, this behind-the-scenes look at Lin's life also explores how his faith, family, education, and cultural inheritance have contributed to his success. 176 pages, softcover from Center Street.

Soul Detox
Craig Groeschel
Zondervan, April 2012
 Every day we're infected with spiritual toxins from our corrupt culture. How can we purify ourselves from poisonous influences, emotions, and behaviors? Shining the light of truth on moral ambiguity, Groeschel encourages you to embrace the radical new life Jesus calls you to and be cleansed as you immerse yourself in the waters of holiness. 256 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

What Matters Most
Leonard Sweet
WaterBrook Press, March 2012
God wants to be known not just known about. Are Christians missing out on the person of Jesus himself? Discover the wonderful things that can happen when you move beyond intellectual creeds and enter into an ever-deepening, life-transforming relationship with your Creator. Previously published as Out of the Question. Includes exclusive author interview. 256 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

Viral: How Social Networking is Poised to Ignite Revival
Leonard Sweet
WaterBrook Press, March 2012
Why does Facebook have millions of young members but the average congregation has only a few? Perhaps the Google generation has something to teach the Gutenbergers! Contending that today's church reflects a 16th-century mindset, Sweet encourages us to practice the values of Jesus and the digital age---belonging, connecting, involvement, community, and relationship.

Empty Promises
Pete Wilson
Thomas Nelson, March 2012
Learn how to relinquish and replace the empty promises of the "good life"---the addiction to achievement, approval, wealth, power, beauty, and more---by turning your focus and worship toward God. Here Pastor Wilson shows you how the Lord designed you to specifically satisfy your soul's hunger for significance, worth, and value through Jesus. 224 pages,
softcover from Nelson.

The Heaven Answer Book
Billy Graham
Thomas Nelson Publishers, March 2012
 It is the great hope and comfort of the Christian life that when we leave this world, we will go to the next, to be with God and be free from sorrows and cares forever. While we know this, we may still have questions about eternity, such as: How do we know there is life after death? What does the Bible say about heaven? Where is heaven? In The Heaven Answer Book, Billy Graham seeks to answer 100 questions about our eternal home. With compassion and a deep knowledge of Scripture, his answers give insight to those seeking reassurance and comfort. In a hardcover, gift-book format with a presentation page, The Heaven Answer Book is ideal for personal reflection, gift-giving or ministry use.

My Story, My Song
Lucimarian Roberts
Upper Room Books, March 2012
Good Morning America coanchor Robin Roberts and her mother, Lucimarian Roberts, encapsulate resilience, faith, and generations of joy in this slim and inspirational volume. Lucimarian, 87, reflects concisely on a life buoyed by her deep love of music as well as her commitment to her faith and civic service. The same musicality that steadied her as a young woman growing up in the segregated South before marrying her husband of 53 years (who was also a Tuskegee Airman) informs her descriptions of life traveling all over the world before making a home that was eventually imperiled by Hurricane Katrina. Excerpts of biblical passages and lyrics from her favorite spirituals add a devotional quality to the main narrative that is both endearing and uplifting. That the health challenges of both Roberts women are not addressed until late in the book underscores the main theme of the book: that victories surmount despair. The stories from journalist Robin about her mother add a sweet and conversational tone to the book.

The End is Where We Begin CD
Thousand Foot Krutch
Day Wind Music Group, April 2012
Thousand Foot Krutch follow the critically-acclaimed Welcome To The Masquerade album with their first independent release. The End Is Where We Begin takes the group's trademark sound to new levels with a fifteen track set of fist-pumping rapcore and hook-heavy hard rock. Includes "Light Up the Sky," "Be Somebody," "All I Need to Know," and more.

Dubbed & Freq'd CD
Toby Mac
Forefront Records, March 2012
Beat-savvy artist tobyMac brings an entirely new pop/rock/rap remixed sound to the biggest songs from his Dove- and Grammy-nominated Tonight and Portable Sounds solo albums! Includes the smash single "Made to Love," the radio hit "City on Our Knees," "No Ordinary Love," "Showstopper," "Hold On," "Get Back Up," "Boomin'," "Lose My Soul," "Captured," "Ignition," and "Start Somewhere."

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Releases

Eternal Perspectives
Randy Alcorn
Tyndale, March 2012
The most comprehensive collection of quotes on heaven available! Drawing from the writings of noted writers, scholars, and theologians---including C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, Augustine, Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, and D.L. Moody---Alcorn's outstanding compilation will draw you closer to God and deepen your desire for the place he's saving for you in eternity. 650 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

Everyday Missions
Leroy Barber
IVP Books, March 2012
 It's not every day that you get a visit from God. Burning bushes, ladders to heaven, chariots of fire and all that--we look for those stories in the Bible, and we look for them in our lives. When it comes to something as important as what we do with our lives, we think, maybe God owes us a big event. But, as Leroy Barber has learned through his work in inner cities and with young people, that's not usually how it works. More often God calls out to us from everyday misfortunes and all-too-common injustices, and he invites our response--not just a response in the moment, but a recognition that we have a role to play in seeing God's kingdom come, God's will done, on earth as it is in heaven. Through the surprisingly normal stories of the heroes of faith in the Bible, and through Barber's experiences with Mission Year and other ministries, in this book you'll learn what it means to change the world from your own little space in it.

