Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Releases

Change Your Words, Change Your Life
Joyce Meyer
FaithWords, September 2012
"Words are a big deal. They are containers for power, and we have to decide what kind of power we want our words to carry," says Joyce Meyer in CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE. "I believe that our words can increase or decrease our level of joy. They can affect the answers to our prayers and have a positive or negative effect on our future. ... One might say that our words are a movie screen that reveals what we have been thinking and the attitudes we have." Building on the premises of Power Thoughts and Living Beyond Your Emotions, she examines the tremendous power of words - which are the vehicles that convey our thoughts and emotions - and provides a series of guidelines for making sure that our talk is constructive, healthy, healing and used to good results. Topics include: *The Impact of Words *How to Tame Your Tongue *How to be Happy *When to talk and when not to talk *Speaking Faith and Not Fear *The Corrosion of Complaints *Do you really have to give your opinion? *The importance of keeping your word *The power of speaking God's word *How to have a smart mouth In a 'Dictionary of God's Word' at the end of the book, Joyce provides dozens of scripture verses, arranged by topic, that she recommends reading and saying out loud as one way of using and claiming healing words.

Max Lucado
Thomas Nelson, September 2012
Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. When asked, "Do you believe in grace?" who could say no? Max Lucado asks a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace? God's grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly. Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off. Let's make certain grace gets you.

Everything the Bible Says About Parenting
Aaron Sharp
Bethany House, August 2012
As parents, we often scour bookstores and libraries in search of the best information on how to better raise our children. The greatest answers, however, can be found in a Book you probably already own. The Bible is filled with passages on how to be the most effective parents and raise amazing kids, you just have to know where to look. A collection of scriptural references related to parenting have been gathered and clearly organized in this book. When necessary, brief but clear explanations are provided, using insights gathered from trustworthy commentaries. Scripture offers plenty to discover about parenting; after all, it's hard to find better role models than God, the perfect Father, and Jesus, the perfect Son.

Finally Free
Michael Vick
Worthy Publishing, August 2012
One of the most talented and polarizing athletes of our generation, Michael Vick’s stunning story has captured news headlines across the nation. From his poverty-stricken youth, to his success on the field in high school and college, to his rise to NFL stardom and his fall from grace, Finally Free shows how a gifted athlete's life spiraled out of control under the glare of money and fame, aided by his own poor choices. In his own words, Vick details his regrets, his search for forgiveness, the moments of unlikely grace—and the brokenness that brought his redemption on the way to a surprising, fairy-tale season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.

Courageous Teens
Michael Catt
B&H Publishing, September 2012
Courageous Teens is a student-focused presentation of Courageous Living by Michael Catt, executive producer of the hit film Courageous. Teen readers will be inspired to resolve to live for God as they learn more about Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Ruth, Daniel, and many more. Arranged into four categories: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courageous Influence, this book is excellent for individual or small group use with discussion questions included at the end of each chapter.

Gravity CD
Infinity Music Distribution, September 2012
Lecrae has his finger on the pulse and beat of the American church! Using hip-hop styles, wit, and irony, he moves believers and pop culture closer to Christ. Includes "The Drop," "Walk with Me," "Free from It All," "Fallin' Down," "Fakin'," "Violence," "Mayday," "Confe$$ions," "Buttons," "Power Trip," "I Know," "Tell the World," "Lucky Ones," and the title track.

The Midsummer Station CD
Owl City
EMI, August 2012
Influenced by his hopes, dreams, and nightmares, Adam Young pushes his own creative boundaries like never before! Emphasizing how important it is to see good in everything, his electronic music inspires, encourages, and comforts! Includes "Dreams and Disasters," "Shooting Star," "Gold," "Dementia," "Embers," "Silhouette," "Metropolis," "Speed of Love," "I'm Coming After You," and "Take It All Away."

My Only Rescue CD
The Museum
Bec Records, August 2012
Georgia-based pop-rock quartet The Museum offer their second full-length release for BEC Recordings, an eleven-song set of clean guitars, catchy hooks, and plainspoken lyrics of faith in a modern age. My Only Rescue includes "All Over the World," "Love Will Find You," "More Than Words," and more.

All Things Possible CD
Mark Schultz
Fairtrade, August 2012
With a new energy and fresh perspective, this platinum-selling, award-winning artist gives voice to hard-to-express emotions in these personal songs! Includes "One Day," "It Is Well," "I Gave Up," "Love Walked In," "What Do You Give a King?" "Haven't Met You Yet," "I Will Love You Still," "More to You," "Be Still," "Song of Freedom," and the title track.

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