Life Promises for Eternity
Randy Alcorn
Tyndale, March 2012
Inspired by the best-selling book Heaven, Life Promises for Eternity provides readers with more than 100 brief, inspirational readings on the topic of Heaven and the New Earth. Each reading is coupled with a trio of complementary Bible verses designed to further illuminate what the Bible has to say about the extraordinary place we will someday call home. A beautifully designed two-color, padded gift book, Life Promises for Eternity is an ideal gift for anyone who has ever wondered, What will Heaven really be like?

As One Devil to Another
Richard Platt
Tyndale, April 2012
As One Devil to Another is an astonishing debut work that C. S. Lewis’s biographer and foremost Lewis authority Walter Hooper calls “a stunning achievement, the finest example of the genre of diabolical correspondence to appear since this genre was popularized by C. S. Lewis.” Enter into this chilling and diabolical tale, one that reveals the very tricks and strategies of Hell. Through a series of letters between devils created by Platt, senior devil Slashreap trains his young protégé, Scardagger, to win an individual soul away from Heaven and into their clutches. As the devils plot their way to triumph, they reveal the spiritual dangers and risks we face in today’s society. Their frighteningly accurate perspective on issues such as contemporary technology and sexual mores is interwoven with timeless matters such as the power of prayer, the purpose of suffering, and the promises held out by Heaven . . . and Hell. Destined to become a modern classic, As One Devil to Another is a brilliantly written, deeply unsettling perspective on twenty-first-century society . . . a glimpse of ourselves through the eyes of those who have embraced their underworldly existence.

A Traveler's Guide to the Kingdom
James White
IVP Books, April 2012
 Travel with James Emery White through time and space to visit places like Martin Luther's Wittenburg, where the 95 theses were nailed to a church door, or The Eagle and Child pub, where C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and the other Inklings met to write and dream together. You'll encounter many of the important spiritual sites of the history of Christianity and get a flavor for what it was like to be in that place at that time. White then takes you even deeper, exploring key themes from these historical moments such as calling, conversion and spirituality and showing their implications for the Christian life today.

Do Yourself a Favor...Forgive
Joyce Meyer
FaithWords, April 2012
Building on her signature message of using the mind to master difficult emotions, Joyce Meyer focuses on the most destructive, insidious one of all: anger. It is responsible for broken relationships, sleepless nights, high blood pressure and ulcers. It destroys friendships, marriages and families, not to mention peace of mind. Anger is especially hard to handle for many Christians who have learned from childhood that "good Christians don't get angry." Meyer argues that properly handled, anger is an alert system that something is wrong and needs to be resolved. In her latest book, she delves into the important process of forgiving, explaining its positive impact on the roots, the forms and the results of anger. Why forgive? Joyce explains that forgiving is the only thing that can free one from the terrible turmoil that anger causes to spill over into every part of life. Meyer understands that life will never be fair, but that is not a reason to let anger destroy our well-being and health. This is her guide to navigating that thorny territory and finding true peace.

101 Conversation Starters for Families
Gary Chapman
Northfield, April 2012
One of the signs of a healthy family is open and meaningful conversation. But it's not always easy to get your kids talking. 101 Conversation Starters for Families is an excellent place to begin, providing just the right blend of fun and thought-provoking questions. Authors Gary Chapman and Ramon Presson have created this treasure trove in a handy tabletop format. Whether you do one question a week or five days a week, your family will experience a new level of closeness. 101 Conversation Starters for Families is the perfect companion to bestselling books, The 5 Love Languages of Children and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers.

 Touchpoints for Women
Ronald Beers
Tyndale, April 2012
TouchPoints for Women puts God's answers to your most pressing questions right at your fingertips. Inside, you'll find answers, words of encouragement, and Bible promises on nearly 150 alphabetically arranged topics-from affection, belonging, and contentment, to disappointment, loneliness, and security. Whether you read this book straight through or use it as a handy reference guide for those days when life throws you an unexpected curve, you'll be amazed at the impact God's Word can and does have on your everyday life.

Love, Marriage & Sex
David Jeremiah
FaithWords, March 2012
No other book written on the topic of love, marriage, and sex, rival the Song of Solomon from the king of Israel. With unabashed candor, he tells the world's most beautiful story of marital courtship and consummation, the ups as well as the downs of two becoming one. In What the Bible Says about Love Marriage & Sex, Dr, David Jeremiah gives readers an eye-opening and heart-changing look at the glory of human partnership from heaven's perspective. Paperback.

Fighter CD
Bec Records, April 2012
Fresh off his critically acclaimed 2010 release, The Chase, Canadian Dove Award-nominated Christian rapper and hip-hop artist Manafest launches a bold comeback with Fighter! Features "Throw It Away," "Pushover," "Never Let You Go," "Human," "Come Alive," "Not Alone," "Prison Break," "Heart Attack," "Will You Catch Me," "Never Let You Go" (acoustic), and the title track.

Lion of Judah/Once Upon a Stable DVD (2-disc set)
Ruth Graham
CassCom, March 2012
When Judah the Lamb is taken by the townspeople to become a sacrifice, his six new friends from a Bethlehem stable have to go to his rescue! An incredible adventure follows, full of danger, drama and heroes. Includes 2 bonus DVDs: the prequel to this movie, Once Upon a Stable and Walking With Jesus, that includes 12 educational and entertaining Bible stories. 

I Couldn't Love Your More
Jason Ingram, Matt Hammitt
Tyndale, April 2012
Share a powerful message with your little one---"I couldn't love you more, but there is somebody who does!" Adorable illustrations paired with the lyrics of Ingram and Hammitt's song reveal the special bond parents, children, and God share. Perfect for bedtime read-alouds, it's sure to shoot to the top of your child's "read it again" stack! 32 pages,

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Releases

Today is Your Best Day
Roy Lessin
New Leaf Press, March 2012
Can terminal cancer, divorce, abuse, miscarriage, bankruptcy and other traumatic events keep you from having your best day? Best-selling author and co-founder of DaySpring, Roy Lessin helps you focus your thoughts on what really matters - your relationship with God through Christ Jesus. Today IS your best day *Because Christ is in you *Because of God's presence *Because of Jesus' name *Because of the Cross *And 56 more compelling reasons Start your day with these encouraging truths. Walk in the assurance of what your heart knows, not the uncertainty of what your eyes see. Terminal cancer patient, Lawrence Knorr decided to make every day for the rest of his life the best of his life. He and his wife Linda read Today is Your Best Day each day six times through. They were so encouraged by the book they shared it with over 400 families before Jim left this world for heaven. In the foreword of this printing, Linda asks that we honor Jim by sharing this book and letting God use each of us to enrich the lives of others. Click here to read her foreword, view the table of contents and read the first chapter.

The Secret Life of a Fool
Andrew Palau
Worthy Publishing, March 2012
He spent his growing-up years living for himself-recklessly rebelling against his evangelist father's faith, numb to God and to the letters his father wrote him, immersed in the dark side of life. Until one intense night in the Jamaican Blue Mountains that allowed him to see himself in the mirror of grace, changing everything. The Secret Life of a Fool is Andrew Palau's unforgettable journey of running from God-and the crushing, freeing experience of coming back to Him. It is a story of getting high, burning up cars, being stranded in Europe, surviving a near-fatal plane crash, and utter despair overcome by simple grace and a father's love, expressed in excerpted letters throughout this book.

The Fourth Fisherman
Joe Kissack
WaterBrook Press, March 2012
Two stories, in different parts of the world, which ultimately intersect. Both are about being adrift--one literally adrift on the Pacific, the other spiritually adrift in the empty world of Hollywood. The true story of tres pescadores (three fishermen) who were rescued near Australia after drifting 5,500 miles across the Pacific for nine months in an eight-meter boat. One of the few items that remained after the terrible storm that disabled their boat was a Bible. They survived on "raw fish, rainwater, and their faith in God." At the same time Joe Kissack, noted Hollywood TV and film producer, found his own life adrift as his extraordinary career crumbled in wreckage around him. Reaching out from his own spiritual lostness, Joe sought to connect with the three fisherman following their amazing ordeal. The Fourth Fisherman is the inspirational true account of these two remarkable stories of physical and spiritual salvation and how they ultimately came together through faith in God.

The Frontier Boys DVD
Destiny Image, March 2012
The Frontier Boys is the story of four high school boys whose undefeated basketball season and friendship are threatened after a drive-by shooting leaves one of them in a coma, and one of them with a secret. Brent Fencett, Jed Bracken, and T.J. Lewis are star players on the Charlevoix High School Basketball team; Jackson Carlson is their most obnoxious fan. They are unbeaten on the court and inseparable off it, until Brent gets caught up in his older brother s mixed up life. The consequences of Brent's choice leave T.J. in the hospital, and Brent s soul in turmoil. As Jed and Jackson shed light into the mystery behind the drive-by shooting that has put T.J. in a coma, a conflicted Brent seeks to bury the truth in the shadows. Jed begins receiving e-mails from a comatose T.J. which leaves him bewildered, but Jed's faith in God fuels his hope for a miracle. T.J.'s father is forced to decide whether to hold onto the sliver of hope that his son will pull through or donate his son's organs to save another life. Jed and Jackson must choose a course of action between standing by in despair or chasing down doubtful leads. Brent has to choose between loyalty to his brother or joining his friends' quest for the truth. With performances by Big Kenny (formerly of Big & Rich), Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James, former Olympic boxer Earthquake Kelley and a cast of young talent, The Frontier Boys is classic storytelling that still breaks through in the midst of a post-modern world.